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Beyond Expo 2017: What can Astana visitors expect?

Beyond Expo 2017: What can Astana visitors expect?

“If you live here or visit the city often, you will be at amazed how everything is being changed so quickly. EXPO became another keystone in its development.” More specifically, Uatkhanov says he’s noticed a rise in international visitors and improved infrastructure. “For example, the city administration made a decision to construct a light rail […]

10 of the world's most luxurious desert hotels

10 of the world's most luxurious desert hotels

Its dramatic location alone — tucked away in a protected valley flanked by dunes and canyons — makes it worth the visit. Inside, you’ll find concrete walls, rough timber furnishings and a muted brown color palette that embraces and celebrates the resort’s arid setting. That’s not to say that luxury is spared at all — […]

Cannes' top concierges share their best festival stories

Cannes' top concierges share their best festival stories

CNN Travel sits down with Cannes’ top concierges to talk outrageous tales and extraordinary careers.

Travel checklist: Must-read books and must-watch movies

Travel checklist: Must-read books and must-watch movies

Or is it when you fall in love with a book or a film and resolve that one day, somehow, you’ll buy a ticket to the land where the story began? Their choices range from globally renowned classics — like Austria’s choice of Carol Reed’s Vienna-set film “The Third Man” — to quirky new releases, […]

Sneak peek: Disney's 'Avatar — World of Pandora' opens this weekend

Sneak peek: Disney's 'Avatar — World of Pandora' opens this weekend

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Meet Roni Saslove, Israel's pioneering female winemaker

Meet Roni Saslove, Israel's pioneering female winemaker

Escape from Cannes: French island retreats

Escape from Cannes: French island retreats

Îles de Lérins: A serene getaway from Cannes. The Îles de Léhrins consist of two main islands, serviced by several ferry lines and two mini offshoots reached only by private or hired boat. The largest, Île Sainte-Marguerite, harbors hidden coves, tidal pools and beaches and is crisscrossed by a network of well-marked walking trails. Just […]

The world's most unusual wineries

The world's most unusual wineries

The newly opened Edivo Viva winery is located underwater, off the coast of Drače on the Pelješac Peninsula. Its wines — stored in tightly-corked amphorae — are aged for one to two years in a sunken boat that acts as an underwater cellar. According to the owners, the ocean’s naturally cool temperature and complete silence […]

The world's tastiest rail journey

The world's tastiest rail journey

A succession of Michelin-starred chefs from Portugal and beyond are serving gourmet lunches to travelers on the 30 or so trips scheduled for spring and fall 2017. Their multi-course meals are partnered with prize-wining Douro wines. Kicking off the show should’ve been Esben Holmboe Bang, who holds the distinction of being both the world’s youngest […]

Ipoh: A guide to Malaysia's rising tourism star

Ipoh: A guide to Malaysia's rising tourism star

These days, it’s going through a tentative revival, thanks to the recent crop of hotels, cafes, museums and street art in the historic center. But the capital of Malaysia’s Perak state has always possessed the qualities that make places like Penang so compelling to travelers: a rich architectural, cultural and culinary heritage — but without […]