Three Urban Escapes for Today’s Entrepreneur

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It’s no surprise that today’s travelers are savvy and looking for more than simply a destination… they want a complete experience. At the forefront of this travel movement are the successful entrepreneurs and innovators who are fortunate to have a schedule that is flexible enough to allow extended getaways; a desire to discover the local cultures; and the means to experience the best each destination has to offer when it comes to hotels, restaurants and activities. The energy found in these metropolitan destinations keeps the minds of these forward-thinkers stimulated while they continue to broaden their horizons.

1. Bangkok

Always a popular Thailand destination, Bangkok is at the center of everything as the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand. Also referred to as Krung Thep, “the city of angels” by the locals, the sheer size of this city can be somewhat overwhelming, but the friendly locals, rich history and the more than 400 temples make it a surprisingly intimate city.

Where To Stay: The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

The Mandarin Oriental’s panoramic view out over the Chao Phraya River is awe-inspiring, as is the level of service at this property that is eager to share the best of their local Thai culture, while still maintaining all the luxuries appreciated by the western world. World-class dining, a sensational spa and traditional afternoon tea are always favorites while at this property, and the concierges are able to accommodate almost any request when wanting to venture out into Bangkok to experience the local culture.

What To Do:

Of course, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the many Buddha statues are all things everyone must see in Bangkok, but there is so much more to this wondrous city. The Chatuchak Market is over 35 acres large, and a hub of activity each weekend; and is an exciting place to peruse more than 15,000 stalls and test your negotiating skills. Take time to cruise the canals (often referred to as Venice of the East) – a dinner cruise on an authentic rice barge is a beautiful way to see the city at its best. For an exciting mix of restaurant, bar and nightclub, launch up to the 47th floor of the United Center to Cloud 47 to taste inventive Thai cuisine and sip from the more than 400 wine labels available while looking out over the city.

2. Dubai

There’s a growing fascination with this destination, as Dubai has proven that going bigger and better is attractive to a number of influential leaders each year. Beyond the many business reasons to visit Dubai, the area continues to add more shopping, hotel rooms and activities to attract the affluent entrepreneur of today. Let’s face it, for the entrepreneur and innovators of the world who love the thrill of travel and looking for both luxury and adventure, Dubai is a perfect destination to celebrate success. As Dubai continues to enhance the overall vacation experience with additional activities and adventures, this unique, and overall over-the-top destination is an ideal getaway for the entrepreneur and innovator of today.

Where To Stay: One & Only, The Palm

A resort that has absolutely thought of every last detail, One & Only is set among immaculate gardens complete with pools, fountains and other refreshing escapes from the Dubai heat. An impressive variety of accommodations are at your disposal here, with elegant rooms, villas and even private mansions ready to welcome guests to this unique Dubai residential resort experience.

What To Do:

What Dubai escape is complete without golf? Regardless of your skill level, these courses have the pure beauty that can make anyone a fan of game, and for the entrepreneur that is always going full force; the absolute serenity of these courses is a priceless experience. Emirates Golf Club and The Montgomerie are only minutes away from the One & Only. Feeling the need to shop like a rockstar? Visit Dubai Villa Moda for an international collection of amazing boutiques all in one centralized location. Or if you’re feeling like a release is in order to completely unwind, have the hotel arrange for the 4×4 excursion into the desert, which connects with the camel caravan that ultimately delivers the ultimate destination among the spectacular red dunes of Margham for some of the best sand-skiing imaginable.

3. London

A longtime favorite for the European entrepreneurs looking to a destination for creative inspiration, London is an exciting city with global appeal. Thanks to the thriving food scene, great shopping, and the opportunity to rub elbows with the Royals, jetsetters love to soak up this capital culture. Remarkable hotels are in abundance throughout London and it’s home to some of the most knowledgeable taxi cab drivers in the world, who can provide amazing insight about every inch of their beloved city.

Where To Stay: Sanderson London, by Morgans Hotel Group

Located in the heart of the hip West End, the Sanderson Hotel delivers everything one comes to expect from the cutting-edge team behind the Morgans Hotel Group. This is an ideal property, since entrepreneurs and innovators can certainly appreciate the fashion in which the Morgans Hotel Group has continued to change the face of hospitality. When available, the Penthouse Suite here is a true adventure. The private elevator delivers you to the room without walls, where the bathroom and dressing room are instead encased in a glowing floor-to-ceiling glass box wrapped in layers of sheer curtains.

What To Do:

The options prove to be endless in London both night and day. For an ultimate theater experience, have the concierge book the VIP Les Miserable Tour that provides backstage pass, dinner and then choice seats for the show. For an amazing opportunity to enjoy the evening with a great group of locals, setup a private table and VIP access to the Roof Gardens, Kensington. Having exclusive access to the GH Space Business Clubs provides a great opportunity to meet FC Members & other founders, and the Soho Business Club on Carlisle Street has an infinite number of specialized features for any of your social and business needs while visiting London. Don’t forget to take part in the treasured pastime, Afternoon Tea. A few favorites include the whimsical Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson, as well as the more traditional favorite of Queen Victoria at the Brown’s Hotel.


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