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Set in the Lhaviyani Atoll, notably one of the Maldives’ most bio-diverse areas, Hurawalhi Island Resort is setting new standards for an ‘outdoor’ practice and becoming one with nature. Just a 40-minute seaplane flight from Male, guests can stay in one of 90 Villas including 60 Ocean Villas and 30 Beach Villas. The Villas are stylishly and beautifully conceived featuring soothing décor, sumptuous linens on king size beds, bleached wooden floors, and private terraces with panoramic views. For the first time, Hurawalhi͛’s 5.8͛restaurant – the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant, will be converted in to a yoga studio like no other. Underwater Yoga Experience Hurawalhi’s special underwater yoga experience will be led by Jessica Olie, fitness expert and author of #LETSSTARTYOGA. The captivating views of tropical fish around you as you move from one pose to the next will bring you even closer to a zen-like state of mind. Jessica…

Triptyque Travel concierge service believes that luxury is first and foremost about experience. They serve clients, both private individuals and businesses, who are looking for new sensations and undiscovered experiences. Triptyque Travel offers a new kind of luxury concierge service allowing you to “experience the unforgettable”. They aim to use their expertise to hand-craft meaningful, inspiring experiences, leaving every client with memories that will last a lifetime. From private flights and superyachts to luxury hotels and properties, five-star service, and staff close at hand – this forms the basis of the exceptional, highly personalised experiences they create. Tailoring Experiences Specifically for You To respond to clients’ needs, the Triptyque Travel concierge service acts as a personal assistant, working in close cooperation on a daily basis with an array of prestigious partners in the property, tourism, food and events sectors. Each experience is unique and exclusive, specially designed to suit your…

The Venice Lagoon is a treasure waiting to be discovered and the best way to do it is the “Baglietto Yacht Experience” by Blitz Exclusive. On board of Sibell, a 22-meter vintage motor yacht built in the 60s by Cantieri Baglietto, you can enjoy a unique tour where luxury, taste and nature come together to create a unique experience. About The Baglietto Yacht Experience The “classic” trip sees departure from Sant’Elena and a visit to the Northern lagoon which includes the islands of Murano, Mazzorbo, Torcello, Burano. The day ends in the San Marco basin, just in time for a romantic Venetian dinner. The offer is totally customizable: from itineraries to on-board services, the entire experience can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Fine Dining Aboard During the excursion, the boat will be anchored in the lagoon while guests will have the opportunity to taste the chosen menu in a…

Latest luxury hotel openings a part of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World includes… 7 Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat: Lombok, Indonesia  Rooms from USD 750 per night: www.slh.com/7secrets – Opening 15 February 2018 This exquisite new resort – the only retreat privileged to be situated in Nipah Bay – maintains a balance of technology-filled interiors with traditional Indonesian architecture. Each temple-like suite features a European hydro massage Jacuzzi, private butler, ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bathroom amenities, state of the art Italian technology system, Indonesian artworks and a unique minibar concept. Every bit of this resort has been meticulously handcrafted to provide the very best in luxury, including an exclusive check-in ritual and holistic signature spa and wellness treatments. Set beside the glittering sands and turquoise seas of Nipah Bay, this luxury hotel promises a made-to-measure escape. SLH Insider Tip: The expert hotel staff can arrange private excursions ready for your…

Private jets, on the face of it, are a hassle-free luxury. But dig a little deeper and you discover that, while some aircraft are indeed luxurious, the means of booking them has historically been far from hassle-free. The concept of being able to charter a jet to meet bespoke travel needs was developed with efficiency in mind – to get travellers across the world as quickly as possible. And it’s true that, once booked, private jets provide a seamless means of getting from A to B. No airport queues; no waiting in line to pass through security; no hassle. Stratajet was founded in 2011 by Jonathan Nicol, a former RAF fighter pilot, turned computer scientist, and they boast the most sophisticated technology in the private jet industry, making it the only platform capable of filtering through millions of calculations in mere seconds to return all the available aircraft for any given…

In Utah, the word Promontory has a special meaning, as it often relates to Promontory Summit, where the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States was officially completed on May 10, 1869. It was there the railheads of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads finally came together, combining east and west at Promontory Summit in Northern Utah. But to the developer Francis Najafi, the meaning of the word had a more symbolic context. Though it also defined a joining of east and west, it also defined a joining of nature and nurture, of family gathering and family solace. These were the roots of Mr. Najafi’s vision that became the foundation of the luxury multi-generational resort development, Promontory Club. Recently, we visited Promontory Club and observed how this vision was operationalized, as we experienced the winter identity of this exceptional place. We arrived late in the day, and our…

Lulu Group’s Twenty14 Holdings (the same group the recently bought Great Scotland Yard) announced its £85 million acquisition of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. As part of their commitment to preserve the history and grandeur of the hotel, as well as adding value to the community, Twenty14 Holdings will create new jobs in the UK by hiring local artisans to renovate the hotel’s Historical Caledonian Suites, expand the already illustrious food and beverages offering and extend the reach of the hotel to include an additional 50 keys. Built directly above the Princes Street Station building, The Caledonian has played host to well-known faces from around the world including film stars, entertainers and royalty. Today the hotel is the only part of the old station to have survived along with the cast iron entrance gates on Rutland Street. Guests are able to relive the rich history and heritage of this elite…

Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resorts is unveiling a new Suites Experiences program, available exclusively to guests who book a stay in any of the hotel’s elegantly appointed suites. From VIP on-property perks to unique experiences around Rome, suites guests are provided with true insider access to the Eternal City, as cultivated by Rome Cavalieri. As part of the program, guests who book an Alcove, Vista and Corner Suite, as well as the premier Napoleon, Petronius, Planetarium and Penthouse Suites, are welcomed with a host of on-property amenities, including a VIP airport transfer, access to the Imperial Club and Cavalieri Grand Spa Club, and a special bespoke cocktail. To complement these amenities, Rome Cavalieri has cultivated partnerships with local artisans, designers, and other vendors to provide unique insider experiences around Rome for their enjoyment. Aligned to varying seasonal themes such as “Italian craftsmanship,” “Souvenir,” “Art & Tea,” and more,…

According to Virtuoso® the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel, wellness travel is a trend that will grow exponentially in 2018. Especially, for those who find a unique type of active tranquility in river cruising, the wellness component is crucial, as those who travel on river cruises hope for a kind of respite that traveling on water often brings, allowing for greater harmony, recalibration, and spiritual repurposing. Ideally, the river journey often combines greater destination immersion, combined with a wellness journey of inward enrichment. It is for these reasons that AmaWaterways recently announced that the company’s already popular Wellness Program – tested earlier in 2017 onboard their vessel, AmaLyra – will expand to six other ships in 2018. The concept of active traveling will become more of a rule than an exception, and especially with the many new offerings. AmaWaterways was first in the river…

The coming of winter is often a happy time, as defines a well-earned rest from all forms of Harvest, and to celebrate holiday gatherings. Synchronously, it is also a time when, due to cold and snow, every cell enlivens upon seeing twinkling lights on Holiday trees and wreaths, coupled the scent of good food everywhere. It is also a time where many European River cruise lines sail to the many European Christmas Markets, taking their guests to discover the Christmas Market spirit on the major rivers of Europe, especially the Rhine and the Danube. Viking River Cruises, AMA Waterways, and others take to these rivers during the season of Advent, the four weeks prior to December 25th. This is when Christians celebrate, through tree lighting, gift-giving, and carol-singing, the coming, or the advent, of the birth of Jesus on December 25th. Long History of the Street Market The Christmas Market…

At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, in the Lindesness area, Snøhetta, a world renowned architecture group, has designed Europe’s very first underwater restaurant, called UNDER.  There are underwater restaurants in other areas of the world, but Under will be Europe’s first. With its immediate proximity to the ocean’s underwater world, the restaurant will also function as a research center for marine life. It is an architectural tribute to the Norwegian coast – and to its colourful, various undersea life. Under will open in early 2018. Under’s namesake holds a double meaning in Norwegian: ‘under’ can also be translated as ‘wonder.’ Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s form breaks the water surface to lie against the craggy shoreline. More than an aquarium, the structure will become a part of its marine environment, coming to rest directly on the sea bed five meters below the…

The Cardosas Palace was the inspiration for the Alma de Luce concept, limited edition pedestal table. The one-of-a-kind piece decorates the InterContinental Porto lobby. Presented to the clients and fans July 2017, during the celebration of the 6th anniversary of The InterContinental Porto Hotel, which is located in the heart of Oporto city. Cardosas Palace marked the occasion with this unique furniture piece, signed by ALMA DE LUCE. The table was inspired in the story of Cardosas Palace and was named “Cardosas”. The piece reflects the memories of an iconic Oporto monument designed to “transport you 19th century elegant ballrooms, those adorned with plaster ceilings and marble floors with refined drawings”. The CARDOSAS functional art captivates with its contemporary design and eye catching qualities, exquisiteness and finesse. With a timeless design, this artistic table is on display in the 5-star hotel’s lobby. This outstanding piece identifies with the decor of…

A wine-themed river cruise always sounds so right, so seductive, no matter what the season. There are many wine-themed cruises offered from numerous river cruise brands, but there is something unique abut Ama Waterway’s wine-themed cruise, probably because the DNA of AmaWaterways exudes a unique attention to culinary detail that goes beyond the tasting of wine and the creation of cuisine. This wine-themed cruise also becomes an adventure in culinary cruising, combining onboard international wine experts that often transform the guests into burgeoning oenophiles and sous-chefs. Our experience on an AmaWaterways wine-themed cruise, even though it was months ago, still resonates in both mind and taste, mainly because of how the wine education, and the destination experiences were distilled into the terroir of our souls, and never left. We traveled up the Rhine, from Basel to Amsterdam – basically, learning as we went, about the wine created in the regions…

The sky is a dream that has always fascinated human beings. Today we crave extraordinary experiences, each seeking something different, unseen, rare and money can’t buy. The Principality of Monaco is renowned for taking centre stage when it comes to offering such breath-taking opportunities and the Dinner in the Sky concept brought thrill-seeking experiences up a notch when it was launched for ten days by events creators and lifestyle management company, Just Unlimited on 7th July 2017. A Thrilling Dining Experience Imagine being immersed with an adrenaline rush even before you sit to enjoy your meal, with your feet precariously free under you, feeling a light breeze, gently and silently getting propelled within seconds from 0-50m admiring the facet of the Monte-Carlo Casino while strapped into a seat reminiscent of a F1 car but with the added thrill factor of being able to lower your seat to being semi lying…

For those of us who have travelled widely, and have studied unique destinations before and during the trip, not much is truly surprising, except for places visited and experiences gained we never thought we would ever have. This was what I was thinking when, on our recent Viking River Cruise through the Bordeaux region of France, a sensory experience occurred, at a destination I never thought I would see. Learning Cognac Blending From a Master Blender It was an off-cruise excursion to Cognac, where the divine brandy was distilled. Only four of us went to the Camus Chateau, where we first ate our lunch; then, went to Master Blending room, and learned how to blend Cognac from Camus’ Master Blender and Global Brand Ambassador, Frédéric Dezauzier. It was a seminal, unexpected experience, first, learning about Cognac, what it was, how the grapes were harvested and distilled. But first things first:…