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BOTSWANA Abu Camp OKAVANGO DELTA Completely revamped in 2011, this 20-year-old camp remains the best lodge for hands-on interaction with African elephants. Join Abu’s herd for a ride or walk through...
Gulf Craft , the Dubai-based builder, has unveiled the Majesty 135, the crown jewel of its fleet. As the yard’s largest yacht to date, clocking in at 135 feet and with an almost 27-foot beam, this...
An ocean apart, two extraordinary meals start with carrots. At Noma, René Redzepi’s Copenhagen restaurant twice voted best in the world, the vegetables come planted in a clay flower pot, their green...
In the demure world of fine jewelry, where designers tend to play it safe when working with tens of thousands of dollars in diamonds and gemstones, Wilfredo Rosado is shaking things up. One of his...
AUSTRALIA Saffire Freycinet TASMANIA Breathe the world’s cleanest air and swim in its most pristine water at this 20-suite retreat set within view of Freycinet National Park. The suites—and a...
Offering locked-in flight-hour rates, the JetSuite Card ( www.jetsuite.com ) represents another private-air-travel option from the Southern California–based charter-flight provider. The $100,000 card...
Mercedes-Benz had a good year in 2011, selling nearly 250,000 passenger vehicles in the United States alone—from C-Sedans to G-Wagons to SLS AMG Gullwings. But with such sales comes ubiquity:...
The line between furniture and art has long been a blurry one. From Louis XIV’s baroque-inspired armchairs to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Barcelona chair and Salvador Dalí’s pop art Mae West...
Stuart Varney’s love affair with America started with a simple visit as a young man. “I really wanted to see America because that was the last big place I hadn’t been to,” recalls the 63-year-old...
True to their name, the limited-edition Ralph Lauren Modern Art Deco watches ( www.ralphlaurenwatches.com ) look as though they were crafted in the 1920s. They are discreetly sized, geometrically...
A list of the top 100 Resorts in North America from the Robb Report Editors.
An ocean apart, two extraordinary meals start with carrots. At Noma, René Redzepi’s Copenhagen restaurant twice voted best in the world, the vegetables come planted in a clay flower pot, their green...
Lapostolle Residence, Colchagua Valley, Chile When Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle came to Chile’s Colchagua Valley two decades ago, the area was a viticultural backwater. But the Grand Marnier heiress...
Andrew Jackson demonstrated that he was indeed "a man of the people"—and not another member of the Eastern elite who had been elected president—by opening his 1829 inaugural reception at the White...
A 1920 New York Yankees Babe Ruth road jersey—said to be the earliest existing Ruth game top—is expected to bring a high price when it goes up for bid during SCP Auctions’ spring sale ( www...
In the 1930s, tailor Vincenzo Attolini created the deconstructed jacket—defined by a soft shoulder, high armhole, and light fabrics—that set the standard for Neapolitan style. From a little tailor...
Amanbagh, Jaipur, India Set on the former hunting estate of a maharaja, Amanbagh is a walled, 40-room retreat in northern India’s Rajasthani hills. The palace, contemporized for its opening as a...
When an exceptionally rare camera commands a record-setting sum, the sale usually takes place through Vienna-based WestLicht Photographica Auction. And more often than not, the record that was broken...
When it comes to complications, Franck Muller’s movement developer, Jean-Pierre Golay, contends that simple can also be innovative. "We wanted to change directions completely," he says, referring to...
For 20 years, Michael Reslan was Brioni’s top salesman and executive vice president in the United States, traveling around the country helping high-powered executives build custom wardrobes. With his...
Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi, Thailand In The Man with the Golden Gun , Roger Moore chased would-be assassins between the prehistoric karst outcroppings in Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. But...
Each May in New York, the art world holds its equivalent of the World Series: The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales, where two rival teams—Christie’s and Sotheby’s—square off by assembling...
Two pairs of loudspeakers tower beside one another in Dave Wilson’s Provo, Utah, living room. He is preparing for a face-off: On one side are Wilson Audio’s much-lauded Alexandria Series 2 speakers,...
Coworth Park, Ascot, England With its swan-shaped table bases, cattail-like lamps, and tree-branch-themed four-poster beds, Coworth Park brings a whimsical spirit to the classic English country inn...
An unshakable desire to possess what divine providence or the dictates of overzealous lawmakers would deny us is a peculiarly American trait—one magnified to the point of frenzy by this nation’s...
Horn speakers, most audiophiles agree, provide greater headroom, more accurate acoustic imaging, and better detail than do any other loudspeaker designs. The horns of Germany’s Avantgarde Acoustic (...
Villa Tre Ville, Positano, Italy After purchasing Italian director Franco Zeffirelli’s estate in 2007, hotelier Giovanni Russo embarked on a restoration designed to honor the former owner. Villa Tre...
Electric-car maker Tesla has unveiled its first SUV. The Tesla Model X ( www.teslamotors.com ) employs an entirely electric propulsion system (a 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery provides emission-free...
High West Silver Whiskey, Western Oat Though this clear spirit may look like moonshine, it is actually 80-proof unaged whiskey made from a mash of 85 percent oats and 15 percent malted barley...
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, Calif. Most visitors to Big Sur simply pass through while cruising California’s Highway 1, resigned to experience the region from turnouts in the road. But this Central Coast...

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