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Coastal luxury: 48 hours in Newport Beach, California

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Newport Beach, California is a coastal wonderland and home to some of the best beaches in the world. It’s where leisure and style come together in ten distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own unique charm. From yacht charters and five-star
'Newport Beach, California is a coastal wonderland and home to some of the best beaches in the world. It’s where leisure and style come together in ten distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own unique charm. From yacht charters and five-star dining to world-class shopping and golfing, this is the ultimate guide to 48 hours of luxury in Newport Beach. Day 1 Morning Breakfast at Blue Chair Bakery Start your day with baked perfection at Blue Chair Bakery – the local favourite. Specialising in pastries, desserts and bread, this quaint shop makes all it’s treats from scratch, using recipes passed down through generations. Grab a cup of freshly-ground coffee and a notoriously delicious cinnamon roll to start your day. The Resort at Pelican Hill Spa Your trip to Newport Beach truly begins at The Resort at Pelican Hill Spa – a haven for wellness, healing and inspiration within sight of the Pacific Ocean. Relax and unwind in a serene, refined space and sit back while your stresses, aches and imbalances melt away. Be sure to indulge in a spa package – which includes a personalised 50-minute massage or custom facial before you dine on your spa cuisine lunch and complimentary prosecco. The Pelican Hill Spa is a haven for wellness, healing and inspiration within sight of the Pacific Ocean Afternoon Lunch at Provenance Provenance focuses on seasonal offerings, with an ever-changing menu of fresh, flavourful ingredients – most grown in the restaurant’s own 1,300-square-foot organic garden. A full bar complements the food with fresh, seasonal cocktails that follow the same locally sourced culinary philosophy. Try their warm lemon ricotta poppy seed donuts, burrito and prosciutto or butternut squash ravioli. Yacht Charter – Anchor Yacht Charters Experience Newport Beach’s gorgeous coastline from the deck of your own private yacht. Sheer power and breath-taking speeds flaunt the race-bred heritage of the captivating 68ft Sunseeker Predator from Anchor Yacht Charters . Generously equipped for stylish entertaining, the interiors are full of natural light and are luxuriously finished. Including crew, harbour, cleaning, and refreshments, it doesn’t get more luxurious than this. Experience Newport Beach’s gorgeous coastline from the deck of your own private yacht Evening Dinner at Nobu Newport Beach Artisans, tastemakers, chefs and curators flock to Lido Marina Village, a collection of shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques that represent the best of Newport Beach – elegant, comfortable and chic. Take advantage of Newport Beach’s docking and dining culture at Nobu Newport Beach , where you can moor your yacht and enjoy an alfresco meal. The newest addition to the world-renowned Japanese restaurant empire founded by Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, Nobu Newport Beach sits in 16,000 square feet of stunning two-story waterfront space, offering signature dishes like Black Miso Cod and Yellowtail Jalapeno. Drinks at Topside Roof Deck Newport Beach’s only rooftop bar, Topside offers a sophisticated space as special as its champagne pairings and expansive views of the coastline. A social scene built for residents and guests in a setting that frames both the harbour and beach, Topside exudes a true beach soiree vibe. Insider tip – there is a dress code, so make sure not to rock up in a tank top or board shorts. Newport Harbour overlooks Balboa Island and the Pacific Ocean Day 2 Morning Breakfast at True Food Kitchen Offering to a range of diets – including keto and paleo – True Food Kitchen is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to start your day. Indulge in a Sunrise Bowl full of eggs, grains and sweet potato, or go for a vegan chorizo bowl full of avocado, dried sweet corn and tortilla. Shop at Fashion Island Newport Beach is a premier shopping destination, with Fashion Island being the ultimate hotspot for shopaholics from around the world. Californians travel from all over to visit Fashion Island – Orange County’s premier coastal shopping centre which offers a unique blend of luxury, designer and fashion speciality boutiques. With the likes of Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and a vast array of fine and al fresco dining, Fashion Island enjoys the Pacific Ocean as a shimmering backdrop. Insider tip – take advantage of the complimentary personal shoppers who can pick out the season’s hottest trends and must-have items. Fashion Island is the ultimate hotspot for shopaholics from around the world Afternoon Lunch at Sushi Roku Near Fashion Island is Sushi Roku , a pioneer of contemporary sushi. Incorporating non-traditional ingredients from Latin America and Europe into its edible works of art, Sushi Roku is the perfect place to sample a bold and diverse menu, including fresh poke bowls, udon noodle soups or a custom bento boxes. Golf at Monarch Beach Golf Links Newport Beach offers a variety of golf courses with spectacular ocean views and plenty of tee time. One of the few ocean-front courses in California, Monarch Beach Golf Links offers a blend a stunning natural beauty and variety of challenges. Designed by master golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course is one of a kind – challenging and fair, with views of the waves on every hole. Newport Beach boasts some of the best beaches in the world Evening Dinner at Mastro’s Ocean Club A combination of world-class service, live entertainment and highly acclaimed cuisine have made Mastro’s Ocean Club one of Newport Beach’s ultimate find dining hotspots. With sweeping views of the Pacific and signature dry iced seafood, Mastro’s promises an unforgettable evening of elegance and indulgence. Drinks at Quiet Woman A favourite amongst locals for generations, The Quiet Woman is Newport Beach’s best kept secret. Tucked away behind bougainvillea and brick, the warm, cosy atmosphere gives way to a vibrant late-night music scene after dinner. Enjoy cocktails and spirits while you rub shoulders with locals and listen to the city’s up-and-coming musical talent. There’s no better way to experience California style than at the Balboa Bay Resort – the only AAA Four-Diamond waterfront resort in Newport Beach and a short drive away from Balboa Island. The resort offers deluxe spa and salon facilities, lush accommodations and a contemporary chef-driven waterfront dining. From £185 per night. For more information – visitnewportbeach.com'

