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See our slideshow of the World’s Best Restaurant Views. Warm beige tones, rich graphic accents, and futuristic chairs give Le Jules Verne a contemporary elegance, while dishes from superstar chef Alain Ducasse create a joie de vivre in diners’ mo...
See more Best Places to Eat Like a Local Lo Scoglio da Tommaso, Amalfi Coast, Italy: Pleasure yachts from Capri and Positano drop anchor for lunch perched over the Mediterranean. The only thing fresher than the peppery wild arugula salad is the r...
My insomnia—I’m up for an hour or so a couple of nights a week—is mild but destructive. It makes my afternoons mountainous. I become the dead-eyed cyborg whose chilling dispassion is revealed in the final reel; my laser setting is Chocolate Puddin...
See T+L’s Bucket List slideshows • Beach Vacations Bucket List • The Foodie’s Travel Bucket List • Celebrities’ Favorite Places • Ultimate Adventure Travel Bucket List • City Getaways: Ultimate Bucket List United States and Canada • Big Island,...
Catalina Island, California At the new, laid-back Avalon Grille, accordion windows frame a panoramic view of the water and, in the distance, the California coast. Slide into a rattan seat and watch the ferries glide by. The Drink: Avalon’s Grog,...
Some look in the Caribbean. Some search the South Pacific. Others are convinced they’ll find it in the Maldives. Some believe it’s off the coast of Brazil. Or perhaps the Seychelles—could it be hiding in the Seychelles? Me, I’ve focused my search...
The 1970’s The traveler’s map sure looked different in T+L’s first decade. Future hot spots like Shanghai, Prague, Moscow, and Saigon were still well beyond the pale, but Americans were heading to Burma, to Iran (then booming under the shah), and...
Andalusia, Kalahari, Sicily: Sometimes, just hearing a name can inspire us to explore. Indeed, destinations like these loom so large in the canon of travel that their very mention stirs wanderlust in even the most experienced traveler. It doesn’t...
The first property in Ritz-Carlton’s new culturally conscious Reserve collection, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (doubles from $700) is set on the quiet shores of Krabi, Thailand, overlooking the Andaman Sea. Thai artisans crafted the hand-pai...
Looking for Thai-inspired serenity with an urban twist? Head to the recently opened W Retreat Koh Samui, just an hour’s flight south of Bangkok. This Starwood brand’s Southeast Asian debut is a sexy addition to the isle’s secluded northern shore, ...
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...
We’ve eaten in the dark and underwater—now it’s time to dine in the treetops. In the Gulf of Thailand, Soneva Kiri by Six Senses (suites from $1,970) has a new sky-high dining pod, a steel-and-rattan basket that’s hoisted 26 feet off the ground in...
WE ARE DRIVING UP, UP, AND UP A MOUNTAIN ROAD. The jeep is new but underpowered, the landscape lush. Coconut palms crowd the muddy rutted track. Thirty feet above us, orchids grow from the palms' ridged trunks. We pass beneath a tent of vines hang...
See our slideshow of Do-It-Yourself “Amazing Race” Adventures. One step off a platform and it’s 200 feet straight down. Strapped into a harness and clinging to a rope, adventurers step, jump, or fall off the platform and let gravity take over, dr...
At Parrot Cay’s Como Shambhala Retreat (from $2,232 for three nights), in the Turks and Caicos, Dr. Swati—resident ayurvedic doctor and Reiki master—focuses on “releasing negative emotions.” That could mean a change of diet, beachside yoga, or a d...