Gap Adventures loses US title

first_imgGap Adventures has been forced to change its name in the US after losing a case against clothing retailer, The Gap on 24 June this year.After more than twenty years of operating under the Gap Adventure brand, the United States District Court ruled that due to “potential confusion” the travel company would have to change its name within the US from 1 September this year.However, Gap Adventure can continue running under the title in the other 18 countries it maintains offices, including Australia and New Zealand.The Company’s founder Bruce Poon said despite losing the case he was keen to see the Gap Adventure re-brand itself and its image.“A brand is defined by its culture, not by a corporate name or logo,” Mr Poon said. “At Gap Adventures, our culture is our brand.“We remain the world leader in adventure travel and we will always be a company that leads with service and is committed to helping people change their lives through enriching, one-of-a-kind travel experiences.”Mr Poon added that the court’s decision is just an “occasional bump in the road” that comes with being in the travel industry.“But still, I find it hard to believe that today’s consumers could confuse a clothing retailer with an established adventure travel company.”The company’s new title is yet to be decided.More details as they come to hand. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Launch of Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort

first_imgSource = Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort Launch of Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella ResortLaunch of Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella ResortSet amidst expanses of rolling hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort is a tranquil oasis of historic allure on Spain’s Southern coast. Boasting three world class golf courses, an impressive Anantara Spa, Club de Mar private beach club, expansive Romanesque event spaces and numerous gastronomic outlets, Anantara’s first property in Spain combines every element into palatial luxury on the Andalusian coast.Anantara Villa Padierna Palace marries a unique palazzo-style setting with service and experiences that showcase the best of Spanish cuisine, culture and history, ensuring the property is a true golf, spa and gastronomic destination resort. Designed by British architect, Ed Gilbert, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace offers 132 guest rooms, suites and pool villas. Each of the nine luxurious one and two bedroom villas is uniquely designed for guests seeking added privacy, with dedicated butler service and a private pool. A stunning garden swimming pool, ensconced in stylish cypress and palm trees, is the centrepiece of the picturesque grounds.A gallery hotel, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace is filled with more than 1,200 original artworks – an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and artefacts, all thoughtfully displayed throughout the expansive grounds and lush gardens. All of the villas and many guest rooms are enhanced with large private terraces, overlooking manicured golf courses and sea views beyond. On a clear day, the mountains of Morocco can be spotted on the horizon. Frequented by celebrities, royalty and First Ladies alike, the latest addition to Anantara’s portfolio offers traditional Spanish service with all the trappings of modern luxury for a home away from home.Putting Anantara Villa Padierna Palace firmly on the map as a gastronomic destination resort, the property’s impressive restaurant and bar offering is second to none, with something to suit every taste and occasion. Spain’s well known 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant has a new outlet at the property and Spanish two Michelin star chef Paco Roncero will be launching his new concept restaurant – O by Paco Roncero – during the month of July. Diego Cabrera, famed as one of the World’s 50 Best Mixologists, will also be adding some flare to Eddy’s Bar at the hotel. In addition, guests can enjoy the beach at Club de Mar Beach Club, with its Champagne and oyster bar and resident DJs. Anantara’s signature Dining by Design exudes romance in wisteria canopied private courtyards or al fresco dining in a starlit Roman amphitheatre.Palatial settings and distinguished practitioners combine to create the Anantara Spa. Inspired by the fabled Roman Baths, the spa features 10 specialised treatment rooms, in addition to an extensive hydrotherapy circuit with dedicated rooms, a Hammam, aromatherapy steam rooms and relaxation areas. Luxurious marble is floodlit by skylights, creating pillars of natural light which illuminate the 21,000 sq ft space.Anantara Spa also offers an array of medical beauty treatments, administered by expert therapists trained in the latest medical wellness. The spa also offers bespoke care and attention from a dedicated team of doctors and healthcare professionals equipped with the latest technology and first class facilities.After hiking in the Sierra las Nievas mountain range, guests can enjoy private meditation sessions or Pilates on sun dappled terraces. Indigenous signature treatments and specially tailored golf massages are available to revitalise and restore the weary. One to one sessions with alternative therapists, experts in holistic healing and nutritionists expand and deepen the journey into Andalusian wellness.Situated in Marbella’s ‘Golden Triangle’ golf region, Villa Padierna Golf Club envelopes the property and is comprised of three 18-hole golf courses; Flamingos Course, a par 71, Alferini Course, par 73, and the par 63 Tramores Course. In addition, Villa Padierna Golf Club is home to the Tramores Golf Academy by Michael Campbell, offering avid golfers of all levels an elevated golfing experience. Nestled in a small valley with a continually mild spring-like climate, the golf club is perfectly positioned for year round enjoyment.The 22,000 sq ft Villa Padierna Racquet Club is home to several tennis courts, paddle tennis courts and a croquet lawn. The hotel’s new Kids’ Club offers family friendly services to entertain youngsters and give parents a stress free stay.  Little ones enjoy a welcome amenity; their own bathrobes, toiletries and bedtime treats, as well as children’s menus at most restaurants.A tranquil oasis on the revered Costa del Sol, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace is the ideal springboard from which to dive into authentic Spanish history and culture. The property is positioned away from the bustle of Marbella and the glamour of Puerto Banus, yet close enough to indulge in their exceptional nightlife and superior luxury shopping.Private helicopter journeys transport to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ronda, one of Spain’s most visited landmarks. Unwind the window of a vintage car to inhale orange scented Mediterranean air whilst ascending hundreds of feet above sea level to centuries old Pueblos Blancos (Spanish White Towns) high in the mountains. Turn back the hands of time by roaming a traditional olive oil finca before stopping by a vineyard for tastings of the famous wines of Serrania de Ronda.Guests wishing to unleash their artistic flair can do so with an al fresco watercolour lesson led by a local artist in the historical Moorish town of Casares. Languish in long Spanish summer evenings, the perfect setting for a private Flamenco performance, or even a lesson for the brave.Anantara Villa Padierna Palace is a 50 minute drive from Malaga International Airport, 15 minutes from the infamous marina of Puerto Banus and 10 minutes from the historic Marbella town.For more information, please CLICK HEREAnantara Villa Padierna Palace nightly rates start at €215 in a Deluxe Double room for two persons on a B&B basis with VAT included.Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 35 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Portugal and Spain, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East, Africa and South America. The brand’s premier vacation ownership programme, Anantara Vacation Club, extends the opportunity to own a share in the Anantara experience with a portfolio of 8 luxurious Club Resorts as well as travel privileges at partner resorts and hotels worldwide.For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit www.anantara.comAnantara is part of the DISCOVERY loyalty programme.last_img read more

