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LIFESTYLE

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OCTOBER 2011

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me,esc~e. however temporaryt from the "great cage of our domesticity". Spice spins an old yam to the tune ofthe forbidden dance with honeymoons that redefine mellow mush. On offer: a: delirious mix of raw, Wild West appeal with
extreme adventure sports spiced with the calm of languorous luxury; the comfortable thrill of a Ferrari drive through Italy along the Mille Miglia race route to a dream run on a butter-soft, deerskin-covered bed snuggled next to a wood-burning stove in a log cabin in the Serengeti; the wild clamour of the Rio carnival to the hypnotic allure of a Coldplay concert, this is romance fully morphed from the pages of a Louis I1Amour novel.

~t'J1~~*P:I,llhJ.U.tE~s Queenstown i:Si the Nevis from ~E;l3OtiiKthe Bungy pod dangles on a highwire cable 134m above the river. Enthusiasts claim it's the world's most extreme adventure playground. (www.bungy.co:n:c). Or get cracking with biking, mountain biking and rafting. If vertigo proves a bit of a challenge, drive that spirit of adventure in a Ferrari through Italy. What better way to explore Tuscany than to drive through the Amalfi coast? This self-drivetour offersabsolute luxury combined with the ultimate Gran Turismo experience. Imagine the romance of purring through the steep, winding roads of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany, along the route of the legendary Mille Miglia race. Kick back at world class five star resorts (Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort, nestled amid the rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia) after a long day on the road. (www.grand-hotel-capforrat.com; . www.tiara-hotels.com; www.red-travel.comluklitalia-in-ferrarilindex.htm)
Or if you prefer the classic twang of a Mustang, be part of a car rally while enjoying all things vintage. Head over to Cannes and drive through the French Riviera to rub shoulders with the bold and the beautiful. Overnight stays at legendary hotels like the Martinez (www.hotel-martinezcomlen), Cap du Ferrat and YaktsaTiara. Cost: Three-day driving programme with overnigbt stays starts at € 1500 (~97,287) £er .person;

ADRENALINE

HIT

Nothing reaffirms the bonds of life-long commitment better than a death-defying jump from altitudes of up to 15000ft. Embrace the fear with a tandem skydive in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world with New Zealand's Supreme Tourism Award Winners. Achievement doesn't come higher $269-$429 ~ 12,447-19,850 (www.n.zone.biz). If bungee jumping strikes a cord with you, options are

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authentic rustic luxury experience. Windsurf, canoe, catamaran sail, and water ski; or spot dolphins while cruising the open sea. For alone time, arrange cosy cookouts on the beach with champagne, oysters and strawberries (costs begin upwards of $500 (~23,048) per night). Customised packages available (luxe-word@pearlmail.com) If water is not your indulgence, experience slow travel-a movement characterised by authenticity and sustainable luxury travel-in Peru. From the wild, overgrown banks of the Amazon to the barren, snow-capped peaks of the Andes, unspoilt nature combined with a colourful culture in the ancient Inca Empire is a heady spice that is hard to pass up. The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, located by the Madre de Dios River, directly peers into the stunning Tambopata National Reserve and boasts 35 private Amazon suites that are luxurious, a butterfly house and an ENA spa (room rates begin from $240 (~11,063)).
Enjoy Poseidon's view at the underwater suite of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Islands (top); beachfront water villa (above)

AFRICAN

TRAILBLAZERS

LAZY LUXE
Let go. Lose your bearings. Or rather, find yourself a true escape. Discover a lonely island located on one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. No news, no shoes, is the glorious motto here so explore it in your own time zone. The honeymoon getaway at Six Senses' Son eva Gili is a dream and offers sparkling waters, spectacular views and superlative service standards (water bungalows start at $740 (~34,111)per night). If you fancy some action along with melting sunsets, check into the Six Senses Laamu: the bastion of the

There's no better way to kindle passion than a walk on the wild side. Even if you've been to Africa, these are some safaris that are sure to draft a new travel code. Elewana SkySafaris include all of Northern Tanzania's core highlights and offers an· unparalleled game viewing. Experience Tanzania's safari ~ircuitin the lap ofluxury: fly to and from each destination in an executive jet, stay in luxury accommodation while feasting on gourmet cuisine. The itinerary includes the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Treetops' Private 87,000 acre game concession and an excursion to Lake Manyara National Park. The itinerary begins and ends at the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

A ballooning safari in Africa provides the best aerial views (above);Enjoy the Flowers Vineyard in Bordeaux (below)

The itinerary includes fascinating lodges and resorts such as the Arusha Coffee Lodge (chic plantation house), Tarangire Treetops (an intrepid tree house), The Manor (a lavish estate home) at Ngorongoro and Serengeti Migration Camp (a luxurious tented camp). There's plenty to choose from. Email: luxeworld@pearlmail.com; limited period companion free offer. Leave behind the chug and throttle of a four wheel drive for the drift and sway of a hot air balloon ride above the scenic draw of the Masai Mara. The thrilling drama of wild encounters will prove every bit worthy of the price tag of $450 (~20,743) per person. (www.explorerkenya.comlhot_air_balloon_safari.html)

GOURMAND'S

PARADISE

If ambrosia's your poison, enjoy the nectar of the Gods in the heart of wine country in Bordeaux. Swirl,.smell and sip at the regions' finest wine chateaus and embark on a grand tour of its vineyards. The Bernard Magrez luxury wine tourism trips allow you to relax at the magnificent Bordeaux Chateaux, discover its historical charm, and of course, drink up. Follow a guided tour of the vineyard, the vat house and the cellars with the Wine Amateur's tour (discuss colour, texture, aromas, vintages, and food pairing) which is priced at € 9 (~584) per person or the Wine

wineries are often situated within kissing distance of beautiful landscapes. Nudge it one notch higher and indulge in fabulous culinary experiences in their restaurants, private homes and gastronomic societies or even country manors. Attend cooking classes, visit local markets, get an introduction to Spanish and regional cuisine and hands-on approach to cooking. Trips can be customised according to personal preferences. (www.madridandheyond.com) and start upwards of € 3000 (~1.94Iakh) per person for seven days.

HITTING

THE RIGHT NOTE

The colourful Samba Parade at the famed annual Carnival at Rio in Brazil (top); Argentina's Genova Tango Festival (above)

Collector's tour at € 99 ~6,420)per person. Live lifeking size at the Chateau Pape Clement, a wine estate once owned by Pope Clement V, a true bon vivant, and discover the life of a man deeply fascinated by wine culture. For € 990 (~64,209)per person, you can enjoy one night at the chateau, a guided tour of the vineyards, wine tasting, picnic lunch, a Rolls-Royce drive around Bordeaux's historic centre and dinner at Pape-Clement (www.pape-clement.com) IfFrance seems a wee bit formal, head to Spain for oneday wine excursions in towns such as Seville, San Sabastian, Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia. Historic

For the true blue audiophile, the sonic Holy Grail is one music festivalaway. Choose from one or multiple events in Europe. Each holiday comes fully loaded with concert tickets, accommodation and travel. If it's classical music you enjoy, choose from the Verona Opera Festival,Vienna Imperial Ball,Salzburg Summer Music Festival,Beethoven Festival, Rome and Florence Music tours, Carcassonne Music Festivaland others, but plan ahead for the next year. The same~olds true for contemporary bands such as Coldplay. Catch them live in concert in Madrid or Barcelona in February 2012. Later the same month, drink your way to Rio for the annual Carnival. Rio's Samba Parade is a lifetimememory. For the full blown experience, march with a samba school (www.rio-carnival.ne~. For the best board and lodge facility,drop anchor at the boutique hotel Fasano, in the heart of Ipanema beach; it's smack in the midst of all the action (wwwfasano.com.hr). Or tango in Argentina in spring to attend the World Tango festival.Also keep an eye out for the Festival of Guitars of the Worldpeople from all over come to play to the city each October. Prices start at $950 (~43,791)perperson for 3 days (email: luxe-world@pearlmail.com). Always book in advance for concerts to secure the best seats and ensure availability.

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