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New 5-star Hotel in Crete Springs to Life Through Visual Storytelling

Opening April 2018, Abaton Island Resort & Spa launches an inspiring hotel video, showcasing its USPs through a powerful tale of self-discovery. Watch the video here!

The inspiring design, style and grandness of Abaton are apparent on arrival. Marble staircases, fountains of lights and historic architecture frame the entrance. The hotel is designed in such a way that it reflects a beautiful maze. Each room leads to another and never fails to impress.

However, the feeling and emotion of arriving at Abaton cannot be described in text like its beauty; it has to be portrayed in reality, which is why the hotel decided to mark its opening with a storytelling video showing guests the reality of how Abaton makes you feel.

Owner George Kaloutsakis said: “Rather than simply showcasing our facilities, we wanted to go the extra mile and take viewers on an emotional journey. We provide a personal sanctuary at Abaton for our guests, which formed the main concept of our video.”

The concept was based on a modern take on the Legend of Ariadne’s Thread. “Guests often want to take a break from the stress of everyday life, and Abaton provides a place to unwind, relax and enjoy,” Kaloutsakis added. “We want all our guests to feel their best with us, to explore Abaton and leave feeling refreshed”.

Abaton is already making a name for itself due to its exceptional hospitality and attention to detail in guest relations. Kaloutsakis concludes, “We are not a one size fits all approach hotel. Each guest is extremely important to us. We acknowledge their individual needs and go the extra mile so each visitor can find their personal sanctuary here at Abaton”.

If you’re looking for a new hotspot this summer, watch the brand new video from Abaton Island Resort & Spa, book a stay this year and find your personal sanctuary.


BRAND NEW Hotel Video Set to Top the Charts!

Santorini Comes Alive with the Sound of Music

Leading luxury resort Canaves Oia launches heart-warming hotel video, capturing in 2-minutes the importance and impact of the hospitality industry.

Canaves leads the way as Santorini’s most sought-after property, not only due to its impeccable form and idyllic location but most importantly due to its dedicated team. The hotel offers guests the chance to fully indulge in luxury. With Insta-famous pools, lush rooms, fine dining and catamaran excursions, it’s certainly the ideal choice if you’re looking for the wow factor.Yet, the key ingredient, which entices guests to return every year, is the incredible staff who ensure their guests receive the highest level of service.CEO Markos Chaidemenos said: “Our staff forms the heart of Canaves Oia. We wanted to create a video that captures how important our team is to us and how their efforts never go unnoticed.”The video’s slogan, “Luxury Never Sounded So Good,” highlights the key element of hospitality through the power of sound, portraying the staff like an orchestrated band in a fun, energetic and humorous way.“This video is not about showcasing our facilities; it’s about the excellence of our team, who, on a day to day basis, go the extra mile while having fun!” added Chaidemenos. “For me, one of the key factors in this industry is hospitality. Our guests are so important to us, and it is essential that our hospitality exceeds expectation.”

If you’re looking for a luxurious escape offering unparalleled hospitality, check out the brand new video and book a stay at Canaves Oia this year.


Grand Resort Lagonissi Celebrated on a Worldwide Scale

Grand Resort Lagonissi, a 5-star hotel on the Athenian Riviera, was celebrated on a worldwide scale at the World Travel Awards and the World Luxury Hotel Awards—the travel industry’s most prestigious accolades.

The property competed against international hotels before claiming the coveted title of World’s Leading Meetings and Conference Hotel at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony of the World Travel Awards 2017, held on 10 December in Vietnam. It was also a country winner in the category of Greece’s Luxury Hotel & Conference Centre & Luxury Beach Resort and a regional winner for Europe’s Luxury Wedding Destination, awarded on 2 Dec at the 2017 Grand Gala Ceremony of the World Luxury Hotel Awards in St. Moritz.

Having already scooped Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2014 and Europe’s Leading Luxury Wedding Resort 2016 & 2017, Grand Resort Lagonissi’s new awards prove that the Greek tourism industry has fast-become a world leader in hospitality.

