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How ‘The World’s Best Travel Jeans’ Brand Pivoted After The World Stopped Traveling

My favorite travel apparel is made by a local Los Angeles company called Aviator. Don’t tell anyone I said this but I essentially live in two pairs of Aviator’s comfort-stretch travel jeans — officially called The World’s Best Travel Jeans — made from 49% Lyocell, 42% cotton, 6% elasterell, and 3% spandex. You know travel jeans are extraordinary when you wear them in a year like 2020 when everyone is stuck at home all the time.

Colby Kane is the designer and former Macy’s art director behind the brand, and he and I kindred spirits. We both live to travel and make travel part of our work. But since March, he’s had to adjust to the radical new realities of running a small fashion brand in the most challenging business climate in recent history.

Aviator recently introduced a new air-dry polo shirt made from the same sweat-proof, odor-resistant, take-it-anywhere fabric that’s the brand’s signature. Aviator makes hoodies, t-shirts and, now, face masks with merino wool, and the stuff is practically bombproof. The new polo is cut like a classic with a crisp collar, a tailored fit at the shoulders and a nifty Aviator airplane logo at the chest that signals: you haven’t given up on going places.

I asked Kane how he’s managing in the face of pandemic shutdowns, and what keeps him sane as he pivots and re-prioritizes, all while staying in style.

Being a small clothing company among the giants of retail was already challenging. How did the pandemic impact on Aviator? 

Colby Kane: The pandemic had a huge impact on Aviator. Since we make clothing for the travel lifestyle our sales completely stopped from March 13th to the beginning of April. I remember seeing a couple sales come in for jeans and thinking “who’s buying jeans right now for their next trip?” It was over those first couple of weeks of the pandemic that I think being small and scrappy was an advantage. Most of those ‘giants’ don’t make products here in the USA, making it much harder for them to pivot to masks. Without pivoting to masks I believe we would have closed down the business. We are self-funded with zero investment and never would have survived. 

Wow. How big a part of the business did masks become?

It was a huge part of our business from April through July. I never envisioned making masks before but here we are. On April 1st, I spoke with some of my LA factories to see if we could work together on becoming an essential business and stay open by making masks. We have since donated thousands of masks to the frontline workers and other essential businesses. We started selling the masks through our website which helped keep our factories

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The world’s biggest third-party hotel operator is growing, even as the pandemic hits hotels hard

Plano-based Aimbridge Hospitality is making bold moves during a crippling pandemic for the hotel industry, naming a successor to the company founder and laying out an ambitious plan to add 120 properties to its portfolio in the next 120 days.

Aimbridge’s plans for expansion come at a time when the hotel industry is suffering massive revenue shortfalls caused by COVID-19 and local restrictions to stem the pandemic’s spread.

The company’s incoming president and CEO Mike Deitemeyer fully understands the severity of the current economic conditions. He said Aimbridge has had to function through the pandemic with at least 20,000 fewer staff due to layoffs and furloughs.

As the industry’s largest third-party management company, Aimbridge handles $10 billion in annual revenue for its hotel owners, CFO Judy Hendrick told CFO Magazine this week. The pandemic has cut Aimbridge sales by 86%, though Hendrick told the magazine “we do not fear downturns; during such times, we have an opportunity to gain market share.”

Deitemeyer is similarly optimistic about the big picture, and believes the company is positioning itself to bring back lost jobs when leisure and business travel recover.

“Our income is certainly suppressed,” Deitemeyer said, “But if you believe in the recovery of our space, the fact that we’ve added hotels… when the economy and hotel occupancies return, we’re going to be in a great position.”

Aimbridge has added 128 properties to its portfolio to date and plans to add another 120 in the next three months. The company said the growth is made possible because of corporate support during unprecedented times.

Private equity-backed Aimbridge has seen “historic organic growth” this year in new properties across all of its verticals, including extended stay, select service, and international segments, according to the company.

It’s taking on management agreements for hotels across North America, including the Hyatt House Chicago, the Renaissance Charleston Historic District in South Carolina and the Element Ontario in Canada. But it’s also raking in agreements in the U.K., announcing this week it will add 31 Jupiter Hotels properties. The expansion brings Aimbridge’s property count in the U.K. to around 160 hotels.

