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INDIA An adventure through Rajasthan discovering the real people

BUDAPEST Feeling Hungary? This quaint city is the epitome of Euro-cool

SINGAPORE Celebrate with the city state as it turns 50

Inspiring bucket-list ideas, from China's Great Wall to sleeping under the magical Northern Lights


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Issue eighty eight

Victoria Thatcher

August 2015

Editorial Director

We’ve nearly made it to the end of another Dubai summer. Although as you read this the mercury will still be pushing 40-50 degrees Celsius, we’re now into the final straight of the hot weather. Which is the perfect time to plan a last-minute, end-of-summer getaway. Prepare for some serious inspiration in our “Book It List” (p35) and scratch your Euro-itch with a trip around Budapest (p46) or join Lara Brunt in discovering the opulent palaces and down-to-earth experiences of Rajasthan (p52)

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8 Be Here Now Leafy Berkshire in England and dreamy Siena are the places to be seen this latesummer.

Check In News and inspiration from around the world

13 Globetrotter A new high-end restaurant in London, bright swimwear and a stunning Mexican hotel.

22 Chef’s Top Tables Destinations In-depth travel features to fuel your wanderlust

Jacob Kenedy, chef and co-owner of Bocca di Lupo and Gelupo cafeteria, shares his top dishes.

24 Spotlight On: St. Petersburg The Russian city is a treasure trove for tourists when the weather is fine.

27 Style & Wellness Weekends Everything you need to know about short-haul escapes 6

A new spa in Dubai, plus fabulous lines of jewellery and the Magnificent 7 style tips.


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Destinations 35 The Book It List Five of the most sensational once-in-alifetime destinations on earth, from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef.

46 Stay Hungary Whether you’re a first-timer or a returning visitor, Budapest has got everything a traveller needs.

52 The Real Rajasthan Lara Brunt goes on an adventure in India to discover how the real residents live their lives.

Weekends 66 News Hot news from the region’s luxury hotels, plus a magical night in the Maldives.

68 Six of the Best: Iconic Hotels These famous, and glorious, hotels are emblems of the countries in which they stand.

73 The Great Escape Disappear for a weekend at the stunning Sheraton Grand in Dubai.

58 Iconic Singapore

76 Suite Dreams

The city-state celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, making it the perfect time to visit.

An out-of-this-world Mauritian paradise is a gift everyone should award themselves.

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Berkshire, England For over 300 years Cliveden House in Berkshire, England, has played host to the great, good, and not so good – it was here in 1961 that the UK Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, chanced upon a 19-year-old Christine Keeler, sparking both a brief dalliance and the biggest scandal in British political history. Infamy aside, the house has also welcomed virtually every British monarch since George I, and the likes of President Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin and George-Bernard Shaw. This month sees the historic abode cast in the spotlight once more as a new book, The Mistresses of Cliveden, is released. It tells the story of the women associated with the House down the ages, and the power, intrigue and scandal within. clivedenhouse.co.uk

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Siena, Italy The magnificently picturesque setting of Siena, Italy, plays host each August 16 to one of the world’s most unique sporting events: the Palio di Siena. This shortest of horse races (it lasts no more than 90 seconds) draws a huge crowd from near and far and encircles the Piazza del Campo, where 10 jockeys ride bareback on a thick layer of freshly laid dirt. Each jockey rides for the honour of their contrade (district) dressed in its traditional colours. And in what’s always a frenzied spectacle, very few manage to remain onboard their horses as they navigate the treacherous turns in the piazza. The race actually takes place twice a year, with the first scheduled every July 2. The August date has been set since 1581, and the same horse has only ever won both races twice. ilpalio.org

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Globetrotter Here’s what’s hot in travel this month…

Out with the Old Be amongst the first guests to check in at these newly refurbished abodes

The Lanesborough, London, UK

Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Milan, Italy

Hotel Esencia, Tulum, Mexico

No area of The Lanesborough, London was left untouched once the most sweeping of renovations had come to a conclusion last month. With it, The Royal Suite has been reinstated as the hotel’s largest suite, complete with seven bedrooms, while Eric Frechon, Paris’ esteemed three-Michelin star chef from sister hotel Le Bristol Paris brings his protégé Florian Favario in as executive chef at the hotel’s Céleste restaurant. lanesborough.com

Originally opened in 1932, the new look Excelsior comes courtesy of renowned Milanese designer Marco Piva. His exquisite touch is evident throughout, but it’s the hotel’s seventh floor Katara Suite which makes the jaw drop furthest to the floor. It’s one of the largest in Italy, packing in two terraces - including one on the roof - a private spa and a unique Princess Suite as one of its four bedrooms. excelsiorhotelgallia.com

Its original purpose was to serve as a hideaway home for an Italian duchess on what is widely considered the most beautiful beach on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Now under the ownership of art collector Kevin Wendle, the refurbished boutique hotel – which is surrounded by the Mayan Jungle – is brimful of charm, character and a selection of Wendle’s cherished pieces. You’ll have a hard time stepping outside. hotelesencia.com 13


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Short Break If you’re wondering what we’ll be wearing by the pool on our summer holidays, Vilebrequin’s latest line up of swim shorts is the answer. Utilising the brand’s typically cool designs, this year the line is also bringing out a range of stylish jackets and bags to accompany the bright and colourful shorts. WT has a particular fondness for the print that looks like houndstooth from a distance, but up close it’s revealed to be a series of quirky sardines. vilebrequin.com

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Designer Dwellings The queen of British fashion, Dame Vivienne Westwood, was the muse for The London West Hollywood’s new bilevel penthouse, which at 11,000 square feet is the largest in Los Angeles. Nearly half of that space is devoted to what we think is the penthouse’s finest feature – it’s al fresco rooftop terrace (pictured). From here you can drink in jaw-dropping

panoramic views of Beverly Hills, while kicking back aside the pool or fire. Guests of The Penthouse Inspired by Vivienne Westwood will also be treated to exclusive designer experiences, including one hour of private shopping at the Vivienne Westwood store in West Hollywood and a special discount on all purchases. thelondonwesthollywood.com

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Book Plunder and Deceit Mark R. Levin’s powerful new book explores civil rights in the USA, and how young people can inspire change.

The UAE’s Empty Quarter is one of the places to feature in the book Christian Voigt Photography, which is published by teNeues this month. To compile the tome, Germanborn Voight travelled the globe with his camera, intent on capturing both the weird and wonderful. As such, the featured images are incredibly diverse, ranging from a run-down tattoo studio in Buenos Aires and backstreet hair salon in Beijing, to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and New York’s iconic Central Park. It makes for a truly engaging account of one man’s travels. teneues.com


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These stunning new London restaurants are all vying for your attention Prescott & Conran’s all new Paris-inspired Les Deux Salons in Covent Garden was designed by Sir Terence Conran himself. Set up to catch the affluent theatre crowd, the space has a stunning French restaurant on the first floor, while the ground floor features a café, bistro, bar and épicerie.

