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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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t is a fact that regardless to what is happening in the world, we continue to travel. And fortunately, since ideas circulate with people (besides with terrorists), they share experiences, lifestyles, customs, impressions…cuisine, tastes, fragrances. A loss of identity? Perhaps, it is the contrary. We are evermore ourselves because we are also more and more others. And, please, let’s stop talking about Islamic terrorism. Muslim assassins don’t make Islamic terrorism. They make stupid terrorism, for terrorists don’t realise that they are little insignificant pieces in a game which is much bigger than they are, one they don’t know and one that has very little to do with religion.

Does anyone still believes in fairytales? Does anyone still believe that the Catholics and Protestants in Ulster were firing at each other for religious reasons? Or that the Jews endured the Holocaust for religious disagreements. Travelling is economy. Countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen counted on the earnings from tourism. Numerous families survived on this, and now that it no longer exists, some youth may think it is the fault of the West. Perhaps, he will “die for the just cause”. It’s a good thing that we continue to travel, to share and to be tolerant. Certainly, there may even be fewer terrorists.

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BAGLIO ONETO Marsala, Italy

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GRAND HOTEL DES ILES BORROMEES Stresa, Italy

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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 is in Kruger National Park to discover Singita Sweni Lodge.

OVIDIO GUAITA On the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, Ovidio proposes one of the first resorts of the Kingdom.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA In the desert with Elsa, in search of the ten best resorts.

PAMELA MCCOURT FRANCESCONE In Tuscany, Pamela went to the Castello di Nipozzano for an experience of cuisine and relaxation.

PAOLO GERBALDO From Stresa to Athens, stopping off in Slovenia, Paolo is in search of the Mediterranean in this issue.

MARIA COSCARELLI Maria recounts the extensive program of events in Guam.

RICCARDO CASANO In Marsala, Riccardo experienced an antique baglio for us. Today it is a refined hospitality structure.


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51 Amanwana ldives at Reethi Rah Ma ly On e& 52 Amansara On 1 aavaru ala Estate, Bali Resort at Landaa Gir ns aso Se ur 53 Como Shambh Fo 2 i aw gk Lan t ce uri sor 54 Shanti Ma Four Seasons Re 3 ence yal Mirage, The Resid Pangkor Laut at s ate Est e 55 One&Only Ro Th 4 Palace 56 Anassa Taj Umaid Bhawan 5 Jimbaran Bay at li Ba ves Rangali Island t sor Re ns 57 Conrad Maldi Four Seaso 6 s ve ldi Ma a, Sp & i Resort 58 Reid's Palace Shangri-la's Villingil 7 e vat Pri nd Isla 59 Amanpulo FrĂŠgate 8 at Sayan li Ba e t sor Re ns aso 60 Grande Roch Four Se 9 try Hotel un Co nd rla o Ku jiw an 61 10 Am raa Hu da Ku at ean Club Resort 62 One&Only Oc 11 Four Seasons s ve ldi Ma a, s sort and Sp 63 Aman-i-Kha 12 Taj Exotica Re z ga Ra d Ba t sor Re 64 Amankora d 13 Gran Resort a Sp & lf Go ra 65 Suvretta House rdu 14 Ve eirah yas ala Him 66 Madinat Jum 15 Ananda in the lla we 67 Aman 16 Amanusa du Cap Ferrat Resort Chiang Mai ns aso 68 Grand Hotel Se ur Fo 17 Resort Nevis 69 Four Seasons 18 Il Salviatino mbo Lodge t, Bali 70 Singita Lebo 19 Bulgari Resor e & Spa 71 The Nam Hai 20 Al Areen Palac Zanzibar e lac 72 The Residence 21 Taj Lake Pa jvilas 73 Sandy Lane 22 The Oberoi Ra mp Golden Triangle Ca ted Ten ns aso 74 Blancaneaux 23 Four Se Spa rr Al Jissah Resort & gh ba 75 Shangri-la's Ba 24 Aman Lodge 76 Amankila 25 Sabi Sabi Earth Lijiang y Ca 77 Banyan Tree t rro 26 Pa sort & Spa Re e lac et Phuk 78 Blue Pa 27 Banyan Tree Palm e Th ly On 79 One& 28 The Legian i a Ma yar g an ian 80 Am 29 The Chedi Ch Tunis Resort Bora Bora ns aso 81 The Residence Se ur Fo a 30 Sayang Resort & Sp sa Ra 's -la gri an Sh 82 31 Amandari rtesin scat 83 Hotel Finca Co 32 The Chedi Mu ita ah An at s den-Roc tiu Resort Mauri 84 Hotel du Cap-E 33 Four Seasons 85 Le Touessrok 34 Cheval Blanc lle Ga ess rtr 86 Soneva Fushi 35 The Fo iera Maya es ell ych Se e Tre 87 The Tides Riv an 36 Bany Country Estate au uh watu 88 Whareka 37 Alila Villas Ulu es ell Seych 89 Muse 38 Four Seasons Ringha hl Hasheesh Sa i ero 90 Banyan Tree Ob e Th 39 ele ch Mi n e Sa lac Pa 91 Villa 40 Beau-Rivage sert Resort & Spa De on t cti sor lle Re Co un ry ch xu 92 Fu 41 Al Maha, a Lu roa Kia 93 42 Palazzo Sasso oon Resort and Spa aivilas 94 Bora Bora Lag 43 The Oberoi Ud h Van Bay cil 95 Six Senses Nin 44 The Oberoi Ce o 96 MesaStila 45 Hotel Splendid try Club Sanya un Co & tel Ho e pir 97 Banyan Tree 46 The Em ce rsa 98 Palazzo Ve 47 Amanpuri urice 99 K Club 48 Le Prince Ma tal Carlton Cannes e dg Lo i en 100 InterContinen Sw a git 49 Sin Resort & Spa 50 Cuisinart Golf

