Barrett Sheridan

Stories by Barrett Sheridan

  • The Good Life

    With 2007 peeking around the corner, it's time to start making plans to ring in the new. For the ultimate New Year's experience, host your own party on a private island in the Maldives, boasting white sands and turquoise waters. The "Rania Experience" includes a yacht, a three-bedroom suite, plunge pool, Jacuzzi, gym, beach villas and open-air dining areas. A team of spa therapists, chefs, butlers and diving instructors will cater to your every whim ($14,500 per couple per night; ( raniaexperience.com ).Want something wilder? Jet over to Rio de Janeiro, the party capital of the world. The New Year's Eve bash at the Copacabana Palace promises to be an explosive affair with live music, fireworks, a six-course dinner and plenty of bubbly ($557 per person; copacabanapalace.com.br ).Or book a stay at Bono's five-star Dublin boutique hotel, The Clarence. Revel in luxury in the plush penthouse suite, wining and dining your way through a five-course menu and plenty of pink champagne ("New...
  • Bigger, Brighter and...Cheaper?

    Television screens are getting bigger--and they're about to get more colorful and brighter as well. Sunnyvale, California-based Novalux built a set that uses thousands of mirrors to direct a low-power (and low-cost) laser beam to the screen. The resulting picture has twice the range of colors of LCD and plasma TVs. VP Greg Niven says the technology should lead to cheaper and higher-quality TVs bigger than 46 inches in about a year.