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Because travels also mean discover & new art of living,

here, we have made a selection of best cultural events, fashion stylists, design & architecture, shops, art and experiences  in places from across the globe

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Relais Signature | Europe’s most luxurious ski resorts

Gstaad village, located at 1,050 metres, is an alpine jewel situated in the Bernese Oberland. Internationally acclaimed, it is known as a prestigious holiday destination synonymous with stylish charm and discreet understated luxury. 

The Park Gstaad offers picturesque mountain views and a location near the charming main street of Gstaad, with its quaint boutiques, tea rooms and cafes. Exclusive private suites decorated like modern Swiss chalets feature multiple bedrooms, plus a bar, dining room, spa, balconies and butler service. You can also choose from several on-site restaurants including four run by Chef Axel Rüdlin, who combines traditional and contemporary dishes using regional ingredients.

PERU - Pía León, Kjolle and Central, Lima

Relais Signature | The Peruvian powerhouse behind Central, Kjolle and Mil

Central in Lima has earned a reputation as one of the finest restaurants not just in South America but in the world, an achievement most commonly attributed to its founder and chef-owner, Virgilio Martínez. But behind the scenes, driving the restaurant alongside Martínez for the last decade, is Pía León, one of the most talented, albeit under-rated, chefs in the industry. Now, after opening her first solo restaurant, León is ready for the spotlight, and is about to get the recognition she deserves.


Relais Signature | NEW / Just opened in 2018

Anantara’s first luxury city property in China will offer a prestigious urban address in southwest Shanghai – easily accessible from two airports. Located in Minhang District, renowned as an important residential hub with a science and technology centre, Anantara Shanghai Minhang Hotel will be part of a mixed-use development, comprising office towers and commercial areas, providing an exceptional base for business guests.


Relais Signature | 2017 Best Restaurant of the World

Daniel Humm, in the kitchen and Will Guidara indoors, is the duo of Eleven Madison Park in New York: 3 Michelin stars, 4 stars in the New York Times and voted best restaurant in the world at World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2017.

The best restaurant in New York and on the planet. At least according to the Restaurant magazine list “World’s 50 Best Restaurants“- is New York’s Eleven Madison Park, which reopened on November to debut a $2 million gut renovation of its 20-year-old kitchen. 


Relais Signature | One of the World's 10 Most Beautiful Ski Lodges

Nestled in the Bow River Valley, with the spectacular Canadian Rockies as a backdrop, the Post Hotel offers one of the most picturesque locations imaginable: the heart of Banff National Park, Canada’s first.This is a protected region, designated as a World Heritage Site – unspoiled natural beauty, pristine wilderness and a safe haven for the bountiful wildlife. Imagine skiing or hiking in this breathtaking landscape. Just two hours west of Calgary International airport and you are there: spacious suites, crackling fireplaces, Temple Mountain spa, award winning fresh market cuisine and one of Canada’s largest wine cellars, with over 25,000 bottles and more than 2,200 labels.


Relais Signature | Luxury first-class suites coming to A380

Starting December 2017, Luxury suites are coming to Singapore Airlines' fleet of A380s. Carrier will offer passengers the option of flying in six suites configured on the plane's upper deck.

"Intimate privacy" Suites - Each will feature a lie-flat bed and a leather chair, upholstered by Italy's Poltrona Frau, that reclines too.

Amenities include a 32-inch monitor, a private closet, an amenity box to stow your small items, mood lighting and two lavatories, one with a vanity. The suites will debut on five new aircraft. Enjoy your flight!


Relais Signature | Africa's first & only Underwater Hotel Room

This is the heart-stopping experience that awaits you in the underwater room. The floating structure, Swedish engineered, provides three levels, those above the water clad in local hardwood, and each an experience in itself.

The magical feeling of lying on a soft double bed surrounded by panes of glass affording almost 360 degrees viewing – watching the shoals of reef fish and exquisite, often rarely seen individuals visiting your windows. Some have taken up residence around the room, which affords them some protection from predation.

