On the Road

  By Gary Walther There was something slightly eerie about this Rome shop window encountered on an early morning walk. It was as if a Roman Walpürgisnacht had just wrapped up, that The Hotel Detective’s approach had made the mannequins hastily reabsorb their rampant spirits, like teenagers putting the living

Story & photos by Rumit Mehta Ask yourself: Where does a travel pro with limited time decide to spend his precious vacation?  For me, the choice was clear: Sri Lanka, a tiny island nation that corners the market on superlatives and UNESCO Heritage sites. As a seasoned, lifelong traveler, I

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

  by Geri Bain The Hotel Palacio de Villapanés embodies the enchantment of Seville, a city where winding streets suddenly open onto captivating squares and grand edifices. After following a seemingly incomprehensible trail of narrow medieval streets, our cab stopped suddenly. If not for the doorman standing at the entry

Yosemite has Half Dome, El Capitan and Vernal Falls. Sequoia and Kings Canyon have ancient groves of giant sequoias.

By Monique Burns In Berlin, the German capital, as in other great metropolises, finding a good, reasonably priced hotel in the center-city is well nigh impossible.  If you do find a hotel that’s clean and comfortable, you’re lucky.  If it also has free Wi-Fi, a gym and sauna, a bar,

  by Geri Bain Sipping the “welcome” Prosecco we were offered as we checked in, my husband, daughter and I had the sense that we were guests in someone’s elegant townhome, not a hotel in the heart of one of Rome’s most fashionable shopping areas. In fact, the hotel was

By Gary Walther The Hotel Detective was walking with Nirvana Asaduryan up toward Istaklal Cadessi in Istanbul, but he doubted that he was headed toward nirvana. THD had been told that Nirvana (above), the head of the luxury travel company Society of Travel (societyoftravel.com), was the luxury travel impresario to

By Roger Cox I’m old enough to have participated in the pilgrimage of hippies to Goa in the 1960s and 1970s, but I didn’t get there myself until 2014, by which time I was well beyond any urge to drop out, ingest psychedelics, and cavort nude on the beach. Rumor

By Richard West “The world is big and I want to have a look at it before it goes dark,” wrote the naturalist and father of our national parks, John Muir. Indeed, sir, which is why as often as possible my wife and I join The Wayfarers for one of