A Splash of India in Oahu
American heiress Doris Duke fell in love with Mughal art (think the Taj Mahal) during her 1935 honeymoon in India. On their return, she and husband James Cromwell commissioned a white marble bed-and-bathroom suite featuring perforated screen doors, carved arches and panels inlaid with semiprecious stones. They installed it all in their Oahu home, Shangri La, and over the years added more furniture and decor to what became known as the Mughal Suite. Shangri La, with its vast collection of Islamic art, is one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes. Now visitors can, for the first time, view the sumptuous Mughal Suite, which has just been refurbished. The Honolulu Museum of Art, which manages the home tours, will offer special Mughal Suite Spotlight Tours throughout November and December for $25, and the Suite will also be part of regular tours of the property. 808-535-1875, http://honolulumuseum.org.
Viva Vuitton et Gehry
In a grand gesture of civic pride and corporate largesse, Louis Vuitton has given Paris its newest landmark, the just-opened Fondation Louis Vuitton, a space devoted to artistic creation. Architect Frank Gehry designed the dynamic 75,000-square-foot glass building, which rises from its spot in the Bois de Boulogne like a shimmering vessel with billowing, curved sails. Inside, galleries will feature the permanent contemporary-art collection of the Fondation and its founder, Bernard Arnault, as well as two temporary exhibitions each year (the first devoted to Gehry, bien sur) and the auditorium will host musical events, kicking off with a series of concerts by the pioneering 1970s electronic group Kraftwerk (Nov. 6-14). Admission: 14 Euros; 33-1-40-69-96-00, www.fondationlouis vuitton .fr/en.html.
Anguilla’s 25-acre, bluff-top Malliouhana resort has reopened Nov. 1 after a three-year hiatus, just in time for its 30th birthday. With new guestrooms and new management by Auberge Resorts (known for its luxury properties in Napa and Colorado), the boutique West Indian escape features access to three white-sand beaches, a two-tiered swimming pool and a litany of luxuries, including suites and rooms with sweeping views and terraces. Head to the spa for a massage with warmed shells and coconut lotion, or bliss out in the complimentary yoga classes. The resort’s open-air restaurant showcases fresh, sea-to-table cuisine, including vegan and gluten-free options. Rooms from $525; 877-733-3611, http://malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com.
Lions and Topi and Plunge Pools, Oh My!
If the idea of day and night safaris and endless views of wild animals makes your heart race, book a trip to one of &Beyond’s two newly rebuilt African properties. Choose either the Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp (above) in Kenya’s Masai Mara, with 40 platform tents, panoramic views of the Great Migration route, attached baths and private verandas (from $380 per person per night) or the Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge in Botswana, with eight suites featuring plunge pools, outdoor showers and fireplaces (from $910 per person nightly). Both offer adventures for the whole family. 888-882-3742, www.andbeyond.com.
Culture Cruising the Mekong
Southeast Asia’s Mekong River offers unique access to villages and ancient ruins in Vietnam and Cambodia. Experience it all from the new luxury-laden, 40-passenger Aqua Mekong from Aqua Expeditions. The boutique operator’s third ship, and its first outside the Amazon, features window-walled suites, a small pool on the top deck and menus created by chef David Thompson of Bangkok’s Michelin-starred Nahm. Daily excursions lead to emerald forests, bamboo stilt villages, Buddhist monasteries and reserves with exotic birds and wildlife. Seven-night itineraries link Siem Reap to Saigon, with shorter three- and four-night options covering portions of the route. From $3,000 per person, double occupancy; 866-603-3687, www.aquaexpeditions.com.
If trying to decide which Colorado ski resort is going to give you the slopes you crave and the instruction you want is your favorite first-world travel dilemma, consider Vail’s Sonnenalp Hotel’s new four-day Ski Safari program, offered only for select dates in December, February and April. You’ll hit the slopes at three places in three days, including Vail, Beaver Creek and either Keystone or Breckenridge (depending on which has better white stuff). And even better, your instructors will be Olympian Sarah Schleper and pro skier Chris Anthony. The package, which includes lodging in a junior suite, also makes a great holiday gift for that loved one who can’t get enough snow. Rates range from $2,065 to $3,265. 800-654-8312, www.sonnenalp.com/skisafari.