Sending thank you notes and providing tax receipts are important steps to building good donor relationships—but they’re just the beginning. Here are three ways you can go above and beyond with your donor appreciation.1. Say happy birthday!Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette, Indiana, asks a surprising question on its donation page: What is your birth month and day? No, there isn’t a legal age for donating. Food Finders is collecting birthday information so that they can send donors happy birthday ecards in 2014, says Food Finder’s Director of Development Cheryl Precious. Contacting your donors to celebrate lets them know that you care and keeps you in mind.2. Feature their stories in your newsletter or on your website. Each month, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services features a different volunteer. Why should your nonprofit promote its donors? Highlighting the people you support and the people who support you keeps your mission front and center for everyone. “Donors commit their hard-earned money and time to your cause, so emphasizing them says thanks and gives your nonprofit more credibility,” says Network for Good’s Senior Communication and Success Specialist Annika Pettitt.3. Host a special event.Giving donors a behind-the-scenes experience or hosting programs for them is an exclusive experience that shows your gratitude. The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, hosts donors for a quarterly luncheon and discussion series, as well as special tours. Annika says that unique activities are an extra fun way to encourage a relationship with donors and keep them involved.Image Credit: Shambhu
When a potential donor lands on your donation page, you want to make it extremely easy for them to give. But if your donation page has a complicated form, too many ways to leave, or doesn’t keep the donor in the emotional act of giving, you could be missing out on donations! Here’s what should always go on your donation page—and what you should leave off. We know you aren’t a Web page optimization wizard, and you shouldn’t have to be. However, there are a few things that you, as a nonprofit marketer or fundraiser, can do to make your donation page super donor-friendly. Top Tips for Creating the Best Donation Page Ever from Network for Good If you’re in a donation page mood (I mean, who isn’t?), check out even more resources on how to get your donation page in tip-top shape:
Posted on February 26, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) working group met in January 2014 to continue the ongoing discussion of maternal mortality targets, post-2015 and the end of the Millennium Development Goals. The group has issued a communiqué, providing additional details on the proposed targets and outlining next steps in the consultation process.The working group is planning a series of virtual and face-to-face regional consultations to spark discussion on the proposed targets and gather country-specific feedback.The proposed targets are discussed in depth in the communiqué. Additional information about the development of the targets is available on our Maternal Health, post-2015 topic page. Reactions to the proposed targets are collected in our on-going blog series.Tell us what you think about the proposed targets by joining the conversation on Twitter—using hashtag #Post2015—or contact us by email.Want to learn more and be a part of the discussion?Join the White Ribbon Alliance this Friday, February 28 for a webinar focused on setting targets to reduce maternal mortality in the post-2015 world.The first half of the webinar will focus on the process of setting global goals, while the second half will be focused on target setting for the national/country level.Betsy McCallon and Jennifer Winestock Luna will be leading the discussion and are interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions in regards to global targets, as well as those targets for your own country. The webinar will be documented and passed on to decision makers for further discussion on maternal mortality targets post-2015.The webinar will last from one hour starting at 9:30am EST on February 28, 2014. For more information contact Evelia Castillo.Register now to be a part of this discussion.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
According to M+R’s Benchmarks Study for 2018, monthly giving revenue increased by 40 percent. A monthly, or recurring, gifts program builds a community of loyal, engaged donors; while simultaneously providing the regular income you can depend on.Recurring gifts are also the best prevention against lapsed donors. Someone who commits to a regular gift to your organization is with you for the long haul.By the NumbersFollow this step-by-step checklist to keep your monthly donors connected and engaged.Customize your online giving page to reflect your monthly recurring gifts program.Make the giving process obvious, easy, and transparent.Feature your donate button prominently on your website and include a link in all of your online outreach.Provide the option to choose monthly giving in every ask, appeal, and campaign in order to help donors realize giving more is possible.Add impact labels to monthly giving levels to illustrate what a gift can do.Create a special membership program to foster a sense of belonging.Design a special thank you and stewardship program for monthly donors.Include updates on your monthly giving program in your annual report, newsletters, and on your organization’s website.Plan a dedicated monthly giving campaign to target donors who may be more likely to give on a monthly basis.Develop ways to upgrade monthly donors to new giving levels over time.Track your progress and measure which methods are most successful in creating new monthly donors.Share results, stories, and updates on the impact of your recurring donors.Download our eGuide, “How To Enhance Your Donor Engagement,” for more on how to engage your donors.
