Luxury Italian Villa Brand Expands to Bring Enthusiastic Travelers New Properties Across Europe
An established and recognised luxury villa business is rebranding to celebrate the expansion of its beautiful holiday rental portfolio. Aria of Puglia, which has built up an incredible reputation among discerning travellers, has changed its name to Aria Journeys, reflecting the brand’s expansion beyond the stunning Italian region. Holidaymakers will now be able to use the customer-focussed business to visit charming tourist hotspots across Europe.
Specialising in indulgent villas and chalet rentals, Aria Journeys is the go to platform for tourists that want a trip that exudes luxury. With a hand picked portfolio spanning over 200 lavish properties, from the breathtaking Alps to the relaxing Canary Islands, Aria Journeys has something that appeals to every travel style. The business’ growth has been driven by customer demand after experiencing the exceptional level of service that it delivers to each of its guests. Aria Journeys will now be rolling out the service it’s become renowned for to new villas and designations. Through working carefully selected indigenous partners, Aria Journeys provides an experience that is second to none, bringing each visitor first hand information on where they should be visiting, heading to for food, and revealing the location of hidden gems.
Chiara Tenuzzo, Director of Aria Journeys, said, “We’re thrilled to be reaching new dentations and taking our unique brand of customer service to even more travellers. To ensure that Aria Journeys lives up to expectations we’ve scoured Europe for the most luxurious and inviting holiday rentals, hand picking those that really stand out to add to our collection. As a result we’ve been able to incorporate some wonderful new destinations into the brand, including charming Tuscany and the vibrant Balearic Islands.”
Tenuzzo added, “The team behind Aria Journeys are continuously on the lookout for those beautiful properties that will really give a holiday the wow factor. Our range of properties is set to continue growing, bringing even more choice to travelers wanting to experience an authentic, deluxe, and memorable trip in Europe.”
Aria of Puglia was launched in 2013, combining Tenuzzo’s passions for delivering exceptional customer service and travel with a love of her home
region of Puglia in Italy. Through hand picking properties, the brand quickly grew a devoted and loyal following of holidaymakers. Keen to experience the luxury of the brand’s properties with its in-depth local knowledge in other areas of Italy and beyond, the business’ customers asked for more holiday locations featuring exquisite rental properties and the business has responded with Aria Journeys.
To find out more visit ariajourneys.com/.
Aria Journeys is a UK based luxury villa and chalet rental company. With many years of experience working in the industry, as well as a deep seated passion for its destinations, the brand is well placed to offer those looking to explore regions, cities, and towns in luxury.
KENNETH JACQUES NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF
AC HOTEL NEW ORLEANS BOURBON
Newly-renovated property welcomes overnight guests
Irvine, Calif. (November 29, 2017) – Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth Jacques as general manager of the AC Hotel® New Orleans Bourbon. In his new role, Jacques will manage the daily operations of the hotel, including recruiting, hiring and training of all personnel. He will also oversee bringing to life AC Hotels by Marriott’s innovative and elevated guest experience, catering to the modern business traveler.
With more than 15 years in the hospitality industry, Jacques most recently served as general manager at Marriott’s Moxy New Orleans property where he was awarded General Manager of the Year in 2016. Before joining Moxy New Orleans, Jacques held several management and leadership positions at The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, Loews New Orleans Hotel, W Washington D.C. and W New Orleans. He was also recognized as Manager of the Year on multiple occasions during his time at these properties. A New Orleans native and Louisiana State University graduate, Jacques’ educational background includes additional certifications in lifestyle hospitality programs.
“Kenneth’s deep roots within the New Orleans community coupled with his award-winning operational experience make him a great asset to the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon,” said Paul McCormick, senior vice president of operations at PHG. “His extensive market knowledge and leadership experience will provide the competitive advantage that will assist this property in becoming one of the top lifestyle hotels in New Orleans.”
The AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon features 220 newly-renovated guest rooms, a sixth-floor outdoor atrium with downtown views, fitness center, and 4,680 square feet of total meeting and event space, with the largest space accommodating up to 168 people. It also includes the AC Kitchen, serving a European style breakfast, the AC Lounge with delicious small plates and craft cocktails in the evening, a business center and laundry facility.
Located in the historic Cotton Exchange building in the Bourbon/French Quarter area of New Orleans, the hotel’s central location and proximity to many dining and shopping options allows guests to immerse themselves in the authenticity of New Orleans’ most iconic neighborhood. The eight-story building also boasts a classic European design with sleek, clean and crisp lines that create a feeling of harmony and inspire creativity.
For reservations and more information, please visit pacifichospitality.com or http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msyac-ac-hotel-new-orleans-bourbon/, and follow AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon onFacebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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About AC Hotels by Marriott
AC Hotels by Marriott®, a lifestyle brand that celebrates a new way to hotel complemented by a European soul and Spanish roots, boasts more than 100 design-led hotels in 13 countries and territories. Design-driven AC Hotels by Marriott® edit away the unnecessary to remove friction, providing thoughtfully designed moments of beauty, allowing guests to focus on what’s important to them. The properties modern design for modern business include buzzing AC Lounges, the perfect place for locals or visitors to get work done in style or to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and tapas. High-design guest rooms and public spaces with sleek furnishings and intuitive technology features such as the Media Salons and AC Libraries inspire and connect. AC Hotels by Marriott® is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, visit ac-hotels.com. For more information, visit http://achotels.marriott.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Pacific Hospitality Group
Established in 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is a growing hospitality company with 11 hotels in California, Hawaii and Louisiana. Based in Irvine, California, the company owns, manages, finances and develops hotels in iconic destinations. PHG serves as the parent company to a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties known as the Meritage Collection. Meritage Collection hotels include Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa near San Diego, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai, The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, and the Village at The Meritage Resort, an all-new resort and wine-tasting experience at the storied Meritage Resort (Opening summer 2018).
Pacific Hospitality Group also serves as the franchisee of the following properties: Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove, AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown, AC Hotel Irvine, AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, and DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana /Orange County Airport. Other PHG affiliations include Trinitas Cellars, Balboa Bay Club and the Newport Beach Country Club. For more information, visit www.pacifichospitality.com or www.linkedin.com/company/pacific-hospitality-group.
My family and I recently had the opportunity to stay at the new Marriott dual-branded Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites on Clearwater Beach and LOVED our experience! We spent one night in the Residence Inn side of the property and my boys are already asking to return.
The brand-new property opened in the summer of 2017 and boasts oversized guest rooms with a coastal vibe, flexible living, working and sleeping space, stunning views of Clearwater Bay and a wide array of shared amenities. Both brands stay true to themselves: SpringHill Suites offer stunning décor from West Elm and comfortable features, while Residence Inn offers a kitchenette and ample space for extended stays and families. They share the lobby, pool, business features, and exercise room.
Start off the new year right by getting outside and on the slopes of Vermont in 2018. Join the resorts for their never-ending list of activities from family friendly days on the hill to après wine tasting and movie premiers. Save money in the new year too by taking advantage of discounted lift tickets, ski and stay deals and beginner learn-to-turn packages.
Early January Events
January 1, 2018 – Holiday Week at Sugarbush Resort
Come to Sugarbush to find your source of holiday cheer this season. New Year’s Day will wrap up Holiday Week with traditional activities such as Kid's Pizza & Movie Night, S'more Cookouts, Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Annual Dog Parade, Live Music and more.
January 1, 2018 – Holiday Week at Burke Mountain
New Year's Eve at Burke means their annual party at the Tamarack Grille (21+), featuring live music and a fireworks display. Not looking forward to cooking New Year's Day? No problem, they’ve got you covered. Join Burke Mountain for a New Year's Day Brunch in the Willoughby's Restaurant from 10am-2pm.
