Ready to dash off to reacquaint yourself with the marvels of England’s capital city? First, book one of the exclusive signature suites at Biltmore Mayfair London. You can relax in the luxurious surroundings and shake off any lingering travel stain while your butler unpacks for you, and you choose from the exclusive Biltmore Experiences available to signature suite guests. Some options include:
Head off for a private tour of Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace or the Queen’s Gallery before enjoying an elaborate High Tea. Enjoy your favorite blend while nibbling savories and delicate, freshly baked cakes at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Masons — opened in 2012 by the Queen herself.
Spend some time shopping for designer goods on Bond Street at Harrods and on Savile Row in Mayfair, where you can find Penhaligon’s. This famous British perfumery has created heavenly scents since 1870, and offers a “fragrance profiling” service to help you choose the ideal scent to complement your personality and lifestyle.
Your Biltmore-curated London sojourn can also include a spin on the London Eye in a private pod while enjoying drinks; an exclusive Champagne and canapés cruise aboard a luxury Venetian tender along the Thames; and a half-hour private viewing of the Crown Jewels at The Tower of London conducted by a resident Beefeater — or, if you’re feeling formal, a Yeomen Warder of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress.
While you’re in town, enjoy a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House before indulging in cocktails served in the secret garden of Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The newly refurbished theater is London’s oldest theater space. Or, claim your seat in a private theater box in one of the West End’s iconic performance venues. Have a memorable sky-high meal on Level 34 of The Shard, where Sunday brunch at Sky Lounge, Shangri-La The Shard can include crab crumpets, sweet and sour prawns and tropical pineapple crémeux.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
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.
Flying to the paradise of Turks & Caicos has never been easier thanks to many new, non-stop flights across three airlines to the destination. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all announced new flights, allowing travelers to visit this dreamy destination.
The Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes recently opened in Bordeaux’s elegant Chartrons district, bringing 97 upscale rooms to France’s southwestern city. Occupying a 19th-century house that once held the wine cellars of Maison Calvet, the hotel marks Mondrian’s first European property for celebrated Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, who helms the menu and concept for the hotel’s restaurant, Morimoto Bordeaux.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
London welcomes its newest boutique hotel just in time for the holiday season. The Chelsea Townhouse, located on Chelsea’s exclusive Cadogan Gardens, sits within proximity to its sister hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens, and joins the Iconic Luxury Hotels portfolio.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Nairobi, Kenya, with us.
From the moment you step onboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, you will be transported to The Islands of Tahiti. The French Polynesian carrier considered every detail to awaken its passengers’ senses, creating the feeling you are already on the Islands while 30,000 feet in the air.
While Cape Town remains one of Africa’s leading MICE cities, Johannesburg emerges as an equally compelling business travel destination. In recent years it has come into its own thanks to its recognition as an economic powerhouse, home to the largest stock market in Africa and numerous attractions powerfully reflecting social and economic changes in South Africa and their impact on the rest of the world.