turkey's posh new pad
Turkey's nightlife capital, Bodrum, now has two landmarks: the seaside Castle of St. Peter and, perched on a hill above it, the striking Marmara Bodrum hotel. Earthy architect Ersen Gürsel and interior designer Christian Allart, who has a knack for humor, blended their talents, with fabulous results. The lobby — full of frog-shaped side tables, chairs in rich silk, and six-foot-tall urns — overlooks a garden. Head to the spa for unrivaled views of the Aegean. Stone tiles, marble sinks, and mosaic walls dress up the 100 rooms. The Party Animal Suite is just the thing for visiting rock stars: a private, well-stocked bar, hookahs on request, and butler service. Marmara Bodrum, Yokusbasi St.; 90-252/313-8130, fax 90-252/313-8131; doubles from $210. —Lorrie Croze

v.i.p. tresses
There's no sign, no hype. Word of mouth alone is drawing a slew of models and actors to Important, a just-launched L.A. hair salon (such an insiders' secret that owner and chief stylist Ron Niemann pleaded with us not to publish the address). Niemann says that Important — hidden in an understated West Hollywood bungalow down a path lined with jasmine and bougainvillea — is as much a retreat from urban chaos as a salon. After having your locks transformed alongside some of Hollywood's biggest names, you can relax over a light lunch in the garden. Important, 323/822-0840; cuts from $175. —Jessica Strand

hot cod
London's Admiral Codrington is taking the pub to fashionable heights. A Chelsea landmark for half a century, "the Cod" has been reworked by decorator Nina Campbell, who kept the bar area appropriately pubby but converted the dining room into an oasis of chic with a glass roof that rolls back on sunny days. Chef Stephen Terry has produced a menu of sophisticated dishes (tomato risotto, salmon fish cakes, mustard mashed potatoes) at amazingly moderate prices. Admiral Codrington, 17 Mossop St.; 44-171/581-0005; dinner for two $65. —Richard Alleman

jack attack
Meet Jack Spade — a men's fashion line that is the brainchild of Kate Spade's husband, Andy. The weekend bags, satchels, and briefcases recall an era when form followed function — and looked great. To emphasize their utilitarian durability, the bags were first sold at New York City hardware stores. Word is, Jack is moving into his own SoHo digs. $135-$465; 212/274-1991. —Shax Riegler

down home, down under
With views of a sacred Aboriginal mountain, the Pacific Ocean, and a rain forest, the Valley Country Home in Tilba Tilba is Australia's newest discovery. The four-suite house and two-room cottage were handcrafted using cypress pine and granite culled from the 250-acre property; meals are prepared with an indigenous touch (most ingredients are grown on the grounds) by the Australian-born, Zürich-trained chef-owner Lynton Manley. Valley Country Home, Tilba Tilba; 61-24/473-7405, fax 61-24/473-7300; doubles from $169. —Robert Maniaci

around the world in tokyo
Now that the bubble economy is a distant memory, Tokyo trendies are seeking out a global dining experience in their hometown. Loosely defined as mukokuseki (without nationality), this novel cuisine possesses both East Asian and European influences. Dessert is just as likely to be a slice of pie as almond tofu. Two places to consider: Tamasaka (2-21-11 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku; 81-3/5485-6690; dinner for two $138) and Showa Society (1-3-5 Naka Meguro, Meguro-ku; 81-3/3713-7431; dinner for two $60). Menus are in Japanese, so just say "Omakase" (leave it to the chef) and surrender your palate. —Erika Lederman

belly up
Stomachs are undulating just about everywhere these days in L.A.: belly dancing has taken hold. Dolphina, who performs at Malibu's Taverna Tony, also teaches the Goddess Workout, complete with zills, veils, and a live percussionist, at Crunch and Bodies in Motion. (Order her exercise video, The Goddess Workout, through Plez (a.k.a. Pleasant Gehman), who appears at Hollywood's Moun of Tunis, has even forayed into the book business, with her Underground Guide to Los Angeles (Manic D Press; $13.95). —Chris Rubin

manhattan match
Coffee, tea, or that cute guy in the corner?At LuvBuzz, a newly opened lounge-cum-dating service in New York City, you can have all three. Order a French Kiss (Chambord, crème de cacao, and coffee) and fill out a LuvSurvey, which connects couples or people who are simply seeking friends. If someone strikes your fancy — or vice versa — the dating facilitator will arrange a tête-À-tête at the glowing, Miguel Calvo-designed bar. Want to get "buzzed" before you hit town?Log on to LuvBuzz, 1438 Third Ave.; 212/717-0100. —Lauren David Peden

the bead goes on
Who needs travel insurance when you've got Juliette Campbell's Buddha Beads, bracelets and necklaces made from protective stones?According to Chinese wisdom, jade safeguards the wearer from harm (great for white-knuckle fliers), and turquoise brings good luck. The golden agate and burnt jade bracelets (above) provide grounding and safety. So wave bye-bye to Xanax and slip on one of these beauties instead. $65-$400; 212/925-8595 for stores. —L.D.P.

platz du jour
Behind a bullet-riddled, graffiti-sprayed façade at 32 Oranienburger Strasse in the former East Berlin lies Die Heckmann Höfe, the city's newest shopping and dining zone.•Hut Up peddles outrageous scarves, hats, and bags in wool, felt, and alpaca.•Zebra chairs and lava lamps set the groovy scene at Don DeLion, a bar, dinette, and record store.•In a renovated stable, McBride's restaurant ranks high among Berlin politicos and journalists.•Sterling Gold, a gilded room with chandeliers and frescoes, makes vintage-clothing mavens swoon.•Ruby is the spot for forward-thinking furniture and home accessories. —Michelle Pentz

wrap stars
First, architecture students made the kitschy beachfront motels of Wildwood, New Jersey, their mecca. Now Heath Brockwell has unveiled a collection of Wildwood-inspired wrapping paper. To research his neo-mod patterns, Brockwell weekended at the Lollipop motel, rubbed shoulders with teens on summer break, and rescued a powder-blue swimsuit from the gift shop where it had lingered since 1973. $4 a package; —Joshua David

travel light
Guerlain's about-to-debut Issima Blue Voyage collection is made for the jet set. Four skin-care products — cleanser, relaxing body oil, recovery cream, and an intense in-flight hydrating gel — are smartly packaged in lightweight, unbreakable containers and measured doses; each bottle or jar will last for a weeklong trip. 800/882-8820. —Kimberly Robinson

slick by the sea
The big news on Barbados is a gas station turned hotel in the village of St. James. Small but highly stylish, Lone Star has an open-air restaurant and four seaside rooms with modernist Italian furniture and Philippe Starck fixtures. Since Lone Star has possibly the best people watching on the island — recent guests included John Cleese and model Yasmin LeBon — its humble origins are but a memory. Lone Star, Mount Standfast, St. James; 246/419-0599; doubles from $275. —Rima Suqi