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What’s life like when you have enough children to field your own football team? How do mums of large families keep on top of it all and how do they cope when the kids grow up and start moving on? Does the desire for having a large family feed down into the younger generations?
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Now only one week away, boutique hotel Sopwell House will be reopening its doors to guests on Thursday.
Located deep within the rolling Hertfordshire hills, the property is an enchanting country estate in the heart of the picturesque St Albans.
The stunning 18th century Georgian manor house, surrounded by acres of charming countryside, stands proudly at the end of a meandering driveway lined with blossom trees.
The hideaway is only a short 26-minute train journey from London St Pancras.
It offers 128 stylish guestrooms in the main house, 16 exclusive Mews Suites (which were originally stable blocks to the main farmhouse) with their own private courtyard and hydro pool, 12 acres of beautiful gardens, two restaurants, an elegant cocktail lounge and the beautiful Cottonmill spa, which launched last summer.
Over the past few months, the team have been working hard behind the scenes to create an environment where guests and employees are safe and socially distanced, while maintaining their luxury offering, warm and friendly service, strong team spirit and individual endeavour for genuine hospitality.
The hotel’s new ‘Stay Safe at Sopwell’ policy can be found here.
Sopwell House will offer the ultimate post lockdown experience for couples, friends and families, focusing on indulgence and seclusion.
With plenty of space to escape, terraces to dine on and the spa to disappear into, guests can truly relax and feel at home.
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We just left Hot Water resort or Hot Spring Resort at Aoral district in Kampong Speu province. We are now back on National road 44 heading to Thpong district in this province to Chreav Waterfall. This waterfall is located at Amleang commune, Thpong district, Kampong Speu province. It’s just about 25km from Hot Spring or Hot Water resort. To get into Chreav waterfall, we gotta turn left at a…..(read more)
World Travel & Tourism Council president Gloria Guevara has welcomed a decision to remove quarantine requirements for travellers entering England from a number of countries.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps released the list of destinations earlier, with France, German, Spain and Greece among those considered safe.
In response, Guevara said: “WTTC cautiously welcomes the government’s decision to re-open England’s borders on July 10th to enable travellers and holidaymakers to travel again.
“Consumers and those who work within the tourism sector have been eagerly awaiting this news.”
She added: “However, there has been a disappointing lack of co-ordination to ensure the same rules apply at the same time across the whole of the UK.
“We have learned from the past that a lack of coordination between governments and with the private sector causes long-lasting travel disruption, higher costs and a far slower recovery.”
The devolved administrations will set out their own approach to exemptions, and so passengers returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should ensure they follow the laws and guidance which applies there.
“This risks causing confusion for travellers and we need greater clarity about which ‘exempted countries’ will not require arriving UK holidaymakers and travellers to self-isolate,” continued Guevara.
“This lack of reciprocity would put the UK at a distinct competitive disadvantage at a time when we ought to be providing the assurance travellers need to restore consumer confidence.
“Blanket quarantine measures kill travel and should rarely be used as they stifle economic activity.”
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New research has revealed the new quarantine-free travel regulations published by the government on Friday might not be everything they seem.
Following an examination by the PC Agency, it appears only a handful of countries might be easily accessible to English visitors.
The agency discovered that just 25 of those named are currently viable holiday options.
These are countries that will not force English visitors to quarantine for 14-days on arrival and do not have any border controls that stop English visitors entering.
This is considerably fewer than the list of 67 countries published by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
The department for transport published a list of 59 countries plus, 14 British Overseas Territories and Ireland, which part of the Common Travel Area.
“The rest of the countries on the lists are either closed to international flights, or impossible to enter without either quarantine of some kind or major testing procedures,” said the PC Agency in a statement.
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The New South Wales government has warned it is prepared to enforce tough new restrictions on travel and gatherings as the risk of contagion grows, saying “if the government has to take further action we will”.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian issued the warning on Wednesday, telling residents, particularly those near the Victorian border, to stay home.
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Vakkaru Maldives has appointed Iain McCormack to the role of general manager for its first luxury property in the island nation.
