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Guests of the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, which opened along a mile-long private beach on Langkawi’s northern cape in 2005, can search for the island’s native monkeys and raptors on a guided...
Miraval spa has undergone a metamorphosis. Owner, and AOL guru, Steve Case emphasizes the importance of lifestyle, wellness, and mindfulness—the art of living in the moment. To head this new...
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...
Though it dates to 1861, Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland, is by no means fusty and old-fashioned. A recently completed $74 million refurbishment—which spanned 12 years—has kept this Belle...
Designed to resemble the grand lodges of Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Yosemite national parks, Bachelor Gulch is a soaring structure of timber and stone with three linked mountain areas that...
At the world’s oldest ski resort, Suvretta House, guests enjoy the conveniences of a private, no-wait ski lift and ski school. During the warmer months, grazing cows replace skiers on the Alpine...
At the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah, ski valets may help you conserve your energy for the slopes as they slip your boots on for you, position your skis, and hand you your poles. The lodge...
The spectacle of Sabi Sands unfolds almost as impressively from your vantage inside Singita Ebony’s air-conditioned suites. Suites feature large picture windows with views of the savanna, 15-foot-...
Mombo’s exceptional game viewing owes to the park’s location: near the tip of Chief’s Island, close to the crossroads of the lush Okavango Delta and the arid Kalahari Desert. Creatures from both...
Located outside Ranthambhore in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Aman-i-Khás is the subcontinent’s closest approximation to an upscale African safari lodge. The resort consists of 10 fantastically...
Mexico City has a new, sleek luxury hotel: Las Alcobas , which in Spanish means “the alcoves.” Located in the posh Polanco district, it is billed as a modern guest house comprising 35 rooms,...
Frank Rainieri and Tom Fazio are a perfect twosome. Rainieri, CEO of the Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic, dreams of making his property the Caribbean’s top golf and beach resort...
The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills , which completed a $33-million renovation in March , affords breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills and the Los Angeles skyline, but its first-...

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