World's Greatest Dream Trips
29-09-2014 | Nguồn:

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

That’s what we asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook and the frequent travelers we interviewed on the streets of New York City. Their answers spanned the globe—from the beaches of Brazil to a South African safari to the Canadian Rockies.  

Maria Leach posted to Facebook that her dream vacation would be chartering a private sailboat and exploring the Greek islands; A-List agent Mina Agnos can make this happen, with stops at Amorgos, Santorini, Mykonos, and the beaches of Folegandros.

For Sarah Jenks-Daly, wanderlust was inspired by a classic movie; she tweeted that “ever since seeing Indiana Jones, I’ve wanted to visit the historic sites of Petra.” We researched how she might follow Indy’s footsteps through Jordan’s famous archaeological site, recommending she start early to avoid the heat—and sharing our favorite local tour guide.

Berlin

"I would visit the Berlin Wall and try new foodie hot spots." —Victor Au Yeung, 28, Doctor

The former West is buzzy thanks to Bikini Berlin, a new cool-kid shopping center full of local high-design brands such as Gestalten. Next door, there’s the whimsical 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, whose rooftop restaurant Neni and Monkey Bar lounge are the city’s hardest-to-get reservations. November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. See it via a new food-focused tour from Berlinagenten, which includes meals at three restaurants along or near the wall.

St. Lucia

“My husband and I would relax by our in-room pool with a view of the Piton mountains, and then enjoy a couples massage.” —Jen Christiansen, via Facebook

At the Piton-facing Jade Mountain, all but five of the 29 open-air suites come with private infinity pools. (You’ll have to tear yourself away to make it to the beach.) As for that massage: we suggest the neighboring Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, where the Rainforest Spa has seven tree-house treatment rooms.

Argentina + Chile

“I could really get into a #SouthAmerican #food tour.” —@IMJPRO

We’ve narrowed it down to two culinary capitals. Here’s how to tackle them, one meal at a time.

Buenos Aires: In Monserrat, Gonzalo Aramburu puts a “Nueva Cocina” spin on traditional dishes such as gnocchi soufflé and suckling pig at Aramburu Bis, whileSucre Restaurant Bar & Grill reflects chef Fernando Trocca’s global sensibility (think risotto with Black Angus osso buco).

Santiago, Chile: Boragó is the top table in a city that’s just beginning to celebrate its culinary roots. Chef Rodolfo Guzman turns native ingredients—shellfish, mushrooms, herbs, and highland flowers—into edible bonsai. 99 is young, radical, and market-fresh. Don’t miss the wild-boarcaldo if it pops up on the three-course lunch menu.

Petra, Jordan

“Ever since seeing Indiana Jones, I’ve wanted to visit the historic sites of Petra.” —@sarahjenksdaly

You should follow Indy’s footsteps through the slot canyon, or siq, that leads to the Treasury building, hewn by hand from a sandstone cliff. But there are many worthwhile sites, including cave dwellings and a massive colonnaded Monastery that sits atop the highest peak (it’s a steep hike, so hire a horse or donkey). Our tips: start early to avoid the afternoon heat; use a guide, who can explain Petra’s architecture and mysterious history (we love Mahmoud Ahmed); and stay at the Mövenpick Resort Petra, with a pool and prime location just outside the entrance.

Paris

"It's the ideal city for romance. I'd love to visit museums and eat amazing food." —Angela Harry, 47, Patient-Care Technician

The city’s smaller museums are quieter, and much more romantic. A short walk from the Jardin du Luxembourg, Musée Maillol is a love letter to the artist Aristide Maillol founded by his muse, Dina Vierny; you’ll also see works by Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. The gardens of the Musée Rodinare intimate and peaceful—and right next door to Alain Passard’s L’Arpège, which offers a poetic and refined twist on farm-to-table eating. And the Jacquemart-André Museum—set in a 19th-century mansion—has works by everyone from Botticelli to Boucher.

T+L Editor's Pick: Japan

“First, skiing Nagano’s Hakuba Happo-oneon slopes once graced by the likes of Picabo Street. In Tokyo, I’d indulge my food fantasy on an izakaya crawl that includes Maru (81-3/6418- 5572). Kyoto would be my last stop, for a tour of the Imperial Palace and nights in a restored Iori Machiya town house.” —David Alexander Arnold, Photo Editor

 

National Parks

“If money was no object, I’d hit up every U.S. National Park, A–Z.” —Jean Elliott Boyer, via Facebook

The obvious favorites are Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon—but we suggest starting with more under-the-radar parks. Here, our top three.

