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Contentstitle SectionySeptember 2013On the cover56 Tango in TokyoAncient traditions and modern technologycombine in the world’s most dynamic city68 Behind closed doorsEscape into a world of calm inthe myriad spas of Marrakech80 Tyrol: mountain highAlpine views and endless fresh air makeTyrol a playground for adventure lovers90 One day in DohaAuthentic Arabian experiences andmodern luxury in the Qatari capital93 ConnoisseurMary Gostelow discovers threeof the best new hotels in Shanghai68Fit for a kingAn inky twilight fallsover the majestic PalaisNamaskar in Marrakechdotwnews.com December 20XX 19


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ContentsSeptember 201342In the news32 EuropeRestoration projects andred carpets in Venice44 DebutHot hotels, chic boutiquesand exclusive new resorts485034 Middle East & AfricaHotel companies remainoptimistic about Lebanon38 Asia & OceaniaChina is shaping up to be theworld’s next golfing hotspot46 DiaryOut and about this month?Don’t miss these events48 VIPBehind the scenes atthe Polo Gold Cup Gstaad9611442 AmericasDesigner brands flockto San Francisco50 InterviewJennifer Aniston is onthe run in MexicoSpend it96 Go thereA private island in Fiji, jets inRussia and pearl diving in RAK110 Set sailLürssen’s new Quattroelleis set for its Monaco debut102 On the roadThe latest launches and conceptsfrom the world’s leading carmakers113 In the airNew York to Dubai onEmirates’ Airbus A380106 IgnitionMercedes-Benz’ A 250 Sportis the ultimate city runaround114 Suite dreamsShanti Maurice is an idyllicisland escape in Mauritiusdotwnews.com September 2013 21


Cover imageMount Fuji towersover downtown TokyoContributorsSeptember 2013, Issue 87Publisher Anna Zhukovanna@dotwnews.comSenior Editor Joe Mortimerjoe@dotwnews.comSenior Deputy Editor Caitlin Cheadlecaitlin@dotwnews.comDeputy Editor Rebecca Haddadrebecca@dotwnews.comDeputy Online Editor Simon Harringtonsimon@dotwnews.comEditor-at-Large Andy Roundandy@dotwnews.comContributing Editor Mary GostelowInternational Sales Director Jesse Vorajesse@dotwnews.comArt Director Kris Karacinskikris@dotwnews.comMultimedia Manager Vandita Gaurangvandita@wnnlimited.comMultimedia Graphics Manager Haitham El Shazlyhaitham@wnnlimited.comUK Sales Representative David Hammonddavid@dotwnews.comCirculation departmentcirculate@dotwnews.comCaroline EdenCaroline is a luxury travel andspa specialist who regularlycontributes to Condé NastTraveller, Elle, Asian ArtNewspaper, Sphere, NationalGeographic Traveler, Wanderlust,Stylist and several in-flightmagazines. She is also on thejudging panel for the annual AsiaSpa Awards and blogs for VirginAtlantic. This month, Carolinevisited exotic Marrakech inMorocco to check out some ofthe new and well-establishedspas that are pampering visitorsand diversifying the luxuryproduct offering in the ancientNorth African city. Read her storyon page 68. @edentravelsInternational Commercial RepresentationsDestinations of the World News’ network of internationaladvertising sales and editorial representatives are based inthe following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Egypt,France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait,Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom, United States of America. Destinations ofthe World News is published monthly by WNN Limited anddistributed globally to the world’s premier airport lounges, oursubscriber network and a select number of five-star hotelsin the UAE. The title Destinations of the World News is aregistered trademark and the publisher reserves all rights.All material in Destinations of the World News is compiledfrom sources believed to be reliable and articles reflect thepersonal opinion of the author and not necessarily that of thepublisher. Destinations of the World News is not responsiblefor omissions or errors that result from misrepresentation ofinformation to the publisher. Advertisers assume all liabilityfor their advertising content. All rights of the owner andthe producer of this conceptual development and artworkdesign are reserved. Neither this publication nor any part ofit may be imitated, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, withoutprior permission of WNN Limited.Principal Offices WNN Limited, Reuters Building 1, Office106, Dubai Media City, PO Box 500661, Dubai, UAETel +971 4 3910680 Fax +971 4 3910688 WNN limited,31 Archbishop Kyprianou Street, 3036, PO Box 51234,zip 3503, Limassol, CyprusTo subscribe to Destinations of the World News atan annual rate of $99 visit the website atwww.dotwnews.com and hit SUBSCRIBE.Images used in Destinations of the World News are providedby Gallo Images/Getty Images/Corbis/iStockphoto/Photolibrary unless stated otherwise.DOTW News is printed by J G Cassoulides & Sons Ltd,Nicosia, Cyprus and Al Nisr Publishing, Dubai, UAEPublished bySimon HarringtonOur deputy online editor Simonjoined the team just three monthsago, trading the drizzle of Londonfor the sunny shores of Dubai.When it comes to travel, Simonbelieves that embracing cultureand asking questions is the bestway to gain perspective on theworld. This issue, Simon testedhis adventurous spirit in Tyrol,Austria, a region known for its aweinspiringmountains, active Alpinelifestyle and friendly inhabitants.Read his account on page 80.@sharrington89Graeme GreenWriter and photographer Graemespecialises in adventure and luxurytravel. His work appears regularly inpublications such as The SundayTimes, National Geographic Traveler,The Guardian, The Independentand Wanderlust. He has travelledextensively across Asia and theAmericas, and most recently visitedTokyo, where he discovered thattradition and modernity are equallyfundamental elements in shapingthe character of the city. Readhis story on page 56.@greengraemeJoe MortimerSenior editor Joe loves a goodweekend escape, especially if itinvolves authentic experiences inluxurious surroundings. Last monthhe travelled to Doha, where rapiddevelopment is changing the faceof the city ahead of the 2022 FIFAWorld Cup. But he discovered thata taste of old Arabia can be found inand around the restored 100-yearoldSouq Waqif, where the region’sfirst boutique hotels have opened.Joe reveals his itinerary for 24 hoursin Qatar’s capital on page 90.@joemortimerDOTWNewsmagazine@DOTW_News24 September 2013 dotwnews.com


In the patchwork of islands that make up the Maldives archipelago,Kanuhura stands out as a unique treasure. Emerging from the watersof the remote Lhaviyani Atoll, the secluded resort is the ultimate islandhideaway, 40 minutes by seaplane from the main island of Malé.Scattered around the small tropical island are a collection ofgorgeous villas, some nestled around the jungle-fringed beachesand others perched over the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon. Allhave been carefully made with hand-carved wood, bamboo and othernatural materials that reflect the natural surroundings of the island,creating a rustic, ‘island chic’ ambiance.The bountiful sea life found in the waters around Kanuhuru makeit one of the world’s best places for diving, and the land-basedactivities available at the resort allow guests to do as much or as littleas they like.For the ultimate island retreat, Jehunuhura is a tiny uninhabitedisland ringed with a white powder beach, just a short boat ride awayfrom the resort, where guests indulge in castaway fantasies.CONTACT Tel: +960 662 00 44 n Fax: +960 662 00 33 n Email: Info@kanuhura.com.mv n www.kanuhura.com


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09.13 NewsThe latest news fromthe world of luxury travel4230Retrospective32Europe34Middle East & Africa38Asia & Oceania42Americas44Debut46Diary48VIP in Gstaad50Jennifer Aniston


RETROSPECTIVEAmighty hot air balloon festooned with the Union Flag isinflated at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at AshtonCourt Estate on August 9. The four-day event, foundedin 1979, is Europe’s largest hot air balloon extravaganza,attracting half a million visitors every year. Ranked as one of the UK’sfive top outdoor events, the festival is estimated to bring in some GBP13 million (US $20 million) in revenue for the city of Bristol each year.The following day, balloonists broke the world record for the largestnumber of hot air balloons landing in one place when 74 of the 106balloons that took off that morning touched down at the same time.“It was a great sight to see so many balloons taking off and keepingtogether in the air, making the landing as prolific as the launch,” saiddisplay director Clive Bailey. The weekend festivities also includeddisplays by the Red Arrows, the Brietling Wingwalkers and RAFTyphoon Display Team.


Venice rolls out the red carpetThE 70th Venice Film Festival willsee stars, directors and producersflock to the ancient city this month,but despite the bright lights andred carpet, the stars will play asupporting role when cast next tothe mesmerising buildings of Italy’smost charming city.Preparations for the 54th VeniceBiennale saw the reopening of twohistorical hotels this year, and acommitment to raise funds for themuch needed restoration of othersignificant buildings.One of the most significantevents was the opening of the AmanCanal Grande hotel. Located in the16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli,the property is still owned by thefamily who built it in the 1560s,whose descendents live on the topfloor of the 24-suite hotel. Originalarchitectural elements have beenpreserved and the interiors havebeen kept simple to let the splendourof the building – which is home tooriginal frescoes and charming viewsof the city – speak for itself.The Gritti Palace (below) alsoreopened earlier this year after a15-month renovation that cost US$45 million. Now part of Starwood’sLuxury Collection, the 15th-centurypalazzo was first used as a hotel in1895 and became popular amongvisitors including Ernest Hemingwayand Somerset Maugham.Restoration of other buildingsis also underway. Last year, Italianentrepreneur Renzo Rosso, presidentof OTB (the company behind brandsincluding Diesel) pledged US $6.7million to the preservation of theRialto Bridge. Restoration will seethe 1592 structure cleaned from topto bottom and an assessment carriedout on the stone foundations whenthe 18-month project begins in 2014.This is not the first time fashionbrands have sponsored restorationprojects in Italy. In February, Fendipledged $2.9 million to restoreRome’s Trevi Fountain, and lastsummer, luxury shoemaker Tod’ssigned a deal to fund a $33.3 millionproject to restore the Colosseum.


EuropeMaRy SayS...The latest inluxury travelDucasse takes over at Le MeuriceFRenCh chef extraordinaireAlain Ducasse has takenover the kitchens at theDorchester Collection’s LeMeurice, one of Paris’ mosticonic hotels.The legendary chef,who has a constellation ofMichelin stars to his name (33to date), will be responsiblefor revamping the menus inRestaurant Le Meurice (above)and Restaurant Le Dali, whilehis three-Michelin-starredrestaurant at sister propertyPlaza Athénée is closed forrefurbishment.“In view of the closureof Hotel Plaza Athénée inorder to expand it, I havethe marvellous opportunityto continue offeringcontemporary French cuisineat Le Meurice,” said Ducasse.“My philosophy still remainsthe same: a cuisine thatconcentrates on the essentialwith taste at its forefront.”As well as these locationsin Paris, Ducasse alsoruns Alain Ducasse at TheDorchester in London, aswell as top restaurants in LasVegas, Monte-Carlo, HongKong, Doha and Osaka.www.alain-ducasse.comSuite life in Tuscany Uber-chic beach club firm Purobeach has launched its second Puro Suites propertyon Italy’s Mediterranean coast, bringing contemporary style to the classical Marina di Scarlino, near Grossetoin Tuscany. Puro Suites Toscana’s 32 one- and two-bedroom suites are dotted around the harbour, eachwith living room, kitchen and at least one terrace. The suites join the existing Purobeach Toscana, a chicbeach club with Balinese cabanas, teak sunbeds and five bars and restaurants. Purobeach has five otherEuropean venues and one at the Conrad Dubai, which opens next month. www.purobeach.comMilan is home to every Italiandesigner brand you have ever heardof, but last month, one of the biggestcrowds was at Giuseppe Zanotti, atMontenapoleone 8 in Milan’s ‘GoldenTriangle’. The former DJ’s women’sshoes are undeniably covetable. Zanottistarted freelancing his shoemakingskills with Cavalli, Dior and Valentinobefore branching out his own in 1994.Now he employs more than 350 peopleand has 50 stores around the world.Of course, it is always an extra thrillto buy in Milan.www.giuseppezanottidesign.comFrom one golden triangle to another: inThailand, the Northern Hill Tribes havelong been renowned for fine textiles,and they are now producing gorgeousnecklaces and bracelets from brightlycoloured silks wrapped tightly arounda central core. They cost the equivalentof a few dollars, so you can buy a handfulin an assortment of colours. To get thebest, you need to fly to Chiang Raiand take the all-inclusive packagefrom Anantara Golden Triangle ElephantCamp and Resort, which includes airporttransfers, all meals and beverages andan elephant-riding excursion (fromUS $896). All you need to pay for arethe bracelets.www.goldentriangle.anantara.comTrend-setters know that the perfectcarry-all for iPads, small laptops andeveryday gear is an old-fashioned leatherschool satchel with 21st century style.The Cambridge Satchel Company,founded in 2008 in Cambridge by JulieDeane as a way to pay her kids’ schoolfees, has now gone big. Elle magazinerecently asked the company to releasea Day-Glo version, and the resulting‘Fluoro’ satchel is already available ingreen, orange, pink, yellow and red. Allsatchels have nickel-plated hardwareand adjustable shoulder straps.www.cambridgesatchel.comMaRy GoSTelowdotwnews.com September 2013 33


