Allegria Hotel & Spa Opens Doors To Offer Spectacular Service, Surroundings And More

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 19, 2009 -

Allegria Hotel & Spa Owner, Allen Rosenberg, has announced the luxury property’s soft opening. Allegria is located less than 30 miles from Manhattan on the south shore of Long Island and is the area’s first oceanfront hotel west of the Hamptons. A translation from the Italian word for joy or happiness, Allegria also happens to be the name of Rosenberg’s mother. Deluxe accommodations, cuisine by famed chef Todd Jacobs, oceanfront weddings, enticing libations and an ideal backdrop for corporate retreats and meetings, are just a few of Allegria Hotel & Spa’s offerings.

During Allegria’s soft opening, a select number of its 112 guestrooms and 31 premium suites are available. The highly anticipated Atlantica Restaurant & Bar, featuring the cuisine of Executive Chef Todd Jacobs, is also taking reservations. Adjacent to Atlantica, the hotel’s stylish L’Onda Lounge, serving an assortment of specialty cocktails and an extensive wine list, is open to guests as well. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s 200-person ballroom and three meeting rooms for weddings, events and corporate meetings. The hotel’s beach concierge, offering chairs, umbrellas, towels and refreshments as well as assisting with surf rentals, is on hand to allow patrons the chance to soak up the season’s final rays. The property’s fitness center with ocean views and a yoga room are both open. Allegria Hotel & Spa’s rates start at $ 229 per night, based on double occupancy.

Guestrooms are designed in a white and sand color palette, with driftwood and periwinkle accents. Bathrooms are finished in limestone with a spa-like shower and include signature marine-based skin and hair products. Rooms are equipped with high-definition LCD televisions, luxurious 400-threadcount sheets and towels woven from plush Egyptian cotton. All accommodations have Juliet balconies to let in sea breezes.

The property’s signature restaurant and bar, Atlantica, features robust yet sophisticated American cuisine. It relies largely on locally grown and organic ingredients, a component of Jacobs’ ‘close-to-door’ philosophy. Jacobs draws on seasonal flavors with dishes from the “Sea” portion of the dinner menu that include Pan Seared Local Sea Bass with Chili Lime Beurre Blanc served alongside Local Organic Greens Saut

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New York City’s Greenest Condos Open with Industry Buzz

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 25, 2009

The Green Envy Development Group and Giancola Contractors successfully launched the opening of The Silhouette with a four-day Showcase and Open House on September 17, 2009. The environmentally-ambitious residential project is slated to become the first low-rise new construction condominium building in New York City to attain both LEED Platinum and Energy Star certifications, once completed. The Silhouette, a four-story 5,500-square-foot condominium building, is located at 272 21st Street in Brooklyn’s South Slope.

“I am quite pleased with the reception of The Silhouette during our opening weekend,” said Robert Roth, CEO of the Green Envy Development Group. “We had more than 400 visitors on site. Real Estate industry professionals, homebuyers, and neighbors who hold a curiosity for the Sustainability movement, all asked intelligent questions and expressed nearly unanimous appreciation for the building’s aesthetics and its green features.”

After a a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Silhouette, the Showcase and Green Expo featured notable guest speakers and leaders in green building technology including Sharon Griffith of NYSERDA; Dr. Ron Vitori of Green Peak Group; Amy Norquist of Greensulate; Caleb Crawford of Coggan & Crawford Architecture; Robert Roth of Green Envy Development Group; and Tim Brown, Co-Founder of LeftoverDepot.com.

Dr. Vitori, who is also the former chair of the Long Island Chapter of USGBC, offered this on The Silhouette project, “It is great to see LEED and green design concepts being incorporated into projects such as this. It shows that not only can innovative construction and design be accomplished, but it is also practical and makes business sense. The developers of The Silhouette should be congratulated.”

During the event, industry professionals networked with developers, architects, investors, brokers, government representatives, green building professionals and vendors. Attendees were given the opportunity to tour the condo units and evaluate the benefits and costs of owning or building a green home.

“The Silhouette represents an early, bold step in the direction of making green living available to the rest of us,” said Ryan Slack, CEO of GreenPearl.com, the event organizer. “No longer is green building only for huge developments and high-rises; the developers of the Silhouette have shown that green is not only possible but even affordable for a four-unit building. The crowd of professionals that clogged the rooms at Thursday’s event attests to the interest in this and future endeavors of its kind.”

Visitors were also treated to an exposition of local green building services, including LeftOverDepot.com, the NYC-based e-commerce platform allowing owners, developers, and contractors to buy and sell leftover building supplies, which can also be useful for LEED certification requirements. The event was supported by the following exhibitors: Greensulate, a Manhattan based firm specializing in green roof design and installations, Kamco, a local green building materials supplier; DoorStop, a green door supplier; energy reduction specialist Energy Management Solutions; and LotInfo.com, a source for green-retrofit client leads.

