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e often talk about travel and travelers, a theme that is always valued - sometimes trivialized - however, lived less and less with a sense of participation. The race to the selfi is impressive, and then the study of the comments, and afterwards the reposts and so on. In the meantime, we have already moved to another location and we are not even so sure of what we saw. Luckily there are posts to remind us. This is more and more the description of the journey if posted, commented and reposted. In short, if it becomes viral then it is worth it. Otherwise, things will go better with the next trip, and we can even forget this one. I’m exaggerating, but only a bit. In the midst of all this we have the ancient, ancestral “journey” in search of a better land - that journey which laws and walls will never be able to eradicate. Man was born nomadic and only later became a settler ... with some intolerance that sooner or later surfaces. Consequently, if we insist on traveling, let’s try to be participants. I don’t mean like those who go in search of a new life, but at least… looking up from our smartphone.

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Terme di Saturnia Saturnia, Italia


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Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort Venezia, Italia

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DESIGN HOTEL | ROMEO NAPOLI

Romeo Napoli a special view of Vesuvius

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The starred cuisine of the gourmet restaurant Il Comandante stands out among the excellences of the Romeo Hotel with its authentic and original proposals. The starred chef Salvatore Bianco, enhances the local ingredients together with skillful international influences. An incredible taste experience is given by the 65 ° egg with smoked mozzarella, soft potato and five-spice and truffle as well as spaghetti with “escaped “clams, a traditional dish from Campania, which goes perfectly with a white wine from Benevento. At Beluga Bistrot & Terrace, it is possible to taste the typical flavors of Mediterranean cuisine in a warm and informal environment. Among the various proposals you can try the risotto with Capaccio yellow tomato, mussels and salted lemon or the baked sea bass with steamed vegetables that are definitely worth trying. Last, but not least, a traditional babà, is the best way to close a perfect dinner. The central location of the Romeo Hotel, just a few steps from the tourist port and the main attractions of the city, makes it the ideal location to breathe the real soul of Naples and the starting point to move to the nearby islands of Capri and Ischia or to embark and discover new destinations. 32

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ROMEO NAPOLI Napoli, Italia www.romeohotel.it Rooms & Suites 79 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation SLH Activities sightseeing Score 77 Environment 65 Design 81 Service 76 Cuisine 92 Health 72 Spa 75 Rooms 80

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Borgo Scopeto Relais Siena

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We had gotten a glimpse of the property in the movie Letters to Juliet, a romantic comedy from 2010 with Venessa Redgrave and Franco Nero, but the scenic fiction does not do the place justice. The complex stands next to a tower from 1000 and consists of the villa (an ancient gentleman’s house embellished over the centuries) and farm structures. Today the obsessive attention with which the various buildings have been restructured is striking. The comfort and technological needs of the guests go well with decorations and spaces linked to the past and create a welcoming and charming atmosphere at the same time. In the afternoon, before dinner, we visit the spa. Here we find the aromatic steam bath, the sauna, the emotional showers, the whirlpool. We try the Nectar of the Gods, a signature treatment with Sangiovese grapes. It is inspired by an ancient ritual for body care with particular antioxidant properties. It combine the Bath of Bacchus with the extracts of grape must for regenerated and compact skin and an oiling with red vine extracts to hydrate and counteract the signs of aging. Among other things, the Relais has its own cosmetic line inspired by the most significant products of the territory: oil and wine. These are green products, also used as courtesy toiletries so that guests can try them. 36

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After the regenerating experience at the spa, we are ready to return to La Tinaia, governed by chef Angelo Maucione, a very nice and experienced Apulian transplanted in the Chianti area for passion. His cuisine is respectful of the territory and tradition, and the ingredients are enhanced in elegant compositions that embolden the taste and olfactory value of the products that are mostly from this area. An indispensable classic is the Egg Tagliatelle with organic flours, served with Chianina ragout sautèed with Chianti Classico Borgo Scopeto wine. The Risotto from the Mascherpa farm, with green asparagus and saffron from San Gimignano is a delicious tribute to the history of the small town that grew thanks to the trade of this precious spice. Among the main courses we find the best meats of the area and, to conclude, a classic Tiramisu. At dinner we paired the wines of the Borgo Scopeto farm: the Chianti Classico Villa Misciano Riserva 2015 and an excellent Borgonero 2014, structured, full-bodied and ideal to accompany red meats. The property has two other cellars in Montalcino: Caparzo and Doga delle Clavule. The next morning after breakfast we set off again, retrace the long driveway, proceed aong the winding roads that take us back to Siena, and in an instant the magic dissolves. The rhythms, colors and rituals become urban again and until our next sojourn we will miss the peace that the stopover at Borgo afforded us. 38

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BORGO SCOPETO RELAIS Siena, Italia www.borgoscopetorelais.it Rooms & Suites 58 Villas 1 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities golf Score 79 Environment 85 Design 80 Service 78 Cuisine 80 Health 80 Spa 72 Rooms 75

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Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort

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n S at u r n i a, fo r 3, 000 years t his t her mal water h as been f lowi n g cont i n u o u sl y fro m t he hear t o f t h e ear th into a crater at a te m p e rat ure o f 37 ° C . This co nt inuous exch an ge allows th e wate r to m aint ain it s b eneficial cha rac ter istics with out n e e d of a ny ex ter nal manip u l at io n. Fo r 4 0 year s it travels u n d e rgrou n d and t hen emerg es in t he th er mal pool of th e R e s or t. I t s b e n e f i c i al effec t s are innu merable an d ac t on th e c a rd i o - c i rc u l ato r y, resp irato r y, musc ular an d sk eletal s ys te m s. M ore over, t his unique water has a stron g protec tive, ant i ox i d a nt a n d p ur ifying ac t io n; o n t he s k in it exer ts a n atural p e e l i n g a c t i on w it h exfo l iat ing, cl eansin g an d moistur iz in g p rop e r t i e s. At t h e B e a u t y C l inic, face and b o dy t re atments are offered th at e n h a n ce t he ant ioxidant and ant iagin g proper ties of Su lf u r S p r i n g Water, t hanks ag ain to t h e use of con stantly ad va n ce d e q u ip ment and met ho ds. Fo r t h ose with more time, on e -we e k we ll ness and b eaut y p ro grams are also offered.

