As one young Scouser prepares for a new life away from Liverpool, for another the hard work is just getting started.Bobby Duncan is off to Italy, having decided the route to the Reds first team was either too long, too arduous or simply non-existent. The teenage striker’s €2 million (£1.8m/$2.2m) switch to Fiorentina was confirmed on Monday. Curtis Jones, meanwhile, is staying on Merseyside. With a new five-year contract signed, the midfielder is now ready to kick on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The 18-year-old Jones is just five months older than Duncan, with both players born in 2001, but in terms of first-team prospects the two are on very different paths.“My next step should be a big one,” Jones said upon penning his new Anfield deal last month. “Hopefully, I can get a [Premier League] debut and get a goal and give the fans what they deserve.“Longer-term, my dreams are of being the captain of Liverpool Football Club, playing every week and winning a trophy.”Big aims, you might say, given this is a player with just one senior appearance to date. That came in the FA Cup at Wolves in January, on a night when Rafa Camacho and Ki-Jana Hoever also made their professional bows.Camacho has since moved on – like Duncan, unhappy with the pathway on offer on Merseyside – but hopes are high for both Jones and Hoever, who were part of the senior setup in pre-season but have started the campaign with Neil Critchley’s Under-23 team.Jones, indeed, has taken on extra responsibility this term, handed the captain’s armband and challenged to burnish his natural talent with goals and assists. That has been identified as a key development area for some time.In April, Critchley held what was described as “a full and frank” meeting with the player, in which he made clear that his physical and technical skills would only take him so far. He now needed to show he had the mindset, the desire and the hunger to go and influence games on a consistent basis. Critchley says: “The things that we speak to him about and the things he is exceptional at, such as running forward with and without the ball – if he does those things, then he has an impact on the game. “So, when he is in full flight and he is driving towards the opponents’ goal, with and without the ball, he is a serious, serious player.”Speak to those who have coached Jones, or even those who are close to him away from football, and they will tell you he lacks nothing in confidence.As one source told Goal recently, he doesn’t view the likes of Naby Keita or Adam Lallana with any sense of fear; he sees them as competition he can overcome if he works hard and takes his chances. He relishes the challenge.It is that belief which saw him decline the chance to depart on loan this summer.Fleetwood, of League One, were among the clubs keen to give him a taste of senior football, but Jones’ opinion is that he will, at some point, be given an opportunity by Liverpool. The Reds’ Carabao Cup third-round tie, which will see them visit League One side MK Dons, could provide that opportunity later this month.“I hope that our players would be looking at that draw and thinking that it is a possible opportunity for them,” says Critchley, who also suggests that Hoever, Rhian Brewster, Caoimhin Kelleher and Harvey Elliott could be in line for a first-team call.”Obviously, the manager has numerous other players he can choose from too, but I would hope that our players would see that potential opportunity.”Critchley believes Jones’ new contract has taken a weight off his shoulders. The player had entered the final year of his deal over the summer and had concerns over committing to a five-year deal at 18, but was reassured by those close to him, including his agent, that progress at Liverpool would be both encouraged and rewarded. The contrast with the advice given to Duncan, for example, appears clear.”I think anyone, when they have no distractions and they can just concentrate on their football, I think that helps,” Critchley says. “It has definitely helped him.“He seems a lot calmer about the situation. He now has a clear focus of where he wants to go and where he wants to be – and it’s our job to help him get there.”Whether he gets there, of course, only time will tell. But as others wonder if the grass might be greener elsewhere, Jones is ready to do everything to make his mark at Anfield.His progress will be watched with great interest. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The Luxury Collection Debuts First Resort in Baja California Sur September 6th, 2018 – The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the opening of Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. Perched on a coveted 34 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Solaz Resort offers travelers a restorative, wholly transformative experience in the heart of Baja California Sur. Located midway between the bustling vacation city of Cabo San Lucas and the quaint historic town of San José del Cabo, the 128-room beachfront oasis is The Luxury Collection‘s first hotel on the beautiful Baja California peninsula. From design to cuisine, immersive adventures to spacious accommodations, Solaz Resort pays tribute to its Baja home, celebrating the magnificent natural landscapes and exquisite cultural marvels that are the region’s signatures. Solaz Resort has collaborated with the very best in locally grown talent, including Mexican architects, artists and chefs, to ensure a truly captivating experience rooted in authenticity. “A top resort destination, Los Cabos is rich in culture and acts a gateway for our Global Explorers to connect with the indigenous offerings of Mexico.” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “The Luxury Collection’s guests seek destinations with enriching qualities and there is a magnetic attraction to this Baja oasis. As the seventh Luxury Collection hotel in Mexico, Solaz Resort showcases the brand’s commitment to expanding its footprint and enhancing its offerings for discerning travelers to the destination.” Sophisticated AccommodationsEach masterfully designed guest room and suite at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos features a private entrance and patio, contemporary furnishings and original art. Further setting the mood, Bluetooth technology offers touchscreen remote control access to the curtains, lighting and music. Unobstructed views of the sea blur the lines between indoors and outdoors, with a natural flow from each room to its private terrace. Architectural MarvelsGuests of Solaz Resort will at once notice the striking architecture, which seamlessly blends the destination’s unique landscape, where the desert meets the sea. Springing from the fertile imagination of renowned Mexican architectural firm Sordo Madaleno, the resort’s cascading terraces mix desert vegetation with quarry stone, granite, marble and wood. Celebrating the distinctive endemic landscape of Baja, Solaz Resort features a sustainable lush “dry jungle” featuring only endemic flora. Mexican Art ImmersionCelebrating art at every turn, The Luxury Collection’s Solaz Resort features original works throughout the property — all masterfully created by famed Mexican artist César López-Negrete, who travelled throughout Baja for years studying the region’s land, water, history and folklore. El Gabinete “Del Barco” is the resort’s indigenous gallery, showcasing rare regional artifacts such as a 43-foot-long whale skeleton and a historical map collection. Authentic Experiences and AdventuresSolaz Resort offers an array of bespoke, exclusive experiences designed to bring guests closer to the soul of Baja. Take a private helicopter trip to explore the rare cave paintings of Baja. Swim alongside whale sharks, gentle giants who can grow up to 33 feet long. Learn about the region’s deep culinary heritage during a cooking class. Enjoy a breathtaking night under the desert stars, soaking in crystal clear visions of the cosmos. Can’t decide what to do? No problem – each room will have a dedicated Artisan butler who will help curate these one-of-a-kind, luxury adventures. The Flavors of BajaCulinary offerings at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos are as authentically inspired as the property itself, with five unique restaurants and lounges designed for visitors with discerning palates.Mako offers an al fresco dining experience during the day, with salads from local biodynamic farms, and artisanal wood-fired flatbreads. By night, the Mako Dinner Grill offers such delicacies as dry-aged steak, local live lobsters and the sea’s freshest fish, all prepared in-house by Executive Chef Pedro Arceyut and his team.The resort’s all-day restaurant, Cascabel, is a vibrant venue for modern Mexican dining. Highlighting the diversity of Mexican cuisine from region to region at its bustling cooking stations, Cascabel prepares seasonal dishes using locally-sourced, garden-fresh ingredients. Communal seating creates a highly social environment for gathering with friends and family and local craft and botanical-infused libations give cause for celebration.Those looking for lively libations can enjoy the property’s impressive wine cellar at La Cava, offering a selection of more than 2,500 vintages, many of which are local to the region.Arabica, created in partnership with the award-winning Limantour Group, is about energy and creativity. At night, Arabica transforms into a hip and decadent spot offering and array of delicious tapas that reflect the seasonal colors and local flavors of Baja California, as well as creative cocktails including cocoa-inspired libations.The resort is also home to Xocolatl, a modern chocolate shop and ice cream boutique that sells organic and indigenous chocolate from Mexico’s diverse region. All of the resort’s restaurant menus have been developed to incorporate the captivating stories of local farmers that grow organic produce, fishermen that supply fresh and sustainable seafood, and the local artisanal craftsmen who specialize in traditional cheeses. Restorative AmbianceA restorative travel destination, Solaz Resort boasts five swimming pools including two 50-meter infinity pools lining more than 4,000 sq. feet of white sand beaches overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Each pool incorporates butterfly green granite, which emulates and seamlessly merges with the Sea of Cortez’s tranquil turquoise waters. State-of-the-art exercise facilities feature Technogym® equipment and group of personal fitness instruction, and the 10,000-sq.-ft. Ojo de Liebre Spa offers eight private treatment rooms and two VIP double rooms, along with a full range of services like halotherapy (Himalayan salt igloo) and thalassotherapy — the latter only available in Baja California at the Ojo de Liebre Spa. Baja’s Ultimate Meetings DestinationThe Luxury Collection’s Solaz Resort offers the largest meeting space at any luxury hotel in Los Cabos, with 20,000 sq. feet of meeting, wedding and event space that can accommodate more than 1,000 guests. Whether hosting an intimate gathering for a select group of associates, or a grand-scale event in honor of an important milestone occasion, group events are met with flawless service and precise execution. A team of expert event planners ensures attention to every detail.The expansive 11,000 sq.-foot outdoor Calypso Ocean Front Deck invites guests to take in sparkling Sea of Cortez views during intimate or grand-scale events.The 3,400 sq.-foot Cousteau Ballroom is an ideal indoor events space for receptions, celebrations and award ceremonies. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos is located at Corredor Turístico s/n, Km 18.5, Cabo Real, 23405 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico. For more information, please visit us at www.luxurycollection.com/solaz, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. About The Luxury Collection® Hotels & ResortsThe Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit theluxurycollection.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in the company’s award-winning loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The programs, operating under one set of unparalleled benefits, enable members to earn points toward free hotel stays, achieve Elite status faster than ever, and seamlessly book or redeem points for stays throughout our loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 participating hotels in 130 countries & territories. To enroll for free or for more information about the programs, visit members.marriott.com. About Quinta del Golfo de CortezQuinta del Golfo de Cortez (QGC) is a hospitality group founded in 1994 devoted to developing unique destination experiences in the Los Cabos area. Other QGC projects have included Hacienda del Mar, featuring The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, two of Mexico’s most renowned golf courses, and abundant residential offerings. Invested in and committed to luxury tourism and residential development, QGC is slated to open a St. Regis Hotel & Residences in 2021 as well as a new Town Center, Tennis Stadium and Athletic Sporting Center in Los Cabos by 2020. About Marriott International, Inc.Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitterand Instagram.