20 Super Suites

Overview

Top villas at the world's premier resorts. Plus, Audi's all-new A8, high marks for the lighter, longer, and more powerful flagship sedan. Perfect Pro-Ams, play golf's greatest tournaments. Also, Grand Openings - new hotels in Singapore, Tasmania & more.

From This Issue

From the Editors: Seaside Sanctuaries

during the belle epoque, noblemen, millionaire industrialists, financiers, and kings seeking civilized retreats from civilization carved up the rocky coast of the French Riviera, planting exotic gardens as stage settings for an extraordinary assortment of pastel pleasure palaces, such as the Villa Rose-Pierre at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat featured in this month’s selection of vacation villas […]

Journeys: The Princeville of Tides

Tropical beverages were the topic of conversation during most of the 90-minute drive from Kauai’s Lihue Airport to the St. Regis Princeville Resort. My driver, John, whose wife had worked at the former Princeville Resort’s pool bar for 14 years, had much to say about the property’s recent changes. “She used to be able to […]

Wheels: Audi Brings Its A-Game

Audi won this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans after a mid-June day and night of pounding, flat-out racing—the kind where vision blurs at 220 mph, g forces multiply a driver’s body weight by a factor of five, and engines operate on the verge of meltdown. Despite such punishment, Audi’s R15 diesel prototypes finished the […]

The Robb Reader: Tom Fazio

Tom Fazio counts himself among the fortunate few whose passion and profession are perfectly aligned. “My hobby happens to be golf,” says the 65-year-old course designer, whose nearly 200 layouts include Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Pinehurst Nos. 4 and 8 in North Carolina, and Fallen Oak in Mississippi (site of a Champions Tour pro-am […]

Spas: Private Practice

Cheryl Jacobs, spa director at Manhattan’s Surrey hotel, believes an elite spa experience means a discreet one. “A lot of private information is exposed before, during, and after a treatment,” says Jacobs, who joined the Upper East Side hotel in January to launch its new spa. “I think our clients feel most comfortable when they […]

Jewelry: Yellow Fever

Under a patch of land in the remote wilderness of Western Australia, geologic conditions produced just the right amount of nitrogen and heat to create pure and exceptionally clear yellow diamonds. Some of these stones recently surfaced in a jewelry collection from Tiffany & Co. The new line features cushion-cut and pear-cut yellow diamonds set […]

Home: Giorgetti at the Plaza

One of Giorgetti’s latest creations is not at the Italian furniture maker’s New York Design Center showroom on Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue, but rather in a penthouse residence on the 20th and 21st floors of the storied Plaza Hotel at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South. The aforementioned creation amounts to more than $500,000 worth of […]

From the Robb Cellar

With the arrival of Prohibition in 1919, Napa Valley’s once-thriving family wineries—most of which belonged to European immigrants who had brought with them their native winemaking traditions—closed down, and the vineyards that supplied their fruit went fallow or were replanted as orchards. When wine production re-emerged in the postwar years, many of the techniques used […]

A Royal Marque

Only a select few American automobiles have joined the ranks of the world’s four-wheeled icons. The Model T, Corvette, Mustang, and original Lincoln Continental were commercial successes that set the standards for style in their times and went on to kindle the passions of collectors; but with its design, flamboyance, and presence, one make and […]

Aviation: Total Eclipse

In its first decade of business, Eclipse Aviation delivered 260 aircraft. The New Mexico company was the fastest general-aviation jet manufacturer in history to produce its first 100 planes, and by the beginning of 2008 it had a backlog of more than 1,000 orders for its lone production model, the six-seat, twin-turbofan EA500 very light […]

Dining: Hungarian Rhapsody

Like a beautifully executed musical improvisation, chef Miguel Vieira’s eight-course tasting menu at Costes Restaurant in Budapest, Hungary, delights the senses with harmonious notes and striking contrasts. “In small ways and in some techniques, what I learned from Ferran Adrià informs my cooking,” says the 32-year-old Vieira, who worked as the sous-chef at El Bulli, Spain’s […]

Sports: Going to Extremes

As we hovered over Paradise Peak—a 9,800-foot summit 25 miles west of Sun Valley, Idaho—my guide, Lel Tone, assured me that I would have no problem skiing the waist-deep powder below us. I have skied black-diamond-rated mountains throughout the world, but I rode chairlifts to the tops of all those groomed slopes; this was my […]

Collectibles: Ballpark Figure

If the Major League Baseball Opus Marquee Edition had a trading card, the back would read something like this: pages: 790; size: 20 x 20 inches; weight: 75 pounds; images: 1,000+; words: 110,000+; cost: $3,000. The new tome’s supersize dimensions (and price tag) may bring to mind baseball’s steroid era, but the contents of this […]

Home Electronics: Smaller Wonder

Technical Audio Devices avoided ambiguity when naming its new loudspeaker, the Compact Reference. It is what its moniker says it is: a compact version of the company’s Reference One, a world-class speaker by any measure of performance, size, and price. Seeing the need for a more “size-appropriate” loudspeaker—one smaller than the brand’s 4.2-foot-tall, 330-pound, $70,000-per-pair […]

Watches: Mechanical Advantage

For companies with brand names as substantial as Hublot’s, acquiring 30 new employees may not seem particularly newsworthy. But for a niche industry in which art, craft, and precision engineering intersect on a single square inch of real estate, an apparently small move such as this can have profound implications. “Thirty watchmakers is a small […]

Autos: The Cadillac of American Coupes

One of the world’s most formidable ultraperformance sedans is Cadillac’s CTS-V, a 556 hp supercharged sledgehammer that claims to be the fastest four-door around the Nürburgring and goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Reasonably priced and locally grown, this outlier from Detroit proves that GM has what it takes to raise the […]

Desert Oasis

With its near-constant sunshine and numerous golf courses, the Southern California desert can prove irresistible—especially for those who reside in cold climes. Such was the case for a Chicago-based businessman and his wife who 20 years ago purchased a home at the Vintage Club, a private resort and golf community in Indian Wells, Calif. The […]

Leisure: Above and Beyond Par

My approach shot to the 15th hole at Mayakoba’s El Camaleón course has caught the greenside bunker. It is not my first time in the sand today. I have been struggling, and now I need to get up and down to help out my teammates—one of whom decides that now is an opportune time to […]

Leisure: Above and Beyond Par: Going Pro

When selecting a pro-am tournament, you should consider the obvious (quality of course, strength of field) and the not-so obvious (three rather than four amateurs per pro, walking and caddies, tee times rather than shotgun starts, additional special events). Individual spots typically cost between $4,000 and $10,000 and may include VIP passes and extra tickets […]