March 2015

By Alexandra Sifferlin / TIME, March 30, 2015
Following similar bans by San Francisco and Seattle, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Monday he intends to sign an executive order that will ban state-funded travel to Indiana as a protest to that state’s new religious objections law, which cri...
By Nikki Ekstein, March 30, 2015
We talk about Kimpton Hotels a lot around here: the brand, recently acquired by IHG, is busy growing its portfolio and upping the ante on affordable hotels with highbrow design. One thing that’s oft overlooked, however, is Kimpton’s golden touch w...
By Peter Schlesinger, March 30, 2015
At this week’s Twitter chat, Travel + Leisure is talking spring travel and how to #BringOnSpring. Learn from the experts and share your own seasonal travel ideas on Tuesday, March 31, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The Host: T+L Assistant Edito...
By Amy Schellenbaum, March 27, 2015
The Himalayas boast nine of the 10 highest mountain peaks on the planet, its 1,500 miles of snow-coated ridges of great religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. Its mountains have set the scene for operas, and tourism in Nepal is the count...
By Nate Storey, March 27, 2015
It was only a matter of time before the family that gave the world Mama Shelter hotels brought their egalitarian vision of cool stateside—and what better place than anyone-can-be-a-star Hollywood? The idiosyncratically hip hotel brand turned heads...
By Lindsey Olander, March 27, 2015
By Catherine Steindler, March 26, 2015
To travel to Cuba—a short journey long-anticipated by many U.S. citizens and now, thanks to today's easing of travel restrictions, tantalizingly imminent—is, famously, to go back in time. Havana is imagined as a town caught in the 1950s, which is ...
By Max Grinnell, March 26, 2015
By Caroline Hallemann, March 23, 2015
Think the only way you can see the world and make a difference is through organizations like Doctors Without Borders or the Peace Corp? Relax (quite literally), and book your next vacation at a luxury hotel that packs a do-good punch. One such ...
By Caroline Hallemann, March 23, 2015
With a recent opening of a museum-hotel in Durham, North Carolina; a pair of properties currently under construction in Oklahoma City and Lexington, Kentucky; and three more projects in the early stages of development, hospitality brand 21c is bui...
By Courtney Kenefick, March 23, 2015
High-end fashion brand Bottega Veneta, known for its woven leather goods, opened its first home boutique this month, a gorgeous store inside Milan’s Palazzo Gallarati Scotti. Here the brand’s collection of furnishings, lighting, and tabletop ac...
By N/A, March 19, 2015
Surrounded by water nearly everywhere you look, the British Virgin Islands is regarded as the sailing capital of the Caribbean for its steady trade winds and peaceful beaches. The four main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Aneg...
By N/A, March 19, 2015
Situated just east of Puerto Rico, one of the most direct ways to the BVI’s main airport on Beef Island is via San Juan. However, another easy option is flying nonstop to St. Thomas and taking a ferry to Road Town, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, or your p...
By Amy Farley, March 19, 2015
Now that cheeky airline safety videos have officially become a thing, carriers around the world are looking deep within to determine what image to present for those crucial few minutes before take-off. Air New Zealand landed on the Hobbit several ...
By Katie James, March 19, 2015
If you’ve ever been captivated by the art of glassblowing, it may be time to start planning a trip to Corning, New York. The Corning Museum of Glass—built in 1951 and designed by legendary American architect Wallace K. Harrison—is wrapping up a...
By Kathryn O'Shea-Evans, March 18, 2015
By David Samuels, March 18, 2015
On a visit to the hotel company’s new innovation studio, David Samuels explores the brave new world of hospitality. Hotels are my favorite places to think and write, or simply to escape from reality, which is sometimes harsh. The hotels I am gr...
By David A. Keeps, March 18, 2015
No longer in the shadows of Sydney and Melbourne, the Queensland capital has evolved into an incubator for forward-thinking art and design—with a quirky point of view all its own. In the dim, industrial depths of Brisbane’s Powerhouse arts cent...
