Full Moon Adventures Around the Globe

The following properties celebrate the lunar cycle with unique Full Moon adventures. From moonlit dinners in Thailand, moon bathing in Turks and Caicos or moon light swimming in Dubai, the celestial glowing orb is a wonder to behold in any destination. Paresa Resort- Phuket, Thailand A hideaway-style luxury pool villa and suite resort perched on the cliffs of Kamala, amongst a lush … [Read more...]

Finding Serenity On The Shores Of LAKE MALAWI, Africa

Suzan Crane explores idyllic beach resorts along East Africa's serene Lake Malawi. There are few places left on Earth that remain serene and untouched -- synced with nature and rich in local culture allowing us to disconnect from  the world as we know it. The coast of Lake Malawi is one such place. And as any discriminating traveler knows, the thrill of unearthing such a halcyon destination … [Read more...]

Off-Season Adventures in the MASAI MARA

Suzan Crane explores one of Africa's iconic destinations when game is plenty and visitors are scarce. The small plane hovers low over the sprawling scrub-pocked grassland’s of Kenya’s famed Masai Mara, a tapestry of grazing wildlife looming ever larger as we approach the muddy airstrip. Flat-topped acacia trees dance under a metallic sky that threatens rain, majestic elephants and towering … [Read more...]

SOUTH AFRICA: A Journey in Memoriam

After his father's passing, Brad Auerbach travels to Cape Town with his mother and siblings and along the way, discovers ties to a loved one in unexpected places. When my Dad died two years ago, my Mom discovered the proceeds of an otherwise unknown life insurance policy. She decided to celebrate his life by taking their three kids to South Africa. We live in four different states, and … [Read more...]

KENYA: Where The Wild Things Were

As Kenya's poaching crisis reaches a critical stage, Suzan Crane shares how "Richard's Camp" and the "Mara Elephant Project" are saving elephants. If an African safari is on your bucket list, you may want to move it up a notch if you hope to see exotic wildlife in all its endemic glory. With rhinos and elephants still recovering from the last wildlife holocaust three decades ago, the twin … [Read more...]

ISTANBUL: Buy A Turkish Rug Like A Local

Editor's note: It's Thanksgiving, when one gives thanks naturally and thinks of, among other things... turkey. Please indulge us a little here as we take you to the other Turkey (actually it's Türkiye) for an insider's look into how to buy a Turkish rug without losing your shirt. For many people, the country of Turkey calls up myriad images that conjure the senses: Whirling Dervishes,  … [Read more...]

RELAIS & CHATEAUX: A Legacy of Extraordinary Hospitality

Stéphane Junca, R&C's Director of Member Services, Asia Pacific, tells us what makes this association of hotels and restaurants so unique and why the next time you plan a trip, you should look them up. Long before Zagat’s, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Frommer’s or Luxe, there was the much coveted Relais & Chateaux Guide, which any sophisticated world traveler worth their salt wouldn’t … [Read more...]

TURKEY’S Museum Hotel A Masterpiece

The only thing more hypnotic than Cappadocia's luscious landscape of churning gorges and sandcastle cave formations—complete with their frescoed basilicas, ancient homes and even complete underground cities—are the eye-catching boutique hotels spouting up like stalagmites.  Once known for its burnt out backpacker hostels, Cappadocia, in South Central Anatolia, Turkey, now has more hotels than … [Read more...]

DUBAI: A Great Cure for the Winter Blues

Elizabeth Kesses Delport (aka "Britchick Paris") takes wandermelon on holiday as she escapes the big European freeze and heads to the hot spots of the Middle East. I was born and raised in Athens and suffer from serious Seasonal Adjusted Disorder now I live in northern Europe. I miss the sun big time. I often dream about being on boats or desert islands. I even wear suntan cream in winter … [Read more...]

EGYPT: Is It Safe Yet?

The unrest of the Arab Spring has made many balk at the idea of traveling to Egypt, a benchmark experience for the true traveler. Here's our update from the frontline. *Editor's note: This post was originally scheduled to run last month. A new cycle of unrest in Egypt at the time convinced us to delay the piece. Recent reports, however, including this great update by veteran travel expert … [Read more...]