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Donnafugata, Sicilly Italy
Donnafugata, Sicilly Italy

Italian Golf offered sunny outlook at Rocco Forte Sicilian Open

The cream of Italian golf is hoping that a return to Sicily will help inspire them to success in front of their home fans when they take part in the 2018 Rocco Forte Sicilian Open at Verdura Resort this month.

Defending champion Alvaro Quirós, European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn and 2012 Sicilian Open champion Thorbjørn Olesen are among the names already confirmed for the event – which will take place from May 10-13 – but they will face a strong Italian challenge headed by Matteo Manassero, Nino Bertasio and Edoardo Molinari.

Manassero has won four European Tour titles to date and became the youngest winner in European Tour history after lifting the 2010 Castello Masters aged just 17 years and 188 days.

Bertasio is currently ranked inside the top 65 of this season’s Race to Dubai after becoming an established member of the European Tour in the last three years while Molinari remains a hugely popular figure in Italian golf after a memorable career – which included representing Europe alongside his brother Francesco at The 2010 Ryder Cup.

“I think that it’s a great event to play in for everybody. Verdura is such a great place and we all love it there. It’s also a great course and if the wind blows it will be really tough. As many times as we play in Italy I’m always happy and Sicily will be great,” said Manassero.

Quirós described Verdura Resort as “paradise” on his way to a sudden death play-off victory in the inaugural Rocco Forte Sicilian Open last year, and Bertasio and Molinari can’t wait for the opportunity to return to the exclusive venue.
Bertasio said: “We’ll be staying in resort on-site which is beautiful, and I think it is a fun golf course as well.

Obviously, it needs a bit of wind otherwise it’s going to be another five-under-par cut like last year, but it’s a great place.”

Molinari added: “Sicily is always a fun week. The resort is fantastic and the weather is always great. It is a great week to go out with the family play the tournament and relax a little bit.”

The 2018 Rocco Forte Sicilian Open will again be staged on one of the most spectacular and picturesque courses on the  European Tour calendar, with a composite course combining the finest holes from the venue’s two 18-hole championship courses, the East Course and West Course.

Measuring 7,217 yards, the par-71 lay-out will comprise of nine holes each from the two Kyle Phillips-designed courses and will include one of the most dramatic finishes in world tournament golf, with the final six holes running adjacent to the coast and set against the magnificent backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.

Nestling on the coast in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura Resort – a Rocco Forte hotel and European Tour destination – is ideal for a golf break and features two outstanding 18-hole championship courses – the East Course and West Course – as well as a par-three nine-hole course, all designed by Kyle Phillips.

Complementing Verdura Resort’s outstanding golf courses are extensive golf practice facilities including a double-ended driving range and outstanding academy. In addition, guests can enjoy numerous other sports and leisure amenities including six tennis courts, an array of different watersports, a 170sqm fully-equipped gym and an award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex with thalassotherapy pools.

Situated on Sicily’s southern coast between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports, the resort features 203 rooms, suites and villas all with a sea view, as well as three new villas which offer a perfect solution for family holidays, each with its own private swimming pool.

Serving up a mixture of sunny skies, a temperate climate and breathtaking scenery, combined with a plethora of historical, cultural and gastronomic delights, Sicily has all the ingredients for a relaxing break, and Verdura Resort is the ideal base to discover this authentic part of the Mediterranean’s largest island.

There’s something truly magical about the volcanic island of Mauritius. At first glance, this magic is created by the unbelievable surrounds; vivid green blankets of sugar cane and tropical forests, ancient undulating volcanic terrain, idyllic golden beaches lapped by pristine azure waters and a host of endemic bird and animal life—it’s the epitome of a tropical paradise. But it has so much more than its natural beauty; the vibrant and friendly local people, the eclectic culture, sensational food, exciting festivals and the island’s fascinating history all make Mauritius an unforgettable holiday destination for those looking for immersive and authentic experiences that create memories that will last a lifetime.

