Happy August! Now that summer is winding down, we’re thinking about back-to-school—and specifically, to college. This month, we’re talking about a new trend we’ve been seeing lately: Families taking special trips with their college-bound kids. And speaking of bonding travel, we’re also highlighting our recent retreat in Puerto Rico—including our top hosting tips. And finally, rounding out this edition is a great Q&A with Qatar Airways, which was recently honored with the distinction of “World’s Best Airline.” We hope the rest of your summer is fun and relaxing!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Watching the ball drop in Times Square is an iconic American tradition. If you’re itching for adventure, we’ve put together some less obvious but unforgettable destinations to ring in 2015.
Why not spent NYE at the top of the world? Well, almost. Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, boasts Europe’s largest celebrations on Dec 31st. Start with a thrilling helicopter ride to view the Northern Lights, nature’s own spectacular fireworks. Then head back to town where locals gather around giant bonfires throughout the city and watch fireworks light up the skies.
If city crowds are not your thing, consider welcoming the New Year with a magical night in the Kenyan bush. The celebrations kick off with an unforgettable feast in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, followed by a bonfire with Masai warriors. Wake up to a special bush breakfast the next morning and soar over the epic landscape by hot air balloon.
Celebrate New Year’s in posh style aboard the legendary Belmond British Pullman. The train, famous for its vintage carriages, departs from London’s Victoria Station at 7:30 pm. Enjoy a full evening of flowing champagne and gourmet dining, as you step back in time to a world when luxury train travel ruled. Just before midnight, the train stops at a station to welcome the New Year with a traditional Scottish piper.
NYE in the Maldives is all about luxury – for all ages. And why not start the year with some much needed pampering? This island paradise counts down to 2015 with lavish hotel celebrations, gourmet dining on the beach, festivities in the streets, and showers of brilliant fireworks.
Dubai puts on a spectacular, panoramic New Year’s Eve show and some have even dubbed this year’s fireworks display as the world’s largest. The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is the centerpiece of the pyrotechnic extravaganza at midnight. But the city goes all out with beach parties, international musical headliners (including Pharrell Williams), dance performances, and a water, light and fire show.
What a way to cross off a New Year’s resolution! This once-in-a lifetime climb atop the world’s highest freestanding mountain generates exhilaration – and bragging rights – like nothing else. And memories to last long past the New Year.