It has been a busy summer for me, with vacations and business trips around the globe and locally, ending the season with a Labor Day trip to Cape San Blas, Fla., for a few restful beach days. Prior to this, the GTteam attended the Global Business Travel Association convention in Denver to meet and mingle with airline and hotel executives and see their latest products and services.
At the convention, United Airlines displayed its new Polaris business-class product. I received an overview of the service and seat from a United flight attendant who served on the research panel alongside many top United customers. Polaris represents a big change for the airline, offering completely lie-flat bed/seats, each with aisle access. The design rethinks everything from the meals served to the entertainment — a big step to making United more competitive on overseas routes.
As we get down to business this fall, our subscriber Globility Board will meet at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in October to present ideas in focus group sessions. It is a wonderful way to get inside the heads of entrepreneur travelers who make their own decisions about which airline to fly and which hotel to book. Any subscribers interested in joining the board can reach out to me directly at [email protected] to receive an application and take part in the vetting process.
In addition, we are well into planning for the GT Tested Reader Survey awards gala, to be held in December at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. This marks the 13th year of our reader-voted awards and the sixth year celebrating them at this grand hotel. Last year we moved the event up to the pool level for a beautiful night under the stars and a splashing success.
I am thinking about an autumn adventure around the date of my birthday, Oct. 10. At this stage, I’m still considering many options, and I welcome your suggestions.
With the fall in full swing, we’re headed for more events, travels and golf — join the adventure!
Nobu Barbuda is underway in the Caribbean, the newest installation to the Nobu Hospitality portfolio. The Nobu restaurant, all conceived by actor Robert DeNiro, debuted in 2021, and Nobu Barbuda’s first beach club opened this year.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
Aimbridge Hospitality announced it will open two brand-new resorts at Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef and The Seaborn at Frenchman’s Reef, Autograph Collection, are expected to open in fall 2022. The new properties are part of a $350 million rebuild project on Frenchman’s Reef.
Birds on the brain these days? Head to the Columbia Valley, located between the towering Rocky and Purcell mountains in southeast British Columbia. The newest addition to the BC Bird Trail is marked by friendly communities surrounded by wetlands, featuring a burgeoning avian population. In spring, watch for the striking plumage of horned grebes, as well as songbirds and Lewis’s woodpecker.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
Upon our triumphant in-person return to Los Angeles in December 2021 to celebrate our annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, the FXExpress Publications, Inc. team also revisited one of our favorite city hot spots: Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for dinner at the on-site Riviera 31 bar lounge.
Turkish Airlines offers premium travelers something new. After signing an agreement with fashion brands Coccinelle and Hackett, the carrier introduced redesigned premium amenity kits for its business-class passengers flying eight hours or more on long-distance flights. The new kits were introduced April 29.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
Lisbon’s popularity has soared in recent years, but within an hour’s drive of Portugal’s capital city, lots of quiet towns and interesting regions that are still somewhat off-the-beaten path await.