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Ferrari 812 GTS: the V12 spider returns

800 cv makes it the most powerful production convertible on the market  

Maranello, 9 September 2019 – Exactly 50 years on from the debut of the last spider in the Ferrari range to sport a front-mounted V12, the 812 GTS hails a triumphant return for a model type that has played a pivotal role in the marque’s history since its foundation.

The Ferrari V12 spider story features many iconic models and began in 1948 with the 166 MM, an authentic thoroughbred competition GT that won the two most prestigious endurance races in the world in 1949: the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The last in that long lineage was the 1969 365 GTS4, also known as the Daytona Spider because of Ferrari’s legendary victory in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona when two works 330 P4s and the NART-entered 412 P took the chequered flag side-by-side to occupy the top three places.

The front-mounted V12 architecture has not been used in a Ferrari series-production spider since the 365 GTS4. That said, four special series limited editions have been launched: the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina in 2000, the Superamerica in 2005, the SA Aperta in 2010 and, most recently, the F60 America of which just 10 were built to celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year on the American market in 2014.

Like its historic predecessors, the 812 GTS sets a new benchmark in terms of performance and exclusivity. Sporting Ferrari’s majestic 800 cv V12, it is not merely the most powerful production spider on the market, but also the most versatile, thanks to its retractable hard top, a unique feature in this segment which also guarantees a larger boot capacity.

The retractable hard top (RHT), which opens in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 km/h, does not impinge upon the interior dimensions, thus maintaining the donor car’s roomy cockpit. The electric rear screen, which acts as a wind-stop, makes the car truly useable with the top down while, with the top up, it can be left open to allow occupants to continue to luxuriate in the naturally-aspirated V12’s unique soundtrack.

ENGINE

The 812 GTS is the spider version of the 812 Superfast, from which it takes both its specifications and performance, most notably the power unit which, thanks to its ability to unleash a massive 800 cv at 8500 rpm, is the most powerful engine in its class. 718 Nm of torque guarantees impressive acceleration virtually on a par with that of the 812 Superfast while the heady 8900 rpm rev limit means that sporty driving is undiminished.

As on the 812 Superfast, these performance levels were achieved in part by optimising the engine design and in part by innovations, such as the use of a 350 bar direct injection system, and the control system for the variable geometry inlet tracts, developed on naturally-aspirated F1 engines. These systems allowed the increase in displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 litres to be exploited to maximise power output whilst retaining excellent pick-up even at low revs.

The high pressure injection system also improves nebulisation of the injected fuel thus dramatically reducing the amount of particulates emitted when the catalytic converter is warming up, and the fitment of a Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) together with the Stop&Start On the Move strategy, which cuts and restart the engine while the car is on the move, ensures the engine complies with all emissions regulations.

Particular attention was also paid to calibrating the Manettino settings to enhance the engine’s potential and the sensation of extreme power delivered by the car. That said, the driver will always be able to easily and confidently dose the massive torque available with the accelerator pedal, thanks to smooth, progressive power delivery at all engine speeds.

The shape of the torque curve reveals that torque distribution was not sacrificed to boost power. A significant 80% of maximum torque is available at just 3500 rpm, improving both flexibility and pick-up at lower revs.

The shape of the power curve, which rises constantly all the way to the maximum revs of 8500 rpm, and the rapidity with which engine speed increases, thanks to low inertia, give occupants the feeling of boundless power and acceleration. The latter sensation comes courtesy of the overall increase in maximum power output and the optimisation of the aforementioned power curve between 6500 and 8900 rpm, which maximises the average horse power exploitable for press-on track driving when engine revs are kept consistently high.

The dual-clutch transmission’s gear-shift strategies enhance the car’s sportiness. When the Manettino is in sportier settings, both up- and down-shift times have been significantly cut and the transition time has been optimised to enhance the driver experience. Combined with the shortened gear ratios, these modifications, mean that occupants will instantly feel that the car’s response to the throttle.

The geometry of the exhaust system was evolved to increase and balance the sound from the engine and tailpipes, with the aim of accentuating the car’s extremely sporty character with the roof down.

