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  • Travel: Homes With A View

    For those eager to own a remote holiday home but are leery of the hassles, there's an easy compromise: let one of the world's top hotel brands manage it. In recent years, hotel-branded residences have become hot properties in big cities and resort destinations around the world. Now hotel-branded villas are mushrooming along some of Asia's most pristine beaches.In the Seychelles, Raffles is building its first homes, 23 fully furnished villas located on roughly 2,500-squaremeter plots next to the soon-to-be-constructed Raffles Resort. In addition to spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, villa owners will receive VIP treatment at the airport, golf-cart transportation within the resort and access to the Raffles AmritaSpa and private beach ($3.15 million to $6.3 million; rafflesrealestate.com).On Koh Kood, Thailand's fourth largest island, Six Senses Resorts & Spas is developing the Soneva Kiri resort, with 36 residential pool villas up for grabs. Each four- to six-bedroom home is...
  • Putter Up: New Latin Links

    Just as Latin American players are becoming big names in golf, Latin courses are getting notice. Golf Magazine's latest list of the top 100 includes courses from Baja California and the Dominican Republic. New courses are also sprouting across Mexico, with $100 billion in golf-related development. The roster of names who've designed courses there reads like a who's who of the sport. The star attraction of La Loma Club de Golf in San Luis Potosí is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that opened last year (www.lalomagolf.com.mx). At the Greg Norman-designed, 7,000-yard El Camaleón near Cancún, guests can choose from four five-star resort hotels nestled in the mangrove jungles of the Riviera Maya region (mayakobagolf.com). And the venerable La Paz Golf Club in Bolivia (lapazgolfclub.com) remains splendid. Its groundskeepers are indigenous women who take breaks to hone their putting skills.
  • Cookies That Cost a Fortune

    If your sweet tooth is acting up again and you're tired of Swiss chocolate, there are always cookies. ENTERPRISE has found exotic confections that should impress even the most hardened sugar addicts.Try indulging in Parisian macarons, which are milk-based snacks containing almonds and other nuts, and are available in 13 flavors, including apricot, almond, coffee and raspberry ($72 for 48 cookies; lepicerie.com).For wedding favors, consider adding a magical twist by writing personalized fortunes on the inside of dark- or white-chocolate-coated Giant Wedding Fortune Cookies. They come with white, gold or silver sprinkles ($100; fortunatebiscuits.com).And next time you're in New York, swing by Eleni's for a gift box of Butterflies in Nature cookies. These big, hand-iced sugar biscuits come in bold hues ($75; elenis.com). It's hard to remember it's all just butter, flour and sugar.
  • Quick Read

    Young, ironic liberal-arts types typically recoil in horror from the earnest advice dispensed in uncool career guides. But these eager beavers, generally clueless as to the ins and outs of climbing the corporate leader, badly need the pointers. Megan Hustad, who toiled in the pretentious rice fields of publishing, surveys a century's worth of career advice from sages ranging from the two Carnegies (Andrew and Dale) to Helen Gurley Brown and Stephen ("Seven Habits of Highly Effective People") Covey. The wisdom she distills, interspersed with telling anecdotes from the contemporary workplace—like why it's bad form to pipe up boldly at meetings on the third day of work—is clever and, as the title promises, useful. The book is an excellent gift for the comp-lit graduate seeking to make it big in Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Hollywood or Capitol Hill.—Daniel GrossAccording to corporate escapee turned career coach Skillings, 80 percent of the working population fantasizes about leaving...
  • Or Just Bring a Friend!

    We do love our leisurely showers. But some entrepreneurs aim to cut water consumption while saving the experience. Enter the Quench from Australia's HydroCo. Its first cycle is a normal shower for sudsing, shampooing and rinsing that lasts two minutes. Then it starts recycling the hot, suds-free water, saving about 30 gallons for a seven-minute shower. With U.S. water averaging under $2 per 1,000 gallons, it will still take time to cover the price tag, which tops $4,000.Other devices aren't so kind. The Eco-Drop Shower, from Italy's Tommaso Colia, consists of floor mats with concentric circles that look like ripples in a rain puddle. The circles pulsate to become uncomfortable for a person showering too long. Another prototype, from a Belgian design student, is a see-through bathtub marked like a measuring cup; the levels tell you how much drinking water you're wasting. A full tub equals 100 bottles. The question is whether the guilt defeats the stress reducing benefits of bathing...
  • Toothbrush Not Included

    Lost luggage, security checks, extra-bag fees and spilled shampoo make suitcase stress one of the worst parts of traveling, but Flylite thinks it has the solution. The two-year-old Massachusetts company is a clothing butler for frequent business travelers. New customers pay an initial $500 fee and pack their bags. Flylite workers then clean, press and store the clothes, polish shoes and scan everything into a virtual "iCloset." Each trip, travelers can virtually "pack" their suitcases by dragging and dropping clothing icons, after which Flylite delivers the bags to any U.S. destination. After each stay, Flylite picks up the bags, cleans the clothes and stores everything for the next trip. With two days' notice, it costs $100 to get the bag packed and sent anywhere within 25 miles of a major airport. Typical customers are road warriors who travel three to five times a month and store a dozen suits and assorted shirts, ties, recreational wear and golf clubs, says marketing VP John...
  • Samuelson: The End of Entitlement

    Economic life has simultaneously become more prosperous and more precarious. People feel vulnerable even when they have good jobs.
  • Sightseeing: Soar Tours

    Thanks to a host of luxurious helicopter tours, even those without a private jet can enjoy priceless bird's-eye views of natural wonders and man-made monuments alike. Visitors to Dubai who are lucky enough to snag a suite at the "seven-star" Burj Al Arab hotel can book a high-performance Augusta 109 Executive helicopter for a tour of the city, encompassing such sights as the Burj, the world's tallest tower, and the Madinat Jumeirah, the resort re-creation of an ancient Arabian citadel ($3,500; burj-al-arab.com). In Cambodia, the luxurious Amansara Hotel can create customized helicopter itineraries for those seeking a unique perspective on the temples of Angkor Wat (about $3,000; amanresorts.com).Nature lovers who head Down Under can sign on with Aviation Tourism's Blue Mountains Heli-Magic for a flight over Australia's famous mountains, blanketed in a blue vapor produced by lush eucalyptus trees (about $760; avta.com /au). Explore Arizona Tours flies along the vast rim of the Grand...
  • Waiting For The Boom To End

    The average rental price is up 5 percent--down from the usual 10 or 15 percent, but still a long way from a crash.
  • Real Estate: Why the Market Will Worsen

    Economist David Lereah was once the housing market's biggest cheerleader. Now he says the bust isn't near over, and home prices still have a long way to fall.
  • Samuelson: Protecting the Jobless

    Lengthening the coverage period for unemployment insurance from 26 to 39 weeks is common sense--but will it get bogged down in partisan politics?