Middle East & AfricaLife goes on in LebanonFour Seasons BeirutLe Gray poolO MonotWhile Lebanon struggles with the knock-on effects of the conflictin Syria, some long-sighted hotel companies are optimistic about thefuture of the volatile country.Starwood Hotels & Resorts is the first major luxury player to committo the country since Le Gray and Four Seasons Beirut openedin 2009 and 2010 respectively, with plans to open Grand Hills Hotel& Spa, a Luxury Collection Resort, in 2014.Significant not only for being the company’s first Luxury Collectionresort in the Levant region, the hotel will also become one of only ahandful of internationally branded resorts outside of the capital.Located in the hills above Beirut in the village of Broumana, GrandHills Hotel & Spa first opened in 2000. After a complete renovation,the resort will feature 115 rooms and 53 suites as well as three pools anda spa, and promises to offer visitors “authentic travel experiences andexceptional service.”In Beirut, the absence of new hotels from big brands is making roomfor luxury boutique hotels. Small Luxury Hotels of the World recentlyentered the region with the addition of O Monot to its portfolio, whichis scheduled to open in December near the fashionable residentialneighbourhood of Saifi.Housed in a restored heritage building on a French-style streetpacked with cafes and boutiques, O Monot has 41 rooms and suites,and a rooftop pool and lounge with panoramic views over the city.Although some high-end hotel companies have expressed an interestin moving into the city, including Mandarin Oriental and the OetkerCollection, the widening conflict in Syria and ongoing politicalvolatility are deterrents for many companies.Rooftop at Le Gray34 September 2013 dotwnews.com


Sectiony News Middle title East & AfricaSt. Regis reveals a suite fit for a kingEvEryonE likes a big suite, and none in the UAE come bigger than the new Royal Suite at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi. The twofloorsuite covers 2,100 square metres and has four bedrooms, as well as a mini-cinema, private spa treatment room, games room with full-size billiardstable, outdoor pool, terrace and bar, a spiral staircase and a Steinway grand piano. Guests staying in the suite, which costs AED 130,000 (US $35,393)per night, will have their every need catered to by a personal butler, including bespoke meals in the 12-seater dining room. www.stregissaadiyatisland.comSafari in styleSouth Africa’s Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is nowhome to four luxury Relais & Chateaux lodges, followingthe opening of Melton Manor, a private residence inan old frontier farmhouse. Situated in the middle ofthe 22,000-hectare reserve, the arms of the U-shapedbuilding encircle a wide patio and swimming pool, withspectacular views of the hills and forests beyond fromall four en-suite bedrooms. The interior features colonialfurniture from the Eastern Cape region, with naturalmaterials and subtle touches that reflect the location:wood, stone, ceramic, wicker and hides. Guests havetheir own safari vehicle to take them into the bush as well as a ranger and tracker to help find the elusive BigFive. Back at the Manor, a private butler and chef willhelp guests plan their daily meals and itineraries.www.kwandwe.comOne to watch: AlgeriaIn the wake of the Arab Spring protests in 2010, Algeria is looking ahead to a brighter future,with its sights firmly fixed on building its tourism business. Government-driven plans toresuscitate the once-thriving Algerian tourism industry include the construction of 484 hotelsacross the country and more than 200 projects in the southern deserts, focusing on desertand adventure tourism. The plans were given a kick-start last month when the governmentinvited tenders for the renovation of six hotels in West Algiers. The government hopes foreignfirms will take an interest in the projects, which will see approximately US $1 billion investedin the four- and five-star hotels.36 September 2013 dotwnews.com


News Asia & Oceania Asia & OceaniaChina perfects its swingNorman Course, Mission HillsOlazabal Course, Mission HillsSpring City Golf& Lake ResortIT’S hard to believe that just30 years ago there were no golfcourses in mainland China.Today, more than 600 dot thecountry, with that numberexpected to double by 2020.Such is China’s love for thesport that it has gained officialrecognition as a top globalgolfing destination: the PGATour is planning to open anoffice in Beijing, while Shanghaiwill host the HSBC Championstournament next month.China’s varied landscapelends itself well to some trulyunique courses. Mission HillsShenzhen is the country’s —and the world’s, according toGuinness World Records —biggest golf resort. It comprisestwelve 18-hole courses,golf academies and luxuryaccommodation spread outacross 20 square kilometres.To the south-west is SpringCity Golf & Lake Resort inKunming, voted the best coursein China by Golf Digest. Twocourses make up the resort. Thefirst, designed by US golfinglegend Jack Nicklaus, is highin the mountains with viewsover the Yang Zonghai Lakewhile the second course,designed by renowned coursearchitect Robert Trent Jones Jr.,is perched along the lake’s banks.If you’re keen to take onchallenging fairways, then followthe pros to Honghe SpringGolf Club in Yunnan province .Opened in May, the courseis considered to be the mostdifficult in China, largely becauseof its steep slopes. And even ifyour score isn’t great, the viewswill definitely make your visita winnng one.38 September 2013 dotwnews.com


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SectionytitlePhoto: Tadasu YamamotoNight at the museum in JapanWith a rising trend of hotelsmoonlighting as havens for art,a museum in Japan turns thetrend on its head, offering guestsa unique opportunity to spenda night at the museum and geta personal visitor experience.Benesse House, on the island ofNaoshima, offers accommodationthroughout the museum’s fourbuildings. Guests can wanderaround the museum after hours toenjoy the art minus the daytimecrowds, though art is also ondisplay in the hotel’s facilities,including the restaurant and spa.www.benesse-artsite.jpYayoi Kusama’s PumpkinGuestroom at Benesse HousePhoto: Shigeo AnzaiPhoto: Suzuki ShinInland Sea Driftwood Circle by Richard LongPhoto: Tadasu YamamotoJoin the clubLevel 32 is the place to be whenstaying at The Ritz-Carlton,Millenia Singapore — it’s whereyou’ll find the hotel’s brandnewClub Lounge, comprisingeverything a discerning travellercould need. Let your creativityrun wild in the Drawing Room,which is equipped with paper,pencils and easels, but if businessis on the agenda, The Library isavailable for meetings. And if youhave no agenda at all, enjoy achampagne breakfast, a gourmetafternoon tea or bespoke cocktailsat sunset while admiring the viewsof Marina Bay. When you’re readyto explore the city, a limosineservice is on hand, and there isalso a personalised arrival anddeparture service.www.ritzcarlton.comQT joins Bondi’s trendy setThe most famous hotel on Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand is set to enjoy an eclecticmakeover. Swiss Grand Resort & Spa Bondi Beach closed this month for renovations, andwill reopen as Pacific Bondi Beach, which will include Sydney’s second QT hotel. QT Hotels& Resorts is famous for its quirky, relaxed properties, which will fit in well with Bondi’s trendybeach-side vibe.www.qthotels.com.au40 September 2013 dotwnews.com


San Francisco’s sartorial sidePhoto: San Francisco Travel AssociationUnion SquarePhoto: San Francisco Travel AssociationSan Francisco’s Bay BridgePhoto: San Francisco Travel AssociationShopping strips in America call to mind images of palm-fringed RodeoDrive in LA, Fifth Avenue in New York and M Street in Washington, DC.But, in the coming half of this year, San Francisco is set to give it’s sartorialrivals a run for their money, as an influx of luxury brands prepare to set upshop in the foggy city.Valentino is scheduled to open a 10,000-square-foot store on GrantAvenue this November. Spread out across four levels the store will be the firstin the country to stock Valentino’s complete men’s collection. Further downthe street on Maiden Lane, Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutinare preparing to set up San Franciscan bases. Italian label SalvatoreFerragamo is also moving from its temporary home to double its space at apermanent site next door to Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s store at the city’s mainshopping hub of Union Square.Maxing out your credit card is sure to work up an appetite, so wind up aday’s shopping with dinner at the stylish Fifth Floor Restaurant & Loungeat Hotel Palomar. Recharge at the Clift Hotel, found not far from UnionSquare. It’s a design dream — the lobby is designed by Philippe Starck, whoalso designed custom-made furniture for all the rooms and suites — and theperfect place to complement a stylish shopping holiday.Fifth Floor Restaurant & Lounge


AmericasDesignerluxuryin theCaribbeanFrench luxury goodscompany Louis VuittonMoët Hennessy haspurchased Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France inthe Caribbean. The hotelincludes 39 rooms, suitesand villas, and is locatedalong a prime stretch ofFlamands Beach, SaintBarths. This acquisitioncomes as Cheval BlancRandheli in the Maldives,another property in thebrand’s portfolio, preparesto open in November.www.lvmh.comApp brings augmentedreality to New YorkVisitors to New York BotanicGarden can now takeadvantage of an augmentedreality experience, with therelease of an app to tie inwith the new ‘Wild Medicine’exhibition. The Wild Medicineapp allows visitors to snapphotos of plants using theirsmartphone, which will thenbring up information on theplant they are looking at andan explanation of how it’s usedin traditional medicine.www.nybg.orgNew program trumps unhealthy livingAs part of Trump Hotels’ new wellness program, new Fit Kits are being rolled out at all Trump Hotels across theAmerica. Equipment such as yoga mats and hand weights are available for guests’ private use. And if you forget yourworkout gear, footwear and apparel from Under Armour is provided. If you’re a member of the loyalty program, there’lleven be an iPod pre-loaded with your preferred workout tunes at your disposal. This third stage follows on from theintroduction of Nourish and Quick Bites, in-room menus for the health-conscious. www.trumphotelcollection.comdotwnews.com September 2013 43


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Salamander Resort & SpaMiddleburg, Virginia, USAFoodies and wine aficionados alikewill revel at this new resort, located inthe 18th-century town of Middleburg,in the heart of Virginia’s horse andwine country. The resort sits on a138-hectare estate in the foothillsof the Blue Ridge Mountains soprivacy is well assured. There are 168guestrooms including 17 suites, aswell as a library and spa for guests tounwind in. Locally-inspired cuisineis on offer at Harrimans restaurant,overseen by acclaimed WashingtonD.C. chef, Todd Gray. If you’d like totry your hand at whipping up Virginiancuisine, the on-site cooking studiohosts daily classes.www.salamanderresort.comVilla Rosa KempinskiNairobi, KenyaIn a relatively short space of time,Kenya’s capital has transformedfrom a forgotten colonial outpost toone of Africa’s thriving major cities.Located on Chiromo Road in an areathat’s home to a growing number ofrestaurants and nightlife is this latestoffering from Kempinski. The hotel is ina prime location for exploring the city,being 10 minutes from the CBD and20 from the Nairobi National Park. Astay here is a multicultural experience,much like Nairobi’s history. Rooms area fusion of European and Pan-Africanstyles, while the food and beverageoptions include Asian, Italian andArabic-inspired cuisine.www.kempinski.comWaldorf Astoria RasAl KhaimahRas Al Khaimah, UAEThe northernmost emirate of theUAE is often overshadowed byits glitzier neighbours, but RasAl Khaimah is emerging as a newalternative to Dubai and Abu Dhabithat lends itself perfectly to luxeescapes. Everything about thenew Waldorf Astoria is inspired bythe grand palaces of the ArabianPeninsula, from the spacious roomswith sea and mountain views, toits modern spa and fitness centre,fine-dining options and an 18-holechampionship golf course. For aroyal Arabian experience, arriveby limousine or helicopter.waldorfastoria3.hilton.comThe St. Regis Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi, UAEAbu Dhabi’s Corniche is one of thecity’s most exclusive addresses, so itis unsurprising that St. Regis chose itfor the location of its second propertyin the emirate. Arabian influences areevident throughout the complex, fromthe grand staircase in the lobby, to the283 rooms and suites, with marble andonyx detail in bathrooms and neutralcolour palettes accented with red andgold. The top-of-the-range Al HosenSuite is completely adorned in marblewith accent tiles of semi-preciousstones. If you can tear yourself awayfrom the sweeping sea and cityviews from your room, the Remède Spaand eight bars and restaurants await.stregisabudhabi.comPark Hyatt Siem ReapSiem Reap, CambodiaThis first Hyatt hotel in Cambodiawas formerly known as the HotelDe La Paix. A 14-month, top-to-toerenovation has finally finished, withthe hotel’s new design inspiredby the nearby archaeological siteof Angkor Wat. Behind the dramaticwhite façade and domed ceiling lies108 guestrooms and suites (four ofwhich feature private plunge pools),as well as a French-Indochinerestaurant, a sleek bar and lounge,gourmet patisserie and luxe spa.Naturally, Angkor Wat is the mostpopular attraction in the surroundingarea, but the hotel is also a shortwalk from the Old French Quarter.siemreap.park.hyatt.comdotwnews.com September 2013 45


