I have a strong sense of wanderlust. Like planning your next meal while you’re chowing on the current – I have the insatiable desire to keep sensational experiences pulsing through my veins. Travel is my drug and I am a mainliner. The feeling of vitality, curiosity, humbleness, fluidity, empowerment and oneness with the world are my addictions. I have a need, down to the core to keep growing and changing. Every time I go away I come back different – I love that.
Besides literally feeding this addiction through my food & wine correspondent work, I peruse the latest hit lists for the ‘where to go now‘ so I can start planing and plotting my next adventure – usually while I’m still on the plane home – then of course I figure out where to eat.
I share with you two juicy lists!:
- The Best Hotels In The World via AHotelLife.com – Ben Pundole, the founder, shares his list of the chicest and most luxe hotels across the globe.
- Second list comes from the world’s top luxury travel agency network, Virtuoso. These are the best vacations spots for Fall! Both are wanderlust worthy …don’t you agree? XO, L
The Best Hotels In The World:
The Nord Pines Hotel
“In Arles in the South of France, this hotel was once owned by a clown and a cabaret dancer. Picasso also used to stay here and party with his pal the famous Matador Dominguin. It really exudes a sense of history and magic.” nord-pinus.com
The Carlyle Hotel
“The very best of classic New York-Woody Allen playing the clarinet in the Carlyle’s Bemelman’s bar with it’s incredible illustrations and grumpy bartenders. I once had tea here with an Indian Princess, it was one of my most memorable hotel moments.” rosewoodhotels.com
The San Jose Hotel
“Stylish, low key and friendly and just so damn cool, The San Jose is right in the middle of all the great shopping at South Congress but worlds away from the madness.” sanjosehotel.com
Las Clementinas Hotel
“A 10 room historic casa in Panama City, lovingly restored by KC Hardin in the old town, with a bustling bar/cafe that sends you back in time.” lasclementinas.com
The Michelberger Hotel
“Berlin’s low key and affordable fabulousness-they put on their own music festiva, make their own liquor, produce their own coconut water and staff are the coolest people you’ll meet. Plus, it’s the best post-party breakfast in Berlin.” michelbergerhotel.com
Soho House of Berlin
“Berlin is to me the last bastion of hedonistic freedom, the parties and the people are unlike any other city. Soho House Berlin is the escape, comfort and luxury you need for recover and recharging.” sohohouseberlin.com
The Taj Palace
“This is what Ravi Shankhar taught George Harrison to play the Sitar, has been home of dignitaries, celebrities, artists and sadly bombings, positioned right at the Gateway of India-it’s undoubtedly a very special place.” tajhotels.com
The London Edition
“Hosted in a Grade 2 listed building in London’s West End, this hotel is the perfect mix of Ian Schrager excitement with incredible service. Berner’s Tavern, the Jason Atherton Restaurant is incredible.” editionhotels.com
The Upper House Hotel
“The Best example of modern luxury, I’ve ever experienced, and the staff and service are faultless and fun” upperhouse.com
The Cabochon Hotel
“With ten rooms in an historic colonial house with a rooftop garden an a vintage Mercedes in the driveway, it’s a welcome respite from the madness of Bankok and so very James Bond.” cabochonhotel.com
The Best Vacation Spots for Fall:
“Travelers seeking both culture and a well-spent dollar are heading to Vietnam this season, as Virtuoso reports bookings up over 250%. The off-the-beaten path travel spot boasts historic attractions such as the Reunification Palace (named for the reunion of North and South Vietnam in 1975) as well as ancient temples, rich landscapes, buzzing cities, incredible food markets and gorgeous beaches along Danang.
Where to stay: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Danang, ihg.com.”
“From walking through the Taj Mahal to tiger tours in Kanha National Park, India has attractions to fit every traveler’s taste. Visit the Buddhist caves of Ajanta, shop the bazaars in Jaipur, see the palaces in Rajashtan and relax on the beaches of Goa for a well-rounded vacation full of rich experiences.
Where to stay: Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, tajhotels.com.”
“Comprised of 118 tiny islands (you’re probably familiar with its most famous, Tahiti and Bora Bora), French Polynesia is best for travelers looking to escape the cold this fall. Many of the islands boast bungalow lodgings atop the clear blue water, best for accessing water activities such as snorkeling, diving and sea exploration, upgrades from the traditional beach bum getaway.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort, fourseasons.com.”
“The South American country’s warmer climate is perfect for outdoor activities such as rock climbing and hiking through the parks (the Iguazu Falls are a must-visit) as well as wandering through the capital city, Buenos Aires. The land also offers many vineyards and wineries that are must-visits for any vino lover.
Where to stay: Casa De Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort, casadeuco.com.”
“For a getaway that’s a little closer to home, Canada is the perfect backyard to explore. While Niagara Falls may be one of its most famous travel attractions, there are plenty of natural wonders to take in, from the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb—the largest ski area in North America—to Vancouver Island’s picture-perfect snowy peaks and rainforests. For city-dwellers, Montreal’s French metropolis boasts shopping, dining, historic buildings and art exhibitions.
Where to stay: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, fairmont.com.”
“Traditional European vacations (think London and Paris) are stepping aside this season for a rising hotspot: Spain. The country’s vast array of attractions offers something for every traveller, from exploring the architecturally-rich cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Toledo to taking in the beautiful beaches along the Canary Islands. Don’t miss visiting the Great Pyrenees and the many wineries—the best are in La Rioja.
Where to stay: Villa Magna in Madrid, villamagna.es.”
U.S. Virgin Islands
“No passport is necessary for a relaxing trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Whether you opt for a cruise or simply fly direct, the U.S.-owned Caribbean gems are comprised of three islands to choose from: St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. For an activity-heavy trip in the center of the most action, head to St. Thomas, the most bustling of the three islands. To unplug, opt for St. John, the most laidback of the three with most of the island preserved as national parks. For a trip that offers the most culture, go for St. Croix: the island offers many heritage trails, museums and Freedom City, where slaves were emancipated under the former Danish West Indies
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, ritzcarlton.com.”
“This South American gem offers incredible hiking views along the Inca Trail and the Machu Picchu ruins. Not only is this a top spot for visiting ancient ruins, but Peru is also the Latin capital for food, boasting fusion-filled cuisine, tropical fruits and fresh Amazonian chocolate. For the city lover, head to Lima, where the nightclub scene is bustling.
Where to stay: SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel, machupicchuhotels-sumaq.com.”
“Costa Rica provides the perfect blend of beach relaxation with island adventure. Visit the Arenal Volcano National Park or experience wildlife in action at Monteverde Cloud Forest. Trade in simply relaxing on the beach for one of the green sea turtle spotting tours or kayaking adventures through the Caribbean coast.
Where to stay: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Garden in La Fortuna, arenalnayara.com.”
“Another less-traveled European hotspot, the Netherlands is on the rise with more and more people jetting off to experience Dutch culture. In, Amsterdam, the heart of it all, take a canal ride through the city’s incredible architecture or an off-the-beaten path bike tour, visit Anne Frank’s Secret Annex and see the collections of Van Gogh and Rembrandt at their respective museums. Outside the city, head to the Renaissance gardens and tulip-lined villages in the countryside.
Where to stay: Hotel De L’Europe in Amsterdam, leurope.nl.”