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Northern Lights in Tivoli Gardens in February

  • Written by Mette Rou Lund

Winter in Tivoli and the Copenhagen Light Festival have helped to skyrocket Copenhagen to no. 1 in Lonely Planet’s Top ten cities to visit in 2019. The February season highlighted Tivoli’s 175 anniversary celebrations in 2018 but the fun is set to continue with a luminous winter wonderland for locals and visitors to enjoy during the bitterly cold and dark Danish winter. Get your skates on, play in Pingonesia, enjoy the rides, taste Nordic cuisine and relax in the dazzling winter scenery among the spectacular light installations. New experiences in 2019 are Northern Lights and the VR-experience Bring the Spring.

 

Copenhagen in February will no longer be cold and grey. The city will charm and warm the hearts of locals and visitors alike with a myriad of light installations for the Copenhagen Light Festival and Tivoli’s newest season, Winter in Tivoli. The season, from February 1 – 24, embraces both the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.

 

Northern Lights in Tivoli Gardens (NEW)

Northern Lights rarely grace the skies above Denmark. However, a special event near the Open Air Stage will illuminate the heavens with a range of electronic sounds and smoke effects to conjure up the atmosphere of the unique natural phenomenon. The lights are made by Tivoli’s Light Designer Jesper Kongshaug.


New Virtual Reality experience (NEW)

Whether you are a tech-and-games aficionado or just longing for the warm sun to appear, Tivoli’s new Virtual Reality experience Bring the Spring in the Tivoli Castle will cheer you up. Explore the ice masses, free the sun and enjoy the sight of the world sprouting into bloom in this year’s new VR experience in Tivoli Gardens. Get a glimpse of the Bring The Spring VR experience here: https://youtu.be/PEAuh9C9XNU 

 

Valentine’s Day and Tivoli Dining Week

Valentine’s Day is winning increasing favour in Denmark. With Tivoli’s restaurants promising romantic dinners, what better way to get in the mood in the days leading up to 14 February than by strolling through the gardens, where love is in the air. As always, the range of delicious menus will help Cupids arrow to hit the mark in Tivoli Gardens, and from February 1 to February 7 you can enjoy a dining festival: Tivoli Dining Week.

 

Family fun

Tivoli’s ice-skating rink is back with more snow-frosted lights. The equally popular activity igloo Pingonesia will also be open once again with indoor fun for the family and a new penguin mascot. Almost all the rides will be open, including Tivoli’s hair-raising 103-year-old wooden rollercoaster and the new ride Tik Tak. Ice-skating is free of charge once admission to Tivoli has been paid (bring skates or hire some on site). Igloo activities and rides require tickets or an unlimited ride pass.

 

Let there be light

Winter in Tivoli has joined forces with Copenhagen Light Festival in February and will present several spectacular light installations unique to Winter in Tivoli, including Hans Christian Andersen’s eleven Wild Swans glowing in the dark. And the iconic ice-skating rink in front of the exotic Nimb Hotel now has special effects; the ice interreacting with the people skating. 

 

Light events during Winter in Tivoli

 

  • Northern Lights – special light event combining light, sound and special effects

 

  • Tivoli Garden’s Main Walk will be sprinkled with interactive stardust that varies in colour depending on the height of the guest. This technically complicated feature has never been seen anywhere in the world in quite this way before.
  • Above Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Light Swarm, thousands of lights glowing blue and green will transform the area into a frozen, glittering forest.

 

  • In the Chinese area, the night will shine bright with 230 blue-moon lanterns.

 

  • Light designer Ane Nejsum’s and Morten Just’s unique projections will decorate the Nimb Hotel’s Tivoli facade.
  • Light artist Martin Ersted’s laser will shoot into space once again, linking Tivoli Gardens with Nikolaj Church to mark the axis of the Copenhagen Light festival (https://copenhagenlightfestival.org/)
  • The Tivoli Illuminations on Tivoli Lake consist of two shows:
    • The Völuspá, prophecy of a prophetess (vølve) in Nordic mythology, designed by Jesper Kongshaug and Tivoli with original music.
    • Jalousie, Tango Tzigane, designed by Jesper Kongshaug and Tivoli to accompany Jacob Gade’s famous tango “Tango Jalousie”.

