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After entering through an unassuming guard gate, guests of Rancho Valencia follow a winding driveway past tennis courts and pink Spanish-style bungalows. Aside from the Hacienda—a 5,000-square-foot...
Wildflower Hall’s exotic surroundings make the resort’s comforts—butler service and high tea at 4 p.m.—all the more inviting. One of the spa’s new offerings is the two-and-a-half-hour Himalayan...
Set on a high pass above the ocean in Big Sur, California, the Post Ranch Inn taps into the natural mysticism of its surroundings with weekly programs of yoga, stargazing, art tours, and nature walks...
In the woods of Vancouver Island, guests of the Wickaninnish Inn recline in Muskoka chairs at the Ancient Cedars Spa, soaking their feet in large copper basins. The spa’s rustic interior of cedarwood...
In 2003, the Ritz-Carlton Co. completed a $25 million renovation of Penha Longa, a resort set at the heart of Sintra-Cascais Nature Park. A Robert Trent Jones Jr. course runs through cork, olive, and...
Built in 1893 and renovated in 2000, the white-columned Wheatleigh is set within a 22-acre park (designed by Central Park landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted) just outside the village of Lenox...
The Park Hotel in Kenmare’s nine guest suites—no two of which are alike—feature open floor plans, dining facilities, sitting rooms, canopy beds, and original oil paintings of museum quality. A short...
A working sheep farm for more than 150 years, Wharekauhau (pronounced Forry-ko-ho) spans a 16-mile stretch on North Island’s southeast coast. Despite its size, the estate feels intimate. Visitors can...
Stark, whitewashed walls accentuate colorful Vietri tiles in Le Sirenuse’s guest rooms, most of which include bougainvillea-lined terraces with dramatic views of the coast. Several suites include...
Set along the banks of the Waikato River, this 17-acre resort on New Zealand’s North Island regularly records trout catches of 10 pounds or more from the region’s waters. Huka Lodge, which opened as...
Guests at Amanjiwo—a 35-suite resort in a jungle not far from Yogyakarta—receive exclusive morning access to the breathtaking ancient temple Borobudur. The guided tours are followed by a 90-minute...
Ideally situated on Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s main shopping boulevard, the Grand Hotel Europe overlooks the multicolored onion domes of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. Gilt-framed...
The Hotel Salto Chico is an ecotourist’s minimalist dream: The white structure of slate, copper, and cypress and lenga woods presents a striking complement to the glaciers, granite massifs, pampas,...
The 2,500-acre Pezula property encompasses a chic spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, a private residential development, and the elegant Pezula Hotel. The 20 modern villas house 78 suites with...
Built in the 12th century, this former villa overlooking the Mediterranean opened as a hotel in 1997. The estate’s structures are a blend of medieval, Baroque, and Arabian architecture, with handmade...
Set on one of California’s most spectacular seascapes, this thalasso-minded spa opened to rave reviews a few years back and continues to earn kudos. Designed by Anne Braham, the spa incorporates...
This Big Island property has been one of the most popular luxury resorts on Earth since it opened 14 years ago, and for good reason. A recent renovation has made it even better, with updated guest...
For those unfamiliar with the Miami area, arriving at the airport and being welcomed to “the islands” can be a bit disconcerting. Miami, the city on Florida’s southeast coast; Miami Beach, the seven-...
As with the resort town of Hakone, Japan, water is central to the experience at Gora Kadan, where guests are never more than a few steps from a bath or pool. Several of the resort’s 23 guest rooms...
Hermanus’ Birkenhead House is the maritime equivalent to a South African safari lodge. Fireplaces, stone walls, travertine floors, chandeliers, large couches, and floor-to-ceiling windows create a...
Graham and Fay Cowan spent six years renovating the 19th-century Victorian manse before opening it as a resort in 2000. The 17 guest rooms and suites decorated with antiques from Christie’s, Sotheby’...
Guest lodgings at Lizard Island include several freestanding villas set under palms along the beach or on cliffs overlooking Anchor Bay. The recently renovated Pavilion, the pearl of the isle, offers...
Following the flight from Buenos Aires, visitors to the Four Seasons Resort Carmelo in Uruguay sip lemongrass iced tea from ceramic tumblers while checking into their bi-level suites. Heated slate...
Trisara’s various water features flow throughout tropical gardens at the resort, which stretches along a cliff above a private beach on the Andaman Sea. Each of the villas and 18 suites has a...
Rebuilt in the Renaissance era, the hacienda is adorned with Spanish Baroque and sleek contemporary furniture, vaulted ceilings, and sweeping frescoes. Rooms overlook the lush Parisian and Persian...
Guests of the Wakaya Club—the only resort on the 2,200-acre private isle in the Koro Sea—spend their days swimming and kayaking near the shoreline, snorkeling and scuba diving along the surrounding...
Outside the Cliveden House, a stone terrace leads to a 1,000-yard parterre and the estate’s 376 acres of formal gardens and parklands. The Water Garden, the centerpiece of which is a pagoda built for...
This high-luxe, over-water spa, designed by noted spa developer Sylvia Sepielli, opened in 2002 to much acclaim. Although the concept was to preserve Malaysia’s three-tiered (ayurveda, Chinese...
Rising from the rustic landscape at the edge of the New Forest, a leisurely drive from Stonehenge near the Hampshire coast, is England’s definitive country-house hotel, Chewton Glen. The 58-room...
From Punta Mita’s lobby, paths bordered by fragrant landscaping lead to a series of two- and three-story red-tile-roof buildings on the hillsides above the bay. Most of the rooms and suites inside...

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