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 […]

Brazilian Residence Resort Equipped for Sports

Fazenda Boa Vista honors the beauty of the Brazilian countryside with its dense woods, rolling hills, and tree-lined paths. Fifteen lakes dot the 1,730-acre property, which is located outside São Paulo and will consist of half-acre to two-acre homesites (from $153,700), homes (from $1.1 million), and undeveloped estancias (from $1 million) of up to nearly […]

Historic Hotel to Reopen with Guest Rooms and Residences

Located in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, the Ocean House, which originally opened in 1868, closed in 2003 after falling into severe disrepair. The aging structure’s significant safety-code concerns would have made it excruciating to renovate, so its current owner carefully disassembled the old hotel—salvaging many of the historic interiors—and started building a replica of the […]

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,, 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 […]

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