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A DELHI TALE Three unforgettable hotels

On diamonds and travel



24 hours in Boston

The land of towers and chimneys


EURO VISION An insider’s guide to Oslo

into namibia


A UNICEF fundraiser in LA

Jetsetting in the 21st century

Explore the wilderness in style

monaco and the sea Making waves in the world's luxury capital

suite dreams Chalet N, Austria


Voyages of a lifetime

ON THE ROAD The latest supercars

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On the cover 56 Monaco and the sea

90 One day in Boston

66 Cappadocia’s caves

92 My city... Oslo

Water has shaped the character of the world’s luxury capital Rustic chic in the 21st century cave hotels of Central Anatolia

24 hours in the birthplace of modern American history

An insider’s guide to one of Europe’s hottest cultural destinations

76 Taming the wilderness 94 New Delhi darlings Exploring Namibia’s great outdoors doesn’t have to mean roughing it

Luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow samples three Gurgaon hotels

86 The digital jet set

Five minutes with ASMALLWORLD chairman, Patrick Liotard-Vogt

76 Into the wild Namibia’s quiver trees cast a surreal silhouette in the setting sun

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46 In the news 30 Europe 44 Debut

Experience Berlinale in style; new suites in Milan; lifestyle in Barcelona

Hot hotels, chic boutiques and exclusive new resorts

32 Middle East & Africa 46 Diary Africa’s Great Migration; an art hotel in Dubai; Quintessentially Lifestyle

The top cultural and sporting events around the world this month

36 Asia & Oceania 48 VIP


Chinese New Year; new cruises in Myanmar; Six Senses in Almaty


Behind the scenes at UNICEF’s fundraiser ball in Los Angeles

40 Americas 50 Interview


Three reasons to visit Florida; where to stay during Rio’s Carnival

Francois Graff is on a journey in pursuit of the world’s rarest stones

Spend it 98 Passport 110 Set sail

Have a ball in Vienna, tour the world, or island-hop in Mozambique

AB Yachts’ latest creation is the sports car of luxury yachts

102 On the road 112 Suite dreams

Something old and something new from two top European carmakers

Skiing for the modern jet set at Chalet N in Oberlech, Austria

106 Ignition 114 Asian flavours

Americana reimagined in the 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport

Toko Dubai brings a Sydney success story to the Middle East

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Cover image Fontvieille Port, Monaco Patrice Coppee/Getty Images

Contributors February 2014, Issue 92 Publisher Anna Zhukov Senior Editor Joe Mortimer Deputy Editor Rebecca Haddad Deputy Online Editor Simon Harrington News Editor Steven Bond Contributing Editors Mary Gostelow, Andy Round International Sales Director Jesse Vora Sales Executive Lee Anderson

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is a Middle East-based travel writer whose work has been published by BBC Travel, National Geographic, The Independent and The Telegraph. She is co-author of Lonely Planet’s Turkey and Egypt guidebooks as well as the author of the Footprint guides to Lebanon, Jordan and Beirut. Her first trip to Turkey’s Cappadocia region led to her falling in love with the surreal swirling rock landscape of the area and she has been a regular visitor ever since. For this issue she explores how Cappadocia’s ancient cave dwellings are being remodelled into luxurious boutique hotels, where travellers can enjoy the caveman vibe in comfort. Read her story on page 66. @jessofarabia

Oliver Robinson

After spending several years editing magazines in cities including Beijing, Jakarta and Dubai, Oliver has returned to the UK to complain about the weather and write about travel. He occasionally escapes the windswept landscapes of his native North Yorkshire to embark on adventures, from driving across Africa to exploring the ski slopes of Europe. For this issue, he travelled to Oberlech, Austria, where he discovered a luxurious mountain hideaway fit for rock-and-roll royalty. Read his review on page 112. @ojlrobinson 24

