First Look at Virgin Limited Edition’s Son Balagueret Villa

The new villa is Son Bunyola’s latest addition following the opening of the first two villas, Sa Terra Rotja and Sa Punta de S’Aguila in summer 2016.

Son Balagueret is spread over three floors and includes a secluded central courtyard, a private heated swimming pool and panoramic views over the estate and the dramatic coastline.

The villa sleeps up to 6 people in three bedrooms, one of which is located in a unique and historic turret dating back to the 13th century. Rates start from EUR 13,095 / AUD 18,360 or AUD 2620 per night based on a 7 night stay (at today’s exchange rate).

The private estate, with its own gated entrance, is over 700 acres and is located in between Esporles and Banyalbufar on the Northwest coast of Mallorca.

At the heart of the estate is an original Finca building dating back to the 1800’s surrounded by vines, citrus fruit trees, almond and olive trees.

What’s included in a stay?

• Accommodation for the 7 nights 

• All drinks including wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and Spanish sparkling wine

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner including a local restaurant reservation one night

• A concierge service to take care of activities and restaurant bookings

• Wireless internet

• Daily housekeeping and pool servicing

Things to do….and also included!

Take a dip in your private heated pool just steps away from your villa or play a spot of tennis on the nearby court (racquets and balls provided) – this is shared by all three villas.

The estate is 3km×5km in size so perfect for a stroll to stretch your legs, or capture stunning ocean views with a coastal walk that starts from a pebble beach.

Source: inspired Luxury for Virgin Limited

Ellie Goulding Launches The Range Rover Velar In New York

The new Range Rover Velar made a spectacular US debut with an exclusive live online performance from Ellie Goulding.

The chart-topping singer’s New York show precedes a charity auction of the hotly anticipated new mid-size SUV at the East Side House Settlement Annual Gala later this week.

Ellie said: “I have always been a big Range Rover fan and it was a pleasure to be a part of its launch here in the US.

Even more rewarding to be supporting a local charity that improves over 10,000 lives every year in one of my favourite cities.”

A Range Rover Velar will be auctioned at the East Side House Settlement charity gala, a preview of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, at the Jacob Javits Center.

The winning bidder will be among the first customers in the world to take delivery of the highly coveted new vehicle.

New York remains the world’s biggest Range Rover market.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the East Side House Settlement, a non-profit organisation providing education and social services in the Bronx and north Manhattan.

Source: Range Rover

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak Launches Hump Day Night Skiing – Wednesday Night Under the Stars

Coronet Peak in New Zealand’s adventure capital of Queenstown is bringing out the stars on Wednesdays nights, as it extends its popular Friday and Saturday Twilight and Night skiing experience to Wednesdays during July.

The announcement comes just days before the early bird pricing on the 2017 3 Peak Pass, the South Island’s best value ski pass, closes on March 30. The 3 Peak early bird season Pass, priced at NZ$599, includes night skiing.

Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager, Nigel Kerr, says this offers skiing and boarding lovers a hugely attractive mid-week option.

Night skiing is very popular with Aussies, who can realistically be at work in the morning and skiing at night on the same day thanks to a number of well-priced flights ex Australia.

“This mid-week option now opens up more itinerary choices for them when visiting Queenstown in July,” he said. It’s now not just weekends, but in July you can ski under the stars on hump day.”

“Night and Twilight skiing are more than just the extension of a day’s skiing. It is an entirely different, more magical experience, made even better by an awesome on-mountain après experience eating pizzas and burgers whilst enjoying a mulled wine on a heated deck near a roaring fire.”

Night skiiers will also be able to enjoy two new additions to the floodlit trails. Running off the side of the M1 trail Duncan’s Dance, a rolling terraced run, and the Pro Am run alongside the lower Coronet Express will be lit up for 2017 night skiing adding to the many runs on offer.

Night skiing is included in the 3 Peak Season Pass, offering pass holders unlimited access to Coronet Peak day, twilight and night skiing, as well as unlimited access to The Remarkables on the other side of Queenstown and Mt Hutt in Canterbury, officially New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort 2015 and 2016.

When paying as you go, an adult night ski lift pass from 4-9pm is NZ$59, while children 6 and over are NZ$35.

A Twilight pass, which runs from 12:30pm-9.00pm, is $119 per adult and NZ$60 for kids 6 and over. Children 5 and under are free for all passes at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

Source: Coronet Peak

Etihad Airways and Norland Celebrate the Graduation of the 2000th Flying Nanny

Etihad Airways has celebrated the graduation of its 2000th Flying Nanny, continuing its relationship with Norland, the respected UK-based higher education college which specialises in ‘early years’ education.

This Norland-approved training ensures that Etihad Airways’ highly trained cabin crew members become Flying Nannies, can combine their service and hospitality expertise with an appreciation of the childcare skills required to ensure outstanding service and inflight care for the airline’s younger guests.

The bespoke training program, devised by Norland specifically for the Etihad Airways Training Academy, provides cabin crew with the skills to support families on long-haul flights.

Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Guest Experience, said: “Flying with a young family can be daunting, even for our most experienced guests, and the Flying Nanny role demonstrates our understanding of their needs and our unwavering commitment to making the journey as relaxing, entertaining and comfortable as possible – for both parent and child.”

Flying Nannies were introduced by Etihad Airways in September 2013, and are on board to provide an extra pair of hands and to allow parents more personal time while they entertain the children.

Claire Burgess, Head of Research, Consultancy and Training at Norland, who has been delivering the training at Etihad Airways’ headquarters since the Flying Nanny initiative began, commented: “This milestone reflects how successful the Flying Nanny program has been for Etihad Airways, and it proves that Norland’s expertise continues to make a positive impact on the passenger experience.”

In September 2016, the airline introduced a new Flying Nanny Kit as part of a new range of ‘Etihad Explorers’ children’s activity packs, to keep its younger guests occupied while on board.

The kit promotes greater interaction between nanny and child and contains an extensive range of fun items including Origami, games, pom-poms, flight certificates, tools for magic tricks and face-painting, and a ‘Flying Nanny stamp of approval’ which the nanny can use to reward children during their inflight activities.

Source: Etihad

Qantas and Rockpool Mark 20 Years of Flying and Fine Dining

This month, Qantas and Neil Perry celebrate their 20th anniversary as culinary partners – the longest relationship of its kind in aviation industry. And to celebrate, the national carrier invited lifestyle, travel and food media to ‘lunch’ in the first class lounge in the Qantas terminal at Sydney airport.

The lunch showcased some of ‘the best’ dishes Neil Perry has concocted over the last 20 years for QF, including long-standing favourite dished of those who tend to travel a lot for business or play.

‘Mr Perry and the Rockpool Group joined Qantas as consultants in 1997. After initially working with the airline to redesign First Class inflight dining, the restauranteur went on to revamp the menu and service offering for international and domestic Business Class.

Two decades on, Mr Perry is Qantas’ Creative Director, Food, Service and Beverage. His team of chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and service experts oversee the design of the domestic and international in-flight menu, as well as First and Business Class food and beverages. Since 2015, Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers have selected the airline’s in-flight wine, while Rockpool mixologists create the airline’s lounge cocktails.

Mr Perry and Rockpool are also overseeing the design of the inflight dining experience for the Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which joins the airline’s fleet in late 2017. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said Mr Perry had made a unique contribution to Qantas’ tradition of premium service – and showcased the best of Australian produce for millions of the national carrier’s customers.

“It’s impossible to imagine food and wine on Qantas without Neil’s influence, which shows you the way he’s made it his own over the past two decades,” Mr Joyce. “We say that when you step on a Qantas flight overseas you’re already in Australia – and a Neil Perry meal is part of that experience.”

“We love the passion and perfectionism that he brings to the job, but also the way he challenges us to experiment and evolve. Qantas has always worked with brilliant Australians, and Neil is well and truly part of the hall of fame.” Mr Perry said it was a privilege to work with Qantas and adapt inflight dining to the changing tastes and growing sophistication of Australian travellers.

“Australians today are also incredibly food savvy – they understand what’s in season and love exploring food and wine regions around Australia and overseas. They expect to see great produce grown by passionate locals both inflight and in our lounges. “Twenty years ago, we put tagine on the menu and had to call it Moroccan braised lamb, but now we use terms like baba ganoush and garam masala without thinking twice.

“Listening to customer feedback, engaging with the crew who prepare the menu inflight and being sure to create dishes that use the best seasonal produce across each destination that Qantas flies to, are the three vital components to creating a successful menu each season,” said Neil Perry.

The Rockpool signature steak sandwich with tomato relish is the one menu item that has been a constant on the Qantas’ First Class in-flight menu for the past 20 years. An attempt to rest it briefly in 2009 was met with protests from customers and the steak sandwich was promptly reinstated to the menu, where it remains a firm favourite today. Qantas serves up more than 600,000 steak sandwiches each year worldwide.

Source: Qantas