JENNIFER RYAN

Sport: Stalking His Claim

The country sport of deer stalking is a time-honored tradition in the Scottish Highlands. Unlike many forms of hunting, in which participants wait in hiding for their prey, stalkers in Scotland openly pursue deer on foot, often walking 6 to 12 miles a day over steep, treeless terrain for a closer shot at their target. […]

Spas: Off the Menu

At the Grand Del Mar, a sprawling 400-acre resort in suburban San Diego, the list of spa treatments spans six pages and more than 30 therapies. Guests can download the treatment menu from the property’s website in advance of their stay or find a copy in their room after checking into the resort. From Touch […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Magic Moments

THE GIFT A seven-night stay for as many as 24 people at Musha Cay, hosted by the private-island resort’s owner—and world-famous illusionist—David Copperfield. Levitation of one guest performed by Copperfield on a 2-mile-long disappearing sandbar. Lessons in small-scale illusions and one major illusion from Copperfield. The first ever snorkeling trip to view a new underwater […]

Spas: Massages Plus

“Can i take a picture of your iris?” naturopath Louise Westra asked as I arrived at her office at the Gleneagles resort in Perthshire, Scotland. It was not the first question I expected to hear at a spa, but I obliged, fitting my face into a contraption that held my head still and my eyes […]

Sport: Fly Away Home

The Eurocopter AS350 Astar landed in our backyard at about 9 am. Within a few minutes we were flying high over Revelstoke, British Columbia, our small group of skiers looking down on the Columbia River while our pilot searched for an opening in the thick fog above. Powder-covered peaks waited on the other side of […]

Journeys: Full Steam Ahead

About 30 minutes into our drive from the Istanbul Edition—an Ian Schrager–conceived hotel that opened last year in the city’s modern neighborhood of Levent—we crossed the Golden Horn inlet off the great Bosphorus strait. Pulling into the Old City, my driver gestured toward the pointed spires and enormous domes of the Hagia Sophia and the […]

Endless Winter

World-record holder Mark Jones just made a rookie mistake. Already too far down a powdery chute, he attaches skins to the bottoms of his skis and begins to climb the slope he descended moments before. The 55-year-old guide moves quickly, steadily up the steep incline, his fluorescent snow pants swishing back and forth like a […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: The Golden Ticket

The GIFT “VVIP” seating for four to every event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies. All-expenses-paid travel for four via first-class cabin from New York to London.  Accommodation in the two-bedroom Berkeley Suite at the Ritz London for 18 nights, including afternoon tea, daily in-suite breakfast, butler services, and […]

Ultimate Private Islands: Italy: Villa la Cassinella

Villa La Cassinella is technically not a private island. In fact, the 18th-century estate is not even on an island—it is perched on a secluded peninsula in Italy’s Lake Como. But this gloriously restored landmark, which can only be accessed by boat, offers all the comforts, cachet, and exclusivity of the world’s finest private-island resorts—if […]

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