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ISSUE 105 | JANUARY <strong>2020</strong> | COMPLIMENTARY COPY<br />

JAPAN<br />






Recharge at these<br />

dreamy Indian<br />

Ocean spas<br />

The new<br />

New York<br />

How to put a fresh<br />

spin on a golden oldie<br />

Produced in Dubai Production City<br />

Soft-sand beaches, zingy African flavours, and devoid of tourists<br />

– introducing the delicious little islands of São Tomé and Príncipe

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Welcome note<br />

If, like us, staring at the blank pages of a brand new travel<br />

journal fills you with wanderlust, and you're armed with a<br />

refreshed batch of annual leave, it's high time to start booking<br />

those trips you promised you'd take in <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Managing Director<br />

Victoria Thatcher<br />

Chief Creative Officer<br />

John Thatcher<br />

General Manager<br />

David Wade<br />

Managing Editor<br />

Faye Bartle<br />

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Content Writer<br />

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Editorial Assistant<br />

Ronak Sagar<br />

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Kerri Bennett<br />

Senior Designer<br />

Hiral Kapadia<br />

If you're still feeling the effects of the silly<br />

season, a wellbeing boosting break could be<br />

just what the doctor ordered. This month,<br />

we've rounded up the 20 best pampering spa<br />

experiences to indulge in across the Indian Ocean<br />

(page 26). From doing your daily sun salutations<br />

on a white-sand beach in the Seychelles to getting<br />

a vitamin infusion in the Maldives or having a<br />

hydrating honey wrap in Mauritius, these luxury<br />

spas will help you emerge a smoother, shinier,<br />

happier version of your former self.<br />

Also inside this issue, we take you to the streets<br />

of New York, where there's always something<br />

new to discover (page 38); shine a light on the<br />

wonderfully off-radar little islands of São Tomé<br />

and Príncipe (page 44); and show you why<br />

swapping cherry blossom for snow-capped<br />

mountains in Japan may be the best decision you<br />

make this year (page 50).<br />

Happy travels,<br />

Faye Bartle<br />

Win!<br />

A two-night stay<br />

at Jumeirah Dar Al<br />

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1<br />

Snuggling under a<br />

weighted blanket could<br />

help ease your nerves<br />

when flying, p22<br />

2<br />

The new Statue of<br />

Liberty Museum is the<br />

most significant addition<br />

to Liberty Island since<br />

the statue was launched<br />

in 1886, p38<br />

3<br />

In São Tomé, they like<br />

to 'Léve-léve' ('take it<br />

easy'), p44<br />

4<br />

You can support<br />

disadvantaged women<br />

by sampling their everchanging<br />

menu of local<br />

dishes at Amal Women's<br />

Moroccan restaurant in<br />

Marrakech, p56<br />

5<br />

December through<br />

March is the quietest<br />

and cheapest time to<br />

visit Japan, p50<br />

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Yoga on a sandbank at Soneva Jani. Photo by Stevie Mann<br />

Contents<br />

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

15<br />


regulars<br />

10 15 22 70 72<br />



This month's go-to<br />

places include sunny<br />

Perth, adventurous Koh<br />

Samui and the winter<br />

wonderland of Yerevan.<br />


Why ultra all-inclusive<br />

is the way to go in <strong>2020</strong>,<br />

wellbeing boosting<br />

breaks to help you start<br />

the year right, and fab<br />

new hotels on our radar.<br />


Does the thought of<br />

flying give you sweaty<br />

palms? We share some<br />

tried and tested tips<br />

for getting you on that<br />

aeroplane.<br />


Head online for<br />

exclusive travel content<br />

and, better yet, the<br />

chance to win a luxury<br />

stay at Jumeirah Dar Al<br />

Masyaf in Dubai.<br />


Soak up the views of<br />

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia<br />

from the free-standing<br />

bathtub in this grand<br />

Terrace Suite at The<br />

One Barcelona.<br />

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features<br />

26 38<br />



Faye Bartle discovers<br />

We've rounded up 20 how to put a fresh spin<br />

fabulous places to be on a timeless classic by<br />

pampered in Seychelles, mixing the old with the<br />

Maldives and Mauritius. new in New York.<br />

44<br />


Soft-sand beaches and<br />

zingy African flavours;<br />

Stanley Stewart<br />

introduces the islands of<br />

São Tomé and Príncipe.<br />

50<br />


Onsen baths, piping hot<br />

noodle bowls, and ways<br />

to get cosy, Alicia Miller<br />

explores the snowy<br />

spectacle of Japan.<br />

La Mamounia, Marrakech<br />

56<br />


weekends<br />

56 60<br />


IN MARRAKECH Feel in need of a break?<br />

Let the city's heady We have a few more<br />

blend of culture and reasons to book a<br />

beauty lure you in. weekend escape.<br />

66<br />


It's time we sent you<br />

packing. Choose your<br />

next adventure from<br />

our exclusive offers.<br />

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Wellness Haven at Saray Spa.<br />

Renew for the journey ahead.<br />

A relaxing realm of quiet luxury, Saray Spa at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is an authentic wellness Spa,<br />

where ancient healing techniques and locally sourced natural ingredients are combined to enhance the<br />

well-being of each guest. The Spa features 17 treatment rooms, inclusive of two private Hammam rooms,<br />

one Dead Sea treatment room boasting the UAE’s only Dead Sea Floatation Pool found within, and two<br />

Private Luxury Spa Suites. Experience the wonders of the Middle East through Arabian Body Rituals<br />

or Hammam Rituals, or benefit from the resultsoriented facials. An exclusive retail boutique offers luxurious<br />

gifts and spa products for every occasion.<br />

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai | Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, PO Box 121000, Dubai, UAE<br />

T +971 4 414 6754 | mhrs.dxbjw.spa@marriott.com | jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com<br />

*Terms and conditions: Offer is subject to availability and advance reservations are required. This is a limited time offer.


Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter,<br />

reveals the best places to hop on a plane to this month<br />

Koh Samui<br />

It’s dry season in Thailand – an excellent time to explore its beautiful islands. An adventure seeker's paradise, Koh<br />

Samui is home to the Ang Thong Marine Park – an archipelago of more than 40 islands where you can swim, snorkel,<br />

hike and kayak to your heart's content. Explore the colourful neighbourhoods, such as Chaweng for its buzzing main<br />

street, beach dining and nightlife, as well as the rustic Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village and its popular night market.<br />

Highlights 1 Hire a motorbike and set off on a thrill-a-minute tour – you can circumnavigate the island in just a couple of hours.<br />

2 Stroll through the Secret Buddha Garden private sculpture park atop Pom Mountain and discover its unique collection<br />

of hand-carved statues nestled in the lush jungle. 3 Get fit quick by booking yourself in for some private Muay Thai training<br />

sessions – Punch It Gym takes beginners through to seasoned fighters under its wing.<br />

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Perth<br />

The sunniest (and perhaps the coolest) city in Australia, Perth calls with its glittering downtown skyline, vibrant<br />

Elizabeth Quay, and contemporary Australian dining at the multilevel Print Hall. Enjoy endless sunshine on its<br />

pristine beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean, from the renowned Cottesloe Beach to the 63 white-sand coves on<br />

Rottnest Island, a nature reserve home to the cute and friendly quokka, and which will soon boast a new marina.<br />

Highlights 1 For thrills and spills, head to Perth's Outback Splash, which has unveiled a new six-storey slide tower featuring Western<br />

Australia's fastest-ever body slide, among other attractions. 2 Animal lovers can head to Yanchep National Park to stroll along the<br />

koala boardwalk for a peek at these cuddly creatures in their natural environment. 3 Embark on a tour of Perth's hip urban art,<br />

including the stunning new mega-mural on Hay Street by Melbournian street artist Matt Adnate.<br />

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Cape Canaveral<br />

The hub of the US space programme, Cape Canaveral calls would-be astronauts to the Kennedy Space Center<br />

Visitor Complex, where you can learn about space travel, train like an astronaut, or strap yourself in for lift-off in<br />

its shuttle launch experience. It makes a great day trip from Orlando (the theme park capital of the world) as part of<br />

an adventurous itinerary. Or, you can stay at the Cape and enjoy its hotels, restaurants and quiet beaches.<br />

Highlights 1 Visit Canaveral National Seashore, part of America’s national park system, which boasts a vast stretch of beautifully<br />

wild white-sand beach, home to various plant and bird species. 2 Stare into a beautiful sunset at Center Street Park and, with any luck,<br />

you'll enjoy a rare glimpse of manatees in the river. 3 Learn about the city’s past, its present and the origins of its celebrated port at<br />

Exploration Tower, a seven-storey building of interactive exhibits with wonderful views of Port Canaveral.<br />

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Compiled by: Soumaya El Filali<br />

Yerevan<br />

A winter wonderland that's close to home, Yerevan is usually covered in fluffy white snow at this time of year,<br />

and the waters of Lake Sevan freeze over. The city streets light up for the festive period and local businesses<br />

are keen to welcome visitors in from the cold to enjoy delicious local Armenian cuisine, including lots of lavash<br />

bread. Take a day trip to the surrounding mountains for some of the most affordable skiing on the planet.<br />

Highlights 1 Spend some time in the rosy-hued Republic Square, made partly from Armenia’s famous pink tufa stone. Its central building<br />

houses the History Museum of Armenia, as well as the National Art Gallery of Armenia. 2 Climb the 572 steps of the Cascade stairway for<br />

stunning views of the city. While you're there, check out contemporary art giant, the Cafesjian Center for the Arts. 3 Stock up on keepsakes<br />

at Vernissage open-air flea market, where artisan finds include beautiful ceramics, dazzling jewellery and traditional ornaments.<br />

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Globetrotter<br />


Be informed, be inspired, be there<br />

ROCK ON<br />

With its jaw-droppingly beautiful rugged landscape,<br />

star quality and designer shopping, the glamour and<br />

glitz of Capri is a siren call. Join the shiny happy people<br />

heading to this idyllic Italian island hotspot in the spring<br />

when Jumeirah is orchestrating a grand re-opening of<br />

the legendary Capri Palace for a brand new season of la<br />

dolce vita. Born in the 1960s, it is designed in the style of<br />

an 18th century Neapolitan palazzo, with a two-Michelinstar<br />

L’Olivo restaurant, beach club and cutting edge<br />

medical spa enticing you to holiday like the A-list.<br />

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JA The Resort, Dubai<br />

Taylor River Lodge , Colorado<br />

GO ALL IN<br />

Why go all-inclusive when you can go<br />

ultra-all inclusive? We find out what<br />

the fuss is all about...<br />

Kinara by Vikas Khanna<br />

at JA The Resort, Dubai<br />

One &Only Gorilla's Nest<br />

Rio Palena Lodge, Chile<br />

Taking the 'everything's included' concept to the<br />

next level, offering a host of supersized added<br />

extras, ultra-inclusive holidays are the ultimate<br />

indulgence. Here's a few of our favourites: Taylor<br />

River Lodge, Colorado will put you up in a rustic<br />

cabin with an expert guide on hand to help<br />

you make the most of your trip by taking part<br />

in awesome outdoor activities, from fly fishing<br />

in the trout pond to white-water rafting; the<br />

remote Rio Palena Lodge, Chile, situated next<br />

to its namesake river, invites adventure seekers<br />

to discover the best of Patagonia with thrilling<br />

pursuits on tap, such as hiking on a dormant<br />

volcano and a day's heli-fishing; on our doorstep,<br />

JA The Resort in Dubai is luring dedicated<br />

foodies for a mouthwatering staycation with a<br />

free rein at a whopping 25 dining spots there.<br />


The first aquarium dining<br />

experience in Bali, Koral<br />

Restaurant, has opened<br />

at The Apurva Kempinski<br />

Bali, serving up a taste of<br />

the Indonesian coast.<br />

Polo fans can head to Saudi<br />

Arabia, which is hosting its<br />

first ever polo tournament<br />

from 16-18 <strong>January</strong> at AlUla<br />

heritage site as part of the<br />

Winter at Tantora festival.<br />

Visiting St. Petersburg<br />

just got a little easier for<br />

nationals of 53 foreign<br />

states, including those<br />

from Saudi Arabia, thanks<br />

to the new eVisa service.<br />

The perfect spot for a<br />

girls-only holiday, the new<br />

Sofie’s floor at Sofitel<br />

Dubai Downtown Hotel is<br />

dedicated exclusively to<br />

female guests.<br />

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Stay a step ahead<br />

Make an energetic start to the new year by checking out these active<br />

attractions that'll help you discover the capital from a fresh perspective<br />

1Great for all the family, the newly<br />

opened CLYMB Abu Dhabi on<br />

Yas Island calls all those with<br />

a head for heights. It's home to the<br />

world's largest indoor skydiving flight<br />

chamber and tallest indoor climbing<br />

wall, The Summyt, which reaches 43<br />

metres in height. Test your skills with<br />

the help of the expert instructors who<br />

are on hand to ensure everyone from<br />

first-time flyers (aged three and up)<br />

to seasoned climbers have a thrilling<br />

time. The aesthetically stunning<br />

geometrically designed building is an<br />

attraction in itself.<br />

2<br />

Enjoy one of the UAE’s most<br />

beautiful architectural spectacles<br />

from the still waters of the<br />

Arabian Gulf by taking part in a<br />

kayaking tour of Louvre Abu Dhabi.<br />

Guides will take you on a serene<br />

journey around the landmark as<br />

they share the story of the French<br />

museum’s launch in the UAE. Tours<br />

last one hour and are available for<br />

people of all skill levels. For an even<br />

more magical experience, book in for<br />

one of the full moon tours. Children<br />

age six to 12 must be accompanied by<br />

a parent or guardian.<br />

3<br />

Nature lovers can take a hike<br />

along the new Mangrove<br />

Boardwalk opening this month.<br />

Built on Jubail Island, and stretching<br />

between Yas and Saadiyat islands, it<br />

offers a coveted chance to get a feel<br />

for 'the lungs of the city', providing a<br />

glimpse of the area's rich biodiversity,<br />

including its flora and fauna and<br />

exotic bird life (think pink flamingoes<br />

and herons). You can also set off in a<br />

kayak, take the kids to the play area,<br />

or simply soak up the scenery from<br />

the viewing terraces.<br />

Find out more at visitabudhabi.ae<br />

Photo: CLYMB Abu Dhabi<br />

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NEW<br />

FOR YOU<br />

Fresh places to stay<br />



With its coveted wraparound reef<br />

placing you mere footsteps away from<br />

exotic fish, turtles and manta rays, this<br />

deluxe all-inclusive resort (40-minutes<br />

by seaplane from Malé) will blow the<br />

winter cobwebs away with its mix of<br />

sun, sea, sand and delicious food.<br />



Surrounded by the majestic desert,<br />

with views of the Chott El Djerid salt<br />

flats, this luxury resort on the edge of<br />

Tozeur beckons. We rate the Arabian<br />

Cultural Village, with its souk and<br />

restaurant serving delicacies such as<br />

camel steaks cooked on an open fire.<br />

Photography: Katie Wilson<br />

DUBAI<br />


Promising you'll arrive a visitor and<br />

depart a local, this Palm Jumeirah<br />

hotel (which opened on 15 December)<br />

has gone all out to weave local culture<br />

into its DNA. Lap up its adults-only<br />

Cabana pool area, boutique spa, yoga<br />

terrace and five delicious dining spots.<br />

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ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort and Spa<br />






Famous for its hot springs, Oita<br />

Prefecture in Japan is the place<br />

to go for a beautifying dunk. ANA<br />

InterContinental Beppu Resort and<br />

Spa is designed to coax guests into a<br />

state of calm, with its own stylish onsen<br />

inviting you to soak in the soothing<br />

myoban waters while overlooking<br />

Beppu Bay. Turn to page 50 to read our<br />

feature on winter in Japan.<br />



Heritage Line has launched a threeday<br />

wellness and mindfulness focused<br />

voyage on Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam.<br />

Board the 10-suite vessel, Ylang, and<br />

be pampered in the floating spa inbetween<br />

meditation sessions, early<br />

morning tai chi sessions on the deck<br />

and savouring light Vietnamese dishes.<br />



Need a clean sweep? Ease yourself<br />

into it on the 12-Day Holistic Detox<br />

Package at Absolute Sanctuary,<br />

Koh Samui, which incorporates spa<br />

treatments and alternative therapies,<br />

such as magnesium foot baths and<br />

Thai stretch massages, alongside two<br />

healthy meals a day.<br />

It seems you can put a price on good<br />

health. International wellness tourists<br />

spend around US$1,528* per trip<br />

Feeling under pressure? The 7-day<br />

Stress Management Programme<br />

at Spain's SHA Wellness Clinic will<br />

restore vitality, health and balance.<br />

Need to break out of a rut? Holistic<br />

healer Leela Isani, will take you on a<br />

journey of self-healing at Atmantan<br />

Wellness Resort in India this month.<br />

Soneva Jani in Maldives currently<br />

has a fab line-up of visiting wellness<br />

practitioners specialising in<br />

ayurveda to help you feel your best.<br />

*Source: The The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) Global Wellness Economy Monitor<br />

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HOW TO...<br />

Conquer your fear of flying<br />

From the art of deep breathing to snuggling under a weighted blanket<br />

– we share some practical and easy tips for getting you on that aeroplane<br />

Clammy palms, palpitations, butterflies<br />

in the tummy… if the very thought of<br />

flying breaks you out in a cold sweat,<br />

you’re not alone. One in four UAE<br />

residents have a fear of flying, according<br />

to a study by British Airways, with<br />

concerns around safety and being<br />

afraid of the unknown the biggest<br />

triggers. While severe aviophobia<br />

can be a challenge to overcome, if<br />

you have a moderate case of the<br />

jitters there are lots of useful tips<br />

and tricks to try so you don’t have to<br />

miss out on those exotic holidays.<br />


A good first step is to reach out to a<br />

professional who can draw upon some<br />

tried and tested therapies to help get<br />

you airborne. “For a fear of flying,<br />

we work on visualisation, reducing<br />

anxiety, systematic desensitisation, and<br />

exposure therapy,” says Dr Thoraiya<br />

Kanafani of the Human Relations<br />

Institute and Clinics in Dubai. “The<br />

gist of the treatments are based on<br />

the cognitive behavioural therapy<br />

approach, which posits that by<br />

changing the way that we think, we can<br />

ultimately change the way we behave.<br />

Eventually, the anxiety subsides to<br />

a level where it is no longer causing<br />

any dysfunction in the person's life<br />

or at times, even acknowledged.”<br />


Many fears can stem from ‘what if?’,<br />

so if you are armed with facts and<br />

knowledge, these unknowns become<br />

greatly diminished. Did you know, for<br />

instance, that turbulence is a natural<br />

occurrence when flying and, although<br />

it can feel scary at times, it's totally<br />

normal? British Airways has a one-day<br />

course coming up in Dubai on April 17,<br />

<strong>2020</strong> led by experienced presenters<br />

and BA pilots that explains the<br />

technical side of aviation, including all<br />

the unusual noises and sensations you<br />

experience in an aircraft. Plus, they'll<br />

share some relaxation techniques that'll<br />

help you take control of your anxiety.<br />

(See flyingwithconfidence.com).<br />


Studies have shown that a weighted<br />

blanket can have a relaxing effect on<br />

the body. Hence, getting your hands on<br />

a travel-friendly version can help you<br />

feel more at ease mid-flight. Popular<br />

brands include SensaCalm and ZonLi<br />

– you can find them easily online.<br />



Simple breathing exercises can send a<br />

signal to the parasympathetic nervous<br />

system to calm the body down.<br />

Breathing expert Max Strom (maxstrom.<br />

com) has some easy videos and courses<br />

to try – simply download his Strategic<br />

Breathing app. One such suggestion is<br />

the 4-7-8 breath technique: empty the<br />

lungs of air, breathe in quietly through<br />

the nose for four seconds, hold the<br />

breath for a count of seven seconds<br />

and then exhale to a count of eight.<br />


While you’re packing, en-route to the<br />

airport, in the sky; tune into the power<br />

of music to keep you calm. Researchers<br />

at Stanford University say that music is<br />

“one of the most widely available and<br />

cost effective therapeutic modalities<br />

that ever existed” and suggest that<br />

"listening to music seems to be able<br />

to change brain functioning to the<br />

same extent as medication”. Apps like<br />

Calm and Spotify have some perfectly<br />

curated playlists to help soothe you.<br />


Exercises in visualisation and<br />

mindfulness can be a powerful<br />

distraction from a state of fear. Try<br />

visualising yourself stepping off the<br />

aircraft into the arms of loved ones,<br />

or into a lovely warm climate. There<br />

are many apps available to support<br />

you with guided exercises, including<br />

Headspace, Catch It, Beat Panic, Thrive<br />

and the online course, Be Mindful.<br />

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becoming a favourite among intrepid<br />

travellers. For a moment, you may even be<br />

fooled into thinking you’re lazing on the<br />

tropical beaches of southern India as you<br />

unwind on the pristine stretch of shoreline.<br />

The reality is even better, however, as<br />

the verdant southern province of Dhofar<br />

is famous for its lush natural attractions,<br />

including its fruit plantations, waterfalls<br />

and green rolling hills that burst into life<br />

during the summer monsoon season. Home<br />

to fascinating sites including Al Balid City,<br />

which dates to 2000 BCE, and the Museum<br />

of the Land of Frankincense, it's also the<br />

perfect spot in which to soak up the rich<br />

Omani heritage. Indeed, the destination<br />

calls adventure-seekers in droves with its<br />

awesome landscape that blends the majestic<br />

mountains, great expanses of desert and the<br />

sparkling blue sea.<br />

Guests at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by<br />

Anantara can enjoy a bespoke itinerary,<br />

which weaves in all those must-have<br />

experiences, from camel trekking with<br />

members of the local Mahrah tribe along<br />

the ancient frankincense routes, to special<br />

interest trips focusing on marine life,<br />

astrology, archaeology and more. Hiking<br />

in the mountains, which are dotted with<br />

cultural and historic sites and brimming<br />

with flora and fauna, is unmissable – make<br />

your way up for views that will take your<br />

breath away. Those who like to be on the<br />

water can take part in dolphin and seaturtle<br />

watching, enjoy a day’s fishing, or<br />

discover the underwater delights with some<br />

snorkelling or diving in the area, which is<br />

teeming with sea life.<br />

Back at the resort, you can stay in hot<br />

pursuit of adventure while on a glamorous<br />

camping experience. Operated by Oman<br />

Expeditions, you can sleep under the stars<br />

(albeit with all your creature comforts) in<br />

a luxury tent complete with comfortable<br />

mattress, cotton sheets, private bathroom,<br />

and open-air shower, with finishing touches<br />

including Arabesque rugs, candles and oil<br />

lamps creating a magical ambience. Your<br />

personal chefs will prepare an array of Middle<br />

Eastern, North African and Mediterranean<br />

dishes using local ingredients for a delectable<br />

dinner under the stars served by the camp<br />

fire. During your adventure, you’ll cross paths<br />

with local tribesmen and get an up close look<br />

at the rich wildlife the country has to offer,<br />

as you experience the way of the bedouin.<br />

Simply tailor the experience to suit you.<br />

If all that adventure has burned through<br />

your energy reserves, take some time to<br />

rejuvenate at the main resort. Offering<br />

elegant rooms and villas (the largest of<br />

which sleeps up to six adults and three<br />

children), a pampering spa that draws<br />

upon age-old Ayurveda techniques and<br />

fine dining on tap, you'll receive nothing<br />

short of the royal treatment. Feed your<br />

appreciation for the place by siting down<br />

to a five-star meal at Mekong, which brings<br />

together some of the best of Thai, Chinese<br />

and Vietnamese cuisine. Another favourite<br />

is beach bar and lounge Al Mina, offering<br />

dishes inspired by Middle Eastern,<br />

Spanish, Greek and Italian cuisine, as well<br />

as a sizzling beach barbecue that's best<br />

enjoyed alfresco.<br />

To find out more, visit www.anantara.<br />

com/en/al-baleed-salalah<br />

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The Indian Ocean’s<br />

most incredible spas<br />

Feeling jaded after the festive season? Head to one of these dreamy spas<br />

in the Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius to thoroughly recharge<br />

Seychelles<br />

Le Syel Spa, Four Seasons<br />

Resort Seychelles<br />

High on a hilltop overlooking Petite Anse<br />

Bay on Mahé’s southwestern coast, this<br />

nurturing spa is reason enough to check-in<br />

for at least a week. There are five open-air<br />

treatment rooms, all facing the ocean and<br />

with an outdoor bathtub for soaking up<br />

the best views and breezes. Treatments<br />

such as facials, body scrubs and massages<br />

are locally-inspired and performed by<br />

expert hands, while the resident yogis and<br />

visiting practitioners, from reiki healers to<br />

sophrologists, provide top-to-toe rebalancing.<br />

Top treatment: Performed by two therapists<br />

working in unison, the Four-Handed Elevation<br />

is two hours of pure, sleep-inducing bliss.<br />

Raffles Spa, Raffles Seychelles<br />

On the north-eastern tip of Praslin, the<br />

second-largest island in the Seychelles, this<br />

slick spa mixes Biologique Recherche facials<br />

with Asian massage and yoga. There are a<br />

dozen open-air treatment pavilions where you<br />

can admire the views of the sapphire-blue<br />

ocean (if you can keep your eyes open long<br />

enough, that is). Recline by the outdoor pool<br />

in between treatments, and relax in the sauna,<br />

steam room and Jacuzzi.<br />

Top treatment: For the most buttery-soft<br />

skin imaginable, try the Traditional Chocolate<br />

Scrub – a sweet-smelling concoction of cacao<br />

powder, raw sugar and coconut oil.<br />

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Le Syel Spa, Four<br />

Seasons Resort<br />

Seychelles Photo:<br />

Ken Seet<br />

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Kempinski The Spa, Kempinski<br />

Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare<br />

Set on a stunning stretch of coastline in southwest<br />

Mahé, the Kempinski’s spa menu is inspired by the<br />

four seasons. Nestled among swaying palm trees<br />

with the air infused by frangipanis, there are six<br />

thatch-roof bungalows and a menu of treatments<br />

designed to leave you feeling revitalised, relaxed,<br />

balanced or energised. Rejuvenate both body and<br />

mind with morning yoga on a hilltop overlooking<br />

the sea, and afternoon pétanque on the beach.<br />

Top treatment: Experience three coconut-infused<br />

treatments – an exfoliating body scrub, hair<br />

treatment and massage – during the two-hour<br />

Island Coco Trio ritual.<br />

U Spa by Constance,<br />

Constance Ephelia<br />

Where better to unwind than a<br />

barefoot-luxe resort on Mahé’s<br />

northwestern coast, bookended by<br />

beaches with a mangrove forest in<br />

the middle? Tucked among tropical<br />

gardens, U Spa by Constance is like<br />

a mini-village: a dozen traditionalstyle<br />

bungalows dotted around<br />

a pool, with sauna, steam room,<br />

Jacuzzi, yoga pavilion and beauty<br />

bar. Take your pick of treatments<br />

and couples’ rituals that use natural<br />

products inspired by local plants,<br />

while the soothing soundtrack of<br />

birdsong floats in.<br />

Top treatment: The no-oil Thai<br />

shiatsu massage combines deep<br />

kneading and stretching to help<br />

ease tense muscles and balance<br />

your mind.<br />

AvaniSpa, Avani Barbarons Resort<br />

& Spa<br />

Ease into the rhythm of island life at this tranquil<br />

spa on Mahé’s west coast. Choose from ‘me-time’<br />

treatments or ‘we-time’ couples’ rituals performed<br />

by skilled therapists using natural products,<br />

including nourishing body treatments, heavenly<br />

massages and Ayurvedic therapies. In-between<br />

treatments, work on your tan by the plunge pool,<br />

or head down to the beach where the resident<br />

yoga instructor leads daily sun salutations and<br />

guided meditations.<br />

Top treatment: Want smooth, plumped-up skin?<br />

The Glorious Skin facial reduces fine lines and<br />

rehydrates sun-damaged skin.<br />

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Banyan Tree Spa,<br />

Banyan Tree<br />

Seychelles<br />

Banyan Tree spas are all<br />

about traditional techniques<br />

(Thai, Balinese, Ayurvedic)<br />

and natural ingredients<br />

(coconut, honey, cucumber),<br />

and this gorgeous hideaway<br />

on Mahé’s south-western<br />

coast is no exception.<br />

Nimble-fingered therapists<br />

will unknot tense muscles<br />

so you float out feeling<br />

incredibly calm, while yoga<br />

and meditation sessions take<br />

place in the tropical gardens<br />

overlooking the crescentshaped<br />

beach, or on the<br />

powdery soft sand.<br />

Top treatment: The 2.5-hour<br />

Royal Banyan ritual begins<br />

with a herbal soak, followed<br />

by acupressure, herbal<br />

compresses and a soothing<br />

face massage.<br />

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Maldives<br />

The Over-Water Spa, Conrad Maldives<br />

Rangali Island<br />

With three glass-floored treatment rooms set on stilts over<br />

the sea, this spectacular spa in the South Ari Atoll offers<br />

both ancient therapies and modern treatments. There’s<br />

a comprehensive massage menu, including hot stone,<br />

four-hand, shiatsu and Thai, as well as a dozen different<br />

facials with products from Elemis and cult Swiss brand<br />

Valmont. Two-hour colour rituals, meanwhile, are designed<br />

to balance your chakras (stressed-out types should opt for<br />

energising orange).<br />

Top treatment: Enjoy side-by-side pampering during the<br />

Maldivian Indigenous couples’ treatment that includes a<br />

full-body massage using heated coconut sticks.<br />

Six Senses Spa,<br />

Six Senses Laamu<br />

Overlooking a talcum-white beach in<br />

the remote southern Laamu Atoll, the<br />

Six Senses Spa has a zen-inducing vibe.<br />

The focus is on natural and holistic<br />

treatments, including facials, wraps<br />

and gentle full-body pummelling, along<br />

with Ayurveda therapies based on your<br />

dosha (body type) and soul-nurturing<br />

meditation and yoga in the rooftop<br />

studio. For targeted transformation,<br />

opt for a bespoke wellness programme<br />

focusing on sleep, fitness or detoxing.<br />

Top treatment: Banish fine lines with the<br />

24k Gold Age-Defying Facial, which uses<br />

jasmine and gold leaf to boost collagen<br />

production and stimulate cell renewal.<br />

Six Senses Laamu<br />

Iaso Medi Spa, Heritance<br />

Aarah<br />

Named after the Greek goddess of<br />

recuperation, this overwater spa in<br />

the Raa Atoll offers much more than<br />

massage. Alongside facials, body scrubs<br />

and pedicures, there’s a menu of highly<br />

specialised treatments to target pesky<br />

problems such as sunspots, sagging<br />

necks and frown lines. Need a total<br />

reboot? Tailored programmes combine<br />

things like vitamin infusions, face peels<br />

and PT sessions to help you roll back<br />

the years or shift those extra pounds.<br />

Top treatment: Tighten and brighten<br />

dull and droopy skin with a Non-Surgical<br />

Facelift, which uses microcurrents to<br />

boost collagen.<br />

Heavenly Spa, The Westin Maldives<br />

Miriandhoo Resort<br />

Set on a jetty jutting into the turquoise waters<br />

of the Baa Atoll, this aptly-named spa has<br />

glass-walled treatment rooms with windows in<br />

the floor so you can keep an eye on the marine<br />

life below. Choose from anti-ageing facials and<br />

muscle-melting massages to paraffin hand<br />

treatments and pedicures. After you’ve been<br />

thoroughly pampered, head to the light-filled<br />

lounge for a cup of herbal tea and yet more<br />

blissful views.<br />

Top treatment: The 90-minute Maldivian<br />

Bliss face and body treatment includes a<br />

magnesium-rich bath and dynamic massage<br />

for instant results.<br />

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SUITE SPOTS 2019<br />

Calm Spa & Salon,<br />

JA Manafaru Maldives<br />

In the northernmost Haa Alif<br />

Atoll, JA Manafaru’s fabulous<br />

retreat was named Best Luxury<br />

Destination Spa at this year’s<br />

<strong>World</strong> Luxury Spa Awards.<br />

Pad through lush tropical<br />

gardens to the thatched-roof<br />

spa surrounded by a lily pond,<br />

where all 10 treatment rooms<br />

come with private garden and<br />

outdoor bathtub. One room<br />

is kitted out for Ayurvedic oil<br />

treatments and another for<br />

Thai massage, while treatments<br />

includes facials, massages,<br />

scrubs and wraps.<br />

Top treatment: The ultraindulgent<br />

Seven Day Manafaru<br />

Journey includes coconut-oil<br />

massages, Elemis facials, aftersun<br />

treatments and more.<br />

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Sun Spa by Esthederm,<br />

Movenpick Resort<br />

Kuredhivaru Maldives<br />

Nestled in the Noonu Atoll, this<br />

sublime spa specialises in pre- and<br />

post-sun rituals by French skincare<br />

brand Esthederm to enhance your<br />

golden glow. Treatments take<br />

place in jungle suites or overwater<br />

pavilions, with skilled therapists to<br />

ease away shoulder knots and plump<br />

tired skin. Special treatments are<br />

available for little ones, while yogis<br />

will love the overwater shala where<br />

you can practise your poses during<br />

sunrise or sunset classes.<br />

Top treatment: Let your cares<br />

float away during a Sea of Serenity<br />

massage, which uses firm, rhythmic<br />

strokes inspired by waves.<br />

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Spa by JW, JW Marriott<br />

Maldives Resort<br />

As relaxed as you may be lounging by<br />

the pool at this brand new resort in the<br />

northern Shaviyani Atoll, you’ll definitely<br />

want to check out the brilliant Spa by<br />

JW. Against a backdrop of shimmering<br />

aquamarine water, treatments range<br />

from pampering to deeply restorative<br />

– think hydrating facials, warm-oil<br />

massages and perfect mani-pedis. Be<br />

sure to squeeze in a workout at the<br />

overwater gym, or stretch out in the<br />

open-air yoga pavilion.<br />

Top treatment: Couples can choose<br />

between four different treatments<br />

during the two-hour Island Touch ritual,<br />

including reflexology, body scrub and<br />

hot stone massage.<br />

AVI Spa, InterContinental<br />

Maldives Maamunagau<br />

Resort<br />

Meaning ‘sunshine’ in the local language,<br />

AVI Spa’s thatched-roof overwater<br />

villas offer picture-perfect views of<br />

the Raa Atoll’s largest lagoon. When<br />

you’re not spotting manta rays, indulge<br />

in sweet-smelling organic treatments<br />

and mani-pedis by Margaret Dabbs, or<br />

try acupuncture and aerial yoga. There<br />

are outdoor pools with hydro-massage<br />

jets, as well as thermal suites with steam<br />

rooms and ice fountains.<br />

Top treatment: Bliss out with a soothing<br />

aloe vera and lavender body wrap,<br />

followed by a scalp massage, during the<br />

60-minute Sun-kissed Skin Cooler.<br />

Away Spa, W Maldives<br />

This private island resort in the North<br />

Ari Atoll serves up a full menu of<br />

massages, facials and more immersive<br />

experiences – think chakra balancing<br />

and sound bathing – in four luxurious<br />

treatment villas on the water. Each one<br />

has a spectacular sundeck with soaring<br />

white sails, outdoor tub and daybed so<br />

you can chill out before and after your<br />

treatments. In the main pavilion, you can<br />

practise your asanas during group or<br />

private yoga classes.<br />

Top treatment: The hour-long Crystal<br />

Healing Facial includes a jade-stone<br />

mask, use of cool rose-quartz crystals<br />

and warm herbal poultices to purify<br />

the skin.<br />

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Mauritius<br />

Chi Spa, Shangri-La’s Le<br />

Touessrok Resort & Spa<br />

Alongside nine treatment rooms in earthy<br />

tones, you can elect to have your treatment<br />

by the ocean at Shangri-La’s sleek resort on<br />

the east coast. The menu is filled with Asian<br />

therapies (Chinese reflexology, Filipino hilot<br />

massage, Indian shirodhara) and face and<br />

body treatments using luxurious Carita and<br />

Decléor products. But as you’re in Mauritius,<br />

try a locally-inspired massage performed to<br />

the meditative rhythms of traditional sega<br />

tipik music.<br />

Top treatment: Ayurveda devotees should<br />

indulge in an Abhyanga detoxifying<br />

massage with long, symmetrical strokes to<br />

promote sleep.<br />

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Shanti Spa, Shanti<br />

Maurice Resort<br />

With more than 25 treatment rooms,<br />

this south coast idyll is one of the largest<br />

spas in Mauritius. Set around a serene<br />

lagoon dotted with water lilies and two<br />

tea pavilions, the complex contains<br />

pavilions for aerial yoga, a Pilates studio,<br />

meditation rooms, hammams and two<br />

pools. Along with conventional face<br />

and body treatments, the spa takes<br />

an holistic, mind-body-soul approach<br />

to wellness, with a resident Ayurveda<br />

doctor on hand to devise customised<br />

programmes for each and every guest.<br />

Top treatment: Try Watsu, a form of<br />

shiatsu massage and movement therapy<br />

that takes place in a warm pool.<br />

Lux Me Spa, LUX* Grand Gaube<br />

Resort & Villas<br />

This impressive spa on the island’s north<br />

coast has 10 treatment rooms, sauna and<br />

steam rooms, Kérastase hair salon and Essie<br />

nail station, plus three pools with varying<br />

water temperatures. Tailor-made treatments<br />

include anti-ageing facials by Carita, and<br />

massage with exclusive oils created by<br />

renowned aromatherapist Shirley Page. For<br />

targeted results, chat to Burwing, the resident<br />

wellness concierge, who provides bespoke<br />

programmes and nutritional advice.<br />

Top treatment: The fashionably hirsute should<br />

go for the signature Wet Shave at Murdock, an<br />

outpost of the hip London barbershop.<br />

Iridium Spa, The St. Regis<br />

Mauritius Resort<br />

Staying at this colonial-style resort on<br />

the gorgeous Le Morne Peninsula on the<br />

island’s southwest tip is a tonic in itself.<br />

The sprawling spa, meanwhile, boasts 12<br />

treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms,<br />

hair and nail salons and a barbershop.<br />

Treatments are decadent but results-driven<br />

– facial therapies by Swiss brand Valmont,<br />

cellulite-busting lymphatic massage<br />

and hydrating honey wraps – while daily<br />

mindfulness, tai chi and yoga classes add<br />

to the relaxed vibe.<br />

Top treatment: Start your day right with<br />

the Morning Bliss in Paradise, a ylang ylang<br />

massage for two in a cabana on the beach,<br />

followed by a healthy breakfast.<br />

Words by: Lara Brunt<br />

U Spa by Constance,<br />

Constance Prince Maurice<br />

This serene spa on the northeast coast<br />

features seven treatment rooms centred<br />

around a palm-shaded courtyard with a<br />

thermal pool, along with a sauna, steam<br />

room and plunge pool. Gentle therapists<br />

deliver hydrating facials and toning<br />

body treatments by French spa brand<br />

Sisley, while honeymooning couples<br />

enjoy Balinese massages in the openair<br />

pavilion by the beach. Kids aren’t<br />

forgotten either, with junior treatments<br />

and animal yoga classes.<br />

Top treatment: Treat your feet to a<br />

medical-grade pedicure designed by<br />

celebrity podiatrist Brice Nicham, whose<br />

A-list fans include Nicole Kidman and<br />

Eva Longoria.<br />

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Postcards<br />

Stories from journeys<br />

far and wide<br />

NEW YORK p38<br />


JAPAN p50<br />

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NEW YORK<br />

From soaring landmarks to awe-inspiring art,<br />

luxury shopping and dishes with star quality<br />

– Faye Bartle discovers how to put a fresh spin on<br />

a timeless classic by mixing the old with the new in<br />

the city that never sleeps<br />

Opposite: Interior view of The<br />

Vessel, courtesy Of Tim Schenck<br />

This page: Nordstrom NYC.<br />

Photo: Connie Zhou<br />

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With its bold blue swirls<br />

blending the hills into<br />

the sky and dashes of<br />

brilliant yellow and<br />

white punctuating the darkness, Van<br />

Gogh’s Starry Night has a hypnotising<br />

quality. Firmly under its spell, some<br />

polite jostling allowed me to make my<br />

way to the front of the hushed crowd<br />

that had gathered to behold its haunting<br />

beauty until I was planted firmly on the<br />

viewing line. Smaller than I imagined<br />

it would be, but mighty nonetheless,<br />

I dared to lean a little further towards<br />

it, earning an impressive dose of<br />

side-eye from the security guard.<br />

Painted in 1889 during the artist’s<br />

stay at the asylum of Saint-Paulde-Mausole<br />

near Saint-Rémy-de-<br />

Provence, the movement in the<br />

masterpiece is infectious. Stifling<br />

my urge to reach out and touch it, I<br />

took one last mental snapshot for the<br />

memory bank before giving way to<br />

the next patient row of onlookers.<br />

There was plenty more to see<br />

inside New York’s Museum of Modern<br />

Art. Having recently re-opened<br />

after a massive renovation, which<br />

has brought expanded galleries<br />

and brand new spaces dedicated to<br />

live performances, art creation and<br />

sparking conversation, this muchloved<br />

institution is buzzing with people<br />

seeking a fresh perspective on the Big<br />

Apple’s quintessential art experience.<br />

‘<br />










’<br />

Yes, you can see Rothko’s best<br />

tearjerkers, Dalí’s melting clocks and<br />

even Monet’s dreamy mural-sized Water<br />

Lilies triptych. But you can also now<br />

view emerging works in the Marie-Josée<br />

and Henry Kravis Studio (the new space<br />

for live and experimental programming)<br />

which, when I visited, was home to<br />

a curious immersive installation by<br />

electronic music maestro David Tudor.<br />

As I strolled around the room, turning<br />

my ears towards the sounds resonating<br />

from the everyday objects suspended in<br />

the air (the vintage computer hard disc<br />

was my favourite instrument) I found<br />

myself craving an altogether different<br />

soundtrack – that of New York itself.<br />

The whoosh of a subway train<br />

speeding past, the incessant honking<br />

of taxi horns, a flurry of shoes clickclacking<br />

along the sidewalks, sirens<br />

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NEW YORK<br />

These pages, clockwise from<br />

this image: Statue of Liberty<br />

Museum Engagement Gallery,<br />

courtesy of National Park<br />

Service; Presidential Suite by<br />

Roche Bobois at The Langham,<br />

New York, Fifth Avenue;<br />

installation view of Claude<br />

Monet’s Water Lilies (Gallery<br />

515) The Museum of Modern<br />

Art, New York. © 2019 The<br />

Museum of Modern Art.<br />

Photo: Kurt Heumiller<br />

wailing and street vendors enticing you<br />

to buy their pretzels and hot dogs in<br />

their thick New York drawl… the city’s<br />

energetic score may seem mundane to<br />

some but, to me, is absolutely thrilling.<br />

Formerly a dedicated London rat, a<br />

decade in Dubai had me missing the<br />

sounds of the streets. And although<br />

the winter weather was decidedly<br />

fresh – I’d forgotten what it felt like<br />

to be slapped in the face by a sub-zero<br />

gale – I was determined to spend the<br />

majority of my time exploring on foot.<br />

Gloves and woolly hat on, a walk<br />

in Central Park was non-negotiable.<br />

The last time I had visited, in 2004,<br />

there was snow on the ground.<br />

On this brisk November morning,<br />

however, as skaters glided across<br />

the ice rink, the leaves falling from<br />

the trees were still heart-warming<br />

shades of brown, red and orange.<br />

“Hey, where you from?”<br />

shouted a stranger wrapped<br />

up like the Michelin Man.<br />

“Dubai,” I offered back.<br />

“I’ve heard it’s a very nice country,”<br />

he retorted. I could have explained, but<br />

instead I simply smiled and continued<br />

on my city hike. Anyway, I had a lunch<br />

date at Marea, the famous Italian on<br />

the edge of the park, where you can<br />

often spot off-duty A-listers (Sarah<br />

Jessica Parker – her shoe boutique is<br />

just a hop and a skip away – Jay-Z and<br />

Beyoncé and even Barack and Michelle<br />

Obama have reportedly eaten there). It’s<br />

certainly the place to see and be seen.<br />

We craned our necks while sipping our<br />

bubbly but alas, the restaurant’s two<br />

Michelin stars would have to be enough<br />

to dazzle us today – and that they did.<br />

My oysters were plump and delicious,<br />

and the striped bass with clams was<br />

rich in flavour yet light enough for<br />

a middle of the day indulgence.<br />

Experiencing New York’s vibrant dining<br />

scene while actively trying to avoid falling<br />

into a food coma was proving quite the<br />

challenge, however. I savoured a divinely<br />

rich homemade short rib and boschetto<br />

cheese ravioli at yet another Italian great,<br />

Ai Fiori [The Langham, New York, Fifth<br />

Avenue], tasted zingy gazpacho before<br />

splitting a humongous lip-smacking<br />

black Angus steak at Leña in Mercado<br />

Little Spain [10 Hudson Yards], and<br />

enjoyed a taste of home at Ilili restaurant<br />

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NEW YORK<br />

[236 5 th Avenue], which serves Lebanese<br />

Mediterranean food with a twist, such<br />

as lamb chops seared with zaatar salsa<br />

verde and homemade semolina gnocchi,<br />

as well as all your mezze favourites.<br />

Everything I tasted was beyond delicious.<br />

Even the steaming cup of hot chocolate I<br />

sipped to warm my bones on the ferry to<br />

Liberty Island was extraordinarily good.<br />

I was heading there for a slice of<br />

American history courtesy of the<br />

new Statue of Liberty Museum,<br />

which opened in May last year – the<br />

most significant addition since the<br />

monument herself was launched in<br />

1886. Home to three immersive and<br />

engaging gallery spaces, it tells the<br />

story of Lady Liberty, where she came<br />

from, how she was built and what she<br />

stands for culminating in an up-close<br />

view of the original torch, which was<br />

held high for nearly 100 years until it<br />

was replaced in 1986. You can practically<br />

feel the power surging though it. And<br />

while you can’t visit the monument's<br />

real torch today (it has been closed since<br />

the Black Tom explosion in 1916), you<br />

can climb all the way up to the crown.<br />

I was saving my legs for scaling<br />

the Empire State Building, however,<br />

which was just around the block from<br />

my hotel; The Langham, New York,<br />

Fifth Avenue. I joined the sunset<br />

rush, zooming up in the lift and then<br />

climbing the last few flights to the<br />

open-air 86 th Floor Observation Deck<br />

in order to get there before the sun<br />

dipped below the horizon. The view<br />

was just as magical as I had hoped for,<br />

with everything from Times Square to<br />

the Brooklyn Bridge, to feast my eyes<br />

on, it’s still one of the most romantic<br />

ways to get an overview of the city.<br />

Another elevated experience that<br />

won a place in my heart was walking<br />

The High Line. This public park built<br />

on a historic freight rail line above<br />

the streets on Manhattan’s West Side<br />

is dotted with public art, beautiful<br />

gardens and more, delivering surprises<br />

at every twist and turn. Peering out<br />

from underneath my umbrella, I spotted<br />

Robert Indiana's Love sculptures,<br />

canoodling couples and bold political<br />

statements as window dressings in<br />

the apartments that line the track.<br />

I came back down to ground level at<br />

Hudson Yards, yet only with a view to<br />

scaling yet another new attraction: The<br />

Vessel, which opened in March 2019.<br />

The honeycomb-like structure, designed<br />

by Thomas Heatherwick, is comprised<br />

of 154 intricately interconnecting<br />

flights of stairs, challenging you with<br />

almost 2,500 steps to take to reach<br />

the top. Gritty views of the city, the<br />

river and beyond are your reward.<br />

With my trip drawing to a close, I<br />

was keen to see what New York had to<br />

offer on the shopping front that was<br />

different to what I could find back<br />

at home. It’s unusual for anything<br />

massive to open in Manhattan, which<br />

is what makes the flagship Nordstrom,<br />

which opened in October 2019 at 57 th &<br />

Broadway, particularly noteworthy. A<br />

behemoth spread over seven floors, it’s<br />

one of the first new stores of its size to<br />

open on the island since the 1920s. It’s<br />

home to a number of exclusives worth<br />

splashing your dollars on, including the<br />

Nordstrom x Nike trainer boutique (it's<br />

where I found the Air Force 1 Metallic<br />

Sneakers of my dreams). You can put<br />

your own stamp on anything you buy,<br />

with tailoring or monogramming,<br />

thanks to the in-store Personalization<br />

Studio. The beauty floor is dangerously<br />

good, with clever solutions for busy<br />

New Yorkers, including the FaceGym<br />

where you can give your face a workout<br />

with moves designed to lift, sculpt tone<br />

and tighten, and the Drybar that turns<br />

a messy mane into a head of glorious<br />

locks without a drop of water in sight.<br />

This page: The Statue<br />

of Liberty stands proud<br />

Opposite: A snapshot of<br />

The High Line<br />

‘<br />


OUT FROM<br />




ROBERT<br />




’<br />

Perhaps it was because my room at<br />

The Langham was like a little apartment<br />

(indeed, a large apartment by New<br />

York standards), my unfettered view<br />

of the Chrysler Building from my<br />

supersized tub, and being swept away<br />

in a whirlwind of room service and<br />

butter-soft bedding. Or perhaps it was<br />

the fact that I didn't suffer an ounce<br />

of jet lag thanks to being horizontal<br />

for practically the entire flight thanks<br />

to Saudia’s Business Class beds, but<br />

I'd taken to New York like a mandarin<br />

duck to Central Park pond. And while<br />

I’d packed a lot into my five-day stay, I<br />

learned that even if you're a seasoned<br />

visitor, there are always new ways to<br />

discover the city that never sleeps.<br />

We flew with Saudia and stayed at The<br />

Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue.<br />

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Coconut palms sway along<br />

the shore in Porto Alegre<br />

Into the<br />

Unknown<br />

Soft-sand beaches, zingy African flavours – and yet the<br />

delicious little islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are still<br />

almost empty. Fill your boots, says Stanley Stewart<br />

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ometime past midnight,<br />

with little but starlight to<br />

guide us, we crept along<br />

the sands of Praia Grande<br />

in search of a miracle.<br />

‘We have several every<br />

night,’ our guide was<br />

saying. ‘Many have<br />

come thousands of<br />

kilometres to get to this<br />

beach, some from the<br />

other side of the Atlantic.’<br />

Somewhere behind the<br />

line of waves we found a green<br />

turtle. She had created a nest by digging<br />

a hollow in the sand and laid a cache of<br />

eggs like a collection of white marbles.<br />

Now she was trying to hide them, her<br />

back flippers slowly flicking sand. She<br />

seemed exhausted, and must have felt<br />

clumsy and heavy on this beach. She<br />

worked in fits and starts, pausing after<br />

each exertion to catch her breath, until<br />

the eggs began to disappear. The guide<br />

located a tracking tag and checked the<br />

details. She was over 100 years old,<br />

born when men were still dying in the<br />

trenches of the First <strong>World</strong> War.<br />

The long peregrinations, the return<br />

to their place of birth, the danger, the<br />

courage… The whole sea-turtle story<br />

was what had brought me here. It<br />

appealed to my romantic instincts. For<br />

millions of years, they were the chief<br />

visitors to São Tomé and Príncipe,<br />

two small islands roughly 150km<br />

apart, lying in the Gulf of Guinea,<br />

320km off the coast of West Africa.<br />

The lush, verdant islands were a<br />

terrestrial paradise – an Eden without<br />

Adam and Eve to mess things up. No<br />

one lived here until colonialisation<br />

began in 1470, when the islands<br />

became an outpost of that creakiest<br />

of enterprises, the Portuguese empire<br />

– powered by the sweat of slaves<br />

imported from the African mainland.<br />

They may be two small outcrops in the<br />

mid-Atlantic that few people have heard<br />

of – yet, sure enough, with their gorgeous<br />

natural assets, São Tomé and Príncipe<br />

have begun attracting barefoot-in-thesand<br />

paradise-seekers in recent times,<br />

the kind of escapees who’ve fallen for<br />

Thailand and Goa in the past, but now<br />

fancy a couple of weeks of tropical R&R<br />

untainted by burger bars, nightclubs and<br />

suave-mixologist-dominated hangouts.<br />

And all without stinting on stylish, comfy,<br />

world-class places to rest their heads.<br />

São Tomé and Príncipe have beaches<br />

that would impress a Brazilian; dance<br />

steps (the kizomba, the tarrachinha) that<br />

would make a Cuban blush; vegetation<br />

more riotous than the Amazon’s; the<br />

world’s best chocolate; and a fascinating<br />

bird – sadly only seen by a handful of<br />

people and known by locals as a goo-goo,<br />

which apparently eats eggs and poos gold.<br />

Oh, and did I mention the sprinkling<br />

of elegant boutique-y hideaways?<br />

In São Tomé they say ‘Léve-léve’ –<br />

literally ‘Softly-softly’, in the sense of ‘Take<br />

it easy’. It makes sense. Disembarking<br />

in São Tomé, I was soon immersed in a<br />

leisurely swirl of life: mothers carried<br />

50kg of bananas on their heads and babies<br />

on their backs, ‘commuters’ pushed<br />

bicycles uphill with fish hanging from<br />

the crossbar. Dogs slept in the middle<br />

of the road. Goats jaywalked. But this<br />

stopover was merely a taster – it was<br />

Príncipe that delivered me to heaven.<br />

All it took was a half-hour onward<br />

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flight by propeller plane. In Príncipe<br />

they say ‘Móli-móli’ – advice for people<br />

who find ‘Léve-léve’ just that little bit<br />

too rushed. Unsurprisingly, I was soon<br />

drowsing in a haven of hammocks and<br />

tropical plants, empty beaches and<br />

islanders living in rural tranquillity.<br />

I checked in at Roça Sundy, an old<br />

plantation house reworked as a boutique<br />

hotel of high-ceilinged rooms, fourposter<br />

beds and polished floorboards,<br />

where I slipped effortlessly into a less<br />

brutal version of the colonial lifestyle.<br />

By the first evening I had established<br />

something of a routine: sipping<br />

rum Daiquiris on the terrace and<br />

dining alone in candlelit splendour,<br />

as if I were a hill-station planter.<br />

Roças, as these plantation houses are<br />

known, fell into disrepair after 1975, when<br />

the Portuguese realised their empire was<br />

well past its sell-by date, and packed up<br />

and left, taking everything moveable,<br />

including all the country’s currency.<br />

Today, across the northern half of the<br />

island, the properties stand largely as<br />

overgrown monuments, riddled with dry<br />

rot and ghosts. But there are impressive<br />

restorations, such as Roça Sundy, a ruin<br />

saved and made beautiful by a wealthy<br />

South African, Mark Shuttleworth, who<br />

spent a week aboard the International<br />

Space Station in 2002. On Príncipe<br />

they call him the Man on the Moon.<br />

For me, Sundy’s seductions went<br />

far beyond the Daiquiris. Parts of the<br />

roça are still inhabited by Príncipean<br />

families, and the terreiro – the long<br />

central grassy courtyard around which<br />

the old plantation buildings were set –<br />

was as lively as an Italian piazza in the<br />

hour of the passeggiata. For a couple of<br />

days I was content to do nothing more<br />

than watch children chase footballs,<br />

twirl skipping ropes and scatter<br />

chickens. Toddlers clambered over a<br />

defunct steam engine. While men idled<br />

on benches, women bathed children,<br />

carried firewood, fetched water, cooked<br />

lunch, weeded gardens, planted corn<br />

and generally kept the world turning.<br />

Before long I fell in with Manu, a warm<br />

and energetic sexagenarian, who farmed<br />

pineapples on the slopes beneath his<br />

house. His wife brought us coffee and a<br />

plate of finger bananas. He grew expansive<br />

about the old days under the Portuguese,<br />

veering between praise for the economic<br />

‘<br />





’<br />

activity, the enterprise of the roças as well<br />

as the oppression of the colonial system.<br />

He was soon on his feet, telling stories full<br />

of theatrical flourish. He was entertaining,<br />

certainly, but the tales he told contained<br />

genuine trauma. He was exorcising<br />

ghosts. Reducing the stories to anecdotes<br />

was his way of coping with a painful past.<br />

His wife returned with a plate of<br />

pineapple slices. ‘We must live for today,’<br />

he exclaimed, throwing his hands up.<br />

‘We have the sun, the sea, this beautiful<br />

island.’ He leant forward conspiratorially:<br />

‘And I have the best pineapples on<br />

Príncipe.’ He was right, although I suspect<br />

his wife was responsible for them.<br />

As móli-móli as I could, on Sunday<br />

morning I set off to explore, following<br />

red-earth roads through exuberant<br />

jungle. I went to church in the toy-town<br />

capital, Santo António, and found myself<br />

in a swaying chorus line of heavenly<br />

backing singers as dogs wandered in to<br />

have a snooze beneath the high altar.<br />

At Praia Abade it was the villagers who<br />

were snoozing in hammocks, while the<br />

children, glossy as seals, somersaulted<br />

into the waves. One man woke to say<br />

hello. Luis was an émigré from São Tomé.<br />

He stretched his arms to encompass<br />

the long beach with the fishing boats<br />

drawn up, the leaning palm trees and the<br />

wide, blue bay. ‘You know why I stay?’ he<br />

asked. ‘Because time stands still here.’<br />

To say tourism is in its infancy is an<br />

understatement. In a week I saw only<br />

20 other visitors. I picnicked on empty<br />

beaches. I took mini voyages to remote<br />

peninsulas just to laze and listen to<br />

birdsong. I was usually delivered to shore<br />

by Luis, who turned out to be just one of<br />

a bunch of beautiful characters happy to<br />

be earning a living helping visitors. There<br />

was João the driver, Miguel, the maitre<br />

d’, Alexander, the ubiquitous barman.<br />

And then there was lovely Leandro…<br />

I found Leandro one afternoon<br />

having ventured out to Roça Paciência,<br />

a plantation abandoned decades ago.<br />

In one of its empty storerooms he was<br />

weaving basket lampshades for the<br />

resorts, his bony hands looping the reed<br />

in and out of the struts. From time to<br />

time, he took a break to smoke his way<br />

through the dictionary. ‘Do you know<br />

we are at the centre of the world?’ he<br />

asked, tearing another page from his<br />

old book to roll a cigarette. Through the<br />

doorway I could see glamorous birds<br />

with long, silky tails swooping across<br />

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Opposite: Red sky at night at Porto<br />

Alegre This page, clockwise from<br />

top: A vibrant parrotfish pauses by<br />

the coral reef; a fishing canoe rests<br />

at Lagoa Azul; juicy pineapples<br />

grow on the island<br />

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the old plantation lawns. The sound of<br />

the Atlantic pounding on the pristine<br />

beach drifted our way through the trees.<br />

‘People say we are far away, that this<br />

is a remote place,’ he told me as we<br />

talked. ‘But this island is the closest<br />

land to where the equator meets zero<br />

degrees longitude. This is the centre.<br />

It is everyone else who is far away.’<br />

The old plantations occupy the<br />

northern half of Príncipe. The southern<br />

half (the whole island is barely 30km long)<br />

is virgin forest. To islanders it is as remote<br />

as Outer Mongolia. To me, it felt like a lost<br />

world halfway between Tolkien’s Middle<br />

Earth and Gauguin’s South Sea paradise.<br />

Volcanic towers – spectacular basalt<br />

phonolites – thrust their way through the<br />

jungle canopy, rising hundreds of metres<br />

above the treetops. Flat-topped mesas<br />

and mountains dominate the skyline.<br />

I took a boat to this outback, flying<br />

fish darting beneath the bows, and went<br />

ashore to trek along jungle trails, keeping<br />

an eye out for the elusive goo-goo. The<br />

astonishing birdlife (there are 28 species<br />

on Príncipe) was as tame as in the<br />

Galápagos, lending a strange, dreamlike<br />

quality. A kingfisher perched a mere<br />

metre away, cocking its head to get a good<br />

look at me. Finches gathered about me,<br />

settling on nearby branches. A golden<br />

weaver alighted near my elbow, a piece of<br />

grass in its beak, ready to slot into its nest.<br />

I donned a mask and snorkel and the<br />

dream continued. With warm currents<br />

and excellent visibility, Príncipe’s seas<br />

are as pristine and as little explored as<br />

the land. An expedition here in 2006<br />

discovered 60 new fish, including 10<br />

from completely unknown species. I<br />

gazed down at nurse sharks 2.5 metres<br />

long, hovering over beds of sea grass<br />

in aqueous light. I watched silvery<br />

barracuda, stationary with the merest<br />

flick of their tails. Beyond a reef of pale<br />

rock, I spotted a spectacular Atlantic<br />

sailfish, its huge dorsal fin hoisted to<br />

the currents. With a turn of my head,<br />

I saw colourful parrotfish grazing on<br />

algae, bloated pufferfish comically<br />

struggling to keep themselves upright in<br />

the wash above the reefs, and shoals of<br />

yellowtail sardinella, wheeling this way<br />

and that like well-drilled regiments.<br />

And finally, in Mosteiros Bay, I found<br />

‘<br />




’<br />

the sea turtles, swimming earnestly<br />

towards their birthplaces, their little<br />

startled faces gazing up at me through<br />

shafts of refracted light. On these<br />

islands, turtles are creatures of legend<br />

and myth. They are seen as heroic,<br />

symbols of loyalty and determination. On<br />

Príncipe people speak of someone with<br />

courage as having the heart of a turtle.<br />

On that beach at Praia Grande, just<br />

after midnight, the heroism was evident.<br />

Having covered her eggs, my green turtle<br />

began the trek back to the ocean. It wasn’t<br />

that far unless you were an exhausted<br />

110kg turtle trying to walk on flippers after<br />

a 1,500km swim having just produced 100<br />

eggs. It took her half an hour, levering<br />

herself forward a pace at a time, pausing<br />

to recoup her strength. I spent a couple<br />

of hours at Praia Grande with a guide<br />

from Marapa, a marine-conservation<br />

charity protecting the nesting sites. Half<br />

a dozen turtles were laying their eggs<br />

that night, after making the epic trip up<br />

the beach. The largest was a leatherback<br />

probably two metres across. Its offspring,<br />

hatching weeks later, would need that<br />

turtle heart. Not many would even make<br />

it to the ocean; fewer than 1% would live<br />

to maturity. But those that did would<br />

eventually return to this same beach<br />

on São Tomé and Príncipe: paradise<br />

found – for all discerning travellers.<br />

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This page: Soft,<br />

colourful corals around<br />

Lizard Island<br />

Credit: Andrew Eames/The Sunday Times Travel Magazine / News Licensing<br />

Opposite: A harvest<br />

of cocoa pods<br />

This page: An aerial view of<br />

a paradisiacal beach cove<br />

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Snow falls on the gassho-zukuri<br />

farmhouses in the historic village of<br />

Ogimachi in Shirakawa-gō<br />

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JAPAN<br />

Winter in Japan can be harsh, but, thanks to the country’s heated<br />

onsen baths, piping hot noodle bowls and intimate restaurants, the<br />

freeze also offers the ultimate chance to get cosy. Alicia Miller wraps<br />

up and explores the snowy spectacle<br />

can no longer feel my<br />

toes. That’s all I can think,<br />

crunching down the narrow,<br />

icy path, past tall pine trees,<br />

needles laden with snow,<br />

along perilous, frigid cliffs. Suddenly<br />

– finally – I reach my destination:<br />

Jigokudani, or Hell’s Valley. The name<br />

suits. Amid the dunes of fresh white that<br />

carpet this frozen forest, hot streams<br />

ripple, glassy pools shift and scorching<br />

waters lap smooth boulders clean. I’ve<br />

reached an onsen, a Japanese hot spring.<br />

It’s miles from anywhere – and yet far<br />

from secret. Before me, bodies teem. They<br />

slip in and out of the waters, stroking<br />

and fluffing hair, rubbing pink faces.<br />

The light is fading, I’m numb from head<br />

to toe and nothing would be nicer than<br />

joining them in the steaming pools.<br />

But it wouldn’t be right, bathing in this<br />

onsen. Because I’m not a snow monkey.<br />

Snow monkeys are an only-in-Japan<br />

sight. Or, more specifically, an only-in-<br />

Japan winter sight. Officially known as<br />

Japanese macaques, they’re so-nicknamed<br />

because when powder blankets the<br />

ground, they descend in droves from<br />

their remote mountain habitats for<br />

thawing dips in hot springs, famously at<br />

Jigokudani, a dedicated conservation park<br />

outside Nagano. If you’re lucky, you might<br />

spot a handful in spring or autumn, but<br />

they really come into their own when the<br />

weather turns frosty. As do belly-warming<br />

bowls of ramen noodle soup, pretty Alpine<br />

towns and, of course, onsen itself. Most<br />

travellers flock to Japan for spring cherry<br />

blossom, or in sultry summer, or to see<br />

autumn leaves turn – but they don’t know<br />

what they’re missing. December to March<br />

is the quietest and cheapest time to visit,<br />

but winter here has so much more to offer<br />

besides. This is when the thick clouds<br />

that cloak Mount Fuji finally melt away,<br />

revealing its cinematic snowcap against a<br />

crisp blue sky. It’s when Tokyoites huddle<br />

in squeezy, smoky bars, stamping their<br />

feet and slurping rich oden fish stews to<br />

shake off damp evenings. And it’s when,<br />

high in the craggy peaks of the Japanese<br />

Alps, a few hours northwest from the<br />

capital, and also in Hokkaido, Japan’s<br />

northern most island, blankets of thick,<br />

powdery snow bring everything to silence<br />

and stillness. Under the veil of white,<br />

landscapes achieve postcard-perfection –<br />

like real-life Hokusai prints – and it’s as if<br />

nothing has changed here for centuries.<br />

In the most picturesque, snowy parts<br />

it’s icy – minus points on the mercury,<br />

maybe in double digits – but no matter:<br />

the Japanese know how to handle a<br />

freeze. More than that: in the most frigid<br />

of its regions, they actually appreciate<br />

the chill – knowing that without<br />

cold, there’s no such thing as cosy.<br />

The air was crisp when I touched down<br />

in the Japanese capital two days before<br />

meeting those monkeys. I was a Tokyo<br />

veteran and fell into its frenetic, neon<br />

embrace as one falls into the arms of<br />

an old friend. It was rainy and 48 hours<br />

was just enough to get my fix, visiting<br />

the parts I’d loved as a resident: the<br />

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crushing intersection at Shibuya and<br />

the soaring Tokyo Skytree tower. It was<br />

just as well, as that time was all I had<br />

– after all, I wasn’t here for drizzle, but<br />

for a taste of the real Japanese winter.<br />

My journey northwest traversed a<br />

dramatic shift in climate. The bullet<br />

train rolled out of Tokyo Station 7.52am<br />

precisely, under a grey haze, and sped<br />

through boxy suburbs that melted into<br />

open, flurry-brushed fields. Tokyo had<br />

been heavy-sweater weather; when I<br />

stepped out to change to a bus at Nagano<br />

an hour and a half later, snowflakes<br />

were dancing in the air. By the time I<br />

hit Jigokudani in early afternoon, I had<br />

ascended more than 800 metres and<br />

the ground was covered in white drifts.<br />

Comic-book icicles clung to stout old<br />

homes by the park-entrance gate. It was<br />

a half-hour trudge along that slippery,<br />

alabaster path to the monkeys. It was<br />

cold, but I felt a warm glow the moment<br />

I saw those adorable, fluffy critters<br />

dart excitedly into their onsen baths.<br />

Onsen, if you didn’t know, is actually a<br />

Japanese ritual for humans. Foreigners<br />

can get nervous about the complex<br />

‘<br />

ON MY LAST<br />






SKIING<br />

’<br />

etiquette – and the awkward nudity (hot<br />

springs are entered strictly in the buff,<br />

men and women segregated). But try an<br />

alfresco dip in winter and you’ll be forever<br />

converted: frosty air cooling your neck,<br />

coddling, mineral-rich water soothing<br />

your limbs – the chance to savour nature’s<br />

stimulating contrasts at their best.<br />

Stepping into the warm outdoor hot<br />

spring at Hotakaso Sangetsu ryokan was<br />

like getting a big hug. A bus had whisked<br />

me here along icing-sugar roads from<br />

Nagano to remote Hirayu Onsen town,<br />

from which a silent taxi driver ferried me<br />

up into the hills. Once in the still, steamcloaked<br />

waters, with no other company<br />

but a couple of whispering, wrinkly<br />

old ladies, I knew the journey had been<br />

worth it. Beyond my rock-studded pool<br />

was a panorama of trees and a crinkle<br />

of whitecapped mountain ranges: the<br />

Japanese Alps. These folds of icy rock, a<br />

seam 200km long and higher than 3,000<br />

metres in places, hold many treasures.<br />

When I finally emerged from the onsen,<br />

pink as a peach, I pulled on my yukata<br />

robe and slippers and made for my<br />

tatami-mat-lined bedroom. Before long,<br />

a knock at my door revealed a smiling<br />

woman with a heaving tray. I ushered<br />

her in, where she laid an elaborate<br />

private banquet on a low table: sashimi<br />

platters; pickles; marbled red beef for<br />

a DIY hotpot; a flame-licked vessel of<br />

slow-cooking mushroom rice. Settling<br />

onto a cushion on the tatami mat floor,<br />

I surveyed the feast before me, letting<br />

her carefully explain each dish (in mime<br />

– her English wasn’t great, my Japanese<br />

worse). Then she bowed and shuffled<br />

out the door, leaving me to devour my<br />

gourmet meal in serenity (and, even<br />

better, still in the comfort of my robe).<br />

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Opposite: Large<br />

snowflakes fall in<br />

busy Shibuya<br />

This page: A mother<br />

snow monkey<br />

cuddles her baby<br />

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JAPAN<br />

‘<br />





’<br />

While Japan nails the whole cosy-winterhibernation<br />

thing, I didn’t want to<br />

spend my entire trip holed up. I filled<br />

the following days exploring the Alps:<br />

Takayama, one of country’s prettiest<br />

towns, its creaky wooden buildings<br />

housing atmospheric teahouses and<br />

fragrant saké breweries; Ogimachi,<br />

peppered with ancient gassho-zukuri<br />

farmhouses – pointy, snow-strong<br />

structures that look transplanted from<br />

Switzerland. Then Matsumoto, with<br />

its grand old castle and artisan soba<br />

noodle shops. The time flew by in a<br />

flurry of snowflakes and soon it was<br />

time to make for Hokkaido, Japan’s<br />

northerly isle, a 90-minute flight away.<br />

I hoped it would be the perfect wintry<br />

(snowcapped) peak to my trip.<br />

If I thought it was cold in Jigokudani,<br />

I hadn’t felt anything yet. Stepping<br />

out into the city centre in Sapporo,<br />

Hokkaido’s capital, I faced a new level<br />

of freeze – piercing, breath-snatching.<br />

Under a startling blue sky, long, straight<br />

boulevards radiated out from the<br />

central station, empty. Below ground,<br />

however, was a hive of activity: a web of<br />

interconnecting sub-surface walkways<br />

ferried scarf-wrapped workers and<br />

hooded shoppers across the city centre.<br />

They’d pop up from this underground<br />

city when they reached their desired<br />

stop, like dolphins breaching for air, and<br />

dart across windswept intersections<br />

into towering silver office blocks.<br />

Hardened to the chill, these locals may<br />

grit their teeth on the most blistering<br />

of days, but they rarely complain. If<br />

Tokyoites are like Londoners, whingeing<br />

over a light chill and shaking umbrellas<br />

through winter, Sapporo’s residents<br />

are stoic Scandinavians – brave in<br />

the face of this vast, great iciness.<br />

That evening, I wandered south from<br />

my hotel along the gritted streets to<br />

Suskino, Sapporo’s nightlife district.<br />

Tummy rumbling, I shivered past<br />

warren-like izakaya pubs and a lanternlit<br />

alleyway lined with tiny ramen<br />

shops, filled with laughing students<br />

lapping up miso-rich bowlfuls. I longed<br />

to enter a shop’s warming embrace,<br />

but held firm: on a tip from a Japanese<br />

friend, I was out for jingisukan – a DIY<br />

Mongolian BBQ, the city’s speciality.<br />

I found the restaurant – and the queue.<br />

It was below freezing outside and yet a<br />

row of brave faithfuls stood undeterred<br />

snaking down an icicle-lined alleyway<br />

outside cult-favourite Daruma. I joined<br />

them and minutes ticked by; gradually,<br />

I lost feeling in my limbs, from the<br />

ground up. But when the door finally<br />

opened on my turn, an hour later, I was<br />

rewarded for my persistence. Perched<br />

on stools around an oval wooden<br />

counter, chattering couples sipped<br />

drinks, while grilling marbled lamb<br />

on domed hotplates, fired by glowing<br />

charcoal. I squeezed in and ordered a<br />

cockle-warming feast, with a flourish of<br />

fluffy rice, kimchi and a sesame-garlic<br />

dipping sauce. As I griddled my hunks<br />

of lamb, fat dripped gorgeously down<br />

the grill to soften golden onions. By now,<br />

I’d forgotten all about the cold outside.<br />

Sapporo and its charms unveil<br />

themselves slowly, like a gradual<br />

spring thaw. You can spend a day out<br />

at frozen lake Shikotsu, enjoying its<br />

illuminated winter display; another<br />

soaking at a geyser-studded onsen in<br />

Noboribetsu town, a train ride away;<br />

yet another watching rare red-crowned<br />

cranes dance across fields of ice. Or<br />

simply keep to the city centre, walking<br />

through the fish market, stocked<br />

with lithe, prickly crabs; it’s a treat to<br />

dine on the sweet, perfectly in-season<br />

meat in any no-frills restaurant.<br />

Japanese tourists flock to the city in early<br />

February. Some ogle the towering ski<br />

jump, a remnant of the 1972 Olympics;<br />

most sip frothy brews at the rambling<br />

Sapporo brewery. But all are here to<br />

watch artists from around the world<br />

chisel vast ice sculptures, competing<br />

for glory in the annual, city-wide Snow<br />

Festival, the biggest and busiest event of<br />

the year. On my trip, it hadn’t officially<br />

started yet, but even the largest of<br />

scaffolds couldn’t hide the elaborate<br />

masterpieces taking shape in Sapporo’s<br />

central Odori strip. Elaborate lifesized<br />

temples, enormous carvings of<br />

horse-racers and panoramas of J-pop<br />

stars all rose proud in the icy mix.<br />

On my last day, I spent the afternoon<br />

in the park. Not wandering, as I might<br />

in spring or autumn – but cross-country<br />

skiing, past silvery larch trees, over<br />

gentle, hilly drifts. This being snow<br />

country, one can hire skis, sleds or even<br />

show-shoes at Moerenuma Park for<br />

three hours. I didn’t last quite that long:<br />

two hours in, my face was whipped by<br />

wind and my toes were unresponsive<br />

in my boots. After a couple of slippery<br />

falls, I felt the chilliest I’d been yet<br />

and needed to get out of the frosty<br />

air, fast. So, as dusk washed over the<br />

city, I hopped in a cab back to vibrant,<br />

raucous Suskino and took the lift up to<br />

the second-floor Nikka Bar, overlooking<br />

a humming traffic intersection.<br />

Cloaked in dark polished woods<br />

and rich leathers, the bar’s walls<br />

were lined with glimmering bottles.<br />

Socialising salarymen were cloistered<br />

in corners. I thumbed through the<br />

menu, before a suited barman poured<br />

my drink of choice as if it was liquid<br />

gold. Out the window, in the streets<br />

below, bundled-up commuters darted<br />

between tumbling snowflakes. Settling<br />

into my squishy chair, I felt my cheeks<br />

warming and my limbs thawing. Then,<br />

my drink appeared before me and I<br />

raised the glass to my lips, taking a<br />

long, slow sip. Rolling it across my<br />

tongue, I savoured its sharp heat – and<br />

the frosty hit of ice. Shiveringly good:<br />

the very essence of winter Japan.<br />

Inspired to travel? To book a trip, call<br />

800 DNATA or visit dnatatravel.com<br />

Credit: Alicia Miller/The Sunday Times Travel Magazine/News Licensing<br />

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This page: Soft,<br />

colourful corals around<br />

Lizard Island<br />

Clockwise from above<br />

left: The icy path to<br />

hot spring haven Hell's<br />

Valley; a swan spreads<br />

its wings in front of<br />

Mount Fuji; Kyoto's<br />

historic Higashiyama<br />

district gets a dusting; a<br />

steaming bowl of ramen<br />

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long<br />

the<br />

weekend<br />

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Marrakech<br />

Offering a heady blend of<br />

culture and beauty, Marrakech<br />

is luring the in-crowd to its<br />

charming riads, bustling bazaars<br />

and must-see art attractions<br />

This page: Sunlight<br />

penetrates a labyrinthine<br />

souk in Marrakech<br />

Opposite: Aromatic spices<br />

for sale; Royal Mansour<br />



Founded almost 1,000 years ago, Marrakech is one of the<br />

great cities of the Maghreb. Known as the Red City thanks to<br />

its red clay buildings that swarm the medina, it is easily one of<br />

the most beautiful and fascinating spots in Morocco. A place<br />

where Europe, Africa and the Middle East mingle and merge,<br />

this popular trading hub marries the past and present with an<br />

energy that can sometimes feel intimidating, but plan it right<br />

and you’re sure to have the trip of a lifetime.<br />

Home to atmospheric souks and some of the most<br />

impressive architecture (both old and new) that you’ll find<br />

anywhere in the world, nowadays this intoxicating city is<br />

prized as much for its trendy art galleries, hip hotels and<br />

fine-dining restaurants as it is for its bazaars and hidden<br />

palaces. It’s to the famous medina that most visitors gravitate,<br />

where your senses will be overwhelmed with music, the call<br />

to prayer and elaborate feasts. Dark alleyways are brimming<br />

with artisan workshops and sprawling markets in which you<br />

can wander for hours. Offering a tantalising taste of Africa<br />

within easy reach, get set to fall in love with Marrakech…<br />

Revel in a touch of glamour at these stand-out abodes<br />

If you’re seeking opulence,<br />

you've come to the right<br />

place. Home to 53 luxury<br />

riads, spread across a<br />

medina filled with alleyways<br />

and secret doors, Royal<br />

Mansour Marrakech<br />

provides a rich introduction<br />

to Moroccan culture. Be<br />

sure to dine at the new<br />

Sesamo Italian restaurant<br />

by the three-Michelin-Star<br />

chef Massimiliano Alajmo.<br />

One of the most<br />

spectacular residences<br />

in the city, the Mandarin<br />

Oriental, Marrakech is<br />

situated just 20 minutes<br />

from the city’s main square<br />

of Jemaa el-Fnaa, and<br />

with its stunning terracotta<br />

buildings nestled among<br />

palm, orange and olive<br />

trees, it’s the perfect mix of<br />

splendour and tradition.<br />

Once home to royalty,<br />

La Mamounia has been a<br />

preferred choice among<br />

A-listers through the<br />

decades and has hosted<br />

a glittering array of VIPs<br />

in its 210 rooms. Set in<br />

lavish gardens and styled<br />

with handcrafted Moorish<br />

opulence, this is the place<br />

to see and be seen.<br />

Those craving a cooler,<br />

more contemporary vibe<br />

should check out Radisson<br />

Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carré<br />

Eden, which called upon a<br />

chic and savvy Casablanca<br />

design studio to craft its<br />

laid-back, mid-century style.<br />

With a coveted address in<br />

Guéliz, the city’s hippest<br />

bars and restaurants are<br />

just a stone’s throw away.<br />

... and<br />

restful<br />

riads<br />

Charming, calming and<br />

every interior designer’s<br />

dream, Marrakech’s many<br />

riads offer welcome<br />

respite from the hustle<br />

and bustle of the city. A<br />

quiet oasis situated in<br />

the heart of the medina,<br />


an idyllic pool, which<br />

gets a lot of attention,<br />

but sipping a traditional<br />

Moroccan mint tea in the<br />

lounge is equally dreamy.<br />

One of Marrakech’s<br />

first boutique riads, EL<br />

FENN, which is owned by<br />

Vanessa Branson (sister<br />

to Richard), is a maze of<br />

interconnected riads that<br />

take up an acre of the<br />

medina. First launched<br />

to showcase Vanessa’s<br />

impressive art collection,<br />

the display is constantly<br />

re-curated so no two<br />

visits are ever the same.<br />

Over 200 years old,<br />

RIAD TCHAIKANA offers<br />

stunning views of the<br />

Atlas Mountains. With<br />

just five bedrooms, it gets<br />

booked up fast, so make<br />

sure you plan in advance.<br />

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Wander<br />

the souks<br />

With their bustling<br />

atmosphere and thrilling<br />

bargains proving an<br />

assault on the senses, the<br />

souks of Marrakech are a<br />

highlight for any visitor.<br />

There’s always someone<br />

ready to greet you at<br />

these open-air venues,<br />

where artisans have been<br />

toiling over their creations<br />

for centuries.<br />

Traditional woven<br />

carpets, aromatic spices,<br />

colourful lanterns and<br />

pottery stalls can be<br />

found in abundance –<br />

tagine pots, serving plates<br />

and soup bowls come in<br />

all sizes, while jewelled<br />

glassware and ornate<br />

tea pots make a pretty<br />

addition to any dining<br />

room back home.<br />

Originally dedicated<br />

to leatherwork, Souq<br />

Semmarine and Souq<br />

el-Kebir are the most<br />

popular street markets<br />

in the city, and today sell<br />

practically anything you<br />

can think of. Prices here<br />

may be higher than in<br />

other bazaars, however,<br />

so if you're willing to travel<br />

a little bit further north<br />

to where the specialist<br />

quissariat (covered<br />

markets) are located, you<br />

may be able to find similar<br />

products for less.<br />


On top of its famous street food scene, the city<br />

has made some serious strides into fine dining<br />

Le Petit Cornichon<br />

Owned by Erwann Lance,<br />

who has several Michelinstarred<br />

restaurants in<br />

Paris and New York,<br />

Le Petit Cornichon is<br />

stylish, contemporary<br />

and colourful, so it’s no<br />

surprise that the style set<br />

gather here. Tuck into<br />

dishes such as sea bass<br />

ceviche with grapefruit<br />

and pink peppercorns<br />

of tarragon chicken.<br />

lepetitcornichon.ma<br />

+61<br />

Bringing a taste of<br />

Australia to Morocco,<br />

chef Andrew Cibej aims<br />

to capture the laid-back<br />

culture of the country<br />

with a modern twist,<br />

by way of delicious<br />

dishes designed to<br />

share. Favourites include<br />

homemade ricotta with<br />

roasted red peppers,<br />

balsamic-glazed lamb<br />

ribs and chargrilled sirloin<br />

sandwiches. plus61.com<br />


Le Crystal<br />

Located in the Pacha<br />

complex, which is also<br />

home to the famous Ibiza<br />

nightclub of the same<br />

name, those seeking a<br />

touch of glamour should<br />

definitely pay Le Crystal<br />

a visit. A Moroccan Italian<br />

menu comprises the likes<br />

of shrimp risotto, garlic<br />

parmesan gnocci and<br />

foie gras ravioli that are<br />

definitely worth the price<br />

tag. pachamarrakech.com<br />

Craving a taste of authentic Moroccan cuisine? Marrakech is sure to awaken the senses<br />

through traditional flavours influenced by Spain, Arabia and France, and the streets are<br />

teeming with these wallet-friendly eateries. Dedicated to empowering disadvantaged<br />

women through culinary skills, guests can enjoy an ever-changing menu of local dishes<br />

at Amal Women’s Moroccan Restaurant. For stunning views to accompany your meal,<br />

Al Baraka, in the heart of the legendary Jemaa el-Fnaa, does some of the best couscous<br />

in the city. Taste light and simple Moroccan fare at the magical Dar Marjana while the<br />

belly dancers sway – if you’re feeling adventurous, try the pigeon pie.<br />

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Opposite from top:<br />

Le Petit Cornichon; vibrant claypots in<br />

the bazaar<br />

This page from top: V.Barkowski<br />

(Photo: Cecile Zehnacker); inside the<br />

beautiful Bahia Palace<br />

Boutique finds<br />

If it’s one-of-a-kind pieces you’re after, Marrakech<br />

isn’t short on stylish boutiques that are as unique<br />

in interior design as they are in merchandise.<br />

Globetrotting Belgian designer Valerie<br />

Barkowski’s concept store V. Barkowski is<br />

reminiscent of a high-end New York loft that<br />

showcases her fine white bed linens and fluffy<br />

towels that come delicately trimmed with her<br />

signature mini pompoms, while Norya Ayron sells<br />

an array of fashion-forward silk and cotton kaftans<br />

and abayas loved by the likes of Sharon Stone,<br />

Monica Belluci and Kate Moss. For medina-style<br />

streetwear, head to Max & Jan for a selection of<br />

soft drape dresses, slouchy pants and billowing<br />

dresses perfect for a summer beach holiday,<br />

while at Laly, browse the rails for bold capes,<br />

camo babouche slippers and pochette purses by<br />

designer Badra Benjelloun.<br />

Words: Naomi Chadderton<br />

Ask a local<br />

Amanda Ponzio-<br />

Mouttaki, blogger<br />

at Maroc Mama<br />

(marocmama.<br />

com), shares her<br />

insider tips on how<br />

to get the most<br />

out of your trip<br />

“The best advice I can share<br />

about visiting Marrakech is to<br />

have a sense of humour and accept that<br />

you will get lost in the medina.<br />

I've found when you can be lighthearted<br />

and laugh with people it really breaks<br />

the ice and you’ll end up having a much<br />

more pleasant experience. One of my<br />

favourite neighbourhoods is the kasbah,<br />

because it still has the older charm of<br />

traditional Marrakech without some<br />

of the extreme busyness you might<br />

experience in other areas. Be sure to try<br />

tangia (not to be confused with tagine)<br />

when you’re here; it’s the speciality<br />

dish of Marrakech made with very slow<br />

roasted lamb, garlic and preserved<br />

lemons in a clay pot. If you want a<br />

keepsake to take back home, spices or<br />

Moroccan tea glasses are easy to pack<br />

and are sure to be used long after<br />

you return.”<br />


Delve deeper into the<br />

city's beating heart<br />

Marrakech has a<br />

fascinating and<br />

complex history, with<br />

an impressive array of<br />

museums and sites to<br />

prove it. Take a walk<br />

around the Saadian<br />

Tombs – Saadian<br />

Sultan Ahmed Al<br />

Mansour Ed Dahbi<br />

spared no expense<br />

in crafting his burial<br />

site, importing Italian<br />

Carrara marble for his<br />

own mausoleum. A<br />

fascinating piece of<br />

Marrakech’s historical<br />

jigsaw, El Badi Palace<br />

is another great<br />

attraction and even<br />

though it largely<br />

stands in ruins today,<br />

you won’t have any<br />

trouble taking a<br />

journey back in time<br />

and imagining the<br />

splendour of the<br />

palace’s heyday. In<br />

complete contrast is<br />

the well-preserved<br />

Bahia Palace, which<br />

once housed the<br />

Resident General<br />

during the French<br />

Protectorate.<br />

If you’re a fashion<br />

lover, make time<br />

to visit the Musée<br />

Yves Saint Laurent<br />

Marrakech.<br />

Dedicated to the late<br />

designer’s work, it<br />

showcases a rotating<br />

curation of 5,000<br />

items of clothing,<br />

15,000 accessories<br />

and thousands<br />

of sketches and<br />

documents stored<br />

for four decades.<br />

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Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel<br />

Holiday like royalty at this quintessentially British beachfront hotel on Palm Jumeirah<br />


Tucked away in the modern heart of<br />

the city, yet shielded from the hustle<br />

and bustle, the hotel's modern take on<br />

a traditional British residence is sure<br />

to win you over. Every room has been<br />

elegantly styled to marry centuries<br />

of age-old charm with contemporary<br />

glamour. Request a room with glittering<br />

Arabian Sea views and relax to the sound<br />

of the waves lapping the shore.<br />

THE FOOD<br />

What better way to show someone you<br />

care than with a romantic candlelit<br />

dinner on the beach? Savour a threecourse<br />

meal and a bottle of red or white<br />

under the twinkling stars as the balmy<br />

evening breeze washes over you (Dhs1,000<br />

per couple). Elsewhere at the property,<br />

Great British Restarant, West 14 th<br />

Steakhouse, Khyber and the sophisticated<br />

Duke's Bar compete for your attention.<br />


Start the new year as you mean to go on<br />

with an energy-boosting workout at the<br />

hotel's state-of-the-art gym. Next, get<br />

some vitamin D by soaking up the gentle<br />

winter rays as you lounge around the<br />

infinity pool with a good book in hand.<br />

Once you're suitably sunbathed, stretch<br />

your legs by taking a stroll along the<br />

private beach and end your day on a fun<br />

note by floating along the lazy river.<br />

To find out more, call +971 4 455 1111 or visit royalhideaway.com<br />

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Sofitel Dubai The Palm<br />

Perfect the art de vivre at this French-inspired luxury resort on Palm Jumeirah<br />


Bringing elegant French style to the<br />

Middle East, this Polynesian-style<br />

resort is the antidote to the city’s<br />

ubiquitous skyscraper hotels with its<br />

tropical understated glamour. Being<br />

a pebble’s skim from the sea means<br />

you get to sleep and wake up to the<br />

gentle swoosh of the waves crashing<br />

on the shore from any of the stylishly<br />

appointed rooms and suites.<br />

THE FOOD<br />

Meaning "Welcome" in Polynesian,<br />

Manava serves up world-class dishes in<br />

a setting straight out of Paul Gaugin's<br />

Tahitian paintings. But if you're up for<br />

something with more zest and spice,<br />

Hong Loong blends timeless Chinese<br />

recipes to create explosive flavours<br />

perfectly paired with tea. End your<br />

evening soaking up the sea view with a<br />

chilled drink at Laguna Lounge.<br />


Water babies are in for a treat with a great<br />

variety of activities on offer. Whether it's<br />

jetting off on a boat excursion, spending<br />

a day admiring the cityscape on a pedal<br />

boat or just lounging on the wide stretch<br />

of private sandy beach, there's something<br />

for every taste. A day in the sun might<br />

wear you down, but a quick trip to the spa<br />

offers soothing treatments and massages<br />

that'll leave you in a tranquil bliss.<br />

To find out more, call +971 4 455 6677 or visit all.accor.com<br />

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JW Marriott Marquis Dubai<br />

Reach for the sky at the world’s tallest five-star hotel<br />


Wake up in the clouds and revel in<br />

stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the<br />

city's futuristic skyline or the turquoise<br />

waters of the Arabian Gulf. Sleek suites<br />

boast marshmallow soft beddings<br />

and soundproof windows for a serene<br />

slumber, while Executive Rooms come<br />

with perks including complimentary<br />

drinks, a continental breakfast and<br />

afternoon tea in the lounge.<br />

THE FOOD<br />

Foodies are spoilt for choice with<br />

more than 14 dining venues offering a<br />

selection of delicacies from around the<br />

world. Splurge on a unique sky-high<br />

dinner at Prime68 steakhouse before<br />

heading for a glitzy nightcap at Vault.<br />

To spice it up, the recently opened<br />

Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra serves<br />

traditional recipes from ancient India<br />

with a contemporary twist.<br />


Discover the shiniest gems the city has<br />

to offer with top attractions including<br />

The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Dubai<br />

Opera right around the corner. After a<br />

day out and about, pamper yourself back<br />

at the hotel with a mini refresh at Saray<br />

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