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April/May/June 2021

Nacho Figueras

COACH HOUSE Professional WELLINGTON POLO Player Ashley Busch





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

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

Image courtesy of Café Pushkin

Taste Best restaurants in Moscow, fine wine and more. audemarspiguet.com

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Exciting Travel Destinations Five Start Boutique hotels, exciting retreats for the ultimate getaway, whether you’re looking for sustainable staycations, inspiring city breaks or fly-and-flop long-haul escapes Photo: Tenuta di Arceno

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


Cover Photo Credit: USPA (U.S Polo Association)

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Welcome to this series of POLO & Lifestyle Talks

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Editor’s Letter Welcome to the spring editon! In this Issue we are presenting you the finer things in life. For those who love polo, watches & jewellery, interiors, property and exciting travel destinations. THE TOP restaurants in Moscow written by our contributor Elena Taintey, a Russian luxury traveler based in Asia.

Scarlett Stilling Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

In the Editor’s Pick section, I introduce you to the products I currently love and you should know them too. We are excited for the new Taste section in this spring edition, where you can discover top restaurants, wines and recipes from around the world.

Enjoy this issue and get inspired. POLO & LIFESTYLE THE LONDON MAGAZINE @polo_lifestyle_magazine

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POLO News PALM BEACH OPEN Casablanca defeated Richard Mille 12-9 to capture the title in the Palm Beach Open. Richard Mille (Marc Ganzi, Jeta Castagnola, Pablo Mac Donough, and Paco de Narvaez) met Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Barto Castagnola and Juan Martin Nero) hoping to continue their 2021 WPL season winning streak. Richard Mille took command of the field in the first chukker, with Paco de Narvaez scoring the first goal of the day just under a minute into play. Barto Castagnola converted a Penalty 2 to even things up, but Pablo Mac Donough put Richard Mille back in the lead. With just over two minutes on the clock, Jeta Castagnola took the ball out in front and ran to the posts, tacking on another goal. Leave it to a ten-goaler though, to spoil dreams of glory - at the 30-second horn, Juan Martin Nero put Casablanca back up by two goals. As the last chukker began, Paco de Narvaez passed the ball to Jeta Castagnola to finish, putting Richard Mille in striking distance once again as Casablanca's lead was cut to one goal. Barto Castagnola took control of the ball and ran it downfield, passing it to Grant Ganzi to finish. A final shot by Barto Castagnola ended the match 12-9 for Casablanca to claim victory. Said Juan Martin Nero after the match,

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Text by Rebecca Baldridge

The fi„nal was tough, and Richard Mille is a very good team. We got lucky that they missed a couple of goals, and then we played a bit better in the end. We're so happy to win, we worked really hard for this."

POLO News Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly Season 2021 Around fifty tournaments over seven months of NON-STOP POLO The official opening of the Club is scheduled the 3rd and 4th April, with the Rallye d‘Aumale followed by four weeks of tournaments. In May and June, the 10/12 goals season will start up again with the Spring Triple Crown and the Polo Rider Cup which will offer us four tournaments, an eight-week international and competitive event with along side 6/8 or 4/6 medium goals tournaments as well as 0/4 or 0/2 low goals tournaments. The summer season in July is marked by tournaments accessible to all, summer camps for children and international exchanges. The first three weeks of September are the European top-level gathering with the French Opens accompanied by two other very competitive medium and low goals tournaments. Finally, the five-week back-season ends with the French Championships and the Autumn tournaments. A total of fifty tournaments organised over a period of seven months on the nine Club fields await you with all the Ferme d‘Apremont team! www.poloclubchantilly.com/season-2021

Photo Credit: USPA (U.S Polo Association) Photo Credit: Snoopy

The motto she lives by:



Photo Credit: USPA (U.S Polo Association)

Ashley Busch is the USPA brand ambassador since 2017

Ashley Busch Professional polo player & Entrepreneur


e had the pleasure to sit down with Ashley speaking with her in our new show called POLO & Lifestyle Talks which we host on Instagram Live and asked here how everything started.

Ashley told us her friend’s mother took her to a polo school, and she was greatly inspired to pursue the sport. It was on that day that she decided that she will work towards becoming a professional polo player. Ashley Busch is the USPA brand ambassador since 2017. The USPA (U.S Polo Association) signed Ashley in 2017 to act as their first brand ambassador and the only female face of the brand. Ashley models for the fashion brand, and also promotes their merchandise on her social network platforms. You can watch the full conversation we had with Ashley on our Instagram page @polo_lifestyle_magazine and go to IGTV where we save all our talks. Photos Credit: USPA (U.S Polo Association)

Equestrian Inspired Brands

Saddle Pads by Manifattura VALOR A luxury brand for equestrians, focusing on creating natural and sustainable goods. Saddle pads are crafted from pure virgin wool. Manifattura VALOR only uses local raw materials, whenever possible. The intention is to protect traditions in the Italian Alpine region. manifattura-valor.com

All-new for riders, the Palisade also boasts a bottom keeper to ensure the boots do not unzip or irritate horses’ skin amid riding sessions. In Ariat’s premium fashion, the boot’s upper and lining has been crafted from a full grain leather and features a full-length elasticised panel on its lateral side.

Ariat Renowned for its footwear, the Palisade features Ariat’s latest technology and design advances to provide the ultimate riding experience. The Palisade introduces a sleeker and slimmed down design with an ultra-contoured ankle fit and the removal of the full-length zipper’s cover.

The brand’s unique technologies have also been utilised, featuring Ariat’s four-layered 4LR soles, providing odour defence, a contoured cushioning insole, lightweight stabilising shank and resistant outsole. Combined with Duratread™ technology, the perfect balance and stability has been achieved. ariat.com

Argentinian Leather Polo Belts by


Recognised worldwide for their exquisite quality, each Argentinian polo belt has been hand-crafted in South America by master artisans, in a meticulous practice which takes up to five hours to complete. A pampeano belt is accompanied by its signature presentation box, with supplementary services comprising of bespoke and hand-embossed lettering available in blind, gold or silver. pampeano.co.uk


fashion brands and the latest spring - summer looks for Men and Women

Morjas belts have been meticulously designed to be timeless. They're crafted on a soft calf leather and finished with a polished silver or brass buckle. morjas.com

Paisley Patchwork Linen Shirt by

Ralph Lauren

In the season's blue shades, this shirt is crafted in Italy from soft linen taffeta that features a customdeveloped print. The bold pattern is exclusive to Purple Label and unites two signature Ralph Lauren motifs, paisley and patchwork. ralphlauren.com

Ridley Flannel Safari Jacket by

Albert Clothing


Blue White Pinstripe Shirt by

British independent brand Hamilton and Hare have launched a new sophisticated lounge set in sky blue pinstripes for Spring 2021, using only premium cottons for ultimate comfort. The open collar shirt and matching drawstring shorts have a luxuriously soft lightweight touch, and by choosing a set is the best way to feel put together when lounging at home. hamiltonandhare.com

Hamilton and Hare

Brunello Cucinelli The purity of nature triggers deep emotions. The authentic spirit of the spring-summer collection reflects a sense of calm and naturalness. The Men’s Suits collection embodies the season's most authentic inspiration. The attitude and the charm of tailored fabrics is paired with distinctive fits and the fashionable details of Jackets, Pants and Waistcoats.

From the time spent dedicated to reflection and to the pursuit of the brand’s core elements, essential values have emerged. Creativity flows through special and contemporary garments, capable of instantly conveying fresh and distinctive style.

The colours of the collection evoke a summery air of peacefulness and relaxation, mostly created by the fine harmony between neutral tones. The wide array of warm beiges, greys and blues is dotted with fresh summer hues: cobalt, aqua, citron and magenta.



This Spring Summer 2021 is a celebration of the greatest, most enduring parts of the sartorial tradition but also an acknowledgement of how these integral tenets morph with the times. At the collection's core is the morning suit, rendered in a number of different fabrics and weights to accommodate for spring and high summer weddings, right through to late autumn celebrations. Linen is also the key fabric across a range of shirts, ensuring your casual attire retains a modern elegance this summer. favourbrook.com


Louis Vuitton By the Pool Collection


Louis Vuitton

The OnTheGo GM tote bag is made from Monogram Raffia with natural leather handles, shoulder strap and gussets. The raffia-like woven textile base and refined Monogram Giant embroidery bring a casually natural feel to this bag. It features an exclusive Monogram Flower charm in a contrasting color. louisvuitton.com


Lownders Jacket - Blush Pink

A new season brings renewed optimism. Spring/Summer 21 brings a well needed dose of escapism, encapsulating the outdoor spirit that Really Wild is renown for. Luxury natural fabrics, abundant in colour infused floral prints and unexpected textures, have been crafted into modern, feminine silhouettes for a timeless laidback elegance. reallywildclothing.com

Capped Sleeve Dress - Navy Wild Flowe

Sabina Savage is pleased to launch the Spring/Summer 2021 collection of scarves and clothing, titled Divination Celebration. This collection represents a colourful fusion between the beautiful and exuberant costumes and masks of West Africa, combined with the symbolism and optimism of traditional tarot reading. Hand drawn in their entirety, each intricate design is filled with colour and detail, before being printed on the finest silk, wool and cashmere. As a brand renowned for storytelling, this collection will transport you to another land. sabinasavage.com

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.

COFFEE MUG IN CERAMIC by SAINT LAURENT Limited and exclusive chic travel mug in 100% porcelaingres that includes the Saint Laurent signature and is currently a Saint Laurent rive droite exclusive.

MORNING TINCTURE 750MG Lady A are premium quality CBD products are organic, vegan and gluten free. @lady_a_cbd

’'I’m sharing my favorite products this spring’’.

Burberry Kisses color Military Red 109 Infused with a nourishing blend of Rosehip, Tea and Lavender, the weightless lipstick melts on effortlessly to deliver long-lasting moisture and hydration.

Crystal headband by Pretty Magpie Bespoke hand embellished headbands and hair accessories for all occassions. @_prettymagpie_


Clean and green The best vegan beauty products

Look Good Feel Better Brushes

Luxury Brush Set


The brushes are PETA accredited, vegan and cruelty free. Look Good Feel Better is the only charity that helps people deal with the visible and emotional side effects of cancer treatment through free workshops, printed materials and online tutorials. With every purchase a donation of 8%-12% of the wholesale price goes to Look Good Feel Good with a guaranteed donation of £30,000 a year.

"Some things in life we have little control over - the skincare we use is one area we do."

Bath Oil For Glowing Radiance


For a luxurious and calming bathing experience by ila Spa Top Ingredients: Argan Oil Apricot Oil


Rose Damascena

Bath Salts For Cleansing A wonderful way to wash away a busy day by ila Spa. These miracle bath salts offer rich and healing detoxification to anyone who is tired or stressed.


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Organic, vegan and gluten free. Start your day as you mean to go on with this blend of turmeric, CBD broad spectrum hemp extract, rosehip oil and blood orange infusion. A delicious source of Vitamin D, which can help support your immune system as well as turmeric and rosehip oil which are great at helping to reduce inflammation and improve immune function.

A morning pick me up A source of Vitamin D Waking up your immune system UNWIND NATURAL CBD VAPE PEN

Relax into the evening with a blend that soothes, relaxes and helps you unwind. Delicate strawberry notes blend with our bespoke terpene mix to help ease anxiety and stress and enhance relaxation. www.ladya.health

CACI Age-Delay Duo Give your eyes a lift with the CACI Age-Delay Duo: comprising of a CACI Eye Revive Serum and AminoLift Peptide Complex. The Serum's unique formula uses clinically effective ingredients to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It improves skin texture by up to 42% and reduce dark circles by up to 35%. Follow up your treatment with the AminoLift Peptide Complex to reduce wrinkle depth up to 45% in just 8 weeks. caci-international.co.uk

AZUAYA Natural, Vegan and Organic Genderless Skincare The mission was to create skincare that was vegan, cruelty free, and organic without affecting the beautiful environment it came from. www.azuaya.com

BYREDO® Luxury Fragrances To Evoke The Scent Of Memories.

Mojave Ghost Eau de Parfum is a woody composition inspired by the soulful beauty of the Mojave Desert. In this xeric wilderness, rare are the plants that dare to blossom. With a light and graceful character top notes of musky Ambrette combine with fresh Jamaican Nesberry. Powdery Violet then unfurls to reveal Sandalwood. Finally warm Chantilly Musk rounds out a base of crisp Amber and Cedar wood, leaving the raw spirit of Mojave Ghost to linger on the skin. byredo.com

Exclusive Interview with luxury expert

Alyne Hansen-Damm Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you start your career and entered the luxury sector? Client service and luxury have been running through my blood from birth, as I come from two generations of hoteliers and restaurateurs. My grandparents owned a charming alpine hotel perched on top of a snowy mountain in a small ski resort near Grenoble in France. And my parents had a well renowned local gastronomic restaurant, where my dad was the head chef whilst my mum was running the front of house. I started my career working in several five-star hotels around Europe, including the renowned Hôtel de Crillon in Paris where I was then the youngest manager the hotel had ever had. Place de la Concorde made way to Place Vendôme where Van Cleef & Arpels and later Boucheron on Bond Street opened their safes and the secrets of high jewellery and precious stones to me. I spent nearly 15 years surrounded by the most stunning creations and spectacular gems, managing stores and leading teams, organising exceptional events throughout the world, guiding clients in creating magnificent and unique special orders, and helping them curate one-off private collections. Then came Haute Couture, where creativity meets tradition with innovation. I joined Ralph & Russo in their Mayfair townhouse and lead the Haute Couture Sales Team with incredible passion for five years.

I felt immediately at ease with the intricacy of the hand embroideries, the amazing colours of the fabrics, the stunning one-off designs and the perfectly constructed pieces, which were sculpted by the atelier team to the client’s exact measurements and requirements. At every fitting, the relationship with the client was taken to a whole new level. Lockdown made me re-evaluate my work/life balance, and I decided to set up my own company, as a freelance luxury brand consultant and style advisor, which allowed me to spend quality time with my husband and children. I now work on strategic and operational projects with incredible brands, such as Haute Couture Maison Schiaparelli, Fashion Brand Safiyaa and contemporary Fine Jewellery Collective Auverture, whilst advising my clients on luxury and lifestyle.

How has the luxury sector changed over the years you are working in these field? When I started working in luxury, the values were around exclusivity, elitism, rarity and opulence. These were far from my own values and I decided to always stay true to my original principles. I strove to bring warmth, friendliness, humility and genuineness to the companies I worked for. I found that in my 25 years in luxury the focus had mostly been on the product, its attributes and the marketing campaigns. But I don’t think brands appreciated the importance of the client experience, nor the salespersons’ value in building and maintaining durable and meaningful client relationships. I think that this mentality is now changing, as clients care more about transparency and sustainability. Luxury today has moved towards craftsmanship, authenticity, meaningful experiences and individualisation. And luxury brands, who were always quite reluctant to embrace digital channels, now have to make rapid changes to accelerate the e-commerce route.

The most interesting people you’ve met through work and interesting places your job has taken you? I’ve met thousands of incredible people in my career, celebrities, billionaires, royals, politicians.... I’ve done fittings and held client appointments in the world’s most beautiful palaces, homes, 5-star hotels, and even onboard super yachts... One of the highlights was probably speaking to Aretha Franklin on the phone one evening about a dress she wanted my help in creating and which she was going to wear at an event to honour Barack Obama.

When I asked if she could travel to London for her fittings, she laughed and said “I am afraid of flying, but I am working on regaining my wings, so I can come and see you lady!” She made me feel so special. But the most interesting and amazing people I’ve met and those who shaped my career were artisans, couturières, stone setters, embroiderers, chefs, gold polishers, pattern cutters... who bring the designs to life and serve the client, with so much passion and love for their art and craft. What does luxury mean to you? Luxury is not about the price tag, opulence, excess and servitude. For me luxury is about emotions and relationships whilst delivering a unique and beautiful product and experience. I believe clients seek to understand and relate to a brand’s craft and expertise, as well as their essential values, especially around social and environmental responsibility. They want transparency, authenticity, to feel an emotional connection, and intellectual investment in the pieces they purchase. Luxury brands that want to retain their status in the luxury market need to evolve to keep up with this growing trend towards ethical and sustainable luxury, in an honest way. What is one motto you live by?

“Smile, and the world smiles with you.” I always try to radiate happiness and positivity around me and make it a daily challenge to get a smile out of everyone I meet. And for me, receiving a genuine smile back is the greatest luxury of all. @alyne.hansen-damm

Photocredit: Garrard


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

Garrard’s new Fanfare Symphony jewels bring a bold new look to a much-loved collection

Injecting bold colour into the new year, Garrard has expanded its popular Fanfare collection with a new range of refreshingly contemporary Fanfare Symphony jewels. Each piece contrasts the vibrancy of the House’s signature coloured gemstones with the unique beauty of ornamental hardstones.

Garrard_Fanfare Symphony pink tourmaline, diamond and pink opal earrings in 18 carat white gold

Garrard_Fanfare Symphony sapphire, diamond and lapis lazuli ring in 18 carat white gold

The original Fanfare collection was inspired by the precious fans carried by guests at the opera masquerades that were the height of fashion in London’s theatre district when Garrard opened its first boutique there in 1735. For the new Fanfare Symphony jewels, Garrard’s designers revisited these spirited masquerades, interpreting instead the symphony of colour unleashed as ladies swirled around the ballrooms in their extravagant gowns. Looking to expand the theme of colour that infused the original Fanfare collection, Garrard’s designers turned to the diverse world of hardstones for an exciting new palette with which to work. Creating mood boards featuring different combinations of gemstones and hardstones, they narrowed them down until they were left with the most harmonious pairings.

Garrard_Fanfare Symphony aquamarine, diamond and turquoise pendant in 18 carat white gold

Next, they set to work designing the jewels – more than 40 in total – finessing their sketches until they had achieved the perfect balance between the opacity and tonal variations of the hardstones and the fire and translucency of the coloured precious and semi-precious gemstones. Only then could Garrard’s craftspeople begin their task of bringing them to vivid life.

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Fanfare Symphony emerald, diamond and malachite earrings in 18 carat white gold

The gemstone and hardstone pairings in the Fanfare Symphony collection are a captivating reminder of this fun-loving period in Garrard’s history. Designed to accentuate the primary hue of each jewel, pink tourmaline is combined with pink opal; emerald with malachite; sapphire with lapis lazuli; aquamarine with turquoise; yellow sapphire with cachalong; ruby with hematite; and white diamond with motherof-pearl. Garrard_Fanfare Symphony aquamarine, diamond and turquoise earrings in 18 carat white gold

Garrard_Fanfare Symphony aquamarine, diamond and turquoise ring in 18 carat white gold.

Garrard_Fanfare Symphony yellow sapphire, diamond and white agate pendant in 18 carat white gold

Retaining the generous size and strong silhouettes of the original Fanfare Classic jewels, these creative combinations trace the outline of each Fanfare motif, with the carved hardstones set alongside faceted pavé gemstones. A more stylised Fanfare silhouette has been introduced into these new jewels, which have been created to be worn anytime, anywhere. Distinguished by bold flashes of hardstones set to mimic the pleats of a fan, it appears on stylish Fanfare Symphony stud earrings and delicate pendants, together with asymmetric rings featuring two delicately angled fans that sit side by side upon the finger for double impact (image left). The Fanfare Symphony jewels are a beautiful evolution of the Fanfare collection, which launched in 2018 and quickly became one of Garrard’s strongest-performing collections.

“The Fanfare Symphony collection celebrates the wonderful diversity of ornamental hardstones, which have such a different look and feel to traditional gemstones,” explains Sara Prentice, Creative Director at Garrard. “The array of new designs brings an exciting dimension to the collection.”

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The Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano is a limited edition of 190 pieces, boutique exclusivity. www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is pleased to unveil a new evolution of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph, upholding the Manufacture’s forward-thinking spirit while keeping with traditions. Housed within a 41mm 18-carat pink gold case, this model is equipped for the first time with the latest generation chronograph movement, the Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 4401, visible through the watch’s sapphire caseback. audemarspiguet.com

For businessmen who are constantly on the move, Franck Muller created the Master Banker collection.