Posted on March 28, 2017July 5, 2017By: Francesca Cameron, Program Assistant, the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Achieving the next generation of maternal health goals in India, which accounts for almost 15 percent of maternal deaths around the world each year, will require innovative new approaches to stubborn problems.“We have gone through the low-hanging fruit,” said Aparajita Gogoi, national coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance India, to a room full of maternal health experts in Mumbai in February. “We have reached a saturation point and will plateau unless we address quality in a broader sense.”Gogoi addressed 45 researchers, practitioners, and advocates from across India, and a few from beyond its borders, at the new Mumbai outpost of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as part of a two-day workshop organized by the Wilson Center and Maternal Health Task Force.In a country as sprawling and diverse as India, improving maternal health outcomes may seem like a daunting task. Yet, the country nearly achieved the ambitious Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters from 1990 to 2015, with a decline from 556 deaths per 100,000 live births to 174.The new target of the Sustainable Development Goals, which took over for the MDGs in 2016, is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030 and reduce national mortality rates by at least two thirds from 2010 baselines. Doing so in India, while addressing the bevy of other maternal health-related SDG targets, will require a greater focus on equity.Aggregated national data obscures steep differences across socioeconomic lines, said experts. Not to mention, the mortality ratio alone does not provide a complete picture of the state of maternal health, leaving out quality of care and morbidities, among other challenges.Unanticipated ChallengesOne notable improvement during the MDG era in India was the increase in institutional deliveries. As of 2013, 83 percent of children were delivered in institutions. Workshop participants largely attributed this to the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) and the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) programs.Launched by the National Rural Health Mission in 2005, JSY is a conditional cash transfer program that offers financial incentives for pregnant women to use maternal health services and give birth at a medical facility. Also implemented by the National Rural Health Mission, the ASHA program trains rural women to act as liaisons between expectant mothers and the public health system, guiding them through the process and answering questions.According to workshop participants, though, too many poor women with little education – the targets of the JSY program in particular – are still being left behind. These women do not always receive payments, they said, due to administrative lags, and many are not able to travel to a health facility even if they do, thanks to poor roads and distant hospitals.Women in urban areas face different access challenges. As explored in a similar workshop convened in New Delhi by the Wilson Center, Maternal Health Task Force, United Nations Population Fund, and Population Foundation of India in 2013, India is urbanizing at a rate that is overwhelming many municipal governments. According to the minister of state for urban development, 60 percent of the population will live in cities by 2050. A dearth of quality, affordable, and accessible health services often greets women moving into informal settlement areas, exacerbating existing socioeconomic disparities and creating an “urban disadvantage.” Safety is also a major concern for urban women, who may have a theoretically short trip to the nearest clinic but must pass through dangerous areas, as well as find child care, said workshop participants.Furthermore, some women do not want to give birth in a hospital due to experiences with and perceptions of poor quality of care and disrespect. Many workshop participants expressed concern that moving from home deliveries attended by traditional birth attendants to institutional deliveries, without a proportional investment in health infrastructure and workforce training, has turned facilities into “factories.”“You want women to receive good quality care wherever they deliver,” said Dipa Nag Chowdhury, deputy director of the MacArthur Foundation’s India office. To deliver “patient-centered” maternity care that respects women’s choices, Chowdhury suggested developing more practical guidelines for care in low resource settings; developing more research proposals exploring equity issues; collecting more disaggregated data; and creating patient feedback mechanisms. Training more midwives could ensure that women who deliver at home also receive high quality care.Innovating to Put Women at the CenterThe good news is that researchers, advocates, and practitioners all over the country are rising to the challenge of designing and implementing interventions that are patient-centered and cognizant of the sociocultural determinants of health.In the west-central state of Maharashtra, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences are working with medical colleges to dispel myths from textbooks and improve “gender sensitization and awareness” in the curriculum.Anuja Gulati, UNFPA’s state program coordinator for Maharashtra, described textbooks filled