Elite Traveler HRS 2018-2019


Hotels, Resorts &Spas


Soak up sea views and sunshine at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, p55

Mangrove boat tours are just one way Fairmont shows you a different side of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Add indulgent spa treatments, world-class golf and dining that captures the essence of fine Mexican cuisine, and discover how our hotels and resorts truly elevate vacation living. 11:07 AM The moment you knew the beaches could wait.

Gateway to your tropical moment. fairmont.com

It’s not only a jet.


It’s your aviation family office.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of The Islands of The Seychelles

Seychelles Tourist Office - UK & Ireland · Ground Floor, 130-132 Buckingham Palace Road SW1W 9SA Tel: +44 (0) 207 730 0700 · seychelles@uksto.co.uk · www.seychelles.travel

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Welcome The paradox of choice when it comes to luxury travel can turn planning your next vacation into a tedious experience, filled with stress and fear of regret. There are somany incredible hotels and resorts, all filled to the brimwith luxury amenities, unequivocally attentive service and stunning locales. So how do you choose? With our help, of course. We take you on a whirlwind tour of the globe from the sunny shores of Zanzibar to the buzzing cityscape of Tokyo. Whether you’re looking for the type of romance that only an overwater villa in the Indian Ocean can satisfy or the high-octane buzz that a night spent in Las Vegas ensures, this year’s edition of our Hotels, Resorts and Spa supplement is sure to tick any and all of your boxes. Each page includes all the need-to-know details: the size and price of the top suite, unmissable activities and signature spa treatments. We complement our plethora of hotels with our travel-oriented Discover section — technology that will enhance an action-packed vacation, a chilled beach break or a trip out on the open road; beauty products sourced from nature; and the best regatta watches. We share our suggestions for the top tipples you should sample when in Capri, Kentucky, Brazil and Japan, and adventurous yacht charters. This year, we were inspired by the new trend of intermittent fasting and the myriad ways it can improve performance and health. We hope this edition helps make your vacation choice dilemma easier, and as always, if there is a destination you think we should visit, drop us a line at editorial@elitetraveler.com

The garden terrace at The Mandrake, London

Managing editor Samantha Coles on the slopes

Views of the Dubai skyline at night from the Armani Hotel Dubai

Samantha enjoys the palm trees and blue skies at Sugar Beach, Saint Lucia

The incredible sunset at the


at L’Apogée Courchevel in the French Alps

One&Only Palmilla in Mexico

Photo Yannick Andrea

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Discover Style



32 Watches Yachting-inspired watches that are functional and sleek 34 Men’s style The inspiration behind the funkiest sunglasses 36 Women’s style Four designers infusing a personal touch into their resortwear creations 38 Beauty Skincare inspired by Iceland's Blue Lagoon and pearl in South Korea

21 Object of desire Crystal bathtubs plucked directly out of nature for your soaking pleasure 22 Yachts Enjoy these adventurers when chartering a superyacht 25 Technology Whatever your vacation style, we have the latest and greatest travel tech 26 Spirits The spirits to sample wherever you are in the world 28 Health The retreats sure to get

40 In the fast lane Not eating is the new diet, according to experts and health gurus

47 ChathamBars Inn 48 Hotel del Coronado 49 The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston 50 Sea Island 51 The Cotton House 52 Sugar Beach

53 Cabo Azul 54 The Cape

55 Grand Velas Riviera Maya 57 Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit 59 Grand Velas Los Cabos 60 Hacienda Encantada

62 Marquis Los Cabos 63 One&Only Palmilla

you on the path to wellness this year

47 Head beachside for some sun and relaxation at Chatham Bars Inn

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Europe, Middle East, Africa

Asia Pacific

66 Armani Hotel Dubai 67 Beachcomber 68 Clinique La Prairie 69 Dinamo Hotel Baku

90 Coco Privé Private IslandMaldives 92 Jumeirah Vittaveli 93 The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel 94 Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi 97 Morpheus 98 The Nautilus Maldives 100 One&Only Reethi RahMaldives 102 Palace Hotel Tokyo 103 Silversea Cruises 104 Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

70 Heckfield Place 71 Ibiza Gran Hotel 72 Iconic Santorini 73 Lalique Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 74 L’Apogée Courchevel 75 Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech 76 The Mandrake, London 77 Miavana 78 New York Palace, The Dedica Anthology

100 Enjoy total peace and relaxation while staying in a water villa at One&Only Reethi Rah

79 The Norman Tel Aviv 80 Park Hyatt Zanzibar 81 Raffles Istanbul 82 The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain 83 SelmanMarrakech 84 Singita Pamushana Lodge 85 Ultima Gstaad 86 Villa Orsula Dubrovnik


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Enjoy a unique and high-end experience Because your time is precious, Sion Airport gives you an easier and quicker access to famous ski resorts, spas and golfs in the heart of the Alps to make the most of its sunny weather and its 2 400 km of ski slopes. Your week-end is just a fly away.


