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Cover Story: Palm Cottage in Orchid Island The Essence of Florida Waterfront Living

Coastal Luxury

Homes on the Market Properties from the Treasure & Space Coast Resort Style Living The Ultimate Timeless Design

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elcome readers to another edition of Clientele Coastal Luxury Properties, Dale Sorensen Real Estate’s exclusive quarterly magazine dedicated to luxury properties and the affluent lifestyle. We are pleased to once again offer great articles about notable homes and communities that our discerning readers appreciate. Our cover home has the charm of a homey cottage along with the luxury and spaciousness of a southern riverfront manor. Located in Orchid Island, “Palm Cottage” is unique, with vine covered walls, 2 swimming pools, 2 guest cottages and a total of 9 fireplaces, certainly well-deserving of being this month’s cover story. This month you’ll also read about Lake Kora House. Designed by noted architect John Russell Pope (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives, et al), the Main House is the hub of Lake Kora, the last of the historic Adirondack Great Camps on 1,000 acres in upstate New York. The living room has a floor to ceiling stone fireplace; a dining hall; a large outdoor veranda and guest rooms featuring handmade furniture and Native American décor. Many of our readers are avid golfers who love to play as they travel. With seven nationally-acclaimed courses by renowned designers like Nicklaus, Fazio and Player, in breathtaking mountain and lake settings, The Cliffs Luxury Lake & Mountain Private Communities in North & South Carolina are a golfer’s paradise. We tease about these wonderful, and potential second home, communities in this issue. And for those travelers who want luxury in an island resort setting, we’ll show you Cayo Espanto, a luxurious private island Belize resort in the Caribbean offering ultimate privacy and 5-star service. We love showing our readers travel options elsewhere, but we truly believe Vero Beach offers what our readers look for when choosing a full time or seasonal community. That’s why we dedicate so many pages of our magazine to some of the finest properties available exclusively through Dale Sorensen Real Estate. As “season” comes to an end we love taking a look back at some of the events and highlights that Vero Beach residents and visitors enjoyed. Our very own Riverside Theater had another successful year of offering world class musicals, off-Broadway shows and professional lecture series. Our boutiques, art galleries and superb restaurants were busy and thriving. Golf and tennis tournaments, charity events and local sports venues were plentiful and often sold out. And for the first time ever, Dale Sorensen Real Estate presented the Inaugural Vero Beach Easter Parade, an event attended by nearly 3,000 people. The Easter Egg Hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, Golf Cart Parade and Bowties and Bonnets Contest were sponsored by Bill and Mary Ann Becker, the George E. Warren Corporation, Bianca’s Cleaning Services, Clement’s Pest Control Services, Creative Carpet One, Golf Carts of Vero Beach, LilyPad Vero Beach, Press Journal, Quail Valley Golf and River Club and White Orchid Spa. Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and attendees on such a successful event. Plans are already underway for the 2nd Annual Vero Beach Easter Parade to be held in 2018. On behalf of all of us here at Dale Sorensen Real Estate, please enjoy this issue of Clientele Coastal Luxury Properties. For more information on any of the properties highlighted, we invite you to call one of our more than 200 sales agents. And to view more properties, we invite you to visit our website at

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On the Cover:


Palm Cottage in Orchid Island The Essence of Florida Waterfront Living

14 Discover The Cliffs,

North & South Carolina Luxury Mountain & Lakeside Living

18 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Vacation By The Green

22 Resort Style Living

The Ultimate Timeless Design Tropical Architecture Group

24 Island Travel Adventure Turtle Island, Fiji

30 Silversea Cruiseline

Introducing the SilverMuse

38 Coastal Luxury Homes on the Market Properties from the Treasure & Space Coast

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24 Publisher: Clientele Luxury LLC Associate Publisher: Dale Sorensen Jr. Managing Editor In Chief: Erin Green Executive Editor: Irene Test Art & Production Director: Renee Easley Design Projects: Alexa MacDonald Issue Name: Clientele Coastal Luxury Properties Cover Credits: Courtesy of Dale Sorensen Real Estate Questions & Comments Clientele Coastal Luxury Properties - Treasure / Space Coast All images and material in the Clientele Luxury publication may not be reproduced in any form unless written permission from our Publisher has been granted. Any solicitation to our Clients in this magazine is strictly prohibited. All real estate properties featured and advertised in this publication are subject to price changeor withdrawal at any time. Clientele Luxury LLC takes no legal responsibility for accuracy but believes information to be correct at the time of press.



