NANCY WONG BRYAN

Ho’olei at Grand Wailea Offers Residences

The villas of Ho’olei at Grand Wailea in Maui enjoy all the amenities of the Grand Wailea next door, most notably its 770,000-gallon water wonderland, which consists of nine free-form pools on six levels and a water elevator. The Ho’olei villas, however, many of which overlook the property’s own private saltwater pool, offer a respite […]

Ecologically Sound Balcones in the Dominican

Balcones del Atlántico are taking great care to ensure that this resort community, located in the former fishing village of Las Terrenas, remains faithful to its environs inside and out. The group hired an ecology expert to guide on- and off-site efforts to preserve the area’s beaches, coral reefs, vegetation, and marine life and wildlife. […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: House in the Cloud

THE GIFT A 1.21-acre homesite within the Red Cloud community at Talisker in Park City, Utah. A 9,000-square-foot skier’s dream home designed by the architectural firm Hart Howerton. A custom interior-design scheme by Paul Duesing Partners. One family membership to Talisker Club. Five-year hospitality ski passes for four to Deer Valley Resort. $13.1 MILLION in […]

Travel: Tales of Great Ulysses

While cleaning out her garage in Murrieta, Calif., last winter, Veva Haacke discovered a leather case containing century-old relics from the US Grant hotel. The items had been buried at the hotel 65 miles away in San Diego—as a time capsule by Ulysses S. Grant Jr., founder of the US Grant and the second son […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Color Contrast

Nearly a decade after the death of Gianni Versace, who once described his couture as having “the memory of the classic mixed with a touch of the future,” the designer continues to influence his company’s products. The Versace home collection (212.317.0224, http://www.versace.com), which debuted in 1992, comprises furniture and accessories that reflect Gianni’s tastes for […]

Ultimate City Escapes: Heavy Mettle

The members of black sabbath are better known for trashing hotel rooms than for decorating them, but in the Sorrento Hotel’s Music Suite, a poster signed by Ozzy Osbourne and his heavy metal cohorts crowns the head of the bed. The poster—which complements the room’s displays of gold and platinum records, a guitar signed (not […]

Ultimate City Escapes: Swell Dwelling

Calvinist missionaries from Europe nearly wiped out surfing in the 19th century, when they forced Hawaiian natives, who were the sport’s primary practitioners at the time, to desist from such hedonistic pursuits. A small group of Hawaiians, however, continued the island tradition covertly. The surfers eventually migrated to the turquoise swells of Waikiki Beach, where, […]

Collectibles: A Bid for Greatness

At some point after his retirement from baseball, Joe DiMaggio made it a stipulation that he always be introduced at public appearances as the “greatest living ballplayer.” Fans of his Boston Red Sox adversary, Ted Williams, might have disputed the designation. The rivalry between the two legends came to a head in 1947, when the […]

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