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Virgin America Offers Free Wi-Fi to Netflix Subscribers
TV bingers who can't bear to be separated from their favorite programming while on the road can breathe a sigh of relief. Virgin America has signed a deal with Netflix that allows subscribers to the video streaming service free Wi-Fi in the skies.
Read more on Fox News
|COLOMBIA DEBUTS NEW HOTEL THIS FALL
Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá
This fall, the Colombian capital debuts Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá. The building, originally constructed in 1946 by artist and architect Santiago Medina Mejia, underwent a restoration that updated the technologies and amenities of the hotel, while preserving its Spanish and French-influenced design. The 62 rooms and suites have been redecorated and maintain their historic charm. Guests can look forward to a full service spa, 24-hour gym and round-the-clock business services for those traveling for work. Casa Medina is also located in Zona G, an area in Bogotá esteemed for its gastronomic scene. The hotel is introducing a new dining concept of its own with Castanyoles — a tapas restaurant serving Spanish cuisine and Colombian coffee. The hotel opens October 15, 2015.
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|TAKE A BEACH HOLIDAY
Sandcastle Hotels Now Open in the Netherlands
It may be the end of the summer but if you're still dreaming of a beach holiday, consider a trip to the Netherlands. In celebration of the annual sculpture festivals next month in the Dutch cities of Sneek and Oss — which attract over 50,000 visitors annually — event organizers Global PowWow created two pop up hotels made out of sand.
Read the article at the Fox News official website
|NEXT STOP: THE NORTH POLE
The Polar Express Train Ride
Take a trip to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express! This Christmas season, the Grenada Railway in Batesville, Mississippi is hosting special train rides based on Chris Van Allsburg's beloved children's book. The train takes families on a one-hour journey to the North Pole (the true location is undisclosed in order to enhance the holiday magic). During the excursion, elves and carolers will entertain guests, who will also enjoy complimentary hot cocoa. At the North Pole, Santa will be on hand to greet passengers, and children will receive the first gift of Christmas — a silver sleigh bell. Train rides begin November 20 and run through December 27 on select dates.
Get tickets at the Grenada Polar Express Ride official website
|INTRODUCING THE TACOTIER!
The St. Regis Mexico City's New Flagship Service
The St. Regis Mexico City pays homage to a classic Mexican dish with the Tacotier — a taco sommelier. The hotel will begin offering this service from September 15 to September 16. The Tacotier will also be on hand for brunch every Sunday until the end of the year. Guests can taste different taco recipes from various regions in Mexico, and learn about sauce and side dish pairings.
Read GAYOT's St. Regis Mexico City review
|MUMMIES: NEW SECRETS OF THE TOMBS
The Natural History Museum Reveals New Exhibit
Those planning a visit to Los Angeles this fall will want to go to the Natural History Museum. The institution's newest exhibit, "Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs," provides an interesting look into the ancient art of embalming. Get up close and personal with mummies from Egypt and Peru, and discover the unique burial rituals of these singular societies.
Get more details in GAYOT's Best of Los Angeles Guide
|A HOTEL WITH A PALACE VIEW
Versailles Plans to Open Luxury Hotel on Palace Grounds
Now you can really live like a prince or princess for a night or two. Versailles is one of France's most revered and opulent landmarks. Located just outside Paris, the former home of the French monarchy is hailed for its lush gardens and gilded interiors. And soon tourists may be able to spend a night at a luxury property located right on the estate grounds.
Read the full article on the Fox News official website
|A LUXURY HOTEL PAYS HOMAGE TO VAN GOGH
Conservatorium Hotel Launches Van Gogh Experience
The Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam collaborates with the Van Gogh Museum to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh's death. To celebrate the renowned artist and his works, the five-star hotel and museum will offer guests the "Van Gogh Experience" package. It includes a two night stay for two at the Conservatorium, a continental breakfast, two tickets to the Van Gogh Museum, a media tour for two at the Van Gogh Museum and a copy of the Van Gogh Masterpiece book, which is available in several languages. The package can be booked until December 31, 2015.
