NewsFlash

Our bimonthly selection of a dozen hospitality establishments worth checking into, includes TIERRA PATAGONIA HOTEL & SPA on the eastern border of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, luxury Austrian health retreat LANSERHOF LANS, ONYADO CHIKURINTEI in the historic Japanese prefecture of Saga, and VENTANA BIG SUR located on one of the world’s most unforgettable stretches of coastline.

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Prize Draw

Luxury hospitality brand Anantara has two deluxe resorts on the delightful island of Sri Lanka, and the winner of this incredible prize will get to spend three nights at each of them – ANANTARA PEACE HAVEN TANGALLE RESORT and ANANTARA KALUTARA RESORT – including half board for two guests, transfers, a 90-minute couples’ spa treatment and a very special bespoke dining experience.

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Rest Your Head

Our bimonthly selection of a dozen hospitality establishments worth checking into, includes TIERRA PATAGONIA HOTEL & SPA on the eastern border of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, luxury Austrian health retreat LANSERHOF LANS, ONYADO CHIKURINTEI in the historic Japanese prefecture of Saga, and VENTANA BIG SUR located on one of the world’s most unforgettable stretches of coastline.

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City Focus

KATHMANDU is one of the few capitals left in the world which is utterly authentic, but visiting is not for the faint hearted. One must actively scratch below the city’s surface to uncover its many riches. But investing time to truly explore the Nepalese capital, rewards adventurous travellers with intense spiritual and unique cultural experiences, combining centuries of fascinating history and glorious traditions.

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Suite Envy

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BODRUM is a sprawling, ultra-elite 67-hectare resort of luxe rooms, suites, apartments and villas, all of which are amongst the largest five-star lodgings on the peninsula. Nicholas Chrisostomou checks in to 145m2 of beautifully designed Mediterranean Suite bliss, complete with lush garden, private swimming pool and spectacular views across Paradise Bay.

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Boarding Pass

High fashion isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind when you step onto a plane and are greeted by the cabin crew. But for every dowdy uniform on-board today’s airlines, there’s an incredibly rich history of stylish designer airline threads that stretches back to the golden age of aviation. The Cultured Traveller team charts the history of glamour in the sky, from 1930 to the present day.

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No Shoes Required

Blessed with 300 days of sun every year, together with warm temperatures that stretch from spring ‘til mid-October, Mallorca has something for everyone, and hence has been one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations for decades. Alex Benasuli takes a jaunt to the beautiful Balearic island for a helping of end of season Spanish sun at classic full-service deluxe resort, ST. REGIS MARDAVALL.

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Spotlight

In the heart of the world’s most fashionable city, THE PENINSULA PARIS is a magnificently restored neo-classical palace with walls that could tell a thousand tales – of Proust and Picasso, war heroes and villains, international peace treaties and romantic rendezvous. Dawn Gibson finds out how the Grande Dame of La Belle Époque is setting new standards for top-tier hospitality luxury.

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Traveller Lowdown

Few people realise when they land in Bahrain that they have actually touched down in the country’s capital, MANAMA, a city so influenced by the Portuguese and Persians that it’s overflowing with must-see sites. Dilraz Kunnummal gives us her insider guide to the bustling Gulf metropolis, which is as renowned throughout the region for its vibrant nightlife scene as it is for its Middle Eastern authenticity.

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Taste and Sip

Renowned chef and restaurateur RICHARD SANDOVAL has mastered modern and coastal Mexican, Latin-Asian, Peruvian and Pan-Latin cuisines, and is the hands-on operator of more than forty restaurants around the world, stretching out from his Denver base. The Cultured Traveller chats with the Latin gastronomic powerhouse on the eve of opening new outlets in Abu Dhabi and Aspen.

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Music and Night Life

International pop icon GLORIA ESTEFAN has achieved pretty much everything in the music world, not least winning seven Grammys and selling more than 100 million albums. The Cultured Traveller interviews the Dr Beat and Conga singer about making it big with Miami Sound Machine, 39 years of marriage, her life-changing accident, and how it feels to watch her story play out on stage.

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Stylish Globetrotter

Only in one exclusive London district will you find high fashion and designer stores side-by-side with private members clubs, a jeweller to the stars, a butcher and the Queen of England’s gun and rifle maker! Dawn Gibson and Nicholas Chrisostomou take a stroll through upmarket MAYFAIR, which is still a refreshingly eccentric British blend of old and new.

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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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