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From among the cypress trees in the hills of Fiesole, Il Salviatino peeks out onto the Florentine skyline. This former aristocratic estate opened as a hotel following a nearly $60 million reinvention...
When Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress was exiled at the height of South Africa’s decades-long apartheid struggle, the leader accepted an offer of shelter from insurance tycoon Douw Steyn—...
Though inhabited for thousands of years by nomadic Bedouin tribes, Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter is one of Earth’s hottest, driest, and least hospitable environments. The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by...
First as a fishing camp in the 1940s, and later as a rodeo ranch in the 1970s, the stretch of Texas Hill Country that is now the Lake Austin Spa Resort was a haunt for hardened locals. But under the...
In 2007, Emirates Hotels & Resorts purchased a 4,000-acre site in Australia’s Blue Mountains with the intention of building a resort-cum–conservation project. Two years later, the new Wolgan...
The restored British Colonial buildings that mark the entrance to Capella Singapore shield an even greater architectural treasure. After passing through the 18th-century structures, which house the...
Few places on Earth have as dense a concentration of first-rate resorts as Mexico’s Los Cabos corridor. This stretch at the tip of Baja California, which connects the towns of San José del Cabo and...
There was an era in Las Vegas when you could not buy the best accommodations. And although the Villas at Bellagio are technically not for rent, the suites can be booked “on a very limited basis,”...
The four Chairman Suites at the Palazzo (from $25,000 per night) each measure around 8,000 square feet and have three or four bedrooms, side-by-side dry and wet saunas, an exercise room, a massage...
Capella Telluride does things a little differently—as you discover shortly after checking in. The reception desk sits in an attractive, light-filled lobby with stone floors, high beamed ceilings, and...
Of the 12 Villa Suites at Caesars Palace —each of which measures roughly 11,000 square feet—several overlook the casino resort’s five-acre Garden of the Gods pool area. And while the two Villa Suites...
The 47-story, 392-room Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas overlooks the jagged metallic exterior of the CityCenter mall, called Crystals, as well as the leaning towers of the Veer condo development. In...
In person, on the course that he designed at the new Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita, Ernie Els does not look as imposing as he does on TV. But his swing—the one that, together with his 6...
Do not be alarmed if you suddenly feel smaller upon arriving at the Resort at Pelican Hill, a 504-acre golf retreat in Newport Coast, California. "Those are Palladio principles," says Ralph Grippo,...
What do you do when your 19th-century Heidelberg villa is too big for your family? You make it even bigger and turn it into the German university town’s first luxury boutique hotel. Owner Peter...
After opening on a hillside overlooking Zurich, Switzerland, in 1899, the Dolder Grand resort and kurhaus, or health retreat, soon became a gathering place for the European elite. But the towered and...
The Bardessono, located on an extraordinary six acres that was once the home of the Bardessono family, whose descendants were early settlers in Yountville, California, redefines the concept of a wine...
In Beverly Hills, the epicenter of youth-obsessed Los Angeles, many a cosmetic surgeon offers procedures that promise a younger-looking you. Montage Beverly Hills has flipped the local formula: The...
Molori, says Kirk Lazarus, one of the Molori Sarfari Lodge’s owners, is intended for the traveler “who wants an exclusive environment with everything at his fingertips.” Molori, which means “dreamer...
"It has been a little while since we last had the pleasure of your company at the Connaught," begins Anthony Lee, the hotel’s general manager, in a letter that he sent to past guests, "and I wanted...
The red-cedar door to your suite at Capella Ixtapa opens not to a room but to a view. After waving your key card and passing through the door, you step onto a thatch-roofed terrace—outfitted with a...
In 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy leased the Royal Hawaiian as a rest-and-relaxation depot for sailors. The hotel reopened to the public on February 1, 1947, 20 years to the...
Following the death of United Arab Emirates founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2004, the sheikh's sons decided to convert Sir Bani Yas, an island where the family owned a palace, into a...
Once a gathering place for pirates, the pristine cove that is the setting for the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is now perhaps the most peaceful stretch on Mahé, the main island in the Seychelles...
A hospitality ambassador greets guests near a stand of bamboo at a candlelit entrance below street level, then escorts them to their Accommodations for in-room check-in over tea. The welcome ritual...
At 101 stories and 1,614 feet high, the Shanghai World Financial Center is the planet’s second-tallest building, after the slightly loftier Taipei 101. But the Shanghai structure holds top bragging...
The Mara Safari Club, Kenya’s most famous retreat, is a haven of the mid-century jet set that was founded in 1959 by William Holden, one of Hollywood’s most charismatic figures. Regular guests at the...
Intercontinental’s first resort in the United States brings a bit of Andalusia to the Arizona desert. Modeled after villages in southern Spain, the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in...
Six years ago, Leslie Schlesinger, the high-energy perfectionist from Tiburon, California, embarked on a room-by-room renovation of Palm Beach's Brazilian Court Hotel, a 1920s-era property, after...
Before Steve Wynn opened Encore, interior designer Roger Thomas described the resort as “Wynn Las Vegas’ little sister who went to Macao and came back to Las Vegas a little more grown up.” It was, in...

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