Byron Bay backdrop for Activated Nutrients

To celebrate the launch of Activated Nutrients’ latest offering – a range of Certified Organic superfood powders – an intimate group of media heavyweights and special guests were invited to experience a health and wellness retreat in Byron Bay, the home of healthy living. 

Hosted at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, the health and wellness retreat gave guests the opportunity to unwind and relax in the eco-friendly resort with architecture that relies on the flow of fresh air. The two-day program of events included a welcome sunset dinner, one-off health and fitness activities and an official launch brunch. Over the course of the retreat, guests were able to participate in a number of activities including yoga and a guided meditation walk in the rainforest, tennis lessons, sunrise surfing lessons and personal training on the beach at Byron Bay’s iconic Tallow Beach.

The retreat concluded with a media launch brunch hosted in the penthouse at Raes at Wategos. Overlooking the ocean, headland and lighthouse, guests enjoyed a beautiful spread of healthy breakfast items including macadamia lattes, acai bowls, chia pots and a ‘create-your-own’ avocado on toast with locally sourced toppings that included goats cheese, heirloom tomatoes and Atlantic salmon.

A specially created smoothie bar was also featured where guests were able to create their own smoothies that included Activated Nutrients’ new range of certified organic superfood powders. Before returning home, guests were able to enjoy an afternoon stroll along the iconic lighthouse walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Co-founded in 2013 by Blair Norfolk and leading nutritional scientist Dr. Jaroslav Boublik (‘Dr. JB’), Activated Nutrients’ products harness the power of plant-based nutrition and cutting-edge scientific research to deliver innovative products with tangible health benefits. Proudly Australian-owned and headquartered in Melbourne, Activated Nutrients is committed to educating consumers about the myriad benefits of organic, plant-based nutrition.

The new ‘Top Up’ range was created to help men, women, and those aged over 50 to bridge the nutritional gap created by poor dietary choices, to ensure consumers don’t miss out on essential nutrients the body needs to get through a busy day. The products feature a unique blend of superfood and herbal extracts, sourced from their native region of cultivation to ensure the ingredients meet rigorous standards for quality and purity. In recognition of the relationship between the gut microbiome and human health, prebiotic fibres and live probiotics underpin the entire product range to support a healthy gut.

More than just a superfood powder, Activated Nutrients’ products boast significant levels of multiple vitamins and minerals, all derived from whole plant foods. By sourcing these micronutrients from whole plant extracts rather than synthetic chemical compounds, the nutrients are more bioavailable and able to be utilised by the body.

Source: Activated Nutrients

New Qantas research reveals what customers really want on ultra long-haul flights

Stationary exercise bikes and virtual reality relaxation and entertainment are among several features Qantas customers are suggesting for futuristic long-haul flights.

The new research, captured late last year in conjunction with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre, is being conducted as Qantas prepares to conquer the final frontier of global commercial air travel, with world first non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to New York and London to start from 2022.

The airline has been conducting focus group research as well as surveying customers as they step off the direct London to Perth services to capture their experience, suggestions and feedback.

Health and wellness are the top trends coming through all research, with a strong focus on mindfulness and “separation of experience” at different stages of a long-haul flight.

CEO Qantas International Alison Webster said the new research is showing increased interest towards physical wellbeing, state of mind and personal time and space.

“Customer feedback from the Perth to London flight has exceeded expectations, especially in relation to the time saved by skipping the traditional stopover and going direct to their destination,” said Ms Webster.

“The engagement and enthusiasm we’re seeing from this research highlights how passionate our customers are to be a part of the evolution of ultra-long-haul travel.”

“Our job now is to determine where the most demand is and create this cabin in a way that makes it both affordable for customers and commercially viable for the airline. Everything is on the table and we are excited about what innovations may come from this research.”

