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'Pacho' HH Sawai
Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur




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Editor’s Letter


to our highly anticipated Summer Issue, where we bring you a curated collection of the most luxurious experiences and trends from around the globe. As the sun graces us with longer days and warmer breezes, we invite you to indulge in the sophistication and beauty that summer has to offer.

Our cover story this season is with 'Pacho' HH Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur. It was such a pleasure doing this interview with him for this edition.

Our travel writers have scoured the globe to find hidden gems and iconic retreats that redefine opulence.

Timepiece aficionados will delight in our section dedicated to the latest in luxury watches. We delve into the world of horology to bring you the finest selections from esteemed brands. Whether you're drawn to classic elegance or avant-garde designs, our comprehensive guide will help you find the perfect watch to grace your wrist this summer.

This issue is a tribute to the finer things in life, a guide to living with elegance, adventure, and luxury. We hope it inspires you to embrace the beauty and excitement that this summer holds.

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Cover Story

'Pacho' HH Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur

“It’s an honor to be selected as Global Brand Ambassador for U.S. Polo Assn., a brand that is so popular and respected in my home country of India and so authentic to the sport of polo,” said His Highness, Padmanabh Singh, Maharaja of Jaipur. “I look forward to representing the brand with great enthusiasm at sporting and fashion events and on social media for fans and consumers around the world!”

U.S. Polo Assn.

Announces His Highness

Maharaja Sawai

Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, India as New Global Brand Ambassador

We spoke to His Highness

Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, about his new role as the Global Brand Ambassador, Polo and motto in life

You are the new global brand ambassador for the global, sport brand U.S. Polo Assn. What does this role mean to you?

Polo has always been more than a mere sport for me. It is my passion. To be the global ambassador of a prestigious brand that supports and promotes polo worldwide like U.S. Polo Assn. is an honour and a privilege. It has been tremendously motivating to work with Mr. J. Michael Prince, the CEO of USPA Global, the company that manages and oversees the global U.S. Polo Assn. brand. Through all my interactions with him, I have keenly felt his passion for polo and our conversations have been an ongoing discussion on how we can work together to take the game to another level under the aegis of this beautiful brand.

U.S. Polo Assn.’s efforts {in partnership with the USPA} have already raised the bar {for the sport} significantly in the United States and it is my hope that in my new role as the Global Ambassador of the brand, I can work with Michael to effectively use that as an example to impact polo positively across the world.

Over the last few years, I have been working towards popularising polo in India through the Rajasthan Polo Club and the Jaipur Polo Seasons and am confident that this collaboration with U.S. Polo Assn. will help create greater awareness about the sport as well as make it more inclusive and accessible.

What is the most important thing the game of polo has taught you?

Polo has taught me many things. Patience, dedication, precision, teamwork, leadership, persistence, commitment, and most importantly, the confidence to follow my passion with my heart and soul.

What is your personal insider's tip for striking the perfect hit?

My tip for striking the perfect hit is the same as one for achieving any goal in life - 'Keep your eye on the ball'.

What is one motto you live by?

The motto of my family. 'Yato Dharmastato Jaya' - 'Where there is Righteousness, there is Victory'.

I believe that each one of us is born with the ability to judge right and wrong. As long as you allow your conscience to guide your actions, you will always emerge victorious in all your endeavours.

Decisive action backed by conscientious thought - that is my 'dharm' and I endeavour to live by it every day.

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U.S. Polo Assn. Presents the Historic 2024 Paris Games Polo Challenge USA vs. France

U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA) and the Polo Club du Domaine Chantilly are proud to present the Paris Games Polo Challenge 2024, a tribute match between USA and France taking place on August 7. The Paris Games Polo Challenge will be open to the public and will air on ESPN2 to a global audience!

With the 2024 Summer Olympics taking place in Paris from July through August and equestrian events concluding on August 6 at Versailles, U.S. Polo Assn. invites sports fans to continue the equestrian celebration with polo, just 40 minutes outside Paris city center at the Polo Club du Domaine Chantilly. Chantilly is the home of the Great Stables of Prince de Conde and Chateau de Chantilly, and is, of course, the namesake of Chantilly lace, the famous silk laces that date back to 17th century France.

In partnership with the Federation of International Polo (FIP) the Federation Française de Polo (FFP) and the USPA, this historic match is the centennial celebration and tribute to the last time France hosted the Olympics, exactly 100 years ago. France will be seeking redemption at the Paris Games Polo Challenge 2024 for the VIII Olympiad which were held in Paris for the second time in the modern era. On June 28, 1924, in St. Cloud, France, the score was 15-1 USA, in an upset to the host country of France. USA concluded the overall tournament with the silver medal, losing to Argentina, who took home Olympic gold. The last Olympics to include polo was held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany.

“The USPA is proud to sponsor the Paris Games Polo Challenge 2024, a history-making event that is a tribute to 100 years of sport between France and USA Teams,” explains Stewart Armstrong, Chairman of the USPA. “An international event such as the Paris Polo Challenge played just following the Olympic equestrian games in Paris, is a landmark for polo and provides further global visibility to the sport.”

As the Title and Apparel Sponsor, U.S. Polo Assn. will be providing apparel for USA and France Teams with performance jerseys, practice jerseys, and an assortment of U.S. Polo Assn. custom designed country apparel to wear off the field, featuring the global sports brand’s iconic double horsemen logo. The USA Team will be wearing custom USPA Pro whites. U.S. Polo Assn. is also providing saddle pads, as well as groom and staff outfitting. VIP gifts for the event will include event limited edition Paris Games Polo Challenge 2024 caps, t- shirts, scarves and pocket squares, as well as branded duffle bags.

“U.S. Polo Assn. is honored to be part of such an historic and celebratory polo event at the beautiful Polo Club du Domaine Chantilly, alongside the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics,” said J. Michael Prince, President & CEO of USPA Global, the company that manages and markets the multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “This event brings FIP, FFP and the USPA together for only the second time in 100 years of history, making this tribute game a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone that attends.”

Polo Club du Domaine Chantilly will also be hosting two other high goal polo tournaments this summer, the Polo Nations Cup from June 13 - 23, and the French Open for men and women from September 4-22. These events are open to the public as well.

“The French Polo Federation is extremely honored to welcome the Paris Games Polo Challenge to our country during the summer of the Paris Olympic Games 2024, with the support of FIP, the USPA and U.S. Polo Assn,” said Jean-Edouard Mazery, President of the French Polo Federation. “This a tremendous opportunity to develop a program for our French national team and promote our sport.”

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the country’s oldest sports governing bodies, founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through more than 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores as well as thousands of additional points of distribution, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel, accessories, and footwear for men, women, and children in more than 190 countries worldwide. A recent, multi-year deal with ESPN to broadcast several of the premier polo championships in the world, sponsored by U.S. Polo Assn., has made the thrilling sport accessible to millions of sports fans globally for the very first time.

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The Cartier Queen’s Cup at GUARDS POLO CLUB

The Cartier Queen’s Cup at GUARDS POLO CLUB, one of

New London Ladurée Coffee Shop

Thrilled to announce the launch of the new London Ladurée coffee shop concept. Set against the backdrop of Notting Hill's picturesque, pastel-coloured streets this convenient, new cafe format will successfully marry the brand's French heritage with an innovative, contemporary aesthetic, and marks its exciting progression in London.

Guests will be treated to a range of exceptional, baristamade coffee options as well as Ladurée's delicious, signature colourful latte creations, whose recipes are inspired by Ladurée's iconic pastries - each topped with a miniature macaron - all served in the Maison's trendsetting green gingham cups and available to stay or 'to-go.

For the first time the elegance of Ladurée will be bought to everyday moments, making it the perfect, chic meeting spot on leafy Westbourne Grove.

Alongside the brand's iconic macarons, and signature Eugenie, Ladurée will also unveil a collection of new finger pâtisseries, cookies and pastries, each one brings a delectable French taste in an easy-to-eat format.

Ladurée's coffee blend is the result of hours of considered tasting, culminating in a roast that embodies the perfect balance between acidity and bitterness. To fully appreciate its aromatic complexity, the coffee will also be available as a gentle extraction made with a V60 coffee machine, prepared by Laduree's expert in-house baristas.



Celebrates St Barth Store


The luxury womenswear brand is bringing its signature styles to St Barth in a new boutique that is as beautifully designed as its pieces.