“We are honoured to be recognised among major brands with such impressive facilities,” said General Manager Nikos Tzimas. “Firstly, because we represent Greece in these global events, and secondly because it proves our excellence as a consumer and MICE facility, which is the result of extremely hard work and strategic planning.

As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Grand Resort Lagonissi combines first-class facilities, personalised services and multi-function venues for successful meetings and events of any size and purpose. A recently renovated conference ballroom featuring endless sea views and cutting-edge technology guarantees a lasting impression.

The World Travel Awards celebrates the excellence of tourism enterprises across all continents, rewarding best practices in all aspects of the tourism industry.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world-class facilities and service excellence provided to guests.

For more information, please visit lagonissiresort.gr


Elounda Beach Named Greece’s Best Wellness Retreat

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas is delighted to announce it has been named “Greece’s Best Wellness Retreat” at the World Spa Awards 2017—the most prestigious accolades in the spa tourism industry.

The 5-star property competed against international competition before claiming the coveted title, cementing its position as a global leader in hospitality.

“We are thrilled that Elounda Beach has been recognised as the top wellness retreat in Greece,” said General Manager Manolis Rassoulis. “This award proves that our dedication to excellence, wellbeing and guest service is appreciated on a worldwide scale. Winning it really boosts our confidence in all we have achieved.”

The World Spa Awards celebrate and reward spa industry excellence through an annual awards programme. It is the sister event of World Travel Awards, which is celebrating its 24th anniversary.

About Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

From its exclusive waterfront location on the northeast coast of Crete, Elounda Beach is a luxurious retreat for families, friends, honeymooners, couples and prestigious travellers, including A-list celebrities and royalty.  Set on 40 acres of lush gardens, the five-star property combines panoramic views with personalised services and award-winning cuisine.

Within the hotel grounds, the Espace Vitalité Chenot wellness centre provides powerful, personalised treatments, therapies and products to help guests relax and refresh. The Chenot Biolight menu offers light and delicious food, prepared using healthy techniques and innovative cooking methods to preserve the ingredients’ nutritional properties

For ultimate wellness, complete your stay at Elounda’s new Waterfront Dream Line Villas. Overlooking the deep blue waters of Mirabello Bay, each villa showcases a sophisticated design with clean blue and white lines, rich woods and natural fabrics. All rooms feature modern facilities and large terraces with direct access to the sea or private heated pools. Some rooms also include a fireplace for cosy and romantic moments.

For more information, please visit www.eloundabeach.gr.

Vinos de La Gomera: Discover the Canary Islands’ Untapped Wine Destination

The best things in life are meant to be savoured, like a fine, full-bodied wine. And when it comes to fine wine, Spain remains one of the most fascinating countries in the world, with many wine producing regions and styles to explore. Often, connoisseurs and sommeliers are quick to highlight Spain’s famous winemaking regions, such as La Rioja and the Basque Country. But to discover the delights of Spain’s most exclusive wines, you’ll have to travel far beyond the mainland to La Gomera.

Boasting a spectacular volcanic terrain, the second smallest Canary is home to some of Europe’s oldest vines. In fact, thanks to the island’s secluded location, vines can be hundreds of years old, resulting in vintages that ooze with complexity, history and tradition. And when you taste them, you’ll also be drinking the island’s rich culture.

Winemaking in La Gomera

Due to La Gomera’s rugged landscape, the cultivation of wine is an arduous task. Growers must overcome steep gullies and dizzying heights before they can harvest the island’s highly prized grapes. As a result, many terraced vineyards surround the island’s medianías (areas between 600 and 1,500 metres above sea level), such as Hermigua to the north and Vallehermoso to the west. The steeper the slopes, the smaller the terraces, and many of these crop-growing areas are propped up by solid stone walls.

In these small vineyards, most of the work is still done by hand. Traditionally, the vines were left to grow along the ground but are now trained along trellises. Imbued with this industrious spirit, La Gomera’s unique grapes then come to our tables in the form of wine.

The Wines of La Gomera

Since 2003, La Gomera’s wines are protected by the Guarantee of Origin, “Denominación de Origen La Gomera.” These wines are smooth, aromatic and balanced in the mouth, and their exclusive characteristics owe to a combination of the island’s distinctive features, including its mountain topography, volcanic soil, micro-climates and human factor.