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Scandinave Spa, Whistler In the heart of ski paradise, the Scandinave Spa is surrounded by nature. As a completely silent spa, the only sound you’re likely to hear is the gentle rustle of the wind blowing through the trees Page 28

Page 21 Object of Desire Florence-based Baldi Home Jewels creates stunning crystal bathtubs weighing up to 23,000 lbs. Page 22 Yachts Incredible charters for those looking for an adventurous break without compromising on luxury. Page 25 Technology Whether you’re hitting the road or heading to the beach, bring these gadgets along. Page 26 Spirits From Kentucky to Capri, these are the tipples to indulge in when you’re abroad.

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Object of desire by Emma Reynolds

Modern marvel As residences become more and more luxurious, there comes a time when designers need to think outside the box — or the bathtub, in this case. For a truly unique piece, turn to Baldi Home Jewels. The Florence-based company creates some of the most expensive bathrooms in the world using precious- stone-laden furniture and outrageous crystal bathtubs. The pieces look as if they have been plucked directly out of nature and, for the most part, they have been. They are the brainchild of Baldi creative director, Luca Bojola, who first created the crystal bathtub to use precious stones in a more significant way in his design. That he did — each rock crystal and quartz tub is sourced from the Amazonian rainforest or Africa. Weighing up to 23,000 lbs, the massive crystal is cut in half, then the interior is smoothed by master craftsmen in Florence, while the outside is untouched to preserve an organic look. The result is a stunning showcase of both fine craftsmanship and nature’s majesty in one piece. Custom order yours in rock crystal, rose quartz or green quartz with the option of adding gold trim or gemstones. Each is entirely unique in shape, material and size; you’ll own a collector’s piece unlike anything else on Earth. From $700,000, contact Antonio Ortoleva, business development manager, antonio.ortoleva@baldi.biz, +39 055 233 5614, baldihomejewels.com


by Thea Halstead Yachts elite traveler HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS 2018/2019 22

Aquijo’s master suite is flooded with natural light and seems vast in comparison to other sailing vessels on the water today


When it comes to chartering a yacht, and you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, where do you start? We’ve selected two very different yachts, based in two completely different locations to showcase the kinds of extraordinary experiences you can have on board


The diverse shores of New Zealand and Japan offer an abundance of marine life to explore, local cultures to absorb and activities to experience. Aquijo is an exceptional 282.2-ft yacht on which to cruise — she is a sailing yacht but with the volume and amenities more akin to a motor yacht. She has two Jacuzzis, one on deck, which can be used when under sail, and the other within the extensive beach club alongside a sauna and steam room. Aquijo has eight sets of dive gear on board, so there’s no excuse not to squeeze into your neoprene and get exploring. If all this talk of adventure makes you thirsty, Aquijo has three bars on board. The main deck bar can seat 12 of your nearest and dearest, has beer on tap and even a retractable TV so you don’t miss the game while on board. Aquijo is available to charter from $520,000 per week. Contact experience@y.co, +1 954 278 3970, y.co


PLANET NINE Antarctica is a barren, uninhabited continent covered in a thick layer of ice. But don’t let that put you off! This area of exploration and adventure is best discovered from the comfort of a yacht, and the 239.5-ft Planet Nine is one of the few that charters there. She has a host of toys on board including skis, snowboards, a helicopter, mountain bikes, snorkeling gear (for the brave) and a kitesurfing rig. To balance this kind of rigorous activity, and to shake off the icicles, she also has a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Planet Nine is available to charter from $650,000 per week. Contact Virginia Putignani, charter fleet

manager, cayachts@edmiston.com, +377 933 054 44, edmiston.com

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Technology by Samantha Coles

Whether you’re heading on an epic road trip, a sunny beach break or an action-packed adventure, these are the gadgets you should take with you

ROAD TRIP HIGHWAY ONE, SAN DIEGO TO SAN FRANCISCO From $9,850 per person, blacktomato.com

BEACH BREAK &BEYOND MNEMBA ISLAND, TANZANIA From $1,760 per person, andbeyond.com

ACTION PACKED DEPLAR FARM, ICELAND From $4,260 per night, elevenexperience.com

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II If you want the soothing sound of crashing waves complemented by your own chill-out soundtrack, waterproof speakers are a must. This Bose speaker is water-resistant with a soft-touch silicone exterior, and has a built-in microphone for taking calls. $130, bose.com

Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-D Sure, you could use your smartphone for directions, but it’s not always accurate and notifications can be distracting when on the road. This sat nav provides real-time services such as live traffic updates, on-street parking information and weather conditions. $330, buy.garmin.com