Book your trip at the Conservatorium official website
|A NEW RESTAURANT TO HIT THE SEAS
Princess Cruises and Chef Curtis Stone Team Up
Princess Cruises has announced its collaboration with renowned chef Curtis Stone. This year, his specialty restaurant SHARE will debut aboard select Princess Cruises' ships (including Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, Coral Princess and Sun Princess), and guests can expect a singular dining experience.
Read more on the Gayot Blog
|EMBRACING A JAPANESE AESTHETIC
Aman to Open New Amanemu Hotel
In early 2016, the hotel brand Aman will launch Amanemu in Ise Shima National Park on Japan's main island, Honshu. The resort celebrates the ancient Japanese onsen (mineral hot spring) tradition and each of the 24 suites and four villas come with its own hot spring. There will also be the Aman Spa, a gourmet restaurant and lounge, and sweeping views of Ago Bay, also called "Bay of Pearls." Visitors can look forward to complete relaxation, a harmonious atmosphere and a rejuvenating experience.
Get more details at the Aman Resorts official website
|WORLD'S LARGEST CYLINDRICAL AQUARIUM
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin AquaDom
This hotel gives the phrase "sleeping with the fishes" a whole new meaning. The Radisson Blu hotel in Berlin is home to the AquaDom, an 82-foot high aquarium that holds more than one million liters of water. The tank is a part of Sea Life Berlin, and houses 1,500 fish from 97 species.
Read the full article on Yahoo! Travel
|LUXURY ON THE OCEAN BLUE
Inspirato's Irresistible Luxury Yacht
Inspirato, the world's largest destination club, has introduced a new luxury yacht — the Irresistible. The ship is available to those traveling within the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Journey across the sea with every amenity you could need: your own Inspirato crew (which includes captain, mate and chef), master suite with kind-size bed, a Jacuzzi spa, Jet Ski and kayaks. The yacht has three staterooms and is great if you're traveling with the family or a group of friends. Guests can also enjoy the topside wet bar, convenient dining space and, of course, an awesome ocean view.
Learn more about Irresistible at the Inspirato official website
|ADD THIS TO YOUR TRAVEL WISH LIST
Amazing Travel Jacket on Kickstarter
Traveling may get a little easier with a new travel jacket that has already generated $3 million on Kickstarter since its launch last July on the crowdsourcing site. Slated to ship in November once funding is complete, the outerwear comes equipped with 15 features such as iPad and drink pockets, neck pillow, gloves and earphone holders. This must-have travel accessory is the brainchild of the BauBax company, and will come in four styles and multiple colors. Not only does it make your essentials easily accessible, it will also help with those annoying baggage fees.
Get more details at the Fox News official website
|TAKE FLIGHT IN STYLE
Delta's LAX Terminal 5 Makeover
Delta Airlines has raised the bar when it comes to luxury at their LAX terminal. The $229 million remodel was completed in June and promises passengers a more delightful boarding and flight experience. With an expanded ticketing lobby and additional security screening checkpoints, the wait time will be cut down. The redesigned Delta Sky Club is more spacious and is a great place to recharge before the flight. High-profile clients can take advantage of the enhanced privacy procedures, such as private check-in and discreet boarding. Once on-board, enjoy premium cabin seating and Wi-Fi access.
Learn more about Delta's terminal renovation at LAX
World's Cleanest Airlines
It's never fun to find crumbs on your airline seat or old coffee cups in your seatback pocket. If a clean aircraft is a must when purchasing a ticket, you may want to consider flying on Asian carriers.
Read the full story on Fox News
|FLOAT INTO PARADISE
Angama Mara Safari Lodge
Kenya welcomes its newest luxury safari lodge, Angama Mara. Situated above Maasai Mara National Reserve, the lodge offers breathtaking views of Africa's wildlife and natural surroundings. Angama Mara offers 15 tented suites, a fitness center, a 40-foot-long swimming pool, a gallery of African art and transportation to the Mara Triangle where you can witness a river crossing. Whether you seek outdoor adventures or a bit of pampering, Angama Mara provides both.