Sequoia National Park, in California, has all of Yosemite’s High Sierra grandeur—soaring mountains; steep canyons; wildflower-covered foothills—and only a fraction of its crowds. Highlights include the 275-foot-tall General Sherman tree (the world’s biggest living thing) and overnights at the Sequoia High Sierra Camp (open June through Sept.), a luxe, hike-inonly tented camp.

Our favorite way to experience Texas’s Big Bend National Park is on a gourmet rafting trip with Far Flung Outdoor Center (three days from $875). Look up at Santa Elena Canyon’s 1,500-foot walls as you travel down the Rio Grande by day, then fill up on rack of lamb or fish at the campsite before nightly stargazing sessions.

Join Austin Adventures (six days from $2,998 per person, double) on a one-week multisport exploration of Montana’s Glacier National Park—one of the Lower 48’s largest intact ecosystems. It’s not uncommon to spot grizzlies, mountain goats, wolves, elks, and moose as you hike to alpine lakes, bike across the Continental Divide, and more.

Spain

“I would love to go to Andalusia, to the provinces of Granada, Seville, and Málaga, to visit the places where my ancestors are from.” —Eva Molina-De Vilbiss, Facebook

T+L A-List advisor Virginia Irurita (10 days from $8,000 per couple) highlights insider spots and classic sites.

Granada: Some say that Queen Isabella I was the world’s first art collector; her pieces are housed in theRoyal Chapel. At the workshop Laguna Taracea, learn about the intricate wood marquetry used in traditional furniture. Don’t miss: The iconic Alhambra, an 11th-century Moorish palace complex.

Seville: Tour the private Casa de Pilatos palace, which mixes Italian Renaissance and Gothic-Mudejar styles, before sampling tapas at El Rinconcillo and buying jam and cakes made by nuns at Monasterio de Santa Paula. Don’t miss: The tomb of Christopher Columbus at Seville Cathedral.

Málaga: You can’t leave Spain without eating somejamón ibérico; try it at El Pimpi Bodega Bar, a local favorite that now has an adjacent cocktail and seafood restaurant. Don’t miss: The Picasso Museum, home to more than 230 works by the Málaga-born artist, and the Alcazaba (or citadel), a vast Moorish fortification overlooking the port.

Burma

“I want to take a boat trip around Burma. I would love to see that part of the world before the Golden Arches spoil it.” —Eleanor Clark Larsen

Start your days with yoga on an Irrawaddy River voyage from Sanctuary Retreats (11 nights from $5,214 per person). The new 20-suite Sanctuary Ananda will take you from Mandalay through lush rice paddies to Rangoon, with a hot-air ride above Bagan’s temples along the way. The Chindwin River sailing on theBelmond Orcaella (11 nights from $6,900 per person)provides a deeper glimpse into rural life, with stops in Sittaung, Mingin, and other towns.

Peru

“Hike the Inca Trail, see Machu Picchu, experience the Amazon, eat authentic food.” —@worldbefore30

T+L A-List advisor Marisol Mosquera (14 days from $5,690 per person) suggests starting in Lima, home to the country’s best restaurants. Our pick: Astrid y Gastón, which chef Gastón Acurio recently relocated to a converted hacienda. Spend a few nights at the eco-lodge Refugio Amazonas, where biologists lead hikes through the surrounding rain forest. Those treks are nothing compared with the Inca Trail. You’ll cover 26.7 miles in four days; campsites are set up along the way. The reward? Two days at the spectacular Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.

Cornwall, England

“Visiting St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, then taking in a play at the Minack Theatre.” —Mollie Smith Waters, via Facebook

First stop: the fishing village of St. Mawes and the chic 30-room Hotel Tresanton, overlooking the Fal Estuary. Just 90 minutes south in Porthcurno, the open-air Minack Theatre is set on a cliff; plays run May through September. Stay at the Old Coast Guard, whose 14 cheerful rooms have views of St. Michael’s Mount, a family-owned island with a tiny village.