Mike Deitemeyer will take the reins at Aimbridge Hospitality as president and CEO effective January 1, 2021.
Mike Deitemeyer will take the reins at Aimbridge Hospitality as president and CEO effective January 1, 2021.(Aimbridge Hospitality)

The 17-year-old hotel operator named Deitemeyer its new president and CEO this week, effective Jan. 1. Deitemeyer was previously CEO of Interstate Hotels & Resorts and served as Aimbridge’s global president after the competitors merged last year.

Deitemeyer takes over from Aimbridge cofounder Dave Johnson, who will move into the new role of executive chairman overseeing mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and new business opportunities.

“We are pleased to have positioned ourselves for growth,” Aimbridge Hospitality CEO Dave Johnson said in a statement. “As we leverage our scale to add value, owners are responding by adding Aimbridge as managers.”

Andrew Milke, guest services supervisor, works the front desk behind a plexiglass barrier at The Pittman Hotel in Dallas, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. The hotel has taken measures to ensure the safety of their employees and guests by installing plexiglass at the front desk, having numerous hand sanitizing stations throughout the hotel and offering safety kits on request, which contain a face mask and sanitizing items.

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The world’s first energy-positive hotel is opening in Arctic Norway

You’ve heard about carbon neutral but how about ‘energy positive’? That’s exactly what this brand new hotel in the Arctic Circle promises to be. 

Svart is an eye-popping circular hotel floating on stilts at the edge of a fjord close to Svartisen glacier in the Meløy area of northern Norway. When it opens in 2022, it’s should be able to produce more energy than it uses – a world first. Pretty incredible, huh? 

Svart
Photograph: Svart

The hotel’s design is sustainable and low-impact. It’s currently being built using local materials and is designed to blend into its rather beautiful surroundings. There’s even a sustainable farm on site, producing ingredients for the hotel’s four restaurants.

Svart
Photograph: Svart

The best bit? ‘The hotel will save 85 percent of its annual energy consumption and it will harvest enough solar energy to cover both the hotel operations, including its boat shuttle operation, and the energy needed to construct the building,’ explains the team behind it. The plan is then for the hotel and everything associated with it to go entirely off-grid and zero waste, and sustain itself within five years of opening. 

When it opens, Svart will have around 100 bedrooms, many of which will have enviable views of the fjord, thanks to the hotel’s circular design and vantage point. Guests will also find an indoor-outdoor spa – think sound therapy, cryotherapy and Nordic-inspired treatments – an education centre and design laboratory, plus two electric boats to ferry visitors around. As for what you could spend your stay doing, the hotel will put on activities like ice climbing on the glacier, yoga classes in the midnight sun, wildlife-spotting, diving and fishing.

Oh, and you could probably kill a day or two just admiring the hotel itself. 

Svart
Photograph: Svart

Find out more here. 

Can’t wait until 2022? You can sleep in a human-sized birdbox high above this Norwegian fjord. 

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Philippines is World’s Leading Dive Destination, according to World Travel Awards 2020

Philippines’ dive sites is the World’s Leading Dive Destination according to the 2020 World Travel Awards. 

According to a statement from the Department of Tourism Philippines statement, this is the Philippines’ second time to win the World’s Leading Dive Destination, after it was first recognized in 2019.

The Philippines, home to world-renowned dive sites such as the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan, Apo Reef Natural Park in Mindoro, and Apo Island in Dumaguete sites bested eight other dive destinations including Bora Bora, French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Maldives, and Mexico.

DOT recognized the country’s dive tourism as ” one of the key areas for positive industry growth, including increased visitor count, extended length of stay, and higher tourism revenue.”

Earlier this month, the Philippines was also hailed as Asia’s leading beach and leading dive destination at the World Travel Awards 2020.

And as though that’s not enough, Intramuros was also recognized as the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction. 

A first for Manila’s famed Walled City, it won against 15 other tourist spots including  Acropolis of Greece, Burj Khalifa of Dubai, the Grand Canyon National Park of USA, Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania, and Taj Mahal of India, among others.

Meanwhile, the Intramuros Administration restored the walled city with “extensive renovations such as bright capiz lamps installed in monuments and trees, colorful murals, and new sites, such as the dungeon and cleaned-up and fortified military structures, as a tribute to the country’s historic Hispanic period.”

