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March 26, 2014
Piaf Restaurant
Housed inside the lovely Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Resort, just north of Puerto Vallarta, Piaf Restaurant presents French fare with a nod to fresh Mexican ingredients in a stunner setting. Try Piaf’s simple yet elegant seared scallops with bacon beurre blanc and coriander or the puff pastry tartelette and duck confit over mushroom with champagne sauce. I also enjoyed the classic but not too garlicky bourguignonne escargots. On the heartier side, executive chef Claudio Hotter offered a perfect rack of French lamb marinated in Provence herbs and drizzled with foie gras sauce. For dessert, many items looked wonderful but I opted for the Grand Marnier chocolate soufflé adorned with hazelnuts and white chocolate. So decadent. This is a supremely refined space; glass sculptures accent its majestic marble floors and its walls of mauve, dark woods and black soothe the eye. Everything is spotless and impeccably designed, and the view of the gorgeous Bay of Banderas doesn’t hurt. Piaf at Grand Velas is a major find, and it welcomes anyone, not just resort guests. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it. —Bob Ecker
March 26, 2014
You don't have to buy or lease a Lamborghini to get behind the wheel. Just arrange a rental
March 25, 2014
Las Brumas Grill & Cafe, San Salvador, El Salvador
Last year, several of our favorite travel writers reported on the finest little-known hotels and resorts they'd discovered ("11 Great Hotels and Resorts You've Probably Never Heard Of," February/March 2013). Now it's mealtime.
March 24, 2014
Miles and Louie Mesinger of Mesinger Jet Sales are both participating in the MAF Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine-audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting one deserving organization per issue.
March 20, 2014
Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters
Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters, the latest book from BJT editor Jeff Burger, has jus
March 12, 2014
At the heart of the 500,000-square-mile Gobi Desert, hundreds of miles from the nearest Wi-Fi, is Three Camel Lodge.
Bored with "ordinary" getaways? Try these seemingly inhospitable destinations. They can be hospitable indeed—and anything but ordinary.
March 10, 2014
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
A new club lets you try out a different luxury watch every two months.
March 5, 2014
A century ago, Nebraska’s greatest novelist, Willa Cather, gave voice to the raw nature and overwhelming scale of the state’s landscape.
February 24, 2014
Dogsledding in Yellowstone National Park.
To witness world-class dogsled racing, you don’t have to fly all the way to frigid Fairbanks to watch the Alaska Open North American Championship or stand at the crowded finish of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous.
January 22, 2014
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru.
These resorts offer high-end accommodations and a bonus: first-class menus of health and wellness offerings.

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