Robb Report January Issue 2017

Overview

The Travel Issue 21 Trips for 2017 Featuring Caribbean Bliss in the Cayman Islands Safari to Sand in Tanzania Cuba by Superyacht Basking on Billionaire's Beach River to Rails in Peru Master Chefs in Melbourne & More

From This Issue

Editor’s Notebook: Moving Pieces

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”  —Robert Louis Stevenson The peripatetic author of Treasure Island certainly moved, journeying from Europe to California to the South Pacific. I secretly read this, his first commercially successful novel, in a guest […]

Winter Driver Destinations

If you’re an auto enthusiast looking for places to go and things to do this month or next, we have some suggestions, including the Southwest—to buy, browse, or present collector cars—and just south of the Arctic Circle to guide high-performance grand-tourers across sheets of ice. Arjeplog, Sweden This remote outpost just south of the Arctic […]

X Marks the Sweet Spot + Alex Wilcox

We’re all familiar with the inconveniences of commercial aviation: security lines, the interminable boarding process, cramped seating, and often-dicey Wi-Fi service, among others. Private flight can address these issues, but at a steep price. To bridge the divide between the two options, the charter operator JetSuite has launched its own hybrid shuttle service, JetSuiteX (x.jetsuite.com). […]

Lofty Lair

One of Napa Valley’s most location-driven labels, ironically, had no proper home for more than two decades. When vintner Barbara Banke and her late husband, Jess Jackson, founded Lokoya (lokoya.com) in 1995, they considered one of the properties that contributes to its portfolio of mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignons as a potential winery site. “We always knew […]

Basque to the Future

London’s One Aldwych hotel is now playing host to Michelin three-star chef Eneko Atxa’s eponymous new restaurant (eneko.london). Its menu celebrates modern Basque cuisine, similar to what he dishes up at his acclaimed Azurmendi restaurant near Bilbao. Push through the restaurant’s heavy cast-iron doors and descend its dramatic copper staircase to the contemporary basement dining […]

Tiki, Take Two

One hardly expects to find a Polynesian paradise hidden behind a “secret” door on the fourth floor of a restaurant on a busy city corner. But Pacific Seas is no ordinary tiki-themed cocktail lounge. It is a recent reincarnation of the 1939 Los Angeles landmark Clifton’s Pacific Seas restaurant, originally created by Clifford Clinton. Its […]

Como Contemporary

Modern Milan came to Lake Como last summer with the August debut of Il Sereno Lago di Como (ilsereno.com). Designed by the Milan-based Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola, the 30-room hotel is a contemporary observatory nestled among the rocks and leaning over the lake’s shores. Inside, colorful furniture, fabrics, and details—much of it designed by Urquiola […]

Red Eye

The new Leica M-P Grip by Rolf Sachs (leica.com) isn’t just about looks. Designed in collaboration with its namesake German artist—whose works have included a giant boulder dangling from two red ropes and a pair of lamps made of human hair—the limited-edition camera has a tough and tactile grip rendered in the textured rubber commonly […]

Oahu Oasis

Oahu’s Ko Olina has been a resting place for Hawaiian chiefs and royals since King Kamehameha—the founding father of the Kingdom of Hawaii—made it his preferred retreat in the 18th century. With the opening of the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina (fourseasons.com) last May, the storied western shoreline is welcoming a new generation […]

Wild for the Winelands

Analjit Singh first came to Franschhoek on a whim. In 2010 the Indian billionaire, who was visiting South Africa as a spectator at the FIFA World Cup, took a side trip to the Cape Winelands—and fell hard and fast for the vineyard-lined town. Seven years later, he has created an assemblage of local hotels, wineries, […]

Personal Best: Larry Fitzgerald

The NFL superstar is turning his off-season passion into a roving venture. Larry Fitzgerald has a flair for racking up big numbers. Throughout his 12-season NFL career, the nine-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has set more than a few records, including becoming the youngest player ever with 1,000 receptions (at 32 years old). But he […]

Paradise Restored + Island Renewal

The Cayman Islands, long known primarily as a tax haven, are emerging as the latest laidback but luxurious escape thanks to a new wave of development that, more than a decade after Hurricane Ivan, includes extraordinary and distinct resorts. Within the walls of the garden, nature quietly reigns. Beyond the coiled roots of trees and […]

The Wild Philanthropists

Throughout the African continent, individual donors are reshaping conservation models—and transforming the concept of luxury travel. On a day in late January 2016, a team of antipoaching specialists employed by African Parks flew by helicopter to a GPS point deep in the western reaches of Gambella, a 1,954-square-mile national park in Ethiopia close to the […]

Dream Trips + Getting Some Shut-Eye in the Sky

Upgrade your travel experiences by following these 10 tips for getting premium sleep while away from home. It its best, travel can be a thrilling adventure that reboots both body and mind. At its worst, it can wreak havoc with sleep, which will put a cranky damper on exploring your destination. Long-term lack of sleep […]

Bathed in Style

A Swiss wellness retreat springs from architecture’s great minds. With its white exterior and minimal interiors, 7132 Hotel (7132.com) is a far cry from the traditional Swiss chalet. Designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning architect Peter Zumthor in the mid-1990s and built around thermal springs, the resort is a modern architectural achievement nestled in the towering […]

Moving Parts

Patek Philippe’s latest travel watch is a study in adjustment. With its sleek Calatrava-style case, the latest World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 from Patek Philippe ($73,700, patek.com) is hands down the company’s most compelling world-time offering. “The most challenging part was taking the time with the designer to make sure that the watch was readable […]

From a Russian with Love

If Paris is always a good idea, as the saying goes, then it is an especially enticing proposition now: Through February 20, visitors to the City of Light can view a pivotal private art collection that has not been assembled in a single location since the late 1940s. The exhibition, Icons of Modern Art: The […]