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INSIDE

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PENINSULA HOTELS

Where Style Meets Design

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M A N D A R I N O R I E N TA L

Destination Marrakech

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FOUR SEASONS

Handcrafted in Florence

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DORCHESTER COLLECTION

24 Hours in Paris

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ROSEWOOD HOTELS

Finding “Kamma” in Luang Prabang

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R I T Z C A R LT O N

Half Moon Bay Harvest

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DESIGN HOTELS

11 Howard, New York and Sir Savigny, Berlin

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LEADING HOTELS OF THE WORLD

Explore The Amalfi Coast and Capri

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JACKALOPE HOTEL

Australia’s Most Daring Design Hotel

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AMAN

A World Within a World

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ROCCO FORTE

Rome’s Hotel de Russie

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FIRMDALE HOTELS

Kit Kemp and The Whitby, New York

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BELMOND

Celebrating 60 Years of a Venetian Classic

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SBE MONDRIAN

St Martins Lane: English Luxury Evolving

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ANDAZ

Singapore: Inspiring Fresh Perspectives

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P A R K H YA T T

A Tranquil Oasis above Bustling Bangkok

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SHANGRI-LA

Hotel Review: Hong Kong and Sri Lanka

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PREFERRED HOTELS & RESORTS

The Middle House and Baccarat Hotel

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ACCOR HOTELS

The Plaza Hotel, New York

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WA L D O R F A S T O R I A

Beverly Hills Bliss

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EDITION HOTELS

Hotel Review: New York, Barcelona, Bangkok

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O N E & O N LY

At Home in the Wilderness

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JUMEIRAH

Jumeirah Al Naseem

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CONRAD

Bora Bora Nui

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The Peninsula Paris, a grand entrance

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WHERE STYLE MEETS DESIGN T H E F I F T H AV E N U E S U I T E

Ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Midtown

The stunning 10-seat dining room can be combined or

Manhattan, The Peninsula New York is in the heart of

separated from the living room by hand-crafted, decorative

the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment and

glass panel doors with a New York-inspired geometric

cultural district. The hotel is perfectly positioned within

motif created by local artisan, Michael Glickman. Diners

walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth

will be enveloped by hand-painted floral motif murals by

Avenue, Midtown’s top restaurants, historic museums,

Hong Kong-based artist David Qian. A gourmet kitchen

and New York’s Broadway theatres.

with state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances connects to

The Fifth Avenue Suite is the newest addition to the hotel’s coveted collection of signature suites. Located

the dining room, complete with an interior wine fridge to accommodate up to 50 bottles.

on the 17th floor and boasting spectacular views of Fifth

In the bedroom, a custom-made headboard crafted from

Avenue, this suite spans over 232 square metres, and is

embossed leather to highlight the New York skyline has

equipped with an elegant dining room, expansive living

been hand sculpted by London-based artist, Helen Amy

room, gourmet kitchen and custom handcrafted touches

Murray. A southern-facing window with views that expand

by a role-call of world-renowned artisans.

down Fifth Avenue delivers an ideal backdrop of the city

Conceived by New York-based Bill Rooney of Bill Rooney Studio Inc. to reflect a modern take on a grand New York apartment, the one-bedroom suite opens to a crisp entryway complete with fully paneled white leather walls, and black and white granite flooring designed to exude a chic, yet elegant look. An expansive, bright living room highlights the stunning views of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue through oversized windows. The room also features polished fine wood-trimmed walls with herringbone walnut flooring and a relaxing seating area focusing on the views of Fifth Avenue.

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scape below, inclusive of a bird’s eye view of the Museum of Modern Art’s Sculpture Garden. An expansive walkin dressing area with custom built millwork connects to the bedroom to accommodate all luggage and clothing needs. Around the corner lies a magnificent marble bathroom with a large soaking Jacuzzi tub framed by a triptych glass mural created by Brooklyn-based artist, Michael Davis. A separate study is located off the main entry way, complete with a working desk, 65-inch television and closet. The elegant area boasts deep wood trimmed paneling throughout.

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Fifth Avenue Suite, Peninsula New York.


D E S T I N AT I O N M A R R A K E C H THE ANCIENT MOROCCAN CITY OFFERS A SENSORY EXPLOSION OF C O L O U R , S O U N D , S I G H T S , A N D M O U T H WAT E R I N G M E N U S

By Tara Stevens When I first visited Marrakech 12 years ago, I stayed

Youssef Madrasa (1557 to 1574) is one of the city’s many

in a traditional riad that had undergone a magnificent

Koranic schools, but none so dazzling as this 132-room

renovation in the hands of its new owner, a British lawyer.

pile of gigantic cedarwood doors, Italian marble, richly

It seemed to me the height of glamour. We had candle-

carved plaster, colourful friezes, bronze fountains and a

lit dinners every night, accompanied by the drums and

glazed-tile reflecting pool: Islamic architecture at its most

bugles in the Jemaa el-Fna, and drank unexpectedly

glorious. Finish off at the Maison de la Photographie,

good Moroccan Syrah on the roof – both things that are

where images taken all over Morocco from 1870 to 1950

well worth repeating today. But the pink city has evolved

reveal another place and time. Revive with a mint tea and

considerably over the last decade, combining its ancient

fabulous views of the Atlas Mountains from the roof.

and mysterious exotic side with an artfully considered modernity that’s bang up to date. Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech reflects this new direction, providing an elegant and tranquil oasis just minutes from this bustling city’s centre.

While the evening food market on the Jemaa el-Fna is essential for any globetrotting gourmet, lunch and dinner are no longer limited to couscous or tagine. At Nomad, Kamal Laftimi and Sebastien de Gzell have created the city’s answer to Ottolenghi, inspired by local markets, and

Take a stroll through Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Jardin

run pop-ups three or four times a year with chefs from

Majorelle, with its eye-popping licks of lapis lazuli and

restaurants such as Quay in Sydney and Frenchie in

daffodil yellow paint, and you’ll find the star-speckled

Paris. In Guéliz, Bagatelle is a French bistro of the old

cupola of the Berber Museum, which showcases exquisite

guard, serving excellent leek vinaigrette, steak frites

handicrafts by tribes from the Rif to the Sahara as well as

and veal tongue with cream and capers in a setting

a re-imagined gift shop by creative director Stephen di

that whisks you back to fifties Paris. In the hands of the

Renza. Across the road, 33 Rue Majorelle stocks designer

venerable Yannick Alléno, consulting chef at La Grand

goods for home and wardrobe, including candy-coloured

Table Française, French-Moroccan fusion becomes fine

knitted totes for carrying it all home. Head back to the

dining extraordinaire.

Medina for a light lunch and a glass of wine within the shiny new boutique at Vanessa Branson’s artsy El Fenn. Here the focus is on local artisans – chunky Atlas wool blankets, jewel-coloured table linens and orchard-wood serving platters – as well as vintage pieces and one-of-akind, hand-stitched kaftans by Norya Ayron.

The best drinks in town are still served upstairs at the Grand Café de la Poste. Going strong since 1925, the first-floor salon is a sultry blend of gleaming wood panels and leather sofas, where ’Kech’s movers and shakers start and end the night. In between the ancient Medina and the increasingly sophisticated Ville Nouvelle, the

While you’re in the Medina (near Mandarin Oriental)

Kasbah is finally growing legs thanks to the arrival of

don’t miss the opportunity to ponder the opulent Saadian

Café Clock, which hosts an extraordinary storytelling

Tombs, final resting place of 60 members of the Saadi

night on Thursdays. Led by the head of the Jemaa el-Fna

dynasty that ruled Morocco from 1554 to 1659. If this is

storytellers’ association, the translated fables provide an

them in death, just imagine the glory in life… The Ben

insight, lest we forget, into the Marrakech that was.

