DELRAY BEACH, Fla., July 19, 2017 – What’s not to love about the UK in summer? Longer, warmer days make it the best season to enjoy the country’s verdant parks, outdoor concerts, vibrant street markets, and scenic countryside! If you’re planning a trip to the British Isles this summer – or if you’re still on the fence – consider staying at one of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s luxurious boutique hotels. They’ve got a lot going on, from gin and jazz evenings, to a beach bar in the heart of Bloomsbury, to tickets to the summer’s hottest rock ‘n roll retrospective. You can even have tea with your canine companion! The Egerton House Hotel, London: Rock on!! To coincide with the opening of the new Pink Floyd exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the five-star Egerton House hotel in Knightsbridge has launched the ultimate package for Pink Floyd fans and music aficionados. It includes two nights’ accommodation at the hotel, entry to the V&A exhibition, plus tickets to the London Rock Tour, which takes in a host of London sites that are connected to the musical icons. Also new at the pet-friendly Egerton is the Doggy Afternoon Tea, a fun and whimsical experience for the hotel’s four-legged guests. Priced at $19, the tea is served in the elegant Drawing Room, and includes a pooch-pleasing selection of treats, such as chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits, dog ice cream and a special chew toy to take home. The Chesterfield Mayfair, London: The hotel’s Gin & Jazz Evenings see the luxury Mayfair venue transformed into an intimate jazz setting, capturing the elegance of the Art Deco era. On the first and third Wednesdays of every month The Terrace Bar hosts in-house pianist John Hudson and his three-piece band. Their sultry music is perfectly complemented by a bespoke menu of event-exclusive gin cocktails that took months of experimentation to perfect, and are served with a generous dose of theater – think dry ice, and ingredients as smoky as the music. The Rubens at the Palace, London: This gem of a hotel next door to Buckingham Palace recently got a multi-million dollar upgrade that resulted in a complete refurbishment of all bedrooms and public areas, plus changes to some of its restaurants. One hundred thirty of the hotel’s 143 rooms have either been partially or fully refurbished, and additional ‘Royal Rooms’ have been created. The new English Grill, which replaces the Carvery and Grill Room, opened in July; new features include a glass-walled kitchen, a top-of-the-line coal-burning Josper Grill, and a new menu whose signature dish will be the Tomahawk Steak. Opening in September is the new Curry Room restaurant, serving a selection of the finest Indian cuisine from around the world in relaxed and convivial surroundings. The Montague on the Gardens, London: Summer is when the Montague’s wildly popular Beach Bartransports guests straight into a tropical beach paradise, complete with real sand, a thatched-roof beach hut and even an actual jet ski. Delicious tropical cocktails, barbecued burgers and a tasty line-up of tempting desserts really capture the summertime spirit! This Bloomsbury hotel also has two new foodie experiences this summer: the Safari Afternoon Tea. The safari afternoon tea is served with an extensive selection of traditional, flavored, aromatic, fruit and green teas, plus a smorgasbord of sweet and savory treats, including the African spiced chicken sandwich, toasted coconut mousse, banana meringue, mango and kiwi tart and the giraffe macaron with salted caramel. The Milestone Hotel, London: Enjoy London’s warm summer afternoons with a Picnic in the Park! Staff at The Milestone will deliver traditional wicker baskets filled with freshly made sandwiches and gourmet treats to Kensington Gardens or other neighboring parks. Choose from the Picnic Feast menu, or a traditional afternoon tea enjoyed al fresco. Hotel ’41’, London: Come enjoy a night under the stars at the TripAdvisor and Travel + Leisure‘s No. 1 rated hotel in London. If you’re planning a special night – maybe for a proposal or anniversary – book the glass-ceilinged penthouse Conservatory Suite and make it an occasion to remember. The “Night Under the Stars” package includes a traditional full English breakfast, a flight of Champagne, a ‘Name a Star’ certificate personalized with the message of your choice, an astronomy Star Book, and a telescope for stargazing. Summer Lodge Country House Hotel Restaurant and Spa, Dorset: If you’ve always wanted to enjoy a romantic summer holiday in the idyllic English countryside, Summer Lodge can fulfill your fantasy. The area was actually the setting for many of Thomas Hardy’s romantic novels, so it’s the perfect place to write your own love story! This summer’s “Romantic Hideaway” offer includes an overnight stay in a beautifully appointed room or suite, a bottle of Champagne, a seasonal treat, romantic turndown service with rose petals, a four-course “surprise” menu, and a full English breakfast daily. The Acorn Inn, Dorset: Located just across the road from Summer Lodge, the Acorn Inn is the perfect base for exploring the lovely Dorset countryside. Take advantage of the warm summer weather and try any or all the activities available in the vicinity of the inn: coastal walks, water sports, pony trekking, Zorbing, clay shooting, and go-karting. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, try a cooking workshop at the nearby Lesley Waters’ Cookery School and spend a relaxing day meeting people, learning and laughing. The Old Government House Hotel and Spa, Guernsey: Guernsey may be a small island, but it’s got along and fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the days of pirates and seafaring explorers. The hotel is a piece of history itself, having served as the Governor’s residence in the 18th century, and hosted many illustrious guests over the years. Modern-day guests can immerse themselves in this history by taking advantage of the hotel’s summer “Heritage” package. It includes two nights in a beautifully appointed room or suite, a full English breakfast each morning, a delicious three-course dinner for two in The Brasserie Restaurant, a complimentary pass to either Castle Cornet or the Guernsey Museum, a 10% discount on all beauty treatments in The Spa, and complimentary use of the gym, spa pools, sauna and steam room. The Duke of Richmond Hotel, Guernsey: Become a master of mixology this summer at this historic boutique hotel. Join one of The Leopard Bar’s skilled bartenders at a Cocktail Master Class where you’ll learn how to mix your favorite drinks, then enjoy the fruits of your labor with some of your favorite bar nibbles. Or relax and savor a lazy Sunday morning with the restaurant’s delicious new Sunday lunch menu, which is now served until a later time. If the weather’s nice, take your lunch out on The Terrace, overlooking the beautiful Candie Gardens, the sea and the islands beyond. For more information about The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, visit us at www.redcarnation.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org About The Red Carnation Hotel CollectionRed Carnation Hotels are a collection of family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition; from the recently restored Ashford Castle in Ireland, to the Milestone, a historic mansion hotel in the heart of London, to the truly iconic Oyster Box in South Africa – our hotels are unique and characterful with a personal approach to hospitality.With a peerless reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings, we pride ourselves on delivering warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service. For more information about these award-winning hotels and the rest of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, please go to www.redcarnation.com. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive Officer, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefiting local communities and the environment.To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.
