Volume 2, Winter 2013 October - December
36 Globetrotters THE LUXURY OF A SLOW LIFE
62 FASHION Tropical Enchantment Stunning ensembles for holidays in the tropics
Soneva’s Sonu Shivdasani on intelligent travel and real luxury
& Design 42 Arts Art in the
guide 70 travel Adventures in the Island Country
Discussing the social media platform’s impact on the industry
50 BUSINESS TAKING a right risk Sensible planning and management of investments
New Zealand’s wonders from north to south
travel Treasures of the Rich Coast Costa Rica’s lush and luxurious wilderness
96 112 84 travel fire and ice
102 travel The Best in Tokyo Dining
Exploring Iceland’s dramatic landscapes
90 travel URBAN RENEWAL
A feast of authentic Japanese cuisine
Special 106 Quarterly Scentsational Trips
An interlude in the new Medellin
MARVELS OF MONGOLIA Adventures to the best of the steppes
Engaging tours to three captivating perfumeries
Bi-annual Special Crossing Borders Luxe furniture to beautify outdoor spaces
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travel for the elite With this issue, we bid a fond adieu to yet another year. But, before that, you deserve nothing less than the best journeys to remember the past months by. We wish you holidays as vibrant as the greenery in our chosen tropical and sub-tropical destinations. From an exhilarating week in New Zealand, we take you to explore the thick jungles of Costa Rica. For a change of scenery, where else can you chill out better than in, pun intended, Iceland? Moving south, Colombia’s Medellin is a city worth a second look. Next, we take you to Asia to immerse in the culture and scenic views of Mongolia before indulging in the flavours of Tokyo. Finally, as a special treat, we introduce you to the beauty of the Philippines. Attached in this issue is a passport to discover its natural wonders, and is yours to keep. Fill your holidays with all things bright and beautiful, taking inspiration from our personal must-haves and lust-haves. You’ll find everything from the latest gadgetry, to travel accessories and even smartphone apps to take to your holiday trips; as well as luxury items and designer furniture to beautify your homes with for the season. To say that we are proud of our cover and fashion editorial is an understatement. Then again, I always say that with every issue. Let’s just say that I really mean it this time. You can turn to our centre spread to see what I mean. With this, we officially close 2013 and cheerfully look forward to more thrilling and life-changing journeys for the coming year. Wishing you the happiest holidays!
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Travelite at Your Fingertips Wherever your lavish journeys take you, the ultimate guide to luxurious travel is always within your reach at www.travelitemagazine.com A mere click is all it takes to get the best of lifestyle updates as featured in every corner of Travelite Magazine’s online abode. Flip through the web version of the magazine and dream up the trip of a lifetime while exploring the most sought-after hotels, restaurants, art galleries and other international hot spots with a turn of every page. Before jetting off to your next getaway, check Destination Hotlist for valuable insider tips that will make all the difference to your journey. Meanwhile, Travelogue is an engaging diary filled with inspiring travel experiences yours to relive. The hottest fashions, gadgets and other essentials of fine living are also given due focus to further enrich your wanderlust lifestyle. These musthaves will surely come in handy for the winners of Travelite’s online contests. Find out how you can win luxurious hotel stays by clicking on the Get Lucky tab. With Travelite Magazine’s online travel portal, the most decadent journeys are never too far away. Log on and let your next escapade begin.
FINE ART ASIA 4-7 October The most precious collectibles from both East and West will be yours to acquire or admire during this big, four-day art event. With the participation of 100 reputable galleries from over the world, an 8,000-sqm exhibition space will be filled with more than 6,500 museum-quality articles including key pieces such as La Seine à Bougival by Claude Monet and Guitar Accroché au Mur by Pablo Picasso.
The Luxury Property Show 29-30 October If you’re looking to invest in properties, this spectacular event is exactly where you need to be this season. Different types of real estate gems located in some of the world’s most magnificent landscapes will be up for purchase. From Spanish golf villas to beachfront homes in Dubai, this parade of properties might just hold the key to your dream home.
Malaysia International Jewellery Festival 1-4 November You’ll have a hard time resisting the call of the fabulously tempting wares of no less than 100 jewellers when this grand spectacle takes place in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Held twice a year, this is Malaysia’s glamorous, record-holding jewellery event, and this coming autumn edition promises an overwhelming selection from exclusive, world-class exhibitors.
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The Guggenheim International Gala 6-7 November New York’s Guggenheim Museum, in partnership with celebrated fashion house Dior is honouring artists Christopher Wool and James Turrell in this year’s glitzy fundraising gala. Be one of the distinguished guests and enjoy a memorable dinner and a preparty event featuring world-renowned DJ Richie Hawtin while supporting the museum’s programs.
British Polo Day 14-16 December To celebrate British luxury and heritage, this travelling spectacle circles the world, organising thrilling polo games and exclusive parties. The last stop for this year is India where two different cultures will blend to make memories that guests are sure to cherish. Supported by British luxury brands, this lavish cultural exchange is not your usual social gathering.
Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 16-18 December The Andaman Sea transforms into a joyous playground during this gathering of luxury vessels. Kata Rocks, one of Phuket’s most exquisite resorts is hosting the grand festivity, assuring infinite merriment in and out of water. Get your fill of coastal revelry through fancy cocktail parties, exciting sailing events and an exclusive gala dinner set to be a highlight of your social calendar this season.
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destination hotlist | TROPICAL RESORTS
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destination hotlist | TROPICAL RESORTS
Mashpi Lodge ECUADOR
You've all heard of butlers and sommeliers in many
The two-storey Dining Room offers much more
resorts around the world, but how often do you come
than the minute-changing panorama. It’s the place
across an on-site biologist? The forest surrounding
to indulge in unique tastes of Ecuadorian cuisine
Mashpi Lodge deserves just that – what with the
made with the freshest herbs, spices and vegetables
wealth of flora and fauna that calls it home.
borrowed from the rainforest. Outdoors, you’ll be treated to private guided nature treks, bird watching,
The glass-walled hotel is a proof of its conservationist
waterfall dives and treetop canopy gondola tours,
owner’s passion, showcasing the lush forest as its
among others. Mashpi Lodge gives a whole new
main feature. Everything else was built around
meaning to the phrase “it’s a jungle out there”.
the stunning environment – from contemporary structures and cosy accommodations to fresh cuisine
Yaku Suite accommodations are yours for two nights
and one-of-a-kind experiences.
at USD1,552 per person.
Inviting you to live amongst the greens are 22
bedrooms sporting minimal décor to highlight the spectacle outside. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow natural light to seep in, adding to the overall sustainability of the hotel. Book one of the three Yaku Suites for your own Philippe Starck-designed bathtub for longer soaks in both warm water and relaxing views.
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destination hotlist | TROPICAL RESORTS
The Farm at San Benito The philippines
It’s not everyday that you get to discover a sanctuary in
Raw food comes alive at Alive! restaurant, serving excellent
the middle of a small town’s coconut plantation. With one
healthy vegan cuisine made from organic ingredients that are,
good review after another, The Farm at San Benito has put
as you guessed, freshly picked from the gardens on-site.
the Philippines on the map of wellness travel. The peaceful ambience of lush tropical gardens complements heavenly
The vast estate is also dotted with many quiet hideaways yours
treatments from simple relaxations to strict detox cleanses,
to discover, on top of meeting the resident albino peacock in
award-winning spa food in between.
one of your leisurely strolls.
It’s the kind of place you plan on visitng for two nights and end
Indulge in the healing of your mind, body and soul with Master
up staying longer anyway. Charming suites and villas, 32 in all,
Villa accommodations at USD1,200 per night.
can easily make up your mind. Some of the features include outdoor lounge areas, pocket gardens, open-air bathrooms and private heated pools. Reserve the estate’s only Master Villa for a 341sqm space built for your privacy and relaxation. Nightly rates apply, but should you be tempted, they offer wellness programs and healing retreats from three to 21 days.
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7 LUXURY VILLAS + GUEST SUITES
Perched high on limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean at Bali’s most southern tip, Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu is a little piece of heaven on earth. Dramatic in all dimensions, Semara Luxury Villa Resort offers complete facilities for an A-lister’s retreat; Pampering Spa, 2 Tennis Court, Gym, Putting Green and Finn’s Beach Club on its own white sandy beach.
Book at www.semarauluwatu.com Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma Ungasan 80362 Bali, Indonesia T: + 62 (361) 848 2111, +62 853 3941 1907 E: email@example.com W: www.semararesorts.com semaraluxuryvillaresort
destination hotlist | TROPICAL RESORTS
Silky Oaks Lodge AUSTRALIA
If Tarzan and Jane could go on a lavish holiday, the Silky Oaks Lodge in North Queensland would be one of their destinations. Hovering above the Mossman River, the lodge enjoys infinite views of the drifting waters and thick rainforest below. All 39 river and treehouse accomodations feature adjoining spacious terraces, designed to bring the outside in. Full glass windows assure that your dwelling will be filled with verdant views of one of Australia’s oldest rainforests at any time of day. The timber treehouses are delightful, but book one of the two Billabong Suites to stay in a cosy riverhouse with double balconies and your own private lounge. Dining at the Treehouse Restaurant is both exciting and relaxing, as meals are served not just with fine Australian wines, but with views of streaming waters a few metres away. Another exciting dining venue is the Jungle Perch, which is yes, literally perched above the jungle. Stay a night in a Billabong Suite for USD936 inclusive of breakfast, mini bar and a handful of activities. www.silkyoakslodge.com.au
Ubud Hanging Gardens INDONESIA
What else is there to see in the peaceful town of Ubud that we haven’t already seen in the movie Eat, Pray, Love? The enchanting eco-resort called Ubud Hanging Gardens is one. Contrary to its name, there’d be no dangling on tree branches here. Although scenic views of the Ayung River and surrounding Balinese jungle will leave you hanging, but only for words. Each of the 38 villas has its own private heated pool, on top of the two-tier main infinity pool that mimics the multilayered rice paddies of Ubud. Arrange for a stay in one of only two Panoramic Pool Villa Suites for, as the name suggests, sweeping views of the tropical forest that surrounds. Choose from two dining destinations that line the hillside and sample fresh catch from Jimbaran Bay, flavoured with the village’s indigenous herbs and spices. Nightly stays in a Panoramic Pool Villa Suite start at USD690. www.ubudhanginggardens.com
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destination hotlist | Luxury Spa Treatments
Six Senses Spa Zighy Bay OMAN
The stunning Six Senses Zighy Bay is home to a spa of top-notch treatments that are well-executed in a pristine environment. Six Senses Spa’s pride is resident beauty therapist Pat Harvey, whose healing hands have already gained a celebrity following. Beyond relaxation, skin health is a vital goal at the spa and it is readily achieved through a fine range of facial products and treatments by Margy’s of Monte Carlo. Experience the benefits of rose quartz crystals with the signature 60-minute Rose Quartz Facial. This sumptuous treatment starts with a mild cleanse and exfoliation before your skin is soothed with a gentle massage using rose quartz crystal wands. The healing gem restores balance, smoothes wrinkles and nourishes every inch of your skin. Simply put, the lavish facial ‘freezes’ time to unveil a youthful complexion. www.sixsenses.com
The Spa at Regent Palms Turks & Caicos
Combining timeless Asian healing therapies with native ingredients from the Caribbean, The Spa at Regent Palms is a haven for your senses. One of its decadent Signature Journeys, the ‘Mother-of-Pearl’ is not only luxurious but also utterly relaxing. Locally sourced queen conch shells are hand-crushed and blended with your choice of aromatherapy oil. This precious concoction is then massaged onto your body for total skin exfoliation. You’ll be pampered further under the soothing Vichy rainshowers to rinse off the scrub before a rich blend of moisturiser is applied. Extend the session with an hourlong full-body massage to heighten your experience at the palm-fringed spa. Just like mother-of-pearls, your skin will achieve that iridescent glow right after the treatment. www.regenthotels.com
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Spa Saffire at Saffire Freycinet australia
Natural elements from tranquil surroundings are translated into opulent treatments at Spa Saffire. Some of these elements also happen to be precious jewels, like the one used in the signature Sapphire Ritual Facial. A sapphire blue topaz is rested on your forehead to harmonise your energy field throughout the DL Lifting Effect facial. This will noticeably bring back your skinâ€™s natural luminosity. A back and shoulder massage follows just before the chromatic light therapy that stimulates collagen for younger-looking skin. The treatment is capped off with an under eye lifting contour therapy and a relaxing foot massage to ensure that you are pampered from top to toe. www.saffire-freycinet.com.au
destination hotlist | Bali’s Best Beach Clubs
Surrounding the oversized pool, the whitewashed cabanas and sun beds call for endless tanning during the day and undisrupted stargazing at night. This dazzling environment is
Showcasing sweeping vistas of Canggu Beach, Vue is an
also the setting of memorable parties during late hours. When
expansive playground for beach-loving holidaymakers. The
attending one of Vue’s lively spectacles, circulate the open-
fashionable beach club is a defining feature of LV8, a decadent,
air venue before settling on the perfect spot to frolic in for
shore side hotel facing the magnificent Indian Ocean.
the rest of the night. With your choice of libation in hand, let loose as the DJ spins tracks that will later serve as the anthem
Thoughtfully designed, half of Vue’s grandeur is credited to its
of your party experience in paradise.
spectacular location. With nothing more than tall palm trees and a giant, decorative, twisted tower standing at one end of
Vue is also available to host any of your private parties. Have
the pool to cut through the panoramic ocean views, the bar
the entire venue for yourself and your esteemed guests to
definitely maximises the innate beauty of its environment.
take your important celebrations to legendary heights.
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destination hotlist | Bali’s Best Beach Clubs
Cocoon www.cocoon-beach.com From every angle, Cocoon is a picture-perfect hangout furnished with white and blue fixtures replicating the hues of the sea and the sky that it overlooks. Fresh foliage and wood are incorporated throughout the space, providing a pleasant ambience that effortlessly evokes comfort and elegance. Lazy afternoons are best spent poolside indulging on the Asian and modern European flavours from the menu. Resting on one of the chaise lounges or daybeds, spend the rest of your day delightfully doing nothing, but stare into the horizon until you’re lulled to sleep only to wake up to a view of a glorious sunset – a moment that must be completed with a drink or two. From a casual beach club, Cocoon transitions into a luxe bar and lounge as night falls. Dinners here are certainly delectable what with award-winning dishes on offer, but after-dinner treats are even better. Order a bottle from the
Potato Head Beach Club www.ptthead.com
bar’s extensive wine list or have a few rounds of freshly mixed exotic cocktails while engaging in spirited chatter. The party
Combine a divine beach location and an innovative spirit
atmosphere reaches its peak during the wee hours of the
with a passion for revelry and you’re left with a progressive
night, when Bali’s fashionable crowd, composed of trendy
establishment boasting a striking façade fashioned with
locals and jetsetting vacationers, congregate in this equally
18th century teak shutters. Although it’s in a prime location
stylish retreat. Considering the exquisite setting and the top-
in Seminyak where dining and retail outlets stand left and
notch menu items, Cocoon is one of those bars where you
right, Potato Head Beach Club manages to stand out with its
have your last drink multiple times.
tastefully designed domain and unmistakably positive vibe. Within the state-of-the-art amphitheatre, a large infinity pool faces the gorgeous Seminyak seascape. Join other sun worshippers on this area or on the adjacent 500sqm lawn and catch some rays while cooling down with one of the bar’s artisanal cocktails. Further inward, a covered space is where you have more exotic drinks and chow down house specialties in the glow of the warm light flooding the room. Having been designed by master architect Andra Matin, Ptthead obviously puts design in its list of priorities, making use of vintage furniture and decorative artwork to create an oasis where you lounge with friends until the wee hours of the night. Potato Head Beach Club has established solid following among local and international visitors who flock the place, especially when world-famous music acts come to perform. Don’t miss out on the fun and head to this stylish haven for your own share of unbridled debauchery.
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destination hotlist | RAINFOREST CRUISE
The Amazon river
The newly refurbished Delfin I, which traverses across the wilderness of the Amazon in all its classic glory, is a luxurious vessel that offers an authentic immersion into the Peruvian domain of the famous river. Spend unforgettable days exploring the untamed allure of the rainforest cradled in comfort and sophistication with the Delfin Iâ€™s four-night and five-day cruise offered this winter season. Your journey starts in Iquitos where a scrumptious
Highlighting exclusivity, the Delfin I features four spacious
welcome dinner is served shortly after boarding the ship,
deluxe suites good for only eight discerning guests.
followed by a brief and informative orientation outlining
Panoramic views hike up the ambience of all living spaces
the details of the upcoming exciting experiences.
as each comes with a private terrace and two are furnished with private whirlpool baths. Featuring artwork by the
Throughout the voyage, youâ€™ll get to uncover some secrets
women of Puerto Miguel, the Delfin I is beautiful in more
of the Amazon while aboard a skiff or on foot (depending
ways than one, as such art pieces are available for purchase
on natural conditions) for closer interactions with its
to provide aid to the children of the local community.
wild inhabitants. From frolicking with pink and grey river dolphins at the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve to spotting giant
As another ode to the exotic locales that it passes through,
otters underneath a canopy of trees at Atun Poza Lake and
the Delfin I offers sumptuous Peruvian cuisine at the dining
fishing for piranhas at Caro Curahuayte, every day of the
room on the second deck. Local, fresh natural ingredients
program promises thrilling experiences that will later be
are used to create delectable dishes throughout the trip,
joyfully recalled again and again.
which are all served amid an environment of restrained luxury coupled with wild, natural beauty.
In between jungle excursions, kick back and take time to take in the unspoilt scenery of the wilderness. With only
This season, the Delfin I embarks on four-night, five-day
the calls of exotic birds filling the air, take your spot on one
cruises through the Peruvian Amazon River on 3, 24, 31
of the large sofas on the open observation deck located
October, 7, 14, 21 November and 5, 19 December. Stay in
on top of the vessel. The Delfin I is also equipped with an
a Master Suite at USD4,200 on double occupancy for a
entertainment centre with DVDs and reading materials for
splendid journey all the way.
your entertainment pleasure and an open bar stocked with international and local drinks to fuel spirited conversations.
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destination hotlist | Green Meetings
Marina Bay Sands singapore
At the Sands Expo and Convention Centre alone, there are 2,000 It’s a pleasure doing business at the Lion City’s iconic Marina
exhibition booths, 250 meeting rooms and a large ballroom
Bay Sands. You won’t simply be doing business, you’ll also
accommodating up to 6,000 guests banquet-style. Other venue
be taking part in protecting the environment. The leisure and
options include the ArtScience Museum, Garden Walk and the
entertainment venue is an environmentally responsible, energy-
famous Sands SkyPark.
efficient property from its three-towered hotel to its expo and convention centre, on-site museum and shopping complex.
You and your colleagues and business partners will share in environmental practices while indulging in sustainable food and
Sustainable options come with every meeting and big or small
beverage from the Green Harvest Menu. After the function,
event. Plan your business’ requirements with the Green Meeting
the Sands ECO360° Event Impact Statement will present a
Concierge, who will guide you through the Sands ECO360°
sustainability report that sums up your event’s environmental
Meetings Planning Tool. This allows you to customise your
effects. Hosting a meeting has never been this rewarding to both
function, from choosing from world-class venues and amenities
the environment and your business.
to participating in community volunteering and post-event donation programs.
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Epicurious | FARM-TO-TABLE dining
Blue Butcher hong kong
Carnivores at heart will have a grand time feasting on the succulent offerings at Blue Butcher. As the only restaurant in Hong Kong with a walk-in pink salt dry-aging room, this restaurant certainly knows its meats. Before indulging in hefty servings of steak laid across wooden boards, treat your eyes to a convivial scene of dark wood and leather with touches of marble and enhanced by warm lighting. Evoking a loose, cosmopolitan vibe common in the hip restaurants of Manhattan, the atmosphere in Blue Butcher is laid back yet sophisticated, making it perfect for long, casual dinners followed by a few rounds of drinks. The restaurant boasts different menus for dinner, brunch, daytime snacks and cocktails. From 6pm onwards, a selection of dishes featuring a combination of meats, cheeses and breads will have you spoiled for choice, but it’s the items under ‘Butcher’s Cuts’ that represent what this place is all
So serious is Blue Butcher about meat that it even founded
about. Featuring wagyu sirloin and other beef specialties that
the Honourable Society of Prime Meat, a social group
are hand-sourced right down to the specific breed and farm
for like-minded carnivores. Not only do the club’s meat-
and later dry aged in-house, you’re assured only top-quality
loving members get exclusive choice cuts, they also enjoy
cuts are served. The restaurant is dedicated to producing the
opportunities to learn about butchering techniques and
finest meats and every bite is a testament to this.
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Epicurious | FARM-TO-TABLE dining
Matching the grandeur of its address that is the historic Raffles Hotel, Halia is a lovely dining haven for discerning foodies. The restaurant is a dainty environment of wooden chairs and tables with french windows that allow a generous amount of sunlight to brighten up the space. Accentuated by foliage, there is a pleasant, garden-like vibe throughout that begs for friendly lunches and romantic dinners. Like its setting, the menu also puts particular focus on natural elements, making use of fresh ingredients and highlighting inherent flavours. Offering contemporary European cuisine with Asian influences, Halia tempts with such gastronomic wonders such as the Singapore-style Chili Crab Spaghettini and Sous Vide Baharat Chicken. Match your dish of choice with the recommended wine pairing or pick from the restaurantâ€™s impressive wine list. Reserve the centre table made from a 150 year-old tree for a 360-degree perspective of the restaurant. If you prefer a tad more privacy however, the corner table against the red, tufted banquette couch is your ideal spot. Halia also reserves a space, refined with solid mahogany tables that can host private affairs. Meanwhile, the al fresco bar, where handcrafted works of artisans from the world over are showcased, is a worthy stop for a post-dinner tipple. With its chic, relaxed atmosphere and delectable cuisine, Halia is your peaceful and tasteful refuge whenever you feel like escaping the frenzy of the city.
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special feature | Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Boat
Fizzy Escapes Embark on a bubbly getaway with Moët & Chandon’s Ice Impérial Boat. The chicest way yet to cruise Hong Kong is aboard the Jungle Jane, a vessel remodelled, rather, refashioned by the purveyors of luxury at Moët & Chandon. Abandon Hong Kong’s bustling streets for a day as the boat’s elegant white and gold deck allows you to take the party to the seas. Invite no more than 40 of your partyphile friends and get pampered by your own crew, lifeguard included. Cosy sun beds, an inflatable slide, a floating lounge and of course, a fullystocked bar with up to 36 bottles of Moët Ice Impérial champagne will fuel a full day’s worth of merrymaking. Moët Ice Impérial is the first-ever champagne concocted to go well with ice. Best served outdoors, it gives your al fresco parties just the right amount of cool. The Ice Impérial Boat sails until the end of November, for a fun and innovative way to enjoy champagne – on the rocks and by the sea. www.moet.com
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THE LUXURY OF a slow life Luxury has different meanings to different people. In travel, it often goes hand in hand with five-star hotels and free-flowing champagnes. After a chat with Sonu Shivdasani, Soneva Group’s founder and CEO, you’ll be surprised to learn that ‘intelligent’ is one of those meanings – and it actually makes sense.
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How did your interest in travel start? My father loved to travel. His business required it. But
In the Soneva point of view, what defines a luxury holiday?
on holidays we would often drive around the continent
experiencing some of the great establishments of Europe.
understanding what true luxury is for our guests today.
The wealthy of today come from a different context to
What type of traveller stays at Soneva properties?
the wealthy of the past when some of the more traditional
A sophisticated, intelligent, escapist searching a greater
freshly picked salad, grown in our organic garden while
truth and a natural ‘Slowlife’.
What influenced the SLOW LIFE concept?
luxuries were established. For guests who live in a cramped and polluted concrete jungle, it is a true luxury to eat a breathing fresh air and enjoying a beautiful view. Such an experience is rare in the modern world and combined with the space, privacy and comfort of our villas and rooms,
I strongly believe that a successful business is the one that
and the intuitive service provided by our hosts, we create
combines apparent contrasts and makes these ‘opposites’
Intelligent Luxury. It is about understanding the daily lives
compatible. When this is achieved and it works, it creates
of our guests and offering them experiences that are both
such an experience that is both unique and admired, that
‘new’ – in that they are rare, unusual and exceptional to
one immediately develops a very strong level of loyalty
our guests, but at the same time ‘true’ in that they are
from the guest.
highly desired and cherished by our guests.
SLOW LIFE is a guiding principle for all our team members. (Sustainable – Local – Organic – Wellness – Learning – Inspiring – Fun – Experiences). It is our moral compass as well as our operating compass. Sustainability runs through our core and we are always striving to limit the negative environmental impact of our activities – something which is both difficult as well as critical for a company which operates resorts in remote places of pristine natural beauty. We may sometimes fall short of our own high standards, but we are very clear about our responsibilities as custodians of these beautiful places in which we operate. Our SLOW LIFE focus has lead to levels of guest loyalty and repeat business that far surpass industry norms, and this tells me unequivocally that the values of a company matter to those who consume its products.
With the above in mind, sometimes the more sustainable option is actually the more luxurious one. I mentioned above, how for someone living in an urban context, the fresh salad that was dug that morning, becomes more luxurious than the foie gras, the wagyu beef or the caviar that might be on the menu, as these ingredients are not “luxurious” but just “expensive” in that they are certainly not “rare” to the urban elite living in capital cities like London, Paris, Hong Kong, New York and etc. Where as, that rocket salad that was plucked that morning is certainly a rarity that is seldom achieved for a client living in an urban environment. So ironically, the more sustainable of these ingredients (not necessarily the most expensive) is certainly the more luxurious based upon the definition that luxury is something that is “rare”. There are other such examples; such as the open-air
“SLOW LIFE is a guiding principle for
bathroom or the open-air restaurant. These are very
all our team members. (Sustainable –
however wealthy you are, you certainly cannot shower
Local – Organic – Wellness – Learning – Inspiring – Fun – Experiences).”
luxurious for the urban elite that frequents us, because everyday in a city in a 100-sqm bathroom among waterfalls, tropical plants and watching the full moon at the same time; or eat barefoot with sand under your feet. These are “rare” experiences. So, often our competitors get confused between what is really luxurious i.e. “rare, new and unique” but “true” is something that strikes a cord in your heart, with things that are just expensive.
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Clockwise: Bamboo dining pod, Soneva Kiri, Thailand; Snorkeling at sand bank, Soneva Fushi, Maldives; Sonu Shivdasani Opposite page: Top to bottom: Hill Villa, Soneva Kiri, Thailand; Sonu and wife Eva, Photo courtesy of Calle Stoltz
What’s your dream destination? We love the Maldives where we live for about five months of the year. We love being by the sea. The climate is very temperate. The days are seldom above 30°C, the evenings are usually 24-25°C. The marine life is fantastic. As there is little land and no hills, it avoids the summer monsoon period of Asia.
What can you never travel without? A baseball cap and a powerful magnet with two parts
What’s your favourite among all the places you’ve been to and why? My wife Eva and I often visit the European capitals and one
that can be placed on either side of the cap. It should be worn 10 minutes before landing and 10 minutes after landing to help avoid jetlag. I also carry aconite – this is a homeopathic remedy to help sleep.
of our favourites is Florence. It is a beautiful city – I highly recommend the Lungarno Hotel, part of the Ferragamo Ponte Vecchio and there is no road between the hotel and
Where do you draw inspiration from when coming up with properties?
the river Arno. There is a lovely room on the fifth floor
A resort experience is like a pointillist painting. It is the
with a great balcony. Villa San Michele in Fiesole is also
many experiences that the guest has through his or her
beautiful. From the dining terrace, one has a stunning view
senses that create the overall impact. My travels, the arts
and architectures we are exposed to are my inspirations.
group. It is unique in that it is immediately next to the
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â€œA resort experience is like a pointillist painting. It is the many experience that the guest has through his or her senses that create the overall impact.â€?
What are the future Soneva projects that we should look out for? In summer 2014, we will be launching Soneva in Aqua, which will further elevate guest experience by offering the option of a boat villa, which will combine all the benefits of the resortâ€™s services and amenities with the freedom and exclusivity associated with a private boat charter. Our core purpose is Slowlife and we will remain true to this as well as our Intelligent Luxury philosophy. Following the sale of Six Senses, our strategy now is to only operate hotels, which we also own or have at least 50 per cent of. We will also be selling residences attached to these hotels as we have a very high level of repeat business. Soneva
How did travel evolve from the time you started Soneva Group up to the present?
Fushi, whose main market is 10 or 11 hours by plane away, has a 50 per cent repeat level.
Demographics have certainly changed over the last 20 years. Since the Internet evolution and the emerging of
This is arguably a world record for a long haul destination.
BRICs and other markets, the rich have become younger
These enthusiasts have loved our residential offering. The
and have children at an older age. In the last 20 years, the
sale of residences gives us capital for future expansion. We
rich are also urban entrepreneurs rather than the landed
will be starting on the new Soneva Gili and after that, we
gentry living in the countryside. So, what they demand has
are looking at sites in Bali and Ibiza.
changed completely. It is our hope to extend our core purpose, which started We have more families and we have more people living
with operating hotels and then selling residences to
in boxes in cities who are seeking a Slowlife and all the
other areas such as extending our current retail business,
special initiatives that we come up with as part of our
considering a spa skin care range and other extensions
Intelligent Luxury philosophy.
where our passions and skills can deliver a unique offering.
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special feature | 24/7 BILLIARD table
GAME changer Youâ€™ll never play the same way again with this ultra sleek billiard table designed by purveyor of modern lifestyle innovations Porsche Design Studio. Exuding the same panache required in the cue sport, the 24/7, as what itâ€™s called, is finely crafted with aluminium and tulipwood, exhibiting continuous lines with rounded edges. The table is equally stylish and functional, offering optimum performance for a seamless playing experience with the use of superior materials and modern technology including the 3-D water jet cutting procedure. Each comes fullyequipped with leather pockets, a professional three-part slate, superior Simonis cloth and high-quality rubber cushions. Handmade in Austria, a table can be yours six to eight weeks after placing an order. Make yours as unique as you please as each piece is customisable. Completing the game set are Aramith balls, a triangle, bridge stick, two cues and a cue rack specially fashioned to complement the design of the visionary billiard table. www.247billiards.com
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Holiday Desires The season of giving is here again! On this festive occasion, fill your wish list with luxurious items that will keep you in style during and beyond your celebrations. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition Chronograph LeBron James As the accomplished NBA starâ€™s model of choice, this handsome timepiece is a symbol of great distinction. www.audemarspiguet.com
Loro Piana Cashmere Cardigan This lush cardigan is fashioned with cashmere fibres from China and Mongolia, made in Italy and yours to take everywhere. www.mrporter.com
John Lobb William Leather Monk-Strap Elegance never goes out of style and this handmade pair is a sartorial classic that will go a long way. www.mrporter.com
Braun Cooltec The future of grooming is yours with this revolutionary shaver with an active cooling technology that soothes the skin and minimises irritation. www.BRAUN.com
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Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Jour/Nuit Cerfs-Volants Poetic Complication Precious and cherished, time is indeed (white) gold and it comes in a 38-mm case featuring a bezel laced with diamonds and a mother-of-pearl dial. www.vancleefarpels.com
Bottega Veneta KPM Clutch
Victoria Beckham silk and Wool-blend Cape jacket Infuse some chic, androgynous flair to your holiday wardrobe with this unique cover-up and ensure solid best-dressed status. www.net-a-porter.com
In honour of KPM’s (Koenigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin) 250th anniversary, a rendition of the designer brand’s Knot clutch has been created for you to tote around at the season’s hottest parties. www.bottegaveneta.com
Dior Bar A/W 2013 Inspired by Monsieur Dior’s Tailleur Bar look, this minimalist tote is a timeless, functional fashion accessory. www.dior.com
House of Sillage Limited Edition Travel Spray Encased in an 18K gold cylinder adorned with emeralds and diamonds, this portable fragrance offers bejewelled grandeur with each spritz. www.houseofsillage.com
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special feature | TRAVEL APplications
Techie Travel Companions PRIVATEFLY You can do so much more (and spend even more) with your smartphone these days. Everything is literally at the tip of your fingers, even booking a flight. Though in PrivateFly’s case, it’s not just any regular flight but one involving private jets. The global private jet hire service allows you to secure chartered flights in minutes wherever you are, wherever you want to go. The app lets you pick your aircraft of choice to go with your specific itineraries anywhere in the world. Now, this is just what every serious jetsetter needs. The app is free for iPhones and iPads with flights starting from USD4,300. www.privatefly.com
First ever iPhone application by http://press.louisvuitton.com/amble/ log-in: Amble_app password: Louis_Vuitton_2011
Trust Louis Vuitton to make your journeys more unforgettable and yes, even more stylish. Amble is the fashion house’s first ever iPhone application, designed to take the art of travel to another level.
It lets you capture and preserve your travel
If you’re used to getting VIP treatment everywhere you go, then you’ll love iVIP’s
memories in chic, Louis Vuitton style. Take a
Black app, also known as the ‘Millionaire’s App’. Now, feeling like a million bucks
snapshot, record a video and make notes of
is always within your reach.
your favourite places and experiences, which you can later on share with your fashionable
Receive exceptional service and added perks in any of iVIP’s partner venues
friends. The app is free to download, but you
worldwide, from health clubs to hotels. The iVIP Concierge will wait on you hand
can also purchase Louis Vuitton City Guides
and foot may it be event reservations to personal training and in addition, personal
from USD9.99 to navigate the streets of
styling. Of course, the iVIP Black app is exclusive to VIPs with assets and income of
choice destinations with flair.
over USD1.6 million. It is available for iPhones and iPads at USD999.99.
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The Cool and Cutting-edge TAG Heuer Special Edition Meridiist Sapphire 1860 Mobile Phone price upon request The Swiss luxury brandâ€™s crossover from watches to mobile phones has resulted to splendid communication devices. The latest addition to the Meridiist line is no exception, boasting a full sapphire crystal keypad and a dual screen display. Only 1,860 pieces will be produced as a nod to the year the brand was established. www.tagheuer.com
Bissol 788 Calibre for iPhone 5S USD760 Combining classic sophistication with new-age innovation, this marvellous creation transforms your already valuable mobile phone into a much more decadent possession. Coming in colours to match the iPhone 5S, the case is made with anodised aluminium with painted crystal sapphire. www.bissol.com
Happy Plugs Earphones 18ct Gold USD14,500 Hand-made by a Swedish goldsmith in Old Town, Stockholm, these exclusive gold earphones take the listening experience to a new scale. Each ear bud is made using 25g of 18ct gold, which should be enough reason to treasure a pair as functional, oneof-a-kind jewellery. www.happyplugs.com 58 | TRAVELITE
Sony Cybershot QX100 USD2,554 Equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens and its own microSD card slot, this nifty accessory is the ideal photography partner for your iOS or Android smartphone. It can be physically connected to your device through an adjustable adapter or held wirelessly to allow more freedom to shoot from more angles. www.sony.com
Fauré Le Page iPad Case USD422 From creating weapons of war during the time of Louis XV to crafting modern-day weapons of cosmopolitan living, this heritage label is catching up with the times. One of its contemporary offerings is this iPad case. Rendered with the brand’s signature pattern, it’s a thing of superb craftsmanship and understated elegance. www.faurelepage.com
Ricoh Theta 360 USD399 Blurring the conventional limitations of image capturing, this device doesn’t take regular photos. Instead, it records a scene through spherical images that can be panned left, right, up and down. Pair it with your iPhone and with a single tap, share wonderful moments through 360-degree views. www.theta360.com
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special feature | the pink star
FLAWLESSLY PINK All eyes turn to the sparkle of an exceptional diamond called The Pink Star. At 59.60ct, the oval-cut precious stone is the world’s largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond. That is the highest possible colour grade for its kind, evaluated no less than the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The Pink Star is to grace Sotheby’s Geneva auctions this 13 November. According to David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Division in Europe and the Middle East and Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, “I have had the privilege of examining some of the greatest gemstones in the world over the past 35 years, and I can say, without hesitation, that The Pink Star diamond is of immense importance…” No doubt, this precious stone will be the star of the Magnificent Jewels sale with a steep estimate of USD60 million. After all, it is only the most valuable diamond of its kind to be put under the gavel. www.sothebys.com
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Enchantment The calm of nature is always a welcoming respite. Lush greens and the sound of stillness make for a spellbinding journey that calls for equally captivating style.
Animal print jacket, Giambattista Valli. Purple silk charmeuse blouse, Josie Natori. Sterling silver Carabao horn with cubic zirconia earrings, Arnel Papa.
This page Black Keiko top, Roland MouRet. Fuchsia Inca skirt, Roland Mouret. Gold earrings with cubic zirconia, Arnel Papa. Opposite page Up collar black lace dress, Joel Escober. Sterling silver Carabao horn with cubic zirconia earrings & Ring with granite stone and cubic zirconia, Arnel Papa.
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Opposite page Blue green round neck long-sleeved lace gown, Joel Escober. Brass earrings with mother of pearl, Arnel Papa. This page Short full-sequined dress with stones, Jerome Salaya Ang. Diagonal sterling silver earrings dipped in gold with freshwater pearls and cubic zirconia, Arnel Papa.
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Round neck sleeveless gown with mocha lace, Joel Escober. 24k Gold-plated brass cuff, Arnel Papa.
Photography Paelo Pedrajas Styling James Scott Model Zaneta Sitko | Elite Manila Hair & Make-up Seka Mojal Assistants Upper Viceo & Mynedra Mojal Shot on location in The Farm at San Benito Special Thanks: UNIVERS d’homme et femme MYTH Manila Arnel Papa Rustan’s Department Store
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Treasures of the Rich Coast What Costa Rica lacks in size, it makes up for in natural diversity. Thrill and relaxation seekers alike will find a wealth of ways to traverse the ‘rich coast’. WORDS BY Isobel tsin
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Spending a few days in the capital of San Jose gives you a taste of Costa Rican culture in as much as it prepares you for the adventure ahead. Prepare for what exactly? First is adjusting your eyes to the almost blinding greenness surrounding unspoilt destinations frequented only by birds, monkeys and other friendly living creatures. Next, days of ogling plant and wildlife accompanied only by the calming sounds of nature will take some getting used to. Driving along banana plantations and drifting down calm rivers are the usual routes to Tortuguero – the Land of Turtles. The village is a prime nesting site for four kinds of sea turtles, two of which are considered endangered species. Rare sightings of turtles laying eggs on the beach are a way of life here, with two breeding seasons in a year. Witness leatherback turtles nest on the shores from February to April, while green turtles take the spotlight from July to October. Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtles also lay eggs in the grounds regularly. You’ll be turtle spotting at daytime, night walking by sundown and river cruising alongside sloths and jaguars in between.
anal tours around Tortuguero National Park, dubbed “Costa Rica’s Amazon” allows you to explore the thick rainforest, pass stunning waterfalls and get as close to nature as possible in your own canoe. You’ll paddle through 11 various habitats completing the reserve, including mangrove forests, lakes, lagoons, swamps and some of Tortuguero’s undisturbed beaches, while catching sight of the park’s resident and migratory birds and various animals on land and water. You might even be one of the lucky paddlers to get a glimpse of the endangered West Indian Manatee. More wildlife and rare bird species abound at Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in the mountain ranges of Tilarán. Corcovado is among the most diverse of national parks and is home to many endangered species including the Baird's Tapir, Central American Squirrel Monkey, Geoffroy's Spider Monkey and the very rare Harpy Eagle. Your stamina will be tested by the guided tours and private hikes at Corcovado, but all efforts are equally rewarded with rare wildlife spotting, bird watching and waterfall dips. There’s also so much to explore in Monteverde’s 26,000ac of tropical rainforest, from canopy to horseback tours and even a visit to its coffee plantation for a good dose of caffeine to keep you going.
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With adventures in many forest, mountainside and mangrovefilled swamp, Costa Rica is every intrepid traveller’s dream destination. Upon covering the surface, going deeper into the thick of the jungle to explore the rest of the wilderness is in order. One way to get to the bottom of it is by whitewater rafting down the rapids of Pacuare River. Heralded one of the world’s greatest rivers by National Geographic, its waters is also surrounded with stunning scenery that makes every paddling effort well worth it. The river originates from the Talamanca Mountains and flows into the Caribbean Sea. Part of the mountain range is covered by the La Amistad National Park, which is equally shared by Costa Rica and Panama. Within the range are verdant canopies and gushing waterfalls that can be easily explored on foot, that is, if the currents fail to exhaust your energies.
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The most exhilarating thing to do on dry land is seeing Costa Rica’s active volcano, Arenal, up close. The 5,437ft coneshaped volcano’s imposing structure is one of the country’s iconic landmarks. Although its activity has lessened in the last three years, ash and white plumes are still seen escaping from its peak. The dense rainforest it sits on is also a playground of sorts that will have you hanging on bridges atop a jungle canopy one minute and zip-lining above treetops the next. Sky Trek, the action-packed zip-line experience offers the best views of its peak, Lake Arenal and the surrounding lush greenery. Sky Walk gives you a birds’ eye view of the forest below, complete with knee-shaking strolls along hanging bridges. To get to the highest point of the Arenal Reserve, ride the Sky Tram, which takes you to an observation area with the most scenic views of the environment. When sounds of trickling waters get louder, you’re probably nearing another waterfall. Rather than admiring the falls from a distance, why not swim its depths? Or you can also rappel down its cool, cascading waters. Adding to the marvelous views of the volcanic landscape, caves are also lying around the area, waiting to be explored. The Venado Caves’ 2,700-m limestone caverns are home to numerous bats, monochrome frogs, fishes and marine fossils. Private tours will take you to wander through ancient rock formations and underground rivers formed some 15 to 20 million years ago. This rounds up your complete adventure in Costa Rica, covering exhilarating activities atop, over and under the earth’s surface.
Relaxation in the Wild
Thereâ€™s something utterly enchanting about relaxing in the midst of nature. As if the scenic views and the sounds of nature are not enough to soothe your senses, the vast rainforests are dotted with natural hot springs and decadent spas to reward you after an active day in the outdoors. Located in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is an award-wining destination for its natural hot springs. Volcanic activity heats the water in the river, which flows into the resortâ€™s garden-clad pools and waterfalls. Soaking sessions here are both relaxing and therapeutic, with minerals to nourish dull skin and warm waters to soothe post-hike muscles. One of many sensational spas in Costa Rica is found at the Four Seasons Resort. Perched on a hillside in the Peninsula Papagayo, the resort commands picturesque views of the beach below. Complementing the scenery are signature treatments designed to play with your senses, from the smell of freshly ground organic Costa Rican coffee scrubs, to the warmth of volcanic mud wraps and the healing strokes of the Rainforest Aromatherapy Massage. The thought of this pampering experience alone will fuel any grueling hike or trek in the forest.
Previous page: Aerial view of the Tortuguero National Park Opposite page: Top to bottom: Arenal Volcano; Sky Trek, Arenal Reserve This page: Top to bottom: Thermal Springs at Tabacon Cascades; A view of Arenal from Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
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Beautiful beaches line the Nicoya Peninsula, where you can also spot migrating whales, howler monkeys and iguanas, as well as conquer the Pacificâ€™s massive waves with a surfboard. Head to Punta Islita for a relaxed ambience against a backdrop of sun-kissed beaches before combing the golden sands of nearby Playa Carrillo. Seven kilometres of white sand and excellent surf breaks lure beachgoers to Guiones Beach, with secluded spots for sunbathing, snorkelling and offshore fishing. Get friendly with the locals and they might just be able to point you to the famed pink sand beach.
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Adding to the wealth of Costa Rica is its collection of exquisite resorts that also happen to be eco-friendly. The Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens is a treat to come home to at the end of an action-packed day in the Arenal district. It scores high marks for making the most out of the breathtaking views – no less than the majestic Arenal Volcano itself. Its location in the middle of the jungle could have been a forgivable excuse to downplay the amenities, but this boutique hotel hikes the experience up a notch. All 50 casitas are edged by its own pocket garden and has outdoor showers and spacious verandas with hammocks and Jacuzzis for two, perfect for soaking up the views. There is no shortage of food choices either, with three dining destinations onsite, two of which featuring specially designed dispensing machines for vintage wines and top-shelf vodkas. The Altamira Restaurant serves exquisite local and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed, al fresco setting.
Opposite page: Aerial view of the Gulf of Nicoya This page: Top to bottom: Panorama of Nayara and Arenal Volcano; Suite balcony, Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
When you’re not lounging in the privacy of your Springs Villa, you might as well be enjoying a dip and a drink in the main pool’s wet bar, against a background of the volcano’s peak.
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It scores high marks for making the most out of the breathtaking views â€“ no less than the majestic Arenal Volcano itself.
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nother sustainable gem is nestled in the heart of Osa Peninsula. Kura Design Villas sports a contemporary minimalist design that echoes the beauty of its surrounds. With no more than six luxury accommodations on offer, each open-floor concept villa affords you ultimate privacy amid picture-perfect views.
The best time to visit Costa Rica is during the dry season from December to April, where you can explore the outdoors with plenty of sunshine. Black Tomato, creators of tailor-made holidays, designs
How the boutique property managed to marry stunning design and sustainability is a mystery, and it’s also surprising to find that they did not at all scrimp on modern luxuries. In the villas, you’ll find iPads, iPod docks, espresso machines, private mini bars and even wine cellars. The saltwater infinity pool fringed with sun loungers is made sexier by an underwater sound system. Organic ingredients dominate the kitchen, which the chef masterfully turns into Costa Rican fusion specialties served with a side of pool and ocean views. Wines and cocktails come with a choice of two breathtaking venues – the Diablitos Bar overlooking a sandbar or the Sky Lounge offering 360-degree views of the jungle and seas.
10 to 12-night luxury adventures from San Jose to the Nicoya Peninsula. www.blacktomato.com
Surrounding this elegance are hectares of verdant forests and many secluded beaches. If only all encounters with nature are this sexy.
Opposite page: Relaxing view of Arenal Volcano This page: Top to bottom: Suite Villa, Kura Design Villas; Diablitos Bar and infinity pool, Kura Design Villas
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Festive Beginnings There are more ways than one to welcome a new year, with more than one reason to celebrate. Festivities from all over the world paint the streets with vibrant cultures and brilliant smiles to match. Lose yourself in a parade of colour, only to find a new outlook, a renewed perspective to enjoy lifeâ€™s colourful moments. This, more than ever, allows you to see, taste and experience the world.
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