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Editor’s letter


t is a great pleasure for us to present you our Spring Issue. This magazine is devoted to all of you, our California readers, whom we know are well-versed in looking their best for every season. For you to make the most of this season we have selected fresh, fun and pretty outfits. Turn to our “Looks and Musts” sections to find out what you should wear during the following months. In order to save you time, we suggest that you take note of the luxurious vacation destinations we have laid out for you. We hope to captivate you with our selection of some of the best golf resorts, each one is a perfect spot for you. Finally, the destination that stands out among the rest: Africa. We outlined a selection of lodges and camps that will surround you with luxury and pamper you with exquisite world-class service during your safari adventures. Oh, and there’s more of course! We are aware that not every travel is directed to beach or jungle destinations. Go to our Features section and discover the Top Sporting Events of the year: Augusta Masters, Piazza di Siena Show Jumping, the 24 Heures du Mans and the BNP Paribas Open at Roland Garros, are some of the most important sporting events you have to keep in mind. You will also find a revealing interview with Nacho Figueras, a Polo star and the face Ralph Lauren’s Black Label. This being Equ Lifestyle, we certainly haven’t forgotten to include the most important equestrian events. Find out the story of Angelica Augustsson, the Swedish girl that galloped to victory in the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Series at the Scandinavium Arena at Gothenburg. You want to know everything about the Desert Circuit in Thermal? Keep on reading! We have all the details of this exciting competition. Read our story of G&C Farm and how they have made their dreams come true. Carolina and Gustavo Mirabal with Pablo Barrios believe in the power, strength, beauty and vigor of their horses. To celebrate the sunny months ahead of us, we have selected the finest Spring experiences for you. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did while getting the most exclusive destinations, the perfect trends for the season and the most important equestrian shows. Hang out with us, read on and enjoy this spring season that is just starting.

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Relax in the most luxurious spas in the world.

DESIRES Pure Mezcales

WORLD’S FIVE BEST Perfect beach hideaways.

PLEASURES Light jets: two great options. Learjet 40XR and Citation CJ4.

An exclusive interview with Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe.

FEATURES EXRESSIONS NEWS The newest and most exclusive items for you.

HOURS Spring colors for her and amazing steel for him.

MUSTS Ideal accessories full of color for this season.

LOOKS Trendy outfits to look your best this Spring.

MAN OF STYLE Nacho Figueras , professional polo player.

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Puntacana Resort & Club and Pelican Hill Resort at Newport.

DIVINE DINING Santé Restaurant and the Napa Valley Grille at Westwood.

TEST DRIVE Sedan Royalty

The history of the Mirabals of Venezuela and their dream to honor their country and their equestrian passion.

2011 HITS DESERT CIRCUIT IN THERMAL Thermal is well known for its outstanding display acts, and this year was not diferent.








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Angelica Augustsson win the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI world Cup Jumping Series.

A selection of four premier sport events for this year.

THE BEST GOLF RESORTS Amateur and pros will fall in love with this wonderful golf resort selection.

PASSAGE TO AFRICA Get in the wild with this luxury lodges and camps for your next safari adventure.


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PICTURE PERFECT Great events and surprising pictures.

EQU’S LAWS OF STYLE 10 essentials to go on safari..


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nacho figueras, professional polo player.



polo fashion




What’s new and fun for all those who like to live to the limit of luxury.

If you are a polo rooky here is a guide of the equipment you’ll need.

special pieces in spring colors for her and amazing steel for him.

a selection of the items that both him and her should have this spring.

spring outfits that you must have for looking your best this season.


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Little Black Dress

 Since chanel introduced the “Little Black Dress” back in 1926, it has become synonymous with chic. The French designer believed fashion should be functional as well as trendy. Her LBD was designed as a fashion ideal garment; it was perfectly simple, yet totally sexy. When Coco released her first LBD, it was a slash-necked, short silk dress with only diagonal pin-tucks as decoration. American Vogue called it the “Ford,” because just like Henry Ford’s Model-T car, the LBD was an instant hit, widely available, though only in black. Many years later, when Hubert de Givenchy designed the iconic LBD worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this outfit became a must have in every women’s closet. Even though to modern eyes, Chanel’s original LDB may seem rather plain compared to the glamorous Givenchy style, it was her LBD

design the one that transformed black from a mourning color to an archetype of high fashion. The popularity of the LBD is due to the sum of all its qualities, but we must give the color black much of the credit for the timeless quality of this garment. Unlike other colors, black is never dated or out of fashion. Everyone knows that black is fabulously slimming, but the real reason the LBD is a timeless wardrobe essential for every woman is because it can be dressed up or down in a pinch. A simple black cocktail dress can be turned into an evening dress with diamond accessories, stilettos, and long gloves; or, when combined with a black suit jacket, small accessories, and simple pumps, the same dress can be worn for a daytime business meeting. Every woman needs a structured LBD that can go from day to night and lend itself as a canvas to accessories. The first step to finding the

perfect LBD is to identify your body type in order to understand what looks good on you. Keep in mind that while mini- and maxi-dresses go in and out of style, the most enduring, universally flattering and appropriate hemline is just above or just below the knee. The perfect LBD does not contain Lycra or spandex; while lightweight stretchy knits definitely have their place in your closet—in your yoga pants—they won’t stand the test of time or work in as many occasions as a medium-weight, structured little black dress. Since the LBD is a fashion investment, look for luxurious materials like wool, cashmere, silk or linen. Make sure the LBD you chose is one that fits your personality. This wonderful outfit can be as retro, edgy, romantic, bohemian, sophisticated or sexy, as you are. Wearing a LBD it is all about the finishing touches.

Photo: Courtesy Carolina Herrera.

perfectly simple, with a hint of sex appeal

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Polo Fashion


Photos: Courtesy of Asprey Polo.

POLO IS A RISKY SPORT. The ball is hit so hard that it will fly at an average speed of 110 miles per hour. It moves so fast that it’s almost impossible to see it. As a polo player you must stay at a gallop, get your polo pony in line with the ball, and either pass it ahead to a teammate, or carry the ball down the field for an attempt at goal. It is as easy as... I do not know: to build a power generator in your home. However if you are a polo rooky here is a guide of what equipment you will need for a match. Choose your team jersey and get some polo jeans, pants or britches. It does not matter if you’re playing with your lifetime buddy or if you are trying to defeat Adolfo Cambiaso or Nacho Figueras, all polo players should wear a helmet with a protective face mask in addition to goggles. Believe me, you do not want to get hit by the ball! For this equipment we sugest you to go to La Dolfina. You will also need boots. Most polo riding boots are brown leather for a practical reason: black boot polish would stain the white polo breeches during a game. Polo boots also provide a surface to grip the sides of the horse. When buying polo boots, try them on first, and select a pair that is comfortable, particularly around the ankle area. Check out the ones from Asprey Polo. Also seek for gloves, these will provide you with a secure grip to improve your performance. For safety you must wear knee pads. These come in a wide range of styles and quality. Find a pair that is comfortable. The Argentinean brand La Martina has a collection made with high quality leather, with a classical style, and has also releaed high technology handcrafted knee pads. Now that you’re fully dressed it is time to look for a mallet. Polo mallets range in size from 49 to 54 inches in length. The specific mallet length is usually on the head of the polo mallet. Mallet heads are available in a variety of weights and shapes, this enables you to hit the ball in different ways. You got your clothes and you got your mallet, but there are a couple of things your missing: you need a whip, spurs, a saddle, bridles, brits, a head collar, and, of course a polo pony. Are up for the match?

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Spring time These refined models radiaTing timeless elegance, will undoubtedly appeal to women the world over who will be charmed by the beauty and character of these watches. These pieces are not only attractive but also sophisticated and practical. Highly desirable qualities in any context!

Playfully feminine From 1957-1960 Piaget started making very thin watches. The slimness of the calibres and the resulting diminutive dimensions provided scope for complete freedom of expression. This luxurious Vintage Watch, a throwback to the old models, does not feel like you are wearing anything at all. The dial takes on the color of hard stones. Vintage feel with a modern touch.

Poetic vision

Resolute femininity Blancpain celebrated the feast of lovers with this exceptional model. Adorned with a bezel and mother-of-pearl dial set with 58 diamonds and a ruby, the SaintValentin 2011 shines with the radiance of the precious stones totaling 1.3 carats and noble materials. The Saint-Valentin 2011 was issued in an exclusive 99-piece limited series.

Bold and colorful Big Bang Steel Tutti Frutti from hublot is nothing short of stunning. The beautifully simplistic fine mother of pearl dial is surrounded by 48 baguettecut blue sapphires, providing the perfect blend of elegance and attitude and ensuring that this is a timepiece that will grab attention.

Photos: Courtesy Blancpain, Franck Muller, Hublot and Piaget.

franck muller has drawn its inspiration from Mother Nature for the Quatre Saisons collection. With the help of fine jewelry, the firm is revisiting its famous Double Mystery. This timepiece is adorned with colored precious stones on the body and dial, creating four harmonious ranges of hues, each of which represents a season.

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SPRING PICKS Accessories are a key element of every outfit. These items are both necessary and essential for anyone. Customizing your clothing is a great way to add an individual flair to your look, and accessories are made for that. With the right accessories you can get a look as sporty, trendy, chic or elegant as you want. Here we present you with the stylish items that will make you look spectacular in this spring season.






1. Colorful rings

2. Lucky charms

3. Youthful fragrance

4. Orange is bag

5. Flower inspired

Dare to be different! Go for those colorful rings that are a trendy accessory.

Life flows forward gracefully with a little luck and style on our side.

Every woman needs to have her own aroma: choose what better suits you...

Orange is a hot, bright color this season. Fresh, chic and modern.

Always feminine, flowers add a beautiful touch to any accessory.

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6. Tighten up

7. White shine

8. Walk in clouds

9. Color in your eyes

We like them. Not just because they make us look great, but they add a different dimension to any outfit.

No woman can go out without a jacket, it is indispensable. Add a little bit of shine and it will be perfect!

These popular shoes will make your legs look longer. You must have at least one pair in your wardrobe.

Look for shades with floral and colorful frames. Of course you will need them to look spectacular this season.



All items are available at: Fabrixio Giannone, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, HermĂŠs, Jimmy Choo, Etro, Dolce and Gabbana, Milly NY, Carolina Herrera and Fendi.



Beach is always in You must get ready for this upcoming vacation season. It is important to wear the right swimsuit especially this season. By finding the right suit you can show off your perfectly toned figure and can cover up the flaws if you have any. Be intelligent and select the right, fitted one

that compliments your body and style. It’s better if they are not too big, so you can avoid those horrible sun marks. If you go for shiny colors your tan will be enhanced as if by magic. Have fun and explore the windy waves of the tropical adventure.

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Spring Fashion Accessories can enhance any look, and give a unique and different flare you will love. Fashion trends for this season include earthy tones, green, brown and beige. Learn to combine them so you can create outstanding outfits that will make you look gorgeous.

1. Shoe heaven Spring is here, so it´s definitely time to inject some color into your wardrobe. We suggest you to some bright shoes to give you a bit of a lift.

2. Accesorize yourself Your outfit would not be complete without the right accessories. A wristband or a bracelet is always a must.

3. Best friend For all women a purse is a basic necessity. You should have one for every occasion: A big bag for day and an elegant clutch for the evening.


3 Photos: Courtesy Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Hermés, Purificación García and Marc Jacobs.


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4. Perfect touch A stylish, classic and always elegant accessory is a hat. The straw style is the trend to follow for the next couple of months.

5. Sunny Prospects These sunglasses will lend an edge to your style, they tick the on-trend ¨chick¨ box.

6. Star Piece This orange belt is a flash of color to add a decorative motif to that outfit that you never wear because it is too simple.



Photos: Courtesy Purificación García, Tommy Hilfigher, Hermès, Radley London and Vogue.


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Travel Gadgets

all that you need for your next trip

iPad 2. The best way to stay connected, no matter how far your journey takes you, is an iPad. The latest generation of this device is 33% lighter than

the first version, includes Wi-Fi connectivity as well as 3G connectivity, and is available in stores since March 11. You will not regret leaving your heavy laptop at home, because this thin tab allows you to do networking, download images, watch movies and work on a lot of different types of files. You can even take some pics or video, and save them! You can choose between 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage capacity. Whether traveling on business or pleasure, thanks to its advanced technology and its avant garde character, the iPad 2 will make your trip a lot easier.

Leica m9 “titanium�. This camera is result of the collaboration between Leica and Walter de Silva, the prominent automobile designer responsible for groundbreaking design concepts and the latest models from the Volkswa-

gen Group. The designer and his Audi Design Team have presented the LEICA M9, a re-interpretation of the classic camera design. This version includes a new interpretation of the characteristic features of Leica rangefinder cameras, and it is the first to use LED lighting framing guides. The side handle boasts precise engineering, unique style and extraordinary design of solid titanium. With a limited production of 500 units, the set includes a SUMMILUX- M 35 mm lens, also in titanium.

Photos: Courtesy of Apple Inc., Bose Corporation and Leica Camera AG.

Bose Quietcomfort 15. Over 20 years ago Bose introduced the noise reduction technology into headphones that were used on airplanes; since then, this enterprise has kept improving their products with major technological advances. With the Quietcomfort 15 headphones, noise reduction is better than ever, thanks to the technological advancements of noise reduction across a wider range of frequencies. These innovations also features microphones both inside and outside each earcup, in order to better sense and reduce the surrounding sounds. Moreover, they also feature an Active equalization that electronically tunes the headphones frequency response, enabling outstanding audio performance. The redesigned earcups now come in new materials and in a slightly improved design to establish a critical acoustical seal. With major quality sound and a lightweight fit that stays comfortable for hours, this combination of comfort and technology has become Bose signature.

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The Importance of a Stone

Photo: Courtesy Carolina Herrera.

big girls need big diamonds

 DiamonDs are appreciateD and admired by almost everybody on the planet. They can be worn as personal ornaments or as tools in many industries. They are often the gems chosen to commemorate special events in people’s lives like engagements, big successes, anniversaries, and more! If you want to buy one for yourself or as a gift for someone special, you could probably use the following diamond-ring shopping guidelines. First and foremost, when evaluating a piece, use the popular Four C’s method, explained below. Aside from these four important factors though, you also need to take a look at the setting. Usually, precious metals like gold, silver, or platinum are the first choice. Just get the style that fits your taste: contemporary, antique, exotic, Celtic. Now here are the four C’s that you have to take into account when purchasing a diamond of superlative beauty:

1. Cut. It refers to the facet proportions on the surface of a diamond. More than any other factor, the precision of these facets determines the beauty of the stone. However, there is a sacrifice. When a stone is cut to maximize brilliance, dispersion and scintillation, it usually loses size. Conversely, when cut for size, the diamond usually loses brilliance, dispersion and scintillation. 2. Color. The color grade of a diamond, although often misleading, is key for evaluating the quality of a stone. This is because the ideal engagement diamond is characterized by a lack of color. That is to say, it is clear to the point of being colorless or nearly colorless. The colored tinting found in most diamonds is caused by minute impurities within the stone. The untrained eye is incapable of making the color evaluations that can affect the value of a stone by thousands of dollars. The color of each diamond is determined by comparing it to authenticated “master diamonds.” Each stone is then

color-graded to a precise scale from “D” (colorless) to “Z” (saturated). 3. Clarity. Because diamonds form deep within the earth, under extreme heat and pressure, they often contain unique birthmarks, either internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes). Diamond clarity refers to the absence of these inclusions and blemishes. Diamonds without these birthmarks are rare, and rarity affects the value of a diamond. 4. Carat weight. The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. One carat equals 0.200 grams. Carat weight alone does not determine value. Two stones of equal weight can vary widely in price because of quality differences. In fact, a smaller diamond may actually be more beautiful than a larger stone with inferior cut, clarity, color or presence. So now that you know everything about diamonds, make sure the one you choose, fulfill all your expectations and enjoy!