Girl, 6, praises the “hero” who helped save her life through organ donation after he died of a brain haemorrhage.

Lifestyle The Scottish Sun

A SIX-year-old girl has praised the “hero” who helped save her life through organ donation after he died of a brain haemorrhage. Tom Wilson, 22, had a “perfect” life according to his mother Lisa with a life in London as an estate agent, a great flat
'A SIX-year-old girl has praised the “hero” who helped save her life through organ donation after he died of a brain haemorrhage. Tom Wilson, 22, had a “perfect” life according to his mother Lisa with a life in London as an estate agent, a great flat and a “beautiful” girlfriend but he died of a brain haemorrhage after being struck on the head with a hockey stick. Fatima Mirza, centre, was given a new lease of life thanks to her getting Tom’s liver after he died BBC Lisa and Pippa Wilson (both centre) lost Tom (right) and Graham (left) within weeks of one another MEN/Essex Live He was rushed from Old Loughtonians Hockey Club in Chigwell, to hospital in December 2015 but his parents were told his injuries were too severe for him to recover. While he was lying in his hospital bed his parents made the decision to donate his organs, as he had signed up to be a donor when he was an 18-year-old just starting university. Lisa said: “Tom made the decision for us and we knew we were going to go ahead with it.” Tom’s organs have managed to save the lives of 50 people, including six-year-old Fatima Mirza. Appearing on the BBC’s Breakfast show with her mother Lubna, she said she had drawn a picture of Tom, adding: “He is my hero. He gave me his liver.” Tom’s mum said: “I’m going to put that in my memory box. That’s very special.” She added: “50 lives helped and transformed because of the organ and tissue donation. Lisa suffered more tragedy just eight weeks after her son died when her husband Graham died of sepsis. Some of Graham’s last words to Lisa were to “keep Tom’s memory alive”. Lisa, along with her daughter Pippa, decided to write to all the people whose lives had been altered thanks to Tom to see how they were getting along. She also set up the Tom Wilson Memorial Fund, and the charity has since raised £50,000. She retired as a PE teacher in March this year, and now serves as a London ambassador for organ donation. \t \t\t \t\t \t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t MOST READ IN NEWS \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMOWED DOWN\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t‘Murdered’ newlywed PC 'hit by police car after being dragged under getaway van'\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t'STAY WITH ME'\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHeartbreaking cries of 'murdered' cop's colleague as he fought to save him\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tFARMER DEFIANCE\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tTony Martin visited grave of burglar, 16, he killed 'but felt no remorse'\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tRAPIST ON RUN\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tRapist on the loose after escaping from prison as cops warn 'don't approach'\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHOSE A NAUGHTY BOY?\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHunky fireman stuns colleagues by revealing double life as a porn star\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tNO SPRAY NO LAY\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t'Anti-sex' toilets to spray water on couples getting frisky in cubicles\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t \t \t Lisa said: “I was lucky that Lubna replied with photographs until we built up enough of a correspondence we felt we could meet. “It was so special that meeting in that park. It’s the gift of life. We said yes [to organ donation] and look at the result.” Fatima’s mum said: “We were certain she was not going to make it and he saved her life. Words cannot express how grateful we are.” Tom’s mum Lisa revealed Tom’s organs had helped save the lives of 50 people BBC Tom’s organs and tissue have helped save the lives of 50 people MEN/Essex Live Fatima said she had drawn a picture of her ‘hero’ BBC Tom with sister Pippa shortly before his death MEN/EssexLive \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t   We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.'

