Trattoria Itam Bibi São Paulo




Sob o comando do Grupo Locale, dos irmãos Gabriel e Nicholas Fullen e do empresário Sandro Myasaki, a Locale Trattoria acaba de ser inaugurada  no Itaim Bibi. O restaurante surge após o sucesso instantâneo do Locale Caffè, misto de bar e café típico italiano, tocado também pelo grupo em endereço vizinho. A proposta é oferecer a experiência completa de uma típica refeição italiana com excelente custo-benefício nas garrafas de vinho.


O ambiente aconchegante e com iluminação agradável é dividido entre um salão inferior com bar, sala privada e loja da Grand Cru no 2º andar que possibilita ao cliente consumir os rótulos a preço de loja (pagando apenas a taxa de serviço). São cerca de 300 e há também opção em taça. O projeto foi desenvolvido por Andreoni Arquitetura inspirado em restaurantes tradicionais da Itália, com toques modernos. Apresenta tijolos aparentes e uma grande árvore no centro, próxima às mesas. A cozinha é comandada por Lucas Franco, do extinto Côl (que funcionava no mesmo espaço) e atual chef do Locale Caffè.




Para começarInsalata di Prosciutto & Gorgonzola (R$48-Mix de folhas, presunto cru, gorgonzola, redução de balsâmico e tomate con­tado), Ravioloni feito na casa recheado com gema caipira e ricota, com fonduta de parmesão e salsa trufada(R$38) e Crudo di Carne Tartufato (R$34-Filé mignon batido na ponta da faca com azeite trufado e salada de rúcula acompanha pão italiano). 

Entre os Principais, Spaghetti alla Carbonara (R$54 -Massa seca, ao molho de gemas, queijo pecorino e Guanciale bochecha de porco), Tagliatelle ai Frutti di Mare (R$74- Massa fresca feita na casa com camarão, mexilhão, lula e molho bisque) e Filetto alla Milanese (R$62-Filé mignon batido e empanado acompanha salada de batatas com dijon e rúcula).

Para adoçar o paladar, Tiramisù (R$32-Creme de mascarpone e bolacha champanhe molhadas no café e ­finalizado com cacau em pó) e o Bonet Piemontese(R$32-Pudim de cacau com Amaretto).



O menu executivo é válido de segunda à sexta, exceto feriados, apenas no almoço com duas opções:  cliente que pedir o principal, tem direito à salada verde ou entrada do dia + 1 cannolo por um acréscimo de apenas R$12. Por mais R$ 22,00, é possível incluir salada verde ou entrada do dia + 1 taça de vinho da casa + 1 cannolo. Além dos vinhos, vale provar os drinques italianos Aperol Spritz e Negroni sendo servidos on tap, direto da torneira desenvolvida pelo Grupo Locale. O grupo também comanda o japonês Oguru

Emily love Pizza – New York

We love new york  @pizzalovesemily

You like burger and Emily Loves Pizza. The little joke makes sense … after much success in Brooklyn, Emily and her husband brought this place that is my little piece of heaven to the heart of the West Village. The delicious hamburgers and stuffed pizzas are served on a tray that has different floors, one for each dish, but all together.

Photos Courtesy of Emilly Love Pizza. 

Sant Ambroeus – New York

If you regularly find yourself at Sotheby’s, why not stop by the new Sant Ambroeus? There’s nothing like going shopping after knocking back a dry Martini in this quintessential Italian environment.

Sant Ambroeus

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For almost 40 years, Sant Ambroeus has been at the top of the list of New York’s most beloved restaurants, bringing a uniquely refined Milanese cuisine to America. This year, the restaurant group has taken another step forward, opening the Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar beneath Sotheby’s to commemorate the 275th anniversary of the Big Apple’s oldest auction house. Sotheby’s has been responsible for bringing together art collectors since 1744. Since then, the operation has become a global entity with branches in Hong Kong, France, India and auctions held in more than 10 countries.

Upon entering this modern locale located on the ground floor of the York Avenue building, it’s almost impossible to know whether one has stepped into a café, a classic Italian restaurant, or an art gallery. That is precisely the intention of Sant Ambroeus Coffee: to plunge the customer into a multicultural space with first-class cuisine.

Renowned for its restaurants that blend art and design, the Sant Ambroeus group knows how to elevate the concept of the bar/restaurant. Created by New York designer Robert McKinley, the decor harkens back to 1950s Milanese cafes, with their mahogany columns and gilded accents. On the marble floor, subtle shades of pink and brown bring a geometric design to life, echoing the creations of Italian architect Gio Ponti. In a way both natural and understated, the atmosphere connects the culinary arts with those of design, generating a harmonious relationship between these eclectic artistic expressions. In terms of coffee, the place offers espresso with high-grade coffee beans that represent the best of Italian traditions and flavors.

Beyond coffee, Sant Ambroeus’s menu has been carefully crafted such that the dishes are reminiscent of the real Italy. Known as Piatti Sfiziosi, the restaurant’s menu features highlights such as Bistecca di Cavolfiore (Cauliflower Steak) and smoked trout. For a quick lunch, bet on the panini stuffed with veal and arugula, along with homemade bread that they call “Focaccine,” a tasty reinterpretation of focaccia.

The desserts, which have just the right touch of sweetness, are a mainstay on the menu. In addition to stuffed croissants and cornettis, there’s the exclusive Sant Ambroeus chocolate mousse and the gianduia cake made with hazelnut crackers and cream, mousse, and milk chocolate frosting. After lunch, it is worth exploring the exhibits that Sotheby’s has to offer. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll leave with a classic modernist painting. Periodically, Sotheby’s exhibits impressionist and modern art paintings depicting the lives of peasants, sailors, and street artists. There are works dating from 1894. Another exemplary exhibit is Marina Picasso’s collections of ceramic paintings, which can be purchased on-site or through the website.

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Palomar  @palomarsoho

The Israeli´s food has never tasted so good, the award winning Palomar restaurant has influences from southern Spain and Italy to northern Africa. For a gastronomic experience full of flavors, whether at the counter in front of the open kitchen or at the tables in the back, this London restaurant has a cozy and unpretentious atmosphere.

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Grand Banks  @grandbanksnyc

There is no better way to start the weekend, make fresh oysters and have a wine at the Grand Banks. The 1942 boat that traveled to Brazilian lands, had its final destination in New York at Pier 25 with an idea of ​​a boat restaurant that brings oysters to the city in the 18th century. The hotspot has one of the most incredible views of the city.

Emily love Pizza  @pizzalovesemily

You like burger and Emily Loves Pizza. The little joke makes sense … after much success in Brooklyn, Emily and her husband brought this place that is my little piece of heaven to the heart of the West Village. The delicious hamburgers and stuffed pizzas are served on a tray that has different floors, one for each dish, but all together.

Carlo & Camilla – Italy

The Milanese restaurant Carlo e Camilla

Alla Milanese

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The Milanese restaurant Carlo e Camilla in Sigheria boasts of a dramatic décor, somewhere between a dream and reality. The contemporary menu was elaborated by the Italian Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco that joined the art director Tanja Solci and created the restaurant and cocktail bar in the global capital of fashion and design. The unique atmosphere of the space an old post-industrial sawmill acquired by Tanja’s grandparents in the 30s is full of contrasts. The exposed walls, high ceilings, and minimal style furnishings designed by Di Tanja Solci Studio are mixed with the incredible Richard Ginori’s porcelain and crystal chandeliers.

Luca Pedata is the Neapolitan chef responsible for the dishes that celebrate and interprets the traditional Spanish cuisine in a very unique way. Filippo Sisti innovates the cocktails, as they say, ‘the liquid cuisine’, joining ingredients and technics from the cuisine to the bar. The menu changes four times a year, with options of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, which makes the experience even greater.

La Réserve – Paris

The real luxury lies in the simplicity of finely selected furniture with unique and elegant pieces. It is also in the discreet and impeccable service of an extremely well-prepared staff. A home away from home, with attention to the smallest details. This is La Réserve Paris.

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A hotel that honors the class, that’s how you safely describe the La Réserve de Paris. In fact, the establishment is listed as the number 1 hotel in the world in different selections of internationally renowned publications. Occupying a distinctive building next to the Champ-Elysées, it graces its guests with views of important historic buildings such as the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, and the Pantheon. In its interior, it brings the elegance of a private apartment of the nineteenth century, with ultra-personalized and discreet services. These characteristics, in fact, translate quite significantly the concept of the hotel.

Unlike some other hotels, where much of the motivation to stay in one of their suites comes from the pleasure of seeing and being seen, in La Réserve the idea involves being very well received, but without pomp, circumstance or ostentation. Here, the greatest luxury comes from the discretion with which its staff accompanies its guests, guaranteeing a service of high quality and, at the same time, keeping your privacy completely untouched. This, in fact, is the standard of excellence present in the other hotels of the network, as in the units of Geneva and Ramatuelle.

Whoever visits the place notice this motto in all moments and environments. Beautifully decorated, the library with its fireplace in the center may be the perfect choice for an afternoon tea, after a beautiful walk through the charming surroundings of the 8ème. For breakfast, it is worth changing the warmth of the suite on at least one of the days to sample the delights of French cuisine on the terrace of the hotel, illuminated by the light of the sun even in the cold days.

Photos: Courtesy La Reseve – Paris

Chef’s Club – New York

We love nyc  @chefsclubny

The intimate spot with only 24 seats offers exclusive dishes signed by the best chefs in the world, as well as winners of the Best New Chefs Award from Food & Wine. With a seasonal menu, the open kitchen provides a privileged view of the chefs’ work. On select nights it is possible to taste creations by superstars Hélène Darroze or Jowett Yu.

Photos Courtesy of Chefs Club. 

Le Bristol – Paris

Welcoming guests from all over the world is the easiest task of Le Bistrol, which along in decades of operation, eventually entrusted the mission of being the symbol of culture, wealth and local history.

Royal Experience

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Guardian of the five-star hotel Le Bristol in Paris, Didier Le Calvez is the type that never runs away from a fight and accepts the challenges of a profession with security and maturity that only years of experience could have given him. After collecting visits through some of the most famous hotels in the world, Le Calvez learned to face his own difficulties as a chance of growth and learning, failing to avoid obstacles of the route to actually involve him in it and become a better leader. It was this same thinking, for example, that granted him a CEO position of the hotel in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, one of the most wanted addresses in the French capital. The same Palace that ensures him a privileged view of the city also gives him a better view of any obstacles of the profession, as the constant harassment of the competition. “Particularly, I think this dispute between big hotels is something very good for the market. Honestly, I recognize the lack of high standard accommodations in Paris – which explains the openings and investments in this area.

When all works get done and the hotels open their doors, we will have strong competition, and I find it quite inspiring. I think my team is prepared and I trust in the talent of everyone who works with me. In addition, we have differentiated gastronomy at the Le Bristol says Le Calvez. His speech does not leave any room for mistakes and hesitations, which make us think he always knew their destination and only worked to make it become true. “In fact, I’ve always been in love with good food and the art of good service. So when I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted a career that would take me to this side and could provide me this feeling of accomplishment: The hotel management seemed to be a perfect choice – and I went through all possible hierarchies, working as a clerk, Night manager and a lot more. Thus, in fact, I could experience all processes and positions that a five-star hotel requests, then when I got to the office director, I knew exactly what to do” says the current chairman of the Union des Metier et des Industries de l’Hotellerie.

Distracted by its own beauty, reflected on the surface of the Seine River, which crosses and divides Paris, Le Bristol forgot to battle against time and for that, it was pardoned: it is a living Narcissus, of undeniable beauty. With a history to count in decades, but without wrinkles, the hotel retains its royal essence in its details. This palace has about 90 accommodations, all with a Hollywood view of the City of Light and its unique architecture. All rooms are decorated with Persian rugs, crystal chandeliers, silk curtains and more. To avoid the same fate of the mythological character who languished in contemplating such beauty, the hotel offers a different cuisine, able to steal attention to the idyllic surrounding countryside. In the Epicure restaurant, for example, guests enjoy the most sophisticated recipes of traditional French cuisine, interpreted by chef Eric Frechon. The excellence of the restaurant is such that he was given the highest honor in the world of gastronomy, three Michelin stars. For those seeking romance, the ideal place is the Le Jardin Français, perfect for sunny days when you can make the most of the bounties of an establishment outdoors, immersed in a garden.

As an alternative to fine dining, guests can also enjoy brasserie 114 Faubourg, recipient of a Michelin star. Also, It is there that during the first Monday of the month, the sommelier Fabien Guillemot gets a visit from a guest winemaker. During the night, guests have the chance to discover more about a particular wine and can taste bottles in harmony with a menu of four courses, set by chef Jean-Charles Cauquil. Meanwhile, in Cafe Antonia, patrons can enjoy a great atmosphere for informal and leisurely meetings. The menu follows the premise of the spontaneity of the house and offers more casual options — but not less tasty. Aside from the varied and hearty menus of its bars and restaurants, Le Bristol in its entirely remains a delectable feast for all of the senses. From the pool, surrounded by glass walls, we can admire the always infallible Eiffel Tower, and the charming Montmartre: it is the ideal place for those who like (or need) to slow down life and enjoy the best the City of Light has to offer.

For those who have some energy, the journey continues in the fitness center, equipped with Kinesis machines – a market benchmark. Bathed in natural light, the gym is open throughout the day and personal trainers are on hand to prepare a series of unique exercises, specially designed to meet every guest’s needs. Prepared for weddings and tailored events, the hotel unfolds in endless possibilities, just do not interfere with the Zen atmosphere of the Spa by La Prairie and its eight treatment rooms – including a Russian Banïya one. Regardless of the service, visitors are always accommodated in a slightly heated bed, so they can relax from the first moment. Treatments begin with the sauna, to release tension and calm the members – especially those susceptible to stress points. To complete the experience, the best possible way, a ginger infusion is offered with lemon and honey to all guests and visitors so that they come out of the spa feeling refreshed and serene. Parents on duty can stay carefree: the spa offers everyone properly trained staff to entertain the kids at the Kids Club so that parents can enjoy the most of the experience without any distractions. Fro those still looking for “something more,” Le Bisrol offers hairstyling services for those “finishing touches.” Speaking of beauty, it is worth mentioning that while Narcissus lived and died because of his vanity, the Parisian hotel wrote itself a happier story — one with a better ending. The difference, in this case, is that beauty is all the way inside out.

