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Nobu’s Autumn Opening

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BARCELONA Iconic Nobu Hotels is set to open in Barcelona this September in a bid to attract leisure and business travellers with an eye for quality. James Church  

Nobu Hotel Barcelona offers panoramic views over the city in the charming neighbourhood of Eixample. Located near Plaza de España, a walk away from high-speed rail links and the Fira de Barcelona conference centre, guests also have easy access to the Montjuic Olympic area, the cruise ship terminal and Barcelona – El Prat International airport.

In short, the designer hotel offers a luxurious base from which to discover the Catalan capital. It has 259 rooms, tailored meeting and event spaces.

Naturally the world-class Nobu Restaurant is here along with Kozara – a Japanese inspired tapas bar that looks out over the city and the sea.

Indulgences include an Omakase tasting menu with a bottle of wine, complimentary with a two-night stay in a Sake, Umi or Nobu Suite. To complete the experience, breakfast for two is also complimentary.

Rates starting from 250€ per night, including breakfast for two.

Natalia Vodianova hosts Secret Garden Gala

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GENEVA The Naked Heart Foundation attracted names and cash at The Secret Garden charity gala in the splendour of Coppet Castle.

Hosted by the non-profit charity’s founder, Natalia Vodianova with trustees Frederik Paulsen and Olga Litviniuk, guests included DJ Cassidy, Elsa Hosk, Petra Nemcova, Caroline Scheufele, Xenia Adonts and Alberta Ferretti among many others.

At the event on 13 June guests enjoyed Dom Pérignon cocktails with dinner by Michelin-star chefs, Philippe Chevrier and Domaine Châteauvieux.

Elsa Hosk, Natalia Vodianova and Rita Ora

Model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova presented the entertainment with performances by eight-year-old piano prodigy Elisey Mysin and the world-famous Menuhin Academy Orchestra.

Rita Ora was on form and primed guests for a set by DJ Cassidy after her performance.

A live and silent auction kept up the excitement, offering unique lots such as a meet-and-greet Elton John and exclusive shoes created in collaboration between René Caovilla and Chopard.

Natalia Vodianova and the gala committee

The black-tie gala was sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Chopard and raised over a million CHF for children with autism and to create play facilities for affected families.

Event production was by Britta Carpigo at Mosaic Events.

Natalia Vodianova had the final word on a successful and memorable night:

“The Secret Garden is a place that makes us remember the importance and invaluable effect of family - the perfect metaphor for Naked Heart Foundation where professional family support services are at the centre of everything we do. A strong, supportive and inclusive family life is essential for child development and providing the fertile ground in which a child can flourish, and it’s especially important for those with mental, physical or sensory disabilities. I’m delighted that the gala tonight raised much-needed funds for this crucial work, also bringing awareness of special needs and the importance of professional support for these children”

Pictures - Serge Outrush

Marriott's Florida Fanfare

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FLORIDA Southwest Florida is shimmering with the unveiling of the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Part of its $320 million refurbishment features the new Lanai Tower with more than 100,000 square feet of tech-integrated meeting and event space while its 'Paradise by Sirene' ushers adults into a more existential escapism. Abigail Parkin

The Lanai Tower (below) crowned the final phase of the three-year makeover which also brings the five new restaurants – Ario, Maia and Kane Tiki Bar & Grill. Lanai Tower too houses a restaurant, Tesoro: a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant designed exclusively for adults.

Guests can also immerse themselves in the recently unveiled 94-room Paradise by Sirene experience on floors 6-9, which promises to ensconce guests in wellbeing through a selection of exclusive amenities. Sirene’s exclusive rooftop access and pool and sun deck is open to you as is a personal beach butler.

 'Friends of Sirene' will receive wearable technology bracelets to unlock their rooms and suites and identify their status to staff for further privileges and luxuries.

The Gulf of Mexico boasts soft, sandy beaches and crystal waters which makes it a perfect coastal retreat for families. The multiple resort pools include a main resort pool and a Tiki Kids pool complete with waterslide and waterfall.