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sea breeze combines he fragrance of the wards this s of the countryside, leading us to rb he e ession of th cc d su an ing ts with the scen d is a never-end un aro l Al . re tu uc d rich in fine ating str isolated and fascin es that make this lan tre ve oli nt cie an d s an manicured vineyard ste. oil with a unique ta ate lic ll de a d an wines surrounded by ta llium, courtyard ba l tin da La feu e nt th of an ancie The Baglio (from onomic expression ec oss ge e pa m th s co wa en ) which buildings and walls storage buildings, . The high walls and m le to guests and ste ab sy ail al ur av ult es ric ac ag in the new sp ain ag original e liv , ard ty restored, still has its the large cour lly fu re ca , se ou rh e maste in the restaurant. Th e Baglio. nter of activity at th ce e th is d an , Mozia and structure king the saltworks loo er ov l hil a on rising of this area of The Baglio Oneto, breathe the history to ion at s loc ial ec sp a oose from 48 room the Egadi Islands, is ions. Guests can ch lat pu in po y ed an ish m rn so lly fu Sicily, crossroads of tchtower, all tastefu d on the ancient wa re which is the ate tu loc uc str ite nt su a cie d an an ecture of this hit arc l na igi or e th harmony with shapes and colors. e cuisine, inspiration for their aches its peak in th re ne wi d an a se land, al tradition, The combination of flavours of the loc e th ify pl am s ne al wi and tastes that pay where excellent loc mphony of smells sy A . ce lan ba le dib d kissed by the sun revisited with incre western Sicily, a lan of s ion dit tra y ar homage to the culin ique products. and which offers un sense of welcome of the staff and the m lis na ious sio es of pr d Odinetto or prestig The cordiality an ts with a glass of es gu ait aw o wh of the owners, le. y forever memorab Marsala, make a sta

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Perched along Lake mythical address. garden, The Grand tensive manicured ex an ide in d se er m rience to enjoy ins Maggiore and im offers a unique expe a ul Sp tif & au s be ée e m th rro sa Bo re the lake at St Hôtel des Iles of s nk ba e th On serenity. an intimate area of imposes itself. Hotel harmoniously d an Gr e th façade of anluigi Mariani rds of director Gi wo e Th l. te ho ze Hotel des Iles A grand “human-si one breaths at the e er ph os m at e th with the Sialm Marco well acquaint one 60s with the AD of e th m e fro o wh , ated in 1863 by th Borromées. And he the Grand Hotel cre to life w ne en Padulazzi, has giv to Omarini Brothers. urism comes back of fin de siècle to on l. as te se Ho d e an th gr of e th old ss the thresh The magic of cro ts es gu as on so ok iately ev e tment as life as if by enchan nces. Details immed bie am ed fin re s, stuccoe hospitality are Furnishings, decor, vivre and the art of de t ar e th ich wh in fact, maintained once again a world ration work has, in sto re d an ch n tio va er es est technologies, su inseparable. The pr ng it with the all lat wi s do rat en oc ist gh ar ou ed th bewitch its integrity, even e fascination which th , re nt ce s es lln we as the spacious ritable and royals. representing a ve of great interest, are vering co ies d er an all s or r-g The corrido the various flo ng alo d te ula tic ar history, ” restaurant, the pathway of art and ng of “Il Borromeo tti se ing m ar ch e th th “surf and turf” different themes. In es the quality of bo nc ha en i nt Co ni an Gi ce between tradition menu of the Chef establishes a balan ich wh y wa th pa a products, creating the and innovation. al place to admire mées & Spa is the ide rro eo Bo m s rro Ile s Bo de l ing te m the char The Grand Hô aggiore, dotted with ry M to ke his La d of an s m tie ar au ch a place of enchanting be ing oit pl ex , ri) ato sc re, dei Pe Islands (Bella, Mad the present. in d we ne re which is

