Visit Stanley’s in New York.
On New York’s Lower East Side, Stanley’s is a full service pharmacy–meets–wellness bar. Alongside prescription and over-the-counter medicines, Stanley George offers a soda fountain menu with teas, sodas, kombucha and coconut water paired with pharmaceuticals for such ailments as allergies, headaches, cramps, insomnia and anxiety. At 31 Ludlow St.; stanleyspharmacy.com.
Parents (and babies) never had it so good.
Yoyo, the latest model from stroller maker Babyzen, is an ideal travel companion for frequently flying parents (second to a nanny, of course). At less than 13 pounds, the collapsible carriage complies with all major airlines’ overhead-bin requirements, ensuring a fast jet-bridge escape for Mom, Dad and their bundle of joy. $470; available at saksfifthavenue.com; babyzen.com.
What to look for at your favorite places to stay.
Montreal: As part of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s recent $200 million renovation, guests staying in any of the hotel’s 33 suites can choose beauty products from six brands: Bulgari White Tea, Fresh, Kiehl’s, Antica Farmacista, Acqua di Parma or Asprey (the latter is the official Ritz line). Suites start at $630; 1228 Sherbrooke St. W.; 800-363-0366; ritzmontreal.com.
London: Burberry just teamed up with three cool London hotels—Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley—to offer its iconic trench coats in every suite, complimentary for guests to borrow. Suites start at $2,805 at Claridge’s and $1,935 at the Connaught and the Berkeley; 866-599-6991; maybourne.com.
Spend some time at Perivolas Hideaway.
Athens-born Kostis Psychas, owner of Santorini’s hotel Perivolas, just made his three-year-old home available as a rental villa called Perivolas Hideaway. The five-bedroom house is on the island of Therassia (ten minutes by boat from Oia, on the tip of Santorini’s “mainland”), where it hugs a tiny harbor with sensational views. Guests enjoy access to a fleet of boats and the services of a staff of six or more. Villa rental starts at $11,200 a night; 30-698/569-3596; perivolashideaway.com.
This is the one to have on your side.
Francois Bigirimana, who has been tracking rare mountain gorillas in Rwanda since 1982 and is an ex-assistant to Dian Fossey, is the guide to get. Advance reservations are essential, by requesting Bigirimana through either a travel outfitter (try Volcanoes Safaris; volcanoessafaris.com) or Rwanda Tourism (email email@example.com). $750 an hour.
The sculptor-architect’s newest project really swells.
Designed by British sculptor-architect Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, the recently opened Ark Nova Concert Hall marks the world’s first inflatable music hall. Large enough to seat between 500 and 700 spectators, it’s composed of a rubberlike shell that’s easily erected and disassembled. Because of its unique portability, Ark Nova was able to tour Japan’s northeastern region that was affected by the 2011 earthquake as a symbol of hope. anishkapoor.com.
Listen to the work of a legend.
At its height in the 1920s, Paramount Records, in Wisconsin, was home to celebrated musicians like Ethel Waters and Louis Armstrong. Today the label’s catalogue returns in The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, a limited-edition set from the Austin, Texas–based Revenant Records and Jack White’s Nashville-based Third Man Records. The first volume is out (the second drops November 2014) and contains 800 remastered songs and an encyclopedia of liner notes, ads and artist ephemera. $400; thirdmanrecords.com.
Explore the best of Portugal’s famous fortified wine from the comfort of your room.
At the Yeatman Hotel in northwest Portugal’s Vila Nova de Gaia, guests needn’t leave the grounds to explore the Douro River valley’s port-wine industry. The hotel’s 76 rooms act as mini wine destinations, thanks to design partnerships with local vineyards. Our favorite? Master Suite 008 (from $725), by Taylor Fladgate, whose iconic port lodge is nearby. Uncork the brand’s 2011 Vintage Port while relaxing on a huge cask–turned–canopy bed. At Rua do Choupelo, Santa Marinha; 351-22/013-3100; the-yeatman-hotel.com.
At Uganda’s Kyambura Game Lodge, it’s safari meets savings.
Nowhere else on the continent have we found a lovelier place to visit—and to track chimpanzees—for such an exceptional price than Kyambura Game Lodge, in southwestern Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. It’s $195 for two people a night staying in simple but pretty thatch-and-canvas cottages with killer park views. Even if the bathrooms are basic and the WiFi nonexistent, this is pared-down luxury for those who love Africa but don’t want to feel constantly wiped by the price tags. At Hill Rd. Plot 16, Entebbe; 256-414/322-789; kyamburalodge.com.
Enjoy a fully curated bed and breakfast in Rome.
La Regola 67, a recently opened three-suite bed-and-breakfast just steps from the Campo de’ Fiori, is a place where guests can do as the Romans do. It’s run by a fashionable and well-connected pair of Italians (he’s from Rome, she’s a Puglia transplant) who create tailor-made, in-the-know itineraries composed of visits to obscure historic sites, opera openings, local food markets and off-the-radar exhibits at favorite galleries. Rooms start at $250; Via di Santa Maria in Monticelli, 67; 39-34/2944-3921; laregola67.com.
The famed culinary program reopens in Venice.
Julia Child and Simone Beck are chefs emeriti of the Venetian Hotel’s newly relaunched culinary program. The dish everyone wants to learn how to cook? Risotto, naturally! Classes start at $350; Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 2467; 39-041/794-611; thegrittiepicureanschool.com.