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LAWRENCE TAYLOR A cutting-edge experience in Vienna, Palais Hansen Kempinski.

PAOLA BEATRICE ELISEBA DI GIROLAMO Destination: Sicily. Showcasing the spa and golf course at the Verdura Resort.

PAOLO GERBALDO From Singapore to Bangkok aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Train.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA Elsa presents a ranking of the 10 resorts that standout for their service.

PAMELA MCCOURT FRANCESCONE Pamela discovers a little gem in the center of the former Burma, on a lake in Nay Pyi Taw.

MARCO GALLI An ideal hotel, extremely eco, a sustainable urban resort ... even though still just a project.

MARIA COSCARELLI The prismatic world of the Bad Blumau spa.


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ild in g hi s pr es tig io us bu ct Th eo ph il e fa m ou s ar ch ite th by d ne sig De 73 . ho us e of fic es . wa s er ec te d in 18 ar t it wa s us ed to st e th m fro l, te a ho of Vi en na so ld Ed va rd Ha ns en as 97 wh en th e cit y 19 til un ise gu is d on th e fa m ou s It co nt in ue d in th ki Gr ou p. Lo ca te ns pi m en Ke e th of n th e Pa la is Ha ns it to a su bs id ia ry ca re fu l re no va tio its r st . te pa af d, its ar ng ev yi ul wi th ou t be tra Ri ng st ra ss e Bo ts en em el n sig de co r ar e te ch de e co nt em po ra ry in co rp or at es hi gh th s, ce rra te d de su sp en Th e gl as s lif t, th e in th e pr es en t. ed rib sc in nt (it s na m e st ro ng ly d Ed va rd re st au ra re ar st ed wn no re y im pr es sio n. Ru n Th e ne w ye t al re ad ct ) co nf irm s th is ite ch ar al in ig or e ne – to qu ot e th e is a tri bu te to th g, its “fr es h” cu isi ze Po n in g to An ef ch ur s. Ca re fu l co ok by th e ex ec ut iv e te to na tu ra l fla vo bu e tri nc a ha is en s n nt tio ie in gr ed m en u’s de sc rip . Th e fe w se le ct ed as om ar d an es ur pr es er ve s te xt . te d co m po sit io ns rti cu la rly th e sk ilf ul ly pr es en sh es , an d we re pa di 7 th wi u en m st in g / Sa lv ia , th e We ch os e th e ta tti ni / Pa nc et ta go Fa an es rm Pa th e / Be et s / W hi te im pr es se d wi th th e Ro as t be ef d an ar vi Ca / in g wa s a ve ry Ki ng fis h / Le m on / Li m e / Ri ce Pu dd er ng g Gi / a ch at M us wa nt in g wa nt in M us hr oo m s. Th e an es ce nt le av in g ev s e ur th fo on g tle in lit rg de lic io us lig ht de ss er t, ve l. Bu t fe ar no t.. . ia nt ta bs su e or so m et hi ng m va rd fo llo we d. be r ye t el eg an t, Ed tly gl am or ou s, so ie qu d, te ta rs de Sl ig ht ly un th e ho te l ac tu al ly. is a su cc es s. Li ke

