Week 04, October 2021
“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” 〜 Moslih Eddin Saadi
By LuxPin Team
◆ Singapore Airlines is bringing Golden Door Spa, one of the world’s most exclusive spas, as its new wellness partner for the world’s longest flights. Golden Door is crafting a new in-flight menu as well as exercises, stretches, and sleeping techniques. Wealthy celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Julia Roberts frequent the opulent California spa.
◆ The world’s best river cruise line has just unveiled a stunning new vessel on the Nile River. The S.S. Sphinx is the latest over-the-top ship from Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, which just took the top spot in Travel + Leisure’s 2021 World’s Best Awards. While it’s not the first high-end ship on the storied river, Uniworld is aiming to set a new bar for luxury with its 84-passenger, 42-stateroom cruiser.
◆ Travelers who were supposed to board the canceled 2022 world cruise and choose to rebook for 2023 will be offered a complimentary cruise between Jan. 1, 2022, and May 3, 2022. The ship will visit 43 destinations in 24 countries over 117 days.
◆ Movie fans, it’s getting easier and easier to live out your Holly Golightly dreams next time you visit the Big Apple. After Tiffany & Co. made it possible to actually have breakfast at the iconic jewelry retailer, you can now stay at the Upper East Side townhouse Audrey Hepburn’s character called home in the iconic 1960s movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” And while Golightly lived in a partially furnished apartment, you will have the entire (fully furnished) building to yourself, and, yes, it is just as stunning as you might expect.
◆ Off the Map Travel has a new tour that will have you looking toward the heavens. The company’s latest experience, known as Stars of Scandinavia, takes visitors to two locations in Finland that are well-known for exceptional Aurora viewing. Though the night sky is most certainly the main attraction, the tour also includes a few incredible accommodations as a bit of icing on the cake.
◆ It’s time to take a vacation that’s shaken, not stirred. In October, “No Time to Die,” the 25th installment of the James Bond franchise, finally made its way to movie theaters around the globe. To honor this monumental moment in cinema, Fleming Villa, the former home of Ian Fleming, author of the original spy novels, went up for rent on Airbnb.
◆ San Ysidro Ranch was named one of the best resorts in California, and it’s easy to see why. San Ysidro Ranch has 38 beautiful vine-covered cottages for a secluded, romantic getaway.
◆ The next downtown LA hotspot is coming this spring. California just earned one more reason to call itself the “best coast,” with the announcement of the first Conrad Hotel coming to the Golden State in spring 2022.
◆ The rebranding of the Kanuhara resort will be complete in 2022. Six Senses is known for bringing upscale amenities, exclusive experiences, and a relaxing atmosphere everywhere it opens a new hotel. And since few places exude more luxury than the Maldives, the brand is getting ready to debut its second property in the idyllic destination.
◆ I went on a ghost tour at the Stanley Hotel, the place that inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining.” King isn’t the only one who has shared stories of apparently paranormal encounters. The hotel has a long list of stories — such as tales of a ghost cowboy and golden retriever haunting the property — to spook guests.
◆ Riverside Drive, Clinton Road, and Shades of Death Road in New Jersey are said to be some of the most haunted roads in the US. I visited all of them on a spooky road trip ahead of Halloween. I didn’t see any ghosts myself, but a local told me she’d seen a ghostly figure on Clinton Road.
◆ Visitors have reported seeing the ghosts of Henry VIII’s wives at Hampton Court Palace in England. Jane Seymour, who died inside the palace after giving birth in 1537, is said to appear on her son’s birthday. Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, is also said to haunt the palace with her screams.