New & Noteworthy

In spite of the official government ruling that all vodkas are tasteless, odorless, and colorless, anyone who has sipped two different vodka martinis side by side knows that there are variances in...
Ladera Resort in Soufrière, St. Lucia, reopened this season with a new wine cellar and tasting room—the first in a series of new additions to the resort in celebration of its 20th anniversary in 2012...
Christie’s auction house is exploring new territory with its first art online -only auction, a 15-day sale that started November 19. The event features 96 stunning black-and-white prints by French...
The Barcelona-born designer Jaime Tresserra Clapés, who favors highly engineered, exquisitely made furniture outfitted with various secret compartments, has a new Joyero (a word meaning both jeweler...
The Leela Palace is the newest luxury hotel to open in Chennai, an Indian city that has become a major global business and technology hot spot. The expansive six-acre property has 326 rooms,...
Several world-famous chefs will convene to host a series of dinners at this year’s Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival being held from December 7 to 11 at the city’s hot spots, including the Breakers...
Even among Audi ’s famously beguiling automobiles, the A5 is a serious looker. As a coupe or convertible, the A5 and the sportier S5 have the sort of fine proportions and sumptuous accommodations...
Thousands of cars and thousands of toys converge at one of the largest annual auto-themed charity events in the country. Car enthusiasts with a heart have known about it since 2004, when Dustin...
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria, B.C., reopened on November 15, following a six-year effort to rebuild the original waterfront property, which first opened in 1927. The new English manor–style...
Pangulasian Island opened last month in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, making it the fourth El Nido Resorts property in the Philippines. The resort, accessible via daily flights from Manila, is situated in a...
Thanks to the retro cocktail craze, America’s native rye whiskey is experiencing a comeback. And one of the newest and most dramatic entries in this spirited race is Knob Creek Rye Whiskey ($40.99)...
While many of today’s shipbuilders are more frequently employing composite materials, Serbian shipyard Art of Kinetik , founded in 2007, continues producing boats from wood. Its newest weekend...
Frazier is a new furniture collection designed by Richard Frazier, who brings a masculine twist—in the form of metal detailing and hefty proportions—to periods as diverse as rococo, Art Deco, and...
Christie’s has consigned an exciting Warhol canvas to its postwar and contemporary evening sale on November 14. Titled Statue of Liberty , it compels interest on several fronts. It dates to 1962, the...
The art of blending a cocktail has never been more creative. This month, Tumi has applied that panache to a limited-edition set of 60 portable mixology kits. Each one ($3,995) conceals a broad range...
For over a decade, Germany’s AMG (for Analog Manufaktur Germany—no relation to the AMG branch of automaker Mercedes-Benz) has been providing specialized, high-tolerance parts for many of the world’s...
Life moves slowly along Portugal’s Douro River, but after more than 190 years, it’s time for a change at Symington Family Estates , which is owned and operated by the fifth-generation descendants of...
<p">All-wheel drive and the Porsche 911 go together like sauerkraut and knockwurst. The concept dates way back to 1984, with the off-road 911 that, in the capable hands of drivers René Metge...
Botanique Hotel & Spa opened this month in the Campos do Jordão region, about two hours north of São Paulo, Brazil. It has six suites and 11 stand-alone villas completely surrounded by 700 acres...
One of the world’s rarest diamonds will set the stage at Christie’s Geneva auction on November 13. The whopping 76.02–carat stone (about the size of a walnut) originated in south central India’s...
Meadowood Napa Valley has assembled an array of chefs to participate in its annual Twelve Days of Christmas dinner series. On 12 evenings from December 7 to 22, the hotel’s Chef Christopher Kostow...
Italian designer Maria Lamberti D’Elia’s new collection of hand-welded and polished steel furniture has just become available in the United States. The pieces in the Lamberti Decor Collection are...
Dressed in his finery, the pope sits isolated, screaming in agony over the horrors of a postwar world. Monet’s water lilies it ain’t. But Sotheby’s estimates that Untitled (Pope) , a haunting 1954...
Throughout his 45-year reign as the arbiter of classic American style, Ralph Lauren has amassed one of the world’s finest collections of automobiles, including prize-winning Ferraris, pristine...
The legendary Le Bristol Paris has completed its multiyear, $143 million renovation this fall with the opening of the stylish new Le Bar du Bristol. Designed by architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, Le Bar...
In the late 1800s, Tommy Dewar, whose father founded the Dewar’s Scotch whisky brand, traveled the world carrying bottles of his family’s brew to share with new markets. In that same spirit, Dewar’s...
The jewelers Sorab & Roshi have opened a charming storefront on Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Conn., offering a wide array of colorful, one-of-a-kind pieces. The husband-and-wife duo, who started...
Since the Toyota Altezza came to America a dozen years ago wearing a Lexus emblem and an “IS” designation, this refined sport sedan (and, since 2009, hardtop convertible) has earned an enthusiastic...
The latest venture for Sami Hayek, brother of Salma and owner/designer of the company Espacio , is the Mestizo Collection, a highly original line of furniture that combines lacquer and wood with the...
Be one of just 20 guests to embark on a one-of-a-kind excursion through Ethiopia, Tanzania, and the Congo, featuring a private lecture with revered conservationist Jane Goodall and photography...

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