Cheval Blanc Paris has the world’s first Dior Spa

Cheval Blanc Paris and Maison Dior: a fusion of passion and inspiration. Passion for the most intimate experience, the most inspiring beauty, the most genuine caring. A place where the expertise of one provides the expertise of the other, where dreams always inspire reality.

Happiness is the essence of Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris. It can be felt at every moment: in the gentle generosity of the Beauty Ambassadors, in the infinite pleasure of an immediate and lasting metamorphosis, in the absolute blossoming of the skin and the senses, taking into account the physical, emotional and psychological dimensions of the guests.

Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris takes a progressive approach to offer you a unique and unprecedented experience from which everyone emerges visibly sublimated and feeling deeply happy. Happiness in Paris starts here.

An exceptional experience in the heart of Paris

In the heart of the bustling ‘City of Light’, Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris is a serene oasis that completely immerses you in the world of the House of Dior. This exceptional place was created by decorator Peter Marino, in the atmosphere of a Parisian apartment where each object is a lively tribute to the Maison’s signature and the life of Christian Dior.

As soon as you enter, the enchantment takes place and the Dior dream becomes reality. The Dior Gallery is the beginning of a soft world where the Dior rose shines like a promise of extraordinary beauty.

Then you enter the lounge, where the huge fireplace warms the atmosphere. The mirror above reflects the elegance of the room, but can also reflect the sophistication of the fashion season when transformed into a screen to discover the latest fashion shows.

Six Dior suites, all unique

The treatments take place in six suites whose sublime decor shows one of the facets of the House Dior. Each suite has its own white onyx bath and offers a unique experience that awakens new emotions.

In the spirit of a Parisian apartment, the boutique unveils a cosy living room in which each object is a vibrant tribute to Christian Dior’s life. The finest Dior treatment, makeup and perfume sets nestle alongside the very latest Dior Maison collections, flagship Couture accessories and treatments developed especially for Cheval Blanc Paris, such as the Dior Face Baths, the Professional Solutions and the Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris Exclusives celebrating the union of the two Maisons. Amongst these Exclusives, the Cheval Blanc Paris perfume, a couture lipstick and satin blush paytribute to the Paris art of living that was so dear to Christian Dior.

Cheval Blanc Paris was launched as a part of the Maison Christian Dior collection. The creation is signed by Dior in-house perfumer François Demachy, who combined accords of white flowers, musk, and powdery notes.

Bains Visage Dior, a sensory signature

At the beginning of the 20th century, the spa town of Bains de Samaritaine was located in the Front de Seine building. In the 21st century, Le Bains Visage Dior pays tribute to this forgotten past by creating a rare sensory ritual, exclusive to Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris.

Exclusive professional solutions from Dior

In order to complement the products in the Dior skin care ranges and to meet the needs of their Beauty Ambassadors, Dior has created ‘Professional Solutions Professionnelles’: 13 high-quality professional formulas, dermatologically tested and with a targeted action.

A limited selection of 3 Professional Solutions Professionnelles is available exclusively at Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris on the recommendation of the Beauty Ambassadors.

Exclusively at Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris

Lovers of Dior and Cheval Blanc can discover exclusive products in the boutique that celebrate the union of these two houses.

In the spirit of a Paris apartment, the boutique reveals a cozy living room in which each object is a lively tribute to the life of Christian Dior. The best Dior treatments, make-up and perfume sets nestle alongside the very latest Dior Maison collections, flagship Couture accessories and treatments specially developed for Cheval Blanc Paris, such as the Dior Face Baths, the Professional Solutions and the Dior Spa Cheval Blanc Paris Exclusives in honor of the union of the two Maisons.

Among these Exclusives are the perfume Cheval Blanc Paris, a couture lipstick and satin blush as a tribute to the Parisian art of living so dear to Christian Dior.

