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THE UNIQUE ITALIAN LIFESTYLE
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WINTER 2017 ISSUE no.17
DESIGN Hotel Fendi Private Suites in Rome
WINTER TIME Six highly exclusive mountain resorts
FASHION The Italian touch in sportswear by Moncler
FOOD The latest creations by Alajmo and Vissani
Fine Jewellery Bartorelli Maison
Bartorelli: the tradition of high jewellery and watches since 1882 in the most prestigious Italian locations. Brands sold in Bartorelli jewellery shops:
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Bartorelli rare and unique
The brands sold and relative assistance provided by each Bartorelli store is in accordance with the concessions agreed upon.
our years old and Wonder World Seasonal is celebrating the event with an exciting revamp. For 2017 we’re bringing you a new, even more attractive and refined graphic look along with increasingly in-depth, entertaining and authoritative content.
We’re keeping the four-season format, with winter, spring, summer and autumn issues. In fact, our magazine’s publication dates coincide with the solstices - the shortest and longest days of the year, 21 December and 21 June - and the equinoxes, when day and night at the equator are the same length, in other words 21 March and 21 September. Significant moments that mark the turning of the seasons and the renewal of the natural cycle. Four dates with exclusive stays in Italy and abroad, including an extremely high-end offer of chefs and fine food, as well as Made in Italy design, hotels and hospitality - plus, of course, subjects that are always popular with travellers, like fashion and exclusive objects. Everything you need for good living, Italian style! Happy birthday, Wonder World Seasonal. We wish everyone an exciting time! Matteo Galbiati CEO Platinum Media Lab
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LIVE THE LIFE 06-09 APRIL 2017
ONEÂ°15 MARINA CLUB, SENTOSA COVE
14 5 Questions toâ&#x20AC;Ś Federica Damiani
16 Art 20 News in brief 24 Style Suggestions
Fashion Italian touch The Moncler revolution
32 Spa hotel The Grand Spa at the Palazzo Parigi, Milan
Jet lag? No thanks!
The most beautiful Spa in the World
42 Winter time Skiing among the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exclusive mountain scenery
50 Watches Dual Appeal
54 Jewels Animalier
Being in the world A wonderful Bellavista
enjoy real hospitality
Kenya - Maldives - Mozambique - Zanzibar
Managed by PlanHotel Hospitality Group
Luxury rental Beautiful houses and exclusive yachts
The object GFase
Chef hotel JRE at the Maldives
Luxury hotel Florence Villa Cora, Florence with the view
A family affair Moscatello the land of
Italian chef Stars compared
Mise en place Luxury without rules
Make yourself comfortable
Design hotel Rome Hotel Fendi Private Suites in Rome
Design hotel Lugano A Rather Exclusive Luxury
116 Events Portofino, Middle Eastern Extravaganza
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5 questions to...
Federica Damiani, Director of Consumer Marketing for Leading Hotels of the World offers a snapshot of 5-star travellers Teresa Crespi
How have voyagers and the way they travel? The way modern travellers move around has changed a great deal, becoming more informed
and aware. Now they seek unusual experiences that cannot be found with just a click on a website. As our hotels are independent and do not form part of a large chain they understand this desire perfectly. To fulfil this they create experiences involving the culture and traditions of the region where the hotel is located. The same applies to “bleisure” travel. We are seeing a growing tendency for people to prolong business trips by a few days to discover and enjoy the destination they have travelled to for work reasons. They are often joined by their family so they can make some time to spend with their nearest and dearest. Travellers are also keen to discover new destinations that are still untouched by mass tourism.
Who is the “inquisitive traveller” revealed by LHW’s research? This year we commissioned a global-wide study that would enable us to get to know a niche market and
offer the best response to it. We call it the world of the “inquisitive traveller”, the kind of guest that The Leading Hotels of the World seeks to pamper and whose wishes we try to fulfil in the best possible way. Our survey enables us to identify a guest with a very particular set of characteristics - a traveller who is attracted by the idea of discovering new cultures, avoids the familiar and has a deep love of adventure. This means Leading Hotels is seeking out new destinations where art, culture, history and culinary philosophy form an elegant fusion that offers visitors somewhere new to explore. The journey experience is a crucial moment in the life of an inquisitive traveller - an affluent individual who enjoys most of all exploration and discovery, and who invests interest and energy in culture, culinary experiences and interaction with local people. The sort of person who avoids mass trends, seeking the cutting edge rather than the everyday. Above all, these travellers will spare no expense when it comes to creating unique memories and experiencing stories they can share with friends and family when they return home.
In a few words, the privileges offered by the Leaders Club Leaders Club is the loyalty programme for The Leading Hotels of the World, the ideal solution for inquisitive travellers. It offers personalised
services and travel benefits, like the opportunity to earn free nights and enjoy dedicated VIP tariffs (a discount of up to 20% on the Best Available Rate), room upgrades, breakfast and Wi-Fi included in price. These advantages will make stays in all of the 375 Leading Hotels throughout the world even more pleasurable. Available with joining fee. Leaders Club members want to be recognised as special guests, and our hotels are always very happy to offer them top-class treatment. The Hotel Sacher Wien (www.LHW.com/sacher), for example, is where the Sachertorte was created. This, the world’s most famous chocolate cake, is prepared using a secret recipe that dates back to 1832. On arrival, every Leaders Club member is greeted with a delicious slice, so they immediately feel welcomed and at home.
What are the favourite destinations in Italy? Italy hosts more Leading Hotels than any other country. We now have fifty-six.
The mountain destinations are doing very well, winter and summer. A search for holistic wellbeing is a constant theme and our thermal spas like the Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort and Fonteverde are the perfect choice for anyone seeking a stay with an emphasis on personal wellbeing. Italian cities of art, such as Naples, Verona and Florence, are also being rediscovered by discerning visitors.
New hotels in Italy and the world for 2017 Eight new hotels have recently joined our collection, which comprises 375 independent hotels in over 75 countries.
We will be joined by three new jewels in Italy - the Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto in Punta Ala, The Ashbee in Taormina and the Villa Cora in Florence, plus another two European entrants, the Gran Hotel Miramar in Malaga and the Belvedere Hotel on Mykonos. Over in the USA there are two new Leading Hotels in California, the Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles and the Malibu Beach Inn in Malibu, and South America, the Hotel Emiliano in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Above: Grand Hotel Miramar, Malaga
Left: Belvedere Hotel, Mykonos. Right: Emiliano Hotel, Rio de Janeiro. Below: The Ashbee Hotel, Taormina
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WORLD Marina Moioli
CY TWOMBLY This magnificent retrospective presents paintings, drawings, graphic works, photographs and sculptures by one of the most important figures in contemporary art,
an artist with a spiritual soul who lived in Italy the USA, and discovered the memory
KANDINSKY, MARC & DER BLAUE REITER
of ancient Rome in Europe.
Another unmissable exhibition brings “Der Blaue Reiter” to Switzerland. Just outside Basel, a collection of seventy paintings form the largest Kandinsky exhibition
Centre Pompidou from 30 November 2016 to 24 April 2017 www.centrepompidou.fr
of the past thirty years, starting with an iconographic interpretation of the “Der Blaue Reiter” almanac, edited by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Beyeler Foundation until 22 January 2017 www.fondationbeyeler.ch
PICASSO SCULPTURES Held in the Musee des Beaux Arts, this exhibitionevent is dedicated to Picasso the sculptor. Sixty or so of his sculptural works express the creative energy of an artist who never ceased to innovate,
using a variety of materials and techniques.
The world’s largest art and antiques fair
market is a must for dealers, experts,
until 5 March 2017
art critics, collectors and enthusiasts.