“It is clear from the popularity of the event that The Silhouette has tapped into a core value for people. Greensulate is thrilled to be involved with this project which demonstrates green building success from the green roof to the floor,” offered Amy Norquist, President of Greensulate.

In addition to the green building showcase, the second floor at The Silhouette served as an art gallery for Under Minerva, which features sustainable artwork by artists Lily Gold, James Healey, Jesse Holt, Olek, Tony Orrico and Ian Trask, and is curated by Vanessa Juriga and Tony Orrico. This collection of work is made from recycled, reused and found materials to promote sustainable/eco-friendly living and consciousness.

The Silhouette’s advanced green features, such as its state-of-the-art garden roof, solar panel array and new urban “community connectivity” make it among the most eco-friendly residential buildings in America.

“As a designer, I am quite happy with the building,” said Caleb Crawford of Coggan & Crawford Architecture. “It succeeds both ethically and as good design.”

For more information, visit http://www.thesilhouettecondos.com. For project photos, please contact Curt Blakeney at Edge Public Relations.

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Sugar Ridge Antigua Makes Its Debut

Antigua, West Indies (Vocus) October 23, 2009

A much-anticipated addition to the Caribbean resort scene, Sugar Ridge is set to open its doors to guests on December 1, 2009 on the island of Antigua. Leading global architectural and design firm, OBMI and interior designer Charmaine Benjamin-Werth of d Studio, was behind the project, and after more than four years and $ 30M USD invested, the resort is expected to set the stage as a leader in its category.

“Our entire team remained focused on this project, even in this challenging economic climate. The opening of this hotel is a tribute to what we, as visionaries, have set out to do: offer a luxurious resort experience that was affordable and unrivaled in the region. Our guests are progressive, and crave culture and exploration. They want to combine fine hotel amenities with the sensibility of their destination. We are confident that travelers the world over will embrace Sugar Ridge for its design, superior amenities, location and value,” stated company director Aidan McCauley.

A natural hillside bordered with sugar cane is the namesake location of Sugar Ridge, which is enveloped with colorful, indigenous flora and fauna in addition to the sweet cane that serves as a base of many of Antigua’s libations. Sixty rooms wrap around the property, featuring panoramic views to the south and west of palm-lined beaches and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, plus the neighboring islands of Redonda, St. Kitts and Nevis. The resort’s elevation provides vistas to the north of rolling landscape dotted with picturesque villages; to the east lays the untouched forested terrain of Antigua’s dramatic coastal highlands.

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Adventure Collection Highlights Hot Trips for 2010

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2009

With global recovery underway, people are once again looking toward the horizon and letting the wind fill their figurative sails. “Feedback from our members reveals that more and more travelers are requesting catalogs and itineraries and perusing our web pages,” said Adventure Collection Editor in Chief Don George. To further whet this wanderlust, George asked the members of the Adventure Collection to recommend one particularly hot trip for 2010 – a journey that especially impassions them. Here are their recommendations.

Natural Habitat Adventures: Ultimate Churchill

This polar bear expedition offers a total immersion into the world of the polar bear and the Canadian Far North. Our warm, self-contained tundra vehicles take us into the icy wild to view polar bears as they hunt, play and interact, entertaining us just feet away from our windows. But our adventure doesn’t end there: We’ll also helicopter to the bears’ denning area where we can climb inside an unoccupied den, experience the northern boreal wilderness by dog sled, and visit with authentic Inuit storytellers. When night falls, we’ll watch for the swirling colors of the aurora borealis, as vivid here as any place on earth. “Ultimate Churchill” is the ultimate north.

The Ultimate Chruchill: 7 days, 6 nights; multiple departures in Oct. and Nov.; $ 6,295 per person, double occupancy

Off the Beaten Path: Inside Guatemala — Semana Santa, nature, and Mayan spirit

This insider’s journey connects you with the spirit of the people, art of the culture, and nature of the place. Learn about Guatemala’s famous textiles and folk art from local artisans, many of whom are Mayan. The Mayan culture is alive and well here, and you’ll explore the ancient foundations of this influential civilization at the fabulous sites of Yaxha and Tikal.

The UNESCO World Heritage City of Antigua is another real highlight of the journey. It’s very special to be in Antigua for the Easter celebration of Semana Santa, when men and women carry enormous religious floats through narrow streets, over elaborate carpets of flowers, pine needles, and brightly dyed sawdust.

