Please enjoy the May issue of Global Traveler as we move swiftly through spring 2023.
The team just returned from the sixth WhereverFamily Wherever Awards, held at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC. What a pleasure to return to the landmark property built to house the General Post Office in the District of Columbia. The original building was designed by Robert Mills, known for designing many buildings between Philadelphia
and Charleston, including his most famous work, the Washington Monument. Many thanks to Bill Hanley, Kimpton Monaco’s director of sales and marketing, and the wonderful staff for making the Wherever Awards a great success. Top winners include United Airlines and United MileagePlus, which stepped up this year to focus on the needs of traveling families.
We will hold our next event at The Union League of Philadelphia on June 27 to celebrate the winners of Global Traveler’s 11th Leisure Lifestyle Awards, honoring the best among destinations, cruise lines, tour operators and other providers catering to luxury leisure travel.
On Aug. 15 Trazee Travel (trazeetravel.com) will celebrate the ninth iteration of The Trazees, to be held at Aloft Dallas Downtown. Many say this property, the first of the brand, features the quintessential Aloft design. The Trazees event will take place during the Global Business Travel Association’s annual convention, where the industry unveils the newest offerings. Trazee Travel reaches a wide audience of travelers, mostly between the ages of 25 and 40.
Finally, Global Traveler will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards with a gala at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on Dec. 13. Everyone is excited to experience this new-to-us, luxurious venue offering a vast variety of options from fine dining to tennis to Chuan Spa. Come join us and make a long weekend of it at The Langham!
Enjoy your spring travels, and save me an aisle seat!
Francis X. Gallagher
Publisher and CEO
After almost four years in the planning, design and reconstruction stages, Baillie Lodges’ flagship property, Southern Ocean Lodge on Australia’s Kangaroo Island, reopened late last year after the original hotel was razed during the summer of the 2019/2020 Kangaroo Island bushfires.
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Two and a half hours beyond Ho Chi Minh City, via a newly constructed highway, Azerai Ke Ga Bay in Vietnam’s Binh Thuan province opens the gate to a corner of the country waiting to be discovered. The careful planning and sustainable development of Azerai Ke Ga Bay has already made a strong impression as an award-nominated and -winning pioneer of 5-star boutique hospitality in this emerging destination, drawing in an adventurous new generation of affluent international guests.
Set your sights on Australia this year as Queensland prepares to welcome some neat hotels and experiences in 2024. In fact, it’s easier than ever to reach the region thanks to a new, non-stop American Airlines flight from Dallas (DFW) to Brisbane (BNE) beginning this October.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
Nobu Hotel Marrakech recently launched new and refreshed experiences for 2024. To kick off the new year, guests can find new spa treatments, wellness activities, a specially curated vegan menu and more.
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The resort offers several thoughtfully crafted artisanal cocktails to celebrate National Margarita Day or any day; however, if you can’t make it to Cancún this month, shake up two of Hilton Cancun Mar Caribe’s margaritas at home with these recipes.