Back to MagazinesAugust/September 2012Buy Back IssueShanghai: Ne Plus UltraThe dining room is plunged into darkness. AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” blasts from surround-sound speakers, and a procession of male and female attendants in black suits enters solemnly.Room Check: Greek DramaPrivate islands dot the sedate, stunning coast off Port Heli, on the eastern shores of the Peloponnese Peninsula—about a 2.5-hour drive from Athens.Oman: Into the Heart of ArabiaOman’s frankincense-scented souks and lavish beach resorts are undeniably beguiling. But to discover the true soul of the sultanate, you have to head across the sandsWorld Design Capital: Finnish LinesNot many world capitals can brag about heated sidewalks along their main thoroughfares. Fewer still have multiple art galleries in their international airport. Subcontinental Style: Unforgettable India HotelsOur list of eight hotels and retreats to explore the far corners of India in style.Cabin Fever: Premium Air Travel ReviewIn the highly competitive airline industry, a good premium cabin is the ultimate differentiator. Not only do business and first-class seats bring in significantly higher fares than economy classNew Zealand: Canterbury TreasuresFrom the picturesque harbor of Akaroa to the Tolkienesque mountainscapes of the Southern Alps, New Zealand’s Canterbury region spoils visitors.Singapore’s New MixA fresh wave of cocktail joints is shaking up the city-statePalani Mohan in MongoliaPhotographer Palani Mohan documents the remarkable bond between Kazakh falconers and their birds of prey.On With The ShowWith the closing of the Oak Room, the New York supper-club scene seemed to be on a downhill slide...Chicago CravingsA run-down of the Windy City’s latest wave of standout restaurants.Road Trip: Outback OdysseyTraveling on a mission to witness one of the rarest natural occurrences of our times.Reaching Out In Siem ReapThe Shinta Mani hotel’s charitable mission—improving the lives of Cambodia’s rural poor.Xana Lights Up PhuketThe latest in a string of high-octane beach clubs to hit Phuket’s sands, Xana (66-76/324-101; angsana.com) opened at the Angsana Laguna Phuket in late June. Pamuk’s Istanbul: Stranger Than FictionNever one to shy from controversy or confrontation, Nobel Prize–winning Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has created a new stir in his native Istanbul.Kuala Lumpur: Room With A ViewGrand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur offers floor-to-ceiling windows in each of its 370 guest rooms and 42 suites.Four Seasons’ High Style in GuangzhouAdjacent to the Zaha Hadid-designed Guangzhou Opera House, Four Seasons’ standard and deluxe rooms are the largest in the city.Espa Is BornWith the Singapore debut of ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa, revelers can now get pampered in style without ever setting foot outside the casino-resort complex.St. Regis Mauritius: Morne AgainThe 172 rooms and suites have been designed in contemporary, colonial, and indigenous styles—no two furnishings are the same—and Le Morne’s mile-long beach is on your doorstepJakarta: Skye’s The LimitJakarta may be all urban sprawl at street level, but from the vantage point of this rooftop roost, the views are nothing less than jaw-dropping.