Word of Mouth: Sintra, Portugal

Laid-back but luxurious, this seaside town offers some of the best views, food and pampering in the country

Staring out across the Atlantic from the westernmost point of Europe is a surreal experience only situationists can appreciate. Inspired by philosopher Guy Debord’s 1950s artistic movement drive, we set off for a three-day escape in Portugals verdant, moody and culinarily phenomenal Sintra region. Removed from city life, Sintra-Cascais national park is a granite massif of enchanted forests dotted with castles, palaces and country estates …

Word of Mouth: São Miguel Island, Azores

From volcanic thermal baths to incredible food and music, this little-known location boasts more than expected

Jettisoning across the Atlantic Ocean is a familiar experience if you’re a travel nut, but rarely do we ponder the infinite unknown—or in this case, the tiny archipelago that dots the swathe of sea in between North America and the European frontier. Smack in the middle of the Atlantic lies the Azores archipelago and São Miguel, a 287-square-mile island comparable to the “Hawaii of the …

Casa Bonay, Barcelona

Merging Catalan neo-classicalism with local, contemporary craftsmanship at this 19th century mansion turned hotel

There’s no denying Barcelona’s status as a mecca of brilliant architecture, art and design. If Gothic and neo-classical architectural edifices, clandestine, ornate gardens and awe-inspiring museums isn’t already enough, the timeless coastal city has recently succumbed to a new wave of properties and hospitality concepts that garner plenty of interest. The Barcelona of yesteryear is still delightfully present and its most impressive incarnation just might …