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When his Highness Moham­med VI, king of Morocco, decided to build a new luxury hotel in Marrakech, his demands were simple. He did not care how long it would take or how much it would cost; all he...
Prince Roland Bonaparte, grandnephew of Napoléon I, built the Palais Iéna as his Parisian home in the late 19th century. Last December, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts completed a four-year conversion...
The owners and management at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane ( +44.20.7499.0888, www.fourseasons.com ) had planned to tear down and replace their four-decade-old property. They eventually...
The brilliant white sand of Petite Anse beach separates Mahé island’s lush green jungle from the bright-blue waters of the Indian Ocean, forming a striking setting for the Four Seasons Resort...
With a 2,200-acre private ski area and a Tom Weiskopf golf course, the Yellowstone Club has been a standout among resort communities since its opening in 2000. Now the Big Sky, Mont., club has...
The line between destination clubs and fractional-ownership programs has become increasingly blurred in recent years. The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club is a prime example, combining elements of both...
The leader in the destination club industry and a veteran of Robb Report ’s Best of the Best award, Exclusive Resorts achieved $66 million in sales in 2010—a 50 percent increase over the previous...
Soaring snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes, and quaint Alpine villages provide a remarkable backdrop for the Sensai Select Spa at Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa (+41.33.?828.2828, www...
Tasmania has long attracted tourists who come to explore the island’s great outdoors. With the opening last June of Saffire Freycinet (+61.3.6256.7888, www.saffire-freycinet.com.au ) , travelers to...
On the shores of Lake Pichola, Espa at the Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur (+91.294.6701.234, www.theleela.com ) opened in February 2010 as the 18-?year-old Espa brand’s first Indian outpost. Away...
Pioneer Camp 1926 Londolozi (+27. 11.280.6655, www.londolozi.co.za ) is the newest of five individually run, small-scale safari lodges along the Sand River in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve...
Treatments at the Aman Spa at Amanfayun, in China’s lake district of Hang­zhou, begin at the Rec­eption House—a building that once served as a dormitory for plantation workers in the ancient village...
The owner of Imanta Resort Punta de Mita (+52.329.298.4200, www.imantaresorts.com ) describes his Mex­ican beach resort as "an island on the land." Thick with jungle and sheltered by peaks and...
Talk about remote: Getting to the Six Senses Spa at Soneva Kiri (+66.3961.9800, www.sixsenses.com ) involves boarding a plane to Bangkok, then a private Cessna to a tiny island in the Gulf of...
Delaire Graff Estate (+27.21.8858160, www.delaire.co.za ) combines the sophistication of a five-star city hotel with the privacy, solitude, and beauty of the resort’s setting among the vineyards of...
More golf courses closed than opened in the United States last year, and the industry experienced a significant drop in rounds played. Yet at least one Amer­ican golf institution showed signs of life...
Great Britain does not suffer from a shortage of elegant country house hotels. Even so, Coworth Park (+44. 1344.876.600, www.coworthpark.com ) , fromthe London-based Dor­chester Collection,is a...
The Bahamas have long been a place for good but not great golf. Last July’s opening of the Baker’s Bay Golf Club (242.577.0635, www.bakersbayclub.com ) changed that—but only for a select few...
Set against the fairy-tale backdrop of Lake Como, CastaDiva Resort (+39.031.32.511, www.castadivaresort.com ) in Blevio, Italy, evokes the spirit of its former resident, Giuditta Pasta—the 19th-...
The Australian island of Tasmania is now home to two of the world’s top courses. Barnbougle Dunes, designed by Tom Doak and Michael Clayton, opened in 2004 to universal acclaim. Last October, the...
From the air of permanence in its great room, and the ease with which guests settle into the space’s couches and chairs, Park City’s newest resort seems to have always been the best place in town...
Only one of this year’s Best of the Best courses is not on or near an ocean. In fact, at Huntsman Springs (208.354.9660, www.huntsmansprings.com ) —a resort community located about 45 minutes from...
The Tides Beach Club opens May 26 in a renovated century-old property that features 21 rooms, plus two suites furnished by the Jonathan Adler company, with ocean views and private decks. The hotel...
The 150-year-old Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, Switzerland, reopened after a two-year, $50 million renovation. The hotel now has 100 rooms and suites (rates from $500 to $3,000), a new lounge and bar,...
The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. is offering access to the members-only Del Mar Thoroughbred Club with its summer racetrack package, available from July 21 through September 7...
The new three-floor Espa spa at the Istanbul Edition hotel, designed by London-based Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), fuses modern chic with the traditional Turkish spa. Design elements include...
Hidden Pond, a 60-acre resort nestled in the picturesque town of Kennebunkport, Maine, reopened on May 13 with 20 new cottages for a total of 34. Rates range from $425 to $985 per night. Surrounded...
Banyan Tree opens its latest resort in Cotai, Macau, on May 15 as a part of the city’s new 136-acre resort complex, Galaxy Macau. Banyan Tree Macau features 246 suites, each with its own relaxation...
Australia-based Orion Expedition Cruises has just released its fully refurbished Clelia II under a new name, Orion II, which will make its inaugural voyage from June 10 to July 4. The 24-night ­­­­...
Hollyford Track is offering a unique opportunity to explore New Zealand’s Hollyford Valley and Milford Sound on its One-Day Guided Heli-Hike Adventure: a personal helicopter trip that transports...

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