Franck Muller launches a new collection that will put colors on your wrists! Bright and colorful, the Vanguard Master Banker is featured here in a stainless steel case, polished by hand. franckmuller.com

A Ribbon design pendant set with Ashoka cut diamonds in platinum and 18 carat rose and yellow gold. The total weight of the 3 main Ashoka diamonds is 0.96 carats. The total weight of the additional brilliant cut diamonds is 0.46 carats. boodles.com

A pair of Ribbon earrings set with Ashoka cut diamonds in platinum, and 18 carat rose and yellow SMO gold. The total weight of the 2 main Ashoka diamonds is 0.60 carats. The total weight of the brilliant cut diamonds is 0.34 carats. boodles.com

Audemars Piguet releases three new diamond-set versions of the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin.

For the great loves, the first loves, the forever loves. For the love of friends, family, the person who makes your heart race faster than anyone else. For loving and being loved. This 18kt yellow gold Love charm finished with diamonds is from the Best Feeling In The World collection, designed to be added to your locket. loquetlondon.com

18-carat pink or white gold. The case, bezel and bracelet are dressed with 1,102 brilliant-cut diamonds (∼7.09 carats). These new versions of the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin blend brilliant-cut diamonds and fine watchmaking in a free-spirited design, employing the many skills practised in Le Brassus. audemarspiguet.com




Kamala Ring by CLEOPATRA’S BLING Handcrafted and etched in solid yellow gold. Kamala comes from the Hindi word for lotus, a flower with deep cultural significance in Asia. Set with thirty-one diamonds, the designs are not cast, but hand-etched into the 22-karat gold, then filled with hot enamel, poured by hand in what is known as the Pink City. cleopatrasbling.com

______________________________________________ GEM DIOR Yellow gold and diamonds earrings dior.com

Yellow gold and diamonds ring dior.com

A new fine jewellery and timepiece collection designed by Victoire de Castellane, Creative Director of Dior Joaillerie

"I wanted to design a collection of watches and jewelry that wasn't figurative," confides the Creative Director of Dior Jewelry. "The spirit of this collection is modern, it's a style I would describe as abstract organic, an organized commotion that proved a true technical challenge for our ateliers."

Yellow gold, diamonds, lapis lazuli, malachite and chrysoprase ring dior.com

______________________________________________ Goldsmiths and Mappin & Webb announce a collaboration with sustainable vintage jewellery expert Susan Caplan Susan Caplan said: "Our vision to curate luxury vintage jewellery stemmed from a desire to see the world's most beautiful costume jewellery celebrated for eternity. Rather than being lost to time, our collections can be enjoyed by a new generation. It's our great pleasure to present Goldsmiths and Mappin & Webb customers with a curated collection of exclusive, sustainable pieces originally designed and now fully restored to last a lifetime." mappinandwebb.com

SLASHED Bracelet SAKURAGOLD™ and diamonds £15,800

SLASHED Earrings SAKURAGOLD™ and diamonds £7,520

SLASHED Earrings Yellow gold, purple sapphire, yellow sapphire £6,760

TASAKI is a premier jewellery maison, founded in a country with unrivalled tradition, which offers unique and fashionable creations. The aesthetic values of Japan are born from the beautiful natural environment and surrounding seascape. The Japanese spirit of beauty, characterised by subtlety and elegance, which has captured the world’s attention, is embodied in TASAKI’s jewellery creations. TASAKI provides the finest quality pearls from the brand’s own pearl farms in Japan and Myanmar and is recognised for its advanced diamond polishing techniques. Committed to creating products in house, TASAKI encourages a culture that embraces the beauty of nature and sustainability. tasaki.co.uk

SLASHED Pendant Yellow gold, purple sapphire, yellow sapphire £4,760

SAKURAGOLD™ was developed based on the cherry blossom with the aim of creating a gold with a pink hue closer to the natural color of human skin. SAKURAGOLD™ has a deeper, red hue than conventional pink gold and embodies the traditional aesthetic values of Japan. SAKURAGOLD™ was launched in March 2011 after approximately one and half years from October 2009 working on prototypes to determine how best to adjust the color while also maintaining its practicality as a metal. TASAKI SAKURAGOLD™ retains the texture of 18k gold while also achieving a deeper red hue than conventional pink gold (comparisons made by TASAKI).


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Bucherer Fine Jewellery is one of the leading European jewellery brands and can look back on a long tradition. The brand has made a name for itself not only with valuable diamonds and rare gemstones but also with the precise craftsmanship of its jewellery-making. At Bucherer Fine Jewellery, jewellery is more than just a beautiful accessory. It is an expression of your individual, unique personality and makes a clear statement. Bucherer Fine Jewellery’s timeless, modern creations reflect this uniqueness, radiate a feeling of joie de vivre and remain your constant companions.

Deluxe Ring Emerald

Like a precious diamond, the power of love reveals itself in many facets and is most apparent in physical form. We feel the profound effects that it has on each of us, propelling us to new highs and causing an exciting, spine-tingling sensation. The diamond solitaire from Bucherer Fine Jewellery causes a similar reaction. Love also puts us on the same wavelength, with the hearts of those who have fallen in love beating in the same rhythm during the first few minutes they’re together.

The elegant simplicity of the wedding rings from Bucherer Fine Jewellery is a perfect expression of this harmony. Fun facts about the power of love A sparkling diamond solitaire is a tangible embodiment of passion. Presented at the right moment, it strengthens the power of love … www.bucherer.com


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Sterling Silver Maxi Cuff Bangle with 9ct Gold Charm stacked

Camilla expresses her passion for horses through her jewellery design

The British Stable With Global Recognition Camilla Cottle is the talented designer behind the British contemporary jewellery brand, The Silver Stable. Despite being an emerging brand name, they already have clients worldwide including Toyoko and New York and have been featured in numerous luxury titles including Tatler Magazine. I caught up with Camilla to find out more about the entrepreneur behind this exciting new brand. What drew you to become a jewellery designer and inspired you to start with your own brand? "Design has always been a strong pull for me creatively speaking. My former career was in food research and development, which took a product from concept right the way through to design to the finished product and on to the shelf. Whilst on maternity leave, I wanted to challenge myself and learn a new skill. By chance, I came across a silversmith jewellery workshop, and it was there and then that I realised I had found my mantra. I instantly fell in love and knew jewellery design was for me. To begin with, I made pieces for myself. However, soon I was making pieces for friends, then friends of friends and the business just evolved from there. I never looked back. I set up The Silver Stable in March '20, and we have grown steadily ever since."

Sterling Silver MINI Disc Necklace with Gold stirrup charm

What are some of the materials you use in your jewellery collection? "We only use pure sterling silver and solid 9ct yellow gold. I am a perfectionist in every respect, so the same naturally goes for the materials I use. We don't use gold plated or gold filled or cheap foreign silver." "We want our pieces to stand the test of time and to be able to be worn time and time again. Poor materials tarnish, lose lustre and their allure over time." "As a forward-thinking business, sustainability is paramount in the business model. We only use recycled sterling silver and 9ct gold to create our collection, and each piece is handmade and made to order for clients, so there is no wastage. Even our luxury gift packaging is FSC certified, which means that all the materials come from an FSC forest, where no more wood is cut down than the forest can reproduce. These eco aspects are incredibly important to me, not only as an ethical business but also as a young child's mother." "Just as my jewellery design is created with thought and longevity in mind, so are the practical and physical aspects of my business."

