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Summer Travel with Mandarin Oriental

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Summer Travel with Mandarin Oriental, tantalizing pricing packages at MO around the world…

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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

MO Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental’s newest package, La Table de Rosanjin, pairs a delectable eight-course menu of fine French cuisine and beverages prepared by Chef de Cuisine of Signature, Nicolas Boujéma, where each dish is carefully presented in beautiful ceramics handcrafted by Japanese ceramicists inspired by Rosanjin.

Through June 26, includes a one-night accommodation for two starting at $1,256.00. Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/tokyo/

•Mandarin Oriental, Geneva

Mandarin Oriental Geneva

Geneva MO Rasoi by Vineet

Mandarin Oriental announces new seasonal pop-up, La Riviera by Mandarin Oriental, transforming the hotel’s Café Calla into a lively Côte d’Azur restaurant with a touch of Provence.

Open every day for lunch from 12-2:30 pm, dinner 7-10:30 pm through September 30th.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/geneva/

Art & Beauty
•Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Boston MO Bar Boulud

Explore urban sculptures from eleven international artists with the Artful Moment package featuring five star accommodations and admission to the new Megacities Asia exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Through July 17
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/boston

•Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Mandarin Oriental Atlanta spa double treatment room

MO Atlanta spa double treatment room

In Partnership with Bloomingdale’s, the Girls Southern Sojourn package includes “Beauty Lunch,” hosted at Bloomingdale’s, complete with champagne, makeover and a gift bag.

A two-night stay and spa indulgence with steam, sauna, vitality pool and 80-minute Oriental Essence Massage.

Valid year round, double occupancy starting at $1,500 US dollars.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/atlanta/

Indulge
• Mandarin Oriental, Milan

Mandarin Oriental Milan

MO Milan

Experience our newest location in the world’s top city with Milan’s Style My Suitepackage. Exclusive accommodations in brandnew suites, a pair of sunglasses per person (designed by Italia Independent exclusively for Mandarin Oriental, Milan), a bottle of Champagne, Oriental Essence Massage for two guests at the spa.

Available year round, starting at $1,520.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/milan/

•Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

MO Las Vegas Poolside

Pamper yourself with the full Las Vegas experience. By booking any suite, guests will receive a complimentary cabana by the pool Monday through Thursday.

Offer valid through September 8th, 2016.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/hotel-offers/suite-cabana/

Love is in the air
•Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur and Mandarin Oriental, Baroque Prague

Mandarin Oriental Prague

MO Prague fine dining wine cellar

Kuala Lumpur * Couples booking the Romantic Rendezvous package in Kuala Lumpur will indulge in luxurious accommodation, an intimate dinner for two, spa treatments, butler-drawn bath, and more starting at $1,183 per night for a Deluxe City View.

Prague * Couples booking the Baroque Romance package will enjoy an opportunity to immerse themselves in a Baroque style romantic weekend in 18th century Prague. Accommodations in the Baroque Deluxe Suite Baroque Boudoir, a welcome drink, complete makeover for guests to experience the Baroque period with costumes, make-up and a wig, a private horse-drawn carriage tour with a photographer, a romantic dinner in the hotel’s Wine Cellar and more starts at $3,956. These packages are valid year round.
Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/


Rest and Revive at The Oaks at Ojai

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Rest and Revive at The Oaks at Ojai
The Oaks at Ojai encourages the youthful tranquility within

The Oaks at Ojai

A quick jaunt away from the hectic pace of Los Angeles rests a wellness oasis called The Oaks at Ojai. Located in the heart of the quaint town of Ojai, The Oaks at Ojai is spa, fitness, and wholesome food, all in one. Founded in 1977 by the forward thinking health advocate, Sheila Cluff, The Oaks at Ojai has become one of the most well-respected and often visited destination healing spa and wellness resorts in America. Going beyond a respite for weight loss, The Oaks embodies total wellness.

SheilaCluff doing pushups at age 80

SheilaCluff doing pushups at age 80

Cluff herself was not immune to weight gain having been a former champion ice skater. Upon retiring from professional skating, Cluff found her diet to be calorie high for the reduced exercise intensity. With a weight gain of 20+ pounds, Cluff decided to create a safe haven where women and men could experience healing rejuvenation, a restored sense of well-being and get on track with their health and fitness goals. “Whether it is to reboot healthy living practices or get started with a new regime,” shares Cluff, “It is my hope that guests take away a motivation and inspiration to make lifetime behavioral changes for healthy living.”

Hiking trails at The Oaks at Ojai

Hiking trails at The Oaks at Ojai

A pioneer in the healing health movement, Cluff was serving Potassium Broth for morning breaks from the get go, a tradition that continues to this day. “The fundamental values and core concepts of sound nutrition have always been a governing factor of The Oaks food philosophy,” Cluff explains. “Though there is nothing magical about our broth, it is a nutritionally dense snack to keep energy and satiety steady.”

