As we close this issue, we are experiencing the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Many of us at World Headquarters were without power; as of press time, my home is operating with a generator. Thankfully, the office is up and running without any significant loss of power and connectivity. I wish I could say the same of our New York staff, who are struggling with the rest of the city to get back to full operation. We wish them well and hope for a speedy return to normalcy.
It will take a long time to rebuild the Eastern seaboard — from Maine to North Carolina. I have found donating to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army the best way to make an immediate impact on a tragic situation. Their operations run like a tight ship, so most of the dollars you donate reach those in need.
Global Traveler is in full gear to celebrate the best in business and luxury travel as we announce the winners of the 2012 GT Tested Awards, chosen by you, and the Airline and Hotel of the Year awards. We will present these awards, along with the Wines on the Wing awards announced in August, at a gala event this month at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, with guests of honor Layla Kayleigh and Nikki Boyer.
The Peninsula’s team, led by Offer Nissenbaum, general manager, always does a wonderful job, with no request too small or too large. In fact, last year when I checked into the hotel I asked where I could repair a shoe. In seconds one of the famous Peninsula pageboys took my shoe and told me it would be repaired that afternoon. Another time, one of my employees was admiring the floral display at the front desk and I told her, “This is The Peninsula. If you like it, you can have it.” The woman at the desk offered to have the florist deliver it to her home — that’s service! And that’s what we expect from all the winners of the GT Tested Awards.
Enjoy reading about the winners of Global Traveler’s awards, and note those who are missing and those who have excelled!
Manchester, a city already buzzing with energy, welcomes some exciting new additions, from boutique hotels to highly anticipated culinary destinations to historic venues. Plan a trip to Manchester to not only indulge in your favorite soccer team but also to enjoy delicious food, both charming and luxury accommodations, and lively events and venues.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
Porvoo, Finland, only an hour from Helsinki, is a medieval coastal town and a cultural haven, well known for its exciting culinary scene, colorful wooden houses and cafés. Here, you will discover the new Runo Porvoo Hotel, a family-owned landmark building and business blending Finnish traditions with contemporary Nordic design, world-class artwork and the rustic-meets-modern allure of American Shaker-style furnishings.
August is National Golf Month. Our three-part round-up will highlight the best courses around the world to tee off in celebration. Today, we highlight three international courses for your consideration.
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.
Salmon Falls Resort in Ketchikan, Alaska, spoils guests with a new immersive luxury offer. The VIP fishing trip offer, called Hooked on Salmon Falls, starts at $15,000 for two guests and includes a four-night stay in a presidential king ocean view suite. In addition to round-trip airport transfers, the offer also comes with complimentary dining and $250 in fish shipping credit.
The Hotel Bel-Air hosts a new end-of-summer BBQ with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck on the lawn of the hotel. The event is back after a three-year hiatus, set to take place Sept. 6. Guests will be able to enjoy an evening featuring backyard-style barbeque and seasonal summer favorites.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.
The Oberoi, Marrakech introduces its new holistic wellness program, SAHA. Meaning health in Arabic, SAHA aims to help guests reach their full wellbeing potential. The program operates on four key cornerstones: soul & spirit, active body, holistic treatments and a better plate.