Week 01–1, June 2021
“A journey is best measured in friends, not miles.” 〜 Tim Cahill
By LuxPin Team
◆ Obtaining a vacation home could be as easy as winning one. Omaze, a charitable giving-meets-fundraising website that offers the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences and prizes to support charities, announced the launch of its first luxury house sweepstakes. From now until Oct. 10, participants can enter to win the home located in Austin, Texas and worth about $1.9 million (or choose a cash alternative).
◆ Following a $200 million renovation, the New York Public Library’s former Mid-Manhattan Library has transformed into the 180,000-square-foot Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library. As part of the upgrade, the utilitarian roof was re-envisioned, and the new design features an L-shaped outdoor space, which will be the city’s only publicly accessible rooftop terrace without an admission price.
◆ The country will welcome tourists regardless of vaccination status. American tourists will be welcome once again in Ireland next month, the latest European country to allow foreign travelers just as the summer travel season kicks off. Ireland will look to ease border restrictions for U.S. and UK travelers starting July 19.
◆ The cruise line will return to European waters on July 3. AmaWaterways will return to Europe this summer with river cruises through Portugal and beyond, just in time for vaccinated tourists to return to the continent.
◆ The “One-night, one-dollar” campaign, proposed by the Tourism Council of Thailand, would offer certain hotel rooms to foreign tourists for only $1 per night. Eligible rooms, which would be subsidized by the government, would typically sell from about 1,000 to 3,000 baht per night (or about $32 to $96). The plan has been submitted to the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for approval.
◆ Canada’s Caribbean ties go beyond the popular Toronto Caribbean Carnival event. Here’s where to make the Caribbean connection, from Newfoundland to Vancouver.
◆ Your fridge can transport you to a far-flung destination just by walking into your kitchen. At the company’s inaugural Bespoke Home Virtual Event, Samsung revealed that it’s expanding its Bespoke lineup globally. This includes some artist-created refrigerator door panels that will make you feel like you’re on vacation.
◆ The world’s first underwater escape room has been made in a flooded quarry in Snowdonia, Wales. The six challenges you can choose from include a money heist, murder mystery, and nuclear blast. The only catch is that you need to be willing to scuba dive to take part.
◆ Hotels from Mexico to Bali offer private, in-room plunge pools for the ultimate indulgence. Luxury plunge pool rooms can exceed $1,000 per night, but there are affordable options too. Here are the best hotels with private plunge pools starting under $500 per night.
◆ Walt Disney World is open to all visitors. There are 35 resorts and hotels within Walt Disney World but not all are created equal. If you’re planning a visit, here are 13 Walt Disney World hotels that offer value through convenience, perks, and amenities.
◆ Bourbon, rye, scotch, Irish whiskey, and Canadian whisky are increasingly popular. Here’s how to make the most of every sip.
◆ Buy a T-shirt, save a shark. The new collaborative collection, Southern Tide says, is launching just ahead of this year’s announcement by the UN as the start of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. It also marks the second year of Southern Tide as the official apparel partner for Beneath the Waves. And, in addition to 5% of proceeds from net sales of the first co-branded collection, Southern Tide will continue to support Beneath the Waves’ coastal conservation and preservation efforts on an annual basis.
◆ You can get a luxurious villa in the jungle for you and your friends or family. Villa Alux, a luxury private Airbnb just outside Tulum, Mexico offers everything you can enjoy at an expensive resort, only your group gets to be the only guests.
◆ Portugal’s southernmost region is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches and top-notch golf courses, but among the rolling hills and beautiful vistas, you’ll also find an abundance of celebrated wineries. Overlooking the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve region has some of the best — and most beautiful — wineries in the world.