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TRAVEL GALLERY - SPRING/SUMMER 2024
 
(2024 - Spring/Summer Issue)

Writer: CYNTHIA DAVID



Discover La Fantaisie, a new Paris luxury hotel in the classy Faubourg-Montmartre neighbourhood. Renowned Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki designed the whimsical interiors of the 63 rooms and 10 suites, built around a secret courtyard. La Fantaisie is one of the only hotels in downtown Paris with a rooftop bar and full garden. Three-starred Michelin chef Dominique Crenn returns from San Francisco to helm its zero-waste signature restaurant Golden Poppy. The boutique hotel, on historic Rue Cadet, has already become a meeting place for locals and international travellers seeking a tranquil retreat in the heart of the French capital. Lafantaisie.com

Perched high above the Aegean Sea in the village of Imerovigli, five-star Kivotos Santorini stands out like an elegant black gem amid the Greek island’s white landscape. The 10 suites and villas combine a modern minimalist design with bold, dark colours that echo the hotel’s stone and cave-like feel. Each room offers a clear view of Santorini’s famous sunsets and the volcanic caldera that created the island. Enjoy a champagne breakfast in your room and dine on fresh local seafood at night. Ideal for a romantic escape.  KivotosHotels.com

From now until December 31, 2024, Aeroplan credit cardholders in Canada and the U.S. can earn a free hotel night for every four-night consecutive stay they book with Aeroplan points. With this special offer, credit cardholders can multiply their points savings of up to 30 per cent when booking at more than 300,000 hotels, including properties in the HotelSavers program launched in 2022. For an eight-night consecutive stay, cardholders need only redeem Aeroplan points for six nights. The Fourth Night Free offer calculates savings based on the average points cost of all four nights for maximum value. aeroplan.com/4thnight

In New York City, the adventure starts at check-in. Located in the historic neighbourhood of Herald Square, steps away from acclaimed landmarks—think the Empire State Building and Macy’s—you have arrived to the new luxury stay-over, the Kixby Hotel. Opened in 2019 in the former Metro Hotel, the 195-room hotel ticks off today’s jet setter’s requirements offering spacious rooms, suites with noise-reducing features for restful slumber, free Wi-Fi and exceptional amenities. On the second floor, beside the Peloton-equipped private fitness room there’s an easy-breezy lounge with a futuristic BEVI water cooler that has your choice of fruity flavours or water-infused vitamin-boosters and electrolytes. In the afternoons, find complimentary snacks and fruit on offer including a state-of-the-art WMF java machine for café au laits and Americanos available at a push of a button. Calling on vintage influences and local flair, the hotel’s design seamlessly integrates the history of the city with its fast-paced, exciting present. kixby.com

Imagine sleeping near Andy Warhol, having breakfast with René Magritte and lounging with Roy Lichtenstein. Chicago’s Ritz-Carlton hotel brings art to life in its new gallery-inspired Presidential Suite. The sumptuous two-story suite, connected by a spiral staircase, boasts well-known pieces plus some commissioned for the space, complemented by panoramic views of Navy Pier and Lake Michigan. The full-service kitchen features its own secret entrance, offering exclusive access for guests, while two upstairs bedrooms feature spectacular views from a king-sized bed. For more great art, visit the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art. RitzCarlton.com

Luxury wellness resort Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion is raising the bar on healthy holidays. Nestled in the foothills of central Vietnam, this renowned resort lies near the historic city of Hue. New special offers include a four- or six-day “Healing Yourself Retreat” featuring relaxing spa treatments, a soak in the hot spring, Japanese onsen baths and a cooking course at the hotel’s organic farm. Packages also include mindful yoga sessions, different forms of meditation, qigong and forest bathing. Guests can tackle the zip line and high-wire course or take a relaxing bike ride or hike in nature. fusionhotelgroup.com/albawellnessvalley

Belize, renowned for its natural wonders and Mayan ruins, is all about festivals in 2024. In May, the island’s annual Chocolate Festival celebrates the Toledo area’s cacao production. Opening night features a wine and chocolate pairing. The summer Lobsterfest brings local food to a whole new level, especially when enjoyed while gazing out at turquoise waters. The two-day summer International Music and Food Festival showcases local and international artists playing Reggae, Afro-Beats, Dancehall, Soca, Punta and Latin beats. The excitement extends to the food court where vendors from every corner of the country cook up their specialty. Travelbelize.org

To celebrate its inclusion in the Blue Zone, one of five global areas where more residents reach 100, the Nantipa Hotel on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula has created the Blue Wellness Experience. This luxury package is tailored to the needs of each guest. A sample itinerary for two includes accommodation, morning yoga and meditation, a private surf lesson, hiking to the Montezuma waterfall, volunteering at a non-profit coastal ranch, visiting a local family, daily sunset cocktails, a private sunset dinner on the beach AND daily spa treatments. Along with memories, guests will leave with practical tips for adopting healthier habits at home. Nantipa.com

 
 
 
 
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