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Luxury Swiss medical centre offers a mountain cure for obesity

Founder, Professor Jacques Proust

Professor Jacques Proust

A luxury Swiss medical centre has launched a bespoke programme specifically tailored to help shed weight – a mountain cure for obesity.  Nescens Clinique de Genolier has designed the ‘La Cure Nescens’ programme, a unique six-month plan that combines complete medical check-ups with nutritional, behavioural and physical coaching.

The plan begins with an intensive two-week programme at Nescens Clinique de Genolier, which lies high above Lake Geneva and easily accessible from Geneva airport.  This mountain cure for obesity requires patients to undergo nutritional, behavioural and physical coaching at the Clinique, all under the supervision of medical staff.

Professor Jacques Proust, the Clinic’s founder said: “Upon analysing the client’s test results from the first two days of the programme, personalised diet plans are created which will be made specifically to their individual requirements and immediate health needs.

“Physical activities will also be prescribed specifically for each client, while one of our physiotherapists will use the cardiovascular and osteo-articular results to create an exercise programme to dovetail their diet, ensuring maximum results.”

Following the two-week stay at Nescens Clinique de Genolier, clients receive monthly scheduled e-consultations to monitor weight-loss progress, as well as a two-day stay at the Clinique after six months for a final medical follow-up on their mountain cure for obesity.

“It’s important for us to not only assess the client’s individual biological characteristics to provide a unique plan for weight loss, but to also keep an eye on how they develop over the coming months,” added Proust.

Offering discreet, bespoke services for short, medium and long-term stays, the Clinique provides preventative and regenerative medicine, genetic screenings, nutrition advice, physical and osteo-articular care, as well as aesthetic medicine and stem cell programmes. Patients can book their stays in residences offering a full range of five-star hotel services.

The Clinique’s other areas of expertise include physiotherapy, sport coaching, stem cell treatments, aesthetic medicine and dental care.

Nescens Clinique de Genolier is a specialised medical centre and a precursor in preventative health that manages lifestyle-related medical conditions.

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Tourism Developments in the Middle East Region

Over the years, the UAE is one of the great success stories of global travel and tourism with Emirates and Etihad changing the face of global aviation, Dubai International Airport recognised as one of the world’s best hubs and Dubai, the fourth most visited city in the world.

And the UK plays its part being in the top three markets travelling to the region – and growing. So what is that that attracts us?  The answers were on display in full glory at the annual Arabian Travel Market which takes place, yes, you guessed correctly, in Dubai, the so called “engine room” of the UAE.

Architecture splendour in the form of hotels, laced with chandeliers and gold trimmings remind us in which part of the world we are. Hotels in this region continue to grow as brands compete for individuality and to attract new markets such as the hotel brand Voco which has made its debut in Dubai. Part of the InterContinental Hotels Group it aims to attract leisure and business guests.

Home-grown hospitality provider, Emaar Hospitality Group is set to open five new hotels in Dubai this year including four under its premium brand and upscale lifestyle brands. Two hotels will be under its Address Hotels & Resorts in Downtown Dubai, the Address Fountain Views and Address Sky View and two under Vida Hotels & Resorts. The company will also add to its midscale hotels, Rove, The Park which is ideal for families.

Opening 14 new hotels is Millennium Hotels & Resorts adding to its existing portfolio of 40 hotels in the Middle East & Africa. On a bright note, Millennium Place, the happier hotel brand has been introduced which strives to deliver a smile to its guests through different touch points in the guest’s journey. Millennium Place Marina and Millennium Place Barsha Heights are due to open in 2019 with eight more to open over the next two years in the region.

Jumeirah Group is expanding in Asia and Europe. This Dubai-based luxury hotel company is opening in China and Indonesia while the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London is undergoing renovation this year. Work is also progressing on a new hotel near Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. This will be a 400-room property on the beachfront.

Yas Island last year opened Warner Bros World. Its upcoming developments includes a new sports facility to feature the world’s widest indoor skydiving flight chamber and the highest indoor climbing wall.

A luxury Camp is currently under construction in Ras Al Khaimah and will house 47 luxury tented units, a health club, heated pool, spa and wellness centre, kids area, fire pit and restaurant. This glamping site will be located atop Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE.

The Museum of the future, scheduled to open next year, will showcase cutting-edge technology and innovations that are designed to change the way we live and solutions to climate change, energy production, healthcare, transport, education, housing and security. Also in Dubai the Dubai Creek Harbour will become the location for the city’s tallest building , the $1 billion Dubai Tower when it is completed next year.

