Ports of Call: We sailed MS Antonella from Split, Croatia, to Milna, Bol, Hvar, Korčula, Miljet, Pelješac Peninsula and Makarska, and returning to Split.
Embarkation/Disembarkation: The round-trip Croatian voyage from Split was a cycling cruise, with a mountain bike provided and an e-bike option available. We averaged 28 kilometers (about 17 miles) per day as we soaked up the amazing land and sea views. We stopped along the way for a cold drink or the occasional leisurely swim. It was seven days of cycle, eat, rest, gaze, laugh, repeat.
Stateroom: I stayed in an under-deck cabin with a porthole. All cabins are en-suite on the small ship.
Services/Amenities: Each day on this sun-drenched, small-ship cycling cruise took us to another exotic port on the Dalmatian Coast; we were dropped off at one end of the island to cycle to the other, where our ship waited for us.
The ship included a dining hall, half-board, captain’s dinner and a sun deck. I traveled solo and was one of only two Americans on the 30-passenger ship. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet and know everyone by name. The crew and guides spoke fluent English.
◆ Day 2 We had a long, steady climb to the crest of a hill, past mulberry and fig trees, pine forests, olive groves and vineyards. We passed white marble quarries used for The White House in Washington, D.C. After 35 kilometers of cycling, we stopped at the little shepherd’s village Gažul with its stone houses and enjoyed an authentic local lunch of grilled meats and local distilled liqueurs. We cycled another 10 kilometers to Bol; on the descent to the beach, we marveled at the breathtaking panoramic views of Hvar in the distance, making the morning’s climb worth the effort.
◆ Day 4 In Korčula we had evening drinks atop a castle; the only way to get beverages there was for the waitress to hoist them up by pulley.
◆ Day 6 The Makarska Riviera offered sweeping vistas and dozens of activities in which to participate.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.