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SIGNATURE / highflyer
Aman Resorts has made travelling to remote regions significantly more comfortable with the launch of the Aman Private Jet. The brand’s Bombardier Global 5000 is available for charter with bespoke itineraries between Aman properties around the world,
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Take The Slow Lane
As Tasmania’s locals like to say, although the bushrangers are long gone, there are still many ways to get held up on the Heritage Highway. Built by convict road gangs in the early 1800s, this route between Launceston and Hobart echoes the faster and
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Vuitton, VA VA Voom!
Australia has had a long love affair with Louis Vuitton. Back in 1986, the star player of France’s LVMH group was the first luxury brand to open a freestanding store in this country: an imposing, multi-level store on the corner of Castlereagh and Kin
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Around The World By Private Jet
What better way to roam than alongside Abercrombie & Kent’s founder? The ‘Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet (2020)’ tour sees you zip around on a chartered Boeing 757, with exclusive activities when you touch
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Vote & Win A HOLIDAY FOR TWO TO ABU DHABI!
Nominate your favourite hotels and resorts in our 2020 Signature Platinum Awards for your chance to jet off in style to the United Arab Emirates. You and a partner will fly in business with Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi – the UAE’s innovative cultural
Signature Luxury Travel & Style3 min readFashion
Legends Of Their Time
Just as fashion has the Hermès ‘Birkin’ bag and Tod’s ‘Gommino’ loafers, so, too, the watch world has its handful of models that have cheated time. They’ve earned their iconic status through industry-changing innovations, a front-row seat in history,
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How I Met Mauritius
It was easy. Mauritius wants to be discovered; its people are natural hosts. On arrival at my hotel, SALT of Palmar, I was welcomed by Melanie and a burst of Camille Walala colour. Check-in was fast and informal, and I learned that Melanie is a forme
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The Wrong Crowd
Shrouded in history and mystery, Venice’s crumbling beauty is impossibly exquisite. We sigh at the gilded Saint Mark’s Basilica and the lacy architecture of the Doge’s Palace, its gleaming duomos and gilded spires having inspired as many sonnets as t
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Celestial Beauty
Humans have looked to the sky since time immemorial. The sun and rain for life-giving sustenance; the planets and stars for navigational guidance; the soft and vibrant hues of dawn and dusk for artistic inspiration. Now one of the world’s most storie
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TOP 25 Mediterranean Experiences
Located in the village of Deià, Belmond La Residencia is one of Europe’s most idyllic hideaways. Owned by Richard Branson in the 1980s and a preferred refuge of Princess Diana and (today) Leonardo DiCaprio, the secluded resort is flanked by steep hil
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Nature Views
Research shows that being amid nature – whether water, forest or rolling hills – benefits your mind and body, lowering stress and anxiety levels, increasing wellbeing and happiness, and slowing down heart and breathing rates. For meeting and event pl
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Far Horizon
The view is simply sublime. Reclining on chic grey-and-yellow cushions set in a sunken lounge pavilion, I cast my eyes across a white-tiled terrace, over an L-shaped infinity pool and beyond to the Gulf of Thailand. Perched on a steep slope swathed i
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Sea, Smarts And Sustainability
The Riviera sun floods the cream-and-chrome interior of L’Hirondelle, a waterside eatery with views of a yacht-bedecked port and the soaring promontory known as the Rock. It’s lunchtime, and sunglasses are donned since it’s bright – and, well, becaus
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THE Social edit
Louis Vuitton’s Sydney Maison celebrated its highly anticipated re-opening in style on the evening of 27 November 2019. The latest cruise collection was displayed across the store, redesigned by renowned New York based architect, Peter Marino, while
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The Arts Trail
The Twist, Kistefos Museum, Norway | 24 May – 11 October A dramatic conversion of a wood pulp mill, Kistefos sculpture park outside Oslo has been attracting art lovers for more than 20 years. It now offers a new reason to visit: The Twist, a museum t
Signature Luxury Travel & Style2 min readEarth Sciences
The Seabed Is Alive
On the other side of the glass – in a seawater filled tank illuminated by soft LED colours and fitted out with sand, pebbles and swaying aquatic plants – eyes stare. Gills flap. The tendrils on a gleaming green disc twist; a rock shaped like a brain
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Resort Remedies
This seasonal retreat mixes rowdy good times with fervent self-improvement. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the pine-scented private islet – a tiny speck of land around 10 kilometres off the Croatian coast of Šibenik – is devoted to adult-only glamping.
