NewsFlash

The Cultured Traveller rounds up the cultural events and unmissable festivals happening around our colourful world through ‘til the end of May 2018, including ST. PATRICK’S DAY in Ireland, the CAPE TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL, SNOWBOMBING in the Tyrolean resort of Mayrhofen, SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL 30 minutes north of Los Angeles and HAY FESTIVAL in Wales.

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Prize Draw

Banana Island by Anantara is an exclusive 13-hectare paradise isle in the Arabian Gulf, 11km off the coast of the Qatari capital, offering world-class facilities, multiple restaurants and seemingly limitless leisure activities. Win a three-night half board stay for two people in a private, two-bedroom sea-view pool villa complete with personal pool, including a divine couples spa treatment.

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Rest Your Head

Take a peek inside the coolest places to lay your hat around the world, including MONTAGE LOS CABOS, set to open at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula in May 2018; renowned Lebanese Canadian nightclub impresario Charles Khabouth’s glamorous new hospitality palace, BISHA in Toronto; and only the second new property to be built in Sydney’s CBD for more than 15 years, WEST HOTEL.

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City Focus

Nestled between Lake Nicaragua and Mombacho Volcano, GRANADA blends history, culture and nature, together with a burgeoning boutique hotel and restaurant scene, in one compact and individual destination. Alex Benasuli explores its colonial streets and is utterly enchanted by the Nicaraguan city’s colourful 17th century architecture, crumbling courtyard gardens, elaborate Moorish villas and unique frontier-like spirit.

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Suite Envy

In 1904, John Jacob Astor broke ground for the building of the first St. Regis hotel in the most exclusive part of Manhattan. More than a century later, Nicholas Chrisostomou road tests a two-bedroom Empire Suite at ST. REGIS DOHA, to see how one of the hospitality industry’s most historic hotel brands has been reinterpreted in the capital of the world’s richest country.

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Boarding Pass

Flying can be stressful for even the most seasoned traveller. Whether you’re embarking on a transatlantic journey or heading off on a quick business trip, a negative in-flight experience can set the tone for the whole trip and ruin a vacation. So, The Cultured Traveller rounds up a selection of in-flight essentials which you simply must have handy when flying at 30,000 feet.

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No Shoes Required

If “Welcome to Byron Bay! Cheer Up. Slow down. Chill out” sounds like the kind of mantra you fancy adopting on your next vacation, and your Australian holiday plans include Sydney or a Gold Coast road trip, then be sure to stopover in Byron Bay. Nicholas Chrisostomou enjoys a unique barefoot break at RAE’S boutique hotel, five minutes from Byron on legendary Wategos Beach.

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Spotlight

On the banks of the Ganges in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, RISHIKESH is a centuries-old destination for pilgrims and renowned sanctuary for travellers seeking a deeper cultural understanding of northern India. Dawn Gibson disconnects from her daily routine and follows in the footsteps of The Beatles, by studying yoga at one of the town’s many ashrams.

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Traveller Lowdown

A key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, the hometown of The Beatles and former European Capital of Culture, LIVERPOOL has a colourful and historic pedigree. Nicholas Chrisostomou visits the charismatic maritime city in the northwest of England and is totally charmed by its honest people, stunning architecture and blossoming foodie scene.

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Taste and Sip

Greece has a rich history of winemaking, as ancient as the columns that line the Parthenon, so it’s hardly surprising that the country’s wine culture has finally come into line with its flourishing tourist industry. Nicholas Chrisostomou visits KTIMA GEROVASSILIOU winery, nestled amongst the slopes of Epanomi, just outside Thessaloniki, to enjoy a relaxed yet sophisticated wine tasting experience.

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Music and Night Life

In a career spanning half a century, DAVID BOWIE changed the face of popular music. From space cadet to glam rock god, electro pioneer to song and dance man, his talent for reinvention dazzled and confounded critics and inspired devotion among his legions of followers. Paul Burston charts the many ‘ch-ch-changes’ of rock’s greatest chameleon.

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Stylish Globetrotter

Spring/summer 2018’s fashion trends are nothing if not bright, bold and beautiful, not to mention diverse, featuring everything from 1950s pastels and colourful stripes, to tropical prints and uber-cool sportswear. Adrian Gibson rounds up the hottest items to wear this summer, whether strutting along the Strand in London, or striking a pose on La Croisette in the sun-drenched South of France.

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