Launched by Virgin Atlantic and Delta and Inspired by the airlines’ business- and firstclass lounges, NY-LON at the O2 is a lounge bar that aims to “bring the best of New York and London style, design, glamour and mixology to London’s O2 alongside the undeniable buzz of checking in to a first-class lounge.”

Inaki Aizpitarte has finally moved away from his beloved Paris to open an establishment in London’s Mayfair. He says La Chabanais is “totally different” from anything he’s done before, and will be there once a month to make sure everything is running as smoothly as possible. It’s a must-try for London visitors. Home on the range

Aman for all seasons If you’ve run out of excuses in your attempts to escape the family home to fit in 18 holes at the weekend, here’s the news you need: Aman will debut a golf resort in the spectacular setting of the Dominican Republic before the end of this year. Amanera will be surrounded by verdant jungle and framed by the island’s dramatic Cordillera Septentrional mountain range, while at its heart will be the Playa Grande Golf Course, which will boast the highest number of ocean-side holes in the Western hemisphere. Accomodation comes in the form of one-bedroom casitas (a small house), many of which boast pools while all afford breathtaking views. It might cost you more than your typical green fee, but all the family will be thankful once they’ve seen what else is on offer. amanresorts.com/amanera 16


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Incan treasure If Peru is on your must visit list, here’s somewhere unique to base yourself. Opening this month, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba stands in the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas - where the Andean mountains provide the backdrop - and houses just 12 impeccably designed rooms, although its grounds will soon swell through the arrival of 24 boutique casitas. From here Peru’s great outdoors is yours to explore, with the Hacienda offering a visit to Machu Picchu, tours of Incan ruins, horseback riding, mountain biking and river rafting to boot. inkaterra.com

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Martine Micallef The luxury perfumer, who has nearly 900 retail outlets in 54 countries, delights in beautiful France Check-in to the luxurious Majestic Hotel for an unforgettable stay. Five star service, comfortable rooms and a private beach – what more could you ask for? For a cultural fix, visit a small village of artists called Saint Paul de Vence, which is part of one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. I love the fact that the gallery is open air and you can see artists at work in their studios. Art & design fans should head to Fondation Maeght Museum in Vence, a contemporary art museum that houses 18

paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 20th century. The works are integrated within the architecture and gardens, creating an amazing all round experience. The best luxury shopping can be found at La Croisette, the beach road of Cannes where you’ll find both French and international brands as well as independent boutiques. For the best fine-dining, make reservations at L’Oasis in Mandelieu, Cannes harbour. This two star Michelin restaurant is an exotic haven, with flamboyant décor and a ‘winter garden’ complete with a rock waterfall. A combination of traditional Mediterranean tastes and modern Asian cuisine, the gastronomic menu never fails to delight. For lunch on the run, Chez Astoux in Cannes offers fresh, delicious delicacies from the sea – the seafood platter is exquisite. A dish you must try is La bouillabaisse, the famous fish soup with spicy cooked fish and Provencal herbs. French cuisine at its best. Clink glasses at The Terrace Bar of

Hotel Carlton on la Croisette, which is perfect for a spot of people watching, with great views and an elegant atmosphere. Famous for appearing in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, the bar is a favourite amongst stars during the Cannes film festival. An unforgettable place I’ve visited in the city is the Iles de Lérin opposite the Bay of Cannes. It is perfect for a day trip. Unspoilt, these beautiful islands offer crystalline waters, botanical flora and fauna plus a rich history. Take in the scenery, swim in the charming little coves and visit the ancient vineyards owned by monks. Most people don’t know this about the city, but it’s only eight miles from Grasse, perfume capital of the world, where we handcraft each M.Micallef bottle. Don’t leave without walking up the winding, cobbled streets in the old part of Cannes to find panoramic views of the city. A visit to the daily farmers market to pick up fresh local produce is also a must, particularly if you’re planning a picnic.


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Rob Arrow is a product manager at dnata and a self-confessed hotel geek. With nearly a decade of experience in the luxury travel industry, Rob loves nothing more than talking hotels and discovering destinations. His favourite country is Lebanon, his favourite city is Los Angeles and his dream is to own a boutique retreat in the Italian Alps. Q. My wife and I would like a multidestination holiday. Is a cruise a good option? If so, which routes are best? A. The idea of cruising has changed beyond recognition. Nowadays there are a multitude of cruises, vessels, experiences and much more to choose from. If you are wishing to cover off a number of destinations in a short period of time and you do not mind going to bed in one city, lulled to sleep on the seas and waking up in a new port of call, then this really is an experience for a multi-destinational holiday. With regard to routings it’s very rare today to find a cruise that does not enter into a port across most of the seas. The key questions to ask are, where to get on and off? How many nights do you want to go for? What do you want to see and where? I believe for a first timer 20

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it’s important to choose the correct vessel. If you want to make the most of land based activities then smaller ships that can enter more ports are better. Cruising around the Mediterranean is very popular with the option of taking in a large number of ports including Barcelona, Nice, Monaco and Rome, or possibly you wish to go further East and do a mixture of the Greek Islands and historical sites. Dubai itself is becoming more popular with most ships passing through at differing times, one route includes down to Oman, across to India and then onwards to Thailand and Singapore. Further afield, a number of cruises now commence in Vancouver and Seattle and head north into Alaska, taking in mountains, Fjords, bears and remote Inuit communities. If being out on the high seas is too much to take in or you are not feeling enough ports of call, then you might be more inclined to try an inland river cruise down one of the big European rivers such as Danuabe or Valta. One thing is for sure there is a lot to consider and a lot of decision to be made and with dnata Travel working alongside some of the best cruise companies such as Silverseas, Costa or Princesses we can recommend what suits your needs. Q. I love Europe - where can I visit to enjoy both a modern city and forests to explore? A. The wonderful factor of Europe is most of the best cities are surrounded by large green swathes of land and in many cases forests. I spent a long time thinking of the best and what is modern. With

years of investment most European cities have spectrum of modernity. One of the first that came to mind was Berlin, a city steeped in history but only looking like it does today thanks to years of investment and redevelopment making it one of the most vibrant and fun modern capitals in the world. Another wonderful thing about Berlin is the wooded area which really is at its heart in the Tiergarten, across to Berlin Zoo and of course if this is not enough then a short train ride away out to the Grunewald, a UNESCO Biosphere site with 3,000 hectres of trees and wonderful walking paths, all 1hr from Berlin Hautbahnhof, meaning you can leave your room in the very modern and luxurious Waldorf Astoria Berlin and before you know be in the forest. Another city which wasn’t first to spring to mind was St. Petersburg, one of the most romantic and well planned cities, only 300yrs old and very recently renovated. St. Petersburg has some wonderful new hotels including the ultra-Palatial Four Seasons Lions Palace, which is full of modern touches such as Sintoho restaurant, walk to the edge of the water by the Hermitage and get whisked off by Hydrofoil to the vast forested gardens of the Peterhof Palace only 30minutes away. Of course there are some great well known cities with forests close by, Munich and Black Forest, Barcelona and Montserat, and often overlooked the modern Eastern area of London and Canary Wharf and its proximity to the Epping Forest region with luxurious country house hotels such as Chewton Glen or Heckfield Place.


