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HILTON MOLINO STUCKY Venezia, Italia

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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 Viterbo for an unusual design suite hotel.

OVIDIO GUAITA A masseria and a new structure for life at Monopoli and its sea.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA Elsa presents the rating for the best golf resorts.

HASRUDIN TAZEP In Penang, Hasrudin visited a resort that has made history of Malay hospitality.

PAOLO GERBALDO From Venice to San Vasciano dei Bagni for two Italian properties, amid art and wellbeing.

RICCARDO CASANO At the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz for the 120th anniversary of the hotel.


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selec tion of th e best gre e n s wi t h co nnec t ing reso r t. M any cour ses do n ot h ave a ccom m od atio n st ru c t u res and hence are n ot con sidered on t h i s li s t. H e re are t hat o nes we co nsider ir remissibe for lover s of t h e s p or t. Fo r so me o f t hese, t he cour se is on ly an ex tra a c t i vi t y to offer t heir g u est s, w hil e fo r th e rest, it is th e core b u s i n e s s. I n each case, t he sp acio u s green fields th at sur roun d t h e m f a s c i n ate champ io ns and amateur s alike. Hen ce, ten golf cou r s e s to t r y o ut in a co ntex t o f refin ed h ospitalit y. For i n d u lg e n ce and grat ificat io n. There is a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, situated in the archipelago of the Hawaiian Islands and once a pineapple plantation. Transformed into a resort, today it has two golf courses about ten minutes apart. A tropical one situated on black volcanic rock and over-looking the ocean, while the other sits on a hill in the interior, where one seems to be in Ireland. Ten minutes apart, ten degrees different but one unique great fascination: golf. Lana’i, more than any other place, always offers new emotions for golfers who seek the best.

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Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Verdura Golf & Spa Resort Ananda in the Himalayas Amanusa Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Il Salviatino Bulgari Resort, Bali Al Areen Palace & Spa Taj Lake Palace The Oberoi Rajvilas Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle Amanbagh Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge Parrot Cay Banyan Tree Phuket The Legian The Chedi Chiang Mai Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Amandari The Chedi Muscat Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita Cheval Blanc The Fortress Galle Banyan Tree Seychelles Alila Villas Uluwatu Four Seasons Seychelles The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh Beau-Rivage Palace Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa Palazzo Sasso The Oberoi Udaivilas The Oberoi Cecil Hotel Splendido The Empire Hotel & Country Club Amanpuri

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Hilton Molino Stucky Venezia

he Presidential S uite of th e H i lton M oli n o St uck y co mb ines ep o chs and st y les with passion . An a ll i a n ce - cel eb rated under t he sign o f Ven ice - bet ween th e g e n e rou s s p a ce s avail ab l e and t he b esp o k e ambien ce created by f u r n i s h i n gs and design. M u rano chan delier s. Fin e fabr ics. O va l wi n d ows. I ntense p l ays o f l ig ht. Th e ex p e r i e n ce co mmences. The l if t goes direc tly to th e Pre s i d e nt i a l S uite, w hich, w it h it s 300sqm , occ upies th e late ni n e te e nt h - ce nt u r y neo - g o t hic tower th at sy mbolizes th e exq u i s i te b u i l ding co mmissio ned by J oh n Stuck y an d later tu r n e d i nto a ho tel. Th e loc at i on is a st rategic p o int w here th e view of Ven ice en c h a nt s. Th e e ye g azes o ut over t he Giudecc a on ly to get lost b e yon d t h e b e l l tower o f St. M ar k . To t h e s e d u c t io n o f el eg ance we must add th at of welln ess. Th e p r i vate a re a, w it h a jacu zzi made o f golden mosaic tiles an d a n e m ot i o nal shower, al so p er mit s direc t access to th e p a n a rom i c p ool. Prou d of i t s p ast, t he H il to n M o l ino Stuc k y also looks to th e p re s e nt, no t fo rg et t ing - even in t h e cuisin e entr usted to t h e exe c u t i ve C hef I van Catenacci - th e balan ce bet ween i n n ovat i on a n d t radit io n. The magic o f t he Presidential suite i s t h u s com p lemented by t he Venet ian B acaromi c uisin e. Th e at te nt i ve ya c hting st yl e, o n t he o t her han d, ch arac ter izes th e re f i n e d re s t a u rant Aro mi. The menu here, in fac t, plays with I t a l i a n f lavor s in a fresh and b al anced way. 34

