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Conde Nast Traveler August 2017

Condé Nast Traveler magazine is filled with the travel secrets of celebrated writers and sophisticated travelers. Each monthly issue features breathtaking destinations, including the finest art, architecture, fashion, culture, cuisine, lodgings, and shopping. With Condé Nast Traveler as your guide, you'll discover the best islands, cities, spas, castles, and cruises.

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3 min.
here, here!

It feels like a rookie (if irresistible) move to ask Colin Field, head bartender at the Ritz Paris’s Bar Hemingway and well-versed raconteur of all things cocktail, to name his favorite drink. “It depends on the shoes I’m wearing and what beautiful lady is in front of me,” he quips. His response is as nuanced as the ingredients of his desert-island pick: a Champagne-topped apple brandy Calvados called The Serendipity (a.k.a. “France in a glass”), which he created in 1994 and remains one of the bar’s most popular drinks. As for why you don’t order your go-to dry French red in Singapore, and why you do crave the sweet-citrus alchemy of, say, a Singapore Sling in 95-degree heat? “What you drink has to adapt to where you are,” he says—and…

2 min.
plan now remote argentina

Custom has it that if you’re going to long-haul it all the way to Buenos Aires for vacation, you should tack on some kind of backcountry adventure before heading home. I get the appeal of Mendoza’s wine country and the cactus fields of the north, but for something truly otherworldly, consider the primeval setting of southern Patagonia in spring (its fall). Last year I flew three hours to El Calafate airport in Santa Cruz, then drove 30 minutes to Eolo, a 17-room whitewashed estate built on a 10,000-acre estancia set against glaciers, fjords, and turquoise Andean lakes. Eolo’s gauchos took me on horseback through the steppeland, where flamingos, guanacos, and horses roam around the lagoons. But the most spectacular outing was sailing the glacier-fed Lago Argentino, then hiking into the…

2 min.
aerin lauder the case for sort of blending in on safari

“I wouldn’t wear my boots at night,” Aerin Lauder says about the lace-up North Face boots she wore from 5:30 a.m. until sunset for 12 days straight on a family safari at the Singita Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania and Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa. Instead, after six hours in the back of a dusty Land Rover and a quick shower, she’d slip into a pair of suede Aquazzura ballet flats. “It still felt nice to get dressed for dinner.” A good piece of packing advice, though not at all surprising coming from the beauty-empire scion and style icon. Lauder is, after all, the founder of her five-yearold namesake lifestyle brand, Aerin, which draws on her personal style and a life lived in New York, East Hampton, and Palm…

1 min.
more is more

At La Posta Vecchia, Hotel Il Pellicano’s sister property in a 17th-century castle about an hour west of Rome, proprietor Marie-Louise Sciò hosted her annual Mini Maxi ball (#lpvminimaxi). Here, some decidedly maxi options that we shot poolside. Chrysoprase, Sayu Asmara, John Hardy, N.Y.C.; Cascade, Verdura, N.Y.C.; Serpenti,…

2 min.
happy returns jewelry designer aurélie bidermann on the quiet side of positano

“We eat and drink all day long.” That’s how New York–based, Paris-born jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann sums up her vacations in the Italian resort town of Positano. For almost a decade, she’s spent the first two weeks of August with friends and family in the former estate of the film director Franco Zeffirelli, now the luxury hotel Villa Treville. “I grew up going to Ibiza in the ’70s, where we’d boat and swim until sunset, then walk back to our house barefoot, in just a T-shirt,” Bidermann says. “In many ways, Positano reminds me of that time. It’s authentic.” That is, if you know the secret spots far from the packs of tourists, which Bidermann does, to have an Aperol spritz with the best view of the coastline (it’s on…

1 min.
well traveled

“I EMBRACE THE CULTURE OF WHEREVER I AM. IF THEY TAKE A SIESTA, I’M TAKING A SIESTA.” As the daughter of a bullfighter, Kendall Conrad traveled the world as a child. The Santa Barbara native and lifelong equestrian still makes regular trips to Mexico with her husband and two daughters. “We love San Miguel de Allende and Chiapas. We stick to the mountains; the beaches are too touristy.” Her saddlery-inspired pieces, made of napa and bridle leather with brass hardware, are designed to withstand the test of time and adventure. Checked bag or carry-on? Always carry-on: a large leather-and-suede tote and a cross-body from my line, plus a wristlet for my iPhone and credit cards. What’s in your dopp kit? Weleda Skin Food, John Masters Organics citrus Lip Calm, and a roll-on aromatherapy…