January 3-13, 2018 - Wine Tasting at Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge is back at it again for the month of January with their frequent wine tastings. Start off on January 3rd with Carmeneres from Chile, then Nero D’Avola on January 6th where visitors will try wines from Sicily’s best known red grape, White Wines of Austria on January 10th and finally, a tasting full of big fresh fruit flavors during the Argentine Wine Tasting on January 13th.
January 4-25, 2018 - Thursday Trivia Night at Burke Mountain
Gather your friends, and your wits, and join the folks at Burke every Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30pm in the View Pub in the Burke Mountain Hotel. Entry is free for teams of up to 4 who will test their knowledge of a range of topics from local history to geography to music and more while enjoying drink specials and competing for weekly prizes. Participants in 6 or more trivia nights throughout the season will be eligible to enter the grand prize raffle in March.
January 4, 2018 - Okemo’s Grommet Throwdown at Okemo Mountain Resort
It’s time for the little jibbers to show off! Okemo designs a special park for kids 13 and under. Spend the morning training in the rail garden under the guidance of some of Okemo’s Park and Pipe instructors and then show off those new skills after lunch for some great prizes.
January 6, 2018 – Mario the Magician at Okemo Mountain Resort
Mario "the Magician" Marchese is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his clever integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performances. Okemo Clock Tower base lodge doors open at 7 pm.Proceeds benefit OMARA, a non-profit booster club that was founded to support the athletes, families, and coaches of Okemo Competition Programs.
January 6, 2018- 24 Hours of Stratton at Stratton Mountain Resort
The 6th Annual 24 Hours of Stratton is a one-of-a-kind opportunity, for all ages and ability, to ride around the clock, as Stratton lights-up its trails for the weekend. Ski all day and ride all night until the Sunday 9am finale! Ski under the stars, camp out in the base lodge, enjoy fireworks, music and giveaways, relish first tracks at sunrise, and share in the spirit of the event that gives back to the community.
January 6 & 14, 2018- Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent at Stowe Mountain Resort
The lineage of mountain lifestyle continues in Warren Miller Entertainment’s (WME) 68th full-length feature film, Line of Descent. In this year’s film, WME travels the globe, by land, air, and sea, exploring the ties that bind ski culture. Movie will premiere at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on January 6th and January 14th at 7pm.
January 7, 2018- Subaru and Hyundai Day at Bolton Valley
If you're a Subaru or Hyundai owner, prepare for some fantastic news. Once again, Bolton Valley will host four special days for Subaru and Hyundai owners. Each day will include a different lift ticket deal for owners with a valid registration. On January 7, owners can receive up to 4 all access full day lift tickets at 50% off the current rate for that day.
January 7, 2018 – Youth Day at Mount Snow Resort
Youth ages 17 and under pay just $17 when they visit Mount Snow for this great deal and enjoy a fun day on the mountain. Money saved on the lift ticket can be used for treats like a slice of Tony’s pizza or a Waffle Cabin waffle with extra chocolate sauce.
January 8, 2018- College Week at Mount Snow
Round up your friends and join Mount Snow for College Week and enjoy a week full of activities, parties and deals. This week will feature a wing eating contest at Cuzzins, a free night of tubing, live music, and more!
January 13-14, 2018- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend at Sugarbush Resort
Take off to the Green Mountains for an exciting weekend of activities for all the skiers and riders in your family. This weekend features a Kid's Cooking Class, late-night music, a local artisan market, kid’s pizza and movie night, specialty dining options at Rumble's Kitchen and Castlerock Pub and more. Enjoy the torchlight parade and fireworks on Saturday night.
