Heavens Voyage Issue#2

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2021 Winter Autumn

Vol. 2

Heavens Voyage By Heavens Portfolio

The Datai Langkawi

Ultima Collection

Jungle School

On Mountain High

Badrutt’s Palace, Baur au Lac & Beau-Rivage Palace A Sublime Swiss Sojourn

By Heavens Portfolio

Cheval Blanc Randheli A Private Paradise




Welcome Letter

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in the likes of Provence, the Italian Dolomites, or on Japan’s Kumano Kodo Trail, there are so many new travel frontiers for us to explore and to share. With Country Holidays guests travelling to the four corners of the globe - from the Arctic to Madagascar and everywhere in between - there are also many tales to tell.

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DISCOVER

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MINDFUL

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DINE

Fly By Night

ESCAPE

A Palace Fit for Modern Royalty

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A Private Paradise

Time to Awaken Your Consciousness CONGREGATE

Family Fun in the Sun

EXPERIENCE

Luxury on the Rails CONSERVE

Adventures in Nature EXPLORE

An Atlantic Adventure

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ROMANCE

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UNCOVER

IMBIBE

Cityscape Cocktails

REJUVENATE

Jungle School

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REVEAL

Wellness in the Desert

On Mountain High

A Sublime Swiss Sojourn

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CAPTIVATE

A Baccarat Christmas

COMMUNITY

Building the Leaders of Tomorrow



REVEAL

Jungle School

Offering guests unprecedented access to the resort’ s stunning natural environment, the newly built The Nature Centre at The Datai Langkawi makes education fun and interactive for guests of all ages.

In addition to being a space where the resort’ s naturalist team,

led by acclaimed environmentalist Irshad Mobarak, host talks on

the region’ s flora and fauna, The Nature Centre’ s shaded outdoor pavilion is a departure point for the resort’ s ever-expanding and evolving series of nature excursions and wildlife tours.

For early birds, the Rainforest Awakening tour explores the forest as

it wakes, with a special focus on resident bird, monkey, and squirrel species, while Rainforest After Dark delves into the darkness in

search of nocturnal creatures, including bats, flying squirrels, and flying lemurs. Guests will also make for the beach to learn about

coral and fish populations during snorkelling safaris and coastal walks led by resident marine biologists. Anyone who’ s visited The Datai Langkawi before will know the

importance the resort places on the preservation of its surrounding rainforest and marine environment. Set on one of Asia’ s most

beautiful beaches, backdropped by primordial mountains, and

wreathed by a pristine 10-million- year - old rainforest that’ s home to Dusky langurs, shy Sunda colugos, Asian smooth-coated

otters and Great Hornbills, The Datai Langkawi is unlike any other property in Asia.

Developed as part of the resort’ s recent major renovation, The

Nature Centre at The Datai Langkawi elevates the property’ s popular nature-based activities by adding levels of research and interaction rarely seen in a hotel. Boasting a design inspired by the

longhouses of Borneo, The Nature Centre features an insightful library, a documentary viewing space, and a dedicated Tea Corner

serving curative brews made with indigenous ingredients from the rainforest, many of which are also used in the spa. 8

The Nature Centre offers visiting scientists, naturalists and

researchers a base from which they can study the rainforest and surrounding seas as part of a wider effort to safeguard these resources for generations to come.


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Discover

A Private Paradise

While the Maldives has long been a sought-after destination among the world’ s affluent traveller, there’ s nothing quite like the private island experience at Cheval Blanc Randheli.

When we think of the ultimate expression of privacy, we usually think of a private island escape. It’ s a testament to the busy lives

we lead that we think of luxury in terms of privacy and seclusion,

and that’ s just what the Private Island at one of the Maldives’most acclaimed resorts offers.

An expansive one-hectare slice of paradise accessible from a private

berth and jetty, the Private Island at Cheval Blanc Randheli boasts a four-bedroom villa with over 2,200 sqm of modern indoor and outdoor living and entertaining space, overseen by a dedicated

team of Ambassadeurs, the resort’ s take on the contemporary butler, catering to a guest’ s every whim.

As ideal for both a romantic escape as it is as the setting for intimate

celebrations, the main house of the Cheval Blanc Randheli Private

A luxurious enclave within this private island estate, the master suite

and private bar. The space opens to tropical gardens and a private

rooms, and a private office and lounge area.

Island boasts an elegant living room complete with grand piano 25-metre swimming pool and Jacuzzi wreathed by a multi-purpose pavilion and an alfresco dining pergola.

features expansive ocean views, his and her bathrooms and dressing

Beyond, two guest bedrooms also boast spacious indoor and

outdoor spaces, including dressing rooms, cavernous bathrooms with signature amenities, and terraces, making the Private Island

ideal for families or friends travelling together. In addition, a separate guest villa is perfect for older children looking for their own respite, making the Island the ultimate holiday experience for families and friends.

