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.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Hilton announced the signing of three managed resorts in Mexico — Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive Resort and Conrad Tulum — furthering the company’s all-inclusive and luxury expansion plans. Hilton has more than 70 hotels open and more than 30 in the development pipeline in Mexico.
After more than a year of staying home and social distancing, Americans are ready to experience live entertainment again. According to Allianz Partners USA’s Vacation Confidence Index survey, 55 percent of Americans plan on attending at least one ticketed event before the end of 2021, with 16 percent planning to attend three or more events.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
Finnair Updates: Entry for Vaccinated Travelers, COVID Requirements Discontinued & New Long-Haul Flights
Finland is now open to travelers from the European Union and Schengen countries. Those travelers can enter Finland freely without any additional health safety measures when they are fully vaccinated, have had a COVID-19 infection before, are born in 2006 or later, or arrive from a country with low virus incidence.