Since the old kingdom of Siam, elephants have been an enduring symbol of Thai culture, religion, and royal power. They’ve been used by kings in warfare, exchanged as ransom, served in finding the location for and in the construction of temples, and aided in the logging industry to haul timber and clear forests.
There’s shoestring travel, then there’s budget travel, then there’s travel, then business travel, and then elite travel. Way, way, way up — way higher than any of those — is megarich travel. These are the most expensive hotels in the world. Here’s what spending more than the majority of the world’s annual income is on a single night in a hotel room looks like.
Think contemporary travel, and a few specific city hotspots probably spring to mind: New York’s modern townhouse hotels, London’s quirky city stays and of course, Miami’s Art Deco designer pads. However, as the lifestyle travel movement zigzags across the globe, Asia’s cosmopolitan cities and dreamlike getaways are shaping up to be some of the most vibrant, wishlist-worthy destinations for creative class travellers.
Singita is the most successful safari brand in all of Sub-Saharan Africa. Learn more about the resort through this video.
Let’s Bunk Together: In Bed With Contemporary Travel’s New Genre of ‘Rough Luxury’ Hostels and Hotels
Dancing in the desert, participating in an art installation in a motel or bunking up in a 17th century palacio – as travellers have shifted to become more eccentric, open-minded and intellectual, a brave new wave of experimental hostels, hotels and even campsites have sprung up to redefine the high-end experience.
The Experimental Cocktail Club is currently leading the game in the global cocktail scene. French trio Pierre-Charles Cros, Romee De Goriainoff and Olivier Bon opened the first ECC in Paris and have since rapidly expanded, launching cocktail bars in London, New York and Ibiza in partnership with spirit specialist Xavier Padovani, and creating a wine bar and beef and fish clubs in Paris. We caught up with co-founder Olivier Bon and interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon to find out about their latest summer spot in Ibiza and discuss how their innovative take on design, food + beverage and hospitality is contributing to the evolution of contemporary travel for the creative class.
Recently one trend has dominated the London lifestyle scene: an affection for Americana reflected in the launch of US foodie imports like STK, Five Guys and Shake Shack. Now it seems that the capital’s lifestyle hotel industry is catching up, with a slew of dynamic new launches from leading American hotel groups set to revitalise this most important of hotel cities yet again.
EATING DINNER in Italy is a religious experience that lasts longer than most church services, sometimes as much as four hours. You need all that time to consume your antipasto, pasta, a main course, salad, and maybe, if there’s still room in your bloated belly, some fruit or small dessert. But even after all these, there’s still one final choice left to face: that of an after-dinner liquor.
Wine snobs love to critique the quality of Connecticut (and New England in general) wines.
There are over 10,000 bird species in the world. A great many of them are relatively easy to find — you simply have to get to the right habitat in the right part of the world. Some are more challenging and take time, money, and effort. But a handful are so elusive, or occur in such isolated or dangerous places, that most birders will never see them in a lifetime of birding.