NewsFlash

The Cultured Traveller rounds up the cultural events and unmissable festivals happening around our colourful world through ‘til the end of August 2018, including GALUNGAN on the Indonesian island of Bali; the annual Chinese dragon boat festival of DUANWU JIÉ, and the much-publicised FIESTA DE SAN FERMÍN bull runs through the streets of the pretty Spanish town of Pamplona.

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Prize Draw

Win a fabulous five-night two-centre stay in ocean view rooms at Shangri-La’s stunning Sri Lankan resorts. The lucky winner will enjoy two nights at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, including dinner at celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa’s new-age Sri Lankan restaurant Kaema Sutra. Plus three nights at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, overlooking the pristine southern coast of the island.

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Rest Your Head

We take a peek inside the newest places to rest your head around the world, including the 1,390-room MGM COTAI in the heart of the former Portuguese colony; the new all-suite RETREAT AT BLUE LAGOON, located at Iceland’s unique geothermal spa; and opening this summer, luxury Italian hospitality brand BAGLIONI’s new 96-villa Maldivian resort on private Maagau island in Dhaalu atoll.

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City Focus

Visually stunning, with iconic architecture and breathtaking vantage points literally around every corner, Alex Benasuli discovers that America’s compact capital of WASHINGTON, D.C. positively hums with world class cultural offerings, beautiful green spaces, engaging museums and a burgeoning foodie and arts scene, making it one of the most delightful cities in the States to visit.

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Suite Envy

If you have ever wondered how Alice in Wonderland meets the Dutch Golden Age could be interpreted in a contemporary hospitality design aesthetic, then look no further than the wondrous ANDAZ AMSTERDAM. Alex Benasuli wanders through the looking glass into the hotel’s indulgent yet fun presidential suite and is somewhat reluctant to re-enter the real world afterwards.

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Boarding Pass

If the hype is anything to be believed, in a matter of months the first space tourist will enjoy his or her brief “vacation” out of Earth’s atmosphere, more than 100 kilometres above our planet. But are the first space tourists really about to reach for the stars? The Cultured Traveller investigates the commercial space programs of Virgin boss Richard Branson and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

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No Shoes Required

25-minutes off the coast of mainland Qatar, in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf, lies an idyllic private paradise that’s a complete departure from the country’s capital. Nicholas Chrisostomou makes the 11-kilometre crossing from Doha to idyllic BANANA ISLAND and enjoys a thoroughly unique barefoot luxury experience in one of the Middle East’s few overwater villas.

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Spotlight

Perched on a granite hill and once a towering force of protection between fiercely strong and independent kingdoms, Carolyn McKay visits remarkable 230-year-old BISHANGARH FORT about 70km from Jaipur, which has been lovingly transformed into an utterly unique 59-room boutique hotel by luxury Asian hospitality brand Alila, complete with towering turrets and arched windows.

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Traveller Lowdown

Nicholas Chrisostomou by-passes South Beach to stay in Miami’s new downtown heart, which has transformed the Florida city’s urban core into a buzzing hive. What was once a dullish banking ghetto, has been completely regenerated by one billion Dollar BRICKELL CITY CENTRE complex, complete with luxury condo towers, a sprawling open-air shopping mall and award-winning EAST, Miami hotel.

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Taste and Sip

Ashlee Starratt dons an apron and grabs some crab crackers to find out what makes the nation’s most famous eatery the ultimate celebration of Sri Lankan seafood.

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Music and Night Life

South America’s biggest musical export has won twenty-five Grammys, sold 15 million albums and performed for the Obamas twice. In an exclusive interview, Latin American pop star JUANES talks to The Cultured Traveller about his musical journey to international stardom, what inspires his music and lyrics, his humanitarian foundation Mi Sangre, and singing in English.

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Stylish Globetrotter

The designer, CEO and figurehead of a highly successful, eponymous international swimwear label deftly balances being a wife and mother with criss-crossing the globe, pool-side appearances and keeping her A-list clientele happy. MELISSA ODABASH takes time out of her hectic schedule to chat with Adrian Gibson about her modelling career, design inspirations and collaborating with Julien Macdonald.

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