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Robb Aaron Gordon perfectly captures the magic of Lanai, Hawaii with this ethereal shot. The island is home to Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort.



What a difference a year makes. Or, in the Covid-19 era, what a difference a few years makes. Our annual Hotels, Resorts and Spas guide was in a different place last year. Compiling a travel- focused supplement in the midst of a pandemic is no easy feat, but we aimed to spark inspiration and look at travel in a different way — namely, staying

ALEX MARTIN Web editor

Highlight of 2021: Cruising the streets of London in a Bentley with his newborn baby in the back seat.

Travel prediction for 2022: “I think the US will see a big rise in Europeans visiting, especially in less touristy destinations like Nashville and Atlanta.”

local and exploring all that is within easy reach. Now, that has a renewed importance too. In the face of climate change, lessening our impact on the environment by championing staycations and choosing more sustainable hotels is paramount. At the time of writing, the COP26 climate change conference was taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. Over 190 world leaders met to discuss climate change and seek ways to tackle the critical problem. The main objectives are to “secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach,” with countries pledging to cut methane emissions, phase out coal and restrict deforestation. While the event has been tinged with the kind of controversy one can only expect from such a crucial and seemingly insurmountable battle, it is a topic that cannot be taken too lightly and trickles down into everyday life — challenging brands and individuals to think differently. Take ‘The Whisky Smugglers’ — two brothers from New Zealand who took on a wild swimming excursion through a treacherous whirlpool in Scotland to raise funds for a conservation charity. Oh, and they undertook this challenge with bottles of whisky strapped to them, which will be blended and sold as a limited-edition expression. Elsewhere in this issue, you can find our expert reviews on some of the world’s finest hotels. In the BVI, Richard Branson’s Necker Island is now back (and more sustainable) than ever, following a string of disasters. Idle Rocks is an idyllic spot, located in a charming fishing village in Cornwall, England. Many flock here for the sea air and even better seafood — head chef (and Cornwall native) Dorian Janmaat joined the hotel after eight years at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Expect seriously local produce and a menu that celebrates all things seaside. Prefer to take to the high seas? Dardanella is a 121-ft explorer yacht, built by prestigious Dutch shipyard Vitters. What makes her unique, though, is that she has a dedicated on-board wellness practitioner who creates bespoke programs that harness the healing powers of the ocean. Or, if you’re looking to reconnect with family and friends after a long stint spent apart, VistaJet’s ‘Surprise Reunion’ package brings loved ones together with a fun itinerary that begins long before takeoff. Samantha Coles Editor samantha.coles@elitetraveler.com

KIM AYLING Senior digital writer

Highlight of 2021: Heading to the Monaco Yacht Show and getting a closer look at some

of the most spectacular superyachts, and spending a week in Cornwall, England visiting her mom after so much time spent apart. Travel prediction for 2022: “As more families and friends reunite as restrictions ease, multi- generational trips will be in high demand.”

EMMA AL-MOUSAWI Digital writer

Highlight of 2021: Getting married in

Scotland and visiting the famed Gleneagles hotel on her honeymoon.

Travel prediction for 2022: “With self-care becoming more important than ever during the pandemic, I think the luxury sector will see a huge surge in demand for wellness- focused escapes.”

IRENIE FORSHAW Digital writer

Highlight of 2021: Exploring the Norfolk coast over the summer and learning how to paddleboard.

Travel prediction for 2022: “I think the luxury sector will see more ‘spontaneous’ vacations — spur of the moment, hopping on a plane and heading somewhere unusual.”


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18 Yachts Explore some of the most incredible locations while harnessing the healing powers of the ocean with Dardanella ’s onboard wellness practitioner. 21 Spirits Discover the whisky- loving duo highlighting the vulnerability of the oceans, and uncover perhaps the most exclusive whisky club in the world. 24 Aviation Everything you need to know about VistaJet’s latest partnership with event planners Sharky & George— ‘The Surprise Reunion’ connects families in the skies for the most unforgettable vacation. Discover


26 Men’sWatches Roberta Naas checks out world-time watches (a must for international high fliers) and selects a few of her favorites. 28 Women’sWatches Roberta Naas examines today’s finest watchmakers who are introducing colorful pieces to their collections. 30 Destination Style Fromwhere to stay, what to do, where to eat and even what to wear, we explore the best of

36 The Cape, a Thompson Hotel 37 Grand Velas Los Cabos 38 Grand Velas Riviera Maya 39 Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit 41 Four Seasons Los Cabos 42 Four Seasons Resort Lanai 43 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 44 Hotel del Coronado 46 Kachi Lodge 47 The Liming Bequia 48 Necker Island 50 Noelle Nashville 53 Sea Island

Amsterdam. 32 Beauty

We take a closer look at one of the most talked about ingredients in skincare: chlorophyll.

