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Conde Nast Traveller UK

March 2019

The essential guide to inspirational travel. Breathtaking locations, stunning photography and independent travel advice make Condé Nast Traveller the authority in its field and the premier lifestyle magazine for people with a passion for travel, adventure, culture and new ideas.

United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
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12 Issues


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editor’s letter

AND SO IT IS THAT ALMOST EXACTLY 12 months ago I gave up drinking alcohol. People always want to know why. I can cite 17 reasons, according to my mood. I had a premonition my job was going to escalate (it did) and we were going to move house and renovate a wreck (we didn’t). But on a more metaphysical level, I was preternaturally tired, exhausted from exhaustive partying that had gone on for at least two decades, and my children were becoming teenagers; they saw more, they knew more, and I wanted them to like what they saw and knew of me. I felt as if I’d fused – like I’d blown my entire brain and body electrics. I was in continual fight-or-flight mode, my anxiety ran like a…

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featured in this issue

AERIN LAUDERIn the Zone (p62)‘New York is not only my home, but an amazing place to discover some of the best restaurants and chefs from all over the world. It’s a melting pot of talented people from different backgrounds and cultures, and the same theory applies to its food scene.’ Aerin is Estée Lauder’s style and image directorVALENTINE WARNERLofoten Islands (p29)‘I regularly return to San Sebastián – some of the best seafood I have ever tasted can be found there. The pintxo bars sell delightful small dishes, such as spider-crab tarts. Fish cooked over glowing charcoal is a favourite.’ Valentine is a chef and leads ingredient-foraging excursions in Norway in the Arctic CircleALEX POSTMANWriter, Belmond Cap Juluca (p41)‘Always worth a detour is Podere il Casale, an organic farm and restaurant…

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the neighbourhood redux

POSTERS AND FANS, BANGKOKLHONG TOU, BANGKOKLHONG TOU, BANGKOKCHATA SPECIALTY COFFEE, BANGKOKBAO BEI, VANCOUVERLHONG TOU, BANGKOKBAO BEI, VANCOUVERWAREHOUSE SHOPS, BANGKOKBAO BEI, VANCOUVERCHATA, BANGKOKCHATA SPECIALTY COFFEE, BANGKOKBANGKOKTop-notch street snacks aren’t the only options under the colourful signs of the Thai capital’s Chinatown, with disused warehouses being turned into shopping destinations.THE DIM SUM RESTAURANTSOLD SCHOOL: Hua Seng Hong provides the full Chinatown experience of cackling aunties and flaming woks. Order delicious dim sum, roast duck and steamed crab.NEW GUARD: At Lhong Tou the Chinese tea is swapped out for third-wave coffee and the rotating family tables are replaced by clever, Tetris-style two-level booths where diners feast on lava buns, prawn spring rolls and comforting staples of congee and wonton soup.THE PUDDING PARLOURSOLD SCHOOL: Lod Chong Singapore’s lod chong – a sweet treat made…

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sea change

jewellery and fragrances at the perfumery at Coqui Coqui in Bora Borathe pool at NukutepipiThere are certain harbingers that fresh tribes of travellers are making their way to French Polynesia. After helping to transform Mexico’s Tulum from sleepy beach town into haute-hippie utopia, Nicolas Malleville and Francesca Bonato, the lithe and lovely couple behind the boutique-hotel brand Coqui Coqui, are rolling out an outpost on Bora Bora a little later this year. Those who prefer to keep the waves all to themselves will also have a new playground this March when Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté launches Nukutepipi, a super-luxe private island with 16 beachfront villas and bungalows that can be rented out exclusively. And families looking for more pared-down experiences – and alternatives to proper sit-down dinners with…

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state of the art

Born in April 1919 in the German city of Weimar, the Bauhaus was an innovative interwar arts school founded by architect Walter Gropius. In its short existence, it moved first to the emerging industrial city of Dessau (in 1925), then to Berlin (in 1932; where it was closed by the Nazis in 1933) and vaunted illustrious faculty and alumni, including Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Marcel Breuer, Josef and Anni Albers, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – the school’s third and final director. But how did a design academy that lasted less than 14 years and taught no more than 1,250 students become so influential? As Mies van der Rohe said, ‘You can’t achieve that kind of resonance with either organisation or propaganda. Only an idea has the power to…

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what’s taking off and what’s running out of fuel

ARRIVALSMARRAKECHOur new favourite festival destination. Check out newcomer Beat Hotel (28-31 March) for music from Young Fathers and a literary programme curated by Faber & Faber. Come back for Oasis Fest’s electronic tunes in September.COOL CRUISESEveryone’s talking about the just-launched Celebrity Edge with glass-walled cabins and a Patricia Urquiola-designed restaurant. Also making waves is Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages, setting sail next year.CONSCIOUS TRAVELYou might be totally woke on #plasticfree but what about when it comes to people? Follow @hownottotravellikeabasicbitch on Instagram who breaks down social and cultural issues.DEPARTURESFLAT WHITESThe cool kids in London’s Peckham are swapping theirs for a custardo – coffee topped with custard – at Forza Win instead.FEED FEEDING HOTELSWe’ve had enough of designers creating places to stay that value social media likes over real-world appeal, such as…