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Jump for joy at Jumby Bay

Luxury accommodations, spectacular views, romantic opportunities and a Couples Retreat package will get your first few days together off to a blissful start!

Antigua, West Indies (July 12, 2011) – Let other addresses promise a honeymoon to remember, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort off the coast of Antigua delivers one you’ll never forget. Renowned among Antigua luxury resorts as a hot spot for Caribbean destination weddings, the inclusive private island resort is the perfect location to celebrate the first few days of your lives together, with luxury guest quarters, spectacular views of turquoise waters and lush tropical foliage, and romantic opportunities at every turn.  The resort’s newly designed one-bedroom Estate Suite is a breathlessly romantic hideaway for honeymooners, with design inspired by beachy hues and island textures. Or, settle into one of Jumby Bay’s eight Private Estate Homes including Frangipani Point, a NEW four-bedroom oceanfront villa with lush tropical gardens, a beautiful freshwater pool and private butler service.

Jumby Bay’s “Privileges of Privacy” menu offers honeymoon couples private events to share. Take your pick of engaging diversions such as a Private Chef’s Table or Private Beach Dinner with four courses and paired wine; Private Stargazing accompanied by wine, cheese and a tour of the heavens with Resident Astronomer David Stubbs; a Private Spa Evening pour deux with couples treatments, dinner and dessert at the new Sense®, A Rosewood Spa; a Private Visit to a Local Potter for an exclusive work of art the two of you will cherish; or Private Tennis Lessons for two with a resort tennis pro.  Of course, Jumby Bay also offers dedicated Wedding Packages, an exclusive Island Buyout Package, and an experienced Wedding Coordinator to assure that the happiest day of your lives goes off without a hitch.  Enjoy a honeymoon you’ll never forget with a Couples Retreat Package at Jumby Bay, including:

  • Accommodations for seven nights in a Pool Suite, Estate Suite or Beachside Courtyard Suite
  • Private chauffeured round-trip airport transfers
  • Bottle of chilled Champagne and culinary amenity upon arrival
  • Full breakfast, lunch, diner, beverages, cocktails and house wine by the glass daily
  • One romantic dinner on the beach
  • Stargazing and Moonlight Massage in a private spa couples suite
  • Nightly amenities and special departure gift
  • From $10,000 for a Pool Suite, $13,300 for an Estate Suite and $8,795 for a Beachside Courtyard Suite based on double occupancy, plus 10.5% government tax and 10% service. Available through November 20, 2011, based on availability; blackout dates may apply.

Moonlight dinner defines romance

In addition to the details above, rates are inclusive of daily water sports, use of two resort pools, three tennis courts, fitness center, croquet lawn and putting green. For more information or to reserve a Couples Retreat at Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort please contact 888-ROSEWOOD, or 268-462-6000, or visit www.jumbybayresort.com.

About Jumby Bay

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort is an inclusive luxury retreat set on its own enchanting 300-acre private island two miles off the coast of Antigua in the West Indies. Accessible only by boat, the resort offers upscale travelers a relaxed and authentic Caribbean escape with superb white-sand beaches and lush tropical environs.  In December 2009, Jumby Bay revealed a $28 million resort-wide transformation. Closed since June 2008, the ultra-luxe, resort hideaway re-emerged with an array of absolutely brand new enticements; including its first-ever Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, 28 new spacious suites and fully enhanced accommodations, new open-air Verandah, new Pool Grille bistro-style restaurant, and a pair of $18-million Estate Homes with private pools, tennis courts, and full access to the many amenities of Jumby Bay. For active travelers, Jumby Bay offers watersports, tennis, hiking and biking trails, a fitness center and a new oceanfront infinity pool. In 2007, Jumby Bay was named the “World’s Best Caribbean Resort” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Readers’ Survey. It also ranked among the “Top 25 Caribbean Resorts” on Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2009, and was included on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in 2009. For more information and reservations, call 888.ROSEWOOD.

About Rosewood Hotels & Resort

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages one-of-a-kind luxury properties in the world’s most desired destinations. Rosewood properties embrace the company’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, reflecting the history, architecture, scale and sensibilities of the destination. With 18 properties in eight countries, the Rosewood collection includes some of the most legendary hotels and resorts in the world, including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek® in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, as well as contemporary classics such as Rosewood Sand Hill® in California, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende® in Mexico, and, now, Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. Rosewood also offers Sense® spa – featuring treatments reflective of the location’s culture and natural environment – available exclusively at select properties.