By night, the underwater spotlights on all sides of the room attract the shyer and more unusual, for instance squid. Coral has established itself on the anchoring lines and around the underwater structure. Octopus and even spanish dancers have been seen attaching themselves to the glass panes. The reef inhabitants can simply not resist attraction, which makes for exciting watching and a truly unique experience!

LOUVRE ABU DHABI . The first universal museum in the Arab world


The architect Jean Nouvel designed the domed building on Saadiyat Island, a cultural district off the coast of the United Arab Emirates capital, and highlighted its surrounding water, with promenades overlooking the sea.

France's most famous museum agreed to attach its name to a new space in the UAE, and to loan it artwork and special exhibitions, as well as offer management advice. Ten years later, the soft curves and fresh white façade of the Louvre Abu Dhabi elegantly thrust into the glistening emerald waters of the Persian Gulf.

The museum features 23 permanent galleries, styled like medinas and low-lying Arab settlements, and featuring over 600 exhibits.

In the opening year, the museum will display 300 artworks from 13 key French institutions, such as the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Notable works will include Leonardo da Vinci's "La Belle Ferroniere", Claude Monet's "Saint-Lazare" and Henri Matisse's "Still Life With Magnolia."


Relais Signature | The first of its kind, out-of-this-world island holiday resort off the coast of Dubai.

The Arabian Gulf / New project of Hotels & Resorts

The Heart of Europe is a cluster of six islands on The World in Dubai. A global landmark, made up of 300 islands reclaimed from the sea in the shape of the world map, this engineering wonder is an iconic collection of private and resort islands, located 20 minutes from the coast of Dubai.

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The Heart of Europe in Dubai is made up of six islands: Main Europe, Monaco, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and St. Petersburg. The islands span six million square feet and will be able to accommodate up to 16,000 people at any one time. All six islands will be connected via bridges and will be accessible by boat, seaplane and helicopter. There will be no traditional fuel vehicles permitted on the islands to create the perfect island experience.



To walk through our wine cellars in Epernay is to enter the very heart of Moët & Chandon. Located 10 to 30-meters under the chalky soil, Moët & Chandon’s cellars are the largest within the Champagne region, spanning 28km (aprox 17.4 miles). In this legendary subterranean labyrinth, the forces of nature have come together to create a uniquely ideal setting for the metamorphosis of choice fruit into the House’s luxurious wine. Select grapes undergo their transformation into champagne in conditions where temperature and humidity levels are constant and unchanging.

Regularly scheduled tours of the cellars followed by a tasting can be enjoyed throughout the season and bespoke tastings and tours can be arranged at your convenience.



The Luxury Collection®: Room With A View

Like a theatrical backdrop, a breathtaking view sets the stage for an uplifting journey of the spirit. Featuring a room or suite in each of The Luxury Collection’s more than ninety-five properties that frames an exceptional panorama, The Luxury Collection Room with a View showcases the world’s most beautiful and inspiring destinations. Notable tastemakers, including Valentino global brand ambassador Carlos Souza, art director Sofia Sanchez de Betak, and designer Margherita Missoni, reflect on their favorite views and relate their unforgettable travel experiences. From the pristine sands of Aegean Riviera in Bodrum, Turkey, to the bustle of San Francisco to the verdant Sacred Valley of Peru, at the base of Machu Picchu, this volume is a virtual adventure around the world that will leave readers dreaming of their next escape.

The Luxury Collection is an ensemble of more than ninety-five of the world’s finest hotels and resorts, each noteworthy for its architecture, art, furnishings, and amenities. Sharing a dedication to immaculate service and comfort, each property has a unique heritage inextricably tied to its destination. Curated for their spirit of diversity and genre, each Luxury Collection property has a story to tell.

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Nadia Sawalha talks JORDAN

TV presenter shares with Kuoni, her passion for the history, sites & flavours found in Jordan

You have so many programmes under your TV belt, what would you say you are best known for?

