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Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge Champion Jordan Smith Masters ‘PaddleGolf’ Test

Jordan Smith, one of the brightest emerging stars in global golf, proved he is just as accomplished with a paddle as an eight-iron.

The Englishman was challenged to the unique ‘PaddleGolf’ test by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA). He was joined by with Wellness and Performance Coach Claudine Foong, and her husband, Alex Riggs, a PGA coach.

The ‘PaddleGolf’ challenge saw Smith and Foong paddleboard approximately 1,000 metres from the new Al Hamra Sailing Club through the tranquil waters of Al Hamra Marina. There, they stepped onto a floating pontoon to fire 14-yard shots towards a makeshift pin on the 18th green of Al Hamra Golf Club.

The Al Hamra Golf Club is the venue of next month’s Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge, which returns to the UAE’s northernmost emirate from 25-28 October.

Smith, who secured his first PGA European Tour card last October, even managed to sink one of his shots.

“I was a little cautious at first because I had never tried stand-up paddleboarding before,” Smith said. “After a few quick tips on the beach, it was a relief to get straight on to my feet once we hit the water.

“It turned out to be really fun, and it was comforting knowing the water beneath me was warm! Once we got on the pontoon, it was a little more familiar – well, as familiar as playing golf shots off a floating platform in the middle of a lagoon can be!”

Smith has secured multiple top 10 finishes and a maiden Tour win at August’s Porsche European Open. He has risen to 69th in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and currently sits in a lofty 17th in the Race to Dubai rankings. He has also secured his place in the DP World Tour Championships at Jumeirah Golf Estates from 16–19 November.

A 105-strong roster of golf stars will tee-off in the second Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge in six weeks. Haitham Mattar, CEO of RAKTDA, was thrilled to see Smith back in the emirate.

“It’s fantastic that Jordan has taken some time out from his busy European Tour schedule to return to Ras Al Khaimah and take part in our ‘PaddleGolf’ challenge,” Mattar said. “It’s great to have him back here with us, and on behalf of all his fans in Ras Al Khaimah, we wish him a successful end to his rookie season on the European Tour.”

The Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Challenge is the penultimate event of this season’s European Challenge Tour. The event has attracted a marquee line-up of sponsors for its second edition, including Emirates Airline, the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Group and Al Hamra Golf Club.

Watch Jordan Smith’s ‘PaddleGolf’ stunt: https://youtu.be/xFMzJDpMUqY

Celebrities Flock to Mykonos’ Favourite Hideaway

With melting sunsets, cosmopolitan vibes, rhythmic beats and chic boutiques, it’s no surprise that the island of Mykonos is a magnet for the rich and famous.

Global stars such as Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey and Cristiano Ronaldo visit regularly to indulge in Mediterranean gastronomy, pristine beaches, lavish yachts, high-end beach bars and endless cocktails.

Yet, the island has still managed to up its game by welcoming the crème de la crème of hotels: Kenshō Boutique Hotel and Suites. 

Overlooking the calming waters of Ornos Bay, this five-star property is the pinnacle of Grecian luxury. With a stunning collection of 35 rooms and suites, each individually designed and furnished to the highest standards, Kenshō is the perfect choice for both comfort and class.

Recently, TOWIE’s own Lucy Mecklenburgh and favourite soap star Ryan Thomas visited the hotel for refreshing beverages and local delights during their break.

Lindsay Lohan also enjoyed a short getaway to the hotel, delighting in the authentic Cretan dishes cooked up by Executive Chef George Stylianoudakis, such as Wagyu Beef Stifado and Lobster and King Crab.

Elsewhere, the Kenshō Spa provides a sauna, Hammam and twin massage rooms where guests can relax and rejuvenate. During their five-day visit, Made in Chelsea stars Millie Mackintosh and Hugo Taylor enjoyed a romantic stay in the hotel’s cave-like whirlpool, affectionately known as the Cave.

The happy couple got engaged whilst staying in the hotels Vista Suite, choosing to spend this precious moment in the luxurious haven with panoramic island views.

Why not treat yourself to a few days of Myconian magic with a stay at Kenshō Boutique Hotel & Suites? Who knows which celebs you’ll meet on the way?

