NewsFlash

The Cultured Traveller rounds-up the most important cultural experiences and unmissable festivals happening around the world in the coming months, including València’s parade of giant puppets LAS FALLAS in Spain; the CAPE TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL this year headlined by CHAKA KHAN; the planet’s richest annual horse race, the DUBAI WORLD CUP, SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL held annually 30 mins north of Los Angeles.

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Prize Draw

Located directly opposite Paris’ Gare du Nord station, playful 25hours’ new 237-room Parisian property is an homage to the lively spirit of the exuberant 10th arrondissement in which it is located. Win a four-night weekend stay for two in the heart of the French capital at lively 25HOURS HOTEL TERMINUS NORD, including welcome cocktails, daily breakfasts and a Balagan-style dinner at NENI restaurant.

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Rest Your Head

The Cultured Traveller checks into SOFITEL PARIS LE FAUBOURG in the heart of the French capital; HOTEL FASSANO RIO DE JANEIRO in the Brazilian city which never sleeps; 150-year-old London hospitality landmark KETTNER’S TOWNHOUSE which has been reborn by the Soho House Group, and the swishy WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS, set in America’s most famously upscale neighbourhood.

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City Focus

A breathtaking mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture unrivalled pretty much anywhere, the Czech capital has been a tourist draw for decades. Brimming with visitors year-round keen to cross one of the oldest bridges in Europe and visit the largest castle complex in the world, Nicholas Chrisostomou heads to PRAGUE to see whether its art, food and beverage scenes match its mighty historical and architectural prowess.

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Suite Envy

Positioned at the heart of Italy’s cultural capital on Piazza della Repubblica and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the city’s designer stores, HOTEL SAVOY skilfully combines the personality of an Italian grand dame with the warmth and charm of a boutique property. Nicholas Chrisostomou ventures to Tuscany to explore inimitable Florence from the divine surroundings of the city’s most fabulous accommodation, the DUOMO PRESIDENTIAL SUITE.

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Boarding Pass

Flying in first still has cachet and elicits excitement even amongst the most jaded of travellers. While All Nippon Airways’ premium product is not at the same level as Emirates and Singapore Airlines, it is the most stylish way to fly direct to Japan from North America and Europe. Alex Benasuli embraces refined, Japanese-style omotenashi hospitality in ANA’S 777 FIRST CLASS.

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No Shoes Required

Routinely flooded with globetrotters all searching for their own form of paradise, huge visitor numbers have contributed to Bali’s environmental problems and persuaded many discerning holidaymakers to drop anchor elsewhere. But Carolyn McKay manages to kick-off her shoes in a divine clifftop vacation hideaway at BANYAN TREE UNGASAN, that strikes the perfect balance between Balinese spirituality, hotel functionality and five-star luxury.

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Spotlight

In this day and age, any country which measures and protects the collective happiness and wellbeing of its population in terms of its Gross National Happiness must surely be on the bucket list of every happy-go-lucky globetrotter! Add to this royal tigers, soaring mountains, ancient traditions and tales of dragons, and the Himalayan destination of BHUTAN seems like nowhere else on earth. The Cultured Traveller takes a look.

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Traveller Lowdown

The pinnacle of Japanese civilization, history and culture, KYOTO also combines big city sophistication with small town charm. Having immersed himself in this most rewarding of destinations, Alex Benasuli feels that he will never be the same again. Visions of golden leaf-accented dark wood pagodas, vermillion-coloured Torii gates and kimono-clad women are forever seared into his memory. The joys of a city break simply don’t get better than this.

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Taste and Sip

More than 30 years after the first Nobu opened in Beverly Hills, MATSUHISA PARIS took the French capital by storm when it opened in 2016, bringing chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s unique Japanese-Peruvian cuisine to a city with a reputation for culinary conservatism. Situated within the hallowed walls of the legendary Royal Monceau, the restaurant promises Joe Mortimer a celebratory dining experience that tantalises all of his senses.

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Music and Night Life

DANIEL MÜLLER-SCHOTT is widely recognised as one of the best cellists of his generation and has played every great concert hall around the world. Once described by the New York Times as a “fearless player with outstanding technique”, when travelling to a performance his cello gets its own plane ticket and sits in the seat next to him. The Cultured Traveller catches-up with the globe-trotting classical music ambassador.

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Stylish Globetrotter

Shropshire-born LOU DALTON spent much of her youth on her grandmother’s farm and left school at 16 to become a pattern cutter. Two decades later, Dalton’s rugged-yet-refined AW19 collection has been bought by Browns and Bergdorf Goodman, and her collaboration with John Smedley is selling like hot cakes. Adrian Gibson catches-up with the fast-rising British menswear designer at Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.

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