If novel experiences are important to you when you travel, then there is a truly remarkable offering on Ile aux Cerfs that may be right up your alley; a stay at their exclusive eco-friendly Bubble Lodge on the esteemed island itself. Is your interest piqued? Then this is what you need to know:

It’s the only accommodation on Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs - which lies just off east of Mauritius - is a sensational haven for day trip revellers and golfing fans from around the globe. And one of the best things about this island is that it doesn’t have expansive areas covered in accommodation marring the islands natural beauty. In fact, the newly introduced Bubble Lodges are the first and only accommodation on the island itself which means that staying in one of them is a truly unique and exclusive experience. What’s more, there are only three Bubble Lodges in total, meaning that you will practically have the iconic island of Ile aux Cerfs to yourself in the evenings (apart from the other guests and Ile aux Cerfs’ security that is). If you are wondering if this would be a luxury castaway experience unlike any other, the answer is a definitive yes.

It feels as if you are staying in a normal hotel room - but even better

If you are worried that staying in a Bubble Lodge will be like camping or even “glamping”, the good news is; it’s nothing of the sort. In fact, staying in a Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs has all the bells and whistles of a luxury hotel room but you get to enjoy an extra element of privacy and the rare opportunity to be in the heart of Ile aux Cerfs’ gorgeous natural surrounds. The elegant Bubble Lodges are extremely comfortable and surprisingly spacious, with a lounge area and a small bathroom (there’s an outdoor shower with warm water) and the main areas have air-conditioning. Each unit has been tastefully decorated to blend in with the unique surrounds.

Each Bubble Lodge has its own personal butler

To ensure that your experience is all the more extraordinary at Ile aux Cerfs’ Bubble Lodges, each one has their own personal butler. The Bubble Lodge butlers go above and beyond to ensure that your stay is everything you could have dreamed of (and more!). If you need anything—such as a golf cart to go to the clubhouse or would like to request a special dinner—your butler will be on hand to help you.

Breakfast & dinner is included in the rate

When you book a once-in-a-lifetime stay in one of the magical Bubble Lodges, the room rate includes half board, with breakfast and dinner typically being served in the golf course clubhouse. However, if you are celebrating a special occasion, then you can arrange that your dinner is served somewhere truly remarkable for a night to remember (such as on the beach or in the garden of the big Banyan tree - if this is the Bubble Lodge you are staying in). Your butler will ensure that an amazing dinner is served with an equally memorable setup. Ile aux Cerfs has five restaurants to choose from giving you more than enough choice for outstanding lunches spent on this iconic island.

Looking to play some golf? Stay in a Bubble Lodge and the golf is complimentary

If you and/or your partner are interested in an exceptional game of golf on the fabled Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, then all the more reason to book a stay in one of the exclusive luxury Bubble Lodges. As a Bubble Lodge guest, you will enjoy numerous benefits such as the use of the private beach, Filibusters, and complimentary games of golf on the remarkable championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. For an avid golfer, there’s nothing more special than being able to embrace this iconic golfing island to the fullest and feel even if only for a second - as if it was your very own. To book, send an email to infogolf@iacgolf.mu.

The  Bubble Lodge has been created with the environment in mind

The Bubble Lodges on Ile aux Cerfs have been created to have minimal impact on the environment which makes them fantastic eco-friendly options. In order to build each Bubble Lodge, the use of minimal materials and energy is required, which contrasts starkly with the incredible amount of concrete, wood and other materials used to build any conventional hotel room (a normal room uses approximately 10 000 times more materials that needed to create a Bubble Lodge). Because each Bubble Lodge uses so few materials, very little energy is needed to create them as well as transport them (the units come from France), resulting in minimal CO2 emissions in the creation of the lodge. What’s more, each unit only uses 90watts a day, with additional energy usage from the air-conditioning which is only used when necessary.

