The World’s Top Resorts 2014


The world's top 100 resorts, with properties in Anguilla, Botswana, Maldives, Montana, Patagonia & more. Also, Porsche’s Power Surge: Behind the wheel of the planet’s most electrifying hybrid.

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Design Portfolio: Plastic Fantastic

Conceived in late 1962 as a road-legal racer, the diminutive Porsche 904 remains Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche’s high-water mark of functional—and exquisite—design. Ferdinand, the namesake and grandson of the company founder and the author of the original 911, once told Porsche historian Karl Ludvigsen that the 904 was his favorite design. The 904 weighed slightly more […]

FrontRunners: Cellar Notes May 2014

Well Placed Owing to the concept of the rock-star winemaker, those who imbibe are more apt to recognize the name of the individual in charge of the winery than the name of the place where the grapes were grown. Still, location is everything in the world of fine wine, as David Ramey, founder and winemaker […]

FrontRunners: Speedy Seller

Built on spec, the first Overmarine Mangusta 110 ( found a buyer within hours of its arrival in Florida in February for its debut at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. The roughly $16 million model, which is the newest from the Italian shipyard, has a number of selling points, such as a spacious foredeck […]

FrontRunners: Sub Space

There was a specific reason for commissioning the Wider 165 (, a yacht that will become the Italian yard’s largest build when it is completed in 2016. The yacht’s owner, an unnamed new co-owner of Wider, was going to have the company build a 150-footer, but accommodating one of the tenders he plans to store […]

FrontRunners: A Name for Himself

Aston Martin enthusiasts know David Brown (who died in 1993) as the man who saved the marque from extinction and whose initials are appended to a series of the company’s cars. Not to be confused with him is the English entrepreneur David Brown operating David Brown Automotive (, which introduced its first model in April. […]

FrontRunners: Chanel’s Way with Pearls

In the new Les Perles de Chanel collection (, pearls are presented in elaborate, one-of-a-kind pieces that incorporate gold-and-diamond camellias, stars, feathers, and other signature themes of the fashion house. The jewelry, which ranges in price from $50,000 to $3 million, features pearls of various colors, shapes, and sizes, and recalls the layering of rich […]

FrontRunners: Auto Motivated

The inspiration for the new Ralph Lauren RL67 Black Safari Flying Tourbillon ( was the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe that is the star of the designer’s famous car collection. The $80,000 timepiece features a dark, shot-blasted case and a black dial framed by a ring of matte elm burl. The wood evokes the Bugatti’s […]

FrontRunners: Stone Show

The small circle of collectors familiar with the jewelry designed by Glenn Spiro ( is about to grow. Spiro had offered his jewelry and gemstones only at his private salons in London and at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, but in April he opened an in-store shop at Harrods in London. Now he has a […]

FrontRunners: The Bomber Takes Flight

First worn by air-force pilots in the 1920s, the bomber jacket has been transformed for the spring collections by designers using myriad plush materials, urbane colors, and trimmer, modern lines. One of the freshest interpretations is the Zilli lambskin bomber ( with cashmere-and-silk sleeves. The jacket (left, $12,000) is trimmed with striped knit cuffs for […]

FrontRunners: Safari Meets City

The safari wardrobe received a makeover from Ralph Lauren (, who has transformed it from rugged to refined, without sacrificing authenticity. The designer’s new collection of safari-themed clothes and accessories from Ralph Lauren Purple Label includes finely tailored lightweight linen shirts, silk gabardine trousers, and slightly rugged leather and suede jackets. These pieces will look […]

FrontRunners: Inn Style

A modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese ryokan, or inn, the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (, debuted in February along the former imperial capital’s Kamo River. The 134-room retreat’s vantage allows for expansive views of the Higashiyama mountain range and convenient access to the shops, geisha houses, and teahouses in the city’s Gion and Pontocho districts. Inside […]

FrontRunners: Incan Immersion

The Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (, in Cusco, Peru, is located on the site of a centuries-old Incan palace that once housed sacred virgins. Originally opened as a hotel in the 1970s, the property reemerged last October following a two-year renovation that included an intricate restoration of the palace’s original stone walls. […]

FrontRunners: Midtown Makeover

Opened in November, the Quin ( sits on a flourishing block of Manhattan’s West 57th Street, across from the new Viceroy New York and steps from the future Park Hyatt New York. But the hotel—which in its past life as the Buckingham Hotel hosted such artists as Georgia O’Keeffe and Marc Chagall—stands out from its […]