DJI Inspire 2 Cinema Premium The Rolls-Royce of drones, this model is the first filmmaking drone to include an HD video transmission system, 360-degree rotating gimbal and 4K camera. It can reach a max speed of 58mph and goes from 0 to 50 in five seconds. $28,600, dji.com

Leica X-U Shockproof, dust-sealed and waterproof up to 50 ft underwater, the Leica X-U can take exceptional photographs in the toughest conditions. It’s the perfect companion and has been tried, tested and loved by adventure sport photographers around the world. $3,450, leica-camera.com

Google Pixel Buds Even with state-of-the- art sat nav, you might take a wrong turn or two and need to stop and ask for directions, or, need to just stop, stretch and grab a cup of coffee. If you’re in a foreign land and don’t speak the language, Google Pixel Buds can help with real- time translation and fit discreetly in your ears. $159, store.google.com

La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil We all know the importance of proper sun protection, but this sunscreen–skincare hybrid from La Prairie is so much more. It shields your skin from UVA and UVB rays, and works to repair previous sun damage, while hyaluronic acid keeps skin hydrated. $185, laprairie.com

Uvex Hlmt 300 Visor Chrome LTD Uvex has used chrome coating on its helmets since the 2001 Alpine Skiing World Cup, and this helmet with visor is part of the limited-edition Iconic collection. With hardshell technology, the helmet is impact resistant and shields against harsh weather conditions. The visor lens protects against infrared rays and reduces glare. $405, uvex.com

Anker PowerCore Jump Starter mini You can never have too many back-up power sources when you’re out on the open road. This compact kit can jump-start cars with up to 2.8 liter engines (it can deliver up to 15 jump-starts from a full charge). It also comes with a powerful emergency LED and USB ports to charge your devices. $80, anker.com

YETI Hopper Two 30 A cult classic, this cooler will keep your drinks ice- cold for over 48 hours, even on the hottest days, thanks to the closed-cell rubber foam insulation. Its exterior shell is super durable, waterproof, resistant to UV rays and punctures, and the hydro- lock zipper is leakproof. $319, yeti.com

Photo tm studios visuelle medien GmbH / uvex Sports GmbH && Co. KG


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by Emma Reynolds Wine & Spirits

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the local culture than with a delicious cocktail. From Kentucky to Capri, indulge in the finest varieties of spirits these countries have to offer



This 4,200-acre estate is regarded as one of the best small luxury hotels in the world thanks to its intimate locale at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Kentucky and its inimitable Southern hospitality and cuisine. Its location in the heart of the bourbon capital of America gives it unique access to some of the finest small-batch artisan-made bottles in the country. Whether you choose to sip on a glass at the hotel’s Dogwood Bar or The Barn Bar, or prefer to enjoy a local tipple from the renowned Buffalo Trace Distillery in the comfort of your private cottage, Blackberry Farm is where you’re meant to be. Opt for a tasting experience of whiskey, brandy or wine to hear about each spirit’s rich history. blantonsbourbon.com, blackberryfarm.com

Grown with lemons from the colorful orchards of Capri and Amalfi in Italy, limoncello is best enjoyed as a digestif while surrounded by friends and family after a savory Italian meal. Though its origins have been disputed (the Southern Italian towns have agreed to disagree on where it was first made), we suggest enjoying a sip (or two) with stunning panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea at the immaculate Capri Palace. Savor some of the elixir as you watch a golden sunset. You’ll be inspired by the contemporary artwork and stark w cerulean furnishings while relaxing in one of the most glorious destinations on earth. caravellaus.com, capripalace.com hite and



While you may have tried cachaça in Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, the spirit isn’t all too popular outside the country. Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane grown in Brazil, and similar to rum, it can be enjoyed on the rocks or mixed into a cocktail. Its taste lies somewhere on the spectrum between rum and tequila: It starts out sweet and ends with a kick. Try it for yourself lying poolside at the Art Deco–designed Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, or while walking along the golden beach just across the street from the hotel. One thing’s for certain, you’ll definitely be dancing like a local after a few drinks of this buzzy and flavorful spirit. novofogo.com, belmond.com

Japanese whisky has earned its place in the competitive world of rye — and most well-known of them all is Yamazaki, one of the first whiskies produced in Japan. What makes this whisky so special is the unique growing climate of the region — humid, misty and temperate, which is ideal for cask aging, known as the “Suntory Maturation.” The Yamazaki 12 Year features notes of peach, pineapple, grapefruit, clove and orange — a citrus and fruity answer to your classic smoked varieties. Drink a glass of this single malt at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo’s 45th-floor bar while indulging in the best views of the city and enjoying the live music every afternoon through evening. whisky.suntory.com, ritzcarlton.com

