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MEGA Maldives Airlines The international airlines of the Republic of Maldives, is an integrated scheduled charter service specializing in holiday travel to, from and within Asia. The airline, established to address the growing demand for customized air charters both inbound and outbound - the Maldives, currently flies to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing on scheduled and charter operations, from both MalĂŠ Ibrahim Nasir International Airport and Gan International Airport from the south of Maldives. The company was officially set up in March 2010 and received our AOC (Airline Operating Certification) on December 23rd 2010. Our first international destination was Hong Kong, with flights starting on January 21st 2011. Using our in-house expertise in aviation and tourism, we work with our affiliated airlines and occasionally third party airlines to access necessary air route rights and landing slots provide the overall best charter solution for our customers in terms of price, schedule, frequency, and reliability.

We focus on serving both the travel agent and the passengers themselves by providing them a travel solution customized to their exact unique requirements. Whether it is time of day, style of onboard service, or pricing structure, we understand the unique requirements of the travel or tour operator and our passengers. In addition, through our partner companies in Maldives, we provide in-bound holiday packages and service either as a stand-alone offering, or packaged with our flights to create a total transportation, accommodation, and activities solution. We do not require agents to purchase whole packages, but some of our customers prefer the complete solution and economy of scale offered. MEGA Maldives Airlines has offices and representatives in Maldives, Hong Kong, London, Beijing and Seoul.


Plaza Premium Lounge Redefining Your Journeys

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o most travellers, the destination is the most important part of the journey. But for the discerning few, it is the journey that matters. It’s about enjoying the experience all throughout, from flight check-ins to preboarding, onboard the flight and all the way to your arrival. The airport experience is a significant part of the journey, and one that is hugely disregarded. The question is, why spoil yourself only when you get there, when you can start getting pampered here? This is where Plaza Premium Lounge steps in. Plaza Premium Lounge is your sanctuary in the bustling airport, with a variety of premium services allowing you to relax while enjoying first-class amenities during transit. From being the world’s first pay-in concept lounge, it has now expanded to provide service excellence in 65 locations in 18 international airports. The Plaza Premium brand also branched out to other services to include beauty salons and organic spas, fine dining restaurants and bars, airport meet and greet services as well as serviced offices and meeting facilities, all with a unified goal of providing quality service to travellers.

You can now sit back and relax while in transit, as Plaza Premium airport lounges will make sure all your needs are met. Enjoy refreshing showers in spacious shower facilities with full amenities, indulge in all-day buffets featuring authentic local specialties in the dining room, unwind and catch up on some much-needed rest in the private resting area, get full pampering from head to toe with the spa services and work in comfort and convenience at the fully equipped business centre. The services are comprehensive, ingenious and impeccable. This brand of excellence is what makes Plaza Premium truly unique and one-of-a-kind. Behind the excellence of Plaza Premium Lounge is CEO and founder Mr. Song Hoi See, a man with a passion for quality service, and who continuously works to find new ways for improvement. “You need a conducive environment, a quiet place to work regardless of what airline you travel. My initial idea for this lounge was to basically take care of the people who are not entitled to have lounge service supposedly given by the airlines. If you need a place to read, to rest, to take a shower, to catch up with your needs, this is your oasis. This is called lifestyle.” You seek for outstanding service, Plaza Premium Lounge provides it. Now you can relax, unwind and enjoy wellappointed luxuries even before you get to your destination.


CONTENTS

Volume 1, Autumn 2012

globetrotters

36 38

Life-changing Journeys A Different Beat

fashion

44

Glamorous Camping

62

TRavel

52 62 66 70 84 90 94 100 104

World’s Best Luxury Camps The Great Chilean Outdoors Savouring the Arts of Denmark Lake Como’s Magnificent Villas Bali’s Most Intimate Hideaways Isles des Indes Vietnam’s Top 5 Beach Resorts Burma’s Old-world Luxury An Ayurvedic Journey through Sri Lanka

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travel guide

76

Napa Valley through the Senses

quarterly special

80

Decadent Wine Tastings

bi-Annual special 108

The Ride of Luxury

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CONTRIBUTORS Adam tejpaul is the Managing Director and Head of Investments of J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Asia. He leads a team in delivering portfolio management and advisory services for clients with assets across equities, fixed income and alternative assets. He joined J.P. Morgan in 1998 after attending Georgetown University, where he majored in Finance and Art History.

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JESSICA HODIN holds a Masters degree in Art Business from the Sotheby's Institute in New York as well as a Bachelor's degree in Art History from Dartmouth College. For the past two years, she has been with the Winston Art Group, focusing on client service and sales strategy, placing art works in the ever-changing markets to achieve maximum returns.

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EDITOR’S NOTE trav-el-ite noun /ˈtrav(ə)lēt/

premier travel for the elite This issue marks the many firsts at Travelite - from the very first brainstorming session to the first destination covered. We’re off to a good start. This pilot issue takes you to ten glamorous camping destinations in the most remote areas of the world, complete with the latest fashion, technologies and travel essentials perfect for the outdoors. We continue with your outdoor expeditions to the breathtaking sites of Chile, followed by a pleasurable voyage through Napa Valley. To satisfy more of your cravings, we take you to Denmark to have a taste of its arts and flavours, capped by a luxurious break to the enchanting Lake Como. This quarter’s special feature offers innovative wine tours to change up your usual wine tastings. The first installment of our bi-annual special features three of the most luxurious rides for your travels on land, sea or air. We also take you to see the quaint beauty and immerse in the pulsating culture of Asia through Vietnam’s five best beaches, Bali’s most relaxing hideaways and a unique adventure to the ancient city of Burma. We also unveil a hush-hush island just off Jakarta for your ultimate private getaways, finished off with some decadent pampering in Sri Lanka. Travelite pours passion into its pages. The passion that started this venture is the very same as that which fuels us to take every adventure, every bit of experience into heart. As such, it becomes a way of life. More than just a trip, travelling is a lifestyle. It is our pledge at Travelite to take you through your journeys in style. P.S. Watch out for the launch of our website! In the meantime, you can enjoy a short film introducing Travelite at www.travelitemagazine.com

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SOCIAL TIMELINE

PAMPLONA

THE PAMPLONA FESTIVAL

6-24 JULY Party with the locals in the celebrated “Running of the Bulls”. This vibrant fiesta, held in the streets of Pamplona kicks off on the 6th with the chupinazo or opening ceremony, to welcome the weeklong series of bull running and street parties.

NEW YORK

NEW YORK ANTIQUE JEWELLERY & WATCH SHOW 20-23 JULY Over a hundred of the most elite antique jewellers and watchmakers flock to this intimate event, presenting exclusive access to rare and historical pieces from renowned brands such as David & Company, Tenenbaum & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Patek Philippe and more.

WEST SUSSEX

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 1-4 AUGUST Rush to the world’s most beautiful racecourse to witness the biggest horseracing event of the year. Enjoy a chic, stylish ambience made even more exciting with fabulous fashion, a series of racing action and an overflow of champagnes and fresh strawberries.

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SINGAPORE LUXURY ASIA 18-19 AUGUST Asia’s largest luxury event showcasing all kinds of luxury goods takes place at the Resort’s World, Sentosa this year. Indulge in an extensive selection of cars, yachts, private jets and helicopters, arts, antiques, and many more in this exclusive shopping extravaganza.

MONACO

MONACO YACHT SHOW 19-22 SEPTEMBER Set sail to Monaco to experience the most exclusive and sophisticated yachting event of the season. Enjoy exclusive exhibitions from 500 of the best yacht makers and luxury yacht companies accompanied by a succession of cocktails and gourmet dinners.

SHANGHAI

THE ASIA–PACIFIC CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 7-9 SEPTEMBER The Shanghai Exhibition Centre plays host to the most prestigious art event in Asia, boasting a hundred exhibitors of top-notch and up-andcoming galleries. Immerse in an art-filled, threeday affair featuring the finest contemporary art by emerging artists.

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DESTINATION HOTLIST | HOTELS & RESORTS

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

ABU DHABI Star in your own romantic Arabian getaway, with infinite views of the golden desert wrapped in the luxury of your private suite at Anantara’s Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort. Your accommodation of choice is the One-bedroom Anantara Pool Villa, which starts from USD 1,192 per night. Here, you will enjoy decadent relaxations in the lavishly designed bedroom and spacious living and dining areas, followed by an afternoon of lounging in your private plunge pool and outdoor patio with shaded day beds. The al fresco dining area is a perfect spot to watch the sunset, accompanied by refreshments and cocktails served by your private butler. If you can manage to break away from this lavish pampering, there is also the spectacular beauty of the desert waiting to be discovered.

www.qasralsarab.anantara.com

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DESTINATION HOT LIST | HOTELS & RESORTS

Grace Santorini Hotel

SANTORINI

An exquisite hotel, perched on a cliff overlooking the breathtaking Aegean Sea, makes the famed beauty of Santorini all the more alluring. The Grace Santorini is a sensational destination to witness incredible sunsets and enjoy ultimate privacy and relaxation. Here’s a little secret - the latest addition to the hotel’s luxurious accommodations, and definitely the one to book is The Villa, with special introductory rates ranging from USD 2,000 to 6,000 per night. Revel in the comforts of the two spacious suites, unwind in your private spa, heated plunge pool and steam bath and have relaxing dips in your private swimming pool. Your personal chef can whip up gourmet meals in the private open show kitchen to satisfy whatever cravings you may have, best enjoyed al fresco complete with the stunning Santorini scenery.

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DESTINATION HOTLIST | HOTELS & RESORTS

The Siam

BANGKOK Breathe a good dose of sophistication into your Bangkok travels with the recently launched design hotel located by the renowned Chao Praya River. The Siam takes pride in offering the first ever private pool villas and luxury Muay Thai gym in the heart of the bustling city. Arrive in style with exclusive transfers via a traditional Thai barge or a luxury speedboat to the hotel’s private pier. Stay in one of the Thai Houses, Connie’s Cottage and enjoy the largest accommodation in the hotel complete with its unique Siamese charm, luxurious amenities and bespoke offerings at USD 1,465 per night.

www.thesiamhotel.com

The Surin

PHUKET Redefine your Phuket getaways with a memorable stay at the latest addition to the island’s stretch of luxury resorts. The Chedi has undergone a major renovation to bring you this magnificent resort offering nothing but the best and most luxurious amenities. The Surin is a perfect host to any dream vacation you have in mind, from the pristine white-sand beach it sits on to the many unique experiences it offers. Book a Beach Deluxe Suite starting from USD 525 to USD 880 and relax in a spacious master bedroom with your private terrace, outdoor veranda and lounge area, all while enjoying uninterrupted beach views.

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DESTINATION HOTLIST | Bars & lounges

LARUCHE BRISBANE

If your idea of a great night out is impressive interiors, bespoke cocktails, scrumptious food and impeccable service, then Laruche is just the place for you. The space is drenched in modern eclectic design evoking Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. A huge, marbletopped bar greets you as you walk in, and a few steps more will lead you to the spectacular glass-blown chandelier centrepiece, which extends to the bar’s upper area. Sink in one of the plump sofas or whimsical lounge chairs and browse through the drinks menu, which is playfully divided into drink categories that take you back to specific eras. The fun begins in choosing the era you want to revisit and deciding on the winning cocktail to accompany

your journey back in time. Take your pick from Punches-1690s to Nightcaps-1700s, Juleps-1770s, Sours-1790s, Champagne Cocktails-Mid 1800s, Martinis-1850s, Highballs-1890s and Old-fashioned-1890s. The rumoured favourites are the Spiced Bonaparte (USD 18) from the 1770s, which is a blend of Wild Turkey rye, Jagermeister, Mandarine Napoleon, mint and spiced honey; and the Judo Hip Flip (USD 20) with a combination of Yamazaki Japanese whiskey, Dom Benedictine, Crème de Cacao dark, orange blossom and egg yolk from the 1700s.

www.laruche.com.au

AGAVE TOKYO

Prepare for a night of shots and toasts at the upscale cantina of Agave. This heaven for Tequila lovers enjoys a cosy spot off Roponggi’s main nightlife district. The bright hues, upbeat music and lively ambience exude traditional Mexican flair with Tequila bottles stacked in rows of glowing glass shelves, as if luring you to take a shot. Sit back, let loose and find your favourite among the 400 variations of tequila and mescal. Start the night by ordering a tasting set, allowing you to sample three different kinds of tequilas. The Premier Set (USD 49) is a lavish choice with a shot each of the XQ Blanco, Artillero Reposado and the Reserva de La Familia Añejo. If you’re still sober enough, try some of the rare Mexican liquors and deluxe Margaritas on the drink list. Order a glass of the Patron Perfect Margarita (USD 23) with a splash of the ultra-premium Patron Tequila followed by endless rounds of the Frozen Fruits Margarita (USD 19) with your choice of strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, peach or banana flavor.

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DESTINATION HOTLIST | Bars & Lounges

THE SPARE ROOM LOS ANGELES

There’s no better place to spend a night of fun and drinks than at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s The Spare Room. For those seeking much more beyond an impressive list of fancy cocktails, the lounge also functions well as a modern day gaming parlour. Downing a drink or two just got more exciting with the custommade domino sets as well as a variety of board games available on the menu. Strike a few pins at the lavish vintage bowling lanes in your custom bowling shoes handmade by Spare Room cofounder George Esquivel, while sipping on your choice of Punch by the Bowl. Take your pick from the 10 variations available for sharing. A serving good for four to six is at USD 60, best spiked with a splash of Domaine Chandon Champagne for an extra USD 25. Leave room to try some of the unique cocktails, which come in distinct categories such as Sour, Aromatic, Spicy, Seasonal and Tiki. For a more upscale choice, call ahead to create your own infused drink tailored to your discriminating taste (USD 500). And if the game hostess challenges you to a competition, make sure to pull up your aces to beat her as she might just buy you a drink!

www.spareroomhollywood.com

DSTRKT LONDON

Give in to a night of decadence at Dstrkt, one of London’s hottest destinations for exquisite cocktails, state-of-the-art sound systems and ultra-elegant interiors. This avant-garde lounge is designed to host fancy night outs in the heart of Piccadilly district’s vibrant entertainment scene. For the hush-hush crowd, the world’s first VIP lounge lies within, featuring a stunning bar made of precious black stone, sophisticated seating and lounge areas, cutting-edge lighting systems and a modern stage for dancers and performing artists. Unwind at the pre-dinner lounge with delectable canapés and light bites served with your choice of bubbly. Choose from an extensive selection of the finest wines, champagnes and signature cocktails created by the in-house mixologists. Have a glass of the Green Fairy Bubbles (USD 20), with a blend of Absinth, Cointreau and Moet Chandon Champagne. Better yet, create your own bespoke cocktails with premium liquors, fresh fruits and other exciting ingredients.

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DESTINATION HOTLIST | SPA & WELLNESS

One&Only Cape Town Spa

SOUTH AFRICA

De-stress with tailored holistic treatments at One&Only’s awardwinning Cape Town Spa. Enjoy luxurious pampering from head to foot in one of the 12 treatment rooms, exclusive his and hers Thermal Suites, private Relaxation Room and outdoor yoga pavilion. It is also the only spa in South Africa where you can enjoy unique hand and foot treatments by acclaimed foot specialist Bastien Gonzalez and indulge in ESPA’s luxury range of spa products and treatments. Choose the focus of your spa journey from the relaxing and calming Unwind treatments to Restore detoxification remedies and the inner wellbeing Elevate therapies. Your 120-minute signature spa experience begins with a full-body cleansing exfoliation, followed by either a deeply relaxing, rhythmic or Thai massage, finished off with a therapeutic scalp and head massage. For a bespoke touch, book a Holistic Body Ritual (USD 170), combining your choice of two signature journeys to create a personalised spa experience. Take your pick from the warming Oshadi, detoxifying Algae or skin nourishing Marine Mud body wraps that come with the body ritual treatments. For your ultimate relaxation, book the Me Time Full Day Experience (USD 360) for a day of spa indulgence including full access to the thermal suites with your own sauna, steam room, vitality pool and ice fountain, complete with a delectable spa cuisine lunch.