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Steel Amazing

Jazz Giant

Bold and thin

Man on the moon


Widely regarded as the greatest jazz pianist of all time, Oscar Peterson’s talent knew no bounds. His career and chosen instrument inspired the special design features of this elegant watch by Oris. The Oscar Peterson Limited Edition is a fitting tribute to a jazz giant.

Since the ‘50s, Piaget has developed movements as thin as they are efficient. The latest 1200P and 1208P movements have set new records today, majestically highlighting the refined aesthetics of the Altiplano collection of ultrathin timepieces.

Thanks to Perrelet Moonphase’s exclusive calibre, you will be able to know the precise moon phase. Regulated for the next hundred years (if working constantly), the mechanism will indicate the detailed evolution of this companion of our earth.

Ludwig van Beethoven became famous thanks to his Symphony No. 5. Lange’s Zeitwerk Striking Time is endowed with a visible chiming mechanism that announces the quarter-hours and then the full hour with Beethoven’s famous opening fanfare leitmotif.

Creative technology With the minute repetition complication, a date indication and the fascinating play of the seconds display, Milus Tirion Répétition Minutes TriRetrograde limited to 50 editions, offers an experience of the highest acoustic quality.

Photos: Courtesy Oris, Piaget, Perrelet, A. Lange & Söhne and Milus.

This selection of movements condenses all the elegance de la Haute Horlogerie. Purity is the main aim of these timepieces. Despite their complexity, time is fully revealed in a refined staging, in which functionality and readability acquire their full dimension.

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Spring fever


Until recently, gentleman’s accessories were limited to sunglasses and a belt. Nowadays men enjoy wearing elegant clothes, and have learned to complete their look with tasteful accessories. The options are almost endless, there is a variety of original trends in everyday items such as luggage, shoes, belts and more. Here are some trendy accessories for this hot season, perfect for travel and having some fun.

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2. Clever decision

3. Simply cool

4. Loving them

5. Sporty flavour

Although it is not necessary to combine it with the color of your shoes, a brown belt fits with most colors.

For the man who does not like boasting, the classic polo shirt with a small horse and fit cut is the ideal garment.

Design is the most important element in cufflinks. Simple designs are the easiest to use at any moment.

The aviator style (our favorite) combined with a thick tortoiseshell rim will make you look incredibly trendy.

Without a watch a man can hardly survive. Your best shot is to go with a sporty design.

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6. Great piece

7. Spring Splash

8.Ideal item

9. Crash contrast

10. App– titude

An original pen that breaks all paradigms is the ideal item for signing those important papers.

Look out for short swimsuits. They are unique and look much better than the old fashioned over-the-knees.

Ideal for overnights or weekend stays, you won’t have to leave anything at home with this duffel bag.

Bold contrast between your pants and your shoes is a great decision. You will be the fashion statement.

Having to take your iPad everywhere does not mean you have to make it without style. This is the perfect gadget.



Photos: Courtesy of Polo Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith, Arm Revolution, Jil Sander, Richard Mille, Chopard, Orlebar Brown, A. Testoni, Thomas Pink, Hermès and Tod´s.


10 Bold color This is the perfect example how you can go for colors on your outfit. Loafers are the best shoes for sunny and warm days because you don’t have to wear socks at all. All eyes will be on you because they are spectacular.

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Spring is here! WITH A QUICK GLANCE to the latest fashion, we show you the different looks that are making a statement during this season. Pale tones and grays stand out in men’s fashion. Olive green and ash blue give a touch of elegance to any piece, from formal to street casual. Fitted clothing that give shape to the body are coming strong now, as well as light fabrics like cotton and linen. Marine styles and their characteristic color combinations are also making a comeback.

1. Comfort & fashion The stylish beat for this spring/summer are these colorful shoes. These are really comfy and flashy, but not tacky.

2. Effortlessly cool Photos: Courtesy of Vicomte-a, Carolina Herrera, The Fedora Store, y Carrera Sport.

You don’t have to be risky, like everybody thinks, to wear a fedora. Feel the spring with a straw one.

3. Retro looking Shades are the most versatile accessory, because you can wear them on any season of the year. Go with an original style.




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4. Chic touch Tennis aire usually casual, but sometimes they are helpful with more formal looks. Equally spectacular both with slacks and jeans, they give life to everything you wear. These come in white with color stripes.

5. Fresh Scent

Photos: Courtesy of Carolina Herrera, Purificaci贸n Garc铆a, Paul Smith, Creed Perfumes, Coach.

We all like to smell good. In fact, we may try on a lot of colognes before we find the one that fits our mood at the moment. creedperfumes.usa

6. Upcoming trip It does not have to be the biggest bag in the world for packing all your stuff, the best way to move around during your next trip is to go light. To avoid stains choose a dark one.




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the history behind the sleeping beauty

This popular nighTwear has

the trend of wearing silk pants and shirt— instead of a nightgown—caught on. But for women it was very different. Night fashion for women can be traced to the early Middle Ages. The chemise, a medium length tunic worn by many of the ancient cultures in the Middle East, was probably the first nightwear worn by women. It was in the 18th century, when French people came up with the negligee, but it was not the sexy garment of today. It was a long, heavy and practical gown used to keep warm during the winter. In the 19th century females started wearing nightgowns, which were the natural evolution of the chemise. Women did not wear two-piece pajamas until the 50’s, when women were started wearing pants more often. Although during this time, children of both genders wore pj’s to bed, it was until the late 60’s that pajamas suits made especially for women were released. Nowadays you can choose from a wide variety of colors, fabrics and textures. Do not forget: you must look for nightwear that makes you feel comfy and sexy, this way you will reflect your style and character, even in your dreams.

Photos: Courtesy of Frette.

its own interesting history. Even though pajamas were widely appreciated during the Ottoman Empire, where really wide pajama pants were worn to keep the legs warm, their real origin can be traced back to India. As a part of the traditional Indian garment this kind of pant were named as Peyjama, which is the Persian word for leg garment— So, you were right, there is a slight similarity between your pj’s and Indian cloths. Nowadays pajamas have become a very popular garment, this wouldn’t have happened without the British East India Company. When India’s territories were under the sovereignty of the British Crown, English settlers adopted this comfortable garment. Soon it was brought to England. It was popularized as a nightwear worn only by the royalty and the aristocrats, who transformed it into a plush version of the pajama that looked like a sleepwear gown. Before the pajamas arrived to the Western world, men used to sleep with huge nightshirts, but it wasn’t until the early 20th century when

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The Scent of a Goddess PARFUMS CHANEL


Photos: Courtesy of Chanel.

a woman without boundaries who became a role model, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883–1971) deserves special recognition. Her life is the sto-

ry of one of the most powerful and fascinating women entrepreneurs. A fighter by nature, Coco was an orphan that became an haute couture designer. She lost her mother when she was twelve years old, and one week later her father abandoned her. Until she was seventeen in 1900, Gabrielle Chanel was educated at a convent orphanage ran by nuns. The difficulties of her early life inspired her to pursue a radically different lifestyle, first on the stage, where she was given the nickname “Coco,” then as a milliner and finally as an outstanding fashion designer. She also made a groundbreaking entrance into the field of perfumery. Coco loved fragrance and her sense of smell was extraordinary. She believed that the droplets of perfume applied behind the ear, on the back of a wrist and in the hollow of a shoulder, were a must for any elegant woman. Why was her first perfume named N°5? Nobody really knows. Some say that number 5 was her

lucky number; others believe that Ernest Beaux developed several formulas and Coco chose the test sample N°5. On 4 April 1924, Parfums Chanel was established, with Gabrielle Chanel a ten-percent owner. She would complain about the size of this share the rest of her life, but the truth is that her ten-percent share made her wealthy. This first perfume is still sold today with slight changes in image and smell, but without losing the very essence of the product. Chanel N°5 is the first perfume in the floral-aldehyde group and the one with more aldehydes in its composition. The top notes are composed of aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli and ylang-ylang; the heart of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris, while the base includes vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli. N°5 was the first of a wide range of fragrances for the fashion house, which encompasses Coco Mademoiselle, Chance, Allure and Cristalle, N°19 among many others that match the taste of any woman.

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Man of style ExprEssions

Nacho Figueras Professional Polo Player

Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras is the most popular Polo player ever. His face is on every magazine as the ambassador of Ralph Lauren Fragrances’ World of Polo and Lauren’s Black Label clothing collection; his playing kit is on display at the American Museum of Natural History; and he has appeared in issues of Vanity Fair, The New York Times Style and The Hamptons Magazine. Here we present an abstract of his life in his own words. BY dIANA VARgAS.

I’m passionate about horses. They are fundamental in Polo’s world, they are an essential part of the game, therefore the possibility of your team’s success depends on your ride. The secret is to achieve a perfect symbiosis between horse and rider, as equals; in this relation no one is stronger. You have to get along with the ten horses in the game. I own 200 horses and we never argue. Four years ago I began breeding thoroughbred horses in my ranch outside of Buenos Aires, some are Argentinean and some are American.

nacho figueras enjoys The adrenaline-charged sporT. he loves speed and flirTing wiTh danger, jusT like a parT of The maTch. Adrenaline turns me on. I love riding because I get a rush of energy through my

body, I imagine that is what an F1 driver experiences at 155 miles per hour, with someone following him and getting closer and closer. It is exciting. That constant flirt with danger is what fulfills me in life.

buT nacho figueras is noT all abouT polo, of course he loves The game and Thinks parT of his life mission is To increase The sporT’s populariTy. he also has a susTained inTeresT in archiTecTure and arTs. I am a true art and architecture enthusiast. I travel a lot, and during my travels I have had the opportunity to meet many famous and prominent personalities, such as artist collectors and architects from around the world. I admire Jackson Pollock, Basquiat and Jeff Koons as well as the works of Luis Barragán, Tadao Ando and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

This sTylish man feels ThaT iT is beTTer To be overdressed Than underdressed. The beautiful concepts of classical and elegant have already been corrupted. I always try to go back to classic elegance in my outfits, therefore I prefer to be overdressed than looking shabby. For me, being elegant is something natural. I never wear pants for traveling, I prefer to go with a blazer or a suit. I like my suits to be Italian tailored, and I like them most when they are fitted.

This handsome man knows ThaT a good waTch is The perfecT piece To reflecT your personaliTy. A watch is the perfect jewelry piece for men, it is the only jewel that men must wear. I like Piaget’s pieces, and also Jaeger LeCoultre’s Reverso Squadra Chronograph GMT Palermo Open—an excellent piece.

Photo: Courtesy of L´Oreal/Polo Ralph Lauren.

his fashion-modeling gig is linked To his passion for horses.

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All you need for getting the most out of this seasons. Discover the world on board of Cunard’s MS Queen Victoria or sip Dom Pérignon’s tribute to Andy Warhol.







Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic; The Pelican Hill at Newport.

The Santé Restaurant at Sonoma and, the Napa Valley Grille at Westwood, California.

Sedan Royalty: these cars are the sum of luxury and performance.

Have a taste whenever the opportunity arises, theres are Pure Mezcales!

We present you the best beach hideaways. Each one is an open invitation to enjoy the sun.


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It’s Vegas Baby!

With its golden façade arching toWard the sky, Wynn Las Vegas provides a unique fusion of nature and luxury. Flowers bloom throughout the Wynn property, both living and as part of the design. The interior has some superior moments, including considerable use of natural light (via various skylights and atriums), unusual in this town and most welcome, and a floral motif reflected in eye-catching brightly hued floor mosaics, artistic fresh-flower arrangements throughout, and, best of all, the atrium that runs down the center features frequently changed displays. The marriage of luxury and nature at Wynn Las Vegas does not end with the resort’s main level. Guests ascending the 50-story hotel tower will discover rooms designed with floor-to-ceiling windows (west side shows off the mountain and waterfalls; east side, the golf course); deeply comfortable beds, with high-thread-count sheets and feather beds atop good-quality mattresses, plus down comforters; flatscreen TVs; and excellent up-to-theminute bathrooms, complete with quite long and deep tubs. Take note of the silky-satiny robes and plush velour slippers. All the rooms are done in shades that happily break the recent trend toward bland parchment tones. Located on the main casino floors, the collection of games at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore includes Blackjack Switch, Craps, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Crazy 4 Poker. A range of Slots and Video games where you can bet from 1 cent on up to $5,000 and somewhere in all of these games you are sure to find

your favorite one. In Wynn’s Race & Sports Book you can enjoy the excitement of wagering on current and future U.S. sporting and racing events in their comfortable lounge setting. Your dining experience will never be the same after dining at one of the Wynn Restaurants. The Alex restaurant, serving French cuisine, received the highest ratings that can be achieved by a restaurant with its Mobil 5 Star and AAA Five Diamond awards. Okada with Japanese cuisine, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare with Italian cuisine, Wing Lei with Chinese cuisine and the SW Steakhouse serving Steak and Seafood are also superior dining options. At the Wynn there are two great shows: Le Rêve, a show of aerobatics and acrobatics that take place over and in a beautiful pool of water, the sublime creation of Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone; and Spamalot that was taken from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with this deliriously funny show, the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are on a quest for the Holy Grail. Do not forget to stop by one of the six Bars and Lounges for a little nightlife entertainment. Where else but the Wynn Las Vegas can a shopper leave a hotel with Manolo Blahniks and a brand new Ferrari? The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. The resort is also home to the Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati dealership and showroom.