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Le Royal Monceau – Paris

Closed for renovation between the years 2008 and 2010, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is again reigning in the city of light.

French Monarchy

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Those who were born to be a king will never lose their royalty, even if it means to deal with the weight of the crown: to break with all that was once known and launch itself into a new era. Thus, from its own French Revolution, the Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris returned to the throne of the French capital. Everything began in 2010 when guests, friends, and the media were able to closely check the radical metamorphosis that cost two years and 800 million Euros. The extreme makeover of the palace was led by French designer Philippe Starck, who made the premises of Le Royal Monceau a sweet and creative metaphor of Paris and of life itself.

Therefore, art, hospitality, fashion, warmth and haute cuisine get together at number 37 of the distinct Avenue Hoche – of which still can be seen, just around the corner, the imposing Arc de Triomphe. But in order to stay grounded in front of so much beauty, Starck brings us subtlety back to earth when purposely introducing a bit of chaos in the hotel’s facilities: a scruffy carpet, a crooked lampshade, a slightly out of place table – all to remind us that life is not straight; it is full of small idiosyncrasies that make our human experience even more amazing. It was not for the lack of notice or attempt: French designer Phillippe Starck did everything in his power to keep us in balance with reality, but it is impossible not to return to the clouds when we taste the wonders that make Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris a five-star hotel with praise.

The Parisian fairytale starts early, at breakfast, served at La Cuisine, Chef Laurent Andre. There, the day begins in the most organic way possible, with natural juices and freshly made pastry options. Democratic in every possible way, La Cuisine follows the routine of their guests and, on weekends, allows mornings to drag on until later in a generous brunch. Another temptation in the hotel to which we must surrender ourselves is the Il Carpaccio Italian restaurant, awarded a Michelin star. Led by chef Roberto Rispoli, a native of Tuscany, the restaurant has a menu guided by the seasons, since it only admits fresh produce. To celebrate 30 years of the place, Rispoli went personally to Sicily to create the house olive oil. As if it wasn’t enough with its hearty and well-prepared dishes, Il Carpaccio has a bonus of typical Italian desserts, but with a special touch that only one chef patissier Pierre Hermé’s caliber could do. Relaxing moments deserve equal attention – and, in this case, the best option would be the tables of Le Bar Long, a more casual and friendly atmosphere, and more flexible hours as well.

To make sure you take in the most you can from this “palace,” save some time to visit the Terrace. A restaurant that, as the name suggests, is in a more open environment – the official description, it is even called “garden restaurant.” Although this is not the most formal restaurant in the hotel, it is probably the one that best describes it, since it changes with the seasons, and never fails to bloom. The tables are arranged around a glass dome, which reveals the ever-restless waters of the spa pool, located on the ground floor.

The passion for culture that runs through the veins of Paris also circulates through the halls of Le Royal Monceau, the only hotel in the world to make an Art Concierge available to guests  – a professional expert in cultural trends, able to close the Pompidou for private visits for some hours. Although the golden keys of the concierges of the palace can open any door, there is no need to go too far to find the best of the cultural life of Paris. This very inn houses a gallery dedicated to modern art and a bookstore meticulously curated, bringing together the best books, magazines and tangible objects in the universe of fashion, film, and art.

When the options are many and the mind asks for rest, a visit to the Spa My Blend by Clarins can be the solution to every dilemma. Also known as “white paradise,” the center and relaxation of Le Royal Monceau is home to one of the largest indoor pools in Paris, 24 meters long and 8 wide. Voted Best Hotel Spa in 2012 by Virtuoso Award, the My Blend by Clarins is guided by the uniqueness of its customers, already adapting their treatments to the profile of its users. After relaxing in a totally white environment, a burst of color waiting for guests on the screens of Le Cinéma de Lumières, with a capacity for 99 spectators. Equipped with the latest machines, the cinema of Le Royal Monceau is able to play 3D movies, which puts it in the crosshairs of the most exclusive premieres of France and beyond.

As might be expected, the 149 suites at the palace hotel are equipped with all of the comfort items you can imagine: a king size bed, pressurized shower, walk in closet, plasma television and more. All accommodations, from the simple studio room to the majestic Presidential Suite 241, summarize the whole philosophy of the inn. And each, in its own way, balances this unique blend of chaos, colors, culture, tastes, technology, and urban havens – and constantly reminds that it is not necessary to be asleep in order to dream.

Photos: Courtesy Le Royal Monceau

Baccarat – New York

É Baccarat? Quando uma marca é sinônimo de algo, parece que seu universo é resumido a um único produto.


baccarathotels @baccarathotel

É Baccarat? Quando uma marca é sinônimo de algo, parece que seu universo é resumido a um único produto. Em 2015, a inauguração do Baccarat Hotels and Residences em Upper East Side comprovou que um Baccarat pode ser muitas coisas. Hóspedes e residentes da região foram presenteados também com restaurante especial no main floor do hotel. O élégant Chevalier, na rua 53, celebra o nome de um dos maisaclamados diretores criativos da marca Georges Chevalier criador de peças icônicas como o Celimene Vase Baccarat.

O ambiente é chic, desenhado por Stephen Sills, que também é responsável pelo St Regis NY e a bridal store de Vera Wang. O branding é sensorial, diferentes vasos e copos divulgam toda a linha de cristal ao longo das mesas para até 90 convidados. Com uma estrela Michelin, o chef Shea Gallanteoferece menu com opções de pato, peixes e um delicioso Wagyu Beef.

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Joyeux Noël.

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The Edition Hotel – Miami

Mid-Beach nunca mais será a mesma desde que a vizinhança ganhou o hotel Miami Beach Edition, com ares de centro cultural, já que, além de moradia temporária a visitantes, o empreendimento de Ian Schrager concentra casa noturna, boliche, pista de patinação no gelo, cinema ao ar livre e muito mais.

Especial Edition Hotel Miami

editionhotels @editionhotels

O aclamado hotelier Ian Schrager é o nome por trás do novo Miami Beach Edition. Quase 20 anos atrás, Schrager dava novos ares à região mais badalada da Flórida com a inauguração do hoje icônico Hotel Delano. O espírito inovador e o estilo moderno do empresário marcam também essa sua nova aposta, que abriu as portas em dezembro de 2014 e veio para solidificar de vez o status cool que já rondava a região de Mid-Beach. A bandeira Edition é a mais exclusiva da rede Marriott e tem outras três unidades em Londres, Istambul e Nova York, além de muitas outras previstas para os próximos anos ao redor do mundo. Assim como suas propriedades-irmãs, o Miami Beach Edition transpira elegância e design elaborado. Já no lobby, seu estilo único se mostra por meio do chão de mármore branco em contraste com as enormes colunas douradas. Esses elementos já estavam presentes no edifício original, que abrigava o Hotel Seville desde 1955, e estão entre os detalhes que não puderam ser alterados para preservar o caráter histórico da construção. Imposição que acabou por criar uma mistura harmoniosa dos estilos vintage e moderno e que deu ao hotel um charme único. O décor clean dá o tom aos quartos, onde as cores claras e a madeira predominam, no melhor estilo beach chic. São 294 quartos, dos quais cerca de 20 bangalôs privativos – com quarto, sala de jantar, sala de estar e terraço. Nos bangalôs de dois andares, os hóspedes podem ainda desfrutar de um deck no andar de cima com piscina e vista deslumbrante para o mar. O intuito de Schrager era criar um hotel para uma geração que quer viver bem e aproveitar a vida ao máximo, seja no trabalho ou nas férias. Explica-se aí a preocupação com o conforto e com os mínimos detalhes, presentes em todas as áreas do hotel.

Encaixa- se também nesse conceito a área chamadade Basement, onde estão reunidas diversas opções de entretenimento, para hóspedes e não hóspedes. Fica ali a balada Basement Miami, pequena e intimista, onde DJs renomadosagitam a noite. Logo ao lado encontram- se o boliche e a pista de patinação no gelo, ambos na mesma atmosfera de badalação, com efeitos de luz e música a noite inteira. Um espaço concebido para a diversão e que promete ser mais um dos muitos hotspots da noite em Miami. Ainda no clima de descontração, outra das inovações do hotel é o chamado Sandbox. No chão de areia estão dispostos sofás e almofadas, além de redes penduradas nas palmeiras e um telão, que proporciona intimistas sessões de cinema ao ar livre. Puro charme. Em se tratando de Miami Beach, a piscina não poderia ser deixada de lado. Elas são duas: enormes, cercadas por espreguiçadeiras e com um bom bar na proximidade, para que os hóspedes revezem entre o sol e a água, sempre com um bom coquetel em mãos. O hotel esbanja ainda 6.500 metros quadrados de praia bem à sua frente – um dos maiores beachfronts de Miami – e um spa com nove salas de tratamento e um Hamman. No quesito gastronomia, o Edition está bem servido com dois restaurantes comandados pelo renomado chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Dentre eles, o Matador Room tem pratos inspirados na culinária espanhola, com toques da gastronomia caribenha e sul-americana. Já no Market at Edition a proposta é mais semelhante à de um café, com sanduíches, smoothies, sucos e uma vasta seleção de vinhos. Além deles, há ainda o Tropicale, com menu leve e fresco servido ao ar livre, e os bares que oferecem coquetéis refrescantes. Gostou tanto do Edition que quer fazer dele sua casa de veraneio? Sem problemas. O hotel dispõe de 26 residências privativas, disponíveis para compra. Os apartamentos variam entre 85 e 430 metros quadrados, e muitos deles possuem piscinas privativas e cozinha ao ar livre. Tudo seguindo o mesmo conceito de lifestyle, descontração e conforto que marca o hotel. Os apartamentos foram também idealizados por Schrager e realizados em parceria com o arquiteto John Pawson. Os proprietários podem desfrutar de todos os espaços e serviços do hotel, além de terem sua própria área de lazer privativa.

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Nizuc – Mexico

Idealized by the brilliant architect Alejandro Escudero, Nizuc resort and spa is surrounded by breathtaking beaches and enhanced by delectable tastes and an unfettered environment, the hotel does not have to make any effort to be a success in the Caribbean’s Riveria Maya.

Life by the sea


In just a short period of time, the Nizuc Resort and Spa has stirred up quite the buzz in the tourism universe. In less than two years the resort has received recognition as one of the best hotels in the Riviera Maya; and boy is the completion fierce! There are a number of factors that contribute to the success of the resort such as its privileged location, just 15 minutes from Cancun’s International Airport. The Punta Nizcu, where the resort is located, is far enough away from Cancun to buffer the vast majority of tourists and commotion that usually comes from the metropolitan region. Surrounded by two breathtaking beaches, the resort is a sanctuary of tranquility and wellness. Measuring 11 acres in total, the resort houses three sumptuous pools, 274 rooms, 6 restaurants of refined gastronomy, a spa and many leisure options. Its modern architecture, conceived by Alejandra Escudero, gives the venue its elegant and serene touch. Although the design is jaw dropping, the crowning accolade is reserved for its extraordinary landscape. If you desire vacation with the utmost intimacy, one might opt for a private villa.

The villas include a private pool, giving this room a very romantic feel which is ideal for a couple in love. If you’re looking to wake up with a view an Ocean Suite is for you. With only a few steps to the Nizuc Beach, and a grand veranda providing a stunning view, these suites are everything you can dream of and more. If you’re an admirer of the resort’s landscaping during the day, you’ll be in awe at night, the sights become more fabulous with beautiful tones of the sunset. It is a wonderful place to start and end your day surrounded by the wonders of nature. The ocean, however, is not just an alluring sight, but a place to have some fun! The resort offers it is guest many sea-based activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking. Besides that, the region is excellent for snorkeling because of its crystal clear water and magnificent coral reefs. Tourists are dazzled by the sight of lobsters, manta rays, barracudas and other marine animals. When you’re done enjoying all the activities you can recharge at the Nizuc Spa, run by the renowned ESPA. The Spa offers many exclusive treatments fusing modern and Mayan techniques. One of the most coveted treatments is the purification of the skin with marine salt, followed by a massage with hot stones done using traditional Mayan techniques. The treatment ends with an invigorating head massage. These two hours of treatment promise to wind down body and mind. 

Despite the romantic and relaxing atmosphere, the resort is also family friendly; children are welcome. While parents relax at the beach or the spa, the little ones can enjoy a specially designed area just for them, The Winik ́s Kids Club! The kids can choose between participating in cooking classes, pottery, or visiting archeological sites in the region. The activities are available to children from the ages of 4 to 12 years old. The refined gastronomy provides the resort with a touch of paradise on Earth. There are 6 restaurants in total, all specializing in different cuisines such as the Mediterranean, Asian and Peruvian. At Ramona, the resorts Mexican restaurant, the guests enjoy a magnificent view of the beach while they relish in traditional fare. Various delights are featured in the menu such as the Ceviche Trilogy, Lobster with coriander sauce and crunchy octopus. You can truly customize your experience at the Nizuc Resort and Spa; from your dining experience to your activities, your room and beyond. The resort provides you with flavors, sights, and experiences that will satisfy all your senses.

Photos: Courtesy Nizuc

Don Angie – New York

Scott Tacinelli & Angie Rito open Don Angie in New York Husband and wife chefs reinvent Italian-American dining at their West Village destination.

