Sea Turtle Travel Guide from Caribbean to Middle East

May 10th, 2013

While sea turtles have been swimming the Earth’s oceans for more than 100 million years – pre-dating even dinosaurs – all seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered today.

Nesting season begins this month, making conservation programs topical while hotels and resorts from the Caribbean to the Middle East draw travelers to witness the delicate nesting and hatchling rituals.

Some examples:

Jamaica’s Turtle Whisperer, GoldenEye

Those visiting GoldenEye in September for five days or more are guaranteed sea-turtle sightings at neighboring Golden Sea Beach. For a $10 donation, guests of any age have the rare opportunity to observe turtles nesting and hatching in their natural habitat while being educated by a local sea-turtle expert known as the “turtle whisperer.” More than 13,450 sea turtles hatched on Golden Sea Beach in 2012—an incredible 3,745% increase in hatchings over the launching of the program in 2005.

Kids Name the Turtles in Mexico, One&Only Palmilla

Guests at One&Only Palmilla between July and October have a chance to participate in the baby sea turtle release. Each summer, sea turtles return to One&Only Palmilla’s aptly-named Turtle Beach to lay their eggs, and 45 days later, the baby turtles break free from their shells. “Young biologists” have the opportunity to learn about the turtles and their yearly return to Los Cabos, name the turtles, and receive a certificate acknowledging their sea-turtle release participation.

Turtle Safe Haven in Abu Dhabi, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi seeks to peacefully co-exist with the Hawksbill turtles that find their way to the hotel’s beach every season. The hotel installed an elevated boardwalk to transport guests to the beach and clearly marked nesting spots to ensure the nests remain undisturbed. The turtles are monitored continuously in a joint program by the Tourism Development and Investment Company and the Environmental Agency in Abu Dhabi, and guests may donate to these organizations to support the Hawksbill turtles.

Private Island Hatchlings, AndBeyond Mnemba Island

On the private island off the coast of Zanzibar, Green Turtle nesting season is year-round, peaking in February and March. The turtles lay their eggs on the island’s beach, and in September and October, baby turtles immerge. With only 10 thatched roof bandas on the island, guests can watch the tiny hatchlings make their way down to the water without a crowd for an incredible experience.

 

park hyatt masters of food & wine september 2012 series

September 19th, 2012

The final weekend of the 2012 Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine, a global series of seasonally- and locally-inspired culinary weekend workshops, will occur at Park Hyatts around the world from September 21 – 23, 2012.

Through engaging and interactive programming, resident and visiting gourmands and oenophiles can become ‘masters’ of regional cuisine. Park Hyatt chefs and sommeliers will lead masters-in-training in three hands-on ‘courses’ on the designated day:

In the Field: Interaction with artisanal food or beverage purveyors
In the Kitchen: Onsite cooking and prep workshops
In the Moment: Tips on service and presentation

Sample hotel itineraries during the September series include:

- Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi will introduce guests to a culinary weekend that will focus on the local and sustainable resources of the region. It will open with a “Sustainable Grill Dinner” hosted by Executive Chef Laurent Pommey and will feature a seven-course menu with dishes such as Seared Tuna and Omani Lobster Carpaccio with Coriander, Local Mackeral Fillet with Herb Crust, and more. The hotel’s signature restaurant, The Park Bar & Grill, will be offering a special four-course vegetarian grill menu throughout the weekend that will include specialities such as Orange Couscous and Mint Salad and Stuffed Purple Kohlrabi with Sweet Potato-Chili Puree and Kenia Beans. Chef de Cuisine Maik Lilenthal will also be hosting a cooking class that will focus on vegetarian cooking and feature a three-course menu.

- Park Hyatt Aviara will take guests to Orfila Vineyards & Winery where they will be greeted with a unique tribute to the European tradition of tasting the Bourru, a young wine derived from fermentation of the Must. Long celebrated during the harvest season, this tasting of the Bourru traditionally takes place from early September to late October and is generally served with savory foods or chestnuts. Masters of Food & Wine is honored to introduce guests to this unique and rarely seen experience. Guests will experience a tour of the winery and enjoy a family-style lunch led by Park Hyatt Aviara’s Executive Chef, Pierre Albaladejo, that will incorporate different types of estate grapes into each dish.