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Te r m e d i S at ur nia al so p ro du ces t he h omony mous th er mal cos m e t i c s li n e. At t he b ase is BIOGLEA ™ a pure Th er mal Pl a n k ton ex t ra c t o b t ained fro m sp r ing water s an d r ich in amin o a c i d s, s u l f u r, po t assiu m and magnesium, with ex traordin ar y m oi s t u r i z i n g p ro p er t ies. Tu s c a ny i s a l and o f cul inar y excel l ence, an d it is h ere th at th e c h e fs of t h e R est au rant seek and sel ec t local produc ts th at a b ou n d i n t h i s l and. The cho ice o f ingredie nts an d raw mater ials i s m a d e fol l ow ing ver y hig h- qual it y cr iter ia wh ic h th en br in g gre at re s p e c t fo r p ro cessing and co o k in g tech n iques. Th e s i gn at u re i s t hat o f st ar red chef R o b er to R ossi, Ch ef O wn er of t h e M i c h e li n st ar Sil ene o f S eg giano, wh o h ere reveals h is p h i l os op hy of el eg ance and t radit io n, coordin atin g th e wor k of c h e fs Al e s s a ndro B o cci, histo r ical resource of th e Ter me di S at u r n i a R e s t aurant, and Luca Cecco ni, at h is side sin ce 2 0 1 2 . Th e golf course, designed by t he famo us Amer ic an arch itec t R on a l d Fre a m , is o nl y 100 meters away from th e h otel an d ex te n d s for 7 0 hec t ares, w it h an 18-ho l e par 7 2 c h ampion sh ip cou r s e of 6, 3 1 6 meters. I n S at u r n i a t here is no sho r t ag e o f ac tivities an d th e stay p a s s e s i n a n i nst ant. The at tent ive and always available staff ta k e s c a re of ever y g u est ’s needs, p amp er in g th em. Th e h otel, a m e m b e r of t he Leading H o tel s o f t he Wor ld, is con fir med to b e a d e s t i n at io n o f great interest fo r th ose wh o want to ex p e r i e n ce a wel l -b eing st ay o r even ju st relax. 42

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TERME DI SATURNIA SPA & GOLF RESORT Saturnia, Italia www.termedisaturnia.it Rooms & Suites 128 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation LHW Activities spa & golf Score 80 Environment 77 Design 78 Service 80 Cuisine 83 Health 80 Spa 87 Rooms 75

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B ot h t h e p l easant ro o ms and t he ref in ed common areas re p re s e nt a wa r m, int imate and fu nc t io na l un iver se. M od e r n i nter p ret at io ns t hat give r is e to dish es r ic h in p e r s on a li t y i s w hat t he p ro jec t by ch ef M atteo M etullio p rop os e s i n t he st ar red H ar r y ’s Picco l o R estaurant to give s h a p e to a ga st ro no mic exp er ience steeped in h aute c uisin e f a s c i n at i on . A cho ice t hat p o sit ivel y mar k s th e gour met revival of Tr i e s te. Eq ual l y co nvincing are t he proposals of Har r y ’s B i s t rò, c re ate d and l aunched by Ar r ig o Cipr ian i in 1 9 7 2 , based on p l e a s a nt s e aso nal dishes, so l id in te ch n ique an d able to convi n ce wi t h t aste and co nsistenc y. In a city that combines its many cultural influences with talent, the Grand Hotel Duchi d’Aosta adds a refined touch to the unique atmosphere of Trieste, whose history it helped to write. 46

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GRAND HOTEL DUCHI D’AOSTA Trieste, Italia www.duchi.eu Rooms & Suites 49 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa no Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 78 Environment 65 Design 85 Service 80 Cuisine 95 Health 77 Spa 60 Rooms 87

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An exc lu s i ve R eso r t w it h an unmist ak able M oor ish st y le, th e h ote l h a s a lways p roved to b e t he ideal destin ation for family va c at i on s or s p ecial mo ment s fo r ro mantic couples, beyon d b e i n g a s u i t a b l e p l ace to ho st meet ings an d events. Th e u n m i s t a k a b l e Arab ian mo t ifs are al so p resent in th e spacious room s a n d s u i tes, al l o f w hich w it h an ex ter ior view - from th e s e a , to Ve n i ce and it s l ag o o n, to t he char m in g M oresque Cor te wi t h i t s fou nt ain and g arden. 52

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HOTEL EXCELSIOR VENICE LIDO RESORT Venezia, Italia www.hotelexcelsiorvenezia.com Rooms & Suites 196 Villas 0 - Restaurants 3 Spa no Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities beach activities, sightseeing Score 66 Environment 78 Design 80 Service 70 Cuisine 77 Health 80 Spa 0 Rooms 78

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COMO Castello del Nero

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he co ntemp o rar y rest yl ing of an an cient Tusc an e s t ate. Th e Castel l o D el Nero H o tel & S pa, 5 -star luxur y, re ce nt ly a cq u i red by t he COMO H o tel s an d R esor ts group, is an a u t h e nt i c 1 2t h- cent u r y cast l e, nest l ed in an estate of 7 4 0 ac re s, a m on g t he g ent l e hil l s o f C hiant i, about a 2 0 - min ute d r i ve f rom Florence, Siena and S an Gimign an o. Th e n e w p ro p er t y has a co nsiderab l e multi-year plan to re n ovate t h e est ate, w hich st ar ted l ast ye ar with th e rest y lin g of t h e i nte r i or s and fur nishing s, design ed by th e M ilan ese arc h i te c t Pa ola Navo ne. Th e 50 room s and suites, so me w it h R ena issan ce frescoes an d cof fe re d ce i l i n g s, are u nique in t heir k ind an d all different on e f rom t h e ot h e r. The new fur nit ure, favo r ing moder n for ms, light an d cold ton e s, enhances t he sp ace, exp ressin g elegan ce an d h a r m ony. For tho se seek ing to t al p r ivac y an d th e possibilit y of rom a nt i c p r ivate dinners, suite 117 is recommen ded, with a p r i vate te r ra ce.

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Th e M i c h e l i n-st ar red rest aurant, La Tor re, gover n ed by Exe c u t i ve Ch e f Giovanni Luca Di Pir ro, offer s a un ique g a s t ron om i c exp er ience, t hanks to t he u se of th e best Tusc an i n gre d i e nt s, to w hich a fu sio n to uch is added, givin g a won d e r f u l b a l ance o f g ast ro no mic cul t ures. Un forgettable th e d e s s e r t “ Th i n k ing in Amal fi ”, an ico nic “ lemon” with c r un c hy c h ocolate p e e l, b ut w it h a co re o f namel ak a, mint an d can dies - a s s of t a s a n Or ient al cl o u d. As i a n i n f l u e nces can al so b e fel t in t h e COM O S h ambh ala R e t re at s p a , i t to o sub jec ted to a recent rebran din g. 3 7 ° ou td oor wh i r l p o o l, steam ro o m, g ym, outdoor pool, ten n is cou r t s a n d f re e shut t l e to Fl o rence co mplete th e offer. 56

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COMO CASTELLO DEL NERO Tavarnelle V.P., Italia www.comohotels.com Rooms & Suites 68 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain COMO Hotels Affiliation LHW Activities excursions Score 84 Environment 88 Design 94 Service 80 Cuisine 93 Health 73 Spa 75 Rooms 84