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Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Mandarin Pool Villa.

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M A N D A R I N O R I E N TA L , MARRAKECH Offering the ultimate Moroccan escape and lying in 20 hectares of fragrant gardens and olive groves, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech opened late-2015. With the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is an oasis of luxury only 10 minutes from the city’s famous Medina. With beautiful villas, spacious suites, fabulous spa and a choice of innovative restaurants, this spectacular hotel will take your breath away. The hotel offers 54 private villas, all with secluded wall gardens, swimming pools and hot tubs, and shaded alfresco dining. A further nine spectacular suites, some with their own rooftop plunge pool, feature panoramic vistas of the gardens and surrounding countryside. Drawing inspiration from both Mandarin Oriental’s heritage and its Moroccan location, the hotel’s serene spa is the ultimate holistic oasis. All treatment suites have a private, walled garden where guests can relax after their treatments.

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M A N D A R I N O R I E N TA L , H Y D E PA R K In September 2016, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London embarked on an exciting restoration designed to significantly enhance the facilities of the hotel. The property has remained open throughout this 18-month renovation, undertaken in two phases in order to minimise disruption to guests. Internationally renowned designer, Joyce Wang, has been commissioned to oversee the overall design concept, and has taken her inspiration from the hotel’s royal heritage and peaceful park side location, as well as the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. All 181 rooms and suites are even more luxurious and comfortable, and will encompass details inspired by the building’s Edwardian heritage and the natural beauty of Hyde Park. At the beginning of September 2017, the hotel unveiled its beautiful, newly restored Knightsbridge facing rooms combining contemporary grandeur and traditional luxury.

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HANDCRAFTED IN FLORENCE FINDING THE CITY’S TREASURES WITH FOUR SEASONS

Your journey to discover the ancient heart of Florentine

until Elisabetta and Alessandro’s father, Bianco, became

artisanship begins over a perfectly pressed cup of

fascinated with it in the ’50s.

espresso at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. It’s a fitting place to start, as the Hotel speaks to a history of unsurpassed craftsmanship. It began its storied life in the 15th century as the Palazzo della Gherardesca before becoming, in turn, a papal residence, a convent and, in 2008, a luxury hotel. That most recent transformation, recounts General Manager Patrizio Cipollini, took seven years—and 42 craftsmen.“They worked furiously day and night to restore the interior to its former glory,” says Cipollini. He stands in

“Driven by passion and curiosity, he started to search for antique recipes for scagliola in old libraries, and then he attempted the craft at home,” says Alessandro. “Luckily he was very good at it.” Bianco’s meticulous and striking pieces quickly garnered a following, and his scagliola can now be found in some of the world’s most prestigious places—including the Kensington Royal Palace and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.

the tranquil inner courtyard, where the morning Tuscan sun

The city’s Santa Croce area is the historical home of

illuminates 15th-century stone-carved allegorical reliefs

Italy’s first tanneries and leather workers. Nearby, in the

and 16th-century Mannerist frescos—works by artisans,

antique dormitory of the Santa Croce Church, today’s

such as Giovanni Stradano, who were in the exclusive

students can learn ancient leatherwork skills under

service of royalty and the elite. More than five centuries

master craftsmen at the Scuola del Cuoio, or Leather

later, some 6,000 modern-day Florentine artisans are

School. “Our in-house artisans create the one-of-a-kind

the spiritual heirs of those craftsmen. From Via Maggio to

bags and leather accessories we sell in our atelier,” says

Ponte Vecchio, they are the cultural heart of the city. And

Laura Gori, the school’s co-owner. “We teach leatherwork

now, a select few are opening their workshops for tours

to students from all over the world.”

and lessons available to guests of Four Seasons Hotel

As artisans sew and shape leather in the school’s open

Firenze.

workshop, Gori pulls a 100-year-old bronze tool from a

On the south side of the River Arno, Via Maggio—the

flame, preparing to personalize an exquisite leather bag

street where Florence’s nobles built their residences for

with gilded initials. “Gilding is a master craftsman skill, and

its proximity to the Medici palace—is home to a showroom

only the top leather-making artisans are able to work with

of one of the city’s most talented artisan families. Behind

gold,” she says, taking a sliver of papery 22-carat gold

the showroom window, sister and brother Elisabetta

foil and smoothing it over the leather with a sponge. She

and Alessandro Bianchi are bent over one of their latest

presses the hot tool into the foil and leather, and then pulls

works. They are masters of a technique called scagliola—

it away to reveal a client’s initials. “Watching our craftsmen

the art of using powdered selenite to inlay a design into

put together their hands, hearts, passions and brains to

marble tables and panels. Invented in Florence during the

make beautiful things,” says Gori, “it’s like walking in past

Renaissance, scagliola had mysteriously disappeared

centuries.” ... continued

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Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Il Palazzo.


At Dante Cardini jewellery shop on Florence’s famed Ponte Vecchio, glittering jewels in glass cabinets outshine the sun that shimmers over the Arno. Fourth-generation owners and first cousins Elisabetta Gardella and Massimo Del Taglia, whose great-grandfather opened the shop in 1888, know that jewellery is part of the Ponte Vecchio’s history. “The Ponte Vecchio once had butcher shops, but the Medicis hated the smell,” says Gardella. “They adored beautiful things and wanted to elevate the prestige of the bridge, so they moved out the butchers and summoned the jewellers.” Although jewellery makers no longer work on the Ponte Vecchio, Dante Cardini sells handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces in collaboration with Florentine jeweller Roberto Poggiali. Besides the sparkling collection, Dante Cardini houses another rare gem. A narrow staircase at the back of the shop winds to a private fourth-storey rooftop terrace, the only one accessible from the Ponte Vecchio. Here, guests of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze are exclusively invited to reserve an unforgettable private dining experience for two. As the sun sets over the Arno, take a seat, pour the wine and enjoy a personalized menu created especially for the evening, with elegant golden touches that allude to the bridge’s jewellery tradition. From your place on the terrace, the city glistens in the last light of day, evoking the Florence of the Renaissance, of the Medicis—the Florence that inspired the artisans who captured its creative spirit. Though he may be grouped with the Florentine leather workers at Scuola del Cuoio and other traditional craftsmen of the city—chandelier makers, cobblers and silversmiths—perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi (left) is not a typical artisan. His award-winning olfaction and meticulous techniques are behind his niche fragrance collection and allow him to create personalized scents for private clients. “It is a different kind of craftsmanship, though it’s still very much artisanal,” says Villoresi in his atelier, a small workshop with a grand view of the River Arno. “The perfumer works with very few instruments—a piece of paper and a pen, a very precise scale, a glass beaker, and a stick—slowly adding extracts drop by drop.” Villoresi draws from a palette of nearly 1,500 extracts to create his scents and often writes poetry about his creations. Clients ask Villoresi to infuse notes of cherished places into their tailor-made fragrances: A nostalgic Irishman living in America requested a hint of alfalfa, a wild grass from his homeland; another client, the smell of a stable from his family’s country home. Blending citrus and woody notes, Villoresi creates a heady combination that evokes the blue sea and fragrant lemon trees of Italy’s Amalfi coast—the gentle essence of a memory.

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Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, The Volterrano Gallery Suite features silk wallpapers from the 18th century.

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, La Villa Presidential Suite.


Hôtel Plaza Athénée, entrance.

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Established in 1913, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has checked-in the crème de la crème of civil society over the course of its illustrious existence. With 154 rooms and 54 suites, Hôtel Plaza Athénée is impeccably designed and portrays the epitome of Parisian glamour. A home away from home in the heart of Paris, all that the city of love has to offer is on its doorstep. But why venture out when five luxurious restaurants and a lavish cocktail bar are based within the hotel, catering to your wants and whims at whatever hour calls. For those who wish make the most of their time “in residence”, here is how we would spend 24 hours in the legendary Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

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3–3:15PM: CHECK-IN Receive the warmest of welcomes from their friendly team, who will whisk you straight up to your room. Settle in with some champagne and toast to the stunning views stretching beyond the Eiffel Tower. The rooms all offer fabulous French décor and feature Italian marble bathrooms, and the beds come laden in bespoke linen with individual pillow menus. Each room has its own seating area to relax in while you plan your visit and is furnished with stunning antique fittings.

3 : 1 5 – 5 P M : S PA A big part of any relaxing trip away, the Dior Institut at Hôtel Plaza Athénée offers guests the ultimate experience when it comes to health and beauty. All the treatments on offer are inspired by Christian Dior himself and are designed to cleanse and rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée.

6 – 7 P M : C O C K TA I L S Make your way to La Terrasse Montaigne where you can enjoy a range of delicious cocktails and snacks while sitting on the most fashionable avenue in the whole of Paris. As the evening draws in, head to Le Bar du Plaza Athénée – famous for its innovative cocktails and fabulous evening entertainment put together by Thierry Hernandez and team.

7–9PM: DINNER Finish off your evening in the recently refurbished restaurant, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. Offering a new style of French Haute Cuisine, this iconic kitchen serves up authentic, ‘naturalness’ cuisine inspired by a trilogy of fish-vegetablescereals. The breathtaking dining room, designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, is glamorous and elegant – everything you want from an evening meal in the fashionable city of Paris.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Dior Institut.


Hôtel Plaza Athénée, in-room breakfast.

8 – 9 A M : B R E A K FA S T After a relaxing sleep in your luxurious suites, you can wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast from the comfort of your own room. With a range of breakfast options available, you can start your day with a selection of homemade pastries, some fresh fruit or a variety of organic eggbased dishes like eggs benedict.

10AM–12PM: SHOPPING ON AV E N U E M O N TA I G N E When you’re feeling fully rejuvenated and energised, avenue Montaigne is the place to go. Situated between the banks of the river Seine and avenue des ChampsÉlysées, this is the fanciest shopping avenue in the whole of Paris. Dedicated to luxury, avenue Montaigne is home to a range of high-end fashion brands and is famous for its flagship Dior store. With brands like Versace, Prada and Valentino to choose from, what better way to spend your morning than to indulge in a spot of luxury retail therapy?

1 2 : 1 5 – 2 P M : L U N C H AT L A COUR JARDIN This tranquil terrace restaurant, La Cour Jardin, is the ideal place to finish off your visit to Hôtel Plaza Athénée. During the summer months you can enjoy a selection of Franco-Japanese delights, made by Fumiko Kono, alongside a range of other menu essentials. Guests can expect fresh, elegant dishes while taking in this warm Parisian outdoor setting.

Shopping on the Champs-Élysées.

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Hôtel Plaza Athénée, La Cour Jardin.


Rosewood Luang Prabang, Hilltop Tent.

F I N D I N G “ K A M M A” I N L U A N G P R A B A N G T H E U N IQ U E LY L AO PH ILO SO PH Y O F D O ING G O O D P E RME ATE S L IFE IN THE CITY

Wandering through yet another immaculately kept temple

meditate. All Lao boys of adolescent age spend at least

in Luang Prabang town, the air heavy with the scent of

three months as novice monks in a temple; some stay for

a thousand frangipani trees, it’s easy to lose yourself in

years. They forsake money and possessions and eat only

the soothing spiritualism that is embodied in this ancient

in the morning, relying on alms-givers; a practice which

town. Bo peng yang (no problem) is the mantra of Laos,

accumulates kamma for all involved. Orange-clothed

a modern-day interpretation of the Theravada Buddhist

monks with their shaved heads, sun umbrellas and simple

belief of kamma: do good and live peacefully, for you reap

black rubber slippers are a familiar yet unforgettable sight

what you sow, in this life and the next. It’s taken quite

in this spiritual town.

literally in Luang Prabang where traffic is scarce, cafés spill onto pavements and a smile and a sabaidee (hello) are always returned.

Rise early before the sun to see sai bat, the morning alms, where hundreds of monks stream out of the temples to collect alms from the faithful kneeling in the road. Keep a

Luang Prabang has an impressive 32 temples, many

respectful distance before following on to the temples. Wat

of which are home to Laos’ iconic saffron-robed monks

Xieng Thong is particularly beautiful at this time, when

who come from around the country to study, pray and

the early sun glimmers on its exquisite glass mosaic tree,

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S T AY Hidden in the lush green jungle that surrounds the historic royal settlement of Luang Prabang, a river runs through the heart of this exotic retreat. Taking its cue from the French-Lao architecture for which the town is known, the interiors reflect the influences of ancient temples, while luxurious tented villas celebrate the explorer spirit. The resort offers 23 spacious accommodations including four deluxe rooms, four specialty suites, three riverside villas, six pool villas and six luxury tents. Each of the resort’s guest housings is bordered by riverbank. The 75 sqm luxury tented villas include their own private dining areas and wrap-around decks. Lao tradition and French colonial style are sensitively woven throughout the design and architecture, including the use of indigenous materials and locally inspired artwork.

Rosewood Luang Prabang, Luxury Tented Villas.

etched gold ceiling and reclining Buddha. Built in 1560,

If it’s your own interpretation of kamma you seek,

this is one of the town’s most spiritual places. Wat Mai is

discover your inner spirituality with Meditation, a

also unmissable with its ornate five-tiered roof archive for

permanent photography exhibition at Wat Khili – part of

visitors to view and intricate gold-etched walls, columns

a 23-year project by photographer Hans Georg Berger

and ceilings. Adjoining the popular night market and Royal

that showcases how intrinsic meditation is to the monks

Palace Museum, it dates back to the early 19th century.

through a series of black-and-white images of them

If sunrise is not your time, climb the 300 well-worn stone steps up to Luang Prabang’s most revered temple, Wat That Chomsi, which sits atop Mount Phousi. The views over the town and river are best enjoyed with a magnificent mountain sunset. Descend the other side towards the river and stop for a chat with one of the resident novice monks; they love to practice their English.

meditating in the forest around Luang Prabang. Set in this ancient temple at the heart of the peninsula, and recently restored by the Buddhist Heritage Project, Wat Khili includes a 200-year-old manuscript library, a wonderful insight into Lao Buddhist history for those who speak and read the native tongue, and with some translated to English, it is also a fascinating historical archive for visitors to view.


The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

H A L F M O O N B AY H A R V E S T E X PLO R IN G F R O M R IT Z CARLTO N’S COASTAL CAL IFO RNIA RE TRE AT

As you sip a glass of wine at check-in to the rhythm of

The area has a spirited history: During Prohibition, the

the Pacific waves crashing below, it becomes clear that

foggy coves that attracted vessels carrying Canadian

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay has perfected the art

whiskey also shielded local moonshiners who distilled

of the West Coast welcome. Just 37 kilometres south

grappa from their fermented grape crops.

of San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay delivers a charming, coastal luxury resort experience. Roast s’mores over an open fire on your hotel terrace, nourish body and soul at the spa, or tee off on one of two championship golf courses, before feasting fresh seafood at the signature restaurant and watching the sun set over the Pacific. California wine disciples tend to focus on the viticulture vortex known as Napa and Sonoma. But when the summer heat rolls in with the crowds, we suggest steering south of San Francisco toward Half Moon Bay and its coastal environs.