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Fonteverde San Casciano dei Bagni

et gently among the magnificent landscapes of the hills of Val d’Orcia, Fonteverde has an identity rooted in the 17th-century thermal residence built by Ferdinando I of the Medici. As soon as you are welcomed to the Fonteverde in San Casciano dei Bagni, you immediately realise that the environment is the image of the place - elegant and refined. The resort & spa is a space almost outside time. Fonteverde mixes hints of the Renaissance and charm without forgetting, however, just homage to comfort and modernity. The plus of Fonteverde certainly resides in its magnificent Natural Spa. The philosophy of the resort proposes, in fact, a vast program of restoration: a successful synthesis between spa culture and Oriental disciplines. The emotional approach to well-being thus involves globally both body and mind of guests. The offer is complemented by the seven indoor and outdoor swimming pools that make it possible to take advantage of the therapeutic properties of thermal waters. The spring water fills the panoramic pools as well as the pools for treatments and relaxation. This intriguing array of experiences continues in the intense atmosphere of the Ferdinando Restaurant. The menu proposed by chef Salvatore Quarto restores the gourmand pleasures of Mediterranean cuisine by combining freshness with lightness. Staying at Fonteverde means forgetting daily routine while taking advantage of a mythical place to listen to silence. Meanwhile, at the end of the day, the eye gets lost while scrutinizing the horizon of the Sienese hills.

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MOUNTAIN RESORT | ST. MORITZ

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

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year s of exc lusivit y. An i m p or t a nt b i r t hday is t hat o f t he Kemp insk i ch ain , a per fec t o cc a s i on to ce leb rate at t he Grand H o tel d es Bain s in St. M or itz . Th e s e t t i n g i s t hat o f t he Sw iss Al p s, w it h t h eir un contamin ated nat u re a n d t h e u nique co ntex t o f t he Engadin e lan dscape. Th e e l e ga nt b uil ding, amo ng t he first European h otels de d i c ate d to w inter ho l idays, keep s it s ch ar m un ch an ged over ti m e. Th e p e r fec t ret reat fro m t he muggy summer weath er wi t h a s i l e nt landscap e t hat b l ends w ith th e green of th e m ou nt a i n s, t h e b l u e o f t he l akes and t he daz z lin g wh ite of th e p e a k s t h at a re snow y even in t he summer. Overlooking Lake St. Moritz, the Grand Hotel des Bains is a privileged access point for mountain bike trails as well as for skiing. With its imposing facade, it welcomes its guests in a structure of 184 rooms tastefully decorated in a modern style with a touch of classic elements that convey the historical heritage of the hotel. The 27 independent suites translate the concept of mountain chalet into a modern key. The wide spaces and the independent access from the main structure ensure maximum privacy.

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Fe w s t r u c t u re s rep resent t he essence o f th e group like Gran d H ote l d e s B a i ns, a grand dame in p er fec t sh ape, an effec tive s ynt h e s i s of excl u sive ho sp it al it y and a precious st y le icon .

