On September 28, 2012answered the question:If you’re longing to say aloha to Hawaii, a great way to get to there is to reserve your own private jet from NetJets. The service gives you fractional ownership of a plane, and provides you with access to a fleet of more than 800 aircraft ready for take off in as little as four hours. Skip the two-and-a-half-hour wait at the airport and get to the Aloha State faster in one of three sizes of jets: light, mid-size and large cabin, which can accommodate seven to 14 passengers. Whether you’re meeting clients on business or taking a romantic getaway, you’ll appreciate the spacious leg room, modern décor, top-notch flight attendants and in-flight cuisine worthy of a Five-Star restaurant. In fact, why don’t you drift off to dreamland with an ultra-soft blanket? When you wake up, you’ll be in paradise (and you can use that time you saved to hit the beach).
On September 6, 2012answered the question:If you're looking to charter a private jet, there are a some private aviation companies, such as NetJets, that have made that process quick and easy. The company even gives you the chance to become a fractional owner of the jet. Through NetJets, you can purchase an undivided interest in a specific aircraft; the size of your share is proportional to how many hours you fly in a year. The smallest share you can purchase is a 1/16 interest (about 50 hours of annual airtime), but whether you go in big or small, you’ll have access to a fleet of more than 800 planes around the world. Taking a solo business trip to Europe? Request the compact Cessna Citation Bravo. Bringing your whole family on a Florida vacation? Book the 14-passenger Gulfstream V.
If you’re a frequent traveler wanting to have a plane available for last-minute trips, fractional ownership with NetJets could be a good fit; the company can have a personal jet ready and waiting with as little as four to 10 hours’ notice. And because NetJets coordinates your pilot and crew, handles jet maintenance and enforces rigorous safety standards, you don’t have to worry about any of the details of jet ownership — you can just sit back and enjoy the flight.
On August 30, 2012answered the question:When you fly with NetJets, don’t expect the typical peanuts and sodas. Refreshments served on your NetJets private jet are top-notch, with seasonally changing wines, more than 20 varieties of snacks and artisanal dishes worthy of a Five-Star restaurant. In June 2011, NetJets started rolling out a new in-flight menu sourcing the highest quality and freshest ingredients from caterers across the country. The new menu features a new take on classic crab, smoked salmon, chicken and beef dishes, plus some new options, including an artisanal cheese tray with accouterments like grapes and nuts, a Mezze plate filled with goodies like olives and hummus and a seafood tray loaded with shrimp and three dipping sauces.
Just want a little snack to tide you over until you land? Not a problem. NetJets also added new snacks to its menu last June, including gourmet treats from Dean & Deluca like hickory-smoked almonds, jelly beans, a cranberry nut mix and blueberry-pomegranate crunch mix. There are also granola bars from Mareblu Naturals and Clif as well as sinful chocolate chip cookies from New England Naturals. And don’t worry: NetJets kept all-time favorites like Pringles, Oreos and Tootsie Rolls on the snack list.
What would a private jet ride be without a little bubbly? NetJets wines are provided by Zachys — they change every season — with a variety of reds, whites and champagne from classic labels like Moët & Chandon. So go ahead: sit back and relax while you fly. You’ll arrive at your destination so quickly, you may not even finish that snack.
On July 16, 2012answered the question:While some cities require stepping off the well-worn path to try something new, Cuzco is best experienced by sticking to the classic attractions—they're famous for a reason. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks on what to see to get the most out of your stay.
1. Machu Picchu. Though a separate destination reached by train, the real reason so many people find themselves in Cuzco is the opportunity to see Machu Piccu, South America's crown jewel of Incan structures and stunning natural views. While it's been swamped with tourists ever since its “discovery” in 1911 (indigenous people in the region knew of its existence), it's one of those few spots on the planet where the experience is going to outlive the hype in your mind. Do not miss the opportunity, but make travel arrangements with a tour group before arriving in Cuzco, since daily visitor limits are strictly enforced.
2. Qorikancha. Even for tourists on the fence about exploring ruins, this is an awe-inspiring experience. Formerly the finest temple in the Inca empire, the remains today serve as the base of a colonial church, doing double duty as both an impressive Incan stonework relic and an educational tool for visitors who want to understand more about the history of the city.
3. La Cathedral. Both a religious space and the home of the most extensive collection of colonial art in Cuzco, this is a formidable building that will make an impression on visitors. Construction for this structure began in 1559 and took nearly a century to complete.
4. Planetarium Cuzco. By focusing on how the Andean people understand the skies, this venue offers something different from your typical planetarium. The emphasis here is on the local culture’s interpretations of the constellations. It’s a fascinating and a fun experience that’s best followed by some actual stargazing in the startlingly clear Andean night sky.
5. Moray. For fit travelers who don't mind a bit of a hike to get to their destination, these spectacular spiral ruins—best viewed from up above but equally impressive from the center—are definitely worth the trip.
On July 8, 2012answered the question:A number of hotels and resorts on the island have suitable spas, though there are two that stand head and shoulders above the rest. When you’re in market for a relaxing treatment, head to Willow Stream at the Southampton Princess or Sense Spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa.