with sexist myths such as “spinsters, childless married women, and those who have not suckled their children” are the usual sufferers of breast cancer. UNFPA created a chapter for medical textbooks that includes modern information about maternal health as well as other related issues like gender-based violence and sex-selective abortion.Other organizations are working directly with patients. The Foundation for Mother and Child Health is setting up “pregnancy clubs” run by local women. During meetings, expectant mothers share knowledge about sex, nutrition, and health services among a trusted group of people, helping to ensure that no mother is left behind.The White Ribbon Alliance has developed a tool that allows women to call a toll-free line to report on the quality of care they received during labor and delivery at a facility. The project has been piloted in Jharkhand, a state with a maternal mortality ratio of 219, and women have been eager to participate, said Gogoi. Thus far, 73,000 women have made reports.Preliminary results indicate that women measure quality of care in terms of timeliness, respectful care without abuse (maintaining comfort, privacy, and confidentiality), and cleanliness of the facility, she said. One unanticipated finding was that it’s important to many women that hospitals have food, since they may have to spend several days there. The White Ribbon Alliance used the feedback to generate a patient satisfaction dashboard that they then took to hospital managers.Changing the HeadlinesSeveral workshop participants agreed on the importance of participatory feedback and community engagement. Moving from a strictly medical approach, focused on clinical interventions, to a community health approach is necessary to close the remaining maternal health gaps across this sub-continent. In many cases moving beyond low-hanging fruit will require addressing women’s interactions with their environment, culture, religion, and social networks.Such a change requires political will, and there’s considerable work to be done on that front, said Dr. Beena Joshi from the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health.Before recent state legislative assembly elections, many candidates prepared manifestos on health but none mentioned women’s health, primary care, or the continuum of care, she said. Meanwhile, the lead story of The Times of India on February 13 was “Space Odyssey: India Plans Trips to Venus, Mars,” reflecting a national excitement over India’s surging space program. When women are dying every day from giving life here on Earth, what do these silences say about our priorities, asked Joshi.Getting better data to government officials, empowering women as advocates, and combatting systemic sexism are the best ways to save mothers and newborns and change the headlines.Event Resources:Photo Gallery (Maternal Health Task Force)This post originally appeared on New Security Beat.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed his medical and signed for his former club Monaco on loan with a €42.5m (£38m/$46m) option to buy. The 25-year-old attempted to impress new manager Frank Lampard in pre-season but he failed to make the required impact to return to the Blues first team. If Monaco pay the €42m fee at the end of the season, it would make Bakayoko their third most expensive signing of all-time, after just Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Provincial club see the return of the powerful midfielder who broke through at the club and played 84 times. He played a major role in Monaco’s Champions League run of 2016-17 that led to the Blues paying £40m ($49m) to sign him that summer. However, he has quickly been deemed surplus to requirements by yet another manager after struggling under Antonio Conte and being loaned out to AC Milan under Maurizio Sarri. Bakayoko has played just 43 times for Chelsea and Kenedy could be the next first-team star to exit the club ahead of the European transfer window closure on 2 September. Paris Saint-Germain and Galatasaray both explored the option to sign Bakayoko on loan, but PSG opted to move for Everton’s Idrissa Gana Gueye for €35m (£32m/$39m) instead. Galatasaray were dismissed by Chelsea who are keen to see their asset regain his form on loan, and therefore increase his transfer value. After Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United where 18-year-old Billy Gilmour debuted due to injury issues, Lampard spoke about why he let go of Bakayoko and Drinkwater in the circumstance. “Danny has been here for two years and hadn’t played many games. He was eager for his own benefit, which I felt was good for us,” Lampard said at Stamford Bridge. “Bakayoko similarly was here for one season, went on loan and going on loan again to try to bring himself back to where he wants to be. “If you want to talk midfield players we have got Jorginho, [Mateo ] Kovacic, [N’Golo] Kante, [Mason] Mount, [Ross] Barkley, Reece James coming back from injury who can play in midfield, Andreas Christensen who can play in midfield. I have to make decisions on the squad as a whole, that is my job.” Bakayoko is not going to be available for tomorrow’s Ligue 1 game against Strasbourg but he could make his debut against Marseille after the international break. Monaco are currently in 19th place after a poor start to the season where they have lost two of their first three games, drawing the other one.
Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 17:22 IST Representational image (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSSeloy Soy, Bilotson L Singh, Ajay Kumar and Vijaydeep fetched silver medalsEarlier in the semifinal, Harsh Gill lost to Turkey’s Topaloglu Abuzer to settle for a bronze medalSoy lost 0-5 to Ametovic, while Singh was beaten by Russian Boris Karibian, again a unanimous verdictThe Indian youth boxers clinched four silver medals and a bronze at the 37th Golden Glove of Vojvodina International Tournament held in Serbia.Seloy Soy (49kg), Bilotson L Singh (56kg), Ajay Kumar (60kg) and Vijaydeep (69kg) fetched silver medals after going down in their respective final bouts held on Sunday.Soy lost 0-5 to Omer Ametovic, while Singh was beaten by Russian Boris Karibian, again a unanimous verdict.Kumar was also beaten 0-5 by Croat Diego Mamic. Vijaydeep, on the other hand, went down in a 2-3 decision to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Bektas.Earlier in the semifinal, Harsh Gill (91kg) lost to Turkey’s Topaloglu Abuzer to settle for a bronze medal.Read more | I am ready to knock down Mike Snider: Vijender Singh on his comeback boutAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Indian boxersFollow silver medalsFollow Serbian Tourney Next Indian boxers claim 4 silver medals at Serbian youth boxing TourneyFive Indian youth boxers secured silver medals and a bronze at the 37th Golden Glove of Vojvodina International Tournament held in Serbia.advertisement
Former Everton defender Ashley Williams has joined Bristol City on a short-term deal, the Championship club have announced.Williams was available on free transfer after having been released by the Toffees following the end of the 2018-19 Premier League season.Bristol City announced Williams has joined on a deal through January, with an option to extend it that month through the rest of the year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Williams spent last season in the Championship, on loan at Stoke City playing in 33 games for the Potters, making 27 starts and scoring one goal.“I’d like to offer Ashley a very warm welcome,” Bristol City manager Lee Johnson said in a statement. “His experience will be invaluable, both on and off the pitch, and we’re all looking forward to getting to work with him.”The 35-year-old Wales international has enjoyed spells in the Premier League with Swansea and Everton during a long career which began at non-league club Hednesford Town before moving to Stockport County.Williams made the move to Swansea in June 2008 for £540K and would spend eight seasons with the Welsh club, seeing their rise from League One all the way to the Premier League.He also earned silverware with Swansea, capturing the 2012-13 League Cup with the Swans.However, prior to the start of the the 2016 season, Williams made the £12.7 million ($15.6m) move to Goodison Park.Williams featured 36 times for the Toffees in his debut season for the club scoring a goal. However, his playing time dipped in his second year with Everton, featuring in just 24 games for the club.With no place in the Everton squad last season, Williams made the season-long move to Stoke where he featured 33 times for the Potters, who finished 16th.Overall, Williams has made 241 appearances in the English top-flight over his time with Swansea and Everton, scoring six times.Bristol City have earned seven points from their first four Championship matches of the season though they have already been eliminated from the Carabao Cup, falling to QPR on penalties.They face Hull City on Saturday, looking to make it three wins in three straight games.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down any problems with “emotional” Sadio Mane after the Senegal international striker was angry on the bench following being substituted in their 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday evening.Mane scored the Reds second goal after a Chris Wood own goal opened the scoring. Roberto Firmino scored the final goal.Mane appeared to be upset with team-mate Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian didn’t pass to him in the move just before he was taken off. Mane was calmed down by Firmino after a fiery outburst. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Klopp refused to be drawn on the reason for his player’s anger, but did say it was not down to his being withdrawn from the action.“Sadio Mane is an emotional guy, we are all individuals,” the German coach said after the game.“Something went not like he wanted, it is not the substitution. We will clarify it in the dressing room.”Liverpool’s win was their 13th in a row in the Premier League, setting a club record for consecutive top-flight triumphs. Klopp conceded that Burnley’s approach disquieted his team, but was full of admiration for the way his team handled the pressure and dictated the game as time wore on.”We were brilliant, there were so many 50/50 situations because of the long balls but we played early balls in behind as well,” he added“In moments we played really, really good football. Everything was there.”We were a bit lucky with the first goal but we forced that situation. We controlled the game as much as you can.“[Chris] Wood and [Ashley] Barnes fight so hard for these balls, and we defended it really well. We were aggressive but gave away no fouls, we worked our socks off.”While he pointed out Burnley’s physical prowess Klopp was at pains to point outthey played good football at times.He was also aware that this type of game can prove difficult, and praised his team’s concentration in avoiding slipping on a potential banana skin.”Burnley play football as well, we had opportunities to score on the counter attack, you have to prepare the trigger. This sort of a game is a real challenge for our concentration. You have to be ready.