March 2007

WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: Set on a coral headland overlooking Mead’s Bay Beach, Malliouhana is a 25-acre garden property that boasts one and a half miles of white sand beaches. On a recent visit, I could have spent all day with my toes in the sugar-fine sand, occasionally immersing myself

For most Americans, a trip to Vietnam means encounters with both the familiar and the startling. The places that conjure memories of the Vietnam War are all here: Da Nang, the Mekong Delta, China Beach. The hammer and sickle still flies over government buildings, and Ho Chi Minh’s modest stilt