La Gomera’s mountain elevations and mineral-rich soil provide exceptional conditions for the production of dry, acidic whites. These flagship whites are made from Forastera Gomera grapes, which account for 90% of the island’s vines but aren’t grown anywhere else in the world. Forastera grapes have grown here for more than four hundred years, and from a winemaking point of view, it is the most valued variety on the island due to its notably acidic nature, which gives it a fresh, balanced taste.

La Gomera’s red wines, on the other hand, are made from Listan Negro grapes typical of the Canary Islands or blended with Tintilla, Tempranillo, Negro Molle and other varieties. These wines burst with fruity aromas and berry flavours before finishing dry and balanced.

Today, the La Gomera wine region consists of 13 vineyards (bodegas), which produce 30,000 litres of wine every year.  For a magical experience, enjoy a glass of La Gomera wine on a restaurant terrace while taking in the views of the island’s vineyards.

For more information, please visit lagomera.travel/en.

Costa Blanca Named European Golf Destination of the Year

The Costa Blanca has cemented its position as a leading golf destination by being voted the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ (IAGTO) European Golf Destination of the Year. One of the most prestigious accolades in the world of golf travel, the award recognises the exceptional quality of Costa Blanca’s golf facilities and service.

Mr Francesc Colomer, the Minister of Tourism for the Region of Valencia, said: “The Costa Blanca has become a major golf destination thanks to its outstanding flight connections, climate, complimentary offering and quality courses. Our courses were designed by the most prestigious names in the golf world, including Ballesteros, Nicklaus and Olazábal.

“This award recognises the efforts made by the golf and tourism professionals in the Region of Valencia and Costa Blanca, providing us with the final impulse to become a favourite destination for those who love playing golf. Discover our rich historical heritage, local culture and gastronomy and enjoy an unbeatable range of services in an excellent climate throughout the year on the shores of the Mediterranean.”

IAGTO’s 670 golf tour operators from 64 different countries cast their votes for these awards. Each operator was asked to nominate what they considered to be the best performing golf destinations this year as enjoyed by their golf travelling clients.

The Costa Blanca will host a PGA Senior 2018. This PGA tournament attracts the best golfers over 50 along with thousands of their followers and will take place in the Melia Villaitana golf course in Benidorm, although the date is still to be set.

Visit iagto.com for more information.

Valencia Region: Spain’s Top Destination for 2018

As 2018 approaches, many travellers seek a new destination to explore. For those who want the best experience, Spain’s Valencia Region should top your must-visit list. Bursting with natural beauty, culture, adventure and festive spirit, the region provides much more than sun and fun on the Med Coast.

A Spot of Winter Sun

For those hoping to escape the cold bite of winter, the Valencia Region offers pleasant weather year-round. Here, the water stays warm, and you can do almost anything on the shore. In fact, almost every town offers some sort of watersport.

If you prefer privacy, the Valencia Region also has spectacular beaches surrounded by lush vegetation—great for soaking up the sun and letting your worries slip away.

A Natural Paradise

Welcome the new year by reconnecting with nature. Whether in the countryside or near the coast, the Valencia Region’s nature tourism never disappoints.

For amazing outdoor adventures, start with Castellón. The province hosts many nature parks that offer exciting activities such as hiking, kayaking, horse riding and cycling. And while you can discover nature’s beauty at your own pace, guided tours ensure a fun and educational day out.

Active adventurers will also be satisfied with more than 5,000 km of certified trails that wind their way from well-known spots to remote vistas. You can spend an afternoon pedalling around Turia park, hiking through Penyagolosa’s mountainous terrain or strolling along the Vía Augusta, an Ancient Roman road.

A Culture Connection

For culture enthusiasts, the Valencia Region packs plenty of heritage. In Valencia city alone, you can tour 35 different themed museums, from history to fine art.

Families with young children shouldn’t miss Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences. Visitors can watch presentations, attend workshops, learn how the human body works, discover how robots are made or go on a simulated spacewalk. Within the museum, the Oceanogràfic houses more than 500 species of marine life.

