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EDITOR Richard Brown
FROM THE EDITOR July 2019 Issue 14
The sun’s out, the mercury’s rising and Instagram is everyone else’s hotdog legs on a sunkissed beach somewhere in the Maldives. For the last-minute among us, it’s time to start planning our eleventh-hour summer escape – an activity that’s assumed a heightened moral dimension now that we’ve woken up to the fact we’re killing the planet. As Extinction Rebellion protestors emptied out of Oxford Circus, some carbon footprint scientists calculated that long-haul flights are the single most damaging action we as individuals can take in contributing to climate change. We’d only just been told that our penchant for fast fashion has created the second highest polluting industry on the planet. We’re melting the glaciers, we’re killing the coral, we’re making sure those hotdog social media snaps will soon be an impossibility. The Maldives will be a modernday Atlantis in a few years’ time. If seeing the world is what’s ruining it, should we all just stay at home instead? Well yes, technically, but seeing as though that’s not going to happen, there are other ways of counteracting our carbon footprint without adopting the social habits of a hermit. We can assuage some of our guilt through carbon offsetting schemes. Pay a broker and they will invest your money in someone who plants trees, builds windfarms or captures methane from landfill sites. SAS, the national airline of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, is the first air carrier to allow customers to purchase carbon offsets as part of their booking process. A noble, if limited, endeavour that other airlines might follow. For our part, we’ve dedicated a good slice of this sun-dappled summer issue to championing companies and individuals that are committed to conscientious luxury. We talk to Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Design, Robin Page, about the company’s all-electric spin-off and its pledge to ensure that every one of its models contains an electric motor by the end of this year (p.66). We look at how the superyacht industry is attempting to protect the marine environment through its investment in hybrid propulsion engines and a diverse range of ocean clean up initiates (p.34). We speak to the ex-finance friends who’ve set up a menswear website in opposition to the short-lived thrill of fast fashion (p.100). And we discuss sustainable swimwear with Mymarini-founder Mareen Burk (p.80) and ethical swim shorts with model-turnedenvironmentalist Toby Huntington-Whiteley (98).
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RIO DE JANEIRO’S HOTEL ARPOADOR REOPENS FOLLOWING AN EXTENSIVE RENOVATION BY BERNARDES ARQUITETURA, THE BRAZILIAN BOLTHOLE HAS UNVEILED ITS NEW DESIGN
Located on Ipanema beach and within walking distance of Copacabana, Hotel Arpoador would be foolish not to make the most of its location – and thanks to a recent redesign by Brazilian architecture firm Bernardes Arquitetura, it now does just that. Triangular balconies and a three-sided rooftop provide ample angles from which to see the sea and Pedra do Arpoador, the rocky peninsula that separates Rio’s two most famous beaches. Inside, the 49-room hotel has been designed to
Aropador is the only hotel that doesn’t have a busy street between it and Ipanema beach Double rooms from £130 including breakfast and WiFi, hotelarpoador.com
blend with its exterior – two street-facing façades make way for a side street entrance, allowing the ground-floor bar and restaurant (headed up by award-winning carioca kitchen great Roberta Sudbrack) to open out onto the beach and promenade. The entire property is angled towards the sea, with terraces, balconies in the larger rooms and the rooftop patio, complete with swimming pool and cocktail bar, geared towards an ocean-view. The interiors are decorated with materials chosen to evoke the ocean, such as woven straw, linen, cotton and wood. Blue fabrics provide accents against the otherwise neutral palette found throughout the building. Even the music has been carefully considered – a soundtrack of calming melodies played using Brazlian instruments floats through the hotel. This playlist was chosen by general manager Daniel Gorin, who was inspired by the songs he heard while on a meditative retreat in Bahai. Geared towards lifestyle as much as it is relaxation, the six-storey inn’s uppermost level is home to a spa equipped with steam room and sauna, a massage room and a gym, while bikes are on hand should you wish to see the promenade on two wheels. There are also opportunies to learn how to paddleboard, take a morning yoga class overlooking the coastline, attend samba nights and partake in picturesque hikes.
JAGUAR CLASSIC CREATES A TAILOR-MADE XK120 FOR DAVID GANDY THE BRITISH MODEL AND LIFE-LONG JAGUAR ENTHUSIAST COMMISSIONED A BESPOKE XK120 SPORTS CAR RESTORATION
Jaguar Classic experts have restored a 1954 XK120 to customer and life-long Jaguar enthusiast David Gandyâ€™s bespoke specification. In an 11-month rebuild, which took 2,700 hours, the team followed a brief to make it race-ready for classic motorsport events such as the Jaguar Classic Challenge. The Warwickshire-based Classic Works team sourced a suitable 1954 base car in California, US, and retained as much of the original motor as possible, with a specification inspired by the original XK120 Lightweight.
The result is a performance upgrade from the original 180bhp output to 225bhp and enhanced durability for higher speeds, with items such as the core plugs featuring steel bracing so they don’t dislodge during high-performance driving. An allnew, upgraded exhaust system features dual pipes instead of the usual single pipe. Further improvements include a faster-shifting racing-style gearbox and a front-row set-up that now features disc brakes with four-pot calipers, while the rear retains the original drum brakes.
The aesthetic was created in collaboration with Gandy, who chose a solid black exterior, twin aero screens and an Aged Saddle tan leather interior. While the two batteries are traditionally located behind the driver’s seat, the team instead put a single battery behind the passenger seat to ehance comfort for the 6ft 2in driver. “Having driven a Jaguar XK120 at the Mille Miglia in 2013 and 2014, I knew that I wanted to own one of these special cars,” said Gandy, who intends to use it on road and in competition.
3D STUDIO MIYSIS PAYS TRIBUTE TO NOTRE-DAME WITH A MOCK RECONSTRUCTION FOLLOWING THE FIRE THAT DESTROYED PART OF PARIS’S LANDMARK CATHEDRAL, MIYSIS STUDIO ENVISIONS NOTRE-DAME WITH A REBUILT SPIRE AND A GLASS ROOF
In the wake of the fire that devastated large parts of Notre-Dame in April this year, the question on how to rebuild the 850-yearold cathedral’s roof and spire has been hot topic. Since French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced there would be a competition to select the appropriate architect, creatives from across the globe have been quick to throw in their two cents. Some suggestions have been serious and some less so – a car park, a rocket launch pad and a McDonald’s are among the most farfetched. Miysis Studio, a company specialising in 3D architecture, has provided a more sensible, and picturesque, option. Designed to respect the original style of the building, but still be in keeping with the modern day, Miysis’ vision is of a glass roof, constructed with a timber and steel frame. In order to avoid distorting the silhouette of the building, the studio suggests building the roof to the same dimensions and volumes as the original. The interior space would then become a garden, open to the public, with flowerbeds and full-sized trees planted in the centre. “What could be more natural than paying homage to this place through a real vegetated space?” The studio asks on its website. In regards to the spire, which needs to be completely rebuilt, the team suggests constructing an identical version of the original out of modern materials. “This arrow will have regained its place and will now be illuminated, highlighted as never before in its history,” the website says. More than €1 billion (£860,000) has been donated towards the rebuilding project, mostly from French billionaires. Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild NotreDame before the Olympic Games in 2024. However, more than 1,000 architecture and heritage experts have written an open letter, published in French newspaper Le Fiagro, asking him to avoid rushing the process. Conservationalists suggest the rebuild could take at least a decade.
The original construction of Notre-Dame took almost 200 years to complete
The cathedral’s spire was only added in the 19 th century by Eugène Viollet-le-Du
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PRIX VERSAILLES WINNERS ANNOUNCED THE ANNUAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD HONOURS COMMERCIAL PROJECTS ACROSS THE GLOBE
From hotels to restaurants to shopping malls, the annual Prix Versailles awards commends the best commercial architecture, with prizes for both interiors and exteriors. In the Seychelles, Six Senses Zil Pasyon, designed by Richard Hywel Evans’ Londonbased Studio RHE, was crowned the winner of the Hotel Exteriors category. Designed to complement the surrounding nature of Félicité Island, Zil Pasyon is a contrast of styles, with the timber framed resort villas created as a modern take on indigenous architecture, and the elevated black granite residences built to blend into the neighbouring natural boulders. Together, the two are a striking feat of architecture and its this that scooped the hotel its prestigious award. Other winners included Southampton’s Watermark WestQuay shopping mall and Nobu Downtown in New York.
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CHRISTIAN HORNER W H E R E D O E S F 1 T E A M P R I N C I PA L C H R I ST I A N H O R N E R G O TO E S C A P E T H E P R E S S U R E O F T H E P I T L A N E ? J E R E M Y TAY L O R T R AV E L S T O T H E COTSWOLDS FOR A MEETING WITH THE RED BULL RACING BOSS
MAX VERSTAPPEN AND THE RED BULL RACING TEAM ON THE GRID OF THE 2019 MONACO GRAND PRIX, PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK THOMPSON/GETTY IMAGES
CHRISTIAN HORNER is the brains behind Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. He has guided the Formula One team to four Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships in a row, and received an OBE for services to motorsport in 2013. One of the most highly respected figures in F1, Horner became the sport’s youngest team principal when he joined newlyformed Red Bull Racing in 2005. Together with chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, the pair have amassed 59 victories and finished third in the 2018 Constructors’ Championship. Despite being robbed of a podium finish at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, Red Bull’s Honda-powered car is now starting to show serious promise. Driver Max Verstappen is regarded as one of the hottest talents on the grid, although the team’s new engine is yet to match those of Mercedes or Ferrari. Team mate Pierre Gasly is unlikely to beat Verstappen for pace but is catching up fast. The French driver was brought into the team by Horner, following the shock departure of Daniel Ricciardo to Renault at the end of the 2018 season. Married to Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell, Horner lives in a sprawling farmhouse not far from Banbury. The Oxfordshire mansion includes a boating lake, a tennis court and a menagerie of animals. The 45-year-old is stepfather to Halliwell’s daughter, Bluebell Madonna, 13, and the couple have a two-year-old son together, named Montague. How difficult is it to escape the frantic pace of your Grand Prix lifestyle? I don’t mind being in the limelight on a grand prix weekend but not the rest of the time. We’ve lived in this place for about four years and it’s become the perfect home to relax in and get away from it all. My son, Monty, loves to ride his toy tractor around the place and in the house. Restoring the farm has been my hobby – the way I put racing out of my mind. The main house is finished but now the barns are being converted. We’re currently
putting the finishing touches to an indoor swimming pool, which is meant to be ready for the British Grand Prix weekend next month. How did you catch the automotive bug? My grandfather was head of purchasing at the Standard Motor Company in Coventry and then set up his own agency, supplying parts. Dad joined him and they had a very successful business. I went to school in Leamington Spa and we lived in Bishop’s Itchington, not far from Gaydon. There were always lots of interesting cars on the driveway. Dad had a Reliant Scimitar, a Triumph Stag and a Jaguar XJS. My two brothers and I were always urging him to go faster. Mum drove a Triumph Herald and later, an Alpine sports car. When did your own driving career start? When I was 11, my parents looked at a new house and there was a go-kart in the garage. The people selling the house promised they would leave it but didn’t. After we moved in, I plagued my mother and we found a go-kart for sale in the local paper for £60. It was an ancient racing kart with slick tyres and had no traction on our slippery fields, so Dad took me to an old airfield and from that moment on I was hooked. All I wanted to be was a racing driver. When did you learn to drive on the road? At midnight on my 17th birthday, Mum and I were at the bottom of the driveway waiting to go out on the road with L-plates. I had an old Volkswagen Beetle with spoilers and a side exhaust – it looked seriously cool. That evening, I drove the family out to my birthday dinner and on the way home, they all fell asleep in the car. I passed my test two weeks later.
FROM LEFT MELANIE CHISHOLM, CHRISTIAN HORNER, GERI HALLIWELL AND EMMA BUNTON
“F1 is the purest entertainment, man and machine at the absolute limit” You won a Formula Renault scholarship in 1991, had a successful career in British Formula Two and Formula 3000, and you had your own team – Arden. Why didn’t you make the step up to F1 as a driver? I remember the moment vividly. I was pre-season racing at Estoril in Portugal. There is a very fast right hander coming out of the pits and Juan Montoya shot past me. The barrier is very close at that point and if you come off it’s a big accident. I watched the rim of his wheel trying to pop out the rear tyre under the pressure of cornering and I knew I couldn’t drive like that. That’s when I decided to concentrate on running my team instead. You retired from racing at 25, partnered with Prodrive for a season and then joined Red Bull, becoming the youngest team principal at the age of 31. Was this a memorable moment? It was a big moment in my life but also felt like a natural progression. All the principles that served me well building my Formula 3000 team I applied to F1. At the end of the day, people are your biggest asset – the right technicians, engineers and drivers. I was a big Adrian Newey fan and when he left McLaren to join us, people stood up and took notice. If you are going to shoot for the stars, you need somebody like Adrian. Persuading him to sign with us was a major step forward. The Red Bull team finished strongly in 2009 and then won the Constructor’s and Drivers’ Championships in 2010 with Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber. How did you celebrate that first of four consecutive victories? Adrian and I both bought an Aston Martin Vantage. It was the first real present I had afforded myself. The V12 is a fantastic car to drive: loads of power and it also sounds amazing. For my 40th birthday, I took delivery of an Aston Martin DB5, another iconic motor. I also own an AC Cobra and two Minis that originally belonged to Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. Geri gave me a Willys jeep for my birthday, and I tracked down her old MGB Roadster for her present. She bought the MG with her first pay cheque from the Spice Girls. How hard was it losing Daniel Ricciardo at the end of last season? Very, very difficult. If I take my Red Bull
THE FAIRMONT HAIRPIN AT CIRCUIT DE MONACO, MAY 2019, PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL REGAN/ GETTY IMAGES
10 years down the road I might feel differently. I do have a West Highland Terrier called Bernie, though.
hat off, he is a friend. He was the perfect fit for Red Bull and I didn’t understand his decision-making to move to Renault. He grew up with Red Bull and had no idea what life would be like outside of that world. I think he was quite surprised when Mercedes and Ferrari didn’t come calling, then Renault made him a significant offer. His decision demonstrated how keen he was to try something else and take a risk. It will be interesting to see what he thinks of that decision at the end of the season.
Who is the best driver ever? It’s very difficult to gauge people like Juan Manuel Fangio and Jackie Stewart against modern drivers. However, the one who has stood out for me is Ayrton Senna. I met him when I was a young kart racer. I snuck under the fence at Silverstone on a test day and hung about at the back of his garage. He spotted my karting jacket and came over for a chat. He was so enthused about karting, very polite and interested in what I was doing. There was an aura around him – it was a special moment I shall always remember.
Give us your thoughts on Lewis Hamilton: friend or foe? Lewis is an enigma. A wonderful, gifted driver. He’s a total natural and his achievements in the sport are phenomenal. He’s very much a Marmite character – people love him, or loathe him. I have huge respect for what he has done, the talent he has and what he has achieved. He has done it in his own way with the lifestyle he leads. He turns up at a Grand Prix and delivers, nobody can question that. He is a true sporting great.