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SEA RESORT | PENANG

Shangri-la Rasa Sayang

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his is t he meaning of th e n ame in M a lay b u t a l s o t he t it l e o f a wel l -k nown musical son g. Th e cou nt r y ’s f i r s t lu xir y five -st ar is st il l a mas ter piece of exc lusive hos p i t a l i t y i n S o u t heast Asia. Op ened in 1 9 7 3 , sur pr isin gly, it cont i n u e s to offer a co ntemp o rar y and en gagin g exper ien ce. Th e t wo wi n gs are w rap p ed in a t ro p ic al garden th at with ti m e h a s b e come mo re and mo re enr ich ed with n ew plants, b e com i n g a s or t o f b o t anical g arden. Th e m os t t rop ical g arden imaginab l e sur roun ds a str uc ture wh i c h i s n ot n ew b ut no net hel ess excel lent. A resor t made wi t h ex t re m e at tent io n, t aste and el eg an ce. L i vi n g t h e R a sa Wing is to g o b eyo nd t he simple en j oy ment of a t rop i c a l s e a s ide ho l iday. One real ises t h is immediately in th e q u a li t y of s e r v ices, st ar t ing w it h t he in-room express c h ec ki n : t h e f i r s t tou ch o f an event b o r n to b e exc lusive, complete wi t h a f te r n oon H ig h Tea and evening co cktails. An exper ien ce de s t i n e d to co nt inu e as o ne rel ishes a captivatin g ambien ce. Th e b r i ght a n d el eg ant p resident ial suite summar ises th is p h i los op hy m a de o f “at tent io n fo r g uest s put at th eir ease” in a re s or t i n wh i ch t he exo t ic b eco mes familiar.

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Th e re s t a u rant s are wel l charac ter ised. Th e S pice M ar ket Ca fĂŠ b u f fe t of fers an info r mal at mo sp he re by offer in g a r ic h an d a s s or te d Asian b uffet t hat do es no t exclude th e Wester n m u s t s. Fe r i n ggi Gr il l is instead Ă l a car te an d was voted B est R e s t a u ra nt by the M al aysia To u r ism B o ard. Th e ex p e r i e n ce p ro p o sed by t he C hi S pa affec ts all our s e n s e s. A s ource o f b l iss t hat st ar t s with th e atmosph ere at t h e b e gi n n ing o f t he it inerar y, enjoyed in a pr ivate villa d e corate d i n t he Tib et an st yl e and t hen contin ued with th e tre at m e nt s t h at l ead o ne to co mp l ete relaxation . R elaxin g he n ce wh i le or ient al o il s are carefu l l y applied on our bodies. A p re lu d e to a l o ng p er io d o f p l easure fo r th e sen ses. A r itual th at i nvi g orate s t he b o dy and revit al izes th e spir it. A tr ip towa rd t h e myt hical and myster io us Shan gr i-la. M oments th at l e ave a vi vi d m emo r y o f t he t ime sp ent in Pen an g, pear l of tou r i s m i n M a l aysia. 44

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La Peschiera Monopoli, Italia

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n int imate resor t on th e sea ju s t of f M on op o l i. The b r ig ht ness o f t he walls an d th e blue o f t h e s e a c h a rac ter ise t his reso r t, w it h its rare an d ch ar min g be a u t y. Col or s, fragrances and t he mu sic of th e sea mak e th e s t ay u n i q u e for t ho se w ho want to enjoy complete relaxation wi t h t h e ex p e r ience o f discover ing t he Apulian ter r itor y, r ic h i n h i s tor y, a r t, cu l t ure and fo l k l o re. Th e m a gi c a l at mo sp here o f La Peschiera is exalted by s ob e r a n d e le gant st yl e o f t he fur nishing s wh ic h , with th e o f l oc a l s ton e and u nt reated wo o d, al l ow guests to relive m a r i n e d we l l i ng s in t he t yp ical M editer ran ean st y le of Co a s t of Ap u l i a.

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Il Melograno Monopoli, Italia

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he histo r y of th is masser ia b e gi n s i n t h e seventeent h cent u r y, w hen it was realized by o rd e r of t h e K nig ht s o f M al t a w ho cal led it “L a Tor r icella� d u e to i t s c h a rac ter ist ic st ruc t ure, reminiscient of a for tified towe r. Th e c h a r m o f vint ag e fu r nit u re radiates elegantly with th e t yp i c a l c a n do r o f M editer ranean edif ices. Th e b e a u t y o f t he masser ia is it s co m plete immer sion in nat u re : a t yp i cal l y M editer ranean veg etation , made un ique by ol i ve a n d a l mo nd t rees, fig s o f I ndia a n d an an cient citr us grove, wh i c h for m t he frame fo r t he en plein air pool an d th e t wo i ll u m i n ate d tennis co u r t s. B o ug ainv illeas, lantan as an d ja s m i n e p l a nt s sur ro unds t he 40 ro o ms - all different an d f i n e ly f u r n i s h ed. A t h ou s a n d - meters sp a is avail ab l e to guests, with a saun a, f r i gi d a r i u m , h ammam and Tu r k ish b at h. An d th ey are on ly th e p re l u d e to a n ar t icul ated wel l ness jo ur ney.