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TOP TABLES Trained at Moro and Boulevard before opening Bocca di Lupo in London, Jacob Kenedy is also co-owner and Chef at Gelupo geletaria. The Bocca cookbook is out now.

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Da Dora, Naples, Italy Order: Linguine alla Dora (with seafood) If I had to have a favourite restaurant in the world, this would be it. They do nothing other than cook seafood (or leave it raw), but they do it so exquisitely that every meal there has been the best of my life. Start with mixed seafood antipasti (both the cooked and raw options), and ask for extra tartufi di mare (Venus clams), raw or cooked. Then have the linguine. Then grilled fish. Then fruit. If you die from overeating it’s ok, as you’re already in heaven.

Boulevard, San Francisco, USA Order: Menu varies. An example: Wood roasted Berkshire kurobuta prime rib chop; black mission fig fritter & vidalia onion soubise Nancy Oakes is one of the world’s great chefs. Her cuisine is complex, generous, sophisticated and welcoming and her restaurant, Boulevard, is an example of how friendly and refined a fine dining establishment can be. She learned a lot from the French, and they in turn could learn a good deal from her incredible knowledge of ingredients and skills.


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Tung Po, Hong Kong Order: Clams with black bean, steamed spotted garoupa with celery This bustling, booming seafood restaurant above a wet market on Hong Kong Island is a hoot. Waiters will share a drink with you, music will get louder as the evening progresses, and ordering the freshest seafood with reckless abandon will yield best results. A larger group will allow you to try more things, which is only for the best. No one seems to know why they give rice bowls to drink from though...

Sweetings Restaurant, London, England Order: Skate in black butter

Sora Margherita, Rome, Italy Order: Fettucini cacao e pepe (with sheep’s cheese and pepper)

I always think of Sweetings as the quintessential London restaurant – if you try to imagine where Mr Banks would have gone for lunch in Mary Poppins, this is it. Old English atmosphere that would be impossible to recreate without being naff and clichéd, here it is genuine and wonderfully fun, because it is more or less unchanged in 200 years. The fish dishes are wonderfully cooked and you can taste the age and quality in the recipes.

Of course it would be hard to pick the world’s great restaurants without visiting Italy more than once. This hidden little trattoria is an absolute gem; conveniently bang in the middle of Rome’s sightseeing heartland. An unmarked door leads to a humble little dining room where you’re given, with great warmth, a handwritten menu and beautifully honest Roman Jewish mama’s cooking. The artichokes alla giudia are as good as any, or better. 23


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This architectural piece of Romantic Nationalism was built on the site where Alexander II died in 1881 in honour of his life. Construction began in 1883 and was completed in 1907 making this monumental building a true work of art.

Get your hands on an exquisite taste of Russia through head chef Roman Vasiliev at this noble venue whereby Russian classics such as the Olivier salad with smoked sturgeon is served to fulfil guests want for a historic taste of culture.

Located in the historical centre of St Petersburg popular destinations such as St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the beginning of Nevsky Prospect are just a 15 minute walk away from this unique hotel featuring a union of new and old interior.

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Connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge makes the central square of St Petersburg an exceptional sight to see. This popular, historic location is also home to many events of significance including Bloody Sunday and the October Revolution of 1917 attracting keen historians from all over.

An experience of Italian fine dining is available at this contemporary location on the outskirts of St Petersburg. This elegant venue features a summer terrace and outdoor veranda, a perfect setting for a tranquil and relaxed meal.

Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, Hermitage Museum features a range of art including prehistoric, Italian, Spanish and decorative. Classical and Egyptian Antiquities are also displayed at this extravagant location.

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Stroganoff Steak House Feast on a meaty meal at Stroganoff Steak House where beef and lamb is flown in from worldwide locations such as New Zealand and Argentina. They not only offer meaty portions but seafood is also a popular choice such as Kamchatka Crab and oysters.


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Style Wellness Very Grand The Grand Hotel Tremezzo Celebrating its 105th anniversary this summer after a refurbishment, the stunning Grand Hotel Tremezzo hotel on the shore of Lake Como, Italy, has been helping people relax for generations. The T Spa has also been renovated in collaboration with ESPA, and caps off a stay of sheer indulgence in one of the most stylish locations on the planet. grandhoteltremezzo.com

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On your bike Banish cellulite If you find that countless hours at the gym aren’t helping you get the body you desire, it’s time to hop on the Spa bike at The Pearl Spa, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. The hydro-massage bath with an integrated biking system allows you to sculpt and tone your body, while cycling in the privacy of a hot tub. The lowimpact form of exercise burns 700 calories per session, and is ideal for those who want to fight water retention and cellulite.

As well as being great for sorting out the troublesome skin condition, it’s also a terrific way to burn calories sculpt and tone, and is also fun and relaxing. Bikers can shift up to 700 calories per session. Elsewhere in the Pearl Spa, elite level skincare and massage treatments will take care of the rest of your aches and pains, and the spa is probably best known for its deluxe aqua thermal experiences - it’s not known as the Pearl Spa for nothing. fourseasons.com/dubaijb/spa

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Throughout history the craftsmen of Van Cleef & Arpels have always drawn inspiration from the natural world, and in the maison’s latest high jewellery collection it’s the seven seas which provide the stimulus. From rolling waves to the myriad colours they reflect, and from stones and shells to the creatures - both real and mythical - that swim these varied waters, this is a collection designed to represent a travel memoir composed of aqua treasures. It’s a collection that fully demonstrates the incredible skill and imagination of Van Cleef’s artisans, and the boundless imagination they impart on their work. The collection was launched at a glamorous event in Monte Carlo, the ideal location to showcase the deep blues and stunning corals of the collection’s inspiration. Nicolas Bos, the president and CEO of the jeweller, said that the idea of the collection aimed to capture the Renaissance period, when travel was much in the imagination. vancleefarpels.com