 



About Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens, originally named Copenhagen Summer Tivoli, has successfully introduced Christmas and Halloween seasons over the past 25 years. However, for almost two centuries, the first quarter of the year was reserved for maintenance, new-builds and staff vacations until Tivoli’s 175th anniversary year in 2018, when Winter in Tivoli first saw the light of day.

 

Tivoli’s founder Georg Carstensen was inspired by European pleasure gardens and, with the Danish king’s permission, opened Tivoli Gardens on 15 August 1843 and today, Tivoli is Denmark’s most popular attraction. In 2017, it attracted 4.4 million visitors, about one third of them tourists. The Tivoli experience includes rides and games, live music and ballet every day throughout the summer on the open-air stages, performances at a range of indoor venues, and spectacular scenery with flower gardens and unique architecture. Its cherished traditions include The Tivoli Youth Guard marching band, the illuminations and weekly fireworks displays.

 

Tivoli has 23 restaurants, 14 fast food outlets, 5 bars and 2 cafés, making it the biggest dining destination in Copenhagen. Many of the outlets are open all year, among them the Nimb Hotel, which was named “Hotel of The Year 2015” by Small Luxury Hotels of the World. In November 2017, Tivoli Corner opened featuring the Tivoli Food Hall, restaurants and 21 rooms at the Nimb Hotel, with its exclusive new roof-top pool with lounge area (the first installed at a Danish hotel) and Nimb Roof, a new wellness area offering hammam steam baths and massage. 

 

Best short term accommodation in Perth

  • Written by News Company


This prime city sits on the meeting point between the swan river and the southwest coast. A trip to this beautiful city would leave you with a nostalgic feeling when you leave thanks to its blend of ancient and modern architectural structures and its well-laid city plans. See the below for our recommendations on the best accommodation in Perth.

BEST ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN PERTH

1. PERTH CITY WESTERN AUSTRALIA This accommodation service offers an apartment or condominium located a walking distance from the centre of Perth. It also features a 2 bedroom flat equipped with a gym, unlimited WI-FI, free swimming pool and city bus. Price range: $10

2. 8 PARLIAMENT PLACE This condominium/ apartment has class written all over it and is packed with the best amenities you could ever find in an apartment. Don't worry about bringing your children along because this apartment is built suitable for children under 5. Price range: $14/ night.

3. ISTANA ALFRED COVE. This apartment takes pride in its very positive customer reviews. It is a 4-bedroom apartment equipped with modern amenities. It is also suitable for children under 5. Price range: $12/ night.

4. PERTH CBD APARTMENT ON MURRAY This one-bedroom apartment offers a lot of comforts. It is fully furnished with an abundance of state of the art amenities from the stereo system to plasma screens to DVD players. Price range: $9.

5. FRASER SUITES PERTH This accommodation option is owned by a real estate giant and is guaranteed to give you the experience of your life. It offers a 5-star accommodation experience coupled with free swimming pools, restaurants and breakfast service. With its abundance of luxury and style, this is definitely the best choice on the list. Picking a short-term accommodation in Perth depends on your preference and budget. The beauty of it all is that you wouldn't have to sacrifice a lot of money to get an accommodation that suits your needs while you stay in Perth.

7 New Attractions in Melbourne

  • Written by News Company



Melbourne, the second largest metropolis in Australia is sure to surprise you with its vibrant and multicultural side. Although its major claim to fame lies in sports, there is a lot more to it than just horse racing and football or cricket events. There are endless locations and attractions here to explore. Your bucket list is sure to remain full even after you have made multiple trips to the city!

To get the most out of your time in Melbourne and get through all the best attractions, you will need to save as much as possible. One way to do this is to look for deals online. Sites like Groupon offer deals on attractions. This way you can get through a few more!

Melbourne is world famous for its chefs dishing out recipes in almost every possible cuisine including Italian, Indian, Vietnamese, Spanish or Greek. It is like a maze of hidden laneways with grand Victorian buildings and street art. Read on to learn about the latest attractions in Melbourne.

