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June 22, 2015
A suite at Dubai's Burg-Al-Arab hotel might cost $24,000 a night.
You know things are out of control when the Burg-Al-Arab starts to seem like a bargain. The Dubai hotel, designed in the shape of a sail billowing over Jumeirah Beach, has long been considered the model of ultra-luxury for those who desire an over-the-top lodging experience. If you really want to impress your in-laws, you can book the Burg-Al-Arab’s marble-and-gold-filled Royal Suite, which comes complete with a dining room for 12, a library, a cinema room and a team of butlers to cater to your every whim. The tab: approximately $24,000 a night.
June 14, 2015
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The Galapagos Islands, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, rank among the world’s most distinctive and abundant wildlife destinations. Roughly 9,000 species live here and in surrounding waters. The mostly uninhabited isles are like a natural-history museum, except the animals aren’t stuffed—they’re wild. Exploring the Galapagos, I often felt as if I was walking in an exotic zoo without cages.
June 7, 2015
Ziplining provides stunning views in all seasons. (Photo: The Gorge Zipline)
In any season, few Appalachian vistas can rival the views from the mile-high Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects Virginia’s Shenandoah highlands with North Carolina’s Great Smokies. When I visited, the freshly unfurled leaves of oaks and maples were green. The flowering tulip poplars appeared yellowish-green. Pollen fluff floated on air through the slanting sun. In the distance, bluish layers of the mountainsides were festooned with flowering white dogwood and blooming pink redbud.
May 12, 2015
Barren beach landscape. (Photo: Fotolia)
You may find yourself planning a second visit to Iceland before the first one even ends.
May 4, 2015
A view of the rugged woodland of the Dahlonega Plateau in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
Creating the beautiful par-72 Currahee Club course required powerful bulldozers—and chutzpah.
April 27, 2015
Local street food, arancini balls.
Palermo’s Hippest Restaurant
April 20, 2015
Sunset view from the deck of a yacht.
The task of buying a yacht is much like assembling a jigsaw puzzle: all the pieces must fit together perfectly. Here’s help.
April 10, 2015
You’d undoubtedly want to take the long way home if you were driving one of the cars BJT previewed at the recent 2015 New York International Auto Show.
March 31, 2015
The Lisa Marie, a Convair 880, is named for Presley’s daughter.
Elvis Presley's airplanes, the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II, are for sale and are expected to go for $10 to $15 million.
March 18, 2015
SentryWorld Hole 16
A two-year renovation of Wisconsin's SentryWorld yields a much-improved public course.

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