Travel & Outdoor

AFAR July/August 2017

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The right hotel can turn a humdrum trip into an exceptional experience. Finding a great place to stay that matches your travel needs and style, though, can take work. We’re here to help. On July 17, our new hotel channel debuts on afar.com, and you can find editors’ picks for hotels in more than a hundred destinations around the world. Read on for a sampling, then check out afar.com/hotels and start planning your next trip. AFAR RECOMMENDED Look for the AFAR Recommended badge on our site to know which hotels made the cut. Browse through lists of our favorite hotels divvied up by city, country, region, and style. A SELECTION OF PROPERTIES ON OUR LIST ROMANTIC RETREATS Ashford Castle Ireland Halekulani Honolulu Las Ventanas Los Cabos, Mexico THE GREAT OUTDOORS Amangiri Utah (pictured) Clayoquot Wilderness Resort British Columbia Tierra Atacama Boutique Hotel & Spa Chile SANDY ESCAPES Anantara Seminyak Bali El Blok Puerto Rico Elbow Beach Bermuda FOODIE…

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high-design hotels

Why We Love It Neighborhood Vibe Our Favorite Rooms The Siam Bangkok Owned by the family of a former Thai rock star, the Siam is the closest thing you can find to a resort in Bangkok. Bill Bensley, one of Asia’s top architects, mixes a 1920s jazz theme with colonial touches. Set on the Chao Phraya River, the hotel has its own dock where guests can catch a 25-minute boat ride to reach Bangkok’s main pier. The Vimanmek Teak Mansion is a short walk away. Connie’s Cottage is a traditional villa that was once the home of Bangkok socialite Connie Mangskau. It has been restored and furnished with a four-poster bed and antiques from local markets. Upper House Hong Kong Upper House was designed by architect André Fu to feel like a modern home. Reclaimed-timber walls in the rooms lend…

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wanted: an imperfect trip

IMAGINE A TRAVEL brochure that said, “India vacation: rough roads, slow buses, and mishaps guaranteed!” Would you go? Ten years ago, my friend (and now business partner) Joe Diaz and I were on a crowded bus making our way along the bumpy roads of Wayanad, India. We approached another bus coming in the opposite direction. Our driver slowed from his already lessthan- rapid pace. We heard a screech. The bus stopped. No one seemed concerned. The drivers of both buses got out and started talking. Joe and I got out to see what had happened. The road was so narrow, the tops of the two buses had scraped and gotten locked together. And now we were stuck. Our driver went back inside our bus and pulled out what looked like a billiard ball. He…

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a pregnant pause

I’M EXPECTING MY SECONDchild, and as I write this I have reached the no-fly stage. For someone who loves to travel as much as I do, necessary grounding is a harsh reality. Yet my timing could not have been better, because this issue is devoted to exceptional travel experiences, the perfect theme for fantasizing about dream trips, even from my back patio at home. This year, led by executive editor Jeremy Saum and editor at large Ashlea Halpern, we’re taking you to destinations as diverse as Iceland (page 88), Zimbabwe (page 76), New Zealand (page 59), and Peru (page 102). Are you obsessed with spotting a rare black rhino in the wild? Turn to page 66. Prefer exquisite dining? Book a tour to every three-Michelinstar restaurant in the world (page 72).…

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FRÉDÉRIC LAGRANGE Photographer Iceland p.88 Getting out there: “I felt so at peace in Iceland— it was like I was experiencing the country in slow motion. There were few people around, so it was very quiet.” And staying out there: “My assistant and I rented a car and drove around the island for nine days. We had only planned to stay a week but extended our trip because there was so much land left to see. If you go to Iceland, be prepared to not want to leave.” Peer through his lens: on Instagram @fredericlagrange AYUMI TANAKA Visual Artist Vision Quest p.102 Expanding her consciousness: “I’ve never tried ayahuasca—or had any kind of psychedelic experience—so I had to rely on the author’s story to imagine the emotional experience.” And illustrating it: “My art has a surreal element to it—I…

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islands of plenty

Twenty thousand years ago, the eruption of Nicaragua’s Mombacho Volcano formed Las Isletas, a series of islands just a 10-minute water taxi ride from Granada, the former colonial capital. Today, archipelago real estate is exploding, along with Granada’s food scene and other developments, including a controversial canal project that threatens to wreak environmental havoc on lake life. Make for the pristine islets while you can. It’s easy to do, given that most lodges are located on private islands. Try the nineroom Jicaro Island Ecolodge or reserve one of five rooms at Isleta El Espino, where the staff can tell you the story behind every hand-hewn object, down to the hammocks (made in a hearing-impaired weavers’ workshop in Granada). To get a sea-level perspective on the archipelago, paddle a kayak between islands. Spot…