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CARNEVALE a Venezia

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Our correspondents All resorts published are choosen by the editorial staff and tested by our journalists-inspectors.

OVIDIO GUAITA In Turin for the renovated Golden Palace.

LAWRENCE TAYLOR On the hills of Florence for a charming hospitality villa.

MARIA COSCARELLI In French Polynesia visiting the InterContinental in Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea.

ROBERTO SESSOLI With Maria in French Polynesia to document this remote paradise.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA In this issue Elsa selects the best resort in the desert for us.

PAOLO GERBALDO First in Venice and then in Africa, from Pretoria to Victoria Falls.

DANIELA LIBERO At Ca ‘Sagredo in Venice for Carnival.


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reeted by an impeccable staff, one enters immediately in tune with this magical place and one can get lost in the beauty of every architectural detail. Guests can relive the glory of the seventeenth century of the Doge Nicolò Sagredo, bump into Carlo Goldoni who, in the eighteenth century, was inspired by Marina Sagredo for “La Sposa Virtuosa” or Galileo Galilei, who right here created the setting for the four days of the “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Systems of the World” with Gianfranco Sagredo among the personages. To participate in the great dance of the most prestigious Venetian Carnival, landing in a gondola in the Grand Canal, is a totally unique experience only to then go up the amazing Staircase of the Giantsby Andrea Tirali, which gives access to

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the salons on the first floor. Here is a whole series of emotions from the Amigoni room in pure rococo painted by Tiepolo to the impressive one of the Doge’s. In the Hall of music amid the timeless notes of the piano can be seen among the frescoes the secret door leading to the casino and then the private alcove. The Sagredos really knew how to live to the fullest, surrounded by so much art, culture, music and entertainment. Now completely disconnected from the real world, even the shopping at the nearby Rialto market with Chef Michael Power is an irremissible emotional full-immersion. Once having chosen the best local produce and the freshest seafood under the guidance of the chef, who, after years of live television on “Prova del Cuoco”, has definitely gained the ability to help anyone to cook, participants can create true masterpieces. Moreover at Cà Sagredo there is only room for those!

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A visit to the Bauer Venice to find a restaurant increasingly appreciated by visitors and Venetians: the De Pisis ruled by the young chef Hiraki Masakazu.

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he show offered to us from the plane is breathtaking, just before we are in the clouds and immediately below us is a vision, a blue line where sky and water merge with an almost magical effect. We are in Bora Bora. The only island in the Pacific whose waters are a recognized Pavillon Bleu, i.e, of great quality. This is called La Perle duPacifique. One of the best places from which to enjoy this pearl is the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. This resort too, like the other InterContinentals, is actively committed to protecting the environment and eco-sustainability. In addition, following the original idea of Marlon Brando, the resort was the first in the world to use the SWAC, which is a system that uses deep-sea cold water to generate electricity. Once inside the door of the suite, it’s easy to forget the flying time. All have an outdoor terrace with ocean views and feature marine, tropical and environmentally sustainable luxury. One of the highlights is the Spa. It is known throughout Polynesiabecause it uses, in fact, deep sea water which has valuable therapeutic properties. It is not easy to leave this colorful palette, a symphony of shades from turquoise to deep blue, just interrupted by green palm trees and white coral sand. This Bora Bora is an unforgettable motu. Almost heaven.

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INTECONTINENTAL Bora Bora, French Polynesia www.intercontinental.com Rooms & Suites 160 Villas 0 - Restaurants 3 Spa Deep Nature Children yes Chain InterContinental Affiliation none Activities sea and beach activities Score 81 Environment 95 Design 90 Service 80 Cuisine 65 Health 76 Spa 84 Rooms 80

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Maria Coscarelli

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InterContinental Moorea is a step back in time, in the Polynesia of thirty years ago. Nature, traditions, charm. While in their natural habitat dolphins and turtles provide company for guests.

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he InterContinental Moorea is the most Polynesian of the three. Here you live with the natives, in direct contact with nature, and what a natural setting. The materials are largely local. Stone, wood, woven straw. The cuisine is no exception with an obviously memorable offer of fish. The spa recovers island traditions that combined with contemporary techniques to create treatments to revitalize the body, establishing a symbiotic relationship with the environment that is not always obvious and which provides for regeneration. In Polynesian Moorea nature still reigns untouched. From our suite there is a view of the lagoon, a shining blue. Completely surrounded by a lush tropical garden. We are just steps from the Moorea Dolphin Center and the center for the protection of sea turtles, which was created in 2004 to house and treat specimens in difficulty. It is not an everyday experience to swim with dolphins and to kiss them is like the first time ... you never forget.