Who or what is your biggest inspiration? "Any female entrepreneurs that have built successful businesses are inspirational to me. One, in particular, is Jade Holland Cooper. Jade built her business from nothing into a multimillion clothing brand finding and still maintaining a niche in the market." "My lifelong love of horses is evident throughout my designs. I am inspired by classical equestrian themes translated into elegant contemporary design without being overt 'horsey'. My clients are not necessarily riders, but all are purveyors of luxury designer brands, many of these brands have a strong equestrian heritage. For these clients, our jewellery embodies everyday luxury and enduring style."

You turned your hobby and passion into a business, what advice can you share? "Don't doubt yourself or your ability. It takes a lot of courage to take the plunge, make a career move or just to start a business." "Make sure you remain true to yourself and always believe in the business you are running. Be involved with every level of the business, regardless of how big you grow. While my team has grown, I am still very much hands-on across the business, not just in the jewellery design and handcrafting process. Turning my hobby and passion into a business means I wake up every day looking forward to going to work, sitting at my workbench, creating beautiful jewellery for our clients."


"You didn't come this far, to only come this far- just keep going."

What's the biggest lesson you've learnt in your career? "That things aren't always going to go right. You will make mistakes in the beginning; its only natural. Try to learn from them and not dwell on them. Remain true to yourself and believe in the products you are creating; If I wouldn't wear it, then I wouldn't want to create it."

The Silver Stable Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle with Dual 9ct Gold Stirrups


Comfortable and Chic Home Decorations

Winch Design realises its first ever commercial project: an ultra-luxe boutique spa resort in the Seychelles The Architecture Studio has completed its first ever commercial project, an exclusive boutique resort on the island of Mahe, Seychelles. The hotel features a private marina that will allow guests to moor a yacht up to 100m in size. Once there, guests will immerse themselves in the ultimate holistic wellness escape surrounded by beautiful interiors and architecture from the hand of a globally leading design studio. The boutique resort is set to a backdrop of the lush green mountains of Mahe; from which textural references are lifted into the interior. The base palette is light and layered with a selection of soft and heavy weave fabrics, both neutral and printed with the colours of the island. The team sourced bespoke furniture from across South East Asia and the interior structures were fitted using a locally sourced tropical hardwood called 'Nayatoh', ensuring that the spirit of the island is abundant in every space. The hotel is the quintessential tropical retreat; offering an excursion for the senses and the promise of complete tranquillity. The interior feels organic, fresh and alive with the spirit of the island and materials found on land and at sea are crafted into works of art by specially selected artisans. Woven raffia veneers, drift oak joinery and rope-wrapped columns bring a soft warmth to the spaces and renewable rattan adds delicate textural depth to the areas. All images credited to Elsa Young

@winchdesign_wd Winchdesign.com

Inspiration from the ocean is seen in turquoise, deep-sea blues, corals and bright yellows that are matched with beautiful teak wood from Indonesia. Winch Design wanted to not just celebrate the natural beauty of Mahe through the interior schemes but also invite the outside in, and large retractable glass walling found throughout the spaces mean that the ocean is never far from reach. The spirit of tranquil wellness is epitomised in the spa villas which are set towards the rear of the hotel. Guests follow a network of walkways over a Japanese inspired water garden to arrive at the hotel's wellness centre and on the way encounter water features, lush green palms and native plants that enhance the feeling of barefoot luxury. Raw, untreated stone is softened by a candle-lit, tunnelled walkway to the main reception and two treatment rooms connect to the main spa and relaxation space. Following a treatment, guests can wind down in the peaceful outdoor yoga studio overlooking a Zen garden and then, following a class, take a short walk to the openair sunken juice bar which benefits from beautiful ocean views. The statement onyx bar is set in front of petrified wood artworks and suspended above it, a striking bamboo fish float. At night, the hotel is transformed into a secluded tropical oasis. Low level lighting creates a soft ambient paradise, mature palms are softly lit by illuminated water features and by the underwater lighting which makes the marina glow at night.

The Architecture team began with a site of two identities; half, the blueprint of an existing hotel and the other, raw and untouched forest terrain. Taking a widelensed view of the project in situ, they penned and specified every aspect of the design and alongside the local architects, maintained the momentum and ensured the best quality on site. The architects worked with traditional inspiration but were accompanied by a contemporary mindset. They visualised a structure sympathetic to the traditional Seychellois vernacular; the roof of the main building features traditional 'double-hip' detailing, rendering the lines of the resort in keeping with local silhouettes. Much of the design centres around water and spaces flow into one another in an intuitive, tranquil way, much like the element that guided the design.

A central philosophy underpinning the hotel was the symbiotic relationship between ocean and mountain and this is illustrated perfectly by the architect's decision to create a clear visual line from the ocean directly through the centre of the resort to the spa area, set to the backdrop of the mountain-scape. A visual pathway that links both spirits of the resort; right to the ocean, and left to the mountains behind. Images credited to Elsa Young





A moment with Interior Designer

Ana Engelhorn Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you start your career? I started my interiors career as a side gig. Alongside my work in event management and business, I was developing my own property company: buying homes, improving them – often while living in them myself – and selling them on. I took the step to formalise this interest in homes and interiors when I was pregnant with my second child.

At that time, I felt ready to make the career shift, to study and learn how to design interiors professionally – to do for other people what I was already doing for myself. After completing my training, I moved to the UK from Barcelona and set up my own interiors business – wanting the freedom and flexibility to manage my projects and time.

How can you characterize your style? I am a soup – half-German, half-Spanish, born in Switzerland with my life spent between Switzerland, Spain and England. This international upbringing is evident in my style – an eclectic mix of textures, colours, fabrics and pieces from all periods. Combining antiques with more modern pieces adds a richness to any scheme and I especially love working with natural materials whose imperfections highlight their uniqueness and ability to adapt to new surroundings. Preferring authenticity to perfection, historic buildings are a dream to me – I enjoy working around an old building and making its imperfections or historic elements shine.

What do you think are the main design elements to consider when it comes to interior design? Time: Everything always takes much longer than you envision. Budget: If there is a figure you do not want to go over, communicate it at the start. Scope: Be clear about what you want to do. While acknowledging there will always be little add-ons, the clearer your vision, the better. Personality: a truly well-designed a room reflects the person living there – whether in its art or ornaments or in its overall design.

Are there any interior designers from the past that you appreciate a lot? I very much like Jamie Drake. He is a bit nuts but has flair, and mixes styles to suit his design.

