Luxury Hotels

El Al – PopBase – Bensley Collection – Gault Millau Switzerland

Well, what a day.  Last night El Al flight LY971 – numbered for the UAE’s dialling code – landed in Abu Dhabi. Today it returns to Tel Aviv as flight LY972 (Israel’s dialling code). A certain Jared Kushner was onboard. Girlahead would like it to be recorded, however, that in 2000 she was on an Israeli plane. Israir, that flew specially from Amman, Jordan, to Hurghada, Egypt.  She was part of the ZuZu club, established by then-CEO Mövenpick, Jean-Gabriel Pérès. We were delayed by snow in Petra, Israir came to our aid and we finally made it through for a late dinner in El Gouna hosted by its develope, Samir Sawiris.

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Welltech1, the first Israeli VC fund and hub for wellness-related technologies, is investing $400,000 in PopBase, a start-up winner in Welltech1’s competition run, with Global Wellness Institute GWI, as part of the GWI’s The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease, to eradicate preventable, chronic diseases worldwide. Based in Los Angeles, PopBase is a patent-protected technology platform that teaches and encourages children to adopt a healthy way of life. Other investment in this $1.8million start-up include gener8tor; Queen City Angels, and Baron VR, an immersive media agency Baron VR. Run by founders, Israeli Amit Tishler, Brit Richard Weeks and American Lisa Wong, PopBase will launch its direct-to-consumer subscription Woodland Fables Autumn 2021.

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We all love Bill Bensley, right? He’s the OTT designer who is always breaking the mould. What other of that genre can stick name labels and Boy Scout badges on denim bomber jackets and sell’em as couture?  Who else would want to paint villas at Four Seasons Langkawi in Klein Blue (the owner said no)? Who else is designing a zoo that has humans caged, as it were, in an integral cage?  And now, today, it is announced, talking of animals, he has partnered with Australian jewellery artist, Kate McCoy, on an 18ct heritage jewellery collection. See a piece above. There are seven collections, all called Nature’s Treasury, and each piece costs $2,700-$35,000, but it is all in aid of Wildlife Alliance,. And there is a big draw, if you book direct to stay at one of the Bensley Collection Shinta Mani hotels, in Kiriom or Siem Reap, for a minimum three nights and you get a 10% discount off the your stay, valid for two years.

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Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, a Leading Hotel of the World in St Gallen, was deemed Gault Millau’s Hotel of the Year, Switzerland, last night. Hosted by the hotel’s GM Marco Zanolari, no less than 18 top Swiss hoteliers gathered to celebrate. The hotel, which originally opened in 1869, has 167 rooms and suites.

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