O-M-G! Harried business travelers in need of some 1-2-1 attention need not look further! For the cash rich, time poor customer seeking only the best accommodations while they travel the world, there’s an app for that! Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), a brand of more than 500 independently owned luxury hotels in over 70 countries, brings luxury to the palm of your hand with a new, free iPhone app so travelers can Discover, Enjoy and Share their experiences at SLH properties.
The Discover feature allows iPhone users to browse and book their luxury hotel of choice through various categories in order to find the property that best suits them. For the business traveler seeking great value, they will find the perfect solution in the special offers section while meeting planners may prefer the experiences option for corporate retreats. The feature also keeps travelers abreast of new hotels in the portfolio.
Gone are the days of spending evenings alone in a hotel room while traveling on business with the Enjoy feature. It allows users to search for points of interest near their hotel using an augmented reality layer which delivers expert personal recommendations from Small Luxury Hotels of the World. With the point of their iPhone in one direction, travelers will find nearby activities. Google maps are also available, making it virtually impossible to get lost.
The Share feature enables a shortlist of favorite Small Luxury Hotel of the World properties and experiences to be shared with colleagues, family and friends via Facebook, Twitter and email. Travelers can also sign up for the brand’s Luxury Escapes newsletter.
The new Small Luxury Hotels of the World iPhone app, launched in March, also works on the iPod Touch. With more than 500 hotels in over 70 countries, the diversity of the individual hotels and the experiences that they offer is exceptional. From cutting edge design hotels and palatal 17th century mansions to city center sanctuaries, historic country houses, idyllic retreats and more, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers only the very best. Travelers can book via the iPhone app or by calling 1-800-525-4800 or online at www.slh.com.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.