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f you wish to dine in a renaissance villa at just 5 minutes form Florence’s historical city center, taste dishes from the best Tuscan culinary tradition, immersed in 20 hectares of greenery, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, you may have just found the restaurant you are looking for! “Il Conventino a Marignolle” part of the Hotel & Resort Villa Tolomei is at your complete disposal, whether you are a guest of the Hotel or you wish to spend a pleasant evening with an unforgettable backdrop on our panoramic terrace. The restaurant staff will guide you in your choice of seasonal local products from the Tuscan countryside.

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n an ever-changing touristic panorama, there are few destinations which “hang-on” without jolts. The Caribbean is surely one of them, along with the Mediterranean – if we exclude the coasts of North Africa and the Middle East. We offer you several proposals in this issue. On a number of occasions our thoughts have been directed to the tour operators who see their proposed destinations dwindle daily. Fortunately, terror attacks in cities like Paris and Brussels in the end have not dissuaded visitors.

The good news is that nowadays changes come and go frenetically, and the summer season is enjoying a slight come -back in reservations, even in the destinations which were ignored last summer. Take Egypt, for example. All said and done, the desire to travel wins over fear.

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TOP 10 countryside hotels & resorts

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HYATT REGENCY Düsseldorf, Germany

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SHANGHAI MARRIOT PARKVIEW Shanghai, China


Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan


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CUISINART GOLF RESORT & SPA Anguilla

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BELMOND LA SAMANNA Saint Martin, France

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SONESTA OCEANT POINT Sint Maarten, Netherlands


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HOTEL HASSLER Trinità dei Monti

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FORTE VILLAGE Pula, Cagliari

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This directory offers an annotated and up-todate instrument for the possible destinations for those who want to stay in the city or nearby. This because sometimes it is not only a question of price but rather attention to detail, passion and taste.

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LAWRENCE TAYLOR Lawrence tried the cuisine aboard Air France and tells us all about it in his report.

OVIDIO GUAITA In Sardinia to visit the Forte Village, where a renovation of the suites and spa has taken place.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA The 10 best country resorts is the subject of Elsa’s survey in our Top 10 column.

PAMELA MCCOURT FRANCESCONE Pamela is first in Düsseldorf then off to Shanghai to propose excellent city hotels.

PAOLO GERBALDO The Hassler in Rome represents an exceptional stop-off. Paolo relates it all.

MARIA COSCARELLI Maria is the author of the West Indies special, centered on Saint Martin and Anguilla.

ROBERTO SESSOLI Roberto is with Maria for the special on the West Indies. Some of the photos and the video visible on our app are his.

HASRUDIN TAZEP From Hasrudin we read the best of Guam Events in 2016.


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The fascination of Anguilla is consuming, a Caribbean atmosphere made of colour, hospitality and euphoria. It is a mix splendidly interpreted in the music of Bob Marley, which is always very popular here. Music is the real bonding agent in Anguilla ‌ as in the rest of the Caribbean.

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Music reflects the fascination, colour of nature and the ocean of these excolonies. It also transmits the relaxed and festive atmosphere of these European and African jewels spread across the ocean. The ocean, the real fascination of Anguilla is found here, along with gleaming light, a brilliance which delves into the penumbra, pervading every corner, even the most remote, saturating it with colour. The colour of the houses, nature, fruit, people, the sea and the beaches.

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Accelyn, our marvelous local guide, represents his people well. First of all, he is reserved and then welcoming, warm and fascinating. Little by little he led us into a rhythm nowadays forgotten, one dictated by nature and the climate. It was like following a musical score which, once again, reminded us of the mythical Bob, ambassador par excellence of these settings.

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In Anguilla there are some of the best sandy beaches in the world. The names themselves are evocative: Rendezvous Bay, Maundays Bay, Savannah Bay, Shoal Bay. Maria Coscarelli and Roberto Sessoli went in search of them.

