More Need-to-Know Tidbits — Winter 2019

BY DON NICHOLS — Winter 2019

CRUISE Ayana Hotels just launched the 177-foot Ayana Lako di’a, a nine-bedroom phinisi ship that sails from Indonesia’s Flores Island on two-, three-, and five-night excursions around the Komodo Island archipelago, an area noted for diving and Komodo National Park, home to Komodo dragons.

SEE Through March 31, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York presents “Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again,” the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989. 212-570-3600;

STAY In October, Wilderness Safaris unveiled the six-tented Chikwenya Camp in a private concession in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. It offers dramatic views of the Zambezi River and the Rift Valley escarpment. From $1,288.

RIDE On Dec. 1, KiwiRail resumed its six-hour, 216-mile scenic train ride from Christchurch to Picton on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Damage from the Kaikoura earthquake halted the service for the past two years. You travel through 22 tunnels and across 175 bridges.

EAT Besides winning the James Beard Award for Best New York City Chef in 2018, Missy Robbins opened her second Brooklyn restaurant this past September, in the Williamsburg neighborhood. The menu at Misi features pasta dishes, with all the pasta made by hand daily. 347-566-3262;

GOLF Check into the Michlifen Resort & Golf hotel in Ifrane, Morocco, in the Middle Atlas Mountains, and tee up at the property’s new Nicklaus Signature Course. The 18 holes unfold around mountain landscapes and lush forest land. — D.N.


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