Not for lighthearted landlubbers, of course.
Europe’s first submerged restaurant has made quite a splash. Booked for more than six months out, scoring a seat at the Snøhetta-designed Under is no easy feat. But if you’re going to journey all the way to Lindesnes, Norway, to walk the gangplank and enjoy all the local produce (and, of course, wildlife) the North Atlantic has to offer, make sure you grab the best seat in the house.
In the view of Under senior architect Rune Grasdal, it’s table 30, “on the far right-hand side of the restaurant, closest to the window.” The spot provides a front-row seat to Under’s 11-foot-tall view and a welcome respite from foot traffic, as the VIP vantage point sits in the far corner of the restaurant—the farthest away from the staircase leading down to Under’s dining area.
Granted, it’s hard not to benefit from a viewing window of such magnitude, but the great minds over at Snøhetta (a.k.a. Grasdal & Co.) didn’t exactly stuff the place to the gills, either—the restaurant’s 40-person capacity effectively keeps views unobstructed. And if one oversized acrylic lens isn’t enough for you, the bar on the mezzanine level sits adjacent to a vertical window, one that runs from above to below sea level, so guests can enjoy both while sipping an after-dinner digestif.
Take the road less traveled and it could make all the difference.
Sha Wellness Clinic offers noninvasive treatments to condition your cranium.
The future of wellness has descended on the hills of Alicante, Spain. Sha Wellness Clinic, a luxury resort frequented by top athletes and high-powered executives, has launched a pair of noninvasive treatments to condition our most important, yet oft neglected, body part: the brain. Dr. Bruno Ribeiro is the neuroscientist behind the program, which aims to treat everything from anxiety to sleeplessness by accelerating the “cellular activity” in that old dome of yours.
Here’s how it works: After an assessment, Ribeiro mandates one of two cutting-edge treatments. The first, Brain Photobiomodulation, leans on new technology from NASA, with a soft, state-of-the-art helmet that sends varying infrared-light wavelengths to dormant parts of the brain to improve memory and concentration as well as physical endurance and coordination.
Pilot Hotels’ Marcy Holthus made this historic property into a luxe getaway unlike any other.
Love camping but hate nature? The Gwen Hotel has you covered.
Located in the landmark McGraw-Hill building in downtown Chicago, the hotel has launched a glamping experience that turns every hardship of camping into a luxury. It’s available only to guests of the hotel’s 16th-floor signature Gwen Luxe Suite, a two-bedroom penthouse that can only be booked by phone (call 312.645.1500 to reserve it) and features its own dining room, living room, and, most importantly, a 1,000-square-foot terrace. It is on that terrace—one of the largest in the city, with views of the Chicago River, Wrigley Building, and Magnificent Mile—where you can “rough it” with the hotel’s new Glamping Experience.
Available May to September, and starting at $4,000 per night, the experience transforms the Gwen Luxe Suite’s terrace into an al fresco wonderland. Inside a spacious Lotus Belle tent, mango wood-topped tables, hand-knitted seat cushions, an Indian braided jute rug, colorful textiles and glided quatrefoil lanterns surround a custom queen-size Black Pearl bed topped with Frette linens.
PrivateFly tallies the picks of more than 7,000 travelers to compile a top-10 list of truly stunning landing strips.
The final descent is usually one of the better parts of a flight—if only because it means the flight is just about over. But there’s another factor that can make those last few minutes before you land especially enjoyable: the scenery surrounding the runway. Prompted by that premise, the UK-based global charter broker PrivateFly recently conducted an online poll of travelers to determine the world’s top-10 scenic airport landings.
The No. 1 pick was Donegal Airport (shown at top and below), on Ireland’s rugged northwest coast. “The view is spectacular!” one of this year’s voters wrote. “Mountains on one side and beautiful rugged coastline dotted with islands and golden sandy beaches running adjacent to the runway.”
This is the third time PrivateFly has conducted such a poll. The first was in 2013, and the second was last year. Donegal Airport topped last year’s list and finished in the top 20 in the first poll.
No need to change out of your robe for these Michelin-starred meals.
After a long day of travel, you’re finally in your hotel room, TV and robe on, room service ordered. When the trolley arrives, though, it’s not the usual club sandwich or burger under that silver dome, but instead, Duck Confit Flautas, Oysters in Champagne sabayon, or yuzu cheesecake—sent straight from the kitchen of a Michelin-starred restaurant.
In recent years, “destination dining” has taken on a deeper meaning as an increasing number of hotels have become home to award-winning restaurants that draw locals and in-house guests alike. While once little more than a place for a quick breakfast or lunch meeting, many of today’s hotel restaurants are overseen by celebrity chefs and are garnering Michelin stars. In many of these cases, though, the restaurant operates as a separate entity—so the most a checked-in guest may expect in the way of perks is some help snagging a prime table or last-minute reservation.
But some hotels have started taking it to the next level, developing deeper hotel-chef partnerships in which the culinary masters oversee all aspects of hotel dining, from the lobby to the rooms. And in extra-special cases—in which, we assume, the chefs aren’t too precious about micro-managing a diner’s experience—hotel guests are even able to order dishes from the actual restaurant menu to their rooms, instead of from a separate selection of more casual fare.
Here are nine hotels where you can dine on Michelin-starred dishes without the hassle of snagging a reservation, sitting for a long meal—or even getting dressed.