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Take a (Virtual) Dip in One of These Wanderlust-Inducing Pools, Then Start Planning for Summer

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Summer and sun-filled days are approaching, and you deserve a vacation. Why not plan one that includes an Instagram-worthy pool with a view?

Whether you fancy an island getaway surrounded by sand and sea, a city escape set among towering buildings, or a sprawling waterpark fit for kids (or the kid in you), Hilton has a pool for every kind of traveler.

We have a feeling these wanderlust-inducing pools around the world will inspire and have you ready to dive into the deep end – again and again. So, take a virtual dip for now, then get your swimsuit ready and start planning.

Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (Wailea, Hawaii)

The view from this pool is as much about nature as it is design. Grand Wailea’s adults-only (18+), 4,850-square-foot Hibiscus Pool is named for the giant Hibiscus flower inlaid on the bottom of the pool made from more than 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass mosaic tile. The entire pool contains more than 2.2 million individual tiles and features two Jacuzzis. In total, the property features nine sparkling pools and a labyrinth of caves, waterfalls, slides, a rope swing and the world’s first water elevator. Guests can spend the day exploring the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, California)

The rooftop pool at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is an urban oasis featuring exceptional panoramic mountain views. An impeccably landscaped garden setting, this lounge area is among the largest of its kind in Beverly Hills and available exclusively to hotel guests. Guests can enjoy innovative refreshments and culinary offerings from Michelin Star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten while soaking up the Golden State’s rays in VIP cabanas complete with personal concierge service.

Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (Rome, Italy)

After a long day of exploring all of Rome’s wonders, like the nearby Trevi Fountain and iconic Spanish Steps, guests can unwind at Aleph Rome Hotel’s recently renovated spa and rooftop pool. Located on the sixth floor of the hotel, guests can enjoy drinks and bites near the heated outdoor pool while enjoying an uninterrupted view of Rome’s City Centre. The hotel’s spa also has a heated vitality pool designed to soothe, relax and relieve joint pain and muscle aches.

Conrad Algarve (Algarve, Portugal)

Conrad Algarve, one of the most modern and contemporary five-star hotels in the coastal city, offers guests access to three property pools, including a stunning rooftop plunge pool. The bright and airy setting coupled with breathtaking views of two thousand acres of idyllic landscape within the Ria Formosa Natural Park surpasses even the most discerning of travelers’ expectations.

Hilton Dubai Creek (Dubai, U.A.E.)

Only a ten-minute drive from the airport, Hilton Dubai Creek is in a bustling area with easy access to world-class shopping and the financial district. Sip on your cocktail or espresso and enjoy an Arabian Sea sunset from their rooftop Pool Bar, offering spectacular views of Dubai, Dubai Creek, and the sea.

Hilton Pattaya (Pattaya, Thailand)

Located on the 34th floor of Hilton Pattaya, this unique rooftop venue offers a one-of-a-kind view of one of Thailand’s most picturesque cities. Guests looking to unwind can relax in one of the hotel’s luxe cabanas or enjoy delicious cocktails and dishes from the poolside restaurant and bar. Sleek and sophisticated, this Pattaya pool is a truly exclusive hideaway from the bustling city below.

Millennium Hilton Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)

Millennium Hilton Bangkok is perfectly located on the Chao Phraya (“River of Kings”) bank, with the glittering Bangkok skyline in the background. The hotel’s central location offers easy boat access to the spectacular Grand Palace, the Temple of Dawn, Asiatique, night market and more. The outdoor infinity pool offers a place for guests to relax and take in the beautiful river views.

Conrad Koh Samui (Koh Samui, Thailand)

Perched on the south-west tip of Koh Samui, guests of the luxury 2- and 3- bedrooms villas can take a dip in the resort’s Insta-worthy infinity plunge pool just feet from the oceanfront. Spread over 25 lush acres, the hotel’s waterfront pool villas feature private infinity pools and views of the “Five Islands” of Koh Samui.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island (Naisali island, Sonaisali, Fiji)

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island features a freeform lagoon style swimming pool overlooking the South Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by the lagoon, guests can grab a bite at Vulani, which offers a buffet and a la carte dining menu with themed nights and live entertainment.

