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The Nijinsky programme: Maillot – Goecke – Verbruggen – Inger, from October 23rd @LesBalletsDeMonteCarlo

Simone Tribuna, Anjara Ballesteros, Matèj Urban ©AB

In 2009, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo celebrated the centenary of Les Ballets Russes in Monaco, taking as our watchword to pay tribute to them in the most «astounding» manner possible in order to remain faithful to Diaghilev’s famous injunction to Cocteau. For more than a year, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo surprised the public by offering a series of new events of ubiquitous originality. The company is now re-engaging with this festive spirit by performing four ballets which echo the legendary figure of Nijinsky.

Daphnis and Chloe, J-Ch. Maillot

Daphnis et Chloé Maillot
“Daphnis et Chloé” by J.-Ch. Maillot ©AB

In this ballet built on fragility and impossible caresses, Jean-Christophe Maillot seeks strategically to distance the original text by Longus and Ravel’s arguments in order to concentrate essentially on ways in which the body behaves and the affective and emotional attitude of said body patterns. Through two beings that tremble at the lightest touch, the choreographer relates the progress of an initiation into love that remains thwarted through to its accomplishment. 

This Daphnis and Chloe places its trust in the universal and confirms Maillot’s desire to draw on life itself to find gestures that bring us together. Conniving with reality in this way immediately establishes a connection with the audience. It casts the spectator back in an instant to the first time they experienced desire; it reactivates the alchemical emotions that gushed from that burning, confusing apprenticeship. 

A further original aspect of importance is collaboration with Ernest Pignon-Ernest. Throughout the ballet, the hand of the visual artist accompanies the two young lovers, gripped by the furies of carnal de- sire, as they progress along a path riddled with pitfalls. Ernest Pignon-Ernest has worked with Jean-Christophe Maillot on many occasions. But here, for the first time, he contributes not only as stage de- signer, but also as an artist, giving form in his drawings to the curve of a shoulder, the turn of a neck or the flight of a hand.  In this ballet, the choreographer and the visual artist do not restrict themselves exclusively to serving the story and the performance; they both embrace their autonomy in a piece that is fragile and hard and that endeavours to come to life gracefully before our eyes.

Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Scenography and drawings: Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Costumes: Jérôme Kaplan
Music: Maurice Ravel, Daphnis & Chloé, Suites N°1 et 2 ©REDFIELD BV / NORDICE BV, administration: Editions DURAND S.A.
Lighting: Dominique Drillot
Video: Ernest Pignon-Ernest and Matthieu Stefani
Duration: 31 min

Premiere held on April 1st, 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco

Le Spectre de la Rose, Marco Goecke

Le Spectre de la Rose Goecke
“Le Spectre de la Rose” by Marco Goecke ©AB

A new “Spirit”

From its first performance in Monte-Carlo in 1911, Mikhail Fokine’s ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’ made a name for itself, eventually becoming a legend which still endures today.  The ballet was inspired by Théophile Gautier’s verse — ‘I am the spirit of a rose you wore at the ball yesterday’ («Je suis le spectre d’une rose que tu portais hier au bal ») — and is set to Carl Maria von Weber’s music, “Invitation to the Dance”.  It is the story of a young girl who has just come back from a ball. Falling asleep with a rose in her hands, she dreams of the spirit of the rose, who appears by jumping through her window, dances with her and disappears before she wakes up…

…In 2009, Marco Goecke was commissioned to create his own version of Le Spectre de la Rose.  Unlike Maurice Béjart, who created a parody based on the original ballet in 1979, Goecke’s approach is deeply serious.  He has added six supporting spirits to the principal couple and a second piece of music by Carl Maria von Weber, “The Master of the Spirits” to the original one.   By doing this, the new Spectre is not only longer but Goecke has given the principal dancer the chance to embody a Spirit  who differs from the original version in many ways, particularly in the music for the solo and Marco Goecke’s distinctive  choreographic language. Although the solo includes various jumps, they are neither high nor wide.  Goecke’s interpretation is anything but a eulogy of romanticism.  His choreography often emphasises power and intensity, so avoiding any impression of naturalism.  His vision is not clouded by extravagant stage design, such as the young girl’s bedroom in Fokine’s version.  Even if his costumes are inspired by Gautier’s spirit and red is the principal colour, Goecke’s modern choreography draws on the poem while embracing new interpretations at the same time. 

In spite of great differences of style, his choreography is as inventive as the original.  Using different methods, Goecke has found a unique way of developing the port de bras, finding new combinations for the arms and creating rapidly changing movements.  Like Fokine in his time, Goecke has also changed the relationship between the masculine and feminine roles to find a new balance.  Even though the Spirit is still the principal character in Goecke’s ballet, the feminine role shows great independence and is powerfully interpreted.

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Aimai-je un rêve ? Jeroen Verbruggen

Aime-je un rêve? Verbruggen
“Aime-je un rêve?” by J. Verbruggen ©AB

Jeroen Verbruggen purposefully gave his piece a different title from the countless other tributes to Afternoon of a Faun. The choreographer chose one of the first lines from Mallarmé’s famous poem, Aimai-je un rêve ? in order to highlight the introspective aspect of this ballet alongside the bestiality it is generally associated with.

This version of ‘Faun’ strays from the lines of thought present in the original, although the core theme remains that of eroticism. Where the Ballets Russes’ iconic ballet dealt with the unapologetic lust inherent to this hybrid creature, Jeroen Verbruggen examines questions and doubts related to sexual identity. What is our sexual identity? What does our body truly desire, and what unknown experiences does it yearn for? This fresh take on the concept of a single gender led the choreographer to remove the nymphs, a feature of the original that provided too obvious an answer. In working on this production, Jeroen Verbruggen created roles that could be played by girls and boys interchangeably. Aimai-je un rêve ? is an intimate duet in which a faun and a person meet.

The ballet retains similarities with the original Faun, notably in the costumes designed in collaboration with stylist Charlie Le Mindu. White silicone markings are stuck to the mythological creature’s skin in a nod to Léon Bakst’s costume. These sheer markings are barely visible against the faun’s skin, rendering the creature’s identity ambiguous and uncertain. Like a waking dream, nothing in this ballet is truly tangible, with the set design creating an atmosphere of foggy reality, a misty platform for the choreographer’s questioning: “Who is this faun, and what does it want with me…”.

Choregraphy: Jeroen Verbruggen
Music: Claude Debussy
Costumes: Charlie Le Mindu
Lighting: Fabiana Piccioli
Duration: 12 min

With the participation of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kazuki Yamada

Creation for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Premiere on December 8th 2018, Salle Garnier Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Petrushka, Johan Inger

Petrouchka Inger
“Petrushka” by Johan Inger ©AB

Petrushka is a doll, a toy in the hands of a magician that makes it dance and jump, in front of everyone’s amazed gaze, in a great popular and bizarre event. Petrushka is a soulless body that dances along his Master’s voice. Stravinsky and Benois placed their story in St. Petersburg in 1830, during its carnival, in the middle of a great folk fair.

Stravinsky et Benois wanted to present the soul of that ‘wimp’, who fights in the midst of the mass for the impossible love of the Ballerina, against the oppression of his ‘master’, against the Moor and against the pressure of the public that he hopes to entertain and make laugh.

Johan Inger takes us to the current and always controversial World of Fashion, where dolls become Mannequins, the Magician becomes an international fashion and mass guru, the protagonists and consumers of an incredible circus of vanities.

Johan Inger with the intention of bringing this story to his aesthetic and narrative world, review this classic in a present and contemporary way providing the necessary dose of criticism and reflection on the world of consumerism, where praise of the youth discards previous generations without further consideration nor emotions.

In my version of this ballet, Petrushka is a window mannequin brought to life with identity and a purpose by a fashion designer. Once used and stripped from his temporary function, he is thrown away into a pile of other used mannequins and battles to understand his destiny, until he meets the Ballerina. He madly falls in love with her but the ballerina herself is in love with the Moor, who will not accept any competition for the Ballerina. The idea that Petrushka’s life purpose would only lead to a broken heart is the controversial point of this story that I am questioning: a tragedy that occurred since centuries and keeps arising when least expected.

Choreography: Johan Inger
Assistant: Christophe Dozzi
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Dramaturgy: Gregor Acuña Pohl
Scenography: Curt Allen Wilmer with estudiodeDos
Costumes: Salvador Mateu Andujar
Lighting: Fabiana Piccioli
Duration: 36 min

With the participation of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kazuki Yamada

Creation for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Premiere held on December 8th 2018, Salle Garnier Opéra de Monte-Carlo

For more information check Les Ballets de Monte Carlo here

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Trip of a lifetime: South America @SquareMile_com

When it comes to planning a trip of a life time, where you stay can make or break the experience. If you’re looking at South America, your accommodation worries are solved below…

Published: Monday 30th September 2019

A region of exceptional diversity and peerless natural beauty, Latin America offers high-end experiences to suit every traveler: from foodies to photographers, wildlife watchers to thrill seekers and the most committed beach-loving sun-worshipers.

Since its establishment in 2011 by Simon and Kirsty Williams, Humboldt has gained a strong reputation for outstanding personalised service and specialist five-star packages in Latin America.

Offering luxury tailor-made tours featuring hand-crafted experiences that go beyond the ordinary, Humboldt’s boutique team of specialists draw on their extensive knowledge of the destinations and unrivalled network of contacts to design a wholly bespoke trip for each client.

Therefore, when collating a list of the best hotels and accommodations in South America, it made sense to put our trust in their hands. Humboldt director Simon Williams presents his top picks below…   

UXUA CASA, TRANCOSO, BRAZIL

UXUA Casa
UXUA CASA

For those seeking the ultimate barefoot boho luxury experience in a paradisiacal beach location, you can do no better than UXUA Casa, situated in the celebrity hangout of Trancoso in the state of Bahia, northern Brazil.

Based on a ‘shabby-chic’ tropical design concept by designer Wilbert Das, each private villa in this boutique mini-resort evokes a different character from Trancoso’s colourful past. Featuring luxurious private plunge pools, secluded private gardens and sun-drenched terraces.

The characterful ‘casas’, tastefully adorned with bespoke furniture pieces made from recycled natural materials, are the perfect spot to curl up with a good book and lose yourself in Trancoso’s relaxed ambience.

An exquisite spa, an exclusive beach club and a charming restaurant complete the picture at this laid-back retreat.

TITILAKA, PUNO, PERU

Titilaka
TITILAKA

Occupying a privileged spot on a remote private peninsula by Lake Titicaca, Titilaka hotel offers extensive private grounds and blissful isolation in this region of striking natural beauty.

Cradled by the snow-capped Andes, the cobalt blue lake shimmers under cloudless white-washed skies, making this minimalist luxury retreat the perfect hideaway for landscape photographers or hikers.

Bearing the Relais & Chateaux seal of approval, the hotel’s contemporary Peruvian cuisine is flavoursome and delicately presented, whilst a similar attention-to-detail is applied to Titilaka’s flexible service ethos.

Exclusivity and social responsibility are what sets Titilaka apart from its competition – activities at this remote lodge are conducted away from the mainstream tourist crowds and in collaboration with local indigenous communities who benefit directly from the interactions with lodge guests.

For an in-depth experience of one of the Andes’ most scenic spots – look no further.

CASA SAN AGUSTÍN, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

Casa San Agustin
CASA SAN AGUSTIN

A city of such effortless Caribbean charm that it is almost impossible to dislike, Cartagena de Indias on Colombia’s north coast is overflowing with quirky luxury boutique properties hidden away in converted colonial mansions: Casa San Agustín, however, is unquestionably the best of the bunch.

With a light and airy design featuring splashes of delicate blue as a nod to the crystalline Caribbean Sea, and handcrafted touches sculpted from reclaimed wood or woven from local fibres offering rich textures as an earthy counterpoint to the smooth modern elements – this hotel is elegant, rustic and contemporary all in the same breath.

With a stunning spa, a private beach area and artfully preserved architectural characters, this hotel immerses guests in the magic of Cartagena’s colourful history with the utmost style.

MASHPI LODGE, CHOCÓ CLOUD FOREST, ECUADOR

Mashpi Lodge
MASHPI LODGE

Tucked away in the biodiverse equatorial Chocó bioregion, this environmentally conscious hotel offers a singularly in-depth wildlife experience in the cloud forested highlands of Ecuador.

One of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Mashpi is a world-leader in sustainable eco-tourism and alongside providing discerning nature-loving travellers with world-class luxury accommodation, does important conservation work for the many endemic species in the area.

Minimalist suites with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows invite the verdant forest of the outside in, as the hotel restaurant celebrates the bounty of the Ecuadorian jungles with a delicious menu of sustainably sourced dishes inspired by local ingredients.

With responsible exploration of the cloud forests’ delicate eco-system as the lodge’s ruling priority, Mashpi takes guests on a journey into the untouched wild like nowhere else.

THE VINES, MENDOZA, ARGENTINA

The Vines
THE VINES

Situated in the sunshine-soaked foothills of the towering central Andes, two hours south of Mendoza; this luxury boutique wine resort benefits from an indulgent full-service spa offering a playful menu of treatments conceived using ingredients inspired by the expansive local vineyards.

Sleek and spacious suites with a delicate, neutral colour-palette offer sweeping vistas of the mountains and surrounding vines.

