Spas: Swiss Fit

The neurocom is beeping and blinking as I jump, squat, reach, lean, and hop from one foot to the other. Feeling like John Glenn in a scene from The Right Stuff, I huff my way through exercises that require me to follow with my body the movement of a tiny dancing dot on a computer […]

The Alpina Gstaad

The arrival in 1905 of a railroad and a ski run quickly transformed the humble farming village of Gstaad, Swit­zerland. Within a decade, three luxury hotels—Gstaad Palace, Grand Hotel Park, and Grand Hotel Bellevue—had opened along the mountain town’s slopes. A century later, Gstaad remains an upscale retreat for downhillers, a status bolstered by the […]

Travel: Wales Tale

“YAAAAHoooooo!”   A “coasteerer” clad in a wet suit, life preserver, helmet, and sneakers whoops at the top of his lungs as he cannonballs from a 12-foot-high cliff into the Irish Sea off of St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, in southwestern Wales. The participant in this quirky local sport will also scramble up rocks, climb along slippery […]

The Robb Reader: John Hendricks

When he was young, John Hendricks was fascinated, as boys often are, with wildlife, dinosaurs, space, automobiles, and adventure. His favorite TV shows were Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and Walter Cronkite’s You Are There. As an adult, perceiving a lack of such programming, Hendricks in 1985 launched the Discovery Channel, America’s first television network […]

Travel: Taking Back Toronto

Opened in 1961 in Toronto’s Yorkville district, the first-ever Four Seasons hotel has long been a source of pride for the city’s residents. But the former flagship of the now-legendary luxury brand has also long been considered the worst hotel in the 86-property chain. This fall, more than a half century after its debut, the […]

Best of the Best 2012: Resorts: Ballyfin

Built in 1822 as the home of British baronet Sir Charles Coote, Ballyfin Demesne was once Ireland’s most lavish Regency mansion, the centerpiece of a 614-acre estate of esplanades, parkland, woodland, and a lake at the base of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Adding to the milieu, Lady Coote commissioned for the grounds such follies as […]

The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Asia & the Pacific: Amanbagh

Amanbagh, Jaipur, India Set on the former hunting estate of a maharaja, Amanbagh is a walled, 40-room retreat in northern India’s Rajasthani hills. The palace, contemporized for its opening as a resort in 2005, is a haven of gardens, cupolas, latticed screens, ornate columns, and service befitting royalty. Guests can take yoga and cooking classes; […]

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