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lue. Exclusively blue, interspersed with the blinding white of the walls. The arrival is indeed spectacular, the quintessence of the Caribbean. From the lobby, the eye runs from the sea to the sky with infinite hues from blue to cobalt, to cyan, to turquoise, to aquamarine, up to sky-blue. A palate which does not allow other chromatic inclusions – the only exception being the green of the lawns and the palms in the garden. Then there is the silence, the real luxury of the CuisinArt, along with the space and service. Thanks to the ample dimensions of the property, tranquility is absolute, just slightly interrupted by the slow breaking of the waves on the strand. However, the pride of the Resort is its hydroponic crops. They are a type of cultivation first seen in the 30s of the last century. It, of course, requires the roots of the plants to be immersed in water instead of soil. This is a type of cultivation that takes us back in time to the hanging gardens of Babylon or the Chinampas, the floating gardens of the Aztecs. Howard Resh is the

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director of the Hydroponic Farm of the CuisinArt, and he accompanies us on our visit around this unusual and fascinating world. Here we find the products used by the American chef, Jasper Schneider, who wisely exploits the freshness and the nutritional values of the vegetables produced on the farm to make a flavourful symphony of strictly organic delights. Be it an elaborate dish or a simple Creole Salad, taste and health are always the benefits. With a final look into the infinite blue from the lobby, we get into the limo headed for the airport, not without a feeling of respect for the farm that nourished us with its vegetables‌and water. Perhaps, it is just an impression or the silence‌or the experience on the whole, but we already feel lighter.

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CUISINART GOLF RESORT AND SPA Anguilla, West Indies www.cuisinartresort.com Rooms & Suites 93 Villas 7 - Restaurants 5 Spa Venus Spa Children yes Chain none Affiliation LHW Activities golf, spa, sea activities Score 76 Environment 85 Design 76 Service 78 Cuisine 83 Health 77 Spa 65 Rooms 74

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Saint Martin or Saint Maarten, discovered by Christopher Columbus on the day of Saint Martin in 1493, is one of the smallest islands of the Lesser Antilles, and still today it is divided between France and Holland. The colonial echoes of the Dutch Indies Company along with those of Spanish and English interests break on the golden beaches of this Caribbean Island.

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a n d re l a x i n g t radit io nal H awaiian massage, per fec t for your c irc u l at i on . B efo re dinner, we have an appointment at th e Ba i e Lou n ge Bar, a chic rendez vo u s p o int wh ere guests can t h e e ve n i n g, s ip p ing o n an ic y Bil l ecar t-S almon an d relish in g t h e h or i zon at sunset. The evening co ntin ues at th e Trellis, a n e le ga nt we l l -kep t b ist ro t fo r a dinner th at pays h omage to t h e m os t refined French cu isine. Un forgettable th e a s p a ra g u s m ousse acco mp anied by a B ourgogn e Pin ot N oir. I t s h e a r t b e at, however, is La Cave, a wel l -maintain ed an d wellsu p p li e d ce ll a r w here yo u can enjoy p re stigious cuvĂŠes from a l l ove r t h e wor l d. En j oyi n g t h e S amanna means ab and on in g on eself to a co n ce nt rat i on o f l u xu r y, el eg ance and discretion . S lightly o ld - f a s h i on e d b u t eno r mo usl y p l easing.

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BELMOND LA SAMANNA Saint Martin, West Indies www.belmond.com Rooms & Suites 83 Villas 8 - Restaurants 2 Spa La Samanna Spa Children yes Chain Belmond Affiliation none Activities sea activities Score 81 Environment 93 Design 78 Service 78 Cuisine 84 Health 70 Spa 77 Rooms 85

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Welcome to the island where the ocean meets the sky. Where colours dominate: the cobalt blue of the sky, the radiant white of the beach, the emerald green of the vegetation, the ochre yellow of the soil burnt by the sun’s rays, the pastel colours of the colonial houses made entirely of wood, a detail which renders the traditional architecture unique.

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Sonesta Ocean Point all-inclusive becomes exclusive An exclu s i ve S o nes t a , wh i c h d o e s n o t b e t ray t h e expec tati o ns o f t h e a b i t uè e s o f t h e c h ai n an d sur pr is es wi t h a wo r ld o f at te nt i o n . I n t h e R o o f to p Bu tler Sui tes t i me p a s s es s low l y, su r ro u n d e d by an impres s i o n i s t p a late o f ma r i n e h u e s.

