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Luxe Escapes Magazine – Luxury Travel, Culture & Cuisine

Luxe Escapes is an online luxury travel magazine & blog published by The Luxe Voyager, a Hong Kong based bespoke luxury travel designer crafting exceptional experiential journeys and authentic immersive experiences to some of the most wondrous and awe-inspiring places on the planet. We roam the world to discover and review the best luxury boutique hotels, exclusive lodges, chic hideaways, palace hotels, five-star resorts, wellness retreats, hip restaurants, cool bars, beach clubs and epicurean destinations that our style seeker readers simply must visit. In Luxe Escapes Magazine you can find a curated collection of luxury destinations and properties that our writers have personally visited, with unique destination inspiration, personal insights and insider tips for your dream holiday or journey. Luxe Escapes Magazine readers are all generations of discerning travelers and come from every corner of the globe. They are hip, savvy, eco & design conscious and will only settle for the best. They want to know where to find the latest hidden gems and have an enthusiastic appetite for what’s new and different.

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Luxury Hotel Reviews

IL Borro Toscana

Hotel Overview: A member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection, the storybook Il Borro is a medieval hamlet lovingly restored by the Ferragamo family into a luxe Tuscan retreat. It is part of a 700 hectare working estate and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the heart of Tuscany. Wines and olive oil are produced here by traditional methods – they are an integral part of the landscape of the region. From the moment you drive in thru the entrance gates into the majestic driveway surrounded by undulating greenery and horse stables, you know you have arrived at the Tuscany of your dreams. As soon as you check in to the unassuming reception, you are transported into an oasis of calm and serenity. An electric buggy takes you to your luxury suite at the charming medieval village where you can settle in and spend your days strolling through the narrow streets of the village, chatting with the local artisans in the craft shops, relaxing at the pools, enjoying treatments at Il Borro Spa or the traditional Tuscan cuisine at Osteria del Borro. If you want to be active you can choose from an almost unlimited menu including cooking classes, truffle hunting, mountain biking, horse-riding, zipping around in a Ferrari or taking a flight on a hot air balloon. Il Borro represents the storybook Tuscany you have always dreamed about! Il Borro Tuscany Il Borro Tuscany Entrance Ambiance & Vibe: The ambiance is one of welcoming old-world luxury, There’s a genuine village community atmosphere here: the church holds weekly services and there are several craft studios selling made-to-measure shoes, leather goods, artworks and so on, which are open to the public. Only the resort’s electric vehicles...




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Aman Tokyo

Hotel Overview: Aman Tokyo is an intimate, glamorous, urban oasis occupying the top floors of the Otemachi Tower, high above the buzzing megalapolis of Tokyo. The tone is set by the 33rd floor breathtaking lobby which resembles a gigantic art gallery with its vast light filled open spaces, low symmetrical seating and soaring 30-meter high ceiling made of translucent Washi rice paper and designed to resemble the inside of a traditional Japanese shoji lantern. Besides the phenomenal lobby, the other highlight of this property is the spectacular and serene Zen-like spa, which spans an epic 2,500 sqm over two floors and is a minimalist sun-drenched retreat including a sleek 30-metre pool lined with natural materials, a soothing onsen-style stone bath and glass walls serving up spectacular views across the city. The hotel has 84 luxury rooms and suites that feature Aman’s signature understated minimalist style with a blend of traditional Japanese furnishings, such as washi paper sliding doors and a furo deep-soak bathtub. Add to the mix a signature restaurant serving up some of the best Italian food in the city and a stunning mood lit bar overlooking the cityscape and the green Imperial Palace gardens, and you have the ultimate refined and exclusive hospitality experience in the heart of Tokyo. Ambiance & Vibe: From the moment you walk through the lift doors past the understated reception area, and into its dramatic lobby in the heart of a 30-metre-high atrium, you are enveloped in a Zen like mood and feel a sense of relaxation. A mix of traditional Japanese materials, fabrics and textures creates the distinctive soothing ambiance, while the senses soak in the reflective water pond, meditative rock gardens and beautiful floral display (in our case a cheery...