From the colorful markets and colonial ruins to the slopes of Pacaya volcano, “Inside Guatemala” offers a very personal view of a fascinating country. Highlights include: Antigua — nestled in a mountain valley with three volcanoes on the horizon, idyllic Antigua features Spanish colonial architecture and manicured parks; Semana Santa — Antigua is famous for its celebration of Easter Holy Week, and the entire city participates in the dramatic and colorful event; Mayan ceremony — within the Iximche ruin is an extremely important site where a local shaman will perform a ceremony in a Mayan language; Pacaya Volcano — drive most of the way up the volcano then scramble the last mile or so to peer into the active crater and take in the unforgettable views of the valley and three other volcanoes.

Inside Guatemala: Semana Santa, naure, and Mayan spirit : March 27-April 3; from $ 3,095 to $ 3,395

Lindblad Expeditions: Viking Saga — Norway, Scotland, the Faroes & Iceland

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Come have an adventure of your own – in the company of the finest explorers from Lindblad and National Geographic. Join renowned modern-day explorers Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell (May 11 voyage) or renowned Broadcaster Dan Rather (May 24 voyage) on a voyage into Viking history.

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Winnick Gallery To Feature Contemporary Interpretations of Genesis at Center for Jewish History

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 12, 2009

Winnick Hall, the principal exhibition gallery at the Manhattan Center for Jewish History, will feature an extraordinary collection of historical, modern and contemporary artworks exploring the continuing relevance of the story of creation.

In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis will include works ranging from multi-media and sound installations to computer animations, projections, and wall drawings. The exhibition is uniquely designed to create a lively dialogue between new installations by contemporary artists and historical representations of the story of creation.

Gary Winnick said, “We are pleased that the images included in this exhibit will be presented with a compelling array of historical images and artifacts, some rarely seen in public. Our hope for Winnick Hall was that museum curators would use the space in thought-provoking ways to exhibit the extraordinary richness of Jewish cultural life. This new display certainly fits that goal and serves the broader mission of the Center for Jewish History to bring together under one roof significant collections of art, craft and literature that celebrate the Jewish contribution to society.”

Added Gary Winnick: “Genesis, which proclaims the origins of the universe and humanity, has informed centuries of art and scholarship in religion, language, and ancient literature – even contemporary inquiries into physics and the environment. This collection of word, image, and artifact gives visitors and their families a renewed incentive to consider the classic story of creation through a fresh, contemporary lens.”

About the Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History is a unique partnership of five major institutions of Jewish scholarship, history, and art: the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The Center serves the worldwide academic and general communities with combined holdings of approximately 100 million archival documents, a half million books, and thousands of photographs, artifacts, paintings, and textiles–the largest repository documenting the Jewish experience outside of Israel. Visit the Center at http://www.cjh.org/ on the Web.

About the Winnick Family Foundation

The Winnick Family Foundation encourages project-specific programs but also selectively supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects in Los Angeles and New York – or those having an international component.

Foundation naming grants include:

•Winnick Family Clinical Research Institute at Cedars Sinai Hospital

•Winnick House and Arnold S. Winnick Student Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University

•Winnick International Conference Center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center / Jerusalem

•Winnick Children’s Zoo in Los Angeles

•Winnick Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University

•Winnick Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center

•Arnold & Blanche Winnick Popular Library and Karen Winnick Children’s Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library

•Winnick Hillel House at Syracuse University

•Winnick Board Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City

•Winnick Winners Mentoring Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District

•Winnick Fellows at UCLA School of Medicine

•Winnick Gallery at Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History

Karen and Gary Winnick and the Foundation have endowed university and high school literacy and scholarship programs at Brown University, at Mrs. Winnick’s alma mater Syracuse University, and at Gary Winnick’s alma mater, Long Island University.

They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus C.W. Post mansion administrative center – renamed Winnick House – as well as the main cafeteria which is now named in honor of Mr. Winnick’s late father.

In California, the Foundation has supported educational programs at the California Science Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KOREH L.A., the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Program, the Wonder of Reading, the Fulfillment Fund and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center.

Among the many other Foundation grantees are the Special Olympics, The Center for Jewish History, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Partnership for Better Schools, Teach for America, The Gettysburg Foundation, The National Parks Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

The Foundation also supports charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, World Wildlife Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Heifer International and the Bloomfield Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For more information on the Foundation and its work, visit http://www.winnickfamilyfoundation.com on the Web.

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HotelTravel.com’s Best Thai Beach Resorts to Beat the Winter Time Blues

(PRWEB) January 15, 2010

HotelTravel.com recently completed its customer’s poll on Thailand’s most desirable beach destinations to escape the harsh Northern Hemisphere winter, and is offering hot hotel deals in the country’s finest resort areas.

HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Olivier Dombey, said that the allure of Thailand as a tropical beach paradise remained as strong as ever.