T+L Editor's Pick: Madagascar

“For an adventure-minded traveler like me, nothing would beat seeing a ring-tailed lemur jumping across branches; visiting the legendary pirate vessels on Ste. Marie; and scuba diving off coral reefs. I’d stay at theAnjajavy L'Hotel, accessible by private plane. The property lets you plant your own baobab tree.” —Kira Turnbull, Photo Assistant

 

Mexico

“I want to go to Oaxaca for cooking classes and San Miguel de Allende for the art.” —Tara O’Leary, via Facebook

Start at Casa Oaxaca Café Restaurante for a nouveau-Oaxacan brunch in the garden terrace before heading to Casa de los Sabores cooking school ($75), run out of chef Pilar Cabrera’s house. Classes include a visit to the local market and mezcal tastings. A seven-hour drive is the easiest and most direct route to San Miguel de Allende. See the bounty of the colonial town’s art at Fábrica La Aurora, a collection of almost 40 galleries, shops, and studios.Hotel Matilda has an unrivaled contemporary collection and a posh infinity pool.

Amsterdam

"I'd bike around the neighborhoods, stopping in a Bruin café for beer and bitterballen." —Johnnie Davis, 25, Courier/Cyclist

Cherry-red bicycles are available for rent atMacBike, which has seven locations across the city. Route maps offer self-guided art- or architecture-themed tours. Refuel on beer and bitterballen—a croquette-like Dutch specialty made with minced beef, broth, and flour—at the recently reopened waterfront spot Loetje aan de Amstel. The new Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, set on the Herengracht canal, was carved out of six Golden Age houses. It contains 93 luxurious rooms, a Guerlain spa, and an indoor pool. For a dose of culture, the Rijksmuseum is just a five-minute bike ride away.

Corsica, France

“It seems amazing, with hiking, turquoise water, great food,
and varied scenery.” —Joanne Papineau

Stay: On almost 6,000 acres of fields and forests in southern Corsica, an estate with 16 former shepherds’ houses has been transformed into Domaine de Murtoli(from $2,975 per week); options include a luxurious villa with a private beach and a cottage surrounded by oak and olive trees.

Eat: At La Ferme de Campo di Monte, near the northern village of Murato, Pauline and Jo Julliard serve family-style meals of Corsican cuisine—house-made charcuterie; sweet beignets with fig jam—inside a 17th-century stone farmhouse.

Do: Dramatic cliff-top vistas and sleepy beach towns dot the Sentier des Douaniers, a 12-mile coastal trail around the northern Cap Corse peninsula. The secluded Capo di Feno is a surfing hot spot—but the soft, chalk-white sand is ideal for a solitary, sun-drenched snooze.

Cambodia

“Touring Angkor Wat tops my #travelbucketlist. Any advice to help me plan?” —@little_ducky

Stay: Designer Bill Bensley has been busy in Siem Reap, with two recent redos. Shinta Mani Resort offers rooms with mirrored walls, cooking classes, and sightseeing tours, while the Park Hyatt Siem Reap—set right downtown—is filled with Khmer-inspired art.

Eat: Located in a traditional house outside of central Siem Reap, Cuisine Wat Damnakshowcases hyper-seasonal French- Khmer dishes (sanday fish in galangal leaf with coconut-tree-heart salad) from chef Joannès Rivière. The garden is the perfect setting for the six-course menu—a steal at $28.

Do: ABOUTAsia knows how to avoid the crowds at the temples of Angkor, so a private tour with them is a must. Get a little more off the beaten path with Indochine Exploration, which can arrange excursions by foot, bike, and kayak to surrounding villages and temples.

Hawaii

“Two weeks to see volcanoes and Pearl Harbor.” —Elizabeth Yanska, via Facebook

Days 1–5: T+L A-List advisor Ed Phillips(Frosch Travel; 14 days from $3,500 per person) suggests kicking things off in buzzy Honolulu, “to have the high-energy part first.” Get to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center early (it opens at 7 a.m.); it’s crucial to beat the crowds for a calmer experience. Stay at theKahala Hotel & Resort, with an open-air lobby, koa wood floors, and a secluded beach.

Days 6–9: On Hawaii Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has more than 150 miles of trails and a walk-in lava tube. Hotels close to the park are basic—a better bet is the 540-room Fairmont Orchid, on the Kohala Coast.

Days 10–14: End in Maui, and see the sunrise at the top of Haleakala Crater and paniolos (cowboys) up-country in Makawao. Phillips is a fan of the beach at Makena State Park, close to the elegant Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.

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