Whether it’ s the master suite or the separate villa, all accommodation and living spaces at the Private Island come complete with bespoke furniture and a curated art collection, while sun-kissed terraces, and

a private beach, a spa treatment room for exclusive treatments by Guerlain, a fitness centre and a screening room ensure that guests

will rarely need to leave this luxurious hideaway, especially with the attentive service of a dedicated team, including a private chef, housed on the island.

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INSPIRE Visit EXPO 2020 With the Emaar Group

If Dubai’s EXPO 2020 – a spectacular showcase of architecture,

Chiva-Som Launches New Transformative Retreats

countries – is on your travel list, you’ re in luck. The Emaar

retreats that recognise and proactively address the changing needs

culture,

and

technological

innovation

attended

by

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Group’ s hotels in Dubai, which include Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall, Address Boulevard, Address Dubai Marina,

Palace Downtown, Address Sky View, Address Fountain Views, Address Beach Resort Fujairah, are offering two complimentary one-day tickets to the expo for bookings of three days or more

between now and March 31, 2022. Blackout dates and terms and conditions apply.

Acclaimed wellness destination Chiva-Som has created four new of guests in the post-pandemic era. These include the Immune

Resilience retreat, which combines mindful, outdoor exercise

with nutrient-rich cuisine and detoxifying treatments; and the Gut Health retreat, which focuses on restoring digestive function through abdominal massage, probiotic-infused colonics, pranayama breathing sessions and a high-fibre diet.

In addition, the Nature’ s Embrace retreat draws on the powers of

nature to heal both body and mind, and includes guided nature walks and hilltop meditation; while the Senior Wellness retreat caters to senior guests with a low-impact exercise programme that includes aqua-exercise and biofeedback to enhance emotional stability and sleep quality.

Cheval Blanc Courchevel Opens New Restaurant

Luxurious French Alps hideaway Cheval Blanc Courchevel

reopens its doors December 10, complete with a new slopefront terrace concept. The acclaimed ski-in ski-out high-

altitude retreat is home to just 36 guest rooms and suites as well as The Spa Cheval Blanc and three Michelin-starred restaurant 1947. The property now welcomes guests to soak up the Trois Vallées sunshine at Le Restaurant De Cheval Blanc

Courchevel, which features a brasero and a tantalising menu by Yannik Alléno that highlights woodfire cooking and sharing

dishes, offering an exquisite gastronomic experience at the heart of the Alps.

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Alfresco Bliss in Hong Kong

The Hari Hong Kong has welcomed the opening of The Terrace, an

elegant new extension to the property’ s Japanese restaurant Zoku

that is now open for lunch, dinner and evening drinks. Created by designer Tara Bernerd, the creative mind behind the hotel’ s styling, the new space features a three-storey green wall as well as lush

plantings, offering the ambience of an urban garden in the heart

of the city that’ s complemented by a palette of natural linens, patterned aqua fabrics, and book-matched marble.


MINDFUL

Time to Awaken Your Consciousness

China’ s acclaimed Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute has reintroduced its popular Mindful Living Programme, which explores the inner self and releases guests’true potential. A sanctuary for the mind, body and soul, Sangha Retreat, located on Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou, applies a focused approach to

wellness. This system combines time-honoured Eastern traditions with Western scientific findings to form seven happiness habits

that can be incorporated into one’ s regular routine: eating,

breathing, sleeping, movement, stillness, mindfulness, and personal growth.

Built on the vision of its founder, Frederick Chavalit Tsao,

Sangha Retreat encourages guests to become fully immersed in their personal well-being evolution through individually

curated programmes, which are aimed at cleansing, healing and reactivating one’ s inner power with a combination of yoga,

meditation, singing bowl sound therapy, vegan diet and fasting, breathwork, and more.

The seven-night Mindful Living Program guides guests on a

relating to the theme“Learning Life, Life Learning ”.

that have taken root and allowing them to make space to recover.

The courses at Sangha Retreat are complemented by treatments

their daily behavioural patterns and connection with physical,

Thought for Food restaurant, and a daily schedule of living habits

journey to holistic wellness, removing them from the stresses The programme also seeks to make mindful adjustments to

mental and spiritual health. Designed to help holistic travellers

find equilibrium in a modern world, the course is centred on

at the At One Healing Spa, mindful cooking and eating at the designed around the body’s circadian rhythm.

introspection and self-reflection regarding one’ s personal

motivations, desires and behaviours, allowing them to arrive at inner peace. The programme now also includes inspiring evening

lectures on various mindfulness topics that explore concepts

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CONGREGATE

Family Fun in the Sun

With a collection of 23 villas offering between 1 to 8 bedrooms perfectly perched hillside overlooking a coral cove, Koh Samui’ s Samujana offers the perfect location for friends and families to come together and offers a wealth of activities to do together or solo.

