Bal Harbour's Revival

Bal Harbour Village is reinventing itself as a cultural destination, and at the forefront is ONE Bal Harbour Resort and Spa. The ultra-chic hotel located on the village's northern point is hosting fabulous events this season, in addition to offering luxurious digs and a new, to-die-for beach club.

Paris for the Literati

You have to be a bit of a literature geek (guilty) to fully appreciate this one. Pavillon des Lettres opens Nov. 1 in Paris' 8th arrondisement. A highlight: The iPad in every room, preloaded with excellent reading material and classical music.

Peace of Mind

If you didn't get to the islands over the summer, here's your chance. The fabulous Ritz-Carlton on Grand Cayman is offering a package aptly called Peace of Mind, where visitors can enjoy a third night on the house, plus breakfast (we'll take ours in bed, thanks). Call it summer's last hoorah.

Desert Dreams

I admit to being something of a desert nut. Something about those undulating sand dunes, the wild swing in temperatures in a single day, the nomadic tribes that still roam the sands, and the always-looming element of danger conjure romantic visions of One Thousand and One Nights. Add to all that a private villa with a plunge pool overlooking the dunes of the Rub' al-Khali, and we're talking sheer perfection.

Caribbean Sanctuary

Every place needs a little St. Regis--that is to say, that exquisite package of all-out luxury, butler service and an unmistakable sense of place. The St. Regis is coming to the Caribbean in November. It's about time.

Adventure + Anasazi Stew

Call of the Wild pioneered women's adventure travel—and the concept of eating well (really well) after a day of backpacking or trekking in the wild. The founders of Call of the Wild say it's all about the bonding and self-discovery, but I submit that a bowl of Anasazi Stew doesn't hurt, either.

What's on Your Bucket List

"What's on your travel bucket list?" I get asked that question all the time. And, more and more, I hear about people crossing off bucket-list items as everyone seems to be on a quest for ultimate experiences. Here, I give some of my own picks for bucket list experiences, and invite you to send me yours! The standouts will be posted on this blog, and one reader will win a $200 gift card to the fabulous MiraMare Ristorante.

Bostwana in Focus

Botswana has some of the most prolific wildlife on the planet. What better place to learn the finer points of wildlife photography—from the likes of Heinrich van den Berg, no less. 

Long Live the Queen!

October marks the maiden voyage of Cunard’s newest ship, the Queen Elizabeth, and, as befits a queen, she is making a spectacular entrance.

Maximum Romance

This is the most romantic thing I've seen in a long time: Las Ventanas, a beyond-fabulous property in Los Cabos, is offering "Sleeping with the Stars" on the rooftop terraces of its suites, for couples who want to sleep en plein air, beneath Baja's starry skies.

Flight of the Falcon

Traditionally practiced by kings and titled society, falconry is a sport with uncommon pedigree and history. It isn't for everyone (the first time I went on a falcon hunt, in the Scottish moors, the falcon perched on my hair), but for those who love the outdoors and find excitement in the hunt, this is an experience like no other.

Epic India

Having been to India seven times (including my honeymoon), I can honestly say there is nothing in the world like it. India is the land of contrasts—ancient worlds and warp-speed progress, spirituality and excess, extreme beauty and extreme poverty—and, in my opinion, should be on everyone's bucket list. For those of you who need convincing, I have one word: Oberoi.

Beauty and the Beach

The El San Juan Hotel & Casino is easily the grande dame of Puerto Rico resorts. With all the energy of a city hotel and an electric bar and gaming scene, it's an attractive proposition any time of year. But now through Sept. 30, the hotel is offering a special deal for Floridians.

Eloise meets her match

  "I absolutely loooove The Plaza." Those are the words of the adored fictional character Eloise, and who can argue? Now, there is another reason to loooove The Plaza: the new Eloise suite by Betsey Johnson, which opened yesterday with all the requisite thrills and frills.


GoldenEye, the Jamaican home of author Ian Fleming and the birthplace of the James Bond novels, is being remodeled and will open to the public on 10/10/10.

The Great Migration

From now until October, something magical happens in East Africa. The wildebeest, some one and a half million of them, migrate from Tanzania to Kenya in search of water and tender grasses. Watching this great spectacle is one of life's great thrills, made more thrilling by a fabulous camp in the midst of the action.

Russia's New Opera Ball

On September 17, European aristocrats, royalty and culture aficionados worldwide will gather in St. Petersburg for what is bound to become a new tradition: the Mariinsky Opera Ball, a glittering affair worthy of its setting.

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