Kevin Kolb’s health is improving, that much is certain.But he has yet to get back on the practice field for theCardinals, putting his status for Sunday’s game inPhiladelphia very much in doubt.However, not making it to the practice field would notautomatically rule him out for Sunday, according toCardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.“I wouldn’t say that he has to, but I would like for himto [practice],” Whisenhunt said. “It’s all going to be afunction of how much more he can do on his foot. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “He’s made good progress but we have to make sure that hecan still be able to drop and move.”With Kolb it’s about physical limitations more thanmental ones, according to the coach, because whoever theQB is Sunday needs to be able to move around in the pocketagainst an Eagles defense that is as strong as it is fast.In fact, speed is one of the things Whisenhunt is worriedmost about.“They’re a fast team,” he said. “You’ve got to understandthat they’re going to make some plays but you’ve just gotto stay disciplined and not go crazy and get so wrapped upin them making a play that it affects how you operate yourscheme because what that does is lead to more plays, andthat’s when you get into a problem.”Another thing that could pose a problem for the team,simply, is playing on the road. The Cardinals have lost 11straight away from University of Phoenix Stadium, and fewenvironments are as hostile as the one they — andprobably John Skelton — are set to face Sunday.“You don’t ever know until you get in the heat of thebattle, but he certainly appears to be much betterprepared to handle that,” Whisenhunt said of Skelton. Top Stories Comments Share Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to thisreport Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals’ first-team offense looked like their week-ago selves when they took the field Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. against the Minnesota Vikings. The unit needed nine plays to march 93 yards down field in 3:26, ending their opening drive with a one-yard Jonathan Dwyer rushing touchdown on 3rd and Goal.Palmer completed three of six pass attempts on the drive, targeting Larry Fitzgerald on three occasions and hooking up with him for a 20-yard pass down the right sideline. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In the following play, receiver Jaron Brown broke the drive open with a 51-yard run after a screen pass to the left, which featured some key blocking from fellow receiver John Brown.Palmer’s day was done following a four-play, 25-yard second drive, which ended in a punt. In all, he completed 4 of 8 pass attempts, accruing 91 yards thanks to a 91.1 passer rating. Running back Andre Ellington, meanwhile, grabbed just five yards on two rushing attempts.Both Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown retired for the day having reeled in a pair of catches on four targets. John Brown also had a 22-yard reception. – / 25 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share
LISTEN: Darren Urban, AZCardinals.com Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Darnell Dockett’s 11-year tenure with the Arizona Cardinals appears to be over.The 33-year-old defensive tackle, who was set to enter the final year of his contract, has been cut by the team, general manager Steve Keim announced Friday.“We have been very clear about our feelings for Darnell and our desire to have him back,” Keim said in a press release. “After speaking with him and his representatives, we decided that this move today makes the most sense for both the team and the player and allows each to keep all of its options open.” “I think it’s good that this door apparently remains open. I think that makes everybody a little bit more comfortable if he is able to come back here because Darnell will know exactly what the possibility (of a better contract) could have been on the market because he’s going to be able to see it now.”The Cardinals drafted Dockett in the third round (64th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He recorded 40.5 sacks, including a career-high nine in 2007. He missed the entire 2014 season after suffering an ACL tear in preseason play. Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. With Dockett’s release, the Cardinals will gain $6.8 million in salary cap room for the upcoming season, according to azcardinals.com’s Darren Urban.ESPN Stats and Info reports Dockett’s release, combined with the restructured contract of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, will result in a savings of $19.6 million against the cap in 2015.On Tuesday, Keim said the Cards were looking to re-work Dockett’s contract in order to lower his projected cap hit in 2015.Urban noted a return to the Cardinals following a release “is not unprecedented,” as the team cut offensive tackle Levi Brown in 2012 before re-signing him two days later.“If you just kind of read the comments from Steve Keim in the release, it feels like there’s still that door being open,” Urban told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday. Urban said Dockett will have plenty of time to gauge the market before the NFL’s free agency period begins March 10. He said Dockett and the Cardinals should know “sooner rather than later” whether he will re-sign with the team.“I think that he would be able to get fairly quickly an idea of what he’ll be valued at around the league and know how to measure that against whatever the Cardinals might be offering,” he said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
