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Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler February 2016

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.
love actually

MY HUSBAND AND I have always resisted the trappings of romance. Flowers on Valentine’s Day, we reason, are twice the expense, bottom of the barrel, and oh so unoriginal. Ditto on getting chumped for a prix-fixe dinner that’s as overpriced as it is underwhelming. And I’ve never understood what a box of chocolate really has to do with courtship. We never celebrate our anniversary on the actual day (my husband has a standing work trip that week, so perhaps I’ve subconsciously adapted to this reality). And we agree that there’s something about the perfunctory nature of a certain set of gestures on a designated day that’s the very antithesis of romance—looking across a restaurant and seeing the same bud vase filled with the same carnation atop 20 tables can trivialize…

1 min.
artistic statement

“It’s like I got to go on a date with the most beautiful bag in town,” says our creative director, Yolanda Edwards, pictured here at Café de Flore in Paris, about this leather carry-on from Gucci’s new Tian capsule collection. It’s the latest in a chain of standout accessories from newly anointed critical darling Alessandro Michele, who, inspired by eighteenth-century Chinese tapestries and screens, overlaid those classic interlocking G’s with brightly colored hummingbirds, dragonflies, and butterflies. And just like that, the legacy monogram seems personal again (gucci.com; $2,480).…

1 min.
nord-pinus, tangier

Eight years ago, when French hotelier Anne Igou transformed an eighteenth-century palace into a stylish riad and guesthouse, she played off the original opulence and sourced lavish furniture and fixtures from around the world—Syrian chandeliers, pharaoh chairs from Egypt, French copper beds draped in Indian silks. The seven guest rooms, we can attest, were designed to be as exquisitely accessorized as the French and Lebanese weekenders inhabiting them. DRESS CODE FOR APERITIVO HOUR Nord-Pinus’s alfresco terrace has gorgeous, epic views of the Mediterranean. Come at sunset and kick back with an icy Casablanca lager. In the Chambre de l’Espagnol suite, at top, the fourposter bed sits between two oversized windows, one looking deep into Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the other with a view across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain, just ten miles…

2 min.
a separate peace

“Sometimes I come back from a trip and I’m totally exhausted,” says Francisco Costa, the women’s creative director of Calvin Klein Collection. This past fall, he was facing a whirlwind work tour that started with six days in Venice for the Biennale, followed by a week in Milan for the spring 2016 ready-to-wear collections, and then two meeting-packed days in Paris. With 48 hours to kill between his last two destinations, the New York– based designer needed the kind of recovery that sometimes only nature—and a great meal—can provide. He decided on Finland. “I knew someone from Helsinki, so I’d been curious about it for a while, especially how outdoorsy the culture is,” he says. Along with two colleagues, Costa visited the Haltia nature center—“this modern wooden building in the…

2 min.
“ i don’t take anything for jet lag. it’s just sunshine and water.”

I travel a lot for work— every two weeks, usually to L.A. or Paris, occasionally to China. Which is why I try to sit in the same seat on the same plane and stay in the same room at the same hotel—it makes the experience less jarring. I have a little Isabel Marant beauty bag that’s just for travel. In it you’ll find Herban Essentials sanitizing wipes, Thieves Spray, Joanna Vargas Daily Hydrating Cream, a toothbrush— and, lately, Tatcha sheet masks. They’re a Japanese gel treatment that keeps you from looking dehydrated and tired when you land, but you have to hide under a blanket for ten minutes while it’s on. I dread getting sick, so I’m obsessed with sanitizing the area around my seat, plus the hotel phone and remote, with…

1 min.
bespoke geta sandals from kyoto

“Gion Naitou has been making the most beautiful, traditional geta sandals since 1897,” says Phoebe Stephens, who, along with her sister, Annette, designs mixed-metal jewelry and handbags in Mexico City. “At the Kyoto store, in the Gion district, they measure every angle of your foot, even taking into account its density. The sandals are elevated, and your heel sticks out slightly, so you balance while you walk. We got ones made of wood with a red-white-and-black velvet thong.” If you don’t speak Japanese, have Google Translate handy—or do as the Stephenses did and get creative. “The sandalmakers didn’t speak any English,” Annette says, “so we had to draw a little envelope with a date written on it to find out how long it would take to receive the sandals.”MAKE IT…