BMW 6 SERIES GRAN TURISMO
The Gran Turismo isn’t for everyone, depending on how you felt about the 5 series wagon. While the former model wasn’t well-received, BMW is betting its new coupe-crossover will turn heads, though some are wishing the company would return to its classic line of twodoors. The new Gran Turismo features an 8-speed automatic transmission, an xDrive all-wheel-drive system, 335 horsepower and a 0–60 mph time of 5.1 seconds. Add 65 cubic feet of storage space, and you have one formidable crosstour vehicle. $69,700.
XBOX ONE X
Microsoft updates its video console with the new, inexplicably named Xbox One X. The machine is designed to take advantage of advancements in home theater technology. Although 4K displays are now affordable enough for the average gamer to purchase, for those still on 1080p, the new Xbox includes a super-sampling feature to improve graphics on old displays as well. Dolby Atmos is available for a limited number of titles, allowing players to hear virtual surround sound on their headphones and speaker setup. Microsoft reports the new console will be released Nov. 7. $499.
While the price tag might turn you off, Peloton might be the one piece of exercise equipment you actually use. You’ve seen indoor cycling bikes before, and this one doesn’t do anything particularly special, but that’s because its true value is in the subscription service. Peloton aims to hook bikers with its classes, available both live and on demand. These cycling sessions are broadcast live from Peloton’s New York studio with a trained instructor and live feedback on your workout metrics. Classes are available throughout the day at a variety of skill levels, with attendance reaching a few hundred, sometimes a thousand, in a session. $1,995 plus $35/month subscription.
Live TV is now available for streaming on YouTube, bringing joy to thousands of news junkies and sports enthusiasts trying to catch a game while overseas and looking to cut cords back home. The app is perfect for single users and groups of people like families and roommates since you can host up to six accounts, three of which can be used simultaneously. Better yet, you get the same features typically offered on cable, like on-demand programming and DVR, plus it’s on a much smoother interface than your set-top box. $35/month.
The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua recently announced the final phase of a $100 million resort-wide transformation, set to be unveiled by the end of 2022. Located across 54 acres of pristine, wide-open space overlooking Honokahua Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is a sanctuary for guests seeking a luxurious escape.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Banyan Tree Group recently announced its first-ever expansion into Japan with five new properties across four concepts. The hospitality group’s partnership with Wealth Management Group saw Dhawa Yura and Garrya Nijo Castle launch in June, with two more properties slated to open now through 2026. Another partnership with Terraform Capital sees plans to build Cassia, a property in the ski resort of Niseko.
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Wilderness Reserve, an 8,000-acre estate of historic and charming properties, woodlands and lakes, invites visitors to its newly launched YOXMAN, a three-day, Michelin-starred dining experience. Four United Kingdom chefs come together to prepare an array of different cuisines throughout the weekend, and guests are treated to plenty of entertainment throughout the experience.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts adds to its growing collection with Rosewood Hotel Bauer, slated to open in Venice in 2025. Led by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group BAR Studio, the property will lie in the city’s historic San Marco district.