44 Beach Village at Hotel del Coronado

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56 Aquagrand 58 Assila, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jeddah 59 Baden-Baden 60 The Biltmore London 61 Chalech S 63 Chenot Palace Weggis 64 Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé 65 Clinique La Prairie 66 Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay 68 InterContinental Edinburgh the George, an IHGHotel 69 The Mandrake 70 The Hari 71 The Idle Rocks 72 The Samling Hotel 74 Villa Orsula 75 SO/ Sotogrande Europe, Middle East, Africa


78 Baglioni Resort Maldives 80 North Island 82 Rosewood Hong Kong 84 Velaa Private Island 86 Seychelles

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Dardanella Set sail on Dardanella , a 121-ft, exploration-type yacht, loosely based upon traditional deep-sea, well-deck trawlers — she can handle pretty much any expedition on Earth. Page 18

Page 21 Wine & Spirits Two brothers are undertaking a seriously tough challenge, all in the name of charity (and whiskey). Page 24 Aviation Reunite with loved ones in the sky and beyond with a new offering from VistaJet. Page 26 Men’s Watches Give yourself all the time in the world with these exceptional world-timer watches. Page 32 Beauty Chlorophyll has long been a staple in wellness, but has now entered the beauty market. We look at the products that deliver.


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Dardanella is now available for charter for the first time

Wellness on the water

The ocean has restorative properties for many, and there’s no better way to feel at one with the ocean than by chartering a yacht that has wellness covered with an onboard practitioner. Dardanella , a privately owned, 121.5-ft yacht, began her life as an oceanic and conservation vessel. Launched by lauded Dutch builder Vitters Shipyard in 1998, she has traversed the globe to some untouched, occasionally inaccessible destinations — from remote Pacific regions such as Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands. While her extensive travel experience means that you can visit some incredible, hard-to-reach locations, what makes her truly unique is her wellness offering. The healing powers of the ocean have been documented throughout history — Victorian doctors extolled the healing effects of cold water for a number of ailments (including melancholy); the ancient Greeks soaked in mineral-rich water (known as ‘the water cure’). Many of us crave time spent out on the water to feel soothed, energized and refreshed, and so it makes sense that Dardanella has an onboard, dedicated practitioner to create bespoke itineraries that harness the healing powers of the ocean. Ayumi Gallagher, a Scottish-Japanese wellness practitioner, oversees Dardanella ’s onboard wellness offering. All programs are created around your individual needs, and combine ancient philosophies of yoga and meditation with modern research-based health and wellness practices and nourishing meal plans. Ayumi also curates programs to complement your activity of choice, be it a Pilates class to prepare for diving, a yoga class to limber up for surfing, or a deep massage after a strenuous hike. Dardanella also has a whole host of toys on board, including kayaks, paddleboards and jet skis, and she has a swim platform so you can leap right into the ocean. After a day of fun in the water, relax in her expansive leisure spaces or dine in the shade of the spacious aft deck. She also has a state-of-the-art entertainment system, including surround sound and a film projector (ideal for an onboard movie night).

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Wine & Spirits by Emma Al-Mousawi

Right and below The Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh has partnered with The Macallan to create ‘The Scotch Club’

The ultimate whisky club

What happens when Edinburgh’s most prestigious hotel and Speyside’s most prized whisky brand join forces? The answer is quite possibly the most exclusive whisky club in the world. The historic Balmoral hotel has partnered with fabled whisky distillery The Macallan to unveil ‘The Scotch Club,’ an elite global inner-circle for connoisseurs of the gold stuff. And if you want a space you better move fast — the first 12 members were selected in Fall 2021, leaving just 23 spaces available. The Balmoral is keeping waiting list numbers a closely guarded secret. Members will be granted a bottle residence at SCOTCH, The Balmoral’s world-renowned whisky bar that is home to over 500 single malts; their own personal bottle will be kept under lock and key in one of the sought-after whisky keeps that line the entranceway to the famed whisky emporium. Each

tasting, invitations to whisky masterclasses and special room rates. Cameron Ewen, whisky ambassador and manager of SCOTCH, said: “We want to get to know our members as individuals and deliver an outstanding, memorable occasion on each and every visit to SCOTCH. We have some rare and extraordinary expressions from The Macallan available for the Scotch Club, and I hope that they allow each member to join with their family and friends, and keep the conversations about whisky going for generations to come.” Membership to The Scotch Club starts at £710 (approx. $975) where guests can access their own bottle of The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old. Top-level membership is £17,700 (approx. $24,350) and comes with a bottle of The Macallan Red Collection 40 Years Old. roccofortehotels.com

