SUPER HEROES, that is what they are. However, dads seldom get the credit they deserve, and we all know the showering of love bestowed upon motherhood overshadows Father’s Day. We take the stale tie gesture, awful socks and overall lack of thoughtfulness in finding unique gifts for Dad and bid them adieu. How do we say we love the man who is, above all, a provider? Fearless, loving and selfless — that is Dad, and by all means these characteristics deserve the best in spoils!
MICHEL SMITH BOYD FOR VERDE HOME
Michel Smith Boyd authoritatively layers and intricately intertwines textures to create architectural masterpieces. Be sure to chime in on Boyd’s brilliant collaboration with Verde Home, and ground the sacred den of your father’s residence with a masculine rug that reeks of royalty. Custom-priced pieces.
A fine timepiece is always an elegant gesture. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver is no exception. Give Papa a pop of color from this brilliant and newest delivery by the legendary Swiss manufacturer. Remember, summer never comes too soon. From $19,900.
DOCK & BAY
Okay, enough of the floral towels designed for grandmothers. Dock & Bay delivers a stellar product based upon its philosophy that the most genuine human connections are formed through shared experiences. So get dry quickly and carry on with the celebration of life. From $20.
Keep Dad cool in Aspire eyewear. This amazing brand offers the barely there fit and feather-light feel he will enjoy. SDN-4 is a specially designed nylon material proprietary to the brand. A true home run hit for baseball season. We can just hear Dad bragging, “My kids bought me these for Father’s Day.” From $220.
Warmer days are here. If Dad chooses to sit on the dock of the bay while watching the tide roll away, let him, but help him do it in style. Swims is the perfectly stylish, water-friendly footwear that can escort him from the yacht to dinner. From $185.
L’ENVOL DE CARTIER
Spritz him! The first oriental to join the family of Cartier fragrances, L’Envol de Cartier is a celebration of the pioneer in all of us. Airy and light, wood notes and nectar make this aromatic elixir a perfect accent to the man of the house. 3.3 oz. from $132.
Scotch Porter makes morning regimens a breeze with this trilogy of facial products. Aloe vera, coconut oil and charcoal are just a few of the ingredients to detoxify and calmly maintain Dad’s masculine glow while on the go. From $18.
DRY CREEK VINEYARD
We aren’t saying forget Napa, but do drop in and pay Healdsburg, Calif., a visit. Spoil your dad with an unforgettable “wine-education” on the diverse soil conditions unique to this region of California that breed splendid wines. A brilliant blend of lush plum, black cherry and spicy notes make the Endeavour Cabinet Sauvignon by Dry Creek Vineyard the perfect gift and the newest resident red of the family estate. From first swirl to the swallow, Dad’s mouth will sing your praise. From $70.
Bespoke details will have Dad stepping out in style in the oxblood/black Budapester. Marcell Mrsan represents the sixth generation of his family working in leather handiwork. Precision and unparalleled craftsmanship take time, however, so be sure to carve out six months to a year for the design process. Complex application of the Goiser technique and the triple-braided stitch will have your father’s feet doing the happy dance! Custom-made, from $1,200.
Give him a jet. Now we are cooking with gas! Spring for a Jetsmarter membership. Spoiled rotten, indeed — who needs the frustration of long security lines and airport crowds? Deliver Dad to the tarmac, minimize the chaos and make the next global excursion exclusively private. Annual membership from $15,000.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.
CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
Ethiopian Airlines added a daily non-stop between Brussels (BRU) and Addis Ababa (ADD). The carrier previously made stopovers in Vienna (VIE) three days a week, increasing the journey time from seven hours to nine.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Last month, British Airways announced plans to offset carbon emissions from all its flights within the United Kingdom. The initiative begins next year and carbon emissions are offset via the United Nations’ carbon offsetting scheme, which invests in carbon reduction projects around the world, such as reforestation and rainforest protection.