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CONTENTS Polo Lifestyle Read our interviews with polo personalities, top polo players, news for upcoming polo tournaments and events.

Jewellery & Watches The finer things in life, read our interviews with gemstone experts.


Exciting Travel Destinations Five Start Boutique hotels, exciting retreats for the ultimate getaway, whether you’re looking for sustainable staycations, inspiring city breaks or long-haul escapes.

Interior Design Comfortable Chic Home Decorations, interviews with interior designers and architects.

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Real Estate The best properties on the market, available to buy and rent.




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Welcome to this series of POLO & Lifestyle Talks


Editor’s Letter As January is officially upon us and most people are working on their resolutions and goals for the year ahead, I thought I share one of my favorite quote on goals and share them with you. Vision is everything. "If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else." –Lawrence J. Peter Highly successful organizations and individuals all have an extremely clear vision of where they are going. This editon is full with interesting news, articles and stories! We are presenting you the finer things in life. For those who love polo, watches & jewellery, interior design and exciting travel destinations, there is something for everyone .

Scarlett Stilling Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Our new Business category will bring you the news every entrepreneur is looking for.

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POLO News

Aspen ST. Regis World Snow Polo

Text by Sharon Robb Photos by Nick Tininenko

One of the world's top snow polo tournaments is the only snow polo event in North America. It is one of Aspen's major international sporting events and kickoff to the holiday social season in Aspen.

Argentine 8-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada was Most Valuable Player.

High Alpine Cup winners Riley Ganzi, Hilario Figueras and MVP Alejandro Novillo Astrada of WPL with actress and presenter Arielle Kebbel and Gucci swag.

The sport was first played on a frozen lake in St. Moritz, Switzerland, created by Swiss hotelier and polo visionary Reto Gaudenzi in 1985 and has been growing in popularity ever since, attracting thousands of spectators and top players from around the world. In addition to St. Moritz, it's played in winter sports communities Aspen, Cortina, Italy, Kitzbuhel, Austria, Courchevel, France and Tianjin, China.

Alecia Seidler of AVPC, making her snow polo debut, on her way to scoring her third goal of the day.



Palermo A spectacular Argentine Open Camilo Castagnola, better known as Jeta, celebrated his 19th birthday on Monday, December 13, 2021. But he received two early gifts: on Saturday, December 11, he won his first Argentine Open with La Natividad, and on Sunday, December 12, his handicap was raised and he became the youngest 10-goaler in history, surpassing previous records set by Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres records. It was a very well deserved achievement for the forward, a young boy who has outwitted many seasoned players.

On Sunday, December 12, after final that marked the end of the season in Argentina, the Argentine Association of Polo announced handicap changes. Following La Natividad’s epic victory at the Argentine Open, Barto and Camilo Castagnola, and Polito Pieres, were awarded 10 goals. This meant that, at eighteen, Camilo “Jeta” Castagnola became the youngest 10-goaler in history. La Natividad played a fantastic match against the legendary Adolfo Cambiaso and his La Dolfina Saudi. They showed attitude and determination over a team that has left their mark on the history of polo. According to Jeta, there was no plan at all: “It is something that just happened,” he says. “We agreed that we had to take the man, and we didn’t play with fixed positions; it simply just happened.”

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A fantastic victory for Martin Fuchs and Leone Jei! There is hardly a better way to close of this 60th edition of the CHI Geneva than with a Swiss victory in the Rolex Grand Prix, the fourth leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Martin Fuchs won his second GP in Geneva in a row, following his first win in 2019 with Clooney 51.

"I am of course overjoyed, not only because I have won this tournament, which I love so much, for the second time, but also because I am a contender for the Rolex Grand Slam again", Martin Fuchs smiled. "And this with this great Leone Jei, who is only nine years old and always amazes me."

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Havana Brown Saddle

Lightweight saddles have a direct effect on performance by reducing the overall mass and lowering the center of gravity providing extended stamina and faster recovery to the pony. Saddle seats are made of latex rubber for increased fit. All Casablanca Polo saddles are made with premium top grain leather stretched over steel-reinforced trees which offer added strength and durability.

"Everything we do is fed by the passion we have for polo, Casablanca was founded by polo players who understand the needs of today's polo player." Polo Helmets Classic Style and Shape

Casablanca have maintained the classic shape, a staple of the Casablanca helmets; the size has increased only 9% but have kept the profile as low as possible without compromising safety. Light

Using Casablanca’s expertise in helmet design and development, the team has been able to reduce the weight of the NEU creating their lightest helmet to date.

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Lifestyle News DUBAI Exclusive and private Louis Vuitton Event at the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa.

The iconic image of the effortlessly chic French woman pervades Louis Vuitton’s Collection: forever cool, always carefree and forever stylish on the go.

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Louis Vuitton Exclusive and private Louis Vuitton Event


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Saudi Arabia Red Sea International Film Festival Introducing The Brilliant Female Minds Behind The Inaugural Event Putting female empowerment at its heart, the 10-day festival celebrated the role of women in filmmaking on the Kingdom’s soil.

“Women empowerment in the Red Sea Festival is not just talk, but a reality we are working to achieve.”

