Glow-in-the-Dark Cocktails, Breakfast with Birds and Other Travel News This Month

April 25, 2016

From resort openings to illuminated dinner drinks, here’s what’s new in the travel world.

Cliff Hotel Jamaica
Stay at Jamaica’s newest resort. Negril’s sprawling Moon Dance Resort welcomed a new era of indulgence on the island’s west coast when it reopened as the Cliff Hotel in December. Set on a promontory that inspired its name, the 33-suite resort has all the usual amenities of a Jamaican getaway – three bars, a locavore restaurant, beach access, a pool – along with one singular standout: general manager Mary Phillips, beloved for her 11 years at the helm of the Jamaica Inn. Make your way along the curvilinear pool and by gently swaying hammocks to the Ki’Yara Spa, where therapies incorporate homegrown ingredients used by indigenous Taino healers. From $260; The Cliff
Sip on glow-in-the-dark cocktails. Devised by chef Mario Alcocer and Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz, Tlaste the Stars at the Four Seasons Costa Rica Peninsula Papgayo takes advantage of the area’s dark skies. Six diners feast on red snapper with illuminated coconut cocktails, gazpacho with flavor “explosions” – even a real meteorite pulverized in au jus atop the surf and turf. $250 per person; Four Seasons Costa Rica
Thompson Playa del Carmen Catch
Taste local cuisine at the newest restaurant in the Yucatan. Chef ( and Mexico native) Pedro Abascal fills us in on his sleek new restaurant, Catch, at the Thompson Playa del Carmen hotel, one of the latest hot spots in the Yucatan. Catch brings brings an authentic, locally influenced vibe to a culinary and nightlife concept that people known and love. On the menu? Sustainable seafood and plenty of toasts, tostadas, and tacos, along with sushi, ceviche and grilled Baja oysters. Plus Mexican wines, local beer selections and mezcals. Don’t miss the truffle sashimi with fresh tuna, hamachi, ponzu, caviar and shaved black truffle, and the lime sorbet with toasted coconut cream and cilantro flakes for desert. Thompson Hotels
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Have breakfast with the birds. Gordon Lockie knows his cockatoos. He breeds rare and endangered birds at his sanctuary in North Queensland, and he recently build The Feathered Nest, a luxury-meets-eco-friendly wildlife retreat on his property near the Whitsunday Region. Choose from a one- or two-bedroom villa, each with floor-to-ceiling windows, a private aviary, an infinity pool, a fully furnished kitchen and an outdoor patio. At Breakfast with the Birds, a full brekkie is laid out on the main deck for both humans and their feathered friends, who flit about and provide a lively soundtrack. From $370; The Feathered Nest

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