andBeyond’s recreated Sossusvlei Desert Lodge opens Oct. 16, following 10 months of renovations. The property is situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, part of the world’s oldest desert and the only Dark Sky Reserve in Africa. The lodge was specifically created to take full advantage of the amazing natural landscape and night skies. As such, guests enjoy floor-to-ceiling glass walls and above-bed retractable skylights.
Guest suites offer true luxury, with 1,400 square feet of space, desert views from all angles, butler hatches with solar-powered freezer drawers stocked with ice cream and craft beer, in-room fireplaces, artist easels, private verandas, outdoor showers, fire pits, plunge pools and all the amenities you would need to brave the African desert elements.
Beyond the suites, guests take advantage of an array of experiences, including daytrips to Deadvlei, with its petrified trees; jaunts to the Sossusvlei dunes, stretching up to 1,000 feet high; self-guided dune walks; hot air balloon rides; and astronomer-led stargazing. New dining options allow guests to enjoy meals in a variety of spots, including on the sand dunes or within fairy circles. Dishes employ local ingredients and traditional cooking methods. An interactive kitchen allows guests to learn some of these methods for themselves.
Keeping with the brand’s commitment to sustainability, the lodge boasts its own water-bottling plant. The lodge recycles more than 26,000 gallons of grey water per month and bottles water on site, using recycled glass bottles. The efforts absorb some of the lodge’s carbon footprint and eliminates more than 45,000 plastic water bottles annually. All cleaning products are 100 percent biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
Brewing long and deep at its center before radiating out to the rest of Europe, Vienna boasts an illustrious history and lasting intellectual impact. The Austrian capital dates back to Celtic and Romen rule, the latter inhabitants using the center city as a military hub among many other employments.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
Even in “normal” times, folks gravitate to wellness resorts to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle, destress and be nurtured. In this COVID-19-era state of elevated anxiety, people seek even more natural beauty and caring hospitality, healthy food, fitness activities and beauty and body treatments. Canyon Ranch Lenox also provides an extensive staff of experts offering a multitude of health, wellness and spiritual well-being modalities that alleviate personal issues.
I had just taken off my sandals, stepping onto the white-sand beach for a late-morning walk to a secluded spot I heard about from a front desk clerk, when I glanced down and saw the time on my phone. It had just turned 11 a.m., which meant it was only 7 am back home, the perfect time to call and say good morning to by husband before he left for work. Not quite ready to head back to my room, I decided I’d test the WiFi signal and made the call as I continued walking toward the shoreline.
San Antonio celebrated 300 years of progress in May 2018. With a clear vision following that anniversary year, the Texan city set its sights firmly on 300 more. While commemorating this milestone, the city underwent a major overhaul to prepare for the next phase in its history.
Dance the night away with Grand Hotel’s Ballroom Dance offer, available May 16–18. Dancers of all skill levels will experience a diverse range of ballroom dance styles, alongside daily breakfast and dinner, a welcome reception and complimentary golf green fees.
ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: We drove from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., without a hitch in early October. In communication with the Conrad staff, I was directed to the CityCenter Garage, where I could park and recharge my car. It was right around the corner and convenient; from the garage it is a short walk to the front of the hotel. Check-in took place on the ground floor versus the lobby to reduce touch points during COVID-19. The staff politely greeted us and gave us our keys; I was in room 1027. From the ground floor we took the elevator to the lobby level and transferred to the elevator bank to the rooms.