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The Australian Ballet Pas de Deux In Paradise

The Australian Ballet’s incredible Pas de deux in Paradise will be performed at luxury resort qualia from 16 – 18 November 2012 (
Marking the 50th anniversary of The Australian Ballet, 2012 is also the 5th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed arts company’s exclusive annual performances at qualia.
Principal Artists Adam Bull, Lana Jones and Amber Scott, and Senior Artist Rudy Hawkes, will be dancing excerpts from some of Ballet’s most loved works: After the Rain ©, Giselle, Manon and Stephen Baynes’ brand new Swan Lake, accompanied by Artistic Director David McAllister.
The Pas de Deux in Paradise weekend begins on the Friday evening with a welcome dinner at the Long Pavilion, prepared by qualia’s Executive Chef, Alastair Waddell.  A Q&A session during the mouth-watering meal is held with The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister and the dancers.
On Saturday morning, guests will be treated to an exclusive viewing of the dancers warming up at ‘Morning Barre’, prior to a simply stunning, pre-dinner performance. The stage will be set by the water’s edge at qualia’s Pebble Beach, and nothing else is needed as the breathtakingly beautiful Coral Sea and Whitsunday islands form the exquisite natural backdrop. The event is emceed by Getaway travel presenter and Pas de Deux in Paradise devotee, Catriona Rowntree.

The ballet works are;

Giselle; A stirring tale of innocent love, betrayal, madness, tragedy and redemption, Giselle is one of the ultimate romantic ballets. Rudy Hawkes and Lana Jones will begin the evening with the Act II pas de deux and solos.
Manon; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon is a sumptuous treat. Based on the classic novel by Abbé Prévost, this tale of obsession, passion, greed and betrayal is a dancer favourite. Adam Bull and Amber Scott will delight audiences with the bedroom pas de deux.

After the Rain ©; A seamless marriage of music and movement, After the Rain© is an intimate portrayal of what contemporary ballet legend Christopher Wheeldon describes as “an unspoken love affair that is consummated only onstage”. A heartbreakingly tender pas de deux is the centrepiece of this work and will showcase the talents of Rudy Hawkes and Lana Jones.

Swan Lake; For the evening’s finale, Adam Bull and Amber Scott will perform the moving Act II pas de deux from Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake. With the tropical Queensland water replacing Tchaikovsky’s frozen lake, Swan Lake will be a fitting end to a moonlit evening of ballet.
David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, believes this is a ballet event not to be missed. ‘Our dancers love performing under the stars at qualia and will be dancing excerpts from four truly breathtaking ballets this year. For anyone wanting to combine an island holiday with the ballet, it’s an unbeatable combination,’ McAllister said.

Recently named Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania region in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, qualia is nestled intimately on the edge of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Its unique design harmoniously blends in with the surrounding natural environment, and its 60 luxurious pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool. The resort’s outstanding facilities include two tranquil infinity-edged pools, two bars and restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia.

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20 Romantic Things To Do In Italy

You have just either tied the knot or have just celebrated your wedding in Italy and you now want to get romantic. We have thought long and hard and have come up with the following ideas to assist you in your romantic quest.

1. Walk through San Marco in the early morning… best to do this in Spring or Summer just before sunrise. It is just you and the early morning slowly stirring.

2. Take the early morning Vatican tour and get to experience the Sistine Chapel in its full glory just you, your partner and the guide. There may be some other people there however not the crowds. You will definitely be moved!

3. Get yourself organized and pre-book tickets for the Academia Gallery in Florence and get to see David in the “flesh” ……… for all you others who prefer the female form how about pre booking the Uffizi and checking out Botticelli “The birth of Venus”.

4. Watch the sunset from the terraces of Ravello over a Mimosa cocktail or even better, a Rossini!

5. Book a table for 2 with candle-light at the 2 star Michelin Villa Crespi and enjoy one of the tasting menus which have been designed with you in mind.

