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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Manchester, a city already buzzing with energy, welcomes some exciting new additions, from boutique hotels to highly anticipated culinary destinations to historic venues. Plan a trip to Manchester to not only indulge in your favorite soccer team but also to enjoy delicious food, both charming and luxury accommodations, and lively events and venues.
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.
Porvoo, Finland, only an hour from Helsinki, is a medieval coastal town and a cultural haven, well known for its exciting culinary scene, colorful wooden houses and cafés. Here, you will discover the new Runo Porvoo Hotel, a family-owned landmark building and business blending Finnish traditions with contemporary Nordic design, world-class artwork and the rustic-meets-modern allure of American Shaker-style furnishings.
August is National Golf Month. Our three-part round-up will highlight the best courses around the world to tee off in celebration. Today, we highlight three international courses for your consideration.
Sweet tea. Soul food. Y'all. Sound familiar? Though these words and phrases are commonly associated with the South, it's understood in any language. If you're seeking a city abroad that will enchant you, capture your attention from start to finish and welcome everyone as family, we cordially invite you to visit Savannah.
Salmon Falls Resort in Ketchikan, Alaska, spoils guests with a new immersive luxury offer. The VIP fishing trip offer, called Hooked on Salmon Falls, starts at $15,000 for two guests and includes a four-night stay in a presidential king ocean view suite. In addition to round-trip airport transfers, the offer also comes with complimentary dining and $250 in fish shipping credit.
The Hotel Bel-Air hosts a new end-of-summer BBQ with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck on the lawn of the hotel. The event is back after a three-year hiatus, set to take place Sept. 6. Guests will be able to enjoy an evening featuring backyard-style barbeque and seasonal summer favorites.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
The Oberoi, Marrakech introduces its new holistic wellness program, SAHA. Meaning health in Arabic, SAHA aims to help guests reach their full wellbeing potential. The program operates on four key cornerstones: soul & spirit, active body, holistic treatments and a better plate.