Amsterdam thrives on its canal culture, where museums, shops and cruises offer urbane diversions for all types of travelers. Shop until you drop at big label boutiques on Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat or meander through the funky shops in De 9 Straatjes, a favorite for fun cafes, vintage shops, and amazing eateries. If you want the true local experience, Amsterdam is a city best explored by bike. You will experience this thriving city in a way that is both fully immersive and exhilarating. That warm and cozy feeling will hit as you meander around Prinsengracht, watching beautiful houseboats bob, drinking cappuccinos in 350-year-old bars, and stumbling upon endless hidden wonders along the many canals.Read More
Budapest straddles the Danube River, with the city of Buda on one bank and the city of Pest on the other. You can’t go wrong either way. In fact, a great way to start your visit is to take in the view from one of the bridges connecting the two sides. Afterward, head off on a coffeehouse or pub crawl, sample some of the city’s famous goulash, enjoy a show at one of the many concert halls, or take a long soak in a hot spring at an area bathhouse.Read More
San Juan is renowned for its historic walled center, museums and casinos, but Puerto Rico is also rife with outdoor attractions. Hike El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest System. Dive among coral reefs off Mona Island, home of sunken Spanish galleons. On a moonless night, tour the phosphorescent bays at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve or Vieques’ Mosquito Bay, where tiny organisms illuminate the waters.Read More
One of the high points of travel to Botswana is seeing animals in their natural habitat, be that the Rhino Trail, Nata Bird Sanctuary, Moremi Gorge, Chief's Island, or Krokavango Crocodile Farm. Despite its natural beauty, though, Botswana offers a high degree of sophistication for travelers as well – resorts dot the country.
Khwai is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife from the comfort of your own private deck. As a year round destination for wildlife, predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. The exceptional location of Khwai makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs.Read More
Unspoiled, easy-going and endlessly beautiful, this is the Hawaii captured in vintage postcards – part adventure and part romance, with opportunities to experience local culture at every turn. Venture into Lana'i City to shop local boutiques, play a round of golf on a Jack Nicklaus Signature championship course, explore the island’s stunning terrain on horseback, Jeep 4x4, hike or Polaris UTV, set sail for a catamaran on the blue Pacific Ocean or adventure by helicopter for breathtaking views of this magical island. Whether you’re seeking an outdoor adventure, a romantic escape or a cultural discovery, you’ll find it on Lana'i.Read More
Aspen will soon become one of your favorite resort towns. Cultural yet athletic, intellectual yet simplistic, extravagant yet authentic, artistic yet absurd: Aspen is the upscale, ski-town home of many definitions. Whether taking to the powder in the winter or bicycling to the top of Independence Pass in warmer months, you will find no shortage of heart-racing activities here. Indie music festivals, high-end mom-and-pop shops, and exuberant dining and drinking spots are common and welcomed experiences.Read More
Cushioned by the snowcapped French Alps, Courchevel, France is the place to immerse yourself in luxury, whilst adventuring on to the slopes. Courchevel is most known for being the elite ski spot of the world; home to various designer shops with celebrity sightings to prove it.Read More
Nestled in the Indian Ocean, just off the East African Coast, you will find the tropical archipelago of Seychelles. Praslin Island, home to the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, boasts emerald waters and gold sand beaches backed by rainforests and waterfalls. Lovers of fauna will keep an eye out for the black parrot while divers can explore the incredible coral reefs off Praslin’s shores.Read More
With skiing terrain that is among the best in North America and two premier national parks nearby, Jackson Hole is ideally positioned to take advantage of the region’s outdoor offerings in all four seasons. Alpine and cross-country skiing are joined by nature treks and guided tours, as well as more uncommon options: heli-skiing, dog sledding, white water rafting, fly fishing, photography tours and more.Read More
The Wiener Weihnachts Traum Christmas Market, located in front of City Hall in Vienna, is up and running for the season! Wandering cozily through the market you will find sweet treats, charming gifts, flavorful punches, and the perfect gifts to spoil your friends and family. From fun shaped chocolates to traditional wooden toys, and a grand Christmas tree to marvel at and take pictures in front of, the Wiener Weihnachts Traum Christmas Market has a little something to satisfy everyone.