Images courtesy of Red Sea International Film Festival

- Mohammed Al-Turki

Chairman of the RSFF Committee Mohammed Al-Turki, with Managing Director, Shivani Pandya

Tara Emad, Egyptian Actress


Milan Ralph Lauren’s New Flagship

Ralph Lauren has a new home in Milan – complete with a bar and restaurant that is likely to become one of the hottest tickets in town. And, as always with the designer, home is where the heart is, and a feeling he has insisted upon from the very beginning. “My first store in New York [on Madison Avenue] was also very residential, we call it the Mansion, and it changed the perception of what retail is about. I saw the clothes, the taste and the home environment as one,” Lauren told WWD during an exclusive Zoom interview. “You are walking into my home and I am welcoming you into a venue that feels like home yet it is elegant at the same time. It was important, that this store reflect the vision of how I felt about Milan.’’ ralphlauren.com




FASHION

fashion brands, the latest looks, accessories and must-haves


World of Zuhair Murad & Craftsmanship At Zuhair Murad, pomp and circumstance are conjoined in the highest expression of haute couture with the excellence of a tradition that inextricably interweaves refinement (with a capital “R”) and a very contemporary desire to delight. From Beirut to Paris, in workshops producing gowns, suits, and bridal wear the elite of “petites mains” works in concert and always in perfect harmony with the couturier, perpetuating age-old skills handed down from generation to generation – treasured skills through which each model, in its absolute perfection, conveys that additional whisper of eternity that is the hallmark of the true work of art. As a result, these brilliant craftspeople - pattern makers, dressmakers, alterations specialists, designers and embroiderers – together epitomise a peerless sense of luxury.

The luxury of time, first of all, since a thousand hours of devoted labour –sometimes double that – go into the making of a couture dress. A dress that, to show at its best, will have gone through three fittings at least – essential stages from calico toile to final fabric, incompressible times of to-and-fro to ensure a faultless bespoke garment hovering twixt creativity and haute technique, twixt dream and reality, glamour and well-being. The luxury of the exclusive comes next, because all that hand-made embroidery, not to mention the fabrics, the patterns and the colours, are all specially thought through and designed: the special prerogative of pure inspiration, the inspiration of Zuhair Murad, resolutely, uniquely, singular. A vision of elegance rooted in the here and now, the forever, and the incomparable. The multiplicity of luxury, finally, because this stunning oeuvre of a couturier spans day and night, town, red carpet and glittering reception, with evening dresses as well as skirt or pants suits, jumpsuits, jackets, shirts and capes. Not forgetting that memorable Day of Days, with henceforth an unparalleled collection of bridal wear.


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CHANEL’s Cruise 2022 collection offers a chic yet playful presence

When we think of CHANEL, heritage, craftsmanship and a free-spirted French allure come to mind, and for its latest Cruise 2021/22 campaign, these codes are pretty evident. Captured through the lens of iconic photography duo Inez & Vinoodh, the campaign showcases the heavy influence of rock and punk infused within the collection and a gesture of pure romance through the poetic scenery – of which the south of France served as the ultimate backdrop. Framing the clothes beautifully, the scenic backdrop was contrasted against the collection, made up of heavy fabrics, bold accessories, signature checks and intricate detailing.

The images from Inez & Vinoodh exquisitely showcase the details such as CHANEL symbols, think constellation of lucky charms, fringed details, graphic twotones, clashing prints in black and white, organza flowers and wildflower embroideries – each detail punctuating the relaxed silhouettes of the collection. Whilst the Cruise 2021/22 collection was originally revealed at the Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux-de-Provence, the campaign will certainly leave you manifesting to visit the south of France, stat.

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THE EDITOR’s PICK Scarlett Stilling, the Founder & Editor-in-Chief, shares her favorite products in this issue and why you should know them, too.

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Brunello Cucinelli Look In every Knitwear collection, fine natural yarns infuse soft men’s sweaters and comfortable cardigans in cashmere, wool, silk, linen and cotton with a unique touch.

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“This cleansing oil is so gentle and soothing. It turns into a milky texture that melts away all of my makeup and leaves my skin clean, soft & super smooth.” – Miranda Kerr koraorganics.com

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ORIBE Run-Through Detangling Shampoo This softening shampoo adds slip and lightweight moisture while cleansing. When paired with your favorite Oribe conditioner, hair is left looking so glossy and healthy you’ll want to run your fingers through it. And now you can. oribe.com

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JEWELLERY & WATCHES

Keeping time on the world of fine jewellery and luxury watches, from interviews to the most wanted exclusive timepieces and jewellery


Double Mystery Peony The romantic peonies flowers inspire the full collection with grace and elegance, they are both spectacular and fascinating. 662 white diamonds and precious colored stones form beautiful peonies on the revolving discs, for a total of 4.87 carats. The collection is entirely hand-set and holds the innovative time display system which has made the Double Mystery so successful.

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Yellow gold, platinum, diamonds, blue tourmalines, cultured pearls, tsavorite garnets, emeralds, pink, blue and yellow sapphires, Paraiba-type tourmalines, rubies and spessartite garnets

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Inspired by the ancient symbol of the love-knot that resonates through so many cultures, the Enlaced Collection’s sensual, free-flowing link-formations speak of the unbroken, eternal bonds between friends and family, and the inherent strength, loyalty and friendship so effortlessly shared between women. Fawaz Gruosi says,

‚I've always found inspiration in the innate qualities of women; their power and their instinctive ability to connect.'

