PORTO: WHEN CREATIVITY AND TRADITION OPENS TO THE SEA
CASA DA MUSICA
WHERE TO STAY
WHERE TO EAT
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
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][ads_pro_ad_space id=”2″ max_width=”” delay=”” padding_top=”” attachment=”” crop=”” if_empty=””][/ads_pro_ad_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ align_horizontal=”align_center” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”2″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text_height=”” text_space=”fontspace-201688″ text_font=”font-555555″ text_weight=”900″ text_transform=”uppercase” text_color=”color-655362″]Iberia is flying today the aircraft of the future[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading text_size=”h3″ text_height=”” text_space=”” text_font=”font-204947″ text_weight=”300″]Text by Ivan Hernández[/vc_custom_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text_size=”24px” text_height=”fontheight-133167″ text_space=”” text_font=”font-204947″ text_weight=”300″ text_color=”color-655362″]
Though flying since 1927, the Spanish airline and leading carrier from Europe to Latin America is young at heart.
[/vc_custom_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”2″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Since 2014, it has been working to transform itself with improved services, more routes and new aircraft, applying the latest technologies to offer an enhanced experience from the moment the customers book their flights until they arrive to any of Iberia’s 135 destinations in 47 countries.
The digital transformation of the airline is playing an important role in this process with services such as a chatbot on iberia.com or the Iberia skill in Alexa, Amazon’s voice device. A new service of Virtual Reality glasses is also now available on some of the airline’s routes, which complements the inflight entertainment offer available on board.
Iberia is also implementing an ambitious fleet renewal plan. Since 2013, it has ordered 60 new aircraft, 40 of them to fly long-haul routes. These airplanes are much more fuel-efficient and hence environmental-friendlier than the aircraft operated previously.
The A350-900, the most modern and quietest plane in the world, is a good example of this strategy. Currently flying to New York and Buenos Aires, the A350-900 will soon start operating to other destinations such as Chicago. By 2023, 20 A350-900 will have joined Iberia’s fleet.
Until then, Iberia will continue exploring new ways to improve its service with new technologies and customizing its service to its customers, as if every day was the first day.
Visit Iberia.com for more information[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
When we talk about the Edition brand, an image of Ian Shrager, the man who revolutionised the concept of a luxury boutique hotel, immediately comes to mind. A hotel where luxury and glamour abound, embodying the “hotel as lifestyle” concept that Shrager created. His idea was to offer the very best of the place where one is staying, naturally attracting the rich, famous and beautiful.
The London Edition is the third property of the Marriott-Ritz Carlton group under the EDITION brand in cooperation with Ian Shrager.
This 19th century building was built in 1835 and is comprised of five private homes. The Berners Hotel was built later on in 1908. In 2013, it became The London Edition of today, preserving the façade’s Georgian style and turning the sumptuous interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg and I.S.C Design Studio into an interesting blend of modern and classic elements.
A stunning example of the magnificence of this hotel is its impressive lobby, with its large marble columns and a massive polished mirrored egg, the work of German lighting designer Ingo Maurer. The lobby shares space with The Lobby Bar, surrounded by a group of tables and sofas distributed in front of an impressive fireplace and snooker table. Here you can try a variety of cocktails created by Andy Shannon.
The guest rooms are the epitome of luxury, recalling the interiors of a luxury yacht with wood panelled walls, magnificent hanging lamps, tufted lounge chairs, a bed made with white sheets covered with a faux mink blanket at the foot, and a fully stocked minibar hidden inside a wooden wardrobe.
The suites have differentiated spaces with sofas and balconies where you can enjoy views of the London skyline.
The Berners Tavern.
Perhaps it’s the jewel of The London Edition or perhaps it’s simply one more excuse to visit this magnificent hotel. But for those who haven’t had the opportunity to stay at The London Edition, you really should try and see if you can have lunch at this fabulous restaurant. Just sitting at one of the tables is already an experience in itself as everything around 208 you is utterly breathtaking. It’s an opulent space with high ceilings and ornate plasterwork of incalculable beauty. The walls are covered with gilt-framed photographs and paintings, all mixed together as if they were Tetris pieces that fit perfectly. The tables are laid out in the style of cafés, with circular leather booths, round tables and wooden chairs.
With Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton at the helm, The Berners Tavern offers lively modern cuisine, blending English tradition with influences from continental Europe. Don’t miss its famous, award-winning mac and cheese!
10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London
+44 20 7781 0000
[vc_row][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ align_horizontal=”align_center” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text_height=”” text_space=”fontspace-201688″ text_font=”font-173847″ text_weight=”900″ text_transform=”uppercase”]A Bird´s eye view[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading text_size=”h4″ text_height=”” text_space=”” text_font=”font-204947″ text_weight=”300″ text_italic=”yes”]Written & Photographed by Gloria Silva[/vc_custom_heading][vc_single_image media=”73273″ media_width_percent=”100″][vc_column_text]I arrived in India wrapped in cotton wool. It was past midnight when I landed in Mumbai. Arnaud, Enrico and Nikhil were waiting for me. It wasn’t too crowded, so I didn’t feel that first chaotic impact everybody talks about. My friend Arnaud had rented a modest apartment in Aarey Milk Colony, a small town on the east side of Gore Gaon. Nikhil lived in the same building. We convinced a taxi driver to let the four of us get into his car and we headed home.
My new home consisted of a living-room with three mattresses on the floor, a tiny kitchen and a bathroom. I looked through the window. It was dark, so I couldn’t see anything, but I had a feeling that a wonderful landscape was hiding behind those black silhouettes. We were all very tired, so I didn’t think about it for too long. The next thing I remember is opening my eyes with the first rays of sun, looking out the window and finding the beautiful view I had imagined the night before. Our building, named Picadilly III, was in the middle of the jungle and on top of a mountain from where you could just see, far away, snippets of Gore Gaon.
My friends’ warnings about the city scared me quite a bit. They filled my head with fears that I didn’t have before; not just about my adaptation to a new culture. Above all, I should never go anywhere alone. So I spent the first few days looking out the window, trying to assimilate the hugeness of the city standing right before my eyes. I just sat there thinking of how to escape from that apartment. And then, while I was wandering around the building, I found the rooftop terrace.
That rooftop terrace became my room, the place where I spent most of my time. And that’s how I began to discover India, lying among the clouds, fifteen floors from the ground and from a weird angle. So far all I could see was a world of shadows. Each tick-tock was a powerful instant that announced the end of a story and the beginning of a new one. Hands, arms and torsos described infinite spaces with their movements and revealed our inner space, the one where our thoughts and our imagination live. Days passed while my life consisted of observing theirs. I lost track of time, until one day, without knowing exactly how, I decided to set foot on that unknown land.
It wasn’t an easy ride, but, slowly but surely, the barriers started to fade away. Those barriers, which I probably erected myself, hid a wonderful country that didn’t look so hostile anymore. I started building my own vision of the people there, taking mental portraits of them. But my goal wasn’t to capture truthful images. I just wanted to reflect my own view of that unique moment I had in front of my eyes; an instant that shows a fragment of life, as true as I witnessed it, through the filter of my own personal experiences and prejudices.
And that’s how I became more adventurous, visiting places and talking to as many people as I could. As days passed, I got more and more surprised by them –they wanted to know me as much as I wanted to know them. Time flied, and after three months I managed to get around the city perfectly. I am currently still immersed in India’s essence, continuing my adventure, very far from that window in Picadilly III. •[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”2/3″][vc_single_image media=”73277″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/3″][vc_single_image media=”73278″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row]