The now ever popular, ultra chic brand began when Nicky and Simone Zimmermann founded the Australian label in 1991. Over the years the brand's pieces evolved to incorporate swimwear and resort wear among its classic sophisticated feminine silhouettes, making it an elegant staple for those of us looking for chic clothing in warmer climates. It's clear that Zimmermann, and its clientele, fit right in St Barth. The brand is celebrating a long awaited storefront opening on the Caribbean island, offering beautiful new styles in an idyllic tropical destination.

The space itself is an extension of the beauty of Zimmermann and St Barth. Located in the heart of the island in an original two story timber and stone building, the boutique captures the effortless essence of the island that’s so synonymous with the Zimmerman lifestyle. Having been specially designed with details of the island’s unique history in mind, a blend of French and Swedish influences can be seen all over. Touches like a rare 1940’s French abstract painting, and a Swedish Kurbit folk art inspired curtain bring the surrounding history into the store. Bespoke furniture, and a blend of vintage and modern pieces accent the stunning new interior. With a warm color palette of olive greens and rich oak woods this space is inviting and casual to suit the spirit of the island and the Zimmermann brand. And, as a nod to its roots, paintings by Australian painters Emily Ferretti, Stephen Bird, and Natalie Bloom adorn the walls.

Zimmermann St Barth is located on Rue Du General De Gaulle, Gustavia, 97133, St Barthelemy

Audi Q8 e-tron is ‚dressed’ by Richard James for Concours on Savile Row 2024

The all-electric Audi Q8 e-tron proves once again it is ‘a cut above’ as it is dresses in a bespoke Richard Jamesinspired ’suit’ for the 2024 Concours on Savile Row.

For the second year running, Audi and men’s outfitters Richard James will support Concours on Savile Row, London. The Q8 e-tron is sure to be the centerpiece of this celebration of the world’s greatest high-end cars and first-rate tailoring, craftsmanship, and the art of bespoke.

The Q8 e-tron is wrapped in an appropriately electrifying orange ‚suit’, fashion’s colour of the season, while trying it in with the iconic Richard James papaya summer fresco double-breasted Hepworth.

The Hepworth suit is a perfect fit for Audi: cleanly defined, boundary-pushing yet unfussy, contemporary, and designed to make an immediate but not overpowering impression, all factors that slot seamlessly with the ethos of the famously elegant, design-focused, and forward thinking.

The classic Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 from 1985



Rönner combines a timeless elegance and style with practicality, with their pieces eminently transferable from day to night private enclosure at the Polo to family Sunday lunches.

The Polo-Shirts for riding and other sports, blend the classic look of the traditional polo-shirt with a fresh approach to Equestrian-style. Ideal for riding or any other sports, or just for pretty casual outfits! Tailored and fitted, made in a high-tech textile. Designed with iconic Equestrian prints and made in a high-tech fabric. The polo-shirts are the perfect complement for sports, adventures and ride-leisure. Optimal performance in Equestrian-style.

Rönner offers a variety of daytime dresses, shirt dresses and tunics made with the Iconic equestrian prints, style them for any occasion. When you need a smarter alternative for the evening or have a special occasion, their dresses are an ideal solution. Dresses that will have you start many charming conversations.

Rönner’s Spring/Summer 2024 Collection - a symphony of freedom, creativity, and unabashed femininity. The latest line epitomizes the unique bond between woman and horse, showcasing new signature motifs that captivate the spirit of now and the seasons to come.

From chic linen dresses to cotton sleepwear, each piece embodies the effortless sophistication of the modern equestrian lifestyle. With a keen focus on responsible manufacturing processes, Rönner presents functional sport pieces that seamlessly transition from barn to everyday activities, ensuring both style and practicality.

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The Men’s wardrobe

The men’s collection creative director Filippo Grazioli designed synced up with his quieter rendition of Missoni’s ‘he comes in color’ personality.

Grazioli’s chromatic direction veered towards a cool, toned down palette of white, gray, sand and khaki—a counterintuitive choice for the almost virtuoso quality of traditional Missoni color combinations. The designer’s penchant for sleek minimalism was also reflected in a restrained approach to neat silhouettes and controlled volumes.

Conceived as a wardrobe of sensible, comfortable pieces, the collection offered trench coats, dusters, and daywear pieces inflected with a versatile attitude and some soft formality. Textures kept a certain impact, while plays of patterns allowed for creative layering.

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


A tribute to the 'Aurora Borealis' crystal with iridescent reflections that Monsieur Dior developed in 1956, the watch is a celebration of colour featuring a chromatic spectrum achieved through a combination of stones in various cuts and sizes, with vibrant shades and saturations layered on top of each other.

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exquisite cocktail ring features a unique centrestone, a blue oval-cut sapphire. Surrounded by sapphires and tsavorites.





Embracing Nature's Tapestry Bijou.Q

Unveils the 'EDENIA' Collection

Bijou.Q, renowned for its commitment to luxury and elegance, proudly presents its latest masterpiece – the enchanting 'EDENIA' collection. In the 'EDENIA' collection, each enchanting piece encapsulates the essence of a utopian moment, where the earthy greens of the fields seamlessly merge with the soft hues of the cloudy sky, evoking the spirit of the spring season and themes of rejuvenation and regeneration.

Each piece in the 'EDENIA' collection embodies a utopian moment – a seamless blend of earthy greens and soft skies, reminiscent of a tranquil day in the countryside. Crafted with delicate precision, these pieces radiate vitality and freedom, inviting wearers to embrace the wonders of nature.

At the heart of the 'EDENIA' collection lies intricate wheat motifs, reflecting the interplay of light and shadow, reminiscent of the sun dancing with the clouds on a memorable day. 'EDENIA' is a testament to the timeless symbol of genesis, where Bijou.Q strives to strike a balance between serenity and humanity's deep-rooted connection to nature.

Step into a realm where time seems to stand still, and the beauty of nature unfolds in its purest form with the 'EDENIA' collection from BijouQ.

Elevate your jewellery collection to new heights and embrace the essence of nature's tapestry with Bijou.Q's 'EDENIA' collection.

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Experience Ultimate Comfort and Wellness Art of Cryo

Art of Cryo develops and produces the electric cold chambers of the future for true whole-body cryotherapy.

In the realm of wellness and sports recovery, innovation is the key to achieving peak performance and rejuvenation. Enter Germany's premier cold chamber Art of Cryo, a pinnacle of luxury and quality crafted over 25 years of expertise. This makes Art of Cryo the word leader in the area of high performance cry chamber technology.

Designed to cater to the needs of elite athletes, wellness enthusiasts, and those seeking the ultimate relaxation experience, these cold chambers redefine what it means to indulge in self-care.

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With a rich legacy spanning a quarter-century, German craftsmanship stands as a testament to precision engineering and uncompromising quality. Each cold chamber of Art of Cryo is meticulously crafted using the finest materials, blending traditional techniques with cutting-edge technology to deliver an unparalleled experience.

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Step into a world of tranquility and rejuvenation as you immerse yourself in the luxurious embrace of the cold chamber. Designed to envelop your body in a gentle, controlled cold environment, these chambers offer a sanctuary for relaxation and recovery. Whether you're seeking relief from muscle soreness after an intense workout or simply craving a moment of serenity amidst life's hustle and bustle, the cold chamber provides the perfect escape.

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The systems-proof pocket frame by Protek®

Linear®, the range of pocket frames for sliding doors designed to eliminate the use of jambs and coverings profiles, characterised by resistance and ease of assembly, has always combined the essential technological qualities with the aesthetic ones, which are increasingly fundamental when it comes to interior design solutions.

To overcome the difficulties of applying sliding solutions near electrical sockets and pipes, Linear® is now among the options of Magic Box®, the collection of pocket frames provided with the housing for electrical and/or water utilities designed and patented by Protek®.

Thanks to an accurate design that provides for the housing of electrical and/or water systems on both sides of the pocket frams, configured with a special mold in expanded polystyrene, the Linear pocket frames are now available in the Magic Box Linear Elektro solutions without jambs and architraves, set up for electric users, Magic Box Linear Hydra, set up for water users, and Magic Box Linear Domotika, set up for electric and water users.

An ideal solution for all those applications where the passing of electrical wiring within the wall traditionally required the use of a swinging door, Magic Box® Elektro allows switches, electrical sockets, video intercoms, thermostats and any other electrical device to be accommodated over the entire height of the pocket frame and on both sides of it, allowing maximum freedom and no floor footprint.

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From the combination of Magic Box® Elektro and Magic Box® Hydra comes Magic Box® Domotika, the perfect mix of practicality and aesthetics. With its predisposition on both sides of the pocket frame itself, it is the perfect solution for homes, offices, hotels and all those environments requiring unlimited home automation.