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urrounded by the Apulian countryside, a short distance from the sea, Il Melograno was the first farmhouse,or masseria, in Italy to open its doors to luxury hospitality. What was a 17th century fortified masseria, is today a unique receptive structure immersed in the most authentic soul of Puglia. The masseria enjoys a position of rare beauty, in an area rich in history and famous destinations: the cliffs of Polignano a Mare, the caves of Castellana, the Trulli of Alberobello and the Roman ruins of Egnazia, on the Appian Way. Once through the entrance we are immersed in the colors and scents of the large flower garden of bougainvillea, where citrus and carob trees alternate with jasmine in a 5-hectare park dotted with majestic secular olive trees. Il Melograno preserves the ancient cultural traditions of southern Italy, made up of hospitality and excellent cuisine. The 40 rooms, located in the whitewashed buildings of the structure, are furnished with classic elements of country houses and present many of the original elements of the farm, such as the floors in chianca, riggiole or majolica. The classic and antique furnishings, also present in the common areas, are an element of refined continuity between past and present and form the exhibition context of the equipment and objects of the agricultural past of the Apulian territory. The MĂšmmulo restaurant offers local recipes reinterpreted with flair, to satisfy even the most demanding palates. Particular attention to products from the vegetable garden and olive grove, guides guests to discover the local flavors and regional wines of the most renowned Apulian wineries. The al fresco veranda, overlooking the outdoor swimming pool and the citrus grove, is the perfect location to enjoy dishes such as fricelli from Bari, accompanied by a RosĂŠ Chakra. The wide and silent spaces and the discreet and accurate service make the Melograno the ideal destination for those in search of peace and tranquility guaranteed by the five-star standards of the farm and by the evocation of the typical rhythms of its past.

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IL MELOGRANO Monopoli, Italia www.melograno.com Rooms & Suites 40 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities excursions Score 80 Environment 83 Design 81 Service 75 Cuisine 80 Health 81 Spa 78 Rooms 79

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courtyard of the structure, while the walls of the reserve have been converted into 13 rooms, each of which has a covered terrace that ends flush with the sea, which can be accessed directly from your room. The magical atmosphere of the Peschiera is enhanced by the sober and elegant style of the furnishings, the light colors characteristic of the Apulian dwellings and the use of local stone. Water is the element around which a concept of exclusive hospitality is developed. Colors, scents and the music of the sea make the stay unique and offer an experience of pure relaxation, interspersed with moments of discovery of the Apulian territory, rich in history, art, culture and folklore. The Saleblu restaurant is perfect for enjoying excellent traditional Apulian cuisine, in a unique location, directly on the sea. The flagship of the Saleblu is fresh fish and seafood dishes, cleverly combined with a wide selection of national and regional wines. The seared redfish carpaccio is excellent, combined with a glass of Herbaceo di Puglia and potato gnocchi from Polignano with lobster accompanied by the fruity notes of white Malvasia Apriti Cielo. Our stay can only end by sipping a cocktail with the ironic name “Camomilla� and with a last walk on the private beach. Leaving the enchanting immensity of the blue of the Peschiera, you can continue your travel through the streets surrounded by ancient olive trees, aware of having found a corner of the Bel Paese to be discovered. 62

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LA PESCHIERA Monopoli, Italia www.peschierahotel.com Rooms & Suites 13 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa no Children yes Chain none Affiliation SLH Activities beach and sea activities Score 88 Environment 90 Design 90 Service 87 Cuisine 92 Health 75 Spa 93 Rooms 89

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San Barbato

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ithin a six-hectare park, in the natural setting of Monte Vulture, the San Barbato Resort Spa & Golf is a place of extra-luxury hospitality in the center of the Lucan area nestled between Puglia and Campania. A unique and ultramodern design is the main feature of this exclusive property that has its roots in a land that has always been devoted to hospitality: Basilicata. Once through the entrance, we are greeted by the aquatic choreography of a monumental dancing fountain, which with its 650 square meters catches our attention, leaving us speechless and amazed. Jets of water up to ten meters dance to the rhythm of music,

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while colored lights create a magical atmosphere. The interiors are just as amazing with ample space and designer furniture and the windows, in addition to being an element of continuity with the surrounding landscape, allow us to enjoy the sunlight. With just 27 rooms, all different from one another and furnished with modern and design elements, guests enjoy a comfortable and technologically advanced environment, where the presence of home automation is never intrusive. The San Barbato Resort offers gourmet starred cuisine with the Don Alfonso 1890 San Barbato restaurant, a name closely linked to the historic restaurant on the Sorrento peninsula that has made the history of Italian haute cuisine. The gastronomic proposal is unique and valuable, together with an excellent selection of local wines capable of enhancing every note of taste. The blue citrus lobster salad, the emulsion of coral and pink pepper, along with a glass of Aglianico del Vulture are a sublime experience not to be missed. A second important partnership of San Barbato is that with Bellavista Franciacorta Spumanti, from which the roof-top restaurant Terrazza Bellavista Franciacorta was born. Here an elegant and informal space is designed for a business lunch or an aperitif while waiting for the sunset. The Spa Vitas bears the signature of the prestigious international brand Clarins, known both for its high- quality products based on plant extracts and perfumed essential oils, and for massage techniques. In that cozy and intimate space, guests can find a perfect solution to regenerate body and spirit. The top-level food and wine offer, combined with an always accurate and impeccable service, make the San Barbato the ideal destination to discover a unique and fascinating land, which only now begins to appear in the world of luxury tourism and of which you can’t but appreciate the reserved calmness. 66

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SAN BARBATO RESORT, SPA & GOLF Lavello, Italia www.sanbarbatoresort.com Rooms & Suites 23 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities excursions Score 82 Environment 80 Design 82 Service 79 Cuisine 90 Health 76 Spa 83 Rooms 83

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Th e a n c ie n t sp len dor of th e Khm er ki ngdom s hovers bet w een t he rui n s o f A n gk or Wat an d Bay on Tem pl e - not f ar f rom t he ci ty of Si em R e ap . T h e b as-r eliefs depictin g myt hs, l egend s, or scenes of everyda y l i f e ; t h e r e m ain s of pa laces on c e grandi ose and t od ay covered by m o ss a n d lic h en s; th e temple of Ta Prahm i nvad ed by m i ghty roots of a ncie n t t r e e s h a v e n ot lost th eir charm. Indeed , t he si gns of ti m e l eft o n t h e st o n e ma ke th ese ex tr a ordi nary test i m oni es of a gol den past e ve n m o r e su g g estiv e.

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residence gracefully set on an a r t i f i c i a l la ke and sur ro u nded by a well-k ept garden . Th e ab s olu te s i l e n ce o f an enviro nment o f p e ace an d seren it y. All th i s i s t h e S of i tel, Siem R eap’s award-w inn in g resor t. I t seems dis t a nt f rom t he wo r l d and instead r ises on ly a few min utes f rom t h e s i te o f Ang ko r Wat and t he inter n ation al air por t. Th e s t r u c t u re is designed l ike a cit adel on an ar tificial lak e. Th e cont i n u ou s references to K hmer ar t en r ich th e spacious room s i n Fre n ch co l o nial st yl e, hence a per fec t combin ation o f t wo c u lt u re s.