Exhaust-wise, prevalence was given to combustion order harmonics by modifying the geometry of the centre extension pipes. All the pipes in the 6-in-1 exhaust manifold to the monolithic catalytic converter are of equal-length and this optimises the sound by giving predominance to the first-order combustion harmonics. The result is a full-bodied V12 sound in the cabin in all kinds of driving but which is particularly appreciable when the roof is open.

DESIGN

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre and based on the 812 Superfast, the 812 GTS echoes the formal language and proportions of Ferrari’s front-engined V12 without altering either its exterior dimensions or interior space and comfort, so it represents the perfect marriage of sportiness and elegance. From the side view the 812 GTS has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 (Daytona) of 1968.

The draped design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterised by sharply slanted crease lines and impressively muscular wheelarches that imbue it with the power and aggression warranted by its imposing V12.

On the spider version of the 812 Superfast, the entire rear of the car – roof, tonneau cover and luggage compartment – has been redesigned. The idea was to lend the car a new blend of sleekness and balance, thanks to two buttresses beneath which the roof movement mechanism is stowed.  The buttresses were designed to visually embody a sense of forward thrust and lend the side windows a signature look that would set the spider apart from the berlinetta. When the top is dropped, the roof panels disappear beneath the aforementioned tonneau cover.

From a stylistic perspective, the rear wheelarch has lost the 812 Superfast’s characteristic aerodynamic by-pass. The absence of this duct has been compensated for, however, by reconfiguring the rear diffuser which now has an additional flap.

The new 812 GTS also features a new, highly sculptural and model-specific multi-spoke forged wheel. A choice of three versions will be offered: diamond-finish, liquid silver and Grigio Scuro.

AERODYNAMICS

Aerodynamically, the 812 GTS posed two main challenges for the Ferrari designers: how to guarantee the same performance as the coupé version with the top up and, at the same time, ensure maximum passenger comfort with the roof down.

In terms of pure aerodynamic performance, the retractable hard top and its stowage compartment required that the rear of the car be modified. Thanks to meticulous resculpting of the tonneau cover surfaces and, most importantly, the integration of a triplane wing into rear diffuser to create efficient suction (and thus downforce) from the underbody, the aerodynamicists were able to compensate for the downforce lost by the removal of the 812 Superfast’s rear wheelarch by-pass duct, the air intake of which was behind the quarterlight.

Drag, on the other hand, was cut by using the air vents on top of the rear flank to efficiently channel excess pressure build-up out of the wheel well.

Meticulously detailed work went into guaranteeing an excellent standard of comfort on-board with the top down. There was huge focus on minimising both turbulence inside the cabin and aerodynamic noise to ensure occupants could converse undisturbed even at high speeds.

As with the LaFerrari Aperta, two small L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the windscreen generate a coherent concentrated vortex that creates outwash in the velocity field immediately above the rear screen, thereby avoiding excess pressure behind the occupants’ heads.

In this area, the aerodynamicists created an aerodynamic passage in the front trim of the two buttresses that fair in the seats, and topped it with an aerofoil which channels the airflow striking the trim into the tonneau zone at the rear, thus facilitating both venting of pressure in the cabin and recompression of the separation bubble downstream from the wind stop which in turn benefits aerodynamic efficiency and stabilises the flow.

VEHICLE DYNAMICS

The aim in developing the 812 GTS was to retain the exhilarating feeling of speed and power delivered by the berlinetta version in terms of accelerating, response times and agility.

The 812 GTS is equipped with all of the 812 Superfast’s new generation components and control systems and, like it, delivers impressive handling.  It sports Electric Power Steering (EPS) which, in line with Ferrari tradition, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car in terms of performance by integrating it with all of the electronic vehicle dynamics controls, including Version 5.0 of Ferrari’s patented SSC. Another of the integrated systems is the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV), which has been further evolved based on experience gained since its debut on the F12tdf.

The following high performance driver assistance features are also featured:

Ferrari Peak Performance (FPP): when cornering, the steering wheel torque will provide the driver with an indication that the car is getting closer to its limit of grip, helping the control of that dynamic state:

  • Ferrari Power Oversteer (FPO) – in the case of oversteer, most frequently induced while powering out of corners, the steering wheel torque will give the driver feedback to give steering wheel inputs that are coherent with realigning the car correctly
  • Optimised calibration of the car’s magnetorheological dampers mean its elastic set-up is the same as the berlinetta version’s despite the 75kg increase in weight caused by strengthening work on the chassis.

Consequently, its overall performance levels are very close to those of the berlinetta, with 0-100 km/h acceleration in under 3 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 8,3 seconds. The Ferrari 812 GTS’s maximum speed is the same as the berlinetta’s: 340 km/h.

7 YEARS MAINTENANCE

Ferrari’s unparalleled quality standards and increasing focus on client service underpin the extended seven-year maintenance programme offered with the 812 GTS. Available across the entire Ferrari range, the programme covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life. This scheduled maintenance is an exclusive service that allows clients the certainty that their car is being kept at peak performance and safety over the years. This very special service is also available to owners buying pre-owned Ferraris.

Regular maintenance (at intervals of either 20,000 km or once a year with no mileage restrictions), original spares and meticulous checks by staff trained directly at the Ferrari Training Centre in Maranello using the most modern diagnostic tools are just some of the advantages of the Genuine Maintenance Programme. The service is available on all markets worldwide and from all Dealerships on the Official Dealership Network.

The Genuine Maintenance programme further extends the range of after-sales services offered by Ferrari to satisfy clients wishing to preserve the performance and excellence that are the signatures of all cars built at the factory in Maranello which has always been synonymous with leading-edge technology and sportiness.

The smart bank – N26

Two germans are causing a worldwide sensation with their mobile bank “N26”. In only four years, they have managed to go from startup to international top player. The trick: You take control of all finances in real time using one single app.

Once upon a time there were two frustrated friends. Valentin and Maximilian were thoroughly fed up with the current bank offers and services.

Their conclusion – No digital innovative vision, a lack of transparency and exaggerated fees. But instead of complaining, they rolled up their sleeves and started up their own bank. A bank that fulfilled their expectations. A bank controlled via Smartphone that is a loyal companion to its customers 24 hours, seven days a week. And a bank that managed to reach the top of its sector within only four years following the official product launch. “N26” is the international market leader in Mobile Banking – active worldwide in 24 countries, 2.4 million customers and 700 employees, the facts really speak for themselves.

An easy bank

The secret of success: Reflecting on the essentials. The customer can find all finances in only one app, making banking flexible and transparent. Real time notifications, subaccounts with saving targets, worldwide card payment, loans and insurance contracts, everything controlled from one source. “N26” has a very clear focus on customer needs today. Founder and CEO Valentin Stalf on that subject: “Worldwide far too many people are still using poor bank products and paying overpriced fees. Thanks to our investors, we now have the chance more than ever to shake up one of the largest industries.”

A growing bank

«N26» was developed solely for the Smartphone and as such makes banking simpler, faster and more up-to-date. We have no branches; the customers get money from roughly 9000 partner companies such as major retail chains. A slim IT system backs up the app, which hardly generates costs. This means that individual offers such as current accounts or Master and credit cards can be used for a minimum fee. On a global scale, the company also collaborates with innovative Fintechs to extend their services further. They have just been able to collect 300 million US dollars in another investment round. “N26” will use this funding for their startup on the other side of the pond in the USA. By the way, the name “N26” goes back to the first office premises. They were in Berlin on the street “Unter den Linden 26”. Again illustrating the philosophy of the two founders Valentin Stalf and Maximilian Tayenthal: Why make something complicated, when it can be created simply and at a low cost.

www.n26.com

„Worldwide far too many people are still using poor bank products and paying overpriced fees. Thanks to our investors, we now have the chance more than ever to shake up one of the largest industries.”

Photos Copyrights: N26

Daniel Donskoy

„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

Michael Haneke – the exceptional director

„Of course the audience prefers to encounter a well packaged lie. The truth hurts, that’s why we don’t want to see it.“

He presents those sides of real life that we prefer to avoid. Hoffmann & Campe are now publishing all this major scripts in one volume. Why Michael Haneke is one of the last superb filmmakers.

