One of California’s most sought-after destinations has a host of updates throughout 2020.
Through new meeting spaces, new dining and entirely new hotels, Carlsbad, California, is using 2020 as an opportunity to redefine itself for travelers considering it as a destination.
One of the biggest boons coming to Carlsbad is the massive expansion of meeting space. Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is adding a new ballroom this year with more than 30,000 square feet of space. The property already boasts 46 meeting rooms.
A major icon of the Carlsbad hotel scene, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa is embarking on a massive renovation expected for completion later this year. The $50 million renovation includes upgrades to all guestrooms and suites as well as the property’s meeting rooms. It is also enhancing the lobby entrance area, spa, pools and golf clubs.
Finally, The Cassara Carlsbad is a new boutique hotel already welcoming guests. It offers 90 guestrooms and plans to add 29 suites this year. The hotel offers a private Legoland entrance, making it a good spot for families with kids.
One thing surprising about the Prince Edward Island capital is its abundance of shops specializing in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry rendered in sterling silver, vermeil, 14K gold and semi-precious stones. Whether you prefer delicate pieces or bold wearable art, you can be assured the pieces for sale are inspired by the maritime island setting and, therefore, specific to the place where they are created. Here are a few shining, woman-owned examples:
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
Norway, a haven for visionary artists, architects and designers, showcases an exceptionally diverse array of cultural attractions. This year, the country commemorates exciting milestones and unveilings captivating enthusiasts of the arts, from iconic scenic routes to new museums to gallery openings. Up Norway features these new offerings in personalized itineraries catered to aesthetes.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The Tampa EDITION recently launched two new offerings this festive season. Book the Holiday in the Sun promotion and receive complimentary valet, $50 in food and beverage credit, $50 in spa credit, and a signature EDITION Le Labo amenity. This offer runs through Jan. 5. Book here.
It’s the Monday afternoon rush in Tokyo. When I step off the subway at Shiodome station, head down the escalator and into Shiodome City Center, and eventually make my way to Conrad Tokyo’s hushed lobby on the 28th floor, all of the hustle and bustle suddenly feels a world away.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
Travelers in search of stunning views will be able to benefit from rail work being conducted by SBB Swiss Railways. For a time, trains will run over the mountain-side section of the track into the Ticino region of Switzerland. The temporary route adjustment comes as Swiss Railways deals with a recent derailment at Gotthard Base Tunnel, meaning travelers get an extra hour of glorious alpine views as part of their journey.