But those are not the only ways the Bubble Lodges at Ile aux Cerfs are eco-friendly. Because of their incredible design, no flora and fauna were disturbed or destroyed in their creation (the idea is that each Bubble Lodge becomes a part of the natural surrounds) and because of their lightweight design, there was no need for invasive concrete foundations. This also makes the Bubble Lodges a wonderful option for the naturally beautiful island because one day, if they are discontinued, they can be easily dismantled and taken away (this can actually be done by one person), leaving no mark of their existence behind. And the best bit? All the materials from the Bubble Lodge are completely recyclable and they can be repurposed to make a new lodge using the same materials elsewhere.

It’s perfect for nature lovers

On top of being eco-friendly, each Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs is strategically situated in its own secluded part of the island - away from any of the day guests and wonderfully removed from any other guests staying on the island. One  is situated in the middle of an old Banyan tree and the other two are located on the exclusive Filibusters beach. Whether you enjoy falling asleep to the sound of the ocean or while watching for shooting stars, merely crave the gentle sounds of nature at night or would love the peaceful experience of staying in a Bubble Lodge while watching and listing to the rain, one thing is for sure, a stay in a Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs will allow you to connect fully with the stunning surrounds of this tropical oasis.

If you would like to experience a stay at the Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs, or simply would like more information, than you can get in touch with the golf club directly. One thing is for sure, a stay in a Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs promises to be a magnificent experience that will stay with you for the rest of time.

Bubble Lodge now on Ile aux Cerfs

Travel                                                           ITB Berlin 2018

Travel                                                           ITB Berlin 2018

Grand Finale at ITB Berlin 2018

Nordic music and exotic dance performances await visitors to the Grand Finale of the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show® – admission is free for holders of a visitor’s ticket on the Sunday of ITB

A spectacular conclusion to the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show®: the ITB Grand Finale on Sunday, 11 March 2018 will be the official final event of ITB Berlin, featuring dance performances from Zambia, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic. From 3.30 to 5 p.m., together with a host of different cultures, exhibitors, guests and visitors will be celebrating a spectacular ending to the 52nd ITB Berlin. Mary Amiri, the award-winning event and television presenter, will moderate the colourful programme of events which is traditionally organised by exhibitors. Admission is free for holders of a visitor’s ticket on the Sunday of the show.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, this year’s partner country of ITB Berlin, will bring events to a close in a maritime atmosphere with the all-male shanty choir ‘Plauer See’. Visitors are expressly invited to sing and join in. The tiny nation of Estonia will be represented with Nordic music. The eight-member female group ‘Naized’, founded in 2006, will sing a selection of traditional Estonian folk songs.

As well as to Nordic regions, the Grand Finale will also be taking visitors on a trip to exotic countries, for example Zambia, this year’s Culture & Convention Partner of ITB Berlin. The flowing movements of its traditional dance performances reflect the many different cultures of this African nation. The Kecak, a traditional dance from Indonesia, will have visitors longing for faraway destinations. It is one of Bali’s most famous artistic creations, and with its delicate hand movements the dance is also an expression of Hindu mythology.

Towards the end of the Grand Finale 2018 visitors can look forward to the ceremonial ‘passing of the baton’ from one partner country, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, to another, Malaysia, the partner country of ITB Berlin 2019. This country in southeastern Asia will be whetting visitors’ appetites with traditional music and dance performances for next year’s visit to the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show®.

The Delphic Games: a global stage for art and cultures

Ever since 2010 ITB Berlin has been organising the ITB Grand Finale in cooperation with the International Delphic Council (IDC), a global cultural organisation. The Delphic Games, which it organises, are literally the sister event of the Olympics. Just as fire stands for the Olympic Games, so their defining symbol is water. In ancient Greece the Delphic Games took place regularly for almost 1,000 years, always in the year preceding the Olympic Games. Nowadays, different venues host the Delphic Games and Delphic Youth Games every four years.

Travel

The Peninsula Club is Lake Norman’s premier private member owned Country Club. The Peninsula Club is situated just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the upscale Peninsula Community.
The Peninsula Club is Lake Norman’s premier private member owned Country Club. The Peninsula Club is situated just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the upscale Peninsula Community.
Golfplatz in Kronberg direkt am Schlosshotel verfügt über den ältesten Baumbestand traumhaft angelegt rund um den Schlosspark.
Golfplatz in Kronberg direkt am Schlosshotel verfügt über den ältesten Baumbestand traumhaft angelegt rund um den Schlosspark.