keep will be personally engraved, allowing members to have their name stitched into the very fabric of the landmark, 120-year-old hotel. Keeping watch over the amber nectar will be The Balmoral’s expert whisky ambassadors, who will be on hand to pour members their selected bottle straight into their own crystal engraved Lalique glass — the ultimate vessel to appreciate the complexities of the legendary single malt. The biggest decision for the chosen 35 will be which premium expression of The Macallan to place in their keep. Options range from The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old, right through to a coveted bottle of The Macallan Red Collection 40 Years Old, an expression that sits at the heart of The Macallan’s limited-edition Red Collection, a selection of single malts created from some of the world’s oldest and rarest casks. Member benefits also include a private


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For most of us, whisky, wild swimming and the world’s third-largest whirlpool sound like a lethal combination. But not for New Zealand-born brothers Alex and Nick Ravenhall. The whisky- loving duo known as ‘The Whisky Smugglers’ swam the treacherous Corryvreckan Strait between the islands of Jura and Scarba on Scotland’s untamed (and very chilly) west coast. And, if taking the plunge into a huge swirling abyss with near- mythical status wasn’t difficult enough, the Māori brothers completed the swim with multiple bottles of whisky strapped to their bodies. WHISKY ANDWATER

quality of water used to make single malts. If you care about your single malts then you should care about the environment from which they are made — and ultimately that means caring for our water sources.” The new year will see the brothers take on a swim they’re calling ‘Five Lochs Five Drams.’ “It’s a highland swim through lochs that feed some of the most iconic whisky distilleries,” explains Nick. “Off the back of that, we plan to launch a blended whisky to keep raising money to help make change.” seashepherd.org.nz

Why, you ask? All in the name of charity. The accomplished wild swimmers (who both work in Scotland’s whisky industry) took on the infamous stretch to highlight the vulnerability of the planet’s oceans. The transported whisky is now being blended to be sold as limited-edition expressions to raise funds for the conservation charity, Sea Shepherd New Zealand. Sharing their inspiration, Nick said: “We felt that by smuggling whisky on these epic swims, we might be able to lean into the passion of whisky fans everywhere. There is a big story about the

Brothers Alex and Nick Ravenhall swam through a treacherous strait with bottles of whisky strapped to their bodies


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Aviation by Serina Tatham


It’s no surprise that, given recent events, we’re rediscovering the importance of spending time with loved ones. VistaJet’s ‘The Surprise Reunion’ gives families the chance to come together for a tailor-made adventure in the sky. VistaJet has a history of creating memorable, one-of-a-kind experiences — its ‘Adventures in the Sky’ is a collection of extensive travelers’ programs designed especially for children (and the young at heart) at high altitude. The latest addition involves a partnership with creative event planners Sharky & George, which VistaJet has worked with for a number of years. The London-based entertainers are specialists in immersive experiences and have created mini-Olympics, survival-themed parties and even shindigs for grown-ups, too.

This new program creates getaways that are custom-designed for each family. The adventure begins pre-flight, where mysterious packages arrive at your front door. From ancient maps to cryptic messages and engraved coins, the trip itinerary and challenge instructions are delivered pre-flight to set the tone. Then, you board one of VistaJet’s fleet (there are 70 jets to choose from), where a series of exciting in-flight activities await. Families playing ‘The Ultimate Quest’ interact with characters on their hunt for hidden maps and clues, and congregate on a private island. Or for those with a competitive streak, the ’Adventure Race Across the Globe’ begins a month before takeoff, when teams collaborate on their tactics and game plan. The week-long

adventure starts in a cozy chalet (in a destination of their choosing), where guests receive photos, videos and challenges, and participate in activities like paramotoring over the peaks, tracking local wildlife with a biologist and dog sledding. While you make your cherished memories, you can rest assured that VistaJet is striving to limit the environmental impact of your trip. The company recently announced that, ahead of industry goals, it will be carbon neutral by 2025. Alongside this, its Sustainability in Aviation pledge gives members the choice to offset their flights, with 80% opting to do so. From $100,000. Contact privateoffice @vistajet.com, +44 800 955 7500, vistajet.com


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As the world seems to get smaller and smaller, thanks to highly connected social media platforms and the internet, it becomes more important to be aware of exactly what time it is in the world’s 24 main time zones. And for those traveling internationally on business or even much- needed pleasure trips, knowing the time around the globe is key. Thankfully, today’s finest watchmakers have the answer: world time watches. Yes, there are dual and triple time-zone watches that let you track time in one or two zones, but the world timers are a step above those when it comes to complex horology. These watches feature a secondary ring on the dial, or sometimes on the bezel, that depicts the names of 24 cities — one from each of the world’s main time zones. The wearer only needs to set the time indication for the corresponding city, and the rest is easy. Take a glance at the watch and know what time it is in an instant. No calculations necessary.

