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It’s all about the journey, start as you mean to go

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It’s all about the journey, start as you mean to go

There may have been a time when the only prerequisite for an overnight stay was finding a relatively safe place to lie your head. From campgrounds to hostels, your limited, youthful budget dictated your accommodation.

More than ever, and at your moremature age, you now have more choices as to how to spend your travel dollars. There are charming B&Bs, over-the-top villas, and everyone, and their brother, are renting out their homes. While appealing to some, you still have to make your way there, cook meals and navigate on your own.

Uniworld river cruises

President and founder of the Red Carnation Hotel collection, Bea Tollman, acquired Uniworld River Cruises in 2004. By then she had a first-hand appreciation for every aspect of the hospitality business. “I want to ensure every guest is being looked after, and is receiving the very best service,” says Bea Tollman. “I don’t want anything to slip.”

She set out to elevate the luxury river cruising experience. These floating boutique hotels each possess a distinctive theme, often inspired by their destinations, and include original art, sumptuous furnishings and antiques. It was at Bea’s insistence that the rooms wouldn’t look the same. “I didn’t feel inspired by an all-neutral palette.”

Toni Tollman, Bea’s daughter and director of design and projects for Uniworld and Red Carnation Hotels, goes on to say, “Each ship is an extension of the destination in which it sails, making our guests’ onboard experience as memorable as their time spent onshore.”

As an example, Toni mentions one of their newest super ships, the S.S. Bon Voyage, which references its French heritage with polished woods, brass detailing and emerald tones in the bar and lounge areas.

Not only are they fastidious about their sailing destinations, but there’s a great deal of competition as river boat cruising has become extremely popular. “Our guests love returning to experience different ships.” says Toni. “For a completely different onboard experience.”

A gracious reception

Whether you’re sailing down the Rhine, the Danube or the Nile – yes Uniworld recently introduced a 12-day, round-trip excursion from Cairo to Cairo – you’ll be treated like royalty. Hospitality is defined as, ‘the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers.’ In this spirit, Bea Tollman continues to inspire those around her, and insists on the best training for all staff, so that guests receive exemplary service. Each detail has been thoughtfully considered and expertly rendered.

Culinary delicacies

Now in her 80s, Bea has combined her passion for food with her passion for people. “My love of fine dining and good food was perhaps slow to blossom,” says Bea. “But, was immediately felt from the heart.”

Her attention to detail took root in the kitchen, having spent her first 15 years there at the Red Carnation hotel chain. Over the years she developed her own specialties, which continue to be signature dishes onboard. Menus are tailored to reflect the destination and itinerary of each ship.

You deserve it

Our tastes change and become more refined as we age. Plus, we have an appreciation for all that we’ve witnessed and lived through. Originality is the finest form of luxury, and when you have a choice as to whether to stay in a cookie-cutter hotel room or a one-of-a-kind decorated room on a river boat, while enjoying spectacular views from your balcony, what’s there to think about?

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Coming soon to North York – Eleven Altamont by Heathwood Homes

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Coming soon to North York – Eleven Altamont by Heathwood Homes

Heathwood Eleven Altamont

If you’re scouting about for new lowrise home options, take note: Eleven Altamont, by Heathwood Homes, is set to launch this fall.

Urban living on Yonge Street is what Eleven Altamont is all about, with luxury townhomes from 1,708 to 2,504 sq. ft., in two- and three-bedroom configurations.

Rich, dark charcoal brick and beige stone set the tone of sophistication for these luxury townhomes in a master plan around a landscaped courtyard garden. Inside, the homes offer large contemporary, open concept designs finished with only the finest in luxury appointments. Even more, each incorporates the flair and flexibility of a custom home catering to your own family’s unique needs. Choose whether you want your master suite on the second or third level. Select the most convenient location for your laundry and choose if you want a third bedroom or a family room. This is sophisticated urban living taken to the next level.

Heathwood Eleven Altamont

In the heart of North York

Set amidst tree-lined streets in the very heart of one of North York’s most sought-after established neighbourhoods, Eleven Altamont will afford cosmopolitan living in an intimate residential enclave, only minutes from everything that matters. Live just steps away from schools, parks, transportation and fabulous shopping.

Vibrant outdoor living is an integral part of Eleven Altamont. At the centre of the community is a landscaped courtyard where residents come together to relax, mingle and socialize. Walkways, trees and a parkette offer a soothing touch of green, while shaded benches invite you to rest and watch the world go by. This is your sanctuary, a retreat to come home to after a busy day.

Stroll through parks, savour international cuisines, send your kids to the best schools, enjoy a theatre production, hop on the subway and be downtown in minutes. Edithvale Park and Community Centre is steps away and offers a host of fun children’s activities, the Toronto Centre for the Arts provides world-class entertainment, and Mel Lastman Square hosts numerous civic events.

Heathwood Eleven Altamont

Highlight features include an eight-ft. front door, smooth nine-ft. ceilings throughout all three levels, eight-ft. interior doors with stained nickel lever handles and hinges, central air and a Smart Home Package that includes a home hub, smart thermostat video doorbell and more.

The master ensuite boasts an upgraded furniture-style vanity and free-standing tub and frameless glass shower with rain shower-style showerhead. For all bathrooms, you have your choice of granite or quartz countertops.

Epicurean tastes

For epicurean tastes, gourmet kitchens come with custom designed cabinetry with extended upper cabinets, your choice of granite or quartz square edge countertops, choice of designer selected tile backsplash, soft close doors and drawers and a premium appliance package.

Step outside your new luxury town and into the nearby great outdoors, with private rooftop terraces with a natural gas barbecue connection, on each terrace, and exclusive shared outdoor amenities, including seating areas, exercise areas, bicycle storage, pet zones and play areas.

Register now at heathwood.com

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