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We love… Oska Pulse There’s nothing worse than an injury or a medical condition that stops you from being able to enjoy your vacation. The Oska Pulse is a small device (about the size of a smartphone) that you can discreetly strap to the site of pain. Electromagnetic pulses work to decrease inflammation, increase circulation and improve mobility — but you won’t feel a thing, just the welcome relief from pain as the pulses speed up the body’s recovery. $399, oskawellness.com

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Health by Samantha Coles


In British Columbia, the Scandinave Spa Whistler is surrounded by nature and, as a completely silent spa, the only sound you’re likely to hear is the gentle rustle of the wind blowing through the trees. There have been many reports about the benefits of quiet time and, especially in our modern world, it can be hard to find peace. The ethos at the spa is that silence is essential to the enjoyment of the Scandinavian baths, so there’s no talking and strictly no cell phones or laptops. Many of the hydrotherapy amenities are outdoors or accessed by walking through pretty gardens, so you feel totally immersed in the surroundings. If you visit in the summer months, head to the Hammock Haven. If you visit in winter, relax next to the outdoor fireplace. From$80 per day. Contact Jen Giradi, sales manager, info@scandinave.com, +1 888 935 2423, scandinavespa.com

Wellness, like all things in life, is best approached with moderation. If you like your kale juice with a champagne chaser, Andronis’s new wellness resort in Santorini is ideal. It’s set a little farther away from the famous cascading town of Oia (25 minutes by car) in Thira, so the resort has ample space for a tennis court, vineyard, vegetable and flower gardens, cave cinema, helipad and the largest swimming pool in Santorini. Leaning away from the famed whitewashed, blue-domed buildings the Greek isle is best recognized by, the decor is an earthy sand shade, adding to its tranquility. Begin your morning with a yoga session in a thatched-roof studio that floods the space with splintered sunlight. The panoramas of the caldera are so serene that you might not want to get into any position that obstructs your view. This studio is also the place for a unique spa treatment — Santorini is world-famous for its sunsets, but we think it’s best enjoyed with a soothing massage. Using gold-flecked massage oil, your skin is left shimmering and supple, which may be well needed after a day basking in the sun by your private pool. The resort’s restaurant, Throubi, has a menu that was created in collaboration with an expert nutritionist and a world-class chef. The result is delicious, hearty cuisine without any excess sugar, wheat or dairy. We recommend the juicy salmon. Four-bedroom villa from $6,445 per night. Contact Elsa Choleva, WELLNESS ONTHE CALDERAOF SANTORINI

sales director, echoleva@andronisexclusive.com, +30 228 603 673 739, andronisconcept.com

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ALPINE, ASIAN, AUTHENTIC The Chedi Andermatt will captivate and move you. With its authenticity, the unusual liaison of Alpine chic and Asian expression. At the heart of the Swiss Alps, 1,447 meters above sea level and just 90 minutes by car from Zurich, this exclusive hotel in Andermatt will enchant your imagi- nation with its 123 elegant rooms and suites, four outstanding restaurants and bars (1 Michelin star beside 16 and 14 GaultMillau points) and a modern Health Club. Another highlight is the multi award-winning Spa area that is probably unique in Switzerland – an oasis of calm and relaxation. The Chedi Andermatt offers a glimpse of another world and views of an unforgettable piece of Switzerland.

For further information and reservations please contact +41 41 888 74 88 or info@chediandermatt.com

6490 ANDERMATT SWITZERLAND T (41) 41 888 74 88 F (41) 41 888 74 99 THECHEDIANDERMATT.COM


Blue Lagoon, Iceland Reykjavík’s Blue Lagoon is famed for the healing properties of its silica- and sulfur-filled geothermal pools. No Icelandic escapades planned? Try one of its patented at-home facemasks Page 38

Page 32 Watches A selection of sporty yachting- inspired timepieces that perform under pressure. Page 34 Men’s fashion We talk to four designers shaking things up in the world of men’s sunglasses. Page 36 Women’s fashion The stunning locales that have inspired some of this season’s most alluring resortwear. Page 38 Beauty You don’t have to travel the world to access some of the more exotic beauty rituals and ingredients.


