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Our Readers Recommend

May 12, 2002

Colon: Sail Panama, 011-507-651-4488, www.geocities.com/sailpanama. "Private 40-foot yacht with American captain and first mate. Tours of Panama Canal, historic sites. Snorkeling, wind surfing, kayaking included, as are meals, snacks, cocktails. Hosts are friendly and experienced." Rates: $1,150 per person for seven-night trip, $1,699 per person for 10-night trip.--Jan Walsh, Riverside

ROMANIA

Iasi: Hotel Unirea, 5 Piata Unirii, 6600; 011-40-32-142-110, fax 011-40-32-212-864, hotel-unirea.dntis.ro. "Modern high-rise hotel in Iasi, the cultural center of northeast Romania.Food is the best ever, with dinner $2.50-$4. Most helpful staff." Rates: $18-$24 double, with breakfast.--Libby L. Baskin, Culver City

SCOTLAND

Broadford: Creelers Seafood Restaurant, Isle of Skye IV49 9AQ; 011-1471-822-281. "An unassuming-looking restaurant on an island in the Inner Hebrides, serving the best food we have had in two trips to Europe." Entrees about $10-$19.--Shannon and Jim Clark, Mammoth Lakes

Colinton: Spylaw Bank House, 2 Spylaw Ave., Edinburgh EH13 OLR; 011-44-131-441-5022, www.spylawbank.freeserve.co.uk. "Fabulous B&B three miles outside Edinburgh. Beautiful Georgian house built around 1790 and filled with antiques. Chocolate and candy in well-appointed rooms. Warm and welcoming hosts." Rates: about $72-$102 double.--Margaret and Ron Gow, Walnut

Edinburgh: Sandilands House, 25 Queensferry Road, EH4 3HB; 011-44-131-332-2057, fax 011-44-131-315-4476, www.guesthouse-sandilands.com. "Clean and charming. Near town center, with a bus stop across the street. The gentleman of the house, John Sandilands, has a wonderful sense of humor." Rates: from about $100 double, including breakfast.

--Kelly Wilson, Los Angeles

Strathkinness: Fossil House & Cottage, 12-14 Main St.,

St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9RU; tel./fax 011-44-1334-850-639, www.fossil-guest-house.co.uk. "The best B&B we have stayed in. About 21/2 miles from St. Andrews in 19th century farm buildings." Rates: $64-$76 double.--Ken Gaskell, Thousand Oaks

SINGAPORE

Singapore: The Inn at Temple Street, 36 Temple St., 058581; 011-65-6221-5333, fax 011-65-6225-5391, www.theinn.com.sg. "A lovely boutique hotel in the heart of Chinatown that occupies five restored shops. Rooms are small but clean and well-furnished. Excellent all-night dim sum restaurant around corner. Close to Metro but still quiet." Rates: from about $70 double, including breakfast.--Viji Shook, Inglewood

SOUTH AFRICA

Babanango: Babanango Valley Lodge, P.O. Box 10, 9850, Kwa-Zulu Natal; 011-27-35-835-0062, fax 011-27-82-320-4134, www.babanangovalley.com. "Lodge with swimming pool, reliable hot water, laundry service, excellent meals, afternoon tea--but no TV, no phones in the guest rooms. The owner-operators are Dr. John and Meryn Turner. John is an expert in local history and a certified tour guide. The lodge is in the heart of a nature reserve." Rate: $80 per person per day, with dinner and breakfast.

--Jerome Sigler, Los Angeles

SPAIN

Spanish Steps Adventure Walking Tours: Box 8653, Aspen, CO 81612; (877) 787-9255, www.spanishsteps.com. "Wonderful two-week hiking-and-van tour of the Camino de Santiago, from the village of Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. We hiked more than 100 miles of the more than 450-mile route. Guide Judy Colaneri was very organized and had a great personality. First-class lodging, excellent food." Cost: $2,899 per person, plus air fare.--Bob Lennan, Cambria

Lekeitio: Emperatriz Zita Hotel, Sta. Elena Etorbidea, Vizcaya 48280; 011-34-94-684-2655, fax 011-34-94-624-3500. "Great hotel with spa that faces the harbor and beach in a scenic, tiny village." Rates: about $50-$80 double, including spa.--Stephanie and Francisco Brito, Hawthorne

THAILAND

Bangkok: Trinity City Hotel, 425/15 Silom Road, Soi 5; 011-662-

231-5050, fax 011-662-231-5417. "A two-minute walk from Skytrain station and a few minutes away from the heart of Silom area. Large, clean, comfortable rooms; access to health club and large pool. Great breakfast included." Rate: about $25 double.--James Fuhrman, West Hollywood

TURKEY

Selcuk: Hotel Mazar, Sehit Metin Tavaslioglu Cad., 2019 Sok No. 14, Izmir; 011-90-232-892-2222, fax 011-90-232-892-0016, e-mail nazarhotel@yahoo.com. "Clean, comfortable and very affordable family-run hotel with private baths and rooftop terrace restaurant. Convenient to ancient Roman ruins at Ephesus. Helpful hosts." Rates: about $9-$16 double.

--Kimberley Weiler, La Crescenta

TURKS AND CAICOS

Providenciales: Caribbean Paradise Inn, Grace Bay, P.O. Box 673, British West Indies; (649) 946-5020, fax (649) 946-5022, www.paradise.tc. "Small and family-owned, with a charm I didn't see at larger hotels and resorts on the island. Each room has a balcony or patio and is landscaped with flowering shrubs for privacy. Rooms are clean and spacious. Expanded continental breakfast served poolside by friendly staff." Doubles $139-$159 in winter, slightly less in off-season.--Jennifer Wells, Santa Barbara

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