In Abu Dhabi the world’s first commercial hyperloop service is currently under construction and will start operations in 2020. The first phase will employ a network of hyperloop tubes covering a distance of up to 150km. It is later scheduled to expand services to Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

In Oman, the high-speed passenger and freight rail line will span 2,135km of the sultanate from Salalah in the south to Al Buraimi and Sohar in the north in 2020.

However, Saudi Arabia caught the limelight this year at the Arabian Travel Market with its eye-watering ambitious plans to become a tourism destination of the future. E-visa rules for international travellers will be the game-changer. The Kingdom will be open to all.

Tourism is Saudi’s new “white oil” spanning a destination offering culture and history, coastlines and desert. Rumoured to be funded with half a trillion US dollar investment, tourism is the ingredient of the government’s Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy. This in turn will attract new hotels and innovative hospitality concepts, operated to international standards, particularly high-quality budget hotels. New mega  projects include Neom City, Amaala, an uber-luxury wellness tourism destination, the Red Sea Development reshaping the coastline and Qiddiya offering leisure, entertainment, sports, wellness, adventure and cultural destinations.

Winter sunshine, family leisure and adventure maybe the core attractions for travel to the region as well as convenient regional flights but in the heart of the exhibition, the Expo 2020 stand stood proudly as a beacon for visitors next year. This mega project aims to deliver one of the most sustainable World Expos. The UAE Pavilion has been designed to resemble a falcon in flight to harvest clean energy as its hydraulic “wings” open and close. Ultimately, Expo 2020 in Dubai seeks to inspire us all to live in better balance with the world and build a brighter and more sustainable future together – a unique opportunity to see tomorrow today!

Read more about the Arabian Travel Market here

 

 

Scotland’sWell (Being)

 

Walkers taking in the view of Loch Lomond from Conic Hill part of the West Highland Way

With its stunning landscapes, food, drink and rich culture, VisitScotland for wellness. The destination provides a perfect setting to recharge and focus on enhancing your wellbeing.

To celebrate a newly published survey* revealing that almost a third of people (32%) see Scotland as an ideal destination for a wellness holiday, VisitScotland for wellness with a newly created  itinerary dedicated to health and wellbeing.

Covering the entire country and split over three days, the VisitScotland for wellness tour takes in a range of different experiences themed around mind, body and spirit.Highlights include:

 Relaxing retreats to rejuvenate your mind

Enjoy a stay at Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Temple in Dumfries and Galloway or  Holy Isle – Mindfulness Retreat on the Isle of Arran, where visitors can take a digital detox, escape busy life and revitalise the mind. While the Body Toolkit teaches the key tools and techniques to combat stress and negative thoughts while relaxing in the tranquil surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

Pamper and recharge a weary body

Visit a spa like Taymouth Marina. Its lochside hot box sauna is a new addition to the shores of Loch Tay and is surrounded by a fire pit, panoramic windows, and gorgeous woodland views. Or try a deep tissue or Swedish massage to put muscles at ease at Stobo Castle in the Scottish Borders, Fairmont St AndrewsArdoe House Hotel & Spa in Aberdeen, and the Isle of Eriska Spa in Argyll.

Boost mental and physical health in the Great Scottish Outdoors

The benefits of being outdoors on both physical and mental health are widely regarded. Bag a Munro or conquer a Corbett,enjoy a stroll through stunning landscapes, try out some water sports or visit one of Scotland’s beaches.

Experience the spirit of Scotland

There is something spiritual about walking amidst ancient stone circles, standing stones and sacred attractions. The Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis are believed to be 3000-5000 years old, while the Ring of Brodgar, which comprises 27 stones, is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders and Iona Abbey on the Isle of Iona represent some of the country’s oldest spiritual attractions.   Follow in the footsteps of saints and embark on a pilgrimage such as the Fife Pilgrim Way, which officially opens this summer, or St Cuthbert’s Way in the Borders.

To view the full itinerary, click here: https://www.visitscotland.com/holidays-breaks/wellness-breaks/

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The Arabian Travel Market – Influencing Industry Change

Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market - Danielle Curtis

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market

Where would you hear of robotic concierges, visionary tourism plans, mega projects, even giga projects transforming regional tourism landscapes, disruptive technology and Expo 2020, all under one roof?

Where would government ministers, travel planners, experts and decisions makers, investors, developers, media and techies converge to ring the changes on a global travel scale?

