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January 22, 2010

Can't Miss Travel Tips for 2010

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by Ondine Cohane

Is it really already nearing the end of January? Time to think about some can't-miss hotels, exhibitions and goings-on for 2010:

* The Irving Penn exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London starting February 18th. Penn passed away in October, and the retrospective pays homage to one of the most unparalleled photographers in history. Expect shots of notables from Truman Capote to Pablo Picasso.

* The new Four Seasons Beirut, which just opened its doors last week. I have had a bee in my bonnet about visiting Beirut for some time, and the debut of both the Four Seasons and the stylish Le Gray makes a sojourn even more tempting. Look for special weekend and opening offers.

* The opening of Eataly in New York City. There is still no official opening date for this behemoth, but expect the Manhattan outpost of this huge Italian gourmet market to give Whole Foods a real run for its money. Co-owner Joe Bastianich tells me that late spring seems the likely debut.

* Mexican boutique hotel Imanta near Puerto Vallarta. This gorgeous looking property is set to open in February and I am already cooking up a visit. For more travel ideas on that coast, check out my surf story. One of the best trips ever.

* If you missed the Anish Kapoor's wonderful steel and wax sculptures at the Royal Academy in London, they're coming to the Guggenheim Bilbao March 16th. It will be the perfect setting for the exhibit's house of mirrors effect.

* The new Maharajas' Express launching in March. How sad that the Orient Express train has stopped running, but at least this new Indian railway will be filling in the luxe category.  It will run from Mumbai to Calcutta, taking in sights from the Taj Mahal to Ranthambore National Park. With two restaurant cars, an observation lounge with bar and games tables, and cabins with LCD televisions, Maharajas' Express seems like it will put a little romance back into train travel.

* The Amanfayun, which just opened last month outside the historic city of Hangzhou. Housed in an old stone village originally founded under the Tang Dynasty, the property seems secluded even though it's only a 20-minute drive to the city's countless pagodas, historic temples, and tea plantations along the picturesque West Lake.

Happy travels...

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Great to know about the exhibit at the Guggenheim Ondine.. we will pass it on to our travellers heading there in March. Thanks so much!

I love the international array of suggestions you included. It looks like the only one I'll definitely be able to make it to this year is Eataly. It would be so fun if it opened before the end of June, which is when I'm traveling to Italy! Even if it doesn't, it'll be a delectable reminder of my travels when I return.

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Thank you so much for your insights on Can't Miss Travel Tips for 2010. I live in New York and have been walking by the future Eataly location for weeks, not knowing what it was. I am now greatly anticipating its opening!

I recently posted on my travel blog about a new trend in Hong Kong in which the latest restaurants and hotels are choosing to celebrating the city's unique history in their design. This trend towards increasing historical authenticity is also noted on a wider scale by Fred A. Bernstein in his article for the Spring 2010 New York Times Style Magazine: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/history-club-2/?ref=travel-issue).

In my post, I profile Hullett House, a boutique hotel recently opened in Hong Kong that I think would be a great addition to your article. You can read about it out at:

http://vamoos.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/you-are-here-hong-kong/

I look forward to your continued inspiration!
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