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Finest Art Gallery is a part of POLO & Lifestyle The London Magazine by Scarlett Stilling
“Inspired by the polo matches and horses. Our goal was to capture the spirit of the polo ponies.
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The Moguls were then responsible for taking the game from Persia tot he East, where it became known as “the sport of kings“.

Polo is taken from the word ’pholo’ meaning ’ball’ or ’ballgame’ in the Balti language of Tibet.

By the 16th century polo was well established in India in Mainpur, the English Army Officers discovered the game. They went on to found the world’s first polo club.

Today, more than 77 countries across the world play polo. It was an Olympic sport from 1900-1939.

Polo continues to represent the pinnacle of sport. This is a feeling epitomised by the famous verse inscribed on a stone tablet next to a polo ground in Gilgit, Pakistan:

Let others play at other things. ’’The king of sports is still the sport of kings.’’



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Lilypad is a unique product that confirms the brand’s intuition, who included it in the catalogue The New Modernism. In fact, it perfectly corresponds to the brand’s mood with its geometric contrasts and the great enhancement of glass in all its nuances. With The New Modernism and Lilypad, Tonelli Design interprets in a personal manner the modern living, creating pieces of great expressive force, that compose a complete universe of design. Contemporaneity above any trend, real and timeless, an international style, free and personal, that easily adapts to the houses all around the world. “Glass is the element we love – confirm Michele Bacchiocchi and Michele Gasperini, owners of Tonelli Design, - and if with other collections we focused on multi-materiality, with Lilypad we give up to the transcendent force of glass in different versions. Our glass is that of the classic etheric and bright transparencies, the warm and charming one of the coloured glass, the fused three-dimensional one, modern and decorative with its different textures. An unexpected glass that declares, with its natural imperfections, its artisan soul, alive and vibrant, that contributes to give life to a new exclusive experience.”

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Bang & Olufsen sets sail on an exclusive new collaboration with Riva

A luxurious new partnership with fine Italian yachting brand, Riva, to create the ultimate vessel for sound.

Sharing a passion for performance, design, and craftsmanship, this extraordinary collaboration is making waves by bringing together the best of artisanship to create two remarkable products.

Riva's history dates back to 1842 and the company is recognised as the vanguard of world boating. Likewise, Bang & Olufsen has been the leader in luxury audio for almost a century, shaping and reshaping the industry through the unique combination of powerful sound, timeless design, and unrivalled craftsmanship.

“Riva and Bang & Olufsen share the same passion for performance, design, and craftsmanship. Together, we are bringing the best of artisanship to the fore by creating two remarkable products. Working on this project has been exhilarating, and I want to thank our teams in both Struer and Sarnico for making something truly memorable”, said Bang & Olufsen’s CEO Kristian Teär.

“It is a partnership that sounds great. A taste for ‘mixing’ elegance and innovation is the shared value that will guide product design and production. I’m excited to keep advancing research in pursuit of absolute quality and beauty. I can’t wait to discover and enjoy the wonders that will come out of this extraordinary collaboration,” said Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group's CEO.

Bang & Olufsen and Riva will reveal the exclusive products in September 2024 during the boat show season.


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

Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort Opens its Doors on the Shores of Ras Al Khaimah

A Harmonious Symphony of French Elegance and Arabian Splendor

Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort, under the holding company Al Hamra Real Estate Development LLC, is poised to epitomize luxury on the shores of Ras Al Khaimah, as it will be officially opening its doors on May 13th. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a realm where the enchanting rhythms of the Arabian Gulf seamlessly intertwine with the timeless sophistication of French Art De Vivre. Nestled within Al Hamara Village, elegantly lining the pristine coastline of Ras Al Khaimah, this unique 5-star destination promises a bespoke experience for the discerning traveler.

Kristina Zanic Consultants has brought a touch of French flair to Ras Al Khaimah, unveiling exquisite interiors for the emirate's first Sofitel property. Top of FormTop of FormBottom of FormBottom of FormThe resort celebrates the rich tapestry of ancient Emirati history, encompassing pearling, sailing, and pottery arts. Embracing the city's legacy, the hotel showcases the renowned French Art de Vivre, seamlessly blending with local architecture and art while drawing inspiration from the journeys of nomads across the Peninsula. The result is a harmonious fusion of French-inspired maritime history and the distinctive Arabian essence. The grand lobby features a stunning mural adorned with vibrant hues, drawing inspiration from Arabesque stained-glass, echoing history, and captivating the eye.

The Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort offers 292 rooms, ranging from the Classic King to the Luxury Double categories, all featuring exclusive Dyptique amenities. With 47 suites available, including the Prestige One Bedroom, Beachfront Signature Two Bedrooms, and Two Presidential Suites, ensuring a perfect retreat for every guest. Each meticulously designed room reflects a commitment to enhancing the guest experience, with intricate details capturing the essence of the locale. From expansive bay windows flooding the spaces with natural light to breathtaking views of Ras Al Khaimah's picturesque landscape, reminiscent of stunning French coastlines, the resort offers a truly immersive and luxurious retreat. The resort is committed to impacting your soul through their French zest and heartfelt service culture.

With four beachfront swimming pools overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf, the resort provides a tranquil escape for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. It's not only a haven for leisure seekers but also a culinary destination with seven exceptional dining venues catering to every palate, promising a gastronomic journey that transcends boundaries. The Citron lobby lounge exudes modern elegance and offers great service.

East, an all-day dining restaurant, takes you on a global food journey in a cool setting, while the Samphire Pool Bar offers tasty bites and drinks, for you to enjoy by the pool. Adding to the culinary allure, Reunion is a gem that transports guests to the heart of France with its authentic French cuisine.

Waka Polynesian Restaurant is another unique dining destination that celebrates the rich culinary heritage of Polynesia, serving up a fusion of bold and exotic dishes. Veritas Wine Bar boasts an extensive selection of premium wines from around the world, expertly curated to cater to diverse palates. Whether you're starting your day with a revitalizing juice or opting for a postworkout boost, Blend & Squeeze Juice Bar is committed to delivering a taste of vitality. Each of these restaurants contributes its unique charm to make Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort an even more delightful and diverse culinary destination.

For those seeking exclusivity and personalized services, Club Millesime offers an elevated experience. Families are thoughtfully catered for with the Le Petit Prince Kids Club, ensuring that every member of the family has an unforgettable stay. Guests can also indulge in ultimate relaxation at the first Sofitel Spa with Clarins, offering a sanctuary of rejuvenation and luxury. Golf enthusiasts are in for a treat with convenient access to Al Hamra Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course, allowing them to perfect their swing amidst the breathtaking beauty of the coastal landscape.

More than just a destination, Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort is a celebration of life, a seamless fusion of cultures, and an invitation to bask in luxury in its purest form. The resort eagerly welcomes guests to indulge in an extraordinary experience that transcends the ordinary, promising a harmonious symphony of French elegance and Arabian splendor. Your journey to opulence and serenity truly begins here.

Karim Abdelhamid, General Manager of Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort commented, "We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to visitors to this region, celebrated for its breathtaking natural beauty and verdant surroundings. Ras Al Khaimah stands out as a premier destination for residential living, recreational pursuits, and tourism, and the inauguration of The Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort, Ras Al Khaimah marks another milestone in the island's expanding array of top-tier hospitality offerings. Boasting a privileged location, opulent amenities, and hallmark service, the hotel is poised to attract discerning residents of the UAE as well as esteemed figures from Ras Al Khaimah's local, regional, and international spheres."

In celebration of the opening of Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort, the hotel extends a special invitation with exclusive benefits. Receive a welcome drink to kickstart your stay, benefit from a complimentary upgrade to a superior room, and experience the convenience of flexible check-in and check-out times. Additionally, savor the exquisite dining options with an attractive 20% discount on all food and beverage services. Relish these fantastic perks and make unforgettable memories by the sea. For more information, please visit www.sofitel.com or contact +971 72096000

A Luxurious Scottish Honeymoon Road Trip

Scotland, with its atmospheric highlands and remote islands, is the perfect place for a romantic honeymoon. It’s a country to be explored, so there’s no better way to experience it than on a luxury road trip - at your own pace, in a vehicle of your choice. Enjoy quality time together, exceptional cuisine made from local produce, and breath-taking landscapes at these must-stay hotels and resorts.

The Balmoral Hotel – Edinburgh City

The Balmoral Hotel is right in the heart of Edinburgh city centre. You will not find a better starting point to explore the city from. It’s part of the luxury hotelier Rocco Forte Hotels empire and is the epitome of city centre luxury. The interiors are classically luxurious, timeless and beautifully colourful; but with a hint of modernity fitting for its location. Interior designer Olga Polizzi has used Scotland’s landscape as her inspiration - the carpets, paint colours and fabrics reflect the earthy colours of the moors, mists and heathers that one associates with Scotland. The Balmoral Hotel is all about impeccable service, so staff will take care of your every need. From the Brasserie Prince restaurant, to the Palm Court and the concierge desk, every member of staff will create a lasting impression.

Afternoon tea at Palm Court is an exceptional experience and has become an Edinburgh institution. Enjoy a classic afternoon tea with a Scottish twist as you gaze up at the beautiful glass dome and Venetian chandelier of Palm Court, right in the centre of the hotel. The Balmoral’s signature whisky bar, SCOTCH, is home to one of Edinburgh’s largest whisky collections. A dedicated, kilted ‘Whisky Ambassador’ will help you find a dram that’s right for you from over 500 varieties. Enjoy Scottish themed cocktails at Bar Prince, before dining at The Balmoral’s Brasserie Prince – a restaurant that combines classic, luxury French cuisine with fresh, local, Scottish ingredients.

Must-Do: Dr David Jack Edinburgh Aesthetic Clinic, 19 Howe Street - Cryo Collagen Facial (45 mins) - £250

This firming, lifting and brightening facial is exclusive to the Edinburgh Dr David Jack clinic and is the perfect antidote to wedding day excesses. It begins with a cleanse using Dr David Jack’s own Supernova Cleanser. This is then followed by a Targeted Oxygenating Peel, in which an enzymatic effect on the skin sloughs away dead skin cells and uncovers new skin. This is followed by Radio Frequency with the clinic’s specially formulated device that heats the skin from within. This stimulates collagen and elastin production, which helps with plumping, lifting and tightening the skin. Next is Target Cool with Mesotherapy – a device that uses carbon dioxide therapy to oxygenate the tissues of your skin while delivering 59 essential vitamins and minerals to the surface, creating enviable luminosity.

The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ | Reservations +44(0) 8704607040

187 bedrooms, including 20 suites, many of which have views of Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town and the surrounding hills


Archerfield House – East Lothian

The Archerfield estate is best known for its world-class spa, Fletcher’s Cottage, and it’s renowned 18-hole championship golf course, Archerfield Links. You cannot visit without making one of these the centre of your stay. There are also some beautiful walking trails throughout this 550-acre estate , where you can experience Scottish nature and incredible views.

The estate’s restaurant is situated at the golf clubhouse. The Clubhouse, with its dark wood panelling, has a menu of classic Scottish dishes using exquisite produce from trusted local suppliers. Some of their local suppliers include Belhaven Smokehouse, who supply their bespoke Archerfield smoked salmon and smoked cheddar. Belhaven Lobster supply the restaurant with crab straight off the boat, while their pork belly comes from Brand’s Family Farm just a few miles away.

There are several types of accommodation available on the estate. The impressive, majestic main Archerfield House is available for exclusive-use hire, there are woodland lodges, a romantic boathouse and quaint cottages. However, most suitable for a short stay as a couple, are the beautiful Pavilion Suites, in smart, renovated 18 modern apartments feature an open plan lounge, bedroom and kitchenette. They come with complimentary transport across the estate, Bamford toiletries, Nespresso machines and access to the Archerfield boutique gym.

Must-Do: Fletcher’s Cottage Spa, Archerfield - VOYA Lavender Sleep Wrap (60 mins) - £140.00

This spa treatment begins with a deep body brush exfoliation to remove dry skin cells and stimulate the skin to leave it looking renewed, radiant, and velvety soft. Body brushing improves the guest’s spa journey by allowing them to ease into the treatment without having to rinse before the wrap. VOYA’s bespoke lavender and seaweed sugar scrub is then used to further prepare the skin for absorption.

The second part of this treatment includes a warm application of the soothing lavender body butter. Cocooned in VOYA’s organic muslin cloth whilst enjoying a relaxing head massage, you will drift off into a deep relaxed state. VOYA has enhanced lavender’s natural abilities to reduce stress, anxiety, and sleep by combining it with organic seaweed - the ultimate relaxation combination with proven benefits for the body and mind to help you unwind.

Archerfield House, Archerfield House, Dirleton EH39 5HQ | 01620 897 050 Pavillion Suites at Archerfield estate available from £245 per night www.archerfieldhouse.com/stay/pavilion-suites

VOYA treatments are available at Fletcher’s Cottage Spa, Archerfield www.fletcherscottagespa.com

Gleneagles - Perthshire

Gleneagles has been THE destination luxury resort in Scotland since its launch in 1924. Now the 850-acre estate features the iconic luxury hotel, three championship golf courses, a renowned spa, a chic shopping arcade, extensive woodlands and the only restaurant in Scotland with two Michelin stars. It’s a veritable playground for lovers of luxury and outdoor pursuits. This iconic country estate set beneath the beautiful Ochil Hills, has something for every member of the family to enjoy, whatever their ages. For couples, it’s the chance to escape from the world and focus on each other, while enjoying exquisite food (including the famous Gleneagles’ breakfast) and some time in nature.

From country house-style bedrooms, to expansive luxurious suites, staying in the main house or its newer wings is true paradise. The interiors are filled with sumptuous Scottish textiles with contrasting patterns and prints that inject moments of chic, muted colour. Designed to be an inviting home-from-home, all rooms feature fluffy bathrobes, slippers and divine marble bathrooms. You can even choose your pillows from a pillow menu. These 5-star rooms and suites will have you never wanting to leave… except when it’s time for that breakfast Bloody Mary.

Must-Do: Off-Road Driving - Off-Road Driving Lessons (105 mins) – from £650 per vehicle

Designed by some of Britain’s leading off-road specialists, these Perthshire Hills trails include water splashes, ditches, escalating ridges, gullies and steep gradients. Session options include 1 hour 45 mins for up to two drivers or 2 hour 30 mins for up to four drivers. Instruction is given in manual Land Rover 110 Defenders on two purpose-built off-road courses.

Gleneagles® Hotel Auchterarder, Perthshire Scotland 01764 662 231 Take a look inside the Glorious Playground… A charming country estate, a rural family adventure, an invigorating escape for friends, a cosy couples’ retreat, a home from home – Gleneagles is a luxury hotel, spa and golfing destination in the heart of the Scottish countryside www.gleneagles.com

Murrayshall Country Estate - Perthshire

This breath-taking Perthshire country estate and main house dates back over 400 years and has a strong ancestral heritage. Built in 1664, it is the former home of Lord Lynedoch. This grand house is beautiful to walk around, as you admire the staircase, exquisite antiques and historical paintings.

Staying at Murrayshall Country Estate is a true escape. Get lost in its 365 acres of land as you enjoy fine dining, relaxing spa treatments and plush interiors. The estate has recently secured an extensive £30million cash injection to build a new state-of-the-art stand-alone spa, along with a range of new accommodations with stronger links to nature. At the moment, there is a relaxing Ishga spa menu of treatments in a single treatment room, so prior booking is advised. If the outdoors is your passion, the estate can arrange for you to take part in a range of activities – from axe-throwing to archery. There are also stunning walking trails and the staff at reception will guide you on how best to explore the nature of the estate on foot.

The main jewel in Murrayshall’s crown is its fine dining. Their fine dining, Scottish-cuisine restaurant Eòlas, showcases the best of Scottish highland produce within its seasonal menus. The quality and presentation of dishes are exceptional – as recognised by its award for ‘Best Boutique Hotel Restaurant’ in the UK in October 2022 and its position on the shortlist for ‘Scotland’s Best Restaurant’ with The Scotsman in 2023. Head Chef Craig Jackson is constantly looking for innovative ways to showcase the best that Scotland has to offer in his menus. He has also recently been awarded the prestigious accolade of becoming a Master Chef of Great Britain.

Must-Do: Scone Palace and Gardens – Entry to Iconic Crowning Place of Scottish Kings – £18.50 Adults / £12.50 Children / £16.50 Concession

Scone Palace and Gardens are open from 10am until 5.30pm, with last entry at 4pm. The Coffee Shop, Food Shop and Gift Shop are open until 4.30pm. 42 Kings of Scots were crowned at Scone and today it is home to the Earls of Mansfield. Discover the history and marvel at the vast array of artefacts on display. Take time to explore the wider estate and Palace grounds too, including the stunning open gardens.