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Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Nardin Freak P001, the Very First Freak Prototype Watch Sold at Phillips’ Auction for 126’000 CHF

While a staple within the Ulysse Nardin collection for the past 20 years, we cannot highlight enough that the Freak was - upon its release in 2001- one of the most forward thinking, ground breaking and influential watches of its era. The Freak started off as a central carrousel “tourbillon” project originally designed by Carole Forestier Kasapi and implemented by genius watchmaker cum philosopher and Ulysse Nardin’s technical director: Ludovic Oeschlin. The result was nothing short of the extraordinary with the Freak featuring a brand new dual direct escapement using – a first in watchmaking - silicon escapement wheels. The revolving movement was visible on the dial side, the gear train and escapement rotating once every hour doubling as the minutes hand. Ulysse Nardin’s dual direct escapement incorporates two escape wheels operating alternatively and giving two impulses per oscillation. To obtain the best possible results these escapement wheels needed to be as light as possible, thus the novel and groundbreaking use of silicon (which had the further advantage of not needing lubrication). The watch was further wound using the back bezel and time was set using the grooved top bezel. The present watch is the prototype P001 of this disruptive and historically relevant piece that changed the face of watchmaking as we know it.


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THE WINSTON PINK LEGACY DIAMOND


Harry Winston acquired “The Pink Legacy” diamond at a Christie’s auction for $50.4 million in November 2018. A pink diamond of this quality and caliber only comes around once in a lifetime and perfectly highlights Harry Winston's time honored commitment to world-class diamonds. It set the record for the most expensive pink diamond ever sold at Christie’s, as well as the world auction record for highest price per carat for a pink diamond. A company spokesperson confirmed the store was accepting sales inquiries on the Winston Pink Legacy ring, but noted it was predominantly on display to celebrate Harry Winston’s 125th birthday.

“I think, generally, the timing is ideal now for investment-grade colored diamonds, as intense and vivid colors are trading at an all-time high. Demand is high and supply is light,” said Joseph Namdar, managing director of Namdar Inc., which specializes in fancy color diamonds. “What better way to honor a man who dedicated his life to the rarest and most exceptional gemstones than through one of the world’s most extraordinary diamonds.”

An 18.96 carat rectangular-cut fancy vivid pink diamond center stone with 2 shield-cut colorless diamond side stones weighing a total of approximately 3.55 carats, set in 18K rose gold and platinum.

Known as the original “King of Diamonds,” Harry Winston acquired several notable diamonds in his lifetime, including the Jonker Diamond, the Indore Pears, and the famous Hope Diamond.


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Sweet Alhambra watch Created in 1968, Van Cleef & Arpels' Alhambra® motif has become a timeless good luck symbol. It is honored in this watch collection with an array of precious materials, colors and cuts compatible with the Alhambra jewelry creations.

The creations in the Perlée™ clovers collection are adorned with precious clover motifs - Van Cleef & Arpels' symbol of luck. They are graced by a golden bead at their center. vancleefarpels.com


Faraone Mennella Fireworks earrings 18kt yellow gold and titanium, 8.34ct white diamonds

Lizzy Ring The Lizzy Rings are quite popular, made in 18k gold, silver and ceramic finish. Comes in a lot of colors, perfect for all year around. www.faraonemennella.com

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Piaget Sunlight pendant Catch the light with this Piaget Sunlight diamond sapphire pendant. From the collection dedicated to the Maison’s constant inspiration, this white gold diamond pendant captures the atmosphere of a slowly rising sun. Brilliant-cut diamonds and sapphires emit intense light. www.piaget.com


Tilda's Bow Diamond Watch

An exquisite time-telling jewel, both feminine and delicate, presented on a black satin strap, the radiant curves of a freshly tied ribbon illuminate the pavé diamond dial of the Tilda’s Bow diamond watch in white gold. The Tilda’s Bow collection includes radiant diamond bows, presented upon petite pendants, stud earrings and delicate diamond rings, alongside expressive high jewellery interpretations featuring the iconic bow motif that has featured prominently throughout our history. An exquisite Tilda's Bow diamond watch, presented on a black satin strap, with a total weight of approximately 5.50 carats.

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INTERIOR DESIGN

Comfortable and Chic Home Decorations


Knightsbridge, London

Products: IRREGULAR Rug by Rug’Society | MATHENY Pendant Light by DelightFULL


Products in this living room: MALKIY Sofa, MAYA Armchair, APIS Table Light, SEQUOIA Centre Table, HOPLON Bookcase and MECCA II Side Table by BRABBU | BLAKEY Suspension Light by DelightFULL | Custom Made Rug by Rug’Society | MUSA Fireplace by FOOGGO

An Apartment filled with Harmony & Majesty

Dorian Dining Room

This apartment (199.30m2 /2145.24sqft) located in Knightsbridge, London, is filled with unique design choices that create an intense environment, unlike anything ever seen. Pure living art is the perfect definition for this project, which evokes various emotions, such as harmony and visual thrills. This project, thought for a couple and their son, proves to be a sensorial masterpiece, where luxury can embrace all these emotions and provide unforgettable experiences.London is known for the city where royalty lives, which had a great influence on the home’s striking visuals, providing a royal sense of luxury through all the shapes and forms and offering majesty and perfection to the project.