Today, Half Moon Bay is one of the area’s most vibrant seaside communities, with picturesque beaches and an abundance of thrilling outdoor activities. Horseback riding, surfing and hiking are among the more popular pastimes here, highlighting the town’s enthralling coastal climate. Beyond Half Moon Bay, The Ritz-Carlton brings together stunning accommodations across California that can combine for an unforgettable getaway. From a natural desert oasis in Rancho Mirage to snow-capped views of peaks rising over Lake Tahoe, following are some of our favourites from Ritz-Carlton’s Cali-collection.

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RANCHO MIRAGE Perched on a desert ridge above Coachella Valley sits one of Palm Springs’ premier luxury hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. A modern oasis embraced by desert warmth, the resorts’ natural surroundings reveal a casually elegant ambiance where guests can surrender to the serenity of a relaxing spa, indulge in fine dining, or play one of the more than 100 world-class golf courses that have made Palm Springs an unparalleled golf destination.

L A K E TA H O E Set mid-mountain at Northstar California, The

Ritz-Carlton,

Lake

Tahoe

offers

effortless access to countless winter activities with mountain concierge services and ski-in/ski-out access.

S A N TA B A R B A R A The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara embodies the charm, beauty and energy of the Mediterranean in the heart of Santa

Barbara,

offering

ocean-view

accommodations, an indulgent spa and dining that celebrates local ingredients.

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, pool ovelooking Coachella Valley.


11 Howard, New York, Terrace Suite.

1 1 H O WA R D, S O H O, N E W Y O R K

11 Howard’s concept of “conscious hospitality” begins with

to improve with time. “It’s not about being fashionable or

its massive redesign by the hotel’s creative director and

trendy,” Andrei explains. “It’ll never feel dated.”

founder of Anda Andrei Design, Anda Andrei—who has worked with such names as Philippe Starck and Julian Schnabel—and Space Copenhagen, the multidisciplinary Danish design studio responsible for the interior of Noma, frequently called the world’s best restaurant.

Oak-plank floors and soft natural bamboo area rugs complement custom furniture and lighting exclusively designed for the hotel by Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, while custom artworks handpicked by ‘Original’ Aby Rosen and Anda Andrei dot

The design team gutted a characterless structure

11 Howard’s 213 guest rooms and suites. Suites also

built in 1961 and reinvented the space with a dose

feature loft ceilings and oversized windows, allowing

of

looking

for abundant natural light—unique in this area of the

Scandinavian, the hotel embraces Scandinavian ideals—

city. Bathrooms are finished in marble and brass, with

lightness, honesty, utility, and durability. With an emphasis

specially procured products made from organic botanical

on long-term function, in addition to form, 11 Howard is

ingredients.

Scandinavian

minimalism.

More

than

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Sir Savigny Hotel, 30 sqm Sir Suite.

S I R S A V I G N Y, B E R L I N

Sir Savigny lives in the heart of Art Nouveau Berlin-

is intelligence having fun”, brilliantly captures two key

Charlottenburg, home to literati, artists, fashion designers,

elements reigning at this Kantstrasse retreat: ingenious

entrepreneurs, and the neighborhood’s famous Schloss

imagination and the enticement of pleasure. Indeed, that

Charlottenburg. This 44-room luxury urban retreat,

pleasure unfolds liberally on the ground floor - sleekly

housed in Berlin’s literary quarter and built in 1893, is

designed by Baranowitz + Kronenberg and home to Sir

characterized by cool metals, cozy calfskins, and wood,

Savigny’s burger bar, The Butcher; the hotel’s beguiling

while Art Nouveau elements complement mid-century

bar; and a private, green garden oasis in the middle of

modern details.

Charlottenburg, created for the enjoyment of hotel guests

Here, the cutting-edge and the traditional augment each other in the wondrous room designs of Saar Zafrir from

and Berlin locals. It is the ideal spot for soaking up the sun, a quiet drink, and the neighborhood scene.

Amsterdam, whose tell-it-like-it-is mantra, “Creativity

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Positano’s legendary Oyster Bar at Le Sirenuse.

THE AMALFI COAST AND CAPRI S E V E N D AY S I N I T A LY ’ S S E A S I D E P A R A D I S E

Located in Italy’s Campania region, the Amalfi Coast is a

and environs can easily be explored in a day or two. Don’t

place where land, sea and sky strike such a note of such

miss the town of Amalfi, whose Duomo di Sant’Andrea

otherworldly perfection that the region is best approached

has a marvelously painted façade; lunch at Lo Scoglio,

by boat in order to take in the panorama. Here are the

an incredible seafood eatery that’s best reached via

most memorable stops along the coast and on the nearby

boat; and a languorous boat cruise along the coast, from

island of Capri.

which you can see the scenic villages built into the steep rock face. Dinners here are lengthy affairs, especially at

D AY 1 - 2 : P O S I T A N O

the two-Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890, one of the

“Positano bites deep,” wrote John Steinbeck of the

region’s most acclaimed restaurants. The coast’s most

coastal fishing town that is the epitome of Amalfi chic,

iconic properties, Le Sirenuse and Hotel Santa Caterina,

with stunning sea views, and authentic restaurants and

have incredible locations high above the sea, making

cafés. Often a first stop on an Amalfi itinerary, Positano

them romantic spots for sunset aperitifs.

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S T AY The Sersale family, owners of the legendary Le Sirenuse, has had many illustrious members: an ambassador in the mid-18th century; a cardinal and archbishop of Naples; even a mayor of Positano, the fishing village-turned-glam resort, in the 1940’s. The palazzo that now houses the property was the Sersale’s seaside retreat, and anyone who stays cannot help but be swept up in the passion and good taste of this family. The majolica tiled rooms are filled with museum-worthy antiques, hand-picked mostly by patriarch Franco Sersale. Today, the charming Antonio Sersale continues the tradition that has transformed his family’s home into one of the world’s most personal properties. As locals will tell you, ‘Positano is Le Sirenuse’.

Le Sirenuse, pool deck.

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Palazzo Avino,Ravello.

D AY 3 - 5 : C A P R I

D AY 6 - 7 : R A V E L L O

An iconic island which has been featured in countless

Perched in the hills about a 45-minute drive from Positano,

films and books, Capri has two distinct faces: during the

the pretty village of Ravello makes for a perfect conclusion

day it’s ruled by day-trippers, but once the last ferry has

to an Amalfi Coast/Capri trip. French poet André Gide

left, locals and visitors staying on the island emerge to

marveled that Ravello is “nearer to the sky than to the

partake in a charming nightly ritual. It begins at Bar Al

shore,” a fact that is stunningly demonstrated at the

Piccolo on the piazzetta, where you gather for an aperitif

Belvedere of Infinity terrace at Villa Cimbrone. The former

and, more importantly, to people watch. Leisurely dinners

home of British Lord Grimthorpe, the villa is surrounded

include homemade pasta and simply prepared fresh

by maze-like gardens shaded by lush trees and wisteria-

seafood; top spots for tables are Aurora and Da Paolino.

laden pergolas; explore on foot or by bike. The annual

During the day, most insiders hole up at their hotels or

Ravello Festival continues the town’s history of drawing

in a choice lounger at La Fontelina or Il Riccio beach

artists, writers and musicians; a beloved tradition is the

clubs. The town of Anacapri is surrounded by scenic

Concerto all’Alba (“dawn concert”), which starts at 5 a.m.

hiking paths—a visit to art-filled Villa San Michele and a shopping excursion along Via Camerelle, Via V. Emanuele and Via Le Botteghe are also not to be missed.

