Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire. Today (June 17, 2019): Top 10 best airlines in North America. Which airline in North America is the most trustworthy? The answer to this question is likely to resonate among travelers planning their travels to/from or within North America if they have a choice of airlines. Every week, it seems a company, magazine or media organization claims it has the definitive list of the best and worst airlines using its own, sometimes questionable methodology. One of the more trusted surveys is published by SkyTrax, with Air Canada topping this list. Looking at North America, here’s a list of my 10 favorite airlines based on my own observations (I’ve flown them all on multiple occasions) and my own quality measures (e.g. onboard product, customer service, safety, route network and fleet). What’s your favorite airline in North America? Take my poll below or leave a comment. This slideshow requires … [Read more...] about Top 10 best airlines in North America
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The world's best airport has just unveiled a huge 135,700sqm lifestyle hub that's connecting all of its terminals. Jewel at Singapore Changi Airport features hundreds of shops, restaurants, a forest and the world's tallest indoor waterfall - all spread over ten storeys. The huge complex is open to pre-registered members of the public for the first time for a preview today, and will officially open from April 17. It's designed by architect Moshe Safdie, who also designed the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. According to Hung Jean, CEO of Jewel Changi Airport Development, the vision behind the project is a place where "the world meets Singapore and Singapore meets the world". Indeed, Jewel is situated right next to the ATC Tower at Singapore, flanked on three sides by Terminals 1, 2 and 3. There are Skytrains that take passengers to and even through Jewel from the terminals but it's also walkable. But while Jewel is at the heart of Singapore Airport, it's actually on … [Read more...] about First look inside Singapore Changi Airport’s Jewel – the £951m hub with 280 shops, an indoor forest and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall
The mezzo-soprano recommends Kansas City’s best speakeasy and recalls a bizarre trip involving a night bus and a chicken. I spend more time on tour than I do at home It’s pretty tiring but you get to visit so many places in such quick succession. Last year I toured for 10 months: in three weeks we visited Shanghai, Beijing, Macau, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and Abu Dhabi. I almost passed out while gorilla-trekking in Rwanda We managed to get 6ft away from a huge silverback. He climbed up right beside us and loomed over us to prove his dominance. I didn’t breathe for about 10 minutes, honestly. You can’t beat Santa Fe in winter Slightly north of the city is Ojo Caliente, which has hot sulphur springs. There’s nothing better than lighting a fire and retiring to an outside hammock, having spent all evening soaking under the starry night sky. When not relaxing in a hammock, I like to book a casita at the Four Seasons in Santa Fe. I’ve learnt to keep … [Read more...] about ‘It’s unrivalled’: Opera singer Joyce DiDonato on why London is the world’s best city for classical music
I was 25 years old the first time I experienced flying business class and I would be lying if I told you that I knew exactly what I was doing! Fast forward 7 years and I like to think that I’ve learnt a few things along the way! Not everyone is a seasoned pro! This is very true…my first long-haul business class flight was 6,910 miles away to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lucky for me my colleagues had flown out a day earlier so there was no one I knew on the flight that I cared enough about to embarrass myself in front of. The flight itself was 13 hours 45 minutes long and included a brief stop in Sao Paulo. That’s a long time to be playing around with the buttons and remote control and still not work out how to convert your seat into a bed! Yes that’s correct….the most I managed was 120 degrees otherwise known as a casual putting up of the feet. If I could turn the clock back, I would tell my younger looking self that it IS OK to press the call … [Read more...] about 10 Things About Flying Business Class!
Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review. Last summer, I enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Singapore and the Indonesian islands of Java & Bali. You can read my reviews here: Review: Singapore Airlines A380 new First Class suite London to Singapore Review: Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Singapore) Review: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay Review: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan Review: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud (Bali) Review: Amanjiwo, Borobudur (Java) Review: Amandari, Ubud (Bali) Review: Amankila (Bali) Review: Banyan Tree Ungasan, Uluwatu (Bali) Review: Bulgari Bali Resort (Bali) Review: Anantara Uluwatu (Bali) Review: Singapore Airlines B787 Dreamliner Business Class Bali to Singapore Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class Singapore to London Today (January 16, 2019): Review of Singapore Airlines’ A380 (old) Business Class from … [Read more...] about Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class from Singapore to London