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Shanghai

surprise

In search of the

city's soft side

SICILY

MENORCA

KRAKOW

ISTANBUL

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Welcome note

If you’ve just got back from a lovely long holiday and are

feeling blue, fear not, as we’ve got plenty of ways to get you

out of a post-summer slump. September is a great time to

pause and reflect on all the incredible places you’ve been

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so far this year, as well as those you’d like to tick

off your list during the final four months of 2019.

If you like to be among the first to check out a

new spot, our round-up of the world’s hottest

new hotels (page 24) is guaranteed to pique your

interest. We’ve devoted 10 pages to giving you

a heads up on the buzziest new openings on the

planet, including Dubai’s new JA Lake View Hotel,

where we shot this month’s cover (turn to page 36

to see the full photoshoot).

For those seeking a trip packed with art and

culture, we’ve rounded-up some compelling trip

options, from checking out Het HEM, the hot

new art institute on the fringes of Amsterdam,

to following a contemporary art trail through the

Tuscan hills, and reacquainting yourself with the

mind-nourishing sites of Istanbul – you're sure to

find the perfect break for you.

Happy travels,

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September 2019 // Issue 137 // World's 30 best new hotels / Sicily / Kraków / Menorca

ISSUE 137 | SEPTEMBER 2019 | COMPLIMENTARY COPY

Shanghai

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In search of the

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Contents

September 2019

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TRENDING

DESTINATIONS

This month's go-to

places take us from

the natural beauty of

Vietnam to the storied

streets of Glasgow.

GLOBETROTTER

A sleek new lakeside

opening from the

oh-so stylish Campbell

Grey stable heads up

this month's brand

new openings.

THE KNOWLEDGE

Visual artist and

photographer Debbie

Fortes shares her top

tips to ensure you

capture picture-perfect

holiday memories.

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CONTENTS

features

24 46

BEST NEW HOTELS LOVE ISLAND

OF 2019

Liz Edwards has

We've scoured the world remained resolutely

for this year's best new underwhelmed by the

openings to add to your Balearic Islands. Will

must-stay list.

Menorca be different?

52

SHANGHAI SURPRISE

Known for being big,

brash, and bustling,

is there a softer side

to Shanghai? Ellen

Himelfarb finds out.

58

ON LOCATION

Active volcanoes and

sherbet for breakfast?

Faye Bartle discovers

many surprises under

the Sicilian sun.

24

THE YEAR'S BEST NEW HOTELS

weekends

66 68

CULTURE TRIP A LONG WEEKEND

Istanbul, the city IN KRAKOW

that straddles two Olivia Cuthbert finds

continents, is ripe a historic city with a

with cultural charms. modern outlook.

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STAYCATIONS

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TRENDING DESTINATIONS

Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter,

reveals the best places to hop on a plane to this month

Zanzibar

This tropical island paradise is accessible year-round, although the cooler and drier months (from June to October)

see guaranteed sunshine reflecting off azure waters and pristine white sands. Stay on one of the incredible beaches

and spend a day or two in Stone Town, the old part of the city that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the

local culture, explore the winding streets and enjoy fresh seafood in abundance at the night market.

Highlights 1 Set sail for a meal at The Rock, which enjoys a novel setting atop an oversized rock in the Indian Ocean. It's 50-minute drive from

Stone Town. 2 Head to Jozani Forest, where you'll find Zanzibar’s rare Red Colobus monkeys. 3 Home to more than 120 tribes, Tanzania’s

people bring the local history to life. Embark on a guided cultural tour to meet them in their home villages and hear their fascinating tales.

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TRENDING DESTINATIONS

Glasgow

The number of people travelling to the Scottish Highlands is on the rise, and the vibrant city of Glasgow is the ideal

gateway to your adventure in the country. Known for its friendly locals, epic music venues, Victorian architecture,

and some of the best shopping in the UK, the city never skips a beat. Uncover the eclectic food and nightlife scene

by heading to the West End at Ashton Lane, a pretty cobbled street lined with restaurants and twinkling lights.

Highlights 1 The city centre is adorned with vibrant urban artworks – learn about the inspiration behind them on a Street Art Tour led by

knowledgeable locals. 2 Make the 30-minute drive to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond – a beautiful place to spend a day. 3 Visit the SEC

Armadillo, a Glasgow landmark that hosts a fab line-up of concerts and events, including The Proclaimers performing on 14 September.

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Moscow

A hotspot for travellers from the Middle East, Russia is proving to be a popular holiday destination this year – not

least for its cooler temperatures. The capital, Moscow, offers a compelling mix of excellent food, exciting shopping,

beautiful streets, and eye-catching buildings alongside an impressive art and theatre scene. No visit would be

complete, however, without a trip to the iconic Red Square, where much of the country’s history unfolded.

Highlights 1 Catch the world’s first fully immersive virtual-reality-enhanced exhibition 'Goncharova and Malevich: In Three Dimensions',

running until 20 December at Tretyakov Gallery. 2 Journey south to Tsaritsyno, a vast palace complex once home to Catherine the Great.

3 Take a stroll along Arbat, an elegant promenade lined with cafés, musical performers and stalls brimming with keepsakes.

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TRENDING DESTINATIONS

Hoi An

Removed from the hustle and bustle that dominates Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, the well-preserved 15-19th century

trading port city of Hoi An, located on Vietnam’s central coast, is known for its unique charm and delicious local

cuisine. Explore the Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and tour the streets lined with cafés, shops,

historic landmarks and colourful yellow-painted buildings.

Highlights 1 Taste a famous local dish, such as banh mi – the Vietnamese take on the humble sandwich, which comes piled high with

meat and vegetables. 2 Hire a bicycle and set off for an early morning ride around Cam Kim, a lush island that's a short ferry-hop away.

3 Duck into one of the many tailors that line the streets and get a made-to-measure outfit whipped up in super quick time.

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Sea views and pastel hues set the tone

at Cobblers Cove, a powder pink allsuite

hotel which has just thrown off the

wraps following an incredible five-year

makeover. Situated on the West Coast

of Barbados, each of the 40 suites at

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GLOBETROTTER

The view of Rome

from Villa Borghese

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WHEN IN ROME

British-Sardinian author Sara Alexander shares her tips on how to

do as the Romans do when visiting Italy's vibrant capital

If we've seen Rome's

biggest tourist

draws, where to

next? Head to the

trees in the Villa

Borghese gardens as an antidote

to the tourist crowds.

Where should we go for an

authentic taste of Italy? Check

out the nooks around where

Romans work and live. Get to

Testaccio market a little ahead of

the work crowd’s lunch hour and

try a little dish from several stalls

– I'd recommend alla giudia,

essentially a deep fried artichoke.

Head to Tonnarello in Trastevere

for homemade Roman pasta, and

for seasonal dishes – it's a good

idea to let the staff order for you.

Are there any faux pas one

should avoid when ordering?

Don’t insult anyone by asking for

cream in your carbonara sauce;

true carbonara beats in the

Roman soul!

What should we do for some

evening entertainment? For

outdoor theatre and concerts, head

to Sivano Toti Globe Theatre in the

Villa Borghese gardens. The area

of Trastevere is busy with people

yearning for a vibrant boho-feel

of Rome, so if you need nightlife

there’s plenty there.

Favourite Rome-inspired holiday

read? I loved Anthony Capella’s The

Food of Love, a Cyrano de Bergarc

inspired plot involving all the food

and romance you could wish for.

Any literary inspired sights we

should check out? The Keats-

Shelley house is preserved

beautifully and is a

wonderful way to

escape the crowds

into another Rome.

Sara's new novel set

in Rome, The Last

Concerto, is published

on 22 August,

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Fit for a king and queen,

the Royal Suite at Grand

Hills Resort, Lebanon — the

world's largest hotel suite

— is spread across three

pavilions and houses

two private pools.

The standout suite

is packed sky high

with regal touches

complete with

antique furnishings and

sculptural points of interest.

Drift off with a good book

at the Sheraton Grand

London Park Lane with

its new ZZZ-list library.

Devised by a sleep

expert and Hatchards

booksellers, the Club

Lounge contains a

curated collection of

books that have been

scientifically proven to

send you into the land of nod.

Remember your stay at

Velaa Private Island in

Maldives by investing

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piece from its

Turtle Anniversary

Collection. The

designs are inspired by

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hatch each year. The limited

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GLOBETROTTER

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THIS MONTH'S

NEW HOTELS

Holiday at these hip

new abodes

TREASURED ISLAND

GREECE

Parilio

Situated on the Greek Isle

of Paros, this Cycladic

retreat pays homage to

the surrounding rocky

formations and beaches

with relaxing neutral tones

throughout. However,

the sanctuary-esque

swimming pools are the

standout feature.

LAKESIDE VISTAS

ZÜRICH

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State-of-the-art architecture

and modern furnishings give

each of the 44 studios and

penthouses here a stylish

feel quintessential of the

Campbell Grey brand. Do as

the locals do and take a bike

to explore the lakeside and

nearby local cycling trails.

CITY LIGHTS

THAILAND

Avani Sukumvit Bangkok

Marrying bustling city vibes

with a good night's sleep,

this funky hotel is just

the ticket for a veritably

cosmopolitan getaway.

With a shopping mall

beneath it, be sure to bring

an empty suitcase.

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WORLD TRAVELLER X CAESARS BLUEWATERS DUBAI

MAKE THE EMPIRE

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Stay like a Caesar, with a holiday fit for an emperor at

Caesars Bluewaters Dubai

From its Las Vegas beginnings to its

equally decadent landing in Dubai,

Caesars Bluewaters Dubai brings all the

glamour and excess of the Roman Empire

to a 21st century reception in its resorts.

Vacationers can opt for indulging in

unparalleled luxury offerings at Caesars

Palace Bluewaters Dubai or signing up

for the ultimate family-affair at Caesars

Resort Bluewaters Dubai.

LEGENDARY LUXURY AT

CAESARS PALACE

Discerning travellers and romantic

getaway seekers should check into an

ocean view room at Caesars Palace where

sleek contemporary meets Romanesque

embellishments and modern fittings.

Spend the day soaking up the sun by

the stunning pools at Cove Beach while

lively beats promise an afternoon of fun.

Next, dine at multi-Michelin-starred

chef, Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen

for an immersive culinary experience.

After dark, party at Havana Social Club

where distilled sugarcane drinks and

Latin beats keep the party going all night

long. A stay at Caesars Palace wouldn’t be

complete without some royal pampering

at Qua Spa, where Japanese technologies

and luxurious treatments sooth your

mind and body.

FAMILY FUN AT CAESARS RESORT

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so take a

break from the daily grind with the kids

in tow and head to Caesars Resort. The

Empire Club keeps little ones busy with

daytime games and aqua adventures.

Teens will be equally pleased as ROAM

proves the ultimate teen hangout with

various gaming zones and virtual reality.

Meanwhile, parents will enjoy relaxing

on the private beach before sitting down

to an alfresco affair at Cleo’s Table with

a menu bursting with Mediterranean

flavours. If modern Japanese is more your

scene, dine at rooftop restaurant Paru,

taking in the panoramic views. Don't

miss a show at The Rotunda, this new

entertainment venue hosts a line-up of

Vegas style shows.

Until September 30th, save 20% on your

stay, with breakfast. Families can enjoy

50% off on the second room booked and

tickets to a park at Dubai Parks & Resorts.

Plus, all guests get complimentary access

to Laguna Waterpark. Book now at

caesars.com/dubai

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GLOBETROTTER

© Quentley Barbara, Hesus,

2019. Photo by Cassander

Eeftinck Schattenkerk

© Michel Blossier for

Panzano Arte

AMSTERDAM VS TUSCANY

We shine a light on two artsy destinations competing for your attention this month

EXHIBITION

Opening on 20 September, the second chapter at the

Het HEM – the hot new art institute on the fringes of the

city – will see composer Nicolas Jaar create a piece of

experimental music and accompanying artwork inspired

by the venue's history.

EXHIBITION

View contemporary art in the rolling Tuscan hills at the

Panzano Arte contemporary art showcase in Panzano.

Running until 18 September, the trail features 30 sculptures

by French artist Nathalie Decoster. The large bronze works

explore concepts of the human condition.

DON'T

MISS

Conversations

by the fire in the

Living Room

WHY WE

LOVE IT

Each exhibition

is totally unique

and immersive

WHY WE

LOVE IT

Ideal for teaming a

love of art and the

great outdoors

DON'T

MISS

Enjoying a meal at

Antica Macelleria

Cecchini

THE VENUE

A former ammunition factory, Het HEM utilises its 10,000

square metre space to host visual art exhibitions named

'chapters'. The creative venue showcases modern concept

art, the first chapter of which saw the exhibition, 'Can't be

greedy...You gotta take some, and leave some' explore the

concept of culture with a live boxing gala.

THE VENUE

Nestled between Florence and Sienna, the trail begins in

the heart of the charming village of Panzano, and runs

through the surrounding rural landscape before leading

into four vineyards. Besides the impressive art structures,

the rolling Chianti hills are a beautiful sight to behold in

their own right.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE

The Golden Age saw many acclaimed Dutch artists residing

in Amsterdam. Today, the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh's

work lives on, attracting art lovers from all over the world. The

Rijksmuseum holds the country's largest collection of art and

artefacts, while the Van Gogh Museum is purely dedicated to

the artist's post-impressionist paintings.

STAY

A 10-minute drive from the Het HEM, in the town of Zaandam,

is the quirky Inntel Hotel, where the fun higgledy-piggledy

facade of the building sets its upbeat feel. For something

a little more central, the Art'otel Amsterdam blends great

rooms and a trendy art gallery.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE

Along with a slew of traditional shops and eateries, the main

square in Panzano, Piazza Bucciarell, is host to the Aprilante

market on the first Sunday of every month. It's where over

100 local artisans flock to sell their goods. While exploring the

quaint mediaeval charm of the village, stop off at Jan Praet

Art Gallery to view some local art.

STAY

Amid the stunning Chianti landscapes, 16th-century Villa

Le Barone is a charming boutique hotel with a heated saltwater

pool. If you're staying in nearby Florence, bed down at

Porcellino Gallery Art Boutique; each of the decadent rooms

are kitted out with artworks and luxury finishings.

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KNOW-HOW

The Knowledge

HOW TO...

Take frame-worthy travel photographs

Dubai-based visual artist and photographer Debbie Fortes (@debbiefortes)

shares her tips on capturing picture-perfect shots of your travels

CHOOSE THE RIGHT

EQUIPMENT

If you’re a complete beginner,

instead of lugging about a large

and complicated camera, keep it

simple by purchasing some lenses

for your smartphone. “I recommend

the BlackEye Lens Pro Kit G4 as its

fisheye, wide-angle and telephoto

lens options offer a lot of choice

and therefore shots,” says Debbie.

If you’re in the market for a camera

perfect for travel but are fairly new

to photography, look

for something lightweight and easy

to use, such as the Canon Powershot

SX740. It has a long lens zoom that's

perfect for capturing shots from a

distance, if you can't get close.

Mleiha desert in Sharjah

Photo: Debbie Fortes

LOCATE THE HOTSPOTS

Prep your shots by listing the places

you’re going to visit and would like

to capture in advance. “I use Google

Maps to plot the locations I will be

photographing and, from there, I

begin to plan what kind of shots I

would like to achieve,” says Debbie.

By doing some research beforehand

you can get an understanding of

the photography clichés that pop

up often in each spot and instead

look for ways to put your own spin

on the shot.

FIND A LOCAL GUIDE

A good way to find unusual

destinations and non-touristy areas

to photograph is by linking up with

like-minded people. “I do this by

following the Instagram accounts of

photographers who are based in the

place I’m visiting. Quite often, people

are very friendly and if you tell them

you’re visiting they will take you

to the ‘hidden gems’ of their city,”

says Debbie.

GET THERE BEFORE THE REST

“A simple tip that can make the world

of difference to your photographs

is waking up early,” says Debbie.

Especially when visiting popular

tourist attractions, getting there

before the crowds descend means

you're less likely to have people

walking in front of your camera. Plus,

you'll have more time to take pictures

from different angles. “What's more,

the lighting first thing in the morning

is soft, meaning it’s easier to get a

perfectly lit shot without shadows

casting over your focus.”

SET UP THE SHOT

“Turning on the grid (you can do

this on phone and digital cameras),

will help guide you when composing

images by showing you how the

photograph is divided up between,

buildings and the sky, for example,”

says Debbie. “It will also help you to

make sure your images are straight

when taking photos of architecture

or structures,” she adds. You can

use your creative instincts to think

outside the box. When it comes to

composing shots, for example, try

shooting a famous landmark through

the trees for a different perspective.

ADD SOME HUMAN INTEREST

As the saying goes, a picture

speaks a thousand words, so make

it interesting. You can add a new

level of storytelling into your travel

photographs by including people in

your shots. “If you’re out and about

during the day and spot someone

doing something you think would

make a great photo, then don’t be

afraid to ask. Most of the time people

are quite happy to pose for you –

just be sure to ask before you click,”

says Debbie. When you return from

your trip, the human element of your

photos will provide an engaging

talking point for family and friends

who will be intrigued to know more.

debbiefortes.com

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Tropical bliss

Thai-inspired escapism with a sprinkle of Asian flavour

is guaranteed at this beachfront getaway

Why take a seven-hour flight to Thailand

when you’ve got a Thai paradise right on

your doorstep? Scattered across the east

crescent of Palm Jumeirah, Anantara The

Palm Dubai Resort exudes a truly unique

blend of charm and comfort. Boasting the

UAE’s only over water villas, the luxury hotel

draws inspiration from its Thai heritage that

melds effortlessly with its Arabian backdrop.

Friendly Thai hospitality starts the minute

you arrive as a lady in traditional clothing

welcomes you with a warm 'sawasdee ka'

("hello" in Thai), and a delicious tom yum drink.

With endless vistas, luxury prevails at

this tropical retreat. Take your pick from

Maldivian-style Over Water Villas floating

over the sea with glass panels that offer a

sneak peek into the wonders of the sea; Beach

Pool Villas where you can swim a lap in your

private infinity pool and enjoy direct views of

the sea, or Lagoon Access Rooms with steps

straight into the Palm’s inner lagoon.

Thrill seekers are in for a treat as there's

a plethora of water activities to choose

from. Whether it's waterskiing, kayaking or

wakeboarding, plunge into an exhilarating

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WORLD TRAVELLER X ANANTARA THE PALM DUBAI RESORT

Enjoy a secluded romantic dinner

courtesy of Dining by Design

Inside a Garden Pool Villa

afternoon on the Gulf’s crystalline waters.

Those who prefer calmer currents can enjoy

a scenic trip around Palm Jumeirah onboard

the city’s first Thai long tail boat. Revel in the

beauty of natural lush fronds and mesmerising

sea life while you admire the city’s skyline.

After a long day out and about, indulge in a

pampering spa retreat package that will spoil

you rotten. Book now and choose between

classic Swedish techniques, exotic Arabian

treatments, energising Thai pressure point

and stretching, or the Eastern and Western

blend of signature massages that’s specifically

tailored to your needs.

Keep those hunger pangs at bay and start

your day fresh with a scrumptious spread

of worldwide delicacies at Crescendo's

international buffet or stop by Revo Café

for morning caffeine hits and refreshing

fruit smoothies. The Beach House offers

Mediterranean fare with impressive sunset

views while Aussie steakhouse Bushman’s

challenges adventurous epicureans with its

daring take on Australian cuisine – kangaroo

sirloin is among the menu highlights.

Alternatively, world-class Asian dining

can be found in the Mekong Restaurant

and with their interactive cooking class,

Spice Spoons, you can learn all the tricks

you need to cook world-famous Thai dishes

bursting with exotic flavours. For a special

treat, Dining by Design lures romantics

with its delectable set menu and dazzling

atmosphere. Let candles light your way to

your private table on the sand and enjoy a

bespoke dining experience by selecting from

connoisseur menus or collaborating with a

personal chef to recreate all your favourites.

Whichever way you choose to spend your

time, you'll leave with wonderful memories

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The

WORLD’S

hottest

NEW HOTELS

This year has seen a bumper crop of brilliant new hotels.

From tropical island retreats to city hotspots, here are 30 of

the buzziest new openings from all corners of the globe

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HOT SUITE NEW SPOTS HOTELS 2019

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The Middle East & Africa

JA LAKE VIEW HOTEL, UAE

Opening on 22 September, JA Lake

View Hotel completes the trio of

properties that comprise the sprawling

JA The Resort in Jebel Ali. There are

348 rooms and suites, each with a

sunny glass balcony, along with three

pools and four culinary concepts,

including an Indian restaurant helmed

by Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna.

The best part? You can use all the

facilities of the wider resort, which

means you’ll have 25 restaurants and

bars, as well as a mind-boggling menu

of activities to choose from. Turn to

page 36 for more.

LEPOGO LODGES, SOUTH AFRICA

High on a clifftop overlooking the

48,000-hectare Lapalala Wilderness

Reserve, Noka Camp is the first

of two new properties at Lepogo

Lodges. All five villas have glass

fronts, heated infinity pools and

outdoor ‘sky beds’ with glass floors,

providing sensational views of the

ravine. The décor, meanwhile, is

sleek and subtle, with light wood and

sunken baths. With luck, you'll likely

spot the Big Five during game drives,

water safaris and luxury sleep-outs,

while yoga and spa treatments round

off your stay.

SINGITA KWITONDA LODGE, RWANDA

Fans of Singita’s luxury safari lodges

can now add gorilla-trekking to their

East African itinerary, with the opening

of its latest lodge in the spectacular

Volcanoes National Park. Treading

lightly on 72 hectares of wetlands

and meadows, Kwitonda’s eight suites

and one villa have fireplaces and

heated plunge pools and incorporate

local volcanic rock, river stone and

handmade tiles. Besides gorillas, you

can also visit Nyungwe National Park

which is home to a dozen primate

species, including chimpanzees and

colobus monkeys.

LEKKERWATER BEACH LODGE,

SOUTH AFRICA

On fragrant fynbos-covered cliffs

above the Indian Ocean, this ecoconscious

lodge in the De Hoop

Nature Reserve, 240km east of Cape

Town, offers solitude in spades.

There are seven rooms decorated in

earthy tones and marine blues, with

floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking

a long stretch of deserted beach.

You can go hiking and caving,

watch dolphins frolic and spot

Cape vultures and caracals. But

the highlight is shore-based whalewatching;

from July to November,

you’ll see hundreds of Southern

Right whales and their calves.

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WILDERNESS SAFARIS JAO

CAMP, BOTSWANA

After undergoing a total transformation,

Wilderness Safaris’ new camp in

the Okavango Delta mixes style and

sustainability to stellar effect. Run

entirely on solar power, the camp

has five tented suites with private

plunge pools, outdoor showers and

evaporative cooling systems instead of

AC, while two villas also come with a

private guide, chef and butler. Morning

and evening game drives provide

fantastic opportunities to spot the Big

Five, ideally interspersed with glassbottomed

canoe trips and pampering

spa treatments.

WALDORF ASTORIA, DIFC, UAE

Although a few big-name hotel brands

now have a home within Dubai’s

International Financial Centre, none

are as grand as Waldorf Astoria’s — a

soaring, lavishly decorated homage to

city titans Rome and New York

of the '60s, a golden age of travel

when the term jet-set was born. Aimed

very much at the jetsetters of today,

beyond the obligatory steakhouse for

dealmakers, there’s more than enough

to gratify leisure guests too, including

a sky-high, private-access spa and

made-for-Instagram rooftop lounge.

This image: Wilderness Safaris Jao Camp

Below: Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

MANDARIN ORIENTAL JUMEIRA,

DUBAI, UAE

This beachfront resort marked

the welcome arrival of Mandarin

Oriental in the region. The

256 rooms, most with private

balconies and terraces, are

decorated in muted tones and

accents of turquoise or orange.

Relax by the pool — there are six

to choose from — and stroll to

the low-lit spa, which boasts a

hammam, indoor vitality pools,

dry saunas and steam rooms. In

the evening, choose from a halfdozen

places to eat and drink,

including a warayaki-style (strawsmoked)

Japanese steakhouse.

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HOT NEW HOTELS

InterContinental Maldives

Maamunagau Resort

Indian Ocean

ANANTARA MAURITIUS

RESORT, MAURITIUS

Anantara makes its Mauritius debut

next month near Blue Bay, a largely

undeveloped spot with a vibrant coral

reef and some of the island’s best

snorkelling and diving. Design-wise, the

164-room resort is set among tropical

gardens and makes use of natural

elements such as volcanic stone and

driftwood, while a 30-metre chlorinefree

swimming pool wraps around the

low-rise property. Multiple restaurants

will make use of the incredible local

bounty, while the signature spa will

include indigenous therapies.

BAGLIONI RESORT MALDIVES

At first glance, this private island resort

in the Dhaalu Atoll looks like your

traditional Maldivian paradise: turquoise

waters, powdery sands, thatched villas.

But Baglioni’s subtle Italian style —

Frette linens, sunset aperitivi, topnotch

Italian cuisine — adds a touch of

cosmopolitan flair. There are 96 villas,

some over water, others lining the

beach or tucked among swaying palm

trees, with secluded decks and outdoor

showers. Once you’ve settled in, hit the

dive centre or try a couples' massage in

the open-air spa.

RAFFLES MALDIVES

MERADHOO, MALDIVES

In the remote Gaafu Alifu Atoll, close

to the equator, Raffles has opened

its first resort in the Maldives — and

it was worth the wait. The enormous,

thatched-roof villas — 21 perched on the

sand and 16 over water — all come with

muslin-draped four-poster beds, deep

soaking tubs, private pools and Raffles’

legendary butler service. Enjoy lazy

days snorkelling alongside the resident

marine biologist, or being pampered

in the overwater spa. Evenings,

meanwhile, are devoted to sunset dhoni

cruises and candle-lit dinners.

LUX* NORTH MALÉ ATOLL, MALDIVES

A short speedboat-ride from Malé,

this mould-breaking resort favours

two-storey, white-washed duplexes

INTERCONTINENTAL MALDIVES

MAAMUNAGAU RESORT

This newcomer is set within the

Maldives’ largest natural lagoon

in the Raa Atoll, a unique marine

sanctuary teeming with manta

rays. When you’re not snorkelling

alongside these gentle giants, there’s

an overwater spa with a resident

Chinese medicine practitioner to

complement the menu of facials

and massages, and six restaurants

ranging from tapas to teppanyaki.

Meanwhile, the 81 beach, lagoon

or overwater villas all come with

ocean views, terraces, pools and

complimentary daily perks including

breakfast, afternoon tea and

obligatory sundowners.

over thatched-roof villas. There are 67

in total, some over water and all with

private pool, roof terrace and bathroom

as big as the bedroom. The cool, South

Beach-vibe continues in the restaurants

and lounges — think Peruvian-Japanese

cuisine, resident DJ and underwater

aquarium. Daily routines revolve

around snorkelling with turtles, blissful

treatments in the overwater spa, a

spot of yoga or tai chi, and toes-in-thesand

dinners.

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Nukutepipi

Australia & the South Pacific

INTERCONTINENTAL HAYMAN ISLAND

RESORT, AUSTRALIA

Two years after Cyclone Debbie’s

destruction, and following a multimillion-dollar

refurbishment, this private

island resort is once again welcoming

guests to the Whitsundays. There are

166 rooms, suites and villas spread

across three distinct wings, including an

all-new beach house with private pool,

three new restaurants and an 11-room

spa. Intersperse your pool days with

trips to the Great Barrier Reef.

Lelewatu Resort Sumba, Indonesia

NUKUTEPIPI, FRENCH POLYNESIA

Go totally off-grid at this exclusiveuse

retreat in the remote Tuamotu

archipelago, 750km southeast of

Tahiti. With the sound of lapping waves

as your soundtrack, the tiny island

shines for its staggering beauty and

total seclusion. There are 16 barefootchic

villas and bungalows, while the

turquoise-hued lagoon is an invitation

for adventure. Take your pick of

activities on land and in water, with staff

on hand to cater to your every whim.

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The Americas

Puro Vik

PURO VIK, CHILE

Two hours south of the capital

Santiago, Chile’s newest luxury

retreat features 19 glass-walled

bungalows overlooking the vinecovered

Millahue Valley. Each

villa is outfitted in distinctive

style, with themes ranging from

Japanese to Pop Art, while al

fresco bathtubs offer views of

the valley and Andes Mountains

beyond. You may never feel

the urge to leave — though the

adjoining sister property features

two Chilean restaurants, an

infinity pool, luxurious spa and

activities like yoga, hiking and

horseback riding.

EQUINOX, USA

In a 92-storey skyscraper in New York’s

newly constructed Hudson Yards

district, this buzzed-about hotel is the

first from America’s most exclusive

fitness club (where the likes of Kim and

Kanye work out). Join a SoulCycle class

in the 5,600-square-metre gym, then

recover in a cryotherapy chamber in

the spa, or opt for a restorative vitamin

IV-drip. The 212 rooms and suites,

meanwhile, are designed to encourage

sleep, with precise levels of quiet,

darkness and temperature, and a minibar

packed with healthy snacks and

ample supplements.

EDEN ROCK, CARIBBEAN

Perched atop a rocky promontory

surrounded by sandy beaches, Eden

Rock has been an A-list favourite

since the 1950s. Following a two-year,

Hurricane Irma-induced renovation,

the St Barths icon will reopen on

November 20. All rooms have been

redesigned in elegant, breezy style

— plump for the new Pippa suite with

private pool — while a new spa and

beach bar add to the hotel’s already

considerable charms. Regulars,

meanwhile, can relax knowing Jean-

Georges Vongerichten still presides

over the food.

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NOBU HOTEL LOS CABOS, MEXICO

On an idyllic stretch of the Baja

Peninsula, chef Nobu Matsuhisa

and actor Robert De Niro’s latest

hotspot is perhaps their finest yet.

The vibe is contemporary Japanese

minimalism — think Zen-like rooms

with traditional teak tubs and shoji

sliding doors — while pops of colour

and those Pacific Ocean panoramas

cement the sense of place. Tee off

at the neighbouring Tiger Woodsdesigned

course, unwind in the spa

stocked with Natura Bissé products,

and dine on the ever-excellent

miso-glazed black cod at the

signature restaurant.

ISLAS SECAS, PANAMA

On the search for for total seclusion?

You’ll be hard-pressed to top this ecoresort

in Panama’s Gulf of Chiriqui.

Part of a 14-isle archipelago owned

by a billionaire conservationist, there

are just nine casitas secreted among

the lush vegetation, with private pools

and thatched-roof cabanas offering

unbeatable ocean views. Guests get

full run of the islands, 13 of which are

uninhabited, so you can fill your days

kayaking, snorkelling and diving, whalewatching,

bird-spotting and fishing,

or just hanging out on one of those

blissfully deserted beaches.

Kachi Lodge

ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH, USA

Spread across 6.5-hectares of

pristine beachfront near beautiful

Santa Barbara, this resort mixes

relaxed Cali charm with discrete

Rosewood luxury. All 161 rooms have

outdoor terraces, while some are

perched directly on the sand —

a real rarity in southern California.

Start your day with yoga on the

beach, laze by the cabana-lined

pools (one for families, another for

adults) and stock up on goodies

from Gwyneth Paltrow’s in-resort

Goop boutique. The Italianinfluenced

Caruso’s, meanwhile, is

the pick of the resort’s stellar line up

of seven restaurants.

KACHI LODGE, BOLIVIA

Until recently, exploring Bolivia’s

Salar de Uyuni meant staying in

modest digs in a nearby town.

That’s all changed with the advent

of this collection of nine glamping

domes pitched right on the world’s

largest salt flat. Kitted out with

plush beds and colourful Bolivian

artwork, the pods have clear panels

for star-gazing and wood-burning

stoves (you are, after all, at

altitude). Best of all, there’s

inventive cuisine from Gustu,

founded in the capital La Paz in

2013 by Noma’s Claus Meyer.

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

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ANDRONIS ARCADIA, GREECE

Santorini is famous for its sublime

sunsets and there’s no better place

to soak up the view than from this

all-suite hotel in the island’s north.

The 53 sunset-facing suites all have

private pools and are decorated in

linen, rattan and wood. When you’re

ready to mingle, nab a floating day

bed by the buzzy infinity pool and

its resident DJ, and take your pick of

three restaurants. Be sure to book a

treatment in the spa, too — it’s the

largest in town.

HOTEL CHÂTEAU DU

GRAND-LUCÉ, FRANCE

With just 17 rooms and 80 acres to

explore, this fairy-tale chateau in

the Loire Valley is as grand as they

come. Built in 1760 and surrounded

by its original stone wall, the chateau

has been exquisitely restored: rooms

feature soaring ceilings and parquet

oak floors and are awash with gilt

furniture, silk damask walls, canopy

beds and clawfoot baths. Enjoy sunny

strolls through the classical gardens,

inspired by Versailles, picnics in the

white oak forest and dreamy days by

the pool.

BELMOND CADOGAN HOTEL, UK

Occupying a handful of Queen

Anne-style townhouses in London’s

Chelsea, this handsome hotel has

been a playground for socialites and

bohemians since 1887. Following a

top-to-toe makeover, there are now

54 supremely stylish rooms — mostly

suites — with hardwood floors, velvet

headboards and contemporary

art by up-and-coming female

artists. When you’re not shopping or

museum-hopping, take afternoon tea

in the lounge, dine on modern British

cuisine in chef Adam Handling’s

eponymous restaurant and play

tennis in the private gardens.

HOTEL DE LA VILLE, ITALY

Hotelier Rocco Forte’s latest property

sits atop the Spanish Steps, providing

stellar views over Rome’s terracotta-

HOT NEW HOTELS

tiled rooftops. The historic 18thcentury

palazzo houses 104 rooms

and suites with jewel-toned velvets,

rich woods and marble bathrooms.

Exceptional Italian cuisine is on

offer in the central courtyard or

chic ground-floor trattoria (but of

course you’ll want to head to the

rooftop terrace for sundowners first).

The spa, meanwhile, has a wealth

of treatments infused with Sicilian

botanicals, along with a sauna, salt

room and hydro pool.

MONKEY ISLAND ESTATE, UK

Housed in two 18th-century

buildings in the picturesque village

of Bray-on-Thames, this former

aristocratic fishing retreat is now

a contemporary country manor.

The 30 Art Deco-styled rooms

have marshmallow beds and river

views, while the Wedgewood Suite

dials up the drama with woodpanelled

walls, ornate plasterwork

and moody oil paintings. Indulge

in the floating spa, a custom-made

canal boat moored along the

bank, or cruise in the vintage-style

launch to Bray’s three-star gastrotemples,

the Waterside Inn and The

Fat Duck.

Monkey Island Estate

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HOT NEW HOTELS

Asia

SIX SENSES BHUTAN, BHUTAN

In the little-explored Himalayan

kingdom, Six Senses is creating a

bucket-list circuit of five intimate

lodges in the country’s most beautiful

valleys. Lodges have already opened

in Paro, close to the clifftop Tiger’s

Nest; amid the rice paddies of

Punakha; and in the capital Thimphu,

with the remaining set to launch later

this year in Gangtey and Bumthang.

Each one weaves different elements

of its surroundings into its design,

but you can expect heart-stopping

views, cultural excursions and serene

wellness experiences.

Six Senses Bhutan

CAPELLA BANGKOK, THAILAND

Bangkok is famous for its nonstop

energy, so this new arrival

on the east bank of the Chao

Phraya River provides a welcome

change of pace. Capella’s 101

suites and riverfront villas feel

like posh cocoons. The soothing

ambiance continues in the spa

with traditional Thai therapies,

while youngsters can sign up for a

‘Little Monk’ mindfulness session.

Another surprise: the signature

restaurant is Mediterranean,

overseen by Michelin-starred chef

Mauro Colagreco.

Anantara Desaru

Coast Resort

ANANTARA DESARU COAST

RESORT, MALAYSIA

Desaru Coast is Malaysia’s rising

star resort, thanks to its white-sand

beaches, family-friendly water

park and Ernie Els-designed golf

courses. Opening next month, this

resort has 123 rooms and villas,

some with plunge pools, in calming

neutrals and dark wood. The

sparkling South China Sea is never

far away, whether you're lounging

by the infinity pool or feasting

on Malaysian and Thai cuisine in

the open-air restaurants. Jaded

travellers, meanwhile, will love

the signature spa and tailored

wellness programmes.

LELEWATU RESORT SUMBA,

INDONESIA

Forget Bali. Sumba, an hour’s flight

south-east, is the place to go for

incredible white-sand beaches,

minus the crowds. On a cliff

overlooking the ocean, Lelewatu

Resort has 27 thatched-roof villas

spread across 10-hectares of lush

rainforest, with four-poster beds and

beautiful handwoven ikat fabrics.

Recline on muslin-draped daybeds

by your private pool, and stroll to the

spa to be gently pummelled by the

expert masseuses. In the evening,

sample the catch of the day in the

open-air restaurant.

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Step

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style

JA Lake View Hotel is this year's most

anticipated hotel opening in the Middle East

— and we just couldn't wait to get inside.

Prior to its grand unveiling this month, this

sustainability-focused, design-driven, chic

retreat was all ours for a day. Fancy a sneak

peek? Then come on in...

ART DIRECTOR: KERRI BENNETT

PHOTOGRAPHER: SABRINA-RYNAS, MMG ARTIST

These pages: Natural light pours through space-age-style

skylights to bathe the hotel's lobby in sunshine. An elevated

walkway leads you here; a spectacular, stylish atrium

bestowed with instantly calming views of the golf course

and sea beyond.

Dress: Kristina Fidelskaya

Belt: Max Mara

Bag: Tod’s

Suitcase: Rimowa

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These pages and next:

The hotel's magnificent One

Bedroom Terrace Suite brings the

tranquillity of its lush surrounds

indoors, with spacious living and

dining areas, double vanities, a

walk-in shower and a large bathtub

begging you to relax in impeccably

styled surrounds. It's the outside,

though, that fully defines this suite:

a jaw-dropping terrace overlooking

the verdant fairways of the resort's

own golf course.

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Dress: Elisabetta Franchi

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Dress: Max Mara

Earrings: tutuskurniati.com

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Top and skirt: Bambah

Earrings: Elisabetta Franchi

Shoes: By Far

Watch: Baume and Mercier

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In addition to catering to families with a crèche, CoolZone

Kids Club, and children's pool, the hotel boasts an adultsonly

pool – the perfect place at which to soak up the

peaceful surrounds with a cooling, crafted mocktail.

Dress: tutuskurniati.com

Swimsuit: tutuskurniati.com

Sunglasses: Alaïa

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The plush One Bedroom Terrace Suite, which

can accommodate up to four guests, houses

myriad amenities to make a stay here extra

comfortable. Tempting though it will prove,

don't climb into its sumptuous bed until

you've had dinner at the hotel's gastronomic

gem, Kinara – the all-new Indian restaurant

concept from Michelin-starred Vikas Khanna.

JA Lake View Hotel forms part of JA The Resort,

which is comprised of three unique hotels that

combine to offer guests over one million square

metres of first-class experiences, including more

than 40 thrilling activities for all the family to

enjoy and a championed culinary line-up of some

25 outlets and a trio of Michelin-starred chefs. It

is Dubai's largest experience resort.

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Earrings: tutuskurniati.com

Sandals: Elisabetta Franchi

Suitcase: Rimowa

Stylist: Jade Chilton

Hair and make-up: Melanie, MMG Artist

Model: Katrina, MMG Artist

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Love Island

Unimpressed by its busier Balearic siblings,

Liz Edwards gives Menorca a whirl. It’s beautiful,

it’s below-the-radar and it’s a breeze to get to.

Could this be the isle to finally win her heart?

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MENORCA

I

can already hear the

gasps of horror at the

confession I have to make,

but here goes anyway: I’ve

never really ‘got’ the Balearics.

Like any good holidaymaker,

I’ve tried, but somehow we just

haven’t clicked. These islands

should have been perfect dates for

a committed Hispanophile like me,

but Mallorca — beautiful, yes, its

capital a charmer — had felt a bit

well-trodden. (Or well-pedalled; blame

the men, mid-Lycra-crisis, clogging

the roads with their bikes.) Ibiza was

fun, sure, but the clubs and the yoga

all seemed a bit sceney to me. I’d not

even made it to Formentera, put off by

flight ’n’ ferry faff. It certainly wasn’t

that I disliked the Balearics, and rave

reviews from friends and colleagues

made me reluctant to write off the

islands altogether, but what can you

do when there’s no chemistry? Well,

apparently, you, er, see if you’ll hit it off

any better with sibling number three.

Would Menorca be The One? I very

much hoped so, because I’d signed

up the family — husband, son and

me — to 10 days’ holiday there.

Those rave reviews and relentless

enthusiasm had persuaded me to

give the Balearics another chance.

And I must say, between optimism

and actual research, my expectations

were dangerously high: it sounded

like a more natural, sleepier sort of

place than its neighbours, with little

nightlife, fewer visitors and beaches as

good as you’d expect on an island that’s

been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

for 25 years. There were historic twin

cities to explore, Brit-influenced

Mahoń and Italianate Ciutadella. It was

greener than arid Ibiza, and smaller

than Mallorca (45 minutes’ drive end

to end) so we could move around,

doing the island justice, without

car time eating into holiday time.

Key industries, besides tourism,

were shoe- and cheese-production

— some of my favourites. So, on

paper, it looked pretty good. So

how would it fare in the flesh?

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First impressions matter, of

course. And Borja, the smiling

car-hire guy at the airport, aced it,

airily telling us to just leave the keys

in the glove compartment on our

return, maintaining his smile even

after a local woman reversed her

car into ours: ‘Sure, have another!’

We drove off happy to believe that

‘delightfully relaxed’ might be

the default Menorquin mood.

Mahoń, the capital and our stop

for the first couple of days, did little

to undo Borja’s good work. High

above the huge natural harbour

that made the island quite the catch

among Europe’s naval powers (its

dance card was marked by the Brits

for much of the 18th century) we

found a chilled, well-groomed city of

green-shuttered Georgian buildings

and chunky, fortress-like convents.

One is now a museum; another, the

Claustre del Carme, a food market

downstairs, the island’s music

conservatory upstairs. We sat outside

in the sun eating La Menorquina ice

creams, Brahms’s Hungarian Dance

No 5 galloping allegro out of the

rehearsal-room window above.

Wandering through the

pedestrianised centre, we passed

grannies gossiping on benches

beneath orange trees, and watched a

band of folk musicians and dancers

entertain the late-afternoon crowds.

At Can’Oliver, a 19th-century mansion

turned gallery-museum, gorgeous

frescoes on ceilings and the double

staircase were the backdrop to blessedly

succinct displays on the island’s

history, including one panel on the

Brits’ linguistic legacy. Such pride.

A family of suckers for a shoe shop,

we were helpless in the face of one

store’s floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall

rainbow of traditional avarca sandals.

Mallorca’s native shoe is the Camper

trainer; from Ibiza I could recall only

sequins and boho tassels. But this was

authentic summery heaven — window

shopping was not enough. Waltzing

on, freshly shod, we found in Plaça

Bastió a handful of inviting cafés and

bars ranged around a fabulous kids’

playground — the absolute, whydoes-every-town-not-have-this

dream

combo. The four-year-old scarpered


WE SIGHED,

DELIGHTFULLY

RELAXED, OVER

TAPAS AND

GLASSES OF

THE LOCAL

LEMONADE


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top left: Veranda and terraced

garden in a traditionally styled

home; stuffed buns on sale at a

food market; the 19th century

La Mola fortress; kayaks on the

beach at Cala Macarella

to make new amigos; we grown-ups

sighed, delightfully relaxed, over tapas

and glasses of the local lemonade. It

was early days, but I was starting to

feel a bit swoony about Menorca.

Day three: time to get to know each

other better and take off some clothes.

For the beach, of course. Mahoń’s

almost as far east as you can go on the

island so off we went west, along the

road built by the Brits when they moved

the capital from Ciutadella at Menorca’s

opposite end. And crikey, it was lovely.

Beyond verges nodding with poppies

and daisies, we saw windmills, hay

bales, pines and palms, farms bounded

by dry-stone walls with wooden gates

so wiggly, they looked hand-drawn.

Unlike the other Balearics, Menorca

has cows, which means it has cheese

— salty, paprika-bathed, moreish. We

could only pass so many ‘elaboracio

de formatge’ signs before stopping to

buy some. We had bread and robiol

pastries from a master Mahoń baker’s

— beach picnic complete. But which

beach? Menorca has more than a

hundred. I asked the farmer selling us

her formatge if she had a favourite.

‘It all depends,’ she said, possibly

a little too delightfully relaxed. But

in fact, she had sound advice. ‘If

there’s a southerly wind, we go to

the north coast. If the Tramuntana

is blowing from the north, we go

south.’ What if there’s no wind?

‘Have you seen how many

windmills we have?’

Fingers in the air... south it was to

Cala Mitjana, a clear-water cove of

pale sand carved into pine-topped

limestone cliffs; just one in a

succession of pin-up-phenomenal

beaches we saw on the island. It was

all going so well — even better when

we made it to second base. Hotel

number two was in Ferreries, a snoozy

little hill-cupped town of ochre,

pink and white houses with windowboxes,

cats and residents ready with

a cheery ‘hola’. Inland, it seemed

to be bypassed by most visitors,

but it was brilliantly handy for

exploration — within easy striking

distance of Ciutadella (good for its

gargoyled cathedral, tiled market

and lavish nobles’ mansions), and

both the north and south coasts.

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Cala Macarella was another knockout

southerner. On Mallorca, this beach

would be swamped. On Ibiza, it’d be

a beach club with daybeds. Here, the

council banned parking because it

was too busy, and you can’t even hire

a lounger. It only endeared Menorca

to me more. You can bus it, but we

walked there along the clifftop path

from Cala Galdana — a glorious half

hour in itself, even before we got to

the tantalising slow-reveal from the

200-plus steps down to the sand. We

swam, bought cold drinks from Bar

Susy at the back of the beach and lolled

by the shore under a pine tree. Bliss.

And so the holiday romance

continued, days rolling on as gently

as the waves tickling the shore. In

the north, we discovered the redsand

of Cavalleria Beach and, from

the lighthouse at its northern tip,

watched the sun set over Connemararugged

Cap de Cavalleria. A morning’s

kayaking round the sheltered bay at

Fornells gave us appetite enough for

a caldereta, the Menorcan lobster

stew that brings the king of Spain to

town. I hope he gets the full side-table,

finger-bowl and bib treatment we did.

Moving east for our last few days,

we added to our list of greatest

beachy hits: the dunes and shallow

bay of Es Grau and the cove at

sleepy, write-your-novel Alcaufar.

Did my smitten-ness know no bounds?

Well yes, it did. Google pictures of Cova

d’en Xoroi and you’ll see why I insisted

we go — you’ll either get a cluster of

thatched-parasol bar tables clinging to a

cliff above the peacock- blue sea, or the

rose-gold sunset that lights up the bar

each evening. And it is a wowy setting,

no question, out at the end of quietly

resorty Cala en Porter. But as with all

the best profile pictures, the reality was

a bit different. Those ledges with their

billowing white-fabric canopies were

for cash-flashing VIPs only. As the sun

dipped, everyone else — the world and

his selfie-stick — was squeezed onto

the rock-cut steps and little corners of

the cave-bar. Besides the crowds, the

dress code was definitely more smart

than casual. None of it terrible, but

still, it all felt a bit... Ibiza. Swipe left.

Nor was I quite convinced by one

meal we had in lazy, low-key Sant

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Beefsteak tomatoes at Piazza della

Repubblica market; a worker harvesting

grapes; alfresco dining at a café in San

Carlo Piazza; Piazza San Carlo


THE HOLIDAY

ROMANCE

CONTINUED,

DAYS ROLLING

ON AS GENTLY

AS THE WAVES

TICKLING

THE SHORE


Climent. Es Moli de Foc came highly

recommended and its food was

fabulous — the vast pans hanging in

the kitchen a clue to its rice prowess.

Inside were antique chairs, modern

art and colourful fan lights; we sat in

the pretty, high-walled courtyard and

it should have been perfect. Perhaps

the spark that was missing here was

a local feel. Rather than the Spanish

buzz we’d found elsewhere, here the

clientele was resolutely baby-boomer

British, including one minor celeb

in his ‘don’t look at me’ bright green

blazer. It all felt a bit... Mallorca.

It was down to our last lunch to

restore faith, rekindle love, relight

my fire. On a corner by the main road

in Sant Climent, all plastic chairs

and wall-mounted TVs, Es Casino

was an unlikely cupid. But — how

strange the change from Mallorca to

Menorca — a houseful of Spanishspeaking

Sunday lunchers boded

well. So did the golden-anniversary

granny serenading her assembled

family. We asked the waitress for local

specialities; she brought calves’ liver,

tongue with capers and rosemary.

Tender, flavourful delights the lot

of ’em, not half as challenging as

they sounded. Even the patatas we

ordered for the fussy four-year-old

came with a proper brava sauce.

We felt content, delightfully

relaxed. And there it was. Not

that the other Balearics are ugly

sisters, but it had been worth that

third shot with the glass slipper.

This was the true love island.

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Opposite: The all-white Old

white village of Binibeca

This page: Cova d'en Xoroi,

a bar and nightclub cut into

the cliff face

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holding up incense sticks at

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Jade Temple

Opposite: Top of the neonlit

Oriental Pearl Tower

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SHANGHAI

China’s fast and furious bigcity

dynamo also has a slow

gear that’ll soothe your soul.

Ellen Himelfarb finds its pulse

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SHANGHAI

In a swish of flowing black

changshan robes, the

master enters the room,

and the impatient taptapping

of my foot is stilled

as if by some enchantment.

Wordlessly, he makes jasmine tea,

pours it into tiny ceramic cups and

sits, in balletic posture, to unfurl a

fabric roll harbouring Lilliputian brass

implements: brush, tongs and razorsharp

spatula. Beside the tools sit clay

bowls of aromatic powder, urns of fine

white ash and brass stencils cut in lotusflower

shapes — the raw materials of my

‘incense appreciation’ lesson. Mirroring

my teacher’s movements, I place a stencil

on the ash and pat out the powder on

top: another tap-tap, only calmer this

time. Using my spatula I tidy the edges: a

quieter swish.

As I focus on sweeping up the

fine, heady dust, the master speaks

mellifluously about this ritual —

thousands of years old — performed to

heal, tell time, smoke away evil or, as

today, simply help us mellow out. Then

we lift our templates to reveal incense

patterns that resemble flourishes on a

cappuccino. We light the ends, and watch

the embers smoulder, like cartoon TNT

in slow-mo.

In what seems like 10 minutes of deep

concentration and deeper breathing, our

hour flies by. Is this what they call... Zen?

I was beyond excited for the bigger,

taller, faster, everything-now rhythm

of Shanghai, the organised chaos of 26

million strivers. For the better part of a

week, I’ve shopped the neon megastores

of Nanjing Road, drank in lounges 100m

higher than London’s Shard. I’ve battled

sharp-elbowed tourists on the sacred

‘zigzag bridge’ to photograph the ancient

temples of Yu Garden. I’ve even taken

part in the latest rite of passage: a fix

of nitrogen-infused tea in a throbbing

2,694sq m rotunda — one of the biggest

Starbucks in the world.

Mission accomplished. But if I carry

on this way any longer I’ll need a holiday

from my holiday. What’s required for

the next few days is some stillness,

some tranquillity, some peace and quiet

and contemplation, and breathing out.

Some serene ancient yin to the city’s

hectic modern yang. And Nanshufang,

this soft-lit school of ‘scholarly arts’

— tea ceremonies, flower-arranging,

calligraphy and more join incense on

the curriculum — is the perfect place

to start. While outside, in the Xintiandi

neighbourhood, shoppers dash around

trendy trainer shops tucked into

traditional grey-brick shikumen houses,

I bend over to inhale the fragrant scent

of a Qing-style table in historic Chinese

nanmu wood, while a teacher and

student pluck their zither-like guqins

in the background. ‘The speed of life

is taking its toll,’ explains the teacher.

‘People are reacting to the pressure

by returning to Confucianism and

Buddhism, exchanging material values

for culture, slowing down.’

That may be true, but my blood

pressure shoots right up again as soon

as I leave. Dinner’s in an hour at a

restaurant deep in the former French

Concession — the southwest quarter

of the city cordoned off by French

occupiers in the 19th century — but

crossing Xintiandi requires the agility

of a street dancer. My moves aren’t up

to it, so I hop in a taxi, thinking it will be

more relaxing.

It’s not. Hurtling westward, I slide

down in my seat to take in the sheer

height of the new towers edging the

French colonists’ old haunt, as my driver


THE

LANDSCAPE

UNFOLDS LIKE A

FILM SET AFTER

THE DIRECTOR

HAS WRAPPED

AND THE CAST

HAS LEFT FOR

THE DAY


veers around buzzing swarms of electric

scooters and maverick pedestrians with

the skill of a video-game champion. This

is edge-of-the-seat stuff, until, at the

marvellously named Wulumuqi Road, the

traffic grinds to a hooting, honking halt.

The cabbie taps the long nail of his pinkie

against the wheel.

‘Ni ho hala mia wan wo ga lai!’ he says.

Or something of the sort. Surely he’s

not talking to me, I think, until he

repeats himself with the assurance of

an American tourist expecting everyone

to speak his language. My stress levels

ratchet up further. Rather than mangle

words plucked from my Chinese

phrasebook, I pay the fare on the meter

and flee, nearly colliding with a bicycle

cart carrying bananas, as he continues to

speak in my direction.

At first, the pavements teem as much as

the tarmac. In narrow shops wide open

to the street, fishmongers sink their nets

deep into tanks to pull out wriggling

‘mitten crabs’ with claws encircled

by fuzz, like tiny fur muffs, as I dodge

queues of clocked-off workers buying

buns from bamboo steamers. This is

not the tranquil French Concession I’m

craving right now.

But as I turn into a side street, suddenly

the scene fades — until the only sound

is the swaying branches of the mature

plane trees forming a canopy overhead.

Clay-roofed villas sit back from sepiatoned

walls, the last light of the day

dappling the stucco. It’s no wonder the

French clung on to this little enclave of

quiet for nearly a century.

The landscape unfolds like a film set

after the director has wrapped and

the cast has left for the day. Here and

there a window glows with a scene: a

smocked barber wielding electric shears,

or a candlelit bar stocked with French

imports. A rusty bicycle leans like a prop

against a dress shop. Passing an Art Deco

manor retrofitted with wires and satellite

dishes, I feel a drop of water. In an

upstairs window, an old lady pins a pair

of large white pants to a wire rack jutting

out over the street. She adds a bright pink

shirt, then unfurls a patterned bedsheet

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Food cooks in traditional bamboo

steamers; tai chi at sunrise; neon

advertisements illuminate the night

sky; colourful pavilions at Yu Garden;

statuettes of terracotta warriors on sale

at a tourist market

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like a welcome banner. As I move on, the

drips stain the pavement behind me.

My friend April has chosen our

restaurant, Old Jesse — it’s a tranquil

tonic following my days spent immersed

in the thick of ‘new’ Shanghai. The

two of us meet on an otherwise vacant

tree-lined street, but our table in the

1930s terraced house isn’t ready, so we

wander aimlessly up the road and into

a residential lane, where we’re met with

more drizzle as a woman pours a bucket

of water over her head to wash her hair.

When our table becomes free, April and

I squeeze around a small square of wood

in the house’s former living room. Platter

after platter of meat is coming out of the

kitchen to every mismatched table, and

patrons are chomping the chunks, fat

and all, at an alarming rate. Ours comes

supple, as if it’s been cooked for a day,

and perfectly crisped on the fatty side so

that the two parts ooze together in a salty

swirl. Wilted pea shoots doused in garlic

sauce mitigate this heart attack on a

plate. Only the ‘drunken chicken’ — slices

of breast steeped in rice wine and served

cold as per tradition — fails to charm me.

Back on Wulumuqi Road, en route to

my hotel, the traffic is still buzzing but

the streets are quietening. The noodle

shops are closing up, with just the last

few patrons finishing their meals over

calming games of smartphone mahjong.

Four pensioners in white singlets play

cards around a plastic garden table.

Students headed for the clubs buy

skewers of meat from a small mobile

barbecue, the smoke billowing around

their pastel-dyed coifs. And among it all,

a young man has rolled out a woven mat

on the pavement and fallen fast asleep,

presumably to sneak in some zzzs before

his morning shift. I admire his zen.

At 9am the next morning, I’ve

installed myself on the Bund, the

riverfront boulevard strung with palatial

European landmarks, like diamonds in a

flamboyant headdress. I know it well, at

least by night, when it glimmers from


DUCKING

ALL THE

SELFIE STICKS

CRISSCROSSING

THE PATH, I FELT

LIKE A BRIDE

PASSING UNDER

AN ARCH OF

SABRES


lights arranged strategically around the

spires, columns and domes. Earlier this

week I joined the frenzied passeggiata

along the promenade, facing the new

city of super-tall towers flashing and

pinging with adverts across the river.

Ducking all the selfie sticks criss

crossing the path, I felt like a bride

passing under an arch of sabres.

That was then. Now, on my last day in

town, I’m still not as decompressed as

I want to be. April has recommended

coming back to the Bund: ‘It’s a

different place in the mornings,’

she says. In place of the hordes, six

pensioners dressed head to toe in black

move with exaggerated slowness in a

t’ai chi dance to a tinny soundtrack of

pan flutes. I try to find patterns in their

gently waving arms and gradual lunges,

to align my breathing with the gentle

pad of Adidas on pavement. And slowly,

surely, with the sun’s glare almost

obscuring the hyperbolic skyline to

the east, I feel myself slipping towards

another world.

I’ve still got some sightseeing to do,

but rather than navigate through the

thick of downtown, I’ve mapped out

a route along the Suzhou River, a curly

wisp of water snaking along the north

side of the city. A landscaped path

clings to it, passing century-old

textile warehouses and factories

converted into lofts, shrubbery

peeking out from rooftop gardens.

The infamous smog diffuses the sun

into a downy duvet of light.

I wander under rows of oak and

chestnut, no cars or bikes playing the

usual game of Intersection Chicken, and

end up beside the yellow-ochre walls

of the 19th-century Jade Temple, five

minutes’ stroll from the river. Last time

I was here, the crowds were four deep

around the ceremonial urns, and the

threat of third-degree burns from their

smouldering joss sticks was anything

but Zen, so I brace myself as I enter. But

inside, I find couples wandering hand

in hand, shaded by swooping eaves,

exploring lacquered red halls in peace

and reverential quiet. Monks in sighing

saffron robes slip by in silence so pure I

can hear the slap of their sandals.

Why so calm? Last year, I overhear a

guide murmuring, the entire temple was

hoisted up on rollers and shifted 30m

backwards. In the void, a vast courtyard

emerged in which to breathe, reflect, and

freely swing a joss stick.

For a while I sit on the temple steps,

breathing in incense and feeling my

slouch sink into a slump that almost

matches the Buddha’s. I glide to the

Metro. Shanghai’s mass-transit system

is the longest in the world — and,

thanks to its 430kph airport train, the

most breakneck-fast too. But by early

evening the crowds have dispersed from

the immense ticket hall, parting the

way to an English-language kiosk. How

easy it is to drop in my handful of coins

for a ticket, how clear the signs to the

platform, how quickly my train arrives,

how strangely... relaxing it all is.

The train speeds away, causing light

projections on the tunnel walls to move

like a zoetrope. I lean against a pole and

watch meditatively as the air chimes

with gadgetry lullabies. This is the last

place I would have looked for serenity,

but Shanghai surprises even — especially

— when it’s not trying. And I think I’ve

finally found peace.

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Old Hollywood glamour, sherbet for breakfast and

active volcanoes — Faye Bartle enjoys a

mind-blowing break under the Sicilian sun


SICILY

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SICILY

olidaying within spitting

distance (almost)

of Mount Etna, one

of the biggest active

volcanoes in the world,

certainly adds a small element of danger

to what would otherwise be a classic

mix of sun, sand and sea in the Med.

Sicily’s landmark attraction has an

explosive history, most recently ‘waking

up’ in May this year with an eruption

that created clouds of ash and sent

flowing trails of red-hot lava down two

sides of its New Southeast Crater. Its

fiery displays have captivated people

through the ages. As legend has it, the

Greek philosopher Empedocles threw

himself into the crater in an attempt

to discover the secrets of its eruptive

activity, while Theoderic the Great,

king of the Ostrogoths, ended up being

dragged in by his skittish horse. Like a

moth to the flame, I too could not resist

the mountain’s magnetic pull, which

is how I found myself careering over

the rocky landscape in a four-wheel

drive one crisp spring morning.

“We consider Etna to be a female

mountain – she throws out lava every

once in a while, but she rarely kills

anyone,” jokes my driver Alberto, as

he parks up to allow his passengers to

explore on foot. “My father brought

me here after one particularly large

eruption when I was just eight years

old. I remember it well, as the lava

hadn’t quite cooled down yet and

I burnt the soles of my shoes.”

Of course, the locals have grown

savvy to Etna’s temperamental ways,

taking the good with the bad. The

volcanic landscape that surrounds

the peak is covered in hauntingly

beautiful fireweeds: vibrant red,

pink and yellow flowers that are a

result of the mineral-rich lava that

has hardened on the ground.

The mountain is also home to thriving

vineyards, including the family-run

Fischetti, which is best reached by

boarding the historic carriages of

the Ferrovia Circumetnea railway, a

110-kilometre line that almost encircles

Etna. Designed to connect Catania and

Riposto, the concept was presented by

British civil engineer Robert Trewhella

in 1885, with its first part inaugurated

in 1895. Today, it offers visitors an eyepleasing

trip around the mountain, with

its characterful steam train popping

out on rare occasions to transport

people on foodie tours of the area.

Fischetti, nestled on the North-

Eastern side of Etna, looks just like

the house that Vito Corleone retired

to in The Godfather – no stretch of the

imagination considering many scenes

for the acclaimed mob drama were

filmed on the island. Covered in lush

green vines and surrounded by fruitful

gardens (pomegranates, aubergine, and

artichoke were all ready for plucking),

it’s a warm and welcoming place to

go for an intimate feast of delicious

Sicilian dishes washed down with the

aged results of Fischetti’s best harvest.

From cherry tomatoes rich with flavour

to gambero rosso (red prawns) caught

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Opening pages from left to

right: The beach at Belmond Villa

Sant'Andrea; a mixture of Sicilian

appetisers by Oliviero restaurant at

the Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Opposite: The view from a room at

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

This page clockwise from top

left: A bee gets to work on making

lavender honey on Etna; strolling

over solidified lava on Etna;

Salvatore Rodolico, a boat builder in

Acitrezza; granita and brioche

fresh by the local fishermen and the

must-try arancini (a ball of creamy

risotto rice that’s breaded and then deep

fried), meals are an art form here.

“Mamma mia!” exclaim my Italian

companions, as they sample the simple

yet utterly delicious delights. While I’m

no foodie, I took this as a sure sign I

was onto a good thing. One thing I can

assure you, is that you haven’t tasted

the real Sicily until you try granita.

This classic dessert, also a staple

breakfast dish eaten with brioche, is

thought to have been inspired by Arab

culture during the Muslim conquest

of Sicily from 827 until 902 CE.

“They brought citrus and sugar cane

with them and, essentially, they taught

us how to make sherbet,” says chef

Giovanna Musumeci, as she rolled up

her sleeves to show us how it’s done

in the small but lively Pasticceria

Santo Musumeci in Randazzo.

Just like sorbet, but crunchier, granita

is made by blending water, sugar and

fruit juice and freezing it in a metal


EACH COURSE

IS SERVED IN A

DIFFERENT HOME,

WITH A SIDE OF

MOTHERLY LOVE


pan, scraping off the crystals that have

formed around the sides and mixing

them together to make a refreshingly

semi-frozen treat. Simply tear off a

chunk of brioche and use it to scoop

the granita straight into your mouth.

All manner of flavours are added, from

mulberry to lemon, but for breakfast you

can’t go wrong with coffee or almond

flavoured granita – the latter is typical

to the region of Catania. Speaking of

which, the pistachios are a must-try.

Again, I am assured with great gusto

by the Italians that the little green nuts

here are like nowhere else on the planet –

“mamma mia!” they all cheer in unison.

Dining in Sicily is a social affair and if

you’re eager to sit down with the locals,

you must check out the Le Mamme del

Borgo experience. The brainchild of a

group of mothers in the charming village

of Motta Camastra, you’ll be whisked

away for lunch or dinner served in the

homes of these talented matriarchs. Each

course is served in a different home,

giving you the chance to taste authentic

dishes with a side of motherly love. It’s

a fantastic way to learn why Sicilians

are so passionate about cooking.

I’d ventured to Sicily for more than just

good food, however. For me, the sparkling

coastline was the draw card. The

Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, where I was

staying, was certainly a feast for the eyes.

Set on its own private beach in Taormina

Bay, the views are simply stunning. In

snagging a suite with a balcony facing the

Bay of Mazzarò, I’d found my temporarily

child-free happy place where I could

read for hours while colourful boats

bobbed in the water, brave swimmers

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This page: Fischetti at the foot

of Mount Etna

Opposite: Isola Bella cuts a shapely

figure in the Mediterranean Sea

-style

jumped from the rocks, and explorers

made their way along the narrow

pebble beach to the lush Isola Bella.

As the famous German writer Johann

Wolfgang von Goethe said of Taormina

in 1787: “We could not tear ourselves

away until after sunset. To watch this

landscape, so remarkable in every

aspect, slowly sinking into darkness,

was an incredibly beautiful sight.”

Celebrating its 100 th anniversary this

year, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea tells

a gripping tale, with all the glamour

you’d expect of an exclusive Sicilian

retreat. Built by an aristocratic family

in 1830, the villa was bought by the

Trewhella family in the 1920s (the

same Englishman who’d come to help

develop the Circumetnea railway). They

set about expanding the villa, adding

palm trees to the gardens and filling the

house with antiques and oil paintings.

Following a lockdown period during

WW2, the family reopened the villa as

a small hotel in 1950. The place quickly

became known as a celebrity hotspot,

welcoming a roster of high-profile

guests, including Sir Winston Churchill

and his wife Clementine, Richard Burton,

Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino and Francis

Ford Coppola. And while the Trewhella’s

waved goodbye to the property in 1985,

this stunning hotel, once just a small

house in an olive grove by the sea, still

exudes star quality. You don’t have to

look far to find the party – even the

chefs are at it, regularly transforming

the kitchen into a nightclub for foodies,


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complete with DJs in chef whites.

Indeed, sparkling fountains and

evenings spent dancing along the shore

comprise a standard night ‘in’ here.

The estate is just as alluring during

the day. The aromas of orange blossom,

neroli and jasmine fill the air (a

trademark so cherished that Belmond

has introduced three dedicated suites

inspired by the scents). Eager to seek

out my own keepsakes, I made the

short stroll to the base of the Taormina

Cableway, which whisks passengers

up to the town centre in just three

minutes. And while this creaking

communal zipline may be bad news

for those with no head for heights, it

is by far the fastest route to the top –

and costs just US$6.8 (€6) return. This

picturesque hilltop town has plenty to

discover, including an ancient Greek

theatre that’s still used today. Tourists

come to soak up the sweeping Ionian

seascapes and, in my case, to shop.

Follow in the footsteps of Orson Welles,

D. H. Lawrence and Truman Capote and

browse the bustling main thoroughfare

and narrow backstreets lined with shops

selling gorgeous mementoes to those

with money to burn. From beautiful

ceramics to vintage travel posters, I was

very quickly relieved of all my euros.

There’s plenty to distract you from

spending too much, however. From

private walking tours of the town to

catching an opera at the amphitheatre.

For something a bit different, the

Belmond-organised Ape Tour of

Taormina takes you on a whistle-stop

tour of the sights in a three-wheeled

Ape Calessino (imagine a Europeanstyle

tuk tuk). You’ll visit Casa Cuseni,

a beautiful honey-stuccoed residence

built by British painter Robert Kitson

in the early 20th century, go for a picnic

on Isola Bella beach, and stop for a

drink at Wunderbar, one of Tennesse

Williams’ favourite watering holes.

If you’re eager to explore the

sparkling sea, a boat trip to the

Aeolian Islands is sure to impress.

Plot a course for Lipari, the largest

of the UNESCO-protected, ruggedly

volcanic islands that grace the coast.

Suitably relaxed, I couldn’t help

but wonder if life would be richer in

Taormina. Admittedly a dramatic change

of pace compared to Dubai, the idea

is not entirely beyond the realms of

possibility. In January this year, the town

of Mussomeli launched an initiative

inviting foreign investors to buy a

historic home there for just US$1.1 (€1)

– talk about making me an offer I can’t

refuse. No joke, however, the Case1euro.it

initiative was designed to help regenerate

and breathe new life into the area, which

is situated just a few kilometres from the

beach and is home to just 11,000 people.

The only catch? You must renovate the

house within three years of buying it – a

task that could rack up a six-figure bill,

according to my Italian friends. So while

I may not have found my permanent

slice of Sicilian serenity just yet, the

seed has definitely been planted.

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WEEKENDS

CULTURE TRIP

Let us reacquaint you with this

culture spot that's ideally placed for

a mind-nourishing mini break

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ISTANBUL

Hagia Sophia

HISTORICAL SITES AND MUSEUMS

Comprised of three museums – the archaeological

museum, the museum of the ancient Orient

and the museum of Islamic art – the Istanbul

Archaeology Museums draw history buffs

with their impressive line-up of archaeological

treasures. Just around the corner, Topkapı

Palace offers a glimpse into the grand lives of the

Ottoman Empire’s Sultans during the 15 th and 19 th

centuries by showcasing extravagant relics of the

dynasty’s riches. Widely considered the epitome

of Byzantine architectural expertise, Hagia Sophia

should be your next stop. Marvel at shimmering

gold mosaics, exquisite Arabic calligraphy and

huge domes built nearly 1,500 years ago.

ART GALLERIES

Known for challenging visitors’ ideas about art,

Arter is quickly gaining a reputation as an edgy

platform for Turkish art featuring the likes of Mona

Hatoum, Sarkis and Marc Quinn. More on the

avant-garde spectrum, Rodeo offers innovation in

spades with its cutting-edge take on art. But the

crème de la crème of the city’s art scene is Istanbul

Modern. Blending the city's artistic and cultural

identity with the international art world is what

makes this creative hub a must-see.

THIS MONTH'S HIGHLIGHT

Already listed among the

most visionary art events

of 2019, the 16 th Istanbul

Biennial is taking place this

year between 14 September

and 10 November. Curated

by French art scholar and

writer Nicolas Bourriaud,

the long awaited exhibition

is titled 'The Seventh

Continent' and will aim

to highlight the impact of

ARTISAN FINDS

human activities on the

planet through the brilliant Coffee lovers should make a beeline to

work of more than 57 artists.

Çadircilar Caddesi near the Grand Bazaar

and watch coppersmiths perfect the art of coffee

pot-making. For a swirl of colour, places like Iznik

produce the best ceramic pieces renowned for

their rich and elaborate designs.

LOCAL FLAVOUR

A true classic, Borsa serves up age-old delicacies

with a gorgeous backdrop of the city. Dive into

traditional dishes like döner, kuzu taandır and içli

köfte. Alternatively, Karaköy Lokantası is the place

to go for a taste of home-cooked goodness. The

restaurant invites guests with its cosy ambience

and delicious spread of local specialities.

Traditional coffee-pot

WHERE TO STAY

Live the Sultan life at Hotel Sultania and indulge in

a signature Hammam fit for royals. For those with a

keen interest in history, Eresin Crown Hotel boasts

the title ‘museum hotel’ for its impressive display of

real artefacts from the Ottoman and Byzantine eras.

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the

weekend

Kraków

A combination of historic

architecture underpinned

by a rich culture and thriving

food and retail scene means

Poland’s second city won’t be

under the radar for long

This page: Market

Square

Opposite from top:

Entrance gate to the

Royal Castle;

Hotel Copernicus;

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LONG WEEKEND

With its cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages and

Cinderella castles, Kraków’s fairy-tale credentials

are obvious, but these old-world charms are

just part of the city’s appeal. Vestiges of the

different eras that have defined Kraków through

the centuries offer visitors an opportunity to

explore one of Eastern Europe’s most fascinating

cities, from the mediaeval monuments of the old

town and Renaissance palaces along Florianska

Street, to the communist architecture of Nowa

Huta and everything in-between. There’s a lively

contemporary arts community that hosts a busy

calendar of events and a diverse café culture and

foodie scene that ranges from budget-friendly milk

bars to high-end restaurants serving the finest Polish

cuisine. Viewpoints abound from castle towers and

church spires while, at street level, there are twisting

alleyways and sprawling piazzas to take in.

Kraków’s oldest hotel,

the Pod Róza, is located

just off the Market

Square and features 57

beautifully appointed

rooms renovated in

keeping with their historic

character. Antique

furniture is balanced

with modern comforts,

from gleaming marble

bathrooms to frescoed

walls and polishedwood

floors that set the

Renaissance tone in this

surprisingly budgetfriendly

option. Guests

can dine on Tuscan food

at Amarone downstairs

or international and

contemporary Polish

cuisine in the hotel’s

second restaurant. Not

far from here, another

mid-size hotel, the Unicus

Palace, offers a five-star

retreat complete with

swimming pool and

Jacuzzi to unwind after a

day of sightseeing. Inside

the old building, the décor

is modern and minimalist,

with large comfortable

beds and a friendly front

desk, where staff go

out of their way to offer

A BED FOR THE AGES

Characterful abodes abound

in a city steeped in history

advice. The Grand Hotel

in the Old Town was once

a favourite among the

city’s literati, described

as the “most modern and

luxurious hotel in town”,

when it opened in 1887.

Drink in the ambience at

the hotel’s Vienna Café

and browse the pictures

of many former famous

guests on the walls. The 29

rooms at Hotel Copernicus

are a fabulous mid-range

option in a beautiful building

that dates back to the

1500s. Guests can also take

an atmospheric dip in the

hotel’s unique subterranean

swimming pool, which was

built under the arches in

mediaeval cellars.

café

culture

When Kraków was under

Austrian influence it

became common to see

Viennese-style coffee

houses around the city.

Today, Kraków has

developed a distinctive

café culture of its own,

with spots like Bunkier,

which adjoins the famous

Bunkier Sztuki Gallery.

This is a popular venue

in its own right, partly

due to the garden, where

transparent walls are

raised in the winter to

allow guests to sip their

coffee year-round.

Wesola Café is a small,

intimate space where the

smell of crushed coffee

beans drifts through the

door upon opening. For

somewhere to kick back

with a good book in hand,

Massolit Books and Café

is the obvious choice.

Cosy, comfy and complete

with a well-stocked library

of mainly-English books,

it’s easy to while away

a rainy afternoon in this

charming retreat.

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shop

the city

Take home a souvenir

Pick up beautiful wood

carvings, amber jewellery,

hand-painted ceramics

and other traditional

items at Sukkience, also

known as the Cloth Hall,

a traditional trading area

where travelling merchants

used to congregate to ply

their wares. A stroll along

Florianska Street is another

great way to browse local

produce, including Polish

culinary delicacies like

mountain cheese and

pickled cucumbers. Kacper

Ryx Historical Shop in the

Hipolit House Museum

stocks a selection of local

arts and crafts as well as

vintage items.

Shopping malls

One of the largest malls

in Kraków is Galerie

Krakówska, which is

located just off Main

Market Square. There’s

also Galeria Kazimierz,

which has bookshops and

cafés, as well as a

cinema.

Local

boutiques

There is a

growing

independent

fashion scene

in Kraków, where

edgy boutiques such as

Pan Tu Nie Stal offer the

latest in hipster wear.

Pasaz 13 stocks highend

labels, while Boogie

Flowear sells boho items

at budget prices. On

weekends, browse the

flea stall stands at Hala

Targowa market, which

has all sorts for sale; from

vintage postcards and

second-hand books to

clothes to furniture and the

odd decent painting.

DINE OUT

MILKBAR TOMASZA

Bar mleczny, or milk

bars, are a Polish

tradition dating back

to 1896 when workers

in socialist post-war

Poland relied on

these governmentsubsidised

cafés for

affordable hot meals.

The revamped interior

at Milkbar Tomasza

has made it touristfriendly

for local dishes

at great prices.

STARKA

Cosy with candlelight,

this is home-cooked

Polish food at its best. It’s

open until late and gets

busy on weekends.

AMARYLLIS

Recommended in the

2017 Michelin guide,

Amaryllis continues to

attract discerning diners

with food that combines

Polish culinary traditions

with the latest trends and

techniques to create dishes

like the pear and fennel

infused Baltic salmon.

Itinerary add-ons

High on a hilltop overlooking the city, Wawel

Royal Castle was the royal seat for centuries in

Poland and is now one of the country’s premier

museums. Many tourists in Kraków pay a visit to

Oskar Schindler’s factory, which featured in the

movie Schindler’s List and is now a museum where

visitors can explore life in Kraków during WWII.

Lastly, leafy, peaceful and picturesque Planty

Park is where the locals go to wander. The park

comprises eight separate gardens that merge to

create a circular walking route dotted with cafés

serving aromatic coffee.

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KRAKÓW ON FOOT

Choose from a wide selection of

walking tours exploring different

aspects of the city

Opposite page, from top: A

dish by Amaryllis; shoppers on

Florianska Street; Planty Park

This page from top: Tourists

on a walking tour of the city

© Urban Adventures; view of

horse-drawn carriage through a

stained-glass window of Town

Hall Tower

WIELICZKA SALT MINE TOUR Follow an experienced

guide through the tunnels and chambers of Kraków’s

most famous salt mine and see hidden chapels carved

by miners many centuries ago, underwater lakes and

other extraordinary sites hundreds of metres below

ground. kraków-tours.com

KRAKÓW BY NIGHT Meet in front of St. Mary’s

Church in Main Market Square to discover the city

after dark with Cracow Free Tours. The Secrets of

Kraków by Night tour delves into the dark corners

and turbulent tales behind some of the city’s

oldest sites, including mediaeval torture chambers.

cracowfreetours.com

CREATE YOUR OWN Urban Adventures can tailor

a tour to create a truly personalised experience

of Kraków. In the past the company has designed

behind-the-scenes tours — including organising

wheelchair access — in areas not usually open to the

public, and arranged culinary adventures with local

chefs. urbanadventures.com

Words: Olivia Cuthbert

insider tips

Agata Kulis, a guide

at ToursByLocals,

shares expert

insights into making

the most of your time

in Kraków

Kraków is definitely a

city of culture — we celebrate music, art,

literature and cuisine. As a musician, my

favourite annual event is the Film Music

Festival in May. For some of the best

views of the city, climb St. Mary’s Tower or

walk around the City Defence Walls and

peer down into the charming streets and

piazzas of Kraków’s Old Town. If you fancy

getting out of the city, drive the two hours

to the Pieniny National Park and take a dip

in the Dunajec River, then stay overnight at

the castle in Niedzica on Lake Czorsztyn

for a really special experience. Another

highlight in this city is the street food and

Kraków Grill in Kazimierz is a great place to

try it. Mrs Bozenka will serve you traditional

delicacies like kielbasa (sausages) and

Oscypek (mountain sheep cheese with

cranberry sauce) as part of a Polish meal.

ARCHITECTURAL

FEAST

As the sun sets, head

to the heart of Main

Market Square and

watch the colours

of the historic

townhouses fade as the

silhouettes of some of

Kraków’s most famous

buildings emerge, from

the gothic towers of

St. Mary’s Basilica

to the Renaissancestyle

Cloth Hall,

which features a

magnificent Polish

parapet adorned with

carved masks. Take

in the 10th-century

Church of St. Adalbert

and the elegant

Town Hall Tower

before diving deeper

into the Old Town.

The entire area is a

designated UNESCO

World Heritage site with

around 6,000 historic

sites encompassing

Renaissance, Baroque

and Gothic styles.

Highlights include the

crumbling city walls

on cobbled Florianska

Street, which is lined

with mediaeval façades.

At one end is the

imposing St. Florian’s

Gate, arguably

one of the most

impressive Middle Age

fortifications in Eastern

Europe. Take a turn

down Grodzka, one of

the city’s oldest streets,

to see the grand

façades of the old

merchant guilds that

once lined this former

trading route.

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WORLD TRAVELLER X DCT ABU DHABI

THREE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE ABU DHABI...

Architectural gems

Home to some of the world’s most cutting-edge

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Feel the world go round

at Aldar Headquarters.

Deemed the world’s first

circular skyscraper, and the

first of its kind in the Middle

East, this 23-storey 110-metrehigh

futuristic office space

has taken its place alongside

global landmarks for its stateof-the-art

design, visual effect

and innovative function. Set

upon an elevated peninsula,

it also offers spectacular city

and sea views.

2Lean 18° west at Capital

Gate. Luring architecture

fans with its stunning

structure, this upscale

skyscraper veers 18° to the

west, earning the title of the

World’s Furthest Leaning Man

Made Tower’ from Guinness

World Records. There’s plenty

to see on the inside as well,

with a permanent art gallery,

165 Below, showcasing works

of upcoming Emirati artists.

3Get ready to rumble

at Yas Hotel Abu

Dhabi. The brainchild

of renowned designers

Hani Rashid and Lise Anna

Couture, this is the first hotel

ever built over an F1 race

circuit. But more than that,

this is a piece of art, which

awes with its vast expanse of

sweeping, curvilinear glass

and steel. Marvel at the unique

effect of its pivoting diamondshaped,

colour-changing

panes as they reflect LED

illuminated video feeds that

light up the night sky.

Photo: Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

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STAYCATION

A QUICK GETAWAY

John Thatcher and family speed to the

Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah for a grand weekend

It’s rare that my wife and I fight

over the car key. Admittedly, this

has less to do with the car we drive

(the Dubai standard SUV) and more

to do with the actual driving we do —

the daily school run, which we both

undertake to the detriment of our

respective blood pressures. This time,

however, the allure was altogether

different. We wouldn’t be driving (or

actually inching our way, bumper to

bumper) to school, or clambering

inside a permanently dust-covered SUV,

littered inside with bits of food, sweet

wrappers and whatever ‘art’ the kids

have made at school. No, this time we

would be driving to the palatial Waldorf

Astoria Ras Al Khaimah on a glorious

Friday morning, on almost traffic-free

roads. And better still, we would be

doing so in an Aston Martin Rapide

AMR, a four-door sportscar that would

likely get us there quicker than it takes

for us to complete the 3km school run.

The downside? In every picture I had

seen of the Aston it has a lurid lime

green, 80s style ‘go faster’ stripe running

the length of its body, which to my mind

makes me at least 20 years too old to

drive it. Behind its wheel I would feel as

conscious of my age (44) as I would if

dressed as a grime artist. So it was with a

sense of palpable relief that on collecting

the car I saw that the boy-racer green

was restricted to a strip of lime that

outlines the car’s body. Better still, it

was just enough disagreeable detail to

dissuade my wife from laying claim to

the key.

The other downside to driving a

car built and styled for speed is that

everyone else on the road takes it as

a green light to try and race you. It’s

inevitable on Dubai’s roads that drivers

of white Nissan Patrols or any coloured

Dodge will do this, but you don’t expect

it from the driver of a noticeably aged

Kia Picanto. But much to the amusement

of our kids — loving life in the back seats,

which are surprisingly roomy, for anyone

aged 10 or below — the manic-eyed male

at the wheel of his midnight blue Picanto

was pushing it to its extremities as he

tried to overtake us, the Picanto visibly

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WORLD TRAVELLER X WALDORF ASTORIA RAS AL KHAIMAH

shaking. I could have merely touched the

accelerator with the weight of a feather

and remained ahead of him, but egged

on by the kids (try and forget that I’m 44

at this point) I activate the car’s sports

setting and soundtracked by the best

sounding engine around, left the Picanto

with an aurally delightful roar.

And that’s the whole point of the

Rapide AMR — it’s great fun. Speed

aside, the carbon ceramic breaks

are exceptional, the car’s handling

impeccable (despite its obvious weight),

its balance impressive (thanks to fat tyres

on the largest wheels ever attached to an

Aston) and it corners nimbly, allowing for

full throttle exits. Of more of a surprise

is the size of the boot, which easily

accommodates a weekend’s luggage.

Just as well, as this was a weekend when

size mattered.

On arrival, the Waldorf Astoria Ras

Al Khaimah really is an extraordinary

impressive sight: enormous, regal and

capped with golden domes. Equally

striking is the size of the King Junior

Suite, which feels more apartment than

room like, so much so that I had to

significantly raise the level of my voice to

be heard from its entrance hall. Yes, that’s

right, an entrance hall.

Endless sea views are yours to drink in

from an expansive terrace, but with just

24 hours at the resort we were keen to

hit the pool and beach — both, as you’ll

have guessed by now, gargantuan. In

fact, the beach is by far the country’s

most impressive. So large, that in the

time it takes you to cross the sand and

reach the lapping waves, you’ll be a few

chapters into your holiday read.

The benefit of everything being supersized

is that despite the large number of

guests soaking up the sun and families

splashing in the pool, we never once felt

like the resort was crowded. It makes for

a thoroughly relaxing getaway that feels

far longer than its 24 hours, aided by

excellent staff throughout.

Dinner at sleek steakhouse Lexington

Grill was the proverbial icing on the cake

— a decadent, baked-to-order warm

blue cheesecake, to be precise. The

steaks top the bill: a fist-sized fillet with

seared-in juice and ample flavour, and

a hulking rib-eye dry-aged on site (this

is the only UAE restaurant housing the

necessary set up to air-dry its beef).

A meal fit for a king-sized appetite

made for a great night’s sleep, which

it was until the bedside alarm clock

sounded at 6am. The work of a

mischievous previous guest? Perhaps.

But it did afford extra time for the kids

to order a second stack of buttermilk

pancakes at breakfast, and for me to

further indulge my midlife crisis in the

garish green-striped speed machine.

Opposite: The Aston Martin Rapide AMR

This page from top: Surf and turf served

up at Lexington Grill Sea; sea views from

the King Junior Suite – both at Waldorf

Astoria Ras Al Khaimah

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Fit for royalty, luxury is the hallmark of

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THE FOOD

This British themed hotel leaves no

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stylish gastronomy options, as there is a

wide array of exquisite restaurants sure

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Whether you are planning a relaxing

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the hotel has coined 'the art of fine

moments'. What's more, little

staycationers, aged five to 12 will be

entertained all day at DUKESY Kids Club.

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a Premier Ocean View Room

with breakfast daily.

Offer: Stay 3 days, pay for 2.

Valid from: Now until

31 October 2019.

MALAYSIA

FOUR SEASONS RESORT

LANGKAWI

3 nights starting from

USD610 per person

Includes: Stay 3 nights in a Garden

View Ground Floor Room with

breakfast daily.

Offer: 20% savings on stay.

Valid from: Now until

30 September 2019.

The Residence Zanzibar

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

MALDIVES

ANANTARA VELI RESORT & SPA

3 nights starting from

USD1,200 per person

Includes: Stay 3 nights in

a Deluxe Overwater Bungalow

with breakfast and dinner daily.

Offer: Complimentary

speedboat transfers.

Valid from: Now until

30 September 2019.

The St.Regis Mauritius Resort

Four Seasons Hotel Baku

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

TANZANIA

THE RESIDENCE ZANZIBAR

3 nights starting from

US905 per person

Includes: Stay 3 nights in a Luxury

Garden Pool Villa with breakfast and

dinner daily.

Offer: 2 children up to 11 years old

can stay for free.

Valid from: Now until

19 December 2019.

AZERBAIJAN

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAKU

4 nights starting from

USD550 per person

Includes: Stay 4 nights in a Deluxe

Caspian Room.

Offer: Stay 4 days, pay for 3.

Valid from: Now until

26 December 2019.

SWITZERLAND

ROMANTIK HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF

GRINDELWALD

3 nights starting from

USD699 per person

Includes: Stay 3 nights in a

Deluxe Room with breakfast

and dinner daily.

Offer: 15% savings on stay.

Valid from: Now until 30 September 2019.

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DNATA TRAVEL OFFERS

WEEKEND ESCAPES

UAE

SHERATON JUMEIRAH

Valid from: Now until

BEACH RESORT & TOWERS

30 September 2019.

1 night starting from

USD152 per person

AL BAIT SHARJAH

Includes: Stay 1 night in a Deluxe

1 night starting from

Room with breakfast.

USD163 per person

Offer: Children can stay and eat

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Includes: Stay 1 night in Al

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a delicious spread of local

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delicacies for breakfast,

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JA OCEAN VIEW HOTEL

ice-cream tasting.

1 night starting from

Offer: Guaranteed early check-

USD77 per person

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discount on Spa and all food and

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Valid from: Now until

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30 September 2019.

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LE ROYAL MÉRIDIEN

ABU DHABI

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1 night starting from

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa

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Includes: Stay 1 night in a

Includes: Stay 1 night in

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breakfast.

Offer: 33% savings on stay.

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Valid from: Now until

Valid from: Now until 30

31 October 2019.

September 2019.

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BAHRAIN

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ

THALASSA SEA AND SPA

1 night starting from

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USD52 per person

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Includes: Stay 1 night in

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with breakfast.

Valid from: Now until 30

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September 2019.

Valid from: Now until 31

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Offer: 45% savings on stay.

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THROUGH

THE LENS

Peleș Castle, Romania

"Throughout my travels in

Eastern Europe, this is by far

the most beautiful castle I have

ever encountered. Located in

the Carpathian Mountains,

near Sinaia, I managed to find

a local driver to take me there

where I spent the entire day

exploring the countryside of

Romania. I must have been 22

years old at the time and I was

travelling solo across Europe.

I had previously ventured a

little further east to Russia on

a whirlwind week in Moscow,

but something about the allure

of Romania's countryside, and

how it's one of the lesser visited

countries in Europe, lured

me in. It remains one of my

favourite destinations to date."

Travel photographer

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travel because: "I get to see

the world through the eyes

of the different people I

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