Kim Fredericks

Resort Town: Lake Tahoe

The alpine area known as Lake Tahoe, which surrounds its namesake body of crystal-blue water, has something of a split personality. Located 200 miles from San Francisco and 30 miles from Reno, it straddles California and Nevada in the Sierra Nevada mountains and harbors two distinct vibes. While the South Shore is home to the […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Condo and Destination Clubs

Destination Clubs Determining whether you will spend your vacation in a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom condo that’s a five-minute walk to the slopes or in a fully staffed 10,000-square-foot home on a private mountain begins with the initiation fee. Destination clubs offer five-star service and access to a portfolio of homes in the most coveted vacation spots, […]

Best of the Best 2012: Vacation Homes: One Sandy Lane

On Barbados’s Platinum Coast, One Sandy Lane reigns. Designed by Larry Warren, the local architect who also built the legendary Sandy Lane hotel nearby, One Sandy Lane is an ultraexclusive enclave centered on a regal 100,000-square-foot edifice housing just eight villa-style residences. The homes came on the market last fall (seven have sold), and prices are […]

Vacation Homes: Eight Wonders

The easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados—or “Little England,” as it is known—has long lured vacationers with its white-sand beaches, a vibrant cultural scene, and the legendary Sandy Lane hotel. Since 1961, this beach, golf, and spa resort has coddled its predominantly British clientele in a private-club-like atmosphere. Last fall, the resort took this […]

Sport: Fit to a Ski

Head to any ski mountain and you will find demo stations tempting you to take a brand-new pair of skis out for a spin. Ski shops also encourage test-drives of their inventory—which is neatly categorized by skiing style (all-mountain, carving, or powder)—so purchasing the right pair should be easy. “Except that skiers don’t always know […]

Capella Telluride, Telluride, Colorado

Capella Telluride, which opened in February as Capella Hotels and Resorts’ first property in the United States, does things a little differently—as you discover shortly after checking in. The reception desk sits in an attractive, light-filled lobby with stone floors, high beamed ceilings, and a tiered glass-plate chandelier that hovers above the fireplace. Like most […]

2009 Luxury Preview: Dynamic Tower

The idea for a rotating skyscraper came to architect David Fisher one evening while he enjoyed the sunset from a high-rise building in New York City. “I could see both the Hudson and East rivers, and I thought, ‘Why can’t we rotate the floor so everyone could see?’ “ Raised in Tel Aviv and educated […]

Best of the Best 2008: Resorts

The Carlton Hotel (+41.81.836. 70.00,, a nearly century-old institution in St. Moritz, Switzerland, reopened in December after a $65 million, 18-month renovation that might have the resort’s grande-dame neighbors considering face-lifts themselves. The Tschuggen Hotel Group reconfigured the formerly 100-plus-room property into a boutique resort with 60 suites, all with views of Lake St. […]

Private Preview 2007: The O Property Collection

Amanresorts was among the first luxury brands to establish accommodations on Turks and Caicos, the British West Indies islands on the Bahamas’ southeast fringe. The firm’s Amanyara resort, an assemblage of lavish pavilions, soon will have as company the Ritz-Carlton Molasses Reef resort (in 2008) and the Fairmont Turks & Caicos (in 2009). But the […]

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