Signature Treatments: Unwind Signature Experience, Restore Signature Experience, Elevate Signature Experience, Holistic Body Ritual

www. capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com

Sense of Touch

hong kong

Counter the bustling entertainment scene of Lan Kwai Fong with unique spa treatments at Sense of Touch. You are sure to find total rest and relaxation with a twist at the five-storey flagship spa. Two-hour treatments start with a lavish bath, where you will soak in a barrel-inspired tub filled with your choice of libation – dark ale beer, hot sake or red wine. Beer has properties that warm and relax your tired muscles while red wine refreshes and rejuvenates your skin. Your relaxation is extended with a full-body scrub using handmade ingredients such as barley, rice and red grape to complement your bath soak. The treatment’s highlight follows, an hour-long deep tissue, lymphatic drainage or aromatherapy massage to relieve your stresses and lull you to an extraordinary state of bliss. The two-hour treatment (USD 210) is a unique way to indulge in a barrel of alcoholic beverage, yet feel sober and totally relaxed afterwards. The spa also offers an extensive list of specialised massages, luxurious facials and nail pampering at the in-house manicure bar. You can also host exclusive chic sparties at the rooftop lounge.

Signature Treatments: Cheers to Beers, For Heaven’s Sake, A Vine Romance

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Polynesian Spa

New zealand

Indulge in Polynesian Spa’s soothing hot mineral spring baths and healing spa treatments while enjoying panoramic views of Lake Rotorua. Your thermal spa experience begins with a calming soak in your choice of bathing area – deluxe lake spa, adult pool, private pool or the family spa. Relax in the privacy of your allnatural geothermal pool filled with 38.5ºC alkaline mineral water. The heat soothes your muscles and the minerals leave your skin soft and supple. Your one-hour Mud Body Polish follows, an exfoliating treatment using thermal mud enriched with minerals, which gently buffs away dead skin cells to further soften your skin. Heighten your relaxation with the full-body signature Aix Spa Massage. Organic coconut oil is used in this 60-minute treatment, which also comes with soothing pressures from the overhead jets of warm water. Enjoy your two and a half hour Deluxe Retreat for USD 250 and a priceless state of relaxation.

Signature Treatments: Rotorua Mud Body Polish, Aix Spa Massage, Spa Massage Therapy

www.polynesianspa.co.nz

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DESTINATION HOTLIST | Luxury cruises

Silversea Expeditions

THE ARCTIC AND REMOTE NORTH

Embark on an expedition with a rare and unique itinerary to the most remote regions of the Arctic. Silversea Expeditions takes you to the Arctic Circle and beyond, navigating through less-trodden paths for a glimpse of towering glaciers and rare wildlife. Get up close encounters with reindeers, seals and walruses, and catch one of the highlights – a chance to see a polar bear in real life. Enjoy lavish accommodations at the Grand Suite, an impressive space with a large living area, en-suite bathroom with a full-sized tub and walk-in closet. The suite’s spacious teak veranda is best for lounging during the sunset.

Departures: 5, 15, 22 July and 1, 19 August Your Voyage: The 18-day White Sea and Franz Josef Land cruise with Grand Suite accommodations is at USD 35,999 per person on double occupancy

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DESTINATION HOTLIST | Luxury cruises

Orion Expeditions

KIMBERLEY, AUSTRALIA

Set sail for a thrilling expedition aboard the spectacular MV Orion. Cruise through an off-the-beaten path and explore secluded white-sand beaches, isolated river coves and cascading waterfalls along the way. The expedition allows you to delve deep into the heart of Australia’s northwest coast and immerse in rich Aboriginal culture, from meeting and interacting with the locals to witnessing ancient indigenous rock art. Indulge in breathtaking views from the private French balcony of your Owner’s Suite, which also comes with a spacious bedroom and living room, marble bathrooms and complementary 24-hour room service.

Departures: 2, 12, 22 July, 1, 11, 21, 31 August and 10 September Your Voyage: The 10-night Kimberley Expedition with Owner’s Suite accommodations is at USD 19,100 on twin share per person

www.orionexpeditions.com

Aqua Expeditions

AMAZON RIVER, PERU

Take a luxurious journey through the Amazon aboard Aqua Expedition’s MV Aria for an in-depth adventure like no other. The exhilarating itinerary takes you through three of the Amazon River’s powerful headwaters. Steer through isolated black water lakes and get a chance to see exotic wildlife as you cruise deep into the Amazon jungle and rainforests. Unwind in the comforts of your Design Suite on the second deck, with oversized windows allowing full views of the rivers and lush jungles while you lounge comfortably in the spacious en-suite seating area.

Departures: 5, 15, 22 July and 1, 19 August Your Voyage: MV Aria’s 7-night Amazon Expedition Cruise with Second Deck Suite accommodations is at USD 6,650 per person on twin sharing

www.aquaexpeditions.com

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DESTINATION HOTLIST | MICE

The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort

SANYA

Whether you are making a business proposal or receiving one, there’s no better place to have it than at The St. Regis Sanya in Yalong Bay, where all events are tended with impeccable service and great attention to detail. A variety of well-designed meeting areas are available to cater to your event, be it big or small. Ten meeting spaces are ready to accommodate your business requirements, including top-notch amenities and the latest audiovisual technologies. Host huge events at the Astor Ballroom, which seats 700 persons theatre-style, with assistance from a team of catering professionals who will see to your every need.

www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/ sanyayalongbay

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Four Points by Sheraton

BANGKOK

Plan your next business event with a breeze at the Four Points by Sheraton in Bangkok. “Breeze” here refers to the exclusive rooftop function room located on the 8th floor, which is a unique and exciting venue to host your meetings, seminars, conferences and product launches to name a few. You can also extend your

event outdoors, at the private courtyard surrounded by lush greenery. Additionally, there are four other meeting spaces for more intimate gatherings, and the main facility, The Pinwheel seats 100 persons banquet-style and enjoys a pre-function area and a private outdoor courtyard.

www.fourpoints.com/bangkoksukhumvit15

Le Meridien

Taipei

Have worry-free meetings at Le Méridien Taipei with the help of a highly attentive banquet team, who will tailor fit every single detail to suit your requirements. Your business needs from small meetings to large conferences and social events will get the bespoke treatment it deserves, complete with state-of-the-art equipment in an assortment of venues. Choose from the 10 venues available according to the size of your event, the largest being the Le Grand Ballroom, which accommodates up to 900 participants in theatre-style seating. All audiovisual equipment are provided, including LCD projectors, white boards and stages, with a team of expert technicians to provide support throughout the event. The banquet team also extends additional services for your convenience, may it be translation, video conferencing, video recording or on-site business centre support.

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feature | small luxury hotels of the world

Insider’s Secret

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The Club for Elite Travellers

ere’s your ticket to paradise! Travel in style to many luxurious destinations around the world accompanied by complimentary room upgrades, free room nights, early check-in and late check-out privileges and access to exclusive rates and offers, among many other surprises.

Be a “Special” member as soon as you sign up, and get upgraded instantly to a “Loved” member with just one stay at any SLH property. Maximise your benefits by upgrading to an “Honoured” member after five more stays to receive more treats. Stay more to receive more perks and extras!

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is continuously finding ways to make you feel Special, Loved and Honoured. The Club of SLH is an exclusive membership programme for elite jetsetters to enjoy special perks at all SLH properties worldwide.

Your dedicated team of Club reservations consultants and Club manager await to welcome you with impeccable service and make sure that all services are tailored to meet your every need. All these add up to create your truly memorable SLH experience.

All it takes is a few minutes to sign up. As soon as you sign up online, you can instantly enjoy The Club’s benefits in over 520 luxury hotels in more than 70 countries. You’ll also be the first to receive news and updates from SLH, keeping you posted on the hottest destinations and other exciting events and promotions.

Join The Club now at www.slh.com/travelite

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epicurious

DINING WITH A VIEW Satisfy your cravings for fine cuisine combined with stunning views in these scenic rooftop restaurants around the world.

SIROCCO BANGKOK

GB ROOF GARDEN ATHENS

Satisfy your cravings for fine dining cuisine complemented by exquisite scenery. Not just any other scenery, but of the ancient Greek civilisation, particularly the cultural landmarks of Mount Lycabettus, Acropolis and the Parliament. You’re in for some destination dining like no other at GB Roof Garden. Featuring new Mediterranean cuisine adapting an innovative method of ‘slow cooking’ using the freshest raw materials. Sample Michelin-starred Chef de Cuisine Asterios Koustoudis’ culinary masterpieces such as the Slow Cooked Leg of Baby Lamb with Mashed Oven Potatoes and Sweet Garlic Espumà (USD 45). The meticulous preparation is evident in every bite, with fall-off-the-bone, tender meat, slow-cooked at a low temperature for many hours.

Take al fresco dining to a new level at Sirocco, a stunning rooftop restaurant at the 63rd floor of lebua Hotel. Choose your backdrop from the sunset to a canopy of stars over towering structures of the vibrant city and the Chao Phraya River below. Sirocco redefines romantic dinners and hikes it up a notch literally, with a dramatic ambience that blends with the elegant fine dining setting.

Reserve a spot at the balcony just in time to catch the sunset. This is also the best time to splurge on a bottle of one of their best vintages, the 1994 Romanee Conti Monopole priced at USD 12,000.

Start your lavish dining experience with the signature dishes from an extensive selection of succulent oysters and fresh caviar, to the Oven Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, Vine Ripe Tomato “Pain Perdu”, Saffron Potatoes and Champagne Velouté starting off at USD 60. Nothing complements the exquisite tastes better than a fine bottle of Burgundy such as the 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which comes with a steep price of USD 18,790. Cap the night with an equally fascinating post-dinner drinks at the Skybar, famed for its multicoloured counter and deluxe cocktails. Take in the views while sipping on a glass of Hangovertini, Skybar’s signature drink inspired by the movie Hangover II, which was shot in Sirocco.

www.grandebretagne.gr

www.lebua.com

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EPICURIOUS

AQUA HONG KONG

THE PRESS LOUNGE NEW YORK

A hectic day calls for some good old pampering, New York style at the Press Lounge, where the standards are elevated, quite literally. Park your hassles aside and enjoy the 290° panoramic view of towering skyscrapers and the Hudson River nearby. Delectable appetisers pair well with a glass of cocktail and the scenery. Order the farm fresh marinated olives, signature bar nut mix, farmstead cheeses with House Marmelatta and Black Walnut Torte with the De Telegraaf cocktail (USD 16). Be one of the first to experience the roof garden, Press Lounge’s hot new addition launched only recently. The imaginative dining area is built into the hotel’s unused pool, taking advantage of the spectacular views surrounding the rooftop. Dine in the exclusive 12-seater table featuring farm-totable cuisine. Verdant greens surround the dining area, which is the primary source for fresh ingredients used by the chefs to create daily-changing menus. www.thepresslounge.com

Set foot a quarter before eight in the evening at the 29th floor of One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui for the best vantage point of the nightly Festival of Lights. Witness why it holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. Be spoilt for choice with the vast Italian and Japanese menus of Aqua Roma and Aqua Tokyo while enjoying sweeping views of the Victoria Harbour. The Baked Black Cod and Taraba Crab with Burdoc and Crab Sauce (USD 40) and the Cold Inaniwa Udon Noodles with Australian Wagyu Beef are specialties not to be missed. But if you are more of a lounger, then head to Aqua Spirit for an out-of-the-box cocktail experience. An extensive drink menu awaits, top-billed by the signature Aqua Legends cocktails. One of the bestsellers, Amore Mio, is a blend of cognac, cinar and homemade almond and Grand Marnier syrup (USD 20). Indulge in the many tastes and sights offered by the Aqua Group, all conveniently located in a magnificent glass-encased two-storey architectural wonder. www.aqua.com.hk

CIRCUS ROME

Watch how the sunset romantically blankets Via Petroselli while lounging at the terrace of Circus at the Fortyseven Hotel. Enjoy a glass or two of your choice of aperitif before moving on to the highlight of the night – your dinner. A host of fine Mediterranean cuisine is served alongside a magical display of lights dazzling off Roman monuments and nearby landmarks. The secret behind the excellent taste and freshness lies on Circus’ zero km food product concept. Only the freshest ingredients from the Lazio countryside and the Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean seas make it to the kitchen and to your table.Make your selection from a list of signature dishes, such as the Sliced Tuna with Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Rocket Salad and the Homemade Barley Faralle Pasta with Slow-cooked Veal and Bufallo Caciocavallo Cheese (USD 20). Your meals are best paired with picturesque views of Rome and a bottle of fine Italian wine starting with the 2008 Le Corti Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. www.fortysevenhotel.com TRAVELITE | 27


SOUND CHECK

Vienna Jazz Festival Vienna comes alive in the summer with the annual jazz festival featuring a variety of international artists in a series of performances held all over the city. It is the time of the year when the streets are filled with music and many travellers throng to the city to enjoy a twoweek celebration of jazz fused with soul, blues, rock and pop. The vibrant event is famed to be one of the world’s top jazz festivals featuring over 50 musicians every year, making the summer months of June and July the best time to visit Vienna. The festival celebrates its 21st year with elite jazz musicians such as piano legend Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Mike Stern and Keith Jarrett including singer-songwriter and Grammy Award nominee Rufus Wainwright. Experience live performances by renowned artists including many world and fusion musicians in 11 of Vienna’s best concert venues from the State Opera to the Rathausplatz, among many jazz clubs in the metro. The Vienna Jazz Festival runs until 9 July.

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Arts & design | winston art group

from contemporary to extraordinary Art Consultant and Curator Jessica Hodin shares the highs of the skyrocketing Contemporary Art market.

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Paul Klee, Instrumente, purchased by Winston Art Group on behalf of a private client

he spring 2012 auctions of Contemporary Art demonstrated the sector’s incredible resilience. In New York alone, the May Post-War and Contemporary sales at the major auction houses fetched approximately USD 1.4bn compared to last years’ total sales of approximately USD 1.8bn. Record auction prices were generated for several living artists. Furthermore, the May 2012 Impressionist and Modern sales realised a combined total of USD 520m, compared to last year’s USD 350m.

Over the past several years, and even through the economic recession of 2008, the art market has been strongest at the top end and softer in the middle. However, the recent sales have shown that strength is coming back into the middle market, with pieces ranging from USD 10,000 to USD 500,000 from artists that might be considered as “good investments”. Opportunities for short-term growth increase when clients buy what they love, and rely on independent advisors to ensure quality, condition, provenance, title and fair price.

These new records demonstrate the wide appeal for major paintings and sculptures throughout the international collecting community. The New York Times’ Carol Vogel surmised that both the Christie’s and Sotheby’s Contemporary sales demonstrated how “…collectors from all over the world continue to be drawn to parking their cash in art they can enjoy, particularly when it is universally recognizable.” Recent sales of Mark Rothko’s “Orange, Red, Yellow”, Roy Lichtenstein’s “Sleeping Girl”, and Yves Klein’s “FC1 (Fire Color 1)” all achieved record prices for the artists at auction, with Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” setting the record for highest price ever achieved at auction after taking in a colossal USD 119m.

Although investment potential should be analysed in the longterm, there are always exceptions in the marketplace. Nobody could have predicted that 26-year-old artist Jacob Kassay’s prices would raise from USD 4,000 (retail) to USD 290,000 (auction including premium) in just two to three years’ time! People liked his work, something clicked, and generally, if a critical mass of people develops taste for a certain artist, their value will rise.