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Reawaken your senses Resense Spa has just launched its new Dead Sea inspired spa in Ishtar. Drawing on the healing properties of the Dead Sea, these new treatments are sure to delight travellers coming from all four corners of the globe. The Dead Sea has been celebrated for its mineral rich waters, muds filtered by UV light and high oxygen levels for centuries, and Resense has designed a menu that incorporates this natural recipe. The Spa houses traditional “Ishtar Baths” including Dead Sea pools, Hydro pools and Tepidariums as well as “Mind and Body Experiences” such as Ashtanga Yoga and meditation - an ideal place to indulge in ancient therapies. With 20 specially designed treatments rooms with private facilities, as well as a separate ladies-only area, the Dead Sea has never been so relaxing. kempinski.com

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Live shows at du Forum this month include Sesame Street Live, Mythbusters and magician Hans Klok. If you are looking for a unique dining experience, don’t forget to visit Rangoli, for deliciously exotic Indian cuisine with a perfect modern twist! Or, if you are in for a great night out, come down to Y bar and enjoy a great atmosphere, delicious a la carte menu, music and a great terrace.

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Zion Canyon from Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

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“I’ve Always Wanted to View The Northern Lights...” BUT: ‘They might not show!’ We understand your concern. The magic of the Aurora Borealis is one of the world’s last mysteries — Lapland’s indigenous Sami people will tell you it’s the tail of a mythical Firefox glancing across the snow, sending sparks into the night’s sky. Science, meanwhile, insists that the Lights are caused by solar-wind particles hitting the Earth’s upper atmosphere. And yes, they’re fickle, but on a clear night at the right time of year, you’ve an 80 per cent chance of a sighting. Here’s how to stack the odds in your favour... When? The Northern Lights appear from late September to late March, between 6pm and 1am, and the best chances of sightings are in midwinter (December and January). Admittedly, there are cheaper deals at either end of the season, but we don’t recommend taking the risk. Where? Best to see the Lights under the

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‘Aurora zone’. This broad band of Arctic air haloes the planet, and in Europe covers the far north of Finland, Sweden, Norway and all of Iceland. Avoid cities as light pollution makes the Lights harder to see. How? Seeing the Lights requires warm clothes, patience and luck. Increase the latter by stretching your trip as long as you can — to three or four nights, ideally. This is because the Lights can’t be seen when there’s cloud cover, so extra time gives poor weather the chance to move off. And be ready to scoot outdoors at a moment’s notice, as displays last from a few hours to just minutes. For maximum night-sighting potential, try the small Finnish ski resort of Kakslauttanen, where you can sleep in a toasty glass-domed igloo with specially designed condensation-proof glass — even in your pyjamas, there’s no chance of missing the show.


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Adelie penguins hauled out on floating icebergs near Paulet Island, Antarctic Peninsula

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In the century since Scott’s heartbreaking expedition to the South Pole, the Great White Continent has drifted from the outskirts of human exploration into mainstream tourism. Today, if you want to visit its most famous inhabitants, the penguins, you’ve lots of choice. Most trips to Antarctica involve joining a ship from South America, during a season that lasts from late November to late March (January, when the ice is most reduced, is the best time to go). The majority sail out

of Ushuaia, Argentina, which is the best option for price and choice. Always opt for an ‘expedition cruise’. These involve multiple landings on Antarctica, as opposed to the ‘cruise only’ boats, which involve drifting between icebergs, but no up-close interaction with the penguins. Your next obstacle is the Drake Passage, the infamous stretch of water where the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans all squabble violently for supremacy. If you’re willing to spend the extra, you can fly across this on a small


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plane from Punta Arenas, in Chile, to King George Island, just off the Antarctic peninsula, where you’ll then hop onto an expedition ship. Quark Expeditions (quark expeditions.com) is by far the biggest Polar operator. Once the Drake has been conquered, you’ve multiple routes around the Antarctic peninsula to choose from, some taking in the surrounding islands, including South Georgia and the South Shetlands. But if penguins are your priority, Quark’s

shortest, 11-day trips take you straight to the heart of the action, introducing you to three of Antarctica’s penguin species: Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap, and — if you’re lucky — a fourth, the elusive macaroni. If it’s the big one you’re after, however, the emperor penguin, you’ll need to invest significantly more time and money. These nest much further south, and will involve a land operator rather than an expedition cruise. The largest of these are Adventure Network International

(adventure-network.com) and the Antarctic Company (antarctic-company.info), which both offer ‘emperor’ trips, flying out of Puntas Arenas or Cape Town to camps on the continent, and from there to the emperor colonies. Most land operators provide the basic kit you’ll need, too. Finally, pack a good camera. A number of boats now have a staff photographer, who’ll teach you how to take the perfect penguin shots (bear in mind you’re not allowed any physical contact with the wildlife). 39


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“I’ve Always Wanted to Teeter on the Grand Canyon...” BUT: ‘There’s nothing else to see once I’m out there’ Canyon ticked off, you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s scant reason to stick around these parts. Everybody makes the same mistake: most of the Grand Canyon’s five million annual visitors take it in from Las Vegas on a quick helicopter flight, or a day’s coach trip and never get another sighting of the American Southwest. But the Grand Canyon, awe-inspiring as it is, isn’t the only motivation to make an overland pilgrimage into the heartlands of Arizona and Utah. From the eroded, almost lunar desert-scape of Arches National Park (five hours from the Grand Canyon) to the bristling blaze of orange pinnacles at Bryce Canyon (five hours), and from the soaring cliffs and riverine forests of Zion National Park (a four-hour drive) to the stark sandstone buttes of Monument Valley (three hours), this expanse will keep you — and your dazzled retinas — occupied for weeks. And if you do Utah’s big four as listed, anti-clockwise from Arches National Park to Monument Valley over a two-day trip (13 hours’ driving in total), you get to bed down overnight in a tucked-in-the-woods luxury cabin at Zion Lodge, with one of the heartiest breakfasts in the state. (Rise very early on day two if you want to catch Monument Valley in the morning sun.) Then, of course, there’s the Grand Canyon itself, which — since you’ve come all this way — you should do properly. Get up close to the grandaddy of canyons on an expert-led trek. The respected Wildland Trekking (wildlandtrekking.com) offers foot and mule-assisted treks, including an exhilarating four-day Rim-to-Rim itinerary, which allows you to cook, eat and sleep under a star-punched night sky. 40


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Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim) from the Toroweap (Tuweep) Overlook Arizona

