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here was a time when trunks were plastered with labels of hotels, certification of belonging to the company of travelers. Having spent the night at the Peninsula Hong Kong or the Singapore Raffles was much more of a status symbol, certifying taste and also wealth. Even today, although we do Selfies and labels no longer count, these two Grandes Dames retain their undisputed primacy. But in this issue we talk especially about the sea: that of the Maldives, which this time we present as a destination without reviewing any property, but also the remote and mysterious Rapa Nui. Then, for a meditation stop, Nun Assisi. To experience the classic capital par excellence, the Eden of Rome. And for a concession to the palate, the Steigenberger in Brussels. How is it possible not to stop off among the various chocolate shops of this capital without indulging before such a vast choice, almost shocking, and always alluring.

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RAPA NUI the most remote island

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EXPLORA RAPA NUI Rapa Nui

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HARE NOI Rapa Nui


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RAFFLES HOTEL Oriental Grande Dame


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BERKELEY INTERNATIONAL much more than an introduction agency


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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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Top 100

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Dal Settecento fino alla seconda guerra mondiale. Due secoli di lusso ai tropici, tra ventilatori a pale, verande, tè pomeridiani e stuoli di servitori. Molti in Asia ma anche nelle colonie africane e in Centro America. Una storia affascinante di lungimiranti investitori, pionieri e avventurieri costellata di nomi eccellenti come Raffles, Peninsula e Strand. Questa directory ci mostra i migliori esempi sopravvissuti dove sperimentare esperienze e atmosfere d’altri tempi.

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Editor-in-Chief Ovidio Guaita Senior Editor Lawrence Taylor Contributors Elsa Bozzaotra, Maria Coscarelli, Paola Di Girolamo, Marco Galli, Paolo Gerbaldo, Alessandra Jovinelli, Daniela Libero, Pamela McCourt Francescone, Hasrudin Tazep Photos Ovidio Guaita, Lawrence Taylor, Paolo Gerbaldo, Roberto Sessoli, published hotels and resorts Video for iPad and iPhone app Roberto Sessoli Graphic Design Niccolò Angeli www.niccoloangeli.com Layout Graphic Department Palidano Press IT Manager Riccardo Casano www.riccardocasano.com Public Relations Daniela Libero Subscription Europe 300 € Rest of the World 350 € Publisher PalidanoPress 3 More London Riverside - SE1 2RE London US Office 1133 Broadway, Suite 708 - New York, NY 10010 www.palidano.com

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contributors All resorts published are choosen by the editorial staff and tested by our journalists-inspectors.

OVIDIO GUAITA In Rome, hosted by the historic Hotel Eden.

LAWRENCE TAYLOR Lawrence presents Berkeley International, introduction agency in London.

MARIA COSCARELLI Mary is the author of the Rapa Nui special.

PAOLO GERBALDO Visiting Singapore, guest at the legendary Raffles Hotel.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA Elsa, in the Top 10, guides us in the choice of the best airlines.

DANIELA LIBERO At he Maldives in search of the history of a magical archipelago.

ALESSANDRA JOVINELLI Stage in Assisi for a old transformed monastery.

ROBERTO SESSOLI Roberto took the photos and video of Easter Island.


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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 Sw 100 InterContinen a git 49 Sin Resort & Spa 50 Cuisinart Golf

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IS & SPA MU NUN ASSISI RELA Assisi, Italia www.nunassisi.it Rooms & Suites 28 nts 1 Villas 0 - Restaura s Spa ye Children yes

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SPECIAL

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The most remote island in the world, 3700 km from the Chilean coast. An island that is just a speck in the Pacific Ocean. An island with an enigmatic and sometimes sad history. An island where we met wonderful people who made us feel special. An island that made this trip unforgettable and that will remain forever in our hearts.

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The people of Rapa Nui are quite conservative: the family and religion still play a vital role in everyday life. On an island that is almost half the size of Elba live 6,700 people. The only center is Hanga Roa, the capital, which is located in the south-west of the island. 50

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The most characteristic image of the island is the enigmatic Moai, which represent the ancestors of the clans of the island. These statues, totaling 900, are scattered all over the island. They are from two to ten meters tall and are all positioned with their backs to the sea and faces turned inwards to protect the inhabitants.

