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Fagali’i Airport on Upolu Island

The Fagali Airport (FGI) is a small single airstrip in Apia, Upolu at latitude – 13.8486996 and longitude at – 171.7400055. The WAC is 892. This airport operates in the GMT time zone at +1300 hours.

The Samoan government owned and operated the Fagali Airport, but now ownership has transferred to the Polynesian Airlines. In the past, this airport was only a grass airstrip, no concrete, but was paved in July 2002. However, the airport was decommissioned in January 2005 because of safety concerns, including environmental issues and loud noise complaints from local communities. However, it was reopened in July 2009 resuming service to Pago Pago (a 20 minute trip), Faleolo Airport, the and American Samoa island (Under 2 hour trip).

The population of Fagali is 1,571, very safe for tourists to visit. Upon arrival, non-US citizens need to have at least one blank page in their passports to gain entry to their country. Most come to explore the surrounding natural areas.

Ground transportation is available upon departing the airport. There are many hotels nearby and luxury, world-class resorts such as the Taumeasina on the coast.

The closest airport to Fagali is the Faleolo International Airport 25 miles away on the west coast of Apia. The entire island of Upolu has a stunning landscape with some of the most remote rainforests in the world. There are mesmerizing volcanic mountains, naturally beautiful cascading waterfalls, and picturesque coastlines for miles. This island is a true hidden charm perfect to explore by foot.

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Hotel Eden: The Dorchester Collection in Rome

Situated in the heart of the Eternal City is an addition to the international hotel chain, The Dorchester Collection. The hotel boasts the luxurious amenities and services that one would anticipate from such a renowned name, but also manages to flawlessly adopt the comforting, quaint atmosphere of a traditional Italian inn within its 121 room edifice located just minutes away from the Spanish Steps.

Millions of people from all across the globe conglomerate in one of the world’s most iconic cities that still bears the hand prints of its founders. From the Colosseum to the Trevi Foundation, Rome is more than just a city. It’s an international symbol. The Hotel Eden is an oasis for travelers, one that has provided both convenience in the form of proximity to major historical landmarks since 1889 and comfort with refined and classical suites that have hosted both tourists and royal dignitaries alike throughout its illustrious history.

One booking a room at Hotel Eden has several options to choose from. The most basic package, the Single Superior, is a reprieve for the individual traveler who wants to not just lay their head down after a long day exploring the ancient streets of Rome, but also unwind and find a tranquil and rejuvenating break within their vacation. Located on the third or fourth floor, a Single Superior room at Hotel Eden provides its guests with a view of the charming internal courtyard and features one of the hotel’s staple luxurious Italian marble bathrooms.

There are a variety of other room packages available, but the most noteworthy is the Penthouse Suite. This is Hotel Eden’s prize-winning feature aside from the famous rooftop restaurant, La Terazza dell’Eden. Accessible via a private elevator, the Penthouse Suite boasts a minimalistic design that is sprinkled with a delightful mix of classic and modern touches. The sixth floor suite features a study, living room, spacious master bedroom, two separate wardrobes and breathtaking views through the large windows that encircle the entire suite. The rooftops of Rome and the towering mountains beyond are able to be taken in from any vantage point, and for those traveling with a larger party, the Double Deluxe room next door can be rented and used to transform the Penthouse Suite into a full two-bedroom apartment. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge service as well as nonstop room service, Wi-Fi, hypoallergenic pillows, twice-a-day housekeeping, a 47″ flat screen LCD TV and Bose sound system with iPod dock in the living room and an en-suite master bath that holds a spa jacuzzi tub, double vanity and separate shower.

Hotel Eden is an Italian getaway that boasts the features, service and infallible elegance that The Dorchester Collection is renowned for, all inside one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations.

The Antique Wine Company Continues to Expand Services to High-End Global Clients

The Antique Wine Company is a London-based purveyor of fine and rare wines, established in 1982 by Stephen Williams. Originally working as a company that staged wine tastings in people’s homes, the Antique Wine Company is now a multi-million pound business headquartered in Marleybone, Central London, that has more than 20,000 clients in 70 countries and specializes in selling rare vintages. In addition to its main office, AWC has two offices in Asia to help supply the growing worldwide demand for fine wines from private individuals, hotels and restaurants.

Beginning in 2013 with the formation of AWC Global PLC, an amalgamation of the company’s trading entities, AWC embarked on a multi-year, global programme of expansion into traditional and emerging fine wine and spirits markets. To that end, the company announced two senior appointments to its international sales and management team, tapping Stuart Young as sales director for AWC’s London headquarters, and Jean Philippe Guillot as Asian sales director in the company’s Hong Kong and Manila offices. The move is part of AWC’s commitment to increase its management team by more than 100 percent over the next two years.

Williams, who is now AWC’s managing director, has indicated that his company intends to continue delivering an extraordinary level of expertise and individualized attention to its international clients, particularly in the Asian market that has comprised about 40 percent of the company’s sales during the past several years.

AWC offers a variety of services to its clients, including exclusive online deals for purchasing bottles along with a dedicated purchasing team to service individuals who wish to sell bottles in their collection to make room for new wines. Dedicated insurance through AON to protect investments in individual bottles or entire collections is also available through AWC. Services include delivery of wine and spirits along with storage.

For individuals or entities with large wine collections, AWC offers cellar design and management. AWC’s VIP services include supplying wine for large events such as weddings, special events and other large parties. Clients can also request concierge packages, expert-led masterclasses and sommelier services for any event along with a selection of corporate wine services. Visit their Twitter page for more updates/ news.