Photos: Courtesy of Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC.

a dramatic fuSion of nature and luxury

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Dom Pérignon 2002

Photos: Courtesy of Dom Pérignon and Sotheby’s.

a well-deserved tribute to andy warhol

Andy WArhol, the most important figure of Pop Art, continues to inspire creativity in artists two decades after his death. Most recently it has been found in the creation of an exclusive collection of three bottles by the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design and Dom Pérignon paying tribute to one of the most illustrious artists of the 20th century. On March 8th, 1981, Warhol wrote in his diary: “Went to the gallery where they were having a little exhibition of the glittery Shoes, and had to do interviews and pics for the German newspaper and then we had to go back to the hotel and be picked up by the 2,000 people—it’s a club of twenty guys who got together and they’re going to buy 2,000 bottles of Dom Pérignon which they will put in a sealed room until the year 2000 and then open it up and drink it and so the running joke is who will be around and who

won’t...” Andy had just returned from Munich where he had had a show, and was recounting what he had seen. He once said that he had been to thousands of parties in his life. Specifically, he liked to go to New York’s Studio 54 in the late 1970’s, the wildest and most theatrical club of the period

(along with Le Palace in Paris), and drink Dom Pérignon with his friends. For this reason the brand commemorates Warhol with three unique bottles. Each has its own distinct label presented in red, blue or yellow. The boxes also exhibit colors such as cyan, red, violet, emerald green, lilac and yellow, paying homage to Warhol’s iconic color games. Just like those bottles stored by Warhol and his friends, Vintage 2002 of this collection has traveled from darkness to light. Just like all Dom Perignon’s champagnes, this one was created on grapes grown in the eight grand crus, as well as in the mythical grand cru of Hautvillers. The bubbles in this blend of 45 percent Chardonnay and 55 percent Pinot Noir are a signature of the house. The aroma of white pepper and gardenia defines the wine’s scent, while hints of dried ginger and pear dance on the

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Puntacana Resort & Club

Two exceptional hotels, two wonderful golf courses and a nature reserve are just some of the enchantments you will find at the Puntacana Resort & Club. by Paulina DelgaDo

TorTuga Bay is an exclusive small hotel whose interiors have been designed by Oscar de la Renta and the Punta Cana Hotel and offers luxury accommodations overlooking the sea, as part of the Puntacana Resort & Club. The resort is located on a 26 square mile property of lush Caribbean landscapes. Besides beautiful Dominican Beaches, there are great golf courses. Tom Fazio’s Corales Golf Course, P.B. Dye’s La Cana Golf Course and Hacienda, and another Dye’s Course soon to be opened. In addition to these stunning golf courses you

will find three exclusive residential communities, the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, a Six Senses Spa and eight restaurants. These are all conveniently located near the Punta Cana International Airport, which is the world’s first privately owned International airport. The development of this destination dates back to 1969 when Dominican businessman Frank R. Rainieri and Theodore W. Kheel, a prominent New York attorney and labor mediator, created a partnership to construct a resort and real estate community that re-

spected the natural habitat while offering a world-class vacation experience.

PunTacana HoTel Set along three miles of pristine white beaches, the Puntacana Hotel is the ideal setting for a romantic escape. The hotel offers 170 accommodations. You will find comfort, luxury and hospitality everywhere. Junior and Deluxe Suites are located in the main building, while the Beach Casitas are enclosed in a grove of coconut trees overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Photos: Courtesy of Puntacana Resort & Club/Evan Shiller for Puntacana Resort & Club.

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At Puntacana Hotel guests are provided with world-class resort experience, with miles of lush tropical gardens and a truly outstanding service. No matter what you need, the staff will be more than happy to assist you.

TorTuga Bay Tortuga Bay is the first hotel in the Dominican Republic and one of only four in the Caribbean to ever receive the AAA Five Diamond Award, a distinction reserved to hotels and restaurants that exemplify the highest level of excellence in every facet of operation. Tortuga Bay offers 30 suites in 13 Villas situated on a private beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Each villa has been designed by the world-renowned Oscar de la Renta—who has chosen this place as his own Dominican retreat. The resort’s residential side has attracted homeowners such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Julio Iglesias, to name a few. On-site water sports include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and boating, plus scuba and deep-sea fishing. Just offshore is an eight kilometer coral reef and a sunken 220 foot cargo ship. On land, at the private nature reserve you can swim, visit the petting zoo, play tennis, dive in two swimming pools or do a little horseback riding. With all these attributes, it is almost mandatory to visit Punta Cana Resort & Club. Puntacana Resort & Club. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Phone: 888 442 2262

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Divine Dining

Santé ReStauRant is the Inn’s premier dining room and has earned a national reputation for its outstanding food. In 2004, when the French chef Bruno Tison took over this restaurant at the historic Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, he set his sights high, with a creative menu that paired French flavors with American favorites. The gamble seems to have paid off: the restaurant received a Michelin star last year—one of only four in Sonoma County to be awarded the distinction. Santé is a beautifully lit restaurant with a semi-formal but “wine-country casual” atmosphere, tucked inside the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. You don’t need to be a guest at this historic property to taste the artistry, but after tucking in to a satisfying meal and polishing off one of the several bottles of wine, you might just want to retire to a room in the hotel. Smiling staff set the tone at this laid back, yet luxurious restaurant. Only the freshest local produce, meats, poultry and seafood are used to create elegantly simple dishes that let the natural flavors of the food speak

for themselves. Amuse-bouche such as a wide spoon of parsnip foam (actually a delicate mousse) and asparagus en gelée topped with goat cheese signal an elevated experience of seasonal delights. Crack through a wispy brown sugar shell hinting of caraway to plow for creamy caramelized onion risotto, or indulge in meaty pork belly and root vegetables. A pristine Parma ham broth glorifies ling cod with chive gnocchi. Even the bread basket, which showcases the talents of a local bakery, is beyond compare. The menu features à la carte selections, though a tasting menu is available nightly for those who can get the group to agree. The wine list, honored with Wine Spectator’s ‘Award of Excellence,’ offers over 500 different types of domestic and Californian selections. Don’t pass up the superb desserts—also from the hands of the chef; in particular, warm chestnut milk with chestnut dumpling or a plate of chocolate treats. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Sonoma, California, 95476 Phone: (707) 938 9000

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Santé, at Sonoma miSSion inn and Spa

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Sedan Royalty

Aston Martin Rapide In spite of the fact that traditionally, by strict definition, the descriptions “four-door” and “sports car” are contradictions in terms to the sports car purist, these cars really do seem to have knocked out yet another new niche in the luxury/performance car landscape.

Let’s start with the newborn Aston Martin Rapide. Although officially launched in September 2010 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the car had already been exhibited in 2006 as a concept car at the Auto Show in Detroit. Functional yet luxurious, the elegant Rapide provides space for up to four adults. As the marque’s first production four-door sports car, Rapide encapsulates core values of power, beauty and soul; four ‘swan wing’ doors provide access to cosseting sports seats both front and rear bestowing occupants with ample accommodation. Comfort and support is supplied in the form of two hand trimmed individual seats and a personal face-level heating and air conditioning system. The luggage compartment features a movable bulkhead to permit access from the rear cabin while the rear seats fold flat at the touch of a button to create a flat loading space increasing the luggage compartment from 317 litres to 886 litres. The front mid-mounted 6.0 litre V12 engine which sits at the heart of Rapide produces 470 bhp (477 PS / 350 kW) with peak power being delivered at 6000 rpm and 600 Nm (443 lbft) and peak torque at 5000 rpm: the resultant 0-60 mph time is 5.1 seconds. The standard six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission has been calibrated

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Test Drive Spirit to ensure that the additional weight of Rapide has had a minimal impact on fuel economy, emissions and performance. The system also includes a ‘Sport’ mode—activated by a button on the centre console—which engages a more aggressive gear shift strategy as gear changes feel sharper and more forceful, engine speed matching on downshifts is more aggressive and in full automatic mode, upshifts occur at higher speeds. Protecting passengers in the event of an accident, a total of eight airbags are strategically located throughout the cabin. Restraint sensors around the vehicle help Rapide decide not only which airbag to deploy but also how aggressively depending on the severity of impact, ensuring that Rapide is one of the safest sports cars on the road. As you might guess, the Rapide is by no means cheap, but the price includes a whole slew of standard equipment, including a 6-CD autochanger and MP3 connectivity, Bluetooth, powerfold mirrors, HDD satellite navigation, and, critically, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Porsche Panamera

Photos: Courtesy of Porsche AG0.

A TRIBUTE TO LA CARRERA PANAMERICANA Developed completely new from the ground up, the Panamera sets new standards in its class not only through supreme performance combined with low fuel consumption, but also through an exclusive range of features and equipment. Showing their usual feeling of design, Porsche’s design specialists have succeeded in making the Panamera a brand-new and truly unique model and, at the same time, a typical Porsche all the way. Right from the start the Panamera stands out through its proportions. Developed consistently as a four-seater, this unique Sedan goes its own way also in interior design and comfort. Despite its unmistakably low and stretched silhouette, the Panamera measuring 4.97 metres (195.7”) in length but only 1.42 metres (55.9”) in height offers genuine space and grace on all four seats. Efficiency is of fundamental significance both with the Panamera and with Porsche’s sports cars in general. Precisely this is why the car comes with Direct Fuel Injection, low-friction drive systems and a lightweight body. The core technologies of the new Panamera include no less than five innovations offered for the first time in a luxury performance production model: this sedan features for the first time a Start Stop system in conjunction with automatic transmission, adaptive air suspension with additional air volume in each spring, as well as active aerodynamics provided by the rear spoiler moving up auto-

matically and adjustable in its angle, and has the first Sports Chrono Package in this market segment. The latter gives the engine, suspension and transmission, as well as other components, an even more sporting set-up and, in conjunction with PDK, features the special Launch Control function for acceleration to 100 km/h from a standstill another 0.2 seconds faster.

A MUSCULAR, SELF-ASSURED PRESENCE Ultimate luxury and comfort on four wheels is what you experience when in Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The S-Class 500, the largest sedan in the Mercedes-Benz line up, offers a generous cabin space, with ample legroom, to all its occupants. State-of-the-art technology has been used in the engineering of this vehicle. Backed by a powerful engine, killer looks and high-tech features, Mercedes-Benz S-Class astounds everyone. The modified design reflects the effortless superiority and power of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It is characterised by the more pronounced arrow-shape of the radiator grille, plus a new front bumper with a discreet light-catching contour and a chrome strip below the cooling air intakes. Detailed fine-tuning of the engine has been supplemented with addition fuel economy measures as part of the BlueEfficiency package. These include aerodynamic optimisation, demand-controlled fuel pumps and the fuel-efficient gearshift programme for the stan-

The Panamera is the fourth model line from the Stuttgart carmaker following the 911, the Boxster and the Cayenne. The new car’s name is derived from the legendary Carrera Panamericana longdistance race.

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Mercedes Benz Clase S 500

MASERATI’S MOST POWERFUL SEDAN EVER The Quattroporte Sport GT S is the most exciting combination of luxury sedan and performance sports car that Maserati has ever produced. The designers at Pininfarina have succeeded in their aim of giving the car a sportier edge whilst preserving the integrity of the original design. The new grille is the most obvious exterior change. It is now wider and has vertical slats that echo the GranTurismo, whilst its black finish maintains the original styling cues. Turning to the bodywork, the sweeping wing mirrors are more aerodynamic. The shape of the body below the doors lends the

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dard 7G-tronic automatic transmission. These measures also have enabled Mercedes-Benz developers to go green by reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to seven percent compared to the preceding models. By means of additional wellaimed aerodynamic measures, the Mercedes-Benz engineers have also managed to reduce wind noise, thus further enhancing the standard of ride comfort. A world-first combination of state-of-the-art assistance and protection systems is available for this Sedan. The new assistance systems turn the car into an “intelligent” partner for their drivers. The car is able to respond “instinctively” to detected dangers and to act “on its own initiative” in order to avoid accidents or to reduce the severity of accidents. Moreover, with the drowsiness detection system attention assist, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500 has a very sensitive feel for the attention level of its driver, and warns him in good time when he becomes drowsy.

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new model a more purposeful look. The car appears poised as if on the starting blocks, ready for action with its racier set-up perfectly complementing the new 440 bhp power unit. The car exudes speed even when it is stationary. The Quattroporte Sport GT S comes with two new types of 20” wheel rim: Multi Trident rims in light aluminium alloy as an option and seven-spoke light alloy rims that have undergone the ‘Dark Chrome’ treatment. The seats, which are state of the art in terms of ergonomics and comfort, have a stylised M for Maserati on the backs. The central sections of the seats are upholstered in perforated Alcantara, for optimal breathability and a firm support during hard cornering. The interior finishes on this version are a celebration of technology and workmanship. The material used is the groundbreaking TitanTex, an ultra-lightweight aluminium-coated titanium fibre fabric, made even more special by a specific processing, which gives the in-

terior a high-tech, high-performance look, as well as a shinier, more three-dimensional overall appearance. The new Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S comes with a high performance braking system developed by Brembo. Capable of 440 HP at 7,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 490 Nm at 4,750 rpm, it raises the car’s performance to unprecedented levels. These figures have been achieved not only by modifying the engine’s electronic control parameters, but also through in-depth development of the racing exhaust system, a real jewel of engineering. The new model uses front and rear lights that have been developed to offer only the best in each individual function. The use of LEDs makes a big impact on the car and is one of the elements that link this model to the Maserati GranTurismo. The most important lighting functions have been improved. The front xenon cluster now boasts the Adaptive Light Control system. This produces a brighter and clearer beam compared to conventional bulbs.

During its six years of life, the Maserati Quattroporte has received no less than fifty six awards from the most prestigious automotive and lifestyle publications in fourteen countries over in four continents.

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Pershing 58’

the beSt place to enjoy a SunSet cocktail Pershing 58’ is a classic motor

The boat has a double layout: the standard has three cabins, a full beam master cabin and two guest cabins, a VIP one at the stern and a guest cabin with twin beds at the starboard of the boat; the optional includes two cabins, the ship owner’s full beam cabin and the VIP cabin at the stern. Both versions have a crew cabin. The deck area, spacious for a relaxing alfresco dining and sunbathing, is very comfortable and is distinguished by the attention given to the detail and the choice of materials, from the use of oak as the dominant essence to the choice of the ecru carpet for the flooring of the cabin and the dinette. The area occupied by the dinette features new painted finishes, which give the interiors a contemporary imprint. Similarly, opaque finishes were used in the rest rooms. The boat, with an

18-meter long hull, reaches a maximum velocity of 48 knots and cruising velocity of 44 with two MAN engines of 1360 mph each and surface propellers. The continued new direction from Pershing is attracting much deserved attention and performance is the central focus of the Italian builder and its recent launches and the 58’ continues this interesting trend. And true to its Pershing lineage, this yacht is like a floating hotel with relaxing and cozy ambience.

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yacht which combines intense levels of performance, a multifaceted character and luxurious comfort, with the white pearl hull, a distinguishing characteristic of the new Pershing models. Characterized by large volumes and complete luminosity due to the direct contact with the sea, the yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni, the stylist of the project, once again stresses the ‘family feeling’ concept that guided the stylistic choices of the new restyling. In total keeping with Pershing’s style, the painstaking design of the Pershing 58’s internal and external layouts has resulted in remarkable interiors and an optimum use of space for a craft of this size. With the distinct personality of its design, the Pershing 58’, has a harmonious profile made more aggressive by its side band and black inserts.

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The blissful touch

MirAMonTe reSorT & SpA

The ApuAne SpA

hoTeL principe Di SAVoiA, MiLAno

At the Miramonte Resort & Spa you will find The Well, the highest rated luxury spa in the Palm Springs area, where you can enjoy signature spa services in an intimate, Tuscan-style setting. Atmosphere, ambience, environment, mood… whatever you want to call it, the feeling you get in this truly magnificent spa is like you have stepped into a tranquil oasis. Distinctive outdoor and indoor treatments are available to enliven your senses and bring relaxation and rejuvenation to both body and spirit.

From time to time, the self needs solitude and peace to recharge its batteries. The word apuane means “healing waters,” and it is around this concept that the Apuane Spa was created—as a tranquil oasis where the cares of the world are left behind. Spa experts are on hand to tailor customized treatments and therapies to fit your needs . They will pamper you while you enjoy full body revitalization.

At the breathtaking Club 10 Fitness & Beauty Center located on the top floor of the Hotel Principe di Savoia you will immerse in an oasis of beauty and total well-being. Skin professionals will pamper you with special personalized treatments and absolutely delicate and natural products. The Club 10 offers exclusive products, based on the most advanced scientific research and technology, selected to suit your specific requirements.