The World Travel Awards was founded in 1993 and it has been recognizing brands and organizations worldwide from the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries through its annual Grand Tour, a series of six regional gala ceremonies held in each continent. Each year is capped off with a Grand Final Gala. 

Congratulations to us! — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News

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The World’s First Energy-Positive Hotel Is Coming to Arctic Norway



a lake with a mountain in the background: The World’s First Energy-Positive Hotel Is Coming to Arctic Norway


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The World’s First Energy-Positive Hotel Is Coming to Arctic Norway

When it opens at the base of Norway’s pristine Svartisen glacier just below the Arctic Circle, the Svart hotel—slated for 2022—aims to be entirely energy-positive, meaning it will produce more energy than it uses. Currently being built in Norway’s northern Meløy municipality, the hotel offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Holandsfjorden fjord. Its sleek, circular structure also employs a solar panel–clad roof that uses the sun’s energy throughout the days and seasons to power the hotel’s operations.



a large ship in the water: The remote nature surrounding the Svart hotel can only be accessed by boat.


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The remote nature surrounding the Svart hotel can only be accessed by boat.

Designed by award-winning Norwegian architect firm Snøhetta (the team behind the world’s largest underwater restaurant in Norway), Svart is largely inspired by a Norwegian fiskehjell, a wooden structure used to dry fish, and a rorbue, a fisherman’s traditional seasonal home. The environmentally friendly hotel is elevated above water by criss-crossing poles made of natural wood, which are intended to blend into the environment and place a minimal footprint on the surroundings.

The 99-room hotel will include four restaurants with locally inspired tasting menus ranging from rustic to gourmet, with many dishes using produce grown at the sustainable farm on-site. Guests can also enjoy a variety of traditional Norwegian treatments, including massages and facials with sustainable, locally sourced products at Svart’s 3,300-square-foot indoor-outdoor spa.



a rainbow over a body of water: The name “Svart,” meaning “black” in Norwegian, is a direct tribute to the deep blue ice of Norway’s Svartisen glacier.


© Courtesy of Snøhetta Plompmozes Miris
The name “Svart,” meaning “black” in Norwegian, is a direct tribute to the deep blue ice of Norway’s Svartisen glacier.

Svart says the hotel will harvest enough solar energy to cover both the daily operations and the energy needed to construct the building. What’s more: The hotel says it will continue to work to achieve carbon-neutrality and zero-waste status, going completely off-grid within its first five years of operation. 

When it opens in 2022, overnight guests and day-trippers will be welcome to enjoy the property, and everyone will arrive the same way: Via an energy-neutral boat shuttle that will bring visitors to the remote hotel from the nearby city of Bodø

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Disney World’s New Star Wars Hotel Is A Space Cruiser To A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Disney has released photos of its much-anticipated “Star Wars”-themed Galactic Starcruiser resort, which is slated to open next year at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

This one-of-a-kind resort experience promises ultra-deep immersion into the “Star Wars” universe.

Expect a cruise-like experience, where guests arrive and depart together at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal, and live aboard the mythical Halcyon for a two-day, two-night immersive stay. While onboard, guests will stay in ship-like cabins, experience onboard dining and interact with role-playing cast and crew members. Every window in the starcruiser offers ever-changing views of the galaxy as the ship progresses from place to place.

With this new project, Disney further cements its bona fides as the master of suspending belief through the magic of simulation technology. “You will be invited to enter a Launch Pod for transport into space,” according to the Disney Parks blog. “Through windows above, you’ll see yourself leave the real world behind as you jump to hyperspace and draw closer and closer to the Halcyon.” After docking with the Halcyon, the pod’s airlock opens with a whoosh and you will step into the ship’s main deck atrium.

Not everyone will share the same experience onboard the Halcyon ship. Guests can essentially choose their own adventure depending on decisions they make during their stay. That may include wielding a lightsaber, touring the starship’s bridge and taking a planet excursion to Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.

“Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a completely new type of experience,” wrote Ann Morrow Johnson, executive producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, in a blog post earlier this year. “You’re going to live onboard a star cruiser, and you can get wrapped up in the larger Star Wars story.”