Cancun, Quintana Roo (December 6, 2017) – Krystal Grand Punta Cancun recently launched its VIP Altitude Tower, a new luxury enclave adding 100 suites to the 295 existing suites of the Krystal Grand Punta Cancun. The tower is a new private building adjacent to the hotel and provides guests with 24-hour concierge services, access to the Sky Lounge private rooftop and one of a kind luxury amenities. “Our goal was to elevate the Krystal Grand experience with the addition of the Altitude Tower,” said Director of Sales Constanza Pintos. “Guests can expect VIP amenities, unmatched privacy, personalized service and luxury accommodations in one of the best locations in Cancun – all surrounded by paradisiacal views.” Guests at the luxury all-inclusive Altitude Tower can enjoy a myriad of VIP amenities, including an exclusive check-in lounge, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, daily continental breakfast and afternoon cocktails and appetizers. The Tower features an indoor private bar, complimentary wine and tequila tastings and a featured Chef’s Table. Guests also have access to the adult-only infinity pool featuring private cabanas complete with Bali beds and lounge chairs. In addition, all guests receive preferred reservations at all of the hotel’s featured restaurants. The 549 square-foot Altitude rooms, boast some of the best vistas of Cancun and are complete with ocean-facing balconies, large glass bathrooms with rain and hand showers, 50” Led televisions, pillow menu, sleeping kit, daily refreshed mini bar, and L’Occitane toiletries. The Altitude Releve rooms take luxury a little further at 678 square feet. The suites offer uninterrupted ocean views and daily in-room fruit amenities. The Tower also houses four luxury suites with panoramic ocean views; large terraces with outdoor Jacuzzis; luggage unpacking and folding services (upon request); complimentary shoe polish services and up to $350 dollars in spa credit. For more information and reservations visit: http://www.krystal-hotels.com/ Facebook Instagram About Krystal Grand HotelsKrystal Grand Hotels & Resorts is a collection of all-inclusive resorts and business hotels located in the most important cities and beach destinations throughout Mexico. The brand includes, Krystal Grand Punta Cancun, Krystal Grand Los Cabos and Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta (opening December 2017). The Krystal Grand Hotels & Resorts collection seamlessly combines wellbeing, recreation and business in prime locations and offers guests modern design, select gastronomy, ecofriendly practices and unmatched personalized service to make their travels more fulfilling.
The union that represents over 80,000 teachers is taking the Ontario government to court. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says the Ford Government is infringing on the rights of teachers and students with the removal of a modern sex-ed curriculum and the introduction of a ‘snitch’ line.When describing the Ford Government’s repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum, ETFO president Sam Hammond used phrases like, “poorly thought out,” “abuse of power,” but he saved his most explosive statement for the end of his newser,“Yes it seems homophobic in a way, yes it’s trying to eliminate key aspects of the society we live in: gender identities, trans gender individuals, same sex marriage, I don’t know what else you’d call it.”The union sent the application to the superior court looking to keep the updated 2015 sex-ed in place where LGBTQ issues and cyber safety are taught.Some parents picking up their kids after their first day of school seem to be on the same page as teachersThe union is also hoping to eliminate the newly introduced report or “snitch” line. A service that allows anyone to critisize a teacher who they feel stray from the 20 year-old curriculum.“If that teacher decides to take that as a teachable moment to talk about same sex couples, is this government going to act and punish that teacher for doing that in 2018? There is absolutely no need for a snitch line in ETFO’s opinion attacks the integrity professional judgement of our members.’Manny Figueiredo, the Director of Education for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board is putting trust in teachers that they’ll do the right thing.“Teachers need to respond to that. Doesn’t mean they’ll break into a whole class lesson because that isn’t an expectation they need to respond if a child from a certain identity or family structure doesn’t feel safe or included then we have a moral responsibility under the human rights code to respond to that need.’It’s unclear how long the court proceedings will take place.In the meantime, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Director says their preparing for either outcome. He also mentioned that letters are still sent out to homes prior to certain sex-ed lessons and parents continue to have the option to pull their kids out of class if they disagree with the subject matter.