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t is al mo st dinner t ime, but loun gin g on th e te r ra ce of o ur R o o f to p Su ite o n t he 6t h floor h as someth in g m a gi c a l. Wi t h t he sea o u t fro nt, we o b se r ve th e giants in th e s k y ge t n e a r a n d t hen l and in t he near by a ir por t in th e light of th e s u n s e t. S onest a is excl usivel y fo r adults – on ly for th ose wh o t re a s u re t ranqu il it y and rel axat io n. Th e peace is on ly i nte r r u p te d by t he b u t l er, w ho p er io dically ch eck s to see th at not h i n g i s m i s s ing. I t i s s t i ll e a r l y fo r dinner and we indu l ge our selves with an ap e r i t i f. We c h o o se an Acacia Pino t No ir 2 0 1 2 from Car n eros i n Na p a Va ll e y, wel l st ruc t ured, ful l o f b ody but, most of all, we ll p re s e r ve d in t he l it t l e cel l ar in t he suite. R ight, why is th e re a l i t t l e w ine cel l ar in t he suite‌free of ch arge? Th e i d e a of a ll - i n c lusive is quite an u nusu al exper ien ce for us, but at t h e S on e s t a p ro p er t ies, it is a real it y, with out limitation s. An d wi t h p rod uc t s o f imp o r t ant b rands.

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We con c lu d e t he evening at t he A zul R estaurant, suspen ded on t h e c l i f f a n d over l o o k ing t he cerul ean blue of M ah o Bay. Ch e f M a rco I n no cent i co mb ines M editer ran ean tradition with a t r i u m p h a nt and ir resist ib l e menu o f fish . At th e A z ul, as i n t h e s u i te s a nd al l over t he reso r t, t he design is absolutely conte m p ora r y. The air y and l umino us sp a ces are en h an ced by th e G re e k m a r bl e o f t he b at hro o ms, t he I talian ceramics from S a s s u ol o on t h e fl o o rs and t he fu r nit ure of Amer ican beec h . Th e col ou r s, i n stead are Car ib b ean. Fro m sk y-blue to cer ulean u p to cob a lt a nd l o ads o f aquamar ine wh ich alter n ates with th e a nt i q u e white and b iscuit, t he co l o ur s of th e lon g beac h wh i c h u n fol d s in fro nt o f t he reso r t. I t i s a l re a d y t he nex t mo r ning and t im e to depar t. Af ter b re a k f a s t, b e fo re l eaving t he su ite. We en j oy a per fec t c a p p u cc i n o wit h t he new Nesp resso co n Aerocc in o, per fec t f rot h a n d te m p erat u re, I t al ian ap p earance, stron g flavour, j ust th e way we l i ke it. The KLM B o eing 747 touch es down at th is ve r y m om e nt. I t ’s t ime to l eave, and 10 min utes later we are at c h e c k- i n . Even t he air p l ane is cerul ean , an d it remin ds us of t h e s e a vi e w fro m o u r suite.

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SONESTA OCEAN POINT Sint Maarten, West Indies www.sonesta.com Rooms & Suites 129 Villas 0 - Restaurants 4 Spa no (massages & treatments available at a private gazebo) Children no Chain Sonesta Affiliation none Activities sea activities Score 63 Environment 82 Design 80 Service 77 Cuisine 74 Health 50 Spa 0 Rooms 75 RESORTS MAGAZINE

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The Eternal City has timeless charm. Celebrated in cinematography, loved by tourists, destination for religious pilgrimages, scholars and artists, it is ever able to amaze. New cuisines, new social graces, new rooms with views lead us to the Italian capital.


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Entering the scenography of Piazza di Spagna means entering the legend of Rome. Climbing the eighteenth-century stairway which, with the Barcaccia Fountain at its foot, leads to the church of the TrinitĂ dei Monti, then permits one to fully discover this Roman corner rife with enormous fascination. Symbiosis of history and the grand art of hospitality, Hotel Hassler, adjacent to the TrinitĂ  dei Monti, completes the magic.

