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The Seychelles archipelago -- popular for its beaches and turquoise-coloured waters -- is getting more and more attention as a golf holiday destination. The island nation has two golf courses on two different islands.

One is located on the main island of Mahe, and the other on the second-most populated island of Praslin.  Both courses offer challenges for all levels of golfers.

 

The Seychelles Golf Club                         

Built almost 40 years ago on an old coconut plantation, the golf course is 4,992 yards with nine holes. It is on the located at Anse Aux Pins in the south-eastern side the main island Mahe. The golf course is only around 10 minutes from the Seychelles International Airport at Pointe Larue.  It is the only one found on Mahe and is surrounded by luxuriant green hills.

The course is open daily from 8.00 a.m. and has a clubhouse with a bar that has DSTV cable channels, a pool table, cafeteria restaurant that serves snacks, fast food and full meals, tennis courts and a swimming pool. Visitors are welcome to the club and to participate in the sponsored competitions.

Contact persons: William Weidner - Club Professional - +248 273 3021

Godefroy Andrade - Club Manager - +248 437 6234 

Website: http://www.sgc.sc/

(Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY

 

The Lemuria Golf Course

The Constance Lémuria Resort boasts the only 18-hole golf course of the Indian Ocean archipelago of 115 islands which is perched on the far end of the Seychelles' second-most populated island of Praslin. The course was built in 2002 at Constance Lémuria hotel by architect Rodney Wright.

The golf course, which is described as challenging, features six holes rising up into the hills and has also won multiple World Travel Awards as Seychelles Leading Golf Resort and Indian Ocean leading Golf Resort since its opening.

With a view of the clear blue sea of the Indian Ocean, camouflaged by coconut trees, dotted with ponds and endless green meticulously kept grass, the championship course was voted as one of the 10 best 18 holes golf course in Africa by one of the world’s most popular global television networks, CNN International in 2013.

This scenic golfing paradise is considered a tough challenge for any level of golfer because of the elevated tees, water hazards and wide fairways.

The use of golf buggy is mandatory and comes with a fee. Enthusiasts can also get lesson from professionals.

 Website: https://www.constancehotels.com/en/true-experiences/golf/lemuria/

(So Seychelles/Flickr) Photo License: CC-BY 2.0

Deputy Premier and Justice Minister Heather Stefanson participated in a trilateral meeting today with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman to discuss shared priorities on a range of issues.

“Manitobans know the value of strong working relationships and our government is committed to building on our partnerships with the federal government and the City of Winnipeg,” said Stefanson.  “While my cabinet colleagues and I regularly meet with federal counterparts and municipal leadership, today was about holding an open and positive dialogue on shared priorities among all three levels of government.  We welcome opportunities to collaborate and work together on behalf of the people we all serve.”

Stefanson, Carr and Bowman discussed the North American Free Trade Agreement, Winnipeg’s vital role in growing the Manitoba economy, infrastructure priorities, environmental protection, and upcoming cannabis legalization.  They also discussed the need to collaborate on strategies to respond to the rise in methamphetamine use in Manitoba communities.

A federal-provincial meeting followed the initial meeting to discuss broader bilateral issues including climate change, clean energy, the town of Churchill and asylum seekers.

If you were to capture a hotel by its tagline, the team at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite has pretty much nailed it with, ‘It’s like roughing it, minus the rough part.’

Nestled in a pine forest just two miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park, the resort serves as a sumptuous retreat to rest weary limbs after a day exploring one of the world’s finest areas of outstanding beauty.

Nestled among the cedars and sweet pines of the Sierra National Forest, Tenaya Lodge has grown into a favourite weekend getaway of the tech-set.

With Silicon Valley less than a four-hour drive, they can comfortably (and silently) reach here in their Teslas on just one charge.

Such is its popularity, the resort has added eight Tesla Supercharger stations, which each deliver a half charge in 20 minutes, enough for a day exploring Yosemite.

Beyond the car park, Tenaya Lodge itself has freshly re-emerged after a top-to-toe refurbishment to meet its tech fanbase.

The update tastefully combines contemporary flair with the rustic charm of an alpine mountain lodge - stuffed elk, caribou, and mule deer watch over you in the lobby, while a mammoth stone fireplace will quickly return life to your veins in winter.

