Remote beaches, primeval rainforest, waterfalls that drop hundreds of metres as they tumble and sparkle into the ocean, fluted canyons, sprawling cattle ranches, secret spring-fed pools where turtles graze and locals gather to ‘talk story’. And there’s the food! Hawai’i is so much more than Waikiki (and that’s pretty amazing). See the full story here
Mexico City – Distrito Federal, or D.F. as it’s known – is one of the world’s megacities, a sprawling metropolis with a richly layered history and a powerful sense of its own culture. Change is in its DNA though, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise that it’s not all mariachi bands and mezcal. But it is a surprise to find pockets of the city with a contemporary edge that snap well away from stereotypes. Design hotels in leafy inner-urban areas, international galleries, a culinary scene that owes as much to LA and New York as to myriad Mexican flavours, cool bars, and hipsters peddling past on hire bikes. Who would have thought?
Unless you’re here for an extended stay, the secret is to hone in on a few key areas.
Roma, La Condesa and Polanco are the colonias or neighbourhoods you might choose to start with, but don’t discount the historic centre, El Centro – even there you’ll find surprises.
It’s certainly not new – the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have started the tradition in the Victorian era – but silver pots, tinkling cups and refined, bite-sized morsels haven’t lost their appeal. No longer just for granny or your great-aunt, high tea has gone to a whole new level, with French champagne, designer cakes, chocolate fountains, gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Madly delicious – Mad Hatter’s Afternoon tea, at the Westin, in Sydney.
Sometimes all you need is a weekend out of town to get things back in perspective. A cosy country pub or sleek B&B or perhaps a hip Gold Coast hotel will do the trick. For the full story see The New Daily http://bit.ly/W01wnM…and start packing
Amsterdam’s flourishing design and art world and the Amsterdamers’ distinctly independent spirit have inspired a slew of intriguing boutique hotels. For the fullstory in the May/June International Traveller magazine see Amsterdam’s New Dutch Masters – International Traveller