DiaryAmerica’s Cup FinalSeptember 7–21San Francisco, USAThis finals series will see defenderyacht Oracle Team USA andchallenger Emirates Team NewZealand take to San Francisco Bay ina best-of-17 race series for a chanceto earn the oldest internationalsporting trophy in the world.www.americascup.comToronto InternationalFilm FestivalSeptember 5–15Toronto, CanadaIt’s lights, camera and actionas another group of buddingand established filmmakersfrom more than 60 countriesshowcase their latest films.More than 300 films will screenduring the 10-day festival, includingthe world premiere of the hotlyanticipated Nelson Mandela biopic,Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.www.tiff.netMonaco Yacht ShowSeptember 25–28Port Hercule, MonacoIf you missed out on chartering ayacht through the French Rivierathis summer, head to Port Herculethis month to prepare early for nextyear. One hundred of the latest superand megayachts will be on displayand 500 major yachting companieswill be exhibiting so you can planyour 2014 summer odyssey.www.monacoyachtshow.com46 September 2013 dotwnews.com


Zaha Hadid —World ArchitectureUntil September 29Danish Architecture Centre,Copenhagen, DenmarkAward-winning Iraqi-Britisharchit ect Zaha Hadid is behindsome of the world’s most iconicbuildings including the GuangzhouOpera House in China (pictured) andthe London Aquatics Centre. Herfirst solo exhibition in Scandinaviais a collection of design objects,selected projects and an interactiveinstallation, all showcasing Hadid’sdistinctive design approach.www.dac.dkSt. James’s Concoursof EleganceSeptember 5-7London, EnglandThe historic Royal Palace ofMarlborough House, St James’s,is the place to be this month to getyour motor running. To keep in linewith the elegant backdrop, dress toimpress as you marvel at 60 of theworld’s rarest cars, including somenever before displayed to the public.www.concoursofelegance.co.ukPhoto: Christian Richters Photo: Tim Scott at Fluid Images


VIPPoloGold CuPGstaad,switzerlandPolo Cup Gstaadpresident PierreGenecand givesus a behind-thesceneslook at lastmonth’s Polo GoldCup Gstaad 2013EvEntThe Hublot Polo Gold Cupin Gstaad, Switzerland, hasestablished itself as one of themost important summer polotournaments in Europe. It is alsovery important for the region ofGstaad, and provides great sportand entertainment during thesummer season. The competition,held from August 21–24, saw fourteams of four players compete forthe cup. The captains were mostlyEuropean players, but we did haveprofessional players come in fromSouth America — specifically fromArgentina, where the best level ofpolo can be found.Models Team Gstaad showcasing Palace Chopard plays off jewellery against Team HublotVIP guests enjoy the entertainment at the Gala eveningPhoto: © www.polo-gstaad.ch / Christian Pfahl Photo: © www.polo-gstaad.ch / Christian Pfahl


AmbienceWe welcomed about 6,000 spectators intotal, including 1,000 VIPs, making thisyear’s tournament especially crowded.We were lucky to have beautiful weatherfor the competition. It was reasonablyhot, which made people come to see thematches. The cup was held at the GstaadSaanen airport field of Polo Club Gstaad,with the breathtaking alpine sceneryproviding a spectacular backdrop.RUb SHOULDeRS WiTHSpecial guests mingled in the VIPmarquee, including Princess Caroline’sson, Andrea Casiraghi, and BernieEcclestone. We also had the chanceto welcome international singer TaraMcDonald and Australian comedian,Rob Spence.The breathtaking view from Gstaad PalaceTeam Gstaad Palace celebrate their victory on the podiumSTAyOf course, the most luxurious hotel tostay at during the event is the worldfamousGstaad Palace, which celebratesits centenary this year. The hotel is oneof our Team Sponsors — Team GstaadPalace actually won the tournamentthis year. That said, it’s difficult to finda hotel you wouldn’t like. In Gstaad,everything is perfect.DineIt’s hard to recommend a top place to eat inGstaad, as every single restaurant is happyto welcome the tournament and host itsplayers and visitors. You can expect anincredible dining experience anywhere.AfTeR DARkOn Friday August 23, we hosted a galanight for 400 people in the VIP marquee,which was filled with black leathercouches and coffee tables to create arelaxed atmosphere. Guests and poloplayers mingled over champagne andamazing food catered by the staff atGstaad Palace, while being entertained byRob Spence and a line-up of singers andmusicians, who kept people on the dancefloor until 5am.Photo: © www.polo-gstaad.ch / christian PfahlmUST-DOPolo is where sport and glamour combine,so make sure you wear appropriate daywear and save your most formal outfitsfor after dark. During the day, spectatorsdressed in casual sport-chic attire, thendonned fabulous dresses and elegantformal wear at the VIP Gala night. I alsorecommend you extend your stay inGstaad by a few days so you can havesome time to wind down and enjoythe quiet and luxurious way of life.dotwnews.com September 2013 49


InterviewDespite playing a stripperfor her latest role,Jennifer Aniston stillcan’t seem to shake offthat ‘good girl’ image.But she’s not goingto let it bother herInterview: Susan GriffinAs one of the world’s most famouswomen, Jennifer Aniston is usedto being hounded by paparazzi.But today, for a brief time at least,she appears to have been offered respiteas the hotel in which she’s promoting hernew movie, We’re The Millers, appears to bepaparazzi-free.Only a handful of journalists have beeninvited along for a brief interview with thesuperstar and strict instructions are dished outbeforehand: “No autographs, no pictures andkeep questions strictly related to the film.”Ever the professional despite her status,Aniston arrives on time (a rarity amongmegastars). The poor soul allowed into hersuite before me emerges red-faced, havingunintentionally managed to offend Aniston’sacting talents, he reveals.Before I have time to panic, my name’scalled and there she is, everybody’s favourite‘Friend’, looking radiant and really not sodifferent from her Rachel Green days, despitethe series ending almost a decade ago.“Well hi,” says Aniston, extending her handfor me to shake (another rarity among Hollywood’selite, most of whom prefer not tomake actual contact).Now aged 44, she’s slim and tanned ina black fitted dress, uber high heels andan impressive sparkler on her left hand(she got engaged to actor Justin Theroux,42, last year).The shoulder-length, sun-kissed hair is, ofcourse, immaculate, but then Aniston doesn’ttravel anywhere without hairdresser ChrisMcMillan, her long-time friend, and the manbehind ‘that’ Rachel cut.


InterviewAnistonclings on to her haloSusan Griffin | Press Association | The Interview PeopleAs a gentle opener, I ask whether she had funat the film’s premiere recently: “Oh, I had a greattime,” the actress replies politely. Then comesa voice from the other end of the room. “Sorry,we’ve messed up. We’ve got to cut it there as sheneeds to do a live radio chat.” And with that MsAniston is whisked away, apologising as she goes.A short while later she returns. “Sorry aboutthat,” she says, taking a sip of water through astraw. “Urgh, I never feel comfortable doingradio shows.”It’s a surprise comment from someone whowas born into the industry (both her parentswere actors and her godfather was thelate Telly Savalas), and she herself has beenfamous for almost half her life.What everybodywants to know, of course, is whether thosewedding and pregnancy rumours are true but,as suspected, Aniston is tight-lipped and weremain in the dark, though I can confirm thereis absolutely no hint of a bump.We’re The Millers is a crude comedy abouta small-time drug dealer called David Clark(Jason Sudeikis) who’s forced to head toMexico in an RV motorhome to collect a“smidge” of drugs for his boss.Believing the best way to make it over theborder without being searched is to pretendhe’s on a normal family holiday, he enlists thehelp of his neighbours – a stripper called Rose(Aniston), a teenage nerd called Kenny (Britishstar Will Poulter) and a moody runawaycalled Casey (Emma Roberts).Together they become ‘the Millers’, and thedysfunctional ‘family’ embark on a road tripthat involves a pornographic game of Pictionary,a hash ‘baby’ and a rather disturbingspider bite on Kenny’s nether regions.“We were trying to find something for awhile and it just so happened after HorribleBosses [a previous film] that the same studiohad Millers,” says Aniston on collaboratingwith her close pal Sudeikis.“I read the script and thought it was a funnyconcept and a fun ride.”Sudeikis might be relatively new to playingleading men but he’s heralded as one of America’sfunniest, thanks to his stint on the iconicAmerican sketch show Saturday Night Live.“Jason’s improvisational skills are fantastic,just masterful. That led to some awesome volleyingback and forth between the two of us,”says Aniston.Despite a wide variety of roles, from 2002’sdark indie The Good Girl to the 2005 stylishthriller Derailed with Clive Owen, and gentleromcoms like Marley & Me (and, let’s face it,dotwnews.com September 2013 51


“Much of the movie’s based in Mexico, where the actress is known tobe a regular visitor, but she’s almost offended at the suggestion thatshe only flies to the most exclusive resorts on the coast”the odd bomb such as 2010’s The BountyHunter), Aniston’s girl-next-door imagecontinues to reign supreme.That’s why there has been such a to-doover her role as a stripper in this movie –though she only gets as far as her underwearin the strip stakes.“I didn’t mind, honestly, that didn’tbother me,” she says of her character’sprofession. “The main concern was tryingto ensure I had enough to do. The femalecharacter was a little underwritten, sothat took a bit of work, and continuedto do so all the way through shooting,because that sometimes happens.”She stresses that her chracter Rose onlyreluctantly accepts David’s proposal to behis ‘wife’. “She doesn’t initially agree tosign up for his adventure because, despitebeing a stripper, she has morals, she hasboundaries, and breaking the law is notsomething she’s willing to do,” Anistonexplains. “But she’s broke. And David’soffered to pay her a lot of money, so shefeels she has no choice.”Aniston admitted recently that sherelishes playing bad girls, and apparentlykept all Rose’s stripper clothes. And theyoga enthusiast confesses she notched upher fitness regime in preparation for filmingthe strip scenes, allowing herself theodd kale chip by way of a treat.“I was having fun with my choreographerin the studio, doing the routine fromtop to bottom, having a ball and loving it.Then then the next thing you know, you’reon the set, there are crew members, it’stechnical and you have to do each part overand over again!” she recalls. “But you just haveto go for it.”Much of the movie’s based in Mexico,where the actress is known to be a regularvisitor, but she’s almost offended at thesuggestion that she only flies to the mostexclusive resorts on the coast.“Have I gone over the border? Of course Ihave,” she says in an exaggerated high voice. “Ibrought my dog over that border. Should I besaying that?” she jokes.“And my friend takes care of this orphanagein Tijuana. It’s a beautiful place to visit.”But could she really see herself heading off ina motorhome like the Millers? “I think it’d bea lot of fun. It would be a great way to escape,if possible, and just disappear.” She says thisquietly, but then it must feel like a pipe dreamfor one of the world’s most famous women.Leaving the hotel, word of Aniston’s presenceis evidently out and the paparazzi is closingin. For Aniston’s sake, let’s hope it’s not toolong before she can hit the highway. n52 September 2013 dotwnews.com


DestinationsThe world’s mostdesirable locations8056Tango in Tokyo68Moroccan healing80Summer in Austria90One day in Doha93Shanghai luxe


Tokyowhen worlds collide


Ancient tradition and modern innovation gohand in hand in the world’s most dynamic cityWords: Graeme Green


Tokyo’s neon-lit skylineOutside Tokyo’s Kabuki TheatreASIMO the robotThe screen door rises toreveal one of Tokyo’smost famous figures,four feet tall andgleaming white. He’s ASIMO, awalking, talking robot who lookslike a mini spaceman. ASIMOsteps out to entertain the crowd atthe National Museum of EmergingScience and Innovation in theOdaiba district. He walks, runs,dances, then kicks a football toa young girl. It’s impressive, hismovements so naturalistic youbelieve there’s a real person insidea robot suit. Not for the first timein Tokyo, I feel as if I’m seeingthe future.Tokyo is a global city withhigh-tech, neon lights and shiningskyscrapers, but traditionalJapanese culture is still alive andstrong here. I’m exploring the citywith Japan Journeys’ local guide,Mitsue Nishi. Our first stop isthe Imperial Palace, home to theEmperor and his wife. “Peoplein Japan like the Emperor verymuch,” Nishi says. “We put a lotof emphasis on rules from ourancestors and traditions that haveaccumulated over the years.”Next to the palace are thegrounds of the old Edo Castle,once used by the shoguns (samuraileaders) who ruled Japan forcenturies. Beyond the neat pinetrees, framed by blue skies, areskyscrapers. “This is a special placefor me,” says Matsue. “Because onone side, we have modern Japan;the skyscrapers, the businessdistricts of Marunouchi andOtemachi. And on the other side,there’s the palace and traditionalJapan, which fills me withnostalgic feelings. This feels likethe centre of Japan.”Tokyo can be a daunting cityto arrive in. Huge and sprawling,it’s home to 13 million people,including the highest number ofmillionaires in the world. But it’srelatively simple to get around ona well-connected train and Metronetwork. Stations, like the streets,are clean; I don’t see a singleperson drop litter. Trains run ontime. The city feels efficient andwell-ordered. People are patientand polite; no one walks across theroad on a red light, even if no carsare coming.Manners are important hereand there are traditional ways ofdoing things. Many people greetand farewell each other with arespectful bow of the head orfrom the waist. Business cards arepresented to one another withtwo hands. Most people dress inmodern, fashionable attire, but Isee the occasional man and womenin traditional kimonos, especiallyat big events or at the theatre, asI discover when I visit the newlyreopened Kabuki Theatre to takein a show.Originally constructed in1889, the theatre’s been throughseveral incarnations. Tokyosuffered widespread bombingduring World War II, as well asfires and earthquakes, which58 September 2013 dotwnews.com


