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istory. Be it that of the grand Swiss hospitality presented in the article on Lucerne or that regarding the great explorations of the African savannah during the colonial period, it is fascinating. It brings about travel – physical, cultural and emotional. It is on the very wave of emotions, on the never-ending romanticism of moving around, that we propose a few stops in southern Africa, in search of the “big five” but also to explore extreme luxury…in the middle of nowhere! The innovative tradition of Castello di Casole in the Chianti or Casa Cartagena in Cuzco are not missing, both splendid examples of recuperation and enhancement in a contemporary vein. And finally, a visit to Venissa, an isolated Venetian restaurant where tradition is expertly reinvented. History with its tendency-making romanticism guides us, inspires us and at times surprises us.

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n cuisine esearch into lagoo who at ol, Bis o te at ur chefs. For M fo ’s sa nis Ve of rk r the wo the Ristorante is the foundation fo oject, “the beauty of pr sa nis Ve e th s dinate ional ingredients the age of 27 coor interpret the except efs ch t en er diff at th periences.” This year, Venissa is the fact n sensitivities and ex ow o eir th to ing rd ia, and Serena Baian of the lagoon acco Michelangelo D’Or , oli at As th ea efs dr ch An ur fo ic, e; Sabina Joksimov of their Native Venic ation of the recipes iding principle gu e os wh ”, ne isi give a new interpret cu d de an t-h gh “ei ate an e gastronomic work together to cre dation of the entir un fo e th s rm fo which pired by domestic is the Venissa Code Every recipe is ins . on e ssi pa d an same is true of th project: knowledge d respected. The an d oo de rst rse de pe un su t be ld no cuisine and must ality. Esthetics shou must be of prime qu at th ts uc od pr al loc nces it. element that enha ate flavor but only be an allops, a light, delic ggest the Yellow Sc su d he we ric u en en s m op ng all sti sc From the ta as a bed for ed rv se a en rb rb ve ed with ed with he s squash puree infus -virgin olive oil infus tra ex e, bl m cru d , almon violet flowers. with chicory cream viar de Venise, and ca e, nc se es ts e lim , rden seared turbot mee from the estate ga on, where a lightly go La e th th wi h of es dis e nc d in th The Turbot and esse lagoon is incarnate s of cauliflower. The cie d algae play an en an ist ns nia co or lic us sa rio va estate, where e th m e from fro s rb he ee robiola ch se mad the presence of eese and pears, a Ch d lanced en ba e y th ctl At rfe le. pe important ro companies a ac w) co d an , at go (sheep, , market-fresh three types of milk honey, a seed wafer ed us inf y ar m se . Ro e dessert. Bartlett pear sorbet flowers complete th let vio ied nd ca d an fruit,

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Overlooking the homonymous lake, the city founded in 1178 enchants not only for its Kapellbr체cke but also for its well-kept historic centre and the surrounding mountainous landscape. The eyes, in fact, beholds everything from the majestic Rigi to the most thrilling of the mountains in Lucerne: Mount Pilatus. The latter offers an incredible panoramic view of 360째 over Lucerne and the Lake: 2132 metres reachable also with the fastest cog railway in the world. The Swiss Pass (Swiss Travel System, the integrated network which permits us to travel with a single ticket on trains, buses and ferries), is an exciting way to discover this Swiss landscape. www.switzerland.com 52

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Grand Hotel National the grand season of Swiss hospitality

The epitome of the grand season of Swiss and European hospitality. Luxury is reflected in the common spaces and in the rooms and suites which integrate with the fascination of the Lake Lucerne.

