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A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais&Châteaux

A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais&Châteaux

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With Spain preparing to welcome visitors back to its sunny shores once again, this summer presents the perfect opportunity to delve deeper among the country’s lesser known regions and uncover some of its best kept secrets, starting with the historic hub of Santiago de Compostela.

The capital of Spain’s north western corner of Galicia, claimed final resting place of the apostle Saint James and the culmination point for the famous Camino de Santiago pilgramage, the city provides a gateway to a treasure trove of fascinating ancient history, breath-taking untapped scenery and a rich culinary culture complemented by rarely exported wines.

Tucked among the rolling green scenery and just five minutes’ drive from the city centre, A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais&Châteaux – a new Mason Rose client re-opening from 5th July – provides an ideal base from which to organise personalised itineraries that truly highlight the best of this spectacular destination, with options including…

  • Expeditions through the stunning Ribeira Sacra incorporating riverboat tours along the meandering Miño river, flanked by traditional seafaring villages, and visits to the strikingly steep vineyards producing native Atlantic wines rarely found elsewhere
  • Sailing and horse-riding trips that trail the numerous estuaries, untouched sandy beaches and traditional fishing villages of the Galician coastline and islands, finishing with an unforgettable panorama of one of Spain’s most beautiful sunsets
  • Time-hopping city tours of Santiago de Compostela, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its diverse wealth of history and architecture open for exploration all year round, and where story-lovers can still spot the golden scallop shells that pepper the cobbled streets to guide pilgrims into the city
  • Adrenaline-fuelled adventures from abseiling into the Sierra del Barbanza canyons, to rafting down the Ulla, Tambre and Deza rivers, to diving for shellfish at the Arousa estuary, as well as unrivalled views from above thanks to guided paragliding experiences

When the time comes to wind down, the family-owned A Quinta da Auga promises all the ingredients for a luxurious getaway with a true sense of place. Housed in an 18th century paper factory nestled within one hectare of land, the 51-room boutique – including three individually designed premium suites previously sought out by Spanish royalty – offers the best of the Galician heritage, with original stone walls and rich wood flooring bedecked with an elegant combination of antique and contemporary furnishings and artworks.

The hotel’s dedicated spa and wellbeing centre extends the concept of slowing down and embracing the surroundings, boasting its own flotarium inspired by the mineral-rich salty waters of the Dead Sea. Pampering is on offer in the form of facial treatments using products from French skincare guru, Biologique Recherche, aromatherapy with Aromatherapy Associates and Ayurveda with Sundari, while couples can enjoy their own world of wellness at the intimate private spa. Meanwhile, delicious Galician fare can be found at the alfresco QCafé coffee bar and fine-dining Filigrina restaurant, which exemplifies gourmet takes on locally produced delicacies, such as seafood freshly sourced from the neighbouring Atlantic, all paired with specially selected regional wines.

For weddings and events, A Quinta da Auga’s owners, the Lorenzo-García family are delighted to offer personalised packages in their dedicated spaced that open out onto the riverside gardens, brought to life by seasonal flower arrangements.

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Galicia is a region of Spain with an exceptional tradition, culture and nature. This hotel is the perfect place to stay if you are coming to Galicia for the first time. A place steeped in history, tranquility and exceptional service. The origin of this hotel dates back to the 18th century, which housed a paper mill and one of the most important places in the area, rich in industry.

J. Garrido

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Paseo da Amaia 23b
15706 Santiago de Compostela,
A Coruña. Spain
Tel. (+34) 981 534 636

Price: 120€ to 200€

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Joali Maldives: Empowering Female, philanthropy and eco-art

Joali is the Maldives’ first luxury and only art resort, eco-inspired with immersive pieces.

