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n Sicily, for the arrival of the orange blossoms. The scent of the blossoms pervades the Sicilian dawn, perfuming the stay of those who choose to come here at this delightful time of year. The pleasant temperature, the tranquillity and the many flavours of the island that greet us, and also the hustle and bustle of the streets of Marrakech abound with boisterous travellers. But fortunately, once you enter the door of the Mamounia, you become wrapped up in the calm magic of a history that relives some of its best moments there. We then travelled to Phuket and Bangkok. Then to Zambia, a classic for safari lovers, a location that has always been loved, and where hospitality is getting better and better.

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LA MAMOUNIA Marrakech, Morocco


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LAWRENCE TAYLOR In Bangkok descovering the top city hotel and the top airport hotel.

OVIDIO GUAITA Ovidio is in Bodrum, in Turkey, the ancient Halicarnassus, where one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once arose.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA Elsa tells us everything about the best cruise ships in this issue.

PAOLA DI GIROLAMO In the Lower Zambesi National Park, Paola proposes a luxurious tented camp.

PAOLO GERBALDO A classic of Moroccan luxury hospitality, La Mamounia, is always fascinating despite its years.

MARCO GALLI Marco reviews a unique floating hotel. For now it is only a project, but one never knows.

ARTURO DI CASOLA In Japan reviewing an unusual spa-resort.

MARIA COSCARELLI Maria presents the 2016 Guam events program.


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Framed by the Atlas mountains, Marrakech is a big name destination in elite international tourism. A place where the smells and aromas of the medina meet the lines of ArabMoorish architecture. Alongside the vitality of Djemaa el-Fna square and the souk, Marrakech has a more cultural and

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In Marrakech Le Grand CafĂŠ de la Poste exhibits a complex equilibrium between East and West. In this elegant, glamorous, vintage and warm ensemble, chef Philippe Duranton very skilfully and sensitively proposes a cuisine which, starting with excellent local products, brings together French and Moroccan flavours. A few steps from the minaret of the Koutubia Mosque, the symbol of Marrakech, a key symbol of this combination rises: La Mamounia. Our journalist Paolo Gerbaldo went to discover it.

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La Mamounia a mythical past which doesn’t shun the present In the large interior spaces there is a predominance of furnishings and decor that speak a refined and exotic visual language. The feeling is of a mythical past, but one that doesn’t shun the present.

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he unmistakable doorman dressed in red and white opens the doors of the exotic dream embodied by the imposing moorish and art deco architecture of La Mamounia. This legendary Marrakech hotel has been capturing the attention of elite international travellers since 1923. The first projects to create a highlevel hotel designed for people who were looking for an orientalist feel go back to 1921. But it would be the architects Henri Prost and Antoine Marchisio who were to create it. They realised that, given a location this prestigious, the hotel had to give a feeling of the past without ignoring the present. The large hotel garden is a legend in itself. But inside what stands out are furnishings and decor that speak a refined and exotic language. The large interior spaces remodelled by Jacques Garcia are something more than just rooms and suites. In a way that doesn’t happen in many other places in the world. Here it is not only the pages of the great history of hotels of the past that are turned, but also those with the many routes taken by the company of travellers. At the heart of the hotel, the large spa is a space that is entirely dedicated to body and soul. There are also various themed restaurants: traditional Moroccan cuisine is revisited and served at Le Marocain, housed in a riad located inside the garden. Top-level Italian cuisine can be found at Don Alfonso, while French food is entrusted to the skill of the executive chef, Aurélien Poirot. And we shouldn’t forget the buffet at the Pavillon de la Piscine. A stay at La Mamounia allows guests to enter a legend in which luxury, modernity and identity hold undisputed sway.

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Ancient Siam, the kingdom never conquered by the Europeans, is today a destination popular for culture, nature and sea. Phuket remains the destination most requested by vacationers from Europe and the Far East and the hospitality offer is able to satisfy all pocketbooks.

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Bangkok, a cosmopolitan metropolis standing between past and future, is spread around the Chao Phraya River which represents it umbilical cord. History is reflected in the local handicraft, traditions and cuisine, today carefully revisited to satisfy Western palates.

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Phuket remains among the most popular destinations in Thailand. Renowned above all for its beaches and the numerous hotels, bars and restaurants, it is in reality an island extremely interesting from a natural point of view, in part protected by the Sirinat National Park. Our correspondents Ovidio Guaita and Lawrence Taylor went there to explore the best resorts.

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The Tower Club at lebua the golden dome

It stands out on the horizon, at the top of one of the tallest a skyscrapers in the Thai capital. For sure not one of the newest but certainly among those that create the city skyline.

