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OVIDIO GUAITA An underwater resort is being built in the Fiji Islands, and Ovidio fills us in on it.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA The world in a suite…on the contrary, in the world’s top ten. Sometimes a room is more than just a place to sleep.

PAOLA DI GIROLAMO Paola went to Tanzania to visit two great traditional and trustworthy lodges.

PAOLO GERBALDO On the corniche in Jeddah, with its breath-taking view of the Red Sea, in search of the sparkling Rosewood.

PAMELA MCCOURT FRANCESCONE From Manila to Shanghai, amid the classic and modern, history and contemporaneity… between the past and future.

ALESSANDRA JOVINELLI In Sicily to present small fascinating structures in the shadow of Etna.

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M HISTORIC HOTEL | THE MANILA HOTEL

y anila, a city with man , 65 15 in o, wh ds iar l of the Span iva arr e th d an e ry th to ars of into his d, followed by the ye souls, reaching back e brief English perio th 46, and to 19 el, in ad e cit nc ial de en lon ep built the co the city, to Ind of g bin m bo e th d rad n an and cont ictory, American occupatio oftentimes irrational s: oli op etr m ern od today’s sprawling m and smiling. invariably emotional tel has been the stage 1912, The Manila Ho in s or do acted. its ed en op capital have been en From the day it ring social life of the tte gli cient e an th e d th an to ry se to Manila, clo on which the his that hugs the Bay of rd day va to ll ule sti d bo g an – lon e ars th ye At the end of g the Marcos rin du rk, Pa ta ne Lu d e and th Manila rolle out citadel of Intramuros st Lady Imelda - The Fir er m for nt ga va extra and wafted expensive for the beautiful and garlands of flowers th wi e ad fac its d le allure of yesteryear, its red carpet, adorne with the unmistakab d an r t, en ific gn Ma . e marbles, spectacula perfumes on the air ric columns, Philippin Do by its pu th -la wi pu La by , lob ing the handsome and a priceless paint crystal chandeliers 0 the comfortable 50 er Ov . ing brass, seashell and int pa no ipi Fil of r he the fat n views and the Fernando Amorsolo, ites have great ocea Su et ns Su & ise nr Su the neral, is a step back colonial-style rooms; e of the American ge nc ide res d e th s wa ich ent of Intramuros an MacArthur Suite, wh the ancient settlem er ov ed ws ch vie rea o ny als lco is into history with ba sidential Suite, which leads to the roomy Pre paintings and lift e te ag rit iva pr he A s, y. ue ba tiq e th has handsome an d an , ad lip he op from the rooft oms. nce make Italian marble bathro of sophisticated elega e nc bie am an d an trees in French haute Fairy-tale crystal palm in which to delight n ve ha e siv clu ex om an precious stones in the Champagne Ro d panels of jade and an rie ise ino ch l ca ssi e extensive menu. cuisine. The neo-cla onese delights on th nt Ca e th ce un no an ntemporary cuisine, the Mabuhay Palace gy of international co olo th an and an is ng -Ila diterranean to India, And the Cafe Ilang ouette from the Me pir us at cio th lus ns e tio th sta th wi scendo with live cooking World, rising to a cre w Ne e th to st Ea from the Far and confections. desserts, ice creams

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T DESIGN HOTEL | THE TWELVE AT HENGSHAN