The 302 newly-renovated rooms, suites and mountain cottage accommodations have also been reinvigorated.

The newly-decorated rooms boast bathrooms with granite surfaces, rainshowers, hardwood floors, one-off artworks, the comfiest of beds, and internet speeds that will leave Silicon Valley types suitably impressed.

In the evening, we were tempted to retreat to our room after a strenuous day in Yosemite, but there’s a whole host of great entertainment to tempt you otherwise.

A highlight for kids is the Sierra Adventure Kids Club, which offers everything from sledding and ice-skating to movies and an evening camp - and then they’ll be nagging to return the next morning for the nature hike.

The pools, too, are so good that we found it a struggle to lure the kids away from the resort and do what you originally came here for: to visit Yosemite National Park.

Swimming options include an indoor pool, three outdoor pools, kids’ pool with water features, five hot tubs and a new adults-only relaxation pool.

Add to the mix the 25-foot climbing wall, 60-plus miles of mountain bike trails (mountain biking isn’t allowed with Yosemite itself), plus a local ski hill, Badger Ski Resort (one of only three US resorts within a national park), and you’ve got the complete package.

But back to our original goal: Yosemite.

Tenaya Lodge will serve as the ideal gateway to the mighty park.

The South Entrance is five minutes away, so you get a healthy headstart on the crowds during the peak summer months, when queues in the afternoon can turn your journey into something out of National Lampoon’s Vacation.

The entrance is also close to the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias.

The area, a Yosemite must-see, is scheduled to reopen this spring after several seasons of restoration works.

Improvements will see many roads converted into hiking trails to get up close to the giant sequoias, some of which are 2,000-years old.

From Mariposa, it’s a touch over an hour to get to heart of the park.

The entrance to Yosemite Valley, as you emerge from Tunnel View, is one of those jaw-dropping, head-turners, captured by Ansel Adams.

From this viewpoint you can see El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall.

The vista changes with each season to show something new but the best times to see Tunnel View are early spring (when Bridalveil Fall is at peak flow) and winter, when the gravity-defying granite domes are draped in snow and mist.

On the valley floor, the Merced River snakes through green meadows and groves of trees, and from here you’ll find the starting points for a number of great day hikes.

We opted for the hike up to Vernal and Nevada Falls, two of Yosemite’s most spectacular waterfalls, which also afforded views of Yosemite and Illilouette Falls from select spots on the trail.

The granite slabs atop Nevada Fall also make for a superb lunch spot.

If you start at the crack of dawn and in peak fitness, locals recommend Half Dome as the definitive Yosemite hike.

The stand-alone summit of this glacier-carved chunk of granite offers amazing vistas, and peering down its sheer 2, 000ft north face offers a thrill you’ll never forget.

After a day in Yosemite, we tucked into the Summerdale BBQ back at Tenaya Lodge.

The barbeque offers a taste of the “Old West” and harkens back to the day when folks gathered around an open flame for a hearty meal, storytelling and a song or two after a day of adventure.

Other resort dining options range from casual to candlelit at Sierra, Jackalope’s, Timberloft and Embers restaurants.

An elegant resort in the California High Sierra, Tenaya Lodge is your gateway to four seasons of Yosemite adventure. At Tenaya Lodge you rest, play and rejuvenate.

Qatar Airways is continuing its expansion in Asia by adding an additional flight to Bangkok, providing its passengers even more flexibility in visiting the Thai capital.

The new service to Bangkok, which commences on March 25th, is part of the airline’s continued expansion in south-east Asia, following its launch of direct service to Thailand’s Chiang Mai late last year.

The airline is also preparing to launch direct service to the Thai city of Pattaya later this month, as well as service to Penang, Malaysia in February.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to announce this additional service to Bangkok, one of south-east Asia’s most popular destinations.

“With our recent inauguration of direct service to Chiang Mai, and our upcoming launch of direct flights to Pattaya later this month, we are pleased to now make it easier than ever for our passengers to visit the Land of Smiles.”

He added: “Thailand is one of our most popular destinations, for both leisure and business travellers alike, and we will continue our efforts to provide our passengers even more opportunity to experience this captivating country.”

Qatar Airways currently operates 14 times per week to Phuket, daily to Krabi and four times per week to Chiang Mai.

The additional service to Bangkok will take the number of weekly flights to the Thai capital to 42.

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