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Kosberg has arranged short trips from the U.S. to Tokyo, which, he says, attracts a lot of restaurant-loving travelers, “It’s actually the city with the most Michelin stars,” he explains. On a two-to-three-day vacation, he recommends heading to the Ginza neighborhood for some of the city’s best omakase (chef’s choice sushi selection) and visiting such cultural landmarks as the newly-opened Yayoi Kusama museum, the scenic Meiji shrine, and the 21_21 Design Sight, a museum co-created by famed architect Tadao Ando and fashion designer Issey Miyake. Even a quick jaunt allows for a few city strolls—Kosberg suggests the upmarket neighborhood of Aoyama, home to chic apparel shops and cafés. For literary tourists, spending some time at Tsutaya Books, a concept shopping area created with the theme “a library in the woods,” is a must. If you head to the city in early March, you’ll encounter hordes of runners participating in the city’s marathon. Kosberg’s go-to hotel is the Hoshinoya Tokyo, which he calls “the ultimate experience in Japanese luxury, with a fusion of traditional ryokan and contemporary style.”
North American travelers are recognizing that you can get all the exoticism for less potential jet lag by heading south to destinations like Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia, says Howe. Since Peru is in the same time zone as the East Coast and has various sites easily accessible by private jet, Marchant recommends it as a speedy vacation for those interested in ancient history and adventure. From Lima, he suggests flying north to the Sacred Valley to trek off-the-beaten-track Incan ruins in the Andes, visit remote local communities, and experience a private ceremony with a shaman. From the vibrant Andean city of Cusco, guests can board a luxury sleeper train to Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, and spend one or two nights onboard, enjoying daytime boat rides and evenings replete with cocktails, Andean fare, and incredible vistas. Back in Lima, head to Central Restaurante (seen on Netflix’s Chef’s Table) for an unforgettable tasting menu. Before jetting home, spend one night at the elegant Hotel B, a boutique spot housed in a mansion from the 1920s.
Roughly 13 hours from Los Angeles, New Zealand is a hot destination for travelers visiting for up to three days. "Queenstown is definitely the must-see destination in New Zealand," says Leah Smith of Tafari Travel in Denver. "There is so much to do outdoors and a great opportunity for Māori experiences as the region is known to be very spiritual. Queenstown also has a world-class food and wine scene.” Visitors with limited time should explore the stunning landscapes via helicopter, marveling over the Milford Sound (a fiord within Fiordland National Park), or touching down in the Taupo region, where fly fishing and hiking abound. In Queenstown, Smith recommends the five-star Matakauri Lodge, a private lakeshore villa with magnificent views from every angle.
Start in the atmospheric city of Buenos Aires and enjoy private tango shows, or jet straight to Bariloche in Patagonia, for a day of natural beauty and scenic river kayaking. There, Marchant suggests the Llao Llao Resort, which offers activities like golf, mountain biking, archery, and more—all surrounded by the snow-topped mountains. If you prefer a different experience, stay in a customizable, private Blink luxury camp deep in a Patagonian Valley, organized by Black Tomato. Have an aperitif atop Ventisquero Glacier (accessible only by helicopter) and a night beneath the stars with a candlelit dinner on the riverbank.