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Joali is a castaway paradise surrounded by uninhabited islands while just 45 minutes away from Male by seaplane. The Maldives’ first and only art resort, Joali’s focus on sustainability is reflected in its trail of eco-inspired artworks by up-and-coming international designers, including a giant Manta ray treehouse by Porky Hefer and an underwater mosaic coral museum by Misha Kahn. With stylish and on-trend interior design in its 73 gorgeous beach and over-water villas encompassing marble, rose gold and bamboo.
Joali’s impeccable sustainability credentials are further reflected in its commitment to saving the oceans with their own coral garden and nursery, all-natural, sealife-friendly shampoo and conditioner in rooms and a ban on non-recyclable and recycled plastic.

Celebrating its first birthday at the end of last year, Joali Maldives is one of few independent luxury hotels in the region, designed and masterminded by one woman, Esin Gural Argat, one of Turkey’s most prominent entrepreneurs (open to interview if of interest). Designed with astonishing attention to detail in collaboration with renowned designer Autoban, Esin’s feminine touches are reflected throughout; from rose gold taps and marble sinks to mini-libraries of female-inspired books in villas for poolside enlightenment. As the Maldives’ first and only art resort, eco-inspired immersive pieces are dotted around the island in a fascinating trail curated by Istanbul-based female collective No LaB, with each piece portraying a timely geopolitical or environmental message.

Committed to helping empower women in the Maldives, Joali has a commitment to hiring local women at all levels, from beach cleaners to senior management, and funds volunteer work with local schools to help girls and women gain skills needed for employment. On a more general local level, blood donation camps are regularly held at the resort for guests and staff to donate to local hospitals to alleviate the shortage of blood for transfusions in the Maldives. Reducing impact on the environment is another of Joali’s philanthropic commitments, with the resort designed and built around the lush palm trees and foliage already on the pristine island of Muravandhoo. Guests can visit nearby desert islands to clean beaches and collect any litter washed up by the sea and take part in a pioneering reef restoration project alongside the resort’s Marine Biologist to help rebuild the house reef after the recent mass bleaching event. All room amenities are 100% natural and safe for marine life, while the small amount of necessary plastic used is both recycled and recyclable. Joali is working on tree-planting schemes for 2020 for guests to offset their carbon footprint, while a new departure donation scheme encourages support of its partner charities for marine conservation and a local NGO supporting children with disabilities.

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We could say that it is the only art museum located in paradise. Joali combines luxury and creativity in one place and unique in the Maldives.

J. Garrido

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Muravandhoo Island
Raa Atoll, Maldives
+960 658 44 00

Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam

The most beautiful and impressive hotel in Amsterdam

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In our opinion, the Conservatorium is one of the most beautiful and impressive hotels in Amsterdam; It is located in the former building previously occupied by the city’s Sweelinck Music Conservatorium which was also, originally built as the Rijkspostspaar bank at the end of the 19th century; the building was conceived by the renowned Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel, reputed for his his ability to fuse simplicity and functionality. In addition, this hotel has been awarded on numerous occasions as the best of the luxury hotels in the Netherlands.

The hotel’s interior design was delegated to the award-winning Italian interior designer Piero Lissoni, who modernised the Art Noveau style by merging it with the simplistic lines proposed by its creator.

The Conservatorium Hotel defines itself as your second home in Amsterdam and we completely agree as you feel from the very first second that the aim of the hotel staff is to make the visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. And they must be doing something right, when they have become the reason why so many guests keep coming back to the capital year after year.

The location of the hotel could not be better, as it is found in the famous Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier), one of the main neighbourhoods to visit in this attractive city.

Leaving the exteriors aside, the Conservatorium Hotel offers an infinity of proposals that will not leave any guest indifferent. Beginning with its varied and ample offer of spacious rooms, which manage to capture all kinds of customers who want to enjoy a quick or long stay in Amsterdam, and followed by their offer of rest and relaxation through a splendid spa from which you do not want to leave.

In the Conservatorium Hotel you will be able to find various sorts of restaurants and cuisine such as the Taiko, a recognized and award-winning Asian-inspired restaurant which has become one of the most exclusive spots in Amsterdam. It is directed by Schilo Van Coevorden who manages to combine beauty, flavour, and texture in each one of his creations.