45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210 Phone: (760) 341-2200

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Terre eT Mer

While seated comfortably, warm plaster is applied to the torso, smoothed to conform to your unique shape. Once dry, this heirloom sculpture is presented as a take-home memento to honor the amazing transformation of your beautiful body. This is pure rejuvenation from the inside out.

This soothing treatment for couples starts with a rich chocolate scrub using pure Mexican cocoa grains, which is followed by a wrap and a refreshing chocolate mini-facial. The experience concludes with a warm stone massage using chocolate oil. Afterwards, cuddle under the stars on the private terrace, where you will enjoy the finest champagne and a chocolate fondue with a selection of fruit.



AroMASouL orienTAL

The Well version of Thai Massage, which is also known as Lazy Man’s Yoga, adapted to the table, consists of a meditative series of gentle stretches and compressions to enhance flexibility as well as the flow of energy. This rhythmic experience is performed clothed and any feelings of blocked chakras and stagnation in the body are opened and energy is released.

This rejuvenating massage involves the application of a warm meringue made of cactus, tuna, and pulque, using various massages techniques. It also involves using the nopal paddies themselves to apply the meringue directly on to the skin. The nopal, is well known for its many healing properties. It will help to remove toxins and re-hydrate your skin leaving you feeling completely rejuvenated.

This 55-minute treatment will take you on a journey to the Indian, Mediterranean, Oriental and Arabian traditions. The Amasoul Oriental is a unique system of ritual scrubs with a blend of essential oil of ylang ylang combined with mimosa, jasmine and vanilla aromatic extracts, to rebalance the body and soothe skin irritations, while providing relaxation and mood-enhancement.


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Punta Mita, Bahía de Banderas, Mexico, 63734 Phone: (329) 291-6000

Softness, hydration and comfort will be the result of this treatment. The Terre et Mer has been designed to put your skin completely at rest. Soothing or anti-ageing, depending on the needs of the skin, the beauty effects are instant: perfectly nourished and hydrated, the skin is incredibly soft and rested. The complexion is radiant. You will feel gorgeous.

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Ilegal Mezcal añejo This double distillation of agave from Oaxaca, evokes a sour, smoky flavor. The sourness has become sweet, providing a polished refinement worthy of a martini glass. The añejo is especially notable, with accents of toasted marshmallow and cotton candy.

pure mezcales Think of mezcal (also known as mescal) as you would a single malt scotch, or better yet when comparing red wines of different vintages from the regions of France. Or perhaps grape varietals from the diversity of valleys and coastal areas in Australia. Forget about the worm for the time being, and forever the reputation with the college crowd of mezcal’s better known sister, tequila. BY AlejAndro M. GArcíA

THe aNcIeNT mezcal BeVeraGe Is imbued with the mysteries and magic of the civilizations that have inhabited the Mexican territory. Grand dame of Mexican cuisine, this beverage is extracted from the agave plant which appeared in America 8 million years ago. The agave plant has supplied food, drink and dress to the inhabitants of the area for the past 10 thousand years. Furthermore, as is supported by a study of the Chicago Tasting Institute in 2005, mezcal is one of

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Desires SPIRITS the most perfect beverages for human intake due to their particular molecular chain. This plant is characterized by its large fleshy leaves with spears on the ends. At its center there is a bulb (called a pina) containing the fluid that will become the mezcal. The growth of the stem is patiently waited by the farmers. It takes about seven years for the plant to mature and finally prepare for harvesting. In Oaxaca, where the tradition of making the best mezcal flourishes, three words are key to approach the origin of this drink: espadín, arroquense and tobalá. Each refers to three species of agave that, once fermented and distilled, produce as many varieties of mezcal. Espadín and arroquense are the product of the cultivated plant, while tonalá is a wild agave. Different kinds of mezcal have their own particular characteristics. Younger mezcales may

have slight tones of wood, smoke, aromatic herbs, highlighting the maguey and citrus flavor. In turn, the mezcal añejo shows the same tones as well as aromas and flavors characteristic of the maguey worm. Generally, the worm is added to mezcal when it is being bottled and connoisseurs say that it gives the beverage a slightly salty taste. This worm tradition has led to the creation of a salt that is obtained by crushing the maguey worms. To understand the richness of mezcal it is important to emphasize that only the finest organic agaves can be used for the development of this superior drink. Regardless of any preconceived notions you might have about mezcal, have a taste whenever the opportunity arises, if only enough to discern differences and develop a palate for one or more types you prefer from the broad array of flavors, agings and degrees of smokiness.

MEZCAL MAYA Aged in oak barrels, Maya mezcal produces a sophisticated, mellow and balanced flavor with extraordinary smoothness. This premium mezcal is made with the finest, mature, hand selected, Oaxaca Valley Agave. Nothing compares to this rich and well rounded mezcal.

Photos: Courtesy of Ilegal Mezcal, Maya Mezcal, Los Danzantes, Métl Mezcal.

LOS DANZANTES MEZCAL REPOSADO Los Danzantes mezcal is made in old double-distillation pot stills. Fullflavored and sweet, the Danzantes roasting pit fired with mesquite adds a deep smoky richness. The French Troncais oak used for the reposado lends a lovely softness. The finish is graceful and long.

MÉTL 2012 REPOSADO A mezcal aged six months in American oak barrels. The aging allows this fine Mezcal to develop a light, smooth character with earthy undertones and a fiery finish. Best enjoyed as a sipping Mezcal or mixed in your favorite cocktail.

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Beach Hideaways

If you do not want to spend your Spring holidays in a crummy, old hotel, take a look to Equ’s selection of the best beach hideaways. Each is one is an open invitation to enjoy tropical delights. FLORIDA’S PALM BEACH IS A WONDERFUL AMERICAN BEACH. For the past 150 years this renowned paradise in a barrier island about 17 miles long, has been the favorite holiday escape of tycoons, artists and politicians. Today Palm Beach has all the facilities of mainland, so much so that you will easily forget that you are on an island. What once was a difficult to access, isolated area, today has become a mandatory tourist destination. Thanks to the efforts and vision of Henry Morrison Flagler—tycoon and partner of Standard Oil— Palm Beach has turned into a hot spot for the rich and famous. After building the Royal Poinciana, his first hotel, Flagler ventured in 1896 on developing the Palm Beach Inn, which later became The Breakers, a luxury resort where you must stay during your next Palm Beach break. The Breakers does not only have a private beach, but also features five outdoor pools that face the Atlantic Ocean, four whirlpools, and a beach club designed in a Mediterranean style, the perfect French Riviera evocation. The spa at the Breakers is the ideal place to watch the ocean while enjoying a relaxing experience. Since this treatment center is not limited by conventions, they even offer massages and relaxing treatments by the moonlight. The beach resort is not just a privileged place in the exclusive island; it is a unique combination of elegance and sensual pleasures. For those who enjoy haute cuisine The Breakers is a paradise of flavors. With nine restaurants and five bars, this resorts offers a wide range of exquisite dishes and cocktails that are worth trying. The Breakers invite you to immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind experience and take pleasure in an unparalleled array of on-site activities and oceanfront amenities, which are part of the charm of this hotel in Palm Beach, one of the best beach destinations in the world.



LOCATED ON THE FRENCH WEST ISLANDS stands St. Barths, a small rocky island at the East of the Virgin Islands, about 125 miles from Puerto Rico and 15 miles from St. Marteen. This chic Caribbean getaway is a popular stop for those who enjoy gourmet restaurants, designer boutiques and gorgeous beaches. Since the 50’s, St. Barths has turned into a hot spot for movie stars and millionaires. Tycoons from around the word just love to visit this beautiful sandy retreat, so around 1970 St. Barths became the new St. Tropez, attracting European visitors and French entrepreneurs that moved to the island to build hotels, start restaurants and open boutiques. Just like a little French villa, St. Barths has a chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere and an attitude that embraces the best things in life. The best place to try this exclusive ambiance is the Hotel Guanahani & Spa, a member of the leading small hotels of the world. This resort—opened in 1986—is a Creole style hotel. The ambience is restful and relaxed. The bungalow style accommodations present the guest with a colorful design: the cottages are painted in bright colors like yellow, indigo and purple. Each one features a terrace and a private garden, and there are 14 bungalows that have their own pool. The French contemporary style is a constant that brings together the whole concept of this getaway retreat, resulting in a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere created thanks to the dark hardwood floors, lime and plum walls and the perfect traditional white cotton fabrics. The Clarins Spa features eleven treatment rooms, some of which face two white sand beaches, one providing full service on the calm waters of the reef-protected lagoon, the other being Marechal Beach on the ocean side of Marigot Bay. Watersport activities are available including jet skiing, windsurfing, and kayaking, while beachfront restaurant Indigo, serves a daily changing line-up international fare. Do not forget to try the Barto, which offers a gourmet menu full of French delicacies.

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A TRUE PARADISE IS HIDDEN in French Polynesia: Bora Bora. Formed by an extinct volcano, this atoll is surrounded by small islets called motus, surrounded in turn by a calm turquoise lagoon. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora stands on a private motu. Such paradise in the midst of the tropical seas can be reached by flying to Faa’a International Airport, located on Papeete, Tahiti. From there you must get on board of a domestic flight directed to the serene haven of Bora Bora. Upon arrival to the private island that hosts the Four Seasons, you will find 121 accommodations spread around the Bora Bora lagoon and its beaches. Some of them are over water bungalows. Also there are seven villas located on a narrow private beach, from which you can appreciate incredible views of the sea and the Otemanu Mount. No mater what accommodations you choose, you will find that the Four Seasons on Bora Bora is a resort where every single detail exudes perfection. Whether you have a deep bathtub next to your bungalow or a private pool in front of your villa, the feeling of resting at the water surrounded by the cool breeze of the lagoon will stay with you even when you leave the island. For a complete Bora Bora experience we recommend a visit to the tree-Kahaia-inspired spa. Natural ingredients from the French Polynesia such as monoi, tamanu, kahaia and vainila are mixed into powerful therapies, treatments to revitalize mind, body and spirit.

exclusive destinations in Australia. Its main attraction is the Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder that is worth visiting. The Whitsunday Islands, together with Hamilton Island, are part of the Queensland archipelago. If you want to admire the Great Barrier we suggest staying at qualia—which, by the way, is always written in lowercase—, a resort that puts the spectacular coral reef right at your stepdoor. Australian architect Chris Beckingham was in charge of the harmonious design of qualia. His goal was to create a luxurious native retreat to stimulate the guests’ senses and their capacity to admire nature. Here you will find three kinds of lodgings: Leeward and Windward pavilions, and the beach houses. If you choose to stay at one of the sixty pavilions, your accommodations will be spacious and exquisitely decorated. Whether your pavilion has a private terrace or pool, you can be sure that your Australia experience at qualia will be surrounded by luxury and stylish details. Leeward pavilions overlook the island and the coral reef, while from the Windwards you will appreciate the Whitsunday Island landscape. The beach houses combine the best in luxury and space, each one featuring a large master bedroom, a large private pool and a guesthouse. If you want to satisfy your appetite check out the Long Pavilion and the Pebble Beach. Both restaurants offer top quality cuisine on succulent dishes. qualia is also a place for entertainment and sport activities: you can go for a round of golf, try kayaking or diving on reefs, or exploring the Hamilton island.



BANYAN TREE SEYCHELLES SURROUNDED BY THE INDIAN OCEAN waters is the Republic of Seychelles, an archipelago comprised by 115 islands, a must for those looking for a break in a paradisiacal location. The archipelago is located at almost 932 miles from the east coast of Africa and the northwest of Madagascar. Mahé is the largest island of the archipelago, with almost 59.8 sq. miles. It is also the most important, because it hosts more than 90% of Seychelles’s population and it is where the capital, Victoria, is located. Here you will find the Banyan Tree Seychelles. This exclusive hotel offers relaxing accommodation by the renowned Intendence Bay beach. Honoring the prestige of the brand, the Banyan Tree fulfills all of its visitors expectations. It offers 60 exquisite Creole-style villas distributed along the bay, each one decorated with pieces of art crafts made with coco de mer. In each you will find a large master bedroom, a luxury bathroom and a private pool. You can choose between a Beachfront Spa Pool Villa or one of the four exclusive Pool Villas By-theRocks—which have a swimming pool, jacuzzi and a huge solarium, ideal for enjoying the magnificent Indian Ocean sunsets. The best Banyan Tree experience is hidden at the Presidential Villa residence. Located on the highest point of the bay this exclusive hideaway includes its own swimming pool, a spa and personalized service of Banyan’s staff that will take care of every single detail to make your visit an experience full of tropical romance.

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Queen Victoria

As CunArd Line’s motto reAds, these are the “Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World.” So, if you are looking for luxury over the waves and a devoted staff that will take care of every detail during your next vacations, MS Queen Victoria is the right choice for you. This huge ship joined the Cunard fleet in December 2007. Named after the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, this cruise’s design transports the passenger into a spirit of luxury. On the MS Queen Victoria you can expect a selection of pleasures that you will enjoy in an elegant and relaxed environment. Her facilities transform this ship into a floating island that can

accommodate 2,000 passengers, and provide them with wonderful culinary delights served at the nine restaurants on board. How about enjoying a drink and a cigar in the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar or inside the Churchill’s Cigar Lounge. Maybe you want to read a book—after all, she has a library with over 6,000 titles—or attend an exclusive theater performance at the Royal Court Theatre. You can also pamper yourself with the signature treatments of The Royal Spa, where (as its name suggests) you will be treated as a true member of the royal family. For your stay, you can choose from over a thousand cabins. However, we recommend

you to book the Queen Victoria Grand Suite or the Princess Grill Suite: both accommodations have large balconies, where it will be a delight to host a private dinner while enjoying the sea breeze. You will be treated lavishly with amenities such as bottles of champagne, fresh flowers in your room or a selection of custom pillows. Your transatlantic voyage will be a dream over the waves, thanks to your own butler, who will please each and every one of your wishes. You can travel as few as four days on this fantastic floating resort but, if you want unforgettable journey of luxury and relaxation in the ocean, you can even tour the world in 107 days.

Photos: Courtesy of Cunard Line.

More than a cruiSe: excellence at Sea.

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On the Road

Photos: Courtesy of Cervélo, Giro, Sidi Sport SRL.

essential iteMs for this sporty season

Cervelo P3 TT/TrI BIke. From all the bikes in the world there is one that stands out: Cervelo P3. This bike has won more time trials and triathlons than any other in history—by a country mile. Always imitated but never duplicated, the P3 is not only the most copied professional’s choice; it is also the most used bike at Ironman racing and time trialing ever by regular people. The P3 is part of the P-series, made for the battle against the clock from prologue to the Race Across America and from sprint triathlon to Ironman. The P3 unique geometric measures result on an aerodynamic design, ideal to reduce drag resistance and increase speed. The rider is placed on an extremely comfortable position for those long rides in beautiful landscapes in the city and in the countryside. Perfect for the road, made for the triathletes.

GIro Ionos HelmeT. Remember that dream where you were hitting the road and feeling the sea breeze in your hair? With the Ionos helmet you can now experience that same freedom but with a safety touch. Giro’s road cycling helmet is a ventilated technological piece. It is composed by a series of large vents with a helmet built around. The Ionos features an in-mold composite sub-frame, which supports the 21 vents, joined by strips of carbon fiber, that form the so-called Wind Tunnel Ventilation. The strips are hiding out under the microshell and hold the helmet together during and after an impact. The Ionos is a light helmet, which will keep you cool even on the hottest summer days, that is one of the many reasons why Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador, both Grand Tour Champions, had selected this indispensable road partner. as their best ally.

