Monthly Archives: August 2014

Porsche Adds Panache to Delta Private Jet Service

Not much can top the experience of traveling by private jet, but Delta has figured out how to make your journey even sweeter. All you have to do is fly via one of the American firm’s private jets within the U.S. and you will be transported to the main terminal or connecting flight in a Porsche Cayenne or Panamara.

“Imagine traveling from Louisville to New York via private jet to connect with a commercial flight to Munich, Germany on Delta Air Lines,” said David Sneed, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Delta Private Jets “You will be picked up in a Porsche from the fixed-base operator and transported to the main airport where you will be escorted and expedited through security by Delta agents to your connecting flight, while your luggage is taken care of for you.”

While this service is already available to Delta’s SkyMiles Diamond Medallion customers, it will soon be complimentary for Delta Private Jets Card members as well. Passengers can expect the privilege to launch in these cities: Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, J.F.K. and LaGuardia in New York, Seattle and Kentucky.

And while Porsches are undeniably cool, you might think that a Bentley or Mercedes might seem more fitting for Delta’s target audience of jet-setting elites. However, Porsche maintains that the partnership is symbolic of the harmony between the brands. “That same alignment of superior performance and daily, like-minded application, with the customer at the center,” said Andre Oosthuizen, Vice President of Marketing at Porsche Cars North America.

These connecting flight trips have also been proven to be great marketing opportunities for participating car brands. Actor Kiefer Sutherland – star of “24” – revealed on Top Gear that his decision for purchasing a Porsche Panamera was simply because he was smitten by its charm during a drive to his connecting flight with Lufthansa.

Focus: The Three Valleys Ski Resort

With over 600 km of pistes and arguably the world’s largest ski area in the form of The Three Valleys, Courchevel combines the best in skiing with unabashed glamour. The ski resort is nestled deep in the heart of the three valleys and is a reputable upscale holiday destination famous for its high quality hotels and restaurants, including a dozen Michelin star restaurants.The Three Valleys

Courchevel has some of the world’s most luxurious Alpine properties. Located around two hours by car from Geneva and Lyon International Airport, the ski resort offers the possibility of receiving helicopters and private jets on its Altiport. In the heart of Courchevel 1850, One Courchevel is offering the resort’s first fully serviced 24-hour concierge spa residences. A fantastic selection of 1-5 bedroom apartments offering the height of luxury and style.

This article was first published in Palace.

World Spa Awards 2016: Top Wellness Destinations

If like us, you are in dire need of a little TLC, let this list of winners from the 2016 World Spa Awards tempt you with their ultra-decadent offerings of treatments and facials. The overall results of the awards hint that the best spa experiences are generally found in the Middle East (nine out of 24 category wins), where modern spas continue using centuries-old techniques in their treatments.

spa-treatment-world-spa-awardsThe spa at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
© Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

Held in conjunction with the World Travel Awards last weekend, the World Spa Awards had a panel of industry leaders and travel experts converge to recognise the best spa destinations around the world. At the top of the list for world’s best signature spa treatment sits The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles for its $300 La Prairie facial. Using the Swiss line’s White Caviar Collection, the rare golden caviar extracts and liquid crystals promise even skin tone, firm and hydrated skin and glowing skin.

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Maldives unsurprisingly bagged world’s best spa destination of the year for its extensive range of luxurious spa services and restorative wellness programs (though we’re certain the unparalleled views of clear turquoise waters and pristine beaches would be restorative in itself). Like the Middle East, traditional healing techniques remain at the core of Maldivian spa treatments. Massages that use locally-extracted coconut palm tree oil and white sand have been known to reduce stress and stimulate blood circulation effectively.

Here, some of the big winners of the awards. Start taking notes:

World’s Best Hotel Spa 2016: Emirates Palace Spa (Abu Dhabi)

World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand 2016: Talise by Jumeirah

World’s Best Male Spa 2016: All-men’s Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre

World’s Best Medical Spa 2016: Lanserhof Tegernsee

World’s Best Mineral & Hot Springs Spa 2016: Spa Thermae at Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa, Italy

World’s Best New Hotel Spa 2016: The Spa at Intercontinental London – The O2

World’s Best Resort Spa 2016: Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (Dubai)

World’s Best Wellness Retreat 2016: Forte Village Resort (Italy)