An elderly woman has a stroke. From now on she is imprisoned in her own body, bound to a wheelchair and her bed, dependent on care; she has to endure the shame of wetting herself, having her hands washed by strangers. Everything trickles away, freedom, dignity, language, everything that made life worth living, but he is still there, Georges, her husband. And with him love. He has promised her that he would not let her be taken away. And now she is pleading with him to put an end to it all. That is LIEBE, Michael Haneke’s eleventh film, a stroke of genius. In 2012 he received an Oscar for the film, although the Austrian writer-director works on a level far removed from any Hollywood formula. His films are free of clichés and void of sentimentality. „In the mainstream you have rules“, claims Haneke, „Nothing can happen to animals or children. But in reality something does happen to them.“ And it is all about this reality. Haneke‘s films are hard and cruel and at the same time hold a warm beauty. They show us life, how it is, not more beautiful, not better. During the process, the visionary avoids trying to convey any messages. In a Haneke film there are no answers, but issues are raised.

Haneke grew up in Wiener Neustadt in a family of actors. Allegedly he wanted to give up school at an early age to be an actor himself, but then studied philosophy, psychology and theatre studies in Vienna. At the age of 47 he presented his first cinema film, DER SIEBENTE KONTINENT, disturbing, it arms us for the ruthless truth that will shower down on us in his coming works. To name but three: In BENNYS VIDEO a teenager kills a girl for pure sensationalism in 1992 and films the crime. In an attempt to get the boy out of the situation he has got himself into, his parents become liable for prosecution themselves. A level of loyalty that the protagonist himself will not reciprocate. In 2001 in DIE KLAVIERSPIELERIN Haneke adapted the novel of the same name from the Austrian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Elfriede Jelinek. Without any frills he stages the story of the internally blunted piano teacher, who is drilled by her control-addicted mother to become a pianist and who fails in her endeavours to have a sadomasochistic relationship with one of her students. DAS WEISSE BAND – EINE DEUTSCHE KINDERGESCHICHTE deals with mysterious occurrences and traumatizing attacks on children made compliant from an overbearing upbringing in a protestant village. The film, demanding, difficult, but ingenious, was awarded with the Golden Palm in Cannes in 2009.

Hoffmann & Campe have now packed all major scripts from the 76-year-old between two book covers in DIE DREHBÜCHER. Plus: The completed script to FLASHMOB, not yet released. A special treat for cineastes and deep thinkers alike.

Photos Copyrights: Hoffmann & Campe, X Verleih

Ferrari – If you want to go riding you need a good horse

If you want to go riding, you need a good horse.

In our childhood my sister‘s favourite horse was „Black Beauty“. In contrast, mine was not „RI“, the black horse from Karl May‘s desert novels, but even at that early stage had four wheels and could run faster than all others in its class. Ferrari is and remains my passion.

The fact that my childhood was quite a while ago is not only obvious because I have a few white hairs hiding in my beard, but also because my friends buy a family car with storage space and more than two comfortable seats. Some rely on German brands, as they value their reliability; others prefer American models that narrow the roads with their bulky solidness. My real friends hardly drive Asian cars. But the king among the spacious Grand Tourer masculine pleasures comes, of course, from Italy. The black stallion cannot be outdone in beauty, motorization, technical sophistication and workmanship, but above all in emotion and pure pleasure.I get into my Ferrari GTC4Lusso and press the red start button in my cockpit with a joyful smile. The engine roars its greeting like an excited wildcat. I have never been carried by 690 horses that wait in anticipation to fly me over Swiss mountain pass roads. I carefully put the car into first gear with the steering wheel shift and notice immediately that the Ferrari engineers have achieved the impossible. A sports car that embodies a proper family car by virtue of spaciousness, sophistication and a luxurious interior and at the same time a wild mustang that every envious road user turns to admire, but which can be managed by any average rider with a little bit of sensitivity.