Fine wines and hearty Argentine cuisine play a central role in the hospitality of this brutalist-style contemporary design hotel, with acclaimed Argentine chef Francis Mallman’s Siete Fuegos restaurant on-site serving a range of delectable rustic specialities such as 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye steak, cast-iron salt-baked salmon and regional grilled cheeses paired with award-winning boutique wines from the area.

TIERRA ATACAMA, SAN PEDRO, CHILE

Tierra Atacama
TIERRA ATACAMA

Boasting striking views of the Licancabur Volcano and an exquisite contemporary architecture typical of the Tierra brand, Tierra Atacama gives each guest an immersive experience of the rugged, copper-toned landscapes of the Atacama Desert alongside outstanding service, cuisine and thoughtful, minimalist design.

Highlights of a stay at this chic luxury lodge include the tranquil outdoor pool, offering sweeping vistas of the snow-capped mountains and dusty lunar valleys; the UMA Spa, utilising locally sourced ingredients to inspire energising treatments to rejuvenate the body after a long day of exploring; or the colourful gourmet dining experience, placing locally sourced produce and traditional preparation techniques centre stage.

For a luxury break in a region of peerless natural beauty, Tierra Atacama is the perfect choice.

CASANA, PREÁ, BRAZIL

Hotel Casana
HOTEL CASANA

Masterfully blending the laid-back bohemian beach sensibilities of the nearby windsurfing hub, Jericoacoara, with a technologically advanced approach to luxury hospitality more suited to the control room of a spaceship, or at the very least a sleek inner-city business hotel, Casana certainly stands out from the crowd.

Avant-garde details like the chic black-mirror infinity pool and the space-age bedside electrical control panels provide an interesting counterpoint to Preá’s unspoiled coastal landscape of pale sand and isolated coconut palms occupying the hotel’s doorstep.

Casana offers accommodation on a full-board basis and guests are treated to an ever-changing menu of colourful meals updated daily to incorporate freshest local produce.

Elegant plates of exotic fruit, organic vegetables and fresh seafood are developed using innovative cooking techniques to delight even the most refined palate.

AWASI IGUAZÚ, PUERTO IGUAZÚ, ARGENTINA

Awasi Iguazu
AWASI IGUAZU

With much more to explore than merely the magnificent Iguassu waterfalls that have made it so internationally famous, Awasi Iguazú’s unique programmes offer guests the opportunity to get to know the hidden delights of Argentina’s Misiones province.

Composed of 14 stand-alone villas tucked away amongst the verdant tropical vegetation of the Atlantic rainforest, guests of Awasi have a private guide and 4×4 vehicle at their disposal during the entirety of their stay to explore the region at their own pace.

Naturally, time spent peering over the barriers above the deafening Iguassu Falls is a must-do – however, specialist birdwatching, illuminating cultural visits to local Guaraní tribes and intrepid river kayaking on the Rio Paraná are also an option.

THE SINGULAR PATAGONIA, PUERTO BORIES, CHILE

Singular Patagonia
SINGULAR PATAGONIA

Housed in a distinctive historic building overlooking the icy waters of the Fjord of Last Hope, The Singular Patagonia occupies the skeleton of Chile’s first ever cold-storage facility from which refrigerated meats produced in the region were shipped to Europe to feed war-weary troops in the early 20th century.

Repurposing much of the old warehouse machinery to imbue the hotel’s industrial décor with some typically Patagonian heritage charm, this luxury institution still encompasses an on-site museum dedicated to educating travellers on the history of Patagonia’s settlement.

Serving a varied menu of outstanding Chilean cuisine, offering thoughtful personalised service, and a truly original programme of excursions in the hotel’s expansive private reserve – The Singular is an experience in the far south like no other.

KACHI LODGE, UYUNI, BOLIVIA

Kachi Lodge
KACHI LODGE

Situated in the midst of unquestionably one of the most surreal landscapes on earth, the striking geometric domes of Kachi Lodge perch on raised wooden platforms above the shimmering ethereal whiteness of the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Offering a luxury ‘glamping’ experience in Bolivia’s remote southern Altiplano, these six rustic-chic domes evoke the cultural and artistic heritage of the Andes featuring cosy alpaca-wool fabrics, hand-crafted furniture of reclaimed wood and exquisite woven-wicker details.

Providing a jarring contrast with the sophisticated neutral palette is the original artwork of Bolivian artist Gastón Ugalde’s bold technicolour pieces, bringing a little of modern Bolivia into the otherwise understated design.

Guests enjoy wholly bespoke private tours of the Salt Flats during their stay and full board gourmet meals provided in partnership with Gustu, one of La Paz’s most innovative and in-demand dinner venues.

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Personalized modern art for dog lovers from Dogmade @DogMilk

Posted by Capree Kimball

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but I always get the itch to rearrange, redecorate, or otherwise just change up my living space. One of the easiest ways to do that is swapping out the artwork in my home — all the better if it’s dog-themed and personalized! Swedish startup Dogmade is simplifying the process of obtaining modern, custom artwork with their unique fine art prints. Simply select from over 50 breeds (don’t worry: they’re continually adding new options!), choose your art style and color, and add your dog’s name! Voila!

Personalized Modern Art for Dog Lovers from Dogmade

The Scandinavian-inspired illustrations are created by artist and co-founder Emil Tiismann. Sized at an impactful 20×28″, these bad boys are printed on the best fine art paper there is: Hahnemüehle, Germen Etching Matt FineArt (if you know, you know). Snag one of your favorite pup or breed at dogmade.com.

Personalized Modern Art for Dog Lovers from Dogmade
Personalized Modern Art for Dog Lovers from Dogmade
Personalized Modern Art for Dog Lovers from Dogmade
Personalized Modern Art for Dog Lovers from Dogmade
Personalized Modern Art for Dog Lovers from Dogmade

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The 29th Monaco Yacht Show opens today! @MonacoYachtShow_Official

Set in the iconic Port Hercules in the principality of Monaco, the Monaco Yacht Show represents the pinnacle of luxury.

Since 1991, the MYS has gratefully benefitted from the recognition and the support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The MYS is the premiere luxury event worldwide where visitors can discover the greatest aspects of superyachting against the glamorous backdrop of Monaco.

A bespoke-made show for the new generation of superyacht customers.

Today it attracts over 125 superyachts with an average length closer to 50 metres, of which around 42 are new launches making their worldwide debut. The average value of the yachts on display is now a staggering €27 million. This is a far cry from the very first edition of MYS in 1991, when there were just 32 yachts moored in Port Hercules averaging 31 metres in length.

This year’s fleet will feature larger superyachts compared with 2018. The largest luxury vessel will be 107 metres in length. 21 units will exceed 60 metres with an average size of 75m!