Do you see Formula E (FE) challenging F1 at any point? Formula E has its place but I don’t think that ultimately it will compete because F1 is escapism in many respects. It is modern-day chariot racing. FE will end up with autonomous cars and no need for drivers, if it follows through to a natural conclusion. First and foremost, F1 is the purest entertainment, man and machine at the absolute limit.
How do you feel about being touted as the next Bernie Ecclestone, running F1 in the future? It’s very flattering when people make that connection. At the moment, I very much enjoy the competitive side of my career. I’m really focused on wanting to achieve more with Red Bull and get us back to a winning situation. Nobody has a crystal ball –
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D I S P L AC E M E N T M O T O R YA C H T S BETWEEN 300GT AND 499GT – 40M A N D A B OV E CECILIA, 49.6M ( W I D E R YA C H T S )
The judges considered Cecilia to be a yacht that points the way to the future, with one of her most significant aspects being a propulsion system in
which diesel generators drive electric-powered motors fitted to azipods located at the stern of the vessel. While many yachts in the past have employed this propulsion system, few have taken full advantage of its flexibility by positioning the engine room in the bows, thus releasing the prime midships area of the lower deck for accommodation – a purpose for which it is ideally suited.
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This ambitious project converted an aging 93m cruise ship into a 106.5m dream yacht for an owner with world cruising in mind. At the outset, the hull was stripped to bare steel, the complete superstructure and surplus metal works were removed, and the interior gutted and sandblasted. The 320 tonnes of steel that were removed were replaced with 550 tonnes of new fabrications, including the new superstructure and 112 electrically-operated sliding windows, each weighing 500kg. New stabilisers and other heavy engine room equipment were installed before the vessel was faired, painted and relaunched.
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The 90-year-old Haida 1929 yacht was in bad repair in 2017 when purchased by her new owner. During the 17-month refit, 110 tonnes of steel and 90 per cent of the pipework were replaced, the whole
interior was reworked to the design of Adam Lay, and a Hammam spa, massage room, and hairdressing room were added. Early external features, such as stairways, were reinstated and her previous dip-pool was replaced with a larger swimming pool. The judges considered this an eminently worthy rebuild that saved a historic yacht.
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S A I L I N G YA C H T S 30M TO 59.9M VIJONARA, 42.2M ( H O E K D E S I G N )
Vijonara has not only been built to the highest standards, but her polar diagrams reveal that she possesses extremely good performance
under sail, particularly in lighter breezes. However, the most important factor in choosing her as the winner is found inside, where the accommodation areas are beautifully panelled in wood and trimmed with fine leather supplied and crafted by Hermès.
D I S P L A C E M E N T M O T O R YA C H T S BETWEEN 300GT AND 499GT – 3 0 M T O 4 7. 9 M V I AT O R I S , 4 0 M ( C O N R A D S H I P YA R D )
Viatoris is not a yacht for those who yearn for speed as, powered by a pair of economical Caterpillar 500kW diesels, she has a cruising speed of 12-knots – but the benefits she reaps from this are a huge range of 11,100 nautical miles at her economical delivery speed of 8-knots. The judges also noted that her four ideally positioned fold-down balconies and adjacent sliding doors create a very airy interior, while her abundance of large windows and portlights provide excellent intimacy with the surrounding scenery.
S A I L I N G YA C H T S 6 0 M A N D A B OV E & SA I L I N G YA C H T O F T H E Y E A R BLACK PEARL, 106.7M ( O C E A N C O )
Black Pearl is a sailing vessel with all the facilities, comfort and performance of a motor yacht, but one that has the potential to cross oceans without the use of any diesel fuel whatsoever – propulsion is left to the wind and the total demand for household electricity can be met from her shaft generators. This innovative sloop provides an example to current and future owners of large yachts that it is possible to own such a vessel and also be environmentally responsible. This, the judges felt, is a message worth broadcasting.
S E M I - D I S P L AC E M E N T OR PLANING MOTOR YA C H T S 3 3 M T O 3 9 . 9 M BRIGADOON, 36.3M ( M O O N E N YA C H T S )
The owner of Brigadoon said he was seeking a yacht with a ‘classic timeless look, embracing quality and reliability’, and the judges confirmed that he had received exactly this. These judges also praised the brightness and external views achieved from the yacht’s interior, which was sophisticated, comfortable and welcoming. They also showed special admiration for the crew quarters, highly practical galley, large laundry space for a yacht of this size, and the layout of the engine room.
R E B U I LT YA C H T S G 2 , 3 8 M ( T R I P P D E S I G N )
The 38.2m G2 was rebuilt by Tripp Design with a new interior and modern machinery. On deck, the aft cuddy was removed to create a flush open deck, while 40 per cent of the old teak was replaced, the caulking changed to grey and the main cockpit extended to permit a larger guest dining area. Two large new skylights were cut into the deckhead of the main saloon, while 11 larger portlights were fitted to the guest cabins. The yacht was made as maintenance free as possible by servicing, upgrading or replacing all machinery and systems.
D I S P L A C E M E N T M O T O R YA C H T S 2 0 0 0 GT A N D A B OV E & M OTO R YA C H T O F T H E Y E A R D A R , 9 0 M ( O C E A N C O )
The judges were impressed with DAR’s sculptural lines and elegantly shark-like ‘organic’ exterior styling created by De Basto Designs. One of the most spectacular highlights of this spontaneous and original design was the delightful deck area at the bridge deck aft, where a waterfall cascades into a large swimming pool, and the huge umbrellas that shade the casual seating fold into compartments concealed within the curve of the bulwark.
D I S P L A C E M E N T M O T O R YA C H T S BELOW 299GT MIMI LA SARDINE, 33.5M ( C A N T I E R E D E L L E M A R C H E )
Mimi La Sardine not only possesses the attractively rugged exterior lines of an explorer, but her 5,000nm range, seaworthiness and long autonomy means she has all the other necessary attributes of this category. The judges admired the ‘beach house’ style of the whole yacht that successfully makes use of a wide range of organic materials and unfinished wood to create an immediate ‘holiday atmosphere’, which, at the same time, is also sophisticated and luxurious.
V O YA G E R ’ S A W A R D R O S E H E A R T Y, 5 6 M ( P E R I N I N AV I )
S E M I - D I S P L AC E M E N T OR PLANING MOTOR YA C H T S 3 0 M T O 32.9M RJ, 31.6M ( A R C A D I A YA C H T S )
RJ not only impressed the judges as being very well built, but also displayed contemporary good looks while satisfying many of today’s ‘must have’ trends. Particularly admired
was the connectivity with the marine environment through an abundance of large windows, many of which open to provide a cooling breeze without the need to run air conditioning. Forward, there is an observation lounge that once again provides panoramic views over the yacht’s bows and through the glazed bulwarks, while the glass deckhead, overlaid by solar panels, adds both light and power.
Three entries were received for the Voyager’s Award, but it was the voyage of Rosehearty that won the judges’ favour. The cruise started when the owner’s party flew into King George Island, just off the Antarctic mainland. The first passage was southwest to Deception Island, a volcanic cone emerging from the sea. Onwards, their path took them to Trinity Island, Melchior Islands, Port Lockroy, Palmer Station and back to Port Lockroy. Then it was a sail to Paradise Bay on the Antarctic mainland before the final leg took Rosehearty south-west along the coast to cross the Antarctic Circle, followed by a stormy crossing of the Drake Passage to Cape Horn and Puerto Williams.
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O U R VA S T O C E A N S , T H E I R M A R I N E L I F E A N D T H E SHORES SURROUNDING THEM ARE IN PERIL. AMONG T H O S E P R E PA R I N G A R E S C U E M I S S I O N I S T H E S U P E R YAC H T I N D U S T R Y, W H I C H I S N AV I G AT I N G A N I N N OVAT I V E J O U R N E Y TOWA R D S S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y
Words: Rowena Marella-Daw
“EACH YEAR, at least eight million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean – which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute”, reports The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, a study produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum. If nothing is done, the report estimates that by 2025 the ocean will have a ratio of one tonne of plastic to three tonnes of fish, and by 2050 there’ll be more plastics than fish (by weight). If that’s not frightening enough, research figures also reveal that more than one million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by ocean pollution every year. The onus is therefore on each and every one of us – from the fishermen in tiny coastal villages to the massive cruise liners through to the owners of the world’s biggest yachts – to help in the big ocean clean-up. Thankfully, there are big fish among those leading the charge. During the Superyachts.com Top 100 event held in London earlier this year, discussions focused on sustainability and the steps shipbuilders are taking to protect the marine environment. One major initiative unanimously taken on board is the use of hybrid propulsion to reduce carbon emissions, and this typically requires using two or more energy sources: electric turbines, diesel, LNG (liquid natural gas), battery banks, propellers and waterjets. With the right combination of hybrid systems, yachts can potentially reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent, improve manoeuvrability, and also reduce noise pollution by cruising silently at low speeds. Feadship’s 83m Savannah is the first superyacht to use an eco-friendly hybrid propulsion platform encompassing propellers and azimuthing thrusters for power, electric motors and diesel engines for drive, and gensets and batteries for energy storage. The shipyard’s new facility in Amsterdam is also designed with eco-friendly features, including more than 2,000 solar panels, LED lighting, a three-tier ventilation system and the innovative use of district heating, which harnesses excess energy from nearby factories. German yacht builder Lürssen has developed a filtration system that lowers levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx), the gas responsible for forming smog and acid rain, which are both detrimental to the tropospheric ozone layer. Lürssen also pioneered the use of waste engine heat to operate a vessel’s onboard desalination system for drinking water. Lürssen, Feadship and Benetti have also pledged commitment to ocean conservation by supporting the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), a UK-based charity whose mission is to tackle over-fishing and promote marine biodiversity. Its manifesto is to place 10 per cent of the oceans under active and effective protection by 2020, and 30 per cent by 2030. Benetti’s clients are offered two options for supporting BLUE: a one-off payment at the signing of a yacht construction contract, whereby a percentage of the contract price can be donated to the NGO, or an annual donation for every thousand miles sailed.
CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT IMAGE OF OVERFISHING, COURTESY OF BLUE MARINE FOUNDATION; CGI’S OF EXPLORER SHIP REV; FEADSHIP’S SAVANAH
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT FEADSHIP’S SAVANAH; LONDON TO MONACO CHARITY CYCLE, COURTESY OF BLUE MARINE FOUNDATION; REV; OVERFISHING, COURTESY OF BLUE MARINE FOUNDATION; SCHOOL OF FISH, COURTESY OF BLUE MARINE FOUNDATION AND RORY MOORE
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“Today’s superyacht owners are younger, and more in tune with the climate change around us” large charter yachts. Facilities include classrooms, an auditorium, two helipads, and the all-important underwater exploration vehicles. According to Espen Oeino, REV’s designer, “One of the fundamental concepts of the vessel has been to share information being collected and produced onboard, thus setting a new standard for transparency and sharing of scientific data.” For guests, the invaluable experience on board this exemplary vessel is not just about sailing to unusual destinations; it’s about interacting with scientists, learning from their research, and sharing these experiences to encourage others to support REV Ocean’s research programmes. With 30 crew onboard, REV will be available for private charter for up to 36 guests. All proceeds from charters will go towards funding marine research programmes. Private yacht owners can help by attaching simple systems to their vessels to enable collection of data on water temperature, salinity and oxygen concentration. “Due to the size and scale of the ocean it is near impossible to collect data at all points,” explains Oystein Mikelborg, REV’s operations director, “but if the yachting community contributed regular streams of data from wherever they are cruising it would help fill gaps that research vessels won’t have the chance to fill.”
Yacht owners serious about ocean conservation can join the Blue Marine Yacht Club (BMYC), which is under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. Being a member helps to create a powerful, environmentally conscious yachting community comprising yacht builders, marinas, brokers, owners and suppliers. Together they can raise awareness and contribute funds to support BLUE’s initiatives, and also have the rare opportunity to witness first-hand the benefits of their contribution by visiting BLUE’s projects around the world.
DESIGNING THE OCEAN’S FUTURE Cutting-edge yacht designers are also stirring clients towards more sustainable options. “Today’s superyacht owners are younger, and more in tune with the climate crisis around us, and therefore either request, or are open to, innovative, sustainable yacht design,” says Andrew Winch, founder and creative director at Winch Design. “Wherever possible, design decisions are made to have minimal negative impact on the environment or a positive impact on local communities around the world. Materials will be sourced locally to reduce the carbon footprint from freighting, as profit is fed back into the local economy. Rare accessories must have a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) certificate, to show their provenance and to try and control the overuse of rare materials.” Composite hulls and carbon fibre masts are also being introduced, and eco-friendly alternatives to teakwood, which is traditionally used for decking and is at risk of becoming endangered, are currently in development. The Winch Design team is also encouraging clients to consider sailing yachts, which offer all the luxuries available from a motor yacht, but with the benefit of generating no carbon emissions under sail.
H E A L T H E O C E A N S , S AV E T H E WO R L D Saving the oceans, let alone saving the world, is a daunting task. This is why organisations such as the BLUE, REV Ocean and other conservation programmes around the world are taking bold steps to get everyone involved. And they need support not just from the yachting community, but also from the private and public sectors – including giant cruise companies and cargo ships, whose vessels have contributed much to the pollution of our seas. Saving our oceans can only be achieved by working together on a global scale. With the superyacht industry leading the way, let’s hope others follow.