Learn more about Angama Mara at the official website
|EXPANDING THE GATES OF TOURISM
Ethiopian Airlines Begins Flights to Los Angeles
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that as of June 19, 2015 it now offers flights to Dublin and Los Angeles from its airport in Addis Ababa. This marks a momentous occasion for the airline (the largest in Africa) since it will be the first direct service connecting Africa to Ireland and the West Coast of the United States.
Find out more in the GAYOT Blog
|PERSONALIZE YOUR STAY
The Four Seasons App
Committed to holding true to its status as a leading luxury hotel, Four Seasons now offers guests the Four Seasons App. Checking in and out of your room or reserving a table for dinner is made hassle-free with the hotel's user-friendly mobile application. It's also equipped with a variety of other features that allow you to customize your travel experience. Get recommendations on what to see or do locally, communicate any special requests to the Four Seasons staff and don't worry about getting lost because this app comes with a geo location service. To broaden its global appeal, the Four Seasons App will eventually be available in multiple languages, beginning with Simplified Chinese and Arabic.
Find out more at the Four Seasons official website
|DEBUT AT SEA
Regent Seven Seas Explorer
In the summer of 2016, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will debut its most extravagant ship to date, the Seven Seas Explorer. The cruise line has pulled out all the stops for its newest creation, from elegant architecture to specialty dining restaurants to luxurious suites. Exclusive to the ship will be Pacific Rim, a Pan-Asian eatery serving a variety of dishes inspired by the regional cuisines of China, Korea and beyond. Another notable feature of the Seven Seas Explorer is the opulent Regent Suite — measuring in at nearly 4,000 square feet and boasting its own spa. The two-bedroom suite has created such a buzz that it is already sold out for the first year of cruising.
Get more news on cruises on GAYOT
|INTO THE EAST
Beautiful China — Journey Along the Great Wall
Recently, the China National Tourist Office Los Angeles hosted an event to attract American travelers to the Great Wall. In collaboration with the Great Wall Alliance — representing the nine provinces of China that the architectural marvel runs through — the occasion gave guests the opportunity to meet and talk with local representatives. The event highlighted sightseeing opportunities beyond the popular Badaling Great Wall near Beijing, including Ningxia, referred to as the "Amazing Land Beyond the Great Wall."
Discover more at the China National Tourist Office official website
|ALL-INCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATIONS REDEFINED
The New Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva
Get an all-inclusive experience at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montega Bay, Jamaica, and at Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Hyatt's newest additions to its collection of luxury hotels offer a different way of vacationing in Jamaica and Mexico. If you seek an adult getaway, book a stay at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, an 18-and-over resort that provides a relaxing atmosphere, plenty of pampering and a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea. Vacationers with kids can opt for Hyatt Ziva, which is open to all ages and is great for a family-and-friends vacation.
Plan your trip at the Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva official website
Asia Cruises: Why It May Just Be Your Best Bet
For Americans, traveling in Asia is typically not what we think of as Travel 101. Flights are costly and long, and navigating local languages and internal workings — like accommodations and transportation — of some of these less developed countries can prove too much — even for the seasoned traveler. Cruises can simplify a trip to the region — which is why CruiseCritic.com cited Asia itineraries as a major trend last year. Some of the appeal is that these trips tend to be longer and are stackable, so many cruisers with the time and disposable income book two or even three back-to-back sailings so that they can see even more of the region.
Read the full article on the Fox News official website
|FEEDING THE PLANET
Expo Milano 2015
Join Expo Milano on an educational journey through the current state of food and the environment. From May 1 to October 31, 2015, this major event will focus on how to make healthy, safe food available globally while also respecting the planet and its resources. More than 140 countries will be participating to make the Expo an eye-opening experience. If you happen to be in Milan on business for the event, take a look at GAYOT's business travel guide for tips on where to stay, eat and what to do during your leisure time.
