Week 05, August 2021
“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” 〜 Steve McCurry
By LuxPin Team
◆ L A’s newest hotel is a major artistic upgrade. citizenM, the European experts in affordable luxury hotels, announced in August its plan to open its very first location in California. And it’s celebrating with a photo exhibit unlike any other.
◆ The U.S. Embassy is warning travelers in El Salvador to beware of dangerous conditions along the country’s Pacific coast beaches. Lifeguards aren’t a mainstay on beaches in El Salvador, and official search and rescue capabilities are limited.
◆ Roost Apartment Hotels is the super-cool brand you haven’t heard of yet — but will want to book. The extended-stay hotel is having a long-overdue renaissance. One brand leading the trend is Roost Apartment Hotels, which already has three locations in Philadelphia. Each of the residential-style hotels offers plenty of space in a selection of studio, one-, and two-bedroom units, kitted out with kitchen gear (including La Colombe coffee) and space for a work-from-anywhere set up.
◆ The newly revamped Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge offers 25 chic guest tents, plus plenty of ways to enjoy the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge on Vancouver Island has debuted its latest $1.6 million makeovers. The luxury adventure camp has always been iconic — and now, it has a fresh look, forest-to-fork fine dining, and a few fresh ways to experience the Pacific Northwest.
◆ JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, an award-winning resort in Arizona, is celebrating its 85th anniversary this December by offering travelers the chance to book a lavish package that includes guided hikes, spa treatments, private parties, and daily breakfasts. All it will cost them is a cool $85,000.
◆ Pack an extra bag — you’ll find plenty of goodies to buy on vacation thanks to a new crop of boutiques in some of the world’s hottest destinations. Today, hotels, designers, and retail stores are reimagining the experience of shopping while traveling to appeal both to visitors and residents.
◆ These charming small towns in Europe come with jaw-dropping scenery, delicious food, and more. For every Paris, Rome, and London, there are hundreds of small European towns that capture the spirit of their particular nation. From an itty-bitty Icelandic outpost surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery to an ancient seaside settlement on the Black Sea, here are 17 small towns in Europe to add to your travel list.
◆ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the State Department lowered their COVID-19 travel warnings for India and raised them for several other countries this week.
◆ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning older travelers or those with underlying conditions against going on a cruise, even if they are fully vaccinated. The latest guidance, issued Friday, warns would-be passengers who would be “at increased risk for severe illness,” to avoid cruises at this time. The recommendation, meant for elderly people and those with certain medical conditions, applies to large ship cruises as well as smaller river cruises.
◆ The decision remains contingent upon Australia’s vaccine rollout through the remainder of the year. Qantas Airways may resume international flights to the U.S., UK, and Japan by the end of the year. The Australian airline announced Thursday that it has begun preparations to resume international flights by Dec. 2021 in coordination with Australia’s planned phased reopening of international borders.
◆ The era of Alitalia is over. Italy’s largest airline plans to suspend operations on Oct. 15. “No new flights can be booked for travel after that date. Passengers with tickets for flights on or after Oct. 15 are being offered the option to move up their trips or request a full refund,” the bankrupt airline said.
◆ Germany declared the United States a ‘high-risk’ country on Sunday, requiring American tourists to either be fully vaccinated or show proof they contracted COVID-19 and recovered to enter the country. Travelers arriving from the U.S. can skip quarantine if they show proof they have received their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before their trip or recovered from the virus.