Arabian Nights in Abu Dhabi
Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is tucked into a secluded desert village surrounded by sand dunes 10 miles in each direction. We think it’s well worth a trip, partuclarly for a visit to Suhail, the resort’s rooftop bar and grill. Suhail is a versatile word in Arabic—meaning everything from “brilliant” to “peaceful.” We say you’ll experience both. Suhail has choice cuts of meat and fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world. The restaurant also features wine tasting in a walk-in cave. Top View: Guests enjoy their meals while gazing below at the wadi, a serpentine dry riverbed. Contact Reservations Manager Lyndon Dravasso ([email protected]) with queries about private dinners.
Merry in Manhattan
Jetsetters on the hunt for a new place to swill and sway on a Friday night will be pleased with The Bunker Club in the heart of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. What’s cool? The club is built in a circa-1840 subterranean vault with intricate brickwork, rusty red banquettes and a retro checkered dance floor. The Bunker Club has a touch of a bistro amid a whole lot of boogie, thanks to a fantastic DJ, potent potables and overhead disco ball. Helmed by the same name behind The Beatrice Inn and Warren 77, Matt Abramcyk, the space is sure to be a Manhattan mainstay in no time fast. Contact Briana Rasinski (212-837-4700) with questions or to book a private party.
Giddyup and Go in Iceland
Sometimes, the essence of a country, city or culture lies outside the pristine and polished world of hotels, restaurants and bars, and requires a foray into more adventurous territory—and we’ve found just the thing. Eldhestar Volcano Horses, about 30 miles west of Reykjavik, provides a raw and rustic journey across the Icelandic countryside. Armed with nothing but a guide, a sleeping bag, a trusty pony and fellow campers, travelers traverse ashy eruptions, hot springs and miles of rolling hills—25 a day to be exact. Rustic Touch: Lodging is provided by mountain huts. Contact Frida Rut Stefansdottir ([email protected]; 011-354-480-4800) to make reservations.
Sweet Dreams are Made of These
While gallivanting about the globe can be exhilarating, it can also be downright exhausting: long flights and no sleep can waylay your wanderlust before it has even begun. Make sure you get some serious shut-eye with White + Warren’s chic and incredibly soft Cashmere Travel Set. The pint-size wrap and ballet flats come in cobalt, chocolate and black, and neatly tuck into a stylish silk case. We say this is one of those “necessary luxuries” for any serious traveler.