Joan Tapper

Sport: Grounds for Celebration

In the early years of the last century, polo was an obscure sport in the Southern California resort town of Santa Barbara. In fact, the first exhibition match had taken place only a few years before, on a rainy afternoon in 1894, during the local flower festival. But that did not stop a band of […]

2006 Private Preview: Amanyara

When Amanyara opens on Providenciales this December, it will become Singapore-based Amanresorts’ only property in the Caribbean region. But the contemporary Asian–style resort—consisting of 40 spacious guest pavilions crowning a rocky headland at the tip of the Northwest Point nature reserve—hardly will be alone in the once-quiet Turks and Caicos.   Thanks to its unspoiled […]

Travel: Compound Rapture

Willemstad is Holland in Caribbean dress, an architectural treasure trove of gabled, sherbet-colored buildings on the shores of St. Anna Bay in the Netherlands Antilles. The city, capital of the island of Curaçao, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, an act that set off a wave of historic preservation, first in Punda, […]