Word of Mouth: Île d’Ouessant, Brittany

A remote, windswept island of utter majesty and shifting weather

The name of the westernmost part of France, Finistère translates to the “end of the earth;” so does the region’s Breton name, Penn ar Bed. To set foot in Finistère—the department that includes the port city of Brest, dozens of small villages dotting the rugged coastline and a series of islands in the Celtic Sea—is to understand the gravity of these translations. No place in …

Word of Mouth: St Barths

Our favorite ritzy and relaxed places on the Caribbean island

The Collectivity of Saint-Barthélemy—better known as St Barths—is truly bouncing back two years after the devastation that Hurricane Irma inflicted on the Caribbean island. Many hotels that call this small island home didn’t just rebuild; they regrouped and reimagined their properties, creating entirely new and luxurious experiences that are difficult to match. Yearly events like the West Indies Regatta, St Barth Film Festival and culinary …

Word of Mouth: Shelter Island

A verdant respite with plenty of creature comforts above the Hamptons

As some NYC residents vacate the boroughs for summertime escapes, Shelter Island provides a setting of resplendent beauty, quiet isolation and thoughtful adventure. The island’s motto “life between the ferries” nods to the fact that it’s only accessible by car-carrying boats—one of which comes from Shelter’s southern neighbor, Sag Harbor and the other, from the North Fork’s Greenport. Shelter Island’s separation from its social southern …