MECC Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre from 10 to 19 March 2017
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG Large crowds are expected for the first retrospective to be dedicated to this American painter and photographer to be held after his death in 2008. Alongside Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg laid the foundations for Pop Art, then moved on to Abstract Expressionism. His artistic exploration was not limited to painting, and he introduced material elements, objects and even stuffed animals into his work, creating the fusion between these media and painting that he is so well-known for. Tate Gallery from December 2016 to 2 April 2017 www.tate.org.uk
HIGHLIGHTS 2017 MUST-SEE EXHIBITIONS FROM HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND CARAVAGGIO TO FRIDA KAHLO, ALBRECHT DÜRER AND SALVADOR DALÌ From Milan to Rome via Bologna and other Italian cities - the programme of events and exhibitions in Italy for 2017is already packed. Here are some examples with the emphasis on art - Milan’s Palazzo Reale (palazzorealemilano. it) is hosting a Caravaggio exhibition, as well as others dedicated to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Albrecht Dürer and Salvador Dalì. The Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome (palazzoesposizioni. it) is the destination for the art of Georg Baselitz, while Eroi (Heroes) is an exhibition focusing on the artist, born in Saxony in 1938 and trained in the former German Democratic Republic (from 4 March to 18 June). Artemisia Gentileschi takes centre stage at the Palazzo Braschi (museodiroma.it) until May, and Bologna hosts masterpieces by the great Frida Kahlo until 26 March 2017 in La Collezione Gelman: Mexican Art of the 20th Century at the Palazzo Albergati. The exhibition includes works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and other Mexican artists. 18
Alba FUTUR BALLA The spectacular retrospective dedicated to Giacomo Balla (1871-1958), one of the artists who signed the Futurist Manifesto, looks back over his entire output, from Divisionism to Plastic Dynamism, from the 1930s and 40s to the return of figurative art. In other words, the 20th century in colour. Fondazione Ferrero Until 27 February 2017 www.fondazioneferrero.it
Work in progress SARA FORTE SILICON=PURE ART We saw her work at the Stelline di Milano and the Cascina Roma di San Donato immediately afterwards, but the timetable for 2017 is still a work in progress. The
self-taught Piedmontese artist Sara Forte has captivated audiences with her elegant pieces. She works in an unusual medium, replacing canvas with the silicon discs used in hi-tech equipment. She is perhaps the only artist in the world to have thought of this and experimented with it. These paintings are accompanied by sculptures in Murano silicon glass, blending pictorial tradition and innovation to create her artistic hallmark.
VERMEER - THE LUTE PLAYER “The Lute Player”, a mature masterpiece by Jan Vermeer, the master from Delft, comes to Naples
WARHOL POP SOCIETY
as part of an exchange with the New York Met,
The icons, portraits, drawings, his relationship
its permanent home. The musician is depicted
with Italy, communications and advertising - six
in the act of tuning her instrument, and is looking
themes for an exhibition investigating one of
out through the window. She is joined by similar
the 20th century’s most talented and innovative
paintings of the time by Neapolitan artists,
artists. The 170 works include the celebrated
investigating the influences and links between
silkscreen portraits of Marilyn Monroe.
Flemish and Neapolitan art.
Palazzo Ducale Appartamento del Doge
Museo di Capodimonte
Until 26 February 2017
From 21 November to 9 February 2017
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news in brief
PARADISE, ITALIAN STYLE Baglioni Hotels arrives in the Maldives with a remarkable resort, the perfect destination for an unforgettable stay with a unique Italian hospitality. It is set to open in early 2017. Baglioni Resort Maldives, on the island of Maagau in the Dhaalu Atoll, a forty-minute seaplane journey from MalĂ¨, is surrounded by tropical beauty and boasts a full range of facilities, including the Garden Spa, dive center and suggestive restaurants. The ninety-six villas looking onto a luxuriant garden or directly out over the Indian Ocean are designed to provide a perfect combination of aesthetics, functionality and respect for the environment. A special emphasis on fine dining is embodied by four structures created to respond to the demands of the most refined guests. Not forgetting the natural treatments offered by the Garden Spa immersed in the luxuriant vegetation, enabling guests to live their leisure time in a different way every day. www.baglionihotels.com
A CHEF ON STAGE Naplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new multisensory cinema at via Francesco Crispi, 33 is a Wine&Thecity project in collaboration with HART Cinema Food Music. On the programme are short films, cinema and gastronomy, faces, images, talks, stories and fine wines - an unusual list of food and entertainment events on until 23 March 2017, one Thursday a month from 20:30 to 22:00. The evenings open with the screening of a short film, then the lights go up to reveal a chef on stage, complete with cooking station. The Michelin-starred chef gets to work with the live preparation of a dish to be served to the audience, accompanied by a high-class wine. The chef will be accompanied by an actor, a writer and an artist presenting a dialogue-performance for several voices. An evening of readings, improv, music and words, dishes to enjoy and flavours to recount. www.wineandthecity.it 20
JEWELS OF THE HOTEL WORLD The Leading Hotels of the World announces the recent addition of a further seven hotels to its collection of over 375 exclusive establishments. In spectacular locations like the shores of Lake Como or the lively Chilean city of Santiago, every hotel reflects the character of its surroundings and offers open-minded guests an exciting selection of cultural experiences. There are two in Italy, the Sereno Lago di Como and the Portrait in Rome. One, an elegant, intimate refuge on the shores of the lake, created by architect and interior designer Patricia Urquiola, is the first and only new hotel to be opened here for decades. Thirty suites with lake-view terrace, infinity swimming pool and illustrious chef Andrea Bertonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant Berton Al Lago. The other, in the capital, a few minutes from the Piazza di Spagna, is an elegant private home owned by the Ferragamo family, with fourteen studios and suites. Pictures of 1950s Rome, drawings, sketches and original shoes commissioned by famous actresses from Salvatore Ferragamo add further interest and appeal to the spaces. www.lhw.com
LONGO PALMARINI ARCHITECTURE & PARTNERS FOR SIX SENSES Giovanni Longo and Alessandro Palmarini are 47 year old architects from Milan. They have been friends as long as they can remember and partners for years, specialising in bespoke projects. Their portfolio includes the Spa at the Six Senses Residences in Courchevel, just completed for Promocour 1850 and Cain Hoy, winner in the best residential development category of the Five Star Award - International Property Award 2016. This architectural project blends spaces featuring innovative use of select natural materials, creating a dialogue with the natural world outside and welcoming visitors into a warm, regenerating interior. The project is sure to become a reference point for wellbeing treatments in the Alpine landscape. www.lparchitecture.it
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RECORD NUMBER OF BRANDS CHOOSE SINGAPORE YACHT SHOW 2017 TO DEBUT YACHTS The seventh instalment of Asia’s premier boat show promises to impress! Excitement is building in the run-up to the seventh edition of the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS), held at ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove from 6-9 April 2017. Meanwhile the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) will take place from 15-18 December 2016 in Phuket’s Ao Po Grand Marina. The Singapore event is South East Asia’s leading yacht and luxury show, featuring many exciting debuts and an extensive lineup of prestigious builders and brokers, with an increasing emphasis on catamarans. SYS 2017 is also a lifestyle destination - food outlets, a beer garden, supercar parades, fashion shows and the on-water Demonstration Platform will provide lots of entertainment for visitors. All in all, a wonderful opportunity for regional guests to meet yachting professionals, boat owners, and supercar aficionados, as well as enjoy enviable range of prestige products and brands.
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Suggestions Beatrice Galbiati
Nuances of colour from marron glacĂ¨ to caramel, passing through lace and crystals
1. Cashmere and silk for the dramatic CarrĂŠ 100 Grrrr! by HermĂ¨s 2. A cascade of total white light for crystal necklaces by Giuseppe Zanotti Design 3. The wonderfully delicate la Perla shirt is in Leavers lace. 3. The essence of a Moorer garment combines the functionality of a technical garment with the harmony of urban style, never compromising on elegance and practicality. 4. The McKenna is a calfskin platform moccasin with wooden heel, from the Michael Kors Collection 5. A contemporary, more urban take on the classic overnight bag, now 3
transformed into what is almost a shopper, the caramel-coloured 6. Serapian bag combines smooth and cashmere calfskin.
7. The result of a special collaboration between Michael Kors and Fujifilm, the Scout camera bag by MICHAEL Michael Kors in classic colour leather and with swappable strap, for the Fujifilm camera.
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Playing between one journey and the next, never losing track of time
1. Lovely bees and stars adorn the dial of the automatic G-Timeless watch by Gucci Timepieces & Jewellery, with a single heart at seven o’clock. 2. Loro
Piana’s sumptuous hand-inlaid lime wood games box contains everything a card-playing enthusiast will need. 3. Soft colours and total sober elegance
for the jacket by Corneliani. 4. Worn by Steve McQueen on and off the set, the PO714 sunglasses became an icon of the Persol brand. 5. From Loro Piana, the men’s baby cashmere dolcevita style sweater with a honeycomb pattern body and sleeves in the same stitch, but reversed. 6. Hi-tech materials like aluminium and polycarbonate for Multiwheel, the suitcase by Rimowa. Maximum practicality in a simple, intelligent luggage system.
