The Chongwe River House, a riverfront safari lodge in Zambia.
A suite in the Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London.
Il Ristorante, in the Bulgari Hotel.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico.
The dining room of the Chongwe River House.
The renovated Art and Soul restaurant.
Art and Soul's chef, Art Smith.
The Gemini, a cocktail being served at Quill in The Jefferson hotel.
Table, a restaurant in Logan Circle.
Table's dining room.
Table's chef, Patrick Robinson.

Spring Debuts

The good life in travel and food

INTO THE WILD
Chongwe River House, a riverfront safari lodge in Zambia that accommodates up to eight adults, is fresh from a redesign led by Gillie Lightfoot. Highlights include a chandelier fashioned from recycled glass in the dining room (above) and furnishings crafted by local artisans. Nightly rates from $650 include meals, transfers and game drives; chongweriverhouse.com

LONDON CALLING
The new 85-room Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London, designed by Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners, pays homage to the luxury brand’s silversmith heritage with silver accents throughout the interiors. Suites are appointed with Italian upholstery and textiles that evoke jewelry designs while Il Ristorante boasts custom tables and chairs. Rates from $760; bulgarihotels.com

ON THE MEXICAN RIVIERA
Sybarites find a tropical escape amidst freshwater lagoons and mangroves at Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Located 40 minutes from Cancun International Airport, the resort features 132 one- and two-bedroom villas with private pools plus snorkeling, tennis, yoga and golf. Nightly rates from $445; banyantree.com

ART AND SOUL REBORN
Art and Soul has a whole new look and a revised menu too. Dawson Design Associates of Seattle updated the dining room with herringbone wood floors, sleek light fixtures and textured wall treatments. Chef Art Smith continues to explore his Southern roots with new family-style classics. 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW; 202-393-7777; artandsouldc.com

WHAT’S YOUR SIGN?
Quill, The Jefferson hotel’s elegant lounge, is now mixing Zodiac Zingers—cocktails that reflect the character of each monthly astrology sign. The mysterious Gemini—a gin, lime, mint and Scotch concoction—will be served May 21 through June 20, when Cancer rises.1200 16th Street, NW; 202-448-2300; jeffersondc.com

LOGAN CIRCLE DEBUT
Table is housed in a former auto repair shop in DC’s Logan Circle. The sparingly furnished space reflects the menu’s inventive approach. Chef Patrick Robinson prepares seared monkfish with bok choy and leek-sorrel sauce in Table’s open kitchen. 903 N Street, NW; 202-588-5200. tabledc.com