Celebrity Cruises is making a splash with the launch last year of Celebrity Edge, the first in a new fleet of four ships. The cruise line employed a team of internationally renowned architects, designers and engineers new to the cruise world to create innovative spaces that embrace the sea. They have delivered. The Rooftop Garden offers movies and dinner under the stars. Three stories of windows enclose Eden, a bar and performance venue. Most impressive is the Magic Carpet, a cantilevered, floating platform with a bar and dining room that slides up and down the exterior from the sea to 13 stories above. Staterooms have verandas, and located above the ship’s bridge, Iconic Suites have panoramic views.
Award-winning spa and resort Miraval has opened a second “Life in Balance” retreat on 220 acres by the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve outside of Austin, Texas. Like the original in Tucson, Arizona, there are endless classes focused on wellbeing—meditation, fitness, Pilates, yoga, nutrition, “conscious cooking”—as well as unique experiences tailored to the Texas Hill Country location. At the Cypress Creek Farm, which provides eggs and produce for the farm-to-table restaurant, you can participate in workshops with the beekeepers, learn about sustainable farming practices and take a meditative ride on a horse. Outdoor adventures range from the contemplative (hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking) to the challenging (a high ropes course with a 500-foot-long zip line). A third Miraval spa and resort is slated to open in the Berkshires at the end of 2019.
Feeling nostalgic? Check into the new TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport. Built literally around Eero Saarinen’s landmark TWA Flight Center that opened in 1962, the 512 “ultraquiet” guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling views of the runways and flight center and feature a stocked wet bar, Knoll furnishings and vintage rotary phones. You’ll find the TWA logo everywhere—on art, the bathroom amenities, hotel stationery. There is an observation deck, pool, fitness center and on-site museum dedicated to the Jet Age, TWA and midcentury modern design. TWA in-flight menus are the culinary inspiration for dishes like Chicken Champagne at the Paris Café helmed by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Connected to Terminal 5, it is the only hotel located at the airport and accessible by AirTrain.