With 20 treatment rooms, lavish locker and relaxation rooms, steam and sauna, a dedicated indoor/outdoor pool, 2 outside whirlpools with ocean views, an expansive fitness center, and a tantalizing menu of traditional as well as innovative spa treatments, you’ll find it tempting to spend a lot of island time at Willow Stream at the Southampton Princess.
The Sense Spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa is a soothing mid-size spa that provides a quiet respite with a menu of enchanting treatment “journeys.” Upon arrival try the “Bermuda Triangle,” starting with a unique and invigorating TAG shower experience, an aloe massage, followed by a refreshing citrus facial – all designed to thoughtfully counteract any jet lag symptoms.
On July 8, 2012answered the question:While each visitor has his or her own predilections and vices, there are some clear favorites in the sought-after souvenir and duty-free department, ranging from Cuban cigars in every shape, size and tobacco wrapper known, a brilliant array of colorful plaid and solid Bermuda shorts, a plentitude of quality china, crystal and linen tableware, and of course a copious inventory of duty-free liquor choices (each U.S. citizen may bring up to 2 liters per person into the US), including Bermuda’s own famous Gosling Black Seal Rum.
On July 8, 2012answered the question:Between the rum, fresh seafood and tasty desserts, there’s a lot Bermuda has to offer food lovers. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for five Bermuda food experiences you simply should not miss:
1. Sip a Swizzle. No dyed-in-the-wool rum-loving visitor should ever depart the island without dropping by the Swizzle Inn for its famous namesake cocktail “Swizzle” (dark rum mixed with sugar and fruit juices) or the even more enticing “Dark & Stormy” (dark rum and ginger beer).
2. Grab a bowl of Bermuda fish chowder. Head to Tom Moore’s Tavern, a charming landmark restaurant known for its classic French and Italian cuisine served alongside fresh seafood specialties. Order a bowl of the traditional Bermuda fish chowder — it’s a Bermuda staple. This is a spicy and thick dish that is often served with rum and sherry pepper sauce. It is made of salt pork, fish, onions, herbs and tomatoes.
3. Snack on a Cassava pie. This authentic recipe dates back to the 1600’s and is made with chicken, pork, eggs, cassava and sometimes brandy. It is meaty, but sweet and you can eat it any time of day.
4. Get a scoop of homemade ice cream. Be sure to stop by Bailey’s Ice Cream in Hamilton Parish for a scoop (or two) of homemade ice cream in local flavors. A few popular choices are the Dark & Stormy, a rum and ginger flavored ice cream.
5. Order Hoppin' John. This local favorite is a casserole made of papaya, rice, peas and chicken. This dish is typically a side, but can be stretched into a main dish as well.
On July 8, 2012answered the question:Hamilton has cornered the market of Bermudian nightlife, especially if you’re seeking it after 10 p.m. Hamilton’s Pickled Onion and Café Cairo are two of the hippest venues. For a more predictable crowd, melding locals and short-term visitors into a comfortable flirty atmosphere accompanied by live music, either of the two Fairmont hotels on island deliver, specifically Hamilton Princess’ Heritage Court and Southampton Princess’ Jasmine Lounge. And for those deeply adventurous night crawlers, The Cellar at the Fairmont Southampton is the ultimate local hangout that plays music until the wee hours of the morning.
On July 8, 2012answered the question:In Bermuda, because there are no rental cars and private transportation is costly and unpredictable at evening time, visitors oftentimes prefer to dine at or near their hotels, so it is wise to bear this in mind when choosing your preferred lodging. Here, according to our Forbes Travel Guide editors, are the five best places to eat in Bermuda:
1. Waterlot Inn. A hearty mélange of steak and seafood options on the menu at this nautically historic restaurant will tempt even the most discerning of fine diners. After dining at the restaurant in The Fairmont Southampton, relax afterwards with Cuban cigars and cognac.
2. Harbourfront Restaurant & Komodaru Sushi Lounge. Here the dining is delectable and the people and surrounds are chic and fashionable. European fare strangely, yet stylishly, complements specialty sushi rolls and nigiri. Set in downtown Hamilton, this happening restaurant can fill up fast; so be sure to book a reservation.
3. The Point Restaurant. Opulent and luxurious, Tucker’s Point Hotel’s fine dining restaurant is a trinity of exquisiteness; impeccable service, sophisticated atmosphere, and haute Mediterranean cuisine served in the company of fine wines.
4. Black Horse Tavern. Known for serving up the most authentic Bermudian fare on the island, this quaint restaurant resembles a private home. The food is so fresh, that fish served at dinner was most likely caught that morning.
5. Fourways Inn. One of the most elegant dining venues on the island can be found in an impeccably restored 17th century English manor house. Decidedly French, the cuisine is created with seasonal produce and local seafood.
On July 8, 2012answered the question:As a discerning traveler, there are a host of luxurious and well-appointed Bermudian lodging options available to suit your tastes. From first-rate service to fine-dining restaurants, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend the following five places to stay when visiting Bermuda:
1. Mandarin Oriental Elbow Beach. Majestically overlooking its one-half mile pink sand beach, this understated hotel is a favorite with those seeking a more intimate and Zen-type experience, though families love it too thanks to the onsite beach, children’s programs and babysitting options.
