Turkey – An EdenFYW Traveler’s View

A man who doesn’t think differently from his time and environment can’t grow beyond his time and environment. ~ Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Please enjoy the following guest blog post from our dear client Mrs. Felicia G., who traveled to Turkey in April of 2018 with her husband.

Please put away any preconceived ideas you have about the country of Turkey! My husband and I recently visited Istanbul, Cappodocia and Izmir. In a nutshell, it is very safe and indredibly clean. The people of Turkey are warm, well educated, hospitable and excepting of all cultures. They also very much like Americans and the US, and almost everyone we spoke to had either been to the states or had a family member living in California.

The historical sites such as Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and the Galata Tower in Istanbul will transport you to a time of ancient civilizations and their citizenry. The sites are easy to tackle and the transportation system in Turkey is very user friendly. Istanbul is a very modern city not unlike Paris for its museums and cultural offerings. The food is delicious and a visitor would have to make an effort to have a bad meal here!  I recommend a guide, and EdenFYW hooked us up with the best in every city we visited. I particularly like the shopping in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. If you can recall from world history class, ancient Turkey was an integral part of the Silk Road which stretched from China through India, Turkey, Egypt parts of the African continent through Greece, Rome and Britain. The artisans and merchants of Turkey are well known for their rugs and textiles and we purchased several from the Turkish cooperatives we visited and we had fun bargaining with all of the various merchants who were very respectful if you decided against a particular item.

In Cappodocia, our hotel was luxurious as were all of them throughout the country.  We were scheduled for a balloon ride to see the geography of the area for which this region is know…the fairy chimneys. This is a must do. We were able to see how people lived in the caves in the local area, and in one such cave it was the owners grandparent’s home and he has made it his studio and souvenir shop. We missed the Argos castle unfortunately due to time but I always like to leave something for another visit. Again the people of the town were so hospitable and did everything they could to make your visit memorable.

Izmir, on the Agean Sea, is the gateway to the largest set of ruins of Ancient Rome and is a World Heritage Site. Our hotel was super high tech and we had a fantastic view of the water. Our guide was top-notch and even recommended some great places to dine after the sites of the day.  Once again EdenFYW did their magic. We definitely did not spend enough time here and am hoping to return!

All I can say to you is GO!  By the way, the dollar is very strong these days which made our trip even more enjoyable!

 

The Private Suite at LAX

IMAGINE FLYING FROM COMMERCIAL & NEVER HAVING TO ENTER AN AIRPORT…IT’S EDENFYW!

The Eden For Your World Team had the pleasure of visiting one of Los Angeles’ newest and greatest stars, The Private Suite at LAX. Los Angeles is the perfect place to inaugurate this level VIP service. Though this is the first of it’s kind in the US, The Private Suite group is planning on bringing the service to JFK this year, as well as MIA and other destinations soon.

Here are the basics:

  • Fly commercial but have the private airport experience.  Skip the LAX traffic and entrance and go to a private airport entrance adjacent to the airport.  Stay in the left lane on 105 and exit at Imperial Blvd.
  • Upon arrival to the Private Suite entrance valet will greet you and take you to your fully stocked suite with anything you want free of charge: all food, beverage, amenities are yours to consume and take. Members may pre-schedule a complimentary massage or manicure and have their car detailed while away. All included and all customizable.
  •  Experience the only private TSA and customs with no line – just you and your travel companions in comfort and privacy.
  • Once your flight is ready to depart, a Private Suite BMW will pick you up at your suite and drive you on the tarmac directly onto your commercial plane. This same service is provided upon return.

EXCLUSIVE LAX TERMINAL WITH PRIVATE SUITES REDEFINES THE AIRPORT EXPERIENCE!              

The Private Suite, a newly built and exclusive private terminal serving all commercial airlines, transforms Los Angeles International Airport into one of the world’s most convenient airports for people traveling in premium class. The Private Suite dramatically enhances the LAX experience with a new private terminal offering high-end security and logistics, and five-star services. The Private Suite delivers the most seamless and luxurious approach to airline travel.

The Private Suite provides an efficient and discreet method for high-profile individuals to be transported directly to and from their aircraft. Within the gated and guarded compound, the new private terminal features ten individual suites, a new facility for private TSA screening, and direct-to-aircraft transportation across the tarmac, Head-of-State style. Eliminating the congestion of traffic and crowds, members enter LAX through a special gate, and are welcomed inside the compound where they can work or relax while all travel and baggage needs are handled by The Private Suite. Members of The Private Suite enjoy private TSA screening, on-site Customs and Immigration processing, the comfort of their own suite, and the convenience of direct transportation across the tarmac to their aircraft in BMW 7-Series sedans — streamlining the typical LAX experience with unprecedented privacy, comfort, and service at every turn. While it typically takes a passenger more than 2,000 footsteps to get from car seat to plane seat, for members of The Private Suite, it’s just 70 footsteps – and every footstep is peaceful and efficient.

The Private Suite at LAX is the first-of-its-kind in the U.S., modeled after VIP services that have proven successful at many major overseas airports including London’s Heathrow Airport, and airports in Munich, Frankfurt, and Dubai, among others. The Private Suite is owned and operated by Gavin de Becker & Associates (GBDA), the consulting and security firm that protects many of the world’s most prominent people. Headquartered in Los Angeles, GDBA has operations in 27 cities and seven countries. The new airport facility serves as the testing site for several innovations in aviation security, providing key support to Federal Government agencies and Airport Police. GDBA’s Aviation Services Division at LAX is run by two leaders recruited from London’s Heathrow Airport: Danny Sloan, who directed all VIP services, and Steve Gargaro, who managed The Windsor Suite. Leading The Private Suite’s hospitality team is Vikram Sood, formerly with Four Seasons Hotels and The Ritz-Carlton.