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An exceptional position for an exceptional hotel. Enthusiasm and imagination characterise the ambience: a perfect synthesis of past and present enhanced with a pleiad of experiences for guests.

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pleiad of experiences awaits guests who place their bags in the dreamy tableau represented by Hotel Hassler. In fact, Rome, Trinità dei Monti and Piazza di Spagna continue to be an exceptional situation for an exceptional hotel. A pathway through the history of high-level hospitality begun by Franz-Josef Bucher which is carried on by his son-in-law, Heinrich Wirth, and his son, Oscar. The latter, in the 1930s, almost entirely rebuilt Albergo Hassler, founded in 1892. Right from the entrance guests are seduced by history and the warm welcome of Hotel Hassler. Enthusiasm and imagination characterise the ambience: a perfect synthesis of past and present. The rooms and suites, on the other hand – all furnished and decorated in different styles - offer unique panoramas of Rome. Common areas of refined elegance are epitomised in the Salone Eva, the exclusive Hassler Bar and the tranquil Palm Court oasis, the interior garden where guests can enjoy traditional Italian dishes, among which the “Mezzi rigatoni all’amatriciana”. The impressive, elegant and luxurious frame of Hotel Hassler makes it a high-level home, capable of exalting both classical seriousness and attention to detail without forgetting continuous innovation. This is all maintained with a passion for the art of hospitality and noteworthy competence by Roberto E. Wirth, Oscar’s eldest son. The President & General Manager is, in fact, careful to personalise the rapport with guests who are thus aware of always being welcome in an independent hotel of grand tradition.

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HOTEL HASSLER Roma, Italia www.hotelhasslerroma.com Rooms & Suites 93 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa Amorvero Children yes Chain LHW Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 84 Environment 87 Design 86 Service 86 Cuisine 110 Health 70 Spa 71 Rooms 87

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Ristorante ImĂ go an innovative tradition

The experience of the Hassler is prolonged and completed in the restaurant ImĂ go with the creations of chef Francesco Apreda.

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In Sardinia, amid nuraghi, rock tombs, sheep herds, rocks and turquoise waters, we find a “historic�resort elegantly renovated. 8 hotels, award-winning chefs among which Gordon Ramsay - a Leading Spa and a myriad of activities on 47 hectares of Mediterranean pine groves.

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Whatever may be your vantage point, Sardinia has a lot to offer. A crystalline sea and, of course, so many bays and cliffs, but also an ancient culture and traditions over a thousand years old. Its boasts a cuisine – not exactly light – but of great fascination and famous cheeses. Ovidio Guaita went to visit Il Forte Village, where traditional hospitality and Sardinian cuisine unit with the demands of contemporary visitors.

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Forte Village

amid nature and history

For those who arrive on the Forte Village Private Jet or on a low-cost, the welcome and transfer to the resort is always an exclusive experience.

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radually one leaves the city of Cagliari and, following the coast, one passes the archeological zone of Nora, with its ruins and the watchtower, then arrives at the vast complex of Il Forte. From the entrance guests cannot perceive its dimensions due to the density of the pine grove and the scattered edifices. Nevertheless, the resort extends across well over 47 hectares with a long seafront of white sand. Th e p la ce a n d t he exp er ience wo r k in I l For te’s favour, wh ich , s t r u c t u re d i n 8 ho tel s, diversifies it o ffer, man agin g to meet th e d e m a n d s o f a hetero g eneo u s cl iente le. Families will fin d th e b u n ga l ows o f Le Pal me and I l B o rg o comfor table – each is s u r rou n d e d by t he p ine grove and o ffers a great deal of space fo r k i d s. B ou ganvil l e, recent l y b u il t adjacent to th e pool, is als o a p p re c i ated by famil ies fo r it s p roximit y to th e water ac t i vi t i e s a n d e nter t ainment fo r chil dren .

