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Conde Nast Traveller UK

Conde Nast Traveller UK September 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.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
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Monthly
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4 min.
editor’s letter

AS A TRAVEL MAGAZINE, we have a tendency to go apoplectic over summer, to pretend it is our holy land, our Valhalla, our grail of Nimrod. I loved the season so much for a while when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, I even considered calling her Summer. And yet something has gone so wrong with it recently. Now, you won’t find me aghast at the pleasure of finding a wild strawberry tucked between cracked paving stones, or cup-full-of-glee at that hot melted plastic scent inside a car that’s been parked in the sun. Now, you’ll find me in the corner of my garden, the dark bit that smells of lichen, and old man ghosts, drinking and smoking (sorry, and sorry again) and wondering what the hell is happening…

2 min.
contributors

ANA ROS Moveable Feast (p134) ‘I loved Madagascar. The people live so close to nature, which as a chef is inspiring to see. They would slow-cook dishes such as zebu beef, using cassava leaves and vanilla. I remember eating amazing stews on the train from Fianarantsoa to Manakara.’ Ana’s restaurant Hiša Franko is among the World’s 50 Best MAGGIE SIFF The Globetrotter (p122) ‘I few years ago, I took a 10-day hike through the Sierra Nevada mountains in California with friends, climbing Mount Whitney. It filled me with awe, from the lush lowlands, with glacial pools inhabited only by dragonflies and fish, to the craggy beauty above the tree line.’ Maggie stars in the TV hit ‘Billions’ ANTHONY SATTIN Writer, America by Train (p104) ‘On the north-west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, before the 2004…

3 min.
village people

THIS MONTH’S MOST CURIOUS DESTINATIONS. Close to the cacophony of Chowpatty beach, and surrounded by the drab high-rises of southern Mumbai, the tiny ward of Khotachiwadi is a pastel-coloured portal to another era: specifically, the 18th century, when 65 brightly painted wooden homes were built here in Portuguese-colonial style, with ornate verandahs and wooden shutters. That 28 have survived Mumbai’s rapid development is in large part down to the man at number 47G, the elegantly frayed, biscuit-coloured building at the heart of the village. James Ferreira is one of India’s foremost fashion designers, known for his flowing fabrics and for styling Bollywood’s biggest stars since the 1970s. His part-Portuguese family has lived in the area for generations, and when we meet at two-storey 47G, he points out his aunt and grandmothers’…

2 min.
strike a balance

Most visitors to Tokyo haven’t heard of Kagurazaka. Nicknamed Little Kyoto, it’s one of the city’s last-remaining geisha neighbourhoods, sitting on the fringes of what was once the Edo Castle grounds. Just a 30-minute metro ride from Otemachi’s skyscrapers and Harajuku’s kawaii hordes, it’s a peaceful enclave of tangled power lines, Edo-era buildings, vinyl stores and blink-and-miss-them sake bars. There’s a gentle local scene. By day, the area’s creative types can be found at Kamome Books, a shop that shares a calming space with Weekenders Coffee, Kyoto’s original artisan bean brand, or at Akomeya Tokyo in La Kagu, a 1960s-built storage facility that was minimally repurposed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, and now sells tableware and clothing. Big-ticket openings nearby have shone a fresh light on the area in recent…

1 min.
state of flex

New York City has always prided itself on doing things bigger than anywhere else in the world – and now it’s getting its schvitz on for pioneering wellness concepts. Designer-gym giant Equinox recently opened its first hotel in the billion-pound Hudson Yards development near Chelsea, with more locations to follow, promising guests the chance to ‘stay where high performance lives’. That means low-lit, beat-thumping SoulCycle classes as well as cryotherapy and face sculpting in the futuristic 27,000-square-foot spa. The hotel’s soundproofed rooms are billed as ‘ultimate sleep chambers’, with coaches on hand to help guests drift off when they aren’t using the in-room foam rollers and exercise straps. Meanwhile, The Well in Union Square is leading the trend for health-focused members’ clubs. The white-walled, minimalist space offers nutrition coaches and…

1 min.
what’s taking off and what’s running out of fuel

NEXT-LEVEL STAYS Airbnb started with three air mattresses in a San Francisco loft in 2007. Now, its new Luxe service ranges from plush Provençal châteaux to an entire French Polynesian island from about £115,000 per night. AIRPORTS OF THE FUTURE The £9 billion, Zaha Hadid-designed Beijing Daxing International Airport, opening south of the Chinese capital at the end of September, is slated to be the world’s largest, with sleek curves and solar farms. RAIL ROLLOVER After cancellations and delays in its early months, the Caledonian Sleeper train from London to Scotland will finally take its smart new double-bed carriages to Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William this autumn. RANKING BIAS It was a fresh antidote to the long-established Michelin Guide back in 2002, but the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is feeling tired and lacks diversity, with just…