Some of the best destinations in the world are found in places most people can’t access by car or foot. Whether it’s an ultra-exclusive luxury getaway or a remote destination of unspoiled beauty, few and far between have the opportunity to see such a sight. Time to get your rich and famous lifestyle on and venture to sights only accessible by helicopter.
While the Maldives is hardly unknown, the small island of Medhufaru is an unknown vacation spot in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Excellent for honeymooners or those looking for an escape, the island is reachable by helicopter or seaplane. One resort, Soneva Jani, includes retractable roofs for stargazing — chic, huh?
Cirque de Mafate, a caldera on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, is home to several small hamlets formed from the collapse of the large shield volcano Piton des Neiges. While it’s possible to access via hiking trails, a helicopter is truly the best way. Cirque de Mafate is a popular destination for those wanting to experience a remote, unique and safe natural area that offers modern amenities like grocery stores.
This Canadian wilderness resort, located in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, is simply inaccessible by road, only by helicopter. Guests can hop on a helicopter for about an hour ride over endless nature and serenity. This resort is the definition of a secret hideaway, nestled into the old growth forests, poised over serene and sparkling waterways. The landscape is defined by granite mountains overlooking misty fjords, waterfalls and secluded beaches. The lodge offers a high-end wilderness experience in one of the most remote and stunning places on the planet.
The village of Supai, located within the Havasu Canyon, is home to the Havasupai Tribe and renowned for its beautiful waterfalls and camping sites. It’s not accessible by road, only by foot, horseback or helicopter. The village is so remote the U.S. postal service delivers mail by mule, a journey that takes three hours one way. The nearest town providing food, water and gas for hikers is 66 miles away in Peach Springs.
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.
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Data analytics and consumer intelligence company J.D. Power conducted a survey on the response of the travel industry to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of 1,633 business and leisure travelers in the past year was conducted March 12–13. In general, those surveyed have faith in the travel industry and are satisfied with the industry’s response to the pandemic thus far.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.