Ras Al Khaimah Flies Into Global Tourism Major Leagues With World’s Longest Zip Line Opening in December

RAKTDA has partnered with the worold’s leading zip line operator, Toro Verde, to create the emirate’s flagship multi-million dollar tourism product. 

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has announced that the world’s longest and highest zip line will officially open on the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais, in December.

With the exact length of the zip line remaining a closely-guarded secret until the multi-million dollar adventure tourism product’s opening, the zip line will propel the UAE’s most northern emirate into the major leagues of global adventure tourism and cement Jebel Jais as the region’s leading active adventure tourism destination.

RAKTDA has partnered with Toro Verde, the world’s leading zip line operator, to develop its latest active adventure tourism product, which is due to break the current Guinness world record zip line of 2,200 metres held by ‘The Monster’ in Puerto Rico, a site also developed and operated by Toro Verde. The Ras Al Khaimah zip line will also be a case study for eco-tourism, using solar energy and locally-sourced natural materials, ensuring visitors enjoy the natural experience in the emirate’s mountain landscape.

Speaking at a press conference to launch Ras Al Khaimah’s flagship tourism product, Haitham Mattar, CEO of RAKTDA, which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure, regulates its hospitality sector and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, revealed the currently unnamed zip line will be longer than 28 soccer fields in length.

“Building on the success of last year’s launch of the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata adventure product, the new zip line represents Ras Al Khaimah’s most significant tourism product opening since Al Marjan Island, our coral-shaped leisure tourism archipelago. This key product launch will further enhance Ras Al Khaimah’s unique mountain-beach-desert offering as the emirate moves towards its goal of attracting one million visitors next year, under the guidance and vision of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah,” Mattar said.

With RAKTDA aiming to secure Guinness World Records status for the world’s longest and highest zip line, Toro Verde UAE, a subsidiary of the Puerto Rico based Magno Genesis Holding Group, has been appointed to construct and operate the attraction.

“Jebel Jais’ dramatic and beautiful landscape offers an iconic backdrop for what will be a bucket list experience for people all around the world. The mountains also provide a strong and very challenging base for construction and through our experience and the expertise of our team, we are already making good progress,” said Jorge Jorge, CEO of Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah.

“Opening within the heart of the UAE’s highest and most iconic natural mountain range, the Jebel Jais zip line experience will consist of two lines, allowing friends and family to take part in the flight together. On arrival at the Welcome Centre, which features a lounge, restaurant, lockers, equipment storage and offices, participants will be given a pre-briefing and then escorted to the launch platform and fitted with a special suit and equipment for this adventure,” commented Ricardo Lizano, COO of Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah.

The zip line will be open to all ages, providing participants meet required minimum weight of 35kg and maximum weight of 150kg, and a minimum height of 120cm.

Expecting to attract a high-end clientele, a dedicated VIP Lounge and Welcome Centre will provide an enhanced experience. In addition to private parking and the option to fast track their zip line flight, a helicopter transfer will be available, flying guests from Ras Al Khaimah’s pristine coast line, taking in the views of the dramatic Al Hajar Mountains from above.

“This zip line will be like no other experience out there. Once harnessed to the zip line in a horizontal superhero position, participants will soar through the sky as if they’re a bird. It’s the closest you can get to the experience of flying. The flight will take them to a suspended landing platform where they will be transferred to a second line to complete their journey back to the ground,” Mattar explained. “In its first phase of operations, the zip line will be able to accommodate 250 people a day, that’s 100,000 in a year. Nothing like this exists in the world – let alone this region – it is a true first for Ras Al Khaimah and adds another amazing attraction to the UAE’s diverse tourism portfolio.”

In line with RAKTDA’s commitment to sustainability as a sponsor of the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, construction of the zip line and its supporting structures and facilities have been designed to have a positive impact on the environment. Local expertise and materials have also been sourced where possible, with the addition of utilizing environmentally friendly resources in specific areas of the site, such as LED lighting and photovoltaic fabric materials, that will allow for the generation of clean energy for operations.

