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‘Alohilani Resort Offers Exclusive Experiences at New Longboard Club



WHY IT RATES: Many offerings are unique to the island, including a special breakfast selection, a Pu-erh tea program and a 16-bottle wine tasting. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer

‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach announced a new guest-only experience with the launch of Longboard Club, a private indoor/outdoor venue located adjacent to Swell Pool & Bar offering tailored services for guests to recharge and soak in the beautiful views of Waikiki.

Longboard Club members will enjoy a globally inspired menu to complement the property’s already sought-after restaurants including two by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Swell Bar located at the seascape rooftop pool deck helmed by local chef David Lukela. Lukela is also leading Longboard’s culinary offering.

Guests can start the day with breakfast including a noteworthy design-your-own acai bowl, steel-cut oatmeal, signature pastries, assorted cereals, daily egg and meat selections, and traditional Japanese fare.

Unique to the island, the Club offers a traditional Pu-erh tea program using specially sourced and grown aged tea cakes by the Hawaiian company Tea Chest Hawaii, who is leading the way for a sustainable, organic community of tea farmers around the state, along with fresh local juices and Lavazza coffee and espresso.

In the evening, members can taste their way around the world with a diverse 16-bottle wine Cruvinet specializing in wines both from abroad and Napa Valley. Staff members trained by a sommelier are on hand to provide recommendations and walk-through tasting notes, and for those who wish to self-discover an overview is provided next to each varietal.

A truly interactive experience, members can see, swirl, sniff, and sip while scoring each wine. Custom local beers by Honolulu Beerworks are also on tap. To pair with the libations guests can create custom charcuterie boards with an artisanal selection of cheeses developed by a master cheesemonger.

Other hors d’oeuvres include local crudites with homemade dips, daily salad offerings, and spreads. Petit fours and mignardises will satisfy those with a sweet tooth.

With an elegant design mixing in natural elements amongst the backdrop of Waikiki, Longboard Club members can relax in exclusive, private cabanas. For the traveler who chooses to stay connected, there are media stations featuring televisions and Wi-Fi access.

Longboard Club is open daily from 6 a.m.–10 a.m. and 4 p.m.–8 p.m.

Guests can book Club Access rooms at an introductory special.

SOURCE: ‘Alohilani Resort press release

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Las Vegas Sands Donating Two Million Pieces of Personal Protective Equipment



WHY IT RATES: With the Palazzo and Venetian shuttered in Las Vegas, parent company Las Vegas Sands continues to pay some 10,000 furloughed Team Members and provide full health-care benefits, and has just announced a fresh donation of two millions pieces of personal protective equipment to support the work of those battling coronavirus on the ground in New York and Nevada. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer

Las Vegas Sands today announced it will donate two million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to help health-care professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Medical mask donations will be distributed in the company’s corporate headquarters of Nevada as well as New York, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Each state will receive one million masks. The 20,000 protective suits will be donated to hospitals and first responders in Nevada.

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“Hopefully our donations will help protect people on the front lines so they can continue their invaluable work, and we can start to see the numbers of people affected begin to diminish,” Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson said. “Our properties in Las Vegas may be empty right now, but our hearts are full of hope for the future. The determination and courage I have seen in our Team Members, which I know is the same throughout this country, gives me every confidence we will get through this unprecedented crisis.”

This contribution marks the second round of personal protective equipment donations Sands has made. The company previously provided 100,000 masks to the Las Vegas health-care community and 5,000 masks to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. It also donated 1,900 coronavirus test kits to the state of Nevada.

Mr. Adelson said the one million masks being sent to New York will help health-care professionals and first responders in the state currently with the most cases of coronavirus.

“People are looking to New York as a bellwether for what comes next, both in terms of the pandemic’s impact and for how quickly the region, particularly New York City, is able to recover from the aftermath of the virus,” he said. “It’s important we steer resources to the places where the need is the greatest and most urgent.”

In addition to the protective gear donations, Sands is fulfilling its pledge to give $250,000 to several important local organizations during this time of need. The company is making contributions to ‘Three Square’, Southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization; ‘Communities In Schools’, which is helping provide meals to students who would otherwise be participating in their school’s free and subsidized meal programs; and ‘Share Village Las Vegas’, a veterans assistance organization that also runs a community food pantry.

Sands also has donated 60 pallets of food and more than 55,000 bottles of water to local organizations. In addition, the company is currently paying each of its nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Team Members, along with providing full health-care benefits, while its properties remain closed.

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SOURCE: Las Vegas Sands Corp. press release.

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