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Airport Layovers

Desert Skiing

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Las Vegas is to casinos what Dubai is to mega-malls. The city’s lavish, massive malls showcase everything from Chanel and Cartier to caviar (no Sbarro slices here) to skiing and ice-skating. The Mall of the Emirates features popular indoor ski slopes. It’s not Vail, but no matter: The zany juxtaposition – snow in the Middle East! – is the real draw. 

The Details

Distance: 4km to city center; bus and taxi; www.dubaiairport.com

Airport Layovers

Desert Skiing

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Las Vegas is to casinos what Dubai is to mega-malls. The city’s lavish, massive malls showcase everything from Chanel and Cartier to caviar (no Sbarro slices here) to skiing and ice-skating. The Mall of the Emirates features popular indoor ski slopes. It’s not Vail, but no matter: The zany juxtaposition – snow in the Middle East! – is the real draw. 

The Details

Distance: 4km to city center; bus and taxi; www.dubaiairport.com

Airport Layovers

Travel by Design

Milan, Italy

One word: Saldi! Time your layover with Milan’s sales in January and July. Shop-hop through the Quadrilatero d’Oro, a perfume-scented hub of high fashion. Atone for buyer’s guilt at the nearby Duomo, one of the largest cathedrals in the world. 

The Details

Milan, Italy (Milan Linate and Malpensa airports); Distance: 7km from Linate; 43km from Malpensa; metro, bus, and taxi; www.milanolinate.eu/en; www.milanomalpensa1.eu/en

 

Airport Layovers

Travel by Design

Milan, Italy

One word: Saldi! Time your layover with Milan’s sales in January and July. Shop-hop through the Quadrilatero d’Oro, a perfume-scented hub of high fashion. Atone for buyer’s guilt at the nearby Duomo, one of the largest cathedrals in the world. 

The Details

Milan, Italy (Milan Linate and Malpensa airports); Distance: 7km from Linate; 43km from Malpensa; metro, bus, and taxi; www.milanolinate.eu/en; www.milanomalpensa1.eu/en

 

Airport Layovers

Blue Lagoon Layover

Reykjavic, Iceland

Soak in the famous, bathwater-warm Blue Lagoon, a lovely geothermal spa in Svartsengi Resource Park. The waters, bubbling with minerals, are as rejuvenating as the surrounding Arctic landscape, where steam rises wispily around ink-black lava rocks. (It’s so cinematic that you could imagine Brooke Shields emerging from the water. Remember – the Blue Lagoon?)

The Details

Reykjavic, Iceland (Keflavik International Airport); Distance: 22km; bus and taxi; www.kefairport.is/english/

 

Airport Layovers

Blue Lagoon Layover

Reykjavic, Iceland

Soak in the famous, bathwater-warm Blue Lagoon, a lovely geothermal spa in Svartsengi Resource Park. The waters, bubbling with minerals, are as rejuvenating as the surrounding Arctic landscape, where steam rises wispily around ink-black lava rocks. (It’s so cinematic that you could imagine Brooke Shields emerging from the water. Remember – the Blue Lagoon?)

The Details

Reykjavic, Iceland (Keflavik International Airport); Distance: 22km; bus and taxi; www.kefairport.is/english/

 

Airport Layovers

Skyscrapers, Shops, and Sriracha Sauce

Singapore, Singapore

 

Compact and culturally diverse, Singapore is tailor-made for layovers – and it’s also Southeast Asia’s busiest airline hub. The airport visitor center runs free city tours, or you can zip into town on your own, where you’ll find a vibrant mix of stylish shops, skyscrapers, colonial homes, and excellent cuisine, from Thai and Chinese to Malay.

The Details

Singapore (Singapore Changi Airport)

Distance: 19km; train, bus, and taxi; www.changiairport.com

Airport Layovers

Skyscrapers, Shops, and Sriracha Sauce

Singapore, Singapore

 

Compact and culturally diverse, Singapore is tailor-made for layovers – and it’s also Southeast Asia’s busiest airline hub. The airport visitor center runs free city tours, or you can zip into town on your own, where you’ll find a vibrant mix of stylish shops, skyscrapers, colonial homes, and excellent cuisine, from Thai and Chinese to Malay.

The Details

Singapore (Singapore Changi Airport)

Distance: 19km; train, bus, and taxi; www.changiairport.com

Airport Layovers

Escape to Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil’s most famous beach – and its oily throngs in thongs  – unfolds in southern Rio.

For a hippie afternoon, head to the popular Posto 9, where beachgoers toss aside their inhibitions (and sometimes also their bathing suits).

The Details

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro Galeão–Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport)

Distance: 20km; bus and taxi; www.infraero.gov.br

Airport Layovers

Escape to Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil’s most famous beach – and its oily throngs in thongs  – unfolds in southern Rio.

For a hippie afternoon, head to the popular Posto 9, where beachgoers toss aside their inhibitions (and sometimes also their bathing suits).

The Details

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro Galeão–Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport)

Distance: 20km; bus and taxi; www.infraero.gov.br

Airport Layovers

Smorrebrød & Schnapps

Copenhagen, Denmark

Climb aboard a gently swinging ferris wheel at Tivoli; lunch on open-faced sandwiches heaped with tangy herring, followed by potent shots of schnapps; say hello to the fairytale icon Little Mermaid at the harbor. Copenhagen is eminently walkable – an ideal layover city.

The Details

Copenhagen, Denmark (Copenhagen Kastrup Airport)

Details: 8km; frequent metro (this being Denmark, it’s punctual and clean); www.cph.dk/CPH/DK/MAIN

Airport Layovers

Smorrebrød & Schnapps

Copenhagen, Denmark

Climb aboard a gently swinging ferris wheel at Tivoli; lunch on open-faced sandwiches heaped with tangy herring, followed by potent shots of schnapps; say hello to the fairytale icon Little Mermaid at the harbor. Copenhagen is eminently walkable – an ideal layover city.

The Details

Copenhagen, Denmark (Copenhagen Kastrup Airport)

Details: 8km; frequent metro (this being Denmark, it’s punctual and clean); www.cph.dk/CPH/DK/MAIN

Airport Layovers

5-Euro Pitchers of Sangria

Barcelona, Spain

Opt for the Aeroport bus, which crosses the city, offering a visual overview along the way. The bus drops you off at Placa Catalunya, near Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s pedestrian street that is anything but. There is no better place in the country to partake in the Spanish ritual of a paseo (stroll) than Las Ramblas, which cuts a wide swath to the Mediterranean Sea. For lunch, duck into the Modernista Boqueria market, a cathedral to fresh produce; try calamari squirted with lemon and a chilled pitcher of sangria (or three).