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Sportswear meets glamour Beatrice Galbiati
The Moncler Revolution
emo Ruffini took the helm of Masion Moncler as CEO and President in 2003, after recognising the appeal and potential of luxury sportswear, especially the puffer jacket, the iconic Moncler garment. The company began to
produce collections that have become signature items across the generations, not just the young, achieving a dazzling success almost instantly, throughout the world. It has opened monobrand boutiques in the world’s most prestigious shopping streets, consolidating the brand’s positioning in the greatest department stores and luxury multibrands and celebrating the Moncler World with legendary advertising campaign, shot by the world’s renowned photographers. Remo Ruffini has revolutionised the much-loved puffer, inverting its function, transforming the technical garment into an item of for display, conferring elegance at high altitudes but also to be worn with laid-back poise, coordinating with bewitching formal garments. And now the evolution of luxury sportswear and outerwear, such an important element in the Moncler Dna, has found a new couture expression in the Moncler Gamme Rouge collection designed by Giambattista Valli. The Moncler Gamme Rouge AW 16/17 collection that featured in the Paris runway shows in the striking Salon d’Honneur of the Grand Palais is a celebration of Italy’s most beautiful Alpine landscapes, an elegant homage to the entire Alto Adige region, from Tyrol to the Dolomites. Powerful and surprising, the collection combines the stylistic codes of precious sportswear with couture shapes and details.
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It offers delicate, refined creations where femininity is emphasised by the extensive use of white, complementing plumage, crystal, wool, lace and fur, contrasting with knits and tweed, colourful embroidery and inserts. The overall effect evokes the Tyrol and the Alpine landscapes. Moncler “O” creates another innovative scenario with the Men’s Special FW 16/17 collection for a man who is decidedly out of the ordinary. The collection is enhanced by influences from a variety of aesthetic codes, a new hybrid of fashion and streetwear, revitalised by innovative materials like technical nylon or using cutting edge techniques - with the denim, for example - featured in the collection in genuine waterproofed Japanese fabric, thanks to an exclusive Moncler process, or as a print. Creativity is the driving force for Moncler Enfant, a parallel world where imagination reigns supreme, clothing babies and juniors with a dazzling variety of materials, alongside unisex creations like the baby carriers, snowsuits and technical jackets. www.moncler.com 30
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The Grand Spa at the Palazzo Parigi Antonella Euli
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spa, a wellbeing centre designed as an exotic oasis inside a five-star luxury hotel. An opportunity to recharge your batteries in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from Milan’s famous fashion district. The Grand Spa is the brainchild of architect Paola Giambelli, head of management at the Palazzo Parigi, who says: “Wellbeing underlies everything we do, and every detail reflects this, starting with the
decorations in the communal area and treatment rooms. We’re proud that our Spa is the largest in the centre of Milan, and is flooded with natural light. For us, wellbeing means providing guests with surroundings that recall holiday destinations, facilities where we can offer a choice of natural and more technical treatments”. This magical place also features the OASIS, a health bar and restaurant for light, healthy nourishment, plus a large fitness area where guests can use the latest generation Technogym equipment or work with qualified personal trainers in the private room, also natural and with a garden view. With its delicate Moorish-inspired architecture, the Palazzo Parigi’s Grand Spa - reminiscent of a tranquil Riad - is associated with Valmont, the exclusive Swiss beauty brand, offering guests and all Milanese a unique holistic retreat, a journey of the senses that begins, even before the treatments, in exotic surroundings among selected works of art, furniture, precious materials and distinctive architectural details. The mosaic-lined swimming pool is located on a spacious terrace with a view of the magnificent private garden, making it possible to relax in the open air all year round. The palm-studded central patio provides an pleasing view of the relaxation room and the Oasis, health bar and restaurant. The wellbeing offer includes a Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi, emotional shower and ice fountains. The seven themed treatment rooms are all different, creating a profound sensory experience in a series of exotic settings with the atmosphere of Morocco, India, Sweden, Polynesia, Bali and China. And in the pink marble Royal Hammam Privé, guests can enjoy the most sumptuous Moroccan beauty rituals. The presence and supervision of a Moroccan aesthetician and therapist, plus the use of authentic organic products from that region of Africa, ensures that these rituals are carried out in the most traditional, correct way. The treatments range from a black soap scrub to a delicate argan oil massage, providing unprecedented levels of relaxation and leaving the skin wonderfully soft. www.palazzoparigi.com
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Jet lag? No thanks! Beatrice Galbiati
2 1. Oxygen Gel Cream is a purifying gel cream with active oxygen for an intense cleansing, 1
oxygenating and moisturising effect that restores radiance and vitality to dull, tired skin. Keep it ready in your handbag all through the day. Natura BissĂŠ 2. The perfect way to recharge your batteries and restore your skin â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s natural vigour after sleepless nights or the effects of jet lag, Botanical D-Tox is an
intensive night-time detoxifying treatment. Sisley Paris 3. Booster Energy is a beauty treatment with ginseng to tone and re-energise tired skin, smoothing out signs of fatigue and restoring health and colour to the complexion. An indispensable travel companion for longer journeys. Clarins 4. THIO-C is a booster packed with pure avocado oil energy for lustrous skin while travelling. To use morning and evening, the 3ml bottle is perfect for in-flight face care. Bakel
The Most beautiful Spa in the World Antonella Euli
n Italian winner in the 2016 World SPA & Wellness Awards - the wellbeing Oscars - presented every year in London, where the Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda was nominated best Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination. The lake’s largest 5-star luxury resort covers eleven hectares of parkland among rolling hills and natural terraces studded with olive trees and woods,
providing a panoramic view of the entire lake. The resort, the jewel in the Lefay Resorts Collection crown, is a partner in the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Healing Hotels of the World, Virtuoso and Kiwi Collection networks. An illustrious example of the Italian hotel sector’s incredibly high quality standards, the resort - located on the enchanting Riviera dei Limoni, just above the ancient village of Gargnano - has already garnered a number of accolades. The highly sought-after title of best Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination was awarded in recognition of the unique nature of the Lefay SPA Method treatments, the eco-sustainable policy expressed by every aspect of the resort and its commitment to the training and professional growth of SPA staff, who attend around 2,000 hours of courses a year. Lefay SPA’s aim is to promote wellbeing in the sense of harmony of the mind, spirit and environment. It achieves this through constant innovation and cutting edge treatments like Energy-Based Aesthetic Medicine. The La Grande Limonaia restaurant, too, has won widespread recognition. It has been awarded Two Fork status by the Guida Ristoranti d’Italia Gambero Rosso and won the special “Gusto & Salute” prize awarded for highlighting the local flavours and sustainable cuisine. It also features in the Guida Ristoranti d’Italia 2017 L’Espresso and holds the “Primo Cappello” prize, affirming its status as one of Italy’s culinary centres of excellence. www.lefayresorts.com
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“There are vineyards and olive woods and lemon gardens on the hill at the back. There is a lovely little square where the Italians gossip and fishermen pull up their boats, everything is too nice for words – not a bit touristy – quite simply an Italian common village.” D. H. Lawrence, from a letter to Edward Garrett, 16th September 1912
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Skiing among the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exclusive
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ALPINA DOLOMITES GARDENA HEALTH LODGE & SPA, ALPE DI SIUSI, ITALY In a panoramic location at Alpe di Siusi, set against the stunning backdrop of the Dolomite mountains, the Alpina Dolomites offers refined hospitality, impeccable service and outstanding comfort. The lodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bright, spacious interiors and exteriors are built in line with ecological standards, and blend beautifully with the magnificent surrounding landscape. Local materials with natural colours like stone and wood create a harmonious design. The rooms and suites provide a spectacular view. In the spacious spa and fitness and wellbeing area everything is designed to achieve holistic wellbeing and recharge the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vital energy. The excellent cuisine in the Mountain Restaurant & Stuben is based on the use of mainly local products that can please even the most demanding palates. www.LHW.com/alpinadolomites