Dorian Gray is a famous character from English Literature, known for his extreme beauty. This dining room is a perfect reflection, with popping colours and grey shadings that fill the blissful ambience with the same glamorous style Dorian would have immersed. The studio responsible for the project chose ZULU Dining Chair as the major drawer of attention for this magnificent design, given the majestic red colour. This product is complemented by the incredible KOI II Dining Table, AURUM Suspension Light, CAY Rectangle Mirror, and PALM Rug, resulting in this intensely fierce combination.

The Crown Jewel Living Room

Palladium Theatre

Just like the majestic crown jewels that have been in the British Royal Family for generations, the living room was designed to last for decades. Therefore, the golden shine on the furnishings with the warm colour explosion evokes the grandeur of the detailed jewellery that shines as bright as the sun.

The London Palladium is a dazzling theatre in the heart of the swinging city, and inspired for the PalladiumTheatre room to enjoy movies on a big screen while sitting comfortable.


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Charleston Kitchen

Charleston Kitchen

Inspired by Charleston Farmhouse, the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, in Essex, this kitchen is the symbolic achievement of the intense harmony of the styles that reigns supreme over Knightsbridge Manor, perfectly blending contemporary ideas with classic style. With the incredibly sophisticated IBIS Counter Stool, providing the best possible comfort in the room, and the amazing ETTA Pendant Light from DelightFull, illuminating enjoyable evening conversations, this kitchen proves to be the perfect place to prepare delicious meals after a long day.

Kids Bedroom

A Bedroom Of One’s One

From the unique shapes on the rug to the incredible mirror that faces the bed, just above the fireplace, this space is a true sanctuary: a room filled with passion, intensity and amazing colours that perfectly blend into a harmonic visual melody that is impossible not to feel astonished by. With the amazing LATZA Centre Table, the dazzling COMO Sofa and AMIK Table Light, which allow for some intensely unique moments of rest and harmony, awarding this bedroom with the luxury the couple deserves. A Bedroom Of One’s One


Neverland Bathroom

A private oasis meant for children was the premise for this space, which promises to grab their imagination and take them flying into a Neverland of adventurous relaxation and sensational emotions. The chosen colours evoke the magic felt in otherworldly places and its shapes provide a sense of luxurious functionality filled with uniqueness. Neverland bathroom shows a custom PETRA Bathtub as the impressive centrepiece, together with the custom PETRA Washbasin, that provides dreamy moments to whoever enters this room.

A Sovereign’s Bathroom

This bathroom, just like The Sovereign’s Sceptre and rod, is a grand design statement that firmly states its power above all designs, featuring golden lines that infuse wonder and astonishment. Neverland Bathroom

Sovereign’s bathroom’s blissfulness is expertly ornamented with the incredible DARIAN Bathtub and the DARIAN Washbasin, allowing for intense luxury to be felt throughout the room, being perfectly complemented with the brilliant CELL Rug.

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BRASILIA Marcio Kogan / studio mk27 design

Brasilia, designed by Marcio Kogan / studio mk27, has an ultra-precise, contemporary, minimal style, rooted in Brazilian modernism.

PILOTIS

Rodolfo Dordoni design An element conceived as a solid volume of pure geometry, Pilotis - designed by Rodolfo Dordoni - lights up with metallic glints and turns into an original showpiece when placed in the living room, or other interior areas. minotti.it


MARVIN

Rodolfo Dordoni design

With its bold, sculptural-shaped base, which draws a series of quarter circles, illuminated by the glints of the metal, and interspersed with a black insert, the Marvin table makes an impressive impact and is characterised by great versatility. It is part of a wide variety of dining tables with a clearly architectural inspiration, featuring bases in satin finish stainless steel or in Pewtercoloured varnished metal. The design is enriched by the precious materials chosen for the top: Bianconero marble, with an interplay of nuances that imposes a strong, ultra-modern feel, and Marron Damasco marble.

The design is conceived to be customised with tailormade solutions, thanks to the combination and interpretation of the design of the bases, depending on the shape and size of the top, up to very important proposals. Marvin covers a variety of different design areas, also entering Hospitality environments as the true protagonist of the most sophisticated meeting rooms.

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The Studioparisien x Métaphores capsule joins The Invisible Collection’s roster of exceptional works of collectible contemporary design. Sévigné Armchair X Métaphores Handmade in France by Ateliers Jouffre “Sevigné” in homage to Madame de Sévigné, Marquise and first French novelist. With its curves, it wraps you up and accompanies you in your exchanges, as well as in your moments of laziness or solitude. An innovator in weaving and fabrics edition for interior design, Métaphores is a celebrated brand, belonging to Hermès’ textile division.


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TRAVEL

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Exciting travel destinations, luxury five star Boutique hotels, romantic getaways as well as city guides and staycations.


Gulfstream G500 Interior earns International Yacht & Aviation Award for Design Excellence Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and the Gulfstream G500 have been awarded the 2021 International Yacht & Aviation Award (IY&AA) for excellence in cabin design. The “Performance and Polish” G500 entry gained the top honors in the Interior Design/VIP Completions category.

