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The Travel Concept

Our Luxury Magazine

Welcome...

Welcome to the latest issue of our regular travel South Africa remains excellent value in terms of
magazine where we hope to entice you with a varied spending power and our featured hotels would
selection of worldwide holiday ideas and certainly work well for a cross country itinerary.
destinations. So, why not treat yourself, partner,
family or a group of friends to a well-earned break. Finally, we may be in the throes of a European
divorce, but can we ever really be separated! Our
Japan is very much in vogue at the moment, so it is special feature is a series of snapshots highlighting
fitting that we start this issue with the ideal some of our favourite countries as well as notable
“beginners” tour to the main island of Honshu. In hotels to inspire your next cross-Channel getaway.
support of the Far East region we also showcase
some of the wonderful Aman properties in Japan as Whether you are looking for a beach getaway, a city
well as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and a break, an adventure or just news on some of the
remote island in the south west of the Philippines world’s finest hotels and resorts we are sure this issue
archipelago. will inspire you.

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and there are a large number of incredible new resorts you can really …be there
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of the established favourites are having to keep a keen Bianca & Tracy
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Issue 1, 2017

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46 10 Triple Treat in South Africa
12 Raising the Bar
3 Travel News 14 The Inn at English Harbour
4 Essence of Japan 16 A View to a Thrill
6 Aman Far East 18 Trans European Special Feature
8 Surf’s Up

A New England gem re-imagined World Travel News

The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi - The new
Andaman Sea resort for Summer 2017

The Mayflower Grace, part of Grace Hotels, is a country spa Fringed by lush rainforests and lapped by the clear-blue
retreat and a member of Relais & Châteaux. Nestled in 58 Andaman Sea, the Malaysian island of Langkawi has a new
acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland and addition to its landscape: The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi. The
just 2 hours’ drive from New York, it makes for the perfect oceanfront resort blends beautifully with its surroundings
addition to a “Big Apple” visit. and was designed to reflect a traditional kampong village
with 90 guest rooms
Renowned as one of New England’s most distinguished and 29 pool villas,
luxury hideaways, it boasts one of the finest spas in this three swimming
picturesque region offering a unique elemental wellness pools, a locally
programme including treatments such as Forest Bathing and inspired spa, three
Sound Healing. In addition to the hotels’ yoga and Pilates dining outlets, a bar,
classes there is hiking, biking, kayaking, fly-fishing, archery, indoors and outdoors
tennis, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and nature walks wedding venues.
right outside the back door.

Rebuilt every year to create a unique The Canny Traveller
luxury camping adventure in Ladakh
Japanese etiquette for first time visitors
Embark on a nomadic journey in canvas luxury. Unfurl the
centuries-old culture of Ladakh, exploring her fascinating 1. Bowing
monuments, quaint monasteries enriched with ancient art Bow politely when you meet someone, thank them,
forms, fairs and festivals. Be part of the region's unique rituals or say goodbye. The depth, duration and number of
- enjoy the ancient sport of Polo, brought to Ladakh in the bows is something non-Japanese aren’t expected to
17th century by the Royals. Try your hand at archery set understand and visitors are unlikely to offend if they
amidst the most dramatic and breath-taking landscape. Raft don’t do this perfectly.
on the gentle Indus River, stop for a delicious picnic lunch at
the most picturesque hamlet. 2. Shoes OFF
Experience Ladakh in all its splendour at the Chamba Camp, If a building has a sunken-foyer entrance (called a
Thiksey, a unique adventure that takes glamping to a whole genkan), and there are rows or shelves of footwear by
new level with The Ultimate Travelling Camp. (May-November). the door, it’s a clear sign you’re expected to remove your

shoes. You’ll always have to remove footwear when
entering a private home, traditional accommodation
(minshuku or ryokan), and temple halls. Some restaurants with
tatami (woven straw matting) areas will also require visitors to
take off their shoes, as will some hostels and historic sites.

3. Tipping
There is no custom of tipping in Japan. Leaving a little extra
cash on the table at a restaurant will often result in a waiter
chasing you down the street to give it back.

4. Drink Up
When pouring glasses from a shared bottle (e.g. of sake), it’s
customary to pour drinks for others in your party, and allow
someone else to pour yours for you, i.e. you don’t pour your own
drink. Say kam-pai for ‘Cheers!’ before drinking.

Essence of Japan

A place where futuristic cities, ancient temples and spectacular vistas co-exist.

F ew countries in the world can match Japan for its
fascinating juxtaposition of old and new. To many
“gaijin” (foreigners) this national identity is
manifested in visions of white-gloved attendants
jamming passengers into commuter trains in busy cities,
of robot toilets and conveyor belts of sushi ...but the truth
of it is that Japan is a complex, courteous, friendly and
immaculately curated land, where the real experience lies
in the deeply engrained culture, history, and traditions.

For the perfect introduction why not join one of Tauck’s that pervades both in the bustling cities and the dramatic
extremely popular “Essence of Japan” tours, a 13-night landscapes. Explore castles, temples, shrines, a samurai
exploration of Southern Honshu Island spinning an home and world class gardens. Discover the cultural
unforgettable round trip out of the modern day capital treasure trove of the “1000 year” ancient capital city of
city of Tokyo. With the benefit of high speed travel on Kyoto. Drive from Kanazawa through the “Japanese Alps”
the famous “bullet trains”, this comprehensive journey to take a cruise on Lake Ashi, with impossibly beautiful
is a kaleidoscope of sights and invariably, those special views across to Mount Fuji. Enjoy the serenity of a
Tauck moments, prepared by their industry-leading Japanese tea ceremony, make sushi, taste sake and take
tour directors. joy in tradition.

Discover the revered customs and unique sense of beauty

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Tauck’s “Essence of Japan” tour Enchanting Kyoto
includes:
In the city considered to be one of Japan’s most
Multi-night stays at premier hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto, beautiful you will find a city centre of glass and
Kanazawa & at a hot springs resort & spa in Hakone steel skyscrapers ringed by hidden temples.
Sightseeing includes the three storey golden-
Tokyo’s EdoTokyo Museum, Shinto music, Kagura topped kinkaku-Ji temple, nestled on the edge of
dancing, taiko drums & sumo wrestling the lake - a position symbolising its place
“between heaven and Earth”. Another highlight
In Kyoto, a private home visit with tea ceremony & is Nijo Castle, surrounded by stone walls and a
Origami demonstration, visits to Nijo Castle, moat. Within this 16th century shogun’s
Kinkaku-ji Temple & Pure Water Temple (Kiyomizu residence you will discover the secret of the
Temple) “nightingale” floors. Don’t forget to seek
longevity, success or love by drinking from a
Explore the streets of Kyoto’s Geisha districts with long-handled cup in the main hall at
the leading foreign geisha culture expert, Peter Kiyomizudera (“pure water temple”) built in 1633.
Macintosh. Explore the streets of Kyoto’s Geisha districts
with the leading foreign geisha culture expert,
A cruise on Lake Ashi beneath Mt. Fuji Peter Macintosh.

Ceramics, glass-blowing, or flower arranging
workshops or a whisky distillery tour in Hakone

A lesson on sake brewing & a tasting at a local
brewery in picturesque Takayama

A guided tour of Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen Garden,
one of Japan’s most revered landscaped gardens

Airport transfers upon arrival and departure

29 meals, (12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners);
gratuities to local guides, service charges,
admission fees, taxes and porterage

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Far East

From Thailand to Tokyo with the world’s most exclusive hotel brand

The main pool at Amanpuri, Thailand

I f you yearn for the very best, then look no Amanpuri
further than Aman, whose resorts and
hotels are special retreats, renowned the Where the magic began...
world over for their incredible service,
inspirational locations and impeccable Since its opening in 1988, the unique beach resort of Amanpuri on the west
attention to detail. coast of Phuket, Thailand, has established a worldwide reputation for personal
service, fine cuisine and stunning tranquility, all of which complement the
From Thailand to Tokyo and onwards to the exceptional beauty of its tropical island surroundings. Amanpuri, a Sanskrit
remote island of Pamilican in the word meaning ‘place of peace’, reflects its name in more ways than one. Ancient
Philippines there are magical places waiting Ayutthayan architecture determines the design of the resort’s pavilions and
to be discovered that will pamper the villas, which overlook lush vegetation, a gorgeous white beach and the pristine
senses and combine authentic experiences Andaman Sea. To this day the resort remains the flagship hotel of Aman.
with discrete hospitality.

Aman experiences across the Far East

Share Buddhist tradition Visit the Tsukiji Explore the Vinh Immerse in the Experience Turtle
at Amantaka (Laos) by Fish Market Hy Bay’s curative waters hatching between June
joining a boat pilgrimage with a 3 at Amanemu
with the novice monks of Michelin star fascinating rock and October, when
Luang Prabang carrying a Chef when formations, (Japan) hot- endangered hawksbill
specially blessed wooden staying at the spring and green sea turtles lay
statue of Buddha to Vat Aman Tokyo hidden caves and
(Japan). secret inlets by sanctuary with their eggs on
Pha Pa O temple. kayak at Amanoi its Onsen style Amanpulo’s (Philippines)
2,000m2 spa
(Vietnam). beach at night.

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Overlooking Ago Bay at Amanemu, Japan Spectacular coastline at Amanoi, Vietnam

Infinity pool meets city skyline at Aman Tokyo

Novice monks of Luang Prabang, Laos
Aerial view of Amanpuri, Thailand

The traditions of the Amagoya Steps to the main restaurant at Amanoi, Vietnam

Amanpulo, Pamilican Island, The Philippines 7

Surf’s Up

Ayada Maldives is kicking up a splash in the Indian Ocean

W hen considering a getaway holiday to the stand on stilts over the resort’s peaceful lagoon, while
Indian Ocean, Ayada Maldives has certainly beach villas offer absolute privacy amid tropical
excelled in creating a private island resort with greenery alongside powder-soft, palm-lined white
superlative facilities, and where the surrounding beaches.
waterscape is fully appreciated.
Food lovers can explore the six restaurants with cuisine
Included in Conde Nast Traveller’s list of best hotels in ranging from exotic Asian flavours to tantalising
the Maldives, it was voted the ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Mediterranean specialities to the vibrant Ottoman
Luxury Resort’ and the ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Villa Lounge complete with speciality coffees, teas, and
Resort & Spa’ at the 2014 World Travel Awards. Ayada shisha, while those seeking complete relaxation will
Maldives offers a truly luxurious retreat with a genuine find their haven in the large spa which boasts a Turkish
Maldivian style. Hammam and eight private treatment villas.

Set in the relatively unexplored Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in The resort is noted for its gardens and tropical greenery
the south of the country, just a few kilometres above and is ringed by a pristine coral reef where dolphins are
the equator, the luxury resort offers an impressive frequent visitors. The active can explore the area on a
choice of both land and water based villas and suites, host of excursions while at the resort they can play
with private pools, butler service and thoughtful five- tennis or badminton, take up watersports, learn yoga,
star detailing. Traditional thatched-roof water-villas Pilates or Zumba or simply hit the modern gym.

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Outstanding diving and snorkeling opportunities surround
the island on reefs that have barely been visited by humans
while some of the Maldives’ best surfing breaks are just a
quick speedboat journey away offering both beginner and
expert level experiences.

Ayada Maldives can definitely be described as
an ideal, all-rounder resort, with facilities that
will accommodate to the discerning needs of
its guests, whatever their age. Indeed, whilst
it may draw couples for the perfect
honeymoon (or perhaps even as a wedding
venue) it also has great family appeal with
special, family-size accommodation and even
child-friendly facilities in the form of the
ZuZuu Kids Club, complete with its own pool,
nanny room, a stage and playground area
with a jungle gym.

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The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Triple Treat in South Africa

Town and country with Red Carnation Hotels

W hilst many countries may have lost some of In complete contrast, lying 270 km north of Cape Town,
their gleam due to poor exchange rates post and located in the Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans
Brexit, South Africa still packs great value Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is
combined with an extraordinary variety of scenery that an intimate, natural haven framed by wide open plains
has justifiably earned its reputation as the “Rainbow and rugged rock formations. After enjoying the varied
Nation”. From the colonial sophistication of The Cape to pleasures around Cape Town this is the place to
the natural excitement to be found in the many nature surrender to nature. The retreat is recognised for its
reserves, this stunning destination that straddles the splendid accommodation and facilities, authentic South
Atlantic and Indian Oceans offers a truly memorable African cuisine and generous hospitality. With over 130
holiday choice, especially in combination with a triple rock art sites of ancient Bushman paintings, dating from
treat from award-winning Red Carnation Hotels. ten thousand years ago and abundant flora and fauna,
this malaria and predator-free wilderness sanctuary is a
Named for the ruggedly beautiful mountain range that magical playground, ideal for restoring mind and spirit.
towers behind it, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
is characterised by clean-lined design and luxury. Situated The final treat offers the perfect base from which to
on the Atlantic Ocean where the sea meets the sky, the explore the riches of KwaZulu Natal with the famous
hotel, with its brilliant white façade, is an iconic landmark Zulu battlefields, the majestic Drakensberg, numerous
lying a mere 15 minutes drive into the waterfront of Cape game reserves and of course the lure of the warm
Town. It is a perfect location from which to enjoy the waters of the Indian Ocean. Lying just north of the
surroundings including walks and picnics in Table tropical city of Durban, The Oyster Box combines
Mountain National Park, helicopter tours and whale colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical
watching. Equally tempting is a salt-glow rub or a pine- gardens and a breathtaking seaside setting. A lovingly
and-rosemary-infused body wrap in the Sanctuary Spa. refurbished 1930s landmark, it offers guests a vibrant,
Enjoy a sundowner on the terrace at sunset before dinner contemporary experience, while evoking the warm
at the award-winning Azure, and drift off to the sounds of nostalgia of bygone days, delivering a blend of
the ocean in an airy room done in contemporary Cape hospitality and elegance with a wealth of modern
style with all the classic European comforts. facilities and fresh touches.

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Koro Lodge at Bushmans Kloof Presidential Suite at The Oyster Box

Private dining at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Hiking at Bushmans Kloof

The Lighthouse Bar at The Oyster Box 11

Raising the Bar

on luxury at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami

A world-class luxury resort can never rest on its
laurels, so it is no surprise to hear that the St. Regis
Bal Harbour Resort, which opened barely 5 years
ago, has been hard at work improving on what was
already regarded as Miami’s finest address with a $35
million enhancement that has seen the introduction of
new restaurants, 3 new 4-bedroom suites, and additional
event spaces.
For those who may not know Miami, Bal Harbour Village is
a prestigious enclave at the northern tip of Miami Beach.
The Village exudes impeccable, contemporary style with
deluxe oceanfront hotels, resorts, residences, ultra-chic
shopping and an enviable selection of dining options. Yet
Bal Harbour Village remains a natural paradise with
pristine, white sand beaches and a serene spirit. The jewel

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in the crown of this chic district, and in many ways the private furnished balconies, as well as high-tech
hotel that put Bal Harbour securely back on the “top amenities like 46-inch flat-screen TVs with Blu-ray
spot” was and very much continues to be The St. players and iPod docking stations. Every room or
Regis Bal Harbour Resort. suite has an ocean-facing terrace.

Although it only opened its doors in 2012, The St. When you're not bedding down, you can pass the
Regis Bal Harbour Resort has made a lasting time at one of two outdoor pools, the 14,000 sq. ft
impression on Miami Beach visitors. Guests describe Remède Spa or the adjacent 1,000 sq. ft beach. The
their experiences here as phenomenal, primarily due resort also features four restaurants, including one
to the property's attentive staff and prime location. with a wine vault.
Overlooking the Atlantic from its seat in Bal Harbour
(about 8 miles north of South Beach), this member of
the St. Regis Hotels family provides a less frenzied
setting much appreciated by couples and families
with children. Guest rooms are spacious and feature
pastel hues, five-fixture marble bathrooms and

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The Inn at
English Harbour

Timeless elegance, Italian style and that indefatigable colonial, Caribbean charm

T he history of The Inn at English Harbour is a two-part and the more formal hillside Terrace for dinner under the
love story and very much reflects that persistent stars. Both menus are laden with local seafood (lobster,
theme of small, privately owned hotels in the crab, sea bass, swordfish etc) and produce from the hotel’s
Caribbean. It begins with a British pilot who first spotted own organic garden. Facilities include a boutique spa, 2
the pocket of land where the Inn at English Harbour now flood lit tennis courts, complimentary water taxi to Nelson’s
stands, while flying over it in the 1960s. Struck by its beauty, dockyard, snorkelling, kayaks and lasers. A tour of the
he vowed to return one day and build a hotel there, which organic garden with chief gardener, Kenti, is a must. In the
he did. Then, in the 1980s, an Italian family anchored their vicinity there are lots of nice walks and forts to explore.
motor yacht in Freeman's Bay in front of The Inn. They too
were struck by the charm of the place, and decided to buy In the high season (winter months) The Inn is a sanctuary
it. Enzo and Susanna Addari still own and run it to this day away from the bustling English Harbour with its fleet of
having renovated and extended over the years, adding multi million dollar yachts. The best kept secret must be the
Asian and African influences to its traditional colonial style. Classic race week in April that takes place the week before
Antigua Sailing week, which on the sailing calendar rivals
Today, this friendly, low-key hotel has 4 beachside cabanas the biggest and best. But the Classic, is all about classic
and 24 junior & deluxe suites spread across 19 acres of yachts and a refined style of living, civility and everything
manicured tropical gardens, which sweep down to its own ‘genteel’. In summer the yachts have all sailed off to Monte
arc of white-sand beach. There are two restaurants: the Carlo & St Tropez, so English Harbour becomes a sleepy
Reef, on the beach, for breakfast, lunch and a renowned little town, with just a few restaurants and bars, but perfect
Thursday night barbecue, accompanied by a steel band, for people just looking after peace and relaxation.

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Ask anyone who has stayed at The Inn and you are sure to
get glowing reports about the amazing staff. They really
enhance the atmosphere to make it a warm and friendly
home away from home. It is a truly peaceful slice of classic
Caribbean that would make the ideal hideaway for couples
old and young alike.

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A View to a Thrill

A double act that is hard to beat in the rugged south of St Lucia

W hen architect Nick Troubetzkoy came to Saint Lucia in the early 1970s he was offered an opportunity to work
with a group of fellow architects designing holiday villas on the island. What was meant to be a brief stint in
paradise for the Canadian turned into a lifelong passion for the island and its people ...and of course two
signature developments in the south of this verdant island facing onto one of the most beautiful views in the world.

Anse Chastenet

Anse Chastanet encapsulates the very essence of all that’s St Lucian. You
get beach, you get one of the best dive sites in the Eastern Caribbean, you
get lush hillsides and you get perfect views of the Pitons. Yet you’re still
within walking distance of the fishing town of Soufriere, with its markets
and harbour, and just a short drive away from the rainforest in the island’s
interior.

The magic of Anse Chastanet is the range of activities available including
a weekly jazz cruise, some of the best diving and snorkelling in St Lucia.
Landside there are hiking & biking trails, tours to the resort’s organic farm
and cocoa plantation. Chocoholics can watch it grow, have a sensory
experience, make chocolate or just indulge in the eating! Of course there
is a spa, non-motorised watersports, 2 beaches, the expert dive centre
and a yacht available for day, half day and sunset sails. If there isn’t
enough within the hotel to keep you busy then there are The Pitons to
climb, rain forest tours, drive-in volcanoes, botanical gardens and thrilling
zip line trails. This makes it an ideal choice for families with older children
as well as active-minded adults of all ages.

The 49 vibrantly decorated “Madras” style rooms are in charming gazebos,
semi-open to the elements and individually designed by architect owner
Nick Troubetzkoy, some with art treasures left by gifted guests. They range
from simple gingerbread cottages with stars on the ceilings, to full-blown
tree-houses that blend so well with the exotic gardens that you can’t tell
immediately where tree-house ends and forest begins.

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Jade Mountain

Totally befitting the set of a future James Bond movie, from the
moment you take in the spectacular views of the magnificent and
iconic Pitons and the Caribbean Sea at Jade Mountain you know
you have arrived somewhere very special!

Architecturally it is a hilltop feat of ingenious interlocking design,
by architect owner, Nick Troubetzkoy. Private spaces have been
created for incurable romantics with a choice of 5 Sky jacuzzi Suites
and 24 infinity pool sanctuaries each missing a wall or two,
ensuring that you will wake up to your personal Piton view every
day. It goes without saying that the resort is very much an adult’s
retreat, which will appeal to dreamers, bon viveurs, successful
entrepreneurs and city slickers.

Think of Jade Mountain as the Uber exclusive executive wing of
Anse Chastanet where Jade Mountain guests have full use of all
the facilities of Anse Chastanet but where Anse Chastanet guests
may not tread. During your stay your “Major Domo” will be
available at all hours to make your time here as luxurious and
relaxing as possible, attending to any and every need.

There are a lot of claims across the island that they serve the best
food, but the Jade Mountain Club is simply in a class of its own.
Guests may wish to amble down the hill to neighbouring Anse
Chastanet with its own selection of fine eateries, but the real treat
lies waiting with the panoramic views together with the dishes of
award-winning chef Allen Susser, who showcases modern fusion
cuisine with bold Caribbean flavours. After dinner, take yourself to
the Celestial Terrace for some inspirational star-gazing before
retiring to the intimacies of the bedchamber.

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A series of snapshots from across the Channel Street art in Barcelona
Hotel Arts and the beach
Brexit may be underway but the divorce papers will take some time to be finalised.
That said, can we really ever be separated from our continental neighbours? Travel
tends to have a very global eye, but the sheer variety and relatively short distances to
the attractions of Europe still translate into the majority of holidays booked from the UK.

The Mediterranean countries will still draw us to sun-kissed beaches through the summer
and the Alps offer the thrills of winter sports and a more refreshing alternative to the
sweltering lowland heat of July and August. The great waterways of Europe are now
witnessing a boom in river cruising and vibrant cities all over are drawing culture vultures and
revellers all year round for time-effective short breaks, thanks in no small part to a
burgeoning network of “no-frills” airlines.

So, let us join together in a trans-European celebration of some of our habitual haunts, and
perhaps in our brief snapshots from West to East, we can keep the “Union” flame burning!

A Regal Country Retreat

Discover the hidden Portugal in style

S o often for visitors from the UK Portugal is all about the within the lake, there was even a spacious skating rink!
Algarve, but for the inquisitive traveller, there are hidden
treats to those that explore the road less travelled! For todays’s privileged guests, a more than royal welcome awaits. With
an emphasis on preservation as much as innovation, the unchanged
For instance, discover the charms of the small, spa town of Vidago, Belle Époque façade appears in orange and white between the
just over an hour’s drive north-east of Porto. The region is a patchwork of cedar, pine and holly trees. The interiors, too, bring glory
wonderful landscape of rolling hills and vineyards that caught the to the high-ceilings, stucco artwork and floor-to-ceiling flourishes of
attention of royalty after the discovery of healing waters in the local classic Noble architecture. The modernist wing of the world-class spa
springs. As more and more people came to “take the water”, the highlights the hotel’s refined eye to the future, providing a
resulting popularity inspired King Carlos I to build Vidago Palace contemporary take on a traditional Portuguese thermal spa with twenty
Hotel which first opened in 1910 (and recently renovated). Back then treatment rooms, five hydro pools and an indoor swimming pool, all
it was one of the most luxurious hotels on the Iberian Peninsula, that using the region’s curative waters. Within the spacious parkland there
included concerts, tennis and croquet courts, and, on the small island is also a challenging, Cameron and Powell designed 18-hole golf course.

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Trans Europe - The Iberian Peninsula

ock.com The Cosmopolitan Mediterranean

Barcelona’s rich mix of beach and city living

B arcelona combines everything you could want on a
Mediterranean break: lots of sights, a curving sweep of
glamorous sandy beach and an array of chic restaurants
and stylish bars that stay open until the small hours.

The city loves to dine so much that most businesses and
offices close two hours a day just to take lunch. Art is
everywhere on the streets of Barcelona and it is goes so far
beyond graffiti. Even the store shutters on the streets are
gaudily painted. Lying on the shores of the Mediterranean,
the temperature of Barcelona is pleasingly moderate at worst.
With its poised climate, the city offers excellent living
conditions throughout the year. So, you have probably
guessed it ....that this is the city with the soul of inspired artists,
the taste of fine foods and the heart of the beach lover!

Taking prime position on the seafront the Hotel Arts overlooks the
vibrant “Port Olympico” marina, beach and Frank Gerhy’s famous
golden fish sculpture “El Peix”. Designed by distinguished architect
Bruce Graham, Hotel Arts, part of the Ritz-Carlton Company, is a
masterpiece in its own right, and was named in homage
to the rich culture of the city. A chic city hotel with the
feel of a super-luxe resort and just 30 minutes from the
airport - it’s one of the Catalan capital’s top choices
for a memorable stay in one of the UK’s favourite
European city break destinations.

Ibiza Chic

Redefining lifestyle on Spain’s party island

O pening at the end of June 2017, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay will be
the island’s newest 5 star luxury hotel, offering
152 stylish rooms and suites, 4
restaurants including Nobu and a Six Senses Spa.

MC Hotels, the owners of Spain’s iconic Marbella
Club and Puente Romano together with London &
Regional have set a vision to create Nobu Hotel
Ibiza Bay as the defining lifestyle beach resort in
Ibiza, and distinct from all other offerings on the
island. Nobu’s global customers will be excited
and passionate about this unique and fun, luxury
resort and it is sure to attract a sophisticated, yet
motivated clientele.

Offering four restaurants and a pool bar, Ibiza Bay
will be a food lover’s paradise. There are no fixed
agendas; breakfast is served at guests’ leisure and
spontaneous lunches blend into vivacious nights.

Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature Japanese fusion dishes, can
be savoured, as well as special creations inspired by Ibiza
itself at Nobu, the resort’s signature restaurant.

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Great Timing

Clocks, chocolates and a shopper’s paradise

B eyond its reputation for luxury watches and fine chocolates, Geneva offers a Lakeside luxury at Hotel de la Paix
picturesque city with historic architecture, international organizations and
corporations, cultural destinations, a charming lake, and high-end shopping.

With Lake Geneva at its doorstep and the snowy peak of Mont-Blanc as its backdrop,
the Hotel de la Paix, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel has enjoyed a celebrated
reputation since it was built in 1865. Bearing beautiful reminders of its original Italian
architecture and offering a contemporary design created around Art, Time and Nature,
the hotel is one of the most sought-after addresses in the city. The delicate warm,
relaxed and lively atmosphere combined with a highly personalised service brings
hotel and local guests an unprecedented luxury experience that is both indulgent
and familiar.

The clock tower at Place du Molard

Music and Drama at Évian-les-Bains

A wealth of culture in Évian Les Bains, a jewel of French Belle Epoque

Hôtel Royal Hôtel Ermitage

E very July and September, the French banks of Lake Leman In such stylish surroundings and with access to the many attractions
(Lake Geneva) are hosts, at one of the world’s most famous of the region it is not surprising that the region also offers superb
thermal spa resorts, to prestigious classical music and theatre holiday accommodation.
festivals respectively.
The 5-star Palace Hôtel Royal is one of the most unique and luxurious
The lakeside spa town of Évian-les-Bains is one of the finest and hotels in the world. Located in the hills above Évian-les-Bains, the
enduring examples of French Belle Epoque urban planning, with its Hôtel Royal is an exceptional place that offers 150 rooms including 32
graceful waterfront promenade, beaches, narrow pedestrian streets, prestigious suites. Stylish contemporary design blends with the
terraces, golf course, casino, marina, bustling summer market and unique Belle Epoque architecture from the start of the 20th century.
historic buildings including a neo-classical style theatre, built in1885.
It can seat 298 and each July it comes alive again with the Evian Located in natural grounds, the sister 4-star Hôtel Ermitage feels more
Musical Encounters and a series of boulevard comedies during the like a family home, conducive to relaxation and simple pleasures. The
late summer theatre festival. hotel’s rooms and suites are stylishly and tastefully decorated, inspired
by nature. They are also particularly suitable for families.
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Como Bello

One of the world’s most beautiful lakes

L ike a delicate fork, Lake Como slices The iconic facade The spectacular views from the Rooftop Suites at Grand Hotel Tremezzo
through towering, alpine mountains on of the Gra n d
all sides. Picturesque communes with
Hotel
ancient church towers cling to the hillsides whilst lakeside grand Tre m ezzo

villas vie with charming villages to steal some glory from the awesome

geography. At the meeting of two spurs, the lake is perhaps at its most dramatic with the beautiful village of Bellagio sitting on the

tip of the central peninsula. Lake Como is pure inspiration...

With unparalleled views across to Bellagio, the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an authentic 1900s Art Nouveau palace, and yet
as a family-owned establishment it also retains an intimate personality that welcomes guests to a true home away from home. With
its 100 windows overlooking either the blue waters of the lake or the flowering greenery of the park the hotel provides a range of
rooms and suites including spectacular Rooftop Suites with panoramic views from terraces and outdoor jacuzzis. Guest facilities
include three pools, a clay tennis court, a three floor gym, private Venetian motor-
launches, a spa partnered with ESPA with hammam suite and
panoramic sauna, and five different restaurants and
bars offering the culinary art of the famous
Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi.

The Brandenburg Gate Northern Renaissance
Elegant accommodation at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
Berlin - “The greatest cultural extravaganza...” Att. David Bowie 1947-2016
The Curtain Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
G one, but for a small stretch is the world-renowned Wall, but this symbolic
section confirms by its display of street art, the stimulus of the new, unified
Berlin as one of the most creative and cultural centres of Europe.

Whilst the city’s nightlife and youth culture is a great draw, it is also a
magnet for history buffs (the city was at the heart of much of the turbulent
20th century) and as a destination for families thanks to a wealth of green
spaces including the Tiergarten and abundant outdoor attractions such
as zoos and dedicated children’s museums. As a luxury city break the
discerning visitor will find chic boutiques and designer stores and an
increasing number of Michelin-starred dining spots. Little wonder people
return to Berlin again and again, especially from early spring to late autumn.

The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is ideally located in the city centre, offering easy access to the
Sony Centre, top cultural attractions including museums, theatres, upscale shopping, fine
dining and so much more. The hotel’s position in Potsdamer Platz is both symbolic and
synergetic, an urban plaza not far from the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) and where
the Berlin Wall once divided Germany’s capital and now serves as a vibrant reminder of the
city’s economic and cultural resurgence. From a romantic escapade enjoying the finest
amenities to a historic journey exploring the vibrancy of Berlin’s past, your perfect getaway
is assured at one of the finest luxury hotels in this reborn metropolis.

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Waltzing through Vienna

Castles, palaces and the sweet melodies of Strauss

P erhaps no other city celebrates its past quite like Vienna, and travelling back in time is as simple as an
afternoon stroll. The famous Stadtpark is adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton Vienna on the
Ringstrasse, and connects the city centre to the third district with highlights, including the
Johann Strauss monument, along the way. With more than 27 castles and 150 palaces, Vienna
is an architect’s dream, and many of the beautiful buildings host concerts, operas and
glittering balls. Yet it is also a city with a younger, sometimes controversial
heartbeat, at the cutting edge of design, architecture, contemporary art, and
new directions in drinking and dining.

History is said to repeat itself, which is to the benefit of guests at Club Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, who can experience the luxury and
service that once filled its historic palaces the hotel calls home. Set
within four historic palaces, the five star hotel blends Renaissance,
baroque and gothic influences with modern amenities
including Atmosphere Rooftop Bar
overlooking the city, The Ritz-Carlton
Spa and the longest indoor pool, at 18
metres, in the inner city of
Vienna.

Atmosphere Rooftop Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest Grand spaces at The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

Art Nouveau and steamy baths

Budapest is a city of contrasts that blend together beautifully

A city of contrasts that blend together beautifully, Budapest sits along the River Danube, where
each bank offers a unique setting. Buda, built on two hills - offering spectacular views of the
River Danube and the city below- sits across from the flat Pest with the city’s lively shopping
and business districts. Named the City of Spas for its rich thermal waters, Budapest also attracts
those looking to heal the body and mind. Although the city was famously subjugated during the
communist years it has now regained a reputation as one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals.

Offering easy access to both banks of the river Danube, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest,
is located within the heart of the city in close proximity to the famously glamorous
shopping concours of Andrássy Street, and with breathtaking views of Elizabeth
Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, and the traditional architecture and awe
inspiring design of the surroundings. With 171 guest rooms and
29 luxury suites this luxury hotel exudes a fresh, elegant,
international flair that provides the perfect inspirational
environment to match the sights of Budapest.

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Trans Europe - Greece & Cyprus

A family-friendly slice of Greek luxury

Haute living on the Cretan Riviera

F acing Spinalonga Island, Domes of Elounda (part of The these accommodations will benefit from a generous offering of VIP,
Autograph Collection) is an all-suite and villa resort spaciously personal services, from private check-in upon arrival to an exclusive
spread across gardens and olive groves in the hugely stylish mobile phone with one-button access to the dedicated resort team.
Elounda district of Northern Crete. Its distinctive domed structures Guests can also take advantage of an in-villa open bar service upon
blend harmoniously with the surroundings, offering sizeable arrival, pre-booked VIP sun loungers on the beach, a special grocery
accommodation and superb facilities that have been a particularly delivery service and much more.
popular choice for families with children of all ages.
Space is the ultimate luxury here for families. That and everything
New for 2017 the Haute Living Selection presents two special else this elegant resort has to offer: three fresh water pools, kid-
categories - the Domes Luxury Residences and cooling fountains, ‘mommy & me’ spa activities, special welcome
Domes Ultraluxe Villas. gifts to make children grin with delight and a choice of dining
Guests staying at one of venues complete with children’s menus.

Eagles Nest Suite True Cypriot hospitality

A tranquil oasis at the newly renovated

Columbia Beach Resort

Hébe Spa Cypriot fusion cuisine can be sampled at the Cape Aspro,
Mediterranean and international fare is served at the Apollo Tavern,
I n an idyllic location in Pissouri Bay, midway between Limassol and with fine Italian gourmet cuisine in the stylish Bacchus and delightful
Paphos and around 4km from Pissouri village, sophisticated all breakfasts at the Atrium.
suite Columbia Beach Resort is an oasis of tranquillity and
provides an excellent choice for discerning families and couples.

After an extensive renovation in 2016 the resort, set over a 75,000m2 There are two outdoor pools, one ideal for quiet relaxation, gardens
landscape, features a range of exquisite suites with various views, lead down to the beach, activities and sports are available, plus a
including some with private plunge pool and some set on the scenic crèche and children’s club. The acclaimed Hébe Spa offers a wide
hillside. variety of massages and treatments.

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