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e essence which captures th e erdura is a resort warm colours of th cape, echoing the ds lan e th to d ke of Sicily, strongly lin . ige, ochre and sand the earth in tones of be design all display and contemporary ip sh the an all m fts es ris cra cte al chara Majolicas, loc and modern which ch old Ea . of ht ion lig at ral bin tu m successful co of space and na e us r ve cle a so by panied hind the re rt rooms. It is accom sive mountains be es pr im e th of w a vie private terrace has ly down to the sea. nt ge d en sc de which a level, their classic e golf courses at se re th an th the s les no lours and scents of There is a choice of s, bathed in the co ion dit the tra th h wi t itis Br arp contras design inspired by n stands out in sh ee gr is t th an e illi iat br ec pr eir ap n fully Mediterranean. Th ckground. Guests ca ba e e iqu th un in e a th se e ing th te beach, enjoy perfect blue of iva pr of ch et str ich g ling wh ully lon r themselves. A fee blue from a beautif er of the sea just fo rn w of the co a vie g ed vin pt ha ru of er sensation with its unint ol po y nit infi ge lar continues with the . on horiz ake it an oasis of ty of the location m au be e e th d an ion o be enjoyed in th The isolated posit well-being can als se en elf Int . es on ion at ing lax ow all pure peace and re thalassotherapy, or ing in the benefits of facial and body e th all ich wh d Verdura Spa, indulg essences aroun ral tu na e th in d to be wrappe d. vel through treatments are base Pierangelini is to tra o lvi Fu ef ch e th of the edge of the To taste the cuisine onment: either on vir en e iqu un a in urs t, or in the elegant genuine local flavo the Amare restauran of s ow nd wi d oa br name evokes one of sea, framed by the w of the gardens. Its vie a d th wi ra, ga Za som. This is embodie atmosphere of the e island, orange blos th a t of ts no en is sc at ic wh at ination of the most emblem rus crêpe, the culm ns cit sio ate es lic pr de ex a y an in m and enhanced ary art. It is one of e expression of culin ots, beautifully mere meal but a fin cts, to its Sicilian ro pe as all in e, tru y to sta of the resort’s wish odern key. m a in ed et pr reinter

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a replica g-high alms bowl – he enormous ceilin p into ste u yo en wh at greets you th ks on m t his ere dd wh by Bu MGallery, of the bowls carried m Myanmar’s first fro ct pe ex the to s, at om u wh guestro the atrium tells yo lly deployed in the ilfu sk d an res tly et en om ific kil un just 20 space and size are m d gardens. Located pe ca e ds th lan m h fro lus e e ng distanc public areas and th l airport, and walki na od tio wo na l er ca int Lo s e. w’ a lak from Nay Pyi Ta n resort is set on , this elegant urba rs throughout are lou co e th s, Convention Centre rie s and accesso or flo r fo e ag ces on display nt va d is used to ad ptional crafte pie ce ex y an m e th d , an tory. muted and relaxing lden Land and its his to tell about the Go s rie sto ing at cin have fas attered around in low-slung units sc s, ite su are 40 ich e and the suites The 165 rooms, of wh Superior and Delux are en rd ial Ga ke La e . The two President the grounds of Th e or garden views lak th ing wi m im all , sw ive te ut priva Deluxe and Exec d dining area and a drooms, a living an requested for any be n ca ich Suites have two be wh , ice rv se r tle bu e with hout makes life pool, and they com entary Wifi throug im pl m Co s. ion at mod antic will delight of the other accom and the more rom rs, lle ve tra g din an m dinner beside the easier for today’s de a bespoke alfresco ing joy en or il ta ck in relaxing with a co lake. alanced choice of urant with a well-b sta re ay the -d all an is n options, and for The Grand Bell ialties and vegetaria ec o sp als ar ich nm wh ya o M im d it has to be Pr international an al pit ca w ne ’s ar ht ll delig in Myanm iskeys and spirits wi best Italian cuisine seurs of vintage wh ois e guests nn tiv Co ac t. e lis or m ne d wi has a fine n of cigars, an tio lec se e fin a s ha ich the spa offers a in the Oak Room wh imming pool, while sw e th d an t ur co is will enjoy the tenn b treatments. reflexology and scru , ge sa as and m of ge ran d from the airport car transfers to an y ur at lux wh s of l ge bo ran m ar ich is the sy The concierge tasanti Pagoda wh pa on so Up e rs th ito e vis lik t es to visit local sit uil capital city. In fac t, Asia’s most tranq there is no on, in Nay Pyi Taw is, without any doub ng Ya al pit ca er rm e the fo discover that, unlik c jam. ffi tra a as such thing

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The essence of the timeless legend of Saint Tropez through the colour of the Byblos. Boasting a fabulous location placing it at the heart of dynamic and fashionable Saint Tropez, the Byblos is a palace hotel which surprises with a profusion of special touches which make the guest’s stay unforgettable.

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With its elegant spaces waiting to be discovered and enjoyed, at leisure, the Byblos is an integral part of the legend. Paolo Gerbaldo describes it for us.