It is hard to overestimate the importance and prestige of MYS as a barometer that measures the state of the large yacht industry. When business is booming, there is a tremendous vibe among the yacht brokers and builders walking the dock. But in a sector still adapting to the aspirations of younger buyers and charterers, continued prosperity is not guaranteed and there is no room for complacency. As a proactive industry player, MYS is embracing change by adopting development strategies that deliberately target the emerging superyacht clientele.

“We work to offer the most prestigious superyachting event to the new generation of customers,” confirms Gaëlle Tallarida, General Manager of MYS. “Our responsibility is to offer our visitors an entertaining and instructive plunge into the world of superyachting, while serving the interest of the industry. In other words, to encourage encounters between final clients and the best players in the market.”

Already filled to capacity each year and occupying much of Port Hercules, there is little or no opportunity for physical growth in Monaco. Instead, the show organisers are focusing on delivering the best platform for business and the most efficient solutions for exhibitors to liaise with clients. One area of improvement, for example, has been optimising the layout into thematic zones to provide more fluid circulation around the quays and tents, and allow visitors to concentrate on their own sectors of interest.

The temptation for any show aimed at end-users is to spread the net as wide as possible and be all things to all people, but MYS is taking the opposite tack by prioritising a specific visitor profile. Positive feedback from exhibitors and partners following MYS 2018 suggests this strategy is already having an impact. The slight drop in overall attendance (2% in 2018 down on 2017) reflects the drive towards lower densities around the port, which results in a more rewarding experience for prospective clients. Indeed, brokers and builders spoke of a higher number of visitors seriously intending to buy or charter.

“We want to attract people who are new to yachting as well as retain our existing client base, but at the end of the day we target HNWIs,” says one yachting executive and MYS exhibitor. “When boat shows are billed as a fun family day out, the cachet value is diluted. I think that whenever a show targets very affluent people, it should offer an experience in keeping with their lifestyles.”

VIP visit program: the Sapphire Experience
MYS is in constant contact with yacht builders, brokers and industry suppliers throughout the year in order to gather feedback and anticipate their needs and those of their customers. The Sapphire Experience, a program aimed at premium clients to enhance their show experience and help them take their first steps in the often-bewildering world of luxury yachting, was set up in 2016. The bespoke program includes a Concierge Service that coordinates private visits aboard superyachts on display, as well as a calendar of festivities during the four-day event. On the eve of show, for example, Sapphire Experience guests join a select list of industry influencers and luxury partners invited to attend the opening gala party, which includes the prestigious MYS Superyacht Awards Ceremony.

Monaco Yacht Summit
Since being introduced to the MYS agenda in 2016, the annual Monaco Yacht Summit immediately prior to the show has become a key event for clients and their advisors looking to enter or better understand the world of yachting. Attended by qualified representatives, family offices and private investors, the Summit includes a series of informative panel discussions with acknowledged experts from across the superyacht industry.

Car Deck – exhibition of classic and customised vehicles
Luxury cars go hand in hand with luxury yachting and the Car Deck exhibition of prestige and one-off automobiles, some of which are available for test drives by prospective clients, has been a big hit with VIP visitors regardless of age for the last four years. It is set alongside the Tenders & Toys area to offer a complete superyacht lifestyle environment in a single chic location.

Tenders & Toys exhibition
By providing access to secluded bays, transits between the mother ship and dry land, or simply an exhilarating high-speed ride, tenders give a younger clientele their first taste of the superyacht experience. Moreover, the stable of water toys – from inflatables to electric surfboards and mini submarines – is always high on the list of priorities for sports-minded charter clients.

New Upper Deck Lounge on two floors
The Upper Deck Lounge will offer top-notch amenities on two floors to welcome the yachting customers and enhance their visit experience of the MYS. The show’s reception and catering area will welcome all visitors in a luxurious environment furnished by the MYS top-of-the-range partners: the ground floor is dedicated to luxury exhibitors, a bar with an outdoor terrace, while the first floor will host the show restaurant and a VIP lounge with a panoramic view over Port Hercules.

New opening hours from 11am to 7.30pm
The MYS changes its opening hours and will welcome attendees, later this year, from 11am to 7.30pm (Saturday 28th September: 11am – 7pm). The goal is to offer a timetable that corresponds better to the visiting times preferred by private clients. The new schedule will also ease the relentless intensity of the show and create a more pleasant experience for visitors and exhibitors alike, while leaving more time earlier in the morning for B2B meetings, press conferences and media yacht visits.

Less about footfall and more about providing a quality service to the growing number of international visitors intending to purchase or charter a yacht, these initiatives will help ensure that MYS maintains its global status as the superyacht show par excellence. Today more than ever before, MYS is about promoting the superyacht lifestyle to a high-end clientele through tailor-made experiences.

29th Monaco Yacht Show
September 25th – 28th, 2019
Port Hercules, Monaco
Opening times:
Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Friday 27th September: 11 am – 7.30 pm
Saturday 28th September: 11 am – 7 pm.

Access for exhibitors from 8 am every day.
Access for media (conditional on possession of press badge and an invitation to a press event):
Wednesday 25th September: from 11 am
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th September: from 8.30 am

For more information go to the original article by Monaco Yacht Show here

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Luxury North Pole Hotel to Open for One Month Only @elitetraveler

In April 2020, a unique hotel will open at the northernmost place in the world for just one month. The North Pole Igloos will consist of 10 state-of-the-art domes which will allow guests to stay in this frozen world under the northern lights.

The igloos will be positioned at the North Pole in April 2020 / ©Luxury Action

Due to fluctuations in sea ice, the North Pole is inaccessible for most of the year but conditions are stable enough in April to allow helicopters to land. Around 1,000 people visit the North Pole each year and many for scientific purposes. But there are no permanent structures so they all have to make do with basic accommodations that are exposed to the elements.

That will not be the case for those staying in the North Pole Igloos, which have been tested in extreme weather and come with heating and private bathrooms. They will also have glass ceilings and walls so guests can marvel at the frozen lands and skies above.

The igloos, which will be located on a glacier but are designed to be moved in case of extreme weather, have been developed by Luxury Action, a travel company specializing in high-end travel experiences in the Arctic regions.

None of this comes cheap, of course. A three-night adventure costs approximately $105,000 and only one of those nights will be spent in the igloos. The other two nights are spent in Svalbard, one of the most northerly populated lands before the extreme north begins.

From there, guests will be flown to the igloos via helicopter to a North Pole ice camp before being taken to the glacier where the igloos will be positioned. There is also an option to extend the trip by staying at Hotel Octola, a five-star lodge in Finland’s majestic Lapland, where guests can learn the Finnish’s secrets to thriving in the Arctic.

