Shopping Guide: Marrakech

August 20, 2018

Centuries of design, culture and architecture are seeped into the ancient city of Marrakech. Explore the city’s contemporary design landscape through its unique concept shops and boutiques, wander through its maze-like souks for handicrafts and keepsakes, and indulge in traditional Moroccan fare at its excellent restaurants. A trip to the local museums, hammams and historic city squares rounds off the complete cultural experience. SHOP Topolina: French designer Isabelle Topolina’s stores...

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Shopping Guide: Mexico City

August 13, 2018

The capital city of Mexico is an intriguing mix of history and modernity, with cultural and architectural remnants of its Aztec heritage mixed in with Art Nouveau mansions and Neoclassical palaces. Hip neighborhoods like Condesa and Colonia Roma, known for their Art Deco architecture, are now home to an eclectic mix of shops, galleries and restaurants. Whether it’s local artisan-made goods or high-end luxury products you’re looking for, there’s plenty...

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Shopping Guide: Goa

June 05, 2018

Conquered by Portuguese merchants in the 16th century, Goa’s cultural heritage is evident in the crumbling old European-style villas and churches that dot the state. The modern face of Goa, however, is equally well represented—in the beach side shacks serving cold beer and the fresh catch of the day, globally-inspired restaurants, unique concept stores and boutique hotels.    SHOP Paper Boat Collective: Housed in a charming bungalow, this concept store stocks...

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Insider's Guide: Tulum

April 05, 2018

There’s really no better place to escape the stress of your 21st century life than Tulum. From the pristine beaches to the ancient Mayan ruins to the eco-friendly resorts, the focus is on unwinding, relaxing, and resetting. When you’re not spending your days lazing on the beach, doing yoga or taking long walks, pop into one of Tulum’s many boutique shops, each full of character, personality and unique finds; have...

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Insider's Guide: Saint-Tropez

April 01, 2018

Think Saint-Tropez and images of pristine sands, glamorous women and jet-setting billionaires come to mind. And this little town on the French Riviera more than lives it up to its reputation. If your idea of an idyllic summer getaway involves siestas by the sea, long, leisurely walks and impossibly chic French boutiques and cafes, then Saint-Tropez is the place to be. (image courtesy of Design Hotels) SHOP Atelier Rondini The...

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Designer Crush: Marie-Anne Oudejans

November 20, 2017

It’s fair to say that Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans is exhilarated by travel. What else can you conclude about someone who has lived in half a dozen countries over the course of her life? Her love for adventure brought her to Jaipur seven years ago, and as much as she has imbibed from it—its energy, creativity and vibrancy—she has given back. Oudejans is the mastermind behind the regal beauty of...

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Shopping Guide: Cartagena

October 31, 2017

A visit to Cartagena, a vibrant port on Colombia’s northern coast, is like stepping back in time. Rather than adhering to an itinerary, spend your time wandering around the historic 16th century walled city that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, browse the local markets and shops, admire the colonial architecture and colorful buildings, and enjoy leisurely meals of fresh seafood over live music at one of the many open-air cafes and bars...

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Bar Palladio Jaipur

July 13, 2017

In just a few short years, Bar Palladio in Jaipur has achieved the kind of status that makes it one of those iconic spots you’re told you can’t leave the Pink City without seeing for yourself. Conceived by Italian Barbara Miolini, the bar/restaurant is a world unto itself, full of charming block prints, tented canopies and expert lighting. Her latest project, Caffe Palladio, is just a five-minute walk away. Restful,...

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Shopping Guide: Bali

July 06, 2017

Life in Bali is a lesson in mindful living—from the eco-friendly resorts to the organic restaurants to the yoga retreats and wellness centers. Even the fashion is mindful, using natural dyes, handwoven fabrics and artisanal techniques. And what could be a better setting for this sustainable lifestyle than a tropical paradise with active volcanoes, miles of lush rice fields, and clear blue skies? They don’t call it the Island of...

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Shopping Guide: Nairobi

April 21, 2017

A Maasai Mara excursion may be your prime reason for visiting Kenya, but be sure to carve out a couple of days to spend in the capital. Dubbed the Silicon Savannah for its burgeoning tech scene, Nairobi is also the hub of Kenyan art, fashion and culture. Browse the local arts and crafts markets, catch an exhibit by contemporary African artists or a performance by local musicians, pick up vibrant...

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