A N E W WAV E I N YAC H T I N G A new age in yachting is dawning, as luxury exploration vessels catch the imagination of intrepid clients searching for adventure in remote destinations. Already making big waves in the industry is REV, short for Research and Expedition Vessel. When this 181.6m leviathan, owned by Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke and part of the REV Ocean programme, hits the water in 2021, she will revolutionise the way superyachts are built and used. REV has been designed to allow up to 60 scientists to conduct scientific research into the entire marine ecosystem using state-of-the-art equipment, while also providing the luxuries and space typically offered by
Join the fourth edition of BLUE’s London to Monaco annual charity cycling challenge from 17-24 September 2019. The ride is organised in partnership with Just Pedal and there are a variety of distance options available (London to Monaco, eight days; Santander to Monaco, six days; Carcassonne to Monaco, three days; or London to Portsmouth, one day), finishing in time for the Monaco Yacht Show. For more details, visit london-monaco.cc
PIER PRESSURE F R O M H E L I C O P T E R TO U R S A N D G O L F C L U B S TO P R E M I U M R E A L E S TAT E , T H E L AT E S T S U P E R YA C H T M A R I N A S A R E C AT E R I N G T O M O R E T H A N J U S T B O AT S . D E S I G N E D T O L U R E O W N E R S A N D E N T E R TA I N C R E W, M O D E R N H A R B O U R S A R E C O M P E T I N G T O B E C O M E D E S T I N AT I O N S I N T H E I R O W N R I G H T, W H E R E YA C H T CHARTERS, SHORE EXCURSIONS AND OPULENT ABODES ARE DE RIGUEUR
Words: Julia Zaltzman
ABELL POINT MARINA, WHITSUNDAYS
ABELL POINT MARINA, W H I T S U N DAYS Uniquely located at the gateway to the 74 spectacular Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, Abell Point Marina provides the perfect port for yachts looking to explore this slice of Australian paradise. From helicopter flights over Heart Reef to scuba diving in coral gardens to snorkelling with giant Napoleon Maori-wrasse fish, the Whitsundays provide access to some of the best aquatic experiences. Abell Point is the first marina in Australia to achieve a score of 100 per cent on both the International Clean Marina audit and the Fish Friendly Marina assessment. It is a
shining beacon of best practice within the marine environment, having undergone some significant renovations. Ocean Club, a state-of-the-art floating crew lounge now includes a spa and business centre, while the newly opened Garden Bar Bistro provides a vibrant addition to the marina village. There are year-round berthing options for vessels up to 80m in length, regularly hosting the likes of 73m superyacht Dragonfly. The marina’s recent acquisition of neighbouring Coral Sea Resort also marks the first move in a merger of Coral Sea and Abell Point, with the the two becoming known as the Coral Sea Marina Resort from July 2019. abellpointmarina.com.au
C RYS TA L B R O O K , C A I R N S The entrance to the Great Barrier Reef from the north, and home to the deep ocean water outcrops of ribbon-like reef structures, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina is Queensland’s northernmost marina. A base from which to charter superyachts Spirit and Sahana, it plays host to some of Port Douglas’ most popular bars and restaurants, shops and a full-service slipway. It is also privy to a brand new $20m, 1,120 tonne mobile boat hoist – the largest in the world – putting the Cairns region on par with the likes of Singapore in terms of superyacht maintenance services. crystalbrookcollection.com
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DUBAI HARBOUR, DUBAI Due to open in October 2020, Dubai Harbour is set to be the biggest and most advanced waterfront development in the region. Located at the intersection of Bluewaters and Palm Jumeirah, the exclusive 1,100 berth marina will comprise three bays and will have the capacity to host yachts up to 160m in length. As to be expected, there will be a plethora of amenities, including a cruise ship terminal, a shopping mall, a yacht club, a world-class crew club and three helipads. The destination will expand Dubai’s yacht capacity by 50 per cent. dubaiharbour.com
P O R T F E R D I N A N D, BARBADOS Located in the yachting hub of Barbados, Port Ferdinand combines ultra-spacious villas with a worldclass marina, wrapped up in Bajan finery. Often referred to as the ‘Platinum Coast’, the west coast of the island is renowned for its calm and clear waters and it’s this, coupled with its proud inhabitants, hospitable nature and unrivalled scenery, that attract the yachting fraternity from far and wide. While the marina itself is restricted to dockage for smaller vessels, large superyacht moorings are available in the bay just off the Nikki Beach Club – the first luxury beach club on the island, which opened its doors in 2018. Yacht berths are paired with the marina’s on-site yacht concierge service, which provides a wide
range of incredible activities organised on request, such as swimming with turtles, snorkel trips, scuba diving experiences, candlelit dinners, private catamaran cruises and fishing charters. portferdinand.com
P O R T D E N A R AU MARINA, FIJI Located in the heart of the South Pacific and made up of some 333 tropical islands scattered across more than 140,000 square nautical miles of ocean, Fiji is a hotspot for adventure. Visitors are never far from beautiful reefs, lush rainforests or white sandy beaches, and Port Denarau Marina serves as the hub that
ties it all together. Containing 52 fully-serviced berths and 16 swing moorings, including 20 berths capable of taking superyachts up to 85m in length, the marina is home to a choice selection of charter yachts â€“ including Silentworld, Masteka 2, Settlement and Akiko, all ready to take guests on an itinerary of a lifetime. Just 20 minutesâ€™ drive from Nadi International airport, the
marina village boasts several high-end hotels and an 18-hole golf course. It also plays host to an inflatable water park, mini golf, bungee, a racquet club, and nine residential precincts. In the past three years, considerable modifications have been made to the marina, including the addition of a brand new Bellingham Marine floating dock for visiting craft. denaraumarina.com
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LU Š T I C A B AY, MONTENEGRO Located just a stone’s throw from the UNESCO world heritage site Bay of Kotor, the new boutique resort of Luštica Bay combines the gentle traditions of Montenegrin coastal living with state-of-the-art contemporary facilities. Protecting waters that are among the cleanest in Europe, the marina is a pinnacle of sustainable design. In the marina village, designer shops and restaurants line the
promenade, while sailors have access to 24-hour yacht assistance and maintenance services. Once complete, the marina will accommodate up to 176 berths. The Chedi, the first of the marina’s hotels, opened last year. Sea views take centre stage throughout, with each of the 111 rooms benefitting from a private terrace. Boasting two restaurants, a private beach and an outdoor heated infinity pool – ideal for a morning dip – The Chedi is home to a range of designer outlets. lusticabay.com
M A R I N A D I VA L L E T TA , M A LTA The newly launched port Marina di Valletta is the latest addition to the historic island of Malta. Located on the edge of the Baroque fortress city of Valletta, it provides the perfect base from which to explore myriad treasured coves and crystal-clear bays. Accommodating up to 27m yachts within its 250 berths, it also offers transit berthing for yachts of up to 50m and provides direct access to Valletta’s cobbled streets – the first grid system of its kind – with elegantly converted palazzo hotels such as Domus Zamittello. marinadivalletta.com
ALL ABOARD BOUTIQUE LUXURY CRUISE LINE AZAMARA H A S A P L E T H O R A O F I M M E R S I V E V O YA G E S A N D E X H I L A R AT I N G L A N D E X P E R I E N C E S T H AT A L LO W YO U TO V I S I T B OT H I CO N I C L A N D M A R KS A N D O F F -T H E - B E AT E N -T R AC K D E S T I N AT I O N S
on-board amenities are included in the price of the ticket, such as complimentary AzAmazing Evening® events and concierge services. Calling on its expertise in Destination Immersion, Azamara has recently expanded its offering of pre- and post-cruise land itineraries. There are more than 180 programmes to choose from, which come under three categories: AzAmazing Journeys, a selection of once-ina-lifetime experiences, which range from intimate safari trails to luxury railway trips; Land Journey programmes, a collection of unique city adventures that seek out both hidden gems and iconic landmarks; and Stay Local experiences, an in-depth exploration of one city with insider access from local guides across the globe. Officially recognised by Which? as a Recommended Provider and with a 4.5/5 star score with Feefo, Azamara is well placed to help you tick off your travel bucket list. Passports at the ready…
lamping on the arid Bolivian Salt Flats, popping corks in Australian wine country and jaguar spotting in Brazil’s Panantal region – Azamara’s immersive voyages and land programmes cater to intrepid travellers, R&R seekers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. With the aim to connect guests to both renowned and off-the-beaten-track destinations, Azamara’s bijou ships dock at smaller, lesser-travelled ports, allowing you to discover your chosen destination from a viewpoint most cruise ships can’t reach – indeed, 62 per cent of the ports Azamara visits aren’t accessible for larger ships. Voyages to all seven continents are available, with destinations and itineraries to suit every type of traveller. The brand’s pioneering Country Intensive voyages are particularly standout – each cruise focuses on a single destination and allows you to truly get to the heart of your chosen country, whether that be Italy, Japan or Croatia, to name a few. En route, you’ll be treated to a lap of luxury – Azamara’s three intimate ships are designed to mirror boutique hotels and have the service and amenities to match. Many of the
For more information on Azamara’s cruise and land experiences, visit azamara.co.uk
RAISE THE BAR A DRINK WITH A VIEW: WHERE TO FIND THE WORLDâ€™S BEST ROOFTOP BARS, FROM BARCELONA TO BALI
Words: Ellen Millard
AER,MUMBAI Escape the frenetic streets of Mumbai and venture to the heady heights of Aer, located on the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Mumbai. Sea, sunset and city views can be spied from this vantage point, where the cocktails are experimental and half price during the sundowner happy hours of 5:30pm-8pm. On Sundays, Aer hosts a sunset event with live musical acts. fourseasons.com
LA TERRAZZA, FLORENCE Located in the medieval Consorti tower, now the chic Hotel Continentale owned by the Ferragamo family, La Terrazza has some of the best views found in Florence. The Arno river, the Ponte Vecchio, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere can all be spied from this historic viewing point. The cocktail list is vast and, in true Italian form, includes a make-your-own Negroni section. When in Florence... lungarnocollection.com
HIGHNOTE SKY BAR, B U DA P E ST You will be hard-pushed to find a better view of Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica than the Highnote Sky Bar at Aria Hotel Budapest. The bi-level design, connected by a glass staircase, gives you ample opportunity to seek out the best spot for people watching. ariahotelbudapest.com
Highnote Sky Bar’s cocktail menu is inspired by some of the world’s best destinations. Try Float on the Ganges, a Tanqueray, banana, lemon and lassi concoction
B A B A N E S T, P H U K E T Pull up a cushion at this wrap-around infinity pool-turned-rooftop bolthole, which is found at Phuket’s Sri Panwa resort. The mountaintop bar has some of the best views on the island. Watch the sun set over the Adaman sea while sampling Sri Panwa’s lemongrass twist on the classic mojito – the Sri-jito. babaphuket.com
ROCK BAR, BALI Perched atop a series of rocks that jut out into the Indian Ocean, Rock Bar, Ayana Bali’s rooftop residence, is one of the best boltholes on the island. Accessible via a dramatic cliff-face lift, the views start from the bottom and improve as you make your ascent. Once you’re seated, sample the bar’s tapas dishes and wash them down with a signature smoking cocktail. If you’re staying at the hotel, you have exclusive access to the VIP Round Deck, which has 360° views. ayana.com
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T E R R AT, B A R C E L O N A High above the thrum of Passeig de Gràcia – Barcelona’s answer to Oxford Street – Terrat, the open-air bar and Peruvian restaurant that tops the Mandarian Oriental is a tranquil place in which to take a breather. Pull up a daybed and watch the sun set over Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, pisco sour in hand. mandarinoriental.com
Peru’s most famous chef, Gastón Acurio, heads up the kitchen at Terrat, where a lengthy list of traditional ceviche and tirdaitos are served
T H E R O O F, N E W Y O R K When it comes to skylines, New York is hard to beat. Take it all in at The Roof at Public, the best place to drink a Manhattan while admiring, er, Manhattan. Located downtown, the hotel is setback from the huddle of skyscrapers, meaning you can gawp at the best of the city’s landmarks – the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Freedom Tower, to name a few – without craning your neck. publichotels.com
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SKY BAR, CHINA
Sky at Anantara Kihavah somewhat stretches the definition of rooftop bar – the building is only two stories tall, so don’t expect to reach any dizzying heights. However, the views, cocktails and stargazing opportunities will make up for any vertigo lost. Budding astronomers can distinguish their Ursa Major from their Capricornus with the resident telescope and observatory, both of which are the largest in the Indian Ocean. anantara.com
Overlooking the South China Sea, the Sky Bar at The Sanya Edition – Ian Schrager’s first hotel in China – is the perfect day-to-night escape. When the sun’s up, marvel at the views while lounging by the infinity pool. After dark, enjoy a rotating calendar of performances by high-profile DJs. editionhotels.com
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T H E WOR K OF ARCHIT ECT U R AL P H OT OG R AP H E R
LEONARDO F I N O T T I T H E A R C H I T E C T-T U R N E D - P H OTO G R A P H E R CAPTURES RIO DE JANEIROâ€™S BEST ANGLES IN H I S M O N O C H R O M AT I C S E R I E S O F S N A P S
Words: Aylea Skye
hen observing architecture and landscape through still images, there can be an inclination to overlook the composition, and, rather to reflect on what lies within the photograph. However, the manner in which we observe an architectural and landscape photograph is deciphered by the person behind the lens: the photographer. He or she artfully constructs a perspective, angle or standpoint that captures the architectural achievement and surrounding landscape in a sensitive manner that is successful aesthetically. We asked architectural photographer Leonardo Finotti about his journey from architect to architectural photographer and his recent Rio Reenquadrado series of photos. You graduated in architecture, why did you shift your focus from design to photography? I studied both architecture and photography. By the time I had finished my architecture degree I managed to do my final work with photography. The real decision was made when I travelled to Italy and finally moved to Lisbon. There I started shooting landscape architecture and never stopped.
You often work in conjunction with architects, how does this compare to capturing architectural achievements of the past? Naturally it is a good thing to have the architect around, to understand their intentions and desires, but in the end it is not that different. For me, to shoot for a client or to shoot for personal work is a similar process. Of course, when you have a client, you deal with others’ expectations, you need to deliver. But when I am the client, so to speak, I am very demanding as well. For the past couple of years you’ve been working on the photo series Rio
Reenquadrado. What inspired you to build a series around Rio’s landscape? I have two lines of work that coincide in the Rio series. On the one hand, I keep to rigorously exploring modern architecture; on the other hand, I like to track those informal and anonymous landscapes you can find in Latin American cities. Rio stands out in modern architecture – think of Niemeyer, Burle Marx, Reidy, and many more. It has this informal side – one can say this wild side. Besides, I like to structure my work in series. For that line of work, I usually partner with Michelle Jean de Castro, who is involved in the
design of the installations. In the black and white squared series, I felt like rephotographing my own work, since the originals are in colour and rectangular. The Rio Reenquadrado series does not focus exclusively on architecture. Was this your original intention, or did it develop organically when the project commenced? At the beginning, all the series develop organically. I didn’t know that this was going to be a series until a few years ago, but some of the images were taken 10 years ago or more. Revisiting the archive allowed me to reflect on the series, and I then went
back to Rio and shot what was missing. In Rio, landscape and architecture are often merged, and Roberto Burle Marx takes a lot of responsibility for that. Art is also very present, mainly in the form of murals. Is it significant that the series is shot on black and white film? Black and white is a way of structuring all information and highlighting its essence. Your work has taken you across the globe. How would you say Rio’s architectural landscape differs from that of other cities? I have an ongoing project on Latin American modern
architecture, which has been exhibited several times and published by Lars Müller. In that series you can find few patterns; Rio’s modern architecture differs not only from that of the rest of Latin America, but also from that of São Paulo or Belo Horizonte. In Rio, there is always the presence of landscape, even if it is a little garden. In many of the scenes that look natural in my photos, most of them are artificial landscapes, such as Flamengo Landfill [a park constructed on a landfill site], Copacabana sidewalks and Tijuca Forest.
photographers have inspired you and your career? This is always hard to answer. Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s consistency inspires me. His conviction in the power of architecture is moving. As for photographers, when I started my career I had a master who trusted and trained me: Thomaz Harrell.
This article was originally published in Carioca Post, created by the team at Frescobol Carioca, the Brazilian-inspired, menswear label based in Notting Hill. For
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D R I V E H Y P E R C A R S , H O T H AT C H E S & S U P E R S U V S
P.58 TAKE TWO Hitting the road in the Range Rover Evoque 2.0
P.66 NEW WAVE Volvo’s Robin Page on the marque’s stylish rebrand
The second generation of Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque, unveiled in Greece (p.58)
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P U R E T H E AT R E O R G R E E K T R AG E DY ? AT F I R S T GLANCE, THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER EVOQUE M I G H T LO O K FA M I L I A R – B U T U N D E R N E AT H I T ’ S A U N I Q U E S TA R P E R F O R M E R …
Words: Jeremy Taylor
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You could be forgiven for thinking Land Rover had opted for a facelift, rather than a radical overhaul of the Evoque. The newcomer looked pretty darn stylish when it was first revealed eight years ago, so why change a winning formula? Like the Golf GTI and BMW 3 Series, success breeds success. This new version is about a millimetre longer – or around the thickness of the film of dirt that covers the bumper of every vehicle bouncing along the Greek farm tracks. It’s instantly familiar and rivals the Jaguar E-Pace for catwalk looks. Fuller and more substantial, thanks to a raised waistline, it now has the appearance of a proper Rangey. Although the overall length hasn’t changed, increasing the wheelbase by 20mm has dramatically increased rear leg room – a common criticism with the old model. This Evoque is actually roomy in the back. And there are some neat touches, too. The flush door handles pop out when required, while the ClearSight system uses cameras mounted around the front and underneath of the Evoque to give a much more detailed view of the terrain when off-roading.
and Rover’s baby Range Rover was born into a very different world back in 2011. Compact SUVs were few and far between when the company christened the Evoque – now the market is flooded with jacked-up utility vehicles in all shapes and sizes. Audi alone will launch around a dozen new SUV models in 2019. Even luxury brands such as Aston Martin and Ferrari will soon join an overcrowded lifestyle segment that already includes the likes of Lamborghini, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. But it’s the compact SUV sector that has been overwhelmed with most new models, meaning the second-generation Range Rover Evoque had to grow up fast if it was going to compete with class-leading rivals from Volvo, Jaguar and BMW. For a company recently rocked by redundancies and cutbacks, choosing Greece – a country which has suffered a decade-long economic crisis – for the international launch might have been tempting fate. Could Land Rover lift the curtain on a car that was still worthy of the limelight – or would its second-generation model be a fading star?
The futuristic lines are still there and although some may be disappointed that Land Rover designers didn’t opt for a fresher approach, I think it’s a winner. The headlight shape is borrowed from the Range Rover Velar – nothing wrong with that – but remarkably, only the door hinges are shared from the first generation Evoque. Inside, the cabin is loaded with high-tech features. The top-spec models have multiple screens and mirror the dashboard functionality of the latest Range Rovers. Unlike Volvo’s ‘one screen does everything’ approach, this makes the Evoque controls much easier to navigate at the wheel. That said, a lot of the equipment in our R-Dynamic test car were not standard and come at extra cost. The fixed panoramic roof, for example, is an additional £1,100; the heated and cooled massaging seats will set you back £2,045; while privacy glass is an extra £350. Grained leather seats are standard in top-spec models, but our car was fitted with premium textile and suede cloth seats that added a further £1,735. Personally, I’d stick with the leather. I’ve already mentioned the optional ClearSight system (£315) and the car has another trick up its sleeve. The rear-view mirror can be switched to a camera-fed HD display when the boot is loaded to the roof with items, obstructing visibility – ingenious, although the moving camera imagery takes a little getting used to. The first car to be built on Jaguar Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture platform, the new Evoque
The good news is this second-generation Evoque is also significantly better to drive than the old model is also ready to adopt plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions without major structural surgery or increased costs. The electric batteries will be stashed under the back seats. For now, buyers can ponder over seven engine choices, starting with an entry-level, front-wheel drive diesel option at just under ÂŁ32,000. All diesel and petrol models are fourcylinders, although uber-frugal three-cylinder turbo petrols will join the fleet in 2020. All but the entry-level manual models feature a 48-volt mild hybrid system too, which recovers braking energy. Similar to those used by Audi and Mercedes, the energy is stored in a battery for use during low-speed driving, as well as for boosting performance when overtaking. And the good news is the second-generation Evoque is also
significantly better to drive than the old model. It has been improved by considerable refinements under the bonnet, while lower wind and road noise add to the relaxed nature of the cabin. Ride quality, cornering agility and performance have been brought up to date. Slip the nine-speed automatic gearbox into Sport mode and the throttle mapping gives it a decent turn of speed. If you are determined to take if off-road, remember this is a Land Rover. The brilliant Terran Response 2 system makes even an amateur look competent. This new Evoque is vitally important for Land Rover and first impressions suggest it is as good as, if not better than, key rivals. It would have been a tragedy otherwise.
RANGE ROVER EVOQUE 240 SE R-DYNAMIC
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EVOQUE – THE COMPETITION
AUDI Q3 Audi’s compact SUV success story is hugely practical, spacious and classy, with a state-of-the-art interior and excellent driving dynamics. Only the petrol-engined versions require extra refinement.
BMW X2 SUVs generally aren’t blessed with beauty but the low, sleek X2 looks more like a baby estate than a SUV. Refined and ‘almost’ fun to drive, it’s a crossover for people who don’t need much luggage and rear seat space.
J AG U A R E - PAC E Oddly, perhaps the Evoque’s biggest rival is Jaguar Land Rover’s other big seller – the Jaguar E-Pace. It’s by far the prettiest compact SUV on the market, with an equally appealing interior and engaging drive.
V O LV O X C 4 0 World Car of the Year when it was launched in 2018, the baby Volvo majors on style and safety features. It looks fantastic and is more comfortable than key rivals too – a class leader in this burgeoning sector.
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I N F I V E Y E A R S , V O LV O H A S G O N E F R O M BANAL TO ON-BRAND. HOW DID THE SWEDISH BYWORD FOR BORING BECOME THE FOCUS OF AUTOMOTIVE DESIRE? R O B I N P A G E , V O LV O â€™ S S E N I O R V I C E PRESIDENT DESIGN, EXPLAINS
Words: Chris Hall
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t’s hard to say when, exactly, Volvos started turning heads. At some point in the past three years, there’s a good chance you became aware that something had changed at this steady, reliable Swedish car company. You’ve probably been catching glimpses of designs that stand out from the automotive wallpaper on our roads, designs with presence and attention to detail. Maybe you’ve noticed a bit more pride in people’s voices as they chat cars. “Actually, I’ve just bought a Volvo.” For motor show goers and car geeks,
it began in 2014 with a series of three concept cars: the Concept Coupe, Concept XC Coupe and Concept Estate. The work of German designer Thomas Ingenlath, who had joined from Volkswagen two years previously, they set out a new vision for the company. Presenting a more powerful design language, they also, unbeknown to onlookers, introduced what would become the Polestar 1 – the first standalone model from Volvo’s highperformance, all-electric spin-off and one of the most hotly anticipated cars across the industry, set to roll off the
“The objective was to put the focus back on design”
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production line in the coming months. In fact, the change really began in 2010 when Ford sold Volvo Cars to the Chinese conglomerate Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for $1.8bn (£1.5bn) – at the time, the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese carmaker. It was the start of an investment spree that has seen Geely take control of Lotus, revive the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), the firm making the capital’s new electric black cabs, and recently take a 9.7 per cent stake in Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s
parent company. Back then, few would have bet on Chinese ownership turning Volvo into a brand that has not only rediscovered its mojo, but developed a previously unseen edge as a true luxury competitor. “It’s a great compliment,” says Robin Page, the Briton who succeeded Ingenlath as Volvo’s lead designer in 2013 (Ingenlath was appointed CEO of Polestar). “Five years ago we didn’t say, ‘We want to be cool in five years’ time’. The objective was to put the focus back on design within the company. In that
“When ownership is put into the people’s hands, the brand starts to return to what it should be”
space of time, we’ve really fulfilled the quest that we set, around 2014, to fully replace the current range. Five years is fast to replace the entire range of a product.” That range now comprises SUVs – the XC90, XC60 and XC40 – which, to many petrolheads, represent the acceptable face of the sports utility vehicle; estates (V90, V60); the V40 hatchback; and the S90 flagship saloon and its S60 younger brother, which was released in May – the first model to embody Volvo’s commitment that every car it makes from 2019 will contain an electric motor, with a view to phasing out internal combustion over a generation. That approximate deadline stands alongside a firm goal of selling one million electric cars by 2025 and making the company’s manufacturing processes carbonneutral in the same year. It’s bold, ambitious stuff, and, according to Page, we have that change of proprietorship to thank. “With the new ownership there was definitely a change in the culture. Because the future was basically put into the people’s hands. And then you have this new energy of, ‘We can really achieve things here if we
work together and get things moving in the right direction’. It’s something you’ve seen at Land Rover as well, where, when the ownership is put into the people’s hands, the brand starts to return to what it should be.” To a generation that grew up with the boxy estates and saloons of the 1980s and 90s, the idea of Volvo returning to cool status takes some mental gymnastics. My grandfather drove a 940 saloon (tartan rug on the back seat; tin of Werther’s Originals in the front) and, while it was
safe and practical, it was also about as exciting as his perfectly ironed beige chinos. Page, who spent 12 years at Bentley, latterly as head of interior design, acknowledges that putting the safety-first image of the brand slightly to one side was fundamental to the transformation. It was necessary to look past Volvo’s years of angular designs to a time when its cars were sexy: the 1960s were an inspiration, and, in particular, the P1800, which was manufactured between 1961 and 1973 (although, it must be said, even then Volvos were leaders in safety). With the 2014 concepts, says Page, “we were communicating the new design language, but also it was a nod to our heritage. And the car that we picked up there was the P1800.” It was, he points out, the car used in cult 1960s TV series The Saint and “was one of the most beautiful in the Volvo range. It was quite sculptural, very appealing and captured what we thought was the Scandinavian design principle.” Scandinavian design – unsurprisingly – is invoked time and time again as one of the crucial touchpoints with which the brand needed to reconnect. In that vein, Page is at pains to root the principles behind the new generation of cars in a design tradition that’s broader than automotive design, referencing sculpture, architecture and furniture. Other influences are less predictable: at one point, the range is expressed in terms of footwear. “With the XC40, we started to mix some fresh ideas into the formula, rather than just downsize the same formula,” says Page. At that
time, he adds, Ingenlath “talked about different shoes. He said, ‘One way of looking at it is to take a shiny pair of gentleman’s shoes; you have it in size 12, and that’s your big car. Then size 10 is the medium SUV. And then for the XC40 a lot of brands would do a size eight; the same shoe, but just downsized.’ What we wanted to do is create a different character with the different sizes. So we still have, for the XC90 and the S90, this kind of formal black shoe.” But for the Volvo 60 models, he explains, “we looked at this blue suede shoe, which can go with a suit, but it also could go with jeans and a blazer. And then for the XC40, we talked about a Prada trainer – something that’s far more playful, but still expensive. That brought out a much more useful and characterful car.” Driving the S90, you can see where Page is coming from. It’s a serious car, still pitched at the executive market –‒very black leather shoes. With Inscription trim and Volvo’s top-end T8 hybrid engine, good for 320hp, this is a £65,000 saloon, but unlike a lot of cars at this level it doesn’t feel the need to shout its prestige credentials in your face.
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It’s a relaxing place to sit, and it treads a fine line between minimalist and luxurious, confident in its own simplicity and elevated by a restrained number of decorative touches. Page says, “We then worked out which materials we wanted, and tweaked it to get the best out of them. Then we said, ‘Now let’s bring in some beautiful bits of jewellery’. Not too many, just four or five areas: for instance, the solid crystal gear selector, or the rotary switch. We needed to add those elements because people will really enjoy relaxing in an environment that’s not too noisy. To be in the premium sector, you need to have both the right materials but also the ‘delight’ features.” Interiors are important. Anyone who’s sat in a Bentley Continental or Mulsanne knows how much respect Page deserves for his grasp of ergonomics, comfort and materials (he also worked on the Queen’s state limo). But it’s the exterior that turns heads and here it’s by not being quite in lockstep with the mainstream that Volvo has succeeded. Pick almost any new car and you’ll notice some common visual elements: large front intakes which visually suck the car’s nose into the road; wide, flared haunches; sharp pseudo-aerodynamic splitters and wings; and angled, frowning headlights. It began with performance models from the usual suspects – Audi, BMW, Mercedes – but has spread throughout the industry. Now even your Mum’s Kia looks as though it’s permanently angry with the car in front. Volvo hasn’t totally dodged this trend (the radiator grilles are still very large and, entertainingly, the LED headlights have what’s referred to as a Thor’s Hammer design) but it’s a lot calmer than most, which was deliberate. “The brand is about human-centric design,” says Page. “If we’re trying to stay true to the principles of Scandinavian design, it is a lot about stripping away the visual noise and taking away unnecessary aggression.” Consequently, Volvo’s star models – particularly the XC40 – come across as a lot more zen than their competitors. There’s a playfulness to the design that Page credits to sculpting the shape from one block, avoiding sporty lines from front to back and experimenting with geometric forms instead. Even when the brief is to be powerful, as it is with the 600hp Polestar 1, the design eschews so many of the textbook features employed by fast cars to broadcast their potency. Its humble silhouette is almost Q car stealthy, its presence guaranteed by its simplicity. In what will hopefully be one of 2019’s standout cars, and in everything it has done in the past five years, Volvo is showing what you can achieve when you have the confidence to be different.