Even with the delays and closures during the Covid-19 pandemic, Disney remains eager to debut the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience in 2021.

“Our industry is hurting,” Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro said in his virtual keynote address earlier this week at an event organized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. “It’s hurting from the presence of Covid-19 in our communities. But unlike some industries impacted by the pandemic, our industry is here to stay and it’s here to grow.”

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All tourist attractions in the ‘new’ Sims 4 vacation worlds



Sims 4 Vacation Tourist Attractions


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Sims 4 Vacation Tourist Attractions

The November update for The Sims 4 finally allows players (and Sims, of course) to vacation in all the worlds the game has to offer.

That’s why we call them ‘new’, they are not ‘new’ worlds per say, but they are new to being tourist destinations. Make sense? Anyway…

While the existing destination worlds will remain as mere destination worlds (for now…), Sims can now go on holiday wherever their virtual hearts desire.

Earlier this year, The Sims 4 updated the neighbourhood descriptions for those regions which did not have them yet. Now, all these regions also have a ‘tourist brochure’ description to try and lure holidaymaker Sims.

The descriptions will display only if the neighbourhood has an active rental lot and will be visible when players choose the “Take a Vacation” interaction for their Sim.

Some of these areas are more convincing than others, of course. But how is anyone supposed to compete with the great Bob Pancakes?

Willow Creek

Pendula View

Slumber amidst sophisticated gardens and enjoy the city’s namesake willows.

Ferryboat

Take in the sites of the old ferry boat along the Willow Creek canal. She lights up the night!

Home to Bob Pancakes

Stroll around Courtyard Lane for a chance to see the Legendary Bob Pancakes.

Oasis Springs

Brontosaurus Bend

Visit your home away from home in the desert suburbs of Brontosaurus Bend.

Abandoned Mine 

The old forgotten mine near Accusation Butte is a must-see for any explorer. 

Mirage Canyon Lookout 

Visit Oasis Springs’ namesake body of water while passing through Mirage Canyon 

Newcrest

Lots of Space!

Looking for vast open space to ponder your next building project? Look no further.

Peace and Quiet 

Not everyone wants an adrenaline rush on their vacation. Find peaceful refuge here.

Plenty Room to Jog

Newcrest is the perfect location to get those steps in that you’ve been promising yourself.

Magnolia Promenade

Scout Out Your Shop Location

Looking for the perfect spot to finally open your own retail business? Search no more!

Outdoor Park Activities

Keep the kids entertained with a small playground and a small outdoor eating area.

Watch the Ducks 

Enjoy a quiet outdoor seating area near the river where the ducks like to play.

Windenburg

The Bluffs

Visit this steamy, secluded natural pool overlooking the crystalline Lake Windenburg.

Von Haunt Estate

The original owners of this preserved estate loved it so much they are still here!

Olde Platz Ruins 

Take a leisurely stroll around the old ruins that used to circle Windenburg Castle.

San Myshuno

Festivals

Festivals are happening daily in San Myshuno, so you’ll never be short of fun things to do.

Nightlife 

Who needs sleep? Experience the city at night and all the unique folks you may meet.

Myshuno Meadows

Enjoy some lovely views of the city while jogging or playing ball in this Centre Park.

Forgotten Hollow

Great for Night Owls 

The sun rises later and

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Monaker Group Completes Direct Integration with HomeToGo, Worlds Largest Vacation Rental Search …

WESTON, FL, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire – Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI), a technology leader in the travel and vacation rental markets, and HomeToGo (‘HTG’), the world’s largest vacation rental search engine, have completed a direct integration to search and book Monaker available Alternative Lodging Rental (ALR) properties.

Individual travelers using HomeToGo’s powerful search engines now have seamless access through the MBE connection to all of Monaker’s instantly bookable ALR (commonly referred to as vacation rental) properties located in prime locations around the world.

As a globally trusted and recognized brand, travelers use HomeToGo to quickly search for and compare more than 18 million offers from more than 2,000 vacation home websites around the world. HomeToGo operates 43 websites in 23 countries and regions across Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. Historically, pre-pandemic, millions of loyal users searched for vacation rentals from condos and villas to castles and even treehouses. HomeToGo also owns and distributes properties through its popular travel brands including Tripping.com, CASAMUNDO, Wimdu, and EuroRelais.

