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.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Lufthansa is starting an innovative new carbon offset program, Compensaid, which will allow customers to purchase CO2 neutral aviation fuels. The platform allows customers to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel.
The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Google announced last month it added additional features to its price comparison tool. The tool helps users plan trips and compare rates. The new features include one that shows whether the price of a planned flight plus accommodations is low, average or high.
Singapore Airlines launched its non-stop service between Singapore (SIN) and Seattle (SEA), Sept. 3. Seattle is Singapore Airlines’ fourth U.S. destination following Los Angeles (LAX), New York (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) to receive non-stop service to and from Singapore.
For those without accessibility issues, going to the beach can be simple. There’s nothing to do but pack up your gear, head to the shore and walk out onto the sand. For those who may be inhibited, however, the beach poses more of a challenge.