May Cover Battle
Dubai or Côte d’Azur? Which to choose for our May cover image? We opted for the frenzied motion of Dubai rather than the laid-back vibes of the Côte d’Azur. What did you think?
I think you made the wrong choice for the May issue. The Côte d’Azur would have been much better, especially for the summer season.
Steve Garvan, Sandpoint, Idaho
Great May edition. I just bought a Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler and loved reading about one of my favorite places, Ashford Castle. I agree the hawk walk is a memory for a lifetime. I have added Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco to my list of places to stay and learned about the new Swiss first class coming with the Boeing 777ER. I printed out my application for EasyPASS-RPT for Germany and always love reading about Dubai. All that, and I am only halfway done!
Frank Reilly, San Diego, Calif.
A Different Perspective
I was disappointed when I read the “Risks and Rewards” feature published in the February 2016 issue to see Pakistan’s name among the list of countries. Pakistan is neither war-torn nor is there any turmoil or lawlessness like other countries in the region. Of the incidents taking place in Pakistan, they are all due to the other situations in the region by which Pakistan has been greatly affected and impacted for the last many years. Other countries play a role in creating instability and insecurity in the region.
Raashid Mohsin, via email
Global Traveler’s Globility Board comprises vetted subscribers who serve as a focus group for our questions about the world of travel. As summer travel season heats up, we asked for their upcoming travel plans.
My favorite hotels are Wynn Resorts, and I’ve stayed in all of their resorts in Las Vegas and Macau. This August Macau’s third Wynn resort, Wynn Palace, opens, and I plan to be one of its first guests!
Eric Chiang, via email
I’m off to NYC next week to stay at the Fifty NYC, which I won in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society silent auction. The location is perfect, and I know the hotel will be as well. While there, I plan to (finally) walk the High Line and then visit Ellis Island for ancestral nostalgia. Then I have business/leisure combo trips planned to Charleston, Miami and Colorado Springs, prior to the Rio Olympics.
The best home adventure will be July 4th in my community, where I get a strategic spot right on the beach and can watch six fireworks shows simultaneously in towns up and down the shore.
Sue Castorino, via email
In August my wife and I are taking our 13-year-old grandson on a back-roads bicycle trip in the Loire Valley, France. We will also spend five days in Paris.
Marvin Singer, via email
It’s a busy summer of goofing off for me — the Dalai Lama in Boulder, Colo.; Seattle for a week; Manchester/northern England for eight days. Still not scheduled are using some of the hotel stays I won in the two Leukemia & Lymphoma Society auctions — 12 nights total in Hong Kong, Seoul, Beverly Hills, Chicago and Dubai. Great deals every year.
Mike Russo, via email
Summer greetings. I was in the Dominican Republic for much of June. In July, it’s Prague, Berlin and London for a couple of weeks. Along the way there will be long weekends in San Francisco; Toronto; Chicago; and Whitefish, Mont.
Frank Brightwell, via email
Joe and I will be traveling in June to Washington, D.C., and Boston for a quick trip. In August we are going to Iceland for the first time and then to London. I am really looking forward to the Iceland trip.
Mark Rizkowsky, via email
Rio Faces Obstacles as Olympics Approach
In the May 11 issue of eFlyer USA, we looked at a number of the growing concerns among travelers wondering whether they should attend the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. We asked: Are you attending or do you know someone who is? Do you think the city is capable of hosting such a major international event? How do you expect the city’s crime levels, Zika and civil unrest will affect the festivities?
As someone who visits Rio de Janeiro every few months and has witnessed the lack of progress, not to mention the crime sprees along Copacabana, I feel — personally — that not only is Rio not ready for the Olympics, but the city never should have been awarded the Olympics.
Corruption can overwhelm legitimate businesses. Every official or blue-collar worker expects to be paid under the table, and, as a result, you have bike paths collapsing, roadways with sinkholes and violence.
Donna DeRose, Washington, D.C.
Nobu Barbuda is underway in the Caribbean, the newest installation to the Nobu Hospitality portfolio. The Nobu restaurant, all conceived by actor Robert DeNiro, debuted in 2021, and Nobu Barbuda’s first beach club opened this year.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
Aimbridge Hospitality announced it will open two brand-new resorts at Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef and The Seaborn at Frenchman’s Reef, Autograph Collection, are expected to open in fall 2022. The new properties are part of a $350 million rebuild project on Frenchman’s Reef.
Birds on the brain these days? Head to the Columbia Valley, located between the towering Rocky and Purcell mountains in southeast British Columbia. The newest addition to the BC Bird Trail is marked by friendly communities surrounded by wetlands, featuring a burgeoning avian population. In spring, watch for the striking plumage of horned grebes, as well as songbirds and Lewis’s woodpecker.
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Upon our triumphant in-person return to Los Angeles in December 2021 to celebrate our annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, the FXExpress Publications, Inc. team also revisited one of our favorite city hot spots: Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for dinner at the on-site Riviera 31 bar lounge.
Turkish Airlines offers premium travelers something new. After signing an agreement with fashion brands Coccinelle and Hackett, the carrier introduced redesigned premium amenity kits for its business-class passengers flying eight hours or more on long-distance flights. The new kits were introduced April 29.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Lisbon’s popularity has soared in recent years, but within an hour’s drive of Portugal’s capital city, lots of quiet towns and interesting regions that are still somewhat off-the-beaten path await.