18-08-14

ME Dubai hotel by Zaha Hadid

Opus Office Tower

Popular Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has designed Dubai's first ME by Meliá hotel. Due to open in 2016, the ME Dubai  is part of the Dh2.5 billion Opus project commissioned in 2008 by real estate company Omniyat.

"We have been searching for the next city for the ME brand to locate in and found it in this remarkable project in Dubai," said Gabriel Escarrer, CEO and Vice Chairman of Meliá Hotels International. "It is a fascinating, exciting city that meets the high standards that ME by Meliá offers guests."

The stylish 100-room hotel will stand in the city's up-and-coming Burj Khalifa district and will include Michelin-star restaurants, lounges and cafes. It will also feature furniture pieces designed by Hadid.

Guests will be allocated a dedicated 'Aura manager', whose job it is to know the city back-to-front and use this knowledge to make the hotel's service "truly bespoke". The service philosophy extends to the owners of the exclusive serviced apartments in The Opus, which includes four penthouses with private roof terraces on the upper floors.

ME Dubai Hotel bedroom


ME Dubai Hotel bedroom 

ME Dubai Hotel atrium

Podiums at the ME Dubai Hotel cafe

ME Dubai Hotel entrance

13-08-14

Editorial Numéro - "L'aventurière"


 Editorial Numéro #155
August 2014

Photographer: Txema Yeste
Styling
: Belen Casadevall
Model: Hana Jirickova

New Lightweight Jaguar E-Type revealed

At the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations - the personalisation arm of Jaguar cars - will unveil the prototype ("car zero") of the Lightweight E-Type - where a further six of which will be built and sold.

The new cars are the 'missing' six vehicles from the 'Special GT E-type' project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 cars. Only 12 of the aluminium-bodied Lightweight E-types were eventually built and the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now. The six new cars will carry those original, historic Lightweight E-type chassis numbers.


Jaguar's 1963 Lightweight E-Type 

The Lightweight E-Type's will be hand-built in-house by Jaguar's finest craftsmen. Each car will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears – including the 3.8-litre straight-six engine. Customers will also be able to make bespoke requests for interior and exterior trim levels, paint and livery and further technical specification.

Each car is expected to carry a price tag of around $1.6 million (£1 million).


05-08-14

Trussardi Black Extreme
















Trussardi has launched Black Extreme, a new fragrance for the successful modern man seeking strong sensations.

The composition opens with Italian lemon and aromatic sea notes, which then leads to a fruity-gourmand heart made of dark plum and powdery Italian iris. The base incorporates vetiver and patchouli enhanced with leather, contributing to the dark, masculine character of the fragrance.

T
he advertising campaign was captured by VanMossevelde+N and stars Tomaso Trussardi, CEO of Trussardi Group.

Trussardi Black Extreme will be available as 30, 50 and 100 ml EDT from September 2014.

Fragrance Notes
Top: Italian Lemon, Marine Accord, Galbanum, Cypress
Heart: Iris, Plum, Violet Leaves
Base: Patchouli, Vetiver, Leather Accord

Fragrance Family: Fougère
PerfumerAurélien Guichard

01-08-14

A&K's Private Jet Journeys with Fully Lie-Flat Seats















Abercrombie & Kent will be the first to operate luxury private jet journeys featuring fully lie-flat seats beginning in the fall of 2014. All of A&K's private jet journeys will now feature a privately chartered Icelandair Boeing 757-200ER with 50 custom-designed Italian leather seats equipped with a personal massage system, 4-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support, and more than 6.5 feet of legroom (79” pitch).

"I truly believe – in fact I built Abercrombie & Kent on the belief – that we can provide our guests with an unexpected level of comfort," says A&K founder, chairman and CEO Geoffrey Kent. "So I’m thrilled that our guests will be the first to experience completely lie-flat, first class seats on our private jet journey around the world this fall. This level of comfort was unimaginable when we introduced the first Royal Air Tour circling the globe in 1989."

