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QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA Abu Dhabi

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EASTERN MANGROVES HOTEL & SPA BY ANANTARA Abu Dhabi

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ANANTARA SIR BANI YAS ISLAND RESORTS Abu Dhabi

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OVIDIO GUAITA From Rome to Dubai in search of fine cuisine.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA Mountain resorts. Elsa presents the best.

HASRUDIN TAZEP Italian tradition and Chinese innovation at the Ritz-Carlton restaurants in Beijing.

PAOLO GERBALDO Paolo’s Switzerland: first in Zurich then Valais.

RICCARDO CASANO After La Bagnaia in Siena, Riccardo flies to the Savoy in London to rediscover a grande dame.

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f co urse, b eaches and atolls are th e protagon ists b u t on e c a n rel ax even in t he mo u nt ain s. S k iin g is possible if on e e n j oys t hat, b ut it is al so fu n to sim ply walk , en j oy in g th e vi e w a n d a i r ‌ final l y cl ean. But ab ove all else is th e silen ce. Fa r f rom c rowded p l aces. Th e ava i l a b il it y o f a b eaut iful sp a, w ith spac ious saun as an d Tu r k i s h b at h s. Who said t hat a reso r t ha s to be at th e sea. Here i s exce ll e n ce at hig h al t it u de aro und t he wor ld. Winter lover s a re s e r ve d.

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he terrace extends outwards and when the weather is warm, the tables are inundated by the light breeze that often flutters through the Roman hills. The view is superb: monumental Rome is at our feet, wrapped in the magic of the evening light. As we slip backstage, Chef Stefano Mazzetti is commanding the brigade de cuisine. Stefano is Roman and trained in Italy. First at the Forte Village, then at La Pergola of the Rome Cavalieri, and so on right until the Mirabelle of the Splendide Royal, created by the wizard of Roman food, Bruno Borghesi. We try the “Suggestions” tasting menu, starting with a Foie Gras, Figs, Honey and Almonds - very balanced; next, the delicious Vellutata di Fagiolina, Caciocavallo Podolico and Spicy Chicory; then Gnocchi di zucca mantovana , Taleggio, Roasted Almonds and the 12-yearold Balsamic Vinegar -very well balanced; for the main course the Whiskey Pigeon, Banana Brûlée and Cocoa Berries followed by the Iberian Wild Boar, Savoy Cabbage, Roasted Onions, Spicy Purple Potatoes, Soy Sauce and Katsuobushi, the only non-Italian dish. A Watermelon Granita refreshes our palate before finishing this gastronomic itinerary with a nice Cannolo with Yogurt, Mojito and Raspberry Caviar. A menu that “makes the evening” and justifies the fame of the restaurant. Hotel Spendide Royal is located in the center of Rome and has recently become part of the Roberto Naldi Collection.

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n o asis o f peace an d quietn ess i n t h e h e a r t o f t he Tu scan co u nt r yside, amon g en c h antin g hi ll s, j u s t a fe w k il o meters fro m Siena. With its 1 1 0 0 acres, La B a gn a i a G ol f & Sp a R eso r t co mb ines culture, h istor y an d tra d i t i on , a b r i dg e b et ween p ast and fut ure. Th e B a gn a i a G o l f & Sp a R eso r t, w it h it s t wo medieval villages, i s t h e f i r s t re s or t in I t al y to b e a Cu r io Collec tion , a bran d of exce l l e n ce t h at val ues t he dist inc t ive features of th e buildin gs an d t h e i r b on d w it h t he l andscap e w here th ey ar ise with th e s u p p or t of a great gro up l ike H il to n. Th e 99 s u i te s exp ress t heir ant iqu e cha r m with th eir war m re d a n d ye ll ow co l o u rs t hat p er fec t l y matc h th e rare pieces of f u r n i t u re a nt i q u es. The view fro m t he w indow sh ows th e ear ly Au t u m n l e ave s and t he green o f t he p restigious R oyal G olf L a B a gn a i a , a n 18-ho l e co u rse designed by R ober t Trent Jon es Jr. Th e at te nt i on to det ail s is t he main feat u re of th e place an d it re i gn s e ve r y wh ere.

