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WELCOME TO CANAL HOUSE ...Located in the heart of the Jordaan, the cultural centre of Amsterdam, Canal House is a 23 bedroomboutique hotel located on the Keizersgracht canal and comprises three seventeenth centurymerchants’ houses. Centred in 21st century Amsterdam, the design is glamorous, contemporaryand comfortable but recalls the rich history of the three buildings and the surrounding area.With a large garden, Garden House and Summer House for private dining, Bar and Great Room,there are plenty of spaces to eat, drink and gather.AMSTERDAMCanal House Keizersgracht 148 - 152 1015 CX, Amsterdam The Netherlandswww.canalhouse.nl www.curioushotels.com


QuintESSENTIALSfor an escape to your island hideawaybeach wearThe freedom of island life means total relaxation and escapingthe daily stresses of the mainland. Quintessentials outlines ourfive 'must have' items for that understated beach chic and carefree elegance.For a day on the beach thispractical French shoppingbasket is an ideal solutionfor carrying essential beachwear. EmmaJane Baskets arehandwoven in Morocco fromnatural products.The Yvette has two shorthandles and is bound in tanleather.£20.00www.emmajanebaskets.co.ukbeach wearA chic cover-up is a must onany holiday, to take you fromthe beach to lunchtime drinksat the bar. The Reethi Kaftanfrom Heidi Klein fits thebill perfectly.£220.00www.heidiklein.comIt goes without saying thatto prevent wrinkles, aswell as wearing a high SPFsunblock, it’s vital to weara wide-brimmed hat in thesun. For that “laid-back”vibe, the Cowboy Hat is hardto beat. This straw one, fromdesigner Melissa Odabash, hasan adjustable rim and a bandof turquoise stones.£89.00www.odabash.comThe One-piece is back! Abeautiful swimsuit by theItalian deluxe lingeriecompany, La Perla.£330.00www.laperla.comShow off your pedicure ina pair of Claudia Caprisandals. Made in Italy to thehighest of standards and wornby such luminaries as JackieOnassis. You can design yourown and have them custom-madefor no extra charge. Elegantand timeless.£180.00www.tucciadicapri.com


CONCEPTNEWESTABLISHEDPRESTIGE18Alfred Dunhill Mini Projectorwww.dunhill.comThe Alfred Dunhill miniprojector is offered in theexclusive matt black finish,chassis leather presentationcase. Compact and highlyportable, the inside lid actsas a presentation surfaceto project onto and has beendesigned to carry the projectorand all of its accessoriesneatly.Engineered by Optoma, thesmall but powerful miniprojector can project images,presentations or films up toa 120 inch screen size, witha super bright light poweredup to 50 lumens. Compatiblewith a laptop, iPhone, iPador home cinema system, it canalso be used independently withits 8gb mini SD storage card.The easy to use tripod allowsquick set up, making this kitideal when space is an issue.Built in speakers also featurewith a sound output socket forheadphones.Blackberry Bold 9900Now on the marketSleek and thin, the iconicdesign of the BlackBerry Bold9900 smartphone, complete withstainless steel frame bodyand sculpted surfaces, makesthis the lightest BlackBerryto date. It runs BlackBerry 7,the next generation BlackBerryOS, giving you powerful newfeatures and innovative apps.The Bold boasts a full touchscreen along with a widenedQWERTY keyboard for easyuse. The new Liquid Graphicstogether with a 1.2 GHzprocessor provide instantresponse and fluid animation.Ideal for business the newBlackBerry Balance technology,keeps your personal andbusiness information separateand secure.Key Features:- 8GB of onboard memory.- 35 key backlit keyboard.- Audio player supporting MP3,AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+,Flac, Vorbis. Up to 50 hours Audioplayback.- 5 MP camera with flash, Facedetection and Image Stabilisation- HD Video recording (720p) and upto 7.4 hours Video playback.- Intergrated GPS loaded withBlackberry Maps.- Bluetooth- Duel-band WifiApple iPad 3Anticipated release late 2011or early 2012It is well known that Applesafeguard their new releases,so little has been confirmed.however the IPad 3 is expectedto have most or all of thefollowing features.It’ll be worth the wait!Speculative IPad 3 FeaturesOperating System: next-generationIOS 5, also rumored to run OS Xor OS X Lion.Processor: A6 Quad-CoreProcessor and NFC chip.Retina Display: Resolution of2048×1536 pixels.SD Card Slot: A long awaitedaddition to the iPad 3.HDMI: Improved HDMI portthat eliminates additionalrequirement of the HDMI cable.Camera: Camera with a built-inflash.Thunderbolt: Power, video anddata connectivity using thesame connector at lightningspeed.USB: USB ports.Compatibility: 4G.3D: Possible 3D fuctions.Wireless Synchronize: Wirelesssynchronisation of contentrather than the traditionalwired connectivity.CONCEPT designed by Roberct VanHauwerePRESTIGE19


PRESTIGE5Hidden IslandsGuana Island -Capri Island -Caribbean SeaMediterranean SeaFrÉgate Island - Indian OceanMoyo Island -Bora Bora -Flores SeaPacific Ocean


GUANA PRIVATE ISLANDCaribbean SeaTime Zone - GMT -4Currency - USDLanguage - EnglishAverage Temp - 21°c (90°f) - 32°c (70°f)Dialing Code - +1284Coordinates - 18°28’30”N - 64°34’10”WWhere the sparkling Caribbean meets the vastAtlantic, you’ll find Guana Island. Part ofthe exotic cluster that makes up the British VirginIslands, this private island resort possesses 850 acresof undisturbed natural beauty. Miles of tropicalforest cover the mountains, hills and valleys. Sevenimmaculate white sand beaches adorn the coastal edgeoffering the perfect gateway to the warm and tranquilwaters of the Caribbean Sea.PRESTIGE22www.guana.comThe first permanent settlement of Europeans camefrom the Netherlands in 1648. By 1672 ownershipof the islands had passed to the British and by thebeginning of the 18th century the islands had becomehome to many British settlers. A plantation economydeveloped based on slavery, cotton, sugarcane, gingerand indigo. Consisting of over 40 islands, islets andcays the modern day British Virgin Islands are a colonyof the United Kingdom.Scattered along a scenic ridge and cooled by gentletrade winds, Guana’s private cottages host magnificentviews of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. The interiorsare comfortable and furnished in a style that reflects thehistory of the island.For further peace and isolation, the North Beach Villais the only house on the island’s stunning North Beach.Footsteps from the shore and bordered by lavishtropical flora, the villa has large scenic terraces and itsown saltwater pool. The North Beach Villa epitomisesthe Caribbean beach house experience.At 930sqm (10,000 sq. ft.) the Jost House Villa is thepremier choice on Guana Island featuring a heatedinfinity pool that winds around the property.From an elevated position the large garden andbalconies exhibit stunning panoramic views of theislands dramatic contours, Caribbean Sea and AtlanticOcean.The villa has a giant living area, dinning room andchef’s kitchen. The three spacious bedrooms havebeen furnished to a high standard each with stoneand marble bathrooms and a Jacuzzi in the masterbedroom.The Villa is serviced by its own staff, at your disposal.Optional maid’s quarters are available. Amenitiesinclude satellite TV, espresso machine, whole-housemusic, wine chiller and wet bar that is stockedaccording to guests’ preferences.PRESTIGE23


Exclusive to the villa, private golf carts are supplied foreasy transportation around the island.At breakfast and lunch guests can sample the splendidbuffet while sitting on the terrace overlooking boththe Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. At somepoint in your stay, we recommend choosing a CastawayPicnic. You will be whisked off to a beach so secludedthat it is only accessible by boat. There you can enjoy aquiet lunch and a private afternoon away from the mainresort. For cocktails and dinner, featuring the freshestseafood and island-grown fruits and vegetables, guestsgather on the Queen’s Terrace named after HRHQueen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on her 1964 visitto the island.Spend an afternoon waterskiing, take a day trip toanother island, scuba dive or try deep-sea fishing.Guana has three distinct reef areas for any level ofsnorkelling or scuba diving experience. Swim in theclear blue ocean, venture out on a small sailboat,transparent kayak, pedal boat or just relax on a loungeror swing in a hammock.On land you’ll find two tennis courts and a croquetlawn. Go walking or running along the paths acrossthirty acres of green fields that separate the beach fromthe Flamingo Pond. For the more energetic the 245m(806ft) summit of Sugarloaf Mountain has a dominantview of the surrounding islands. Visit Long Man’sPoint, descend the stone staircase cut into the cliff andswim in the pools below. Take a scenic cruise aroundthe island with some tropical drinks and end the daywith a sunset cruise to nowhere. Motorboats can berented for waterskiing or fishing, with larger boatsavailable for charter.For total indulgence visit the Water’s Edge BeachSpa. The massage therapists provide simple massagesor special treatments on the shoreline. If you preferyour massage in your own room or on your privateterrace, just ask and they’ll bring it all to you. Thereis a whole host of massage options to choose from;Aromatherapy, Foaming mineral scrub, Natural DeadSea black mud body wrap, Dry brushing, Body polish,Cucumber & Mango essential oil, Grapefruit essentialoil, Lemongrass essential oil and Guava fruit bodysmoothie.‘The Virgin Island that still is’. Guana Island is a naturalCaribbean haven providing a superior, luxury castawayexperience.Getting ThereThe closest airport to Guana Islandis Terrence B. Lettsome airport(EIS) on Beef Island, British VirginIslands. Most visitors will have toconnect via San Juan (SJU),St. Thomas (STT), or Antigua (ANU).There is then a short transfer toGuana Island via water taxi.All persons entering the BVI musthave a valid passport with at leastsix months remaining.Upon initial entry, a stay of no morethan 30 days will be granted. At theend of 30 days, visitors must reportto the Immigration Department’smain office in Road Town, Tortola torequest an extension.There is a $15 USD departure tax and$5 USD security charge (per person)payable on leaving the BVI by air. A$5 USD security charge (per person)is payable on leaving the BVI by sea.PRESTIGE24PRESTIGE25


Plaza ProViviendaCassitaproductdesignaward2011Terrazza WGMOpenSpaceLIVINGTel: 0800 228 9253www.openspaceliving.co.uk info@openspaceliving.co.ukVerandas • Sun Awnings • Conservatories • Glass Rooms


CAPRI PALACE HOTELMediterranean Seamiles (5km) west of Italy’s divine Amalfi coastline3 lies the Mediterranean island of Capri, one of themost enchanting islands in the world.As you approach the island Capri entices you,glistening like a jewel in the azure sea. Luxury villas,draped in bougainvillea, line the cliff-side whilst ruggedcliffs with secret caves fringe the island’s outer edge andplunge dramatically to the sea below.Steeped in traditional The Capri Palace Hotel is aninstitution and the most exclusive residence on theisland. Its dominant position provides breathtakingpanoramic views over Capri, the Bay of Naples and theisland of Ischia.Comprising of a total of 79 rooms, including 11 suites,six rooms have private swimming pools and gardens.If you choose a Classic room, ask for one with a seaview. Rates include buffet breakfast. 24hr room serviceis available.Time Zone - GMT +2Currency - EuroLanguage - ItalianAverage Temp - 8°c (46°f) - 29°c (84°f)Dialing Code - +39Coordinates - 40°34’34”N - 14°13’42”EWe recommend you stay in the Penthouse Suite. This150sqm (1614 sq. ft.) penthouse has a bright loungewith large windows opening on to a spacious 300sqm(3229 sq. ft.) terrace and secluded Mediterraneangarden. The private pool is surrounded with lushvegetation and boasts panoramic views of MountSolaro, Anancapri harbour, the neighbouring island ofIschia and the Bay of Naples.This luxurious suite combines contemporary style withthe elegance of a past era from the black marble flooringto the antique and art déco furniture.There are two bedrooms each with a plunge pool andblack and white marble bathrooms. The main bedroomhas an open ceiling that reveals the celestial canopy ofthe night sky, ideal for stargazing.Also available are premier suites named after famous20th century stars – Munro, Hepburn and Callas. TheArtists Suites, decorated with modern art, are uniquelydesigned in the styles of Warhol, Kandinsky, Magritte,Mondrian and Miro.PRESTIGE28www.capripalace.com