World time watches are more difficult to make, especially those with the city ring on the dial, because the space between the dial and the ring is so tiny that the watchmakers have to be incredibly exacting so that no friction occurs when changing the city ring or the precision of the watch could suffer. Typically, world time watches retail for about $10,000, with many of the finest selling for upwards of $50,000. Here we look at a selection with prices that range across the board.

BREGUET CLASSIQUE HORA MUNDI 5717 This 43mm 18-karat rose gold Classique Hora Mundi 5717 watch from Breguet is a study in elegance and sophistication. The world cities are on a lower rotating chapter ring that is visible via an aperture at 6:00. At 12 o’clock on the dial is the corresponding date indication for that city via another rotating ring beneath the dial. The self-winding 362-part movement offers an instant-jump time zone with synchronized date, day/night indication and city. The day/night is displayed via the sun/moon disk at 4 o’clock on the dial. The depiction of the map on the dial is created in gold with hand- painted oceans. $78,900, breguet.com


Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre has long created its Master Control series of precise, technical tool watches. The Master Control Geographic watch is a prime example. Crafted in stainless steel with an automatic self-winding movement, the 40mm world time watch with shimmering blue dial offers date, second time zone, hours, minutes and time in 24 zones. It also offers a secondary chapter ring that displays time in 24-hour indication to differentiate night and day in the different cities. $13,100, jaeger-lecoultre.com

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BULGARI OCTO ROMAWORLDTIMER Swiss watch brand Bulgari makes owning a world timer a real possibility thanks to the Octo Roma Worldtimer crafted in stainless steel. Powered by a new 261-part integrated movement developed in-house, the watch is ultra-thin and comfortable on the wrist. The hours, minutes and seconds are in the center, with two chapter rings surrounding it: one each for the 24-hour display and the world’s main cities. The brand’s watchmakers used a few cities representative of their time zones that are atypical, including Rome (spelled Roma for the name of the watch) instead of Paris. The watch features a transparent sapphire case back for viewing the movement. $8,550, bulgari.com

IWC TOP GUN PILOT’S WATCH TIMEZONER Brand new to the IWC Schaffhausen lineup, this Top Gun Pilot’s Watch Timezoner is crafted in the brand’s proprietary, high-tech Ceratanium (a mix of titanium and ceramic for lightness and scratch resistance) with a city bezel ring made of ceramic. The world time is adjusted simply by pushing down on the bezel. This marks the first time a Top Gun Pilot’s watch boasts this complication. It is powered by an in-house-made IWC movement with Pellaton winding system. Just 150 pieces will be made per year. $16,000, iwc.co

PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 5230G WORLD TIME Always insisting on aesthetics and readability, Patek Philippe does not disappoint with its Ref. 5230G World Time watch. Crafted in 18-karat white gold with a hand-lacquered, hand- guilloched center dial in charcoal, this 38.5mm watch is highly coveted by collectors because of its design ethos and wearability. It is powered by an in-house-made self-winding movement with 239 parts and 48 hours of power reserve. The caliber 240 HU holds two patents and boasts a Spiromax® balance spring and Gyromax® balance. It carries the Patek Philippe Seal. $52,040, patek.com

CHOPARD L.U.C TIME TRAVELER ONE Turning to a monochromatic color scheme for its L.U.C Time Traveler One watch, Chopard creates this world timer in a limited edition of 250 pieces in ceramized grade 5 titanium. The 42mm watch features titanium crowns (reinforced with ceramic) that enable the wearer to change the city ring. This watch boasts an inner ring that indicates the date. It is powered by a manufacture-made L.U.C mechanical movement, with automatic winding and 291 individual components, that is a COSC-certified chronometer. A transparent sapphire caseback allows for viewing of the movement. $15,500, chopard.com