“We want visitors to enjoy the pleasure of experiencing the stunning mountains and nature without impacting the environment,” commented Jorge.

The longest zip line in the world in Ras Al Khaimah will open the first week of December and will be one of several eco-friendly products on Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak, which is set to become the adventure tourism hub of the Middle East.

More information about Jebel Jais and its active adventure tourism offering is available on www.jebeljais.ae.

Please download the video b-roll, images and media kit on this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1lc1p9wuuumr28h/AACCx3aYg5rvCuQzdk7-324ua?dl=0

UNWTO Launches ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ Campaign

In the framework of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is launching a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change.

The main message of the campaign is summarized by the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai: “Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host. You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better future. TRAVEL, ENJOY AND RESPECT.

The campaign, which will run in various languages and outlets around the world, includes a manual of ‘Tips for a Responsible Traveller’, developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics in line with the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. The manual provides travellers with a set of recommendations to help them make responsible choices when travelling and have a positive impact on the destinations they visit.

“Today more than ever, ensuring that tourism is an enriching experience for visitors and hosts alike demands strong, sustainable tourism policies and practices and the engagement of national, as well as local, governments and administrations, private sector companies, local communities and tourists themselves,” added Mr. Rifai.

The message will reach consumers through campaign supporters including among others CNN International, the Government of Andorra, the Madrid City Council, Iberia, the Spanish National Railways System (Renfe), Minube, PR MEDIACO, Cleverdis and Air Mauritius.

Destinations and companies from around the world are invited to join the campaign and celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development with a commitment from the sector to ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’.

Useful links:

About the Travel Enjoy Respect Campaign

Video Travel. Enjoy. Respect.

Campaign toolkit

About the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Mexico’s Pacific Coast – Does Paradise Really Exist?

What does your perfect holiday look like? Do you dream up white sandy coastlines, melting pink sunsets, bowing palm trees, diving dolphins and flavoursome cocktails?  Does your imagination run wild, or does this place in your mind actually exist?

A direct flight from London will lead you to Mexico’s Pacific Coast, home to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring regions united in the beautiful Banderas Bay that will put your imagination to shame.

These two destinations offer something for everyone: families, friends, couples, newlyweds and honeymooners.  No matter who you are, you’ll find your paradise here.

To the Beach: For those who love sun, sand and surfing, Riviera Nayarit offers a 200-mile stretch of golden coastline and magical seaside towns to enjoy. Head down to the hippie chic town of Sayulita for surfing, fresh fish, boutiques, paddle boarding, coronas and lots of fun. This sleepy surf town is one of the coolest places around, promising chilled vibes and the real Mexican way of life.

Nearby, the peaceful fishing village of Lo de Marcos in Riviera Nayarit is another must-visit for lovers of the ocean. Luscious green hills and singing birds surround the beaches of Los Venados, Las Minitas and El Atracadero, where the phrase “paradise on earth” frames this corner of the coast.

For nature lovers, Riviera Nayarit’s pretty town of Punta el Custodio has six miles of virgin beach, eco-friendly villas and turtle sanctuaries!

A Touch of Romance: Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town, known as the “Zona Romántica,” showcases the beauty of a traditional Mexican town with cafes, restaurants, street food, art galleries and rhythmic nightlife hotspots.

Kick things off with Vallarta Eats Food Tours and sample fried fish tacos with guac and endless shots of tequila. Then, wander around the cobbled streets and stop off at the church of Lady Guadalupe, a symbol of the city and a place of historical importance to the locals. Finish with a walk along the famous Malecón as you watch a pink sunset crash into the waves.

Family Fun: In Banderas Bay, adventure and wildlife thrive and flocks of tropical birds fill the sky. Embark on a trip with Vallarta Adventures to visit the breathtaking Marietas Islands. Swim with schools of King Angel fish, Giant Pacific Manta Rays and enormous turtles as they reveal their underwater world.

Get active with an afternoon of paddle boarding, snorkelling or diving, and then end on a strong note with a spot of entertainment from the Blue-footed booby birds ready to show off their hip-hop dancing!