Plan your itinerary with this helpful guide
THE GLOBE'S MOST VISITED PLACES
Top Tourist Cities Around the World
Rome has the great Colosseum, Giza has glorious pyramids and New York City has the Statue of Liberty. These popular tourist sites are big draws but where are world travelers really going? Check out the top tourist destinations in the world. Have you visited any of these popular cities?
See the list at the Fox News official website
A FAMILY GETAWAY
Disney Launches European River Cruises
Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways have teamed up to create a unique vacation experience for families. Starting in 2016, Disney will offer European river cruises through up to five European countries, giving parents and children the opportunity to discover new cultures together. Get a taste of the region's food with the cruise line's menu of local specialties, and enjoy exclusive perks such as a falconry show at Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria. Although you won't encounter any Disney characters, this cruise is sure to be a magical experience for both kids and adults.
Get more details at the Fox News official website
BIRD'S-EYE TOUR OF THE ALOHA STATE
Maverick Helicopters Opens Maui Location
Maverick Helicopters, a division of the Maverick Aviation Group, has expanded its terrain and opened a new location in Maui, Hawaii. The company offers a range of aerial tours aboard its ECO-Star helicopters featuring quiet technology, giving guests a unique overhead perspective of Maui's coastlines, valleys, cliff-side waterfalls and volcanoes. The aircraft holds up to seven people and individual voice-activated headsets are provided. The wrap-around windows ensure that everyone has a great view and for a more intimate flight, custom and private helicopter charters are available. There are three tour packages to choose from and prices range from $329 to $399 per person.
Take flight at the Maverick official website
|"KING'S LITTLE PATH"
World's Most Dangerous Walkway Reopened
Are you brave enough to take on the world's most dangerous walking path?
Spain's Caminito del Rey looks more like an "Indiana Jones" movie set than a walkway for mere mortals.
See the full article at the Fox News official website
Hot Right Now: Outdoor Dining on Cruise Ships
The cruise ship industry is all about one-upmanship, and its new big thing is outdoor dining. Most ships have had options for this in the past — often a dining terrace outside the casual buffet room and a grill and possibly a pizza bar by the pool. But when the sun went down, cruisers moved inside to the air-conditioned dining room or a specialty restaurant, both of which insulated them from the warm weather and salt air.
Find out more on the Fox News official website
Fairmont Pacific Rim Unveils Art Installation by Bocci
The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, British Columbia has some impressive new art to add to the hotel's collection — Bocci's "16." Bocci, a Vancouver-based design firm, first imagined this creation in 2007 and it gradually came to fruition over the course of the past year. "16" embodies the company's contemporary art aesthetic, fusing together the romantic and technical aspects of design and manufacturing in this installation.
Read the article at the Fairmont Pacific Rim official website
|CALLING ALL THRILL-SEEKERS
10 New Roller Coasters to Shake, Rattle, and Roll You
The trend at amusement parks across the nation is to wow guests with bigger, faster, and more daring roller coasters. This year will see some of the most innovative and heart-stopping thrill rides yet, from the floorless Rougarou at Cedar Point in Ohio, to Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, the world's longest wood-and-steel hybrid with 5,000 feet of track.
Discover the new coasters at the Fox News official website
|LODGE IN LUXURY
New York's Dream Downtown Hotel GuestHouse Suite
The multi-floor penthouse at Dream Downtown in New York City underwent a $1 million makeover and made its debut as the GuestHouse suite in February 2015. The penthouse exudes opulence with a design that blends modern and classic details. Upgrades include a vanity that has a Champagne bar, a private garden terrace, a glass-bottom hot tub, and a private barista available to prepare coffee and espresso beverages when desired.
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|NO SELFIES ALLOWED|
Places Around the World that have Banned Selfies
People love taking selfies.
"Braggies" — or selfies taken in locations to make your friends and family jealous — have overtaken our social media feeds.
But the process of how they're taken has been criticized of late.
Read the full article on the Fox News official website
2015's European Capital of Culture
Pilsen, Czech Republic, the official home of the beer style Pilsner, is a rich and vibrant city that boasts an evocative history full of kings, tyrants and a constantly transforming government and people. Check out GAYOT's article to explore the city's blossoming culture scene.
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