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Hampshire, England August 10 – 13, 2017
Attracting 60,000 attendees to Hampshire, located on the southern coast of England, Boomtown is an immersive music and arts festival showcasing theatrical performances across 120 music venues each year. Featuring hundreds of actors and actresses performing in specially themed streets, this innovative four-day event will feature the likes of electronic music group 47Soul; DJ and record producer Aphrodite; and English musician Amy Becker at various mega stages. Don’t miss out on Electrikal Sound System's street party on the event’s last day. www.boomtownfair.co.uk Where to Stay: Housed in a 600-year-old coach inn, The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie offers a range of luxurious, modern rooms and suites, some of which include loft bedrooms, while its brasserie serves authentic British cuisine created with seasonal ingredients. www.thewhitehorseromsey.co.uk
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta NEW MEXICO, USA October 7 - 15, 2017
Founded as a birthday celebration for local KOB Radio, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta draws tens of thousands of visitors to the largest city in New Mexico each year. Spanning nine days in the beginning of autumn, the world’s most significant hot air balloon festival offers visitors a host of multi-colour balloon launches, captivating laser light shows and fireworks displays. Get up early for the Dawn Patrol Show, at which a dozen soaring balloons are backdropped by sunrise. www.balloonfiesta.com Where to Stay: Located a 20-minute drive from the event venue, Hotel Parq Photo credit: Bennie Bos
Central provides elegantly-furnished rooms and suites, including a Cottage Suite with a private patio. The hotel’s rooftop Apothecary Lounge serves an array of seasonal cocktails and small plates to be enjoyed with uninterrupted city views. www.hotelparqcentral.com
POP Montreal Montreal, Canada September 13 – 17, 2017
Celebrating music and independent art forms, the five-day POP Montreal festival showcases works by more than 400 emerging talents from around the world at 50 venues across the city. Visitors can explore creative art forms and events at the exhibitions, fashion shows, and cultural events held during the festival, or at symposium discussions, screenings, and concerts featuring big names like American rock band Royal Trux; Brazilian singer Elza Soares; and Canadian electronic music band Austra. Look out for the all-night parties taking place across the city centre. www.popmontreal.com Where to Stay: Situated in Old Montreal, St Paul Hotel is nestled in a historic neighbourhood filled with stylish shops, restaurants and world-famous art galleries and features rooms with art works and stunning views of the Downtown skyline. www.hotelstpaul.com www.jetsetter.hk
Edinburgh Festival Fringe edinBUrgH, sCotland August 4 – 28, 2017
The world’s largest arts and culture celebration, Edinburgh Festival
Fringe takes place in Scotland's capital each summer. Hosting more than 3,000 shows at 294 venues across the historic city, this 70-year-old festival entertains thousands of visitors from around the globe with comedies, musicals, dance and circus shows, visual art exhibitions, handcrafting workshops and tasting events, allowing creative minds the chance to share knowledge and insights. www.edfringe.com Where to Stay: Within walking distance of the Royal Terrace Gardens, No. 11 Brasserie and Boutique Hotel provides contemporary rooms and suites featuring ensuite bathrooms and modern furniture. Other facilities include a private garden, a lounge and an upscale restaurant. www.11brunswickst.co.uk
Nyege Nyege Festival nJerU, Uganda
September 1 – 3, 2017 Inspired by The World Festival of Black Arts, a remarkable celebration of African arts and culture, Nyege Nyege Festival is held at Nile Discovery Beach Resort in Njeru, Uganda. Set on the banks of the Victoria Nile, the upper section of River Nile, this three-day waterfront party encourages African electronic music-lovers to immerse themselves in beats by big names like Ghanaian DJ Gafacci and Italian percussive performance artists Ninos Du Brasil. Check out the on-site boutique where you will find unique art pieces and local designer handcrafts; or get your own custom clothing made with local fabric by tailors at the Kitenge Corner. www.nyegenyege.com Where to Stay: Located 10 minutes from the venue, Nile Hotel Jinja provides serene accommodation featuring traditional designs and wooden touches. The hotel also provides free guided walks along the Nile. www.nilehoteljinja.com
Birdsville Races QUeensland, aUstralia September 1 – 2, 2017
Held every September since 1882, the Birdsville Races welcomes 7,000 horse racing fans to the small town of Birdsville, Queensland, with funds raised at the event going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. Travellers can build their own tents at campsites on the banks of the Diamantina River, and enjoy two days of racing, including special events for horses bred in and around Birdsville. www.birdsvilleraces.com Where to Stay: The Bedourie Hotel provides 11 fully-serviced double and family motel rooms, all with ensuites. Other facilities include a bar, a dining room, and a 20-metre pool. www.bedouriehotel.com www.jetsetter.hk
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AEGEAN ODYSSEY Wake each morning to the endless beauty of the Aegean
Sea, contrasted by the traditional white washed walls of Canaves Oia Suites, an idyllic Greek retreat on the island of Santorini. The cliffside resortâ€™s opulent President Suite is the ultimate indulgence; boasting panoramic views, a kingsized bed, spacious living and dining spaces, and a sublime bathroom with deep soak tub, the suite features a private veranda, the perfect setting for intimate in-suite dinners and lingering sundowners as day ends above the islandâ€™s iconic
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THE RISE OF COLOMBIAN CUISINE
While Peru, Brazil and Argentina have long been considered Latin America’s gastronomic epicentres, Colombia has slowly been cooking up a feast of its own, and specialist luxury operator Amakuna knows what’s cooking, with its new bespoke foodie foray exploring this untapped gastronomic destination. The 10-night Colombian Flavours itinerary begins in Bogota’s Paloquemao market, where guests will join Bandido restaurant’s chef Felipe Arizabaleta to gather iconic Colombian ingredients including yuca brava and sweet plantain to transform into a gourmet feast under his watchful eye. In Leticia, in the Amazon, guests will journey into the forest with local guides in search of army ants and pirarucu fish, just a few of the ingredients incorporated into the menu of pioneering restaurant El Cielo, whose founder spent the best part of a decade learning the recipes and techniques of the surrounding indigenous tribes. In Medellin, visit a family-run farm with husband and wife duo Carmen Angel and Rob Pevitts, key players in the region’s food movement, to source key ingredients such the Andean lulo fruit and tomate de arbol, before joining Carmen in the kitchen to recreate her signature five-course tasting menu. The itinerary ends at restaurant Oci.mde in the trendy Poblado district, where chef Laura Londoño is making waves with an ever-changing menu of slow-cooked specialties. www.amakuna.com www.jetsetter.hk
NEW LOOK FIRST CLASS LOUNGE FOR AA
American Airlines has opened its new-look Flagship Lounge at New York’s JKK International, heralding in a new era in first class travel for the airline. The newlook Flagship Lounge at JFK now allows customers to unwind, work or refresh before their flight with quiet rooms, individual work pods and shower suites. Customers will be able to enjoy a range of food options, including a robust hot and cold food buffet, an a la carte dining menu, and a chef’s table with a rotating menu of made-to-order entrees. Diners can also pair their meals with premium wines and champagnes or prepare a bespoke drink at the lounge’s innovative “make your own cocktail” station. The airline has also expanded access to its Flagship Lounges to include business class passengers travelling on qualifying international and transcontinental flights, in addition to first class passengers who already had access. The renovation of the New York Flagship Lounge is part of a US$200 million investment by the carrier in its premium travel experience. www.aa.com
NEW ECO-LODGE FOR THE AMAZON
Travellers looking for a truly unforgettable eco-retreat experience in the heart of the Amazon should head to the Inkaterra Explorer Guides Field Station, which opened this month in Peru. The latest property from eco-tourism pioneer Inkaterra, the field station offers guests the chance to roll up their sleeves and get handson with an array of conservation and wildlife projects overseen by Inkaterra’s NGO, the Inkaterra Asociación (ITA). Located next to the Tambopata National Reserve, which houses two thirds of the world’s plant and animal species, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica has historically been used as a training centre for InkaterraExplorer
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Guides and a research centre for ITA. The property now offers a selection of communal and private accommodation options, with all meals included. Activities on offer include bird ringing, animal
Australian adventure specialists Aurora Expeditions is the latest company
camera tracking, local farming studies, and wildlife documentation
to announce a new purpose-built expeditionary vessel. The state-of-the-
through a series of guided treks, while daily talks and lectures from
art ice class 1A ship will be built to the latest polar code specifications,
ITA’s experts will ensure guests get an unrivaled insight into this
offering unprecedented levels of safety and environmental protection – for
remarkable ecosystem. www.inkaterra.com
operations not just in the high latitudes, but across the planet. Exclusively designed for expedition cruising, the new ship will feature an X-BOW that will reduce motion in the ocean, and will allow for greater adventure opportunities thanks to a custom-designed platform to cater for additional numbers of kayakers and divers, and a mud room for easier preparation for climbers and skiers. Small inflatable Zodiac craft will continue to carry expeditioners between ship and shore, with a dedicated sea-level Zodiac loading platform for quick and easy boarding. Other amenities will include a 180-degree indoor observation deck; wellness facilities including a gymnasium, sauna and spa; and plenty of outdoor viewing areas for additional enjoyment and comfort. The yet-to-be-named ship will be delivered in time for Aurora Expeditions' 2019/2020 Antarctic season. www.auroraexpeditions.com.au www.jetsetter.hk
Ritz-Carlton has announced plans to build a series of ultra-luxurious yachts as part of a new branded cruising experience. Created by Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will feature three lavish cruising yachts, with the first scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019. The specially designed small-capacity vessel will measure 190-meters, accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. The yacht will also feature two 138 square-meter lavish duplex penthouse suites, with modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading cruise ship design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden. Guests will be able to enjoy an ultra-luxurious cruising experience thanks to a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelinstarred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a signature signature Ritz-Carlton spa; a panorama lounge and wine bar; and a wide variety of on-board entertainment. Additionally, the yacht will offer one-of-a-kind curated destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore. www.ritzcarlton.com/en/yachts
THE DUKE OF DUBAI
With a quintessential British persona, the Duke has opened on Dubaiâ€™s Palms Jumeirah development as a slice of British far from home. Delivering the crisp, old world service of its sibling property in London, Dukes Dubai boasts 279 guest rooms, including 64 suites, as well as a women-only Liberty Duchess floor, and 227 fully-furnished apartments. Thanks to partnerships with a host of UK producers, Dukes showcases the best of Britain, including Liberty Fabrics, furniture by Andrew Martin, bone china from William Edwards, bespoke candles from Floris London, cheeses curated by Paxton & Whitfield, and a selection of boutique English wines. Talking of food, Dukes is home to six distinctive dining experiences, including a Great British Restaurant, a champagne and tea lounge, and Khyber, a traditional Northern Indian eatery. www.dukesdubai.com
SELF-GUIDING THE HIMALAYAS
Adventure travel specialist World Expeditions will launch its first-ever self-guided itinerary in the Himalayas this October. A new concept of trekking for the region, the introductory-level Self-Guided Everest Trek will appeal to groups of friends, families or even couples looking for the flexibility of setting their own departure date. Featuring accommodation at World Expeditions' exclusive eco-campsites, with standing height tents, flushing western-style toilets, and hot showers, and with porters carrying luggage to the next night's camp, the trek route follows established trails and is the ideal introduction to trekking in the Everest region and the culture of its Sherpa people. The carefully-developed itinerary allows for maximum acclimatisation and offers access to World Expeditions' safety network that verifies arrival to each camp. Highlights of the 11-day trip include viewing many of the world's highest peaks, including the emblematic summit of Everest; exploring the colourful markets of Namche Bazaar, the so-called Sherpa capital of Nepal; marveling at the famous Thyangboche Monastery, the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region; and visiting the villages of Khunde and Khumjung, where Sir Edmund Hillary established the region's first hospital and school through the Himalayan Trust. www.worldexpeditions.co.uk
THE MURRAY TO OPEN IN HONG KONG
In one of the most anticipated luxury hotel openings in the region in a decade, The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, will open in Central Hong Kong in December. Located in an iconic white arched building on Cotton Tree Drive that has been reimagined by British design firm Foster + Partners, The Murray will feature 336-guest rooms offering spectacular cityscape views, world-class dining, including an outlet of acclaimed Cantonese restaurant Guo Fu Lou, and an enviable location at the heart of the cityâ€™s financial district. (Read more on pg 98) www.marcopolohotels.com
Doha Debut Opening its psychedelic doors this September, Mondrian Doha brings the US
brandâ€™s signature style to the Middle East for the first time. Designed in collaboration with Marcel Wanders, the lavish 270-room hotel will be the acclaimed Dutch designer's first hotel in the region, and will feature bold yet elegant local touches, many inspired by the timeless tale of One Thousand and One Nights. From the spectacular spiral staircase adorning the lobby atrium, to the stained-glass dome crowning the rooftop pool and skybar, the Mondrian promises to impress. Be sure to keep a keen eye out for gourmet dining from Wolfgang Puck and Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, full wall mosaics in the 1,950sqm ESPA wellness enclave, and Swarovski chandeliers in every guest room. www.morganshotelgroup.com
STYLISH NEW DIGS IN PARIS
Playful, chic and undeniably urban, The Hoxton is set to open in Paris this summer, as the groupâ€™s second property in Europe. Located in the 2nd arrondissement, and occupying a 16th century building designed by Etienne Rivie, a counsellor to King Louis XIV, the boutique-styled hideaway will feature 172 rooms dressed in blonde timber, leather and bespoke furniture; a standalone restaurant designed to complement the areaâ€™s reputation as a foodie destination; a speakeasy cocktail bar serving up classic Parisian concoctions; and The Apartment, an intimate meeting and events space. www.thehoxton.com
NURTURING OF THE CLOUDS
Named for a royal blessing dating from the Qianlong dynasty, Amanyangyun is set to open in a forest glade just outside the dynamic city of Shanghai this autumn. A story of preservation and innovation, the new urban retreat is made up of a clutch of modern and ancient Ming and Qing dynasty dwellings, the fruits of a decade-long preservation effort, wreathed by manicured gardens and 1,000-year-old camphor trees. Many of the restored homes, as well as some of the trees, were transferred over 700km from Jiangxi Province, where China’s relentless development threatened their existence. Supervised by Jiangxi-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Ma Dadong, a team of engineers and specialists in Chinese architecture were tasked with disassembling, transporting and reconstructing the historic homes from 30 Jiangxi villages. The result is 26 sumptuous guest spaces – from one-bedroom Club Suites to four-bedroom Antique Villas with pools – each of which boasts interiors by Kerry Hill Architects that embrace a restful, earthy palette, and feature wood, stone, and bamboo. Look out for a signature Chinese restaurant, a village-style deli, and a comprehensive Aman Spa. www.aman.com www.jetsetter.hk
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Almost given up for dead after decades of urban decay and economic decline, Detroit has emerged as a vibrant â€œcomeback cityâ€?, with a recent influx of artists and techies, combined with ambitious real estate development transforming down-andout neighbourhood into energised hubs, still gritty around the edges but complete with hip new hotels, public art installations and a dynamic restaurant and bar scene, discovers Susan R Pollack. www.jetsetter.hk
11 am Make your way downtown from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) to the Detroit Foundation Hotel, the city’s hottest new digs. The boutique hotel, with 100 industrial-chic rooms, is the former Detroit Fire Department headquarters – designers even kept the red arched firehouse doors. Stop by the circular bar with dazzling cascading glass lights - it’s the centrepiece of the Apparatus Room, the ground-floor restaurant, forged from a space that once housed firetrucks and hoses. Consider returning later for regionallyinspired New American fare by Thomas Lents, a two Michelin-star chef who left Chicago to join Detroit’s exploding culinary scene. www.detroitfoundationhotel.com
Noon Stroll to the Guardian Building, an Art Deco skyscraper with a three-storey vaulted lobby featuring stunning tilework in Native American and Aztec motifs. Pop into Pure Detroit for a Motor City souvenir; stylish purses and tote bags woven from seatbelts are a favourite. A few blocks west, you’ll find downtown’s focal point, Campus Martius, a people-watching park with a manmade sandy beach. Grab a food-truck snack or a boozy milkshake at The Fountain Detroit, an umbrella-studded restaurant nestled inside a shipping container. www.fountaindetroit.com
1:30pm Hop aboard the Q Line, Detroit’s long-awaited streetcar system, which launched in May. Running 5.3-kilometres along Woodward Avenue, it links downtown with the newly-bustling Midtown and New Center areas, each filled with eateries and attractions to explore. You’ll pass through The District Detroit, a super-sized
entertainment, sports and residential development still under construction. Concerts and sporting events start in September at the new Little Caesars Arena. www.districtdetroit.com
2pm Exit at Midtown’s Ferry Station and savour lunch at Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, the Detroit Free Press’ 2016 Restaurant of the Year. Amid walls painted in the vibrant signature colour, choose from an array of chartreuse concoctions and a changing menu of creative plates, including the popular twice-cooked egg and a yummy dessert waffle with chartreuse ganache, crėme Anglaise and blackberries foster. Also in the Park Shelton building, browse the fashions and accessories in two fun boutiques, Frida and the Peacock Room. www.chartreusekc.com
3:30pm The Detroit Institute of Arts, with its world-class collection, including Diego Rivera’s famous “Detroit Industry” murals, is across the street – on Fridays the museum offers evening concerts and tours. Alternatively, at the Motown Museum, also known as Hitsville U.S.A., the modest home-turned studio where Berry Gordy launched the legendary Motown sound in 1959, you’ll hear Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations during an hour-long tour. Your spine may tingle in Studio A where it all began; the centrepiece is an 1877 Steinway piano Paul McCartney had restored a few years ago. Reserve a ticket in advance, www.motownmuseum.org
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5pm Squeeze in a stop at Shinola in Midtown for some luxury shopping, including hand-assembled Shinola watches, leather goods and bicycles. A few doors down, watch
Clockwise from top left; street art can be found across the city; the St Barrel Aged Negroni; The Fountain Detroit; Shinola; Apparatus Room
workers press vinyl at Jack White’s new Third Man Records.
