Exotic Pleasures

McLaren SLR 722 supercar debuts in Dubai. Visionary new men's eyewear designs, plus ultimate adventures in Africa, India and Patagonia.

When hotelier David Garrett sold the Point late last year, it was not because he had lost interest...
Not just any helicopter would do for architect Malcolm Appleton, designer of one of the cottages at...
Scratching on the eight ball would be preferable to leaving a scratch on the Bolero, the first pool...
Iin 1885, Chicago Home Insurance Building opened on the corner of La Salle and Adams Streets as the...
Scott Salvator knows that his designs will not appeal to everyone. “What we do is the antithesis of...
When Judy Kensley Mckie sees a duck on a pond, she does not think, “Oh, how cute,” or “Look at it...
An auspicious headline ran on the front page of the Times of India on my first morning in the...
Osvaldo Anwandter—30ish, tanned, fit, and wearing fishing waders—voices a lament familiar to...
India is difficult to negotiate, and travel between destinations can be arduous and time-consuming...
The opportunity to observe a number of marine mammals and aid in their study and conservation is a...
It is dinnertime at Mweya safari lodge, a resort of thatch-roofed cottages in the middle of East...
Banditry and Rebel insurgency continue to keep northern Uganda, along the border with Sudan, off...
The Rocky Patel Edge Missile Maduro is ideal for those instances when you crave a cigar but lack...
Its Owner George Gruhn has owned and operated Gruhn Guitars in downtown Nash­ville, Tenn., since...
Interior decorator and antiques dealer Keith Skeel considers the decorative objects that he owns...
Eernest Shackleton failed in his attempt to become the first man to reach the South Pole, but he...
The early pioneers of Napa Valley were often reluctant refugees or eager visionaries—descriptions...
For those with sufficient foresight, the wait for jamón Ibérico bellota is nearly over. In 2004, La...
The picturesque harbor in Portofino seemed almost too small and ill-equipped to handle the two...
Senior correspondent Paul Dean was shocked to see just how much Dubai had changed since he last...
Sometimes," says chef Terrance Brennan, "change for change’s sake is good." Thus for the sake of...
Moscow’s massive Manege, a neoclassical landmark built in 1817 for the five-year anniversary of...
Those shiny black Suburbans seen ranging British Columbia’s Fraser Valley are not transporting...
The Portuguese wine industry has been victim to its fair share of outrageous fortunes—from the...
Green T. House Living ( www.greenteahouse.com.cn ), a restaurant and teahouse located near the...
San Franciscans no longer have to forsake fine sushi during their weekend trips to wine country. Go...
Funny how a recollection can strike at the most convenient time, at the precise moment in a...
Hunting has supplanted golf as a means of cultivating social and business contacts, claims Richard...
In the early 1900s, Morven Park Mansion, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Leesburg, Va., was home...
On a breezy desert day in early December 2006, Ben Cren­shaw is tromping around the second green at...
Welcome to the Taj Mahal of golf courses,” says Dave Alvarez, a PGA pro at the Madison Club, as he...
The timepieces that Felix Baum­­­­gartner and designer Mar­tin Frei create for their company,...
When Ermenegildo Zegna’s remodeled Manhattan store reopens this fall (simultaneously with the brand...
To the extent that pens can resemble cars, the Tibaldi for Bentley ( www.tibaldi.it ) writing...
While he was a gem buyer for Tiffany & Co., Harry Platt presumably was not easily impressed by...
Lapo Elkann has described the eyewear from his new company, Italia Independent, as unique and...
One writer damned the Quasi-Automatic Transmission in the otherwise smooth and affable Maserati...
Dubai’s is the tale of two emirates, both borderline surreal. The traditionalist who resists change...
The oversize, overendowed, and pretty much over-everything undertaking known as Maybach was...
When Ducati unveiled its new 1098 S Tricolore at the Milan motorcycle show late last year, it...
A new series of private track events organized by Supercar Life ( www.supercarlife.com ) gives you...
As the plane readies for takeoff, a controller’s voice comes over the headphones: "We’ve got an...
A sailfish ( Istiophorus platypterus ) does not hide its emotions well: When it grows excited, its...
“If you think about an object’s function,” Ferdinand Alexander Porsche once observed, “the form...
Carbon fiber is proving to be a gift to speedboaters. The material, bonded with epoxy resin, pre­...
When Hatteras launched its first yacht, a 41-foot Convertible, in 1960, company founder Willis...
An architect by training, Nicaraguan-born Juan Carlos Espinosa—JC to the yacht world—discovered his...