Travel

Looking out to a cloudless sunset over turquoise water, Rachel Buchner recalls a rainy day about four years ago. Buchner, the general manager at Mozambique’s Azura resort, remembers this particular...
“One does not travel by plane,” Karen Blixen once wrote. “One is merely sent, like a parcel.” This observation resonates more poignantly today than it did in the mid-20th century, yet even in our...
Richard Kessler is a man of many interests—and many outlets for those interests. The former chairman of the Days Inn hotel chain, the 65-year-old hospitality pioneer has spent the past 26 years as...
Tierra Patagonia, the sister property to Tierra Atacama, opened on December 20 on the shores of Lake Sarmiento. The property features 37 rooms, three two-story suites, and five apartments that sleep...
The Bellagio resort and casinoinLas Vegas is opening a 12,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor nightlife venue, Hyde Lounge Bellagio , on New Year’s Eve. Modeled after an Italian villa, the massive space...
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas opened last month on Saadiyat Island, a small landmass less than a mile off Abu Dhabi’s coast with white-sand beaches, natural mangrove forests, and a protected...
Centrally located near the Kremlin and Red Square, the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya opened this month with 203 rooms (from $850 per night), including three penthouse suites (price upon request...
On December 15, Jumeirah Vittaveli will open in the Maldives. The resort has 91 villas and suites (from $1,143 to $10,000 per night), each with its own private pool, private massage room, direct...
After 70 years in operation as a sheep-processing factory and then a decade of restoration, the Bories cold-storage plant reopened December 1 as the Singular Patagonia , a 57-room, luxury hotel...
The GIFT One of 21 numbered Royal Salute Tribute to Honour decanters encrusted with gold, silver, and diamonds. A matching pair of goblets in silver, gold, and diamonds, made exclusively for the...
The GIFT A four-day visit for three couples to Oporto, Portugal, hosted by the Fladgate Partnership. A dinner featuring Taylor Fladgate vintage ports from 1924, 1928, 1935, 1963, 1977, and 1994;...
The GIFT “VVIP” seating for four to every event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies. All-expenses-paid travel for four via first-class cabin from New...
The GIFT An all-inclusive five-day, four-night fishing trip for 30 guests to King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia, hosted by chef Michael Mina. Nightly tasting menus created by Mina and his...
Photographs hanging in Presidential Bungalow No. 24 show a T-shaped building abutting acres of Southern California farmland. The images were taken around the time the Beverly Hills Hotel and...
Heli-skiers are a hardy breed. Often traveling without their significant others, they require little more than a single room, a comfortable bed, hot meals, and endless expanses of untracked powder—...
Opened in June just a block from Cannes’ shorefront Promenade de la Croisette, Five Hotel & Spa is fast becoming a tastemaker on the French Riviera. The hotel’s popularity owes much to Jacques...
On the world circuit of celebrity haunts, Malibu is an anomaly. Where one goes to Aspen or St. Barts to see and be seen, one retreats to Malibu to blend in. Such is the concept behind the Southern...
Staring down a snow-choked chute that has never been skied, I take a shallow breath and shift my eyes to the horizon. All around me, craggy Canadian Rocky peaks pierce the cloudless sky; in the...
The GIFT A private golf tournament for as many as 70 guests at Laucala Island in Fiji, hosted by course designer David McLay Kidd. Exclusive rental of the island for five nights and six days, all-...
A visit to Ignacio Figueras’ horse farm in Argentina, where the renowned polo player and horse breeder will help the recipient select a polo pony from the farm’s stable...
Did you ever wish for a racecar bed as a kid? Taj Suites and Residences’ 51 Buckingham Gate in London is indulging adult auto enthusiasts with a more mature, luxurious version of their childhood digs...
About a year and a half after unveiling his first hotel venture in Dubai, Italian clothing designer Giorgio Armani opened his second hotel, in Milan, on November 10. The new property, Armani Hotel...
MGallery, a collection of 45 historic properties by Accor, is introducing its first U.K. property—St. Ermin’s Hotel, which inhabits the site of a 15th-century monastery in central London. To coincide...
Amsterdam’s former Sweelinck Conservatorium is now home to a 129-room hotel. Fittingly named the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam, the property opened earlier this month. The original structure, which...
Every December, the international art scene convenes in Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, and the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach , a restored 1953 Morris Lapidus–designed landmark with its own $10 million...
The Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort and Spa opened in Thailand this month with 44 suites and villas, each with a private plunge pool. The property has a spa, swimming pool, restaurant,...
The first Rocco Forte property located outside of Europe and the first of three in the Middle East, the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi opened November 7. The luxury British brand’s 13th hotel...
Surrounded by waterfront shops, cafés, and theaters, the new 18-story Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, which opened on November 14, has 256 rooms and suites (starting at $219 per night), a spa and...
Situated in the heart of the city, the newly unveiled St. Regis Florence seamlessly blends the city’s artistic heritage with contemporary design, and modern amenities. After a $100 million renovation...
The historic Greenbrier hotel, a 7,000-acreresort established in 1778 in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., unveiled the Windsor Club this fall, featuring new rooms and VIP services. The two-story...

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