Week 01, July 2021
“Experience, travel — these are as education in themselves.” 〜 Euripides
By LuxPin Team
◆ Centuries ago, the underground areas of Rome’s Colosseum were not a place you’d want to find yourself in — it’s where they kept the gladiators and wild animals before they went to battle with each other. Thankfully, times have changed and the arena is now a place that attracts millions of visitors every year. And now, both travelers and history buffs will have even more reason to flock to the popular site as the underground areas — sometimes described as the “backstage” of the Colosseum — have been restored and opened to visitors for the first time ever.
◆ The UN hosted its annual World Oceans Day Photo Contest on June 8. The contest received more than 1,400 submissions from around the world. From playful sea lions to mammoth sharks, the winning photos capture the stunning underwater world.
◆ Hurtigruten Expeditions cruises to the Galapagos, in partnership with Metropolitan Touring, will begin in January 2022. For more than a century, Hurtigruten has made a name for itself with its adventurous Polar expedition cruises, but now its horizons are expanding to include a popular bucket-list destination: the Galapagos Islands. Starting Jan. 5, 2022, travelers looking to explore the natural wonders of the Galapagos can embark on a 9-day itinerary with Hurtigruten Expeditions.
◆ Commissioned by the ArchDuchess of Hungo-Austria Empire Maria Klotild in 1902, The Matild Palace became renowned for its spectacular architecture and legendary parties. Now, this UNESCO World Heritage site in Budapest has been given a new life as the newest hotel in Marriott’s Luxury Collection after a five-year renovation.
◆ The experience even comes with a dedicated butler. Now you can get a taste of what it was like to live like French royalty. The first hotel located on the grounds of Château de Versailles — Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle — just opened its gilded doors to guests, offering stays in a building built by Louis XIV’s choice architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, in 1681.
◆ The 1906 building, which sits in the Whitehall neighborhood right across the street from Her Majesty’s Horse Guards and less than a five-minute walk from 10 Downing Street, has been closed to the public for more than a century. It’ll reopen next year with a hotel, restaurant, spa, and residences that you can purchase now.
◆ Some of history’s most recognizable faces, including Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, and Princess Diana, have come to escape the limelight and relax in complete privacy. It’s not easy to get to, but it’s well worth the journey.
◆ It’s not often that one of the world’s most iconic landmarks gets a makeover, but this fall, Paris’ Arc de Triomphe is getting a temporary new look after more than a year of delays due to the pandemic. The iconic Paris landmark will be covered in silvery blue fabric and red rope for 16 days.
◆ This new package — offered in partnership with Cape Town Tourism — is more than a play on words. It’s a lifestyle.
◆ United Airlines is modernizing its fleet by installing seat-back entertainment screens on all narrow-body Boeing and Airbus planes. More than 2,800 selections of movies, television shows, games, music, and podcasts will be available. Larger overhead bins, mood lighting, in-seat power, and in-flight WiFi will also be installed.
◆ Looking ahead to 2022, one thing seems clear: It is the year of the bucket-list vacation. Whether you’re called to the crystal clear waters lining Sardinia or the revelatory Kyoto culinary scene, plan your 2022 travel with these nine bucket-list trips.