Hilton Lake Como (Como, Italy)

Set among the rolling hills and crystalline waters of one of the world’s most idyllic destinations, the rooftop infinity pool offers awe-inspiring views of Lake Como. Ideally located in the heart of the city – between central Como and the Swiss border – the Hilton Lake Como is steps away from luscious gardens, the promenade along Lake Como, and the neoclassical Villa Olmo.

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice (Venice, Italy)

The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is located on Giudecca Island, a short water taxi ride away from the heart of Venice. Once a flourishing flourmill dating back to 1895, the building has been beautifully restored in true venetian style. The hotel has the city’s only rooftop open-air swimming pool, which gives guests stunning panoramic views of the city.

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort boasts multiple pools, including a shimmering infinity pool and a terrace pool offering stunning views of the Sea of Cortés. Both include swim-up bars and a concierge who is available to provide towel service, reading materials, iPods, and drinks.

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Grand Hyatt Athens Opens in Greek Capital

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Athens, marking the first Hyatt hotel in the Greek capital and the first Grand Hyatt branded hotel in Greece. The luxury property is located on Syngrou Avenue next to the Onassis Cultural Centre and combines dramatic architecture with innovative design, easily accessible to historic sites and best-in-class restaurants.

The vibrant city of Athens offers countless activities for all types of visitors. At the same time, it is also known as the historic capital of Europe – an ancient city with rich culture, iconic sites and attractions.

“Athens is fast becoming the destination of choice where ancient history sits alongside modern coffee shops and rooftop bars,” said Nikos Trikourakis, general manager of Grand Hyatt Athens. “Our hotel will offer guests who seek first-class hospitality unforgettable experiences and a luxurious place to stay.”

Celebrating iconic Greek culture, the 309-room hotel incorporates curated art reminiscent of ancient Athens. Alongside original pieces from the Museum of Cycladic Art, the hotel also showcases a glamorous lobby with an extraordinary art installation called The Coin, which is made from replicated, ancient Athenian coins representing the Greek economic supremacy in the fifth century BC. The property’s rooftop also offers the spectacular Penthouse Restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool with impressive views of the Acropolis.

Grand Hyatt is situated within walking distance of the beautiful old town of Plaka and the infamous Acropolis site, while golf courses, the passenger port terminal of Piraeus and the golden beaches of the Athens southern suburbs are just a short car ride away.

The hotel will be managed by Kokari Limited and has been developed by the international real estate investment companies Henderson Park and Hines. It will be the second Hyatt property in Greece, joining Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki.

Accommodations

Designed with bold and vibrant features, the hotel has 309 beautifully decorated guestrooms, 38 of which are suites, including the Presidential Suite, Royal Suite and four Grand Executive Suites with terraces. The rooms feature spectacular views of either the Acropolis, the cityscape or the inner landscaped garden, and offer a spacious and luxurious stay. Additionally, suite and club room guests have exclusive access to the Grand Club Lounge, which provides lavish surroundings, personal concierge services and culinary highlights throughout the day.

Dining

The impressive rooftop restaurant is set on the hotel’s top floor overlooking the brightly lit Acropolis neighborhood of Athens through transparent glass surfaces and offers guests the extraordinary experience of fresh, seasonally-inspired Mediterranean cuisine. For a more relaxed environment, guests can also dine in the Aphrodite lobby lounge & bar, a modern and comfortable lounge-style restaurant offering patisserie selections, salads and deluxe sandwiches.

Wellbeing and Fitness

Grand Hyatt Athens has a stunning rooftop outdoor swimming pool with breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The wellness center features four private treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, relaxation lounges, a sauna and a Turkish bath, known as a Hammam (to open in early 2019) – offering a destination of serene luxury and relaxation.

Meetings and Events

Grand Hyatt Athens offers the perfect venue for every type of event with almost 21,500 square feet of flexible event space and seven flexible multi-functional meeting spaces accommodating up to 1,000 guests. Conference facilities are equipped with the latest audio-visual technology paired with dedicated personal assistance at all times to ensure that events and meetings run smoothly.

