From an eco-lodge and the return of a major art museum to a different kind of pub crawl, we map out the latest happenings in Oz.
The Remote Getaway: Wild Bush Luxury is converting the former VIP guest quarters of Paspaley Pearls—Australia’s largest pearling company—into Kuri Bay, five simple yet chic rooms opening in April. Kuri Bay; 61-2/9571-6399; doubles from $1,595, all-inclusive, two-night minimum.
The Air Adventure: This activity elevates the humble pub crawl to an art form. The Historic Hotel Heli Tour starts in Darwin and flies to five of the Northern Territory’s most iconic pubs. The day also includes fishing for barramundi. $858 per person.
The City Renaissance: In addition to its $748 million airport transformation (currently under way), Perthhas recently seen a spate of new restaurants. A couple of our new favorites: the contemporary Middle Eastern Raah, and the Aviary, a restaurant, lounge, and rooftop bar.
Travel + Leisure's digital project editor Sarah Spagnolo highlights four romantic weekend getaways.
1. From the East: Cape Cod, Massachusetts – Chatham Bars Inn (from $250 a night). Many travelers consider Cape Cod to be a summertime escape, but the destination is serene and dramatic in the winter, without the crowds. At the Chatham Bars Inn, you’ll stay in one of 217 Cape-style cottages on a bluff overlooking the crashing waves. Many rooms have bay windows, gas fireplaces, and oversize soaking tubs. Stay through March for $250/night for two nights, and the hotel will throw in breakfast for two, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, and a $100 credit at the streamlined spa.
Le Rêve Hotel & Spa - up to 29% off Playa del Carmen, Mexico Few hotels along Mexico's Mayan Riviera are as private and intimate as Le Rêve Hotel & Spa. This adults-only seaside escape (perfect for honeymoons or frustrated urbanites) features 25 luxury suites—some garden-facing, others with sea views...
Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort - up to 40% off Paget, Bermuda On an island known for clear water and posh hotels (not to mention direct flights from the U.S.), this harbor-side Bermuda resort, complete with classic white rooms and breezy terraced pools and pavilions, exudes a sense of unexpected Caribbean cool…
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St. James's Club Resort & Villas - up to 53% off St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda Spread across 100 acres of a peninsula on the island's southeastern coast, this resort's rooms and villas are done in an airy, tropical style, with wicker furnishings, terracotta tile floors, and colorful prints and fabrics. One beach faces east and the other west...
Casa Oceano - up to 35% off Tango Mar Beach, Costa Rica Just 50 yards from the Pacific shoreline, this two-story residence is situated along a near-private, golden-sand beach…
We’re not sure what’s in the air, but the city of Miami is on editors’ minds these days. Many of us are plotting sunny getaways there, surprising our significant others with romantic weekends, and generally daydreaming about Florida’s hottest city. And, Miami news is pouring in: Last week, we covered the re-opening of the landmark Shelborne South Beach hotel; and this week we’re craving Chef Brian Massie's Italian dishes at the newly opened—and ridiculously chic—Bianca restaurant at the Delano Hotel. (The very idea of his simply grilled langoustines and homemade pasta with shaved truffles makes us swoon.)
And on the heels of yesterday’s love-inspired post, we have another fun video from GloboMaestro. Here's an excuse to get physical in Miami on Valentine’s Day—or any day! Take your first class, or show off your moves, with other passionate dancers at Miami's Salsa Mia. The Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s concierge, Giselle Mueller, shows you the way.
Travel + Leisure's FebruaryTrip of the Month is a classic two-week itinerary in Turkey. In association with Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler, our travel club for deals on hotels, cruises, and more, the Trip of the Month offers T+L readers exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime itineraries from the world’s top tour operators.
Take a dash of beachfront idyll, add a splash of sultry nightlife and an influx of travelers in search of the World’s Best City (Bangkok, according to T+L’s annual readers’ poll)—this week, Vacationist has its sights set on Thailand. Unwind poolside in Phuket, unplug at a Phi Phi island escape, or take in the raucous Bangkok scene from your perch at an open-air restaurant high above the city lights. Thanks to Vacationist, your trip to Thailand is next.
It’s often described as the Olympics of the Food World. Entering its 26th edition in 2013, the Bocuse D’Or—a biennial competition started by one of the fathers of French cooking, Paul Bocuse, that brings together the best chefs in a country, and then the world—is one of the great culinary honors.
This year, the top toque award at the U.S.A. competition went to Chef Richard Rosendale The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. On Sunday, at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Rosendale—who’s one of only 66 Master Chefs in the country—dazzled the judges’ taste buds with a version of D'Artagnan Winter Chicken Preparations. It's hard not get hungry reading Chef Rosendale's description:
Walking down Collins Avenue in South Beach last weekend, the
first thing that came to mind (besides not getting the memo about wearing
five-inch-heels) was that—minus those name-bearing neon signs—the hotels
essentially look the same. This didn’t
come as a surprise, of course, since the art deco style of the 1940’s has been
so well preserved—but I’d never
really thought about how hard hotels need to work to distinguish themselves on
It was with this in mind that I stepped into the gleaming
white lobby at the Shelborne South Beach,
a landmark hotel since 1940, when Ava Gardner was a regular. It recently reopened
following a $20 million renovation spearheaded by hotelier Keith Menin (whose uncle
has owned the hotel since 1983). Some highlights: 50 redesigned rooms (50 more
will be completed this spring), GuyandGirl Boutique (selling South Beach
essentials like sunglasses, swimwear, and eco-friendly sunscreen), and the
Café (the only way to enter is through the kitchen).