Hotel Review: Mark Warner Paleros Beach Resort, Paleros in Greece

Lifestyle Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

Words by Georgina Rodgers When you have small children, finding somewhere luxurious to stay almost inevitably leads to a compromise – happy adults or happy kids. Factor in a desire for the simplicity of a package holiday and you may feel like you
'Words by Georgina Rodgers When you have small children, finding somewhere luxurious to stay almost inevitably leads to a compromise – happy adults or happy kids. Factor in a desire for the simplicity of a package holiday and you may feel like you are even more on the backfoot when to comes to locating your slice of paradise. Not so with Mark Warner’s latest five-star offering in Paleros in western Greece. Opening last May, the stunning resort offers the perfect jigsaw of luxury accommodation, fine dining, three swimming pools, popular kids’ clubs and vast choice of water and land-based activities for everyone. The resort is nestled in a beautiful bay, surrounded by rolling, olive grove-clad mountains and lush gardens. It looks out over the shimmering Ionian sea, across the water from the Island of Lefkada and the private island of Skorpios, once owned by the Onassis family. This area boasts everything that is enchanting about Greece; unspoilt and picturesque coves, traditional and timeless tavernas, a history going back over 4,000 years and picture postcard views with incredible vistas. Added to this; the resort is just 30 minutes from the airport, so is ideal for families with restless children. The rooms Accommodation is set in low-rise, traditional Mediterranean-style villas, with terracotta roofs and terraces amid flower-filled gardens. The hotel and its grounds are beautiful and have been refurbished from the ground up as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment. The accommodation is set in low-rise, traditional Mediterranean-style villas, with terracotta roofs and terraces amid flower-filled gardens. The rooms range in size from twins and doubles to family rooms. We occupied two interconnecting, ground-floor rooms for ourselves and our two young daughters; this is the holy grail of family holidays because everyone can have space, privacy and peace of mind. The rooms showcase a chic simplicity; the interiors are bright and airy; the beds spacious and comfortable, the bathrooms immaculate. Most of the resort is run and managed by the locals and the rooms were kept spotless by the cheerful and warm Greek staff. The feeling of service and amiability runs throughout the resort; I was often met by my first name and the children were doted on throughout. Eating & drinking The beachfront Taverna Avli dishes up fresh salads and authentic and fresh Greek dishes, including plenty of fish, pasta and melt in the mouth moussaka. The hotel has a choice of restaurants, with sumptuous food and smiling staff at every turn. The main restaurant served a variety of international dishes, alongside more local cuisine. There were colourful salads and stews; fresh meat and fish cooked in front of you; both sumptuous and simple vegetables, pasta dishes and more. Exotic fruits, teeth-tingling Greek delicacies and freshly-baked desserts ended all meals on a sweet note. Breakfast is included every day and dinner for five nights. Lunch was available at an extra cost in the main restaurant or at the beachfront Taverna Avli, which dishes up fresh salads and authentic and fresh Greek dishes, including plenty of fish, pasta and melt in the mouth moussaka. Even the children’s high tea did not disappoint, with kid-friendly versions of the adult cuisine. They really have thought of everything when it comes to reducing stress associated with holidaying with children. Kids piled onto tables with their new friends, whilst the adults kicked back and relaxed. The pools and entertainment programme The resort boasts a vast main pool as well as two smaller pools (one for the children and an adults-only pool in a quiet part of the hotel grounds), The bay in Paleros has the perfect conditions for water sports (the bay seems almost land-locked) and the hotel runs an extensive water sports programme including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, water-skiing and wake-boarding. If land-based sports are more your thing there is also an extensive cycling programme, ideal for exploring the rigged coastline with a group or on your own, along with tennis classes, scuba-diving tuition and a packed fitness programme, with everything from circuit training to yoga and morning stretch classes. I roused myself from my sunbed for several fitness classes and a cycle tour and was left feeling invigorated and smiling afterwards. The main pool is vast and with two smaller pools (one for the children and an adults-only pool in a quiet part of the hotel grounds), there was never any chance of not having enough space to swim and lounge nearby. After one strenuous forehand or lie-down too many, the tranquil spa offers a large menu of treatments, from Elemis deep tissue and sports massages, through to facials and scrubs. My deep tissue massage was excellent and soothed away the knots and released some weeks’ worth of pent-up tension. The childcare Excellent childcare facilities means parents can indulge in a variety of activities stress free The childcare here is simply brilliant and offers the ideal mix of relaxation for adults and action-packed fun for children aged from two to 17. Childcare for babies is at an additional rate. The childcare centre has big, light and airy rooms for each age group. My four-year-old loved the ‘mini club’ hideout, packed with wooden toys, puppets, three-wheeled sit-down scooters, books and more. The children could be signed in and out as we and they wished, to take part in a range of fun activities, including windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, pool games, tennis and volleyball. Younger children all have their own key workers and they run a password system. In the evenings, there is a supervised film, followed by lights off quiet time for those five and under and games for older children. We could enjoy a romantic meal each evening – totally undisturbed – followed by a walk along the sea or the daily evening entertainment. For us, the fact the children couldn’t run there fast enough, felt like bliss. There is also a babysitting service if you wish to leave the resort. Exploring Paleros and the nearby areas If you want to explore the local area, then Paleros provides the perfect backdrop for adventure. You can discover Kechropoula Castle, where King Kechropoula once ruled and the archaeological site of Sterna, with its remnants of two watch towers and ancient wall. Ideal for hikers and keen cyclists to see is St Demetrios Monastery, set into the foothills. On returning my eldest daughter declared this was “her best holiday ever” and I wouldn’t disagree. Mark Warner Paleros delivered on all fronts for us, so if you are fantasising about escaping the daily grind, this is the place to go. 7 nights at Paleros departing 5th October from only £599pp. Address: Mark Warner Paleros Beach Resort, Aktio Vonitsa 300 12, Greece Phone: 037 0218 5679 Website: markwarner.co.uk/sun-holidays/greece/paleros'