Read the full article by Elite Traveler here

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SUP With Your Pup: Dog-friendly paddle boarding on the Thames @TheLondog

Photo of dog sitting on a stand-up paddle board in Richmond

By The Londog August 25, 2019 

SUP With Your Pup latest session, a dog-friendly stand-up paddle boarding event hosted by Back of Beyond Adventures took place on Sunday 18th August in Richmond, on the Thames. After telling about it previously on the blog, we went along to report back on it.

SUP With Your Pup event: how was it?

Little dog on SUP

The SUP With Your Pup session had sold out and, on the day, 8 humans and their 5 large and small canines gathered for the adventure. Weimaraner Skylar, Poodle Noodle, Spaniel Rosie, rescue mutt Jordie and Pomeranian Todd, all brought their life vests and were soon ready for the adventure!

Group of SUP with your Pup participants near van

The morning hadn’t started under the best star, with grey skies and rain pouring down. But as everyone arrived at the meeting point in River Lane on the Thames, rain showers eventually stopped and the sky slowly cleared, leaving the place to sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Instructor and founder of Back of Beyond Adventures, Piers, invited everyone to form a semi-circle on the green next to the river for a briefing, with paddles and boards on land. He explained how to paddle, stop, turn, and all the tips of the case, including what to do in case of a fall in the river. Participants also received a life jacket each and were instructed about how to wear it correctly.

White poodle sitting on SUP
Noodle. Such a good boy!

As the briefing ended, everyone was given the task to fit the fin on the SUP and get the dogs on the boards while still on land, so they could become familiar with it. The dogs jumped up and down and were chilled out.

Photo of paddle boarders carrying their SUPs

The next step was bringing the boards down the slipway, where Piers put his into the water and gave a demonstration of how to get on and paddle, also aided by his dog Ty (short name for Tycheros), in front of everyone.

Tye is a two and a half-year old rescue Pointer cross from Cyprus, who gets often mistaken for a Vizla and at times follows Piers on his water adventures. Ty, though is no “water baby”, as he walks to the belly but rather prefers to be on the water than in it, as Piers recounts, is very careful at staying still on the board, in between Piers’ legs to avoid wet surprises.

SUP demo on the Thames
Photo of Back of Beyond Adventures founder with his dog on a SUP
Piers and Ty give a demo

While Piers gave the demonstration, 10-year old mongrel Jordie happily swam in the Thames’ water, while Skylar stared at the board with interest. In order to get onto the SUP, the humans had to walk a few paces into the river and leave shallow waters where the fin would otherwise get stuck and falls could be a bit more risky.

Dog on SUP

As the humans pushed the board into the water, some of the dogs enthusiastically dived into the river and they were happy to be lifted onto the SUP, like Jordie and Rosie, others, like Skylar, were much less convinced. In fact, Skylar’s first attempt at SUP resulted in her sitting on the board looking at the water,then  slipping a paw down the side of the board and plonking down into the water soon after, sinking underwater and reappearing with a very unamused expression.

Dogs and their humans on SUPs on the Thames

While Piers helped Skylar gaining her confidence on the board, Jordie and his human paddled downstream a bit: Jordie loved a swim and his human later ended up joining in the Thames too, with Jordie looking at him from a dry place on the SUP.

Group stad-up paddle boarding on the Thames with dogs

Once everyone was confident kneeling on the SUP, the paddling started, heading upstream towards Twickenham. I didn’t join paddle boarding, instead I followed the group from the riverbank.

With the sun shining and the lovely setting of the Thames, with the backdrop of Marble Hill Park and heather flowers along the riverbank, it was a great one to watch, and in fact many people stopped by, curious about that unsual group paddling off.

dog on SUP with woman
Rosie did love a jump into the water

With their own pace, the group made it down to Ham House, with Piers assisting where needed. They travelled on the right hand-side of the river (opposite Richmond and Ham House) as per Thames direction of travel, and some dogs decided to take a jump into the river at some point.

After a walk on the Thames path, I jumped onto the Hammerton Ferry to cross the river and watch them a bit closer. If you have a friend or partner not joining the SUP adventure, they can do it too: the ferry runs between Ham House Ferry Terminal to East Twickenham Ferry Terminal across the river (the service costs £1 each way – cash only -, is dog-friendly and dogs go free when on lead, otherwise £0.50, £0.50 is also the price for children and bikes, and is runs between 10am and 6pm).

Dogs and humans on SUP

To observe the river rules of travel (right hand-side), when turning to get back, paddlers had to cross the river. Thanks to the flow, travelling back downstream was much easier and quicker, and some of the humans progressed to standing on the SUP.

Paddle boarders at SUP with your Pup near Ham House

Back to the base a couple of hours later, everyone seemed to have had a great fun, and some expressed the desire to be back. At the “survivors pic”, we counted two humans who fell into the river and four dogs who at some point decided to make a jump during the adventure. Not too bad in the end.

Group photos of the humans and dogs participating to SUP With Your Pup
Survivors!

The dogs seemed happy about the adventure too!

Pack of dogs on stand-up paddle boards
The dog pack after SUP

Things to know

  • Your feet (up to the ankle or knee) will get wet (when you put the board in the water at least), so make sure you wear appropriate shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
  • There is a chance you’ll end up in the water. So it may be a good idea not just to have a clothes change, but also to make sure you don’t have open cuts that could become infected; Piers said that he considers the water clean and he sometimes he goes swimming in the river, however in the past there have been people who got sick after doing open swimming in the Thames.
  • There is no changing facilities at River Lane. Back of Beyond Adventures has a van which carries kayaks and SUPs. So there is no place to get changed, unless you are happy to use the woodland nearby, and no place to leave your stuff. If you have a car you can leave your things there at your own risk, or Piers welcomed anyone who wanted to leave their clothes change into the van too.
  • As Piers advises, one has to be careful with things that sink quickly: glasses, etc.
  • Personal floating devices are provided for humans, but not for dogs, so you may want to bring your own for your four-legged.
  • On the day, the weather turned to be perfect in the end, but the event is rain or shine. The only case the session is cancelled is if there are thunderstorms or high winds that pose a safety risk for participants.

Next SUP With Your Pup session & other dog-friendly SUP opportunities

Pomeranian on SUP

Back of Beyond has been hosting SUP With Your Pup sessions for the last couple of years, after a number of unofficial dog-friendly sessions and interest from regulars. The next date will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks and will take place in September (we will add it to the Dog Events Calendar and give it a shout out as soon as we receive updates on this).

As they are keeping the group small and there are only 8 spots available, booking quickly is essential to avoid disappointment (if after the announcement you don’t see the date in the ‘Book Now’ section of their website any more, generally this happens when the session is sold out).

Weimaraner dog on SUP with owner and flowers

If you feel that you’d like to become more confident with stand-up paddleboarding before trying to add your dog to the equation, you can book a SUP lesson (these are meant to be without your dog) and then book a SUP with Your Pup one later.