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I n n ovat i on a n d l u xu r y are t he hal l mar ks. Th e ran ge of exc lusive se r vi ce s m a k e s t his reso r t a so u g ht-af te r destin ation of th e fi r s t ord e r. Th ese incl u de a ver it ab l e sa n c tuar y of th e most p re s t i gi ou s French w ines and ru ms o f recent in digen ous p rod u c t i on , a n endl ess ser ies o f events an d eco -fr ien dly a c t i vi t i e s, a n d no t l east t he Sp a t reat ments. But th e flagsh ip i s u n d ou b te d l y t he Pho keet hra Co u nt r y G olf Club. R ecently re n ovate d, i t has ho sted nu mero u s inter nation al tour n aments. Th e ga s t ron omic cho ice is equ al l y var ie d. Th e Citadel offer s e c l e c t i c c u i s i n e fo r al l t astes. The mo st refin ed palates can e n j oy s op h i s t icated French cu isine at M ouh ot ’s Dream. H owe ve r, you canno t l eave Camb o dia with out a din n er at t h e R oya l Cou r t, w here t he mo u t h-water in g K h mer dish es are a ccom p a n i e d by ap sara dance p er fo r mances. An un paralleled ex p e r i e n ce. 76

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HOTEL SOFITEL ANGKOR PHOKEETHRA GOLF & SPA RESORT Sien Reap, Cambodia www.sofitel.com Rooms & Suites 261 Villas 0 - Restaurants 3 Spa yes Children yes Chain Sofitel Affiliation none Activities excursions Score 88 Environment 87 Design 84 Service 93 Cuisine 86 Health 87 Spa 90 Rooms 92

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Christinair Tours Fro m t he S ofitel An gkor Ph ok eeth ra th ere are excu rsion s organ ized by loc al tour operator s to t he n ear by arc h aeologic al sites. We used Ch r istin air Tour s. Th is is a local to ur operator th at h as been organ iz in g to ur s th rough out th e countr y for small groups an d in dividuals sin ce 2 0 0 0 . From t h e t wo loc ation s, on e in Ph n om Pen h and th e oth er in S iem R eap, th ey look af ter guests by providin g attentive, p rofession al an d effic ient ser vice. Th e veh icles used are n ew an d equipped w it h th e comfor ts th at th e inter n ation al t rave ler expec ts. But, as always, it is th e human fac tor th at makes th e differen ce. Leng On n , our guide, with h is interestin g sto r ies, hel ped us to appreciate th ese won der s now a wo r l d her itage site - by h elpin g us to better ap p reciate t he visits an d exper ien ces proposed. Direc to r K im Hor n S en g ably guides th e staff, mak ing su re th at th e best ser vice is provided in ever y sit uat ion . w w w. chr ist in air tour s.com

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THAILAND


The contained spirituality and the proverbial kindness of an independent and indomitable people, the hieratic atmosphere of Buddhist temples, the graceful constructions with bright colors and the characteristic roofs permeate every corner of ancient Siam.

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A trip to Thailand is a spiritual journey through extraordinary naturalistic beauty. Bangkok is a cosmopolitan metropolis. With its more than eight million inhabitants it lives suspended between the push towards modernity elevated to the nth power and tradition. Life is hectic, traffic is impressive, yet the Thai identity is strong and is reflected in the traditions and cuisine.

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A real Eden in cent ral Ban gk ok . Crossin g th e t h re s h ol d of t his excl u sive reso r t is l ike enter in g an ear th ly p a ra d i s e wh e t h er yo u co me b ack fro m a d ay spent amid traffic con ge s t i on , or w het her yo u ar r ive fro m on e of th e crowded ai r p or t s of t h i s sp raw l ing met ro p o l is. I t is n o coin ciden ce th at th e i nte r i or i s set u p l ike a p l easant t ropic al garden aroun d wh i c h t h e a rc h itec t u ral st ruc t u re r ises.

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Th e c a re f u l at tent io n to t he cho ice o f t he elegant decorative el e m e nt s wh i ch charac ter ize t he sump tuous lobby an d th e 3 5 4 room s, e qu ip p ed w it h t he mo st m oder n tec h n ology, m a k e s t h i s m a gnificent reso r t t he ideal re fuge for all t y pes of trave l e r s. G u e s t s fe e l at t he center o f endl ess at tention , th an ks to th e hi gh le ve l of p ro fessio nal ism o f t he st aff wh o h ere boast on e m ore n ote : t h e p rover b ial Thai k indness. The culinar y offer is remarkable. Biscotti brings a corner of Italy by adding an “exotic� touch to the local tradition. The kingdom of Thai cuisine is the Spice Market. Conceived as a typical spice shop, it stands out for the authenticity of the products used in traditional local dishes. And then there is the Madison, a steakhouse with a big fireplace for cognac after dinner. 90

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Fi n a ll y, i n d u lging yo ursel f w it h a t reat m ent with scented oils i n a s ob e r a n d p l easant enviro nment is an ac t of love towards yo u r s e l f, a m oment o f p ure reb ir t h.

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ANANTARA SIAM BANGKOK HOTEL Bangkok, Thailand www.anantara.com Rooms & Suites 354 Villas 0 - Restaurants 5 Spa yes Children yes Chain Anantara Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 81 Environment 77 Design 77 Service 90 Cuisine 85 Health 73 Spa 80 Rooms 83

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Shangri-la

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he jo ur ney fro m Su var nab humi air por t in a fully eq u i p p e d l i m ousine makes it a b reeze to enter th e S h an gr i-la. An d on e’s ex p e c t at io ns are ful l y co nfir me d by th e welcome in p u re Th a i s t yl e in a sp acio us l o b by w it h a refin ed atmosph ere. Th e S h a n gr i - l a is t he l arg est reso r t l o cated direc tly on th e b a n k s of t h e Chao Phraya R iver. The vie w afforded from all th e room s a n d su ites in t he t wo b u il dings is spec tac ular. Th e r i ve r m e a n d e r s sl ow l y amo ng t he tower in g sk ysc raper s in a rom a nt i c vi s i on.

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Th e S h a n gr i -l a o ffers mu l t ip l e p r ivil eges, in cludin g th e H or i zon Clu b Lo u ng e, a p r ivate ret reat w here you can relax for b re a k f a s t or d r ink a co ckt ail away fro m th e bustle of guests an d t rave le r s. To e n j oy t h e mo st del icio u s fo o d, choose bet ween a Th ai, Ch i n e s e or I t a l ian rest aurant. Even mo re impressive is th e ex p e r i e n ce of a dinner o n t he H o r izon Cr uise, a sailin g re s t a u ra nt t h at co mb ines t ant al izing delicacies with th e s e n s at i on a l a d vent ure o f a r iver cru ise. 96

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I m m e r s i on i n t he p aradises o f p l easu re c an n ot be con cluded i f on e d oe s n o t t r y t he C H I sp a t reat ment, a real exper ien ce o f tot a l p u r i f i cat io n in w hich t he b o dy se ems suspen ded in a dim e n s i on of e t hereal b l iss.