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has opened up about his clash with former manager Maurizio Sarri during the 2019 Carabao Cup final.The Blues lost to Manchester City on penalties following a 0-0 draw and, in the second half of extra-time, the Italian attempted to substitute the Spanish goalkeeper after it seemed he had suffered an injury, with Willy Caballero ready to come on.However, Kepa insisted on staying on the pitch, leading to a heated row between him and Sarri which almost saw the now-Juventus head coach walk down the tunnel, before saving one penalty in an ultimately unsuccessful shootout. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Jorginho and David Luiz missed for Chelsea that night, while Leroy Sane was the only City player to be denied before Raheem Sterling smashed home the winning penalty.”I am not proud about what happened, I lived [through] a good storm that weekend,” Kepa told Cadena SER.“This is a situation that I never felt. He thought I was injured, everything went faster [than expected] and happened as it happened. I said sorry to everyone and Sarri explained to me how he felt after this, but we were in the spotlight this week.”Internally, everything was solved and finished the day after Carabao Cup.”From now I will ask the manager [questions] just in the half-time of the extra-time!”Kepa was dropped for the next game – a 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur – but was reinstated as the first-choice goalkeeper for the rest of the season despite the falling-out.The 24-year-old Spaniard became the most expensive goalkeeper of all time when he joined the Blues from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2018, eclipsing the fee Liverpool paid for Alisson Becker from Roma in the same window.Last year’s runners-up will face Grimsby Town or Macclesfield Town in the third round of this season’s competition after the clash at Blundell Park had to be postponed following torrential rain.The League Two sides will meet for their cup tie next Tuesday evening to determine which get to visit Stamford Bridge in the next round.
Partnership with Simwave to offer next-generation training to Crystal officers LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2017 – Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line™, will be the first in the river cruise industry whose captains will complete their training and assessments in a state-of-the-art simulator. The training will take place at the Simwave simulator center in the Netherlands as part of an agreement between Netherlands-based Simwave and Crystal parent company Genting Hong Kong, when the simulator is completed in November. Crystal River Cruises’ Captains will maximize real-world preparation and safety proficiency for those at the helm of the company’s groundbreaking luxury vessels. Beyond the actual hardware and technology of the simulator, a Development Captain will oversee training programs for Crystal river captains. The Development Captain is entirely dedicated to creating and executing extensive training curriculum, ensuring that Crystal River Cruises’ captains are effectively the most experienced river captains in the world. “Crystal is committed to setting new standards of excellence in every facet of the Crystal experiences around the world, with the expertise of our captains and officers being of chief importance to the safety and security of our guests,” says Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez. “Innovation and groundbreaking technology are integral to the beautiful new river yachts joining the Crystal River Cruises’ fleet, and we’re thrilled to extend that innovation to the training of our officers.” The simulator’s 3D mathematical model is designed by Simwave’s mathematical modeling & research department, using actual specs from the Crystal vessels to accurately implement handling characteristics for real-world situation training. The bridge layout and design are also based on Crystal’s river ships, ensuring that captains are fully familiar with the components of the vessels before they come aboard. While Crystal’s first river ship, Crystal Mozart, is the only river ship in operation that employs two captains manning the navigation bridge at all times (she is the largest vessel on European rivers), the river simulator accommodates a second captain to train in emergency relief situations aboard the “Rhine Class” ships. The bridge simulator includes nine vertically-mounted displays that are integrated with the globally unique mission engine room. The horizontal field of view is 240 degrees and the vertical field of view is 47 degrees, giving the optimal high density pixel count for safe sailing. “Due to the details in the visual scene like ropes, navigation objects, etc. it is of great importance that the sharpness and details in the visual system be high quality,” explains Joost van Ree, co-founder of Simwave. “This makes it possible to simulate scenarios in complex environments more realistically.” The simulator’s tailor-made environments and controls are advanced training tools by the standards of the river cruising industry, with which Crystal’s captains are already extensively familiar. Each officer chosen to helm the luxurious vessels along the rivers of Europe boasts decades of experience, as well as lifelong knowledge of the region and its waterways. In addition to its superior caliber of captain and officer training, Crystal River Cruises employs the most extensive portside security protocol in the river cruising industry, with restricted gangway access and security attendance 24 hours a day. For travelers, the most prominent innovation featured aboard Crystal’s “Rhine Class” river yachts: the river cruising industry’s first all-balcony, all-suite designs boasting every category of accommodation perched above the waterline. All four river yachts will offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, plush king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony-Windows™, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines. Additional enticing features include Crystal’s farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court. By sea, river, land and air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). The newest and upcoming extensions of the celebrated Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises – The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line – Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Exclusive Class with Crystal Residences. 