Getting there: We flew from New York JFK to Puerto Maldonado, via Lima, aboard LAN Airlines (www.lan.com), which also operates flights to Cuzco and Arequipa via Lima and nonstop flights to the capital city. Peru's major tourist destinations are spread out, so it's often advisable to fly from one to another aboard domestic LAN flights. Buses and trains are efficiently run, and renting a car usually isn't necessary, as tour operators can arrange airport pickups and ground transportation. Arequipa, one point in LAN's network, is home to the Nazca Lines, among Peru's most popular attractions. They're a series of complex designs—insects and animals most famously—up to 984 feet long that can be seen in their true dimension only at an altitude of at least 1,500 feet.
Travel requirements: According to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, a valid passport is required of American and Canadian citizens for entry into the British Virgin Islands and re-entry to the U.S. Visitors leaving the island by air must pay a $20 per person departure tax; by sea, $5 (except for cruise passengers, $7).
Virgin gorda, so named by christopher columbus in 1493 for its perceived resemblance of a portly woman lying on her back in the water, is the third largest of the British Virgin Islands and creates the island chain's easternmost border. At just eight-and-a-half square miles, Virgin Gorda draws visitors from around the world—whether couples on their honeymoon, singles or families—for its luxury resorts, yacht clubs, tranquil coves and pristine beaches.
If exotica excites your A-list clients, suggest a stay at Aleenta Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Aleenta lures guests with its setting alongside the Andaman Sea on Natai Beach. Popular requests include Pool Suites (they offer private pools and full sea views; book one month in advance) and Ocean View Lofts (the most basic—two stories with floor-to-ceiling windows and a shared pool). Pool Villas offer more living space and privacy, but, as they don't have sea views, we say three-bedroom Beachfront Villas and two-bedroom Ocean View Residences are best; both have private pools and butler service. Agents: General Manager Anchalika Kijkanakorn (66-2-508-5333) is your go-to person for bookings and VIP concerns; or, ask for assistance domestically via SLH's VIP desk ([email protected]).