Where the majestic Al Hajar Mountains meet their luminous reflection in the serene waters of the Gulf of Oman, The Chedi Muscat rises amidst an elegantly landscaped twenty-one acre garden oasis with 158 Omani influenced guestrooms and villas.
This sublime yet central location equally suits leisure and business travellers while six distinct restaurants, a thirteen-suite Balinese spa, three swimming pools, including the 103-metre Long Pool, 700-square-metre health club plus two executive meeting rooms enhance Muscat’s considerable cultural attractions.
LUXURY ACCOMMODATION MUSCAT
Sparkling waters, vibrant gardens and dramatic mountains as seen through the grand windows in all 158 tasteful, well-appointed guestrooms and suites heighten the calming effect of the natural and timeless environment at The Chedi Muscat.
Beyond their generous dimensions, in-room luxury comforts and panoramic views of the gardens or the Gulf, all Deluxe Club Rooms, Deluxe Club Terrace Rooms and Chedi Club Suites confer privileged access to The Club Lounge. Benefits here begin with airport transfers by private air-conditioned limousine and continue daily, from complimentary breakfast to cocktails and canapés.
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VISUAL is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art spaces situated in the heart of Carlow Town, with four world class gallery spaces and a 320-seat performance space.
We enrich, inspire and improve the everyday through art
An international hub for realising the value of contemporary arts practice
Our programming is informed by the following tenets:
Visit the Website: www.visualcarlow.ie
Surround yourself with style and serenity at NUO Hotel Beijing, one of the newest and most luxurious hotels in China's capital.
Inspired by the cultural and artistic achievements of the Ming Dynasty, NUO mixes business with pleasure and art with technology and sustainability. NUO, the Chinese word for promise, is proud to pioneer the future of Chinese luxury hospitality.
Threading a common design inspiration throughout NUO Hotel Beijing are symbolic heritage footprints of a veritable who's who of the Ming Dynasty's most renowned scholars and philosophers, artists, poets and calligraphers, innovators and explorers - from intellectual Zhang Dai in the hotel lobby, writer Wen Zhenheng and poet Wen Zhengming in the guestrooms, calligrapher and painter Xu Wei in Jia, the hotel's Chinese restaurant, prince-turned-philosopher Zhu Quan in Yuan Tea House and legendary naval explorer Zheng He in N'Joy, the hotel's international all-day dining destination.
Visit the Website: www.nuohotel.com
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC), one of the leading dance companies in the world, is widely identified with the work of Artistic Director Rami Be’er whose exclusive and unique choreographic character has become the company’s trademark both in Israel and abroad.
With its technically strong and physically eclectic cast of dancers and its dynamic sensibility, KCDC characterizes Israeli dance at its best and performs regularly in the most respected theaters and at leading festivals worldwide.
KCDC was founded in 1973 by the late Yehudit Arnon who laid the foundation for today’s thriving International Dance Village which was developed and continues to evolve into a first-class center for dance under the leadership of Rami Be’er and KCDC’s management and staff.
KCDC is situated in a beautiful location at the International Dance Village in Kibbutz Ga’aton, Israel.
The International Dance Village is the heart and home of the company and is comprised of a total of nearly 80 Israeli and international dancers. These dancers make up KCDC’s Main Company, KCDC’s Second Company, and KCDC’s 5-month & 10-month international study abroad dance program Dance Journey . KCDC also hosts an annual Summer Intensive for both international and Israeli dancers as well as year-round courses.
Visit the Website: www.kcdc.co.il
Studio3 is the brain child of avid art collector Vinita Mirchandani. An art initiative that aims to propagate both contemporary as well as upcoming talent, transcending various genre of art, on an international platform. Since its inception in the year 2002 it has established a nurturing relationship with artists and collectors alike.
Studio3 views itself as a catalyst that hopes to create a synergy between artists & art collectors constantly trying to find a fresh perspective on the vibrant art scene that India has to offer.