’s sweeping welve at Hengshan y with the gl in gu ntrasts intri co es til tta co rra te le style of 20,000 angular facade of ing the unmistak ab ct fle re , ea ar e th ure of ick and simple Ar t Deco architect ls in using red-br ve re o wh , tta Bo ario ht lobby, where Swiss architect M he does in the brig As e. ac m sp of es m lu licate cherry blosso forms to create vo ht, highlighting de lig e bu th Ya e ur am pt te ca n s sig soaring window ised by interior de e of nature is repr ets, bedheads rp ca er ov s ive murals. This them ot lash floral m sp y all er lib o wh Pushelberg suites. 1 guest rooms and and walls in the 17 r which Botta e secret garden, fo th in ce en ss te in qu his five-storey, Nature reaches its e beating hear t of th d: ar ty ur co al ov es that change has created a lush of bamboo and tre es ov gr s, m ea str ith e and serenity can elliptical hotel. W sive oasis of peac clu ex is est th s, on as the inner rim of gu colour with the se s and balconies of ow nd wi e th m be enjoyed fro e Lobby Lounge. light and a rooms and from th rden has natural ga e th r de un ol ing po a pounding The large swimm ich to relax, while wh in s ol po ng loungi a has a fitness series of shallow the ceiling. The sp m fro s et m um pl r te ne BIO sauna. linear cascade of wa bath and a salt-sto ish rk Tu al rb he centre as well as an ens, and in the Tops ides over the kitch es pr n n ow Br rt be d eclec tic selec tio Executive Chef Ro rs with a lavish an ne di ce les du ga tro re in t to an like & Terrace restaur d pizzas. “I also vourites, sushi an a huge success, s wa ly nt ce of international fa re menu which n so ni restaurant ve e th e Twelve Hengshan novelties, lik e th In ” le. te en inese cli rden, and the also with our Ch al of a flowering ga ur m h gt len llwa the els of creative nature features in ess the highest lev pr ex es sh di le ab cc aesthetically impe ese cuisine. on nt Ca ed fin re and

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Poseidon Undersea Resort

on ji Is la n d s P o se id Fi in n o ti c ru st U n d e r co l th e w il l p ro vi d e al t r so e R a e rs U n se ie s s an d o p p o r tu n it ce n ie n ve n co , co m fo r ts id o n ’s r t ca n o ff e r. P o se so re r ta -s ve fi a o n ly io n b e th e cu lm in at l il w d n la Is s u M ys te r io ti o n e r ’s vi si o n . ca va te li e y r ve of e

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ns of guest and offers two mea oseidon Mystery Isl ce. Guests will one below the surfa d an nd ou gr e ov e ab ate world during accommodations, on comfortable, intim ch ea e or pl ex to y as. have the opportunit facilities in both are y, with full access to sta eir th of se ur co the e the unimaginable, who wish to explor s er ur nt ve ad r fo a lagoon, exploring Activities abound submarine through n to le, Tri l na rso pe a ot luxury submersib like maneuvering nger of a 1,000-fo sse e th pa d e th fin ll as wi hs de pt the ocean’s de who seek solitu e os Th rs. te wa an pristine a treatments d and scuba diving in marine-focused sp in ing ulg ind en wh hether traveling epitome of relaxation moon and stars. W e th ly on of ze ga the meditation under d what you seek. a group, you will fin in or le, up co a as , alone ts, one on land dining establishmen e fin o d tw e lud inc y excellence day an Services available g plates of culinar tin a en es th pr wi a, ng se e alo available, and one below th utique will also be bo ss il ne ta Fit re d el. an ap ch op g night. A dive sh ence room/weddin ter area and confer urts, private lf course, tennis co library/lounge, thea go ive ut ec ex le ho a nineamenities include fitness center. a d an ols splash po

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SICILY


An island for every season. History, traditions, art and cuisine enhance the varied palette of colours that nature has spread in this ancient land. Every trip is a discovery, a taste which make one want to return, already knowing that being completely satisfied is impossible.


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Encha n t i n g g u lf s , an ac t iv e volc ano, c ast les, palac es, ca ssa t e a n d o th e r d e lig ht s. Our c orrespond ent , A l e s s a n d r a J o v in e lli, h as explored t his region t o show us so me or i gin al p r o p e r tie s around Et na.

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Alessandra Jovinelli

I Monasteri Resort & Golf Golf & Spa at the foot of the Hyblaean Mountains

A rou nd o f g o lf a mi d p r i ck ly p e ar s, i m m e r se d i n t h e char ming s cena r i o o f a n o ld S i c i l i an b ag l i o.

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he resort is built on the foundation of an ancient Roman farmstead, later converted into a Benedictine monastery and finally the aristocratic abode of a powerful Sicilian family. The former aristocratic air can still be felt today, walking down the imposing stone staircase that leads to a delightful interior courtyard, where one can find a veritable natural jewel: a centenarian aloe tree. Going along the pebble walkways of the courtyard, one comes to suite 118. It is quite particular in that it is built on two floors in the old rectory of the church of the former monastery. From the neoclassical tower that dominates the baglio, one has a superb view of the Hyblaean lands. The landscape, punctuated by wayfaring trees in blossom, variform shrubs in contrast with the orderly rows of citrus trees, invites guests to indulge in a relaxing round of golf there at the property – 18 holes, 71 pars of 6520 metres, designed by David Mezzacane, president of the Associazione Italiana Architetti Campi da Golf. Hole 6 par 4 offers golfers the thrill of being surrounded by a plantation of prickly pears.