If wildlife is more your thing, venture to Puerto Vallarta and check-in to the Wildlife Connection for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with wild dolphins. Just like humans, teenage dolphins are known to be mischievous, splashing around and playing games with visitors.

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have the highest respect for their wildlife. All creatures of the sea live free within their natural habitats and are constantly watched over by loving locals.

Active Adventures: Don’t be fooled that the underwater world has a hold over land activity. If you prefer to stay dry, Banderas Bay is filled with endless activities that beg to be experienced.

Riviera Nayarit is home to six signature golf courses to welcome golf lovers from across the globe. The region is also a hotspot for horse riding, zip lining, rappelling and bird watching. Neighbour Puerto Vallarta also has a wide adventure offering that includes kite surfing, ATV riding and parachute jumping!

Amazing Nightlife: If parachute jumping doesn’t get your pulse racing, then the region’s nightlife is sure to do the trick!

For a night of fine dining, sophistication and impeccable service, waltz round to Riviera Nayarit’s Punta Mita zone, home to the best of the best hotels including the St. Regis and Four Seasons. A favourite amongst the rich and famous – including the Kardashian clan, Eva Longoria and Rihanna – this picture-perfect resort makes way for a night of glitz and glam.

For those looking for an authentic Mexican evening, head over to Sayulita and the pretty fishing village of San Pancho where crafty cocktails are aplenty. Make sure to visit La Fresona Beach Club to enjoy live music in tiki huts! For a day scene, head to W Punta de Mita resort for bubbles and buzzing beats by the poolside.

For those looking to turn it up a notch, Puerto Vallarta awaits with its vibrant nightlife. It’s well-known as a city that comes alive after sunset. Live bars, clubs and open-air shows line the Malecón strip, tempting party-loving night owls.

The region has also been ranked among the top 10 LGBTI honeymoon destinations in the world. The Gayborhood district within the Romantic Zone offers an incredible choice of bars and clubs for the LGBTI community. Popular spots span the Vallarta Cora, Azul Agave Sky Bar, Paco’s Ranch and CC Slaughter’s Nightclub, welcoming visitors from all walks of life.

When it comes your perfect holiday, stop letting your imagination run wild. Along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit welcome you to a true paradise!

An Evening with the Stars: Stargazing in La Gomera

With the cleanest, clearest skies in Europe, La Gomera in the Canary Islands awaits to delight astronomy lovers. 

Who among us hasn’t looked up to the skies on a clear night in wonder? Contemplating the universe while observing the heavens is only a natural reaction. But what if you could see the stars shine brighter than you ever thought possible?

In the Canary Islands, you can enjoy the cleanest, clearest skies in Europe for stargazing. In fact, two of the widest range observatories on the planet are located in Tenerife. Thanks to the region’s low level of light pollution, this desirable characteristic extends to La Gomera, widely regarded as the most authentic and visual of the Canary Islands.

An Evening with the Stars

As soon as you arrive, La Gomera welcomes you with the best viewpoints around. Then, as the sun sets over the horizon, the night begins its hypnotising dance, dazzling onlookers with stellar displays.

Planets, constellations, galaxies and shooting stars sparkle for any traveller who keeps their eyes to the sky. With a little attention, you can learn to see them easily.

Where to start?

To experience this star-studded spectacle in all its glory, you should start by downloading virtual observatory apps. Popular options include Star Walk 2, Sky Map or SkyView, all of which provide detailed information by facing your smartphone at whatever you want to learn about.

César Manrique Viewpoint

Once you’ve downloaded your app, kick off your stargazing journey in La Gomera at the César Manrique viewpoint on the road to Valle Gran Rey.

This viewpoint is perfect for observing one of the most recognisable groups of stars in the galaxy, the Orion constellation. In February and March, the mythological giant beams across the winter sky. You can even notice the contrast in colours at the edges of the stars: the reddish Betelgeuse in the shoulder of the giant and the blue Rigel in his foot.

From here, it’s easy to see Orion’s Belt, the iconic asterism formed by three massive stars. Hanging below Orion’s belt, three more small stars form part of the Great Orion Nebula, the most brilliant nebulae visible to the naked eye.

