All posts by Darren Frei

Before moving to New York City in 2007, editorial director Darren Frei enjoyed a 10-year "layover" in Los Angeles, where he worked as editor of The Out Traveler magazine and contributing editor at The Advocate newsmagazine. Whether mushing a team of huskies in the Finnish Lapland, scouting the newest rooftop pools in Rio, spotting tigers whilst on safari in central India, or wine-tasting through Provence, Darren remains vigilant about discovering what's truly new and noteworthy in travel, even if it means trudging amid the expired and unexceptional. Most Recent Trip: Switzerland. Next Trip: Tulum, Mexico
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The Wit

Located on State Street, at the northern end of the Loop, theWit hotel (boasting an exemplary Sherman Meter hotel rating of 83%) has already become one of Chicago’s hippest hangouts — its astutely named rooftop bar, Roof, attracts a churning swarm of in-the-know gadabouts. Now, with the opening of... Read More

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Mosaic House

Prague’s newest hotel/hostel opened for business today. The 94-room, smartly designed Mosaic House offers “green”-minded travelers an eco- and cost-friendly option in the heart of the Nové M?sto (New Town) area, just steps from the famous Charles Bridge. Built in 1935, the revamped structure was outfitted with energy-efficient lighting... Read More


SHERMAN’S EXCLUSIVE The Luxury Refurbished in white marble and black wood by Milanese design firm Caruzzo Rancati, the 68 rooms at Londa Hotel overlook the Mediterranean Sea, the Troodos Mountains, and/or the port city of Limassol, a former medieval fishing village that’s home to a lively 11-day carnival in February... Read More


The Luxury Opened in May 2008, India’s first Four Seasons is conveniently situated halfway between Mumbai’s airport and its central business district, Nariman Point. A typical contemporary design scheme with pan-Asian décor sets off the public areas and 202 spacious guest rooms, where guests are invited to luxuriate with... Read More

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Machu Picchu

In Peru, Lima and Cusco are well-established hotbeds of cuisine. Yet thanks to recent trends outside these cities, one can eat well all the way to Machu Picchu. Peruvian food combines diverse indigenous ingredients (fish from the Pacific, tropical fruit and herbs from the Amazon, maize and potatoes from the... Read More

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Avatar’s 10-foot-tall, Tidy-Bowl-hued Navi peeps have another reason to rejoice. First they vanquished American capitalists from their verdant moon, and now they have their own proportionately sized iPhone! At least you won’t have to hibernate your way to Pandora to get your hands on Apple’s 10” iPad, the long-rumored... Read More

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SHERMAN’S EXCLUSIVE The Luxury This former cocoa plantation at the base of St. Lucia’s volcanic Piton mountains, now a 26-acre boutique resort, is a quick shuttle ride away from the colonial town of Soufriere and semi-secluded Malgretoute and Jalousie beaches. Each of the Stonefield Villas’ 17 villas include antique four-poster... Read More


The Luxury Clad in paneled emerald glass, this 99-room hotel was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma with a singular artistic aim: to transplant the outdoors into an interior hotel space. Dressed in brushed oak, and red and black tinted glass, The Opposite House‘s signature feature is an open... Read More

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LAN Economy

I must admit, when I flew LAN Airlines from New York to Lima this past summer, I was paying more attention to the new full-recline seats in business class (i.e. sleeping very soundly) than I was to the rundown of newly offered comforts in neighboring economy class: more on-demand... Read More


SHERMAN’S EXCLUSIVE The Luxury Opened in May, the surfer-chic Shorebreak Hotel capitalizes on the recent rebranding of Huntington Beach, California, as Surf City U.S.A. It offers a hip and sophisticated take on Orange County culture with plush oceanview rooms, courtyard fire pits around which s’mores and cocktails are served, and... Read More

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The Luxury The 93-room Kempinski Hotel Dukes’ Palace occupies a former 15th-century castle in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities, Bruges (pictured). The rooms are spacious by Bruges standards and include complimentary Wi-Fi, pillow-top mattresses, and under-floor heating in the bathrooms. Some rooms even... Read More

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SHERMAN’S EXCLUSIVE The Luxury Situated on the western section of Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales (known to locals as Provo), the Gansevoort Turks + Caicos has sea views from all 91 rooms, including 32 suites and 4 penthouses. Expect free Wi-Fi, Frette linens, a 7,000-square-foot infinity edge... Read More

Kichwa Tembo

The Luxury: Located on a private concession in southwestern Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp lies in the path of summer’s Great Migration, when vast herds of wildebeests and zebras cross the plains. The 40 canvas tents provide en suite bathrooms, stone showers, flagstone floors, and... Read More

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Set amid a striking natural harbor and backdropped by imposing jade-colored mountains, Asia’s hyper-vertical metropolis commands attention from any angle, at all hours. But Hong Kong’s famed views are perhaps best savored over the city’s equally celebrated cuisine. For a quintessentially scenic lunch, ascend Victoria Peak by tram for dim... Read More

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Santa Teresa Hotel

The Luxury: Staying in or near Ipanema isn’t the only way to experience Rio. The Santa Teresa Hotel, a former colonial mansion with 44 artfully decorated rooms and an 80-foot-long pool with views of Guanabara Bay, is a sophisticated alternative. Tucked away in Santa Teresa, a quaint hillside neighborhood... Read More