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With a US $90 million investment, the five-star hotel is the first Fantasia-brand property in Spain TENERIFE, SPAIN (Nov. 2, 2018) – Bahia Principe, the leading all-inclusive resort brand with properties in Spain, Mexico and the Caribbean, has officially opened its 25th hotel, a five-star Fantasia-brand resort in the island of Tenerife, Spain.Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife in San Miguel de Abona represents a US$90 million investment that will position the brand as the benchmark in high-end family vacation tourism. The brand’s first newly constructed property in Spain since 2003 is a sprawling complex that features eight buildings spread throughout more than 480,000 square-feet of space. The resort offers 372 rooms, seven swimming pools, five restaurants, six bars, a water park, the brand’s signature Bahia Spa, and wellness center, among others. The most striking structures are the property’s beautiful white castle and replica “Dragon Tree,” known as the Drago Milenario de Icod de los Vinos, a dracaena tree that is an icon of Tenerife – both which are located by the pool area in the center of the hotel and will feature spectacular light shows at night. Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife is Bahia Principe’s first Fantasia-brand property in Spain, debuting nearly two years after the debut of Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana. Fantasia is the brand’s family-friendly concept that offers thematic hotels and guarantees an enchanting vacation experience with the highest standards in quality and service. The other Bahia Principe brands are Sunlight, for the remaining hotels in Spain, Luxury and Grand. “The opening of Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife marks several milestones for our company,” said Isabel Piñero, vice president of marketing and communications for Grupo Piñero, Bahia Principe’s parent company. “On one hand, it consolidates and reaffirms our commitment to Spain, where seven of our 25 hotels are located. On the other hand, it allows us to present a new brand to the market: Fantasia, which we believe will put us at the forefront of entertainment innovation in the all-inclusive segment for families worldwide.” In addition to reinforcing Tenerife’s hotel offer, the new property will generate 300 jobs on the island, 30 percent of which will be directed toward people who were previously unemployed and registered with the Canary employment service, following an agreement between the company and HECANSA (Hotel Schools of the Canary Islands). “The creation of local employment to favor the socioeconomic development of the areas in which we operate is one of the core pillars of our business strategy, which has sustainability as a guiding thread,” added Piñero. The Garden of the Hesperides: A Tale Inspired by Tenerife as the Thematic Thread of the New EstablishmentThe new Fantasia Bahia Principe brand aspires to be synonymous with a genuine family experience and is built on two basic premises: its unique offer of entertainment with themed shows, and its dreamy atmosphere, with facilities that align with that theme. In the case of the new hotel in San Miguel de Abona, this theme revolves around the Garden of the Hesperides, whose history takes place within the framework of the culture and legends of Tenerife. This environment is the ideal place to discover the magic of being a kid again. Many of the hotel’s facilities are themed, creating the ideal place for guests to discover the magic of being a kid again. The restaurants are set with elements of the main story, from their own names to their decoration, and offer a high level of gastronomy. Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana RebrandsFantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife was inspired by the success of the brand’s newest property in the Caribbean, Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana, located within the brand’s seven-hotel resort complex in Dominican Republic. Previously known as Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia, the 512-room hotel has completed a rebranding, receiving an updated logo and revamped, value-driving offering. Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana guests have exclusive access to the hotel’s restaurants and amenities and can also access the common areas of Grand Bahia Principe properties in the complex. Like Tenerife, there is a massive fairytale castle at the center point, home to nightly shows including a video mapping story that relates to the destination, its nature and history. With two expansive swimming pools, splash-filled waterparks, children’s clubs and a kids-only Bahia Spa where they can enjoy treatments including massages and princess manicures, Fantasia is a paradisiacal hang out for children. The teens club, known as “The LOFT”, is equipped with a gym, movie theater, dance floor with DJ, video consoles and a billiard table – making this the Caribbean’s top option for multi-generational and comprehensive family vacations. For more information or to book a stay, visit www.bahia-principe.com. For images of the property, click here.
