The Robb Report 100 Resorts: North America

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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North


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Four Seasons Resort Whistler


Huge timber, stone, and glass chalet a few minutes from North America’s largest ski resort. Includes 273 accommodations and an in-house ski concierge with insider info on Whistler Blackcomb’s 200 trails. Mountain bike, horseback ride, and heli-hike in summer. ($250–$5,150) www.fourseasons.com

King Pacific Lodge, a Rosewood Resort


Spectacularly remote and implausibly refined, this 17-room lodge sits alone in a majestic wilderness of salmon-filled fjords and pine-covered peaks in the Great Bear Rainforest. North America’s ultimate indulgence for nature lovers. (Three-night packages from $4,950 per person) www.kingpacificlodge.com

The Wickaninnish Inn


Vancouver Island’s best spot for service, fine dining, and views of the rugged Pacific coastline. Impeccably run by a second-generation owner who spent 13 years with Four Seasons. ($300–$1,500) www.wickinn.com



Auberge du Soleil


Evolved in 1985 from its acclaimed California-French restaurant, this Napa Valley inn is now known as much for its 50 vineyard-view accommodations and swimming pool as for its dining room’s Michelin-starred cuisine($575–$5,000, including breakfast) www.aubergedusoleil.com

Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort


Set on 157 acres in a forested Napa Valley canyon, the 48 freestanding cottages at this rustic-chic resort feature decks, private outdoor showers, and fireplaces. An on-site vineyard produces the house wine. ($675–$4,200) www.calistogaranch.com


Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara


Intricately restored Spanish-colonial landmark overlooking a quintessential California beach in Montecito. Guests of the 12 garden cottages and 207 rooms and suites enjoy a Peter Marino–designed spa and, across the street, the hotel’s legendary Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. ($425–$975) www.fourseasons.com


Montage Laguna Beach


Cliff-top Craftsman-style estate with direct access to a sandy Southern California beach. Opened in 2002, this ultimate Orange County address boasts a first-rate destination spa, a world-class fine-dining restaurant, and a massive mosaic-tiled pool. All 250 rooms face the ocean. ($400–$6,500) www.montagelagunabeach.com

The Resort at Pelican Hill


Admire colossal Palladio-inspired architecture and golf-course and Pacific Ocean views at this 504-acre estate, which includes two Tom Fazio–designed layouts plus 204 bungalows and 128 villas. Do not skip the house-made gelato and pasta at Andrea. (From $500) www.pelicanhill.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe


Expansive mountain and valley views, 170 rooms with fireplaces, and ski-in/ski-out access to Lake Tahoe’s Northstar California Resort. Enjoy a royal après-ski treatment at the 17,000-square-foot spa, the Living Room bar, or Manzanita, the California-French restaurant from San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins. ($400–$4,000) www.ritzcarlton.com

Post Ranch Inn


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The Little Nell


Aspen’s only ski-in/ski-out hotel offers perks including a first-tracks program that puts guests on the mountain before the general public. After a day of skiing, the Terrace Bar is the place to view Aspen’s social scene. Nearly all of the 92 rooms were redesigned in 2009 for the lodge’s 20th anniversary. ($275–$8,000) www.thelittlenell.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch


Grand Rocky Mountain lodge tucked among pine trees and ski slopes and featuring 180 rooms. Children’s programs, ski nannies, and nightly marshmallow roasts cater to families, while Wolfgang Puck’s Spago satisfies foodies and après-skiers. ($225–$4,600) www.ritzcarlton.com



Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu


On a half-mile-long white-sand beach, this Big Island fantasy world encompasses 243 bungalow-style accommodations, seven pools, eight tennis courts, and a Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course winding through a lava-rock landscape. ($550–$13,000) www.fourseasons.com

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, the Lodge at KoeleLana’i City


Visit the private island of Lana’i by checking into this 102-room lodge nestled in the rain forest–covered mountains of this former Dole pineapple plantation. Enjoy a Greg Norman–designed golf course, horseback riding, and access to the beach and ocean activities at the island’s other Four Seasons, Manele Bay. ($300–$1,500) www.fourseasons.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua


Sprawling resort on the western tip of Maui that encompasses 463 rooms and suites, a massive spa, a trilevel swimming pool, and 36 holes of championship golf yet still manages to feel intimate and remote. Nightly serenades by wild tree frogs are perfectly timed for sunsets. ($400–$10,500) www.ritzcarlton.com

The St. Regis Princeville Resort


Privy to one of North America’s best views, this 251-room complex crawls down a cliff above Hanalei Bay. The north-shore retreat manages five-star service without losing its local, laid-back vibe. Hang ten in Hanalei’s consistently gentle surf break. ($1,000–$7,350) www.stregis.com



The Ranch at Rock Creek


Top-shelf gentlemen’s ranch hosts as many as 95 guests on 6,000-plus acres in Montana high country. On-site activities range from fly-fishing and horseback riding to clay shooting and paintball. The saloon entertains guests in the evenings with four bowling lanes, a pool table, and large flat-screen televisions. ($1,000–$7,000, all-inclusive)www.theranchatrockcreek.com



Glenmere Mansion


Impressive Hudson Valley revival of an early 1900s estate, just over an hour’s drive north of Manhattan. Restored antique chandeliers, the owners’ contemporary art collection, and heated Carrera marble floors lend charm to the 19-room mansion, which is surrounded by European gardens and a cabana-lined swimming pool.($650–$3,500) www.glenmeremansion.com

Lake Placid Lodge


Following a 2005 fire, several suites at this 30-room Adirondack Mountains landmark were spectacularly renovated and now pay homage to the Great Camps of the 19th century. Head to Artisans restaurant for après-ski drinks; in the summer, board the lodge’s Hacker-Craft for a lake cruise. ($350–$1,900, including breakfast) www.lakeplacidlodge.com



The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, an Auberge Resort


Fifty cottages and cottage suites with vaulted ceilings and verandas, plus several full-size residences, on 22,000 acres of low-country marshland between Charleston and Savannah. Play the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus course, go horseback riding, or take a kayak trip down the May River. ($350–$2,500) www.palmettobluffresort.com





Indonesian hotelier Adrian Zecha patiently persisted for more than a decade to secure this remote and surreal slice of real estate. Witness a mystical desert mirage where 34 modular adobe suites blend camouflage-like into the jagged red-rock landscape. The spa employs a local Navajo shaman. ($1,000–$3,600)www.amanresorts.com

Montage Deer Valley


A 220-room California Craftsman–inspired lodge located just beyond the Empire Express chairlift at Deer Valley Resort. Montage’s team of ski/bike valets and its 29-room spa prepare guests for mountain pursuits. Try Daly’s Pub & Rec for comfort food, microbrews, bowling, billiards, and vintage arcade games. ($300–$15,000) www.montagedeervalley.com




Primland Resort


More than 12,000 wilderness acres frame this 26-room mountaintop lodge and 18 cabins—a Frenchman’s vision of eco-sensitivity-meets-opulent-seclusion. Hunt, fish, hike, or ride ATVs, horses, or mountain bikes through the Blue Ridge Mountain environment. Also home to one of the state’s top golf courses. ($275–$1,200) www.primland.com

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