Klaudia BaloghKlaudia BaloghJune 11, 2018
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An escape to exercise and energise, plus, feel grounded and elevated at the same time.
Practising yoga in London comes in many shapes and forms, from candle-lit to aerial, but there’s one thing you can’t find in the city — being surrounded with mountains and waterfalls and breathing in crystal-clear air.
In the French Alps though — it’s a completely different story.
I was fortunate to attend an eight-day wellness retreat in the French Alps and enjoy a combination of yoga and hiking. Plus, even tried paragliding, which was terrifying at first, but unforgettable at last. The entire retreat, however, was much more than breathtaking views and adorable Alpine animals. I’ve never felt so grounded yet elevated before.
The holiday was organised by Adventure Yogi, and it was one of their several retreats they host in and out of the UK, including places like Ibiza and Norfolk. The chalet is only a 20-minute drive from Saint Bourg Maurice train station, so you can either arrive by train or, if you choose to fly in to Geneva, there’s a 3-hour flight transfer to the accommodation. Arriving to the chalet in Sainte Foy, around 2,200 feet in the mountains, peaks and valleys welcomed us as we settled in our en suite rooms.
Besides the obvious difference of the scenery from London, two of the biggest advantages of being at such high altitudes are the clarity of the air and the fresh taste of water. And, as the snowy slopes of the French Alps turn into blooming mountain trails and Azul blue glacial lakes, what once was a ski paradise in the winter became a hiking haven in the summer.
The meditative effects of yoga are commonly known, but did you know that hiking is a very efficient stress reliever as well? Studies have shown that walks in nature boost mood, decrease stress levels and help fight depression and anxiety. So, sitting down with your legs crossed isn’t the only way to switch off. Wondering around these beautiful mountains might just help you leave all your worries behind.
Two of the main activities during the retreat were hiking and yoga to exhilarate and energise our getaway. There’s a 90-minute empowering yoga session before breakfast to get us ready for the day then a restorative practice in the evening before dinner to stretch and unwind after the daily hike.
Each day, we visited a different city or ski destination and hiked in the surrounding mountains. At the highest point, we could even see the snow-capped Mount Blanc. Amidst the slight breeze and the sound of our footsteps, every now and again we’d notice the sound of bells coming from goats or cows munching on their lunch off the trails. And if we were quiet enough, we could even spot a few marmots hiding nearby. Plus, one early morning there’s hike up high in the mountains for sunrise yoga and meditation. A 5 a.m. alarm might sound too extreme on vacation, but it’s well worth it. Doing yoga during sunrise in nature is really powerful. It changed the way I practise yoga and meditation and helped me better understand what mindfulness meant and how to get the most out of it.
The intensity of both the yoga and the hikes suit all fitness levels, but none of the programmes are mandatory. If one of the days you’d like a little more R&R, you could sign up for a massage, relax in the hammock or enjoy the outdoor hot tub or sauna.
If you’re up for a little more adrenaline, however, you can choose from a variety of exciting activities such as paragliding, wild water rafting and hydrospeeding. Flying sounded just about right for me. I’ve always wanted to experience what that feeling of flying freedom’s like, so I signed up for paragliding and it was incredible — scary but super fun.
Would I go again? Without a doubt! Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a getaway that’s more than sightseeing and reading a book on the beach, this retreat will not disappoint. It keeps an ideal balance between recreation and relaxation and adventure and mindfulness.
There are six weeks of holidays this summer from July 18 to August 29. Prices range from £989pp to £1294. 

For more information, visit adventureyogi.com

Alessa BarbosaAlessa BarbosaMarch 20, 2018
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If your curly hair is giving you a hard time, you must try this! There are countless products on the market, but Avlon is the one to look out for. Aimed towards women with curly hair, Avlon aims to provide high quality hair products for salons and personal use- so whether you like to relax and let someone take care of your beautiful locks or you are more of a DIY type of gal, Avlon has it all!

Avlon Industries are a US based formulator and manufacturer of premium haircare products. Avlon Industries are responsible for many of the most widely used professional haircare products in the market for women of African descent. Avlon was founded in 1984 by Master Chemist, Dr Ali N. Syed, whose vision was to create the most technologically advanced haircare products at an affordable price!

Avlon will also acquire naming rights for Best Thriller category, whose nominees are Prevenge, Redwood, You Were Never Really Here, Eat Locals, The Moving Theatre, Hellriser, and The Snowman. All winners will be announced on the 28th of March at the prestigious National Film Awards in London!

For more information about Avlon and their products, go to: www.avlon.com


Alessa BarbosaAlessa BarbosaMarch 20, 2018
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If luxurious skin care routines are your thing, and you want to help the environment by using eco-friendly products, Skin Care brand Christopher Courtney is the brand to use! Whether your a Spa or you are a DIY kind of person, you will still get a luxurious, authentic, and therapeutic experience.

Christopher Courtney London is an award – winning luxury skincare brand committed to developing effective and high performance all-natural, toxin-free, eco friendly and aromatherapy professional skincare products and treatments for salons, spas and home use for healthy, beautiful, glowing skin.