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Emirates revamps its premium offering in First and Business Class

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BYREDO for Emirates Wellness kit in First Class

Emirates has refreshed its premium offering with new luxury products in First and Business Class for a more comfortable travel experience. The new products stem from collaborations with BYREDO skincare, Bowers & Wilkins and Emirates’ longstanding partnership with Bulgari for its refreshed amenity kits.

BYREDO for Emirates Wellness kit

Emirates First Class customers will find the BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare in their private suites. The allergen-free and Chamomile collections were exclusively created for Emirates for a relaxing and hydrating experience inflight. The collection by European luxury brand, BYREDO, was first introduced in Emirates’ new fully enclosed suites on the Boeing 777 last year and is now being rolled out across the fleet.  All the products in the collection are manufactured using the best raw materials with a distinct focus on craft and quality.

Products included in the BYREDO for Emirates Wellness kit are:

  • Cleansing Face Towelette, leaving a clean base to enjoy the maximum benefit from skincare.
  • Facial Toner brings freshness and essential hydration, improving overall skin texture.
  • Eye Cream gently hydrates sensitive skin around the eye leaving it softer and suppler.
  • Chamomile roll-on Sleep Oil to apply on pulse points to ease into relaxation.
  • Chamomile Pillow Mist spray for textile to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere

The kits are paired with a faux leather notebook and branded pen.

Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones

To amplify the viewing experience on ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, the airline is rolling out brand new Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones in First Class. These headphones were designed by award-winning audio brand Bowers & Wilkins and created exclusively for Emirates using a unique hybrid noise cancellation technology optimised for the Emirates First Class cabins.

The headphones are lightweight and made of the finest materials, including aluminium and sheepskin leather for a comfortable fit. Customers can use the headphones to view up to 3,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on a 32-inch TV screen. The entertainment selection on ice across all classes includes up to 950 movies, 400 TV channels and 2,400 music and podcast channels. The headphones’ sound quality can also be tested on The Bowers & Wilkins Superior Sound playlist, a selection of tracks selected for their acoustic excellence available on ice.

Bulgari Amenity Kits

Emirates continues its longstanding partnership with Bulgari for the latest designs of the airline’s exclusive kit bags. The new set of amenity kits for both First and Business Class feature Bulgari’s fragrance – Eau Parfumée Au Thé Vert (Green Tea) – and contain skincare essentials to keep customers feeling fresh and pampered throughout the flight.

The First Class kit bags, made from faux leather, come in eight designs with a new range of colours for men and women. Eight additional designs are available in Business Class – four for men and four for women. The amenity kits are available on long-haul overnight flights and designs are refreshed every nine months. The bags have been designed for multipurpose uses after the flight to store headphones, make up or jewelry.

In addition to the Bulgari amenity kits, First Class customers will also be given Hydra Active moisturising sleep suits on long haul overnight flights.

Fans of the First Class experience can purchase the Emirates sleep suits, First Class blanket or the Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones from the Emirates Official Stores.

Fine dining on Emirates

On all Emirates flights, customers can enjoy a selection of the finest cuisine prepared by gourmet chefs, accompanied by some of the most exclusive wines, champagnes and spirits in the world. Emirates recently revamped its spirits offering across all classes to include exclusives like the Hennessy Paradis Imperial and introduced the Emirates Vintage Collection – a selection of fine wines which have been stored for up to 15 years. This includes the Château Cheval Blanc 2004, Château Haut Brion 2004, Château Mouton Rothschild 2001 and Château Margaux 1998 served in First Class on select routes.

In Business Class, Emirates is serving exclusive champagnes like the Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial served on all flights from Dubai later this month. A global on board exclusive, Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old, will also be available for a limited time on select routes.

Emirates’ premium onboard experience is complemented by on ground comfort with a network of 42 dedicated Emirates Lounges located within major airports around the globe, including its newly-opened Cairo lounge and refurbished New York lounge at John F Kennedy International Airport. First and Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport via Emirates’ complimentary Chauffeur-drive service – available in over 70 cities including Emirates’ latest destination Santiago.

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Destination Langkawi: Beyond the Beaches

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With 550-million years of geological history and generations of mythical folklore, there is always something new for guests of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi to uncover on the island.

