It was my final day in Canada and I relaxed upon rattan palms at the entrance of Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which at 25 years of age is the village matriarch. As I awaited my transportation, I observed my surroundings. Encircled by the green of mountains and a blue sky above, the village to the left and spruce and cedars everywhere, it was a Christmas-perfect setting, one that it is best known for in the winter. But having gone in the summer, I discovered that Whistler is much more than just a winter destination.
I heard that each night, adorable puppies are delivered to your room before bed along with canteens of hot cocoa at the new Virgin Hotel Chicago. It’s also been said that every 1,000th guest receives a new Bentley as personal thank you from Richard Branson himself. It’s true, I heard it with my own ears. Okay, for those of you doubting me, there’s a slight chance that I could be wrong, unless I’m not (then you’ll really look silly).
There are some that count down the days until autumn, snatching up sweaters and cardigans, scouring Frye’s new line of boots and eagerly awaiting the return of pumpkin spiced lattes (signifying that fall is close behind). They welcome the cooler weather and layered clothing. Others live in sandals, love staying active outdoors and when the weather drops below 60 F, complain about the freezing temperatures. To the former, congrats, your time is now. To the latter looking to continue that never-ending summertime feeling, how about checking out these warm destinations for the changing seasons.
Sure, visiting conventions and trade shows can lead to some cool interactions with new technologies, but we rarely get to experience sincerely awesome gadgetry aboard cruise ships. In fact just a couple years ago we were impressed to find rentable iPhones aboard the Allure of the Seas, usable only to access a map, schedule of events and track our cruising buddies on the ship.
It’s almost September, which means many of you are probably looking forward to throwing on comfy sweaters, cute boots and cuddling up by a fire as summer turns into autumn. With orange and red foliage sprinkling the ground, cooler weather and the smell of apple spices filling the air, we can’t wait to head to some of our favorite fall destinations.
Since BBC documentary filmmaker Peter Sommer trekked 2,000 miles through Turkey in 1994, he has put together a number of inspiring tours led by archaeological experts. Come August 30, 2014, his travel company Peter Sommer Travels will be running four eight-day trips by gulet covering some of the Mediterranean Sea's most alluring ancient sites found amongst the Turkish shores.
Delving into the notion that scent is the best trigger of memories, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is unveiling a new program to please the oft-neglected sense. With some of the world's best food, arts and comforts throughout the brand's world-renowned properties, the addition of custom fragrances allow guests an even deeper emotional connection to their travels.
When you think of Cancun, Mexico, images of intoxicated spring breakers partying at Senor Frog's probably come to mind. But conveniently located only 15 minutes from the city’s airport in an exclusive area called Punta Nizuc, there is a very, very different grown-up, luxury experience available.
Tennis enthusiasts don't need to travel to such renowned tennis resorts as La Manga in Spain or the Four Seasons in Nevis in order to experience top-notch tennis clubs. Numerous North American resorts offer both high-end accommodations and superb tennis facilities. The following resorts in the country stand out among the tennis crowd for their overall attention to detail and exquisite environment.
One hundred years ago, Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 attempted to cross Antarctica on foot from Weddell Sea to Ross Sea by way of crossing the South Pole. Though the now-famous expedition faced perilous odds and disastrous setbacks, Shackleton and his entire crew were saved in 1916. In commemoration of his tremendous leadership and the unrelenting determination of his crew, a Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent adventure is being offered through National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions.
Though the farm-to-table movement has long been a fixture on the fine-dining scene, luxury spas across the country are heading into the garden as well to harvest healing plants and herbs and incorporate them in innovative new treatments. Here is how four West Coast spas are taking advantage of nature’s bounty to pamper their guests to the fullest.
For 32 days from August 16 through September 27 of 2016, Crystal Serenity cruise ship will make its way through the Northwest Passage and will mark the first time a luxury liner has made the voyage. Starting in Anchorage and ending in New York, the route will take travelers to destinations rarely seen by anyone other than expedition ships and rugged explorers.