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Maria Coscarelli

from dream to reality

Explora Rapa Nui

Explora Rapa Nui on Easter Island more than a hotel is a travel experience, a place to return to. A dream come true for a “maravilloso” stay.

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ravel broaden s th e min d an d th e h ear t. I t excites an d sometimes sur pr ises. Leavin g th e L AM flight fro m S antiago, th e atmosph ere is relaxed but n ot laz y ; qu iet, un ique, sur pr isin g an d n ot j ust a bit. L an din g on t his patc h of ear th an d rock - R apa N ui, as th e loc als cal l it, a remote islan d in th e Pacific th at could n ot be mo re isolated at 3 7 0 0 k m from th e main lan d - br in gs hap pin ess because it c rown s th e dream of ever y great t raveler. K n o w t h e w o r l d t o k n o w o n e s e l f b e t t e r. T h i s i s the philosophy that lies at the base of the Chilean resort group Explora. Miriam, Explora staff member i n S a n t i a g o , t e l l s u s t h a t M r. I b ĂĄ Ăą e z , o w n e r o f the chain, has chosen for his jewels three of the most beautiful natural places in Chile: Atacama, Patagonia and R apa Nui. I n these proper ties, from the arrival at the airport up to departure, guests are pampered with attention that has no equal. The all inclusive formula invites even the lazy traveler t o t a k e a d v a n t a g e o f w h a t t h e i s l a n d h a s t o o f f e r. I t urges people to discover and tune in to the site. The endless activities, coordinated by Maja and Gina and led by native guides will make your stay ever different and keep you in continuous contact with the wild nature of the island.

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U p on re t u r n , t he sp a hel p s yo u relax with tre at m e nt s wi t h nat u ral and o rg anic p roduc ts, wh ile th e Ch i le a n c hef, Al ejandro, wait s to delight you wi t h h i s com po sit io ns u sing var io us k ilometer zero i n gre d i e nt s. A we e k goe s by fast. Af ter al l, l ife is made up of p l a ce s a n d e n co unters and new dest inat ion s await us. B u t t h a n k s to Exp l o ra and fr iends w ho an imate th e p l a ce s we vi s i ted and t he meet ing s we h ad, th ey will b e lon g re m e m b ered.

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Maria Coscarelli

Hare Noi where familiarity is at home Because nature is important for everyone’s life, In Hare Noi everything must be in harmony with it.

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apa N ui is th e i s l a n d of t he M o ai, l au g hter, fr iendsh ip an d livin g tog e t h e r a s i f in a great co mmunit y. But it is, above all, t h e i s l a n d o f t ranquil it y. Af ter t he l ively capital of H a n ga R oa , we find a co r ner o f t his p ea ce. Th e n ame H a re N oi i s n ot accident al and it emp hasize th e fac t th at g u e s t s a re at ho me here and must l ive th e exper ien ce wi t h t h i s s p i r i t. J oa n n a i s t h e manag er, b u t her real ro l e is th at of lady o f t h e h ou s e. H er missio n and t hat o f t he s taff is to make v is i tor s forge t ro u t ine and ever yday stress, h elpin g th e m to re con n ec t w it h t he nat u ral set t ing aroun d th em. Vis i tos r c a n ex per ience t his new dimension th rough th e ac t i vi t i e s orga nized w it h p ro fessio nal l o c al guides. E s te b a n G 贸mez is t he chef at H are No i. He ar r ived on th i s i s l a n d f rom co l d so ut her n C hil e, b u t k n ows all th e l o c a l p rod u c t s. M o st o f t he ingredient s t h at h e exper tly u s e s i n h i s c re at io ns are grow n in t he garden of th e hote l. E s te b a n l oves to show it to g u est s, stressin g th e i m p or t a n ce loc al t radit io n gives to fo o d. Th ose wh o want to le a r n m ore can p ar t icip ate in his co o k ing classes. Th e pl e a s u re of ceviche w it h cru st y sesame bread fresh ly ba k e d or c r猫 m e b r没l 茅e w it h co ffee is a pleasure to be re p l i c ate d e ve n b ack at ho me. Tr y it fo r your self.