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SHANGRI-LA BANGKOK Bangkok, Thailand www.shangri-la.com Rooms & Suites 802 Villas 0 - Restaurants 4 Spa yes Children yes Chain Shangri-la Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 90 Environment 95 Design 88 Service 92 Cuisine 85 Health 79 Spa 95 Rooms 96

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T hi s i s a n o t h e r T h ailan d , perhaps more genuine t han t h e o r i gin al. C h ian g Ma i is a nort hern c it y, t he soul o f t he k in g d o m o f L an n a whic h flourished in t he 1 3t h ce nt u r y an d las te d f o r a lmost 6 00 years. Here t he sur r ou n d in g g r e e n e r y is ev en more lux uriant .

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Raya Heritage Chiang Mai

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hat a mar vel of absolute peace th i s c h a r m i n g reso r t nest l ed in l u sh nat ure on th e Pin g R iver. Fur t h e r m ore, i t ’s ju st 20 minu tes fro m th e center of Ch ian g Mai. Th e a b s ol u te w hiteness o f w hite accompan ied by light s h a d e s of c re a m and b eig e envel o p s t he v isitor in an essential b u t re f i n e d l obby. A real eye - catcher o f pure br ightn ess are th e 33 s u i te s, w here so b er l y- co mp l em entin g fur n ish in gs ad d a tou c h o f refined el eg ance. They are all made with nat u ra l m ate r i a l s by l o cal ar t isans and combin e to create an at m os p h e re for serene medit at io n. Th e p h i l os ophy o f t his unique reso r t is in spired by th e an c i e nt c u lt u re o f t he k ing do m o f Lanna, wh ic h en h an ces th e nat u ra l b a l a n ce w it h t he su r ro u nding env iron ment.

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Th e l i n k wi t h t he p ast and t radit io n ch arac ter izes th e K h u K h a o re s t a u ra nt. I n an enviro nment remin iscent of r ice fields, yo u c a n t a s te t he au t hent ic fl avo rs o f l o c al in gredients. Th e Ai Wa a n sp a t reat ment s are al so in spired by tradition . H e re t h e con cep t o f wel l ness is b ased o n a h ar mon ious balan ce be t we e n b od y, mind and sp ir it. Ti m e i s n u l l ified at C hiang M ai ’s R aya Her itage. Th e i m p re s s i on i s that o f l iving in an o t her wor ldly dimen sion of pu r i t y a n d s p ir it ual it y w here t he b o dy, in ec static oblivion , re g a i n s i t s n at ural b al ance w it h t he sp ir it. 104

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RAYA HERITAGE Chiang Mai, Thailand www.rayaheritage.com Rooms & Suites 33 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation LHW Activities sightseeing Score 91 Environment 97 Design 95 Service 89 Cuisine 91 Health 80 Spa 94 Rooms 91

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Tamarind Village

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centuries-old tamarind tree stands in the center of this charming boutique hotel located in the historic heart of Chiang Mai. The complex was conceived as a village that extends in width, incorporating flower gardens and Lanna style buildings. The Tamarind Village has its roots in tradition. Proof of this is the furnishings, materials, and elements of craftsmanship that recall the motifs of the local culture. This permeates every corner, infusing a place that has every modern comfort with an ancient touch as well. The Tamarind Village periodically hosts exhibitions of local artists that contribute to strengthening the link with the past. The authentic flavors of the tasty regional dishes made from original family recipes at the Ruen Tamarind Restaurant complete our exploration of a fascinating world to be discovered. But the Ruen Tamarind is also open to the West as evidenced by the wide range of international dishes. The Tamarind Village boasts a rich program of excursions and activities for anyone who wants to fully immerse themselves in the life and culture of this part of Thailand. The excursions in samlor or the walks in the streets of the historic center, or inside the very crowded local markets, visits to the Buddhist temples guided by the reception staff are a unique opportunity for cultural and spiritual enrichment that makes the Tamarind Village much more than a simple place to stay.

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TAMARIND VILLAGE Chiang Mai, Thailand www.tamarindvillage.com Rooms & Suites 46 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities sightseeing

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No votel Su varnabhumi Airport

The best solution for travelers who don’t want to spend hours driving to Suvarnabhumi Airport is to stay at the Novotel. Just a five-minute underground walk or a short drive offered by the hotel.

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n a d d it io n to t his hug e advant age, th e N ovotel offer s a ra n ge of s e r v ices to make yo ur st ay in Ban gkok a pleasant o n e. I t i s u n d oub tedl y t he ideal residen ce for busin essmen w h o c a n s t ay i n a fu l l y equ ip p ed execut ive room. But amon g t h e 6 1 2 room s, t here is so met hing fo r al l tastes an d n eeds; for exa m p l e, a com fo r t ab l e b u siness center, con feren ce rooms, sp a a n d f i t n e s s center. I n sho r t, ever yt hin g was design ed to m e e t t h e n e e d s o f t he co ntemp o rar y t raveler. E i ght re s t a u ra nt s and b ars refl ec t t he inter n ation al c h arac ter o f t h i s gre at s t ruc t ure, w here t he mo st famous cuisin es of th e wor l d conve rge and give t he feel ing o f b e in g at th e center of t h e u n i ve r s e.

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NOVOTEL SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT Bangkok, Thailand www.novotel.com Rooms & Suites 631 Villas 0 - Restaurants 4 Spa yes Children yes Chain Novotel Affiliation none Activities airport transit Score 80 Environment 78 Design 80 Service 80 Cuisine 80 Health 80 Spa 78 Rooms 77

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If you would like to take a city tour, the SP Limousine is a classy and efficiency solution. Only new cars, discreet and multilingual drivers, easy booking. For a tour, a transfer or a business visit, the SP Limousine is the optimal solution. www.splimousine.com

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Badrutt’s Palace Saint Morritz

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h e B a d r u t t ’s Pal ace, an al p ine castle with its or igin al towe r ( i t s e lf a symb o l o f St. M o r it z), has been a must for h igh soc i e t y s i n ce i t s o p ening in 1896 by Casp ar Badr utt. Th e Palace i s a n i m p re s s i ve dest inat io n fo r t he numb er of pr in ces an d star s w h o h ave f re q uented t he l eg endar y l o b by with its mar velous a rc h i te c t u re, ex t ravag ant deco rat io ns an d th e breathtak in g v i e w - t h e l i vi ng ro o m o f St. M o r it z. Ever y th in g h ere is, in fac t, d i m e n s i on e d to create an at mo sp here o f discreet luxur y an d exq u i s i te e l e gance w it ho ut b et raying an intimate dimen sion . Eve r y d e t a i l i s designed to int ro du ce guests to a romantic envi ron m e nt a nd to t ransp o r t t hem to an oth er era.

