Word of Mouth: Chile’s Atacama Desert

Trekking from salt flats to see pink flamingoes and landscapes reminiscent of the moon

Covering more than 41,000 square miles, Chile‘s Atacama Desert stretches along the Pacific and spills across borders into Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Its innumerable splendors—rare flamingoes, mind-bending salt flats, desolate landscapes and celestial access, all high among the list—have many entry points. But none are so closely congregated as those around San Pedro de Atacama, which is set atop a volcano-speckled, arid plateau. To reach …

Luxury Action’s Pop-Up Hotel at the North Pole

Ten heated glass-dome igloos, each with an en-suite toilet, will comprise travel operator Luxury Action’s pop-up hotel in the North Pole next year. It will be stationed in the center of the frozen Arctic Ocean during April (a one-month window is all that’s safe for helicopter travel), and a one-night stay comes complete with a chef, Arctic wilderness guide, on-site camp manager, and security team. …

Sonoma’s Reimagined MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

A century and a half after it was built, the destination has been completely transformed by a $25 million renovation

Established in 1869 as the private estate for miner, rancher and banker David Burris, Sonoma’s MacArthur Place was converted to a luxury hotel in the late ’90s. For two decades, the decor paid homage to its founder’s ranching roots—with bulky furniture, dark wood, and kitschy Wild West touches. Just in time for its 150th anniversary, the six-acre property has undergone a transformative $25 million overhaul, …