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Escape

Our travel and leisure section presents an escape to choice destinations and recreational activities, introducing readers to a world of first-class rest and relaxation.

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Chef Isaac Carew is handsome, easy-going and confident. Perhaps that’s why audiences are devouring everything he’s serving up.more
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We’ve loved La Petite Maison ever sinced it opened in Nice in the late 1980s. But now that it’s becoming a global force to be recokoned with, we thought it time to salute the magic of LPM and also investigate the truth behind its rapid expansion.more
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Seven years on, Philippe Massoud’s ilili , the New York-based Mediterranean fusion restaurant is busy redefining the concept of Lebanese cuisine.more

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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.more
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From Tunisia’s congested streets to the abandoned Star Wars film set in the desert, graffiti artist eL Seed, has moved on to make his mark in cities ranging from Doha and Jeddah to Paris and New York.more
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Sensual in their asymmetry, Nathalie Khayat’s pottery is imbued with a savage sophistication. Somewhat stark in its whiteness, vibrant, almost moving, the ceramicist’s works are like frozen moments.more
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Working with materials others consider unlovely rubbish, Theo Kamecke crafts exquisite pieces of sculpture that embody duality and which belong simultaneously to the ancient past and the far-flung future.more

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As odd as it sounds, a walking safari tracking endangered black rhinos through the Kenyan bush is a tranquil adventure – that is of course, as long as you don’t let them track you first.more
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Amsterdam may be small and easy to navigate by bike, but it’s never dull. A prime example of progressive living, bottled inside a charming 17th century city, it offers art, culture and gastronomic delights in spades.more
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Indonesia is consistently ranked among the world’s happiest places and its secret is in finding harmony through paired-down simplicity and gratitude.more
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Steeped in Moroccan history and culture, Marrakech is a city that also embraces modernity and creativity. CNN International’s James Williams, host of travel series ‘In 24 Hours’, takes us on a whirlwind tour.more
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With privateers now venturing to space and NASA discovering seven new possibly habitable Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star, it’s the perfect time to sift through Taschen’s exhaustive ‘Moonfire’ book and reflect on the giant leap for mankind the Apollo 11 astronauts took, almost 50 years ago.more
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your picks
Filmmaker Alejandro Landes’ glorious contemporary home in Miami, on the shores of Biscayne Bay, is as captivating as a cinematic masterpiece.
Kuwaiti artist and designer Nanu Al Hamad likes to shock and surprise through a body of work that defies categorisation, let alone convention.
With her experimental and architectural ready-to-wear label Reemami, the young Sharjah-based Palestinian fashion designer Reema Al Banna is a rising star to keep an eye out for.
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