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Th e li g ht i nvades t he 159 ro o ms, w hich in c lude 3 8 suites, m a ny wi t h vi ews o f t he l ake and snow- c apped peak s. N ot s u r p r i s i n gl y, i n t his excl u sive co r ner o f t he E n gadin e th e sun s h i n e s for m os t o f t he year, even in w inter, as Joh an n es Badr utt ha d b e t, wi n n i n g, w it h his Eng l ish g uest s. S n ow, social life an d g o od food a re a t reat fo r Pal ace g uest s. A delight th at design s a g a s t ron om i c jo ur ney mar ked by several stages in cludin g: Le R e s t a u ra nt, for mal and el eg ant, w it h Frenc h an d inter n ation al i n s p i re d c u i s i n e and excel l ent ser vice; and th e Ch esa Veglia, all i n wood, s t r ic t l y t radit io nal w it h a remar k able h istor y an d a ve r y t ra d i t i on al Sw iss menu. Th e e m ot i ons exp er ienced at Palace Welln ess are u n forg e t t a b le : a hig h-l evel senso r y u niver se wh ic h is accessed th rou g h a n i mp ressive jo u r ney cap ab l e of c reatin g th e r ight ap p roa c h to t h e wel l ness exp er ience. B a d r u t t ’s i s n o t ju st a Pal ace. I t is, in fac t, a sign ific ant place o f myt h lyi n g in t he Al p s in o ne o f t he most famous sk i areas i n t h e wor ld. I t s sal o ns l ead fro m o ne to oth er. I ts rooms are s e c re t n e st s. Enviro nment s accessible exclusively for a fe w l oya l g u e st s u sed to fo rg et t ing t he r ush to spen d th eir hol i d ays i n a n excep t io nal Pal ace. 124

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BADDRUTT’S PALACE Saint Moritz, Switzerland www.badruttspalace.com Rooms & Suites 193 Villas 0 - Restaurants 7 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation LHW Activities excursions Score 83 Environment 80 Design 87 Service 80 Cuisine 85 Health 80 Spa 83 Rooms 86

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Hotel MĂźnchen Palace Munich

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t gives a subtle pleasure to isolate oneself in the hotel garden, leaving out the bustle of the street. The tall surrounding buildings isolate it per fectly affording a rare sense of peace. At dinner then, when the weather is still mild, the ser vice is also extended to the outside thus prolonging the summer. The hotel is located just outside the historic center and allows you to easily explore Munich’s monuments. It is also part of the Kuffler Group, which includes various restaurants and this unique hotel and whose origin is curious. Founder Roland Kuffler, when he studied languages at the University of Heidelberg, noticed the lack of a simple, cheap and informal meeting place for outof-town students in the city and thus opened a pub. The idea was successful, the model was expanded and a chain was born. It was only the beginning of a restorative empire that focuses on quality and also on the Bavarian culinary tradition.

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The leading restaurant, the Spatenhaus an der Oper, offers a ver y Bavarian menu where traditional dishes are enhanced and sometimes combined with international classics. Located right in front of the Opera, the Spatenhaus also fascinates with its atmosphere. The walls are covered with wood, the staff is traditional, and, for the most part, the decor remains the original one. Don’t miss the Original Kuffler Wiener Schnitzel, a delicate breaded cutlet served with a cucumber and yogurt salad, and the Bavarian Apple Strudel served with vanilla sauce. Returning to the hotel, recently renovated, it is ver y contemporar y and airy. The large windows allow the light to animate the rooms. These are large and well soundproofed and ser ved by a ver y attentive staff. The Hotel Mßnchen Palace presents itself as a discreet urban retreat, central without being in the center, exclusive without being unapproachable and boasts gourmet cuisine ... even in the garden. 128

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HOTEL MUNCHEN PALACE Munich, Germany www.hotel-muenchen-palace.de Rooms & Suites 89 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa no Children yes Chain none Affiliation L.V.X. Preferred Activities excursions Score 72 Environment 80 Design 83 Service 83 Cuisine 94 Health 77 Spa 0 Rooms 82

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his imp o sing neo -R enaissan ce buildin g was b u i l t i n 1 8 9 0 and o nl y t ransfo r med into a h otel in th e last d e c a d e s of t h e l ast cent ur y. Or iginal l y, it was a ban k - but n ot ju s t a ny b a n k . I t was no l ess t han t he C zech M or tgage Ban k , an d h e re a n d t here yo u can st il l see it. For a n i m m e rsive exp er ience in t he “ ban k �, on e stop is i n d i s p e n s a b le : t he o ne at t he b ar, The Vault. Or igin ally, th is p la ce wa s t h e safe, w here t he reser ves th at guaranteed th e m or tga g e s we re kep t. Ar mo red shel ves an d door, as well as com b i n at i on lo cks. Ever yt hing co nt r ib utes to th e memor y of th e or i gi n a l u s e o f t he b u il ding.

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The recent restyling, following the passage into the portfolio of The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection, has made the environments brighter and more contemporar y, highlighting the pleasant contrast with the courtly architecture of the structure. Th e exce l l e nt cu l inar y o ffer b egins w it h th e j uices ser ved at bre a k f a s t t h at acco mp any a r ich and var ied buffet, an d th en cont i n u e to t h e I nn Ox Lo u ng e, w here excellently presented l o c a l s p e c i a lt i e s and inter nat io nal cl assic s are ser ved.

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Th e s p a , i n s pired by t he R o man b at hs, deser ves a separate con s i d e rat i on , if o nl y fo r t he al ter nat ion of wet an d dr y are a s a n d t h e p resence o f a sau na and steam bath . Th ere are nu m e rou s t re at ment s o n t he menu, from c lassic massages ( Swe d i s h , D e e p Tissu e, Lava Sto ne, Aro m a Her bs) , sc r ubs an d f a c i a l t re at m e nt s, p er fo r med u sing Co mfor t Zon e produc ts an d t re at m e nts. The famo u s I t al ian cosmetic s company is k n own for i t s qu al it y and at tent io n to t he environ ment an d i ts i d e a t h at t h e sk in is a mir ro r o f p hysical an d mental wellbe i n g. Ca r l o I V Th e D edica Ant ho l o g y is co nfir med to be on e of th e m os t gl a mo ro u s dest inat io ns in Pra gue. With its youn g an d d yn a m i c st yl e wel l inser ted in t he severe h istor ical arc h i te c t u re, i t meet s t he t astes o f a vas t public, th an ks also to i t s ce nt ra l a nd p rest igio us l o cat io n. 134

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CARLO IV, THE DEDICA ANTHOLOGY Prague, Czech Republic www.dahotels.com Rooms & Suites 152 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain The Dedica Anthology Affiliation Autograph Collection Activities sightseeing Score 80 Environment 78 Design 80 Service 80 Cuisine 81 Health 78 Spa 80 Rooms 82

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li g ht l y underst ated, quiet l y glamorous, sober yet el e ga nt, t h e Pal ais H ansen Kemp insk i is a success. L ik e its re s t a u ra nt s a c t u al l y, fro m Die KĂźche to Edvard with out fo rge t t i n g t h e var io us menu o f t he ro o m ser vice. Th i s p re s t i gio us b uil ding was erec ted in 1 8 7 3 . D esign ed by t h e f a m ou s architec t Theo p hil Edvard Han sen as a h otel, f rom t h e s t a r t it was u sed to ho use o ffices. I t contin ued in th is g u i s e u nt i l 1997 w hen t he cit y o f Vienna sold it to a subsidiar y of t h e K e m p i n sk i Gro up. Lo cated o n t he famous R in gstrasse B ou l e va rd, a f ter it s carefu l renovat io n th e Palais Han sen i n cor p orate s h ig h tech design el ement s with out betray in g its p a s t. Th e g l a s s l if t, t he su sp ended ter races, th e contemporar y d e cor a re s t ron g l y inscr ib ed in t he p resent.

