And the Airport Layover Contest Winner Is . . .
The winner gets to luxuriate in a room like this at The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos.
by Wendy Perrin
At long last, our Layover Nation Contest has a winner: The grand prize of a free trip to the Caribbean goes to James Babashak, an anesthesiologist and 17-year subscriber to Conde Nast Traveler who lives in Wilton, Connecticut. Jim's reaction upon hearing the news: "Can I leave tomorrow?"
His winning layover recommendation:
"You cannot normally boast, 'I skiied the desert.' From Dubai Airport, Dubai, UAE, it is about 1/2 hour to the Mall of the Emirates, where Ski Dubai is located. The entire experience is surreal, from landing in the Middle Eastern bustle of Dubai to feeling the blast of desert heat and bristling ice crystals within a 20-minute period. Ski Dubai provides all clothing and equipment as well, so you can go there with just money and ID from the airport. Hours are usually from 9 a.m. to midnight local time, which makes it easy to access from any flight arrival time. Before returning to the airport, you can have the taxi swing by the Burj al Arab for a quick apres ski cocktail (and just to take the requisite snapshot in front of the hotel). The whole sidetrip could take as little as 2 hours, but 4 would allow for more ski time."
For the details on how it went when Conde Nast Traveler contributor Michael Kinsley tested this little Dubai jaunt during his recent round-the-world adventure, you'll need to wait for his upcoming Layover Nation article in the magazine. Meanwhile, Jim Babashak is headed to The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos for three nights in an oceanview suite. Think I can convince him to pack me in his suitcase? I need a vacation too, Jim!