He also became the first player in franchise history to top 2,000 scrimmage yards in a single season.The Cardinals (6-9-1) never trailed, and were only threatened late, surviving a trio of Russell Wilson fourth-quarter touchdowns.Wilson finished with 350 passing yards and four touchdowns.Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer went 16-of-26 for 284 yards and a touchdown, but more importantly, he moved the Cardinals 50 yards on eight plays in 60 seconds to set up Catanzaro for the game-winning kick.In addition to Johnson’s run at history, it was a career day for J.J. Nelson, who caught Palmer’s lone touchdown and ended the game with 132 receiving yards.The Seahawks (9-5-1) had not lost at home this season, and now they’ve lost two of three overall.The Cardinals’ win snapped a two-game losing streak. They’ve still yet to lose three straight under head coach Bruce Arians.THE GOODSet up by Calais Campbell’s fumble recovery, Johnson scored the game’s first touchdown, a two-yard run for a 7-0 lead at the 7:52 mark of the first quarter. For Johnson, it was his 14th rushing touchdown, tying John David Crow (14 in 1962) for the most in team history in a single season, and 18th total touchdown, establishing a new franchise single-season record by surpassing Crow’s 17 in 1962. Johnson finished the first quarter with 22 rushing yards. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 13 Comments Share Held without a sack in the past four games, Cardinals LB Chandler Jones dropped Wilson on Seattle’s first possession for a three-yard loss. It was Jones’ ninth sack of the season, the most on the team. That was until Markus Golden recorded his ninth and 10th sacks, taking down Wilson on Seattle’s second and third possessions, respectively. Golden became the 10th player in franchise history with 10.0 or more sacks in a season and the first since John Abraham in 2013.All he does is score touchdowns, at least in recent weeks. Nelson made it seven touchdowns in his past eight games when he caught an 80-yard pass from Palmer to cap a three-play, 91-yard drive in 90 seconds and make it 14-0 Arizona at the 3:53 mark of the second quarter. It marked the longest scoring pass play by an opponent in the history of CenturyLink Field. By the way, Nelson now leads all Cardinals players with six touchdown catches.Seven straight goal-to-go plays, including four from the one-yard line, and the Cardinals defense held the Seahawks to only a field goal over their final two possessions in the first half. Rodney Gunter ended Seattle’s first drive inside the 10-yard line with a sack on 4th-and-goal. It was the fifth time Wilson was dropped, and for Gunter, it was his first sack of the season. He also recorded a blocked field goal, knocking down a 45-yard first-quarter attempt. With surgical precision, Wilson carved up the Cardinals defense to pull the Seahawks to within a possession, 21-18, at the 8:49 mark of the fourth quarter. He passed for 62 yards, completing 4-of-5 attempts, and rushed for 17 yards on three carries in what was a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive in 4:43. The big play was the touchdown, a 42-yard throw to Doug Baldwin, who outran Williams in coverage for the score, his first of the game and seventh of the season.There were two more Wilson fourth-quarter touchdown tosses, the latter of which tied the game at 31 with 60 seconds left to play after the PAT was hooked to the left. Wilson found Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson for 37- and five-yard scores, respectively, on consecutive possessions sandwiched around a three-and-out by the Cardinals. All four of Wilson’s touchdowns came in the second half, and his four scores were a season-best, giving him 20 on the year.STAT OF THE GAME3: The Cardinals earned their third win in Seattle since 2013, which is as many wins in Seattle as the rest of the NFL combined during that span.HE SAID IT“Our D-line has been beating their O-line for three years, and we’re doing it again,” Arians told Paul Calvisi at halftime, referring to the Cardinals five first-half sacks of Wilson. NOTED– Fitzgerald’s first-quarter pass attempt was the third of his career, including the playoffs.– Catanzaro’s 53-yard third-quarter missed field goal was his seventh miss of the season.– Cole Toner made his 2016 season debut, playing one fourth-quarter snap as a fullback.– Tony Jefferson suffered a first-quarter knee injury; he was hurt on the game’s first punt.