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INTERCONTINENTAL MOOREA RESORT & SPA Moorea, French Polynesia www.intercontinental.com Rooms & Suites 239 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa HĂŠlene Spa Children yes Chain InterContinental Affiliation none Activities sea and beach activities Score 74 Environment 92 Design 81 Service 70 Cuisine 72 Health 62 Spa 75 Rooms 68

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Passing through Johannesburg, a trip between South Africa and Zimbabwe between modernity and tradition, always with exclusivity.


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Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel A fresh and innovative design. The positive overall picture given by the hotel is enhanced by the large outdoor terrace with a superb view of Sandton.

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nown for offering unparalleled views of the skyline of Sandton, Johannesburg’s financial center, the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel Sandton adds elegance and comfort to this plus. The modern rooms of the Hotel, enhanced by its great urban location, in fact, welcome guests with their fresh and innovative design. The positive overall picture given by the Radisson is then enriched by the large outdoor terrace with a superb view of Sandton. The restaurant reinvents the interior space to make the right setting in which to serve a selection of seasonal dishes. Moments of comfortable relaxation are gathered in the lobby bar. Beautiful and functional, the rooms and suites are characterized by careful matching of colors, materials and equipment present. The Radisson Blu Gautrain Sandton is a laboratory where hospitality blends well with the needs of business the leisure guest.

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Rovos Rail A trip through Southern Africa in a delightfully Victorian version. This, in a word, is the Rovos Rail: a luxurious train dedicated to discovering the African universe, fruit of the entrepreneurial genius of Rohan Vos. The itinerary, full of emotions, permits the discovery of landscapes and faces scattered along a stretch of the legendary railway from the Cape to Cairo. The art of past travel lives again without having to give up comfort and excellent service on board.

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The train awaits on the platform of the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. The liveried staff is ready to welcome guests headed to Victoria Falls through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The cabins are intimate suites, wellequipped and comfortable. On board life is organized by joining the social aspect to the contemplation of the surrounding scenery. The terrace of the observatory car reveals to travelers, in fact, the many faces of Africa that run along the route.

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The days spent aboard the Rovos Rail immerge guests completely in the golden age of rail travel, recapturing the period and atmosphere. The dress code, with dark evening dress, clearly emphasizes the chic atmosphere that reigns on board. The timing of the trip, however, is generous and, in many cases, dedicated to informality. During the course of the days, in fact, many events occur: tea time; socialization; relaxation; reading; the discovery of nature while hiking through manicured parks.

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The luxurious train moves slowly ahead, allowing passengers to observe the landscape, and its rhythm is interrupted only by a few villages and small stations for stop-offs. For those who prefer a quicker pace, however, Rovos Rail also offers an Air Safari aboard a classic DC3, entirely dedicated to a superb adventure route.

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Victoria Falls W h e n , a f ter th r ee in ten se days of i nt ense s e n sa t io n s, th e lu x u r y tr ain tr avel s the l ast fe w k ilo m eter s th at sepa r a te i t f rom t he s m a ll c o lo n ia l sta tion at Victori a Fal l s, t he fin a l d e st ination of th e tr ip , the f eel i ng of h a v in g l iv ed a u n iqu e ex p eri ence i s alr e a d y a cer tain ty .

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Victoria Falls Hotel A fascinating journey through the history of travel. The hotel, in the Edwardian style, is a model of colonial architecture where a nice gentle way of life reigns.

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he Victoria Falls Hotel is located not far from access to the magnificent waterfalls in the territory of Zimbabwe. It is both a model of colonial architecture and a hotel, perfectly situated in the countryside, where a wonderful lifestyle reigns, the best answer to the responsibility arising out of more than a century of history. The building is in Edwardian style, which dates back - in its original nucleus - to1904 but has been subjected to a thorough modernization during the last decades. Its discreet charm is revealed in its extensive common areas. They are, in fact, a true invitation to discover history going along and living the hallways, porches, courtyard and loungesright to the large space of Stanley’s terrace. The rooms and suites in understated colonial style best perpetuate this journey through the history of the journey. Placed at the key junction of the railway line that was supposed to unite, according to the vision of Cecil Rhodes, the Cape to Cairo, the Hotel, combined with the charming little colonial station of Victoria Falls, then offers, in a frame of Edwardian elegance, the view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, the imposing iron structure on the Zambesi opened in 1905. The attention to preserving the original charm, supported by a long tradition of service, makes the Victoria Falls Hotel an address that can seduce even the most discerning traveler.

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