The Robb Report 100 Hotels: London The Dorchester

It may be a stretch to suggest that the course of World War II changed in spring 1944 when General Eisenhower, unhappy with the decor at Claridge’s, checked out of the hotel and took a 10-minute stroll through the streets of the Mayfair district to the Dorchester. But at his new lodging, in what is […]

The Robb Report 100 Hotels: Boston Intercontinental

Like mainsails strainingagainst a spar, the concave- and convex-walled towers of the new InterContinental Boston appear to billow over the city’s waterfront, including the location where the Tea Party occurred in 1773. From the U-shaped, pewter-covered bar in the hotel’s RumBa lounge, you can view the tea-dumping site while sipping a more potent beverage that […]

Golf: Cattle Drive

The remote location of his Argentine cattle ranch—some 1,000 miles from Buenos Aires—did not dissuade Jorge Taylor from converting a portion of Estancia Chapelco into a golf resort and community. Nor did it matter that he never had picked up a club, or that Argentina’s golf course designers had displayed a dearth of innovative ideas. […]

2008 Private Preview: Into the Woods

Fans of Tiger Woods are familiar with the grainy home movies and taped television appearances that testify to the then-youngster’s penchant for the game of golf. Less well known is his early interest in golf course design. At the age of 11, Woods entered a hole-design contest sponsored by Golf Digest. However, in what has […]

The Prince of Prague: Close Quarters

Lobkowicz Palace does not offer accommodations, but two nearby hotels in Malá Strana, or Little Quarter, serve as fine bases from which to explore the museum, the adjacent castle, and the surrounding city of Prague. Mandarin Oriental, Prague Set in the heart of Malá Strana, the 99-room Mandarin Oriental, Prague, occupies a 14th-century Dominican monastery […]

Leisure: The Prince of Prague

On May 23, 1618, members of Bohemia’s Protestant aristocracy expressed their displeasure with the newly appointed Catholic Hapsburg king, Ferdinand, by tossing two of his representatives out of a 20-foot-high window at Prague Castle. The incident, which became known as the Defenestration of Prague, proved to be the flash point for the Thirty Years’ War—even […]

Private Travel: Private Landings: Flight Preparation

Like spas and residential units before them, private airstrips might one day become essential components to resort developers’ project plans, or at least to the plans for properties situated in the most remote locations. The following resorts, each under construction now, will require time and effort to reach if you are traveling by car, boat, […]

Best of the Best 2007: Flight-Card Programs: Fractional: Marquis Jet

Marquis Jet Marquis Jet cofounder and CEO Kenny Dichter provides a succinct reason why Marquis once again is appearing in Best of the Best: “Choosing your aviation partner is like choosing your doctor: You consider trust, service, and safety.” Certainly Marquis has the resources to meet expectations in all three areas. Through its alliance with […]

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