- Luxury island trendsetters take note: China is the next hot thing in tropical getaways. Or, more specifically, Hainan, known as China's Hawaii.
Proof? The luxury resort One&Only—which has properties in Bahamas, Dubai, Mauritius, and Maldives—just broke ground in Sanya on Hainan Island; its first property in China.
Scheduled to be opening in early 2014, the resort will comprise 40 acres of coconut palms and ancient rosewood trees on Tufu Bay with views of the South China Sea. The posh property is expected to have 180 guest rooms, a sybaritic spa, and restaurants featuring regional specialties by internationally known chefs (Gordon Ramsey, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa have all worked with O&O in the past).
So pack your Aloha shirts and get ready to say "Ni Hao" Hainan!
For more information: oneandonlyresorts.com
- What does it take to get to a beautiful private island resort? Three planes, a golf cart, and a boat got us to Petit St. Vincent.
Open Floor Plan
I’d say this villa is decent in size. But when I slid two glass doors open, the place was basically down to two walls. The sea and constant breeze became an extension of the villa. I felt like an invisible king on the hill.
The resort has its quirks. No phones. No TVs. Quiet beyond belief. When I wanted a drink or a towel, I’d raise a yellow ﬂag outside, with a note. A guy would swing by in a Mini Moke, drop oﬀ what I requested and disappear.
Only once did I see a boat cruise past the shoreline. I did ﬁnd two restaurants on the other side of the private island, both within walking distance — or within reach of a Mini Moke with the help of that little yellow ﬂag.
- What to do on layovers and port calls in Grand Cayman, San Juan, London, Oahu, or Aruba.
- We think layovers have an undeserved bad rap—while they usually conjure images of bored children, uncomfortable seating, and over-priced airport food, we prefer to look towards the exit sign. Here's a peek at what you can do with just a few hours in Grand Cayman, San Juan, London, Oahu, or Aruba. Visit the full articles for the entire guide.
- If you have a layover in London or ever want to see the most you can in this island city in two to eight hours, try our travel tips on the best walks, food, bars and more. These travel times would be quintupled during the 2012 London Olympics, of course.
With 4 Hours & a Taxi: It's a pretty easy — and worthwhile — cab ride out to Marylebone, one of London's “villages” and a prominent locale in Sherlock Holmes stories. If there's such a thing as old English ambience, this is it.
Layover: Grand Cayman
With 2 Hours & a Car: The beach at Rum Point is maybe 30 minutes from the airport and is one of the most tranquil spots on Cayman. You won't see cruise ships — just a few travelers who found the place because of a local tip.
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