The Montblanc MB 01 Smart Headphones combine elegance with functionality. Made of fine materials such as aluminum, silicone and leather, they weigh only 280 g and offer excellent acoustics for a fascinating sound experience. Active noise reduction, Google Assistant, comfort and the foldable design make them great travel companions. Pairing with iPhone via Bluetooth works flawlessly, even the size of the shell can be easily adjusted, “R” and “L” inside the shell show what goes where. A cool female voice informs about the connection and the current charge status. The sound is clear and pure. In addition to the headphones themselves, the scope of delivery includes a USB-C to USB-A charging cable, an audio cable from 3.5 mm jack to USB-C, a cloth carrying case and an aircraft adapter – in other words, an exclusive travel set. There are 3 beautifully designed colour variations. One with black sheepskin and aluminum finish in chrome, additionally there is a version with brown leather and gold-colored aluminum finish and a version with light grey leather and polished aluminum finish. The Montblanc MB 01 can be folded up at the handlebars so that it does not take up too much space in your hand luggage when travelling.
Five stars distinguish the hotspot in Sölden, but also Tyrolean hospitality The Central – Alpine. Luxury. Life.
We Austrians know how it works!
The Central offers the guest a sparkling combination of international luxury and Tyrolean hospitality. Each room type surprises with a different style. Appreciated by James Bond and by demanding alpinists, the hotel Das Central – Alpine. Luxury. Life. is located in the heart of Tyrol, one of the highest ski areas in Austria, which also includes two glaciers. Sports fans, gourmets and connoisseurs are in good hands at the “Central”: The Ötztaler Stube was recently awarded the 3rd cap by Gault&Millau. You can also dine spectacularly at 3,048 meters above sea level in the gourmet restaurant ice Q. The “James Bond” location crowns itself among other things as the “highest hood restaurant in Austria”! If Daniel Craig had had time for this, he would probably have stayed longer to treat himself to a culinary highlight.
Sölden has shaped alpine cuisine like no other destination in the Alps.
The combination of haute cuisine and Tyrolean culinary culture has repeatedly won renowned awards for the only 3-bonnet restaurant in the Ötztal. 4 stars (91 /100 points) in the à la carte guide, 3 forks (92 points) in the Falstaff guide and above all the three toques (15 points) from Gault Millau – speak for the high quality that is offered to gourmet lovers of gourmet cuisine from all over the world in the gourmet restaurant Ötztaler Stube. The culinary delights are accompanied by over 30,000 bottles of selected wines from Austria and the world’s best wineries.
The extensive pistes extend over a total of 144 km. Skiers and snowboarders will find snow fun for all levels of ability in the multi-faceted World Cup ski area, as well as the longest downhill run in Austria at around 15 kilometres.
Foto ©: Das Central Sölden.
In the venetian lagoon
Lush gardens, ancient courtyards, a historical church built in the 12th century- the San Clemente Palace Kempinski, previously a monastery, transports its guests on a journey through time.
The history of the San Clemente Island goes back to the 10th century to the time of the crusades. A number of pilgrims came to Venice and waited to begin the journey to the Holy Land. Today guests come to the private island to combine a city trip with a relaxing holiday, romance with culture and history with cuisine.
The private island San Clemente is referred to as the gateway to the sinking city. Only ten minutes by boat from the Piazza San Marco there are extensive gardens, a church from the 12th century and five-star superior luxury. The San Clemente Palace Kempinski offers over 190 rooms and suites, packaged in a former monastery with antique relicts and the typical, Venetian flair. Mellow, classic decor and traditional high ceilings are elements of Venetian style and reminiscent of historical times. The Kempinski retreat presents its guests with a perfect combination of luxury and centuries of Italian tradition.
The Private Palazzo
The San Clemente Suite is the centrepiece of the San Clemente Palace Kempinski – a living room, a bedroom and two bathrooms for infinite possibilities. The suite is in the former monastery laundry and links historical elements such as open, dark ceiling beams with modern furnishings. Several large panorama windows provide the best possible view of Venice. It can also be extended by the adjacent Navigante suite, with 100 square metres the second largest suite in the hotel, as well as five Navigante Junior suites and the Marco Polo suite, which are also in the same part of the building. The result: a private Palazzo a Venezia that is completely independent from hotel events and still offers all the amenities of a luxury resort.
The culinary delights are provided in an exquisite selection of typical Italian cuisine: modern, Venetian haute cuisine in the Acquerello, interactive atmosphere in the Insieme or relaxed dining at the pool in La Dolce. Asparagus with truffles, pasta with grilled octopus and Zuppa della Laguna, an Italian fish soup, to name but a few highlights.
