Travel & Places
New #Caledonia - Third largest island in the Pacific after Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, New Caledonia is only 1,500 km east off the coast of Australia. Seeing this "terra incognita" in 1774, the British navigator James Cook found a similarity between the mountainous terrain of the Grande Terre and his native Scotland, whose former name was "Caledonia." http://en.visitnewcaledonia.com/
Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand-two main pools are crafted right into the face of the cliff overlooking the Andaman sea. Infinity pool is lit with fiber optics that imitate the stars above. Energy Flotation Pool is said to have healing properties due to an 8lb obelisk of rose quartz hanging overhead. Some believe the stone has calming & romance-enhancing energies as well as recharging & vitalization qualities.
Paresa Resort Phuket, Thailand
Surf Lodge; Montauk, New York A super laid-back vibe and beachy-chic décor make this hotel one of F editors' favorites in the area. Australian chef Chris Rendell recently became executive chef at the hotel's restaurant and serves summery seafood dishes in a space that's a total throw-back to 70's surf culture and Bruce Brown's iconic Endless Summer movie. The hotel's 2,600 square-foot deck is a late-night hotspot and food destination: fish tacos, lobster tolls and Hawaiian plate lunches
Postcard Inn; St. Pete Beach, Florida Restaurateur Steve Hanson turned a 1950s Colonial Gateway Inn into a retro-style hotel with vintage surfboards in many of the 196 rooms and a photo booth in the lobby. Beachwood BBQ & Burger, an outpost of NYC's Wildwood, serves mahi mahi tacos in addition to ribs and brisket.
American seaside escapes
The Stone House; Little Compton, Rhode Island This eco-friendly, restored 19th-century mansion has 13 rooms and a Hinckley yacht available for charter. At the Tap Room, chef Wayne Gibson serves dishes made with ingredients sourced from local farms and honey harvested from a beehive on the property.