Country Estate, Scone, Perth, Scotland, PH2 7PH 01738 551 171

A haven of nature – escape the ordinary



The 5-star Glenapp Castle on the South West coast of Scotland is one of Ayrshire’s finest hotels. As you enter through the estate’s gate and drive slowly up its winding drive, the site of the majestic stone castle will take your breath away. Built in 1870, by Scottish Baronial style architect David Bryce, this turreted wonder incorporates gothic architecture, sandstone battlements and grand towers to give it its fairytale appearance. Featuring just 17 guest rooms and suites, you’ll get personal and dedicated service throughout your stay.

Glenapp Castle is heaven for foodies. Staying here without experiencing dinner would be a crime. Executive Chef, Peter Howarth has created delightful fine dining menus of Scottish cuisine. Whether you choose three courses, or the seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings, their daily changing dishes make the most of local seasonal produce in unique, inventive creations. Experience flavour and texture combinations you’ve never seen before as you enjoy what will be a memorable meal watching the sun set over Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre and the Ayrshire coastline. Their 3 AA rosette restaurant is definitely something you need to experience.

Must-Do: Glenapp Castle Hebridean Sea Safari (5 days/4 nights) - £POA

After a stay at the castle itself, board an adventure on Glenapp’s 37 feet, 12-seater vessel, which includes an on-board marine biologist that will guide you through the islands and headlands of the West coast of Scotland and into the Hebridean islands. You will be navigated through breathtaking channels, lochs and along coastlines - seeing remote caves, whirlpools and spectacular cliff and rock formations. Your bespoke itinerary may include a Glenapp five-star picnic on a remote sandy beach or glamping on a hidden island where a Glenapp private dining experience will await – a private chef will have prepared a luxurious menu including the best of Scottish coastal produce ranging from local venison to lobster, scallops or seabass.

Rooms from £506 per night. All of the public rooms at the castle are on the first floor. There are suites on the ground, first and second floors. All of these are accessible by lift though some are more suitable than others for guests who have difficulty with stairs


Glenapp Castle – South Ayrshire
Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Girvan KA26 0NZ | 01465 831 212
Photo credit: Nathan Rollinson

Explore The Magic of a Swiss Summer in Zermatt Switzerland

Chalet Zermatt Peak: Providing Hollywood Stars A Summer Vacation Like No Other

Zermatt is known for its snowy white peaks and cosy Swiss chalets nestled within the mountains, but it is so much more than that. Many visitors see Zermatt as the perfect winter vacation, which no one can fault them for, but what most don’t know is that Zermatt is also the ultimate summer escape. During the summer months, travellers can expect to enjoy hiking in the breathtaking Swiss countryside, taking a cable car up to the glaciers, and gourmet dining at an array of five-star restaurants hidden in the mountains. One chalet, Chalet Zermatt Peak (CZP), understands the magic of summer in Switzerland and offers guests a bespoke service fit for the A-list.

Chalet Zermatt Peak, ‘The World’s Best Ski Chalet’, was recently featured in this year’s ‘Everyone Wins’ Oscar Nominee gift bag, which was hand-delivered to stars like Ryan Gosling, Martin Scorsese, Emily Blunt, and Cillian Murphy. When guests stay at the chalet, it is like having a boutique hotel all to yourself. This year’s Oscar nominees can expect to be welcomed by a full team of staff including their very own personal concierge, private gourmet chef, and spa therapists, to expansive unspoiled views of the awe-inspiring landscapes. During the warmer months, the wellness centre opens up, meaning guests can enjoy a massage on the balcony, or relax in the indoor/outdoor jacuzzi, which overlooks the famous village and Matterhorn.

Matthew Klaiber, the Global Business Development Manager, states “Guests who return for a summer visit are pleasantly surprised at both the beauty and experience of the Chalet in Summer. In winter you are restricted where you can go, however, once the snow melts, the areas our guests can explore increase dramatically. It definitely puts a different vibe to the evenings back at the chalet during dinner and wellness time. Enjoying dinner whilst watching the sunset behind the Matterhorn is a highlight. In summer we offer a luxury short stays, from 3 nights, which is very popular for guests who incorporate a visit to Zermatt as part of a wider European vacation.”

The changing of the seasons doesn’t change the level of service at CZP, the service is simply tailored around it. Whether an Oscar winner or not, every guest is treated like a Hollywood star.

Lunch With a Prince – A Unique Insight into the World of Château La Mission


Luxury wine brand Château La Mission Haut-Brion has a rich history. Celebrating its 40th vintage this year, its owners Domaine Clarence Dillon and the Dillon family are sitting on a treasure trove of not just beautiful wines, but an estate full of rich, sacred history and an impressive collection of art.

When I was invited for lunch in Bordeaux with owner (and 4 th generation of the Dillon family) H.R.H Prince Robert de Luxembourg, at the private family residence opposite Château La Mission Haut-Brion’s vineyards and visitor centre in Bordeaux, how could I resist a look inside this family, brandand property?

The brand is one of the Grand Crus Classé de Graves union of wine estates - fourteen prestigious estates that were classified as great growths in 1953 (and then in 1959) and have the unusual distinction of producing both red and white wines. All are family-owned and take a sustainable approach to farmingand production. The Graves region takes its name from its stony terrain. The wines produced are of superior quality and the estates all have rich histories. Château La Mission HautBrion is adored the world over and were even the only red and white wines exclusively served at the 96th Academy Awards® this year.

Exploring the château alongside Prince Robert gave me an interesting insight into the brand and the family who run it. Along with an appreciative understanding of how the estate was formed, as far back as 1540.

In 1540, Arnaud de Lestonnac acquired an area of land named ‘Arregedhuys’, which would be the starting point for Château La Mission Haut-Brion. The unique gravel soil, rested on a unique subsoil of clay, sand limestone and falun. The estate’ssacred and spiritual history comes from his daughter Olive de Lestonnac. Olive was a 17th century philanthropist, who was the leading founder and guardian of the covenants in Bordeaux. It was she who made Château La Mission Haut-Brion a brand. She was an astute businesswoman who had a major hand in all aspects of the estate’s wine growing,production and economics. She was ahead of her time and a strong, but pious, female figure.

A further sacred element to the estate was added in 1698 by the then owners, the Lazzarist fathers. These priests built the stone chapel which resides in the grounds of the château. The estate was then grown and developed through several owners, until the Dillon family acquired it in 1919. When you walk through the grounds and into the tiny historic chapel, you feel like you are walking on hallowed earth. There’s such a peaceful, special spiritual vibe to the place, and the cathedral-like cellar oozes centuries of superb wine-making craftsmanship.

Prince Robert truly appreciates the history of the estate and the brand. From the very first moment of meeting him, you could see his passion for maintaining that legacy and celebrating the history, both in terms of its wine production and its sacred past. His art collection honours the history of his family and the estate, and is a way of keeping it alive. One of the major collections is etchings – a collection started by Clarence Dillon and continued by his great-grandson Prince Robert de Luxembourg. These 71 etchings by Rembrandt and Dürer have biblical themes and are fascinatingly intricate.

Prince Robert was involved in the business from the age of 15and he is dedicated to keeping it as a family business and passing on the leadership crown one day. They continue to produce world-class wines year after year. On the schedule that day was an intimate lunch, drinking past Château La Mission Haut-Brion vintages; including the incredible experience of consuming their 40-year old vintage Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1983 En Magnum. This diluted blood red-coloured wine smelt like stepping back in time, of agedwood, rich fig, leather and tobacco. It was earthy and peaty and quite exceptional.

The Dillon family have renovated the château and added stateof-the-art winemaking facilities. They are driving forward the future of the business and expanding into new areas to ensure that Château La Mission Haut-Brion continues to thrive as its ancestors intended, but also meet the needs of the 21st century consumer. There’s a prestige new visitor centre across the road from the château, that was added in 2021. The Pavilion Catelan (in a renovated 19th century building) has sleek tasting rooms, an extensive cellar, spaces for private functions to be held, and a ground floor retail space. They have also opened a new shop in Bordeaux city centre this year - La Cave du Chateau Bordeaux, sister to the renowned shop in Paris. This store stocks not only Domaine Clarence Dillon wines, but many different wine producerswho excel in the field. They are a centre for excellence, stocking the best wines to dedicated enthusiasts. Plans are also in place to offer tastings alongside small bites of food. The future for Château La Mission Haut-Brion and its parent company Domaine Clarence Dion is a bright one and it willcontinue for generations to come.

London’s Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

The red neon sign that greets you when you enter, glowing against the dark and sexy interiors is your first sign that Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay Mayfair is a cool spot. It’s a place for a night out. A place to dress up and be seen, not just eat good Asian food.