Best place to be
ADAM highly recommends a drink at sunset in the hotel’s outdoor area. The breathtaking backdrop, the setting sun above the sinking city presents an almost epic image, which will stay in your memory for a long time. It is simply a privilege to be there! In short: If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Venice, this is your location. The tourists, over 25 million a year, getting channelled through the narrow alleyways, the Piazza San Marco and over the Rialto Bridge will not disturb you here.
Photos Copyrights: Kempinski Venice
A new resort has opened on Mallorca: Finca Serena s situated inland surrounded by rich vegetation. A location you will want to return to again and again.
We have no influence over it but wish we had. The weather is one of the most important reasons why we venture out on our travels. And Mallorca certainly fulfils this criterion. One of the reasons for the good weather on the island is its magnificent mountain regions that not only provide a protected retreat for a number of animals. The ninety kilometer long mountain range, Serra Tramuntana, keeps the vast majority of the rain clouds at bay.
The island has plenty more to offer: Fabulous bays, 180 in total. One of them is the half-moon formed Cala Murta. It can be reached through a pine forest and is another insider tip. Not to mention the Mallorcan cuisine with Spanish and Arabian influences, and the countryside that is positively bursting with abundance and entices you to linger for hours. And then there’s the Finca Serena, which opened this spring. It is situated inland, in the middle of Mallorca, on a forty hectare estate surrounded by vineyards, olive and lemon groves, cypresses and lavender fields.
Once an old finca, Pau Guardans transformed the location into a 5-star luxury hotel, where guests refuel and can indulge in the sweet pleasures of life.
The interior captivates with simple rusticality and timeless elegance. The 25 rooms were designed according to the Japanese Wabi-Sabi concept and follow Richard P. Powell’s motto: „Reduce everything to the basics, but don’t forget the poetry.“ They are completely furnished with natural materials such as cotton, linen, natural stone and wood from the area and have a view of the gardens, plantation and the Mallorcan countryside.
A number of the ingredients that the head chef Celia Martin- Nieto processes to veritable culinary delights are from these vegetable gardens and fruit plantations. Martin-Nieto relies on the gastronomical variety offered on the island for her dishes. The restaurant Jacaranda has a dining hall with ceiling- high windows and an extensive terrace, on which guests can dine under an open sky and with a view of the sumptuous countryside.
And of course the surroundings entice you to explore. Traditionally this is done by bike but there are also hiking paths. A yoga retreat, golf courses in the vicinity and an in-house spa with indoor pool, sauna and fitness area ensure that you will be revitalized after your holiday.
Photos Copyrights: Finca Serena
Uncomplicated, resilient and functional, those are the attributes that are characteristic of Mido watches. Things that are important in particularly extreme situations. No surprise that countless cliff divers are among the fans of the swiss watch brand.
In addition to water sports, Mido is extremely passionate about architecture. One more reason to celebrate the event in the Spanish harbor city. After all the cliff divers basically take the plunge directly in front of the main door of an architectural masterpiece, the «Guggenheim Museum». Every watch from the Mido company is developed under the credo «inspired by architecture». Classic timepieces that do not follow any shortlived trends, but are classic beauties and consistently reliable companions.
Finally Franz Linder answers my question on the classic Mido customer «I believe the design of our watches is decisive. Timeless, powerful and reliable. It is someone who appreciates quality, who is discerning and does not have to rely on prestige. It’s about personality, less about showing off.»
As early as in the 1930s «Mido» was known for its powerful sealing system. The initiator behind the patent of the so-called cork crown sealing system was the watchmaker Georges Schaeren, who in November 1918 laid the foundation stone for the Swiss watch brand «Mido» that is still highly successful today.
Three quarters of a century Ocean Star
A little over a hundred years later, there are other patents that make the Mido watches so popular in particular for lovers of maritime sports. For example, the Calibre 80 from the new Ocean Star collection houses a new generation automatic movement that enables autonomy of up to 80 hours and, of course, consistently guarantees absolute water resistance. Therefore, it is only fitting that we celebrated the launch of exactly this new «Ocean Star» as part of the «2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series» in Bilbao.
The Ocean Star is now 75 years old, and still modern. The President of the watch brand, Franz Linder, addressed the subject in a personal interview: «It is our mission to create innovative products of the highest quality and in a design that conveys timelessness. Each of our collections has its own special character. For example, the Ocean Star was created specifically for water sports.»
*) From the very outset the name MIDO – from the Spanish ”Yo mido“ (I measure) – was a synonym for technical innovation and timeless design.
Photos Copyrights: Mido, Red Bull
HYDRA RESIST PHYTO COMPLEX
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„I am an actor and a musician. Simultaneously, each in its own way, I am equally passionate about both.“
Why does someone, who has just had a dream career start in acting meet up to cry? The brighter and the darker sides of life have a close connection for Daniel Donskoy. The artist’s last 10 years have been shaped by inner conflict, nomadism, successes and defeats – both in his professional and his personal love life.