By Andrew Villagomez, March 18, 2015
By Valerie Waterhouse, March 18, 2015
High design gets a personal touch at the Eternal City’s most stylish new stay. When Gabriele Salini opened G-Rough, a 10-suite hotel in his family’s palazzo just 100 yards from Piazza Navona (pictured above), he was determined to bring an uncon...
By Amy Schellenbaum, March 17, 2015
Ryanair, the Irish airline famous for crazy-cheap flights between European cities, has unveiled plans to offer transatlantic service for as little as £10 (or roughly $14.74) for one way. While a flight from Boston to London for what is essentia...
By N/A, March 17, 2015
Gateway to Italy, Milan is gearing up for an influx of travelers to the Universal Exhibition. Many will combine it with trips elsewhere in Italy, since the country’s modern, efficient trains make transport easy and convenient. Yet if you want to k...
By N/A, March 17, 2015
Come May, the world will focus its attention on Milan and "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," the theme of Expo Milano 2015. This Universal Exposition will bring together more than 140 countries and organizations to address the challenges of en...
By Amy Farley, March 17, 2015
Don’t rely on upgrading. In the past, it was relatively easy to buy an economy ticket and use miles to get to the front of the plane. It’s become more of a crapshoot recently. Airlines are now focused on selling business-class seats and often open...
By Anya von Bremzen, March 17, 2015
Lay of the Land Christianshavn: With its gabled houses and canals, this man-made island is a quiet escape in the heart of the city. Frederiksberg: Come to this historic neighborhood to see the city’s Neoclassical architecture and to picnic a...
By Shane Mitchell, March 17, 2015
'Great day for a boat ride,' the deckhand tells me, squinting at the cornflower sky as the Elwha prepares to back out of its slip at Anacortes and head into the San Juan Islands. He inspects a van with a kayak on top and a license-plate frame that...
By Caroline Hallemann, March 17, 2015
By Amy Farley, March 17, 2015
While other safari lodges in Botswana seem to be in a battle of luxury one-upmanship (with architecture and plunge pools being the weapons of choice), Selinda Explorers Camp is taking it down a notch. It’s not that the four-tent camp—which opened ...
By Sara Ruffin Costello, March 17, 2015
By Andrew Sessa, March 17, 2015
A new concept store brings together the best of the city’s homegrown talent. The Argentinean economy may be shaky, but that didn’t prevent the opening last month of Casa Cavia, a high-design store that draws from the most sought-after ateliers,...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, March 16, 2015
The hospitality industry churns out new hotels and spruces up old ones at a dizzying rate, so each year, T+L selects the few properties that have that “it” factor. Join us as we talk about our hotel It List, and about the industry trends and innov...
By Amy Schellenbaum, March 16, 2015
Thought your weekend was productive? A trained eagle named Darshan is here to put your weekend-catchup-to-coworkers to shame. On Saturday, Darshan soared 2,700 feet above Dubai, to the top of the city’s vertigo-inducing Burj Khalifa, the world’s t...
By Carl Swanson, March 16, 2015
Can an enigmatic Argentine, a pantheon of starchitects, a Hollywood director, and $1 billion cement Miami as the culturati’s ultimate playground? Alan Faena says yes. On a perfect December day during the high-toned hubbub of Art Basel Miami Bea...
By Rachel Felder, March 16, 2015
By Nate Storey, March 16, 2015
Leave the jumbo Tumi roller at home if you’re planning to stay at Japan’s Koyasan Kokuu Guesthouse—the sleek, micro rooms are inspired by the country’s ubiquitous small capsule hotels. Kyoto-based design firm Alphaville crafted this garage-like...
By Amy Farley, March 16, 2015
If you bank miles with a flexible-points credit card, consider transferring them into foreign-airline loyalty programs, which can have bigger payoffs than their domestic counterparts. Three worth keeping in mind: British Airways: B.A. offers gr...