T2 CarBon sIdI CyClInG sHoes. It is usual for those who start biking to skip the importance of cycling shoes. However, they are essential to get support and the appropriate adjustment to the pedals. When buying cycling shoes, you must keep in mind that shoes should fit your foot shape, have a light sole and bring the foot closer to the pedal. Cyclists recognize Sidi for the quality of the materials, workmanship, and overall design of their shoes, reflecting the Italian love affair with footwear. The T2 Carbon, being triathlon specific, provide a comfortable precision shoe that allow the riders power to translate through the show to the pedal without wasted effort.

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Light Jets

TWO GREAT OPTIONS Bombardier Learjet 40 XR A star performer, the Learjet 40XR aircraft blends the beauty of its lineage with high performance advantages, innovative technology, and unmatched comfort to create a new generation in flight. Its clean-sheet design is poised to revolutionize the industry and enable the aircraft to span long distances with ease. The Learjet 40 XR cabin is twenty percent larger than that of any other light business jet. Learjet 40 XR is the tallest in its class, reflecting the aircraft’s premium status. Capitalizing on its 363 cubic feet (10.28 m3) volume, the aircraft’s large cabin offers more seating possibilities than you would expect in a light jet. Its flat floor throughout and “track and swivel” seating enables passengers to move comfortably throughout the aircraft. Every detail of the Learjet interior is painstakingly designed and completed to respond to your functional requirements and personal aesthetics. A dedicated Bombardier completions team will be assigned to see you through every phase, from the initial customer specification sessions, to the engineering and manufacturing of your aircraft and the meticulous crafting of the smallest cabin and cockpit details. Now, with an optional state-of-the-art Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS -LPV) capable Flight Management System

Are you interested in a private jet? Over the past few years, the popularity of private jets has increased. Many travelers don’t want to wait in long airport lines or deal with other airplane passengers. If you are one of those individuals, there is a good chance that you may be interested in reading this article. No matter if it is a business trip or a family holiday, with these light jets you will travel in style, just like you deserve. by ALEJANDRO M. GARCÍA

Specifications: Maximum range: 1,991 nautical miles High-speed: 535 mph Maximum operating altitude: 51,000 ft Takeoff distance: 4,680 ft Landing distance: 2,660 ft Passengers: Up to 6 + 1 Crew: 2 Price: $10.6M

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(FMS), the Learjet 40 XR aircraft provides greater power to pilots via enhanced navigation capabilities and increased landing flexibility. What’s more, the Learjet 40 XR is taking legendary performance even further with a range increase of 268 nautical miles. Flying at a brisk long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.75, this jet setter now soars 1,991 nautical miles nonstop, covering over 15% more distance than before.

Citation CJ4

Photos: Courtesy Cessna Aircraft Company.

Combining an ergonomic yet stylish cabin, state-of-the-art technological advancements and exceptional performance, the new CJ4 takes all the things that distinguish the CJ family and elevates them to entirely new levels. The CJ4 is brimming with bold ideas, subtle flourishes and smart, usable technological advancements that make it, without a doubt, the most advanced CJ ever. For this category of aircraft, the CJ4 flight deck is literally the finest in the world. The fully integrated Pro Line 21 avionics have been taken to new levels of user-friendliness and intuitive understanding. And while pilot workload has been reduced, the cockpit is highly conducive to the work that is required. It’s also extremely comfortable. The panel is tilted now, and toggle switches have been replaced with push buttons. The ramped pedestal contributes to the improved ergonomics as well. And the cockpit’s electrically heated windshields and side windows keep the flight deck whisper-quiet. The new CJ4 is not only the biggest CJ yet, but it also boasts the most stylishly decorated, ergonomically designed cabin ever. The CJ4 features a 17-foot cabin, nearly two feet longer than the CJ3. With all that area to work, your creativity will have plenty of room to make the space your very own. With this aircraft you will enjoy entertainment, the latest technology and plenty of space to move about the cabin.

Specifications: Maximum range: 2,002 nautical miles High-speed: 521 mph Maximum operating altitude: 45,000 ft Takeoff distance: 3,130 ft Landing distance: 2,700 ft Passengers: 7 Crew: 2 Price: $9.04M

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Divine Dining

Known for wine country inspired seasonal menus, the Napa Valley Grille at Westwood Village is a casual elegant restaurant. The flavors and warm hospitality of Napa have made of this place a gourmet headquarter. This rustic yet delightful restaurant is set up in a vineyard-inspired decoration. Candlelight, crisp white linen, and cozy booths add a touch of romance to the unpretentious space. In the main dining area, located beyond the lounge, a prominent fireplace stands out. The outside patio provides customers a welcome option on warm days. The most intimate space is the Tasting Room, a semi-private dining area that seats sixteen at a large table and features a wall of windows facing Westwood Street. Executive Chef Joseph Galliard has created a menu based on seasonal ingredients, so at Napa Valley Grill kitchen everything is fresh. The chef and the venue are com-

mitted to utilizing local ingredients, sustainably raised meats, and artisanal products on every single dish. You can be sure that the tomatoes in your Grilled Salmon Club or the horseradish in your Petit Veal Osso Bucco are as wholesome as if you had grown them yourself. A subtle French haute-cuisine touch is everywhere, a reflection of Chef Gilliard’s background. He fell in love with food and cooking at the age of five, watching Julia Child on television. His transition into a serious culinary career came in 1987 when he joined the kitchen staff of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since then he has worked for important kitchens such as Joachim Splichal’s Pinot Bistro in Studio City, the Patina Group and the Mirabelle on Sunset Strip. In 2007 he joined the Napa Valley Grille as Executive Chef. With his upbringing on the farm and strong relationships with California farmers, his culinary

signature is a perfect fit for the wine-country-cuisine style of this restaurant. At this venue wine is taken seriously. The selection includes a vast array of Napa wines, so you will not have any problem finding one that goes beautifully with your meal. You can also try the Wine Flights, this tasting menu is the perfect way to compare, contrast and experience different wines. An insider tip: Be sure to compose a plate of artesanal cheeses before trying the sweets, executed by pastry chef Manuel Ortega. Try the Gravenstein Apple Fennel Crostata chai crema or the Cordillera Chocolate Crepe braised pear, salted almond crunch, a sweet ending for a perfect evening. Dining at the Napa Valley Grille at its Westwood location, will be an amazing expirience of California flavors. 1100 Glendon Ave. Westwood, CA, 90024 Phone: 310 824 3322

Photos: Napa Valley Grille Westwood.

Napa Valley Grille, WeStWood, Ca.

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The Pelican California, USA.

Set on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, this exclusive resort has it all: splendid accommodations, world-class restaurants, a luxurious spa and, best of all, a Tom Fazio designed golf course. You will fall in love with the huge bungalows and the cozy private villas that will make you feel at home even if you are miles away from it. The works of the influential 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio have been the inspiration and point of departure for the decor and architecture of this luxury property. Each of the 204 Bungalows and Bungalow Suites offered by the Pelican Hill Resort boasts a private oceanview terrace, gas-lit fireplace, woodbeam ceilings, and a stocked granite wet bar. The resort also has 128 Villas, with two, three or four bedrooms, which include private butler and concierge services, gourmet kitchens, luxurious bathrooms with a marble walk-in shower, deep soaking tub, parking garage and access to a 10,000 square foot clubhouse with a private swimming pool. You must not miss the opportunity to pamper yourself at the luxurious 23,000 square-foot retreat that exhibits a dramatic 28 foot high Palladian rotunda. Each one of its 22 private treatment rooms has been designed to offer a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The Spa also offers a full-service salon,

boutique, spacious fitness center and yoga room for a variety of wellness activities. The Pelican Hill Resort also features the Coliseum Pool, the largest circular pool anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas— which have become an icon of the place—and the Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean landscapes. At the Golf Club you will find the Pelican Hill Golf Academy which holds Spring programs, such as the new Women’s Weekend clinics—to be launched during Women’s Golf Month in June—, as well as a variety of half-day golf schools, full-day short game programs, full-day full swing schools coupled with playing lessons, total game evaluations, private lessons, and specialty golf schools year-round. Pelican Hill Resort is just the perfect place for a Newport dream getaway. 22701 Pelican Hill Road South Newport Coast, California 92657 Phone: 800 315 8214

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Range Rover Evoque  Unveiled at last year’s Paris Motor show, the Range Rover Evoque is s a compact SUV with a luxurious design. The Evoque is not only the smallest model that the British brand has released, it is also the greenest—a feature that puts an end to a reputation for high fuel consumption. True to the Range Rover brand, the Evoque delivers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury and performance, but shrink-wrapped into a more compact package. It may look like a tiny SUV, but the Range Rover Evoque is a big car featuring a powerful engine, a sporty look and luxurious interiors. The Evoque will be offered in three presentations: the basic Pure, the luxury-oriented Prestige and the sports-themed Dynamic. Also you can choose between a coupé or a five-door model and tailor your Range Rover with a tempting array of design, trim and technology options, making it a unique piece that meets every owner’s taste and lifestyle. The 2011 Range Rover Evoque will be available with a base 148bhp, 2.2-litre diesel engine that returns 58mpg and creeps un-

der 130g/km of CO2. It will also be available with a 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine developing 240PS. With this new engine, the Range Rover Evoque is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. Besides, you also get the adaptive dampers and a Terrain Response System on the four-wheel drive. Land Rover designers and engineers have developed a host of distinctive and innovative features to ensure the Range Rover Evoque stands out from the crowd. Its bold exterior complements its bright interior. Thanks to a full-sized fixed glass panoramic roof, which enhances the sensation of space and comfort in both the coupé and five-door options, all occupants enjoy a superb uninterrupted vista and the interior is floded with natural light. This wonderful vehicle is fitted with the latest technology like park assist, blind spot monitoring, surround camera system with digital cameras, TV, DVD and keyless entry. With a beautiful design, lots of technology, less gas consumption and the signature Land Rover style, we are certain that the Range Rover Evoque is a great compact SUV that will meet your expectations.

Photo: Courtesy Land Rover.

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Spring Toys

Photos: Courtesy of Confederate Motors and Bombardier Recreational Products.

For the road and For the waveS

Confederate C3 X132 HellCat. The latest release from Confederate Motors, Inc. is the C3 X132 Hellcat, the company’s third generation Hellcat, a motorcycle with a minimalistic design inspired by the American way of life. This young company develops unique pieces, editions of a few units that are available for pre-order at the company’s online store, Work & Cycle. If you go for a Confederate you can be sure that almost nobody will have the same bike as yours. The 2012 Confederate Hellcat is a tough piece, light and extremely fast. Manufactured in Alabama, this third-generation of Hellcats consists of a limited edition of only 150 bikes, rendering them virtually unique, because when you order your Hellcat you can custom it to suit your personality. The prototype combines 132-cubic-inch Copperhead power, developed in alliance with S&S, and third generation evolved patented Confederate powertrain technology. The unitized case construc-

tion is machined from a 400-pound block of 6061 aircraft grade aluminum carved into 37-pounds of core motorcycle structural permanence. The C3 X132 Hellcat is an ultra-light bike whose unique personality rises to any challenge of the road.

Sea-doo GtX limited iS 260. Sea-Doo, a division of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., has developed a Luxury Performance brand, in which you will find the new GTX Limited iS 260. This water vehicle is an outstanding piece of design that provides excellent performance. Speed is ensured by the Rotax 4TEC, an engine developed specifically for aquatic use that is able to provide an amazing effect of acceleration, resulting into speed and fuel efficiency. We know that when you ride the waves, bouncing usually becomes a drag. It was a wonderful surprise to prove the innovative Intelligent Suspension (iS)

that is featured on the GTX Limited iS 260. This is the first time ever that this kind of system is integrated to a watercraft. With the iS the driver is protected from the impact caused by rough water, so you’ll be able to ride longer and more comfortably. You will not only enjoy speed and comfort at sea on board of this watercraft, you will also be safe. The GTX Limited iS 260 features the iController, a tool that allows you to limit the power of the watercraft to the driver’s ability, so you can gradually acquire expertise. The GTX Limited iS 260 is also an award winning machine. Watercraft World awarded the GTX Limited iS the highly coveted 2009 Watercraft of the Year award; it has also been recognized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and it was the winner of the Boating Safety Award by the U.S. Cost Guard. Renowned for its safe design and

reliability, this famous marine watercraft is ideal for those seeking adventures in the water.

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Thierry Stern President of Patek Philippe

Young, modest and polite are three words that perfectly describe the president of one of the most elegant watch manufacturers in the world. In this exclusive interview, we talked about what makes Patek Philippe a paradigm of elegance and distinction. by AlejAndro M. GArcíA They know they have to watch out, they do not know how long it is going to take to recover, so they are very vigilant and they have stopped buying those gimmick watches. That is where Patek Philippe is very strong, our brand is known, and that we are a very secure brand.

the tIMePIeCe that everybody ShoULd have? The watch that everybody should have is the one that they’re willing to wear, but I would never impose a watch. Everybody is different so it is up to the client to make up his own choice and what can really satisfy him from our collection. But I firmly believe that when you buy your first Patek, you should not start by saying “I am going to buy a tourbillon or a minute repeater”; you should start with a basic collection to find the one that you enjoy and then you can start building up your collection step by step, and not just go straight to the most complicated ones.

NoW that yoU have MeNtIoNed CoMPLICatIoNS, What IS yoUr FavorIte CoMPLICatIoN? The “Minute Repeater” by Patek Philippe. It is a beautiful watch because it looks very clean and the sound is very pure.

In the first place I would say perfection. Of course there is no way you can reach perfection, but there is always something to improve, a way to get closer to perfection. That is really what is behind us at Patek Philippe: everybody is willing to do the best to do a perfect product.

What SetS PateK aPart FroM other MaNUFaCtUrerS? It is the know-how that we have been gathered after working without interruption for 175 years. We have reached a level of quality and a level of complexity that the other brands cannot reach because they don’t have enough experience. When you buy a Patek Philippe you are not just buying a watch, you are

buying a beautiful piece of art. Our clients have the security that Patek Philippe is able to take care of the watches for years. People know that they can invest in a watch that we are always going to be able to fix and to maintain. When I sell a watch, my business is not finished: it has just started.

hoW haS the GLobaL eCoNoMICaL CrISIS aFFeCted HAUTe HorloGerIe? Of course this crisis has hurt Patek Philippe. But on the other side, the demand rates have stayed very high. I would say that the crisis has even helped us because for once the clients can have the chance to find the pieces that they are willing to buy and they do not need to wait five years to get them, maybe they only need to wait six months for some of the pieces. People are now willing to spend money only on valuable items.

What do yoU eNJoy MoSt aboUt yoUr Job? Since I was young I have always enjoyed creating a watch and this is really why I came into the watch industry. It was not to do all those fantastic businesses. What makes me happy is to design a watch and to say, “Wow, this is a really good watch.” This is what I enjoy the most.

hoW WoULd yoU deSCrIbe yoUrSeLF aS a PerSoN? I don’t know. I try to be down-to-earth. I was lucky because my father was also like that and raised me as someone who should always stay really humble and not be selfish, like a diva. I am also someone who likes to be around and see the world. I really love Asia. I have always been impressed by them, by their commitment and culture.