7 New Things to Do in Melbourne


Escape to the Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are the perfect spot if you want to spend some quiet time in solace amidst the vast greenery. Home to 8,500 plants, the Royal Botanic Gardens is sure to make you feel a new breath of life, rejuvenated and refreshed in the lush lawns surrounded by glittering lakes. You can plan a weekend picnic and take a tour to learn more about the Aboriginal Heritage.


Melbourne Collective Market
If you want to get access to the local artworks created by best designers from the city, then head straight for Melbourne Collective Market. Here, you can browse local crafts,  jewelry, homewares, ceramics, fashion, accessories and a lot more. Touring the bustling marketplace is a great way to get a feel for this city. There is also an assortment of delicious food and live music to enjoy!


Fun at St Kilda Seaside
You will love exploring the three main strips of St Kilda, Acland Street, and Fitzroy Street. Acland is a mecca for cake lovers, while Fitzroy Street is loaded with retail shops, gyms, and fancy restaurants. Be sure and treat yourself with the money you have saved here.


Holey Cheese Festival
If you love cheese, you have got to make a visit to the Holey Cheese Festival. This is your chance to taste and celebrate all kinds of cheese - Camembert, Goat, Raclette, Gouda and Roquefort, which are all presented in different ways. You will find them in soft, hard, blue, white. You can pair these with refreshing local brews and quench your thirst. You can take part by watching cooking demonstrations and enjoy those cheesy celebrations further.


Explore the Most Haunted Spots
Melbourne sure is haunted, and you can be part of those ghost tours to get the biggest scares of your lives. Hosier Lane is one of the most famous haunted sites in the city and guests at Pink Alley have experienced the ghost of a young girl. Windsor Hotel is another haunted site where staff and guests have reported seeing and hearing ghosts wandering the hallways. Lantern Ghost Tours share the chilling tales of the ghosts of these sites.


Hire a Boat
Get aboard the private luxury fleet which is now also eco-friendly! You can take advantage of the opportunity to drive yourself around and with no need for a license or any experience. The unique and special boat ride will give you a new perspective of the beautiful city, and you will come across many beautiful sights of the Yarra River.


Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
ACMI is sure to surprise you with the largest moving image collection. It is indeed fascinating as well as great fun to be at ACMI. The place is home to cinemas, events, exhibitions as well as pop-culture festivals.

Premier Residences Emerald Bay opens in the Pearl Island of Phu Quoc

  • Written by Karen Chang


Accor Hotels announces the latest addition of Premier Residences Emerald Bay in the Pearl Island of Phu Quoc. Managed by AccorHotels, the resort features 745 stylish rooms, suites and two-bedroom penthouses with a private pool that offers expansive views of Emerald Bay.

 “This year marks the 27th anniversary celebration of AccorHotels' presence in Vietnam and the launch of Premier Residence Phu Quoc Emerald Bay marks our 29th property and 4th resort on the beautiful island. The resort offers easy access to Hon Thom Cable Car, the world's longest cable car ride that connects An Thoi town and Hon Thom Island. The cable car ride gives travellers an opportunity to immerse in the panoramic view of the southern islets with breathtaking sunset view in Phu Quoc.” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

Phu Quoc Island boasts idyllic beaches, romantic sunsets, evergreen forests, and serene surrounds, making it an ideal holiday destination for travellers looking to escape bustling city life. Located 45 kilometres west of Ha Tien in the far south of Vietnam, the island's northern part is listed on UNESCO world heritage site. Phu Quoc is a hub of marine activity, housing large patches of coastal ecosystems, and nearly 108 species of corals, 135 species of coral reef fish and 132 different types of mollusks, as well as migrating fish and marine mammals in its surrounding waters. The island is one of the few places in the country where wildlife enthusiasts can spot unique species like dugong, the hawksbill turtle and green turtle.

The resort boasts three restaurant and two bars. Mercato, an all-day dining restaurant features buffet and ala-carte menu options of Vietnamese and international cuisine while the Clubhouse serves a range of fresh seafood selection and grilled items. Leisure facilities include a fitness centre, yoga studio and outdoor pool that overlooks Khem Beach. For a complete rejuvenation of the body and soul, the resort's Emerald Spa offers a range of signature facial and massage treatments where guests can indulge in a day of personal pampering.