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he elegant edifice which unites neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance elements, houses an important historic Swiss hotel: the Grand Hotel National. Intense pages, starting with those written by CĂŠsar Ritz and Auguste Escoffier, characterise, from its opening in 1870, the hotel from which we can admire the grandiose landscape of Lake Lucerne. The National is, in fact, the epitome of the grand season of Swiss and European hospitality. Luxury is reflected in the common spaces and in the rooms and suites. The fascination of the Lake. The history of the Grand Hotel National. The attention to service. These are ingredients that project guests into another century. However, the presence of all the modern comforts which satisfy the requests of a cosmopolitan clientele bring us quickly back to the present. A gastronomic maze, instead, pleases the different demands of the palate. In fact, the restaurants, permit us to move around, starting from the regional flavours of the National and the seasonal menu of the Restaurant 1871, then towards Italian taste found in Padrino, up to the Chinese variety in Jialu National. The restaurants fuse the classical touch of the Hotel with modern design. The line of the cuisine is attentive to seasonality, to the quality of the products without, however, forgetting versatility and creativity. With its mixture of legendary traditionalism and sophisticated modernity, the Grand Hotel National is itself a symbol of the excellence of Swiss Hotels.

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he “homesickness for Africa”. It is from the eighteen hundreds and it spreads even among those who would never have thought of venturing so far and into lands so different and difficult. The Ol Seki stands for all of them. It is composed of circular tents where traditional colonial décor fuses with an architecture with modern lines. Spacious and elegantly furnished, they are equipped with every comfort, while maintaining the atmosphere of a safari intact. Hidden one from the other, they open on to a magnificent view of the African savannah. With every respect for an uncontaminated and original natural setting, this is a wonderful example of responsible and sustainable tourism. Two recently built suite with a staff for guest service complete the profile of this exclusive structure capable of offering unique experiences, such as visits to Masai villages or fieldtrips to observe grazing giraffes. The cuisine is international and is served in the tents or in the moving frame of a natural grotto.

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and Rivers offers stylish, luxurious accommodations for safaris along the banks of the Rufiji River. At the bight of the Grand River, which meanders through the sandy islands and luxurious forests, this lodge was originally built as a base for expeditions when the zone was still unknown. Not a large area but with well-distributed spaces, it has five rooms and two suites inside a cottage of stone and straw. The suites are separate from the rest of the camp and have their own swimming pool. Additionally, the new and exclusive Rhino’s House, an ideal and romantic refuge, is furnished with a dining area, a small swimming pool and a private car. A guide is available at any time to sail along the river, go on canoe outings and enjoy solitary fishing. The more adventurous may opt for a 4-day safari to explore the more remote zones of the park, with small but wellequipped camps which change location every night.

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Onguma The Fort Onguma Game Reserve

The Fort is unlike any other, the only one of its kind in Namibia. It is built in exactly the right spot to give guests probably one of the best sunset views in the whole of Namibia.

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he lodge is overlooking the beautiful Etosha Pans, surrounded only by wild animals and hundreds of Camel Thorn trees. With the typical aspect of a town, it strikes travellers for its imposing stone wall and great tower, arising on the sprawling savannah. The twelve suites, far apart for absolute privacy, have an exotic aspect obtained by the creative mixing of African, Moroccan and Indian influences. Outside each one an ample wooden platform, complete with places to sit, invites guests to relax while sipping on an aperitif enjoying the magnificent sunset. Inside the main tower we find the Fort Suite, it too boasting a private terrace. The central courtyard, enlivened with a fountain and plays of water, leads to a wooden bridge with a view overlooking a well where numerous animals come to drink. At the end of the day, guests can enjoy a dinner in the open-air dining area or around the pool illuminated with lanterns.

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Castello di Casole history and Nature 4200 hectares of peace in the Sienese hills amid history and nature. Casole is a place that unites the fascination of past to the beauty of the present, amid the grandeur of history and the beauty of nature.

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A COUNTRY RESORT | CASTELLO DI CASOLE

t the Castello di Casole, nature and history unite to create a perfect union among the past, present and future. Dating from antiquity, the castle was the property of the Bargagli family, a noble Sienese house. There is a magnificent panorama of gentle hills which extend as far as the eye can see and surrounds the old structure owned by Timber resorts. Among the illustrious owners who have spent their days at Castello is Luchino Visconti, master of the grand Italian cinema. In the abode Visconti often organised his visits before the view of a romantic sunset. The 41 suites spread out among the various edifices of the castle exalt the fascination of the past in the materials and include every modern comfort, such as cable TV and free Wifi. Looking out the windows, guests have a splendid view of the estate below which is also a hunting reserve. The ideal place to spend summer days in the panoramic swimming pool, enjoying a relaxing swim and admiring the beauties of nature. The Essere Spa, where guest can experience moments of peace and relaxation immersed in natural fragrances, proposes body and face treatments with local products. 500 sqm which include the relaxation room, swimming pool, sauna, steam room a Technogym fitness room inspired by the Roman baths. The menu at the formal restaurant Tosca proposes typical dishes of the Tuscan tradition, revisited on a contemporary note by the chef. The oil is from the farm and the wine menu proposes the Sangiovese produced by the vineyards of the estate along with a selection of superb of Italian labels. Casole is a place that unites the fascination of the past to the beauty of the present, amid the grandeur of history and the beauty of nature.

