this month (April 2022) in luxury travel


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At the moment: April 2022 luxurious journey information

Each final Friday of the month, you possibly can learn my information round-up of what’s occurring on the earth of luxurious journey and aviation. On this concern:

  1. Thailand opens as much as worldwide vacationers
  2. Six Senses will open the world’s first power optimistic resort in Norway
  3. Etihad Airways’ A350 plane (lastly) enters service
  4. W Inns unveils W Dubai – Mina Seyahi
  5. The Andaz model debuts in Czech Republic with the opening of Andaz Prague
  6. Air Canada presents Porsche chauffeur service
  7. Onguma will open a brand new flagship lodge close to Namibia’s Etosha Nationwide Park
  8. Ritz-Carlton Reserve joins Marriott’s loyalty program Marriott Bonvoy
  9. Hilton pronounces plans to open a Waldorf Astoria resort in Sydney
  10. German leisure provider Condor unveils a brand new putting plane livery

1. Thailand opens as much as vaccinated vacationers

From Might 1st, Thailand will now not require guests to get examined earlier than coming or upon arrival, no matter their vaccination standing. Whereas absolutely vaccinated vacationers will have the ability to come into the nation and journey freely with none quarantine restrictions or obligatory resort stays, the foundations are completely different for unvaccinated vacationers. Guests who are usually not absolutely vaccinated and arrive with no damaging COVID-19 take a look at shall be required to ebook a minimal 5-day keep in an accepted resort, quarantine, and get examined with a PCR take a look at on day 5 of their journey. Alternatively, unvaccinated vacationers might skip quarantine and journey freely all through Thailand in the event that they arrive within the nation with a damaging COVID-19 PCR take a look at taken inside 72 hours of their journey. This is good news in fact for vacationers and lots of motels have launched some nice offers to rejoice the event. This consists of Soneva Kiri, my favourite resort in South East Asia, the place I can prepare some VIP perks for you (finest price + resort credit score + two complimentary experiences; contact me for extra info).


2. Six Senses will open the world’s first power optimistic resort in Norway

With booming demand for adventurous and eco-conscious journey, northern Norway is without doubt one of the final frontiers for a self-sustainable, off-grid vacation spot. The area will develop into the house of the 94-room luxurious Six Senses Svart, which is able to mix a futuristic design and technological innovation with earthy, natural supplies that use the least embedded power. To reduce the on-site impression, Six Senses Svart shall be poised on poles above the crystal-clear waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord, on the base of the glacier itself. The resort would be the first constructing to be designed and constructed after the very best energy-efficiency customary within the northern hemisphere. It’ll harvest sufficient photo voltaic power to return into the system, overlaying the resort, adjoining operations, boat shuttle, and the power wanted to assemble the constructing – rendering it impartial from the facility grid. The property shall be managed by Six Senses, certainly one of my favourite resort manufacturers on the earth.

six senses svart


3. Etihad Airways’ A350 plane (lastly) enters service

Early April, Etihad Airways unveiled its new Airbus A350-1000, registration A6-XWB, on a particular inaugural business flight from Abu Dhabi to Paris. The plane is the primary A350 to be operated by a UAE airline, and the primary of 5 A350s set to hitch Etihad’s fleet over the approaching months. The plane, named Sustainability50, carries a novel livery in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the federation of the UAE and Etihad’s dedication to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It’ll be part of the airline’s industry-leading sustainability drive as a part of a program geared toward decarbonizing aviation. Fashioned as a partnership between Etihad, Airbus and Rolls Royce in 2021, the Sustainability50 program will see Etihad’s A350s used as flying testbeds of latest initiatives, procedures and applied sciences to cut back carbon emissions, constructing on the learnings derived from Etihad’s comparable Greenliner program for the Boeing B787 plane sort. The airline’s new A350-1000s shall be deployed on a variety of brief to mid-range routes in Q2, together with Mumbai and Delhi, earlier than being launched on ultra-long-haul operations to Chicago and New York from July.


4. W Inns unveils W Dubai – Mina Seyahi

Located on the extremely sought-after Jumeirah Seaside shoreline, the 31-story W Lodge – Mina Seyahi boasts putting glass structure with unobstructed views of the sun-soaked Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s iconic landmarks. The property options 318 rooms together with 27 suites – all sea-facing with a non-public balcony – the place company can absorb Dubai’s vibrant sunsets over the Arabian Gulf, Palm Jumeirah Island and iconic landmarks such because the Ain Dubai. The indoor & outside resort foyer (alias W Lounge) is alive with nightly DJ beats, providing a stage for native expertise to spin a soundtrack for company flowing in & out of areas, assembly likeminded creatives & simply being their genuine selves. The W model’s signature tackle the poolside scene – WET Deck – presents company a contemporary house to take in the solar poolside or below the refreshing shade of a cabana whereas having fun with cocktails, bites and eclectic music.

