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The decision to spend a summer weekend on the beaches of Long Island need not begin with dread for the long train ride/car trip/bus journey to the Hamptons. There are other options, but a faster, more comfortable ride will of course cost.
Did somebody say seaplane? In 40+ minutes from Manhattan's East River seaplane port, small planefuls reach the shores of East Hampton, Montauk and beyond. Here are the two companies with regularly scheduled flights:
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Usually we think of Vancouver when we hear about seaplanes flying to here and there, but apparently we’ve been missing out on Florida when it comes to the planes with pontoons. We just noticed the Sunshine State’s only true seaplane airline, so we figured that we ought to share it with you.
If we recall correctly, there was an episode of Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami that featured the duo flying around South Beach, but that was a different charter operation. What we’re excited about is the regularly scheduled service offered up by Tropic Oceans Airways.
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Our love of Airport Lounges around the world knows no bounds, even when it comes to helicopter departure lounges. Thus, it shouldn't be a surprise that when our sister site HotelChatter mentioned that three luxury hotels in the Maldives share a VIP Seaplane lounge at Malé International Airport in the, our ears perked up.
The Waldorf-Astoria's Beach House Resort, Hilton's Iru Fushi Resort and the Conrad Rangali Island Resort allows their guestsmany of whom are dropping over four figures for each night at the hotelsto chillax in this special space that includes free WiFi, an open-air terrace, a small plates buffet cooked by a resident chef and complimentary shoulder massages.
Ever since the new Burj Khalifa opened and then rapidly closed it's 124-floor observation deck, we haven't really trusted it. Instead, we'd be more likely to just hop on a seaplane to zoom above the building itself, and kill a few other birds with the same stone by continuing our flight around other Dubai landmarks.
This type of airborne sightseeing adventure is exactly what a new tour from Seawings Dubai offers. For $333 per person (the plane seats up to 9), you'll buzz in the Dubai skies in a seaplane, passing by these spots on the 40-minute flight: The Jebel Ali Palm, Dubai Marina, the Palm Jumeirah, the 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Creek, The World Islands and of course the Burj Khalifa building.
It might seem pricey, but remember that just showing up at the Burj Khalifa and wanting a ticket up to the observation deck costs you $109, and you don't even get to go in a seaplane! And then, there's the toll to even cross the causeway to visit the Burj Al Arab Hotel, so we think this is pretty much worth every penny.
A seaplane that lands in a city center? Sure it sounds odd, but Glasgow is excited to be getting the first city-center seaplane service in Europe. The Scottish city will be serviced by Loch Lomond Seaplanes who will land their 9-seater Cessnas on the River Clyde starting next week.
From Glasgow, the seaplanes will fly into the Scotch-happy Highlands which traditionally take ages to reach. The first destination will be Oban in the Western Isles, but the islands of Mull and Skye are expected to be on board soon. So if you're a transportation freak and want to try something new, book your Scottish seaplane flight soon. A rocks glass will be waiting for you on the other side.
[Photo: N and L]
We blame our Google Earth helipad obsession on Trump. However, led us to a cool floating heli-pad off Mercer Island, near Seattle.
Guess who it belongs to? Nope, not Bill Gates. The floating landing barge belongs to Paul Allen, who is rumored to have built the pad because the Mercer Island powers that be wouldn't let him land on his abutting property. Doesn't dude know that seaplanes are the way to go in the Pac Northwest? Sure seaplane insurance policies are few an far between because of the whole plane + water = near certain disaster equation, but if we were Paul Allen we would have gone seaplane.
Floating heli-pad aside, we still think seeing Seattle by seaplane is the decadent way to go.