The Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels in collaboration with Forbes Africa Magazine and the Brussels Press Club aimed at promoting the new tourism brand of Ethiopia dubbed as ‘Ethiopia, The Land Of Origins’ in Europe. The event had attendance from over hundred tourism professionals, tour operators, diplomats, journalists, and investors.During the event, it was explained that the present situation in the country is completely safe for tourists. Following the restoration of sustainable peace and stability in Ethiopia, several countries have been encouraged to visit the country. During the reported period, 439,359 tourists visited the country. And the profit made was over 1.6 billion dollars, the report from the embassy explained.Speaking during the occasion, Bisrat Tedla, General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines Benelux Office, gave some insights about Ethiopian’s modern fleet and services, both in terms of international and domestic flights.Past achievements and current efforts have contributed to march forward on the country’s aim to become a leading tourism destination. A sign for this commitment is the establishment of a tourism policy, as well as a National Tourism Council chaired by the Prime Minister of the country. It is recalled that Ethiopia has been chosen 2016 best tourism destination, with the dozens of its cultural and historical, tangible and intangible heritages registered in the UNESCO.
Go back to the e-newsletterSetting a new standard for wellness retreats in Asia, luxury resort REVĪVŌ officially opened on 30 March on three hectares of lush land in Bali.Meaning “I’ll live again”, the concept of REVĪVŌ is to soothe the spirit, rejuvenate the body and enrich the mind in a complete journey that includes relaxation activities, spa and holistic medicine treatments, and a personalised nutritional program.The resort offers 16 Balinese-style suites (including two four-bedroom villas that can be booked for more exclusive retreats), a restaurant, bar and pool-side lounge, spa, hybrid fitness area and events space.Located amid the hills of Nusa Dua in south Bali, REVĪVŌ is surrounded by teak forest, dense tropical rainforest and the Indian Ocean for the ultimate decompression from bustling city life. The resort offers bespoke programs based on individual needs, with the goal of achieving holistic healing through mind training and self-awareness, rather than Western methods that treat illness or injuries in isolation. While each retreat can be tailor-made to suit individual goals, there is a regular schedule of immersive programs led by experts which range in duration from three to 14 days long.This includes:Emotional balance and mind trainingDetox and organic weight lossSleep wellAnti-ageing and longevityDestress & RelaxMother-to-beFitness is a key component of each retreat, which REVĪVŌ incorporates through a hybrid fitness area located on 8000 square metres of verdant and peaceful land towards the rear of the resort. The area is comprised of a yoga barn, a martial arts hall, a reformed Pilates studio, a gym with TRX, boxing and kinesis equipment, a 25-metre-long lap pool for aqua workouts and a 1500-square-metre landscaped park for outdoor exercises. The fitness offer focuses on hybrid workouts, with as much emphasis placed on inspiration as perspiration. There is a balance between the more intensive Yang – with heart-pumping HIIT sessions – and the softer Yin – with yoga and other gentler meditative and restorative practices like Qi Gong and meditation to simultaneously cultivate physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. From group classes to private sessions or teacher training, the experience is completely customisable to support unique fitness and wellness goals.The food and beverage programme is equally important and is comprised of a restaurant, bar and poolside lounge, each of which operates under the philosophy of serving fresh, organic and balanced meals for guests. Each venue serves food and drinks as close to their natural state as possible, with a mission to sharpen and delight taste buds while continuously supporting health. Carefully designed by REVĪVŌ’s creative nutritionist chef, Aliwalu, the menus offer a selection of healthy recipes made with seasonal ingredients that will be adapted to suit each guest’s nutritional needs. The focus is on high protein dishes which have a balanced amount of healthy fats, are low in carbs and free from gluten – with a Balinese twist. REVĪVŌ aims to support local farmers, sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly products, with no additives, preservatives or refined or processed ingredients in any of the dishes.The third component of REVĪVŌ is the holistic spa, which brings together traditional Balinese healing traditions, aroma, hydro and chromo therapies and facilities to nurture the body and achieve overall wellbeing. The spa stays true to the age-old tradition of using elements from the surrounding environments to heal – each therapeutic treatment, restorative massage and nurturing body and facial treatment is customised by highly skilled therapists using herbal-infused oils, aromas and massage techniques. The spa is comprised of five double treatment rooms, each with their own outdoor bath, and features two hydro-jet Vichy shower beds, hot and chill plunge pools, a Jacuzzi, infrared saunas, steam rooms, beautiful changing rooms, an aromatic garden and a saltwater floating pool set amidst tropical greenery.“We are thrilled to be opening the first resort of REVĪVŌ in Bali, to meet the increasing demand for rejuvenating, mindful travel. We truly believe that the holistic wellness offering, led by a team of experts in their respective fields, will raise the bar for a new level of luxury retreat in Asia,” said Gordon Oldham, co-founder, REVĪVŌ.Bali is the first location for REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts. It will soon be followed by REVĪVŌ Wellness Cruise, Komodo Islands, in early 2019 and REVĪVŌ Château de Fiac, France in mid-2019.Go back to the e-newsletter