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Th e n a m e Bagnaia co mes fro m t he an c ient h abit of “ b a gn a r s i � ( b athing ) in t he t her mal sp r ings spread ac ross th e wh ole p rop e r t y. To day, t he Bu ddha Wel l ne ss Center keeps th is tra d i t i on a li ve, o ffer ing g uest s mo ment s of relaxation amon g nat u ra l f ra gra n ces and essences fo r a st ay of psyc h o -physic al we ll - b e i n g. Th e g ou r m e t rest aurant, La Vo l iera o ffer s tradition al dish es re i nve nte d i n a mo der n way ; a jo ur ney bet ween aromas an d ta s te ex a l te d by p recio u s Tu scan w ine s to rediscover th e s i m p li c i t y of t h e fl avo urs and t he freshness of th e in gredients. I n S p r i n g a c a n dl el ig ht dinner in t he ter race, c aressed by th e f i r s t f re s h wi n d o f t he seaso n, is t he ideal occasion to tun e in wi t h n at u re a n d reg enerate o ur mind b efore retur n in g to th e d a i l y rou t i n e. 38

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Baur au Lac Zurich

he qu intessence of th e vocation for hos p i t a li t y i n Sw it zer l and. C l assy sur ro un din gs dic tated by th e u n i on of intense histo r y w it h t he contin uous wor k of en h a n ce m e nt. A s e r i e s of so p hist icated to p ics b est a ccommodates th ose wh o com e for bu siness o r l eisu re at t he B aur au L ac in Zur ic h , c re ate d f rom t he int u it io n o f J o hannes Ba ur in 1 8 4 4 . From th e ent ra n ce, t h e so f t and cl assic at mo sp here of th e Baur au L ac i s i m m e d i ate l y evo ked by t he hig h- cl ass suroun din gs dic tated by t h e u n i on o f intense histo r y w it h t he contin uous wor k of en h a n ce m e nt. The b eaut iful “Le H al l ” is, at th e same time, ha r m on i ou s, e nchant ing and fascinat ing. G oi n g a rou n d t he inter io r sp aces o f t he Baur affords great pl e a s u re. O n e has t he sensat io n o f b eing a guest in a war m an d com for t a b l e h o me u p o n enter ing t he ma gn ificent rooms an d s u i te s. E le ga nt fur nishing s and wel l -kep t tr immin gs combin e pe r fe c t l y wi t h great co mfo r t. At t he Baur au L ac pleasant n ooks are ce r t a i n l y n o t l ack ing. The p l ace w here th e soph istic ation o f t h e e nvi ron ment and t he cl assic menu presented by Ch ef La u re nt E p e ron meet is t he R est au rant Pavillon : a lumin ous en c a s e m e nt wit h t he ro t unda designed by Pier re Yves-R oc h on . A m od e r n a n d info r mal set t ing is o ffered at th e R ive G auch e wi t h i t s we l l - p rep ared qu al it y cu isine, cha rac ter ized by a gr ill an d a M e d i ter ranean set t ing. Sw it zer l a n d ’s lon g-stan din g hos p i t a li t y i s best exp er ienced at t he Baur au L ac in Zur ic h , a hote l r i fe wi t h h isto r y b u t equip p ed w it h ever y th in g n ecessar y to m e e t p re s e nt demands.

