February 01, 2003
> Meetings & Conventions: Out There February 2003

February 2003

Far-flung and fabulous

Swiss bliss. Sample the tempting
Italian-influenced cuisine and delicate wines of Switzerland’s Ticino district at Ristorante Castelgrande. The elegant eatery is in an historic hilltop castle in the ancient town of Bellinzona. Be sure to try the gnocchi. (011) 41-91-826-2353; www.castelgrande.ch

Dixie Delight
The 1880s-era Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, S.C., was just added to Historic Hotels of America, a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The property has 21 rooms. (843) 853-1886; www.wentworthmansion.com
Zen and now. In London’s trendy Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is a tranquil Asian-themed spa, with its crystal steam room (which blends heat and water through a lighted amethyst) and a Zen relaxation space. (011) 44-20-7235 2000; www.mandarinoriental.com
Caribbean catharsis. New on Grenada, the Bel Air Plantation Resort is slated to open this month with 11 villas and cottages, two restaurants, a gorgeous expanse of beach, an aviary and a butterfly garden. (473) 444-6305; www.belairplantation.com  

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; www.mtsobek.com -->

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