Near the world’s fourth largest coral reef, Kokomo Island is the passion project of Lang Walker, Australia’s 17th richest man—one that cost him 10 times the amount he’d planned to spend (or around $100 million). Walker isn’t the only one paying a pretty penny: Nightly rates start at around $7,500. But they’re mostly guilt-free, as the hotel’s ambitious design—on the site of an abandoned Aman Resorts project, no less—relies on sustainable resources, such as an on-island filtration system, a tiered organic garden, and other initiatives tied to the local community.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire, England
Heckfield Place is nothing new to England’s Hampshire countryside—it’s newly opened after nearly a full decade of delays. The long-awaited creation of Gerald Chan, who cofounded the multibillion-dollar Hang Lung Group, the 1700s-era Grade II-listed Georgian manor house was restored with classic character minus the old-school hauteur. In addition to fabulously walled gardens and grand staircases, modern delights abound, like a 67-seat cinema and a slate of fitness studios for everything from ballet to yoga.
Caldera House, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole’s new Caldera House is a hotel and alpine club fashioned by L.A.’s Commune Design and the local Carney Logan Burke Architects at the behest of Wesley Edens, billionaire cofounder of Fortress Investment Group (and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks). A step above ski-in, ski-out, the eight-suite boutique is merely 50 steps from Teton Village’s tram (designed by the same architecture firm), with six levels on the prized slope, making it the most accessible hotel around—if you can swing the steep $100,000 initiation fee.
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