January 2013

Chris McIntyre, managing director ofExpert Africa, recently sent me an excellent blurb about off-the-beaten-track island destinations in southern and eastern Africa. “Unlike the Caribbean, these African islands are largely undeveloped,” says McIntyre. His list includesMnemba Island, a private uninhabited island off the east coast of Zanzibar; Mozambique’s Vamizi Island, home to

  By Everett Potter Claude Nobs, the spirited founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, has died after a cross country ski accident near his home in the mountains above Montreux. I visited Nobs two years ago and was impressed by his accomplishments, his humility, and the amazing home and life

by Everett Potter Vienna is one of my favorite cities in the world. Long on charm, style and tradition, Vienna is undergoing a massive infusion of energy, money and building. A  Ritz-Carlton has just opened and the Hotel Topazz, a Design Hotel, opened last year.  There is an edgy new

  Interview by Everett Potter Can’t decide between Celebrity and Royal Caribbean? Thinking about the Baltic but not sure who cruises those waters best? Then do what legions of cruise-goers have done for nearly three decades and ask Douglas Ward, arguably the world’s most knowledgeable cruise writer. It would be

By Ian Keown “Love at first sight” – it’s a phrase you hear many times on a jaunt through the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic.  On a recent week-long visit I heard it from expatriates hailing from France, Germany, Spain, the Azores, the Basque Country, Toronto and Colorado.  Travelers,

It’s not just the stunning setting of Laguna Lodge, nestled in a 100-acre nature preserve on the shores of Lake Atitlan, surrounded by three volcanoes. Or the ultra-sybaritic services, like soaking your body in the hot river rock pool or opting for a deep tissue massage at Hummingbird Spa after