I have wanted to visit Israel for a long time but never nailed down the trip. This time, it is a done deal, and I’ll be heading there this fall.
There are so many options for flying to Israel: changing planes in Europe, changing planes in Canada or even in the United States. But after years and years of doing exactly that (sometimes flying over a destination only to change planes and fly back), I am done! I am looking forward to an efficient, non-stop flight on EL AL Israel Airlines to Tel Aviv.
The Waldorf Astoria recently opened in Jerusalem, and I cannot think of a better way to explore and experience this religious and historic city. Hilton continues to have a lot of tricks up its sleeve, from innovation with apps for keyless entry to room selection before you arrive. Jeff Diskin is one of the Hilton executives pushing for continual improvement in the customer experience and the ease of accessing your room.
I also want to hit the links in Israel. Golfers who travel are always looking for that different golf experience, and this surely is one: Nowhere else can you drive a ball over terrain where Jesus once walked. I’ll add this to my many golf experiences such as playing near the pyramids in Cairo and midnight-sun golfing during the summer solstice in Finland.
We just came off a whirlwind introduction of Rafie Iannello to Global Traveler’s Pacific Rim operations, including a “getting to know you” trip with Kim Krol, managing editor, followed by an introduction to how we do business on the East Coast with scheduled meetings in New York and a day at World Headquarters. We are all looking forward to Rafie’s contributions to the magazine.
While I have your undivided attention, let me introduce you to GT Select Hotels & Resorts. Perhaps you already found it, as it debuted online this summer at globaltravelerusa.com/gt-select-hotels. GT Select is our hand-selected online directory of the best luxury hotels and resorts around the world. Take a look at the great properties listed on this exciting new feature when booking your next stay.
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The Hamilton Hotel, located steps from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.
Luxury destinations around the country partnered with Bryte to introduce The Restorative Bed and enhanced sleep programming at their hotels. The revolutionary, AI-powered Restorative Bed uses real-time technology to intuitively adjust based on the individual’s needs and preferences. An embedded sensory network detects biometrics, like heart rate and breathing patterns, when a sleeper enters the first stage of sleep, triggering cooling features and lulling sleepers into deep sleep. Computer-controlled air cushions alleviate pressure points, and the technology also leads sleepers naturally out of sleep.
Tauck announced plans to fully restart its U.S. tours by July 1. Departures of the Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston tour have already begun, with other popular tours across the country relaunching in the coming months. Check the Open for Travel page for information on specific tour departures.
Turkish Airlines resumed its premium onboard dining and hot meal service on all business- and economy-class flights longer than two hours and 15 minutes. The resumption of service is in accordance with all health and hygiene applications.
Denver’s The Source Hotel offers its new Passport Program. Overnight guests receive The Source Passport at check-in and from there can enjoy restaurants and retail establishments across The Source Hotel + Market Hall with exclusive discounts. Exclusive discounts are available at The Woods, Safta, Reunion Bread, Beet & Yarrow, Melted and more.
With the vaccine rolling out and U.S. air travel expected to pick up in the upcoming months, the personal finance website WalletHub released a report on 2021’s Best Frequent-Flyer Programs, to help travelers make the best decision for their wallets.
TAP Air Portugal now offers all passengers COVID-19 testing service at Lisbon Airport at a discount. Depending on a destination’s various restrictions, the Rapid Antigen Test is €21; the PCR test is €85; and a PCR Test plus Rapid Antigen Test is €106. TAP customers enjoy priority access to this service.