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Couples, on the other hand, and those who are in search of quiet, can choose La Pineta for its refined ambience inserted in the greenery. Otherwise, there is La Villa del Parco, affiliated with Leading Hotels of the World, still immersed in greenery and renowned for its unparalleled ser vice. If, instead, guests prefer a sea view, the choice will be Il Castello. All suites have been recently renovated, included those on the upper two floors of Il Castello that offer a ser vice and a view, which are truly exceptional. At Il Forte it is difficult to be lazy with so many activities on hand. Tennis courts, paddle and basketball await along with soccer, a gym and a golf course which is one of the most technical in the Mediterranean area. Also available are cycling, diving, and other aquatic sports. However, if guests are determined to just relax, the silence of Il Castello, Le Dune, La Villa del Parco or the new villas will accommodate‌even with a butler.

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FORTE VILLAGE Pula, Cagliari, Italia www.fortevillageresort.com Rooms & Suites 703 Villas 6 - Restaurants 6 Spa Acuaforte Thalasso & Spa Children yes Chain Eleganzia Hotels & Spas Affiliation LHW Activities spa, golf, sightseeing, beach and sea activities Score 87 Environment 90 Design 80 Service 78 Cuisine 90 Health 100 Spa 90 Rooms 80

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All the Forte’s Chefs dining with the stars

August at Il Forte will be characterised by the stars of creative international cuisine. From Gordon Ramsay to Carlo Cracco, to Alfons Schuhbeck and many others who animate themed evenings and the Gourmet Cooking Academy.

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to p p ing o ff at th e restaurants is l im i t i n g, a s t he cu l inar y o ffer ing p ro p osed at I l for te h as b e com e a p at h o f “exp er ience”. At t he t wo ex tremes are th e tra d i t i on a l S a rdinian rest aurant, w it h t he flavour s of th e islan d, an d t h e n e w H el l ’s K itchen (t he ver y first of its k in d) , wh ere Ca r l o Cra cco wil l b r ing t he w inner o f t he I talian edition of th e f a m ou s re a li t y show aired o n Sk y. Freshn ess an d or igin alit y p rop os e d by a “ hel l ” o f t al ent. I n t he middle we fin d th e Alfon s S c h u h beck rest au rant, t he k ing (star-h older ) of spices. “ S p i ce for li fe” is his p hil o so p hy, ho ned o n lon g tr ips in searc h of t h e wor l d ’s cu l inar y t radit io ns. But a s top at th e restaurant d i re c te d by G o rdo n R amsay, inter nat io na l icon of in n ovative ha u te c u i s i n e (w it h an incredib l e 6 M ich elin star s) ; or at th e Trat tor i a I t a l i ana; o r at Emanuel e S carel lo’s I l For te G our met ( S c a re ll o i s t h e chef w ho, fro m t he Amal fi Coast, h as brought th e p a s s i on for freshness and t he resp ec t for raw mater ials) ; or at t h e B e l ve dere, w here Anto nel l o Ar r us proposes h is fish c re at i on s, c a n n o t b e excl uded.

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To t h i s r i c h s e l ec t io n we add t he seaso n al an d th emed eve nt s. For ex amp l e, t he “N ig ht o f t he C hefs”. I n August Pie r r re M e n e a u o f t he Par isian rest aurant Crom’E xquis, Cl a u d i o Vi c i n a fro m Casa Vicina o f Tu r in ( on e M ic h elin St a r ) , R e n ato B o sco fro m t he rest aura nt S aporè in Ve ron a a n d Pe ter Brunel o f t he rest au rant Caffè dell ’Oro i n Flore n ce ( on e M ichel in St ar). The G o ur met Cook in g Ac a d e my i s, i nstead, dedicated to t ho se wh o love to c re ate a n d n ot just t aste. A co o k ing school wh ic h sees th e gre at c h e fs w ho enl iven t he evening s at I l for te take tu r n s at t h e h e l m. Am on g t h e many st ars, o ne sto p must n ot be missed Th e Pi z ze r i a , The Cap rese K io sk . R ig ht in front of us a you n g c h e f creates - fo r o nce in a different way - a s ym p h ony, comp o sed o f to mato es and b asil, moz zerella c h e e s e ( obvi ou sl y, w it h b u ffal o mil k), b aby moz z arellas, tre cce a n d b ur rate, w it h a few cap ers an d olives. A tr i u m p h of colo u rs and fl avo u rs. I t a l i a n t ra d i t io n, innovat ive and creative cuisin e, always i n t h e name o f qual it y, l ig ht ness an d flavour. Th i s i s t h e c u i sine at t he Fo r te.

