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RADISSON BLU OLÃœMPIA TALLIN Tallin, Estonia

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LAWRENCE TAYLOR In opulent Singapore, between old glories and innovative eco-hotels. And then off to Berlin.

OVIDIO GUAITA A tour for Ovidio, from the sea to the Sienese hills, including golf, strolls through the vineyards and excellent cuisine.

ELSA BOZZAOTRA Elsa offers us the ranking of the ten most fascinating design hotels and resorts.

PAMELA MCCOURT FRANCESCONE Pamela returns to Angkor for a charming, high-class boutique hotel.

PAOLO GERBALDO Paolo is out and around in the Mediterranean: from Istria to Corsica and then on to Lucerne.

RICCARDO CASANO From the shores of Lake Como to the city of Romeo and Juliet, a romantic itinerary for Riccardo.

MARIA COSCARELLI In this issue Maria proposes two elegant city hotels in the Baltic Republics of Vilnius and Tallinn.

HASRUDIN BIN TAZEP In Borneo, on the beaches of Kota Kinabalu.


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Radisson Blu Lietuva Vilnius

place to make each meeting unique with a breathtaking view of the beautiful Lithuanian capital. The lobby welcomes us with its recent “restyling�. It is impressive, but warm and welcoming. Elisabeth, the receptionist, greets us with great kindness immediately putting us at ease. In a moment we are in the elevator. On the 18th floor, awaiting us is our suite, where a composition of blueberries and strawberries make our arrival even sweeter. After a delicious dinner we go up to the 22nd floor where, sipping a drink at the Sky Bar, you can enjoy a fluorescent sunset. The 360-degree view overlooks the city skyline and its historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. The city reached its current form during the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 13th to the 18th century, when the city was annexed to Russia. Although the city is mainly Baroque it also has various other styles such as Gothic, Renaissance and Neoclassical. The Lietuva is designed for the most demanding clients and, after a complete remodeling, has just opened new rooms to expand its accommodation capacity. Renovated. Rethought. This Radisson, characterized by the various nuances of its unmistakable Blu, is also enhancing its most important asset, its meeting rooms. These are always in great demand in the effervescent Vilnius, a beautiful city which is opening its arms to the world, and this elegant hotel makes a decisive contribution.

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RADISSON BLU HOTEL LIETUVA Vilnius, Lithuania www.radissonblu.com Rooms & Suites 281 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa no Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 63 Environment 70 Design 85 Service 76 Cuisine 71 Health 60 Spa 0 Rooms 78

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he medieval center of the Estonian capital, ancient Hanseatic port, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Today, after the 2011restoration - when it was the European Capital of Culture - its medieval center reserves pleasant surprises for the visitor. Upon our arrival this medieval majesty appears to us with the lights of a special, surreal sunset. We are discovering the day that never ends ... The check-in is quick and, in a moment, we are in the room. The countless nuances of this endless sunset paint every corner, even the most hidden ones, the most intimate ones of our cozy suite. Being on a high floor guarantees an enviable view of the city - and its architecture. Here the architectural styles blend as do the different periods. Over all dominate the medieval walls with their defense towers. Various religions are also represented with different places of worship, as befits a port city. Above all buildings soars the tower of the town hall. From up here time seems to have stopped, as well as the sunset that does not end, the nuances that persist, the reflections on the pool that continue to dazzle. But now it’s late, and before the sunset becomes confused with dawn, we retreat into our comfortable suite.

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RADISSON BLU OLÃœMPIA Tallin, Lithuania www.radissonblu.com Rooms & Suites 390 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa no Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 62 Environment 70 Design 73 Service 70 Cuisine 78 Health 68 Spa 0 Rooms 75

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nly a few steps separate Marienplatz from the Louis Hotel. Very pleasant steps to take since they lead to the enjoyment of a modern hospitality structure which make guests feel immediately part of a warm and extremely welcoming environment. The design, extremely careful to combine tradition and innovation, is certainly one of the highlights of the Hotel. A design that is certainly not an end, given the functionality of its forms. Graceful compositions embellish the rooms, the suites and the common areas as well. The view of the Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s famous open-air market, is another plus of the Hotel. The service is in perfect harmony with the high quality of hospitality experienced while staying at the Louis Hotel. This satisfying experience, however, would not be complete without stopping at the Emiko restaurant, which dispenses an intense score in the orchestration of Japanese flavors. The care taken in the presentation of the dishes is added to that of the service to paint a journey of taste which, highlighting the quality of raw materials without penalizing the essence, presents guests with an uncommon intensity. A dual proposal of the dishes on the menu is hence particularly impressive: classic or revisited versions. Of course, you must try both. At the Louis Hotel in Monaco the warmth of design determines the uniqueness of the atmosphere that immediately captures guests. 40

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LOUIS HOTEL MUNICH Munich, Germany www.louis-hotel.com Rooms & Suites 72 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa no Children no Chain none Affiliation Design Hotels Activities sightseeing Score 70 Environment 60 Design 85 Service 80 Cuisine 89 Health 76 Spa 0 Rooms 94

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refined design and impeccable service. Everything here is breathtaking right from the arrival with the renewed funicular that climbs towards the Bürgenstock Resort after the landing of the boat from Lucerne. The unique experience offered today by the Bürgenstock Resort has its roots in 1873. The pages that make up the new chapter written by this legend of Swiss hospitality are numerous. So, let’s start by leafing through them, starting with the one composed of the modern Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa, located in a dominant position on Lake Lucerne. Everything here is breathtaking right from the arrival with the renewed funicular that climbs towards the Bürgenstock Resort after the landing of the boat from Lucerne. The excitement continues with the incredible view afforded by the rooms and suites. Intimacy. Spirit of great international hospitality. Contemporary design. Traits that fit wonderfully in the wide spaces flooded with the light of the Hotel. The attention for the materials added to that for the furnishings gives this private environment a warm atmosphere. The immense Alpine Spa is a world apart - superbly designed to enhance the Alps that surround it as well as the lake on which the infinity-edge-pool stretches. The Spa well synthesizes the pursuit for well-being embedded in the uniqueness of the place.

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The Spice Kitchen & Terrace restaurant plays with the flavors of Asia which rest at the base of its philosophy. Spectacular sight. The environment of the dining area is dynamic and youthful. The see-in kitchen is efficient and is where the chefs, dedicated to Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Indian cuisine, give shape to varied and substantial dishes. Hotel Alpine & Spa delights its guests with its great modern architecture, refined design and impeccable service. In surroundings which are those of a dream, a great new page has been written in the BĂźrgenstock legend. With variety of proposals made available to travelers and thanks to the unimpeded circulation on trains, buses, boats and panoramic trains, (www. swisstravelsystem.com), The Swiss Travel System makes it possible to discover every corner of Switzerland. Information on Switzerland for Italy: www. Svizzera.it and toll-free number 00800 100 200 30. 44

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BÜRGENSTOCK HOTEL & ALPINE SPA Lake of Lucerne, Switzerland www.burgenstock.ch Rooms & Suites 102 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa Alpine Spa Children yes Chain Bürgenstock Affiliation LHW Activities excursions & spa Score 91 Environment 88 Design 95 Service 88 Cuisine 90 Health 90 Spa 95 Rooms 90

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he romantic atmosphere of Villa Roccabruna can be imbibed thoroughly at CastaDiva Resort & Spa, a jewel of a location on the eastern shore of Lake Como. Formerly the home of the soprano Giuditta Pasta, the muse of the composer Vincenzo Bellini, the CastaDiva is now an elegant and refined five-star resort that owes its name to the inno alla luna aria composed by Bellini on the shores of the lake. The unique location of the eighteenth-century villa, surrounded by lush gardens and breathtaking views over the water, has as its backdrop a corner of a paradise of surreal beauty. The 73 rooms, including 58 suites situated in 9 villas, are equipped with every comfort and have styles that range from classic to modern, in a warm and welcoming ambience. For the most demanding guests, Villa Norma and Villa Amina ensure the exclusivity and privacy of two private villas in the park that houses the resort. CastaDiva Spa offers a sensory experience through water games and colors, perfumes and essences. An oasis of well-being where you can regain spiritual, mental and physical harmony. 46

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At the gourmet restaurant l’Orangerie, a cuisine of the highest level reveals the new faces of the Lariana cusine. Among the proposals, dishes based on fish from the lake stand out for their clever modern reinterpretation - a pathway of flavors accompanied by an excellent selection of wines, capable of enhancing the refinement of each dish. The unique setting and attention of a staff ready to satisfy every request, are the ideal ingredients for a relaxing break and a perfect candlelight dinner in this corner of paradise on Lake Como. 48

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CASTADIVA RESORT & SPA Lago di Como, Italia www.castadivaresort.com Rooms & Suites 81 Villas 9 - Restaurants 2 Spa Castadiva Spa Children yes Chain none Affiliation SLH Activities excursions, sightseeing Score 87 Environment 95 Design 90 Service 86 Cuisine 93 Health 67 Spa 88 Rooms 93

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s e a s on a l i t y, la nd and sea - t he resul t o f t h e exper ien ce gain ed by Lu c i a n o b e t ween no r t her n I t al y and Cor sic a - wh ich fin ds i t s n at u ra l l a n ding p l ace in p er fec t dishes. An e nvi ron m ent in w hich to t ake care of on eself, on th e o t h e r h a n d, i s the wel l ness universe o f Spa N uxe. Th e ex p e r i e n ce o f D o n Cesar is co mp l eted n aturally with th e s e a . E nt r u s te d to exp er t sk ip p ers, t he b oat wh ich leaves from th e p r i vate j e t t y al l ows yo u to reach t he en ch antin g beach es o f Pa lom b a g gi a and S ant a Giul ia o r to g o as far as th e scen ic B on i f a c i o. An exp er ience o f t he sea enjoyed at 3 6 0 °! Th e D on Ce sar o f Po r to Vecchio is an ex traordin ar y com b i n at i on of el eg ance and so p hist icated h ospitalit y th at d e s i gn s f a m i l y at mo sp heres, disp ensing to guests a un iver se o f s e n s at i on s to exp er ience w it h b l u e in th eir eyes.

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DON CESAR HOTEL Porto Vecchio, Corse www.hoteldoncesar.com Rooms & Suites 39 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa Nuxe Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities sea activities Score 90 Environment 95 Design 93 Service 87 Cuisine 90 Health 79 Spa 87 Rooms 97

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he year was 1926 when Edoardo Agnelli, father of lawyer Gianni, bought the NeoRenaissance Villa Costanza, built by Admiral Morin at the beginning of the twentieth centur y. The constant presence of the Turinese family ushered in a model of summer vacation with the sophisticated and exclusive style that soon characterized the Forte dei Marmi. In 1939 the Pesentis commissioned architect Osvaldo Borsani to build the homonymous rationalist-style villa, where the artistic and literary elite who frequented the area often met. The two styles - modernist the first and revival the second represented a source of inspiration for subsequent realizations, always poised between past and future. In 1953 Augusta Pesenti transformed the villa into a hotel, giving Forte dei Marmi its first real De Luxe structure. Then, one after another, followed the extensions, villas, the building La Nave - designed and furnished as a cruise ship - and the acquisition of Villa Agnelli which - with its exclusive underpass - is connected to the beach, where the original hangar for the Agnelli seaplane has been transformed into the Avgvstvs Beach, with about 80 tents and a heated pool. 54

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The cuisine in both Bambaissa (on the beach) and La Sirena e La Fontanat (in the main building) is excellent. Attentive ser vice accompanies traditional Italian dishes presented with a fine wine list which represents a fitting introduction to the production of the Peninsula. A menu of land and sea at kilometer-0 where we highlight, among other delights, sea bass tartare with mango, toasted pine nuts and mint; Acquarello rice with Tirrenian prawns, salted mullet roe, nori seaweed and saffron; browned turbot fillet, lobster medallion, asparagus and champagne. 56

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Argentario Golf Resort & Spa Porto Ercole

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he Arg ent a r io G olf R esor t & Sp a i s a 5- s t a r reso r t w it h a co ntemp o rar y design - con ceived re s p e c t i n g i t s enviro nment - in t he magn ificent Tusc an M a re m m a . Th i s excl usive reso r t incl u des 7 3 rooms an d an i n d e p e n d e nt v il l a, created by t he inter ior design er An drea Fog l i . All t h e ro o ms have a b al co ny o r ter race over look in g M onte Arge nt a r io o r t he g o l f co urse, w hich h as 1 8 pan oramic hole s a n d i s ce r t ified by “Agr i Cer t ” fo r it s organ ic eco -fr ien dly fe at u re s i n a p ro tec ted nat ural area. Arg e nt a r i o R e so r t is t he ideal dest inat ion for spor tsmen an d we l l n e s s l ove r s, w it h 3 tennis co u r t s, 2 joggin g trails an d an exc lu s i ve 2, 7 0 0 m² sp a fo r co mp l ete reg en eration in contac t wi t h n at u re, b e t ween ro l l ing hil l s and hidden beac h es.

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Th e D a m a D a ma R est au rant o ffers a g astron omic exper ien ce th at com b i n e s fl avo rs and l o cal p ro du c t s in a creative way. Th e Arg e nt a r io G o l f R esidences real e state proj ec t offer s a col l e c t i on of b esp o ke design vil l as th at are per fec tly i nte grate d i nto t he nat u ral l andscap e

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ARGENTARIO GOLF RESORT & SPA Porto Ercole, Italia www.argentariogolfresortspa.it Rooms & Suites 73 Villas 1- Restaurants 3 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation Design Hotels Activities golf, spa, excursions Score Environment Design Service Cuisine Health Spa Rooms

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Shinta Mani Angkor Siem Reap

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armonious Art Deco forms and colours that visually and emotionally relate to the epic histor y of the Khmer kingdom and to the precepts of wellbeing and luxur y. Shinta Mani Angkor Bensley Collection, the latest Siem Reap creation from visionary American designer Bill Bensley, reaches new heights of refinement and panache in its ten prodigious and secluded residences in the heart of the city, not far from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Nine of the villas are architectonically similar and on twolevels, and one has an extra large pool deck. Stepping through the door, which opens with a massive old-fashioned padlock, you enter the black and white patio with a 30-foot pool and stairs leading to the upper level.

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The sumptuous bed is as striking as the bedroom wall, which starts behind the pool, and is covered with an enormous milky white bas-relief of the rippling folds of the tunic of the great King Jayavarman who built Angkor Wat. The bathroom reaches into the tropical garden, which has a huge stone bathtub and an external shower, and there is a spacious dressing room. On the upper level, framed by bougainville flowers, there is a large day bed on which to relax and, for the more romantic at heart, on which to dream under a star-spangled sky. And then there are the Shinta Mani butlers. Discreet and smiling, these earthbound guardian angels know the city inside out and, from greeting guests at the airport to accompanying them around town in their private tuk-tuk, make sure they want for nothing. Rose petals in the pool? A very dry Martini? A barbeque on the terrace? A suitcase to pack? Your butler is always on hand. Dining beckons in the Kroya Restaurant at the Shinta Mani Angkor, in the Baitong Restaurant at the Shinta Mani Shack, and in the new Elephant Polo Club – with a menu of stunning meats and wines – which are all on the same street. And for the wellbeing of the mind and of the body the fragrant Shinta Mani Spa awaits with relaxing and soothing pampering. 68

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SHINTA MANI ANGKOR BENSLEY COLLECTION Siem Reap, Cambodia www.shintamani.com Rooms & Suites 0 Villas 10 - Restaurants 1 Spa Shinta Mani Spa Children yes Chain Shinta Mani Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score Environment Design Service Cuisine Health Spa Rooms

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Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort El Jadida

ust over an hour from the Casablanca Airport in Morocco, on the Atlantic coast towards El Jadida, lies the Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort, a five-star complex spread over an area of 250 hectares along 7 kilometers of beach. The Resort, which is part of the prestigious group Kerzner, opened less than 10 years ago and offers about 500 rooms and suites. These are equipped with modern comforts and situated in a 5-storey building in Moorish Arabic style. At Mazagan Beach Resort you will be spoiled by the choice of available activities you can dedicate yourself to. Besides golf, there is tennis, bike rides, horse riding along the beach, yoga classes and, of course, the main water sports and windsurfing during the right season. In the large central Riad there is a huge and spectacular swimming pool with water heated even in winter and an excellent pool restaurant and bar, Oasis. But the real plus of the Resort is the 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Player, a glimpse of Scotland on Moroccan land. A true link that winds through the dunes and by the ocean, offering spectacular views, wide and undulating fairways and large difficult greens. The maintenance of the course is excellent, as are all the services related to golf, such as the driving range, the huge putting green, the golf car service and the elegant club house, where George is located. This is one of the 12 restaurants in the complex , which serves, in an elegant and panoramic setting, excellent grilled meat and other culinary specialties. 70

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Another great strength of this Resort is the Food and Beverage that can satisfy all tastes. In addition to the already mentioned George and Oasis, every day guests can opt for the two buffet restaurants Market Place and Olivos, where there is a wide choice of dishes for both lunch and dinner. Breakfast is also served there. Sel de Mer is the restaurant dedicated to fish and seafood specialties that can be chosen from a beautiful display of fresh local products. A “MUST” is the Moroccan restaurant with its refined setting, where typical well-prepared Moroccan dishes are served with professionalism and kindness. In summer you can also take advantage of the restaurant on the beach. There guests will find BBQS and pizza cooked in a wood oven. You can also enjoy excellent Moroccan wines. Do not miss a visit to the resort’s SPA, where you can try one of the typical hamman treatments; there is also a huge area equipped for fitness. Mazagan is an ideal destination for families with children, who can enjoy many activities dedicated to them in the kids club. For those who want to try their luck at the green tables or slot machines, the resort has a large casino open day and night. Despite the many activities available within the complex, guests can take advantage of a shuttle service to visit the nearby El Jadida and the Casablanca Morocco Mall. It is also possible to organize excursions to Rabat, Fez and Marrakesh. 72

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AllegroItalia Lords of Verona Verona

luxury condotel in the heart of the city of lovers, in Piazza dei Signori, the civic and political heart of Verona, is a must stop. The city of Romeo and Juliet, protagonists of the famous work by Shakespeare, is home to the Lords of Verona, a charming condotel of the Allegroitalia Hotel & Condo group. The 32 design suites were created by Simone Micheli, world-renowned archistar. The minimal and futuristic furnishings in neutral tones of white and pearl gray, make the rooms essential but very pleasant and comfortable at the same time. All the suites are private apartments equipped with every comfort - just to make guests feel as if they were at home. Technology and home automation are present in every room. Guests can manage their suite via a dedicated App and comfortably check the main parameters with a smartphone. The attention to wellbeing and detail is also expressed by the complimentary products by Ortigia Sicilia, an excellent brand of soaps and fragrances with natural ingredients and olive oil from Sicily. Attentive and discreet tailor-made service and the highly qualified staff make the Lords of Verona an exciting experience when discovering a magical city with an impressive atmosphere, history and art.

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ALLEGROITALIA LORDS OF VERONA Verona, Italia www.allegroitalialordsofverona.com Rooms & Suites 32 Villas 0 - Restaurants 0 Spa no Children yes Chain AllegroItalia Affiliation none Activities sightseeing

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SEASIDE RESORT | DUBAI

Rixos The Palm

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t tent ive el egan ce in a resor t de d i c ate d to l eisure. The amp l e sp aces available an d th e re f i n e d at m os phere created by t he fur nish in gs an d design are th e a s p e c t s t h at st r ike g uest s enter ing t he Gran d K in g S uite Th e R i xos Th e Pal m D ub ai fu ses t he dimen sion s of a resor t de d i c ate d to leisure w it h t hat o f at tent ive elegan ce. R ec allin g th i s l at te r p l u s we t hen t r ied t he Grand K in g S uite with its 5 8 0 s q u a re m e ters. The amp l e sp aces available an d th e refin ed at m os p h e re c reated by t he fur nishing s an d design are th e as p e c t s t h at i mmediatel y st r ike g u est s enter in g th e Gran d K i n g S u i te. Th e royal exp er ience, in fac t, begin s a few moments ea r li e r i n t h e e l evato r t hat enters t he Gran d K in g direc tly. A m om e nt l ater, to t he seduc t io n o f el egan ce is added a 3 6 0 ° vi e w. Th e loc at io n o f t he b r ig ht suite is, in fac t, a strategic p oi nt wh e re yo u w il l b e enrap t u red by t he sight of D ubai. Th e v ie w s we e p s out over Pal m J umeirah o nl y to get lost followin g

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t h e s k yli n e of t he Emirate towards D u b ai M ar in a up to Bur j K h a li f a , on e of t he symb o l s o f D ub ai t hat you must n ot miss. Th e m a gi c of t he Grand K ing Suite is we ll complemented by t h e p e r s on a li zed ser vice and t he overal l offer in g of th e resor t: from t h e b e a c h equ ip p ed w it h al l ser vices, to th e swimmin g p ool s, wi t h ou t fo rg et t ing t he Anjana Sp a an d th e restaurants. Th e lat te r a re decisivel y insp ired by inter n ation al an d M e d i te r ra n e a n fl avo rs, favo r ing b o t h Tur k ish c uisin e, foun d at A L a Tu rc a R est aurant, and I t al ian fare ser ved in th e more fo r m a l L’O l i vo R est aurant. The g ast ro no mic offer is completed by t h e Toro Loco Steak ho u se. A s t ay i n t h e Grand K ing Su ite o f t he R ixos Th e Palm D ubai t h u s con fe r s a feel ing o f royal sat isfac t ion . 78

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RIXOS THE PALM DUBAI Dubai, UAE www.thepalmdubai.rixos.com Rooms & Suites 231 Villas 0 - Restaurants 3 Spa Anjana Children yes Chain Rixos Hotels Affiliation none Activities sea activities Score Environment Design Service Cuisine Health Spa Rooms

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TOP RESTAURANT | MONASTERO D’OMBRONE

Ristorante Contrada

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he Co nt rada re staurant design ed by G ord on R a msey is ru n by yo ung exec utive c h ef Stelios S a k a l i s f rom Th essal o nik i. Stel io s wo r ked at th e Etr usc an in Cor f u b e fore a r r iving in Lo ndo n at t he 3-star G ordon R amsey R e s t a u ra nt a n d at t he M aze in M ayfair. I n 20 1 0 h e is a sous c h ef at Ca s te l M on astero and, w hil e he imb ibes Tusc an tradition , he cont i n u e s his t raining in imp o r t ant restaurants such as B l u m e nt h a l ’s 3 -st ar Fat D u ck . From h i s re s earch and in co l l ab o rat io n with R amsey, a ver y de m oc rat i c M e diter ranean cu isine is b or n th at weds n oble i n gre d i e nt s ( s uch as Cavial e Cal visiu s, ) and popular in gredients ( s u c h a s c h a mo mil e and p ig eo n), w h ere th e contain ed c i t at i on s of h i s ho mel and (see k umqu at or Greek salad) mar r y th e f lavor s of t he l o cal t radit io n (p anza n ella, Ch ian in a P GI, Ci nt a S e n e s e ham). The freshness o f th e produc ts of th e te r r i tor y c h a ra c ter ize t he menu - w isel y n ot exaggeratedly wh i c h gu i d e s t he g uest.

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B u t Ste l i os i s an est hete w ho l ef t cl ass ic al h igh sc h ool for th e k i tc h e n . H ence it is no t sur p r ising t hat th e presentation ta k e s on a “c reat ive” imp o r t ance to t he point of becomin g a s h ow a n d . . . s ur p r ise. C ho o sing as a st ar ter th e ch ic ken liver s Paté, k u m q u at s and Tuscan b r io che b read ( in th ese pages) , we wi l l s e e i t s e r ved in a cl o ud o f nit ro g en t hat will wrap th e tree th at h old s t h e p ear l s o f p até and, w hil e th e vapor s van ish in yo u r m ou t h , you feel a co mp o sit io n o f l iver an d k umquat j elly als o m e l t t h e re acco mp anied by l ig ht b r ioch e bread. 82

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Wou ld we li ke to t al k ab o ut t he Tuscan S pagh etton i “Strada i n Ch i a nt i ” wi t h t hree b rains? The o ne cook ed in th e G en oese s t yle ( 6 h ou r s o n a l ow heat ), t he o ne w it h prawn s from M az ara f l avore d wi t h the o uzo and t he t hird . . . is n on e oth er th an th at of t h e c h e f wh o co nceived it al l. St a r re d ? Not yet, b ut it su rel y w il l b e … j ust a matter of time.

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he exercise in precision by chef Fabio Macrì in chiselling raw materials to create amazing dishes of rare intensity due to both form and substance makes the Piano35 restaurant shine in the gastronomic scenario. The restaurant is a high-level stage located 150 meters up in the Intesa Sampaolo skyscraper with which Renzo Piano has redesigned the skyline of Turin. The biosphere of exotic and Mediterranean essences surrounds the restaurant’s refined dining room with its international minimalist décor. The venue represents the spearhead of a gastronomic system that also includes the panoramic Piano35 lounge bar and the Chiccotosto snack bar located in the base of the skyscraper. It is a modern environment that is ideal to create a perfect setting for chef Fabio Macrì, who is committed to proposing his cuisine: an admirable synthesis of research and tradition. Along this pathway of taste nothing betrays expectations: the presentation, the aromas, the flavors, the perfection of the cooking and the attention to combinations. Starting from the solid bases of Piedmontese and Italian cuisine, Fabio Macrì, however, reinvents them by grafting a concentrate of innovation punctuated with delicious topical notes. The menu designed by the chef, attentive to seasonality and masterfully supported by service attentive to details, thus accompanies the experience at the Piano35 restaurant in Turin to uniqueness.

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SING APORE


The island-state is increasingly the hub of Southeast Asia. Geographically, culturally and economically. About twelve hours of direct flight with its flag carrier link it to London.


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Just as Paris was for Europe, today Singapore is a melting pot where styles, trends and business take shape in Asia. An example of organization and efficiency, Singapore boasts an incredible number of entertaining venues and is well worth a stop-off - whatever your final point of arrival may be. And for those who choose it as their destination, the island-resort of Sentosa is undoubtedly a world to discover.


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Shangri-La Hotel Orange Grove Road

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ike vint ag e win es, th e flagsh ip p rop e r t y, a s we l l as t he first ho tel o f t he group in augurated i n 1 9 7 1 , i t i m p roves w it h t ime. What makes th e h otel un ique i s t h e g a rd e n onto w hich t he rest au rant s open an d wh ere th e p ool i s loc ate d. I t is p o sit io ned aro u nd t he G arden Win g, with ove r 110 d i f fe rent sp ecies o f t rees and flower s an d boasts a wate r f a l l. A s or t o f b o t anical g arden t hat isolates from th e h u s t le a n d b u s t l e o f t he cit y. An o asis dedicated to relaxation , l i k e CH I , Th e S pa, t he first to b e inaug urated.

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Th re e h ote l s in o ne t hen: t he Tower Win g ( th e fir st) , th e G a rd e n Wi n g ( s ur ro unded by l u sh veg et at ion ) an d th e last on e, th e Va l l e y Wi n g (dedicated to t he mo st d eman din g traveler s) . I n t h e l at te r t he l arg e w indows immers e guests in th e c it y l a n d s c a p e wh il e p reser ving t hem fro m th e in evitable n oise. I n a m u f f l e d atmo sp here g u est s enjoy an intimate dimen sion wi t h ou t d e p r i v ing t hemsel ves o f t he p l ea sure of th e view.

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Am on g t h e rest aurant s, t he Shang Palace ser ves fin e Ca nton e s e c u i sine; NAMI is t he J ap anese fin e - din in g, wh ile th e Wate r f a ll ser ves aut hent ic I t al ian cuisin e. Or igin Gr ill & B a r i s ve r y contemp o rar y and p rovides a vibrant atmosph ere. A va r i e t y of c ho ices amo ng t he different win gs an d c uisin es. Th e re fore, to each his ow n. 102

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PARKROYAL

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ing apore’s c apac it y to t ra n s for m i t sel f is sur p r ising. Ab ove all in th e field of h ôte l l e r i e. We p ro ceed fro m t he histo r ical an d celebrated R a f f le s, to re a c h an innovat ive co ncep t o f tower- garden wh ere wood, g l a s s, ce m ent and p l ant s interac t by envelopin g guests. O n e a lm os t forget s b eing in an u r b an center. Ce nt ra ll y l oc ated b et ween C hinatow n an d th e S in gapore R i ve r, op p os i te H o ng Lim Par k , yet amo ngst th e bustle of th e Ce nt ra l B u s i n e s s Dist r ic t, PA R KR OYA L o n Pic ker in g is a moder n a rc h i te c t u ra l i nter p ret at io n o f it s sur ro und in gs, both physic al a n d c u lt u ra l. 104

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D e s i gn e d by t he award-w inning architec tural fir m W OHA, i t i s S i n ga p ore’s first ho tel -in-a- g arden, a groun d-break in g i con i c s t r u c t u re insp ired by it s su r ro undin gs. A un ique ur ban re s or t t h at i s e nviro nment al l y resp o nsib le, th e h otel features ove r 15, 0 0 0 m 2 o f l u sh sk y- g ardens, p o o l s, water falls, ter races, an d c a s c a d i n g ver t ical greener y. Fur t her more, it is already ha i le d a s a n a rchitec t ural mo del to imit ate. Th e L i m e rest au rant o n t he gro u nd floor open s onto U p p e r Pi c k e r i ng St reet and ser ves co ntemporar y Asian an d i nte r n at i on a l cu isine - fro m an excel l ent Prawn N oodle S oup to a ve r y I t a l i an Pro sciu t to Pizza. On t he fif th floor, in stead, we f i n d t h e i n f init y p o o l “reso r t st yl e” sur roun ded by green er y an d, a d j a ce nt, t he St. Greg o r y sp a w it h an E xecutive Treatments m e n u d e d i c ate d to b u sinessmen. An u n u s u a l s t ay exp er ience o ffered by th is design h otel. Ce r t a i n ly i nt r i guing. An exp er ience to repeat. 106

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa

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f ter stay in g in th e c it y we m ove d to t he isl and o f S ento sa, t he islan d-resor t wh ich i s on e of S ou t h east Asia’s l eading l eisu re destin ation , wh ere Sh a n gr i - L a’s R a sa S ento sa R eso r t & Sp a, S in gapore c an be fo u n d. J u s t 15 minutes away fro m t he cit y, th e resor t is th e o n ly b e a c h f ront ho tel in Sing ap o re w it h views of its lush g a rd e n s, i nvi t i ng p o o l s and t he S o u t h C hin a S ea. Havin g gon e t hrou gh a n ex tensive 10-mo nt h renovat io n in 2 0 1 0 , th e resor t reop e n e d i n J a nuar y 2011 w it h fu l l y refur bish ed guestrooms a n d s u i te s a s wel l as enhanced facil it ies such as swimmin g p ools, s p a , gym and rest au rant s. Th e d r i ve r of the reso r t – p er fec t l y o n t im e - pick ed us up at PA RK R OYA L on Picker ing to dro p us o ff af ter a quar ter of an h ou r i n f ront of t he R asa S ento sa l o b by - rath er crowded but o rd e r ly. S k i p p ing ahead o f var io us gro ups, we ar r ive at th e rece p t i on wh e re, af ter a co up l e o f signat ures, we are ready to ente r ou r room . One o f it s sp ecial feat u res is a L arge win dow o p e n i n g onto a ter race and a del ig ht ful view. Th e in gredients i m m e d i ate ly q ual ify t he p l ace. Once set t led in , we go to th e d i s cove r y of t h e cu l inar y o ffer.

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D i n e O n 3, a dest inat io n- dining co ncept th at features th re e re s t a u ra nt s (Cassero l e, Sil ver Shel l Cafe an d 8 N oodles) an d a b a r ( Th e Bub b l e Bar) u nder o ne roof. Casserole offer s s p e c i a l t i e s f rom acro ss S o ut heast Asia, M orocco, I n dian an d th e We s t. S i l ver Shel l Cafe feat ures che fs in ac tion at live cook i n g s t at i o ns, p rep ar ing Ă l a minute buffet spec ialties fo r lu n c h e on s and dinners, and t he C hin ese n oodle h ouse 8 N ood le s s e r ves no o dl e sel ec t io ns and tradition al Ch in ese roa s te d m e at s. I n t h e i n for m al and rel axed at mo sp here of 8 N oodles we ta s te d exce ll e nt t radit io nal C hinese cu isin e an d ten der meat. For d i n n e r, i n s tead, we cho se t he Casserole. Attentive ser vice, wi d e s e l e c t i on fro m a t rul y inter nat io n al men u - even th e d e s s e r t m e n u gave us p l easant su r p r ises. 112

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CH I , Th e S p a - as at any Shangr i-La - is a n exper ien ce n ot to b e m i s s e d, e s p ecial l y so me signat u re t reatment like th e CHI B a l a n ce t re at m ent, a ful l -b o dy massag e usin g slow r hy th mic te c h n i q u e s to imp rove circul at io n and calm th e sen ses. Or th e R a s a Te a R e j u ve nat io n, a b o dy t reat ment to revitalize th e sk in’s ra d i a n ce t h roug h g ent l e massag e and exfoliation , followed by a re l a x i n g s c a l p, neck and sho u l der massa ge. Ti m e h a s f l ow n, and we are l eaving. A sh or t but inten se stay, f u ll of p os i t i ve senso r y exp er iences in a real resor t - even if ve r y c los e to t h e cit y. A refined famil y ho tel capable of mak in g eve n a b u s i n e ss st ay ex t remel y p l easant.

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Kota Kinabalu is not a new destination, and neither are the two Shangri -las we visit. Yet not everybody comes to this remote corner of Borneo. The beauty of nature and its remoteness add to its charm.

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transfer to the resort The Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur (KL for “friends “) lands on time and the driver greets us with a smile. The transfer to the resort gives us some fascinating glimpses of Borneo, though not really unprecedented. The vegetation at this latitude is always a spectacle. Upon arrival a few minutes of waiting at the reception and finally we are in the room. The terrace is a surprise, for its size and the large basin overlooking the ocean and the long beach.

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Japanese, Indian or Italian dinner?

Naan is a celebrated Indian restaurant where chef de cuisine, Shantanu Seth, offers contemporary Indian cuisine. Don’t miss his Butter Chicken. Adjacent is the Kozan Teppan-yaki for a classic Japanese dinner. The guest chooses what, how and when and the staff of chef de cuisine, Ben Lee, cooks it in front of them. A truly interactive and sensorial experience. To avoid forgetting Europe, there is Oceano, the Italian return where the traditional dishes of the Peninsula are prepared with the fresh ingredients of the region, such as the delicious buffalo mozzarella on the next page.

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by Torchlight Are you in the mood for privacy? Maybe on a honeymoon? The ideal solution is a romantic private dinner in one of the pavilions on the beach. Torches and stars will do the rest.

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Canopy Walkway & ride on the beach After breakfast the rangers take us into the jungle, proceeding along a narrow path. At various points we stop to observe the panorama. Then we arrive at the lookout terrace. We continue to the Canopy Walkway for a long stretch in the jungle. The excursion is also available at night with infrared viewers. (Night vision googles) On the return, a ride on the beach with the docile horses of the riding school.

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golf course After a light lunch at the Golfers Terrace at the Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club, we try this 18-hole course that runs behind the resort. This experience too is worth the trip. INFO HOTEL SGANGRI-LA’S RASA RIA RESORT Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia www.shangri-la.com Rooms & Suites 426 Villas 0 - Restaurants 6 Spa CHI, The Spa Children yes Chain Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts Affiliation none Activities sea activities & excursions Score 84 Environment 98 Design 80 Service 80 Cuisine 82 Health 83 Spa 84 Rooms 82

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This historic Shangri -la resort stands on a windy point. On a promontory an excellent spa invites you to relax.

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arrival and check-in The transfer from the Shangri- La Rasa Ria takes less than an hour. Situated just south of Kota Kinabalu, the resort is a stone’s throw from the airport without, however, being penalized by the noise. The staff is friendly and attentive, and they receive us, escorting us to the reception. The resort consists of several buildings surrounded by greenery, and the ocean view is always filtered by the trees that frame the turquoise waters.

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aperitive at Sunset Bar & dinner at Peppino Before dinner we stop at the Sunset Bar for a signature mocktail, the Kinabalu Fruit Punch (with mango apple juice and passion fruit syrup). With a 360 ° view of a fiery sunset, the atmosphere is very suggestive. For dinner we chose the Italian restaurant Peppino, several times awarded as one of the best in Malaysia. After a caprese of excellent buffalo mozzarella, we delighted the palate with the ravioli of fish prepared daily with the catch of the day (opposite page) then conclude with a scenic All Chocolate with a final surprise (i.e. it melts revealing a heart of dark chocolate).

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isolated at CHI, The Spa We have breakfast early so as to be ready for our treatment at 11. The spa is on a small promontory, beautifully secluded. The treatments reflect the multi-cultural origins of the region. From among them we choose the Borneo Therapy. It starts with a foot ritual using nutmeg, ginger and red betel leaves (believed to remove negative energy) and continues with a massage executed with the thumb and the palm of the hand.

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lunch at Shang Palace An institution in Kota Kinabalu. In the elegant surroundings a traditional Cantonese cuisine which Chef Chua Chee Seng combines with local products and traditional Malaysian elements is served.

Jet Boat Among the new experiences offered to guests, we tried the Jet Boat. On this powerful and safe motorboat, we explore the coast in front of the resort, following the rhythm of the 360 ° spins and fast accelerations. Adrenaline-filled and intriguing, but to be experimented on an empty stomach.

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INFO HOTEL SGANGRI-LA’S TANJUNG ARU Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia www.shangri-la.com Rooms & Suites 492 Villas 22 - Restaurants 4 Spa CHI, The Spa Children yes Chain Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts Affiliation none Activities sea activities

dinner on the terrace If the day has been long, if you want privacy or simply to enjoy the view in the bay, you can ask for a dinner on the terrace. Chefs and sous-chefs will be accompanied by the butler and will organize everything. An experience of great charm. A lot of grilled but also design dishes for a set tasting menu with the best that the market offered that day.

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The former “wall� city is today one of the most vibrant European capitals. Not only for life during the day or night, but also architecturally. The ruins of the wall have made room for futuristic compositions of cement, steel and glass.


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I m p o r t a n t a r ch itects h av e m ad e t hei r cont ri but i on by creat i ng b u ild in gs th a t h a v e r edesig ned t he B erl i n skyl i ne. The i sl and of m u se u m s, per p etu a lly p oised bet w een past and f uture, i s t od ay t he fa v o r it e d estin ation for v isitors.

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n to day ’s co mmo n v iew post-wall B er lin ha s b e com e t h e cap it al o f mo der nit y, an interestin g meltin g p ot of i n n ovat ive ideas, a swar ming mu l ticultural metropolis, b u t a ls o a cof fer o f u nexp ec ted t reasures, wh ere luxur y an d hi s tor i c a l h e r it ag e are master ful l y co mbin ed with cuttin ged g e te c h n ol ogy. Th e c i t y f lows by t he w indow as we sit comfor tably in th e m u f f le d a n d excl usive at mo sp here o f t he h otel ’s c ar. A classy tra n s fe r t h at i nt ro duces us to a wo r l d o f pr ivileges th at h ave s p a ce s a n d h i s to r y defined and exp er imented for a lon g time. U p on a r r i va l we are received by t he door man . We h ave ar r i ve d at t h e H o tel Adl o n Kemp insk i, an icon of B er lin luxur y an d h os p i t a li t y. I t is t he hub o f inter nat ion al politics th an ks to i t s p rom i n e nt p o sit io n b eside t he l eg en dar y Bran den burg G ate, s u r rou n ded by t he mo st imp o r tant embassies; th e f avou r i te d e s t inat io n o f dip l o mat s, inter n ation al dign itar ies an d R oya l t y, who have al ways co nsidered it a k in d of n eutral grou n d for t h eir meet ing s. Th e f i r s t gu e st, Emp ero r Wil hel m II, was so impressed by its s u m p t u ou s a m b ience t hat he wanted to make it h is secon d re s i d e n ce. M e nt io ning al l t he il l ust r io us n ames th at h ave s t aye d i n t h i s temp l e o f refined o p u l ence is impossible.

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Indeed, this is a place of absolute elegance. Originating from Lorenz Adlon’s ambitious plan of creating the most sophisticated hotel in all Berlin, nothing is out of place: the clean lines, the stunning marbles, the fine décor, the precious ‘objects d’art’ as well as the balanced cocktail of light colors. All this characterizes the 380 guestrooms and suites, the three presidential suites and the magnificent lobby that evokes the fabulous atmosphere of the Twenties. However, the use of modern technology brings us back to today ’s world: electronic keycard system, consoles in each guestroom which allow maximum comfort.

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Th e c u li n a r y offer is inter nat io nal at t he restaurants. Th e t wo s t a r Lore n z Adl o n Esszimmer, w it h it s st ron g Fren ch an cestr y, th e R e s t a u ra nt Q u ar rĂŠ hal fway b et wee n th e Bran den burg tra d i t i on a n d t he nat io nal and inter nation al classics, up to th e S ra B u a by Tim R au e w here co ntemp orar y Asian cuisin e is s e r ve d, com p osed by t he chef Tim R au e.

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B u t on e c a n n o t l eave t he Adl o n Kemp insk i with out treatin g o n e s e l f at t h e Adl o n Day Sp a, a real o as is of pleasure wh ich wh oll y re d e f i nes t he co ncep t o f wel l nes s. Ample space an d an i nte re s t i n g menu o f custo mizab l e t re atments, in addition to t h e yoga m a ster Vijay Ku mar Vyas are available for a tr uly u n i q u e ex p e r i e nce.

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HOTEL ADLON KEMPINSKI Berlin, Germany www.kempinski.com Rooms & Suites 382 Villas 0 - Restaurants 3 Spa yes Children yes Chain Kempinski Hotels Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 81 Environment 83 Design 80 Service 80 Cuisine 82 Health 78 Spa 80 Rooms 83

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he wel co me at th e R itz - Car lton , B e r l i n i n Pot s d amer Pl at z is mo st cer t ain ly war m an d c lassy. Th e s e r vi ce i s excel l ent : a ver y yo u ng yet h igh ly profession al s t a f f t a k e ex t re mel y g o o d care o f yo u – an d th at mak es th e dif fe re n ce. H e re m od e r nit y, l uxu r y and histo r y fuse. Th is soar in g Ar t- D e co b u i lding - recal l ing t he G o l den Age of N ew Yor k s k ys c ra p e r s - over l o o ks t he fut ur ist ic complex design ed by arc h i te c t u ra l g enius R enzo Piano. As you s te p i nside, yo u enter t he wo nde r s of a super b lobby i n G e r m a n I m p er ial st yl e. S o o n yo u w il l be sur roun ded by th e re s t ra i n e d m a gnificence o f a sp acio u s suite or guestroom wh e re t h e wooden fur nishing s b l ended with sooth in g sh ades o f b rown a n d beig e. Ar t and design are accompan ied by th e gre ate s t com for t and techno l o g y as well as a wide ar ray of o t h e r a m e n i t i es. The 303 g uest ro o ms an d 4 1 suites all h ave v ie ws of t h e i mmense Tierg ar ten Par k and th e cit y. O n t h e 10t h and 11t h fl o o rs we find t he Club R oom, a “ h otel i n a h ote l ” wi t h 37 suites and an eno r mo us 2 8 5 -sqm suite for s p e c i a l g u e s t s w ho have access to t he ver y exc lusive Club Lo u n g e.

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Th e l oc at i on o f t he ho tel is cent ral and conven ient for both b u s i n e s s t rave l ers and t ho se visit ing B er lin . On th e way bac k , to con c lu d e a b usy day, t he Wel l ness Area awaits us. Here g u e s t s c a n re d iscover t heir equ il ib r iu m in th e pool, saun a an d Tu r k i s h b at h . S u p e r b c u i s i ne. Tradit io nal French dish es as well as oth er i n n ovat i ve c re at io ns are ser ved at t he R e staurant D esbrosses, wh e re t h e at m o sp here o f an aut hent ic ‘ b rasser ie’ from 1 8 7 5 is b rou ght b a c k to l ife. But t he p l ace to b e for all bon viveur s is th e Cu r t a i n Cl u b w here, at t he st ro ke o f six pm, a real B eefeater p u l l s b a c k t h e cur t ains fo r yo ur enjoyment. Or, if you prefer, have a c la s s i c a l af ter no o n tea at t he adjacent Tea Loun ge to th e p le a s a nt so u nd o f l ive p iano music. An exper ien ce th at conte m p late s a menu w it h 50 l ab el s o f Ch ampagn e, amon g wh i c h s e ve ra l vint ag e b rands. A m a gi c a l a l chemy t akes p l ace at t he R itz - Car lton , B er lin , wh e re h os p i t a l it y, innovat io n, el eg ance and comfor t all con c ur to e li m i n ate wo r l dl y co ncer ns.

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, BERLIN Berlin, Germany www.ritz-carlton.com Rooms & Suites 303 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa under renovation Children yes Chain Ritz-Carlton Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 80 Environment 80 Design 82 Service 80 Cuisine 82 Health 76 Spa 0 Rooms 81

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On foot, by public transport or by limousine Berlin always surprises. We chose the exclusive and highly professional ser vices of MC Prestige Limousine Tours. The company is one of the best known in the city and takes care of transfers to major city hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton. Their Mercedes are of the latest generation and always impeccable, and the drivers are professional, attentive and above all discreet. MC Prestige Limousine Tours is an obligator y choice for airport transfers, city tours and nearby excursions for those who demand maximum comfort, punctuality, ser vice and class. w w w. m c pres tig el im o. de


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Poreč


Paolo Gerbaldo

Amid the sea, luxury and culture: Istria. PoreÄ? is the perfect synthesis of a relaxing life at sea, unraveled in all its forms, and cultural wonders.

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The Istrian peninsula in Croatia is undoubtedly a place dedicated to the sea, the beauty of the landscape, art and the charm of a Mediterranean summer holiday. Among the symbols of this land, with its wonderful art de vivre, Poreč, lying on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula, certainly deserves to be in first position. Poreč is the perfect synthesis of a relaxing life at sea, unraveled in all its forms, and cultural wonders. The legacy of a long history is clearly visible in the rich artistic and architectural heritage of Poreč. Strolling leisurely through the narrow streets of the old town, you will come to the large complex of the Euphrasian Basilica a very important example of Byzantine art whose initial nucleus dates back to the 5th century and which is also UNESCO patrimony. Then skirting the remaining stretches of the ancient Venetian walls, you will discover other enchanting corners of the peninsula that the historic center of Poreč encloses. The intense experience ends - during beautiful summer evenings - on the seafront enjoying the fish dishes offered by the many restaurants such as the welcoming Sveti Nikola. An invitation to the sweetness of living is the Isabella Resort, the flagship address of the Valamar group, strategically positioned on the small island of Sveti Nikola. Bright suites, in the Miramare and Castle parts, and villas immersed in the large Mediterranean garden welcome guests who are immediately captivated by the unique view of the sea. Exemplary for their composition are the dishes on the menu of the Miramare and Spinnaker restaurants, the latter located on the seafront of Poreč. The proposals, starting from first-rate ingredients, do, in fact, enhance Istrian cuisine by making the dishes a successful synthesis of land sea. At sunset the sun reflects on the Istrian Adriatic, giving the lucky guests of Poreč the idea of living an idyllic suspended moment.

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S a m s on i te i s a way to t ravel b u t mo st of all a way of life. Th e q u a li t y a nd p rac t ical it y t hat have a lways distin guish ed S a m s on i te p rodu c t s over t ime are al s o accompan ied by el e g a n ce, d e s ign and l ig ht ness dic t ated by th e advent of ha n d lu gg a g e as o ne’s o nl y b ag. An elegant essentialit y m a d e p os s i b le by new mater ial s such as poly propy len e th at

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Th e ce nt u r y of exp er ience at S amso nite plays a key role. Tak e th e b u s i n e s s l ine Pro DLX 5, w here det ails mak e a differen ce ( a f te r t h e m ater ial s). Smal l b ut imp o r t ant details design ed fo r b u s i n e s s m en and frequ ent fl yers wh o fin d th eir wor ld ar ra n ge d i n t h e co mp ar t ment s o f t heir b ags an d back pack s. Am on g t h e mo st advanced t ro l l eys t here are cer tain ly th ose o f t h e Loc k e d -Lite l ine t hat co mb ine Cur v tech n ology with i ts t h re e l oc k i n g p o int s. The resul t is a light weight suitc ase, r i gi d b u t at t h e same t ime exp andab l e an d in credibly durable. Va r i ou s color s and different finishes fo r th e inter ior an d th e ex te r i or e n r i c h t he o ffer. But beyond the mater ials, technologies and design, S amsonite i s g l a m orou s. I t has b een fo r over a centur y. Cer tain ly, it is th e r i ght c h oi ce fo r t he discer ning co ntemporar y traveler, a c i t i ze n of t h e wo r l d w ho want s a su itcase th at is light weight, dura b le, f u n c t io nal and b eaut iful al l at t h e same time. 172

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