The May issue of Conde Nast Traveler features the 2015 “hot list” of the world’s best new hotels. The magazine says the 60 properties that made the list “combine old-school extravagance and service with just the right measure of modernity.”
The list includes 21 Broad in Nantucket, Mass., a restored 27-room Victorian mansion, and Raffles Istanbul, Turkey, a 185-room hotel in Zorlu Center, an upscale shopping and cultural complex.
Others on the list include The Dean Hotel, Dublin; Delano Las Vegas:, Casas del XVI, Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic; Vina Vik overlooking vineyards in Chile’s Millahue Valley; Soho House Chicago; La Reserve Paris; and the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Planning a road trip to hit national parks this summer? Consider buying an annual pass. The passes can be used at national parks, national wildlife refuges and other federal recreation sites.
The pass is $80 and can be bought in person at a federal recreation site, by calling 888-275-8747, ext. 3, or online. Details at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
Coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage as a way to reduce stress and rediscover the simple joy of carefully filling in the spaces between the lines.
Now Little, Brown and Co. is launching a new series of coloring books with a sense of place.
“Splendid Cities” and “Secret Paris” will be published June 9, with “Secret Tokyo” and “Secret New York” coming out in October. Each book is 96 pages and costs $16.
Beth J. Harpaz, AP Travel Editor