New & Noteworthy

Three bottles of the recently released Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky 1907 are included in the Alfred Dunhill Antarctic Whisky Cabinet ( www.dunhill.com ). The Mackinlay has the flavor and...
After undergoing a complete redesign, Botswana’s San Camp reopened in July amid a thin stand of ilala palms on the fringe of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, one of the Earth’s largest salt flats. The...
It was a moment of triumph, and Sir Richard Branson was savoring it: His VSS Enterprise had just gracefully touched down at San Francisco International Airport to become the first spaceship to land...
Traveling by boat through Bangkok’s Dusit district, one cannot help but notice the traditional Thai houses that stand on stilts at the edge of the Chao Phraya River. The historic houses mark your...
In 1768, when the future King Gustav II of Sweden gave this pair of finely detailed globes to the French duchess d’Enville, it was a gesture freighted with meaning. Made by Anders Akerman, Sweden’s...
Commissioned to build a five-star hotel in Marrakech, Ameri­can architect Stuart Church was presented with a 124-acre site in the Palmeraie district, 10 minutes outside the Old City. Church developed...
The city of Venice may be sinking into the Adriatic Sea, but it is doing so in style. Francesca Bortolotto Possati, president and CEO of the city’s Bauer Hotel group, introduced her latest...
Since 1778, people have been journeying to West Virginia’s White Sulphur Springs to bathe in the city’s healing waters. The Greenbrier hotel opened in 1913 to provide lodging for these visitors, and...
Located in the Sierra Madre mountains along the border between Colorado and Wyoming, the 200,000-acre Three Forks Ranch ( www.threeforksranch.com ) launched its first full season of snowcat skiing in...
Santiago Gonzalez appreciates functional and fashionable luggage. Indeed, traveling weekly between his homes and offices in New York, Paris, and Cali, Colombia, he makes great use of the duffel that...
Looking out to a cloudless sunset over turquoise water, Rachel Buchner recalls a rainy day about four years ago. Buchner, the general manager at Mozambique’s Azura resort, remembers this particular...
Last february, while sailing off the coast of Oman, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., were taken hostage by pirates. The couple’s 58-foot yacht, on which they had been navigating the...
“One does not travel by plane,” Karen Blixen once wrote. “One is merely sent, like a parcel.” This observation resonates more poignantly today than it did in the mid-20th century, yet even in our...
Known best for futuristic watchcases resembling frogs, owls, and even jet engines, MB&F has released a new series of timepieces called Legacy Machines that displays far more traditional designs...
Richard Kessler is a man of many interests—and many outlets for those interests. The former chairman of the Days Inn hotel chain, the 65-year-old hospitality pioneer has spent the past 26 years as...
A tiny, 12-megapixel camera and a microphone sit between the lenses of the $400 Liquid Image Summit Series HD 1080p goggles ( www.liquidimageco.com ), enabling you to shoot hi-res photos and 1080p...
One of the most capacious boats in its class, the 45-foot Sessa Fly 45 ( www.sessamarine.com ) has an interior that seems even larger than it is. The boat’s flexible layout allows for two or three...
Designed by the Apex Sports Group, a Colorado company known for its extraordinarily comfortable ski boots, the Apex Ski Boot CF3 ( www.apexsportsgroup.com ) is intended specifically for more athletic...
Despite stormy conditions and dire forecasts in the yachting industry, the world’s top shipyards launched a flotilla of magnificent megayachts in 2011. Several of these dramatically appointed vessels...
From the streets of downtown Frankfurt, the gleaming 25-story tower that houses the Jumeirah Frankfurt is immediately recognizable for its asymmetric form. But it is the reverse perspective—of the...
Consider the new Eclipse 550 ( www.eclipse.aero ) an upgrade of the popular EA-500, which has been on the market since 2006. Eclipse Aviation, one of the first manufacturers to sell a small personal...
Spread over two jungle-covered islands in the Maldives’ southern Dhaalu Atoll, Per Aquum’s Niyama is the follow-up to Huvafen Fushi, a landmark Maldivian retreat that is home to the world’s first...
A 6-foot-by-4.5-foot, 330-pound atlas from Australian publisher Millennium House, Earth Platinum ( www.millenniumhouse.com.au ) stands taller and weighs more than most of its readers. The $100,000,...
As might be expected from a designer whose creative influences include comic John Cleese and fellow designer Philippe Starck, the mood set by Olga Polizzi at the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi ranges...
1960 Fiat 600 Jolly A version of the Fiat 600 custom-built by Italian coachbuilder Ghia, the Jolly attracted owners from Lyndon Johnson to Aristotle Onassis, the latter of whom kept one on his yacht...
Owned by Heineken International, Amster­dam’s De L’Europe was the favorite hotel of the Dutch beer brewer’s engaging CEO Alfred “Freddy” Heineken. So when the company embarked on a down-to-the-studs...
Our Bentley-hosted Croatian caper begins at the Hotel Monte Mulini, a 2-year-old structure of chrome, glass, and blond marble near the cobblestoned fishing village of Rovinj, on the Istrian Peninsula...
The original residents of 701 Stone Canyon Road—one of Los Angeles’ most enviable addresses—did not have their names emblazoned on movie-theater marquees or spelled out in wrought-iron filigree above...
There’s no denying that even straight off the showroom floor, the new-for-2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS—the automaker’s supremely stylish “four-door coupe”—is a prodigious performer. The 402 hp CLS550 will...
Be forewarned: this is not your typical Laphroaig , an Islay single malt usually known for its rock ’em–sock ’em, heavily iodined smoky characteristics. Your first hint is the bottle itself, which is...

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