Another of our favourites is the Brasserie and Lounge, located in a beautiful glass inner courtyard with spectacular windows ranging from floor to ceiling, where you will find yourself tasting the most the most contemporary classics during the day.

Undoubtedly the hotel has become an experience to repeat once and a thousand times, which you would never get tired of.

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Elegant design and award-winning architecture in this magnificent reclaimed conservatory. A luxury hotel with impeccable taste and exquisite service.

Y. Martin

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Van Baerlestraat 27 ,
Amsterdam, 1071 AN NL
+31205700000

Grantley Hall

It opened its doors last summer and became an overnight sensation for guests searching for a haven of peace amidst nature and tranquillity that only Yorkshire can offer.

Grantley Hall is located in the heart of Yorkshire, just ten minutes west of Ripon. It is a sprawling, 17th century property built by the first Baron Grantley and was a favoured holiday residence of the English gentry, where guests such as Queen Mary and the Princesses Royal, politicians and high-society families have stayed.

When you arrive to Grantley Hall, two large gates stand sentry at the entrance to the complex. Once you’ve gone past them, you’ll continue along a path following the course of a river until you get to a wide open parkland surrounded by gardens where you’ll see the majestic, Palladian-style Grantley in the background. 
The interiors feature a contemporary country style designed to highlight some original and completely restored elements such as historic fireplaces, oak panelling and ornamental ceiling plaster work. All furniture has been personally chosen by Valeria Sykes, the current owner, and made by local artisans especially for Grantley Hall. 

Grantley Hall has 47 rooms and suites, all facing its different gardens—turning it into a benchmark in its category. It doesn’t matter which room you choose; all rooms enjoy guaranteed views.

Each room and suite comes with an Italian marble-clad bathroom with a separate tub and walk-in shower, as well as a television hidden behind a painting that you can reveal at the touch of a button. All of them boast the latest technology and amenities. 

Gastronomy is considered absolutely crucial at Grantley Hall, which is why its kitchens are in the more-than-capable hands of Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin, who has gone back to his roots, becoming Yorkshire’s most outstanding chef. 

In his elegant restaurant, Rankin showcases what he does best: cooking with local seasonal produce. To this end, Grantley Hall has its own kitchen garden, with fruit trees, vegetables and bee hives. 
Other dining options include Restaurant EightyEight, which serves Pan-Asian cuisine, a restaurant with a more laid-back atmosphere called Fletchers, the Drawing Room, for the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea experience, and lastly, Valeria’s, a bar serving the most exclusive champagnes and cocktails, which are perfect after dinner. 

In a place completely isolated from the world, it goes without saying that it would have a wellness philosophy, as epitomised by The Three Graces Spa, where you’ll find a wide range of treatments available using products by Natura Bissé Barcelona. 

ELITE Executive Gym and Wellness is the name of the fitness facility offering activities you can engage in under the guidance of experts such as Duncan Roy, the Guinness World Record Ocean Rower who has shared his wealth of expertise to create the ultimate fitness experience at Grantley Hall. 

ELITE also offers water activities in the different pools on the grounds. Don’t miss out on yoga classes in the gardens, a truly unique experience amidst nature and silence. 

Ripon North Yorkshire
+44 1765 620070
grantleyhall.co.uk

Janeiro: Front-ocean sustainable luxury

Right next to the Atlantic Ocean, but far from the bustling beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana that define the second most populous city of Brazil, stands the Janeiro Hotel, the last offering of the artist, doctor, fashion designer and philanthropist Oskar Metsavaht. A project that mixes luxury, simplicity and technology and that follows the values of Sustainable Luxury, a philosophy that Metsavaht developed even before the term was coined.

Located in the glamorous Leblon district, the Janeiro Hotel was created in 1975, when the coast-line started to become home to new luxury apartments. Then Metsavaht took control of it, and even if it has been open for less than three years, it has already become a city referent.

