This far-flung archipelago has become the location of choice for the style set. T+L drops in to check out the latest openings.
The Glamorous Retreat: Originally a private residence for a wealthy Italian family, the Majlis(Manda Island; 254/204-441-164; doubles from $841, including meals) has been converted into a 24-room resort with soaring beamed ceilings, two sexy pools, and lanterns everywhere.
The Authentic Find: Red Pepper House(Coconut Beach; 254/727-606-691; doubles from $1,450, including meals) celebrates Swahili design: its thatched-roof bungalows are modeled after native houses. The resort also helps fund a hospital and an orphanage nearby.
The Afforable Hideaway: At the Moon Houses(254/722-209-490; doubles from $290), a series of chic villas scattered around the islands, you’ll have plenty of privacy—plus, a personal chef to cook fish caught that very morning.
The Must-Visit Shop: African fashion designer Anna Trzebinski(Sea Suq, Shela; 254/720-292-024) chose Lamu for her first freestanding shop. The waterfront space is stocked with her trademark beaded sandals, embellished caftans, and feather-trimmed pashminas.
Wente Vineyards, the oldest family-owned winery in the country, is at it again. Travel + Leisure has long celebrated Wente for its picturesque golf course, a world-class destination uniquely situated amongst the vines. What many people do not know, however, is that they also have a gorgeous concert area, where one might hear anything from jazz to hip-hop, classical to electronica. This Saturday, check out their latest event: BottleRockIt. Originally called Discover the Wine Discover the Music, this 5th annual music festival pulls in heavy hitters like Dirty Vegas and GIVERS, while also providing exposure to the emerging artists of the San Francisco Bay Area. Twenty bands will amplify three different stages on this stunning estate. Concert-goers are given the opportunity to do some world-class wine tasting while they bop their heads to the delicious tunes. For $20, you can't beat that for a weekend getaway!
WHAT: BottleRockIt WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 2011. Doors open at 10:30 AM and performances begin at 11 AM. WHERE: The lawn at the Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room; 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Joe Harper is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure.
If you found yourself tearing up at the end of the last Harry Potter movie this summer, fear not, Muggles! For those utterly addicted to the Harry Potter universe and those who simply want to tour a piece of movie-making history, the franchise lives on. Tickets are available beginning October 13, 2011 for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London—The Making of Harry Potter, at Leavesden, opening in Spring 2012. Tack on an extra day to a London visit and bring your broomstick for this insider’s look.
Adventurous contestants have plenty of options with these three contests. Whether following the Travelocity gnome to Machu Pichu, jetting to Dubai, or exploring new culinary adventures abroad, these sweepstakes are not for homebodies. Procrastinators beware, each opportunity is only available for a few more days.
Artists and other creative types have been drawn to the Château Lacoste in
Provence since the Marquis de Sade was in residence, and the notorious author’s
lure held fast even as his castle and its surrounding fell into decay. Closer
to our times, the Surrealists and Max Ernst
gravitated to what was left of this tiny medieval village, and over the decades
an artists’ community has grown up around it.
Since 2002, a cluster of homes bought and gradually restored by
the American expat artist Bernard Pfriem in the Fifties was acquired by the
Savannah College of Art and Design, which stepped up renovations, giving a
historic boulangerie new life as a library (pictured above), and transforming forgotten cellars
into exhibition spaces. In a separate but complementary effort, over the past
several years nonagenarian fashion designer Pierre Cardin has been busy
rehabilitating the ruined castle into a center for arts and music and recast a
number of storefronts into shiny galleries.
Last year’s winners (see video, above) included the futuristic Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi (Best Large Hotel); the renovation of the United Kingdom’s oldest public museum, the Ashmolean, in Oxford (Best Museum); and
Priestmangoode’s innovative staterooms, designed for Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epicship (Best Transportation).
Set on an island in the heart of Moscow, the once-abandoned warehouses of the old Red October chocolate factory now house some of the city’s hippest galleries, restaurants, and rooftop bars.
For classic cucina italiana, check out Bontempi, a new locanda from Lombardy-born chef Valentino Bontempi. 12 Bersenevskaya Nab.; 7-495/223-1387; dinner for two $138.
With its spacious roof deck and innovative tapas (bocconcini and chile fritters), Bar Strelka—atop the Strelka design institute—draws a mix of local artists, intellectuals, and scenesters. 14 Bersenevskaya Nab.; 7-495/771-7437; drinks for two $25.