A creative approach to Italian fare in New York

donangie @donangienyc

After becoming famous for creating chicken and parma pizza, a great success among the Americans, Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito are responsible for a new dish that dominates the Instagram profiles of those who visit New York: Lasagna Pinwheels. This lasagna is served rolled up like a cinnamon bun, the most requested dish among visitors to the Don Angie restaurant, opened by the couple in 2017 in the West Village neighborhood. However, the pasta with a fun presentation is just one of the highlights of the creative menu that reflects the Italian-American origin of Scott and Angie. There, other classics of Italian cuisine blend into modern American cuisine. Among other sweethearts, Escargot Oregnata – in which shellfish from the Peconic Bay, on the coast of the state, are prepared in a Neapolitan way with garlic, oregano, and bread flour – and the handmade pasta menu is updated every season. The perfect order for those who can’t resist a night with lots of wine and quality food.

GRT Architects has injected the 60-seat interior of Don Angie with palpably Italian references phrased in a surprising and unfamiliar way. Guests are drawn to a rich and inviting interior with a contemporary color palette of greys, brass and subtle red accents. Carrara and dark Bardiglio marbles create a checkerboard pattern across the restaurant floor, one that is reminiscent of the classic Italian American tiled vinyl flooring.

Don Angie is open for dinner and brunch at the following times, and is located at 103 Greenwich Avenue in New York:

  • Sunday-Wednesday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Thursday-Saturday: 5:30 pm-12:00am
  • Bar Opens at 5 pm

Photos: Courtesy Don Angie

Legacy Records – New York

Delicious Hospitality Group the team behind NYC’s Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones (Robert Bohr, Grant Reynolds, and Chef Ryan Hardy), brought their downtown expertise uptown and opened their third venture Legacy Records.

A Good Legacy

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A vibrant atmosphere tempered with lots of music was the way the Legacy Records restaurant honored the label that inspired its name. After all, for many years, it housed the studio of Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music that deals with reissues of old recordings of artists like Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, and Janis Joplin. Another attraction of the restaurant is that leading the hospitality team is simply the Swedish Arvid Rosengren, holder of the title of best sommelier in the world.

That is, satisfaction guaranteed for lovers of good music and quality wine. The menu signed by Chef Ryan Hardy, in turn, carries strong Mediterranean and Northern Italian influence, with tasty fish in grilled and raw versions, along with other seafood and plenty of pasta. All of this coupled with Henry Hall, Manhattan’s new luxury residential building designed by designer Ken Fulk, seeks to unite New York’s lively nightlife with the lifestyle of a boutique hotel.

Photos: Courtesy Legacy Records

Manhatta – New York

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group Opens Manhatta and Bay Room in New York City. The executive Chef Jason Pfeifer pairs down-to-earth hospitality with sky-high views on the 60th floor of Fosun’s 28 Liberty building in Lower Manhatta.

A breathtaking view of New York

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Ever wondered what it would be like to enjoy a delicious dinner while having a breathtaking view of New York City? At the Manhatta restaurant and bar, opened mid-year on the 60th floor of a historic building in Lower Manhattan, it is possible. The Statue of Liberty and the famous Brooklyn bridges are some of the background cloths facilitated by the four glass facades that border the Union Square Hospitality Group’s restaurant and Bay Room event space. His name, therefore, was inspired by Walt Whitman’s celebrated poem “Mannahatta,” which says, “A city of swift and shining waters, a city of pinnacles and masts, a city nestled in bays, my city!” But the fascination of experience is not limited to the beauty of the city that never sleeps. The menu signed by Executive Chef Jason Pfeifer celebrates the best of modern American cuisine with a touch of French flair, while wine selection was thought to reflect the elegance of space combined with the intimacy of a neighborhood restaurant.

Manhatta offers a three-course, prix-fixe dining room menu as well as a more casual, a la carte menu available at the bar. The prix-fixe menu features dishes such as Peekytoe Crab with poached leeks and frizzled artichokes; Veal Blanquette with wilted greens and mushrooms; Lobster Quenelles with trumpet mushrooms and chervil; and Wagyu Bavette with Pommes Anna and Harbison cheese. For the sweet course, guests can choose from dishes such as a Warm Date Cake with crème Fraiche ice cream and whiskey sauce; Blackberries with walnut gelato and sabayon; and a Butterscotch Soufflé.

Manhatta’s bar is led by Beverage Director Matt Whitney, who most recently served as sommelier at The Modern. At Manhatta, he aims to parallel USHG’s down-to-earth hospitality ethos by offering an approachable and satisfying range of wine and spirits that accommodate a variety of drinking preferences. Manhatta’s cocktail menu is rooted in the classics with its signature Manhatta cocktail and other Manhattan variations, but it also offers seasonal riffs inspired by the city’s history. The wine program highlights various regions of France, and in particular Burgundy, and combines a diverse mix of classic and well-known labels while introducing guests to up-and-coming producers from their favorite regions.

Photos: Courtesy Manhatta NY

Cap Beauty – New York

Founders, Kerrilynn Pamer, and Cindy DiPrima Morisse created the company to spread the power of naturals to as many people as possible.

Beauty Is Natural

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The nearly 20 years of friendship between the businesswoman Kerrilynn Pamer and the stylist Cindy DiPrima Morisse have always been strengthened by their mutual interest in a refined and wellness lifestyle. The two then decided to come together to offer some of this world to others. That’s how CAP Beauty was founded, a store with more than 150 brands with 100% natural products. The proposal is that you use the power of plants to bring not only visual but also internal changes in who visits the concept store in West Village and indulges in the beauty secrets shared by the local vendors. For the duo, consuming natural products is a reflection of a modern lifestyle, so the physical space follows the same proposal with its pink quartz-lined floor and its illuminated shelves reinforcing the positive energy of the product selection. And to impress, even more, attached to the store is a spa where guests can indulge in beauty and relaxation treatments and connect even more with the elegant and pleasurable lifestyle nailed by Kerrilynn and Cindy.

At CAP Beauty we live by the philosophy that “Beauty is Wellness. Wellness is Beauty” and we exist to share the products, practices, and knowledge that create true radiance. We stock over 150 brands of products that are always 100% natural and teeming with nutrition and life force. At CAP Beauty the power of plants are at work to create change, both outside and in. Step inside our world and embrace the shift. High Vibrational Beauty starts here.

Photos: Courtesy CAP Beauty

David Mallet Salon – New York

Customers are served by the prestigious hands of hairdressers and senior colorists from Mallett’s French team.

Beauty À La Française

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With clients such as singer Carla Bruni and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, David Mallett is known to be one of the greatest hairdressers in the world. He recently opened his first salon outside of Paris in the Soho multi-brand boutique, The Webster. David promises his New York salon to be an extension of the original one, which opened in 2003 at the Ritz Paris in the heart of the French capital and was considered one of the most important beauty addresses in the City of Light. The 1,600 square-foot was fashioned by renowned French architect Charles Zana to be a very intimate and exclusive space, combining the grandeur of old-world high-standing with original architectural details of historic New York. Customers are served by the prestigious hands of hairdressers and senior colorists from Mallett’s French team, as well as David himself, who has crossed the ocean to pay special attention to his new space of beauty.

David Mallett is widely considered one of the best hairdressers in the world. To his clients, he is undoubtedly the most trusted one. At the age of 4, in suburban Australia, David Mallett had already decided to become a hairstylist. He has, in his own words, always been “quietly obsessed with hair”. It is an obsession that has been suitably recognized in the world of fashion and beauty. Over the course of his career, Mallett has been on call to many leading fashion executives, supermodels, stylists, and designers. His creative vision and technical innovation have contributed to some of the most iconic images in fashion advertising in the past two decades.

For instance, Karl Lagerfeld chose David to style Christy Turlington for Chanel; and he has also worked on flagship campaigns for Lancel, Dior, L’Oréal, Sonia Rykiel, Givenchy, Pirelli, and La Perla, to name a few. And he has built a trusted relationship with prominent photographers; including Bettina Rheims, David LaChapelle, Ellen Von Unwerth, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindberg, Patrick de
Demarchelier, and Peter Beard.

Photos: Courtesy David Mallet Salon

Glossier – New York

Dreamy Natural Beauty

Girl Gangue

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One of the favorite brands on the internet, with clients such as model Karlie Kloss and filmmaker Sofia Coppola, is the powerful beauty brand Glossier and has recently opened its first concept store. Its founder, Emily Weiss, always bet on communication that provoked proximity and identification in customers as the main strength of the brand, and this idea was extended to the physical space. The walls and decor of the store, located on Lafayette Street in New York, are millennial pink, reinforcing the promise to incorporate physically and mentally everything that makes the brand the success that it is. One of the environments, called the “Boy Brow Room”, is a tribute to his best-selling product: a natural filling gel for the eyebrows. All the details seem to have been cared for not only for customers to go there to try and acquire the famous products, but also to feed their Instagram with beautiful photos, reinforcing the value of Glossier on digital platforms.

Glossier Flagship, designed by Gachot Studios with architecture by P.R.O., will revolve around the touch and feel of the brand in real life. Created as an immersive community space where our customers can get to know us and each other, it’s both a physical and sensorial embodiment of what makes Glossier, Glossier. Customers will be able to hang out with our Offline Editors, test and shop our products, and immerse themselves in a Glossier universe which includes an experiential “Boy Brow Room.” Most importantly, they’ll be able to connect over beauty with old friends and new ones.

Photos: Courtesy Glossier

Pine Cliffs – Portugal

The Pine Cliffs Resort has become one of Europe’s top holiday destinations and is now one of the best destinations in the Algarve region to relax and enjoy.

The world has discovered Portugal

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It seems that in recent years, the world has discovered Portugal. In fact, this is not a real discovery, but we can almost call it an apology for having such a rich country in a lower category compared to other European nations. And despite the late recognition it is more than deserved. In addition to an immense cultural heritage, whether in the field of literature, the arts, or gastronomy, and a very important historical legacy, Portuguese landscapes please even the most experienced traveler. Its beaches on the Portuguese coast that have attracted tourists from all over the world, especially those from the Algarve region.

Much closer to the South of the country, the edge of the Algarve has a characteristic feature in the form of carved profiles and slopes of rocks that add to the beauty of the landscape. Right on top of one of these cliffs stands Pine Cliffs Resort, a member hotel complex of The Luxury Collection with all the attributes required for an excellent stay. On a 72-hectare site, in addition to the hotel’s headquarters and apartment villas, Pine Cliffs feature tennis and golf courses, a beach club, seven swimming pools, and a fantastic 1,000-square-foot spa, Serenity – The Art of Well Being, which alone is worth the visit. So if your plan is relaxing, book at least a couple of hours daily for the personal care that Serenity offers.

With 13 treatment rooms, including one of Japanese inspiration called Sakura, where you can make Thai, Ayurvedic, and Shiatsu massages. The sanctuary of relaxation also has an ice fountain, thermal baths, and hydrotherapy, and a space reserved for couples or groups of friends with a private jacuzzi and relaxation area. And for the experience of pure delight to be completed- 12 options of high gastronomy, among restaurants, bars, and cafes, bring the best of Portuguese cuisine. The proximity to the sea increases the choice of fresh fish and other seafood served in perfect combination with Portuguese wines.

Photos: Courtesy Pine Cliffs

Jncquoi – Portugal

As you climb the stairs, you will find a deli bar surrounded by a grocery store full of gourmet products – such as Italian truffles and Spanish hams.

Modern Lisbon

jncquoi @jncquoi

When visiting Lisbon, prepare yourself to spend a whole day enjoying the possibilities of Juncquoi (read: je ne sais quoi), located in the iconic Tivoli Theater building, built in 1924. Its three floors successfully bring together quality food and refined men’s fashion. In the basement, in addition to pieces of brands such as Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana selected by an Italian buyer, customers can make tailor-made pants, shirts, or suits. As you climb the stairs, you will find a deli bar surrounded by a grocery store full of gourmet products – such as Italian truffles and Spanish hams – and a wine cellar with rare labels, as well as the first balcony of the French Ladurée in Portugal. On the top floor is the restaurant with Portuguese and international cuisine led by chef António Bóia and a daring decoration signed by the Catalan architect Lázaro Rosa-Violán, responsible for the project of restoration of the space as a whole. Difficult to look away from, for example, is the full-size Velociraptor dinosaur skeleton replica already placed at JNCQUOI’s entrance.

Designed by the renowned Catalan architect Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the interiors focus on the singularity of each element — the full-scale Velociraptor sure is worth a mention — and the historical heritage of the building, examples include hundred-years-old frescos in the dining room, that make for the dramatic and stunning atmosphere. Whilst casually functional, the venue also fosters a sense of community. Whether it is breakfast as a couple, a dinner with friends, a business lunch, a five o’clock tea, a social gathering at the end of the afternoon, a birthday present, that unique wine that was missing for your dinner party or even a precise investment in the closet of the most discerning men, Jncquoi is here all day long to be part of the everyday life of the lisboetas as well as anyone visiting the city.

Photos: Courtesy Jncquoi

Sea Me – Portugal

During dinner, the place becomes more charming with soft tunes in pleasing volume presented by a resident DJ.

Fish & seafood addict

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Created with the aim of honoring the old fishmongers that were disappearing from Lisbon over the years, Sea Me mixes modernity and tradition by bringing together the traditional market, the Japanese restaurant, the brewery, and the seafood restaurant all in one place. Located in the traditional Chiado neighborhood, guests can choose the seafood that they will savor at a counter in the back of the restaurant before preparation as if it were in a local fish market, and then be surprised by beautifully presented and very tasty dishes.

Among the highlights are the sardine niguiris, the grouper tartar, the sting salad and the tagliatelle of scallops and shrimp. Do not forget to try the tuna nail, a typical Portuguese sandwich, originally made with beef, but popularized in the version with fish. During dinner, the place becomes more charming with soft tunes in pleasing volume presented by a resident DJ.

