The Travel Issue


Private escapes. Splendor in the Seychelles - the world's ultimate island getaways. Retreats for all seasons - beach, golf, mountain & vineyard vacation homes. Plus, new hotels & resorts in Miami, Paris, Puerto Rico, Beijing, Istanbul & more. Also, Beirut by Bentley, the Flying Spur Speed hits the high-flying city.

From This Issue

The Robb Reader: Gary Player

The World’s Most Traveled Athlete, one of golf great Gary Player’s nicknames, might be an understatement. “I think I’m the most traveled human being who ever lived, because I’ve been traveling around the world almost year-round for close to 60 years,” says Player, who turned 75 in November. Along the way, he has earned victories […]

Improving Paradise

“Don’t be alarmed if I make any sudden movements during the flight,” says my helicopter pilot as I take the seat next to him on a piercingly bright morning at Frégate Island Private. I nod hesitantly in response to this introduction, just before the tiny aircraft lurches upward, prompting a flurry in my stomach. “There […]

Boon for Beirut

The morning rush hour in downtown Beirut is a study in chaos. One might expect such a situation in a 5,000-year-old city whose roads originally were built for chariots and sandals. But the antiquity of the urban grid is only part of the problem. To Lebanese drivers, it seems, traffic lights are at best guidelines—to […]

Big Sky’s the Limit

At Yellowstone Club—the roughly 13,600-acre private resort community in Big Sky, Mont., managed by the Discovery Land Company—the deer, elk, moose, and bears often outnumber the golfers and skiers with whom they share the grounds. “We always thought that the skiing at Deer Valley was great, because they limit the number of ticket sales to […]

Taste of Italy

In 1949, Count Antonio Bolza fled Soviet-occupied Hungary, leaving his estate behind. Decades later, the nobleman finally found an appropriate site for a new family compound: in Italy, where his ancestors originated. “We discovered this farming estate with 50 farmhouses on 3,000 acres on the Umbria-Tuscany border,” recalls Count Benedikt Bolza, Antonio’s son. After buying […]

Sea’s Candy

When Dene Oliver started coming to Los Cabos in the late 1970s, the area at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula was a blank canvas of sand and sea. “I had a sailboat and would sail down the coast along the Sea of Cortez,” recalls Oliver, a San Diego–based real estate developer in his […]

The Right Angles

Architect Guy Dreier has built more than 50 residences in and around Palm Springs, Calif., including Robb Report’s 2009 Ultimate Home. The Dreier-designed estate shown on these pages, which was completed in 2008, bears a striking resemblance to that winning property, but is far from cookie-cutter: The 9,300-square-foot retreat on 2.4 acres at the Bighorn […]

Journeys: Ancestral Routes

On a spring evening in 1951, my maternal grandmother, Margot Zündorf, a blonde, blue-eyed 21-year-old German immigrant, was shot to death outside her home in Atwater Village, Calif. The gunman was her 28-year-old husband and my grandfather, William Valenzuela. Moments later, William turned the weapon on himself. My grandparents met when William was a soldier […]