On the shores of glittering Lake Geneva, beneath snowy alpine peaks in Vevey, Switzerland, the Grand Hotel Du Lac celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The Relais & Chateaux 5-star accommodations extend to 50 elegant, spacious guestrooms and suites, and the Michelin-starred Les Saisons restaurant — the creative domain of executive chef Thomas Neeser. Additional dining spaces include La Veranda, a bar and a sumptuous lounge with seasonal dining available at the outdoor pool during warm months. In the Oriental Lounge, replete with Chinese tapestries and a fireplace straight out of a storybook, guests indulge in a cup of Moroccan mint tea, sample tobacco-free shisha and relax over traditional afternoon tea service.
A member of the Swiss Deluxe Hotels collection, the property first opened in 1868. The romantic spaces were the setting for the novel Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (Vintage, 1995), and reopened in 2007 following a renovation directed by French interior architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. Guests can spoil themselves with indulgent treatments and therapies at the hotel’s Dr. Burgener Switzerland Care & Spa, with choices including the Hydrating Swiss Milk wrap and the Swiss Cocoa wrap, along with the Volcanic Glacial massage. The spa is also fitted with a sauna and Turkish bath.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
FOUNDED IN 1534, QUITO sits at almost 10,000 feet, making it the second-highest capital city in the world. Located just 14 miles south of the equator, the city enjoys a spring-like climate year-round, from the cool 50s at night to the low 80s during the day. With a consistent 12 hours of daylight, Quito is, literally, one of the greenest cities in the world.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
THE LABELS ON SOME OF TODAY’S wine bottles sport a relatively new vocabulary, one that explains how the grapes were grown and made into wine. They include such terms as sustainable, organic and biodynamic, among others, and they warrant some explanation. Were the grapes grown by sustainable farming? Were they sprayed with organic fertilizers? Is the wine biodynamic? A number of the terms are new to many consumers. Some are controlled by the U.S. government; others are not. For simple definitions of this relatively new vocabulary, consider the following.
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport opened the first airport coat check for passengers headed to warmer climates.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Marriott International recently opened its first Aloft property in Bali. Aloft Bali Seminyak is an urban-inspired, new-build hotel created with music lovers and tech-savvy travelers in mind.