House of Arras Sparkling & Symphony celebration

Australia’s most awarded sparkling wine brand, House of Arras hosted an intimate invite only dinner at the iconic Sydney Opera House, celebrating the release of their highly anticipated premium vintage collection.

House of Arras Chief Winemaker Ed Carr (known as the ‘King of Fizz’) and leading sparkling and Champagne writer Tyson Stelzer hosted the exclusive event which guided guests through a wine tasting and featured a stunning bespoke performance by musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

A-list guests and business heavyweights included Glen-Marie Frost, Charlotte Holmes à Court, interior designer gurus Darren Palmer and James Treble, global business leader Naomi Simson, Sydney Swans legend Jude Bolton and his wife Lynette Bolton.

Guests were treated to a delicious 3 course dinner featuring slow cooked pork neck, seared scallop, white bean skordalia and green apple washed down with House of Arras premium sparkling.

To end a truly magical evening, guests were gifted a bottle of award-winning House of Arras Brut Elite Cuvée 1501 NV.

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Dom Pérignon X Lenny Kravitz Limited Edition Collaboration

This Christmas it’s all about inspiring, and being inspired. Inspired by the singular atmosphere that surrounds tasting champagne, in 2019, Creative Director for Dom Pérignon, Lenny Kravitz, has created a collection of three limited editions at his Kravitz Design Studio.

The story of friendship and mutual respect between Lenny Kravitz and Dom Pérignon now welcomes another dimension to this creative affinity. As Creative Director for Dom Pérignon, and photographer of the exhibition Assemblage and an advertising campaign in 2018, the artist applies his talents as a designer for Dom Pérignon in 2019.

Lenny Kravitz’s designs are an invitation for people to come together. For Dom Pérignon he has crafted two limited-edition bottles, a candelabra box and a table-champagne bar, elevating champagne tasting.

“I feel part of the Dom Pérignon family and I have been fortunate to have become involved with this iconic brand with a storied history. This has inspired me to create things that will continue that story. I wanted to create something that would elevate the ritual of drinking Dom Pérignon, that would bring people together”. – Lenny Kravitz, Dom Pérignon Creative Director

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The Ritz-Carlton hotel: inside The Spa, Perth

Harnessing the natural beauty of Western Australia, the riverfront spa experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Perth is an inspired wellness journey devoted to encouraging relaxation and reflection.

The hotel’s meticulously considered design inspiration flows to the relaxation podium on level five with a hand-built mosaic wall of 1737 tiles featuring as the backdrop of Spa Concierge. In the waiting area, local timber and resin artist creations adorn the carefully chosen products that feature in the treatment experiences, copper throughout the décor symbolises the rich minerals found in Western Australia, and rich blue hues reflect the pristine waters of the coastline.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Perth will lure guests to relax and rejuvenate with bespoke pampering rituals in the four idyllic treatment rooms including a couple’s suite with spa bath, double rain shower and Supreme Court Garden views. Female and male vitality pools with massage jets, relaxation lounges and saunas with floor-to-ceiling windows offer a healing connection to nature, while the state-of-the-art fitness centre and yoga studio provide a truly interconnected approach to guest wellness.

The outdoor heated infinity pool enjoys exquisite views over the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay and city skyline. Guests can surrender to luxurious poolside pampering treatments without leaving the comfort of the sunlounge, while the Ladies and Gentlemen from Songbird will serve culinary and beverage offerings.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Perth is the only Spa in Western Australia to exclusively work with national and international skincare brands, LaGaia Unedited and Biologique Recherche. Both brands have worked collaboratively with the Spa to thoughtfully curate signature pampering rituals with a holistic yet results-driven approach.

One of the signature treatments; the Transformative Kimberley Ritual begins with a bespoke LaGaia Unedited facial, layering the skin with precious crystal quartz tonics, botanicals, essential vitamins and hydrating serums. An aromatic full body scrub and clay mask inspired by the diverse and rugged plains of the Kimberley will detoxify and re-mineralise the most stressed of skins.