What makes Janeiro Hotel so unique is how it manages to combine urbanity with nature through its structure and its design. With diaphanous spaces, minimal and exquisite decoration, its enormous windows let natural light illuminate each corner and offer outstanding panoramic sea views over the Cagarras islands, the city, and the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue on the top. In the Janeiro Hotel, the landscape is ever-changing and always present.

White dominates the room interiors along with the soft colour of the sustainably harvested Freijo wood of the furniture and the Travertine marble. Rooms have a minimalist design, feature recycled-glass lamps, and showcase design pieces from Brazil’s emerging talents. Black and white beautiful photographs and art books can be found anywhere in the hotel.

From the 53 rooms that Janeiro offers, the main one, the Janeiro Suite, stands out among the others, as its spacious space of 75 m2 includes a king-size bed, a sofa, a swing chair and an integrated bathroom with double shower, a dining table, an armchair and a TV. But the Oceanfront Suite or the Oceanview master suite, which is on the top floor, are also excellent choices. In any case, all rooms include cable TV, coffeemaker, mini bar, radio, high-speed internet and yoga mat and blocks.

The Janeiro Hotel is also the place of two delightful restaurants. The cosy and intimate Janeiro Restaurant offers dishes made with seasonal and local ingredients, like grilled seafood and farm-to-table vegetables. And the Omakase, on the 18th floor, has a menu of raw fish cold dishes and dessert chosen by the chef himself according to seasonality and the freshest ingredients available on the market.

The hotel has a rooftop bar too, next to the outdoor pool, which is the perfect place for taking a Caipirinha while letting yourself be amazed by the fantastic view of the sunset above the open sea and surrounding the magnificent Two Brothers Mountain.

The Janeiro Hotel is the ultimate example that luxury can be found in the sustainable hotel industry and the best choice if you plan to spend an intimate and relaxing break  in one of the best ocean-front hotels that Brazil has to offer.

Av. Delfi Moreira, 696, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 2172-1001
www.janeirohotel.rio

Santa Eulalia: Creating Barcelona´s luxury trends

What once began as a haute couture workshop has now become a real eye-catcher when it comes to luxury. This space located in the heart of Paseo de Gracia, one of the most luxurious avenues in the city of Barcelona, is currently one of the most influential shops in the market at an international level.

 
This boutique is formed in almost 2000 square meters and has collections of the best international brands and maisons, both men and women.

For years Santa Eulalia has managed to position itself in the highest spheres thanks to its dedication, quality and attention. What certainly seemed impossible as it was a multi-brand place, where brands could compete fiercely, is truly a delicate space where customers are able to live one of the most careful shopping experiences.

In spite of its surface, the attention that all the clients receive is so personalized that you have the sensation of buying from the comfort of your home, which makes Santa Eulalia the preferred place of purchase for those who visit Barcelona and wish to live a luxurious experience. The establishment was designed by New York architect William Sofield, and offers a comfortable and refined atmosphere, blending tradition and avant-garde, and also includes two pop-up stores and a café with a landscaped terrace. 
In recent years has had the honour of being chosen as one of the top 30 men’s stores in the world by Pitti Immagine of Florence and The Business of Fashion. 

Throughout the ages, what Santa Eulalia has demonstrated without any doubt is to remain alive and conscious, without fear of adapting to a new and changing industry and it is perhaps because of that, the reason why it has become the benchmark it is today.

More information: santaeulalia.com 

Travel Tips: Save more in the most fashionable way

The internet is full of neat travel tips, but what about making the most of your money? The travel experts at Revolut know the money issues that travellers normally stress about or trip up on. They’ve compiled a list of top travel tips to help you make the most of your money when you’re travelling abroad.

