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8 of New York City's best rooftop bars

8 of New York City's best rooftop bars

“Being on a New York City rooftop gives you this special pleasure of feeling part of the city, inside it, but at a distance,” says Ray Chung, director of design at The Johnson Studio, the firm behind the rooftop lounge at The Wit Hotel in Chicago, among other projects. Of course, space planning, comfortable seating, […]

Secrets of the ancient Silk Road

Secrets of the ancient Silk Road

Here are six of the best ‘Stan experiences: Timur’s tomb (Uzbekistan) Timur’s tomb: Said to carry a curse. (Ben Paarmann/Flickr/CC by 2.0) He made pyramids out of the skulls of those he slaughtered. Those who challenged him often got buried alive. Seventeen million people are said to have died as victims of the megalomania of […]

Aerial photos highlight Australia's stunning landscapes

Aerial photos highlight Australia's stunning landscapes

An incredible photo of Western Australia taken in the Margaret River area titled “Wyadup Spa” won the grand prize — a selection of DJI drone equipment and Australia travel packages worth nearly AUS$30,000 ($22,273). The second-prize winner — also taken in Western Australia — featured a surfer on the waves in Secret Harbour, just outside […]

On board Stockholm's floating hostel

On board Stockholm's floating hostel

Cutting a majestic figure on the Stockholm city skyline, the af Chapman is a city icon, named for the famed Swedish shipbuilder, Fredrik Henrik af Chapman. Once upon a time, the boat voyaged the Atlantic. Later, it trained legions of Swedish naval officers. But the ship no longer sails the seven seas. Today, the af […]

Frank Lloyd Wright across America: A Midwest tour

Frank Lloyd Wright across America: A Midwest tour

This June, Wright fans around the world will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, with New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) kicking off an exhibit dedicated to his life and work on June 12. But my own personal journey into Wright sent me to the Midwest, where he was born and where […]

A luxury train journey on the roof of the world

A luxury train journey on the roof of the world

Belmond Andean Explorer: A luxury sleeper train comes to South America. The train itself, a transplant from a former luxury line in Australia, shipped over and renovated from head to toe, evokes an earlier age of exploration. The elegant rooms, like miniature Art Deco apartments, range from bijou fold-down sofa booths to opulent suites with […]

Noma Mexico: The experience of a lifetime?

Noma Mexico: The experience of a lifetime?

Other than the mysterious and adventurous meal, the itinerary included a full-day of activities starting with access to Noma’s renowned chef, Rene Redzepi and his team, as well as a foray behind-the-scenes of Noma Mexico’s operation, from tasting indigenous ingredients and local Mezcals to a tour of Mayan ruins. Whole grilled pumpkin with a kelp […]

Beyond Expo 2017: What can Astana visitors expect?

Beyond Expo 2017: What can Astana visitors expect?

“If you live here or visit the city often, you will be at amazed how everything is being changed so quickly. EXPO became another keystone in its development.” More specifically, Uatkhanov says he’s noticed a rise in international visitors and improved infrastructure. “For example, the city administration made a decision to construct a light rail […]

10 of the world's most luxurious desert hotels

10 of the world's most luxurious desert hotels

Its dramatic location alone — tucked away in a protected valley flanked by dunes and canyons — makes it worth the visit. Inside, you’ll find concrete walls, rough timber furnishings and a muted brown color palette that embraces and celebrates the resort’s arid setting. That’s not to say that luxury is spared at all — […]

Cannes' top concierges share their best festival stories

Cannes' top concierges share their best festival stories