ALEXANDER KULISH

FrontRunners: Natural Beauty

In a country flush with artificial isles and towering skyscrapers, Sir Bani Yas is an anomaly. The island—a once-deserted landmass that was transformed into the United Arab Emirates’ largest nature preserve in the 1970s—is home to mangrove forests, a wildlife park, and, as of last June, a stylish new beach retreat. Set along an isolated […]

D-Hotel Maris

From its setting atop a remote hill on the Datça Peninsula, D-Hotel Maris reigns over an undulating landscape at the meeting of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, one headland south of Bodrum on Tur­key’s sparkling Turquoise Coast. The Turkish conglomerate Dogus Holding acquired the resort in 2010 and embarked on a nearly two-year, no-expense-spared redesign […]