Our team has been busy the last couple of months as travel demand continues to soar. Spring & summer travel is booking fast – especially for popular domestic, Caribbean and European destinations. Clients have started to set sail again. Many cruise lines have promotions ongoing at the moment- including two of our newest VIP partners: Seabourn and Azamara (promotions noted below). Our global supplier network is receiving a record volume of travel requests, so itineraries are taking longer to prepare than usual. Planning ahead gets you the best rates &
availability and patience is (as always) appreciated! Where would you like to go? Let’s get planning!
Bondi Beach Australia | Photo: Tourism Australia
At Last, Australia!
Are you ready to get your wild on again: hug a koala? Hand feed a wallaby? Cradle a wombat? Glide through rivers in a low-slung boat to watch crocodiles eat? Or swim with sea life at the Great Barrier Reef? A visit to Queensland may be just what you need to reinvigorate the spirit of travel. Australia has reopened at last and helping you figure out where and when to visit is our pleasure.
King George Falls | Photo: Tourism Australia
Once you’re in Oz, consider a stop in the state of Tasmania, this gorgeously green and rugged island is just off the country’s south shore. You can fly into the capital of Hobart, or the more adventurous can book a berth on the overnight ferry, the Spirit of Tasmania. Tasmania is a great place to rent a car and drive around -- it’s dense forests and wildlife make it a great substitute for New Zealand.
Horseshoe Falls, Mt Field National Park, Tasmania
Did we mention the luxury accommodation scene is strong, too? From top-notch lodges near the shimmering shores of Wineglass Bay in Tasmania to the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Mountains near Sydney – there are many incredible places to stay.
One&Only Wolgan Valley
Planning your visit is a priority. A trip to enormous, awesome Australia will be one of the best of your life. Let us help you figure out when and where you’ll want to visit.
We can figure out the best time for you to cross the date line and explore Australia again.
Half of the fun of exploring is sampling the local food and drink that you just can’t get in your own neck of the woods – even if you’ve only crossed state or provincial lines. Why not base your next trip in a city renowned for the quality of its quaff? Here’s a few ideas to get you thinking and drinking:
Stone Brewing Co., San Diego | Redhook Brewery, Seattle | West Coast Grocery Company, Portland
San Diego County is home to 120 microbreweries – start your craft beer crawl along the Hops Highway between Oceanside through Escondido to get you started. Prefer Seattle? Just north of the downtown, a walking tour through the Ballard neighborhood and its brewpubs will keep you busy all day.
Serious suds heads should land in Portland to discover its many makers of sours, IPAs and saisons. Or try one of British Columbia’s many ale trails, but let’s start in downtown Victoria, on Vancouver Island. This is the heart of Canada’s West Coast craft beer scene and Brewery Bay has a walkable ring of brewpubs and breweries that surround the Upper Harbor.
Lawson's Finest Liquids, Vermont | Night Shift Brewing, Boston | Brasserie Harricana, Montreal
Vermont is known as the birthplace of the New England IPA, so come and indulge in fresh air and fine beer; Boston has long been a hot spot for incredible beer – no matter what neighbourhood you’re in there’s a good brewpub waiting for you. Drive into Quebec and discover Montreal’s hip craft brews, some of the country’s top brasseur’s stock a city full of artisanal brew pubs.
Microbrews, small-batch sours, incredible IPAs, let’s find your new favorite drink.
As restrictions ease around the world, travelers are spreading their wings again. If it’s your first trip out – you’ll be surprised by what you find in airports and hotels – but one thing hasn’t changed: the thrill of exploring new destinations or revisiting familiar haunts. What has changed is how important it is to plan ahead. More so now than ever. Long-term strategizing is what we do best – and we are busier than ever helping clients find their happy places around the world.
Book a time to speak with us and ask for our advice and recent experiences in the field. You’ll be happy you made the effort and thrilled when you step out and live your best life again, whether it’s seeing old friends in favorite destinations or returning to the cities of the world that inspired you to travel in the first place.
Don’t miss out! Schedule a call to chat with us sooner rather than later.
We’ve been busy leveraging our buying power and relationships to get our clients the best possible perks! We’re excited to announce four new VIP Partnerships:
Across the pond in Italy – Palazzo Seneca in Umbria is much more than a hotel stay. You’ll be pampered in a 16th-century palace that’s been under the loving care of the Bianconi family since 1850. Restored by local artisans, this stately home welcomes you with 24 individually appointed rooms and farm-to-table cuisine. You’ll never lack things to do whether perusing ancient texts in the library, taking Umbrian cooking classes (including making pecorino cheese in the countryside!), attending a Benedictine Monk Chant or year-round truffle hunting. I
visited last July and it touched my heart. It's a truly special off the beaten path property in the Green Heart of Italy!