With a gallery collection that boasts of some of the most prestigious names, Studio3 is constantly scouring the country for tomorrow’s genius. Studio3 believes in supporting the cause of artists by not just merely hosting exhibitions for them but by monitoring their growth and giving them a direction to take their works to the next level. The gallery has been consistently supported and encouraged by the senior artists, for which it is immensely thankful.
Studio3 believes in safeguarding the interests of all art collectors and hence sources works directly from artists. All works are certified by artists themselves. By having a large presence internationally the gallery has a large following overseas and hopes to make contemporary Indian art a global phenomenon.
We hope to bring you the best of contemporary Indian art and look forward to your patronage and support.
Visit the Website: www.studio3india.com
The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia is a private, non-profit NGO, an association of curators, artists and cultural theoreticians. It is dedicated to the study, understanding, promotion and practice of the visual arts of the late twentieth and early twenty first century, to the reestablishment and furthering of the dilogue between cultures and art scenes, to the search for an open art dialogue with everyone.
The history of ICA is rooted in the professional partnership between friends who after 1989 shared the vision to open up and develop the Bulgarian contemporary art scene.
The goals of ICA-Sofia are focused on the development of the contemporary art scene in Bulgaria in relation to the world at large - audience. Primary objective is the constant deepening and strehgthening of relations to the international art world - in a two directional and reciprocal manner by triggering and fascilitating a two-way flow of artists, curators and critics, projects, etc. to not only "take" your/our home out into the world, but also to bring "the world" back home.
The spectrum of ICA activities consists of international and local projects for shows, publications, conferences, seminars, short term educational activities, lecture series, etc.
Members of ICA-Sofia are: Iaroslava (Iara) Boubnova (curator), Luchezar Boyadjiev (artist), Mariela Gemisheva (fashion designer), Pravdoliub Ivanov (artist), Alexander Kiossev (cultural theoretician), Kiril Prashkov (artist), Kalin Serapionov (artist), Nedko Solakov (artist), Krassimir Terziev (artist), Stefan Nikolaev (artist), Ivan Moudov (artist).
Visit the Website: www.ica-sofia.org
Wrocław, the capital of the Lower Silesia, is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. Located at the foot of the Sudeten mountains, at the Oder river, crossed with its numerous tributaries and channels, is an exceptional city of twelve islands and over one hundred bridges.
The walls of the city are a silent witness of its stormy history. The Ostrów Tumski resembles the times of the early Middle Ages –you will find there one of the most beautiful complexes of architecture in Europe, still in excellent state. Other monument from this period, the Wrocław town hall, is ranked among the most wonderful Gothic buildings in the Centre of Europe. Furthermore, in Wrocław you will see ones of the biggest baroque interiors which remained until our times. The Leopoldyńska Hall located in the eighteenth-century building of the University will then certainly catch your attention.
The history of Wroclaw is constantly broadened and enriched with prestigious scientific and cultural events. Besides, there is also the famous Polish hospitality and openness of this city. Thus, everyone, who arrives here , will certainly see and experience something interesting, no matter if he spends here just a few hours or a few days...
More about Wrocław on www.wroclaw.pl
Ideally located in the Champs Elysées district, at the crossroads of culture and fashion, the San Régis hotel is happy to welcome you. The elegant facade and lavish interiors create a unique atmosphere inherited from its long history as a 19 Century townhouse. Each of the 30 rooms and 12 suites has its own character, fine materials, variety of colors and objets d'art blending in a refined and unique setting. Modern amenities are not forgotten and are discretely integrated. (Free wifi, LED screens...)
The lounge, restaurant and bar, offer a peaceful and intimate atmosphere with wood paneling, fireplaces and winter garden. They are the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or a romantic dinner.
A discreet and friendly service together with the personalized style of the hotel, make the San Régis one of Paris best kept secrets.
Visit the Website: www.hotel-sanregis.fr
Take a step back in time as Arthouse brings the classics back to life.
Experience the unusual, quirky and the crazy at Arthouse as we bring you the most memorable movie scenes of all time.
From Dirty Dancing to The Wizard of Oz; our themed rooms are uniquely designed to take your breath away.