Chicago residents defend every aspect of their city fiercely, and rightfully so -- some consider it the crown jewel of America from a cultural/shopping standpoint. Visit Magnificent Mile (stopping to nosh/drink along the way), then pop in to the Art Institute and Field Museum. If it's summer, take in a Cubs/White Sox game and grab a drink in Wrigleyville afterwards.Read More
Offering an irresistible blend of Mexican spirit and European sophistication, the charming seaside town of Playa del Carmen offers an exciting array of boutiques located at the Playa's main promenade, which opens exclusively to pedestrians. Illustrious boutiques aside, the town presents numerous open-air restaurants, superb swimming and snorkeling opportunities and a vibrant nightlife that satisfies all.Read More
Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, a fact that attracts travelers looking for variety in their vacation. It is bordered by the Caribbean on one side and the Pacific on another, so if you want great beaches, you have got it. The Andes are here too, so if you prefer mountainous landscapes, you are good to go. Got jungle fever? Set your sights on the Amazon. Whatever environment your heart desires, Colombia surely has it.Read More
Bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan, Johannesburg is a charismatic holiday destination – and the perfect start or end point for an African safari. Often referred to as the powerhouse of South Africa, Johannesburg is one of the world’s 50 largest metropolitan areas – and stands unique as the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline. With wealth built on the gold and diamond trade, Johannesburg is lively, affluent and cosmopolitan. Explore the city’s array of international restaurants, designer boutiques and world-class shopping centers. The Gauteng region, which is part of the city of Johannesburg, enjoys excellent weather with moderate winters and plentiful, year-round sunshine. You will always feel close to nature with abundant golf courses, botanical gardens and beautifully manicured parks.Read More
Considered by many to be the cultural capital of the South, the city of Charleston is a living museum, with a wonderful variety of things to do and see. Step back in-time in downtown Charleston and meander along historic cobblestone streets. Pastel, pre-Civil-War-era houses dot the French Quarter district and Battery areas. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a Federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water. A perfect way to experience the vibrant history of the city is a leisurely ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Boat tours and dinner cruises are also offered so that visitors can enjoy the liveliness that is Charleston from a different perspective. No matter how you see it, Charleston exudes southern charm.Read More
Vancouver is an urban oasis ensconced by the soaring majestic Coast Mountain Range and the sapphire blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful scenery makes it a popular filming location for TV series and movies earning the city the nickname “Hollywood North”. Outdoor pursuits abound for visitors including helicopter rides and snowboarding in the mountains and bike riding and boating along the beaches. The temperate climate allows it to be one of the few places in the world where it's possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. With an ethnically diverse mix of residents, a thriving arts and music scene has sprung up throughout the area. Eclectic dining choices are plenty enough to satisfy any foodie.Read More
Phnom Penh is the capital and the largest city in Cambodia. Once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. Today it is home to the country’s political hub, the nation's center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, economics and cultural heritage. It is a fascinating city and an excellent base to explore the region.
While there, take a trip to Udong. The old capital of Cambodia offers rewarding snapshots of Cambodian daily life in the countryside and the opportunity to visit the famous silversmiths and the Muslim minority villages of the Cham. The stunning views of the Cambodian province from the hills and the striking pagodas that grace their tops will be a welcoming change from the chaos of Phnom Penh. Takeo, a small and picturesque city is the ideal location for exploring the stunning landscape with its rice plateaus, small villages and friendly people.
South Beach is mesmerizing. With so many things to do in Miami, there is something for everyone. Who wants to shop? Ocean Drive and downtown Miami raise the heat on high style. Take in the Art Deco District, Bass Museum or New World Symphony or escape to Biscayne Bay for a day trip to the tropics. Love food? Enjoy a plethora of options in the melting pot of international tastemakers. There are so many possibilities.Read More
The iconic St. Regis brand extends its legacy to Abu Dhabi, with The St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. The hotel's air of mystique is created by thoughtful Mediterranean architecture and a contemporary interior design, which is further enhanced by an intelligent use of natural products and elements. This calming ambience flows through the food and beverage outlets that provide sumptuous meals and refreshing drinks all the way to one of the largest function facilities in the region. This exclusive resort boasts lavish yet intimate spaces with superior rooms, St. Regis suites and magnificent Royal Suite overlooking either Saadiyat's pristine beach or the impressive Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by the golfing legend, Gary Player. Exquisitely styled and lavishly appointed, their accommodations define refined luxury. Timeless elegance and personalized hospitality fill these spacious rooms and suites.Read More