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ebr uar y : a month full of n ew discover ies. Star t i ng w i t h t he I nter Contin ental Car lton in Can n es, a favour ite am ong f i l m st ars an d glamour fan s ever y wh ere. I n S aint Peter sburg, t he G ra nd H o tel Europe, th e oldest luxur y h otel to h ave been built in t he c i t y o f Peter th e Great. An d in S iem R eap, th e recently rebran d e d ( a nd renovated) Par k H yatt, k n own as th e Hotel de la Paix in col oni a l t ime s. R e fin ed h ospitalit y, impecc able ser vice, excellent cuis i ne. Li ke in t he Ok avan go delta, wh ere we h ave visited an &B eyo nd c a m p, o r in th e peculiar hy per-h igh -tec h K ameh a Gran d Zur ich, w he re co ntemporar y design reign s supreme.

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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 In this issue Lawrence presents the new aircraft added to the NetJet fleet.

MARIA COSCARELLI Maria offers us the special on Saint Petersburg and the best hotels in the city..

ROBERTO SESSOLI Roberto accompanied Maria to Saint Petersburg to produce the photos and video for our app.

PAOLA DI GIROLAMO Paola reveals the luxury of the savannah of Botswana, known for its exclusive lodges and camps.

ALESSANDFRA JOVINELLI In Sicily, close to Etna volcano, discovering Monaci delle Terre Nere hotel.

MARCO GALLI In our Next Room column Marco recounts a new tourist settlement under construction on the island of Hainan.

PAMELA MCCOURT FRANCESCONE Pamela travelled to Cambodia to experience the historic Hotel de al Paix, today knowm as the Park Hyatt Siem Reap.

PAOLO GERBALDO Paolo’s contribution in this issue ranges from the contemporary design of the Kameha Grand Zurich to the historic Carlton In Cannes.


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by day and with all esplendently white Park Hyatt d One nights in the glow of twilight the an sand d comfort in the the promise of a Thou a refuge of design an is ix, Pa la de tel Ho the gkor Wat temple Siem Reap, formerly from the majestic An s ile m few a t jus y, cit vibrant heart of the ite x. ple com ricate black and wh ght highlight the int yli sk ing d an Liv e e m th do in a key In the entrance s forms that change underfoot. Rigorou ests are greeted gu ere wh le sty marble geometries colonial-Khmer in e ng lou by intriguing ic ted -ch ro en hes complim Room, the ret uc co k pin s os y-fl nd ish ca and checked in on lav . co Dé t Ar pieces of tree, traditional magnificent banyan a th wi nd po a s for those who want The courtyard ha m the small hours – fro , ere wh rve s ing sw le The Dining Room se tables and fun doub the smiling staff in – t d Wa an t or ea gk m An ed at the steam to catch the dawn ties. Must-tries are ial ec sp n dia bo m Ca r. international and , galangal and ginge spices, coconut milk any fish amok dishes with ly appointed and m s are über-comfortab om the ro d w an vie ite rk Su Pa ol d Po The Park an Two-bedroom e th ile wh , ols po plunge t tropical gardens. of the suites have embraced by verdan are ite Su l tia en sid Pre ady areas, and spacious trees, columns and sh lm pa n ee tw be ers nd d the gym. After A free-form pool mea ad for the lap pool an he to nt wa ll wi nt be e at better way to chill anyone with a sportiv gkor’s antiquities, wh An in ic ing ht lig de y ow of traditional mus sundown, and a da rd for the evening sh tya to ur r co ba e nt th de in ca ing de d out than by relax black, sumptuous an iring to the red and and dance. Or by ret ’s beguiling cocktails. delight in the barman

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s, uild more with les of cts oje pr . The ionary Architecture) VA (Laboratory for Vis LA rch on how to of ea to res ot m ing e go th s on that’ are marked by 07 le 20 in ed nd fou or pact, m e compatib the design studio by promoting low-im es ly, ac sp ing n ris ba rp ur Su d s. an nt organise interior ction between reside promotes social intera eady being made. architecture which cts and some are alr oje pr ian op ut t no ns which have these are ntly tourist destinatio ine em e th of e on n is t. The island was The island of Haina Chinese governmen e th by ed ot om pr 90s the big names been selected and rmen, but from the 19 he fis d an ers m far by originally inhabited arrived. hotel business have al on d ati ern int e th in wer Resort, designe e Hainan Ocean Flo th ich no wh at o th int en n tio giv , That is the situa aside its 7-star rating launched. Leaving sure is that there for id sa be n ca by LAVA, has been at s, wh ation body yet exist plex, which is international certific urist resort. The com to ty ali qu pto a create ial island made is a definite desire to ing built on an artific be ly nt rre cu is , 20 20 a bridge. It will be expected to open in is linked to land by ich wh r ve clo af r-le autumn’, ‘spring field’ in the shape of a fou wonderland’, ‘amber er int ‘w : ress as are al on businesses and a cong subdivided by seas centre, apartments, g pin op sh a ve ha ll etc. The hotel wi otes centre alongside it. VA design studio prom alls a teardrop. The LA rec ing ild bu e th of The shape at onment. Areas fluid architecture th unding acquatic envir rro su e th th wi ity inu ship, creating creates a formal cont water have a relation low be are at th rs he ot and light and air to the that are above water stands out, providing ium atr ge lar a re, nt continuity. In the ce s. om ro us rio va ’s tel ho

