In the world of theme parks, one of the most anticipated events of the year is the opening of “Pandora–The World of Avatar” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World. Beginning on May 17, park guests can fly on the back of a mountain banshee during an exhilarating 3D ride; journey deep into a bioluminescent rainforest in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs; and hike amid floating mountains and glowing flora and fauna.
The 2009 movie epic, Avatar, was the highest-grossing film of all time, and revolutionized the 3D film experience. Bringing the fantastical world of Pandora to life has been several years in the making. Creative director Joe Rohde talks about the logic and process of adding the world of Avatar to Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Experience Pandora for yourself this summer, and save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World resorts from May 28 – August 31, 2017. Discount valid most nights, but rooms must be booked by July 14.
For more information, contact Susan Hickman at Distant Lands Travel.
This beautiful 18th century townhouse is a peaceful haven located in a quiet street in the chic Saint-Germain district. Hotel Duc de Saint -Simon has 34 superbly decorated rooms and suites for you to enjoy. Relax in the cosy ambiance of one of their sumptuous lounges after a day of sightseeing in Paris. The Duc de Saint-Simon hotel invites a very warm welcome.
The Duc de Saint-Simon’s rooms and suites have a unique style and rich decoration. You will appreciate the comfortable antique furniture, fine upholstery and warm colors of the rich fabrics that decorate each room. En suite bathrooms come complete with bathrobes that will make you feel even more at home in these luxurious surroundings
This grand townhouse is located in a street sought after for its calm in this bustling district of Paris. The streets around the hotel harbour many architectural jewels such as the Hotel Matignon or the Maillol museum. You will find a large choice of bars and restaurants on the boulevard Saint-Germain.
Air conditioning, Safe, Licensed bar, Airport transfer on request, Continental breakfast, Major credit cards accepted, Lift.
Offering high quality room service. The reception team is available 24/7. They will be happy to book a show, a taxi, an excursion, a table at a restaurant or organise a car rental or airport transfer.
The Hotel Duc de Saint Simon is a unique experience. This historic townhouse built in the 18th century retains many period details and original architectural features. Come and relax in this richly decorated setting where the subtle blend of past and present will delight even the most demanding visitors.
For more information contact Susan Hickman at 626 449-3220 or email at Susan@distantlands.com
The Queen of Melbourne’s boutique hotel scene, the iconic Adelphi opens a new chapter on its 21st birthday in 2014 as the world’s first “dessert” hotel. Thanks to design guru Fady Hachem, the interiors feature rich, chocolate-toned furnishings, carpets patterned like cakes, “licorice allsorts” stools, and the smell of baking in the air. The magnum opus of this sweet tale is the signature Om Nom restaurant, with French-trained patisserie chef Christy Tania at its helm. The treats continue with all-inclusive pricing that includes a stocked mini-bar, welcome drink at the bar, unlimited latest-release movies, and WiFi. A glass-bottomed rooftop pool juts out two meters from the hotel’s façade, high above Flinders Lane.
Rag Trade Warehouse Look
Originally built in 1938 as a warehouse for the rag trade, the building’s simple and elegant design received its first makeover in 1989 by architects Denton Corker Marshall. It opened in 1993 as a minimalist 34-room boutique hotel, the first of its kind in Australia, complete with private rooftop club, restaurant, and a suspended pool. Adelphi’s latest facelift, in 2014, retains the building’s signature warehouse style with metal windows and a concrete façade.
Industrial with a side of sweet
“The colors and textures of the hotel are all based on desserts,” says designer Fady Hachem. “But it’s not weird. It’s not too out there. It’s very comfortable and done subtly.” Taking its cue from the former Denton Corker Marshall-designed hotel, the spiky, edgy character of its original incarnation has been retained in this update’s industrial elements, while a layer of whimsical, confection-inspiration provides an engaging contrast.
MADE BY ORIGINALS
Dion Chandler and Fady Hachem
Hotelier Dion Chandler’s fondest memories of traveling with his family as a child were the hotels they would stay in. It’s no wonder that Chandler went on to explore the boutique hotel world, having stayed in over 70 hotels and guesthouses in Europe, and also having worked in high-end independent hotels. Together with business partners Ozzie Kheir and Simon Ongarato, and Fady Hachem, the founder of one of Australia’s most progressive design studios, Chandler now has a unique product of his own—the iconic Adelphi. Hachem’s innovative approach has not only won him a roster of prestigious clients but international accolades as well. When not undertaking a rigorous cross-disciplinary study of design, you can find Hachem hanging out with his two Pomeranians.
187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Melbourne 3000, Australia
If you would Like more information contact Susan Hickman tel: 626 – 449-3220 or E-Mail: Susan@distantlands.com
Between the green zoo and the urban jungle, designer Werner Aisslinger and his team have created 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. Half of the rooms look out over the ape and elephant enclosure in Berlin Zoo, while the otherhalf enjoy a stunning view of one of Berlin‘s most history-laden landmarks,the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. On the tenth floor, enjoying aphenomenal panoramic view, NENI Berlin and the Monkey Bar serve aneclectic mix of world cuisine in collaboration with trendsetting Austrianrestaurateur Haya Molcho.
149 rooms • Mini-bar • Safe • iHome Sound Dock • Free Wi-Fi throughout
the building • Free MINI rental • Free bicycle rental • NENI restaurant
with 360° views of Berlin and roof terrace • Monkey Bar • Function areafor 100 people • Jogging corner •
Sauna & fitness room with viewsof zoo •
Woodfire bakery • Design kiosk • Living room with DJ corner •
Burger de Ville
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