The musicality in London, Daniel‘s first residence since 2011, the numerous concerts, the pulsating, restless life in the city and its melancholy and ambiguity have predominantly influenced his character. The British Singers & Songwriters have proved truly inspirational. The influence of Blues, Indie and Brit Pop on his music is clearly recognisable.
After an intensive phase of commercial work in film & TV it became even more important to Daniel to retain complete freedom and self-determination in his music. He had found the right partner in the music producer Mic Schroeder, who had already produced albums and singles for Joris, Rea Garvey, Lotte, Silly, and many more in the eleventwentyStudios in Berlin and who – like Daniel – places a great deal of importance on analogue sound and real instruments. Following his single “Cry by the River”, Daniel is now working intensively on his debut album.
Born in Russia, grew up in Berlin and Tel Aviv, drama and music studies in London, his family scattered throughout the whole world – for Daniel Donskoy it is difficult to define the term home. He is a cosmopolitan, a global citizen, who is at home everywhere where he unpacks his suitcase.
In his early childhood his Russian grandmother taught him how to play the piano. However, the strict Russian discipline restricted Daniel too much. During adolescence he broke out of the rigidity of his parental home, partied the night away in Tel Aviv and began to write his own songs. His talent did not remain undiscovered, but he turned down a place at a music school in Israel, moved back to Berlin alone, applied to study classical singing at the UDK (University of Arts) Berlin – and was rejected. Daniel Donskoy finally received a scholarship to the Arts Education School of London.
After completing his degree in 2014, Daniel Donskoy went directly to the theatre, and then played several roles in British TV. In Germany he became famous overnight with his leading role in the series “Sankt Maik”, followed by roles in Tatort and a main part in Dror Zahavi’s motion picture “Crescendo”.
Photos Copyrights: © Ray Burmiston
In the heart of a magnificent mountain backdrop the Chedi Andermatt is delighting its guests with a fusion of alpine chic and asian expression, culinary delicacies and the spa and health club extending over 2,400 square metres.
For some time now the small Swiss town of Andermatt has been slumbering peacefully, that was until the Egyptian businessman Samih Sawiris decided to breathe a bit of life back into it with the 5-star deluxe hotel The Chedi Andermatt, which within a very short time has elevated to a top position in international hotel, gastronomy and spa rankings.
Generous Luxury & Asian Delicacies
The affinity to nature and attention to detail can be sensed throughout the hotel and is particularly apparent in the 123 rooms and suites. Natural materials, panorama windows and over 200 fireplaces bring the Andermatt mountain landscape into the cosy rooms. However, the real luxury can be found in the generous dimensions. The hotel offers high rooms and lots of space, even the smallest double is 52 square metres. On a culinary level, The Chedi Andermatt offers its guests only the finest: In The Restaurant (14 GaultMillau points) exciting and delicious combinations from Western and Asian cuisine are prepared in four open atelier kitchens. The Japanese Restaurant (1 Michelin Star and 16 Gault-Millau points) is exceptional for the Swiss Alps. Authentic Japanese dishes are prepared by Japanese chefs at the tempura and sushi/sashimi bar. Since it opened in 2013, over a quarter of a million freshly prepared nigiri sushi have passed over the counter, and, according to GaultMillau, the hotel now ranks as one of the best addresses in the Alps. The guests can also get advice from a sake sommelier, a service rarely found in Europe.
There is no question, the enterprise in the Uri Alps is luxurious. In contrast to a number of other mountain hotels, this luxury house does not flaunt, but impresses with its design of Alpine chic and Asian elements.The 2,400 square metre spa and health club with an exclusive sauna area, ten deluxe spa suites, hydrothermal baths, a 35 metre long indoor pool covered by a glass roof and a heated twelve metre long outdoor pool with a view of the magnificent backdrop of the Alps is an additional highlight.
Conclusion: The Chedi was initiated by the visionary investor Samih Sawiris and with its 123 generous rooms and suites has in only five years become one of the forerunners in the international luxury hotel sector, a position that is substantiated by numerous awards. The Chedi Andermatt provides an insight into another world and views of an unforgettable part of Switzerland.
Treat yourself to a little bit of The Chedi for home: the cuddly Ploh bathrobe costs CHF 220.00 and promises to remind you of an exceptional time in Andermatt.
Photos Copyrights: Chedi Andermatt
Now is the perfect time to travel. Pack your cases. Life is too short to stay in one place. In Portugal you will experience two hotels that redefine the term Luxury : The Tivoli Palacio de Setzeis, a dream palace and The Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, wich recently made it into Forbes Magazine’s hot favourite list of the best new luxury hotels in the world.