What is your definition of success? Being happy to go to work, having a financially viable business and adding something positive to people’s lives. In the end, when you feel a real sense of accomplishment and joy about something is also when others feel that benefit.

Could you share some decorating tips? I recently did a blog on things not to do when designing your home. The pointers sum up my design philosophy: infusing a place with character and charm by mixing the new with the old and adding carefully considered colour and lighting schemes to complement the furnishings and pieces – all while letting the owner’s personality shine through. Flipping that piece around, here are my top tips for decorating your home:

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Mix styles Use a range of colours and textures Get the lighting right – layering where necessary Hang art where it can be clearly seen Include exact dimensions in your planning Account for delivery times Use a variety of suppliers Consider how a space works as well as how it looks Decorate the space with pieces or ornaments personal to you

@anaengelhorn www.anaengelhorn.com



Discover a world of exclusive interiors and remarkable handmade furniture pieces.

Louis Vuitton and NBA collaboration

HERMES Pleiade Diploma Picture Frame www.hermes.com

New for 2021, Cullifords introduces six new colourways to its innovative SapienStone ceramics collection. Crafted from ceramic clays and mineral colourings, the exclusive surface collection combines exceptional quality with innovative technology to deliver outstanding interior and exterior schemes. Sourcing some of the world’s most exotic and finest materials, Cullifords’ range of exceptional fine quality stone is guaranteed to help you make a truly stunning statement. From kitchen splashbacks and worktops to bathroom walls and surfaces, the arresting detail, rare colouring and striking patterns of Cullifords’ stones will transform your interior into an extraordinarily distinctive setting. www.geraldculliford.co.uk



Vispring is the ultimate destination for bespoke, luxury beds and mattresses. www.vispring.com

Signatory Mattress with Viceroy Divan and Achilles Headboard in Luxe Velvet Terracotta

Luxury British bed brand, Vispring has launched a brand-new collection of fabrics for 2021. The new fabric books will include a Luxe Velvet in a rich Terracotta shade, with warm hues and an opulent texture, bringing a touch of Art Deco glamour to the bedroom. The Luxe Velvet will also be available in other shades, including a deep Ocean blue and a moody Rainforest green.

Marco Dining Chair by Essential Home www.essentialhome.eu

Brass Jaguar on Crystal Ball Twist Sculpture, handcrafted and made of golden aluminum.

Both home decor art pieces are available at Posh Interior Studio Poshinteriorstudios.com

Hummingbird vases

Renaissance Gold Teapot www.wedgwood.com

Hummingbirds are a marvel of nature. This collection of vases takes inspiration from these living miniature feathered jewels, offering a palette of striking colors on beautifully silky white fine bone china. Hand-finished with 22 carat gold. Dreamt up and made in England. www.wedgwood.com


Persian Nights -

Amazing Boutique Hotels & Guesthouses in Iran by Thomas Wegmann Published by teNeues www.teneues.com Photo © 2021 Hamed Farhangi

SALDA Luxury bespoke Italian furniture A collection of inestimable value of different styles and tastes to draw from both for the reproduction of antique furniture and for the creation of exclusive bespoke pieces. Unique heritage for the world of furniture and decoration which over three centuries has contributed to defining Salda's eclectic identity. saldaarredamenti.com

Imperial Snake Neutral by Rug Society is a 100% handmade product that transforms the comfort and beauty of your project. Covethouse.eu


Exciting travel destinations

'Best Villas' to book with

Turquoise Holidays


The Pelican House at Blue Waters, Antigua is made up of two semi-detached three bedroom villas on a beautiful peninsula overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Guests have full access to all resort facilities making it an excellent choice for entertaining lots of ages with different needs, whilst having access to its own infinity edge pool for time together as a family. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor dining areas, with each villa. Since first opening its doors in 1960, this friendly, family-owned resort has been a hit. Set in 17 acres of tropical gardens and flanked by the calm waters of Soldier's Bay, it would be hard to find a more beautiful spot. Its west-facing location means it ensures cinematic viewing of the vivid, Caribbean sunsets each night. There is a complimentary kids club, complete with an exciting secret garden, for kids aged 4 to 12 years. For littler ones there is a crèche next door (chargeable). Turquoise Holidays www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk offers seven nights in Pelican House from £34,500 for 12 guests. This includes daily breakfast, private transfers and international flights.

Pelican House, Blue Waters Antigua


Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman Two Bedroom Pool Villa The stone pool villa at Six Senses Zighy Bay invites its inhabitants to unwind in the cool indoors, under high Omani ceilings, in the colourfully cushioned living room and master bedroom. Upstairs is a separate bedroom, combined with a living area and balcony. Refresh outside within the privacy of high cobblestone walls, on plumped up sun loungers, and a shaded dining area by the swimming pool. The villa sleeps up to five guests and has a beautiful infinity pool, private garden, large day bed sofa and private wine cellar. Turquoise Holidays www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk offers 7 nights in a Duplex Two Bedroom Pool Villa from £8,799 for 4 adults. This includes daily breakfast, private transfers and international flights.

Experience the culture of Oman and the serenity it bears through unique experiences and encounters, from diving, hiking or biking to the aah of the spa.

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Chalet Chouqui Verbier, Switzerland In a secluded location above Verbier town centre and with a beautiful spa and multiple living spaces, Chalet Chouqui is one of Verbier’s most exclusive properties. Designed and furnished by wellknown London interior designer Gytha Nuttal, the decor incorporates herringbone tweeds, faux fur throws, reclaimed wood and custom-made English furniture as well as state-ofthe-art John Cullen lighting. On the first floor are the main living areas which include a cosy living room and two lounge areas. There is also an elegant dining area and a wellequipped kitchen. A week at Chalet Chouqui from June to September starts at CHF 47,000 on a catered basis. The chalet has nine bedrooms and can sleep 16 adults & 4 children. The summer package for Chouqui includes the following: • Chalet team - including manager, chef & chalet hosts • Daily housekeeping • Breakfast served daily • Lunch or dinner served up to 6 days per week • Concierge service included • Food and beverage charged at cost and payable locally

Book here www.leotrippi.com

LEO TRIPPI Luxury Travel Since 1882

Chalet Izoard Megeve, France Located in the exclusive area of Mont d'Arbois, Chalet Izoard offers panoramic views and state-of-the-art amenties including two swimming pools and a large entertainment room. Set over five floors which are served by a lift, the chalet provides 1,000m² of living space. The interior, featuring reclaimed wooden beams and traditional mountain furnishings, is very spacious yet retains a relaxed ambiance throughout. The highlight of Chalet Izoard has to be its fantastic wellness and entertainment facilities. There is a stunning indoor pool with adjustable depth as well an outdoor pool and Størvatt hot tub. A week at Chalet Izoard from May to September starts at EUR 22,000 on a self-catered basis. The chalet has eight bedrooms (including a staff/children's bedroom) and can accommodate 12 adults and 6 children. The package includes: • Gourmet welcome package • Welcome massage • Daily housekeeping • Chalet Manager • Mid-week linen change • Luxury bath products • Concierge services included Book here www.leotrippi.com


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

Tenuta di Arceno Tenuta di Arceno has been a center for winemaking since the 16th century. Located near the fork of two rivers – the Ambra, which flows to Florence; and the Ombrone, which flows to the Mediterranean – this area was formerly the nexus of the Etruscan civilization. In honor of its history, the reference to “Arceno” comes from the Etruscan word archè, meaning "point of origin.” Tenuta di Arceno is an ancient Tuscan estate with a diverse portfolio of the highest quality wines across two classification levels – three wines centered on the native Sangiovese grape in the Chianti Classico DOCG range; and three wines celebrating the estate’s international varieties under the Toscana IGT designation.