COUTURE CUT FROM A DIFFERENT CLOTH
P.74 HAUTE STUFF The poolside essentials to pack for your next trip
P.80 DIVE IN Mymarini’s stylish bathing suits with a consience
P.86 BOARD MEETING Surf-inspired streetwear
P.98 SHORT HAUL Toby HuntingtonWhiteley’s ethical swim shorts
CDLP and Lake Como’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo collaborate on a line of chic bathing suits (p.100)
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Dressed to impress American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson said of summer clothes: “If you’re not barefoot, you’re overdressed.” But Emerson didn’t have the chance to witness the creation of Zimmermann, the Australian beachwear brand that has perfected summer dressing. Favoured by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge and Beyoncé, the label’s floaty dresses have become certified summer holiday uniform. Team with bare toes and a margarita. zimmermannwear.com
Four round diamond and white mother-of-pearl petals, each one placed over the other to give the impression of movement, allow Van Cleef & Arpels’ rose-gold Cosmos ring to blossom £9,650, vancleefarpels.com
CLUTCH CONTROL Store your summer essentials in this Bancroft leather pouch from Michael Kors Collection. Pick it up at the brand’s new sixstorey townhouse on Old Bond Street. £275, 9 Old Bond Street, W1S
That’s a wrap Designed, sourced and produced in Bali, Faithfull The Brand’s floaty dresses are the perfect accessory to a summer’s day. For the new season, the label’s signature vintage-inspired Goldie floral pattern has been printed onto this Rafa midi wrap dress – made from a heat-proof 100 per cent rayon crinkle crepe. $189, faithfullthebrand.com
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Too hot to handle
Known for its bamboo basket bags, Cult Gaia’s zany design ethos has been leant to this pair of marbled acrylic earrings. £61, cultgaia.com
Keya mini tote, £522, Ulla Johnson, farfetch.com
Kuai tote, £270, Wicker Wings, net-a-porter.com
Cora clutch, £180, Cult Gaia, matchesfashion.com
Moreau bag, £250, Staud, selfridges.com
DOLCE V I TA We can’t gaurantee Bulgari’s rose gold ice lolly brooch will taste as good as your classic Nobbly-Bobbly, but its resplendent pavé-set diamonds and buff-top rubies are sure to hit the sweet spot. POA, bulgari.com
Prints charming Liberty’s debut swimwear collection
The holy grail of kitsch prints, Liberty London, has launched its inaugural travel collection, a chic line of swimwear, cover-ups and holiday essentials in myriad Liberty prints. It marks the first of many new fashion collections by the brand, which has three loungewear collections and a menswear range in the pipeline. From £85, libertylondon.com
Mirabel straw hat, £470, Eugenia Kim, net-a-porter.com
Stripe straw bucket hat, £155, maxmara.com
H E AV E N SCENT Save your air miles and transport yourself to the Côte d’Azur with one spritz of Chanel’s new fragrance, ParisRiviera – a Sicilian and Calabrian citrus concoction inspired by one of Coco Chanel’s favourite destinations. £95, chanel.com
In the shade: statement sunglasses from fashion’s biggest brands
E A R N YO U R S T R I P E S ‘Bain couture’ is what Adriana Degreas has dubbed her style of resortwear – translating to swim couture, the phrase represents the designer’s high-end take on the holiday wardrobe, which combines her Brazilian heritage with vintage-inspired cuts. Wear on the beaches of São Paulo or the streets of London. adrianadegreas.com Carlina sunglasses, £370, chloe.com
Paula wedge espadrilles, £375, loewe.com
Arizona sandals, £325, Birkenstock X Il Dolce Far Niente, matchesfashion.com
Campesina wedge espadrilles, £149, Castañer, farfetch.com
White leather slides, £550, fendi.com
Butterfly sunglasses, £280, loewe.com
Web-stripe cat-eye sunglasses, £335, Gucci, matchesfashion.com
Summer beauty The new season make-up bag must-haves
This classic blush pink is just one of 58 shades available in Gucci’s debut lipstick collection. £34, gucci.com
Dolce & Gabbana’s liquid highilghter will give your cheeks a sunkissed look all year round. £38, harrods.com
Blend the highlighter, bronzer and blush from Tom Ford’s Soleil Countouring Compact to create a natural glow. £80, tomford.co.uk
Using social media, the team at Zazi source vintage materials from remote corners of Asia to create their inspired designs. Each garment is produced by artisans and women-empowering NGOs from across the globe. zazi-vintage.com
your face in
THE SUN Bobbi Brown’s Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation promises full-coverage for up to 16 hours and a natural-looking matte finish. £32, bobbibrown.co.uk
and you will never see the
shadows” – Helen Keller, American author
PA S S T H E C O N C H She wears sea shells on the sea shore. Get yours from Isabel Marant, whose 25th anniversary anklet is strung with dainty gold-tone cowry shells. £135, net-a-porter.com
HEALTHCARE . PHARMACY . SKINCARE . WELLBEING
SHINE BANDEAU BIKINI TOP, APPROX. £67, AND MATCHING BIKINI BOTTOMS, APPROX.€£90
YOU CAN L E AV E YOUR H AT O N W H E N S U S TA I N A B L E S W I M W E A R LO O K S T H I S G O O D, W H Y W O U L D YO U WA N T TO W E A R ANYTHING ELSE? GERMAN LABEL MYMARINI – CHAMPIONING AN ‘ETHICAL, PURE, TIMELESS’ STYLE – SHOWS US HOW IT’S DONE
Words: Annabel Harrison
GRACE BODY REVERSIBLE ONE-PIECE, APPROX. £213
ooking great on the beach has long been big business – although this is somewhat ironic given the size of the scraps of fabric worn on the shores of Ibiza, Mykonos, Bodrum and St Barth’s in summer. Although those scraps are tiny, swimwear is often produced using some of the most unsustainable man-made textiles out there. This is a problem, and Mareen Burk saw a solution sooner than many. She quit her job in 2012 and bought a one-way ticket to Colombia. During months of surfing and living a simple life there, she found the current surf and swimwear offering, its fabrics and production methods, “unbearable”. So she set about solving the problem and, in the seven years since, the market has developed apace. “When I founded Mymarini there weren’t many other sustainable swimwear brands at all, so this is a great development in itself,” Burk says. “Another is the progression in sustainable textiles, which are much higher quality than they were a couple of years ago.” And the customers are there, with a greater awareness than ever before. “More and more women want to know where textiles are from and whether they contain any toxins,” confirms Burk. She also explains that quality is of utmost importance in the swimwear industry. “If you take a pair of vintage jeans with holes, you have a cool
SEABODY SHINE REVERSIBLE SWIMSUIT, APPROX. £225
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“When I founded Mymarini there weren’t many other sustainable swimwear brands at all”
SUMMER NECKHOLDER SWIMSUIT, APPROX. Â£213
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EASYTOP REVERSIBLE BIKINI TOP, APPROX. £90, AND MATCHING SUNNY BIKINI BOTTOMS, APPROX. £90
“More and more women want to know where textiles are from and whether they contain any harmful toxins” style. When you have a bleached bathing suit or one with worn-out elastic, it will never look good on you.” Almost every Mymarini product is produced in Europe to ensure a low CO2 footprint, and fair pay and good working conditions are the norm. Every element of the production chain has been considered in terms of reducing impact on the environment, from an innovative wastewater treatment plant to the use of regenerated nylon made from old fishing nets. Burk created Mymarini for anyone who cares about the planet, sports, water, good design and trying “to pass on a world to our children which is a little bit better.” As far as brand visions go, this is one we can get on board with. mymarini.com
N E W WAV E SURF-INSPIRED DIFFERENT
PHOTOGRAPHER FLORIAN RENNER S T Y L I S T S A R A H A N N M U R R AY
From left James: Regent fit linen jacket, £750 (for three-piece suit), brooksbrothers.com; Palm-print shorts, approx. £106, thesiltedcompany.com; Blue shirt, £170, geym.com; Palm Sk8 Bricolage LX hi-top trainers, £100, vans.co.uk; Pinto sunglasses, £125, oscardeen.com Harry: White suit jacket, £399, hugoboss.com; Striped vest, £90, Boardies swim shorts, £95, danielwfletcher.com; Santiago shirt, £65, farah.co.uk; Sunglasses, £140, oakley.com; Suede espadrilles, £298, tods.com; Shark tooth pendant in gold, £110, alexorso.com; Chain necklaces, stylist’s own
From left Harry: Black peak lapel jacket, £2,260, cerruti.com; Tiki mono shirt, £75, carhartt.wip.com; Black trousers with orange trim, approx. £132, thesiltedcompany.com; Orange rubber dive boots, £395, loewe.com; Shark tooth necklace, £220, alexorso.com; Black and grey waist pack bag, £39.95, hexbrand.co.uk James: Deconstructed jacket with jaquard print, £1,315, Woven trouser with jaquard print, £890, robertocavalli.com; Ozzie cat shirt, £55, volcom.co.uk; Canvas and velvet high-top trainers, £465, lanvin.com; Emerson necklace, £130, alicemadethis.com; White vest and rope bracelet, stylist’s own
From left James: Lilac wool blazer, £800, Lilac wool trousers, £410, Blush red cotton and linen shirt, £215, paulsmith.com; Blossvale shirt, £60, dickieslife.com; Otis sunglasses, £125, oscardeen.com; Ivory Palm Bricolage slip-on trainers, £80, Vans, farfetch.com Harry: Lilac suit jacket, £1,790, lanvin.com; Red and pink striped long-sleeved T-shirt, APC x Kid Cudi, £108, farfetch.com; Highline Checker Arch 18” board shorts, £70, quicksilver.com; Pinto sunglasses, £125, oscardeen.com; Suede slip-on 46 V trainers, £57, vans.co.uk; Necklace and socks, stylist’s own
Opposite page White suit jacket, £399, hugoboss.com; Striped vest, £90, Boardies swim shorts, £95, danielwfletcher.com; Santiago shirt, £65, farah.co.uk; Shark tooth pendant in gold, £110, alexorso.com; Chain necklaces, stylist’s own This page, from left James: Seishin suit in cotton seersucker, £795, Orange knitted polo shirt, £395, richard-james.com; Psych floral shirt, £55, volcom.co.uk Harry: Navy tropical silk jacquard evening jacket, £1,895, gievesandhawkes.com; Navy and white Breton-striped T-shirt, £70, sunspel.com; White trousers, £119, hugoboss.com; Necklace, stylist’s own
This page, from left Double-breasted jacket, POA, Stripe shirt, POA, Oatmeal trousers, POA, corneliani.com; Double track stripe tie, £89, brooksbrothers.com; Tarfaya sunglasses, £595, ebmeyrowitz.co.uk Chino suit jacket, £259, Cotton graphic track jacket, £285, ralphlauren.co.uk; White T-shirt, £27, prettygreen.com; Hat, £20, reef.eu; Terrex free hiker shoes, £170, adidas.co.uk; Shark tooth pendant in gold, £110, alexorso.com; Silver chain, stylist’s own Opposite page, from left Harry: Multi-coloured checked trousers, £840, Multi-coloured checked blazer, £1,660, missoni.com; Linen shirt, £175, orlebarbrown.com; Mustard-yellow T-shirt, approx. £35, thesiltedcompany.com; Linen and silk tie, £75, brooksbrothers.com; Carril sunglasses, £125, oscardeen.com; Pink suede Wallabee shoes, £110, clarks.co.uk; Bremont ALT1-P2 on leather strap, £3,895, bremont.co.uk James: Ivory and blue silk blazer, £2,300, Wool trousers, £590, Monogram Dior Oblique vest, £730, Grey B24 trainers, £740, dior.com; Painted silk shirt, £375, danielwfletcher.com; Keystone sunglasses, £125, cubitts.com
Models: James Crabtree & Harry Goodwin @ Select Grooming: Sven Bayerbach @ Carol Hayes Management using Harryâ€™s Photography assistant: Joseph Petini Stylist assistants: Allegra Bartoli & Rosie J. Farnworth
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T I M E F O R A S U M M E R S P L U R G E ? H E A D T O T H E R O YA L E X C H A N G E F O R SEASIDE-INSPIRED JEWELS AND A UNIQUE LIMITED-EDITION TIMEPIECE
TIFFANY & CO. Drawing inspiration from the urban spirit of New York City, Tiffany & Co.’s new 18k rose and yellow gold Tiffany City Hardwear Link earrings provide an elegant take on an otherwise utilitarian design. £1,800, 9-11 Central Courtyard
PAUL A. YOUNG In an ode to British chip shops, Paul A. Young’s latest choc is an unusual medley of sea salt, malt vinegar and Wakame caramel inside a 65 per cent Dominican Republic chocolate shell. £2, 20 Royal Exchange
BREMONT AND JAGUAR TEAM UP FOR A LIMITEDEDITION TIMEPIECE In a move that will please both petrolheads and horology fanatics, Jaguar and Bremont have partnered to create a new limited-edition watch inspired by the Jaguar D-Type. Limited to just 300 pieces, the blue dialled bi-
compax chronograph has brushed nickel sub-dials and a Tachymeter dial ring, as well as a motor inspired by the car’s unique steering wheel. Further nods to the automobile are found on the watch crown, which has the original Dunlop tyre tread etched into it. £5,495, 12 Central Courtyard
HALCY ON DAYS Halcyon Days’ seasideappropriate turquoise and 18k gold bangle is embossed with dainty seashell motifs. Buy in a mutlitude of colours and stack for a rainbow effect. £150, 27 Royal Exchange
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TOBY HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY T H E M O D E L A N D P E R S O N A L T R A I N E R O N B R E A K FA S T I N G I N Q U E E N ’ S PA R K , C YC L I N G A R O U N D L O N D O N A N D H I S N E W S W I M - S H O R T C O L L A B O R AT I O N W I T H N O B U H O T E L I B I Z A B AY
f you want people to snap up a pair of your swim shorts, you certainly have a better chance if Toby Huntington-Whiteley is wearing them. You have an even better chance if they’re designed with sustainability in mind. Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay has teamed up with LOVE BRAND & Co to create these Sea Weave swim shorts, inspired by the hotel’s rustic, woven interior and made using recycled plastic bottles. The shorts, expertly modelled by Mr H-W, will raise funds for Ibiza’s endangered Posidonia seagrass, a species of plant that helps keep the island’s waters crystal clear. What is true luxury? It’s about provenance and quality. I value luxury items that have been handcrafted or that are made from the highest quality materials. I would rather invest in buying once than buying cheap over and over again. Where is your favourite place in the world? At home in Devon. There’s something about the rolling green hills that will always draw me back. What are your luxuries in life? I have been collecting watches for a few years. I love the craftsmanship and the history that comes with every watch. Travel is probably my biggest and favourite luxury. I love the feeling of arriving in a new destination. What are your beach holiday essentials? My LOVE BRAND & Co cap which always travels with me, a notebook to write down ideas and inspiration, and my camera.
Interview with Annabel Harrison
Why does this swimwear collaboration matter so much to you? To be able to give back to the environment that we so carelessly have used and abused is very important to me. By purchasing a pair of these LOVE BRAND & Co shorts, you’re giving back to nature and ensuring it is preserved for the future. Ibiza Bay is a hotel that is passionate about protecting its island home. How would you show someone a good time in London? I love breakfast so would always start with that. I recently moved to Queen’s Park and the area has some great breakfast spots – so does Kensal Rise. I love Salusbury Foodstore for a simple juice and breakfast. Cycling is a great way to see London, so we’d hire a couple of Boris bikes and cycle around Hyde Park. On a weekday, we’d wander up Portobello Road, ending up at Golborne Road, and have lunch in one of the great little cafes around there. Then visit the V&A and explore all the various galleries.
My fiancée and I went to Coya then to see Aladdin earlier this year; the food was some of the best I’ve ever had. Other great memories would be watching the rugby and football World Cup with mates in a pub. What do you personally do to leave the world in a better place? I’m still educating myself as to the things I can do, but I do use a KeepCup and bamboo cutlery, I walk and cycle as much as I can and I am trying to eat less meat. By getting involved in environmental charity projects like this one, I hope to shine a spotlight on issues that need addressing. What are you reading / listening to / watching right now? I have a book called The Daily Stoic. Everyday it gives you stoic insights and exercises, which can help in day-to-day living. I’m listening to Tame Impala’s track Borderline – I can’t wait for their new album – and I’ve been watching Game Of Thrones; I am completely hooked. LOVE BRAND & Co Sea Weave shorts, from
What are your favourite London memories? Ones that involve food.