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Watches by Emma Reynolds

Les Voiles de St Barth welcomes competitive regatta racers to the island each April for five days of sailing on the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea

RICHARDMILLE RM 60-01 AUTOMATIC FLYBLACK CHRONOGRAPH REGATTA “LES VOILES DE ST BARTH” In honor of this year’s Les Voiles de St Barth, a regatta Richard Mille has sponsored since 2009, the Swiss watchmaker released a limited-edition chronograph sure to attract the attention of the most accomplished seafarers. For racing purposes, the 30-minute countdown timer function is crucial, as is the quick-locking and releasing mechanism, which is activated by a turn of the secondary crown to prevent timing errors. Making the watch a standout among other yachting timepieces is a bidirectional rotating bezel with indications of the four cardinal points, and a graduated 360-degree and 24-hour scale disc that can determine your current location, if you know the position of the sun and the local time. While RM 60-01 was launched at the regatta, even noncompetitors will like the flyback chronograph function, annual calendar, oversize date, running seconds and universal time function. The titanium watch, which comes with a bright yellow rubber strap, is limited to just 50 pieces. $161,000, Cellini in New York, +1 212 888 0505, richardmille.com Whether you’re counting down the seconds to a regatta or sitting seaside for amaritime race, look the part with a yachting-inspired watch that’s as practical on the water as off. Don’t let the sporty aesthetic fool you— these pieces house complicatedmovements, resulting in uber-accurate times that give you an extra edge on the high seas READY, SET, SAIL

BREITLING EXOSPACE B55 YACHTING Despite Breitling’s strong aviation roots, the brand is expanding to accommodate all things land, sea and air —made clear with the Exospace B55 Yachting. Perfect for techies, it was designed specifically with the modern yachting aficionado and regatta competitor in mind, thanks to its Bluetooth capabilities — it connects to an app on your smartphone to transfer all data after a race. The watch’s countdown system combines audio, visual and vibrating alarms, so no matter how distracted you are, you can’t miss the start of the race. It can calculate up to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds, a time historically used for astronauts and military personnel counting down to a mission. Splits are accurate to 10 milliseconds, and the bidirectional bezel can be adjusted to track wind direction, sailing angles and can even indicate the best starting-line position based on its ability to detect the wind direction, giving you an advantage during the race. Its thermocompensated quartz electronic movement powers a chronograph, and the watch features both analog and digital displays. A sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides allows for clear viewing on sunny days sailing the seas. Similar to other smart watches, you can see emails, texts, phone calls and calendar reminders, and even those who aren’t smartphone savvy will find the watch extremely user-friendly.

The Superyacht Cup Palma in Palma, Mallorca, held annually in June, is the longest-running superyacht regatta in Europe and the Mediterranean

$7,170, Breitling in New York, +1 855 999 1884, breitling.com

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Malta. More than we could ever tell.



by Emma Reynolds Men’s fashion

Whether hitting the slopes in the French Alps or lying seaside in Tulum, sunglasses are a both a fashion statement and practical wardrobe staple. Here’s what inspired recent creations from these four stylish designers


British heritage brand Kirk Originals, overseen by creative director Mark Brown, has always held international appeal, pulling design inspiration and materials from around the globe. Loved by the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, the brand remains equally as trendy today. Inspiration “Tulum and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It’s an amazing blend of Caribbean beaches, jungle, and Mayan civilization and tradition.” Favorite hotel Jashita Hotel

Must-do activity “Take a Jeep into the jungle and learn more about the Mayan civilization, visiting the remains of their cities, like Coba, and their deep cavernous cenote water holes connected with the underworld.” Travel essential Sperry topsiders, $95, sperry.com Always brings Hemingsworth swim shorts, $235, hemingsworth.com


Vuarnet is synonymous with '70s and '80s Alpine culture, and its CEO and artistic director Lionel Giraud, formerly of LVMH, is reinventing the brand by updating its beloved retro classics. Inspiration “For Vuarnet, the French Alps have always been a place that inspires and drives our brand mission. Vuarnet sunglasses combine the best protection with style and urban aesthetics. It’s designed for those who are seeking equipment to explore the slopes with elegance under any light conditions.” Favorite hotel A chalet in Courchevel Must-do activity “Free riding on fresh powder and drinking a vin chaud après ski.” Travel essential Vuarnet x EastPak backpack, $120, vuarnet.com Always brings Fender Malibu guitar, $400, fender.com elegance. Our last collection, Ice, was completely developed with this idea in mind. Ice mixes technical features with

Photos fntofoto.com, SeeMonterey.com, JKosman, D.M. Troutman

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Founded by Tom Broughton in 2012, Cubitts began as an online shop before opening its flagship location in Soho. Each handcrafted frame goes through fifty stages of production, and each pair is named after a significant street or place in King’s Cross, the brand's birthplace. Inspiration “We recently designed a frame called Holford, which takes its inspiration from a building called Bevin Court on Holford Street, King’s Cross. As one of several modernist post-war housing projects designed by Berthold Lubetkin, we’ve tried to carry through the progressive modernist principles.” Favorite hotel The Great Northern Hotel in King's Cross