By Bruce Schoenfeld, March 12, 2015
I was sitting in an ornate dining room eating a breakfast out of the Hapsburg Empire: cheeses, meats, smoked fish, black bread with apricot jam—not a cereal bowl in sight. Chandeliers hung from the ceiling. Framed landscapes adorned the walls. Out...
By Caroline Hallemann, March 12, 2015
How do you take your tea? Cream? Sugar? How about at 800 feet above ground? This May, London's iconic, Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper The Shard is launching Sky-High Tea, basically a luxury picnic where guests enjoy finger sandwiches, scones, ...
By Amy Schellenbaum, March 11, 2015
On Friday at 11:30 a.m., a cherry-picked cohort of 180 mystery celebrities will breeze through security, hop on a Boeing 737, and drink complimentary cocktails on their way to the country’s coolest music-tech-film conference. It’s not officially c...
By Andrew Sessa, March 11, 2015
By Tom Samiljan, March 11, 2015
Procrastinators, rejoice: a new crop of digital tools can help you book an entire trip in a matter of minutes, even mere hours before takeoff. So get packing. Find your flight: The key to getting a last-minute deal is flexibility. The website A...
By Nikki Ekstein, March 11, 2015
Today in adorable travel news: four Icelandair crewmembers are the new parents of puppies born unexpectedly before flight. The mother pup, a sled dog named Pepper, was poised to take Icelandair to Stockholm after a visit to Seattle with her owner,...
By Caroline Hallemann, March 11, 2015
For history buffs, veterans, and families of World War II heroes, Normandy has become something of a pilgrimage site. Millions of travelers come to the region each year to reverently visit the beaches (where Allied forces invaded on D-Day in 1944)...
By Courtney Kenefick, March 11, 2015
Everybody’s been there: staring into the closet the night before heading out of the country, searching for a hybrid of sweatpants (for comfort) and trousers (to avoid looking like a total schlep). While circa 2011 the answer may have been the infa...
By Amy Schellenbaum, March 10, 2015
With the recent introduction of GoSleep napping pods, essentially closable pellets meant for escaping the stress and hubbub of airport terminals, it looks like Helsinki Airport is vying in earnest to become the best place in Europe to spend an eig...
By Jonny Clark, March 10, 2015
With the recent introduction of GoSleep napping pods, essentially closable pellets meant for escaping the stress and hubbub of airport terminals, it looks like Helsinki Airport is vying in earnest to become the best place in Europe to spend an eig...
By Amy Farley, March 10, 2015
Hotels around the world are getting more expensive. According a recent report by the behemoth booking site Hotels.com, the average price for a room rose about three percent globally from 2013 to 2014, fifth consecutve year of rising rates. Here in...
By Caroline Hallemann, March 10, 2015
Text-based artist Jenny Holzer will design a piece for New York City’s new AIDS Memorial. Already known in the community for her permanent work at 7 World Trade Center, Holzer plans to use lines from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” to create a spi...
By Courtney Kenefick, March 10, 2015
Judging by the name, you might think that Uslu Airlines is a boutique air carrier you’ve never been on. In reality it's a Berlin-based luxury beauty brand known for something much more colorful: nail polishes and lip glosses named after the world'...
By Katrina Brown Hunt, March 10, 2015
By Travel + Leisure Staff, March 10, 2015
Ahh la dolce vita. Be it the Alps in the north, Sicily in the south, or the classic cities in between, few destinations inspire so much wanderlust as Italy. Learn from the experts and share your own stories in our Italian Travel Twitter Chat on Tu...
By Katie James, March 9, 2015
As spring approaches, so too do the skin woes associated with seasonal shifts—all of which are compounded by inevitable spring travel. Whether skin is dehydrated, dull, or just plain irritated, Dr. Philippe Allouche has the fix. As Director of Inn...