It’s a sleek, sexy, luxurious hangout where an open kitchen takes centre stage. It very much has the vibes of a cool Tokyo bar that just happens to serve incredible food alongside its extensive, inventive cocktail menu. Opening in 2019 in Mayfair, this was Gordon’s first major launch in the city in over ten years. Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay and his team have made several trips to Asia to discover ingredients and techniques that have helped them create the unique and special Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay menu. It is both quintessential Asian cuisine and distinctly Gordon Ramsay at the same time. It’s so popular, that a second London location is opening this year in Bishopsgste, with 360-degree views across the entire city.

The interior of this happening Mayfair night spot, designed by AfroditiKrassa, is moody and low-lit, with lots of attention to detail. Gold lucky cats adorn the walls and tables that look like shining beacons of good fortune in the mostly blackcolour palette. When the rich, colourful, aromatic, and visually exciting food and drinks hit your table, they make an even greater impact.

The main inspiration for the menu is Japanese cuisine, but you will also find lots of nods to other Asian cooking styles amongst its dishes. It is a small plates menu, designed to share over drinks. It is not a place for a speedy meal, as dishes come out as and when they are ready. It’s a place to make your way through an exciting drinks list and enjoy some food at the same time. Expect a whole range of options from Robatagrilled dishes to raw sushi and sashimi. There’s an enticing theatrical element to all the food – from the waiters who mix a fresh egg into your fried rice at the table, to the bright yellow tower of the Japanese Citrus Soufflé dessert that has its yuzuand passion fruit sauce poured into it in-front of you.

It’s a menu that is full of stand-out dishes, but other must-tries include the Bonito Fried Duck Leg Bao that are juicy and packed full of flavour, the baby chicken with fragrant tom khasauce and the melt-in-your mouth Wagyu sirloin. The quality and freshness of the ingredients make this a stellar menu that’s worth every penny of its hefty price tags.

Unveiling Ho Chi Minh City: A Journey Through History, Art and Culture at Hôtel des Arts Saigon Vietnam

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A seamless blend of East and West and a testament to Vietnam’s rapid growth, bustling Ho Chi Minh City dazzles visitors with sleek skyscrapers and luxury hotels rising alongside historical French villas and ancient pagodas. Gone are the days when the city, still commonly referred to as Saigon, was merely a transit point for travelers rushing to their final beach destinations. A rich tapestry of culture, historic landmarks, Michelin-starred dining and vibrant contemporary art, nowadays Ho Chi Minh City is a glimmering metropolis with big name hotels at every turn.

Beneath all the glitz, the city still retains much of its charm and authenticity, with each corner narrating an engaging story. If you are craving a taste of adventure, hope on the back of a vintage Vespa and zip through the most iconic landmarks such as the Saigon Opera House, Reunification Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Ben Thanh Market and Central Post Office or forge a deeper connection with the lesser-known neighbourhoods teeming with local life.

Embarking on a day trip to the world-famous Cu Chi Tunnels and the tranquil Mekong Delta is a compelling reason to extend your stay. The itinerary offers valuable historical insights into Vietnam’s storied past and a relaxing escape from the busy city life. Navigating the narrow, dimly lit underground tunnels, trying your hand at a shooting range and exploring life-sustaining waterways on a private sampan certainly adds an exciting dimension to your Vietnam adventure.

Officially unveiled in October 2015, Hôtel des Arts Saigon is a sophisticated blend of timeless Indochina charm and modern flourishes. The artistic interior design, adorned with paintings and antiques from the owner's personal collection, is inspired by the incredible strength and beauty of Vietnamese women. Smooth corners, sensuous curves and arching lines – common features throughout the 24-storey hotel – lend to the feminine theme which is further emphasized by the neoclassic facade of the building. And whether by coincidence or fate, the very street upon which the hotel is situated, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, is named after a Vietnamese woman widely regarded as a revolutionary hero.

Conceptualized by Australian architect Scott Whittaker, the creative force behind numerous five-star projects in the region, Hôtel des Arts Saigon invites you to escape the ordinary with its world-class amenities and warm, intuitive service. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a female host dressed in a traditional ao dai. Embroidered with chrysanthemums, it symbolizes the prosperity and luxury lifestyle of the Vietnamese aristocracy in the olden days.

The grand reception desk, reminiscent of a fancy presidential bureau, and flower-shaped chandeliers perfectly compliment the hotel’s artistic ambience. As you await the elevator to whisk you up, take note of the vintage telephone at the end of the corridor –a nod to 1930s French Indochina, serving as an imaginary communication tool back to the bygone era.

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Channeling muted elegance, the 168 rooms and suites are designed to put your jetlag in place. The refined interiors, dressed in soothing creams with touches of gold, feature custom-made furniture, period artworks, decadent claw-foot bathtubs and polished parquet flooring. Each key unlocks a living space that delivers a lesson in hedonism, but it is the lavish Executive Studio Suites that steal the show! Situated on the upper floors, they grant a more spacious stay and create an excellent vantage point to observe the awe-inspiring traffic of Ho Chi Minh City from a comfortable distance. Guests staying in the executive rooms and suites enjoy exclusive access to the Sky Lounge, complete with comfortable seating, work areas and a range of additional perksfrom private check-in to complimentary dining offerings available from dawn to dusk.

Le Spa des Artistes by L’Apothiquaire, which can be found on the third floor, cultivates a tranquil atmosphere by fusing European expertise and local traditions. A gracious host to six sumptuously appointed treatment rooms, it offers a quick escape from hectic city life. The carefully calibrated menu balances natural ingredients such as coconut, sea salt, milk and mud with advanced cellular skincare solutions by Valmont. Surrender to a signature 95-minute pampering that harnesses the healing power of flowers, herbs and plants or opt for a relaxing hot stone therapy.

Home to four different restaurants and bars, each with its own unique influence, Hôtel des Arts Saigon takes you on an enriching culinary ourney ranging from casual simplicity to fine gastronomy. No matter what kind of connoisseur you are, let your exploration begin here. Start your day with a sprawling buffet at Saigon Kitchen, an eclectic all-day restaurant centered around an openkitchen concept. Live cooking stations, copper pots, bespoke vintage tiles and mismatched furniture evoke the feeling of dining at a bustling Asian street food market while remaining within your comfort zone.

The thoughtfully curated breakfast menu makes a note of everything! Indulge in a decadent array of specialties that go above and beyond, featuring a daily rotation of local dishes along with imported cheeses, airy just-baked pastries and exotic fruits in a rainbow of colours and flavours. Vietnamese favourites such as the hearty Pho, delicate Banh Hoi and world-famous Banh Mi will keep you fueled for a day of adventures, even more so when paired with a local dark roast coffee sweetened by condensed milk.

With an emphasis on farm produce, the lunch menu at Saigon Kitchen is an equally impressive affair that includes traditional Vietnamese options like caramelized chicken wings and grilled pork with vermicelli noodles, as well as an assortment of panAsian and Western bistro dishes.

The compelling ambience of Café des Beaux-Arts, located on the ground floor, is a fitting invitation to retreat indoors during the hottest part of the day. Delight in Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea extravaganza modelled after French ‘salons de thé’. The savoury snack box, reminiscent of a vintage suitcase, presented along with an open bird cage filled with confectionary and baked goods, balances eastern and western fare to the spectacular effect. Served with a free-flow premium selection of tea and coffee, the artfully crafted set promises a delightful journey of unexpected flavour parings.

Enhanced by period music from the grand piano, this elegant experience extends an opportunity to leisurely admire the hotel’s most renowned artworks. Among them are the evocative sketches by Bui Xuan Phai and the captivating ‘Royal Life’ lacquer painting by Bui Huu Hung.

Distinguished from the soft ambience of the hotel, the upscale Social Club Restaurant, perched on the 23rd floor, is a swanky brainchild of the internationally acclaimed Japanese design studio Super Potato. Its vibrant yet seductive interior is a splendid mix of dark wood, geometrical arches and gleaming gold accents. Rich wooden banisters, crafted from repurposed table legs create intimate nooks throughout the room, while chic chandeliers, velvet upholstery and polished flooring establish the dignified air of an exclusive gentlemen’s club. But the real ‘pièce de résistance’ is the 1910s oakwood Victorian bar, acquired by the hotel’s owner at an auction in London. Serving as an instant link to that era and locale, it sets the right tone as soon as you step out of the elevator.

Offering spectacular sunset views over the city’s glimmering skyline, this intimate venue stands as one of the hottest meal tickets in Ho Chi Minh City. Enthralling diners with elegant presentations, the menu puts the spotlight on fresh seafood and premium cuts alongside a selection of western dishes. From delicate Hokkaido scallops and tender 400-day grain-fed Wagyu striploin to the exquisite flavours of premium sturgeon caviar and pan seared foie gras, the culinary offerings of the Social Club Restaurant cater to the most discerning gourmet palates.

