While reading Barbara Rogers’ article about Lausanne, I had a flashback to a trip my mother and I took about nine years ago. We flew into and out of Paris; in between we traveled by train with stops in Brussels, Strasbourg, Basel and Lausanne. It was my second or third time in each destination, but each stop was a first for my mother, who grew up listening to stories my grandmother shared about traveling around Europe and around the world with my grandfather, who was a wool trader. My mother enjoyed experiencing the places she had long imagined, and I enjoyed sharing my own experiences with her.
We could have indulged in a 5-star spa experience at any stop along our journey, but I had my heart set on finding les bains I had visited previously. I couldn’t recall the name or exact location, but a representative at a local tourism office helped me find it based on my description. Les Bains de Lavey isn’t a swishy-luxe place, but the outdoor thermal pool with jet beds and waterfalls and massage currents — not to mention the steam cabin and ice bath — is nirvana for weary travelers. My mother was skeptical, but she agreed to go along for the ride, and we had a blast.
When I think of Lausanne, I think of sipping wine on a terrace overlooking Lake Geneva, and I think of strolling the lakefront in nearby Vevey, savoring the juxtaposition of brilliant purple and yellow pansies lining the walkway and snowcapped mountain peaks in the distance. But I also think of giggling with my mother as we dipped, dunked, swirled and renewed ourselves in Switzerland’s warmest thermal waters.
In this issue, Tim Leffel shares his own family experience exploring Hanoi with his wife and daughter. Megan Rowe seeks adventure in Iceland, and Ron Bernthal offers a day-trip itinerary for discovering the best of Helsinki. Irvina Lew explores Cape Town nightlife, J.D. Brown cruises the Greek Islands, and Ellen Clark maps out business strategy in Tel Aviv. Plus, we reveal the winners of the coveted GT Tested Awards.
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New Orleans has a full roster of activities, events and festivals enticing guests throughout February and March.
Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from California. Surrounded by pristine, crystal-clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be Embraced By Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti.
With Black History Month and Women’s History Month right around the corner, it’s time to highlight and recognize South African women working hard to make the travel industry better.
Since Cheval Blanc, an extraordinary, newly designed and refurbished 72-room hotel owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, launched in September 2021, it has been the talk of the town. Le Tout-Paris remarks about its WOW factor … and the hard-to-get reservations for the 30 seats at Plenitude, the intimate, first-floor gastronomic outlet headed by chef Arnaud Donckele, who earned three Michelin stars at Cheval Blanc Saint Tropez. Reservations are also recommended for Limbar, the ground-floor bakery/café/tea shop/bar where we watched Pastry Chef Maxime Frédéric preparing desserts and an absolute must-have for dinner at Le Tout-Paris, the 7th-floor, all-day brasserie. This brightly colored space, with its raised seating and Fauve-like floor tiles and the adjacent Milanese restaurant, Langosteria, both have access to terraces facing the Seine River, with amazing views encompassing Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower.
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Nevada-based The Spa at Green Valley by Well & Being and The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being celebrate the start of 2022 with new health, wellness and spa treatments available through March 31. Both spas offer an array of treatments for guests wanting to relax and unwind before 2022 kicks into full gear.
Now through Jan. 28, JEOPARDY! and Lindblad Expeditions team up for a viewer promotion, the JEOPARDY! Explore Alaska Sweepstakes. The contest will award 10 winners and their guests with an eight-day, small-ship cruise of Alaska’s coastal wilderness.
Go ahead, take a nice, deep breath. Because a Seabourn voyage is all about this moment you’ve come so far in life to embrace. It’s not an escape, it’s an arrival.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Santorini, Greece, with us.