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BREITLING CHRONOMAT AUTOMATIC 36 In its heretofore typical collections, Breitling has been known for its use of bold yellow, orange, blue, green and red. But fans of the brand have been witnessing a renaissance of sorts as the brand gets incredibly chic and trendy with its most recent unveilings of capsule collections. Borrowing from the fashion industry, Breitling’s idea of the capsule collections keeps the line fresh and appealing. One of the newest capsules is the Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36mm series made with colorful dials such as this one with a mint-green hue. Crafted in stainless steel with a diamond bezel and steel Rouleaux bracelet, the watch is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement that is a COSC-certified chronometer — deeming it able to keep up with any active lifestyle in terms of heat, humidity and other factors while still maintaining precision. It boasts Super-LumiNova indexes and hands. $8,650, breitling.com For decades, the watch world has been all about the noble metals, as well as stainless steel and even titanium. Dials have traditionally been champagne, ivory or silver in hue, with a real nod toward blue, green and maybe even a touch of red in the past few decades. Not anymore. Today’s finest watchmakers are anteing up when it comes to color, especially when it comes to Métiers d’Arts watches and sporty timepieces for women. Even better, many of the newest pieces are unisex — making them quite in demand.

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JAQUET DROZ PETITE HEURE MINUTE SMALTA CLARA HUMMING BIRD A master at creative watch dials that make old-world artisanry new again, Jaquet Droz offers some of the most creative complications and functions in a timepiece. This Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Humming Bird watch features an offset small hour and minute dial at 2 o’clock on the main face. The background of the haute horlogerie watch is a lively and colorful rendition of the hummingbird using a plique-à-jour enameling process that dates back 1,500 years. It is akin to a miniature stained-glass window on the wrist. Each section of translucent enamel is outlined in gold and then filled in by hand and fired multiple times. The 35mm watch is incredibly time-consuming to make, and just eight pieces will be made. Each is set with 100 diamonds on the bezel and lugs. $54,600, jaquet-droz.com

RICHARD MILLE RM 07-01 Independent Swiss watch brand Richard Mille has been in the forefront when it comes to developing great opaque colors and materials for mixed-design motifs for women. It’s newest RM 07-01 Colored Ceramics collection is a new graphic concept offered in three different colorways. This version in Pastel Blue is created in a limited edition of just 50 pieces. The case is made of high-tech TZP ceramic, while the inserts forming the geometric dial motif are created of ceramic and rubber, with a center section boasting a botanically inspired guilloché finish. The automatic CRMA2 in-house-made caliber allows for viewing of certain moving parts. The art-deco-inspired watch exudes a sophisticated yet whimsical appeal. $163,000, richardmille.com

HUBLOT BIG BANG ONE CLICK BLUE SAPPHIRE DIAMONDS Regularly on the cutting edge when it comes to colors, especially in sapphire and ceramic, Hublot delivers form and function in creative packages for the wrist. Because it has its own research and development laboratory on site at its workshops in Nyon, Switzerland, the brand is constantly inventing new materials in a broad spectrum of hues. This Big Bang One Click Blue Sapphire Diamonds watch boasts a semi- openworked, in-house-made HUB1710 mechanical movement and no dial to allow for a look at the mechanics inside. The watch is crafted in a proprietary blue sapphire case with an almost transparent look, while the bezel is set with 42 diamonds and the strap is made of a matching blue rubber material. Just 200 pieces of the 39mm watch will be made. $79,000, hublot.com

ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST 36 Rolex pulled out all the stops this year with its newest renditions of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust — adding new sizes, new dial colors and even some grand dial motifs. This Datejust 36mm watch boasts an all-new palm motif for a lush, tropical appeal perfect for resort wear. The palm frond dial mixes olive green in multiple shades that stand out on the wrist against the proprietary Oystersteel case and bracelet. The watch is powered by an in-house made Caliber 3235 with high technology and materials inside. A true surprise and delight from this legendary Swiss brand, the Oyster case is water resistant to 100 meters. $7,050, rolex.com


by Serina Tatham


Marrying luxury hotels and restaurants with breathtaking historical architecture, world- leading art galleries and museums, and beautiful green parks, there is so much the city of Amsterdam has to offer. The vibrant and electric atmosphere is like no other. Narrow streets are lined with vintage boutiques and high-end designer stores (often flanked by bicycles leaning precariously against them); stylish locals amble through the streets in vintage designer finds; nomads wander across the iconic bridges. Whether you come for the shopping, the scenery or the art, it will never fail to impress.

