NewsFlash

The Cultured Traveller rounds-up the most interesting events, cultural experiences, sports happenings and unmissable festivals happening in the coming months around the world, including Turkey’s annual MEVLÂNA FESTIVAL of its famous whirling dervishes; Denmark’s world-renowned winter jazz festival VINTERJAZZ; Colombia’s four-day BARRANQUILLA CARNIVAL, and one of the most important and romantic dates on the Taiwanese calendar, its LANTERN FESTIVAL.

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Prize Draw

Win a four-night stay for two people in a luxury Sarang suite with private plunge pool at 20-room colonial boutique hotel VILLA SAMADHI SINGAPORE, which is set amidst the verdant greenery of one of the island city-state’s four nature reserves, hidden away from the urban hustle and bustle yet mere minutes away from Singapore’s cosmopolitan delights.

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Rest Your Head

We review the recently re-opened ANDBEYOND PHINDA HOMESTEAD in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province; boutique 29-room PARAMOUNT HOUSE HOTEL in Sydney’s cool Surry Hills neighbourhood; HOTEL NATIONAL DES ARTS ET METIERS in the trendy Marais district of Paris; THE LINE DC housed within a former 110-year old neoclassical Washington church, and WANÅS estate in Sweden, located just outside the village of Knislinge.

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City Focus

Alex Benasuli dives head first kamikaze style into the Japanese capital and emerges a total convert to this most exciting and mind-bending of metropoles. Whilst everyone knows that TOKYO is a modern and sophisticated city, complete with some of the best eating and shopping in the world, it is the side streets and residential neighbourhoods teeming with hidden gems that steal his heart.

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Suite Envy

A huge collection of Polish modern art takes centre stage at a 160-year-old Warsaw hospitality landmark, which was unveiled this summer, after a painstaking four-year refurb, as the first new Raffles property to open since AccorHotels purchased the luxury brand. Nicholas Chrisostomou spends a long weekend getting acquainted with the Polish capital from the decadent surroundings of the country’s most opulent accommodation: The Presidential Suite at RAFFLES EUROPEJSKI WARSAW.

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Boarding Pass

Regarded by many as one of the world’s best carriers, Singapore Airlines took its refined reputation to new heights when it unveiled its new first-class suites in November 2017, as part of a redesign of all its A380 cabins. Martin Jones indulges in some long-haul luxury in a SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380 FIRST CLASS SUITE bound for the Southeast Asian island state and shares his experience with The Cultured Traveller.

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No Shoes Required

Idyllic island getaways surrounded by stunning white-sand beaches, azure waters and luxurious lodgings typify the sublime Maldives, set in the Indian Ocean a short plane ride from Sri Lanka. Carolyn McKay escapes her everyday life to spend a few days on the idyllic Maldivian haven of KANUHURA, where peace and tranquillity prevail rather than A-listers and brash billionaires.

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Spotlight

As Europe’s ski resorts, mountain towns and cold climate escapes prepare for a fresh blanket of snow, a new collection of Alpine lodges, chic chalets and glimmering attractions are preparing to welcome their first visitors. Keeping a close eye on the very best the season has to offer, Joe Mortimer rounds-up some of the stand-out, must-know deluxe arrivals for winter 2018/19.

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Traveller Lowdown

Brimming with places to see, taste, sip and spend, lively open-all-hours MOSCOW is a veritable mix of historical and iconic sights which sit comfortably alongside kooky architecture, artistic hotspots and world-class opera and ballet. The Cultured Traveller spends 24-hours in the Russian capital, which is perfect for discerning travellers seeking a cultural yet exhilarating city break experience.

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Taste and Sip

From London to New York and Tokyo to Sydney, the farm-to-table movement has been one of the most important influences on 21st century contemporary dining. In Helsinki, chefs have been quietly championing this for years and now the rest of the world is starting to notice. Dawn Gibson visits intimate Michelin-starred ORA, which is giving Finnish fare a global reputation.

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Music and Night Life

Whilst LISA STANSFIELD has been all around the world in the past three decades, she still loves to tour and considers her latest album Deeper to be her best yet. The Northern U.K. pop and soul songstress chats to Nicholas Chrisostomou about sharing the stage with George Michael, her recent American tour, writing her life story, and her dogs Mavis and David.

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Stylish Globetrotter

Finding the perfect present for a stylish woman is no easy feat, and a fashion-conscious guy is an equally tricky beast to buy for. But, before you give up and opt for the ubiquitous voucher, check out The Cultured Traveller’s selection of stylish CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS, hand-picked by our Fashion Editor Adrian Gibson, and let’s tick some names off your list!

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