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upported by very classical ionic columns, the golden dome of Lebua is not known for its form. But rather it is here that you can find the Sky Bar, the first of its kind and the largest. It seems afloat in the Bangkok night, always crowded and glamorous. The Capital seen from up here is a world unto itself, a composition of coloured lights from which the chaotic traffic and noise disappear. Still at the top of the skyscraper arises Mezzaluna, the formal restaurant which has been one of the best in the city for ten years. The Franco-Mediterranean cuisine here weds with Japanese inspirations wisely dosed by chef Ryuki Kavasaki. Two tasting menus of 4 and 7 dishes with or without wine pairings guide guests along a gastronomic path made of well-balanced flavours which rarely overlap. Lightness is assured, due to the cooking techniques and ingredients adapted from the Asian experience of the Japanese chef. Our experience starts with a seafood symphony with Hokkaido Scallops, accompanied by a 2012 Spanish Rioja Blanco Faustino VII Bodegas Faustino. Then comes the Nova Scotia Lobster with a 2009 Argentine Chardonnay Centenario Reserve Graffigna. Next is a Pacific Code to conclude with a turf ace, a memorable cut of Saga Wagyu, enhanced with a 2011 Bordeaux Clarendelle Rouge by Haut Brion. Pre-dessert and dessert conclude our experience at Mezzaluna, - a restuarant which would certainly deserves a star or two – just in time to join the nightowls of Bangkok at the mythical Sky Bar. The next day the hotel limousine takes us to the airport. The night owls are still asleep while we early-risers are recalling the flavour of a special night that thrills us as we fly off to discover yet another classic: Phuket.

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Twinpalms

the frangrance of frangipanes

Amid palms and frangipanis, an exclusive refuge only a stone’s throw from the movida of Phuket. Calm and class backed up by a superb spa.

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he intense traffic is at times distracting, and we almost fail to notice the deviation of the driver who picked us up at the airport. We are already at the entrance. A broad staircase welcomes us and leads us to one of the latest addtions to the hospitality panorama on the island. Twinpalms is a quiet refuge in front of a beach as expansive as it is lively. Among the locales that populate the area we find the Bimi and the Catch. Both are extensions of the resort, with a cuisine that is mostly Thai at the first and international at the second. The Bimi is as tranquil as the fashionable Catch is lively. The latter, with its ver y contemporar y design is decidely that trendiest place in the area. Divided into a bar zone and a restaurant, it is the ideal destination for an excellent Ceasar Salad and a Margarita cocktail. An irremissible stop-off is the Esthederm Sun Spa, an institution dedicated to the protection of the skin from the sun, reducing negative collateral effects to a minimum. Basically, the Estherderm Sun Spa helps us to get a tan

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without burning. But, above all, it provides protection for the skin with Estherderm Cellular Treatments, a patented protection, hydration and epidermis balancing system. We tried one of the Full Day Tanning Programs. It begins with the Before Sun, an exfoliation and hydration skin ltreatment and application of a sun screen. Next, ever y two hours the therapist comes to the pool to apply the treatment once again so that one is never exposed without protection. At the end of the day, one is pampered with the After Sun trearment, designed to prolong the beneficial effects of the sun, ensuring the elasticity of the skin and preventing wrinkles.

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Kata Rocks suspended in blue

Perched amid the rocks, this resort with exclusively pool suites invites guests to relax and become hedonistic just a few steps from Kata Beach, one of the best in Phuket.

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ts white structures can be obser ved from a distance, situated on a promontor y called Kata Rock. It is elegant but simple, and enhanced by the green of the surrounding vegetation and the blue of the pools. Each suite, in fact, has its own infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea. During the day, the resort seems to be deserted. Guests are all enjoying the privacy of their spacious suites with breath-taking views. The voluminous living rooms with entire walls of glass and an equipped kitchen permit guest to cook without giving up the pleasure of the view – perhaps, after having participated in the lessons at the cooking school. In addition to the latter, the service of a concierge is also available to organise a series of cultural and marine activities. At sunset the lounge in front of the central pool becomes animated with cocktails. Per fectly oriented towards the

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west, the pool lounge is the ideal scenario for afternoon chit-chat. Amid tradition and innovation, the barmen entertain guests with proposals of high alcoholic content just before dinner. In the restaurant, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the chef proposes Thai specialities along with a few international alternatives. The ser vice may appear na誰f, but the staff is always cordial and the sojourn absolutely pleasant. The contemporar y design, the ample spaces, the view and the private lap pools make this venue a much appreciated destination. And for those who fall in love with it, there are properties for sale, both for exclusive ownership as well as those to share with co-owners.