Getting thereThe nearest airport is NaplesInternational Airport (NAP),linking Italy’s Campaniaregion with other national andinternational airports.If you cannot fly direct toNaples, most airlines fly toRome International airport(FCO).The island of Capri is hugelyaccessible by a wide range oftransports from many differentlocations. Boats, Hydrofoils andFerries transfer to the islanddaily from ports all along thecoast. Napoli Central RailwayStation is an obligatory stopfor nearly all trains heading upor down the italian peninsulaproviding easy access to theports. Taxis are available.The hotel is located just offthe main square, the PiazzaDella Vittoria.Book a direct helicopterflight from Naples to CapriIsland. Helicopters landat Damecuta heliport inAnacapri. Helicopter transferslast approx. 20 minutes andcan be combined with cartransfers to any of the island’shotels.One child up to 12 years of age is accommodated freeof charge when staying in parents’ room. During themonths of June, July and August, the hotel welcomeschildren over 10 years only.Being a seasonal hotel, it's closed from the beginning ofNovember until the beginning of April.As befits a five star flagship hotel, The Capri Palaceboasts the only Michelin star restaurant on theisland, the elegant L’Olivio. Open daily, servingMediterranean cuisine prepared by Ischia-born chefAndrea Migliaccio, it's an ideal venue for an intimatedinner.On the terrace overlooking the islands of Ischia,Procida and the Bay of Naples, the new Ragù Bistroprovides an excellent variety of Italian cuisine. In theevening the garden is transformed by an assembly oftea lights illuminating the bar and restaurant tables.We suggest that you eat out on the terrace to takeadvantage of this and the spectacular view.Perched on the cliff’s edge, the simple but elegant,Il Riccio restaurant, offers an excellent selection offresh seafood and shellfish. The plates are exquisitelypresented and prepared with an emphasis on qualityproduce, freshness and taste.Adorned by the artwork of celebrated Italian andInternational artists, The Bar degli Artisti is open from9pm to 1am. The chic environment and comfortableambience is accentuated by soft live music.Housed in an ancient vaulted tavern, the cellar guardsan impressive wine list of approx 10,000 bottles fromItaly and around the world.The Capri Beauty Farm, situated at the back of thehotel, specialises in leg treatments with therapiesto help prevent and improve cellulite and vascularproblems. A series of interconnecting whirlpoolsand water walkways set the tone of classic Italianindulgence.Facilities include a fitness centre, billiards, swimmingpool and library. The hotel has its own collection ofluxury boats that provide you with the most exclusiveway to explore the coastline and hidden coves.The Capri Palace Hotel encapsulates the classic ItalianRiviera and pairs it with modern luxury creating ashining jewel in the Mediterranean.PRESTIGE30PRESTIGE31


Time Zone - GMT +3Currency - SCR & USDLanguage - Creole, English & FrenchAverage Temp - 29°c (84°f)Dialing Code - +248Coordinates - 04°35’19”S - 55°56’55”EFRÉGATE ISLAND PRIVATEIndian OceanNestled in the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean,four degrees south of the equator, Frégate Islandis a tropical haven of outstanding ecological beauty andpeaceful tranquillity.Set apart from the archetypal cluster of the Seychellesand a 20 minute flight from Mahé, Frégate IslandPrivate is a truly secluded pocket of flourishing nature.Framed with seven powdery white sand beaches,the island is rich in colour and bursting with uniqueflora and fauna. Palm trees, tropical plants and giantgranite boulders speckle the island providing excellentopportunities for you to discover your own idyllic spot.French explorer, Lazare Picault explored the Seychellesin 1744, Frégate Island was one of the first islands hedeemed suitable for both settlement and agriculture.Frégate Island is home to the famous Anse Victorinbeach which is revered across the world for its beautyand has regularly been voted one of the best beaches inthe world.With only 16 villas and one Presidential Villa, youare invited to experience the rare luxuries of space,security and seclusion within a tropical island setting ofexuberant natural beauty.PRESTIGE32www.fregate.comThought to be first settled during the 16th and 17thcenturies by pirates seeking shelter following raidingtrips, the island provided them with all the naturalbounty they needed; secluded hideaways, fresh waterand an abundant supply of fresh food. When the famousAccommodating only a select number of guests atany one time the resort ensures the island remainsexclusively the realm of its guests. Positioned toguarantee ultimate privacy each villa blendsPRESTIGE33