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Montenegro medicinal herbs in fresh just-harvested tic magical m en ro th s proposed au ay alw s ha an Am s, al water meditative e by an enchanting to the Japanese therm isiv inc e or m ll sti red ts, rende n hotels and resorts. well-being treatmen e locations of their ow ot rem e th d an ere the collection atmosph be introduced into to t ep nc co w ne a s, profound thanks Now Aman Wellnes more complete and en ev es a nc rie pe ex s mersions alongside during 2016, promise ividual Wellness Im Ind e th all d of ne on ow cti ren du perts to the double intro es, conducted by ex p Retreat Experienc ou Gr as. of Sp s rt rie so se Re lel an ral pa ost incredible Am m e th at ld he d an ri and over the world recently at Amanpu Immersions debuted s nces es rie lln pe We Ex al at du tre ivi The first Ind other Group Re of r da len ca e th d u will fin Amanbagh. Below yo ar. ye e th g rin du to be held ness: Mindful Living Alignment & Aware a kil an Am 1 r be Septem areness taka Alignment & Aw September 8 Aman ual Immersion & Awareness: Spirit t en m ign Al ra ko September 13 Aman sidence kora Rinpoche in Re September 15 Aman Movement zoe Alignment and Septemer 27 Aman ness u Alignment & Aware October 1 Amanem ss: Mindful Living ignment & Awarene Al a us an Am 1 r be Octo ness ri Alignment & Aware October 15 Amanpu e Effortless Way ra Tennis & Living th ya an Am 20 r be to Oc ement lo Alignment & Mov October 21 Amanpu Performance fayun Alignment & an Am 1 r be m ve No hing puri Triathlon Coac November 18 Aman

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Attica almost suspends time. The fortress of the Acropolis, with the Propylaea, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon, takes us back to the age of Pericles. The symbol of the Hellenistic civilization is the portal to the Athenian coast: a coast rife with history and colours.


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The trip south continues, leaving chaotic Athens behind. Having arrived at the last stop in the southwest of Attica, archaeology lovers only have to look: the Temple of Poseidon dominates the Cape Sounion. From the promontory the eye looks out over the infinity of the Aegean Sea. In this space outside time, the minds of travellers cannot help but project themselves toward the horizon. Our correspondent Paolo Gerbaldo is telling us more about the Greek hospitality.

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Grand Resort Lagonissi ultramarine elegance A tranquil corner which does not neglect elegance. Refined and spacious oases of comfort bathed in light and the colours of the Aegean Sea are what the bungalows, suites and villas afford.

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he Grand Resort Lagonissi offers, above all, a perfect escape from Athens. Ubiquitous views, the green gardens and a blue sea are, in fact, the frame for this intimate resort situated on a private luxuriantly green peninsula between Athens and Cape Sounio. Along with its exceptional position, the Grand Resort Lagonissi offers service which ensure that guests’ demands are always met. The space available to them is the common denominator in the various accommodations: refined and spacious oases of comfort bathed in light and the colours of the Aegean Sea - including private spaces for relaxation and sport – all come with the bungalows, suites and the villas. A variety of flavours can be enjoyed at the Resort restaurants, all located in areas with idyllic views. The most important, of course, are the Greek ones. Traditional Hellenic cuisine characterises Ouzeri Aegeon, and a special touch animates Galazia Akti, as it is dedicated to the essence of the cuisine of Crete.

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The predominant line of Mediterranean cuisine is reinforced by the selection of dishes from the Italian tradition. Quality products and technical skill are used to compose the menu at the Captain’s House. A trip from the Orient to Polynesia is reserved at Kohylia Polynesian. On the abundant menu stand out sushi and sashimi, without neglecting other outstanding delights. A serene atmosphere makes the Grand Resort Lagonissi a corner of tranquility that, just the same, does not neglect elegance.

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GRAND RESORT LAGONISSI Athens, Greece www.grandresort.gr Rooms & Suites 260 Villas 0 - Restaurants 5 Spa ThalaSpa Chenot Children yes Chain Helios Hotels Affiliation LHW Activities golf, spa, sea activities Score 84 Environment 95 Design 85 Service 81 Cuisine 83 Health 84 Spa 70 Rooms 90

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Gently lying along the gulf of Piran, PortoroĹž represents a perfect synthesis between thermal and beach tourism.

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I t is ju st a ston e’ s th r ow fr om Pi ran, t he hi st ori cal l ocal i t y resti ng on t h e lo n g pen in su la wh ose centre i s t he pi cturesque square de d ic a t e d to th e composer and vi ol i ni st, Gi useppe Tarti ni . Slovenian Istria is an enchanting corner of the Adriatic reserved to la dolce vita that our correspondent Paolo Gerbaldo experienced for us.

