3:46 p.m.: The raw-concrete wall before you signals the stark divide between art and nature. Amid the cactus-studded dunes of coastal Oaxaca, with the Sierra Madre del Sur in the distance, lies Casa Wabi, a new fortress of creative solitude designed by architect Tadao Ando as a foundation for the Mexican artist Bosco Sodi. You’ve walked here along the beach from your bungalow at the Hotel Escondido to view an installation by French artist Daniel Buren. Later, you’ll attend a film screening and visit with the international artists here for a residency. And who knows? That beachcomber you saw earlier sketching wind-bleached driftwood may have been one of them. You certainly couldn’t ask for a more inspiring setting.
On the southeastern coast of Uruguay, cultural connoisseurs are rubbing elbows with the beach-and-polo set, thanks to a string of art-centric hotels by international collectors Alex and Carrie Vik. Their latest: Bahia Vik, 37 rooms hidden among the windswept dunes of boho-chic José Ignacio. The couple, who filled their nearby Playa and Estancia properties with works by big-name South American artists, has commissioned pieces from the likes of Juan Burgos and Marcelo Daglio. “One of our goals has been to create hotels that celebrate the rich culture of their locale,” Carrie says. Case in point: the mixed-media sculpture by Montevideo-born Javier Abdala, which faces a horizon-stretching view of the South Atlantic.
On a Sunday night in Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts, the Jamaica Tallawahs batted against the Barbados Tridents at Warner Park during a Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament. The wicket ignited with an LED flash as a bail tumbled; the crowd, which included the prime minister, roared with approval. A Mexican Wave swept through the nosebleed seats. The Jumbotron projected a close-up of the El Dorado Rum girls shaking their spangled booties. Since when, I thought to myself, did cricket have the sex appeal of Carnival?
On every journey, I am always on the lookout for stylish souvenirs, but what really catches my eye are pieces with "you can only get it there" bragging rights. These wearable mementos might turn up in bazaars, vintage stalls, artisan workshops, even late-night bars where ex-pat jewelers will trade the occasional ruby-studded bangle over cocktails.
While exploring Shahpur Jat, an urban village where many of Delhi's next-wave stylists (Nida Mahmood, Olivia Dar, Sonam Dubal) have recently set up shop, I walked into interior designer Punit Jasuja's Second Floor Studio, filled with boldly silkscreened pillows and other tempting accessories.
Ever heard of Latin Boogaloo? I'm crazy about this spicy fusion music genre from the 1960s; it's having a moment again. The Boogaloo Assassins, LA's hottest crossover band, is playing in New York City at Nublu on August 1 during Fania Records 50th anniversary celebration. Drop by or download this road trip playlist they've created exclusively for T+L. Vamos!
Carla Sersale’s boutique at Le Sirenuse, the hotel she owns with her family, may be located in Positano, Italy, but it was creative, chaotic Mumbai that served as muse for her latest collection of blouses, ponchos, and tunics. “You feel this powerful sense of joy around you,” she says, “and get blown away by the vibrancy of the colors.” Here, she shares her inspirations. —As told to Shane Mitchell
1. “When you look out your windows from the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel($$$) onto the Bay of Bombay and the moon is up, reflecting on the sea, it’s a magical show.”
2. “I fell in love with a piece by Waqas Khan at Lakeeren Gallery. He reinterprets traditional miniature painting with a Rapidograph pen on wasli paper.”
3. “I love the city’s battered yellow-top ‘Fiat’ taxis! You miss the point riding around in air-conditioned limos.”
4. “I collaborated with my niece, [Mumbai-based designer] Viola Parrocchetti, on these pillows and caftans for the new collection.”
5. “This 1920 brass statue of Shiva came from Phillips Antiques. It’s now on my mantelpiece in London.”
6. “Bungalow 8(91-22/2281-9880) is a beautiful store full of eclectic apparel, rugs, ceramics, glass, and jewels—everything carefully blended and displayed together.”
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Every year, Laurent Halasz—founder and owner of theFig & Olive restaurants in New York and California—returns to his childhood home of Mougins, on France’s Côte d’Azur, for scenic hikes and inspiration from his mother’s kitchen. Here, he takes us on a tour of the medieval hilltop village.
Eat: “La Place de Mougins($$$$), in a Provençal house, is such a pleasure. Last time I had beef consommé with foie gras and chocolate. For cocktails, don’t miss the classic Piscine, champagne on ice with strawberries, at L’Amandier($$$). And I grew up on olive oil pressed locally at Moulin Baussy, in nearby Spéracèdes.”
Opening this weekend, Hank and Asha is a tale of two cities. During intimate video chats, a pair of long-distance lovers share their adopted homes, Prague and New York, as they plan a rendezvous in Paris.
Director Wes Anderson takes T+L on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Grand Budapest Hotel, his latest film opening Mar. 7.
For his new release—which stars Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes as a debonair hotel concierge—Wes Anderson traveled though Eastern Europe on a hunt for set locations and characters. “I like working abroad because the whole process is an adventure, and it’s the most fun way to learn about a place,” he said. One takeaway: “Prague has been all cleaned up, but Budapest still has a little bit of a time-warp feeling.” Known for creating meticulously crafted sets and fictional worlds, the filmmaker borrowed references from Ernst Lubitsch musicals, Jugendstil architecture, and Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain for his own version of a grand hotel in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. Here, a view from the director’s chair.