6.30pm You’ve earned yourself a drink so check out the buzzing scene at Wright & Company, downtown. It’s on Woodward, just above John Varvatos, a designer boutique open until 7 p.m. Order a craft cocktail – highlights include the Fantastic Disguises, Elyx vodka with Dolin dry vermouth, capers, orange bitters, gold leaf, and house made Amaro Nonnio candy – and fresh, hot potato chips smothered in cheese, bacon and scallions. www.wrightdetroit.com
8pm Sate your appetite at Grey Ghost Detroit, a hipster favourite with contemporary takes on meat and seafood. Schmooze with some of Detroit’s friendliest bartenders, all masters of infused cocktails, and feast on the likes of bison tartare, yellowfin tuna with sesame and lime, and beet tabbouleh with feta-yogurt, naan and pepperoncini. www.greyghostdetroit.com
10pm Detroit’s hottest ticket is the Bad Luck Bar, an intimate, 35-seat hideaway reached via a dark alley. Reminiscent of a Roaring ‘20s speakeasy, it offers a pricey menu of imaginative, Tarot card-themed cocktails with eclectic, sometimes rare ingredients served in unusual glasses. www.badluckbar.com Alternatively, return to your hotel and the Apparatus Room, which serves a mean Brush St Barrel Aged Negroni.
9am Start your morning at Detroit’s beloved, organic Avalon Café and Bakery in its new downtown location near Campus Martius. You can’t go wrong with lemon ricotta pancakes or avocado toast to shake off the cobwebs. www.avalonbreads.net
10am Head to the Detroit Riverwalk, a revitalised five-kilometre strip that winds past Hart Plaza and the gleaming Renaissance Center towers, headquarters of General Motors; that’s Windsor, Canada, just across the river. From the riverfront make your way to Detroit’s historic Eastern Market and join Saturday throngs buying fresh produce and flowers. Admire murals by international artists and load up on cheese, nuts and other provisions at shops (open daily) around the market perimetre. www.easternmarket.com
BOUTIQUE & BEAUTIFUL
MALLORCA BOASTING SCENIC VIEWS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN AND CAPTURING THE HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF MALLORCA, THESE BOUTIQUE HOTELS ARE THE EMBODIMENT OF THE SPANISH ISLANDâ€™S HERITAGE AND WORLD-CLASS HOSPITALITY, DISCOVERS
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Set in a preserved military fortress built in the 19th century, Cap Rocat is a serene hideaway in Palma Bay, a short distance from Palma, the Mallorcan capital. The hotel’s 24 rooms maintain the building’s historic architectural design; luxury double rooms and suites, boasting patios and terraces overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, are elegantly-furnished without compromising the historic setting. Check into the El Cabo Suite, which has a spacious living area with domed ceilings, a garden and a private pool; or opt for one of the three Sentinel Suites (pictured), watchtowers transformed into rooms with rocky walls, delicate woods and refined rugs. In addition to a salt water infinity pool, the luxury retreat also offers a range of experiences, from golf, horse-riding and helicopter charters, to sailing, diving and deep-sea fishing. Ctra. d'enderrocat, s/n, 07609 Cala Blava, Mallorca, Spain; +34 971 74 7878; www.caprocat.com
Hotel Can Simoneta
Comprising two clusters of accommodation revamped from 140-yearold cliffside houses, Hotel Can Simoneta enjoys a coastal setting that offers captivating views of the Bay of Canyamel in the north of Mallorca. The adults-only hotel features 28 rooms and suites: clifftop Can Simoneta, once the home of a poorly monk seeking seawater baths as a natural remedy, includes two double rooms with terraces and six spacious suites, each of which offers views of the sea or the peaks of the Sierra de Levante from bed – we like the Luxury Suite, which comes with a 90sqm private terrace with jacuzzi. The adjacent house, called Can Nofre, includes a restaurant and bar, and a spa and wellness area. The hotel’s Beach House, located at the base of the cliffs, also includes rooms and suites with terraces, and offers direct access to the sea. Leisure facilities at this enchanting retreat range from seawater baths, massages and jacuzzi, to golf, mountain biking and hiking. Finca Torre Canyamel, Carretera Arta-Canyamel, km 8, 07580 Canyamel, Islas Baleares, Spain; +34 971 81 6110; www.cansimoneta.com
Finca Hotel Son Palou
A country-style enclave set amidst a private 150-hectare estate, the 12-room Finca Hotel Son Palou offers a secluded locale with expansive manicured gardens. Perfect for nature lovers, this oasis is surrounded by extensive apple and cherry tree orchards, which come to life during harvest. Each of the tastefully-furnished rooms is accentuated by wooden finishes, and includes a minibar and a bathroom with bath or shower. The larger Superior Room, with its private terrace, and the spacious Junior Suite, which features a whirlpool, are the perfect options for discerning travellers seeking more privacy and indulgence. Enjoy a tantalising Mediterranean meal at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves traditional recipe-inspired dishes on a terrace overlooking spectacular Orient Valley; while golf aficionados can take a short ride to the nearby 18-hole Son Termens golf course. Plaza Iglesia Orient, 07349 Orient, Islas Baleares, Spain; +34 971 14 8282; www.sonpalou.com www.jetsetter.hk
The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square has unveiled its new wellness space, The Spa, a captivating urban wellness enclave that features eight treatment rooms, including an indulgent Spa Suite; a Turkish hammam; a 14-metre swimming pool; and sauna and steam rooms. The new spaâ€™s treatment rooms boast domed ceilings and wooden accents, providing a relaxing ambience for the ultimate rejuvenating experience. Be sure to try the Harmonising Detoxifying Ritual, which includes a full-body, moisturising massage, a detoxifying warm body wrap using sun-dried Indian rassoul clay, a breathing ritual, and a scalp massage. Alternatively, the Ultimate Sensory Hammam Journey for Two starts with a black soap scrub, followed by a hammam steam bath, which helps de-stress and stimulates metabolism, and finishes with a revitalising massage.Â www.fourseasons.com/tentrinity www.jetsetter.hk
Spiral Sanctuary Mountain-wreathed Alila Yangshuo will offer a new rural wellness enclave, Spa Alila, when it opens in Guilin, China this month. The resort’s new subterranean spa, which is accessed from a heritage building that once stored molasses, offers guests a menu of exclusive treatments combining the traditional techniques of East and West. Set in a mysterious underground location accessible via a spiral staircase, the space is dressed in tiles and naked volcanic rock, setting the scene for spa treatments that use local ingredients and are delivered in the sanctuary’s five state-of-the-art treatment rooms. www.alilahotels.com/yangshuo
Tropical Treat Relax and recharge at The Okura Spa at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, which has launched a new mangosteen-laced treatment. The new 90-minute Purple Pampering treatment takes guests on a rejuvenating journey with a relaxing mangosteen exfoliating cream scrub, which opens up pores and leaves skin supple and refreshed; followed by an aroma massage delivered in one of the spa’s serene treatment rooms. The treatment helps guests de-stress, while combating tired muscles, and awakening the senses. www.okurabangkok.com
Swedish Sauna Enjoy a unique wellness experience at Icehotel, the world’s original ice hotel, in Swedish Lapland, with the property’s new 10-step Arctic Sauna Ritual, created by wellness expert Andreas Hermansson. Part of Off the Map Travel’s Artic itinerary, the ritual features traditional Swedish sauna protocol and invites guests to participate in alternative immersions in a wood-fired sauna, followed by a cold plunge in the nearby Torne River. In addition, this experience includes a body scrub using natural lingonberry and blueberry products by Swedish skincare brand Care of Gerd. Guests can also enjoy the extra hours of sunlight with outdoor activities like mountain hiking and white-water rafting. www.icehotel.com
The Art of Touch Switzerland’s Grand Resort Bad Ragaz has partnered with Harald Kitz, therapist and developer of the haki concept, to launch the new “Haki - The Art of Touch” treatment suite, which offers a combination of space, sound, colour, fragrance and thermal water experiences. Four new haki rituals, based on haptics and kinetics, are exclusively delivered in the suite. The new space has been created to relieve guests’ physical and emotional pressure, and the four multi-sensory rituals include sensation therapy, a water therapy, foam and compress massages, and a haki treatment. A 150-minute ritual includes a haki full-body cleanse with soapsuds, a soap-compress scrub, a warm full-body oil treatment, and a haki intensive head-to-toe treatment. www.resortragaz.ch www.jetsetter.hk
Close to the Coast Grab those flip-flops and find your perch on the sand for some extraordinary experiences at five of our favourite beach festivals. By Isabelle Lui
Prince Edward Island hosts one of Canada’s largest country
Canadian, this beach event happening in June brings together
music concerts, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, every
singing, dancing, food and beer, creating a relaxing atmosphere
July. Feast on the scenic Atlantic landscapes, set up your
for both performers and audience. www.beachesbrew.com
camping tents, and dance to the country songs with 70,000 visitors on the reddish white sand beach. Recharge yourself at
Providing dancers with the perfect occasion to stretch their
the stage-side food vendors and the saloon, in time for the next
limbs, the Sea Dance Festival attracts more than a hundred
thousand electro music fans to pebbly Jaz Beach, in Budva, Montenegro, each July. Visitors can enjoy the ‘Best Medium-
Food and wine lovers can savour some of the best gourmet
Sized European Festival’ with a sun-drenched electric dancing
seafood at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Miami
experience that includes rapper Sean Paul; singer-songwriter
Beach each February. Featuring more than 350 renowned
John Newman; and techno musician TKNO. Finish off with a
chefs, America’s most prestigious gourmet gathering
cocktail enjoyed at sunset. www.seadancefestival.men
offers visitors a chance to taste freshly served delicacies with selected wine. Immerse yourself in the aroma as
Celebrating the beginning of summer, Zrce Spring Break
cooking techniques are demonstrated right in front of you.
