BILL WHITMAN

Best of the Best: Resorts

North Island A natural state of mind in the Seychelles.   As your chopper descends onto North Island, it is hard to imagine that this sanctuary in the Seychelles was, until quite recently, abandoned and overrun with feral cats and rats. But it was not until 1998 that the property’s new owner, Johannesburg-based outfitter Wilderness […]

Sport: Mane Attraction

It takes only a short stroll along Middleburg’s leafy streets to confirm that you have arrived in one of America’s equestrian capitals. Washington Street, the main road of this 18th-century Virginia village, is lined with shops dense with the scent of fine leather from boots, saddles, and riding gear. Other shops, such as the Finicky […]

FrontRunners: First Class

Discerning visitors to Washington, D.C., especially those with an appreciation for America’s past, can now enjoy staying in the historic building that even Charles Dickens, who loathed the federal city, thought “very beautiful” during his 1842 visit. The Kimpton Group, which has converted many historic structures throughout America into elegant hotels, recently opened the Hotel […]

Wine: Forefather of the Vine

Winter is a quiet time at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s eccentric estate near Charlottesville, Va. The summer and autumn crowds have come and gone, and the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge that reminded Jefferson of Bordeaux—and inspired him to attempt to produce fine wine in his native Virginia—are shrouded in mist and rain. But last […]

Private Paradises: Southern Revival

Every few days, a handful of travelers gather on an isolated stretch of beach on Zanzibar, doff their shoes, and wade out to a launch bound for Africa’s premier private island resort, Mnemba Island Lodge.   Once visited only by shipwrecked fishermen, Mnemba was more or less a wasteland when Johannesburg-based CC Africa purchased the […]