On the steering wheel there is the clear chassis set-up and a blue button, bearing the name „Michael Schumacher button“. As my pleasure reaches the highest magnitudes, I glide through the fabulous nature offered by the three Swiss passes Susten, Furka and Grimsel. Every bend, every ascent and every plateau now seem to have been made solely for my magnificent GTC4Lusso. The self-steering back wheels make every curve the greatest driving pleasure. I will not even mention the acceleration values, as I am still happy that I did not meet an Executive on the road.Of course, I studied the technical details on the Ferrari miracle before my ride – they read like a combination of an exciting novel by Dan Brown and the Guinness Book of Records. But reading about the technical feats is far outdone by the emotion of piloting this automobile. We two seem to have been made for each other. I am ADAM, I love life and life loves me. Even in my childhood my favourite horse had four wheels and today as a grown man I can confidently claim: I had great taste even then!

Photos Copyrights: LNNN, Lennen Descamps

Quick Click!

2 Clicks to resource pioneer

Even for a tomcat like me, life is not always a bed of roses, but now and then a warning call gives you an incentive to get your life back on track and to achieve something great.

For some time now I have been numbing my everyday boredom with online shopping. On that fateful morning Adam was outraged and said that all his credit cards had been blocked, as apparently some crazy hacker had plundered his account. And until the matter had been resolved he would have to manage with cash, which he would have to get from the bank, like in the Stone Age. “There will be trouble if the tomcat has something to do with this”, he mumbled, while he hurriedly disappeared on a business trip lasting a few days. He was barely out the door when a desperate cry rang through the house. So, my little hobby had been found out. I had no income; I was as broke as a tomcat can be. ->

Sighing, with the burden of a disillusioned friendship on my shoulders, I shuffled to the window and starred into the garden. An ant trail had formed along the patio. They crawled in rank and file as if remote controlled and dragged all kinds of ballast on their delicate bodies. I would have to work, like an undignified stray; this thought went through my mind, while cold sweat froze on my forehead. But what?
Lost in thought I browsed through the newspaper, the Stone Age hard copy, towards the job advertisements. One headline caught my attention: Use your resources! Second Hand and Vintage are this year’s trends! How you can earn money with your wardrobe.
Second Hand sounded like museum, Vintage sounded a little fresher and resources were almost like music to my ears. Somehow more profitable.

With one dynamic bound I jumped to the laptop and typed “Vintage fashion for sale” into the friendly flashing search field. Seconds later I got to a platform that specialised in the purchase and sale of all kinds of brand stuff. We had accumulated more than enough brand stuff; it was only a matter of enhancing the treasure.
In the following hours I blustered through the house like a tomcat possessed, fishing out trench coats, intolerable shirts, shoes, fragrances, bags and several exquisite watches that had been slumbering in pretty little boxes to build a gigantic Vintage resources mountain.
What can I say, business boomed. The crowd was obviously crazy about this stuff. And it only took a few clicks from the living room. “Tomcat-Vintage”, immediately enjoyed an excellent reputation and as I had more or less sold everything that was superfluous, I bought and sold what the market demanded. ->

With a splendid profit, I’d like to add. After only two days I had earned so much that I was able to transfer a considerable sum onto Adam‘s account and the cleaning lady was putty in my paws, after I had bribed her with a chic Chanel bag and had offered her a raise for the extra work posting the parcels. I had become an extremely successful entrepreneur with just a few clicks.
At the end of the week Adam returned home radiant from his business trip and reported that his account had been completely balanced again. “The guy must have had a guilty conscience or he won the lottery ”, he said happily whistling to himself.
“Probably lottery”, I replied and crept on soft soles to my place at the window. I suddenly heard Adam‘s weak voice echoing from the empty walk-in closet: “Oh God, why is everything empty?”
“Maybe burglars”, I guessed full of sympathy and observed the industrious ants hard at work.

Copyrights: Manuela Dona

A companion for time-out

A father needs time off now and then. In this case, in the splendid company of the Porsche Panamera 4S Sport Turismo.

It roars a little at the rear of the car then changes smoothly into the next gear. The needle stays put at 120 and in the digital display I can see than now and then it registers a few km/h too many. So, I quickly tame the horsepower again and continue in a relaxed manner. It is Tuesday afternoon. The mother is looking after the son and papa is making the most of the new Porsche Panamera 4S Sport Turismo.