Revealing the legendary glamour and allure of yesteryear Europe through the lens of energetic modern day Vietnam, the drink menu is notably remarkable - try one of the handcrafted cocktails, explore the extensive wine list or take time to appreciate the complex character of a well-aged whiskey. With the taste profiles ranging from sour to smoky, any preference and curiosity is sure to discover a pleasant surprise.

If your stay falls on a Sunday, you are in for a treat. The 6-hour long free-flow and all-you-can-eat EPIC Brunch, beloved by locals and travelers alike, flaunts an incredible buffet scene stretching from exquisite seafood and fresh-from-the-farm salads to delicate deserts and everything in between. And if that is not enough to impress even the most seasoned brunch-goers, there is an entire cheese and charcuterie room, a pop-up champagne and caviar trolley and a fun nitrogen marshmallows experience delivered tableside.

Up-tempo DJ sets contribute to a festive feel-good atmosphere, by providing an energetic soundtrack to lively conversations and the sounds of sizzling meat, fizzing Veuve Clicquot and freshly shucked oysters. They don’t call it the epic brunch for no reason!

The alchemy of the Social Club Restaurant extends to the stylish Social Club Rooftop Bar, an outdoor lounge offering breathtaking views of the city. Perched on the 24th floor, it boasts an infinity pool with a swim-up bar and a chic lounge area, synonymous with sundowners. The decadent optics of sipping a cocktail while floating around in your swimwear is simply too tempting to miss! The perfect spot to witness the paintings of the sky that come alive every evening at sunset, Social Club Rooftop Bar embraces a hip, come-as-you-are vibe that creates an instant sense of welcome.

Rooted in the French ‘art de vivre’, Hôtel des Arts Saigon insists on indulging in life’s finest pleasures. Its timeless elegance and old- world glamour, coupled with exceptional service from a dedicated team of hospitality professionals, will make you feel like a member of a private hedonistic club rather than just a guest at the hotel. Extend your stay in Ho Chi Minh City for a few extra days to savour it all!

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The agreement was signed against the magnificent backdrop of the Venice Boat Show, where Ferretti Group, one of the top exhibitors, is presenting a remarkable fleet of 10 models, with two world premieres: Custom Line Navetta 38 and Pershing GTX 80.

The partnership between the two world-leading luxury brands will provide combined, exclusive solutions to their audience of global Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs). The joint commitment aims to provide unparalleled luxury and exclusivity through a united philosophy: the constant pursuit of excellence in performance, design and service. Specifically, the collaboration offers a number of exclusive benefits to clients from both companies. On a select and special occasion basis, Ferretti Group customers will have the opportunity to access Flexjet’s global fleet of over 300 private jets and private helicopters, which in Europe includes the ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650, Super-Midsize Praetor 600 and Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. Additionally, selected Ferretti Group customers will be granted the privilege of utilising Flexjet’s growing number of private terminals, offering exclusive gateways at key airport locations such as Teterboro close to New York City, Naples in Florida and Van Nuys in California.

Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO, said: “People who love cruising on Ferretti Group yachts expect standards of absolute excellence when they fly too, which is why I’m so pleased to associate our name with Flexjet, a partner that shares our same passion and desire to offer customers an increasingly rewarding experience. Venice is the ideal showcase to celebrate this important agreement. I have a background in the business jet industry and can confirm that Flexjet is the best partner.”

“This exciting partnership takes the decades-long expertise and luxury brand power from leaders in two complementary sectors, and combines them to present today’s UHNWI audience with a set of exclusive and unique advantages”, added Kenn Ricci, Chairman of Flexjet. “I have been a huge admirer of Ferretti Group’s philosophy for many years, and we share a deep understanding of what it takes to deliver a truly exceptional luxury experience. I’m excited to see how this significant strategic alliance can lift our offerings to even greater heights of excellence.”

Kenn Ricci Chairman Flexjet and Alberto Galassi CEO Ferretti Group


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Exclusive Interview with Rabih Fakhreddine,

Founder and CEO Of 7 Management

Tell us a bit about yourself and how did you career start in hospitality?

It all started in the heart of my family home’s kitchen where my passion for cooking first ignited. Since childhood, I have always loved experimenting with flavors and the excitement that culinary creations bring. During my time as an undergraduate at the American University of Beirut, I channeled my love for hospitality and social interaction by actively participating in numerous student clubs, engaging in organizing university events.

While pursuing my studies, I dived into the world of hospitality by investing in restaurants and bars. Following my graduation in 2006 with a degree in Business Marketing, I began my professional journey in sales, eventually ascending the managerial ranks for the Levant region at British American Tobacco. However, my passion for the hospitality industry persists so I knew this was the path for me.

In 2011, I embarked on my entrepreneurial path with the launch of my first bar, Faces, in the vibrant heart of Beirut's entertainment hub, the Hamra district. In the following years, I introduced several more venues, each distinguished by its unique thematic appeal, such as “February 30”, “Checkpoint Charlie” and “Walkman”.

What made you decide to launch your own company?

From my student days, I eagerly embraced every opportunity and ventured into various fields. Balancing my corporate job with my entrepreneurial aspirations, I knew the time would arrive to prioritize my own dreams.

With the debut of Beirut’s Seven Sisters in 2015, I took the leap, establishing 7 Management after leaving my job. Since then, 7 Management has been introducing exceptional and distinct concepts like February 30, Sayf, The Theater, Café Beirut, Antika, Black Flamingo, and Lucia’s, harmonizing my love for excellent cuisine and top-tier entertainment across the Middle East.

Founding 7 Management has proven to be a strategic move. Today, I am part of the Young President’s Organization UAE, honored as the Best Nightlife Entrepreneur of 2023, and recognized in the Caterer Middle East F&B Power 50 List.

What area of business does 7 Management specialize in?

We excel in crafting exceptional hospitality experiences, boasting over 11 cutting-edge brands spread across three countries. Antika thrives in Beirut, Dubai, and Doha, Sayf shines in Beirut and Dubai, while Lucia graces Dubai and Doha. Dubai hosts a variety of our venues including The Theater, February 30, Seven Sisters, and more.

Each of our locations holds a distinctive, immersive narrative. Our innovative concepts are trailblazing, setting us apart in the market. By infusing each venue with identity, meaning, and values, we cultivate engaged and loyal customers who seek emotional connections and continuous engagement.

Our unparalleled brand DNA ensures that our concepts are never replicated elsewhere. Hearing about businesses mimicking our ideas is a testament to our influence, rather than a concern. We thrive on staying ahead of the competition through our originality and uniqueness, establishing ourselves as trendsetters. This is what differentiates us and will continue to do so.

What are your top 5 business tips?

Get to know the region: The MENA region provides expansive opportunities for those who make the effort to understand this complex market and how to compete in it. It is a very diverse region with its own traditions, norms, and tastes. Localization and collaborations with home-grown businesses, key opinion leaders and regional platforms are instrumental when it comes to enhancing business and brand awareness. Get to know what your customers really want and deliver on every level, with no detail taken for granted.

Uniqueness above everything: Having a new and unique idea that can compete in a highly competitive market is paramount. I cannot stress enough how pivotal it is to have an innovative idea to be able to compete in a saturated market such as the MENA region and even more importantly to be able to stand out and pass the test of time.

Take every opportunity and go for it: The region’s economic outlook is promising, unlike the grim forecasts of many countries and other regions. Notably, the GCC is an excellent market for entrepreneurs with a booming hospitality industry. Governments are intentionally supporting the industry and making the region attractive for entertainment, tourism, and leisure. There is an influx of investments in hospitality, including hotels and F&B outlets. Here is the best place to make that dream a reality.

All eyes on KSA: Saudi Arabia presents a huge opportunity; it is a young and hungry F&B market that is avidly welcoming new concepts and brands. The Saudi Vision 2030 has dedicated a great part to the hospitality and tourism industries and is aiming for 100 million visits per year by 2030. This is an excellent time to get the ball rolling on exciting hospitality projects in a booming region.

Go global: In Dubai we are in competition with many international players, which means we can compete and hold our own on a global level. I hope this encourages more Middle Eastern entrepreneurs to become global players, pushing boundaries, and popularizing homegrown brands around the world. Only a handful of brands from the region have turned into world-class global names with international operations. It has been mostly a one-way street, with an influx of international brands into the Middle East. Rather than come to us, it is time we go to them.

