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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The Hamilton Hotel, located steps from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.
Luxury destinations around the country partnered with Bryte to introduce The Restorative Bed and enhanced sleep programming at their hotels. The revolutionary, AI-powered Restorative Bed uses real-time technology to intuitively adjust based on the individual’s needs and preferences. An embedded sensory network detects biometrics, like heart rate and breathing patterns, when a sleeper enters the first stage of sleep, triggering cooling features and lulling sleepers into deep sleep. Computer-controlled air cushions alleviate pressure points, and the technology also leads sleepers naturally out of sleep.
Tauck announced plans to fully restart its U.S. tours by July 1. Departures of the Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston tour have already begun, with other popular tours across the country relaunching in the coming months. Check the Open for Travel page for information on specific tour departures.
Turkish Airlines resumed its premium onboard dining and hot meal service on all business- and economy-class flights longer than two hours and 15 minutes. The resumption of service is in accordance with all health and hygiene applications.
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With the vaccine rolling out and U.S. air travel expected to pick up in the upcoming months, the personal finance website WalletHub released a report on 2021’s Best Frequent-Flyer Programs, to help travelers make the best decision for their wallets.