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March 2014

LIFE ON TOUR Golf champion Henrik Stenson

BELLE BOUTIQUES Eight unique boutique hotels

IRELAND ESCAPES

Luxury in the great outdoors

STARS AT SEA

WEST INDIA

A-listers of the yachting world

An Ayurvedic adventure

TOKYO DRIFT

THE RICH RACE

One perfect day in the capital

Inside the Dubai World Cup

ST. MORITZ FAIRYTALE An exclusive escape in the heart of the Swiss Alps

SUITE DREAMS Jumeirah Vittaveli

SPEND IT

Voyages of a lifetime

ON THE ROAD Aston Martin Rapide S


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On the cover 56 Unwind in India

Ayurvedic adventures and five-star hospitality in tropical western India

64 Savour St. Moritz

92 One day in Tokyo

How to spend 24 memorable hours in the frenetic Japanese capital

94 My city... Jeddah

Breathtaking scenery and gourmet dining in the Engadin Valley

An insider’s guide to Saudi Arabia’s artistic and cultural hotspot

74 Stars of the sea

96 Outdoors in Ireland

Next-generation yachts are changing the way we think about design

Three luxurious historic hotels that make ideal bases for nature-lovers

82 Belle boutiques

Eight unique boutique hotels that blend location, design and passion

82 Treasure island The Brando’s eco-luxe vibe honours the wishes of its eponymous former owner

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In the news 30 Europe 44 Debut

Luxury in London; cruise Venice in style; European yacht hotels

Hot hotels, chic boutiques and exclusive new resorts

32 Middle East & Africa 46 Diary Six Senses in the Seychelles; golf in Riyadh; a culinary fest in Mauritius

The top cultural and sporting events around the world this month

36 Asia & Oceania 48 VIP: Dubai

New Zealand lodges; visa-free India; pampering in the Maldives

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Your guide to the upcoming Dubai World Cup race day

40 Americas 50 Interview

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Panama Canal turns 100; luxury voluntourism; Miami’s renaissance

Life is one nonstop tour for golf pro Henrik Stenson

Spend it 100 Escape 112 Set sail

A world photography tour; art in Florence; Japan’s cherry blossoms

Pi Yachts introduces the futuristic trimaran, Dragonship 80

104 On the road 114 Suite dreams

Two very special new editions from Jaguar and Porsche

Jumeirah Vittaveli is a Maldivian hideaway for the whole family

109 Ignition

Aston Martin combines comfort and class in its new Rapide S

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Letter from the Editor I was thInkIng last month about how lucky we are to be alive in this particular point in time. Modern technology and transportation have made visiting even hard-to-reach places relatively straightforward, and 21st-century luxuries make otherwise inhospitable places feel just like home. But, it did occur to me that the ease of travel can make us unaware of just how remote some places are, allowing us to forget the importance of location as part of a destination’s charm. The journey to st. Moritz by train from Zurich is indeed stress- and hassle-free, but the marvel of engineering that is the Rhaetian Railway leaves passengers in no doubt as to the exclusivity of its mountain location. Man’s efforts to ease the journey to what is now one of the world’s most exclusive ski resorts resulted in a spectacular railway through the Alps that traverses gaping chasms and raging rivers, burrowing through dozens of tunnels through the mountains as it ascends into the Upper Engadin Valley. It’s strange visiting a place that you know so much about and yet are still a stranger to, but St. Moritz exceeded expectations. From the startling alpine surroundings to the high calibre of dining, wellness facilities and hospitality, this Swiss ski resort impresses at every turn. Read the story ‘Mountain high’ on page 64. Yes, location is a fundamental ingredient in the recipe for the perfect hotel or resort — a fact that many independent and boutique hotel operators and owners know very well. I met several at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes last December, and couldn’t resist highlighting a few of the most spectacular in this issue. I chose eight small hotels that offered something unique, whether it’s location, design, concept, or the story behind how they came to be. Check them out in ‘Belle boutiques’ on page 82. Remote locations are also popular for those who want to escape it all and recharge exhausted batteries. One wellness retreat that has had everyone talking since it opened last year is the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa in India’s mist-shrouded western ghats. This mountainside sanctuary promises a complete approach to wellness — with programmes that include ayurvedic massage, exercise, nutritional guidance and meditation — but also allows room for the kind of indulgences that we all love when we travel. Read ‘India: an Ayurdevic adventure in and around Mumbai’ on page 56. To access really hard-to-reach destinations you’ll need your own transportation. A superyacht should do the trick. If you’re thinking of buying one, you should flick to page 74 to read our guide to the latest trends sweeping the yachting world this year, from upside-down hulls to onboard beach clubs and ‘starchitect’ design. There’s plenty more to inspire in this issue, including a stay at Jumeirah Vittaveli resort in the Maldives (page 114), a guide to 24 indulgent hours in tokyo (page 92), three historic hotels in Ireland (page 96) and an interview with PGA Tour champ, henrik stenson (page 50). Wherever you’re travelling this month, don’t forget to spare a moment for the visionaries who built the road, railway, cable car or canal (page 40) that gets you there. As the old adage goes, nowhere worth getting to is easy to reach.

