FrontRunners November 2014: TRAVEL

Shard of Class       In a city of landmarks, the Shard lords over all. The piercing 95-story, 1,016-foot-high Renzo Piano–designed structure—the new tallest building in the European Union—towers over the South Bank of the River Thames, offering unprecedented views of London’s many significant sites. Opened in May on the 34th through 52nd floors of […]

Above the Fray

Night has fallen in Acapulco, and any moment now a young Mexican diver will fling himself off a cliff and into the surf pounding against the rocks 95 feet below. He stands at the cliff’s edge, torchlit against the blackness. He is in no rush to jump. To depart this perch too soon or too […]

Atlantis of the Sands: Oases in Oman

Oman’s determination to cater to the discriminating traveler suggests that the sultanate will become home to some of the Middle East’s most luxurious hotels. Here are three that already are open for business, or soon will reopen.    THE CHEDI Situated 20 miles south of Muscat, on the exclusive Boushar beachfront, the Chedi reflects the […]

Feature: The Changing Face of Beijing: Beijing’s Best

By the time the torch ceremony commences the XXIX Olympiad in August 2008, China’s capital will be home to several upscale hotels. Following are our picks for the 10 most promising places to stay during the Games. THE RITZ-CARLTON BEIJING, FINANCIAL STREET Located in the heart of Beijing’s new $5.6 billion, Wall Street–inspired financial district, […]