The Sion District, Belo Horizonte

Caipirinha chocolates and toast coasters in our guide to Brazil's hidden city

The focus on Brazil’s tourist meccas of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Salvador makes Belo Horizonte—the country’s third largest city and where I stayed on my recent visit to art park Inhotim—all the more appealing. Full of hidden gems, the city’s a worthy stopover when traveling to Brazil, exemplifying another angle of the famous Brazilian hospitality. The Sion neighborhood stands out as one of …

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

A sustainable resort on Bali's southern coast combining luxury with ecology

Recent winner of a 2009 Green Good Design Award, Bali’s Alila Villas Uluwatu sets a soaring example of what it currently means to be a luxurious green resort. Stylish clifftop villas, designed and constructed according to a strict Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) framework, earn the posh destination the highest level of sustainable certification—a first for any Balinese resort. Perched high up on the southern coastline …

Sson 028

A new minimal fixed gear from Stockholm, complete with a travel-friendly bike crate

Following the recent success of locally-built bikes, like Pharrell-endorsed Brooklyn Machine Works to the simple offerings from London’s Brick Lane Bikes or the exciting 14 Bike Co, this year Stockholm’s Sson introduces a Scandinavian option to the mix with its first fixed-gear bike, the 028. With whiffs of legendary Scandinavian qualities, the design features lean welds, neat lugs and minimal decals. At present it’s also …