Guests looking to alleviate lingering aches and stress will benefit from the Alignment Antidote Massage. This full body muscular and energetic treatment uses ancient pressure point therapy, lymphatic breathing, healing crystals and massage to align and revitalise the body.

For a goal-oriented facial treatment designed to address specific skin concerns, Biologique Recherche delivers active facials prescribed after a Skin Instant Lab diagnosis. 6o and 90-minute treatment options deliver change in the skin, including the Soin Restructurant et Lissant, a reconditioning treatment designed to moisturise and calm stressed, dehydrated, dry and the most sensitive skin types.

Each guest begins their journey with a handmade ceramic cup filled with the spa’s fragrant signature tea. Prepared with healing Australian ingredients to enliven the senses, boost immunity and hydrate the body, the welcome tea is the perfect grounding ritual to ready the mind, body and spirit.

Guests are then asked to choose the scent they would like featured throughout their treatment, whether it be infused into their welcome foot bath, body scrub or massage oil, or inhaled during the lymphatic breathing techniques used in all body treatments. A bespoke foot bath commences each treatment, where the guest’s feet rest upon hand-picked Kimberley river stones and float amongst healing Australian precious elements and botanicals.

The spa journey concludes with a cool, calming Australian organic lavender herbal tincture and superfood offering served in a choice of relaxation lounges. Internal beauty supplements are also available to maintain healthy glowing skin long after treatment, alongside home skincare recommendations.

There are also express treatments available for guests short on time but still looking to be rejuvenated and replenished. For extra privacy, an in-room wellness butler menu can be organised with themed options that include facial rejuvenation, detoxification and sleep assistance.

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Six Senses Opens on the Legendary Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul - Six Senses Kocatas Mansions

History enriches hospitality at Six Senses Kocataş Mansions, Istanbul – the city where East meets West.

Occupying two beautifully restored heritage mansions, there are just 45 guest rooms and suites showcasing tradition and local flavors with Six Senses touches.

Set overlooking the Bosphorus, the hotel delivers authentic and unique experiences while maintaining a strict observation to environmental purism.

Dining at the hotel includes authentic Turkish cuisine, a delightful courtyard setting and a return to the mansions’ golden era of La Belle Époque. Toro Latin GastroBar by Richard Sandoval is inspired by Pan-Latin and Asian cuisines, with one more amazing restaurant of world celebrity chef, Mehmet Gürs, to open in mid-2020.

Opening Spring 2020, Six Senses Spa brings a new level of wellness offerings to the destination; from a Turkish hammam with Six Senses touches to a holistic anti-aging clinic and personal beauty pods.

The spa is also integral to the Six Senses Integrative Wellness program and Sleep With Six Senses concept. For completion soon after the opening, the vast facility includes an indoor swimming pool, alchemy bar, a fitness center, organic herb garden and a juice bar.

The urban oasis created by Six Senses Kocataş Mansions presents lush landscaping through which meanders a pathway to connect all the facilities including an outdoor pool and offers even more views of the Bosphorus.

Earth Lab – where sustainability is practiced and celebrated, and an open-air cinema will follow shortly. Ideally situated in the city’s northernmost district the hotel appeals to local residents in search of an urban wellness fix and great dining experiences, and also to international travelers who wish to explore the historic city center of Istanbul, which is a 60-minute leisurely boat ride away.

Istanbul’s new international airport is within easy access, with Six Senses Kocataş Mansions being one of the city’s closest upscale properties.

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Aspen Snowmass mega ski season pre opening

It’s good news for skiers and boarders! With less than a month until the ski lifts fire up for the season, the mountains of Aspen Snowmass have received over 60cm of new snow. This is due to multiple storm cycles that have swept across Colorado and saw the month of October receiving over two metres of fluffy, white flakes.

Snowmaking operations have officially begun on Aspen Mountain as well as on the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club training venue at Aspen Highlands.

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open Nov. 28 with Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk slated for Dec. 7.

For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit www.aspensnowmass.com

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