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Draw inspiration for your next getaway from a beautifully crafted city book from Taschen. Weighing nearly 10 pounds, this is not the guidebook to pack, but rather accentuate your table and impress your friends with just how well-traveled you really are. New York, $39.99. taschen.com.
These hotels are making a splash this summer. By Jason Oliver Nixon
LOS ANGELES: new Ritz-Carlton is part of the $2.5-billion sports-residential -entertainment district in downtown. A soaring 54 stories, the 123-room hotel stellar vistas of the city and soothing rooms augmented with an 8,000-square-foot spa. (We suggest the 80-minute Green Your Body treatment that includes a full-body exfoliation followed by a soothing massage.) For dinner, check out Wolfgang Asian-inspired WP24 restaurant. ritzcarlton.com CAIRO: Opening in Cairo this month is the Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo, perfectly situated in the historic and green Garden City neighborhood. Sit on your recommend the posh Nile Deluxe Suites, complete with private butlers and a pillow watch the feluccas glide along the river before you get a signature massage in the spa or dine at The Blue. Before retiring, enjoy the Chocolate Lounge for candy-infused libations while overlooking the sparkling lights. kempinski.com/en/cairo PARIS: The City of Lights gets a hot new hotel, courtesy of legendary hotelier Grace Leo. The Hotel Beauchamps, situated in the 8th Arrondissement (home to the and the Arc de Triomphe), is an 89room hotel that channels the sensibility of a private home owned by a collector with eclectic tastes and a passion for literature. Think whimsy, color and energy tempered with all of the latest modern conveniences. partial to the restaurant, Velvet, with its black slate and neighborhood-friendly feel. hotelbeauchamps.com ACAPULCO: Once the frolicking grounds of the global jet set, Acapulco is back on the white-hot scene, thanks to the opening of the boutique-styled Hotel Boca Chica, the latest from Mexico cutting-edge hoteliers Grupo Take in the stunning views of the bay from the amoeba-shaped pool as you sip a cool margarita and savor the revved-up for swinging set. Relax in your airy aerie, wander about the candle-lit gardens or dine on stunningly fresh Japanese fare before dancing until dawn at the Coco Wash disco. hotel-bocachica.com
If you wish you were even when grounded, designer Given collection of wallpapers brings air travel home. Whether a hand-printed St. Christopher tribute to the patron saint of boasts jets or the graphic glamour of the St. Swithin pattern, they are perfect for the living room. givencampbell.com
PHOTOS: (NILE HOTEL) REINHARD WESTPHAL; (WALLPAPER) MICHAEL HENDRICKSON; (KREMLIN) DAN WEISBERG; (RITZ) RAINER KLOSTERMEIER; (STATE CENTRAL) DEMETRIO CARRASCO (C) DORLING KINDERSLEY
Insider Picks: Moscow
Greg Tepper, president of Exeter International (exeterinternational.com), Eastern Europe and Russia travel experts, gives us insider tips on how to really enjoy two of most familiar sites, plus one that you might otherwise overlook.
to get into the Grand Kremlin Palace, which is not open to the says Tepper. here that you will see Nicholas throne and the extraordinary gilded halls that are used by the Russian president to entertain foreign dignitaries and sign treaties. You have to have connections and not cheap for to 20 but never forget the
The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow
The famous hotelier is known for providing a luxe experience, but Tepper says that two club rooms worth the extra perfect for people seeking the ultimate overnight stay. Beer, wine and spirits are in the club lounge, and the rooms boast extraordinary views of Red Square and the Kremlin. ritzcarlton.com
The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia
According to Tepper, a favorite undiscovered museum. Follow the history of Russia from the end of Romanov rule through today. Things see: Russian porcelain collections, recreated ces of Soviet leaders, more World War II artifacts than you can imagine and personal items from Lenin, Stalin and
deltaskymag.com June 2010