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The villas of Ho’olei at Grand Wailea in Maui enjoy all the amenities of the Grand Wailea next door, most notably its 770,000-gallon water wonderland, which consists of nine free-form pools on six...
Kyle Bunting has been carrying on a love affair with animal hide for nearly a decade. It is the sole material he works with to create his rugs and wall coverings. And how appropriate, considering he’...
Fazenda Boa Vista honors the beauty of the Brazilian countryside with its dense woods, rolling hills, and tree-lined paths. Fifteen lakes dot the 1,730-acre property, which is located outside São...
The award-winning Philippine furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue’s inspirations range far and wide—from a crushed Coca-Cola can to a croissant and a tropical rainforest canopy. His latest design, the...
Located in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, the Ocean House, which originally opened in 1868, closed in 2003 after falling into severe disrepair. The aging structure’s significant safety-code concerns would...
In 1958 Laurance Rockefeller, an early pioneer of ecotourism, opened his Dorado Beach Resort and Club west of San Juan, which, for the first time, made Puerto Rico a recognized tourist destination...
Irish artist John Gerrard’s work often deals with the impact of human consumption on our environment, as in the agri-industrial landscapes he unveiled at the Venice Biennale in June 2009. So he was...
A small fishing community just outside of Los Cabos, Mexico, is vying to become the next great getaway. La Capilla, located on the east cape of the Baja Peninsula, is a private resort community near...
Since 2002, the Los Angeles-based SylvanSF has employed painstaking craftsmanship, high-quality base materials, and precious veneers (parchment, lacquers, exotic woods, shagreen) to produce exquisite...
Balcones del Atlántico are taking great care to ensure that this resort community, located in the former fishing village of Las Terrenas, remains faithful to its environs inside and out. The group...
People looking for very ornate, wedding cake-style Venetian chandeliers “generally don’t come to us,” says Giovanni Corrado, creative director of Mediterraneo, a 17-year-old Murano glass firm that...
The Swedish company Hästens began life as a fine saddler in 1852 and, with ready access to horsehair, created mattresses on the side. With the displacement of horses as modes of transport, the...
Italian furniture house Natuzzi combined modern design and state-of-the-art electronics to create its Sound chair. Contemporizing the swivel pedestal, flared headrest and cupped shape of Arne...
Jaime Hayon, the barely-30-year-old, Spanish designer of the moment who has a prankster’s irreverence for high style, has created a collection for Baccarat. After putting his stamp on products for...
Last year, Lyle and Umbach introduced the Peregrine collection, which excelled in its array of small occasional tables swathed in all manner of luxe materials, including snakeskin, shagreen,...
Interior-design trailblazer Stephanie Odegard is known for reinventing the traditional Tibetan rug for the modern era and, in so doing, began a lifelong commitment to reviving the local artisanal...
Tel Aviv-based furniture designer Arik Ben Simhon used the sporting world for inspiration in his latest collection of upholstery and furniture pieces, which feature plush couches meant to resemble...
Since 1904, when fashion fabric house Jakob Schlaepfer was established in St. Gallen, Switzerland, its sumptuous textiles have paraded down every catwalk, from Paris and Milan to New York and London...
Jee Levin and Randall Buck are artists who find inspiration in a myriad of images. Design influences for Trove, their innovative wall-coverings company in Brooklyn, run the gamut from an Alfred...
Not since the Middle Ages has chain mail looked so stylish. Hudson Furniture’s Atlantis 100 chandelier (about $16,800), designed by Turkish founder Barlas Baylar, gathers hundreds of suspended...
A new residential resort on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica will comprise 240 homes along the edge of the country’s most popular national park, with untouched white sand beaches and 4,000...
Phillip Jeffries Ltd. was eco-chic back in 1976, before this idea caught marketing buzzword fire. Purveying natural wall coverings made from rapidly renewable, biodegradable, and recycled materials,...
In Europe, B&B Italia has been selling outdoor furniture through its stable of international designers for years. But not until 2007 did B&B Italia Outdoor become available to the U.S. market...
French furniture designer Jean Bérenger de Nattes, who combines dark woods, metals, and 24-carat gilt bronze in his modern designs, has created a new collection of 10 pieces that were recently...
Pristine Bay Resort, a second-home community located on the tropical island of Roatan nearly 35 miles off the coast of Honduras, will finish building its first phase of homes in December. The resort...
The Galerie Van den Akker furniture gallery in midtown Manhattan has unveiled a collection of recently rediscovered 1960s and 1970s light fixtures, tables, and bookshelves from Luigi Sormani Design,...
Three new coastal-community golf courses made their debuts recently in Mexico: Paraiso del Mar: Opened in May, the Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest–designed course at this 1,700-acre residential...
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is inviting its guests to put down roots. The hotel group announced its latest venture, the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, which offers guests two choices in membership...
Lalique, the century-old crystal house known for its ornate glass tabletop pieces, is feeling blue this spring. The DayDream Collection is the company’s most technical feat yet, featuring crystal...
What to know before you buy or sell in 2009 This is an excerpt from a feature in the April/May issue of Robb Report Vacation Homes. With housing prices dropping across the country and throughout the...

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