 

 

 

Lifestyle

Official Tickets & Hospitality Programmes for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush

Over the past 12 months The R&A has been undertaking an in-depth review of all ticketing and hospitality operations and processes, including our relationships with third-party agents, tour operators and travel agents.

Our objectives of this review have been to:

  1. To identify improvements for how we work with third parties for the continued success of The Open
  2. To identify opportunities to provide an increased level of support for third parties who enter into an agreement with The Open
  3. To provide clarity and reassurance to fans who wish to purchase official tickets and hospitality packages from approved third parties

The R&A is introducing two new programmes for the sale of official tickets and hospitality packages for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush in 2019 which reflect these objectives.

Programmes:

  1. ‘Authorised Ticketing Provider’ programme (592kb PDF)
  2. ‘Authorised Hospitality Provider’ programme (594kb PDF)

The introduction of the two new programmes means that any third party wishing to resell official  hospitality packages to The Open or include official tickets or hospitality packages in their own products for sale must join one of the above two programmes.

Each of the two new programmes will have two levels, Gold and Silver, for third parties to join and they offer a range of benefits and requirements. Please also find the link to the AUTHORISED PROVIDER PROGRAMME APPLICATION FORM (46kb DOCX).

Please note that any third party who does not wish to join either of the two programmes will not be permitted to purchase tickets or hospitality packages for onward sale.

Please note this does not mean your clients can not attend as part of their trip. They can still purchase the tickets or hospitality packages directly from The R&A.

The above changes will come into effect immediately for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush and applications for the new R&A Authorised Provider Programmes are currently being accepted.

Pinehurst Women's Golf Day Weekend (June 3-6, 2018), NC

North Carolina, with its lush golf courses and illustrious golf history, is an ideal location for Pinehurst Women's Golf Day Weekend (June 3-6, 2018) to commemorate Women's Golf Day (June 5, 2018)

Premier Golf and its Women's Golf and Travel Concierge (WGTC) division is offering the Pinehurst Women's Golf Day Weekend package to support the Women's Golf Day initiative. This package is guaranteed to be an exciting, multi-faceted event celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning skills that last a lifetime for both social and business use.
 
“I am thrilled to see how Women's Golf Day has expanded to a multi-day women's golf trip to Pinehurst,” said Elisa Gaudet, Founder of Women’s Golf Day. ”Barbara Gutstadt approached me with the idea and it is exactly this concept of working together and creating partnerships that is at the very heart of golf. Relationships and experiences last much longer than our low scores for the day on any course. To know this extended WGD experience is being held at Pinehurst is an honor and it’s like celebrating in a golf cathedral.”
 
North Carolina was recently selected as the IAGTO North American Golf Destination of the Year. A global trade organization of the golf tourism industry, the IAGTO is comprised of 600 tour operators from more than 60 countries.

 

"Between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Outer Banks, North Carolina has more than 400 resort and public golf courses with all kinds of bragging rights," said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. "Pinehurst has been called the 'golfiest’ resort in America' with nine 18-hole courses."

Luxurious and amenity-laden Pinehurst Resort is a world-class resort setting for women to celebrate for three days their participation and contributions to golf.

"The combination of a fabulous, golf-loving destination, fantastic golf courses, elegant accommodations and variety of amenities makes this package a great way for women to celebrate Women's Golf Day and have lots of fun and camaraderie," said Barbara Gutstadt, a Women’s Golf Day Board Member, serial entrepreneur and Founder of Women’s Golf and Travel Concierge.