– Taylor Boggs suffered a first-quarter shoulder injury; he was replaced by Evan Boehm.– With the victory, Arians moved into third place on the franchise all-time wins list with 40.– With the victory, Arians improved to 3-1 vs. the Seahawks in Seattle with the Cardinals.– Among the Cardinals’ seven inactive players were Marcus Cooper and D.J. Humphries.UP NEXTFor one final time this season, the Cardinals will suit up and play a game of tackle football.And they’ll do so on the road.The Cardinals ring in the new year in Los Angeles, where they’ll face the Rams on Sunday, Jan. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning five hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.It’s the Cardinals’ first game in L.A. since 1994, and they have not won in L.A. since 1992. ‘Tis the season, and the Arizona Cardinals were in a giving mood on Saturday.They gave the Seahawks their first home loss, winning at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, 34-31, on Chandler Catanzaro’s 43-yard field goal as time expired.David Johnson rushed for three touchdowns and extended his NFL-record of 100-plus scrimmage yards to a 15th straight game to open a season with 136 total yards, including 95 rushing yards. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals had won four of five against the Rams before losing earlier this season, 17-13 in Week 4.The Rams last swept the Cardinals in 2012.Overall, the series is tied 37-37-2, dating back to 1937. – / 18 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) reacts as teammates cheer after he kicked a winning field goal on the final play against the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Only seven players in NFL history have 100 or more receptions in four different seasons. Larry Fitzgerald became the seventh with a 16-yard fourth-quarter catch, his second grab of the game (194 consecutive games with a reception, the third-longest in league history). Three players later, Johnson scored from a yard out for a 21-10 lead at the 13:32 mark. For Johnson, it was his record-breaking 15th rushing touchdown plus gave him 11 career multi-touchdown efforts.THE BADPenalties. The Cardinals committed four in the first quarter for 55 yards. There was Justin Bethel and Jermaine Gresham each called for holding, Brandon Williams flagged for defensive holding and an offsides marker on the defense. Two more penalties were committed in the second quarter, including a second call on Gresham, who was whistled for taunting, his second such penalty in three weeks. That unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the Cardinals out of field goal range.Three times, or twice more than the entire first half, the Seahawks converted on third down on the opening possession of the second half. They moved the chains on 3rd-and-2, 3rd-and-10 and 3rd-and goal; the latter of which was a Wilson two-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse, who beat Bethel in coverage for his first touchdown catch of the season. The score capped a 13-play, 66-yard drive in 6:40 and made it 14-10 Arizona at the 8:20 mark of the third quarter.
Though the franchise’s value remained stagnant between 2017 and 2018, it’s worth noting that Arizona’s value is more than double what it was in 2014 when the franchise was worth just $1 billion.Related LinksCardinals remain steadfast in support of wide receiversWhile overall team value didn’t change from 2017 to 2018, the Cardinals’ operating income actually decreased since last year. This year, Arizona’s operating income is $74 million, compared to last year’s figure of $87 million.However, one figure that increased for the Cardinals in 2018 is total revenue. In 2017, the Cardinals generated $370 million in revenue, but in one year’s difference, that number increased by $10 million to $380 million.At the top of the Forbes list, the Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable team in the NFL for the 12th consecutive season and the world’s most valuable sporting franchise.“America’s Team” is worth $5 billion, which is a 4 percent increase from 2017. For the 2018 season, the Cowboys have a revenue of $864 million and an operating income of $365 million.At the other end of the scale, the Bills are the least valuable NFL franchise in 2018.Despite their first playoff appearance since 1999 last year, the Bills are worth just $1.6 billion, and the team generates the fourth-lowest revenue in the NFL. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 4 Comments Share It was a busy offseason for the Arizona Cardinals with the hire of Steve Wilks as the new head coach, the signing of Sam Bradford and the selection of Josh Rosen in the 2018 NFL Draft.Though the personnel may have changed, the team is worth the same amount of money as 2017.According to Forbes’ 2018 NFL team valuations, the Cardinals are worth $2.150 billion, the exact same value the team had in 2017. This number places Arizona in the middle of the pack at 23rd in the NFL for the 2018 season.