Park Hyatt New York
Closer to home – Park Hyatt New York is an award winning hotel in a prime location across the street from Carnegie Hall, one block from Central Park, and near MoMA and Lincoln Center. Large guest rooms inspired by well-appointed homes enjoy natural light and luxurious, spa-like bathrooms. Looking for a wellness break? Spa Nalai is the perfect retreat with its indoor saltwater swimming pool, eucalyptus steam room and a 24hr fitness center overlooking the Manhattan skyline. This is a fantastic base for a shopping trip, sampling NYC’s restaurants,
exploring museums or taking in a Broadway show! An added bonus – they are offering a 3rd night free with perks for travel through Sept 1st!
On the Water
Seabourn is luxurious, yet relaxed -elegant, yet casual - sumptuous, yet understated. Their intimate ships visit destinations worldwide, sailing to landmark cities & hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow. Their acclaimed staff offers a style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful & personal as guests sail on the World's Finest Ultra-Luxury Resort at Sea. An Insider Tip: Like caviar? Order exclusive Thomas Keller brand Regiis Ova Siberian Reserve caviar, which is sustainably produced anytime and anywhere you want on a Seabourn ship.
Azamara is award-winning cruise line known for authentic destination experiences and the friendly, club-like feeling onboard its three 700-passenger ships. Enjoy Complimentary "AzAmazing Evenings" on almost every voyage highlighting the best of local culture and cuisine in stunning settings. Perhaps it will be an evening of French wines, cuisine and music at the gorgeous Le Hall de la Bourse in Bordeaux or a garden party under the stars at Villa Rufolo on the Amalfi Coast.
Preferred Partner Offers
Here are a few of the current promotions available to Departure Lounge clients:
An exclusive offer for Departure Lounge clients as we launch our VIP partnership, book Oceanview Stateroom and above between March 14-28th 2022 and receive additional Onboard Credit for select sailings as follows: • $500 for Suites • $400 for Verandas • $300 for Ocean views This offer is combinable with the current Wave promotion of up to 30% and $500 in Onboard Credit on a wide variety of voyages sailing through May 5, 2023.
Seabourn Take your Seabourn voyage to the next level with a complimentary two-category upgrade - and a 50% lower deposit. Book now until April 4, for departures in Winter 2022 after March 1st, Summer 2022 and Fall/Winter 2023. Can life get any sweeter?
Hotel Santa Maria Novella Florence, Italy
Stay in the heart of Florence in this classically chic hotel and receive the following amenities:
• American Buffet breakfast daily • Bottle of Italian Prosecco and personalized welcome note on behalf of the Travel Agent • Meeting and Greet on Guests from the Hotel General Manager
Florence, Italy Book a stunning suite under their Suite & More Program to receive: • One free transport to or from Florence airport or train station with a luxury car,
• Early check-in, late afternoon check-out (subject to availability),
• VIP check-in with Prosecco and daily macarons or Tuscan cantuccini, San Pellegrino and Panna mineral water
•Guarantee of the best table at restaurants at Hotel Brunelleschi.
Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
• Suite Escape - $500 Resort Credit (takes the place of $100 credit, but combinable with all other amenities)
• Book & Stay Dates: Now - June 30, 2022
• Two night minimum stay
• Includes one $500 Resort Credit with a suite booking
Andaz Maui Maui, Hawaii
• 6th Night Free promotion combinable with Virtuoso amenities.
• Booking and stay dates are now through December 20, 2022 and the promotion applies to all room types – standard guestrooms, suites and luxury villas.
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Phoenix, Arizona
• An exclusive offer for Departure Lounge clients, received an additional $100 resort credit and special Welcome Amenity in addition to Virtuoso amenities.
• Booking and stay dates are now through May 15, 2022
Conrad Punta de Mita Riviera Maya, Mexico
We have special rates (40% off BAR with a 4-night minimum) exclusive to Departure Lounge clients and inclusive of preferred partner amenities:
• $100USD Resort Credit • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom • Welcome Amenity upon arrival • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability *Valid for reservation booked until March 31, 2022 for travel dates now until Dec 31, 2022. Black out dates apply.
Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve San José del Cabo, Mexico
Three amazing offers for bookings made by April 16th travel by November 30th 2022: Reserve Getaway
• Stay 4 nights and receive 25% OFF rack rate and additional daily complimentary breakfast • Stay 3 nights and receive 15% OFF rack rate and additional daily complimentary breakfast *Applicable to Ocean View Plunge Pool Rooms Upper and Ground Floor, and for Ocean View Family Rooms ONLY Reconnect Package
• 20% off rack rate • Daily breakfast for two at El Barrio • 100 USD nightly resort credit for dining and spa *Applicable to Ocean Front rooms and suites. Residences excluded Residence
• Extend your stay and enjoy the FOURTH NIGHT COMPLIMENTARY *Applicable to Residences only.
One &Only Palmilla San José del Cabo, Mexico We are grateful to our clients who have placed us among the Best Hotels & Resorts in the World, Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2022 as well as one of the Best Hotels in Mexico, U.S. News & World Report 2022! To celebrate this, will be offering a one category upgrade at time of reservation for bookings made by March 31st & travel in the month of April 2022, based on availability. VIP amenities also included.
Contact your Departure Lounge Travel Advisor now to explore the best offers.