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Lifestyle | 23 Feb 24

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Enness Lifestyle First

Into The Tigers Nest

Transport in the Kingdom of Bhutan epitomises slow travel. Paro Taktsang, Tiger’s Nest monastery, is cantilevered 3,000 feet up. It was founded by Guru Rinpeche, supposedly carried there on a tiger’s back, to mediate. That was in 1692. Today, visitors must visit by horse or foot. Gangtey Lodge, under an hour’s drive away, offers five-day personal enlightenment well-being retreats. Ideal for solo slow travel.

A Modern Muse 

Rachel Cole Art Advisory works with established names of the calibre of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Park Hyatt, New York. The hotel’s ground-floor gallery is currently showing through June, Modern Muses. These are works the GenZ gallerist has chosen from emerging local female artists. Park Hyatt’s a great arts base: it’s right opposite Carnegie Hall.

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Solaire Journey 

Travel at leisure between Bangkok and the outskirts of Singapore. Along the way, LVMH’s vintage Eastern & Oriental Express, a Belmond train, explores Malaysia’s River Kwai and the 130-million-year-old Taman Negara National Park. A once-off Solaire Journey, 22-25 April, Singapore-Singapore, is Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame all the way, with cellarmaster Didier Mariotti aboard. Food by Taiwan-based Michelin-starred André Chiang.


A Starry Night

Sleep under the Maldives stars. Seascape Collection’s Finolhu has a futuristic Beach Bubble 100 yards from the nearest building. A perfect couple experience starts with chefs, who then discreetly leave after preparing and serving a perfectly private beach barby. Crab or whatever. Your overnight see-through home, with a wood floor, has a designing-linen bed and ablutions necessities after a served beach breakie; best to leave before the Indian Ocean sun gets too hot.

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Polka Dot Queen

Nonagenarians set the style. Yayoi Kusama, 94, is the queen of polka dot art. In London, Tate Modern’s Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind, now through August, celebrates Mrs John Lennon, 90. Unique monochrome shapeless clothing, activist always. The Lennons’ six-day 1969 Give Peace A Chance love-in in three-room suite 1742  - The Lennon Suite - at The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, is a Beatles’ magnet (every 8th December, the anniversary of John’s 1980 murder, 24 roses are left anonymously outside #1742).


Go Wild 

Equine therapy is an essential ingredient of the just-introduced Wild Wellness programmes at Nihi Sumba. For five days, take a transformative journey of healing and self-discovery, interacting with the Indonesian island’s own Sumbanese thoroughbreds. The all-inclusive resort is run by man-about-globe James McBride. From arrival to departure, it’s extraordinary.


King Approved

King’s Lodge, on the fifth floor of The Connaught, London, sounds like a hunting retreat. Designer Guy Oliver has themed the suite as a tribute to Turquoise Mountain, a charity supporting artisans across the Levant, India, Afghanistan and Myanmar. The Lodge includes Jordanian and Syrian woodwork, Afghan carpets, Myanmar fabrics, and Indian mirrorwork. King Charles, then Prince of Wales, founded Turquoise Mountain in 2006. Guy Oliver was the charity’s first creative director. 

Written by Mary Gostelow

Mary Gostelow