The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane.
The W Retreat & Spa Bali.
The oyster medley created by chef Bryon Brown at Sensorium in DC.
A trio of fruit-laced cocktails at DC's Masa 14.
The interior of the newly opened Capital Teas in Bethesda's Wildwood Shopping Center.
The Hinckley Sou'wester 70, a 70-foot yacht.
Gottex's Aquarelle Flower Cover-Up.


The good life in food, fashion and travel

Indulgences MAY/JUNE 2011


The Portrait Suites envelops guests in style and romance in the heart of the Eternal City. Its swank interiors designed by Michele Bönan feature marble bathrooms, black-stained French oak millwork and views of Monte Mario and the Spanish Steps. From about $740.


The brand new Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane recently opened its doors near Hyde Park. It boasts a glass-walled rooftop spa with views of the city, plus 192 elegant rooms and suites and a restaurant, Amaranto, serving afternoon tea with Italian flair. From about $600.


The W Retreat & Spa Bali—Seminyak mixes cutting-edge design with local influences. Its luxurious villa retreats offer refreshing pools while its 24-7 AWAY Spa pampers guests in a pure oxygen-filled lounge before treatments. From $388 with breakfast through June 30.


Dining becomes theater—literally—at Sensorium,a pop-up restaurant housed in a 36-foot geodisc dome near National’s Park stadium. Artists choreograph performances in sync with the presentation of a 12-course repast created by chef Bryon Brown. Dazzling dishes may include an oyster medley or pork belly with sautéed asparagus and a potato ring. $150 per person through May 22.


Bartender Brennan Adams has introduced fruit-laced cocktails at DC’s Masa 14 just in time for warmer weather. Choices include lychee lemonade, which pairs lychee purée and a splash of Bacardi Razz, and a cherry-margarita or a cherry-tequila smash, both containing tequila that’s been infused overnight with dried cherries. 1825 14th Street, NW; 202-328-1414.



Manelle Martino, whose great-great-grandfather was a tea grower, is keeping the tradition alive with Capital Teas, a shop offering 120 loose teas from around the world plus teapots and accessories. After opening her first location in Annapolis in 2007, she is now expanding her empire with new outposts in National Harbor, Bethesda’s Wildwood Shopping Center and Georgetown, with Dupont Circle coming soon.


Designed by Bruce King in 1995, the Hinckley Sou’wester 70 is still turning heads in harbors around the globe. Its minimal, six-foot, six-inch draft enables the graceful 70-foot yacht to anchor almost anywhere. Below deck, Hinckley configures the cabins, salon, galley and dining areas according to captain’s orders.


Gottex’s Aquarelle Flower Cover-up brings high fashion to the sands with its deep caftan neckline, loose three-quarter sleeves and imported Italian silk. $398. It complements a matching strapless one-piece bathing suit, $178.  


Nothing conjures up the heyday of stylish travel like the proper handbag. Two Tiffany creations, the Eliza bucket tote, $695 and the Avery top handle bag, $895, combine classic caning, natural grain leather and palladium-plated solid brass hardware. Both made in Italy.

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