Hotel of the week
White Desert, Antarctica
At Antarctica’s only fivestar lodging, “drama is in no short supply,” said Nikki Ekstein in Bloomberg.com. A camp composed of several fiberglass domes, White Desert sits at the heart of the continent between a frozen lake and towering walls of ice. And now that the 10-year-old camp has undergone a luxury overhaul, guests can finish a day of hanging with Emperor penguins by relaxing in a sauna, draping themselves in furs, and joining a communal feast in the dining pod. One challenge: The season lasts only from November to December.
white-desert.com, from $72,000 per excursion