RELAXATION AND REJUVENATION are a revered part of many vacations. And road-weary LGBTQ+ travelers will find more options than ever when it comes to spas that roll out the rainbow carpet.
Long-time favorite destinations with LGBTQ+ globetrotters are, not surprisingly, rewarding places to find spas well-versed at serving the community. In Key West, for example, La Concha Hotel & Spa’s Top Spa features suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with inspiring views.
Farther north, in Miami Beach, Hotel Gaythering offers a rather randy, male-oriented approach to the spa experience, with a clothing-optional, men-only sauna and steam room. And the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa offers an upscale, all-welcome take with its Love Wins offer, available year-round and designed to tie in with international pride celebrations this month. The package includes a 50-minute couple’s massage at Si Spa among its amenities.
In Arizona, The Boulders Resort & Spa is a TAG-approved property (a designation indicating LGBTQ+-friendly tourism businesses) offering same-sex weddings, easily complemented by treatments in its 33,000-square-foot spa, with hydrotherapy, guided meditation and massages among the offerings. Couples looking for extra romance and pampering can reserve one of the 800-square-foot Spa Suites, complete with private shower, outdoor Jacuzzi and shower, private patio and outdoor fireplace.
Outside the United States, the variety of LGBTQ+-friendly spas is equally impressive. Consider the luxurious Westin Resort & Spa in gay-popular Puerto Vallarta, offering a spa with both indoor and outdoor treatment areas, and the trendy W Mexico City’s AWAY Spa, which bills itself as the only spa in Mexico City offering traditional temazcal treatments.
In the popular beach destination of Phuket, Thailand, travelers can check in to the posh Banyan Tree Phuket to indulge at the Spa Sanctuary, offering 50 free wellness activities every week, including enrichment workshops and herbal therapy. And Vabali Spa provides an expansive oasis of calm in Berlin, with wellness and experiences ranging from honey and fruit aromatherapy to a WellFit Kitchen that serves healthful cuisine. Spa getaways are, to be sure, one of the best ways to go home feeling better than when you left.
Situated deep within the Scottish Highlands, just steps from many lakes and mountains, lies 57 Nord. This collection of two design-led boutique hideaways blends the region’s Norse-Gael heritage by incorporating Scottish craftsmanship, modern Scandinavian design and panoramic views into both structures.
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.
Oslo’s Art Deco connections just grew stronger with the opening of Sommerro, housed within a historic building in the city’s West End neighborhood of Frogner. The structure itself was once the location of the city’s original electrical company, Oslo Lysverker. The conversion to urban, luxury lodging features 231 guestrooms, 56 residences, seven restaurant and bar options, and meeting and event spaces for up to 150 people. There’s also a 100-seat gilded theater and expansive wellness space, including a full-service gym and Oslo’s first, year-round rooftop pool, sauna and terrace.
Key West International Airport recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of its $100 million expansion. Roman Gastesi, administrator, Monroe County; Richard Strickland, director of airports; and others attended the ceremony and outlined details of the Concourse A terminal expansion project.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.
Adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide recently conducted a study to find the most underrated travel experiences around the world. The operator analyzed more than 350 lesser-known destinations and experiences across more than 130 countries, ranking them based on how high its Trip Advisor score fared against how many people actually reviewed the activity and how many Google searches the experience received.
Lodging and hospitality company Angama announced the November 2023 opening of Angama Amboseli, an intimate, 10-suite lodge set in Kenya’s private, 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary, against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, located just across the border in Tanzania.
There is nothing better than the gift of travel. Instead of giving your loved ones material items, give them an experience they will never forget. This year, Emerald Cruises offers excellent Black Friday deals on Europe and Southeast Asia river cruises, as well as on the latest collection of luxury ocean yacht sailings on Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara.