Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.




  • pinitbutton Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Splendors of Italy   Travel Special
uniworld2 300x213 Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Splendors of Italy   Travel Special

Discover the "splendors of Italy" with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Experience La Dolce Vita with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

With the launch of a new Italian river cruise in the spring of 2013, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises invites sophisticated travelers to experience the culture, cuisine and romance of Italy.

The thirteen-day “Splendors of Italy” itinerary will combine a seven-night river cruise on the River Countess along the Po River and the Venice Lagoon, with an additional two-night land stay in Florence and three-night land stay in Rome. Following are just a few of the unforgettable experiences to be enjoyed during this voyage Continue reading “Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Splendors of Italy – Travel Special” »

Hawaii’s Best

on March 20th, 2012
Print This Post Print This Post



  • pinitbutton Hawaiis Best
manele bay 300x174 Hawaiis Best

Manele Bay on Lanai, one of our Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii

2012 Hawaii Newsletter Published

by Jeff Hoyt

Sure, spring is starting to appear, but wouldn’t you rather be in Hawaii right now? Let us be your guide!

We just published our annual Hawaii Newsletter that can work as a blueprint for your island getaway. We proudly present the Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii, offering readers ten great spots from Maui to Molokai for surfing, swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. The issue also boasts a perfect five-day itinerary for tackling the islands with kids. Besides this family-friendly guide, travelers can find savvy escapes such as Kauai Honeymoon, Hawaii’s Volcanoes, Hawaii 101 for first-time visitors and Historic Hawaii.

Continue reading “Hawaii’s Best” »

  • pinitbutton Crystal Cruises Introduces VIP Airport Service   Travel News
Crystal Symphony Sydney 300x215 Crystal Cruises Introduces VIP Airport Service   Travel News

Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony in Sydney

Cruise Like a Rock Star

Modern-day air travel has become a series of frustrating security policies and endless crowds. But for those passengers traveling on a Crystal Cruises’ voyage, flying the friendly skies just got better. The new Crystal VIP Airport Service is the first of its kind from a cruise line, featuring door-to-gate porter service, fast-track processes and entry to restricted-access VIP/Business Class lounges where available. This personalized, 24/7 luxury service can be purchased internationally by all Crystal cruisers, providing a hassle-free airport experience for guests traveling to and from their Crystal ships. Continue reading “Crystal Cruises Introduces VIP Airport Service – Travel News” »



  • pinitbutton Jaguar Suite at 51 Buckingham Gate
jaguar suite living room2 300x207 Jaguar Suite at 51 Buckingham Gate

Jaguar Suite living room at 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences in London

The Night of the Jaguar

by André Gayot

Undoubtedly, we are a car civilization. The automobile is an ordinary object in our spoiled world, a dream in the barren parts of the planet and a nightmare at a quarter to nine a.m. on the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles. We find cars a convenient instrument to go to the stores and take back home the stuff of which probably we bought too large a quantity at our local Costco. A car is more practical than a backpack and a bicycle, but more polluting — as we are told by ecology — and more expensive, as we can see by the price soaring at the pump.

OK, it’s our way of life. But some of us are in love with automobiles. They admire the beautiful machines, their engineering, their design and their power, regardless of the speeding tickets and hefty insurance premiums they may have to face.

Continue reading “Jaguar Suite at 51 Buckingham Gate” »

Set Sail for Hawaii

on December 27th, 2011
Print This Post Print This Post



  • pinitbutton Set Sail for Hawaii
lihue kauai 300x225 Set Sail for Hawaii

The beach at Lihue, Kauai

by Jeff Hoyt

We think anytime is a great time to visit Hawaii, but we appreciate The Aloha State the most when winter hits the mainland. Fun in the sun is so much more so when you know your neighbors back home are knee deep in snow.

If you want to put sunscreen on your neck instead of a scarf, we recommend a trip to Kauai. As more and more people discover this once-remote island, developers are making over the pristine landscape. Although we’d like to stop this wave of “progress,” one advantage is that there are more top places to stay, and more top toques to satisfy your appetite. Our Kauai travel guide will tell you where to book reservations for hotels and restaurants while you’re in search of volcanoes.

Continue reading “Set Sail for Hawaii” »

  • pinitbutton For Your Next Vacation, But Only If You Like White Sandy Beaches

by Sophie Gayot

When Gordon “Butch” Stewart purchased his first hotel in Montego Bay in Jamaica in 1981, I am not sure he knew what he was about to start. He sure knew what he wanted to do, but did he envision how successful he would be thirty years later? Stewart is now the chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, the privately-owned Jamaican-based parent company to Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, totaling 23 Caribbean properties. Sandals caters exclusively to couples while the others are for families as well.

Continue reading “For Your Next Vacation, But Only If You Like White Sandy Beaches” »

Help for Hopeless Romantics

on February 07th, 2011
Print This Post Print This Post



  • pinitbutton Help for Hopeless Romantics
heart candle 300x225 Help for Hopeless Romantics

Plan a romantic dinner for two this Valentine's Day

by Jeff Hoyt

Lovers, unite! With Valentine’s Day falling on a Monday this year, you have many choices of dates to celebrate with your significant other. Enjoy a romantic meal and gift-giving this Friday, Saturday, Sunday or the Monday itself. Or, wait until the following Friday and take your partner away for a three-day weekend if you have President’s Day off. offers both the best Valentine’s Day restaurants and the most romantic restaurants. We’ve even got the top 10 romantic restaurants and the top 10 places to kiss in the country, as well as the sexiest restaurants in certain cities. If you want to do it yourself, we feature a selection of romantic cookbook reviews, and your meal can be accompanied by one of our top 10 Valentine’s Day wines or top 10 romantic wines. Or, you can try one of our fine chocolates or aphrodisiacs!

Don’t forget our romantic spas, romantic hotels, and sexy hotels near you. We’ve even got the top 10 Valentine’s Day gifts, but we also recommend a couples massage. That way you’re getting as well as giving!

May you enjoy a LOVE-ly holiday.

  • pinitbutton Can I get room service in my yurt in Kyrgyzstan?
songkul 300x178 Can I get room service in my yurt in Kyrgyzstan?

Traditional yurts in Kyrgyzstan make for a unique travel experience

by Jeff Hoyt

Want to get away? I mean, really, really away? How about Easter Island, considered the most remote spot on the planet? For peace and quiet, you can head out for the Outback of Australia, up to the highest mountains in Norway or down to the deepest recesses of the South Pacific. You can even visit an uncrowded part of the USA in Sarah Palin’s Alaska. “I just came back from my vacation in a yurt in Kyrgyzstan!” is sure to stop conversations at your next holiday party.

Our list of the Top 10 Remote Hotels Worldwide features far-flung destinations that promise a vacation filled with solitude. It’s part of the latest edition of our TASTES newsletter, which was published today. Make sure you stay in the loop by subscribing to our free newsletters, which include the Hotel Issue and the Annual Restaurant Issue, coming out in January. Keep coming back to for the latest restaurant news, culinary events and hotel and restaurant reviews.

When I was a Hostage

on October 20th, 2010
Print This Post Print This Post



  • pinitbutton When I was a Hostage
airplane andre 300x187 When I was a Hostage

Are airlines today exploiting their passengers with astronomical fees?

by André Gayot 

In the last century, terrorists of many descriptions found a spectacular way to make their point: they hijacked planes and seized the passengers as hostages to monetize them.

This lesson has not been forgotten. Airlines that were in the epicenter of the drama realized that they, too, could take advantage of this strategy and mimic the principle. It would be even easier because they already had the planes, and the passengers as well, in their grasp. Thus, they did not even need to capture them, which incurs additional costs.

Becoming a hostage seems to us to be an improbable event. Don’t believe that.

Continue reading “When I was a Hostage” »

  • pinitbutton Air France: Paris / Los Angeles, Celebrating 50 years
sophiegayotdavidmartinon 300x199 Air France: Paris / Los Angeles, Celebrating 50 years
Consul General of France David Martinon, Sophie Gayot, pastry chef Yvan Valentin, Christine Ourmières, Air France Vice President & General Manager USA

by Sophie Gayot

It’s been fifty years since Air France became the first French airline to link to the West Coast of America. On April 4, 1960, the airline inaugurated twice-weekly flights of a Boeing 707, which took thirteen-and-a-half hours from Paris to Los Angeles, including a stopover in Montréal. Previously, the flight stopped in New York and lasted an extra 10 hours! Of course, things are even better today with three non-stop daily flights, done in eleven hours. From two classes of service (Luxe and Economy), there are now four: La Première, Business, the new Premium Economy (read a description of it in our Travel section) and Economy.

Continue reading “Air France: Paris / Los Angeles, Celebrating 50 years” »

« Newer PostsOlder Posts »
Page 13 of 14« First...1011121314