Those looking to totally relax and switch off can take advantage

of Samujana’ s bespoke wellness facilities. With massage and spa services provided in each villa, guests can recuperate at the hands

of the talented therapists. Fitness fanatics can also stay active whilst they are away through a range of fitness experiences, including

Muay Thai, Tabata training, cross-training, boot camp, Pilates, Yoga, meditation and chakra balancing. Juicing programmes, detox, raw

food workshops and nutritional consultations can also be arranged on request.

For those who’ d like to explore the island of Samui, there are many

activities to enjoy. Water lovers can book a half or full day island cruise on-board Samujana’ s luxury catamaran Kindred Spirit. With

options to sail to Koh Phangan for lunch on the beach, a visit to

Ang Thong National Park, an archipelago of 42 islands; or to just

Meanwhile, foodie families can try their hand at Samujana’ s

this luxurious yacht. Private or group scuba excursions to acclaimed

which see parents and children create authentic world-class Thai

sail around Samui to explore secret coves, anything is possible on dive destination Koh Tao can also be arranged on request.

Those who would rather stay on land can explore the island’ s rich variety of exotic wildlife and foliage by taking an island tour to visit

Samui’ s waterfalls, temples, markets and hidden beaches. The active can pay a visit to the 18 hole PGA golf course at Santiburi Samui Country Club or try their hand at an array of activities, including go-karting, ATV adventures, zip lining and kite surfing.

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cooking classes - tailored to all ages and all levels of expertise -

food in the comfort of their own villa. Samujana can also organise kid’s workshops including face painting, balloon twisting and bubble making.

Whether you’ d like your holiday to include childcare services, a children’ s club or simply offer a family-friendly environment to switch off and relax, Samujana’s tailor-made approach means holidays are perfectly crafted to suit you.


EXPERIENCE

A European Grand Tour

Offering lovers of slow travel a nostalgic and luxurious European encounter, the 2022 Grand Tour of the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train will criss-cross through Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and The Netherlands, visiting some of the continent’s finest cities along the way.

Flagship of the Belmond collection of hotels, trains and cruises, the

legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train will take elegant travellers in 2022 to some of the most revered destinations in

Europe: the‘Eternal City’of Rome, the Renaissance city of Florence,

lakeside Geneva, historic Brussels, and vibrant Amsterdam. The new

journeys will also offer guests the opportunity to spend the night at luxurious Belmond houses of slumber.

Departing June 29 and August 3, 2022, the Tuscan departure

combines a stay at either Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, a former 15th century Renaissance monastery in Florence, or

Tuscan vineyard-wreathed Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel,

before the train begins its journey to Paris. Alternatively, the Rome departure leaves the Italian capital on June 29 and August 3, 2022 and winds its way to Florence and then on to the Italian

lakes district and into the Swiss Alps, with a world-class dinner served as it descending into France.

On June 30 and August 4, 2022, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

will depart Geneva in Switzerland, passing through the famed

Brenner Pass, the Swiss Alps, and Verona on route to Venice,

while the new Venice-Amsterdam route, which connects three European capitals – Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam – departs Italy on April 11, 2022, and begins its return journey from Amsterdam on April 14, 2022.

In 2021, Belmond introduced three sumptuous new Grand Suites,

housed in the train’s oldest carriage, which dates from 1926. Offering the ultimate luxury rail adventure, the new suites are named for the cities that inspired the design - Vienna, Budapest

and Prague – and join the train’ s 17 existing 1920s and 1930s carriages, each of which has its own storied history.

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CONSERVE

Adventures in Nature

A stunning natural landscape set in the towering Swiss Alps, Graubunden offers an array of exciting eco-tourism activities. Graubunden is home to a wide range of alpine wildlife, ranging from the once endangered Ibex, famed for its horns, which can grow to one

metre in length, to the red deer, known locally as the King of the Forest, and the adorable marmot, a rodent famed for its complex whistle language. Bird lovers should keep an eye out for the bearded vulture, the largest bird species in Europe.

Take to the Peaks

You’re likely to spy some of these local

residents on a hiking tour of Graubunden’s peaks, many of which are situated within acclaimed national parks. There are a

wide range of hikes available for travellers

of all ages and fitness levels; some of the most popular include the 13km Schams/ Val Schons Circuit, which begins at the spa resort of Andeer and takes in Alpine

villages, ancient castle ruins and timeweathered churches; the challenging 16km Hörnli-Prätschli

route,

which

traverses

beautiful Lake Urdensee; and the difficult but rewarding La Panoramica Alta, a 12.7km route through Alpine pastureland from Vicosoprano to Soglio.

Hit the Skids

Graubunden is also a popular destination for sledging, a fun and environmentally-

friendly activity for the whole family.