£120 for men, £60 for boys; rates at Ibiza Bay from £550 per night, nobuhotelibizabay.com
Workshops, not sweatshops The new menswear website opposing the short-lived thrill of fast fashion The internet was supposed to make shopping simpler. Not so, say Massimiliano Gritti and Elliott Aeschlimann. The friends always found that searching for quality clothes online was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Quitting their respective jobs in tech and finance, the fashionconscious twosome set up Bombinate, a curated menswear e-tailer dedicated to championing independent brands that you won’t find on the high street. Following a 12,000-mile road trip from London to Mongolia, Bombinate has secured an alliance of more than 100 companies committed to conscious manufacturing techniques, each of which has a compelling story to tell. The result is a collection of under-the-radar brands you won’t find on the high street. Sign up now for £20 credit. Consider yourself in the know. bombinate.com
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A titbit of sartorial trivia: the Panama hat takes its name not from the place where it is manufactured – Ecuador, traditionally – but the port from which it was originally exported (in the province of Manabí, Panama). Frescobol Carioca’s Panama hats continue to be handcrafted in Ecuador – and provide a dandyish way to top off all manner of any summer ensembles. £160, mrporter.com
IN THE SHADE TH I S S EAS O N ’S H OTTEST STATEM EN T S U NGLASSES
AKIRA ROUND-FRAME ACETATE SUNGLASSES, from £120, Sun Buddies, mrporter.com
Kirk Originals’ Made in England collection (bottom right) uses state-of-theart laser-cutting factory techniques to cut out its frames from strips of acetate. Referencing classic shapes from the 1950s and 1960s, imagine Hollywood icons like Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, and you get the vibe. We recommend pairing with either a piqué cotton polo or silk Hawaiian shirt – cigarette optional. from £235, kirkoriginals.com
D-FRAME LEATHER AND SILVER-TONE SUNGLASSES, POA, Ermengildo Zegna, mrporter.com
Camp collar, Cuban collar, bowling collar – whatever you want to call it, Sunspel’s latest take on this summer essential is made from long-staple, lightweight Pima cotton and finished with Shell buttons – making it your go-to barbecue shirt. from £115, sunspel.com
VERNON SQUARE-FRAME ACETATE SUNGLASSES, £125, Cubitts, mrporter.com
KINNEY 49 D-FRAME ACETATE SUNGLASSES, £250, Garrett Leight California, mrporter.com
Fresco(ball) Carioca The exact origin of beach tennis is unknown, though the sport is believed to derive from the beaches of Italy. Beach tennis emigrated to Brazil, where the Cariocas (residents of Rio) characteristically made it all the more eye-catching and sensual. Perhaps the most beautiful export we have set our eyes on (apart from the Girl from Ipanema) are these frescobol rackets, made by local marceneiros with woods sourced from offcuts from the local furniture industry. From ÂŁ120, frescobolcarioca.com
Amalgam takes attention to detail to the max By using CAD data from all of the original car manufacturers, Amalgam has produced a stunning range of collectables that every petrolhead will want to get their hands on. These creations are finely detailed to give these classic motors the ultimate feel. From £540, mrporter.com
Sustainabili-tee THE COTTON STORY The fashion industry has not been, until recently, known for putting an emphasis on its eco credentials. Enter The Cotton Story, which produces luxury casualwear at affordable prices, using Supima cotton from California. Twice as strong as normal cotton and grown by more environmentally conscious farmers, similar T-shirts typically cost upwards of £50. Tees by The Cotton Story start from £20 due to what the company calls an ‘honest’ pricing policy. thecottonstory.co.uk
A L L - S TA R W E E K E N D E R Handcrafted in Hertfordshire for weekends here, there and everywhere. £1,200, globe-trotter.com
S C A N D I N AV I A N S O U L Discrete sneakers for the discerning city dweller courtesy of Stockholm’s C.QP. £270, c-qp.com
Brief Encounter Underwear brand CDLP partners with Grand Hotel Tremezzo on its debut swimwear collection Inspired by the laid-back vibe of Lake Como’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Swedish underwear brand CDLP has created a capsule collection of swimwear for men. There are three styles to choose from, each designed for different occassions at the property and christened with suitably Italian monikers – there’s the Aperitivo swim short, the Piscina swim short and the Riva swim brief. Each style has been produced in a vibrant colour palette inspired by the design of the Art Nouveau building – think tangerine orange (a shade
synonymous with the hotel’s canopies), alpine white and navy, cobalt and aquamarine blues. In keeping with CDLP’s commitment to sustainablity, the entire collection is crafted from Econyl, a regenerated premium nylon fabric made using fishnets and nylon waste sourced from oceans and landfill sites. Using an innovative purification process, the nylon waste is recycled back to its original purity. From £79, cdlp.com
1. Naeco Swim Shorts, £185, naeco.co.uk; 2. Paisley Swim Shorts, Belsire, £90, therake.com 3. Orange Swim Shorts, Ermenegildo Zegnat, £130, mrporter.com 4. Logo-print Swim Shorts, Gucci, £490, mrporter.com 5. Moonraker Bulldog Swim Shorts, £245, orlebarbrown.com 6. Mahina Swim Shorts, Vilebrequin, £175, mrporter.com 7. Yellow Swim Shorts, £59, ralphlauren.co.uk 8. Logo Appliquéd Swim Shorts, Stone Island, £185, mrporter.com
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IN THE RUN-UP to Wimbledon, it’s typical for the world’s best tennis stars to fine tune their grass-court games at smaller clubs – Andy Murray, Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic owe their Wimbledon titles in part to such preparation. Last year, GANT revived this tradition at Roehampton Club with its inaugural GANT Championships, which saw tennis superstars practice their swing in front of an intimate crowd of 1,000 people. From 27-29 June, the event will return for a second year. Following a unique ‘Now vs Next’ format, the tournament sees current tennis sensations and future superstars take to the courts. In 2018, Tseng Chun-hsin went from playing at the GANT Championships to winning the Wimbledon Junior Title – and he is tipped to be a men’s singles star of the future. This year, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who has reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the French Open, has been confirmed to play in team Now, and 21-year-old American star Frances Tiafoe is in team Next. Attendance is limited to just 1,000 spectators, who will get the opportunity to watch three high-performance matches every day. Between matches, there is the chance to enjoy activities such as photo booths and courtside catering, where you can pick up delicious Cornish ice cream and homemade wraps – and, of course, there will be a pop-up shop stocking GANT’s PF19 collection.
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AROUND THE CYCLADES
P.110 ALL CHANGE In search of ancient Mykonos
P.114 SUNSHINE STATE The new five-star hotel raising the bar in Mykonos
P.117 FAMILY FORTUNES The Greek dynasty that put Mykonos on the map
P.123 HAUTE CUISINE Discovering Paros, the foodie capital of the Cylades
Santoriniâ€™s white-washed walls and cobalt blue rooftops have made it the most-visited island in the Aegean Sea (p.126)
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A GREEK TRAGEDY? M Y K O N O S H A S A LWAY S B E E N A PLACE OF MYTH AND MAGIC, BUT IN ITS RUSH TO CASH IN O N I T S C E L E B R I T Y S TAT U S HAS THE TINY ISLAND SOLD I TS S O U L TO T H E D E V I L?
Words: Richard Brown
EVERYONE KNOWS that Greece has a money problem. A decade after Moody’s downgraded its sovereign debt to junk status, the country’s inflation rate is among the highest in the world. Boffins at Bloomberg rate its economy as the fifth most miserable on the planet. Yet as real wages on the mainland continue to stagnate – youth unemployment remains around 40 per cent – Mykonos, that barren, wind-beaten island in the Cyclades – it’s a principality, really – is facing an altogether different pecuniary predicament. It has followed Ibiza into that parallel universe where prices have no bearing on reality. Not more than a few years ago, a beer cost a couple of quid – tops – cocktails were cheap – crap but cheap – accommodation was straightforward – you got what you paid for – and no one – not a single sod – ever tried to shaft you for money for a sun lounger. That was then. In 2013, the Kardashian clan, the whole damn fame-hungry fraternity, even ones you never knew existed, rocked up to Mykonos en masse. What Jackie Kennedy – later Jackie Onassis, following her marriage to Greek shipping tycoon and Mykonos devotee Aristotle Onassis – did for the island’s profile in the 1960s, Kim Kardashian’s Instagram account did five decades later. Mykonos went viral. Almost overnight the island usurped Ibiza as the A-listers’ safe place of choice. Ambrosio, Armani, Carey, Campbell, DiCaprio, Green, Hadid, Hamilton, Harlow, the Jenners, Moss, Scherzinger, Ratajkowski, Richie, even the Rooneys – all suddenly discovered the delights of this unassuming atoll. For proof of Mykonos’s celebrity magnetism, see the DailyMail.co.uk’s side-bar-of-shame. From April onwards that great needle of Where’s Hot Right Now is a vertical wall of Victoria’s Secret Angels splashing around in the horseshoe bays that pepper the south of the island – where the wind is less blowy and where, subsequently, you’ll find the most expensive beach bars. First among them used to be Nammos – a yacht-themed beach bar and restaurant with a nearby helipad where the poshest cabanas cost $5,000 a day. In 2016, a Lebanese lunch
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Mykonos was the antiIbiza. Unpretentious, fair-priced fun – that was the appeal
party proudly posted a picture of a receipt – they’d managed to splurge £40,000 on champagne in a single afternoon. Not long after, Scorpios opened, challenging Nammos’s status as the place to be seen. A Moroccan souk meets new-age wellness-retreat, where staff dress like Jedis, Scorpios is a 200-cover restaurant and open-air music venue where people do yoga. There’s also a designer bazaar. Lifestyle. Lifestyle. Lifestyle. It’s easy to scoff at a restaurant that aims to ‘embrace the symbols and traditions of ancient island moon rituals’, as per its website, but as soon as you enter Scorpios it’s immediately obvious that serious cash has been spent on this sprawling temple to bohemian chic. We didn’t stay for the sunset bongo session – we felt like impostors among all the ankle-bangled beautiful people – but we did manage lunch. Scorpios is like eating on the set of Charlize Theron’s Mad Max remake, if Nobu was doing the catering. Pretentious, pseudo-spiritual-stuff aside, Scorpios has set a new benchmark for hospitality in Mykonos – an island that seems to be crippled by an Ibiza complex. ‘Mykonos fucks Ibiza’ read neon T-shirts in the island’s tacky souvenir shops. It doesn’t. Ibiza has been up its own arse for years. Mykonos was the anti-Ibiza. Unpretentious, fair-priced fun – that was the appeal. Now, a Slush Puppie cocktail will set you back $16. Plonk yourself down on a sun lounger on a blustery, desolate beach and a 20-something from Athens will suddenly materialise from nowhere and demand €20 for the pleasure. This would all be fine, if you were getting what you paid for. But the quality of food, drink and service simply hasn’t kept up with the tourist numbers and the subsequent price hikes. Even Mykonos’s mayor, Konstantinos
Koukas, recognises the disparity. ‘The great challenge this summer,’ he wrote in the Greek lifestyle magazine in our hotel foyer, ‘is once again to be able to offer highquality services.’ So why are tourists still swarming to Mykonos in their millions? Because scratch the surface, and you needn’t scratch that hard, and it’s still possible to find the down-to-earth island that captivated its early admirers – Christian Dior, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando most famously among them. The island, criss-crossed by dilapidated dry-stone walls and dotted with decrepit farmsteads, has retained its wild, wind-swept beauty. Hotel and villa developments have, for the most part, been sensitive to the landscape. Its main town, Chora, might have morphed into an open-air shopping mall, but, when it’s not overrun by the human cargo of cruise ships – avoid the town at sunset – is still a charming place to spend some time. The bigger beaches have been seized by big business, but there are plenty of coves waiting at the end of beaten-up, boulder-strewn tracks. (It pays to rent a 4x4 – especially as there are only 31 taxis on the island, according, at least, to Mykonian myth.) Bemoaning Mykonos for its popularity is like lamenting Venice for the crowds, or New York for the traffic, or Paris for its people. In modern-day Mykonos it’s still possible to pretend you’re cut off from the rest of the world, to escape to a parallel universe – it’s just a shame that everything in that universe costs the earth.
LET THERE BE LIGHT I T S S I S T E R P R O P E R T Y I N S A N TO R I N I S E T T H E S TA N DA R D F O R F I V E - S TA R AC C O M M O DAT I O N O N T H E I S L A N D – N O W T H E S E C O N D K AT I K I E S A I M S TO R E P E AT T H E S U C C E S S I N M Y KO N O S
Words: Richard Brown
he sun shines brighter in Agios Ioannis – figuratively, mythically, literally. Literally, this slowly-climbing crescent of land in south-west Mykonos receives the last of the day’s sunshine. Figuratively, a number of the island’s chicest hotels have found a home for themselves between the boulders that litter this natural amphitheatre (‘mykon’ is derived from a word meaning ‘pile of
rocks’; the huge stones found throughout the island are said to be remnants of a war between the gods and the giants – the gods won). And mythically – see that tiny island across the bay? That’s the birthplace of Apollo, aka the god of sun. Bring your shades. It was Delos, that inconspicuous, low-lying sliver of rock, that helped make Mykonos what it is today – a melting pot of hedonists,
honeymooners, high-flying execs, economyflying hipsters, new money, old money, backpackers, party seekers, cruise shippers, super-yachters, A-listers, D-listers, footballers, fashionistas and us – a couple of can’t-believeour-luckers drinking in the historic vista from the private plunge pool of our just-opened, whitewashed, sun-kissed, sugar-cube suite. Someone pass the champagne. In the 1930s and 40s, archaeological investigations on Delos started garnering international attention (excavators have since found more ancient monuments on Delos than on any other island of earth – be sure to book a day trip). With zero hotels on the island – it remains uninhabited – archaeologists were forced to seek sustenance and shelter on neighbouring Mykonos. By the 50s and 60s, visitors had realised there was a lot to be said for the island’s turquoise waters and picturesque towns. Word spread. Today, cruise ships alone can deliver 10,000 tourists a day. Regular visitors to the Cyclades may be familiar with the name Katikies from neighbouring Santorini. Opened just over 30 years ago, the hotel was the first to feature infinity pools and suites with their own plunge pools – pioneering the blueprint for the type of architecture that has come to typify luxury accommodation on that volcanic island. Katikies Mykonos opened in summer 2018 with similar ambition. “We wanted to create a hotel that would mirror the levels of service and comfort enjoyed by guests of Katikies Santorini,” says Nikolaos Pagonis, owner of Katikies Resorts & Club, which operates six hotels in Santorini and two in Mykonos. “We wanted to cater to the ever-growing number of discerning travellers that are heading to the island each year. We’re confident that Katikies Mykonos will set a new standard for luxury on the island.” Following its own fail-safe formula, the group’s latest offering is characterised by secluded suites with private plunge pools, spectacular ocean views and a whiter-than-white design aesthetic that will set your irises on fire. A labyrinth of steps connects 35 independent rooms which climb up a gently-sloping hillside between two large infinity pools. Adjacent to the lower pool is Seltz – a champagne bar and restaurant that gives traditional Greek cuisine a zeitgeisty Asian interpretation (it also serves an out-of-this world Eggs Benedict for breakfast).
