General Manager Gary Thulander announcedtoday that the Equinox Resort & Spa has been named one of the World’s 500Greatest Hotels by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The Travel & Leisure 500is composed of the 500 hotels that have received the highest overallscores from the 2002 World’s Best Awards survey, taking into considerationrooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. “We arethrilled to be recognized as one of the elite properties in the World,”commented Thulander. “This award is a testament to our incrediblydedicated staff. Over the past year we have worked very hard to upgradeour amenities and deliver a memorable resort experience to our guests.It’s gratifying to see those efforts recognized in the form of this award. It’s all part of our goal to be the number one resort in the Northeast.”The Travel and Leisure accreditation is the latest in an impressive arrayof awards bestowed upon the Equinox. During the past year, The Equinox hasreceived; The Golden Key Award 2002 – Meetings & Conventions Magazine,Inner Circle Award 2002 – American Society of Association Executives(ASAE), Silver Metal Award 2002 – Golf Magazine, 100 Best Golf Courses inNew England -New England Journal of Golf, Top 10 Woman Friendly Courses -Golf for Women Magazine, Connoisseur’s Choice 2002 -Resorts & GreatHotels, Excellence in the East -Meetings East and Four Diamond – AAA.The Travel and Leisure award comes on the heels of the opening of two newfacilities at The Equinox. The first new facility is the Rockwell Room,which has created 3,200 additional square feet of flexible,state-of-the-art function space. The Rockwell Room officially opened thispast fall. In January of 2003 the Equinox unveiled the new Avanyu(pronounced ah VAHN you) Spa. The Avanyu Spa is a beautifully appointed13,000 square foot facility that provides the utmost in spa experiencesfor resort guests and the local community. The Spa features a 75’ x 25’indoor pool, 10 treatment rooms, a weight and aerobic room, a relaxationarea and beautiful locker room facilities. Local memberships to the spaare available on a limited basis.
The matchday served us some cracking action from across the grounds, with the Dansoman result standing out. But the storylines offered good subplots too, as Kweku Arhin and Gary Al-Smith report.CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL MATCHDAY 19 SUMMARY1. Liberty’s streak is no flukeThe Dansoman side are unbeaten in the second round of the league after two home wins and two draws. Extend it further back, and we’re talking a team unbeaten in seven games.Their win over Kotoko on Sunday proved Liberty will be no walkovers and should be taken seriously. This result comes after picking points at the dreaded Dormaa and holding their own away against Edubiase. Teams will have to be weary when facing Liberty and more importantly, Kennedy Ashia, who increased his goal tally to nine on Sunday. The Dansoman side currently lie fourth on the table a position they hold only because they have an inferior head to head record but in reality, they are second.2. Kotoko aren’t as good as they thinkThe arrival of David Duncan seemed to be the breath of fresh air Kotoko needed to kick start their league defence. In truth, the first few matches played under the ex-Hearts manager were encouraging. They even wrapped up the first round with a 4-0 demolition of Heart of Lions. Then the second round started. And it’s been poor. Their latest defeat accentuates what has been a bad season, if their previous three back-to-back league wins are taken in perspective. The underlying fact in all this is the issues in Kotoko might be beyond coaching. Sacking Didi Dramani may well turn out to have been a wrong decision, especially if Duncan follows suit. A thorough assessment has to be done of the playing body. As a fan rightly questioned: “Are these players currently in the team Kotoko material?”3. WAFA are formidable opponentsSpeaking of WAFA, that group of youngsters were expected to find the going tough in the Premier League. But the new entrants have, under their Dutch coach, been arguably the team to watch. When given a good pitch, the youngsters dazzle with their sleek passing, movement and most importantly, results. Hasaacas were the latest to be schooled on Sunday after getting a drubbing, 4-1. The highlight was the captain’s brace from Martin Antwi. The Sogakope-based side’s main threat is the fact that any player can harm the opposition. Well drilled and ready to take on the league, the worry, however, has been whether they can maintain the nucleus of the team to launch a title-charge next season. We’ll never know until then, but for now, they are formidable and will wreak havoc to any good side in the league.4. Ashgold are champions-electBarring any colossal downfall, the title should end up in Obuasi to end Ashgold’s 20 year wait for a league crown. The Miners have been in scintillating form both at home and on the road. Bashiru Hayford has put together a winning side capable of upsetting any side at any ground. Their almost gung-ho football is built on an all-round team ready for the title run in. The midfield component of Ato Bissah and Eric Opoku will dominate any team. Winger Bernard Morrison will run teams ragged and Yakubu Mohammed will finish teams off with cheeky ease. The attacking side has not only been the major point but their defence has been tight, too. Mohammed Kadri and Awudu Nafiu have marshalled Ashgold’s backline very well and it is only a matter of time for the rest of league to send congratulatory messages to Obuasi.5. Hearts need a new gameplanThey recorded a 0-0 draw in Accra (with Allies) to leave them with a win, two draws and a defeat in the second round so far. After these four games, Hearts have scored three and conceded four. Whatever title ambitions the Phobians harbored at the start of the season are petering out. Mathematically, though, the Phobians still have 33 more points to fight for and could end up in the top four positions. Not easy, but this should serve as motivation, starting from their trip to Sunyani to face B.A United next weekend. The Phobians need to adapt a new strategy either in terms of motivation, psychology, tactics or personnel as their current formula yields almost no result. The cry of many so far has been to say this Phobian team is “too young” or that the rigorous demands of the league have no mercy for youngsters.But the argument is immediately floored by another young team in the league – WAFA. They’ve been brilliant so far, and third top three position is evidence. The onus now lies on Herbert Addo to prove why he was sought after last season after performing a miraculous escape for Inter Allies. Or was that run a fluke?6. Nathaniel Asamoah is still the man The top scorer had been quiet since the second round started, mainly because he’s been out of town sorting out a move to Egypt. The talks collapsed, a development which surely benefits the First Capital Plus Premier League.But he’s back, and how! Two goals against Heart of Lions takes the Medeama man’s tally to 13 for the season and he’ll no doubt extend it before the season ends. His closest rivals, Nuhu Fuseini (Edubiase), and Kennedy Ashia (Liberty) are on nine goals each and will need big performances to overtake the dreadlocked forward. He’s already said that his target is 20. And with 11 games more to play, who can bet against him reaching it?7. The tightness of the league is good to seeSix points separate ninth placed Hearts of Oak from 15th placed Olympics. And five points separate the Phobians from second placed Wa All Stars. A goal scored or conceded changes the phase of the league and these are signs of the competitive setup. There is all to play for in the league as all the teams – bar Ashantigold – could be drawn into relegation. All teams will approach games in a serious manner and this makes the league a good spectacle. Rumours of matches being sold will also die down for the most part of the remianing fixtures. If this matchday taught us anything, it is that all final positions will go down to the wire as there will be constantly unpredictable movement on the log.CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL MATCHDAY 19 SUMMARY–Follow our coverage on Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag and our various bulletins on air.