Popular routes include the Preda-Bergün sled run, which includes the chance to

decend from the town of Preda beneath the towering viaducts of the famed Albula rail line; the Fideriser-Heuberge-Schlittelweg route, at 11km one of the longest sled runs in the country; and the picturesque Muottas

Muragl-Punt Muragl Toboggan run with its panoramic mountain valley views.

Meet the Locals

Graubunden is home to a wide range of

alpine wildlife, ranging from the once endangered Ibex, famed for its horns, which can grow to one metre in length, to the red deer, known locally as the King of the Forest, and the adorable marmot, a rodent

famed for its complex whistle language.

Bird lovers should keep an eye out for the bearded vulture, the largest bird species in Europe. 16

Protected Paradises

Graubunden

is

home

to

the

highest

density of natural parks in the country. These include UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Tectonic Arena Sardona, the site of fascinating geological formations; the lush meadows and Alpine villages of the Biosfera Val Müstair; and the UNESCO

Biosphere Reserve Engiadina Val Müstair, home to wolves, foxes, and lynx. In addition, the Beverin Nature Park is an intriguing destination where historically, culturally and

linguistically

diverse

communities

have remained little changed for centuries; while Parc Ela is named for the 3,338-metre

tall mountain at its centre; and the Swiss

National Park, one of the earliest formed

in Europe, is a nature sanctuary with the highest level of protection status and is home to bears, deer and staggering mountain landscapes.



EXPLORE

An Atlantic Adventure

Explore one of North America’s most ruggedly beautiful destinations with TCS’s Atlantic Canada by Private Jet itinerary.

Shaped and defined by the often turbulent weather of the mighty Atlantic, Canada’ s eastern coast is a destination that’ s rich in history and famed for its bucolic landscapes and defiant communities. The destination comes to life on TCS’ s latest private jet sample itinerary, which travels from Montreal to remote Fogo Island over 11 days.

Your adventure begins in Canada’ s cultural hub, Montreal where you’ ll stay at boutique Hotel Birks and explore the city’ s vibrant

neighbourhoods, markets and museums. Recover from your flight with a treatment at contemporary spa Bota Bota and enjoy dinner at Joe Beef, one of Canada’ s top restaurants.

You’ ll travel on to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, where

you’ ll visit quaint villages, learn the region’ s storied whaling

history, help harvest fresh oysters with local fishermen, and join

Chef Michael Smith as he prepares a farm-to-table meal showcasing

for its bold, modern architecture and its community initiatives.

wife Chastity. Celebrate the beauty of Prince Edward Island with a

for arts and crafts at the Winds & Waves Artisan’s Guild, and even

regional produce at Inn at Bay Fortune, the hotel he runs with his beach barbeque and try your hand at bass fishing.

You’ ll travel just 30-minutes to reach Cape Brenton in Nova Scotia,

home to indigenous, Celtic and Acadian cultures, where you’ ll stay at coveted Cabot Links Resort, home to three highly rated golf

courses. There will be time for a nine-course seasonal dinner at a tented forest camp, hike the picturesque Cabot Trail, fly fish for

Atlantic salmon on the Margaree River, and search for whales, seals and dolphins during a private coastal cruise.

Your final stop is Fogo Island Inn, which has won critical acclaim 18

Here you’ ll be able to explore the island’ s vibrant art scene, shop

join a shed party, where locals celebrate the bounty of the sea with traditional live music.

There’ s even a chance to extend with a journey to Newfoundland’ s Bonavista Peninsula, where you’ ll stay in a private home and immerse yourself in the food, traditions and people of St. John’ s.

While there are no set dates for this sample itinerary, which can be fully customised and is subject to availability, the best time to travel is between May and October. Get in touch with us today.


ROMANCE

On Mountain High It doesn’ t get much more romantic than an escape to the snowcapped alps and Ultima’ s two luxurious properties in Courchevel and Gstaad promise an intimate and private alpine escape like no other.

Ultima Gstaad

After a successful summer season, Ultima Gstaad reopens December 10 in the Swiss Alps with eleven newly designed suites. Showcasing cutting-edge technology and bespoke interiors curated by an in-house design team, this coveted property offers

the ultimate in luxury and privacy at one of Switzerland’ s most sought-after destinations. Each of the one and two-bedroom suites now boast furnishings by Baccarat, parquet flooring, and marbled bathrooms and joins six recently renovated residences.

The Ultima Gstaad Restaurant has also been re-envisioned to match the hotel’s iconic lobby, and now presents an insightful seasonal menu. Other exciting new additions include a private

Games Room featuring poker tables with ‘ Ultima currency ’, and

a range of indulgent new rituals at the property’ s Aesthetic Clinic, including new holistic and anti-ageing treatments, cryotherapy, reiki and meditation sessions.

