Virtuoso Traveler - February/March 2018 - 32
Ask The Advisors
What's Your Favorite
CLOSER IN: "My nod goes to Barbados for its eye-popping beauty,
vibrant culture, and thriving culinary
scene. The beaches are
gorgeous, and the Bajans
(locals) welcome you like
family. Sandy Lane resort,
just minutes from the trendy new
restaurant Cin Cin by the Sea, is tops
FARTHER FLUNG: "The Galápagos
Islands are a nature lover's dream.
A small-ship expedition cruise is the
best way to immerse yourself, but
for stays on terra firma, Santa Cruz
Island's Pikaia Lodge offers an intimate perspective on this Ecuadorian paradise."
- Tiffany Layne,
New York City
CLOSER IN: "While most travelers
hear 'island' and think 'tropics,' one of
our favorite destinations is Vancouver
Island in British Columbia.
Arriving by cruise ship
is particularly enjoyable;
choose one that docks in
Victoria to explore Butchart
Gardens and indulge in
high tea at the Fairmont
FARTHER FLUNG: "Besides the magical islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and BoraBora, every Paul Gauguin Cruises'
voyage to French Polynesia visits
the line's private islet, Motu Mahana.
Guests can swim, snorkel with colorful fish, or simply soak up the day on
- Mark and Cyndi Worgan,
CLOSER IN: "I like Aruba for its mix
of Dutch history, Latin culture, and
atypical flora and fauna. It's worthwhile to go beyond your
resort and experience the
local food and shopping;
the excellent transportation system is an added bonus."
FARTHER FLUNG: "Hawaii Island's
primal topography, black-sand
beaches, lava tubes, and waterfalls
make this isle as close to Eden as
I can imagine. Look for sea turtles
basking on rocks and surfers communing with nature, and don't miss
Banyan Drive's enormous trees and
Old Hollywood flair."
- Cheri Ramberg,
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
AFTER THE STORMS: Both Barbados and Aruba were unaffected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
For our extended update on travel to the Caribbean, turn to page 52.
32 V I R T U O S O T R A V E L E R
(GALÁPAGOS) PAUL VOWLES/GETTY IMAGES, (ARUBA) CARIBBEAN/ALAMY
There are thousands of isles scattered across the planet's oceans, with almost as many
ways to experience them. Here, Virtuoso travel advisors share a few of their top
getaways, both nearer to, and distant from, their homes.