The Details

Barcelona, Spain (El Prat de Llobregat International Airport)

Distance: 13km; bus, train and taxi; www.airport-barcelona.com

Airport Layovers

5-Euro Pitchers of Sangria

Barcelona, Spain

Opt for the Aeroport bus, which crosses the city, offering a visual overview along the way. The bus drops you off at Placa Catalunya, near Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s pedestrian street that is anything but. There is no better place in the country to partake in the Spanish ritual of a paseo (stroll) than Las Ramblas, which cuts a wide swath to the Mediterranean Sea. For lunch, duck into the Modernista Boqueria market, a cathedral to fresh produce; try calamari squirted with lemon and a chilled pitcher of sangria (or three).

The Details

Barcelona, Spain (El Prat de Llobregat International Airport)

Distance: 13km; bus, train and taxi; www.airport-barcelona.com

New York Art Galleries

Matta: A Centennial Celebration- The Pace Gallery W 25nd Street

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Matta: A Centennial Celebration- The Pace Gallery W 25nd Street

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Sugimoto- The Pace Gallery W 25th Street

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Sugimoto- The Pace Gallery W 25th Street

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Richard Serra- Gagosian W 24th Street

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Richard Serra- Gagosian W 24th Street

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Andreas Gursky- The Pace Gallery W 22nd St

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Andreas Gursky- The Pace Gallery W 22nd St

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

David Zwirner 19th Street

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

David Zwirner 19th Street

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Nan Goldin Scopophilia- Matthew Marks Gallery W 22nd St

New yOrk City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Nan Goldin Scopophilia- Matthew Marks Gallery W 22nd St

New yOrk City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Jim Hodges- Gladstone Gallery W 24th Street

New york City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Jim Hodges- Gladstone Gallery W 24th Street

New york City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Maurizio Cattelan- Guggenheim Museum

New yOrk City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Maurizio Cattelan- Guggenheim Museum

New yOrk City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Delacroix Drawings from the Louvre- Morgan Library

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

Delacroix Drawings from the Louvre- Morgan Library

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

de Kooning: a Retrospective- MOMA

New York City, United States
New York Art Galleries

de Kooning: a Retrospective- MOMA

New York City, United States
Designer Hotel Suites

New York: St. Regis

New York City, United States

Dior Suite

Dior’s French flair meets John Jacob Astor’s old New York sophistication—a suite match.

Why We Love It

Lace, tulle, metallic leather, and the house’s signature bows. We’d wear the draperies right out the door if we thought the staff wouldn’t notice. J’adore Dior.

The Details

2 East 55th St., New York, NY; 212-753-4500; stregisnewyork.com

New York: St. Regis

New York City, United States

Dior Suite

Dior’s French flair meets John Jacob Astor’s old New York sophistication—a suite match.

Why We Love It

Lace, tulle, metallic leather, and the house’s signature bows. We’d wear the draperies right out the door if we thought the staff wouldn’t notice. J’adore Dior.

The Details

2 East 55th St., New York, NY; 212-753-4500; stregisnewyork.com

Designer Hotel Suites

Honolulu: Halekulani Hotel

Honolulu, United States

Halekulani Suite

Delight in a coveted Vera Wang creation—at least for a night or two—in this island-inspired oasis that leaves white at the altar. 

Why We Love It

Up-close-and-personal views of Diamond Head, plus personally selected décor and rare Hawaiian and Asian furnishings, like the statue at the entranceway.

The Details

2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI; 808-923-2311; halekulani.com

Honolulu: Halekulani Hotel

Honolulu, United States

Halekulani Suite

Delight in a coveted Vera Wang creation—at least for a night or two—in this island-inspired oasis that leaves white at the altar. 

Why We Love It

Up-close-and-personal views of Diamond Head, plus personally selected décor and rare Hawaiian and Asian furnishings, like the statue at the entranceway.

The Details

2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI; 808-923-2311; halekulani.com

Designer Hotel Suites

London: Claridge's

London, United Kingdom

Grand Piano Suite

A woman whose mere initials (DVF) are synonymous with resurrecting a fashion nonessential and turning it into a stylish staple, applied her same design sensibilities to turn this space into one of Mayfair’s most glamorous. 

Why We Love It

DVF’s exclusive textile collection. Think about how much you love your printed DVF wrap dress. Now picture that wrap dress as a couch, wall coverings, curtains…we know––amazing.

The Details

49 Brook St., Mayfair, London, UK; +44-20-7629-8860; claridges.co.uk

London: Claridge's

London, United Kingdom

Grand Piano Suite

A woman whose mere initials (DVF) are synonymous with resurrecting a fashion nonessential and turning it into a stylish staple, applied her same design sensibilities to turn this space into one of Mayfair’s most glamorous. 

Why We Love It

DVF’s exclusive textile collection. Think about how much you love your printed DVF wrap dress. Now picture that wrap dress as a couch, wall coverings, curtains…we know––amazing.

The Details

49 Brook St., Mayfair, London, UK; +44-20-7629-8860; claridges.co.uk

Designer Hotel Suites

Dubai: Armani Hotel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Armani Suite

Designed by the namesake fashion maestro himself, and occupying the 39th floor of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, this suite is as sleek as it is inviting.

Why We Love It

Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal jaw-dropping views of the Arabian Sea and downtown Dubai. Feel free to stand against the glass and imagine Tom Cruise crashing through at any moment. 

The Details

P.O. Box 888333, Dubai, UAE; +971-4-888-3888; dubai.armanihotels.com

Dubai: Armani Hotel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Armani Suite

Designed by the namesake fashion maestro himself, and occupying the 39th floor of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, this suite is as sleek as it is inviting.

Why We Love It

Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal jaw-dropping views of the Arabian Sea and downtown Dubai. Feel free to stand against the glass and imagine Tom Cruise crashing through at any moment. 

The Details

P.O. Box 888333, Dubai, UAE; +971-4-888-3888; dubai.armanihotels.com

Designer Hotel Suites

Palm Beach: The Breakers

Palm Beach, United States

Imperial Designer Suite

Mark Badgley and James Mischka are the fab force behind this recently redesigned one-of-a-kind accommodation—no doubt a proud addition to their list of couture beauties.

Why We Love It

Old Hollywood touches combine with Palm Beach elegance as seamlessly as vintage pieces from Antique Row combine with custom-designed furniture by the fab duo. 

The Details

1 South County Rd., Palm Beach, FL; 561-655-6611; www.thebreakers.com

Palm Beach: The Breakers

Palm Beach, United States

Imperial Designer Suite

Mark Badgley and James Mischka are the fab force behind this recently redesigned one-of-a-kind accommodation—no doubt a proud addition to their list of couture beauties.

