In 2025, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts officially makes its debut in Crete with the opening of Rosewood Blue Palace. The property will be a reincarnation of Crete’s distinguished Blue Palace with 154 rooms and suites, an Asaya spa and several specialty restaurants. The new hotel will also include a beach club, fitness center and other on-property offerings.
Located between the fishing village of Plaka and the port of Elounda, Rosewood Blue Palace’s guestrooms and suites feature interiors designed by K-Studio, embracing Cretan tradition and identity. Eighty-five of these accommodations come with private pools for elevated seclusion.
The resort’s six restaurants and bars offer an array of cuisines and experiences. Dining programs include several specialty restaurants and a beach club, as well as an all-day restaurant sourcing fresh produce from local purveyors and the property’s on-site organic garden.
Guests of the property will also have access to luxury wellness escape Asaya, Rosewood’s holistic well-being concept. Here, guests can enjoy time at the fitness center, movement studio, yoga pavilion and dedicated areas to explore hydrotherapy treatments. Three outdoor pools overlooking the sea also await.
More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.
Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?
As first-time restaurateurs, but with plenty of hospitality-related experience, Ria and Kevol (Kev) Graham were not entirely comfortable opening their first restaurant in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, where several upscale restaurants and 5-star hotel dining is just a block away. And to make matters worse, they opened in July 2020, when New York City was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
The Islands of Tahiti offer a range of captivating activities for travelers with diverse interests, from hiking to breathtaking waterfalls, riding horses on secluded beaches; swimming with sharks; or immersing in Polynesian culture through traditional dance, music and art. For watersports enthusiasts, the crystal-clear lagoons offer exhilarating experiences like surfing, kiteboarding and paddleboarding. And if you’re looking to relax, the pristine beaches, overwater bungalows and tropical sun offer the perfect setting. With 118 islands and atolls to explore, island hopping is an excellent way to experience the full diversity of The Islands of Tahiti. With its blend of adventure, culture and relaxation, The Islands of Tahiti offer a truly unique travel experience.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.