On the other hand, in case you are an experienced paddle boarder and so is your dog, having already attended a session, you both can also join the SUP Socials that are held early mornings or at sunset (you can book through Back of Beyond’s website).

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Dali, a History of Painting until 8 September in Monaco @GrimaldiForum

In line with the great monographs of twentieth century artists presented at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco (SuperWarhol in 2003, Monaco Celebrates Picasso in 2013 and, more recently, Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture in 2016), the summer 2019 exhibition will be dedicated to “Dali, a History of Painting” curated by Montse Aguer, Director of the Dali Museums.

This retrospective is conducted in collaboration with the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí. In this year, the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death (1904-1989), the Dali exhibition a history of painting, offers the public an exceptional journey through Dali’s artistic production and allows it to discover the different stages of the artist’s creation.

It not only offers a retrospective view of Dali’s work, but also reveals how the painter has become enshrined in the history of twentieth century painting.

The public will thus be able to discover the different steps of his creation and to recognize the imprint of the different painters who influenced him, and to whom he paid homage.

The selection includes, to date, approximately one hundred works, including paintings, drawings and photographs, mostly from the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in Figueres and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Dates: 6 July–8 September 2019

Opening hours: Open every day from 10 am to 8 pm

Late night opening: Thursdays until 10 pm

Accessibility: Exhibition accessible to disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility

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A sailing trip to Raja Ampat aboard one of the most luxurious charter yachts in the world @SquareMile_com

At 900sq m, Prana by Atzaro is the world’s largest phinisi yacht, and comes complete with a spa and an outdoor cinema.

Indonesia is so much more than Bali and Bintangs: Duncan Madden sets sail for remote Raja Ampat aboard one of the most luxurious charter yachts in the world – the Prana by Atzaro

By Duncan Madden

EMERGING BLEARY EYED from the cosseting luxury of my cabin to the still dark skies of Raja Ampat in search of mating birds of paradise is a pretty bewildering way to start the day.

Inky black skies are fringed by the soft light of a new dawn and drenched in the kind of heavy morning heat that only proper tropical climates can conjure. The soundtrack is a rhythmic slap of salt water against wooden hull troubled periodically by the caw of an unseen bird swooping through the dark nearby.

My jetlagged senses struggle to align these physical sensations with the time of day and I vaguely recall the journey that brought me to this remotest of oceans on the other side of the world. Somewhere in the back of my befuddled brain I already know this is going to be special.

And it is quite the journey to reach Raja Ampat. Part of Indonesia’s far-flung island chains, its pellucid blue waters fringe the Bird’s Head peninsula on the north-western tip of Papua nearly 2,000 miles east of Jakarta. Interrupting the 15,000sq mile turquoise seascape are 1,500 picture-postcard islands – mushroom-shaped outcroppings endowed with flawless white beaches, rich tropical forests, rocky precipitous cliffs and glass-still lagoons teeming with more marine life than anywhere else on earth.

A floating teak and ironwood palace serving up 900sq m of cabin, deck, spa, lounge and water sports centre to its guests

Navigating these sublime waters is my home for the week, the Prana by Atzaro. Built and launched last year by the group behind Ibiza’s famed Atzaró hotel, it is the world’s largest phinisi yacht – a floating teak and ironwood palace serving up 900sq m of cabin, deck, spa, lounge and water sports centre to its lucky guests. It was inspired by and built using the traditions of the sea-faring Bugis tribe – a two-masted cargo ketch elevated to something unique by the best craftsmen and every possible mod con.

Climb aboard its sleek wooden deck and (once you’ve despatched with the ice-cold juice you’re duly proffered by the smiling, barefoot crew) you’ll find nine luxurious suites, from cosy arrowhead shaped cabins in the prow to Batavia, the vast master suite at the stern complete with freestanding bath and floor to ceiling windows opening onto a sweeping private terrace.

Outside decks climb over three levels peppered with deep, comfy cushions, inviting daybeds and lounging areas cleverly arranged to offer peace, quiet and room to sprawl. The top deck doubles as a yoga space and open-air cinema, the middle as an outdoor spa and massage area, the lower as an al fresco dining room. But the pick of the spots has to be on the elegant wooden bowsprit, where I regularly find myself stretched out watching the water fly past below me: a petrel skimming the waves on my wingtips.

After our early morning Saporkren adventure to intrude on the randy birds of paradise, we set sail through silky waters to Kri. Soon dropping anchor not far from the wooden jetty of Yembuba village, we don scuba gear and motor towards it on a RIB while our cruise director Cedric, an affable Frenchman who’s been exploring these waters for a decade, describes the wonders we’re about to dive into.

His words can’t begin to do it justice. We slip into an aquatic wonderland barely five metres below the surface, drifting through coral forests as vast shoals of fusilier fish swoop around us in a spectacular underwater murmuration. I spy a leatherback turtle gliding easily along the seabed before Cedric points out a black tip reef shark cruising lazily at the fringes of our visibility. The coral almost glows – a panoply of colours, shapes and textures each home to a new and seemingly more fantastical form of sea life. An hour passes in a moment and soon back on deck we excitedly swap stories of what we saw as the crew weighs anchor and points us towards Wayag.

Special, even in this extraordinary environment, the conical karst islands of Wayag can only be appreciated in all their wonder from on high. So, at first light, fuelled on exotic fruits and strong coffee, we paddleboard to shore and spend a sweaty few hours climbing the craggy limestone Mount Pindito to drink in the panorama.

The spectacular views are reward enough, but the crew are keen to show off every wonder Wayag has to offer. Which is why, after a gluttonous beach barbecue of lobster, steak, fish, fresh salads and a particularly delicious chimichurri, I find myself speeding through empty lagoons, trying to remember how to wakeboard while whooping and screaming in equal measure delight and awe. Later, we putter out to a nearby ranger station and wade into the shallows to handfeed lunch leftovers to hungry nursing sharks.

Back onboard, we head south for Aljui Bay, crossing the equator late in the day while feasting on more delights from chef Fauzi before retiring to the top deck to watch a Wes Anderson film under the stars, the setting adding another layer of surrealness to the weird and wonderful on-screen visuals.

We dive a spot called Melissa’s Garden – a broad sweeping reef of magnificent coral formations teeming with sealife

For the first time another yacht appears in the dark and sails close by, but by now we’re so accustomed to the solitude of our surroundings that we take on a pirate mentality and wave them away, wielding champagne flutes rather than cutlasses.

Cedric saves something special for the last, as we begin the run back to Sorong on the Papuan mainland and the long flights home. Close to Batanta Island, we dive a spot called Melissa’s Garden – a broad sweeping reef of magnificent coral formations teeming with spiky lionfish, striped angelfish, pygmy seahorses, ribboned sweetlips and the ubiquitous clownfish. A fellow diver even spots a tasselled wobbegong shark but I’m too busy goggling eye to eye with a sizeable batfish and miss it.