The offense also gives the offensive line an easier job “just because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Gilbert added.A run-pass option (RPO) or a scramble from Murray could change the complexion of a play. Such things will keep Murray’s own teammates on their toes for a full possession before the whistle blows. Same goes for opponents.“Our offense is all about timing,” Gilbert said. “We can be deep-step throw and guys think it’s a run play.”Unlike Pugh, Humphries has experience working for a mobile quarterback.At Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C., he played with Marquise Williams, a dual-threat quarterback who in his senior year of college at North Carolina threw for 3,072 yards while rushing for 948 more. How’s that shaped his perception of what to expect with Murray leading Arizona’s offense?“I think it’s going to be fun,” Humphries said.EXTRA POINTS— Humphries (knee) is “not sure” when he’ll be able to fully participate in practice. “Just trying to kind of play it by ear and see how things feel the day after,” he said.His weight is at a more slim-looking 305 pounds, and Humphries said he has worked hard to be in shape. He’s also taken up pilates in the offseason. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He didn’t reveal how often he’d use four-receiver sets (1-0 formation). Kingsbury called it a misnomer to assume Arizona’s offense will operate at light speed at all times or that it would be pass-heavy, putting too much time of possession on the Cardinals’ own defense.Related LinksCardinals support Patrick Peterson, other absent vets at voluntary OTAsCardinals’ Kirk on former college teammate Murray: ‘He’s just electric’Patrick Peterson leads Doug & Wolf’s 4 downs to start Cardinals OTAsKliff Kingsbury’s offense may lead to resurgence of David JohnsonBut then there was this hint dropped by starting offensive guard Justin Pugh: “Today the first play we ran, he kept that thing, kept rolling.”“He” is Kyler Murray, and there’s no doubt the No. 1 overall pick, 5-foot-10 and 1/8 inches of him, makes the Cardinals different.Regardless of how little Arizona wants to keep under wraps, that’s not in question.“Eli Manning didn’t take off too much, Sam Bradford didn’t take off too much,” Pugh added of his last two quarterbacks he’s had to begin a season. “This is my first go at it with a mobile quarterback, but have you seen him throw the ball? I think he’s going to stay back there and sling that thing, too.”Not much changes for the running backs, receivers and offensive linemen regarding playing with the likes of Murray. It’s just that he — his teammates hope — makes their jobs a little bit easier. “It’s been legit. It’s probably the hardest workout I’ve ever done,” Humphries said.— Kingsbury on wide receiver Kevin White, the Chicago Bears’ seventh overall pick in 2015 who has been hit by injuries throughout his career. “I know people who coached him in college (at West Virginia), very close to those guys. They speak the world of him. That’s what we’ve seen. Hard working, focused, wants to be great. Has a lot to prove, obviously. Has a great skill set.”— Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche was also not participating in the team portions of practice but was on the sideline working by himself as he recovers from a late-season ACL injury. TEMPE, Ariz. — Monday marked the first day that Arizona Cardinals veterans and rookies both gathered, and it brought the first real opportunity to begin discerning just what this Kliff Kingsbury offense will look like.Getting the first-year head coach to talk about its identity as it makes an NFL transition from the elite spread attack Kingsbury operated at Texas Tech was like pulling teeth.At the first day of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs), the head coach said he wasn’t sure how often the Cardinals will snap it out of the shotgun — though he did make sure to mention that the Kansas City Chiefs ran the NFL’s best offense snapping it in the gun more than 80% of the time. For the Cardinals, the good news is they feel confident that the group doing the most protecting of their top asset is “on schedule” healthwise, as Kingsbury described it.Pugh is healthy after a knee injury ended his 2018 season, his first with the Cardinals. He said he’s been playing mostly left guard in practice.Left tackle D.J. Humphries does not have a timeline for when he’ll be able to go at full speed but went through individual drills Monday after he also ended the year shut down with a knee issue.Center A.Q. Shipley missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL and worked on the side individually during 20 minutes to open Cardinals voluntary OTAs. Right guard J.R. Sweezy and right tackle Marcus Gilbert are the new members of the offensive line, the former a free agent addition from Seattle and the latter a trade pickup from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both appeared healthy.So on a day when several key figures were missing from the voluntary practice, the offensive line was present and attempting to build cohesiveness.“This offense is offensive-line friendly,” Gilbert said. “Just the scheme and the ball going out as fast as it is and guys running all over the field, and you have a quarterback who can throw the ball any direction, any tight spaces … he’s a hell of a runner.” 