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Best airport for napping between flights? Singapore's Changi

LAX, Charles de Gaulle and JFK the worst, a frequent fliers' survey says

August 16, 2009|Rosemary McClure; Chris Erskine; Jen Leo; Judi Dash

Singapore's Changi airport is so comfy that you might not need to spring for a hotel room if you have a long layover; on the other hand, don't plan to catch any zzz's at LAX, Paris' Charles de Gaulle or New York's JFK airport, according to a survey of frequent fliers. The Internet poll, by www.sleepinginairports.com, with more than 6,000 reviews, rated the world's best and worst airports in which to take a nap. The goal, the website said, is to help travelers "who are looking for a way to skim a few bucks off their travel expenses." Among the features that gave Singapore's airport the top spot: designated napping areas, showers, a fitness and spa center and a swimming pool.

-- Rosemary McClure

There are salad bars, taco bars and burger bars. So why not a tequila bar? Las Ventanas al ParaĆ­so, a high-end Rosewood Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, now boasts such a thing, with tequileros, or masters of tequila, to school you on the drink's origins, classifications and the proper way to drink it. After a brief background on the drink, guests who sign up for a lesson will sample three kinds of tequila: blanco (aged up to 60 days), reposado (aged up to 12 months) and anejo (aged at least 13 months). Graduates even receive a diploma. Lessons start at $70 per person, plus tax and tip. Info: www

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 62 words Type of Material: Correction
Marlon Brando retreat: In the Travel section's Need to Know column on Sunday, a news brief reporting on the planned opening in 2011 of a new Brando Resort on the French Polynesian island of Tetiaroa stated that this would open the island to the public for the first time. The atoll once had a small hotel that was open to the public.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, August 23, 2009 Home Edition Travel Part L Page 3 Features Desk 1 inches; 59 words Type of Material: Correction
Marlon Brando retreat: In last week's Need to Know column, a news brief reporting on the planned opening in 2011 of a new Brando Resort on the French Polynesian island of Tetiaroa stated that this would open the island to the public for the first time. The atoll once had a small hotel that was open to the public.

Best airport nap? Singapore

Tequila school

-- Chris Erskine

Brando retreat

Marlon Brando's French Polynesian atoll, Tetiaroa, will be open to the public for the first time when a new eco-resort called the Brando is completed in 2011. After years of false starts, construction has finally begun on the atoll, where the late, reclusive superstar lived for several years. The luxury resort will be the only hotel on Tetiaroa, a playground of Tahitian kings long before Brando bought it in 1965. Plans call for 47 bungalow villas with private plunge pools, a spa, a fitness center and a community pool. Tetiaroa, about 35 miles from Tahiti, is a 13-island chain circled by a coral reef. The Brando project is being overseen by Tahiti Beachcomber SA, whose chief executive, Richard Bailey, was a friend of Brando's. Info: www .thebrando.com.

-- Rosemary McClure

Flights to fun

Spring breakers, think ahead and save. Virgin America, known for its chic, high-tech cabins and cheap fares, will begin daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Los Angeles and San Francisco on Nov. 18. Introductory rates to the fun-and-sun mecca start at $99 each way, plus tax. Info: www.virginamerica.com.

-- Jen Leo

Picnic totes

The designers at Lug make sturdy collapsible coolers, vinyl totes and other storage bags in bright colors and fun shapes. They're sized to be mixed and matched for picnics and other outings. My favorites are Clearview transparent totes and zippered envelopes. These make for efficient compartmentalization while letting you see what's inside. Add one of the Freight Box Lunch Cube coolers (not transparent, but classy looking), and you're ready to head for the hills. Lug Clearview Totes are $34; Clearview Zippered Envelope two-pack, $18; Freight Box Lunch Cube, $22. Info: (877) 584-4255, www.luglife.com.

-- Judi Dash

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