Last week, before Global Traveler held its fourth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards at the Sofitel Beverly Hills, the GT staff flew in and we all took a limo to Disneyland. Seeing Disneyland for the first time at age 31 was an absolutely entertaining experience and much different from what I saw as a child visiting Disney World in Florida. One of our Globility Board members is a member of the private Club 33, which is located in the heart of Disneyland’s New Orleans Square and features an exceptional supper club, and he invited us to join him for an elaborate dining experience. When we arrived at the park, we walked around and found ourselves in line for It’s a Small World. I was beyond impressed by the ride’s creativity and global representation. Then it happened, as I knew it would — the song was stuck in my head the rest of the night.
Club 33 highlights the many captivating visions of Walt Disney, and there is a backstory for almost every component. The second-floor balcony of Club 33 overlooks the park, and typically no one even looks up from eye level. It was like we were invisible. Certainly, it provided a different perspective. It was a truly magical experience, not to mention, the culinary adventure and wine pairings were perfect all around! I’m still daydreaming about the delicious seven-course meal and excellent service. After dinner, we walked through the now-closed park, which felt completely different from when we entered Club 33. The park was empty and quiet, and all we could stare at was the perfectly lit castle and Walt Disney’s statue with Mickey Mouse. It was a surreal moment and truly mesmerizing.
I’m grateful to finally visit the happiest place on Earth.
— Rafie Iannello, account director, Pacific Rim
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THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers savings up to $3,050 per person on select voyages when booked by July 8. Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, is included. Deposits for the select sailings have been reduced to $250 per person.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Through Sept. 7, guests at M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas can enjoy the No Resort Fee Summer promotion. The resort will waive daily resort fees on all reservations, and guests can also take advantage of summer rates beginning as low as $75 per night. Book online or by calling 877 673 7678.