Travel + Leisure (USA)



Miami feels like a boomtown these days, with something new arriving seemingly every minute. Still, on my last trip, I enjoyed an old favorite: the Mandarin Oriental (mandarinor­iental. com; doubles from $600), tucked away on Brickell Key. The bay views are magical, particular­ly in the morning, and the Peruvian ceviches by chef Diego Oka at La Mar by Gaston Acurio (entrées $25–$95) are fresh and light—perfect on a hot day.

On a trip to Paris, I checked in to Le Meurice (dorchester; doubles from $1,375), which has been quietly renovating its rooms over the past three years or so. The bar downstairs was just as fun as ever— and nothing beats having the Tuileries and the Louvre on your doorstep.

Back stateside, in St. Louis, my family and I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton (ritz; doubles from $500), where we had Neapolitan-style pizzas, burrata, and tuna tartare at Casa Don Alfonso (entrées $32–$69). After riding to the top of the Gateway Arch (gatewayarc­, we hightailed it to Eovaldi’s Deli on the Hill (deliontheh­ill. com) for the “extra special” sandwich— an incredible calorie bomb of mortadella, Genoa salami, roast beef, pepper jack, and more.

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