Volcanoes. Tundra. Mountains. Glaciers. Iceland is a terrain of otherworldly contrasts. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, just south of the Arctic Circle, this landscape the size of Alaska has a sparse population of just 330,000, with most denizens living in the south.
For a taste of art de vivre on the French-intoned island of St. Barth, I immersed myself in the beach vogue vibe at Cheval Blanc, a hotel stunningly spread out on Flamands Bay. Acquired by the luxury brand Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy in 2014 as part of its boutique, upmarket hotel collection, the property has only become more captivating under new guardianship. In its slick transformation, the maison today remains the swank hideaway that welcomed myriad superstars in the past.
Stark and haunting, Torres del Paine National Park stirs the soul. Be enveloped by its majesty at Awasi Patagonia, an intimate adventure lodge set within a dense forest of lenga and ñire beech trees on a private estancia not far from the park. With pops of color and natural fiber furnishings, interiors are meant to mirror the outdoors and create a symbiosis with nature.