Why We Love It

Old Hollywood touches combine with Palm Beach elegance as seamlessly as vintage pieces from Antique Row combine with custom-designed furniture by the fab duo. 

The Details

1 South County Rd., Palm Beach, FL; 561-655-6611; www.thebreakers.com

Holiday Travel

New York City

New York City, United States

Why We Love It

That festive feeling we get walking down Fifth Avenue with the colorful lights, lavish window displays, and holiday spirit in the air. Besides being one of the greatest cities in the world, it’s an easy weekend trip from virtually any city in the US to get that holiday shopping done.

The Details

Book early to get the best deals or check out Jetsetter or Tablet to reserve a room. Our faves are Crosby Street Hotel, The Mark, and the The Greenwich, though if you can afford it, the Mandarin Oriental is the most luxe in the city.  

New York City

New York City, United States

Why We Love It

That festive feeling we get walking down Fifth Avenue with the colorful lights, lavish window displays, and holiday spirit in the air. Besides being one of the greatest cities in the world, it’s an easy weekend trip from virtually any city in the US to get that holiday shopping done.

The Details

Book early to get the best deals or check out Jetsetter or Tablet to reserve a room. Our faves are Crosby Street Hotel, The Mark, and the The Greenwich, though if you can afford it, the Mandarin Oriental is the most luxe in the city.  

Holiday Travel

Palm Beach

Palm Beach, United States

Why We Love It

Proof that there is a correlation between rich and beautiful, this where the Lilly Pulitzer crew descends for their oh-so-civilized holidays.  

The Details

If you aren't invited by The Donald to stay at his humble abode, check yourself into the Breakers or the Four Seasons.  This is a high brow weekend, so come dressed in your best. 

Palm Beach

Palm Beach, United States

Why We Love It

Proof that there is a correlation between rich and beautiful, this where the Lilly Pulitzer crew descends for their oh-so-civilized holidays.  

The Details

If you aren't invited by The Donald to stay at his humble abode, check yourself into the Breakers or the Four Seasons.  This is a high brow weekend, so come dressed in your best. 

Holiday Travel

Miami

Miami, United States

Why We Love It

A place where those of us from less fortunate climates can celebrate – or in some cases, escape – the holidays. Just like Vegas, 48 hours is just enough to get your party on before rejoining the world as a responsible member of society.  

The Details

Check into the new, chic Soho Beach House or, for grand-scale luxury, make The Setai your home. Also, get on the list for Art Basel if your trip coincides with the art party of the year.  

Miami

Miami, United States

Why We Love It

A place where those of us from less fortunate climates can celebrate – or in some cases, escape – the holidays. Just like Vegas, 48 hours is just enough to get your party on before rejoining the world as a responsible member of society.  

The Details

Check into the new, chic Soho Beach House or, for grand-scale luxury, make The Setai your home. Also, get on the list for Art Basel if your trip coincides with the art party of the year.  

Holiday Travel

Big Sur

Big Sur, United States

Why We Love It

Sun, surf, and that chilled-out California vibe.  Also, the best hotel in the country at Post Ranch Inn.  

The Details

Check into the Post Ranch Inn for your very own treehouse in the sky.  To say the views are beautiful is an understatement. 

Big Sur

Big Sur, United States

Why We Love It

Sun, surf, and that chilled-out California vibe.  Also, the best hotel in the country at Post Ranch Inn.  

The Details

Check into the Post Ranch Inn for your very own treehouse in the sky.  To say the views are beautiful is an understatement. 

Holiday Travel

Malibu

Malibu, United States

Why We Love It

What’s better than martinis and bikinis over the holidays? Sunny Malibu is perfect for fleeing the winter chill – and close enough to LA and Santa Barbara to make a whole West Coast vacay. 

The Details

You're on the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the most beautiful drives in the United States.  Check yourself into The Huntley with all the others who are way too cool for school.  

Malibu

Malibu, United States

Why We Love It

What’s better than martinis and bikinis over the holidays? Sunny Malibu is perfect for fleeing the winter chill – and close enough to LA and Santa Barbara to make a whole West Coast vacay. 

The Details

You're on the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the most beautiful drives in the United States.  Check yourself into The Huntley with all the others who are way too cool for school.  

Holiday Travel

Vail

Vail, United States

Why We Love It

The Rocky Mountain high we feel when skiing the moguls in China Bowl.  

The Details

Though the Four Seasons is not directly on the slopes, it might as well be for its logistical feat of offering direct, ski-in, ski-out access. Alternatively, for a boutique option with the coolest bar and one of the best restaurants in Vail, hang your hat at The Sebastian. 

Vail

Vail, United States

Why We Love It

The Rocky Mountain high we feel when skiing the moguls in China Bowl.  

The Details

Though the Four Seasons is not directly on the slopes, it might as well be for its logistical feat of offering direct, ski-in, ski-out access. Alternatively, for a boutique option with the coolest bar and one of the best restaurants in Vail, hang your hat at The Sebastian. 

Holiday Travel

Deer Valley

Deer Valley, United States

Why We Love It

Direct flights, luxe hotels, and powder. Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. 

The Details

A destination for both ski bunnies and snow virgins. Deer Valley is the standard for all ski resorts in the US. Check into pure luxury at the Montage Deer Valley or St. Regis.

Deer Valley

Deer Valley, United States

Why We Love It

Direct flights, luxe hotels, and powder. Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. 

The Details

A destination for both ski bunnies and snow virgins. Deer Valley is the standard for all ski resorts in the US. Check into pure luxury at the Montage Deer Valley or St. Regis.

Holiday Travel

Cabo

Cabo, Mexico

Why We Love It

Chillin’ like a villain by the infinity pool – and the best people-watching south of the border. Look out for Clooney and his scoop du jour, and Jennifer Aniston.  This is where the celeb set descends for the holidays.  

The Details

Check into One & Only or Capella Pedregal for your margarita and guacamole-fueled holiday. 

Cabo

Cabo, Mexico

Why We Love It

Chillin’ like a villain by the infinity pool – and the best people-watching south of the border. Look out for Clooney and his scoop du jour, and Jennifer Aniston.  This is where the celeb set descends for the holidays.  

The Details

Check into One & Only or Capella Pedregal for your margarita and guacamole-fueled holiday. 

Holiday Travel

San Francisco

San Francisco, United States

Why We Love It

Good, clean fun – hike through Golden Gate Park to start the new year out right.  

The Details

For a weekend getaway, check in to the Cavallo Point, with its stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with the Mandarin Oriental, the most luxe hotel in the city. 

San Francisco

San Francisco, United States

Why We Love It

Good, clean fun – hike through Golden Gate Park to start the new year out right.  

The Details

For a weekend getaway, check in to the Cavallo Point, with its stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with the Mandarin Oriental, the most luxe hotel in the city. 