2. Fairmont Southampton Resort & Spa. Perched at the highest point on the island, this 400+ guestroom luxury resort is the island’s largest and most comprehensive, offering four onsite restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, the luxurious Willow Stream Spa, tennis courts, a private beach and a dive shop.
3. Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa. Nestled above Castle Harbour on the far side of the island and surrounded by long fairways and glitzy private homes, this newly-opened opulent boutique hotel is most highly sought after by honeymooners, business executives (thanks to its proximity to the airport) and celebrities.
4. Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa. With gorgeous sprawling grounds and gardens, this distinctly clubby, private and decidedly upscale staid hotel is a popular option for wealthy honeymooners, trust fund beneficiaries, and distinctly mature and discerning guests.
5. Pink Beach Club & Cottages. For those seeking a quaintly elegant, friendly and relaxed Bermudian atmosphere this expansive and family-friendly cottage colony resort provides a discreet respite from the more traditional resort atmosphere elsewhere on the island. The resort also boasts golf, tennis (tennis lessons) and its own luxe spa.
On June 25, 2012answered the question:The best way to get to Barcelona is by taking your own private plane with NetJets — that means no lines at the airport, no delays and no one kicking the back of your seat. Through the private jet company, you can purchase an undivided interest in a specific aircraft; the size of your share is proportional to how many hours you fly in a year (the smallest share you can buy is a 1/16 interest, or about 50 hours of annual airtime). Our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ favorite part about NetJets is that it shortens your travel time a great deal. Say you’re flying NetJets to Barcelona from New York, your flight time will be about seven hours, compared to the usual 10. That will give you more time in one of Spain’s most vibrant cities. So hit up the beach, explore Parc Güell or sit down at an outdoor café on Las Ramblas and watch the locals, tourists and street performers go by.
On June 25, 2012answered the question:Forget delays, long airport lines and getting stuck in coach — the best way to get to Miami is to take your own private plane with NetJets. With this luxury service, you’ll actually become a fractional owner of a jet (the amount you pay will be proportional to how often you fly). Your ownership — no matter how big or small — will give you access to a fleet of jets around the world. You’ll have three options: light, mid-size and large cabin. So whether you want to go to Miami for a romantic getaway (light jet) or a group outing (large cabin), NetJets can send you there in style. And the best part? You’ll get there fast. The private jet company can cut your travel time practically in half. For example, a trip from New York to Miami on NetJets is just 2.7 hours, compared to the average of 5.7. Once you land in Miami, you’ll be refreshed enough to take on the city’s nightlife scene. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend you hit up Mango’s Tropical Café for food and drinks with Latin flair, or do some celeb-spotting in SoBe.
On June 25, 2012answered the question:The best part about NetJets is that you can literally fly anywhere in the world, without the hassle of waiting at the airport — drastically reducing your travel time. NetJets flies all over the United States from Seattle, San Francisco and New Orleans to New York City, Miami and Los Angeles — and everywhere in between. Want to hit the slopes in Lake Tahoe? Done. Dance the night away in Las Vegas? Give your pilot a ring. Play a round of golf in Fort Lauderdale? Better pack your clubs. With ownership in NetJets you can have a personal jet that accommodates seven to 14 passengers ready in as little as four to 10 hours, depending on the size aircraft you need and how large your share is.
NetJets has affiliate programs in Europe and China, so you can fly all over the world using the exchange service. NetJets also flies to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, India and Russia, so you can take care of your international business — or pleasure — any day of the year.
On June 25, 2012answered the question:NetJets allows you to become the fractional owner of an aircraft, giving you all the perks of owning your own jet — like taking off to anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice — without the upfront cost and maintenance responsibilities of full ownership. Through NetJets, you can purchase an undivided interest in a specific aircraft; the size of your share is proportional to how many hours you fly in a year. The smallest share you can purchase is a 1/16 interest, or about 50 hours of annual airtime.
Regardless of the jet you choose to buy a stake in, you’ll enjoy exchange privileges within a fleet of more than 800 planes around the world, which can vary based on who’s traveling with you, how far you’re flying and where you want to go. NetJets doesn’t rely on just one manufacturer, so its fleet is composed of 13 different kinds of jets, including light, mid-size and large cabin aircraft that can accommodate seven to 14 passengers (including your pets). Some NetJets aircraft have a flight range up to 7,700 miles, so you can stop for a business meeting in New York, play a round of golf in Bermuda, then enjoy a romantic weekend getaway to Paris.
Hate adding on hours to your travel time with check-in, security lines and pre-boarding procedures? NetJets can have a personal jet ready and waiting within as little as four to 10 hours’ notice. In fact, NetJets — which helped kickstart the fractional jet ownership industry in 1986 — was designed for travelers just like you. The service is most beneficial to passengers who often fly with short notice, require departures from multiple airports, need more than one plane a day and fly during peak periods. And because NetJets chooses your pilot and crew, tends to jet maintenance and enforces top-notch safety standards, you don’t have to worry about all the pesky details — just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.