Summertime and vacations ~ Here we have 12 exciting spots we think are worthy to visit. Where will you be headed this Summer?
Stay just about anywhere in Europe, where the euro is down 18 percent against the dollar since 2014. A €500 room used to work out to $690. Now it’s yours for $560.
Croatia's Brač Island
Renew at Yoga for Bad People’s retreat (Aug. 20–27) on Brač, an island that noses into the Adriatic Sea and blends mindfulness with beaching on Golden Cape.
The Jameel Prize is one of the world’s most prestigious awards in Islamic art and design, and this year’s selection, on view at Istanbul’s Pera Museum, is the last picked under Zaha Hadid, the prize’s late patron. It’s also the first time the exhibition will be shown outside London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Old West, USA
Road trip the Old West—and its new places to stay—with the whole family this summer. We love Dunton Hot Springs resort in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, which is why we’re expecting big things from its new Telluride spin-off, Dunton Town House. (And everyone knows ski towns are at their best in the summer.) The newly opened Smith Fork Ranch, from the creative team behind leather goods brand Ghurka, is 90 minutes by car from Grand Junction but feels more remote—and only takes 28 guests a week. Grand Canyon Under Canvas brings safari-style tents to the hotel-starved high desert about an hour from the South Rim. Or stay mobile and book a week with Airstream 2 Go, which rents 23- and 28-foot chrome trailers (and the SUVs to tow them) out of Las Vegas.
Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
Tour Ireland on a winding, sometimes white-knuckle 1,550-mile road trip. The west coast’s Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest coastal drive, rolling past surf breaks, timeless pubs, and seafood stands serving caught-that-hour fish.
Live your Greek fantasy without the crowds. Folegandros has all the great beaches, the simple but delicious taverna food, and the epic sunsets over the sea that you expect from a Greek isle—without the disco vibe and mega-yachts. Even better, high-speed ferries from Piraeus now get you there in three hours instead of the 11 it used to take.
Lake Iseo, Italy
For just three weeks starting on June 18, the quixotic environmental artist Christo will weave 753,500 square feet of yellow fabric across pine-shrouded Lake Iseo in Northern Italy to create The Floating Piers, which visitors can literally walk across. Shake off the crowds by booking L’Albereta, a Relais & Châteaux hotel set amid the region’s vineyards, where you’ll be less than 45 minutes by car from the lake.
Discover the antidote to Abu Dhabi’s skyscrapers or Dubai’s excess: Oman. The tranquil Arabian Peninsula country will see two new Anantara hotels open this summer: Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort near Grand Canyon–esque Jebel Shams and Al Baleed Resort Salalah on the Arabian Sea.
So you’ve decided to go to Cuba—but you’re intimidated by everything planning your own trip will require: trolling Airbnb, refreshing airline websites, e-mailing transportation companies in Havana, and dialing on-the-ground cultural institutions and dance troupes to make sure your itinerary is legit. Skip the hassle and simply call an expert, like Tom Popper at InsightCuba or Adam Vaught at Zicasso, who can handle all the details—’cause that’s what they do.
Four words: lobster rolls and windjammers.
Victoria, British Columbia
For a postcard-perfect international escape just three hours from Seattle.