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The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

Hotel Overview: A posh, sprawling crescent shaped resort with Venetian-inspired architecture, luxurious interiors, lush grounds, gigantic pool and a private beach overlooking the Grand Canal, this ultimate family holiday destination is a short drive from the capital’s international airport and within viewing distance of the renowned Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Set amidst 57 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this luxurious resort is akin to a small town with all the facilities one could want for a relaxing holiday. The hotel offers gorgeous rooms and suites with balconies offering panoramic views of the Grand Canal, eight dining venues with cuisine from around the world, a sumptuous spa, two pools and a Ritz Kids Club, all delivered with top notch service, making it the ideal choice for a sophisticated and relaxing stay in Abu Dhabi. The hotel complex also includes a 20,000 square meter leisure dining “Venetian Village” destination featuring a mix of dining outlets ranging from Mediterranean to Emirati and Japanese. Ambiance & Vibe: The majestic size of this property is evident from the time you drive in past the arches at the entrance. As we arrived, we were immediately greeted by the friendly bell staff, who took our bags and escorted us to the reception. Walking into the huge and spacious marble clad lobby, we were struck by the beauty of the grandiose Venetian-inspired architecture. This property gets a mix of business and leisure guests and the atmosphere is very family friendly and welcoming. The guests are from all over the world, including stylish couples arriving for a weekend getaway, to business types, to families with children eager to hit the pool. Ritz carlton grand canal abu dhabi overview Rizt carlton grand canal abu dhabi lobby The...




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Intercontinental Paris Le Grand

Hotel Overview: Although not officially classified as a “Palace Hotel”, this opulent and ornate property offers quintessential Paris grandeur and is no doubt one of the Grande Dames of Parisian luxury hotels. Proudly occupying a full city block in the most prime location in the heart of Paris, The InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hôtel faces the legendary Place de l’Opéra and is a short walk from the famous Place Vendôme and the iconic Galeries Lafayette department stores. Renowned as one of the world’s grandest hotels, this historic property has borne witness to many important events and has hosted international royalty and celebrities for over a century and a half since it was inaugurated by the Empress Eugenie (wife of Napolean III) in 1862. Many of this luxury hotel’s 470 sumptuous and charming rooms and suites have superb bird’s eye views of the world-famous, gilded Palais Garnier, home to the esteemed Paris Opera, and its elaborate interiors and traditional architecture allow guests to experience the grandeur of past and present-day Paris. Gastronomic delights await at two acclaimed restaurants, Café de la Paix, a legendary Brasserie which is a veritable Parisian institution with a rich cultural history, and La Verrière, a gorgeous 800 sqm atrium restaurant set in a beautiful winter garden. The spectacularly elegant Salon Opera ballroom, is a registered historic monument and has been magnificently restored and continues its illustrious history of hosting Paris’s most exclusive social events. Intercontinental paris le grand hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Ballroom Ambiance & Vibe: The ambiance is one of welcoming old-world luxury, replete with ornate Napoleon III period furnishing and décor, grand marble-clad staircases and a glass-roofed winter garden as an atrium. The patrons of the hotel are a mix of international...




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Conrad Osaka

Hotel Overview: This polished and sleek “address in the sky” is an oasis of luxury perched high above Osaka’s bustling Nakanoshima neighborhood, between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers. As soon as you step into the lobby, you are greeted by some of Osaka’s most spectacular river and city views from all the public areas and rooms. This brand-new, art-filled, sophisticated and elegant abode in the sky is housed in one of Osaka’s newest, shiniest skyscrapers – Festival West Tower, which stands tall above the cultural and commercial district of Nakanoshima, an urban island in the heart of the city, which is also home to an art museum, science museum, theater, concert hall, shops and restaurants. Festival Hall is next door, easily reached via underground link. Located near JR Osaka station, the hotel provides easy access to Universal Studios Japan, as well as the country’s famed train network. The hotel’s location in downtown Osaka allows travelers to explore major cultural sites via day trips, such as the historic cities of Kyoto and Nara or spiritual sites such as Mount Koya, Japan’s holiest mountain. Ambiance & Vibe: Situated on the 33rd to 40th floors of Osaka’s newest skyscraper, Festival Tower West, the sleek 164-room Conrad Osaka is awash in hues of silver and walnut, with a few eye-catching pops of red and white. The stunning panorama of this “address in the sky” is unveiled the moment you step out of the elevator on the 40th-floor of the skyscraper – revealing a large, curved double-height wall of windows framing stunning 180 degree views across Osaka city. Well heeled locals and sophisticated business types waft thru the lobby checking out the expansive views while chatting on their phones. Design...




