No fewer than 332 islands make up the Fijian archipelago. But once you meet the exotic beauty named Laucala, you may not want to venture further.

Baptiste Loiseau was appointed cellar master at the age of 34—making him the youngest-ever—and trained under Pierrette Trichet, the first woman to ever hold the cellar master position at a major cognac house.

It is difficult to believe that Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII cognac could be made more exclusive, but it has been—and Sotheby’s will auction it this fall.

Grey Goose is one of the young success stories in the spirits world. The 19-year-old French vodka draws on generations of tradition and calls a 17th-century château in Cognac home.

To reach semi-remote Mendocino, you head north from San Francisco for three and a half hours, driving on a highway that eventually shrinks to a two-lane road. The drive feels very much like rewinding to a different time; the destination does too.

Bosk, the signature restaurant of the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, takes its name from the French word bosquet: a small wooded area that can lend refreshing reprieve from the elements.

The amaretto-like aromas of his grandmother’s cookie jar. An idea about puréed pumpkin. An English rose garden. For Tony Conigliaro, the crowned king of London’s molecular mixology scene, these simple thoughts have spawned ideas for innovative cocktails.

Once the August long weekend passes, the end-of-summer countdown begins. Measured in sunlight and precious to the last mercurial drop, the season’s dwindling days slip by quickly—especially in the Pacific Northwest.

It isn’t often that you can book into an ex–secret service agency for the night, but Vienna’s Grand Ferdinand allows you to do just that.

For those travellers who opt for pre-flight lounge access, the pampering begins before the plane takes off—and not all lounges are created equal.