Holiday Travel

Chicago

Chicago, United States

Why We Love It

There’s something about being in the Midwest for the holidays – it makes you feel like you’re home. Chicago has great hotels and even better food, and is still relatively easy on the wallet. 

The Details

Check into the Elysian Hotel and cozy up to your fireplace between shopping sessions on Michigan Avenue. Book your restaurant rezzies way ahead of time though, as places like Alinea, Next, and Frontera Grill are some of the hottest tickets in town.  

Chicago

Chicago, United States

Why We Love It

There’s something about being in the Midwest for the holidays – it makes you feel like you’re home. Chicago has great hotels and even better food, and is still relatively easy on the wallet. 

The Details

Check into the Elysian Hotel and cozy up to your fireplace between shopping sessions on Michigan Avenue. Book your restaurant rezzies way ahead of time though, as places like Alinea, Next, and Frontera Grill are some of the hottest tickets in town.  

Holiday Travel

St. Lucia

St. Lucia, Saint Lucia

Why We Love It

The only non-US destination on our list, St. Lucia rightfully earns top marks for holiday travel. This is where you can completely disappear and come back shiny brand new for the year ahead.

The Details

Check into Jade Mountain, arguably the best hotel in the Caribbean. After just one night, you’ll know exactly why.  The views and resort are, in three words, over the top. 

St. Lucia

St. Lucia, Saint Lucia

Why We Love It

The only non-US destination on our list, St. Lucia rightfully earns top marks for holiday travel. This is where you can completely disappear and come back shiny brand new for the year ahead.

The Details

Check into Jade Mountain, arguably the best hotel in the Caribbean. After just one night, you’ll know exactly why.  The views and resort are, in three words, over the top. 

Room Service

Four Seasons Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Take in Victoria Harbour vistas from the comfort of your plush room while sampling your choice of specialties from Lung King Heen and Caprice, both three-star Michelin restaurants.

Why We Love It

 Did we mention that Lung King Heen and Caprice both have three Michelin stars?

The Details

8 Finance St., Central, Hong Kong; (852) 3196-8888; www.fourseasons.com/hongkong

Room Service

Four Seasons Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Take in Victoria Harbour vistas from the comfort of your plush room while sampling your choice of specialties from Lung King Heen and Caprice, both three-star Michelin restaurants.

Why We Love It

 Did we mention that Lung King Heen and Caprice both have three Michelin stars?

The Details

8 Finance St., Central, Hong Kong; (852) 3196-8888; www.fourseasons.com/hongkong

Room Service

Park Hyatt Chicago

Hong Kong, China

 

Dine on award-winning meals from NoMI right in your room, which you can enjoy while looking out over the Windy City and Water Tower.

Why We Love It

The fancy isn’t saved just for restaurant guests; meals are delivered and served on silver platters.

The Details

800 North Michigan Ave., Chicago; (312) 335-1234; www.parkchicago.hyatt.com

Room Service

Park Hyatt Chicago

Hong Kong, China

 

Dine on award-winning meals from NoMI right in your room, which you can enjoy while looking out over the Windy City and Water Tower.

Why We Love It

The fancy isn’t saved just for restaurant guests; meals are delivered and served on silver platters.

The Details

800 North Michigan Ave., Chicago; (312) 335-1234; www.parkchicago.hyatt.com

Room Service

Borgo Egnazia

Puglia, Italy

The room-service burrata, grilled veggies, and fresh fish are better than most restaurants – savor it while relaxing on your Adriatic-view terrace.

Why We Love It

If you rent one of their gorgeous villas, you can arrange for a private chef to whip up a made-to-order meal in your own kitchen.

The Details

Savelletri di Fasano (Brindisi), Italy; +39-80-225-50-00; www.borgoegnazia.com

Room Service

Borgo Egnazia

Puglia, Italy

The room-service burrata, grilled veggies, and fresh fish are better than most restaurants – savor it while relaxing on your Adriatic-view terrace.

Why We Love It

If you rent one of their gorgeous villas, you can arrange for a private chef to whip up a made-to-order meal in your own kitchen.

The Details

Savelletri di Fasano (Brindisi), Italy; +39-80-225-50-00; www.borgoegnazia.com

Room Service

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Dine on a seasonal menu of Asian and American dishes from the hotel’s highly praised restaurant Girandole, while overlooking the Tokyo skyline.

Why We Love It

If you only order one thing, make it their perfectly packed and delicious Japanese breakfast bento box.

The Details

3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo; +81-3-5322-1234; tokyo.park.hyatt.com

Room Service

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Dine on a seasonal menu of Asian and American dishes from the hotel’s highly praised restaurant Girandole, while overlooking the Tokyo skyline.

Why We Love It

If you only order one thing, make it their perfectly packed and delicious Japanese breakfast bento box.

The Details

3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo; +81-3-5322-1234; tokyo.park.hyatt.com

Room Service

Peninsula Shanghai

Shanghai, China

Dig into tasty entrees (particularly the Cantonese delicacies) by Michelin-star chef Tang Chi Keung, who heads up Yi Long Court’s kitchen.

Why We Love It

If you don’t have time to eat before heading home, you can order a specialty lunch box for your ride to the airport.

The Details

No. 32 The Bund, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai; +86-21-2327-2888; www.peninsula.com/shanghai

Room Service

Peninsula Shanghai

Shanghai, China

Dig into tasty entrees (particularly the Cantonese delicacies) by Michelin-star chef Tang Chi Keung, who heads up Yi Long Court’s kitchen.

Why We Love It

If you don’t have time to eat before heading home, you can order a specialty lunch box for your ride to the airport.

The Details

No. 32 The Bund, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai; +86-21-2327-2888; www.peninsula.com/shanghai

Spas

Dolder Grand Spa at The Dolder Grand

Zurich, Switzerland

In the land where spas were perfected (sort of), the Dolder Grand Spa’s state-of-the-art facilities, super-high-quality service plus a serene sundeck overlooking Lake Zurich rank it a notch above the rest.

Why We Love It

Post-sauna chilling in a snow cave. Need we say more? 

The Details

Open daily 7am until 10pm; Kurhausstrasse 65, Zurich; +41-44-456-64-00; www.thedoldergrand.com

 

Spas

Dolder Grand Spa at The Dolder Grand

Zurich, Switzerland

In the land where spas were perfected (sort of), the Dolder Grand Spa’s state-of-the-art facilities, super-high-quality service plus a serene sundeck overlooking Lake Zurich rank it a notch above the rest.

Why We Love It

Post-sauna chilling in a snow cave. Need we say more? 

