Farhad Heydari

Front Runners December 2015: Country Club

Londoners have long retreated to the quaint cottages of the Cotswolds for rustic weekend getaways. With the opening of the Soho Farmhouse (sohofarmhouse.com), visitors to the area can now relish the English countryside with a dose of city style. Located 90 minutes northwest of London by car, the 100-acre estate features 40 rustic cabins, a seven-bedroom […]

East Lothian Local

A private club’s new public offering opens up the legends of Scotland’s Golf Coast.  Scotland’s East Lothian region is rightly referred to as the country’s Golf Coast. The windswept stretch of Caledonia—located about a half hour east of Edinburgh—is home to more than 20 courses, including such treasures as Muirfield, Gullane, and the world’s third […]

Eminent Domaine

A one-of-a-kind Corsican retreat introduces a novel golf experience.   Even among the many villa and farmhouse getaways in southern Europe, Domaine de Murtoli stands apart. The resort, which opened 20 years ago on the mountainous French island of Corsica, offers an incomparable Mediterranean countryside experience to its few guests, who stay in 17 homesteads […]

FrontRunners October 2014 TRAVEL

Hamming It Up The latest whimsical creation from London’s Firmdale Hotels opened in June in the city’s Soho neighborhood, a short walk from Piccadilly Circus. Ham Yard Hotel (www.hamyardhotel.com)—the company’s eighth property in London—is expansive by Firmdale standards, with 91 guest rooms, 24 apartments, and more than a dozen boutiques. Firmdale properties (which also include the Crosby […]

Golf: Riding the Wave

With its rugged wadis, ancient-fort-studded mountains, and 1,300 miles of coastline, the Sultanate of Oman has long attracted adventurous travelers, especially those from Europe. Like the United Arab Emirates, its neighbor to the northwest, Oman has recently started buttressing its natural and cultural attractions with new resorts and developments. But the country’s relatively low-key projects—which […]

Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel

In honor of its centenary in 2012, San Sebastián’s Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, closed last February to undergo a $25 million update led by the London-based design firm HBA. The historic Spanish property—a Belle Epoque landmark originally designed by the French architect Charles Mewès—reopened in October after a radical yet respectful renovation. […]

Best of the Best 2012: Golf Courses: Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club

Unveiled last june in what designer Tom Weiskopf calls “one of most beautiful settings I have ever seen,” the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club (+39.0577.1913001, http://www.castigliondelbosco.com) adds a first-rate championship course to the many allures of the Tuscan countryside. Weiskopf artfully stitched the course through a patchwork of ancient vineyards on a 4,500-acre wine estate […]

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