I just returned from a wonderful trip to Tahiti, taking in Bora Bora and enjoying the island’s St. Regis and Four Seasons resorts — two properties I recommend for your list of places to visit. There is nothing like the overwater villas and the ability to dive just off your room into the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Air Tahiti Nui is celebrating its 15th anniversary this fall with a reconfiguration of business and economy cabins, adding new seats and a state-of-the-art entertainment system. All this will make a visit to Tahiti even more enjoyable. It amazes me how airlines open up destinations and become the true catalyst to attract visitors to their home country.
On the way back from the South Pacific, I had a wonderful stay in one of the villas at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. It was like a home away from home with a large living room, a fireplace and a beautiful bedroom and bath. The villas offer discreet private entrances, a feature many of the hotel’s VIPs appreciate. For dinner, we took the elevator to the rooftop and enjoyed their fantastic menu and a lovely Frank Napa Valley Zinfandel.
I am pleased Star Alliance customers agree with the readers of Global Traveler, rating Brussels Airlines No. 1 in the last quarter of 2012 for overall customer experience; customers also rated the airline the best for cabins and in-flight entertainment in the first quarter of 2013. The carrier adds service between Washington, D.C., and Brussels June 18, leaving Dulles at 10:35 p.m. and offering the ability to sleep on the way to the Continent and make connections all over Europe and Africa.
As you read this June issue, summer is in full swing. If you do not have a scheduled trip, it is not too late — there are so many opportunities. I planned a golf trip to Porto, Portugal, and a trip to Korea and China this month. I am looking forward to a firsthand experience on Asiana Airlines’ new first-class suite, flying Chicago to Incheon. I will surely report on this new service.
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On National Cheese Lover’s Day, Azamara announced a brand-new land program offering travelers the opportunity to experience a cheese-making workshop on Mount Rigi in the Swiss Alps.
Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.
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Meeting planners looking for a more environmentally conscious destination for their next event need look no further: Barcelona is it. Fira de Barcelona, one of Europe’s most important trade event organizations, commits to making events greener at facilities like CCIB, the Barcelona International Convention Center. By looking to local wind and solar sources, among other natural processes, Barcelona makes a significant impact by leaving smaller carbon footprints in the future by using zero-mile, or entirely local, energy.
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Villa specialist Maya Luxe offers guests curated and bespoke accommodations in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This local company works with companies in the region to provide unique itineraries for guests to enjoy, from tequila tastings to cooking classes to in-house spa services. Unlike other rental companies, Maya Luxe caters to a high-end market in which homeowners enjoy a concierge service to help them provide the best experience for guests.
The United Family of Cards from Chase recently teamed with Timeshifter, a circadian technology platform, to launch the Jet Set & Reset pledge and sweepstakes, exclusive to United MileagePlus members. Members who take the pledge in 2023 will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize from three potential prize categories.
Discover why Global Traveler readers named Cunard® the Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for seven consecutive years. For a limited time, book your voyage during Cunard’s Explore with More promotion and take advantage of lower fares*, up to $1,200 Onboard Credit†, Free Specialty Dining for Two^, 50% Reduced Deposit††, and more. Choose from an array of exciting journeys, including Transatlantic Crossings and voyages to Alaska, the Caribbean and Canada & New England.