Mirador de Santo Viewpoint

Continue your journey at the Mirador de Santo viewpoint in the hamlet of Arure. On moonless nights, the complete absence of light transforms this viewpoint into a front row seat to the Milky Way galaxy. If you use a telescope or binoculars, you can even notice concentrations of recently formed stars tied together in space by gravity.

To the north, in the early evenings of February and March, you’ll find Gemini, one of the 48 constellations of the zodiac.

Mirador de Alojera Viewpoint

The Mirador de Alojera viewpoint is the next stop on your stargazing journey in La Gomera. Accessed by a small dirt track, this viewpoint reveals two mythical and easily recognisable constellations: Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, also known as the Big Dipper and Little Dipper.

From the Big Dipper, you can trace a direct line to Polaris, the North Star. The easiest way to get there is by using the pointer stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper, Dubhe and Merak. Draw a line between these two stars and extend it out about 5 times to arrive in the vicinity of Polaris, which actually marks the tip of the handle of the Little Dipper.

Garajonay Summit

For your last stop, you’ll arrive in the heart of the island at the Garajonay summit. Thrusting its peak 1,487 metres high, this natural platform is no doubt one of the best places to catch panoramic views of space.

On August nights, if you look towards the south, you can spot two constellations that float over the densest part of the Milky Way, Sagittarius and Scorpius. In the Scorpius constellation, the red supergiant star Antares blazes with the size and intensity of 700 suns.

Close to Antares, with the help of binoculars, you can see a ball of stars resembling a wisp of smoke. This is Messier 4, a large globular cluster of old stars located 7,200 light years away.

As you will have discovered by now, the natural treasures of La Gomera span far beyond the earth and sea. All you have to do is look up.

For more information, please visit La Gomera’s official website.

The Cappuccino Cookbook from Coffee Island

Every cup of coffee is a unique experience. And like the best things in life, it’s one that’s meant to be savoured.  Black, white, with or without sugar – the perfect brew is entirely up to you. But for a sure bet, the combination of coffee and milk never disappoints.

You may already be familiar with the intensely flavourful treat known as cappuccino. It may be the world’s most popular coffee beverage, delighting caffeine lovers with different variations and preparations. Yet, the foundation remains the same everywhere.

The Story of Cappuccino

The story of cappuccino begins in the 18th century when its original form was conceived in Vienna. From there, it quickly spread to the rest of Europe and across the globe, taking on different influences over the years. Today, cappuccino is more loved than ever.

So what’s the secret to cappuccino’s long-standing success? Its appeal lies in the precise measurements of ingredients that provide an endless variety of flavour profiles.

At Coffee Island, they have a special love and preference for Cappuccino, Cappuccino Latte and their favourite, Flat White. Three recipes, three tastes, one pleasure – meet the Cappuccino Family.

Cappuccino Coffee Island – Common Value

Take one part espresso and one part warm, frothy milk, and you get a delicious coffee treat without the guilt. The milk adds a sweetness and volume to the body, and at the correct volume, it creates a smooth cream that retains the acidity of the espresso. The result is a sweeter, smoother and creamier beverage that enchants from start to finish.

Coffee Island Latte – Milky Value

Latte means milk in Italian, but it first appeared in the United States. It’s the perfect beverage for anyone who likes a lot of milk with their coffee, or perhaps a little coffee with their milk. The main difference between a latte and classic Cappuccino is simply the amount of milk used and the intensity of flavour. Latte is usually served in a larger glass and has a stronger taste of milk than coffee.

Flat White – Intense Value

Cappuccino is becoming more modern and intense with a significant difference to their other recipes. Coffee Island’s flat white uses ristretto, which takes the normal amount of espresso, extracted at the same time, but with half the amount of water. If you’re looking to add intensity to your day, this is the drink for you!  For a finishing touch, Coffee Island baristas can create latte art on the frothy milk as it settles on the coffee’s surface.

At Coffee Island, they love coffee with character. They’re driven by a passion for unique recipes and production methods that will complete their flavour profile. That’s why they search for new coffee tasting experiences based on quality. They don’t need to hide their recipes; they share their expertise because they believe a perfectly engineered cup of coffee is priceless.