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Th e n e w ye t al ready renow ned st ar red Edvard restaurant ( it s n a m e i s a t r ib u te to t he o r iginal architec t) con fir ms th is i m p re s s i on . R u n by t he chef de cuisine Th omas Pedevilla, its c u i s i n e i s a t r ib ute to nat u ral fl avo urs from M itteleurope to th e M e d i te r ra nean. Carefu l co o k ing p re ser ves tex tures an d arom a s. Th e few sel ec ted ingredient s en h an ce th e sk ilfully pre s e nte d comp o sit io ns. Var io us t ast ing men us h elp guests to en j oy a b a l a n ced g ast ro no mic exp er ience. On request th ese c a n b e com b i n ed w it h a w ine t ast ing, fo r a 3 6 0 ° exper ien ce. I m p e r i a l at mo sp here. I n t he Vienna o f Strauss, M oz ar t an d M a h le r, g u e s t s are wel co med w it h a symph ony of flavour s, s we e p i n g t h e m away into a co ntemp o rar y, reinvented imper ial at m os p h e re. Th e el eg ant architec t ure o f th e buildin g is n ow ove r l a i d wi t h a ddit io ns in a mo der n key. 138

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PALAIS HANSEN KEMPINSKI VIENNA Vienna, Austria www.kempinski.com Rooms & Suites 152 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain Kempinski Affiliation Global Hotel Alliance Activities sightseeing Score 82 Environment 82 Design 85 Service 81 Cuisine 82 Health 79 Spa 80 Rooms 82

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he view fro m t he su ite is tr uly remar k able. Th e f a m ou s B u d a pest Eye, t he b ig Fer r is w h eel, seems to be in re a c h . Th e l oc at io n o f t he ho tel is ver y central, n ever th eless th e s t r u c t u re has a l arg e g arag e in t he basement, a great conve n i e n ce fo r g uest s w it h a car. The st ruc ture is recent an d th i s e n s u re s a mp l e sp ace. The l arg e w in dows in th e rooms an d s u i te s, of fer ing excel l ent views - especially on th e upper f l oor s - a ll ow yo u to feel p ar t o f t he cit y. Th e n ame of th e hote l p ays h om ag e to K ing M at t hias Co r v in us, wh o r uled th e H u n g a r i a n k i n gdo m in t he 15t h cent u r y. Th e m a i n m o nument s are w it hin wal k in g distan ce, wh ic h m a k e s a f te r d i n ner o u t ing s ver y p l easant sin ce a taxi or dr ivin g i s n ot re q u i re d. Gu est s p refer to dine at th e h otel given th e va r i e t y of t h e o ffer. Let ’s st ar t w it h ÉS Bisz tró, a Hun gar ian

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b i s t ro op e n on a b u sy p edest r ian sho p p ing street. Here th ey s e r ve b re a k f a s t in t he mo r ning, w hil e in th e even in g it tur n s i nto a l i ve ly, t rendy venu e. I t o ffers an interestin g var iet y of m e at f rom Au s t r ian far ms, excel l ent b eer s an d a var ied win e l is t. Nob u B u d a p est, instead, is t he first o f Central Europe. Ch ef Nob u yu k i M at suhisa’s visio nar y cu isine is ver y popular h ere an d t h e re s t a u rant is o ne o f t he b u siest in town , for both loc als an d t rave l e r s. D ur ing t he visit, we cho o se th e N obu B ento B ox, wh i c h i s b rou ght to us in a t wo -sto r y “ box ”. At th e top is a he a r t y m e a l, p e r hap s to o mu ch, b u t t he l ightn ess an d absen ce o f s u g a r s a n d st arches make it b al anced, both in quantit y an d ta s te. We con c l u de w it h a cl o ud o f sweet n ess, a ver y light an d va p orou s Pa s s io n Fru it b rû l ée w it h Co co n ut Foam. 142

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Th e s p a h a s b een p ar t ial l y renovated recently. I t offer s a l a rge j a c u z z i a nd l arg e saunas and steam rooms. I t is called a s e a s on a l s p a b e cau se it fo l l ows t he c ycl e of th e season s to h elp th e b od y re s tore it s nat u ral b al ance w it h th e treatments. An exce p t i on a l i n gredient is H ung ar ymu dÂŽ k n own for centur ies as on e of t h e b est muds to increase sk in sof tn ess an d relieve m u s c le p a i n . 144

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KEMPINSKI HOTEL CORVINUS BUDAPEST Budapest, Hungary www.kempinski.com Rooms & Suites 351 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain Kempinski Affiliation Global Hotel Alliance Activities sightseeing Score 80 Environment 81 Design 80 Service 80 Cuisine 85 Health 76 Spa 78 Rooms 82

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A Central European city rich in history and proud of its monuments. After independence, an unstoppable renaissance brought it to its modern elegance. Each building has been restored, and the old center is now populated by delightful restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and nightclubs. RESORTS MAGAZINE

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The security and tranquility that characterize its streets are other points in favor of this capital. Once upon a time, the Orient Express also passed through and it was therefore included in the great circuits of the elite journey. Today it is not far behind; in fact, the offer of hospitality ranges from simple family-run hotels to the grandiose and historic Esplanade, which alone is worth the trip. Another feature that makes Zagreb interesting is its green soul. Everywhere are gardens and tree-lined avenues. The Botanical Garden is home to one of the most precious collections of plants in Europe, preserving about 10 thousand plant species. Behind the walls surrounding the Cathedral is Ribnjak park, where priests once fished for Friday lunch. In the eastern part of Zagreb is located the boulevard of Maksimir, the largest park in Zagreb, designed in an English romantic style in the 19th century. Not far from the historic center, you can even find a natural park, a rarity among modern metropolises: Mount Medvednica, ideal for trips and excursions. https://croatia.hr/it-IT

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The Zagreb Card, available in 24 and 72-hour versions, allows free use of public transport, free entry into six major city attractions and significant discounts in 70 different places, including museums, restaurants, shops, etc. www.zagrebcard.com

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Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