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Simon Harrington

Deputy online editor Simon Harrington believes that embracing culture and asking questions is the best way to gain perspective on the world, so for this issue, we sent him to Namibia, where he discovered that exploring the country’s epic landscapes doesn’t mean compromising on luxury. From the capital Windhoek to the isolated settlement of Solitaire, surrounded by empty plains and sublime landscapes, he discovered a land bursting with stories waiting to be told. Read his on page 76. @sharrington89

Caitlin Cheadle

Contributing editor Caitlin is no stranger to exploring the world, a passion that started five years ago with a backpacking trip around Europe. Her travels have taken a more luxurious turn in recent years, with assignments for Destinations of the World News including exploring the beaches of the Seychelles and the coast of Langkawi. Since leaving Dubai, her travels have taken her back to North America, where she recently spent 24 hours discovering the highlights of Boston. Flick to page 90 for her guide to the historic city. @caitlincheadle

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Red carpet treatment in Berlin a winter getaway. First opened in 1913, Marriott’s Hotel am Steinplatz, part of the company’s trendy Autograph Collection, re-opened its doors in January following an extensive restoration project. With its distinctive olivegreen façade, the August Endelldesigned boutique hotel has 87 individually designed guestrooms including a variety of Junior and Spa Suites designed in a ‘Roaring Twenties’ style. The Hotel Adlon Kempinski’s Royal Suite has been described as the crown jewel of Berlin’s hotel offerings, with classic décor and Photo: Jan Windszus

As IF the German capital didn’t already provide a strong enough dose of culture, the 64th Berlin International Film Festival returns this month. Typically known as the Berlinale, the event is estimated to be the largest publicly attended film festival worldwide, with 400 films screened to 500,000 attendees. Even if you’re not nominated to win a coveted Golden Bear, the festival is the perfect place to take in a plethora of premieres, along with a host of other special events, exhibitions and star-studded parties. Germany’s largest city is brimming with five-star options, ideal for

city views. Its Presidential Suite, Brandenburg Gate, offers a personal butler and a 24-hour limousine service, to whisk you to the red carpet on time, from EUR 15,000 (US $20,300) per night. The late 19th-century Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome was remodelled in 2006. Built in 1889, the old Dresdner Bank headquarters on the Bebelplatz sits in the heart of Berlin, neighbouring the Opera House. The largest of the suites, Bebel, covers 120 square metres and is lined with a 10-metre balcony. Prices during the Berlinale start from around EUR 10,500 ($14,300) per night. Tickets for screenings sell out quickly, so buy yours three or four days beforehand to avoid disappointment, and avoid the crowds with morning or early afternoon showings on weekdays. For a gourmet twist, let your taste buds leads you to the Culinary Cinema, which combines film and fine dining, with special menus created by visiting chefs served to accompany films and documentaries about the world of food.


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Follow fashion 24/7 in Milano For those feeling regal or simply en vogue, Four Seasons Hotel Milano offers a duo of decadent new suites. Refurbished in collaboration with designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the Fashion and Royal Suites dominate the hotel’s ‘casa ringhiera’ wing, named after the rustic-style open balconies that overlook the glazed atrium below.

The prestigious Royal Suite rules over the entire fifth floor, marrying a library with furniture in a playful variety of styles. A stay commands the princely sum of EUR 12,500 ($17,000) per night. The more contemporary Fashion Suite (above) guarantees it will be Milan Fashion Week 24/7. A study in striking design and colour,

Suite 444, channels the 50s and 60s with pieces by Saarinen, which boast strong lines and an intense colours. Guests can take the trip back in time for EUR 4,700 ($6,400) per night. Both the Royal Suite and the Fashion Suite were restyled as part of the hotel’s ongoing room refurbishment project.

W remixes Barcelona lounge Barcelona’s beachfront is as vibrant as it is hip, a rather apt setting for the brand new W Lounge at W Barcelona. The energetic lounge bar is the beating heart of the design hotel, offering global jetsetters and local trendsetters a place to mix both music and cocktails. London-based studio United Design Partnership has infused the colours of Catalonia with Barcelona’s energy and style. Spinning until the early hours, the resident DJ provides the sounds from the back of the VIP cabana, which adjoins the public and private halves of the lounge. The VIP area is emblazoned with the eye-catching graphic works of Italian-based artistic team Carnovsky. Each piece transforms depending on the light in the area, creating unexpected layers of colour and surfaces that evolve and interact according to the stimuli.

In Rome, an exhibition in honour of architect Santiago Calatrava, a cultural counsellor for Vatican City, is on display in the Braccio di Carlo Magno (part of Musei Vaticani) in St. Peter’s Square until February 20. Although he is currently being sued in Spain for the crumbling opera house in Valencia, Calatrava is best known for more than 40 spectacular bridges in cities as far afield as Buenos Aires and Venice, and such designs-tocome as the Greek orthodox church of St. Nicholas, which will open in 2016 on the grounds of the World Trade Center in New York. If fashionistas are after some rooftop entertainment in Paris they head for Le Perchoir, in the 11th arrondissement. Owned by former real estate agent Adrien Boissaye and his business partners Emmanuel Collignon and Christophe Talon, the 110-person bar and restaurant with outdoor fireplace has 360-degree views. Downstairs in the 40-seat restaurant, fashion writers and models nibble on chef Benoît Dumas’ pumpkin-seared foie gras soup with chive oil, or roast chicken with roast heirloom tomatoes. The all-time favourite is seared tuna chips with spicy mayonnaise. Fans of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy should plan a visit to Stockholm. The Millennium Tour is one of the best guides to the beautiful Swedish capital, visiting the places featured in scenes from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels. Visit Lisbeth Salander’s home at Fiskargatan, 9 – in The Girl Who Played with Fire, she moves into the top floor of the luxurious 1910 building, which has spectacular views over Djurgården island and the Bay of Saltsjön. Mary GoSTeLoW

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Below its sublime landscape of towering chimneys and rocky crags, Cappadocia is home to a hidden world of opulent cave hotels and underground hospitality WORDS: Jess Lee


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Views of Ortahisar Castle from Hezen Cave Hotel

Rustic luxury at Hezen Cave Hotel


he ancient Hittites were the first to put the soft volcanic tuff stone of Cappadocia to good use, realising the possibility of carving shelter out of the countryside itself. Then, during the Byzantine era, this region’s sinuous valleys became home to early Christian communities who burrowed into the rock, creating church complexes and monasteries, and digging out cavernous tunnel-ridden underground towns to hide from attack. The people who have lived in this part of central Turkey have


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always sculpted their homes out of the land; today this region’s traditional architecture has found a new lease of life with a clutch of luxe boutique hotels offering accommodation with a troglodyte twist. The farmland surrounding the village of Ortahisar is studded with curious thin metal flues thrusting out of the ground. These ventilation pipes are part of this small settlement’s major industry, leading to vast underground cave warehouses used to store the abundance of citrus fruit from Turkey’s

Mediterranean coast. Hezen Cave Hotel sits hewn into the cliff face amid the oldest part of the village, surrounded by a meander of narrow roads still ruled by old tractors and skittering chickens. “It’s not a typical location for a luxury hotel,” owner Hakan Güzelgöz says as we sit on the terrace. “But, when I saw the view I knew it would work.” Presiding over the panorama is the honeycombed crag of Ortahisar’s ancient castle. In the Roman period, local inhabitants relocated to this rock-pinnacle fortress when