Harnessing mother nature’s purest gifts, the brand has expertly combined those ingredients with science to achieve innovative, health enhancing and result driven products. They use genuine natural and organic exotic butters, vitamins, oils rich in omegas 3,6,7 & 9, potent botanical extracts,  restorative aromatherapy, clinically proven marine extracts and anti-oxidants, which are ethically sourced from around the world. The brand also does not use harmful ingredients like petrochemical derivatives, synthetic colours or fragrances, harsh detergents, mineral oils, or Parabens and they do not test on animals!
Christopher Courtney has also announced a new and exciting partnership with the 4th annual National Film Awards, where they have acquired naming rights for Best ScreenPlay category, whose nominees are Francis Lee (God’s Own Country), Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Simon Amstell (Carnage: Swallowing the Past), Shakirah Bourne (A Caribbean Dream), and Oliver Veysey (Access All Areas). All winners will be announced at the prestigious National Film Awards on the 28th of March in London!
For more information on Christopher Courtney, go to: christophercourtney.co.uk


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonMarch 16, 2018
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Africa is sometimes misrepresented globally. It’s easy to simply believe every country in Africa is the same which sounds absurd when you think of the difference between countries in an Asian continent such as India and China.I have been to several countries in Africa but it was my first time in Ethiopia a country located in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west and Kenya to the south. With over 102 million inhabitants,  Ethiopia is one of the most populous landlocked country in the world and the second-most populous nation on the African continent. It occupies a total area of 1,100,000 square kilometres (420,000 sq mi), and its capital and largest city is Addis Ababa. As soon as I landed the airport you could feel the sense of personality, pride and humility all encompassed amongst the local. I was immediately baffled by my driver who was welcoming me to the year 2000. Now, after taking a sip of water to work out whether i had time travelled or not. He clarified his position, you see.The Ethiopian calendar is a solar calendar which in turn derives from the Egyptian Calendar, but like the Julian Calendar, it adds a leap day every four years without exception and begins the year on August 29 or August 30 in the Julian Calendar. A gap of 7–8 years between the Ethiopian and Gregorian Calendars results from an alternative calculation in determining the date of the Annunciation.

Some of the oldest skeletal evidence for anatomically modern humans has been found in Ethiopia. It is widely considered as the region from which modern humans first set out for the Middle East and places beyond. According to linguists, the first Afroasiatic-speaking populations settled in the Horn region during the ensuing Neolithic era.Tracing its roots to the 2nd millennium BC, Ethiopia’s governmental system was a monarchy for most of its history. In the first centuries AD, the Kingdom of Aksum maintained a unified civilization in the region, followed by the Ethiopian Empire circa 1137. During the late 19th-century Scramble for Africa, Ethiopia was one of the nations to retain its sovereignty from long-term colonialism by a European colonial power. Many newly-independent nations on the continent subsequently adopted its flag colours. Ethiopia was also the first independent member from Africa of the 20th-century League of Nations and the United Nations.In 1974, the Ethiopian monarchy under Haile Selassie was overthrown by the Derg, a communist military government backed by the Soviet Union. In 1987, the Derg established the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, but it was overthrown in 1991 by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, which has been the ruling political coalition since. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa combines excellent amenities with an ultra-modern design, the hotel is close to all Addis Ababa’s top attractions, including the  Ethiopian Ethnological Museum, the bustling local market ‘Merkato’ and the majestic Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Ethiopia and Eritrea use the ancient Ge’ez script, which is one of the oldest alphabets still in use in the world. Speaking to a few locals i realised that Ethiopia is a multilingual nation with around 80 ethnolinguistic groups, the four largest of which are the Oromo, Amhara, Somali and Tigrayans. Most people in the country speak Afroasiatic languages of the Cushitic or Semitic branches. Additionally, Omotic languages are spoken by ethnic minority groups inhabiting the southern regions. Nilo-Saharan languages are also spoken by the nation’s Nilotic ethnic minorities.

If you like your coffee to wake you up in the morning don’t forget that Ethiopia is the place of origin of the coffee bean. It was first cultivated at Kefa, one of the 14 provinces in the old Ethiopian administration. So, as i checked into the luxurious Radisson Blu Hotel Addissa Abba i was offered an opportunity to peruse their internal restaurant to sample some of the finest coffee and a big breakfast suitable for a King.  A world-class luxury hotel, about less than 20-minute drive from the airport.

Style

Grand, elegant and utterly charming, Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa has a way of making you feel at home. With a secure entry and a large reception area. Many of the rooms overlook the picturesque bustling city, where you can take in the stunning sunrises or sunsets and simply bask in the beauty of the local atmosphere. Throughout the hotel there is a luxury house feel, from the paintings on the walls to the decor- it’s a place that draws you in and makes you want to keep going back for more.

One of the best things about  Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa is the staff and this also comes from the top as i gathered when i sat down for a drink with GM, Hans Peter Duerr . He commented “The one thing i love about this country is the hospitality. It’s community and people love to make you feel welcome” and  i sure felt both welcome and comfortable throughout my stay. Peter Duerr’s warmth and friendliness was mirrored by all the other members of the staff who make sure every guest feels like they’re at home.

Which room?

While all of the rooms are exquisite, our pick was amazing. The bathroom was a good size, luscious bathtub, separate shower and two sinks for your convenience. It also has a separate dressing room and luxe furnishings throughout. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa features free WiFi throughout the property and a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Food & Drink

Just past reception you will find the  Restaurant, which boasts an exquisite menu, with the majority made with local produce from the surrounding farmlands. During the day, the restaurant transforms into a delightful breakfast venue for the hotel guests, making use of the morning sunshine streaming through. You can choose from a buffet breakfast – with cooked gammon you can slice yourself – or order from the table menu.