TokyoCity“That’s how Tokyo works,the new and traditionalside by side”Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyodotwnews.com September 2013 59


CityTokyoHinokizaka at The Ritz-Carlton, TokyoA Kabuki theatre performerTokyo’s Skytree towers over the city“Not for the first time in Tokyo, I feelas if I’m seeing the future”led to the destruction of manyoriginal buildings. In its currentincarnation, Kabuki is bewilderingand surreal; the music from singersand an orchestra of percussion,flutes and traditional three-stringedshamisen guitars feels strange andunfamiliar. It’s just one example ofJapan’s distinctive culture.“The shoguns ‘closed’ Japan andkept it isolated from the outsideworld from 1639 to 1858,” saysMitsue, which perhaps explainshow a unique culture emerged.“Many elements of Japanesetraditional culture, like painting,sumo or Kabuki theatre, duringthat time became quite developed,away from external influences.”I walk out after this traditionalexperience into the streets ofGinza, a busy shopping districtfilled with designer boutiquesand department stores. That’show Tokyo works, the new andtraditional side by side.In the Kagurazaka area, I seeflashing lights in pinball arcades,then pass a shrine (Buddhismand Shinto are Tokyo’s prevailingreligions) and listen to a geishaplaying a shamisen from an openupstairs window.I visit the seventh-centurySensoji Temple, then the neonlit‘Electric City’ of Akihabara,followed by the traditional MeijiShrine (the most famous Shintoshrine in the city) and the recentlyopened Skytree, an impressive,earthquake-resistant, 634-metretower. Thick clouds block the view,so I get a better look at the city fromthe 45th-floor observatory of theTokyo Metropolitan GovernmentBuilding, home to the NationalStadium (which will play a centralrole if Tokyo wins its bid to hostthe Olympics in 2020) and Tokyo’stallest skyscraper, the MidtownTower. The top nine floors ofthe 53-storey Midtown Tower in60 September 2013 dotwnews.com


AdvertorialFour Seasons Hotel Tokyo at MarunouchiIn a fast-paced city where location is everything, Four SeasonsHotel Tokyo at Marunouchi redefines exclusivity in every way.The 57-room hotel combines boutique luxury with unrivalledconvenience in the centre of Japan’s financial heart, just threeminutes away from Tokyo Station and a short walk from some ofthe city’s most important financial institutions.Nearby, Ginza shopping district is a shopaholic’s dream, with storesand boutiques from every luxury brand in the world, as well asJapan’s own homegrown design talent. Located in the gleaming31-storey Pacific Century Place tower, guests at Four SeasonsHotel Tokyo will enjoy some of the most spacious guestrooms andsuites in the city, which start from 474 square feet.There’s exquisite fine dining at the 7th level ekki BAR & GRILL,a stylish gourmet venue that serves contemporary grill cuisineinspired by the flavours of Japan. For something lighter, FourSeasons Hotel Tokyo’s intimate Lounge and Bar is a sophisticatedenvironment with floor to ceiling windows.After a long day of sight-seeing, there’s nothing better than anindulgent treatment at the luxuriously appointed spa, which ishome to traditional Japanese Onsen baths as well as privatetreatment rooms, men’s and women’s steam rooms and intimaterelaxation rooms.Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, Four SeasonsHotel Tokyo at Marunouchi offers the perfect base from which toexplore the Japanese capital, and a great starting point from whichto discover the rest of the country.Your exclusive addressin the heart of TokyoPacific Century Place Marunouchi 1-11-1 Marunouchi,Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6277 Tel: 81 (3) 5222-7222Fax: 81 (3) 5222-1255 www.fourseasons.comdotwnews.com September 2013 1


CityTokyoRoppongi is occupied by The Ritz-Carlton, Toyko. The hotel impresseswith the first waft of chocolateorangeas you step into the grand,polished marble lobby lounge 200metres above the city and impressesagain as electric blinds in my roomscroll up to reveal a view of theTokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay.After a swim in the beautifully litpool and a massage in the orangegoldESPA spa, I eat at MichelinstarredJapanese restaurant,Hinokizaka. Chatty waitressesin kimonos serve dishes fromthe kaiseki (multi-course) menu,including crispy tempura andsashimi that will make you wantto move to Tokyo, accompanied bychampagne and sake, with a fineview of the city lights to match.Tea time (top) Tea ceremonyat Hotel Chinzanoso TokyoRoom with a view (bottomleft) Panoramic city views fromShangri-La Hotel, TokyoTravel heritage (bottom right)The illuminated façade of TokyoStation, built in 1914The following night, across inEdogawa Park, I stay at the moretraditional Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo.Simple and elegant, the rooms,bar and lobby have a traditionalEuropean style, while green marbleand leafy wallpaper reference thehotel’s gardens, which feels a worldaway from the skyscrapers and citybustle, with Japanese waterwheelsand a three-storey pagoda.In a garden room with tatamiflooring and paper walls, twowomen in kimonos lead methrough a traditional Japanesetea ceremony. It’s ordered andcalm, every gesture or fold of thenapkin careful and precise. “Teaceremonies were held between toplevels of Samurai,” my host HarueKamiya explains.“To show how much the guestis respected, we take time,” shecontinues. “From childhood, welearn to use chopsticks the rightway and how to leave our shoes atthe entrance neatly. Just like thetea ceremony, there’s a proper wayto do things. It’s important not toembarrass other people or yourself.That’s why we learn precise ways ofdoing things.”I take in the city from a greatheight again from Shangri-LaHotel, Tokyo in the Marunouchidistrict, just outside Tokyo Station.At lunch in Nadaman restaurant,courteous staff present courses ofmilk tofu and sea urchin, deepfriedpike conger and green tea icecream.There are sparkling lightsinside and outside the hotel, with62 September 2013 dotwnews.com


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CityTokyochandeliers in corridors, above thesweeping staircase and even in thelifts. From the romantic, gold-litpiano bar, you can watch as Tokyolights up for the night; a view it’shard to tire of.Marunouchi’s newest five-staraddition is the 23-floor PalaceHotel Tokyo, next to the ImperialPalace. After a US $1.2 billionrenovation, the hotel reopenedin May 2012, transformed from‘classic Japanese’ to artfullymodern. Abstract paintings hangon walls and the all-white Evianspa feels futuristic. A VitalisingSignature Treatment revives meafter a late night out in Roppongi.My room has a balcony view ofthe palace’s moat, skyscrapers andTokyo Tower.Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo isalso in Marunouchi, minutes fromGinza and accessed directly fromTokyo Station. The hotel standsout from the other skyscraperfillinggiants by virtue of beingsmaller (just 57 rooms) and moreintimate, making it feel more likea boutique hotel.My room, with wall-lengthwindows, feels like it’s in theheart of the city, amidst officetowers and busy streets, thoughit’s almost silent inside. I makegood use of the hotel’s peacefulonsen (a modern take on Japan’shot springs), before an expertmasseuse stretches, bends andmassages with baobob oil my citywearylimbs in a Tree ofLife Revitalising treatment.Home grown (top left) Bread isbaked in a stone pot before youreyes at NarisawaCreative cuisine (top right)A visit to Narisawa is a surprisingculinary experienceStay in style (bottom) An airyguestroom at Four Seasons HotelTokyo at MarunouchiNo matter what riches are onoffer outside in the city, somehotels are hard to leave. I have areservation I don’t want to missthough — a table at Narisawa,which was recently named AcquaPanna’s number-one restaurantan Asia, where the chef is reveredfor his wild imagination and senseof drama in his cooking. To kickthings off, I’m served a rectangle ofwhat looks like ground dug fromthe forest, with sweetened barkand leaves, edible ‘grass’ and ‘dirt’,and a tiny tree trunk-full of waterinfused with cedar and oak. Herbbread is baked fresh on the table ina hot stone pot. Squid is sprinkledwith paprika, lemon juice and oliveoil that’s turned to ash in a pan ofliquid nitrogen.64 September 2013 dotwnews.com


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CityTokyoKAI Hakone occupies a prime spot for Mount Fuji viewsA dish at Sushi IchiThe hot spring at KAI Hakone“Tokyo is the best place in the world for sushi.It’s like if you want the best French food,you go to Paris”The menu is full of inventivesurprises right through to a creamysake-flavoured dessert.Another night, I walk theavenues of Ginza to Sushi Ichi,a far more traditional diningexperience. Inside, it looksexactly like the traditional sushirestaurants you see in films: awooden counter where customersare attended to by two master chefswith black kimonos and shavedheads. Owner Mazakusu Ishibashichats as he deftly slices tuna andclam, prepares wasabi-loaded sushior serves warm, smoky eel. “Sushiwas invented in Tokyo maybe 200years ago,” Mazakusu tells me. “It’sTokyo soul food. Tokyo is the bestin the world for sushi. It’s like ifyou want the best French food, yougo to Paris.”Next morning, I catch a trainout of the city. I’d read that Japan’siconic Mount Fuji had just beenawarded World Heritage Status byUNESCO. I couldn’t visit Tokyowithout taking a look and wasalso keen to experience a ryokan(traditional Japanese inn). I travel90 minutes to Hakone, within easyreach of Mount Fuji. Guests at KAIHakone are given traditional yukata(robes) and slippers, and roomshave tatami mats and sliding doors.But the design is modern, a lightgrey boutique hotel with a moderntake on Hakone’s famous hotsprings filling the lower floor. Aftera soak, I relax further with a twohourSaussurea Spa Treatment andenjoy a dinner banquet of tempura,sashimi and other seafood in theJapanese-style restaurant.In the morning, I set out forMount Fuji, taking the cablecar up to viewpoints around thevolcanic area of Owakudani. Butthe world-famous mountain isplaying shy today; the peak is hidingbehind rain and thick cloud. I’mdisappointed but there’s someconsolation in a gentle cruise acrossLake Ashi. And missing out onMount Fuji gives me a fine excuseto return to Japan very soon. n66 September 2013 dotwnews.com


TokyoCityTHEGOLDENBOOKShangri-La Hotel TokyoTel: +81 3 6739 7888www.shangri-la.comPalace Hotel TokyoTel: +81 3 3211 5218en.palacehoteltokyo.comFour Seasons TokyoTel: +81 3 5222 7222www.fourseasons.comThe Ritz-Carlton, TokyoTel: +81 33423 8000www.ritzcarlton.com/tokyoThe Peninsula TokyoTel: +81 3 6270 2888www.peninsula.comHotel Chinzanso TokyoTel: +81 3 3943 1111www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.comKAI HakoneTel: +81 50 3786 0099global.hoshinoresort.comJapan JourneysTel: +44 20 7766 5267www.japanjourneys.co.ukInside the NationalMuseum of Modern Artdotwnews.com September 2013 67


MARRAKECHB E H I N D C L O S E D D O O R SHidden beyond the cool, tiled courtyards of the finest hotelsin this Moroccan city, a growing number of spas offertranquil escapes from the frantic city streetsWORDS: Caroline Eden


Marrakech Indulge


MarrakechImperial and historic, Marrakechis a city that unveils itselfgradually. It’s a place whereeveryday life is often kept fromview, hidden behind doors and beyondgates. A seemingly plain façade cansuddenly give way to geometrical tiledsplendour or a glittering courtyard filledwith fountains. The city’s artisans stillwork in the ancient souks, and theirwares offer a hint of what craftsmanshiplies behind the city’s impressive andhabitually closed doors.Arriving at Royal MansourMarrakech, across the road fromlegendary La Mamounia, one of theoldest and most revered hotels in thecity, is a case in point. After a short drivethrough Marrakech’s 12th-century, rosepinkramparts, we steer onto a privateroad then through the entry gate, whichweighs four tons and somehow managesto float open electronically, to finallyfind ourselves in a giant courtyard. Aswe pull to a stop by some pomegranatetrees, the wonder of what lies withinthis hotel, famously commissionedby Morocco’s King Mohammed VI,begins to unfold.Roof-top treatment(above) Relax withcity views on a riadterrace at RoyalMansour MarrakechSense of calm(previous page)The snowflakelikeinterior ofRoyal MansourMarrakech’s spaThe hushed entrance hall is a placewhere the watchword is ‘peace.’ There isa splendidly tiled portico, complete withsunken fountain of such symmetricalbeauty that it induces a quick drawingof breath. The gentle soundtrack oftrickling water is a stark contrast tothe boisterous exchange of buyingand selling that fills the souk.It is said that Royal Mansour was builtto showcase the country’s impressivebreadth of decorative arts, but nothingcan quite prepare the first-time guestfor the finery that unfurls within.Moorish arches, zellige tilework,mashrabiya screens, carved wood andtadelakt plaster built and handcraftedby more than 1,500 Moroccan artisanshas to be seen to be believed. Even theembroidery on the staff’s uniforms hasbeen created by a master craftsman.No stone has been left unturned in thesearch for distinction.Royal Mansour is not merely a hotel,but an entire medina (quarter), wherethere are no ‘rooms’, but instead, 53individually designed, three-storeyriads, where privacy and comfort areparamount. There is a private roofterrace with plunge pool, a sittingroom with open fire, butter-soft bedsby Simmons and marble bathroomscomplete with generously sizedamenities from marocMaroc.After settling in and getting mybearings (it’s not often that you canbecome disorientated in your actualhotel room, but that is the case here)I’m keen to experience the much-talkedaboutspa. Rather than being hidden ina basement, like many wellness centres,the Spa at Royal Mansour is floodedwith natural daylight. The central areacomprises an enormous white, latticedpergola, which gives the impression ofwalking into a giant snowflake. Then, asense of calm descends. There is noneof the usual chanting music or incensehere, but rather a platoon of pink-suitedladies sat neatly on wave crest-whitesofas, ready to advise.The treatments include countlessservices and therapies like hydrotherapy,shiatsu and cutting-edge facials thathave been created in conjunction withChanel, Sisley and Dr. Hauschka, but Iopt for a signature hammam treatment.This Moroccan bathing ritual became a70 September 2013 dotwnews.com