S T AY Built in what was once a 12th century private villa for

S T AY

an Italian noble family and opened as a hotel in 1997,

Overlooking the sea along the luxuriant coastline that has

of Ravello, has been lauded as one of the world’s finest

long been a sought-after destination, J.K. Place Capri

hotels. Palazzo Avino’s Clubhouse by the Sea is located

delivers discreet charm and home-like ease. The hotel’s

in the small town of Marmorata, just a 15 minute drive

interiors echo the style and the concept of a luxurious

from Ravello. There is complimentary access to the

residence, enhanced by the light and color of the sea.

beach platforms for all hotel guests (based on availability)

Spacious rooms where the artful revival of the classical

along a small swimming pool, the casual Clubhouse

style is accented by the sunny curtains and the luminous

Restaurant, changing rooms and relaxing living rooms.

white floors, highlighting the spectacular views of the

A complimentary shuttle service to and from the hotel is

Capri coastlines through the windows and balconies.

available.

Palazzo Avino, tucked away in the medieval hilltop village

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Palazzo Avino’s Clubhouse by the Sea.

J.K. Place Capri, terrace bar.


LUXURY REIMAGINED

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Intoxicating views over Jackalope’s infinity pool and vineyard.


LIKE NOTHING AUSTRALIA HAS SEEN BEFORE

Just three days after Jackalope Mornington Peninsula opened its doors, Melbourne editor and restaurant critic for Australian Gourmet Traveller, Michael Harden, checked into review the property for the magazine’s upcoming Hotel Awards. Six weeks later, this daring design hotel was declared Australia’s ‘Hotel of the Year’ and of it, Harden hummed that “the Mornington Peninsula hasn’t seen anything like it... and nor has Australia.” Jackalope Hotels’ debut property promises an experience to remember and delivers it in gilded spades. Set on a pristine vineyard amid the Mornington Peninsula wine region, intoxicating rural acreage frames a hotel unique in both destination and design. Highlights include 45 rooms and suites with delights like deep-soak baths, floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces; immersive wine and culinary experiences delivered through two restaurants, a winery, cellar door, and cocktail bar; and a striking, black 30-metre infinity pool overlooking the vines. Jackalope is luxury reimagined. 31

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AMAN WELLNESS A WORLD WITHIN A WORLD

From the hammams of Morocco to the hot springs of Japan, Aman Wellness offers a journey of reawakening. Across the globe, Aman integrates local spa rituals with indigenous ingredients, a profoundly therapeutic touch, and a gentle sense of joy and discovery. For those seeking deep transformation or a shift in perspective, Aman’s flagship holistic hideaways–Amanpuri in Thailand, Amanbagh in India and Amanoi in Vietnam–offer carefully calibrated programmes that range from a three-night stay to their ultimate 21-night Life Turnarounds. Tailored to you, whether your focus is stress management, emotional healing, fitness or weight-loss, Aman’s Immersion experiences sensitively encourage a process of release that enables you to leave behind negative holding patterns and embrace a strong newness of spirit. Nothing is strictly prescribed as Aman aims to meet you where you are at, from moment to moment, so you can return home with palpable results, an expansive blossoming of the soul and fresh intentions.

AMANPURI

AMANBAGH

AMANOI

Designed to promote profound

Escape to a secret garden estate

Surrounded by Nui Chua National

change,

Amanpuri’s

carefully

in India’s rugged Aravalli Hills and

Park on the shores of Vinh Hy Bay,

calibrated

programmes

aim

reconnect within the rose-pink,

Amanoi invites you to experience

gently steer you on a new path.

Mughal-inspired

that

one of its Individual Wellness

Whether you seek to increase

is Amanbagh. Drawing on India’s

Immersions, a spa retreat designed

fitness levels, shift unwanted weight

remarkable

to

and its emotional root causes,

Amanbagh’s Ayurvedic Immersions

Carefully

deep cleanse your entire system,

offer a unique experience of this

steer you on a new path, these

or

awareness,

5,000-year-old system of preventive

programmes

Immersion

medicine. An in-house Ayurvedic

results and a deep sense of inner

Fitness,

physician oversees every detail

peace whether you wish to shift

Weight Management, Cleanse and

of your Immersion, whether you

unwanted weight, renew focus and

Awareness ensure palpable results

seek an introduction to Ayurveda,

spiritual connection, or promote

and a deep sense of inner peace

or a full three-week programme

internal

and happiness.

designed for total rejuvenation.

attain

renewed

Amanpuri’s

four

Experiences

entitled

to

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promote

profound

calibrated

to

ensure

balance

and

change. gently palpable

overall

wellbeing for a longer, healthier life.


Amanbagh, pool deck.

Amanpuri, pool deck.

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W H Y P I C A S S O L O V E R S S H O U L D S T AY A T ROME’S HOTEL DE RUSSIE

Brilliant, original, and revolutionary, Pablo Picasso is

di Spagna, Trinità dei Monti, Villa Medici, and Piazza

widely considered one of the most influential artists of

Barberini – can be seen in his work from this period.

all time. Revered for his boundary-pushing and often surrealist artworks, the Spanish artist left an impression everywhere he visited. During a sabbatical in Rome in 1917, however, the tables turned as career and love became intertwined and his life was changed forever. In February 1917, Picasso travelled to Rome to design the costumes and sets of poet Jean Cocteau’s ‘Parade’, the first Cubist ballet, performed by the illustrious Ballets Russes. The project enabled the artist, renowned for his paintings, to bring his sketches to life on stage. During rehearsals, Picasso became infatuated with dancer Olga Khokhlova, whom he went on to marry. While the ballet moved to Paris for its premiere, Picasso remained inspired by Italy and Italian classical art for many years.

While visiting Rome, Picasso stayed at Hotel de Russie, located just a few steps from his former art studio in Via Margutta. Poet Jean Cocteau also stayed at the hotel, in an adjoining room, and the pair were known to lean out of the windows to pick oranges from the garden. This visit inspired the hotel to create the Picasso Suite. The Suite epitomises the hotel’s style with tasteful, modern furnishings and pops of color. In the living room, prints and pillows featuring Picasso’s designs complement the beige sofa and armchairs. Guests can enjoy an intimate dinner in the dining room, which has a wet bar, an elegant marble table, and built-in shelves filled with books and decorative objects. The 86-square-metre suite has one bedroom, a bath decorated in Italian marble

During his three-month stint in the Eternal City, Picasso

and mosaics, a spacious walk-in wardrobe, and a private

visited, and was inspired by, many sites, and numerous

terrace overlooking the hotel’s garden.

well-known attractions – such as Via Margutta, Piazza

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Le Jardin de Russie, Fine Italian cuisine in stunning surroundings.

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Hotel de Russie, Picasso Suite.


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Firmdale Hotels founder, Kit Kemp.

“Hotels should be living things not stuffy institutions”

just two blocks from Central Park and on the doorstep

maintain Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels, a

of some of New York’s leading restaurants, galleries and

coveted collection now boasting eight boutique hotels in

museums, including MoMA. It is surrounded by world-

London and, with the recent opening of The Whitby, two

class department stores, luxury designer boutiques and

in New York. The high standards of excellence and unique

Broadway is just a short walk away.

townhouse style of decoration have over the years added up to a winning combination. Kit Kemp has designed the interiors of each hotel in her unique personal way which reflects a fresh, modern English style. Kemp was named the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year in 2008 and has gone onto win many more accolades. Firmdale Hotels has received the Queens Award for Enterprise in 2000, 2006 and 2009, a recognition of its outstanding achievement to international trade.