 

When to go

Any time of year if the perfect time to visit the Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa Hotel. The city has perfect weather all year round. The Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa will host the prestigious Global African Business Awards on the 13th of July 2018. Stay tuned for more news!

The Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa is based in Kazanchis Business District, Kirkos Subcity Kebele 17/18, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Phone: +251 11 515 7600

 


Alessa BarbosaAlessa BarbosaMarch 13, 2018
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The National Film Awards that will take place on the 28th of March 2018 will celebrate the achievements of established independents from film makers, actors, actresses, casting directors and production companies to the crew who make up the motion picture industry. Recognizing every individual within the industry not just the stars.

The National Film Awards is the only motion picture award show that provides the public with the opportunity to nominate and vote for all categories. This year a record number of 2.4 million fans took part in the voting, suggesting the awards growing interest from its loyal following.

The luxury skincare and cosmetics company ÉLÉVATIONE will be the official sponsor for the ‘Best Actress’ category at the National Film Awards 2018. founded in 2014, ÉLÉVATIONE is a contemporary skin care brand inspired by the Salvador Dali’s iconic surrealist piece “The Persistence of Memory” where melting watches convey the art of manipulating time. In the same vein, the ÉLÉVATIONE brand ethos disregards the rules of aging in a bid to visibly slow the hands of time.

ÉLÉVATIONE™ skin care caters to mature women through their Preserve Series and through the Repair Series with a specialist range of cleansers, masks, serums and moisturizers dedicated to each Series. The brands innovative formulas contain natural handmade infusions made from plant extracts suspended in fresh water or olive oil. Allowed to infuse for three days, this process creates a rich and unique mineral and vitamin rich base composition in which to hold three exclusive patented technologies; Aqualuxe, Tightox Complex and Revivieye.

Make up bag essentials including the Perfect Canvas Liquid Foundation which has a built-in primer that blurs pores, minimizes fine lines, brightens and rejuvenates the skin using ProdiziaTM a solution that also visibly reduces the appearance of fatigue. The Magnetiful Mask is enriched with ingredients of exceptional quality including 24K gold, Calendula Oil that rehydrates and revitalizes sun damaged or aged skin, Borage Seed Oil which softens and nourishes the skin, with a high concentration of gamma-linolenic acid and Collagen to enhance skin elasticity.

Within just three years, ÉLÉVATIONE has grown into a global brand now with twelve boutiques located in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, the Philippines and America. “At ÉLÉVATIONE we are passionate about beauty, art and wellbeing. We are driven by creativity and are inspired  by Dali’s famous notion that “time is not constant, it can be manipulated, stretched, reversed and even stopped”. They believe in being original and never a copy. This is what makes their brand unique to competitors and the reason behind the high standards of their innovative products.

The Brook Street boutique exhibits artwork by Salvador Dali, from his famous piece “El Triomf I el Rodoli de la Gala I en Dali.’ providing an indulgent and creative cocoon where clients are invited to relax, enjoy a personally tailored treatment and immersive themselves in the ÉLÉVATIONE experience where, for a few precious moments- time stops.

For more information about Élévatione, go to: www.elevatione.com

 

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongNovember 15, 2017
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CLINIC | DPC Dental Pro Care is the biggest network of dental clinics, established in 2008, and expanding to England from Lithuania. They primarily provide innovative dental treatment which range from dental implantation,teeth whitening services with “Philips ZOOM” technology, prosthetic, surgical procedures and x-ray diagnostics. The DPC team is connected by much more than just a common profession. The one thing that stands out is their enthusiasm about medical innovation and shared desire to see patients confident in themselves with their healthy smiles. The company recently launched in October 2017 and have managed to make the shortlist with a prestigious nomination for Best New Business at the annual Chelsea Monthly Awards. Voting is currently live

The Principal dentist Simonas Bankauskas is an award winning dental implant specialist and three-time ‘’Nobel Biocare’’ Dentist of the year. With his expertise and skills during his career he has placed  more than 30.000 dental implants and now are offering ‘’All on 4’’, “Zygoma“ and immediate implantation options to prospective patients.

Visiting the official premises in London Fulham, you will discover  a state of art clinic with relaxed and contemporary surroundings which is very welcoming new patients

It’s difficult to express this amazing feeling with words, when after the dental treatment, smiling patient leaves the practice and shares positivity. These moments are worth my day, commented Dr. Simonas Bankauskas.

He continued “The vision for Clinic| DPC Dental Pro Care is to achieve a high reputation and  to build a company that  both patients and staff can be proud of. We will be aiming to constantly and purposely grow to become a dental care provider that applies the most advanced treatment methodology.”

Vote for CLINIC| DPC Dental Pro Care at the Chelsea Monthly Awards 2017  and join us as at our annual party as we announce the winners on the 8th of December 2017

For more information visit:

CLINIC| DPC Dental Pro Care

775 Fulham Road SW6 5HA

07714256288

www.dentalprocare.co.uk

Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clinicdpcuk


Klaudia BaloghKlaudia BaloghOctober 24, 2017
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Klaudia Balogh reviews the luxurious Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty Salon in Chelsea

A hairdryer for most women is an inevitable item in their bathroom. Me? Not so much. Although my hair is long, it’s quite curly, so it doesn’t behave too well under the blow of a hairdryer. Or at least not when I operate it. It gets frizzy, unorganized, and overall a disaster.

