May 01, 2003
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May 2003

Far-flung and fabulous

Kiwi Escape
Perched on the highlands of New Zealand’s North Island is Kauri Cliffs, a gorgeous 16-suite inn with its own 18-hole golf course. The property is the only New Zealand member of the prestigious Relais & Chateux collection. (011) 64 9 405 1905;

Just desserts. Who needs meat and potatoes when you can have a complete meal of sweets at Chicago’s Sugar, A Dessert Bar? Try concoctions with names as delicious as the treats themselves: Tell-Tale Tart, MacDeth by Chocolate and Banana Karenina. (312) 822-9999
Water cure. Landlubbers will miss out on the Asian Spa and Wellness Centers aboard the Sea Dream Yacht Club’s two luxury ships, which sail the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Among the more indulgent treatments: Javanese Lulur (a yogurt spice scrub), Balinese Salt Glow and the decadent Dream Feet treatment. (800) 707-4911;
California Casbah. Moroccan and Mediterranean touches make the 22-room Korakia Pensione an exotic desert getaway. For ultra-privacy at this Palm Springs, Calif., property, book the cozy Orchard House, a small cottage tucked in a citrus grove. (760) 864-6411;  

Name That Dune Mountain Travel Sobek offers small group (up to 20) tours of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, a remote land of sand, elephants and nomads. (800) 282-8747; -->

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