Dutch delights The best ways to discover the city are by bike and boat. With more bikes than people, it’s the transport of choice for both locals and visitors. Cycle to the Vondelpark first and head to the pretty rose garden (there are more than 70 types of roses planted in hexagonal beds), then on to the famous Vondelpark Open Air Theatre where, if you’re lucky, you might catch an impromptu show. Spend an afternoon on a private saloon boat and explore the Unesco World Heritage Site as it was intended — by water. Board Welmoed , a classic cruiser that was built in 1932 for a doctor who used the vessel to visit patients. Create your own itinerary and stop wherever you wish, or opt for a dinner cruise for a romantic evening. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a frequent flyer, everything in Amsterdam seems a bit more magical when viewed from the water. The weather can be unpredictable, so keep yourself warm and dry with a trench coat from Another Tomorrow. privateboat.amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for its galleries and museums. Head to Museumplein for the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, and marvel at the Dutch masters. While you peruse the Rembrandts, don a pair of classic Chelsea boots from Bottega Veneta for that off-duty style. rijksmuseum.nl; vangoghmuseum.nl Looking for something different? GASSAN Diamonds offers unique tours through their factory, where you can watch the craftsmen turning rough diamonds into dazzling brilliants. Finish the tour by visiting their high-end boutique, and bring back a souvenir that you will actually want to show off. gassan.com

Explore the city by water on a private saloon boat

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The Penthouse Suite at the Conservatorium

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam sits on one of the most famous canals

Where to stay Located in the cultural heart of the city, the Conservatorium oozes opulence. Combining an iconic heritage building with contemporary interior design, it is easy to see why it has won countless awards as the top luxury hotel in the Netherlands. The Penthouse Suite spans 1,830 sq ft and has views of the Rijksmuseum thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows. It has a super king-size bed, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom with a solid stone oval bathtub. Contact reservations@conservatoriumhotel.com, +31 208 086 908, conservatoriumhotel.com Situated in the center of the city on one of the most famous canals, the Herengracht, the Waldorf Astoria spans six 17th- and 18th-century palaces. Dine at two-Michelin-star Spectrum, where chef Sidney Schutte creates dishes that blend the best local produce with international flavors in complex dishes. Stay in the Brentano Suite, where fireplaces, multiple living areas and canal views will make you feel at home. You will be staying in a place (bought in 1753 by Josephus Brentano) that received many distinguished guests — think Russian Emperor Alexander I and King William I from the Netherlands. Contact concierge.amsterdam@waldorfastoria.com, +31 207 184 600, hilton.com Since opening in 1867, The Amstel has been the destination hotel for glamour, attracting many prominent figures and guests. As you step into the hotel you feel like you have been transported to the Golden Age. Stay in the Royal Suite, where you will be provided with unrivaled views over the River Amstel. The classic French-style decor creates an elegant atmosphere with a spacious feel. Contact +31 206 226 060, amstel@ihg.com, amstelhotel.com

Restaurant De Kas

Local dining Since opening its doors in 2001, De Kas has operated under the concept of ‘from plant to plate.’ Growing around 300 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs, the culinary team harvests them in the morning to present on your plate in the afternoon.The menu changes daily — go there every day for a week and you would be unlikely to get the same dinner twice. A truly remarkable and modern way to dine. If you want to experience the city like a local, a typical Dutch pastime is boating along the canals with friends, and enjoying champagne and oysters. Being so close to water makes the oysters plentiful, so head to one of many fishmongers in the city to enjoy. restaurantdekas.com

Another Tomorrow Neutral organic cotton-blend trench coat, $980, matchesfashion.com

Bottega Veneta Show pointy Chelsea boot, $1,149, shoebaloo.nl

Shopping The one-stop-shop for the most stylish pieces is De Bijenkorf: Amsterdam’s answer to Harrods. Located right in the heart of the city, opposite the palace, it’s where you’ll find local fashion and homeware designers next to some of the finest — think Cartier and Saint Laurent. But, if you’re after something quirky and one-of-a-kind, the Nine Streets is the best place to shop. A charming mix of designer boutiques, vintage clothing stores, independent eateries and art galleries, it gives a sense of the true Amsterdam. debijenkorf.nl; de9straatjes.nl

Photos Joseph Briaire, Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, shoebaloo.nl, Matches Fashion


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Beauty by Serina Tatham


CIEL SPA BEVERLY HILLS Algae Detox Treatment

For skin that stays smooth not just for hours but for days post-treatment, look no further than Ciel Spa in Beverly Hills. The Algae Detox and Seaweed Wrap Treatment uses the marine powerhouse to help eliminate the toxins and excess water that build up within your body. Combining seaweed with hot water, clay and essential oils, the detoxifying paste is spread over your body, then you are wrapped in a heated towel to let the treatment seep into your pores. Expect your body to feel more balanced and your skin smooth and firm. $350, cielspabeverlyhills.com Focusing on personalized treatments with in-depth analysis and education, Matthew Miller Skin in West Hollywood uses algae instead of plain water in all its facials. The algae used in this lifting and sculpting treatment is a type of red algae known as freeze-dried Gigartina seaweed. Loaded with polysaccharides, nutrients and minerals, it helps calm and hydrate the skin overall and will leave your skin looking and feeling wonderful. $295, matthewmillerskin.com MATTHEWMILLER SKIN The Lift

