Ultimate Villa Vacations

Private travel issue: Bali, Miami, Greece, St. Barts, Napa Valley & more. Plus, Africa by private jet, Audi's new R8 V-12 diesel and Britain's watchmaking boom.

During an interview last fall with 60 Minutes, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins...
No one who has seen Jack Nicklaus stand over a putt would ever doubt the deliberate and considered...
Domenico Vacca is a colorful individual: When he opened his signature store next door to Cipriani...
If a good vacation gets you away from it all, an ultimate vacation should deliver you to another...
An eminent London diamond merchant since 1789, Backes & Strauss approaches the wristwatch as a...
While refurbishing stopwatches and dashboard rally timers in vintage sports cars, Manchester-...
When brothers and professional aviators Nick and Giles English launched a collection of watches in...
With its resiliency, its ability to bend without breaking, the Ometepe tobacco leaf is analogous to...
Nicaragua’s nutrient-rich soil produces tobaccos for some of the world’s most flavorful cigars...
Those who follow the watch world closely may have noticed the reemergence of several of the British...
Salon-goers in 18th-century France frequently played loto, which most Americans know as bingo. But...
This summer, adventure cruise company Quark Expeditions ( www.quarkexpeditions.com ) is launching...
Similar to other timepieces of its genre, the new Girard-Perregaux Bi-Axial Tourbillon ( www.girard...
1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster. Shortly before the end of World War II, Standard Motor Co. acquired the...
Tyrants and tycoons must also have their hideaways. Those who run the world, after all, must...
Burgundy’s byzantine labeling conventions have their origins in Napoleonic law, which prohibited...
The Gulfstream G650 ( www.gulfstream.com ) soon will supplant the G550 as the company’s—if not the...
Avo Uvezian’s birthday has become a cause for celebration among cigar smokers. Uvezian, who founded...
For very practical reasons, aircraft interiors are made of light, durable materials that happen to...
During family gatherings at his hilltop vacation home on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, Stew...
In recent years, no marque has won more Le Mans–series endurance races than Audi. The company also...
Considering all his outward reverence for tradition and history, today’s golfer has few practical...
For his love of water, not wine, Diogo Vaz Guedes, founder of the Aquapura hotel group, selected...
The city of Reims has a heart of stone: its cathedral. This imposing structure for centuries...
More than just the menu is seasonal at Park Avenue Summer; the entire restaurant changes with the...
Last December, at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York, the auctioneer’s gavel came down...
Ultimately, the ceramics simply became too big. For more than 30 years, Joan Mirviss’ nine-room,...
Bobby Dekeyser’s career in professional soccer ended in 1990 when, during a heated match, someone...
Britannia ruled the waves thanks to the finely jeweled bearings of the marine chronometer. This...
Four friends travel from Los Angeles to Bali, Indonesia, for a 10-day surfing trip. Providers. Air...
Three couples travel from New York City to St. Helena, Calif., for a weeklong culinary vacation in...
An extended family—two grandparents, three couples, and four young children—travels from Chicago to...
Two families—four adults and three children—plus a nanny travel from Boston to Deer Valley, Utah,...
A family of four from Greenwich, Conn., travels to the French West Indies island of St. Barts for a...
Two families—four adults and five children—travel from Washington, D.C., to Costa Rica for a two-...
TCS Expeditions (800.727.7477, www?.tcsexpeditions.com ) will offer its own version of an Atlantic...
Aviation consultants are a fairly new breed. Bill Quinn, a consultant based in Portsmouth, N.H.,...
Mercedes-Benz never snoozes. When not adding to a seemingly endless and ever-morphing inventory of...
The only way to get from Nicaragua’s capital of Managua to the town of Estelí, the production...
Golf first came to Morocco in 1914, when Sultan Abdelaziz, who had ruled the country from 1894 to...
The Item. This battle flag belonged to John Rodgers, a Maryland man who captained ships for the...
The Spire ( www.martinlogan.com )—a new, ultrathin, floor-standing speaker from MartinLogan—offers...
The Saleen S5S Raptor ( www.saleen.com )—a 650 hp sports car that made its first public appearance...
A couple travels from Houston to Miami for a weeklong shopping and yachting trip during the annual...
Each time the king pauses for a breath, the man next to him says “jhoom” in a voice that could make...
However strange and exotic the setting may be to Westerners, Morocco holds few if any untoward...