___________________________________________________ ’’In Italy it took us 15 years to invest. I fell in love with this region, but we could not find anything interesting for us. That is, something big enough to create the right critical mass. In Arceno we are working on two fronts. An expansion of the vineyards around the current estate and an extension of the cellar.’’ Barbara Banke Owner ___________________________________________________

The estate is situated at the southernmost edge of Chianti Classico in the butterflyshaped commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, closest in proximity to Siena and rightfully referred to as ‘the most Senese Chianti Classico.’ It’s home to other world-renowned producers and stylistically distinct from counterparts to the north. The estate is 1,000 total hectares (2,500 acres) of which 92 hectares (220 acres) are planted to vines – the remaining land is preserved for native vegetation including 50 hectares (125 acres) of olive orchards. Separated into 63 distinct vineyard blocks, the vineyards are planted to 50% Sangiovese and 50% international varieties. The ancient walled town of San Gusmè, provides a breathtaking backdrop for the vineyards of Tenuta di Arceno. Tenuta di Arceno produces six wines from the estate. Three Chianti Classico DOCG wines (Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, and Gran Selezione Strada al Sasso); and three Toscana IGT wines (Il Fauno, Valadorna, and Arcanum). All are 100% estate grown and bottled. tenutadiarceno.com

Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2015



Top Restaurants in Moscow "We are particularly enthusiastic about introducing Moscow to foodies! This mysterious and timeless capital city is a culinary gem that showcases not only local Russian products, but also the wonderful diversity of world cuisine.”

On the Menu: Russian (R)evolution From mounds of Beluga caviar to decadent $500 breakfasts at Hotel National, the Russian capital is in the midst of a foodie revolution. Long gone are Soviet-style cafeterias serving uninspiring dishes. Over the last decade the city has positioned itself as an exciting culinary destination worth talking about.

Image Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago

Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides.

At the beginning of 2014, Moscow’s restaurant market was still playing by the book until infamous government resolution No. 778 imposed an embargo on almost all food from the west, outlawing foie gras, parmesan, oysters and pretty much everything else in between. This breaking news took everyone by surprise and the biggest question was: “How will restaurants handle it?” Damaging at first sight, an import ban sparked an explosive interest in sourcing domestically and focusing on the best of the “new Russia”. The chefs, formerly preoccupied with international cuisine, had now fallen back on a rediscovery of long-forgotten culinary traditions, setting themselves apart by highlighting the country's local ingredients. And it didn’t go unnoticed. Just a few months ago the prestigious Michelin Guide announced that it will launch the first ratings of Moscow restaurants in 2021. Expect to see new stars on the world’s culinary map very soon! Armed with a little research, a fair amount of cash and sense of adventure, let’s get a quick snapshot of what Mother Russia puts on a plate these days.

You can get a pretty accurate insight into another culture by simply eating your meal. Autarchy turned into a gastronomic manifesto, this alone speaks volumes about the Russian mindset. If you enjoy exploring cities with burgeoning culinary scenes, then I highly recommend a trip to Russia. There is perhaps no dining scene in Europe as flamboyant, dynamic and exciting as Moscow’s.

Caviar for Breakfast

Café Pushkin Breakfast, lunch and dinner each represents an opportunity for a dining experience which will go down in history. A reference point on Moscow’s dining atlas, the legendary Café Pushkin is the first stop on our gastronomic adventure. Step into the shoes of a 19th century Russian aristocrat by ordering a breakfast of champagne and caviar served with classic Russian crepes.

A date with history: it's not just another themed restaurant but rather a story telling time capsule.

The name pays homage to Alexander Pushkin, famed Russian poet and novelist, who frequented the neighbourhood. Although the restaurant was opened in 1999 many people are sure it has always been occupying a splendid pink mansion on Tverskoy Boulevard. With a wonderfully extravagant sense of theatre, guests are welcomed through the large double doors of this Moscow institution into an unapologetically flamboyant dining room where art meets indulgent elegance on a grand scale. Reenacting the nostalgia of the opulent aristocratic lifestyle, Café Pushkin with its liveried waiters, vintage furniture and glamorous baroque touches is a colourful testament to imperial Russia. For the authentic and sophisticated Moscow experience, head to the Library or the Mezzanine, two baroque-style halls embellished with precious antiques and floor-to-ceiling bookcases.

Renowned Chef Andrei Makhov has been with Café Pushkin since 1999.

Inspired by the ideas and customs of Pushkin’s times, resident Head Chef Andrei Makhov recreates historic recipes with contemporary flair. The menu provides the big hitters you would expect, from herring “a la naturelle” and classic beef stroganoff to a Gzhel-inspired desert. Pushkin would probably have ordered all three. All images courtesy of Café Pushkin

Café Pushkin is especially famous for its deserts, vanilla eclair is always a good idea!

Soviet-Era Nostalgia for Lunch

Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago Named after an epic dissident novel by Boris Pasternak, Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago serves up Soviet chic cuisine at affordable prices and, although this dazzling neo-classical establishment is welcoming guests around the clock, it is almost always fully booked. Offering a coveted view of the Kremlin through the double-height windows of the landmark Hotel National, Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago is a glamorous take on Soviet nostalgia. The brazen decor draws inspiration from the vivid colours and shapes of the revolutionary posters. Flanked by statues of blindfolded pioneers and peppered with the artwork reproductions of Malevich and Petrov-Vodkin, the snow white dining room provides a perfect backdrop for the aesthetic gourmet journey back to Soviet Russia. The newly appointed Chef Alyona Solodovichenko has upgraded the menu of a standard pioneer camp’s canteen by giving each dish an unexpected twist of playful luxury. Experience a real adventure through the gastronomic references to the different stages of Russian history, try the hearty Siberian dumplings, classic navy-style macaroni or creamy buckwheat noodles with red caviar and salmon.

A female Executive Chef in Russia? Yes, this is a real (r)evolution!

Food that looks pretty: green avocado salad with a feminine touch.

