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Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler May 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.
home, and away

“THIS IS YOUR HOME,” said Albert Mertz, the gracious general manager at Amanera in the Dominican Republic. I had plenty of time to think about this prevailing wisdom among hoteliers (to make guests feel “at home”) after finishing my second novel in two days, a mess of fish tacos, and a glass of rosé at lunch while nestled in what is possibly the north coast’s most dramatic cove. It’s a balancing act—that notion of creating a “home”—because obviously a hotel’s job is in some ways to make you forget all about it. Don’t get me wrong. I love everything about my home, but with it, of course, comes a good deal of practical and psychic weight. Each year when my husband and I embark on our annual four-day getaway—just the two…

1 min.
brute force

Brute Force Also on Our Radar MAY 5–8 Frieze New York In its fifth year, the show brings together fine-art galleries from around the world, with London-based Victoria Siddall making her debut as director. Randall’s Island, New York; various locations MAY 6–14 Fez Festival of World Sacred Music Medieval souks and gardens echo with African- American gospel and Sufitrance at what the UN calls one of the most important cultural events on earth. Fez, Morocco; various locations MAY 19–22 Photo London Galleries from Tokyo to Tehran band together over all types of images (think Iraq war shots, cityscapes, and Debbie Harry portraits). Somerset House, London MAY 27–29 Ubud Food Festival Indonesia’s top chefs prove their national cuisine goes far beyond sambal and satay. Ubud; various locations…

1 min.
palazzo margherita, basi icata

At least once a year, Francis Ford Coppola returns to the sleepy hillside village of Bernalda, the birthplace of his grandfather Agostino, in Italy’s Basilicata region. More than a decade ago, the filmmaker bought a dreamy nineteenth-century palace here—it was the setting for his daughter Sofia’s wedding in 2011—and turned it into a hotel four years ago. The once crumbling estate was brought back to life by French designer Jacques Grange, who filled the nine bedrooms with handpainted frescoes, Murano chandeliers, and Santa Maria Novella toiletries. One of our favorites, Suite Nine (at left) nods to Francis’s Tunisian grandmother with its North African–inspired tilework and turquoise herringbone floor tiles. Both cinematic and lost in time, it’s a place where morning coffee and grilled toast with whipped ricotta followed by a…

2 min.
“ nothing is more painful than staying awake on an overnight flight.”

I try not to check a bag. In fact, I usually wear my optimal outfit on the plane so I can pack the least amount possible. My coat is a shaved shearling by Saks Potts, which I discovered in Paris three seasons ago. What’s not to like about it? These are my favorite AG jeans, and the cashmere sweater that I’m wearing as a scarf is by The Row. They’re the pieces in my closet that I wear most. My straw bag is by Muzungu Sisters, and the loafers are Gucci. Easy and foolproof. Recently, designers have been showing their collections all over the world, so I’ve been to some really interesting places. I went to Tokyo for a Dior show; Palm Springs for Louis Vuitton; and Edinburgh for Chanel. I…

2 min.
almost home

What’s the one thing Jason Wu won’t board a plane without? A box of ultra-fine-tipped black markers, which he keeps on hand for impromptu sketching. “You laugh, but Sharpies are not easy to find in Europe,” he says. The New York–based fashion designer was named artistic director of Hugo Boss womenswear in 2013. Since then, he’s logged thousands of air miles, taking monthly trips to the brand’s headquarters outside Stuttgart, Germany. “I always have a ‘go bag’ at the ready,” he says. In it, you’ll find a Moleskine notebook, a Caudalie Elixir spray (“an automatic refresher when I have to go straight to work”), and multiples of his daily uniform: black A.P.C. jeans, Comme des Garçons sweaters, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers. “When you travel so much,” he explains, “you have…

1 min.
northern exposure

Even for those of us who’ve fallen for the romance of Rajasthan, the more distant reaches of North India— a region flush with ancient Buddhist monasteries and wildlife—can still seem a bridge too far. If the rugged, high-altitude Himalayan terrain of the hard-to-access Ladakh region didn’t scare all but the most intrepid away, the dearth of great places to stay did. But now there’s The Ultimate Travelling Camp, an outfit that brings to the Indian highlands the sort of luxe tented mobile safari experience you’d find in eastern and southern Africa. (Think four-poster beds, campaign furniture, rainfall showerheads in en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning.) The latest outpost is Chamba Camp, Diskit, which pops up in the serene Nubra Valley this month for its sophomore season, having grown from four to eight…