Credit Nikki Beach Saint Barth

By Gary Walther At 2:37pm on Sunday, July 24th, Nikki Beach St.Barth went critical. It was Super Hero Party Day and Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and assorted other comic book characters emerged from the kitchen headed for a table of eight. The chief prop was a large-format bottle of Taittinger, sparkler

Isle de France, St. Barth

By Gary Walther Some luxury hotels have a double identity. They promote the alluring side, and they scarcely mention the other side, which sometimes has its own allure. Case-in-point: One of THD’s favorite hotels in the world, the Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France. (That very long name? The Cheval

60 off the grid (1)

By Steve Jermanok Sailors know the British Virgin Islands as legendary cruising grounds. Here, in places like Virgin Gorda, Peter’s Island, and Tortola, you’ll find sheltered marinas where you can dock or throw down your anchor, shopping, restaurants, and small hotels that are popular with yachters. Even better, you can

by Gary Walther Let’s go back to a time when disruption was not something admirable and did not refer to young cyber-Turks overturning industries, but rather to an irritating interruption in the relied-upon, such as electricity from ConEd. At that time (1988) the Caribbean had no idea that it was

A reef in Aruba.

By Steve Jermanok If you dream of a Caribbean getaway with blinding white sands and aquamarine waters, a destination that has year-round temps in the mid to upper 80s, less than 15 inches of rain a year, a steady breeze, and absolutely no threat of hurricane, then it’s hard to

Diving in the Turks & Caicos

By Steve Jermanok The Turks & Caicos are an archipelago of eight islands and forty relatively flat limestone and coral cays, some of which are little more than dusty specks in the aquamarine waters. The relative anonymity of these islands stem from their location. They are south of the Bahamas,

By Mary Alice kellogg Sometimes SpaWatcher yearns for a simpler, time-warp era, when not every treatment had deep psychological/spiritual meaning and homework. A time when a massage didn’t necessarily thrash your innards for your own good, even if those pressure points needed a jackhammer to release tension. Something nice would

By Everett Potter One of my unofficial rules of travel is that anywhere that Mick Jagger has chosen to stay is probably good enough for me. But I had new respect for the septuagenarian Rolling Stone when I check into Papillote Wilderness Retreat on the island of Dominica. This is


by Ian Keown “Noel Coward patted me on the knee and said ’Dear boy, if only you’ll stop going on about your damned cottages, I’ll buy one of them‘.” The Honorable John Pringle, OJ, CBE, a courtly octogenarian with a properly plum-y English accent, was recalling his encounter with the

What’s the Deal: Jakes, one of Jamaica’s best kept secrets, is located in a quiet seaside resort in the fishing village of Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Their new “Family Getaway” is a well-priced deal offering 4 nights’ accommodation in a two bedroom cottage for a family of four. What’s the Backstory: Jakes