If you are not ready to leave quite yet wrap things up with a quintessential Russian treat, glorious Napoleon cake. Just imagine a whopping layered treat filled with creamy custard and topped with crumbled pastry melting into one perfect bite. This traditional dessert commemorates the country's sweet taste of victory over the French emperor in 1812. Baking it is a bit of a battle itself. All images courtesy of Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago

The interior breaks away from the limits and modesty of the Soviet times.

#13 for Dinner

White Rabbit It’s not everyday that you get to eat at one of the 50 best restaurants in the world. Slotted at number 13, White Rabbit is the first restaurant in Russia to receive such international acclaim for 5 years in a row, a true testament to the constant innovation and improvement of this everevolving hub of creativity. Follow the white rabbit to the giant glass dome perched atop glitzy Smolensky Plaza where bright young Chef Vladimir Mukhin is stirring up a revolution. For fans of the Emmy-nominated Netflix series Chef’s Table, the charismatic fifthgeneration cook needs no introduction. Featured in Season 3, Chef Vladimir Mukhin is on his own quest to bring the cuisine of Russia’s glorious past into the 21st century. Pushing the boundaries of what we know about Russian cuisine, Chef Vladimir Mukhin is giving a futuristic twist to obsessively researched sixteenth-century recipes and archaic Slavic ingredients most locals know only from fairy tales. It goes without saying that all the ingredients are fresh, seasonal and come from the best sources throughout Russia. You will be spoilt for choice with offerings of highly instagrammable sea urchins, deceptive cocolardo or elevated borscht, but one thing is for certain: there’s no “wrong answer” here. If it is your first time, you have to try the degustation set. Reflecting Chef Vladimir Mukhin’s cooking path at White Rabbit, the tasting menu “Metamorphoses” is based on an allegory of the mayfly’s life cycle and split into 4 stages: egg, nymph, subimago and imago. Retrospective dishes follow the evolution of the chef, the growth of awareness and deepening of his ideas. All images courtesy of White Rabbit

Chef Vladimir Mukhin is balancing one foot in the future and one in the past, but he is standing strong.

The menu features the best dishes created by Chef Vladimir Mukhin since the restaurant was opened in 2012 but the real surprise is saved for later. “Food as medicine”, a final accord on the menu, is an intuitive dish individually crafted for each guest based on personality and childhood memories. The restaurant has an unparalleled reputation for a reason, and there is only one way to find out why. To secure a spot under the giant glass dome overlooking nothing less that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, make sure to book a table a few weeks in advance.

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

Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Pale lemon in colour with a soft green hue, this young and vibrant Chardonnay has wonderfully pronounced citrus, blossom and grapefruit aromas, with a hint of honey and pear. The palate is clean and fresh, with green apple flavours, and a creamy texture that is nicely balanced with its natural vibrant bright acidity. A fine and rich mouthfeel, with a long dry finish, the Chardonnay is perfect for alfresco drinking, pairing beautifully with barbecued monkfish or chicken - a crowd-pleaser when entertaining in our gardens this spring/ summer. Hattingley Valley, the family-owned Hampshire winery, has added its first-ever white wine to its collection of awardwinning of English sparkling wines. The 2020 Chardonnay joins the brand’s STILL By Hattingley range that includes a 2019 Rosé and 2016 Pinot Noir, both released last year.

Also new to Hattingley’s range, and a delicious choice for those impending big celebrations with friends and family, is the Blanc de Blancs 2014 and 2017 sparkling rosé. These fantastic English sparkling wines join the winery’s signature Classic Reserve, and King’s Cuvée 2014, that was voted Best Sparkling Wine in the UK 2020. hattingleyvalley.com

Australia’s Penfolds just unveiled a California Collection decades in the making, including a Napa Valley Cabernet and a Cabernet-Shiraz blend. The Complete California Collection Within this California Collection kit are all four wines from the inaugural release, plus tasting notes for each wine: 2018 Quantum Bin 98 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Bin 149 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Bin 704 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Bin 600 Cabernet Shiraz penfolds.com

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

Gilston Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 This Chelsea Rental Is A Interior Lover’s Dream

Located on Chelsea’s Gilston Road (close to Battersea Park, the Saatchi Gallery and the Royal Albert Hall), the spectacular 1850s property – available to rent at £55,000 per week with Sotheby’s International Realty – is an art and design-lover’s dream. Think high ceilings, quirky artworks and monochrome chic, with the occasional pop of colour. Six seriously decked out en suite bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym.

Gilston Road, Chelsea SW3 is available to rent at £55,000 per week with UK Sotheby’s International Realty. Property ID: LON200271


Mohamed Zaghloul, head of Middle East Desk at Sotheby’s states, “the most spectacular super prime

listing currently available to rent in Prime Central London.” “This property offers a seven star service to offer a home with the attention and detail that a top class hotel would offer – in line with what a tenant would expect for a house of this standard.”

A one-of-a-kind property New Private Miami Beach Residence

The one-of-a-kind property was designed by Achille Salvagni / ©Kris Tamburello

This stunning waterfront property features a curated selection of Italian and European antiques. designed by famed architect Achille Salvagni is now on the market with Douglas Elliman. With almost 8,000 sq ft of living space, the private estate is situated on Lakeview Drive, in one of Miami Beach’s most exclusive communities. One of the biggest draws of the property is its proximity to Surprise Lake – in fact, the property has over 100 ft of direct access to the waterfront. A 90 ft infinity pool, private boat deck and cabana can be found on the property’s grounds. The single-family home is available fully furnished; inside, it boasts seven bedrooms, a grand double-height living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room and an expansive kitchen with space for casual dining.

As well as the living spaces, two of the bedroom suites, a steam room and the garage are located on the first floor.

The master suite includes a full bathroom suite, custom walk-in closets and a private deck / ©Kris Tamburello

From $21,000,000. Visit elliman.com for full details.

Delrey House, Moorend Park Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Available through Knight Frank for £2,595,000

A beautiful detached Victorian villa which has recently been renovated and extended to the highest standard. The luxurious family home contains a blend of modern and period features with intricate ceiling mouldings, bay windows with original shutters, a raised terrace overlooking the wonderful garden and a fireplace with a wood-burning stove.

______________________________________________ Miles’s Buildings, Bath, Somerset Built in the 18th century, this five-bedroom property has been meticulously renovated and refurbished to the highest standard by interior designer, Julia Dempster. Inside the modern and chic home is an elegant hallway with a striking black cantilever staircase, a triple bay window overlooking the picturesque garden, an office/dining room and a wonderful kitchen with bespoke Intone Design units and Carrara worktops. Available through Knight Frank for £1,750,000

______________________________________________ Luxury Country Homes Kellaways, Chippenham, SN15

Available through Carter Jones for £1,650,000

A refurbished former water mill, situated alongside the river with wonderful gardens and grounds of around 1.3 acres. The historical home was built in the 17th century with a blend of period features and modern luxuries, previously lived in by renowned children’s writer Graham Oakley. Additional desirable features include a gorgeous sun terrace perfect for al fresco dining, a drawing room with upper mezzanine and a charming adjoining cottage.

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