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Indigo Pearl the tin resort

Property of a family for generations linked to the extraction of tin and the project of the famed Bill Bensley. A place where every corner recalls the mining past of Phuket.

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nce upon a time when tourism did not exist and the majority of the people in Phuket dedicated themselves to fishing or to the extraction of tin. Important families have administered this industry, developing it and favoring the exportation of the raw materials. In the 90s the mines were closed and other materials replaced tin. An era was ending while the hospitality industry simultaneously consolidated and new operations – certainly more international – appeared. Indigo Pearl represents this passage well, for it gives witness to an important past and, at the same time, promotes a new one. The pieces of industrial archaeology - just as do the works of art taking inspiration from this era - enrich the stay of guests who fine themsleves inserted into both the economic and industrial histor y of the island. One remains dumbfounded by the unique tin objects created expressly for the resort. Some examples would be the faucets, the outer shell of the bathtubs, the beds, the information signs and so on. The tropical garden is another reason for interest in this resort. Maintained by an army of gardeners, it boasts three pools and the five restaurants which make us regularly lose the way back to our suite. The tall palms, the frangipanis, the banana plants alternate with a myriad of bushy plants which recall a botanical garden. It is not by chance that the resort hosts a workshop of the renowned Austrailian foral artist, Michael Pritchard, on the compositional art of tropical flowers.

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However there are many other activities as well. Among the internal ones, the Thai Cooking School is always very appreciated, as are the Champagne Brunch and the barbeque. One must not miss the Coqoon Spa, where the Thai tradition reigns supreme. The Nest, built like a nest in a tree, is the signature treatment villa. It isolates and fascinates while the expert (and stong) hands of the therapists take care of us. Indigo Pearl is a resort capable of satisfying diverse demands and tastes, managed by a cordial staff, decidedly relaxing for couples and families. A very Thai experience, profoundly tied to the history and traditions of Phuket.

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Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi precious stop-offs

How to transform a night arrival, an earlymorning departure or simply a connection into pure pleasure. Gourmet restaurants, refined spa and so much more at Novotel at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

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t is not often that we enjoy a stop-off in the airport - much less an early-morning departure with the relative transfer at an impossible hour (The city is almost an hour away by car.). The Novotel at the international airport in Bangkok is an exception. It was not by chance that it was recently named “best airport hotel.” Let’s forget that we can check in anytime for a stay that will last 24 hours, a fabulous solution which cannot always be taken for granted. The strong point is the cuisine. Let’s begin with the Thai restaurant with it authentic Thai dishes – just slightly revisited in a modern way and…designed for the Western palate as far as spicy is concerned. Then we have the Golden Village which offers a Dim Sum Lunch and refined Cantonese cuisine. Sushi and Teppanyaki lovers will choose the Kinsen, while those who are by no means risk takers The Square, the international restaurant which is always available for trying the classics from around the world. Irremissible the section dedicated to smoked salmon and tuna, a real surprise. However, if your appetite calls for something sweet, then the Gourmet is for you. Fresh croissants and other “delights” will transport you into an inviting Parisian pâtisserie to indulge your sweet tooth. The gym - obviously open 24/7 – is available for the more active, as is the Thalasso Spa, with its anti-ageing and foot reflexology treatments, in addition to the traditional Thai and Balinese massages. The exotic evanescent atmosphere enraptures the traveller and, together with the treatments and the gym, contributes to eliminating the tiredness of the flight and jetlag.

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ZAMBIA


Squeezed between Angola Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana e Namibia and closed off from the sea, the Zambesi River, which crosses a good part of the Country, assumes the crucial importance of giving the country its name.


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H e r e w e f in d V ic t o r ia F alls, t he most spec t ac ular in t he w or l d, sp an n in g o v e r a k ilomet er and rising t o a height o f 1 2 8 me tr e s . D is c o v e r e d by David Livingst one in 18 55 , th e y w e r e n am e d af t e r t he reigning Queen of England .

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Zambesi Kalefu Camp in the Lower Zambesi National Park

A river camp, ideal for lovers of fishing. Reachable by small aircraft that land on a nearby landing strip, it ensures a decidedly African experience.

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oming to the camp in a boat which lands at a nearby dock, guests will get a preliminary taste of the thrilling experience of the water safaris in motorboats which glide along the grassy banks of the Zambesi or the excursions in a canoe along the canals in the park. This will afford exciting close encounters with the animals that live there. Spacious tents with cloth walls are fixed on teak platforms and are equipped with beds surrounded by mosquito nets and carved wooden tables placed around the main tent, the focal point of tent life. Walking in the jungle following the tracks left by the animal is a trek amid the sounds, colours and fragrances of the savannah. Fish lovers will be escorted to special reserves in search of the famous tiger fish.

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