Week 03, May 2021
“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” 〜Francis Bacon
By LuxPin Team
◆ Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom around the world in the spring. The blossoming cherry trees could be enjoyed as a symbol of hope, even in times of loss around the world. Photos show people admiring the flowers in Tokyo, Japan, Washington, DC, and other cities.
◆ In November 2019, Space Cargo Unlimited launched an exciting experiment — 12 bottles of Petrus 2000 were sent up to the International Space Station for a 14-month stay, so researchers could analyze the effects of microgravity on wine. After their stint in space, they hitched a ride back to Earth in January 2021 and were sent home to France. Space Cargo Unlimited is auctioning off one of the bottles through Christie’s, who expects it to fetch as much as $1 million.
◆ There’s a new way to make a splash in Dubai. The Address Beach Resort is home to the highest outdoor infinity pool in a building, at 964.2 feet high, Guinness World Records announced last month. Sitting on the hotel’s 77th floor, the massive pool is about 311 feet long and 54 feet wide — almost double the amount of an Olympic-sized pool.
◆ Bruno Mars’ six shows scheduled for July at the Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas sold out in only a few minutes. However, there is one way you can still attend the concert, as well as book yourself an epic Vegas vacation. MGM Resorts is now offering three booking options as part of its Trip to Mars travel package.
◆ From island adventures to bustling cities, these trips will open your teenager’s eyes to the world around them.
1. Italy’s Amalfi Coast
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
4. Seattle, Washington
5. New Zealand
6. The Spanish Pyrenees
7. A Warm-Weather Cruise
◆ In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Margaritaville is launching its Our Everyday Heroes initiative, which allows anyone to nominate their favorite teacher, school administrator, or counselor for a chance to win a five-night vacation at a Margaritaville resort location. Each winner will be treated to daily breakfasts, a $1,000 travel voucher, and more, in addition to their stay.
◆ Expedia, teaming up with pop star Joe Jonas, is giving away 250 replicas of pop star’s hand to symbolize the company’s new commitment to being the ultimate travel companion. Created with stereolithography technology and a 3D printer, each one has been painted with custom artwork, numbered by hand, then signed by Jonas himself.
◆ Yes, for real. George and Amal Clooney want to hang out with you. In May, the A-list actor joined the team at Omaze, a charitable giving-meets-fundraising website, to offer up a vacation unlike any other in his favorite place: Lake Como, Italy.
◆ Eleven Madison Park is regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world — including taking the top spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2017. Chef and owner Daniel Humm wants to join an even rarer club: becoming one of only two three-Michelin-starred restaurants in the world to not serve meat or seafood. Humm announced that Eleven Madison Park is going vegan.
◆ OpenTable has released its annual list of 100 best brunch restaurants, so you can plan the perfect celebration. The list includes restaurants across 24 states and Washington, D.C., and is based on over 12 million verified diner reviews of over 30,000 restaurants around the country.
◆ Soon, you’ll be able to take in the sights of New York City. We’re not talking about the real-life versions of these iconic buildings and structures, but in Miniland at Legoland New York, set to open in summer 2021. The theme park, which will include 15,000 Lego models made with 30 million Lego bricks, may still be under construction. Beyond the park itself, the resort will also feature a 250-room hotel.
◆ In an effort to highlight the real-life animals that roam Central Florida, as well as the conservation efforts to protect them, Frontier Airlines and Visit Orlando, have teamed up to offer a free flight giveaway. Created in partnership with four wildlife parks and preserves in Orlando, the “Who Is Orlando’s Most-loved Animal” campaign invites consumers to vote on which animal will adorn the tail of a new Frontier aircraft. A random drawing will then be held, and 10 winners will be chosen to receive $400 in flights to Orlando on Frontier Airlines.