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An ot h e r ob l i g ato r y sto p is at t he ver y moder n spa. E n j oy a h ot b at h i n t he hydro -massag e p o o l with swan spouts, a s h or t s t ay i n t h e fragrant mist o f t he Tur k ish bath or a dive in th e wate r s of t he p o o l w it h jet s o f water, ren dered even more en e rgi s i n g wi t h t he b eau t iful chro mo -t herapy plays of light f rom t h e ce i l i n g. One is immediatel y ready for an oth er roun d o f g olf.

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I MONASTERI GOLF RESORT Siracusa, Italia www.imonasterigilfresort.com Rooms & Suites 102 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities golf, excursions Score 66 Environment 72 Design 76 Service 60 Cuisine 56 Health 60 Spa 79 Rooms 63

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Villa Neri Resort & Spa

art and exclusivity on the slopes of Etna Admiring the volcano from the terrace of one’s own suite, or from the bubbling waters of a six-seat Jacuzzi, is just one of the experiences that the resort can offer.

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n t h e s l o p e s o f E u r o p e ’s most ac tive volcano, thriving ancient vineyards sit alongside blossom-laden orange groves, framing an elegant, charming villa full of charm, far from the paths of mass tourism. In the public areas, the lightness of Luigi R u s s o P a p o t t o’s e n g r a v i n g s i n t e r m i n g l e w i t h p i c t u r e s b y Salvatore Incorpora, creating a permanent collection of contemporar y ar t, which instills love for the land of Catania. An exquisite glass of local wine, twists of candied orange and little pistacchio delicacies ensure guests get a sweet w e l c o m e , a s d i c t a t e d b y t h e r u l e s o f h i g h - l e v e l h o s p i t a l i t y. A t a s t e o f S i c i l y t h a t i s c o n t i n u e d i n t h e D o d i c i Fo n t a n e restaurant, where the chef Elia Russo creates local dishes, seen from a modern perspective – in line with the approach that underpins the entire establishment. Sicilian traditions spelled out in a modern way: a connection which can also be found in the furnishings o f t h e r o o m s , w h i c h a r e a l l d i f f e r e n t f r o m o n e a n o t h e r. Ty p i c a l l y M e d i t e r r a n e a n f l o r a l d e t a i l s i n m a j o l i c a a l t e r n a t e with the very unusual boiserie used in the beds – which have incorporated coloured LEDs and resemble wrought

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iron. Huge Napoleonic-style baths invite couples to savour t h e p l e a s u r e o f t i m e s p e n t t o g e t h e r, g e n t l y s i p p i n g a glass of red, picked by guests from the small private wine collection supplied to all the rooms. The newly-installed six-person jacuzzi, on the private t e r r a c e o f t h e Fe u d o A r r i g o S u i t e , a l l o w s g u e s t s t o e n j o y the bubbles while admiring Etna from an unusual and exclusive angle, so visual and other senses are satisfied at the same time.

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VILLA NERI RESORT & SPA Catania, Italia www.hotelvillanerietna.com Rooms & Suites 24 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa Petra Spa Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities spa and excursions Score 80 Environment 97 Design 96 Service 74 Cuisine 78 Health 60 Spa 70 Rooms 82

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Elsa Bozzaotra

Grand Hotel et Des Palmes “the navel of the Kingdom of Italy�

A d estinat i o n coveted by d e m an d i n g t rave l l e r s, the hote l a ro s e f ro m a d i la p i d ate d co u nt r y h o u se sur rounded by p r i ck ly p ea rs an d p al m s w h i c h was trans for m ed i nto a s t ately u r b an e d i f i ce.

