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 […]

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Founded in Toronto in 1960, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts presides over an incomparable collection of 91 properties worldwide. But the hotel chain has always fallen a bit short in its hometown. This past October, Four Seasons finally opened a Toronto hotel deserving of the flagship moniker, a sparkling new property that serves as the […]

Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa

Regular travelers to Southern California know well the term marine layer and pack appropriately warm clothing when staying at the coast. But San Diego sojourns are seldom foggy for guests of Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, which is tucked into a sunny North County valley 7 miles inland. Neighboring the sprawling estate homes of Rancho […]

Private Preview 2013: The Peninsula Paris

For its inaugural property in Europe, the Hong Kong–based Peninsula Hotels has taken on a century-old Beaux-Arts building located steps from the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The 16th-arrondissement structure once housed the Hotel Majestic and, after 1946, the Preparatory Commission for UNESCO, which reallocated bedrooms as secretarial offices and bathrooms as […]

Private Preview 2013: The Brando

In 1769, during his first voyage around the world, Captain James Cook scribbled in his journal about a remote atoll some 30 miles from Tahiti: “This island is called Tetiaroa … a small, low, uninhabited Island, frequented by the people of George’s Island for fish, with which it is said to abound.” Two centuries later, […]

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 […]

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