Finding a Setting That Captures a Scene (New York Times, Feb 2014)

  Wes Anderson’s films are best known for their eccentric characters and rigorously whimsical tone. But just as distinctively captured are their settings. Think of the colors and textures of the Indian landscapes in “The Darjeeling Limited,” for example, or the lovingly rendered Mediterranean locations in “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” The director’s latest …

CohaneTravels:Update Bangkok

As many of you know, Bangkok has become one of my very favorite cities in the world. And I am not alone in my desire to visit it frequently: according to the new Global Destination Index it is now the most visited city on the globe, even more than spots like New York and London. …

CohaneTravels: London Calling

Every Thanksgiving week for the last fifteen years has been spent in London. We have dear friends who put on a feast every season that is one of my favorite traditions of the year, the Christmas lights and windows are starting to give the whole town a festive feel, and it is an opportunity to …

Tactical Retreat (South China Morning Post)

    Holistic approach shifts focus to concentrate on the well-being of the mind and soul, writes Ondine Cohane It can be very hard to change a lifelong habit or deal with stress and still maintain a daily routine, but extra help is at hand. Destination spas and retreats are now attending to their clients’ …

CohaneTravels: Brunello 101.

Living in Pienza close to the Brunello-rich vineyards of Montalcino has its oenophile advantages: a supply of some of the best vintages at prices that are a fraction of those on wine lists in places like London or New York. This weekend we had the opportunity to do a wine tour with Lauren Cicione, the …

CohaneTravels: Bringing inspiration home

  We are winding down the end of our first season at La Bandita Townhouse. It has been an exciting process and despite the stress of getting the place open in time, I loved seeing how the design ideas translated from paper into reality, especially after already surviving the first time around with La Bandita …

CohaneTravels: Hotels Well Worth the Journey

Friends often ask me about resorts I have gone to that are truly worth the trip. One of the best things about my job has been seeing exactly that kind of spot–the perfect mix of locale, design and isolation that makes a place truly unique. It seems that many of the best spots involve more …

Globetrotter Column for Brazil Vogue

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A New Crop of Hotels in South America’s Wine Countries (Conde Nast Traveler)

For more than a decade, South American winemakers have been striving to put their bottles on a par with those from Napa or France. As we all know, they’ve made great strides—Argentinean wines climbed Wine Spectator’s Top 100 lists in recent years—so what more do they require? New hotels. READ FULL STORY AND ALL MY PICKS

Insider’s Guide to Corsica (Conde Nast Traveler)

Don’t mention France. Corsica’s citizens don’t think much of being part of its domain, and after you visit this “mountain in the sea,” you may well understand why. From its culture to its cuisine to its wild white sand beaches and formidable interior, Corsica feels a world apart. Endowed with quiet fishing villages, a clear Caribbean-like …