W Dubai - Mina Seyahi


5. The Andaz model debuts in Czech Republic with the opening of Andaz Prague

The 176-room Andaz Prague is positioned on Senovážné Sq., inside the magnificent and historic ‘Sugar Palace’ that dates again to 1916, orginally constructed for the influential Sugar Business Insurance coverage Affiliation. The constructing has since been rigorously restored and preserved. 176 thoughtfully-designed rooms and suites seize and mix town’s wealthy heritage with fashionable creativity to ship an opulent respite with breathtaking metropolis views. The resort serves fashionable Czech bistronomy at its ZEM Restaurant, which mixes bistro dishes created with haute delicacies strategies. Company can take pleasure in a rejuvenating exercise within the health middle with state-of-the-art cardio gear and free weights. The property additionally presents spa companies by Klara Rott, the award-winning, world chief in pure natural skincare. Located near Wenceslas Sq., the Outdated City Sq., and the historic Municipal home (Obecní Dum), among the most famed historic websites in Europe are inside strolling distance.

andaz prague


6. Air Canada presents Porsche chauffeur service

Air Canada has signed an settlement with Porsche to provide vehicles for its chauffeur service at Toronto Pearson airport. Eligible connecting Worldwide Signature Class (Enterprise Class) passengers arriving from inside Canada shall be met by a Concierge earlier than being whisked away on the tarmac in a Porsche automobile to the distinctive Air Canada Signature Suite. The fleet of autos shall be electrical or plug-in hybrid electrical autos, together with the Porsche Taycan, Panamera and Cayenne, supporting Air Canada’s dedication to achieve a aim of net-zero greenhouse fuel emissions all through its international operations by 2050. With the restart of many worldwide routes in response to pent-up demand following border measures being eased worldwide, Air Canada has welcomed again premium passengers to its unique Air Canada Signature Suite and its vary of luxurious companies, similar to a menu curated by Chef David Hawksworth and unique wines chosen by Véronique Rivest.


7. Onguma will open a brand new flagship lodge close to Namibia’s Etosha Nationwide Park

Final yr, I stayed at Onguma The Fort, among the finest lodges close to Namibia’s well-known Etosha Nationwide Park (learn my evaluate right here). Onguma has now introduced a brand new flagship lodge name “Onguma Camp Kala”, which is able to open on 1st November 2022 (and the renderings look fairly spectacular). Elevated on picket stilts, the lodge’s conical, mud plastered central tower will resemble a termite mound. The thatched camp shall be centered round recreation viewing with quite a few vantage factors to take all of it in – be it the comfy lounge, the intimate cocktail bar or the attractive deck, which is sunny by day and warmed by a hearth pit at evening. Camp Kala will include simply 4 open-plan visitor suites, linked by raised walkways . Every suite can have its personal deck with hearth pit, outside bathe and wood-fired scorching tub. Company who need to loosen up will have the ability to whereas away the hours in consolation within the ground-level photographic disguise, take pleasure in a therapeutic massage within the therapy room or follow yoga on the yoga deck.

ONGUMA CAMP KALA


8. Ritz-Carlton Reserve joins Marriott’s loyalty program Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott’s loyalty program Marriott Bonvoy now consists of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve model. The transfer means Marriott Bonvoy members will now have the ability to earn and redeem throughout Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties worldwide. Marriott Bonvoy members will earn 10 factors per US greenback spent on the properties, plus bonus factors relying on their elite tier standing. Redeeming stays at Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties will fall inside the vary of 80,000 to 240,000 factors per evening. Marriott says the charges mirror the “excessive degree of service and unparalleled on-property choices at Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties worldwide.” Members will have the ability to ebook money and factors charges topic to availability, and also will have the ability to get a free evening on award stays of 5 nights or extra. At the moment Ritz-Carlton Reserve has 5 areas:

  • Dorado Seaside is a 115-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in Dorado, Puerto Rico
  • Higashiyama is a 50-room room Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in Niseko, Japan
  • Mandapa is a 60-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in Bali, Indonesia
  • Phulay Bay is a 54-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in Krabi, Thailand
  • Zadun is a 115-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in Los Cabos, Mexico


9. Hilton pronounces plans to open a Waldorf Astoria resort in Sydney

Waldorf Astoria Inns & Resorts, certainly one of Hilton‘s iconic luxurious resort manufacturers, introduced its growth into Australia with the signing of Waldorf Astoria Sydney. The resort shall be a part of AW One Round Quay’s mixed-use improvement, which is taken into account one of many few prime harborside websites in Sydney. Waldorf Astoria Sydney will supply unmatched views of town’s well-known Harbour Bridge and Opera Home, bringing Waldorf Astoria’s internationally acclaimed service to the center of Australia’s japanese metropolis. Development has commenced on the 28-floor, 220-key luxurious resort, which is predicted to open in early 2025. Tokyo-based agency, Kengo Kuma & Associates, and Sydney-based Crone Architects, will oversee the structure of Waldorf Astoria Sydney, whoch will characteristic 179 visitor rooms and 41 suites. Staying true to Waldorf Astoria’s dedication to culinary experience, the luxurious resort will rejoice Sydney’s gastronomic excellence with two unique restaurant ideas, in addition to a rooftop bar that includes uninterrupted views of the beautiful Sydney Harbour.

waldorf astoria sydney


10. German leisure provider Condor unveils a brand new putting plane livery

Germany’s leisure airline Condor has unveiled a brand new model id, impressed by parasols, tub towels and seaside chairs. “Condor has undergone a change over the previous two and a half years: From a subsidiary of a vertically built-in journey group to an impartial airline that appears again proudly on its historical past and custom, whereas on the identical time embarking on the trail to the long run. We need to specific this unmistakably via our company id: Condor is trip and Condor is unmistakable – like our new design, with which we at the moment are launching into the long run,” says Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor. The conception and creation of the brand new model id happened below the route of Remo Masala, proprietor of the artistic company imaginative and prescient alphabet in Berlin. The stripes are available 5 colours – yellow, purple, blue, inexperienced and beige – which the airline says “stand for the sides of the variety of Condor’s company, staff and the multitude of alternatives to find the world with Condor”. The fuselage additionally options the provider’s title in decrease case, whereas the plane tailfin is painted with a refreshed model of the Condor signet.

condor new livery


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