By Nikki Ekstein, March 9, 2015
Given that the iPhone is likely the most ubiquitous travel accessory in the world, today’s announcement of the Apple Watch stands to be big news (even bigger news, perhaps than the annoucement of its new MacBook) for globetrotters. Here’s what you...
By Nikki Ekstein, March 9, 2015
For years, the MacBook has been a favorite in Travel + Leisure's annual Tech Awards. Its thin dimensions, long battery life, and beautiful display are features that had gone unchanged for a good two years. But if you thought that Apple had perfect...
By Amy Schellenbaum, March 9, 2015
On March 8, 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 vanished from radar and radio, its 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers presumed dead. In the last year, many have attempted to unearth where, exactly, the missing plane ended up, and how, exactly, a ...
By Caroline Hallemann, March 6, 2015
South by Southwest (or SXSW, for the acronym-loving crowd) kicks off next weekend in Austin, but arriving street-style ready requires more than one day’s notice. To help prep for Texas’s best music-cum-interactive-cum-film festival, we assembled t...
By Amy Schellenbaum, March 6, 2015
On March 8, 2014, less than an hour after departing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on a routine flight to Beijing, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 blipped off the surveillance radar, never to reemerge. In the days that followed, the Boeing 77...
By N/A, March 6, 2015
Windswept and sun-soaked, the island of Aruba offers a wild and rugged interior of cacti-dotted desert scenery which provides a dramatic contrast to its legendary beaches of powdery white sand and turquoise blue water. Along the northern coastline...
By N/A, March 6, 2015
Soon after aloe vera was introduced to Aruba in 1840, some two-thirds of the island’s desert-like terrain was covered with low-growing rosettes of this succulent plant renowned for its wellness benefits. Within several decades, this tiny, oblong-s...
By N/A, March 5, 2015
By Caroline Hallemann, March 3, 2015
Much like MoMA, the Guggenheim, and the Met, The Armory Show is a New York arts institution. An annual fair with roots harkening back to the early 20th century, it brings together galleries from nearly 30 countries on Piers 92 and 94 in central Ma...
By Amy Schellenbaum, March 3, 2015
On Jan. 23, 2015, the world mourned the announced bankruptcy of an American icon, seminal retail periodical SkyMall. "How will we purchase our Serenity Cat Pods?" the world cried. "Where we will find the giant fake rocks of our dreams? The motoriz...
By Nikki Ekstein, March 3, 2015
Airport management company OTG has unveiled its designs for Newark’s new United terminal, and if one thing is certain, it’s that the much-maligned hub is about to become one of the country’s coolest places to fly through. So how is OTG taking the ...
By Travel + Leisure Staff, March 2, 2015
By Caroline Hallemann, March 2, 2015
Can’t wait for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to re-open in 2016? Get a sneak peek of the museum’s new collection when its American Icons exhibit opens at the Grand Palais in Paris this April. Marking the international debut of SFMOMA O...
By Kristina Ensminger, March 2, 2015
When Nashville was coined Music City in 1950, honky tonk and pop country dominated the scene. But after Bob Dylan recorded his milestone album, Blonde on Blonde, on Music Row in 1966, musicians of all genres followed suit. Over the next decade, ev...
By Nikki Ekstein, February 27, 2015
If you’ve ever had a long layover, taken a one-day business trip, or spent a day channeling Don Draper, you’ll appreciate the value proposition of HotelsByDay, a new app that allows travelers to book hotel rooms without having to pay for the full ...
By Amy Schellenbaum, February 27, 2015
In the wake of the recent influx of so-called cat cafes—that is, coffee shops where patrons can get cuddly with a feline or two while enjoying their macchiatos—comes this (perhaps inevitable) gem in Seoul, South Korea: a place that imports a pair ...
By Amy Schellenbaum, February 27, 2015
While some hotel brands are encouraging visitors to unplug, with perks like free massages and snorkeling sessions offered to those who surrender their devices, others—namely the Desert Springs outpost of hospitality juggernaut Marriott—are taking ...