Previous Previous Next Previous Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Previous Named after Lemuel Gulliver (of Gulliver’s Travels by Irish writer Jonathan Swift), this open space provides high tea by day and hard drinks by night. With decor that includes a room-length skylight, a brass map of Gulliver’s travels, a poet in residence, and a playful literary theme in most of the bar’s innovative cocktails, Lemuel’s is the perfect place to drop in after dinner for a digestif or after a show at the National Concert Hall for a night cap. We recommend the Writer’s Block, a drink that comes in a hallowed out book, from which you retrieve Writer’s Tears vodka, homemade beer syrup, and orange bitters, then mix it yourself. Not only is the beverage presented in a unique and fun way, but it’s also damned delicious.Alfie Byrne’s by Galway Bay Brewery Located on the ground-floor of the Conrad Hotel and created in partnership with the famed Galway Bay Brewery, Alfie Byrne’s is a quintessential Irish pub located no more than an elevator ride from your room. With a central bar constructed in Victorian style and an extensive lineup of craft beers and whiskeys, Alfie Byrne’s could give any other “traditional” pub in Dublin a run for its money. It was here, on my last night in Dublin, that I experienced the sheer, fanatic energy of an Ireland vs France rugby match on the big screen. Needless to say, the room was full of Irish people screaming at a screen, drinking pints of Guinness, and eating wings, sliders, ribs, and more.The Rooms Previous If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Next 1 of 9 Room options at the Conrad Dublin run from basic double rooms to a presidential suite, but even the least expensive option at this hotel is a luxury experience. All rooms feature beautiful wood floors, Irish artwork, Nespresso machines, complimentary soft drinks and water, 300-thread-count sheets, Irish wool blanket throws, a 48-inch LED television, high-speed Wi-Fi., and a built-in international voltage converter (meaning if you forget yours, you’ll have no trouble powering up your laptop). Suites are a step up from the traditional rooms; you can expect additional sitting areas with dining tables, couches, and other amenities that make the space feel more like a home than a hotel. Bathrooms are spacious, with showers, bathtubs, bathrobes and slippers, and luxury toiletries. In fact, the rooms are so comfortable, some days it might be hard to leave it at all.The Amenities Next Next Named after the Coburg Gardens, the royal stable that previously occupied the place of the current Iveagh Gardens, this brasserie offers up a full continental and Irish breakfast, lunch, and dinner surrounded by equestrian styling and design. With light fixtures that evoke stable lanterns, thick plank floors, and brass hardware reminiscent of saddle tack, the Coburg wraps its guests in an old-school vibe while serving up a distinctly modern spread. From steak frites to rack of lamb to fish and chips and oodles of oysters, the Coburg offers tantalizingly dishes made from all-Irish ingredients. A dining experience here is truly farm-to-fork.Lemuel’s Bar and Lounge 1 of 3 1 of 4 The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities With over 40 million Americans claiming some form of Irish ancestry (myself included), a visit to the Celtic homeland is a must on many bucket lists, and many more bucket lists have Ireland added to them each year when St. Patrick’s Day arrives.These are bucket-lists after all, so you’ll probably only be heading off to Ireland once in your life — it’s important to make it count. Why book a discounted hostel, a potentially dangerous or dirty Airbnb, or a mid-grade hotel for a trip that you will literally never take again? Live a little. Splurge. The Irish are famous for their profligacy when it comes to having a good time (they spend big on funerals and weddings), so embrace that Irishness and book a stay at the Conrad Dublin, the city’s coolest, most luxurious, and most welcoming place to lay your head in Ireland’s ancient capital. (It was also voted Ireland’s Leading Luxury Hotel in 2017 by the World Travel Awards.)Conrad Dublin stands out from the many other hotels near St. Stephen’s Green through its clever use of architecture and design to fully invoke a sense of place (thanks in part to a recent multi-million euro renovation). The structure slowly integrates you into the rainy, green, and gray locale.Wrought-iron dividers between the lobby