The Details

Open daily 7am until 10pm; Kurhausstrasse 65, Zurich; +41-44-456-64-00; www.thedoldergrand.com

 

Spas

Anantara Spa at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Sweimah, Jordan

The mother of all spas, this three-floor, adult-only behemoth puts all others to shame with its more than 20 treatment rooms, hammam, yoga studio, lap pool, Jacuzzis, outdoor lounges, steam room, sauna… you get the point.

Why We Love It

Pool-hoppers will love six pools to choose from, including a Dead Sea pool – in case swimming in the actual Dead Sea freaks you out.

The Details

Open daily 10am until 10pm; P.O. Box 815554, Dead Sea Rd., Swaimeh; +962-5-356-8888; www.kempinski.com

Spas

Anantara Spa at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Sweimah, Jordan

The mother of all spas, this three-floor, adult-only behemoth puts all others to shame with its more than 20 treatment rooms, hammam, yoga studio, lap pool, Jacuzzis, outdoor lounges, steam room, sauna… you get the point.

Why We Love It

Pool-hoppers will love six pools to choose from, including a Dead Sea pool – in case swimming in the actual Dead Sea freaks you out.

The Details

Open daily 10am until 10pm; P.O. Box 815554, Dead Sea Rd., Swaimeh; +962-5-356-8888; www.kempinski.com

Spas

The Oriental Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

A true hideaway, as in hiding on the other side of the river accessible only via private ferry, The Oriental Spa will literally have you leaving everything behind to enter a spa state of mind.

Why We Love It

You’ll reach nirvana in no time with a dual treatment in the most relaxing and intimate couples’ suite around. Full access to the suite after your treatment (to do what you wish for as long as you wish) will bring you to a whole different level of nirvana.

The Details

Open daily 9am until 10pm; 48 Oriental Ave., Bangkok; +66-2-659-9000 ext 7440 or 7444; www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok

Spas

The Oriental Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

A true hideaway, as in hiding on the other side of the river accessible only via private ferry, The Oriental Spa will literally have you leaving everything behind to enter a spa state of mind.

Why We Love It

You’ll reach nirvana in no time with a dual treatment in the most relaxing and intimate couples’ suite around. Full access to the suite after your treatment (to do what you wish for as long as you wish) will bring you to a whole different level of nirvana.

The Details

Open daily 9am until 10pm; 48 Oriental Ave., Bangkok; +66-2-659-9000 ext 7440 or 7444; www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok

Spas

Mzia Shiman Spa

New York, United States

Just call her the Skin Whisperer  – everyone else, plus Allure Magazine, does. A dedicated roster of clients who have included Mariah Carey, Naomi Campbell and the most well-heeled of New York, flock to her jewel-box namesake spa to let the hands of this 30-year veteran work their magic. Though for the celebrity set, she does at-home skin whispering too.

Why We Love It

Coaxing out your complexion’s natural beauty ­ it’s all about hydration ­ and the best brow shape to drop 10 years off your age (seriously) is what Mzia Shiman does best.

The Details

Open Monday to Saturday 9am until 6:30pm; 5 East 59th St., 6th floor, New York; 212-933-4389; www.mziashiman.com

 

Spas

Mzia Shiman Spa

New York, United States

Just call her the Skin Whisperer  – everyone else, plus Allure Magazine, does. A dedicated roster of clients who have included Mariah Carey, Naomi Campbell and the most well-heeled of New York, flock to her jewel-box namesake spa to let the hands of this 30-year veteran work their magic. Though for the celebrity set, she does at-home skin whispering too.

Why We Love It

Coaxing out your complexion’s natural beauty ­ it’s all about hydration ­ and the best brow shape to drop 10 years off your age (seriously) is what Mzia Shiman does best.

The Details

Open Monday to Saturday 9am until 6:30pm; 5 East 59th St., 6th floor, New York; 212-933-4389; www.mziashiman.com

 

Spas

V Botanical Spa at The Andaman Resort

Langkawi, Malaysia

Channel your inner Tarzan when you book a treatment in one of five open-air tree houses, set in a rainforest overlooking the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. Jane can come too.

Why We Love It

Soak in love potion and rose petals during a sensual couples’ Love Bathing Ritual, complete with a bottle of champagne… to drink, not to soak in.

The Details

Open daily 9am until 9pm; Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi; +60-4-959-1088, www.theandaman.com

Spas

V Botanical Spa at The Andaman Resort

Langkawi, Malaysia

Channel your inner Tarzan when you book a treatment in one of five open-air tree houses, set in a rainforest overlooking the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. Jane can come too.

Why We Love It

Soak in love potion and rose petals during a sensual couples’ Love Bathing Ritual, complete with a bottle of champagne… to drink, not to soak in.

The Details

Open daily 9am until 9pm; Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi; +60-4-959-1088, www.theandaman.com

Infinity Pools

Hotel Caruso

Ravello, Italy

Situated on the highest point in Ravello, a swim in the mirror-like waters of this cliff-top pool will have you seemingly suspended between the sky and the Mediterranean below.

Why We Love It

Jaw-dropping views from the hills of Ravello, plus a pool concierge to fetch an iPod, some fresh fruit, an Evian vaporizer…whatever makes your pool experience complete.

The Details

A former palace, Hotel Caruso is set into the cliffs overlooking the Amalfi Coast. Piazza San Giovanni del Toro 2, Ravello; +39-89-858-801; www.hotelcaruso.com

Infinity Pools

Hotel Caruso

Ravello, Italy

Situated on the highest point in Ravello, a swim in the mirror-like waters of this cliff-top pool will have you seemingly suspended between the sky and the Mediterranean below.

Why We Love It

Jaw-dropping views from the hills of Ravello, plus a pool concierge to fetch an iPod, some fresh fruit, an Evian vaporizer…whatever makes your pool experience complete.

The Details

A former palace, Hotel Caruso is set into the cliffs overlooking the Amalfi Coast. Piazza San Giovanni del Toro 2, Ravello; +39-89-858-801; www.hotelcaruso.com

Infinity Pools

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

A sanctuary above stunning Victoria Harbour, the calm waters of the infinity pool are a welcome contrast to the bustling city below, and from this vantage point, a glance out over the Harbour and Financial District will make you feel like a ruler looking out over his dominion (much like the Queen gazing out from Buckingham Palace…if Buckingham Palace were made of water).

Why We Love It

Underwater music is a nice touch for when you tear yourself away from the views for an actual swim.

The Details

One of two towers in the Financial District’s International Finance Center, Four Seasons Hong Kong boasts a prime waterfront perch. 8 Finance Street, Central; 852-3196-8888; www.fourseasons.com/hongkong

Infinity Pools

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

A sanctuary above stunning Victoria Harbour, the calm waters of the infinity pool are a welcome contrast to the bustling city below, and from this vantage point, a glance out over the Harbour and Financial District will make you feel like a ruler looking out over his dominion (much like the Queen gazing out from Buckingham Palace…if Buckingham Palace were made of water).