Enter centre stage, The Arabian Travel Market, (ATM), run by Reed Exhibitions. With fingers on the tourism pulse, this company uncovers the plots and trends, the key issues and tourism visions. All this in order to display the travel & tourism barometer of the Middle East and North Africa region.

From small beginnings back in 1993 when Reed Exhibitions set up its first travel stall with 2,000 sqm of space and 7,000 visitors, the industry has seen unprecedented expansion and maturity. Last year, its show, held annually in Dubai, attracted 40,000 industry professionals from 141 countries.

Capitalizing on these growth factors, the Arabian Travel Market 2019, saw the unveiling of an umbrella brand, Arabian Travel Week, with new events running within the show. These included ILTM Arabia,  a service bringing together luxury and global buyers through pre-arranged appointments in a dedicated area, the first CONNECT Middle East, India, Africa 2019, a route development forum exchange for airlines and airports and ATM Holiday Shopper, a consumer-led event.

At the helm, Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, explained how ATM has carved a winning formula and why she believes connectivity is key. “We are always looking for new verticals and approaches to focus on specific avenues across the breadth of the travel industry. And to do this in an environment where the industry meets, does business, exchanges ideas and showcases its brands and services to cover all facets of the industry for commercial success.”

“ATM strives to identify the top tourism trends and growth potential, learn how the industry is evolving and how to affect that change. Content is important. Our advisory board is instrumental in bringing together the general parties to discuss subjects such as stopover tourism to help the industry address key issues. Yes, we are an exhibition that runs for four days but we aim to be an instrumental part of the industry and a driver to help change or at least a platform where these discussions can drive the industry forward.”

This year, the theme took the form of technology and innovation as digital developments change the face of the industry and bring in disruption, especially to the hospitality sector.

The GCC is one of the fastest growing regional hospitality markets globally and reliant on innovative technology. The first ATM Hotel Industry Summit focused on this digital infrastructure – facial, voice recognition, chatbots, virtual reality robot concierges and AI – and how it is transforming the industry and affecting hotel design and guest communications.

Danielle Curtis stressed the significance of the scheduled Arabian China Summit. “China is now a key source market set to account for a quarter of international tourism by 2030. With relaxed visa rules, ATM has brought 120 buyers from China to this event. We are following the needs and demands of the travel industry.”

The future of selling travel for both Inbound and outbound tourism professionals is key to visitors and exhibitors alike. Seminars and debates focused on projects which will change the future tourism landscape. These included the aptly named Saudi’s White Oil and their Vision 2030 expansion and infrastructure plans such as Neom and Red Sea Project. With years of experience in the market, ATM has been conversing on Expo 2020 for a number of years and to date 182 destinations have signed up for this 6 month event in Expo City.

An influencer inspires, creates awareness, showcases products and highlights the latest trends. Exhibitions provide a central platform and a global stage. Following 26 successful years as the travel & tourism beacon for trade professionals, the Arabian Travel Market has branched out launching new initiatives to attract a wider audience to  the region causing ripple effects globally. The Arabian Travel Market is certainly an influencer and a driver of change so watch this space for ATM’s themes for its 27thshow in 2020.

Emirates and Etihad have influenced the global aviation

Dubai International Airport is one of the world’s busiest hubs.

For more news from the Arabian Travel Market 2019, click here

Arabian Travel Market  international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. The 25thedition of ATM showcased over 2,500 exhibiting companies across 12 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre. www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com.

Reed Exhibitions  is the world’s leading events business, enhancing the power of face to face through data and digital tools at over 500 events a year, in more than 30 countries, attracting more than seven million participants.

 

 

 

New – ATM Holiday Shopper in Dubai

Reed Travel Exhibitions, organiser of the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM) showcase in Dubai which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is hosting its first consumer day – ATM Holiday Shopper – as part of its line-up of special focus events.

Taking place on Saturday 27th April – the day before the official opening of ATM – the event will showcase over 30 travel and hospitality exhibitors from both regional and international destinations who will be offering a wide range of attractive travel and tourism discounts and deals for consumers attending the show.

Whether simply looking for a deal on the Eid break or planning a long-haul getaway, ATM Holiday Shopper is designed to offer the very best discounts and deals.

“Talking to the experts face to face will also allow attendees to learn about a range of emerging and unexplored destinations and activities from destinations around the world,” added Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market.

“We are increasingly seeing the majority of outbound travel from the GCC countries taking place during summer as travellers actively seek cooler climates. European countries as well as destinations such as Georgia, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Thailand have been cited as some of the most popular destinations for UAE residents,” Curtis said.

