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  1. Most of the upscale resorts in the Maldives are on private islands. The government restricts visitation to the country’s inhabited areas, so contact with the local culture is limited. Because you...
  2. I should have bought a new mask before coming to the Maldives. A month ago, while I was on a trip to Belize, a bottle of habanero sauce broke in my suitcase and soaked into my mask, and now it is...
  3. Those who feared that the restoration of London’s Brown’s Hotel ( www.brownshotel.com ) would be a desecration of sacred ground can rest easy. The $35 million makeover, overseen by owner Sir Rocco...
  4. Certain places always draw us back. For 137 years, the Hudson River Valley’s Mohonk Mountain House, set atop a ridge overlooking the Shawangunk Mountains in New Paltz, N.Y., has been such a place...
  5. RAILROAD TREKS Luxury trains are venturing farther afield—and in one case, extremely high up. RailPartners, part of the Shanghai private-equity-fund firm TZG Partners ( www.tzgpartners.com ), has...
  6. Henry Segerstrom initiated fund-raising efforts for the $200 million Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with a $50 million gift, the largest charitable cash donation in Orange County’s history...
  7. A few years ago, when Elizabeth Segerstrom first met the man who is now her husband, Henry Segerstrom, she knew nothing about Orange County, the sun-kissed region between Los Angeles and San Diego...
  8. The contents of your refrigerator, whether they comprise a wasteland of condiments and week-old takeout containers or a microcosmic farmer’s market, can reveal a great deal about you. But the latest...
  9. LATEST BUZZ Dialogue Technology Corp. may not be pioneering the notion that a high-tech item can be stylish, but its Flybook is the first computer to be carried by Barneys ( www.barneys.com ), a most...
  10. The Hatteras 77 Convertible, which will debut in October at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, would be a poor choice to replace Quint’s boat, Orca , in a Jaws remake. With the Hatteras,...

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