Why We Love It

Underwater music is a nice touch for when you tear yourself away from the views for an actual swim.

The Details

One of two towers in the Financial District’s International Finance Center, Four Seasons Hong Kong boasts a prime waterfront perch. 8 Finance Street, Central; 852-3196-8888; www.fourseasons.com/hongkong

Infinity Pools

Katikies The Hotel

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Not one, but two, infinity pools are built into the cliffs of Santorini—330 feet up!—overlooking the Aegean Sea and unrivaled natural beauty of the caldera.

Why We Love It

Sunsets over the caldera are so beautiful, they’re surreal, and you’ll have a front-row seat to the spectacular nightly show.

The Details

Katikies The Hotel is located in Oia, the most westerly point of Santorini and the quieter sister of Fira, the island’s capital. Oia, Santorini, Cyclades Islands; 30-22860-71401; www.katikieshotelsantorini.com

Infinity Pools

Katikies The Hotel

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Not one, but two, infinity pools are built into the cliffs of Santorini—330 feet up!—overlooking the Aegean Sea and unrivaled natural beauty of the caldera.

Why We Love It

Sunsets over the caldera are so beautiful, they’re surreal, and you’ll have a front-row seat to the spectacular nightly show.

The Details

Katikies The Hotel is located in Oia, the most westerly point of Santorini and the quieter sister of Fira, the island’s capital. Oia, Santorini, Cyclades Islands; 30-22860-71401; www.katikieshotelsantorini.com

Infinity Pools

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Antibes, France

Brand new as part of the hotel’s extensive renovation, a swim in the seawater infinity pool is just like swimming in the Mediterranean—only heated.

Why We Love It

Carved into the rock face, this promontory of a pool juts out to sea, offering the most breathtaking unobstructed vistas. And of course, this wouldn’t be the French Riviera without a glass of champagne in hand, courtesy of the concierge.

The Details

On the southernmost tip of the Cap d’Antibes, the iconic Hotel du Cap has been lovingly restored, putting it back on the map for the summer season.
Boulevard JF Kennedy, BP 29, Antibes Cedex; 33-4-93-61-39-01; www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com

Infinity Pools

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Antibes, France

Brand new as part of the hotel’s extensive renovation, a swim in the seawater infinity pool is just like swimming in the Mediterranean—only heated.

Why We Love It

Carved into the rock face, this promontory of a pool juts out to sea, offering the most breathtaking unobstructed vistas. And of course, this wouldn’t be the French Riviera without a glass of champagne in hand, courtesy of the concierge.

The Details

On the southernmost tip of the Cap d’Antibes, the iconic Hotel du Cap has been lovingly restored, putting it back on the map for the summer season.
Boulevard JF Kennedy, BP 29, Antibes Cedex; 33-4-93-61-39-01; www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com

Infinity Pools

One&Only Palmilla

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

With two infinity pools to choose from, we prefer the adults-only, beach-view Vista Pool, complete with waterfalls and, in true Mexican style, a swim-up bar.

Why We Love It

From the edge, all you’ll see is sky melt into the Sea of Cortez melt into the infinity pool’s waters; it’s pure azure from every angle.

The Details

Nestled in the less rowdy of the two Cabos, San Jose as opposed to San Lucas, One&Only Palmilla is the choice for the privacy-seeking set.
Km 7.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San Jose Del Cabo; 52-624-146-7000 or 866-829-2977; palmilla.oneandonlyresorts.com

Infinity Pools

One&Only Palmilla

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

With two infinity pools to choose from, we prefer the adults-only, beach-view Vista Pool, complete with waterfalls and, in true Mexican style, a swim-up bar.

Why We Love It

From the edge, all you’ll see is sky melt into the Sea of Cortez melt into the infinity pool’s waters; it’s pure azure from every angle.

The Details

Nestled in the less rowdy of the two Cabos, San Jose as opposed to San Lucas, One&Only Palmilla is the choice for the privacy-seeking set.
Km 7.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San Jose Del Cabo; 52-624-146-7000 or 866-829-2977; palmilla.oneandonlyresorts.com

Hotel Bars

Il Bar at Bulgari Hotel Milan

Milan, Italy

Wall-to-wall windows showcase the sleek bar’s best asset, its adjoining garden courtyard, where guests and those in-the-know sip signature Bulgari cocktails.

Why We Love It

A lush garden oasis in the middle of Milan, plus cocktails? We’re sold.

The Details

Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7/b, Milan; 39-2-805-805-1; www.bulgarihotels.com

Hotel Bars

Il Bar at Bulgari Hotel Milan

Milan, Italy

Wall-to-wall windows showcase the sleek bar’s best asset, its adjoining garden courtyard, where guests and those in-the-know sip signature Bulgari cocktails.

Why We Love It

A lush garden oasis in the middle of Milan, plus cocktails? We’re sold.

The Details

Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7/b, Milan; 39-2-805-805-1; www.bulgarihotels.com

Hotel Bars

Rose Bar at Delano South Beach

Miami, United States

One of two renowned bars at the Delano (the other being the Florida Room… heard of it?), the Rose Bar’s glamorous and warm ambience is the spot for a relaxed drink. 

Why We Love It

People-watching at its best. Check out the parade of the tall and tanned as they strut through the gauzy white curtains… you never know who’ll saunter through next.

The Details

Open Sun–Thur noon–2am, Fri–Sat noon–3am; 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 674-6400; www.delano-hotel.com

Hotel Bars

Rose Bar at Delano South Beach

Miami, United States

One of two renowned bars at the Delano (the other being the Florida Room… heard of it?), the Rose Bar’s glamorous and warm ambience is the spot for a relaxed drink. 

Why We Love It

People-watching at its best. Check out the parade of the tall and tanned as they strut through the gauzy white curtains… you never know who’ll saunter through next.

The Details

Open Sun–Thur noon–2am, Fri–Sat noon–3am; 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 674-6400; www.delano-hotel.com

Hotel Bars

King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York

New York, United States

Two words: Bloody Mary. The dark and inviting King Cole Bar is said to be the birthplace of this famous brunch favorite, here called a Red Snapper in case you want to try out the original.

Why We Love It

Wood paneling and sumptuous leather just scream old-school and beg for you to order a whiskey sour (so what if you don’t like whiskey?) or something stronger if you happen to be Serena drowning her woes.

