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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...
See our slideshow of the 45 Best New Hotels of 2009. In compiling Travel + Leisure’s fourth annual It List, our editors once again visited hundreds of new hotels around the globe. What makes 2009 different?Properties closer to home really caught ...
After a bumpy decade marred by the openings of beer bars and mediocre resorts, the southern Thai island of Phuket is regaining its sexy image. Heralding the new era is Trisara (66-76/310-100; www.trisara.com; doubles from $875), an ultra-private r...
Mexico $145 • Veracruz As coastal Mexico slowly gives way to a glut of high-rises and libidinous throngs of tourists, a few tucked-away treasures hold tight to their cultural roots, not to mention a high standard of innovative indigenous design....
There's not a thatched roof or pagoda in sight at Phuket's new Aleenta Resort (Khao Pilai Beach, Kok Kloy, Phangnga; 66-2/508-5333; www.aleenta.com; doubles from $238), set on a pristine stretch of private beach an hour north of town. A follow-up ...
Phuket's western side may be a mecca for travelers on tours, but the east coast will be an über-upscale retreat once Cape Yamu (66-76/270-770; www.capeyamu.com) makes its debut, in late 2007. On a private peninsula, the comple...