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Hotel Byblos the essence of the legend

Surrounded by green, the Byblos is a delightful “world apart” with many delightful corners.

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t the Byblos, with the bright colours of Mediterranean architecture, everything combines to create a perfect alchemy: from the privilege of socialising at the Caves du Roy, the legendary Mecca of Saint-Tropez nights, to the meticulous care given to every detail. The hotel is a harmonious cradle where luxury and quality of life reign supreme in an environment which is both chic and informal. Surrounded by green, the Byblos is a delightful “world apart” with many delightful corners. The pool is the ideal place to spend summer days; the “B” restaurant is by its side. A menu which combines invention and the substance of Mediterranean products, orchestrated by chef Vincent Maillard at the Le Rivea restaurant at the Byblos by Alain Ducasse. Its cosiness echoes the intense rooms and suites. They were renovated together with a new design aiming at enhancing the luminosity of the generous spaces with an intriguing colour palette, the décor and the furnishings. Elegant spaces waiting to be discovered and enjoyed at leisure. The Byblos is one of those enchanted places were it is easy to rediscover authentic art de vivre. It is encouraged by an intimate lifestyle with the personal and very elegant hospitality supported by an ample range of services including Villa La Capilla, a few miles from the Byblos. The Byblos Palace, from the fabulous sixties, embodies the essence of the timeless legend of Saint-Tropez.

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INFO HOTEL HOTEL BYBLOS Saint-Tropez, France www.byblos.com Rooms 41 - Suites 50 Villas 1 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation LHW Activities sea activities 85 Score Environment 87 86 Design 83 Service 85 Cuisine 75 Health 87 Spa 90 Rooms

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From trading pearls and spices to petrol: a large step, taken quickly. In little time the economy of this small country has grown exponentially, and the small fortress which gave its name to the country also paved the way for its modern-day capital. A modern, educated and also more relaxed city compared to others in

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Facing the sea, tranquil, Kuwait City is a contemporary city which was born and grew last century. Its new buildings race upwards creating an impressive skyline, overshadowing the aqueduct tower which was the icon of the capital for so many years. Hotel Missoni has brought a world of colours to this sometimes sleepy landscape ‌ and a world of flavours which have redrawn the hospitality and culinary map of the city.

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Hotel Missoni an Italian heart Facing the Persian Gulf, the Missoni of Kuwait City stands out thanks to the unmistakable touch of Rosita Missoni. It immediately became the only truly luxurious and exclusive destination in Kuwait.

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hen you arrive, in the Maserati Quattroporte which picked you up from the airport, the first thing you notice at the entrance are the two large mosaic vases which symbolise Missoni hotels. Walking into the entrance lobby, guests are surrounded by a rainbow of colours which exude a sense of harmony. The suites combine a breathtaking view over the gulf and the city with designer furnishings and Missoni’s unmistakable textiles. Its seems that Rosita has left nothing to chance. Every single detail, material and finishing is submitted to the brand’s iron lady’s critical eye. Careful supervision, decisiveness, considerable patience and tenacity; such are the qualities of the co-founder and creative director of the famous fashion brand. Every Missoni hotel reflects the country in which it is located, and Rosita was inspired by the colours of the sea, creating a palette of endless blues, gold and beige which she then combined with the other colours which are so typical of Missoni creations. In the same way as the kitchen is the heart of Italian homes, the Cucina restaurant is at the centre of the hotel. But it is not alone. At the 18th and last floor, we find Luna, offering a mix of Arab and Italian dishes reinterpreted in a contemporary key. On the ground floor, the Choco Cafè opens out onto a terrace. Inspired by Italy’s passion for coffee and chocolate, which is sold in exquisite boxes, designed by Missoni, naturally. Before climbing back into the Maserati which will take us back to the hotel, we say goodbye to the staff. The large vases and their colourful stripes are still there. The only classical note in a hotel characterised by creativity.

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From Singapore to Bangkok. From reality to the dream of the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express. The trip aboard the E&O is a tribute to slowness, enhanced by the possibility of fully appreciating the beauty of South-East Asia.

