In the magical center of Stockholm, one of my favorite cities of the world, sits the wonderful Miss Clara Hotel. Resident in one of Stockholm’s most delightful Art Nouveau buildings, Miss Clara amazes with her architectural turns and elements of beauty, but she also impresses as a top class hotel.
For generations, mariners navigating the Cuckolds, as the granite islands off the coast of Maine are known, heeded the fog horn and were steered by the gleam of the beacon of the Cuckolds Lighthouse. After a century of use the historic signal station dating to 1892 and lighthouse from 1907 were threatened with destruction, but thankfully saved by a group of preservation-minded citizens.
This summer marks the opening of the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse, the culmination of the renovation of the historic, and truly unique property. Guests of the inn have the opportunity to stay on their own private island along some of Maine’s most stunning coastline. The inn features two stunningly appointed guest suites inspired by the maritime history of the property. Enjoy the sea breeze, catch up on relaxation time, or have a cocktail by the sea.
Charming common spaces invite guests to relax, read, play a game, enjoy cocktails, conversation and fabulous home cooked meals. The sweeping, 360 degree ocean views and the rhythmic sounds of crashing waves make this location an ideal retreat for artists and writers looking for inspiration;a unique setting for a milestone anniversary or birthday celebration; or a cozy, romantic couples’ oasis.
Of course, guests can expect stunning views and the rare opportunity to stay inside an active lighthouse that doubles as a superbly appointed luxury inn. Guests may opt to dine on the island but are also able to enjoy the restaurants and activities of Maine’s Boothbay region via the property’s boat transfer.
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I’ve had the good fortune to fly on Etihad’s fantastic first class product a number of times. The airline’s hard product is arguable the best first class suite currently in the air – spacious, elegant without being over the top, and supremely private.
Well, that’s all about to change. Yesterday, Etihad unveiled the much anticipated product that will appear onboard its new A380 and 787 aircraft and, short of flying private, it is like nothing currently in the air! The airline clearly has the objective to impress and deliver supreme luxury in the air.
Aboard the A380, passengers will find two types of first class, the Residence featuring a private living room, double bedroom, and private bathroom, and its First Apartments, featuring separate reclining lounge areas, plus a full bed, personal mini bar, and vanity. Aboard the 787, passengers may avail themselves of redesigned First Suites with luxuriously appointed Poltrona Frau leather, a uniquely curved aisle, and center seats that can be combined to transform into a double bed.
Business class passengers will find new Business Studios, elegant and tastefully appointed business class seats featuring all the latest amenities and a very private experience.
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