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This 320,000-acre concession in northern Botswana includes three safari camps, the best of which is Zarafa ($1,035 to $1,484 per person), a refined four-tent outpost on the banks of a lagoon. Selinda...
This opulent retreat in Kenya reopened under the Great Plains banner in 2008. The company is working with local Masai communities to decrease poaching in the area and protect the region’s lions and...
Fresh from a top-to-bottom renovation, the Jefferson in Washington, D.C., reopened with a new design scheme that is true to the 87-year-old hotel’s Beaux Arts roots and offers subtle nods to the...
Set high in the Swiss Alps, 800 feet from the main Médran lift station, the Lodge at Verbier is one of the few ski-in locations in town. The property’s indoor pool area connects to a steam room, gym...
Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Qualia has 60 spacious one-bedroom pavilions designed by Australian architect Chris Beckingham each with private sundecks. Rates The 970-square-...
Few experiences could be more soothing than the Sacred Water Ritual at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. The three-hour massage takes place in one of the resort’s four above-water...
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...
Two months after the Bali provincial administration placed a temporary moratorium on permits for new hotel construction, Alila Villas Uluwatu opened on the island’s Bukit Peninsula. The 35-acre...
The newest and most fashionable of Cape Town’s luxury hotels is the One&Only, where two small atolls provide the setting for 40 Island Suites and a One&Only Spa. Dark African woods,...
Guests arriving at The St. Regis Deer Valley make their way to a welcome center on the perimeter that's just inside Park City, Utah. While valets and bellhops lighten their worldly burdens by taking...
While Deer Valley promises to solidify its status as one of the top destinations for skiers—the resort does not allow snowboarding—another local ski area is making Park City increasingly attractive...
Ancient banyan trees and 17,000 swaying palms shade the trails at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives. The resident biologist at the private-island resort leads tours along the...
Set on a broad sandy beach near the tip of Baja California, Las Ventanas appears at first as a quaint village, a collection of white stucco structures situated around courtyards and gardens that...
At Fiji’s Laucala Island resort, Austrian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz has spared no expense in developing this private island, and his concept—to build a limited number of Accommodations , leave...
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...

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