Photo: Courtesy of Patek Philippe.

PateK PhILIPPe IS the CLaSSIC tIMePIeCe Par eXCeLLeNCe. What PaSSIoN LIeS behINd the NaMe?

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The Mirabals of Venezuela have a dream to honor their country and their equestrian passion by developing world-renowned riders. After completely changing their lives to see this dream come true, in less than two years they are well on their way.

Top: “G&C Quivola” and Pablo Barrios. Opposite: Pablo Barrios galloping victoriously.

Rising to the top When thinking about the world best show jumpers, riders that hail from a variety of countries come to mind. American McLain Ward, German Marcus Ehning, Canadian Eric Lamaze are all familiar names on the international circuit. At the 2010 World Equestrian Games four different countries were represented in the final four of show jumping – winner Phillip Le Jeune of Belgium, Abdullah Al Sharbatly of Saudi Arabia, Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa and the aforementioned Canadian Lamaze. Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of G&C Farm have set their sights on adding their home country Venezuela to that list. They sponsor show jumper Pablo Barrios of Venezuela who in one year has risen from a ranking of 93rd to 25th in the world. In 2010, Barrios won a number of grand prix events in the United States, Canada and Europe and collected three gold medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games. In a field of 125

international riders at the World Equestrian Games, this rising Venezuelan show jumping star finished in the top 30. Only a few months into the 2011 show season, Barrios has garnered top placings in several classes at the prestigious FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), including earning World Cup ranking points throughout the circuit with his sights set on competing in Leipzig, Germany for the 2011 FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals, as well as winning both the WEF Challenge Cup and the $35,000 Hermes Puissance class by clearing a solid wall at a height of 7’3” (2.21m). After the European tour this summer, including the Global Champions Tour, and Spruce Meadows Masters in September, Barrios will head to Guadalajara, Mexico this fall to represent his country at the 2011 Pan American Games. As one of the few Latin Americans ranked in the top 100, Barrios has made a mark in Venezuelan history. He is the first rider in history from “Group V” (the FEI geographical area which includes Venezuela) to be ranked in the top 30 in the world.

Photos: Mark Astrom and Anwar Esquivel (opposite page).

By Jackie Freundlich-McFarland

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Farm sculpture. G&C Farm Escudería. G&C Farm stable.

How tHe Rise Falls into Place This level of achievement in such a short time is certainly remarkable and by no means accidental. The Mirabals moved their family to the equestrian community of Wellington, Florida in 2009 with very specific equestrian goals in mind. First with advice from fellow countryman and Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios, the Mirabal’s created G&C Farm, a state-of-the-art facility for exceptional horses and riders. At this address, they are truly riding distance from one of the best competition facilities in the United States, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home to the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, a circuit that hosts twelve consecutive weeks of top-notch competition.

“We can either go for the money, or we can go for history. If you ask me, I’m going for history.”

Photos: Jennifer Wood Media.

Clockwise starting at top left: G&C

Next come the horses. Clearly with a good eye for talent, the stars of the G&C Farm include the beautiful Oldenburg bay gelding “G&C LaGran” who among other wins partnered with Barrios to earn his top 30 ranking at the World Equestrian Games. The Dutch bay gelding “G&C Sinatra” helped Barrios win the coveted $175,000 Nexen Derby at the esteemed Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Barrios is the only Venezuelan to ever win at this well-respected international equestrian place-to-be in the summer season. The young and clearly scopey “G&C Quivola” bravely cleared the Puissance wall for the win. Coming in second to this pair was another G&C talent, “Tropigold,” ridden by Gustavo Arroyo of Venezuela. “G&C Quick Star 11” and “G&C Blanchee Z” have topped the field in several WEF grand prix classes plus G&C Farm is bringing along several up-and-coming young horses. Then once you have a solid string of talented jumpers, you have know when to hold ‘em. As G&C Farm’s Gustavo Mirabal explained “When we started at WEF at the beginning of last year, I was in New York in a meeting. When I got out, I had many phone calls from Pablo. When I talked to him, he said a horse dealer wanted to buy our best two horses and wanted a price. I remember perfectly the words that Pablo said, ‘My friend, this can go two ways. We can either go for the money, or we can go for history. If you ask me, I’m going for history.’ Immediately, I told him that I was on the same track as him. That was the start of our journey, and what a magnificent start!” Yet an essential aspect of the dream includes even more. A Nations Cup Team, which is the next step to an Olympic Team, is not made of one rider. Pablo Barrios needs three more solid Venezuelan riders with fabulous horses to join him in the quest for top world rankings. Again G&C Farm seeks to host these riders and help them to reach the top of the sport. In 2010 Loisse Garcia and her horses joined the team at Wellington to gain some essential experience and miles in the ‘international ring.’ The team at G&C is continuously looking for talent, both in horse and rider, an ongoing part of pursuing the goal of seeing Venezuela rank among the worlds best.

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To be competitive at this level takes what is known at G&C Farm as a strong “escudería.” A term used by Formula One racing teams, it means to have the best combination of a solid support network and overall organization. The team includes not just top horses and excellent riders but veterinarians, grooms, and working students. Plus this year G&C Farm asked the legendary Nick Skelton of Great Britain to coach Pablo Barrios. Gaining the perspective of a rider who has seven European Championships medals, represented his country six-times in the Olympics, earned five medals at the World Equestrian Games, topped the field in four DuMaurier/CN International $1 million dollar Grand Prix events at Spruce Meadows and won the World Cup Finals, could be the boost Barrios needs to make the leap into the top 10 in the world. Barrios commented, “Nick did a great job helping me with ‘LaGran.’ After WEG he lost a little focus. With his help, the horse is coming back. The rest is more the strategy of how to ride the courses and the best schedule for the horses. The other day in the grand prix, he was totally right in how to ride the triple combination that many people had problems with. I really followed the way he wanted me to come in, and the mare jumped it beautifully.”

What’s in a name G&C Farm not only achieved success in a short time, they have rapidly developed a name for themselves as solid supporters of the sport. Believing in opportunity, Mirabal quickly realized that riders from North and South America needed more chances to earn points towards the Rolex FEI Rankings. Beginning with Spruce Meadows and continuing on to the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, G&C Farm has

generously sponsored classes that play a role in international rankings. In 2011, G&C Farm was the presenting sponsor of the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup, the $50,000 G&C Farm Palm Beach Jumping Derby and the title sponsor of the CSIO week at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Understanding that an essential element to achieving success is letting the world know about it, G&C Farm also brought on a media company to handle their marketing and publicity. From social media to press to video production and more, Jennifer Wood Media has played a significant role in publicizing G&C Farm’s prolific progress.

Top: Pablo Barrios, Nick Skelton and Gustavo Mirabal. Bottom: Mirabal family.

For the Love oF it As children in Venezuela, Gustavo Mirabal and Pablo Barrios started riding horses together around the age of 10. They took lessons at the same country club, competed together at shows, and attended the same school. As they grew up they went their separate ways, one became an architect, the other a lawyer, both still involved with horses. Giving up his career in architecture, Barrios started a training facility in Venezuela and once he started traveling to the United States to compete, he decided to stay. That was a decade ago. In 2009 when Mirabal decided to become more involved in show jumping on an international level, he contacted Barrios. He was confident in the partnership but was ecstatic with their results in 2010, beginning with their equestrian location in Wellington. Mirabal recollected “I remember Pablo told me, ‘Be careful. It’s a tough, tough circuit. We might not win one class.’ They actually didn’t win one class - they won more than 20 classes during the 2010 WEF circuit including six grand prix events! Clearly pleased with their choices to date, G&C Farm is not only becoming a Wellington name but per their goals the name is gaining international recognition. The Mirabal family couldn’t be happier. “Our principal goal is to promote the sport in Latin America,” stated Mirabal. “We hope to bring more people to the States to show here. We want them to see that it’s possible to do this. Everybody thinks it’s impossible. I think if you have this goal in mind and you work for it, you can do it. I hope we are showing everyone that now.” G&C Farm’s accomplishments are vital for Venezuela. “To hear the Venezuelan national anthem and see the flag raised is a great feeling. It is indicative that we are on the right track. I have a particular goal to see G&C Farm compete on all continents and hopefully win!” Gustavo Mirabal and his family have made a commitment. Their reward is to see the Venezuelan flag flying high during a victory gallop. That is and will continue to be their dream come true.

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2011 HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal The Best Winter Circuit Destination on the West Coast By Danette KaDlic


he 20th Anniversary of the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California, was one for the record books. Blessed by six weeks of absolutely perfect weather, the Circuit enjoyed its most successful and well-attended season since 2007 when it moved to its new 200+ acre property. For the past 20 years, this thriving winter Circuit has been home to some of the world’s best show jumping stars, and 2011 was no different as top riders from all over the world once again came to Thermal for the very best in winter showing. Desert Circuit veterans Rich Fellers, Richard Spooner, Joie Gatlin, Susie Hutchison, Hap Hansen, Jill Humphrey, John French, Hope Glynn, and new comers Charlie Jayne and Kirsten Coe represented some of the best in U.S. athletes, while the Canadian contingent included none other than Olympians Jill Henselwood, John Andersen, Karen Cudmore, and 2010 Pfizer Million third place winner John Pearce. Representing Europe was Ireland’s Eddie Macken, Great Britain’s Helen McNaught and Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, who made her HITS Desert Circuit debut this season, while Duncan McFarlane and Guy Thomas represented New Zealand. For the second year in a row, riders from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Puerto Rico were also in full-force with José Alberto Martínez, Jr., Eduardo Menezes, John Perez and Mark Watring all enjoying successful outings in the Desert. Canadian John Pearce, who now calls Bermuda Dunes, California home, started the season strong with two back-to-back wins

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in the first two Grand Prix of the Circuit—$25,000 SmartPak and $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, both presented by Pfizer Animal Health. Oregon’s Rich Fellers had another stand out season with four Grand Prix victories, including one FEI World Cup victory in the $50,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix during Desert Circuit II. But in truth, the biggest story coming out of the 2011 HITS Desert Circuit is that of rising star and high-school senior Lucy Davis. The Los Angeles native completely dominated the last two weeks of competition at HITS Thermal winning four Grand Prix in a row, including the final FEI World Cup Qualifier, two $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, and then the big $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini of Newport Beach, to close out the Circuit on Sunday, March 13. “I could never believe this in a million years,” said Davis, after she won the $200,000 Grand Prix. “I was so happy to just win one Grand Prix and I kept thinking that there was no way that this could ever happen. Some of the best riders in the world were competing here today and to come out on top is just surreal.” And while Davis was dominating in the Grand Prix ring, Woodside’s John French was cleaning up in the Hunters. During DC V, French dominated World Champion Hunter Rider Week after being named Champion in every rated division and then went on to win the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix that same week. He came back a week later and won again, this time in the $25,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix. French split the Devoucoux Hunter Prix victories with fellow professionals Hope Glynn of Petaluma who captured three of the six classes, and young professional Nick Haness of Coto de Caza who captured a victory during DC I. French, Glynn and Haness all have one thing on their mind, and that’s the all-new Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final which takes place September 10-11 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. This power-house trio in the Hunter ring, Haness, Glynn and French, currently hold the number three, five and

six spots in the preliminary Diamond Mills Rider Rankings and represent three of the five automatically qualified riders from Thermal that will be heading to Saugerties this September. It’s clear that the draw to show in Thermal during the winter season is fueled by the Circuit’s 16 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix Qualifiers, the four $50,000 FEI World Cup Qualifiers, and the six Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final Qualifiers, but as regulars of the Circuit already know and new exhibitors learned this season, there’s much more to love about Thermal. Aside from the fact that

Opposite top: HITS Senior Vice President Tony Hitchcock is joined by USEF Director of Show Jumping Sally Ike and a host of friends. Opposite bottom: Lauren Hester and Abigail. Clockwise starting at top left: John French and “Clooney.” Tony Hitchcock with Joie Gatlin during the SmartPak Parade of Champions during DC III. Canadian Olympian John Pearce and “Chianto.”

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Top: Beautiful snow-capped mountains create a glorious backdrop to showing. Right: Eduardo Menezes and “Tomba.” Bottom: Rich Fellers aboard Harry and Mollie Chapman’s “Flexible.”

the HITS Desert Circuit hosts more classes and awards more prize money than any other show circuit on the West Coast, the property is transforming into one of the most incredible destinations to show at in the world. In just five years, HITS has taken a blank canvas in the middle of the Coachella Valley and turned it into a virtual show jumping oasis. The facilities and space at the HITS Desert Horse Park are second to none. VIPs were treated to star-quality amenities with two fantastic spaces to choose from—the sold-out Charles Owen VIP Club was the place to be if World Cup action is what you love, while the Oasis VIP Club and the White & Company Private Client Group Hospitality Tent provided patrons with the ultimate out-door, ringside experience. HITS President and CEO, Tom Struzzieri, is pleased with the response to this year’s circuit. “When I convinced my partners at Leonard Green to dedicate funding to a new state-of-the-art facility for the United States I had envisioned just this kind of week, extraordinary attendance at a facility that can handle large numbers of horses in a safe and horse-friendly manner. Of course I had hoped that this reaction and result would have been achieved a year or two

earlier, but it is still extremely gratifying to see this success. I want our customers to know that we will continue to pursue excellence here, and look at this as a step toward our commitment to our clients and the Thermal Circuit. We will be relentless in our pursuit of an improved product for next year and will use this year’s success as a springboard to new innovations for the 2012 season.” Sanjay Bagai of Zeitgeist Equestrian, LLC in Petaluma, California, was quick to share his impressions of the season. “Everything about the technical quality of the HITS Thermal facility qualifies it as a world class venue, from the fantastic footing, the running of the rings, the courses, the course designers, and the incredible VIP services. To think that it started as a 200-acre patch in the desert, and today it’s a place that answers all the technical challenges that our horses, and we as riders, face when we show. Its quality equals that of any other top show in the world.” “I have to commend Brian Morris [HITS Technical Director], who is so incredibly orchestrated in his approach to running this facility,” added Bagai. “It’s incredible how he runs the crew, with no hesitation, nor confusion. They are always on the top of their game. This is without a doubt the best footing in the country and the way that he maintains it is second to none. It’s been fantastic here, and my only disappointment is that we didn’t get to show for the whole circuit. We ended up selling some of our good horses and could only show the second half but when we arrived, everything felt fresh as if the horse show had just started. The atmosphere is superb. It’s clear what HITS has in store for this Circuit and I have a lot of confidence in where HITS is going.” So, after a superb 2011 Desert Circuit at the HITS Desert Horse Park, the focus now shifts east to the spring and summer shows in Culpeper, Virginia and Saugerties, New York where the road to the Pfizer Million and Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final continues on!

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Clockwise starting at top left: Charlie Jayne and The London Group’s “Athena.” Meredith MichaelsBeerbaum and Octavia Farms’ “Lancaster.” Kirsten Coe and “Tristan.” A group of highperformance riders walk the course.

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HITS Desert Circuit Grand Prix Winners at a Glance

Left: A group of happy exhibitors. Right: Lucy Davis revels in the moment as she leads the way in the victory gallop after finishing ahead of the pack.