Even hair stylists struggle sometimes. Not once had I gone home and washed my hair only after having it done by a professional.

So, when I set foot at Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty salon in Chelsea just off Kings Road, I was rather worried. “Is this experience going to be disappointing or a pleasant surprise?” I was wondering.

There have only been three stylists in my 27 years who’ve got it right. One of them has been managing my hair for nearly two decades.

Luckily to me — and to my hair — Limoz Logli, the creative director of the salon, is now one of them.

I asked for a beach wavy style, which turned out to be his signature blow dry — loose soft waves with a slight volume on top.

I loved it. Besides the blow dry, my nails were getting some attention as well. While Limoz was drying my hair, Kristina Sablauskaite, the in-house manicurist, was filing my nails, tidying up the cuticles and finishing up with a classy dark red Shellac.

The salon’s ambiance is what makes it glamorous. It’s not one of those places where stylists rush through the wash and the blow dry, so they can be onto the next client. Here, they take time and don’t settle for less than perfect.

It’s a lovely atmosphere, very intimate and friendly where clients know they receive an exclusive treatment.

Limoz began his hair styling career in big salons then moved on to taking private appointments and lots of weddings. Although, he still does weddings, he’s been more focused on the daily appointments since opening the salon in December 2014.

He told me most of his clients are locals and regulars, too — I can see why.

Although it was a Friday afternoon and I had no evening plans, it felt refreshing to be pampered and to find a salon where I can trust to return to.

And I did. So soon as hardly a week later I was back for another blow dry to look the part for an event I was attending.

Because Limoz was all booked up, I sat under the hands of a senior stylist, Tatjana, and she did an equally great job.

Whether it’s the hair products they use or their expertise and experience, it’s reassuring to know there’s a salon in London where I can walk in with an idea of how I want my hair to look like and walk out with exactly that.

Blow dry with Limoz, £45

Signature manicure, £25

Limoz Logli Hair & Beauty Salon in Chelsea. For more info visit their website by clicking here


Alberto ArnaudAlberto ArnaudOctober 19, 2017
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  • Luxury residential development breaks ground one year after Aston Martin and G&G Business Developments announced partnership
  • Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way is the first condominium tower to begin construction in Downtown Miami in 2017 and is on track for completion in 2021

18 October 2017, Miami, FL: Aston Martin and global property developer G&G Business Developments have broken ground on Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami, confirming that construction of the 66-story luxury condominium tower is set for completion in 2021. The milestone marks the development of Aston Martin’s first real estate project, and the iconic brand’s expansion into luxury residential design. Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way has become the first condominium tower to break ground in Downtown Miami this year, underscoring the development team’s strength and market confidence.

The striking building of curvilinear glass and steel is set to rise on one of the last parcels of developable land on the Downtown Miami waterfront and has been designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger, renowned for creating visually impressive and exceptionally well-engineered landmark properties. General contractor Coastal Construction Group will now begin work on the tower.

The 391 condominiums will combine breathtaking design aesthetic with an ideal location, featuring spectacular panoramic vistas of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The development’s seven penthouses and one duplex penthouse – all of which will enjoy private pools and spacious terraces – will be complemented by a range of expansive one to four-bedroom apartments.

Aston Martin’s design team, led by EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, will design the interior and amenity spaces throughout the development. Key Aston Martin design elements, such as the signature carbon fibre reception desks, will adorn each of the tower’s two private lobbies. Highlight features will include doors with bespoke artisan Aston Martin handles, number plinths and kestrel tan leather door tabs. Residents will be able to relax and unwind just steps from their front doors, with 42,275 square feet of outstanding Sky Amenities spanning four full levels between the building’s 52nd and 55th floors. Amenities will include a double-level fitness centre overlooking the ocean, spinning studio, boxing gym, virtual golf room, art gallery, two cinemas, as well as a full-service spa, beauty salon and barber shop.

These exquisite spaces will be encased in a bold sail-shaped building reflecting the marina setting and offering superb views of the local surroundings. Residents will also be able to enjoy direct access to the turquoise waters of Miami via an exclusive yacht marina.

Representing Aston Martin at the ground breaking ceremony, Simon Sproule, Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Aston Martin is on a growth trajectory globally and across the United States. Our partnership with G&G Business Developments to create Aston Martin Residences Miami, forms an important part of that growth story and of our desire to bring our brand to new audiences across the world.”

German Coto, CEO of G&G Business Developments said: “In October 2016 we announced the partnership with Aston Martin and our plan to break ground in October 2017. Exactly one year later we are here to celebrate the start of construction which is confirmation of our commitment to follow our own strict timeline. This development has been extremely well received, in part due to the unique offer but also due to the outstanding job our official broker Cervera is doing. I am confident we will deliver on our promise to create the ultimate residential tower and I’m looking forward to admiring the view from the top of this special building when it is complete.”

Coto concluded: “The success of this collaboration is a testament to the team work, mutual trust and dedication of everyone involved, both at G&G and Aston Martin.”

The residences and penthouses, which range from 700 to 19,000 square feet, are priced from $600,000 to upwards of $50 million.

