An hour’s drive and a thousand miles away from Marrakech

Kasbah Bab Ourika, Atlas Mountains, Morocco /  Thirty minutes into the hour-long journey to Ourika from Marrakech, the road narrowed to a single lane, and became dark red packed earth. We slowed to about 5 mph and ambled past donkeys carrying bushels of barley, women with terra cotta tagines balanced gracefully on their heads, and the village elder, a 106 year-old man, staring absentmindedly into space. Welcome to village life around Ourika, nestled gently in the High Atlas Mountains.  ...

Back in time, Guatemala

Wandering aimlessly in Antigua, Guatemala / Spending three nights in a 17th century convent may not be for everyone. Yet, I thought it was strangely comforting to imagine the nuns’ presence as I roamed the long, narrow, stone-walled and tea candlelit corridors. Heavy with history, there is a warmth you can’t quite put your finger on. And you wonder what lies beneath the thick, stone floors: crypts, catacombs, lost art and lost civilizations? Casa Santo Domingo is everything all at...

On the cusp in Nicaragua

Mukul, An Auberge Resort, Nicaragua / Nicaragua may be Central America’s best kept secret, or maybe the secret is already out. It’s a little hard to tell as Mukul has a way of being at full capacity while at the same time making you feel like you have much of the place to yourself. Just the right amount of buzz, activity and beachy retreat: a difficult balance to strike.   Mukul is a place for those who are searching for...

In South Beach, this is the one

The 1 Hotel South Beach, Miami / Some people believe a hotel room is just a place to rest your head at night. That it isn’t all that important. I feel the exact opposite. I like to be a part of a beautiful and well-designed hotel. I like to explore the nooks and crannies, find the sun loungers that maximize the light and have the best view. I like lunches at the pool, an inviting roof deck, a knowledgeable and...

Botswana, The Magic Kingdom

Exploring Botswana and the Okavango Delta / There is no sound I can think of that compares to that of the African bush. Silence. Almost complete silence, except for the distant (and sometimes not so distant) roar of a lion, the slow, steady, padded thump of an elephant, the crunch of teeth on bone. The chorus of the wildlife. What helps make Botswana especially magical is how remote and small you feel; hours and hours, sometimes an entire day without...

The Jewel of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa / Sometimes lunch is lunch. And sometimes lunch is a destination. A place where you want to settle in and make yourself comfy. That was definitely the case when arriving at Delaire Graff Estate in the Stellenbosch winelands of South Africa. It was clear that this was one of those places that you wanted to linger, take your time with, and fully absorb. It was the kind of winter’s day where you could happily...

Hidden Talent in Buenos Aires

Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina / According to chef German Martitegui,  “People need to be hidden. That was the idea with this place.” Tegui is most definitely hidden. Even if you know exactly where it is, you can easily miss it. On a dark side street in the neighborhood of Palermo, a black metal security door surrounded by a wall of grafitti belies the glamour and decadence that lies behind it. Look more closely and you’ll see the unassuming, ‘TEGUI’ letters...