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“I’ve Always Wanted to Dive The Great Barrier Reef...” BUT: ‘Hasn’t it been damaged by the hordes of divers?’ In truth, the Great Barrier Reef is no more under pressure from over-use and global warming than any other dive spot. And the reef is as long as Italy, so it’s easy to avoid the busier spots and seek out those (vast) areas where the coral is spectacular. The first thing to avoid: the many day-trip cruises that jostle out from Cairns harbour each morning. They’ve been depositing divers on the same bit of reef for decades, so you’ll find damaged coral and fewer fish. Head instead to less accessible areas, where the marine eco-system is alive and kicking. Lizard Island, 240km north of Cairns and far from any population centres, is outstanding (and has just been rebuilt after getting walloped by Cyclone Ita — it reopened in April). With its own prolific fringing reefs, you can walk straight off the beach with your snorkel and see the type of spectacle it’d take you hours to reach elsewhere. Expect to see everything from plucky clownfish, to angelfish, wrasse, fusilier fish, manta rays, moray eels, turtles and reef sharks. Wherever you go, timing is important. Avoid Australia’s peak season if you want fewer fellow divers and better hotel rates. Easter weekend and mid-December to midJanuary are when rates rocket. Southerly Lady Elliot Island has cracking coral gardens that are also reachable with just short-boat or snorkelling trips; turtle season (November to March) is great for kids, as the creatures like shallow swimming and lay their eggs on the beach. If you want to get far away from the crowds and the damage they’ve caused, a live-aboard puts you right on top of the reef day and night. Mike Ball Dive Expeditions (mikeball.com) has a three-night Fly Dive trip from Cairns to the famous Ribbon Reefs and Cod Hole. 42


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Aerial view of the coral cay Green Island surrounded by Coral Reef

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“I’ve always wanted to walk the Great Wall of China...” BUT: ‘I’m worried it’s too touristy’ We hear you. Badaling, the access point to a restored stretch of the Ming Dynasty wall, a two-hour drive from Beijing, is a carnival of tourist tat (snow-dome Great Wall featuring a waving cat, anyone?) and the crowds are, well, wall-to-wall. But Badaling is to the Great Wall what Hollywood Boulevard is to California. Marvel at its excesses, then pack some steamed rice cakes (the Ming Dynasty’s

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favourite travelling snack), pull on your boots, and head further afield to explore the more winsome reaches of this monument, which is not, in fact, a continuous wall (rather a broken line of ramparts from different eras, stitched together by popular imagination). Want that killer photograph of crenellated stone wall snaking through soft green peaks? You’ll need the blockbuster spots between Jinshanling and Simatai. For a canny way to avoid the Beijing coach tours to Jinshanling, travel from Beijing in the late afternoon (2.5 hrs, avoid 5pm-6pm traffic) and spend a night in one of the handful of hotels at the foot of the wall, such as the Jinshanling. You’ll have the wall to yourself from 7pm and, crucially, before 10am, when you’ll get the best light for photos. To take in the wall without a soul around, head west to Jiayuguan, an

unpeopled spot in the western deserts of China, where a stretch of unreconstructed wall is backdropped by snow-dusted peaks. Too intrepid? Try a day-trip from Beijing — but one that doesn’t involve a crowded bus tour. Beijing-based Simon Service (simon-service.com) is run by Englishspeakers, who arrange private-car services to the Great Wall at Jinshanling. Or get a blissfully crowd-free perspective of the busier stretches at Badaling on a helicopter tour with Great Wall Helicopter Tours (greatwallhelicoptertours.com). However remote you go, avoid summer weekends and Chinese national holidays (such as the first week of October and the Chinese New Year). Also, avoid Great Wall scams by refusing temptingly cheap excursions offered at tourist sites in Beijing — they often turn out to be a forced pointto-point tour of tourist shops.


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Jinshanling Great Wall, Hebei

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Hungary For More With grand architecture, cultural quirks and a rich cafĂŠ society, Budapest has enough to impress new and returning visitors, says Sankha Guha

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Destinations Budapest Opening spread: Fisherman’s Bastion. This spread, clockwise from right: Matthias Church and back view of St. Stephen of Hungary; St. Gerhard statue on Gellert Hill; Detail of St. Stephen of Hungary; Pedestrian street Vaci Ucta. Overleaf, clockwise from top left: Chain Bridge; Matthias Church; Tramline on the Danube Promenade; Schloss Sigmaringen Castle; Apple strudel; The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace; Fisherman’s Bastion.

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udapest has a new and distinctively odd landmark. I am peering down from a window of the presidential suite on the ninth floor of the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus in Pest. Across the road, in Erzsebet Ter (Elizabeth Square), there is a tree that appears to be bandaged in paper. There is a rational explanation for this. The hotel management has granted me privileged access to the inner sanctum of a temple. This suite was Michael Jackson’s residence whenever he was in town. Though it has been redecorated since his final visit, the Versace-influenced furnishings and the whole 189sqm extravaganza is every bit as blingy as one would hope. However, for the Jackson faithful, the inner sanctum remains unattainable; the nearest they can get is the tree in the park. Since his death, fans have festooned it with photos, magazine cuttings, fresh flowers and billets-doux addressed to their idol. It is an improvised but semipermanent shrine. It has yet to become a major draw but, as Budapest’s sites go, it has the benefit of novelty. Most of the others have become so familiar to me over the years that I tend to underestimate their impact on first-time visitors. Being part Hungarian, I feel at home here, but maybe I take my birthright slightly for granted. A part of me envies the first timer. Like them, I want the thrill of discovery. I want to feel Budapest emerge afresh in my imagination as one of the great cities of modern Europe. I want to be a bornagain tourist. I resolve to do as the best tourists do in a new city: walk. Most of the big hotels are concentrated in a small area of central Pest known as Belvaros (the Inner City; municipally, the Fifth District) and most of the principle landmarks are within strolling distance. Exploring at street level reveals many small surprises. It hadn’t occurred to me before, but as I walk past the ornate secessionist gates of the Gresham Palace (now the Four Seasons Hotel), I realise there is a British axle at the hub of Budapest. The palace, one of the most graceful Art Nouveau buildings in the city, was commissioned by the London-based Gresham Life Assurance Company. It occupies a prime location in the square on

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the Pest side of the famous Lanchid (Chain Bridge). This, too, has a British provenance. The first permanent stone bridge in the city was designed by an Englishman, William Tierney Clark, and is a grander version of one he built earlier in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Moreover, the square on the Buda side of the bridge is named after the Scottish engineer Adam Clark (no relation), who oversaw its construction. Walking across, you notice the scale of Budapest. This is no twee medieval museum town in east-central Europe. It has ambition. Perhaps that is hardly surprising from a former capital of the AustroHungarian Empire. It is, in fact, bigger than the other capital, Vienna, and marginally more populous. This morning, the river is more the Grey Danube than the summery blue of Strauss’s corny old tune, but, even in winter, under

