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April 21, 2012


Spend A Fairytale Weekend in Munich with Mandarin Oriental and Visit Beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle

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View of Mandarin Oriental, Munich. Photo Courtesy: Wiki

View from a Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Munich. Photo Courtesy: Wiki

This Spring, the elegant Mandarin Oriental, Munich is offering guests a magical chance to visit the enchanting Neuschwanstein Castle. The Fairytale Castle Package priced from £712 per person includes luxury accommodation for two nights, airport transfers and a guided tour of one of the most popular palaces and castles in all of Europe.

Located in southwest Bavaria, this magical castle is reputedly the inspiration for Walt Disney’s fairytale castle and was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, known as “the fairytale king.” Dating back to 1868.

Neuschwanstein Castle - Photo Courtesy: Wiki

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th Century Romanesque Revival palace set above the village of Hohenschwanga Hohenschwangau and against the idyllic background of the Bavarian Hills. Just over an hour away from Munich, guests may spend a day enjoying this fabulous castle and return to their luxurious accommodation at Mandarin Oriental, Munich.

Set in the heart of the Old Town, this Neo-Renaissance property offers stunning views, a heated rooftop swimming pool, Michelin-starred dining and a newly opened fitness and spa area.

The new Fairytale Castle Package at Mandarin Oriental, Munich includes:

• Luxury accommodation for two nights at Mandarin Oriental, Munich including breakfast at Restaurant Mark’s

• Guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle

• Private limousine transfers to and from the castle

• 10% discount in the castle gift store Rates for the Neuschwanstein Castle package are from £712 per person for a two-night stay based on double occupancy in a Superior Room.

The package is valid until 30 December 2012. Private tours of Neuschwanstein Castle are available from £479 or £124 outside of opening hours for up to six people.

Mandarin Oriental, Munich is an elegant gem of Neo-Renaissance charm, providing the highest levels of personalized service in the city and award-winning restaurant and bars. The newly refurbished 48 spacious rooms and 25 suites offer the finest in contemporary luxury and, along with the stunning rooftop pool, feature views that stretch across the picturesque surroundings of the old town.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. The Group now operates, or has under development, 44 hotels representing almost 11,000 rooms in 28 countries, with 18 hotels in Asia, 13 in The Americas and 13 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates, or has under development, 14 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome New Member of Relais & Chateaux 

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The Baglioni Hotel Group is delighted to announce that the stunning 5* Regina Hotel Baglioni is now a Relais & Châteaux hotel joining its exclusive collection of the finest luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants around the world.

Located in the centre of Ancient Rome in a beautiful period building once home to Queen Margaret of Savoy, the Regina Hotel Baglioni combines classical Italian design with a fusion of Art Deco, throughout its 127 rooms and suites.

The hotel also boasts fabulous private terraces and meeting rooms with breath taking views over the Eternal City and the highly regarded Brunello Restaurant, which offers delicious traditional and regional recipes.

The Regina Hotel Baglioni’s General Manager, Marco Milocco comments: “We are proud to be part of Relais & Châteaux, with whom we share the same high standards of service, the beauty of our location and the on-going quest to provide unique experiences for our guests.”

The Annual Great Migration of Wildebeest a Serengeti Highlight with African Travel, Inc.

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Explore The Greatest Wildlife Region of East Africa On An Unforgettable Safari. Photo Courtesy: African Travel, Inc.

Just mention the Serengeti and it will evoke images of “The Great Migration,” “the hunter and the hunted,” and “expansive vistas.”  This safari encompasses the very best of Tanzania. You will revel in all the wildlife viewing opportunities on the fabled plains of the Serengeti, around Lake Manyara or through Tarangire (depending on chosen accommodations) and on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. This Tanzanian wildlife adventure will take your breath away. Select from three levels of accommodations as best suits your personal travel style. Priced from $4495 per person, land only, based on double occupancy.

