These new flights go directly from the Azores to the Algarve

The two extraordinary Portuguese regions of the Azores and Algarve are now closer, with a new direct flight between Ponta Delgada and Faro provided by Azores Airlines.

Azores Airlines launched a direct connection flying between Ponta Delgada and Faro three times a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with departures from Ponta Delgada at 9 a.m. and arriving in Faro at 12:25 p.m.

In the opposite direction, flights depart from Faro at 1:25 PM and arrive in Ponta Delgada at 3:05 PM. The schedules provide conditions for connections via Ponta Delgada to the U.S., and booking can be made through the various Azores Airlines channels.

A luxury adult hotel in a Mexican mangrove opens soon

Marriott International and Playa Hotels & Resorts will work together to expand The Luxury Collection brand in the Mexican Caribbean, with Paraiso de la Bonita, a Luxury Collection Adult All-Inclusive Resort, Riviera Maya.

Set to open in late 2024, the resort will be situated on 14 acres tucked between a mangrove reserve and the Mexican Caribbean.

The property is located in Puerto Morelos, a picturesque fishermen village, which is just 20 minutes away from Cancun International Airport, yet a world apart from the popular and bustling tourist spots nearby.

The resort is anticipated to feature 100 oversized, stylish oceanfront suites, as well as an array of amenities, including an expansive 22,000 sq. foot spa.

Highlights of Paraiso de la Bonita

In line with the brand’s commitment to showcase local gastronomy and provide unique, locally inspired dining experiences, the resort is anticipated to have three restaurants, including one with a 5,000-bottle cellar, as well as a sushi and ceviche bar.

To provide an even more exclusive experience, there will be a separate building within the property that will act as a “resort within the resort” with 10 suites with private plunge pools and beach access, an intimate exclusive pool, and two dedicated restaurants with a private chef.

With this signing, Marriott International continues its expansion path in the Caribbean and Latin America and solidifies its position as a key player in the hospitality industry by redefining the all-inclusive luxury segment.

Hyatt is bringing new luxury hot spring brand ATONA to Japan

Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Kiraku, Inc. are opening properties in Yufu, Yakushima, and Hakone under the modern hot spring ryokan (Japanese-style inn) brand, ATONA.

The ATONA brand was announced in 2022 under a joint venture between a Hyatt affiliate and Kiraku, a Japanese company dedicated to preserving valuable assets for future generations. The first ATONA ryokans are slated to open in 2026 across some of Japan’s top hot spring destinations and areas of natural beauty.

“Hyatt is a leading global hospitality company that is synonymous with elevated contemporary luxury. Aside from reaching valuable guests through World of Hyatt, the industry’s fastest growing loyalty program, this collaboration enables us to leverage Hyatt’s global expertise to deliver high operational efficiency and exceptional guest experience and focus on long-term capital appreciation and substantial investor returns,” said Kou Sundberg, founder and chief executive officer of Kiraku. “We are delighted to have identified prime locations for the first ATONA ryokans and successfully secured funding for the Atona Impact Fund. Having already partnered with Takenaka Corporation to restore a heritage sake brewery in Nagano, we are excited to expand our collaboration with more regional revitalization projects.”

“Through the ATONA brand, we look forward to introducing Japan’s hot springs and new destinations to our World of Hyatt members, and international and domestic travellers alike. With Kiraku’s expertise in deal sourcing, asset management and business development, the ATONA brand is poised to meet the rising demand for high-end ryokans,” said Sam Sakamura, Hyatt’s vice-president, Japan and Micronesia. “At Hyatt, we believe business is personal. We are excited to work with Kiraku and are grateful for the trust from Takenaka Corporation, with whom we have nurtured a long-standing relationship through various global projects, as we introduce fresh hospitality experiences to Japan.”

According to this survey, Canadians are spending large this summer

Sky-high costs and ongoing economic pressures aren’t dampening the mood this summer season.

According to the 2024 summer travel outlook: Canadian destinations in the spotlight, Canadians are eagerly making travel plans and are ready to get away and make up for missed travel time.

Overall, consumers plan to spend an average of $2,405 on transportation and lodging costs for their major summer trip, with three in four (74 per cent) planning to stay in the country and experience the very best it has to offer.

Canadian travel trends revealed

The report explores the travel trends of Canadians as they prepare for the summer travel season, and their impact on the tourism sector in Canada. Some of the key findings include:

  • Travellers from Central Canada (Ontario and Quebec) will spend more than those from the rest of the country ($2,459 on average).
  • Around three in four Canadians (74%) plan to stay in the country for their big summer vacation—and most plan to stay within their home region rather than make long treks.
  • The ‘shop small and local’ trend continues to shape tourism across Canada: Canadians want to support local, independent, and family-owned businesses (79%) rather than chains, multinationals, big box retailers, and large corporations (21%).
  • Prince Edward Island is expected to see the largest share of visitors from outside its region, with 78 per cent of its visitors coming from Central or Western/Northern Canada.

