It takes more than money to make the cut. Here's how to get into four of the country's most exclusive institutions
These days some of the country’s most exclusive private membership clubs—places once stereotyped as stuffy, formal institutions—are actively shedding their staid reputations and appealing to a more modern clientele. But that doesn’t mean they’re any easier to get into.
We caught up with the people in charge at four of the ... More
Aboard Le Soléal, the newest luxury yacht from the only French cruise line, it's easy to sail like a Francophile
Sacré bleu! I forgot my beret back on land!
Surely there's no greater sin to commit upon boarding a cruise filled with French passengers, steered by a French captain and owned by a French company. We begin in Galway, Ireland and are set to swing by the coast of Scotland before ending ... More
These Asian hotels—one in Beijing, the other in Hong Kong—will make you forget to go outside
At the Opposite House, the lights follow you wherever you move. Closet, bathroom, bedroom—you'll feel like you're being watched, but it's actually a good thing, and a testament to the luxury boutique hotel's high-tech system pulsing quietly through the room, an airy oasis of blond wood (including a ... More
Inside the most widely requested room at this picture-perfect property in St. Barth
As you settle into your lounge chair and gaze out at Marigot Bay in St. Barths’ Le Guanahani, you’ll probably feel like you’ve been transported into a Caribbean postcard. There will be a thatched-roof tiki hut overhead, palm trees on either side of you and a handful of kite ... More
Five-star accommodations exist beyond the standard hotel suite—these companies lead the way
Luxury vacation rental firms like OneFineStay and Inspirato offer a portfolio of homes and apartments in most major cities and vacation destinations. But how is it different from a long hotel stay?
Here's an example: A member of the Inspirato club booked a villa in Tuscany as a surprise ... More
New Yorkers are falling for this Husdon Valley town. Where to go and what to do for an autumnal weekend-long city escape
Without summer Fridays, the fall weekends are shorter—which means more day trips instead of long weekend getaways. Thankfully, tri-state area denizens have a few fantastic options not too far from home. Below, the top spots for shopping, eating and beyond in Hudson Valley's Beacon.
Since its ... More
I held myself captive at the Wynn and Encore—for fun. Here's what happens when you don’t leave a hotel for 72 hours
Las Vegas is a city of strangers, so I wanted to see how strange it could get if I didn’t actually experience the city at all. Thus began a three-day, self-imposed “lockdown” inside the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort, the pride of hotelier Steve Wynn. The ... More
The shops, hotels, restaurants and hotspots making Morocco sizzle right now
MARRAKESHThis is a city where the muezzin sings out his final call to prayer as DJs turn up the volume, a place where shoppers buy wood tooled by foot in the souk before dropping thousands at Louis Vuitton. Bold, coquettish and utterly unforgettable, Marrakesh has long been a ... More
Travelers rave about Seabourn's five-star service—but does the cruise liner live up to the hype? Our writer climbs aboard
The sky was gray and gusts of wind had women clutching their straw sunhats, but most of the ship's 450 passengers were too preoccupied clinking glasses to mind the weather. We'd just set sail off the southern coast of Greece on Seabourn Quest—the newest ship from the luxury ... More
See inside the lush, secluded hideaway on the banks of Bali's Ayung River
Deep in the heart of a verdant river valley, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is an architectural marvel, seamlessly incorporating the property’s original trees and rice paddies and offering 60 secluded suites and villas, many with serene views of the rushing Ayung River.
Even though the resort is just ... More