These days people probably think of me as a TV presenter who cooks a bit, too! I was, at one time, a TV presenter that was always in the sun; and before that an actress in Eastenders.

Have you been able to travel as part of your career?

For years I did lots of shows in Spain and Australia. The best programme I ever did was called Eating in the Sun and I travelled all over the shop. Lucky girl, eh?

What’s your oddest travel moment?

Trekking across the Kaisut Desert in Kenya, the driest, hottest and most remote desert in the world. I was there to help raise money for Comic Relief and it was probably one of the oddest experiences I’ve ever had. In fact, sometimes I’m not so sure it happened at all.

After winning Celebrity Masterchef, you’ve become an in-demand foodie and TV chef. What’s the best dish you’ve discovered during your travels?

Ah, there are too many to say what was the best dish but I loved almost everything I ate in Sydney. There are so many fabulous restaurants there, whether you’re paying the equivalent of £100 or just £5 a head. Everything was heavenly. The produce was great, with incredible flavours, and dishes were always beautifully light and energising.

Your father was born in Jordan and you have a real passion for the country. What is it you love so much?

Jordan has everything anyone could want from a holiday – an extraordinary history with friendly people; gorgeous food; the Red Sea for diving and the Dead Sea for floating; the desert; the hot springs; and incredible ancient sights like Petra and Jerash.

What must-sees would you suggest for a first-time visitor to Jordan?

All of the above! But a night in the desert in a Bedouin tent is a must. Do your research to make sure you get a good one.

Have you had a perfect travel moment in Jordan?

Taking my daughters, husband and friend to Petra last Easter for their first visit was wonderful. Awesome is the most overused word but it is the perfect one to describe the sheer power and beauty of this ancient city carved out of pink rock by the Nabateans centuries ago.

All of us spent a pretty fantastic day at the Dead Sea, too, slathering ourselves in mud and floating our worries away. It made for a great holiday experience.

We’re hitting the restaurant scene in Jordan. What local specialities should we try?

You have to go and have a mezze – an array of barbecued meats, salads, breads, olives and pastries. It should take you a whole afternoon to eat it as you sip on arak, a delicious aniseed flavoured liquor.

Are there any big adventures still to be ticked off your travel wish list?

I haven’t been to the Far East and India so I will definitely have to do that before I die! And, I can’t quite believe this, but I haven’t been to Egypt yet either!

INDIAN OCEAN with Simon Reeve

Explorer Simon Reeve talks about his latest TV series for the BBC, an epic journey aroud the Indian Ocean

Exotic and extreme

From dodging bullets in Mogadishu, Somalia, to swimming with dolphins off the coast of Australia, Simon’s epic six-part travel series for the BBC was dubbed his ‘most exotic and extreme adventure yet’. Indian Ocean aired on 22 April 2014 and wasn’t just a soft and sunny holiday programme or hard-core Panorama; it’s a unique blend of the two. “You don’t get more exotic than the Seychelles and more extreme than being on the frontline in Mogadishu. It’s extraordinary that such devastation exists so close to total paradise. It’s baffling really and a bit of a head screw. Indian Ocean is a journey where we go to both of these extremes.”

Simon’s passport is a multi-colour patchwork of immigration stamps as he’s travelled to over 100 destinations around the globe, notching up acclaim for BBC travel series including Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Equator – not bad for the boy from West London who hadn’t been on a plane until he started work.

Simon has a down-to-earth appeal and a real passion for the world, its people and wildlife. He’s clearly the type of person who can’t sit still on a sun-lounger and his hunger to get to the heart of his destination ensures he’s not afraid to take risks.

“We were in South Africa, looking into a new drug called Tik that’s causing chaos. Its connection to the sea is that it’s smuggled into the country as part of a two-way deal. People who poach a rare mollusc from the sea, at huge personal risk, sell them to Chinese crime syndicates in exchange for this drug called Tik. The mollusc is then sent to China and sold as a rare delicacy.

