We round-up the most fascinating cultural experiences and unmissable festivals happening around the world in the coming months, including the BRAEMAR GATHERING in Scotland, attended by British royalty; India’s ONAM harvest festival in Kerala; Niger’s spectacular male beauty parade, CURE SALÉE; Ireland’s world famous opera festival in WEXFORD and New York City’s 46th annual VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE.
On the remote southern tip of the Maldives archipelago, RAFFLES MALDIVES MERADHOO is as far removed from the rhythm of everyday life as it possibly could be. One lucky reader will win a four-night half board stay in a private beach villa at this incredible paradise resort, including welcome cocktails, Raffles’ signature butler service, roundtrip speedboat transfers and a couples’ spa treatment.
The Cultured Traveller checks into space station-like KACHI LODGE on the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia; glamorous new SINNER hotel, in the heart of Paris’ charismatic Marais quartier; Urban Resort Concepts’ striking new property, THE PUXUAN, located on the edge of Beijing’s Forbidden City, and understatedly groovy SIR VICTOR hotel, a stone’s throw from Gaudí’s Casa Milà in Barcelona.
Decades of communist control bleached the colour from life in the Polish capital, but 30 years since independence, the city is rising again. Today, up-and-coming areas are being revitalised by urban renewal projects, riverside parks provide space to breathe for the city’s upwardly mobile population and award-winning museums and galleries are dedicated to exploring Polish culture and identity. Joe Mortimer uncovers the heart of 21st century WARSAW.
Proudly standing in a prime position on the western side of Inner Alster Lake, commanding the attention of Germany’s handsome second city, FAIRMONT HOTEL VIER JAHRESZEITEN is a true grande dame in every sense of the phrase. Treading in the footsteps of some of the world’s richest 20th century shipping magnates, Nicholas Chrisostomou drops anchor in one of Germany’s most opulent hotel suites.
There was a time when flying was considered glam and exclusive and boarding a jet cost an awful lot more than it does today. The Cultured Traveller steps back into the Golden Age of Travel at retro-chic Eero Saarinen-designed TWA HOTEL, which instantly became the world’s coolest airport hotel when it opened a few months ago at JFK.
In the very south of Sri Lanka, crystal clear seas, magnificent beaches, a wealth of archaeological sites and an opportunity to witness first-hand some of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular wildlife make this part of the island worthy of closer inspection. Using Shangri-La’s sprawling resort as a base, Carolyn McKay explores the lesser trodden region surrounding HAMBANTOTA.
Such is the draw of dark tourism, that long before the HBO drama Chernobyl appeared on our screens, more than 10,000 people had already visited the former nuclear site, despite the fact that it had only been open to the public since 2011. Carl Roberts is drawn to the strikingly haunting exclusion zone surrounding the site of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster in CHERNOBYL.
Ten years ago, Wynwood was an unloved stretch of concrete parking lots and half-abandoned buildings. Today it is Miami’s creative hipster hub and one of the city’s hottest areas. Alex Benasuli joins Miami’s hipsters at ALTER for some serious eating at a restaurant which is redefining modern fine dining.
A titan of a scene that has brought EDM from the fringes into the mainstream over the past decade, superstar French DJ DAVID GUETTA talks to The Cultured Traveller about his life and career, collaborating with Sia and Niki Minaj, his favourite places in Paris and why Ibiza is still as magical for him today as it was when he played his first set on the renowned Balearic island.