In July, I stepped on board the Queen Mary 2 Remastered for a peek at the exciting renovations and changes aboard the iconic ship. Docked at Brooklyn’s Cruise Terminal, the ship offered picturesque views, proving the perfect backdrop for this month’s Editor’s Letter. Turn to page 36 for more updates on this ship and many others from your favorite cruise lines. Learn more about the Cunard cuisine on page 34.
It’s hard to believe September is already here and yet another summer travel season has wrapped. My summer travel took me to a variety of destinations, both domestically and abroad. It sure felt like I traveled to many more cities, as I spent a large chunk of time this summer putting together next year’s editorial calendar. It’s always a large undertaking, as we aim to offer a broad range of some of the world’s most popular and some lesser-known destinations. It seems odd to be thinking already about 2017, but, as always, we sail full steam ahead at GT, and we have a number of exciting changes to debut for you in just a few short months. Stay tuned.
Party with us on page 42 for a full recap of our annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards event, held this year at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Maybe some of the winners will inspire your 2017 travel planning. Then we’re off around the globe, visiting the Caribbean, Vienna, Houston, Toronto, Guangzhou, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and the Bordeaux region, and Fiji. For tips and tricks to figuring out the ins and outs of your preferred loyalty programs, check out page 38.
It’s time to turn my attention from our editorial calendar to the 2016 first- and business-class surveys, another massive job. Until next issue, I’ll spend my time checking in with all airlines to update our comprehensive charts detailing the premium cabin offerings available around the world, publishing in our Class Act Guide next month.
Nobu Barbuda is underway in the Caribbean, the newest installation to the Nobu Hospitality portfolio. The Nobu restaurant, all conceived by actor Robert DeNiro, debuted in 2021, and Nobu Barbuda’s first beach club opened this year.
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Aimbridge Hospitality announced it will open two brand-new resorts at Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef and The Seaborn at Frenchman’s Reef, Autograph Collection, are expected to open in fall 2022. The new properties are part of a $350 million rebuild project on Frenchman’s Reef.
Birds on the brain these days? Head to the Columbia Valley, located between the towering Rocky and Purcell mountains in southeast British Columbia. The newest addition to the BC Bird Trail is marked by friendly communities surrounded by wetlands, featuring a burgeoning avian population. In spring, watch for the striking plumage of horned grebes, as well as songbirds and Lewis’s woodpecker.
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Upon our triumphant in-person return to Los Angeles in December 2021 to celebrate our annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, the FXExpress Publications, Inc. team also revisited one of our favorite city hot spots: Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for dinner at the on-site Riviera 31 bar lounge.
Turkish Airlines offers premium travelers something new. After signing an agreement with fashion brands Coccinelle and Hackett, the carrier introduced redesigned premium amenity kits for its business-class passengers flying eight hours or more on long-distance flights. The new kits were introduced April 29.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
Lisbon’s popularity has soared in recent years, but within an hour’s drive of Portugal’s capital city, lots of quiet towns and interesting regions that are still somewhat off-the-beaten path await.