By Nikki Ekstein, February 27, 2015
By Amy Schellenbaum, February 27, 2015
Saturday’s season premiere of travel/cooking show Avec Eric promises, above all else, further proof of the boons gleaned from adventure. The Season 3 teaser is a delightful whiplash, wherein kangaroos, cephalopod tentacles, and long, open roads bl...
By Caroline Hallemann, February 26, 2015
How much would it take for you to ditch your cell phone while on vacation? What if powering down garnered you a complimentary snorkeling session or a free massage? Trying to unplug while on holiday is hardly a novel aspiration, but the Velas Re...
By Caroline Hallemann, February 26, 2015
As Amsterdam is quickly finding out, you can have too much of a good thing. Cycling is so popular there—58 percent of locals use their bikes daily and 43 percent commute via bike—that the Dutch capital is facing a logistical nightmare. They’ve run...
By Kate Parham Kordsmeier, February 23, 2015
By Amy Farley, February 20, 2015
Among the Oscar-nominated films that inspired wanderlust over the past year, the most unlikely might be Virunga, a powerful documentary that chronicles the tribulations of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park, home t...
By Lisa Cheng, February 20, 2015
Curaçao: 52% off from Kura Hulanda’s sister properties Best of Both Worlds package includes: • Two nights in a Resort Deluxe room in town and two nights in a Superior Garden View room at the beach club • Admission to the Museum Kura Hulanda, ...
By Mario R. Mercado, February 19, 2015
With last month’s captivating free-climb of one of the most treacherous sections of Yosemite’s El Capitan summit comes more proof of rock climbing’s inherent drama. It’s hardly surprising, then, that mountain scaling is the subject of the Dallas O...
By Alastair Gordon, February 19, 2015
As a parade of ever-taller, starchitect-designed giants now tower over London, critic Alastair Gordon asks whether the soul of the city is getting lost in the shadows. I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings, the lower t...
By Amy Farley, February 19, 2015
Let’s face it: hotels favor certain guests over others. Some will always be offered the biggest rooms with the best views, the extra attention, and all the perks (welcome gifts, on-site credit) that make staying at a hotel a little bit nicer. S...
By Sandra Ramani, February 19, 2015
Hotels love a good attention-grabbing amenity, especially one that involves health and wellness. We looked at some of the latest offerings to see which are worth your time. At many JW Marriott properties worldwide, turndown service includes a v...
By Peter Schlesinger, February 19, 2015
For many people in the country, travel is, quite simply, a financial impossibility—and one that keeps thousands of children from experiencing anything outside the towns they were born in. A 22-year-old in New York is trying to change that. Stan...
By Krisanne Fordham, February 19, 2015
By Valerie Waterhouse, February 18, 2015
Lay of the Land Centro Storico: The city’s historic district is filled with art museums and Renaissance churches, along with homegrown luxury brands like Gucci. San Lorenzo: This maze of streets between the San Lorenzo Market and the Santa M...
By Sandra Ramani, February 18, 2015
The hippest hotels now have juice bars. Kimpton is serving fresh-pressed blends at its U.S. properties. Miami’s Metropolitan by Como specializes in an anti-bloating concoction (so you can rock your bikini with confidence). And at the Ace Hotel Dow...
By Jeninne Lee-St. John, February 18, 2015
The Artist: Li Jiabo Principal dancer, Hong Kong Ballet. Moved from Shanghai in 2003. What's Underrated: You always hear about Lan Kwai Fung or Soho, but there’s a lot to explore in Tsim Sha Tsui, which has several stylish shops and Victori...
By Michael Kors, February 17, 2015
By Brooke Porter Katz, February 17, 2015
The countdown has begun in earnest for the 87th-annual Academy Awards, which take place this Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. In honor of silver screen’s biggest night, T+L has cast its own vote—in travel-related categories, of course. Ou...

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