Week 02, November 2021
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” 〜 Socrates
By LuxPin Team
◆ Almost 2,000 years ago, the Aztecs built a towering 246-foot-tall pyramid at the abandoned city of Teotihuacan. Today, about 650 feet behind the massive pyramid, in-the-know tourists venture to La Gruta, an underground restaurant that serves traditional Mexican cuisine in a volcanic cave.
◆ In just a few days, the United States will reopen its border to vaccinate foreign tourists, welcoming people back to the country for the first time in nearly two years. And experts say international travelers are getting ready. Experts weigh in on how the upcoming border opening has affected not only hotel and flight bookings, but the travel industry as a whole.
◆ Get your vaccine card ready. Cuba is almost ready to welcome you back for a vacation. The Caribbean nation is set to ease its COVID-19 travel restrictions in the coming weeks, allowing visitors to bypass quarantine so long as they show proof of vaccination or a recent PCR test before entering.
◆ Etéreo opens in December, just in time for holiday travel and NYE escapes. Bright sun, white sand, and blue seas — sounds ideal for the holiday season, no? In December, Auberge Resorts Collection is debuting its latest luxury resort in Mexico, located in the new Kanai development in the Riviera Maya. And it’s the perfect place for a winter escape this year.
◆ It’s official! There’s a new Housewives show on the way! On Monday, Bravo announced its 11th city in the popular Real Housewives franchise, marking the network’s first original international iteration of the series. Andy Cohen made the announcement on the Today show Monday.
◆ Here’s what you can expect from a European river cruise right now. I recently spent a week sailing from Lyon to Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône in the south of France, and for the first time in a long time, I felt like my pre-pandemic self.
◆ Living near one of the country’s 63 national parks may be a privilege, but it can also come at a serious premium. A recent study from nature and outdoor site Outforia showed that it can cost nearly 390% more to live near a U.S. national park than in other areas of the respective states.
◆ The wild beauty of Glacier National Park is hard to top — and so are these nearby hotels. Everyone, no matter how adventurous, needs a respite from long days packed with hikes and tours — and that’s where Glacier National Park’s hotels come into play. With options both inside and just outside the park, these historic chalets, grand lodges, and sleek hotels provide travelers with a cozy home base for exploring the great outdoors.
◆ From overwater bungalows and private butlers to bedrooms with retractable roofs for stargazing, resorts in the Maldives know how to do luxury. Now, the iconic Soneva Fushi property is bringing its luxury offerings to new heights — literally and figuratively — with the world’s first-ever fine-dining zip-line experience.
◆ As much as there is to do in New York City, from Broadway shows to heading to the top of one of the city’s many observation decks, sometimes all you need is to let out a little steam — preferably by throwing an axe. And now in downtown Manhattan, you can do just that.
◆ Against all odds, London’s hospitality scene has emerged from the other side of several lockdowns and near-openings with a crop of buzzy new luxury hotels. From Covent Garden’s bold U.S. import NoMad to Marylebone’s Nobu, LXR’s new Biltmore Mayfair, and Leicester Square’s The Londoner. Quietly joining that line-up is The Guardsman, an intimate and sophisticated stay that feels more like a private member’s club than a central London hotel.
◆ Riviera Maya is the ultimate vacation spot. Travelers flock to the idyllic destination for white-sand beaches, warm Caribbean waters, and a laid-back vibe. And while the area is famous for its many all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels, nothing beats enjoying this heavenly corner of the world from your private villa.