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Life on tour PGA champion Henrik Stenson reflects on a life on the road Interview: Steven Bond


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When you travel, how much time do you get to explore? A lot of the time I’m in airports, hotels and on golf courses, but there’s the odd week that I do get to see a little bit. I’ve been to Beijing two or three times, and I try to go to the Forbidden City, see The Great Wall and fit things in while I get the chance. At best I’ll have half a day or an afternoon, but it just depends. Over the years, I’ve probably learned a few airline timetables. It’s fun when you’re sitting around talking and you can tell someone their Emirates flight leaves at 3.30 and that they’ll have a good connection, and shouldn’t have to worry about jet lag. So, you get surprised when a timetable gets changed after a year or so. You’ve mentioned two iconic tourist destinations – are there any others that have stood out to you? It’s been a long time since I’ve been to

Australia, but if you’re in Sydney, you have to see the Opera House and spend a couple of hours in the harbour. In Paris I’ll go by the Eiffel Tower and take a quick walk through a museum, but there’s not many trips I’ve taken specifically to see stuff. I guess there are things I put on my list for later. I have a slightly crazy idea to do an around-the-world trip when I finish playing golf. At the end of my career I’d like to do that with my family and maybe involve some charity work, and do a full lap around the world with all the great sights. I’d like catch up with all the people around the world that I’ve met over the years and combine it with a great world tour and try to do some good at the same time. We’ll see if I can ever get that project to become real. I’ve travelled the world so many times, but missed out on so much of it, so it would be great to get it all in.

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ot since the Viking hordes has a Swede endured so much travel. Ranked number three in the world, Henrik Stenson wields a different weapon of choice. The golfer and his arsenal of clubs have circumnavigated the globe several times over in the pursuit of riches and glory — both of which he consistently manages to plunder. The humble Swede defines himself as a family man first and pro golfer second, but combines both vocations as much as he possibly can while on the road — roughly 30 weeks every year. Handed his first putter at the age of 12, Stenson was down to scratch by 18. Not even two decades later, the 37-year-old Orlando resident holds four PGA Tour victories and a stunning eight European Tour wins. Here, he divulges his experiences, hopes and even a few hotel pet hates.

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Destinations

The world’s most desirable locations

82 Hollywood hideaway The Brando is nestled on an atoll of 13 islets in the South Pacific

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Traditional healing and modern luxe in western India

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Follow the Swiss to glamorous St. Moritz

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An essential guide to buying the ultimate yacht

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Eight new boutique hotels with character

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Spend 24 hours in bustling Tokyo

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An insider’s guide to the arts in Jeddah

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Three historic hotels on the Emerald Isle


india an Ayurvedic adventure in and around Mumbai Words: Caroline Eden


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The journey alone makes St. Moritz worth a visit, but the picturesque trails, reviving spa scene and après-ski offerings make the Swiss ski town the ultimate winter destination WORDS: Joe Mortimer

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Superyachting

YACHTING HOTSPOTS “While classic, seasonal destinations such as the Caribbean and the western Mediterranean will always be popular for yachting, other events have become a staple on the yachting calendar such as the St. Barths Bucket and the Les Voiles de SaintTropez regattas,” says Charlie Birkett, founding partner and CEO at yacht brokerage and management firm, Y.CO. “New destinations are certainly becoming more popular as clients become more explorative and are looking to experience far-flung destinations such as Indonesia, Burma and the South Pacific.”

