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Antigua's Carlisle Bay is putting a Caribbean spin on an ancient Japanese
tradition. During the 82-suite resort's new "island bathing" experience
- its take on the "forest bathing" practice of walking and meditating in
nature - guests hop a private boat at sunrise or sunset and sail to an
uninhabited island for a guided meditation session inspired by the surrounding waves and palm trees. The exercises aim to reduce stress and
improve moods, in case a vacation in an island paradise hasn't already
done the trick. Suites from $575, including breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.
Two-hour island bathing experience, $725.
Soothing views on
Antigua's Carlisle Bay.
NEW ROMAN HOLIDAY
With its nineteenth-century
glamour still intact, Hotel
Eden Rome emerged from an
18-month renovation in April
with 98 expanded, contemporary rooms and a new spa
specializing in treatments from
Hollywood beauty guru Sonya
Dakar. Rooftop restaurant
La Terrazza - where La Dolce
Vita director Federico Fellini
regularly held court with reporters in the 1950s - received a
modern-day update, too, via
a healthier Mediterraneaninfluenced menu from Italian
chef Fabio Ciervo. Doubles from
$829, including breakfast daily
and a $90 dining credit.
Above: Fiori di zucca al forno (baked
zucchini blossoms) from La Terrazza,
and a Hotel Eden Rome guest room.
TRAVEL WITH MEANING
After a pair of devastating earthquakes struck
Norcia, Italy, in 2016, the 23-room Palazzo Seneca
has played an important role in recovery efforts. The
hotel established an organization to support tourism
and helped open an emergency shelter for locals. While
many areas of town remain closed, Palazzo Seneca
(which sustained minimal damage) reopened for the
season in April, welcoming guests with chef-led cooking classes, truffle-hunting excursions, and a desire
to showcase a destination where tourism dollars can
really make a difference. Doubles from $193, including
breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.
Palazzo Seneca's lounge.
ON THE HORIZON: Hamburg, Germany's creative renaissance - marked by the recent debut of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall - continues into this fall with the opening of The Fontenay Hamburg. The hotel is set to house 131 rooms, a rooftop spa, and two restaurants in a Jan
Störmer-designed, glass-wrapped building on the banks of Lake Alster.
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