The sales centre for the Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, Florida is open daily from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

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www.astonmartin.com

 

 

Note to Editors:

About Aston Martin

Aston Martin is an independent British luxury sports car company. Famous for the creation of beautiful handcrafted sports cars, the Aston Martin range today comprises the Vantage, Rapide S, Vanquish, DB11 and special-series cars such as the Vanquish Zagato and Aston Martin Vulcan. Based in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin designs and creates sports cars, which are sold in more than 50 countries around the world.

Founded in 1913, the company recently launched its six-year Second Century plan for sustainable long-term growth. This is underpinned by the replacement of its entire sports car range, including the all-new DB11, an all-electric RapidE, the reintroduction of the Lagonda marque, as well as the development of a new manufacturing centre in St Athan, Wales which will build the company’s new sports utility vehicle.

About Aston Martin Art of Living

Aston Martin is a British luxury brand with more than a century of success behind it. Now, with its Art of Living portfolio, the brand is translating its legendary quality into a new generation of carefully crafted commercial partnerships that are the very best reflections of its high luxury values. Art of Living by Aston Martin is a growing collection of luxury lifestyle goods and services made and delivered with the care and quality that would be expected of Aston Martin.

About G&G Business Developments:

Headquartered in Miami, G&G Business Developments, founded and managed by key members of the Coto family, is the largest domestic retailer in Argentina and one of the country’s leading exporters.

The company has quickly established success in the global real estate market, attracting investors seeking well-funded, innovative projects, delivering exceptional results.

 

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongAugust 21, 2017
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Bio-Synergy joins the list of sponsors for the 7th annual National Reality TV Awards 2017 sponsoring the Best Reality Competition Show category.   Nominees include; Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent , Big Brother , Come Dine with Me, The Jump, Celebrity MasterChef, Love Island, Take Me Out, Britain’s Got Talent, Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest , Dance Dance Dance , Coach Trip and CelebAbility

Bio-Synergy is the leading health and fitness brand behind one of the best ranges of sport nutrition. Whether you’re preparing for an endurance event like a Marathon or simply looking to maximise your gym workouts, Bio-Synergy’s clean, effective and high quality range of nutrition and supplements is here to fuel your performance and help you #MAKEITHAPPEN.

 

The award-winning range includes everything from Whey Hey® Protein and Creatine to Body Perfect Capsules and Skinny Water. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle or enhance your performance, Bio-Synergy’s constantly evolving collection delivers the perfect solution no matter what your goal.

Since its launch 20 years ago, over 4 million passionate sports and fitness enthusiasts have chosen Bio-Synergy to achieve their goals and fuel their performance. Its protein and supplements have been used by many of the world’s most respected athletes and teams, in fact, Bio-Synergy has fuelled more Gold medals, PB’s and World Cup wins than any other brand!

The 7th annual National Reality TV Awards 2017 takes place on the 18th of September in London. Winners for the Best Reality Competition Show sponsored by Bio-Synergy as voted for by the public will be announced. For more information on Bio-Synergy. Click here


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonAugust 4, 2017
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I was on a private yacht in Mauritius literally trying to figure out how many gin and tonics one needs to change a light bulb when suddenly I get a call from London. All I could remember was my colleague Jeff Armstrong at the Chelsea Monthly offices mentioning something about James Bond, the Spy and Sardinia. Well, in a state of heightened awareness I said ‘yes’ not knowing what i had signed up to.  The next week, low and behold I was introduced to Alexa Withers, and the full team for the Sardinia tour which included Klaudia, Rachel, Kitty and Harry. We all exchanged the usual pleasantries and joined fists together in agreement that  since we were on her Majesty’s Secret Service. …we will make sure this trip was one to remember and judging by the itinerary it was clear that we were all in for a treat.

 

Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. It has nearly 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior crossed with hiking trails. Its rugged landscape is dotted with thousands of nuraghi – mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives. One of the largest and oldest nuraghi is Su Nuraxi in Barumini, dating to 1500 B.C. 3. The island has an above average life expectancy of 81 years, and has the highest rate of centenarians in the world, with there being 22 people aged over 100 per 100,000 inhabitants. Interestingly, it is the only region of Italy without a motorway – a great indication of the island’s relaxed pace of life! Well, that was more than enough reasons to board the plane… imagining finding out what lies beneath the secrets to why inhabitants of this small region are so relaxed.

We all checked in to MeriDiana Airlines..Unfortunately,  I kept thinking someone got drunk on a night out and started singing the Michael Jackson hit ‘Dirty Diana’ but switched the ‘Dirty’ for ‘MeriDiana’ ..Anyway, names aside and after my mind was randomly rescued out of the gutter. I relaxed and enjoyed the hospitality.  Why? well, because you only live twice. My verdict? MeriDiana Airlines was actually really good. We landed at Oblia Airport the mission possible had commenced. A quick 30 minute drive and we finally arrived at the Cervo Hotel, Costa  Smeralda which was set to become our host hotel for the first leg of our trip. The Cervo Hotel is situated right in the centre of Porto Cervo village, attractively designed with colour wash buildings around a maze of cobbled alleys and piazzas. With spectacular sea views, the marina is frequented by numerous large yachts in the summer months and home of world-class yachting events in September. The hotel is set alongside exclusive designer boutiques, jewelers and first class restaurants, frequented by glamorous clientele. Porto Cervo provides the perfect location to explore the stunning Costa Smeralda with beautiful beaches and clear turquoise sea, ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Built in rustic Sardinian style to blend in with the surrounding scenery, the Cervo Hotel accommodation comprises of 80 Classic, Superior and Premium rooms and Suites, furnished by local interior designers with distressed pine furniture and Sardinian bedspreads and curtains. The guest rooms at the Cervo Hotel have been completely renovated within the last few years, and all have en suite bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobes provided, air conditioning with individual climate control, satellite TV, telephone, minibar and terrace or balcony (except some Classic rooms) with views over the harbour, piazzetta or pool.