The top five most frequent suggestions from customers for Project Sunrise:

  • Provide “sense of separation” experiences where passengers can be social but then “zone out” with either virtual reality relaxation zones, audio mindfulness experiences, or through the broader inflight entertainment.
  • Spaces to do gentle exercise/stretches, promoting circulation and comfort.
  • Wireless, noise cancelling headsets
  • Innovative cabin designs across the entire aircraft, considering both seat and non-seat spaces to focus on a broad range of traveller needs including comfort, sleep, dining, entertainment and state of mind.
  • An inflight cafe offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including wine, fresh juices, herbal teas and tisanes and mocktails along with snacks including dips with vegetable sticks as well as “treat foods”.

The top five Qantas health and well-being initiatives already in place:

  • Stretch classes at Perth Transit lounge offering 15-minute stretch routines for passengers prior to and following their long-haul flight. Over 80% take-up rate, with passengers as young as 12 and up to 75 years old participating.
  • Outdoor spaces in the Perth terminal and transit lounge, offering all customers access fresh air and natural sunlight before and after flights to London.
  • Inflight menu designed by Neil Perry and leveraging scientific research from Charles Perkins Centre, to help determine the best ingredients to use in meals across various points of the flight to aid sleep and wakefulness. E.g. Avoid spicy foods before bed time and instead use these ingredients during the breakfast service, as it supresses melatonin in the brain and stimulates the metabolism. Also, retiming onboard service to help re-orient the body clock to destination.
  • Specially designed and timed lighting to promote wake and sleep at the right times for passengers to help the body adapt to a new time zone.
  • The time saved by removing the need for a stopover on Perth to London. Customers can choose to avoid the physical and emotional preparations of an extra landing, disembarking, re-boarding, and resettling after take-off and get to their destination hours quicker.

The next phase will involve using new research from Charles Perkins Centre and ongoing customer feedback to inspire Qantas Industrial Designer David Caon to create features for the interior cabin, as well as future lounge features further incorporating health and wellness initiatives.

David Caon said Project Sunrise is pushing not just the boundaries of distance, but also product innovation.

“Customers are sharing some incredibly imaginative ideas, which is an exciting challenge and helps us to think outside of the box to redefine the ultra-long-haul experience,” he said.

“Bringing some of these concepts to life will involve an entire rethink around how to be clever about use of all cabin space and what is practically possible but it may well involve incorporating design elements never before seen on commercial aircraft.”

The same research will also be used by Qantas Director of Food, Beverage and Service, Neil Perry, to create the future onboard dining experience.

Qantas is expected to make an announcement around Project Sunrise later in 2019, including which aircraft type it would operate, with both the Boeing 777X and the Airbus A350 under consideration.

Qantas launched a partnership with Charles Perkins Centre 12 months ago to use scientific research to help shape the customer experience of these long-haul services. Many initiatives have been introduced on the current direct Perth – London flights, which currently has the highest customer service rating of any flight on the global Qantas network.

Source: Qantas

Heritage Line to launch newly built Ylang vessel in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

Heritage Line is a singular cruise line, passionate to the core about creating unforgettable and refined river voyages. They operate a luxurious collections of vessels on several waterways across Southeast Asia.

In September 2019 Heritage Line will introduces a new vessel Ylang in Lan Ha Bay (North Vietnam). This “Sensuous Belle” features a splendid blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with French-Colonial accents. Ylang will be the only cruise in the region offering a distinctive wellness theme onboard on a dedicated 3 day – 2 night voyage into remote and less visited areas of the bay.

The vessel’s interior emanates the ancient flair of Indochina with a delicate floral leitmotif inspired by local poetry and related to the four seasons of the year. Local artisans contributed to Ylang’s decoration with hand-crafted paintings and artwork. All this creates an inimitable sense of bliss and an exceptional abode at sea.

Ylang has only ten spacious suites on two decks – each room has large floor-to-ceiling panoramic doors which open onto a outsized balcony. Room sizes range from 40sqm for the six Signatures Suites and 50-54sqm for the four Regent Suites on the upper deck. These Regent Suites are all individually designed and the front facing ones feature a Jacuzzi on their balcony. Luxury room amenities include tailor-made furnishing, a sofa lounge, a large bathroom with walk-in shower and a bathtub or Jacuzzi (equipped with a special soda water spa treatment system), dressing table and mini bar.