January 13, 2018- Mini Shred Madness at Killington Resort
This rail jam is for the groms! Join Killington in the park and compete for prizes in a friendly and fun environment. Grom skiers and riders, 13 years and under will get a feel for park riding and experience the rules and navigation of the park. Mini Shred Madness is all about having fun in a competition setting. There will be Killington Park team riders cruising through the event offering help and motivation to participants. Not to mention, there will be all sorts of free giveaways being handed out at the event to competitors.
January 13, 2018 – Let It Glow Laser Show and Fireworks at Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo presents a laser light show spectacular with colorful lasers projected on the snow and into the night sky just outside Okemo’s Clock Tower base lodge. A fireworks finale follows. Okemo’s Sitting Bull will be open for beverages and rocking live music.
January 14, 2018- Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow Ski and Snowboard School instructors will descend upon the Canyon ski trail in a beautiful torchlight glow. Immediately following the torchlight parade Mount Snow will light up the sky with a huge fireworks display.
January 14, 2018- Winter Farmers Market at Bolton Valley
This season Bolton Valley is creating some extra reasons for you to stop by their local neighborhood resort by introducing the new Winter Farmers Market held at the Sports Center. For seven Sundays from 1 until 5 p.m., you can meet the local vendors who will be here to offer you local products from around the region.
January 15, 2018 – PHAT Day at Okemo Mountain Resort
To commemorate National Safety Month, the PHAT (Protect Your Head at All Times/Protect Your Head on All Terrain) team will be on hand at Okemo to extol the virtues of wearing a helmet while skiing and riding. They’ll have stickers, posters and helmet raffles.
For a full list of January events please visit SkiVermont.com.
Early January Deals
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month nationwide and to help spread the joys of skiing and snowboarding Ski Vermont is once again offering our $49 package for beginners. This package includes a beginner lesson, lift ticket and rentals for one full day on the mountain. Ten Vermont resorts participate in this program and purchasers can choose to redeem this package anytime during the month of January, excluding holiday periods. To learn more about this great deal visit SkiVermont.com.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Save 30% on lift tickets to Stowe by purchasing at least 48 hours in advance online.
At Sugarbush, they know that once you get the feel for sliding on snow, you'll be hooked. To help you discover the joy we all can find in skiing and riding, they offer their award-winning First Timer to Life Timer program. The program includes rentals, lift tickets and a three-lesson series to get participants hooked on skiing and snowboarding. Once all three lessons are completed Sugarbush will reward participants with a season pass for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. Also at Sugarbush this season, take advantage of Thursdays at Mt. Ellen with $30 lift tickets.
Killington offers visitors many ways to save this season with their in advance online savings, Bring a Friend, Ski Free program to their 4 Day Discovery Program for Adult First Timers. Their innovative 4-day Discovery Program for adults includes a two-hour lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket each day, all for just $399 for the Elan ski program or the Burton snowboard program. Learn on Elan skis and Burton snowboards, and receive brand new versions of these skis and boards mounted with bindings prior to completing the fourth lesson (MSRP $575).
Bromley Mountain Resort
Purchase the Sun Mountain Card and your first lift ticket is free. This discount card virtually pays for itself the moment you buy it. Present the Sun Mountain Card to the Ticket Office upon your visit and save $30 off Monday through Friday, $20 off Saturday through Sunday (non-holidays) and $10 off on holidays. Purchase before December 15th and save an additional $10 on the Sun Mountain Card.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Save big at Stratton with their One Nighter deal, where visitors spending one night and two days on the slopes can access rates starting at $238 for two people.
Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow lift tickets are now on sale with incredible savings for the 2017-18 ski season when you purchase in advance. But hurry, prices increase as more tickets are sold.
Looking for a place to stay during your visit? Find all the best lodging options local to your favorite resorts on our Lodging Finder. To explore more deals and money saving opportunities visit our Deals page.
Did you know that Vermont has 20 alpine resorts and 30 cross country centers? Explore them this season with the Ski Vermont 2017-18 End-to-End Tour. Participants will visit different resorts each week and be entered to win tickets and prize packs when they submit photos.
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