I resolve to do as the best tourists do in a new city: walk a sky leached of colour, you cannot fail to appreciate the beauty of the topography. The scenic Buda hills on my left descend in a series of humps and escarpments to the drifting north-south line of the river and, on the opposite east bank, lies the commercial and administrative heart of the country in Pest – with a crowded skyline all the way to the flat horizon. To appreciate these views, the next best thing to a helicopter is the funicular railway that starts in Adam Clark Square. The Budavari Siklo was originally intended as a quick and cheap commute for workers employed in the Var (Castle district) at the top of the hill. It is now entirely a plaything for us tourists. The quaint wood-panelled carriages look like wonky but upmarket garden sheds, and seem in extremely good nick for such an antique mode of transportation. Their near pristine condition is explained by the fact that the original machinery of the 1870 Siklo was destroyed during the Second World War. The current railway is a replica that opened


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Where To Stay Budapest Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is characterised by elegant and unobtrusive luxury, with distinctive architecture. Meanwhile, centrally located is the grand Boscolo Budapest Hotel, one of the most striking destinations in the city. To book, visit dnatatravel.com or call +971 4 316 6666.

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in 1986. The ride lasts just 90 seconds and, at 1,000 forints per adult, it cannot be classed as the cheapest thrill in town. The Castle district offers some of the city’s most pompous architecture – a procession of palaces, churches and monuments – and is a must for any Budapest neophyte. The changing of the guard I witness is a rather homespun affair, with strutting soldiers struggling to hang on to some sense of decorum amid the camera-clicking hordes. The area took a terrible beating during the siege of Budapest, a vicious street fight that lasted six weeks and which has been compared in its intensity with Stalingrad. The Germans (aided by Hungarian fascist allies) made their last stand against the Red Army here. Much of the architecture has a recently restored feel: the edges seem sharper, the colours brighter and the façades smoother than one might expect. The makeover is so convincing that, when I round the corner into Disz Ter, the sight of the shattered former Ministry of Defence, which has been left as it was at the end of the war, comes as a shock. Just a few hundred metres away, the 19thcentury neo-Gothic splurge of the Matthias Church and the peculiar Fishermen’s Bastion looks even more Disneyish after such a visceral reminder of recent cataclysm. Snow White and all her dwarves would not look anachronistic proceeding along the fairytale terraces, but such reveries are interrupted by the megaphone voices of German and Japanese tour guides marshalling their flocks. Bemusing though it is, the Fishermen’s Bastion does nevertheless offer definitive panoramic views of Budapest. Round the corner from my hotel in Pest, I find another survivor of the many

The changing of the guard is a rather homespun affair horrors inflicted on Budapest in the 20th century. The Gerbeaud Confectionary, in Vorosmarty Ter, opened its doors in 1870 and reached its apogee in the belle époque as a temple of sweet indulgence. I remember being brought here as a child in the dour decades of communist rule, and yet, through all those years, despite suffering the indignity of a name change, the café everyone still called Gerbeaud retained a whiff of its original decadence. Trading under its old name again, the café has been restored to its full former glory by its new German owners. The quality of fare has gone up – and so have the prices. My friend Celia, who is working in the city for a few months, is a fan. “I love the apple strudel. It is soooo good. The best!” she enthuses. But she concedes the pricing is eye-watering for many Hungarians. “It’s not a local place, which is really sad.” 50


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The Lotz Café, in the former Paris Department Store, is more reasonably priced but reason has little to do with anything else. The Art Nouveau frontage of the building, on Andrassy ut, is eye-pleasing enough but it gives little hint of the neoBaroque glory hidden within. Nowadays, the building is principally a bookshop. To reach the café, take the escalator away from the volumes on the ground floor – without warning, you are propelled into a ballroom that Marie Antoinette would not carp at. There is more than a hint of Versailles about this grandiose interior. Huge mirrors reflect and amplify the ostentatious gilt-edged decoration featuring frescoes by the 19thcentury artist Karoly Lotz. It is wildly over the top for what is only a coffee shop. The room was intended for an adjacent casino in 1885, before being knocked through to become a part of the department store. After the Second World War it was neglected, serving as storage space for such workaday goods as were available in the communist-managed economies of the Eastern Bloc. Today, reinvented as a café, it has a wicked glint to it. Remarkably, for all its outrageous posture, the down-toearth prices in the Lotz make it a favourite for locals and tourists alike. It is a worthy addition to café society in a city famous for its coffee-and-cake culture. I have one last obligation as a born-again tourist. Tramline No 2 has been named the seventh most scenic in the world – and the top in Europe – by National Geographic. It is an accolade of which Budapest’s natives are proud, but one that many feel only confirms what they already know. The ride begins unpromisingly as it departs its southern terminus and rolls past the cultural complex next to Rakoczi Bridge. The Palace of the Arts is a fine building but it suffers from its proximity to the newish National Theatre, an alarming heap of terrible ideas, next door. The tramline heads north on the Pest bank of the Danube and normal service is resumed. Gellert Hill, with its giant post-war statue of liberty, dominates first, and many of the other wonders of Budapest follow in swift succession; the bridges, the hills, the baths, the castle and the broad sweep of one of Europe’s great waterways. Then the outline of the Palace of Westminster seems to appear out of the low winter mist. This is not a hallucination. The Gothic Revival style of the Hungarian parliament was indeed inspired by Westminster and its river-front position adds to the illusion that we are some 1,500 kilometres to the west. But there is a further twist. This parliament is almost the same size as its antecedent in London – which is pretty cheeky for a small landlocked nation. Some would say that’s typical. The Hungarians were not imitating to flatter, they simply wanted a building commensurate with their self-image. 51


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Real Rajasthan’s everyday street life is just as appealing as its aweinspiring forts and palaces, discovers Lara Brunt

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aipur is slowly waking up. As the city stretches and yawns in the early morning light, merchants sweep their shopfronts and locals stop for a steaming cup of masala chai. Soon the streets will be teeming with rickshaws, motorbikes, cars and camels, but for now, the energetic cacophony of city life is muted. It’s precisely why we got up at dawn to explore the backstreets of Jaipur by bike with guides Eleonore Gaspa and Raju Meena from Cyclin’ Jaipur. Originally from Paris, Eleonore and childhood friend Ophelie Teyssandier founded the firm after discovering the essence of Jaipur lies not only in its beautiful monuments but in its vivid street life, too. Dubbed “the Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the regal state of Rajasthan. Renowned for its spectacular architecture and colourful textiles and semi-precious stones, its nickname originates from a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876, for which the city was painted terracotta pink in celebration. We spend the morning exploring the old walled city, weaving through the Muslim quarter and marble carvers’ district, and stopping to admire the grand Albert Hall Museum, art deco Raj Mandir Cinema and honeycombed Hawa