10 Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury watch his team during an NFL Football organized team activity, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Aman has announced the launch of Amanera, scheduled to open in the Dominican Republic in late 2015.Overlooking Playa Grande Beach, Amanera will be the first golf-integrated Aman, situated along the Playa Grande Golf Course, renowned for having the most ocean-side holes in the Western hemisphere.Designed by John Heah, the resort is perched on 60-foot cliffs and features 25 Casitas rather than traditional rooms or suites, that reflect the landscape of the surrounding region.Each of the one-bedroomed Casitas enjoys unobstructed ocean vistas from an expansive terrace, outdoor seating and lounging areas and through floor-to-ceiling windows from the spacious, high-ceilinged living and sleeping areas. Every Casita is accessed via a winding pathway through a private garden and 13 Casitas feature their own 10-metre private swimming pools.Guests will also enjoy access to the Aman Clubhouse, fitness centre, tennis courts and the Aman Spa.For further information and reservations please visit: www.amanresorts.com/amanera
Go back to the e-newsletterLocated in the heart of the Swiss Alps, far from city pollution, the Leukerbad Clinic is the perfect place to regenerate. Recognised by the Swiss health authorities since 1961, the medical retreat has recently been fully modernised and now steps into the future.The multidisciplinary team is committed to protecting its patients’ health and letting them benefit from Leukerbad’s experience, with programmes designed to be fully personalised, according to each patient’s state of health. For every request, the Leukerbad Clinic sends a detailed estimate to the patient listing the different medical and hospitality services.Leukerbad offer an anti-ageing programme that has been adapted to achieve maximum effect over a shorter period. A specialty of the clinic for many years, the programme relies on different cutting-edge techniques to detoxify, revitalise and stimulate the patient at a cellular level. It offers an approach based on the use of advanced therapeutic products which strengthen the immune system and aid recovery after certain health problems. Accompanied by a special diet, it also helps to eliminate toxic substances and metabolic residues.Leukerbad offers the unique possibility for all-round detoxification, fighting toxic metabolites, unsaturated fats, heavy metals and the like. Over time, theses substances accumulate in the body and can have biochemical or cellular effects which can trigger the onset of pathologies. Their elimination is therefore essential. A medicalised detoxification treatment has been developed using synthetic products which have the ability to drain harmful substances from the body. To achieve the best possible results, medicalised detoxification should be accompanied by a detoxifying and hypotoxic diet.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterSpecialising in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, Quark Expeditions has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years. Whether retracing legendary explorer footsteps to the North Pole, connecting with traditional Arctic communities or venturing to the 7th continent to witness penguin chicks hatching, its itineraries suit any traveller’s goals and passions.Quark’s fleet of specially equipped small expedition vessels are built for the challenging yet fragile polar environments, so they can confidently take voyagers to places that ordinary cruise companies wouldn’t dream of going. From a nuclear-powered icebreaker capable of reaching the North Pole to premium all-balcony, all-suite hybrid vessel World Explorer, all ships surpass safety standards for the most extreme conditions.Led by passionate and seasoned Expedition Teams, including scientists, ‘penguinologists’, historians, glaciologists and special guests, the onboard program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience. Off the ship, guests can enjoy robust activities and explorations such as camping on the ice, paddleboarding, hiking, kayaking, photography, snowshoeing or a bracing polar plunge. Quark’s Language Program makes polar adventure travel even more accessible as all voyages are offered in English and Mandarin. Other languages can also be accommodated, including Japanese.Quark Expeditions is known for its unwavering commitment to safety and sustainability, including its partnership with The Nature Conservancy (USA).Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterGuests exploring the natural beauty of Chile and Argentina can now enjoy specialist guided small group journeys with luxury brand andBeyond. Covering two sought-after destinations, travellers can opt for either the Wine and Country Expedition or the Patagonia Lakes Expedition, each with its own highlights and captivating scenery.Travelling in style, groups of just four to 10 guests can relax, unwind and enjoy the comfort of either a Land Rover Discovery 4 or a Discovery Sport, while renowned expert specialist andBeyond guide Gary James hosts them on one of the 11-day off-the-beaten-path bucket list adventures. The luxury vehicles were chosen specifically for the spacious comfort they provide for long stretches of highway, as well as their ability to effortlessly traverse the off-road terrain.With three exclusive departures for 2018 to choose from, this is the perfect way to explore the timeless beauty, pristine landscapes and hidden gems of Chile and Argentina.Wine & Country ExpeditionThe adventure kicks off in