Visit the Website: www.arthousehotelliverpool.co.uk
Klaus K Hotels offers exceptional atmosphere and unforgettable moments in a magical summer city. Come celebrate Midsummer White Nights with us. Whether bright days or white nights, the capital has it all round the clock.
Midsummer in Helsinki is a true experience. The city quiets down, but does not totally shut off. There are still plenty of events and activities to enjoy! No queuing and hardly any cars. You can claim the streets to your self and wander around, even with bare feet. If you are after more traditional Finnish Midsummer festivities, then head to Seurasaari open-air museum island, where you can experience the nostalgic midsummer feeling with bonfires and folk dancing.
During Midsummer (21.-26.6.2017) we offer 30% off on accommodation.
This special campaign includes:
Accommodation dates: 21.-26.6.2017. The promotion is subject to availability and it cannot be combined with other promotions.
This summer take a break from routine and refresh yourself with art!
Kämp Collection Hotels have teamed up with museums in the Greater Helsinki area to give its customers unique experiences of culture and art. We have created the You Are Here Art Card that gives its holder a 25% discount off the price of museum tickets. The card is valid from 1 June 2016 to 31 January 2017 and entitles the holder to one discount visit per museum. Museums in the program include the Ateneum Art Museum, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Design Museum, HAM, Kiasma, Kunsthalle Helsinki, and Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA/WeeGee Exhibition centre.
Ask for the Art card from at any of Kämp Collection Hotels reception on your next stay and refresh yourself with art!
TRUNK (HOTEL) is the transmission point of a new style of social contribution called
<Socializing> is "to live true to yourself, without undue pressure, but with a life-sized social purpose."
Hotel interior and design.Amenities and minibar in the rooms.Items, which can be purchased at the store, the takeout coffee··· Here exists various schemes that allow you to experience socializing.
It is a hotel for all people who are living the “now”, and whose desires are to “be of help to someone” and to “do something for a reason”.
Visit the Website: www.trunk-hotel.com
DIOBANOBA (Croatia) - a series of portraits of people that for us represent the everyday life of Zagreb.
We see our paintings as our friends, and just as in real life, where we love and appreciate our friends with their special qualities, so with our paintings… in each of those paintings there are some small details that we particularly love, and that make them special and unique to us; they are individuals and we can have no favorites among them!
We have participated in several exhibitions, both group and solo, most of which were in Dubrovnik, but last year we also put on a solo exhibition at the Greta Gallery in Zagreb, where we presented a series of portraits of people that for us represent the everyday life of Zagreb.
We are preparing a brand new solo exhibition in Dubrovnik for early September, where we will introduce some small changes and surprises. We are also in the midst of filming a short movie, with the intention of showing the period of the Dubrovnik Republic in an original and fun way. It should premiere in the summer months, meaning that it should see the daylight rather than the darkness of the night !
Visit the Website: www.diobanaoba.com
In 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills, and the name Blackberry Farm was born.
Thirty-nine years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site that has become their family home and lifelong passion.
Today, one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind. Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry will show you the many reasons why it is one of the top rated properties in the world.
Visit the Website: www.blackberryfarm.com
The Peak is only two hours from Sydney yet an eternity away from the hustle and bustle.
Whether you are celebrating your anniversary, an escape from the kids, or simply because you need to get away from everything for a few days with your loved one, The Peak provides the perfect destination luxuriously appointed to simply escape and unwind.
Immerse yourself in peaceful relaxation
Relax on the balcony and share the spectacular views with native wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and eagles. Weather permitting, take a picnic up to the trig point or a leisurely stroll around the 1.5km perimeter of the property.
Situated midway between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves.
North facing and boasting spectacular views across the Kanimbla Valley, Wallaby has an intimate setting, guarded by eucalyptus trees and a variety of Australian native flora. Wallabies and kangaroos are frequent afternoon visitors making this a popular option with international guests. . . and couples that want to simply hide away from the world.
Few places leave you with the feeling that you are at the top of the world. Perched on the highest point in the Kanimbla valley, with breathtaking panoramic views across to the Blue Mountains escarpment, Eagle is one of those truly special places.