A bridge between two worlds Standing proudly on the banks of one of the world’s greatest waterways, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus is a fitting metaphor for the world’s most dynamic city. Bringing first class hospitality to a restored 19th century Ottoman palace the 170-room hotel captures the best of both worlds, combining contemporary elegance with traditional design, all packaged in a spectacular waterfront setting on the European side of the Bosphorus, a short distance from the city centre and high-end shopping. For a truly authentic experience, arrive at the hotel’s private jetty at night and be greeted by flaming torches in the landscaped gardens and the impressive façade of the Atik Pasha, the original palace. Behind, two new wings recall the style of old Istanbul, with wooden windows and copper roofing with stone and stucco finishes, all surrounding a spacious outdoor terrace where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Bosphorus. Inside, shades of aqua, silver and taupe reflect the shimmering hues of the Bosphorus, and the grandeur and glamour of the Ottoman period is revealed through the 18th century engravings of artist, architect and voyager, Antoine Ignace Melling. The hotel’s 25 spacious suites offer a choice of views, facing the Bosphorus, the gardens or the city itself, with a skyline punctuated by countless minarets. Each bright and airy suite features a blend of Ottoman design and contemporary furnishings, with fabrics embroidered with geometric shapes and Ottoman art on the walls, as well as freestanding bathtubs and large glass lanterns. The spacious spa is home to a traditional Turkish hammam, but also offers more indulgent modern treatments including jetlag therapy and the luxurious Samadara facial.

Four seasons Hotel istanbul at the bosphorus Çırağan Cad. no. 28, 34349, istanbul, beşiktaş, turkey n tel: +90 212 381 4000 n


NAmibiA lANd oF eNdless horizoNs

From free-roaming desert lions to dramatic mountainous vistas, Namibia’s natural diversity will be the highlight of your African adventure Words: Simon Harrington


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t is little more than a shadow in the corner of my eye — a fleeting movement that doesn’t quite fit the knuckled, arid landscape of the sprawling Tsaris Mountains. Silhouetted against a sky of deepening orange, the gentle scuff of a hoof and a sharp, horse-like snort reveals what we have been searching for all day. In the maturing dusk stand five wild zebras — two adults, three foals. Our mid-afternoon trek begins as an excursion to explore the thriving flora rooted in the harsh plains of southern Namibia, but quickly changes focus when the expert eyes of our guide, sharpened by years in the field, spots a small herd of zebras on the horizon. As the group scrambles for binoculars,


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Wild things Quiver trees (top) dot a landscape inhabited by desert lions and other fauna (bottom)

squinting into the setting sun, we change route with renewed energy, spurred by grand ambitions of an up-close equine encounter. Descending the winding mountain path, we navigate coarse, thorned bushels, rock-strewn walkways and past exulting quiver trees plucked straight from a Dr. Seuss novel. Beyond our immediate trail, brown plains and ridged peaks stretch as far as the eye can see, scarred by clumsy, man-made dirt roads. If there is one thing that truly inspires when visiting Namibia, it is this diverse natural landscape. Neighbours South Africa, Botswana and Zambia might attract the lion’s share of attention when it comes to safari holidays, but the Kunene

region of northern Namibia is the only location in the world that is home to native desert lions — the barren Skeleton Coast is where these predators prowl, and marks the point where rolling plains become oceanmeeting desert. In Namibia, an off-road adventure will see you travelling from sub-tropical woodland to mountainous escarpments and towering sand dunes in a matter of hours. As the sun ebbs, the zebras continue to distance themselves from us. We reluctantly heed the advice of our weathered guide and make our way back to the Zebra River Lodge. Sitting at the base of the valley, the lodge is quaint, intimate and dramatic. At full capacity it accommodates just 36

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It’s a small world The earth is getting smaller, thanks in part to Patrick Liotard-Vogt, chairman of jet-setting social network, ASMALLWORLD Interview: Joe Mortimer


atrick Liotard-Vogt, chairman of jet-setting social-networking website ASMALLWORLD is a bright-eyed, energetic character whose shock of orange hair and matching beard make him stand out in any room. It helps that he is often photographed with gorgeous women and celebrities including Beyoncé Knowles, Carey Mulligan, Xenia Tchoumitcheva and designer Waris Ahluwalia. He is tie-less when we meet in the lobby of Armani Hotel Dubai – top shirt button undone, dressed in a tailor-made suit and looking every bit the international playboy. The beaded bracelet on his wrist hints that he spends as much time on far-flung beaches or the deck of a yacht as he does in the boardroom, but Liotard-Vogt is a serial entrepreneur who has bought and sold more companies in the last five years than many will in a lifetime.

This is the man who, legend has it, acquired ASMALLWORLD from Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein after walking up to him at a party and telling him he wanted to buy his shares in the company. When Weinstein said he couldn’t afford it, the then 25-year-old laughed and told the studio executive that he had 10 times more money than he did. Soon after, the company was his. As well as being chairman of ASW, LiotardVogt is also a member of the board of Diners Club AG and Sallfort Privatbank AG, a Swiss investment bank, and scion of the Nestlé family. Not content with all that, six months ago, he bought a resort on St. Kitts in the Caribbean and hopes to put the small island on the world’s social calendar when it opens later this year. Here, he talks about the world’s most exclusive social media site and the modern-day jet set.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, what is ASMALLWORLD? In 2004, ASMALLWORLD (ASW) was founded by a Swedish count called Erik Wachtmeister. It was one of the first social media networks out there. There was a fight about who was first, Friendster or ASW, but let’s just agree that we were one of the first. The special thing about it was that membership was by invitation only. The founder was very well connected in the jet set at the time and his idea was to reconnect people from the St. Moritz, New York, London and St. Tropez crowds and put them together on the social platform. The first 100,000 members included everyone from Paul Allen to Naomi Campbell and Paris Hilton. Everyone was on there and it was very, very exclusive. Later on he brought in Harvey Weinstein as an investor.

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Liotard-Vogt owns half of luxury eco-resort Kittitian Hill on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts

“I always say that for a good party you need a bit of everything; you need crazy artists, marketing guys, doctors, lawyers, millionaires, billionaires, models… you need everything”

What were the perks of joining ASW? It was all user-generated content, so you would search for a city and find out where to stay, where to eat and where the parties were. You’d see on the forum: “I’m going to be there next week, come and see me on my yacht… by the way I’m taking my jet, why don’t you jump in?” When I joined ASW [as a member] in 2004, I was on it 50 times a day to talk to people about where we were going and so on. It was the only tool available to me at that time. At the peak of the business, from 2004 until 2007/8, you could buy an invitation on eBay for $1,000. At that time they had 450,000 members all over the world. Unfortunately there was no clear strategy as to what to do with this membership. Facebook came along and quickly took over the ‘reconnect’ aspect of social networking, so ASW was left a little bit lost in the social media world.

How did you get involved? I bought out Harvey Weinstein in 2009. The real asset that made me very interested in acquiring it was the trust among the people. The invitation-only process made it a tightly knit community where you have a connection with everyone by a matter of degrees. That led to some great stories. Remember the Iceland volcano eruption in 2010 and the ash cloud over the Atlantic? No one could fly out of Europe, so I had six people staying in my apartment who I didn’t really know. There was a genuine aspect of people trying to help each other out in difficult times. You recently relaunched ASW. What has changed? We brought Sabine Heller in as CEO in 2010 — she has been doing a fantastic job of leading since then. During that time we did

workshops and surveys with members and really worked closely with them. We decided to relaunch and make the site all about people, so [in early May, 2013], we closed the site down and everyone was out. We relaunched on May 16. We slowly started re-inviting our best members and we had a lot of parameters for that. We looked at the date of joining, size of network, activity, education, location, age, where they travel and so on. The new site is freshened up and focused on meeting people. Our goal is to be a global family so wherever you go, we suggest people who might be interesting to you. You can turn your ‘meet up’ status on or off so you can have privacy if you want it, or people can reach out to you. We also enhanced our city guides. The newest part is the ‘Privilege’ section. From our former advertising partners we

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MyCity Tom Remlov, general director of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, shares his top Oslo haunts as we move into spring season at the Opera House THE OPERA HOUSE


The prime place to visit for visitors as well as for the city’s own inhabitants, this magnificent building on the original waterfront of medieval Oslo will captivate you. You can walk across the roof or enter for a show or guided tour, or just sit down outside for a bite to eat. Whichever way, you’ll want to linger.