With 440 PS under the hood, I drive on the 21-inch 911-turbo design tyres in the direction of the Saint-Gotthard Massif. The steering wheel does not need much input when overtaking. In fact, the car moves smoothly from the right to the left lane and back again. Exactly how it should be when you are driving a real sports car. With its market launch in October in five different versions, the Panamera Sport Turismo definitely offers one thing: space. First of all, three people have room in the back and the boot is comparable with that of an estate. The concept behind the model has worked, because originally the Panamera was designed as the ideal combination between sports and family car.

Definitely solid en route

It was my personal preference that I left my family at home on this day. Because I take the liberty of not sharing things. Regardless of how others may view that. They would have liked to have been on board, almost definitely. As the numerous assistance systems in the six-cylinder engine also ensure a comfortable journey. In addition, the parking system leaves nothing to be desired and making a good impression is virtually child’s play thanks to a rear view camera and aerial view.

No matter how small the space. Because at over 5 metres long and almost two metres wide the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo is a sizeable car. And one that is so much fun.
So, I continue to enjoy the journey and scan the cockpit. In Zuffenhausen the digital control centre answers to the name «Advanced Cockpit». And the interior of the Panamera is without a doubt «advanced». The large touch screen, the multifunctional centre console with automatic control element and in particular the numerous functions that can be adjusted from the steering wheel; everything blends aesthetically to a perfect whole, which offers a lot but remains manageable.

Definitely not too fast en route

Fortunately, there is not much traffic today on the motorway connecting north and south Switzerland. Perfect conditions to drive and experience the car – which is available from a price of 159,000 francs for the standard model – at its best. Even if I do not come even close to reaching the maximum speed of 286 km/h and certainly would not want to. Because without a driving licence it would prove difficult to enjoy my time-out with the Porsche, far from all my everyday duties. Therefore, I ultimately remain the sensible husband and father despite the temptation. It is part of my nature after all. But only one part…

Photo Copyrights: Porsche

Bucket List

Adam’s Bucket List

Mallorca

Not only can the elegant «Es Princep» boast of magnificent surroundings with a view of the twinkling bay of Palma and the historic city walls from the hotel window, but it also offers the perfect location to explore Palma de Mallorca at your leisure.
www.esprincep.com

Munich

A unique location with unlimited possibilities. Atmospheric interior that fuses  design and warmth. Modern art, which emits a sensual and cosy atmosphere. The perfect setting for special moments.
www.roomers-munich.com

Madrid

Jaime Hayon’s design of the Barceló Torre de Madrid broke new ground in art and design in the city of his birth. The recurring design element of mirrors in different shapes and sizes with frames of silver and gold characterises the interior. The designer chairs and sofas shine in strong colours such as orange, pink, kiwi green and mustard.
www.barcelo.com

Montenegro

The stylish 1930s manor house with seven suites, situated directly on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, was the summer residence of the Yugoslavian royal family and later the holiday island of President Tito. All suites in the AMAN resort Sveti Stefan combine the style of old Europe with contemporary design elements.
www.aman.com

Photos Copyrights: Es Princep, Roomers-Munich, Barceló Torre de Madrid, AMAN

Mauritius

Mauritius … simply because I owe it to myself!

Some people live to work, some work to live, I am Adam: I live and enjoy life to the full!

As my job places considerable demands on me, I decided to treat myself to a few days relaxation and vitamin D in the form of sunshine before the energy-consuming Christmas season kicks off.  The choice of where to recharge my batteries for the remainder of the year is quickly narrowed down to the paradisiacal island of Mauritius – a spot that has so much more to offer than known to date.

But we want to start at the beginning: There are a number of beautiful hotels on Mauritius, making the choice somewhat more difficult and the anticipation all the more sweet. I follow my friends‘ suggestion and check into the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness in the southwest of the island. There is nothing better than a personal recommendation, because my dear friends only want the best for me – and this proved no exception.

Roughly 40 minutes’ drive from the airport, I arrive at Domaine Bel Ombre, 2500 hectares of land with one highlight after the next.

The Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, next to it the family friendly Awali Resort, the 18 hole Heritage Golf Club, which manages to combine the prestigious European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Sunshine Tour in one tournament, the Mauritius Open, is within a few minutes’ walking distance.

The villa area „Villas Valtice“ is situated adjacent to the golf course. Every single house offers a breath-taking view of the golf course or Indian Ocean. The villas are serviced by the Heritage Resort and can either be rented or purchased. The Frédérica nature reserve boasts 1300 hectares and is ideal for excursions and Jeep safaris. The Chateau de Bel Ombre manor house from the 19th century accommodates one of 12 restaurants that pamper the guests‘ palates on the domain with local or international delicacies.

I chose the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, which is currently shining in new splendour following a „complete rejuvenation“. The particularly attentive personnel at the hotel, which exclusively offers suite accommodation and is situated directly on the beach at the Indian Ocean, fulfilled my every wish to make my stay unforgettable.

It is my objective to relax and enjoy the moment but also to experience something. This can be accomplished easily in one week, although I would have liked to extend my stay by a few days to make the most of the perfectly tailored services on offer at Le Telfair. Following an 11-hour flight, I partook of a jetlag massage in the new Wellness Pavilion to relax my back and legs. Even at this early stage, I am already aware of the numerous small loving details, which can be found throughout the entire Heritage Resort following its elegant redesign. The Wellness Pavilion is far from the standard spa one may have come to expect. It is an entire area, reminiscent of an Asian temple complex with little ponds, paths, courtyards and small individual houses. Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and numerous other offers take place at different locations to the massages and beauty treatments. The Seven Colour Spa uses its own specially created products. Oh, I could let myself be pampered there every day.

I am a bon vivant, therefore I follow the principle of trying out a number of things with the aim of discovering something wonderful ….and then stick to that. These discoveries include the Strand Restaurant PALMIER. I am served finely dressed seafood with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the elegant wooden deck.  Delightful …..this would be the ideal moment to press the „pause button“ and simply linger. I have arrived at a stage of complete relaxation.

I have not even tried any of the numerous activities yet. Cycling along the beautiful coastline with the electric bike, stand-up-paddling on the sea and my first yoga lesson in the middle of the nature reserve – my perfect holiday.

The day before I leave a hotel guest tells me that he has gone swimming with the dolphins  – an overwhelming experience. I definitely do not want to miss that opportunity and ask the hotel staff to help me organise it. So shortly before I settle into my cosy seat on the plane I can add one more highlight to my list.

Mauritius, your beautiful countryside, your hospitality and above all your friendly and welcoming inhabitants – you all made my week wonderful. Thank you!

Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness we will definitely see each other again soon!

 

Photos Copyrights: Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness

Malediven

Paradise on earth

Many rate the Maldives as their dream destination in the Indian Ocean. But how can you choose the perfect island for an unforgettable holiday among all the luxury resorts? I went in search of it for you and found paradise on earth.

Turquoise shimmering water, reclusive white sandy beaches, lines of palm trees and summer temperatures – these are the images floating through my head on the long-distance flight to the Maldives.

After roughly nine hours, I arrive and the first islands in the Maldives pass by my aeroplane window like emerald-green gems surrounded by white diamonds. These Maldivian pearls constitute in total 26 atolls and over 1000 coral islands, which lie embedded between countless blue and turquoise shades in the Indian Ocean in front of the southern tip of India. Roughly 200 islands in the atolls are inhabited and over 90 are available as a dream destination for holidaymakers from all over the world.

Many consider a holiday on the Maldives to be synonymous with high-class luxury coupled with that Robinson Crusoe island feeling. This is exactly the feeling I have when I arrive at the luxurious 5-star Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, situated in the South Male atoll and accessible in 35 minutes from the main island Male via speedboat or the resort’s own yacht. Fortified by a fresh coconut decorated with a pretty hibiscus flower – picked fresh daily by Omar, the beach guru, from the 20 to 25 metre high palm trees on the island – I begin my discovery tour of this unique destination. A particular feature of the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa is that it is connected to two other small islands. The Anantara Veli and the Picknick Island are only a short water taxi journey away and are characterised by their remoteness and even more tranquillity and privacy. Island hopping is made easy for guests and it guarantees a stay filled with diversity.

