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On St. Thomas’ Great Bay beach, a personal concierge delivers sparkling water to a woman sunbathing where the sand meets the surf, mere steps from her suite. In Jupiter, Fla., a caddie concierge...
A residence within a private resort community is more than just a vacation home; it is an entrée into a vacation environment. Increasingly popular with those in the market for a second (or third, or...
RafflesAmrita Spa, Canouan Island At the RafflesAmrita Spa on Canouan Island in the Grenadines, you will find all of the Asian elements that characterize the Singapore flagship: Indonesian and Thai...
Richard Meier–designed towers will house 225 units with starting prices ranging from $1.5 million to $4.1 million.
Regardless of its curriculum or the quality of its staff, the Pebble Beach Golf Academy would attract students by reason of its location alone. Fortunately, and not coincidentally, the academy at the...
Rick Smith does not have a particular style to imprint on his pupils. When working with professionals such as Phil Mickelson—or with amateurs at his Rick Smith Golf Academies at Treetops Resort in...
Since 1969, Frontiers International has been leading hunters and anglers into the wild in pursuit of sporting challenges and trophies. But few if any of the adventures it previously orchestrated can...
If your ability to schedule a tee time at Pebble Beach would make the other members of your regular foursome envious, consider what their reactions would be if you told them that you had reserved the...
Easton Neston, an estate covering more than 3,300 acres in Northamptonshire, England, epitomizes the grand country home. The main house, commissioned in 1685, was designed by the office of Sir...
The first afternoon aboard the megayacht Ti’a Moana , I hop a tender to one of the deserted islets that ring the volcanic island of Bora-Bora. I snorkel through schools of electric blue parrot fish...
At night, downtown Shanghai is a neon blaze, but all is dark in Fuxing Park, a residential district on the outskirts of the city, where my taxi has stopped. The driver says something in Chinese and...
Impossible. That’s the word that once would have come to mind when confronted with such a challenge as the steep and narrow Lone Pine Chute, an uncharted run adjacent to Stone Crusher at Alta Ski...
“Those aren’t our pilots, are they?” murmurs a passenger waiting for his flight in the private lounge at the Maldives’ Hulule airport. His traveling companions join him at the observation window,...
When the tom fazio–designed Green Monkey golf course officially opens at Sandy Lane next year, it will mark the culmination of the Caribbean resort’s long journey back to preeminence. But for hotel...
As I sit swathed in a loincloth, smoking a cigarette made from a mixture of turmeric and sweet flag powder, I realize the Tamara Ayurveda Spa at the Taj Malabar hotel in Cochin, India, is a total...
“We’re having trouble with one of the elephants,” our guide, Piet Marimane, informs us as the safari vehicle in which we are traveling lurches to the right to avoid a tree felled by a bull looking to...
The Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston (617.338.4400, www.fourseasons.com/boston ) would have been the perfect setting for Robert McCloskey when he wrote Make Way for Ducklings. The...
It was an idea that could have been conceived only in a bar, when the vodka was working its magic, and a fanciful notion seemed perfectly reasonable. Two relative strangers, both Britons and both...
The current trend in golf course design emphasizes a natural approach, one in which architects move as little dirt as possible and make best use of a site’s existing attributes. But every now and...
John Hunt’s day begins at dawn. There are hundreds of avocado trees to plant and 10 tons of fresh-picked citrus to pack. As a farmer, he always has a fence to mend, a leaking hydration pipe to fix,...
In January 2003, when entrepreneur Peter de Savary acquired the Manor House hotel in Devon, England, the property’s best years were well in the past. Viscount Hambledon, son of British bookseller W.H...
Frank Gehry’s radical Weisman Art Museum and the pioneering Walker Art Center paved the way for Le Meridien Minneapolis (800.543.4300, www.minneapolis.lemeridien.com ). The 21-story hotel, which...
Clad in sleek, black suits that render them nearly invisible at this evening hour, the members of a small band of neophytic ninjas silently wind their way through the high alpine wilderness of...
In January 1915, less than a year before Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance descended to its grave beneath Antarctica’s ice floes, Frank Hurley, the expedition’s official photographer, discovered a...
Jerry Stark finds himself in a vexing predicament: His ball is jawsed—stuck between the jaws of the hoop, one of the arches commonly referred to as wickets but known among the croquet cognoscenti as...
An imported London taxi has dropped us off at an Italian restaurant with a French name, and we wash down pasta with Spanish wine here in the town of Baden-Baden, Germany, after spending an afternoon...
PGA member Roger Maxwell’s standing as one of the most powerful and influential figures in golf has more to do with his business than his short game. Maxwell, the former golf director for Marriott...
Queen Mary 2 Cunard crowns a new queen of the sea. Cunard built the Queen Mary 2—QM2 for short—to carry the tradition of the ocean liner into the 21st century. This was quite a feat considering that...
The Grove A modern classic at England’s finest new resort. Kyle Phillips’ work at Kingsbarns, neighbor to hallowed St. Andrews, has been universally hailed as an almost perfect modern example of the...
The Mansion at MGM Grand Las Vegas Just off the Strip in Sin City is a little corner of heaven. In a city that blends a Manhattan skyline and an Eiffel Tower, an 18th-century Tuscan palazzo is more...

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