Signature Luxury Travel & Style4 min readAutomotive
Pushing the Limits
There’s a wonderful old story in the motor trade that’s still cited by sales staff at Aston Martin, the exclusive sports car brand. It was the early 1960s, and a potential customer was nosing around Aston Martin’s then-new DB5 coupé – destined to be
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Greece Is The Word
Most trips to Greece will involve a visit to Santorini, where dreamy sunsets are glimpsed over whitewashed, cliff-hugging villages and bougainvillea drapes over bluedomes churches. From 20 May 2020, getting here will be even easier, with Qatar launch
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Antarctic calm
An Antarctic expedition cruise is about doing, not just seeing. Snowshoeing up a mild mountain to watch humpbacks in the neighbouring bay, kayaking in iceberg-laden waterways, hiking to a mountaintop chinstrap penguin colony or stripping down to take
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THE TRAVEL ASSOCIATES GUIDE TO Luxury Travel IN 2020
While Lebanon has been mostly tourist-free in recent years, momentum is gathering in this ever-changing country, a place that – like Turkey – is a nexus point of the West and the Middle East. “For such a small country, Lebanon has so much to offer,”
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Eclipse Of The Heart
Who would have thought a submarine had a dress code? It’s one of the first things guests are informed of when they sign up for the underwater experience on Scenic Neptune, a six-passenger sub that explores the depths of the sea in search of marine li
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Desert Dreaming
A veil of ochre-hued dust glitters the perspiration beading our brows as we shave the crests from the dunes. Tube scarves save our nostrils from the sandblasting, as we joyride the sinuous folds of Wadi Rum, Jordan’s lunar-like desert. Bouncing on th
Signature Luxury Travel & Style3 min readEarth Sciences
The Best Wild West
The day begins with a whisper, the wings of a sacred kingfisher skimming the Hunter River for the briefest of seconds. The quiet is heavy, making everything else in the world seem insignificant. Or maybe that’s due to the surrounding immensity, our b
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A Private Affair
“Turtle call!” Just before midnight, I’m startled awake by a WhatsApp ‘ding’. The message is from the unflappable conservation duo Spencer Wyand and Liz Brammer-Robbins, who are nearing the end of their six-month night-patrol stint for the Hawksbill
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Mediterranean Moments
Come 2021, Silversea will launch its 10th ship, Silver Dawn, with a maiden season exploring the Mediterranean. The 596-passenger vessel will begin sailing between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice from 22 September, its nine-night journey stopping in G
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Vietnam Ease
We slow to a standstill, our road blocked by a herd of water buffalo. I’m riding pillion on a vintage Vespa, our group of six embarking on an evening Streets & Eats foodie tour. We are on the outskirts of the Vietnamese port city of Hoi An, surrounde
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Lazy Days on A Longship
In a cellar with a cathedral-like Gothic ceiling, we are blessed to be tasting one of the finest wines in France, swirling the ruby Châteauneuf-du-Pape around in our glasses before sampling its earthy, berry flavours. Our private tour has taken us to
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Editor’s Letter
As we go to print with this issue, all of us in Australia are devastated by the fires and the loss of lives, including some of our firefighters. Homes have been burnt to the ground and many other structures severely damaged. An extraordinary number o
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Hidden In Plain Sight
For decades, Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. Years of uncertainty kept the country off travel itineraries, but 10 years after the end of its civil war and following the aftermath of the Easter bombings in early 2019, the country is moving f
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