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FORTE VILLAGE Pula, Cagliari, Italia www.fortevillageresort.com Ristorante Alfond Schuhbeck Ristorante Gordon Ramsay Ristorante Belvedere Hell’s Kitchen Trattoria Italiana Forte Gourmet

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Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa

the water from the fort Thalassotherapy and more at this property, member of the Leading Spas of the World. The force of the sea and its components combined with the sun give rise to holistic and medical treatments which fuse in an articulated pathway of well-being.

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he research carried out by Dr. Angelo Cerina which has given rise to the pathway of Thalassotherapy has lasted twenty years - twenty year to clarify passages, timing and components. Besides the thalassotherapy pathway, the Parco Ayurvedico, where activities and treatments inspired by the homonymous Indian medicine, and a Medical Spa are also available. The latter is where Dr. Angelo Cerina studies and experiments with the benefits of thalassotherapy but also where Dr. Amira Bodareva applies avant-garde treatments such ultrasound, oxygen therapy carboxy therapy, radiofrequency, microdermabrasion and needling in addition to the more traditional and “gentle” beauty treatments. Furthermore, in the new sports medicine centre muscletendon conditions will be treated with laser therapies under the watchful eye of Professor Pier Francesco Parra, pioneer of these therapies. Finally, in the Forte Lab anyone will be able to take advantage of their free time to have a check-up and a series of in-depth diagnoses in a professional and - at the same time – relaxing context. Let’s say that beauty and health always come to an agreement at the Forte Village.

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a lesson with Giampiero Ventrone

Yes, it’s really him, the ex-athletic trainer for Juventus this summer at the Forte, on hand for the more motivated guests. Advice and lessons on how to best train. An occasion not to be missed in order to feel more like athletes.

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mong the various detox and weight-loss programs proposed by the Acquaforte Spa this summer, we find a program of controlled physical activities in the new Performance Center directed by Prof. Giampiero Ventrone, a star from Italian soccer. How can we forget his long stay with Juventus, where he led the team to so many victories. We tried his sessions and were very impressed. If you are thinking only of a commercial product, think again. His professionalism and experience is clear from the preliminary examinations (medical exams, electrocardiagrams and spirometry) and from the first exercises Ventrone and his assistant perform. No one in the various spas and wellness centres visited had ever dared with physical test so‌simple, uncustomary and efficient to come up with a diagnosis. Indubitably, experience makes the difference. Years in the field taking care of distortions and strains help to prevent and heal. Once our weak points, habitually-incorrrect posture and false movements have been identified, a program of contrastive exercises with machines and without guided by Ventrone is created. Whether our aim is to simply move about with greater harmony and better posture or to train better, without traumas and with more visible results, we are for sure in the right hands.

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FORTE VILLAGE Pula, Cagliari, Italia www.fortevillageresort.com Chain Eleganzia Hotels & Spas Affiliation Leading Spas of the World Spa Director Dr Angelo Cerina Performance Center Director Prof. Giampiero Ventrone

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Air France haut cuisine on board

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Haute cuisine by name and for real. Air France continues its role of ambassador for French cuisine around the world with its new

onboard menu created by renowned award-winning chefs. After Joël Robuchon to Guy Martin, Michel Roth, Thibaut Ruggeri, Régis

Marcon, Anne-Sophie Pic and François Adamski, it is now the turn of Daniel Boulud, Ives Camdebord and Jean Imbert.

he new dishes for Business and First Class passengers are a mosaic of colours and forms. On long distance flights everybody knows it’s the space, silence and cuisine that make the difference. On Air France flights, the latter has always represented the jewel in the crown. Perfect even in the smallest detail, it is today served with Christofle silverware and on porcelain plates designed by Jean-Marie Massaud. Outstanding in their own role as ambassadors for the French culinary tradition around the world, the company chefs have often re-elaborated tradition, adapting it to the altitude (we all know that in flight the perception of flavours is not the same) and to international taste.