Chlorophyll is the latest trend in skin care, with good reason. It boasts a long list of benefits — it’s rich in vitamins, able to reduce inflammation, and has many anti-aging properties. It has been a wellness staple for some time (Reese Witherspoon adds drops to her water), but has now entered the skincare market. While applying it topically doesn’t have quite the same effect as ingesting does, it still packs a pretty punch. Despite being relatively new in the skincare world, chlorophyll is found in algae, which has been a key ingredient in skincare products for years. Chlorophyll is that rich, green pigment that gives plants and algae their rich color. High in vitamins A, C, E and K, chlorophyll can aid in making your skin appear radiant and rejuvenated. Visibly reducing the appearance of dark spots and fine lines, its antioxidant properties protect your skin from free radicals that cause these signs of premature aging. And since chlorophyll is anti-inflammatory, it can be suitable for those with sensitive skin. Its antibacterial properties are what make it so effective for acne-prone skin; it helps to regulate sebum levels. THE GREEN LIGHT

Elemis Ultra Smart Pro-Collagen Complex 12 Serum, $335, lookfantastic.com

Perricone MD Chlorophyll Detox Mask, $69, perriconemd.com

LILFOX Chlorophyll + Tourmaline Brightening Mask, $75, lilfox.miami

111Skin Antioxidant Energising Essence, $100, 111skin.com


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Hotel del Coronado, California One of the most iconic — and beloved — resorts in the world, Hotel del Coronado (also known as ‘The Del’) has hosted royalty and many famous faces throughout its 133-year history. Page 44

Americas Encompassing Mexico, the Caribbean, and North and South America, these are the most spectacular resorts in the Americas. The Cape, a Thompson Hotel; Grand Velas Los Cabos; Grand Velas Riviera Maya; Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit; Four Seasons Los Cabos; Four Seasons Resort Lanai; Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; Hotel del Coronado; Kachi Lodge; The Liming Bequia; Necker Island; Noelle Nashville, Sea Island


The Ledge offers a variety of all-day options, from American breakfast favorites to contemporary Mexican cuisine, all within a light and lively atmosphere reminiscent of a Mexican beach house (both indoor and alfresco dining are available). A throwback to a bygone era and the classic bars of Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the Sunken Bar is ideal for a casual rendezvous. Open all day, the lobby lounge features an indoor-meets-outdoor design, living room style seating, bright handwoven Mexican rugs, a pool table and more. At six stories high sits The Rooftop, one of the best rooftop lounges in Cabo San Lucas. This signature space features two open-air bars, sunken communal seating, lush greenery, firepits and serene water features. RELAX On the westernmost point of The Cape sits Currents. The intimate, seven-treatment-room spa serves as a stunning example of the vision of architect Javier Sánchez and interior designer Marisabel Gómez Vázquez. Softly lit with dark, charcoal gray walls and minimal art, the space removes extraneous stimuli, allowing the sights, sounds and natural decor of the nearby desert-meets-the-sea landscape to set the ambience. Currents offers a steam room, sauna, hot and cold plunge pools, a couples treatment room with rain showers and a private pool, and two ocean-view cabanas for alfresco treatments.

STAY One-, two-, and three-bedroom villas are available, including four two-story Penthouse Villas with private rooftops and plunge pools. The premier Surfer Villa is a two-story luxury suite with a private entrance and boasts a pergola with an outdoor grill and adjacent plunge pool, a pool table, sauna, and a fully equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen. Most of the guest rooms offer unobstructed ocean views, as well as outdoor terraces —many with hanging daybeds for enjoying the picturesque surroundings. Guests may especially enjoy the custom tequila amenity, a 750ml hand-etched crystal bottle of Realeza Mexicana 100% blue agave tequila, produced and bottled exclusively for The Cape (available upon arrival in all guest rooms). DINE Signature restaurant Manta was designed by JSa Arquitectura and Enrique Olvera and was inspired by the simplicity and elegance of the desert. The name has a thoughtful double meaning: a Manta ray, which symbolizes the kitchen’s focus on seafood, while manta , the Spanish word for canvas, conveys the idea of freedom in artistic expression. As The Cape’s culinary centerpiece, Manta celebrates Pacific coast cultures, taking inspiration fromMexico, Peru, Japan and beyond. Chef de cuisine Abisai Sanchez’s commitment is to source local and sustainable ingredients from Baja, while maintaining a casual spirit.