“Between mountain and sea, before the imperial cities… Marrakech the sublime”tradition in Islamic countries after theProphet Muhammad recommended‘sweat baths’ for good health, and hasbeen popular ever since. Before that,the Romans and Greeks developed thecommunal bath as a social institution.‘Hammam’ literally means ‘spreaderof warmth’ and at Royal Mansour,it is something quite special. Atopa hot marble slab in a cavernoussteam room, the therapist appliestraditional Moroccan black soap,then an exfoliating Miel d’Ambrebody paste and scrub, followed bya face paste and an Amande au Laitmask. The steam gently helps theskin to absorb the oils and medicinalproperties, and breathing becomeseasier in the womb-like interior ofthe hammam. Afterwards, I’m gentlyescorted through to a cold plunge poolbefore relaxing post-treatment withsome Moroccan mint tea. The genuinewarmth and attention of the therapist,who gives me a traditional Kessamassage glove as a gift when I leave,makes me feel truly indulged.CITY OF HEALINGRoyal Mansour is one of many uber-luxehotels that have opened in Marrakechin the last couple of years, helping tomake the city a serious contender forluxury spa breaks. There’s the newlyopened Taj Palace Marrakech with itsJiva Spa, the new Delano Marrakechwith its standout Pearl Spa and Le SpaNamaskar at Oetker Collection’s PalaisNamaskar, as well as upcoming BaglioniMarrakech and the much-anticipatedMandarin Oriental in 2014.It is also refreshing to see so manyeffective and smartly packaged local spaproducts to complement the therapies.There’s ethical brand Nectarome,marocMaroc and Les Sens deIn the zen direction(left to right)Traditional huesand mood lightingcreate a sense ofcalm at Les Bainsde Marrakech; doorsopen to tranquility atPalais NamaskarMoody hues(opposite) Therelaxation room atMosaic Palais Aziza& Spa takes designcues from ArabianNightsMarrakech, who work in collaborationwith French perfumers in Grasse, butproduce their products locally. Thereis no doubt that today Marrakech hasmoved firmly ‘beyond the riad’ interms of its offerings.The following day, after getting lostin Morocco’s largest traditional Berbersouk in search of some babouches(Moroccan slippers), I head to my newhome for the night, Mosaic Palais Aziza& Spa. Peacefully located outside of themedina, three miles or so northeast ofthe city centre, I had heard that this newhotel is a lovely refuge where you canescape the hustle and bustle of the soukand kick back in smart surroundings.As with any palace, there is a certainway to arrive. A long driveway leadspast several stand-alone pavilion suites,which are tucked into two greenhectares of lush gardens planted withfruit and palm trees, and continues to72 September 2013 dotwnews.com


Know your HammamThe Hararet is the high-humidity room wheretreatments are performed. The room houses afountain and a large marble stone that guestslie on during their treatments.Black Soap is a rich, 100 per cent plant-basedexfoliating paste made of olive oil, ground olivestones and eucalyptus. It is applied duringtreatment to cleanse and nourish skin.Kessa is a traditional exfoliating glove made ofcrêpe de Chine. used with Black Soap, it exfoliatesthe skin and promotes healthy blood circulation.Ghassoul is an all-natural clay mask made fromorganic clay rock minerals, diluted with orange orrose water. when applied to the face and body itabsorbs impurities, brightens and freshens skin.


IndulgeMarrakechBestOFtHerestLes Bains de MarrakechDay packages are available at this famous spa complexon Bab Agnaou. Opt for one of the baths and bodywraps, which incorporate orange blossom milk andessential oils. It’s also one of the few places in townto offer shiatsu.Tel: +212 5 24 38 14 28www.lesbainsdemarrakech.comLes deux ToursThis subterranean hammam scores perfect points forits impressive domes, adherence to time-honouredrituals and its cool, key-shaped swimming pool.Tel: +212 5 24 32 95 27www.les-deuxtours.comLa Maison araBeAuthentic décor, well-trained therapists and a recentrefurbishment makes Maison Arabe one of the besthammams in Marrakech. The orange blossom hammamis the top treatment here.Tel: +212 5243-87010www.lamaisonarabe.comriad dar karMa BouTique hoTeLRichly decorated with marble and tadelakt, thishammam is hidden away in the super-chic RiadDar Karma, once the home of Mohammed V’s Frenchtranslator. Staff will open the hammamat any hour for in-house guests.Tel: +212 5243 85878www.dar-karma.comthe main building, which houses severalbedrooms and the spa. The reception,a welcoming space, is set off with anintricately tiled and vaulted ceiling andseveral traditional paintings and piecesof furniture. Beyond, an inviting, azuretiledswimming pool, big enough forlengths, is surrounded by lime treesand comfy loungers.Located on the lower ground floor,the spa is small, with just four treatmentrooms, but it is knowledgably formed.The décor is traditionally Moroccan— Arabian Nights-style, all orange andFeel refreshed (topto bottom) The poolat Mosaic PalaisAziza & Spa givesoff a green glow atnight; relax in opulentsurroundings afteryour treatmentpurple with hanging lanterns and gauzydrapes. The spa also offers a hammamexperience, but I opt for a four-handsmassage designed to boost inner peace.In a dimly lit room, after l haveselected my scented oil, vetiver, thetwo therapists set to work. Long andshort strokes move over tired limbsbefore progressing to the temples andfeet simultaneously. The key to aneffective massage of this sort is for thetherapists to remain completely in timewith one another, so that their work islike a dance over the body. They bothexcel and, after some mint tea in therelaxation area, I leave the spa feelingvery much alive and thoroughly relaxed.In the evening at Mosaic Palais Aziza,I feast on salt-encrusted cod, freshfrom Agadir in south-west Morocco,and try some delicious Domaine deSahari wine from the foothills of theAtlas Mountains. Before dinner iscooked, the chef proudly presents thefish and shows me how the salt has set.This is typical of the excellent serviceat the hotel, where you are treatedmore as a friend than a guest.74 September 2013 dotwnews.com


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MarrakechTRIED AND TESTEDWhile there is no denying thatMarrakech is in the midst of a new spaupsurge, there are some well-establishedvenues that remain firm favourites within-the-know spa enthusiasts.First among them is the Spa atAmanjena. Also located a few kilometresoutside of the medina, Amanjena wasthe first Aman resort to open in Africaback in 2000. Built with space andtradition in mind, there are 32 pavilions,six two-storey Maisons and the AlHamra Maison, all of which radiate outfrom the ancient basin (irrigation pool),which is the centrepiece of the resort.Amanjena’s Spa offers everythingfrom hammam treatments to traditionalMoroccan scrubs to massage andreflexology, and provides a sanctuaryfor those wishing to escape the heatand thronging crowds of the city. Aftera consultation I decide upon a Thaimassage. It’s not a traditional Moroccantherapy of course, but after meeting atherapist from Bangkok, I anticipate anauthentic, invigorating workout that willease a few knots out of my shoulders.The smart, low-key space is calm andunfussy, in keeping with the generalAman ethos. After changing into myMassage the mind(above) An earthycolour scheme andcandlelight at PalaisNamaskar createsa relaxed, calmingambiencecotton Thai pyjamas, the therapist startsworking on unblocking the flow of vitalenergies by using her powerful thumbs,palms, forearms, elbows, feet, knees,and even shins. The strong bodyworkflows perfectly, eased by the therapist’ssmoothness and rhythm, which areuninterrupted. Overall, the sessionis something akin to a wonderfullychoreographed performance; blissfulat times, but challenging in terms ofthe stretches, just as it should be.Amanjena means ‘peaceful paradise,’(‘aman’ is Sanskrit for ‘peaceful,’ while‘jena’ means ‘paradise’ in Arabic) and,as I float through the gardens postmassage,it is easy to see why.If it’s rest and relaxation that you’relooking for, Marrakech can certainlyprovide. As Jean Pierre Chaumard,general manager of Royal Mansour oncesaid, “Between mountain and sea, beforethe imperial cities… Marrakech thesublime.” This statement rings true whenyou first see the sun rise over the Atlasmountains, or when you take a momentto relish in the greenery of one of thecity’s many gardens. But, most of all itcan be applied to the countless, mindblowingspa experiences that now awaitin Morocco’s rose-pink city. nThegoldenbookROYAL MANSOURMARRAKECHTel: +212 529 80 80 80www.royalmansour.comMOSAIC PALAISAZIZA & SPATel: +212 524 329 988www.mosaicpalaisaziza.comAMANJENATel: +212 524 399 000www.amanresorts.com76 September 2013 dotwnews.com


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Tyrol mountain highhidden in the shadow of Europe’s most awe-inspiringmountain range, austria’s Tyrol region and its capital ofinnsbruck put alpine adventure at your fingertipsWords: Simon Harrington


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TyrolWhere mountains meet the river Innsbruck’s historic Stadtteil MariahilfScrambling down a steep muddy verge, I reachone of the many glacial tributaries that scar thedensely wooded mountains of the MiemingerPlateau in Austria’s Tyrol region. With a sharpintake of breath, I splash my face with a handful of icyAlpine water and climb back onto my mountain bike tocontinue the gradual, winding ascent with my Austrianguides, Klaus and Tina.Every turn on the quiet dirt track calls for yet anotherpit stop as a new photo opportunity is revealed. In everydirection, rolling green farmland dotted with petit woodenfences gives way to towering, snow-capped mountainsguarded by dense forest. Villages and church spires speckledistant hillsides beneath a sky of heavy, threatening clouds.The weather changes almost as dramatically asthe landscape. One minute I am basking in glorioussunshine, and the next I am marvelling at apocalypticthunderstorms. But no sooner does the heavy rain beginwhen it suddenly disappears, leaving room for a vibrantrainbow to pierce the grey sky.If ever a destination has existed that demonstrates thesheer awe-inspiring power of nature, this is it. Somethingabout the scale and beauty of the Alps leaves you feelingCulturally rich Innsbruck’s Old Town illuminated at night82 September 2013 dotwnews.com


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(Above) Crystal clear The breathtaking Crystal Dome installation at Swarovski Kristallwelten(Below, top to bottom) Sights of the city Innsbruck’s famous Goldenes Dachl; Maria-Theresien-Strasse, Innsbruckinsignificant and invigorated in equal measure. TheTyrol region as a whole is defined by these picturesquemountainscapes. Sandwiched between Germany and Italyin western Austria, and divided into northern and southernstates by a 20-kilometre wide Alpine divide, the mountainskeep skiers coming back to Tyrol and its capital, Innsbruck,year after year.As my legs start to ache and a bead of sweat runs downmy forehead, I begin to realise why Tyroleans have such afierce reputation for outdoor sports. With the mountainson their doorstep, hiking, biking and skiing are pastimesof choice and even in summer the hillsides are teemingwith activity. Tina explains that in winter, students atthe University of Innsbruck are known to bring theirsnowboards to class in order to make the most of theslopes, which are just a 20-minute cable-car ride awayfrom the city centre. Here, children are enrolled in skiinglessons almost as soon as they can walk.When the winter season makes room for spring andsummer, skis are swapped for mountain bikes, hikingboots and golf clubs, as the region springs to life with awhole new range of outdoor activities. I’m not particularlyoutdoorsy, yet I find the local passion for nature infectious.Life here is slow-paced and organic; food is sourced locally,the tap water is pure glacial run-off and the high-end spasall use water sourced from the neighbouring mountains.As I pedal faster, each concealed turn on themountainside exposes a new adventure and I quickly findmyself separated from my companions. As I wait for Klausand Tina to catch up, I take a solitary moment to appreciatewhat surrounds me and I suddenly understand why groupsof elite, seasoned travellers return annually — Tyrol is theultimate Alpine escape.Back on track, we soon come to a stop outside atraditional, three-storey log cabin with characteristic low,slanting roof. It is one of the many cabins that survive onpassing trade in the mountains, serving up everythingfrom delicate Tyrolean mushrooms and meaty sausagesto local beers and traditional Austrian schnapps. I take aseat on a hand-carved wooden bench perched on a neatly84 September 2013 dotwnews.com