Cheval Blanc Paris, an exclusive fragrance from Maison Dior

Cheval Blanc Paris was launched as part of the Maison Christian Dior collection. The creation is signed by the in-house perfumer François Demachy of Dior, who combined accords of white flowers, musk and powdery notes.

I created the Cheval Blanc Paris fragrance with the enveloping atmosphere of the Dior Spa Cheval Blanc in mind, but I also added a touch of Parisian style. This powdery, musky scent is an elegant caress full of softness, serenity and well-being.

François Demachy, Parfumeur-Créateur van DiorRouge Dior and Rouge Blush Cheval Blanc Paris

Rouge Dior and Rouge Blush Cheval Blanc Paris

Rouge Dior and Rouge Blush, Dior’s iconic make-up duo, are decorated in the style of Cheval Blanc Paris, with an exclusive, elegant and graphic motif that reflects the historic building.

Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.

Relaxation and rejuvenation, reinvented. The Cheval Blanc Spa spans an entire island, offering the Maldives’ only Guerlain rituals

The art of wellness by Guerlain. The Cheval Blanc Spa Randheli by Guerlain is a spa island entirely dedicated to revitalization and relaxation. It invites guests to embark on a sensorial journey through a range of exclusive treatments imagined by Guerlain.

Be still, find sanctuary. Pause, replay, rewind. Find unequalled revival in the veins of Randheli. Let the mind and body sink deeper into the abyss of well-being.

The journey starts sailing from the hotel island to the idyllic spa island onboard a local dhoni. As a prelude to treatments, guests enjoy a meditation or yoga session, in relaxation pavilions. From tailored rituals, to full-week wellness retreats,

Guerlain Beauty Experts unveil well-being experiences inspired by the Maldivian sun for a true restorative care. For instance, the ‘After Diving Experience’ is an exclusive soothing face & body treatment designed for the Maldives that restores muscles after a day underwater.

The 5-day ‘Balance and harmony’ or ‘Immunity booster’ wellness retreats are complete programs to boost the immune system, restore vitality and combat the effects of aging. The ocean at fingertips with ivory white sands across the six islands of the Maison, a truly unique destination for full relaxation of the body and mind.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Cheval Blanc Randheli and Guerlain.

A two-night stay at Disney’s Star Wars Hotel will cost $6,000 USD

In anticipation of opening its upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel next year. Disney has now announced some of its pricing information, shocking many fans of the franchise.

According to its website, a two-night stay at one of its 100 cabins will start at $1,209 USD per person per night for a two-person room, meaning it’ll set you back a whopping $4,809 USD in total. For two adults with one child, the total tally comes up to $5,999 USD for the same period. While the prices do include access to Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park, it’s nonetheless an exorbitant sum for many of the franchise’s diehard fans, especially for the cheapest plan available.

As for those who can afford it, staying at the Galactic Starcruiser will also offer you a whole range of immersive Star Wars experiences: When the passengers arrive, they arrive first at the Starcruiser Terminal before being placed in an ‘exclusive launch pod’ to travel to the Halcyon, the name of the starship where your Star Wars dreams come true. Looking out of the windows of the Halcyon, you can see the dark space and its stars, for an immersive experience.

During the adventure, passengers stop at Galaxy’s Edge, also known as the Black Spire Outpost or the planet Batuu, where they will travel by transport ships never to break the illusion. Other Star Wars experiences: lightsaber training sessions, building model spaceships, racing other droids in a competition, and sipping on drinks at the Sublight Lounge.

Doubtless, it may be an unforgettable experience to spend two nights in the Galactic Starcruiser Hotel. But wasn’t it that the late great Walt Disney wanted to bring joy to everyone, regardless of race and social status. And not only for the ‘happy few’….

Come into the world of Disney World.