Ultima Courchevel Belvédère

If you’ re romantically inclined and looking for some of the sunniest

slopes in the Alps, you can’ t go past Ultima Courchevel Belvédère.

Set to open December 17 as the fourth alpine property of the Ultima Collection, the property offers the convenience of a five-star hotel

and the intimacy and luxury of a private home. With just 13 sublime chalets, its own restaurant, contemporary wellness enclave, and a

small army of dedicated staff – including a ski butler and massage

therapist – the property is ideally located on the Belvédère slopes, sitting between Courchevel 1850 and La Rosière forest.

Each four or five-bedroom chalet features a fully equipped kitchen, expansive living spaces, and access to an in-house designer ski store,

whilst every bedroom boasts an ensuite bathroom, dressing room and balcony or direct outdoor access. In addition to being adjacent to the slopes, the property is also only seven minutes from the city’ s bars and restaurants for those all-important apres-ski moments.

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UNCOVER

A Sublime Swiss Sojourn

A destination famed for its rail journeys, three of Switzerland’s most iconic properties can be linked on a rail adventure like no other.

To the Water’s Edge

From Zurich, take the three-hour train trip

through bucolic countryside to stunning Lake

Geneva

and

Beau-Rivage

Palace,

another Grande Dame hotel famed for its Belle Epoque splendour. The Lausanne hotel

celebrates its 160th anniversary this year

and in that time has welcomed the likes of Coco Chanel, Charlie Chaplin, Grace Kelly, and Winston Churchill, who arrived in droves

during the summer months to bask in the endless sunshine during the day, and swoon the nights away in the hotel’ s breath-taking parlours.

Like it’ s Zurich brethren, the Beau-Rivage Palace

is

modernity;

a

balance

designer

of

antiquity

Pierre-Yves

and

Rochon

oversaw an extensive renovation in 2014 that breathed new life into the hotel’ s guest

The Cultural Capital

rooms and suites (an additional 17 rooms,

Located in the heart of Zurich, in the middle

seamless marriage of Old World décor and

capitalising on its 175 years of authentic

This is especially the case in the newly

of its own manicured, lakeside estate, and

hospitality, Baur au Lac is a hotel unlike any other in the city. Opened in 1844,

the family-owned hotel has welcomed a

plethora of illustrious characters, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock and German Emperor Wilhelm II to King Ludwig I of Bavaria,

Sophia Loren and Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. Richard Wagner celebrated the

world premier of his Valkyrie opera here, and Baroness Bertha von Suttner convinced Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel to create his peace prize whilst staying at the hotel.

Today, guests are not only drawn to the hotel by its heritage but also by its

contemporary yet unobtrusive technology.

redesigned Deluxe Suites, which each boast

discreet touches of opulence – think white rock crystal coffee tables, lampshades in

rich burgundy and soft mauve and plush sofas.

After an aperitif in Le Hall, home to some

of Zurich’ s best people watching, make for Baur’ s, a casual yet elegant bistro and the hotel’s newest culinary addition. Alternatively, celebrate the beginning of your Swiss foray at two Michelin-starred

Pavillon, helmed by Head Chef Laurent Eperon, which will commence its winter season in November.

Clockwise from top left: The Sandoz Ballroom at the Beau-Rivage Palace; a Deluxe Guestroom at Baur au Lac; the hotel on Lake Geneva has been seducing travellers for 175 years; Badrutt’ s Palace overlooking Lake St Moritz.

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including a series of split-level suites, were

added in 2018 while the breathtaking BeauRivage wing will be reopened in 2022).

Each boasts subtle elements of Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco décor


UNCOVER

accentuated by a curated selection of objets d’art and bespoke furnishings.

After a long day exploring the lake aboard the

steam paddleboat Montreux, ease your body and soul at the spa, which was renovated in

May 2020, and which offers a comprehensive range of indulgent facials, massages and world-class wellness rituals.

Afterward, make your way to one of the hotel’s coveted restaurants, which range from the eponymously-named Anne-Sophie

Pic, helmed by the acclaimed French chef, to Japanese Teppanyaki eatery Miyako Lausanne; La Terrasse, a sun-kissed restaurant popular

during Sunday brunch; and elegant brasserie Café Beau-Rivage, a veritable institution in

Lausanne-Ouchy for the past 30 years and home to menus driven by seasonality.

Into the Alps

From Lausanne you can ride the rails once more,

connecting

with

the

acclaimed

Bernina Express at Chur for the unforgettable

climb into the Alps to St Moritz, home to the legendary Badrutt’ s Palace Hotel (be sure

to book ahead for transfers in the hotel’ s beautiful 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom).

Officially opened in 1896, Badrutt’ s Palace has welcomed more than its fair share of

nobility, tycoons and political leaders; Alfred Hitchcock honeymooned here and returned

34 times, while Marlene Dietrich (who used

to perform in the ballroom), Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Arden, Noël Coward, and the Shah

of Iran all enjoyed nights at the hotel, many holding court in the intimate Renaissance Bar.

