NewsFlash

The Cultured Traveller rounds-up the world’s most interesting events, cultural experiences and unmissable festivals happening in the coming months, including CURE SALÉE in the Agadez region of northeast Niger; Bacolod’s colourful MASSKARA festival in the Philippines; Albuquerque’s spectacular INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA, and Laos’ three-day religious THAT LUANG FESTIVAL held at the nation’s most revered stupa.

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Prize Draw

Win a three-night stay for four people in a luxurious two-bedroom ocean view Sky Tower Pearl Suite, at the recently opened five-star deluxe Intercontinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort. Set on a white sandy beach on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, this plush new property is surrounded by verdant jungle covered hills, and extensive leisure facilities are complimented by six restaurants and an award-winning spa.

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Rest Your Head

We review Geoffrey Bawa-designed tropical ANANTARA KALUTURA RESORT in Sri Lanka; NOBU’s new adults-only boutique hotel on MARBELLA’s Golden Mile; Detroit’s funky SIREN HOTEL at the city’s historic, downtown Wurlitzer Building; Nick Jones’ latest members’ club cum hotel WHITE CITY HOUSE, set in London’s former BBC Television Centre; and extraordinary AMANYANGYUN hotel, built out of Ming and Qing-dynasty village houses, surrounded by 1,000-year old trees.

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City Focus

Known for its friendly people, long summer days, world-class designers and lively urban culture, HELSINKI is poised to be the next big European city break destination. Dawn Gibson island hops and design shops her way around the Nordic capital of cool, enthralled by its art nouveau architecture, sensational cuisine, beautiful scenery and natural charms. 

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Suite Envy

Architectural excellence, artistic flair and a wealth of cultural treasures conspire to make Brussels one of the most appealing cities in Europe for discerning travellers, and there’s no better base from which to explore it than Rocco Forte’s HOTEL AMIGO. Joe Mortimer spends a long weekend acquainting himself with the Belgian capital from the comfort of its most gracious pied-à-terre: THE ARMAND BLATON SUITE.

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Boarding Pass

The double-decker plane with the humped fuselage is one of the world’s most recognisable aircraft and has been criss-crossing the planet for almost half a century, making flying more affordable for millions of travellers. The Cultured Traveller looks back at fifty years of the BOEING 747 – the game changing jumbo that defined modern long-haul air travel and set the tone for the future of commercial aviation.

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No Shoes Required

Integrated for decades into primary Indian healthcare, in recent years Ayurveda has been taken more seriously in the West as an alternative medicinal system, and so discerning travellers are now increasingly seeking healing resorts to recalibrate and recharge their inner and outer selves. The Cultured Traveller visits the world’s best Ayurvedic escapes to reap the benefits of one of humankind’s oldest holistic healing systems.

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Spotlight

For more than 150 years, HOTEL GRANDE BRETAGNE has proudly stood in the epicentre of Athens overlooking Syntagma Square, welcoming heads of state, pop icons, stars of stage and screen and Hollywood sirens alike. Nicholas Chrisostomou stays at the neo-classical grand dame of the Hellenic hospitality industry and discovers what makes it one of the world’s truly iconic hotels.

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Traveller Lowdown

A quirky American beach resort favoured by artists, families, the LGBTQ community and eccentrics on the run, PROVINCETOWN is perched at the tip of Cape Cod and combines small-town charm with big-city culture. Alex Benasuli makes the 90-minute crossing from Boston to explore this uniquely colourful seaside hamlet, nestled amongst miles of peaceful dunes and seashore yet seemingly at the end of the earth.

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Taste and Sip

Manish Mehrotra’s progressive yet playful Indian cuisine, lovingly reimagined with a contemporary spin, makes him one of the most exciting modern Indian chefs in the world today, and INDIAN ACCENT one of the most notable 21st century restaurant brands on the planet. Alex Benasuli visits its new Mayfair outpost and finds out first-hand what makes it one of London’s unmissable culinary delights.

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Music and Night Life

JASPER PÄÄKKÖNEN has just hit screens worldwide playing a redneck racist in the award-winning biographical drama BlacKkKlansman. The Cultured Traveller catches up with the renowned Finnish actor, just after the movie’s New York and LA premieres, to chat about his native country, playing Halfdan the Black on hit series Vikings, his passion for fly fishing and working with visionary filmmaker Spike Lee.

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Stylish Globetrotter

JAMES LONG became one of the UK’s most talked-about designers soon after graduating from The Royal College of Art in 2008 and setting-up his eponymous label. Less than a decade later, Long was appointed creative director of iconic Italian label ICEBERG. Adrian Gibson grabs five minutes with the designer whose mastery and experimentation of knitwear and denim have earned him a cult following.

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