Adventure by Land, Air or Sea in the Region of Valencia

For lovers of adventure, the Region of Valencia is primed for outdoor pursuits. Hike scenic routes on approved footpaths or tour the countryside on two wheels. Get close to the coast or fly high in the sky in hot air balloons. Whether by land, air or sea, the destination offers thrilling activities for all fitness levels. Get started with these suggestions…

Lace up your hiking boots.

Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the Region of Valencia. Over 5,000km of certified trails wind their way from popular spots to the most scenic locations.

History buffs can experience the Region of Valencia’s rich culture by following the markers of historical paths, such as the Way of the Cid (Camino del Cid), the Saint James’ Way of the Levant (Camino de Santiago de Levante) or the Route of Monasteries (Ruta dels Monestirs).

You can also take your pick from short range (SR) and local trails (LT) to long range (LR) trails that allow you to carry out hikes of over a day. No matter the choice, each trail allows you to discover the natural beauty of the region by the beat of your own two feet.

Take a tour on two wheels.

Thanks to its diverse terrain, the Region of Valencia offers near endless possibilities for cyclists with thousands of miles of mountain trails, country paths, historical greenways and bicycle roads.

If your passion is mountain biking, the rugged terrain surrounding Alicante has all the dirt, mud, slopes and sinuous paths you could want. As you tour the most beautiful locations, be sure to stop at BTT Centres throughout the region. Each centre offers a minimum of 100km of circuits, perfectly mapped out and signposted. Bicycle and equipment hire, information points and support services are also available.

Beyond the mountain trails, you can enjoy cycling in all its forms. Ride through traditional Spanish villages or bustling cities at your heart’s desire. A great place to start is the Via Augusta, a road dating back to the Roman Empire.

Get close to the coast.

To all watersports enthusiasts, the Region of Valencia presents 450km of pristine coastline. You can easily find calm, warm water with excellent access to sandy beaches, rocky coves and wide bays, which provide great conditions for surfing, diving and sailing. In fact, the region’s marinas are among the best in Europe, as demonstrated by their capacity to host prestigious sporting events such as the America’s Cup in Valencia and the departure of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante.

The region’s coastal towns and resorts have many accommodation options, while specialist schools and tour companies are ready to help you have a great time surfing, sailing, canoeing, and a whole host of other activities you’ve always wanted to try.

For a one-of-a-kind learning experience, check out the Las Antípodas sailing school in the calm inlet of Peñon de Ifac. It offers classes and hires out catamarans, windsurfing boards, sea kayaks and wakeboards. In summer, you can kayak either in the morning or at night if there is a full moon. On weekends, in spring and autumn, they organise catamaran crossings between Xàbia and Altea.

Discover the destination from the sky.

For adrenaline junkies, the Region of Valencia is best seen with a bird’s eye view. And with so much to discover throughout the destination, you can’t go wrong with a hot air balloon ride.

This activity is enjoyable year-round and suitable for all types of people. Excursions typically last an hour, during which you’ll fly at different altitudes depending on the surrounding landscape.

Cross the fertile Sierra de Mariola between Valencia and Alicante. Drift gently above the colourful terraces and scattered rocks of the Sierra Aitana. Or soar above the palm gardens of Elche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whatever you do, expect the best views across Spain.

Ready for your next adventure? Find out more about the exciting activities you can enjoy in the Region of Valencia here.

Meet Freddo Cappuccino: The Latest Taste Sensation from Coffee Island

Meet Freddo Cappuccino: the latest taste sensation from Coffee Island. Every person we meet who tries one falls in love. And why wouldn’t they? Freddo cappuccino is the cooler cousin to regular cappuccino. In this tasty treat, iced espresso teams up with full bodied cold cream to become your new favourite iced coffee.

