sun-kissed in the mediterranean
On Cyprus's wild Cape Akamas, Anassa is Europe's new resort darling. Owner Alecos Michaeledes was adamant that the site's uninterrupted views of ocean and olive groves not be destroyed by the construction of the 184 suites. Modeling the whitewashed resort after a local village, he added marble floors, frescoes, and mosaics throughout. Relaxation comes in the form of thalassotherapy at the spa and dips in the two oceanfront pools. If it's exhilaration you're after, hire Anassa's 34-foot yacht for a sail to the nearby Baths of Aphrodite, where the goddess maintained her everlasting beauty. Anassa, Latsi Polis, Cyprus; 800/323-7500 or 357-6/888-000, fax 357-6/322-900; doubles from $371. —Helen Pipins
Shops . . . Books . . . Museums . . . Products . . .
The killingly stylish Boutique 3 has hit the Côte d'Azur. In Nice's center, 3 corrals Edith Mézard's embroidered linen sheets, Nicole Houques's Côté Bastide fragrances (lime blossom, lemon verbena) for you and your home, and Jacqueline Morabito's raw but elegant furniture in pickled woods. More than just friends, the three women are soul mates: How else to explain their common goal of rendering daily life softer, gentler, more luxurious?Boutique 3, 3 Rue Longchamp; 33-4/93-88-35-00. —Christopher Petkanas
In 1962, when New York's JFK Airport was still called Idlewild, TWA hired Ezra Stoller to photograph its new Eero Saarinen-designed terminal. Stoller's photographs, gathered for the first time in The TWA Terminal (Princeton Architectural Press; $19.95), depict the pristine Modernist icon, the wings of its roof reaching out to an empty sky as a paean to the possibilities of air travel. The terminal was soon overcrowded; nobody had predicted just how many people would join the jet set. —Joshua David
snip of a snap
The style-mongers have spoken: small is chic, especially when it comes to gadgets. With that in mind, Polaroid has introduced the I-Zone Instant Pocket Camera, now a cult item in Japan. Its design is reminiscent of the 110's from the seventies, but its postage-stamp-size prints (also available in sticker format) are most certainly of the new millennium. The camera is $25; color film is $6 to $7 for a 12-exposure roll. —Rima Suqi
The U.K.'s version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame puts a fresh spin on the music museum. It's housed in what looks like space-age teakettles, whose "spouts" rotate with the wind. This isn't the first thing to put dreary Sheffield, England, on the map: the city starred in The Full Monty. National Centre for Popular Music, Paternoster Row; 44-114/296-2626. —Raul Barreneche
Nightlife . . . Hotels . . . Airlines . . .
what's buzzing in D.C.
On an office-choked downtown stretch, Dragonfly is a cool surprise. Its ice-blue floor and curvaceous stools are pure sixties mod — though few bars back then would have projected Japanese animation and kung fu flicks above a sushi counter. Slide into a white leather chair and sip a French Martini, a sweet, rose-hued concoction that bears little resemblance to a martini (or anything French). Dragonfly, 1215 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202/331-1775. —Ian Baldwin
One of the brightest stars of downtown Denver's revival is the Hotel Teatro. Inspired by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts across the street, the museum-like Teatro has masks and costumes from past productions lining the walls. The 116 guest rooms are fitted with Indonesian marble counters and cherrywood closets. Jou Jou is the better and more casual of the two restaurants, both run by hot chef-about-town Kevin Taylor. Hotel Teatro, 1100 14th St.; 800/996-3426 or 303/228-1100, fax 303/228-1101; doubles from $215. —Elizabeth Garnsey
love is in the air
Or at least it will be: come 2000, Virgin Atlantic Airways will roll out double beds in its Upper Class cabins. Red automotive leather, privacy screens, and mood lighting solidify Virgin's reputation as the world's most shagadelic airline. Can't find a seatmate?Book a single bed, or try your mojo at the onboard bar. While safety's always a priority, the airline has no plans to add condoms to amenity kits. —Tim Mortell
Restaurants . . . Exhibitions . . . Trends . . . Remedies . . .
vienna's café society
Coffeehouse capital Vienna has a few new places to get revved. • Mokka and an Apfelstrudel for here; velvet settee to go. That's the order of choice at Vienna's Das Möbel (10 Burggasse; 43-1/524-9497), where all the furniture is for sale. • The Imperial Palace's soaring Art Nouveau greenhouse has been divided into three arboretums — for butterflies, palms, and chocolate tortes at Café Palmenhaus (Burggarten; 43-1/533-1033). • In the Vienna Stock Exchange, commerce meets cuisine at Hansen (34 Wipplingerstrasse; 43-1/532-0542), modeled after an ancient Roman forum. —Patricia Woeber
Wallis Simpson — the woman the Prince of Wales surrendered the throne to marry — was the original fashion queen. "In fittings with Givenchy she wouldn't hesitate to say, 'Love the dress, but lose the pockets,'" notes Kohle Yohannan, curator of Wallis: Duchess of Windsor (Sept. 19-Feb. 20). The exhibition traces her profound influence on how we dress. Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore; 410/685-3750. —C.P.
Get a knot in your stomach every time you feel the plane lurch?Try Herban Essentials' Fear of Flying kit, with soothing extracts of valerian, kava, clary sage, and lavender. Who knows?You might even sleep through your next bumpy landing. $13.50 from Fred Segal Apothia, Los Angeles; 877/276-8442. —Kimberly Robinson
Brooklyn's scruffy Smith Street has emerged as New York's latest style corridor. • Frida's Closet (No. 296; 718/855-0311) brings Frida Kahlo's exotic-but-casual look to life. • Former Cynthia Rowley assistant Stacy Johnson makes her own mark with floral capri pants at Stacia New York (No. 267; 718/237-0078). • A bag from Refinery (No. 254; 718/643-7861), made of vintage fabric, is a must-have accessory for those in the know. • Hoyt & Bond (No. 248; 718/488-8283) is the place for over-the-top kids' gear. Check out the mother-daughter angora ponchos. —Jessica Dineen