The relationship between Monaker and HomeToGo began last year with testing property displays on the HomeToGo platform. Both Monaker and HomeToGo determined that a direct integration would provide a seamless and more accurate availability of the Monaker properties, with advantages for travelers and property owners.

“Increasingly, vacationers and travel operators are looking for instantly confirmed inventory bookings,” commented Patrick Andrae, CEO and co-founder of HomeToGo. “This deeper relationship with Monaker addresses this need by giving access to a wide array of instantly bookable vacation rental inventory. Now travelers who discover one of Monaker’s great property offers can simply click on a link to complete their desired booking seamlessly on HomeToGo’s platform.”

According to Monaker CEO, Bill Kerby: “When travel returns to its growth trajectory post-coronavirus, many believe consumers will be looking for more control over their accommodations in a way that only vacation and ALR rentals can provide. The typical hotel economic model is based on attracting a large number of guests into a dense location. However, HomeToGo and Monaker offer consumers more control over who they travel with and more control over their personal space.”

“The addition of HomeToGo to our group of travel distributors represents one of the largest platforms and global footprints to go live on our booking engine,” added Kerby. “HomeToGo’s massive global user base across multiple platforms now has more great choices when booking their vacation rentals.”

About HomeToGo

HomeToGo is the world’s largest vacation rental search engine. On desktop, mobile, and via mobile app, HomeToGo compares over 18 million offers from more than 2,000 vacation home websites, including Airbnb, Booking.com, VRBO, TripAdvisor and HomeAway. From condos and villas to castles and treehouses, it finds the perfect accommodation for your next trip worldwide.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Patrick Andrae, Wolfgang Heigl and Nils Regge, HomeToGo employs more than 250 people and operates 43 websites in 23 countries and regions in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. The company owns the brands Tripping.com, CASAMUNDO,

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Monaker Group Completes Direct Integration with HomeToGo, Worlds Largest Vacation Rental Search Engine

WESTON, FL, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire – Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI), a technology leader in the travel and vacation rental markets, and HomeToGo (‘HTG’), the world’s largest vacation rental search engine, have completed a direct integration to search and book Monaker available Alternative Lodging Rental (ALR) properties.

Individual travelers using HomeToGo’s powerful search engines now have seamless access through the MBE connection to all of Monaker’s instantly bookable ALR (commonly referred to as vacation rental) properties located in prime locations around the world.

As a globally trusted and recognized brand, travelers use HomeToGo to quickly search for and compare more than 18 million offers from more than 2,000 vacation home websites around the world. HomeToGo operates 43 websites in 23 countries and regions across Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. Historically, pre-pandemic, millions of loyal users searched for vacation rentals from condos and villas to castles and even treehouses. HomeToGo also owns and distributes properties through its popular travel brands including Tripping.com, CASAMUNDO, Wimdu, and EuroRelais.

The relationship between Monaker and HomeToGo began last year with testing property displays on the HomeToGo platform. Both Monaker and HomeToGo determined that a direct integration would provide a seamless and more accurate availability of the Monaker properties, with advantages for travelers and property owners.

“Increasingly, vacationers and travel operators are looking for instantly confirmed inventory bookings,” commented Patrick Andrae, CEO and co-founder of HomeToGo. “This deeper relationship with Monaker addresses this need by giving access to a wide array of instantly bookable vacation rental inventory. Now travelers who discover one of Monaker’s great property offers can simply click on a link to complete their desired booking seamlessly on HomeToGo’s platform.”

According to Monaker CEO, Bill Kerby: “When travel returns to its growth trajectory post-coronavirus, many believe consumers will be looking for more control over their accommodations in a way that only vacation and ALR rentals can provide. The typical hotel economic model is based on attracting a large number of guests into a dense location. However, HomeToGo and Monaker offer consumers more control over who they travel with and more control over their personal space.”

“The addition of HomeToGo to our group of travel distributors represents one of the largest platforms and global footprints to go live on our booking engine,” added Kerby. “HomeToGo’s massive global user base across multiple platforms now has more great choices when booking their vacation rentals.”