If you haven’t tried one already, here are a few reasons why you should…

You like perfectly engineered coffee. Every cup of coffee is a piece of art. Coffee Island turns the art of making coffee into a science. Their Espresso Coffee Island Specialty Blend features a silky-smooth body in every cup, complex flavours of bright citrus, dark chocolate and roasted nuts on every sip, and a tart sweetness that will perk up any part of your day. They only use limited edition Arabica varitieties in their espresso specialty blend:

  • Semi-washed Brazil
  • Alta Mogiana
  • Washed Nicaragua Di Pilto
  • Washed Guatemala Santa Rosa
  • Washed Ethiopia

You want a coffee company that knows what they’re doing.

Since their humble beginnings in Greece, Coffee Island has specialised in the fine art of specialty coffee brewing. Sustainability, customisation and unique products are the core of their philosophy. They’ve also been making  Freddo Cappuccino for decades, so trust us when we say it’s amazing.

Not to mention, all of their baristas are certified specialty coffee experts. They’ve immersed themselves in the world premium coffee as proud members of the Specialty Coffee Association, so you can expect a perfectly engineered Freddo Cappuccino every time.

You are unique.

At Coffee Island, your taste preference is as unique as your fingerprint. That’s why their custom blend concept stems from a single promise: you get the best from what you want.

In their London shop, all you have to do is describe the flavours and aromas you like best, and talented baristas will make a personalised Freddo Cappuccino for you. It’s just as delicious in Coffee Island’s decaf variety, deCO2ffεε, and any one of their Microfarm guest coffees too.

Once you try  Freddo Cappuccino, we bet you’ll be hooked. Fortunately, you can smell, taste and buy your favourite coffee beans so you can enoy a Freddo Cappuccino any time. Coffee Island will even grind the beans on the spot to your exact requirements at their coffee grindery.

You are a home barista.

For those keen on making Freddo Cappuccino at home, Coffee Island can train you to be a home barista. Every piece of equipment used in their sophisticated brewing methods is also available for purchase. Now, you can take the Coffee Island experience to your home or office!

Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge Champion Jordan Smith Claims Maiden PGA European Tour Win in Germany

Jordan Smith of England poses with the trophy after winning the Porsche European Open during the Porsche European Open – Day Four at Green Eagle in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Golf stars of the future will return to UAE’s most northern emirate from 25-28 October.

The world’s up-and-coming golf stars are due to tee-off in the second Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge in less than three months’ time. England’s Jordan Smith – the inaugural tournament’s champion in 2016 – has underlined the European Challenge Tour’s credentials as the primary springboard for golf’s future stars. Last week, he claimed his maiden PGA European Tour win at the recently-concluded Porsche European Open in Hamburg, Germany.

Having shot consecutive sub-par rounds of 70, 67, 67 and 71 in Hamburg, Smith, who is ineligible for this year’s Ras Al Khaimah showcase due to being a full-time PGA European Tour player, edged out defending champion, Frenchman Alexander Levy. The pair competed in a dramatic two-hole play-off before Jordan claimed his personal piece of professional history.

“As we prepare to welcome the rising stars of European golf back to Ras Al Khaimah, Jordan’s win in Germany underlines the feeder Tour’s capacity to nurture outstanding talents,” said Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, which organises the Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Challenge. “It’s great to see them go on to be mainstays in the upper echelons of the professional game.

“We look forward to the next major stars of European golf being unearthed on the emirate’s fairways in October, and we hope our future champions follow in the footsteps of Jordan and countless others who have broken through on the European Challenge Tour.”

Smith, who led the German field going into Sunday’s final round, has risen 25 places to sit a lofty 18th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. The Englishmen, who sits only one place behind Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, is ahead of established PGA European Tour and Ryder Cup stars, including Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Nicolas Colsaerts and Ian Poulter.

“Jordan’s win in Germany continues a long-standing tradition of European Challenge Tour players making a formidable impression in their rookie seasons on the PGA European Tour,” said Nick Tarratt, the Director of the Dubai office of the PGA European Tour.

The RAK 2018 Golf Challenge returns to the emirate’s Al Hamra Golf Club from October 25-28. A 105-strong field of leading European Challenge Tour talents mixed with a sprinkling of local qualifiers and sponsors invitees will vie for glory.

For more information on the Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Challenge and The Road to Oman 2017, visit www.europeantour.com/challengetour.


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