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OVIDIO GUAITA Ovidio tells us of the wonders of the Club Floor at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

LAWRENCE TAYLOR A walk in Franciacorta looking for true flavors.

PAOLO GERBALDO In Egypt to rediscover three great historic hotels.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA Elsa presents the best luxury trains.

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Nairobi, the place of “cold water” in the Maasai language, is one of Africa’s most important and vibrant cities. Of colonial origin, it was built in the nineteenth century during the construction of the Uganda Railway. Today, in addition to the business vocation, it is the most important tourist hub

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airmont The Norfolk Hotel is a green oasis resting in the heart of Nairobi. Thoroughly renovated and enlarged, The Norfolk elegantly dispenses modern comfort and clear architectural lines, fruit of the British colonial tradition of this green oasis resting in the heart of Nairobi. The story begins, in fact, with the opening of The Norfolk Hotel, destined to be a refuge for passengers arriving by train and to immediately become part of the history of the African country. It is Christmas Day 1904 and the Hotel of Major Charles Harding Newman Ringer consists of 34 rooms, two cottages and a dining room for a hundred people. The chef, of course, is French. The journey through time begins right from the entrance. The English colonial tone of the great Lord Delamere Terrace is immediately evident. An elevated corner of charm for reading or lingering is the Tea Room with a fireplace and ceiling fans. The Cin Cin bar, which continues with the charming veranda opening onto the inner garden is another key location of The Norfolk. The view of the garden, which conveys a feeling of inner peace, best completes the cozy rooms. The gastronomy deserves special mention. The contemporary design is added to the service of excellence in the Tatu restaurant, dedicated to meat and fish carefully prepared in the open kitchen. We recommended the crocodile. In present-day Nairobi Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel continues to affirm its strong identity and to be an invitation to discover the city, going beyond clichĂŠs.

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O ur c orrespond ent P ao lo G e rbald o took a fasc inat ing j ourney t o d i sc over t he Count ry of t he Ph araohs, t aking ad vant age of lu xurious hospit alit y - aut hent ic an d wit h a c harming ret ro feel. N o t hing bet t er t han slid ing slowly d o wn t he pat h of hist ory d rawn by th e Nile.

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n the ideal map of the historic hotels of Egypt, one of the highlights is definitely the Al Ghizira Palace, today Cairo Marriott & Omar Khayyum Casino. The history of the Hotel, initially built as a sumptuous Royal Palace, is quite intense. The Al Ghizira Palace was, in fact, constructed in 1869, exploiting the opportunity of the inauguration of the Suez Canal. It best synthesized the Moorish style, without forgetting the French Neoclassical influences so dear to its owner, the Khedive of Egypt, Ismail Pasha. A few years later, the building designed to accommodate European monarchs - starting from Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie - became a hotel. There were several extensions over the course of decades up to the current resort which well combines the historic Royal Palace with the two towers which house the rooms and suites of the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino. From the rooms in the towers you have a splendid view of the Nile and the city, while the public areas recall the original splendor of Al Ghizira. The atmosphere described by the many travelers fascinated by the mysteries of ancient Egypt still exist, in fact, in the historic Palazzo del Cairo, located on an island in the middle of the Nile.

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Sofitel Luxor Winter Palace into the universe of the journey in Egypt

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he Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor subtly transports into the universe of the journey in Egypt. Behind the Victorian faรงade opens up, in fact, a mythical world that refers to, without delay, that golden era of the journey of which the Winter Palace is one of the best known symbols. A short walk from the Temple of Luxor, the Palace offers a view - uninterrupted and unrivaled - of the Nile adding it to the tranquility that reigns along the expansive and beautiful interior garden. The Winter Palace, built in the Victorian style, opened its doors in January 1907 to accommodate, in an appropriate way, travelers summoned by ancient Thebes and hosted, in 1886, at Hotel Luxor. The architectural traits indicated by the classical lines are interrupted by a wide double external staircase that leads to the impressive entrance hall and terrace that modulates the imposing faรงade. Particularly impressive, once beyond the lobby, is the majestic stairway, an area steeped in spectacular brightness. The broad and solemn corridors lead, instead, to the large rooms and suites that offer views of the Nile or the garden. The culinary experience at the restaurant 1886 is a sophisticated homage to the flavors of French cuisine, while the dishes that can be enjoyed at La Corniche are more international. The Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor is an elegant and refined address reserved for connoisseurs who seek luxury, comfort and distinction in a hotel , without, however, giving up the presence of a unique historical identity.

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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan aristocratic hospitality

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stablished in front of Elephantine Island, the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan revives the graceful and elegant luxury of aristocratic hospitality, transferring it along the Nile. The rigorous and vibrant Moorish lines inside the edifice in British colonial style, built in 1899, has welcomed the lovers of the Egypt of the pharaohs for over a century. The intense renovation of the Old Cataract - sinuously located along the Nile - headed by Sybille de Margerie, has modernized, with sophisticated interiors, the charm of the Hotel created, following an impulsive idea of Thomas Cook, for travelers in search of mystery and exoticism. An exoticism that reigns in the great hall of the restaurant 1902, dedicated to French cuisine, which recalls an Ottoman mosque. The flavors of the Mediterranean and the East, instead, await guests in the Saraya and the Oriental Kebagy. Intimacy. Colors. Technology. Elevators in stained glass. Handcarved furniture. Persian rugs. Corridors with Moorish arches that give the hotel its oriental character. Traits that design the intriguing universe of the Old Cataract. A privileged stage to admire, from the top of the rocks, the majesty of the site of the first cataract of the Nile is the veranda. From the large terrace guests can thus observe the sun setting behind the hills slowly drawing shadows. Night falls. The doors of the magical dream of traveling to Egypt with its legendary hotels open.