After we settled into our rooms we were ready to explore. First stop was the Porto Cervo & Wine Festival to listen to a presentation by Marcello Coronini a writer, food & wine critic  and founder of La Cucina del Senza brand . As well as taking part in the festival. He was also there to promote his book of the same name which showcases fat-free dishes, with no added salt and sugar.

From 12-14 May 2017, Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda welcomes guests from all around the world for the Porto Cervo Wine & Food Festival, the boutique event focusing on the best of Sardinian and Italian wine and food produce. The Cervo Conference Center  was the main hub for the entire event and saw an array of producers – from world-famous makers to small, local producers – gathering together to showcase their produce to food and wine experts, together with tourists who are lucky enough to visit Costa Smeralda in May. During the event, we got to take part in many tasting opportunities combined with a rich programme of meetings, book launches and cooking demonstrations. The event, organised by the Hotels Cala di Volpe, Cervo, Pitrizza and Romazzino, is one of a kind.

Coronini’s presentation was filled with typical Italian passion geared at  making sure we all understood that healthy eating should never compromise taste.  With that being said, and due to the fact that my level of speaking and listening to the beautiful Italian language is limited. We had to quickly bring forth an exit strategy known in the business as “shake head, smile, get up and move”. We went into the main hall were the actual activity of tasting was going on. It was like wine and food heaven with hundreds of wine experts, food brands, and more nestled in one big hall desperately trying to get you to taste their wine and culinary food from the region. My idea of bliss, we tasted some amazing locally produced wine which is when we encountered the infamous Alberto Ugolini from Santa Margherita  Wines who had  more personality than Paddy McGuinness on a good day. Alberto was full of jokes as he gave us a history lesson in wine from Sardinia and especially his brand of wines which obviously as he clearly expressed ‘it’s the best’. Well, if you don’t blow your own trumpet no one will do it for you!  Later that evening, we enjoyed a welcome dinner at Cervo Hotel with wine & food producers featuring a few music performances by leading local acts. Alberto showed up again offering us the best of his collection of Santa Margherita wines. The night ended with an amazing fireworks display which obviously put the spark out to an early night for all.

The next day, we enjoyed lunch at  an authentic Sardinian restaurant, Il Pomodoro which is located in the center of Porto Cervo, a few steps from the main square. It has two dining rooms and two outdoor patios. Rustic and casual styles give the restaurant its distinctive look. It’s the classic Italian restaurant that offers only the best of the tasty Mediterranean cuisine; obviously Pizza and Pasta are in pole position on the menu.  After a delightful lunch we all made our way back to the festival to catch Bruno  Gambacorta interviewing Luigi  Moio, Professor   of   Oenology   at   the  University of  Naples Federico II and President of the International Organisation  of  Vine  and  Wine.  One  of  the  leading  experts  on  Italian  wine,  Moio  is  also  the  author of “Il respiro del vino” – a  fascinating  journey  to  discover  the  invisible  ‘sphere’ of the nose of wines.  All the talk of wine coupled with all that Italian passion made us opt again for an exit strategy back to the building to partake in the actual tasting of the wine itself. Obviously, my favourite part. All talk and no taste could never be a combination any sensible human should advocate.

Later that evening we transferred into  the Hotel  Cala di Volpe. The Hotel Cala Di Volpe is beautifully situated in a small bay on the island of Sardinia, Italy. In the movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), James Bond (Roger Moore) and Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) stay at Hotel Cala Di Volpe on the Italian island of Sardinia. After meeting Q at the small port of Palau, Bond and Amasova drive to the hotel with the white Lotus Esprit. They walk through the beautiful lobby and check-in under the name Sterling. They take “suite A5, a sitting room with two bedrooms”The hotel can be seen clearly in the next scene when Naomi (Carolina Munro) arrives on the speedboat to pick up Bond and Amasova and take them to Karl Stromberg’s (Curd Jürgens) hideout Atlantis.We see the hotel again briefly when Bond and Amasova drive away in the Lotus, unknowingly on their way to a spectacular chase which ends in the famous scene where the Lotus dives underwater and reappears on the beach.The luxurious hotel suite where Bond and Anya stay is actually a bar of the hotel, so even if you don’t stay at the hotel, you might be able to visit the room while enjoying a bottle of champagne or a Martini with a view of the bay.

Cala Di Volpe is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, a favourite of many celebrities and as we attended the gala dinner later that night for a specially themed Sardinia meets Japan: Four – hands menu by Executive Chef Maurizio Locatelli and Hirohiko Shoda- Chef Hiro. It made perfect sense to order a gin and tonic shaken not stirred… in keeping with the 007 theme of our surroundings.  