The Pinehurst Women's Golf Day Package includes three nights accommodations in the Carolina Hotel or Holly Inn, a breakfast buffet each morning, welcome and farewell dinner and drinks, two rounds of golf on Pinehurst Resort golf courses 1, 3, or 5, a 90-minute golf clinic at the  Pinehurst Golf Academy (June 4th), a Drive, Chip and Putt contest (June 5th) and all taxes and hotel service charges. Not included are airfare, meals not specified on the itinerary and items of a personal nature such as mini bar, shopping, internet, phone charges, etc.

For a stay at the Carolina Hotel, the package price is $1,371.00 per golfer, double occupancy and $1,881.00 single occupancy. For a stay at the Holly Inn, the package price is $1,242.00 per golfer, double occupancy and $1,755.00 single occupancy.

Das Trinity College in Dublin ist weltberühmt. Die Universität ist durch Oscar Wilde bekannt.
Das Trinity College in Dublin ist weltberühmt. Die Universität ist durch Oscar Wilde bekannt.

 

 

 

 

Gorsch fog in Dublin gesichtet. Ein beeindruckendes, geschichtsträchtliches Schiff
Gorsch fog in Dublin gesichtet. Ein beeindruckendes, geschichtsträchtliches Schiff

Medicus: Sportpark im Taunus

Experten raten zu dreimal Sport in der Woche. Das Herz Kreislauf System wird es danken. Man fühlt sich fitter und aktiver.
Experten raten zu dreimal Sport in der Woche. Das Herz Kreislauf System wird es danken. Man fühlt sich fitter und aktiver.

 Sportpark Königstein / Frankfurt

 

Alternativen gibt es im Gym genug. Kreativität bei den Übungen vertreiben die Langeweile.
Alternativen gibt es im Gym genug. Kreativität bei den Übungen vertreiben die Langeweile.

Gut ausgebildete Trainer, meist Bachelor of Arts „Sport und Sportwissenschaft“ (B.A.) geben zu Beginn eine ausführliche Einweisung. Ein abwechslungsreiches Kursangebot ( zum Beispiel Kick boxen, Five Training, #Yoga, #Zumba, #StepAerobic oder #Rückenfit) bietet für jedes Alter und Bedürfnis täglich wechselnde Stunden an. Die Trainingsgeräte sind modern und mit Computerprogrammen vernetzt, so dass das Absolvieren des Trainingsplans einfach zu handeln ist. Dadurch kann die persönliche Statistik oder Entwicklung leicht nachvollzogen werden.

Das Studio ist sauber und gepflegt, die Kommunikation freundschaftlich und offen. Getränke sind frei, ebenso wie die Sauna. Mir persönlich gefällt der Mix aus Kursen, anschließendem Training und wenn genügend Zeit ist noch ein Saunagang. So ist man nicht nur fit und ausgeglichen, sondern man hat gleichzeitig viel für die Gesundheit getan. Das Verhältnis Männer zu Frauen ist ausgeglichen und ein Trainer ist immer ansprechbar. Selbige werden regelmäßig durch Fortbildungen oder Workshops weiter ausgebildet. Das kommt allen Sportlern zugute.
Wer gerne Tennis oder Badminton spielt, kann sich Stunden mit Freunden oder Trainern buchen.
Golfer bereiten sich intensiv auf die nächste Saison vor, Angelique Kerber ( Tennis Weltranglisten No1) hat hier schon trainiert. Frankfurter werden im Studio ebenso wie sportbegeisterte aus dem Taunus gesichtet. Mittags sind Tanzgruppen von Jugendlichen zu beobachten und Jaguar lässt Mitarbeiter trainieren. Nur in einem gesunden Körper, steckt auch ein gesunder Geist.

7 Tage die Woche ist ganztägig geöffnet, das ist klasse. Zusätzliche positive Punkte sind: Physiotherapie, Beauty und ein Italienisches Restaurant mit WiFi sind direkt vor Ort. Hier muss man einfach zufrieden und glücklich sein.

I always appreciate a `good morning`workout here! Reminds me that I'm awake!
It was an amazing and fun experience.

Jai beaucoup aimé ma visite dans ce studio de fitness. Merci!