A Room With A View
Richard Hudson’s polished mirrored steel Tear, standing 3.5metres, guards the Bosphorus bank, Europe side, of The Peninsula Istanbul, 15 Maybach minutes to Levent business. The hotel, a mélange of four historic buildings that include the clock-topped 1937-vintage cruise terminal, will be fully finished by June, when UEFA comes to town. ELF recommends duplex suite #1508 for business, rooms #3302 or #3402 for beds facing Asia. Indoor or out dining, rooftop and ground - where a 200-metre garden hosts over-200 exotic trees, and Tear.
Saudi Arabian Prairie
Everyone’s rushing into Saudi Arabia and Clinique La Prairie sounds good. Expect a 65-room resort at Amaala, north-west coast (plan forever: La Prairie’s longevity lore includes movement, nutrition and wellbeing). Wellness also likes Ibiza, for detox while imbibing broth, juice and mindfulness. Take Nobu Ibiza Bay’s Presidential Suite, #319, and let Six Senses Spa arrange classes on your private rooftop, with plunge pool.
A Modern Old Master
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum’s ‘The New Vermeer’, to 4th June, has sold all 480,000 tickets. Best bet is hoping that clever concierges at The Conservatorium, 450 metres away, produce on-the-day magic (if compensation’s needed, savour Schilo van Coevorden’s experimental Taiko cuisine). On 19th March, Omroep MAX’s De Nieuwe Vermeer reality-TV airs. Artists compete to produce the most plausible ‘Vermeer’. 20% of the entire nation watched the first episode, Dutch only, like Apple and Spotify streams.
Off White Evolution
Virgil Abloh’s Off White streetwear evolved from drawings on luxury quality t-shirts. His transparent Rimowa wheelies, for LVMH, sold out immediately, and owner Bernard Arnault was so impressed he bought Off White. Now Abloh’s tragically gone, Sierra Leone Afrofuturist Ib Kamara may shake it up. Bike tail lights embedded in designer shoe heels?
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Lufthansa’s next-gen A-350 Allegris promises private jet competition. First Class Suite Plus gives private rooms with closable doors and two metre-wide temperate-controlled seats that easily convert into double beds.
Bergerac in Jersey
Circumnavigating islands could be the next sport. Start with one of the 1,864 minis in the St Lawrence, separating Canada and USA. Perhaps progress to a ‘country’ in Dubai’s World of man-made islands. When next meeting in Jersey, break for a 48-mile lap. You might see re-shooting of the 1981 classic Bergerac, brought to 2023 style by local Brian Constantine’s Westward Studios, partnering with France’s Banijay, which owns the scripts.
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