The award-winning tall and wide G500 cabin offers interior designers great flexibility. In addition to the bespoke interior, passengers flying aboard the G500 benefit from 100% fresh, never recirculated air, industry-leading low cabin altitudes, whisper-quiet sound levels and 14 Gulfstream Panoramic Oval Windows.

“This is the fifth year in a row we have earned an International Yacht & Aviation Award, and I am proud of our amazing Gulfstream team of designers and artisans that brings creativity and imagination to our ultramodern aircraft,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Every Gulfstream cabin is the product of collaboration among our interior and industrial design teams and the craftsmanship of the men and women who build the custom cabin elements by hand. Our combined focus on performance, innovation, quality and artistry sets Gulfstream interiors apart.” gulfstream.com





NIHI, SUMBA HORSE’S PARADISE


INTERVIEW WITH HORSE WHISPERER CAROL SHARPE NIHI, SUMBA Can you tell us a little bit about your history at Sumba and how you came about being involved?

What is the link between the horse and the Sumbese people?

I first came to Nihi in 2013. My husband was working on a project with the hotel. He encouraged me to join him on this forgotten island and of course I fell head over heels in love with Nihi and Sumba. It’s very hard not to. It’s all very well being in paradise but the lustre can easily be lost unless you keep yourself busy and immerse oneself into local culture and traditions.

Horses are very important part of Sumbese life. They came to the island via trading many moons ago and villages used them not only for the aforementioned reasons but also for religious beliefs. They have deep rooted traditions and horses are a very important part of this. Pasola is a tradition that happens annually where villagers attack each other on horseback in order to shed blood to the gods. Villagers attack each other on horseback and the most noble death is to die in this way.

It was on this visit I met James McBride (partner and CEO of Nihi). He suggested (in the knowledge I like horses) to take a walk to the far end of the property and take a look at the ponies he had bought for their guests. I was really keen to find a role for myself so I approached him with the idea of setting up an equestrian facility for the guests. Having worked in the field of tourism and facilities development I felt I had enough experience to make a real difference.

How did you source the horses?

James was keen to build up a herd of horses for guests to ride on the beach. The trouble was that the local ponies were too small. We had to source larger horses. Initially it was suggested I source them from Bali, but I had heard of horses on the east of the Island which are used for Racing and wondered if these might be suitable. Most of the horses I saw I didn’t think I could use for guests – in Sumba they are trained rough and ready and therefore too wild for strolls down the beach at sunset, but I didn’t want to give up as I felt those that weren’t too broken might come right… And so Sandalwood Stables was born.

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With your continued guidance how do you see the stables progressing over time?

Increasingly we are seeing more riders visiting (as opposed to beach ride beginners) which is exciting as it allows us to expand our amazing trail rides round the island and bring in different elements such as Spa rides, picnics and even camp out’s. The healing with horses and yoga and meditation has also attracted a lot more horse savvy guests and this is great for me as I can now look to build on this area also – which is my absolute passion.


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St. Moritz

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz

Extraordinary St. Moritz Lifestyle on 1'856 m St. Moritz wouldn’t be St. Moritz without its grand hotels. After all, these majestic first-class hotels are the primary reason why this sophisticated holiday resort became renowned all over the world. A combination of perfect timing and confidence formed the basis for a development that continues to set new standards.

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz Enjoy the months to come, and embrace your craving for beauty and nature with an extra helping of joy. Feel the majestic power of the mountains and draw energy and inspiration from this pristine environment. At the Carlton Hotel unique holiday experiences await you.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel The hotel’s green roof and distinctive tower are the defining features of the St. Moritz skyline. Opened in 1896 by the pioneering hotelier Caspar Badrutt, it is synonymous with the extravagance of St. Moritz. Then as now, the legendary Palace Hotel hosts illustrious guests from the worlds of culture, entertainment and politics. Its exquisite luxury, cosy atmosphere and first-class service quickly earned Badrutt’s Palace Hotel a legendary reputation around the world.


Kulm Hotel In the award-winning Kulm Spa, floor-toceiling windows provide plenty of natural light and treat guests to spectacular views. The panorama of the surrounding valley is simply breathtaking, giving new meaning to the phrase “let your spirit soar”. Named Hotel of the Year 2018 by Gault Millau, the Kulm Hotel is as integral to St. Moritz as fresh powder snow. This luxurious hotel is a true institution that prides itself on its flawless service and friendly yet discreet employees. Kulm Hotel

Kulm Hotel

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel


Vietnam A Secluded Tropical Paradise - Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island Whilst the majority of high-end hotels in Vietnam are managed by prestigious international chains, Salinda Resort is designed and run by the finest local talents. Despite not following the ubiquitous path of traditional brand building, this intimate family-owned boutique has won an array of industry awards and was recognized as one of the best hotels in Asia by Condé Nast, Forbes, Michelin Guide and Tripadvisor. A brainchild of Aline Ho from Asiatique Design, Salinda Resort artfully blends nature, contemporary comforts and local traditions. Stitching together old and new, all rooms and villas are furnished with bespoke amenities and decorated with original artwork. Choose from five styles of accommodation, each with its own personality and appeal. The opulent Pearl villa, the highlight of any stay, will add instant glamour to your beach holiday. Inspired by the call of the cost, it shimmers and glimmers with Capiz and Abalone shells, natural pearls and polished marble. The eco-friendly Garden villa, set in muted colours and adorned with coconut mosaics, makes a perfect choice for nature-loving guests. Nestled in a secluded area of the resort and surrounded by lush greenery, both these spacious and thoughtfully appointed villas give off pretty hedonistic aesthetics and offer complete privacy to enjoy your island hideaway.