 “Managed by AccorHotels, Premier Residences Phu Quoc Emerald Bay adds an exciting getaway option to Khem Beach. Phu Quoc Island is home to around 20 beaches with Khem Beach being one of its most beautiful, overlooking Emerald Bay with powdery white sands. The island is one of South-East Asia's best-kept secrets offering the perfect getaway for the adventurous and honeymooners seeing for a romantic getaway,” said Jean-Francois Brun, the resort's General Manager.

Enjoy a weekend getaway at USD 120++ (VND 2,795,000) per room per night inclusive of cable cab tickets for two to Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park from now until January 15, 2019. Email HB2Q9@accor.com for reservations or call +84 (0) 297 392 7777. Visit accorhotels.com/B2Q9 for more information.

 

ABOUT ACCORHOTELS

AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,600 hotels, resorts and residences across 100 different countries. 

With an unrivaled portfolio of internationally renowned hotel brands encompassing the entire range from luxury to economy, from upscale to lifestyle and midscale brands, AccorHotels has been providing savoir-faire and expertise for more than 50 years. 

In addition to its core hospitality business, AccorHotels has successfully expanded its range of services, becoming the world leader in luxury private residence rental with more than 10,000 stunning properties around the world. The Group is also active in the fields of concierge servicesco-workingdiningevents management and digital solutions.

Relying on its global team of more than 250,000 dedicated staff, AccorHotels is committed to fulfilling its primary mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome.  Guests have access to one of the world's most attractive hotel loyalty programs - Le Club AccorHotels.   

AccorHotels plays an active role in its local communities and is committed to promoting sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21 Acting Here, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.

From 2008, the AccorHotels Solidarity Endowment Fund has acted as a natural extension of the Group's activities and values, helping to combat the social and financial exclusion experienced by the most disadvantaged members of society.

Accor SA is publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit accorhotels.group or accorhotels.com. Or join and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Awesome Aussies- It's Time to Explore Our Country in a New Way

  • Written by News Company

Australia is one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in the world- as an Aussie you’ll of course already know this (not biased at all!) However, chances are that even if you’ve lived in Australia for your whole life you’ve never experienced everything it has to offer. There’s no need to jet off abroad for your next trip, there’s plenty to see and do right here in the ‘land down under.’ Here are some ideas!

Explore the waterways

Australia’s waterways include rivers and lakes, weirs and locks, waterfalls, even canals- although they are pretty rare. These incredible bodies of water make great places to visit and can be used to get around too. From canal and river cruises to tours and educational trips there’s plenty to see and do on Australia’s waters. Then of course you have an epic seventy thousand kilometers of coastline of stunning sandy beaches and turquoise oceans. You can go scuba diving and snorkelling, boating, try your hand at various watersports and much more. Not forgetting the mind blowing Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and something people travel across the planet to see. As an Aussie you have this on your home turf, why wouldn’t you make the most of it and go and visit?

Visit the outback

Around seventy percent of our country is classed as the outback, and yet eighty nine percent live in cities and built up areas. We have thousands and thousands of square kilometers of truly interesting, remote areas to discover. People travel from all over the world to visit the outback, some have claimed that being so far away from society has given them spiritual experiences and completely changed their frame of mind. While remote and difficult to navigate, it’s far from boring. From national parks to camel treks, incredible desertscapes, there are plants and animals that exist nowhere else on earth and much more. Visiting the outback is something well worth doing if you never have before. You could go with experienced friends, or book a tour if you’ve never done anything like that before.




Put all of the cities on your bucket list

When most people think of visiting Australia, it’s the incredible cities that spring to mind. Chances are you grew up in one of the major cities, but have you visited all of the others? There are eight ‘main’ capital cities and each one is a full vacation within itself. On top of this you have many other smaller cities, there’s more to see and do than you could ever manage in one trip. It goes to show that you really don’t need to grab your passport since there’s so much to experience right here!

If you live in Australia but have never really explored and made the most of the incredible country that’s right under your feet, it’s time to change that!

What’s your favourite place to visit on your home turf? Where would you recommend a tourist visit, who had never been to Australia before?