Getting thereSeychelles InternationalAirport (SEZ) is located onthe main island of Mahé.From Mahé the connection toFrégate Island is by privatechartered aircraft (Airplaneor Helicopter). Theconnection has to be bookedin advance. Reservationscan be made directly withFrégate Island Private.Air Seychelles operatedirect flights twice a weekfrom Heathrow to Mahé.flight time is approximatelyten hours.Reservations:+44 (0)1293 596 656www.airseychelles.netOther carriers includeBritish Airways, Kenyaairways, Emirates and QuatarAirways.A visitors permit will beissued on arrival.The permitis initially valid for theperiod up to one month.Visitors must have a validpassport and return ticketto be eligible for entry.www.seychelles.visahq.co.ukharmoniously into its natural surroundings. In additioneach villa features a private infinity pool, large terracewith day bed and a Jacuzzi. Facilities such as a diningpavilion, telephone, Wi-Fi, TV, DVD/CD player,air-conditioning, ceiling fan, hairdryer, safe, mini bar,tea and coffee making facilities are supplied. A privatebutler is assigned to each villa to ensure personalisedand individual services throughout your stay, providingyou with anything, at anytime, anywhere on the island.Positioned on Banyan Hill, the Presidential Villa offersstunning panoramic views over the ocean, nearbybeaches, the marina and the rest of the island. Theresidence features a large living space of 170sqm (1829sq. ft.), a big terrace with a private pool, seating and afully equipped kitchen as well as a chef and dedicatedbutlers to take care of everything you desire. There arealso three separate sleeping villas (approx. 70 sqm, 753sq. ft.) suitable for two people.A range of restaurants and bars is on offer, howeverto get the best experience we would advise you try thebespoke dining option. Dine anywhere on the island!Whether it’s a meal in the Tree House serenaded bybirdsong, barbecues on the beach, a private candle-litdinner in the privacy of your villa or a favourite settingof your own discovery.Influenced by the abundance and diversity ofingredients cultivated on the island, the menus offer youthe freshest seasonal, island-grown produce ensuringevery dish is unique in character, flavour and a truereflection of the bountiful tropical paradise. The islandeven has its own plantation and hydroponics house,which is tended by a dedicated team of gardenerscultivating a wide range of organic produce.In addition the exclusive wine cellar boasts a selectionof over 300 wines including some of the most soughtafterlabels, varietals and vineyards from around theglobe. As well as hosting regular wine tastings, thecellar is an intimate and unusual dining venue forgroups of up to 10 guests.The resort offers an array of activities providing theperfect opportunity for you to immerse yourself in theisland’s natural environment. From fishing and scubadiving to guided walks accompanied by one of theresident ecologists, the more active amongst you willnever be short of things to do.No island paradise is complete without a world classspa and Frégate Island does not disappoint. Perchedon a cliff-top plateau surrounded by freshwater poolsand cascading waterfalls, the Rock Spa delivers aspectacular and unique experience in a serene, naturalenvironment. Fully trained, resident therapists regularlyadapt treatments using the islands seasonal plants,herbs and fruits promising the ultimate in relaxation,revitalisation and detoxification.The best the Seychelles has to offer, Frégate IslandPrivate will give you the break you deserve, providingyou with all the tools needed to relax and fully unwind.A truly secluded tropical island like no other.PRESTIGE35


SeychellesWhere nature, tranquillity and paradise meet!The original lost garden of Eden with breathtaking beaches and spectacular fauna and flora.From luxury resorts to private islands – perfect for families or couples alike.We have been arranging tailor-made holidays to Seychelles for over 10 years. Talk to our expertteam for personal knowledge and advice and let them tailor your individual itinerary.For first-hand knowledge, talk to our sales team and quote Prestige Travel Magazine0208 840 0969 justseychelles.com


With an emphasis on peace and tranquillity, the musicpavilion, a forest sanctuary located a few metres fromthe shoreline, provides the ideal setting to listen tomusic, order picnic lunches and enjoy afternoon tea orsunset cocktails.The over sea Boardwalk is furnished with beach chairsand shade umbrellas. It features a freshwater dippingpool set against a wall of coral rock. The Boardwalk isa perfect place to let the hours slip softly by.Displaying some of the best diving and snorkellingsites in Indonesia, the pristine water and reefs ofthe Flores Sea are suitable for both beginner andexperienced divers. With Amanwana’s fully certifiedPADI dive centre, diving and snorkelling is readilyavailable providing you with a breathtaking exhibitionof magical, iridescent sea life.We suggest you explore the nearby coral coves andbeaches as they are ideal for walking, snorkelling andsunbathing. This is made possible by use of the resort’sfleet of vessels suitable for all types of excursions.For experienced fishers, a 32ft catamaran can bechartered for the ultimate deep sea fishing experience.For longer trips Amanwana can provide luxury cruisevessels.If you intend to stay for several weeks, the Komodoexpedition is an essential excursion. Over seven-nights,the adventure takes you to the only two islands in theworld that provide the natural habitat for the Komododragon. Five nights are spent cruising through theNusa Tenggara island chain aboard the 27m (290ft)coastal cruiser ‘Ikan Gurami’, where you can dive andsnorkel at some of the world's most biologically diverseand widely acclaimed underwater sites. The KomodoNational Park is a World Heritage Site where youwill be escorted by park rangers to view the Komododragons in their natural habitat. (This adventure isavailable from May to October).For those who would rather keep their feet firmly ondry land, the forests of Moyo Island present a uniquehabitat of exotic plant and animal life, ideal for hikersand nature enthusiasts to explore. Walking trailsradiate out from the camp and guides for trekking areavailable.An exotic island Eden, cradled in the azure waters ofSouth East Asia, Amanwana resort draws you closer tonature whilst giving you the ultimate in luxury.Getting ThereBali international airport (DPS)is one of the most accessibledestinations in South-East Asia withdaily flights from most major citiesin Asia and Australia. Travellersfrom the United States or Europe canfly via Singapore or Hong Kong.Domestic flights and ferryconnections are from the surroundingislands.Fly from Bali to Moyo Island in aneight-seater Cessna float plane whichlands in the bay directly in front ofAmanwana, weather permitting.Scheduled flights available threetimes a week. Flight time approx 1hr.Check-in at Denpasar airport 1hrbefore the flight. (A strict baggageallowance of 15kg per personapplies.)Four person helicopters can bechartered from Bali directly toAmanwana resort.The visa on arrival fee for citizensof eligible countries is $25 USD fora 30 day visa and is extendable foranother 30 days.Passports must be valid for at leastsix months from the arrival date andhave at least four full blank pages.“The Boardwalk is aperfect place to let thehours slip softly by.”PRESTIGE41


