By the time you receive this issue, I will have returned from Tahiti, traveling on award-winning airline Air Tahiti Nui and spending nearly all our time on the island of Bora Bora, with stays at the Four Seasons and The St. Regis. Bora Bora took an award in our newly created Leisure Travel Awards. The winners were announced in our Leisure Lifestyle Book, which you should have received in April.
I want to say thank you to all our readers who won items in our annual auction benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which ended May 1. I have been elected to the LLS Board of Trustees this year, so your support means a great deal to me personally. Once you hear the stories of those whose lives have been touched by blood cancer, you cannot help being moved to lend a hand.
Looking ahead, I have a fall crossing from Southampton, England, to New York on the Queen Mary 2. I was on the ship last year for my birthday, and they really made a fuss, so I felt a repeat performance was in order. We live in a world in which we go everywhere looking like we are about to clean the basement, but dressing for dinner — which Cunard recently reinforced — is really a treat. There are many types of cruises, and I encourage you to experience the best of them.
As we gear up for the 10-year anniversary of Global Traveler, I want to thank all of you who have supported us from day one and welcome those who have found us along the way. Our 10th-year GT Tested awards anniversary is planned at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, and a handful of travel vendors have cut the mustard to be tops for 10 years — that is, if you select them for 2013! In the running for our 10-year Hall of Fame are Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, United MileagePlus, and Membership Rewards Program by American Express. Make sure you cast your vote online at globaltravelerusa.com/gt-tested-awards-ballot.
Have a great May, and brush off your tux and join in our 10-year anniversary celebration!
The United Arab Emirates announced all inbound travelers are required to carry proof of a negative COVID-19 test to show upon arrival. This requirement will be upheld by all the country’s airports and applies to residents and tourists alike.
IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.
Nine hundred miles east of the African mainland, nature dropped a bunch of clichés into the Indian Ocean: palm-fringed beaches, crescents of powdery white sand, gin-clear waters. In short, the archetypal tourist paradise. Welcome to the 115 islands of the Seychelles.
I was invited to fly to Doha to see the unveiling of the new plans for the expansion of Hamad International Airport. Due to a family commitment, I had to leave a little later than others who were attending, and I therefore only had a few days in Qatar. The timing of this flight in the evening was perfect and allowed me to fulfill my family duties and then head to Philadelphia International Airport. I really am pleased and feel fortunate we have this direct service from Philadelphia to the Middle East; it makes travel so much easier, and the Qatar Airways service is super.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
The Dupont Circle will reopen Sept. 9 following a large-scale renovation. Part of The Doyle Collection, the renovated hotel will include a new bar and restaurant, a new lobby and penthouse suite and updated rooms and suites throughout the hotel.
Arriving in Singapore is an easy affair as there are plenty of taxis for the 15-minute ride from Changi Airport, with little traffic. Coming into the circular drive of the famed Raffles hotel, you take in the view of this historic 1887 property. The equally famed doormen, dressed in traditional Sikh livery, greet guests and help with any requests.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Belmond introduced a collection of distinctive private experiences across its portfolio of hotels, trains and cruises, designed for families and small groups seeking exclusivity.