Grand Prix



$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

John Pearce


$50,000 EMO Grand Prix

John Pearce

Son of a Gun

$31,000 HWITS Welcome Classic

Charlie Jayne


$50,000 Strongid C 2 X CSI-W Grand Prix

Rich Fellers


$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Rich Fellers


$31,000 HITS Welcome Classic

Rich Fellers


$50,000 HITS CSI-W Grand Prix

Eduardo Menezes


$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Kyle King

Capone I

$31,000 HITS Welcome Classic

Rich Fellers


$50,000 Purina Mills CSI-W Grand Prix

Mark Watring

Green Sleeps Vioco

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Meredith MichaelsBeerbaum

Lancaster 144

$31,000 HITS Welcome Classic

Kirsten Coe


$50,000 HITS CSI-W Grand Prix

Lucy Davis

Nemo 119

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Lucy Davis


$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Lucy Davis


$200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini of Newport Beach

Lucy Davis

Nemo 119

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IN GOTHENBURG Swedish hearts were bursting with pride as a bright young super-star was born in the Scandinavium Arena at Gothenburg, Sweden, where local girl Angelica Augustsson galloped to victory in the penultimate qualifying round of the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping series. by Louise Parkes


here was an outpouring of emotion in the aftermath, and even hardened veteran Ludger Beerbaum, who slotted into third behind runner-up Edwina Alexander from Australia, expressed his amazement at having taken part in one of the most thrilling competitions seen on the international circuit in recent history. “For any sport it is fantastic to see very talented up-and-coming young people, and what we saw today was the cream—it doesn’t come better than this, and we will remember today for a very long time,” said the German legend.

HIGH PRAISE Dutch course designer Louis Konickx earned high praise from riders all weekend and produced another master-piece for the test which saw 12 through to the second-round jump-off. With three home runners amongst them, the Swedish interest was always going to be strong, but pathfinders 21-year-old Douglas Lindelow and the mare “Talina” left the door open when hitting the penultimate oxer while fellow-countryman, Peder Fredricson, was eliminated with “H&M Arctic Aurora Borealis” when they fell at the fifth fence on the new track. Fredricson asked for a long stand-off, the

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grey gelding tried to chip in an extra stride and the result was a crashing fall that left a muted atmosphere around the ring despite no apparent damage to either horse or rider. Third to go, Augustsson immediately lifted Swedish spirits with a stunning run with “Midtown du Tillard.” This 11-year-old Crusing mare looked a handful to ride in Friday’s feature class but, as her 24-yearold rider explained, “she’s not very organized on the flat but she really wants to clear the fences” and as they weaved their way home in 33.69 seconds it was clear they had really put it up to the rest of them.

NONE COULD CATCH THEM And, try as they would, none could catch them, Switzerland’s Hansueli Sprunger and “Kepi de Valse” producing the next clear round two horses later but more than two seconds off the pace, while Beerbaum gave it his best shot with “Gotha” but was still more than a second slower. Portugal’s Luciana Diniz had a cut at it with “Winningmood” but, having already lowered the first element of the triple which was now reduced to just two efforts, she was very nearly dislodged from the saddle when tackling the oxer two from home. And the excitement still wasn’t over. Four-fault rounds from both Ireland’s Denis Lynch (“Abbervail van het Dingeshof ”) and Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer (“Carlina”) were followed by a determined effort from Germany’s Marco Kutscher, but his chances slipped away when “Cornet Obolensky” threw his head in the air in front of the penultimate fence and had to be represented thus bringing their tally to ten faults. Two fences down for The Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam (“BMC Van Grunsven Simon”) kept them out of the frame but last to go, Australia’s Edwina Alexander, set off like the wind with “Ciske van Overis” who jumped awkwardly in the first round but who seemed to thrive when the hand-brake was removed and sailed home with the closest time to Augustsson’s winning target to snatch second spot as the clock showed 34.08 seconds.

Photos: Claes Jakobsson // Matilda Hjertstrand, Swedish Equestrian Federation.

TEARS Augustsson couldn’t hold back the tears during the prize-giving ceremony. “I didn’t expect this at all” she said afterwards. But after steering her black gelding, “Walter”, into runner-up spot behind Frenchman Philippe Rozier in Saturday’s Grand Prix, third-placed Ludger Beerbaum predicted that it wouldn’t be long before this

young Swedish talent would enjoy her first Grand Prix success. He didn’t expect it would be so soon however. “This was a really fantastic day for our sport” he said, “it was the way Angelica did it, winning in front of her home crowd, it was very special and I am very happy to be part of it” he pointed out.

MOviNg STORY Augustsson has been working for horse agent Dietmar Gugler in Germany for the last four years, and her story is an inspiration to young people hoping to make their way in this tough sport. As a child she helped in the local riding school to earn riding lessons and when she was “maybe 9 or 10” she started riding with the Zetterman family and joined Alexander and Daniel on the pony circuit. “My family isn’t wealthy, so I never had a horse of my own but we rented stables and I rode horses for different people, including some for the Zettermans” she explained. It was while trying out horses at Gugler’s yard four years ago that he spotted the intuitive talent she is now displaying, so he offered her a job and she has made her way up the levels of the sport with help from trainers Ted Netterkvist and Gerry Mullins. Asked about her ambitions for the future she could hardly find the words to reply. “This is my first 5-star show, my first World Cup, my second time to ride ‘Midtown’ over a 1.60m track and my second time to ask her to gallop against the clock—I don’t know what to say!” she replied. It seems the Rolex FEI World Cup has unearthed another star.

Opposite: Angelica Augustsson, the new star from Sweden. Clockwise starting at top: Scandinavium Arena at Gothenburg, Sweden. The winner enjoys her first Grand Prix success. Ludger Berbaum on “Gotha.” Edwina Alexander on “Ciske van Overis.”






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AUS 0/0 34.08

GER 0/0 34.72

SUI 0/0 35.93

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top sporting events that are a life experience There are some sporting events with such tradition, history and glamour that you have to attend at least once in your lifetime. Augusta Masters Golf Tournament, BNP Paribas Open at Roland Garros, Piazza di Siena Show Jumping and the 24 Heures du Mans are the four most exclusive sporting events in the world. Here are all the details you need to know about these upcoming events, each one is an experiece in itself...

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tHe MasteRs a

ugusta National Golf Club was founded by Bobby Jones, the legendary amateur champion, and Clifford Roberts, an astute investment banker in New York. Jones's popularity within the game helped attract golf's biggest stars to the Masters, beginning with the inaugural event in 1934. The tradition of members wearing green jackets began in 1937. The idea was that Masters patrons easily could see members who would have accurate information. The club is open from mid-October to late May.

When to go Final Round: Sunday 10th April.

Where to stay This is the biggest event of the year in the area, so the local businesses respond accordingly. The best option for attending the masters is a rental house, however they are booked a year in advance. If you have in mind to spend the night in a luxury hotel, there's nothing better than these two options:

augusta MaRRiot Hotel & suites

BistRo 491

Two Tenth Street, Augusta, Georgia. Tel.: (706) 722 8900

491 Highland Avenue Phone: 706 738 6491

CHâteau Élan

tHe CHeF's House

100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, GA Phone: (678) 425 0900 ext. 41

1729 Walton Way Phone: (706) 733 8622

Where to dine

la Maison on telFaiR 404 Telfair Street Phone: (706) 722 4805.

Where to party

ModJeska ultRa lounge This upscale place has two bars, offers salsa nights and VIP parties. 813 Broad Street Phone: (706) 303 9700

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roland Garros BNP Paribas Open


he 2011 Roland Garros Championships in Paris, France—also known as the French Open—, is the 2nd Grand Slam tournament of 2011. Roland Garros is the 8th Major Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour and the 4th and final prestigious clay court tournament of each year. Because of the slow playing surface in at the Stade Roland Garros and the five-set men's singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set, the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.

When to go

Where to eat

From May 17 to June 5.

A genuine Norman cottage at the heart of this famous stadium, Le Roland-Garros offers the cozy warmth of brick and wood in the light of the bay windows. Colourful, familiar and natural dishes or unexpected, exotic delights from far away places comprise an authentic menu. During the hot summer, a decisive advantage for its superb flowered terrace.

Men Finals:

Where to stay

HôTel Plaza aTHénée Paris 25 Ave. Montaigne, 8th Arrondissement Phone: (800) 6501842

Four seasons HoTel GeorGe V 228 Rue de Rivoli, 1st Arrondissement Phone: (800) 650 1842

Paris at night Cabaret, in all of its naughty, risqué fun, is celebrated in Paris, with the landmark Moulin Rouge. Discotheques and clubs are a popular nighttime diversion, and they populate all areas of the city. Some of the more elite discotheques include the VIP Room, L’Etoile, La Maison Blanche, and Le Baron.

le roland-Garros

Dress Code: Smart casual. Stade de Roland Garros Phone: 01 4743 4956.

Where to dine TailleVenT

15 Rue Lamennais Phone: +33 1 44 95 15 01

la Grande CasCade

Dress Code: Smart casual. Phone: +44 (0) 208 944 1066.

Allée de Longchamp-Bois de Boulogne Phone: 01 4527 3351

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piazza di siena

When to go From May 26—30.

Where to stay

Hotel majestic Roma Via Vittorio Veneto 50 Phone: +39 06 421441

to meet your needs. Their vehicles are the latest models, fitted with all optionals making your travel with us of the most absolute comfort and in maximum safety. Each vehicle is completely insured.

Where to dine

RistoRante soRa lella Hotel HassleR Roma TrinitĂ dei Monti 6 Phone: +39 06 699340

Via Ponte 4 copi 16 Phone: +39 06 686 1601


fter seventy eight editions, the International Horse Show at Piazza di Siena, in Villa Borghese, is still one of the most important and exciting events of its kind in the field of equestrian sports, and a must for Romans and visitors alike. The Piazza di Siena first opened its gates to team show jumping in 1926 when France, Poland, Spain and Italy battled it out, and the first international fixture was held. The 79th International Show Jumping Nations Super Cup League will be, as always, simply spectacular.

RistoRante miRabelle tHe st. Regis Rome Via Vittorio E. Orlando 3 Phone: +39 06 47091

Royal Via di Porta Pinciana 14 Phone: +39 06 4216 8838

private chauffeur chauffered limousine The Rome Vip Limousine is a company that has a wide fleet of luxury vehicles to provide you with a more efficient travel, quiet and secure, throughout the year all 365 days, 24 hours per day. If quality is a way of life, they offer you the top range vehicles

ciaRa Piazza San Cosimato 42A Phone: +39 06 581 8668

agata e Romeo Via Carlo Alberto 45, Rome, Italy. Phone: +39 06 446 6115

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24 Heures du mans Where to stay Hôtel Hermitage

Square Beaumarchais, Tel.: +377 9806 4000

Hôtel de Paris Thermes Marins, Place du Casino Tel.: +377 9806 3000

le CorPs de garde 1 Quai Clemenceau, Saint-Martin de Ré Phone: +335 4609 1050

CamPanile le mans Centre 23 Boulevard Pablo Neruda Zac de Gazonfier, 72000, Le Mans Phone: +332 4372 1872

Where to dine le grille

Place du Casino Phone: +377 9806 8888

Petrossian 10 Avenue Princesse Grace Phone: +377 9777 0024

Joël robuCHon 4, Avenue de la Madone Phone: +377 9315 1510

le Vistamar Square Beaumarchais Phone: +377 9806 9898


e 24 Heures du Mans is, without a doubt, the greatest automotive endurance race in the world. Created in 1923, this 24-hour event takes place each year on the storied 13.650 km circuit outside Le Mans, France. Multiple categories of cars compete simultaneously during the race, for victory within their group as well as overall. You won't want to miss it.

When to go

le blue bay

Sunday 12th June.

Allée des Boulingrins Phone: +377 9806 0200

CirCuit des 24 Heures

spots to see & be seen The best places to enjoy this event are the Hôtel de Paris terrace and the Hall Régence in the Hôtel Hermitage. Great places to brush elbows with celebrities.

Where to party Jimmy’z

40 Avenue Princesse Grace Phone: +377 9806 0200

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Equ Lifestyle’s selection of some of


Designer: Greg Norman Holes: 18 Par: 72 Length: 7,000 yards

your stay an unforgettable experience, but also features four restaurants whose menus are characterized by sustainable organic products and exceptional flavor. Insiders tip: check out the Willow Stream Spa, where a menu full of healing recipes based on the Mayan tradition is available. THE COURSE: Blended into lagoons, cenotes, small rivers, rainforest, mangroves and narrow sand pats along the sea is El Camaleón, a unique field that is constantly changing, adapting to the natural vagaries, and turning them into hazards and game challenges, always in harmony with the environment. El Camaleón made history by becoming the first golf course to host an official PGA Tour event in Mexico and the first official PGA Tour event ever held outside of the United States or Canada. The tournament will continue to be held annually at El Camaleón through 2012 and is broadcasted exclusively on the Golf Channel. Km. 298, Carretera Federal Cancún- Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo, MX, 77710. Phone: (984) 206 3000

Fairmont Mayakoba

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Photos: Courtesy Fairmont Mayakoba.


THE RESORT: This AAA Five Diamond destinations honors the hospitable tradition of the Fairmont brand. On a 45-acre property, the Fairmont Mayakoba offers an incredible vacation paradise that everybody, from golf lovers to wave riders, will love. Fairmont Mayakoba resort sits alongside the Caribbean Sea in the heart of the Riviera Maya, approximately 42 miles south of Cancun. A cozy architecture sets the ambiance of the Faimont Mayakoba. This resorts has 401 rooms—including 34 suits—, and scattered over nearly 50 acres of semi-virgin jungle are the Casitas accommodations—two- or four-bedroom cottage-style houses. In both cases you will be surrounded by the beauty of the Caribbean, the golf course, mangroves, lagoons and jungle landscapes, a unique scenario worthy of a special moment. In perfect synchronicity with the generous nature of the Riviera Maya, this hotel not only offers spacious rooms to make

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If you are an experienced golfer, or an amateur that is eager to experience the challenges of the green this is the selection for you. On your next golf vacation you must not be afraid of getting stuck in a “sand-tramp” hotel. With this selection of some of the best golf resorts your next golf getaway will be a destination as wonderful as a hole-in-one.

Adare Manor Golf Resort

Photos: Courtesy Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort.

County Limerick, Irelandii

THE RESORT: The Manor House is an eighteenth century castle that more than 20-years ago was transformed into one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland. The Manor’s signature experience reunites unique accommodations, the best of contemporary food and an impressive golf course. What was once a private residence became an elegant resort of 62 luxurious rooms, 46 villas and two townhouses, surrounded by the Maigue river, lush forests and Versailles-style gardens. The castle preserves elements of its original structure, such as stone walls, wooden corridors, high ceilings and gothic style decor, which combines to the latest technology, excellent service and luxury at the Irish style. At Adare Manor you will be surprised by the relaxing treatments that the spa offers, the Oakroom restaurant’s haute cuisine and the classic pub atmosphere of the Tack Room. THE COURSE: Southeastern Ireland is portrayed in every detail of this resort, which has housed heads of state, internationally renowned artists and, of course, big shot golfers. In fact, Tiger Woods visits this area four times a year to practice his swing. The championship golf course is laid out on either side of the Maigue and covers 230 acres. It was the last major

AdAre Golf Club QuICK fACTS Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Holes: 18 Par: 72 Length: 7,453 yards

course designed and built by Robert Trent Jones Senior and it has received plaudits internationally. The course is characterized by its magnificent mature timber, its winding rock-walled streams, the signature Jones cloverleaf bunkers and subtly undulating greens. A state of the art emanation system guarantees playable surfaces throughout the year. Adare, Limerick, Ireland Phone: (353) 616 0520

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Pinehurst Resort North Carolina, USA

Pinehurst no. 2 QuiCK FACts Designer: Donald Ross Holes: 18 Par: 70/72 Length: 7,485 yards

THE RESORT: Pinehurst Resort was born in 1895 as a health and winter retreat. Today it is a huge historical monument of the United States. With three world-class hotels and elements that celebrate American history, the Pinehurst Resort became a favorite destination for celebrities and politicians. Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama have visited the resort, as well as members of different generations of the Rockefellers and the DuPonts. The Holly Inn, opened on New Year’s Eve in 1895, is now classified as a National Historic Landmark. In 1999 the 88 guest rooms were completely renovated. You must dine at The 1895 Grille, which holds an AAA Four Diamond reputation, and features fresh seafood and Carolina-inspired cuisine.