The next day was our final day in Sardinia, we joined the festival for the last time to catch journalist, Giuseppe who was talking about  the  15 native  grapes  of  Sardinia.  Joining him  was Gianluigi  Bacchetta,  director  of  the  Botanical  Garden  and  professor  at  the University  of Cagliari  who offered an insight to the vines dating  from the Nuragic civilisation. Perfect! I wish my Italian was at least basic as it all sounded amazing. However,  the final taste of wine and food in the main hall sounded even more exciting as we left for our final wine tasting session and returned  back just in time to catch husband and wife team Clara  and  Gigi  Padovani, writers, journalists, wine critics – and authors of many bestselling books in the wine  &  food  world.  Their  most  famous titles include “L’arte di bere il vino evivere felici”, an easy guide for readers first approaching the world of wine. Say no more! We departed for London, armed with the knowledge of wine and clued up in the art of  Bond espionage. All in all, Sardinia was certainly one for my favourite locations i have been to this year and this had nothing to do with the wine, wine, and more wine.. Honest!

Important information: 

Cala di Volpe
Stays at Cala di Volpe start from €420 / £360 per room per night in June and September and from €1,360 / £1,160 per room per night in July and August, based on two people sharing a Classic Double room on a B&B basis. www.caladivolpe.com; (39)(0789) 976111

Grazie mille to Francesca Ragnedda – PR & Digital Marketing Coordinator Area Costa Smerald , Claudio Cadeddu – Director of Sales and Marketing Area Costa Smeralda, Franco Mulas – Area Manager for Costa Smeralda & General Manager of Hotel Cala Di Volpe and last but definitely not the least, Alexa Withers (Mango PR) for putting on an amazing itinerary!!


I was on a private yacht in Mauritius literally trying to figure out how many gin and tonics one needs to change a light bulb when suddenly I get a call from London. All I could remember was my colleague Jeff Armstrong at the Chelsea Monthly offices mentioning something about James Bond, the Spy and Sardinia. Well, in a state of heightened awareness I said ‘yes’ not knowing what i had signed up to.  The next week, low and behold I was introduced to Alexa Withers, and the full team for the Sardinia tour which included Klaudia, Rachel, Kitty and Harry. We all exchanged the usual pleasantries and joined fists together in agreement that  since we were on her Majesty’s Secret Service. …we will make sure this trip was one to remember and judging by the itinerary it was clear that we were all in for a treat.

 

Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. It has nearly 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior crossed with hiking trails. Its rugged landscape is dotted with thousands of nuraghi – mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives. One of the largest and oldest nuraghi is Su Nuraxi in Barumini, dating to 1500 B.C. 3. The island has an above average life expectancy of 81 years, and has the highest rate of centenarians in the world, with there being 22 people aged over 100 per 100,000 inhabitants. Interestingly, it is the only region of Italy without a motorway – a great indication of the island’s relaxed pace of life! Well, that was more than enough reasons to board the plane… imagining finding out what lies beneath the secrets to why inhabitants of this small region are so relaxed.

We all checked in to MeriDiana Airlines..Unfortunately,  I kept thinking someone got drunk on a night out and started singing the Michael Jackson hit ‘Dirty Diana’ but switched the ‘Dirty’ for ‘MeriDiana’ ..Anyway, names aside and after my mind was randomly rescued out of the gutter. I relaxed and enjoyed the hospitality.  Why? well, because you only live twice. My verdict? MeriDiana Airlines was actually really good. We landed at Oblia Airport the mission possible had commenced. A quick 30 minute drive and we finally arrived at the Cervo Hotel, Costa  Smeralda which was set to become our host hotel for the first leg of our trip. The Cervo Hotel is situated right in the centre of Porto Cervo village, attractively designed with colour wash buildings around a maze of cobbled alleys and piazzas. With spectacular sea views, the marina is frequented by numerous large yachts in the summer months and home of world-class yachting events in September. The hotel is set alongside exclusive designer boutiques, jewelers and first class restaurants, frequented by glamorous clientele. Porto Cervo provides the perfect location to explore the stunning Costa Smeralda with beautiful beaches and clear turquoise sea, ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Built in rustic Sardinian style to blend in with the surrounding scenery, the Cervo Hotel accommodation comprises of 80 Classic, Superior and Premium rooms and Suites, furnished by local interior designers with distressed pine furniture and Sardinian bedspreads and curtains. The guest rooms at the Cervo Hotel have been completely renovated within the last few years, and all have en suite bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobes provided, air conditioning with individual climate control, satellite TV, telephone, minibar and terrace or balcony (except some Classic rooms) with views over the harbour, piazzetta or pool.

After we settled into our rooms we were ready to explore. First stop was the Porto Cervo & Wine Festival to listen to a presentation by Marcello Coronini a writer, food & wine critic  and founder of La Cucina del Senza brand . As well as taking part in the festival. He was also there to promote his book of the same name which showcases fat-free dishes, with no added salt and sugar.

From 12-14 May 2017, Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda welcomes guests from all around the world for the Porto Cervo Wine & Food Festival, the boutique event focusing on the best of Sardinian and Italian wine and food produce. The Cervo Conference Center  was the main hub for the entire event and saw an array of producers – from world-famous makers to small, local producers – gathering together to showcase their produce to food and wine experts, together with tourists who are lucky enough to visit Costa Smeralda in May. During the event, we got to take part in many tasting opportunities combined with a rich programme of meetings, book launches and cooking demonstrations. The event, organised by the Hotels Cala di Volpe, Cervo, Pitrizza and Romazzino, is one of a kind.