A Festive Destination

From Alicante to Valencia and back again, there’s so much to do in the Valencia Region during the Christmas period.

In Alicante, families can visit the Santa Claus House from 6–25 December. Children will be able to watch fun animations and tell Santa their wishes. Located in the Parque de la Ereta, on the slopes of Mount Benactil, the Santa Claus House offers spectacular views of the fortress, old town and seafront.

Alicante also hosts mouthwatering gastronomic events at Christmas. Enjoy a walk to the Christmas market, where you can buy local toys, shoes, leather goods, Alicante nougat and wines with protected denomination of origin, Vinos de Alicante.

You can visit special Christmas markets in Valencia too, or follow a route to the best nativity scenes decorating public buildings and spaces in the city. On New Year’s Eve, the crowds gather at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to eat their twelve lucky grapes as the City Hall bell clock strikes midnight, as is the tradition all over Spain for good luck in the new year. Revellers can expect spectacular fireworks and a massive party to follow, with DJs taking over the City Hall’s balcony and playing music until dawn.

Whether you want to relax on the beach, enjoy nature, learn about a new culture or spread holiday cheer, the Valencia Region reigns supreme as 2018’s top destination.

Visit comunitatvalenciana.com for more information.


2018 Happenings Along Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have become Mexico’s newest hotspots as more tourists visit for the sun, sea and sand. But how can the neighbouring destinations keep up with the demand? Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have big plans for 2018.

The Hotel Bel Air in Flamingos, Riviera Nayarit, expands under the Krystal Grand brand. The property will transform into a top-tier seafront resort with 480 new guestrooms, one suite, a convention centre and 12 restaurants.

In Puerto Vallarta, the new 54-room Hotel Amapa gifts sun seekers with an authentic Mexican experience. The minimalist 9-storey property will boast breathtaking ocean views, a unique rooftop pool and bar, a spa pavilion, a restaurant and access to the nearby El Dorado Beach Club.

But Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit pack much more for 2018. An $870 million investment towards a new 630-acre La Mandarina Complex adds two polo fields, an equestrian centre, two obstacle courses, villas and hotels. Within the complex, the new One&Only Mandarina will redefine luxury in Riviera Nayarit.

Meanwhile, an interactive cacao and chocolate museum complements Puerto Vallarta’s bustling Malecón. Visitors can make chocolate treats, discover 4,000 years of chocolate history and learn how cacao beans are processed into delicious goodies, from chocolate bars and ganache truffles to cacao tea and chocolate fondue.

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit offer a lot to holidaymakers, and 2018 promises even more.

What are you waiting for? Discover your paradise with a trip to Mexico’s Pacific Coast!

Find Your Personal Sanctuary at Abaton Island Resort & Spa

Travellers in search of your next summer hideaway, look no further. Find your personal sanctuary at Abaton Island Resort & Spa.

Opening April 2018 in Crete, this brand new five-star resort invites you to bask in the comfort of modern seafront accommodation, spread over 360 m of coastline.

A 20-minute drive from Heraklion International Airport, the property offers 152 luxury guest rooms and suites with endless sea views and 74 open air pools. Choose from 14 room types bathed in clean white lines and natural lighting while a personal concierge caters to all your needs.

To satisfy your desires, Abaton’s therapeutic spa, powered by Elemis premium skincare products, provides a pampering experience. Rejuvenate with a range of treatments designed in synergy with the body and mind; then relax and recharge in the heated saltwater pool and sauna.For fine dining, Abaton’s five restaurants and two bars will indulge your senses. Savour local Cretan dishes from land and sea to Asian gastronomy and fresh sushi to gourmet steaks, vintage wines and tropical cocktails. Or treat your taste buds to 24/7 in-room dining.

Complete your stay at the resort’s full gym and tennis courts as well as a boutique shop, jeweller and tailor. Guests looking to travel in style can make good use of a helicopter/ yacht service, while loving couples can exchange vows on a private beach or plan a dream reception with bespoke wedding and honeymoon packages.

For more information, please visit https://www.abaton.gr/


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