HOTEL LA PERLA, CORVARA IN BADIA, ITALY The story of the La Perla hotel began when Ernesto Costa, a ski instructor and plumber born in 1931, built a residence with six bedrooms and decided to begin his adventure in the hotel sector in 1957 when tourism had not become a reliable source of income in the Dolomites. Nowadays the La Perla is one of the region’s most famous hotels and the Costa family welcomes visitors to the welcoming rooms and charming Stuben dining nooks, including the one Michelin star restaurant Stüa de Michil, which places great emphasis on the use of seasonal and local products. The candlelit wood-panelled dining room is decorated with antiques and original works of art. The intimate atmosphere is perfect for chef Laera’s menu, based on organic, fairtrade and local products. This blend of hospitality and modernity is also reflected by the rooms, with their brightly-coloured fabrics, warm wood furnishings and a view of the magnificent Dolomite peaks. www.LHW.com/laperla
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L’APOGÉE COURCHEVEL, COURCHEVEL, FRANCE This elegant chalet with its warm, family atmosphere, a place for guests to spend delightful holidays on the snows in the heart of the French Alps, is part of the Oetker Collection, the world’s most refined selection of masterpiece hotels, and every property embodies the finest traditions of prestigious European hospitality, sharing the highest standards of service, an extraordinary location and profound attention to detail. Two kilometres from the Les 3 Vallées ski resort and 25 km from Moûtiers, L’Apogée offers direct, private access to the pistes, a fully equipped ski room and free Wi-Fi. The fifty-five rooms are furnished in a contemporary style and boast marble bathrooms with separate bath and shower, while the suites also offer a lounge area and look out onto the mountains. L’Apogée provides you with an elegant smoking room, hair stylist, luxury shops, Courchevel’s largest miniclub and a wellbeing centre with Spa Sisley, five treatment rooms, sauna, hydromassage pool and indoor swimming pool. www.lapogeecourchevel.com 46
HÔTEL LE K2 PALACE, COURCHEVEL, FRANCE The Hôtel Le K2 Palace is really a village, with a main building and adjoining villas, nestling in the mountains and perfectly integrated into their setting. The K2 Palace occupies a privileged position near the centre of Courchevel 1850, but still offers exceptional privacy as well as access to the pistes. The hotel and the five suite-chalets are situated along the slopes and look out onto the valley, providing incredible panoramic views. They also offer the intimacy of a private residence and impeccable service. Jean-Rémi Caillon and his team invite guests to enjoy the festival of flavours in the one Michelin Star Le Kintessence restaurant. Connoisseurs of fine spirits and cigars will love the elegant Winston Klub. www.LHW.com/lek2courchevel
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THE ALPINA GSTAAD, GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND A member of the independent hotel brand â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preferred Hotels & Resortsâ&#x20AC;? Legend Collection, this discreet, elegant hotel offers guests the opportunity to slow down, savour refined wines and delicious food, concentrate on their wellbeing and rediscovering their youthful selves, being close to nature and accumulating memories of a unique valley that is full of warmth, spirit and charm. Built in the style of a luxurious private chalet, the spaces are a pleasing mix of tradition and contemporary appeal, like the lively culture of Saanenland. The hotel offers a scenic view over Gstaad and the magnificent Bernese Alps from all its restaurants, lounges, terraces and fifty-six rooms and suites with spacious balconies. www.thealpinagstaad.ch
THURNHER’S ALPENHOF, ZÜRS AM ARLBERG, AUSTRIA The Thurnher’s Alpenhof, a pearl of hospitality hidden among the Austrian Alps, combines a cosmopolitan chic with a welcoming charm. The proprietors’ warmth is reflected by the personal attention lavished on each guest. All the spacious rooms and suites are equipped with a hydromassage pool or fireplace, and offer a spectacular view of the mountains. The afternoon tea with home-made Austrian pastries is served in a warm, hospitable setting. The spa with completely new design, exclusive boutique, panoramic roof terrace, gourmet restaurant and fashionable cafe will cater to every desire. The hotel provides a ski instructor for no charge and direct access to the Zürs pistes, which include slopes suitable for all levels of ability. www.LHW.com/thurnhersalp
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Dual appeal Paolo De Vecchi
Although classic watchmaking is a notoriously male domain, many companies are developing lovely creations specially for women, and the trend that sees women wear menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s models is becoming increasingly popular
The French House’s watchmaking style has been well-received since the early 1900s, and stands out for its distinctive “shaped” cases, shunning the circular form. This philosophy is now embodied by the men’s watch Drive, with a rose gold, cushion-shaped case, and the women’s Hypnose model, an oval design in white gold with diamonds.
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The Nautilus model celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016, an event that also marked the origins of an innovative collection of luxury sports watches. The event is marked by a limited edition of menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watches in platinum, accompanied by a feminine version, Aquanaut, in steel and diamonds.
Featuring the warm tones of rose gold, waterproof, automatic and with chronometer certification, both have a 40 mm case and can be worn by men and women alike. Day and date for the Day-Date model and graduated revolving bezel with dive time for the new Yacht-Master.
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ANIMALIER Beatrice Galbiati
1. Siberian Tigers is a limited edition bracelet in rose gold with white diamonds and pink sapphires. Roberto Coin 2. The snake rings from the Le MarchĂ¨ des Merveilles collection with diamonds, tourmalines, topazes, sapphires and skilful engraving for the rose gold version. Gucci Jewellery 3. A shell brooch in yellow and white diamonds, sapphires, yellow gold and platinum. Tiffany & Co. 4. An oversized but exceptionally light example, the Collana Jungle Blu Parrot is made entirely by hand with burnished silver and vivid plumage. Giovanni Raspini 54
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Bellavista and Contadi Castaldi in Franciacorta, Petra and Tenuta La Badiola in Tuscany: Francesca Moretti takes over Terra Moretti winemaking, one of Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious brands
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he took over from her father Vittorio, current President of the Consorzio Vini Franciacorta, a successful entrepreneur from Brescia, founder of a large holding company with interests in construction, wine production, hotels (the Albereta Relais&Chateau in Erbusco and Andana in Castiglione della Pescaia luxury resorts)
and Maxi Dolphin yachtbuilders. With a degree in winemaking and a boundless passion for nature she was the natural choice to run the family’s winemaking concern (producing around three million bottles a year), while her elder sister Carmen is CEO of the Hotel division and younger sister Valentina is vice president of the Construction sector. Aged 42, married with two kids, a native of Franciacorta by birth and by choice, Francesca lives in Erbusco on the vineyard-clothed hill of Bellavista, near Albereta (an exclusive resort among the vines) and the prestigious estate that bears its name, founded forty years ago by her father Vittorio. Proclaimed “Cellar of the Year” by the Gambero Rosso 2017 guide, Bellavista is one of the largest estates that have helped make the hillsides of Franciacorta, in the heart of the Lombardy region, Italy’s most prestigious Metodo Classico wine-producing regions. These enchanting slopes with a sweeping view of Lake Iseo are the very essence of Franciacorta, a region of natural and artistic beauty, hospitality and a wonderful gastronomic tradition. It’s a land where quality lies in the soil, a cradle of prestigious wines appreciated by connoisseurs visiting from other parts of Italy and abroad. In Francesca’s words, “This land is where my roots are, and it’s where I imagine my children’s future lies. My father and I still feel moved when on certain days we look out from the Bellavista hill over the countryside that surrounds us, and experience once again its wonders and natural harmony”.
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The future. It takes great commitment to lead a winemaking group that aims to achieve a 34.8% increase in output by 2018, and many plans. Francesca goes on to say, “We’re concentrating on time. The time the vines remain in the ground - we cultivate the vines to give them a longer life, make them healthier and natural - and the time the wine ages in the barrels that makes the wines of Bellavista increasingly elegant and complex, reflecting an Italian concept of harmony that we believe is an identifying factor that we can build our future on. There’s also the time devoted to clients and consumers - we are seeking to bind them more and more tightly to the company through initiatives and experiences like the Bellavista Open Day, which give enthusiasts an intimate encounter with the estate’s values”. 60
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Luxury tasting Some passions make special objects indispensable - like these exclusive, lovely creations for those who consider wine to be one of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great pleasures Marta Bernasconi
1. The Moore drinks cabinet by Giorgetti in black walnut has a maple interior designed for glasses, bottles and cocktail sets. 2. The pair of Kiss the Wind stoppers by De Vecchi are made of cork and 925 silver. 3. For true enthusiasts, WineOLED is a lamp that illuminates wineglasses, highlighting every nuance in the wine’s colour and intensity. Developed by Deslabs, it is made of HI-MACS® acrylic stone with OLED lighting. 4. The new decanter from Riedel is called Ayam, after the world’s most exclusive breed of chicken. Its shape allows optimal oxygenation of the wine. 5. SPARKLING WINE/ CHAMPAGNE CASE The sparkling wine/Champagne case in Rimowa’s Gourmet collection is made of aluminium with a foam lining to provide maximum protection for wine or Champagne bottles, even when travelling.