Coronini’s presentation was filled with typical Italian passion geared at  making sure we all understood that healthy eating should never compromise taste.  With that being said, and due to the fact that my level of speaking and listening to the beautiful Italian language is limited. We had to quickly bring forth an exit strategy known in the business as “shake head, smile, get up and move”. We went into the main hall were the actual activity of tasting was going on. It was like wine and food heaven with hundreds of wine experts, food brands, and more nestled in one big hall desperately trying to get you to taste their wine and culinary food from the region. My idea of bliss, we tasted some amazing locally produced wine which is when we encountered the infamous Alberto Ugolini from Santa Margherita  Wines who had  more personality than Paddy McGuinness on a good day. Alberto was full of jokes as he gave us a history lesson in wine from Sardinia and especially his brand of wines which obviously as he clearly expressed ‘it’s the best’. Well, if you don’t blow your own trumpet no one will do it for you!  Later that evening, we enjoyed a welcome dinner at Cervo Hotel with wine & food producers featuring a few music performances by leading local acts. Alberto showed up again offering us the best of his collection of Santa Margherita wines. The night ended with an amazing fireworks display which obviously put the spark out to an early night for all.

The next day, we enjoyed lunch at  an authentic Sardinian restaurant, Il Pomodoro which is located in the center of Porto Cervo, a few steps from the main square. It has two dining rooms and two outdoor patios. Rustic and casual styles give the restaurant its distinctive look. It’s the classic Italian restaurant that offers only the best of the tasty Mediterranean cuisine; obviously Pizza and Pasta are in pole position on the menu.  After a delightful lunch we all made our way back to the festival to catch Bruno  Gambacorta interviewing Luigi  Moio, Professor   of   Oenology   at   the  University of  Naples Federico II and President of the International Organisation  of  Vine  and  Wine.  One  of  the  leading  experts  on  Italian  wine,  Moio  is  also  the  author of “Il respiro del vino” – a  fascinating  journey  to  discover  the  invisible  ‘sphere’ of the nose of wines.  All the talk of wine coupled with all that Italian passion made us opt again for an exit strategy back to the building to partake in the actual tasting of the wine itself. Obviously, my favourite part. All talk and no taste could never be a combination any sensible human should advocate.

Later that evening we transferred into  the Hotel  Cala di Volpe. The Hotel Cala Di Volpe is beautifully situated in a small bay on the island of Sardinia, Italy. In the movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), James Bond (Roger Moore) and Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) stay at Hotel Cala Di Volpe on the Italian island of Sardinia. After meeting Q at the small port of Palau, Bond and Amasova drive to the hotel with the white Lotus Esprit. They walk through the beautiful lobby and check-in under the name Sterling. They take “suite A5, a sitting room with two bedrooms”The hotel can be seen clearly in the next scene when Naomi (Carolina Munro) arrives on the speedboat to pick up Bond and Amasova and take them to Karl Stromberg’s (Curd Jürgens) hideout Atlantis.We see the hotel again briefly when Bond and Amasova drive away in the Lotus, unknowingly on their way to a spectacular chase which ends in the famous scene where the Lotus dives underwater and reappears on the beach.The luxurious hotel suite where Bond and Anya stay is actually a bar of the hotel, so even if you don’t stay at the hotel, you might be able to visit the room while enjoying a bottle of champagne or a Martini with a view of the bay.

Cala Di Volpe is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, a favourite of many celebrities and as we attended the gala dinner later that night for a specially themed Sardinia meets Japan: Four – hands menu by Executive Chef Maurizio Locatelli and Hirohiko Shoda- Chef Hiro. It made perfect sense to order a gin and tonic shaken not stirred… in keeping with the 007 theme of our surroundings.  

The next day was our final day in Sardinia, we joined the festival for the last time to catch journalist, Giuseppe who was talking about  the  15 native  grapes  of  Sardinia.  Joining him  was Gianluigi  Bacchetta,  director  of  the  Botanical  Garden  and  professor  at  the University  of Cagliari  who offered an insight to the vines dating  from the Nuragic civilisation. Perfect! I wish my Italian was at least basic as it all sounded amazing. However,  the final taste of wine and food in the main hall sounded even more exciting as we left for our final wine tasting session and returned  back just in time to catch husband and wife team Clara  and  Gigi  Padovani, writers, journalists, wine critics – and authors of many bestselling books in the wine  &  food  world.  Their  most  famous titles include “L’arte di bere il vino evivere felici”, an easy guide for readers first approaching the world of wine. Say no more! We departed for London, armed with the knowledge of wine and clued up in the art of  Bond espionage. All in all, Sardinia was certainly one for my favourite locations i have been to this year and this had nothing to do with the wine, wine, and more wine.. Honest!

Important information: 

Cala di Volpe
Stays at Cala di Volpe start from €420 / £360 per room per night in June and September and from €1,360 / £1,160 per room per night in July and August, based on two people sharing a Classic Double room on a B&B basis. www.caladivolpe.com; (39)(0789) 976111

Grazie mille to Francesca Ragnedda – PR & Digital Marketing Coordinator Area Costa Smerald , Claudio Cadeddu – Director of Sales and Marketing Area Costa Smeralda, Franco Mulas – Area Manager for Costa Smeralda & General Manager of Hotel Cala Di Volpe and last but definitely not the least, Alexa Withers (Mango PR) for putting on an amazing itinerary!!