New & Noteworthy

Amsterdam’s former Sweelinck Conservatorium is now home to a 129-room hotel. Fittingly named the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam, the property opened earlier this month. The original structure, which...
Oxygen has been thought to be a benefit to good health ever since Jules Verne envisioned the concept in his 1870 book, Around the Moon, in which the science fiction writer described rooms full of...
Designer Ralph Lauren unveiled a capsule jewelry collection featuring nine stylish Art Deco–inspired pieces at his women’s flagship on Madison Avenue in New York this month. The Modern Art Deco Fine...
JBL has just released its newest iPad/iPod music dock. At $599, the OnBeat Xtreme joins the high-end world of music docks alongside such top contenders as the Bang & Olfusen BeoSound 8 and Bowers...
Every December, the international art scene convenes in Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, and the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach , a restored 1953 Morris Lapidus–designed landmark with its own $10 million...
Actor-comedian-musician Dan Aykroyd, a student of the paranormal, created Crystal Head vodka ($50), which is a glacier-clear spirit that provides enlightenment of its own.
In an effort to rethink watchmaking for the 21st century, Jorg Hysek of HD3 created the groundbreaking Slyde watch concept, which is born of the smartphone age. Rather than a typical dial with hands...
The Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort and Spa opened in Thailand this month with 44 suites and villas, each with a private plunge pool. The property has a spa, swimming pool, restaurant,...
The first Rocco Forte property located outside of Europe and the first of three in the Middle East, the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi opened November 7. The luxury British brand’s 13th hotel...
Give the gift of private travel this holiday season, with the newest offering from private air travel provider CitationAir, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cessna Aircraft. A first for the Greenwich,...
Surrounded by waterfront shops, cafés, and theaters, the new 18-story Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, which opened on November 14, has 256 rooms and suites (starting at $219 per night), a spa and...
Twenty-odd years of fastidious engineering and unsurpassed quality have put Lexus in the pantheon of luxury automakers. But if there’s been one gripe leveled at Toyota’s luxury division over the...
A traveling interactive exhibition focusing on haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier made its American debut at the Dallas Museum of Art this month. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From...
Troy Adams is widely regarded as the creator of FusionDesign, an amalgam of American, European, and Asian design aesthetics and sensibilities. Now the Los Angeles–based interior designer has opened...
Since its founding in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory has been closely associated with tube amplifiers—and its MC275 tube amp, first introduced in 1961, has remained a favorite among tube-loving...
In the house where Vincenzo Ulturale grew up in Naples, Italy, his parents converted the family living room into a makeshift workshop where they sewed neckwear and taught their son to do the same. So...
Tickets are still available for the November 17 dinner at San Diego’s Grand Del Mar hotel’s restaurant Addison. The exclusive evening for 75 people will benefit the Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation, which...
Situated in the heart of the city, the newly unveiled St. Regis Florence seamlessly blends the city’s artistic heritage with contemporary design, and modern amenities. After a $100 million renovation...
Open to cars produced between 1927, and 1957, the Mille Miglia historic rally has become one of Europe’s most exciting motoring events. When the Italian organizers sanctioned a North American Mille...
Bringing restaurant kitchen features into the home and promoting the concept of a “professional” cooking environment has long been the goal of Arclinea, the Italian firm working in collaboration with...
The historic Greenbrier hotel, a 7,000-acreresort established in 1778 in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., unveiled the Windsor Club this fall, featuring new rooms and VIP services. The two-story...
Nearly 80 international designers and artists, including Damien Hirst and Maarten Baas, created their expressions and interpretations of the concept of time for a Panerai -sponsored exhibit, “O’Clock...
Petit St. Vincent, a 115-acre private island in the Caribbean’s Grenadines, reopened on November 1 with a new beach bar and restaurant, a hillside spa, and 22 refurbished cottages ($1,050 per night,...
For the first time, Italian designer Giorgio Armani is integrating precious metals and exotic leathers into sunglass and eyewear collections. The new line features hand-finished glasses in two...
The St. Regis Tianjin opened October 30 as that city’s first hotel to offer butler service for all guests. Located in northern China, about a 30-minute bullet-train ride from Beijing, the 18-story...
With Johnnie Walker’s first release since launching its top-of-the-line Blue Label King George V edition in 2007, the blended-Scotch-whisky maker is taking new strides. The Johnnie Walker Double...
Private island retreat Azura is adding a second Mozambique retreat to its repertoire. After a six-month, $2.5 million renovation of the former Quilalea lodge, Azura at Quilalea Private Island opened...
As a part of the Four Seasons’ new collection of professionally led wellness and cultural events, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is offering a new surf camp package (from $5,000 per person) that...
Hutton Wilkinson, the 30-year business partner of jewelry designer Tony Duquette, carries on his late colleague’s legacy of one-of-a-kind, artistic fine jewelry pieces through his own designs and,...
It just got a little more fun to dine at Scarpetta, the Italian restaurant at the Montage Beverly Hills , with the hotel’s new Be Our Guest package, which offers guests one complimentary night at the...

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