Taste and toast your way around the resort with Salinda’s curated collection of dining experiences created by a team of talented chefs from India, Italy and Vietnam. Stepping outside the breakfast box, they turn a standard resort breakfast into a bottomless Brut extravaganza. Do you prefer buffet or a la carte? Why choose when you can have both! Recognised by World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2020, il Muro Italiano brings finesse and a fine dining experience to this tropical paradise. Playing on traditional flavours and memories of home, Chef Simone offers a perfectly articulated menu with a distinct Sardinian palette garnished with a local twist. This cosy restaurant, framed by floor-to-ceiling windows and adorned with hand-painted murals inspired by the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii, will make you feel like you are already living la dolce vita. Enjoy the excellent service which offers the best in Italian hospitality - warmth, character and a passion for good food.


Award-winning Pakka, run by amazing Chef Liladhar, evokes a leisurely and relaxing atmosphere spiced up by antique brass sculptures, ornamental lamp shades and exquisite de Gournay wallpaper. Inspired by the multicultural cuisine of New Delhi and royal kitchens of Nizams and Nawabs, the authentic menu will take you on an epicurean journey through North India. How about fluffy biryanis and creamy curries served in original Indian copperware on a colourful silk tablecloth with touches of gold? Located next to the beach, the Cyan bar offers a fun selection of Vietnamese and Western holiday favourites alongside healthier green options and wellness blends. Unwind into tropical bliss and enjoy the paintings of the sky that come alive every evening at sunset. For an exhilarating night-time experience, head to High Note Bar which brings guests together with live music and a mesmerising selection of themed cocktails that capture the essence of local ingredients and the music genre that they are named after. What would you choose - Rock and Pepper, Pandan Punk or Coco Reggae? If you want to take a moment with your thoughts, head to the tastefully furnished cigar lounge, the only Gentlemen’s club on Phu Quoc Island. Quieter than the bar, it’s the perfect place to relax with your chosen guilty pleasure. Dedicate some time to yourself and step into the world of care and ultimate relaxation at Salinda Spa. The only wellness sanctuary in Vietnam operated by a professional team from Thailand, it seamlessly blends Thai holistic heritage and soothing Vietnamese influences. Feel the warmth of the aromatherapy oils seep through your skin as the skilled massage therapists sharpen your senses by activating the key pressure points. According to traditional Thai medicine, the human body is composed of four fundamental elements: earth, water, air and fire. For each person there will be one element that is more dominant than others, depending on the date they were born. It is the small touches that define luxury, and Salinda’s amazing team has mastered that art to perfection - expect a cute card describing your element to be delivered to your villa just before the appointment. A coconut scrub and golden caviar facial, some offerings on the menu sound good enough to eat! Try the luxurious Phu Quoc Pearl wrap or exotic Yeab Sen, whatever treatment you choose it will be customised according to your preferences.


The resort’s outdoor architecture relies on Accoya wood and Hoa Vang rocks which were selected for their environmental credentials, high quality and aesthetic charm. The production process of Accoya wood is based on renewable resources and requires little energy, which greatly minimises greenhouse emissions. The Hoa Vang rocks, sourced from mountains of Central Vietnam and hand carved in a famous craft village of Da Nang, are particularly effective at storing heat and releasing it slowly over a long period of time. Along with the lush landscape, the rocky walls add to the cooling effect of the entire resort and work to create Salinda’s very own microclimate.

Adorned in colourful mosaics and unique murals, Salinda celebrates both renowned artists and emerging talents of modern Vietnam. The curated collection of oil paintings, highlighting the country's breath-taking scenery and various aspects of daily life, is displayed throughout the resort. But the real draw are two Son Mai masterpieces, traditional Vietnamese lacquer paintings created by the famous Vietnamese artist, Dinh Quan: Lotus Woman and Two Sisters. If you ever visit Singapore Art Museum, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum or the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, try to spot Dinh Quan’s work there! From the Gom Hoa Nau mosaics inspired by distinctive royal ceramics of the Tran dynasty to the intricate ornaments of artisan Champa jewellery, Salinda’s art collection forms an integral part of the guest experience, enhancing not just the design narrative but the entire brand image. With 70 percent of the resort covered by banana and coconut palms and different kinds of fruit trees from mango to custard apple, you will find a lot of quiet spots to relax, read a book or practice your yoga routine away from the gaze of the Phu Quoc sun. From the architecture to its daily operations, Salinda Resort creates a holiday where you can relax in the knowledge that the whole team is doing its best to protect the precious ecosystem of the island. You won't find plastic keys, bottles or straws - those items are made from glass, wood, bamboo and stainless steel! The infinity pool operates without any of the chemicals you would normally expect, instead water is filtered with the ionized chlorine extracted from natural salt, allowing you to enjoy a healthier swim. Lounge by the sparkling eco-friendly pool with a glass of Brut selected from the best boutique wineries or head to the secluded private beach to while away those lazy Phu Quoc afternoons.

