Rioja Week in NEW YORK CITY

Award-winning Spanish Wines Make a Splash in the Big Apple. Last November, the Rioja wine region created a stir when Wine Spectator chose Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 as the 2013 Wine of the Year. The magazine debuted its annual Top 100 list in 1988, and this is the first time in its 26 years that a Spanish wine topped the list. While the French and Italians were no doubt grumbling, … [Read more...]

BALI by the Book: 10th Annual Ubud Writer’s Festival

Situated amid verdant rice paddies, with grand temples and deep-rooted Hindu traditions, Ubud is renowned as Bali’s cultural apex and has long been a magnet for creative types, alternative thinkers, yoga-heads and healers. Tourist and expat numbers have soared in recent years due to high profile exposure in the book Eat Pray Love and location filming of the celluloid version. Despite the … [Read more...]

BALI Wellness Retreat

Set on the ancient Ayung River surrounded by terraced rice fields, the newly redone Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan offers the ultimate rejuvenation retreat with three days of yoga, meditation, and spa treatments. Surrounded by lush rice paddy fields and coconut groves in Bali, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan feels like a lost paradise. With the sacred Ayung River running below … [Read more...]

Caribbean Color: TOBAGO’S Blue Food Festival

Natalie Compagno gets muddied up on her way to the Blue Food Festival, an outdoor party that brings together thousands of locals to eat Dasheen-inspired dishes. Mud covers my legs and I have no idea where my knee starts and the wet earth begins.  I lost my shoes long ago in some sort of sink hole. I took a step and suddenly one of my purple flats was gone, sucked into a sticky rain puddle. … [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 … [Read more...]

NOTED Places: Store Your Favorite Places With This Cool Travel App

Writer Alex Ota discovers a new app to track travels, suggestions and create ideal trips. As avid travelers, we all go through the same routine—we hungrily devour the latest issues of Travel + Leisure, Sunset or Outside, earmarking destinations as we read about prospective destinations. Or, we watch the travel channel, furiously scribbling notes about the exotic locales being covered, wanting … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Served Hot At LA Restaurants and Bars

Ah Valentine's Day... A day of love, wine and roses -- not to mention the pressure of coming up with an amazing venue to celebrate your love for that special someone. If you're in Los Angeles, not to worry -- wandermelon's got your V-day cheat sheet. Any choice from our shortlist of  restaurants and bars that follow is guaranteed to get the heart racing so you come out a winner this Valentine's … [Read more...]

Modern and Vibrant VICTORIA, British Columbia

Liz Laing checks into the Magnolia Hotel and checks out British Columbia's revitalized capital, Victoria. While there’s plenty of old world charm still found in Victoria, a modern movement has revitalized the city with new culinary offerings, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and global shops galore. Adding to its' appeal is the city's historic architecture, combined with the rugged … [Read more...]

Diving with Whale Sharks in ISLA MUJERES, Mexico

Kinga Philipps takes a solo adventure off the coast of Cancun to Isla Mujures and finds unspoiled beaches, transparent water and epic dives surrounded by whale sharks and manta rays.  What better place for a solo sojourn than the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and a place called Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women. It was my eat, pray, love of sorts. Except, instead of pasta, I indulged in … [Read more...]

Magic at the MELBOURNE Cup Race

Kristina Foster takes readers inside Australia’s famous Melbourne Cup, where socialites, celebrities, and grand marquees make this race a true spectacle.  At 3pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, for about three and a half minutes on the first Tuesday in November, something very strange happens nation-wide in Australia. Homes, offices, restaurants and cafés all press pause. Eyes are glued … [Read more...]