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A Palace in the Heart of Rome Two offers from Italy Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty - two dream residences, one in the heart of Rome, the other in the Chianti hills 64
here are many reasons why demanding travellers very often prefer to stay in a private - most of all because here they can spend time away from prying eyes. For those wishing to
make the most of their visit to the Eternal City, Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers a sophisticated palace at ghetto, a historic residence that boasts an over two-thousand year history, also available for extended periods. St Ambrogio, later to become patron saint of Milan, lived here. During its life the palace has been a pagan temple, home to an aristocratic Roman family, monastery, and archive for the Italian Secret Service, and it is now a luxury residence in the centre of Rome where VIPs and celebrities stay when they visit the city. The building covers an area of 969sqm laid out over seven stories with lift, comprising a spacious 130 sqm lounge with view of the city, dining room, study and a large kitchen. The six bedrooms have a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom featuring hydromassage tubs, plus a spa area with swimming pool, Turkish bath and gym. The extensive service area comprises two bedrooms, bathroom and laundry. The offer is completed by a spectacular terrace of around 100 sqm, two independent parking spaces, cellar, alarm system, video surveillance and centralised climate control. www.milan-sothebysrealty.com
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e are in Tuscany, in a magnificent old farmhouse with tower, deep in the heart of the Chianti region. This imposing property covers a total area of 850 sqm
and is laid out on three floors. On the ground floor are the main entrance, the large, well-equipped kitchen, a living area, two more rooms and two bathrooms. Next to the main building is a small annexe with gym, and there are eight rooms and four bathrooms on the first floor. The most spectacular plus, though, is in the tower on the second floor, the location of a studio with ensuite bathroom. The farmhouse is surrounded by a large, luxuriant 2,000 sqm garden with a lovely swimming pool and a number of relaxation areas. www.milan-sothebysrealty.com
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Sailing in style
he OKTO superyacht was designed for unforgettable cruises. The yacht, with its metallic-finish black steel hull
and silvered aluminium superstructure, was built by ISA Yachts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now the longest ever built by the yard, and was constructed to a design by Andrea Vallicelli. The interiors are by the Alberto Pinto studio. Its 66.4 metre length enables the OKTO to host up to twelve passengers and seventeen crew. Two CATERPILLAR 3512 C engines generate 1765 KW @ 1800, powering OKTO to a top speed of 18.5 knots and a cruising speed of 16.5 knots in total comfort. For charter enquiries visit www.floatinglife.com
Exceptional at every level
race E, the new 73m Picchiotti motor yacht and the third motor yacht of the VitruviusÂŽ series sold
by Perini Navi Group, has achieved excellent results in all of the tests scheduled for her sea trails. Tests on her Dynamic Positioning system have confirmed that the yacht can maintain her position on the water even in rough conditions. Ideal for cruising on the high seas, Grace E has exterior spaces spread over five decks. The upper deck, or Wellness Deck, is entirely dedicated to care of the person and wellness with a gym, sauna and hydrotherapy equipment.
The interiors, designed by Remi Tessier, are elegant with strong contemporary accents. For more information visit www.floatinglife.com
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Nome della Rosa champagne straw collection Teresa Crespi
GFase, a brand of fashion jewellery made using 925 sterling silver and semi-precious stones, was born from an idea by Eva Maria Solntseva, a Russian designer who now lives in Florence, the archetypal city of art
Fase: in Latin, the letter G stands for the Creator, and in Greek gamma is the first letter of geometry, the most ancient
science, while the Italian word “fase” means epoch, past, present and future. Every GFase piece is inspired by a theme and embodies a symbol - a story, a fragment of a legend or fairytale. It is a harmonious fusion of past and present, tradition and innovation, and represents a variety of cultures and different lifestyles. All GFase jewels feature elements of Art Nouveau, Oriental motifs and echoes of symbols, and some of them can be worn by men or women - like the “Nome della Rosa” champagne straw collection, a homage to Umberto Eco’s best-selling novel “The Name of the Rose”. This bronzed, burnished 925 silver straw is adorned with a laser cut floral arabesque. One simple action joins the two sections, and the straw is ready for its owner to sip his or her favourite Champagne. Snug in its elegant leather case, it can be carried in a clutch bag or jacket pocket. www.gfase.com
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Dining with the Stars Teresa Crespi
Forty-nine star Jeunes Restaurateurs chefs bring their culinary art to the enchanting tropical location of Diamonds Hotels & Resorts. Now the Diamonds Athuruga and Diamonds Thudufushi in the Maldives are joined by the Diamonds Star of the East in Zanzibar 72
Ernesto Iaccarino, President of Jeunes Restaurateurs dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Europe, gives an enthusiastic welcome to an initiative that brings prestige to the entire assocation
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he third edition of “Dining With the Stars”, the gourmet event that brings together the star chefs of the Jeunes Restaurateurs in the most exclusive kitchens of the
Planhotel Hospitality Group’s Diamonds Hotels & Resorts, promises to introduce a wealth of new features. After the success of 2015 and 2016, the group has renewed and widened its partnership with the association of talented young individuals, all of whom share a passion for their work and a philosophy that combines creativity and skilful preparation based on tradition and local products. This time guests’ palates will be pampered not only by Italian chefs - members of the JRE from all over Europe will be coming to present their unique dishes in this enchanting location, creating a unique sensory experience. The growing reach of Dining with the Stars has also extended the list of resorts involved to include the Diamonds Athuruga and Diamonds Thudufushi in the Maldives. Now they are joined by the Diamonds Star of the East, one of the most exclusive resorts
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on the island of Zanzibar and the pride of the Diamonds
of their skills. The real culinary spectacle takes place with
Hotels & Resorts, a brand owned by Planhotel Hospitality
the “gala dinner”, an exclusive six-course gourmet dinner
Group, affiliated to the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of
served in the setting of the lovely Over Water Restaurants
The World chain. Ernesto Iaccarino, President of Jeunes
of Athuruga and Thudufushi, and Ocean Blue Restaurant of
Restaurateurs d’Europe, says that “Everyone in the association
Zanzibar. Finally, committed foodies will be given the chance
has greeted the initiative with great enthusiasm. Being able
to join the weekly cookery classes, where the JRE chefs will
to present yourself in Diamonds Hotels & Resorts’ dream
reveal recipes and secrets from their own kitchens. “The
destinations in the Maldives and on Zanzibar is a wonderful
Dining with the Stars initiative is inspired by the Planhotel
opportunity. Every week from the beginning of January to
philosophy, which seeks to make every holiday an exciting
the end of April, forty-nine chefs from the JRE will create
journey packed with unique, memorable experiences”, says
the a la carte menu at the three resorts, tempting guests
Sara Rosso, president and CEO of the Planhotel Hospitality
with a variety of signature dishes. On arrival each chef will
Group. “We are pleased and honoured to continue our
feature in a cookery demonstration held in the laid-back
collaboration with the young talents of the JRE and see it
atmosphere of the Buffet Restaurants, giving a foretaste
grow, thanks to the great success of the first two editions”.