Europe is held in early June at Zrce beach on the Adriatic island of Pag. Soak up the energy generated by international acts including Dutch DJ R3hab and hardstyle producer Brennan Heart, and leave time for the warm-up and boat parties. Captivating light and sound shows at two of Croatia's hottest beach clubs, Aquarius and Kalypso, will bring heat and vibrancy to the event. www.zrcespringbreak.com
www.corporate.sobefest.com Enjoy live music at the Beaches Brew at Hana-Bi on the sea shore of Marina Di Ravenna, Italy, with a craft beer in hand. Providing festival-goers an artist-audience connection with outstanding rock bands such as Suuns and Destroyer www.jetsetter.hk
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the Rails The launch of three new luxury trains this year heralds in a new golden age of rail travel. Hereâ€™s our pick of the worldâ€™s greatest new and established train adventures. By Nick Walton www.jetsetter.hk
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One of the most anticipated new trains to launch in Japan this year, complementing the existing – and coveted – Seven Stars in Kyushu rail cruise, the Twilight Express Mizukaze departs Kyoto, Osaka and Shimonoseki stations to explore unspoiled and rarely visited western Japan, with visits to Matsue, Izumo and Miyajima, and opportunities to take in the natural beauty of the Sea of Japan, Mt. Daisen, and the Seto Inland Sea islands. With Art Deco lines and the amenities of a five-star hotel, the train caters to just 30 passengers across six sleeper carriages. Each day gourmet meals by acclaimed Japanese chefs Yoshihiro Murata and Hajime Yoneda showcase the best of washoku (Japanese cuisine) using locally-sourced ingredients. www.countryholidays.com.hk www.jetsetter.hk
Enjoy the majestic landscapes of Ireland aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian, the first luxury overnight train to grace the Emerald Isle’s rails in a generation. With a distinctly contemporary take on Dublin’s iconic Georgian architecture, the train’s 20 sumptuous cabins cater to just 40 guests; each boasts wardrobes, writing desks, private ensuites and picture windows through which train lovers can enjoy ever-changing vistas during two, four, and six-night journeys; for the ultimate indulgence, opt for the seven-day Grand Tour of Ireland during which you’ll enjoy whiskey tastings at the Jameson distillery in Dublin, learn falconry at Ashford Castle, and dine on innovative produced laced with locally-sourced ingredients. www.belmond.com
South America is presently one of the most sought-after destinations by affluent travellers, and the recent launch of the continent’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer, will make it even easier to explore the region’s stunning landscapes in style. Catering to just 68 guests in sumptuous en-suite cabins, the new train will travel along one of the highest rail routes on earth, traversing the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa on four one or two-night journeys. Along the way travellers will take in breathtaking scenery amidst interiors by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA that take their inspiration from Peru’s hand-woven textile culture, with touches of alpaca wool and Andean slate. www. belmond.com
The Rocky Mountaineer is an icon of the Canadian Rockies, and what better time to explore some of Canada’s most beautiful landscapes than the country’s 150th anniversary? The all-daylight travel of the two-day itinerary means you don’t miss a single snowcapped mountain peak or mirror-like lake, and the train’s Gold Leaf service, which includes domed cabins and gourmet dining, offers a train experience like no other. Choose from three itineraries: the 100-year-old Kicking Horse line; the Yellowhead route; and the Fraser Discovery. www.rockymountaineer.com www.jetsetter.hk
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Best known for its fascinating Central and Eastern European luxury long-distance railway journeys, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains has created new tours on board the fabulous Golden Eagle Danube Express, including the first foray to Sicily by a luxury train. The recently rebranded Danube Express offers spacious staterooms, elegant dining and the opportunity to explore corners of Europe rarely ventured to by luxury trains. The new Sicilian Odyssey starts in style with two nights at the iconic five-star Hotel Danieli in Venice before passengers board the beautiful Golden Eagle Danube Express bound for Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet. It’s then on to the foodie capital, Bologna; the enclaved microstate of San Marino, for a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage centre; and the port town of Bari, with its Florentine-style old-town and 12th century fortress. Among the transportation en-route is a passage across to Sicily on one of the very few ‘train ferries’ in the world. Once in Sicily, guests can take a walking tour of bustling capital, Palermo, and a detour to Corleone to learn about the notorious Mafia families, made famous by Francis Ford Coppola's movie, The Godfather. www.goldeneagleluxurytrains.com www.jetsetter.hk
RAIL TRAVEL Another new sensation on Japan’s rail network, the Train Suite Shiki-Shima operates from Tokyo’s Ueno station and explores the northeastern region of Tohoku and into Hokkaido. With an itinerary that includes the Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture and the Shirakami-Sanchi mountains, the Shik-Shima offers guests many opportunities to leave the train and delve into the surrounding countryside on daily excursions. A maximum of 34 guests stay in 17 lavish staterooms dressed in Japanese cypress and custom furniture. Like its Japan rail brethren, reservation is upon application. www.countryholidays.com.hk
If you’ve done the luxury-safari thing but haven’t yet sated your passion for Africa, Rovos Rail’s two beautifully rebuilt trains each cater to a maximum of 72 guests and travel far and wide across Southern Africa. Treat yourself to one of the wood-panelled Edwardian-styled Royal Suites, complete with king-size bed, ensuite with Victorian bath and separate shower, and complimentary minibar. An African epic in its own right, the 15-day journey between Cape Town and Dar es Salaam traverses South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania, with opportunities for Big Five viewing at the Madikwe Game Reserve, nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel, and hikes through the Great Rift Valley. In between stops, drink in Africa’s ancient vistas from a leather wingback chair in the train’s lavish lounge, dine on locally sourced produce in the elegant dining car, or sip sundowners in the open-air Observation Car. www.rovos.com
An icon of the Scottish Highlands, The Royal Scotsman is as intimate a train journey as you can find, catering to just 36 lucky souls. Between daily excursions to castles, distilleries and hamlets during multi-day itineraries, guests can view the passing lochs and towering peaks from the comfort of their private cabin or from the popular Edwardian observation car. Each night, gourmet meals are served in a candle-lit dining room, followed by whisky tastings and storytelling. Be sure to leave time to visit the train’s newly launched spa carriage. www.belmond.com
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RAIL TRAVEL For a rail journey that’s far from the beaten path, explore Central Asia’s ancient trading legacy aboard The Orient Silk Road Express, which travels from the Uzbek capital Tashkent to Bukhara, Kiva and Samarkand over ten nights. During this Central Asian odyssey, you’ll visit Tashkent’s Khast Imam Square, home to the Tillya Sheykh Mosque and Kafal Shashi mausoleum; delve into the Kyzyl Kum desert; explore Bukhara’s old city, once a weigh station for caravans hauling spices, furs and silks; marvel at the summer residence of the last Emir; and tour the oasis of Khiva, famed for its countless mosques, minarets and madrasas. For travellers looking for a true insight, train specialists Country Holidays also offer private tours of Ashgabat in Turkmenistan and the ancient trading city of Almaty in Kazakhstan. www.countryholidays.com.hk
Regularly named the best train in the world, The
Maharajas’ Express is the most regal and refined of India’s many luxury trains. With insightful itineraries between Delhi and Mumbai and roundtrip from Delhi through Rajasthan, the 19-car train captures the beauty and colour of India, with daily guided excursions and behind-the-scenes encounters at timeless temples, ancient forts, and sumptuous palaces. The sevenday Panorama Journey is a captivating week-long epic through some of Northern India’s most beautiful landscapes and most historic trading and religious cities, and includes a private dinner hosted in the confines of the Gwalior Palace, an evening cruise on the Ganges, and opportunities to buy gems from local artisans. Return to a royal welcome, complete with white gloved service, and insightful regional cuisine by acclaimed chef John Stone. www.maharajas-express-india.com
The greatest rail journey in Southeast Asia, the
Eastern & Oriental Express runs between Singapore and Bangkok on two-night three-day itineraries that capture the history and beauty of destinations like Ipoh, Penang and Kanchanaburi. Between daily excursions to temples, historic railway stations, and WWII sites, guests can relax in the comfort of their beautifully-appointed colonial-esque ensuite cabins; soak in lush southeast Asian countryside from the open-air Observation Car; or sing the night away in the lively bar car, home to a resident pianist and Asian-inspired cocktails. www.belmond.com www.jetsetter.hk
RAIL TRAVEL 49 Probably the most famous train in the world, The Trans-Siberian is a must for any intrepid traveller’s bucket list, but you don’t have to do it without creature comforts. The luxurious Golden Eagle features 12 ensuite sleeper cars in three categories; live like a Tsar in one of the train’s Imperial Suites, home to a double bed, complimentary minibar, large picture windows and 24-hour butler service. Sip Dom Pérignon as you depart Moscow’s Kazansky Station bound for Vladivostok, 9,288km to the east, on a 15day itinerary that winds its way through Kazan and Novosibirsk; along the banks of Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake; and across the Siberian steppes, a landscape best enjoyed from the Golden Eagle’s two regal restaurant cars, where authentic Russian cuisine is complemented by international wines and, of course, plenty of locally-sourced vodka. Country Holidays offer private pre- and post-tours to beautiful St Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital, or to the heart of the Gobi Desert for an unforgettable glamping encounter. www.countryholidays.com.hk
Australia’s most famous rail journey, The Ghan runs between Adelaide in South Australia, and Darwin in the Northern Territories. Originally known as the Afghan Express for the camel caravans that once crossed the Outback, the 2,979km three-day two-night itinerary exposes travellers to a true cross-section of Aussie landscapes, from the lush Barossa Valley to the burnt-orange beauty of the Flinders Ranges and the infinite emptiness of the Outback. The Ghan’s all-inclusive Platinum Service backs up the captivating landscapes with plenty of luxurious touches, including spacious cabins that convert into double bedrooms featuring full-size ensuites, leisurely in-cabin breakfasts, and access to a dedicated lounge and restaurant, where gourmet meals feature unique Outback ingredients and are matched with local wines. www.greatsouthernrail.com.au
A modern incarnation of Europe’s Grand Dame on rails, Belmond’s
Venice-Simplon Orient-Express continues the luxury train tradition to perfection, travelling on two-day one-night itineraries between Rome and Calais (with an extension to London on the British Pullman and seasonal routes all the way to Istanbul and Scandinavia). Made up of reconditioned carriages that once hosted the German surrender at the end of WWI and later the French surrender to the Nazis, today’s Venice- Simplon OrientExpress boasts lavish Pullman-style cabins that feature large picture windows, and walnut paneling. After an intimate in-cabin Fortnum & Mason afternoon tea, and sumptuous fine dining in the restaurant car, return to a luxurious turndown service by your dedicated cabin steward that includes signature VSOE pajamas. www.belmond.com www.jetsetter.hk
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Constance Hotels & Resorts has introduced several exciting wellness and gourmet offers
Constance Belle Mare Plage The Blue Penny Cellar
Yoga at Constance Halaveli Maldives
Aerial of Constance Lemuria Seychelles
collection of luxury hotels in authentic destinations across the Indian Ocean, Constance Hotels &Â Resorts offers unique experiences in seven distinct properties across Mauritius, the Maldives, Madagascar and the Seychelles. With a genuine passion for hospitality, it delivers memorable stays to guests through tailor-made service from dedicated staff. One of the cornerstones of the brand is gastronomy, with
gourmet cuisine and the finest wines on offer in each of its properties. To further build on its commitment to offering guests unforgettable culinary experiences, Constance Hotels & Resorts has recently introduced wellness menu options, delicious wholesome food that incorporates locally sourced produce. Chef Michael Scioli from Constance Prince Maurice has worked on the elaboration of these menus in collaboration with famous nutritionist and Irish actress Rosanna Davison.
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U Spa by Constance
The dishes are characterised as follows: Low Calorie, Energy Boosting, Sleep Enhancing, Antioxidant Rich, Good Mood and Muscle Building. Each meal can have more than one classification, such as the Chocolate Brownie Superfood, which is Antioxidant Rich, Energy Boosting, Good Mood and Muscle Building. These delicious, healthy bites have revamped the hotelâ€™s culinary offerings. At the Wellness Corners at breakfast, for example, guests can sample smoothies, yoghurt, muesli and other new wellness options depending on the location. Another area in which Constance Hotels & Resorts excels is its fine wine. With 60 sommeliers scattered between its seven hotels, it ensures that every guest receives unparalleled service when it comes to finding the right vintage. With a wide knowledge of the international wine market, its sommeliers hail from a diverse range of locations including Mauritius, Malaysia, South Africa, India and France. With the Around Wine pairing, guests have the opportunity to choose a wide selection of wines proposed under the wise advice of the professional sommelier. Once the vintage has been selected, the chef realises a tailor-made menu to sublimate the food and wine pairings. At Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius, the Around Wine programme aims to offer guests something special. As they enter the Blue Penny Cellar, diners are directed in their choice of vintage by the sommelier and then savour a meal specially created around the wine they chose. A special wine list has been curated Constance Prince Maurice Le Barachois Restaurant
for the project, with 11 wines carefully selected from its best crus. Traditional wine pairings are also available. During the presentation of the dishes, the sommelier is on hand to explain why the dishes pair well with the vintages selected and additionally provide information on the nuances of the wines. At the end of the meal, the chef will go to the table, or guests can meet the chef in the kitchen to give feedback on the experience. Another highlight of Constance Hotels & Resorts is the comprehensive wellness programme on offer at U Spa by Constance, which is inspired by the flora of the Indian Ocean. The spa offers three different treatment ranges: massage oils, full body products and a facial line, which includes a Face Hydrating Cream treatment, a silky day cream that soothes and moisturises the skin. Other stand-out therapies include Relax Body Oil, with aromatherapy extracts of ylangylang, frangipani, lemongrass and neroli to create a sense of harmony in the mind and the body. Full Body treatments include Aloe Soothing Gel, which also contains Orange Flower and Lemongrass to moisturise and soothe the skin. The freshness of the gel helps to cool down the skin after sunburn. These exciting new culinary and wellness offers will further establish Constance Hotels & Resorts as a luxury hospitality brand that offers timeless adventures and an unsurpassed level of service.
The World’s Most Beautiful National Parks The planet plays host to some pretty spectacular landscapes, and fortunately many of its most dramatic have been preserved for generations to come as National Parks. Here’s some of the world’s most captivating conservancies. By
The world’s first national park, established in
habitat for the gorillas, as well as a myriad of
1872, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming,
bird, and primate species. Depart on guided
USA, spans over 80,000-hectares of grasslands,
hikes to visit the gorillas communities and trace
mountain peaks, lakes and rivers, under which
the route of the meandering Munyanga River
broods one of the world's largest volcanoes,
before visiting the Buhoma village to learn the
the Yellowstone Caldera. Explore the hidden
community’s ancient customs and traditions. www.
beauty of the 32-kilometer-long Grand Canyon of
Yellowstone; be awed by the spectacular 94-meterhigh Yellowstone Falls; and feel the power of the
Adventurous souls will love the soaring mountain
Earth's turbulent core at the rim of the world-
ranges and ever-changing landscapes of the
famous Old Faithful geyser. www.nps.gov
Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. The three iconic granite towers of Paine dominate the breath-taking scenery of the park; if you’re lucky, while trekking one of the reserve's well-maintained hiking routes, you'll have the chance to see resident Andean condors and to experience flocks of Chilean flamingos grazing on the Patagonian plains. www.torresdelpaine.com
Located on the northern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the Abel Tasman National Park boasts stunning golden sand beaches, deep native rainforest, and Cleopatra's Pool, a natural waterway located on the world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track that features a moss-lined water slide that’s a favourite with intrepid visitors. Kayak to the headland at Separation Point to meet the fur seal colonies, or set up a tent for a unique camping experience in one of the park’s pristine bays. www.abeltasman.co.nz Experience the unique wildlife of Africa’s Bwindi
National Park in Uganda, home to mountain gorillas, one of the rarest primate species in the world. Its 331sqkm of dense jungle is a natural www.jetsetter.hk
Europe’s largest national park, Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland offers some of the region’s best Arctic experiences, from the towering Vatnajökull glacier, to snowy mountains, and geothermal hot springs. The perfect destination for adventurous travellers looking to glacier-hike or camp amidst a unique volcanic landscape, be sure to leave time to visit Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss (pictured). www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is
Nick Walton talks with Perrier-Jouët’s Hervé Deschamps, the youngest cellar master to be awarded the honour of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, about the house’s newest inspiration What inspired Perrier-Jouët’s new permanent cuvee, the Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs?
dosage of 8g/l, we then wait for the wines to create fine and
Chardonnay is in the Perrier-Jouët spirit and we truly cherish this
lightness and vitality.
delicate bubbles and craft a cuvée overflowing with freshness,
heritage. The blanc de blancs is made only from Chardonnay find in the Champagne region. We wanted our new blanc de
Why was Hong Kong selected as the launch market for this new wine?
blancs to be a tribute to the grape variety; with its distinctive
Hong Kong is the first city in the world to welcome the new blanc
vivacity and delicate floral notes, it fully reveals the vibrant
de blancs because we feel it is a strategic market for Perrier
freshness of Chardonnay.
Jouet within Asia. We also see its importance as well as its
grapes, the most elegant and delicate variety of grapes you can
influence in the region. It's historically one of our first markets
Why has the house not created a permanent blanc de blanc before?
for champagne in Asia, with a heritage that reaches back to the 18th century.
