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August/September 2012

  • Shanghai: Ne Plus Ultra

    The dining room is plunged into darkness. AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” blasts from surround-sound speakers, and a procession of male and female attendants in black suits enters solemnly.
  • Room Check: Greek Drama

    Private islands dot the sedate, stunning coast off Port Heli, on the eastern shores of the Peloponnese Peninsula—about a 2.5-hour drive from Athens.
  • Oman: Into the Heart of Arabia

    Oman’s frankincense-scented souks and lavish beach resorts are undeniably beguiling. But to discover the true soul of the sultanate, you have to head across the sands
  • World Design Capital: Finnish Lines

    Not many world capitals can brag about heated sidewalks along their main thoroughfares. Fewer still have multiple art galleries in their international airport.
  • Agra’s Oberoi Amarvilas

    Subcontinental Style: Unforgettable India Hotels

    Our list of eight hotels and retreats to explore the far corners of India in style.
  • Lufthansa’s fully flat seats are angled toward each other in pairs.

    Cabin Fever: Premium Air Travel Review

    In the highly competitive airline industry, a good premium cabin is the ultimate differentiator. Not only do business and first-class seats bring in significantly higher fares than economy class
  • Situated amid the alpine splendor of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, The Hermitage overlooks glacial valleys and the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

    New Zealand: Canterbury Treasures

    From the picturesque harbor of Akaroa to the Tolkienesque mountainscapes of the Southern Alps, New Zealand’s Canterbury region spoils visitors.
  • Fat Cow's variation on the whisky sour.

    Singapore’s New Mix

    A fresh wave of cocktail joints is shaking up the city-state
  • On the hunt in the grasslands of Bayan-Ölgii.

    Palani Mohan in Mongolia

    Photographer Palani Mohan documents the remarkable bond between Kazakh falconers and their birds of prey.
  • On With The Show

    With the closing of the Oak Room, the New York supper-club scene seemed to be on a downhill slide...
  • The bar at Au Cheval.

    Chicago Cravings

    A run-down of the Windy City’s latest wave of standout restaurants.
  • Mungo National Park

    Road Trip: Outback Odyssey

    Traveling on a mission to witness one of the rarest natural occurrences of our times.
  • Shinta Mani Hotel

    Reaching Out In Siem Reap

    The Shinta Mani hotel’s charitable mission—improving the lives of Cambodia’s rural poor.
  • Xana Lights Up Phuket

    The latest in a string of high-octane beach clubs to hit Phuket’s sands, Xana (66-76/324-101; opened at the Angsana Laguna Phuket in late June.
  • Just a few of the hundreds of objects that form the collection of Istanbul’s Museum of Innocence.

    Pamuk’s Istanbul: Stranger Than Fiction

    Never one to shy from controversy or confrontation, Nobel Prize–winning Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has created a new stir in his native Istanbul.
  • Kuala Lumpur: Room With A View

    Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur offers floor-to-ceiling windows in each of its 370 guest rooms and 42 suites.
  • Four Seasons’ High Style in Guangzhou

    Adjacent to the Zaha Hadid-designed Guangzhou Opera House, Four Seasons’ standard and deluxe rooms are the largest in the city.
  • Espa Is Born

    With the Singapore debut of ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa, revelers can now get pampered in style without ever setting foot outside the casino-resort complex.
  • St. Regis Mauritius

    St. Regis Mauritius: Morne Again

    The 172 rooms and suites have been designed in contemporary, colonial, and indigenous styles—no two furnishings are the same—and Le Morne’s mile-long beach is on your doorstep
  • Jakarta: Skye’s The Limit

    Jakarta may be all urban sprawl at street level, but from the vantage point of this rooftop roost, the views are nothing less than jaw-dropping.