Presidential suite terrace

The debut of Tesoro and 10K Alley propels the resort’s dining offerings into the next echelon of culinary experiences. Tesoro, named after the Italian word for “treasure,” is an atmospheric restaurant that caters exclusively to adults and will showcase inspired Mediterranean cuisine served tapas style, highlighting the flavors of France, Italy, Spain and Greece.

 Tesoro dazzles guests with its chic decor, panoramic views from the fifth floor of the Lanai Tower, and multi-faceted menu celebrating the bountiful offerings from the Gulf, such as whole grilled local catches and a fresh raw bar, as well as the on-property Savita Garden’s fresh herbs, edible flowers and seasonal produce.

Tesoro Dining

At Tesoro’s bar, visitors can sip cocktails that use rare liqueurs from the Mediterranean , Sangrias served with a modern twist, an array of Spritzers created with house-made sodas as well a wine selection hailing from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Israel. 

Adult exclusive corner suite

Laid-back fun is to be had at 10K Alley (below) which has the look and feel of a sleek and modern distillery. Whether enjoying gastropub fare at the circular bar, communal high-tops or in the main dining area, visitors will delight in the restaurant’s elevated cuisine, decadent milkshakes and other treats.

Some of the bourbons were created exclusively for 10K Alley in a partnership between the JW Marriott Marco Island, Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve. In addition to its handcrafted food and drinks, 10K Alley boasts a mix of classic and contemporary games that invite guests and groups to indulge in friendly competition.

Presidential suite

The resort also has two private golf courses – the renovated Rookery and Hammock Bay, a world‐class, Audubon gold signature, par-72 course developed by Jacobsen and Hardy.

Calusa room

The resort’s state-of-the-art meeting and event space, located on floors 1-3 of the Lanai Tower, features two ballrooms with spacious pre-function areas, two outdoor terraces and numerous breakout rooms totaling 100,000 square feet.

The crown jewel of the newly opened tower is its Calusa Grand Ballroom, which offers meetings, conventions and special events up to 30,000 square feet of versatile, high-tech space accompanied by 24-foot ceilings and a striking terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Full-length windows bathe the pre-function area in natural light, providing attendees with an inspired setting for success. The tower also boasts a 17,000 square-foot Banyan Ballroom, which can easily expand to 34,000 square feet of continuous event space when combined with the Banyan Foyer.

DJ Martin Garrix & heads Isle of MTV

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MALTA Martin Garrix will be joined by co-headliner Bebe Rexha at the Isle of MTV 2019 in Il-Fosos Square on Tuesday 9th July.

Dutch DJ prodigy Martin Garrix rose to global stardom early in life and since then conquered the dance and pop charts, with hit singles including collaborations with stars like Tiësto, Khalid, Dua Lipa and the #1 hit and worldwide success 'In the Name of Love' with Bebe Rexha which earned him two wins at the MTV EMAs, 'Scared to Be Lonely' with Dua Lipa and many more!

New York City native Bebe Rexha, the Grammy-nominated pop superstar whose hits include global success and #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart 'Meant to Be' featuring Florida Georgia Line, dance hit 'Say My Name' featuring David Guetta and J Balvin and gold certified title 'I’m a Mess.' 

In 2019, the singer-songwriter released her latest hit 'Last Hurrah' and received two nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards® for Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for 'Meant to Be.' Bebe is also known for her songwriting credits, having written for artists including Eminem and Rihanna and collaborating with the likes of rapper G-Eazy.

“I am so excited to be working with MTV again, it’s always a great experience,” commented Bebe. “I’ve heard such amazing things about Malta; I am looking forward to discovering the island myself, and can’t wait to perform for such a big crowd in such a beautiful setting – see you all there!”

Martin Garrix said “I can’t wait to be back in Malta for Isle of MTV. Last time was epic and I’m looking forward to an even bigger and crazier crowd this year!”

The main show will be followed by Isle of MTV Malta Music Week between 9th and 14th July. A week of events at the hottest venues across the island, from open air club nights to sunset boat parties. For more information, tickets and line-up go to www.isleofmtv.com.

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