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Hotel Slovenija bathing pleasures and wellness

A colourful design that rhymes with the functionality and attentive service. The holistic philosophy of well-being in an irremissible stage for wellness and bathing and thermal pleasures.

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verlooking the seaside drive in Portorož-Portorose, Hotel Slovenija, the top of the LifeClass resort, proposes a colour ful design which rhymes with functionality and attentive service. After crossing the bright lobby, guest reach the rooms which, in eco-modern style, combine the view of the Adriatic Sea with the magic of the principle colours of Slovenian Istria: the blue of the sea, the white of the salt and the green of the landscape. However, Hotel Slovenija is an irremissible destination for wellness and bathing and thermal pleasures. Its entire philosophy dedicated to caring for oneself shapes, in fact, the ample spaces of the LifeClass resort with its Thalasso Centre alongside the Ayurveda one and Wai Thai – an intensive path where the East and West crisscross to give guests an impressive sensorial experience. The “health springs at the seaside” reaches

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completion with the Sauna Park and the recreational Thermal Centre: thermo-mineral pool of the Primordial Sea and the pool with heated sea water. The world of LifeClass healthy pleasures includes several programs, among which the anti-ageing one, which is executed under medical surveillance. With an offering that aims at completeness, the cuisine as well has not been left to chance. The concept of brain food enlivens the gastronomic proposal of the Ă la carte restaurant Top Tree. Chef Giulio Giaiotti, placing great attention on quality and the search for raw materials, creates, in fact, dishes capable of highlighting the Mediterranean cuisine, superbly uniting it with Istrian products. A menu created for social excitement, on the other hand, is proposed by Chef Marko Gorela in the Istrian Tapas. Local seasonal products to revisit, in an enthusiastic way for the palate, the culture of tapas.

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HOTEL SLOVENIJA Portoroz, Slovenia www.lifeclass.net Rooms & Suites 128 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain LIfeClass Affiliation none Activities sea and thermal activities Score 79 Environment 53 Design 80 Service 75 Cuisine 85 Health 89 Spa 93 Rooms 80

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Lawrence Taylor

Since 1927, the first park in South Africa continues to exude its fascination. Created by the English, it was named after the Boer leader Paul Kruger as a sign of peace with the locals.

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N o w m illion s of v isitor s g o there every year but t he di mensi ons are s u c h t h a t on e ca n dr iv e for hours w i thout com i ng across anyone. T h e v a r ie ty of fau n a a n d other natural w onders w hi ch c h a r a c t e r i z e it ma ke it a mu st f or al l w ho vi si t Sout h Af ri ca.


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Singita Sweni Lodge exclusive Africa Six luxurious suites built on stilts with wooden platforms line the coast of the Sweni River.

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hro ug h g l ass walls luxur iant sh ores b e com e a n i ntegral p ar t o f t he design, ma k in g us feel on e with nat u re. E le ga nt l y fu r nished in an Afr ican st y le, th ey combin e d a r k wood wi th shades t hat rang e fro m green to avocado to b r i n g to t h e i nter io rs o f t he su ites t he co l our s of th e savan n ah . Th e va r i ou s s paces, o ne co nnec ted to t he oth er s, best ren der th e i d e a of t h e ex ter nal sp ace t hat su r ro un ds th e lodge. The spa is shared with the near-by Singita Lebombo and provides a discreet variety of massages and treatments to care for the body. There is also a hammam and a well-equipped gym.


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SINGITA SWENI LODGE Kruger N.P., South Africa www.singita.com Rooms & Suites 6 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa no Children yes Chain Singita Affiliation none Activities safaris


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Castello di Nipozzano Italy of the excellences

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In the Chianti Rufina countryside with its vineyards and olive groves, pine

and oak forests, discover the age-old history of the Marchesi Frescobaldi. Savor their fine wines and culinary delights, and stay in an exclusive and elegant home-away-from-home.

he Castello di Nipozzano, a coffer of Renaissance elegance, home to a range of fine wines: from Montesodi IGT to Vecchie Vite Chianti Rufina Docg to Mormoreto IGT. A privileged habitat that opens its doors to hospitality with tastings, private tours and cooking classes in the patrician kitchen, where Signora Lia, the Frescobaldi’s private chef, guides guests through the preparation of antique recipes based on local produce like the Chianina and Angus beef raised on the estate, exquisite Laudemia olive oil, home -grown fruit and vegetables.

E xper ien ce th e grac ious an d war m Fre s cob a l d i h ospitalit y. Din e in th e c astle’s splen did S a l a d e l Camin o din in g room. Stay in th e five exc l us i ve rooms, in wh at was on ce th e c astle’s wi ne p re s s an d, from th e ter race, delight in th e b re at htak in g views over look in g th e h ills an d v i ne ya rd s of th e Ar n o valley.

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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. 94

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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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