The German capital is a hedonist’s dream where nightclubs never seem to close for the night — or morning. Near the Ostbahnhof, Berghain stands as the most iconic of these anything-goes clubs. Known all over the world, this techno destination inside an old power station keeps the toughest door in all of Berlin, but once you’re in, Berghain delivers with world-famous DJs — only the best of the best, from Carl Craig to Laurent Garnier, spin here — and equally head-turning partygoers who never seem to tire.
Along the Spree, Watergate’s glass-walled minimalist vibe offers another major stop for revelers craving thumping beats. Like Berghain, it seduces the electronic superstars to man its DJ booths. A more grown-up vibe awaits in Alexanderplatz’s House of Weekend, featuring a fabulous rooftop bar with views of the famous TV Tower.
For something tamer, Berlin’s cocktail bar scene earns the city a reputation as one of Europe’s best for mixed drinks. Its bars serve as mixologists’ playgrounds for well-crafted classics as well as innovative beverages you’ll have to come here to taste. Some of the best bars are tucked inside buzzy hotels, like Monkey Bar, which specializes in trendy tiki drinks, on the roof of 25hrs Bikini Hotel. Nearby, Stue Bar makes a truly elegant hangout for enjoying a sharp martini. In The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin the bartenders at moody Fragrances build cocktails inspired by designer perfumes. Think dramatically designed tipple (one served inside a wooden birdhouse delights with smoked sandalwood) fashioned to smell like your favorite scent from Penhaligon’s or Guerlain.
In Mitte, check out award-winning Buck and Breck, which subscribes to a less-is-more approach: It’s now one of Berlin’s most exclusive bars thanks to its speakeasy vibe, limited seating and barmen who take their time meticulously preparing something from the small menu of updated classics.
Despite its reputation as a major gay destination, some parts of the Schöneberg neighborhood, where Christopher Isherwood used to live, can get eerily quiet once local shops close for the day. But stick around and pop into Stagger Lee, a laid-back boîte with a Western aesthetic. As such, whiskey-based libations are your best bet here.
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.
ISN’T IT TIME? It's time to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve, and Celebrity Cruises® offers the perfect escapes. With an award-winning fleet of ships that sail to more than 300 destinations around the world, Celebrity will take you almost anywhere you want to go in style. Enjoy stunning staterooms and suites, culinary experiences imagined by Michelin-starred chefs and intuitive service. Celebrity makes sure your vacation is effortless from the start, which is why drinks, WiFi and tips are Always IncludedSM on every sailing.
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.
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.