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InterContinental Carlton on the French Riviera

This elegant hotel has been updated with careful renovations. Walking through the Carlton’s celebrated public areas reveals a concentration of luxury, elegance and discretion.

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he InterContinental Carlton in Cannes is certainly one of the most precious parts of the fabric of the French Riviera, bursting with images, dreams and emotions. The Riviera is legendary, and entering the Carlton puts you at the centre of this timeless myth. The Carlton dream began just as the Belle Epoque was ending. It was 1913 when the architect Charles Dalmas made Henry Ruhl’s wishes come true. The majestic facade leads to a luminous interior. The décor is always elegant. Public spaces, hall, staircases, Grand Salon are all dazzling. This elegant hotel has recently been updated and renovated, but its inimitable charm has been preserved intact. The Cannes Carlton’s charm does not depend exclusively on the magic of the Belle Époque. In 1946, as the splendour of its time as an aristocratic retreat began to fade, a new chapter in its history was opened by the world of cinema. Film stars and the Carlton became inseperable, like overlapping images. Names of actors and directors. The names of unforgettable films, joined with dreams that only the French Riviera can produce. It is no accident that the prestigious suites are named after the stars who have stayed there, right up to the best one of all: the Grace Kelly Suite. The Carlton Restaurant offers traditional, authentic cuisine inspired by the flavours of the seasons. A stroll through the Carlton’s celebrated public areas reveals a concentration of luxury, elegance and discretion.

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The new splendour of San Petersburg. In recent years, the Tsars’ favourite summer destination has begun to relive some of its pre-revolutionary splendour, focussing on

PETERSBURG traditions that were never forgotten. The Baroque and the Rococo bring very evocative touches to Saint Petersburg.


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Belmond Grand Hotel Europe a window on Europe

Past and present come together in a delicate piece of alchemy, in the oldest five-star hotel of a city where history pervades every corner.

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etrograd, Leningrad, Saint Petersburg … whatever name the city has taken, its uniqueness has remained unchanged. Founded by Peter the Great, who laid the first stone of his vision of the future on 27th May 1703, the city turned out how he dreamed it would. A European metropolis for the world’s largest country. And guests of such a unique city must stay in a unique hotel: the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. 140 years of history run through the corridors of the hotel, the first fivestar ever built in the country. Every corner here has a trace of history in it. The hotel is actually like the city itself: a window on Europe. We move from one suite to another. The Dostoyevsky Suite: precise and meticulous like the celebrated author. The Pavarotti Suite: with a magnificent piano that accompanied the trills of the great Luciano. The Rossi Suite: dedicated to the much-loved Italian architect. It was him that designed the beautiful facade for the opening of the hotel in 1875. Let us continue with our tour of the suites. We are now in the avant-garde. Stepping into the Kandinsky Suite is an emotional experience, with its dazzling colours and array of details, inviting guests to dream of informal art. The hotel has five restaurants. From the Caviar Bar&Restaurant, with a choice of 12 kinds of caviar accompanied by 40 vodkas chosen by the vodka sommelier, to the Europe Restaurant – with Tchaikovsky every Friday night. But the one that is truly unmissable is the Azia Restaurant, where a mix of Asian cooking can delight even the most demanding diners, and bears witness to the historic grandeur of Great Mother Russia. Peter the Great could not have been more satisfied.

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The Official State Hermitage Hotel sleeping amongst history A hotel i n si de the muse um . T h e Em pire styl e l i ves o n i n si d e t h e se noble wal l s, wh ere e v e r y d e t a i l ca rries the feel o f th e H e r m i t a g e .