Anchored in the warm waters of the South Pacificlies Bora Bora, the most famous of the FrenchPolynesian islands. A quintessential tropical paradisesurrounded by sand-fringed islets on an outer coral reefenclosing a crystal-clear lagoon.Volcanic in origin, the giant jungle towers of MountOtemanu (727m / 2358ft) and Mount Pahia (658m /2158ft) soar out of the nearby coastline and provide amagnificent visual backdrop.Discovered by Europeans in the 16th century butpreviously settled by Polynesians around 900 AD,French Polynesia has been a French colony since1884. Its unequalled beauty has inspired many artistsand writers including author James A. Michener whodeclared it ‘the most beautiful island in the world.’FOUR SEASONSPacific OceanFour Seasons Resort, Bora Bora sits on a private isletoffering a South Sea escape in a lush world ofunsurpassed tropical beauty.The resort offers 121 luxurious hideaways dottedaround the lagoon and its outer beaches. The 100 overwaterbungalows perch on stilts, while on the shore,seven beachfront villas line a stretch of white sandbeach. All overlook the pristine, turquoise waters withspectacular views of Mount Otemanu.Interiors, inspired by local architecture, create acalming ambience with striking works of art. Alongsidedeep baths are doors which slide open to reveal privatepools and panoramic fresh air views.If this is your first voyage to a tropical island and toenhance your experience we recommend the luxuriousover-water bungalows. Beginning at a generous100 sqm (1076 sq. ft.), there is the option of threeimpressive vistas (beach, mountain or lagoon). Thosewho prefer additional space and amenities should optfor a Lagoon view or Otemanu bungalow. Both offernearly 50% more space than the standard bungalows.Time Zone - GMT -10Currency - CFPLanguage - Tahitian and FrenchAverage Temp - 20°c (68°f) - 30°c (86°f)Dialing Code - +689Coordinates - 16°28’18”S - 151°42’07”Wwww.fourseasons.comPRESTIGE43


The four restaurants and bars serve South Pacificdelicacies inspired by the exquisite Polynesian setting.Prepared to the highest standards, the innovativemenus are carefully designed, combining locallygrown ingredients such as fresh fruit, vegetables andspices with a rich diversity of meats and freshly caughtseafood. An excellent selection of international wine isavailable.On the edge of the lagoon sits the Four Seasons Spa.Absorb the breathtaking views of the Pacific andsurrounding tropical scenery with bespoke spa ritualsinspired by the natural resources of Bora Bora.Explore the world’s most photographed lagoon with awealth of water sports. Work out in the open-air gym orfloat in the wave-shaped infinity pool with attendantson hand to refresh you with chilled iced water andtowels as you lounge on the deck.If you wish a more active escape, the resort is an idealvantage point to investigate the sights, sounds andexperiences of Bora Bora - see the Black Pearls ofTahiti, explore Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahiaand discover the Polynesian stone temples dottedalong coastline.The breathtaking environment of Bora Bora andthe Four Seasons Resort is a true tropical paradiseencasing the essence of the South Pacific islands.If you seek further privacy, isolation and space,the two bedroom beachfront villas are ideal. Withthree times more space, a private pool surroundedby tropical foliage and immediate access to a whitesand beach, these unique villas are naturally secludedoffering unmatched sunset views, as well as countlessopportunities for outdoor dining and relaxation. Youwill not be disappointed.“The four restaurants andbars serve South Pacificdelicacies inspired bythe exquisite Polynesiansetting.”To get the best of the resort, the beachfront quartersof the presidential-scale Otemanu luxury villa providesan extra third bedroom, four bathrooms, privateswimming pool and whirlpool. The outdoor areacovers 200 sqm / 2,152 sq. ft. of expansive decking andshaded terracing with spectacular views of the crystalclear lagoon and Mount Otemanu. The villa’s interior,features a spacious entrance hall, large living room,plasma TV, built-in safe, adjacent dining room, fullystocked private bar and pantry.The master bedroom comes complete with; King sizebed, plasma TV and en suite bathroom with lovelyviews of the garden.For business, the villa features a well-defined work areawith a multi-line telephone, cable and wirelesshigh-speed internet and voicemail.PRESTIGE44Getting ThereFaa’a International Airport in Papeete(PPT), Tahiti, is the only internationalairport serving French Polynesia.Airlines serving the airport include AirTahiti Nui, Air France, Hawaiian Airlinesand Air New Zealand.Direct flights from Los Angeles, NewYork, Paris (with a stop in Los Angeles),Honolulu, Tokyo and Auckland.From the Papeete airport it’s anadditional 50 minute domestic flight toBora Bora via Air Tahiti.Twice daily from Monday to Saturday, FourSeasons Resort, Bora Bora provides areturn boat shuttle service to the mainisland of Bora Bora. Fees may apply.Upon arrival in Papeete, FrenchPolynesia, all visitors are requiredto have a valid passport with two freepages and an outbound ticket. Entryrequirements differ from country tocountry and customs regulations aresubject to change without notice. Pleaseconsult the appropriate authoritiesbefore travelling internationally.PRESTIGE45


THE PANTRYWith Matt Powell, Executive Head Chef, Hotel Du Vin, EdinburghOFF THE VINEWith Adrian Heaven,fine wine buyer for lay & wheeler8 scallops (hand dived)1 red chilli2 lime (juiced)25g coriander (baby cress)½ red onion (finely diced)1 tomato (concassed)MethodSlip a knife between the shells and cut throughthe large white muscle. Pry open the shell andgently remove everything. Remove the skirtand roe and pat dry with a tea towel. avoidrunning under a tap as you will lose a lot ofthe flavour. Clean and wash shell and keep forserving.Slice the chilli thinly on the angle and mixtogether with the lime juice, red onion andtomato. Slice the scallop very thinly with avery sharp filleting knife, if you have one.mix through the rest of the ingredients gentlyand allow to sit for 2 minutes. in this processyou are curing the scallop with the acid fromthe lime and infusing with all the other mouthwatering flavours.When the lime juice has cured the scallops, layerthe mix in the scallop shell as we have done inthe picture and finish off with baby coriandercress. put some rock salt on the plate and sityour scallop shell on top and serve with a lemoncheek. A truly refreshing starter which will getyour taste buds working for your main course.Matt Powell and Hotel Du Vin, Edinburgh pridethemselves on making classic dishes from homegrownand local produce. I believe that a great meal is aboutbuying great produce, cooking and preparing it simplyand letting the ingredients do the talking. One of myfavourite dishes on the current menu is the scallopsceviche. Served in the shell, the fresh taste is enhancedby a fusion of flavours. The scallops are cured with limejuice and served with a red onion, tomato and chilligarnish. I buy my scallops from a local fishmonger,close to the city, in Newhaven harbour. Buy from alocal producer, where possible, as you can’t beat thequality, freshness and taste. To compliment this dishI would suggest a chilled glass of Viognier reserve,Montevista from Chile. I recommend you try thissimple yet classic dish when you come to stay with us.SancerreFeaturing 2010 Sancerre‘Les Monts Damnés’ Domaine François CotatSancerre is one of the classic French wine regions which producesvibrant, aromatic, dry white wines from sauvignon blanc vinified ina manner which emphasises the purity and clarity of fruit flavours.A common feature to the overwhelming majority of French winelabels is an absence of the grape varieties, in contrast to new worldwines where the grape variety features prominently on the label.At the heart of the European wine ideal is the belief that the mostimportant factors influencing a wine’s character are the soil, climateand culture of the area where the grape is grown. The idea is thatSancerre is more than just sauvignon blanc and the wines areimparted with a unique and distinctive character. This is especiallyimportant to single vineyard wines in capturing the essence of aspecific patch of land.The featured Sancerre is a reflection of a single vineyard – ‘LesMonts Damnés’ from a single year’s growing season. Furthermore,note the differing font size of “Sancerre” and “Chavignol” on thelabel, and how the vigneron, François Cotat attaches greateremphasis to the name of his local commune (Chavignol) withinthe Sancerre appellation. This is a man who has very well sitedvineyards and it shows in the excellence of his wines.Sancerre typically starts at around £10 per bottle, so what doesthis £26 wine deliver? The expectation is often one of ‘much moreof everything’, ‘bigger with more force’, which is not necessarilythe case. There is an increased intensity of flavour, complexityand in particular, a persistence of flavour lingering on the palatewhich is the key quality factor. This is a wine revealing subtletiesand nuances over the course of a bottle rather than delivering animmediate upfront burst of flavour which then briskly fades away.François Cotat’s style is a very restrained, reserved and mineralexpression of sauvignon blanc. This is a Sancerre with depth,complexity, great texture and power, notable for its pin-pointfocused purity of fruit flavour and perfumed aromas.The “secret” is steep-sided vineyards, old vines, and years ofexperience. François adopts a very traditional, non-interventionistapproach, barrel-fermenting the juice in old demi-muids usingnatural yeasts. This wine is most definitely Chavignol first,Sancerre second and sauvignon blanc a distant third!2010 Sancerre ‘Les Monts Damnés’ Domaine François Cotat £26per bottle, available from Lay & Wheeler Wine Merchantswww.laywheeler.com 01473 313 300PRESTIGE46PRESTIGE47


With Simon BradfieldIt was in 1789 when the captain of a British RoyalNavy ship crossing the vast expanse of the SouthPacific spotted a small group of islands low on thehorizon.“I could not get near the shore on account of the wind,”the captain wrote in his log, captivated by what he’dseen. “Nevertheless, there appeared broken waterbetween all the Keys and I am inclined to think theyare all joined by a reef. I saw no smoke or any sign ofinhabitants, it is scarcely to be imagined however, thatso charming a little spot is without them.” The captainof the ship was one William Bligh, the ship was theinfamous HMS Bounty and eighteen days later shipand captain would part company in the most famousmutiny in history.The tale of the Bounty is full of skullduggery, daring-doand exotic, dusky maidens. On this occasion, however,I’m more interested in the islands that captivated Blighthan on what happened to him, his ship or his mutinouscrew. That’s because the island is Aitutaki, one of theCook Islands and it’s one of the most beautiful places onEarth.With ukelele music still ringing in the ears, we headfrom the tiny airfield out onto the main island. Wewhizz through a sea of lush green grasses and swayingpalm trees and the photographer in me starts to workout what it is I want from this trip (beyond a tan, somelobster and a bottle or two of the excellent CaptainCook beer). I shoot a lot of landscape & travel imagesfor iStock, a subsidiary of Getty Images and one of theworld’s leading stock photography libraries and I wanta shot that captures some of the spirit of the place.The first European visitors to the region, explorers suchas Magellan, Cook and de Bourgainville, amazed thefolk back home with tales of beautiful yet remote islandson the far side of the world and I think that perceptionhas lasted to this day, so at the first opportunity we takea cruise out onto the lagoon to explore it for ourselves.It is spectacular, with crystal clear waters filled withbrightly coloured fish, and dotted with numerousdeserted, palm-fringed motu (islands to you and me).It’s obvious why Bligh was so taken with the place.However there’s a lot of thin, high cloud diffusingthe light and though it’s been a hugely enjoyable day,photographically, it doesn’t work.The overcast weather persists and I am beginning toworry. We only have a couple of days left and I haven’tgot the shot I want. That’s the thing about dreamlocations - if the weather’s against you, you can comeaway with nothing. For a photographer that can be veryembarrassing, so we book another trip out onto thelagoon and I send a silent prayer skywards. As we headout onto the lagoon, I can see a bank of clouds off to thewest. I’m hoping it’ll stay put, especially as we approachone of the motu to the south of the lagoon. It is lookingpromising...We beach our small boat and whilst I don’t necessarilydash, I get ahead of the rest of the party. Gaudy beachtowels don’t feature in my perceived final image. I’musing a Canon 5D Mk II with a Canon 28-70mmf2.8 L lens (with a circular polarizing filter, just toplump up the colours a bit). The camera is a sturdyfull-frame affair, absolutely perfect for landscape work.However Canon stopped making this 28-70mm lensalmost ten years ago and whilst it weighs a ton and therange isn’t as great as some lenses, the image quality isphenomenal.So with camera at the ready, I circle the island,looking for my shot. With the rest of the party hot onmy heels, I stumble across a stretch of beach with allthe elements I want. There’s the palm tree, turquoisewaters (complete with waves crashing on a reef) andsunshine with dramatic clouds in the distance... feelsvery 'South Pacific' to me. So I set up, compose, adjustthe polarizer, focus, check aperture and exposureand... click.I fire off a few shots, checking the camera’s histogram asI go. Standing there on the beach I feel I’ve got the shot(actually quite a few) and I’m relieved. It’d be frustratingin the extreme to make it all the way to the South Pacificand for it to go wrong right at the last moment. If youdon’t believe me, just ask Captain Bligh. He’d agree.PRESTIGE48


The SPA IV Signature TreatmentsMoon Cycle MassageThe varying energies of the lunar cycle massage willmake you feel more in tune with your body. Start withthe New Moon aromatic massage to revitalise andinvigorate body and spirit. Waxing Moon nurtures andnourishes creative energies and well-being. Full Moondelivers harmony to all the body’s intricate systemswith balancing techniques. Finish with Waning Moonto feel cleansed and renewed following a stimulatinglymphatic body massage.SKIN SPECIFIC FACIALSHydrating skin, Purifying skin and Sensitising skin.Others include Pre-solar defence facial, Post-solarrecovery facial, Power regeneration, Environmentalcontrol, Revitalising eye rescue and Thai natural facial.BEAUTY CARE TREATMENTSManicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Steam, Sauna, AleentaMilk and Herbal Spice Baths.INDULGEAleentaPhang Nga Resort and SpaPhuket, ThailandMoon Cycle scrubA blend of organic ingredients of Inca Omega oil, richwith cucumber extract and vitamin E, with a choice ofblended moon essential oils;New Moon: Ylang Ylang, Rose and LavenderWaxing Moon: Jasmine and SpearmintFull Moon: Neroli, Patchouli and JasmineWaning Moon: Lemongrass and GeraniumOrganic Moon BathFilled with the rich, warm fragrance of rose and organicInca Omega oils.MASSAGESGolden Sun massage, Holistic Massage, Yin Yang,Deep Tissue, Traditional Hot Compress, TraditionalThai, Anti Stress, Foot Remedy.IN ROOM MASSAGESAvailable in the privacy of your guestroom; TraditionalThai massage, Foot remedies and Spa VI Salaremedies including Thai massage, Back & neckmassage and Foot Remedies.On Natai beach, Aleenta, the boutique luxury spais secluded and private, just 20 minutes north ofPhuket International Airport.The SPA IV Designed Wellness ExperienceConnects you closer to nature through the fouruniversal sources of powerBODY TREATMENTSCoconut body polish, Traditional herbal body scrub,Deep sea salt scrub, Coffee detox body scrub, Whiteclay body mask, Dead Sea mineral wrap and Sunburnsoother.Recognised in the 2011 Asia Pacific Hotel AwardShow, this resort was credited with four awardsincluding ‘Best small hotel in Thailand and Asia Pacific’and ‘Thailand’s Best Small Green Resort’. Natai beachhas also been awarded 5 Stars for beach cleanliness andwater quality.The resort's ethos combines luxury of space withthe concept of “all suites, all private”. Choose from aselection of pool villas, ocean view lofts, two and threebedroom beachfront villas or one of the Grand Villas.All are a stones throw from the beach, offering superiorviews of the Andaman Sea. Room sizes range from77sqm (828sq. ft.) to 600sqm (6548sq. ft.).Rooms come with adjustable air-conditioning, freeWi-Fi, large LCD TV with satellite TV, iPod anddock complete with music library, high thread-countEgyptian cotton sheets (exclusively milled for Aleenta),100% natural toiletries, luxury towels, cotton bathrobesand slippers.Residences and Grand Villas provide all the above asstandard and also include a complimentary roundtripairport transfer, private check-in at the villa/residence,complimentary breakfast, personal butler service andprivate chef.PRESTIGE50Sea: Packed with the powerful nutrients andliving organisms of the sea, such as seaweed and seasalts. Treatments include; Deep sea salt body scrub,Dead Sea mud wrap and Ying Yang massage.Sun: Highly effective ingredients to protect andsoothe you from the sun’s rays. Treatments include;Aloe Vera sun soother, Golden Sun massage andPost-Solar facial.Moon: The moon cycle influences gravity on earth andour bodies’ flow of liquid. Treatments include; OrganicMoon body scrub, Organic Moon bath and OrganicMoon cycle massage.Earth: Using the earth’s natural ingredients, such asstones and crystals, to release energy to balance bodyand mind. Treatments include; Coffee detox scrub,The detox absorption wrap and Lymphatic drainagebody massage.Earth Purification DetoxRetreat PackageA balanced approach to vitality and restorationthrough a blend of wholesome nutrition andhealthy activity. Give your body and mindthe well earned opportunity to rebalance andreplenish from the daily demands placed upon itby everyday life.7 day Package14 wellness activities14 Detox Snacks7 Spa Lunches7 Spa Dinners3 Daily Detox JuicesDaily Herbal Teas7 daily 60 minute spa treatmentsPrice: THB 62,300 ++ per package per personFor bookings, special packages, rates and availability inquiriesplease contact: reservation@aleenta.comPhone: +66 2-514-8112Fax: +66 2-539-4373PRESTIGE51


BREAK FREEFor a true test of fitness, mental strength andendurance the ‘Three Peak Challenge’ will take youto the highest points in Scotland, England and Walesin just 24 hours.Battle against sleep deprivation and adverse weatherconditions as you scale the summits of Ben Nevis,Scafell Pike and Snowdon, absorbing the breathtakingviews as you climb.Many variations of the ‘Three Peak Challenge’ exist,however the primary goal is to ascend and descend allthree mountains within 24hrs, finishing the challengeupon return to the beginning of the final trail.Due to its height and difficulty, Ben Nevis is therecommended starting point.Maximum climbing times are approximatley four hoursfor Snowdon and five hours for Ben Nevis and ScafellPike. Target time should be at least 30mins less thanthe stated maximum. It’s not a gentle walk but times areachievable for relatively fit people.When three climbsare attempted in under 24hrs, the objective becomes farmore difficult; draining your energy and depriving youof sleep.On successful completion of your challenge, relax andrecharge with a short stay at the Tre-Ysgawen HallHotel & Spa approximately 16 miles (26km) from thefinishing point.Inverlochy Castle HotelPH33 6SN - 01397 702177www.inverlochycastlehotel.comTre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & SpaLL77 7UR - 01248 750750www.treysgawen-hall.co.ukBen Nevis - 1344m (4409ft), scotlandScafell Pike - 978m (3209ft), englandSnowdon - 1085m (3560ft), Wales3PeakChallengeEach mountain offers multiple ascents to the peak, themost popular trails start from the Visitor centre (BenNevis), Wasdale Head (Scafell Pike) and Pen-y-Pass(Snowdon). Route maps of each trail are availablefrom Ordinance Survey and are a necessity for anyoneattempting this challenge.The driving route between the three peaks coversapproximatly 500 miles (800km). Directions arestraight forward however a Sat Nav and road map areessential.SAT NAV POSTCODES:Ben Nevis (Visitor centre) - PH33 6PFScafell Pike (Wasdale Head) - CA20 1EXSnowdon (Pen-y-Pass) - LL55 4NYIt is advisable to have a driver, who is not part of theclimb, as driving while tired can be dangerous. Thetravel time also provides an excellent opportunity tosleep and recharge.For the best experience, why not travel to Scotland atleast one day before and spend a night at the awardwinning Inverlochy Castle Hotel. Located just 3 miles(4.8km) from the Ben Nevis visitor centre, it's an idealstart point for the challenge.Private Rolls Royce transfers are available from allsurrounding airports (Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwich,Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness). Travel timesvary but Inverness airport is the closest at 1.5 hours.The hotel also has its own helicopter landing site.GlasgowLiverpoolInvernessManchesterCardiffLEG 1261.5 miles(420.8km)5 hr 56 minsCarlisleLEG 2219.3 miles(352.9km)4 hr 46 minsLondonPRESTIGE52PRESTIGE53


WHEREONEARTH?WITH STEVE CLARK-HALLWith titles such as Calender Girls,Rocknrolla & Sherlock homes under his belt,Steve Clark-Hall is a celebrated Britishfilm producer. We caught up with Steve inthe lobby of The Dorchester Hotel, Londonto find out where on earth his 30 plusyears in the film business has taken him.Where were you last? Los Angeles.Would you recommend it, and why? I wasthere for work - being in the film business Los Angeles isa necessary destination, but as a visitor it is really not anexciting place to go - all motorways and face-lifts.Describe a memorable experience from achildhood trip? Jet travel did not exist, so travel wasvery different. We would go to Holland every summer,travelling by train, over-night Ferry and then train again.It was a very romantic and exciting adventure, and thebig surprise for a boy from London was to see police withguns! And then windmills. It was shortly after the SecondWorld War, and travelling to Europe seemed incrediblydaring and dangerous to me. Although to be fair, Holland,then as now, was a beautiful, well organised and welcomingCountry.If you could turn back time where wouldyou visit again, and why? Nepal - I was thereearlier this year, and trekking in the mountains was one ofthe most challenging and thrilling experiences of my life. Youwould be advised to take training more seriously than my wifeand I who pretty much restricted it to buying smart boots inCovent Garden, and this I have to tell you was not sufficient.But the people, society and majesty of the Himalayas were allworth the pain.What are your top three travelessentials? Credit Card, wet wipes and a sense ofhumour.Where on earth is your favourite city?Its a toss up between New York and London.If you had to move abroad where would youlive? New YorkWhat is the best view you have everexperienced? Dawn and the view across the Valley fromthe village of Lumu in Eastern Kenya towards Maasai Land.PRESTIGE54Where is the harshest environment you'vevisited? The Slums of NairobiWho is the most interesting person youhave met abroad? Aniruddha Chhetri an extraordinarylady who runs a refuge for victims of human trafficking inKathamandu.Which is the most prestigious andluxurious hotel or resort you have stayedin? I am not a big one for Grand Luxury preferring to travelto more remote and out of the way places, however someyears ago while touring in India I saw this White MarblePalace in the middle of a lake in Udaipur in Rajasthan - I tooka boat to it, and was so enchanted stayed for three days. Thenit was not very well used, but now I believe the Lake PalaceHotel is a prime Luxury destination.What was your longest delay, whathappened? Four years ago I was scheduled to fly toCyprus - my flight was due to leave Gatwick at 7 am so Istayed overnight at the airport hotel. The flight indicatorannounced a delay so I settled down to wait, and wait andwait. It was an EasyJet Flight so information was hard tocome by. Around lunchtime I demanded to know what washappening, eventually someone admitted they could not findthe pilot. That did not sound good to me so I went home,and am still waiting for my first trip to Cyprus.What are your three pet hates whentraveling? Nothing - every time i get to travel I think it isa privilege, and try to accept the discomforts and frustrationswith good grace. Although people who are rude to Cabinstaff are pretty vile.Come clean, name one thing you'veliberated from a hotel room? I honestly don'tbother. I am much more worried about things I leave behind.Where on earth is Chisinau?Romania?Editor - Good try! The answer is Moldova.Steve's latest project 'Sherlock Homes,A Game Of Shadows', is due for UK releaselater this month.www.facebook.com/sherlockholmesmovieukIN CINEMAS DECEMBER 16


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