The Details

Open Mon–Thur 11:30am–1am, Fri–Sat 11:30am–2am, Sunday noon–midnight; 2 East 55th Street, New York; (212) 753-4500; www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis

Hotel Bars

King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York

New York, United States

Two words: Bloody Mary. The dark and inviting King Cole Bar is said to be the birthplace of this famous brunch favorite, here called a Red Snapper in case you want to try out the original.

Why We Love It

Wood paneling and sumptuous leather just scream old-school and beg for you to order a whiskey sour (so what if you don’t like whiskey?) or something stronger if you happen to be Serena drowning her woes.

The Details

Open Mon–Thur 11:30am–1am, Fri–Sat 11:30am–2am, Sunday noon–midnight; 2 East 55th Street, New York; (212) 753-4500; www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis

Hotel Bars

Blakes Chinese Room & Bar at Blakes Hotel London

London, United Kingdom

As you might guess, at Blakes Chinese Room & Bar, the décor is anything but English. You’ll feel transported when you sink into cushioned banquettes topped with heaps of pillows, and surrounded by slipper orchids and mounds of books.

Why We Love It

When hunger strikes, head to the adjacent restaurant and indulge in some of the best red curry this side of the Thames.

The Details

33 Roland Gardens, London; +44-20-7370-6701; www.blakeshotels.com

Hotel Bars

Blakes Chinese Room & Bar at Blakes Hotel London

London, United Kingdom

As you might guess, at Blakes Chinese Room & Bar, the décor is anything but English. You’ll feel transported when you sink into cushioned banquettes topped with heaps of pillows, and surrounded by slipper orchids and mounds of books.

Why We Love It

When hunger strikes, head to the adjacent restaurant and indulge in some of the best red curry this side of the Thames.

The Details

33 Roland Gardens, London; +44-20-7370-6701; www.blakeshotels.com

Hotel Bars

The Bar at Hotel Costes

Paris, France

Come see and be seen at this opulent drinking den frequented by Parisian celebrities, fashionistas, and chic jet-setters like yourself.

Why We Love It

It’s so dark, cozy and velvety, you’ll feel like you’ve landed in your very own Balzac-ian drama.

The Details

Open daily 7pm–2am; 239 Rue Saint-Honore, Paris; +33-1-42-44-50-00; www.hotelcostes.com

Hotel Bars

The Bar at Hotel Costes

Paris, France

Come see and be seen at this opulent drinking den frequented by Parisian celebrities, fashionistas, and chic jet-setters like yourself.

Why We Love It

It’s so dark, cozy and velvety, you’ll feel like you’ve landed in your very own Balzac-ian drama.

The Details

Open daily 7pm–2am; 239 Rue Saint-Honore, Paris; +33-1-42-44-50-00; www.hotelcostes.com

Clubs

Skybar - Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon

The premier club in all of the Middle East. A club so engrained in the Lebanese culture that calling it a nightclub does not do it justice.  Wear jeans, sequins — or a little bit of both— and come cool as you are.   

Why We Love It

DJ Jojo, the energy of the crowd and the exclusive, yet not elitist, atmosphere.  There’s just something special about this place. 

The Details

Open only from May until October. No cover, no required spending and an unofficial policy to welcome American and European visitors.  For table reservations, info@sky-management.net.  +961 3 93 91 91.   www.sky-bar.com

Clubs & Lounges

Skybar - Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon

The premier club in all of the Middle East. A club so engrained in the Lebanese culture that calling it a nightclub does not do it justice.  Wear jeans, sequins — or a little bit of both— and come cool as you are.   

Why We Love It

DJ Jojo, the energy of the crowd and the exclusive, yet not elitist, atmosphere.  There’s just something special about this place. 

The Details

Open only from May until October. No cover, no required spending and an unofficial policy to welcome American and European visitors.  For table reservations, info@sky-management.net.  +961 3 93 91 91.   www.sky-bar.com

Clubs

Pacha

Ibiza, Spain

In the party destination, Pacha is the party.  No rules, no inhibitions— just dancing until the sun comes up. 

Why We Love It

Classy foam parties – no, we’re not kidding.

The Details

Only open in season, from May until September. Tel: 34 971 31 36 12. www.pacha.com.

Clubs & Lounges

Pacha

Ibiza, Spain

In the party destination, Pacha is the party.  No rules, no inhibitions— just dancing until the sun comes up. 

Why We Love It

Classy foam parties – no, we’re not kidding.

The Details

Only open in season, from May until September. Tel: 34 971 31 36 12. www.pacha.com.

Clubs

Dracula

St. Moritz, Switzerland

The rookies head to King’s Club. Those in know get their party going at Dracula.  Owned by international playboy (love that) Gunter Sachs, this is the place to be in St. Moritz.

Why We Love It

Glamorous destination, glamorous nightlife. Although you may not be royalty, you’ll down Cristal right next to them. Dracula rounds out the entire St. Moritz experience.

The Details

This is a private club so have your concierge ease your entrée into this very exclusive scene. Via Maistra 54, St. Moritz. www.drachs.ch, email drachs@bluewin.ch. Tel: 41 81 833 2020.

Clubs & Lounges

Dracula

St. Moritz, Switzerland

The rookies head to King’s Club. Those in know get their party going at Dracula.  Owned by international playboy (love that) Gunter Sachs, this is the place to be in St. Moritz.

Why We Love It

Glamorous destination, glamorous nightlife. Although you may not be royalty, you’ll down Cristal right next to them. Dracula rounds out the entire St. Moritz experience.

The Details

This is a private club so have your concierge ease your entrée into this very exclusive scene. Via Maistra 54, St. Moritz. www.drachs.ch, email drachs@bluewin.ch. Tel: 41 81 833 2020.

Clubs

Le Baron

Paris, France

The Hall of Fame of clubs, Le Baron is pure glamour.  Get ready for your paparazzi pose—this is the place to be seen in Paris.

Why We Love It

The plush bordello-esque atmosphere, the Euro-music and how we feel with champagne in hand dancing the night away on the banquettes.

The Details

Have your concierge put you on the list, and give the bouncer your sexiest and most confident bonsoir for entrée. 6 Avenue Marceau, contact@clublebaron.com, www.clublebaron.com. Tel: 01 47 20 03 01 Dracula St. Moritz, Switzerland

Clubs & Lounges

Le Baron

Paris, France

The Hall of Fame of clubs, Le Baron is pure glamour.  Get ready for your paparazzi pose—this is the place to be seen in Paris.

Why We Love It

The plush bordello-esque atmosphere, the Euro-music and how we feel with champagne in hand dancing the night away on the banquettes.

The Details

Have your concierge put you on the list, and give the bouncer your sexiest and most confident bonsoir for entrée. 6 Avenue Marceau, contact@clublebaron.com, www.clublebaron.com. Tel: 01 47 20 03 01 Dracula St. Moritz, Switzerland

Clubs

Les Caves du Roy

St. Tropez, France

The most exclusive club in the most exclusive destination is a recipe for arguably the most glamorous and beautiful crowd in the world.  Dress to impress and be ready to dance the night away.