Maison Perrier-Jouët has over two centuries of expertise in revealing the facets of Chardonnay and its emblematic grape
Why was it time for a new non-vintage?
variety. However, when I joined as cellar master in 1983, they
We wanted to show the variety of elegant and delicate variations
didn’t have a blanc de blancs. We decided to create the first to
we could create with Chardonnay. Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs
celebrate the millennium with the Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs
is now part of the permanent cuvée and perfectly completes
1993, launched in 1999. And now we are going further in this
Perrier-Jouët’s range of classic, non-vintage cuvées, alongside
tradition with the new non-vintage blanc de blancs as we feel
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé.
it’s an expression of the intricate floral style unique to Maison Perrier-Jouët, with its fresh, vivacious character, true to the Chardonnay grape.
What will we find in the flavour profile of the new permanent cuvee? In the glass, Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs is luminescent pale
How does the process of making the new blanc de blancs differ from that of other Perrier-Jouet champagnes?
gold, tinged with hints of green. On the nose, lively hedgerow
The process to create a champagne is very thorough. First, we
and invigorating, with a mineral intensity on the finish.
flower aromas of elderberry, acacia and honeysuckle tangle with notes of citrus fruit. On the palate, the wine is fresh, tangy
harvest and select only Chardonnay grapes for the blanc de I get to try the blends, the samples of Chardonnays from some
What dishes would you match the blanc de blancs with?
of the finest terroirs in Champagne to create the final blend.
I would go for raw or steamed fish and seafood; something light
And with a touch of reserve wines (up to 15 percent) and a light
and yet tasteful to bring out all the texture and freshness of the
blancs. Then comes one of my favourite moments, the blending.
SKY’S THE LIMIT SkyCity Grand set the benchmark for five star hotels when it opened in New Zealand’s largest city. Nick Walton discovers the Grand continues to define luxury travel in Auckland over a decade later.
remember it like it was yesterday, or so
restaurants and bars, and a host of heart-stopping
the adage goes; the opening party of the
tourist attractions, all in the shadow of the city’s
SkyCity Grand was the Auckland party to
iconic 328-metre high Sky Tower, SkyCity Grand
attend in 2005, with celebrities, politicians
is what true five star hotels are supposed to be, a
and yes, even All Blacks in attendance. The
destination in of itself. In fact, the hotel has helped
new hotel, the first truly luxurious house of slumber
revitalise the whole neighbourhood, with Federal
to open in the city in an age, was the talk of the town,
Street, a narrow pedestrian-friendly lane that bisects
and everyone, from captains of industry to lowly
the complex, now one of the hottest dining enclaves
journalists, were clambering to book a staycation or
in the country.
reserve a table at one of the Grand’s restaurants. So, it’s comforting that, more than a decade late to
There’s touches of the Big Apple in the Grand’s
the party, when I finally do arrive to check in, SkyCity
cavernous lobby, a space punctuated by bold New
Grand looks better than ever.
Zealand art, gleaming marble and dark leather – the effect is modern without being ostentatious. The mix
Nestled within a city block-sized complex that
of guests making their way through the space run
houses a casino, convention space, countless
the gamut from couples visiting from out of town, to
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But the hotel’s most exciting culinary venture opens this month in the form of Huami, a new Shanghainese restaurant that takes its inspiration from the heyday of the French Concession. Kiwi chef Nic Watt has collaborated with executive chef Jeff Tan to create an eatery that honours and innovates on traditional Chinese fare, using the best locally-sourced ingredients, including New Zealand abalone and crayfish. If guilt over your indulgences kicks in, you can head to the Grand’s fitness centre, or take a few laps of the 25-metre pool. Alternatively, East Day Spa Auckland, crowned the best hotel spa in New Zealand, is only steps away and blends eastern healing traditions with modern spa and beauty therapies. With any luck, at the end of your treatment you’ll look as good as Auckland’s true Grand Dame hotel. SkyCity Grand, Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, New Zealand; Tel: +64 9 363 6000; www.skycityauckland.co.nz corporates toting briefcases, to locals arriving for meals at the three restaurants located at street level. The vibe is cool, calm and collected without being fussy – just the way New Zealanders like things. The bold, unashamedly modern lines of the lobby extend to the hotel’s 316 guest rooms, which are scattered across five categories. My Premium Luxury Harbour View Room is well-lit and airy, with blonde timber floors, beige carpets and captivating views west, down the length of the Waitemata harbour. There’s a king-sized bed, a spacious work desk with international power sockets (not as common as you might think), and a chic bathroom with bathtub and Puriri amenities. While even the entry level rooms are a step up on anything else in the city, if you’re looking to splurge you can’t go past one of the hotel’s Grand Presidential Suites, with their butler’s pantry, dining table for ten, magnificent views and white marble-lined bathrooms. People stay at SkyCity Grand because they like to be close to the action, especially if they’re foodies. The complex presently boasts more than a dozen restaurants, ranging from casual grab-and-go to the city’s leading fine dining institutions. For a quick bite without the fuss there’s Andy’s Burgers & Bar; chef Al Brown's Depot, home to charcoal grilled dishes; Gusto at the Grand, a rustic Italian restaurant; and Federal Delicatessen, a take on an old-school NYC Jewish deli that’s also one of the city’s leading houses of mixology. However, SkyCity Grand is also home to ground-breaking eateries like multi-award winning Masu by Nic Watt; innovative Spanish eatery Bellota; and the lauded Grill by Sean Connolly. www.jetsetter.hk
The Great British marketplace is a legendary enterprise thatâ€™s as old as the country itself, and thereâ€™s nowhere better for a spot of weekend markethopping than the UK capital, discovers Joe Mortimer. Thanks to the hipster revolution and demand for all things retro, the British market scene has returned to its roots, with an abundance of options for discerning visitors. Whether youâ€™re looking for vintage Chanel, rare vinyl or fresh lobster rolls, these London markets have something for everyone.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in Camden, it’s time to give up and go home. This sprawling market covers half the neighbourhood, with various enclaves dedicated to international streetfood, independent shopping and local design, stretching from the riverside food stalls of Camden Lock to the cavernous underbelly of the Horse Tunnel Market. Hunt hard and you might pick up a Mexican hammock, a Gambian hoodie or a corduroy Saville Row suit from the 1950s.
alFie’S antiQue maRket
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Marylebone, Alfie’s is a multi-storey emporium of antiques, collectibles and vintage design, with more than 100 shops spread out behind an Art Deco façade on Church Street. Named after owner Bennie Gray’s father, Alfie’s is frequented by a patchwork of London life, from hardcore antique dealers and celebrity buyers to wide-eyed tourists. Look out for retro jewellery, vintage posters and furniture ranging from turn of the century kitsch to contemporary design.
Hackney Flea Market
This relatively young market in achingly cool Stoke Newington has quickly become one of the cityâ€™s favourites. Home to a mish-mash of stalls selling vintage vinyl, period furniture, retro clothing and everything else imaginable, the weekly event is just one more reason to visit East London. A rotating line-up of DJs man the sound system each weekend, playing a collection of rare and popular tunes as eclectic as the goods for sale at this unique bazaar off Church Street.
Maltby Street Market
The sons and daughters of folk that used to shop at Borough Market now spend their weekends perusing the stalls at Maltby Street Market. Come Saturday and Sunday, the workshops of LASSCO Ropewalk and the surrounding streets are converted into a warren of foodie shops and independent produce stalls nestled into and around the railway arches, with artisans selling everything form beard balm and chilli chocolate to biodynamic vegetables and homemade mead. Look out for the snug outposts of popular London eateries like St. Johns, Comptoir Gourmand and Nealâ€™s Yard Dairy.
bRiCk lane maRket
Another East London favourite, the Brick Lane Market is a visual feast in the heart of one of the most vibrant parts of the capital. Sundays see the streets transform into a chaotic mass of humanity, with stalls selling collectibles, junk and everything in between, and street performers showing off the best of Shoreditch colour. If you tire of slogging through treasure troves of second hand goods, lift your eyes to see some of Londonâ€™s best street art, or stop in for lunch at one of the myriad ethnic restaurants that line the neighbourhood.
olD SpitalFielDS maRket
Everything in the world is crammed under one roof at Old Spitalfields Market, housed in a Victorian building thatâ€™s been flogging wares since the late 19th century. Quiet Mondays to Wednesdays see the covered market filled with regular traders, but the rest of the week is divided up into themed days for niche buyers. Thursdays are all about antiques; Fridays are dedicated to fashion and art; Saturdays mean vintage wares; and Sundays combine the whole lot for a mega-market, complete with street food stalls offering an endless variety of edibles.
THE POLE ROVER
The first person on earth to have reached The Three Poles – the North Pole, the South Pole, and Mount Everest – within a year, polar explorer Eric Larsen speaks with Isabelle Lui about his fascination with extreme destinations. How did your fascination with the poles begin? It started when I was reading about historical expeditions and exploration as a kid. In the mid-1990s, I got a job as a dog musher and went on some of my first winter expeditions, which sparked my interest in bigger, bolder and colder expeditions.
How do you manage to endure the extremes of polar destinations? Everything about polar expeditions is work. Staying safe and warm in the most extreme environments on the planet takes constant vigilance.
checking in with myself and the environment. Of course, I also rely on high quality gear and equipment.
Name five travel essentials for your journey You’re an expert polar explorer to Mt Everest. and the first person in history to First of all, the backpack itself is very important. I’ll have have reached the two poles and in my Granite Gear backpack a Garmin inReach, which Mt Everest within a year; what’s is a two-way satellite communication and GPS device; a Helly Hansen jacket with Allied Feather & Down inside; next for you? I'm currently still promoting my book,
a Mountain Safety Research-XGK-EX camp stove; and
On Thin Ice, about my 2014 North Pole
Skratch Labs hydration mix – food is fuel.
expedition, as well as working on another process of planning another expedition
Give us some tips for preparing for a polar adventure.
to Mongolia. Equally important to me is
My philosophy on preparing is to train hard and travel easy.
spending time with my wife and two kids in
For any big adventure, I try to determine all the potential
Colorado this summer.
areas for failure, such as gear and weather, then work to
polar documentary project. I'm also in the
solve each as best as I can. We spend a lot of time simply
You’ve spent 20 years exploring the Arctic; what significant changes have you observed? In the Arctic, the character and nature of sea
isn’t always as easy as it seems. The nice part is you don't have to worry about getting eaten by a polar bear.
thinner and the overall extent of sea ice is
Where do you go when you’re not on the poles?
dramatically reduced. In the Antarctic, you
I love being outside no matter the location. So, you can
see significantly warmer temperatures.
usually find me camping or on my bike.
ice is dramatically different – the ice is much
researching and testing gear. The transition back to city life
SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION
Etihad THE RESIDENCE
the inflight Chef is available to create special made-to-order dishes for your fine dining experience at your exclusive table in The Residence. Meals are served on bespoke 24-karat gold porcelain tableware and include striking Wedgwood crystal glassware designed by Vera Wang. A special XO Cognac service is provided featuring signature glasses designed by Norman of Copenhagen.
he Residence is your very own private 125 sq. ft., luxurious three-room suite exclusively aboard Etihad Airways’ fleet of A380 commercial airliners. This bespoke travel experience provides you, the affluent traveler, with one-of-a-kind surroundings on a par with the world’s best hotels, super yachts and stately homes – at 35,000 feet in the air. Suitable for one or two passengers, each deluxe suite is revolutionary, setting Etihad Airways apart from the competition and placing it at the forefront of innovation and service. The Residence offers a lounge, bathroom with shower and bedroom. There is even a private concierge at your disposal who will organize everything for you from a luxury limousine to private check-in. When boarding, you will be greeted by your very own personal butler! Trained at the Savoy Hotel in London, he will ensure that your every need is taken care of in the sky. The Butler’s role is multi-faceted and includes that of a Concierge and Maitre d’hôtel providing access to a range of services including dining reservations, entertainment bookings, special events destination information and lifestyle services upon landing. Inside your private three-room suite in the sky, The Residence offers a personalized travel experience that perfectly suits
your needs. The living room features plush Poltrona Frau leather seats with an electrically operated ottoman, two dining tables and chilled minibar. Enjoy the 32inch flat screen TV while your butler serves you the airline’s signature Cognac! A private corridor leads to the en-suite bathroom with its full-height shower which comes with exclusive bathrobes and toiletries including an exclusive range of Acqua Di Parma bath products. Guests receive a selection of personal amenities packaged in stylish gift boxes. Gentlemen will also find the ‘Barbiera’ range of shaving products. The private bedroom is furnished with a natural fiber mattress double bed, Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious pillows and duvets. Elegant loungewear from Christian Lacroix is also provided. It also comes with a bedside table, two personal storage drawers and full-length wardrobe suitable for two guests. There is even a turndown service at bedtime for a completely unique travel experience, akin to private jet travel but on a commercial airliner. These new standards in luxury leave nothing to chance. Guests are contacted prior to travel to discuss their in-flight dining and menus are tailored around their dietary requirements and preferences. A gourmet a la carte menu is offered and
With The Residence, Etihad Airways has chosen a path that places it well beyond the competition. The airline’s focus on quality over quantity with style and flair has made it unique. The airline does not benchmark against other airlines, but instead draws inspiration from the world’s best hotels and dining establishments. No other airline can offer such a unique travel experience. Where else could you be served breakfast in bed by your very own butler in sublime luxury way above the clouds!
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A JOURNEY OF FASCINATION AND HEALING
mbark on a journey of a lifetime with SriLankan Airlines, now offering you direct connectivity from Hong Kong to Colombo, the heart of Sri Lanka, five times a week. Enjoy the award-winning warmth and hospitality of the crew on-board, while treating yourself to a host of delicacies and a wide range of onboard entertainment before you step into the paradise isle of the Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka has in store, something for any type of a traveler. Its vibrant wildlife may be a thing of timeless fascination to anyone who arrives in the country. The un-spoilt landscapes laced with ancient monuments and the lush greenery maybe the backdrop of every island adventure. Yet, these cannot define fully the mesmerizing island legacies that live on. Mask making in the southern coast of Sri Lanka is one among many such legacies that continue to hold the travellers in awe. While exploring the pristine beaches down the southern coastal belt, you may venture into the bustling town of Ambalangoda, where the tradition of mask-making has been a legacy that lives on. The history has it that the Sri Lankan artisans found their initial inspiration in the masks that came from Kerala and Malabar, India. However, the influence of the Indian art became lesser as times went by, when the local artisans opted to create masks based on the Sri Lankan folklore. “Thovil” is the primary function where masks are used in an act of healing. ‘Sanni’ masks are worn in this form of dancing. Here, the dancer who wears the mask, recites a range of chanting so as to stimulate positive
atmospheric energies. While chanting, he dances around the person who requires healing, to a traditional drumbeat that catches up tempo as he succeeds from one act to the next. While diverting the attention from sickness and ensuring that negative energies have left the body, the dancer convinces the sick that his/her ailment no longer resides in the body; thus healing the mind and instilling in him/her the confidence to fight the disease. Among the traditional masks, “Ranksha” has been mainly used in ‘kolam’ dances performed in an outdoor arena in front of villagers. Raksha masks are said to have over 20 varieties depicting different facial expressions. The popular forms of the Raksha are those associated with cobra and bird.
