Even as newfangled treatments push spa culture far beyond traditional facials and massages, many spas are doubling down on the restorative power of simple physical pleasures. From sound (birdsong) to smell (frankincense) to touch (a 20-hand massage), we round up some of the best spa offerings for all five senses.
Whether it’s improvising life saving devices worthy of MacGyver, making cars that “talk” to each other to avoid accidents or tinkering with all manner of potentially disruptive technologies, there’s a select group of people whose work will actually change the way we live. Meet six of them.
Touting itself as a sovereign state, the tiny Italian town of Seborga has its own prince, its own passports and its own currency — and with a new leader in place, all the ambition and intrigue of a much, much larger country.
If everything goes according to plan, by 2020 the Chinese island of Hainan will be fully transformed from a failed export hub to a tropical paradise, and one that Beijing promises will be nothing less than the “Hawaii of the East.” Can they pull it off?
Lazing on a deserted strip of sand is all well and good, but the best island getaways are more than just a day at the beach. For this month’s islands extravaganza, we bring you the top spots for local atmosphere, natural wonders and one-of-a-kind adventures—from making peace with the atives on Kangaroo Island to belting out karaoke with the sunburnt Dutchmen of Saba.
Regifting — which occurs when a present misses the target so badly that the recipient can hardly bear to have it in her home — happens to the best of us. To help you avoid such a fate, we recruited experts from the tech, design, food, toy and sports worlds to offer can’t-miss picks this holiday season.
In recent years, the world’s theater scene has been struggling. But amid the doldrums, one intrepid British stage company hit it very, very big by combining Macbeth, Hitchcock and, most important, you, all in the creaky confines of an abandoned Manhattan hotel.
While China is no stranger to Western sports, the man leading Major League Baseball’s attempt to sell the country on America’s Pastime has his work cut out for him. First up: learning how to pronounce his players’ names.
Extreme birding is an obsession requiring an inhuman degree of patience and devotion. Our writer learns what it takes on a search for one of Spain’s rarest (and strangest) birds.
Big skies. Wide open plains. Rugged mountains. The dramatic landscape of Montana is nothing short of sublime, especially when it serves as a backdrop for Western styles from today’s top designers.
After years of damage, neglect, scandal and corruption, Moscow’s beloved Bolshoi Theatre is poised to reclaim its place as the ballet world’s preeminent venue.
A culinary tour of Singapore reveals that in a city where “Have you eaten already?” is the standard greeting and a certain fruit is banned from hotels because of its pungent aroma, food always comes first.
Gutsy gourmands all over the world can’t get enough of the ghost pepper, a delicacy 200 times hotter than a jalapeño. We venture to a remote sliver of northeastern India to find out what makes them sweat-worthy.
From New Zealand to Norway, Arizona to India, we round up eight of the best highways, byways and backcountry roads
Video game wunderkind Jason Rohrer gets into the minds of players and takes the art of gaming mainstream
For many years, invasive species have wreaked havoc in Florida. On one picturesque island on the Gulf Coast, a determined man fights back. Iguanas beware.
Muay Thai, a centuries-old form of mixed martial arts, is an obsession in Thailand. We catch Tee U.S., one of its most promising practitioners, on the eve of the biggest fight of his life.
Climber Alex Honnold, 25, has inspired both awe and outrage by performing some of the world’s most fearsome climbs without ropes or safety equipment. How high can he go?
In our annual adventure issue, we take you down the raging rivers of Chile and into the canyons of Utah, from the Great Barrier Reef to the caves of Mexico, introducing you to some of the world’s great adventures.
Evading crocodiles with Bear Grylls, daredevil host of TV’s Man vs. Wild.