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aint Petersburg, the Venice of the East, is ever fascinating with the refinement of its urban setting and the magnificence of its historic buildings. Nowadays the magic of imperial Russia is relived not just in its streets and buildings, but also in the collections of the Hermitage, one of the largest and most beautiful museums in the world. So it was almost inevitable that the hotel, which is housed within the museum complex, was voted “Best Hotel Interior, Russia 20142015” at the International Property Awards. It is also the only hotel that has a privileged relationship with the celebrated museum. The hotel opened the doors to its very refined rooms and suites in 2013. As well as benefitting from the high-quality service, staying there also means having preferential access to the Hermitage. The furnishing, the furniture, the architecture - the entire hotel recalls the celebrated museum. It is a corner of Saint Petersburg which is imbued with the history, art and culture of the world’s greatest country. The Hermitage Hotel is a special place. Staying there is like sleeping in history, because one is constantly surrounded by a fabled past which is reliving its best moments. Every detail of the rooms is carefully designed: the walls are furnished in traditional cotton and silk fabrics, and the latest technology is employed. The empire style furnishing comes from various producers, including a small-scale handcraft firm based in Tuscany.

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&Beyond Nxabega

Okavango Tented Camp between heaven and earth Nxabega, “the place of the giraffes�, is ideally located to explore the park. The nine tents offer luxury that is almost inconceivable in as wild a setting as this.

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n architec tural j ewel wra p p e d i n t h e b l u e o f t he sk y and t he water. I t looks o nto t h e m a gn ificent Ok avang o del t a, an intr ic ate maze o f la g oon s, c hannel s and isl ands: an e merald green o a s i s i n t h e h e ar t o f t he deser t. The ideal position of th e c a m p s i te a l l ows fo r cano e -b ased exp l o ration , movin g be t we e n t h e water-l il ies and g o ing alon gise ban ks cove re d wi t h r ushes, fer ns and p apyrus p lants. U n d e r a c a n o py o f eb o ny t rees, nine tents restin g on ra i s e d wood e n p l at fo r ms are ar rang ed aroun d th e guest are a , wi t h f loors in p o l ished teak , st raw roofs an d large wi n d ows t h at f rame t he su r ro unding co untr yside. Th e gu e s t s can enjoy b reakfast in bed, romantic din n e r s for t wo and rel axing mo ment s in th e swimmin g po ol, a n d a ls o safar is o n fo o t w it h p icnics in th e open an d e ve n i n g cockt ail s ser ved o n o ne o f t he r iver ’s many i s la n d s. I t d oe s n’t h ave a sp a, b ut yo u do n’t feel th e lack of it, l o s t i n s e n s i n g a l and t hat is so fascinat in gly different.

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The ancient capital of the Kingdom of Sicily has come down to us, between eruptions and earthquakes, with a remarkable, UNESCO-listed Baroque city centre.


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Fr om Rom an s t o O s t r o g o ths, Byz ant ines, Arabs and N o r ma n s r ig h t u p t o th e A ragonese. A ric h hist ory t hat fo r g ood or b ad h as s h ap e d t his land in Et na’ s shad ow.

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Monaci delle Terre Nere a return to nature An eco-o rgan i c rel ai s on t h e s lopes o f o n e o f Euro p e ’ s l a r ge st volca n o es. There i s a l uxur y of s ilence , and l uxuri ant v e g e t a t i on .

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restoration project which has kept the rural feel of the past, turning a nineteenthcentury noble farmhouse, with connected land and wine press, into a boutique hotel which is perfectly spread out across a 17-hectare estate. Great attention has been paid to organic sustainability: with solar panels, collection of rainwater and reduction of energy use through condensation heating and the use of LEDs. The suites and the annexes offer privacy, nestled in the silence of the estate. They stand out with their use of natural and recycled materials. Walls are made from volcanic stone, and plastered in lime, floors and ceilings in chestnut blend perfectly with the hypermodern furnishing, which is embellished with design-driven details. In line with the underlying philosophy, large woodburning fireplaces take the place of plasma televisions. Breakfast, locally sourced and strictly organic, is served in the cool shade of the plants, bathed in the sweet smell of orange blossom. Dinner and the restaurant also follow the concepts of the slow food movement. We let ourselves be advised by Salvo as to the best local wine to drink with a delicious mushroom risotto. The inviting smell of Etna porcini mushrooms reminds us that the true luxury here is actually nature itself.

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NetJets private jets that make a difference

NetJets is a leading private air transport company working in business travel which manages and operates the world’s largest private fleet.

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mongst their new planes is the Phenom 300 NetJets Signature Series™ . With room for 7 passengers, it has a customised cabin including a bar, an advanced onboard entertainment system, and a toilet in the rear. It has a range of 2,718km, or just over three and a half hours flying time. The reservations team speaks 12 different languages and is available round the clock. Just one call is all that is needed to plan a flight, choose catering options and reserve transfers and accomodation. A chauffeur picks us up at home and in 10 minutes we are on board. No queuing, delays or troublesome fellow travellers. A trip tailor-made for you. That is NetJets.

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