Upon arrival, guests receive daily menus and an outline of fitness classes which begin each morning at six-thirty and continue until five each afternoon. Among the fitness activities are morning hikes into the Ojai mountains, aqua, dance, QiGong, yoga, and cardio sculpt classes. An on-site health director can provide a complimentary general wellness evaluation that includes weight, cholesterol check, and heart monitor and a personal journal is included to assist with goal setting, keeping track of spa appointments, fitness classes, and health and wellness lectures.

Pool at The Oaks at Ojai

Pool at The Oaks at Ojai

If resting is the priority, relax poolside, read underneath a tree on the resort lawn and visit their award-winning on-site spa for a total body treatment. Featuring a complete spa menu, choose from signature treatments such as a variety of massage, scrubs, and facials including Skin Authority “Fit & Firm” selections like the Fit & Firm VitAD Fortified Lifting Facial with AHA. Skin Authority’s skincare coaches follow-up after treatment to assist with personal skin care needs – an added bonus.

Chinese Chicken Salad at The Oaks at Ojai

Chinese Chicken Salad at The Oaks at Ojai

No wellness spa retreat would be complete without wholesome food. Executive Chef Christine Denney aims to help people “change their focal point” about food. “I strive to give a visual of what a healthy plate should look like and here, I serve the food in a way that guests don’t have to think about what or how much to eat,” shares Denney. Chef Denney enlists a “no added salt” attitude towards her menus, uses all-natural sugars in sparing quantities, and has expanded her selections to provide more options appealing to different groups including gluten-free, dairy-free, and adding items such as black bean noodles and quinoa. “It is appealing to be in a place where health and well-being is a priority,” says Chef Denney of her 10 years at The Oaks. “I, too, have lost over 50 pounds during my tenure just by creating a wellness focused practice daily.” Menu favorites among guests include Chef Denney’s famous Barley Burger, a vegetarian burger like no other, No-Cream Creamy Asparagus Soup with Lemon Pesto, Gluten-free Granola, and The Oaks Spa Bark – YUM!

Spa Bark at The Oaks at Ojai

Spa Bark at The Oaks at Ojai

An exclusive and affordable spa and wellness resort designed to promote a sense of youthful tranquility, The Oaks at Ojai features 46 rooms and suites available at private and shared rates. Special pricing packages and day spa programs also available. Visit the website at OaksSpa.com for details.

The Oaks at Ojai fig trees

The Oaks at Ojai fig trees

The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-5573
oaksspa.com


Mandarin Oriental Exclusive Travel Experiences

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Mandarin Oriental Exclusive Travel Experiences

‘Hats Off’
 
  • Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London – The Mandarin Oriental’s exclusive collaboration with British couture milliner Emily Baxendale to create the first ever Royal Enclosure collection of fashionable hats and specialized headpieces is inspired by the hotel’s own history and oriental influences. The capsule collection will be unveiled on May 24, 2016 during the launch of The Royal Enclosure Afternoon Tea in The Rosebery Lounge, which will be highlighted with a special performance by the Tootsie Rollers, wearing the hats for Royal Ascot 2016. Visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/ for more information.
Mandarin Oriental London

MO London

 

M-OHMents of Wellness
 
  • Mandarin Oriental, New York – Escape to New York City for M-OHMents of Wellness June 10th – 12th, 2016. The M-OHMents of Wellness weekend journey are four 90-minute guided meditation sessions led by Shivangi Van Gogh based on 5,000 year-old wisdom derived from the Vedas, or sacred texts, of India. Over the course of the weekend, guests also enjoy specialized treatments as well as organic vegetarian cuisine and fresh-pressed juices designed to detox and complement the meditation practice. To further provide an oasis of tranquility an array of experiences have been designed to encourage internal quiet and self-reflection, including a signature Calm Mind Retreat spa treatment and a group yoga lesson. Prices for the M-OHMents of Wellness experience begin at $1,800 per night. The experience is designed for sequential expansion  of  knowledge  with  each  session  building  upon  the  last. As the guests consciousness evolves and  their  meditation  practice  continues  following  the  weekend,  they  will  enjoy  a  deep  state  of  inner peace, increased awareness and focus, and sustainable happiness” said Shivangi Van Gogh. Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more information.
MO New York

MO New York City

 

 Legendary Milestones… The New & The 140 Year Old
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok

MO Bangkok

 
  •  Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok -In celebration of 140 years, the Mandarin in Bangkok will host a series of bespoke music, art, fashion and culinary events throughout 2016 such as: a production of famous Italian Arias by Italian opera singers, accompanied by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, in the Royal Ballroom on May 30th and an exhibition  featuring  works  from  renowned  Thai  contemporary  artists, recently featured in Thailand Eye: Contemporary Thai Art book, currently on display until the end of May.  http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/
MO Milan

Mandarin Oriental Milan

 

  •  Mandarin Oriental, Milan – The Mandarin Oriental’s  newest hotel welcome’s guests for a fashionable suite escape to experience their new suite in the worlds top city and newest location.Guests booking Milans Style My Suite package will have access to exclusive accommodations in the city’snewest suite, a pair of sunglasses per person, designed by Italia Independent exclusively for Mandarin Oriental, Milan, a bottle of Champagne, Oriental Essence Massage for two guests at the spa and more year round. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/milan/

 