Jaipur is the capital of the regal state of Rajasthan Mahal (Palace of Winds). We munch on crispy onion kachori and potato samosa, washed down with fresh lassi, and follow exuberant singing, drumming and bell ringing to Chaura Rasta, the oldest Shiva temple in Jaipur. We even stop by Raju’s house to meet his mum and the 15 or so cows that share their dwelling. Swapping two wheels for four, Eleonore drives us to a private elephant centre near Amber Fort, the magnificent honey-hued structure that bewitched us the day before, on the outskirts of the city. Elephants have long been revered in India, with maharajas wielding power from the back of the mighty animals for centuries. Today, painted pachyderms star in festivals and weddings, including the annual Jaipur Elephant Festival held during the spring festival of Holi. The centre is home to 23 female elephants, mostly rescued from circuses, which spend most days ferrying tourists up to the 16th-century fort. We meet Rangmala, a 28-year-old elephant who greedily gobbles up the bananas we offer and stands patiently while we add our own vibrant designs to her rough grey hide. “The mahouts live with their elephant 24 hours a day and are the only person to ride them,” Eleonore explains. The afternoon is spent wandering the atmospheric town of Amber, which is home to a restored step well and around 300 temples that blend Hindu, Muslim and Jain 54

Opening spread: Jaipur Holi Elephant. This spread, clockwise from above: Holi elephants; City Palace and Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India; Local dress; Private dining area at lebua resort, Jaipur; Local spices; Elevated view of Lake Pichola and Udaipur City; Devi Garh by lebua


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Where To Stay lebua Resort Jaipur & Devi Garh by lebua A short drive from the bustle of Jaipur, lebua Resort Jaipur is made up of 60 large suites decorated in vibrant colours, and three sprawling villas each with a private pool. There’s a 20,000 sq ft L’Occitane spa, heated pool and two restaurants. Located 28km from Udaipur, Devi Garh by lebua is housed in an 18th-century fort palace. The 39 suites feature minimalist interiors and gorgeous views over the countryside. There’s a restaurant, private dining, a heated outdoor pool and an excellent spa. Don’t miss sundowners at the terrace bar.

architecture. We also visit a local family, with matriarch Gigi welcoming us into her home with the most beautiful smile. She shows us how to make chapati and paratha, which we smear liberally with fresh buffalo ghee. We return to our suite at lebua Resort Jaipur, 10km from the city centre. Inspired by the vibrant gemstones that Jaipur is known for, the 600sq ft suite has a sunken Jacuzzi and private garden on the rooftop, both welcome respites from the chaotic city streets. The resort itself is just as striking. The contemporary design was inspired by Jantar Mantar, the Royal Observatory of Jaipur, built in 1728, and features a series of fiery red buildings constructed from stone, set against the backdrop of the Aravali mountains. We’re treated to a private dining experience in an outdoor sunken terrace, surrounded by flickering candles and rose petals. Our meal begins with tasty vegetarian plates such as grilled paneer with mint chutney and green pea patties, followed by a thali made up of various little dishes served with piping hot breads and rice. Every dish is sublime, especially the melt-in-your-mouth butter chicken and lamb laal maas, a traditional Rajasthani curry that gets its rich red colour from chillies. Unfamiliar with Indian desserts, we tuck into the moong dal halwa (creamy yellow dal flavoured with saffron and cardamom) and gulkand kulfi (delicate rose petal ice 56


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Left: The Palace of the Winds, Jaipur. Above: Gardens and Hall of Mirrors, Amber Fort Palace, Jaipur

cream) with relish. The romantic ‘White City’ of Udaipur is our next destination. Set around the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by a majestic ring of craggy green hills, Udaipur boasts beautiful palaces, ornate temples, whitewashed havelis and a maze of tightly winding streets. Seeming to float on the lake are two island hotels, Lake Palace and Jagmandir Island Palace; the former famously starred in Octopussy, and there are nightly screenings of the Bond film in the city’s cafés. Towering over the lake, the grand City Palace is Rajasthan’s largest palace. Udai Singh II, the city’s founder, kicked off construction in 1599, and the building was later extended by various royal rulers. We shuffle past exquisite paintings and stunning mosaics of peacocks, before the crowds get too much and we seek solace in the gardens at the southern end of the complex. We board a boat and cruise the shimmering lake, watching women doing their laundry, before disembarking for a leisurely lunch at Jagmandir Island. Our next stop is Devi Garh by lebua, an 18th-century fort palace in the Aravali hills, around 45-minutes’ drive from Udaipur. The building lay in ruins for decades until a wealthy industrialist family bought it in the 1980s. A seven-year restoration project followed, involving a team of 750 people, before the palace opened as an all-suite luxury hotel in 2000. While the historic architecture has been beautifully

preserved, the interiors are strikingly contemporary, with smooth white marble and splashes of colour. The palace overlooks the village of Delwara, and we wander into its streets in the late afternoon with Akhtar as our guide. He grew up in Delwara and, like many of the villagers, now works at Devi Garh. “I’m the mayor of Delwara,” he declares, as he shows us around the streets, clean and humming with life, waving to locals and explaining the different saris and turbans they wear. Akhtar shows us Jain and Hindu temples and Muslim mosques, and introduces us to

We shuffle past exquisite paintings and stunning mosaics the local potter who demonstrates how he uses a traditional spinning wheel. As we continue on, a group of weathered farmers wearing blood-red turbans beckon us over to a café. One insists on buying us a cup of chai, so we sit down and chat, with Akhtar acting as translator. When I compliment them on such a lovely village the men beam with pride. As we walk back to the hotel, past the kitchen garden brimming with herbs and vegetables, Akhtar says the village walk is often the highlight of many guests’ trip. “Sometimes it’s the simple things,” he says with a grin, and I can’t help but agree. 57


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Singapore The island city-state off the southern coast of Malaysia is an intoxicating blend of high-tech futurism and stunning natural delights

ArtScience Museum Making up an integral part of Singapore’s neon-blazed skyline is the famous ArtScience Museum, which has been inspiring and educating visitors since 2011. The unusual lotus flower design is often referred to as “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore.”

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City Skyline There is no shortage of iconic buildings in Singapore. In this picture you can see the striking Marina Bay Sands hotel, the “Mer-lion” statue which is an emblem of the city, and the Sky Flyer, a huge ferris wheel.

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great places to find homage to the fascinating background of the early Peranakans that inhabited Singapore, and their opulent costumes, embroidery, beadwork, jewellery and furniture are a significant part of Singaporean culture.