“Someone said, why don’t you go and talk to the crazy man down the road? Stupidly, we said OK. We walk into his house and it goes from sunny blue skies outside to depraved, dark drug den. As soon as we enter we see a young woman passed out. There’s a group of guys sitting around smoking crack with handguns next to them and we stroll in ‘Hello! We’re from the BBC. Is it OK to come and film?’

“The drugs leader is telling me that he has to protect his drug stash. His lieutenants start coming in, with names like Blade and Killer – and they look hardcore. They’re talking about taking Tik and their drug deals and I’m sitting there thinking, we’re not safe and sometime soon they’re going to want to be paid for this. They soon start asking how much the camera is worth, asking for our passports, so we’re up, backing out and making our excuses to leave. It was a situation that could have gone horribly, horribly wrong. That was a darker side of life in the Indian Ocean.”

A protective forcefield

Simon admits that when filming, he feels like there’s a protective forcefield around him so he can’t get hurt. This explains his first open water dive – dropping down into a cave full of sharks during Indian Ocean. “It was terrifying but it soon became obvious they weren’t interested in us. I was with a ‘shark angel’ called Gail. She campaigns for them, loves them and respects them. She pointed out that they are the most important fish in the sea and we need them to keep the eco-system in balance, as killings have resulted in jellyfish invasions in some parts of our ocean. I’d recommend diving with sharks if you get the chance.”

Simon also found himself hitching a ride on a containership from Durban in South Africa to Mozambique, heading for pirate waters. Simon said: “It was a giant orange ship containing a load of armoured vehicles from the United Nations and was heading towards pirate waters without any military support. It was mad and crazy. Their principle method of defence against the pirates was cardboard! They would put it over the windows at night so it would go from being a floating Christmas tree to a stealth ship.”

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SWEDEN with Ebba Brahe Jewellery

Inspired by a Swedish king’s love for his beloved countess, Ebba Brahe, Charlotte Ramel presented her jewellery collection, at the Ritz, in Paris. It was King Gustav II Adolf’s gift – a pearl necklace with matching earrings – to the woman that he couldn’t marry, that gave Charlotte the idea of her brand. This is an interview with one of Ebba Brahe’s direct descendants, the jeweller, Charlotte Ramel.

When did you start creating jewellery?

 As far as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in jewellery and precious stones. In 2008, I met Donna Karen who inspired me to dare to build the start-up, Ebba Brahe Jewellery. Since then, everything has gone very fast and smoothly – it’s been quite a journey.

Did you attend a special art-school?

At the age of twelve, I worked as an apprentice at Swedish jeweller Carl Fredrik Carlman. I then studied ancient jewellery and contemporary art at Sotheby’s in London and got the title GG (Graduate Gemmologist) at GIA. (Gemmological Institute of America, established in 1931).

Where do you buy your diamonds?

Until now, I’ve bought all diamonds from Hong Kong, Antwerpen and Tel Aviv but I will move my entire production to Italy. The foremost reason being that I believe in a close cooperation with my dealers and I want to be able to visit them more often. That’s easier if they’re in Italy.

Do you travel a lot to get inspired?

I’m mostly inspired by people and exciting meetings with passionate individuals but equally by nature’s fantastic forms. It’s essential for me as a creator to collect beautiful memories.

You have also designed bracelets with children on. What do they represent?

I have for a long time been dialoguing with Childhood’s representatives. This fall I took part in a UN-conference that the foundation organized in New York, focusing on the project #EyesWideOpen. The initiative is about keeping our eyes opened to understand the global problem of sexual assault on children. It touched me deeply and as a mother of three, it felt like something that I could relate to.

Is the organization known in several countries?

Childhood Foundation exists in Sweden, USA, Brazil and Germany.

Where can one buy these bracelets and your other jewels?

In Sweden they’re represented in several shops, in Eden Rock Hotel at Saint Barth and now in the Ritz, in Paris.

And on Internet?

