THE ETHOS that guides those who are permanently fit — other than staying permanently fit — is that working out is a luxury, not a chore. High-end hotels have started applying that philosophy in a literal way, with unique training regimens that allow you to train with shamans on the Adriatic Sea or prepare like an extra in 300 at a minimalist Miami Beach lodge. It seems the more exotic the location and the stranger the amenity, the bigger the adrenaline charge. Here are five spots where fitness junkies can take a break from vacation.
THE CITY of Baguio blooms in February when it holds its annual flower festival, the Panagbenga — a Kankanaey term which means “a season of blossoming, a time for flowering.” Locals and tourists gather in the streets to view the vibrant, colorful parade of street dances and floats decorated with every flower the region has to offer. Continue reading “The flowers of Panagbenga”
By Zsarlene B. Chua
In hopes of attracting more investment in the tourism sector, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has finally put into place the Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) model which an executive described as a “paradigm shift in how we approach development towards tourism industry.”
EARLY LAST MONTH, Qatar Airways took the prize for longest airline route when it debuted its 17-hour, 30-minute flight between Auckland and Doha. Not to be outdone, Qantas has announced plans to begin flying a 9,000-mile nonstop between Perth and London in 2018, and Singapore is eyeing a relaunch of its nonstop Newark-Singapore route, which will take just under 19 hours. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
By Maxwell Williams, Bloomberg
For Hollywood royalty, Sunset Tower Hotel is the place to escape. The art deco building, located on the Sunset Strip, is both glamorous and comfortable, marrying showbiz glitz with a warm, cozy vibe. Plus, the doormen put umbrellas in the paparazzi’s faces.