Photos: Courtesy Sea Me

Claus Porto – Portugal

For over a century, the Claus Porto beauty and fragrance house has been captivating consumers through the original pillars: One of a kind scents, ornate design, and old-world craftsmanship.

Secular Aroma

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As the first brand of soaps and fragrances in the Iberian Peninsula, Claus Porto spent more than a century without its own shop. Its hand-drawn labels and its rich portfolio of handmade crafts make it unique in a beauty market increasingly saturated with industrialized products. This differential guaranteed the secular success of Claus Porto, who, after getting Oprah Winfrey’s appreciation, won the world and went on to be sold in luxury boutiques in more than 60 countries. However, on the celebration of its 130th anniversary in 2017,  its first concept store was inaugurated in Porto.

Located in Rua das Rosas, in the charming historical center of the Portuguese city, the store occupies the three floors of an old bourgeois house designed to provide an intense experience in the universe of the brand stimulating our five senses. This experience is exclusive of the now considered headquarters of Claus Porto, but anyone who is in Lisbon or New York can have a taste of it all in the other two stores of the label.

Photos: Brito José Campos

Fontsanta Thermal Spa & Wellness – Mallorca

Hotels, restaurants, farms, and cultural events are part of the business of this group that seeks local heritage as its trademark.

Tower of Canyamel Group

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Respect to the land, culture, and traditions- these are the foundations that drive the family group Torre de Canyamel. Under the command of the descendants of the Font del Olors clan, the organization owns properties from cattle ranching to hotels and restaurants in the region of Mallorca, Spain. The hotels of the group stand out for their identity since they do not belong to a large network but rather to a family with deep roots in the region. This characteristic can be found both in the care for the ingredients used in their kitchens and in the selection of the meats used in the dishes from the farms of the group, as well as in the concern with the preservation of the local culture, present in all their enterprises.

However, each hotel has its unique features, which make them different from the others. Can Simoneta boast restored buildings of about 140 years and a splendid view of the north coast of the Island. Being high up on a hillside, it offers a horizon of multiple landscapes and access to the private beach via a beautiful staircase. A very special place where you can see the touch of history and even have a feeling of getting to another era. FontSanta is in the southern part of Mallorca and offers a more rural landscape. As a Spa hotel, it seeks to bring tranquility and relaxation, providing moments of reflection and self-care. Silence is present in various environments, decorated with sculptures, drawings, and paintings by contemporary artists. The works seem to dialogue with the place and adorn every corner of the main house, which has been the residence of the family for three generations. It is essential to spend hours relaxing in thermal baths. Finishing the experience in Mallorca, Pleta de Mar, the newest hotel in the Torre de Canyamel group, is just 200 meters from Can Simoneta. Luxurious and modern, we can say this is the most exuberant of the three experiences. In an immense terrain, it unites the tranquility of the field with the dazzling look of the ocean. It has a golf course and a cellar to give envy to the most demanding winemakers. All this deserves a visit to this little corner of Spain.

Photos: Courtesy Fontsanta


The grains are planted on farms with specific climate and geography that help ensure their quality.

The Third Wave of Coffee

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In a country where espresso coffee reigns, Cafezal Specialty Coffees sets out to show Italians a new way of consuming their drink in Milan by embarking on the so-called “third wave of coffee.” While the first wave refers to daily consumption and the second to the diffusion of large coffee networks around the world, the third values ​​the quality of the beans above all, initially an Anglo-Saxon movement. Anyone who goes to Cafezal can be sure that they will consume delicious coffee-based drinks prepared in a meticulously and handmade way. And this care does not only happen in the hands of baristas. The grains are planted on farms with specific climate and geography that help ensure their quality. Then they undergo a rigorous selection to be roasted in the correct manner according to their type, ensuring a high level of taste to please even the most demanding palates. Those who love coffee now have a must-go address whenever they go to Milan.

The concept of specialty coffee starts based on coffee plantations with particular climate and geographic characteristics. The coffees harvest in those farms are meticulously processed and handled throughout the value chain up to the extraction to the cup. After the farming work, there is core attention during the roasting process of the single-origin coffees, where the roaster has the duty to know how to extract the best taste of each coffee. Another important element is the attention of the Barista during the extraction to the cup, either through espresso or filter/brewing methods. Factors as water pressure and volume, coffee gridding and water temperature are key for enabling a perfect cup. 

Photos: Courtesy Cafezal

Teatulia Bar

A unique blend of tea shop, cocktail bar, and literary salon, Teatulia shows Londoners a new way to enjoy tea.

Where Does Your Tea Come From? ~ ‘Teatulia’

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Drinking tea in London now will be more than just a delightful cliché. The famous brand of organic teas, Teatulia, has opened its first store in the land of the queen. Offering an atmospheric mix of the tea house, cocktail bar, and reading saloon, the place promises a unique experience to visitors. The idea is to celebrate the drink as it’s done in Bangladesh, where the brand’s leaves are grown: not something homey and comforting, but a catalyst for laughter, debate, and romance. One of the highlights will be “The Living Bookshelf,” a term invented by actress Tilda Swinton, who was responsible for the first curation of the living bookcase. Each month, a notable writer, actor, musician, or filmmaker will be responsible for the literary selection that will be available to clients. During the day, six kinds of refined tea will be served, while at night, tea-based cocktails, developed by Enrico Gonzato of the Dandelyan Bar, will be available to try.

The signature tea will be the ‘Bengal Builder’s’, a rich, dark and bold blend, served with milk, nearly as caffeinated as coffee for your morning cup (all teas £3 cup / £5 pot). The rest of the tea menu will showcase the finest examples of organic single origin Green; Jasmine Green; Oolong; Ginger; and Lemongrass.

The Teatulia founders, Ahsan Akbar and K. Anis Ahmed, also run the Dhaka Lit Fest, Bangladesh’s leading literary festival, which attracts internationally renowned writers from around the world. With an ongoing program of book launches, readings and events, Teatulia will become an essential and supportive part of London’s literary universe. Tilda Swinton says of the Living Bookshelf at Teatulia “Reading and tea leaves go together like breathing in and breathing out. Go slow. Take time to brew yourself some harmony. Separate the signal from the noise.”

The intimate 16-cover venue and retail space have been designed by Russell Sage Studios, the designers behind Dishoom, Tamarind Kitchen and a host of London’s most stylish recent restaurant interiors. An art deco space with a mid-century twist, it will be a unique place to buy and drink tea and read. A curved black terrazzo topped bar will lead you through space, past display shelves to the back. Here, a literary connection will be reflected in the stylish bookshelf.

Photos: Louise Long

Girafe Paris

Summer 2018, and with its unexpected name and equally unlikely site, Girafe assumes a position at the heart of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, (Museum of French Architecture and Heritage) Place du Trocadéro in Paris.

French Connection

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There is a new place conquering the hearts of seafood lovers in Paris since the early European summer. It is the Girafe restaurant, very well located in the Trocadero. The privileged view on the Eiffel Tower and the splendid 1930s-inspired decoration, created by the architect Joseph Dirand, with cream benches, marble bar, original pilasters, and tropical plants, are attractive on their own for those looking for a place to savor the climate, Parisian. Joining this look to the sumptuous menu, full of fresh fish options, presented both cooked and raw, Girafe ended up becoming one of the most talked about places among the French. One of the most precious requests of the seasonal menu, orchestrated by chef Benoît Dargère, is the ceviche of lobster, sole, and turbot, subject to availability. The convenience of the service goes beyond cold nights when blankets are offered to those who sit under heat lamps on the terrace watching the main postcard of the city.

The menu at Girafe is imagined as joyful, supple, seasonal and relevant but above all we wanted it to be readable. And with a sea-based cuisine, simplicity and sophistication have no problem sharing the table with opulence and decadence. Simple starters with international flavors, like langoustine ravioli and curried broth, gamberoni rossi and fish cakes. The dishes revolve, according to the month and the haul, around seven main staples of the sea (lobster, red mullet, sole, turbot, sea bass, Atlantic Bluefin tuna, sea-bream), prepared as the mood dictates, whether irreverent, chic, classic, exotic, raw or cooked. The dishes at Girafe present a mirror to the surroundings, occupying space between traditional cooking and modern cuisine, a sole meunière or a fried whiting, whole fish depending on the season to be shared roasted, grilled or salt-crust baked. In the timeless glow of the brasserie, seafood as you like it on plates and platters in the dining room and at the bar.

Photos: Adrien Dirand

Hospes Maricel & Spa

Designed to be a sophisticated spot in the ‘50s, this hotel in Mallorca keeps its charm and the amazing landscapes that make it an icon.

La Isla Bonita

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In a privileged location in Mallorca, Hospes Maricel & Spa is worth a visit even for those who do not want to stay in it. The main reason for this is the stunning view of the place, its bars, and restaurants that complement the amazing environment very well. With original design from 1948, the building was originally created to be a hotel. Inaugurated two years later, it has been a destination for personalities of the time, like Montgomery Clift and Errol Flynn, besides functioning as a meeting point of the local society, who loved to take a sip at the tables around the pool.

Today, it may be considered the perfect place for a few days of rest. Nothing like sitting in an armchair on the hotel room balcony to enjoy the Mediterranean sunset reading a good book with a glass of wine on the side. Or simply spend the day sunbathing by the pool, observing the sea, and listen to the noise of the waves breaking on the walls of the hotel. The architecture of the hotel was inspired by the regional style of the palaces of Mallorca from the 16th and 17th centuries. Totally facing the sea, it has the sun as a constant guest and carries in its style the predilection for comfort rather than luxury, glorifying clean and modern environments. It is extremely sober and elegant, not wanting to shine more than the surrounding landscape, composing the scenery in a way that seems to have always been part of it.

To whet your appetite and enjoy every corner of the hotel, start with a drink in the lounge bar or pool. After that, head to Maricel Restaurant, which follows the regional atmosphere while valuing dishes and ingredients from the local cuisine. Still, on the gastronomic side, do not even think about waking up late and skipping breakfast. The brunch has already been awarded as the best breakfast in the world! Instead of buffets or static menus, the menu at Hospes constantly changes according to the ingredients available. To finish off, do not miss a hot stone massage with the ocean in the background. After all, this is a spa hotel and it would be a sin to belittle this detail.

Tips By Claur

Style & Concept: Quiet, yet seductive, a place to surrender to the delight of contemplating the landscape enjoying great food and drinks. It’s been working the way it is today since 2002.
Rooms: It has 51 rooms in total, and the 22 newest ones have hot tubs and private gardens on the balcony.
Design: Originally designed by Francisco Casas Llompart, one of the most exceptional architects of Mallorca in the 20th century.
Pool / Gym: Swimming pool on the edge of the cliff, with waves crashing on the hillside.
Restaurant / Bar: Maricel Restaurant with terrace and sea view.
Amenities: Amazing breakfast, with digestive juices, milkshakes, varieties of kinds of butter and bread, plus homemade yogurt with jellies and toppings.

Photos: Courtesy Hospes Maricel & Spa


Traveling to Bali and having the opportunity to stay in Amankila,  one of the hotels of the Aman Network, can be one of the most incredible experiences of your life.

Another Day in Paradise

.aman @aman

Just drop off at Ngurah Rai Airport so that the incense scents begin to create the atmosphere of what is expected of a season in Bali. One of the 17,508 islands of Indonesia, the province is part of the imagination of 9 out of 10 tourists, who have their paradisiacal beaches as a destination of desire for quite some time in life. And if you are fortunate enough to have this as your next destination, the choice of lodging can be decisive, for this is to be the most enchanting trip you have ever made. One of the determining factors in this sense has to do with hospitality, a term so in vogue lately that it finds its purest translation in the Aman network.

The 33 hotels of the group have in common the location, always in places with unique and stunning landscapes and impeccable service. Amankila, the Bali unit, still has the human factor as the highlight. The feeling we have is that the cordiality of the service does not come from irreproachable training, but from the heart, probably because many of the staff have been there since its inauguration in the early ’90s. In addition, it is a very welcoming people who make the act of serving an art, anticipating their desires and making them come true even before realizing you had them

A paradisiacal place like Bali and the hospitality of the collaborators would be good reasons to make the Amankila a special place, that receives, besides Asian tourists, also many Germans and Americans. However, a very important point for choosing this as your Indonesian retreat is the privacy that can be enjoyed throughout the hotel. In the presidential suite, for example, it is possible to have the feeling of seclusion without feeling reclusive while still having the infinite view of the Indian Ocean as landscape. This aspect, coupled with different massage rituals made with natural products, make the place one of the favorite destinations of many celebrities, such as Cara Delevingne.

Last but not least, let’s talk about local cuisine. Extremely unique, the local cuisine brings thousands of different flavors from the East, with a very unique preparation. It is worth sampling the sate, a kind of skewer that can be made with different marinated and grilled meats, and the Balinese rice, for example, with the friend Goreng or the steamed push. Even better if the meal is made on top of the mountain, in a reserved place but still belonging to the immense territory of the hotel, where it is possible to eat in typical huts, amid the local fauna and flora. It is a journey of peace and tranquility, with moments, turned inland, in a magnificent outdoor landscape.

Photos: Courtesy Amankila

Church Street Butcher

Brighton’s church street butcher reimagined.

More Than a Butcher

churchstreetbutcher @churchstreetbutcher

The most beautiful butcher in the world. That’s the thought of anyone visiting Church Street Butcher in Brighton. And maybe it is. Space was re-designed by Ewert Leaf, a renowned Australian design and architecture agency, to provide an inviting organic retail experience on Chapel Street, the city’s main street. Even before the renovation, the store had ceased to be a space only for the sale of quality cuts of meat to include cold cuts, fresh vegetables, and jams. Thus, the new environment was designed so that the products were perfectly displayed in a harmonic design and friendly to the eyes.

The meat showcase is structured in Italian Terrazzo, sprinkled with dark green natural stone, while carefully selected products are displayed on shelves and refrigerators coupled to a curved cabinet made of American oak leaves. The hardwood floor warms the look of the environment. The extra charm is on account of the classic ceramic tiles in a brilliant white, a way of catching the customer by the look before conquering it by the unique taste.

Italian-made Terrazzo from Signorino – flecked with accents of deep green natural stone – forms the base of the main meat and poultry display and is accentuated by the custom overhead pendant (Sphera Lighting). The feature counter display makes a statement against the backdrop of Classic Ceramic wall tiles in a brilliant, glossy white.

Photos: Courtesy Church St. Butcher

L´horizon – Palm Springs

An unconventional marriage between Hollywood’s golden era glamor and laid-back desert casualness gives new life to this 1950s gem located just minutes from downtown palm springs no less grandeur.

California Dreaming @lhorizonpalmsprings

Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable , and Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon all stayed at L’Horizon long before it opened to the public. That’s because this Palm Springs gem was originally designed in 1952 by renowned architect William F. Cody as a private family retreat for the television producer, oil tycoon, and legendary hotel owner Jack Wrather and his wife, Hollywood actress Bonita “Bunny” Granville. 

At the time, Wrather, who produced both “The Lone Ranger” and “Lassie”, built the Disneyland hotel and opened the Queen Mary and the Spruce Goose, commissioning the residence as a relaxing getaway for his Hollywood friends. Now, the property maintains the feeling of Hollywood’s golden age at the same time as it has been redeveloped as a luxury resort. Responsible for the multi-million dollar refresh is renowned designer Steve Hermann, known as the design guru for the Hollywood elite, celebrities, and foreign royalty. Nestled within three acres of gorgeous manicured desert grounds, it offers the perfect boutique hotel experience to the most demanding of guests.

A rather startling mountain backdrop frames this midcentury architectural jewel set in hip South Palm Springs, first of the region to be a part of the Leading Hotels of the World, to have a Michelin star chef heading its restaurant and to represent the new Steve Hermann Hotels – from the designer to the houses of everyone from Christina Aguilera to Vera Wang to the Saudi Royal Family. Located in Deepwell, a residential neighborhood close to the former hideaway homes of celebrities like Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and Kirk Douglas, the hotel is only a short drive to downtown and not far from the thermal wonders of Desert Hot Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. 

Here, only 25 upscale bungalows, each different from one another, anticipate fortuitous guests. While some provide a private zero edge pool and patio with furniture, as well as floor to ceiling glass windows, others uncover a full-length rain forest shower overlooking a private terrarium filled with cacti. In some way or another, though, all provide a feeling of immediate connection to the surrounding environment. A blend of vintage and modern, the rooms feature exposed wood post and beam ceilings, wide plank flooring, chevron curtains, Italian furniture, marble bathrooms, espresso machines, and Apple TVs, as well as special attention to lighting, with products by Brendan Ravenhill, Bert Frank, Buster and Punch, and Forbes and Lomax. 

Le Labo bath amenities and Frette robes, slippers and 600 thread count sheets are provided in every room. The insider tip for Marilyn Monroe fans is to go for the Fireplace Junior Suite Bungalow no. 10, where she used to stay in the 1950s. The accommodation features an indoor copper-clad fireplace for cool nights and an outdoor shower where, allegedly, she used to shower al-fresco under the desert stars. The pinnacle of luxury at L’Horizon, however, lies within The Residence, once home to original owner Jack Wrather. With over 2000 square feet, it boasts a secluded yard with full sized pool and wet bar, a preeminent sunken seating area, and breathtaking, unobstructed mountain views. While Steve Hermann didn’t alter the footprint much, he added an open-air spa and an alfresco restaurant that make all the difference to the property. 

Decorated with fountains, fire pits, and Lindsey Adelman chandeliers (and sporting an enjoyable 26-foot long live edge walnut communal table, perfect for large groups), restaurant SO•PA lies in a “secret garden”, shaded by trees and illuminated by flickering candlelight after the sun sets, where once were the badminton courts for Mr. Wrather. The kitchen is administered by chef Chris Anderson, known for reinventing the entire menu and wine pairings at Moto, a cutting-edge molecular gastronomy restaurant in Chicago, for which he earned its second Michelin star. In the Californian venue, some of the front-runners are the wagyu tartare with wild sturgeon caviar and the poached lobster with Dungeness crab ravioli and avocado mousse. 

To top it off, indulgent treats include the french toast ice cream with brioche chips and the strawberry shortcake with bruléed tomatoes and basil gel. The Pool Cabanas and Patio are the idyllic locations to unwind with a prosecco or a lavender gin fizz in hand while overlooking the mountainous views. Veiled behind leafy ficus trees, the courtyard looks and feels like a desert sanctuary, where sleepy guests swing slowly in hammocks or lounge by the infinity pool – where much appreciated complimentary poolside massages for foot and back round off the ultimate relaxing experience.

 Other small unexpected luxuries appear every so often, such as a welcome glass of champagne and a personalized brass plaque on each door. The relaxation continues (and culminates) at the spa, where white canvas cabanas, private outdoor showers, and a fresh juice bar set the tone for some nourishing pampering. The lemongrass mimosa scrub and the espresso mud wrap, with volcanic pumice and black salt clay, are some of the top procedures. Any massage can be enhanced with a revitalizing wild lime scalp treatment or an energizing peppermint balm foot therapy, while facials can have valuable additions such as a Vitamin C15 serum, that helps guard skin against free radicals, or a 15% Glycolic Peel, that combines acids derived from sugarcane with soothing aloe vera to re-texturize the skin. For the athletic types, the resort offers scheduling assistance for 24-hour personal fitness trainers and guided walking and hiking trails, as well as expert yoga training. 

Photos: Courtesy L´Horizon Hotel

Armani Hotel – Milano

Following the success of its inaugural address in Dubai, inside Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Armani Hotel in native Milan is set in the heart of the city and has no less grandeur.

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The architectural ground on which the Armani Hotel Milano stands is shaped as a colossal “A”, something only visible from above. Be it coincidence or destiny (the palazzo was originally designed in the 1930s), the fact is that “Stay with Armani” is not merely a slogan in the hotel captained by the fashion genius: Giorgio Armani’s unique taste and lifestyle philosophy are imprinted in every detail. 

The building is located at Via Manzoni, one of the busiest and most fashionable streets in the city, and, not by chance, within the limits of the “quadrilatero della moda”, which translates to “fashion square” and is a high-class shopping district comprising the world’s major fashion houses. Attuned to what is expected from a haute couture label, the hotel provides an exclusive level of service delivered by the so-called Lifestyle Managers, who are assigned to guests as hosts and have the premise of meeting, with discreet assistance, their every need and wish. “A” class.

From the moment you step into the sleek lobby, you know you are entering somewhere special. Highly polished black marble and backlit onyx features fill the reception, lined with glass cases of Armani handbags and shoes. Above are some of the largest suites in the city. Every element in the 95 guestrooms seems to have been thought of thoroughly. 

Ranging from 45 to 200 square meters, they all have their own circular vestibule, a multiuse workstation, and a marble bar. Cupboards that recess into the walls reference Armani’s passion for order and sense of space. In-room iPads control lights, curtains, music, and temperature. The muted hues are in natural nuances of creamy brown. Silk georgette, leather, dark wood, and smooth Asian limestone make for a classy, minimalist look, with just the occasional adornment, such as cushions woven with gold thread. 

The bathrooms, with double sinks and large bathtubs, include a shower enclosure with one-way glass, that allows a view from the inside-out only – and, of course, Armani amenities. The public areas are concentrated on the “glass hat” (floors seven and eight), which boasts a dazzling panoramic view encompassing the historic Duomo, Milan’s dramatic Gothic cathedral. On the seventh floor, the Michelin-starred Ristorante draws on the rich traditional local cuisine and offers an extensive wine menu. 

Floor-to-ceiling glass panels chequered marble floors and cream leather seating set the slick ambiance. On the opposite side, the Bamboo Bar looks out over the skyline and serves innovative cocktails such as Bloody Marys with mozzarella foam, Martinis with balsamic vinegar and Daiquiris with blue cheese. Relaxing DJ sets are played from Wednesday to Saturday and, on Fridays, good live music can be enjoyed.

The eight-floor is devoted entirely to beauty and wellbeing. The Spa offers six treatment rooms, as well as couples suites, and a range of treatments and therapies, such as four-hand massages and plantar reflexology. Hairdresser services are also available on request. Along with the spa, this space, covering 1000 square meters, offers a climate-controlled pool designed for relaxation, steam and sauna facilities and a 24-hour fitness gym. Also available around the clock is the business center, with a private conference room, various IT resources, remote-controlled lighting, and a kitchen. Whether you are visiting for work or pleasure, it seems that all your needs will be met with a very Armani style, if you know what I mean.  

Photos: Courtesy of Armani Hotel Milano

Swan Bevy Miami

Miami, FL November 2018 – Swan and Bar Bevy, the much-anticipated Miami Design District collaboration between Miami hospitality and nightlife visionary David Grutman’s Groot Hospitality, and Pharrell Williams, is now open featuring the cuisine of Top Chef Europe champ, executive chef Jean Imbert.

Pink Swan

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A celebration of femininity. This is the architectural proposal of the restaurant Swan, a new venture of the musician Pharrell Williams in partnership with the entrepreneur David Grutman, recently opened in the Design District in Miami. The ambiance created by interior designer Ken Fulk is all rosé- from ceiling to floor literally through furniture. While the walls are adorned with portraits of divas, such as Cate Blanchett, Catherine Deneuve, and Linda Evangelista, and works of fashion illustrator David Downton, known for his work with brands like Chanel, Dior, and Tiffany. The menu signed by chef and the winner of the third season of Top Chef Europe Jean Imbert, is an unforgettable gastronomic adventure with influences from different parts of the world and local ingredients. Coupled with the Bevy Bar, the restaurant’s cocktail lounge upstairs is the place where guests are can spend a great time enjoying the DJ booth, karaoke and movie theaters, as well as exclusive drinks.

With an emphasis on locally and sustainably sourced ingredients, Imbert’s globally influenced, the modern chic menu at Swan includes signature dishes such as Snapper Sashimi: Mango, serrano chili and pickled kumquats; Corn: Creamy polenta, popcorn, and brown butter; Ratatouille: Bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, tomato; Dover Sole: Brown butter, capers, and lemon; Roasted Chicken: Curry-carrot purée, buckwheat, and vadouvan. Includes a collection of eclectic cocktails that complement the menu. Among them: Kalahari: tequila, watermelon chili, ginger, lime; and Mon Chéri: Cherry-infused buffalo trace bourbon, vanilla, angostura and chocolate bitters. Upstairs at Bar Bevy, the restaurant’s discreet cocktail lounge is an entirely different, electric experience, complete with DJ booth, karaoke, and screening rooms, and a separate menu of creative cocktails exclusive to space.

San Francisco and New York-based interior designer and lifestyle curator Ken Fulk collaborated with Grutman and Williams to conceptualize the indoor/outdoor, 250-seat restaurant and upstairs cocktail lounge. Known for his irreverent style, Fulk drew inspiration for Swan from the surrounding Design District and the restaurant’s proximity to water, with a nod to old school pastel-hued Miami and Palm Beach, as seen in the soft tones of shell pink, creamy opal, and jade green. Adorning the walls over the custom banquette seating are works by fashion illustrator David Downton, known for his work with Chanel, Dior, Tiffany and portraits of celebs including Cate Blanchett, Catherine Deneuve, Iman, and Linda Evangelista. The restaurant’s centerpiece is a work of art in itself–a horseshoe-shaped bar covered in scalloped tile, topped with pewter and backed with glowing pink onyx.

Photos: Courtesy Swan Bevy

La Mamounia – Marrakesh

La Mamounia, the majestic mansion once owned by moroccan royalty, emulates the tantalizing and seductive beauty of ancient Marrakech with a modern twist, whilst remaining forever regal.

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In the Islamic religion, paradise originates from a garden – the word “Jannah” refers to both. Such is the case at Hotel La Mamounia. In the eighteenth century, the sultan of Morocco, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, offered one precious city garden in Marrakech to each of his four sons as wedding gifts. The most famous of them, named after Prince Mamoun, is where the hotel now stands. Covering 17 hectares and surrounded by twelfth-century walls, it is prominently located just a few minutes from the famous Koutoubia mosque and the Jemaa el-Fnaa square. Conceived in 1923 by architects Prost and Marchisio, the property combines the country’s traditional architecture with the Art Deco style. It has since been expanded and refurbished four times, between 1946 and 2006, increasing from 50 to 210 rooms, and re-designed by internationally acclaimed Jacques Garcia – but always maintaining the key features for which it has been admired since its construction. Four restaurants, four bars, an 800 square meters swimming pool and a 2.500 square meter spa now unfold the ultimate Moroccan travel experience.

A cool glass of almond milk and a platter of tender dates greet visitors that pull up in the hotel’s sleek Daimler Jaguars at the lobby of La Mamounia, where candlelight produces a gilded effect against the mahogany furniture and the hotel’s signature scent, a mixture of cedar trees and fresh citrus, created by world-renowned French perfumer Olivia Giacobetti, floats through the air. The treats continue to the rooms, where a welcoming cocktail, fresh fruit, and local delicacies await next to flowers, typical Moroccan slippers, and generously sized amenities abound. Rooms feature rich and shimmering tones, king size beds with studded leather headboards, thick rugs, and throws, intricately patterned wall tiles, internal lattice-wood screens, and colorful mosaic-tiled floors, as well as the latest in technology and white marble bathrooms.

They are divided into 135 rooms from 30 to 45 square meters, 71 suites from 55 to 212 square meters and 3 riads, with 700 square meters. The latter can accommodate up to six adults and provide three bedrooms, three bathrooms, Moroccan salons, and private swimming pools and terraces, as well as a 24-hour butler service. One of the hotel’s famed guests, Winston Churchill, who often established his winter quarters here – several of his paintings of the property’s garden hang in the Churchill Museum, in England –, gives name to a bar and a special suite, which displays a very British Chesterfield desk and a distressed leather sofa. The statesman is not, however, the only luminary to have stayed here – in fact, it seems almost easier to list who hasn’t stayed at La Mamounia than who has. French general Charles de Gaulle, for example, had a special bed made to accommodate his full 1.96 meters. 