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Three ethnic groups live and grow together. Malays, Chinese and Indians have created a city-state where every year on June 21 is celebrated Racial Harmony Day. Just over five million people live here, the fourth financial center of the world, thanks to Sir Stamford Raffles, who at that time placed the small center under the administration of the East

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Paolo Gerbaldo

Raffles Hotel

the splendor of colonial hospitality

The spirit of Raffles is gently revealed as soon as you enter the front door, which leads into the bright world of the luxurious calm of the lobby.

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he book written by the Raffles Hotel in Singapore on whose first page is printed the date 1887 is a classic in the history of the hospitality. The spirit of Raffles is gently revealed as soon as you enter the front door. It leads into the bright world of the luxurious calm and comfort of the large lobby protected by the elegant geometric white faรงade, symbol of an era. The atmosphere of Raffles is naturally completed with the Palm Court, an oasis of tropical greenery on to which open spacious suites. The experience of the legendary and sophisticated Raffles hospitality is reflected in many aspects starting

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from those of its high-quality service. The cuisine proposed in the various restaurants is a refined kaleidoscope that units East and West - also the image of cosmopolitan Singapore. If the Tiffin Bar adjacent to the lobby recalls tradition, the elegant Raffles Grill is, instead, a meeting between French cuisine and the flavors of Asia. The French chef Mickael Le Calvez offers, thanks to his long experience in Asia, a menu that highlights equilibrium, making elements geographically distant interact well. Complex dishes. Professionalism in managing the different ingredients is noteworthy. Dining room ser vice that carefully doses the timing and description of individual courses is also a constant charcteristic. The many new buildings dotting Singapore do not disturb the natural supremacy of Raffles: an intriguing and magical hotel to stay in when traveling in the East, taking advantage of the excellence and splendor of colonial hospitality.

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Maldives

in the footsteps of Ibn Battuta


Daniela Libero

Ibn Battuta, traveler of Berber origin of the fourteenth century, the Marco Polo of Medieval Arabic literature, went from Tangier to the Maldives, where he lived for a few years, giving the first news of these archipelagos of enchanted atolls.


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predecessor? Thanks to his work Rihla, the journey is, indeed, one from which we can all aspire to draw his great spirit of tireless discoverer and make ours the little the phrase: “travel leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.� I like to think that the Islamic religious sense of total respect and openness to guests from around the world and to all faiths which one perceives in the Maldives derives precisely from the imprinting given by Ibn Battuta.

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Under the stars of Anantara Veli, observing the sky over Kandolhu and the full moon at Kanifushi through a telescope, you feel ready to pursue new routes and never stop dreaming of an ecosystem preserved with commitment and vision.

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It all started centuries ago and we hope the Maldives can continue to be, for many years to come, an example of perfect balance between nature and absolutely excellent service.

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One &Only Reethi Rah www.oneandonly.com

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

www.fourseasons.com

Here are some of the best Maldivian resorts, all with great charm and great service.

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Four Seasons Kuda Huraa www.fourseasons.com


excellent atolls

Niyama

www.peraquum.com

Maalifushi by COMO www.comohotels.com

Shangri-la Vilingili www.shangri-la.com

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

www.conrad.com

Park Hyatt Hadahaa www.hyatt.com


excellent atolls

Soneva Fushi

www.soneva.com

Coco Bodu Hithi

www.cocoboduhithi.com

W Retrait & Spa

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Lawrence Taylor

Are you too absorbed by your work to have a real social life? Just come out of a sentimental situation? Timid? No problem, the charming Mairead Molloy will help you discover your soul mate. With offices in Copenhagen, Paris, Cannes, Brussels, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, New York and Sydney as well as in London, Berkeley International is a lifeline for those who want to make new friends and maybe find a new partner. The service is not exactly cheap, the membership starts from ÂŁ 10,000 and climbs up to ÂŁ 50,000, depending on the service. But personalization is total, as is discretion and efficiency. www.berkeley-international.com

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