- Park Hyatt Buenos Aires will host an “Organic Springtime” event where organic producers and suppliers create a premium Organic Market in the gardens of the hotel, inviting guests to experience a uniquely organic universe. Attendees will be able to meet, taste, and learn about organic trends while celebrating spring’s arrival in Buenos Aires.

- Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme will offer a special workshop with Mr. Cohen at Les Vergers St. Eustache, the official supplier of all the Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris. Guests will have the opportunity to discover amazing and forgotten vegetables thanks to Mr. Cohen, a real fruit and vegetable storyteller.

For more information and additional itineraries for Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine September series, please click here.

 

park hyatt abu dhabi hotel and villas now open on saadiyat island!

November 2nd, 2011

We are very excited to announce that Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas on Saadiyat Island opened its doors on November 1!  Less than a mile off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is poised to become the art and culture hub of the Middle East, and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi offers a tranquil escape for jetsetters and business travelers alike. Designed as an urban resort, the hotel offers all of the amenities and seclusion of an island oasis with the exciting attractions of the capital city only moments away!

Location

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority has said that it expects to receive 2.7 million visitors by 2012, with international key attractions such as the Corniche, Emirates Heritage Village, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and the Yas Marina. With plans underway to open a Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and the Zayed National Museum, the island will become a hotspot for the culturally curious. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas is surrounded by over five miles of pristine beaches and is neighbor to the world-famous, Gary Player-designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

Rooms, Suites, and Villas

Designed by New York-based architects Perkins Eastman and Singapore-based designers Wilson Associates, the hotel incorporates energy-efficient design techniques that meet LEED’s silver standards while also complementing the island’s natural beauty. To bring the outdoors in, each of the spacious 306 rooms, suites, and villas has a separate balcony or terrace. All Beach View Suites, Garden View Suites, and Villas have large private terraces with plunge pools, outdoor rain showers, and sun beds. In addition to the private pools, guests will love the hotel’s four large swimming pools and beachfront location.

Dining Options

The hotel’s restaurants offer an authentic taste of local cuisine to be enjoyed indoors or al fresco. The Café is the stylish all-day-dining restaurant serving Arabic specialties complemented by Western comfort food, while The Park Bar & Grill specializes in Western and Asian cuisine served from a theatrical show kitchen. Serving homemade Mediterranean dishes, the Beach House’s rooftop location is the perfect spot to enjoy the amazing views of the stunning turquoise waters that surround Abu Dhabi.

Atarmia Spa

Using treatment ingredients steeped in Arabian history as well as Kerstin Florian and Natura Bisse products, Atarmia Spa takes guests on a sensory journey reminiscent of ancient Arabia’s aromatic history. Opulence of Atarmia, one of the spa’s signature treatments, features lavish ingredients such as gemstones, diamond dust, honey, and hot olive oil. This treatment includes luxurious therapies for the face, hair, and body, including a hot stone massage and the choice of either an Opulence Caviar or Diamond Experience facial.

Spread out over two floors, the spa features nine spacious treatment rooms, outdoor private terraces, fitness facilities, a stretching studio, sun lounges, a sauna, steam room, whirlpool room, tennis court, and an ice fountain.

The Residence

The hotel is home to the United Arab Emirates’ first residential-style, multi-functional event venue, aptly named The Residence. Designed to feel like a stylish home rather than a meeting space, the venue has five smartly decorated rooms with names like The Living Room and The Kitchen, an inner courtyard, the latest audio-visual technology, and a dedicated team of hosts and chefs, making The Residence a chic spot for any social or business gathering.

Opening Rates and Reservations

Rates start at AED 1200 per night (approximately $326). Reservations may be made by visiting www.abudhabi.park.hyatt.com, by calling +1 877 875 4658, or by contacting a Hyatt Worldwide Reservations Center or travel specialist.

 

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