Mandarin Oriental Vegas

MO Las Vegas

  • Mandarin Oriental, Las VegasCelebrate the Stars 2016 package includes a one-night stay in a luxurious guestroom or suite, two unlimited-access passes to the revitalizing Tian Quan Thermal Experience at The Spa and a four-course tasting menu for two at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. Pricing starts at $549. Offer valid through December 23rd, 2016.  http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/hotel-offers/celebrate-the-stars/

 

 Wig Out in Prague
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prague

MO Prague

 
  • Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur and Mandarin Oriental, Baroque Prague – Join the Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur or Baroque Prague for a romantic getaway. Couples booking the Romantic Rendezvous package in Kuala Lumpur will indulge in luxurious accommodation, an intimate dinner for two and spa treatments and more. This package is valid through Dec. 29, 2016. Couples booking the Baroque Romance package will enjoy an opportunity to immerse themselves in a Baroque style romantic weekend in 18th century Prague. The package includes: accommodation in the Baroque Deluxe Suite Baroque Boudoir, a welcome drink and complete makeover for guests to experience the Baroque period, with costumes, make-up and a wig, a private horse-drawn carriage tour with a photographer, a romantic dinner in the hotel’s Wine Cellar and more. This package is valid year round.  http://www.mandarinoriental.com/

 

 


Celebrity Cruises Presents A Taste of Film

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Celebrity Cruises Presents A Taste of Film

Celebrity Cruises A Taste of Film

CELEBRITY CRUISES CELEBRATES ITS LATEST ONBOARD DINING AND MOVIE EXPERIENCE WITH ‘A TASTE OF FILM’ CULTURAL-CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT THE RECENT NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

The historic Port Theater was the sumptuous backdrop to an afternoon of perfectly paired film and food prepared by Award-Winning Chef Pascal Olhats. Once again, Celebrity Cruises breaks new ground by bringing its latest onboard experience to land. The modern cruise brand’s new “A Taste of Film” launched with a special “sailing” at the recent Newport Beach Film Festival held April 21-28, 2016.

Celebrity Cruises Taste of Film

Rooftop Terrace for Taste of Fim

Now, guests onboard Celebrity’s ships can experience a multi-sensory journey in the ships new Rooftop Terrace where passengers enjoy a specific cultural, culinary or destination-based film, while dining on exquisite cuisine that brings the movie’s scenes to life through guests’ taste buds. Onboard, the specially crafted, multi-course tasting menu for “A Taste of Film” is designed by Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher, Associate Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations, Celebrity Cruises.

To celebrate this exciting culinary and film addition to Celebrity’s top ships, Celebrity Cruises hosted a screening of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a film that tells the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants in a French town: one operated by a recently relocated Indian family and the other a Michelin-starred French restaurant. To enhance the film viewing experience and to simulate what passengers will be enjoying onboard, guests savored eight courses prepared by award-winning Chef Pascal Olhats, Chef/Owner Pascal Restaurant, Café Jardine and Pascal Catering. The menu, which guests will enjoy throughout the film, is inspired by the acclaimed film’s French and Indian cuisines. Each course was perfectly paired with fine wines from Jackson Family Wines.

“A Taste of Film activates all the senses to create a fully immersive and transportive experience,” said Scott Clifton, Director of Sales, Western Region. “We launched with ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ because it emphasizes – through both story and visuals – the power of food to bring people together, and to evoke memories.”

Among the menu items delightfully prepared by Chef Pascal Olhats:

Course #1: Warm lobster bisque with uni and spices served when the Kadam family’s restaurant in India burned down and the mother Haddam dies.
Scene Details: As a child, Hassan Kadam regularly goes to market to buy uni for his parents’ restaurant and his mom taught him how to cook and to appreciate uni in the broth she would make.

Course #2: Pate and cheese on artisan bread
Scene Details: When the Kadam family moves to London, then to France where their van breaks down, a young French woman (a sous chef named Margaurite) rescues them and serves them cheese and pate, bread and vegetables from her garden. The family soon opens an Indian restaurant called Maison Mumbai across the street and 100 feet from a 1 Michelin star French restaurant run by Helen Mirren (Madam Mallory) called Le Saule Pleureur. There are continuous fights between the Kadam dad and Madam as cultures and cuisines clash.

Course #3: Curried marsala chicken with naan bread
Scene Details: Hassan’s father gives him his deceased mother’s prized spice rack. His dad says “food is memories.”

Course #4: Barbecue sweet corn with béchamel
Scene Details: Hassan masters the 5 sauces basic to any classic French cooking (bechamel, veloute, tomat, espagnole, mayonnaise). Margaurite explans that Madam interviews potential chefs by having them make an omelette for her.

Course #5: Baked breast of quail with truffle sauce and fine herb omelette
Scene Details: Hassan is offered a 6 month apprenticeship at Madam’s restaurant after he makes her a baked breast of quail dish like what she serves in the restaurant (which she pretends to hate). During the competition between the 2 restaurants, the head chef at Madam’s restaurant sets Maison Mumbai on fire and Haddam’s hands get burned. He can’t use them, but asks Madam if he can make an omelette for her with her help. So she does, following his instructions to add Indian spices; she loves it.