Canadians crave Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) travel experiences, such as cultural workshops and traditional lodgings. The report shows Indigenous-owned and -operated tourism is gaining traction, driving opportunities for Indigenous tourism businesses and communities.

Fifty-seven per cent of Canadians are likely to take part in those experiences in the future, Gen Zs (75%) and Millennials (68%) being the most eager to participate. Indigenous tourism organizations would benefit from partnering with national and provincial governments to raise further awareness and offer new experiences to travellers.

Gen Z spending the least on trips

While Gen Xs plan to spend the most on travel this year ($2,671), Gen Zs intend to spend the least ($2,100). The report also shows Gen Zs and Millennials are the biggest fans of sustainable and regenerative tourism, saying it’s important that their travel destinations and experiences demonstrate environmental sustainability in some form, such as low carbon footprints, renewable energy sources, and EV charging stations.

They are the most willing to participate in such travel experiences, and the most willing to pay for them.

“The demand for sustainable and regenerative travel is gaining momentum, but not all Canadians are willing to pay the price to help leave a place better than they found it,” adds Leslie Peterson. “Tourism businesses that can overcome greenwashing-related skepticism and explain the lasting value of sustainable travel by backing up claims with facts will foster trust in eco-friendly tourism offerings and position themselves at the leading edge of this burgeoning trend.”

Learn more about the 2024 Canadian Summer Travel Outlook here.

Four Seasons Private Jet shows off six more itineraries

Four Seasons has added another six itineraries to its lineup of 2026 Private Jet Journeys, offering discerning travellers new opportunities to explore the world’s most intriguing destinations.

These immersive itineraries go beyond onboard jet travel and luxury accommodations, encompassing bespoke local experiences from bold culinary to wellness offerings plus cultural and adventure expeditions. Delivered by a dedicated concierge, journey team, and local experts, these transformative travel experiences are designed to inspire.

African Wonders – December 29, 2025 to January 10, 2026 (13 Days) 
Set off on a family-friendly journey that combines some of the most interesting destinations in the region featuring majestic wildlife experiences, historical treasures, and natural wonders. Locations include Athens, The Pyramids, Serengeti, MauritiusRwandaVictoria Falls, and Johannesburg. Price: USD 159,000 per person

Asia Unveiled – January 14 to 29, 2026 and March 28 to April 12, 2026 (16 Days)
Discover seven timeless destinations in Asia, starting with Japan’s eclectic capital and journey through ancient world wonders, dynamic cities, and idyllic islands. Locations include TokyoBaliAngkor Wat, Hoi An, BhutanMaldivesand BangkokPre/post trip stay options in Kyoto and Thailand are available to guests wishing to extend their trip. Price: USD 159,000 per person

Timeless Encounters – February 2 to 23, 2026 (22 Days)
Experience an around-the-world favourite featuring nature havens, city escapes, and a day stop at the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s iconic wonders. Locations include Kona, Bora BoraSydney, BaliChiang Mai or Chiang Rai, Taj Mahal, DubaiPrague, and LondonPrice: USD 224,000 per person

Ancient Explorer – March 4 to 26, 2026 (23 Days)
Experience an around-the-world adventure across legendary wonders of the world, featuring stops in UNESCO Heritage Sites along the way. Locations: MiamiMexico CityEaster IslandBora Bora, Great Barrier Reef, BangkokAmman and the Lost City of Petra, Taormina, and MadridPrice: USD 229,000 per person

International Intrigue – April 14 to May 04, 2026 (21 Days)
This around-the-world journey deserves a spot on everyone’s wish list, offering the perfect balance of remote island paradises, vibrant cultural capitals, and the vast African savannah. Locations include SeattleKyotoHoi AnMaldives, Serengeti, Marrakech, Florence, and ParisPrice: USD 219,000 per person

To find out more and to start planning a Four Seasons Private Jet Experience, click here or email the jet experience team.

A gorgeous adults-only, all-inclusive hotel opened in Ibiza

 TRS Ibiza Hotel is the first adults-only all-inclusive retreat in Ibiza. Nestled in the heart of the enchanting Balearic Islands the hotel stands as a beacon of extravagance, tranquility, and sophistication.