This is my local curry haunt, which I keep returning to even though I’ve moved to another part of town. It’s very friendly, very good and neither pricy nor flashy. In other words, truly sophisticated.

Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1; +47 21 42 21 00

THE VIKING SHIP MUSEUM Combining perfected function with striking beauty, Viking ships really represent the essence of Scandinavian design. This gem of a museum houses two complete ships recovered from burial mounds together with historical objects and artefacts. Huk Aveny 35; +47 22 85 19 00



Holmenkollen has been the cradle of ski jumping since the first competition in 1892. Making your way to the top might afford you an insight into the minds of Norwegians, as well as spectacular views of Oslo, practically all the way to the open ocean.


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Bygdøy Allé 80262; +47 22 44 75 33

DAGLIGSTUEN A place to see and be seen — if you’re that way inclined — that’s also comfortable and well located. It has that easy feel of a bar that may have altered over time, but never really changed. My father escaped from here during the war, while the arresting German officer was asking the barkeeper to use the phone. Hotel Continental, Stortingsgaten 24/26; +47 22 82 40 00

SOGNSVANN A lovely lake at the end of one of the tube lines, where you might bump into our Prime Minister meandering along and chatting with a cabinet colleague or foreign dignitary. In the nearby woods you will find Svartkulp (The Black Pond), one of three nudist beaches in Oslo, which marks the geographical centre of the city.

Kongeveien 5; +47 91 67 19 47



Emanuel was the brother of the much more famous Gustav Vigeland, who peopled Frogner Park with 212 bronze and granite statues. This very esoteric museum contains an 800 sq m fresco entitled Vita, depicting human life from conception to death. Some people call it Oslo’s best-kept secret.

Th e o n l y re a l s u r v i v i n g conditori (confectionary shop) in Oslo, positioned right across the street from Parliament, this place has an atmosphere reminiscent of the era of 19th-century playwright Henrik Ibsen. Try the hot chocolate and whipped cream.

Grimelundsveien 8; +47 22 14 57 88

AKERSELVA RIVER Weather and season permitting, you should try a walk up the Akerselva River, the historical divide between east and west Oslo. A network of paths stretches from the harbour by the Opera House to the Maridalsvannet reservoir.

Oslo Opera House

Prinsens Gate 26; +47 22 41 55 45

RESTAURANT HAVSMAK This was one of the first real seafood restaurants in Oslo and it has held its ground against all later arrivals. For a truly gourmet night out with friends or visiting guests, this place has never failed me. Henrik Ibsens Gate 4; +47 24 13 38 00

Restaurant Havsmak

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Hotel Continental Holmenkollen ski jump

Photo: Andreas Bache-Wiig

Emanuel Vigeland Museum

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Attend a Viennese ball in style, go truffle hunting in France, or tour the world by private jet. There’s plenty to inspire this month

Island life in Mozambique The isles off the coast of Mozambique are perhaps the country’s best-kept secret: beautiful, largely unspoilt and a twist on a typical island break. This itinerary, arranged by The Travel Attaché, takes in the pristine Ponta Mamoli, the Bazaruto Archipelago and the Quirimbas Archipelago on a 10-day trip. Flying into Johannesburg, you’ll be escorted to a connecting flight to Swaziland then transferred to White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli, an exclusive coastal resort located in southern Mozambique. After three days of beachside relaxation, you’ll head to Azura Benguerra, on Benguerra Island, where your next three days can be spent on the water, on the beach or in the comfort of your traditional villa. The final leg of your journey saves the best for last: three days on Azura Quilalea private island for one final castaway experience before heading back to reality. Available: now Price: from AED 45,600 ($12,415) per person, twin share (excludes flights) Book:


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Endless blue in Mozambique

On the ball

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Be a bounty hunter

Vienna is undoubtedly the ball capital of the world. With some 450 events taking place around the Austrian capital this year, there are many opportunities to dress up and take a turn at feeling thoroughly regal. But, if you’ve two left feet and have never attended a ball, Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna will come to the rescue, with a new package to get you prepped for your event. Channelling Vienna’s 2014 motto, “the art of enjoyment”, the package includes a twonight stay (minimum) in a room or suite, airport transfers in a BMW limousine, champagne on arrival, dancing lessons at the famous Elmayer Dance School and a 30-minute massage to soothe your muscles afterwards. Then, of course, they’ll throw in ball-night preparations, which includes hair and make-up styling, shoe polishing, limousine transfers to and from the ball venue, and a late-night snack upon your return, as the hunger pangs are sure to kick in after all that dancing. Available: until April 1, 2014 Price: from EUR 1,650 (US $2,248) per couple, (excludes ball tickets) Book:

Hotel Crillon le Brave, France

Food and France are inextricably linked, and there’s no more decadent time for a foodie to visit than during black truffle season. Hotel Crillon le Brave, just north of Avignon, is giving sophisticated palates the opportunity to spend a long weekend searching for and sampling this prized (albeit unattractive) tuber. Book in for a ‘truffier extrodinaire’ experience and you’ll have the chance to accompany an expert truffle hunter around the surrounding landscape of southern France to hunt for ‘black diamonds’. Your bounty will be prepared by the hotel’s chef in a truffle cooking demonstration, before the main event — a sumptuous tasting and dinner. You’ll need to sleep off all that food and Hotel Crillion le Brave, a complex of seven old village houses, is the ideal place to rest your head. Your gastronomic weekend concludes with a visit to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for a browse of the farmers’ market and antique stalls. Available: February 27 to March 16 Price: EUR 1,185 ($1,620) per couple for three nights (includes breakfast, dinner and activities) Book:

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ON THE ROAD Engine: 5.2-litre V10 Power: 610 bhp Torque: 560 Nm 0–100 kph: 3.2 secs 0–200 kph: 9.9 secs Top speed: > 325 kph Fuel consumption:: 12.5 l/100 km CO2 emissions: 290 g/km Origin: Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy Cost: approx US $249,000 (unofficial)

LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN LP610-4 Supercar-makers like Lamborghini don’t roll out new models very often, so when they do, you know it’s going to be special. The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 looks very special indeed. The design is more curvy than any Lamborghini that has come before it, but a sharp and angular rear end gives the impression of speed, much like it’s aggressive brother, the Veneno.

Positioned as the next evolutionary step from the Gallardo, the Huracán promises the comfort of a luxury sports car with the performance of a supercar, with a re-engineered, 5.2-litre V10 engine that threatens a top speed of more than 325 kph. The official price has not yet been released, but unofficial sources suggest the Huracán will start at a quarter of a million dollars.

“Positioned as the next evolutionary step from the Gallardo, the Huracán promises the comfort of a luxury sports car with the performance of a supercar”

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Sail away

Built: 2013 Length: 36.20 metres Beam: 7.5 metres Draught: 1.5 metres Maximum speed: 50 knots Cruising speed: 44 knots Cost: POA


Italian-based Fipa Group sure knows a thing or two about fine aquatic engineering. The company’s AB Yachts division has just welcomed the latest model in a range of cruisers, an AB 116 named Ecrider. This vessel is something of a sports car of water vessels, starting with the sleek, grey silhouette that cuts through the water at a top speed of 55 knots (or a cruising speed of 44 knots). The interior design epitomises Italian sophistication, with an airy and minimalist floor plan that accommodates up to 16 people comfortably — the master cabin lives up to its name with its separate lounge, bathroom and sleeping areas. Ecrider is all about keeping you entertained: if the weather outside is a little overcast you can always unwind in the downstairs saloon, which doubles as a private cinema. But, for those days when there is nothing but sun and sky, head to the impressive aft deck, which incorporates al fresco dining (just adjust the sliding ceiling) with a vast swimming deck. If you can be tempted to leave the comforts of your sophisticated surroundings, the yacht also has a tender and jetski at the ready.

