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Is any place really unknown? It’s time to discover the undiscovered. Remember the thrill of finding a hidden restaurant before it popular? Become a traveler not a tourist. Remember the thrill of finding a hidden restaurant before Michelin did? Checking into a new hotel that hadn’t yet been widely reviewed or noticing an emerging fashion designer on your shopping escapades? Encountering new and/or undiscovered destinations is part of the thrill of traveling, especially for avid sojourners who’ve seen plenty of cities in their time. Paris is romantic, Cape Town gets our hands dirty and Brazil’s charms never seem to fade; but there are many more places to be unearthed. Here are four destinations worth discovering this year:
Move over Monte Carlo, Porto Montenegro is the new “it” destination among wealthy travelers. Known as “Boka” this nautical playground is located in the port town of Tivat, which lies in a bay on the Adriatic Sea. Easy access from the Dubrovnik airport transports you to a land of yachts, beaches, nightclubs, medieval villages, five-star hotels and for the gambler in you, casinos! Be sure not to miss Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site with fortress walls and limestone cliffs. Active travelers can even stay in shape by climbing the 1,380 steps to the city’s Castle of San Giovanni. For accommodations, the Regent Porto’s rooms offer contemporary spaces with a sense of place and is one of the city’s best hotels.
If power magnates and non-stop partying is your thing (clubs stay open until 6 a.m.) head to Baku, the largest city and capital of Azerbaijan located on the coast of the Caspian Sea. Aspiring to blend the jaw-dropping architecture of Dubai with the elegance of Paris, Baku is a curious blend of a city. Beyond the glass towers, you can still meander the maze-like streets of its old city, stroll its Grand Boulevard and stay at the Four Seasons. Don’t Miss the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe on June 20 or the Gabala International Music Festival from July 23 to August 1.
Why Malta? Because it’s a Mediterranean playground with a superb climate, great beaches, a golden-walled old city and dramatic coastline. There are three inhabited islands to explore: Malta, home to buzzing Valletta, its capital and a UNESCO World Heritage city; Gozo, more tranquil with its dramatic coastline, great diving and megalithic temples; and idyllic, car-free Comino, which has one hotel and few residents. Stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta with views of the old city (only a five-minute walk), and spend your afternoons lounging by its beautiful pools. Follow in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who spent their honeymoon shooting their latest film By the Sea in Gozo. The destination was also featured in The Whale and The Da Vinci Code. This year the 8th annual Isle of MTV music festival taking place on June 28 with headliners Wiz Khalifa, Steve Aoki and Jess Glynne.
Known for its gorgeous beaches and lush tropical hills, Langkawi is brimming with uncharted beauty. Part of an archipelago comprised of 99 largely-uninhabited islands off the coast of the Thai/Malaysia border, Langkawi is the largest and most popular isle. You can easily combine a trip to Kuala Lumpur for your city fix, and then hop on a one-hour flight to this tropical paradise. With a 10-million-year-old rainforest in its backyard, and the Datai Bay as its front, The Andaman resort is a great property for immersing yourself in your surroundings. The five-star hotel offers a world-class spa, golf course, private catamaran, jungle trekking, cooking classes and amazing food. Just remember to close your terrace door when leaving your room or cute monkeys may make themselves right at home.
Head to Singapore, the new Monte Carlo. Smoky temples merge into
modern skyscrapers and fashion malls…
How do you spend over $15,000 a day?
“Head” to Singapore, the new Monte Carlo. Smoky temples merge into modern skyscrapers, hawker food stalls & fashion malls woven with underground passages & tunnels. You never have to stop shopping. Boasting the largest Louis Vuitton Store in the world (take their private boat.) Want a steamy nightlife? You just found it. Singapore fused with more millionaires per capita.
The 5 star Marina Bay Sands Hotel redefines luxury. The second most expensive building in the world build at a cost of 5.5 billion! Gaze over Singapore from your 6000 sq. ft. Chairman Suite w/2 living rooms, 4 bedrooms, a private exercise & media game room. Debut your Gucci bikini at their 2.5-acre rooftop infinity pool (the world’s largest.) Spanning three 55 story hotel towers on the 57th floor, it is an architectural marvel. Want to swim there? Need to stay there. Only $17,000 a night
Restaurant Andre, voted the 5th best restaurant in Singapore, # 37 in the world! That alone is worth the plane ride! Serving a multi-course feast in a private terraced house in Chinatown, an exploratory journey in the mind of the chef. Taiwanese born, French trained – only 30 seats, book now!