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Palm Cottage in Orchid Island The Essence of Florida Waterfront Living

Arriving at the entrance to 721 Grove Place in Orchid Island, one would almost believe the name “Palm Cottage” is a misnomer,

but upon entering the front doors of this magnificent estate, it’s apparent that the home has the charm of a homey cottage along with the luxury and spaciousness of a southern riverfront manor.

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Walking through the front doors, your eyes are immediately drawn to the far facing wall of glass doors leading to the pool and onward to the river.


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Situated on nearly an acre of lushly and tropically landscaped property, with expansive views of the Indian River, the guest cottages and main house greet visitors with soft shades of muted tans and velvety whites surrounded by swaying palm trees. The extensive circular brick-paver drive meanders through the property, past the guest cottages to a pair of 2-car garages. Tucked between the cottages and the main house is a beautiful courtyard featuring a glimmering pool and spa, a lovely “mermaid� fountain and splashes of meticulous green lawn. The north and south walls of the guest cottage and the lower level of the main house are wrapped with rich dense vines, reminiscent of the cottages of old Europe. The game room is positioned between the main house and the cottages, on the north side of the courtyard and features marble floors, tray ceiling and direct access to the pool.

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The north and south cottages are separated by a walk-through. Inside the north cottage are comfortable and elegant features of rich warm wood floors, triple crown molding, creamy white cabinetry and two bedrooms. The south cottage mirrors its sister cottage but with 1 bedroom. Both cottages feature laundry rooms, kitchens, living rooms and ample windows to allow for lots of natural light while the ground floor rooms open to the courtyard. The crown jewel of this estate though is the main house. Walking through the front doors, your eyes are immediately drawn to the far facing wall of glass doors leading to the pool and onward to the river. Polished marble floors and soft hues of pastel colors adorning the

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walls show off the matching fireplaces on either side of the room. This home, in fact, has a total of nine fireplaces. The Chef’s kitchen is impeccable with white plantation style cabinetry, two sinks, a side by side Sub-Zero fridge with 3 freezer drawers, double built in ovens, and an island featuring a 6-burner Thermador gas stovetop and overhead hood vent. The adjacent family room looks out onto the lanai. The first-floor guest suite is complete with its own laundry area and a full size ensuite featuring a marble surround jacuzzi tub. The suite also has private access to the lanai. On the second floor is the impressive master suite. The bedroom itself is elegant with glowing wood floors, a unique custom built wood-beamed tray ceiling and a private deck to view the area’s stunning sunsets. The lavish master bath is magnificent with marble floors, black and gold furniture-style footed sinks, an oval jacuzzi tub and another one of the home’s beautiful stone fireplaces. The all-marble master shower has multiple shower heads and features a large window that overlooks the Indian River lagoon. The second-floor master suite also includes a beautifully appointed den and a piano room with glorious views of the river. Both rooms feature polished wood floors, custom tray ceilings and access to the private balcony. Access to the second floor is granted

through a stone staircase or via a private elevator. The outdoor living spaces of this home are incomparable. The covered lanai off the main house’s first floor is perfect for evening cocktails. Just off the lanai, the open pool deck area features twin fireplaces on either side of a beautiful heated pool. Relaxing sounds of the water emanate from four single-stream fountains. The fireplace and summer kitchen are perfect for outdoor entertaining and balmy evening parties. The property overlooking the river is landscaped with low hedges and privacy trees, yet grants amazing views of the river and the evening’s sunsets. This home’s dock is accessed just off the main pool and offers fishing, boating and views of the Indian River Lagoon with all its local flora and fauna. Watch dolphins, turtles, egrets and other wildlife from the privacy of your own dock. From the quaint and charming, to the luxurious and sophisticated, this beautiful home is the epitome of Florida casual-elegant living. Located on Vero Beach’s Barrier Island in the exclusive community of Orchid Island, residents enjoy a world class lifestyle and amenities. This estate is offered by Matilde Sorensen for $8,875,000. For enquiries, call 772.532.0010. ■ Clientele Coastal Luxury Properties | 13


Picture yourself in a secluded community, located not far from the Blue Ridge Mountains and within driving distance of two of North Carolina’s major cities. Add adjacent activities and outdoor pursuits, and you’ve got The Cliffs, a group of seven private, luxury mountain and lake club communities located in North and South Carolina.

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Experience Mountain Living at The Cliffs Luxury Lake & Mountain Private Communities North & South Carolina


ounded in 1991, these master-planned communities grew throughout the 1990s and 2000s, attracting golf courses by Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Jackson, Ben Wright, and Gary Player. Now named as some of the Best Residential Courses by Golfweek and the Best Golf Communities to Live in North America by Golf Magazine, The Cliffs offer members a bevy of features: seven clubs, seven nationally recognized golf courses, six wellness centers, a marina and beach club, opportunities for watersports, cycling, hiking, and tennis, an equestrian center, wine clubs, an organic farm, and more than 25 restaurants and private event facilities. In short, you never have to travel far to spend time at the green, enjoy your favorite pastimes, and savor a delicious meal.

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The Cliffs, North & South Carolina

Close to the South Carolina border, The Cliffs divides its communities among three distinct locations: Lake Keowee, the mountains near Greenville, and Asheville. Starting with the latter of the three, Walnut Cove is Asheville’s only private golf community and located not far from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Going closer to Greenville, The Cliffs at Mountain Park is the most centrally located but, surrounded by protected forests, has the feel of an intimate hamlet, while The Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Glassey strive for more of a classic club atmosphere. New to this area, the Village at Mountain Park is soon to offer a mix of residential, commercial, retail, and medical office space near

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the intersection of Highways 25 and 11. Here, the Mountain Park Wellness Center will eschew the traditional gym experience for more movement-focused and technology solutions, including the first Escape Fitness FunXtion machine in the U.S. Closer to Clemson University, the communities around Lake Keowee, itself a 26-mile body of water in the Blue Ridge Mountains, present more of a laidback, easygoing lifestyle, with several options for families, including the all-levels Tom Fazio Signature golf course. Also expanding, this area will soon be home to the Landing at Keowee Springs, expected to feature 150 premier lakefront homesites right along the shore. â–

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Vacation By The Green Kiawah Island Golf Resort


or a vacation by the green, schedule a trip to Kiawah Island Golf Resort, rated the Best U.S. Golf Resort and a recipient of the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence—Most Excellent Golf Resort. But, the champion-quality golf courses aren’t the only attraction. Located on a 10-mile barrier island near Charleston, S.C., its grounds blend into the natural surroundings. Its facilities are integrated with the island’s natural habitat – ideal for nature preservation – and wherever you are, you’ll be able to see some of the region’s stunning sunsets. Audubon International-certified as Cooperative Sanctuaries, Kiawah’s five golf courses go beyond anything you could find close to home. Here, locations like The Ocean Course are used for major PGA events, while major architects like Tom Fazio, Gary Players, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, and Clyde Johnston are behind their innovative designs. Interested in improving your skills? Sign up for one of its golf lessons. However, its expansive grounds and waterside location mean few activities are off limits. 24 Har-Tru, clay, and hard courts give you a place to play tennis, and if you’re looking to absorb yourself in its natural beauty, consider going on a nature tour or kayaking in the ocean. When staying at Kiawah, the Sanctuary Hotel, a five-star seaside mansion, gives a glimpse of the ocean wherever you go. Or, for something larger, various rental homes and villas, with several sizes and living arrangements available, offer enough space for families and groups. When it’s time to dine, finding something suiting your tastes is simple. Savor a steak at The Ocean Room, try succulent, fresh seafood at The Atlantic Room, fine Italian at Tomasso at Turtle Point, or experience delicious Lowcountry cuisine at Jasmine Porch. 2017 marks the 11th year of the resort’s Friendship Cup. Held on the Ocean Course, the location of the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championship, and the newly renovated Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point Golf Course, the event attracts amateur players looking to test their skills in a two-man tournament format. ■

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Jaguarundi Chinchoro Hammock


Should you want to take the traditional route with your hammock, don’t settle on something ordinary. Rather, details make the design, and this model features an extra level of craftsmanship. Intricate patterns, created with weaving techniques used by Colombia’s and Venezuela’s Wayuu people, emerge through a cool and warm color scheme, with fringe and a floral motif surrounding the edges.

