But developments slated for 2015 in Puerto Plata are bound to lure well-heeled sun-seekers.First up is The Gansevoort, offering three-bedroom apartments with private pools and four-bedroom penthouses equipped with rooftop hot tubs.Other notable places to stay include the medina’s Karawan Riad, whose seven renovated suites offer a modern alternative to more traditional hotels, and Palais Faraj, a 19th-century palace transformed by architect Jean-Baptiste Barian. 7 is making waves with a rotating series of acclaimed guest chefs. Tour groups like Insight Cuba, Smithsonian Journeys, and Central Holidays operate under the “people-to-people” license focused on education and cultural exchange—the one Beyoncé and Jay-Z obtained for their much-publicized anniversary trip in 2013.
—The region that welcomed Jewish families in the ’50s, hippies in the ’60s, and soon, perhaps, casino gamblers is also making room for a new tribe: hip, design-crazed travelers.
What inspires a trip varies from person to person, of course.
But as a head start, we’ve mapped out 12 months' worth of places with the kind of "it" factor that Fez's Tara Stevens describes.
And you may be surprised by what’s brewing close to home. S., including Houston, for its ambitious food scene, and Miami, where the spotlight has turned to the Mid-Beach neighborhood.
The latest art-centric 21c Museum Hotel will open its doors in Durham, NC, a once-sleepy college town that now thrums with fair-trade coffee shops, micro-distilleries, and some of the best barbecue around.
—If Amsterdam is a study in old-world elegance, then the scrappier port city of Rotterdam is all big, futuristic ambition—and its constantly unfolding city center has become one eye-popping explosion of style.