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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...
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...
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...
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...