September: Milan, Italy
The destination: Milan has become one of the world’s leading fashion centers, and during Fashion Week (Sept. 22-30) you’ll see the all-important spring collections as you sit side-by-side with celebrities, famous fashion editors and the world’s top designers.
The destination: The “Golden Triangle”—Dehli,
November: New York City
The destination: Autumn in New York is so wonderful they write songs about it. So what if the city is crowded and hectic? We like being jostled by sable and mink. And the shopping is at its best, with stores stocked up for the holidays. Gucci, Hermes and Vuitton, oh my! Their flagship stores are as good as it gets. But our favorite is Bergdorf Goodman. The jewelry boutiques on the first floor are fantastic, and BG—the new restaurant on the seventh floor—features exotic salads and décor by Kelly Wearstler. Insider info: Don’t miss Rizzoli’s Bookstore, right around the corner on 57th Street, with the world’s best collection of luxury coffee table books.
December: Miami’s Art Basel
The destination: Dubai, the Las Vegas of the Middle East, is the United Arab Emirates’ most rapidly growing nation, and by far the most luxurious. What better way to set the tone for the year ahead? You must stay at the Burj Al Arab hotel—60 stories high and shaped like a billowing sail—and experience Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort. Insider info: Dubai has one of the largest gold retail markets in the world. Shop Deira’s Gold Souk area and the Gold and Diamond Park on Sheikh Zayed Road if you plan to spend serious money on jewelry.
February: Carnival in Rio
The destination: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the greatest celebration in the world transforms an entire city into a nonstop party. Carnival is held just before Lent begins (a party followed by piety). It’s a spectacle of samba, outrageous costumes and infectious high spirits. No matter how dignified you are, we guarantee you’ll end up dancing in the street. Book a room at the world-famous Copacabana Palace, where Carnival’s most exclusive ball is held. Insider info: Brazilian jewelry is to die for. Take time out to visit H. Stern, the Tiffany’s of Brazil.
March: St. Lucia
The destination: Springtime in the Caribbean guarantees perfect weather, and still-unspoiled St. Lucia has experienced a recent renaissance. We love the Jade Mountain Resort, featuring suites with a missing fourth wall—instead, the room opens to the outdoors—and private, infinity-edge pools. You have a jaw-droppingly beautiful view of
The destination. Sultry Bali is the ultimate beach getaway, worlds away and seductively romantic. The Bulgari Hotel, a 59-villa resort near Pecatu, offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and is the perfect mix of local Balinese culture and luxury. Unwind in the spa and dine at Sangkar, which offers magnificent Balinese cuisine and a fantastic view from the edge of a cliff. Insider info: Reserve the Bulgari Villa, with three bedrooms, a home theater, state-of-the-art kitchen, private lap pool and full service quarters.
May: Cannes Film Festival
The destination. Vive la vie Francaise and jet over to
June: Queen Mary 2
The destination: Cunard’s brand-new Queen Mary 2, a luxury ocean liner, makes anything on the old Queen Mary look like tourist class. And June is historically when the American aristocracy sailed off to Europe for the summer. The ship’s Balmoral and Sandringham suites are the poshest, each with 2,249 square feet of sybaritic luxury, including a living room, two marble baths and a two-story staircase. Dine in the Queen’s Grill or the Todd English Bistro. Your suite has a dining room, too. Insider info: For extra convenience, Cunard will charter a private jet for the return trip. Cost of suite and jet: $100,000 for two.
July: Thanda Private Game Reserve
The destination: Thanda means “love” in Zulu, and we love the Thanda Private Game Reserve in
August: Aboard The World in
The destination: The World is a cruise ship with a luxurious twist: posh condos that passengers can rent or buy. In August, the ship sails to Dubrovnik, Croatia, which has become red-hot with hip travelers because of its spectacular seaside beauty and unspoiled character. Stay on board—the apartments have up to six bedrooms and state-of-the-art amenities. Spend your days exploring cobblestone piazzas, red-tiled houses and the islands of the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Insider info: Don’t miss the fresh-caught sea bass with cuttlefish-ink sauce and Swiss chard at Dubrovnik’s fabulous Atlas Club Nautika.