‘Kolam’ masks on the other hand are comical representations of human characters, who come in the ‘kolam’ plays.Similar to the elaborate face-paintings and masks used in traditional dramas often staged at Hong Kong Opera, these masks bring out the inherent characteristics of each role. If your next trip is to Sri Lanka, you may not only visit an artisan’s workshop in the Southern Sri Lanka but also happen to witness a traditional dance or a ‘Kolam’ performance; be it in the open or in a theatre, the vibrancy of it may not vary so much. It has been a tradition among Sri Lankan communities to hang a mask on a wall of a house that is being constructed. It is believed that masks can invoke protection and caste away the evil eye. When you pick a miniature mask to take
home, be it in the form of a pencil-topper or a fridge magnet or whether it is a T-shirt printed with a mask motif, you are taking home a treasured piece of the paradise island. SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance currently covers 101 destinations in 48 countries. Operating an all Airbus fleet that includes the state-of-theart A330-300’s and A320/21neos, SriLankan will continue to serve its travellers with modern comforts of contemporary air travel complemented with its traditional Sri Lankan warmth and hospitality. The introduction of A320neo aircraft will help enhance its exceptional service standards for passengers and serve to align its fleet to the airline’s new strategic focus on Asia and the Middle East.
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PARADISE The newest luxury retreat to open in the Maldives, Hurawalhi offers a blissfully adults-only respite from the urban coalface, discovers Nick Walton.
f you haven’t been to the Maldives yet, then
Guests can choose from Hurawalhi’s four room
it’s time you did yourself a favour and booked
categories – essentially Ocean or Beach Villas, with or
the next flight to paradise. The Indian Ocean
without the added pleasure of a private plunge pool. Our
playground has never been more sought
Ocean Villa is superbly spacious, with vaulted ceilings, a
after, and the arrival of its newest adults-
48-inch flatscreen television, and a heavenly king-sized
only retreat only adds to its glorious seduction.
bed facing a deep-set sun deck and the expanses of the Indian Ocean. Can’t resist the lagoon any longer?
We arrive at Hurawalhi, as all guests do, by seaplane,
There’s direct access from your sun deck, while Beach
vibrant turquoise seas wreathing submerged coral
Villas, nested in deep tropical foliage, offer direct beach
gardens racing past below as we descend, 40 minutes
access and a touch more privacy.
after leaving the resort’s signature seaplane lounge in Male. You know you’ve arrived somewhere special even
All guest rooms boast expansive bathrooms with rain
before pontoon touches lagoon; a string of overwater
showers (though curiously no bathtub); a pair of comfy
bungalows branches out from a tree-encrusted island
sun lounges, gleaming timber, vibrant art work, and
framed by white sand beaches. As the sun rises
feather-light linens. There’s complimentary internet, a
the colours leap to life; deep greens in the canopies
minibar and wine fridge packed with all-inclusive goodies,
that hide luxurious beachfront bungalows; aqua and
and diligent villa attendants that ensure your villa is the
turquoise blues in the lagoon’s waters; blazing white
perfect tropical home-away-from-home.
in the uniforms of traditional Maldivian drummers that greet new arrivals. It’s as if someone’s nudged the
For many guests the villa is where they spend much of
saturation levels – everything just pops.
their holiday, and I can appreciate such seclusion; with plenty of privacy, and azure seas and pristine beaches
A clutch of 90 villas set against breathtaking house
beckoning, each villa offers the perfect escape from
reefs in the heart of the Lhavayani Atoll, this beautiful
hectic urban life. But don’t get too comfortable, there’s
new hideaway epitomises the Maldivian escape to
plenty more to see.
perfection, and with an adults-only policy that welcomes guests 15 years and up, you won’t have to share your
For the active, Hurawalhi has everything you’d expect
romantic escape with everyone else’s ‘little darlings’.
from a luxury Maldivian resort, from a tennis court, games room, and a comprehensive water sports centre
What an escape it promises to be, thanks to brilliant,
with hobbie cats, wake boarding and jet skis; to a resident
infinitely-cheerful staff, gourmet dining, sophisticated
marine biologist; and an outpost of Prodive, which offers
accommodation, and all-inclusive packages that implore
a raft of dive courses and experiences for those who like
you to order another cocktail, take up a poolside perch,
to explore below the waves.
and make the most of every moment. www.jetsetter.hk
MALDIVES 73 Early one morning I head out with resident Dutch dive
on a pier that reaches out into the lagoon, and serves a
master Morton. Rather than having to take a boat out
contemporary menu of delectable Asian-inspired dishes
to a remote dive site, we simply gear up and step from
laced with organic ingredients and complemented by an
one of the resort’s piers into thriving seas packed with
intimate Teppanyaki bar. At the other end of the resort,
coral gardens. We trace our way along the resort’s house
the Champagne Pavilion is the perfect spot for utterly
reef, with its mesmerising coral walls, home to blennies,
romantic sunsets, enjoyed over a chilled bottle of bubbles,
coral hawkfish, hawksbill turtles, black tip reef sharks
while Coco Bar, adjacent to the resort’s infinity pool, is the
and, if you’re lucky, manta rays. Later that afternoon my
heart of the property and offers a comprehensive menu
wife Maggie and I take to the house reef again, this time
of sharing-style bar snacks and tiki-esque cocktails, most
as part of an included guided snorkeling excursion, and
of which feature on the all-inclusive menu.
encounter Moorish idols, Napoleon wrasse, and a fever of elegant eagle rays, which dart through the shallows
Beyond the bar, most meals are served in the stunning
and trail our group before eventually diving deep.
Canneli restaurant, a shrine to great cuisine complete with an international buffet, al fresco dining, crisp yet
Despite being cast in the middle of the sprawling
friendly service, and live cooking stations. The diversity
Maldivian archipelago, Hurawalhi really sets itself apart
of fresh, contemporary dishes prepared by New Zealand
with its innovative dining. The crowning jewel of the resort
executive chef Shannon Batten and his multi-national
has to be 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, which, as the name
team is remarkable, especially considering how remote
suggests, is submerged below the gently lapping waves
his kitchens are from suppliers. If you’re really looking to
of the lagoon. Underwater venues are not a new thing in
kindle the fires of love, the culinary team can also set up
the Maldives but 5.8 Undersea Restaurant has refined
a private candle lit dinner on a deserted beach or send
the concept; imaginative, slightly eclectic multi-course
you off to nearby Dream Island, a local sand bank, for the
tasting menus are presented to just 12 guests each
ultimate private picnic.
night, with tables set beneath a mesmerising canopy of aqua blue water packed with colourful and inquisitive
If fine dining and jaw-dropping vistas aren’t enough to
reef fish. As we dine on the intriguing wine-paired menu
sweep you from urban drudgery, then head to the Duniye
of shy German chef de cuisine Bjoern van den Oever,
Spa, a chic citadel to pampering perched over the waters
a veteran of leading Michelin-starred kitchens, angel,
of the lagoon. Here a host of Asian-inspired treatments,
butterfly and even puffer fish meander through the coral
using Healing Earth organic products, are conducted by
polyps beyond the glass, their aquatic home taking on
a team of experienced therapists in beautifully-appointed
an inky hue as the daylight fades six meters above our
spa suites that feature portholes to the lagoon below. Be
sure to leave time for a spot of serenity in the relaxation lounge, located above the spa reception and boasting
For diners who prefer a less submerged dining
views of the lagoon that will have you falling in love with
experience, Aquarium Restaurant is located above 5.8,
the Maldives all over again. www.hurawalhi.com
FIRST IN STYLE
with scrambled eggs, Applewood bacon and roasted potatoes; chow mein noodles with beef brisket; or a continental breakfast of yogurt and granola. The dinner dishes were well proportioned and perfectly nice but I hazard a guess the overall dining experience would have been much better if offered the way it was designed.
ENTERTAINMENT American Airlines’ entertainment system is one of its leading drawcards and the ability to not only connect to wifi (unlimited for US$19) but also connect your own device is great. Even after multiple long-haul flights with the airline
DESPITE THE DECLINE OF FIRST CLASS ACROSS THE INDUSTRY, AMERICAN AIRLINES STILL STRIVES TO OFFER THE ULTIMATE FLYING EXPERIENCE IN ITS FIRST CLASS CABIN ON ITS NEW FLIGHTS BETWEEN LOS ANGELES AND HONG KONG, DISCOVERS
Even in first class, where American Airlines’ crew should be performing at their peak, service still
of television shows and movies to enjoy.
NICK WALTON. American
over a space of a few months I still found plenty
branded Bose noise-cancelling headphones. offers
needs refinement and consistency. Some cabin attendants had finesse and whisked passengers
international first class product in North America,
Once passengers found their seats, cheerful
away to the golden era of flying, with a great
extending its premium product to its Boeing 777-
but slightly flustered crew served glasses of
understanding of the wine list and a sense of
300ER aircraft flying between Asia and Dallas
sparkling wine (I opted to wait for the Laurent
pedigree you’d expect in a fine-dining restaurant;
and Los Angeles.
Pierrer Grand Siecle Champagne on the menu),
others didn’t seem to see a distinction between
warm smoked almonds, stylish leather amenity
cabins and brutishly fussed through the dinner
kits by Cole Haan (although they were not the
service like they were working coach. When it
After an efficient check in process I made my
airline’s new international version) and sets of
came to getting some sleep, passengers made
way to American Airlines’ Admirals Club and its
up their own beds, while crew retreated to the
CHECK IN/THE LOUNGE
galley, staying there for much of the flight.
makeshift Flagship Lounge, a space reserved for first class passengers while the new lounge is
under construction. This is a basic but serenely
American Airlines has worked hard to offer
quiet space, with armchairs, bar tables, work
WHAT WE LOVED
a market-leading dining experience in first
I can honestly say this was the most comfortable
class, with a menu of small dishes that
seat I’ve ever slept in. I also love the overall
allows passengers the chance to linger their
stations, and a buffet selection in an adjacent room. There’s a great bar set up, a busy coffee machine, and access to well-maintained shower suites. The new-look Flagship Lounge, when
way through a multi-course meal paired with
it opens at the end of the year, promises to be
world-class wines selected by Intervine and
WHAT WE DIDN’T
spectacular, offering restaurant-style dining,
Ken Chase. Unfortunately, as he took orders
As a big fan of American’s business class
make-your-own-cocktail stations, and dedicated
the purser persuaded each passenger not
product, I find first class to lack privacy. Service
to order multiple small dishes, but to simply
needs a shakeup.
choose an appetizer and main. I opted for a
heirloom tomato salad with Italian buffalo milk
We were first to board the 777-300ER, which
mozzarella and macadamia pesto; followed
American Airlines has all the competitive
featured eight first class seats in a 1-2-1
by King Salmon and prawns with champagne
hardware components to offer a world-class
configuration. American Airlines’ Flagship Suite
risotto and pumpkin, which I matched with
product, but the airline’s cabin crew need to
seat is spacious, modern and elegant; it looks like something you’d find in a private jet, with plush leather, plenty of storage space, a 17-inch personal monitor, and multiple seat configurations - turn it towards the spacious shelf and you have a
a Pascal Jolivet Les Terres Blanches from Pouilly-Fume.
included a choice of the airline’s signature ice cream sundae; mixed berry pavlova; and
get onboard. Even with its compelling business class product, the carrier’s first class offering would maintain the old-world charms of flying’s luxury heyday, and seduce premium travellers in the process, if only it was executed as it was
poached pear with warm red wine sauce.
a built-in USB-equipped recess for smartphones;
Breakfast, served 90 minutes before arrival
American Airlines Hong Kong-Los Angeles in First
a pair of international AC sockets; and blissful AA-
included the choice of an American breakfast
Class from HK$55,000 (US$7,052); www.aa.com
desk, turn towards your seat mate (in the case of centre seats) and you have dining for two. There’s
CANADIAN ALL STARS AIR CANADA TORONTO-HONG KONG
NICK WALTON DISCOVERS CONSISTENT LEVELS OF SERVICE COMPLEMENT AIR CANADA’S MARKET-LEADING BUSINESS CLASS PRODUCT TO PERFECTION ON A RECENT FLIGHT FROM TORONTO TO HONG KONG. CHECK IN/THE LOUNGE
I had already checked in for this flight
Cuisine is where Air Canada is really trying to
in Ottawa so I made my way from my arrival
distinguish itself from other North American
gate to the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge,
carriers and based on the eight flights I’ve
which was spacious and warm, with a cooked
done with the carrier in the past months,
breakfast and great coffee on offer.
they’ve been successful. After a glass of chilled Champagne Drappier and a bowl of
warm nuts, lunch was served, with smoked
I’m a huge fan of the Air Canada International
trout Nicoise followed by a choice of stir-
fried sliced pork with black bean sauce;
intelligent and contemporary, it’s a pleasure
grilled chicken breast with chickpea panisee,
to fly in and even better to sleep in. My
asparagus and chimichurri; roasted smoky
window seat boasted three windows, one
Applewood salmon with maple balsamic
partially covered by the 18-inch touchscreen
butter, white wine risotto, and broccolini; and
monitor; and at 80-inches long and 21-inches
grilled AAA beef tenderloin with cabernet
wide ensures plenty of space and comfort.
peppercorn sauce, Yukon Gold mashed
There’s pneumatic cushions and a massage
potatoes, and asparagus. The Nicoise salad
function for lumbar support and comfort;
was deliciously light and fragrant while the
easily-accessible USB and AC ports secreted
beef was cooked to perfection and beautifully-
in a flush, deep-set drawer at the centre of a
proportioned (meaning there was no room for
large armrest; and a single-pin audio jack for
the cheese selection).
those who like to bring their own headphones. Water and amenity kits featuring Canadian
Savvy to the needs of business travellers,
brand Escents Aromatherapy products were
the airline also offers an Express Light Meal
already supplied when I took my seat.
Option and a Flexible All-Inclusive Option on its long-haul flights, while there’s also a self-
Crew offered glasses of water and sparkling
service snack basket and At Your Leisure
wine, obtained post-take off drink orders, and
snacks, including hot noodle soup with pork
handed out menus; we departed on time on
and prawn wontons.
the 16-hour flight to Hong Kong. www.jetsetter.hk
Approximately 75 minutes out from Hong Kong we were served brunch, with fresh orange juice and seasonal fruit, yoghurt, fluffy warm croissants and blueberry muffins, and a choice of a parsley omelet with chicken sausage, roasted red skin potatoes, red pepper relish and cottage cheese; Chinesestyle congee with chicken julienne, green onion and ginger; or chicken fried rice.
SERVICE Another aspect in which Air Canada is excelling, service on my flight was attentive without being fussy, and intuitive without being standoffish. My orders were taken by charming guest services manager Holly, and the lunch meal was served efficiently but was unhurried.
WHAT WE LOVED What impressed the most was the state-ofthe-art business class seat, with its userfriendly design, and the quality of the service.