Course #6: Mushroom veloute with coriander and boeuf bourguignon with special spices
Scene Details: Le Saule Pleureur gets its 2nd Michelin star and Hassan masters boeuf bourguignon

Course #7: Special plate with Indian delights (garbanzo beans, Indian puff pastry)
Scene Details: Served after Hassan moves to Paris and is one of the hottest chefs on the scene but one night eats Indian food with a fellow restaurant employee and gets homesick

Course #8: Chocolate truffle and fruit tartelette
Scene Details: Everyone lived happily ever after!

Celebrity Cruises

A Taste of Film is available onboard Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit and will arrive onboard Celebrity Millennium in May 2016, when the ship emerges from a brief refresh drydock. Along with the new Rooftop Terrace, complete with its large screen, lounges, cabanas, soundscape and decorative lighting, additional drydock enhancements include a significant refresh of the ships’ Penthouse and Royal Suites, and the conversion of both the Normandie and The Olympic specialty restaurants to one of Celebrity’s signature dining venues, Tuscan Grille, which will offer a new, modern experience.

About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 10 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, or call your travel agent. Visit: CelebrityCruises.com


Celebrity Cruises : Top Chef at Sea

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‘Top Chef at Sea’ Heats Up as Celebrity Cruises and Bravo Media Extend Partnership Through 2016

Chef Chris Crary and Celebrity Cruises

Top Chef Chris Crary

Celebrity Cruises and Bravo Media have extended the popular “Top Chef at Sea” program through 2016, and will offer “Top Chef” fans and food lovers the opportunity to vacation with a new lineup of cheftestants on the exclusive “Top Chef Signature Sailing” in 2015. Setting sail November 14 onboard Celebrity Reflection, the one-of-a-kind Eastern Caribbean cruise vacation will give guests an up-close-and-personal culinary experience with six former “Top Chef” competitors, including:
•Nina Compton: Top Chef New Orleans runner-up
•Tiffany Derry: Top Chef D.C. and Top Chef All-Stars contestant; Owner of TD Concepts, Inc.
•Ash Fulk: Top Chef Las Vegas contestant; Culinary Director at Hill Country Hospitality in NYC
•Gregory Gourdet: Top Chef Boston runner-up; Executive Chef at Departure Restaurant + Lounge in Portland, Oregon
•Doug Adams: Top Chef Boston finalist; Chef de Cuisine of Imperial and Portland Penny Diner
•Chris Crary: Top Chef Texas contestant; Executive Chef of Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles

Top Chef Nina Compton and Celebrity Cruises

Top Chef Nina Compton

New during this year’s Top Chef Signature Sailing, vacationers can choose from an array of local destination experiences hosted by a featured cheftestant, making these excursions a unique way to explore the Caribbean. The exclusive chef-hosted shore excursions will be available for purchase soon.

Bravo Top Chef and Celebrity Cruises

The signature sailing also will feature new duel-style cooking demonstrations onboard where cheftestants will battle each other while answering fans’ questions, with the winning dish chosen by the audience. Also onboard and back by popular demand, passionate foodies can enjoy exclusive and intimate experiences with the chefs by booking private cooking classes and private dinners to hone their skills and get advice on preparing sumptuous dishes at home.

Top Chef Celebrity Cruises Quickfire Challenges

Quickfire Challenges

In addition to the Top Chef Signature Sailing with alums, Celebrity will continue to offer interactive Quickfire Challenges and “Top Chef”-inspired menu evenings on its modern luxury vacations onboard nine ships, for all sailings departing through June 2016. Quickfire Challenges will put guests in the spotlight to get a taste of the pressure the cheftestants experience on the show. Plus, guests can indulge in a selection of the dishes the judges raved about on the series at “Top Chef Night” in the main restaurant.

Top Chef Night on Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity has paved the way for the cruise industry on land and at sea, being the first-ever cruise line to present dinner at the prestigious James Beard House and create land-based pop-up restaurants in San Francisco and New York. Celebrity originally partnered with “Top Chef” in November 2014 to launch the exclusive Top Chef at Sea experience. The extension of Top Chef at Sea allows for guests to continually sail with Celebrity on a modern luxury vacation with endless culinary possibilities. For more details about Top Chef at Sea, visit celebritycruises.com/topchef

Bravo’s Emmy® and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef” will return for season 13 this fall. “Top Chef” is produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serving as executive producers.

Celebrity Cruises

About Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 10 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruise tour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL).

For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit CelebrityCruises.com or call your travel agent.

About Bravo Media

Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, upcoming comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules, “Below Deck,” “Thicker Than Water” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.


Wellness Weekends at The Oaks at Ojai

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THE OAKS AT OJAI SERVES UP SAVORY WELLNESS WEEKS AND WEEKENDS

The Oaks at Ojai

Hiking, Biking, Yoga, Aqua-Classes, and the First Gray Pride, and More will Surprise and Delight New and Returning Guests

The Oaks at Ojai destination spa has added nearly 20 theme weeks and weekends through the end of 2015. The best part is the extra classes, demonstrations, lectures and offerings are included in a guest’s stay, no hidden fees or extra charges! Rates start at $250 per person and include accommodations, fitness classes, meals, wifi, parking, tax and service.

