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Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand

Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand

When Alan Pye, an itinerant Irishman, founded his no-frills fishing lodge on New Zealand's Waikato River in the late 1920s, he couldn't have envisioned how it would evolve by …

February 1, 2000
The Connaught, London

The Connaught, London

When London's Coburg Hotel opened in 1897, it promised "fashion, taste and hospitality for the highest, aristocratic classes." Renamed The Connaught Hotel (after the Duke of …

October 1, 1999
New York Palace, New York

New York Palace, New York

Fifty-seven hotels in North America and the Caribbean have earned the AAA's Five Diamond Award, but only one offers its guests a room service menu from Le Cirque. Until …

August 1, 1999
Hotel Byblos, Saint Tropez, France

Hotel Byblos, Saint Tropez, France

In St. Tropez, where decadence reigns supreme, it isn't easy being an ordinary civilian. In this small fishing hamlet on the French Riviera, one has to brave traffic jams, endure …

August 1, 1999
The Regent Sydney, Sydney, Australia

The Regent Sydney, Sydney, Australia

The Regent was the first of the modern luxury hotels built in Sydney, and this allowed it to grab what is now its greatest asset: the best location in the city. Australia's …

April 1, 1999
The Boulders, Carefree, Arizona

The Boulders, Carefree, Arizona

Try as you might, you will not be able to get a room at The Boulders, a posh resort near Phoenix. There are no "rooms" at The Boulders, and that is just one of the things that …

April 1, 1999
The Tremont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

The Tremont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

When Mike Ditka, the coach of the New Orleans Saints, returns to his old Chicago haunts, he checks into the dignified Tremont, staying in a suite conveniently adjacent to his Iron …

February 1, 1999
Marriott Plaza Hotel, Buenos Aires

Marriott Plaza Hotel, Buenos Aires

For most of this century, inviting someone to rendezvous at the bar of the Plaza Hotel in the heart of Buenos Aires has been the Argentine equivalent of "Meet me at the Ritz." …

February 1, 1999
La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, California

La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, California

As was true centuries ago, when the Spanish conquistadores were lured to Southern California's magical climate and landscape, it is still easy to be seduced by La Costa's coastal …

May 1, 1998