Inspired by the ultra-modern designs so prevalent in Miami, Éclat Beijing has produced an art deco suite that promises to deliver a summery Floridian experience all year long in the Chinese capital. With striking features like a white grand piano as well as a '30s-inspired glass and brass lamps, this independent luxury hotel has created a one-of-a-kind Miami Suite.
As a native Texan (now Californian), I’ve been to San Antonio many times in the past. Based on this background, you could assume that I know the region well, right? Well, you would lose that bet as my last visit acquainted me with a Texas town I had not yet met.
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is preparing to host the prominent 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' summit next fall. All of the world's leaders from US President Barack Obama to China’s President Xi Jin-ping are expected to attend. To host such a global event, a city typically needs the appropriate accommodations for the political elite, and thanks to Manila’s newest dual hotel property: Raffles Makati and Fairmont Makati, the city fits the bill.
In Zhengzhou, the capital of the Henan Province in China, the 60-floor, 918-foot Millennium Royal Plaza towers above the city and stands as the majestic home of the new JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou. Occupying the top levels of the towering structure, this new 416-room hotel offers unparalleled city views and skyscraping accommodations.
Originally meant to be 11 private homes in Bali for hosting their friends and family, Canadian-born jewelry designer John Hardy and his wife’s collection of antique Javanese houses are now used as an eco-friendly boutique hotel in Ubud. Bambu Indah, translated beautiful bamboo, celebrates Balinese culture and modern luxury through sustainable practices.
With Miami Spa Month in full swing, we thought it’d be helpful to get a breakdown on some of the spa treatments available at most facilities. Once you learn how to get the best out of your spa day, look into pairing treatments together to put your best bod forward at the end of your session.
Resting between the jungles of the Indian plains and the Himalayas, the small mountain nation of Nepal is a stunning destination comprised of snowy peaks, monasteries and the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. Its region is a favorite among travelers who love the outdoors and seek active adventures.
Nowadays, affluent travelers are becoming less and less concerned with choosing the very best hotel based on looks, and more interested in booking a property that includes unique experiences with notable personalities. Across the globe, we’re seeing more and more resorts up their standard level of activities by offering exclusive classes and programs that really make them stand out.
Hey, Lord of the Rings fans, enough cosplaying and following online theories to see if Gandalf really did plan on having eagles fly the ring to Mount Doom; it’s time to make the ultimate journey to the motherland. Home to Frodo, Samwise Gamgee, Legolas, Strider (AKA Aragorn) and the loveable Gimli among others, the picturesque country of New Zealand is the setting for Zicasso’s Ultimate Lord of the Rings Tour: A 60th Anniversary Celebration trip. Who’s as excited as a hobbit at second breakfast?
The yachting lifestyle offers unparalleled escape from crowds and access to obscure destinations, but often at a tradeoff for other creature comforts. After several days of confinement in close quarters, dining on whatever the ship’s kitchen can offer, and becoming over-familiar with the limited recreation the ship can provide, just about everyone craves a stretch on dry land. In coastal or island destinations, “yachties” are a familiar niche of traveler, and many of the finer private hotels encourage them to dock at the resort marina and avail themselves of guest facilities.
Adventure-seekers who have seen the episode of the hit HBO series East Bound and Down where Kenny Powers propels above the water wearing what looks like a backpack have wondered, "What is that thing and where can I do that?" Well the thing on Powers’ back is a jet pack, the latest craze in watersports. The commonly-used JetLev pack boasts a 225-horsepower engine, creating 600-800 gallons per minute of thrust, propelling the brave user up to 30 feet above water.
After 2.5 hour drive from San Diego to Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, my wife and I were ready to escape the intensity of the sun and find our way to our suite. Though we had looked up weather for Lake Arrowhead prior to our trip, the fact that the lake and resort are located at such a high altitude must have played a psychological trick on us considering, even after reading the forecasts, neither of us were prepared for the heat.