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.
Imagine yourself lounging in a stone cottage suite with a fireplace and freestanding tub, sipping hot chocolate in a rustic game and reading room with a raftered ceiling, and ice skating and cross-country skiing in the crisp mountain air. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? Especially when you add in seasonal touches.
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For the first time in Olympic history, when the 2024 Summer Olympics kick off on July 26, 2024, they will not do so in a stadium. Instead of an Olympic venue, the entire city of Paris will become the Olympic stadium, hosting the games among monuments, on bridges and on the grounds of some of the world’s most historic sites. The Opening Ceremony will take place on the River Seine, where athletes will drift along on a flotilla of boats as spectators wave them on from the quays and bridges throughout the city.
Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus launched a major reconstruction and redesign project in January 2023. Its completion date is set for 2025 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the star-studded hotel debut, which took place June 10, 1955, after only 21 months of construction. Happily, the hotel will retain its urban resort ambiance, complete with its lush sprawling gardens and iconic pool.
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The Singapore EDITION officially marks the brand’s entrance in Southeast Asia and Singapore, bringing the luxury of EDITION to the region. Featuring 204 guestrooms, The Singapore EDITION sits at the west end of Orchard Road, welcoming guests to its lobby adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows and a light-filled conservatory at the far wall, complete with a biophilic green way.
Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines reached an agreement to combine, thus expanding services and benefits for customers. In a $1.9 billion deal, Alaska Airlines officially acquired Hawaiian Airlines. First, the deal must go through several federal regulations to approve the merger, a task in itself following the recent break up of a regional partnership between JetBlue and American Airlines.
Ideally positioned in Chicago’s enticing River North district within a beautifully restored 1920’s Art Deco structure, Freehand Chicago is surrounded by shops, museums, galleries and restaurants. The holiday season is the perfect time to visit — snowy cityscapes and glittering lights set the scene for shopping along the Magnificent Mile and State Street. Leisure time offers the opportunity to bask in the brisk winter air while ice skating in Millennium Park at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Complimentary ice-skating lessons are offered each weekend and on some winter season public holidays.