Noah Vintage Porch Swings

Vintage Porch Swings, a Charleston-based company, has the character down with a sturdy frame, made out of No. 1 dry-treated yellow pine, a cushy base, and two sturdy ropes. It’s built to last, so as soon as the weather warms up, you’ll have your perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors.

42" Sumaco Manual Ignition Fire Pit

MUST HAVE ITEMS The Amelie Architectural Steel Garden Gazebo

Are you more the garden-party type? Like having a central point within your outdoor grounds? Then, this steel gazebo functions as both and fulfills many other needs for social occasions and personal use. Measuring 10 ft. tall and taking up 43 sq. ft. of interior space, it makes its presence known with an octagonal shape. But, that’s not all; filling in the gaps, ornate arches support a French-style cupola top, further detailed with metal florettes and a finial. For practical purposes, its tubular steel frame and rust-resistant finish are built to handle the elements.

You like the curved look of a classic fire pit but want something bigger and grander. This model is literally up to the task with a minimalist yet nonetheless noteworthy concrete basin that creates a presence in many outdoor spaces. Yet, you’ll sense an intimate, ambient character from the light emanating from it. Using a commercial-grade stainless steel burner and a match-lit system, this fixture has been featured in restaurants, hotels, and home décor magazines.

Globo Chair and Hammock

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Not all hammocks are hung between trees, as this model proves. Rather, its self-contained (and extremely comfortable) design gives you an open pod, of sorts, with extra-soft cushions. Sit, lounge, or lay down here, as the durable spruce frame supports your weight. And, its versatility means you can bring it out for the summer and, then, have it as a unique indoor chair in fall and winter.


Photo Credit: Caneel Bay

Low Key Luxury Location: St. John Resort Name: Caneel Bay Caneel Bay has been an alluring escape for loyal guests since its

founding by Laurance Rockefeller. Set on 170 acres in the Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John, the resort’s pristine natural surroundings and low-key luxury are its coveted signatures. One hundred and sixty-six charming guest rooms blend seamlessly into the landscape in close proximity to any of seven white-sand beaches that frame the resort. On-site dining options include

ZoZo’s at the Sugar Mill, Turtle Bay Estate House, Caneel Beach Terrace, Caneel Beach Bar & Grill and Cannella, which offer an array of dining experiences and cuisine that honors the destination. Other amenities include Cololoba, an on-property boutique gift shop, M’Ocean Studio offering yoga and fitness classes, massage cabanas, 10 tennis courts, Kayaking and children and teen programming. ■

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Don Lazo Photography

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RESORT STYLE LIVING Welcome as we take our readers inside the breathtaking, award-winning homes designed by Tropical Architecture Group, Inc., located in Kauai, Hawaii. Behind these magnificent tropical designs, TAG creates a relaxed and romantic resort-style atmosphere that nourishes the soul.

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Damon Moss Photography

Beginning as a husband and wife team, Tropical Architecture Group, Inc., or TAG for short, has pioneered a particular and distinctive style of luxury architectural design that’s garnered a reputation for its beauty and timelessness. Based out of Kauai, Hawaii since 2004, TAG originally featured Michael McLychok doing architectural design and his wife Lani specializing in interiors. Over the years, they’ve expanded to include two seasoned architects, an interior designer, a project manager, and draftsmen. Yet in preserving their vision, TAG has decided to remain a smaller firm, taking more of a hands-on approach with Michael in direct contact with clients through all phases of the design process. TAG’s Asian-influenced tropical styles incorporate Modern Balinese, Asian Pacific, and Tropical Contemporary, with a design aesthetic that emphasizes indoor-outdoor living spaces, high cathedral ceilings, and wide-open spaces for panoramic views of nature. Their resort-style design concept incorporates individual structures, interconnected