We lounge on deck late into our final night, supping cold Bintangs and listening to stories of Raja Ampat and beyond. “We’ve just given you a taste of where we sail – this is only the winter season,” says Cedric. “Come back in the summer and we’ll take you to Komodo with its beautiful landscapes, pink beaches and, of course, dragons…” I hear the diving’s pretty spectacular, too. 

To find out more about sailing Raja Ampat on board Prana by Atzaro email info@pranabyatzaro.com or see pranabyatzaro.com. Full private charter costs from $12,500 to $18,000 per night sleeping up to 18 people with all meals, a range of wines and alcohol, all water sports and lots of other stuff included

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The luxury pet-friendly hotels taking pet pampering to new heights, in Hong Kong and beyond @scmpnews

By Kylie Knott , published 30 Jul. 2019

Colin the 10-year-old miniature schnauzer lives a simple life of routine in Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O district: wake up, walk, poop, eat, sleep, repeat.

But last month his daily schedule was interrupted, requiring some tough decision making: should he order the braised Australian beef with green peas and brown rice (HK$220/US$28) or the farm-raised pork confit with lentils and buttered carrots (HK$200)? The four-rice risotto with grilled salmon and eggs (HK$170) also looked tempting. (He ended up opting for the grilled chicken with semolina dry pasta at HK$190).

Colin, along with owners Tom and Alice Eves, were literally living the high life 24 floors up at the luxury Rosewood Hong Kong hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, which opened in March.

One pampered pet: Colin, a 10-year-old miniature schnauzer, relaxing at the Rosewood Hong Kong hotel in a suite overlooking Victoria Harbour. Luxury hotels have taken pet pampering to a new level. Photo: Antony Dickson
One pampered pet: Colin, a 10-year-old miniature schnauzer, relaxing at the Rosewood Hong Kong hotel in a suite overlooking Victoria Harbour. Luxury hotels have taken pet pampering to a new level.
Photo: Antony Dickson

Perched on the edge of Victoria Harbour, the hotel is upping the city’s luxury pet offerings with a policy of providing four-legged guests with the same amount of pampering as its two-legged ones.

Sandro Gamba, director of culinary operations at Rosewood Hong Kong, says just as much thought goes into planning a pet menu as a human one.

“Dishes on the pet menu are designed to be equally attractive as those on the regular menu, except there’s no seasoning added to ensure optimal palatability,” he says.

Colin wolfing down grilled chicken with semolina dry pasta. Photo: Antony Dickson
Colin wolfing down grilled chicken with semolina dry pasta.
Photo: Antony Dickson

Born in France, Gamba’s five-star hotel experience spans the globe, from the Park Hyatt in Chicago, to the Intercontinental in Geneva, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and, most recently, the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong.

He says Rosewood goes to great lengths to create a seasonal and diverse dog menu that supports local produce. “We source the best herbs and vegetables from our Tai Long Wan farm and honey from [Sha Tin’s] Wing Woo Bee Farm,” he says.

And no request is too small. “One guest requested bottled mineral water for her dog. She said he preferred the taste to regular filtered water.”

Colin with a butler from Rosewood Hong Kong. Photo: Antony Dickson
Colin with a butler from Rosewood Hong Kong. Photo: Antony Dickson

Tom Eves says Colin’s five-star experience started from the moment they were picked up at their flat in one of the hotel’s high-end Range Rovers.

“When we entered the suite, Colin went from room to room, jumping on sofas and checking out his two beds. He was also a fan of the bath mats,” he says. Colin also got lavished with home-made toys, chicken-flavoured toothpaste (and his own toothbrush) and a smorgasbord of treats – “he loved the mixed meat jerky” – that he could order from the menu.

But it was the personal touches – a handwritten welcome message, and the attention the staff bestowed on Colin – that took the experience to the next level.

Colin “ordering” from the Rosewood menu. Photo: Antony Dickson
Colin “ordering” from the Rosewood menu. Photo: Antony Dickson
Alice Eves giving Colin’s teeth a brush with the hotel-provided toothpaste and brush after he enjoyed his chicken. Photo: Antony Dickson
Alice Eves giving Colin’s teeth a brush with the hotel-provided toothpaste and brush after he enjoyed his chicken. Photo: Antony Dickson

Pet hotels in Hong Kong are nothing new. What has changed, though, is the upwards shift in the quality of services. And it’s not surprising hotels at the top of the chain are going the extra mile.

The global pet-care industry was estimated to be worth US$132 billion in 2016 and is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 4.9 per cent until 2025, according to a report last year by Grand View Research. India is expected to have the fastest-growing market due to its rising disposable income.

The China market is also booming, one driven by an explosion in pet ownership that has seen the number of pets increase from 389 million in 2013 to 510 million in 2017, according to online industry platform China Pet Market. A higher standard of living, combined with more disposable income, means people have more cash to splash on their pets.

A dog getting a massage at the Las Ventanas al Paraiso hotel in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Photo: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Cabo San Lucas
A dog getting a massage at the Las Ventanas al Paraiso hotel in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Photo: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Cabo San Lucas

In Hong Kong, a 2017 study by the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong showed that the cat and dog population in the city rose 72 per cent in 10 years from 2005-06 to 2015-16, from 297,100 to 510,600. It expected to hit 545,600 this year. Shifting demographics, from a rise in the number of elderly people, who buy pets to help cope with loneliness, to a drop in marriage rates are among of the reasons for the increase.

Hongkonger Sarah Wong can relate to this.

The 25-year-old graphic designer has no plans to marry or have children. “But I want to expand my ‘fur family’,” says the owner of two rescue Pomeranians. “A lot of my friends feel the same.”

She is also happy the city’s pet economy is expanding. Now there is everything from dog yoga sessions and pet spas to pet hydrotherapy and acupuncture. There has also been a rise in dog-friendly cafes and restaurants, and better pet-care product choices (she guiltily admits to spending about HK$800 a month on high-end dog treats).

We saw other guests with their dogs as well in the lobby, which was nice. Some of the other guests were understandably nervous on seeing a dog in the lift and would step out, but most people found it amusingJohn Butlin, who stayed at the Rosewood Hong Kong with his dog Pepper

Alice Ho, also from Hong Kong, is glad of the changing landscape, too.

“I travel a lot and had always admired hotels overseas that are pet friendly, so I’m glad Hong Kong has more options,” says the “30-something”.

In June, Ho and her Instagram-famous golden retrievers Fansu, nine, and Bodhi, four, who have more than 182,000 followers, checked into the Ovolo Southside hotel in Hong Kong’s Wong Chuk Hang neighbourhood to experience the hotel’s new “VIPooch” service. It was her first “staycation” with her dogs.