Combining breathtaking natural beauty with world-class amenities, TRS Ibiza Hotel has earned its reputation as the ultimate destination for those seeking a refined and unforgettable escape. The hotel’s lavish accommodations blend contemporary design with traditional Ibicenco architecture, creating an ambiance of refined elegance, quality and comfort.

Beyond its picturesque setting, TRS Ibiza Hotel sets itself apart with its unparalleled all-inclusive offering. From the moment guests book their stay, the dedicated guest service teams are available to personalize their stay to fit their every need. The service team is there to assist guests in making requests, reservations, and inquiries. 

The Signature Level

As the premier adults-only and all-inclusive escape in the heart of the Balearics, TRS Ibiza Hotel offers “The Signature Level” a range of exclusive benefits to enhance the all-inclusive experience:

  • Dine Out: Guests can savor exclusive menus in a wide selection of Ibiza’s top-rated restaurants. Some of those include; 
    • TATEL Ibiza (Spanish cuisine) 
    • El Beach Club de Ushuaia in the Ibiza Beach Hotel (Mediterranean cuisine) 
    • Club Náutico de San Antonio (Spanish cuisine)
  • eButler Service: The eButler service at TRS Ibiza Hotel is a personalized concierge service where guests can make requests, reservations, and inquiries easier and quicker. 
  • Access to selected events at renowned venues such as Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, and the H Ibiza club.

In addition, the Signature Level includes access to five different pools, including Gravity, an infinity pool with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. They will also enjoy access to The Spa & Wellness centre, Zentropia, turn-down service, and a list of exclusive cocktails and complimentary minibar restocks. 

All-inclusive dining awaits

Guests are invited to indulge in an array of culinary delights and entertainment. With 3 à la carte restaurants and five bars showcasing a fusion of global cuisines and innovative culinary creations, every meal is an exquisite journey for the senses.

The hotel’s signature steakhouse, Gaucho, offers traditional steakhouse cuisine prepared with techniques of the past and present. Fresh and contemporary dishes are served at Helios, TRS Ibiza Hotel’s Mediterranean inspired restaurant whose subtle Asian touch makes the experience unique.

Capricho offers a wide range of excellent international dishes which are presented in a stylish cooking show with outdoor seating. 

Gravity Sky Lounge at TRS Ibiza Hotel is a rooftop bar that offers an exclusive experience for lovers of the famous Ibizan sunset. Here, guests can indulge in stunning views over the bay of San Antonio while savoring a curated menu of signature cocktails and enjoying diverse styles of live music.

Additionally, guests can enjoy a variety of activities, including daily yoga, pilates, and Zumba classes as well as poolside DJ sessions, ensuring there’s something for every discerning traveler. This season, TRS Ibiza Hotel will host several musical and artistic performances. A resident DJ will liven up the days at the Gaia pool with disco/house music. The CHIC Cabaret Sunset Edition evenings will be launched every Thursday from the end of June, offering a captivating atmosphere during sunsets, transporting guests into the magical world of cabaret, followed by a memorable show at sunset.

At TRS Ibiza Hotel, every detail is tailored to provide a five-star experience: from modern rooms and suites with whirlpool tubs to exceptional dining options, vibrant bars, and a diverse range of activities.

Whether it’s arranging bespoke excursions, organizing romantic dinners under the stars, or simply anticipating guests’ every need, the dedicated team goes above and beyond to ensure a truly memorable stay.

New route lets you finally fly from Calgary to Iceland

The WestJet Group today celebrated the takeoff of its highly anticipated service between Calgary and Reykjavik (Keflavik).

The exclusive service, linking the Group’s global hub in Calgary to Iceland, not only bolsters the airline’s efforts to enhance YYC Calgary International Airport’s connectivity but reinforces the city’s standing as the best connected mid-sized city in North America.

WestJet’s service to Reykjavik (Keflavik) will be propelled by its growing 737 MAX fleet, operating four times weekly through to Oct.13, 2024.

As WestJet executes upon its growth strategy, delivering an expansive network of convenient domestic connections into its global hub in Calgary, WestJet’s impressive European network, is made easily accessible for Canadians across the country.

With the inclusion of Iceland to its network, guests travelling from or through Calgary will gain access to seven transatlantic connections via WestJet’s network this summer.

For full details on WestJet’s service between Calgary and Europe, visit has a new program that lets you browse top 1% has unveiled “Perfect Somewheres” 2024, a first-of-its-kind program celebrating a selection of the top 1% of hotels on the app.

Unlike other travel awards, Perfect Somewheres are based on a data-driven approach evaluating how hotels treat guests, with nearly 200 American hotels recognized on the list. Winning hotels were selected based on proprietary guest experience data, which factors in traveler reviews, interactions with staff and ratings on property facilities, and condition.

