|New York Accommodations:
The initial phase of Natirar in New Jersey, set to become the first U.S. outpost of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Limited Edition Collection of luxury retreats, consisting of a culinary center, resort, spa and private club has just opened its doors.
Situated on a bucolic 500-acre estate about 45 miles from New York City that was once the summer home of King Hassan II of Morocco, and centered on a historic 40-room 1912 mansion, the key element of the property is the 90 acres surrounding the house itself. The first phase of the project is the Ninety Acres at Natirar Culinary Center, housing a restaurant, bar / lounge, cooking school, wine school and working farm.
The resort will open this summer with guest cottages, a media room, a 4,000-square foot pool, tennis courts, fitness facility, croquet pitch and greenhouses. Horseback riding and fly-fishing will be among the activities on offer. Branson and his partner Bob Wojtowicz hired renowned architect David Rockwell to transform the historic estate into a showcase of modern country luxury among the lush, rolling hills. The Club at Natirar is a by invitation private club giving members unfettered access to all the propertyís delights.