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ST. BARTHS
Hôtel Le Toiny
A Do Not Disturb sign is not needed at the exclusive Hôtel Le Toiny, the definitively seductive, private escape of St. Barths. Upon arrival at this hidden property, privileged guests enter a gated entrance and are welcomed into this St. Barth treasure with an alluring tropical garden. Situated in the Côte Sauvage section of the island, guests can indulge in the suites and villas that offer panoramic views of the bay of Toiny and the Caribbean Sea. Consisting of 15 pastel-colored Villa Suites reflecting the French Colonial style, each Villa Suite offers a breathtaking ocean view, large terrace, private heated swimming pool and kitchenette. Indulge in the hotel’s famed Restaurant Le Gaïac featuring innovative French cuisine with a Creole accent. Chef Stéphane Maziéres has been named Grand Chef in the Caribbean by Relais & Châteaux. letoiny.com

private beach. Designed with a sense of intimacy, space is transformed so guests can move effortlessly between the indoors and outdoors. Enjoy the Trade Winds sweeping through the rooms of the cottages. Guests at Montpelier Plantation are offered the perfect balance of activity and relaxation. Whether it is relaxing by the fresh water pool or indulging in a massage to unwind, it is easy to slow down at the Montpelier Plantation. montpeliernevis.com

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EXCLUSIVE ISLAND ESCAPES
Jetsetters Only Need Apply
Four Seasons Nevis

by Norah Lawlor As the Hamptons summer season is in full swing, the East End isn’t the only beach destination that attracts the A-list crowd. The Caribbean islands lure jet-setters yearround with tropical backdrops, warm weather and turquoise waters. Here are my top picks for an exclusive getaway to take your beachfront jaunt to the next level. Famous for their status as billionaire playgrounds – here is the insider’s guide to some of the best beaches in the world. the sea. Synonymous with opulence in Cabo, the resort maintains the classic Mexican ambiance which has made it a favorite among the international jet-set since its original opening in 1956. Part of the One&Only collection, Palmilla is a hallmark of excellence. The property includes two pools, a conference center, a 27-hole Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus and even a wedding chapel. Foodies can enjoy Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s culinary creations at Market—a world-class dining experience marked by Eurasian flair. Chef Vongerichten also oversees Suviche, where Japanese and Latin flavors meld to produce delectable seaside fare. palmilla.com Hôtel le toiny

Hôtel Christopher
Slow down and take time to enjoy St. Barth’s natural beauty at the relaxed Hôtel Christopher. Boasting lush gardens and a fresh water infinity pool, this spacious property is the perfect choice for a tropical holiday. Retreat to one of the 41 luxury rooms and suites and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing. No need to leave the property to escape—indulge in a spa treatment or step down to TAÏNO Restaurant for a twist on local fare. Post-renovation, the hotel is back to its four-star status and perhaps better than ever before. GM Christian Langlade is excited about the next phase of renovations, which began this summer, to include three new suites. hotelchristopher.com

CABO
Las Ventanas
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, “the windows to paradise,” is exactly that. A Rosewood Resort, Las Ventanas puts a special touch on the luxury hotel experience. This desert resort—a Ty Warner property—captivates guests with an intoxicating ambiance. Watch the whales and dolphins by day and stargaze by night—all from your very own room. Las Ventanas’ expansive and richly appointed suites feature luxurious touches such as marble showers, Conchuela limestone floors and stunning views of the Sea of Cortez. Authentic Mexican hospitality at its best, enjoy thoughtful touches including a Terracotta wood-burning fireplace, Jacuzzis, oversized steam rooms and butler service. lasventanas.com

Although temporarily closed until November 2010, due to the impact of Hurricane Omar, it would be remiss not to mention Nevis and the Four Seasons in the same breath. The perfect place to uncover the special isle of Nevis, experience the silken sand, golf amidst panoramic seaside views and enjoy an afternoon beneath an umbrella—all in the lap of luxury. Recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the World’s Greatest Hotels, Resorts & Spas in 2009, the guestrooms and suites in this property take luxury and service to the next level. Guestrooms feature a furnished outdoor veranda or patio reached through wooden-shuttered sliding glass doors along with an oversized, full marble bathroom, which includes a deep soaking tub and separate shower. The Four Seasons offers supreme space and seclusion with villas and private rentals. With two-to-six bedrooms, the private villas feature an intimate way of experiencing the island with access to all Four Seasons amenities. fourseasons.com/nevis

NEVIS ISLAND
Set in a sixty-acre estate 750 feet up in the hills of Nevis is Montpelier Plantation. A sanctuary of beauty removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life, this breathtaking property has been carefully restored in keeping with its heritage of elegance and style. All of the hotel’s nineteen rooms and suites feature sea views and access to a Four seasons nevis

Montpelier Plantation
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One&Only Palmilla
The One&Only Palmilla—picture 172 breathtaking guestrooms ranging from junior suites to a magnificent four-bedroom villa, all perched above

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