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Photographer Peter Bennetts and Lonely Planet cofounder Tony Wheeler explore the tiny nation of Tuvalu in Time & Tide (Lonely Planet, $20). Vibrant images (you try taking a bad shot in the South Pacific) and thoughtful essays illustrate the conf...
Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 800/241-3333 or 212/308-9100; www.ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $425. The good people at Ritz-Carlton spent four years swaddling the 33-story former St. Moritz in Frette and brocade, outfitting the 277 rooms wit...
"Can't you go a little faster?" Diane von Furstenberg asks as she and her daughter, Tatiana, drive through Coldwater Canyon, a posh residential neighborhood in Beverly Hills. "There are speed bumps, Mom," Tatiana replies. The demo CD for Tatiana's...
Around the world, the strip club has suddenly gone tasteful and upscale. • In Paris, at Pink Paradise (49-51 Rue de Ponthieu; 33-1/58-36-19-20), a well-heeled crowd dines on foie gras and caviar while ogling the sultry show, performed nightly from...
With the opening of three dermatologist-staffed "clinical spas" in California and New York, the complexion-obsessed can receive the safest skin care modern medicine has to offer. Along with the usual mani/pedi, Los Angeles's Ona Spa (7373 Beverly ...
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are willing to go anywhere for something good to eat, and those whose last supper would consist of whatever's in the fridge. As a food critic, my job is to uncover the best kielbasa, the fluffi...
“I remember the first time I drove out to Casa Malibu. A friend of mine was staying there, and I had the address on a scrap of paper. I drove past all these celebrities’ houses—many of which I had visited in the past—and pulled up to a little inn...
It seems like practically everyone in Hollywood, from David Geffen to Tori Spelling, is opening a hotel these days. Now Ritz-Carlton wants in on the movie business. The hotel group is releasing three short films online to attract younger, tech-sav...
Officially, I was booked on the 1 p.m. Garden Tour at Ramirez Canyon Park in Malibu. In the privacy of my shallow, starstruck head, I had been jumping up and down for weeks, thanking heaven for my reservation on the perpetually sold-out Omigod-I'm...
At West Hollywood's just-opened day spa Kinara, the food is as decadent as the treatments, thanks to co-owners Olga Lorencin, the exuberant Yugoslavian skin-care technician, and restaurateur Christine Splichal. After indulging in a massage, milk b...
A trio of Gallic-inspired openings has caused a stir on the L.A. food scene. At Opaline (7450 Beverly Blvd.; 323/857-6725; dinner for two $85), the focal point of the green-and-chocolate dining room is chef David Lentz's solid California-Mediterra...
As a child in Seoul, I spent countless hours in neighborhood mokyork (bathhouses) watching my mother move from sauna to tea-infused hot tub to cold plunge from my perch on a small wooden stool. Periodically, she'd come over to tell me how wonderfu...
Have you lost that old enthusiasm for the bowl of green apples on the reception desk?Tired of the sight of yet another bellman in black Chinese pajamas?Take heart. There is a small revolution under way in southern California that promises a respit...
Washington, D.C. | 14th Street Always a magnet for the pinstripes-and-pearls set, the District is now attracting a fashion-forward faction rather than just the usual Capitol Hill conservatives. Instead of working for the government, they're o...
Cresting over the international cultural landscape are the openings of two much-anticipated centers for the performing arts, by architects known for their path-breaking design: Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry. The Auditorio de Tenerife (34-922/...