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Travelers seeking a peaceful retreat in Bali can still find it. One new respite: Como Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri (62-361/978-888; www.cse.comoshambhala.bz; doubles from $495), the latest spa retreat from hotelier Christina Ong (Parrot Cay, t...
AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, ASIA IS IN A BIT OF A SLUMP. One man's burden, however, is another man's bargain, and Asia's financial free fall has led to some of the most extraordinary deals ever. Tumbling currencies aren't completely to blame. In fact...
Most travelers have a favorite hideaway. An Italian pensione that never makes its way into the guidebooks, a breezy beach resort that stays just under the radar. You know: a place you hold so dear that you'd faint if it ever appeared in a national...
"We've been found," Jean-Pierre Vandelle explained, with an apologetic lifting of the hands. I had finally gotten back to my favorite little-known restaurant—El Olivo, off the Plaza de Cuzco in Madrid—and encountered teeming masses waiting to samp...
On the road, these neo-nomads follow their own set of rules: Keep a closet in several cities, tip freely, pack scented candles, and always get your assistant to paddle your canoe. Want to know more?We asked seven mileage moguls to tell us. Aerin ...
A huge pearl moon is rising in the mauve evening sky as Dennis and I lie on our terrace. Wayan Linggen and Ibu Sunerti, our masseur and masseuse, scatter petals of frangipani and tuberose over our bodies. The scent of a tender incense drifts from ...
Airline vacation packages have always been great values that are easy to book. Lately, though, airlines have realized that many travelers don't want to be stuck on a bus tour, nor do they like staying in business mega-hotels or sterile tourist-cla...
You have just arrived at your resort from the airport and are escorted into a private villa. Not bothering to unpack, you ease into the personal plunge pool and surface to a sweeping view of sea, palms, and cascading bougainvillea. A beautiful you...
CAIRO Khan el-Khalili To my mind, the word exotic was invented for the Middle East and its grand bazaars, consummate merchants, and sensuous honeyed sweets (with names— "ladies' thighs," "lovers' navels"— that hark back to the good old harem days)...
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With more than a hundred smoldering volcanoes, some of which are islands unto themselves, Indonesia has always lured hikers seeking a climb from sea to clouds. Recently, however, travelers have had reason to avoid two of the archipelago's most pop...
Note: For the latest update on travel to Indonesia, visit the State Department Web site at http://travel.state.gov. If you go to Bali's well-discovered south coast, you might pay several hundred dollars a night for a hotel with personal butler...
These days, the fashionable set is flocking to Bali's beachside village of Seminyak, just north of touristy Kuta but miles away in its refreshingly grown-up vibe. HOTELS The minimalism of the Downtown Villas (9D Jalan Lalu Village; 62-361/736-464;...
Months after my husband and I moved into our New York apartment, I would browse boutiques all over Manhattan, eyeing richly lacquered bowls, antique wicker baskets, and artisanal ceramics, hoping to find unique objects that would add a certain cha...
Entering Uma Ubud—the first Balinese resort from Christina Ong, the creator of Parrot Cay and the Metropolitan in London and Bangkok—requires passing between monolithic stone walls and a bench wrought from a centuries-old tree root. And that's jus...