Beside the higher pool, Mikrasia provides fine dining in the sand to a background of live music. Both restaurants are overseen by culinary architect Angelos Bakopoulos, who shot to fame via MasterChef Greece. Top hotels are marked out by their attention to detail. Katikies receives top marks for meticulousness. Less than a year after it launched, the property is already endorsed by the Leading Hotels of the World group. From easy-on-the-eye interiors to the outfits of everobliging staff to the soothing playlists of the DJs who appear from nowhere come mid-afternoon (performing, in our case, to an audience of two) careful consideration makes Katikies a calming, classy retreat from the madness of Mykonos. Chic, discreet, grown-up luxury – something that’s not easy to find on an island gripped by illusions of grandeur. Rates at Katikies Mykonos start from €345 per night for double room, including breakfast, katikies.com
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A FA M I LY A F FA I R H O W T H E D A K T Y L I D E S DY N A S T Y B U I LT A H O T E L E M P I R E T H AT P U T MODERN MYKONOS ON THE MAP
Words: Ellen Alpsten
hildren are a poor man’s riches,’ as the proverb says. From their humble beginnings, surely George and Eleftheria Daktylides could not have imagined the riches in store for them and their four sons on Mykonos, the small island in the vast Mediterranean they call home. “My brothers and I are very proud of our roots,” says Vangelis Daktylides, who, together with his brothers, oversees the Myconian Collection of nine luxury hotels – three of which are endorsed by Relais & Châteaux, a luxury hotel fellowship dedicated to championing individually owned properties. The Mykonos of Vangelis Daktylides’ youth was a very different place than it is today. The island ran a barter economy until well into the 1950s – people traded their cheese, sausages and cured fish for imports such as sugar, rice, spaghetti and cigarettes, a crucial luxury. Back then, Mykonos was little more than a gateway to uninhabited Delos, a small, uninhabited island that was the birthplace, according to Greek mythology, of Apollo, god of the sun, and his twin sister Artemis, goddess of the moon. During the 50s and 60s, archaeologists uncovered ruins and remains of ancient Greek civilisation, such as the glorious Terrace of the Lions, the amphitheatre and parts of a colossal statue of Apollo, which started attracting tourists who needed a place to stay. Identifying an opportunity, Vangelis Daktylides’ father George, a driver on building sites, took out a loan and bought a bus, an initiative which grew into the island’s first public transport system, with over two dozen vehicles. “As children, we sold tickets on the buses after school,” remembers Markos Daktylides. At the same time, George Daktylides started trading bricks and cement, which he used to build the family’s first hotels. “He came home one day on a Caterpillar 920 that he had picked up second-hand,” recounts his son. “It dug the foundations to our first four hotels
The Daktylides family have undoubtedly gained a lot from the island, but they also give a lot back
and was his favourite set of wheels, long after he could have any car he wanted.” The four-cylinder diesel loader also dug the foundations for the Kohili, the island’s first hotel outside its main town of Chora (also known as Mykonos Town), which offered stunning views over the famous windmills. Eleftheria Daktylides made breakfast for all the guests, did the housekeeping and laundry, and provided meals for the 40 construction workers still busy erecting the new hotel – all while raising four sons. Yet she always took her boys for a daily swim, walking barefoot as she only had one pair of good Sunday shoes which she wore to church. “My parents would sacrifice anything to create opportunities for us,” recalls Vangelis Daktylides, who, like his brothers, went on to study high-end hospitality at École Hôtelière de Lausanne. “Dad worked from morning to night and invested all the profits back into business,” he says. “There was never a moment of doubt of what else we would like to do.” Today, Mykonos is an island of contrasts. Celebrities arrive by helicopter; college students backpack round the Cyclades; families with young children armed with bucket and spades mingle in the winding streets of Chora; small, colourful fishing boats dance on impossibly blue waters, still ready for action early every morning, ignoring the fleet of superyachts anchored at a discreet distance. Old ladies dressed in black sit on chairs beneath showers of purple bougainvillea blossom, outside their quaint white-washed houses, facing hordes of modernday holidaymakers – the luckiest of whom will
THE DAKTYLIDES BROTHERS
be staying in a property run by the Daktylides. The Relais & Châteaux-endorsed Ambassador hotel, overlooking the splendid Platis Gialos beach, was the first to be awarded five stars on the island, in 1992. A second fivestar hotel, the Royal, arrived in 2000, followed by the Imperial in 2002, the Villa Collection in 2012, Utopia in 2013 and Avaton in 2014. The Myconian Collection now boasts more than a dozen gourmet restaurants, ranging from traditional Greek cuisine to classic Mediterranean and Asian-fusion dishes. The Daktylides family have undoubtedly gained a lot from the island, but they also give a lot back. Their children go to school on Mykonos, where the family plans to build a new high school, and many stories are told of generous donations or quick, unbureaucratic help for others in need. They also try to maintain the island’s ecological balance, which, with 200,000 visitors a day in high season, is a tall order. Produce served within the 10 Myconian Collection properties is sourced as locally as possible; waste is recycled; worn linen is donated to nursing homes, prisons and the many monasteries in the Cyclades; seawater is desalinated. George Daktylides might have officially retired, but he still does his weekly rounds to his sons’ houses, his car stuffed with food, such as home-baked bread, fresh feta cheese and lamb and goat meat, for his grandchildren. “It’s good that there are four of us, as his shoes are pretty big to fill,” says Vangelis Daktylides about his father. “We are each other’s most honest critics and loyal allies. There are many pragmatic demands that a competitive business places on us. We never plan for the next financial year, but for the next generation.”
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ear-shaped Paros was supposed to be little more than a layover. A quick, in-and-out, tick-that-box, see-that100-window-church-we’d-read-abouton-the-internet stopover between the bright lights of Mykonos and the steep, starry-eyed sunset delight of Santorini. Alas, Zeus, King of the Gods, ruler of heaven, sender of clouds, rain, thunder and lightning had other ideas. Choose to island hop around the Cyclades towards the end of September and it’s true, you’ll miss the crowds – but it’s a reality counterbalanced by an increased risk of running into big, billowing thunderclouds, which, arguably, will do far more to dampen your Aegean adventure than a gaggle of Chinese shutterbugs. Paros turned into a six-day pause in what was intended to be a tight, 10-day itinerary. Santorini would have to wait. Thank God – Hera, Hestia, Hermes, Hephaestus? – that Paros is such a tasty place to see out a thunderstorm. The teardrop atoll is the third largest in the Cyclades, trailing Andros to the north and neighbouring Naxos to the east. It’s twice the size of Mykonos, yet attracts a zillion fewer tourists. The entire island slopes down from a non-active cone-shaped volcano on its eastern edge and is made of marble. The white metamorphic rock made the island rich. The Venus de Milo – that armless sculpture of Aphrodite, arguably the most famous statue in the whole of Ancient Greece – was carved from Parian marble. So, too, was Napoleon’s tomb. In superpretty Marathi it’s still possible to peer down into the Vantablack abyss of the quarry shafts that have been left open since mining stopped in 1899. At the top of the volcano are the preserved ruins of the Castle of Kefalos. Built in the 15th century, it was the last fortress to fall to Ottoman rule when, in 1537, the red-bearded pirate-admiral Barbarossa sacked Kefalos and usurped its erstwhile Venetian establishment. Paros remained part of the Ottoman Empire until 1832. Presumably the island doesn’t hold too much of a grudge because in 1987 it named a fish restaurant after the Lesbos-born invader.
Today, Barbarossa is helmed by head chef Joseph Sykianakis, an alumnus of L’Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse in Paris. Since joining in 2007 he has transformed the seafood bistro into one of the island’s star attractions. Just as impressive as the food – which, by the way, is properly impressive, not just for Greece, but for anywhere – is the price: three courses each, a bottle of wine and change from two €50 notes. And there’s the thrust of why you should visit Paros. More than for its pretty villages, raw, wild beaches and marble-paved Byzantine hiking trails, visit Paros for its food – for the value-for-money of its food. Barbarossa is one of several Parian restaurants (among them Les Amis, Markakis, BuonVento and Siparos) that will have you re-evaluating what you fork out to eat out in London. Unassuming Yemeni, our pick of the bunch, was so good we ate there three times. This is world-class cuisine at real world prices. The antithesis of Mykonos. A 10-minute walk from Yemeni, on the outskirts of fishing-town-cum-tourist-trap Naoussa, is Mr & Mrs White – a freshly minted, monochrome hideaway that made it straight into the Small Luxury Hotels of the World following its opening in summer 2017. The intimate abode – 48 rooms – has a family feel, thanks largely to matriarchal manager Nafsika Kouzeli, who has instilled in her small team of staff her own couldn’t-do-more-foryou attitude. They talk to you like friends. The property is divided into two halves. ‘Mr’ is a straight-up designdriven hotel with spacious, all-white, Cycladic-chic rooms, most of which have either a small garden or balcony terraces. The advertised ‘sea views’ is stretching it somewhat, given that the sea is some distance away. The ‘Mrs’ bit is made up of larger, more luxurious residences, which are intended for families. Two freshwater swimming pools are lined by palm trees and high-rising bougainvillea. Cats nap in the shade. Guests get lost in paperbacks and sip cocktails by the pools. It’s the design and the staff that make the difference. During our visit all onward ferries to Santorini were cancelled due to gale-force winds. What was supposed to be a three-night stay turned into six. Each morning someone would telephone the ferry companies on our behalf. Each morning Nafsika would refuse to accept money for the additional night’s stay – which tells you all you need to know about the people of Paros.
Several Parian restaurants will have you re-evaluating what you fork out to eat out in London
Rates at Mr & Mrs White start from €149 (approx. £132) per night including breakfast, mrandmrswhiteparos.com
ed-hot tempers on hot black tarmac. A threeday backlog of ferries arrives in the concrete port of Athinios all at once. There’s one way in; one way up. A single, precipitous road that zig-zags from sea level to the summit of a 700-ft cliff. It’s bumper to bumper. In a desperate bid to make their ferry before it leaves, people at the top are abandoning their coaches and running down the switchbacks with suitcases above their heads. Scooters weave through the melee, making things worse. It’s farcical. It’s dangerous. Santorini is failing the stress test. By the water’s edge, the sundrenched pandemonium continues. A hot, sticky cacophony of car horns, ferry horns, lorry brakes, police whistles, and that sweet, festival smell of a thousand sweaty bodies sharing too little space. Buses don’t venture
down here. All taxis are taken. All cars are full. Salvation arrives in the shape of a Mark Ruffalo look-alike in a rented Suzuki Swift. We thumb a lift and are in his back seats before he can say no. Santorini. The southernmost member of the Cyclades. The sunset Mecca. Three miles wide. Ten miles long. Two million visitors a year. They come for the caldera – a sea-filled crater created some 3,600 years ago when a round volcanic island erupted, buckled and collapsed into itself. Croissant-shaped Santorini was the consequence. Seismic tremors are still a fact of life. In 2012, café owners watched as empty wine glasses started to rattle. Tour guides reported smelling strange gasses. Scientists discovered that a swell of more than 10 million cubic metres of molten rock had rushed into the magma chamber under the island. The last great earthquake struck in 1956. It levelled most of the island’s two main villages. Inhabitants were
SURVIVING SANTORINI T H A N K S I N N O S M A L L PA R T TO S O C I A L M E D I A , S I N C E 2 0 1 7 SANTORINI HAS BEEN FORCED TO CAP THE NUMBER OF TOURISTS DISEMBARKING ON ITS SHORES. DESPITE THE CRUISE SHIPS AND SELFIE STICKS, HOWEVER, THIS SEISMIC I S L A N D S T I L L H A S T H E P O W E R T O M O V E Y O U – I F O N LY Y O U K N O W W H E R E T O S TAY
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Santorini. The southernmost member of theÂ Cyclades. The sunset Mecca. Three miles wide. Ten miles long. Two million visitors a year LUXURYLONDON.CO.UK
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Kirini is the Santorini you see on Instagram. Carved into the cliffs at Oia, it is picture perfect from every angle
forced to migrate to Athens. Slowly they returned. Now it’s cash-strapped Athenians who seek solace in Santorini’s hand-over-fist hospitality industry. The island’s not called Santorini. It hasn’t been since the first half of the 19th century. It was the Romanian Empire that named it so in the 13th century, a reference to the Christian martyr Saint Irene, or Santa Irini. Five hundred years later, newly-independent Greece officially renamed it Théra – which morphed into Thera, which can also be spelt Thira. More helpful still, the capital city is called Fira. The rest of the world seems to have settled on Santorini. Mark dropped us off at the side of the road at the top of the cliff. We paid him some money, bade him farewell and put in an SOS call to Kirini. Twenty minutes
later, a taxi arrived. Ten minutes after that, we were handed a welcome cocktail in the calming white confines of cave-style Kirini hotel. Out of the madhouse, into the asylum. Reopened after a renovation in 2015, Kirini is part of the Katikies group. The original Katikies hotel opened in the late 1980s as the first property in Santorini to feature an infinity pool and rooms with private plunge tubs. Where it led, every other Santorini hotelier followed. As well as Kirini, the group now operates Villa Katikies and Katikies Garden. Given their joint-affinity for the letter K, you might have thought the Kardashians would have chosen one of the group’s properties for their 2013 Santorini sojourn. As well they might. Kirini is the Santorini you see on
Instagram. Carved into the cliffs at Oia – the island’s most picturesque town on its celebrated, elevated, sunset-facing west coast – the vertically set, all-suite property is a series of white, domed scafta (the Greek name for those traditional houses carved into rock) linked by a labyrinth of white-and-grey stairways. It has a communal infinity pool, suites with private Jacuzzis and, as you’d expect from a property that employs someone full time to re-touch the brilliant-white paintwork, is picture perfect from every angle. A team of around 30 staff oversees 26 rooms. Each is soundproofed and comes with an iPod and docking station. Choose from a mood-ranging selection of pre-loaded playlists. Nice touch. Ditto the Nespresso coffee machine. There’s a spa and, come sunset, the chance to sample local wines al fresco at the hotel’s perfectly-angled Anthós restaurant. For the rest of the time, though, it’s about having that spectacular panorama all to yourself – a rarity in Santorini. Rates at Kirini Santorini start from €340 (approx. £296) per night for double room, including breakfast, katikies.com/kirinisantorini
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P R O P E R T Y
STREETS AHEAD The best homes hitting the market this month
T H E F I N E S T H O M E S I N T H E C A P I TA L
Â£5.7M, SAVILLS SLOANE STREET, SAVILLS.COM
A five-bedroom mews house hits the market in Chelsea (p.140)
Unique family house in the heart of Notting Hill.
Arundel Gardens, Notting Hill W11 A glorious and superbly presented stucco fronted house located in idyllic garden square setting offering an abundance of natural light and a real sense of volume with direct access on to a wonderful communal garden. • • • •
Caroline Foord looks forward to helping you. firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3463 0062
Well considered balance of entertaining and reception space Double height reception area and private south-facing garden Child and dog friendly communal garden Approximately 4,865 sq ft (452.18 sq m)
£9,950,000 knightfrank.co.uk Connecting people & property, perfectly.