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o tel Esp l anade was built in 1 9 2 5 to a ccom m od ate t he Or ient Exp ress traveler s wh en th ey s top p e d of f to visit t he excep t io nal l y en ch antin g cit y of Z a gre b. Th e l u xur y jo ur ney o n t he Or ient E xpress back in th e ea r l y 1 9 2 0 s wa s an u np aral l el ed event fo r h oliday maker s. Th e g l or i ou s food, t he mar vel o us dest inat io n s an d th e luxur iant accom m od at i ons o n b o ard t he t rain - an d sometimes off. We h e a r s p e a k o f t he o nb o ard acco mmodation s contin ually, howe ve r t h e re were al so p l aces w it h accommodation s in ce r t a i n c i t i e s a l o ng it s exo t ic east to wes t route th at were n o

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l e s s m a gn i f i ce nt. One o f t hese was H o tel E splan ade in Z agreb, th e ex t ra ord i n ar il y b eau t iful cap it al o f Croatia. S i t u ate d a s tone’s t hrow fro m t he t rain station , th e h otel was a conve n i e nt dest inat io n fo r g uest s. H avin g set foot in th e l o b by, g u e s t s real ized t hat t he l u xu r y t hey en j oyed on board th e t ra i n wou ld b e no l ess b reat h-t ak ing h ere. Alth ough th e hote l h a s tod ay b een el eg ant l y refur b is h ed by a ren own ed Croat i a n i nte r i o r designer, t he grace and c h ar m th at awaited th e f i r s t gu e s ts has b een at tent ivel y p reser ved. Th e rooms an d s u i te s of t he Esp l anade, du e to t he lavish use of mar ble, c r ys t a l, t h e f i nest fab r ics and excl usive amen ities, are well ap p oi nte d a n d b o ast ever y co nvenience guests could desire. O f cou r s e, t h i s wo nder fu l o l d p ro p er t y is also equipped with th e l ate s t te c h no l o gies we have al l co me to expec t today. Th e volu m i n o us rest aurant Zinfal denl ’s, on e of th e best in th e B a l k a n s, w it h it s cr isp w hite -l inen tablecloth s, bespoke f u r n i s h i n g s a n d g l ow ing sil ver ware – n ot th e mention th e el e ga nt c h a n del iers – ser ves t he mo st appetiz in g Croatian an d i nte r n at i onal cuisine in tow n. Through th e en or mous wi n d ows, g u e st s can l o o k o u t over t he sprawlin g ter race, wh e re i t i s a ls o p o ssib l e to co mfo r t ab l y d in e. 154

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For gu e s t s d esiro us o f t ak ing t heir rel axation a step fur th er, th e Es p la n a d e o ffers so o t hing b o dy t reatments. A welleq u i p p e d g ym is avail ab l e fo r anyo ne w h o in sists on stay in g f i t e ve n on h oliday. Th e E s p l a n a de is a su mp t uo u s ho tel o r igin ally built to regally accom m od ate t he p asseng ers o f t he famed Or ient E xpress, s t i ll tod ay t h e b est dest inat io n fo r al l discer n in g traveler s

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here is a new way to experience the American dream: renting one of Hertz vehicles in The American Collection, now available in major American airports. The legendary convertibles like Ford Mustang GT, the Jeep Wrangler, the Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible, the luxurious Cadillac Escalade and so on. All cars with stars and stripes with evocative names - pure emotions on four wheels. Whether you’re cruising down sunny city streets in a Jeep Wrangler, racking up the desert miles in a Ford Mustang GT on Route 66, heading south for some soul food in a Dodge RAM 1500 pickup or taking in the fresh air on the coast in a Chevrolet Camaro SS, Hertz has got something to make your holiday one to remember. From iconic muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger RT to convertibles, SUVs like the luxurious Cadillac Escalade to all-American pickup trucks, our collection is designed for drivers who want to go the whole hog with incredible service on top. 160

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Vehicles available in the collection are: Chevrolet Camaro SS (convertible and hardtop) Ford Mustang GT (convertible and hardtop) Dodge Challenger RT (hardtop) Dodge Ram 1500 Jeep Wrangler Cadillac Escalade The American Collection is available now from most major US airports, including Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and more: Alabama (Birmingham), Arizona (Phoenix), California (Burbank, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose), Colorado (Denver), Florida (Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Miami), Georgia (Atlanta), Hawaii (Kauai, Maui, Oahu), Illinois (Chicago), Louisiana (Louisiana), Maryland (Baltimore-Washington), Massachusetts (Boston), Minnesota (Minneapolis), Missouri (St Louis), Nevada (Las Vegas), New Mexico (Albuquerque), New Jersey (Newark), New York (New York), North Carolina (Charlotte, Raleigh), Ohio (Cleveland), Oregon (Portland), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh), South Carolina (Charleston), Tennessee (Nashville), Texas (Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio), Utah (Salt Lake City), Washington (Seattle). Car hire in the USA with Hertz.co.uk starts from ÂŁ24 a day. For an epic road trip behind the wheel of an iconic American vehicle, check out Hertz new American Collection - hertz.co.uk/american-collection.

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hen it comes to running a business, music matters. Having the right soundtrack can transform the experience of your customers in any venue. Whether it be a restaurant, a gym, a meditation studio or a bar, setting the mood is important. That’s why we’re proud to present Rehegoo Streaming. A dynamic service that has it all. An affordable license at a fraction of the cost of a standard music license creates a low-stress music solution for the busy business owner. Since 2014 Rehegoo Music has combed both the internet and the airwaves for some of the world’s most talented musicians. In an unprecedented effort, Rehegoo Streaming is the first streaming platform that offers thousands of songs exclusively by underground artists.

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Offer a unique listening experience to your customers. At the click of a button, access tailor-made playlists for every business type, designed by audio experts with a deep knowledge of buyer mentality, consumer experience, and mood-based music. In addition to selecting a business category, the creative entrepreneur can choose from a wide range of moods and genres to refine their music selections, and design a brand. Give your business an unforgettable sound and keep your customers coming back, with Rehegoo Streaming. About Rehegoo Music and Rehegoo Streaming Rehegoo Music Group is a Record Label and Music Production Company based London and New York, which stands out among the most influential and specialized companies in producing and distributing ambient music around the world. The label was founded in 2014 by Italian entrepreneur Marco Rinaldo with the vision of promoting underground artists and sharing their music with the world. This global mission coupled with creative thinking and an affinity for the digital avant-garde is what led Rehegoo Music to give birth to Rehegoo Streaming, a music platform featuring thousands of talented underground artists, with a focus on the world of Hospitality and Luxury. The platform is designed with business owners in mind; offering both bespoke playlists and pre-made music selections, designed to attract and entertain customers in various types of business venues. The music of Rehegoo Streaming was created specifically to achieve these 3 goals: 1. Increase linger time and elevate buyer mentality 2. Increase customer mood to provide a long-lasting, positive, memorable experience 3. Motivate Staff and returning/regular customers with new songs added every day

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