The Whitby Hotel is a celebration of contemporary art and design. There are 86 individually designed bedrooms and suites, each with floor to ceiling windows, many with a private terrace and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Interiors have been designed by Kit Kemp, acclaimed for her individual and unique way of arranging spaces with a colourful and carefree spirit. There is also The Whitby Bar and Restaurant, an Orangery, book-lined Drawing Room, private outdoor terrace as well as three

Situated in the heart of upper midtown Manhattan on

beautifully designed private event rooms, a 130 seat state-

West 56th Street near 5th Avenue, The Whitby Hotel is

of-the-art cinema and a fully equipped gym.

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BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI, VENICE C E L E B R AT I N G 6 0 Y E A R S O F A T R U E V E N E T I A N C L A S S I C

Among Venice hotels, Belmond Hotel Cipriani exudes an

and artists from across the globe were drawn to the

unapologetic grandeur that’s hard to emulate. Welcome

relaxing, private atmosphere, the outstanding service

to a place where such timeless qualities as elegance,

and the gorgeous rooms decorated with Murano glass

courtesy and charm become more than mere fantasy;

and Fortuny fabrics. Giuseppe was very hands-on, his

step onto the private dock and into another world.

grandson Bonifacio Brass remembers. “He was loved

In 2018, Belmond celebrated Hotel Cipriani’s 60th birthday. To mark this milestone, we look back at this diamond’s glittering past and celebrate its shining future.

by the staff and he took great pleasure in greeting them every morning. He put his heart and soul into making a place that was truly luxurious. He was also a pastry chef and he put on sumptuous buffet breakfasts with incredible

Hotel Cipriani’s story began in 1956, when Giuseppe

pastries. He was meticulous about details.” The guest list

Cipriani, founder of the celebrated Harry’s Bar in Venice,

reads like a Who’s Who, from Yves Saint Laurent and

decided to build a haven for jet-setting travellers close to

Hubert de Givenchy to Vanessa Redgrave, Sophia Loren

St Mark’s Square, yet away from the city bustle. It was

and Catherine Deneuve.

a time when Italy was still celebrating a post-war dolce vita, as encapsulated by films such as Roman Holiday and Summertime. He chose a three-acre plot on the tip of the then-deserted Giudecca Island, and secured funding from three wealthy Guinness sisters.

As the hotel expanded, Giuseppe hit on the idea to install a swimming pool. And herein lies a tale. Allegedly, when the Guinness sisters arrived to view it they cried, “We didn’t agree to an Olympic swimming pool!” “But that’s what we settled on with your architect,” replied Giuseppe.

Just two years after the project began, glamorous guests

“25 by 50 metres.” “No, we said 25 by 50 FEET!” they

were arriving in their droves. Affluent Americans, French

retorted. The manager at the time, Enzo Cecconi, now

nobles, English aristocrats, European royalty, actors

81, clears the matter up. “The truth is, it measures

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exactly 33 x 13.5 metres. I know because it was me who

very appealing to Venetian society.” She also remembers

led the work.” Whatever its dimensions, the titanic pool

he was a stickler for detail. “The hotel was known above

has become one of the most exclusive attractions and

all for its impeccable service. Printed profiles were kept,

meeting places in Venice. Writer Erica Jong, a longtime

indicating habits and special requests of guests, so that

aficionado of the city, says it’s the first thing that springs

the following year they could find exactly the same things

to mind when she thinks of the hotel. “The crazy pool

and feel truly at home.” Today, Giampaolo Ottazzi ensures

with the wrong dimensions because the Italian architect

Belmond Hotel Cipriani continues to blaze a trail.

was talking in metres and the London one was talking in feet…! But it’s the most wonderful pool because of the salt water—you feel like you’re swimming in the sea.” The author frequently features Venice in her books. “I’ve published 25 books all over the world in 45 languages, including Chinese, and Venice always somehow appears.” At the age of 72, Giuseppe left the hotel and, in 1976, it became the cornerstone of the Belmond collection together with the revived Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Another

legendary

hotelier,

Natale

Rusconi,

was

appointed as General Manager and was a much-loved part of the legend until 2007. Former PR Director Nadia

The hotel may look quite different now from the one Giuseppe Cipriani built—additions have included the magnificent Palazzo Vendramin, Cip’s Club, the Granaries of the Republic and our Michelin-star restaurant Oro. But it stays true to the original aspiration: to provide an indulgent sanctuary a world away, yet a stone’s throw, from St Mark’s Square. The final word goes to Bonifacio, who recalls that his grandfather, on creating the iconic pool, said he wanted to have a dolphin as a lifeguard. “And he almost made it happen.” Now that’s the stuff of legend.

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BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER, PERU South America’s first luxury sleeper train glides from Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, across the lofty Andean plains to the white city of Arequipa. Take in the region’s spectacular highlights en route, including Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon. Snaking its way through the Andes, there’s no mistaking this midnight blue voyager. In contrast to the striking landscape that glides past, each twin or double cabin offers a soothing blend of signature Peruvian accents and in-built oxygen for additional comfort at high altitudes. Hand-woven fabrics and soft, Alpaca-style textures invite a leisurely rest. An en suite bathroom and shower permit luxurious bathing––even at 4,000ft.

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BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL, LONDON Anticipate a new standard of style at this historic Sloane Street gem. This historic property, dating from 1887, opens fully renovated and reconceptualised. Built in Queen Anne style in 1887, Belmond Cadogan Hotel has long played an integral role in the social history of the Kensington and Chelsea area. Once home to Lillie Langtry where she courted the future King of England, Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, the hotel was also known as Oscar Wilde’s London pied-a-terre. In an ambitious multi-million dollar refurbishment project, this astonishing building will be brought back to life. Its 54 rooms and suites and restaurant will reflect the hotel’s rich heritage, creating a stylish retreat for visitors to what is one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious shopping enclaves. Get ready to be spellbound by Belmond Cadogan Hotel.

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ST MARTINS LANE A D R A M AT I C A N D D A R I N G E V O L U T I O N O N E N G L I S H L U X U R Y

Located in the bustling theatre district in London’s Covent Garden, St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original, is a dramatic and daring evolution on English luxury. This boutique hotel retains all the youthful, unexpected charm of a London hideaway, at the very heart of the energetic West End. St Martins Lane is truly a hidden gem. Guests begin their journey in The Den, a modern gathering place and decompression zone. Situated just off the lobby, the Den is the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea or sip a Gin and Tonic. The décor is warm and sophisticated with a tongue-in-cheek British flair and the art on the walls is irreverent, animating the space with portraits and visual puns. At the renowned Asia de Cuba restaurant, chef Luis Pous joins restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow to offer a dynamic Latin-Asian fusion menu in an inspiring space. At night, guests will find a hidden entrance to Blind Spot behind the tea counter’s posh façade. Blind Spot is a golden cocktail sanctuary designed like a modern hunting lodge and inspired by the colours and aromas of exotic tea leaves.

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St Martins Lane, The Den.

St Martins Lane, late-night speakeasy, Blind Spot.


Andaz Singapore, pool deck.

Andaz Singapore, Mr Stork Rooftop Bar.