1. Never exchange currency before you go, or at the airport

This common mistake has been burning a hole in the pockets of travellers for years. If you withdraw or exchange your holiday cash at a local bank before go, you’ll end up paying a premium on the interbank exchange rate. If you choose an exchange office, you’ll end up paying a commission on top of the terrible exchange rate. You also shouldn’t consider exchanging money in the airport, either before your flight or after you’ve picked up your bags. These are the places where you’ll find the worst possible exchange rates and pricey commissions.
Ok, so what if you need cash? We’re aware that in some regions you might need to have some cash with you. There is a solution! Just go to any ATM when you arrive at your destination and withdraw enough spending money to cover you for the whole trip. If you do it in bits you’ll have to pay lots of fees instead of just one. Or, even better, choose a card like Revolut with no transaction fee for cash withdrawals abroad!

2. Always choose to pay and withdraw cash in the local currency

One thing you should be aware of while you’re away is to always opt to pay in the local currency, rather than EUR. The same applies when you withdraw cash at an ATM. By avoiding the exchange rate applied by the foreign bank, you’ll save money!

3. Stick to a budget

Do you burn through your holiday budget without any idea where it all went? We’ve all been there. And although we’d love to have unlimited budgets during our holidays, this is most often not the case. Keep track of your spending while you’re out and about, so you’ll know exactly how much money you have left to spend.

4. Never use a credit card abroad

Along with the foreign usage fee you might also be charged interest, even if you pay off your bill in full at the end of the month. Usually with a credit card, you only pay interest if you don’t pay off the bill in full at the end of the month – but when you spend overseas some cards will always charge you interest.
Definitely don’t withdraw cash using your credit card. You’ll be charged interest when you withdraw cash, on top of all the other fees.If you take out 100€ at the cash machine, you could end up paying up to 10% in fees

5. Travel insurance

Safety always comes first, and you need a good travel insurance when you go abroad for that extra piece of mind. While airlines and tour operators will try to sell you this in the booking process, the coverage isn’t always adequate and it’s most often overpriced. If you’re looking for a simple option, Revolut’s Pay-Per-Day geolocation travel insurance comes to the rescue from just 0’99€ per day. It turns on as soon as you land, and turns off once you return home.

More info at Revolut.com

Torel 1884

In February this year, the Torel Group opened the doors to its latest hotel venture. A boutique hotel with a history and a design that are worth discovering before paying it a visit. 

Located right in the centre of Porto, a few metres away from renowned Avenida dos Aliados and the riverside quarter of the Ribeira. Torel 1884 is comprised of two buildings—a magnificent 19th-century palace where the hotel is and a nearby building where the apartments are found. 

The concept for Torel 1884 dates back to the cultural discoveries made by the Portuguese in their voyages to Africa, America and Asia. This is why each of Torel 1884’s suites and apartments is named after the materials, substances or items that the adventurers brought back to Portugal, which are now part of everyday life. 
On the ground floor, you can find the entrance and the lobby with works by artists Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Jorge Curval. It is also on this floor where you’ll find the restaurant Bartolomeu Wine Bistro—a great place to enjoy good food and company.  There are two rooms on this floor which look out to the interior garden and which allude to the African continent as they are named “Suleiman” and “Malagueta” (chili pepper).  If you go up to the first floor, which is called “America”, you can find the rooms called “Exotic Wood”, “Exotic Bird”, “Coffee”, “Sugarcane” and “Tobacco”—each of which is exquisitely decorated using materials such as wood and cane, where the colours green, turquoise, brown and black predominate.
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The second floor, which takes its inspiration from Asia, is where you’ll find “Tea”, “Porcelain”, “Silk”, “Tapestry” and “Spices”. Earth colors, an oriental-themed screen and raffia carpets give a subtly piquant feel to the “Spices” room, while the “Tea” room transports us to leafy green plantations, featuring colorful cotton and linen, banana-leaf wallpaper and a raffia carpet as a final touch. The “Porcelain”, “Silk” and “Tapestry” rooms are richer, reflecting Asian luxury.

All rooms are very spacious with large windows and high ceilings that make the most of the architecture of this iconic 19th-century building. 

