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Best of the Best 2012: Resorts: Amanruya

Opened in December, Amanruya (+90.252.311.12.12, http://www.amanresorts.com) is the third Mediterranean resort and 25th property worldwide from Singapore-based Amanresorts. The 36-villa retreat—located outside Bodrum, Turkey, on a hill overlooking Mandalya Bay—recalls an ancient Mediterranean village, with a collection of locally designed structures modeled after nearby farmhouses and traditional Ottoman buildings. The cottage-style accommodations feature white-marble flooring, […]

The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Europe: Villa Tre Ville

Villa Tre Ville, Positano, Italy After purchasing Italian director Franco Zeffirelli’s estate in 2007, hotelier Giovanni Russo embarked on a restoration designed to honor the former owner. Villa Tre Ville—four buildings clinging to the cliffs between Positano town and Grand Hotel San Pietro—was a perfect match for Russo, who is known for his restorations on […]

San Camp

After undergoing a complete redesign, Botswana’s San Camp reopened in July amid a thin stand of ilala palms on the fringe of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, one of the Earth’s largest salt flats. The tented retreat, which operates annually from April to October, joins Jack’s Camp and Camp Kalahari as the only outposts on Uncharted […]

Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech

Based on traditional Berber designs, the modern-looking carpets at the Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech were made on massive looms by tribal weavers from the Atlas Mountains. Designers imported the yarn for the rugs from the United Kingdom and New Zealand, dyed the material for near-exact matches with traditional blue and beige hues, and then trained […]

Amanruya

The 36 cottages at Amanruya peek out inconspicuously from a pine grove overlooking a quiet Mediterranean bay on the Bodrum peninsula. The 25th hotel from Singapore-based Amanresorts, Amanruya opened in August as one of the most exclusive retreats on Turkey’s increasingly popular Turquoise Coast. Set among the pines and ancient olive groves, Amanruya’s stone cottages […]

Aman Sveti Stefan

On the heels of similar conversion projects in Cambodia, China, and Sri Lanka, Singapore-based Amanresorts is set to reveal its largest restoration effort to date: an 82-acre compound on and off mainland Montenegro that is being transformed into the Aman Sveti Stefan resort. During the early 15th century, fishermen sought refuge on Sveti Stefan Island […]

San Antonio

Since Santorini became a regular cruise-ship stop a few years ago, the Greek volcanic island has become a hot spot for the tourist hordes. But last May, a hotel debuted on an isolated stretch of the island, a setting where the Santorini of old—a peaceful perch from which to sit and stare at the Aegean […]

Ten Top Summer Getaways: Le Cap Estel

By the time a South African couple purchased Le Cap Estel in 2000, the resort had slipped in rank on the status-conscious Côte d’Azur. Newer and flashier hotels on the stretch of coast between Monaco and Nice had long since lured royalty and celebrities away from Le Cap,which first opened as a resort in 1951. […]

Best of the Best 2007: Resorts: Grumeti Reserves, Sasakwa Lodge

Grumeti Reserves, Sasakwa Lodge Tracking big cats on the hunt is a highlight of almost any African safari. With cheetahs—which can accelerate to a top speed of 70 mph and chase their prey for more than three miles—the act unfolds most dramatically during the winter-month migration on Tanzania’s Serengeti Plain. At Grumeti Reserves, a private […]

Eye on the Tiger: Staying on Safari

India is difficult to negotiate, and travel between destinations can be arduous and time-consuming. It is therefore wise to plan your trip through a well-established tour company such as Micato Safaris (800.642.2861, http://www.micato.com), which can provide suitable transportation and guides to ensure a smooth journey. Micato can arrange stays and safaris at each of these […]

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