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Travel + Leisure December 2020

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6 min.
letter from the editor

CONTRIBUTORS 1. Lebawit Lily Girma ON THE WILD SIDE (P. 24) Though Girma, who is based in the Dominican Republic, always appreciated the natural beauty of the Samaná Peninsula, she also felt that the resorts there lacked local character. On her recent visit, though, the writer and photographer found the opposite: “I was pleasantly surprised to see a new restaurant scene on the beach, and stayed in serene, jungle-shrouded lodges.” 2. Kelly Marshall PHILLY SPECIAL (P. 84) “I met such passionate and wonderful people while on assignment in Philadelphia,” says Marshall, a photographer and visual artist from New York City. “I had the chance to enjoy a lavish feast at the Filipino restaurant Perla. Owner and chef Lou Boquila and his team were so gracious and kind—you can taste the history and feel the love in…

2 min.
northern exposure

A GLOBETROTTER’S GUIDE TO THE LATEST IN TRAVEL CANADIANS HAVE always been united by their love of the great outdoors. But over the past year, the desire to get into nature and embrace a slower and more socially-distanced lifestyle has taken on greater urgency than ever before; now many of the country’s most popular mountain chalets and lakeside lodges are booked months in advance. Luckily, the arrival of sleek newcomers like British Columbia’s Hotel Zed (; doubles from $139) is making it possible to book a last-minute pandemic-era escape. Located in the tiny surf town of Tofino, on the western coast of Vancouver Island, the 58-room hotel has retro, over-the-top interiors (witness its sunken reception area with vintage leather wingback chairs and rotary phones). But the property is just as serious about…

1 min.
gifts that give back

On high school volunteer trips to rural communities in Puebla, Hidalgo, and other Mexican states, Antonio Nuño and his best friends, Fátima Álvarez and Enrique Rodríguez, met hundreds of artisans who were struggling to make ends meet. The trips had such a lasting impact on the Mexico City–based social entrepreneur that, years later, he teamed up with his former classmates to launch a Kickstarter campaign promoting these artisans and their work. The crowdfunding initiative was successful, so the trio decided to build upon the idea with a dedicated shoppable site. Someone Somewhere launched in the United States in September with a selection of everyday goods (T-shirts, backpacks, face masks) created by 180 craftswomen in villages across Mexico, with plans to bring makers from Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Guatemala into the…

1 min.
mystical mexico city

WITH ITS POINTED mansard roof resembling a witch’s hat, the Casa de las Brujas building in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma neighborhood stood out as an unusual example of Gothic Revival style when it debuted in 1908. Years later, the structure became the temporary residence of Bárbara “Pachita” Guerrero—one of Mexico’s most famous shamans, who is said to have performed healing rituals on members of the political and social elite—cementing its reputation as the “House of Witches.” That didn’t deter local designer and entrepreneur Walter Meyenberg from opening a bar and restaurant on the ground floor. At Brujas (, a team of female bartenders prepares drinks inspired by the traditional herbal remedies of Mexican shamanism—from a martini spiked with lemon verbena to a highball made with orange-blossom kombucha. At the next-door…

3 min.
sunshine state of mind

TUCSON, ARIZONA Occupying a former motor lodge, the recently opened hotel Tuxon (; doubles from $96) pays tribute to the Desert Modernism movement, with 112 rooms done up in sleek lines and eye-popping geometric tiles, plus an original boomerang-shaped pool. Within walking distance is MSA Annex (, an open-air marketplace with art galleries and shops. Splurge on the prickly-pear-infused serum at the boutique Mesa ( For a Wild West–style adventure, sign up for the “Wrangler for a Day” experience at Tanque Verde Ranch (; doubles from $165), during which the property’s lead wrangler, Marty Orenstein, teaches basic horse-riding skills, such as how to lope and trot. SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA The Sunbelt town has seen an explosion in thoughtfully designed hotels over the past few years. The newest kid on the block is the Adero…

1 min.
going greener

SEYCHELLES, A NATION of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is renowned for its lush landscapes and unique biodiversity—but even paradise is vulnerable to climate change. Forests across Praslin, the second-most-populous island, have been decimated by fires in recent decades, exacerbated by increasing drought and agricultural land clearing. Now roughly 40 percent of the island’s forests are unlikely to recover without an intervention. But a growing number of conservationists are determined to take action. Under the leadership of Elvina Henriette, a biologist at the University of Seychelles, the Terrestrial Restoration Action Society is helping the government employ furloughed tourism staffers to plant 500,000 trees across Praslin over the next five years. The first segment, which will add 25,000 new palms, mangroves, and more native species, will be completed in December. Many hotels…