With over 36-years in the hospitality business and a career that has spanned key global regions, he brings a wealth of expertise and insight to the resort.
McCormack is no stranger to the Maldives after managing the world acclaimed Soneva Gili/Gili Lankanfushi and, more recently, Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi.
El Chiaty, the owner of Vakkaru, stated: “During these very unusual and challenging times ahead we are very pleased to have Iain on-board allowing this time to re-structure, re-position and re-open the property taking our beloved resort to the levels it deserves.
“He has successfully managed several luxury resorts around the world, working closely with owner and operators achieving the desired results.
“He has in-depth knowledge of sales and marketing, revenue management, strategy planning, positioning, quality assurance and awareness.
“Additionally, he has extensive experience managing remote, diverse and complex properties, countries and situations.”
Prior to his recent appointments, McCormack was global group director of the Karma Group, an award-winning international travel and lifestyle hospitality brand.
In his role he had full strategic control of the 27 boutique and luxury resorts in the group, including implementing brand standard systems, setting up a structured sales and marketing division and driving the development division.
A hotel management graduate of Southampton College, McCormack started his career path working at a number of renowned hotels in the United Kingdom, including the Gleneagles Hotel and the Metropole Hotel.
He then moved to the Caribbean, where he managed luxury properties in the Grenadines, Barbados, St Lucia, Anguilla, Jamaica and St Maarten.
A move across the world to the Maldives managing Soneva Gili saw his entry into Asia, thereafter, followed a variety of global hospitality brands such as Leading Hotels of the World, InterContinental and Shangri-La in places as diverse as Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Bali.
With McCormack’s rich multi-faceted experience in resorts worldwide and his passion for top-notch guest services, he will be a key player in enriching the stellar reputation of the Vakkaru brand and positioning Vakkaru as the top luxury resort in the island nation.
Opened to rave reviews in January 2018, the 113 overwater and beach villa Vakkaru is located in the Baa Atoll, a short 30-minute scenic sea plane flight north of the capital Male.
The resort was carefully designed and constructed respecting this natural tropical island – while the Maldives itself is considered the World’s Leading Beach Destination by World Travel Awards.
It boasts powder sand beaches, spectacular marine biodiversity and one of the country’s unique deep blue holes, additionally our featured wine cellar, home to a curated selection of wines showcasing fine vintage and non-vintage offerings from Old to New World.
For more information on Vakkaru Maldives, visit the official website.
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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a luxury hotel and branded residences in Vienna, Austria, that is scheduled to open in late 2023.
Mandarin Oriental, Vienna will be housed in a heritage building that originally served as the city’s commercial law court from 1912 to 2003.
The property is located in a peaceful street in District One of Vienna within the Ringstrasse.
It is in easy walking distance of the city’s major attractions, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, Vienna State Opera and a wide range of restaurants and bars.
The conversion of the property is already underway, and the restoration will preserve many of the building’s original design elements.
“We look forward to extending the Group’s presence into one of Europe’s most popular destinations for art, music and culture and introducing the city to Mandarin Oriental’s exemplary quality of service,” said James Riley, group chief executive of Mandarin Oriental.
“This iconic redevelopment of a historic building in a prime location, will offer guests a truly memorable experience, and fits ideally within the Group’s increasing portfolio of central European hotels.”
On completion, the hotel will comprise 151 guestrooms and suites surrounding a courtyard in the centre of the property, incorporating a restaurant, bar and outdoor garden.
The property will also house a Spa at Mandarin Oriental featuring a series of treatment rooms, a swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness centre.
A range of adaptable banqueting and meeting spaces will be available for events and social occasions.
The 17 residences at Mandarin Oriental will be located on the top two floors of the building and will have private access to the roof, with several of the apartments offering outdoor terraces and stunning citywide views.
The project is owned by Brisen Group, headquartered in Geneva and operating in the European real estate investment and wealth management sectors.
London-based designers, Goddard Littlefair, have been appointed to create the hotel and residences interiors.
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