THE COURSE: Pinehurst Resort is a 2,000-acre historic property widely known as the cradle of American golf. Pinehurst has hosted more single golf championships than any other site in America, including the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Matches, PGA Tour Championship and many others. This unparalleled destination for golfers boast eight golf courses created by big time designers such as Donald Ross, Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. Pinehurst No. 2 is the most famous of these venues. 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA, 28374. Phone: (910) 235 8507

Photos: Courtesy (R) Pinehurst, LLC. All rights reseved.

The Carolina, also known as the “Queen of the South” and the “White House of Golf,” opened in 1901. It has 244 newly renovated guest rooms, each one combines a sophisticated decor, southern style and unique features. This Four-Star/AAA Four Diamond hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. For a casual seasonal retreat you must stay at The Manor. Since it first opened in 1923 it has offered casual lodge accommodations in the now newly renovated 44 guest rooms. The Spa at Pinehurst Resort has almost 30 treatment rooms and offers over 50 treatments. The spa menu incorporates the essence of the region such as peach, magnolia and pine. If you already tried your golfing skills on the course, take your racquet and play doubles at one of 24 courts at the resort, or try to pass croquet balls through hoops in one of the two courts, which have hosted repeatedly the U.S. Croquet Championship.

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Photos: Courtesy One & Only Palmilla.

THE RESORT: One of Mexico’s finest resorts, One & Only Palmilla was completely renovated in 2003. This world-class resort is one of the most spectacular in the world. Tasteful in every detail and appointed with modern amenities, guestrooms are sensuously elegant and comfortably spacious. Featuring handcrafted Mexican accents, each guestroom faces towards the sea, offering expansive views of the Pacific Ocean or Sea of Cortez from a private patio or balcony. More than a slogan, its name is a reality. This service and quality mantra is reflected in the superb facilities. The accommodations consist in 173 rooms, suites and villas. This is the perfect location for those in search of relaxation and adventure. There is a wide variety of activities: you can enjoy spa treatments, swimming in one of the two large infinity pools, horse riding, deep diving, tennis and windsurfing.

7,000 yards. Five sets of staggered tee boxes, four lakes and deep shifts in elevation ensure golfers of every skill level a memorable and exciting game. Km 7.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San JosĂŠ Del Cabo, BCS, MX, 23400. Phone: (624) 146 7000

Palmilla Golf Club QuiCK faCTS Designer: Jack Nicklaus Holes: 27 Par: 72 Length: 7,000 yards

THE COURSE: One & Only Palmilla Golf Club is considered the best place to play golf in Mexico. The signature Jack Nicklaus course offers challenges and delights. Divided into the Arroyo Nine, the Mountain Nine and the Ocean Nine, the par72 course features 27 holes on stunning fairways of more than

One&Only Palmilla

Los Cabos, MX

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California, USA

Pebble beach Golf links QUick facTs Designers: Jack Neville and Douglas Grant Holes: 18 Par: 72 Length: 6,828 yards

THE RESORT: The Pebble Beach Resort is a California icon. In this luxurious resort every year are held events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational. For your stay you can choose from The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero. Each of these choices has its own personality, without missing style or comfort. The Lodge is situated on the south coast of the Monterey Peninsula, on Carmel Bay, about four miles from downtown Monterey. Spend the afternoon at one of its 12 tennis courts, heated pool, or at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. Six high quality restaurants are there for brunch, lunch or dinner. At Club XIX, an Equ Lifestyle old favorite, you will be amazed by a superb selection of contemporary cuisine, served in an intimate atmosphere. The exclusive 269 rooms and suites are located through out The Inn at Spanish Bay. Each one is decorated in a style that combines the wonders of Monterey Bay with the finest selection of technology and comfort. Its restaurants, Pèppoli, Roy’s at Pebble Beach and the Sticks and Traps, present a fusion between local flavors and European techniques in a casual ambiance. Casa Palmero is an elegant and intimate Mediterranean-style estate that features 24 private rooms, each decorated with wood burning fireplaces, oversized soaking tubs and sumptuous beds. You will enjoy the elegant living room, the sophisticated library and the heated outdoor pool.

THE COURSE: Pebble Beach Resorts has four golf courses. Whether you decide to tour the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay or Del Monte Golf Course, you can be sure that your experience in the green will be superb. Among them stands out Pebble Beach Golf Links, which hosted five U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs and one PGA Championship, as well as several other tournaments. In 2019 it will be the host of the U.S. Open. Ranked number one in Golf Digest’s list of one hundred best public courses in America, you should not miss the opportunity of discovering the challenges that make Pebble Beach Golf Links such an important course. 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, California, USA, 93953. Phone: (800) 654-9300

Photos: Courtesy ©Joann Dost ⁄ Pebble Beach®, Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Pebble Beach Resorts®, their respective underlying distinctive images are trademarks, service marks and trade dress of Pebble Beach Company. All rigth reserved. Used by permission.

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It begins the moment your plane touches down. Africa! In the footsteps of great explorers, adventurers, writers, frontiersmen and royalty, who knows what’s in store for you? In Equ we have made a selection of lodges and camps that will surround you with luxury and pamper you with exquisite world-class service, during your safari adventures. By Jack kanzi

Located in Kenya’s famous samburu nationaL Reserve, Larsens Camp is named after Erik Ole Larsen, a legendary Dane credited with defining the luxury safari under canvas. The Uaso Nyiro River on one side borders the camp. There is nothing to see but pristine nature on the other three borders. With just twenty luxury tents in a secluded location, this camp is both exclusive and hospitable. All tents are constructed on a plinth of natural stone in the highest degree of quality, from the neutral soft furnishings, to the reproduction antique pieces, to the private veranda with delightful river views. Wake at sunrise to the sounds of birdsong and monkey chatter. Each morning your airy and spacious tent will fill with sunlight, alerting you to the start of another African adventure. Each tent features en suite private bathrooms and a gigantic bed designed in chic safari style. The monkeys running over the tent tops and the

sound of the wild animals while sleeping are amazing and will make you feel close to Mother Nature. Guests share their dining experiences in locations that may vary from day to day. The dinning staff have lots of charisma and will charm you. Breakfast, lunch or dinner seem to taste doubly delicious when consumed al fresco, and they may be served on the riverbank under a canopy of fig trees, on the river front deck, by the campfire, on the tree deck over looking a watering hole or in the untamed wilderness. For your excursions, picnic baskets are served in true safari style complete with folding camp table and stools. Sundowners are served every evening by the campfire or on the tree deck. Larsens operates a fleet of custom-built four-wheel drive vehicles with roof hatches designed for game viewing in comfort and safety. Their drivers and guides take pride in their intimate knowledge of the reserve, its flora and the wildlife

Photos: © Wilderness Lodges.

Larsens Camp

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that inhabits it. Guides are qualified by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA) and hardly ever are they ‘stumped’ by a question put by a guest. You can also enjoy bird walks. These are taken in the nearby ‘bush’ outside the camp everyday with the resident naturalist. Larsens Tented Camp is a must if you visit Samburu. Great, friendly, personable service, beautiful location, delicious food, lovely, clean and newly renovated tents, overall, a very luxurious experience.. Uaso Nyiro River Samburu National Reserve, Kenya Phone: (+254 020) 532329

Photos: © Wilderness Lodges.

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Chitwa Chitwa treat, Chitwa Chitwa earned its name as an affectionate ode to the aging giraffe bull who shared the lakeside home as an extended member of the Brink family. After its classic transformation into an eclectic blend of European style with African chic, Chitwa Chitwa has emerged as an exquisite balance between unbridled luxury and environmental harmony. Nestled in a pristine golden triangle of African fauna, the luxury lodge basks in the sun on the banks of one of the largest lakes of the exclusive 155,000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. This private game lodge is magnificent and graceful in appearance; yet humble enough to evaporate into the surrounding beauty of the unspoiled bush of the Sabi Sand. Shaded by old knobthorn trees, guests can be assured of superlative game viewing from the

main lounge and dining areas as they are rendered invisible to the various groups of wild animals that congregate at the waters edge in the mornings and early evenings. Spacious viewing areas strewn with comfy daybeds and a rim-flow swimming pool

further enhance the feeling of being a part of the beautiful scenery, whilst creating the perfect environment to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Africa. The most thrilling and eagerly anticipated part of any stay in Chitwa Chitwa is undoubtedly the safari experience. This resort is highly acclaimed for its excellent game viewing, as all hunting in the area has been abolished for decades. As a result, the animals have grown accustomed to the presence of safari vehicles in their territory and guests enjoy the best opportunities to meet Africa’s Big Five: buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard and lion. Qualified guides and Shangaan trackers who share their profound knowledge regarding this animal kingdom and its complex habitat enrich the safari experience. 24°44’2.16”S, 31°33’35.81”E Mpumalanga, South Africa Phone: 27(0)13 744 0876

Photos: © Chitwa Chitwa. Photographers: Dook & Tom Solo.


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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge WORLD RENOWNED AS A PLACE OF

through the grassy crater floor, the unbelievable fever tree forest, the banks of Lake Magadi and the surrounding marshes. Lunch is served picnic style, surrounded by the natural wonders around you as well as the exceptional wildlife, roaming freely, with which you share this extraordinary paradise. Enjoy more game viewing during the afternoon, as well as an indulgent afternoon tea or sundowner cocktail as the sun sets over the magnificent surrounds in the luxurious comfort of your suite. Finish off this day-to-remember with mouth watering delights, a dinner fit for the king and queen that you now may very well feel you are. S 03°14.356’ E 035°29.816’ Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Phone: 27 11 809 4314

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absolute wonder, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is dramatically beautiful, and often referred to as the 8th world wonder of the world. Perched at the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, this exclusive luxury lodge enjoys spectacular views of the World Heritage Site in which it stands, and is the permanent home of nearly 25,000 animals. Game drives through the Ngorongoro Crater begin early in the morning in closed safari vehicles with pop-up roofs. Accompanied by an expert ranger, a magnificent experience is sure to be had! The descent into the crater is one of scenic beauty, as you make your way through lush forests, home to numerous elephants and buffalo. As you reach the inside of the Ngorongoro Crater, marveling at the incredible landscape around you, your ranger will take you

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Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is teeming with birds and wildlife, including rare and endangered species—such as the sable antelope, and the black rhino. Famous for its cathedral Mopane forests and majestic ‘upside-down’ Baobab trees, Malilangwe is an area where you will also find over 100 rock sites that date back more than 2,000 years. A system of hides and blinds and waterholes has been developed for that special encounter, where absolutely anything may appear to thrill the hidden guest. Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve Chiredzi, Zimbabwe Phone: +263 27216833424

Photos: Singita Game Reserve.

Singita Pamushana Lodge is found within the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in southeastern Zimbabwe. Nestling beneath the trees, the lodge incorporates the natural environment. The forest-like architecture enhances views of the pool, the lush gardens and the lake below. Pamushana Lodge comprises six luxury suites and one villa, each offering incredible views of the Malilangwe dam. All master bedrooms feature en suite bathroom and shower, as well as an outdoor shower, private plunge pool, double-sided fireplace, mini-bar and fridge, and game viewing deck with Swarovski spotting scope.

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2011 HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal The six week HITS Desert Circuit celebrated its exhibitors and sponsors with three VIP areas—the Oasis Club Pavilion between the Grand Prix Stadium and the Main Hunter Ring, the Hunter VIP Tent and the Indoor VIP area for the four evening World Cup Qualifying events. There was plenty of action for all with an outdoor Hunter Derby and Grand Prix every weekend, including the $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix of the Desert on the final Sunday.




Equestrian Flash


Picture Perfect

1. Katie Russo of Pfizer Animal Health, Jim Coulter, Kristen Ruff of Pfizer Animal Health, Becki Pritcher of ERI, and Josh Thompson of Martin Williams. 2. Markus Beerbaum, Brenda Bolts of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. 3. Trainer John Bragg of Bridgeport Farms. 4. Saer Coulter, Charlie Jayne and Lucy Davis. 5. Mark Watring and Lisa Carlsen.

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4 1. Bliss, Brett and Lorraine Heers. 2. Mandy Porter and Craig Starr. 3. Olaf Petersen and Stuart Meikle. 4. The berms surrounding the Grand Prix ring at the HITS Desert Horse Park are always full of people! 5. A happy group from Oz, Inc. with trainers Jeff and Shelley Campf.

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FTI Winter Equestrian Festival: FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI-W 4* Saturday, March 13th was another great night at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Thousands of spectators gathered to watch an international equestrian line-up for the $231,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI 4*-W, presented by Bainbridge Companies. Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm’s “Let’s Fly” were the final team to go clinching the top prize with a double clear and quick round. Nick Skelton (GBR) and Beverly Widdowson’s “Carlo 273” finished double clear a bit slower than Pessoa for second place.



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1. Rodrigo Pessoa riding “Let’s Fly.” 2. Nick Skelton on “Carlo.” 3. Beezie Madden riding “Danny Boy.” 4. Candice King on Skara Glen’s “Davos.”

Photos: Kym Ketcham.

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Comfort should be your top priority. Light and casual clothing in neutral colors is best. Bring some Banana Republic shirts and a light jacket.

If you’re going on an African Safari for the first time, chances are you don’t have much of an idea of the necessary things that you must take with you. Here’s a list of essentials that you must not do without. Some are for safety, some just for keeping in style...

2. JUNGLE STEP Sandals and ankle length walking boots are ideal. This footwear is comfortable and will give your look that fearless touch you are looking for your safari style.

By Equ Lifestyle’s Team

3. BAG IT UP If you think that cross body bags for women make them look like postal workers, you are totally wrong. Use a messenger bag, the perfect way to carry a lot of stuff around, and still look chic.

4. CLOSER LOOK No matter how close you get to the wildlife, there is always so much detail you will miss out without good binoculars.







10. CASH

Protect your skin by applying sunscreen generously. Wear a hat—Panama or brimmed, it’s your call—and shades.

Bring a first aid kit. Also take all your meds, prescriptions, and insect repellents with you.

During your safari you will need plenty of water. Keep hydrated with a portable canteen.

Going on a safari trip is potentially dangerous as much as it is exciting. Make sure that you are covered by your insurance.

Yes, we need to watch that budget, but it’s always advisable to bring more money than you had planned.

Photos: Courtesy Banana Republic.

Equ’s Laws of



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Equ Lifestyle Spring Issue  

APRIL / MAY 2011