Well, I’m launching a Webb-shop so do keep your eyes opened!

Why did you choose the Ritz?

Ebba Brahe Jewellery is connected to a magical love-story and few hotels can claim as many historical events as the Ritz Paris. Coco Chanel lived in one of the luxury suites with windows over-looking her shop. Despite having an apartment above her shop, she slept every night, until her death, 1971, at the Ritz. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Ingrid Bergman were other frequent guests there. Sophia Loren called the Ritz Paris for “the world’s most romantic hotel”. Moreover, the champagne drink, Mimosa, is supposed to have been invented at the Ritz bar. The Ritz Paris is Europe’s – if not the world’s – most legendary luxury hotel. It’s also strategically located in the centre of Place Vendôme, Europe’s most famous jewellery place. Now Ebba Brahe Jewellery isn’t only the first jewellery brand in history to be presented at the Ritz, Paris but also at Place Vendôme!

         That a four hundred year old love story has resulted in a young woman’s collection is truly amazing. The jewels given by the king to his beloved remain in the Ramel family’s possession. The saga continues with Swedish Princess Madeleine who wears Charlotte’s jewellery. That the collection also benefits the cause of children makes it even more exceptional. So if you have a beloved that you want to offer a very special gift to, don’t hesitate to have a look at Ebba Brahe Jewellery.

by Anne Edelstam, Paris

EGYPT with Indji El Solh

A traveling sports coach

Indji El Solh has, after many diplomas, workshops and classes created her own brand of Body Design that she carries around with her wherever she travels. Her followers pick up classes in the countries where she currently resides.

We had decided to meet at Beano’s – a café where Cairo’s hip clientele gather for a latte or a light lunch, in Zamalek, the once elegant, Diplomatic quarters in the centre of this buzzling capital. It was a relief to come into the calm, clean and air-conditioned place from an otherwise dusty and polluted city - albeit a city whose mix of European and Islamic architectures give a taste for more of the exotic and less of the familiar, be it dusty or not. I immediately spotted Indji’s blond and athletic appearance.   

Where are you originally from?

I’m from a mixed background, British and Lebanese, but I grew up mostly in Egypt. However traveling often to England, my mother’s homeland. That’s also where I got my

first dance certificate, age 16, at Ballet Rambert and eventually became professor in the theatre department, directing numerous experimental movement theatre & also dance choreography.

So you have always been in the fitness business since a young age?

Yes, I started out as a child dancer and haven’t stopped since. I studied jazz at Martha Graham’s school in New York and dance with Mat Mattox. Then I came back to Cairo where I opened the first studio of Dance Fitness in the country. The school was a success and grew so eventually I trained some teachers.

Where did you go from there?

I settled for some years in Ottowa, Canada. There I completed my studies and became professor in Movement Studies before once more settling in Cairo. Since then I have expanded my experience with many more certifications, as you can see on my homepage ( and have created my own brand that I teach wherever I go.

Which are your countries of predilection?   

I teach in several cities from Toronto to Dubai and each one has its own special charm. Ottawa for example offers a wonderful variety of restaurants and sites such as the ones along the Rideau Canal or The Parliament. I especially enjoy seeing it from the river from a luxury yacht ( ).

Toronto is a busy metropolis with lots of arts and interesting blending of cultures. Dubai is an up-coming place where fitness is becoming a way of life just as much as in the West.

Who comes to your fitness classes?

It’s an educated clientele consisting mostly of a younger group of women. They vary from 17 to 40 years of age. I would like to attract older people as well and am working on that. There are increasingly health problems related to lack of fitness and sedentary lives and it increases with age. 

I leave her in her classy tights that she designs and are part of her brand and decide to walk back to my hotel room instead of taking a taxi.

