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April 10, 2016
Primland Lodge

Primland Lodge

There are many people at Primland with an abiding respect for the land, who know the sounds and smells of the forest so intimately, they will open your eyes to the simple pleasure of a mountain getaway at this refined East Coast vacation resort. They will show you the subtleties of nature and reacquaint you with the restorative powers of silence. Your server will remember just how you take your drink, your children’s names and that you like a freshly baked cookie after lunch. You will sense the love your wilderness guide has for the mountain and all its creatures, and the depth of his expertise. You will always find a kind word, authentic humor and an open heart.

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April 10, 2016
Domaine des Étangs

Domaine des Étangs

The French countryside is not short on château hotels with magnificent gardens. But the Domaine des Étangs, in the pastoral Charentes département, takes the conceit to a whole new level. This restful retreat, once the vacation home of the Primat-Schlumberger family, is set on 2,500 practically virgin acres. And it’s all yours to roam in total freedom, be it on horseback, mountain bike, or in an electric car. As for the main house, rising design star Isabelle Stanislas restored the 11th-century building’s great bones, mixing in chic contemporary furniture and fixtures by Philippe Nigro and Michael Anastassiades (along with some pieces of her own design), and photography and art by the likes of Hiroshi Sugimoto and Hans-Peter Feldmann. Six old stone cabins are also bookable for families, a rare consideration in the French five-star universe. Visit Hotel Page

May 21, 2015
Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley is Old World tradition wrapped in West Coast style. Recently updated by ARYA Group, Inc. – LA-based architects-to-the-stars – and reopened in April 2015, Bernardus Lodge offers guests a relaxing sojourn in a region known for viticulture, chic luxury, and rustic charm. 

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