Paradise in French Polynesia

I’ve always been a bit confused by French Polynesia. Never having visited, I wasn’t clear on the difference between Tahiti and Bora Bora, for example, two of the best-known islands. Now I know.

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Luxury Hotel Biz Rebounds, Sandy Lane Astounds

If the state of the luxury hotel business is a leading indicator of the direction of the global economy, things are looking up.

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Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

I knew this bedbug thing was out of hand the day my girlfriend and I returned from a movie. I stepped in our front door, took off my coat, and as I hung it in the closet, she began to vacuum the seat of my corduroy pants.

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The Suite Life in a Villa

At first glance, $11,000 a week to rent a vacation home seems like a lot of money. But it can be worth it.

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Ever been scared of checking into a hotel? It happened to me this week after I booked what looked like a nice Miami Beach hotel that I found on

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Lessons of St. Lucia

I checked into one of St. Lucia’s best-known resorts last week, Windjammer Landing. By the time I checked out five nights later, I knew I’d found one of the secrets to St. Lucia’s success—and it had nothing to do with fiery sunsets or azure waters.

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Mad About Mammoth

What can you say about a ski mountain boasting a Snowcat that prowls the slopes during the day selling burritos? Or a resort that sometimes stays open for skiing until early July? Welcome to Mammoth Lakes, California, and its gem, Mammoth Mountain.

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The Malibu Report: Dinner and Dessert

It’s been a long time since I dined in the same restaurant two consecutive nights just because the first night was so good. But Savory—a restaurant just up the beach from the Malibu Colony in Southern California—called for an encore when I visited earlier this month.

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Stylish Stays in NYC

New York City saw a rash of new and newly renovated hotels in the past year, and I recently spent a week visiting about 15 of them.

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Seeing Stars in Napa. Michelin Stars, That Is.

Twelve evenings in December, Meadowood invites well-known chefs from around the country to present a different menu paired with outstanding Napa wines at its restaurant.

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About Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa is host and executive producer of the public television travel series, Rudy Maxa's World. The 78 episodes he has hosted have won numerous awards, including a 2008 regional Emmy for his episode "Rajasthan." He's a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for a host of national travel magazines and newspapers. For nearly 15 years he offered consumer travel commentary on public radio's business show Marketplace as "The Savvy Traveler," which was also the name of a one-hour, coast-to-coast weekend show on public radio that he co-created and hosted for four years. Prior to his career as a travel writer and broadcaster, Maxa was an award-winning Washington Post investigative reporter, magazine writer, and columnist for 13 years, during which time his reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He was a senior writer at The Washingtonian magazine and Washington, D.C., bureau chief of Spy magazine. The author of two non-fiction books, Maxa lives in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.