Visit the Website: www.mtkanimbla.com.au
The Montafon is a valley: a valley between mountains, formed of glaciers, rising to the rear. But the Montafon is above all else: unique. For between the rugged peaks of the surrounding Alps, there is a concentration of lively village life, cultural and historical attractions and traditional customs. Intangibles like hospitality and zest for life also dwell here. And so the Montafon is a combination of many things. A valley that is more than the sum of its parts. A valley for every level. A whole.
Visit the Website: www.montafon.at
Dolores Hidalgo has been a wine producing area since the 16th century, characterized by the rebel temperament of its people. There, Father Hidalgo taught the wine-making trade to the settlers who saw the results of their efforts during the harvest. Life was like this, until the troops sent by Viceroy Francisco Javier Venegas destroyed the vineyards, arose the revolutionary spirit of Father Hidalgo and the Dolores’ settlers, and hastened the independence movement that would later conclude in the birth of a new land.
Many years later, Don Juan Manchón arrived at Dolores Hidalgo, expanded vines and befriended Don Ignacio Vega. Together, they began to plant vineyards in the land. Don Juan’s son became an enologist and promised himself to produce wine if he returned to that place. The first hectare was planted in the mid-‘90s. The chosen variety was Cabernet, which 15 years later would be used to make one of the first wines to be sold to the public.
The first vinification process began in 2005, with those grapevines, then more than 15 years of age. The first commercial wines were produced in 2008 and 2010, when the label “Cuna de Tierra Bicentenario” was exclusively for Palacio de Hierro Store.
Quality increased thanks to the traditional methods used to take care of vines. Based on studies and constant experimentation, the differentiating characteristics of Guanajuato’s wine were determined. Currently, six red wines and one white wine are produced, constituting a boutique vineyard of more than 74.1 acres (30 hectares), where many varieties of grapevines and wild grapes are grown for grafted rootstock.
Visit the Website: www.cunadetierra.com
It was in 1968 that the Temple Gallery first took a dozen people to see the great medieval architecture and icons of Russia. It was the era of Leonid Brezhnev and travel to the USSR then seemed a sombre prospect. But the image of Russia coming from politicians and the media at that time (and perhaps now) was not the whole picture.
We were not prepared for the warmth, intelligence and friendliness of good ordinary Russians. Certainly conditions for them were difficult, especially for the educated – the ‘intelligentsia’ – who were not part of the nomenklatura system. Most academics, museum staff and scholars were poorly paid but they developed a non-materialistic attitude in which flowered an intellectual and artistic culture that I have never found elsewhere. As a young man I was astonished and charmed to be with people for whom art, music, poetry and literature were life-sustaining nourishment rather than the commercialised ‘leisure industry’ that we know today. Russians seem to have a natural sensitivity to the basic humanity in all of us. It is what gives them the ability to laugh and cry at the same time, as one sees in Chekhov, and it gives them a wonderful sense of fun.
On that first trip forty-eight years ago on the Moscow-Leningrad train a Russian asked us if we were a theatre group, ‘you seem to be having too good a time to be just a tour group’. It was true, we were having fun. It was the beginning of both a love affair and a personal course of intellectual and philosophical enquiry that I have consistently followed over the years and now I am happier sharing the fruits I gathered not so much through dealing in art but by travelling with companions to look at it in situ.
My study of the great icons of Andrei Rublyov and the fifteenth century Moscow and Novgorod Schools led me to the discovery of a vast body of sacred and mystical knowledge that has remained partly hidden in the obscurities of fourth century theology and other ancient Gnostic literature. It is the key to the symbolism and spirituality expressed in Byzantine mosaics and icons, the forerunners of Russian sacred art, for we discover that Russian religious culture was wholly derived from Constantinople and Mount Athos. It is also the key to what was going on in Italy and elsewhere in Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and, in more hidden forms, in the Renaissance. I have written about all this in my Icons and the Mystical Origins of Christianity (out of print but available on Amazon.com) and in my doctoral thesis Pieter Bruegel and the Esoteric Tradition (not published but available at Templegallery.com).