Week 02–1, November 2021
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” 〜 Robert Louis Stevenson
By LuxPin Team
◆ Are you particularly skilled at crafting the perfect Instagram caption? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are looking for you. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton posted a new job listing on the royal family’s employment website this month. The role? Every millennial and Gen-Z’s dream job: digital communications officer.
◆ Booking begins opening this week for guests who’ve already sailed with Disney and general booking opens Nov. 12. Disney is headed to the Arctic in 2023 on new expedition cruises. Beginning in Oslo, Norway, the 10-day, nine-night sailing takes guests to the remote Svalbard Archipelago, which sits in the Arctic Ocean between the mainland and the North Pole.
◆ To truly master the art of French cooking, cultivating the right environment is key. So why not cook in the very kitchen where cultural icon and celebrity chef Julia Child wrote the famous tome? Now that the TV personality’s D.C. home is on the market, you might just have a chance.
◆ Fireside cocktails, blustery walks on the beach, and indulgent massages for your winter-ailed muscles. Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway to ring in the new year, or a mini-break to recover from a holiday spent with your in-laws, these New England hotels are hygge central, all offering pampering spa treatments among other luxe amenities.
◆ Manhattan’s Upper East Side has no shortage of buildings with a wow factor. The chic area, home to world-class eateries, the Museum Mile, and many designer boutiques, features some of the most coveted real estate listings in New York City. And now, you can own the most photographed townhouse in the neighborhood that was just listed for $19.5 million.
◆ As the first newly built resort to open on the Las Vegas strip in over a decade, Resorts World has raised the bar for the entire city. The recently opened, $4.3-billion project boasts north of 40 bars and eateries; a 27,000-square-foot Awana spa and wellness complex; a 5.5-acre pool deck; a 5,000-seat theater that will play host to the likes of Celine Dion, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Carrie Underwood; a megaclub from Singapore’s Zouk Group; and 3,506 guest accommodations.
◆ As Paris reawakens this fall, recently waiving testing requirements for vaccinated visitors, the city’s luxury offerings have followed suit. Luxury hotels are debuting new restaurants — Hôtel Plaza Athénée recently unveiled new restaurant Le Relais Plaza and the Ritz Paris is serving up well-mixed cocktails at their new bar. But the Dorchester Collection’s Le Meurice is welcoming travelers back with brand-new suites.
◆ With more than 300 days of sunshine and almost 100 miles of coastline, Spain’s Costa del Sol is a beach lover’s dream. The region, also famous for its many golf courses, welcomes millions of visitors each year from Europe and around the world. But if you’d like to enjoy this dreamy corner of the world as a local, there’s now an exciting property on the market that’s welcoming multiple owners. Enter the stunning Villa Vida, located in one of Marbella’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
◆ For travelers to Yosemite National Park in search of the perfect combination of comfort and adventure, an under-the-radar château combines the ambiance of European luxury with quick access to the spectacular views of one of California’s most beloved landscapes. Château du Sureau, a Relais & Châteaux country house resort reminiscent of the Provençal region of France, provides the ultimate backdrop for a breathtakingly beautiful getaway just outside the nation’s third national park.
◆ Think having to turn your oven’s clock back over daylight savings is a pain? Try having to maintain the Queen’s 1,500 timepieces back over a single weekend. In the wee hours of Sunday morning, the United Kingdom turned its clocks back one hour, a week before the United States does the same. In an effort to remind people to change the clocks in their house, the British royal family took to social media to show how they, or rather a team of experts, turn back the hundreds of clocks inside Windsor Castle.
◆ Even the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s own site warns that completing its 2,190-plus miles from Georgia to Maine in one trip is a “mammoth undertaking,” revealing that only a quarter of the thousands who attempt the thru-hike each year actually finish it. But M.J. Eberhart has always been one to beat the odds — and on Sunday, he took the final stretch of his journey into Dalton, Massachusetts, making him the oldest, at 83, to complete the trek.
◆ Rock climbing at any age is no easy feat, but Dierdre Wolownick recently decided to up the ante in celebration of her 70th birthday — and broke her own record — by becoming the oldest woman to scale Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan.