French Polynesia

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For most of us, running out of toothpaste is easily remedied by a quick trip to the local drugstore. For Kirsten and Carl Dixon, owners of the Winterlake Lodge on mile 198 along the Iditarod Trail in South Central Alaska, it involves calling an ai...
Top 10 Hotels Overall: City 1. The Peninsula, Hong Kong 98.78 2. Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, South Carolina 98.67 3. The Peninsula, Bangkok 98.31 4. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet 98.18 5. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphor...
Top 10 Hotels Overall: City 1. Park Hyatt, Milan 98.95 2. Stafford London by Kempinski 98.40 3. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest 98.07 4. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi 97.50 5. Milestone Hotel, London 97.39 6. Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbo...
I’m naked—and alone—walking over an exposed bed of coral under scorching sun. The open Pacific slams into the reef a few feet to my right. The wind rips past my ears. I turn inland and (gingerly) thrash barefoot through dense underbrush, beneath p...
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Last fall, the New Jersey Defamation League that’s driving much of recent cable television sent several of its members on a mission overseas. When The Real Housewives of New Jersey began a two-episode trip to sunny Punta Cana, its Soprano-manqué c...
Top 10 Hotels: Overall 1. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia 100.002. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Cedar Mountains, South Africa 99.173. The Goring, London 98.684. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya 98.614. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserv...
Forget the airport taxi: From the Persian Gulf to Punta Cana and Hong Kong to Bora-Bora, upscale hotels, resorts, lodges, and safari camps are perfecting the art of the unique arrival. These days, a "shuttle" to the hotel is more likely to be a he...
From toga-wrapped emperors to board-toting surfers, all walks of life have flocked to the seaside for renewal, reflection, and amusement, and the tide of influences has defined beach culture around the world. Transcending time and place, surf feve...
Take a deep breath. Chances are, the air filling your lungs is far from pure. Even if you live in a clean, ecologically conscious area, you may be inhaling pollutants from faraway, less-pristine locales. Your hometown air may contain microscopic p...
See our slideshow of the World’s Most Romantic Places to Propose. It’s one of life’s weightiest conundrums: how—and where—to pop The Question. Assuming you want the answer to be a resounding yes, the choice of locale is paramount—and as every asp...
The new 650-foot Seabourn Odyssey is small. From the Sun Terrace on the top deck—an intimate, loungy sort of place with a few dozen woven wicker daybeds and a very intuitive staff (“Bellini?” the waiter asks; “Why, yes,” I reply)—it feels like you...
Once, while overnighting in Carmarthen, Wales, my husband and I inadvertently crashed a wedding reception. We heard laughter and music coming from one of the hotel bars, and went in for a nightcap. Everyone was very friendly and bought us drinks...
I am wrist-deep in pearls. There's an oak bucket of them freshly plucked from their oysters and recently washed. Several hundred more are drying on a nearby bath towel. Plastic bags filled with them are stacked on a table, sorted by color and size...
Once the epitome of elegant travel, cruising nearly vanished with the dawning of the jet age in the 1960's. But just as martinis and cigars are making a comeback, so too is cruising— albeit with a more youthful, adventurous spirit. In the course o...