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When César Ritz opened Rome’s Le Grand Hotel in 1894, the Swiss hotelier introduced new levels of luxury and sophistication to the Italian capital. Indulgences such as private baths—and innovations...
Located on the first 10 floors of a 21-storey hotel and residential tower in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Four Seasons provides an intimate, peaceful oasis just minutes away from the city’s...
Amandari appears to be an authentic teak-and-stone artist’s village, set among the terraced rice fields on the edge of the Ayung River gorge near Ubud, Bali. River-stone walkways weave past shrines,...
The Maldives island of Reethi Rah was less than half its current size before One&Only Resorts arrived on its shores. The developers created 12 beaches and numerous coves, and they imported more...
With the completion of the Ty Warner Penthouse, set 52 stories above street level, the Four Seasons Hotel in New York has achieved a new height in opulence among Manhattan hotels. The suite also...
Throughout Georgetown, pine-shuttered brick storefronts line streets lit by iron lamps, and steel bridges span the picturesque Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Brick, wood, and metal also are abundant...
Like mainsails straining against a spar, the concave- and convex-walled towers of the new InterContinental Boston appear to billow over the city’s waterfront, including the location where the Tea...
Mark Neukomm, the soft-spoken general manager of the Ritz-Carlton in Osaka, boasts that a number of his hotel’s guests are Tokyo residents. For these visitors, the Ritz, located in Osaka’s commercial...
Tourists to Sydney, Australia, often scale the 440-foot-tall Sydney Harbour Bridge to glimpse what they've been told are the best views of the city. Guests of the Four Seasons know better: Sydney’s...
Updated in 2004, the bungalows of Mnemba Island Lodge feature verandas and private beach pavilions outfitted with wooden sun beds from Zanzibar. Guests can spend their days diving on the surrounding...
If the Hotel del Coronado is San Diego’s grande dame of beach resorts, the U S Grant is her metropolitan cousin. Ulysses S. Grant Jr., who relocated to San Diego after his father’s death, built the...
Le Sereno, a resort of 37 suites and villas on St. Bart’s Grand Cul-de-Sac cove, is the lodging equivalent of the local dress code: just enough and no more. Ceiling fans stir the gauze bed canopies...
Hôtel Le Toiny, set on the southeastern shore of this eight-square-mile speck in the French West Indies, offers a choice of 14 one-bedroom villas or a three-bedroom villa, each with its own pool. A...
When owner Mel Zuckerman had the idea to open this now-famous, high-luxe spa back in 1979, everyone (his banker included) said he was crazy. Shortly thereafter, he opened a second Canyon Ranch...
Located on Mount Yoshida in Kyoto’s Kagura-oka neighborhood, Yoshida-sanso consists of five guest rooms in the main house and a semidetached villa. All of the rooms in the house overlook the property...
Translated to mean, “California life,” this French-inspired spa is not for the fainthearted. Even if you come with a spouse or partner in tow, expect separate rooms (although one newlywed we know...
Built in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower was the brainchild of Indian steel magnate Jamsetji N. Tata, who believed that a grand hotel would help establish Bombay, now known as Mumbai, as one...
Set on a gentle rise in the shadow of the 2,900-foot Pinnacle Peak, the clay-colored casitas of the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North blend in seamlessly with the Sonoran Desert landscape...
Tokyo is the global capital of luxury consumerism, and The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo is well-positioned for those who want to experience the city’s extravagances. Set in Tokyo’s tallest skyscraper—a 53-...
Jao Camp’s Balinese-themed buildings were constructed without cutting any trees; instead only fallen timber was used. Inside the nine tented pavilions, elevated safari-style off the ground, are...
From just about any vantage point at the Oberoi Amarvilas, you are reminded of why you came to Agra: The Taj Mahal—built in the mid-17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his...
The property, on the western fringe of Kruger National Park, hosts no more than 20 guests at a time in a setting that, aside from the elephants roaming the backyard, feels like home. Inside Royal...
As a center of politics and culture for six centuries, Seoul is awash in ancient palaces, royal tombs, and Buddhist temples. But as one of Asia’s many boomtowns, the South Korean capital also is home...
The six guest lofts at Sweni sit along the Sweni River, where hippos appear alarmingly close and baboons peer out from the lush vegetation. The lofts’ color palette reflects the jungle’s greenery,...
Set high on a cliff on the island of Samui, the resort’s entry affords views of the Gulf of Thailand and, directly below, a collection of villas and swimming pools built into the steep hillside. The...
Stone facades, turrets, and cathedral ceilings provide an elaborate frame for the casual après-ski atmosphere within this château-style boutique hotel. The ground floor backs onto an outdoor, all-...
The Saxon ruler Augustus II, or August the Strong, built Dresden’s Taschenbergpalais 300 years ago as a gift to an aristocratic mistress. But in time the woman so annoyed the monarch with her...
Guests fatigued after a day on the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains can retire to the Four Seasons’ spa or lounge by the outdoor pool, which is open year-round. Both settings afford...
After a 45-minute journey from Grace Bay, guests arrive to Amanyara’s haven of reflecting pools and timber-shingled, glass-walled pavilions. The 40 identical structures are scattered throughout the...
Because it is within a 400,000-plus-acre private concession—one that is open only to guests of the three camps—Sasakwa can offer safaris that are not permitted on public land. Options include...

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