The London art market consultancy firm, ArtTactic, released a report on New York’s May Contemporary Art sales saying that the market is now only five per cent below its peak in May 2008 and that the average auction price during these sales of USD 4,559,676 is 24 per cent higher than the same peak in the market in 2008. 30 | TRAVELITE

The popularisation of Art Fairs is a factor in the increased global visibility for certain artists and helps catapult their work to astronomical levels. The London fair Frieze came to New York in May 2012 for their inaugural US fair, bringing a tightly edited selection of the best art from around the world. Art fairs have exploded everywhere including the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia. This phenomenon, in addition to the proliferation of online venues for art sales, ensures that any work of art is available to a global audience.


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Art prices have increased at a much faster rate than the global GDP in the past few years because collectibles and luxury goods are part of the Ultra High Net Worth economy which is booming at a faster rate. The Art Index has more than doubled, surpassing the increase in the indices for equities and bond markets and begging the question of whether the art market’s outperformance of equities, stocks, and bonds is sustainable. Demand in the international art market has been driven by increasing wealth in emerging markets, especially that of the Far East. Chinese purchasing influence has been particularly notable in certain categories of collectibles, namely investment-worthy wine, watches, and Chinese works of art. The major auction houses’ Hong Kong branches are tapping into the new wealth and burgeoning market of new buyers.

Rafael Barrios, Centrifuga, purchased by Winston Art Group on behalf of a private client

Winston Art Group is the leading independent, full service art appraisal and advisory group in the US, serving the insurance industry, the trust and estate community, banks and wealth management firms, museums, foundations, and private clients. They specialise in providing clients at all financial levels with confidential and objective appraisal services, collection management services, access to expertise as well as advice on the acquisition or disposal of all fine and decorative art, jewellery, and collectibles.

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In 2011, Sotheby’s sales exceeded USD 1bn and the sales at Christie’s Hong Kong totaled USD 836m compared to a cool USD 98m back in 2003. The new generation of avid Chinese collectors signifies that there is immense promise in Asia, both on the buying side and on the production side. Asian artists still command strong prices in Asia, Europe and America and Chinese contemporary artists have proven themselves to be more of just a passing fad. In fact, China’s most famous living artist, Ai Wei Wei, broke his own high auction record of USD 657,000 this past May when his “Sunflower Seeds” sold for USD 782,500. In addition to the hot contemporary art, “Chinese buyers are strongly bidding on and repatriating 18th, 19th, and 20th century porcelain, jade, and other Chinese objects,” says Elizabeth von Habsburg, Managing Director at Winston Art Group. “We recently sold a group of Chinese 19th and 20th century antique jades and porcelain on behalf of an estate estimated between USD 80,000 and USD 120,000 for over USD 1m, due to strong Asian buying.” The Chinese art and antiquities auction sector is the strongest growing market worldwide with dramatic rise of 177 per cent in 2010 and a further 64 per cent in 2011. Not only are art collectors following traditional motivations of buying as ways to demonstrate culture, taste, and prosperity, but some are also using their artwork to provide liquidity in a restricted capital market. More and more collectors are borrowing money against their art; some studies suggest that USD 7bn is currently being lent against art in the United States alone. Art is a valuable investment, however, it requires a curatorial attention. Collectors must be aware of maintenance issues, risk management in terms of insurance, tax considerations, and as with any other asset, legal ramifications in terms of title and export licenses. For all of these reasons, it is important for collectors to get appraisals and proper advice from independent advisors. TRAVELITE | 31


Business | jp morgan private bank

Investment Opportunities: China & Beyond

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here has long been a close connection between travel and investment opportunity. The early explorers sought wealth through the establishment of trade routes. When Zhang Qian’s imperial envoy set out to discover the world beyond China in the 2nd century BCE, little did he know that he was opening up the world of transcontinental trade to China for centuries to come. Those routes laid the foundations for China’s dominance in world trade today. Through economic reform, China has transformed from a small developing nation to an influential global economic powerhouse. The pace of this transformation has been nothing short of astonishing as evidenced by its ever-changing landscape. While one can pour through economic data from afar, all it takes is landing at Shanghai Pudong International Airport or taking the highspeed train between Beijing to Tianjin to get a sense of the extraordinary development, which has already occurred. Many of the world’s best investment managers will tell you that it is often their travels that give them the best sense of the investment opportunities on the ground, the sentiment of the local investors and what is driving the local economy. Nevertheless, does confidence in the long-term sustainability of Chinese economic growth limit you to investments in China alone? Not necessarily. It is important to look beyond China to fully capture the opportunity in your portfolio.

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Over the years, despite the Chinese government’s rigorous control on investments into the China market, investors around the world enthusiastically look for ways to invest. While investing directly into China may be rewarding, one has to remember that with the interconnectedness of the world today, there are so many more ways to gain exposure. The largest US companies are finding more and more of their growth in earnings derived from abroad and particularly from China.

The Consumer China has experienced an unprecedented phase of industrialisation and economic development that has created immense demand for infrastructure, housing and industrialisation development, which has led to the rise of the middle class and increasing domestic consumption. Chinese consumer spending is the key to the next decade of growth. According to a research report by McKinsey & Company, by 2020, real consumption will have doubled to USD 4.8 trillion and China will be the world’s second-biggest consumer market after the US.1 More importantly, while China has achieved astonishing growth, it also created structural imbalances, which is becoming a threat to its longterm economic development. Looking ahead, the Chinese government recognised the need to shift away from growth that is export-driven to one fueled by consumption. This is no easy task, but the government has embarked on a series of measures to boost household income and consumption and will likely to continue focusing on this area. Measures have ranged from providing subsidies for white goods to raising the minimum wage level. Clearly, the key beneficiaries from such policy changes are none other than companies selling products to the Chinese consumers. As you walk the streets of China, you will quickly notice the proliferation of both domestic and global brands, from the ultra-luxury European brands to local fast food chains, shoe shops, shopping malls and etc. These companies have ambitious long-term expansion plans to tap into the China consumer market. In many cases, their future growth ambitions are dependent upon its success.

1 McKinsey Consumer & Chopper Insights. 2011 Annual Chinese Consumer Study, The New Frontiers of Growth. October 2011.

Adam Tejpaul navigates the promising avenues of the flourishing economies of China and the rest of the world.

The Opportunity


Business | jp morgan private bank

Commodities The commodities’ intensive nature of China’s urbanisation and industrialisation has created a positive terms-of-trade shock in commodity-exporting countries. In particular, commodities such as iron ore, copper, coal, aluminum, platinum and palladium, which are the central ingredients for their industrialisation and urbanisation. With this in mind, if you are a firm believer of China’s multi-year growth evolution, then commodities is an asset class you should not overlook. Under the same theme, we also see good opportunity investing in the companies within the commodity value chain. Australia, being one of the world’s largest commodity exporters, has undoubtedly benefited from China’s enormous commodity demand. Coal, which is used for power generation, is a great example of how China’s growth has had a positive impact on Australia. Despite having the world’s largest coal resource, China is a net coal importer because it is insatiable energy demand. As advanced economies remain weak, Australia continues to benefit from China’s urbanisation and industrialisation. Over half of the market capitalisation of Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed companies is made up of companies that either produce commodities or provide support services to commodity exporters. These companies cover most aspects of the commodity value chain, and many are establishing or have established global leadership positions. Commodities currencies such as Australian Dollar (AUD), Brazil Real (BRL) and South African Rand (ZAR) are also driven by the strong demand for commodities. As we all know, commodities (currencies) are negatively correlated to the US dollar. On the back of high deficit levels and Federal Reserve Bank’s commitment to keep rates low, we believe that the US dollar is likely to depreciate over medium to long term. It would therefore be prudent to evaluate the need to include these currencies into your investment portfolios as part of a dollar diversification strategy.

Diversification is Key Clearly, China presents immense investment opportunities both directly and indirectly. For those who are firm believers of China’s multi-year growth opportunity, there is no lack of investment opportunities available. At J.P. Morgan, we believe that your hard earned wealth should be put to work even harder in a diversified portfolio throughout the globe and across all asset classes.

Investing in Chinese Equities: Dominant Brands – Bigger is Better For those looking to access the China market directly, bigger is better in times of uncertainty. China, like every economy, goes through cycles. Those cycles can be severe but the country has the means and the will to dig out of them. With the current uncertainty in global markets, small companies have to fight for their survival in a world where capital is seeking greater certainty of returns. The largest Chinese banks are systematically important; they will be defended in times of stress. The largest property developers will be able to attain funding as the smaller players either borrow at exorbitant rates or become distressed sellers. The largest mobile carriers will leverage their enormous and growing subscriber base to remain dominant. Long-term valuations and dividend yields support a prudent approach to Chinese equities. Those with a long-term view will likely be rewarded for buying household names during times of stress.

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feature | ThE Leading Hotels of the world

Insider’s Secret

Sensational Tees

Tee up and take in the sights surrounding these five outstanding golf destinations Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Stay: The lavish Tortuga Bay Resort, with accommodations designed by world-renowned Oscar de la Renta is a perfect host for your golf getaways in Punta Cana. Play: Spoil yourself in two exquisite courses - the La Cana Golf Course, designed by the legendary P.B. Dye is considered one of the best courses in the Caribbean with 14 sea view holes, and the Tom Fazio-designed Corales Golf Course with six ocean-front holes set in a breathtaking and challenging location in the midst of rocky cliffs, coral reefs and the sweeping Caribbean Seas.

www.lhw.com/tortugabay

Carenage Bay, The Grenadines Stay: The spacious and well-designed beachfront suites and private villas at the Canouan Resort are your choice accomodations at Carenage Bay for comfort, privacy, top-notch service unrivalled luxury.

Play: The Trump International Golf Club boasts an 18-hole, par 72 golf course designed by Jim Fazio. Each hole is surrounded by infinite views of the ocean, as the course sits on a panoramic sloping hillside by the ocean’s cliff, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The changing terrain and cooling trade winds add to both the challenge and fun of the game.

www.lhw.com/canouan

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Insider’s Secret

Crans-Montana, Switzerland Stay: Enjoy a lavish stay and play getaway at the Hotel Guarda Golf, a charming destination perched 1,500 m above sea level. Unwind after a day of play in the wellappointed guest rooms with breathtaking views of the majestic mountains of Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

Play: Take your pick from two stunning golf courses – a 9-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus and fronting it, an 18-hole golf course designed by former world champion Severiano Ballesteros. The imposing mountains in the background create a perfect ambience for a nothing short of relaxing golf break.

www.lhw.com/guarda

Hurghada, Egypt

Evian, France

Stay: The captivating La Residence des Cascades Golf Stay: At the foothill of the French Alps is a 45-acre Resort sits on the peak of the Soma Bay Peninsula. The park surrounded by lush landscapes. This is the unique rooms and suites take advantage of the scenic location with and enviable location of the Hotel Royal Resort, where private balconies and verandas in all accommodations, you can relax and get pampered after a day of teeing. opening to uninterrupted views of the sea. Play: The Evian Masters Golf Course is famed Play: The Cascades Championship Golf Course is an to be one of the most mature courses in all of Europe. 18-hole, par 72 course, made unique by the surrounding The championship 18-hole, par 72 golf course enjoys Hurghada Desert and the Red Sea. Designed by Gary exquisite views of the lake and towering Alpine peaks. Player, the course features a remarkable blend of lush, Its challenging greens and narrow fairways test the verdant fairways, clear, turquoise waters of the nearby sea most discerning players, who are in turn, rewarded with enchanting sceneries. and gleaming desert sands.

www.lhw.com/laresidence

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life-changing journeys Sarina Bratton, founder and Managing Director of Orion Expedition Cruises, shares the fulfillment of travelling to the world’s most remote destinations, reaching not only the isolated areas, but also hundreds of lives.

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was very fortunate to travel quite a lot as a young elite diver, both domestically and internationally. I just love the opportunity to discover, learn and immerse myself in different cultures and to experience the wildlife found in different parts of the world. This has really helped me in appreciating what we have at home in Australia. Travelling has made me appreciate the delicate nature of the world far more and it made me realise the need for us to develop sustainable tourism products that do not impede, harm or detract from the beauty of the regions, its peoples and its wildlife. We do need to tread lightly and provide an enduring legacy for generations to come. A visit to the remote Kimberley area of Western Australia on a friend’s super yacht in 2003 was the catalyst for me in founding Orion Expedition Cruises. Some 600 nautical miles of the most pristine wilderness area to be found on this planet with no infrastructure to support operations became both my inspiration and challenge in this venture. I knew I needed a small, self-sufficient, luxury expedition vessel to share this great beauty with others. This is how Orion Expedition Cruises started. Orion is all about unique and meaningful experiences in remote destinations. Pioneering new itineraries in remote destinations requires a level of commitment in researching and scouting for resources that are uncommon in the mainstream cruise industry. I think it is a good outcome that the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) introduced new compliances, which restricts big ships from cruising remote

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destinations. After all, as an industry, our ability to have control on environmental impact becomes challenged when large numbers of guests step foot ashore in any remote areas. Every leader of an organisation touching these areas must have a clear conscience about how they interact with the area, the wildlife and the enduring quality of the destination. When we cruise to the Antarctic Continent and the Ross Sea in particular, the window of operation is very narrow, and less than 300 people a year get to experience this remarkable destination. Orion is one of the few expedition cruise ships to navigate deep into this isolated area. Our capacity is exclusive to no more than 100 guests, giving us the opportunity to work with indigenous communities in inaccessible areas, in ways that many would not have thought possible. To pioneer cruises to such destinations entails management and minimisation of risk, which is why the ship’s technology and waste management systems are imperative to enable us to efficiently operate in these remote areas. The beauty of a small expedition ship is that we don’t have regimentation with our itineraries. The Captain and the Expedition Leader tailor the activities accordingly. If there is a pod of whales, we may choose to spend an hour or so with them, if there is a magnificent sunset, we may choose to remain at anchor and dine out on deck, if there is a break in the weather in Antarctica, we may get you ashore early in the morning to stand inside famous Antarctic explorers’ huts. Nowadays, it’s about creating opportunities for people to experience exotic cultures, flora and fauna


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Orion is all about unique and meaningful experiences in remote destinations

in difficult to access, and remote areas of Asia Pacific. Every time I read a comment card where someone expresses that their experience with Orion has been “life-changing”, I know that this is not an exaggeration, as I also have experienced these life-changing moments. In travel, one must have an open mind, an adventurous spirit and an inquisitive nature. I have been to many remote destinations including the Kuril Islands, north of Japan, the sub-Antarctic islands of Australia and New Zealand, plus many isolated communities within Papua New Guinea. Less than 500 people a year get to visit most of these places. The highlight of my trip to Papua New Guinea was establishing a meaningful relationship with a very remote community located close to the Sepik River. There are no roads leading to this village with a population of 300, therefore, any form of outside communication or assistance is rare. To experience their ancient and primitive culture, which remains intact today, is remarkable. I actually found it very humbling. They had “nothing” in what we consider “nothing” in our tech savvy and overindulged world. What they have is a strong pride in their community, their family, and their support for each other. They were

fit, healthy and so incredibly welcoming. We have established a wonderful philanthropic relationship with this community, and we have attempted to improve their everyday life, without compromising their cultural values. We have provided mosquito nets to all the homes, medication for malaria, and treatment for any ill villagers and we built a new schoolhouse after a cyclone destroyed the original. The cultural performance our guests experienced, the welcome into their individual homes, the opportunity to purchase quality Sepik River carvings, and the knowledge that our visit imparted to this community make for a very uplifting and rewarding experience. Next on my list are the Olympics in London, followed by two weeks in South Africa visiting two exclusive game reserves in Sabi Sands and Kruger National Park, a great white shark dive and a few games of golf along the Garden Route. And it doesn’t stop there. I still have a handful of destinations in my bucket list. I consider the subAntarctic islands of Australia and New Zealand akin to the Galapagos Islands. But this view is formed from what people have told me, and from what I have read. So, one day, in the not too distant future, I must go to the Galapagos Islands. TRAVELITE | 37


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A different beat Karma Resorts’ hippie vibe emanates from its founder John Spence, who is a seasoned traveller and a multiawarded entrepreneur. What defines Karma Resorts? Karma Resorts is all about the ‘five-star hippie concept’, providing luxury combined with a chic lifestyle of cutting edge DJs, fashion shows, and great wine and food in amazing locations. When did your fascination with travel begin and what drives you to continue exploring? I’ve always lived under a flight path! I was born at the end of England’s Gatwick Airport with the smell of jet fuel and the roar of planes taking off. I still have a childish excitement about getting on a plane and getting off 12 hours later on the other side of the world, looking forward to the many opportunities and adventures at hand. What’s the most remote destination you have been to? I recently travelled to North Western Myanmar, and over the years, I have been to some pretty remote parts of India and Indonesia. However, I think the concept of remoteness is relative to one’s age. So probably, the most remote travel I ever did was heading off as a 16-year old, backpacking all over Europe particularly to the Greek Islands with virtually no money in my pocket but with a head full of dreams. How has travelling changed the way you see the world? Travelling showed me that the world is truly a very, very small place.

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What are your travel must-haves? I always travel with my Apple laptop and iPad, sleeping pills and a good book. I haven’t gotten the hang of e-reading yet! What is your most lifechanging travel experience? I recently took my daughters and brother to see the school we run and support in Bangalore, India. It made me immensely proud to see them so excited and impressed seeing the 900 street children that we look after and educate to university level. Where do you plan to go next? I live on planes nowadays, and my next trips will take me to St. Tropez where we are buying a new resort, then I’m off to Goa, India for our annual staff party, followed by a quick business lunch in Doha, then I head to Marbella to look at some new opportunities and then I’m set to visit our resorts in Mykonos and Munich. What’s on your bucket list? I would love to spend some time in the remote areas of the South Pacific, climb a serious mountain and someday be a part of the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Karma Resorts innovates luxury travel with its expanding collection of sophisticated villa resorts in exquisite locations


travel essentials | glamping must-haves

For Him

Be on time and in style with Panerai’s Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Ceramica Pam 396 (USD 115,467). Jot down itineraries with your limited edition 18-karat gold Dunhill Sentryman Explorer II pen (USD 3,400) in your Louis Vuitton Cover Bloc A4 Monogram agenda (USD 780). Sharpen your caveman skills with Bonfort’s Limited Edition Série I pocketknife in pure platinum with 800 flawless diamonds (USD 200,000). Pack your stylish outdoor gear in Burberry’s Cotton Canvas Backpack (USD 650). Should you decide to turn this into a working vacation, make sure to stow your valuables in Moynat’s Limousine Briefcase 40cm (USD 7,460).

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For Her

Be fashionable, but not late with Omega’s De Ville Chronograph Co-Axial Calibre 9300/9301 (USD 8,326). Carry your essentials stylishly in Moynat’s Paradis 24H (USD 6,090) and pack as many outfits as you can in the limited edition Globe-Trotter Red, White and Blue Series in 20”, 30” and 33” suitcases (USD 6,770). Take a stab at basic survival with Bonfort’s Limited Edition Série I pocketknife in 18-karat yellow gold with 800 flawless diamonds (USD 200,000). Write down memories of your trip in your Hermès Ulysse GM leather notebook (USD 490) with your Montblanc Princesse Grace De Monaco 3-piece pen set (USD 2,435).

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high tech

the sleek and the stylish Pack these gadgets with you to add a little pizzazz to your remote destination journeys

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 (USD 930) Take your music outdoors, even to the remotest of destinations with this portable sound system that plays wirelessly from your iPod, iPhone or iPad.

Leica M9-P Edition Hermès - Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas (USD 49,800) Be one of the 100 exclusive owners of this limited edition beauty, and take as many shots as you can of the breathtaking outdoors.

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high tech

Amazon Kindle Fire 2 (Price on request) Be the first to get your hands on the latest release of the Kindle Fire, rumoured to be released on 31 July, and catch up on your reading in high style anytime, anywhere.

Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones (USD 235) The slimline but powerful headphones provide impeccable audio performance, allowing you to cancel out the sound of the wildlife, if only for a while.

Louis Vuitton LV Cup Binoculars (USD 14,000) Count the spots on a cheetah from afar with these high performance binoculars with Carl Zeiss optical lenses, which come in a stylish, specially designed waterproof case.

Tumi Portable Projector Kit (USD 695) This ingenious device allows you to create your own movie theatre straight from your jacket pocket, wherever there is a white wall.

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Tulle halter dress Religioso. Silk leopard cover-up Rameses Wu for Harmony Resort Wear. Necklace Joyce Makitalo. Layered bangles with baroque pearls and semi-precious stones Ana Rocha. Luggages Prizmic & Brill.


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Fashion

Sleeveless silk leopard top Louis Claparols for MYTH. Textured skirt Chris Diaz for MYTH. Neckpiece Adante for MYTH. Jewelled belt Chris Diaz for MYTH.

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Fashion

Plaid and gingham long-sleeved shirt and shorts Francis Libiran for MYTH. Sunglasses, scarf and sling bag Louis Vuitton.

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Sports shirt Francis Libiran for MYTH. Mustard summer blazer and bermuda shorts Randy Ortiz for MYTH. Monogram trunk luggage and Monogram waterproof Keepall Louis Vuitton.


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Photographer Cholo dela Vega Fashion Editor Ram de Vera Models Gustavo and Alexia | IM Agency Make-up Joyce Platon Hair Roy Cervantes Video Edgardo Laureano, Jr. Assistants Noreen Legaspi, Kix Suarez and Felix Felizardo

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White crepe long-sleeved blouse Religioso. Animal print dress with fringe details Chris Diaz for MYTH. Earrings Ana Rocha.


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Textured blazer with brocade pocket detail and pants Randy Ortiz for MYTH.

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World's best luxury camps Firsthand encounters with nature no longer mean rustic-style camping. Starting a fire and pitching your own tent won’t be necessary, as adventures now come with first-class service, among other lavish amenities. The new camping experience is all about enjoying the great outdoors without compromising comfort, convenience and above all – luxury. Words by KM

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Destination: Moyo Island, Indonesia Enjoy the island all to yourself, as the 20 luxury tents of Amanwana are the only accommodations in Moyo. This island east of Bali has the makings of a perfect nature getaway. From the isolated beach cove to the nature reserve with fascinating wildlife, the protected marine park teeming with lush sea life and the breathtaking sight of cascading waterfalls in the midst of the forest. Take your pick from the wide array of activities on land and sea to choose from. Start with an early morning trek to explore a deer sanctuary home to the indigenous Rusa Deer, a bat cave with seven bat species and a variety of birds, among many other animals. Then take the time to relax in one of the secluded beaches via your private drop-

off complete with gourmet picnic lunches. If you’re up for some more adventure, wander through the seas by diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing or cruising to the neighboring islands. For an exclusive experience, charter a private cruise with your choice of view – a stunning sunset or a bed of stars followed by a private dinner by the beach serviced by your personal chef and butler with all the works, campfire included. Have a good night’s sleep in your spacious and well-designed oceanfront or jungle tent with large windows to take in the views. April to November is the best season to experience good weather and witness the seasonal hatching of the Green and Hawksbill turtles.

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Destination: Laikipia, Kenya

Courtesy of Ryan Heffernan

Courtesy of Ryan Heffernan

Immerse in a cultural experience of a lifetime at Lemarti’s Camp, a private wilderness hideaway run solely by the local Samburu tribe of Kenya. Culture blends well with nature and luxury in this isolated camp enclosed by vast landscapes and surrounded by a gushing river. The camp also enjoys exclusive access to the nearby Mpala Ranch. Be one of the privileged few to encounter diverse wildlife roaming about the ranch, including the endangered African wild dog, among many other rare species. Experience the camp’s uniqueness through the warmth of the locals, as your hosts take you deep into the heart of Kenya with tailored itineraries. Explore the area through guided walks, mountain biking and visiting local markets and other landmarks. You will also enjoy an afternoon of fishing, honey harvesting and witnessing traditional dances. At the end of the day, find rest in your spacious and tastefully designed tent and lounge in your own private deck fronting the river. A few steps lead you to your outdoor shower and bath area for relaxing showers or soothing baths under the stars. Kenya is a yearround destination, with the best months from July to October for the season with the least rainfall.

Luxe Factor: The standard rate per person per night of USD 750 includes full-board meals, select beverages and basic guided tours. Book the camp exclusively at USD 7,500 for a group of 10.

Destination: Santa Cruz, Ecuador Experience remoteness at the tip of the Santa Cruz highlands where Galapagos Safari Camp is located. The nine luxury tents, surrounded by sheer wild land and unparalleled views are the choice lodgings for adventure and total pampering in the middle of nowhere. Satisfy your cravings for nature with a variety of safaris, each offering a unique experience. The land safaris offer private ground activities within the island, whereas the classic, diving and cruise safaris provide a combination of boat excursions, scuba diving and yachting itineraries to neighboring secluded islands. Tailor-made safaris are also available to cater exclusively to your specific needs. The camp is an extraordinary ground to spot a wealth of birdlife including Galapagos doves and tortoises roaming freely in their natural habitat. For an extra treat, arrange for extended treks on foot or on horseback to explore lava tunnels and volcanic craters nearby. After an action-packed day, unwind at the View Point Terrace to witness a spectacular display of the sunset before relaxing in the comforts of your tent fitted with custom-made furnishings, en-suite bathroom, coffee and tea station and a spacious balcony complete with a hammock and sitting area. Book your trip from November to August to enjoy pleasant tropical weather.

Luxe Factor: Nightly half board rate is at USD 610 for two persons. All-inclusive safaris are available at USD 720 per person, per day.

Tent’s exterior, Galapagos Safari Camp

Lodge’s exterior, Galapagos Safari Camp

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River Camp, The Resort at Paws Up

Destination: Montana, USA Reunite with nature minus the hassles at The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre luxury ranch in the heart of Montana. Discover a lavish way of camping as the resort expertly blends authentic nature experience with creature comforts. Take in the views surrounding your tent before settling in the finely designed space with its private master bathroom and the most comfortable bed you’ll ever sleep in, known at the resort as ‘The Last Best Bed™’ with 300-count linens, down duvet comforters and oversized pillows. While at camp, enjoy personalised service from your camping butler and skilled camp chef. Yes, this means gourmet meals in elegant outdoor settings. Resist the urge of getting holed up in your tent; rather, have a go at the wilderness adventures and dude ranch activities. Take your pick from the exhilarating recreations from trail riding to cliff rappelling, ATV riding, whitewater rafting and fly-fishing on the famed Blackfoot River. The resort’s latest addition to its brand of luxury is the Pinnacle Camp, which is truly at the peak of grandeur boasting the camp’s largest tents, en-suite bathrooms with jetted tubs and unparalleled views of Elk Creek and the Blackfoot River. For a romantic touch, book the secluded Tango Point tent featuring a lovely copper tub set in the middle of the bedroom. Before retreating to your tent, unwind and get cosy by the stone and timber fireplace at the Pinnacle Camp’s open-air dining pavilion and lounge. You may book an entire camp for your exclusive use; however, reservations should be placed at least one year in advance. The best time to go is from late May to September for pleasant outdoor weather.

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Creekside Camp, The Resort at Paws Up

Moonlight Camp, The Resort at Paws Up


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Longitude 131° - Courtesy of Voyages Hotels & Resorts Longitude 131° - Courtesy of Voyages Hotels & Resorts

Destination: Uluru, Australia Explore Australia’s Northern Territory, where the renowned world heritage Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located. Adjacent to this scenic landscape is Longitude 131°, a luxury camp boasting 15 tents exclusive to no more than 30 guests. The tents are innovatively designed to remain cool in the summer and warm during winter. One touch of a button allows you total control of the reverse air-conditioning system for your preferred climate, and one flick of your bedside switch lifts the blinds to unveil picturesque views of the sunrise. Indulge in all-inclusive adventures from accommodations to meals, beverages, mini-bar consumption and guided tours. Start early on your day’s activities by catching the sunrise over Uluru followed by a light breakfast

at the viewing area. Kick it up a notch with the private tours available at an extra cost from desert tours on a camel to tearing the roads up on a Harley Davidson. Better yet, splurge on private helicopter tours and scenic flights for an exquisite panorama of Uluru. Enjoy sunset views in the privacy of your own tent with a glass of champagne, or outdoors at the Uluru viewing area, by the pool or at the Dune Top complete with cocktails and canapés. Another highlight is the exclusive dining experience at Table 131°, a three-course dinner with the finest Australian wines served in the middle of the desert underneath a canopy of stars. Make sure to book your trips three months in advance during the peak season from July to November.

Luxe Factor: An all-inclusive rate of USD 2,050 per night on twin sharing applies, with a minimum stay of two nights.

Destination: Tofino, Canada

Courtesy of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Courtesy of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Take a scenic one-hour seaplane ride from Vancouver to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a luxurious eco-resort in the West Coast surrounded by glacial mountains and verdant rainforest. Arrive refreshed and worry-free, as the 20-tent resort offers all-inclusive vacations from accommodations to guided activities with complete adventure gear down to complimentary massage treatments. Book one of the 12 luxury tents with queen day beds, en-suite bathrooms, heated floors and indoor and outdoor showers. Sleep well into the night in the privacy of your tent and the comforts of the cosy woodstove centrepiece and king-sized bed outfitted in sumptuous down duvets. There is a bewildering array of activities to choose from starting from a simple hike to whale and bear watching, remote beach surfing and the resort’s new helicopter activities, which can be arranged at an extra cost. Make sure to book your trips from May to September.

Luxe Factor: Take your pick from a three, four or seven-night allinclusive stay. A three-night stay in a Luxury Ensuite Tent is at USD 5,345 per person. Four and seven-night stays are at USD 6,415 and USD 10,690 respectively. TRAVELITE | 57


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Tent’s exterior, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Destination: Koh Kong, Cambodia You’re in for a unique adventure at the world’s only resort with floating tents amid the jungle. Sleep in the 12 tented villas of 4 Rivers Floating Lodge with lavish furnishings, all fitted with a flat-screen TV and wellstocked mini bars. Wake up to the calming sounds of nature and enjoy majestic views of the Cardamom Mountains from your private balcony and outdoor deck. Get ready to explore the unspoiled rainforest and Southeast Asia’s largest coastal mangrove. Guided trekking tours take you deep into the jungle to get up-close encounters with rare Javan rhinoceros, tigers, elephants, deers and rare sightings of gibbons and endangered Siamese crocodiles. A full-day boat tour takes you down Tatai River’s flow, through lush mangroves and further down to the streaming waterfalls where you can treat yourself to a relaxing dip. Cap your day with a private sunset cruise accompanied by your choice of fine wine from the resort’s walk-in wine cellar. For dinner, enjoy local and western cuisines at the Dining Room, a uniquely designed circular restaurant with high ceilings, or add a personal touch to your meal by fishing for your own fresh catch in the comforts of your private terrace. Skip the dessert and have an extra serving of adventure with the night kayak tours guided by fireflies. Travel during the dry season from November to April to enjoy the nature tours.

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Bedroom’s interior, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Tent’s exterior, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge


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Courtesy of The Serai, Jaisalmer

Courtesy of The Serai, Jaisalmer

Courtesy of The Serai, Jaisalmer

Destination: Jaisalmer, India Indulge in a romantic getaway against a backdrop of picturesque deserts and sand dunes. Your destination of choice is The Serai, Jaisalmer, a luxury camp and spa set in the Great Thar Desert. The 21 tent accommodations are built on an expansive hundredacre land, guaranteed to give you the royal treatment. Book the only Royal Suite available for unrivaled luxury and enjoy exclusive use of the private spa, pool and dining and lounge tents. Ultimate privacy is yours, as the suite is secluded in a 12,000 sq ft enclosed area. Alternatively, you may book one of the six Luxury

Tented Suites set within a lush, walled garden with a plunge pool centrepiece. The tailored excursions with private guides walk you through off-the-beaten desert areas and to the medieval city of Jaisalmer. Arrange for camel safaris to experience a unique way of exploring the sand dunes and the countryside. Unwind at the award-winning spa originally created by Raison d ‘Etre, with four treatment tents by a lavish garden, offering the most relaxing signature treatments using soothing and healing organic products. The resort operates exclusively from 20 September to 31 March.

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Courtesy of Nomad Tanzania

Destination: Southern Tanzania Wander through the protected areas of one of the world’s largest wildlife parks. Selous Game Reserve is your ideal destination for adventure, while the intimate retreat in the heart of the park is your sanctuary in the wild. Enjoy utmost privacy in the remoteness of Kiba Point, the smallest luxury camp in the area with only four accommodations. Settle in one of the four open-fronted rooms with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and a private veranda with its own plunge pool. The lavish comforts of the room blend well with nature to provide you the most relaxing escape. You can explore the wild at your own pace, as all itineraries are exclusive. It’s just you, your guide and the wilderness. Start with one of the highlights at Kiba Point, the walking safaris around the game reserve for exceptional sightings of big mammals and various bird species. You can also arrange for game drives in your own fourwheel drive vehicle, as well as fishing, boating and taking private tours to the sand channels of Rufiji Rive. If all these leave you wanting for more adventure, try flycamping for a downright, up close and personal experience with the wild. Travel during the best season for walking safaris in the dry months of June to December.

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Courtesy of Nomad Tanzania

Courtesy of Nomad Tanzania


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Destination: Dubai, UAE Relive the fabled Arabian nights at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa. The stunning resort is built in the style of a Bedouin camp, with 42 luxurious tent accommodations all boasting infinite views of the Arabian Desert. Reserve one of the two Royal Suites and enjoy relaxing dips in your private temperature-controlled swimming pool by the outdoor deck. You’ll find many lavish amenities in the suite, such as two spacious bedrooms with custom-made beds, large en-suite bathrooms with a walk-in shower, oversized bath and twin vanity areas. Being the only resort located in the Dubai

Desert Reserve, the experience remains exclusive to resort guests. Choose any two complimentary activities per day to explore the uniqueness of the desert and discover a host of wildlife in the area. Enjoy this rare opportunity along with personalised service from your personal field guide, specially assigned to cater to your needs. Whether you wish to explore the desert on foot, horseback, camelback or even a four-wheel drive, your guide will gladly see to your requests. December to March is the season to go for the most pleasant weather temperatures in Dubai.

Luxe Factor: Nightly rates at the Royal Suite start from USD 1,270 inclusive of full-board meals and two desert activities per night booked.

Royal Suite Private Pool, Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa


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Hotel’s exterior, Tierra Patagonia

Hotel's Interior, Tierra Patagonia

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Excursion with a view of Torres del Paine


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The Great Chilean Outdoors

Follow through a redefined off-the-beaten experience, taking you from a remote region to a golden desert and a breathtaking island accompanied by a few lavish additions WORDS BY martina krauss

first stop: patagonia Patagonia is a perfect starting point for your Chilean expedition. Prepare to tread the southernmost tip of the earth, and one of the world’s least populated areas. Marvel at the sight of majestic mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers and a variety of native flora and fauna.

Start Your Itinerary Witness over 100 species of birds in their natural habitat with an early morning bird watching tour to warm you up for a day of trekking. Your adventure begins with a two and a half hour trek to Linda Lake, passing slopes and grass-covered hills accompanied by scenic views of the Balmaceda and Ferrier Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of the Geike Glacier as you make your way to the lake viewpoint. You will also get the chance to walk the forests of Antarctic beech, through its vegetated foothills before descending to Laguna Negra, to see more endemic species of birds.

Explore Some More Infuse some speed into your treks with horseback rides to explore the area. Feel the wind in your face as you gallop through Serrano’s grasslands, passing the azure waters of Serrano River while enjoying imposing views of Mount Balmaceda’s snowy peaks. If you opt for a more advanced ride, canter through Paine Massif, Lake Toro and Chorillo del Cañadon, with many ascents and descents made more challenging by a few windy sections along the trail.If you’re up for more adventure, trot to Grey Glacier and Baguales Peaks, with many steep trails enlivened by panoramic views of the Puesto del Toro to keep you going.

Rest Your Feet

Find rest at Tierra Patagonia’s two-storey suite after a long day of exploration. Relax in the spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the lower floor, and lounge in the cosy living room on the top floor, featuring floor to ceiling windows looking through the lake and the beautiful Torres del Paine mountain range. Book the suite at an all-inclusive rate of USD 5,800 for a three-night stay for two persons. Take your relaxation to a higher level at the Uma Spa’s indoor infinity pool with a wall of windows facing the lake and mountain peaks, before indulging in the signature volcanic Patagonian massage.

Don’t Miss Store up some energy for more adventures in winter, with popular attractions such as skiing and snowboarding. The months from June to September mark the winter season in Patagonia, and many ski resorts are open exclusively for the period. There’s no better way to enjoy the winter season than with Andes Cross’ tailored tours. Arrange for exclusive heli-skiing tours in Patagonia, where a private helicopter flies you to unexplored terrains and mountainsides. Be one of the lucky few to ski down these private ski slopes at USD 1,650 per person.

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Courtesy of Awasi

Licancabur Volcano, Courtesy of Explora

UP NEXT: ATACAMA

Known to be a land rich in gold, the Atacama Desert has been attracting travellers with its many forms, colors and character. Still, only a select few can brag about having explored the great desert, since it remains to be a remote, off-the-beaten destination.

Start Your Itinerary Begin with a two-hour trek to the Llano de la Paciencia, passing through the cornices of Cordillera de la Sal, while enjoying stunning views of the oasis blending with the Salar de Atacama and the Andes mountains. Your trek ends at the dunes of Valle de la Muerte, where you can stop for a quick rest to take in picturesque sights of the golden desert.

Explore Some More Hard-core adventurers can hike it up a little more with full-day horseback treks, cycling and mountain climbing tours. Explore oasis and desert areas on horseback, galloping through sand dunes and the nearby Beter’s ruins for a good three and a half hours. Stretch your legs with a half-day cycling tour from the Llano de Paciencia towards the Moon Valley. The stunning scenery makes up for the challenging terrain, and the pit stops bathing in the lagoons, are rewarding! 64 | TRAVELITE

Atacama Salt Flat, Courtesy of Explora

Rest Your Feet Awasi is the place to unwind after an exhausting day in the desert. The eight rooms offer the luxury of privacy and personal service. Three personnel attentively cater to your needs, and all elements of your trip are tailored to suit your preference, from accommodations to transfers, dining and desert explorations. Book a Superior Round Suite for three nights, at an all-inclusive rate of USD 4,750 for two persons.

Don’t Miss San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations offers a unique stargazing experience. Feast your eyes on amazing views of the star-filled desert sky at USD 35 for two and a half hours.


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Moais near Anakena Beach, Courtesy of Explora

Posada de Mike Rapu, Courtesy of Explora

FINALLY: RAPA NUI

The best way to end your expedition on a high note is with a side trip to the most remote inhabited island in the world. Revel in the scenery and immerse in the enigmatic culture of Rapa Nui, which is still strongly reflected in the natives’ present-day living.

Start Your Itinerary Kick off with a morning trek to the Ara O Te Moai for up close encounters with huge moai structures. The towering human figures are rock carvings created by the ancient inhabitants many years ago. Continue with a climb to the Rano Raraku, a moai stone quarry, for a view of the volcano’s inner crater. Enjoy picnic lunches by the natural rock pools of One Makihi after a short walk along the volcano’s edge.

Explore Some More After exploring the island’s land areas on foot, it’s time to discover its wealth of marine life with private boat tours, snorkeling, fishing and diving. Witness a bounty of corals with native fishes in a variety of size, shape and color.

Rest Your Feet The Raa Suite at the Posada de Mike Rapu offers sublime accommodations for relaxing and enjoying soothing views of the sea. Book an all-inclusive getaway with three-night accommodations at the Raa Suite at USD 6,450 for two persons.

Don’t Miss Sink your feet in the sand while enjoying a view of the orange skies blending with Anakena Beach’s turquoise waters and a glimpse of a few moai figures from a distance.

explora tailors itineraries from accommodations in their magnificent hotels to unique adventures including half day or full day treks, horseback rides, cycling and mountain climbing trips to the most remote areas of Patagonia, Atacama and Rapa Nui. www.explora.com PATAGONIA Outdoor adventures are perfect from October to March, while skiing and winter sports are ideal from June to September.

ATACAMA The winter season from June to August is the best time to travel for pleasant daytime weather.

RAPA NUI Avoid the tourist season from January to March for a chance to enjoy the island to yourself.

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Giacometti Gallery, Louisiana

Roasted Turbot, Restaurant Sletten

Concert Hall, Louisiana

Dining area, Restaurant Sletten

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Savouring the Arts of Denmark

Fuel your appetite for modern art and exquisite flavours in a satisfying journey through Denmark’s charming, little-known towns WORDS BY sean lau

Humlebæk THE ART

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has put the small town of Humlebæk on the map. The museum is unique, to say the least, defined by its breathtaking location on top of a cliff, overlooking the sea and enclosed within a sculpture park. The nature surrounding the museum is truly an art in itself. Adding to its fame is a permanent collection of more than 3,000 works, making it one of the largest international modern art museums in Scandinavia. Apart from the permanent collection, the museum hosts four to six temporary exhibitions annually, featuring modernist artists and the latest international contemporary art. These exclusive exhibitions are good reasons for revisiting the museum time and again. A visit to the Louisiana Museum is best enjoyed from the inside out, starting with a tour of the impressive artworks from the permanent collections to the temporary exhibitions. Many of the galleries have walls of windows looking out to lush gardens and the sea. You are sure to find relaxation at the sight of nature blending with the artworks housed in the viewing rooms. Continue on with a relaxing stroll in the park while enjoying full views of the Øresund, beautiful landscapes and interesting sculptures by many famous artists such as Henry Moore, Richard Serra and Henry Heerup to name a few. Head to the café to try the sumptuous open Danish buffet featuring a weekly-changing menu of freshly prepared specialties. You can also sip on endless cups of gourmet coffee paired with freshly baked goods including the famous butter scones and a variety of cakes and pastries on the menu.

Exhibitions

Louisiana Museum unveils the New Nordic architectural exhibit, showcasing a number of installations created exclusively by renowned architects. The exhibition, which is also a study on the effects of physical, cultural and social conditions on contemporary Nordic architecture runs until 21 October. A tale of the transformation of self-representations is showcased in the Self-portraits exhibition, which runs from 14 September to 13 January 2013. The exhibit features over a hundred works from the 20th century including pieces from van Gogh, Warhol, Bonnard and many others. Opening Hours Tuesday to Friday 11:00am – 10:00pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 11:00am – 6:00pm

THE TASTE

No tour to Humlebæk is complete without a visit to Restaurant Sletten and indulging in its fine provincial French cuisine. Signature dishes made from the freshest local produce and imported ingredients complement well with splendid views of the Sletten Harbour and the Øresund. Your gastronomic adventure begins as soon as you receive the two-page menu, with a delectable list of starter-sized specialties all priced at USD 21. You can choose as many as you like depending on your appetite, or to some, curiosity in trying as many dishes as possible. Both lunch and dinner menus include a good selection of cheeses and desserts among a variety of starters, salads and entrées. The extensive wine list is definitely worth perusing with many rare, limited vintages and old world wines such as the 1961 Château Palmer at USD 5,970 per bottle. Opening Hours Tuesday to Saturday 12:00pm – 3:00pm and 6:00pm – 9:30pm Open seven days a week from 1 June to 30 September TRAVELITE | 67


2-Amino-5-Bromobenzotrifluoride by Damien Hirst, Arken

Façade, Arken

Café, Arken

Façade, Frederiks Have Restaurant

Dining area, Frederiks Have Restaurant


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Ishøj THE ART

The stunning architecture of Arken Museum for Modern Art never fails to make an impression. Designed like a ship anchored at Køge Bay, the museum is built to seamlessly blend with the surroundings to create a striking space fit to house an exquisite collection of modern and contemporary arts. The growing collection includes modern works by Danish, Scandinavian and international artists, and features about 400 post-war contemporary pieces. The temporary exhibitions run every year add to Arken’s attractions on top of the variety of permanent works, paintings and installations. A tour of the museum involves playing with your senses. Start by testing your eyesight at the Art Axis exhibition room, a long hallway brimming with works of art, designed with an optical illusion that makes it appear longer than it really is. After exploring the collections and exhibitions, make your way to the café to satisfy your sense of taste with traditional cakes, pastries and special set menus. The Arken café is reminiscent of a ship’s deck, with large windows offering magnificent views of the seaside.

Exhibitions

Arken Museum currently hosts an exclusive exhibition featuring world-renowned British artist Damien Hirst’s works, including the biggest ‘spot painting’ to date, the 2-Amino5-Bromobenzotrifluoride (2011). The Damien Hirst Donation runs until 5 September. A special Indian contemporary art exhibition presenting the new art of India runs from 18 August to 13 January 2013. Expect to see extraordinary paintings, sculptures, photography, installations, interactive art and a creative display of Indian fashion featuring the works of seven young designers. Opening Hours Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday 10:00am – 9:00pm

THE TASTE

Enjoy Vallensbæk port’s lively atmosphere from the spacious terrace of Restaurant Krabben. The cosy restaurant serves fine Danish and European cuisine from fresh, seasonal raw ingredients. The terrace overlooking the sea is the perfect destination for outdoor dining, with signature specialties available for quick lunches and sit down dinners. The special homemade herring cooked in seasonal berries and spices is one of the famous dishes from the menu, as well as a variety of specialties from the grill. Opening Hours Monday to Friday 11:30am – 4:00pm and 5:00pm – 9:00pm Saturday to Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm and 5:00pm – 9:00pm

IN BETWEEN: Frederiksberg Stop in between destinations to sample the specialties at Frederiks Have Restaurant. The charming and cosy restaurant is a recipient of the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand award for its excellent food and personal service from the staff and owners. Indulge in fine Nordic cuisine with a monthly-changing menu, depending on the availability of locally sourced ingredients. Reserve a table at the courtyard for an intimate outdoor dining featuring three, four or five courses from the month’s special menu starting from USD 110. Fine wines handpicked by owner and sommelier Ole Sellberg are poured to accompany each course.

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Terrace, Villa La Cassinella


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Villa La Cassinella

Lake Como’s Magnificent Villas Find your perfect match from the lavish accommodations dotting the lakeside of one of the world’s most luxurious destinations WORDS BY martina krauss

For celebrities, VIPs and A-listers snooze The privacy and luxuries of Villa La Cassinella will have you feeling like a rock star on vacation. Arrive in style either by a chauffeured limousine, private jet or helicopter from Milan, followed by a three-minute boat ride, which is the only access to the property. The refurbished 18th century estate sits on its own secluded peninsula in Lake Como, enclosed within perfectly landscaped surroundings and towering columns of cypress trees. The estate was initially redesigned as a private residence for its owner, after which he decides to turn it into “the world’s best villa for lease”. Take a few of your dearest to enjoy this unforgettable experience with you, as the villa accommodates no more than 17 guests. Settle in your not-so-humble-abode, with a welcoming staff of 10 to serve you during your stay. Service is impeccable at the villa. A single press from the portable butler button sends for your English-trained personal valet to attend to your needs. Ultimate privacy is yours, leaving no room for the paparazzi to lurk around besides camping on boats by the lake. Even then, you’ll swim undisturbed in the concealed swimming pool and lounge in private with sunshades designed in the style of one-way interrogation mirrors.

in the six lavishly decorated bedrooms in the main villa, with en-suite bathrooms and spacious balconies with majestic views of the lake. The Terrace House is a detached villa with two additional guest suites.

enjoy a good swim in the heated infinity pool finished with 22-carat gold tiles, work up a sweat at the Technogymequipped fitness centre and lighted tennis court, or relax in the cinema and media room with your choice of movies.

indulge in authentic Italian cooking by the in-house chef, with specialties such as homemade gnocchi and tortellini. The patio is equipped with outdoor cooking facilities perfect for making wood-fire pizzas and barbecues to complement your outdoor lounging.

arrange trips to local villages, private lake excursions aboard Cassinella’s boats, hiking and water sports.

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CastaDiva Resort and Spa


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For romantics and honeymooners The romantic ambience at CastaDiva Resort and Spa is the perfect setting to fall in love time and again. The six-and-ahalf acre estate fronting Lake Como basks in uninterrupted views of the surrounding lake and mountains. The estate was once the residence of 19th century opera singer Giuditta Pasta, which inspired the resort’s name. The lake is also where the legendary novel “The Betrothed” by Alessandro Manzoni took place. From the breathtaking views to the private accommodations and unique experiences, it truly has all the makings of a perfect, romantic destination. Treat your loved one to an enchanting getaway for two and turn the romance up a notch. Choose your accommodations from 73 luxurious rooms and suites housed in nine separate villas, all offering idyllic sceneries. Take an afternoon dip in the floating pool extending to the lake, which transforms to a dancing fountain at night. One of the highlights at CastaDiva is the nightly fountain and light show with the lake as a backdrop. Exclusive chef and butler service can be arranged for a private fine dining experience outdoors under a canopy of stars.

Villa Amina, CastaDiva Resort and Spa

snooze in the elegant top-floor bedroom of Villa Amina, one of the two private villas hidden within the resort. Enjoy full views provided by the room’s floor to ceiling windows, and take long, luxurious baths in the en-suite bathroom’s huge tub overlooking the lake. Villa Roccabruna Sala del Camino, CastaDiva Resort and Spa

enjoy exclusive treatments at the spa’s VIP suites inspired by the four elements. Relax further at the wellness centre with a salt therapy area, Turkish bath, and Mediterranean and Finnish saunas.

indulge in nouveau Italian cuisine served in two gourmet restaurants, both with options for outdoor dining.

arrange for a private boat ride at sunset for a most romantic experience. Depart from the private dock in your “Lucia”, a traditional boat made famous by lovers Renzo and Lucia from “The Betrothed”.

splurge

LOrangerie Terrace, CastaDiva Resort and Spa

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For royalties and discerning travellers The palatial structures, exquisite landscapes, and idyllic location of Villa d’Este are features fit for royalty. All 152 rooms are impeccably furnished with antiques and modern decors and carefully tucked within 25 acres of lush gardens for utmost privacy. The picturesque views of the lake blending with the verdant greens surrounding the estate are reminiscent of a Renaissance painting. You’re in for a royal treat at the Villa Cima, one of the two private villas in the estate. The stately property was built by Princess of Wales and future Queen of England Caroline of Brunswick and served as a former home to Count and Countess Pino. The villa evokes a royal feel from the spacious rooms to the luxurious décor down to the terraces and gardens that lace the property.

snooze in one of the four lavish bedrooms of Villa Cima, with a spacious balcony facing the lake and an en-suite marble-finished bathroom.

enjoy a relaxing dip in the floating heated pool surrounded by the lake after a few games in any of the eight tennis courts nestled in the park.

indulge in exquisite fine dining at the Restaurant Veranda and experience gourmet breakfasts with specialties from freshly baked breads to cooked to order eggs served al fresco.

arrange for private wine tours at the nearby Langhe Vineyard, or a round of golf at the estate’s 18-hole golf course, renowned for its challenging par 69.

splurge for a night’s accommodation at the grand Villa Cima. Tariff available upon request.

Ercole, Villa D’Este

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Aerial view of Villa D’Este


Queen’s Pavillion, Villa D’Este


Balloons Above the Valley


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Napa Valley through the Senses

Go beyond the usual wine tasting experience by involving your senses for an in-depth, sensory journey of the finest sights, tastes and smells of Napa Valley. WORDS BY isobel tsin

TOUCH

Fingerprinted Wines

SIGHT

Up, Up and Away There is no better way to relish the picturesque views of the vineyards and the clear, blue skies than from high above, in your private hot air balloon ride. Balloons Above the Valley provides a bird’s eye view of the breathtaking scenery of Napa Valley with a staff of experienced pilots and tailored itineraries. Your exclusive experience starts with a short drive to the Napa Valley Marriott, where your pilot awaits to whisk you 1,000 to 3,000 feet above the valley. An early breakfast of coffee, tea and freshly baked muffins is served before your departure. Each flight is unique, without any standard itineraries to follow. The paths are based on the movement of the wind, literally taking you to greater heights above rows and rows of vineyards. Soar with your loved one in a romantic private ride for two at USD 999, complemented with a lavish champagne brunch prepared just in time for your landing..

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Mark your fingerprints on your own bottle as you engage in a personalised winemaking process at MicroCrush. Your personal wine is tailored to suite your taste, and through the process, you will learn the basics and master the techniques. The fun begins with the blending process, where you can mix your preferred varietals and have it bottled with a customised label of your choice. Three bottles of your signature blend is priced at USD 225, six bottles at USD 395 and 12 bottles at USD 695. If you’re looking to get down to the root of it, then choose to harvest your own grapes at MicroCrush’s preselected vineyards, followed by an intensive blending experience tailored to match your preferred grapes, yeast, barrel and label. Time is an important ingredient in producing great-tasting wines, with a minimum production period of at least 18 months. A dedicated MicroCrush staff will be in constant communication with you throughout the process to ensure the quality of your exclusive blend. This signature experience at MicroCrush starts from USD 4,000 per barrel, which is equivalent to 24 cases.

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Trefethen Family

Festival Del Sole

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Easy Listening

Trefethen Family Vineyard

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Aromatic Indulgence Delight in the aromas of fine wines produced at Trefethen Family Vineyard, a classic, family-owned vineyard tucked away from the touristy areas of the valley. Take in the intoxicating sweet smell of ripe grapes as you thread down the vineyards during your private tour. You’ll also discover the individual smells associated with the production of red and white wines in its 19th century redwood winery and sample a variety of their special, limited release and old vintages from the cellar. A more thorough tasting involves sampling wines straight from the barrels, where you will be exposed to the distinct smell of the oak barrels, which contribute to the characteristic taste of the wines. Reserve a spot in the Twilight at Trefethen tour at USD 100 per person, exclusive to no more than 12 guests. This special night tour starts shortly after the winery closes to the public. Lighted pathways lead you to the winery’s barrel room, where a fancy dining table is set especially for your unique aromatic tasting experience.

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Prepare to be lulled by celebrated mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra at the Festival del Sole, a 10-day series of concerts, plays, luncheons and wine dinners happening from 13 to 22 July. Avail of the VIP Passport at USD 7,500 to enjoy full access to the events from the opening night gala to the variety of activities and performances held in many exclusive vineyards across the valley.

www.festivaldelsole.org Music and wine blend perfectly at Nashville in Napa, Baldacci Family Vineyards’ annual benefit concert scheduled on 11 August. Support NOTES for Education’s cause through a festive celebration with Nashville’s finest songwriters and top winemakers from Napa Valley accompanied by farm-to-table cuisine served in the wine caves at Baldacci. Reserve a seat at the exclusive event open only for 200 guests at USD 175 each.

www.nashvilleinnapa.com Enjoy classic Jackson Five hits in a live performance by Jermaine Jackson and his band at the Music Festival for Mental Health. Be a part of a spirited fundraising event filled with music, fine wines and exquisite food on 15 September at the Staglin Family Vineyard. Register for the scientific symposium, reception, concert and gourmet dinner at USD 5,000 per person. Proceeds will benefit the International Mental Health Research Organization’s studies on cures for psychiatric disorders.

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Music Festival for Mental Health

sleep in the luxurious Champagne Private Maison at the Auberge Du Soleil

www.aubergedusoleil.com play a round of golf at the Silverado Resort and Spa

www.silveradoresort.com relax with the natural healing treatments at The Spa at Calistoga Ranch

www.calistogaranch.com get around in your private chauffeured limousine with complimentary champagnes and full bar service

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best month to Visit is September for the fall harvest or “crush” season; alternatively, June to August for sunny summer skies perfect for outdoor dining

Cole’s Chop House

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Exquisite Flavors Satisfy your cravings for delectable fine dining at Cole’s Chop House. As soon as you’re seated, pore over the menu for an extensive list of specialties by Executive Chef and Owner Greg Cole. For starters, whet your appetite with the Maine Peekytoe Crab Cocktail and Warm Baby Spinach Salad. Enjoy the succulent crab that complements well with the freshness of the greens. Take your pick from the mouthwatering steaks made from the finest corn-fed beef, headed by the signature 21-day Chicago Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak (USD 69 ala carte), famous for its unrivaled tenderness and lip-smacking juiciness. The melt-in-your-mouth Certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon (USD 39) is also one of the favourites. The entrées are best paired with a choice bottle of red, more specifically, a fine Cabernet Sauvignon with hints of bell pepper, mint and black pepper flavours that work well with meat. Choose from a variety of vintages ranging from USD 48 to USD 2,100 per bottle. For a lavish choice, order a bottle of Napa Valley’s pride, the 2008 Screaming Eagle (USD 2,100) for a dark, ruby-red wine with crushed blackberry and licorice notes to accompany your flavourful steak. End your meal sweetly with a serving of the Bourbon Whiskey Bread Pudding with a shot or two of the Keffer and Yajeya Bourbon, a signature drink blended exclusively for Cole’s Chop House. Reservations are highly recommended, especially on the weekends of May to October. Seasonal patio dining is also available during the same months, with special menu additions and limited outdoor dining for 50 guests.

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Decadent Wine Tastings Skip the conventional wine tours by adding a dose of adventure and creativity, all for a renewed appreciation and enthusiasm for fine wines. WORDS BY KM

from coast to toast

Courtesy of Arblaster and Clarke Wine Tours

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Sail away in an exquisite cruise from the coast of Italy to France, while indulging in a panoply of fine wines. The voyage is an exclusive treat to no more than 48 passengers aboard the luxurious Sea Cloud. The authentic squarerigger was originally built in 1931 for an American heiress, and has since undergone a lavish refurbishment to take you to the different tastes of the Mediterranean coast. Imbibe in a sumptuous series of onboard wine tastings and gourmet dinners featuring choice vintages from the regions included in the wine cruise itinerary. You can indulge some more during the private wine visits in many exclusive vineyards and wine estates ashore. A team of wine experts will join you throughout the voyage for your bespoke wine tasting experience on land and on sea. The outdoor deck is a perfect spot to unwind, with a cushioned sitting area where you can enjoy different shades of blue from the sky to the seas complemented by the soothing sound of the waves. Lavish lunches are served al fresco at the Lido Deck, where you can enjoy wine tastings early in the day accompanied by specialties from the delectable lunch buffet. The intimate dining room promises cosy evenings served with fine, Mediterranean cuisine from special a la carte menus paired with a good selection of wines. You can expect nothing less from the ultimate indulgence offered both onboard and ashore. Book an eight-day wine voyage at Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours, with premier Owners Suite accommodations at USD 12,450 per person.


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a taste of the wild Infuse some adventure in your conventional wine tastings in Napa and Sonoma Valley. Safari West introduces a unique offering called “Cheetahs and Chardonnay Private Safari”, which is, as the name suggests, a combination of fine wines and wildlife. The one-of-a-kind experience is perfect for wine enthusiasts, who also have a penchant for felines. Now, wine lovers can not only get a taste of the fine vintages of the valley, but also relish close encounters with the wild. Navigate the hills in a rugged, open-air four-wheel drive to visit the cheetahs in their natural habitat. Get near enough to be able to count their spots and hear them purr, only if you dare to. Enjoy a bottle or two of select wines from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, with a vast range of choices from Chardonnay to Sauvignon, while taking in the beauty of exotic wildlife. The atmosphere of the private safari will momentarily transport you to Africa. Satisfy your cravings for adventure in a truly unique wildlife experience, and indulge your tastes in African Ranch style cuisine paired with a good selection of new-world wines. 82 | TRAVELITE

Make reservations for your private tour at USD 1,400 per person, exclusive to a maximum of six. You can also maximise your safari experience by spending a night or two at Safari West’s luxury tent accommodations, with enclosed beds and private shower area. The safari ambience and firsthand experience of the wild will make you forget that you are actually in California.

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the wine cycle Make your way through the vineyards and savour stunning views of the picturesque vine-covered hills of Cape Town in a bicycle. The experience is a creative way to take in the sights, smell the ripening grapes and feel the wind on your face, all while balancing on your bike. The combination of mountain biking and exclusive wine tasting prove to be a visually rewarding, albeit physically challenging tasting experience. Let the challenge add up to the adventure, as you work up a sweat before indulging in the many tastes and flavours that await. To cap your exhilarating journey, make sure to catch the breathtaking sunset while pedalling on your bike. Bikes ‘n Wines arranges bespoke wine and bike adventures, from day tours to overnight indulgences in many exquisite vineyards and wineries in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Bali’s Most Intimate Hideaways

Unwind in these heavenly resorts designed to keep you indoors, just because they have the best excuse to do so – to bring you to a heightened state of relaxation. WORDS BY KM

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Bali is a perfect year-round destination for its tropical weather with an average temperature of 27°C. The best time to travel is during the months of July to September for sunny days with slightly cooler temperatures.

Bedroom Ocean Pool Villa, Alila Villas Soori

Ombak Restaurant, Alila Villas Soori

UNIQUELY REMOTE Drown out the rest of the world at Alila Villas Soori, a stunning resort uniquely and remotely located between rows of rice terraces and a stretch of black-sand beach. Your journey to bliss begins as soon as you touchdown the airport, where your personal chauffeur and butler await with cold towels, pillows and refreshments for the hour and a half drive. Get comfortable in your seat, browse through the menu and place your orders for your arrival lunch. You are sure to arrive refreshed and in awe of the picturesque views of your home for the next few days. Once you’ve taken your fill of the scenery, you can head to Cotta restaurant where your pre-ordered meal is served along with a relaxing ambience and the lulling of the waves. Make sure to leave room for dessert, as the homemade jackfruit and coconut ice cream is a treat not to be missed. Everything is divine, but you haven’t reached heaven just yet. Allow your butler to escort you to your villa where you’ll find everything you need for total rest and relaxation. A spacious and tastefully designed living and study area, en-suite bathroom with a tub, rain shower and separate his and hers area, all adjoined to the bedroom, which opens to a lavish private pool and outdoor lounge. Take a few minutes to complete the in-villa check-in, 86 | TRAVELITE

after which, your butler retreats to allow you your much-deserved privacy. Now, you have more time to pore over the details of your villa, which includes a Nespresso machine, an iPod dock, an Apple TV, a complete range of his and hers bath amenities and the highlight of the bedroom – a king-sized bed with luxury linens – which is arguably the most comfortable bed in all of Bali. There are more ways than one to unwind at Alila Villas Soori from sun up to sun down. Start your day with a morning yoga session shortly after sunrise, followed by a hearty breakfast at the outdoor pavilion of your villa. Alternate your mornings with breakfast at Cotta, featuring daily rotating tasting-style menus, which include a good selection of fresh fruits and fruit juices, specialty coffees and teas, freshly baked breads and savoury favourites such as the prawn omelette, smoked salmon and beef hash. Your relaxation continues on, as you have plenty of time to lounge in your private pool, read books at the library while enjoying high tea at the adjoining Reading Room and indulge in blissful pampering with signature treatments at Spa Alila. Request for villa 203, a One-bedroom Ocean Pool Villa with its private access to the beach, infinite sea views and glorious sunsets. Rates start from USD 660 per night.


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PICTURE-PERFECT Surrender to the views of Karma Kandara, a fascinating resort perched on a cliff overlooking the turquoise waters of the beach below. As soon as you check in, you will be whisked away to your accommodations, a spacious two-storey villa residence with its own pocket garden, a huge wooden door that opens to the impressive interiors of the living room, fully equipped kitchen and cosy dining area. A few steps from the living area leads you to your private pool and outdoor deck, as well as a flight of stairs that lead up to your bedroom and en-suite bathroom, all surrounded with the best views of the ocean. You’ll instantly feel that you’re in for a treat. Settle in and prepare yourself for more as you head down to di Mare, a restaurant by the cliff side, which you’ll find nothing short of breathtaking. Sit anywhere you please, as all tables enjoy picturesque views of the infinity pool that blends with the skies and the ocean below. At di Mare, there is something to meet all your cravings from the scenic location to the finest Mediterranean cuisine and the wine cellar with more than 3,000 wines from around the world. The freshest ingredients are used in the menu, with specialties such as the caprese, sashimi of hamachi and jumbo scallops, best paired with a choice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the cellar. At the foot of the restaurant is a private inclinator that takes you down to the exclusive Nammos Beach Club. Grab your beach essentials and get transported to an idyllic strip of white, sandy beach laced with azure seas. You’ll find that the ambience is complemented by a good selection of cocktails, an oyster bar and a delectable range of wood-fire pizzas. Do not pass the chance to try the smoked duck pizza while you’re lounging by the beach.

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At this point, you think it can’t get any better than that, but you’ll be thrilled to know that you’re mistaken. Take a leisurely walk to Karma Spa for an afternoon of pampering. The spa as well, occupies a nice, secluded area atop the cliff, and all treatment rooms are meant to hang by the edge for a full view of the ocean. There’s nothing quite like the picturesque views here. This, along with the calming breeze, accompanies your 95-minute signature massage of choice. If one treatment is not enough, book the three, five or seven-night spa retreat for the ultimate relaxation indulgence. Book an Ocean View Pool Villa for topnotch privacy and the best sunset views. It has one master bedroom and two guest bedrooms with outdoor showers at the lower level. Rates start from USD 1,470 per night.

The Poolside, Karma Kandara


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DISTINCTLY SECLUDED Lose yourself in the serenity of Banyan Tree Ungasan, an idyllic resort that blends culture and nature with understated luxury. Get a firsthand experience of the local warmth upon your arrival with a traditional welcoming ceremony, complete with cold towels, light snacks and drinks to get you relaxed as the staff check you in. Shortly after, you will be transported to your villa in your private buggy. The villa is palatial to say the least. A pathway surrounded by a pond and lush greenery leads you to the main door, which opens to a spacious and well-designed living area and fully equipped dining and kitchen area. Get excited at the thought of making coffee with the espresso maker and raiding the well-stocked wine fridge anytime of the day. Take a few steps to the grand bathroom, which looks as though it sprung in the middle of a garden. It has separate his and hers sinks, closets and vanity tables complete with a huge tub and rain showers. Move on to the enticing bedroom with a glass door that leads you directly to an extensive private pool and outdoor lounge area boasting a jet pool and day bed.

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You may find it difficult to abandon the comforts of your villa, but if you manage to do so, arrange for a buggy ride to the private beach exclusive only to guests. You will be greeted by a stretch of pristine white sands that blend seamlessly with clear, blue waters. The scenery will surely tune you into relaxation. Go ahead and amp up your state of bliss with your choice of signature treatment at the Banyan Tree Spa. Make sure to book ahead, just in time for the sunset, as the spacious treatment rooms feature floor to ceiling glass windows offering uninterrupted views. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the dinner options, which are all very tempting. Arrange for dinners in the privacy of your villa, or if you’re up for something romantic, book a day in advance for destination dining by the cliff side overlooking the beach. For a taste of the Balinese culture, head to Bambu for the special themed buffet dinners accompanied by live traditional performances. If you’re in the mood for fine dining underneath the stars, then Ju-Ma-Na is the place for you. The restaurant is designed to take your breath away and the menu is created to satisfy your cravings for fresh seafood and choice meats. Start with the chawan musi with caviar followed by the flavorful lobster cappuccino. Then, order the star of the menu, the Wagyu No. 9 Duo and finish it off nicely with another signature dish, the Valrhona Grand Cru Soft Chocolate Cake. Reserve a Cliff Edge Ocean View Pool Villa for ultimate privacy with exquisite seascapes. Nightly rates range from USD 895 to USD 1,160. 88 | TRAVELITE

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Insider’s Secret

The Shanti Collection

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What’s Your Vibe?

ali, where luxury is the norm and indulgence goes without saying often challenges travellers with a bewildering array of accommodations. For the discerning few, lavish amenities are not all that defines a place. It’s all about the distinct ambience, character and charm that makes it unique and truly memorable. This is where The Shanti Collection comes in, with four distinctly unique resorts and residences to set the vibe of your journey. Tailor fit every detail to suit your tastes, match your mood and complement the kind of vacation you have in mind. All it takes is choosing your preferred setting, and The Shanti Collection will take care of the rest.

The Shanti Residence Location: Nusa Dua The Vibe: Lavish retreats Indulge in one of the five exclusive villas laced with infinite views of the ocean, or book the resort in its entirety for a private retreat like no other.

Four @ Drupadi Location: Seminyak The Vibe: Chic lifestyle Allow the exquisite serviced residences inspired by five different cultures to add a dose of sophistication to your chic vacations.

Lotus Residence Location: Tabanan The Vibe: Tranquil sojourns Find deeper relaxation in the six suites surrounded by lush paddy fields and lotus ponds, perfect for your much-need break.

Casa Brio Location: Seminyak The Vibe: Modern vitality Elevate your style with the four contemporary suites designed to complement your trendy travels to the entertainment district of Seminyak.

All residences and resorts of The Shanti Collection have something in common - unrivaled luxury, impeccable service and attention to detail. www.shanticollection.com

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Isles des Indes

Indulge in coveted privacy in the uniquely bespoke and secluded

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sle des Indes is where you want to get luxuriously marooned. Grab a few of your closest companions, as the private island hosts no more than an intimate group of eight. Your exclusive getaway kicks off at Jakarta’s Ancol Marina Harbour, where the 60 ft vintage yacht Raden Mas lies in waiting for your four-hour journey to paradise. The yacht takes you 40 miles offshore, to Indonesia’s Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu) complete with drinks and refreshments onboard. While on board, head to the shaded deck and get cosy in one of the outsized cushions, for a chance to spot some dolphins. If time is of the essence, you can charter a speedy journey via a speedboat or a private helicopter. If you have an island all to yourself, what is the first thing you do? Explore the area, of course. You can leave the unpacking to your private butler, who will gladly settle all your belongings in each of the isle’s four suites. Start your bespoke island experience by planning your daily menus with the executive chef, who will suit every dish according to your taste and preference. Expect the most sumptuous dishes prepared using the freshest tropical ingredients. Choose to enjoy your meals in the cosy pavilion of The Bale, or arrange for beachside barbecues or romantic dinners on the beach at the Sunset Point.

You have plenty of time to relax and unwind in your own paradise, from lounging by the beach, enjoying a good massage, to sipping on a cocktail or two during sunset. If you’re craving for adventure, take to the seas with a kayak or water skis, or explore the island’s underwater scenery with snorkeling and diving tours. For a luxurious experience like no other, board the Raden Mas for a delightful barbecue party from one island to another with onshore picnics, massages and exciting explorations in between.

accommodations The Javanese Joglo House, Malay Guest House and Balinese Lumbung with bedroom suites featuring four-poster beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and antique-style bathrooms

service Your personal staff of butlers, activity organisers, private chef and island manager

food Full-board meals with tailored daily menus inclusions Transfers, laundry service, fishing and water sports equipment

spend USD 2,900 per night to enjoy this exclusive hideaway all to yourself

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Vietnam’s Top 5 Beach Resorts

Unknown to many, Vietnam is home to several pristine beaches with off-the-radar luxury resorts waiting to be discovered. WORDS BY isobel tsin

DA NANG

Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city, boasts some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the south coast. A recent addition to Danang’s stretch of white-sand beach is the luxurious Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, which opened its doors to discerning travellers less than a year ago. Lavish accommodations, facilities and amenities blend well with breathtaking views of the seaside and the iconic Marble Mountains.

The Highlights: Seaside Golfing, Son Tra Peninsula, VIE Spa Abandon the comforts of your suite for a few rounds of golf at two renowned international level golf courses, Montgomerie Links and Danang Golf Club, both located a few minutes away from the resort. The former is designed to complement its proximity to the calm seas and imposing views of the Marble Mountains and the latter boasts the legendary Dunes Course designed by golf pro Greg Norman. Sail to the nearby Son Tra Peninsula for a day of beach lounging, fishing, snorkeling and diving. The little-trodden isle is a heaven of scenic views, vibrant coral reefs and relaxing tropical ambience. 94 | TRAVELITE

Bedroom, Hyatt Regency Da Nang Resort and Spa

Head back to the resort for full-on relaxation at the VIE Spa. With a focus on traditional Vietnamese holistic healing approach, the spa offers signature treatments based on your specific needs, whether you wish to relax, rejuvenate, energise, hydrate or detoxify.


Swimming pool at night, Hyatt Regency Da Nang Resort and Spa

Villa, Hyatt Regency Da Nang Resort and Spa


Villa’s exterior, The Nam Hai

HOI AN

The rich, cultural heritage of the old-fashioned town combined with the beauty of idyllic beaches create the character of Hoi An. The Nam Hai captures the very soul of this city through traditional design, sophisticated ambience, impeccable service and well-appointed amenities on a remote kilometre of fine, white sandy beach. Villa’s bedroom, The Nam Hai

The Highlights: Explore in Style, Cham Islands, Three-level Swimming Pool The concierge team is available 24/7 to arrange experiential tours around the World Heritage Site of Hoi An. You can also “Explore in Style”, allowing you to visit your choice of three key landmarks in the area. Make sure to add Marble Mountains and My Son Sanctuary visits to your itinerary. You can also experience “A Day in the Life of a Fisherman”, starting with a tour to the water coconut plantation at the River Delta to learn fishing using traditional nets. The challenge is worth it, as a feast on your day’s catch follows.

Villa’s exterior, The Nam Hai

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Charter an hour’s boat ride from the resort to Cham Islands for an exclusive destination for island picnics, snorkeling and scuba diving. Return to the resort to relax in the palm fringed, three-level swimming pool fronting the beach. You can order a cocktail or two to accompany your swim just before the sun sets.


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HUE

At the core of Vietnam lies the ancient city of Hue, renowned for its many historic monuments, which earned it a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The city is also gaining popularity for its beaches, among many other unique offerings. Ana Mandara Hue is a slice of paradise set on 400 metres of white-sand beach surrounded by a scenic countryside.

The Highlights: Personalised Dining, Guided Cyclo Tours, Tiger Arena Spoil yourself to a tasty meal at Hue Flavors, an intimate restaurant and wine lounge seating only 40 guests to ensure tailored preparation and service. All menus are handcrafted daily using the freshest ingredients with a focus on traditional Vietnamese cuisine and delectable seafood dishes, best paired with your bottle of choice from the adjoining wine lounge. For a bespoke touch, personalise your meals to be served in a secluded rice field, by the beach or by the private pool in your villa.

Villa’s garden path, Ana Mandara Hue

Skip the private car tours and explore the historic city in a guided cyclo tour, taking you deep into the heart of Hue, meeting locals along the way and experiencing their way of life. For more private excursions in the city, visit the Ho Quyen Tiger Arena, a local version of the Roman Coliseum, where elephant and tiger duels were once arranged for the Emperor and his royal court.

Swimming pool, Ana Mandara Hue

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Resort lagoon, Anantara Mui Ne

Mui Ne The coastal town of Mui Ne in Vietnam’s southeast is peppered with resorts, restaurants and cafes, which blend well with the long stretch of white sandy beach. Among the choicest gems is Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Spa, a hideaway combining understated elegance with comfort and a touch of authentic Vietnamese hospitality. Pool Villa, Anantara Mui Ne

The Highlights: Private Cooking Classes, Dining by Design, Mui Ne Sand Dunes Allow Executive Chef Alain Nguyen to escort you to an isolated vanilla plantation behind the resort, where you will pick fresh vanilla, followed by a short ride to the local fishing village. Bring back your choice of fresh seafood to the resort, and prepare to learn culinary skills from chef Nguyen himself. Use your creativity to design a unique dining experience with personalised menus served in your setting of choice. A dedicated team will work with you to create this exclusive experience, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving for some pampering. Take a day trip to the famed Mui Ne Sand Dunes to witness a breathtaking scenery of endless golden sand across the horizon. Explore the area to discover an oasis within the dunes - the Bau Trang or Lotus Lake featuring three magnificent lakes with blooming lotus flowers is a sight to behold. 98 | TRAVELITE

Beachfront dining, Anantara Mui Ne


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CON Dao

The national park, deserted white-sand beaches, lush mangroves and expansive grasslands define the 16-island archipelago of Con Dao. The undisturbed park is also home to rare dugongs, dolphins, sea turtles and a wealthy marine life with diverse coral reefs. Adding to the pristine environment is the stunning Six Senses Con Dao, which makes the destination all the more tempting.

The Highlights: Vietnamese by the Market, Secluded Beaches, Historical and Cultural Tours The main area, designed to recreate a traditional Vietnamese village is the heart of the resort. Vietnamese by the Market is the place to satisfy your appetite for authentic delicacies, prepared à la minute by a team of culinary experts. You can also have a hand in your meals, by learning the basics and mastering the techniques of Vietnamese cooking in a series of cooking classes at the market. Arrange for private tours to the secluded beaches of Bai Dat Doc and Dam Trau. You can also witness the seasonal nesting and hatching of Green and Hawksbill sea turtles at Hon Bay Canh for an unforgettable island experience, or have private barbecues, picnics and dinners by the isolated beaches. Immerse in the island’s culture and traditions with historical tours to the monuments and museums, or take an early morning market tour starting from the fishing harbour to the local village market. You can also rough it out local style, by riding around the island in your bicycle with only a map and a dose of courage to accompany your adventure.

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The exquisite Ocean Front Villa boasts a spacious bedroom, a private pool and terrace looking out to the picturesque beachfront.

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While on board, enjoy the comforts of your spacious and lavish Governor’s Suite, complete with an en-suite bathroom, living and study area.

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Burma’s Old-World Luxury

There are more ways than one to enjoy the vibrant culture and rich traditions of Burma, starting off with these two extraordinary expeditions on land and sea. WORDS BY KM

by sea Board the legendary Road to Mandalay cruise by Orient-Express and tread the rich culture of Burma by sea. It is the most exquisite way to immerse in age-old traditions, bask in breathtaking scenery and enjoy five-star service and luxury as you sail along the Ayeyarwady River. Depart from the famed city of Mandalay, the centre of Burmese culture and drift north towards Bhamo, near the Chinese border. The cruise continues to the foothills of Yunnan and concludes at the ancient city of Bagan, with its picturesque plains and more than 2,000 remarkable temples. You’ll find your voyage on the Road to Mandalay an enriching experience, taking you to an in-depth tour of the sights, flavours and heritage of Burma’s lesstrodden cities. Discover the world’s largest brick-built pagoda and try ringing the heaviest functioning bell in the world at Mingun, see traditional clay pot sculptures at New Nyein, visit Shwe Paw Island’s pagoda and monastery and experience off-the-beaten adventures in lush jungles, bamboo forests, rock gorges and mountainsides throughout the cruise. The Road to Mandalay embarks on a series of 12-day “Gorges of the Far North” cruises in August and September. Book all-inclusive expeditions with Governor’s Suite accommodations at USD 9,160 per person.

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Relax in your Junior Suite with soothing views of the private lotus garden and enjoy invigorating baths in the en-suite bathroom’s terrazzo tub.

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ON LAND A romantic, charming residence tucked within lush gardens and lotus ponds make for an ideal trip down memory lane. The Governor’s Residence takes you back to the colonial era of the 1920s, when it played host to many high society events and served as a home to the Burmese ruler of states. You can feel the history within its walls and trace its heritage from the traditional Burmese architecture to the teak furnishings, down to the fan-cooled verandas. The residence is also a great destination to sample the exotic flavours of Burma. Breakfast is served at the Mandalay Restaurant from as early as 4:30 am, where you can indulge in a selection of specialties from the Asian and Continental buffet. For lunch, enjoy a feast of local cuisine and discover the exciting blend of spices and flavours in the signature dishes. Lounge by the pool for a relaxing afternoon with a plate of tapas or have afternoon tea by the private garden. And for a special treat, experience dining under the stars by the verdant landscapes. Special cooking classes are also offered, where you can learn the skills of local cooking and take home a taste of Burma with you.

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An Ayurvedic Journey through Sri Lanka Find yourself cloistered in the quaint countryside of Sri Lanka, only to shut-off the stress and abandon yourself to a decadent, most luxurious pampering. WORDS BY isobel tsin

Tailored Baths Your first destination is the Amangalla, where you will discover the soothing and healing qualities of water at The Baths. This heaven of a spa is designed to relax your mind and revitalise your body with age-old Hydrotherapy traditions. Walk through enchanting archways with tall ceilings and candlelit recesses all the way to the dimly lit chambers. The old-world ambience lends a distinct charm and prepares you well for the traditional signature treatments combining the healing principles of Ayurveda with a touch of Aman luxury. Start with a good 10 to 20-minute relaxation in the Sauna room, enjoying the detoxifying effects of the 70-80°C dry heat. You may select Ayurvedic herbs with specific healing properties to add in the Sauna to maximise its benefits. Continue on at the Steam room, with an intense, damp heat that opens up the pores to allow deep cleansing and removal of toxins. Add oils to the steam to leave your skin with a healthy glow and make it more supple. You may also take a quick plunge in the Cold Pool’s icy waters to rejuvenate your system.

The highlight of The Baths is the Hydrotherapy Massage Pool, where you can enjoy full-body water massages from 40 air jets and cascading waterfalls at a pleasant temperature, for the natural restoration of the body and refreshing of the mind. The Amangalla Massage will take you to a heightened level of relaxation. The tailor made full-body massage uses a blend of aromatherapy oils with healing properties and a combination of strokes and pressure techniques. Better yet, treat yourself to a 90-minute bliss with the Ayurvedic Harmony, which is an indulgent combination of the Shirodhara massage using warm herbal oils, followed by a soothing foot reflexology massage. For full-on pampering, you may book tailored Ayurveda programmes ranging from three nights to two weeks of yoga, meditation, series of massages and treatments and healthy vegetarian diets to breathe new life into your body.

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At the end of your relaxation journey, you are sure to emerge renewed and revitalised mind, body and soul.

Swimming pool, The Wallawwa

Spa entrance, The Wallawwa

From A to Z Continue your journey at The Wallawwa’s Z Spa, where your total well being is the priority. Set within lush tropical gardens, the spa’s soothing ambience is the starting point of your wellness and relaxation. Signature treatments are tailored specifically according to your dosha, or Ayurveda’s three mind-body compositions, allowing you to maximise its healing benefits.

Aromatherapy oils, herbal massage balls, scrubs and wraps used in the treatments are all made from locally sourced products, free from harmful chemicals. You can book for as many treatments as you wish during your stay at The Wallawwa. Go ahead and spoil yourself, as the Z Spa does not follow standard operating hours, with a flexible team to cater to your bespoke pampering needs any time of day.

Your bespoke spa experience begins with a full-body scrub to exfoliate and moisturise your skin. Take your pick from either the Sandalwood Scrub for the removal of dead skin cells, the Coconut Scrub for hydration or the Rice Body Polish for nourishment. A luxurious body wrap follows, using either mineral clay, aloe vera, cucumber or papaya to further pamper your skin. Melt your stresses away with the full-body massage combining treatments, therapies and techniques that are appropriate for your dosha. A therapist expertly blends massage techniques from pressure points to deep tissue and reflexology infused with light to medium stretching for your head to toe relaxation. 106 | TRAVELITE

Treatment area, The Wallawwa


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Treatment area, The Fortress Resort and Spa

Au Naturel Complete your blissful experience at The Fortress Resort and Spa’s Spa Naturel, a sanctuary devoted to all natural Ayurvedic therapies. Treat yourself to a complimentary water therapy including a sauna, steam and hydro-bath, to prepare your body for a deeper relaxation with the signature treatments. The wellbalanced treatments foster emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical healing, using locally sourced elements by the spa’s inhouse Ayurveda doctor. Cold pressed virgin coconut oil is widely used in the series of therapies for its antioxidant properties. Take an invigorating dip in a special bath with flower petals to commence your spa retreat, followed by some relaxation time in a hot steam bath or soothing sauna. To enjoy the full benefits of the Ayurveda therapies, book a consultation session to identify your mind-body type.

The results will help your therapist customise the specific treatments, herbs and diet to suit your body type. What follows is a series of treatments and massages done according to your body’s needs. The signature Shirodhara is a favourite treatment, made unique by the rhythmical application of oil all over the body, and in a continuous stream on the forehead. The special herbal oil used in this treatment is selected to suit your body type and conditions to bring calmness and relaxation to both body and mind as well as nourish the central nervous system. The four-night Ayurveda Detox Programme is perfect for longer stays, and includes transfers, accommodations, gourmet breakfasts, consultation and a sumptuous series of healing therapies.

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The Ride of Luxury Inject some style and sophistication to your remote destination travels whether by land, sea or air. WORDS BY judd sta. maria

Super-sized SUV Glamping to rugged land? Try this vehicle on for size. The 2012 Land Rover Defender is a classy behemoth that improves upon its already exceptional 2007 version in terms of its on-road comfort as well as its now-legendary off-road ruggedness and versatility. Well regarded for its performance in the off-road since 1948, the Defender provides great comfort to the passengers inside while negotiating rough terrain outside. Testament to the versatility of this vehicle is the demand for it, which ranges from retail and utility customers to armed forces in more than a hundred countries. Perhaps the main reason for this universal appeal is the heavy customisation options afforded to the Defender’s clientele, who can match the specific purpose of the vehicle to its wheelbase (90, 110, or 130), body style (hard top, pick up, station wagon, chassis cab, or one of the ten other styles), interior and exterior styling, as well as its carrying, towing, and winching options. Additionally, there are two new option packs for the 2012 Defender: the Comfort Pack and the Off-Road Pack. The former includes air conditioning, a CD player with auxiliary input, electric windows, and remote central locking. The latter includes ABS, heavy-duty rims and MTR tyres, a tow ball, and an under-ride protection bar. Regardless of the configuration, a comfortable basic interior setup is present. The front seats are tall and designed to give maximum back support and head–

restraint ergonomics, both necessities in demanding driving conditions. The 110 Station Wagon and 130 Crew Cab models can accommodate three passengers on the second row seat; a third row option is also available for the former, accessed via the rear door or by folding the second row seats. These passenger rows can be folded to make room for large or awkward loads. Seat trims can be in all-vinyl and cloth specifications, but the half-leather option included in the XS specification available on the Station Wagon and 110 Double Cab Pick-Up models is the nicest way to go. The vehicle touts a new EU5 2.2-litre diesel engine to replace the old EU4 2.4-litre diesel but matches it in power, torque, and fuel consumption. Furthermore, this new engine helps Land Rover deliver the cleanest ever Defender with lower levels of NOx, CO, and HC emissions due to an improved combustion system, sophisticated engine management system, and a diesel particulate filter (DPF). For quieter driving, a new, full acoustic engine cover is in place to reduce engine noise. Performance is similar to the 2007 version, although the top speed has improved to 90mph compared to the previous 82mph mark. When you need to conquer rough terrain without sacrificing comfort, the 2012 Land Rover Defender gives you all you need and more. Style, comfort, function, and the cleanest ever Land Rover Defender all rolled into one is available starting from USD 55,500 on the road.


Ingenious Aircraft Taking it to the skies is ICON Aircraft’s light sport aircraft, the standard-setting A5. Created by an expert team of engineers and designers, the aircraft boasts ease of flying, great maneuverability, and impressive safety measures that tout a whole new experience way beyond mere transportation. No, it is not just about getting from here to there: the A5 aims to bring exhilaration back to flying, and Los Angeles-based ICON seems to have just pulled it off. ICON A5 takes advantage of the FAA’s Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) rule put into place in late 2004, which creates the new category for lightweight, simple, and easy-to-fly recreational aircrafts where the A5 is classified under. Intended to be safe, affordable, and more accessible than traditional transportation category aircrafts, the LSA category is complemented by the new Sport Pilot License (SPL), which can be achieved in half the time and cost of a traditional, transportation-focused Private Pilot License. This new aircraft category and the A5 pave the way for remote destination travel. ICON takes pride in the craft’s ability to takeoff and land almost anywhere. Airport? Optional. The A5 can be flown from grass, dirt, gravel, or other unimproved strips. Being a lightweight aircraft, it requires only a short runway surface between 500 to 1,000 feet to operate from. Part of the A5’s appeal is its portability, and it can optionally come with a customised trailer with a unique design that allows the craft to be loaded while on its landing gear from land, or loaded and unloaded on water at a boat ramp. 110 | TRAVELITE

It also incorporates a design that allows its wings to be folded, which, along with the trailer allows it to be easily transported and even stored at home, much like how you would store a standard water-ski or wakeboard boat. Moving the A5 on land and air is only about two thirds of the story, however. It is also amphibious, taking advantage of an additional boat hull design and its retractable landing gear to give its owner the utility of a comparable land LSA with the added freedom and fun of a seaplane. ICON’s philosophy is to be at the forefront of safety by means of an uncompromising safety standard at every design and production stage. The A5 was designed to be predictable and easy to fly with safety features that include the patent-pending Propeller Guard, an optional and quick-deploying Complete Airplane Parachute, and the new Spin-Resistant Airframe (SRA) technology for the passengers’ peace of mind. This exciting aircraft from ICON takes the dream of flight to new heights, and as personal flying becomes a more mainstream activity, so does the allure of owning your very own lightweight sports aircraft. The ICON A5 is available at a very compelling USD 139,000.


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Designer Speedboat A passionate collaboration between Marc Newson, Riva and Officina Italiana Design has consummated into 22 limited edition units of a very stylish re-imagining of the Aquariva speedboat, made available through Gagosian Gallery. “As a kid obsessed with designing and making things, post-war Italian design was a huge source of inspiration. I was amazed by the seamless ability of designers and industry to produce every conceivable type of industrial product, from furniture to automobiles. My own career has undoubtedly been influenced by the Italians’ ability to impact so many areas of design,” says Marc Newson. “That influence is fully evident in ‘Aquariva by Marc Newson,’ my first nautical design project for the iconic Italian brand.” The Australian-born Newson’s undertaking puts his multidisciplinary design experience into outstanding use by using unique materials in the boat’s construction. A textile-based laminate (phenolic composite, a wood-like material, which is significantly durable was used for the deck area and instrument panel, giving the boat an ostensibly organic feel and aesthetic. In a beautiful contrast, anodised aluminum – a lightweight material not generally associated with boats – gives the boat a sleek, modern look. Keeping to Officina Italiana Design’s original plan for the Aquariva was important to Newson’s update, and with this in mind, he made truly innovative changes: the re-imagining of the transom, the wrap-around, laminated glass windscreen, the split cabin door entry, the functionality of the lounge and dining area, and the reintroduction of separate driver and passenger seats. Despite achieving all these improvements, Aquariva by Marc Newson does not go overboard and remains simple and functional, a fact that makes the boat truly extraordinary. The result is an update complete with a bow thruster and state-of-the-art electronic transmission. Aquariva by Marc Newson is a natural extension of the artist’s work with planes and automobiles. The result is a brilliant blend of form and function, looking back to La Dolce Vita of the 1950s and 1960s and forward to the latest trends in nautical design,” says Larry Gagosian of Gagosian Gallery. Indeed, through the designer’s aesthetic vision and uncompromising quality, he has won the highest international acclaim, including his appointment as a “Royal Designer for Industry” in the United Kingdom and numerous design awards and academic honors. There is much pride in this match made in heaven between Officina Italiana Design and Marc Newson, with the end product carrying on Aquariva’s legacy as a timeless classic, bridging the past and tradition to the present and innovation. The Aquariva by Marc Newson starts from USD 350,875. TRAVELITE | ??| 113 TRAVELITE


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Alila Villa Soori Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating Kerambitan, Tabanan Bali, Indonesia

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Karma Kandara Jalan Villa Kandara Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan Bali, Indonesia

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Amangalla 10 Church Street, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

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Kiba Point Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Amanwana Moyo Island, West Sumbawa Regency, Indonesia

Lemarti’s Camp Laikipia, Kenya

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Arken Musuem for Modern Art Skovvej 100, Ishoj Copenhagen, Denmark

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Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali, Indonesia

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Orient-Express 24/F, 555 Madison Avenue, New York, USA

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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort 380 Main Street, Tofino, Canada

Restaurant Krabben 2665 Vallensbaek Strand, Ishoj Copenhagen, Denmark

Explora Americo Vespucio Sur 80, Piso 5 Santiago, Chile

Restaurant Sletten Gammel Strandvej 137 Humlebaek, Denmark

Galapagos Luxury Camp Finca Palo Santo, Salasaca, Santa Cruz Galapagos, Ecuador

Road to Mandalay 1/F Shackleton House, 4 Battle Bridge Lane, London, UK

Hyatt Regency Danang Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District Danang City, Vietnam

Six Senses Con Dao Dat Doc Beach, Con Dao District Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, Vietnam

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www.explora.com

www.galapagossafaricamp.com

www.danang.regency.hyatt.com

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www.sletten.dk

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The Fortress Resort & Spa 20 Dharmapala Mawatha Colombo, Sri Lanka

Safari West Wildlife Preserve 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa California, USA

Moynat 348 Rue Saint Honore Paris, France

The Governor’s Residence 35 Taw Win Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar

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Omega Shop 12 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

The Nam Hai Hamlet 1 Dien Duong Village, Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

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The Resort at Paws Up Paws Up Road, Greenough Montana, USA

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The Serai Jaisalmer Bherwa, Chandan District, Jaisalmer Rajasthan, India

www.riva-yacht.com

www.fortressresortandspa.com

www.governorsresidence.com

www.thenamhai.com

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Villa La Cassinella Casella Postale 22, Lenno, Italy

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Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours Ltd. Cedar Court, 5 College Street Petersfield, UK

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www.safariwest.com

Land Rover G/F Top Glory Tower, 262 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Icon 12511 Beatrice Street, Los Angeles California, USA

Riva Via Ansaldo, 5-7 Industrial Zone, Villa Selva, Forli, Italy

Travel Essentials

Burberry Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

www.hk.burberry.com Dunhill Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Road Central, Hong Kong

www.dunhill.com

www.moynat.com

www.omegawatches.com Panerai 2 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

www.panerai.com

Bonfort Postfach 218 CH-3011 Bern 7, Switzerland

www.bonfort.ch

High Tech

Bang & Olufsen Shop LG1-10, Festival Walk, Yau Yat Chuen, Kowloon, Hong Kong

www.beostores.bang-olufsen. com Bowers & Wilkins Room 2608-09, 26/F, Miramar Tower, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

www.bowers-wilkins.net

Globe-Trotter Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Amazon

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Leica Store 918A, 9/F Times Square Mall, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Hermes Shop G001, G/F & Level 15, Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

www.hermes.com

Louis Vuitton 5 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon, Hong Kong G/F Greenbelt 4, Paseo de Roxas Makati City, Philippines

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Montblanc Shop G01 & 201, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

www.montblanc.com

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Tumi Shop 142, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

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At Journey's End As far as destinations go, less-trodden paths are often the most exciting. Nowadays, they are also home the most luxurious hotels, awaiting to spoil the most discerning of travellers. The adventure of the unknown and the thrill of close encounters have been given a new meaning. The path to remoteness is now paved by luxury, creating an even more unforgettable, life-defining journey. Where do you want to go next?


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