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    News bites – 21 Oct 2019

    Bespoke Cuba Travel have announced a luxury New Year’s Eve journey that benefits the lives of Cuban people


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    New Year’s Eve is the biggest party in the world, but not all countries celebrate the same way. For example, Cuba’s New Year’s Eve celebrations can be somewhat of an enigma. For some, celebrations occur on January 1st, the anniversary of when Castro’s revolution victoriously marched into La Habana. Other Cubans hope the new year will liberate them from the product of the same revolution. But despite personal political persuasions, Cubans come alive for New Year’s celebrations: dancing, drinking rum and celebrating their love for their country. Why not join in the celebrations with Bespoke Travel New Year’s Eve 2020 in Havana Cuba.

    With Bespoke Travel, you can experience New Year’s Eve like a local, with a celebration that lasts for days. Their five-day luxury tour delivers an experiential ‘New Year’s Eve in Cuba’ expedition that also supports the Cuban people. Travellers can volunteer at an NGO, gift a hospital medical equipment, teach English to young students and donate art supplies to children with special needs.

    Travellers fly first class from Sydney, stay in luxurious suite accommodations, have access to a private multilingual guide, enjoy all meals with evening wine pairings, and indulge in a New Year’s Eve 10-course gourmet dinner including a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne for each guest. They will also take a ride in a 1950’s convertible with a private chauffeur to anywhere in Havana whenever they wish, and the cost of Cuba travel visa is also thrown in.

    Dates: December 29, 2019 to January 2, 2020 (trip extensions are available).

    St. Regis Debuts New Hotel on Venice’s Grand Canal


    Image courtesy of Niall Clutton

    The new St. Regis Venice is steps away from Piazza San Marco and boasts the largest water frontage in Venice. From its idyllic location at the mouth of the Grand Canal, guests will experience some of the most picturesque views of Venice, including views of some of the city’s most remarkable landmarks. The St. Regis Venice, formerly the Grand Hotel Britannia, has seen two years of full-scale renovations to restore it to its former glory.

    There are 129 stylishly appointed guest rooms and 40 luxurious suites. Many of the rooms and suites are equipped with private terraces or romantic Juliet balconies. Each room has been furnished to savour the artistic and cultural heritage of the building, seamlessly balanced with with elements of modern glamour.

    The hotel’s restaurants offer exceptional Italian dining with a modern twist. The use of seasonal and fresh ingredients, combined in a gorgeous canal-side setting, will make a meal

    to remember. The hotel’s intimate Arts Bar is described as “a journey for the senses”. Guests will experience the true art of cocktail-making with the bar’s selection of art-inspired modern and classic cocktails. For ultimate relaxation, the St. Regis Venice has designed the Spa Suites, in partnership with Carita Paris.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

    With compliments of First Class: visit them online or at Instagram.