3 Days on the Desert Island of Lemnos

"There is a desert I long to be walking. A wide emptiness. Peace beyond any understanding of it" - Rumi There’s something about the desert. This is not a new revelation; people have been telling the same stories of profound and supremely weird experiences in the desert for thousands of years. Many are still going…

Review: Monkey Tree Hotel, Palm Springs

I'm a sucker for hotels that make me wish for time travel, or at least a grand, or at least 60's pool parties to attend and intrepid adventurers from a previous generation. Monkey Tree Hotel does that, and it does it well. Designed in 1960 by famed architect Albert Frey, the hotel was a Palm…

Indonesia Trip Part II: Gili Meno

Nusa Lembongan was such a perfect little island, that, quite frankly, I didn't think the Gilis would be able to top it. Sure, they were high on every "must-visit" list for Bali and Lombok, but I was worried that they would be a little too crowded, a little too busy, a little too polished. While most guides insisted…

Indonesia trip part I: Nusa Lembongan

Because I scuba-dive, almost all of my vacations are spent near the ocean. Traditionally, I've been choosing destinations based on water temperature (MG makes it hard to dive in cold water) and reputation of dive sites, with little regard for anything else (well, except for cost!). This type of thinking got me to the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas…

Review: maoMeno Resort, Gili Meno, Indonesia

I was planning a last minute trip to Indonesia and booked a 3-night stay at maoMeno Resort in a rush. It looked beautiful on paper: rustic, bohemian and chic, with optional yoga classes twice a day and an appealing smoothie and whole foods bar. But the reviews on Booking.com were mixed and rightly so, as it…