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Lifestyle | 08 Mar 24

Enness Lifestyle FirstEdition Fifty Three

Enness Lifestyle First

The Art Of Recognition 

For neo-expressionist art to fetch millions at auction, it must be instantly recognisable. Keith Haring, David Hockney, Jean-Michel Basquiat – a Basquiat painting sold for $110.5 million in 2017. There’s currently, through May, a Basquiat exhibition at Gagosian Beverly Hills.


Fit To Feast

Share workout sessions on a Maldivian beach at the Soneva Fushi SOUL Future of Wellness Festival, 9-13 October. Eat, drink, keep fit and listen to quality-of-life leaders. There’s endocrinologist Zach Bush. And Sweden’s stem cell pioneer Katarina Le Blanc, hoping to make Parkinson’s a purge of the past. 


Totally Talentless 

Fashion’s muscling in on hospitality and culture. Last week, Dior appointed maestro Lang Lang, 41, as global ambassador (at nine, he was expelled by his Shenyang piano studio for lack of talent). How will he manage Lang-favourites like Beethoven’s Für Elise in the flared trousers that Dior Menswear’s creative director Kim Jones currently favours?


Between The Stars And Heaven 

Octola’s the 12-bedroom Private Wilderness that the owner of Luxury Action, Finnish travel specialist Janne Honkanen, has built. Fly into Rovaniemi, 20 minutes from what Monaco’s Prince Albert describes as ‘somewhere between seven stars and heaven’. Octola’s eight-course North Pole menus, saunas galore, 80-plus activities and 1,483 acres of snowmobiling wilderness.


A Showpiece 

Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia is home to designer shopping and Mandarin Oriental Barcelona. From #324 or any front-facing bedroom, look across at Casa Milà, known as La Pedrera. Now UNESCO-recognised, the undulating eight-floor mixed-use building, finished in 1922, is a Gaudi showpiece. Test stamina by walking the figure-of-eight rooftop above.


Electrified As Elvis

Austin Butler electrified as Elvis and now he’s mesmorising as Major Buck Cleven in Masters of the Air. Movie makers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s eight-part Apple TV Plus-series on WWII aviation aces, highlighting East Anglia, includes the Christmas Eve 1944 assault, one of the largest air warfare assaults ever. Fans are homing in on Bury St Edmunds and its privately-owned ivy-clad Angel Hotel (Charles Dickens liked its room #11).


Written by Islay Robinson

Islay Robinson