Cinema stars that have experimented with the hotel’s luxuries include Kirk Douglas, Richard Gere, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Juliette Binoche, and Catherine Deneuve, while renowned filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Eric Von Stroheim actually filmed inside it. Even Charlie Chaplin has stayed here. Fashion designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Balmain, and Christian Louboutin also visited, as did musicians Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, and The Rolling Stones. Not to mention royals and heads of state such as Franklin Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela and Princess Caroline of Monaco. The list is endless. Quite the celebrity is also chef Alfonso Iaccarino, a precursor of the Mediterranean cuisine in southern Italy and owner of 2 Michelin stars, who acts as a consultant for L’Italien, one of four superb restaurants onsite. With low lighting and vibrant hues of purple, it serves, of course, Italian contemporary cuisine. Don’t miss the mozzarella soufflé for starters, one of the chef’s signature dishes.

Each restaurant has an adjacent bar, and Le Bar Italien, with opulent velvet armchairs in orange and red, is quite the romantic choice. At Le Marocain, it is all about local cuisine. Try the lamb rack glazed with thyme honey and walnut with stewed pineapple and celeriac or the couscous with marinated tuna and vegetable emulsion. For dessert, the strawberry tagine with tomato masala offers an explosion of flavors. Live regional music is played at the restaurant and the bar, situated on the terrace. With stunning views over the garden, it is the perfect place to catch the sunset and watch the hotel transform itself as hundreds of lanterns are lit to create a dreamy nighttime environment.

Brasserie chic is the motto at Le Français, where special ingredients include Casablanca duck liver pate, locally sourced from Michlifen, succulent Dakhla, and Oualidia oysters, and fresh Agadir lobster and lamb reared in the Atlas mountains. Marble columns and oversized lampshades decorate the restaurant. At the Churchill Bar, leather and fine wood paneling prevail, with a 1930s jazz atmosphere reinforced by the singer piano duo performs almost every evening. The drink named after the politician mixes Tanqueray No. Ten gin seasoned with marjoram and champagne. At the poolside Pavillon de la Piscine, a lavish buffet breakfast is served, which is transformed into a scenic and extra luxurious brunch on Sundays, including fresh seasonal products, cured meats, and fish, lobsters, oysters, smoked salmon, salads, tagines and an excessive array of homemade jams and patisseries. And champagne, of course! For the sweet tooth, the Le Menzeh Glacier & Pâtissier, nestled in the gardens, serves unmissable macaroons and homemade ice-creams – the almond milk figures among the favorites. A small selection of games are available here for guest’s amusement.

To complete the gastronomic frenzy, the hotel’s wine cellar holds more than 3.500 bottles. As the food and drink, the 230 square meter marble and mosaic spa is also a highlight in La Mamounia: it has been voted best spa in Morocco for six years in a row by the respected Spafinder Wellness Institution. With ornate ceilings and arch columns, the area comprises three hammams, ten wellness rooms, a hairdressing salon, manicure and pedicure cabins, an indoor heated pool, a jacuzzi and a fitness studio equipped with Life Fitness machines. In addition to the lush native brand marocMaroc and German-based Amala, the spa uses exclusive products signed by the hotel that includes black soap, rich in vitamin E, and Rhassoul, a mineral clay extracted in the Atlas mountains rich in detergent properties, as well as argan oil, rose water and scented orange water. 

One of the stellar treatments, called Light on Body, includes a hammam evasion, a black soap application, a body scrub with a kessa (special exfoliating glove), an orange infusion, an almond milk shampooing, an amber honey body scrub, and a light seeds face scrub, followed by an aromatic massage with argan oil and monoï butter, back scrub and a hot stone massage. Phew! Other facilities available for guests are specific areas for practicing pilates and yoga, two clay tennis courts, ping pong tables, a bowling court, a library, a tea room, a business center, and a 1500 square meter vegetable garden.

Last but not least, the swimming pool, remodeled in the style of the city’s Menara gardens and decorated with fish-scale tiles, is a silent glittering haven. Even if you do not have a reservation at La Mamounia, don’t leave the city without visiting for a replenishing dip in the pool or, at least, an afternoon mint tea. 

Photos Courtesy of The Leading Hotels of the World part of La Mamonia.

Mandarin Oriental – Marrakesh

Blending its Asian heritage with local Moroccan influences, the Mandarin Oriental makes its African debut in Marrakech displaying a rustic sophistication concept together with the chain’s well-known unparalleled service.

African Escape

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More than 100,000 fragrant roses and some 500-years old olive trees from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains repose beside scented jasmines and night blooming Cestrum in the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech’s 20 hectares of landscaped gardens. Cactus and prickly pear plants also dot the area, and their fruit can be enjoyed in ice creams served at the restaurant, while their oil is incorporated into traditional spa rituals. Only minutes from the city center and the famous Medina, the historical center, a labyrinth of narrow passageways and local shops full of character, the five-star hotel boasts a design inspired by local Berber and Andalusian-Arabic influences, which masterfully and harmoniously incorporates to the Oriental heritage that the chain is famous for. The resort marks the debut of the hotel group in Africa and, going against the trend seen in countless properties recently opened in the flourishing Marrakech industry, manages to cultivate a serene, authentic and unpretentious luxury feel.

Overnight stays in the desert, two-hour camel rides, trips into the Atlas Mountains and visits to the Palmeraie, a palm oasis of several hundred thousand trees at the edge of the city, or Essaouira, the former fishing village where Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley made their pilgrimage, can all be arranged. When even the nearest surroundings offer some of the country’s most appealing activities and experiences, you know the hotel has to be good to keep you inside. And the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech does just that. Its 54 luxurious villas, which range from 228 to 423 square meters, each feature a heated pool, jacuzzi and open-air shower set within a private walled garden, in addition to outdoor kitchens with ceramic dining tables.

Traditional tadelakt motifs, mouth-blown vases and handwoven wool rugs from Rabat adorn the accommodations with regional flare, and the elegant marble bathrooms showcase specially developed products by local paraben-free brand Nectarome. Overlooking the resort with stunning garden views, the nine expansive suites don’t lag behind, offering either a rooftop plunge pool or a private infinity pool adjacent to the spa. Also available, for up to 19 people, is the Penthouse, spread over an entire floor and featuring deep soaking baths, walk-in steam showers with integrated hammams and outside terraces with private plunge pools, sunbathing areas, and dining tables. 

Named after fresh green olives found in the region of the Meknès, the Mes’Lalla restaurant celebrates traditional gastronomy with a unique twist from chef Meryem Cherkaoui, who turned to the much-appreciated recipes of local fishermen and farmers before creating his menu, resulting in a modern fusion of tastes and textures. Lamb is one of the star ingredients, appearing cooked at low temperature for seven hours and served with pear confit and ginger carrots, or in a perfect kebab topped with a Moroccan perfumed juice.

On the sweet side, highlights include hazelnut praline pastille and rose cannelloni with verbena red berry confit. Adjacent to the restaurant is the versatile Le Salon Berbère, which evolves from a breakfast venue to a pleasant afternoon tea lounge to a chic champagne bar. Menu highlights include grilled royal sea bream with herbs and niçoise salad with seared tuna. 

Open-air, all-day dining is available at the Pool Garden, under the shade of gorgeous bougainvillea filled pergolas. Scheduled to open this summer at the hotel is Ling Ling, a blend of restaurant and bar with a new dining experience that draws inspiration from the izakaya concept, popular in the East, where food accompanies the drinks and not the other way around. Here, cocktails will be at the heart of the experience. Although Mandarin Oriental’s bespoke “Time Rituals” encourage guests to book time rather than specific rituals, some of the tempting choices in treatments are the Remodelling Face – where four bio-stimulating currents promise to deliver wider-looking eyes, more pronounced cheekbones, a more clearly defined facial contour and less prominent wrinkles and the Pre and After Sun Rituals, which intend to prepare the skin for the Mediterranean sun and prolong its benefits. Product lines include Mandarin Oriental Signature Products, Biologique Recherche, Linda Meredith, Nectarome and Aromatherapy Associates.

The highlight of the spa, however, is the hammam, located at the heart of Moroccan culture for centuries. Treatments incorporating its use include the Caracal, a 4h20 procedure which includes a hair washing ritual, an oxygen facial, a scalp massage, a body massage, a blow-dry, and a makeup application. Pampering at its peak. The spa area also offers a fitness center with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight training equipment for all levels, an indoor heated swimming pool, and a hairdresser and beauty salon, as well as a yoga studio and tai chi classes. Outdoors, leisure options include a golden swimming pool at the center of the resort, ideal for laps and leisurely dips, with over 600 square meters, a jogging track that spans throughout the property and an organic vegetable garden with more than 90 varieties of tomato. 

Look out for the blue tomato, known for its exceptional antioxidant properties. The resort also lies adjacent to two premium golf courses, to which guests have direct access. One of them is The Royal Golf, a legendary 27-hole course commissioned in 1927 by the Pasha of Marrakesh, Hadj Thami el Glaoui Mezouari, which has welcomed notable guests such as Winston Churchill and former president Ike Eisenhower. Tested and approved.  Although heavily influenced by the past, the Mandarin Oriental group is constantly looking towards the future, so much so that they have become a trailblazer in their industry; assume the risks and rewards of those willing to take the lead.

The company’s arrival in Marrakech was a reflection of this brazen ability to determine the trend, the Asian group anticipated the hype of mysterious giant and was surely correct. However, since life in Marrakech flows in no hurry, time is so abundant that we can bask in its beauty and culture and take our time getting to know all about Morocco and Marrakech – and if this takes forever, even better. 

Photos: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Marrakech

Chateau St Martin

Convenient and splendorous, the chateau st. martin breathes history and elegance, like all the good locations in France. the scenario of the french riviera makes the experience more charming.

Heaven is a Place on Earth

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Part of the Oetker Collection group since 1994, the Chateau St. Martin was the fortress of the Knights Templar in the 12th century and then was in ruins until 1900, when it was acquired by a Polish earl. But it was in 1954 that he found his true calling when, after being bought by the French industrialist Fernand Genève, it was transformed into a hotel. Impeccable of the Oetker Collection group, coupled with the hotel’s mountain climate with lower temperatures and pleasant surroundings, they bring a cozy aura, typical of the countryside. Its decoration lives up to the place that is, and it brings all the welcome and the softness of the peasant atmosphere together with the typical French elegance. Small details, pieces of furniture, and furniture that blend contemporary style with Provencal complete the ambiance.

All this atmosphere inevitably sends us to the pleasures of high gastronomy. Headed by chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois, the award-winning Chateau St. Martin’s restaurant uses some excellent local ingredients such as the olive oils that are produced in the vicinity of the property. And if the gastronomic spectacle happens at the table, the look is not far behind.

The view of Le Saint-Martin brings excitement, especially at sunset, of a thousand and one colors – an unforgettable experience. In addition to the restaurants, as a sister hotel to Le Bristol in Paris, the Chateau has a bar very similar to the Parisian. In terms of service, the Chateau St. Martin deserves praise. An extremely efficient team of employees maintains uninterrupted communication and makes every effort to understand and meet all guests’ needs. Therefore, when you wake up and leave the room, all the attention will be offered so that you are constantly graced with great experiences.

Tips By Claur

Style & Concept: With a Provencal style, the hotel breathes the local history and atmosphere since It has been a hotel since 1954 and has been part of the Oetker Collection since 1994.

On the map: The location in the region of Vence offers the opportunity to visit this small town, with good museums, historical aspects, and an 11th-century church.

Rooms: All rooms are very comfortable and extremely welcoming, and offer views of the Cote d’Azur.

Pool / Gym: The place has a fitness center, two tennis courts, and an infinity pool for enjoying the view.

Restaurant / Bar: Under the command of chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois, the starred main restaurant, Le Saint-Marin still has a panoramic terrace.

Amenities: The La Praire Spa is a must visit – not optional but essential.

Photos: Courtesy Chateau St. Martin

La Réserve – Chic Riviera

Synonym of comfort and elegance, La Reserve Ramatuelle means less ostentation and more good taste. ‘Hors Concours’ in the appearance of the hospitality, the right destination to join treatment and rest to a breathtaking scenario.

Joie de Vivre

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Getting to La Reserve de Ramatuelle brings the feeling of entering a beautiful beach house, or of course, a summer residence on the Côte d’Azur. But what is important is that the impact is not that of a sumptuous hotel, which impresses with ostentatious luxury. Suffice to say that the commune of Ramatuelle can be compared to the Hamptons, the affluent Long Island territory that attracts New Yorkers to refresh themselves on their beaches in the summer. Carrying this parallel to France, one has a better dimension of the discreet elegance inherent in the place, which despite being a magnificent neighbor of Saint Tropez, keeps a quieter and more reserved environment.

Designed by the architect Jean Michel Wilmotte, La Reserve Ramatuelle was built from the revitalization of a building from the 1970s. The original facade of shells, plaster, and brick reflects the Mediterranean setting and has been completely preserved in the new layout. On the other hand, the decoration of the interior was entrusted to the designer Rémi Tessier, who brings to his work the idea that luxury should be felt and not forcedly displayed, which is exactly what you can see in La Reserve hotels, either in Ramatuelle or in the units of Geneva and Paris.

Tips By Claur

Style & Concept: Despite the proximity of St. Tropez, tranquility reigns here.

On the map: It’s worth getting to know the surroundings, like the small and charming cities of Gassin and Grimaud.

Rooms: All 28 rooms have balconies and are very sunny. In addition to these, 14 villas offer an even more private option.

Design: Its design resembles a modern ship, delicately positioned above the sea.

Pool / Gym: All villas have their own pools, some of which also have a pool house.

Restaurant / Bar: Its main restaurant, La Voile, has a Michelin star.

Amenities: Organic food from the hotel’s private garden, plus a la carte breakfast and housekeeper.

This proposal to live the luxury means nothing more than the extreme attention to detail and to both the ambiance and the quality of the guest service. It is the hospitality preached, above all, by Michel Reybier, founder of the hotel. Simple and discreet, just like the most elegant figures, monsieur Reybier developed various other businesses. All of them carry in common the excellence assured by the name of his brand. One of them, the Cos d’Estournel winery, produces wines in an artisan way, seeking each bottle to be a piece of art. 

So much attention and care can make you unwilling to leave the hotel, but still worth a visit to Gassin – only a 20-minute drive will get you to a very charming place. As well as Saint Tropez, which is always worth a visit, the town has great restaurants, such as La Verdoyante and Le Pescadou, both great options for those who are already used to eating at La Voile, Reserve restaurant is run by Chef Eric Canino.

Photos: Courtesy La Reserve

Wild Ink

Wild Ink has arrived to complement the diverse list of restaurants at the Hudson Yards complex and has quickly become one of the most in-demand places in the city.

Where the Wild Things Are

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New York is always reinventing itself. Though often called “The city that never sleeps”, the metropolis could just as well be called the city that never stops building. Hudson Yards considered the largest private real-estate enterprise in the United States, has now surpassed giants like Rockefeller Center in scope and scale. Located on the west side of midtown Manhattan, the complex has opened an enormous amount of space for new businesses. One group that has stepped in to fill that coveted space is Wild Ink, an Asian restaurant located on the fifth floor of the building. Can you imagine the view? Wild Ink landed in New York courtesy of the English group Rhubarb, the same name behind the world-famous Sky Garden and Royal Albert Hall. “We are thrilled to launch our first international restaurant at Hudson Yards. Rhubarb creates memorable dining experiences in the most prominent places in the world. We couldn’t be left out of one of the most iconic places in New York that is redefining gastronomy, ” says P.B Jacobse, the group’s director.

Developed by London designer Robert Angell, the creative engineer behind The Savoy, the space has oriental influences with an industrial touch. The highlight of the design is a 10-seat marble-topped counter in front of an open kitchen that allows guests to watch chefs make the culinary magic happen. If you can’t get counter space, you can seat yourself in one of the 173 seats the restaurant offers, all offering a picturesque view of The Vessel and the Hudson River.

Led by head chef Peter Jim (who had hit restaurants at 50 Bowery and Refinery Hotel), the menu was inspired by his travel diary and is infused with far-flung flavors that incorporate Asian influences and global ingredients.

The menu is divided into seven sections and features shared starters and individual dishes. Begin your dining experience with exotic and tasty snacks, such as crispy pork with lemongrass, garlic and citrus, and wagyu pork with spiced coleslaw and chips in XO sauce. Creating Asian classics with a modern twist is this chef’s specialty. One particular Chinese classic could not be left off this menu: Dim Sum. Coming in three different versions, these small dumplings pack a flavorful punch.

You can choose between the saffron and curry lamb fillings; tofu, ginger, cilantro, and soy vinegar; or an American inspired dumpling filled with bacon, egg yolk, and homemade ketchup. Jim’s dumplings are a modernist’s vision of a traditional dish, smaller than the original but exponentially tastier.

For main courses, bet on the tartare accompanied by mustard that comes to the table on fire, literally. A connection between Italy and Japan is expertly forged by the Yuzu risotto with spice-scented mushrooms. If you just want to snack on something while getting drinks, choose the scallops or chips with aioli sauce. Speaking of drinks, Wild Ink has a cocktail menu created by renowned mixologist Johnny Swet, who earned his stripes at top restaurants like Balthazar, Jimmy, and Pastis.

The drinks evoke a mixture of Eastern and Western influences, with distinctive ingredients such as Thai whiskey, black sesame-infused gin, and more cream. Another highlight in the drinks category is the sheer variety of wines: the restaurant houses a 30-foot wall filled with over 650 labels from various continents. Such is the success of Wild Ink that the London-based group is betting on another venture next year. This next venture, also in Hudson Yards, will contain a bar, restaurant, an event space, and will feature the largest observatory in the western hemisphere.

Photos: Courtesy Wild Ink

The Salons Particuliers

Le Bon Marché the ultimate shopping experience.

French & Chic

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This space, which was formerly a chic bar, today takes the concept of Personal Shopping to a whole new level of intimacy. The Salons Particuliers offers 5-star tailoring service I’m for anyone that needs to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. Le Bon Marché has been around since the 19th century being one of the first department stores, or brands magasins, a remarkable achievement has given the Parisian fashion industry. Since then, the brand has been dedicated to being a symbol of style and diversity that its customers could always count on.

But we want to focus on the unique experience that awaits third-floor visitors. The Salons Particuliers is a 3,200 square foot private apartment meticulously decorated by renowned artists, striking the perfect balance between creativity and modernity without losing Le Bon Marché’s sophisticated and high-end touch.

Along with this space were introduced two new services:

Personal Shopping
Here, a team of stylists will guide the customers through the store floors and select the items that caught their eyes. These are free fashion advice sessions that last as long as needed for the customers to find their perfect pieces.

Private Styling
Anyone interested in more specific advice needs to prepare their pockets for a 150 Euro fee. This service features 2 hours of advice from a personal stylist. It is a highly personalized service where the client can speak directly to the professional to determine the particularities and make an appointment.

No wonder Le Bon Marché is one of Paris’s most exclusive and renowned brands magasins. This level of personalization, sophistication, authenticity, and modernity is not a veneer but is rooted in every aspect of the brand. The experience the client is in for is evident from the names available on the shelves – Dior, Balenciaga, Celine, Gucci, Chloé, etc. – even the environment is thought out to the smallest detail by brilliant artists. All of this combined with Les Salons Particuliers’ personalized and private experience.

The Salons Particuliers consist of three rooms that open up into a comfortable and spacious dressing room, the Aristide, La Biblothèque and the Grand Salon. Together they create a gigantic and sophisticated environment that makes all the difference to the customer shopping experience. This is, in fact, the best shopping experience available in Paris! And surely it’s a must when you’re in the French capital – a moment of undiluted pleasure, as Le Bon Marché itself states. One tip: be sure to pay attention to library titles and chandeliers, they are amazing!

Photos: Courtesy Le Bon Marché

Pastis New York

After a hiatus of five years, the Meatpacking District’s trendiest restaurant reopens its doors at a new address without losing a bit of its original charm.

De La Bonne Bouffe

pastisnyc @pastisnyc

When the restaurateur Keith Mcnally decided to open Pastis in 1999, there was no Highline, no boutique stores, and almost nothing in the way of tourist attractions for visitors in Chelsea. McNally cleverly realized that, in such a setting, there would be little competition for a great restaurant. His creation would help boost the culinary and cultural scene of the formerly anemic neighborhood, as he pioneered a landmark restaurant on ninth ave and Little Street.

Born in London, McNally moved to New York in 1975, where he worked in dozens of restaurants. In the mid-‘80s, McNally opened his first venture, The Odeon. He hasn’t stopped expanding his business since, with staggeringly successful restaurants like Nell, Balthazar, and Pastis, among others, totaling 39 restaurants in all.

Entering the new Pastis location is something akin to having déjà vu. Located only a few feet away from the original address in the hippest part of the Meatpacking District, the new restaurant has been reborn through the partnership of McNally and restaurateur Stephen Starr. The opening celebrates the return of McNally, who spent three years away from the business while dealing with health issues.

The yellowish light, the stainless steel doors, the tiled floors and antique mirrors with plates of the day written on them – all of these details reference the first Pastis (including the telephone number, which remains the same despite the former closure.) The improvements, however, make a significant difference.

The new menu features classic dishes that made the locale one of the most sought after gastronomic destinations in the city. Nonetheless, the owners saw fit to institute a few changes. The steak (the restaurant’s signature dish) now comes with a side of fries, and the Au Poivre can be ordered in three sizes, with prices ranging from $32 to $48.

As for appetizers, the French classics are a hit, such as a tuna in ravigote sauce, escargot à la bourguignonne, herring with roasted potatoes, and the famous salad niçoise, accompanied by a red wine vinaigrette. The steak sandwich makes a return to the menu with onion and gruyère cheese, in addition to other delectable plates such as the cheeseburger à l’Américaine, roast duck with olives, and the mustard skate.

The breakfast menu also features traditional French dishes such as ham, egg, and gruyere crepes and Florentine quiche. Classic American dishes are also available, such as avocado toast and eggs Benedict with Parisian ham and hollandaise sauce. Buttermilk pancakes make a triumphant return, as well as Croque monsieur and organic-egg omelets with fries. For desserts, bet on handcrafted ice creams like Coupe de Cerises made with pistachios, among other French innovations.

If your idea is to go to Pastis for just one drink, you would do well to remember that each drink has been carefully selected. You can’t go wrong with Champagne, beer, and of course, the classic Pastis house drink. The highlight, however, is the French wine list, which has a collection of red, white, rosé and sparkling varieties, all coming directly from renowned French wineries.

The wine selection was carefully crafted to transport each customer from New York to a true Parisian bistro. Guests can experience a kind of taste-bud wine tour of France without leaving New York. Pastis has 180 indoor seats and an outdoor patio with seating for 30 people. Reservations can be made through Resy.

Photos: Courtesy of Pastis

The Edition Hotel

Housed in MetLife’s former headquarters, The New York Edition is a true oasis of luxury in Manhattan, built for those who prefer personalized service with an air of elegant simplicity.

A Native New Yorker

editionhotels @editionhotels

Like wine, the refined taste of this visionary entrepreneur only improves with age. As if it weren’t enough to be the creator of the revolutionary Studio 54 and the very concept of the boutique hotel in New York in the 1980s, businessman Ian Schrager is also the name behind legendary institutions like Gramercy Park. From Renaissance-style hotels to modern buildings made for the new Instagram generation – Schrager is not afraid to risk it all. His current goal is to produce a new generation of glamor in a technological setting.

Millennials have long been waiting for accommodation in New York designed especially for them, different from standard hotels that are indistinguishable from one another. For this new audience, “high-end” doesn’t equate to the status symbols of the past. What millennials want, ultimately, is to have an unforgettable experience – from the room amenities to the hotel restaurant. With this insight in mind, Schrager and the Marriott group have teamed up to build a hotel that satisfies the desires of these young travelers – knowing that today’s style is all about simplicity. Defined as a “home-facing hotel,” the New York Edition was inspired by twentieth-century New York’s private clubs, Gilded Age mansions, and Stanford White’s architectural masterpieces. The feeling that one is staying in a home makes the place a haven within the city.

I am always interested in circumventing the status quo to go in new directions. When two opposing aesthetics come together, they either fail miserably or create alchemy. If done well, the presence of the old will always highlight the new, and vice versa” Ian Schrager

To maintain the touch of elegance and warmth envisioned by Schrager, few buildings could serve as a site for The New York Edition. For this reason, the iconic Clocktower, also known as the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (MetLife), was chosen as a home for the hotel. Designed in 1909 by architectural firm Napoleon LeBrun & Sons, the Clocktower was for many years the tallest building in the Big Apple, until it was topped by the Woolworth Building in 1913.

Situated in a neighborhood known as NoMad, the hotel is one of the busiest locations in the city. The area has boomed in recent years and is seen by many as the new city center, north of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea and south of Times Square. As Arne Sorenson, Marriott International CEO puts is, “luxury has a new address. With the opening of our first Edition hotel in New York, in addition to the Clocktower restaurant, we have ushered in a new era of timeless lodging. ”

In all, there are 273 rooms with high ceilings and elegant decor, reminiscent of the luxury apartments in New York City in the 1990s. The building’s large original windows provide full views of the city – the larger apartments even have 360 ​​° views. The highlight of the decoration is the long table made of white oak, inspired by Jean-Michel Frank.

When it comes to amenities, guests’ tastes have changed in recent years. Aware of the change, the hotel offers modern and attentive service without being officious. The team is trained to know exactly when to enter and when to give a visitor space. Guests are encouraged to do what they want when they want. An example of this is the room service, which offers Prime beef and wild Atlantic salmon, but which can in minutes deliver a hamburger or a simple pasta if so-desired by the customer.

Speaking of eating, the New York Edition also features The Clocktower, a restaurant overlooking the park, headed by chef Jason Atherton. Tomato salad, burrata and basil, and seared tuna are part of the restaurant’s exclusive menu. The restaurant is divided into three dining rooms, one of which housed the chair of Met Life’s president in the old days. The sideboard, in which wines from around the world are stored, was where a secretary would file folders and documents from the CEO in days gone by.

For Schrager, “It is impossible to label this look”. Indeed. Few hotels can preserve the historic buildings in which they are housed with such elegance. The New Edition, while it respects the original facilities, knows how to provide guests with a refined environment. It’s clear that the partnership between Schrager and Marriott is a match made in heaven. The result is an Edition unlike any other in the world, primed for even further global expansion.

Two bars and a billiard room are also part of the hotel’s attractions. Separated as though in a private home, the rooms come together harmoniously, with spacious interiors and plenty of natural light. In the lobby bar, plaster walls stand in contrast to large custom-molded concrete windows – offering a stunning view of Madison Square Park. As a riff on the Millionaire’s Row mansions, a hand-painted steel fireplace has been placed in the lobby next to the spiral staircase leading to the second floor.

Photos: Courtesy The Edition Hotel

Lola Taverna

SoHo’s new restaurant puts a twist on Greek classics, updating the dishes in a modern way without leaving tradition behind.