6. Drive from a selection of classic convertibles including Alfa Romeo duetto 1967, MG MIDGET 1968, and AC COBRA 1977 to name but a few. We highly recommend that you choose to do this on the Amalfi Coast. The leather gloves, the foulard, the soft breeze in your hair, the dramatic scenery….

7. A romantic and private boat tour for 2 on Lake Como with your chilled bottle of Italian Sparkling wine. Admire the lakeside villas which beckon you – Villa d’Este, Villa Erba, Villa Olmo, Villa Fontanelle, Villa Cassinella, the wonderful Villa Balbianello, Villa Carlotta……

8. Enjoy chocolate cuddles in Montecatini with an anti-age “Choco Energy” face treatment followed by a slimming-energizing “Choco Minceur” body treatment based on the properties of cocoa, chocolate, black pepper and honey. If you fancy something a little more wine based… go for a purifying rebalancing wine treatment with a Chianti Sangiovese grape must body scrub with massage followed by an ozone bath with wine nectar (Virgin Red Grape Juice), facial muscle toning massage and gel masks with Chardonnay Grapes from Lake Garda, strawberry juice and raspberry honey.

9. Enjoy wine tasting in the Roman cellars of this excellent restaurant in Piazza Erbe in the historical centre of Verona. With over 600 labels and a total of 7000 bottles managed and cared for by qualified and highly competent staff. Or if you fancy something a little more intimate try a candle-lit dinner for 2 in the cellar with your own personal waiter for the night.

10. Why not spend 1 night in this wonderful hotel and enjoy a bottle of the veneto’s finest in the evening under Juliet’s balcony, just you, your partner and the stillness of the courtyard.

11. Try something a little different and stay in this “unique” art hotel where reality and fantasy seem to coexist in every room. For all you lovers we suggest – La Torre di Sigismondo, an art room created by the movie director Raoul Ruiz. With a huge round bed which revolves and occupies the entire space of the tower. Guests have the opportunity of opening up the roof revealing the starry sky.

12. What about a night at the opera? With so much romance to choose from: La Boheme at La Fenice in Venice in February/March; Romeo & Juliet at La Scala in Milan in June; Madame Butterfly in Teatro Petruzzelli Bari in July…..

13. Why not take part in the Venice Carnival and dress up for the occasion. Choose from the Commedia dell’Arte (costumes of 16thcentury Italian theatrical characters), historical costumes of the ages, 1700 Veneziano to fancy dress. With this comes all the accessories, the masks, the hats, the gloves, the shoes…..Be part of the mystery and make it romantic.

14. Enjoy a long bath and we have the perfect tub for you at this unique hotel Philippe Starck is in full swing here and the bathtub is just to die for… smooth and soft like marble allowing you to reach the height of total relaxation. Add some essential oils to your water, rose petals and a few candles and I guarantee you will not want to come out.

15. When choosing your Italian coastal property, make sure that you opt for the room with an external Jacuzzi.

16. Stay in our candle-lit cave in the heart of Matera.

17. Hire a Vespa in Rome and discover the hidden treasures which await. Become Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn for the day.

18. In this section there are 3 things we feel will add to a romantic soiree a deux… Pizza in Naples. Particularly good pizzerias in Naples are rewarded with a vera pizza emblem. Some of the best are Brandi, the Lombardi in Via Benedetto Croce, 59, and last but not least da Pasqualino in Piazza Sannazzaro 78/9. The Neopolitans eat their pizza with beer and when all is finished head to the Gran Caffè La Caffettiera in Piazza dei Martiri for a good cup of coffee and then end your evening with a Gelato (ice-cream)…and here are some of the best Naples has to offer…Bilancione in Via Posillipo 238, Otranto in Via Scarlatti 78, which specialises in seasonal fruit ice creams. Chalet Ciro a Mergellina in Via Caracciolo and not forgetting Gran Bar Riviera in Riviera di Chiaia 181 and Remy Gelo in Via F. Galiani 30.

19. A balloon trip for 2 over Tuscany.

20. Head out to your own Italian island retreat. Check out destinations like Pantelleria, Salina, Elba, Ponza, Stromboli…….. many more hidden gems.

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