Why We Love It

The glamour, the music, the scene and the excess. This is St. Tropez, baby. Les Caves du Roy is everything you imagine a club to be.

The Details

Staying at the Byblos will greatly enhance your chances of entry, though the dress code is enforced no matter what. Arrive before 1a.m. if you want a chance to partake in the festivities and if possible, have your concierge arrange for table service — you won’t be sorry you did. Each round of drinks is approximately 70 euro. Avenue Paul Signac, St. Tropez. Tel: 33 4 94 56 68 00. www.byblos.com

Clubs & Lounges

Les Caves du Roy

St. Tropez, France

The most exclusive club in the most exclusive destination is a recipe for arguably the most glamorous and beautiful crowd in the world.  Dress to impress and be ready to dance the night away.

Why We Love It

The glamour, the music, the scene and the excess. This is St. Tropez, baby. Les Caves du Roy is everything you imagine a club to be.

The Details

Staying at the Byblos will greatly enhance your chances of entry, though the dress code is enforced no matter what. Arrive before 1a.m. if you want a chance to partake in the festivities and if possible, have your concierge arrange for table service — you won’t be sorry you did. Each round of drinks is approximately 70 euro. Avenue Paul Signac, St. Tropez. Tel: 33 4 94 56 68 00. www.byblos.com

Bistros

La Giostra

Florence, Italy

Owned by an Austrian Count from the Hapsburg family, this discreet, off the beaten path bistro focuses on fresh pasta and traditional Tuscan fare. In a region where the competition is fierce, this is easily the best restaurant and a meal that you will never forget.

Why We Love It

The Austrian Count wanders the restaurant with white truffle in hand, generously shaving pieces onto plates of pasta and meat dishes to enhance your experience.

The Details

Telephone: +39-055/24.13.41. Via Borg Pinto 12/r Florence. www.ristorantelagiostra.com

Bistros

La Giostra

Florence, Italy

Owned by an Austrian Count from the Hapsburg family, this discreet, off the beaten path bistro focuses on fresh pasta and traditional Tuscan fare. In a region where the competition is fierce, this is easily the best restaurant and a meal that you will never forget.

Why We Love It

The Austrian Count wanders the restaurant with white truffle in hand, generously shaving pieces onto plates of pasta and meat dishes to enhance your experience.

The Details

Telephone: +39-055/24.13.41. Via Borg Pinto 12/r Florence. www.ristorantelagiostra.com

Bistros

Le Bilboquet

New York, United States

This is an Upper East Side institution, with perfect French food that only New York can rival.

Why We Love It

This is a local’s go-to bistro, and on the weekends, where you can dance on the tables and drink rose like you are in St. Tropez.

The Details

+1 212 751.3036. 25 East 63rd Street, New York .

Bistros

Le Bilboquet

New York, United States

This is an Upper East Side institution, with perfect French food that only New York can rival.

Why We Love It

This is a local’s go-to bistro, and on the weekends, where you can dance on the tables and drink rose like you are in St. Tropez.

The Details

+1 212 751.3036. 25 East 63rd Street, New York .

Bistros

Le Biera Mar

Cascais, Portugal

In the charming fishing town of Cascais, Biera Mar reminds you how good simply prepared, market ingredients and fresh seafood can be.

Why We Love It

This is the undiscovered restaurant we seek in our travels, with the perfect local setting and clientele, and extensive seafood menu.

The Details

Telephone: +351 21 482 72 80. Address: Rua das Flores, No 6. Cascais www.beiramarcascais.com.

Bistros

Le Biera Mar

Cascais, Portugal

In the charming fishing town of Cascais, Biera Mar reminds you how good simply prepared, market ingredients and fresh seafood can be.

Why We Love It

This is the undiscovered restaurant we seek in our travels, with the perfect local setting and clientele, and extensive seafood menu.

The Details

Telephone: +351 21 482 72 80. Address: Rua das Flores, No 6. Cascais www.beiramarcascais.com.

Bistros

Chez Crettol

Zurich, Switzerland

Another reason to love Zurich, this traditional Swiss restaurant is a local favorite, as well as a cheese lovers paradise.

Why We Love It

When in Switzerland, Fondue and Raclette of course.

The Details

Telephone: +044 910 03. Address: 15r. Florastrasse 22 8700 Connacht , Zurich.

Bistros

Chez Crettol

Zurich, Switzerland

Another reason to love Zurich, this traditional Swiss restaurant is a local favorite, as well as a cheese lovers paradise.

Why We Love It

When in Switzerland, Fondue and Raclette of course.

The Details

Telephone: +044 910 03. Address: 15r. Florastrasse 22 8700 Connacht , Zurich.

Bistros

Giacomo Bistrot

Milan, Italy

A hidden gem in a city that is difficult to navigate unless you have the inside scoop, Bistro Giacomo has glorious Italian cuisine, ranging from homemade pastas, risotto, fresh salads and decadent desserts.

Why We Love It

Sumptuous and sexy atmosphere, gorgeous food and people.

The Details

Telephone: +39.02.76023313. Address: Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6, Milano. www.giacomomilano.com

Bistros

Giacomo Bistrot

Milan, Italy

A hidden gem in a city that is difficult to navigate unless you have the inside scoop, Bistro Giacomo has glorious Italian cuisine, ranging from homemade pastas, risotto, fresh salads and decadent desserts.

Why We Love It

Sumptuous and sexy atmosphere, gorgeous food and people.

The Details

Telephone: +39.02.76023313. Address: Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6, Milano. www.giacomomilano.com

Bistros

Castel

Paris, France

A private club in the heart of the St. Germain, Castel has been an institution since it opened over 50 years ago. There are two options to dine; the more formal restaurant and the bistro on the first floor, which serves up perfect French fare. 

Why We Love It

The bistro is glamorous yet low key, and the food is everything you want for an authentic French meal. Make a late dinner reservation, which will guarantee you access to the sexy nightclub downstairs.

The Details

+1 212 751.3036.  25 East 63rd Street, New York .

Bistros

Castel

Paris, France

A private club in the heart of the St. Germain, Castel has been an institution since it opened over 50 years ago. There are two options to dine; the more formal restaurant and the bistro on the first floor, which serves up perfect French fare. 

Why We Love It

The bistro is glamorous yet low key, and the food is everything you want for an authentic French meal. Make a late dinner reservation, which will guarantee you access to the sexy nightclub downstairs.

The Details

+1 212 751.3036.  25 East 63rd Street, New York .