A World of Wellness: Celebrate with Four Seasons This Global Wellness Day

Across the globe, Four Seasons properties are celebrating Global Wellness Day on June 12

June 12, 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of Global Wellness Day, (GWD) – a day dedicated to living well and to honouring choices that cultivate health in all its forms. Across the globe, Four Seasons properties are celebrating with innovative wellness events, activities, and inspiring ideas aimed at slowing down to focus on self-care.

This year’s GWD theme, ‘protecting our mental wellness during and after the pandemic’, highlights the vital role that mental health plays in our overall wellbeing. Guests and locals looking to participate in this year’s festivities can take inspiration from an array of both virtual and live events hosted around the globe by Four Seasons experts, spa practitioners and craftspeople in the spirit of living well.

From Hawaii to France to Tokyo and beyond, a world of wellness awaits. All experiences are listed in local time. 

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Join a virtual meditative journey to the sound of singing crystal bowls at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

High above the clouds on the 57th floor, join Resident Crystal Healer Rashida Bell for the melodic sounds of singing crystal bowls at Philadelphia’s first-and-only Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Spa. While the sunrise illuminates the city below, Bell will lead a five-minute meditation session and healing experience, offering a quiet moment to pause and reflect. Experience the session at leisure on June 12 by tuning into the video recording on the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia IGTV channel. For more details, click here.

Come into the beautiful world of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Beyond the physical benefits, exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on mental health, helping to relieve anxiety and stress, improve memory, and boost overall mood. This GWD, Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is offering three unique and high-energy fitness classes from Hawaii native and renowned fitness instructor Tahiti Hernandez Kemper. Tahiti specialises in performance training with an impressive roster of clients, including her husband, World Champion Big Wave surfer Billy Kemper. Tune in for a 20-minute fitness class at 12:00 noon HST on Instagram Live via @fsoahu. For more details, click here.

Come into the beautiful world of Four Seasons Resort Oahu.

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Getting kids involved in GWD this year is made easier by Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. It’s never too early to instil healthy habits and focus on wellbeing from head to toe. Working with a local studio, the Hotel will host a 45-minute yoga session specially designed for children. Set some time aside to enjoy yoga-themed fun for the whole family and tune in via Instagram Live on @fstoronto at 9:30 am EST.

Come into the beautiful world of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Offering a day of wellness-themed activities, guests and spa members are invited to celebrate by reconnecting with themselves and nature. After meeting at the picturesque Tundry Pond at 10:00 am BST, in-house hypnotherapist Mark Williams will transport guests with a group ‘Mind Massage’, designed to offer a positive mindset and motivation for the day ahead. To follow, fitness specialist Kinga Matuszczak-Saad will then take guests through a body alignment class, created to strengthen muscles using specially designed stretching exercises. 

Come into the beautiful world of Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel

Guests of Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel can experience an aromatherapy workshop

Enjoy a ‘muscular awakening’ class at 7:30 am CEST with former triathlete and fitness coach Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, or join virtually via Instagram Live on @fscapferrat. Guests can also take part in a complimentary aromatherapy workshop with Marie-Cécile Rousset, the Hotel’s Spa Director and aromatherapist at 5:00 pm CEST. The hour-long class introduces aromatherapy, offering insight into how the power of plants can be used to improve well-being, health and mood. Marie will share her holistic approach that makes the most of natural elements and each attendee will leave with an essential oil roll-on to help with their serenity practice at home. All GWD activities are complimentary and are bookable directly through the Spa. For more details, click here.

Come into the beautiful world of Four Seasons Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Those visiting the romantic hideaway and tropical paradise can take part in two complimentary classes this GWD. In the morning, guests of all levels can join a Yin Yoga session on the soft, white sands of Petite Anse at 8:30 am SCT. This calming and therapeutic form of yoga supports the body as it eases into relaxation and balance. Later in the day at 3:30 pm SCT, guests can enjoy a Pilates class consisting of low-impact flexibility, muscular strength and endurance movements, assisting with postural alignment, core strength and muscular balance.

