TRAVEL will operate a tour to Libya March 25 to April 1,
2006, to view a total solar eclipse that will block out the sun for
over four minutes on March 29. The trip will be led by Rhodes
University astronomy professor and Mercury magazine editor Jay
White, who led Sitas eclipse expedition to Zambia in 2001. The
itinerary will include a number of Libyan points of interest before
and after the eclipse. For more information, visit www.eclipsetours.net or www.sitatours.com or call (800) 421-5643.
MALDIVES Resort & Spa opened Ithaa, what the hotel
calls the worlds first undersea restaurant. Ithaa, which is
Maldivian for pearl, is 16 feet below the surface of the Indian
Ocean. Hilton adapts aquarium technology to place diners under a
clear, acrylic, cylindrical covering that affords a panoramic view
of the ocean life surrounding the nearby coral reef. The restaurant
seats 14. It will serve contemporary Maldivian cuisine.
INTERNATIONAL signed an agreement with the Beijing Hotel,
a hotel under the Beijing Tourism Group (BTG), to rebrand and
manage it under the Raffles brand. Plans call for relaunching the
hotel in 2006 as the Raffles Beijing. Raffles said the contract
marks the entry of luxury Raffles brand into China.
NUI is showcasing its new nonstop route from New York with
a Tahitian Long Weekend getaway for $1,000 per person, including
nonstop roundtrip economy air from New York. The offer goes on sale
starting July 7. Flights will depart every Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
and arrive in Tahiti at 11:55 p.m. local time the same day. Returns
depart on Sundays at 9:15 p.m. and arrive in New York on Monday.
The fare is available July 7 to Dec. 15. Flights must be ticketed
by June 30 and can be booked online at www.airtahitinui-usa.com or by calling (877)
Resorts opened a 91-room property in Langkawi, Malaysia. It
includes 20 beach villas. The feature that Four Seasons is
promoting most vigorously is its spa, consisting of six treatment
rooms, called spa pavilions. The spa offers yoga lessons, Malay or
Thai massages, Ayurvedic treatments from India and Chinese
therapies. Private outdoor plunge pools and soaking tubs are
available. Each villa has its own spa room. Four restaurants are on
site, offering dishes inspired by Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai,
Japanese, Chinese and Indian cuisines. Boating tours, cave
exploration, diving and horseback riding are available. For
reservations, call (800) 819-5053 or log onto www.fourseasons.com/langkawi