WHAT WE DIDN’T Although the Executive Pod is a great piece of engineering I did find it a little cramped around knee level when in bed mode. Air Canada Hong Kong-Toronto in business class from US$4,453. www.aircanada.com
KiNG OF the seAs
CHEF OLIVIER BELLIN
VeNiCe ISLES OF INTRIGUE
A TRUE RITE OF PASSAGE PRICKLY ADVENTURES
THE MURRAY HONG KONG
SUMMER EYE CANDY
FOOD ADVENTURES 79
One of the world's most popular tropical fruits, the pineapple is known for its distinctly sweet and sour flavours, offering the perfect touch to sundowner cocktails and the COMPLEMENT to pizzas. But there’s much more to this prickly fruit than sunsets and tiki culture, discovers Isabelle Lui.
n Elgin Street in Hong Kong, the
Spice restaurant showcases this
chef Peter Cuong Franklin. The Grilled Spiced Pineapple includes a scoop of rich coconut ice-
xperience the nourishing effects of pineapple at Le Grand Spa at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta, which offers a special spa programme featuring the inclusion of two iconic
tropical fruits – coconut and pineapple. The 45-minute Exotic Pineapple and Coconut Rub
cream, perched atop caramelised pineapple, and
helps improve the skin’s elasticity and hydration
sprinkled with spices and salted crushed peanut
as well as reduce fie lines while removing
and sesame. Finished off with a rum vanilla
damaged cells for a glowing complexion. The
sauce, this soul-soothing dessert features smoky,
treatment’s provision of enriched vitamins
spicy, sweet flavours in a decadent take on a
leaves the skin young and smooth thanks to
tropical classic. www.diningconcepts.com
the fruits’ powerful anti-oxidation benefits.
www.excelsior.com.mt/thespa ead down to the Hawaiian island of
Pineapple Express Train Tour, which combines travel and education. The fully narrated, twenty-minute
train tour provides visitors with spectacular views
ant a taste of summer freshness in a glass? Try The Original Piña Colada at
Hilton San Juan Hotel in
of the pineapple plantations and lush Hawaiian
Puerto Rico, where the classic concoction was
rainforests of the North Shore, while also letting
invented in 1954. A blend of Don Q Gold rum,
them delve into the story of the islands’ most
Coco López, cream and fresh pineapple juice,
famous crop during the three kilometre adventure.
this hand-crafted cocktail is served with delicious
The venue also offers a plantation garden tour that
tapas and panoramic ocean views. The Evolution
showcases eight mini-gardens filled with tropical
of the Piña Colada menu also includes two other
fruit; and a one hectare pineapple garden maze
versions of the elixir, highlighting innovative twists
– the world’s largest – delicately decorated with
on the original. www.caribehilton.com
14,000 Hawaiian plants. www.doleplantation.com
CHEF PROFILE 81 What inspired you to be a chef? Becoming a chef is not something you suddenly decide,
Tell us about your Breton cuisine at The Ocean.
at least not in my generation. In my case, it had been
The Breton cuisine at The Ocean by Olivier Bellin
a long journey moving step by step. Initially I did not
brings something new to Hong Kong’s food scene,
want to be a chef, but I love eating and grew up with my
with products that are not available here and with very
grandmother and my mother, both of whom were cooks,
different flavour characteristics from my home. My style
which allowed me to be exposed to a wide variety of
integrates the products from the sea with some of the
flavours. Working with renowned chefs gave me the real
most characteristic Breton ingredients, like buckwheat
passion and made me understand that with great effort
and oats. There are excellent chefs in Hong Kong, but
I could become a successful chef.
the new menu at The Ocean by Olivier Bellin introduces distinctive Breton flavours to consumers.
Hong Kong is a long way from your ancestral restaurant in Brittany, what inspired the move to The Ocean?
How do you incorporate traditional cooking techniques into modern dishes?
My relationship with The Ocean is a series of
For me it is very important to find the right balance. I
coincidences. I already knew that my cuisine was
come from a very classic generation of chefs, but the
appreciated in Hong Kong, from my previous experience
world is evolving and things are very different from
cooking in Asia so when the opportunity to collaborate
what I learnt years ago. The cuisine has changed
with The Ocean arose I had the certitude that my style
and it becomes necessary to integrate the current
was going to match well. The Ocean and my restaurant
modern flavours, cooking style, and presentation. I try
to maintain my traditional style and to remain loyal to
Glazicks) have some similarities including a waterfront
my philosophy, while incorporating modernity into my
location, which helped me decide that it was the right
dishes, with the combination of cooked and uncooked,
project to get on board.
using less salt, adapting the acidity arrived from Asia,
as well as trying new condiments.
How has working with celebrated chefs like Joel Robuchon shaped your culinary style? You always learn something and you progress
How do you see modern French cuisine changing?
enormously when you have the opportunity to work with
My generation had a strong culture of local cuisine
such renowned chefs. At that time, Joel Robuchon was
that helped build the fundamentals of chefs. The new
the best cook in the world. He taught me to aim for the
generation travels more, experiments more, and is
excellence and for the highest quality of cuisine and
more innovative and unafraid of trying new options and
ingredients. With him I learnt about cooking, but also
about consistency and organisation.
What do you cook on a holiday? Chef Jacques Thorel had an auberge in Brittany, and
I usually choose a style very different to my cuisine.
working with him there I learnt that every detail matters,
I like to eat simple products without high elaboration,
from flowers to daily problems. He taught me that a very
like pasta with butter. As a good Frenchman, I also like
important part of a successful restaurant is building a
crepes with cider and of course cheese with a glass of
strong identity, which I applied in my small restaurant
in Brittany. I also had the chance to work with Alain Ducasse, from
What new ingredients are you experimenting with?
whom I learnt the importance of working with a good
At the moment, I am working with herbs and vegetables
team. Once again, I understand that the cuisine itself is
grown on the Breton seaside, which retain the flavours
important, but you also really need to be able to rely on
of the sea while bringing a completely different taste to
the people you are working with, and you can go very
dishes. I am also experimenting with other ingredients
far with a good team.
like sweet Roscoff onions, which are recognised with the AOP (appellation d’origine protégée), without forgetting a continuous exploration of buckwheat, to find adaptations to new dishes.
A DAY AT THE BEACH Bathers, on Lantau Island, not only shows visitors to the city a completely different take on Hong Kong, but is also a refined and welcoming respite for city dwellers. Nick Walton layers on the sun screen and heads to the beach.
athers, located on Lower Cheung Sha, is the kind of hidden gem that we wouldn’t begrudge you keeping to yourself. In a city with very little wiggle room, finding a chic, Sydneyinspired restaurant perched on the sands of a pristine beach,
seemingly a million miles from Central, is a rare find. The latest creation by Hong Kong hospitality duo chef Chris Woodyard and marketeer Bronwyn Cheung of Woolly Pig Concepts, Bathers takes the city’s beachfront dining offering from the humble BBQ pit and noodle stand, to something that’s both sophisticated and friendly, complete with al fresco seating, stunning views, crisp, intelligent service, and a menu by British chef Toby Barrett that’s laced with the bounty of both land and sea. I’m not going to lie to you – getting to Lower Cheung Sha village is no easy task, especially on weekends when it seems the masses are all beach and Big Bhuddha bound. Fortunately, the restaurant has put on a pre-book pre-paid bus that links Bathers with Tung Chung. We make our way across Lantau’s mountainous spine, descending to panoramas of green islands dotting a deep blue sea. Fifteen minutes after leaving the MTR station at Tung Chung we’ve arrived in paradise. occasion, from family lunches and intimate evening dining, to We take a table as close to the sand as possible, cooled by ceiling fans
parties, celebrations and even small-scale beachfront weddings,
and sea breeze. Charming staff quickly greet us, suggesting signature
backdropped by the beauty of the South China Sea.
cocktails and house specials; Bathers is part beach club, part gastropub – the vibe is cool, the cuisine unpretentious yet well-executed. Dressed
We kick off with rounds of Lantau Mules, local takes on the classic
in muted grey and vibrant turquoise, the restaurant caters for up to 100
cooler with Fair Vodka, spiced with Aming ginger beer, Falernum
diners, with additional self-service tables and sun loungers available
and lime, and order parmesan and lemon polenta croquettes and
on the beach, for those who like to dine with the sand between their
crispy salt and pepper squid, both of which are perfectly cooked
toes. Spacious, airy and with a resort vibe, the space lends itself to any
and generously proportioned, the smoky aioli really lifting the pillowy croquettes. My dining companion and I both opt for the beer battered barramundi with chips and crushed lemon peas, which again is fresh, crispy on the outside and silky inside. Other alluring options included the Wagyu cheeseburger with smoked bacon and emmental cheese; and the charred pork chop with crispy mustard potatoes and cider jus, and the red snapper with fennel and a pine nut and orange salsa. There really is something for everyone on Bather’s menu, including dedicated children’s dishes and some very indulgent deserts (a new take away counter called Mr Chipper will also open next door this month) but instead we finished off with a jug of the Paloma, with Tequila Ocho, lime, pink grapefruit soda and salt, the perfect refreshing finish to a blissful day at the beach. 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village. South Lantau, Hong Kong; Tel: +852 2504 4788; http://bathers.com.hk
TOP TABLES Acclaimed one Michelin-starred Italian chef Luca de Berardinis has taken the helm at one of Hong Kong’s favourite Italian restaurants,
Operetta, introducing a new seasonally-driven menu that fuses tradition and innovation. Chef Berardinis worked in some of Italy’s leading kitchens before arriving in the Fragrant Harbour to head up local favourites Il Milione and Nicholini’s at the Conrad. His insightful new menus at Operetta, which include new two or threecourse lunch sets and an indulgent brunch spread, are packed with authentic Italian flare. Highlights include spaghetti fish roe carbonara, with salmon roe, caviar, sea urchin and bottarga roe; a signature tomato-less pappardelle with lamb ragout; monkfish tail wrapped in pancetta; and spring chicken “diavola” with grilled vegetables, chili and rosemary sauce. Also look out for authentic Italian pizzas and calzones, and delectable desserts, including a reinterpreted tiramisu with coffee and limoncello jelly. www.operetta.hk
EAST MEETS WEST Offering authentic Marrakesh flavours to the city’s palate explorers, Lilya Moroccan Lounge & Bar has opened in Central, Hong Kong. Boasting authentic Moroccan dishes, the venue, which can accommodate 90 guests, features mosaic zellige tiles, ornate brass lamps, and an intimate terrace, as well as a private dining room. Look out for innovative concoctions crafted by award-winning mixologist Younes Ateyah, including the Oriental Fashion, made with 27 Moroccan spices. Dishes to complement the cocktails include harira beef tenderloin soup with chickpeas and black truffle; and sardines marinated in a tomato and garlic sauce. www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Lilya
British furniture designer Timothy Oulton has brought modern British cuisine to Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district with the opening of his first restaurant, Gough’s On Gough. The two-storey eatery serves a variety of dishes created by head chef Arron Rhodes, including roasted Oyster Bay lamb rump with garlic and lemon puree; and dashi made with custard and topped with sea urchin. The restaurant’s two bars feature signature cocktails inspired by Sir Winston Churchill; Our Finest Hour, reminiscent of Churchill’s famous speech given after France sought an armistice during WWII, blends Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Great King Street Artist’s Blend whisky, and Tempus Fugit Créme de Noyeux, with a dash of cherry tobacco. www.goughsongough.com
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Set in a revamped shophouse, Muse Amuse by The Carbon Collective has recently opened in Singapore’s bustling Chinatown dining area. The two-storey venue’s lower floor includes a dining space, Muse, and a cocktail bar, Amuse, where classic Asian teainfused concoctions are crafted. For a more intimate experience, the upper floor has a private dining space and a private lounge. The eatery’s Asian-influenced dishes include Golden Kibun, Korean-style spiced arancini balls with butternut pumpkin purée, kimchi and gochujang chilli; and Japanese somen noodles in a bonito-kombu broth, with sauteed scallops and a sous-vide egg yolk. www.thecarbonco.com
Delivering a blend of modern and traditional culinary experiences to discerning diners, these are the tables not to be missed this summer. By Isabelle Lui Hong Kong’s Wagyu Kaiseki Den has rebranded as Kaiseki Den by Saotome and opened in a new location in Wan Chai. Featuring Japanese Kaiseki cuisine, a traditional multi-course meal, the new kitchen is helmed by executive chef Hiroyuki Saotome, who applies his authentic home-cooking techniques to innovative tencourse menus comprising dishes made with lavish ingredients, such as black and white truffle, caviar, and French challans duck. In addition to daily-imported sashimi platters, a classic option at the restaurant is the chef’s signature dish, sea urchin claypot rice with truffle. www.laisun.com
Award-winning chef Frédéric Vardon has opened LE
39V, a twin sister of his restaurant in Paris, in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Located on the 101th floor of the International Commerce Centre, the new Parisian food haven overlooks the city’s skyline, and offers a variety of well-presented dishes prepared by chef Vardon and his team from Paris. Using traditional ingredients and modern cooking styles, signature creations include Niçoisé-styled red mullet; thick monkfish from France with shellfish; and blue lobster ravioles printed with herbs. www.jcgroup.hk
Old Me From modern, sustainable drops to are the tipples we’re pouring
Created by the brand that gave birth to the modern tequila renaissance,
Gran Patrón Piedra is an ultrapremium, triple-distilled extra-añejo spirit for true agaveophiles. A distinctly different tequila from other Patrón products, Gran Patron Piedra is crafted using the traditional process of grinding the roasted agave heart or pina with a stone wheel called a tahona. The resulting agua miel, or “honey water” is then distilled along with the crushed agave fibre, before being aged in new American and French oak casks for three years. Bottled in a beautiful lithe decanter at 40% ABV, Gran Patron Piedra Extra-Añejo boasts a medium amber hue, with touches of oak, spice and cigar smoke on the nose, followed by sweet toffee and butterscotch on the Inspired by the exoticism of Africa and the timeless distilling traditions of London, Whitley
Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin is a unique small-batch spirit that instills the best of contemporary gin production. Bottled at 43% ABV, and featuring African botanicals like Baobab Tree extract and Physalis fruit, the gin is produced in a 100-year old copper still and features spice and juniper on the nose, followed by cassia bark and acacia honey on the palate and a long, smooth finish, making it ideal for summertime gin cocktails as well as year-round classics. www.whitleyneill.com
For true lovers of craft spirits from the US, The Most Righteous New
York Straight Bourbon Whiskey from the Catskill Distilling Company is made from New York state grains and aged onsite to create a dark-amber liquid that’s as bold as the rich caramel and toffee of its aroma. Reminiscent of the spirits that were once produced in the region north of New York City, The Most Righteous bourbon, bottled at 42.5% ABV, features touches of espresso, cocoa and leather on the palate, as well as a lingering note of burnt orange and a long, slightly sweet finish that lends itself as well over ice as it does to prohibition-era cocktails. www.catskilldistillingcompany.com
spirits that harp to a bygone era, these this season. By Nick Walton Connoisseurs will always look to a
Never has it been truer than today: not
spirit’s water source to gauge quality,
all vodkas were created equal. Case in
but collecting moisture from passing
point, New Zealand’s Karven
Starka Vodka, a unique small-batch spirit
fog to make vodka? In an innovative, sustainable limited-release, San
laced with the distilling traditions of
Francisco’s Hanger One distillery has created Hanger
Eastern Europe, and the world-class
One Fog Point,
artesian waters of New Zealand (the
a unique Californian vodka made from
family distillery also does an award-
fresh locally-sourced ingredients,
winning gin and a very unique vermouth).