A paradise of panoramas, the Langkawi archipelago is an amalgam of mangroves and mountains, rainforests and rivers, wildlife and waterfalls, legends and local charm, tidal flats and coral reefs, cliffs and caves. Whether appreciated from the vantage point of a bike, kayak, boat, cable car, sky-bridge or simply on foot, the islands’ thrilling topography ensures a truly breathtaking backdrop for myriad magical and memorable encounters.

Water Worlds

Beyond the beaches, water sports and diving, Langkawi offers visitors rainforests, mangrove “sea forests,” cascading waterfalls, hidden lakes and glistening paddy fields to explore.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice.  The uninhabited islet of Pulau Langgun offers an exhilarating rainforest immersion and lush wilderness trek to the hidden sanctuary of Tasik Langgun, a large freshwater lake.  Build an appetite biking through paddy fields to Durian Perangin Waterfall – 14-tiers of clear cascading water – perfect for a refreshing dip and picnic.  Or visit the island’s tallest waterfall, Temurun (30 metres or 98 feet), for another scenic natural swimming pool.

A mangrove kayak get guests unobtrusively close to the magic and mystery of forests that straddle land and sea. Traverse small, dense tributaries and follow the natural ebb and flow of this fascinating ecosystem to uncover hidden delights behind each corner. Alternatively, take a coastal kayak along the emerald seascapes of Langkawi’s less explored eastern rim, and paddle through a 15 metre (49 foot) cave tunnel for an unforgettable swim in a salt-water lake.

Mineral and Mystical  

Steeped in geological heritage, Langkawi has some of the world’s oldest and most intriguing naturally formed gems.  Shaped by plate tectonics, volcanic activity, ocean submersion and erosion, Langkawi’s many rock formations have evolved over millennia into exciting natural habitats, many animated by fantastical folklores and legends.

Adrenalin seekers can heed the call of the ancient limestone cliffs for an afternoon of rock-climbing and abseiling within the Resort’s grounds. Just a short distance away, the Langkawi Sky Bridge – suspended 700 metres (2,300 feet) above sea level and accessed via the world’s steepest cable car – offers an up close experience of Malaysia’s oldest rocks (the Machinchang Formation), not to mention far-reaching views extending to southern Thailand.

Fuel for the imagination, Langkawi’s craggy coastline of hidden coves, sunken caves and majestic peaks is straight out of a fairytale and sets the scene for a magical adventure. The intriguing Gua Cerita (Cave of Legends) is the mythical home of a giant phoenix, a captive princess and a deadly giantess. Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Lady) was formed when a huge limestone cave collapsed, resulting in a figure resembling a pregnant woman lying on her back. Locals believe that the lake, famed for the legend of celestial princess Mambang Sari, possesses mystical powers.

Back at the Resort, Spa devotees will be entranced by the element-based offerings at the Geo Spa, where the ancient healing energies of the Geopark meet bespoke natural treatments by ila.

Wildlife and Local Life

A bird watcher’s paradise – the open rainforest corridor, mist-covered Gunung Raya peak, and local village ponds provide the opportunity for ornithologists to tick a fair few flying friends off their must see list. Langkawi is home to approximately 200 species including: flower peckers, hills mynas, dollar birds, sun birds, eagles, woodpeckers, lesser whistling-ducks, little egrets, Chinese pond herons, striated swallows and the largest of them all, the great hornbill, measuring in at 1.3 metres (more than 4 feet).

Animal lovers will not want to miss the mangrove boat safari into the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and its maze of meandering mangroves for exciting up-close encounters with majestic eagles and kites, mischievous macaques, fish that walk (mudskippers), colourful fiddler crabs, shy otters and sleeping bats.

Cultural connoisseurs will be enthralled by the Malaysian book village of Kampung Buku and the bucolic beauty of stilted wooden houses in local villages. A visit to the fishermen’s village of Kuala Teriang enables visitors to quietly observe fisherfolk return with their day’s catch, or sample delicious deep-fried banana fritters with local milk tea at wooden roadside stalls. Back at the Resort, relish local spices and ingredients during a Malay-cuisine cooking class – available as both adult and child-size experiences.

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