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with open or enclosed covered walkways over Zen gardens or water features for a truly relaxed tropical lifestyle. Currently, the company has simultaneous projects in tropical climates on the table, including in the Bahamas, Panama, Fiji, Costa Rica, the southern coast of Spain, and closer to home the Hawaiian Islands. Each project turns into a collaborative, integrative effort with the client, supported and executed by TAG’s talented staff. Michael explains, “It starts with understanding our client’s needs and desires, as well as how they will live in the home. We then evaluate the property site and its natural surroundings for view planes, wind direction, and ideal location and orientation of the home. Once we understand these unique characteristics and all the variables that affect the project, we begin creating the conceptual layout.” Following this up, Lani elaborates, “Michael has never had a client request a revision of the first conceptual design, in all the years that we’ve been designing. They might want a larger closet or to move the


Florida is a perfect Destination for the Timeless Resort Style Design


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LUXURY LIVING pantry, but their first reaction is that he’s captured their dream vision and they love it!” Through their work with the client, TAG strives to make each project reflect the owner’s individual personality. “What we have found is that a visually busy interior with a lot going on creates more nervous energy, more so than a minimalistic, clutter-free environment,” explains Lani. As a contrast, TAG’s designs focus on emphasizing clean lines and ambient lighting in comfortable lounging areas, creating a relaxed, warm, livable space as a result. “With today’s ever-so-busy lifestyle, your home should be your peaceful haven, catering to the ease of daily life,” says Lani. “More often than not, architectural designers make things more complicated than they need to be, with all sorts of crazy configurations of rooms and busy areas throughout the home. Attempting to be different or creative, they overdo the design with too much detail. Simplicity is an art,” reiterates Michael. In line with this outlook, TAG’s resort style tends to be more understated and, thus, more likely to withstand the test of time. Along with these points, designing a home for tropical conditions differs significantly from creating one for cooler climates. For instance, in the former, exterior swing doors are generally not recommended – except, in certain cases, as a service door – as it can slam open and shut when trade winds blow through. Similarly, TAG advises to choose appropriate wood species for humid climates and to use stainless steel hardware with fewer moving parts to avoid corrosion from the sea’s salt air. Furthermore, other aspects to consider are unnecessary mold issues and the lifespan of your electronic equipment, which should be placed in a dry area with air conditioning. Overall, too, is the selection of environmentally friendly building materials, assisting with creating a home or building that’s energy efficient and low maintenance. Keeping this facet in mind, TAG designs sustainable projects across the globe, not just for today’s trends but to further create conscious designs for the future. 808-635-4900, ■


Island Time


hen travelers envision a location of white, powdery beaches surrounded by sapphire blue waters and jungle, they immediately associate that scene with the South Pacific. Part of this imagery descends from movie locales, and in creating the Turtle Island resort in Fiji, Richard Evanson did just that. As such, those reserving a space at one of the villas on this 500-acre island get to stay in proximity to the landscape used in movie The Blue Lagoon. Other celebrities have stopped by here over the years, including Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson, to walk along and take in the isolated setting of beaches, cliffs, and coves. This intimate environment sets Turtle Island apart from its other South Sea contemporaries; here, it’s essentially you and your guide, free to stroll along a private beach, sail out into the ocean, or go on a snorkeling or scuba-diving adventure. Whether you go alone or rent the island with a group, an option for weddings or up to 14 couples, Turtle Island’s simple yet luxurious accommodations span 14 bures, the villas flanking its beaches, as well as fine foods, some of the world’s best wines, and a bevy of cultural, sport, and water activities.