The hotel epitomises St. Moritz to perfection;

grand, timeless, and always a hive of activity, turret-topped Badrutt’s Palace is perched

the

former

indoor

tennis

hall );

two

Michelin-starred IGNIV by celebrated chef Andreas Caminada; and most recently mountainside eatery Paradiso St. Moritz.

The hotel’ s expansive Palace Wellness

complex is home to both stunning indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as a fitness centre, dedicated wellness suites, and a comprehensive treatment menu that

includes a restorative Après-Ski Massage, and the Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial, which

heals and strengthens the deeper layers of the skin.

high above the lake and offers spectacular

views of the Engadin mountains from its 157 guest rooms and suites (including the coveted

Tower

Penthouse,

which

have

been recently revamped), its restaurants,

and baronial Le Grand Hall, part lounge,

part unofficial catwalk, and always a hub of sociality and supernumerary style for the alpine town.

Badrutt’ s Palace Hotel is a destination in

itself, no less so for its dining scene, which includes 10 restaurants and bars ranging

from afternoon teas and cocktails in the

Grand Hall, sun-kissed breakfasts in the cathedral-esque Le Restaurant, PeruvianJapanese

fusion

dishes

by

Nobuyuki

Matsuhisa at La Coupole ( housed in

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DINE

Fly By Night

Beijing-bound travellers have a new culinary destination to visit with the arrival of stylish neighbourhood hangout Superfly at The Opposite House.

As part of a renovation that spanned many components of the edgy

Beijing hotel, Swire’ s The Opposite House has opened Superfly, a lively spin on Sichuan’ s“ fly restaurant ” trend towards casual eateries famed for their authentic fare and laid-back ambiance.

Combining captivating neo-pop décor with delicious and accessible

comfort food that’ s laced with inspiration from both Sichuan and

the Chinese capital, the new eatery also pays homage to the city’ s booming craft beer scene thanks to a collaboration with award-

winning local brewery Great Leap, ensuring that Superfly promises to be the hottest new locale in already trendy Sanlitun.

Designed by Bangkok’ s AvroKO Design to capture the energy and

eclecticism of China’ s contemporary youth culture, the retro-

futuristic space is dressed in boldly patterned ceramic tiles, salmonhued terrazzo tables, deep-set leather pullman booths, custom

chandeliers, and vintage wallpaper. Elements of graphic novels

and pop culture, including a signature video installation showing early martial arts flicks, continue the new restaurant’ s eye-catching

persona. Superfly also boasts a terrace wreathed by lush greenery for Beijing’ s balmy summer months.

The new eatery’ s kitchen is helmed by Chef Li Dong from the hotel’ s Michelin-starred Jing Yaa Tang, who interprets classic Sichuan

dishes - including some from his own childhood - with innovation

and imagination. Diners should look out for the likes of homemade Tian Shui‘Sweet Water ’noodles with Sichuan peppercorns and

crushed peanuts; dumplings inspired by Great Leap’ s own signature cheeseburger; Bobo chicken; and vegetarian ma po tofu.

Dishes can be paired with Great Leap’ s craft beer range as well as an

inspired cocktail list created by Proof & Co that offers a playful take on classic Chinese flavours and vintage soft drinks.

The new eatery is a fitting addition to The Opposite House, which is

itself an artistic and cultural destination acclaimed for its modern art. The hotel’ s collection ranges from Origami, a lobby level

installation by The Opposite House designer Kengo Kuma through

to Li Xiao Feng’ s Beijing Memories series of figures crafted from shattered traditional ceramic.

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Escape

A Palace Fit for Modern Royalty

Wynn Palace, the second luxurious Wynn property to grace Macau, is a luxurious retreat that continues to thrill guests to the city’ s Cotai Strip.

Anyone who has visited a Wynn property knows the importance the brand places on colour. From the Wynn Macau to the adjacent

all-suite Encore, to the newest addition, Wynn Palace, colour is

used to define and to dazzle, creating fantastic, opulent spaces

that enchant the senses. At Wynn Palace Cotai, that colour follows

a breathtaking floral theme that laces its way through the hotel’ s public spaces, its world-class restaurants and bars, and its lavish guest rooms and suites.

Overlooking the hotel’ s now-iconic performance lake, which becomes a surreal garden of light and colour during captivating

water, music and light shows that run throughout the day, the urban resort’ s 1,706 rooms, suites and garden villas are decorated in four eye-catching colours – signature Wynn gold, sunrise yellow, sunset orange, and peacock blue. Guest space range from

the 68 sqm Palace Room and Palace Spa King, with its dedicated

spa treatment space, to the 136sqm Parlour Suite, with its air-jet

bathtub, and the staggering two- or three-bedroom Garden Villas, with their expansive entertaining and dining spaces, pool tables, garden patio and private swimming pools.