Must-do activity “Stroll along the Regent's Canal, from stucco-fronted Little Venice, via Regent's Park and Camden, to King's Cross — where you can tuck into some street food, have a drink in Spiritland (home to one of the world's finest stereos), before continuing to Islington (through the antique stalls of Camden Passage), then Broadway Market, Victoria Park and Hackney Wick.” Travel essential Troubadour basecamp rucksack, $438, troubadourgoods.com Always brings Albam work jacket, $200, albamclothing.com

GARRETT LEIGHT CALIFORNIA Designing is in Garrett Leight’s blood — after all, he is the son of Oliver Peoples founder, Larry Leight. Before you compare the two, Garrett Leight’s unmistakable statement-making, but not over-the-top aesthetic has made him a household name in his own right. Inspiration “I recently took a trip to Monterey to stay at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. The entire region is one of the most beautiful I have ever visited. From the native Cypress trees to the expansive views of the ocean from the cliffs and hillside. The way the roads wrap in and out of the forest and are elevated from beachside to cliffside — it's like nothing I've ever seen.” Favorite hotel The Lodge at Pebble Beach Must-do activity “Golf any of the three greatest courses in the world: Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay.” Travel essential Malbon Golf bag, $1,000, malbongolf.com Always brings Beats by Dre Studio3 Wireless, $350, beatsbydre.com


Women’s fashion by Emma Reynolds

Inspired by the buzzing souks of Marrakech and sandy Hawaiian beaches, these four designers infuse a personal touch into each resortwear piece they create

ALEXANDRA MIRO IBIZA Alexandra Miro’s structured resortwear flatters all body types. With sophisticated cuts and shapes, the bold patterns and girly pops of color make it a must-have on your vacation packing list. Inspiration “Our resortwear collection was shot over two days in Ibiza at the home of philanthropist and entrepreneur, David Leppan. His expansive property is filled with spectacular art, and was the perfect backdrop to showcase the new pieces.” Favorite hotel Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay

Must-do activity “I love the energy of Salinas beach, especially the beach club, Sa Trinxa, which captures the bohemian spirit of the island. The old town, with its maze of cobbled streets and low-key eateries, is great for people watching come sundown. Maison Le Vrai is definitely the hottest eating spot on the island.” Beach bag Petate bag, $150, blaiz.co.uk Always brings Eugenia Kim Honey hat $325, e , ugeniakim.com


Founder and CEO Devon Fisher creates hand-woven caftans for the modern woman sourced from the finest Indian textiles. A lifelong philanthropist, she supports sustainable employment for women in her company.

Inspiration “No one talks about Kauai without mentioning the breathtaking beaches and landscape. As a resortwear designer, I’m

always thinking about how our pieces transition from day to night in a tropical setting. My favorite thing to do on Kauai is spend a full beach day in Hanalei followed by sunset cocktails at The St. Regis.” Favorite hotel The St. Regis Princeville Resort Must-do activity “Experience the Nā Pali Coast. Whether it’s hiking to the Hanakapiai Falls or taking a boat trip along the coast, there’s truly nothing like it in the world.” Beach bag Clare V Alice bag, $225, clarev.com Always brings Freda Salvador Pure slip-on sandal, $285, fredasalvador.com

Photos Alan Keohane/La Mamounia, Product Exposure/Mark Kop

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Brazilian-born Adriana Degreas loves to design pieces with loud prints and bold hues. This Italy-inspired collection brings a dash of vintage flair to her timeless silhouettes. Inspiration “My current collection is about Italy. I love the good energy, colors and spirit of this incredible and exciting country.” Favorite hotel Le Sirenuse Must-do activity “I love to feel local wherever I go, so I am always searching for programs where there are not many tourists. I love spending the day on a boat with Italian sailors through the islands or lakes. This past summer, I went to Isola Bella at Lago Maggiore and was amazed by its beauty.” Beach bag Louis Vuitton Toiletry Pouch 26, $510, louisvuitton.com Always brings Balenciaga sunglasses, $395, saksfifthavenue.com


Known for her understated elegance, Marie France Van Damme’s collections infuse a dash of excitement into her fluid and feminine pieces that can easily be taken from day to night. Inspiration “Marrakech is a magical, exotic place that continues to be a source of inspiration. This year I opened a boutique in Marrakech at La Mamounia. The glamour of the city is unsurpassed, as a result of its extraordinary culture and history. There is no place like it.” Favorite hotel La Mamounia Must-do activity “I love spending my afternoons in the souks — one of the best ways to do it is to get lost. The good thing about this is no matter how big the market is and how much walking you do, you will always end up in Djemaa El Fna square and find your way home. The abundance of fresh mint, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, mace, turmeric, ras el hanout , preserved lemons, colors and scents will make you dizzy.” Beach bag Jay Ahr x Marie France Van Damme Caba bag, $1,900, mariefrancevandamme.com Always brings Chanel plumping lip gloss, $30, chanel.com


