Beach

Following a $98.5 million renovation that began in November 2007, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière in Cannes finally reopened its doors last month. The hotel’s new wing features two penthouses, each with...
For those seeking a luxurious Balinese resort, but prefer a more private vacation, Pantai Lima provides both. Situated along the beach and among lush tropical gardens, Pantai Lima, which means five...
Honolulu’s Kahala Hotel and Resort has just undergone a two-year, $52-million renovation that includes refurbished beachfront suites and an upgraded spa, all in time to herald in the hotel’s 45th...
Known as one the of the premier private beach getaways, the 1,400-acre Mustique island in the Grenadines has unveiled nine new villas just in time for the winter travel season. The new villas range...
Sasso by the Sea is a new beachfront property in the tiny town of Marmorata, Italy, along the Amalfi Coast, that provides exclusive beach amenities such as a restaurant, relaxation rooms, swimming...
Fitness flourishes in many forms at Parrot Cay, a 1,000-acre private-island resort where you can swim, snorkel, play tennis, and enjoy one-on-one yoga, Pilates, and meditation sessions. The resort is...
Villa Rockstar, Eden Rock resort’s newest accommodation, is as over-the-top as its name promises. Consider the bathrooms: bubble-shaped and lined with white-gold tile. And then there is the basement...
At Musha Cay, a private-island resort that is available to one party at a time, you pretty much do what you want when you want and where you want. An itinerary can be eclectic enough to include a...
The pavilion-style villas on the windward side of Qualia—a 30-acre resort on Hamilton Island, off the coast of Queensland—are surrounded by eucalyptus trees and offer private 9-foot-deep plunge pools...
Laguna Beach lifeguards used to lug their surfboards around the 30-acre headland above Treasure Island, Christmas Cove, and Goff Cove, because the long walk (or an even longer paddle) was the only...
Since it opened last September, the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has been creating quite a scene for its patrons: Sitting on the French Polynesian island’s highest point, it offers...
In the cerulean waters of northern Fiji’s far-flung Vanua Levu, a lush and undulant island formerly belonging to the late publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes has been converted into one of the world’s...
Couples from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong gather around Post Ranch Inn’s resident astronomer, asking questions on a cold night in March. The sky is clear, and the Big Sur,...
Ritz-Carlton Reserve , the hotelier’s new collection of small boutique hotels in secluded and exotic locales around the globe, has announced its first property off the coast of Thailand’s Andaman Sea...
Tim Blackford, general manager of the Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club in Puerto Rico, steps back from his ball on the course’s 13th tee. Before him stretches a narrow fairway lined with clusters...
Beginning in the early 1960s, as the Aga Khan developed Porto Cervo, his reach extended along Costa Smeralda, where he built several hotels. He ultimately sold the properties to Starwood Hotels and...
Amanresorts was among the first luxury brands to establish accommodations on Turks and Caicos, the British West Indies islands on the Bahamas’ southeast fringe. The firm’s Amanyara resort, an...
Cabdrivers, bellboys, and even randomly encountered people on the streets of Langkawi will tell you about the legend of Mahsuri, a 19th-century princess whose husband, after believing a false...
From a helicopter, the sea surrounding the Exuma island chain resembles a giant jigsaw puzzle: all bright green swirls and crescents interlocking with pieces of grayish blue. The light patches reveal...
By design, Acqualina, the Rosewood resort scheduled to open in February 2006 in Sunny Isles, Fla., will be all wet. The resort’s name represents a fancifully loose translation of the Italian word for...
The hotels and resorts built by America’s turn-of-the-20th-century tycoons became the new gathering places of the affluent class. Several of the properties—including the Astor cousins’ Waldorf=...
The first afternoon aboard the megayacht Ti’a Moana , I hop a tender to one of the deserted islets that ring the volcanic island of Bora-Bora. I snorkel through schools of electric blue parrot fish...
“Those aren’t our pilots, are they?” murmurs a passenger waiting for his flight in the private lounge at the Maldives’ Hulule airport. His traveling companions join him at the observation window,...
North Island A natural state of mind in the Seychelles. As your chopper descends onto North Island, it is hard to imagine that this sanctuary in the Seychelles was, until quite recently, abandoned...
Como Shambhala Retreat, Cocoa Island A wholehearted approach to health. Hotelier Christina Ong does not want people to think of her newest venture, Como Shambhala Retreat, Cocoa Island, as a spa—at...
Yellowstone Club Powder, privacy, and a pristine setting in Montana’s mountain wilderness. Above the Montana town of Big Sky, several miles up a nondescript road that winds past farms and occasional...
Despite a new pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, a refurbished lobby, and a revamped restaurant menu and decor, Mauritius’ La Pirogue (+230.401.1688, www.lapirogue.com ) remains a model of old-island...
Although just a short drive and one-mile catamaran ride from Cairns International Airport, Double Island is best accessed by helicopter. The five-minute flight soars over the steep headlands of...
There are no roads, cars, or airports on Qamea. The island—the 12th largest in the heavily trafficked Fiji archipelago—comprises just a handful of rustic villages. Anchored along the northern...
Balmy breezes waft through a cottage’s louvered windows at the Caves in Negril, Jamaica, rustling mosquito netting draped over a king-size bed. Outside, turquoise water laps languidly against rocky...

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