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The estate is rife with old farm houses transformed into superb multi-property residences complete with every accessory imaginable and elegantly furnished as well. Buyers purchase them with a deed for 1/12 of the real estate unit, thus not a right but property – not a negligible detail. The property forever belongs to the buyer. It may be sold or inherited. Three weeks’ use are guaranteed even in high season; however, the rest of the time is based on availability. This usually means 4-5 weeks a year. Maintenance and cleaning are centralized and the owners get preferential treatment for the use of the resort facilities. Buyers’ own time may be rendered to the real estate agent to be rented and thus create a kind of earnings. Owners may also exchange the weeks among themselves. Presently there are 15 around the world.

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Casa Cartagena in the umbilicus of the world

Italians do it better! As in Casa Cartagena in Cusco, where Italian flair and contemporary design blend with antiquity and history to create a refined, spirited and captivating ambience.

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rom Cusco, the ancient Inca “umbilicus of the world�, you leave to visit the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. And you come to Casa Cartagena to steep in the charm of the Andine capital, delight in Peruvian cuisine and be pampered in the Qoya Spa. Pablo Neruda, the Nobel laureate wrote some of his most famous poetry in this old inn, and legend would have it that Che Guevara was a frequent guest. The 12 suites are the largest in Peru (100m2 the six Master Suites, 120 the Suite Presidencial and 150 the Royal Suite). They have built-in oxygen systems to combat soroche, or altitude sickness (Cusco is 3,400 metres asl), and come in different sizes, with bright colours, wooden ceiling beams and floors and original frescoes on the walls. They also have air conditioning and central heating, cordless telephones, flat-screen TVs, large bathrooms, and overlook the central garden-courtyard which at night is lit by a large globe that glows like a toppled moon. Lomo saltado a la Cartagena and Cui asado (guinea pig) are on the menu in the restaurant and in the summer months guests dine at small tables in the courtyard or on the balconies of their suites. The all-glass wall in the Qoya Spa (with an eight-meter heated pool, Turkish bath and sauna) looks out on the hillside bohemian district of San Blas which, at night, becomes a twinkling crib sprawled over the hillside under a large white statue of Christ.

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COMO Shambhala COMO At Home

COMO Shambhala follows a healthy living philosophy that takes its inspiration from mythological roots: in ancient Buddhist texts, ‘Shambhala’ refers to a sacred place of bliss.

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OMO Shambhala proposes that such tranquility need not to be found in any specific location but with the right tools, it can be discovered within oneself, by exploring body, mind and spirit. COMO embraces lifelong learning and development, the company never wanting to be everything to everybody, but instead offering only the very best to an exacting few. Christina Ong, owner of COMO Hotels and Resorts, designed COMO Shambhala out of her personal pursuit of a meaningful spa experience—something she felt must be possible in the right environment while counselled by the very best teachers. And so in 2000 she created COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos. The flagship property, which opened in 2005, is COMO Shambhala Estate, a residential health retreat in Bali. COMO Shambhala owns, designs and manages seven centres of wellbeing at properties worldwide. In addition, the company owns and operates a yoga studio in Singapore. The company also creates skin, hair and bodycare products. A wellness-orientated lifestyle brand, COMO Shambhala at Home, incorporates a range of massage oils, body care, hair care, home and travel products. Basing them on the principals of aromatherapy, these products are made using only high-grade pure essential oils. All products are free of Sodium Laurel Sulphate, parabens, silicones and synthetic substances including artificial colour and fragrance.