UNCHARTERED TERRITORY Belize might not yet be on the rollcall of top Caribbean yachting hotspots, but it is poised to become a popular destination when Sanctuary Belize, a 5,666-hectare real estate and resort development on the country’s east coast, opens its doors in 2015. At the centre of this project is a world-class marina offering 250 boat slips for vessels up to 150 feet (45.72 metres) in length. Although the majority of the slips will be reserved for residents, a good number will be available for guests at the Marina Village. A breath of fresh air from the over-navigated waters of the Bahamas and the eastern and western Caribbean, the region is endowed with five ecosystems: the nine-mile Sittee River frequented by manatees, rays, barracuda and crocodile; a 2,000-mile stretch of savannah; a 10,000-acre private jungle with waterfalls and wildlife (jaguar, tapir, ocelot and howler monkey); Caribbean marine area comprising lagoons, mangrove marshlands, bays and tidal wetlands; and coral reefs off the shores of Sanctuary Caye and the nearby Belize Barrier Reef. There are around 1,800 islands off the coast of Belize to explore, most of which are uninhabited. www.sanctuarybelize.com

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NEW COURSE OF ACTION BERTHING PAINS As the market for grander superyachts continues to grow, so does the demand for wider slips, floating docks and well-equipped shore-side facilities. TWO CAMPS In this ever-changing, multi-billion dollar industry, a different type of client is also emerging. In the words of Espen Oeino: “There is a trend towards analysing one’s needs or requirements in a more critical way, and more and more people are arriving at the conclusion that yachting at a grand scale may not necessarily need to be synonymous with luxury or opulence. Some of these clients are starting to question the need for golden taps and more generally the use of super-expensive materials and finishes in what to all intents and purposes will be used as a floating, travelling beach house.” Ultimately, it is a question of personal taste. MORE COMPETITION As with other industries, it is inevitable that countries like China will play a part in the superyacht industry. A prime example is Heysea Yachts, now one of the region’s prolific builders. In addition, according to Superyachts.com, the imminent launch of the 88.80-metre Illusion by China’s Yantai CMIC Raffles will place the vessel in 51st position in the Top 100 line-up. SAVING THE OCEANS The ocean comprises 70 percent of the earth’s surface, and it is the responsibility of yacht owners, guests and crew to help protect the marine environment. By supporting the Blue Marine Foundation (www.bluemarinefoundation. com), yacht owners and charter companies can help to achieve it’s goal of placing 10 percent of the world’s ocean under active and effective protection by 2020. The foundation was set up in 2010 by the team behind the documentary film The End of the Line: George Duffield, Charles Clover and Chris Gorell Barnes. n

Oceanco's 90-metre E-MOTION features a huge beach club

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Interview

INIALA BEACH HOUSE Iniala is a one-of-a-kind boutique beach resort on the island of Phuket in Thailand, dreamed up by Brit Mark Weingard. This unique resort is laid out in the style of a traditional Thai house surrounded by several more contemporary buildings, with 10 bedrooms spread across three villas and a Penthouse Suite. The 10 rooms were created by 10 different designers from all over the world, making each room fiercely individual. Highlights include a spa room housed inside a large temple bell in Villa Siam, a 22-seat cinema in the Collector’s Villa and an Enignum (right) bed by designer Joseph Walsh in the Library Suite, created in nine months from one piece of wood. Nearly all the furniture can be recommissioned and delivered to your home. There are also original artworks from artists including Andy Warhol throughout the property, as well as a Swarovski-lined pool table, private beach, a boxing ring in the gym and Aziamendi, a gourmet restaurant by threeMichelin-star chef, Eneko Atxa. Open: now Price: from $18,000 for six nights in the Penthouse. Rent the whole resort from $95,000 for six nights. www.iniala.com