“This vessel is something of a sports car of water vessels, starting with the sleek, grey sihouette that cuts through the water at a top speed of 55 knots”

ON THE WATER THIS MONTH GOTHENbuRG bOAT SHOW Gothenburg, Sweden February 1–9


Ghent, Belgium February 8–10 and 14–16

MiAMi iNTERNATiONAl bOAT SHOW Miami, USA February 13–17

February 2014


Suite dreams

The ultimate chalet

At more than a quarter of a million Euros per week, Chalet N in Oberlech, Austria, is one of the most expensive in the world. Oliver Robinson finds out exactly why

Chalet N’s expansive wine cellar


t’s funny how the smallest of details can leave the biggest impression. During my brief morning tour of Chalet N, in the exclusive resort town of Oberlech in Austria, it’s not the 184 sq m master suite, the 23 live-in staff, the Hermès bathroom products, or the bulletproof windows that bespeak the chalet’s supreme luxury, but the rug I’m standing on. Or, rather, not standing on. I daren’t, because its fabric is imbued with Swarovski crystals. Who in their right mind tramples Swarovski? Anyone who can afford to pay EUR 278,000 for a week’s stay in Chalet N, I suppose. But, as Sebastian Zenker, the chalet’s interior designer explains, Chalet N’s opulence


February 2014

The rugged majesty of the Arlberg massif

is conveyed in more subtle turns than one might expect from a six-star property. From the occasional sprinkling of Swarovski crystals (they can also be found jazzing up the shower curtains in the spa) to travertine and granite walls with chrome and hints of black steel, the huge but otherwise traditional oaken interior is given a unique 21st-century edge by its opulent finishing. It is, as Sebastian puts it, the painstaking attention to detail that warrants Chalet N’s weekly rate, and attracts guests such as Tina Turner and Rihanna. The price tag (which makes Chalet N one of the most expensive chalets in the world) might also have something to do with the property’s

11 suites, wine cellar, cinema, exceptional spa facilities, all-inclusive gourmet food and drink, and complimentary ski passes. The focal point of the master suite’s living area is a solid stone fireplace, serviced by an industrial copper chimney. The fireplace, in turn, is surrounded by an expansive three-sided sofa adorned with large shaggy cushions and furs. I sink into the sofa and gaze beyond the geometric grace of the cuboid fireplace toward the rugged majesty of the Arlberg massif — the chalet has been perfectly positioned to drink in the best of Oberlech’s views. With the open fire, abundance of furs and panoramic vistas, the room looks as if it’s been

Bespoke fine dining

taken straight out of the latest Bond movie. I later find out that my observations weren’t too far off the mark — Signa Luxury Collection, the property group that manages the chalet on behalf of Austrian magnate René Benko, are frequently turning down requests from film and television companies to shoot at Chalet N. The most recent refusal, apparently, was to a prominent rapper and his reality TV fiancée. I’m sat in just one of the master suite’s many rooms. Around the corner, there’s the kids’ suite, with four (double) bunk beds, more toys than Santa’s workshop and the requisite giant flatscreen TV through which young (and youngat-heart) guests can live out Xbox adventures.

The vast underground spa and pool area

In keeping with the attention to detail that permeates the chalet’s design motifs, the master suite’s bedroom — adjacent to the living area — features a clean, metallic bed frame that echoes the cuboid angles of the living area’s fireplace. And, as with the living area’s huge sofa, the similarly enormous bed looks out across the stunning resort. Again, it’s the little touches that make Chalet N so special — the pillows embossed with guest’s initials and the complimentary bottle of bubbly on ice being two of my favourites. As all good tours should, ours ends in the bar. Much is made of Chalet N’s price, but, to paraphrase a famous advertising slogan, it is

reassuringly expensive. As Sebastian notes: “When you see silver, it’s real silver. When you see gold, you can be sure it’s gold.” And let’s not forget the rugs: when they sparkle, they sparkle Swarovski. n

The important bit What: Master Suite, Chalet N Where: Oberlech, Austria Price: from EUR 278,000 (US $392,000) per week Tel: +43 5583 37 9 00

February 2014


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