Come into the beautiful world of Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Be transported to the treetop lotus pond at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, with a 45-minute virtual meditation session from the Resort’s resident Wellness Mentor and former Buddhist nun Ibu Fera. Available via Instagram Live at 4:00 pm WITA, the session will focus on increasing awareness and mindfulness to boost resilience. Tune in by visiting @fsbali. 

Come into the beautiful world of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi

Offering a full schedule of GWD events and activities, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi has something for everyone, focusing on both the mind and the body, all rooted in the theme of “self-love.” At 8:00 am JST, guests and spa members can enjoy yoga and meditation focused on deep breathing and slow movement. Or join virtually via @fsotemachi Instagram Live. Also on offer is a jog around the Imperial Gardens at 2:30 pm JST. In case of rain, the Hotel’s personal trainers are ready to host a stretch session as an alternative warm up. Other activities available for Hotel guests include a 60-minute yoga session followed by a 15-minute meditation, tea pairing and sampling, crystal bowl sound healing and more. Activity reservations can be made through the Spa.

Come into the beautiful world of Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi.

Tune into a virtual yoga class at Four Seasons Hotel Budapest

In the days ahead, Four Seasons hotels and resorts worldwide will be continuing to announce GWD offerings leading up to the official celebration on June 12. Visit the Four Seasons Press Room and follow @FourSeasonsPR on Twitter for the latest property news and follow @FourSeasons on Instagram for additional GWD activities and updates.

Celebrate Virtually with Four Seasons 

Plan a full day of wellness in the comfort of home by adding some virtual wellness happenings to the day’s schedule. In addition to the live and virtual experiences mentioned, here’s a snapshot of some virtual highlights from across the globe: 

  • 1:30 am EDT / 6:30 am BST / 7:30 am CEST: Enjoy a ‘muscular awakening’ class with former triathlete and fitness coach, Pierre-Antoine Guilhem via Instagram Live at @fscapferrat.
  • 4:00 am EDT / 9:00 am BST / 4:00 pm WITA: Tune in to a treetop Virtual Awareness Meditation via Instagram Live at @fsbali at Sayan.
  • After sunrise EDT: At leisure, pause and reflect to the sounds of singing crystals bowls with Resident Crystal Healer Rashia Bell. Tune into the video recording on the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia IGTV channel.
  • 9:30 am EDT / 2:30 pm BST / 3:30 pm CEST: Enjoy a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class with @FourSeasonsHotelBudapest via Facebook Live, or little ones can join a yoga class for kids via Instagram Live at @fstoronto
  • 1:00 pm EDT / 6:00 pm BST / 12:00 noon CST: Renew and restore energy by tuning into watch local shaman Linda Mariscal perform a Huichol ritual via Instagram at @fspuntamita.
  • 5:30 pm EDT / 10:30 pm BST: Join a virtual sound Healing Meditation via Instagram Live at @fstoronto.
  • 6:00 pm EDT / 11:00 pm BST / 12:00 noon HST: Join a 20-minute fitness class with renowned fitness instructor Tahiti Hernandez Kemper via Instagram Live at @fsoahu.
  • 7:00pm EDT / 12:00 midnight BST / 6:00 pm CDT: Enjoy a ‘Grounded Together’ Guided Meditation with Sound Therapist Marina Sbrochi via Instagram Live at @fsdallas or tune in for some yoga and meditation focused on deep breathing and slow movement via Instagram Live at @fsotemachi.

Come into the beautiful world of Four Seasons.

‘Say Yes to Global Wellness Day’ by following @fourseasons and using the hashtags #FSWellness and #GlobalWellnessDay.

Cheval Blanc St-Tropez announces new season of serenity and exclusive experiences

Cheval Blanc St-Tropezis a true haven of seaside tranquility, just steps away from the sunny energy of Saint-Tropez. Doors reopen on May 20 for a new season, deliciously devoted to wellness and culinary creativity.