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Sennheiser MOMENTUM never stands still

Sennheiser second generation wireless MOMENTUM headphones feature uncompromised performance, pure minimalist style and the finest materials plus advanced wireless design and cutting-edge noise cancellation.

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he MOMENTUM Wireless and MOMENTUM On-Ear Wireless – with Active Noise Cancellation – stand for the ultimate way to experience superior audio with effortless style. All MOMENTUM models feature enhanced wearing comfort and a folding headband design for even greater portability. The MOMENTUM Wireless and MOMENTUM On-Ear Wireless include NFC technology for effortless, “at a touch” pairing with an NFC-enabled mobile device to quickly establish a Bluetooth connection for audio transmission. The apt-X® codec delivers superior unaltered sound when connecting the headphones wirelessly to any Bluetooth® aptX®-enabled device. Also featured in the Wireless versions is NoiseGard™, an advanced Active Noise Cancellation technology that uses four microphones to efficiently monitor and block ambient noise and provide a perfect listening experience in even the noisiest environments. With longlasting built-in batteries delivering 22 hours of entertainment, the MOMENTUM Wireless models are the perfect headphones for a superior listening experience on the move. Designed with style in mind, the new generation MOMENTUM and MOMENTUM Wireless are available in elegant Black and Ivory versions. The MOMENTUM On-Ear Wireless is available in Black and Ivory, whereas the wired MOMENTUM On-Ear is in Black, Ivory, Brown and Silver. The folding headband design allows the MOMENTUM headphones to fold away tidily in the supplied carry cases for even greater portability. The MOMENTUM models feature a three-button in-line remote with an integrated mic for controlling music and taking calls. They are available in two variants, optimized for either Apple iOS or Android and Windows smart devices such as Samsung Galaxy models. The Wireless MOMENTUM models allow for calls and music to be controlled directly from the headphones. These models come supplied with a charging cable and a flight adaptor as standard.

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MEDICARE The Medical Device Skin Care

MEDICARE, the Medical Device Skin Care, is the only course of treatment for the skin which now has the status of a Medical Device regulated by the European Directive 93/42/EEC.

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he marketing of medical devices is subject to notification to the Ministry of Health and National Institute of Health, and the first placing on the market must undergo clinical trials at independent facilities authorized to demonstrate their safety and efficacy. Years of scientific research and in-depth studies have allowed MEDICARE to achieve a particular care complex based on exclusive active ingredients that, acting at multiple levels of the epidermis, restores the best conditions of the skin, returning it to the optimal situation, and it may also effect exciting instant facelift. These products target signs of sensitive and irritable aging skin that call for special attention, protection, increased hydration, elasticity and radiance, and especially desirous of a quick and obvious result. MEDICARE distinguishes itself in cosmetics thanks to its extraordinary effects made with the highest concentrations of pure active and effective ingredients, without the use of parabens and without the use of animal tests. This extraordinary complex is derived from Hyaluronic Acid and confers resistance to the skin, avoiding the formation of wrinkles and different blemishes. Technically, it is a glycosaminoglycan that, by incorporating a large number of water molecules, allows the skin to form a latticetype structure that spreads in the epidermis in aggregate form. It prevents tissue damage due to external agents acting as a shockabsorbing cushion substance to maintain tone, firmness and softness over time.

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Jawbone trackers

Jawbone is one of the leading companies for the production of trackers for physical activity. Steps, jogging, gym, diet, rest, heartbeat rate. There are various parametres which are elaborated to help us to stay in shape.

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e it the minimal UPMove or the elegant UP2 or the complete UP3, health is what counts. With these elegant accessories - available in various colours - we can monitor out physical activity connected via Bluetooth to the apps on our iPhone. The UP3 even has the function of Advanced Sleep Track ing, which controls var ious phases of our sleep, monitoring the REM phase and the time passed in light or deep sleep. This is important data that permits us to know aspects of our rest that would otherwise be difficult t o m o n i t o r. Wi t h i t s e n s o r s, t h e U P 3 i s a l s o able to monitor our heartbeat for an ever more precise control of the conditions of our body. UPmove, UP2 and UP3: elegance and efficiency at the service of health.

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