Guests can take advantage of on site and destination events, from Ojai’s famous Yoga Crib, Cycle Ojai to Dance Week, Water Week, Healthful Holiday eating, Mother/Daughter Week and the new and very popular Into the Wild Hiking Week, and more.

“Keep moving” is The Oaks at Ojai Founder Sheila Cluff’s mantra that is embraced by every fitness instructor at the award-winning destination spa. And The Oaks makes it easier for guests to stay moving with year-round, value-added theme weeks and weekends that offer up to 3-4 additional classes a day but don’t cost a penny more.

Wellness Weekend at The Oaks at Ojai

Here’s the line up through March 2015:

AUGUST

2 – 9 YOGA, PILATES, TAI CHI AND QIGONG WEEK These four disciplines complement one another and benefit you in every way. Extra classes daily. Guest Iyengar teacher Jeff Perlman joins us August 4 & 5.

7 – 20 4th NIGHT FREE When you and a friend share a room for three consecutive nights, the fourth night is on us. Mention BOGO2015 when booking.

21 – SEPTEMBER 3 MOTHER DAUGHTER SUMMER SPECIAL 40% off for daughters sharing a room with their mom. Reconnect and recharge with our wide variety of workouts, activities and healthy meals. Please note, if the stay includes a Saturday, a 3 night minimum is required.

The Oaks at Ojai trails

SEPTEMBER

Continuing into September, 3 MOTHER DAUGHTER SUMMER SPECIALS: 40% off for daughters sharing a room with their mom. Reconnect and recharge with our wide variety of workouts, activities and healthy meals. Please note, if the stay includes a Saturday, a 3 night minimum is required.

4 – 11 DANCE WEEK Enjoy at least two dance classes daily, fun for all levels of fitness! Latin! Jazz! World! Put on your dancing shoes and come! Guest teacher Carol Argo kicks off the week with Water & Yoga Dance along with NIA Dance and more.

7 LABOR DAY Wouldn’t this be a great holiday weekend to take a healthy break for wellness?

7 – 30 END OF SUMMER DEAL 15% discount on all accommodations when you stay a minimum of 3 nights.

24 – 27 GRAY PRIDE A first for The Oaks. Enjoy special talks and classes that celebrate graceful aging – “Amazing Grays!”

OCTOBER

9 – 17 WATER WEEK Jump into one of our wet and wonderful water classes! Extra sessions daily!

10 – 12 OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS Great artists in a great town. View the new artists and new work on the self-guided tour of 50 studios. Info & Tickets at Ojai Studio Artists.

11 – 21 AUTUMN LEAVES CRUISE Join Sheila Cluff and Elizabeth Horton onboard the Caribbean Princess as we sail from NYC to Quebec, exploring all of the autumn leaves. East Coast heaven! You’ll earn a free 2 night stay for traveling with us!

23 – 25 LULU BANDHA’S OJAI YOGA CRIB International instructors meet in Ojai to teach classes throughout the peaceful Ojai Valley. Details, pricing, and how to participate at Lulu Banda’s.

24 – 25 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS Perfect for those longing for love relationships that are positive and strong, and want happy AND healthy relationships in their life. Dr. Terri Orbuch (“The Love Doctor”) and Debra Orbuch Grayson return to motivate to heart health!

26 – 30 YOGA WITH JOEY Joey Corona brings his unique technique to yoga classes this week, suitable for all levels.

30 – 31 HALLOWEEN BINGO WITH SHERRY She’s back and …with costumes – how about you?! Our most popular evening activity is more than fun and games….it’s a weekend to remember!

NOVEMBER

4 – 7 CYCLE OJAI Join Elisa Goody for daily rides for all levels. Fresh air and good fun and the best way to see what the Ojai Valley has to offer! Bring a bike or rent one in town.

19 – 21 HOLIDAY EATING Chef Christine Denney demos and discusses healthy and easy food prep. A great way to take The Oaks home with you! Christine has also written some motivational words of wisdom regarding healthy eating.

29 – DECEMBER 4 INTO THE WILD HIKING WEEK PACKAGE An exclusive hiking experience with our skillful guide Carol Janelle. Up to 50 miles in 5 days! An exclusive experience for just a few hike enthusiasts. (Mileage subject to change.)

DECEMBER

11 – 12 A.N.A.T. Awakening New Awareness & Transformation talks with our Life Coach, Annat Provo. Review the past year and set intentions for the next after pondering what to leave behind and what to take forward. This event gets rave reviews!

18 – 20 MINDFUL MEDITATION The Oaks’ Maura Patrice and Lyn Kustal will guide you into stillness.

The Oaks Spa

About The Oaks at Ojai

The Oaks at Ojai is an affordable fitness destination spa that includes overnight accommodations, three delicious and calorie-conscious meals a day designed to promote weight loss, choice of 15 fitness classes per day and evening entertainment and seminars. The Oaks offers 46 guest rooms, including private rooms and courtyard suites, double lodge rooms and double cottage rooms. A charming 1920s hotel-turned-spa in the peaceful town of Ojai, The Oaks offers a variety of activities that allows guests to choose how to work out and take off excess pounds.