In a setting conducive to sensual pleasures and peace of mind, Cheval Blanc Spa and Guerlain have developed a fabulous range of signature treatments. It include facials that use cutting‑edge technology to create a holistic sensory experience, as well as body treatments like the aptly named ‘Muscle Serenity’ for a toned and strengthened silhouette. And new this season is a special selection of barber treatments for men, blending Guerlain rituals with the styling expertise of award-winning Belgian barber Kevin Boon.

At the dining table, Chef Arnaud Donckele invites guests on a culinary journey between land and sea that pays tribute to local producers. From fishermen to farmers, these passionate people all play a part in creating the divine dishes served at La Vague d’Or. Thanks to the generosity and creativity of Arnaud Donckele and his teams in the kitchen, each season is a new and innovative culinary experience to be shared and savored. Awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide and five toques and a score of 19/20 by Gault & Millau, La Vague d’Or invites guests on a magical Mediterranean journey. Its reopening is scheduled for June 10.

In the meantime, La Terrasse provides the perfect setting for a relaxing lunch or dinner by the sea and offers modern cuisine with a Mediterranean flavor. Every Wednesday starting June 16, La Terrasse will take on a festive feel, with sizzling barbecues and live musicians for the resort’s seaside ‘Riviera Nights’ under a starlit sky.

Cheval Blanc St-Tropez offers direct access to the beach, making it the ideal location for alternating between seaside pleasures and excursions into the village center. In true Tropezian style, the terraces and balconies of the resort’s 30 rooms and suites offer a splendid and soothing view of the sea, the pine forest and one of the most famous towns on the French Riviera.

Around sixty sun loungers await guests on the beach for a lazy afternoon, and the heated infinity pool offers the perfect excuse to take a dip. For those seeking a little more adventure, the pontoon at the end of the beach is the departure point for numerous water sports.

Lulled by the whisper of the breeze through ancient pines and the lapping of waves on the sand, this summer is set to be a heavenly experience at Cheval Blanc St-Tropez.

Cheval Blanc St-Tropez announces a new season of serenity and exclusive experiences. Come into the beautiful world of Cheval Blanc St-Tropez.

Splendido Mare Hotel opens its doors in Portofino, epitomizing Italian Riviera glamour

A new era of timeless Italian glamour begins with the reopening of the Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel (part of LVMH), on the Italian Riviera. With the renovation of the legendary property, offering stunning interior design and exceptional guest experiences, an enticing allure of La Dolce Vita wafts over the celebrated harbor town.

The Splendido Mare is ready to welcome travelers avid for exceptional experiences with its 14 completely renovated rooms. Faithful to its heritage as a one-time guest house for fishermen, the hotel invites guests to share an art de vivre infused by the natural beauty of Portofino harbor. “Our teams have been working tirelessly to create a new standard in relaxed Italian sophistication, and now, the true Belmond magic begins. Together with our guests, we can look ahead to the return of La Dolce Vita by the sea with friends and family enjoying days out on the water, slow afternoons on the beach and joyful evenings on the terrace at the new restaurant, DaV Mare,” comments Belmond Roeland Vos, CEO & President. Designed with Da Vittorio Group, the new restaurant ushers in a new level of gastronomic excellence to the Ligurian Coast.

To discover the enchanting Italian Riviera coast, the Splendido Mare invites guests to set sail aboard a traditional Gozzo Ligurian fishing boat to visit San Fruttuoso Bay and its magnificent abbey, stop for a swim to the submerged statue of Christ the Abyss, or dive into the crystal-clear waters of Punta Chiappa. Maritime excursions can be accompanied by picnic lunches prepared by the Dav Mare restaurant, or fresh caught local seafood. Fans of nautical sports will revel in the excitement of the ‘Regate di Primavera – Splendido Mare Cup’, which returns from May 6-9, 2021, organized with partners including the Yacht Club Italiano, to celebrate the renaissance of the Splendido Mare.