THE CAPE, A THOMPSON HOTEL CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, is in the Cabo San Lucas region of Baja California Sur, Mexico. It is situated along one of the most desirable stretches of white sand in Los Cabos — the world-renowned surfers’ paradise known as Monuments Beach. The luxury hotel features 157 guest rooms, all with unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez and the destination’s famed icon, El Arco — a stunning natural phenomenon of granite carved into an arch by centuries of wind and sea exposure. The Cape is the first Thompson Hotel to open in Mexico, and it effortlessly blends the upscale urban aesthetic synonymous with the brand with a distinct 1960s Baja-meets-Southern California vibe. Guests enjoy two pools, including an infinity pool with swim-up bar and another built within a natural rock formation found on the property. CONTACT thecapereservations@thompsonhotels.com, +1 844 778 4322, thompsonhotels.com/the-cape

Photo Matt Ferr


DINE Grand Velas Los Cabos offers a creative and exceptional dining experience. Made with fresh ingredients, each dish is a celebration of great food by a master of their craft. The resort offers seven restaurants, including two all-day restaurants and five fine-dining à la carte restaurants, plus a coffee shop and a tequila and mezcal tasting room. Enjoy casual daytime dining at Azul, with oceanfront views and an expansive buffet; fresh seafood and poolside cuisine at Cabrilla cevichería; the oceanfront grill with seafood specialties and fine cuts, Velas 10; Frida, with gourmet Mexican cuisine; Lucca with Italian and Mediterranean fare; the romantic Piaf with contemporary French cuisine; and Cocina de Autor with acclaimed chef Sidney Schutte, who has worked at two-Michelin-starred restaurants, which serves multicourse tasting menus. Throughout the year, Grand Velas hosts gourmet events with celebrity chefs and culinary activities. EXPLORE With a Kids’ Club set right above the splash pool and play area, the resort seeks to create the best vacation experience for all ages. A separate Teens’ Club offers all the latest video games, plus lounge areas, pool tables, air hockey and dance floor. Throughout the year, the resort staff plans creative activities programs for all ages. Adults can enjoy activities such as oceanfront yoga; tequila, mezcal and artisanal beer tastings; cooking lessons; or activities at the spa. AWARDS AND AFFILIATIONS AAA Five Diamond Preferred Hotels & Resorts – Legend Virtuoso Signature Hotels & Resorts Ensemble Travel Group The No.1 Resort in Mexico and the No. 8 in the world by Tripadvisor

STAY Imperial Suite Size 6,481 sq ft Nightly rate from$13,500


Surround yourself with beauty and luxury in this ultra-luxe two-bedroom suite. Take in endless ocean views and delight in the region’s most exciting accommodation with a living area with bar, dining area and large sliding-glass doors leading to the terrace.

With tiered architecture and breathtaking ocean vistas, this spectacular AAA Five-Diamond Baja resort wows guests at every turn. Each suite spans more than 1,000 sq ft and features every imaginable amenity, with original artwork and special details such as binoculars for observing marine life. The luxury experience is completed with the region’s largest wine collection, seven dining venues, the lavish SE Spa and an art gallery. Experience the unique relaxation that can only be felt where the desert meets the sea.


You’ll feel renewed the moment you enter the SE Spa which incorporates the desert landscape and local healing elements found in nature. Experience restorative rituals that combine natural ingredients with tradition. Lose yourself in the seven-stepWater Ceremony, which includes time in the ice room, steam room and sensation pool. Grand Velas Los Cabos’ Spa Atelier instills the concepts of wellness and a healthy lifestyle fromwithin. In this tranquil space within the spa facilities, guests can take part in workshops ranging from aromatherapy to natural skin care and making fresh flower mandalas petal by petal. The Atelier also encourages nutrition in its cooking lessons: Guests can make superfood energy bites, among other seasonal offerings. Discover the true flavor and aroma of Mexico by enjoying an invigorating massage or a facial. The Organic Blue Agave Facial illuminates, revitalizes, smooths, calms, mattifies and hydrates the skin with certified organic blue agave extract, returning natural brightness. The benefits of nature and its 100% organic components provide perfect hydration and protection against the signs of aging and pollution. Choose from three different types of herbal compresses with the Healing Samunprai treatment and enjoy the benefits of Thai herbal wisdom. This treatment uses heat to release the properties of the herbs that are inside the compresses. This technique reduces fatigue and anxiety, and improves blood and lymphatic flow.

CONTACT Andreas Schmidt, managing director, aschmidt@velasresorts.com Tania Humana, sales director, tania.humana@velasresorts.com, +1 866 654 8070, loscabos.grandvelas.com

Imperial Suite

Photo Victor Elias

Source: Elite Traveler

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