Rustic Meets Rich in Tuscany
Beginning this month, fashion’s Ferragamo family will turn over the keys of its resort estate Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany to Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. In the Val d’Orcia near Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site enshrined for its Renaissance-parceled landscape, the property houses 23 suites in buildings retrofitted into an original medieval village. Another 10 rustic stone farmhouses-turned-villas are strewn around hillsides. In addition to an 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf and a cooking school, the estate’s winery is one of the biggest producers of Brunello di Montalcino, served at the resort’s two restaurants. Rooms from 530 euros ($599). 888-767-3966, www.rosewoodhotels.com.
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The quieter of the two-island nation St. Kitts and Nevis gets a new luxury resort in the just-opened Paradise Beach Nevis. Designed by Adam Tihany, best known for his work in restaurant interiors including Per Se in New York, the eight Bali-inspired, butler-serviced, three- and four-bedroom villas feature peaked roofs covered in thatch. Inside, master bedrooms include wood-framed beds, glass showers and a second shower on the adjoining terrace. In addition to a private plunge pool, occupants have access to a beach club with a private tiki bar and a resort concierge who will book spa treatments at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis nearby. Villas from $2,700 nightly. 869-469-7900, http://paradisebeachnevis.com.
Adventure and Arts
Auberge Resorts spreads its domain to the South Pacific with its new and most exotic venture, Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji. The boutique property, hosting just 18 villas and suites, fronts pristine Beqa Lagoon near Pacific Harbour, considered the adventure capital of the island nation, offering shark dives, surfing and rain-forest zip lines. Not that you need move from the resort to be thrilled. Guestrooms open fully to outdoor patios, many with plunge pools and all fronting the white-sand beach. Creative arts and crafts programs include tapa cloth printing and meke dancing, and massages at the spa feature local healing plants. Rooms from $756. 011-679-345-2100, http://nanukufiji.com.
The Pacific coast of Nicaragua is swiftly becoming the Central American Riviera with a wave of new luxury developments staking out swathes of the pristine shoreline. The latest, Rancho Santana, occupies more than 2,700 acres and two miles of shore split up into five distinct beaches, one each for surfing, shelling, snorkeling, swimming and seclusion. The property’s first hotel, The Inn at Rancho Santana, opens this month with just 17 rooms in terra-cotta-tiled Colonial buildings with exposed wood beams, arched entryways, hand-painted tiles and wrought-iron balconies. Much of the resort remains a working ranch, supplying the farm-to-table restaurant, La Finca y el Mar. Rooms from $249. 310-929-5221, https://ranchosantana.com.
Wine and Food at the Farm
In California’s pinot-centric Russian River Valley, Farmhouse Inn has been a board-and-bed destination for over a dozen years. Its owners, fifth-generation Sonoma farmers Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, have spent $8 million renewing its appeal, adding nine spacious new rooms for a total of 25, the best of which feature generous bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and bedroom fireplaces visible from the four-poster beds, as well as Adirondack chairs on the outdoor deck. The new cottage-based spa dispenses bucolic remedies, offering massages atop herb-filled body pillows. Michelin-starred chef Steve Litke relies on regional bounty and draws reservations-only crowds. Rooms from $895. 707-887-3300, www.farmhouseinn.com.
A Wee Bit of Downton
For Downton Abbey fans, the dream of living like Lord Grantham is nigh. Highclere Castle, where the series is filmed, roughly 60 miles west of London, just introduced a new guest cottage, London Lodge, available to overnighters. A pair of 18th-century buildings on the estate have been remodeled as a two-part, single-unit dwelling, divided between cozy living room and modern kitchen and a second building with bed and bath. Occupants have access to walks on the grounds around the castle, which itself is open on select dates. Overnights, starting at 350 pounds ($530), have already sold out for 2015, though 2016 stays will go on sale in the fall. www.highclerecastle.co.uk.