Best of the Best 2012: Hotels: Corinthia Hotel London

Set on the Thames riverfront in a sprawling Victorian-era Belle Epoque building, the Corinthia Hotel London (+44.20.7930.8181, http://www.corinthialondon.com) has reshaped London’s luxury-hotel landscape since opening in April 2011. Built for roughly $480 million—in a shell that previously housed the Hôtel Métropole and, later, offices for the Ministry of Defense—the groundbreaking 294-room property took four years […]

Golf: Greek Arrival

Before the Greek debt crisis, in the rosy glow that followed the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, a self-made shipping magnate named Vassilis Constantakopoulos began to realize a long-held dream. As far back as the 1980s, Constantakopoulos began acquiring land in his native Messenia, a historically significant region of the southwest Peloponnese. He eventually decided […]

Ultimate Private Islands: Spain: Tagomago

A 100-acre speck in Spain’s Balearic Islands, Tagomago is arguably the Mediterranean’s most exclusive exclusive-use rental. The island retreat, set a half mile off the east coast of Ibiza, opened to guests last year after its once-forlorn, solitary, 1970s-style dwelling was transformed into a rousing whitewashed villa with five modernist en suite bedrooms, large dining […]

45 Park Lane

London’s 45 Park Lane, home of the Playboy Club casino during the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, has been recast as the Dorchester Collection’s newest five-star haunt. Overlooking Hyde Park and the grande dame hotel for which the Dorchester group is named, 45 Park Lane presents a clubby complement to its sister property next door. Conceived […]

Golf: In Fashion

Italy’s riches are innumerable, as any aficionado of art, architecture, automobiles, food, or wine will surely attest. But when it comes to golf, Italians have never embraced the sport with the same gusto they reserve for a Michelangelo or a Maserati. Recently, however, the emergence and growing popularity of Italian professional golfers Matteo Man­assero and […]

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

In 1970, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts founder Isadore Sharp opened his first property in Europe, the 227-room Inn on the Park in London. Later renamed Four Seasons London, the modern tower offered a less stuffy alternative to the city’s old-guard hotels. But after nearly 40 years, the Four Seasons had become a bit too […]

Golf: Cyprus Star

With only a handful of courses scattered across its parched, garrigue-carpeted landscape, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is not the first place that comes to mind as a warm-weather golfing destination for Europeans. Overshadowed by Spain and even Morocco and Tunisia, this divided 3,572-square-mile island—Cyprus is split between the Greek-controlled south and Turkish-occupied north—has a […]

Cap Rocat

The 24-room Cap Rocat resort opened in June inside a converted 19th-century military fortress along Majorca’s Bay of Palma. Set on a peninsula 15 minutes from the city of Palma—capital of Spain’s Balearic Islands—the hotel blends with the landscape and is nearly imperceptible from the sea. From the hotel’s guest rooms, however, the views are […]

Golf: Member of the Bordes

Most of Europe’s elite golf courses are clustered in the British Isles and, to a lesser extent, the Iberian Peninsula. Like its joie-de-vivre-centric counterpart Italy, France has always been an underachiever when it comes to this particular leisure pursuit. But the Gallic golfing landscape is not without its gems, most notably the forested and mysterious […]

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