New for 2015: Wonders of the World by Private Jet
In the fall of 2015, travellers will have another opportunity to experience this extraordinary plane on Wonders of the World by Private Jet, which will whisk guests from Machu Picchu to Easter Island, Angkor Wat and Istanbul. Under ordinary circumstances these places would be difficult – perhaps impossible – to visit on a single itinerary. But this state-of-the-art Boeing 757 brings all of these inspiring experiences within reach, while the small group size allows for an itinerary packed with exclusive, invitation-only events.

17-07-14

The Culinary Jakobsweg in Paznaun

Tirol, Austria's 10,000 square mile province, is well-known for its breathtaking mountain scenery. Once the snows have melted, the mountains become a paradise for hikers, bikers and culinary enthusiasts.

If you're still looking for the perfect summer getaway, then head up to the Paznaun Valley, situated in the very west of North Tirol. The 6th of July saw the ceremonial opening of the "Kulinarischer Jakobsweg" (Culinary Jakobsweg), an exclusive and charming culinary route, named after the ancient pilgrims' path which crosses the Silvretta Mountains in this part of Austria.

Under the patronage of Gault Millau's "Chef of the Century" Eckart Witzigmann, four international star chefs took over sponsorship of four Alpine club lodges in the Paznaun Valley and created an exclusive dish from regional produce for the respective summer menus. The gourmet-lodges can be reached on different culinary routes – starting from IschglGaltür, Kappl and See – which will get you in the mood for culinary flights of fancy.

The chefs and their dishes

Russell Brown (UK)
Restaurant: Sienna, Dorset
Dish: Beer braised beef cheek with potato puree and textures of onions
Served > Galtur - Jamtalhütte 
*
Alfio Ghezzi (Italy)
Restaurant: Locanda Margon, Trento
Dish: Tagliatelle with veal ragout, Parmesan Cheese sauce, Ferrari Maximum Brut and coffee powder
Served > Ischgl - Heidelberger Hütte 
*
Giovani Oosters (Belgium)
Restaurant: Vous Lé Vous, Hasselt
Dish: Spelt risotto with Paznaun Alpine cheese, air-dried bacon, fresh local spices, beetroot Carpaccio cooked in cherry beer from Wilderen, mustard powder from Kempen and honey from Niederhof
Served > Kappl - Niederelbe Hütte 
*
Dieter Müller (Germany)
Restaurant: Dieter Müller on the MS Europa
Dish: Roast fillet of char, herb salad, mashed potato, horseradisch, mustard sauce, beetroot confit
Served > See - Ascherhütte

Up to 21 September 2014, you can either hike or bike the four delightful routes, discover the Paznaun nature and taste the dishes. But don't forget your sunscreen! In the Austrian Alps temperatures can raise up to 32 degrees and the sun shines very intensely, so it is easy to get sunburned.

Recently, we experienced the Culinary Jakobsweg with a select group of journalists from all over the world. Below you can check out some of the highlights from the press trip...


Local hero Martin Sieberer, who is 
responsible for coordinating the chefs and their dishes, presents a 6-course gala diner at the 5* Hotel Trofana Royal in Ischgl




Chilling in Hotel Fliana's warm-water swimming pool


I came across this beautiful scenery while hiking in the Gampenalpe in Ischgl


Some curious cows along the way :)


After a long walk up the hills to the Wilderer Hütte (at 2,264 meters altitude!) I finally had the chance to meet my hero Eckart Witzigmann. What a great man!


The chefs & their dishes. From left to right: Martin Sieberer, Giovani Oosters, Eckart Witzigmann, Dieter Müller, Alfio Ghezzi and Russell Brown. / Photo: Martin Boon



My favourite dish, the 'Roast fillet of char' by Dieter Müller /  Photo: Martin Boon

For more information about the Culinary Jakobsweg, visit the website: www.paznaun-ischgl.com