Turtle Island, Fiji

Bures essentially fuse the classic to the new, blending traditional Fijian craftsmanship with modern eco-building techniques. Wood sourced from the island forms the vaulted, thatched ceilings, while natural light illuminates sleeping, dressing, and bathing spaces. As a touch of luxury, bures add a bar stocked with drinks and fresh fruit and offer an array of Pure Fiji body products. The larger options, the Grand, Deluxe, and Vonu Point bures, expand upon these accommodations with king-size beds, larger dressing areas, a

double shower and open-air rinsing shower, and a veranda complemented with a queensize day bed. With the resort, Evanson wanted to infuse a more private experience with the native lifestyle of the Yasawas, and leading you through traditions is the “Bure Mama,” essentially a guide and personal attendant. While she makes sure you have everything you need, her expertise can direct you to activities, locations, and cultural attractions around Turtle Island. ■


Resort Registry 2017 Beautiful-Places Leading Luxury Villa Rentals The Biltmore Asheville, Nc Cayo Espanto Western Caribbean Dunton River Camp Cresto Ranch, CO Edgewater Beach Resort Naples, Fl Fogo Island Inn NL, Canada The Grove Park Inn Ashville, NC Haute Retreats Sabrina Collection The Inn at Palmetto Bluff Bluffton , SC Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kiawah Island , SC Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa French Polynesian La Playa Resort Naples, Fl Old Edwards Inn & spa Highlands, NC

The Phoenician Arizona

Taj Hotel Boston , Ma

The Saxon Africa

Twin Farms Barnard, VT

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort Bora Bora

Tierra Chiloé Chile


Tree Hotel Sweeden

South Seas Island Resort Captiva Island, Fl

West Coast Villas/ Barbados


Silver Muse, Spring 2017

Silver Muse Hits Open Waters C

ontinuing to expand its fleet of luxury cruise ships, Silversea has introduced the Silver Muse. Scheduled for spring 2017, the cruise line’s newest ultra-luxury flagship is being created by Fincantieri for 596 guests. Its concept builds upon Silversea’s existing vision, striving for an intimate feel on board and presenting its passengers with spacious, all-suite rooms with views of the surrounding seascape. With Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio steering the company’s direction, Silversea has long innovated the luxury cruise market, currently offering eight ships traveling to some of the world’s far-flung and exclusive ports, with itineraries covering all seven continents and 1,000 destinations. Silver Muse marks the company’s next chapter of excellence. Making number nine for its current fleet, Silver Muse gears its onboard experience to the most discerning traveler, taking into account comfort, services, and the quality of everything offered. That, perhaps, begins with its Relais & Châteaux partnership resulting in restaurant La Dame, transporting those dining to a classic, refined setting with menus of French cuisine created by some of the world’s top chefs. Even more casual fare, like The Grill, offers excellence, splicing culinary creativity with the finest meats, fish, and vegetables available, which guests then cook on their own 400° C lava stone stoves. Similarly, two Italian choices – La Terrazza and Spaccanapoli – dive

into innovation, with the former presenting an olive cellar, mozzarella bar, seafood station, and salumeria, and the latter sticking with triedand-true yet delicious favorites. Going halfway across the world, Kaiseki and Indochine explore various Asian cuisines. The former bills itself as a performance of flavor honoring traditional Japanese culture, while Indochine encourages exploration of Thai, Indian, and more of the region’s diverse yet distinctive tastes. “Fine dining has always been at the heart of the ultra-luxury Silversea service. We are proud to develop this further with our new flagship, Silver Muse, where our eight restaurants offer an unprecedented dining experience at sea,” says CEO Roberto Martinoli in a statement. Once you’ve returned to the ship after a day exploring a new port, Silver Note brings a Manhattan jazz club-type atmosphere onboard. Silversea has attracted some of the finest musicians to perform, enhancing their performance with high-quality acoustics, and serves a menu of tapas-style dishes. For 2017 alone, Silver Muse has itineraries spanning 34 countries and 130 ports. Current itineraries take travelers to smaller, out-of-theway and major ports in the Mediterranean region, South America, Caribbean, New England, and Asia. ■

ALL-INCLUSIVE REDEFINED When the utmost in comfort meets the ultimate in adventure, you’re aboard the intimate ships of Silversea Expeditions. With the all-inclusive experience aboard Silver Galapagos, every facet of your travel is included, and expertly handled — flights between Ecuador and the islands, pre- and post-hotels, transfers and more. Every voyage, every suite, every detail — when exploring the Galápagos Islands, the hallmarks of Silversea Cruises remain, allowing you to truly enjoy the exotic and exhilarating. Come face-to-face with a giant tortoise, snorkel with penguins, hike over lava fields with an expert naturalist, pass iguanas lounging in the sun. Just follow your instincts and leave every detail to us. Reserve your suite today and enjoy roundtrip economy air to Ecuador from only $199. For more information contact your travel professional, call Silversea at 888.978.4085, or visit