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here there was once an austere country house surrounded by prickly pears and palm trees from which arose this building, miraculously transformed into a lavish palace by a British merchant. Later enlarged and enhanced with luxury furnishing, stunning Art Déco stained– glass doors and decorative and architectural elements in Liberty style, the edifice became the most prestigious hotel in all of Palermo. In fact, it came to be known as the “navel of the Kingdom of Italy”. This is indeed the place where the history of the Peninsula was made. Garibaldi put up here when he freed Sicily from the Bourbon dynasty just before handing it over to the Savoy. Notable names of the European culture visiting Italy found accommodation in this hotel, personages such as Wagner, Guy de Maupassant, Renoir and Jules Verne. You can feel the past everywhere: the stylish suites and the elegant rooms; the sumptuous Hall of Mirrors, now a glittering frame for the restaurant. Everything here smells of old times. However, the strong point is the unique position on one of the main streets of the city centre, only a few steps from Teatro Massimo and the treasures of historic capital of kings Ruggiero and Federico II. Last but not least, the varied gastronomic offer which, alongside the international cuisine, boasts traditional dishes including the spectacular courses of fish and the rich renowned Sicilian pastry. Plans for a restoration project aim to enlarge the building with the construction of a spa and an exclusive business lounge so as to meet the needs of the latest contemporary tourist market and bring back the Grand Hotel et des Palmes to its former glory.

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GRAND HOTEL ET DES PALMES Palermo, Italia www.grandhotel-et-des-palmes.com Rooms & Suites 103 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa no Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 62 Environment 58 Design 88 Service 71 Cuisine 96 Health 46 Spa 0 Rooms 75

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As sweet and colorful as candy, constantly embraced by the ocean breeze and surrounded by tall palm trees, Miami Beach is the essence of America on holiday. Its art deco and skyscrapers crown the myth. Always up to date, glamorous and new. Lingering on the beach at sunset is a perpetual must for visitors.


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T he l o n g s tr ip o f g r e e n t hat separat es t he beac h from O ce a n Dr iv e r u n s alo n g the ent ire island up t o S out h Be a ch, w h e r e t h e n e w 1 Hot el t hat we present on t he fo l l ow i n g p ag e s h as ar is en.

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1 Hotel South Beach Miami Beach eco-friendly

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Ovidio Guaita

The first Starwood Capital Group hotel is in South Beach. Copious amounts of wood, great views and the fascination of sustainability. The design is the work of the renowned Meyer Davis Studio.

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Hotels celebrates nature while encouraging sophisticated travelers to live well, do better, and connect with the world around them. Each hotel in the portfolio is consciously designed in collaboration with eco-friendly architects and craftsmen, and each property features high-design with low-impact, reclaimed and natural materials wherever possible. The architecture, landscaping and décor all showcase the art in nature, creating thriving spaces and inspiring rooms that bring the beauty of the outdoors in. In a celebration of nature and the locales surrounding the properties, 1 Hotels brings the outside in with living greenery throughout the guest experience, from the instant they approach a 1 Hotel until the moment they enter their room. At 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, guests are welcomed with 3,000 feet of living wall wrapped-around its exterior with 11,000 local tropical plant varieties and playful art as nature pieces such as interactive hanging terrariums, a plant laboratory from local Miami artisans Plant the Future. Meyer Davis have created a distinctly unique modern oasis in the heart of South Beach. True to 1 Hotels’ philosophy, Meyer Davis’s design of 1 Hotel South Beach celebrates the natural landscape and is exceptionally unique and all about style with substance. The design rethinks the luxury experience in the most basic terms, and in terms of that which is honest, simple and luxurious. Inspired by nature and themed by a chic simplicity that embraces the use of natural materials, 1 Hotel South Beach integrates its natural environment into every corner of the hotel — from creating natural entry points that connect the beach to the hotel, to the abundant use of natural living materials, to sourcing local craftsmen. Design elements emphasize the hotel’s exceptional beachfront location and celebrate the best of nature through eco-friendly design.

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A region of grand parks and reserves with impressive names such as Serengeti, Selours( both of which are UNESCO world heritage), Ngorongoro, Arusha, Tarangire and others. Extensive territories where you can enjoy travel and unique exploration experiences and where the presence of man is often by chance or completely absent.

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Few vestiges of the ex-German colony remain and then only along the coastal zone of Dar Es Salaam. Hence, a trip in Tanzania is inextricably tried to nature, parks and reserves whose bio-diversity is patrimony the young State is attempting to preserve.