Since its opening in 2014, the hotel has chosen to maintain a discrete profile and, tellingly, its loyal clientele have returned year-on-year to this unique place to experience its magic time and again. Unshowy and refreshingly unpretentious, Salinda Resort delivers that elusive feel-good factor that will inevitably win your heart, too.

Written by our contributor Elena Taintey, a Russian luxury traveler based in Asia. For more stories visit her IG @tainteytales




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TASTE

Discover culinary trips, wines & spirits, restaurants and recipes across the world.


SELFRIDGES OPENS NEW BAKERY DESTINATION Selfridges adds a new bakery destination to its London Foodhall with an offer of delicious fresh pastries and bread baked everyday in store, alongside specially selected items from London’s best bakeries. The new bakery is three times bigger than the previous offer and located next to Selfridges Pop Up Kitchen and the Little Moons’ Pic ’n’ Mix counter. The curated bakery offer will include the very best from St John’s Bakery (The City), Sally Clarke (Notting Hill) and Karaway (Borough Market.) Selfridges will also have exclusive pastries from Insta-hit Criss Cross (Soho) and in January, the space will welcome colourful doughnuts from Urban Legend.

The new bakery will be the perfect spot to pick something up for breakfast with the space open from 8am Monday – Sunday. As well delicious freshly baked pastries, The Bakery will be stacked high with cinnamon sugar pretzels and cardamon buns. For those looking for a pick-me-up, customers will also be able to order freshly roasted coffee from neighbouring coffee destination, The Roasting Plant. For lunch, there will be wedges of golden focaccia, grilled cheese croissants and artisan sausage rolls. The Soho based Instagram sensation Criss Cross are brainchild of Roberto Guzzi (Novikov) and Boris Kofman (Mnky Hse.) Their elevated sweet and savoury croissants are as delicious as they are photogenic.


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London Connaught Bar has been named ‚World's Best Bar' in The World's 50 Best Bars 2021.

The World’s Best Bar Is… … is, once again, for the third consecutive year, London’s Connaught Bar, which not only picked up the World’s Best Bar, but also Best Bar in Europe. The awards were announced this week at the 13th annual ceremony, presented by Perrier, in London. Connaught Bar, located at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, is one of the hottest spots in London, renowned for its timeless elegance and innovative cocktails. It’s a vibe for sure thanks to textured walls in platinum silver leaf and a cool grey bar set a stylish tone. Designed by David Collins Studio, the bar evokes English and Irish Cubist art of the 1920s, with a touch of timeless elegance.

Photo Credit: Connaught Bar

Innovative cocktails are the name of the game here, though classics, like a gin martini served from an old-school martini trolley, are perfection, too. The Voronoi: Tapatio Tequila, Michoacan Mezcal, Vetiver Muyu liquor, lime and timur sherbet, Cocchi Rosa Vermouth, Grapefruit Hops bitters and agave water is a particular favorite.

Gin Martini




BUSINESS

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Royal Investment Summit 22-24 January 2022, Dubai UAE The Ultra Exclusive Royal Investment Summit hosted by H.E. Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Duaij bin Khalifa al Khalifa Private Office, is an ideal opportunity for UHW Private Investors, Royal Family members, Prominent Business Owners, Holding from around the world to evaluate the best investment opportunities.

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Following the major success of the previous virtual edition in 2021, the private office of H.E. Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Duaij bin Khalifa al Khalifa announced the second edition of the Royal Investment Summit at the Ritz-Carlton JBR Hotel on the 22-24 January, 2022 To assure the Summit is embellished with extensive and diversified content, H.E. Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Duaij bin Khalifa al Khalifa Private Office have listed more than 300 Family Offices in the region to handpick the most relevant and pioneer in the field. The Summit reflects the feedback collected from a plethora of the most notable investors, economists, and business consultants, to optimize the participation of all involved delegates.

Sponsorship opportunities contact: Maria Torre – info@thesheikhoffice.com

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H.E. Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Duaij bin Khalifa al Khalifa

“What we do on an everyday basis and how we achieve our goals speaks about us, it is what defines us. It tells of who we are and the contribution we are striving to make through our work. It shows whether, in addition to financial success, we are also looking ambitiously towards the future of our society and the environment. It is one of our values: Plan Beyond Tomorrow We utilize our experience and expertise in varied sectors to provide maximum benefit, which encourages repeat patronage and goodwill from our clients and partners. We look for long-term growth by selecting sectors and markets where we see ourselves having a distinctive role, now, and in the future. The world is currently facing huge and urgent challenges. These challenges require everyone to play their part, both as a company but also as individuals, with a determination to tirelessly seek answers, and tenacity in knowing that small steps lead to big results. We have both a great opportunity and responsibility: to deliver a bright future for the next generation. It is a worthy goal, and we will continue to devote our whole energy, and commitment to live up to it.”


Selfridges sold for $5bn British luxury department store chain Selfridges is being sold to a Thai retailer and an Austrian property firm.

Founded in 1908 by US retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, the company is best known for its flagship department store on London's Oxford Street. The Canadian wing of the billionaire Weston family bought Selfridges for nearly £600m in 2003.