I immediately feel at home on my chosen island and my impulse to explore leads me past perfectly aligned palm trees, white sandy beaches straight out of a story book and finally I spy the symbol of the Maldivian dream: a hammock in the middle of the ocean, stretched between two aesthetic tree trunks that protrude from the sea like strong arms. While the waves of the warm Indian Ocean gently sway me back and forth and small single clouds pass by, the same thought occurs to me again and again and I am certain that I have arrived in paradise on earth.

Over Water or beach, that is the question

It is up to you whether you opt for an unusual Over Water suite or one of the picturesque beach villas. But rest assured – you cannot make the wrong decision!

While the elegant Over Water suites captivate above the sea with their iconic Maldivian architecture, you have the lush vegetation and the Indian Ocean in front of your tropically designed island home in the beach villas, including a private beach section.

My search for the holiday eldorado led me by seaplane to another Maldivian island, Niyama Private Island Resort. In my most beautiful fantasies, I could not have imagined such a beautiful dream island with private butler service. Both twin islands „Play“ and „Chill“ lie like breath-taking beauties in the water and offer 5-star amenities of every kind. The best and most befitting way to explore these is with one of the resort’s bicycles while enjoying the warm sea breeze along the way.

„Chill“

The oasis in the middle of paradise for quiet moments at the beach or Over Water Studios or in the beautiful Niyama Spa. The location for absolute relaxation in a unique seascape.

„Play“

The adventurous sister island. The Caribbean beach bar „Surf Shack“ with a breath-taking view of the sunset, the diving station „Float“ with a wide range of water sport activities and a programme for coral sponsorship or elegant Infinity Pools still the luxury holidaymakers’ desire for adventure.

My discovery tour continues to focus on the impressive culinary selection at Niyama Private Island Resorts. I can scarcely believe my eyes at the range of first-class and unique gourmet restaurants. The „Nest“ restaurant lies in the centre of the tropical treetops and offers Asian Avant-garde cuisine and Teppanyaki in a class of its own. In „Tribal“, the only African restaurant on the Maldives, you can experience African ambiance similar to exclusive lodges in South Africa or Botswana. For an exceptional cuisine experience submerge yourself and be at one with the marine life in the „Subsix“ underwater restaurant. Globetrotters can sample other special delicacies at six other restaurants with diverse dining concepts from all over the world.

At the start I told you of my thoughts when flying to this unique group of islands – turquoise shimmering water, reclusive white sandy beaches, lines of palm trees and summer temperatures. I discovered all of these things and so much more. The luxurious resorts do not only captivate with dreamy beaches and a breath-taking backdrop, but surpass all holiday expectations with exceptional activities, cuisine and service. Unfortunately, I have to confess that even with the best of intentions of describing this wonderful place in words and images, I cannot do justice to the beauty and unique character of this dream island. It has to be seen and experienced first-hand, paradise on earth.

ADAM’s travel tips for the Maldives

Barefoot Deluxe:

The dress code on the Maldives is barefoot! So do not be afraid to leave your Valentino, Louboutin high-Heels or sneakers at home, you will not miss them on the Maldives.

Fall asleep to the sound of the sea:

The Over Water villas are built directly over the sea and can naturally be somewhat loud when there are high winds and strong waves. Bear this in mind when choosing your room category.

The perfect time to travel:

the air and water temperature are consistently summerlike throughout the entire year and make the Maldivian islands a year-round holiday destination in a class of its own.

Sunrise Lover:

the Maldives are famous for their indescribably beautiful sunsets. But, try to watch at least one of the magical sunrises. You can catch up on your missing hours of sleep with a relaxing nap at the beach or the Infinity-Pool.

Star Gazing:

Be dazzled by the stars. You can even make out the Milky Way with the naked eye.

 @topolindra – away we go.

They work where others spend their holidays. The Blogger couple Verena & Konrad from Vienna travel the length and breadth of the entire world to photograph and document their travel experiences on their Blog @topolindra. Beware, the travel bug will get you.

Photos Copyrights: Verena Lang