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Paola Di Girolamo

Chem Chem Lodge on the migratory routes

A lodge, a wandering camp and slow safaris. This is the approach of Chem Chem – always in contact with nature, always attentive to the preservation of the environment.

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his camp is situated inside the Serengeti Park, along the migratory routes of the wild fauna that ambles inside the park from north to south. It is a perfect combination of adventure and comfort in the savannah. The eight tents of which it is composed unite the elegance of classical interiors to the dark shades of the wood and the warm colours of the land. The verandas with a view are the ideal place to relax while reading or observing a bonfire. Not far away arises Little Chem Chem, a semi-itinerant camp for those who want still greater “African� contact with nature. The camp includes a restaurant, however, picnics and moonlight dinners can be organized upon request. There is no spa. For guest who are interested, it is possible to request treatments in their tents.

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CHEM CHEM LODGE Tarangire, Tanzania www.chemchemsafari.com Rooms & Suites 0 Tents 8 - Restaurants 1 Spa no Children yes Chain Chem Chem Safari Affiliation none Activities safari, excursions Score 64 Environment 89 Design 80 Service 75 Cuisine 76 Health 50 Spa 0 Rooms 78

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Singita Faru Faru

“expect the unexpected”

This is the lodge motto. Located in the region of Grumeti in the north of Tanzania, it is part of the Serengeti Mara Park, positioned on the major migratory routes.

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ituated on a slope, it faces the Grumeti River. The architecture recalls the typical style that characterises the safari camps present in this part of Africa. The simplicity of the lines and the materials blends with the comfortable furnishings in the eight suites and in the grand villa which itself includes two suites. Enormous windows permit guests to enjoy the beautiful gardens of the lodge, while the bridges, placed along the heated pool, rise above a well of warm water, affording interesting views of the slow rhythm of the savannah. The emotional experience of the safari begins right here. The spa is composed of two rooms for treatments, which, upon request, can be per formed in the privacy of the guest’s room.

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SINGITA FARU FARU LODGE Grumeti, Tanzania www.singita.com Rooms & Suites 8 Villa 1 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain Singita Affiliation none Activities safari, excursions Score 76 Environment 86 Design 82 Service 70 Cuisine 75 Health 75 Spa 68 Rooms 78

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Monaco Suites de Boracay French accents in the Philippines Overlooking a vast bay, Monaco Suites de Boracay offers a pleasant stay with a superb view. The extensive garden that surrounds it encloses guests in a very Mediterranean atmosphere.

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ituated on the Boracay Hills, the complex is composed of 15 villas in Mediterranean style, divided into suites. The tropical garden which surrounds it is crossed by allĂŠes and stairways that enliven the paths. The small but private beach is available to guests for relaxation or a series of aquatic activities organised by the resort. The suites are spacious, all with superb views of the bay and many with a terrace. The cuisine is international with creative touches of the chef that meet the expectations of the international guests. The convenient transfer service with the airport (minivan and ferry) is well organized by the resort staff.

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Lawrence Taylor

Manfrotto a world of creativity

LUMIMUSE leds, Pixi tripod, TwistGrip, a combination of travel accessories that complete the smartphone and compact cameras gear. Creative photography for everyone.

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wistGrip is the first universal mount for smartphone from Manfrotto, specifically devised for all smartphone users interested in smartphone photography who want to increase the potential of their device in order to use it as a valid substitute for their DSLR. The clamp connects any smartphone to any kind of support, functioning as a base for a complete modular photographic system. Its Ÿ� thread support connection and cold-shoe lighting connection give you the possibility to use TwistGrip in multiple configurations and with different photographic accessories that will help you always achieve the best shooting results.

Its sturdy and secure aluminium body and high-quality construction is fully Made in Italy and ensures smartphones are reliably supported while shooting pictures and videos: the twist movement and the locking knob securely block the smartphone in the right position in just a few easy steps. Lumimuse is a practical pocket-size led light, rechargeable via USB. It comes in many sizes and is a valid support to brighten shadows or to illuminate nocturnal photos. A series of accompanying colourful filters extend its creative possibilities. To wind up, Pixi Evo, a small but robust and elegant tripod, completes these accessories, lending grip support and led lighting. It is also usable with compact cameras. Creativity is served. 108

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