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ANDAZ SINGAPORE INSPIRING FRESH PERSPECTIVES

It’s been a long time in the works, but the Andaz group has finally landed in South East Asia. The location, in Singapore’s historic Bugis, cleaves close to the brand’s MO of opening in a buzzy, culturally-rich quarter. Visually, the decision pays off handsomely with remarkable views of the colourful rooftops of the area’s fin-de-siècle shophouses, a dollhouse silhouette that’s made all the more stark against the looming skyscrapers. Occupying the top 15 floors of Duo, a massive mixed-use development that its architects Buro Ole Scheeren have conceived as a honey-combed curvilinear twin-tower, the interiors of the 342-room hotel are the work of André Fu. Here, the Hong Kong-based designer cannily references the area’s spice trade, cultural and architectural heritage without slipping into obvious clichés. And so, the colour palette echoes the shades of spices, narrow corridors – a by-product of the building’s polygonal cross-section – are quietly refashioned as alleys, elevator signals bear the palimpsest of ancient street lamps, and old letterboxes are reimagined as room-number plates, whilst a towering installation of stylised Singaporean landmarks by André Mendes rears up through the central atrium. The diversions are modestly restricted to an outdoor lap-pool that overlooks IM Pei’s grand Gateway towers, the goal being to nudge guests into the local neighbourhood for spa and fitness options. Gourmands, though, will thrill to ten food and beverage outlets, of which the rooftop Mr Stock bar and lounge, on the 39th floor, offers thrilling wraparound views of the island. Review by Wallpaper*

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Park Hyatt Bangkok, bar/lounge.

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R E T R E AT T O A T R A N Q U I L O A S I S A B OV E B U S T L I N G B A N G KO K

Park Hyatt Bangkok promises to offer a refined and uniquely Thai experience, reflecting the country’s rich culture and legendary gracious hospitality. A devoted team of hosts dedicate themselves to providing Park Hyatt’s worldclass, discreet and sincere service. Iconic architecture, sophisticated interiors, spacious guest rooms, and exceptional drinking and dining venues all provide a level of service and hospitality that is unparalleled in the market. 222 luxurious rooms, including 32 suites, feature unobstructed views of the capital. The stylish interiors have been designed to embody ‘liveable luxury’, featuring a backdrop of calming natural materials punctuated with timeless Thai accents. The luxurious bathrooms have been conceived as a private spa, and feature a separate soaking bathtub and rain shower; an illuminated make-up mirror; and bathroom amenities by New York brand Le Labo. Relax by the hotel’s 40-square-meter saltwater pool. Its infinity lap-swimming section is surrounded by sun-loungers; cabanas; landscaped, terraced gardens; and dramatic views. A tranquil sanctuary in the heart of Bangkok, PAÑPURI ORGANIC SPA reveals a world of utmost indulgence. Offering guests an elegant environment and luxurious organic treatments, this tranquil sanctuary inspires relaxation, offers respite and creates unforgettable experiences.

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S H A N G R I - L A H A M B A N T O TA G O L F R E S O R T & S PA , S R I L A N K A

Overlooking the pristine southern coast of beautiful Sri Lanka, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is located along the ancient Spice Route in a city steeped in rich history. Hambantota is known for its natural beauty and allows visitors to explore Asia’s most fascinating nature and wildlife sanctuaries, including the Yala, Udawalawe, Lunugamvehera and Bundala National Parks. The luxury resort spans 58 hectares, making it the largest resort in Sri Lanka, and boasts 300 spacious rooms, including 21 suites, all surrounded by stunning tropical gardens. The beachfront resort is an adventurer’s dream, with a mosaic of activities and unique expeditions to help you absorb the diversity of the island at its best. Designed by world-renowned golf architect, Rodney Wright, the 18hole golf course spreads across a vast coconut palm plantation, a sapphire quarry, lakes and sand dunes, offering distinctive challenges for both beginners and seasoned players. Unparalleled recreational activities, and the comprehensive kids’ club, make this resort the ideal place for a family vacation. Experience the thrills of a 7-metre high trapeze, an outdoor water park and many more fun-filled activities. The resort also offers 3 swimming pools and a health club. If you seek relaxation, Chi Ayurveda Spa is a place of personal peace that offers ancient healing therapies and personalized Ayurveda consultations with their expert doctor.

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Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, 18-hole golf course.


Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, Red Sugar Bar.

K E R R Y H OT E L, H O N G KO N G A N U R B A N R E S O R T W H E R E S T Y L E M E E T S I N N O VAT I O N

With pride of place on Kowloon’s vibrant waterfront, at the heart of Hung Hom Bay, Kerry Hotel is an urban lifestyle resort offering guests unique dining concepts, extraordinary spaces and spectacular harbour views. Designed by Andre Fu, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong’s 546 guestrooms feature spectacular harbour views. They range in size from the 42 square metre Deluxe City View Room to the hotel’s stunning 294 square metre Presidential Suite perched on the 16th floor. With a 270 degree view of Victoria Harbour and intimate seating areas, Red Sugar’s expansive bar and roof terrace features Asian inspired cocktails, Kerry crafted beer, and house blended dry-aged liquor.

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O U R F AV O U R I T E R O O M At 60 square metres, Club Premier Sea View Rooms offer an abundance of space for relaxation and work. The dĂŠcor is understated luxury accented by the cool and stylish nuances of the Kerry blue and grey. Each room is fitted with fullsize windows that showcase sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.

Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, Club Premier Sea View Room.

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THE MIDDLE HOUSE, SHANGHAI Launching in the heart of Shanghai’s commercial district, The Middle House continues the company’s philosophy of intimate luxury, delivered with highly personalised service. Offering 111 rooms as well as 102 residences, interiors are created by Milan-based architect and furniture designer Piero Lissoni. The ultra-luxurious property, part of The Swire Group’s House Collective, incorporates an abundance of outdoor spaces, providing an elegant oasis against the backdrop of one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. Continuing the group’s successful collaboration with New York-based Chef Gray Kunz, The Middle House will feature signature restaurant, Café Gray Deluxe.

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B A C C A R AT H O T E L , NEW YORK The otherworldly interiors within the Baccarat realm were both imagined and realized by Gilles & Boissier. The acclaimed Paris-based design duo lavished their attention on its soaring salons and 114 rooms and suites, each accented with Baccarat crystal and the fiery crimson shade of Baccarat red. The hotel’s modern, vibrantly eccentric social spaces are anchored by luxe elements: pleated silk walls, a rug printed in a crystal glass pattern, a monumental white marble table. Ethereal at daybreak and halo gold at dusk, each guest room and suite is a celebration of contemporary design, styled with a nod to French tradition.

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THE PLAZA HOTEL NEW YORK EVOKING AN UPPER EAST SIDE HOME

Accor Hotels is a worldwide leader in

by Alexandra Champalimaud to feature

hotels, with an unprecedented brand

contemporary dĂŠcor with a tailored look

portfolio. Representing luxury labels like

that is simple and bright, yet elegant and

Fairmont, Pullman, Sofitel, Banyan Tree,

timeless. As the name suggests, The

and Raffles, Accor welcomes guests

Legacy Suites pay homage to the rich

across over 4,300 addresses.

history and heritage of The Plaza.

One of our most adored addresses in

While the hotel is respectful of its storied

their collection is The Plaza Hotel New

past, The Plaza continues to evolve

York. Setting the standard for luxury

and The Legacy Suites are the newest

for more than a century, The Plaza is a

page in its ongoing history book. The

testament to timeless elegance. Located

Penthouse Suite offers 1,500 square

on Central Park South, in the heart of

metres of living space spanning two

New York City, The Plaza offers world-

levels. The upper level features a large

class dining and amenities, to endless

bedroom with a King bed as well as a

shopping and arguably New York’s most

beautifully furnished terrace. While the

luxurious suites.

lower level of this meticulously designed

The Plaza Penthouse Suite, in The Legacy Suite collection, was designed

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The Plaza Hotel New York, The Plaza Penthouse Alohilani Resort Waikiki, poolSuite.