The extraordinary annual Great Migration of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores across the Serengeti and Masai Mara is one of the most amazing sights in nature and African Travel, Inc. wants you to see it for yourself!  The annual migration is a seasonal event and the timing varies month by month, year by year. This non-stop parade of animals consists of over one million wildebeest, approximately 250,000 Zebras and countless Thompson’s Gazelles. The plains predators follow the migration and game viewing can be spectacular.  The best places to see the migration vary from month to month, with the best viewing from July to November.

According to Jim Holden, President of African Travel, Inc., “The annual wildebeest migration, which takes place seasonally in Tanzania and Kenya, is one of nature’s miracles, starkly demonstrating the rhythms of life in Africa.  First the rain turns the grass succulent and green attracting the wildebeest, who in turn attract the predators in the form of lions and crocodiles, who feed on the wildebeest as they cross the savannah and rivers following the path of the ripening grass.”

Best-Selling Authors, Publishing Industry Power Brokers, Celebrity Notables & Book Enthusiasts Set to Converge at First Annual Anguilla Literary Festival


Terry McMillan, Randall Robinson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Hill Harper and Crystal McCrary Announced For Weeklong Festivities With Picturesque Anguillan Landscape As Backdrop

Harper signing copies of his book Letters to a Young Brother, 2007. Photo Courtesy: Wiki

New York, NY — The Anguilla Tourist Board will host its first annual literary festival May 24th through May 28th at the statuesque, Paradise Cove Resort.Best-selling authors, publishing industry power brokers, celebrity notables and book enthusiasts will converge on the peerless Caribbean destination, known for its buttery soft vanilla sand, beautiful people, rich history and seductive water in shades of blue – turquoise, aqua and marine.

Officially billed as “Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification,” the auspicious five-day event will be a celebration of literature, arts and culture featuring an array of distinguished authors from the Caribbean and Abroad. Best-selling author, screenwriter and professor Terry McMillan (‘Waiting to Exhale’) will join esteemed lawyer, activist and author Randall Robinson (‘The Debt’) in top-lining the festival, which will include exclusive author readings, informative workshops, empowering panel discussions and other specially-tailored activities.

Award winning author and actor Hill Harper (‘The Conversation’), producer/author Crystal McCrary (‘Inspiration: Black Woman Who Are Changing The World’) and actress/singer/activist and new author Sheryl Lee Ralph (‘Redefining Diva’) are also confirmed, along with literary industry key influencers Malaika Adero (Atria/Simon & Schuster), Lasana Sekou (House of Nehesi Publishers) and Marva Allen (Hue Man Books), among others.

Author and Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Photo Courtesy: Flickr and Wiki

Inspiration by Crystal McCrary

The distinctive name of the festival speaks to a very important facet of Anguilla’s cultural heritage–the Jollification, a gathering of people to share and help neighbors. This was traditionally done through the plowing and planting of ground, all against the backdrop of men working together, women cooking, and children playing, while the work was carried out free of cost, with much laughter, singing and “jollification.”

“This festival could not have been staged without the Anguilla Jollification approach,” said Director of Tourism Candis Niles. “Through the assistance, support and sharing of the Ministry of Social Development, the Anguilla Tourist Board, the Anguilla Social Security Board, Paradise Cove Resort & Conference Centre, Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa, DaVida’s Restaurant, and our partners from the business sector, Coral Reef Bookstore, Merchants’ Market and Tropical Flower Distributors, we have been able to make the Anguilla Literary Festival a reality, and for that we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation.”

“Literacy has always been of paramount importance to the people of Anguilla,” said Hon. Haydn Hughes, Parliamentary Secretary Tourism. “The Anguilla Literary Festival was conceived to highlight the creative mastery of celebrated authors to promote excellence in publishing while also igniting the imagination and aspirations of book enthusiasts. We look forward to kicking off this worthwhile effort celebrating the literary arts and by so doing, motivate young prospective writers to embark on a career in writing.”

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