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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 ...
Edited by Niloufar Motamed; Reported by Colin Barraclough, Aric Chen, Florence Fabricant, Amy Farley, Mark Graham, Jaime Gross Darrell Hartman, Sarah Kantrowitz, Xander Kaplan, David A. Keeps, Peter Jon Lindberg, Ralph Martin, Connie McCabe, Shan...
From New York to Bangkok, we've got the dish. Here, four of the best new tables across the globe. TELEPAN, NEW YORKChef Bill Telepan has taken Manhattan's Upper West Side by storm with innovative American dishes such as caram...
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...
ASIAHua Hin, Thailand Like much of the sea pine–dotted coast within a few hours of Bangkok, Hua Hin started out as a little-known village where the only commuting involved the local fishermen sailing to and fro. Its popularity has grown e...
You’re sitting in a hip Tokyo cafe, having a fish cake and sake. Your server has been especially attentive, so when the check arrives, you think nothing of pulling out some extra yen and leaving a healthy 20 percent tip. But suddenly things go hor...
Design junkies heading to Thailand's cultural capital can now get a quick fix between tours of temples. A mango toss from Chiang Mai's neon Night Bazaar, the 130-room D2 Hotel has its share of crafts—the lobby's carpets are handmade and th...
Immersion suites—the ultimate amenity for well-being—are popping up at resorts across the globe. At the Guanahani (590/590-276-660; www.leguanahani.com; doubles from $820) on St. Bart's, the Wellness Suite comes with an ocean-view terrace ...
Woe to a hairy man in the world’s hottest city. Bangkok: where the three so-called seasons—Hot, Wet, and Why are you doing this to me?—are a furball’s primordial nightmare. Here I am on a busy street (is there another kind in Bangkok?), my eyes bl...
Hotel The 282-room Le Méridien Bangkok (doubles from $260) opens this month in the Silom business district—a refreshing change from the flashy, rough-silk décor common in Thai hotels. Neutral-toned rooms are accented with flourishes such as crims...
It seemed simple: beat the bitter March temperatures—and my jet lag—by visiting the Finnish sauna at the luxurious Hotel Kamp in Helsinki. Just when I felt myself begin to relax, two naked men opened the glass door and stood staring at me, seeming...
The Heathman Hotel Portland, Oregon By Gary Shteyngart Holly Golightly believed that nothing bad could happen to you at Tiffany’s, but allow me to respectfully disagree: many bad, expensive things have happened to me there. The delightful Heath...
Who hasn’t fantasized about jetting off to an ultraluxe private isle, like Turtle Island in Fiji, where a staff of 100 caters to the whims of just 28 guests?Or swooned with envy over gossipy guest reports from Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s ...