Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji Wins Best Deluxe Resort and Restaurant at Tourism Awards

Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji has been acknowledged as Fiji’s premier tourist resort, being named Best Deluxe Resort in the 16th Annual AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards.

Judges also hailed the resort’s cuisine, naming Outrigger on the Lagoon’s signature restaurant Ivi as Best Fine Dining Restaurant.

Outrigger on the Lagoon General Manager Peter Hopgood said the two awards acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the Outrigger team.

"We’ve got the best team and because of it, we can now rightly claim to have the best resort and the best restaurant,’’ he said.

Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji offers 207 rooms and suites and 47 bures set among 16 hectares of gardens on the shores of a reef-fringed lagoon.

In the heart of the Coral Coast on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu, 80kms along the Queen’s Road from Nadi airport, it is a luxury, five star resort which embodies the Fijian traditions of friendliness and hospitality.

The award winning Ivi restaurant is located adjacent to the 100 year old ‘Ivi’ tree from which it gets its name and serves creative Pacific Continental cuisine featuring fresh local and international fare for dinner only, delivering a la carte dining with a menu attuned to the seasons.

Ivi is an adults-only domain designed to provide an intimate setting for couples looking to enjoy fine food and wine amidst the ambience of the resort’s signature restaurant.

Staff are trained not only in silver service but also in providing gueridon service for table-side preparations such as Caesar salad, crepe flambé, traditional kokoda and liqueur coffees.

Outrigger on the Lagoon also stands apart from other resorts with its Talai butler service provided by staff trained by the Australian Butler School and available to guests staying in traditional bure, deluxe ocean view rooms and suites.

Unique to Outrigger on the Lagoon is the Kalokalo Bar, set on Lomalagi Hill overlooking the resort with sweeping views of the Coral Coast and the sunsets for which the west coast is famed.

Sharing the hilltop with the Kalokalo Bar is Bebe (pronounced behm-beh) Spa which features eight treatment rooms with private, open-air balconies, four of which are fitted with sunken spa baths giving panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Visit Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mozaic Beach Club Private Dining Room Has Launched!

An extraordinary masterpiece of theatrical décor where exquisite food and living art meet, has opened its doors at The Mozaic Beach Club in Batu Belig. The Lotus Arts de Vivre Private Dining Room Created for Chris Salans, is a romantic and dramatic room where the finest of the Mozaic name meets the eccentric and surprisingly delightful chic décor of Lotus Arts de Vivre. Under a starry sky, surrounded by gold lotus ponds and silver-gilded lion and dragon heads, the Mozaic dining experience of tasting menus and precious ingredients are parading with excellent service and savoir faire.

The Private Dining Room welcomes up to 20 guests and features not only this magnificent theatrical décor but the tasting menus of Chefs Chris Salans and James Ephraim. Offering a voyage through the tropical night, the dining room’s setting of two large round glass tables allows the private affair for a convivial dinner in another world. The Private room is available for private family dinners, romantic getaways or corporate dining upon reservation. Where menus designed especially for the event, will meet the theatrics of the décor in a fantastic way. 

The Mozaic Beach Club, brain child of Chef Chris Salans and part of the Mozaic Group, opened in 2012 on Batu Belig Beach, Seminyak. The Mozaic Beach Club showcases a poolside chill-out tapas menu, a lunch menu on the deck and a fine dining restaurant within the same premises on Batu Belig Beach.

The large deck and poolside bar and lounge, situated only a few steps away from the new W Hotel, is perfectly located for a stunning sunset on one of Bali’s uber-hip South Coast. Combining Salans’ culinary genius and hospitality savoir faire, his flair for great service and the expertise of a team he assembled over the years, Chris Salans creates the perfect synergy of all, with the Mozaic Beach Club. In partnership with some of the industry’s best suppliers and greatest names of excellence like Schott Zwiesel, Nayati and Lotus Art de Vivre, The Mozaic Beach Club opened to great acclaim.

The all day poolside tapas, à la carte lunch on the deck, evening dining à la carte or tasting menus and private dining room, are designed around the Mozaic concept of educated, professional service and great food. Partnered with Chef James Ephraim at the helm of the kitchen, the Mozaic Beach Club brings the Mozaic name to the beach, in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Emirates Skywards Members Soar to New Heights with Platinum Tier

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer programme of Emirates Airline, announced yesterday a significant enhancement to its offering with the introduction of ‘Platinum’, a new tier which sits above Blue, Silver and Gold. The Platinum tier has been developed to enhance the travel experience for frequent travellers and to offer additional benefits to members who have earned over 150,000 Miles.

"This is a significant development for Emirates Skywards. The new tier is designed to show our most valued customers how important they are to Emirates and to offer greater recognition and benefits to those who choose to fly with us on such a frequent basis. The additional benefits have been introduced to add an even higher level of comfort, flexibility and convenience for our Platinum members,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President, Passenger Sales Worldwide.

For the first time, Platinum members will receive exclusive benefits usually reserved for First Class passengers, including First Class check-in, baggage delivery and access to the First Class lounges in Dubai with a guest. They can continue to use all Emirates Lounges around the world, also with a guest, and they will receive 20kgs of additional baggage, regardless of their class of travel. To enable Platinum members to share their benefits with the rest of their family, a Gold ‘Partner’ card has been introduced, which means that family members can enjoy Gold privileges even when travelling separately. Platinum members will be guaranteed an Economy Class or Business Class commercial seat at Flex fares and receive access to an Economy Class or Business Class ‘Last Seat’ Flex reward.

To start taking advantage of opportunities to earn and redeem miles with Emirates, travellers are invited to join Emirates Skywards at www.skywards.com . Membership is free and Emirates Skywards members receive Miles and benefits every time they fly with Emirates.

Visit Skywards.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Villa Chintamani, Bali

Think of it as your own private mini resort. Chintamani is a superb Balinese styled villa with individual buildings on multiple levels. All bedrooms have a private plunge pool with garden surround, decking and outdoor seating. The spacious master bedroom with cliff top plunge pool and spacious deck is truly romantic with spectacular views.

A remarkable water feature sits proudly over a small creek running through the property. There are two bales for relaxing, one set in the lush garden and the other on the cliff's edge. On the second level there is a deck with traditional Balinese daybeds to capture the afternoon sea breeze and 180 degree views, perfect for an afternoon siesta.

Villa Chintamani & Villa Nora are the perfect partners for a larger party or corporate escape. Able to be accessed by a meandering garden path and accommodating up to twenty guests.