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BAUR AU LAC Zurich, Switzerland www.bauraulac.ch Rooms & Suites 119 Villas 0 - Restaurants 3 Spa no Children yes Chain none Affiliation LHW Activities sightseeing Score 71 Environment 83 Design 85 Service 81 Cuisine 87 Health 71 Spa 0 Rooms 90

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Th e 267 room s and su ites ret ain many o f th e or igin al details. S om e of t h e s e, sp ecial l y cu sto mized fo r f amous h otel guests, ove r l ook t h e Thames and o ffer a b reat htak in g view of th e Lo n d on s k yli n e w it h Big B en, t he Lo ndon Eye an d th e Cit y ’s m a i n at t ra c t i ons in t he b ackgro u nd. Th e S avoy i s al so syno nymo us o f excellen ce in din in g with va r i ou s op t i on s o ffered to sat isfy t he mo st deman din g palates. For ex a m p l e, at K asp ar ’s S eafo o d Bar and Gr ill, you c an en j oy gre at s e a food d ishes to g et her w it h fine win es from all over th e wor ld, wh i l e Th e Simp so n’s in The St rand, with its brasser ie, is on e of Lon d on’s mo st p rest igio us and o l d restaurants. To m a k e you r visit p er fec t, discreet, accurate an d ex tremely he lp f u l s e r vi ce acco mp anies t he custo mer in wh at, at th e S avoy ’s, i s r i ght l y. 44

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This stop-off in the desert reconciles us – with ourselves and with others. The essentiality of Bedouin life which permeates these dunes invites us to come back to a simplicity long forgotten.


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From Palm Jumeirah to the desert. It is still dark when we meet our guide in the library of the resort. In his twenties, dressed like an explorer and with eyes looking towards the horizon, beyond the limits of civilization, beyond what is contemporary towards a dimension without limits. The desert that he shows us during a walk on the dunes riding a camel appears infinite to us, a succession of red sand, where alternating rare shrubs inexplicably manage to exist alongside a myriad of animals whose tracks he shows us with remarkable skill. He shows us how to orient ourselves following the crest of the dunes, little tastes of a travel culture light years away from ours but still alive and extremely interesting.

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he Emp t y Zo ne. The name itself evokes a sen se o f mys te r y. I t s ou nds as t ho ug h it is so me for biddin g place in a s c i - f y m ovi e. The t rut h is t hat it is in Ab u Dh abi an d contain s t he l a rg e s t s a n d deser t o n t he p l anet. Th ere, situated on a g old e n s a n d d une in t he fo r m o f a crescent, is Qasr Al S arab, a l u x u r i ou s d e ser t reso r t by t he l u xu r y-h ospitalit y group An a nt a ra . U nt i l yo u have had t he o p p o r tun it y to en j oy th is ra d i a nt p a ra d i s e, yo u r l uxu r y exp er iences will be regrettably i n com p le te. Th e a rc h i te c t ure o f t he p ro p er t y is remin iscent of a regal Ara b i a n for t re s s vil l ag e in t he same so f t hues as th e ubiquitous p owd e r- l i k e s a n d. Add to t his a terse blue sk y, luxur iant

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p a l m s, ot h e r m agnificent t ro p ical p l ant s a n d an immen se cool s wi m m i n g p ool and yo u w il l g et t he p ic ture. Here guests c an en j oy d i f fe re nt categ o r ies o f acco mmo d ation s, from sin gle room s to s p a c io us suites to over-sized villas th at h ave th eir own ga rd e n s a nd g enero us p l u ng e p o o l s. At t h i s d e s t i nat io n o f p al at ial sp l endo r in th e deser t, th ere i s a n oa s i s wh ere yo u can refresh yo ur body an d min d: Th e An a nt a ra S p a . I n t his area o f b l iss, g uests are pampered with m a s s a ge s, s c r ub s, facial s and mo re. H owever, th e Qasar Al S a ra b s i gn at u re r it u al is ir remissib l e. I t con sists of a six-h our tre at m e nt t h at w il l hel p g u est s find t heir ultimate zen . Th is ex p e r i e n ce b egins w it h a unique Arab ian rose deser t-san d b od y s c r u b a n d incl udes, amo ng o t her delights, a break for a h e a lt hy c re at io n fro m t he sp a cu isine men u an d a facial tre at m e nt wh ich is p roven to ac t ivate th e sk in’s ren ewal p roce s s.

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Q a s a r Al S a ra b o ffers a wo nder ful sel ec t ion of din in g option s. Al Wa h a re s t a urant p rovides a b reakfast buffet th at is secon d to n on e. H e re b o t h M iddl e Easter n and inter n ation al dish es are s e r ve d. At Suhail, yo u can find fine cuts of meat an d din e i n a n e l e ga nt t ranquil at mo sp here w it h b reath -tak in g views of th e wa d i wh i le seated in co sy ar mchairs. For m ore a c t ive g u est s, t he reso r t o ffers sign ature ac tivities th at wi ll k e e p them o n t heir to es. These include ear ly-mor n in g c a m e l t re k k i n g, dune b ashing and even th r illin g n ight exc u r s i on s. Th ere is as much excitement as you can h an dle.

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Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara

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mangrove forest in th e center of Ab u D h a b i . Th e cit y o n o ne side and t he n atural reser ve on th e ot h e r. I n b et ween, a cit y ho tel w hich is also a resor t. With a gra n d s p a a n d a sup er b Thai rest aurant. S i t u ate d a lon g a 1. 2 k m st retch o f protec ted man grove re s e r ve s, E a s te r n M angroves H o tel & Sp a appeals to cor porate an d l e i s u re t ravel ers, as wel l as to UA E residents, ser vin g as an u r b a n s a n c tu ar y in t he hear t o f t he cit y. Combin in g st y lish com for t wi t h n at u ral b eau t y, t he p ro p er t y blen ds ren own ed An a nt a ra Th a i ho sp it al it y w it h t radit ion al Arabic culture an d wa r mt h to o ffer each g u est a mem orable destin ation ex p e r i e n ce. E a ster n M angroves H o tel & S pa is An antara’s fo u r t h p rop e r t y in t he UA E, jo ining t he Qasr Al S arab D eser t R e s or t, wh i c h is l o cated in t he l eg endar y L iwa D eser t in th e E m p t y Q u a r te r, D eser t Isl ands R eso r t & S pa on S ir Ban i Yas I s la n d a n d An ant ara The Pal m in D ub ai.

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Th e An a nt a ra Sp a is a haven o f rel axation wh ere on e can re j u ve n ate t h e senses. The l u xu r y sp a is an oasis of comfor t an d c a l m , a n d inco r p o rates a t radit io nal Tur k ish Hammam. Th e s p a of fe r s a n ex tensive rang e o f t reat ments as well as steam an d s a u n a f a c i lit ies fo r men and wo men. O f cour se, th ere are Th a i m a s s a ge t herap ies, b u t Anant ara Sign ature Hammam is a com b i n at i on of Tu r k ish and Or ient al t radition in six steps th at l e ave s you r s k in cl ean and no ur ished. I n addition , th ere are t wo s t ate - of - t h e -ar t g yms (o ne fo r mixe d use an d th e oth er exc lu s i ve ly for l adies).

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Th e d ay e n d s w it h a dinner at Pachayl e n , an excellent Th ai re s t a u ra nt of fer ing an au t hent ic exp er ien ce, star tin g with th e c h e f a n d waiters w ho are al l Thai. But th e all- day- din in g s h ou ld n ot b e igno red. The r ichness o f it s buffet is remar k able. H e re g u e s t s c a n cho o se t he mo st su it ab l e t y pe for th eir tastes. Fi n a l l y, t h e R o o f To p Lo ung e await s us for a dr in k in th e eve n i n g. G re at view and great co ckt ail s, a lcoh olic an d n on . 62

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EASTERN MANGROVES HOTEL & SPA BY ANANTARA Abu Dhabi, UAE www.anantara.com Rooms & Suites 222 Villas 0 - Restaurants 3 Spa yes Children yes Chain Anantara Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 83 Environment 80 Design 83 Service 80 Cuisine 87 Health 82 Spa 86 Rooms 80

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Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts

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n isl and fit for sh eik h s.Far from eve r yt h i n g a n d ever yo ne. A royal ret reat, n atural reser ve an d exc lu s i ve reso r t. These are t he ingredients of a un ique ex p e r i e n ce i n t he Emirates, charac ter ized by n ature an d re l a x at i on S i r B a n i Ya s Isl and is no t a p l ace fo r l over s of n ightlife n or i s i t for t h os e w ho l ove mal l s. G o ing o utside th e garden s of th e re s or t, on e is immersed in a nat ural reser ve populated by va r i ou s s p e c i e s o f animal s g at hered here by th e previous r uler wh o love d to i s o l ate himsel f amo ng t hese roc ks. Th ere are n o o t h e r vi ll a g e s o f set t l ement s excep t fo r th e small air por t.

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The resorts on the island are three: Desert Island Resort & Spa, the original royal residence, Anantara Al Yamm Villas, beautifully located on the beach next to the former, and the Anantara Al Sahel Villas, hidden within the island, surrounded from gazelles and other animals native to in African savanna.

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At d awn t h e rang er t akes us fo r a je ep r ide to discover th e f a u n a of t h e reser ve. We seem to b e in an Afr ic an par k . We h ave n e ve r seen anyt hing simil ar in th e E mirates. Upon re t u r n i n g a r i c h b reakfast await s us and th en a lon g day of l e i s u re. Th e on l y inter ru p t io n w il l b e a visit to th e stables ( th e Si r b a n i Ya s St ab l es). Th e coll e c t i o n o f ho rses is var ied w it h respec t to th e races re p re s e nte d a nd p l eases novices as well as r idin g exper ts. E xc u r s i on s a re p o ssib l e o nl y fro m au t umn to spr in g due to c li m at i c con d i tio ns. 68

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O p e n e d i n 2 0 08 and manag ed by Anantara, D eser t Islan ds R e s or t & S p a i s sit u ated in t he R oyal Nat u re R eser ve establish ed by t h e fou n d e r o f t he United Arab Emirate s, H.H. S h eik h Z ayed B i n S u lt a n Al Nahyan. Th e exc lu s i ve reso r t is su r ro u nded by th e wild vastn ess of th e i s la n d, t ra n sfo r med into an eco l o gically-viable, wild-life r i c h n at u ra l p reser ve and scenic ret reat. 70

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R e t u r n i n g to t he reso r t, we sto p p ed at th e An antara S pa. He re t h e y s t i ll use t radit io nal essences suc h as san dalwood, y l a n g yl a n g, p atcho u l i, mandar in, l aven der, lemon grass, gin g e r, c i n n a m o n and b erg amo t. H ence, immer sed in th e gre e n of t h e lu sh g arden, we indul g e in th e pleasures of th e bo d y p a m p e re d w it h t herap eut ic ant i-st ress r ituals. We “d i n e by design� o n t he b each. R ight n ex t to us is th e ba r b e c u e p i t where t he chef is b u sy gr il lin g th e c atch of th e day. A ra re d i n ing exp er ience in t he b eautiful settin g of th e Ara b i a n G u lf.

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ANANTARA SIR BANI YAS ISLAND RESORTS Abu Dhabi, UAE www.anantara.com Rooms & Suites 64 Villas 60 - Restaurants 5 Spa yes Children yes Chain Anantara Affiliation none Activities excursions, safari Score 86 Environment 90 Design 84 Service 80 Cuisine 87 Health 85 Spa 86 Rooms 86

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Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

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co r ner o f Th ailan d on th e D ubai Pa lm . An u n m ist ak ab l e design and a prestigious location . Th e s e a re t h e el ement s t hat charac ter ize th e resor t. S e t a m i d s t l u sh t ro p ical l andscap ing and carefully design ed to m a x i m i ze pr ivac y, 293 l u xu r io us rooms an d villas are c h a ra c te r i ze d by Asian insp ired l uxu r y, t asteful fur n ish in gs an d s p e c t a c u l a r vi ews o f t he l ag o o ns o r t he Palm. Th e impressive c h oi ce of p r i vate vil l as incl u des B each Pool Villas, each with a p e r s on a l i n f i n it y p o o l. O ver Water Vil l as are poised over th e Ara b i a n G u l f w it h g l ass view ing p anel s an d are completely u n i q u e to t h e M iddl e East. Famil ies an d fr ien ds travellin g tog e t h e r wi l l f ind t hat t he Two B edro o m An antara B each Pool Vill a p rovi d e s great p r ivac y, sp ace and st y le.

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Cu li n a r y exp er iences o ffer t ant al izin g diver sit y for dis ce r n i n g p a l ates. Crescendo, t he al l - day din in g restaurant, s e r ve s a va r i e t y o f inter nat io nal cu isine. B ush man’s Australian R e s t a u ra nt & B ar, showcases t he ar t o f succ ulent flame gr illed de l i g ht s. Th e Asian t hemed sp ecial t y restaurant, M ekon g, ta k e s d i n e r s o n a mo ut hwater ing jo u r ney. Th e B eac h House ex p re s s e s t h e r ich simp l icit y o f M edite r ran ean flavor s in a bre e z y s h ore li ne set t ing. Lo t u s Lo u ng e, in th e lobby, ser ves af te r n oon te a by day and co ckt ail s at s un set. But for th e u l t i m ate i n t a i lo red ro mance, Anant ara’s sign ature Din in g by D e s i gn con ce pt incl u des a cho ice o f fin e din in g men us an d i nt i m ate s e t t i ng s, a p r ivate chef and fl awless ser vice. G re at c u li n a r y sel ec t io n, g o o d ser vice, lots of green er y an d l a rg e i n n e r l ag o o ns. These are t he p luses of a vast resor t wh i c h , n e ve r t hel ess, maint ains an int imate atmosph ere.

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In Valais, the largest glacier in the Alps, framed by snowcovered rocky pyramids and exalted by plays of light, extends an endless ice ocean.

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An amazing vision, almost supernatural. A prodigious touch. Framed by snow-covered rocky pyramids and exalted by plays of light, an endless icy ocean where the icebergs hanging on the northern walls of Eiger, MÜnch and Jungfrau blend – this is the Aletsch Arena in the Swiss canton of Valais. The Aletsch Glacier seen from the formidable observation point of the Eggishorn is an unmatched emotion. The compact mass of the glacier, in fact, unfurls amid the Alps for 23 kilometers. A cordon of majestic peaks closes, instead, the horizon of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. Paolo Gerbaldo is our correspondent.

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Walking excursions in the summer allow you to perceive, moving in a strongly magical dimension, the energy of the place, and to regain harmony both with nature and one’s inner self. The Aletsch Arena, however, is also the most suitable place for those who love winter excursions. Skiing and snowboarding can be practiced over 100 km of slopes. Tranquility is the distinctive feature of Rideralp, Bettmeralp and FieschEggishorn, rest areas where, of course, one gets around without a car. Easily accessible habitable centers, thanks to the combination of train and cable car, loutline a hospitable tourist space which is equipped with all modern types of service. Just as comfortable to reach are the glacier observation points of the Bergstation Bettmerhorn (2647) and Eggishorn (2869). One of the the strong points of the Aletsch Arena, as with other destinations in Switzerland, is its access to the perfect combination of train, coach, boat and cable car that can be used with the offers proposed by the Swiss Travel System. 88

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lrún Nordic Design is a small family company based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Since 1999, they have been creating original bindrune jewelry in the spirit of a Nordic tradition more than a thousand years old. The designs symbolize twelve inspirational Icelandic words chosen for their unique, uplifting powers. The letters of each word are represented by a corresponding runic letter, and to bind the rune, we overlap these runic letters along a single central stave. Bound runes were used to cast magic spells, conceal secrets, and to create powerful personal amulets. They were also common in other aspects of everyday life and were a clever method of relaying messages. The ancient Norse believed that a bound rune could intensify the meaning of a personal message and invoke its power in their lives. To conclude, welcome to the Nordic magic of Iceland.

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Dario’s panettones

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Again, this year we propose our “panettone” for all those who love this typical traditional Italian cake.

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e have chosen Loison Pastry Crafts since 1938 and today they are synonymous with a high-quality artisan product linked to the Italian Christmas tradition. For fans of the panettone and its history, Dario Loison, the third-generation leader of this company - with nearly eighty years of life - has created a new destination, the Loison Museum - The museum of delicate flavors, dedicated to the art of leavened pasta. At Costabissara, just a short distance from Vicenza at Dario Loison’s pastry shop, there is also a collection of machines such as kneading machines, slicing machines, mechanical punching machines and more. Broad space also dedicated to the history of pastry runs through documents, postcards, posters, newspapers, panettone door hatchers and antique aromatherapy glasses from the most famous pharmaceutical companies. But the panettone for Dario is not just sweet Christmas. Awardwinning chefs star in a new adventure, the Unusual Panettone. An adventure that sees the star celebrities of the best Italian restaurants elaborating new dishes which include Loison products - primarily the panettone. Obviously, Loison panettone is great and with certified ingredients: fresh eggs from safe farms, milk, butter and cream produced in the mountains of Italy, superfine flour, top-grade Italian sugar and sea salt from Cervia. The basic ingredients are then blended in with aromatic ones, selected with great care. Then we have the creativity of the candied peel of Sicilian oranges, chewy bits of candied peach, fragrant sour cherries, excellent Slow Food, and other certified products such as the late Mandarin from Ciaculli, Chinotto (orange bitters) from Savona, Pistachios from Bronte and the unique and flavorful Mananara Vanilla from Madagascar. The packaging by Sonia (right), wife of Dario, adds a note of extreme sophistication. It enhances the product and makes it iconic. Tradition is thus projected into the future, quality certified but also internationalized.

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Dr. Vranjes

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r. Vranjes Firenze or igin ated in Floren ce i n 1983 ou t o f t he p assio n o f Pao l o Vran j es, a ph ar macist, c h e m i s t a n d co smeto l o gist w ho create s an d man ufac tures tog e t h e r wi t h his team o f assist ant s - exc lusive produc ts wh ich a re t h e re s u lt o f a p er fec t co mb inat io n bet ween meticulous i n n ovat i ve techniqu es and t irel ess researc h in tradition . Th e p a s s i on o f Pao l o Vranjes, w it h combin ed creativit y an d k n owl e d g e, g ave b ir t h to t he u nique wor ld of Dr. Vran j es Fi re n ze, wh ere it ’s p o ssib l e to discover th e classic Home Fra gra n ce s, a p p reciate t he Co smet ic l ines for your face an d b od y a n d b e amazed by p recio us essen ces to wear. Th e col l e c t i on i n cl u des Linen fragrances, Car par fums to scent you r c a r, t h e b rand-new Dr. Vranjes Can dles an d th e exclusive Cat a lyt i c L a mp s w it h p ur ifying p ro p er t ies. O u d Nob i le b r ing s to yo u r ho me an or igin al an d un ique f ra gra n ce. The insp irat io n came fro m a tr ip in th e M iddle E a s t. I t i s m a de fro m t went y-t wo diffe rent essen ces, amon g t h e m you h ave fo u r different essences of OUD. I t took Paolo Vra n j e s, n os e and fo under o f t he Co mp a ny, t wo year s to c reate i t. Th e p rod u c t was created to cel eb rate th e 3 0 th an n iverar y of t h e Com p a ny and l ater, in 2016, was dedic ated to th e 2 5 0 th a n n i ve r s a r y o f C hr ist ie’s in Lo ndo n. Th i s p op u l ar fragrance is o ne o f t he m ost representative of t h e b ra n d a n d is p er fec t fo r cl assic décor s, livin g rooms, wor k a n d s t u d y a reas.

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