There is no place in Europe where the sun shines more frequently and you could even imagine that it shines brightest here in the Algarve, at the south-west tip of Portugal. It reflects on the Atlantic Ocean as its tempestuous waves break on the rugged cliffs. Vilamoura, not far from the coast, is considered a jetsetter paradise. Vineyards, olive groves and Roman ruins shape the landscape and exist beside designer boutiques and golf clubs. Situated above the vast green expanse of the Victoria championship golf course, the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort offers the perfect retreat. Not only are the sandy beaches at close hand, the five star resort also has five pools, which should not remain undiscovered. And on a culinary level, the extensive hotel has a lot to offer, as indulgence is given a high priority in the Anantara Vilamoura. The Ria Restaurant specializes in fish and seafood. Every morning the catering team presents the best catches of the day, which can then be preordered for lunch. Chef Bruno Viegas and wine guru Bruno Cunha stage opulent evenings with perfectly coordinated Portuguese dishes and wines in the EMO restaurant. The hotel also orchestrates unforgettable culinary experiences in a private ambiance, including your own chosen menu and private chef as part of „Dining by Design“. From here you can also discover the Herdade da Malhadinha Nova vineyard. In Abernova, situated in the middle of nature, the family company endeavours to produce the best wine in the world. Visit a wine-tasting, treat yourself to a picnic in the vineyards and find out more about the manufacture of these complex, fruity wines.
The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais is located near the Palácio Nacional da Pena in Sintra, a picturesque city, 25 kilometres from Lisbon. At one time the Portuguese nobility had extravagant palaces and decorative gardens built here. Its exciting cultural landscape contributed to it becoming a UNESCO world heritage site. The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais itself is, as the name suggests, a palace from the 18th century. The rooms and suites are designed in majestic style and offer a breathtaking view of the Sintra mountains, the Moorish castle and the Pena Palace. It is not easy to outdo this panorama; however the luxury hotel manages to do this with its fabulous cuisine. In the Seteais Restaurant you dine surrounded by frescoes and paintings. Order the Royal Tasting: five courses of mouth-watering enjoyment for two people, or let yourself be pampered in the newly opened Corales Wine Room with exclusive Portuguese wines and regional delicacies. The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais also offers wine lovers excursions to the nearby Adega Regional de Colares vineyard. Located in a time-honoured building from the 19th century, Adega houses wooden barrels and vats with a total volume of over one million litres. Find your favourite wine and drink to love, life, to whatever takes your fancy. Because as Louis Pasteur so aptly put it: „There is more philosophy in a bottle of wine than in all the books in the world.“
Photos Copyrights: Vilamoura Algarve Resort & Tivoli Palacio de Seteais;
Paradise for Architecture and Design enthusiasts
The Fontaney Hotel is a city resort situated at one of the most beautiful spots in the world. In the heart of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg , nestled in a park directly on the shores of the alster lake.
You could be forgiven for thinking you are walking on clouds throughout the entire hotel, on soft carpets; the interior design is devoted to a love of materials and detail. There is no need for ostentatious chrome or gold leaf, fine wood and minerals express the understatement that is typical of Hamburg. Almost 200 members of staff attend to the guest’s every wish under the management of director Thies Sponholz. Check-in is at cosy curved desks and chairs, which are located in front of a green inner courtyard. However, my attention is drawn to the heart of the hotel. The 27-metre high atrium with round sofas up to 25 metres long. Six stories wide, my gaze is directed upwards to the glass banisters of the bar. When the pianist plays the Steinway grand piano, the tones drop like pearls along the eight-metre high chandelier down to the soft carpet. Can you feel the musical rain?
Guests can choose from a selection of 130 luxurious rooms and suites. Schramm Werkstätten in Germany designed an extra comfortable bed and mattress series specifically for the hotel. The “Parkview” garden restaurant offers a wide range of cuisine with a box view of the Alster. You are also granted a view of the Alster in the bar on the sixth floor. Above the bar, you will find the “Lakeside” gourmet restaurant; the crew, under the direction of Cornelius Speinle, offers contemporary fine dining and creative dishes of the highest level.
The hotel’s motto “Everything in flow” is also reflected in the exclusive spa area, extending over 1000 square metres. The urban roof landscape with a 20-metre long indoor/outdoor pool and sun terrace is a magical place. While you swim, the Infinity-Pool and the Alster Lake seem to merge to form one waterline.
Water, trees and the sky inspired the architect to create a building with a basic form made up of three intertwining circles, blending seamlessly into the Alster landscape. The result is not only a paradise for architecture and design enthusiasts but also a balance between nature and urban life.
Photos Copyrights: The Fontenay Hamburg