Santiago, Chile’s dynamic capital, with an exploration of the city’s barrios. This insider tour provides insight into the origins of the city and its expansion over the course of the last 200 years.The second leg of the journey focuses on Chile’s award-winning wine country, with stops at some of the country’s most innovative wineries. Constantly evolving, Chilean wines are forever being tweaked and improved and grape varieties rediscovered.Heading south, the next stop is Pucón, renowned for its sprawling natural beauty and cultural highlights. Guests can stay on a 40-hectare farm, taste respected wines, sample fresh, organic produce from the farm, burn off some energy with a wide assortment of guided outdoor adventure activities and experience the art, cuisine and culture of the Mapuche, Chile’s main ethnic group.The journey continues south to the Lakes Region of Argentina, with excursions to San Martin de los Andes and the legendary town of Bariloche, which is dominated by towering peaks and crystal clear lakes. Travellers experience a road surrounded by majestic mountains, verdant forests, cascading waterfalls, rich heritage, winding roads and the open sky.Patagonia Lakes ExpeditionThe tour begins in Puerto Varas, a charming town steeped in history, where travellers can stroll past the German-inspired architecture, lush gardens and quaint shops. The route then turns, deep into the heart of northern Patagonia, with its snow-capped volcanoes and ancient lush forests.Explorers then head to Pumalín Park, where they can learn about ongoing conservation projects, before heading south to Futaleufú, a small town made famous for its river and world-class rafting. The tour crosses into Argentina to see the legendary Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes.The trip ends back in Chile, in the enchanting Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, situated in the middle of the Chilean Patagonian rainforest.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterSol Spa, a blissful spa escape within Vaucluse’s new food and lifestyle destination, The Botanica, has opened in Sydney. Sitting adjacent to the recently launched farm-to-fork restaurant, The Botanica Vaucluse, Sol Spa offers the ideal place to relax and unwind among a lush fragrant oasis inspired by wellness, nature and health.After a wander through the surrounding gardens, guests enter the spa where the scent of lemongrass perfumes the air. Ancient relics, luscious plants and comforting throws accent the stunning space designed by Evette Moran Interiors, while heavenly spa treatments by therapists reenergise the mind, body and soul.Guests will be greeted with a cup of organic herbal tea on arrival before being guided through treatments available in the relaxation lounge, ensuring a customised experience that is suited to each individual. The highly trained therapists have been carefully chosen for their diverse range of expertise and knowledge.Sol Spa’s extensive treatment menu includes signature massages, facials, body treatments, body scrubs and a range of holistic and traditional therapies to heal the body, including the Chi Nei Tsang, a Chinese healing touch therapy focusing on abdominal massage, and the Shirodhara treatment, where warm oil is gently poured on the third eye to aid in deep relaxation. The space makes their own aromatherapy oils using an organic almond-based oil mixed with pure essential oils such as lemongrass, lavender and geranium, which they use alongside spices and herbs to revitalise and detoxify guests.The stars of the spa menu are the two-hour packages, perfect for those who are wanting complete body pampering. The two-hour ‘Indulgence Package’ allows guests to unwind into deep relaxation with a tip-to-toe treatment including a customised massage tailored to your individual needs, a facial treatment to deeply nourish the skin, and the ‘Absolute Pamper Package’ which begins with a dry body brush followed by nourishing coconut scrub to rehydrate the skin, a steam shower, full body massage to relieve tension, pressure-point facial massage, and blissful scalp massage to finish.Guests can dine in the lush spa courtyard with a delicious Sol Spa Bento Box (only available with certain packages) designed by The Botanica Vaucluse’s Executive Chef, Perry Hill. The Bento Boxes come full of fresh, organic, farm to fork ingredients that change with the seasons, and some of which come directly from the kitchen garden at The Botanica Vaucluse. Think pickled globe artichoke and chickpea fritters; buffalo mozzarella with snow peas, capers and lemon; crisp-fried Red Gate Farm quail with kale and sunflower seeds; and roast heirloom carrots with hummus, blood lime, macadamia nuts and feta.Guests can also enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner after their treatment at The Botanica Vaucluse, a relaxed dining restaurant nestled among fragrant herbs, citrus trees and strawberry bushes that has a philosophy centred around a commitment to local growers and wholesome, seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Perry Hill sources much of his produce from the kitchen garden or The Botanica’s own Jamberoo Valley Farm which inspires the not only the restaurant dishes, but the house-made gin and the whimsical copper archway by Charlie Albone, cascading with hanging succulents at the entrance.Sol Spa is open Tuesday–Saturday, between 10am and 6pm.For more information, see www.thebotanicavaucluse.com.au/sol-spaGo back to the enewsletter