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Cable Cars The Sky Network will take you to the top of Singapore’s Faber Peak, or to the buzzing Sentosa district, with the city’s buildings and parks sprawled beneath you. Glide above sand, sea and jungle while keeping an eye out for the dolphins in Resort World Sentosa’s Adventure Cove. Faber Peak is a unique hilltop destination with spectacular views of Singapore and beautiful event venues.

Gardens by the Bay To celebrate Singapore’s Jubilee weekend, in August there will be a special edition of the “Garden Rhapsody”, featuring lasers for the first time. It is one of Singapore’s most famous sights, with light shows daily.

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views of the turquoise ocean. What sets the Seychelles apart from many holiday destinations is the wide variety of islands, each with its own character. Day excursions to the many inner granitic islands are a great way to discover memorable sights, or interact with the local Creole culture, where a blend of philosophies from many different continents make local festivals a carnival of colour, music and dance. Raffles Praslin also offers exciting helicopter tours, boat trips, cycling and walking excursions and a whole host of watersports. Maybe that’s the best thing about visiting the Seychelles – you get as many holidays as you want, all in one. raffles.com/praslin 63


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Mövenpick, Jeddah The hotel firm has revealed plans to open Mövenpick Hotel Heraa Jeddah in 2019, its fourth property in the city and the 14th in the kingdom. Set to occupy a prime location on Prince Sultan Road, it will service both business and leisure travellers.

W, Istanbul History meets chic as the W Istanbul unveils its stunning new look. Acclaimed Turkish designer Mahmut Anlar is behind the vibrant new décor, with guests entering the hotel through an interactive art installation that mixes light, videos, motion sensors and mirrors.

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From August 1, anyone with a penchant for adventurous dining should head to Jumeirah Emirates Towers for a three-course dinner

with a difference. The night of culinary exploration takes in four different venues, with a different dish and drink in each – ending up in The Ivy for an

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Lofty Ambitions The Loft Fifth Avenue, UAE With venues at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, The Dubai Mall and elsewhere already in place across the UAE, The Loft Fifth Avenue has just announced two more locations in Dubai – at Bay Square and Palm Jumeirah. Its signature treatment is the cashmere wood body treatment, the perfect therapy for anyone looking to balance out his or her skin for a sense of wellbeing. A generous scrub is applied to the skin followed by essential oils of lavender and wood, which give the body a truly nourished finish. A relaxing head massage ends the treatment. theloft5thavenue.com


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An evening to remember Coco Bodu Hithi, Maldives You may have seen some memorable sunsets on your travels, but nothing compares to watching the sun go down on the Maldivian horizon. This summer, the luxury resort of Coco Collection’s Coco Bodu Hithi is celebrating evening activities, from a scenic sunset cruise to a

“Breeze Beach Barbecue.” After that, it’s time to stroll down to the beach and enjoy a private cinema under the canopy of stars, picking your own movie from the menu and enjoying popcorn while the action plays out in front of you. Paradise. cocoboduhithi.com

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Mena House, Cairo This astonishing palatial hotel is located amongst Cairo’s most valued piece of history; the Great Pyramids of Giza, and reflects that of a suburban Arabia. Although its exterior is encircled with 40 acres of lavish gardens its interior mirrors that of Egypt’s antiquity through handcrafted furniture, breath-taking antiques and original works of art, which embellish the full interior of the hotel to its finest. The hotel’s facilities are never-ending with the spa, fitness centre and outdoor heated swimming pool all luxurious aspects of this much-respected five star hotel. minahousehotel.com


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Raffles, Singapore As one of the remaining great 19th century hotels in the world, its classic Colonial architecture remains prominent against Singapore’s nearby industrial skyscrapers, making this Asian location an enticing place to stay. Raffles features 14 restaurants and bars, which include Raffles Grill and The Long Bar, where the famous Singapore Sling was created. Admired past guests are some of the elite including as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Michael Jackson and George W. Bush, to name a few. raffles.com/singapore 2.

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98 Acres, Sri Lanka Exhibiting magnificent views of the Ella Gap and Small Adam’s Peak Mountain, 98 Acres Resort and Spa reflects the rustic element of nature in which the site is surrounded, by using ‘illuk’ straw and other recyclable substances within the area to build chalets in the

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Just metres off the coast of Dubai stands the symbol of the city, the Burj Al Arab. Built on its very own island just metres from the sandy terrain of Jumeirah beach, its unique structure resembles that of a sail of a dhow and was designed by architect Tom Wright. This hint of Arabia houses nine worldclass restaurants and bars, and an awardwinning spa. The luxury suites where guests are accommodated have access to the private Burj Al Arab beach and Wild Wadi waterpark, making it the perfect destination to please both children and adults on a oneof-a-kind family holiday. jumeirah.com

On the European banks of the Bosphorus, the Swiss么tel is perched overlooking the scenic views of Istanbul. Burrowed in amongst international shopping destinations and acres of historical gardens, the hotel gives guests a remarkable choice of city or nature, something for everyone. With facilities such as their awardwinning Purovel Spa and exclusive rooftop swimming pool, this spotlight includes both historic and modern twists of luxury. Istanbul itself, an intoxicating blend of European and Middle Eastern ideals, is enjoying its moment in the sun as the travel destination du jour. swissotelliving.com

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Dusit Deverana, New Delhi In the heart of New Delhi lies this urban resort experience mirroring the natural beauty of Indian countryside in its green and tropical landscaping. This tranquil resort also emulates glimpses of gold and metallic shades to mimic that of India’s elaborate heritage. Amongst this tranquil getaway a world of bustling adventure is near as New Delhi’s luxury malls and historic sights are close in range to this hushed spot. This high society facility offers extensive offers to its premium guests including a ďŹ tness centre, outdoor swimming pool, spa and a beauty salon. deverana.in

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Abu Dhabi For your summer escape As the season wears on, Abu Dhabi is just getting started

The summer season is in full swing this August as Abu Dhabi presents Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Immortal Figures, which exhibits a celebration of sculptures from across the globe. For younger visitors, performances of Sesame Street Live and Elmo Makes Music are on at du Forum and in Al Ain. The Illuminaire – Fire and Light 72

Spectacular showcases this month in Al Ain displaying dancers, acrobats, gymnasts and many more in this action-packed experience. So pack up your bags, grab the kids and head on down to Abu Dhabi this August for days of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. abudhabievents.ae


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GLANCE Fast facts about the Sheraton Grand Hotel, with Avnish Masih, Head of Concierge So where is this hotel? It’s right in the heart of Dubai, within walking distance of the World Trade Centre and just a short drive from DIFC, The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the rest of Downtown Dubai. It’s also on the outskirts of the Old Town, meaning exploration of the gold and spice souks is easy.

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