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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

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There is a powerful charm everywhere, in the joyful religion of the temples inebriated by the perfume of the lotus and jasmine flowers, in the fluctuating multi-coloured saris or in the spicy flavours of the Nawabi cuisine. The eyes are captivated by the beauty of the majestic buildings, by the ancient traces of the past in the royal palaces and the imposing fortresses. India and especially Rajasthan is all this: a dream, a philosophy which conveys to the soul the ultimate essence of living. Elsa Bozzaotra is our correspondent.

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Delhi is the city of thousands contrasts, a loud hotchpotch of colours and noises. In the maze of little alleys and streets, where any kind of trade is done, vehicles and swarms of people run and bump into each other in the frantic restlessness of the day. Right beside, there is the other Delhi, the elegant, tidy-looking one, with the monumental palaces of Rajpath ( the King’s Road) where the British hand is clearly visible.

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o do u b t s. R adisson Blu M ar in a i n D e lh i i s t h e ideal dest inat io n fo r b usin ess traveller s th an ks to i t s ce nt ra l lo cat io n in t he financial d istr ic t of Con n aught Pl a ce, b u t i t i s al so ver y cl o se to to u r ist attrac tion s lik e Jama M a s j i d, I n d i a G ate and R ed Fo r t. Eve r yt h i n g is t ail o r-made to me et th e n eeds of conte m p ora r y t ravel l ers: t he el eg ant l y fur n ish ed guestrooms are a ll we ll e quip p ed w it h t he mo st adavan ced tec h n ology ; i n t h e i n n ovative Fif t y9 t radit io nal sp ecialities like pan eer m a k h a nwa l a a re reinter p reted in a co ntem porar y st y le. I n con c lu s i on , t he R adisso n Bl u M ar ina is in deed th e per fec t re t re at a f te r a day sp ent at a frant ic p ace.

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RADISSON BLU MARINA HOTEL CONNAUGHT New Delhi, India www.radissonblu.com Rooms & Suites 93 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain Radisson Blu Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 78 Environment 54 Design 88 Service 78 Cuisine 87 Health 78 Spa 80 Rooms 79

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t rategic l o cat io n in an outstan din g s t r u c t u re for this excl u sive reso r t o nl y 1 0 k m from I n dira G a n d h i Ai r p or t. A f a b u l ou s l o b by wel co mes t he g uests into a restful o a s i s, i d e a l l y far away fro m t he cit y ’s h ec tic con gestion . Th e p ol i s h e d op u l ence o f t he w hite mar ble featured in 2 6 1 room s a n d s u i tes co mb ines w it h mo der n elements to c reate a ve r i t a b l e p a ra dise. St ayi n g at R adisso n Bl u Pl aza is a g enuin e delight of all th e s e n s e s. St a r t i n g fro m t he r ich and var ie d gastron omic offer i n t h e fou r re s t aurant s. At t he award-w in n in g N eun -R oi –th e b e s t Th a i re s t aurant in I ndia- a ver y t al e nted lady- ch ef, M s. Ye n j e i S u t h i way, w il l sedu ce yo u r t aste -buds with delic ious s p e c i a l i t i e s, whil e at t he Great K ab ab Fac tor y you will take a u n i q u e ga s t ro no mic jo ur ney acro ss t h e un limited ar ray of N awa b i d i s h e s.

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I s t h e re a b e t ter way to end a fat ig uin g day of busin ess or s i ght s e e i n g t h an a t reat ment at t he 20, 00 0 square -metre spa? J u s t le t you r s e l f g o, annu l yo ur mind, yield to body pleasures an d le t t h e p ro fessio nal t herap ist s wo r k th eir magic.

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RADISSON BLU PLAZA DELHI New Delhi, India www.radissonblu.com Rooms & Suites 261 Villas 0 - Restaurants 4 Spa yes Children yes Chain Radisson Blu Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 85 Environment 52 Design 89 Service 92 Cuisine 92 Health 86 Spa 93 Rooms 92

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Agra is the place where any traveller’s dream materializes: the Taj Mahal, a faraway mirage of pure-white marble stands out before one’s amazed eyes. This example of perfect symmetry and harmony seems to be laid down on the earth by a divine hand to reveal a message of beauty and love. Yet, Agra is not only Taj Mahal. A few kilometers away rises Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient capital, now deserted, where the spirit of the glorious past is still hovering about.

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ho has not dreamt at least once in life of seeing the Taj Mahal, the iconic symbol of eternal love? The privileged position of Radisson Blu Agra can help make the dream come true. This would be sufficient to choose it as best accommodation. But there is much more. This imposing resort offers ever ything that any traveller may ever wish: stylish rooms with all sorts of amenities, a refreshing outdoor pool and spa. The Business Class Lounge is like a curtain over the dumb-founding view of the Taj Mahal. A veritable treat for the eyes. Sipping a Masala Chai in the Tea Lounge will complete this ecstatic moment. Undoubtedly the best way to plunge into Rajasthan magic is dining at Dawat-e -Nawab, a superb ambience where one can enjoy the rich Nawabi dishes to the evoking melodies of traditional instruments. A cultural immersion which will make a stay in Agra a totally-absorbing experience. 66

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RADISSON BLU HOTEL AGRA TAJ ESTATE GATE Agra, India www.radissonblu.com Rooms & Suites 143 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain Radisson Blu Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 80 Environment 65 Design 80 Service 85 Cuisine 86 Health 83 Spa 82 Rooms 82

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The magic and evoking atmosphere of Rajasthan reaches its height in Jaipur, ‘the Pink City’. The fine architecture of the red sandstone royal palaces, the astonishing decorations of the halls and portals, the stunning balconies and the inlays disclose the wonders of an enchanted world, the one narrated by Shahrazade in the ‘A Thousand and One Nights’.

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n these atmospheric surroundings rises the Radisson Blu Hotel. Beautiful ladies dressed in their bright-coloured saris meet the guest at the reception of the stunning lobby and soon one feels allured by the magic atmosphere of Rajasthan, where even the welcome is a philosophy of life. This top-class resort features 178 rooms and suites all well equipped with modern technology and all sorts of comforts. Among these stand out the Supreme Rooms as the largest in their class in all Jaipur. The culinary offering at the two restaurants is varied: both international and local at the Market Place, where one may request a dish directly prepared by the chef in the interactive kitchen. Those who go for Aisian cuisine will be led into the depths of Indian, Chinese, Thai and Japanese flavours at the Master Chef- awarded Atsui, the best Asian restaurant in India. But the strong point is the amazing roof-top Colorado Bar. Here drinking a cocktail by the pool while the golden rays of the sun-set embrace the “Pink City� becomes a memorable experience. 70

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RADISSON BLU JAIPUR Jaipur, India www.radissonblu.com Rooms & Suites 178 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain Radisson Blu Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 80 Environment 63 Design 83 Service 84 Cuisine 82 Health 81 Spa 82 Rooms 83

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B- 26, Shekhawat colony, Sirsi Road, Kanakpura, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302034, India T. +91 9799050299 info@rajasthantourplanner.com www.rajasthantourplanner.com


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To say that it is big and crowded is an understatement. It is simply the most populous capital in the world. Beijing has dumbfounding numbers, starting with its 21 million inhabitants.

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Often when reviewing historical photos with long lines of bicycles, one wonders how people were able to cover such distances on two wheels. Eastern Mysteries. The faces we encounter stare at us. They are kind if we ask for something; correct and available. But only the millennials consider us and consider themselves citizens of the world. Those who are over 30 here are Chinese and that’s it - proud of their past and culture. And no one can blame them. Our correspondent, Hasrudin Tazep, went in advance with Susie, one of the expert guides of the well-known tour operator China Highlights.

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T h e F o r b idden City for fiv e c ent uri es rem ai ned t he pri vi l eged t h e a t e r o f imp er ial life du r in g bot h t he Mi ng and Qi ng dynasti es. R e sid e n c e, cer emon ial cen ter and t em pl e, i t i s now the l argest an d mo st e xt e nsiv e mon u men t in t he count ry. A UNESC O Heri t age Si te , i t h a s a lso been th e most v isi ted si nce 1925, w hen i t w as opened to t h e p u b lic a fter th e ca p tu r e of t he l ast em peror.

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E v e n t h ou g h it was discov ered that t he Great W al l cannot b e se e n f r om ou ter spa ce, i t rem ai ns one of t he m ost m aj est i c w o r k s e v er r ealiz ed. S t ill t o d a y , a ccu stomed to amazi ng t echnol ogi es, skyscrapers a lm o st a kilometer h ig h a n d gl ass bri d ges, w e pause ad m i ri ngl y b e f o r e t h e will of a dy n a sty to stop the Mongol i nvaders and t o p r o t e c t th e E mp ir e fr om i ncursi ons f rom t he north. As w i th al l w a lls, t h ese did n ot ser v e thei r purpose. Hi story t eaches, but id e a s r e main .

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The Ritz-Carlton In the heart of Chaoyang

A fifteen-minute walk to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The stark aspect of the palace should not be misleading: inside there is a world of attention.

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eij in g is n ot s m a ll a n d t ra f fic is so met imes imp o ssible, h en ce stay in g in th e r i g ht n e i ghb o r ho o d can make a b ig differen ce. Th e R itz Ca r l ton i s ve r y cent ral. A fif teen-minute walk to th e For bidden Ci t y a n d Ti a n anmen S qu are. The st ar k a spec t of th e palace s h ou l d n ot b e misl eading : inside t here is a wor ld of attention th at m a k e s t h e ho tel o ne o f t he favo r ite destin ation s for both b u s i n e s s a n d pl easu re. The l o b by fo l l ows th e tradition of th e c h a i n wi t h i t s cl assic at mo sp here, int im ate an d, of cour se, wi t h s t a f f re a dy to wel co me g u est s. Th e room s - esp ecial l y t he suites - are spacious an d br ight. H e re, too, a n o p ul ent cl assic st yl e chara c ter izes fur n ish in gs an d d e cor, we l co ming t he g u est in a refin ed ambien ce. Th e con ce p t i s t h e same we find in mo st cit y h otels bran ded R itz Ca r l ton . O n t h e top fl o o r, t he sp a ex tends over 2 5 0 0 square meter s wi t h 1 0 t re at m ent ro o ms, t wo o f w hich are dedic ated to cou p le s. H e re, ancient wel l ness t radit io ns bon d with th e results of m e d i c a l a n d co smet ic research to p roduce treatments an d r i t u a l s for t h e p hysical wel l -b eing o f g uests.

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INFO HOTEL THE RITZ-CARLTON BEIJING Beijing, China www.ritz-carlton.com Rooms & Suites 305 Villas 0 - Restaurants 3 Spa yes Children yes Chain Ritz-Carlton Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 85 Environment 78 Design 83 Service 85 Cuisine 93 Health 80 Spa 85 Rooms 90

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an unmistakeble style

The Peninsula Beijing The style is unmistakable, and the guests of the Hong Kong Peninsula will not be disappointed. The same dark green RollsRoyces await at the airport and check-in at the desk takes no more than 3 minutes.

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rom afar the style is indecipherable, a blend of contemporary and traditional Chinese architecture. The entrance, reminiscent of that of a temple, is flanked by ultra-modern boutiques of prestigious European brands. Indeed, in a sense, we are indeed entering a centuries-old and hedonistic temple - the one dedicated to service and hospitality. The Peninsula Beijing today boasts the largest suites in the capital – impressive for an all-suite hotel. The style is unmistakable, and the guests of the Hong Kong Peninsula will not be disappointed. The same dark green Rolls-Royces await at the airport; young bell boys are available to lift any weight for us; and if we insist on checking in at the desk, it will take no more than 3 minutes. The furnishings in the suites are inspired by those of yachts, with frequent contamination of elements of the rich local tradition, designer objects and contemporary artwork. An effective blend that is reflected in the common spaces as well. The effect is that of cozy isolation from the chaotic traffic of the city without feeling estranged, remaining aware of the place.

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Regarding relaxation, one cannot miss a stop at The Peninsula Spa, vaguely exotic and meticulous in detail. The menu ranges from Oriental to Western, meeting the demands of its diverse guests. The Biologique Recherche products used in most treatments are in themselves a guarantee. Two restaurants. Jing, whose motto is “Farm-to-Table�, ensures fresh ingredients, often something not to be taken for granted in big cities. The kitchen is of Mediterranean inspiration. The decor is contemporary and, at the same time, evocative of the classic Chinese garden. For enthusiasts of the rich Cantonese cuisine, there is Huang Ting, whose rooms recreate those of a noble Pekinese courtyard.

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INFO HOTEL THE PENINSULA, BEIJING Beijing, China www.peninsula.com Rooms & Suites 230 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain Peninsula Hotels Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 87 Environment 80 Design 83 Service 87 Cuisine 92 Health 83 Spa 88 Rooms 91

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Beijing

the journey

A few points that make the difference: one of the first travel sites in China now in 7 languages, offices in 50 cities, more than 100 employees, the largest tour operator for foreigners, the first Chinese company to permit online payments, the first to be rated on TripAdvisor and the first Chinese tour operator to ban the stops in stores - so much so that if you want the guide to take you on a shopping spree you have to sign a waiver. This is the structure created by Victor Shu. Graduate, former guide, entrepreneur. Victor immediately had a clear vision of how the tourism offer should evolve and consequently invented China Highlights. Victor does not sell merely trips or holidays, but experiences,

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emotions that will accompany visitors for the rest of life. In each destination they are furnished the most appropriate means and the best local guides, those who not only know the monuments, but also the place and its secrets. After all, needs are always different as well as the interests of travelers. This explains why this is the tour operator chosen by celebrities. Whether it be the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army or the Potala in Lhasa, China Highlights is the best solution. But then if you are courageous enough to aspire to the base camp of Everest, there is no problem. The programs offered by this tour operator are fully customizable, assisted by tour designers who speak your language. Forgive us if this is little‌


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The Pinball

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he Pinball Luxury Suites is a brand-new

Recently opened, the Suites are luxury holiday apartments to which we have added surprising touches of Italian taste, excellent service and a selection of designer items and facilities of rare beauty. Contemporary fusion within the ancient walls of a 15th century palazzo whose distinctive and significant features are still evident. Magic. The ground floor is home to our two-room installation: a tiny Pinball museum, which represents the roots of the owners and the origins of the visual imagery of Claudia Scarsella, the internationally-renowned artist whose elegant touch has rendered each suite so unique. Welcome to a cozy world of comfort, color and the chance to live an unforgettable experience.

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THE PINBALL Viterbo, Italia www.thepinball.it

Rooms & Suites 3 Villas 0 - Restaurants 0 Spa no Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities sightseeing

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o oz st and s for readin g glasses wh i c h h e lp yo u to see at a sho r t dist an ce at any time an d a ny m om e nt. M o der n, simp l e and discreet, th ey become a conve n i e nt p ar t o f yo ur dail y l ife, mak in g it a lot easier in a s t yli s h way. They st and fo r a mini-revolution , combin in g h i gh - q u a l i t y o p t ics to design and co mfor t, all togeth er in a li g ht we i g ht p ack ag e. O n l y 6g ! Th e shap e o ffers o ut st anding per for man ce with out a ny u n p le a s ant p ressu re o n t he nasal br idge. Total freedom for you r te m pl es and ears. D e s i gn e d wit h t he Op ht hal mo l o g y Center of Dauph in ĂŠ in G re n ob l e ( France), t hese are hig h- qualit y glasses made in Fra n ce. Th e f rame is made o f hig h-p er fo r man ce polycar bon ates wh i c h m a k e s it cr yst al cl ear w it h great stretc h an d h eat re s i s t a n ce. Th e g l asses b o ast p ro tec t io n again st sc ratch es.

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