Activities range from hiking, art tours, and in-line skating, guided kayaking tours, belly dancing, yoga ropes, and qi gong, in addition to other fitness classes. A full menu of relaxing and therapeutic spa services is available as well as private consultations with a variety of health experts. The Oaks at Ojai is located at 122 East Ojai Avenue (Ojai’s main street).

For more information, please visit www.oaksspa.com or become a fan on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

The Oaks
122 E. Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA, USA 93023
800-753-6257
Local: 805-646-5573
www.oaksspa.com


Hyatt Palm Springs Chill Summer Packages

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Hyatt Palm Springs Chill Summer Packages
Hyatt Palm Springs

The luxurious desert resort, Hyatt Palm Springs Introduces “Chill” Summer Packages – the perfect opportunity to Relax and Unwind While Staying Cool This Summer at the Hyatt Palm Springs

Chill out in one of the best “chill” spots ever, The Hyatt Palm Springs. Take advantage of Hyatt Palm Springs’ newly announced “Chill” packages. Guests can choose from one of three exciting offers including in the “Chill” promotion. Packages are available NOW through September 2015.

HooDoo at the Hyatt Palm Springs

The Happy Hour Package!

Get happy while relaxing at the Hyatt Palm Springs resort with a 2-night stay in a balcony suite, overlooking the soothing San Jacinto Mountains. Enjoy up to four cocktails (package includes two cocktails per person, per day) and an appetizer of choice between the hours of 5pm – 8pm at any of the three hotel beverage outlets, including the famous Hoodoo Lounge. Offer valid June 2015 to September 30, 2015. Use code: 89935. http://www.palmsprings.hyatt.com/en/hotel/offers/offer-detail.html?offerId=55662269&code=

Two Nights, Third Night FREE!
Savings starting at $129

Travelers can extend their stay at no cost when arriving Sunday – Tuesday at Hyatt Palm Springs. Guests purchasing 2 nights can get a 3rd consecutive night for free. See website for availability and stay dates. Book by September 15th for stays through September 30th. Use code: 55110. http://palmsprings.hyatt.com/en/hotel/offers/offer-detail.html?offerId=55534976&code=
King room at Hyatt Palm Springs

Bed and Breakfast-for-Two
Savings starting at $50

Suite romance awaits travelers with Hyatt Palm Springs’ Bed and Breakfast Package. This exciting offer includes accommodations in a spacious suite and daily breakfast for two in Hyatt’s on-site restaurant. Reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance. Package includes a Suite-for-two and daily breakfast-for-two in Hyatt’s restaurant. Use code: 28293. http://www.palmsprings.hyatt.com/en/hotel/offers/offer-detail.html?offerId=104534&code=

These packages offer savings from 31 to 50% off regular prices – chic, affordable savings to beat the heat this Summer.

Hyatt Palm Springs
285 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 322-9000
For complete details and reservations, visit => www.hyattpalmsprings.com

Hoodoo lounge at Hyatt Palm Springs


Celebrity Cruises – Go Big, Better, BEST

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Celebrity Cruises – Go BIG, BETTER, BEST

Celebrity Cruises

‘PERK UP’ THE ALREADY PERFECT VACATION with Celebrity Cruises just-released offer “Go Big, Go Better, Go Best!” which saves passengers up to $1,035 per person.

This new deal provides great savings and value in addition to just-launched features that thrill-seeking millennial travelers are choosing from Celebrity Cruises, such as:

· Globally-Inspired Cuisine: With 12 distinctive restaurants featuring menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef, Celebrity Cruises offers an unparalleled culinary experience. In fact, in 2015, Celebrity Cruises launched the world’s first permanent “World ClassTM Bar” onboard the Celebrity Eclipse, featuring luxurious drinks experiences created by World Class-certified mixologists. Additionally, Celebrity Cruises and Bravo Media have extended the popular “Top Chef at Sea” program through 2016.

· In-Depth Destination Experiences & New Ports: Nearly 300 sought-after worldwide destinations including the best of Europe, plus overnight stays in 53 must-see cities. Plus, the “Celebrity City Stay” vacation packages provide curated pre-cruise experiences available in 16 of the most intriguing and dynamic cities, including Abu Dhabi.

· Entertainment: Inspired by the latest trends in entertainment and the hottest global tickets, Celebrity Cruises unveiled an impressive array of 18 shows in 18 months – all produced in partnership with masterminds behind some of today’s biggest recording artists and awarding-winning theatrical and television productions.

· Sexy, Stylish, Spaces: Onboard interiors by creative architects and designers infuse Celebrity’s ships with a modern style that rivals any contemporary hotel, and the only cruise line to offer Apple retail outlets and Apple products in its business centers.

The Go Big, Go Better, Go Best vacation deal offers value-add options to “perk-up” an already perfect vacation by allowing passengers the ability to customize their trip. With Go Big, Go Better, Go Best, travelers can select additional perks to include when booking an ocean view stateroom or higher on more than 470 sailings departing October 2015 through April 2017.

