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See all the world’s greatest places in one month on a flying cruise
If you want to check off a chunk of your travel bucket list in a hurry, escorted private jet tours are the answer, promising around-the-world trips in style. And the options are increasing. Along with Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises, “Luxury hotel companies from...  more
The new PGA Tour Pro-Am is every golf fan’s bucket list fantasy trip
Golfing’s pro-am experience is tough to duplicate, if not unique to the sport. There is no equivalent in baseball, basketball, tennis, or soccer, where amateur players can take part in a game with professionals. Adding to the appeal is the chance to enjoy pro-level...  more
Travel that makes a difference: 5 luxury lodges that prize cultural conservation
“There’s a lot of talk these days about sustainable travel,” Ann Abel says. “That usually seems to mean eco stewardship and wildlife conservation. But elephants and polar bears aren’t the only animals that matter.“Some of the leaders in luxury travel do far more than...  more
The world’s most outrageous helicopter tours
“The beauty of a helicopter is that it grants access to the inaccessible,” Mei Anne Foo observes. “Remote areas become the perfect landing spots for private ventures. Hostile terrains such as active volcanoes and tourist-clogged trails become more manageable when you...  more
Grand Hotel du Lac: The best of luxury and charm on the Swiss Riviera
France doesn’t have a monopoly on the Riviera brand, though the French Riviera may be the first place you think of when you hear the name. Switzerland has its own Riviera on Lake Geneva, where palm trees grow and wine is made. Vevey is one of the lovely resort towns...  more
Best conservation vacations: 14 destinations where wildlife and nature win
“Like ‘authentic’ and ‘experiential,’ ‘sustainable’ is a word that’s increasingly ubiquitous when we talk about travel,” travel writer Ann Abel says. “And it’s a great thing that so many hotels and resorts, say, encourage guests to reuse sheets and towels or install a...  more
Little Palm Island: Private island destination for romance
Island lovers who want to stay closer to home than the South Pacific, the Seychelles, or the Maldives may want to consider Little Palm Island, Florida, for their next vacation. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is hardly a secret, but it is exclusive, with only 30...  more
Ancient crafts: Japanese design at its best
The Japanese yen’s recent weakness has given travelers an automatic across-the-board discount to one of the world’s most expensive destinations. Tokyo may be your first stop in Japan, but Kyoto has many attractions, in numerous World Heritage sites and studios of...  more
See—and help save—Namibia’s desert lions before it’s too late
It is a spare, desolate-seeming landscape. Travel writer Nikki Ekstein compares it to the Mars, yet there are amazing wildlife species to be seen along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. The elephants, rhinos, and lions that live there “have adapted to deal with scarce desert...  more
Dominique Ansel’s favorite bakeries in Paris
Star New York baker Dominique Ansel, creator of the Cronut, will soon be a transatlantic baking star. His bakery in London is set to open in September. It seemed like a good time for Bloomberg Pursuits writer Nikki Ekstein to ask Ansel about his favorite bakeries in...  more
Seven new UNESCO World Heritage Sites you can actually visit
Just as birdwatchers have lifetime lists to keep track of species they have spotted, travelers can check off UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are 1,052 around the globe, with 21 added just this month. Accessibility varies, inspiring travel writer Nikki Ekstein to...  more
Spy for a day
The civilian appetite for spy thrillers continues unabated, as an unending supply of television series, movies, and novels demonstrates. For those who would like to move beyond vicarious thrills to something closer to a real-life experience, a London-based company...  more
Luxury travel’s hot trend: Bespoke biking and hiking vacations
“When the 2016 edition of the popular Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best Awards came out recently, tour operators were stunned. A little-known company that had never appeared in the rankings before took the coveted Number One spot as the World’s Best Tour Operator...  more
Why you need to go to Colombia’s Coffee Triangle now
“Colombia’s best geography for coffee production also happens to be ideal for tourism,” Bloomberg travel writer Nic McCormack says. “Christened the Coffee Triangle, the central Andes departments of Caldas, Quindío, and Risaralda are dotted with haciendas turned chic...  more
Learn to surf the upscale, high-tech way in Costa Rica
The traditional way to learn to surf was to take a board, paddle out to the wave, and fall down repeatedly until you learned how to stay up. That may be fine for a kid, but adults will benefit from the more efficient method, and luxurious surroundings, offered by Surf...  more
Get away from it all—in style: Explora Atacama, Chile
The austere landscape of a desert has an undeniable appeal. It could be the ultimate get-away-from-it-all destination, as travel writer Ann Abel suggests. And for perhaps the ultimate desert experience, consider Chile’s Atacama Desert, the world’s highest and driest....  more
A traveler’s guide to Tokyo’s secret bars
International travelers usually require a guide of some sort, whether printed, online, or human. Tokyo presents extra challenges since many streets do not have signs. Travel writer Finn-Olaf Jones found a guide in Shinki Nohara, known as “the Tokyo fixer,” and an...  more
The cool answer to Baja California’s Tulum: Todos Santos
Though development is proceeding at a rapid pace throughout Baja California, for a taste of the old Baja intrepid travelers can visit Todos Santos (All Saints), near the tip of the peninsula,. Todos Santos is a small town that offers a lot: “shops and cafés, surf...  more
Extreme measures
It is not everyone’s idea of fun—running an ultramarathon in the Peruvian jungle, diving in nearly freezing water, or hiking at high altitudes—but if this is the sort of thing you like, then Worth magazine has some suggestions for your next vacation. They come with a...  more
A comeback on the canal, courtesy of the Waldorf=Astoria Amsterdam
“It’s amazing what you can do with a former bank headquarters,” travel writer John Oseid observes. But don’t think J.P. Morgan Chase headquarters here. “It helps even more if the former bank was made up of a row of the finest houses on the block—or, in this case...  more
Adventures with survival experts
If you have world enough and time, and a yen for real adventure, there are guides who will take you on adrenaline-raising expeditions to the far corners of the world. For example: a kite skiing trek from the southernmost to the northeasternmost point of the Greenland...  more
Ultimate insider’s guide to Mardi Gras
It only seems like it is a little late to make plans for the New Orleans Mardi Gras, which ends on Tuesday, February 28. Don’t believe it. “There are always last-minute cancellations,” travel writer Beth D’Addono says. “Spend some time online and on the phone to make it...  more
Hiring your own private island
For devotees of island getaways, there doesn’t have to be a reason for taking one. For those who never have, Maria Shollenbarger has the explanation. “Islands are, by their very geographical nature, the manifestation of exclusivity, places where you can see—and can...  more
Best small cruise ship for kids: <em>Europa 2</em>
Bunk beds and complimentary walkie-talkies aren’t usually luxury cruise amenities, which is what sets the Europa 2 apart from the rest. The Hapag-Lloyd Cruise ship offers a number of suites for families with children, as Gary Walther, The Hotel Detective, learned on...  more
New openings in Goa
Goa may not be what it was, but parts of the Indian state are still wonderful. Follow the lead of “the knowing contingent of Goa adherents who ply its heritage villages and pop-up bars, and revel on a handful of still-beautiful beaches, most popular among them Morjim...  more