Fansu and Bodhi at Ovolo Southside.
Fansu and Bodhi at Ovolo Southside

“It was a decent getaway night with the boys and they were so excited, sniffing here and there, looking out the windows to watch people play football and basketball,” says Ho. Her dogs had their own beds and bowls and “Doggy Bag” with a specially designed dog toy and treats.

“Guests we bumped into were all friendly with the dogs and the staff were so kind, so that made me happy.”

Marc Brugger, managing director of Rosewood Hong Kong, says its pet programme treats owners as “pet parents”, and this is a vital first step to providing a successful pet service.

“We understand that pets are part of the family and that pet ‘pawrents’ want to take their favourite four-legged family members on holiday, so we strive to provide our furry guests with an ultra-residential experience and unparalleled comfort at Rosewood Hong Kong, and also at Rosewood Residences,” he says, referring to the serviced apartments Rosewood launched this month (monthly rentals ranging from HK$57,000 to HK$1.6 million).

John Butlin, a British man who has lived in Hong Kong for more than 20 years, says the best part of his recent three-night surprise birthday stay at the Rosewood was that Pepper, his one-year-old rescue Labrador, could join him.

Dinner time at the Rosewood Hong Kong for Pepper, a one-year-old Labrador. Photo John Butlin
Dinner time at the Rosewood Hong Kong for Pepper, a one-year-old Labrador. Photo John Butlin

“It was great – Pepper got to use the guest lifts and public lobby areas, which made it easier to get in and out of the hotel quickly for toilet runs,” Butlin says. “The staff were dog friendly and even greeted Pepper by name so they had been briefed, which was nice.”

Pepper seemed to enjoy the state of elevated luxury and space, and was very keen to explore the hotel.

“We saw other guests with their dogs as well in the lobby, which was nice. Some of the other guests were understandably nervous on seeing a dog in the lift and would step out, but most people found it amusing, especially the Borussia Dortmund soccer team and the Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng [who were also staying there].”

Pepper was keen to explore every inch of his room. Photo: John Butlin
Pepper was keen to explore every inch of his room. Photo: John Butlin

And advice for those thinking of booking a pet package?

“Do it! It’s a lot of fun,” Butlin says. “Just remember to take your dog for regular walks to avoid toilet accidents. And remove anything valuable which looks chewable.”

Four luxury hotels for your pets

Pooch pampering at The Hughenden in Sydney. Photo: Facebook
Pooch pampering at The Hughenden in Sydney. Photo: Facebook

The Hughenden – Sydney, Australia (all pets) It’s obvious this hotel, set in the upscale Sydney suburb of Woollahra, loves hosting pets – just take a look at the overload of dog pictures on its Instagram feed. Pets are spoiled, with services including pet sitting and dog walking. There’s even a Doggy Day Spa. thehughendenhotel.com.au

Burmese cat Fa-raon, a resident at Le Bristol Paris. Photo: Facebook
Burmese cat Fa-raon, a resident at Le Bristol Paris. Photo: Facebook

Le Bristol – Paris, France (all pets) Popular with the jet-setting elite (David and Victoria Beckham are regulars), this five-star hotel opened in 1925 and is famous for its historic architecture and luxurious interior. It also has a cult following among pet lovers thanks to its Instagram-friendly resident Fa-raon, the Burmese cat. Pets staying here receive a welcome hamper with food bowls, a bottle of Evian mineral water (of course) as well as a decorative rug embroidered with their name. oetkercollection.com/hotels/le-bristol-paris/

Dogs waiting outside the Cypress Inn in California, which was co-owned by the late actress Doris Day. Photo: Cypress Inn
Dogs waiting outside the Cypress Inn in California, which was co-owned by the late actress Doris Day. Photo: Cypress Inn

Cypress Inn – Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, US (all pets) It’s not surprising that this vintage-chic inn welcomes anything from dogs to iguanas and pot-bellied pigs – it was co-owned by the late actress Doris Day, who died in May and was known for her animal-rights activism. According to its website, pets have a lot of space to relax: on the patio, in the lounge and, best of all, they can indulge in “yappy hour” as well as leash-free walks on nearby Carmel Beach. cypress-inn.com

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (small dogs only)It’s the attention to detail, like bone-shaped place mats, that makes this luxury Mexican resort stand out from the crowd. Pampered pets can relax in their own cabanas, followed by a massage or doga session (yes, that is yoga for dogs). Dog butlers are also on hand to attend to your pet’s every whim. sanjosedelcabo.grandluxuryhotels.com

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The One Monte Carlo district @VisitMonaco

With the opening of the new One Monte-Carlo district, the Monte-Carlo Shopping mall is set for a new lease of life as the Riviera’s most exclusive retail experience. 

The One Monte-Carlo complex is a major new development in the very heart of Monaco, offering a global luxury experience just yards from the iconic Place du Casino.  Combining high-end residential units, retail spaces, top restaurants, cultural and business facilities, the ultra-modern district surrounds the Promenade Princesse Charlène, a new pedestrian area lined with trees and seven buildings, designed to be a transparent and green space.

Officially opened on 22 February 2019 by Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, accompanied by Their Children, the concept building currently houses 37 apartments, 24 luxury boutiques and nine floors of office space.  

A global and exclusive luxury experience

One Monte-Carlo is a brand new fashion district, with 24 high-end boutiques, 17 located inside the buildings themselves, along the new Promenade Princesse Charlène and on Avenue Princesse Alice, with a further six on Avenue des Beaux-Arts.  The great luxury houses present at the One Monte-Carlo include Akris,  Chanel Joaillerie,  Lanvin, Art in Time, Czarina, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga (summer 2019), Fendi, Prada Homme, Boucheron, Fred, Ralph & Russo, Céline, Gianvito Rossi, Saint Laurent, Chanel, HRH Jewels, and Sonia Rykiel. On Avenue des Beaux-Arts can be found Dior, Piaget, Alexander McQueen, Bulgari, Prada and Cartier.

An exceptional address in Monaco 

A unique residential address on the Place du Casino, One Monte-Carlo is a haven of peace and a superb place to live, work, or simply take a stroll. The brand new residential district, the first of its kind in Monaco, offers 37 high-end apartments for international clients looking for a truly exceptional living environment.  

A sustainable, green district 

Designed by  Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, one of the world’s leading contemporary architecture and urban design firms (which won the the 2007 Pritzker Prize, and also designed the Centre Georges Pompidou with Renzo Piano) and Monegasque architect Alexandre Giraldi, One Monte-Carlo is built to the most stringent environmental standards. The project was awarded the European BREEAM label. The roof of the building is fitted with latest generation solar panels. The exterior spaces were an important part of the project, designed to create a breathing space in the centre of the city, encouraging pedestrian traffic and social conviviality, under the responsibility of landscaper Jean Mus.

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