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Florence with a View Teresa Crespi
Villa Cora, a late 19th century aristocratic residence situated in an ancient park overlooking the Boboli Garden in Florence, is now an exclusive hotel for a, few select guests
illa Cora, built in the late 19th century by the architect Pietro Comparini for baron Oppenheim reflects the stylistic trends of the period, dominated by a decorative eclecticism that enriches the residence with a variety of artistic styles, some of which are frankly bizarre. Completed when Florence was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, it has become one the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest
cultural and social icons. After many changes of ownership, Villa Cora was transformed into an exclusive Grand Hotel in the late 1960s and after a careful restoration it re-opened in late 2010, and in 2013 it joined the ranks of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux association. Its forty-five rooms and suites in the main villa and two adjoining annexes retain the period architectural style. There are twenty-nine rooms and suites in the main residence, spread across four floors, in four styles. The first features original frescoes, the second is dedicated to the former empress Eugenie and her beloved roses, the third takes a Moorish, orientally-influenced approach and the last floor is the location of room 401, a junior suite inspired by 1950s America, served by a private lift. Near the main residence is the Villino Eugenia with fourteen rooms overlooking the outdoor pool and the Bobolino Gardens. The Villinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ground floor also hosts the BenĂ¨ spa, linked to the main building
by a tunnel. It includes a tepidarium with relaxation area, a small gym, sauna, hammam and three spacious private cabins. One of these is for massages as a couple, while the other has a balneotherapy pool. The spa takes great pride in its prestigious cosmetic partners. Facial care is provided by made to measure products by Sarah Chapman, a highly-respected London-based beautician, while body treatments are provided by the famous Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica of Santa Maria Novella. The fitness offer concludes with the opportunity to restore energy and equilibrium with individual Pilates and Yoga lessons under the guidance of a dedicated personal trainer, plus a healthy menu designed by the chef and personalised in line with the spa programmes. Finally Le Follie, a small outbuilding on the edge of the gardens, hosts a unique residential solution that provides guests with total privacy. Gastronomic excellence is ensured by an a-la-carte menu personally selected by Executive Chef Alessandro Liberatore. This constantly-changing selection is based solely on seasonal products, mainly sourced from local providers. A passion for a simple style of cooking, an approach that identifies real luxury with an almost obsessive emphasis on prime quality ingredients and a commitment to rediscovering the authentic flavours of Italian tradition combine to create a unique culinary experience at the two Villa Cora restaurants. www.LHW.com/villacora
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a family affair From left, Carlo, Ferruccio, Filippo, Gioia e Federico
Moscatello the Land of Wonders Donata Sartorio
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y combining characters from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the key ideas from Italo Calvino’s “Six Memos for the Next Millennium” (lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity and coherence) and the hundred brilliant, sincere stories written in what his children called “Dad’s notebook” by the great Carlo Marchi, hydraulic engineer,
enlightened entrepreneur and above all “creator” of the Moscatello estate, we can understand how and why this unique, entrancing location came into being. Carlo Marchi had his first brush with fame in 1951 at the age of only twenty-one, when he was immortalised in Ruth Orkin’s photo “American Girl in Italy”, which was to become the second most famous photographic image in the world, after Robert Doisneau’s “The Kiss by the Hotel de Ville”. With his mop of blond hair, laid-back expression and loafers worn without socks, as he straddles his Lambretta, he presents a striking example of the good-looking Italian boy who would always wolf-whistle an attractive woman as she passed by. He graduated in hydraulic engineering at the University of Pisa. In 1958, after countless adventures with much more famous friends in the USA and elsewhere, including Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, he eventually met the woman of his life Gioia Falck. In 1963 the engineer inherited a “small” estate that he felt great
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a family affair Experiencing Moscatello today To share the Moscatello experience with enthusiastic visitors to the Maremma from all over the world, the Marchi brothers have converted La Vigna and Il Serratone properties into guest accommodations. Architect Bernardo Tori and interior decorator Barbara Frua have transformed the two buildings, which host up to thirty-three guests, in magical locations, where they can enjoy unforgettable stays 365 days a year. The facilities include a sauna in an old grain store, horse riding, exclusive wellbeing treatments and the opportunity to visit the ruins of the Pia dei Tolomei castle, mentioned by Dante Alighieri
affection for, part of the extensive holdings owned by his uncles. The land held significant deposits of pyrites, crucial to their industrial operations but impossible to exploit on a large scale. For years, he tried his hand unsuccessfully - at agriculture. As it yielded no returns the farm became known as “La Mantenuta” (kept woman..) so he decided to indulge the passion of his three sons - he named it “Moscatello”, and using special equipment he ploughed through rocks and stones to create a picturesque private golf course. The record for the nine-hole course is now held by the Duke of York. Players can enjoy the emerald greens and surrounding maquis, with a lagoon that is home to many water fowls. The estate also boasts a stable and an obstacle course bordering the wood. Over the years, Carlo spend increasingly long periods of time here among family and his many dear friends. Carlo is no longer with us, but he has left behind an extraordinary legacy, a place of smiles and light-heartedness, embodying centuries of culture and tradition.
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PH. Federico Nero
Stars Compared Antonella Euli
comparison of two great talents. On the one hand the Veneto region, on the other, Umbria. The Alajmos and Vissani. The Alajmo family is opening a new restaurant in Venice, at the Rialto Bridge, in the
atrium of the renovated T Fondaco dei Tedeschi. AMO is the result of a collaboration between brothers Raffaele and Massimiliano Alajmo and the designer Philippe Starck, bringing the total number of the family’s fine food destinations to nine. AMO is a many-faceted venue - a cafe, but also a bar, bistro, patisserie and restaurant. The talented brothers describe it as “a space for sharing and friendly interaction, and also somewhere the Alajmo family can express their presence and style”. Designed by the eclectic Philippe Starck, also responsible for the Stern in Paris, it is nothing less than a homage to Venice - benches and sofas inspired by the seats of gondola, Murano glass and screens that recall the city’s Carnival. The minuet of flavours starts with breakfast and ends with dinner. Gianfranco Vissani’s restaurant is in Baschi, Umbria. The chef revolutionised Italian cuisine, and in the 1980s and 1990s he created a new, distinctive style - rich, full of flavour, exuberant - just like him, in fact. He opened his Casa Vissani and dedicated it to “all those enterprises that through sacrifice and constant commitment to quality producers and the local region support the excellence of Made in Italy products and services”. Now father Mario’s establishment is regarded as one of Italy’s best, a place where style, service and creativity combine with fine food expressed through a constantly-changing selection of dishes, inspired by a perfect alchemy of technique, flavour, ingredients, genius and aesthetic appeal.
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A STAR-STUDDED FAMILY
restaurant, “a space for sharing and friendly interaction, and also
(3 Michelin stars for fifteen years) with the associated Il Calandrino
somewhere the Alajmo family can express their presence and
bistrot, to La Montecchia, Papa Erminio’s 1-star restaurant in a
style”. Designed by the great Philippe Starck (also responsible for
golf clubhouse in Selvazzano Dentro (Pd), and its more informal
the Stern), it is a nothing less than a homage to Venice - benches
counterpart, the ABC Montecchia at the Caffè Stern in Paris, in
and sofas inspired by the seats of a gondola, Murano glass and
one of the city’s most picturesque arcades. Finally Venice, a city
walls that recall the city’s Carnival. The minuet of flavours starts
much loved by the Alajmo family. First they took over the historic
with breakfast and ends with dinner. From ten o’clock onwards
Gran Caffè & Ristorante Quadri in St Mark’s Square (in fact a
the cafe’s own “dance” begins with a list of coffees, cappuccinos
threefold concern - the informal ABC Quadri, the Grancaffè for
and hot chocolates, tea, infusions of fruit, flowers and herbs, fruit
breakfasts, snacks, sandwiches and ice creams, and the Quadri
juices, croissants, cakes and macaroons, snacks and light bites,
restaurant, the Michelin-starred venue on the piano nobile) and
toast and mini-pizzas. At lunch the ceremonies are led by Silvio
recently opened AMO, at the Rialto Bridge, in the atrium of the
Giavedoni, chef at the Quadri, inspired by the Rialto market, with
renovated T Fondaco dei Tedeschi.
salads and pizzas (steamed, crispy oven-baked or pan-cooked),
The result of a collaboration between brothers Raffaele and
pounded raw meat on bark with light smoke sauce, aubergine
Massimiliano Alajmo and designer Philippe Starck, this 7,000
parmesan, spaghetti with garlic, oil and chilli peppers and a fish
square metre megastore, laid out over four floors, is part of the
or meat main course, as well as great classics like “cappuccino
DFS Group (a division of the French luxury goods giant LVMH).
di patate”. From eight to ten o’clock in the evening the menu is
And that means the family now has a collection of nine fine food
enhanced by a selection of refined proposals, all with that inimitable
venues. The AMO is a cafe, but also a bar, bistro, bakery and
Alajmo touch. www.alajmo.it
PH. Federico Nero
rom the gourmet temple Le Calandre in Sarmeola di Rubano,
PH. Matteo Defina PH. Marta Buso for DFS
The Alajmos are a stellar and star-studded - family. Father, mother and sons devoted to high quality cooking, collecting Michelin Stars and opening restaurants providing guests with an unforgettable experience. The latest AMO in Venice is the result of a collaboration between brothers Raffaele and Massimiliano Alajmo and designer Philippe Starck
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Artistic creations by Alajmo. To side, hand-chopped raw beef with smoke sauce. Below, left, dented with caviar and snapper sauce. Right zabaglione with biscotti. Opposite, pumpkin and truffle risotto
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CASA VISSANI: A GOURMET TEMPLE
ianfranco Vissani has been “Vissani” for a number of years now, always among the world’s top chefs. He has revolutionised Italian cuisine, and in the 1980s and 90s he created a new style of his
own - a plain-speaking Umbrian, sometimes painfully honest, he is a much-loved figure. The public face seen so often on TV, his ebullient personality that has shaped his intense relationship with the media can sometimes seem at odds with the pleasant, generous man you may meet at the Casa Vissani in Baschi, his restaurant dedicated to “All those concerns that help sustain and promote the excellence of the Made in Italy label through their sacrifice, constant search for producers and support for their region”. The venue was launched in 1963 under the name of “Il Padrino”, then managed by his father Mario. It was simple place that Gianfranco took over in 1973 - he helped it develop to what it is today, one of Italy’s best restaurants. Its hallmarks are style, service, creativity and fine cooking. The range of dishes offered changes constantly, reflecting the achievement of a perfect alchemy between technique, flavour, raw materials, intuition and aesthetics. The two main components of his cooking are his knowledge and experience of international and classical cuisine, combined with the freshness, variety of flavours and the imagination embodied by the gastronomic traditions of the various regions. There is a huge gulf between the image of Vissani reflected by the media and his restaurant near Todi, where guests can also sleep in one of the luxurious rooms. On the shores of Lake Corbara, he is the captain of a tireless team that includes his son Luca, the master of ceremonies, and his sister Paola, the boss in the kitchen and superlative pastry chef, sommelier Roberto Santi and maître Giuseppe Vicario, the now celebrated stars of the “Casa”. They know each other well, and even when Vissani is elsewhere his presence pervades the restaurant. It’s the same in all the world’s great restaurants where the leader may often be absent - the important thing is his exceptional gastronomic vision. It’s a pleasure limited to a select few - not because of the prices (one of the tasting menus with five courses, three coordinated wines and a change of cover for every course costs 90 euro) - but because those enjoy this incredible experience are true gourmets who are ready to drive long distances to reach restaurants like this. Casa Vissani is a spellbinding place inhabited by a group of people driven by an extraordinary passion. www.casavissani.it
Gourmet standards in the kitchen, the restaurant and life. Every delicacy, every service most embody a pure, essential equilibrium inspired by perfection, creating a unique, individual style that is also concrete, comprehensible, utterly exclusive and consistent. In the photo the chef, cellar, dessert room and dining room of the Casa Vissani
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All our travellers should know that is how we operate. In our home we evoke the memory of taste, artistic excellence intimately linked to our palate, technique and colours - subtle moments created to excite us again, again and again...
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Luxury without rules Marta Bernasconi
Want to discover the secret of the perfect table? Just tear up the rule book, as what really makes the difference is a successful mix of quality and creativity 1. Exotic. “Carnets d’Equateur” porcelain plates designed by the artist Robert Dallet. From Hermès 2. Artisanal. The “Laran” table centrepiece is in hand-worked, painted and engraved ceramic. By Roche Bobois. 3. Precious. “Mood
Precious” is a perfect egg in bronzed steel that conceals a prestigious surprise - twenty-four silvered metal items of cutlery, including six dessert spoons with 18-carat rose gold finish. By Christofle. 4. Classic (con brio). The “Essence” cocktail bowls have a harmonious, contemporary design. Why not use them for desserts, too? By iittala
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design Sitting comfortably, enjoying the winter. When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold outside thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing better than curling up in the warmth of wood, embracing leather and soft fabrics
Make Yourself Comfortable Marta Bernasconi
1. The cosy shell of the Knoll Womb Chair, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948 offers twice the comfort with its coordinated footrest. 2. Ri-novo presents Wovo, a hanging lamp in hand-turned and finished ash. The warmth and intensity of the light is controlled via Smartphone. 3. The Crono sofa from Flexform. Wood, with padded seat and interwoven leather strip back. 4. The chairs in the lounge area of Milanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bulgari Hotel interpret relaxation in a variety of ways. An extra touch comes in the form of an open fireplace that wraps guests in a warm, friendly atmosphere. 5. The Ivo and Ido stools by Zanotta have a natural oak or walnut seat and distinctive triangular steel brace. 6. Welcoming and full of life without being overwhelming, the Lilo chair by Moroso has a wooden structure, soft, ergonomic padding and colourful upholstery.
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design 1. In Lipp, the sofa by Living Divani,
the geometric and contemporary line is complemented by a traditional capitonné finish. 2. The Fante table in solid, black-laquered wood with a marble, mirror or grey top. By Gallotti & Radice. 3. With their Morris chairs, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH reinterprets an icon of the brand’s history - the classic Viennese chair has now been given new proportions and colours. 4. The stiff, curved shell in multilaminate wood enfolds the cushions of the Softwing sofa by Flou, with coordinated pouffe footrest. 5. Melt, the hanging lamp by Tom Dixon with distorted, partially metallicised spheres creates an unexpected suffused light effect.
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A Rather Exclusive Luxury Marta Bernasconi
Only seven suites, on the third floor of the historic Palazzo Fendi in Rome. The brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first hotel expresses its love for the capital with a contemporary design
The Fendi Private Suites hotel is the work of architect Marco Costanzi. He is also responsible for Fendiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new headquarters in the Palazzo della CiviltĂ Italiana, part of the EUR
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ocated in the heart of Rome, admired by tourists from all over the world, opposite via Condotti and the Spanish Steps, at the meeting with via del Corso. But while the Palazzo Fendi has such a high profile it still retains its exclusive charm, now enhanced by the Hotel Fendi Private Suites on
the third floor. Here, intense attention to detail combines harmoniously with a desire to rediscover an atmosphere of intimate welcome, almost like a private residence. The use of select materials is reflected in the desk made with blocks of coloured marble and continues in the warm colours of the flooring and, in the private areas, the glass partitions with woven metal mesh and the Travertine wall panels. The suites range from 35 to 60 square metres in size, and their design expresses the language of the brand. Most of furniture is specially designed and made by Fendi Casa. However, the interiors still present a dialogue between design pieces from different sources - vases and carpets by Jan Katz, mirrors by Giò Ponti, sofas by Fratelli Campana, armchairs by Fritz Hansen - and the mix this creates has a stimulating international appeal. The Fendi Private Suites project is the work of architect Marco Costanzi, who is also responsible for Fendi’s new headquarters in the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, part of Rome’s EUR district. We asked him how he managed to integrate two iconic elements of the city, a building of great architectural importance and a name that is a symbol of Italian - and especially Roman style. “As well as being a representation of the Fendi brand, the palazzo Fendi
is also a symbol of Rome itself. My work was based on what was already there, but often hidden. We removed layers from the walls until we arrived at the original 19th century finish, recovering a rich, complex element. We could not avoid taking the building’s history into account - this did impose some limitations, but was also a source of great charm and personality. A unique world like this is made of many pieces”. The hotel’s name evokes high-end luxury, but the architect believes that hospitality is a more multifaceted concept, involving sensations and ambiences. “I’ve tried to create interiors that will make guests of the Fendi Private Suites feel at ease, in a discreet, intimate atmosphere. The lounge area is designed to welcome guests in a private drawing room, almost as if it were in an apartment, but one that is extremely sophisticated, combining vintage and contemporary pieces. Different architectural interiors transform the atmosphere”. The hotel’s unique location is perhaps its most alluring feature. The architect defines it in these words: “The Hotel Fendi Private Suites is a constant quotation, a bridge linking Fendi and its origins. The materials used in the hotel, in harmony with the rest of the structure, were chosen as a tribute to Fendi’s new headquarters, the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, to Rome and to the entire sweep of its history. It’s
The exclusive amenities, all by Fendi and embodying a high-end
a very special place that resembles no other location in the world”.
luxury concept, also reflect the attention to detail evident throughout
The View Lugano Valeria Rastrelli
An enchanted destination on the heights overlooking the centre of Lugano, affiliated to the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of The World chain and a member of the Planhotel Hospitality Group
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igh-end design helps emphasise the exclusivity and the interiors, starting with the naval teak, evoke a nautical atmosphere that gives guests the feeling of being on board a luxurious yacht floating on the lake. The extensive terrace, like the bridge of a ship, is divided into Lounge and Restaurant, and is the ideal spot for relaxing and enjoying the
wonderful view. Each of the eighteen suites, all with lake view and terrace, recall a large owner’s cabin - sixteen have an area of 50 square metres, while two modular suites cover 105 square metres. It’s a sophisticated design concept where every item of furniture is made to measure using refined materials of exceptional quality. Guests can choose the room’s fragrance, type of pillow and sheet fabric. Every suite has a chromotherapy shower, bath with view, large wall cupboards, personalisable minibar and coffee machine. Room service is on call 24 hours. However, the most exciting feature is a superior Butler Service, from in-room check-in to packing and unpacking facility, laundry and shoe polishing, limousine pick-up from the airport, Lugano station and the entire city centre and the opportunity to use the electric Smart cars and electrically-assisted bikes at any time of day. There is an exclusive oasis of tranquillity inside this boutique hotel - The View Spa, comprising an 18 metre sport pool with counter-current section, a Vitality pool with hydromassage stations and immersion loungers, relaxation areas and a pool bar. All these facilities enjoy a spectacular view through the enormous window. The Spa offers separate his and hers thermal zones, saunas, Turkish
The design and enchanting view also form a setting for the gourmet restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine food and wine experience, with open kitchen and a cellar offering a selection of prestigious labels
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bath, contrast pool, emotional showers, ice fountain and Kneipp treatment. Not to mention the lovely Himalayan salt room and fitness centre with latest generation machines and a virtual training option, yoga and Pilates courses and kickboxing training. The design and enchanting view also form a setting for the gourmet restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine food and wine experience, with open kitchen and a cellar offering a selection of prestigious labels. Guests with a love of shopping will be spoilt by the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The View service at beSpoke-Service @beHouse. A top-class tailor will come to your suite to present fabrics and designs for a made-to-measure suit, jacket or shirt, pair of shoes or piece of jewellery. The chosen are crafted by Italian artisans producing exclusively Made in Italy luxury items to be delivered to clients anywhere in the world without disturbing or altering their arrangements. www.theviewlugano.com 114
Inside the hotel is the view spa, an exclusive oasis of tranquillity, a place to relax and take care of your wellbeing. The jewel in the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crown is the lovely himalayan salt room, with its long wall of pure pink salt offering unparalleled properties
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The lovely Portofino Bay and two views of the Ocean Pearl motoryacht
Middle Eastern Extravaganza An exclusive floating exhibition of design objects in Portofino Beatrice Galbiati
ain was forecast across Liguria, but although summer had been in hiding for weeks it decided to make one final appearance. Portofino did the rest. And everything was worthy of the lovely Ocean Pearl - and Platinum Experience! The 41-metre motoryacht created by the famous London-based architect Norman
Foster was dazzling in its silver livery, with sinuous, almost shark-like minimalist lines and a striking elegance. And she’s not alone - the Ocean pearl has two identical sisters, the
Ocean Sapphire and Ocean Emerald. All on board, then, for the MIDDLE EASTERN EXTRAVAGANZA, an exhibition of design objects by three brands Daevas, Ivan Paradisi and Igreg Studio. They usually work for an Oriental clientele, but this time they displayed their design and furnishing pieces on the Ocean Pearl’s upper deck, enabling them to introduce their work - and themselves - to a select party of guests. The evening organised by Platinum Experience with the collaboration of We Are Disobedient enjoyed the support of prestigious sponsors like Floating Life (a specialist in super and megayacht management, charter and sales - in fact, they made available this magnificent megayacht from their extensive fleet), Maserati, represented by Forza SpA, official Maserati dealer for the Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta regions, which displayed a Levante 275hp Diesel 3.0 and a GranTurismo Sport CC Automatica 4.7 on Calata Marconi facing the Ocean
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WE ARE DISOBEDIENT
DAVEAS DESIGN Exhibitor
Partner Born in Teheran, they studied at the Milan Polytechnic and built their world in the city,
A passion for disobedience. Whether it’s about developing a brand, positioning an emerging artist or creating a concept, Wad – which boasts expertise in the development of the markets of the Middle East and Iran - will always identify the most intriguing and sometimes hidden essence of the brand or person. It’s a very feminine methodology disobedient, with a communications style that breaks with conventions and turns current thinking on its head with
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a cultured, professional, courteous and
elegant savoir-faire. Female, in fact! The people behind Wad: Donata Sartorio, media maven who thinks outside the box, Francesca Bellecci, who has spent many years working in foundations, NGOs and as a social entrepreneur, and Antea Brugnoni Alliata, mother, young, wise, and as if that weren’t enough, she’s also a Sicilian princess.
IVAN PARADISI Exhibitor Amid the perfumes of ebony, maple and rosewood. An artist through and through, musician until the age of 31, and then - driven by passion and a true natural talent - a cabinetmaker and lover of fine wood. Designing, building, inlaying and shaping with soft, curving yet extremely complex lines, he makes inimitable objects that highlight and enhance the energy of wood with its grain and strength. This is the spirit of the collection by Ivan Paradisi, who takes pleasure in responding to his clients’ ideas and vision. Uniqueness is the key word, D’Ivan his favourite piece, created after a meeting with Milanese gallery owner Rossana Orlandi, and elegance is the theme linking all his projects.
combining art, design and artisanal skills with influences from Persia and America. The result is Daevas, which since 2014 has been creating unique objects of an extremely high quality from unusual combinations of materials like cement, wax and glass from old demijohns. Asia Samimi and Nima Fardi are the creative heart of this laboratory of ideas that makes objects where imagination and creativity infuse every design, and “100% handmade” is the spirit. Inimitable style is the clear result that links and enhances objects bearing the Daevas name.
1. The full Ocean Pearl crew, with Matteo Galbiati and Beatrice Galbiati. 2. Veronica Lugli, Sales & Manager Specialist Maserati; Francesco Trioto Sales Director Forza Spa and Silvia Scarrone Marketing & Communication Forza Spa. 3. Lucrezia Galbiati, Antea Brugnoni Alliata Co-founder of WAD, Matteo Galbiati CEO of Platinum Media Lab, Francesca Bellecci Co-founder of WAD, Beatrice Galbiati Head of Communications & Events, Platinum Media Lab. 4. Matteo Galbiati, Davide Carpi Associate Director – Hotels, Alessia Fattori Franchini Press & Media Relation Director Italy Sotheby’s International Realty, Luca D’Angelo Chairman Italy Sotheby’s International Realty, Giuseppe Vagge Director – Head of Hotels. 5. A group of guests on board the Ocean Pearl
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events MASERATI Forza SpA, Official Maserati Dealer for Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta represents the magnificent world of Maserati cars, backed by a history of over ten years, the last three spent in the Venaria Reale premises. A personalisation programme providing clients with a Premium Service that enables them to put together their own bespoke car with unique details and exceptional individuality. Maserati will devote special care and attention to every individual vehicle. Exclusive services like collection and delivery of the car before and after servicing are the rule at Forza Spa. The emotional experience that can’t be missed is a test drive with the professional drivers of the Maserati Driving Academy, part of the exclusive packages offered to equally exclusive clients.
SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY PRESTIGE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD Italy Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading company on the international property market. Under the management of Clemente and Lodovico Pignatti Morano it currently boasts 845 offices in 63 countries across the world, plus Luxury Residential divisions and High Street Retail units. A high-end network providing access to prestigious properties for sale or rent throughout the world, by the sea, in the mountains or on paradise islands. Since the real estate arm was founded 1976, it has been putting the sector’s finest independent companies in contact with the world’s most demanding clientele. Excellence is the watchword at Sotheby’s - starting with the British auction house founded in 1744 with historic offices on London’s New Bond St - and a search for property based on lifestyle, the key to success for its property business.
FLOATING LIFE YOUR LOVE FOR YACHTING IN GOOD HANDS Floating Life - world leader in rental and brokerage for yachts of 30 metres and over. Targeting yacht enthusiasts, it manages the design and supervises construction quality of made-to-measure
yachts, monitoring the progress of work on behalf of
owners. And for those who already own a yacht, Floating Life can deal with all of their craft’s needs, including administration, technology, finance and logistics. A 360-degree service that allows owners to do nothing but relax and enjoy the pleasures of on-board life, leaving all the rest to Floating Life.
Ocean Pearl and Maserati Gran Turismo Sport CC Automatica 4.7 Pearl, and Italy - Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty, a hallmark of uniqueness and exclusivity. An opportunity that allowed us to invite on board guests who have shown themselves to be connoisseurs of art, design and elegance and share with them a very special, exclusive event staged on this magnificent floating venue. Guests admired the display of objects and furniture by our designers, who stood by ready to explain, describe and discuss their pieces, and were then shown round the Ocean Pearl accompanied by Floating Life Yacht Broker Manuel Maiano. To round off the evening they were also offered a menu of Ligurian dishes with fish and vegetable fritters, shellfish, swordfish and tuna carpaccio and squid ink trofie pasta with scampi, prawns and saffron threads. The evening began at around seven to enable guests to view the sunset from on board the yacht. This was followed by switching on the lovely illuminations that surround the Ocean Pearl as darkness descends. Special thanks go to the sponsors who showed such confidence in the success of this event, and to everyone who contributed their professional skills to the practical organisation, sometimes complicated by the nature of special location, to MIDDLE EASTERN EXTRAVAGANZA and the entire crew.
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