Ocean View Stateroom

Ocean View Stateroom, Celebrity Cruises

When travelers purchase an ocean view stateroom on a participating cruise, they automatically book the “Go Big” package, allowing them to select one of four additional “perks.” Vacationers can choose their favorite “perks” from the following options – Classic Beverage Packages, unlimited internet, prepaid tips and $150 in onboard credit per person:

· Go Big: One perk included*

· Go Better: Two perks included*

· Go Best: All perks are included, and an upgrade to a Premium Beverage Package*

Valid for select four-night or longer sailings departing October 2015 through April 2017. With the Go Big, Go Better, Go Best pricing strategy, travelers can save as much as $1,000 on package amenities.

Celebrity Cruises

Bookings must be made through Celebrity Cruises via:
Phone: 1-888-283-6879
Online: www.celebritycruises.com/socal
Or with your Local Travel Agent
For more details, visit: CelebrityCruises.com
Blog: www.celebritycruisessocalblog.com
Twitter: @CelebritySoCal
#CelebrityCruisesSoCal


Spend Your Summer with Mandarin Oriental

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Spend Your Summer with Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental logo

No matter where you are traveling this summer, Mandarin Oriental has luxurious indulgences for you. From Washington D.C. to Miami, New York, Tokyo and beyond, check out these exclusive guest packages for the summer:

• Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC – New, fully renovated, the terrace at Empress Lounge, now offers additional seating, fire pits, exclusive menu options and much more. To celebrate the opening of the new garden oasis; “A Perfect Pairing” will take place on the lounge’s outdoor terrace. Guests will indulge in a selection of wines from varying vineyards each paired with the perfect dish from Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC’s recently appointed Executive Chef, Adam Tanner. Mingle with vintners while enjoying lively musical entertainment in the hotel’s beautiful garden overlooking the Tidal Basin. Tickets are $35 per person and include a special take-home gift. Empress Lounge will continue A Perfect Pairing events every other Thursday throughout the summer. www.mandarinoriental.com/WashingtonDC

• Mandarin Oriental, New York announces the launch of its 42 restyled one- and two-bedroom suites overlooking Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. Designed by global architecture, design, engineering and planning firm HOK, each suite is specifically designed and structured to emphasize the unparalleled views from the property’s location in the heart of Manhattan’s Columbus Circle. Situated on the corners of each guest floor, the restyled suites blend a modern interpretation of Mandarin Oriental’s Asian flair with a luxurious, residential aesthetic commemorating three unique themes and color palettes – New York Sunrise, New York Dusk and New York Nights. www.mandarinoriental.com/NewYork

Mandarin Oriental lunch

• Mandarin Oriental, Taipei- To celebrate its first anniversary, the hotel is offering two special accommodation packages. The Anniversary Celebration package includes sumptuous accommodation in deluxe rooms and complimentary breakfast for two at Café Un Deux Trois; special rates start at $354.15 USD per night. The Sweet Indulgence package includes one night in the luxurious Club City Suite, complimentary breakfast for two at Café Un Deux Trois, dinner prix fixe menus specially created by French Chef Florence Dalia for two persons at Café Un Deux Trois, and a 90-minute signature Oriental Essence Massage for two persons to be enjoyed at the world-class spa, with wellness facilities including water experience, a vitality pool and steam shower in a VIP Spa Suite. Special rates start at $1196.88 USD per night. Both packages are available from May 1 to September 30. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/taipei/hotel-offers/anniversary-celebration/
SUMMER FUN AND MORE

• Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC- To capture memories and tour the nation’s capital easily this summer, See your Selfie in DC offer includes: a selfie stick gift, two 24-hour passes for Big Bus tours, welcome amenity with DC themed treat, district survival kit which includes a branded drawstring backpack, sunscreen, map of DC, snacks and water, $50 daily dining credit for Muze, Empress Lounge and/or in-room dining, late check-out at 2pm, overnight parking, and complimentary Internet access. Available from May 21 to September 7 for a minimum two-night stay with daily rates starting at $325. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/washington/hotel-offers/see-your-selfie-in-dc/

• Mandarin Oriental, Boston’s “Coastal Luxury” package offers guests stylish accommodations, as well as, a private helicopter charter and day-trip to the island of Nantucket for a four-hour tour with a local guide and personal chauffeur. Rates start at $8,095 based on a two-night stay for two adults or a family of up to four people. This package is available now through September 30. www.mandarinoriental.com/Boston

• Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s “More in Miami package” is a booking for two nights to get a third complimentary night at the triple Five-Star city resort ideal for relaxing on private Oasis Beach, experiencing a new Inspiring Rituals treatment at The Spa, or indulging in a waterfront Sunday Brunch at La Mar by Gastón Acurio. This package is available now through September 30. www.mandarinoriental.com/Miami

• Mandarin Oriental, New York’s “Extra Fun Day Away” provides guests with a complimentary third night when booking two consecutive nights or more. The package is available for $895 per night. For an extra dose of luxury, the hotel offers the Suite Temptations package featuring a complimentary third night in a suite, daily breakfast served in-room or at Restaurant Asiate, credit to The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York and a special welcome amenity. Rates for the Suite Temptations package begin at $1,795 per night. Both packages are available from June 28 through September 7. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/NewYork

• Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo- is delighted to announce it is gifting elegant SKAGEN watches to special package guests this summer. One night’s accommodation for two include either Deluxe Room, Deluxe Premium Room, Mandarin Grand, or Mandarin Suite, a pair of SKAGEN men’s and women’s watches in black leather Musling pouches, full breakfast for two, served at K’shiki or Oriental Lounge, and a seasonal pound cake. SKAGEN Package priced from $599.96 USD and is available from June 1 to September 18. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/Tokyo/


American Airlines and Qantas, LAX to Sydney

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American Airlines and Qantas, LAX to Sydney
American Airlines and Australia

Two bikini lifestyle destinations team up to bring you premium comfort service in their new flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia. American Airlines and Qantas Airways  expand their joint business by providing new service between the United States and Australia. American will offer new daily, nonstop flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Sydney Airport (SYD) with its flagship Boeing 777-300ER, pending regulatory approvals.

American Qantas team

American Qantas team

“Qantas has been a fantastic partner through oneworld® and our joint business relationship, and strengthening those ties has provided us with a solid foundation to introduce American-operated flights into the Australian region,” said Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American Airlines. “Our customers have asked us to broaden our reach to important business destinations across the Pacific, and flying our flagship aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, to Sydney, will provide another world-class travel experience from our key gateway at LAX.”

American Airlines touchdown Australia
American’s new service between LAX and SYD will be operated by the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER with best-in-class premium customer offerings. The aircraft’s products and services feature all-aisle access, fully lie-flat seats and a walk-up bar in the premium cabins; Main Cabin Extra seating provides more legroom; and all seats feature personal, in-seat entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, over 180 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections, international Wi-Fi capability, and universal AC power outlets and USB ports.

As the world’s largest airline, American continues its investment in Los Angeles by enhancing its international reach. This development represents the natural evolution of the alliance between American and Qantas with revenue sharing and other agreements that provide the carriers with a platform for further growth, closer commercial ties, and an even more seamless customer experience on routes between North America and Australia/New Zealand.

Entry premium cabin bar American Airlines

Entry premium cabin bar

“Adding Sydney further strengthens LAX as American’s trans-Pacific gateway and gives our customers direct access to another one of the world’s great cities,” said J.C. Liscano, American’s managing director of its LAX hub. “American is the industry leader when it comes to offering an exclusive travel experience in LAX with Flagship Check-In, Five Star service, and our Flagship Lounge. Partnering with Qantas will give our customers even more access to tremendous personal service.”

Through their joint business, Qantas and American provide increased connectivity to destinations beyond their key gateways. Customers traveling from North America have access to nearly 60 additional destinations throughout Australia and New Zealand when connecting from Qantas’ trans-Pacific routes from Sydney.

Customers traveling from Australia can access more than 150 destinations throughout North America on American’s extensive network from LAX, SFO and Dallas/Fort Worth. This includes transcontinental service to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) from LAX and SFO on the only true three-class aircraft on those routes, the Airbus A321T.

In early 2016, Qantas will begin operating service six times per week between SYD and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), adding another key destination for business and leisure customers with more options when traveling across the Pacific.

American Airlines at LAX

American has served Greater Los Angeles for more than 80 years. With nearly 200 daily departures operated by the youngest fleet among global network carriers in the U.S. and unmatched premium services on the ground, American has a rich history as the premier airline at LAX with the most domestic and international destinations.

The Youngest Fleet with the Most Premium Offerings

In December 2014, American announced an investment of more than $2 billion in the customer experience. These investments include more fully lie-flat seats; upgraded aircraft interiors; more international Wi-Fi; more in-flight entertainment options and charging power for customers in all cabins; and an improved airport experience with faster, more reliable kiosks and refreshed gate and ticketing areas. This is all in addition to American’s historic fleet renewal, during which it expects to take delivery of 75 new mainline aircraft in 2015. American is adding new aircraft on routes which cater to a wide breadth of industries–entertainment, energy, technology, manufacturing, banking and finance, among others–to best meet the flying needs of the second largest air travel market in the U.S.

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with regional partners, operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. This year American topped Fortune Magazine’s list of best business turnarounds and its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

Investing in the Future
American is investing more than $2 billion in the customer experience, which includes a redesign of the
LAX Admirals Club lounge. These investments also include adding more fully lie-flat seats on aircraft;
upgraded aircraft interiors; more international Wi-Fi; more in-flight entertainment options and charging
power for customers in all cabins; and an improved airport experience with faster, more reliable kiosks
and refreshed gate and ticketing areas. For more information about American’s investment in the
customer experience, visit aa.com/goingforgreat.
Supporting Los Angeles
American has served greater Los Angeles for more than 80 years and continues to strengthen its ties to
the entertainment industry by sponsoring the American Film Institute, the LA Film Festival, the Film
Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Chapter of British Academy of Film and TV Arts, Universal Music
Group’s Grammy Showcase and the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.