Surround yourself with
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+44 (0)20 7205 2392 | gasholderslondon.co.uk | Gasholders, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, London N1C 4BY
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Paris Forino Designed Sublime 5,444sf Full Floor Five Bedroom Masterpiece/ 66 Ninth Avenue Residence 6 - New York City After years of dreaming, designing and constructing, this breathtaking masterpiece has come to life and is simply stated, extraordinary. Sublime, contemporary, tailored beauty at every turn, residence six is a dream home in every detail, in every square inch and is the new definition of an ultra-luxurious, tailor-made private residence. Discover. Explore, adore. Acquire. 5,444 square feet full floor, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, separate library and den, private terrace. $29,000,000
Jessica C. Campbell 1-917-621-7815 email@example.com
Grand European Villa 13319 Mulholland Drive Beverly Hills Hidden behind gates & down the private cobblestone driveway is Villa Soigni with commanding views of the San Fernando Valley. On over 2/3 of an acre & apx. 7,900 sq. ft the home is distinguished by over sized rooms with abundant natural light and 30 ft. ceilings. Stunning marble floors, exquisite moldings & an 8 ft fireplace, pool and spa. Upstairs are 4 ensuite bedrooms, extremely large master suite with room like walk in closet, grand remodeled bathroom, fireplace & 2 terraces complete. Main floor includes guest suite and library. Three car garage & large motor court complete this wonderful private mini estate. $8,490,000
Marisa Zanuck 1-310-913-1741 Marisa@nestseekers.com
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Harrington Gardens, South Kensington Modern living in a classic London location. A bespoke, 2500 sqft, three bedroom triplex apartment in the heart of South Kensington, with cool design touches throughout. The space would suit those looking for a turn-key, one-off¬ place, just moments from world class amenities around South Ken, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 floors and terrace. Tenure: leasehold, 135 years. £5,250,000
Solly Strickland +44 7702 669 647 SollyS@NestSeekers.com | Daniel McPeake +44 7809 351 114 DanielMc@nestseekers.com
Burns Road, Battersea
The Observatory Penthouse, Fulham
A completely bespoke property which forms part of one of London’s finest loft developments, Southside Quarter, just moments from Battersea Park and only 1 mile from the new American Embassy. The ground floor features a wonderful reception room, with double height ceilings, vast period windows and beautiful stone floors. This 2036sqft property is perfect for those looking for a completely unique home with great security and off-street parking just across the river from Chelsea. Tenure: Freehold. £1,600,000
Iconic West London Penthouse. Located in the heart of Munster Village, the penthouse at Brandon House is the perfect marriage of post-industrial warehouse living with striking modern architecture, with over 3000 sqft of internal space. 3 bedrooms , 2 bathrooms, 60ft living room, glass observatory, huge roof terrace with panoramic London views, direct lift access, double garage. Tenure: leasehold, 978 years. £2,850,000
Solly Strickland +44 7702 669 647 SollyS@NestSeekers.com Daniel McPeake +44 7809 351 114 DanielMc@nestseekers.com
Solly Strickland +44 7702 669 647 SollyS@NestSeekers.com Daniel McPeake +44 7809 351 114 DanielMc@nestseekers.com
Superb penthouse with terrace Great Portland Street, W1 Goodge Street Underground Station: 0.6 miles Open-plan reception/kitchen/dining room, 3 bedrooms (2 en suite), further shower room, wrap-around terrace, new build, lift, porter, EPC = B
Leasehold approximately 997 years remaining | 1518 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ4.85 million
Alex Ross Savills Marylebone & Fitzrovia Residential Sales 020 3527 0400 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stunning low built house Aubrey Road, W8 Holland Park Underground Station: 0.1 miles Newly re-furbished family house presented in immaculate condition. 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining/ family room, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, West-facing garden, garage, terrace. EPC = C
Freehold | 3,443 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ7.95 million Kit Allen Savills Kensington Residential Sales 020 7535 3300 email@example.com
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Will Allen Strutt and Parker Kensington Residential Sales 020 7938 3666 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Mayfair townhouse Upper Grosvenor Street, W1
Bond Street Underground Station: 0.3 miles Marble Arch Underground Station: 0.3 miles
Entrance hall, 5 reception rooms, kitchen, master bedroom suite with dressing room, 5 further bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 1 shower room, study, staff accommodation, courtyard, 2 terraces, lift, EPC = F
Freehold | 8,315 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ18 million
Charles Lloyd Savills Mayfair & St James's Residential Sales 020 7578 5111 email@example.com
Exquisite lateral apartment Montpelier Hall, SW7 Knightsbridge Underground Station: 0.4 miles This luxurious second floor apartment is an ideal entertaining space with a flexible open-plan arrangement, reception/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, media/family room, study, guest cloakroom, 2 balconies, direct lift access, 2 underground parking spaces, 24hr concierge, EPC = C
Leasehold approximately 989 years remaining | 3,888 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ11.5 million
Alex Christian Savills Sloane Street Residential Sales 020 7590 5054 firstname.lastname@example.org
STREETS AHEAD DISTINCTIVE HOMES ON THE PROPERTY MARKET THIS MONTH
KING HENRY’S R OA D, N W 3
Deemed uninhabitable by Camden Council seven years ago, this once-derelict garden apartment on King Henry’s Road has been completely transformed. The two bedroom, two bathroom property features a contemporary, open-plan design and is fitted with
modern Gaggenau appliances in the kitchen and Napoli bathroom fixtures in the en-suite bathrooms. At the rear of the property is an 80ft garden, which has been created by awardwinning garden designer Laura Arison and is owned exclusively by the apartment. From £2.65m, 020 7722 9793 beauchamp.com
REGENT’S C R E S C E N T, W 1 B
Marketed as London’s only Grade I-listed new build, this striking collection of 67 apartments and nine garden villas is hidden behind a restored John Nash
façade. Beautifully designed by architecture firm PDP London and interiors studio Millier, Regent’s Crescent blends contemporary design with classic architecture and provides residents with a series of exclusive amenities – including a spa,
CLABON MEWS, SW1X
Located next to Cadogan Square, this corner house on Clabon Mews provides a quiet retreat just moments from the hearts of Chelsea and Knightsbridge. Inside, there are five double bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a large open-plan living and entertaining space. The property benefits from a large integral garage, which is big enough to house a Rolls-Royce. £5.7m, 020 7730 0822, savills.com
20m swimming pool, sauna, steam room and private cinema. Properties range in size, from two to five bedrooms, and are expected to complete in 2020. From £2.9m, regentscrescent.com
Sloane Court West, Chelsea SW3 £1,845 per week Flexible Furnishings
Clarendon Road, Notting Hill W11 £9,950 per week Furnished/Unfurnished
An exceptional first and second floor maisonette overlooking beautiful communal gardens, moments from Sloane Square.
A stunning family house located on one of Notting Hill’s most sought after streets with well laid out accommodation.
1,327 sq ft (123.3 sq m) Reception room | Kitchen/dining room | Two bedroom suites | Ample built-in storage | EPC rating D
5,465 sq ft (507.7 sq m) Reception room | Office | Kitchen/dining room | Utility room | One bedroom annexe | Five bedrooms | Dressing room | Four bathrooms | Roof terrace | Garden | Off-street parking | Gym | EPC rating D
Chelsea 020 3504 5588 | email@example.com
Notting Hill 020 3773 4114 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Paultons Square, Chelsea SW3 £3,925 per week
Stratford Road, Kensington W8 £3,250 per week
The perfect six-bedroom family house on one of King’s Road most prestigious garden squares.
An impressive and beautifully presented four-bedroom family house with off-street parking and comfort cooling in all bedrooms.
3,328 sq ft (309.2 sq m) Four reception rooms | Six bedrooms | Four bathrooms | Conservatory | Patio | Garden | Residents parking | Unfurnished | EPC rating D
2,832 sq ft (263.7 sq m) Drawing room | Sitting room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Four/five bedrooms | Three bath/shower rooms | Two cloakrooms | Utility room | Garden | Roof terrace | Off-street parking | EPC rating D
Chelsea SW10 020 3813 9185 | chelseaSW10lettings@struttandparker.com
Kensington 020 3813 9477 | email@example.com
*After an offer is accepted by the Landlord, which is subject to contract and acceptable references, the following charges and fees will be payable before the commencement of the tenancy: Preparation of Tenancy Agreement £222 (Inc VAT),
60 Offices across England and Scotland, including prime Central London.
Chelsea Park Gardens, Chelsea SW10 £4,250 per week Unfurnished
Harwood Road, Fulham SW6 £835 per week
Set behind an attractive front garden, this incredible fivebedroom family house offers amazing lateral living space due to being 31 ft wide.
A truly stunning and exceptionally decorated three double bedroom split-level maisonette with excellent entertaining space.
3,322 sq ft (308.6 sq m) Five bedrooms | Two reception rooms | Three bathrooms | Kitchen | Garden | Residents parking | EPC rating E
1,301 sq ft (120.88 sq m) Kitchen/reception room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Two further bedrooms | Bathroom | Garden | EPC rating C
Chelsea SW10 020 3813 9185 | chelseaSW10.firstname.lastname@example.org
Fulham 020 8023 6671 | email@example.com
Cranley Mansions, South Kensington SW7 £4,250 per week Furnished/Unfurnished
Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge SW1X £3,800 per week Unfurnished
A newly refurbished lateral apartment on the third floor with lift and a porter in the heart of South Kensington.
This beautifully presented house with garage is situated in this sought after mews in the heart of Knightsbridge.
2,538 sq ft (236 sq m) Two reception rooms | Eat-in kitchen | Four double bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Laundry room | Lift | EPC rating D
2,579 sq ft (239.6 sq m) Three reception rooms | Kitchen/dining room | Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms | Two further bathrooms | Two cloakrooms | Garage | EPC rating C
South Kensington 020 3504 5901 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Knightsbridge 020 3504 8796 | email@example.com
References per Tenant £54 (Inc VAT), a deposit – usually between 6-10 weeks of the agreed rent. Any rent advertised is pure rent and does not include any additional services such as council tax, water or utility charges.
Strutt & Parker is a trading style of BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory & Property Management UK Limited, which provides a full range of services across the residential, commercial and the rural property sectors.
Chester Street, Belgravia SW1X Price On Application Share of Freehold
Lansdowne Road, Notting Hill W11 £9,950,000
A well-presented three double bedroom apartment arranged over the top three floors of a grand period building in Belgravia.
A detached and beautifully presented family house with off-street parking, a garage and direct access to private communal gardens.
1,722 sq ft (160 sq m) Entrance hall | Reception room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Master bedroom suite | Two further double bedrooms | Family shower room | Balcony | EPC rating E
4,900 sq ft (455 sq m) Entrance hall | Two kitchens | Six reception rooms | Seven bedrooms | Six bathrooms | Study | Off-street parking | Garage | Garden | Communal gardens | EPC rating E
Knightsbridge 020 3504 8796 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Notting Hill 020 3773 4114 | email@example.com
De Vere Gardens, Kensington W8 £2,400,000
Eaton Row, Belgravia SW1W £3,250,000
This impressive first floor apartment with three bedrooms in this attractive period building.
This immaculate newly renovated three-bedroom mews house offers flexible accommodation behind a period façade.
1,987 sq ft (184.6 sq m) Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen | Three bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Balcony (not demised) | Lift | EPC rating C
1,393 sq ft (129.4 sq m) Sitting room | Kitchen | Master bedroom suite | Second double bedroom suite | Third double bedroom | Family bathroom | Guest cloakroom/utility room | Garage | Parking | Private mews | EPC rating D
Kensington 020 3813 9477 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Knightsbridge 020 3504 8796 | email@example.com
60 Offices across England and Scotland, including prime Central London.
Ringmer Avenue, Fulham SW6 £2,450,000
Moore Street, Chelsea SW3 £6,500,000
A fabulous and truly exceptional fully extended five-bedroom house in this highly desirable location.
A beautiful 3,288 sq ft family house, completely rebuilt in 2015 with a lovely garden close to Sloane Square.
2,617 sq ft (243.2 sq m) Double reception room | Kitchen | Three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms | Two further bedrooms | Family bathroom | Further reception room | Utility room | Cloakroom | Garden | EPC rating D
3,288 sq ft (305.5 sq m) Three reception rooms | Four bedroom suites | Further bedroom | Guest shower room | Guest cloakroom | Kitchen with terrace | Media room/snug | Utility room | Garden | Balcony | EPC rating E
Fulham 020 8023 6671 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea 020 3504 5588 | email@example.com
Clareville Grove, South Kensington SW7 £5,950,000 Freehold
Lamont Road, Chelsea SW10 £3,950,000
A grand, five/six-bedroom family house comprising 3,158 sq ft over five storeys, including landscaped flat roof.
An utterly charming family house extending to 2,140 sq ft and situated in the sought after Ten Acre Estate.
3,158 sq ft (293 sq m) Reception room | Sitting room | Kitchen/dining room | Five bedrooms | Four bathrooms | Study | Cinema/family room | Patio | Roof terrace | EPC rating D
2,140 sq ft (198.88 sq m) Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/dining room/family room | Master bedroom suite | Three further bedrooms | Two further bathrooms | Study | South-facing garden | EPC rating E
South Kensington 020 3504 5901 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea SW10 020 3813 9185 | email@example.com
Strutt & Parker is a trading style of BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory & Property Management UK Limited, which provides a full range of services across the residential, commercial and the rural property sectors.
Markham Street, Chelsea SW3
£2,750 per week Unfurnished
A stunning family home in the perfect location for those who love the trendy King’s Road and need good transport links. 2,585 sq ft (240 sq m) Entrance hall | Reception room | Dine-in kitchen | Five bedroom suites | Further bedroom | Cloakroom | Study | Store room | Two patio gardens | Roof terrace | EPC rating D
Chelsea 020 3504 5588 | firstname.lastname@example.org *After an offer is accepted by the Landlord, which is subject to contract and acceptable references, the following charges and fees will be payable before the commencement of the tenancy: Preparation of Tenancy Agreement £222 (Inc VAT),
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Rede Place, Notting Hill W2
A sensational family house with outstanding lateral living space, a gym, pool and parking. 7,665 sq ft (712.1 sq m) Entrance hall | Three reception rooms | Kitchen/dining room | Four bedroom suites | Pool | Gym | Sauna | Self-contained studio flat | Utility room | Garden | Garage | Off street parking | EPC rating B
Notting Hill 020 3773 4114 | email@example.com References per Tenant £54 (Inc VAT), a deposit – usually between 6-10 weeks of the agreed rent. Any rent advertised is pure rent and does not include any additional services such as council tax, water or utility charges.
Strutt & Parker is a trading style of BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory & Property Management UK Limited, which provides a full range of services across the residential, commercial and the rural property sectors.
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