What is decked out in crocodile, ostrich & zebra? Pangaea, the most exclusive & highest money making club in the world! Located in the Crystal Pavilion at the Marina Bay Sands (obviously you never need to leave.) 20,000 individual colored bulbs descending from the ceiling creates its sexy vibe! Mingle with Kate, Paul & Cindy (Moss, McCartney & Crawford) Tableside service minimum – a mere $1,500 to $15,000. If that isn’t enough to impress, order their signature $26,000 drink – diamond included.
Where else can you wear 7inch stilettos? High style meets sky-high prices. Get on track with the Formula 1 Grand Prix Sept.18 -20 featuring Pharrell Williams & Maroon 5. Don’t want to leave? Buy a house on ultra-exclusive Paterson Hill only $60,000 per square metre. Or just look stylish in The Graff Diamonds’ Hallucination Watch with a cost of $ 55 million. No you are not hallucinating!
Want to be seduced? Head to Cannes the hedonistic adult playground for the rich and famous. Ocean views, string bikinis, and the ultimate people watching will make you feel like a rock star! What else do you need?
Be a movie mogul. Reserve the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Martinez. For a mere $18,812, this 5 star suite offers the perfect view from your private 2000 sq. ft. rooftop terrace. Head to Zplage, the hotel’s private beach on Boulevard de la Croisette, then dine at the only 2-star Michelin Restaurant in Cannes, La Palme d’ Or. Do you need anymore?
What would you do if marooned on a desert island? Drink champagne of course! Head to Restaurant La Tonelle located on the private island of Saint Honorat 15 minutes from Cannes. Board a private boat, dine under olive tree trellises, as you taste Abbey of Lerins locally produced wines. Can you think of a better place to have lunch? Being marooned should only feel this good!
Where do you party with the French Elite? Le Bâoli. It’s the most lavish nightclub in Cannes – if you can get past the pistol-packing bodyguards. Located in the Golden Square of Cannes. Sit amidst the chic crowd of yacht hopping billionaires. If you’re counting euros, you’re in the wrong place.
Cannes Fashion Festival (May 20-22)
Where do you find film stars and glamorous fashionistas? The Cannes Fashion Festival,
a fashion event taking place across from the Cannes Film Festival’s red carpet! Global designers, global runways and emerging designers will attract your favorite film stars. Pull out 5 -inch heels, a glittery fitted dress and head to stunning runway shows, glamorous parties, designer competitions with backstage interviews and Global Fashion Awards. Celebrate emerging fashion in the South of France. Then jump on a yacht and party on!
Head to the fashion powerhouse of Europe! All about fashion, followed by the # 2 industry – banking. Those medieval narrow streets you dream about in Italy? Not Milan! The Roman ruins – not Milan. Milan is all about looking good and playing hard!
Boscolo Exedra Milano: This 5 star Art Deco hotel perfect location with high profiles clientele. You’re in the vortex of the best shopping street in the world, Via Montenapoleone. Roll from bed into Prada! Sip cocktails from their rooftop terrace, gaze at the awe-inspiring Duomo. Do not miss their “space age” spa, the largest in Milan. Technicolor sphere-like bubbles adorn the ceiling creating an optical illusion (or is it all the champagne you drank?) Open till midnight – a perfect place for that late night rendezvous!
Eda – Be a savvy-insider dining at this industrial warehouse in a palazzo courtyard. Feel like a model on a catwalk as you strut through the sexy dark interior. An eclectic interior with stuffed animals, plaid sofas and a circular bar, recline on one of three long steps to dine. Beautiful young wait staff. Live DJ on weekends. Dress the part!
Relaxation and glamour come together in the fashionable Dolce Gabbana Bar Martini next door to the boutique. What’s better than shopping and drinking? Perhaps alternating the 2. Dolce & Gabbana now takes their passion for luxury to the nightlife game. After a few cocktails the outfit you have on hold just became reasonable.
Sept 17-23 Milan Fashion Week for Women, Spring/ Summer fashion with the top Italian designers and emerging talent.
Want to look hot in Milan? Killer shoes = killer guys. Giannico – Italy’s 19 year-old designer highlights shoe style with ultra creative flair. Lace up boots, velvet shoes, furry shoes & embossed looks… all add sex appeal. Want to meet Italian men? Start with fabulous footwear and let them work their way to the top.