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Leaving from the legendary Raffles in Singapore, the unmissable destination for travellers in the days before the jet-set took over, along the Malay peninsula. A stop at Kuala Lumpur before reaching Bangkok, on the shores of the Chao Phraya, at the Mandarin Oriental, the famous “Oriental�. Paolo Gerbaldo experienced this renowned trip and describes it for us in these pages.

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Stopover at TheRaffles luxurious calm

Having gently absorbed the spirit of Raffles, we prepare to join the meeting point from which our trip on board the Eastern & Oriental Express will start.

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irst we enjoy Singapore’s Raffles: a haven of calm luxury and comfort welcoming guests in the wide entrance protected by the elegant and geometric white facade which symbolises an entire era. This feeling is reinforced in the Palm Court: an oasis of tropical green onto which roomy suites open out. Staying at Raffles, open since 1887, allows guests to immerse themselves gently in the colonial ambiance which will accompany them throughout their journey from Singapore to Bangkok. But it is now time to leave behind the elegant hospitality of Raffles, seen in so many aspects starting with the excellent service, to check-in in another wing of the hotel. The last step before transferring to the rail station where the Eastern & Oriental Express awaits.

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Paolo Gerbaldo

Eastern & Oriental Express Luxury Train The elegance of the fittings of the train are those of long-gone times. The unique atmosphere onboard the train makes the slow trip up the Malay peninsula an unforgettable adventure.

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he timeless trip begins in a country entirely turned towards the future: Singapore. Nostalgia and exclusivity welcome us on a legendary train: the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express. As soon as we are aboard we are wrapped in the scent of the golden age of train travel. Colonial style. Lacquered wood. Tapestries. Marquetry. Teak panels. The Belmond atmosphere permeates the private cabins and the common area: the restaurant, the bar and the library. Glamour. Exoticism. Legend. Comfort and elegance. These are its features. The veranda is a place apart. Here, at the tail of the train, the passengers gather regularly to admire the landscape, through Malaysia until Bangkok. The slow pace of train travel, punctuated by carefully selected excursions, enables passengers to admire rice fields, tropical forests, fields, glimpses of local life before reaching one of the most moving segments: the bridge over the river Kwai. The elegance of the E&O interiors are those of long-gone times. Life on board, beautifully looked after with excellent service and oriental and international dishes served in the restaurant cars, has a touch of modernity in the evenings. The passengers congregate. They get to know each other. The unique atmosphere makes the trip up the Malay peninsula an unforgettable adventure. If dreams evaporate at dawn, those arising from the Belmond Eastern & Oriental live on until the afternoon with the arrival in Bangkok. We find ourselves in the midst of an immense station, the crossroads not just of Thailand: Hualampong. The architecture, reminiscent of Italy, is a worthy conclusion to a unique experience enjoyed along the railway tracks. From Singapore to Bangkok. From reality to the dream of the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express. The trip aboard the E&O is a tribute to slowness, enhanced by the possibility of fully appreciating the beauty of South-East Asia.

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Arrival at the “Oriental� legendary hospitality in the Orient In Bangkok we are welcomed by the ideal follow-up to the train trip: the Mandarin Oriental. An icon of hospitality not limited to the Orient.

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he names of the suites, honouring famous authors such as Somerset Maugham, Conrad, Green and Coward, remind guests that they are now residing in an icon of hospitality, its fame not limited to the Orient. Since its construction in 1876, the hotel, rising on the shores of the Chao Phraya River, has been an unmissable meeting point for travellers in Bangkok and South-East Asia. The atmosphere of the hotel is an invitation to travel. The spirit and the history of the Oriental are encapsulated in the legendary Bamboo Bar: an institution which now boasts a contemporary look designed to enhance its iconic character. The final stop in the trip on the Eastern & Oriental Express allows us to discover a legend of Oriental hospitality.

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Rogner Bad Blumau from the classic to the extravagant

From the Empire to thermal baths. From Palais Hansen to Rogner Bad Blumau, a path from the body to the mind which presents a playful dimension to the complete involvement of the senses – and not least of all that of sight.

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