August 01, 2002
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August 2002

Far-flung and fabulous

Living lodge. The spa, tennis facilities, croquet lawn and on-site winery keep visitors busy at the 57-room Bernardus Lodge in California’s Carmel Valley. Suites feature fireplaces, built-in wine grottos and two-person tubs. (888) 648-9463;

It’s fab. In June, Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills wed at Castle Leslie, a 14-room estate in County Monaghan, Ireland. The property features two meeting rooms, three lakes and 1,000 acres of woodland. (011) 353-47-88109;
Steep sipping. Eye the slopes from the cozy warmth of 39 Degrees, named for the latitude of Aspen, Colo. The watering hole is a new addition at the Sky Hotel, formerly known as the Aspen Club. (970) 925-6760;

Beech, birch or oak?
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, reopening this fall after a complete refurbishment, will feature 44 rooms (out of 273 total) with working fireplaces. The property’s “wood butler” will create a custom blaze (fast-burning, slow and romantic, etc.) from a selection of woods. (617) 536-5700;

Veranda With a View
Lake Lugano and nearby Italy provide a stunning backdrop to alfresco receptions at the Villa Principe Leopoldo & Residence. The Relais & Chateux property has 75 guest rooms and seven meeting rooms. (011) 41-91-985-8855;

Name That Dune Mountain Travel Sobek offers small group (up to 20) tours of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, a remote land of sand, elephants and nomads. (800) 282-8747; -->

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