Guests at two Waikiki resorts can now stay in posh new surroundings thanks to recently multimillion-dollar renovations.
The Royal Hawaiian, a Honolulu landmark for nearly 90 years thanks in great part to its pink color, has taken luxury to a new level with a makeover of the Mailani Tower. The tower has its own concierge team and also features a dedicated check-in.
Breakfast is served in a lounge for use only by Mailani Tower guests. Barista-made coffees and fruit juice mimosas accompany a menu that changes daily.
About a mile away, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the 380 rooms and suites in the 17-story Diamond Head Tower have had a $21-million refurbishment designed to incorporate a Hawaiian “sense of place” in the rooms.
Accommodations now sport a cream/mocha/sand palette and use island-inspired...Read more
The wedding ring inscriptions say it all: 5B and 5C. Those are the seats that Serbian actress Vjera Mujovic and German doctor Stefan Preis took on a Turkish Airlines flight to Mongolia a year ago.
This would be the meet-cute, if this were a Hollywood movie script. But it isn't -- it's a true-to-life travel story.
The two met on the plane, just happened to be seated together and a year later said "I do" May 6 on a Turkish Airlines commercial flight -- booked in the same seats -- from Belgrade to Istanbul. (Watch the wedding and their love story below.)
Friends and family were on board to witness the Wedding in the Clouds, as it was called. The airline provided food, violins, rose petals and a wedding cake.
"New destination wedding location: a plane! This couple even met on a plane," Yahoo Travel tweeted.
Of course Vjera and Stefan aren't the only two people who fell in love on a plane (though they may be among the few to get married on one).
Two flight attendants on an Air Canada flight...Read more
Love 'em or hate 'em, Spirit Airlines will be jumping into the L.A.-to-the-Bay Area market this fall. The no-frills (or pay-as-you-go frills) airline will start new service in November.
Spirit hopes to compete with Southwest, JetBlue, Virgin America and other carriers by operating two daily flights -- one in the morning, one in the evening -- between Los Angeles (LAX) and Oakland (OAK).
The airline calls it the "Bay to Basin" corridor.
Bare Fare and Frill Control pricing have been a mainstay of Spirit's "crazy low fares." Fees for items such as more than one small carry-on bag, seat assignments and printing out a boarding pass allow passengers to "only pay for the options they choose," in Spirit-speak.
"Your Bare Fare doesn't include refreshments -- even water -- because it costs money to stock 'em and gas to carry 'em. We have snacks and drinks for sale if you need a little somethin,'" the airline's website says in explaining its pricing.
The new service brings to 13 the number of Spirit...Read more
My recent rental car experience was like 90 miles of rough road.
When I arrived to pick up the car, there was no car, despite a reservation. I eventually got a car, but it got a flat tire, so the car was towed 70 miles so I could pick up another car. (Why it was 70 miles when there were locations nearby, I still don't know.)
When I dropped off the second car, I was overcharged. I also paid for insurance I didn't need. (Before you begin to speculate about my intelligence, I can explain.)
To help make sense of my experience, I spoke with my friend Lily La (no relation to me), who spent two years working at a national car rental company. With her help, here are some pearls of car rental wisdom:
Don't assume you'll pick up your car swiftly and go. Even though I made a reservation, there was no car waiting for me when I arrived. (This "Seinfeld" clip sums up the situation well.)
An employee drove me to another location to pick up the car. From the roundabout route, I suspect he...Read more
Fashionistas, you might want to get on a plane this summer to take in these five museum shows that amplify how fashion and design can transform and elevate.
The big Metropolitan Museum of Art show in New York City that explores China's influence on the West in material ways is a good place to start.
The multi-level exhibition dazzles by flipping back and forth between ancient robes side by side with modern haute couture creations. It's mesmerizing — equal parts exotic, extreme (the stunning gold lamé evening gown) and inspiring.
1. China is the inspiration for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's fashion exhibition that runs through Aug. 16. The collaboration with the Costume Institute is called "China: Through the Looking Glass."
The show looks at the profound and exotic effect the country has had on fashion designers such as Yves St Laurent, Coco Chanel, designer John Galliano and others.
The accent here is on ancient robes, films, porcelain, art objects — and their adaptations in the hands...Read more