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Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler January 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.
where nothing is impossible

I HAPPENED to see the rivulet splinter in two as it jumped over the marble threshold of the bathroom and onto the herringbone parquet floor. The water was headed toward a perfectly frayed antique Oriental rug—the kind that had probably been there since the Grand Hotel des Bains first opened on the Lido in 1900—by the time I realized what was happening. My mother was going to take a “quick bath” before checkout, before we were supposed to pile into a water taxi to the Venice train station with an improbable Wes Anderson–esque tower of leather suitcases. Even though it was the 1980s, my mother traveled like it was the 1880s. To this day, there’s still nothing quick about her bathing or travel rituals. One minute, she was in a…

3 min.
editor’s itinerary

Plan Now: Istanbul New nonstop flights to Turkey’s largest city make this spring a particularly good time to visit. DO IT ON YOUR OWN Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque will be even easier to reach this May when Turkish Airlines launches its new nonstop flights from Atlanta, on the heels of its nine-monthold daily flight out of San Francisco. In March, April, and May (Istanbul’s shoulder season), crowds are thinner than in the peak summer months, and temperatures hover at a mild 60 degrees. Whether you’re visiting the Asian shore—known for its quiet green spaces, the historic Mihrimah Sultan mosque (which is open to visitors), and street markets selling Turkish antiques and sweets—or the European side, where you’ll find the majority of the tourist sights, including the Grand Bazaar, as well as…

2 min.
formentera, spain

Fashion stylist Laura Ferrara escapes to this tiny Mediterranean island (usually in July) to do as little as possible. “Sometimes we don’t leave the house until 2 p.m.,” says Ferrara, who’s rented a four-bedroom home with a guesthouse in Sant Ferran with two other families for the last two years. “We’ll catch an octopus, roast it in the backyard, drink local wine, and play the guitar.” They spend lazy afternoons swimming in secluded coves, or they’ll head to their favorite white sand beaches, Playa de Ses Illetes, Playa Migjorn, and, for snorkeling, Es Calò. Though the island telegraphs breezy style, it’s nothing like its flashier neighbor Ibiza. “No one’s getting dressed up,” says Ferrara. Instead of heels, Ferrara, like everyone else on the island, wears handmade espadrilles from El Pilar…

1 min.
in her shoes

You might call Tabitha Simmons a wishful packer. “I’ll find things I haven’t worn in two years, then carry them halfway around the world and never put them on,” says the London-born stylist turned shoe designer, who launched her eponymous line in 2009. So what did she wear on the journeys that took her to Portofino, Venice, the south of France, and the Hamptons this past year? “I love light, chiffony dresses, I always pack swimwear no matter where I’m going . . . and I tend to bring a lot of shoes.” (Simmons isn’t kidding—she often hauls an extra suitcase just for her footwear.) This tendency toward excess extends to her carry-on: She travels with “loads of magazines” and is never without her Marshall headphones and her latest needlepoint…

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inside a century-old jewelry house

“THE STONES seem to be held together by magic,” says Van Cleef & Arpels president Nicolas Bos, describing the 110-year-old jewelry house’s signature “mystery set.” Grooves are cut into the backs of rubies, emeralds, and sapphires so they can slide, one by one, onto gold metal rails that then disappear completely. This technique, which only a dozen people in the world have mastered, was developed at Van Cleef & Arpels’s workshop near the Place Vendôme in Paris and patented in 1933. It’s here that, for the last three years, artisans have been making their latest collection—the Seven Seas, inspired in part by the ocean-themed tiara Van Cleef created for Princess Charlene of Monaco’s 2011 wedding. In an age when wabi-sabi and an undone aesthetic are ubiquitously embraced, it’s easy to…

1 min.
les bains, paris

BEFORE YOU BOOK Most of Les Bains’ 39 guest rooms and suites have private balconies, but be sure to ask for an executive suite if you want a claw-foot tub. To glimpse a bit of the hotel’s history, note the black-and-white-checkered floor in the restaurant, which was inspired by the club’s original Philippe Starck–designed dance floor. New York had Studio 54 and Paris had Les Bains Douches. The bathhouse turned nightclub opened in 1978, but its champagne-fueled parties would’ve broken the Internet, had it existed, with its reliably fabulous guest list: Warhol, Basquiat, Deneuve, and it couples past (Johnny Depp and Kate Moss) and present (David Bowie and Iman). Nearly four decades later, the club endures at the same address in the Marais—only now it’s in a new luxury hotel of the…