The five magnificent properties making up The Royal Portfolio in South Africa were the vision of Phil and Liz Biden, who managed to create luxurious hotels that nevertheless feel warm and inviting. The Royal Malewane, deep in the African bush, offers classic safari-style lodging including Big Five wildlife viewing experiences and plenty of old world luxury. Located in the Greater Kruger National Park, the staff includes professional guides and trackers for daytime viewing and photography expeditions; fine dining beneath the stars; and indulgent therapies at Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa. In the Franschhoek Valley in the Cape Winelands, La Residence provides an upscale experience on a private 30-acre estate, with touches including sparkling Indian chandeliers suspended from a vaulted ceiling, original art and exquisite antiques.
At sister property Birkenhead House, set upon the cliffs in Hermanus above the Indian Ocean, guests can watch for whales slipping by in Walker Bay. Contemporary décor mixed with beachy design elements provides the material comfort, and the all-inclusive rates provide the mental calm of never having to leave the luxurious setting. At the Cape Town penthouse One Above, there’s 15,000 square feet of luxury appropriate to families or small corporate escapes. The newest property in the collection is the Silo Hotel in Cape Town. The 28-room property is settled on the top six floors of a historic grain silo dating to 1924 — once ranked as the tallest construction in the British Empire. Beneath the lodging floors, preparations are underway to open the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
While the 372-passenger Viking Polaris expedition ship, launched in September 2022, falls midway in size between Viking Cruises’ intimate river cruise ships and large-scale ocean ships, it is operated with the same attention to detail and personalized service.
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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts partners with Cisneros Real Estate to construct a new Four Seasons property in the Dominican Republic. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia is slated to open in 2026.
In mid-September, Banyan Tree Group and Ennismore sealed the deal with Dubai Holding to bring a new Banyan Tree property to Bluewaters, Dubai. This multi-staged project will welcome new brands to Dubai, beginning with the opening of Banyan Tree Dubai this November.
The Islands of Tahiti are among the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. The endless images of overwater bungalows with Bora Bora’s majestic peak towering over waters of every shade of blue have an intrinsic pull. But with 118 islands and atolls to explore, there is so much more to this spectacular region of the Pacific.
In a dramatic plot twist that seems to have emerged from one of Shakespeare’s own plays, Vicenza, Italy, recently informally accused fair Verona, Italy, of stealing the claim to the famed Romeo and Juliet. For centuries, visitors have made the trip to Verona’s Juliet House to see the famous balcony.
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Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.