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!
ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: Climbing along the coast, I was trying to snap pictures of the cool-blue Puerto Vallarta waters outside my car window (I know, it never works) when we started winding along stone walls draped in jungle-like foliage. Annoyed my view was blocked, I looked around to see where we were just as we were parking at Hotel Mousai — I audibly gasped. The all-glass, chic and incredibly grand entrance was so well-secluded, it somehow snuck up on me.
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Emirates added Seychelles (SEZ) to its list of recent flight resumptions, including Stockholm (ARN) and beefing up services to the Maldives (MLE). Emirates resumed Seychelles services Aug. 1, alongside the country’s re-opening to international tourists.
ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: Arriving in Singapore is an easy affair as there are plenty of taxis for the 15-minute ride from Changi Airport, with little traffic. Coming into the circular drive of the famed Raffles hotel, you take in the view of this historic 1887 property. The equally famed doormen, dressed in traditional Sikh livery, greet guests and help with any requests.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
The United Arab Emirates announced all inbound travelers are required to carry proof of a negative COVID-19 test to show upon arrival. This requirement will be upheld by all the country’s airports and applies to residents and tourists alike.
Take Five at Saint Lucia’s famed Jade Mountain. The resort’s deal allows guests booking the signature Sky, Star or Moon sanctuary to receive their fifth night free, an offer valued at a savings of more than $1,200. The offer is valid for travel through Dec. 19. Learn more and book.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Looking for a romantic getaway? At Couples Resorts in Jamaica, travelers can earn up to $500 in instant cash credits when booking a stay of five nights or more with the Couples Comeback offer. The offer is valid at all properties for bookings through Sept. 30. Travel by Aug. 31 for $500 in cash credits and Sept. 1–Dec. 24 for $400 in cash credits. Guests who provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will receive a $100 resort credit. Book online.