I had fun writing “Best of GT: Destinations,” the most recent chapter in the countdown to our 10th anniversary in February 2014. I decided to focus on special moments in the destinations I’ve visited over the years, from a rug emporium in Turkey to vineyards in Switzerland and from the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China. It was difficult to narrow the field to 10 but a great opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane.
In this issue, we also reveal the winners of our 10th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards as voted by you, our esteemed readers. Did your favorites earn top honors? Check out the results.
As always, our intrepid team of writers weighs in with reports from around the world. Sharon King Hoge writes about the business climate in Baku, while Debra Bokur explores Prague with family in tow. Ron Kuhlmann shares tips for sealing business deals in Manila, and Ted Alan Stedman profiles some of the world’s best dive sites. Richard Newton describes the after-5 scene in Jeddah, and Eunice Fried offers suggestions for exploring the Big Apple’s boroughs during a day off in New York City. J.D. Brown and Margaret Backenheimer kick back on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and Ron Bernthal gives us an up-close look at doing business in Omaha.
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I was staying in New York City with my daughter. We arrived at Penn Station, right across the street from Hotel Pennsylvania, at 9:30 a.m. — way too early to check in. But we had some luggage we didn’t want to carry around with us, so we stopped at the hotel to leave it.
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Hudayriyat Leisure and Entertainment District opened in Abu Dhabi in early November, offering a wide array of food and beverage outlets, facilities for sports and other entertainment offerings. In accordance with current COVID-19 restrictions, visitors must pre-book the experiences available.
As a chaotic 2020 comes to a close, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will “turn down the volume” across its global spas with its annual Silent Night on Dec. 9. In addition to the standard wellness menu, the spas will offer mindful treatments, including guided meditation, signing bowl experiences and deep sleep practices. Talking and music will cease in the spas at 5 p.m. to help instill a sense of peace and allow for individual contemplation.
Rosewood Washington, D.C. unveiled six new townhouses as the final component of the property’s recent renovation. The townhouses offer a new, unique guest experience unavailable elsewhere in the capital. Situated on a tree-lined street and adjacent to the hotel, the townhouses offer privacy, 1,100 square feet and one bedroom, with a private entrance. On the second story, guests find a fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, a communal dining area and a back patio. A master bathroom with a deep-soaking tub, walk-in rainforest shower and heated marble floors complement the bedroom. A lower level boasts a separate powder room and washer/dryer.
As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Malta with us.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.