FrontRunners: World-class Collection

Antique maps and atlases hit the auction block. On June 3, the New York–based Swann Auction Galleries will present its Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera ( auction of more than 300 vintage drawings, watercolors, maps, atlases, and historical prints. In addition to a collection of printed maps of Africa and South […]

FrontRunners: Time in a Bottle

The venerable Cognac house of Louis Royer has recently unveiled a remarkably old Grande Champagne Cognac. While VS, VSOP, and XO Cognacs are aged a minimum of two, four, and six years, respectively, this limited-edition offering matured in the cellars on the bank of the idyllic Charente River for 38 years. Its considerable age, however, […]

FrontRunners: Cook’s Islands

A snapshot of Hawaii’s best food festivals. Hawaii: La Dolce Vita, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s Italian-food event (June 9–15), is just the warm-up for Chef Fest (October 21–26), which lives up to its name with Seamus Mullen, Amanda Freitag, and other pros in tastings, dinners, and classes. Maui: The 33-year-old Kapalua Wine and […]

The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Asia & the Pacific

AUSTRALIA Berkeley River Lodge Saffire Freycinet Qualia Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island BHUTAN Amankora CAMBODIA Amansara FIJI Laucala Island FRENCH POLYNESIA Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora INDIA Amanbagh Umaid Bhawan Palace INDONESIA Alila Villas Uluwatu Amanjiwo Como Shambhala Estate JAPAN Gora Kadan MALAYSIA Four Seasons Resort Langkawi MALDIVES Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru […]

The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Europe

ENGLAND Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa Coworth Park FRANCE Cap Estel Cheval Blanc Courchevel Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc GREECE Amanzoe The Tsitouras Collection IRELAND Ballyfin ITALY Capri Palace Hotel & Spa Castiglion del Bosco Hotel Romazzino Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa Le Sirenuse Verdura Golf & Spa Resort Villa d’Este MONTENEGRO Aman Sveti Stefan SPAIN […]

The Robb Report 100 Resorts: United States & Canada

ARIZONA Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North BRITSH COLUMBIA Clayoquot Wilderness Resort Four Seasons Resort Whistler Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort CALIFORNIA Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort The Grand Del Mar Meadowood Montage Laguna Beach Post Ranch Inn COLORADO The Little Nell The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch FLORIDA The Ritz-Carlton, Naples GEORGIA The Cloister at Sea […]

The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Africa

BOTSWANA Abu Camp Zarafa Camp KENYA Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp Segera Retreat MAURITIUS St. Regis Mauritius Resort MOROCCO Palais Namaskar MOZAMBIQUE Azura Benguerra Island SEYCHELLES Frégate Island Private North Island SOUTH AFRICA Birkenhead House La Residence Royal Malewane Singita Castleton TANZANIA Singita Grumeti ZAMBIA Chinzombo Camp   Abu Camp Okavango Delta, Botswana Six stylish tented […]

The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Caribbean & Latin America

ARGENTINA The Vines Resort and Spa BRAZIL Ponta dos Ganchos CARIBBEAN/ATLANTIC Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Eden Rock St. Barths Jade Mountain Musha Cay Necker Island Viceroy Anguilla CHILE Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa ECUADOR Mashpi Lodge MEXICO Las Alamandas Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa Imanta Resort One&Only Palmilla Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood […]

Well-Traveled Treasures

Every destination has its own distinctive spirit—its unique combination of landscapes, light, and cultural aspects that sets the tone for travelers. The personality of a place changes our outlook and our mood—and, more often than not, prompts us to change our attire. Yet while everyone makes sartorial adjustments when journeying from, say, a beach club […]

You Can Have Another V8

The breakfast-cereal industry provides the go-to case study for employing brand proliferation as a barrier to entry. Each of the leading companies offers a wide variety of nutritious flakes, sugary spheres, and even sweeter squares to satisfy every palate and thus make it difficult for additional competitors to get into the market. In a similar […]

FrontRunners: Fancy Footwork

The footwear in the new Dior Homme François Premier collection ( is the first from the brand that is completely handmade using the Goodyear-welt construction method. The technique involves the application of a leather strip between the shoe’s upper and last to form a cavity that can be filled with a cork material for added […]