including fog. The distillery’s resident
An elegant yet robust grain vodka with
fog catcher, Chris Fogliatti, partnered
a dark, mellow hue completely at odds
with sustainable water nonprofit Fog
with most vodkas, Karven Starka is
Quest to see if the city’s iconic fog
rested in American oak barrels infused
could be a resource, and the result
with manuka honey and local botanicals,
is remarkable. A spirit made by chief
including native kawakawa in a process
distiller Caley Shoemaker from vintage
reminiscent of the traditional Starkas,
wines sourced from local sustainable
which were barreled and buried at
vineyards, Hanger One Fog Point is an
the birth of a son, and enjoyed at his
extraordinarily crisp, pure, and gluten
wedding. Look for notes of vanilla and
free sipping vodka with elegant hints of
Straight rye whisky is making a
honey on the palate, followed by a
pear, citrus, and honeysuckle.
comeback as more cocktail fans in Asia
lingering spiciness. www.karven.co.nz
reach for the original punch behind their favourite classic libations. Pikesville
Straight Rye Whiskey is a great expression of the unapologetically robust straight rye style. First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, the brand, along with the rest of the once-booming Maryland Rye industry, was shuttered by prohibition, an era that gave birth to many of the greatest classic concoctions. Now produced in Kentucky by Heaven Hill, using extra-aged barrels stored in prime warehouse locations, this six year old rye features cherry syrup, red licorice and cinnamon on the nose, followed by cherry cola, rye spice and vanilla on the tongue, making it a great drop for a classic Manhattan. www.pikesvillerye.com www.jetsetter.hk
teQUiLA’s Traditional Innovator founded in 1870, Casa Herradura has become one of Mexico’s most iconic tequilaproducing haciendas. Today, it continues to produce market leading drops for a new generation of tequilaophiles, discovers Nick Walton
ounded by Ambrosio Rosales and Aurelio Lopez, Casa
Casa Herradura integrates sustainable practices in many facets of the
Herradura has been producing super-premium 100 percent
tequila production process to reduce its environmental footprint. These
agave tequila at the Hacienda San José del Refugio since
include a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art water treatment plant,
1870. Located in the village of Amatitán, Jalisco, Casa
a composting plant, agave nurseries and greenhouses. In addition to
Herradura lies in the birthplace of tequila, a libation that’s
being an environmental steward, for the past 146 years, Casa Herradura
seeing a huge surge in popularity both globally and within Asia, with
has invested in projects that promote social and economic growth in the
consumers and mixologists alike experimenting with this timeless Latin
community of Amatitán and the state of Jalisco.
spirit. A stickler for antiquity, Casa Herradura continues to use traditional methods to produce its range of world-class tequilas, from slow cooking
Casa Herradura produces four tequila styles, each with their own distinct personality .
wild, airborne yeast created by the surrounding orchards and agave
Herradura Silver is crafted with 100 percent blue agave, and is aged in American white oak for 45 days. With a light straw hue and herbal aroma, followed by vanilla and touches of oak on the palate, it’s perfect for classic tequila cocktails.
plantations. The spirit is twice distilled before being aged to perfection
Herradura Reposado was an industry first and is aged in white oak for 11
in American white oak barrels. The results of this commitment to
months to produce hints of anise, fruit and spices, and a smooth, sweet brown spice finish.
mature agave hearts, harvested by specialist agave farmers called jimadores, in traditional clay ovens, to using natural fermentation, with
authenticity and excellence has earned Casa Herradura numerous accolades and awards. In fact, Casa Herradura’s history has always been a balance of respect for traditional production processes and industry-leading innovation. Renowned for being the tequila industry’s foremost innovator for more than five generations, Casa Herradura is credited with the introduction of the world’s first-ever reposado and extra-añejo tequilas in 1974 and 1995, respectively. www.jetsetter.hk
Herradura Añejo is aged for two years to ensure a dark copper hue, and an intense agave aroma, followed by toasted oak and dried fruit on the nose, and a slightly sweet finish. For the ultimate tequila experience, Herradura Extra Añejo is another industry first. This Selección Suprema is aged in American white oak barrels for four years, and boasts spiciness and floral notes on the nose, with a complex, rich vanilla and dried fruit palate and long, smooth finish.
ith summer now in full force, wine preferences start to shift towards nicely chilled white wines that are fresh, light,
and easy to enjoy with food. But for those of us used to generally grabbing that bottle of Bordeaux or Brunello, what are the best white wines to try and what’s the best way to match them with bold Asian food flavours? The general idea of pairing is that the food and wine should complement or balance one another, with neither overpowering the other’s flavours and characteristics. While wine pairing can be subjective, there are some general rules to follow. • Salty dishes work well with wine on the sweeter side. The saltiness and sweetness balance each other out. • Sour dishes work well with drier wines. The flavours in these foods bring out the fruit flavours in the wine, making it taste less dry than normal. • Deep-fried or spicy foods call for something on the crisp side. Sparkling wines work well in this case. • Many Asian dishes have a lot of texture to begin with so best to avoid wines that are very high in texture. The more versatile the wine the better, and this is why Riesling is the top choice to pair with Asian food. The Riesling grape maintains its acidity and can develop high sugar levels, making it a great complement. Its flavours are delicate enough to handle even the spiciest dishes too. As Riesling varies from dry to sweet, you can choose different varieties to pair with your meal. Gewürztraminer (also known as Gewürz) — meaning spice grapes — has a lot of complex spice notes, making it another great pair with Asian food. For dishes with a lot of texture, like thick rice noodles or tofu-packed meals, Gewürz from Alsace has a softer acidity and texture to complement the dish.
PAiRinG Rickesh Kishnani makes pairing
summer dishes with white wine dead easy thanks to a few golden rules. www.jetsetter.hk
Champagnes and sparkling wines are also great accompaniments. The carbonation works well with salty and fried dishes in particular, acting as a palate cleanser to wash away the flavour and oil between bites. For sweeter dishes like pork or chicken, or with spicy food, bubbles accentuate the spices in a dish while also cleansing the mouth. While some of the more delicate reds can work well (like Pinot Noir), generally avoid red wines with serious tannins and heavier bolder flavours when pairing with Asian dishes. Don’t worry about making an “ideal pair” like in western cuisine; while some things do work well, try new wines, new combinations, and enjoy some experimentation.
CHAMPAGNE 91 Champagne house Lanson has launched Lanson Green
Label, a new cuvee using certified organic grapes from its own vineyards in the Marne Valley, around the village of Verneuil. The vineyards, which were acquired in 2010, have been managed biodynamically, producing grapes for an organic non-vintage champagne using the house’s 2012 base wine. Made in the tradition of Lanson champagnes, the wine has not undergone malolactic fermentation but instead was aged for more than three years on the lees, a process that offsets high levels of malic acid in champagne. Initially limited to a production of just 65,000 bottles, and comprising 50 percent pinot noir, 20 percent chardonnay, and 30 percent pinor Meunier, the new organic wine is a sign of things to come, with other major champagne houses also setting aside acreage for biodynamic grapes. www.lanson.com
Two new champagnes have arrived in time for summer celebration. By Nick Walton Veuve Clicquot has unveiled its exclusive Extra Brut Extra
Old champagne in Asia. Mixing the best of history, Veuve Clicquot pays homage to its rich heritage with the launch of this entirely new auteur wine, a premium cuvee blended exclusively from the house’s precious reserve wines, spanning over three decades from 1988 to 2010. Set aside in order to ensure the consistency of the brand’s Yellow Label, these wines are the heart of the Veuve Clicquot identity, and are presented, double aged and with a very low dosage (only 3g/l of sugar) by cellar master Dominique Demarville. Clear to the eye with a fine golden effervescence, and a grape balance of 47 percent pinot noir, 27 percent chardonnay and 26 percent pinot Meunier, the wine is a beautifully versatile compliment to both lighter dishes and richer flavours, and features a depth and nuances thanks to an additional three years of aging during a special double maturation process. www.veuveclicquot.com
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From de-puffing tired peepers to promoting skin resilience, these dark circle eliminators for men will ensure your eyes look sharp and refreshed wherever you’re headed to. By Isabelle Lui
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If there was ever a city in which to seek glamour and seduction, it must be Venice, an ancient metropolis once defined by palatial intrigue and the passing fortunes of kingdoms. Photographer: Paolo Guadagnin A city defined by the tides, at Hotel Metropole Riva D'acqua; dress by AGG Anton Giulio Grande; bracelet by Leda Otto. www.jetsetter.hk
Timeless elegance at Hotel Metropoleâ€™s Oriental Bar; dress by AGG Anton Giulio Grande; bracelet (left hand) by Zoccai; ring by Zoccai; shoes by Francesca Bellavista.
FASHION Hotel Metropole; dress by AGG Anton Giulio Grande; necklace by Leda Otto; shoes by Francesca Bellavista.
Tamed by the night, at Hotel Metropole; dress by Maison Renato Balestra; bracelets and necklace by Zoccai.
Credits: Photographer: Paolo Guadagnin Stylist Barbara Palladino Model Lera Varaboya @TheFabbrica (Milan) Mua&hair Beatrice Contino Ph. assistant Michele Roma Stylist assistant OscarOb Studio Ob Design Special thanks to: Hotel Metropole â€“ Venezia www.hotelmetropole.com
NEW LEASE ON LIFE
Set to redefine the luxury hospitality scene when it opens in late 2017, The Murray Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, is the latest project by British design firm Fosters + Partners. The Firm's Colin Ward discusses the ground-breaking new redesign. What were your ﬁrst thoughts when you saw The Murray Building?
stories into the hotel lobby. An elegant staircase
the project was to reconnect the building with
connects to the Garden Level encompassing
the city at ground level, creating a new street
Built in the 1970s, the Murray Building is an
a beautiful lounge and restaurant. Eight large
frontage on Garden Road, with open routes at
iconic landmark. A distinctive presence on the
lifts take guests to the upper levels, where the
city’s skyline with its deep square punched
strong geometry of the facade frames stunning
windows, brilliant white façade, and majestic
views of the Hong Kong skyline and the lush
arches at ground level, it offered us a fantastic
gardens that surround the site.
opportunity to work with an important part of the city’s architectural heritage. The building is also an early exemplar of sustainable design and is inextricably linked with the green network of the city, located in-between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens. We were extremely
Foster + Partners has done a number of preservation and adaptive re-use projects. Which past projects have inﬂuenced the ﬁrm’s sense of design as it is applied to The Murray?
The Murray will sit right next to some of Hong Kong’s most iconic skyscrapers. What are some of the most important factors you considered in the re-design and preservation of this landmark? Our primary focus has been to enhance the relationship of the building with the surrounding landscape; the ground plane is much more
Our endeavour is always to design a building
important than the height of the building. The
that relates to its immediate context, especially
design therefore, opens the base of the building,
within a dense urban scenario. The Murray
creating new connections between Hong Kong
builds on our urban design experience, with
Park and the Botanical Gardens. Also, the
What are the interesting elements behind a preservation project that you won’t be able to experience with an entirely new building?
projects such as Trafalgar Square and the Great
Murray Building is modestly tall by Hong Kong
Court at the British Museum, which sought to
standards. In fact, it is surrounded by much
knit the city together by creating pedestrian
taller buildings and overlooked by many from
connections that enlivened the space. Similar to
quite a distance. The roof, being lower than the
We always wanted to create a dialogue between
The Murray, these projects embodied a sense
other buildings, forms a ‘fifth elevation’, with
the old and the new – a building that is familiar
of reinvention, creating a new dialogue between
many people looking down to the site from
but has been given a new lease of life and a
the old and new and bringing forward a centrally
the surrounding areas. With this is mind, we
new purpose. Our design intent for The Murray
located luxury hospitality venue with a degree
designed the roof terrace as a continuation of
has been to rediscover the romance of going
the green landscape, hence it becomes the
excited to take on the challenge to renew and adapt a government office building into a unique luxury destination.
centre of attraction.
to a hotel. Most new build city hotels nowadays are relatively anonymous; however, the 1970s
A former government building, the Murray
building by Ron Phillips and his team at the
Building had been fenced off from the
Architectural Services Department gives The
surrounding areas for many years for security
Murray a unique sense of character. Revealing
reasons. It was also designed at a time
Is the design of the interiors of The Murray inﬂuenced by a particular period or style?
a real sense of arrival, a private forecourt with
when the city was planned around the car
The building dates back to the 1970s, and
the historic cotton tree at its centre forms the
and consequently stands on an island site,
we have chosen an interior palette that is
hotel drop-off and entrance. From here visitors
surrounded by roads making it impermeable
sympathetic to the original structure but is also
walk through the majestic arches rising three
for pedestrians. One of the central aims of
PPERFECTION inK Perfect for women looking to make their mark, Rolex has unveiled two new versions of its classic Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust 28, a 904L steel model and a white Rolesor version combining 904L steel and 18-carat white gold with a fluted or gem-set bezel in 18-carat white gold. As with the gold and the Rolesor versions introduced in 2015 and 2016, these new Lady-Datejust watches feature a redesigned, larger 28mm case and a new-generation mechanical movement, calibre 2236, equipped with the Rolexpatented Syloxi hairspring in silicon. Both new models are available with a wide choice of dials, including pink (pictured). Like all Rolex watches, the new versions of the Lady-Datejust 28 carry the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist. www.rolex.com
THE nEW SPiRiT OF DISCOVERY
Breitling has redesigned its Superocean Héritage line, a collection dedicated to modern-day explorers, to coincide with its 60th anniversary.
irst launched in 1957, the Superocean
ties with the 1957 model, while ensuring optimal legibility,
professional diving watch has since spawned
enchanced by luminescent markers.
several generations of instruments boasting peerless aquatic performance. Yet Breitling
The sturdy steel case, with its screw-locked crown, is water-
has also preserved the spirit of the original
resistant to 200m, while the fluted unidirectional rotating
model in a line named Superocean Héritage that has become
bezel, bearing a luminescent dot at 12 o’clock, is fitted with
one of the brand’s stellar collections, thanks to its unique and
a 120-tooth system enabling extremely accurate adjustment
timeless look combined with cutting-edge technology.
