Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai

The new Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, is intimate by modern Chinese standards, with 187 guest rooms and a restaurant, Shàng-Xí, with five private dining areas. But the hotel’s spaces—including 15 suites, the Executive Club Lounge, and an indoor infinity pool—are expansive and soaring, appearing even more so thanks to sweeping panoramas that take in […]

Icons & Innovations: Four Seasons: In Cinq

Parisians have a term—les palais, or the palaces—for their city’s finest hotels. Bestowed upon a select few properties in the first and eighth arrondissements, the designation reflects the residents’ inimitable sense of history and pride and, in perfect French fashion, implies equal parts romance and arrogance. This latter characteristic came to the forefront in mid-1998, […]

Smoke: Smoke On The Water

For David Haddad, founder and CEO of Phoenix-based Fumar Cigars, nothing captures the spirit of Miami Beach like smoking a preembargo Francisco Farach on the veranda of the Hotel Victor. The South Beach hotel, which dates to 1937, reopened in February after being transformed by Parisian designer Jacques Garcia. The Victor now includes 91 rooms […]

FrontRunners: Elbow Rooms

Set high on a hillside, the main house at Elbow Beach Bermuda (441.236.3535, www .mandarinoriental.com) affords views of rugged rock formations and the island’s famous pink-sand beaches. But for the past few years, the focal points at this 50-acre, Mandarin Oriental– managed resort have been the low-slung accommodations closer to the beach. As part of […]

The Baron Essentials: Staying Power

The hotels and resorts built by America’s turn-of-the-20th-century tycoons became the new gathering places of the affluent class. Several of the properties—including the Astor cousins’ Waldorf=Astoria and the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach—have retained their allure into the 21st century and remain among the country’s finest places to congregate.   The Breakers, Palm Beach, Fla.: […]

The Baron Essentials: The Eco-Tycoon

Terms such as environmentalism and ecotourism had yet to be coined when Laurance S. Rockefeller (1910–2004), grandson of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller, built Caneel Bay on St. John and the Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island. But for the visionary scion—who, as one of America’s first venture capitalists, helped fund Eastern Airlines, McDonnell […]

The Baron Essentials

When William Waldorf Astor tore down his Fifth Avenue home to build the Waldorf Hotel in 1891, he was concerned less with becoming a hotelier than he was with overshadowing his aunt, Caroline Astor. William, a novelist, onetime ambassador to Italy, cultivated snob, and renowned eccentric, was vying for head-of-family status with Caroline, who owned […]

Relevance Revolution

Miami gallery owner and hotelier Diana Lowenstein was surprised when, in early 1998, she heard the news: The venerable Ritz-Carlton chain wanted to turn the DiLido Hotel, which she and her family had owned since 1973, into one of its properties. Lowenstein knew that changes would be on the way for the 11-story hotel, a […]