Travel News: Openings, Renovations, and New Trips to Book This Week

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The buzziest happenings in the world of travel.

The Barcelona EDITION Opens

Ian Schrager’s EDITION hotel brand has expanded its reach to Barcelona. The property’s enviable location on the edge of the hip El Born district, puts guests next to the Santa Caterina Market and 15 minutes from the beach. All 100 rooms and suites feature fine details, like walnut paneling and embossed Spanish leather headboards, and even the gym feels chic with walls and floors lined in smoked oak skin. The lobby is the heart of the property, anchored by a spectacular bar serving locally produced vermouth, craft beer, and sherry. Sebastián Mazzola, former creative director of the Adriá Group, is the mastermind behind the dining concepts, including Cabaret, an underground late-night venue with a tasting menu, serious cocktails, and the city’s hottest DJs. A year-round rooftop pool will serve juice, smoothies, cocktails, and a menu of Latin American and Asian-influenced small bites. From $435.

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The Palazzo at the Venetian Resort Unveils Enhancements

One of the Strip’s most iconic resorts has debuted a fresh look and experience in its premier hotel, the Palazzo. The casino floor, the hotel’s main artery, has been reimagined with marble pathways, bold lighting, and three new bar concepts including mixology-focused Electra Cocktail Club, which is illuminated by a 70-million-pixel art installation. In an effort to go green, suites, lobby corridors, and elevators have been redesigned with energy efficient touches, like LEED-standard walls and lighting. This December, the hotel will launch an outpost of Hong Kong’s hit modern dim sum restaurant Mott 32. From $269.

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andBeyond Opens First Hotel Outside of Africa

Safari specialist andBeyond has ventured out of Africa with their latest lodge, andBeyond Vira Vira, in Chile’s Lake District. The region may not be as well-known as Patagonia, but it offers just as many adventures, from skiing or trekking the Villarrica Volcano to horseback riding and fly fishing. The lodge comprises 12 villas, 6 suites, and a 5-room hacienda decorated with local furnishings like textured Chilean rugs, hand-woven tapestries, Mapuche artifacts, and restored antiques. In addition to adrenaline-fueled activities, the lodge also offers cultural excursions that offer a lens into the lives of the local Mapuche tribes. And the region’s hot springs act like natural spas for soaking sore muscles after long hikes. Set on a working farm, the meals at andBeyond Vira Vira here are exceptional, especially when enjoyed al fresco along the shores of the Liucura River. From $685.

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Sonoma’s Newest Boutique Hotel

Sonoma’s acclaimed Hotel Healdsburg and H2 Hotel have introduced a 39-room sister property, Harmon Guest House. Located just off the historic town square, the property boasts its own creek-side park, pool, and the only publicly accessible rooftop bar in Healdsburg. Treehouse-inspired double queen rooms are perfect for friends or families, while studio-style king rooms with furnished balconies are ideal for couples or solo travelers. Groups can splurge on founder’s suites, which feature a master bedroom, living room with a queen-sized pull-out couch, and a dining area for up to four people and a wet bar. There’s no restaurant, but guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast at H2’s Spoonbar and find homemade spritzers, espresso, and local wines in the Harmon House lobby. From $249.

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Quail Lodge & Golf Club Introduces New Driving Program

Car enthusiasts can test drive their dream wheels while taking in California’s iconic vistas with Quail Lodge & Golf Club’s new Quail Moto Rally Experience. The Carmel, California hotel has partnered with the Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise to create four different driving routes. An 82.9-mile coastal gourmet drive along California’s Highway 1 includes a three-course lunch at Post Ranch Inn, and the 156-mile car lover’s rally stops at Canepa Motorsports Museum. The 151-mile Scenic Rally extends North to West and includes a picnic in a vineyard. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Executive’s Rally, an eastern loop on country back roads that stops at Pinnacles National Park. Drives range from two to three-and-a-half hours and guests can choose vehicles from top manufacturers such as Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Bentley, Range Rover, and more. Driving experiences start at $280 per person.