 

Proud Sons of Eire: from Sligo to SF - The Hooks!

Tonight: O’Reillys, San Francisco 3.17.11

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona dár gcairde agus teaghlach!

It’s noon on St. Patrick’s Day, you are getting a myriad of emails from your friends, many who are leaving the office not to return until the next day. Because you are known to be of Irish descent, you are also the de facto ‘help desk’ for all Celtic related activities on the Feast of St. Patrick. It’s a lot of responsibility, as what many people like to do on this day, is the opposite of what you like to do, and least of all, the preposterous activity of consuming green beer or gathering in a crowded bar. A guy outside your window bellows to a friend across the street:

“Duuuude…..meet you at the Irish Bank at 4, it’s going to be EPIC! [lol!!!]“

Sartre’s famous quote, ‘hell is other people’ comes to mind, and then you brush it away and attempt to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, because it is a holiday, just not one that you are accustomed to celebrating in a bar.

You conjure up a quick visual: a Marina-infused emporium of the Financial District’s Phi Kappa Sigma set, spilled pints and speakers blaring U2, a  line that goes for miles just to get a drink. Irish whiskey in a plastic cup (egads!). Girls squealing OH MY GOD!!!!!  It’s a mashup of Spring Break, and an Irish-themed meat market.

You have a chat with yourself, your Irish ancestors, and your conscience, and wonder why you can’t turn back the clock to a more heartfelt St. Patrick’s Day when you were growing up:  With set dancing and jigs, Irish tenors in the back ground, corned beef and cabbage, little kids running around screaming bloody murder and flogging each other senseless, Jameson’s Irish coffees and Guinness all around, and everyone belting out off key ballads. Great uncles are talking about WW2 stuff. A kelly-green cake with leprechaun icing sits on the kitchen table, shamrocks decorate the front door, and a Luck of the Irish FTD floral arrangement adorns the dining room table. Your grandfather rocks his Glen Plaid Pendleton and a green carnation singing Danny Boy to anyone who crosses the threshhold. It’s not glamorous but it’s fabulous and it’s your family. You miss it and them. You ask yourself if you can really brave this Irish Bank business as you hang your head in nostalgia, and a tinge of sadness, recalling family St. Patrick’s day celebrations of yore, and then PING! Another email hits your In Box.

Okay, let’s look at this new social opportunity:

“Hey, gal, let’s do St. Patrick’s Day a little differently: Proud sons of Sligo, and SF’s own, The Hooks, at O’Reilly’s in North Beach promises to be a Celtic Caelie of the highest order. Let’s go!

Going, going, gone. SOLD! To the girl who was on the fence about going out into the nefarious and commercial world of St. Patrick’s Day in San Francisco.

The Deets:

The Hooks play at 8 pm in what promises to be the ultimate date night blitz of rock, punk, and Irish Trad. Admission is free before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. There will be traditional set dancing and music, and O’Reilly’s is blocking off the street, so it promises to be more of a Caelie than a booze fest (although for those who desire that, there is a well appointed bar and restaurant). The O’Reilly family puts on the famed SF Oyster fest and had a lovely after party following the last Pogues show and are indeed a class act. Thank you O’Reilly’s for offering us an alternative!

Bring your sweetie to a barn burner with The Hooks. Great at parties, pre-events or even your wedding (they dominated Operation Aisle Style Alterna-Bridal Fashion Event) – and have a hot date with The Hooks.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona dár gcairde agus teaghlach!

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About

The Hooks New Album - ‘Everything Is Golden’

The Hooks new album ‘Everything Is Golden’ is a maelstrom of sound. Low-fi gritty garage band punk blends modern rock with with a dash of traditional Irish folk sensibilities.

‘Everything is Golden’ mashes up influences from many countries: Ireland’s famous sense of black humor and literary exploits, America’s rock n’ roll roots to Russia’s Bolshevik trad.

‘The Commuter’ is an anthem for the working class hero who knows all too well the drudgery of heading every day to a cubicle forming a cycle of banality that never ends for the wage slave. ‘So May Questions’ has been described as ‘a song Tarantino would use in a bank heist scene.’

‘Everything Is Golden’s’ folky cadence starts off in Moscow and moves and ends up on a rollicking joy ride straight to hell.

WEB:
www.thehooksmusic.com
www.myspace.com/thehooks
http://thehooks.fanbridge.com

BLOG:
http://twitter.com/THEHOOKS
www.facebook.com Search: The Hooks
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheHooks
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http://thehooks.bandcamp.com/

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