"It is a privilege to be acquiring Selfridges Group, including the flagship Oxford Street store, which has been at the centre of London's most famous shopping street for over 100 years," Central Group's chief executive Tos Chirathivat said in a statement. Selfridges Group employs around 10,000 people and owns 25 stores worldwide, including in major cities in England, Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada. Signa and Central will take over 18 of the 25 stores. Selfridges Group's seven Holt Renfrew department stores in Canada were not part of the deal and will remain in the ownership of the Weston family.

Selfridges' new owners said they plan to build on the existing brand to develop luxury online stores as well as improving its physical sites.

"Together we will work with the world's leading architects to sensitively reimagine the stores in each location, transforming these iconic destinations into sustainable, energyefficient, modern spaces, whilst staying true to their architectural and cultural heritage," Signa's chairman Dieter Berninghaus said.


Alannah Weston, Chairman of Selfridges Group, said: “The acquisition of

Selfridges Group by Central and Signa is testament to the successful realisation of my father’s vision for an iconic group of beautiful, truly experiential, department stores. Creative thinking has been at the heart of everything we did together for nearly twenty years and sustainability is deeply embedded in the business. I am proud to pass the baton to the new owners who are family businesses that take a longterm view. I know they will fully embrace that vision and continue to empower our incredible team to take the Group from strength to strength.” www.selfridges.com



REAL ESTATE

The best properties on the market, available to buy and rent now.


Stylish penthouses now available at Berkeley’s TwelveTrees Park

The first penthouses have been launched at Berkeley’s TwelveTrees Park, an exciting new place in the heart of the London borough of Newham. Known as The Verdant Collection to reflect the surrounding green areas, such as the development’s new 4.5-acre WiFi-enabled park, these modern apartment suites represent a luxuriously elevated London lifestyle. The penthouses, the first to be made available since TwelveTrees Park launched in July 2020, are on sale from £1,100,000. They provide residents with dramatic views across The City, Canary Wharf, Stratford and the rest of Newham. Set over 1,000 square feet, the homes include three double bedrooms, two of which have en suite bathrooms, as well as a large living and dining area, a modern kitchen and a private terrace. Buyers have a choice of three colour palettes for their kitchen and bathrooms: ‘Quartz’; a contemporary take on the timeless classic contrast of light and dark, ‘Emerald’; a striking and luxurious mix of emerald and gold inspired by the world’s finest jewels and ‘Onyx’, a deep and sophisticated palette contrasting earthy and rich charcoal and sand tones.


Justin Tibaldi, Divisional Managing Director at Berkeley Homes (Capital), comments:

“The Verdant Collection is a set of penthouses of the

very highest quality and represents an attractive opportunity for people looking for modern, stylish living in one of London’s fastest growing boroughs.

“TwelveTrees Park is extremely well-connected with five transport lines running through West Ham station and has great investment potential. Launching these penthouses is another exciting step in TwelveTrees Park’s progression from a derelict brownfield site into a dynamic new neighbourhood with over 3,800 homes, a new school and a myriad of new retail and commercial businesses.”

Homes can be purchased off-plan, with completions due to start in 2024. For more information visit www.TwelveTreesPark.london or call +4420 3925 6192.


A First Look at

Karl Lagerfeld’s Luxury Villas in Marbella

©Karl Lagerfeld

Set for completion in 2023, the properties have been designed to blend in with the environment. Karl Lagerfeld will go down in history as the legendary artistic director of Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label. But the fashion icon had a repertoire that extended far beyond the runway. From photography and curation to furniture design and interior decoration, he was forever finding new ways to express his creativity. Now, paying homage to Lagerfeld’s passion for innovative design, the Karl Lagerfeld brand has announced its first-ever architectural project comprising five luxurious villas in Marbella. Situated between the Penibaetic System mountain range and the Mediterranean coast in the Golden Mile (one of Marbella’s most exclusive residential areas) the new properties have been thoughtfully designed to seamlessly blend in with the natural landscape and minimize carbon emissions.

“We’re thrilled to see Karl’s vision of effortless luxury and passion for architecture come into fruition with this unprecedented residential project,” said Pier Paolo Righi, CEO of Karl Lagerfeld. “These villas not only mark the exciting expansion into the world of residential projects of Karl Lagerfeld, but they embody the high standard of sustainability that our brand is aiming for.” Set for completion in 2023, the exciting project is being undertaken in collaboration with branded real estate specialist, One Atelier, and Sierra Blanca Estates – the prestigious developer behind the ‘Beverly Hills of Marbella’, Sierra Blanca.


Each villa will feature several secluded spots ideal for relaxing / ©Karl Lagerfeld

The villas will be coated in a ceramic material finished with white gold dust / ©Karl Lagerfeld

The ground floor of each residence will be built with floor-to-ceiling windows so future owners can take in the views without having to step foot outside their property. In a nod to Karl Lagerfeld’s signature monochrome look, the spaces will be finished with black and white terrazzo flooring.

To ensure future owners make the most of the beautiful coastal location, over a mile of bike paths are set to be constructed directly connecting each villa with the sea. There are also plans to plant 300 trees in the area as part of a new urban forestry strategy and to build a watercourse spanning from north to south across the entire plot of villas, to create a micro-climate.


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