Each guest space at the Wynn Palace features sublime marble

bathrooms with deep soak tubs and luxurious Wynn amenities,

flatscreen televisions, 500 thread-count linens, and Bluetooth sound systems from Bang & Olufsen, making for an indulgent base from which to explore the rest of this property.

Beyond its beautiful interiors, Wynn Palace is also one of

Macau’ s leading culinary destinations. The resort’ s 15 acclaimed restaurants range from award-winning Sichuan Moon, which introduces creative new culinary techniques to timeless Sichuan

cuisine, to Wing Lei Palace, where artful design innovatives

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Cantonese dishes tailored to the palate of each guest.

There’ s also Mizumi and Sushi Mizumi, where traditional Japanese cuisine is presented in adherence to Omotenashi, the

spirit of hospitality and service; SW Steakhouse, which takes its

inspiration from the popular Las Vegas outpost; intimate Japanese

ramen restaurant Hanami; Palace Café, which showcases Macau’ s own multi-cultural gastronomic heritage; and 99 Noodles, where noodles are prepared by hand by specialist Shaanxi chefs in thrilling show kitchens.

Guests will also be able to relieve the stress of the modern world at Spa at Wynn Palace, home to indulgent spa suites, unique hydrotherapy zones, and a menu of modern rituals inspired by ancient healing practices. Alternatively, if you’ re preparing for

a special affair, make for The Salon, which offers a wide range of modern hair treatments as well as manicures and pedicures; work up a sweat in the comprehensive Fitness Centre, or cool off in the garden-wreathed pool.


Imbibe

Cityscape Cocktails

After a day exploring Milan’ s boutiques, galleries and museums, retreat to the Armani Hotel Milano’ s Armani/Bamboo Bar, which recently launched a new cocktail collection paying homage to this fascinating city.

Dubbed the Milano Skyline Collection, this insightful new cocktail

Also perfect for warming both body and soul, C’ era Una Volta

Bamboo Bar, features seven indulgent libations, each of which pays

Figaro fig liqueur in a modern rendition of the classic Boulevardier

collection, created by the mixology team at acclaimed Armani/ tribute to points across Milan.

Offering guests a taste of both“old”and“new”Milan, the Milano Skyline Collection’ s CityLife cocktail combines Tanqueray Dry London Gin with sake, salty peanuts, and pineapple juice and draws

attention to the new Milanese Business District, home to stunning

buildings by Arata Isozaki, Daniel Libeskind and the late Zaha Hadid. Another popular concoction for gin lovers, 1386 tells the tale of the city’ s iconic Duomo of Milan, one of the city’ s most visited

cathedrals, the construction of which was proclaimed by archbishop

Antonio de’ Saluzzi in 1386. The cocktail combines Tanqueray Ten

combines Bulleit Rye Whiskey with Campari, fortified wine and that pays homage to the medieval fortifications of Castello Sforzesco, the seat of power of the Sforza Dynasty.

For something lighter and zestier, the Milano Fizz, with vodka,

Domaine de Canton liqueur, acidic grape cordial, marjoram and Champagne, is served in a flute to resemble the Unicredit tower

in Gae Aulenti square; while the Il Toccasana combines Tanqueray gin with Cocchi vermouth, Fernet Branca, and a cacao nibs infusion

and pays tribute to Torre Branca, the Fernet brand’ s ancestorial home in Milan.

gin with Cocchi Americano vermouth and drops of aromatic oil.

Heady and herbaceous, Bosco Verticale, with Don Julio Blanco tequila, matcha tea cordial, and an aromatic herbal tonic, is dedicated to two of the city’ s residential complexes, both of which are contemporary green spaces that embrace nature.

Named for the Spanish political figure Juan Fernández de Velasco who once governed over Milan, and inspired by Torre Velasca, one of the city’ s most important skyscrapers, the complex Il Governatore

cocktail marries Ron Zacapa 23-Year-Old rum with Brandy Cardenal Mendoza, Rabarbaro Zucca, a cinnamon decoction, and chestnut, making it ideal for the cooler months ahead.

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REJUVENATE

Wellness in the Desert

Building on the reputation of the world-renowned Thai wellness retreat, Qatar’ s Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som marries contemporary wellbeing with Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine.

maintenance of balance through fitness, diet, mental and spiritual health. Signature treatments range from the traditional Qatari hamiz, a relaxing massage employing circular strokes, hot stones and tadleek oil ; to a slimming body mask of camel milk, neem and

sidr leaves that enhances the metabolism while detoxifying and hydrating the skin.