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Interview Boutiques LV GARDEN HUANGHUALI ART GALLERY Don’t let the name fool you; Lv Garden Huanghuali Art Gallery in north-eastern Beijing is most definitely a hotel. The first part of the name “Lv” is pronounced like the German “ü” (as in über) and the gallery reference refers to what you find within its walls: a collection of hundreds of artworks, items of furniture and artefacts acquired over a lifetime by the hotel’s owner. All 38 rooms and suites are crammed with pieces from the collection, from antique furniture from the Ming Dynasty to paintings and ornaments from the Qing Dynasty. The objects aren’t just for show: the bed you sleep in might have belonged to an affluent warrior 600 years ago and the bridal dress that’s framed above the bed in the 100 square metre Honeymoon Suite almost certainly belonged to an aristocratic bride-to-be. The hotel itself is also a work of art, a project of passion that took about eight years to complete. The property comprises several buildings built in the northern Imperial style and beautiful gardens full of ponds and walkways characteristic of southern China, as well as a 25-metre underground pool, a 45-seat movie theatre and a spa offering both traditional and modern treatments. Open: now Price: from CNY 4,922 ($805) per night www.lv-garden.com

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From sky-high dining to high-end cuisine, it seems that everyone has their head in the clouds in Tokyo. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in the city Words: Graeme Green

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07.20 Fly into Haneda Airport, which is much closer to the city than Narita, Tokyo’s other airport. Park Hyatt Tokyo (3-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku), where you’re heading, can pre-book a fixed price taxi for 15,000 yen (US $146). Keep an eye out for a card with your name at the airport arrivals gate. The ride takes 45 minutes or more, depending on traffic, which gives you a good chance to take a first look at the towers and skyscrapers where much of Tokyo’s magic happens. 08.45 Arrive at Park Hyatt Tokyo, which was once described by film director Sofia Coppola, who wrote and filmed much of Lost In Translation here, as a ‘silent floating island’ in the city. The peaceful hotel, located in the business district of Shinjuku, takes up floors 39 to 52 of Shinjuku Park Tower. Check in, drop off your bags with the incredibly helpful staff and head straight for Girandole, the hotel’s French-style brasserie, for a leisurely breakfast of cereals, yoghurt, meats, cheeses, eggs and pastries. If you’re keen to dive straight into Japanese cuisine, order a Japanese breakfast of fish, miso soup, rice and pickles.

09.30 Shake off any post-flight fatigue with a Tokyo Massage ($293) in the hotel’s spa, Club on the Park. The 90-minute treatment uses natural oils from around Japan and combines a head and body massage with muscle stretches, and a foot massage using warmed volcanic stones sourced from Mount Fuji. There’s even a little of the excellent Lost In Translation soundtrack on the stereo before mellow jazz takes over. If travelling as a couple, request the Suite Room to have your treatments side by side. Enjoy the jacuzzi and sauna afterwards. 11.30 Feeling suitably relaxed, take a 15-minute taxi ride from the hotel to Harajuku Station, located close to the main entrance to Yoyogi Park. A walk through the pleasant cool greenery of Yoyogi Park is a classic Tokyo experience. Make your way to the sacred Meiji Shrine (www.meijijingu.or.jp) to make an offering of coins. Don’t forget to clap your hands to get the attention of the gods and make your wishes or prayers known. If visiting on the weekend, it’s very likely you’ll also see a traditional wedding ceremony taking place at the shrine.

12.30 From Harajuku Station, take the Metro to Mitsukoshimae, home of one of Tokyo’s landmark hotels, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo (2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku), high up in Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower. Tokyo is the home of sushi and the Mandarin’s Sushi SORA restaurant (+81 3 3270 8188) is an exclusive experience, seating just eight people at the sushi counter. ‘Sora’ means sky — you’ll realise why when you’re looking out of the window from the 38th floor, with a view of the iconic Tokyo Skytree Tower and the east side of Tokyo. The masterful sushi chefs slice and roll some of the best sushi in Tokyo, including squid, mackerel, fatty tuna, halibut and warmed unagi (freshwater eel) that comes fresh from the city’s renowned Tsukiji Fish Market (www.tsukiji-market.or.jp). For the full experience, a sake sommelier will pour a selection of sake to complement the fish, from the new trend of sparkling sake through to light and smooth varieties, and warmed sake that works with warmed fish. Customers can select their own sushi, but it’s better to go for the omakase (chef’s suggestion), a meal of eight pieces and one rolled piece, for 26,000 yen ($254) or 30,000 yen with sake ($293).


