Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
In the south-west corner of Bolivia’s Daniel Campos province, crested by the majestic Andes at one end, there exists a world where white skies stark white landscape and crystal-clear air merge to resemble an ethereal and, might we say, salty Photoshop trick – Salar de Uyuni. Known as the world’s largest salt flat in the world, this lithium- and sodium-rich expanse of brine pools and salt crusts created almost 42,000 years ago across 10,582 sq km was the result of transforming pre-historic lakes. On the other hand, Aymara legend says that the salt flats formed from the tears of the betrayed giant woman Tunupa.
Believe what you will, but with a pinch of salt – there’s plenty here. The blinding stretch of white is only broken by Isla Incahuasi, a rocky coral-like island in the Salar’s centre, and migrating populations of vivid pink flamingos.
In winter (June to September), tourists take shelter from the biting cold in Hotel Palacio Del Sal, which claims to be the world’s first salt hotel. Everything here, from the walls to furniture, is hewn from salt blocks. While the classy El Meson restaurant’s quinoa and lamb keep you warm, the bright igloo-style rooms will leave you with a lasting sense of wonder.
Visit www.palaciodesal.com.bo to book.
The St Regis Dubai
There’s still time to celebrate the festive best of Dubai with The St Regis Dubai’s Eid offer. Reminiscent of palatial European mansions, enjoy stays in the glamorous rooms at 20 per cent discounts over best available rates as well as 20 per cent dining credit at all F&B venues, so you can order splendid suppers for the entire family. Until July 10. Rooms from Dh1,050 per night. Call 04 435 5555 for information.
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
It’s hard to throw a stone without hitting a historical monument in Philadelphia – after all, it is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, and the home of the iconic Liberty Bell. The Ritz-Carlton’s Visit Philly package offers two Indego bike share and Philly Phlash bus passes along with stay, so you can have your fill of the likes of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and cheesesteak. From Dh1,098 per night. Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/philadelphia.
Travel app of the week
Wolfram Sun Exposure App
Unsure what SPF product will save you from sunburn? Feed in your skin type, location and timing into this app and it spouts out required SPF levels so you can soak in the sun safely. Free on iOS and Android.
Style on the go
TAKE A CHILL PILLOW Cushion the blows of jerky bus rides or turbulent flights with this fluffy Go Travel memory foam pillow that provides equal amounts of support and comfort. Well-rested voyages are yours to have! Dh129, Virgin Megastores
GO CLEAN Banish sweat, dehydration and clogged pores on the move with Johnson’s Face Care Daily essential cleansing wipes. The moist toilettes enriched with vitamins and minerals gently wipe away waterproof make-up, grime and oil. Dh25, Boots
SPEAKER UP This HP S6000 Portable Mini Bluetooth speaker is your palm-sized disco, producing 90 decibels of powerful music for eight hours straight. Connecting wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled device as much as 30ft away, good music is always at hand. Dh159, ECity