NewsFlash

The Cultured Traveller rounds up the unmissable events and cultural festivals happening around the world through to the end of February 2018, including the MEVLÂNA FESTIVAL in Turkey, Austria’s high ALTITUDE COMEDY FESTIVAL in Mayrhofen, one of the oldest surviving street festivals in the Caribbean, JUNKANOO, and the CARTAGENA MUSIC FESTIVAL in Colombia.

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Prize Draw

Award winning EAST, MIAMI hotel is located in the heart of Brickell, the slick downtown rejuvenated financial district, in the centre of Florida’s most happening city. Win a three-night stay for four people in a luxury two-bedroom residence at EAST, Miami, including daily breakfasts, dinner at Quinto La Huella and tickets to Pérez Art Museum Miami.

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Rest Your Head

Take a look inside the newest and coolest places to rest your head around the world, including SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, COLOMBO in the heart of the Sri Lankan capital; Hamburg’s first luxury hotel in decades, THE FONTENAY; hospitality guru Ian Schrager’s slick downtown Manhattan hotel, PUBLIC; and Ritz-Carlton’s swishy deluxe all-suite resort on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

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City Focus

Commonly referred to as Australia’s cultural capital and the most European metropolis of the antipodes, edgy and elegant, arty and bohemian, MELBOURNE constantly surprises and delights. Dawn Gibson explores the cobbled lanes, gastronomic pleasures, hidden bars and vibrant arts scene of Straya’s most sophisticated city.

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Suite Envy

Kelly Johnstone and her family road test a THREE-BEDROOM ASPEN SKI CHALET at Kempinski’s Mall Of The Emirates property, where the crisp white alpine slopes on one side, teamed seamlessly with the hot yellow desert landscape on the other, sets the hotel apart from its numerous Dubai peers, in one of the most modern, vibrant and rapidly developing cities in the world.

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Boarding Pass

As 2017 comes to a close, Singapore boasts the strongest passport while the U.S. has unsurprisingly lost ground since Donald Trump took office. In a Boarding Pass special study, The Cultured Traveller establishes the current strength of the world’s passports, and how factors like Brexit and the surprise election of an inexperienced US President have drastically affected the rankings.

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No Shoes Required

Amid the coconut palms and secluded beaches of southern Sri Lanka, ANANTARA PEACE HAVEN TANGALLE is a luxurious sanctuary tailor-made for recharging the batteries and connecting with nature. Dawn Gibson discovers the delights of one of the resort’s plush ocean view pool villas, and finds out how the 5000-year-old practice of Ayurveda balances mind, body and spirit.

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Spotlight

From neglected alpine village to reborn state-of-the-art ski resort, the transformation of legendary ANDERMATT is nothing short of remarkable. Joe Mortimer dons his ski boots and heads for the hills to find out why the Ursern Valley is returning to form as one of Switzerland’s finest regions for discerning travellers.

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Traveller Lowdown

For a spectacular winter destination that also positively shines in the summer, VAIL, in America’s Southwest, is pretty much unbeatable. Alex Benasuli – who’s been visiting for decades, not only to ski but also to hike and cycle during the warmer months – reveals his insider tips to the popular Colorado resort.

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Taste and Sip

Finnish by origin yet international to the bone, former head bartender of Dick’s Bar at London’s Atlantic, winner of countless awards and now a trainer and judge on the global cocktail circuit, TIMO SIITONEN chats with The Cultured Traveller about his roots, career and what sets apart his much-celebrated Helsinki bar from the capital’s others.

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Music and Night Life

PRINCE Rogers Nelson left an indelible impression on popular music. From hit records to films and live concerts, he was both a musical innovator and an incredible performer, who earned comparisons with everyone from James Brown to David Bowie. Paul Burston looks back at the career of an original rock showman.

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Stylish Globetrotter

To take some of the hassle out of your Christmas shopping, professional buyer Adrian Gibson puts together a capsule guide of chic gifts to give this holiday season. Whether it’s a present for a wife or girlfriend, something for the man in your life, or a novelty prezzie for a co-worker, there should be something here to fit the bill.

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