Summer has arrived and we’re breaking out the suitcases for our next adventure. But why go for the obvious choice? Delve further into the escape; we’ve rounded up which lesser-known spots deserve your vacation, and what to wear.
Galle, Sri Lanka
If you like South Africa, you'll love Galle, Sri Lanka
The Vibe: Dutch colonial architecture in a lush tropical setting.
Where to stay: Culture fanatics will love the Galle Fort Hotel— a Dutch mansion which has at times been barracks, a post office, and a cricket pitch. It’s currently an artist’s destination— the perfect getaway for creatives, and history buffs.
Where to eat: Housed in the sunken courtyard of the Fortazela hotel is a peaceful lunch destination, giving way to a sparkling dinner locale.
What to do: At the oldest hotel in Asia is the best spa in Galle: The Baths at Amangalla. The on-site Ayurveda doctor cleanses and detoxes patients.
Breeze through the fort in this off-the-shoulder knit dress. Throw on some drop-earrings to take it from the spa to dinner.
If you like Croatia, you'll love Tivat, Montenegro
The Vibe: Superyacht luxury meets rich cultural heritage.
Where to stay: Overlooking the port and the mountains is Regent Porto Montenegro. A Venetian-style palazzo right at the base of UNESCO-protected Boka Bay, it spoils its visitors with a backdrop of mountain and sea views.
Where to eat: A restaurant called One, on Porto Montenegro’s Jetty 1, offers one of the largest wine lists in the country.
What to do: Lose yourself in an infinity pool giving way to crystal clear seas at the Lido Mar pool club, backed by modern art and poolside beds.
Keep the Monaco vibes going with a classic skirt-and-scarf combo.
Where to stay: The Pingjiang Lodge is a converted 450-year-old Ming dynasty mansion a five-minute walk from the main pedestrian street. The rooms are designed in traditional Chinese décor, including canopy beds and cloistered gardens.
Where to eat: Enjoy fried buns at Yaba ShengJian, literally translated as Mute Guy’s fried bun. The decadent fried dumplings at this local street-food joint are among the best in town.
Keep it simple and breezy in sneakers and separates that are boat-approved.