and the hotel’s restaurants and bars call back to the “hidden” Iveagh Gardens located just across the street behind the National Concert Hall. The soft greens of the decor, offset by bright white walls and black metalwork, reinforce the awareness that you are not in a mid-tier hotel, or even an American hotel. The architecture and atmosphere are evocative of Dublin’s cityscape and the Emerald Isle’s rolling pastures. To put it in perspective: Every day walking in the hotel, I knew I was in Ireland.Beyond the beauty of the building itself, the hospitality and service of every Conrad Dublin employee stand outs when compared to hotels. Here, a guest gets the sense that a server, doorman, or bartender really do want to make them happy, whether that’s by pouring the perfect pint of Guinness, delivering extra pillows for a better night’s sleep, or simply smiling hello at every encounter. This feeling is one you’ll encounter everywhere in Ireland, not just in luxury hotels; the people are truly warm, welcoming, and hospitable. And nowhere within the Conrad Dublin is that more apparent than in the restaurants and bars.The Food and DrinkJust off the lobby are two of the hotel’s amazing food and beverage options: The Coburg Brasserie, where guests can be found at breakfast and dinner, and Lemuel’s Bar and Lounge, where you can take high tea or have a few good drinks. Downstairs on street level is Alfie Byrne’s Pub by Galway Bay Brewery, where a pint is only a pull away.The Coburg Brasserie The Conrad Dublin has all the amenities you know you want and some you never knew you needed before. A full-size gym and exercise room complete with weight benches, machines, yoga balls, free-weights, and more means you won’t have to worry about going flabby after all the Irish food you’ll be eating at The Coburg. If you’re more of a runner than a weight-lifter, the Conrad Dublin offers laminated running maps with directions to the best jogging areas in the neighborhood, including scenic runs around St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and a variety of gardens. If like golf, you’re in the right place — the Conrad Dublin partners with the Royal Dublin Golf Club to offer preferential rates for guests at the historic 18-hole course along Dublin Bay. However, the pièces de résistance of amenities at the Conrad is the hotel’s 1/3/5 program (which we wrote about during our visit to the Conrad Bora Bora Nui). The 1/3/5 program was developed by Conrad Hotels as a way to offer more local, cultural, and traditional experiences for hotel guests. In Dublin, the concierge can suggest a number of activities that can be fit into the one-, three-, and five-hour time frames. From a day in the countryside visiting Newgrange and a tiny country pub to trips down Grafton street in search of authentic Irish souvenirs to a nighttime whiskey crawl through the best bars in Dublin, there’s something for everyone in this program. Best of all? The planning and itineraries are completely complimentary; expenses are only incurred at the activities themselves.The Location 1 of 5 Next 1 of 6 Previous Editors’ Recommendations America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Next 1 of 3 A final note about the Conrad Dublin: It is in a perfect location to explore the city. Nestled in the heart of the capital, just a stone’s throw from St. Stephen’s Green, the Conrad Dublin is in close proximity to the city’s greatest hits. From Trinity College and its stunning library to Grafton Street, which remarkably like Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, to Christchurch Cathedral, Teeling Whiskey Co., and The Temple Bar, this hotel serves as a home base for adventurous guests who aren’t afraid to pound the pavement and brave the wind and rain (because, truthfully, there will always be wind and rain in Ireland).St. Patrick’s Day 2019 Irish Heritage PackageFor St. Patrick’s Day 2019, the Conrad Dublin is offering a great deal for anyone looking to research and learn more about their own Irish heritage in the form of the Irish Heritage Package. Starting at $421 per night, the package includes a one-night stay with a welcome amenity, two tickets to EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin, a month-long subscription to the Irish Family History Centre (which offers access to the museum’s ancestry database), and a delicious breakfast at the Coburg Brasserie.Check RatesArticle originally published March 13, 2018. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic