Prize Draw

Located on the beautiful eastern shores of the paradise Emirati isle of Sir Bani Yas, ANANTARA AL YAMM VILLA RESORT offers a unique experience that combines beachside luxury with exotic wildlife and every hospitality amenity. Win a two-night half board villa stay for two people, including a bespoke couple’s massage, a thrilling island activity and dinners at your choice of restaurants.

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Rest Your Head

Our regular round-up of a dozen new or notable global hospitality establishments includes HELENA BAY on New Zealand’s North Island, named the world’s best new luxury hotel of 2016; FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AT THE SURF CLUB which is making waves in Miami’s social and style circles; and the splendid palace-like OBEROI SUKHVILAS in Chandigarh – the only Indian city planned by world renowned Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.

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City Focus

Packed full of history, with artistic and architectural gems around every corner, VALLETTA, with its expansive harbours and sea views, is also visually stunning. Whether you like your city breaks culture packed or more relaxed, Valletta has something for everyone. Alex Benasuli discovers that in the case of Malta’s breathtaking baroque capital, smaller is undeniably grander.

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Suite Envy

Occupying one of the Austrian capital’s most prestigious addresses, PARK HYATT VIENNA is a skillful re-imagination of the handsome neoclassical former headquarters of Bank Austria, a city landmark affectionately known as “The Pearl of Vienna”. Nicholas Chrisostomou road tests the hotel’s bejewelled and mother-of-pearl-encrusted yet divinely comfortable EUR 5,000/night PRESIDENTIAL SUITE.

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Boarding Pass

Better known as the viper-tongued queen of the comedy skies, Australian comedienne Caroline Reid has been playing her turbo-charged airline hostess alter ego PAM ANN for more than two decades. Catty, cutting and often crude, Reid’s shows are an addictively entertaining environment where literally no-one watching is safe from either Pam demanding help or dishing out a piece of her indecent mind.

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No Shoes Required

Set on a wide, sandy beach, part of one of the most picture-perfect bays on the Aegean Sea, a hillside cluster of one-time grey-stone miners’ quarters built a century ago, have been artistically updated to create a unique hospitality destination. Nicholas Chrisostomou experiences an authentic slice of Hellenic history on the Greek island of Serifos, at COCO-MAT ECO RESIDENCES.

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Spotlight

For the past few years, the capital of Georgia has been hell-bent on proving that it’s also the capital of the Southeastern United States! Its place carved into fiction and folklore, Dilraz Kunnummal visits ATLANTA, the city where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, and Margaret Mitchell wrote and based her timeless award-winning literary classic Gone With The Wind.

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Traveller Lowdown

Boasting everything from sun to snow, technicoloured sandy beaches to actively erupting volcanoes, vast barren lava fields to lush tropical rain forests, and snorkeling to whale watching and even diving with manta rays, Sam Henderson and her family visit HAWAI’I, the United States’ largest island and home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kīlauea.

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Taste and Sip

Combining longstanding gastronomic traditions of Parisian fine dining with the global reputation for luxury and excellence that Peninsula hotels are renowned for, LILI makes for an über chic and exotic addition to the French capital’s restaurant scene, and is a divine ode to Cantonese cooking. Alex Benasuli succumbs to the charms of probably the French capital’s finest Chinese restaurant.

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Music and Night Life

In 2013 aged just 25, Robbert Van De Corput, better known by his DJ moniker of HARDWELL, beat fellow countryman Armin Van Buuren to the number one spot of DJ Magazine’s top 100 DJ poll. Yet despite his meteoric rise, the EDM superstar still has his feet firmly planted on terra firma. The Cultured traveller interviews the young Dutchman who signed his first record deal just out of puberty.

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Stylish Globetrotter

Sponsored by Gucci, six years in planning and curated by Hamish Bowles (Editor-at-Large of American Vogue), Dawn Gibson walks through a unique exhibition at one of England’s most magnificent country estates – HOUSE STYLE: FIVE CENTURIES OF FASHION AT CHATSWORTH – which showcases a swathe of leading British and international fashion designers in decadent surroundings.

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NewsFlash

The Cultured Traveller rounds-up the unmissable events and summer festivals happening around the world in August and September 2017, including Siena’s epic horse race IL PALIO, northeast Niger’s spectacular male beauty parade CURE SALÉE, the 72nd annual LA TOMATINA in the pretty Valencian town of Buñol, and the world’s largest annual Volksfest, the 16-day OKTOBERFEST in Munich.

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Boarding Pass

When you travel as much as I do, getting on a plane becomes as routine as hopping in a taxi, and one soon works out what’s needed on board to ensure a comfortable journey and perky arrival. I’m often asked “doesn’t it get tiresome, all that travelling?”

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