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Conrad Tokyo

Hotel Overview: Conrad Tokyo is a 290 room, sleek and upscale high-rise hotel with panoramic views over Hamarikyu Gardens and Tokyo Bay, and part of an ultra-modern office and shopping complex. Since its opening in 2005, its winning combination of modern contemporary design, award winning cuisine and attentive service has ensured the Conrad has remained one of the most vibrant and successful luxury hotels in Tokyo, and a consistent favorite among business travelers and families alike. Ambiance & Vibe: Arriving at the reception area on the ground floor, a glossy lipstick-red lacquer sculpture sets a dramatic modern tone in the ground-floor reception lobby, from where an elevator zips you up to the 28th-floor check-in lobby, a double-height space that looks out onto Tokyo Bay. The dramatic lobby soars with bold, black lines which are warmed with light boxes dangling from the ceiling and the adjacent lounge bar Twenty-Eight, buzzes with a smart crowd and live music, against the backdrop of attention grabbing views over Tokyo Bay. Design & Style: The décor of the hotel is modern contemporary but seductive with warm and traditional touches, such as glowing lightboxes and floor-to-ceiling wood paneling. There is distinct note of Japanese influence in the design, with lacquered wood complemented by cherry blossom-print fabrics. The lobby and common areas are peppered with bold sculptures and paintings created by 23 Japanese artists. A deluxe version of Japanese minimalism permeates the décor of the 290 guestrooms, four restaurants and lounge areas. Accommodation: Rooms are spacious and modern, with a clean palette of muted colors, lacquered woods and traditional Japanese cherry blossom motifs and lantern-inspired lighting. The rooms are divided into either bay view or city view, although either is fantastic in its own...




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Luxury Spa Reviews

Spa at Landmark Mandarin, Hong Kong

Offering a uniquely personalised experience, The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is the perfect urban escape. Spread over two luxurious floors, this harmonious place of wellbeing offers far more than the traditional spa experience. Engulfed in a haven of serenity, you will quickly forget that you are in the heart of a city. Our spa’s tranquil, meditative setting allows you to embark on a personalised journey towards wellbeing and relaxation. Following a consultation with your therapist, your treatment begins in the soothing environment of our heat and water oasis. We invite guests to arrive 60 minutes before their appointment time to take full advantage of these facilities and prepare for the deepest therapeutic experience. The Oriental Spa offers a range of high performance products and exquisite signature treatments, delivered by a highly-trained team of therapists to ensure skin is dramatically regenerated and a deep sense of wellbeing is imparted to spirit and mind. Spa Overview: The Oriental Spa at Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Ambiance & Vibe: Design & Style: Service Menu: Facilities: Location: What We Love: Luxe Voyager Expert Rating9.7 Ambiance & Vibe10Design & Style10Service10Facilities & Activities10Location10Value For Money8 Map [put_wpgm id=1]...




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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

With a tranquil setting, talented therapists and excellent treatments, our spa is a uniquely relaxing retreat. Our spa is a harmonious place of wellbeing reaching far beyond the traditional spa experience. Located adjacent to the hotel’s pool area, the spa’s design draws inspiration from Singapore’s rich past to create a tranquil sanctuary in which to enjoy a range of indulgent treatments. Designed to bring balance and equilibrium to each and every individual, our spa menu offers a range of holistic treatments from around the world. Dive in and enjoy our comprehensive fitness facilities. With a stylish outdoor 25-metre swimming pool and fully-equipped fitness centre, there’s more than one way to stay in shape. Spa Overview: Coming soon Ambiance & Vibe: Design & Style: Service Menu: Facilities: Location: What We Love: Luxe Voyager Expert Rating8.8 Ambiance & Vibe8.5Design & Style8.5Service10Facilities & Activities8Location10Value For Money8 Map [put_wpgm id=1]...




