Week 05, May 2021
“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” 〜 Hilaire Belloc
By LuxPin Team
◆ As the world’s largest vaccine drive is underway, governments are transforming public spaces into pop-up vaccination centers. Governments around the world are transforming shopping malls, museums, and strip clubs into makeshift vaccination centers. Photos show some of the most unusual vaccination sites around the world.
◆ The water park, featuring 24 water slides, a dueling water coaster, a 500,000-gallon wave pool, and a winding river, will open July 2 for guests of the Baha Mar resorts: the Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood.
◆ Legoland New York will begin welcoming guests on May 29. The theme park, located just over an hour from New York City in Goshen, NY, will first open for previews with access to six of the park’s seven lands. The Legoland hotel and the final land, LEGO Pirates, are expected to open later this summer.
◆ Looking to save a bit on a glamorous Manhattan hotel room? Your time is now. Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed an executive order suspending the city’s 5.875% hotel occupancy tax from June through August.
◆ The New York City Marathon is scheduled to return this year. The New York Road Runners announced on Monday that the 2021 New York City Marathon will be held on Nov. 7 with a modified field of just 33,000 runners. Additionally, the fourth annual Virtual New York City Marathon will also return in October, with registration opening on June 10.
◆ The Stargazing on the Sea experience is complimentary for guests staying at the Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. The Kimpton Vero Beach has partnered with Paddles by the Sea to offer this new experience, which takes up to six guests on a private nighttime riverboat cruise.
◆ Napa Valley is often considered one of the most luxurious escapes in the country — but the over-the-top suites at Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, California take the Napa experience to the next level. The adults-only hotel has just 50 rooms on their 33-acre slice of wine country heaven. Their Private Maisons are some of the most coveted hotel rooms in all of Napa Valley, complete with a complimentary bar stocked with six exceptional local wines and reserve Dom Perignon.
◆ When Rob Blood, the founder of Lark Hotels, bought an old motel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., he had a vision where road trippers could step back in time and enjoy a sense of nostalgia with the sophistication of a modern-day stay at the same time. Cue the Spa City Motor Lodge — the first in what will eventually be a series of properties under the Bluebird by Lark brand aimed at capturing the spirit of road trips and a bygone era — that will open on June 4 with 42 guest rooms and suites all surrounding a shared indoor courtyard and coffee bar.
◆ This California vacation package is all about pampering — private flight, beautiful views, and epic hotel suite included. If you’re looking to make a glamorous return to travel, this luxury hotel in California has a vacation package for you. The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is offering a Red Carpet package that includes private jet flights to and from Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.
◆ The move comes as The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act has been introduced to allow cruise ships to head to the state. Cruise passengers hoping to go to Alaska can now book their next trip on the Norwegian Cruise Line as soon as August, sailing directly from Seattle to Ketchikan. The company has listed several Alaskan cruises on its website for sale in August, September, and October.
◆ Cruise lines achieved another major milestone in making their way back to Alaska on Thursday as a bill allowing large cruise ships to bypass Canadian ports on their way to the state passed in the House of Representatives. Cruise lines including Princess and Holland America debuted Alaska sailings slated to start in July.
◆ Viking is bringing back river cruises to Europe in July. The cruise line announced the return of select itineraries in Portugal, France and along the Rhine as part of its “Welcome Back” collection of trips, on Wednesday, for vaccinated passengers.
◆ From coast to coast, here are 10 of the best small towns in Florida with populations of 15,000 or less.
1. Palm Beach
2. Anna Maria Island
3. Cedar Key
4. Mount Dora
5. Florida Keys
8. Cypress Gardens
9. Cape Canaveral
10. Fernandina Beach