What make Ylang special, is her expansive spa area inclusive of a sauna and steam bath room. Yoga classes are offered in a dedicated practice room and daily Tai Chi lessons are held on the ship’s terrace deck at sunrise. Private in-room spa treatment or private yoga sessions are available upon request and every booking will receive some complimentary treatments.

The vessel’s facilities complete with an infinity-like (heated) Jacuzzi-Pool on the terrace deck, a cozy indoor library lounge and the distinctively Indochinese-styled restaurant with adjacent bar evoking the grand days of old Indochina.

On the culinary side, Ylang offers Vietnamese and international gastronomy focusing on a healthy stay during the cruise. Breakfast in the privacy of the suite can be served to enhance the stay.

Apart of the spa theme Ylang’s itinerary is another particularity. Heritage Line is delighted to be the only cruise line offering a dedicated 3-day/ 2-night’s journey named “Senses of Lan Ha” into remote areas of Lan Ha Bay. Experiences for guests comprehend leisure cycling and hiking on Cat Ba island, a visit of local floating fishing village and also one half day “at guests’ own pace and choice” to choose from activities such as swimming, kayaking or wellness offerings onboard.

The cruise starts and ends at a pier on the small island Cat Hai near the city of Hai Phong (approx. 1,5 hrs drive from Hanoi). Private and shuttle transfers are offered by Heritage Line.

The maiden voyage will take place on 17 August 2019. Heritage Line currently a grand opening promotion allowing discounts of up to 20% (starting rate 422 USD per person/cruise).

Source: Heritage Line

KK Beach in Sri Lanka Announces Gnarly Surf Deal

Aussie surfers eager to drop in on Sri Lanka’s top breaks can now do so with a new 4-night surf package being offered by KK Beach located near Galle.

On the doorstep of popular Sri Lankan surf spots Unawatuna, Dalawella, Weligama, Midigama and Mirissa – KK Beach is offering surf lovers a 4-night stay inclusive of daily morning and evening surf lessons and tuk-tuk transfers.

Coupled with luxury trimmings such as daily breakfast and dinner, welcome drinks, daily signature KK cocktail, and local tours to Galle Fort and Martin Wickramashinhge folk museum, this package is ideal for those eager to discover Galle’s surf scene whilst immersing in the local culture and surrounds. Prices start at US$2500* in a Penthouse Suite.

Package inclusions are:

· Daily surfing lessons (morning and evening) at Weligama Beach
· Welcome Drinks
· Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
· Daily Breakfast
· Daily Dinner
· Daily KK Signature Cocktail
· A Galle Fort visit during stay by Tuk Tuk
· A Martin Wickramashinhge folk museum visit
· All Transfers for surfing by Tuk Tuk
· Early Check-Ins and Late Check-outs (Based on Availability – Maximum up to 04 hours)
· One-way airport transfer
· Service charge and taxes

Source: KK Beach

Travel Italy with Lost in Florence and Rome Precincts

Lost in Florence is a comprehensive guide to the very best places to eat, drink, shop and explore in this magical city from Tuscan travel expert, Nardia Plumridge. Go beyond the facade of the palazzi and take a turn down the cobblestone side streets of Florence to discover vintage stores housing designer names, restaurants offering farm-to-table dishes and boutique hotels in 16th-century buildings.

Author, Nardia Plumridge, shares not only Florence’s highlights, but also unlocks some of its secrets, so in no time you’ll be living like a local. Full day itineraries help you navigate the best of the city, and the daytrip section to nearby Siena, Cinque Terre and the Chianti wine region allows you to make the most of your trip. Experience the best of the city and a bit of la dolce vita with Lost in Florence.

The latest in the popular Precincts travel guide series, Rome Precincts by Cristian Bonetto is your guide to the coolest places to shop, eat and drink in the city’s 18 hottest precincts.

Each precinct chapter comes with stunning imagery, maps and a ‘While You’re Here’ section highlighting major sights and cultural attractions in this historic city.

From authentic trattorias and gelaterias to hip wine bars and local ateliers you’ll find a curated list of the best iconic places and hidden gems that only a local Roman would know.

Source: Travel Italy