Today three new award-winning chefs have been added to all those who have contributed to making Air France a gourmet company. Daniel Boulud, one of the best chefs in the US, created the dishes served in First and Business classes on the flights from the United States. Ives Camdeborde, from April to September this year prepares the Business dishes on the long distance flights out of Paris. Then we have Paul Pairet, who created the dishes served in Business and First Class on the flights out of China for Paris. Next the young Jean Imbert, who proposes his Le marché – an on-demand menu created by this eclectic emerging chef. 21 euros or 7,000 miles Fly Blue and the designer menu is served in Economy, a rare but not negligible detail. RESORTS MAGAZINE

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Salce 197 the Almavida Collection Almavida is the first collection of the brand Salce197 and it intends to express the DNA of the Company. Care and attention to detail, research, cutting-edge technology and solid artisan tradition.

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he fashio n wo r l d today h as a n e w n a m e : S al ce197. This b rand rest s on several s t ron g p oi nt s: first o f al l, craf t smanship, wh ic h u s e s t h e m ost p rest igio u s mater ial s, a sur pr isin g d e s i gn , i n n ovat ive p ro du c t io n techniques an d an e co - f r i e n d ly so u l.

Or igin alit y, entrepren eur sh ip an d pa s s i on for ar tisan al wor k are un ited in th e bran d to gi ve life to an ever n ew collec tion of produc t s w hi c h or igin ate from th e creativit y of Aldo Ca f i e ro a nd h is family. S alce 1 9 7 th us becomes th e uni on of ch arac ter istic s th at make h an dmade prod uc t s a n or igin al, elegant, per fec tly contempo ra r y a nd attrac tive c reation s ready to seduce wom e n w ho love h igh - en d produc ts.

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Welcome to Guam Only on Guam can you find star-sand beaches, crystal clear blue skies and world-famous sunsets. These are just a few reasons why millions of tourists have made Guam their top travel choice. Whether you’re looking to experience a thrilling adventure on land or at sea, unravel 4,000 years of intriguing history, shop for the latest fashion and trends, taste our famous chicken kelaguen and red rice, or just wind down beneath some shady palm trees, Guam is waiting for you. 120

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12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam The world will gather in Guam to witness the Pacific Island region’s diverse and spectacular cultural heritage at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts. Every four years, FestPac brings together artists and cultural practitioners from around the Pacific region in celebration of Pacific cultural and contemporary practices, including demonstrations from artisans who are keeping ancient carving, weaving, tattooing and dancing traditions alive. This summer, Guam will host the event from May 22 through June 4, including delegations from 26 nations throughout the Pacific. A combined 2,500 to 3,000 from all delegations are expected to participate in the festival. While delegations from most other countries are capped at 150, as the host country, Guam will present the largest delegation of all participating countries. The 500-member Guam delegation consists of the island’s finest cultural practitioners and artists in various disciplines: performing arts, traditional arts, demonstrations and exhibitions, literary arts, visual arts and forums, workshops and seminars.


Discover Guam Submerge yourself in history: Explore the cultural village at Gef Pa’go located in Inarajan and experience how life was like in the early days of the island. At the Lina’La Chamorro Cultural Park in Tumon, reenactments make the past come alive while ancient customs and traditions are open for discovery. Explore the nightlife: At night the bars, clubs and lounges of Guam come alive and pulsate with energy. Local DJs, bands and jazz combos cover all ranges of music for the guests behind our action packed bars, modern dance floors and supple lounges. Dive into adventure: The clear and pristine waters that surround Guam are world class places for diving and snorkeling with some of the most unique and diverse sites available anywhere. Exotic and breathtaking locations are coupled with hundreds of species of aquatic life to deliver an unforgettable dive or snorkeling experience.


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