Best of the Best 2002: Travel: Best Destinations: Antarctica

  • Bobbie Leigh

The thrill and wonder of exploring Antarctica is something even the most jaded traveler would have trouble scoffing at. Regardless of the endless number of frequent flier miles you’ve accrued, or the number of destinations you’ve visited, you’ll find this 5.5 million-square-mile continent of ice a magical domain of pure wilderness and spectacular beauty.

The region experiences 20 to 24 hours of daylight, which leaves plenty of time to watch the native elephant seals, whales, and penguins; swim in hot pools, where volcanic fumaroles heat the water near shore; and kayak or hike amid the wintry landscape. It’s best to visit between December and February, the relatively temperate summer months.

Several companies offer upscale cruises to Antarctica, including Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.com) and Mountain Travel Sobek (www.mtsobek.com). Most excursions begin in Puerto Williams, Chile, and end in Punta Arenas.

Jackie Caradonio
A new retreat elevates Baden-Baden’s long-standing spa culture...
The new hotel offers adventure seekers a plethora of outdoor activities…
The $437,000, seven-day adventure includes limited-edition ski gear and meals prepared by a Nobu...
The new Collins Avenue hotel embraces a nature-focused approach to hospitality…
The 7,189-yard course is set along Nassau’s Cable Beach…
Amanresorts opens in one of China’s most picturesque places…
The 118-room, seven-story hotel is an oasis in the bustling Turkish city…
The resort has reopened after being forced closed by Tropical Cyclone Ita…
The 251-year-old French crystal house opens its first hotel…
Photo by Ken Seet
From private-island villas to overwater bungalows, the Maldives offers no shortage of over-the-top...