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P E R F E C T LY L O C AT E D I N THE HEART O F B E V E R LY HILLS, THE N E W WA L D O R F ASTORIA B E V E R LY H I L L S EXEMPLIFIES THE VERY BEST OF THE CALIFORNIA GOOD LIFE.

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EDITION HOTELS

A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS

No two cities are alike; why should hotels be? Each EDITION hotel is designed to give guests a curated taste of its locale, reflecting the best of cultural and social miliieu. The result is a refreshing collection of individualised hotels, representing a new generation of luxury. From artists and musicians to world-class chefs and designers, the EDITION experience is a collaboration of creativity, leaving no stone unturned to make the guest experience nuanced, enchanting, and truly memorable.

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THE NEW YORK EDITION N E W L U X U R Y F O R A N E W G E N E R AT I O N

The New York EDITION seamlessly blends the elegant design of Ian Schrager with its Midtown landmark beginnings. Originally constructed in 1909 as Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s headquarters, this clocktower has been ingeniously reinvented to offer 5-star boutique accommodation, a tranquil spa, chic new event spaces and a Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Jason Atherton, all encompassed by 360-degree views of the City. The design hotel’s 273 unique guest rooms and suites feature oak floors and dark oak wood-paneled foyers that create a cozy, private residential entrance. Oversize windows frame city views, ranging from a close-up, intimate view of Madison Square Park, to the world-famous Empire State Building and the breathtaking skyline of New York City.


T H E B A N G KO K E D I T I O N

Known as Thailand’s tallest building, The Bangkok EDITION is located along Narathiwat Road, close to North Sathorn Road junction. The hotel features 154 guest rooms and five levels of public space, offering over 550 square metres of combined meeting space including a boardroom, main function room and outdoor banquet terrace. Food and beverage outlets include two signature restaurants, a lobby bar and pool bar. A pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and spa with four treatment rooms are also available for hotel guests.


THE BARCELONA EDITION

The Barcelona EDITION is located on the edge of El Born District, in the heart of the city, beside the Barcelona Cathedral and right next to the Santa Caterina Market, steps away from main city beaches, las Ramblas and main luxury shops as well as GaudĂ­ buildings on Passeig de GrĂ cia. The hotel features 100 guest rooms, a signature restaurant, state of the art club and lounge, bespoke cocktail bar, rooftop bar, outdoor pool and fitness center.


Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Three-Bedroom Wolgan Villa, private pool.

AT H O M E I N T H E W I L D E R N E S S Seek refuge and find adventure in the historic setting of Australia’s Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains. Committed to the preservation of both the surrounding environment and native wildlife, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is set on over 7,000 acres of conservation reserve; perfect for horseback riding, sitting beside the campfire under vast night skies, and rediscovering your equilibrium amidst the epic landscape around your private villa.

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GARDEN OF DELIGHTS Measuring food miles in metr es One&Only’s

mouthwatering,

seasonal

menus showcase the relationship between local producers and the resort’s creative chefs. Dine fireside in winter, or order a gourmet picnic of home-grown delights and feast al fresco while reclining on cushions under soft blankets. Flavours abound from the property’s 1832 Heritage Garden and in the renowned wine cellar celebrates the finest vintages.

CALL OF THE WILD Under impossibly star r y skies Saddle up and follow bushland tracks on horseback. Bike breathtaking mountain trails from panoramic peaks to valleys echoing with birdsong. Hike up mountain tracks

and

down

valley

paths

past

kangaroos and possums. Get your hands dirty with a team of experts, dedicated to conserving this magnificent landscape. There are so many ways to succumb to the beauty of the valley.

G E T C L O S E R T O N AT U R E The Art of Relaxation Rejuvenate

with

the

profound

power

of nature. In secluded treatment suites experience the pure, organic skin and body care formulas of Australian brand Sodashi, under the expert touch of One&Only’s holistic wellbeing and beauty therapists. Relax into tranquil sauna and steam rooms and sink back into a Japanese Onsenstyle bath, all in the shadow of rugged mountains.


JUMEIRAH AL NASEEM WHERE THE OUTDOORS IS INVITED INSIDE

At the heart of one of the world’s most exciting coastal

art piece, for instance, has been chosen for its

cities, Madinat Jumeirah has, for the past decade, been

connection with Dubai’s past and present history.

a key emblem of Dubai’s heritage and vision for growth.

From the moment guests and visitors arrive they

Jumeirah Al Naseem—meaning sea breeze in Arabic—

will be welcomed by a stainless steel sculpture, designed

is firmly anchored on the Arabian coast, whilst charting

by Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej to tell the story of Dubai;

new waters in the Dubai luxury hospitality scene. It is the

with three further statement art pieces dotted inside the

fourth and final property to open at Madinat Jumeirah,

lobby of the hotel.

marking the resort’s completion.

The hotel’s extensive landscaped gardens edge the

Jumeirah Al Naseem is a breath of fresh air in today’s

sandy beach and are inspired by the wadis found in the

dynamic

Dubai.

region, featuring 14 species of palm trees and providing

gardens

on

the

With

its

city’s

extensive longest

landscaped

private

beach,

proudly overlooking Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, this is a place where the rhythmic lapping of the waves gently filters through a bedroom window left ajar. Where the smell of the sea is carried on a warm breeze across to rooms, open terraces and outdoor restaurants.

pockets of privacy and peacefulness. Jumeirah Al Naseem will offer a stunning choice of 430 rooms and suites. More than 100 adjacent rooms and 12 specifically designed Family Suites are available; as well as Ocean Suites, two Presidential Suites and a Royal Suite located on the highest point of the hotel. Bathrooms

Every element has been thought through to reflect

are generous in size and include Arabic features and

the

walk in showers.

hotel’s

unique

inspiration.

Each

selected

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Jumeirah Al Naseem, Resort Superior Room, bathroom.

Jumeirah Al Naseem, Gulf Ocean Suite, beach front terrace.


Conrad Bora Bora Nui, Royal Pool Overwater Villa.

CONRAD BORA BORA NUI Welcome to Conrad Bora Bora Nui, a blissful and luxurious retreat overlooking a world-famous lagoon. Located in a private cove on Motu To’opua, this remarkable resort offers bungalows that straddle the water, a soaring backdrop of Mount Otemanu, soft sand beaches, vast views of turquoise sea, limitless skies, and a suite of dining options and resort activities. Located on the longest stretch of white sand beach in Bora Bora, this fully renovated resort is a tropical playground with unrestricted sunset views, diverse sea life, daily cultural activities, and access to the resort’s private islet, Motu Tapu.

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Conrad Bora Bora Nui, Overwater Villas.


G O L D M A N T R AV E L C O R P O R AT I O N L e v e l 1 8 , W e s t f i e l d To w e r O n e , 520 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction 2022 NSW Ph:

(02) 8333 7700

T R AV E L C A L L Level 4, 863 High Street, Armadale

3183

VIC

Ph: (03) 9252 3800

T R AV E L P H A S E 6 Tr a n s v a a l A v e n u e , Double Bay 2028 NSW Ph: (02) 9326 1166

THE CRUISE CENTRE 33 Park Road, Milton 4064 QLD Ph: 1800 428 105

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