We Love Lola

lolataverna @lolataverna

New York has one of the largest Greek populations outside of Greece, in competition with only Boston and Chicago. Approximately 23,000 Greeks live in the Big Apple. Add this to the recent popularity of destinations like Mikonos and Santorini and the result is clear: the demand for quality Greek cuisine is only going up.

It was with this in mind that chef Dionisis Liakopoulos took over the kitchen of Lola Taverna, which does Greek food with a fun and modern twist. The New York-based Greek chef has previously been responsible for the menus of renowned restaurants such as Kuzina, NOMA, Aska and the Greek bakery Fournos Theophilos.

Located in SoHo on the charming corner of Prince Street and 6th Avenue, the interior of the restaurant was designed by restauranteur and owner Cobi Levy, known for restaurants such as Babu Ji, Black Seed Bags and Little Prince. “We are excited to bring Lola to SoHo. The restaurant is hip and vibrant with excellent food and warm service. It’s the perfect mixture of two places I love: Greece and New York” Says Levy.

The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows carry SoHo’s vibrant soul into Lola, while the interior décor evokes the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere of the Hellenic peninsula. The neutral color palette could not be greeker and matches exquisitely with the floral arrangements and ceramic pots made by the American potter Helen Levi. With a modern take on Greek cuisine, Liakopoulos’s menu was inspired by the lush vegetation of the islands.

Classics like mezze (small, varied portions), moussaka and Greek salad are can’t miss attractions. Served in dishes made by Jono Pandolfi, risotto al Nero di sepia, rice feta and fried calamari with furikake seasoning are the highlights of the menu, which also includes tasty lobster noodles (prepared on the client’s table) and lobster with the essence of ouzo, a typically Greek aniseed drink.

Claur visited the restaurant, and we noticed that all the cool kids from NYC were out here. It’s the perfect option for an unhurried dinner on a lively night with good food and beautiful people. To create the drink list, the restaurant called in reinforcements from friends in the gastronomic sector. The cocktail list went to the staff of Athenian bar “The Clumsies” which this year joined the ranking of the best bars in the world. The drinks revisit Greek classics. One highlight is the Spritz of Athens, which features vermouth and a splash of Aperol. The Skinos Snapper combines vodka, ouzo, lemon juice and a Bloody-Mary mix produced by the house. The Kalamata Negroni updates the traditional drink, utilizing an exotic Campari made of black olives.

To harmonize completely with the dishes, the wine list was adeptly selected by sommelier Laura Maniec Fiorvanti, co-founder of Corkbuzz wine bar. The selections have the best of the Mediterranean, including the Peloponnese mix of Agiorgitiko and Cabernet, as well as Sardinian Skouras Megas Oenos and Panevino Rosso Picci.

Photos Courtesy Lola Taverna

Ralph’s Coffee

Following a string of successful openings in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Ralph Lauren has opened the wonderful Ralph’s Coffee in New York, offering something well beyond the classic espresso.

A Cup of Charm

ralphlauren @ralphscoffee

The Big Apple has had a long history with Ralph Lauren’s cafés. It began in 2014 when the beloved brand decided to open a coffee shop with its signature logo near the iconic Fifth Avenue store. Buzz about this new outpost swept the neighborhood, and the place became a go-to for coffee-crazed New Yorkers. With the closure of the café two years later, many of the city’s coffee-lovers were orphaned.

Building on the success of its Asian stores, the Ralph Lauren brand has once again landed back in Manhattan, this time with a food truck in the middle of Rockefeller Center. Betting on its lifestyle contingent, Ralph’s Coffee has reopened its doors, this time in the Flatiron neighborhood, boasting a spectacular view of Fifth Avenue.

With a vibe equal parts elegant and authentic, Ralph’s is more than just a coffee shop. Upon entering, the espresso machine (with its pearly white tone and retro feel) gives off a lustrous glow. Behind the counter, impeccably attired waiters wear striped shirts and Ralph Lauren knitwear, together with denim aprons embroidered with the unmistakable logo.

With a warm and inviting interior, the colorful tiles and marble countertops almost make us forget why we’re here: to savor the rich and aromatic coffee. Teapots painted with the brand logo carry milk and other additions for the flagship store’s coffee. Known principally for his exquisite fashion choices, Ralph Lauren brings the same attention to detail to his coffee.

To this end, the store has partnered with La Colombe, a reputable coffee roaster that sells beans grown in Africa, Central America, and South America. Made from organic beans, the classic and creamy espresso, the decaf coffee, and the special “Ralph’s Roast” are sold in creative metallic packaging that has old school energy. For caffeine-free coffee fans, don’t worry, the brand has a Swiss decaffeination process that gives you the full flavor of the coffee without the stimulating effects.

Ralph’s Coffee is proud to be the first in New York to offer Espresso Tonic, which is made with three servings of cold Espresso, tonic water, and a slice of orange. This delightful concoction is an ideal choice on hot days. One can also visit the store to taste one of the teas created exclusively by the Ralph Lauren brand.

When it comes to treats, the store has copious options for any sweet tooth, such as brownies, croissants, and a delicious chocolate cake. The Polo Bar, Ralph Lauren’s restaurant in north Midtown, is responsible for some of Ralph’s Coffee’s delicacies – notably the cookies, which are some of the most frequently requested desserts in the restaurant.

Beyond serving cups of coffee, Ralph Lauren has been able to create a delightful visitor experience by cultivating an authentic brand atmosphere and engaging the consumer by gesturing towards its own history.

Want to have a taste of the shop at home or give a gift to a coffee lover? In addition to selling coffee beans, the store has a variety of designer products such as Ralph Lauren logo bags, t-shirts, and mugs.

Photos: Courtesy Ralphs Coffee

The Maidstone Hotel

Art, architecture, design, and refinement. Hamptons is already known for carrying all these concepts, but in the last decade, the region has had an eclectic and peculiar new place: The Maidstone Hotel.

A Piece of Sweden in the Hamptons

themaidstone @themaidstonehotel

After ten years of success, The Maidstone Hotel, the Hamptons’ most exclusive boutique hotel, has become synonymous with an unaffected refinement. When we think of Swedish design, a certain image comes to mind: neutral tones, standardized furniture, and absolutely zero mixings of colors. The Maidstone Hotel exists to show that Sweden has much more to offer from a decorative standpoint than we may have previously imagined.

Jenny Ljungberg and Jonathan Baker have handpicked all of the furnishings and colors featured in the hotel. The eclectic locale is equal parts quirky and extravagant and contains 19 individually designed rooms, with three independent cottages, all serving as a backdrop for innumerable events and a parade of high style.

Known in Hollywood for his cinematic productions, Baker is what one might call a multi-tasker. From his work in film to the development of a line of aromatherapy products, wherever the entrepreneur goes, success follows in his wake. The demand for a hotel began in 2008 when the couple began looking at spaces to open a business in New York. Their search would lead them to find a property for sale that would eventually become the Maidstone.

Constructed more than 150 years ago, the houses are on top of foundations that date back to the 17th century. In the 1920s, the space functioned as an inn called The Maidstone Arms, closed years ago. After purchasing the hotel, Baker and Ljungberg turned the space into a coveted destination in East Hampton. Searching for discrete refinement, celebrities like Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, James Franco, and Will Smith, set up dinners on the property.

When the Maidstone was built, the principal objective was to make a hotel that had the feel of a home – literally, since the couple spends so much of their time on the property, dividing their time between houses in New York and Los Angeles. Known as the Maidstone House, their lodgings are connected to the hotel and the individual cottages.

Another location, called The Residence, was created as a space for yoga retreats, conferences, and poker nights. Baker’s idea was to transplant the glamor of Hollywood to the Hamptons. Judging from the numerous celebrities who regularly visit, one can safely say that he has succeeded.

The Swede Carl Waldekranz, the founder of the e-commerce platform Tictail, is a frequent guest of the Maidstone. Waldekranz proposed putting products from all over the world on the property (valued at $22 million USD), with a majority of the goods coming from Sweden.

The first time he visited the hotel, this businessman with roots in New York noted that he and Baker had more in common than he’d imagined. From this visit sprang the desire to create a store with all the Swiss products that are featured in the hotel. Now, just outside the entrance to The Maidstone, you can purchase curated Tictail products such as backpacks, raincoats, sandals and eco-friendly lotions.

A preoccupation with nature is one of the hotel’s founding premises. Electric car chargers, recycling, and towel changes only when necessary are some of the steps the hotel has taken to go green. Over the last decade, the owners have developed employee training that stresses ecological conservation. Plastic bottles have given way to glass bottles, and a system of water filtration was instituted in addition to replacing common cleaning products for organic ones.

To avoid food-waste, the hotel restaurant only serves slow food portions. Led by head chef Ron Phillip, the restaurant has two menus: one for seafood, and one more traditional menu that serves barbecue and other snacks. In addition to the organic food, all of the food and drink is bought from local providers. Like all good appreciators of the arts, the Baker couple spares no effort in finding artworks that connect with the local spirit. On the walls of the hotel, works are exhibited for a period of up to six months, at which point they are swapped out for other pieces.

The hotel most frequently exhibits lesser-known European artists, but it has an impressive permanent collection that features works from Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. To lend the space a personal touch, collections from the couple themselves are scattered throughout the premises.

The Maidstone’s list of amenities is extensive and includes the Jonathan Baker 1962 line, created by the entrepreneur himself. This line of organic oils comprises the hotel’s signature scent. Each oil has 11 different components like lavender, rose, lemongrass, and more, and sell for $100. If you want to try one out before you take it home, you can request some samples.

The opportunity to hire a beach guide is another highlight of the Maidstone experience. The service includes a champagne picnic on the beach and the installation of chairs and a parasol. The children can enjoy eight types of games, including ping pong, cornhole, and a massive Jenga set. From infants to adults, no one will want to miss out on this paradise in East Hampton.

Photos: Courtesy The Maidstone Hotel

Mandarin Oriental Canouan

Known as the new St. Barths, Canouan is beloved by Globetrotters seeking privacy

Endless Blues

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It’s rare to reinvent oneself in style, but the fancy label Mandarin Oriental has done so masterfully. The group has been awarded an impressive star in Canouan, a small Caribbean island only 8 km long, surrounded by a large coral reef. Located in the archipelago of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the island stands out as an escape for the few, known as a new destination where billionaires seek refuge from millionaires. Chic, no? Despite having a smaller portfolio than it’s competition, the Mandarin Oriental has already won the title for most Michelin stars. After opening two locations in Doha and Dubai, the company has taken another step forward with its most recent success.

It takes a mere 30 minutes to fly to Canouan from Barbados or St. Lucia. Upon arriving at the hotel, guests encounter decorations that are somewhere between beachy-sophisticated and tranquil paradise. Rosy shades are present in each detail, from the pillows at reception to the lounge chairs by the seashore. The contrast between the marble furnishings and the crystal-chandeliers gives the hotel a distinctive luster. The imposing resort contains 40 accommodations, a combination of villas and suites. The colonial style suites come equipped with a double shower and sink, a bath, amenities from Acqua di Parma, and a personal butler. The villas, which have between two and three rooms, offer a discreet and modern style.

Ideal for families, the villas come equipped with kitchens and well-stocked laundry-rooms, a jacuzzi, a private infinity pool, and golf-cars for traveling across the hotel grounds. If you want to do more than dip your toes, for about $10 million (USD) it’s possible to buy one of these properties – which, it’s worth remembering, all have a view of Goldhal beach. Guests are also given tablets that allow them to order room service and allow them to control the lights, thermostats, and windows.

Using the tablet, one can also make spa reservations. In the seven treatment rooms available, the hotel offers yoga classes along with unique treatments made from Caribbean ingredients. Exfoliation with mango, rice, and ginger are all available. The featured treatment is a massage titled “digital wellness,” the point being to achieve a state of relaxation so profound as to forget one’s cell phone. Against the backdrop of lush sea views, this task is none too difficult.

Renting paddle boats is another option, in order to get to know the coral on Shell Beach. For those who’d rather walk, follow the Mont-Royal path to see a colorful sunset.

In Canouan, your greatest quandary will be to choose between relaxing in sun chairs on the beach or exploring the paths offered by the hotel. Fish on the high seas, snorkel and visit the turtles. There’s no lack of options for anyone who wants to brave the island’s entire 600 hectares since 400 of them are occupied by the Mandarin Oriental. Are you a fan of Pirates of The Caribbean? Take advantage of the Catamaran route to Tobago Cays, where scenes of the film were shot.

The vast course, built by Jim Fazio, has 18 holes and offers daily lessons. The location of the Mandarin Oriental, hidden behind the island’s lush vegetation, allows travelers to discover the little pearls the island has to offer, like the 17th-century Anglican church. The church was built brick by brick, transported painstakingly one by one centuries ago, and is available for wedding ceremonies.

Known globally for its refined restaurants, the hotel has bet big on the gastronomical quality of its new venture. The Mandarin took chef Nonky Tejapermana directly from London to Canouan. Her Japanese heritage is on display at Asian, a Pan-Asian restaurant that serves dishes like fish cooked in vapor alongside Indian butter chicken. Overall, the restaurant offers 5 bars and restaurants, with eating options for all hours of the day.

The Tides Bar + Grill offers classic seafood dishes. With decorations inspired by Sardinia and Santorini, the Lagoon Cafe is an informal place that serves tapas and other Mediterranean delicacies.

If hunger strikes while you’re on the beach or at the pool, there’s no need to interrupt your day. The pool bar serves sophisticated plates with Peruvian and Japanese inspirations as their stand out tuna tartar. Prefer to dine with your feet in the sand? Enjoy the Shell Beach Bar and Grill, which serves heaping portions of fish and shrimp every day.

The Turtle’s bar possesses a more relaxed atmosphere, with marine decorations inspired by the Hamptons. Live music completes a perfect beachy climate. There’s no doubt that the new Canouan oasis has made the lives of its competitors more difficult, announcing itself as the undisputed top destination for the summer.

Photos: Courtesy Mandarin Oriental