In addition to the indulgent treatment menu and the resort’ s extensive hammam facilities, which offer the perfect setting for a range of Arabic spa rituals, Zulal Wellness Resort will continue

Chiva-Som’ s‘ food is medicine’ mantra with an emphasis on

healthy, locally sourced cuisine that will focus on indigenous herbs, spices, minerals and marine flora, and traditional superfoods

such as figs, dates, olives and camel milk across the resort’ s four restaurants. Poised to open as the Middle East’ s first all-immersive wellness

resort, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som will fuse both traditional and modern approaches to holistic healing in the first extension of Hua Hin’ s iconic Chiva-Som retreat, which has defined

the wellness landscape for the past 26 years with programmes that incorporate movement, relaxation, and nutrition.

In addition to the highly-personalised approach to whole body wellbeing that has made Chiva-Som a byword among wellness

aficionados, Zulal Wellness Resort, which is located on Qatar’ s north coast, will incorporate elements of Traditional Arabic &

Islamic Medicine ( TAIM ), the principles of which are derived from the Canon of Medicine written by physician-philosopher Ibn Sina in 1025.

Joining treatments inspired by Thai, Ayurvedic, Western and Traditional

Chinese

Medicine

philosophies,

Zulal

Wellness

Resort’ s TAIM approach is centred around the restoration and

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In addition to the healing elements of Zulal Serenity, which is open to guests aged 16 and up, a series of education initiatives,

sports facilities and creative arts programmes designed for multigenerational families will be offered at Zulal Discovery.


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CAPTIVATE

A Baccarat Christmas

The festive season comes to life at New York’ s acclaimed Baccarat Hotel with special Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations set against a luxurious and iconic backdrop.

There’s nothing like Christmas in Manhattan and at one of New

York’s most luxurious houses of slumber, the flagship hotel of

lifestyle brand Baccarat, the festive season is one of celebration and indulgence, with a spectacular array of dining experiences presented by Culinary Director Gabriel Kreuther.

Dressed in custom Baccarat chandeliers as well as plenty of elegant

red-hued festive décor, Baccarat Hotel New York has long been a sought-after destination during the festive season, when revellers

arrive in the city for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years with friends and family, or to celebrate in the hotel’s luxurious dining and cocktail venues to mark the end of another year.

Guests will be able to greet the season in style with spirited afternoon

tea, seasonal cocktails, and spirited offerings. The celebration will

centre around the hotel’s champagne-hued Grand Salon, a popular dining spot with locals and visitors alike.

The fashionable heart of the hotel, the Grand Salon features cascading chandeliers, plush, lounge-style seating in velvet and Jouffre silk, and

will present a series of enticing festive menus, including a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner (Thursday, November 25), a Christmas Eve

Dinner (Friday, December 24), a Christmas Day celebration (Saturday,

December 25), a coveted New Year’s Eve soiree (Friday, December 31), and a New Year’s Day Brunch (Saturday, January 1).

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Guests will be able to find more information on the menus on the hotel’s website and will be able to pair their meals with specialty

cocktails, premier wines and spirits, and the largest champagne selection in the country.

In addition, Baccarat Hotel New York will present its famed tea service, reflective of those enjoyed in palaces around the world,

with a special festive interpretation available November 26 through to New Year’s Day.



COMMUNITY

Building the Leaders of Tomorrow

As part of its on-going community efforts, Heavens Portfolio will collaborate with the Cambodia Children’s Fund to help bring awareness to this worthy charity.

of

To achieve these goals, CCF focuses on four

Leadership pillar covers leadership training and

and neglected children, the Cambodia Children’ s

of safe drinking water and nutritious food

and helps build the community from the

Dedicated

to

transforming

the

lives

Cambodia’ s most impoverished, marginalised, Fund (CCF) provides high-quality education and

leadership support to communities living on and around Phnom Penh’ s sprawling Steung Meanchey garbage dump.

The children of these communities are among the neediest in a country that is already

racked by poverty, and the Fund’ s twopronged approach, education and leadership development, seeks to empower children and developing tomorrow’ s leaders while supporting their families in the process.

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core pillars. Basic Needs includes the provision at community schools, as well as providing

shelter in conjunction with World Housing so

that families don’ t have to choose between education and daily necessities. Family &

Community provides childcare and medical services, social issue education, low interest loans, and foster care for children in need,

while Education focuses on the full spectrum from kindergarten to university scholarships,

vocational training and job placements of CCF’ s Careers & Life Skills programme. Finally, the

on-site community work that builds confidence ground up.

In partnership with Heavens Portfolio, the

Cambodia Children’ s Fund is launching the

DREAM campaign, which will build awareness of CCF’ s efforts - under the direction of CCF

founder and executive director Scott Neeson and Heavens Portfolio founder Christine Galle‐ Luczak - among Heavens Portfolio’ s clients and

aid the charity’ s fundraising initiatives through a focused social media campaign.


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