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15.00 Some of Tokyo’s top sights, including the grounds of the Imperial Palace and the Electric City (Akihabara) are a 15-minute walk or a short taxi ride away. But if you’re in the mood to spend, Tokyo also has an unbeatable choice of shops across the city. From the Mandarin, make your way down to Mitsukoshi Department Store in the lower floors of the tower, which stocks everything from jewellery to clothing and gifts, and has a bewildering and diverse food court. After exploring, ride the Metro from Nihonbashi to Ginza to stroll the long avenues of department stores and luxury boutiques from some of the world’s top designers. 16.30 Make your way to Tokyo Station and take the Keiyo line heading for Maihama. Arrive at Maihama by 17.40 for a private car pick-up from the station to take you to Excel Air’s HQ (+81 47 380 5555; www.excel-air.com), for an unforgettable helicopter flight over the city. The heliport is a bit of a trek from the city centre, but it’s worth it. After sharing a bottle of bubbly, board the helicopter for a 30-minute Jewel Box Helicruise ($2,536 for up to five people) and drink in

incredible aerial views of Tokyo Gate Bridge , Yokohama Bay and the bright lights of Tokyo, including Roppongi, Tokyo Tower and the glowing avenues of Ginza. Circle around the giant Skytree, then head back to the landing port and make your way back to the hotel.

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20.00 After freshening up, it’s time for dinner. You could try a modern twist on the traditional Japanese kaiseki (multi-course meal) in Kozue, back at the Park Hyatt (+81 3 5323 3460), where the sashimi and other Japanese delicacies are as artful as the modern décor, but it might just be trumped by the view on the 52nd floor in the chic New York Grill (+81 3 5323 3458). Book in advance to get a window table (also known as the ‘proposal tables’) for dinner with a romantic view of the sparkling city. There’s plenty of beef on the Grill’s hearty menu, including the country’s famous delicacy, kobe beef.

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22.00 Continue your night just around the corner at New York Bar (+81 3 5323 3458), where live jazz is played seven days a week. Try one of the ‘creations’ cocktails, such as Radio

Park Hyatt Tokyo Tel: +81 3 5322 1234 tokyo.park.hyatt.com

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Tel: +81 3 3270 8900

City or Carnegie Hall, which take their names from the giant paintings hanging at each end of the bar. There’s a sake-based L.I.T cocktail in homage to Lost in Translation, or you can emulate Bill Murray’s character Bob Harris by ordering a Hibiki whisky. 23.45 From the New York Bar, catch a lift down to your calm, spacious suite, decorated with whites and greens, and a soft, comfortable bed. There’s time for one last lingering look out of the window at the lights of the city before a satisfied sleep and dreams of another 24 hours in this unbeatable global city. n

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JAGUAR F-TYPE R COUPÉ Jaguar’s eye-popping 2013 launch of the F-Type marked the beginning of a new era for the British carmaker, and while the overwhelming response to the car was positive, there were others who thought that it lacked something. Like a roof. In response, Jaguar is launching a range of three Coupé models, led by the outrageously powerful F-Type R Coupé. The 5.0litre supercharged V8 does a teeth-rattling 300 kph (electronically limited) and generates 680 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. With a high-domed roof borrowed from the Jaguar C-X16 concept sports coupé, the rearward cabin of the F-Type becomes more evident, highlighting its highpowered sporting pedigree.

“The F-TYPE Coupé provides its driver with a unique sports car experience. It combines seductive design with cuttingedge technology and performance which is truly breathtaking” Phil Popham, group marketing director, Jaguar Land Rover


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