Robb Report 17th Annual "Best of the Best" Reveals the Ultimate in Luxury Travel

May 10, 2005

Robb Report 17th Annual "Best of the Best" Reveals the Ultimate in Luxury Travel

June Issue Features Editors’ Selections for World’s Finest In Eight Categories

MALIBU, CA – The culmination of a year’s search for the luxury world’s most extraordinary products and services, Robb Report’s 17th annual “Best of the Best” features an abundance of selections representing the very finest in domestic and international travel.

Scheduled to hit newsstands on May 24, Robb Report’s eagerly awaited June issue includes the following selections from the magazine’s editorial staff:

Best of the Best Hotels
Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest earns top honors from Robb Report’s editorial staff, who laud its fusion of Art Deco style with Art Nouveau furnishings and dramatic architectural elements.

Best Hotels:  Bulgari Hotel (Italy) and Faena Hotel+Universe (Buenos Aires).

Best of the Best Resorts
The ultimate island paradise, Phuket-based Trisara was selected by Robb Report editors, who were impressed by its 2,000-square-foot villas, exceptional service and “diverse range of water treatments, yoga and meditation services and dual-masseuse massages.”

Best Resorts: Aqua (Cancún), Bovey Castle (England), Calistoga Ranch (Napa Valley) Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche (France) and Sanctuary at Kiawah Island (South Carolina).

Best of the Best Private Resort Communities
The “archetypal private resort community,” Yellowstone Club earns top honors in the Private Resort Communities category.  The world’s only private ski and golf club, this exclusive Montana mountain retreat was praised for its exceptional recreational facilities, fine dining, and ruggedly stunning locale.

Best Private Resort Communities: Hualalai Resort (Hawaii) and Kiawah Island (South Carolina).

Best of the Best Private Residence Clubs
Emerging as a leader in the $1.5 billion private residence club industry, Solstice was selected as Best of the Best by Robb Report editors because its equity-based program offers “the most exclusive option under the sun.”   Limited to 42 members sharing seven homes and a yacht, Solstice’s exclusive membership results in flexibility when planning vacations and the possibility of longer stays at residences.

Best Private Residence Clubs: Abercrombie & Kent Destination Clubs and Exclusive Resorts.

Best of the Best Fractional-Ownership Clubs
Labeled by Robb Report editors as “the first option in fractional ownership,” the Ritz-Carlton Club earned top honors for its seemingly endless list of perks and uncompromised service.  Ritz-Carlton also was praised for its home-away-from-home properties in enticing locations such as the Caribbean, Colorado and Florida.

Best Fractional-Ownership Clubs: Auberge Residence Clubs, Four Seasons Residence Club and St. Regis Residence Club Aspen.

Best of the Best Adventure Travel
Specializing in private jet journeys, Seattle-based TCS Expeditions was acknowledged for its ability to “continually present new experiences for travelers.”  TCS’s extensive list of one-of-a-kind experiences includes around-the-world tours, trips that highlight natural wonders, such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Peruvian Amazon, and voyages that examine in depth one country, such as China.

Best Adventure Travel: Abercrombie & Kent, Destinations & Adventures International and Lindblad Expeditions.

Best of the Best Golf Courses
One of two Tom Fazio-designed courses at the 112-room plantation mansion-style Sandy Lane resort on Barbados, Green Monkey boasts seven ocean-view holes and a man-made canyon, which provides “a dominating presence on the course, with more than half of the holes either running along its lip or diving into its depths.”

Best Golf Courses: Atunyote Golf Club (New York), Barnbougle Dunes (Tasmania), Independence Course at Reunion Resort & Club (Florida), May River Golf Club (South Carolina), Old Greenwood (California), Tournament Course Mission Hills (China), Tournament Players Club of Louisiana, Trump International Golf Club (Canouan Island) and Vineyard Golf at Renault (New Jersey).

Best of the Best Spas
Situated on the stunning Canouan Island in the Grenadines, RafflesAmrita Spa offers “all of the Asian elements that characterize the Singapore flagship: Indonesian and Thai furnishings, exotic lotus tea, and therapists practicing treatments that originated in their homelands of Nepal, India, Indonesia, Malaysia or the Philippines.

Best Spas: Chi Spa at Shangri-La Bangkok, Cornelia Day Resort (New York) and Rock Spa (Seychelles).

Now in its 29th year, Robb Report is the international authority on the luxury lifestyle. Each month, the magazine reports on issues and trends affecting the affluent market, with coverage of exclusive events and features on exceptional automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, art, jewelry, watches, fashion, travel, homes, wines, spirits, and cigars.  Additional information can be accessed through the magazine’s web site, www.robbreport.com.