The King of Clay serves T+L a few of his best moves.
The winner of 12 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, Mallorcan tennis player Rafael Nadal is fierce on the court—but a beach bum at heart. Want proof? Despite a relentless tournament schedule, he finds time to visit Secrets Aura Cozumel($$)—one of two resorts he co-owns on the Mexican island—where he “loves to fish and dive.” While Nadal’s wardrobe includes this T-shirt from Vilebrequin($85) and boat shoes by Tommy Hilfiger($98), his laid-back style doesn’t equate to traveling light: all his gear and event attire add up to “a thousand suitcases.” One thing you’ll never find inside: trophies. “I left one in a taxi in Acapulco! I’ve had them mailed to me ever since.”
• Nadal’s Zadig & Voltaire jacket($415) and jeans($225) are cool yet comfortable.
• “My limited-edition Richard Mille watch is so light I hardly feel it.”
• The Nike Roller Golf Departure Duffel($170) has a separate pocket for wet items.
• Nadal’s Babolat racquets(from $199) are always at his side. “If I lose them, I have a small problem.”
November 21 through 25, a.k.a. Thankgsiving Weekend 2012, is a good time to be in Latin America. It's warm, your weird aunt probably won't be there, and you don't have to eat bone-dry turkey leftovers for days. It is also when Festival 4+1 takes place.
Those of you traveling to Madrid this summer are doubly lucky because until July 22nd you will find PHotoEspaña in full swing. The photography festival, a long-standing highlight on the city's summer cultural calendar, brings more than 70 exhibits to town displaying work by history’s and today’s greatest lensmen.
In a city like Madrid, where the passion for food and drink is met by a vast number of bars and restaurants that serve any regional specialty you care to sink your teeth into, it may seem slightly odd to say that the best place to go for a truly genuine paella Valenciana could be...the train station?
And yet, the brand new high-speed train link between Madrid and Valencia might just make this statement true. Inaugurated on December 18, it's the latest addition to the AVE network, which radiates from the capital to key destinations on the peninsula such as Barcelona (3 hours) and Seville (2.5 hours). Now, with 16 daily departures travelling at speeds in excess of 200mph, this smooth ride can get you to the Mediterranean coast in little more than one and a half hours.
That's probably less time than you will spend at the table. And since Valencia—already known for excellent produce, fresh fish and world-famous rice—just chalked up its thirteenth Michelin-starred restaurant, the table is without a doubt a good place to be.
Tomas Martin is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure.