There are so many unique features of Havana, one of which are its cars. The moment the borders were closed on 3rd January 1961 no automobiles were permitted to be imported or exported. Every car on the street is, as shown above, at least 60 years old. Every one is lovingly maintained, perhaps its inner-parts boosted by Soviet lawn-mower engines or the like. And then Havana, too, has glorious old buildings, some converted to hotels. At the moment top luxury lodging is provided by Kempinski’s two Havana properties, which, thanks to the company’s Man In Havana, Xavier Destribats, have really special St Valentine’s meals, tonight and tomorrow, plus Sunday lunch tomorrow. You get a five-course meal plus a welcome drink, and if you want to stay over there are bed-and-breakfast packages for both nights. Girlahead imagines this entire weekend will be a chance to meet up with diplomats and other expats based in the Cuban capital: take-away COVID restrictions, if one can, and it is a revelation to find out that you can actually fly to Havana from the US at the moment – American and Swift fly from Miami, and JetBlue from Fort Lauderdale, so GO FOR IT, AMERICANS.
Germans seem to want beach holidays this year, according to giant consumer survey firm Statista. Its annual Global Consumer Survey, which polls 18-64 year olds, puts beaches top, followed in descending order by visiting family and friends, weekend trips and staying at all-inclusive resorts. Interestingly, city tourism has dropped. By the same token, enthusiasm for outdoor activities is, by the way, confirmed on Komoot, which recorded 8.5 million hits July 2020, compared with around four million in July 2019.
And do not let us forget wellness. Girlahead was so grateful to her good friend John O’Ceallaigh for inviting her to his LUTE Lounge discussion on current trends, and subsequently allowing her to share. It is more than well worth listening to John’s masterly moderation, below – there are particularly timely thoughts from spa consultant Nigel Franklyn, and such suppliers as Nils Behrens and Anna Bjurstam.