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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou

Born from a passion for wellness and rejuvenation, our spa provides a haven for contemplation in the heart of the metropolis. Our spa is a haven for contemplation and discovery in the heart of the bustling metropolis. Offering an elegant and harmonious environment, it is the perfect place to soothe mind, body and spirit. Our experienced therapists will engage you in an in-depth consultation to ascertain the right treatments for you. Following this we offer a relaxing session of Tian Quan, a Chinese bathing therapy. Relying both on ancient wisdom and modern techniques, this wonderful therapy aims to relieve stress and muscular pain, increase blood circulation and aid detoxification. Combining both ancient and modern techniques, our treatments and therapies are designed to restore balance and equilibrium. Beautifully designed with an emphasis on luxury, our couples’ and VIP suites offer space, serenity and the perfect environment for pampering. Spa Overview: Ambiance & Vibe: Design & Style: Service Menu: Facilities: Location: What We Love: Luxe Voyager Expert Rating8.8 Ambiance & Vibe9Design & Style9Service9Facilities & Activities8.5Location9Value For Money8 Map [put_wpgm id=1]...




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Luxury Destination Reviews

Dubai

Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. 1.  Bujr Khalifa – 2. Dubai Acquarium – 3. Old Medina Souks – 4. Fountain Show – 5. Dubai Marina –...




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Hong Kong

Hong Kong welcomes with an iconic skyline, a legendary kitchen, and lush, protected nature where rare birds and colourful traditions thrive. Hong Kong’s enchanting neighbourhoods and islands offer a sensory feast. You may find yourself swaying along on a historic double-decker tram, cheering with the hordes at the city-centre horse races, or simply gazing out at the glorious harbour. What most visitors don’t immediately realise is that over 70% of Hong Kong is mountains and sprawling country parks, some also home to geological and historical gems. Escape the city limits on one of the world’s smoothest transport systems and spend your day wandering in a Song dynasty village, hiking on a deserted island or kayaking among volcanic sea arches. 1.  Cruise around Victoria Harbour – 2. Tram ride to The Peak – 3. Stanley Market – 4. Repulse Bay – 5. Dragons Back –...




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Singapore

For a city that got its start as an anything-goes free trade port, Singapore has come a long way to become one of Asia’s most contemporary, orderly and sparklingly attractive cities. This hub for international business, shipping, oil and banking is notorious for its strict laws that keep the city/state neat, safe, and as a result, a great place to visit. Visitors to Singapore can join the locals in their two favorite pasttimes, shopping and eating, of which you’ll find an incredible array of choices in both. The city’s Orchard Road is lined with hundreds of shops that stay open late and offer everything from haute couture to electronics. Throughout Singapore you’ll find an amazing selection of restaurants offering every kind of cuisine — with its long history as a cultural crossroads and a population that’s a mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European influences, you’ll find a local cuisine that draws on many different traditions to create something that’s entirely its own (including the local favorite, spicy white pepper crab). Singapore’s no-frills hawker centers are a great way to have an incredible and inexpensive meal. 1.  Marina – 2. Orchard Street – 3. Sentosa – 4. Singapore Zoo – 5. Universal Studios Singapore –...