Select winning hotels are VIP Access partners, meaning they offer additional perks to members to elevate traveler stays.

Travellers should use this curated list as the go-to authority when searching for the best possible hotel experience.

“Perfect Somewheres 2024 recognizes the hotel industry’s creme de la creme,” said Expedia Group’s SVP of global communications, Lauri Metrose. “Most programs use only reviews, or focus solely on luxury — our new awards program spotlights hotels that craft extraordinary experiences and elevate the travel journey for our guests, regardless of the number of stars. This program fuels a powerful partnership: We showcase our partners’ excellence, and together, we connect travellers with their perfect somewhere. We look forward to these awards becoming a benchmark for excellence in hospitality.”

Narrowing down the choice

Research conducted by found that more than half (55%) of travellers admit to suffering from “vacation choice paralysis,” caused by too many options when deciding where to stay.

A quarter (27%) spend more than 10 hours researching which hotel to stay at, and 28% have given up altogether due to how time-consuming it became.’s awards aim to solve this issue for travelers.

Almost half (49%) of travelers are more likely, now than ever before, to use a credible hotel-grading program to source their stays. This list from the top 1% of properties acts as a one-stop shop for’s best properties across the globe.

Standout stays for 2024

From hidden gems to world-renowned destinations, these hotels are just a few properties representing the 700 that display the pinnacle of hospitality excellence across the globe in 2024:

Hotel Chapter Roma in Rome, Italy takes service above and beyond. The hotel offers services like a bespoke night out hosted by a nightlight editor, local market trips and dietary-friendly cooking lessons with their executive chef. Their services establish the hotel as an essential part of a guest’s experience in Rome, even upon return visits.

The Palmaïa House of Aïa in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico takes every angle of wellness into account at this all-inclusive retreat, including custom built nutrition plans, breath work classes, sauna/ice bath contrast therapy, yoga and meditation classes, energy healing and reiki, and an onsite shaman for ceremonies and spiritual wellness.

Four Seasons Resort Koh Sumai in Koh Sumai, Thailand not only is set to be one of the filming locations for the newest season of “”The White Lotus, but this hotel’s beautiful beaches are about to be a prime destination for set-jetters. The hotel offers every kind of beach activity and provides easy access to nearby diving reefs.

Hotel das Cataratas in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil with the perfect view as it is the only hotel within the Iguaza Falls National Park. While all other park visitors must adhere to the strict 9-5 opening hours, hotel guests get up to six additional hours of freedom to explore as well as private views of the falls from the property.

Ohla Barcelona in the historical center of Barcelona, Spain has an experience team that contacts guests before their arrival to offer them a menu of sheets, pillows of varying firmness, and bedding scents for free. Additional services include a bath butler and personal shopper.

Fingal – A Luxury Floating Hotel, located on Edinburgh’s waterfront in Scotland, this former lighthouse tender is now a 22-cabin boutique floating hotel. Its renovations have preserved historical design details from 1963, making it a destination for vessel-heads.

The Prospect Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, United States, where each Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed room was inspired by the property’s Hollywood history and former neighborhood residents. Bullard brings each room to new life with a Hollywood Regency foundation incorporating custom furnishings and vintage accents.

To book or browse the full list of Perfect Somewheres, click here.

Four Seasons Toronto shows off newly-refurbished suites

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto announces the completion of an extensive, multimillion dollar guest room renovation, enhancing the luxury experience for its guests from around the world.

With a focus on elevating comfort, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, the redesign encompasses all 259 guest rooms including 42 suites within the hotel.

The importance of maintaining the Hotel’s distinct architectural character was paramount, and the refresh introduced many enhancements while respecting the existing design framework. Every aspect of the rooms and suites has been meticulously reconsidered, from carpets to furnishings, lighting to artwork. All furniture has been designed and manufactured in Canada, utilizing local artisans and fabrics throughout the rooms.

Thoughtful guest amenities

Adding to the allure of the newly redesigned spaces are several thoughtful additions.

Guests now enjoy programmable temperature control kettles by Corvo, Nespresso machines, press steamers in every room, and exclusive wine labels sourced from the nearby Niagara wine region.

Technological upgrades include a new dimmable, LED and energy efficient Lutron lighting system, automated drapes, and increased power outlets throughout the rooms. Wireless chargers are available at each nightstand, ensuring convenience and connectivity for modern travellers.

In the suites, guests may enjoy a seasonally updated Manhattan cocktail kit featuring house made ingredients including infused Canadian Rye, vermouth and bitters curated by our Four Seasons mixologists with the flavours of the season.  