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Alzheimers Research UK backs call for worldwide action plans to tackle dementia

first_img Source:http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/ May 24 2018Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is calling for governments worldwide to develop and implement action plans for tackling dementia.The recommendation, which comes during Dementia Action Week, is made in a report from Alzheimer’s Disease International that examines progress towards the World Health Organization’s global action plan for dementia. The plan, published last year, includes a global target to double the output of dementia research by 2025.Related StoriesDementia patients hospitalized and involved in transitional care at higher ratesMetformin use linked to lower risk of dementia in African Americans with type 2 diabetesCalling on global community to prevent dementia by preventing strokeThe report finds that 27 WHO Member States have a national plan for dementia in place, with 28 in development – against a target for 75% of the 194 Member States to have a plan in place by 2025.Dr Matthew Norton, Director of Policy and Strategy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:”Today’s report underlines the gravity of the global challenge posed by dementia and the urgent action needed to tackle this devastating condition. It’s nearly five years since the world’s health leaders set an ambition to find a new treatment by 2025, and in that time, dementia has become the leading cause of death in the UK.While there have been welcome increases in funding, investment in dementia research still lags behind other health conditions in the UK and globally. We now understand more than ever about the diseases that cause dementia, but to translate that understanding into life-changing treatments, our scientists need the backing of governments across the world.The UK is leading the way in this effort, and initiatives like the UK Dementia Research Institute are prime examples of the collaborative approach that’s needed to defeat dementia.But with just one dementia researcher for every four working on cancer, we cannot be complacent. Dementia must be a priority for governments worldwide if we’re to bring about the treatments, preventions and improved diagnosis that will transform the lives of millions.”last_img read more

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