Travellers today do not want to be part of the crowd – they crave new destinations to explore which offer unique experiences, personalised to their tastes and expectations, according to research published by Colliers International.

Adding to this, a study by digital payment firm Visa revealed residents in the UAE are among the world’s top spenders when they travel abroad, with an average spend of around US$2,722 (AED10,000) during their last international trip.

The event will feature a number of talks and presentations designed to provide travellers with an in-depth knowledge on a range of travel destinations and tour packages that cover all major attractions within any one country – as well as information on visa compliance and travel insurance.

Attendees can immerse themselves in faraway cultures with VR activations and enjoy a range of family entertainment throughout the day including cultural displays, theme park characters to meet, calligraphy, henna and falconry.

Click here for more information on the Arabian Travel Market

ATM Holiday Shopper is the brand new travel event for consumers offering the very best travel and tourism discounts and deals plus the chance to learn about a range of emerging and unexplored destinations and activities from destinations around the world.  The inaugural event will take place in Hall 1 of the Dubai World Trade Centre on Saturday, 27th April 2019 from 12:00 – 20:00.  For more information visit: www.atmholidayshopper.com

 

Visiting Masters of Health in Vietnam

 

Visiting Masters of Health demonstrate the practise

The art of chakra balancing

Chakra balancing, energy healing and yoga sound journeys, The Nam Hai, The Four Seasons Resort in Vietnam, has announced the Visiting Masters  of Health Programme in the coming months.

The tailored specialist experiences take place in the resort’s Heart Of The Earth Spa which floats  over a tranquil lotus pond. The spa offerings include massages, rituals, replenishers, ceremonies amongst other health services to heal the mind, body and soul.

Voted the Best Emotional Recovery Space at the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2019, the Resort is hosting a variety of “visiting masters of health”, each specialising in a different part of mental and physical wellness as part of their year-long programme.

The Visiting Masters of Health include:

30 May-10 June 2019: Drop Into Life Colour & Essential Oils

Tricia Sharkey is an international colour and massage teacher, therapist and consultant. She explores harmony and health by helping to heal individuals via colour and massage therapy.

17-30 September 2019: Yoga, Music and Healing Vibration

Lara Zilibowitz and Benny Holloway take guests on a journey of breath, sound, movement and meditation during their uplifting and soul-stirring yoga and live music sessions.

15-27 November 2019: Chakra Balancing & Reiki

Shaylini is a gifted Reiki master and intuitive energy healer and uses Reiki Healing, Chakra Balancing and Divinely Guided Meditation to provide emotional, mental and physical pain release alongside encouraging an alchemical shift in energy for greater harmony.

Earlier this year, Master experiences included Rashdy Ahmad, the son of a medicine man who practises  traditional Malaysian cupping using buffalo horn as well as energy healing and massage. Sixth Sense Readings provided guidance and direction to those who wanted to connect to a lost loved one or to establish facts about their past, present and future life from the renowned Marco Della Valle in addition to his psychic readings.

Visiting masters of health use cupping

Cupping

The visiting masters of health giving therapy

A spa guest receiving a specialist treatment

For more information, visit here.

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Wellness Festival Announced in Mauritius in May 2019


A new Wellness Festival will take place in Mauritius on the 3rd-5th May 2019 which is the first of its kind on the island and in the region.

Organised by Heritage Resorts the festival embraces wellness in connection with nature, with many activities taking place in the most iconic landmarks of the wild south of Mauritius such as Le Morne, a classified UNESCO World Heritage site. The festival will take place at the C Beach Club at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort in southern Mauritius.

International wellness leaders along with other local experts will offer yoga, pilates, breathing, meditation, nutrition classes, talks and workshops each day, as well as two ‘nature connection’ outings to beautiful scenic areas such as nature reserves, waterfalls and beaches. The festival will awaken all five senses – touch, sound, smell, sight and taste through music, dancing, cooking, art and other media.

Other features of the festival include a relaxation zone, music corners, artists areas, healthy food stations, evening music festival by local bands with local instruments, as well as access to the beach and pools.

International experts confirmed include:

Hannah Barrett is a leading London-based yoga instructor with a passion for helping people to transform their lives through yoga. Hannah enables her clients to find their strength and develop their own self practice, while breaking down complex poses to make them fun and accessible to all.

Jeanette Fuchs teaches Power Yoga, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. She loves alternating between creative, dynamic sessions and meditative, restorative ones. She has trained with big names such as Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, constantly improving her style and expanding her knowledge.