In addition to the guest rooms and suites, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto has previously renovated public spaces ensuring a cohesive and seamlessly updated guest experience throughout the property. With the completion of this renovation project, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto reaffirms its commitment to providing unparalleled luxury and hospitality, inviting guests to indulge in a refined retreat amid the vibrant heart of Toronto.

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is offering up to CAD 400 per stay in Hotel credit with the Experience More package. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit

Hyatt is opening more than 30 hotels in Latin America

World of Hyatt guests and members will soon have more than 30 new hotels to consider in Latin America & the Caribbean.

Through 2027, Hyatt is committed to expanding its brand presence in new and exciting destinations throughout the region.

The Destination by Hyatt brand is a diverse collection of independent hotels, resorts and residences that offers one-of-a-kind experiences around the globe with stays that are authentic to their destination.

The brand is expanding its footprint in Latin America & the Caribbean with the introduction of properties in two new markets:

  • The Legend Paracas Resort (Peru, expected to open in summer 2024): The resort, located on the coast of Peru about three hours south of Lima, is expected to join the Destination by Hyatt brand this summer amid a phased enhancement project focused on elevating guestrooms and common areas. Guests will have endless opportunities to discover the Paracas Natural Reserve or Paracas Bay with a range of curated experiences such as kayaking, paddleboarding, sandboarding, and more.
  • Cas En Bas Beach Resort (St. Lucia, expected to open in early 2025): Nestled on the northern tip of St. Lucia, and idyllically situated between two 18-hole championship golf courses and a stunning white sand beach, the resort will provide a secluded, elevated luxury escape. The resort is expected to open in early 2025 with contemporary residential-style studios, and one- and two-bedroom suites.

With 10 all-inclusive brands providing endless hospitality through well-appointed accommodations, exceptional service, gourmet a la carte dining, and thoughtful touches, Hyatt’s Inclusive Collection portfolio continues to expand in new and existing destinations throughout Mexico and the Caribbean in 2023 and 2024.

New hotels coming soon

Dreams Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino adults-only expansion (expected to debut 2024): Expected to debut on July 1, Dreams Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino will open an all-new adult-only preferred club section to complement the existing family-friendly offerings. The 53 modern-designed standalone units, titled ‘IL MARE’, embrace next-generation architecture with modern interior design to create a first-of-its-kind luxury beachfront experience overlooking Piscadera Bay, with amenities such as thoughtfully appointed custom crafted furniture, a bathroom with two vanities, an indoor sitting area, and an oversized oceanfront terrace with direct beach access.

Dreams Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort family-friendly expansion (expected to open in summer 2024): Located adjacent to the existing Dreams Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort, this new section will add 58 additional rooms, a new restaurant, and three new pools, including a dedicated pool for children with a pirate ship, a pool with water slides, and an adults-only pool.

Dreams Sapphire Resort & Spa family-friendly expansion (expected to open in 2024): The new expansion of this resort will add new private luxury villas and a new event space, dining experiences and separate building that will feature a rooftop with breathtaking views, a bar, sushi bar, infinity pool and venue to host memorable weddings, along with premium room categories.

Secrets Playa Esmeralda Punta Cana (expected to open in 2024): Designed with the adults-only concept in mind, this intimate resort will feature nine gourmet dining options, including six à la carte restaurants, a buffet, a cafe, a grill by the pool, beach, and a private lounge for Preferred Club guests.

Dreams Playa Esmeralda Punta Cana (expected to open in 2024): The family-friendly resort will offer nine restaurants, three snack bars, an ice cream parlor as well as its own Preferred Club lounge, an Explorer’s Club for Kids with activities for children ages 3-12, a Core Zone Teens Club with entertainment for teens ages 13-17, and a water park.

Secrets Baby Beach Aruba (expected to open in 2025): This adults-only resort will mark Hyatt’s Inclusive Collection debut to the island of Aruba. Situated alongside Baby Beach, a popular white-sand lagoon in the southern part of the island close to San Nicolas, this new resort will boast architecture that blends with the landscape, offering stunning views of the region.

Secrets St. Lucia Resort & Spa (expected to open in 2025): Just minutes from the world-class Rodney Bay Marina, Cap Estate Golf Course, and capital city of Castries, guests will enjoy a stunning view of dramatically tapered mountains, volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, fishing village and more at this new adults-only property.

Breathless Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (expected to open in 2025): Situated in a secluded zone just 10 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, the resort will be a prime destination for adults-only guests, featuring impressive amenities, including four swimming pools, a scenic rooftop with picturesque views, a variety of culinary options and more.

For more information, visit