Stephanie Pearson and Kate Siber

Best Islands

There are islands with white-sand beaches all over the world, but once you’ve been to the Seychelles nothing seems to measure up.

Best Airline

Leave it to Richard Branson to inject style into the business of flying with the country’s newest major airline.

Best New Frontier

A long-standing trade embargo with the West has insulated the country—for better or worse—from modernization.

Best Camera

Professional photographers use this compact and rugged 10-megapixel camera as a spare.

Best New Adventure Lodge

The Singular’s owners took a 100-year-old cold-storage plant and transformed it into a luxe, minimalist 57-room hotel.

Best Luggage

For the past seven years, Ted Alan Stedman, our Buyer’s Guide luggage expert, has tested hundreds of bags around the world. This one is his favorite.

Best Eco-Lodge

The striking new Mashpi Lodge, with windows so large you feel like you’re suspended in a cloud forest, crushes it on both fronts.

Best New Biking Trip

Leave it to Butterfield and Robinson and bike manufacturer Cervelo to raise the bar for outfitted trips tied to races. This year they're offering the Tour de France, among other custom tours. The...

Best New Safari

Next month the Wilderness Group will open the first two camps in the Republic of the Congo’s Odzala-Kokoua National Park.

Best Beach

Located on the south side of Kauai, this two-mile stretch of coast is accessible only by a brain-rattling two-mile dirt road or a three-mile hike that passes by Hawaii’s biggest sinkhole cave—both of...

Best Video Camera

The company’s latest helmet-mountable camera has a lens that’s twice as sharp, and an image processor that’s twice as fast, as the original’s.

Best Weekend Escape

Vancouver has 250 miles of bike lanes and paths, at least 100 North Shore mountain-bike trails spread across three mountains, and 11 miles of beach.

Best Après-Adventure Bar

Montanya Distillers, which opened a rum distillery and tasting room in Crested Butte in November, has notably upped the standard for ski-town cocktails.

Best Deal

Gamewatchers Safaris’ new six-night Adventure Camping Safaris have all the trappings of an expensive tour—highly trained guides, Land Cruisers, chef-cooked meals—with two notable differences.