The 11 apartments – “Ginger”, “Saffron”, “Paprika”, “Coriander”, “Mustard”, “Basil”, “Clove”, “Turmeric”, “Cardamom”, “Pepper” and “Cinnamon” – are located in the Rua das Flores building and are split into 5 categories that follow the same concept as the 1884 rooms.

For more information: www.torel1884.com

PORTO: WHEN CREATIVITY AND TRADITION OPENS TO THE SEA

PORTO: WHEN CREATIVITY AND TRADITION OPENS TO THE SEA

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On a brief visit to Porto, there are some places that cannot be missed. This city has something mystical that is difficult to describe and which varies according to the place, time of day and light.
Whatever it is, it certainly has to do with its people, known to be generous and easy-going, as well as the River Douro and its heritage on both banks, with its bridges and monuments, the tiles, the flowering balconies and the shopping streets. The historic centre of Porto and the River Douro on the Gaia side, where the Port Wine lodges are located, are classified as World Heritage.
S. Bento Station, with its atrium lined with tiles, is an ideal starting point. Just ahead is the Cathedral, not to be missed, whose precinct offers the first view of the river, the cascading houses and the opposite bank. From there you descend by steps and mediaeval streets to Ribeira, with its café terraces and picturesque corners. It’s worth staying a little to get a flavour of the atmosphere and take in the river with the D. Luís Bridge and the opposite bank, before going on a cruise under Porto’s six bridges. Once you’ve seen the outline of the cascading houses and church towers, you will want to see the gilt interior of the Church of S. Francisco. Nearby, you can see more tile-fronted churches and monuments, and visit the Palácio da Bolsa (former Stock Exchange palace). The tram leaves from next to the river for a trip that goes to Foz (the mouth of the Douro), where you can take a stroll and fill your lungs with the sea air. Avenida da Boavista starts here, and not far away is Serralves, with its gardens to stroll or rest in and its contemporary art exhibitions. The museum is the work of Álvaro Siza Vieira, one of the foremost architects of the Porto School of Architecture, and winner of the Pritzker Prize.
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The architecturally imposing Casa da Música, with its full programme of cultural events, is on Rotunda da Boavista, an area that is good for shopping. There are also good shops to be found around Avenida dos Aliados. In between are the Crystal Palace gardens, with another panoramic view of the river, and the Soares dos Reis Museum. Another garden, full of sculptures, is Cordoaria, surrounded by churches and other monuments. It’s worth climbing the Clérigos Tower for a different view of Porto. Immediately nearby is the Lello bookshop that inspired some of the Harry Potter stories. Continue walking towards Aliados, past the shops and art nouveau buildings. After exploring this broad avenue, it’s worth strolling along the pedestrians-only Rua de Santa Catarina for more shopping. Then pop in to the Café Majestic for a break.
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There‘s still a visit to be made to the south bank of the river to go to a Port Wine lodge and taste some Port in its unique setting. From Ribeira, cross the D. Luís foot bridge and you’ll see them. One of the most beautiful views over Porto can be had from Gaia. And you can also take the chairlift, which follows this side of the river.

In terms of gastronomy, this side of the river is a good option, but Ribeira also teems with restaurants and café terraces, as does Foz, which also has beautiful views over the sea. Portugal’s cuisine is always a winner with tourists, but this is even more true in Porto and Northern Portugal. You can be sure of a good meal, accompanied by fine wines from the Douro or the fresh Vinho Verde typical of the region, in any restaurant, from the finest to the most popular.

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CASA DA MUSICA

The Casa da Musica has become an iconof the city of Oporto since the very beginning.
It is a new symbol that looks towards the future while also managing to fit its singularity and the space it occupies into its surrounding urban environment.

This unique building is a concert hall that’s home to three different orchestras: the Orquesta Nacional do Porto, the Orquestra Barroca and the Remix Ensemble. It was awarded a prize by RIBA for being “intriguing, disquieting and dynamic”. Externally it captures the eye thanks to its cubic and irregular form; its slanted walls and the way it opens towards the city made its construction an engineering challenge. Its emphatic form has an open dialogue with its surroundings through stairways and walkways, underlining its intention of being and open and flexible space.