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Silica and algae sourced directly from the Blue Lagoon give your skin a youthful glow and immediate lift

Beauty by Emma Reynolds

REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND BLUE LAGOON Icelandic beauty is having a moment — its pristine terrain of rolling hills, volcanoes and hot springs are awe- inspiring enough to make you want to go au naturel and treat your skin with its pure ingredients. Many claim that the famous Blue Lagoon, the extremely Instagrammable milky-blue geothermal spa, has changed their skin, thanks to its makeup of silica and sulfur. In fact, many have claimed it has healed skin afflictions such as psoriasis. Those who visit don’t leave without taking home some of the geothermal lagoon — branded Blue Lagoon products include an algae and silica mask duo, balancing emulsion, body lotion and conditioner. If you don’t foresee a trip to Iceland in the near future, order the patented Blue Lagoon products online to receive the same skin-saving benefits. Blue Lagoon The Retreat Spa, $259 for a four-hour entry, Blue Lagoon Mask Set, $345, bluelagoon.com

Going global Once-esoteric global beauty rituals and ingredients are going mainstream as travelers are seeking more authentic experiences. Whether you seek out the healing properties from the Blue Lagoon’s silica- and sulfur-filled geothermal spa in Reykjavík, or want a luminous glow from pearl-based products in South Korea, you can have it all without trekking too far

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA SHANGPREE S-ENERGY TREATMENT AT SHANGPREE SPA Korean beauty, and its sometimes bizarre ingredients, have swept the globe thanks to products with anti-aging ingredients that promise to make skin soft, glowing and blemish-free. You may have heard of the popular snail-slime craze that originated from South Korea, but we recommend trying something a bit easier to stomach — pearl. Naturally rich in nutrients and antioxidants, pearl has been used as a skin-care and medicinal staple in Asia for over 2,000 years. Its powders contain amino acids and calcium, which may help retain moisture and keep skin hydrated. Otherwise, crushed pearls in product can exfoliate the skin, and possibly even out skin tone. Visit one of South Korea’s most sought-after spas, Shangree, or try its Gold Black Pearl Hydrogel Eye Cream to fight fine lines and wrinkles. Shangpree S-Energy Treatment, $115, Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Hydrogel Eye Mask, $60, shangpree.com

Pearl promises intense hydration and can brighten and even out your complexion

Photo Peach & Lilly, Shutterstock.com


Tuscany, Italy Soak up the serene panoramas of the famous rolling hills —mount Amiata and Val d’Orcia — from one of six thermal pools in this historic 17th- century resort and spa Page 40

Page 40 In the fast lane Intermittent fasting has gained popularity due to a number of high-profile actors and celebrities utilizing the method to get in shape. But the benefits go far beyond appearance — various in-depth studies on fasting have shown the practice to have a number of astounding health and well-being benefits. Whether you restrict the hours in which you eat, or employ the 5:2 method, these sublime resorts are on-hand to offer guidance and support.


Left to right: Fonteverde’s infinity pool; spa at Cliveden House; serene views at Fonteverde’s Spa




Intermittent fasting is based less on what you eat but when, and the benefits go far beyond aesthetics. Fasting can aid immunity, cognitive function and even prevent diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

by Samantha Coles

Photo Lynk Photography

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Intermittent fasting is, as the name suggests, the restriction of the hours in which you eat. The most popular option is a 16-hour fast with an eight hour ‘feeding window.’ During the feeding time, you should still be eating a well-balanced diet, but during the 16-hour fast, consume nothing but water and herbal tea (and maybe a black coffee if you really can’t go without). Others favor the 5:2 diet, where you spend five days eating a balanced diet with two days of restricted-calorie intake — usually 500 calories per day. Whichever option you choose, the overall aim is for the body to enter a state of ketosis. Ketones are a result of the body breaking down fat instead of glucose for energy, which usually occurs when carbohydrate intake is low. They are created by the liver and are a more efficient fuel source because they release more energy per unit than glucose, and produce fewer damaging free radicals. They also produce zero lactic acid, which is created when glucose is used as fuel. When the body enters this state of ketosis, it can help to lower blood pressure, increase weight loss and improve energy and cholesterol. While intermittent fasting has gained popularity in recent years, perhaps thanks to a number of high-profile celebrities (Ben Affleck utilized the method when getting in shape for Batman ; Beyoncé is reportedly a fan; Hugh Jackman swears by it; Terry Crews apparently eats his first meal at 2pm), it has been around for centuries and is a vital part of certain religions. While the aesthetic effects might entice you to give it a try, the reported benefits to overall health from intermittent fasting are rather astonishing — a longer life, better immunity and heightened cognitive function, to name a few. It is an area that requires further medical study, but a number of scientific researchers have discovered that periodic fasting could prevent diabetes and Alzheimer’s. There have been a number of fasting studies on mice, notably by the National Institute on Aging in Maryland. The results showed that mice who fasted regularly were healthier than mice exposed to continuous calorie restriction — they had lower levels of insulin and glucose in their blood, which results in a reduced risk of diabetes. There are also studies that suggest periodic fasting can help reduce abdominal fat, boost cell and tissue turnover, and prevent metabolic and degenerative disease. In a more recent study in 2017 by the University of California, human test subjects