Anne Edelstam, Paris   

PARIS with Maud Héline

French designer based in Brooklyn (Travel & Chic Mag)

Talented Designer Maud Heline surprises and seduces lovers of beautiful fabrics, pure and structured lines. In each collection she reinvents a major basic of feminine dressing with subtle finesse: white poplin blouse. After learning the ropes at Isabel Marant and Balmain, she created her own brand encouraged by the enthusiasm of her relatives.
How would you define the Maud Heline look?
To go straight to the point, the Maud Héline style is minimalist, a balance between the feminine and tomboy, and easy to wear. I try to find the essential details of the basic blouse without any superfluous details ; a refined model.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration comes first from where I go in life, because I cannot create without listening to my emotions. Then, to illustrate these emotions, I find my inspiration in vintage pieces, in books, exhibitions, pinterest, travel, online research and I take a lot of photos of details of clothes I see strangers and friends wear in the street.
Nowadays so far from Paris, what do you miss most?
In Paris, what I miss and that comes spontaneously are the narrow cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes, markets the weekend, the beauty of the city and good electronic music.
What is your favourite neighbourhood in Paris? Why?
I love the Marais for the number of shops, restaurants, bars and museums condensed in one place.
It is a district rich in culture and is constantly on the move. When I go back, there are always new signs. It's a neighbourhood where young brands open their first store which proves that this area is really open to novelty.

What would be your perfect day in Paris?
Morning coffee with family in St-Germain-des-Prés, the Marais for lunch with a friend to chat about all and nothing, do some window shopping then dine at Racines with a good group of friends.
Of course I would also visit an exhibition at the Grand Palais or the Quai Branly followed by a vernissage of a young photographic talent in the late afternoon. All finished off with a few dances at Silencio.

Any advice for travelers to enjoy Paris?
A friend created the website and I find that proposed customised visits in Paris are an incredible way to enjoy Paris differently. They offer private tours of galleries and museums, gastronomic events, art workshops and even treasure hunts. Children also have their workshops so the whole family can have their own experience.
Which is your favourite French designer?
She is no longer with us, but I greatly admired Madame Grès.
What will be the iconic pieces of your Autumn / Winter collection?
The Bazal, Aroze and Baziris blouses are for me the 3 timeless pieces.
The Bigram blouse with tricolour detail is also a strong part of the season.

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Home to two World Heritage Sites - the magnificent Angkor Temple complex and the beautiful town of Luang Prabang, Cambodia has emerged as must-see destination on the Wonders of the World List. Despite the fact that Siem Reap is fast becoming the Kingdom of Coachloads and 'hospitality' as a concept may be relatively nascent, if you know how to work it right, you're going to have a ball. Welcome to LUXE. You just worked it right...

Want just the very finest of Cambodia and to find out how to experience Angkor Wat at its best while avoiding the increasing crowds? Fancy helicoptering over ancient temples at sunset or seeing them in style in a vintage Citron? From unique places to stay, like a one-suite boutique hotel or splendid former royal residences, to must-visit shops, restaurants, spas, bars and unique services, plus glam couture gowns, museum quality silk, and exquisite silver and jewellery, LUXE Cambodia is your daddy.

LUXE Cambodia. Why rough it, when you can LUXE it.



"Luxury production represents an investment in time. This applies not only to the time spent making an object but also to the process of perfecting skills. Makers of luxury are inspired by passion and curiosity for the intricate nature of objects, the potential of materials, and complex techniques. This motivation often exists beyond market demands and can require an acceptance of risk. Making luxury is not concerned with practical solutions but with the extraordinary, non essential and exclusive. Mastery of a craft and exceptional expertise are demonstrated by outstanding precision, attention to details and remarkable finishes. Such quality is achieved by challenging and broadening established standards of craftsmanship and accepted categories of design. The resulting work combines high levels of innovation with a respect for craft traditions." Quote from V&A Museum "What is Luxury"


Relais Signature | BR 126 Sport Heritage GMT And Flyback Chronograph Steel And Leather Watch

Recalling the spirit of '60s civil aviation, Bell & Ross' 'BR 126 Sport Heritage' watch combines sophisticated engineering, advanced functionality and legible design. The polished steel case houses a Swiss-made calibre BR-CAL.301 mechanical automatic movement and a dual-function chronograph with flyback - a feature that allows you to measure increments of time more efficiently. The second time zone dial is particularly useful for anyone whose business takes them away from home, and as part of a limited release of only 500 pieces, this piece makes a stellar gift.

