It’s tough to walk the line between bohemian and luxurious, but this charming, renovated boutique hotel in a small, bustling beach town on Maui’s north shore pulls it off with aplomb. Poised on the edge of a five-kilometre stretch of stunning white sand beach and just steps from a bevy of happening bars, restaurants, shops and cultural diversions in Paia town, the Paia Inn Hotel offers an unbeatable home base for basking in sun, surf, suds or whatever floats your boat.
Originally built in the 60s, the property’s natural beauty has been upgraded with stylish furniture and accents (think leather and palm wood couches, shell chandeliers, funky art work). Guests can rent bikes or snorkeling gear from the front desk, or kick back in seclusion on the private patio—also a great spot to enjoy a free morning paper, coffee and pastries, or to groove during the live jazz shows on Friday nights.
Rooms are packed with great amenities and details, including 500 thread count sheets, free wi-fi, flat screen cable TV, air conditioning, iPod clock radios and hardwood bamboo floors. There are also spa, valet and concierge services available, private beach access and a 2-to-1 guest-to-staff ratio.
El Refugio de Potosi
Few folks visiting Mexico to get a tan, shoot tequila and thumb a trashy novel realize they've arrived in one of the world's most remarkable biodiversity zones.
El Refugio de Potosi, a seven-hectare ecological park, opened in August 2009, aims to change that, and help raise some vital awareness about the tenuous plight the country's endangered animals and landscapes.
Hawaii’s Surf Icons
Contributing editor Eric Rumble travelled to Hawaii in the spring of 2009 with a simple mission: Find Hawaiian men and women who are passionate about the Pacific Ocean that surrounds their beloved homeland.
From pioneering lifeguards, event organizers and pro surfers, the people he met are truly fascinating. Delve into what makes these surfing fanatics tick, and then check out staff photographer Jared Sych's gorgeous portrayals of these Hawaiian icons of the big blue sea in the gallery below.
Paxton Gate’s Curiosities For Kids
Escort your ankle-biters into another dimension at Paxton Gate's Curiosities For Kids, a one-of-a-kind enclave for eco-friendly, hand-crafted and antiquated toys.
Nestled among vintage shops, rustic eateries and small art galleries in Valencia's hipster heart, a moss-green facade gives way to an exhibit space for fantastical work that will likely ignite parents' minds first—the kids will be awed by what's waiting further on inside.