underwent a period of intermittent fasting, restricted eating and alternate-day fasting. While the study mentions that human studies are limited, the overall evidence indicates that almost any intermittent fasting regime can result in weight loss — out of the 16 trial subjects, 11 reported significant weight loss. Many health and wellness professionals extoll the virtues of fasting, and it’s easy to see why. I tried intermittent fasting after interviewing the CEO of a major company over lunch. I noticed he didn’t eat anything and only ordered green tea. When I asked, he explained he was fasting and preached about the benefits — not just physically, but mentally. Despite being skeptical, I decided to give it a try myself and noticed a huge improvement in my energy levels and ability to focus (as well as dropping a dress size). A number of five-star resorts and spas have caught on to the rising popularity and have begun to include various fasting regimes as part of their spa programs. If you’re considering trying it for yourself, but want to have the guidance of a medical professional (and a beautiful location), read on.

Clockwise from above: Fonteverde’s facade and gardens; the rolling hills of Tuscany; Cliveden House; freshly prepared yellow cherry tomato soup served with spiralized zucchini at Fonteverde

BODHIMAYA Worldwide Award-winning wellness center Bodhimaya specializes in retreats and consultations in its Harley Street Clinic in London. The retreats include detox, yoga, fitness, nutritional therapy, mindful meditation and bespoke programs. It has locations all over the world, including private islands in the Maldives, villas in the south of France and palaces on Lake Como. With a whole host of experts on board, including nutritionists, meditation leaders, personal trainers, yoga instructors, facialists, bodywork therapists and specialist chefs, you can be sure of a complete overhaul. The team often uses genetic and biodata to provide in-depth detail into clients’ health and body needs, so you’ll feel rejuvenated not just for the duration of your program, but beyond. Bodhimaya can organize private retreats or, if you’d prefer, can send experts right to your home, no matter where you are in the world. There are a number of upcoming destinations and programs; the next is a stint in country manor Cowdray House in England from January 24-30, 2019. The retreat includes gut repair and personalized weight management, but be warned — there is no wine or coffee available. Our favorite option is the year-round, one-on-one retreats at Cliveden House in England. You can choose from existing programs such as mind and body reset, nutrition and biomarker analysis or stress and burnout management, or work with experts to create your own plan. Should you wish to have a more relaxed approach to your program or to break your fast with a decadent dinner, Cliveden House has two exceptional restaurants. There’s also a pre-wedding plan available — hardly surprising as this is where Meghan Markle spent the night before her wedding. From $880 per night for one-on-one retreat at Cliveden House. Contact Cornelius O’Shaughnessy, founder, info@bodhimaya.com, +44 207 205 4112, bodhimaya.com

FONTEVERDE Tuscany, Italy

You’ll find Fonteverde nestled among the region’s famed rolling hills, and this quintessentially Tuscan resort evokes the detailed beauty of the Italian Renaissance. The peaceful resort and spa has stellar health and wellness plans, including a periodic-fasting- mimicking diet. Nicola Fortunati, Fonteverde’s spa director, explains, “The equilibrium fasting program aims to reduce inflammation of the gut and improve guests’ overall health. Recent research shows that reducing daily calorie intake by 30 percent leads to a longer life and reduced risk for noncommunicable diseases such as type two diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. As it can be difficult to fast continuously for a long period of time, the equilibrium fasting program uses the periodic- fasting-mimicking diet or mima-fasting diet. The seven-day program consists of two- to five-day periods of semi-fasting, during which guests consume 1,100-1,800 calories a day. The calorie intake and length of these periods is calculated according to an individual’s health and allows guests to leave the program feeling refreshed, healthy and rejuvenated.” The seven-day plan includes periods of semi-fasting and a personalized diet plan, all conducted under medical supervision with daily checkups. You’ll receive relaxing and lymph-draining treatments, Dipu jet massages, reflexology and thermal massage. To keep active (but not too active as to build up an appetite), there are daily morning hikes, postural yoga and fitness walks with a trainer. You’ll also receive a blueprint kit — a detailed report with recommendations and preventative treatments to safely continue at home. If you don’t want to do the full seven days, there are other options available. From $3,320 for seven-day plan per person. Contact Nicola Fortunati, spa director, info@fonteverdespa.com +39 057 857 241, fonteverdespa.com

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