Issue 3: Retreats
As quintessentially English as its neighbours – Harrods, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Hyde Park – The Franklin has the warmth of a private home with the impeccable service of a five-star hotel. On the edge of Belgravia, the Franklin offers 35 spacious rooms and suites, Michelin Star dining and a Wellness Center. Most recently, celebrity designer Anouska Hempel has revived the interiors, giving it an Italian flair that does not overshadow its original English charm.
Where 4,000 metre peaks are visible at a single glance, this alpine luxury lodge is located in the car-free Swiss ski resort of Saas-Fee; recently rated as the Alpine ski resort with the most reliable snow cover. Named after the black and white goats that roam the ‘Nap Valley of Switzerland’, The Capra oozes traditional authenticity, from its design through to its farm-to-table philosophy. Whether enjoying over 150m of groomed pistes or off-piste Heli-skiing in the winter, and hiking and biking in the summer, The Capra is a spectacular natural setting.
From the time of the first explorers, Kauai, the “Garden Island” and fourth largest in Hawaii, has been admired for its dramatic landscapes of mountain tops, valleys, cascading waterfalls and lagoons. As the newest oceanfront resort near Kalapaki Beach, Hokuala Kauai is set within 450-acres of lush land along the Pacific Ocean. Priding itself on authenticity, guests will experience relaxed Hawaiian living in private residences, with convenient access to the quaint historic village of Kauai and the island beyond. And as the home of Jack Nicklaus’ signature golf course – rated one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses – it is a highlight of every visit.
The renowned SHA Wellness Clinic has unveiled 11 luxurious residences to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. Pioneering with state-of-the-art home automation, yet environmentally friendly, their three tiers of residences (Garden, Premier or Penthouse) are designed for guests to enjoy a wide selection of health and wellness experiences in comfort, private and exclusivity. These include therapeutic and beauty, medical, nutritional and psychology consultations, water therapies, and activities ranging from functional training, pilates, yoga, meditation, aquagym, as well as healthy cooking classes.
Experience the tranquillity of Santorini, far from the typical tourist spots, at Istoria. Located on the beachfront of Perivolos and set to open in May 2018, this property captures the true essence of the timeless Greek summer. A Member of Design Hotels, its distinctive architecture blends harmoniously with the island’s traditional materials of volcanic stones, crafting an authentic getaway for its sophisticated and discerning clientele. At this 12-suite retreat, find yourself whiling-away the days lounging by the sea-front, swimming in the crystal-blue Aegean Sea or exploring the island and discovering its oh-so charming secrets.