On the Ground: I arrived at Newark Liberty Airport and was second in the Club World line to check in. The agent placed a sticker on my boarding pass to indicate express security check and gave me directions to the lounge on the second floor.
Pre-Flight: The British Airways Galleries Lounge was an elegant change from the rather dull halls of Newark’s airport, offering a variety of comfortable seats with easy access to highly desirable power outlets. As my flight was scheduled for 9:20 p.m., I arrived just as staff were serving dinner. A more formal dining area offered a buffet including an Asian station with a variety of noodle and rice dishes. Tempting as it was, I opted instead for a light snack of hummus and crudités, saving my appetite for the in-flight meal. The lounge attendants kept us posted on the status of our flight; when it was time for boarding, our gate was just steps away.
In-Flight: This was a very special flight for me, as it was my first experience flying on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As I entered the plane, I was surprised by the seat configuration: My window seat in the front row was facing backward. This set-up allows each seat to have access to the aisle and a view of the window. The first thing I noticed was a drawer at the foot of my seat, the perfect space for my laptop, Kindle and iPhone. With my essentials in the drawer, I placed my carry-on in the massive overhead compartment. I accepted a glass of Champagne and an amenity kit filled with Elemis products from the in-flight crew and was ready to go.
In no time, we were set to depart. One of my favorite parts of flying is takeoff; however, facing backward was a different experience entirely. At first I did not enjoy the forward pull, but once off the ground I was delighted by the prolonged view of the ground below. Shortly after takeoff, an attendant asked for my dinner order. British Airways offers “Well-Being in the Air” selections as part of its commitment to providing healthy dining options during travel. I opted for the herb-roasted salmon with baby spinach and goat cheese and then indulged in the ricotta cheesecake and a Kir Royale cocktail. I selected a movie from the in-flight entertainment system, though I quickly found myself drifting off. I transitioned my seat into the fully flat position and went to sleep.
The Experience: The ultimate compliment for any flight is that there just wasn’t enough time, and that holds true with this flight. A short six hours later, the LED mood lighting gradually awakened us — I must admit I was not ready for the flight to end.
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Since Cheval Blanc, an extraordinary, newly designed and refurbished 72-room hotel owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, launched in September 2021, it has been the talk of the town. Le Tout-Paris remarks about its WOW factor … and the hard-to-get reservations for the 30 seats at Plenitude, the intimate, first-floor gastronomic outlet headed by chef Arnaud Donckele, who earned three Michelin stars at Cheval Blanc Saint Tropez. Reservations are also recommended for Limbar, the ground-floor bakery/café/tea shop/bar where we watched Pastry Chef Maxime Frédéric preparing desserts and an absolute must-have for dinner at Le Tout-Paris, the 7th-floor, all-day brasserie. This brightly colored space, with its raised seating and Fauve-like floor tiles and the adjacent Milanese restaurant, Langosteria, both have access to terraces facing the Seine River, with amazing views encompassing Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower.
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Nevada-based The Spa at Green Valley by Well & Being and The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being celebrate the start of 2022 with new health, wellness and spa treatments available through March 31. Both spas offer an array of treatments for guests wanting to relax and unwind before 2022 kicks into full gear.
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Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from California. Surrounded by pristine, crystal-clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be Embraced By Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti.
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Go ahead, take a nice, deep breath. Because a Seabourn voyage is all about this moment you’ve come so far in life to embrace. It’s not an escape, it’s an arrival.