The Main Lodge

BeautifulPlaces | Lake Kora All Photography by: Rebecca Gosselin


esigned by noted architect John Russell Pope (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives, et al), the Main House is the hub of Lake Kora, the last of the historic Adirondack Great Camps on 1,000 acres in upstate New York. The living room has a floor to ceiling stone fireplace; a dining hall; a large outdoor veranda and guest rooms featuring handmade furniture and Native American décor. Pope also designed the Chapel building. One of the many fun and unique indoor activities is the original candlepin bowling alley located in The Playhouse. There’s also a squash court with a spectator gallery; ping pong and billiards; vintage game tables plus a full size pub. One of the most popular accommodations is the Treehouse bedroom which features an extraordinary headboard crafted from a complete tree its limbs forming a canopy above the bed. Next to it, stones appear to cascade from a corner forming an immense fireplace as woodland creatures peer from the corners. For more information on Lake Kora and other luxury estate rentals, go to ■

Treehouse Bedroom

LUXE BEAUTIFULPLACES Main Lodge Living Room The Living Room in the Main Lodge is the heart of Lake Kora where guests begin their day, dine, gather before setting out on the day’s adventures, share stories and memories and reconnect in the evenings.

Wooden Bridge There is so much to explore and discover at Lake Kora – like one of the many historic wooden bridges that traverse the property.

Boathouse Set on one of Lake Kora’s three crystal clear lakes, The Boathouse is the centerpiece of outdoor activities – boating, fishing, sailing, swimming – or pure relaxing.

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Lauren Berger Collection specializes in Bespoke Hospitality, providing unrivaled levels of comfort and service in exclusive properties around the world.


Cayo Espanto, a five-star resort on an island off the Belize coast near San Pedro

Cayo Espanto Belize Private Island Photogtaphy by: Olivera Rusu


he Caribbean conjures up images of crowded cruises and bythe-numbers resorts. For a truly unique and luxurious experience, however, travelers know where to look, Cayo Espanto, a five-star private island resort off the coast of Belize near San Pedro, gleams with beautiful secluded villas and is situated right near some of the world’s best diving spots. You’ll find the apex of resort vacationing at Cayo Espanto. Services center around pampered relaxation in private settings, no matter if you’re enjoying a meal, observing the ocean, or requesting a massage. Such aspects make the property a must-go for a romantic getaway, downtime without interference, or simply seeing the Caribbean away from the main ports. Rows of silver-trunked mangrove trees separate each one- to twofloor property. And, unless you venture out, the scene is entirely yours to take in, be it with a dip in the plunge pool, walking down the dock to the water, using the al fresco showers, or observing natural beauty in the walled garden. Inside, the resort designed each space with an open-air plan and added the finest furniture, sheets, and wood paneling. Relax and rejuvenate during your time at Cayo Espanto. Island Spa Services juxtaposes stress-releasing treatments with breathtaking surroundings, all while staff provides the highest degree of personal attention. Overall, you’ll feel as if you’re in your own private oasis. Whether in the facility or in your villa, you can select from a menu of 36 | Clientele Coastal Luxury Properties

beauty, body, and aromatherapy treatments. Another asset, five-star cuisine from award-winning chefs makes for a mouth-watering experience every meal. Five chefs create new menus according to your tastes, while fresh tropical ingredients add a sumptuous, exotic flavor to every dish. Activities abound in and beyond the resort, all with the goal of letting you discover this hidden Western Caribbean paradise. For one, the resort isn’t far from the world’s second-largest barrier reef – a prime diving spot – and sits right by the water, where you can find fast-moving bonefish. Top-tier publications agree Cayo Espanto should be visited. Over the years, the property has been listed as a best island resort and a most-romantic destination, in addition to winning prestigious awards from Fodor’s, Condé Nast, Trip Advisor, and ISLANDS magazine. All in all, if you’re looking to avoid the Caribbean’s tourist-saturated destinations, Cayo Espanto is the region’s best-kept secret. ■