Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

Charleston (one of America's oldest cities) remains a living museum of Southern hospitality. But its lively restaurant and arts scene make it a buzzy cultural destination, too.

 

Stay: The Dewberry, a high-design hub popular with cool locals and visitors.

 

See and Do: Head over to Drayton Hall plantation house to see a prime example of Georgian Palladian architecture. Make sure you save time for a spot of antique-ing (look for Fritz Porter and John Pope).

 

Eat: Leon’s recreates a New Orleans oyster house.

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Portugal

Portugal

Meet the continent’s next big thing. Portugal is newly energized with a young and diverse population,” says Indagare's Amelia Osborne Scott, “There’s a renaissance happening—and well-heeled travelers are taking notice.”

 

Stay: The renowned Six Senses resort, not least because of its world-class spa.

 

See and Do: Indulge! The resort, known for its cuisine, has exceptional wine tastings and cooking classes.

 

Eat: Savor a glass of port and tapas and take in the hilltop views from the terrace.

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St. Barth's

St. Barth's

Famous for ultra-luxurious hotels, insiders love St. Barth's for its mix of l’art de vivre with a laid-back tropical ease. “Thankfully, much of what I love doesn’t change: Saline beach, the two-hour lunch custom and its sophisticated yet bohemian French spirit.”—Melissa Biggs Bradley

 

Stay: The tropical hideout Le Guanahani.

 

See and Do: Pay an early morning visit to Salines (it's the only time you can enjoy it all to yourself!).

 

Eat: 1 year-old Shellona immediately became an island classic. Expect live music and Mediterranean fare.

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Atacama Desert, Chile

Atacama Desert

It's the world’s smallest, highest and driest desert. In other words: you’ll find few places on earth as dramatic. Red rock canyons, vast sand dunes, crystalline salt flats and hidden hot springs make it a true adventurer’s (not to mention Instagrammer’s) paradise.

 

Stay: With only 8 rooms, the authentic Awasi is also super exclusive.

 

See and Do: Visit the spectacular Moon Valley. Spend the rest of your time stargazing the crystal-clear constellations.

 

Eat: Local Chilean cuisine at Awasi’s restaurant.

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

A distinctive Spanish influence differentiates the Dominican Republic from its Caribbean cousins. Picture pristine beaches, untouched jungle, merengue music and excellent hand-rolled cigars.

 

Stay: Playa Grande Beach Club is a love letter to the country.

 

See and Do: Relax on world-class white sand beaches. Sporty types should make the most of the wind with a kite surfing lesson.

 

Eat: Be sure to order the grilled parrotfish from the club restaurant.

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