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Making History
George Gershwin may have written ‘An American in Paris’ in this hotel in 1928 but fast-forward to today and you’ll find the new Peninsula Paris sings a very different tune – one that will resonate greatly with the world’s most discerning travellers.
Dubai Boat Show
The DIBS is around the corner and strong international exhibitor participation from manufacturing hubs like America, France, the UK, Turkey, Italy, Australia and China is a sign that appetite for luxury spending has returned in full force, say the organisers.
Remote Access
Moda Operandi is the online luxury retailer that gave women around the world access to looks straight from the catwalk. Now the game-changing founder, Lauren Santo Domingo, has decided to expand offline, with physical boutiques in New York and London.
High and Mighty
Even if it’s just an hour and a half’s drive from Zurich, or two from Milan, Andermatt used to be somewhere you’d think time had stopped. Not anymore. Egyptian developer Samih Sawiris is turning it into a high-end global village, set to rival Europe’s best ski resorts. And it all began with a Chedi.
Rub of the Green
Commissioned by the Mayor of Riyadh and funded by contributions from the city’s businesses and individuals, the King Abdullah International Gardens will be an incredibly high-tech, specialised and sustainable botanical sanctuary once it has been built.
It’s a Wild Thing
With a vast continent of options, it's hard to know where to go on safari. Kenya and Tanzania are the classics. There’s also the hipper-than-thou Botswana. But if you’re looking for superlatives then head to South Africa and specifically, the Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge.
Back on Track
Remember the Aston Lagonda from over a decade ago? Well, the distinctively wedge-shaped saloon is making a comeback and it’s looking better than ever. What’s more, it’s being made specially for the Middle East.
Shining Star
Yasmine Hamdan isn’t just another rebellious Arab pop star. More of an experimental rocker, her progressive, contemporary take on Arabic music includes creative, lyrical renditions of Arab classics laced with punk rock references and electronica.
Master of R&R
The hotels Jean-Michel Gathy designs for the likes of Aman, One&Only and Cheval Blanc are off the decadence Richter scale. It’s therefore about time we meet the man who pioneered the private plunge pool, ‘naughty bathrooms’ and basking nets.
Shifting Sands
LA-based architects Monica Oller and Tom Pejic seek to reawaken a love of ‘earthy modernism’ by uniting the clean, direct sensibilities of current architectural trends with the austere brilliance of the Mojave Desert.
All in One
CEO of a leading luxury retail company, founder of the Baraboux bags and active in women’s initiatives, HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud is very much a woman on the go, which is why she decided the accessories in her life had to be in perfect order.
Three’s Company
The company may have one name but the business is very much comprised of three. For Azza Fahmy, having her two daughters, or rather entire family, work alongside her is testimony to the saying that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
French Connection
Shopping in Milan usually means a stay at the Four Seasons, Bvlgari or Armani. Now, there’s another option. The Palazzo Parigi may not have a familiar name but it brings international flavour to a fine local product.
Hidden Depths
Ethereal women dominate Hayv Kahraman’s paintings. With a style that reveals Persian, Japanese and Italian influences, the 33-year-old Iraqi artist creates works that are as beautiful as they are unsettling.
Sea of Serenity
Nestled in the gently undulating hills overlooking the dramatic coastline of Vinh Hy, the new Amano’i is not just a secluded getaway, it’s another compelling reason why you should visit Vietnam.
Rare Find
Looking to buy a home in Geneva? You won't find much better than this beautifully-decorated, three storey art-filled home smack in the heart of town. It's on the market now.
Bespoke has gone digital
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