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- FONDATA NEL 1932 - SETTIMA COMPAGNIA AD ADERIRE ALLA IATA - NEL 2008 ENTRA IN ALLEANZA CON STAR ALLIANCE - UNA FLOTTA GIOVANE DI 81 AEROMOBILI - POLTRONA/LETTO IN BUSINESS SU GLI A333 E B773 - 28 VOLI SETTIMANALI DA ROMA E MILANO - NETWORK COMPRENSIVO DI 18 DESTINAZIONI IN AFRICA, 20 IN MEDIO ORIENTE, 21 IN EUROPA, 6 IN ASIA E 2 IN NORD AMERICA.


Tariffe competitive, aumento delle frequenze ed ampliamento dei servizi a terra e a bordo, la EGYPTAIR è pronta per la stagione 2015 in arrivo. Egyptair festeggia l’inizio della stagione con iniziative volte a consolidare la presenza su un mercato sempre piu competitivo. I risultati del secondo semestre 2014 ci rendono ottimisti: il load factor ha dato segnali confortanti con un +5% rispetto allo stesso periodo del 2013 raggiungendo il 73%, di cui un sorprendente aumento del 67% del traffico per destinazioni oltre l’Egitto. Sono riconfermati per la stagione estiva i 28 collegamenti dall’Italia, 14 da Roma e 14 da Milano con ottime coincidenze per l’intero network attraverso l’hub del Cairo . Grazie agli ottimi risultati delle promozioni tariffarie intraprese continuano gli incentivi sull‘estremo oriente con riduzioni tariffarie fino al 40%. Altra buona risposta del mercato è arrivata anche dal continente Africano dove molte destinazioni hanno visto una diminuzione del 20% sulle tariffe applicabili e sempre attenta e sensibile alle esigenze dei propri passeggeri la EGYPTAIR ha introdotto fino al 31 maggio 2015 una promozione per trasportare 3 bagagli invece di 2. L’offerta darà la possibilità a tutti i passeggeri EGYPTAIR di spedire 3 valigie rispettivamente da 23 Kg e 32 Kg cadauna in economy e business per tutti i biglietti emessi dal 1 Gennaio 2015 fino a scadenza dell’offerta con partenza da Roma e Milano in transito al Cairo per l’Africa ad eccezione dell’Egitto. Altra novità del 2015 è la riapertura di Giacarta, con un operativo di 2 voli settimanali dal Cairo con il nuovo B777-300ER (46 posti di business ‘poltrone/letto’ e 297 di economy), portando a 7 destinazioni il network asiatico. Egyptair e’ il primo vettore ad operare voli diretti tra Africa e Indonesia, mercato strategicamente importante, con un’economia solida e in espansione. La nuova destinazione nella capitale Indonesiana è stata lanciata con una tariffa di € 477.00 tasse e supplementi inclusi. La compagnia si muove al passo con le ultime innovazioni tecnologiche offrendo ai passeggeri assistenza online rapida ed efficiente, in tutta Europa si sta introducendo la “mobile boarding pass” per visualizzare la carta d’imbarco sul proprio cellulare. Saremo inoltre il primo vettore internazionale ad implementare in Africa il “Fast travel program” della IATA che ha autorizzato l’avvio del programma.


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A city and a port, endless suburbs, a population that reaches nearly 25 million inhabitants. The old town still bears witness to the power once held by the Joseon Dynasty and today by the state. But Seoul is also the most wired cities in the world. Contrasts and excesses enrich the landscape.


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Pamela McCourt, our correspondent, visited the Westin Chosun and tells us about it on the following pages. Reflection of the city, the hotel blends tradition and modernity.

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Westin Chosun history in the heart of Seoul History and contemporary comforts blend with some of the city’s finest dining at the Westin Chosun in the dynamic capital of South Korea.

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he 20-storey façade of the Westin Chosun curves to embrace one of the city’s timehonoured treasures - the Hwangungu or Temple of Heaven, a charming little octagonal shire dating back to the 1800s, where, in ancient days, rituals were performed for the gods. Today’s Westin Chosun is a renovated version of the historic Railroad Chosun Hotel, which was the first hotel in Seoul to introduce an elevator - then called a vertical railway - ice cream and buffets.

Located in the center of the city, opposite Seoul Plaza and the City Hall, the hotel has 462 rooms and suites - all with large windows and either mountain or city views - and an impressive lobby with gleaming marble floors and a Henry Moore sculpture. The top Presidential and Royal Suites are popular with celebrities and royalty. The Renewal Suite - of which there is only one - has a futon-style king-sized bed on a raised platform, a round Jacuzzi in the bathroom and is in minimalist style, compared to the more traditional comforts in the other rooms and suites. For an uninterrupted, picturepostcard view of the little Hwangungu shrine, guests should ask for a room on the 5th(all rooms on this floor have twin beds) or 6th floors.

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Franciacorta a route amid prestigious wine cellars and ancient abbeys

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This is the underlying theme of a pleasant journey to discover the wines and countryside of Franciacorta, among the most loved Italian destinations by wine tourists. A land where hospitality is an art. Hills covered with vineyards, medieval towers and aristocratic villas (here the nobility of Brescia had their lands and summer residences), from time immemorial devoted to viticulture and now home of Franciacorta, the most prestigious among the Italian wines re-fermented in the bottle using the Metodo Classico. Franciacorta is the Official Sparkling Wine Expo 2015. RESORTS MAGAZINE

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More info at: ASSOCIAZIONE STRADA DEL FRANCIACORTA tel. 030.7760870 www.stradadelfranciacorta.it info@stradadelfranciacorta.it.

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