'Tis the season to treat your favorite traveler with the most transporting holiday presents—plus the trips that will take you there.

u00a9 Davies+Starr Stylish Traveler 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
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Beach Bahamas

These vibrant island-appropriate finds will make a splash.

  1. Rattan clutch with leather detailing by Hollywould, $695.
  2. Charm necklace with gardenia-, violet-, and jasmine-infused Daisy solid perfume by Marc Jacobs, $35.
  3. Hand-painted hemp-and-silk scarf by Dianora Salviati, $340.
  4. Neoprene tote by Louis Vuitton, $1,860.
  5. Soap set by Claus Porto, $19.
  6. Turquoise-and-silver earrings by Links of London, $295.
  7. Travel beauty set by La Mer, $340.
  8. Patent-leather sandals by Allegra Hicks, $400.
  9. Cotton towel by Christy, $30.
  10. Boar-skin key chains by Jack Spade, $45 each.
  11. Marine-scented candle in handblown-glass by Lafco New York, $52.
  12. UV exposure monitor by Oregon Scientific, $30.
  13. Sterling silver–and-quartz necklace by Celestina, $750.

Trip Ideas

The Royal Welcome at Nassau's new reggae-themed Marley Resort gets guests in the groove with room discounts and foot massages. Doubles from $250.

Channel your inner Jacques Cousteau with the Discover Atlantis package from the Cove Atlantis: admission to the resort's 97-acre marine reserve is free. Doubles from $735.

Adventure Colorado

On the slopes or après ski, opt for sporty and sleek in the Rockies.

  1. Wool tote by Kate Spade, $445.
  2. Patched fox-fur vest by Adrienne Landau, $645.
  3. Black Diamond illuminating powder enriched with mother-of-pearl by Dior, $80.
  4. Silver water-resistant watch with stainless-steel bracelet by Tag Heuer, $2,500.
  5. Flannel pajamas by BedHead Pajamas, $114.
  6. Rabbit-fur mittens by A.P.C., $210.
  7. White ash–and-rawhide snowshoes by Country Ways, $249.
  8. Merino wool shawl by Lutz & Patmos, $250.
  9. Merino wool hat by Lutz & Patmos, $160.
  10. Handheld touch screen GPS by Garmin, $599.
  11. Patent-leather wallet by YSL, $395.
  12. Down-filled vinyl jacket by Moncler, $1,050.

Trip Ideas

The two-night Toast to Snow package at the redone Limelight Lodge, a mountain-chic hotel in downtown Aspen, keeps ski bunnies happy— not only are lift passes included but guests are also treated to free wine and snacks. Doubles from $598.

Ski, snowboard, and dog-sled your way through Beaver Creek with the four-night Winter Adventure at Osprey at Beaver Creek, the latest property from RockResorts, and the first hotel to open here in 10 years. Doubles from $2,000.

Exotic India

Intricate patterns and jeweled detailing are perfect for the traveler with far-flung tastes.

  1. Python clutch with moonstone cabochons by Asha by ADM, $1,100.
  2. Turquoise-and–coral necklace by Rose Anne de Pampelonne, $710.
  3. White-gold earrings with chalcedony and mother-of-pearl by Van Cleef & Arpels, $5,750.
  4. Cyber-shot DSC-T77 10.1 megapixel camera by Sony, $300.
  5. Silk bag by Hermès, $1,725.
  6. Tiger-embossed bronzer (five percent of proceeds benefit Traffic, which monitors the illegal trade of endangered species) by Chantecaille, $85.
  7. Suede sandals with semiprecious stones by Sigerson Morrison, $545.
  8. Gold Shine lip gloss by Chanel, $26.
  9. Nylon bag with satin lining by MZ Wallace, $345.
  10. Enamel bracelets with topaz and sapphire by MCL by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, from $1,900.
  11. Stretch satin top by Roberta Freymann, $225.

Trip Ideas

On 35 beachfront acres in the southern Indian town of Pondicherry, on the Bay of Bengal, the new Dune hotel has 47 stylish thatched-roof bungalows, plus an eco-friendly vibe. Doubles from $110.

Play maharajah with the two-night Royal Retreat at Udaipur's opulent Taj Lake Palace, on the edge of Lake Pichola: the package includes a sunset cruise, half-day city tour, and dinner for two. Doubles from $1,389.

Driving California

Rev up for a scenic ride along the Pacific Coast Highway with items to get your engine started.

  1. Tortoise-frame sunglasses by Moscot, $199.
  2. Cashmere wrap by White + Warren, $275.
  3. Chronograph watch with stainless-steel–and-rubber strap by Montblanc, $3,705.
  4. Ostrich-leather gloves by Burberry, $595.
  5. Digital SLR D90 camera with HD video recording capability by Nikon, $1,300.
  6. Stamped-leather bag by MaxMara, $1,340.
  7. Suede-and–patent driving shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, $425.
  8. Goatskin wallet by Anya Hindmarch, $135.
  9. Leather Food & Wine diary by Mrs. John L Strong, $295.
  10. Leather journal by Smythson of Bond Street, $170.
  11. Roadster cologne with mint, patchouli, and vanilla notes by Cartier, $105.
  12. Nylon tote by Perry Ellis, $135.

Trip Ideas

Stay in a Mongolian-esque yurt complete with redwood decks and Adirondack chairs at the Treebones Resort in Big Sur, an eco-property perched high above the Pacific. Doubles from $155.

The Golf & Spa Experience at Newport Beach's Palladian-inspired Resort at Pelican Hill—the latest place to stay on Route 1—combines the best of both worlds: guests get a round of golf on one of SoCal's top courses and a treatment at its 23,000-square-foot spa. Doubles from $795.