A central lodge and seven restored miners’ cabins anchor The Broadmoor Fishing Camp, opening this month. A satellite of the larger Broadmoor resort just over an hour’s drive west of Colorado Springs, the new property in the Lost Creek Wilderness offers horseback riding, hiking and fly fishing on over five private miles of the Tarryall River (guides and gear provided). Overnight quarters are rustic but comfortable — though in the true spirit of the miners, campers share a central bathhouse. Rooms from $640, all-inclusive; 866-837-9520, www.broadmoor.com/fishing-camp.
A Tip to the Brits
Who says tea is for dainty ladies? The Stafford London has introduced Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea, served daily from 3 to 6 p.m. in the hotel’s lively American Bar. The hearty meal was created with men’s appetites in mind, as nary a cucumber sandwich is to be found on the meat-heavy menu. Instead, gents can indulge in mini Wagyu beef burgers on brioche buns, whiskey rarebit, baked croque-monsieurs and more — served with draft beers and a gin and tonic flight or a Scotch whiskey flight; about $45 per person. Through the end of the year, the 18th-century hotel — thought to be one of Winston Churchill’s favorites — also is offering a package that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the revered British statesman’s death. The Churchill package includes a one-night stay with breakfast, a bottle of his favorite champagne, tickets to the Churchill War Rooms, a copy of the biography The Churchill Factor, a chocolate cigar and 10 percent off at the James J. Fox cigar merchant, reportedly his favorite. Rates begin at about $630; 44-207-493-0111, www.thestaffordlondon.com.
The industry’s largest river cruise company, Viking, has expanded from inland waterways to the high seas with the launch of new Viking Ocean Cruises. Shipboard highlights of its first oceangoing ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star, include a glass-ended swimming pool that cantilevers off the stern and a water-focused Scandinavian spa with a chilled “snow room” as well as a sauna. Like its river-going cousins, Viking Star cruises include a shore excursion in each port as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, and beer and wine at meals. Initial sailings include Norse country from Stockholm to Bergen with stops in St. Petersburg and Copenhagen. Rates from $6,199; 855-884-5464, www.vikingcruises.com.
While most Francophiles flock to Lyon for the food, the city’s new Musée des Confluences offers satisfying between-meal fodder. Austrian architects Coop Himmelb(l)au designed the new deconstructed landmark of jagged terraces clad in glass on the point where the Saône and Rhône rivers meet. Its 2.2 million-object collection was just installed in the 230,000-square-foot museum, focusing on natural history, anthropology and cross-cultural surveys of the human experience from origin to death rituals. The museum is having a Bilbao, Spain, effect on the surrounding industrial area, making it a design-centric destination. Admission: 9 euros; 011-33-4-72-69-05-01, www.museedesconfluences.fr.
Venice may be timeless, but in a virtual boom on the Adriatic, two new luxury resorts have recently opened, offering haven from the pigeon-feeding throngs of San Marco.
Just opened on the private island of Isola delle Rose, 15 minutes by boat from Venice proper, the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa embeds 266 glass-walled rooms and a few villas in a modern compound surrounded by gardens of olive and fruit trees. Purportedly the largest in the city, the spa features an indoor/outdoor pool overlooking the lagoon. An on-site cooking school and wine academy offer hands-on classes, a private yacht is available for excursions to nearby islands and partnerships with area artisans include workshops in lace-making, glassblowing and carnival mask construction. Rooms from 395 euros ($447; 888-236-2427, www.marriott.com.
In contrast, the new St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace hews more Old World, with 191 rooms trimmed in grand Venetian style, with elegant brocade drapes, terrazzo floors, Murano glass light fixtures and silk-covered walls. On historic Isola di San Clemente, 10 minutes from Piazza San Marco, the resort offers impressive recreational features, including a tennis court, swimming pool with cabanas and kids’ club. The island’s restored 12th-century church positions the resort as an elegant destination wedding host. Rooms from 550 euros ($622); 877-787-3447, www.stregisvenice.com.
If you can’t be at Lake Como this summer, fake it at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Arguably the most elegant resident of the Strip, the property just completed a four-year, $165 million renovation of all 3,933 rooms, including 403 suites redone in a fresh palette of spring greens and rejuvenating pinks. Another reason to make the trip: the new Lago restaurant from chef Julian Serrano. The chef, who still operates the refined Picasso in Vegas, expands his repertoire in a more casual direction at the lakeside Lago with a mostly small-plates menu of crudos, pastas, meat and fish. Top tables? Outdoors, beside the dancing fountains, of course. Rooms from $249; 702-693-7111, www.bellagio.com.