As we closed the March issue, the entire Northeast was bracing for the “Storm of the Century” — which didn’t live up to its name, at least not in the New York/New Jersey region. Airports closed, schools and businesses shut for two days and everything came to a complete standstill. This, when we seem to have more control than ever over driving with better-equipped vehicles and the latest stormtracking systems.
I spoke to a colleague who was more prepared than anyone. He edited two documents, conducted two phone conferences, chatted at length with friends on the phone, chopped firewood and secured his home — all before noon, ahead of the pending storm. He followed this up by filling his snow blower with gas, restocking at the wine store, charging his electronics, filling the tub with water and uploading books to his Kindle. He was ready to be snowbound. But the snow didn’t really come.
For all of you whose travel was disrupted by the big New York and New Jersey “State of Non-Emergency,” I hope this issue offers you some incentive to get back to your business- or first-class seat and take to the skies. Our recap of the annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, voted on by you, the readers of Global Traveler, offers plenty of inspiration. I can’t tell you how many times readers informed me they tried one of our winners, like Etihad Airways, due to a Global Traveler review. Dream of sunny Beverly Hills and the beautiful Peninsula hotel as you page through this issue and select some of the best airlines and hotels for your next trip.
I offer a hearty congratulations to United Airlines for winning Airline of the Year. Although mergers can be difficult processes, the carrier proved it can be done while keeping the product and customer top of mind. With its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, United offers state-of-the-art travel coupled with its MileagePlus program, voted best frequent-flyer program for 11 years.
I also hope you continue to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Global Traveler’s annual auction and the Red & White Ball, to be held at The Westin Philadelphia March 21. Check out our silent auction page and the LLS website for the ball. An auction will also be held at the ball, which you can participate in whether or not you attend. Through a company called GiveSmart, follow the items and be alerted when you are outbid.
So shovel your way to some great flights and a wonderful cause to help cure blood cancers!
COMO Hotels and Resorts offers travelers new immersive luxury retreats for 2022. Perfect for couples, small groups or solo travelers, the new COMO Journeys are available to book in Australia, Bhutan, Indonesia and Thailand.
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.
Anantara Chiang Mai, the deluxe resort on the banks of Thailand’s Mae Ping River, relaunched the city’s most famous high tea experience, served on the terrace of the 100-year-old British Consulate that today houses the resort’s Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar.
The Hotel Bel-Air hosts a new end-of-summer BBQ with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck on the lawn of the hotel. The event is back after a three-year hiatus, set to take place Sept. 6. Guests will be able to enjoy an evening featuring backyard-style barbeque and seasonal summer favorites.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
The Oberoi, Marrakech introduces its new holistic wellness program, SAHA. Meaning health in Arabic, SAHA aims to help guests reach their full wellbeing potential. The program operates on four key cornerstones: soul & spirit, active body, holistic treatments and a better plate.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
Emerald Cruises christened its newest Star-Ship, Emerald Luna, in a ceremony in Amsterdam as it prepares to sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers of Europe. Equipped to host up to 180 guests, Emerald Luna saw many members of Scenic Group, the parent company of Emerald Cruises, attend the ceremony, including U.S. travel industry advocate and educator Vanessa McGovern, who took honors as godmother during the ceremony.