What exciting projects are you presently working on?

This year, we're thrilled to announce our global expansion through exciting partnerships with international brands. In Athens, Greece, we are set to unveil Bagatelle at the Astir Marina this summer, embodying the brand's essence in a breathtaking setting. Moreover, 7 Management will oversee seven themed restaurants on the exquisite island of "Sindalah" by Joel Robuchon. In the UAE, we are introducing Beirut's renowned Meat the Fish at Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab, along with Em Sherif, the acclaimed Lebanese fine dining establishment that secured the 8th spot in the MENA's 50 Best Restaurants 2024 list, following its remarkable success in London, Monaco, and other premier locations. Our commitment to Dubai remains strong as we continue to innovate and deliver more exciting projects in the future.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learnt in your career?

Launching a business in Lebanon teaches you perseverance, whatever the circumstances. In the past few years, Lebanon has witnessed many circumstances that would have discouraged any investor, but we have always emerged from crises and rebuilt ourselves. So, what I learned is that you should never give up, no matter what the circumstances are. You will have good days, and you will have bad ones wherever you are and whatever field you’re working in.

What is one motto you live by?

I have a motto I truly believe in: “True leaders create other leaders not followers”.

Leaders must believe in their teams and empower them, ordering them around achieves nothing for any of us. None of my ideas would have materialized if it weren’t for my empowered team whose opinions and input are of upmost importance to me. Being humble, being a good listener, accepting feedback, and discussing challenges facing a company are some of the most vital qualities a leader should have. It is important to be in constant touch with various departments and remain in the loop. Expressing gratitude for my team and encouraging them to stay motivated is key. A healthy work environment is not a luxury or a corporate ideology - it’s the only way your people will keep on creating, growing, and flourishing. In return, a company that has a team who shares and believes in its vision will have its dreams turned into reality.


Merging best-in-class technology and design, the audio and automotive collaboration embodies Italian luxury and equips the Lamborghini Revuelto with an exclusive Sonus faber audio system.

Lamborghini and Sonus faber’s collaboration marks the beginning of a long-awaited partnership that stems from a deep appreciation for Italian artistry, high-quality craftsmanship, and rich traditions of audio excellence. the new Revuelto will be the first Lamborghini vehicle available to customize with Sonus faber’s inimitable automotive audio system, which was born out of the joint efforts of Sonus faber’s R&D and Design department – headed by Livio Cucuzza - and Lamborghini’s team.

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A Lamborghini seamlessly transitions between elegance and raw power on the road, and Sonus faber's audio system is the epitome of this impressive duality. The dynamic, natural sound of Sonus faber’s audio system and the Lamborghini Revuelto make for a synergistic pairing capable of delivering nuanced, gentle melodies and delicate turns, as well as thunderous bass and raw power, with equal finesse.

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Hayy Jameel to Become the New Home of Alliance Française Saudi Arabia

Alliance Française to Open at Hayy Jameel in Jeddah

With the new Alliance Française (AFAS) space, the Jeddah branch has a great chance to provide more courses and cultural programs to meet the growing interests of its varied student body. The new space and program will enhance and add to Hayy Jameel's current mandate and identity, building on AFAS's mission to promote cross-cultural dialogue. It will offer, among other things, cutting-edge French language courses, fusion cuisine workshops, French film screenings, and talks on ethical and environmentally conscious practices, bridging the culinary, cinematic, and sustainable realms between Saudi Arabia and France.

Established in December 2021, Hayy Jameel is a symbol of cultural vibrancy in the Kingdom. Hayy, which means "neighborhood" in Arabic, alludes to the friendly and cooperative atmosphere of the complex and its goal of uniting a variety of artistic specialties in one location. Hayy Jameel is home to Hayy Cinema, Saudi Arabia's first autonomous center for film and audio-visual arts, as well as a variety of art, learning, and events venues managed by Art Jameel for the benefit of the community. Alliance Francaise has joined the group of creative businesses known as the Hayy Residents. These businesses include the baking academy Aysh, the performance and comedy center Fennec, the fashion and design store Homegrown, and the art gallery Athr, alongside Almohtaraf, Riwaq Dahr and Sofia’s Bistro.

Situated on the first level of Hayy Jameel, the 80-square-meter area offers an improved learning environment with four contemporary classrooms and a well-designed lounge-library section. By utilizing cutting-edge digital platforms, AFAS aims to provide interactive and captivating experiences to enhance the learning of French while meeting the changing needs of the Saudi populace. Through a dynamic collaborative public program that takes place across Hayy Jameel and in partnership with other Residents within the complex, throughout the year, the facility will also act as a platform for both local and French artists.

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The Lucan will offer residents similar perks to staying at a five-star hotel from the comfort of their own home.

"With branded residences set to maintain an upward trajectory in the luxury residential landscape, driven by the pursuit of brand-curated lifestyles, we are confident in The Lucan's ability to stand out amongst its competitors in this dynamic market. The sustained growth in this sector only reaffirms our commitment to providing unparalleled luxury and personalised service at The Lucan as an Autograph Collection branded residence. The positive response we have received so far further solidifies The Lucan's appeal as the ultimate destination for discerning buyers in search of services and amenities akin to a luxury hospitality experience."




housing market trends influence the European property market in 2024

With Google searches for overseas holiday homes up 52 per cent this year compared to 2022, a group of international property experts at Your Overseas Home has revealed six ways the dynamic UK housing market could continue to affect overseas property purchases in mainland Europe in 2024.

Whether you’re selling up to move or retire abroad full-time, buying a holiday home with the family, or investing in buy-to-let properties abroad, the UK housing market can have a direct impact on the overseas buying market.

For example, UK housing price trends, changing housing policies and fluctuations in the pound significantly influence investment patterns and property values across the Channel and in mainland Europe.

When property prices in the UK increase and become less affordable for domestic buyers, it naturally leads them to look for more financially viable opportunities abroad, particularly in areas known for lower property prices, such as Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Similarly, economic shifts – including fluctuating interest rates and currency exchange rates – influence overseas property investments. A strong pound, for instance, might encourage UK buyers and investors to venture into the European market as they can get more value for their money.

Christopher Nye, Your Overseas Home’s content editor and expert in buying property in Spain commented: “For decades, the UK and mainland Europe have had a close but often complicated relationship. Unsurprisingly, this relationship extends beyond politics and economics and trickles into the world of property and real estate.

“There are many benefits to owning property abroad vs. in the UK, which is why, despite the various ups and downs, people continue to want to buy in and move to mainland Europe.

“Values in many locations abroad are still rising, for example, making properties in these areas safe investments. Not to mention, a lot of countries outside of the UK also enjoy lower property taxes, utility prices and general cost of living.”

Price trends

Fluctuations in property prices in the UK can greatly influence decisions to invest overseas. For example, if housing prices in the UK increase significantly, investors might look for more affordable opportunities in foreign markets. On the other hand, a slight drop in UK property prices could drive more buyers to purchase domestically due to increased affordability. This has a knock-on effect as it could potentially reduce demand for properties in mainland Europe.

Economic factors

Changes in economic conditions, including shifts in interest rates, inflation and currency exchange rates, can greatly influence the profitability of investing in overseas property markets. For example, a strong pound allows buyers in the UK to get more for their money overseas.

UK mortgage rates are another factor to consider. When mortgage rates in the UK are high, buyers might be deterred from purchasing property domestically due to increased borrowing costs.

Housing policies

Regulations and policies related to housing in the UK can significantly affect overseas property investment, including things like punitive taxes on second homes. Stamp duty can be as much as 12 per cent on the highest-value properties in the UK, not to mention the threat of 300 per cent council tax on empty second homes in places like Wales and Cornwall. If restrictions or taxes for property ownership tighten domestically, it could cause buyers to consider markets overseas, where the regulatory environment may be more favourable.

Socio-political climate

For investors in particular, Brexit and its resulting uncertainty led many to diversify their portfolios and consider property markets outside the UK. Such socio-political changes can affect both domestic and overseas markets.

Investor sentiment and portfolio diversification

Perceptions of the performance of the UK housing market can influence overseas property buying trends. If investors feel the UK market is oversaturated, or they want to hedge their bets due to perceived risks, they may be more likely to invest in a real estate abroad.

Investors also often seek to diversify their portfolios to spread risk. When the UK housing market is volatile or unfavourable, investors may choose to invest in overseas property to balance their portfolios.

Demand and supply gap

If the demand for housing exceeds supply in the UK, therefore leading to increased prices, people might turn to overseas markets where property availability is higher and prices, as well as the cost of living, are potentially more affordable.



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