Week 02, June 2021
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends. The mind can never break off from the journey.” 〜 Pat Conroy
By LuxPin Team
◆ The Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, theme park destination announced a half-billion-dollar, 10-year investment campaign starting with a new resort — Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge and Resort, set to open in 2023.
◆ Introducing the Caribbean class of 2021! From the Bahamas to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and family-friendly resorts to private-island retreats, here are the new (and new-ish) Caribbean hotels to have on your radar. Check out this year’s crop of new Caribbean resorts.
◆ The Ritz-Carlton just made its Maldives debut with a new collection of private overwater and beachfront villas. A short, 10-minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport, or 45 minutes by boat, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands opened its doors this week — and the views are nothing short of stunning.
◆ There’s never been a better place to celebrate Pride 2021 than Denver, Colorado. The Curtis, a downtown “retro-chic” hotel known for its colorful decor and pop-culture-themed guest rooms, is offering a variety of unique packages in celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.
◆ Nemacolin, the luxury resort located in the Pennsylvania wilderness, is already well-known for being an over-the-top fantasy destination. But now, the resort wants to take that idea up a notch with its Pride Extravaganza weekend that will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before. On June 11 and 12, the resort is set to host Summer Camp: Pride 2021 alongside the legendary nightlife event producer Susanne Barstch.
◆ Twitter is launching an interactive weather service that’ll keep users in the know of any trending storms or precipitation nearby. Launched on Tuesday in partnership with climate journalist and meteorologist Eric Holthaus, the platform, named “Tomorrow,” connects users to hyper-local experts in more than a dozen cities around the country.
◆ Japan is luring new residents with cheap homes and lots of incentives. Italy isn’t the only place to score a major deal on an abandoned home. Japan is also dotted with unoccupied homes called akiya — an estimated eight million of them. Japanese officials are willing to let some of them go for free in the hopes of revitalizing rural areas across the country.
◆ A full guide to which European countries are open to vaccinated American tourists during the summer. The European Union agreed to welcome fully vaccinated foreign travelers this summer. Here, we’ve outlined every country in Europe and its current reopening status — including their entry requirements for foreign travelers.
◆ Mark your calendars now: After more than a year of delays, rescheduling, and cancellations, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival are finally returning next April.
◆ Graduate Hotels is giving you the perfect reason to plan a summer vacation right now. Back by popular demand, the hotel chain is bringing back its Hall Pass, an unlimited $500 summer travel pass that gives travelers access to all 30 of its properties throughout the month of July.
◆ Corfu will welcome a new luxury hotel this month, giving travelers yet another reason to visit this chic, tropical Grecian island. Angsana Corfu opens on June 15 and is the very first Banyan Tree hotel in Europe.
◆ United Airlines entered the supersonic realm on Thursday with an order for 15 Concorde-like jets from Boom Supersonic. Overture is estimated to fly up to 88 passengers in an all-business class cabin at a top speed of Mach 1.7. New York to London could be flown in under four hours while San Francisco to Tokyo could be flown in six.