It’s Friday, and that means it’s time to round up everything that’s happening in the world of travel. Here’s the stuff we’re excited about now.
2015 travel hotspot, Myanmar, now has a Hilton! Hilton Nay Pyi Taw (in the capital city) is set amid lush tropical landscaped gardens on more than 100 acres of land within the developing Dekhina Thiri Township. The hotel is just 30 minutes from the airport and has various restaurants and bars, including Elements, featuring local, Asian and international fare, Axis Lounge in the hotel’s lobby, and Boardwalk, the hotel’s poolside bar. All 202 rooms and suites have Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions with satellite TV. Hilton Nay Pyi Taw also has a spa, the outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, and a tennis court.
Citron has a new chef. (Photo: Viceroy Palm Springs/Facebook)
The Citron restaurant at the Viceroy Palm Springs has a new chef: Executive Chef Patrice Martineau. The French chef trained at some of France’s best known Michelin-starred restaurants, and worked at New York City’s famed Daniel restaurant, London’s Savoy Hotel, and Tokyo’s Peter at the Peninsula Hotel. New menus are set to launch Oct. 27.
Music makes life beautiful. (Photo: Life Is Beautiful Festival/Facebook)
Life is beautiful in Vegas - at least it is at the 2014 Life Is Beautiful Music Festival in downtown Las Vegas, Oct. 24 - 26. You can watch stars like The Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, and OutKast perform; chow down on food from top chefs at the Culinary Village; and imbibe wine and beer at the Alchemy Garden. Tickets and schedules are available online.
There are pumpkins galore at Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest. (Photo: Luna Park/Facebook)
It’s the last weekend for Luna Park Coney Island’s Halloween Harvest. With the amusement park decorated for the holiday with pumpkins galore, it’s the perfect event for kids of all ages. Families can pick and paint pumpkins, play games, and chow down on seasonal grub, and of course, sweets. On the final day (Oct. 26), Food Network’s Halloween Wars winner Marc Maniac will carve a giant gourd into a scary masterpiece.
Help under-privileged kids in Peru see Machu Picchu (Photo: Thinkstock)
How good would it feel to help kids in Kenya go on a mini safari to see their first elephant or give children in Peru the opportunity climb Machu Picchu? Eco luxury travel company Elevate Destinations has launched its “Buy A Trip, Give a Trip” program. For every trip that travelers purchase, Elevate Destinations organizes a corresponding trip that allows children in developing world destinations to enjoy some of the same excursions. The company is now partnering with local NGOs, and in-country travel suppliers, to sponsor outings for youth groups that otherwise would have no way of seeing some of the amazing sights that draw thousands of tourists to their countries every year. So you can plan your own vacation and share the joy of travel with young people in developing countries. Win-win.
Get your zombie on at Surrender Nightclub. (Photo: Courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas)
It’s a zombie bash! Surrender Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will be transformed into a “Hot Zombie” themed haunt for Halloween Week 2014, with everything from zombie-pocalypse decor to sexiest costume contests (and prizes worth $30,000). The festivities take place Oct. 29, 31, and Nov 1, and table reservations are recommended. Tickets (available now at Wantickets.com) start at $32 for men and $22 for women. Admission is free for locals on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 1.
The cute Jucy Campervans. (Photo: Jucy/Facebook)
Road trips just got cheaper: Now you can rent the cutest minicampers ever – with a 15 percent discount. Jucy Campervan Rentals are fuel-efficient, tricked-out bright green and purple vans that, once parked, turn into a cozy campers that sleep up to four. You pop the container on top of the van and pull down the ladder to get into the roomy pod-tent, and inside the van, the passenger seats morph into a comfortable bed, plus there’s a screw-in table. The minicampers also each have a refrigerator, a gas burner, and a sink in the trunk, plus a TV and DVD player that fold down from the ceiling. Rentals are available in New Zealand, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Regular rates start at $40 per night with a five night minimum, and the discount is available through January 31, 2015 (though you have to book by January 28, 2015). Use the promo code JUCYChamp either online or by calling 1-800-650-4180.