WHERE TO STAY

TOREL 1884

In February this year, the Torel Group opened the doors to its latest hotel venture. A boutique hotel with a history and a design that are worth discovering before paying it a visit.

Located right in the centre of Porto, a few metres away from renowned Avenida dos Aliados and the riverside quarter of the Ribeira. Torel 1884 is comprised of two buildings—a magnificent 19th-century palace where the hotel is and a nearby building where the apartments are found. 

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WHERE TO EAT

DOP

It is one of the restaurants of the of the famous Portuguese chef Rui Paul, right in the centre of Porto. It has an elegant but informal atmosphere, and Rui Paula will provide great gastronomic experiences with classics of Portuguese cuisine; combining this tradition with a modern, up to date presentation.

The restaurant is a space divided in two and an intimate atmosphere. An ideal place for special moments and for lovers of excellent Portuguese gastronomy.

www.ruipaula.com
For further information: www.visitporto.travel / All photographs are shot by Gloria Silva exclusively for Herdes

Royal Mansour. A paradise inside the Medina

It is possibly the most exclusive hotel with the best service on the African continent. Royal Mansour was conceived as a ‘medina within a medina’ and designed by King Mohammed VI. With only 53 private riads, this fabulous hotel is the ultimate luxury experience. 

It is located on the eastern edge of the medina in the Hivernage neighbourhood and is surrounded and fortified by the same wall as the medina, ensuring utmost privacy and safety. It is a ten-minute taxi ride away from the famous square Djemaa el Fna and 15 minutes away from the airport. Staying at the Royal Mansour comes with the perk of getting picked up at the airport and brought to the hotel in a luxurious BMW. 

Once you cross the wall to enter its grounds, you’ll find a security cordon where they’ll verify your identity. After you get past this point, you’ll travel down a path meandering through its beautifully landscaped gardens until you get to a square where they’ll help you alight from the car and collect your luggage. Upon entering the hall, an open-air courtyard with columns flanking a fountain in the centre, you’ll begin to appreciate the air of peace and tranquillity permeating the Royal Mansour. 

Once you’ve checked in, they’ll accompany you to your riad, crossing a few small streets as if you were inside a medina amidst the majestic riads and enjoying the carefully groomed gardens.  

Each riad—whether with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms—is distributed across three floors. On the ground floor, you’ll find a small open-air courtyard, with some armchairs and a small fountain. Inside, there’s a small hall with a sofa and next to it is a sitting room with a dining table and a fireplace. On the other side, there’s a staircase, a washroom and the kitchen, where you can make yourself some tea or coffee using the Nespresso machine there.


If you go up the stairs to the first floor, you’ll find a corridor with a washroom, two dressing rooms and the entrance to the master suite. This is a spacious room with a very large bed and a dressing room at the back—all decorated and clad in carved wood. The bathroom, entirely in marble, has a huge tub and a shower. 

On the second floor, you’ll find a terrace with a private pool and a fireplace to enjoy cooler evenings. 

All the riads boast state-of-the-art digitally controlled lighting, air-conditioning and heating, and you can even use one of the many touchscreens around the room to enable do-not-disturb mode. 

You’ll never see or run across any staff of the Royal Mansour—whether inside the riad itself or out in the gardens—, as each of the riads are connected by underground tunnels which the staff navigate through to attend to your every need. This is the reason why the Royal Mansour sets the gold standard in service in its category. 

With regard to dining, there are three restaurants to choose from: La Table, which serves exquisite French cuisine; La Grand Table Marrocain, which features a blend of Moroccan and contemporary cuisine; and last but not the least, Le Jardin, which is headed by Chef Yannick Allenó and offers Asian fusion cuisine. It is perhaps one of the best restaurants in Morocco.

More info: royalmansour.com