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    Luxes Exhibition


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    When traveling was considered a luxury - Anne Edelstam, Paris

    Luxes , this winter’s exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris, isn’t only about travels though. It explores perceptions of luxury throughout the ages and from all corners of the world. During this pandemic, it felt like a great luxury just to be able to visit such a fabulous exhibition. For a short while, I dreamed of far away ages and places, of palaces and festivities, of dazzling dresses and Louis Vuitton cases. I forgot all about facemasks, restrictions and diseases.  The exhibition is organised in chronological order, showing some 100 objects. It starts with ancient objects from Egypt, Iran and Greece; the oldest piece being a zoomorphic hedgehog vase from approximately 3500 – 3100 BC. These artefacts illustrate the archaeological perspective of luxury and show that man has always been more than a mere “assembly of atoms”.

    The Romans inserted the concept of otium, leisure, in the form of articles, such as a beautiful deck of cards, a backgammon board and decorated manuscripts that are displayed. The 16th and 17th centuries are represented with mainly French court objects in silver and gold. However, from the same era, I preferred the Japanese art of kintsugi, broken ceramics repaired with gold leaf, and the Chinese pagoda barometer-thermometer. A great novelty in this magnificent museum is the opening up of a room that’s been closed to the visitors: the Art Nouveau wooden-panelled Salon 1900, designed for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. In its footsteps followed fashion houses, with dresses and jewellery from Dior, Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton just to mention a few.     

    The exhibition finishes with contemporary luxury items, clothes and designed furniture. That luxury is seemingly determined by a logo or a brand name in our modern world is obvious when one remembers the queues of tourists outside some of Paris most fashionable houses. Luxes offers an ancient as well as contemporary context to understand what makes luxury one of the most singular and symbolic features of civilizations. Paradoxically it also fits these strange times we live in now when mass-tourism is but a memory and travel has once again become a luxury only the very few can afford. Time will tell if there will be a permanent shift of perspective that some long for or if this period will come and go and things will return to what they were before Corona. However, the human taste for beauty and luxury will surely prevail throughout the ages. It seems to have been engraved in our genes, as is pointed out in this fabulous exhibition.


    15 October 2020 – 2 May 2021

    MAD, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

  • Sculptures


    Relais Signature |  Andy Scott is well known for the iconic Kelpies in Scotland, which are sited at the Forth & Clyde Canal in Falkirk. The two steel horses heads are the largest equine sculptures in the world, inspired by the cultural heritage of the Clydesdale horses, draught horses, which worked hard to help people along the canals and on the land.

  • Hollywood


    Relais Signature | Some Like It Hot!

    Filmed at Hotel del Coronado (California) in 1958, "Some Like It Hot" showcased the talents of Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon while also highlighting the hotel’s assets – a spectacular sun-drenched silhouette of Victorian architecture, the perfect backdrop for the film’s 1929 setting. Named the #1 comedy of all time by the American Film Institute, the movie has an honored place in film and Del history. Although only exterior scenes were filmed at the hotel, the interior scenes do look very Del-like (right down to the placement of the lobby elevator and stairs). This probably explains why so many "Some Like It Hot" devotees – even after seeing Hotel del Coronado for themselves – absolutely refuse to believe that the movie’s interior scenes were not filmed at The Del.

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    Relais Signature | Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, North West province

    Named for the African wild dog which calls the local area home, Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is situated on the edge of a dramatic ravine within Madikwe Game Reserve. This luxurious lodge caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity. Constructed from local stone, wood and thatch and blending effortlessly with the bush, the lodge allows guests to continuously experience the natural beauty of their surroundings. The eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush. All suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views.




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