TyrollocalbitesLichtBLickRathausgaLeRie, innsBRuckoverlooking innsbruck’s sprawling skyline, this minimal,contemporary restaurant is located on the seventh floor of theRathausgalerie mall in the city centre. Perfect for the trendy,business crowd looking for great quality european/asian food.top tip: bring somebody who can speak austrian, or yourphrase book, as the menu will need translating.tel: +43 512 56 65 50www.restaurant-lichtblick.atZeRo° at caFÉ-teRRaswaRovski kRistaLLweLten, wattensHidden at the heart of swarovski’s caFÉ-terra, Zero° isa crystal-strewn private dining room that can seat up to12 and offers a menu of austrian dishes. if you are lookingto impress with crystalline decadence, this is the venue.top tip: touch the large crystal embedded in the centre ofthe dining table and watch a private James bond screening.tel: +43 522 45 00 38 14www.kristallwelten.swarovski.comcaFÉ-terra by stefan olahstöttlalm at Hotel schwarzstöttLaLmhoteL schwaRZ, miemingPerched at the highest point on the golf course, diners canenjoy panoramic mountain views from the intimate stöttlalmrestaurant. behind the wood-clad exterior, the kitchen buzzesas dedicated chefs cook up rustic regional dishes served ingenerous portions.top tip: taste tyrolean culture by sampling oneof the many traditional schnapps on offer.tel: +43 699 15 21 22 00www.stoettlalm.ataLpenLounge seegRuBeinnsBRuckas the end-of-the-line destination on the Nordkette cablecar, alpenlounge seegrube sits at the highest accessiblepoint on the mountain range. With a lively atmosphere,locally sourced food and unrivalled views of the city, it’sa dining experience not to be missed.top tip: Keep an eye on the weather and time your trip forwhen there is minimal cloud cover to maximise your view.tel: +43 664 88 44 78 17www.seegrube.infomown lawn just outside the cabin. At this height, itis difficult not to develop an insatiable appetite forthe crisp, cold air that fills your lungs. After a biteto eat of sausages and sauerkraut overlooking thefour tranquil, picturesque villages that comprise theMieminger Plateau, I feel re-energised. I jump backonto my bike and start the downhill journey to thevillage of Mieming.We arrive at Hotel Schwarz as the sun is setting,just in time for dinner with owner, Franz Pirktl. Overour starter of tilapia in saffron sauce, I notice a datedphotograph of the hotel hanging in the dining hall andam intrigued to find out more about this quirky, highendspa resort and its rich history.Originally built as a farmhouse in 1694 andconverted into a basic, two-bedroom guesthouse in1936, Hotel Schwarz has been in the Pirktl familyfor three generations. The better part of a centurylater, the hotel now boasts a 4,000-square-metre spa,a championship golf course across the road and aprivate plastic-surgery clinic, making it a go-to luxestop for mountain-lovers and those looking for adifferent kind of change in their lives.Despite the dramatic changes, the resort’s richhistory has not been forgotten. Every female memberof staff wears the customary dirndl dress and myspacious, wood-clad room comes with a mountainfacingbalcony carved in traditional Austrian style.You even receive a complimentary pot of localhoney on arrival. These small touches, alongside theuncompromising attentiveness of the staff, givethe hotel a genuine, homely feel. In fact, Tyrol as aregion is genuine and homely, something that thelocals put down to the clean mountain air and the


CityInnesbruck(Left) Climb every mountainA cable-car ride is the easiest wayto take in the stunning views(Bottom) Two-wheeled touringActive travellers can bike their wayaround the mountainous landscapehealthy outdoor lifestyle. Klaus explains that instead ofqueuing in traffic after work, many Tyroleans pull on theirwalking boots and take a hike, or hop on the cable car andgo paragliding. With a lifestyle like this, it's no wonder thelocals are so friendly.That night, I climb into my large double bed and allowthe heady pine aroma from the room’s traditionallystyled décor send me to sleep. And before I know it, I amenjoying an early morning rejuvenating massage in thehotel spa. The rich scent of St. John’s wort oil permeatesthe private treatment room as the expert masseuse loosensstiffened muscles with strong hands. This is the only wayto soothe aching limbs after a long cycle.Afterwards, I take a long soak in the saline waters ofAlpenresort’s heated outdoor Sole Pool, where calmingunderwater music acts as the soundtrack to an intenselocalised thunderstorm that erupts over a nearbymountain range. I emerge refreshed and jump into awaiting mini-bus — destination: Innsbruck.It takes just 40 minutes to get to the centre of Innsbruckfrom Mieming, and it is immediately apparent why thecity is dubbed ‘the capital of the Alps’. Looking over thecityscape from the top of the famous Bergisel Ski Jump— venue of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics — the citysits at the base of the Inn Valley, dwarfed by the hulkingNordkette range to the north. On the opposite side of thevalley, a cable car quickly scales a mountain and dropsa group of passengers off near the peak. Wearing fullprotective gear, they are soon zigzagging down well-worntrails in one of the region’s most popular summer sports— downhill mountain biking.I leave the Ski Jump and make my way into the quaint,historic city centre. The bustling town square is built oncobbled streets and overlooked by Innsbruck’s famousGoldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), created for EmperorMaximillian I in the early 16th century as a royal box fromwhich he could observe public tournaments. It strikes mejust how much history is on show in the city. An easy walkwill see you at the doors of the 18th-century Cathedral ofSt. James, a fine example of Baroque architecture, and justa stone’s throw away stands the characteristic green roofof the Stadtturm, or the City Tower.With a cable-car service up the mountains, Innsbrucktruly offers the best of both worlds. It is entirely possibleto go from indulging in a culture-rich city break toembracing the great outdoors in a matter of minutes,and it is refreshing to have that choice. Even Innsbruck’sgeographical location gives you options. Equidistantlysituated between Germany and Italy, Innsbruck'sconvenient position means you could have breakfast inVerona within three hours and sample the finest Bavariantavern in Munich within two.86 September 2013 dotwnews.com


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Fresh perspective Hotel Schwarz is dwarfed by the mountains; the hotel’s glistening pool and charming gardensAfter a quick visit to the Gothic Hofkirche(Court Church) to view the empty sarcophagusof Emperor Maximillian I, whose mammothcenotaph is surrounded by 28 imposing bronzestatues of ancestors, relatives and heroes, I takea five-minute drive out of the city to the worldfamousSwarovski Kristallwelten.The first thing that strikes you when enteringthe museum-cum-gallery is the sheer sizeof the main crystal on display. The preciousstone, named ‘The Centenar’, boasts 300,000carats and is the largest cut crystal in the world.The next room houses Jim Whiting’s intriguingMechanical Theatre, in which mechanisedmannequin limbs dance to an overproducedtechno beat. This is merely the beginning of thesurreal sensory experience that is SwarovskiKristallwelten.From Andy Warhol’s screenprint Gemsto Alexander McQueen and Tard Boontje’scrystalline Winter’s Dream, you are taken on ajourney that manipulates Swarovski’s crystalsin an entirely unexpected way. It is a world inwhich artistic creativity rules, and guests areinvited along to enjoy the ride. Leaving theexhibit, reality hits home in the form of theworld’s largest Swarovski store, where membersof the Swarovski Crystal Society are invited toenjoy a glass of prosecco in the adjoiningVIP lounge.Before leaving for the Grand Hotel EuropaInnsbruck, I ask a Swarovski representative whythe company decided to set up in Innsbruck,when it could have chosen anywhere in theworld. He replied: “the water, of course.” Icouldn’t help but think that the Swarovski familywere probably no different from the Tyroleansof Mieming, sharing the same passion for themountains and regarding nature as an integralpart of life.Once checked into the Grand Hotel Europa,which is less than a minute away from the city’strain station, it is easy to explore Innsbruck’snightlife. As a region typically revered forits winter sports, you wouldn’t be alone inthinking that it may not have much to offer inthe summer, but the city will quickly prove youwrong. I soon find myself mingling, glass ofchampagne in hand, in the bustling 12th-floorbar of the newly opened Adlers Hotel.Throughout the night, revellers movebetween trendy bars and traditional pubs,enjoying local beers and Tyrolean schnapps.Almost every venue sees friends andcolleagues bumping into one another, sharinga drink and swapping stories. It is the perfectdemonstration of Innsbruck’s incredibly closeknityet welcoming community.The following morning I arrive at Innsbruckairport in time for my afternoon flight. Walkingout to the waiting plane, I take one last look atmy incredible surroundings. The runway sitswithin a colossal valley surrounded by snowymountains, green farmland and flowing rivers.From the people to the landscape, I feel luckyto have experienced some of what the beautifulTyrol region has to offer and can’t help but wishfor one more day in the mountains. nThegoldenbookHotel SchwarzTel: + 43 526 45 21 20www.hotel-schwarz.comGrand HotelEuropa InnsbruckTel: +43 512 59 31www.grandhoteleuropa.atAdlers HotelTel: +43 512 56 31 00www.deradler.com88 September 2013 dotwnews.com


NIGHT & DAYIn Qatar’s capital, Arabian heritage and modern comfortsgo hand in hand – here’s how to soak it all up in 24 hoursWords: Joe MortimerDOHA08.00Arrive at Doha International Airport (www.dohaairport.com) and make your way quicklythrough customs to meet your hotel driver,who will whisk you to your destination in aBMW 730i. The 15-minute journey fromthe airport to Souq Waqif takes you past thethe National Museum of Qatar, designedby French architect Jean Nouvel, which willopen in December 2014 (www.qma.com.qa).08.45Check in at Al Najada, one of the fivecharismatic hotels that make up Souq WaqifBoutique Hotels (+974 4433 6666; www.swbh.com), on the south-east corner of theeponymous souq. Made from three restoredQatari homes from the 1930s, the 25-roomhotel feels like stepping back in time. Eachhome is built around a central courtyardcovered with a canvas roof.09.30After settling into your Coral Suite andexploring the vast balcony that overlooksthe souq, head down to The Courtyardfor a refreshing mocktail and soak up theatmosphere. Try the Saffron Royal, madewith cranberry juice, freshly squeezed orange,caramel syrup and Iranian saffron.10.00Explore Souq Waqif, once the hub of Doha’strade and commerce. After falling into disrepair,the government spent four years renovating theold buildings. Today the winding alleyways offthe main thoroughfare are home to myriadshops selling everything from silks to locallyfarmed pearls, Yemeni honey and spices fromthe Arab world. Bartering is the norm here, sobe prepared to negotiate.11.00Perhaps the jewel of the souq is the museumcum-shopknown variably as Al Galaf andAl Ajawed. Here, owner Saban MismarAl-Jassim, a former colonel of the QatariCoast Guard, showcases his private collectionof maritime antiques. Most of the items ondisplay are not for sale, but you can pick upone of the exquisite hand-carved dhows madein the store for around US $140.12.00Make your way to the Museum of Islamic Art(free admission; +974 4422 4444; www.mia.org.qa), designed by Chinese-Americanarchitect I.M Pei and opened in November2008. Old and new come together seamlesslyin this ultra-modern building, which is hometo the largest collection of Islamic Art in theArab world. The current special exhibition,Steel and Gold – Historic Swords from theMIA Collection, which runs until December14, showcases swords dating as far back asthe 9th century, and contextualises themnot only as weapons, but as adornments andaccessories worn by VIPs and heads of state.13.30Head back to the hotel and have lunch in TheCourtyard (above). Try the garden salad withedamame, snow peas and pine nuts with aginger and lemon dressing for a refreshingstarter, followed by chicken machboos. Thislocal speciality combines tender slow-cookedchicken that falls off the bone with fragrantrice cooked with cinnamon, cloves, cardamomand black pepper.


Bliss Spa at W DohaGordon Ramsay restaurant14.30Get a taxi to the far end of Doha’s WestBay area and spend some time exploringKatara (www.katara.net), a cultural villagethat’s home to art galleries, design studios,museums and restaurants, surrounding a vast5,000-seat open-air amphitheatre wheresome of the city’s top music and theatricalevents take place. Be sure to visit the QatarPhotographic Society or Qatar Fine ArtsSociety, which both showcase the work oftheir members.16.00Soaking up all that culture can be tiring, sohead back into West Bay and visit W Doha’sno-nonsense Bliss Spa for a ‘Blissage75’ treatment, designed to reduce stressand fatigue ($151; +974 4453 5555;www.whoteldoha.com). The 75-minutetreatment starts with a warm paraffin waxfoot wrap, which loosens the muscles andwarms the body. Meanwhile, the therapistuses a combination of Swedish and Shiatsutechniques to roll and stretch out aches andpains and improve circulation. Bliss indeed.18.00After all that pummelling, you’ll need tounwind, so return to Souq Waqif and spendan hour by the rooftop pool of Al Mirqabhotel (www.al-mirqab.com), which is open toguests staying at any of the five hotels. Fromhere, you can listen to the call to prayer echofrom the surrounding mosques and watch thesun go down over the rooftops - the ultimateauthentic Arabian experience.19.00Head back to Al Najada to freshen up andchange for dinner, then have your driver takeyou to The St. Regis Doha, where you willdine at Gordon Ramsay restaurant (+9744446 0000; www.stregisdoha.com). Startwith a signature St. Regis Bloody Marywith a regional twist in The Conservatory,a circular lounge bar with a contemporaryand slightly surreal design. Take a table inthe sophisticated dining room and order thefour-course Chef’s Menu (from $215), whichcombines local ingredients like Gulf prawnswith classical European fine dining preparedby Michelin-starred chef, Gilles Bosque.22.00Depending on your mood, either head nextdoor to Jazz at the Lincoln Centre to enjoylive music at the first international outpost ofthe New York jazz institution (www.jalcdoha.com); return to W Doha and take a table atCrystal (www.crystaldoha.com), where youcan dance the night away with the city’shigh-flyers and a line-up of international DJs;or return to the souq and enjoy live Moroccanmusic at Al Jasra hotel’s Argan restaurant.00.00Return to Al Najada and sleep soundly in yoursumptuous bed after enjoying the deliciousmacaroons that have been left by yourbedside. nSTAYAl NajadaSouq Waqif Boutique HotelsTel: +974 4433 6666www.swbh.comdotwnews.com September 2013 91


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ConnoisseurConnoisseurAn insider’s guide to the mostluxurious hotels in the worldFour Seasons Hotel Shanghai PudongMaryGostelowLuxury travelconnoisseurSHANGHAIShanghai is fast becoming thegathering place of most of thetop hotel brands from aroundthe world; here are threefantastic fledglings that are all underthree years old.Doyen is the 184-room Hotel IndigoShanghai on the Bund, a conversion ofthe former Shanghai Bank headquartersat Shiliupu (Pier 16), which openedin December 2010. The result is, quitefrankly, amazing. Design companyHirsch Baden Associates has turnedthe lobby into an ever-evolving artgallery, with a few permanent features.One long, curving wall is formed ofrusty plates gathered from the formershipyards in the neighbourhood, andopposite is a stone area with tricklingwater that evokes the Huangpu Riverimmediately outside. In this creativetheatre you might find temporaryartworks, such as dozens of tinyfigures stooped over computers, whichsymbolise the changing characteristicsof Chinese family life. Bloggers lovethis hotel, and so do Shanghai’s youngachievers. Watch out for locals hangingout in the sixth-floor library, at Quayrestaurant, which has a booth forwatching television, or at the rooftopCHAR bar and grill. There is a heatedpool and gym, but if you prefer the freshair, you can run 2.5 kilometres alongThe Bund to The Peninsula.www.shanghai.hotelindigo.comThe 187-room Four Seasons HotelShanghai Pudong, which opened inSeptember 2012, is on the top of asleek 49-floor tower that rises aboveFerrari and Maserati showrooms. Theground-floor lobby feels like a fashionshowroom; any minute you expect to see models glide down the marble staircase.Upon entering, you are greeted by chic receptionists dressed in black Chanel-typesuits and pearls, and shown to your room (all of which occupy floors 26 and up).Wilson Associates executive creative director Cedric Jaccard’s interior design evokesthe 1930s, with the occasional black ceiling throughout the hotel. Bedrooms haveburgundy and cream carpets, leather-topped desks and bathrooms with shaded pinkglass — corner room 3810 is one of my favourites. Camelia restaurant, created byTokyo-based Spin Design Studio, is named in homage of Chanel and the camellia oilthat many Chinese cooks use at home. French and Japanese chefs run the kitchen,and China’s best sommelier for French wine, Ying Guo, manages the cellar. The20-metre indoor infinity pool on the 41st floor is particularly zen. It has an LED wallthat shows scenes that gradually evolve from a burning fire to a calm forest.www.fourseasons.comThe 362-room Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, the youngest of thetrio, opened this February along the river in Lujiazui’s burgeoning Harbour City.Designed by Chhada Siembieda & Associates, the hotel’s lobby is dominated by aceramic mosaic along its back wall. The mosaic, assembled using 71,459 glass tiles,is a re-creation of local artist Miao Tong’s painting, Sound of Wind. And that’s notthe only art on display, with more than 4,000 artworks from local and internationalartists throughout the hotel rooms and common areas. The Presidential Suite, forinstance, is where you’ll find valuable Lai De Quan glazed porcelain. The 24-hourgym, with Kinesis machines, overlooks the 25-metre indoor pool, which also featuressome of that art, namely all-white anthropomorphic sculptures, Ding Yi and PanWei. All the lower ground-floor restaurants — a Fifty 8° Grill by Richard Ekkebus, aChinese and an international outlet — flow to outside terraces.www.mandarinoriental.comMandarin Oriental Pudongdotwnews.com September 2013 93


Spend itOnce-in-a-lifetime travel experiences,from itineraries to cars, yachts and suites10296Once-in-alifetimetravel102Two newsupercars106Mercedes-BenzA 250 Sport110Lürssen’sQuattroelle113Emirates A380Business Class114Shanti Mauricein Mauritius


Spend itItinerariesGo thereA Michelin-restaurant tour of the world? Or a flight tothe edge of space? Whether you prefer being sky-highor firmly on the ground, a unique travel experience awaitsPearls of ArabiaIt’s hard to look past the high-rise buildings,shopping malls and man-made islands of theUAE’s major emirates, but if you do a littleexploring, there are opportunities to discoverwhat the UAE was like before the glitteringconcrete metropolises — a land of sleepy fishingcommunes where pearl diving was the mainsource of income. Now, Banyan Tree Ras AlKhaimah Beach offers that chance with its newArabian Pearl Retreat. Your experience will startwith a seaplane ride from Dubai Creek to theresort, where you’ll stay in one of the 32 Bedouintent-inspired Beachfront Pool Villas. You’ll thenbe whisked away by private car to the only pearlfarm in the UAE to learn about the history ofpearl farming as well as traditional farmingtechniques. After a picnic lunch on a floatingmajlis among the mangroves, you can — withthe help of a local jewellery designer — fashiontwo pearls into a signature piece of jewellery asa memento of your experience.Available: until 28 February 2014Price: from AED 9,350 ($2,545) per nightBook: reservations-alwadi@banyantree.comwww.banyantree.comDiscover Bedouin life at Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach96 September 2013 dotwnews.com


*All prices are subject to change. Please contact the listed companies for further information.Go with the flow in FijiThe South Pacific archipelago of Fiji is aluxury traveller’s haven and Laucala Island,part of The Leading Hotels of the World, issurely the jewel of the group; a private islandsurrounded by clear and quiet lagoons. Thereare 25 luxury residences sprawled across theisland, so you can choose your view, whetheryou prefer a hideaway high on a cliff or abeach-side villa between lush mountains andunspoilt coastline. Of course, the best wayto take advantage of your tropical paradiseis to gather family or friends and rent it outexclusively for a week. There’s far more todo on Laucala besides work on your tan,with activities catering to your every holidaydesire. Start with a round on the 18-holechampionship golf course, take a sailing boatout to a remote corner and go snorkelling,embark on a horseback ride along the coastin the afternoon then tuck into sunset dinneron the beach — and that’s just day one.Available: nowPrice: exclusive hire from US $150,000 a nightBook: info@laucala.comwww.laucala.comAround the world in 109 platesFor a travelling foodie, trying the top dishesin the world’s best restaurants would be theultimate dream, but it also means having aperpetual bucket list. Very First To, a companythat helps travellers be the first to try one-of-akindexperiences, is making life a little easierwith its new Michelin-restaurant tour of theworld. If you’ve got six months to kill, packcomfortable clothes and a knife and fork as youjourney across 12 countries, visiting all 109,three-Michelin-star restaurants in the world.You’ll sample tasty culinary delights such asAlain Ducasse’s French cuisine at Le LouisXV in Monaco and Cantonese dishes at lungKing Heen in Hong Kong. The price includesbusiness-class flights, accommodation in tophotels and, of course, all your meals. You’ll visita restaurant every other day, which means youwill have a chance to take in the sights at eachdestination — and sample more local cuisine,if you’ve room for another meal.Available: nowPrice: from GBP 182,000 ($279,660) per coupleBook: info@veryfirstto.comwww.veryfirstto.comLung King Heen at Four Seasons Hong Kongdotwnews.com September 2012 97


ItinerariesWorld Cup paradiseWith the qualifiers underway and attentionturning to Brazil, now is a good time to lockin a World Cup 2014 holiday package. With amonth of non-stop festivities and a jam-packedmatch schedule ahead, a stay in a luxury villafor some downtime is ideal. Why not go all outand really seek solitude on a private island?Where in Rio offers seriously luxe apartmentsand villas for rent in the most fashionableparts of Rio, but the company’s top-of-therangeescape is a stay on the island of Maná,three hours from Rio, but a 20-minutehelicopter ride away. The 65,000-square-metreisland, which sleeps eight people, is for yourexclusive use and features a main house andfour bungalows that make you feel as thoughyou are sleeping right out over the water. A24-hour concierge is also on hand for anyspecial requests you may have during yourstay, including (if your lucky) last-minutetickets to matches.Available: nowPrice: from EUR 200,000 ($265,700)for the duration of the World CupBook: info@whereinrio.comwww.whereinrio.comHaute couture tourThere’s no arguing that Paris is the world’sbest-loved capital of couture. Whether in thecity for a short stopover or a lengthy stay, astroll along the fashionable shopping strips ofRue Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne is amandatory part of the itinerary of every wellheeledtraveller. Of course, catching the metroaround is sure to ruin fabulous heels, so hirea private car with chauffeur for a day throughThe Paris Shopper. They can drive you aroundto all the stylish hubs so you can pick up piecesfrom the world’s famous fashion houses,including Chanel on Rue Cambon and Diorand Roberto Cavalli on Avenue Montaigne.As part of your experience, you can even hirea personal stylist to come along to help youpick out pieces to flatter your silhouette. And ifyou’ve got a gala event to attend to while you’rein Paris, another stylist is on hand to help youlook your best. The only thing left to worryabout is your luggage limits for the flight home.Available: nowPrice: tour from EUR 600 ($800) for a full dayBook: theparisshopper@gmail.comwww.theparisshopper.com98 September 2013 dotwnews.com


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ItinerariesThe final frontierWhile we eagerly await the arrival of SirRichard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spacecraft,it is possible to get your edge-of-space fixin Russia. Arrive at Nizhny Novgorod, 400kilometres from Moscow, where you’ll hopinto a MiG-29 fighter jet piloted by a topcertified test pilot. You’ll then travel at almosttwice the speed of sound to an altitude of 23kilometres, with the depths of space to one sideand spectacular views of earth to the other. Ifthe idea of hovering on the periphery of spaceisn’t enough to make your head spin, the pilotwill also perform a series of acrobatics in theair before piloting you back to terra firma. Yourfive-day package includes all necessary safetychecks, accommodation, private sightseeingtours in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, andhire of flight gear including a G-suit, which youcan take home with you for an additional fee.Available: nowPrice: EUR 17, 950 ($23,830)Book: info@skyandspacetravel.comwww.skyandspacetravel.comConrad Tokyo’s 50th anniversaryConrad Tokyo and Lamborghini are bothturning 50 this year, and what better way tocelebrate than combining both anniversariesinto one luxe celebration package? Book TheUltimate 50 package at Conrad Toyko andyou’ll be experiencing the most exclusivepackage in Japan. You’ll spend three nightsin the Royal Hamarikyu Suite, with a privatebutler on hand to help you make your staymemorable, including arranging a dinnerprepared by a team of private chefs. Thepackage also includes other high-end touches,including a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristalchampagne with breakfast and access to theExecutive Lounge, which offers afternoontea and evening cocktails. Of course, yourexperience won’t be confined to the hotel’sparameters — you’ll also get to go on a privatetour of Japan’s biggest fish market in Tsukiji,and get around the city for shopping or sightseeingin a chauffer-driven Audi A8. To topit off, you’ll be able to hire a LamborghiniGallardo LP 560-4, and will receive a ladiesBlancpain Tourbillon watch and bezel setas a memento of your experience.Available: until March 31, 2014Price: from 50 million yen ($508,000)Book: Conrad_Tokyo@conradhotels.comconradhotels3.hilton.comdotwnews.com September 2013 101


ON THE ROAD“We needed to achieve the performance of a Veyron, the range of a Volt,the CO2 of a Prius, and package it all inside the beautiful C-X75”Rob Atkin, vehicle and programme manager, Jaguar C-X75


MotoringEngine: 1.6-litresupercharged andturbochargedfour-cylinder engine, plustwo electric enginesPower: 502 bhp from thepetrol engine and 390 bhpfrom the electric engines0–160kph:


MotoringLAMBORGHINIGALLARDO LP 570-4SQUADRA CORSEEngine: 5.3-litre V10Power: 562 bhp0-100 kph: 3.4 secs0-200 kph: 10.4 secsTop speed: 320 kphOrigin: Sant’AgataBolognese, ItalyCost: TBAThe Squadra Corse isessentially a Gallardowearing exceptionally Italiansocks. The red, white andgreen detailing along the sideair vents, the Sqadra Corsebadge inside the rear windowand the enormous spoilerappear to be the only thingsthat differentiate this fromany other Gallardo. That is,until you get inside. The V10engine and matt-finish rearwing come straight from theGallardo Super Trofeo, thecompany’s unbeatable trackracer, making it the mostpowerful car in the Gallardocollection. An all-wheel drivesystem gives the SquadraCorse superior cornering andhandling capabilities, andthe carbon-ceramic brakesystem comes in handy whentopping out at the maximumspeed of 320 kph.dotwnews.com September 2013 105


MotoringUPPER CLASSThe new Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport hasbags of pluck, agilityand charisma, saysJoe MortimerI’VE NEVER APPROVED OFlegacy car companies branchingout into unfamiliar fields – Bentleyproducing SUVs and the likes ofMercedes-Benz and Aston Martinlaunching compact and economyvehicles, for example. It’s partly thepotential for diluting the brand thatworries me, but with a company likeMercedes-Benz, which has beenproducing cars for more than 125years, I should have known better.The new A Class is, in Mercedes’own words, designed “for a newera and a new generation”, and bythat, it’s clear that they mean theyoung affluent generation who areas discerning about their car as theyare about their sartorial choices andtravel preferences.As with all the Mercedescollections, the A Class comes inseveral different model variants. I’mtrying out the A 250 Sport, whichcomes second in the pecking order,just below the A 45 AMG, meaningit’s base price is US $20,000 lessthan its super-tuned sibling.Its front snout has all the familiartraits of its other Mercedes-Benzfamily members, but with a fewdifferences. The three-pointed starand chrome cross bar are surroundedby a grille that appears to be made upof a scattering of chrome diamonds,and its contoured curves set the A250 Sport apart from anything elsein its category.The A 250’s sporting pedigree isaffirmed by the five-spoke AMG alloywheels, red brake callipers, and redaccents under the grille and abovethe twin exhausts, as well as thewide air intakes at the front andrear, which contrast nicely withthe white exterior.Inside, the red theme continueson the stitching on the leather seatsand dashboard and on the bright redseatbelts — a signature of Mercedes’Sport models.But looks aside, this is a car thatdemands to be driven. The array ofelectronic assistance that driversof other Mercedes models arefamiliar with — ESP dynamiccornering control system andadaptive brakes for starters —comes as standard in the A 250,which means that you can flingthis plucky little car around cornerswithout spilling your coffee.When you flip it into ‘Sport’ mode,the A 250 devours the tarmac whileraging through its seven-speedgearbox, maintaining a firm grip onthe road even around tight turns.The turbocharged 2.0-litre enginepushes it up to a top speed of 240kph when flat out, with a 0-100 kphtime of 6.6 seconds.Inside, the dark leather interior isbathed in light thanks to a massivepanoramic sunroof, and sports seatsmake for a comfortable ride. Thevintage-style air vents are also ringedNUTS & BOLTSEngine: 2.0-litrePower: 211 bhpTorque: 350 Nm0-100kph: 6.6 secsTop speed: 240 kphFuel consumption: 6.4 l/100 kmCO2: 148 g/kmCost: from US $37,600. Thismodel $44,809 (including tax)with red trim, and an illuminatedMercedes-Benz logo lights up inthe door sill when open.Though it might lack some of thebells and whistles of its larger cousins(there’s no central gear stick forstarters), the A 250 Sport featuresthe same high-grade navigationsystem and onboard computer, andfeatures such as attention assist,lamp failure and brake wear indicators,and an ASSYST service computerthat reminds you when you need tovisit the garage.The A 250 Sport is quick andagile, so it feels perfectly at home oncity streets or winding country roads,and seasoned Mercedes drivers willenjoy the familiar performance in amuch smaller, lighter vehicle. Withits compact size, nimble handlingand low fuel consumption, the A 250Sport seems destined to becomeking of the urban jungle. ■106 September 2013 dotwnews.com


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Built: 2013Length: 86.11 mBeam: 13.80 mGross tonnage: 2,600 tnDraught: 3.9 mCruise speed: 16 knotsRange: 6,000 milesCharter: Moran Yacht & ShipCost: from EUR 1 million (US$1.33 million) per week +expenseswww.moranyachts.comwww.lurssen.comQUATTROELLE LÜRSSENIt seems fitting that the world debut of the exquisite Quattroelle fromLürssen Yachts be at the Monaco Yacht Show, perhaps the world’s greatestcollection of luxurious sea-faring vessels. The ‘four Ls’ alluded to in thename of this 86-metre beauty are love, life, liberty and luxury; qualities thatepitomise the aspirational life of a yacht owner. Architects Nuvolari-Lenarddesigned both the interior and exterior of the ship, which can comfortablyaccommodate 12 guests in six suites over six decks under the guide ofQuattroelle’s captain, Paul Bell. As well as an eight-person spa pool, a largepool and a dive station, Quattroelle has a garage stocked with jet skis, a skiboat and two 10-metre tenders for offshore adventures. There’s also a spa,gym, salon, cinema and an art gallery on board. Tired of losing your yachtwhen you go island hopping? Quattroelle has a positioning system to keepit in the exact spot you left it.


Sail awayON THE WATER THIS MONTHAMERICA’S CUPSan Francisco, USASeptember 7–21www.americascup.comFESTIVAL DE LA PLAISANCECannes, FranceSeptember 10–15www.salonnautiquecannes.comNEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOWRhode Island, USASeptember 12–15www.newportboatshow.comPSP SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOWSouthampton, UKSeptember 13–22www.southamptonboatshow.comMONACO YACHT SHOWMonte-Carlo, MonacoSeptember 25–28www.monacoyachtshow.com“The ‘four Ls’ alluded to inthe name of this 86-metrebeauty are love, life, libertyand luxury; qualities thatepitomise the aspirationallife of a yacht owner”dotwnews.com September 2013 111


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ReviewIn the airJoin the clubThe BusinessClass cabin ofEmirates’ A380is like a privatemembers’ clubin the sky, saysJoe MortimerThe feeling that you areabout to embark onan otherworldly flyingexperience begins fromthe moment you step onboardflight EK 204 from JFK to Dubaiand make your way up the grandstaircase that leads to the upperdeck — home of the Airbus A380’sfirst- and business-class cabins.My seat, 16K, is like a privatecompartment, with a well-plannedliving space surrounding the seat.There are three large storagecompartments between the seatand the window, each large enoughto fit a laptop bag, as well as a shoestorage area under the footrest.Next to the seat is a side desk withits own minibar stocked withsparking water, soda, fruit juice andposh Voss water. The large brownBvlgari branded in-flight comfortkit on my seat contains a box ofBvlgari amenities (body lotion,aftershave emulsion and cologne),as well as high-quality shavingrazor, Gillette shaving foam andRexona antiperspirant. There’s alsotoothpaste and a brush, tissuesand a comb.There is no better way to startthis experience than enjoyingthe Veuve Clicquot Gold Label2004, which is offered as soon asI’m seated. As well as the bubbly,the in-flight wine list includeswhites from Galicia and Napa, redsfrom Médoc and Mendoza and a20-year-old Tawny Port.There are three food servicesduring the flight; lunch, afternoonsnack and breakfast. The timedifference between New York andDubai and the direction of theflight means that the sun disappearsbehind you shortly after take-offand night falls fast, effectivelyturning lunch into dinner.One drawback of having 76 Business Class seats in the upper deckis the time it takes to serve meals. It’s well over an hour after theimpeccably pressed white tablecloths are laid that they are cleared awayat the end of the meal. Fortunately there is plenty to keep you occupiedduring that time. Much has been said about Emirates’ ICE in-flightentertainment system, which was awarded the number-one spot for‘World’s Best Inflight Entertainment’ in the Skytrax World AirlineAwards this year. You can navigate the 1,500 channels of entertainmentvia a wireless control unit that slots nicely into the desk area, or via thein-seat controls.The movie selection is current and vast, but it is the encyclopaedicmusic selection that really impresses me. There is no betteraccompaniment to those moments of reflection when you take a breakfrom work or movie-watching to gaze out of the window than one ofthe catalogue of albums available, which span the 1950s until today.When the nostalgia gets too much, the Onboard Lounge providessuitable diversion. As well as the novelty of being able to spend time at areal bar during your 12-and-a-half-hour flight, the selection of premiumwines and spirits and gourmet snacks makes it a real luxury treat. Ifyou’re not sat next to your travelling companion, it’s great fun to arrangeto meet up in the lounge at a certain point during the flight, and if you’retravelling alone, other passengers or a smiling crew-member are alwaysaround to chat with.All in all, the experience is similar to being part of a private members’club; you feel at home in your own private space when you’re sat down,but you can also mingle and network with other passengers when youwant to. The onboard WiFi (from US $7.50 for tablets and laptops) meansyou’re never far from the office, and there was a welcome absence ofcrying children in the upper deck during this flight.I always think that the sign of a good flight is when you feel a pangof disappointment when you wake up and the captain announces thatyou have started your descent. This was definitely the case on this flight.Fortunately a good cup of coffee was enough to rouse me from mymelancholy and I arrived in Dubai right on time, well-rested and readyfor a day in the office, but immediately looking forward to mynext Emirates Business Class flight. nFlight informationAirline: EmiratesFlight: EK 204Seat: 16KAircraft: Airbus A380-800From: New York (JFK)To: Dubai (DXB)Departs: 11.20*Arrives: 07.50**Total flight time:12hrs 30 minsCost: from AED 24,405(US $6,644) return*Times shown are those inthe respective destination.**Next day.dotwnews.com September 2013 113


Suite dreamsRoom with a viewA suite by the sea at Shanti Mauriceresort is the ideal way to experienceMauritius, says Rebecca HaddadThey say that it takes seven seconds tomake a first impression, and duringmy first moments at Shanti Maurice,on the south coast of Mauritius, theresort certainly left a good one. Upon enteringthe cavernous lobby, I’m struck by the view. Ican see through to the glistening infinity pooland the unmistakable hint of sand and sea ofthe coastline beyond. Taking in my immediatesurroundings, I notice the main desk is locatedoff to the side — obviously resort designer Jean-Marc Eynaud appreciated a good view, too.A short buggy ride from reception takes mycompanion and I to the thatch-roofed Suite Villa217, one of the 61 suites and villas spread acrossthe 15-hectare resort. Stepping through thefront door, I am captivated, again, by the view.Through the floor-to-ceiling windows of themain living room and dining area is a spaciousprivate deck and 54-square-foot infinity pool.Dense foliage on either side of the villa ensuresprivacy and nothing but sparkling Indian Oceanlies ahead. Inside, the living room is deckedout in natural materials such as local hardwoodand lava stone, and features a small lounge, adining table laden with fresh tropical fruit and aflat-screen TV. A small alcove to the left housesthe minibar, stocked with all the usual suspects,and a Nespresso machine. Two bedrooms offto either side of the main room are decoratedin the same earthy palate, with Tiffany-blueaccents and individual bathrooms. This type ofaccommodation is ideal for families and groups,but my companion and I are happy to stretchout across the 500 square metres of space.Stepping into my bedroom, I take a quickinventory of the amenities. All the mod-consare here, including a flat-screen TV and an MP3player dock. The king-size bed is fitted with softEgyptian cotton sheets and there’s a couch fromwhich to admire the view through the floorto-ceilingwindows that take up two walls. Theadjoining bathroom features an invitingly deepbathtub (with a mini flat-screen TV set into thewall in front), a double sink, and a shower andtoilet housed in individual frosted glass cubicles.There’s also a spectacular outdoor rain showerif you prefer to feel closer to nature. In keepingwith the natural theme, organic Plantationamenities are on hand.Despite all the luxuries inside, it’s far moretempting to spend time outdoors. On closerinspection, the temperature-controlled poolhas a built-in Jacuzzi, perfect for a midnightdip, while the enclosed courtyard and gardenpavilion are ideal spots for al fresco dining.The important bitWhat: Suite Villa 217Where: Shanti MauricePrice: from $644 per night (half board)Tel: +230 603 7200www.shantimaurice.comNight owls can gaze at the stars using the villa’stelescope, while budding artists can utilise thepainter’s easel and paints on hand to create acanvas memento to take home.There are plenty of activities to entertainat Shanti Maurice and the staff are more thanhappy to help out. If relaxation is priority, booka treatment at Nira Spa, the biggest in theIndian Ocean. Foodies can partake in the hotel’sGrandma’s Kitchen program, where you’lldine at the home of one of the staff members’grandmothers. Plenty of Mauritius’ attractionsare within a short drive of the resort, includingBlue Bay Marine Park to the east and the capitalof Port Louis to the north. But, in such relaxedsettings, I decide to wile away the afternoon onthe pool deck for a front-row seat to a Mauritiansunset. Sea views, space and solitude: thetrifecta that makes Shanti Maurice a winnerin island hideaways. n114 September 2013 dotwnews.com

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