Robb Report January 2016

Overview

The Travel Issue 21 Luxury Hot Spots Urban Exploits, Undiscovered Islands, African Adventures, Epic Escapes & Much More Introducing America's New Culinary Master: The Winner is Revealed Plus, a Health & Wellness Bonus Section    

From This Issue

Bon Voyage, Bon Vivant

The most rewarding journeys are very often the unexpected ones. But no such cheerful sentiments brightened the thoughts of one traveler who crossed the Atlantic from France in 1861. A native of Reims, this anxious gentleman had hurriedly packed his bags and departed his hometown on an altogether unanticipated expedition to the suddenly war-torn United […]

Morocco Modern

Tadelakt plaster walls, handwoven rugs, and zellige mosaics are nothing new in the Red City. But at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, which opened in October, such traditional touches form only part of the picture. Infused with Mandarin Oriental’s high-gloss style in a sleek black-and-white palette, the hotel’s 63 suites and villas strike an intricate balance […]

True Tico

Alberto Esquivel had intended to build a family home in the foothills of Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains, a modest country abode where his children could ride Andalusian horses among grazing cattle. Five years after breaking ground, the Costa Rican native has instead created Hacienda AltaGracia, Central America’s most exciting and authentic new luxury resort. Opened […]

Taking Flight

Stepping out of the helicopter that brings you to andBeyond Benguerra Island, you trade one whirling bird for a cast of thousands. The resort, which reopened in June after a multimillion-dollar renovation by the safari company andBeyond, occupies a sandy beach on Mozambique’s Benguerra Island, where the more than 140 avian species range from kingfishers […]

Beach Beauty

The new Faena Hotel Miami Beach is an extravagance even by South Florida standards. Opened in November, just in time to welcome the stylish Art Basel crowds, the posh property overlooking Miami Beach is the most recent addition to the Faena District development taking shape along six blocks of Collins Avenue. As part of this […]

Spoils of the Vine

Portugal’s Douro River does not rush but rather flows gently past the terraced vineyards of Europe’s oldest wine country. The Six Senses Douro Valley—which opened in July on a hill overlooking the river—is an appropriately soothing retreat that inhabits one of the valley’s historic quintas (wine estates). The bounty of the local vines permeates the […]

The Oracle of Lanai

Since acquiring Lanai from his fellow mogul David Murdock in 2012, Larry Ellison has tinkered constantly with the Hawaiian island’s only beach resort. He redesigned its lobby three times in three years, opened a Nobu restaurant on the property—only to renovate and reopen it a few months later—and shut down an entire wing of the […]

Glass House

In 1920, the French designer René Lalique ventured to the northern region of Alsace to build a home for his glassmaking company. Lalique also needed a home for himself, and so he constructed a timber-framed villa just a mile from the factory. Nearly a century later, the home has opened as a six-suite retreat that […]

Believing in Bali

Balinese luxury resorts are taking travelers to new depths, delving into the intoxicating sights, sounds, and smells of Indonesia’s magical isle. “It will only work if you believe,” Awi says to me as we kneel together on the beach in the glow of the 7 am sun. The morning tide is low—so low that I could […]

Bombs Away

On the powdery slopes of Portillo, the Olympian Bode Miller and new partner Bomber ski hurtle forward on their quest to revolutionize the world of skiing.   It is late winter in South America, and the ski slopes of Portillo, Chile, are gasping under 40 inches of new snow. For the past three days, a furious […]

Culinary Masters 2016: Charities

From Control to Cure  Last year, nearly 600,000 people across the United States died from some form of cancer—a number that represents almost one out of every four deaths in the country. This year, more than 1.6 million Americans will learn that they have  the disease.  The figures alone are enough to incite action. For […]

The Robb Reader: Jonathan Beckett

A conversation with the yacht broker and world traveler.  Since taking the helm of Burgess in 1992, Jonathan Beckett has grown the London-based yacht brokerage from a three-person outfit to an industry leader with a dozen offices around the globe. Traveling the world has been a passion of Beckett’s since he was a teenager, and […]