How breathtaking are these limestone formations in Tsingy de Bemaraha, a natural reserve on the western coast of Madagascar? The area was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 due to the unique geography, preserved mangrove forests, and wild bird and lemur populations. Honestly, WTF. I desperately need to see this in person.
Several years ago I was lucky enough to visit Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in China, home of the legendary West Lake, and a place I’ve been wanting to revisit ever since. So you can understand how excited I was to discover Amanfayun, a new Áman resort on the outskirts of the ancient city. In the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, the resort boasts 47 dwellings with stone floors, camphor-wood walls, and clay-tiled roofs. With breathtaking views of thirteenth-century bodhisattvas and Buddhas carved into the nearby cliff, Amanfayun seems like the perfect place to appreciate the serenity of what Marco Polo once described as “the city of heaven.”
Later this summer a dear friend of mine is getting married at the historical Greenbrier, a landmark hotel I’ve been dying to visit since . . . well, since she got engaged. Nestled in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, the resort was first built in 1778 and then revived after World War II when iconic interior decorator, Dorothy Draper, gave it a much needed makeover. Infused with her signature use of black and white tiles, Baroque plasterwork, oversized prints, and bold colors, the 682 room resort is still recognized as one of Dorothy’s most famous designs. I can’t wait to witness the Greenbrier in all its vibrant and luxurious glory!
Morocco has been at the top of my wish list of places to visit for the longest time. And now, more than ever, I feel the need to make the journey. It’s time. But with all of the charming riads and paradisal homes Morocco has to offer, how do you decide on just one place to stay? Maryam Montague’s Peacock Pavillions, for example, is one of several accommodations I’ve bookmarked. Isn’t it wonderfully eclectic and exquisite?
Would you be up for spending the night in a canvas tent, nestled in the Swiss Alps – just you, the snow, and the stars? I would! Especially if it’s as cool as the Whitepod Hotel. This hotel is comprised of 15 geodesic domed pods, furnished with a modern Alphine aesthetic and overlooking Lake Geneva. Guests have access to 3 private ski lifts which can be operated 24 hours a day upon request and 7 kilometers of exclusive trails. Bearing very little impact on the surrounding environment, the Whitepod is the epitome of eco winter glamping.
The most magnificent staircase at the Musée Gustave Moreau in Paris . . . isn’t it just splendid?