Marie-Sophie Lelouch has been a naturopath for 30 years and a raw chef since 2012. Marie studied vegan and raw cuisine in California to become a “Naturawchef” and now shares her secrets for a delectable plant-based and raw diet on her website, linstantcru.com.

Almarie Venter is an internationally certified Kinesiologist, Brain Gym ® Practitioner and holistic wellness consultant for spas. Almarie integrates holistic models of treatment using kinesiology, crystal therapy, energy healing, acupressure, vibrational sound, meditation, mindfulness as well as neuro-integration techniques and Nia technique.

Dominique Lonchant teaches the art of breathing which he has been teaching for 30 years. He was specially trained by Dr Swami Gitananda at the Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, India.

Accommodation is offered at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, a Small Luxury Hotel of the world. This plantation style all-suites hotel provides luxury accommodation, whilst delivering a high level of personal service with its dedicated butlers and Les Clef d’Or concierge.

For more information and a full programme visit www.mauritiuswellnessfestival.com
For reservations, please email: resa@heritageresorts.mu, visit: www.heritageresorts.mu

Scotland – A Wellness Holiday Destination

Walkers taking in the view of Loch Lomond from Conic Hill part of the West Highland Way

Joining other destinations around the globe, Scotland is targeting the wellness traveller to benefit from its breath-taking scenery, fresh revitalising air and the outdoor and adventurous activities its land offers.

Adapting itself to the growing traveller demand for “wellness” holidays, VisitScotland is focussing on the interest for vacations that boost self-development, following a review of trends in the travel industry. “Restorative recreation” is a key feature based on the outdoor experiences such as the emotional appeal of its scenery and nature while “creative retreats” focus on hobbies and skills such as writing and art workshops, cookery courses and outdoor survival training.

According to the review, wellness tourism worldwide was worth £500bn in 2017, and has recently grown at more than twice the pace of tourism overall.

According to Chris Greenwood, Insights Manager at VisitScotland, “Wellness tourism is a trend that’s not going away and is expected to continue growing. There is huge potential for businesses who want to appeal to this market, creating experiences that enlighten the senses and feed the soul. Fortunately, Scotland’s ability to embrace wellness within our visitor economy is embedded within our tourism industry DNA.”

Euromonitor recently published its view on eight “mega trends” in world travel. Some are shaped by technology, but of the eight, three chime with the VisitScotland findings: healthy living, ethical living and experiencing more.

Booking.com found that search for experience was translated into a desire to be more adventurous about destinations in 2019. Meanwhile, 42% say they want an experience that makes them feel like a kid again, led by millennials and Generation Z.

VisitScotland.com

New Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel to open in Portugal

A state-of-the-art wellness centre is scheduled to open later this year in Alvor, Portugal. Heralded as the first of its kind to embrace modern integrative and regenerative medicine, it will offer the most advanced wellness and preventative diagnostics, therapies and programmes.

The 5* Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, an adults-only health and wellness property, will offer a world class dedicated wellness and medical spa over two  floors focused on a full range of medical and non-medical state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapies for optimal health and wellness. The hotel will have a total of 70 bedrooms and suites.

Set in the western Algarve, it will feature a wide selection of impactful programmes from light programmes for beginners including relax and spa or detox to intensive longer specialised programmes around women’s health optimisation or intense detox and reshape. Additional specialised programmes will be available such as exclusive hyperbaric treatments for intense tissue oxygenation, in-depth diagnostics, advanced detoxification and health regeneration therapies, cardio-vascular repair and prevention programs, as well as diabetes, obesity management, metabolic and sleep optimization programs.

Nazir Sacoor, CEO of Longevity Wellness Worldwide commented, “Longevity has learned over the years the wide range of clients’ issues and needs when they are looking for a health and wellness holiday. From younger to older clients, from those who lead healthier lifestyles to those who struggle to maintain a wellness way of life, the needs are quite varied amongst different people and the actual needs of one same person evolve over time. Our upcoming flagship Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, is aimed at being a world class product with 360º solutions in health and wellness to meet all such needs.”

In addition to the innovative wellness and medical spa offering, Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel will have two restaurants, including a rooftop Pure Cafe by Longevity with a panoramic view over the bay of Alvor. The Mediterrânico Restaurant by Longevity and the Chill Out & Relax Tea Lounge will be located on the ground floor.

Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel (www.longevitywellnessworldwide.com)

Wellness On The Rock

Wellness comes in many forms. It maybe the calming waters of a floating cruise liner, a relaxing treatment in a spa or a cultural experience to revitalise the mind. A change is as good as a rest so add to these experiences a gigantic rock as a backdrop on British territory and luxury accommodation aboard a yacht hotel. Welcome to Gibraltar and to the Sunborn Yacht Hotel.

Gibraltar is often described as the Cradle of History with numerous statues and memorials to salute its past. There are 30 miles of World War tunnels snaking within the rock, a spectacular cave underneath, dolphins circling,  Barbary apes prying, playing and monkeying around and a cable car ascending its side.

The Rock, Gibraltar’s signature feature, is mostly formed from Jurassic limestone dating over 200 million years. Steep, narrow roads, originally built for donkeys and carts, twist to the upper rock allowing only registered taxis and mini-buses to transport visitors, although weather permitting, the cable car is another option. The journey, whatever form of transport used, is rewarded with enviable scenery.

Clad in hard hats, the series of guided Tunnel tours are fascinating  and factual and should be on the must-do list. They include The Great Siege Tunnels and can take up to 3 hours. The  Mediterranean Steps walk is not for the faint-hearted but avoid carrying food – the monkeys will find it and will throw in free entertainment along the way. The Skywalk, opened by Mark Hamill from Star Wars fame in March 2018, is another look-out spot to take in stunning vistas.

There are various organised tours which include the fishing village of Catalin Bay, Europa Point, the Mosque, the Moorish Castle and St Michael’s cave with a secret underground lake. As for wildlife, Gibraltar’s position between Europe and Africa, the Atlantic and Mediterranean make it an important crossing point for migrating birds, whales and dolphins.

The old fortress walls surround the city with gate archways into Casemates Square which is dotted with restaurants and bars leading to Main Street the artery for shopping where familiar signs for M&S, Shepherds Pie and Morrisons are giveaway clues to its Britishness. Sean Connery and John Lennon were married here and  today, it’s the place to choose if you are in a hurry!

But if you don’t want to travel around the Rock, then you can get a better view watching the opening sequence of James Bond’s Living Daylights, part of which was filmed here or better still you can gaze up at its imposing height and stature from your own private cabin balcony.

The 5* Sunborn Hotel certainly has the novelty factor and is an attraction in itself, floating aside Ocean Village, the harbour district of Gibraltar and can easily be spotted as your plane comes into land.  Built in the design of an ocean cruiser, complete with engines and a bridge, it was the first of its kind and has a permanent residency here.

Although constructed 5 years ago, it still looks and feels new, providing a convenient place to explore Gibraltar with views over the sea to Spain and Morocco. It’s easy to find and very convenient –  just turn left out of the airport, cross the runway, (along with the other 6,000 Spanish and expats), then turn right to a gleaming white yacht hotel.

The entrance is like walking into Swarovski headquarters with a glittering backdrop headlining the reception desk populated with staff wearing welcoming smiles, keen to show off the floating services.

The corridors are wide, fitted with carpets that foot a jazzy design leading to rooms and suites, not cabins. All tastefully designed with quality furnishings, marble modern bathrooms and laced with technology that command a lesson to operate the drapes, lights and sound. And although there are several room types, surprisingly, the most popular are those with views over the runway!

The Sunborn is also an entertainment hub, offering performances from tribute bands, comedy shows  and a Fawlty Towers act which take place in its La Sala Restaurant & Bar. Here  there’s a good choice on the menu, ranging from a Full Rack of BBQ Jack Daniel Pork Ribs, Crispy Won Toon Lasagne to Lamb with Cocoa, Chilli and Watermelon Pico de Gallo while there is a dedicated list of British classics such as Beer Battered Fish and Chips and Surf & Turf for those wanting to feel more at home.  Service is excellent, dishes generous and attractively presented.

Breakfast, buffet style, is served on the top deck in the Barbary Restaurant which it shares with a small outdoor pool and the Aqua Bar all with outlooks over the marina, the Med and the 1400-ft high Rock.

After climbing the Rock, exploring tunnels, VAT-free shopping, dodging monkeys and with a brain overload of historical facts, R&R awaits in the Infinity Spa onboard with  a range of Elemis coated treatments, a sauna to sooth tired muscles, a fitness area to tone and strengthen the body and the Admiral Casino to try your luck.

There’s more to Gibraltar than the Rock and more to an ocean cruiser than sailing.

Visit:  www.sunborngibraltar.com

Visit:  www.visitgibraltar.gi