Located right alongside the main runways, The Private Suite is removed from the traffic and congestion of the public terminals. Each suite features its own bathroom, food-service pantry, a two-person daybed, and a view of aircraft landing and taking off. The logistics of the service require a dedicated team of eight people assigned to each member.

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One gets members securely into our gated compound
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Another escorts members to their suites
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Two others manage any special service requests
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Another escorts members through private TSA screening and into one of our runway-side BMW 7 Series sedans
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Another drives members across the tarmac to their aircraft
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Another serves as advance person waiting at the jet-bridge to escort members to the aircraft door
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An unseen eighth person deals with the luggage
(The process is reversed when members arrive into LAX)
Private Suite Service For Members (contact us to get membership pricing)
Domestic: $2700 per group (up to 4 people included)

International :$3000 per group (up to 4 people included)

Benefits of Membership

  • Substantially preferential pricing for the service, as much as $1000 less than non-members
  • Members can bring extra passengers for no extra charge (up to a total party of four)
  • Members can book meals to be waiting in their suite, complimentary
  • Members can drive themselves to the airport in their own cars, which will be waiting outside the suite on their return, no charge
  • Book complimentary pre-flight massage
  • Book complimentary in-suite manicure
  • Book complimentary in-suite haircut on arrival
  • Qualify for special services from BMW, including Dedicated Client Managers
  • Preferential introductory pricing from XOJET
  • Nominate any non-member for trial service
  • Book up to six months in advance
  • Preferential cancellation policies
  • Book concierge doctor in your suite on arrival
Private Suite Service For Non-Members
Domestic: $3500 per group (up to 3 people)
International: $4000 per group (up to 3 people)
Shared Lounge Service
Domestic: $2000 per person
International: $2500 per person

Rosewood London Calling

Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. ~ Samuel Johnson

Welcome to London, welcome to the world… We came, we walked, we shopped, we ate, we museum-ed, we pub-ed, we stayed in luxury, but, we’ll never be royals.

Samueul Johnson’s quote says it best.  London is full of life. There is so much to see and do in the city, that you’ll feel like you can never do it all. Like any big European city it has museums, cultural sites and arts, shopping, dining and local attractions that can keep you going nonstop. But, the core of the city is quite manageable in size and you can realistically walk by everything on your list quite easily.  May we just say that the we love the Victoria and Albert and British Museums. They are both so beautifully curated! They each have just enough of the empire’s amazing booty to keep you interested in visiting every one of their galleries. In London there’s a vibe and a pace that is so similar to what we find in the big cities of the U.S., but it is definitely unlike anything at home. It’s very cosmopolitan and very English at the same time. That’s what we love about it! Friendly faces and a familiar language make it easy to strike up conversations with locals and visitors alike (usually over a pint). However, getting around is not so easy.  We found the traffic to be as frustrating as it is in L.A.. So after a few private car transfers and taxi rides we opted for the Underground. It’s everywhere, it’s easy and it’s clean. Mind the gap!

You’ll enjoy the sites of course, but, you’ll also love exploring all of London’s unique neighborhoods.  Each with it’s it own vibe and energy. Visit Knightsbridge for a glimpse at some of the most gorgeous town houses and some of the haute-est cuisine in town. Check out SOHO at any time of day (or night) for non-stop action and energy.  Bloomsbury is a good respite from the fast pace, and it’s picturesque tree lined streets are just steps away from theaters and retail therapy. You know you have to see Kensington and Chelsea, it’s so London! Needless to say, there is a neighborhood for your every mood.  Just don’t forget to wave to the Queen when you pass her pad in Westminster.

Speaking of pads, London has no shortage of excellent luxury accommodations to choose from.  On this occasion we choose to stay at the beautiful Rosewood London.

Rosewood London

Hotel of the Year 2014 – Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards

Housed in a 1914 Edwardian Belle Époque building, Rosewood London is steeped in history. Its 262 guestrooms and 44 generously appointed suites, created by renowned New York-based Tony Chi and Associates, are inspired by a traditional British manor house and evoke that of a true London residence. Rooms are designed to provide a series of discoveries to surprise, please and amuse guests by doormen in tweed caps enter through wrought iron gates, into the peaceful courtyard giving a sense of arrival more akin to a private manor house than a hotel. Rosewood London embraces guests within one of London’s most historic locales. The central location, moments from Covent Garden, near an eclectic arcade of ultra-luxury boutiques on Lamb’s Conduit Street, the British Museum, Theaterland and the Royal Opera House.

EFYW guests receive the following exclusive benefits:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
-Daily Full English Breakfast.
-$100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay.
-Early check-in/late check-out,subject to availability.

See London and the hotel in our video: Rosewood London

Dining (here’s where we ate or drank and loved it):

  • Gymkhana
  • Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill
  • Berners Tavern at The London Edition
  • China Tang at the Dorchester
  • Scarfe’s Bar at the Rosewood London

Contact your EdenFYW advisor to begin planning your visit to London: info@edenforyourworld.com

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