The majestic Portofino Regional Park offers a chance to discover exhilarating landscapes and the fabled ‘Path of the Kiss’, named after two young lovers who exchanged their last embrace there. The trail stretches from San Rocco to Camogli to San Fruttuoso, featuring absolutely amazing views of the bay. Another memorable experience is half-day excursions accompanied by botanist guides to discover the secret health and beauty benefits of local mountain plants and herbs.

The Splendido Mare is the ideal refuge on the Piazzetta for discerning travelers. The interior design by Festen Architecture is an elegant blend of references to nautical heritage and the cinematic glamour of the 1950s with mid-century modern elements. The colors of the rooms and suites are inspired by bright Ligurian building hues, set off with luxurious materials by Loro Piana and Rubelli. An art collection curated by ARTIQ includes specially commissioned pieces by Italian artist Gabriele Cappelli, and staff uniforms have been created by Italian fashion designer Arthus Arbesser.

In addition to the Splendido Mare, throughout the month of May Belmond will welcome guests back to other exceptional properties for lovers of Italy, including the Cipriani in Venice, Villa San Michele in Florence and Caruso in Ravello. To book and discover more Belmond properties, come into the beautiful world of Belmond.

Hyatt Launches The Great Relocate, Offering Fixed Price, Long-term Stays

After a turbulent year of cancelled travel plans, 2021 can be the year it’s possible to tick ‘seeing more of the world’ off the bucket list. Hyatt Hotels has launched ‘The Great Relocate,’ a long-stay package to cater to the pent-up desire amongst consumers for travel and longer stays abroad.

Hyatt hotels across Europe, Middle East and Southwest Asia are now available to book for a minimum 29 days at a flat rate

The package provides guests, who can work remotely, with a unique way to see new parts of the world, while working and living in the comfort of a Hyatt hotel. The offer is open to World of Hyatt members, with stays eligible to contribute towards achieving elite member status.

More than 80%1 of employers are now said to be expanding offers to their employees to work remotely, after the last year proved many people can work effectively across different postcodes and time zones. This combination of a shift in work patterns and consumers’ pent-up desire for travel, after months of quarantines and travel restrictions, means there is an increasing demand for long stay-travel. 

The Great Relocate offers the change of scenery that so many who have been working from home crave, with spacious guestrooms and suites, refreshing pools, twice weekly housekeeping, private work areas, complimentary gym access, high-speed internet and IT concierge on hand, laundry services, airport or train station pickup and 25% off onsite dining*, working remotely can be a breeze. When combined with Hyatt’s highest standards of cleanliness, to ensure the health and wellbeing of guests, all stays are as relaxing and seamless as possible.

“We know there is a strong desire for consumers to travel this year, after many plans were put on hold in 2020,” said Geneviève Materne, Senior Vice President, Commercial Services Europe, Middle East, Southwest Asia. “The pandemic has been a major catalyst for the increase in the ‘work from anywhere’ trend and we know it has accelerated significant shifts in the way we live, work and play. That is why we’ve created The Great Relocate.”

The Great Relocate is perfect for guests who are looking to swap their spare room for working poolside, trade standing lunches for lunches in rooftop restaurants and cosy cafes, sneaking a pamper session in after a morning meeting, or going for an afternoon swim with their family before dinner.

Geneviève went on to say, “This is the perfect offer for all the Digital Nomads out there and for those, who define luxury as not being tied to one place. We are making it more affordable than ever to take a long stay in one of our hotels, for a similar amount you would pay for the average city-centre rent. We look forward to welcoming guests, whether they want to relocate on their own, bring their partner, their family or even their pet!”

The offer is valid across Hyatt hotels in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia, for a minimum of 29 days up until 31 December 2021, when you book by 3 December.** To take advantage of the package, guests should sign up to World of Hyatt before booking. 

For more informatione, book an escape or check Terms and Conditions, come into the beautiful world of visit Hyatt Hotels.

