Have you ever had one of those days while traveling where you want to pinch yourself, wondering, “How am I lucky enough to have this experience?” It’s cliché but true — travel is transformative. I had one of those days on a recent trip to Italy. I was staying at Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, spending a few days exploring the nearby towns of Lucca and Barga. On a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning, my travel companions and I made our way into Barga with the hotel executive chef and pastry chef to enjoy a brief tour and to visit the markets, where we purchased beautiful, fresh ingredients to prepare our lunch. Back at the resort, we joined them in the kitchen, learning how to make fresh pasta, spinach ravioli, tiramisu, eggplant Parmesan and fried zucchini blossoms. That was all followed by the best part — enjoying the food, paired with local wines, while savoring an incredible view. Experiences like this are available to all travelers to the resort, with similar programs at hotels around the world. It’s these moments — these joys of experiential travel — that stick with us and keep us boarding flights and booking hotel stays. Susan Finch also takes us to Tuscany in this issue, with a look at traveling with friends and family in Florence, on page 66. Additionally, we’ll get a taste of Buenos Aires, Munich, Boston, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Phnom Penh, Tahiti and Zürich/Bernese Oberland. Let’s not forget, we’re in the midst of voting season! Turn to page 36 for a look at those travel providers looking to earn milestone status in the 2016 GT Tested Reader Survey awards. If you haven’t voted yet, now’s the time. And that’s just the beginning; there’s plenty more on the following pages to inspire your wanderlust. Next month we focus on aviation, with an update on airline fleets and the TSA’s Trusted Traveler program. Until then, enjoy your pinch-yourself moments!
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort’s acclaimed Anantara Spa incorporates indigenous practices from world traditions, offering signature experiences individually personalized. And now, two renowned healers, experts in holistic, natural approaches to healing mind, body and spirit, join the celebrated Ibu Jero, High Priestess of Balinese Healers, at the spa.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Tulum with us.
While the lure of 10 tasting rooms along the only Urban Bourbon Trail in the United States (and the world) brings almost 19 million visitors to Louisville each year, business and city leaders have plans to grow the city to attract another type of visitor — the sports enthusiast.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
This holiday season, award-winning oceanfront hotel Prince Waikiki will partner with Miracle Bar’s Sippin’ Santa, making it the first time the state of Hawai’i has hosted a Miracle Bar pop-up. The hotel will turn its outdoor space into a tiki-themed winter wonderland furnished with both classic and Hawai’ian-inspired holiday decorations. The exclusive holiday cocktail event will be open Dec. 1–31, daily 4–10 p.m.
If you’ve ever dreamt of experiencing the good life of Florence’s great families — but in a modern context — Antica Torre di Via Tournabuoni 1 more than fulfills the requirements. The former private villa in its newly reinvigorated state (completed during the pandemic) offers a full-on Florentine immersion, whether you are traveling on business, pleasure or some mix of both. The location (the physical and cultural center of Florence) and the mid-13th-century building’s conversation-starting pedigree (built by the Guelf-Ruggerini family and owned by the Gianfigliazzi family) are two of the most important selling points. However, it’s what the current management has done to make the property relevant to 21st-century travelers that makes it worth checking into.
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Research conducted by money.co.uk reveals, out of 40 global cities reviewed, the 10 best cities in the world for art and culture lovers, with four of the top 10 located in the United States. The rankings factored in the number of art galleries, museums, monuments, street art and architecturally notable buildings.