Have you found yourself yearning, ever since a particular day in late January, to escape from the daily chaos of life, the furious tweetstorms and breaking news alerts? You’re not the only one who wants to get away. In fact, the Obamas have been on an epic vacation spree since bidding their final farewells from the White House. Whatever your political persuasion, as world travelers the Obamas are pretty successful at creating enviable #vacationgoals. Here are a few of the places they’ve been—and how to follow along.
Deserted white beaches, charming Mediterranean architecture, cuisine and wine to rival Italy’s—but with fewer crowds and lower prices. Croatia’s appeals are many, and recently we’re seeing a lot of interest from our clients. (It might also have to do with some little show called Game of Thrones that’s filmed there).
But with its attractions spread along a rugged coastline and countless islands, it can be a tricky vacation to plan. We usually recommend exploring the country in a luxury chartered gulet—a traditional wooden sailing yacht—but those need to be reserved well in advance and can be pricey. Here’s an alternative that takes in the highlights and also gets you off the beaten path.
How do you quickly summarize Hong Kong? Quick answer: you don’t. Roast geese hanging in steamy shop windows, just two streets and an alleyway from the crystal dagger that is the Bank of China Tower. Milk tea and custom suits. Watching the sunrise from the top of Victoria Peak. Street food good enough for a Michelin star and cocktail bars that require a secret password. Hong Kong is a city of serious extremes—and fittingly, home to hotels that represent the pinnacle of luxury. So how do you decide where to stay? Here’s our abridged guide.
The problem with European beaches? All the Europeans. Just kidding! As a matter of fact, we love a scene-y beach, and no one does beach scenes like the Europeans (think St. Tropez or Mykonos or Ibiza). But sometimes there’s nothing better than a sunny day and a deserted beach. After all, who wants their nap interrupted by an errant soccer ball or their sunshine blocked by a parade of partiers stomping their way to the water? Here are three off-the radar-beaches in Europe for the people-averse.
Come on: admit it. What you’re really excited about isn’t the four days off of work, the excuse to day-drink, the quality time with friends and family. You want fireworks. We all want fireworks! The crackle and pop, the streaming colors, the oohs and aahs. What could be more American? Here are a few of our favorite spots across the country to enjoy sparks in the sky.
You’re probably (hopefully) reading this with your toes in the sand, or sipping a chilled glass of rosé on a sidewalk café somewhere. But don’t let your idyllic summer surroundings distract you from thinking about where you’re heading next. These four brand-new hotels—all recently added to the Skylark collection—will have you considering packing your bags for a long weekend in Napa, a city break in Nashville or Denver, or a damn-it-let’s-be-spontaneous jaunt to London.
Are all of your friends coming home from vacation humming Shakira and swiveling their hips a little more than usual? They’re probably just back from Cartagena. The Colombian coastal city makes for an easy and enchanting weekend getaway—especially when you hop a non-stop from New York, Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. Here are five reasons you should go.