Loved reading “Exploring Out Islands, Bahamas” [June]. Shane Mitchell perfectly captured the feel of the islands and I can totally understand how they stole her father’s heart. After vacationing there for a few years, my husband and I also fell in love with the people and the lifestyle—and recently decided to buy a Bahamian-style cottage on a hill in the north end of Hope Town, Elbow Cay, overlooking the harbor. —Travelandleisure.com member Angela Gunning
I usually love flipping through T+L, but I feel the python shoes shown in “What to Wear in Venice” [Stylish Traveler, May] have no place in your pages. I hope your readers agree that there are plenty of more compassionate choices for their footwear. —Holly Bern, Oakland, Calif.
More English Landmarks
In an issue devoted to world-class hotels and resorts, Rebecca Mead’s “Staying at a British National Trust Estate” [June] was refreshing—about a true travel alternative. Your readers may be interested in another organization that offers accommodations in historic English buildings: the Landmark Trust (doubles from $334, three-night minimum). My husband and I have stayed in three of its properties and found each of them to be truly transporting. —Jennifer Steneberg, Rodeo, Calif.
Vegetarian Food Takes Flight
I just read your Airport Awards and wanted to mention that the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (pcrm.org)—a nonprofit group advocating healthy living—puts out its own airport awards, ranking the food at 17 U.S airports and finding the most vegetarian-friendly spots. Since my daughter is vegan I’d be interested in knowing how airports overseas compare. —Katie Moore, Baltimore, Md.
My wife and I are spending a week on beautiful Cocoa Island (doubles from $880), a Maldivian resort with great service and food, peace and quiet—and amazing ocean views. It surely deserves a spot on your next list of “Best Secret Islands on Earth” [May]. —Greg Kahn, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Omission: In the World’s Best Hotels for Service in the Caribbean list [June], we neglected to mention that the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, No. 9, has been closed for renovations. At press time, it was scheduled to reopen in late 2010. For the 2010 World’s Best Awards, go to travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2010.