Travel: Porto of Authority

Across the Douro River from the medieval heart of Porto, the Vila Nova de Gaia neighborhood houses a dozen warehouse-like port lodges along the waterfront. Installed during the 1700s, the lodges have for centuries stored aging barrels of port wine made from grapes grown upriver in Portugal’s Douro Valley. Patios beckon passersby to come in […]

Devi Ratn

The Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur, India, is an 18th-century sculpture garden of massive astrological instruments that are as impressive for their architecture as they are for their accuracy. The stone designs served as inspiration for the developers of the Pink City’s newest star: Devi Ratn, a boldly contemporary resort on the outskirts of this […]

The Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur

Contemporary design meets royal Rajasthan at the Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur, an 80-room resort on the banks of northwestern India’s Lake Pichola. Opened in October, the Leela affords views of the lake (and of the marble-walled Taj Lake Palace hotel in the middle of it) from every room. Corbel arches and grand domes accent the […]