Hate Paying Retail? If you know where to go, New York is the best place to shop for designer clothing without designer prices! Let the hunt begin…
We loved taking you on a tour of Luxury Department Stores in New York City, but that’s not the only way to find the finest clothing the Big Apple has to offer! If you know where to go, New York is the BEST place to shop for designer clothing without designer prices. The lovely ladies from Wear2Where have the best recommendations for consignment shopping in NYC. Let the hunt begin for amazing finds at least 50% less than retail!
Madison Avenue, home to Barneys, Etro, Christian Dior and a multitude of luxury designer brands is also home to some of the best consignment shopping. Our favorite stretch on Madison Avenue begins on 72nd St :
Roundabout – 31 East 72nd St and 1100 Madison Ave. roundaboutcouture.com
In business for over 20 years, these shops offer luxury couture as well as current and past season “new” items at up to 70% off due to their direct relationships with designers and showrooms. It pays to have friends in the right places!
Michael’s – 1041 Madison Ave michaelsconsignment.com.
Though Michael’s does require a walk to the second floor, the exercise is worth it! The fashion conscious will find curated collections of high-end “authenticated” designer brands and furs. Channel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Hermes mix with contemporary department store brands. Belts, sunglasses, scarves and jewelry complete the look.
La Boutique Resale – 1045 Madison Avenue laboutiqueresale.com
With over 2500 sq. feet of shopping on two floors, this store has something for everyone. Take a shopping trip to Japan, Italy, France and Belgium under one roof! A part of the store is devoted to vintage Pucci, Halston, YSL and more. There are also plenty of chairs if you need a ‘mid-shopping’ break…or if your travel companion needs a place to rest.
Encore – 1132 Madison Ave, 2nd Floor encoreresale.com
A visionary and pioneer for women, Florence Barry established Encore in 1954 offering an incredible collection of high-end designer brands. Please be aware that the dressing room is communal so modesty is usually left at the door. Be on the lookout for sale markdowns! Don’t we love a sale within a sale!
Bis Designer Resale – 1134 Madison Avenue bis-designer-resale.myshopify.com
Tired yet? Don’t be. This shop is right next door to Encore. Stocked by category, not designer, it’s easy to find what you are looking for. Can’t make it to NY? Don’t despair- shop their new on-line eBay store!
Lunch Tip –Le Pain Quotidien – 1131 Madison Ave. lepainquotidien.com
By now you’re probably starving! Our favorite for homemade soups, salads and the best chocolate chip cookies on Madison Avenue.
Still further uptown brings you to…
Trunk Show Consignment – 275-W 113 Street trunkshowconsignment.com
What happens when two good friends who love fashion get together? They open a self-described “luxury haven in Harlem”. Heather Jones and Lenore Gomez combine passion with business to create the first designer resale shop in Harlem. Their designer list reads like a who’s who of top American and European designers.
Downtown, check out
Resurrection – 217 Mott Street resurrectionvintage.com
Entering feels like a museum exhibit of designer fashion from the 60’s and 70’s! Fashionistas shop for pristine assortments of mod 60’s Pucci & 70’s Gucci dresses, vintage Chanel and Birkin bags. Located in trendy Nolita it’s the go-to store for stylists, fashion editors and designers. As the saying goes “history repeats itself”.
Consignment is not limited to women –men love to hunt!
Four of Ina’s six locations sell high-end consignment menswear as well fabulous woman’s clothing. The Spring Street shop is devoted to men only.
Shopping Tip: Be sure to check these stores return policy (if any). Most sales are final or you might be offered a store credit.
Woodbury Common –This is the ultimate shopping experience. Located less than an hour out of NYC, take a bus, cab or splurge on a VIP sedan to the ultimate outlet mall. Shop Fendi, Balenciaga, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, Frette, DVF, Brunello Cucinelli & Paul Smith to name a few. With over 220 stores it’s an all day outing! (shop until 9PM) Did we mention a Barneys Warehouse and a Neiman Marcus Last Call?
Want more ideas of where to shop till you drop? Feel welcome to contact the concierge at Hotel Elysee, Casablanca Hotel, Library Hotel, or Hotel Giraffe. Enjoy your stay and let us know if you went to any of the places we recommended. We would love to hear your feedback!
The Library Hotel Collection tapped Sandy Mandel and Barbara Winchell of wear2where for the latest in traveling in style.