By Norah Bradford
New Yorkers like a challenge. How about three? When it comes to travel, it is not enough to find the right destination. It has to be the perfect hotel, and dinner—with a little fun too! Here are some of the best-of-the-moment travel destinations where you’ll find all three—and more!
Stay The whimsical Hotel Croydon is located just off Collins Avenue. Comfortable accommodations include seamless service, Tempurpedic beds, C.O. Bigelow bath products, in-house restaurant (The Tavern), complimentary cocktails nightly from 7 to 8 pm, a pool, yoga classes, and a rooftop deck with panoramic views of the ocean and city. Info: hotelcroydonmiamibeach.com.
Eat Founded by restaurateur Myles Chefetz and located in the historic Browns Hotel, Prime 112 is a chef-driven boutique steakhouse that offers an innovative menu in a high-energy environment. From the excellent quality dry-aged beef to elevated sides or appetizers, including the Truffled Lobster Mac and Cheese and Kobe Beef Sliders, Prime 112 only offers premium product selections. The atmosphere is lively with the hustle and bustle of the room, creating a collective dining atmosphere that is second to none. Info: mylesrestaurantgroup.com.
See & Do At Art Basel Miami Beach see over 200 of the world’s leading international Modern and Contemporary art galleries display artworks—paintings, sculptures, photography, film, and digital art—by more than 4,000 artists. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. There is an equally daunting array of special events and viewing parties to jostle for invitations throughout the show, which runs from December 4th through 8th. Info: artbasel.com.
Stay Located on the doorstep of the Tuileries Gardens, Le Meurice has been welcoming distinguished guests for almost 200 years. Today, its Versailles-style grandeur still attracts dignified travelers—especially to its newly refurbished suites and rooftop penthouse with 360-degree views of the iconic skyline. Info: dorchestercollection.com.
Eat Chef Christian le Squer leads a team at Le Cinq that has held a prestigious three Michelin stars for three consecutive years. Nestled in the Four Seasons Hotel Paris George V, try one of the signature dishes of Dublin Bay Prawns with Warm Mayonnaise and Crunchy Buckwheat Pancakes, or Grilled Lamb with Chili Pepper Sauce. Info: fourseasons.com/paris.
See & Do Enjoy an operatic interpretation of the Shakespeare classic King Lear at the Paris Opera from November 21st through December 7th. In Calixto Bieito’s cathartic production, each of the characters is stripped bare: collective hysteria gives way to an older man’s solitude. Destroyed, like a new-born babe, he weeps to find “that we come to this great stage of fools.” Info: operadeparis.fr.
Stay In a city that thinks big, The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort offers guests the largest standard size suite on The Strip. The one-stop resort hotel in the center of town also features relaxing days at Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness, dining options, including Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, as well as high-end shopping—and, of course, the casino. Info: venetian.com.
Eat Venture over to the Cosmopolitan Hotel (cosmopolitanlasvegas.com), for a dining experience at Beauty & Essex that blends a Lower East Side Vibe with the glamour of Vegas. The speakeasy-style venue won’t disappoint with such dinner choices range from Alaskan King Crab Legs to Korean Fried Chicken. Info: beautyandessex.com.
See & Do Take in a concert this New Year’s Eve with songwriter and performer extraordinaire Lady Gaga. Her Enigma concert is now at the Park Theatre inside the MGM Grand. From October 17th through May 16, 2020. Info: vegas.ladygaga.com.
Stay Situated in the heart of London, and minutes from the West End and River Thames, the Corinthia is within walking distance of most London attractions. The hotel recently partnered with celebrity aesthetician Barbara Sturm whose facials and products are available at the award-winning ESPA Life. Corinthia London is also a dining destination courtesy of Kerridge’s Bar & Grill. The Crystal Moon Lounge offers an idyllic atmosphere for afternoon tea. Info: corinthia.com/en/hotels/london.
Eat For his first London restaurant, renowned Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, along with head Chef Nick Beardshaw, has created a menu of classic dishes at Kerridges Bar and Grill. Expect a culinary experience in a stunning space reworked by The Studio. Enjoy Treacle Roasted Fillet of Beef with Chips or the St. Austell Bay Mussels Mariniere with Warm Stout. Info: kerridgesbarandgrill.co.uk.
See & Do: Regents Street Christmas Lights Be sure to catch the official lighting of the Regents Street Christmas Lights on November 14th. Several stores will be open with special shopping events from 4 - 9 pm to kick start your holiday season shopping. Info: regentstreetonline.com.
Stay A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Casa de Campo attracts affluent travelers with the offering of spacious hotel rooms, suites, and luxury villas. Expect gourmet cuisine and fine wines and spirits throughout the destination’s restaurants and bars, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, La Terraza Tennis Center, and a 245-acre Shooting Club. For more than 40 years, this discreet enclave has been a favored escape for the world’s financial moguls, politicos, and Hollywood’s elite. Info: casadecampo.com.do.
Eat Designed by locally recognized architects, Minitas Beach Club & Restaurant is immersed in a tropical landscape offering sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. Discover the expansive pool deck with its infinity pool, enjoy specialty house cocktails at the ocean view bar, or delight yourself with a memorable meal at the restaurant. Be sure to try the Grilled Seafood Platter with lobster, shrimp, octopus, and calamari. Info: casadecampo.com.do.
See & Do Sign up for The Women’s Golf Getaway hosted by Suzy Whaley, President of the PGA of America. Whaley is recognized as one of the top 50 female instructors in the sport at Casa de Campo’s three golf courses, including the top-rated, “Teeth of the Dog” oceanside course. The competition will take place December 6th through 9th. Info: casadecampo.com.do.