* Benefits are subject to time restrictions and availability at participating hotels. Discount could exclude specialty restaurants, room service, alcohol, or venues operated by third-party vendors.

** Terms and conditions apply

Hagia Sophia to Become Mosque After 85 Years as Museum

 

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After 85 years as a museum, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia will be converted into a mosque. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued the decree to transfer the management of the building from the Ministry of Culture to the Presidency of Religious Affairs last week, sparking criticism in Turkey and worldwide.

Built in 537 CE by the Byzantine emperor Justinian as a Greek Orthodox cathedral, the 1,500-year-old World Heritage Site holds religious and historic significance to both Christians and Muslims in Turkey. It was converted into an Ottoman mosque in 1453 and into a secular museum in 1935 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Today, the Hagia Sophia is one of Turkey’s largest tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors each year.

The Turkish government announced that although Muslim religious services will resume at the site, visitors of all nationalities and faiths are welcome to visit. But what worries art historians and conservationists the most is that Turkish authorities may cover up or remove the centuries-old Byzantine mosaics and Christian iconography that cover the monumental structure.

Since Islam forbids images of people to be displayed in mosques, officials plan to use lights and curtains to cover up the mosaics, Turkey’s head of religious affairs Ali Erbaş said on Turkish TV. After prayer, the paintings will be uncovered for visitors to view.

UNESCO said in a statement on its website that it “regrets the decision of the Turkish authorities, made without prior discussion, and calls for the universal value of World Heritage to be preserved”. “The Hagia Sophia is an architectural masterpiece and a unique testimony to interactions between Europe and Asia over the centuries”, said Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “Its status as a museum reflects the universal nature of its heritage, and makes it a powerful symbol for dialogue”.

Ernesto Ottone, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, added, “It is important to avoid any implementing measure, without prior discussion with UNESCO, that would affect physical access to the site, the structure of the buildings, the site’s moveable property, or the site’s management”.

 

 

 

 

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to open at Walt Disney World Resort in 2021

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will begin transporting you from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to a galaxy far, far away beginning in 2021, Walt Disney Imagineering announced tonight. This is a new type of immersive vacation that only Disney could create.

The two-night adventure in a galaxy far, far away features a cruise-like experience where you “become the hero of your own adventure in an experience where you are surrounded by the Star Wars story 24/7.”

When the passengers arrive, they arrive first at the Starcruiser Terminal before being placed in an ‘exclusive launch pod’ to travel to the Halcyon, the name of the starship where all your Star Wars dreams come true. When you look out the windows of the Halcyon, you can see the dark space and its stars, for an immersive experience.

During the adventure, the passengers stop at Galaxy’s Edge, also known as the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, where they will travel by transport ships never to break the illusion.

Come into the wonderful world of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

Number one Hotel in Paris La Réserve Paris

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Largest and most influential travel magazine brand in the United States, Travel + Leisure Magazine, announced the results of its 24th annual ‘World’s Best Awards’ with La Réserve Paris recognized once again as the ‘Number One Hotel in Paris’.
Every year, the readers of Travel + Leisure, rate their recent experiences with destinations, hotels and resorts, spas, tour operators and safari outfitters, cruise lines and more in the World’s Best Awards survey.

This award is the result of the work accomplished by all the teams at La Réserve Paris, who consistently uphold our values of excellence, simplicity and authenticity.

The Haussmann-style mansion was designed by the iconic Jacques Garcia. Discreetly hidden in the city’s 8th arrondissement, La Réserve Paris has 40 elegantly designed rooms and suites, many of which have balconies with views of Paris monuments, and each room comes with its own personal butler.

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The spa, which is home to a 52-foot indoor pool opened day and night. The hotel’s two restaurants, Le Gabriel and La Pagode de Cos, are helmed by two Michelin-starred chef Jérôme Banctel.

Come into the beautiful world of La Réserve Paris.