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.
Nancy Novogrod offered a list of ways to improve your hotel-room experience in her June Editor’s Note. Here, feedback from T+L’s readers.
My pet peeve: you can get free high-speed Internet at a Fairfield Inn but be charged $15 per day for it at a five-star hotel. —Jenora Demers, Kankakee, Ill.
No Free Lunch
You make some good points, but if a hotel doesn’t get free Internet, why would you expect them to just give it away? —Pamela Gordon, Los Angeles, Calif.
Suggestions for Better Bathrooms
1. More hooks—for towels, robes, etc. 2. A three-way mirror. 3. A night-light, to prevent a fall into the tub! —Harriet Warm, Cleveland, Ohio
Reader’s Find: A Nuevo Latino Restaurant in Downtown New York City
I love discovering new Latino restaurants—they take me back to my days of living in South America. Recently, while wandering the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side, I was drawn to Rayuela (dinner for two $100), with its private booth seating and rustic-chic décor. There, I sampled some of the most delicious estilo libre (freestyle) Latino food I’ve ever tasted—traditional Spanish and South American dishes (from arepas to arroz con pollo) with a modern twist. There’s even a ceviche bar upstairs. And their steak rivals those done on the parrilla (grill) in Buenos Aires. —Judith Jones, Los Angeles, Calif.
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T+L Asks: If You Had Your Entire Summer Free, How (and Where) Would You Spend It?
Being a dive bum in Cozumel, Mexico. —Meg Grace
On Santorini, in the Greek isles, exploring archaeological sites, sipping barrel wine, and dining outside at sunset every night.—Jean Hull Cross, Brooksville, Fla.
I’d do a family road trip through the West, stopping at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and the Four Corners, in Arizona; Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah; the Oregon Trail; and Devils Tower National Monument, in Wyoming. —Emmanuelle Klein Works, Tempe, Ariz.
Island-hopping on a Mediterranean yacht cruise. —Laurie Sommer
Oh la la! Would love to stay in a villa in the French countryside—to soak up the culture, learn the language, and live a carefree life. —Gina Cubé-Rousseau
Living in a small cottage on the coast of Maine. —Monica Kissane
I’d head to Bora-Bora or Australia—a place where I could cool off without having to hibernate inside an air-conditioned building 24/7. —Julie Riddle Andreen, Phoenix, Ariz.
Serving ice cream to tourists at Yellowstone National Park—and hanging out in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on my days off.—Darlene Fiske, Austin, Tex.
On Florida’s Emerald Coast. White-sugar beaches, gorgeous green water, and blue skies as far as the eye can see. —Danielle Beaty, New York, N.Y.
In Sicily or Tuscany—learning to cook, drowning myself in culture, and fantasizing about never coming back. —Camtown Fabulousity
Coming Next Month: If you were to win a shopping spree anywhere in the world, where would you go—and what would you buy?
The T+L Hit List
Here, the most-searched destinations on TravelandLeisure.com this summer.
Established by Sir John Smith as a building preservation charity, this organization restores and rents more than 190 landmark residences in Britain, France, and Italy. The buildings accommodate 1—16 guests, and are available for stays of up to three weeks. The company’s portfolio includes cottages, towers, castles, and medieval great halls, all of which are furnished and fully heated. Options range from Fort Clonque, a 19th-century granite fort off the coast of Alderney, to Woodsford Castle, a 14th-century countryside residence near Dorchester with landscaped gardens, an open fireplace, and views of the river Frome.
Globe-trotters prefer this chilled-out, toes-in-the-sand retreat, where the focus is on organic cuisine, yoga and meditation, and Asian-inspired spa rituals.
Rayuela, New York
Located on the Lower East Side, Rayuela is an innovative eatery presenting its own spin on Latin American and Spanish cuisine, referred to as estilo libre latino cuisine. Chef Máximo Tejada carefully reinterprets traditional dishes by introducing new ingredients and influences from different countries, such as Peru and Colombia. Diners can sample a number of reinvented ceviches or try the paella verde, made with rabbit and tomatillo. The bi-level, wood-paneled space is inviting and the dim lighting helps to cultivate an almost ethereal ambiance. There is ample seating, and the large tree on the first floor is an eye-catcher.