and very smooth rotation – whether it comes to checking a dive time or marking off various time measurements, notably
To mark the 60th anniversary of this pioneer of wide-open
spaces, Breitling had reinvigorated its iconic design, with the addition of a new face as original, pure and dynamic as
The Superocean Héritage II is interpreted in two watch
ever, as well as a new steel bezel with an ultra-hard high-
sizes, 42mm and 46mm, each powered by a Swiss Official
tech ceramic ring that’s scratchproof and shock proof. The
Chronometer Testing Institute-certified Manufacture Caliber
elimination of the metal ring surrounding the minute circle
B20 movement, while a 46mm chronograph houses a
means the bezel appears to form a seamless whole with the
selfwinding chronograph movement. All models are available
dial in a matching colour. The unusual shape of the hands
in three colours (black, blue and bronze) and can be fitted with
(triangular for the hours and lozenge-like for the minutes),
leather, crocodile or rubber straps, or a steel mesh bracelet
along with the slightly cone-shaped hour-markers, reinforces
echoing the legendary 1957 version. www.breitling.com www.jetsetter.hk
NEW DIALS FOR
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s has made the relationship between men and its iconic Atelier Reverso collection all the more exclusive with the addition of three new dials, available in masculine electric blue and in two stone interpretations, one with a military influence in green marble, the other in tiger’s eye, a gemstone that gleams with an especially pleasing amber warmth. The collection's vibrant colours are the perfect complement to a new men’s model, the Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second. Driven by a manually-wound mechanical movement, the new piece is dedicated to tradition and watchmaking know-how. Its front face presents a guilloché and brushed dial with a small seconds indicator. A second time zone in an opaline finish is revealed on the reverse, where a day/night indicator is set into the Clous de Paris-patterned guilloché design at 6 o’clock. A selection of straps also allows for additional personalisation and include calfskin, alligator leather, ostrich leather, and satin. www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
D I A MON DS ARE FOREVER Diamond specialists Bella Vaughan has unveiled its debut collection of engagement rings and fine jewellery, which include this stunning Grandeur Oval Halo Diamond engagement ring in platinum. Renowned for creating extraordinary designs using state-of-the-art processes, the brandâ€™s new collection of handcrafted, platinum engagement rings are available through Blue Nile, a leading online jeweller of certified diamonds and fine jewellery. The new range of rings focuses on showcasing side stones with fancy-cuts like asscher and trapezoid, whilst highlighting the diamond in the center, each selected by Blue Nileâ€™s experts. From HK$33,750 (US$4,330); www.BlueNile.com/HK/
GEMS OF THE GARDEN Chopardâ€™s collaboration with world-famous Barbadian singer Rihanna has
resulted in the new Rihanna Loves Chopard Haute Joaillerie Collection, which features lines inspired by the gardens of Barbados and the islandâ€™s eclectic Carnival. Influenced by Rihanna's island roots, the chandelier earrings from the Gardens of Barbados series are made with 18-carat white gold and titanium, graced with a total of 768 blue, pink and yellow sapphires, tsavorites, rubellites, green beryls, aquamarines, Paraiba tourmalines, rubies, amethysts and topazes, as well as lazulites and diamonds. These gems form the figure of a butterfly and flowers, while revealing a lush and lively garden. www.chopard.com www.jetsetter.hk
Embodying the power and spirit of New York City, Tiffany & Co. has created HardWear, a new jewellery collection inspired by the Big Apple, where the modern rebel mixes high fashion with street style. With lines that stem from a unisex bracelet from 1971, the collection has been reimagined to include earrings, rings, necklaces and pendants, and goes as perfectly with a leather jacket as it does with couture. The metal-intensive designs capture the industrialism of the city, while the signature gauge links at the heart of the collection reflect the clean, simple shapes of utilitarian hardware. The chain necklace in 18-karat gold features graduated links that shift in scale, with a clasp that seamlessly disappears into the piece. A reinterpretation of the original design, the braclet is embellished with a detachable lock and ball for versatile styling, while the unique bolt backing on a pair of triple drop earrings makes for a perfectly symmetrical design, as striking from the back as it is from the front. www.tiffany.com
THE ROLLS ROYCE WRAITH A TRUE RITE OF PASSAGE
Driving a Rolls-Royce anywhere in the world gets you noticed. It’s a rite of passage for the super wealthy, discovers Cindy-Lou Dale as she slips behind the wheel of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith.
ith a V12 engine, what do you
with the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Lift
think the Rolls-Royce Wraith is
your foot off the pedal as you approach a
signature umbrellas in the door frames.
going to be like? It’s opulent, it’s
bend and it holds the gear without changing
The Wraith is unique in the US$300,000 price
extravagant and yes, it’s a tad bit excessive.
up while lane guidance technology sends a
bracket for size, space and luxury. Its nearest
It’s a serene, thoroughbred coupe version
gentle vibration through the steering wheel if it
rival is the Bentley Continental GT, which is
of the Ghost, yet it’s more than just a two-
feels you’re wandering into the next lane. And
over US$100,000 cheaper, and smaller (and
door reworking of its slightly bigger brother;
that’s just the tip of the technological iceberg;
Wayne Rooney has one).
the Wraith is lower and leaner and has what
like many things in this car, the features
people of my age would call a ‘fastback’.
provide assistance, not aid.
I garner envious looks from pedestrians and other road users; one mink coated lady with
A 20 minute drive along France’s ruggedly
As if it was born for it, the Wraith slips into
a semi hysterical pooch points with one hand
beautiful Côte d'Opale had the V12 humming
touring mode and its unique chassis settles
whilst covering her mouth with the other.
calmly in the background, as if it couldn’t be
above the tyres, begging that I push down on
bothered. The unobtrusive heads-up display
the accelerator. It’s the fastest Rolls-Royce
I pull into a service station to top up the thirsty
on the windscreen shows the whisper-quiet
ever (Rolls-Royce refuse to call it fast – they
tank and seek caffeine-laced fuel for myself.
engine to be spritely, but even though it is
refer to it as being ‘dynamic’) with a 6.6-litre
Before returning to the vehicle I stand back,
quick and stable through bends, heaving the
V12 engine, backed by twin turbos, specifically
allowing the crowd that has gathered around
2.5-ton Wraith around tight corners just seems
developed by Rolls-Royce engineers. This
the roller to enjoy it some more. When I open
is no fire spitting, attack dog supercar but it
the door, I feel the crowd lean forward, drawing
will hit 60mph in 4.6 seconds. However, you
in to catch a glimpse of the opulent interiors.
The air suspension has also been modified to
may not want to do this as boy-racing a Rolls-
make it more dynamic, but don’t expect it to
Royce seems a little vulgar.
An elderly gentleman, visibly moved by the sight of the Wraith, asks if he can touch it.
climb trees. This car can take a bend at quite some speed but you need to get it right if you
Inside, the carpet is thicker than that found in
His voice is tight with emotion. “England
want to glide through. Get it wrong and the
most houses, the leather is of the finest quality
has a long royal history and gave us world-
stability control gets grouchy and it will under
and the cabin in general oozes Salvador Dali-
steer like a ferry on the Bosporus.
type style from the (real) wood panels and
Shakespeare and Wimbledon,” he says. "But
the RR monogrammed head rests, to the
it also gave us Rolls-Royce, the car of my
star speckled roof lining, and the concealed
At high speeds the Sat Nav communicates www.jetsetter.hk
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THE 29TH MACAO INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY CONTEST WILL ILLUMINATE THE CITYâ€™S SKIES THIS AUTUMN
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niversally acclaimed as one of the best events of its kind, the annual Macao International Fireworks Display Contest takes place on the Macao Tower Shorefront in September, culminating with a final dazzling performance on National Day, 1 October. Held over five separate nights – 2, 9, 16 and 23 September and 1 October this year – the event will feature ten teams ready to outdazzle one another and illuminate the skyline with spectacular fireworks displays that will earn them a place on the podium. As in previous years, teams will choreograph their firework displays to music and laser light projections to bring out their display’s character and heighten the drama of the show.
“Anim’Arte " Nam Van Lake
In addition to a support show of music and laser effects, other activities planned to complement the event include a trophy design contest, photo competition and student drawing contest for Macao residents. Over the years, the Macao International Fireworks Display Contest has attracted more than 100 international teams from China, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Australia, the UK, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain to this world-class Macao Science Center
pyrotechnic shoot-out. Many visitors choose this time of year to visit Macao and enjoy a holiday illuminated by spectacular displays in the night sky that can be enjoyed from many vantage points on the Macao Peninsula and Taipa Island. Indeed, there are countless great locations from which to witness this illuminating contest. Standout spots include the observation deck at the top of Macao Tower, which stands 233m tall, and the Macao Science Center, which has a spiral walkway and large atrium. Other good places to watch these dazzling displays are the Anim’Arte Nam Van, a new landmark for leisure, culture and creativity that overlooks Nam Van Lake, and the riverfront side of Taipa Island.
A host of talented teams from all over the world will take part in this year’s competition, including last year’s winner, MARUTAMAYA Ogatsu FIREWORKS CO., LTD. from Japan. The company began manufacturing its ornamental fireworks at the end of Edo era in 1864 and in 1947, it put on a display in front of the Imperial Palace, the first great fireworks show after the war. In the same year it got exclusive permission from General Headquarters, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (GHQ) to display traditional fireworks at the Ryogoku Opening River Meet. Thanks to its excellent technique, MARUTAMAYA succeeded in reviving the firework tradition in Japan and also introduced Japanese fireworks to the world. Alongside 2016’s winners, MARUTAMAYA, participating teams this year include Australia’s
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Cardile International Fireworks Pty Ltd, a Perth-based family firm founded in 1890 that’s widely acknowledged as Western Australia’s most successful pyrotechnics company. Another participant, Austrian firm FIREevent - Die Feuerwerkert is a big name in the European pyrotechnics field, having organised high-profile shows for corporate clients since its inception in 1995 and invited to fireworks competitions in Monaco and Courchevel to showcase its talents. With a wealth of experience that ranges from international displays in front of hundreds of thousands of people through to private wedding displays in rural hotels, the UK’s MLE PYROTECHNICS LIMITED will also be in attendance at the Macao International Fireworks Display Contest. Another European participant in the competition is French firm ALPHA PYROTECHNIE, which is helmed by designer Patrick Brault, whose elegant style has become a trademark since he established the company in 2003. There are three other European contenders competing to be on the podium at the event, including Potsdamer Feuerwerk GmbH, one of the largest providers of pyrotechnics in Germany, which is renowned for its special effects and stunning laser shows. Another competitor is Italy’s PANZERA S.A.S., which has previously put on shows in Switzerland, England, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Morocco, Libya and Sudan. Grupo Luso Pirotecnia, creators of the world’s largest pyrotechnic waterfall, will be representing Portugal. The company has previously put shows together for Singapore’s National Day and music festival Rock in Rio. Asian representatives at the competition include the Philippines’ DRAGON FIREWORKS INC. Founded in 1992, it was the first fireworks manufacturing company licensed by the Philippine
government to cater to the domestic market and met the growing demand for quality fireworks. The official fireworks provider to the 23rd Southeast Asian Games, the company was Gold trophy winner at the 2015 Flammende Sterne (Flaming Star) International Fireworks Competition in Germany. The tenth competitor is China’s YUNG FENG (QINZHOU) FIRECRACKERS & FIREWORKS CO., LTD, which has manufactured display shells and toy fireworks for more than 40 years. It utilises advanced technology from Japan and its products are popular in more than 100 countries globally. Prepare to be dazzled by a truly illuminating event that is set to delight children and adults in equal measure – and stake out your spot for a fantastic view of the Macao International Fireworks Display Contest.
29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest PROGRAM September 2nd (Saturday) 21:00 - Australia - Cardile International Fireworks Pty Ltd 21:40 - Austria - FIREevent - Die Feuerwerker September 9th (Saturday) 21:00 - United Kingdom - MLE PYROTECHNICS LIMITED 21:40 - France - ALPHA PYROTECHNIE September 16th (Saturday) 21:00 - Japan - MARUTAMAYA Ogatsu FIREWORKS CO., LTD. 21:40- Philippines - DRAGON FIREWORKS INC. September 23rd (Saturday) 21:00 - Germany - Potsdamer Feuerwerk GmbH 21:40 - Italy - PANZERA S.A.S. October 1st (Sunday) 21:00- Portugal - Grupo Luso Pirotecnia 21:40- China - YUNGFENG (QINZHOU) FIRECRACKERS & FIREWORKS CO., LTD
Handmade with soft black calf skin, the Portofino
Rolling Travel Bag in black pebble by Aspinal of London has a main compartment with red grosgrain lining and a robust double zipped closure. Designed to enhance travel efficiency, the base of the bag has a zipped pocket that hides the wheels and telescopic handle, while a lockable shoe compartment provides more room for an extra pair of loafers. In addition to dual top handles, an adjustable leather shoulder strap allows for easy carrying on the go. www.aspinaloflondon.com
The new Floto Collection Suitcase Duffle
Bag should be a frequent travellersâ€™ everyday companion. Crafted with full grain vegetable tanned Italian calfskin, this 2.7-kilogram features three internal compartments, a padded laptop pocket and a fast access zip pocket. This spacious leather bag also features a semi-shiny wax finish which helps keep stains and water at bay. www.flotoimports.com
WEEKEND WARRIOR As summer lures you into travel adventures, pack essentials for a getaway with these high quality, stylish weekend bags. By Isabelle Lui
Combining stylish design with fluid functionality, the first-of-its-kind New Globe Traveller Weekend
Holdall is part of the brandâ€™s eco-friendly luxury product range, which are handmade from upcycled leather and tyre tubes. The size of a cabin bag, this holdall provides a 22-litre capacity for your daily commute or weekend escapes, while a gunmetalcoloured clasp makes sure your belongings are secured. The cotton-lined interior has dedicated slots for your wallet and phone, as well as zipped sleeves for smaller items. The strap can be detached to suit different carrying styles. www.newglobetraveller.com
Strengthening its expansion within Asia, British luxury brand Mulberry has re-launched its Hong Kong store in a new location in Ocean Centre, one of the city’s most popular luxury precincts. Joining the brand’s 120 stores worldwide, the new space, with its Mulberry Green façade, recently showcased the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, which includes a line of new bags, accessories and shoes, amidst the scent of pink and red blossoms. Attending guests at the cocktail party included local artist Miriam Yeung; awardwinning film director Kearen Pang; and socialites Antonia Li and Jenny Wong-Chau.
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Anina Ho Davis Chan Alice Chan Antonia Li Miriam Yeung Akina Fong Elaine Yiu Nicola Yeung The new store showcases the Autumn Winter collection 10. Charles lam 11. Kam Kwok-leung & Real Ding 12. Guests enjoying the opening party
4 1. Adelene Chan & Vivian Li 2. Albert Wong & Edwin Ing 3. Andrew Pong 4. Brandon Chau 5. Veronica Li & Yen Kuok 6. Jason Chan, Cecilia So & Phil Lam 7. Charlie Young & Jean-Marc 8. The exhibition space 9. Yen Kuok 10. Helen Ma 11. JC & Amanda Cheng 12. William Tang 13. Rosemary & Walter Hau
ELEGANCE Parisian jeweller Chaumet recently invited Hong Kong gem lovers to The Art of Jewellery Since 1780 exhibition, held at the Oval Atrium of the city’s IFC Mall. The exhibition, a 17th century Follies-inspired construction, presented a selection of the brand’s High Jewellery pieces collected over the last two centuries, as well as an engaging virtual reality film titled Here and Beyond: An Imperial Virtual Journey, which took guests on a journey through Chaumet’s history. The opening cocktail event welcomed a mix of local artists, including Charlie Young and Cecilia So; as well as singers Phil Lam and Jason Chan.
MUSÉE YVES SAinT LAUREnT PARiS After its half-year-long transformation from exhibition venue to museum, the Museum Yves Saint Laurent Paris, operated by Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, re-opens in October. Paying tribute to the French designer’s 40-year contribution to the global fashion industry, and dedicated to conserving his works, the Parisian museum, housed in a historic couture house that was once the designer's studio, will exhibit over 20,000 pieces of haute couture, as well as accessories, sketches and photographs that map the development of the brand and the evolution of high fashion. www.fondation-pb-ysl.net
Image credit: Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris