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IN THIS ISSUE
Le Sirenuse | Positano, Italy............................................................................... 6
Mercer Hotel Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain.......................................................... 12
SeaDream | Global Yachting.............................................................................. 18
Casas del XVI | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.......................................... 30
Sublime Samana | Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic........................................... 38
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel | Dana Point, California.................................... 46
Royal Palms Resor t and Spa | Phoenix, Arizona................................................... 58
Mansion on Sutter | San Francisco, California.................................................... 62
Hoshinoya Kyoto | Arashiyama, Kyoto................................................................ 66
Hoshinoya Fuji | Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi...................................................... 72
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan | Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Caribbean................. 24
The ART, a hotel | Denver, Colorado.................................................................. 50
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Le Sirenuse is easily one of the most elegant resor ts from which to indulge in the simple
pleasures of Positano and the spectacular Amalf i Coast. The stunning hotel opened in 1951,
when four Neapolitan siblings, the Marchesi Aldo, Paolo, Anna and Franco Sersale turned their
summer house in Positano into a charming hotel, overlooking the bay of Positano. Today the
58-room resor t is considered one of Italy’s leading seaside luxury hotels, though it still retains
the intimate, cultured atmosphere of a private home.
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The light Mediterranean cuisine of the Michelin-starred
La Sponda restaurant is based on fresh local ingredients
and inspired by the great culinary traditions of Naples and
the Amalf i Coast. Infused by the elegance of Positano’s
“dolce vita”, La Sponda is illuminated, in the evening, by four
hundred candles that create an unforgettable atmosphere.
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Surrounded by lemon trees and comfor table deck chairs,
Almost all of the rooms, suites and junior suites lookout the terrace swimming pool is a little corner of peace where
over Positano and its bay. Most have a private terrace you can unwind, sunbathe and enjoy the stunning views.
or balcony, and all feature whitewashed walls, traditional
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antiques and ar tworks from the hotel’s private collection.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
The Mercer Hotel Barcelona is one of the top 5-star hotels in the Spanish city. The prestigious
architect, Rafael Moneo, recipient of the 1996 Pritzker Prize and the 2012 Prince of Asturias
award, and his team were commissioned to rescue the architectural heritage of the building,
paying genuine respect to history and incorporate it into the contemporary design of the
modern hotel. The Mercer Barcelona is an unpretentious yet elegant hotel that offers
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The Mercer Restaurant features private The 28 rooms and suites have been ar tfully
and intimate spaces for dining and special refurbished to preserve the architectural
events. These are uniquely set within the treasures of the buildings, while incorporating
historical surroundings of the ancient city all modern facilities to wrap guests in
walls, including an original Roman defense absolute comfor t.
tower with XII century frescos.
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On the building rooftop, guests can enjoy the Mediterranean
climate on the pleasant hotel terrace, relax by the rooftop pool,
have a special cocktail at the Pool Bar, and enjoy beautiful views of
the Barcelona Gothic Quar ter historical roofs.
Designed by Chef Xavier Lahuer ta, the Mercer Restaurant menu
offers a selection of dishes where the product is the main character.
Balanced and well executed creations, with a detailed presentation,
are accompanied by a vast wine cellar.
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Discover the restaurants that chef Alber t Adrià offers in Barcelona.
“A gastronomic amusement park with differentiated concepts in
the same neighborhood”.
Alber t Adrià is a Catalan chef. Over his culinary career, he has
unanimously earned the reputation as one of the most inventive
pastry chefs of his generation. While exploring many culinary outputs,
and in cooperation with the Iglesias brothers, Adria has upgraded
Barcelona’s dining scene by creating the f irst culinary ‘’amusement
park’’ in the world, in the hear t of Barcelona, called El Barri.
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Nikkei Gastronomy, which unites the best
of Japanese and Mediterranean gastronomy.
Cuisine of Mexican roots under the prism
Alber t Adrià and Paco Méndez.
Enigma is the highest expression of
Alber t Adrià as a chef, but above all as
a creative mind: respect for the product,
versatility, surprise and care for detail.
Contemporary and traditional tapas
go hand to hand in order to give the diner
a fun experience.
BODEGA 1900 BARCELONA
Vermouth, preserves, stews, sausages
and salted meats in a renovated cellar
with airs of yesteryear.
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Discover the “It’s Yachting, Not Cruising” secret that travel exper ts, loyal past guests and other
cruise enthusiasts are raving about. It is uniquely exceptional and a must-do for those in search
of a hidden, ref ined style of cruising. With only 112 guests at a time, a SeaDream voyage feels like
a private getaway. Be pampered and relaxed, or active and adventurous while traveling to some
of the most intimate por ts and destinations in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
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Twin mega-yachts SeaDream I & II are intimate boutique
ships that provide a unique travelling experience unlike
any other cruise vacation. Chic and stylish, SeaDream’s
56-stateroom yachts are favored for its elegant informality,
highly personal service, inclusive open bar and gratuities, all
ocean view staterooms and suites, luxury accommodations
and world-class cuisine.
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The standard stateroom includes a marble-lined bathroom,
Belgian linens, a stocked mini-fridge, and 195 square feet of
living space to allow for in-stateroom comfor t.
The special Eight Commodore Suites, the Admiral Suite and
the Owner’s Suite offer ample space for the ultimate in
luxury. All offer picturesque views of the ocean with their
ex tra picture windows and provide added living space to
really let you unwind. Every stateroom offers a view of the
ocean. If you prefer the open-air feel, you can always rest on
deck on a Balinese Dream Bed instead.
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Travel in style.
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FA M I LY T R AV E L
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan
Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Caribbean
Mandarin Oriental’s renowned hospitality comes to the Caribbean for the f irst time at
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan in St. Vincent and The Grenadines. Known as the island of tor toises,
Canouan is fast becoming one of the Caribbean’s most sought-after luxury destinations.
Boasting a dreamy Caribbean setting of glass-clear seas, powdery sand beaches and vibrant
greenery, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan is surrounded by the Caribbean’s largest living coral
reef. The all-suite, all-villa island gem, with chic and Italian-design Patio Villas, is a secluded
island hideaway that offers plenty of activities including golf, water spor ts and the f inest spa
in the Grenadines archipelago.
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Nestled along a white powder stretch of Godahl Beach and Boasting a dreamy Caribbean setting of glass-clear seas,
designed with impeccable attention to detail, the resor t is powdery sand beaches and vibrant greenery, Mandarin
the epitome of luxury beach chic. Offering just 26 suites and Oriental, Canouan is surrounded by the Caribbean’s largest
13 villas, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan is an all-ocean view living coral reef. This secluded island hideaway offers plenty
luxury hideaway per fect for families and friends. of activities including golf, water spor ts and the f inest spa in
the Grenadines archipelago.
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Five restaurants and bars are located within
the resor t. Offering the freshest produce
in atmospheric beachfront locations, our
menus are simply mouthwatering.
East meets West at Asianne, a Pan-Asian
gem featuring the richly tex tured f lavours
of Indonesia and Thailand combined
with unique Caribbean twists. Beautifully
decorated in rich, jewel-tones of deep blue
and golden yellow, Asianne centres around
an impressively equipped open kitchen
with a tandoor brick oven and cobalt blue
Molteni stove from France.
The impressive three-storey, four-bedroom,
colonial-style Lagoon Villas are nestled on
a hillside with captivating views of Godahl
Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Per fect for
families, each villa has its own inf inity pool
with outdoor patio areas for lounging; a full
service kitchen is also included, allowing for
daily/nightly al fresco dining.
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Casas del XVI
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Casas del XVI is a unique collection of houses representing a new concept in luxury travel
accommodations and the only one of its kind in Santo Domingo. In the beautiful Colonial City,
individual houses, some dating from the 16th century, combine into a single hotel environment.
The meticulously restored Casas retain authentic elements of their past combined with modern
comfor t and distinguished hospitality.
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Centuries ago Casa del Árbol was the home
of the architect who implemented impor tant
restoration and civil works in the Colonial
City. Original grey and white marble f loors
remain in the house reminding us of its
former glory and its connection to the f irst
Cathedral in the new world. All the rooms
open to the tranquil central cour tyard where
you can enjoy the beautiful song of tropical
birds resting nearby or at the house’s lush
Casa Macorís is in one of the most charming
locales in Santo Domingo’s Colonial City. The
house was par t of the historical Convento
de los Dominicos, which still stands today
just a few steps away. Here, time passes
with serenity, marked by the chime of bells
from nearby churches. The house features a
welcoming and color ful interior and a central
garden with plunge pool designed to isolate
the home from the heat and sound of the
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The original structure of Casa de los Mapas dates to the
Spanish colonial era. Located on the grounds of the former
Dominican Monastery, successive uses and restorations have
transformed the house, surpassing its original state. Vintage
maps, plantation-style furniture and richly patterned f loor
tiles create a colonial-tropical ambience.
The ar tist behind the interior design of Casas del XVI is
Patricia Reid Baquero. She is a master at working with color
and brings her craft to life with f ine details. Patricia Reid’s
interior design f irm has studios in Santo Domingo, Mexico
and Spain and her diverse work catalog includes private
city and beach residences, as well as hotels, restaurants,
golf and beach clubs, airpor ts and museums both nationally
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An exclusive suite in Santo Domingo. A unique hotel where old world romance
Casa del Diseñador. It’s a tribute to the combines with the utmost in modern luxury
great fashion designers of this beautiful and comfor t. Outdoor lounge areas and
Caribbean island; it is rumored that Oscar swimming pools are a highlight in most
de la Renta spent many days relaxing of the homes offering an escape from the
in this house. With a name bef itting for heat in the romantic city.
its majestic service, this two- bedroom
accommodation opens its doors out to
the cour tyard facing a private plunge pool
and lounge area. Unlike the other room
categories, guests have complete access to
the house. The suite accommodates up to
6 people including children.
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Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
A breathtaking top resor t in the Dominican Republic designed with a minimalist-modern style and
conceived by one of the most prestigious architects of the Dominican Republic, Antonio Segundo
Imber t, Sublime Samana will leave you breathless. The privileged oceanfront location allows you
to indulge in the beautiful view of f lourishing coconut trees and golden-colored beaches.
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The Samaná peninsula in the nor theastern
coast of the Dominican Republic offers a
paradisiacal escape of wild beaches, coconut
plantations, and rainforests on its rolling
mountains and valleys.
During winter, the Samaná bay welcomes
2,500 humpback whales that visit every year
to appreciate this natural splendor. The giant
mammals return annually to this special corner
of the Dominican Republic to mate, bir th, and
bask in this glorious tropical scenery.
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Comprised of fabulous casitas and spacious
suites, each with either a stunning ocean or
garden view, every room at Sublime Samana
provides an oasis of tranquility and exclusivity
with an oppor tunity to delight your senses.
The coconut is f illed with nutritional proper ties
and purifying energies that help with healing
both the physical and spiritual well-being.
By utilizing every component of the coconut,
the spa delivers treatments that relax,
rejuvenate and recharge. Sublime’s all-natural
soothing and restful setting seamlessly creates
the ideal spa experience.
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While sitting on the ample terrace or deck of a private casita, indulge in a daily breakfast or schedule a
lunch or dinner set-up to be served in peaceful privacy.
The catch of the day and fresh local ingredients are the main components of every exquisite dish prepared
by the chefs at Sublime Samana. Whether dining on ceviche or a refreshing lobster wrap at the casual,
open-air beachside grill, or retreating to the more formal Bistro restaurant to enjoy snapper in coconut
sauce, meals taken at Sublime always delight and satisfy.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Dana Point, California
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacif ic Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is a coastal
paradise with a playful side. Fusing modern luxury with playful creativity, the hotel is an
expression of what makes Laguna Beach special: a welcoming nature catering to kids and pets;
locally sourced cuisine; direct access to the ocean and oppor tunities to explore the natural
surroundings; and a revolving collection of works from local ar tists.
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Accommodations at this Dana Point hotel draw from the ocean in more ways than
one. Décor evokes the water with colors, tex tures and ar twork. Experience Laguna
Beach-inspired living in rooms and suites, many featuring large living spaces, outdoor
spaces with f ireplaces and stunning Pacif ic views.
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Winding ocean paths lead to Salt Creek Beach, which attracts
surfers from around the world and offers the breathtaking
background for the hotel’s indoor and outdoor event venues.
Restaurants at this Laguna Niguel hotel are examples of
California dining in its finest form: a rooftop outdoor lounge
overlooking the ocean, a steakhouse with pasture-raised,
organic beef and a Pan-Latin restaurant showcasing local
produce and sustainable seafood. At RAYA, renowned chef
Richard Sandoval’s Pan-Latin coastal cuisine is prepared
with sustainable seafood, local produce and organic meat.
The elegant setting features ocean views and a private
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