“Of course, all Thai beach resorts on offer are not the same – they are as diverse as the tourists who flock to them. Our HotelTravel.com customer’s poll has uncovered a few hidden gems holiday sun seekers might not have heard of before.

“We believe travellers will be amazed at how affordable hotels in Thailand are if they book accommodation on HotelTravel.com,” he added.

Railay Beach, Krabi

For picture postcard beauty, few beaches can match this one. Accessible only by long tail boat from Ao Nang town, Railay offers soft white sand, crystal-clear water and massive limestone cliffs. Whether visitors go to chill out on the beach, rock climb or enjoy the spas and bars of resorts lining the bay, this is many people’s idea of a tropical paradise. It’s virtually impossible to take a photograph that won’t have friends back home green with envy.

Khao Lak, Phang Nga

For those who yearn for Thai beach resorts of the past, then Khao Lak is the spot. The area retains a laidback feel and only a handful of local restaurants and shops line the bumpy roads leading to the beaches. Several nearby national parks provide jungle trekking opportunities or rive rafting. At hotels in Khao Lak you can experience the type of family beach holiday that is fast-disappearing elsewhere.

Pranburi, Hua Hin

Pranburi Thailand is located about 45 minutes south of Hua Hin along the Gulf of Thailand. Its claim to fame is a very clean coastal beach; stunning national parks, rural areas, farmlands and local villages. This relaxing resort area is moving up market but there are still plenty of cheap family-owned bungalows around, including a local favourite called ‘Lazy Beach’. Pristine Koh Talu south of Pranburi is only a short boat ride away.

Ao Sane Beach, Phuket

This charming little beach is a throwback to the Phuket of old. Bamboo huts with coconut palm thatched roofs, with no air-con or television with prices to match. Ao Sane offers the most basic of infrastructure, a small restaurant right on the water’s edge and a few beach bungalows where guests can still hear the roar of surf day and night. Finding it can be a challenge, drive past the All Seasons Nai Harn and under the large hillside resort. Continue through the car park and out the other side till you reach Ao Sane, or carry on to where the road ends at the very secluded and romantic Baan Krating Jungle Resort.

Haad Rin Beach, Koh Pha Ngan

This is the home of the world-famous Full Moon Parties, which draw thousands of young revellers every month. However, you don’t have to wait for the full moon to enjoy Ko Pha Ngan. Located across the Gulf of Thailand from Koh Samui, it still offers some of the most tranquil and relaxed resorts in Thailand. Here one can rent a motorbike, dine in tiny family-run restaurants and explore secluded beaches.

Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach is the most popular stretch of sand on this charming tropical island. There’s a reason for that; its wide expanse of beach and gently-sloping sand offers the best swimming all year round. Here there is no road separating the front line of bungalows and villas from the sea, beachfront here means ‘right on the beach’.

Nai Yang Beach, Phuket

Nai Yang Beach is another throw back beach that retains its funky charm; a collection of thatch and bamboo restaurants that are tough to find around Phuket. The fact the beach is less than 10 minutes from the airport is one reason it is frozen in time. Mr Kobi’s Bar & Restaurant is a classic for good eats and big fun. To find Nai Yang head south from the airport and turn right just past the intersection for the main road to Phuket Town.

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Island

Made famous by the movie ‘The Beach’, the beauty of Phi Phi Lei and Phi Phi Don Islands will still leave visitors breathless. Travellers who want a piece of private paradise should hire a long tail or speedboat, pack lunch and provisions then head for Bamboo Island. This tranquil spot is part of a national park where there are no jet skis, vendors, bars or restaurants; only sea and sand. This is the type of holiday experience that many people dream of, but few ever experience.

Koh Larn, Pattaya

If you want to take a break from the bustling beach scene of Pattaya, then head for the crystal clear waters of Koh Larn. Only a few kilometres off the coast and a 40-minute ferry ride, this is a different world. Roads from a small port village lead to superb beaches, where you can rent a deckchair for the day and dine in small restaurants run by local people.

Long Beach/Lonely Beach, Koh Chang

Far from the hustle and hassle of Koh Chang’s popular White Sand Beach – Long Beach and Lonely Beach are two enclaves with simple beach huts, sporadic generator electricity, and limited running water. A good day depends on the individual. Visitors can sunbath, swim, snorkel, go jungle trekking, or explore small fishing villages populating the area. Check out Treehouse Guest House (in both Long and Lonely Beaches) for unique seaside accommodation.

About HotelTravel.com

HotelTravel.com is a leader in worldwide hotel bookings and a pioneer in online customer service, providing the inside track to the best deals and discounts for hotels in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1999, the company’s multi-lingual website offers eight languages – English, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Korean – supported by a 24-hour customer service centre staffed by native speakers in each language. The company employs over 300 staff with offices in Thailand, Malaysia and China.

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