About HomeToGo

HomeToGo is the world’s largest vacation rental search engine. On desktop, mobile, and via mobile app, HomeToGo compares over 18 million offers from more than 2,000 vacation home websites, including Airbnb, Booking.com, VRBO, TripAdvisor and HomeAway. From condos and villas to castles and treehouses, it finds the perfect accommodation for your next trip worldwide.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Patrick Andrae, Wolfgang Heigl and Nils Regge, HomeToGo employs more than 250 people and operates 43 websites in 23 countries and regions in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. The company owns the brands Tripping.com, CASAMUNDO, Wimdu,

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The world’s best hotel bars and their top cocktails



a room filled with furniture and a large window: Blu Bar is way up on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La.


© Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
Blu Bar is way up on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La.

Hotel bars are the fast track to opulence.



a dining room table: Famous Paul Ninas murals flank the curvaceous walnut-paneled room, furnished with elegant bar stools and plush banquettes.


© The Roosevelt New Orleans
Famous Paul Ninas murals flank the curvaceous walnut-paneled room, furnished with elegant bar stools and plush banquettes.

When your wallet says no to spending hundreds of dollars on a bed for the night, the price of an Old-Fashioned will let you sail past the uniformed doorman, glide through a marble-clad lobby and sink into a leather armchair beside an open fire.



a group of people in a boat on a body of water: Guests must ride a special cable car down a dramatic cliff face to arrive at this brilliantly-engineered bar, perched 46 feet above the Indian Ocean.


© Ayana Resort & Spa Bali
Guests must ride a special cable car down a dramatic cliff face to arrive at this brilliantly-engineered bar, perched 46 feet above the Indian Ocean.

Budapest-based and New York-raised travel writer Alia Akkam’s new book, “Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World’s Most Iconic Hotels,” celebrates hotel bars and their signature drinks.

While Covid-related restrictions mean that we can’t jet-set like we used to, the hospitality industry is opening back up and is in need of our support.

Most major cities have at least one grande dame hotel keen to have you back through its doors, so let this selection of edited excerpts from Akkam’s book inspire you to pay a socially distanced trip to a local hotel or to make plans for future travel adventures.

Europe

Connaught Bar, London

What to drink: Mulata Daisy (rum, lime, creme de cacao liqueur, Galliano, fennel seeds)

This Mayfair institution, at which Charles de Gaulle often lodged, telegraphs a hushed country estate; its carpeted staircase with glossy wood bannisters is a highlight. Scope out the massive art collection — peppered with pieces by greats such as Louise Bourgeois and Julian Opie.



a chair sitting in front of a store: The Drake: Rooftop views in Toronto.


© Courtesy The Drake
The Drake: Rooftop views in Toronto.

Lobby Bar at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg, Russia

What to drink: Million Red Roses (vodka, grapefruit juice, honey syrup, sparkling wine)



a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a wooden chair: Chill Bar, Six Senses Laamu


© Six Senses Laamu
Chill Bar, Six Senses Laamu

Past the Ludwig Fontana-designed, neoclassical façade of Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, the barrage of marble and gilt carries one back to tsarist 1875, when the property opened as Grand Hotel d’Europe. Dostoevsky came around often, Tchaikovsky honeymooned here and the enigmatic monk Rasputin, from behind drawn curtains, dined with politicians and paramours alike.



a large pool of water


© Rock Bar Ayana


KOLLÁZS, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, Hungary

What to drink: Smoky Forest (mezcal, blood orange, pine)

A 1906 Art Nouveau masterpiece, originally built for the Gresham Life Assurance Company by Zsigmond Quittner and József Vágó, it retains gobs of Secessionist-style features, including Zsolnay ceramic tiles, Miksa Róth-made stained glass, wrought-iron railings and peacock gates.

Americas

Sazerac Bar, Roosevelt New Orleans, Louisiana



a glass of wine sitting on top of a wooden table: KOLLÁZS is on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.


© Courtesy Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
KOLLÁZS is on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.

What to drink: Ramos Gin Fizz (gin, simple syrup, egg white, cream, soda water, lemon and lime juice)

Seymour Weiss, owner of the Roosevelt New Orleans hotel, was buddies with Huey P. Long,

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