Mandarin Oriental and Art HK Create a Destination for Art Lovers

For the second year, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has been named the official hotel of the 2012 Hong Kong International Art Fair. To celebrate Asia’s premier art event, commonly called Art HK, the nearly 50-year-old hotel—known for its majestic views of Victoria Harbor and the city’s skyline—will offer specialty cocktails bearing art-related names in the […]

Villa Magna Hotel Provides VIP Access to the Prado

Madrid’s Villa Magna is offering VIP access to the city’s famed Prado Museum, along with expert art guides, and insight into Spain’s rich art history. Priced from $14,560 a night, the Prado package places guests in Villa Magna’s 1,500-square-foot Royal Suite, which is well stocked with bottles of Spanish cava and, from its perch on […]

A Wine-Filled Weekend at the Ritz

From January 27 through January 29, the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., will host 550 wine enthusiasts for three days of meals and wine tastings at the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival. Tickets for the festival, which supports underprivileged children, are $8,500 per couple or $20,000 for two couples. The price includes reserved seating at […]

Principe di Savoia’s Tasteful Lesson Plan

For those who wish to do more than just savor Italian food and wines, Milan’s Hotel Principe di Savoia has introduced cooking and wine-pairing classes, available through 2012. Students get a hands-on lesson in the classic Milanese cuisine of executive chef Fabrizio Cadei, followed by dinner at the hotel’s Acanto restaurant, featuring the class menu […]


Spread over two jungle-covered islands in the Maldives’ southern Dhaalu Atoll, Per Aquum’s Niyama is the follow-up to Huvafen Fushi, a landmark Maldivian retreat that is home to the world’s first underwater spa. The new resort, which will partially open in January, is twice the size of its sister property and counts an underwater nightclub […]

A New Night Spot Opens on the Las Vegas Strip

The Bellagio resort and casinoinLas Vegas is opening a 12,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor nightlife venue, Hyde Lounge Bellagio, on New Year’s Eve. Modeled after an Italian villa, the massive space featurestwo bars, floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, a private study, and an outdoor terrace lined with olive trees that overlooks the fountains of Bellagio. There are 40 VIP […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Smoke on the Water

The GIFT An all-inclusive five-day, four-night fishing trip for 30 guests to King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia, hosted by chef Michael Mina. Nightly tasting menus created by Mina and his executive chefs, David Varley and Adam Sobel. One night at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, including a kick-off party hosted by chef David […]

Sport: Automatic First Down

Staring down a snow-choked chute that has never been skied, I take a shallow breath and shift my eyes to the horizon. All around me, craggy Canadian Rocky peaks pierce the cloudless sky; in the distance, British Columbia’s Kinbasket River slithers through the valley. Looking down again at the untouched powder below, I see my […]

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