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Epicurean Reviews

PIWOSA media wine tasting and dinner

Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA) is a collective of family owned, like minded, premium, independent wine producers of South Africa’s Western Cape, dedicated to the highest quality production of boutique wines. With innovative programs and events, they shine the spotlight on the flourishing premium South African category for local and global wine lovers. While each winery portrays its own micro climates and unique sites and soils, PIWOSA represents the incredible diversity of Premium South African wine today. Influenced by Mediterranean climate, the Western Cape is cooler than its position might suggest, with conditions that are ideal for growing a wide range of noble wine cultivars. Although winemaking commenced here in 1659, its viticulture is rooted in some of the most ancient soils in the world dating back over 600 million years. Combining distinctive and diverse topography, the region produces a wide range of style of premium wines of incredible character.   Map of Western Cape Municipal Districts, South Africa   PIWOSA wowed Hong Kong in a stunning debut last week, with a series of exclusive events for media, F&B professionals and trade, including a blind tasting competition for the city’s top sommeliers and wine professionals. Results were astonishing in that not one participant could detect all of the top French wines from amongst the line-up of premium South African wines. The first event of the day, “Flight Club”, was hosted by Debra Meiburg MW and 9 winery owners and representatives from PIWOSA. It comprised a blind tasting competition for 25 top sommeliers, critics and wine professionals with an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa at stake. One top French wine was hidden in each of the five flights of South African wines, separated by...




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Swire Women of Wine Festival

The award-winning Master of Wine personality, Debra Meiburg, http://debramasterofwine.com/ recently hosted the inaugural Swire “Women of Wine” (WoW) festival at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Chamber Theatre in Hong Kong. This debut event, teaming “wow-worthy women with wonderful wines” was an inspirational, learning and fun grand finale to International Women’s Week. The event featured some of the leading female personalities in Hong Kong from the corporate, finance, media, fashion, sports, travel, technology, entrepreneurial and F&B worlds. Combining wine tasting seminars, informative pop-up workshops and networking, this festival featured more than 50 global wines made by women winemakers and presented by Hong Kong’s leading female owned wine importers. The event attracted a full house of over 350 mostly female guests. Actress and celebrity winemaker, Bernice Liu, as the guest of honor, opened the festival with a bang as VIP female guests, led by founder and director Debra Meiburg, Master of Wine, popped a cluster of balloons to kick off the event. Swire Women of Wine festival - Wine List Swire Women of Wine festival opening ceremony Debra Meiburg MW said, “Wow, what an event! This was serious girl power and grapes all blended together in the most fabulous way. Along with celebrating International Women’s Day and the achievements of our leading ladies in wine, business and a cross-section of major fields, we wanted to bring together the city’s female wine importers with a large gathering of professional and lifestyle savvy women interested to know more about wine. Creating good relationships with importers and wine enthusiasts offers a great way for the introduction to wine for people who’ve previously felt intimidated to ask questions, experiment and learn more.” “As part of this learning experience, we...




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Italian wines from Apulia

The Hong Kong based boutique wine importer, Flavours from Apulia, recently hosted a wine tasting of Southern Italian wines from the Apulia region at the Gaia Italian restaurant in Hong Kong. Flavours from Apulia wines represent the richness of the grape varieties available in the Apulia region, focusing on both small and less known wineries of the territory, as well as more internationally known and awarded ones. The event was sponsored by the Italian Chamber of Commerce, which regularly sponsors some of the finest Italian F&B related events in Hong Kong. The setting for the tasting was the elegant & contemporary Gaia Ristorante, which has an alfresco Italian piazza style setting in Sheung Wan. Gaia Ristorante On offer was a great selection of 9 labels including red, white & sparkling, including organic and vegan certified wines from boutique wineries in the Puglia region of south-east Italy, which  due to its location and shape has earned the nickname “heel of the Italian boot”. It is the region with the longest coastline in Italy and offers breathtaking landscapes. But more than everything, it is a land of hospitality and great food and wines. The wine labels are produced from grapes grown in the Apulia region and most of these grapes are indigenous, dating back to the Roman Empire, such as Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera, Verdeca and Primitivo. Some of the wines are also produced using more well known grapes, like Chardonnay which gains very interesting flavours growing in this warm and dry region. Puglia Map Some of the wineries represented included: (1) Cantine Brancasi, with its DOC wines being produced using Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera grapes, typical grapes from the area, but also quality wines with Chardonnay and...




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