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1.300 acres of holistic eco-luxury in Nicaragua!
The market for Pre-Columbian art is relatively small. Buyers should begin by purchasing exclusively from very established dealers. The only viable alternative is to buy from reputable auction houses, but only a few of these houses include Pre-Columbian art in their program – and then often only on a sporadic basis. Moreover, Pre-Columbian art is often offered in sales under the category ‘Tribal Art.’ In contrast to other types of art, prices tend to be considerably lower at auction than in the best galleries. On the other hand, truly valuable works of Pre-Columbian are rarely offered at auction.
While a city like Istanbul feels notably westernized, Turkey is still a Muslim country and in the less touristy areas, people are still rather conservative. Thus, it’s important to be respectful of etiquette. If you’re only travelling to major tourist centres such as Istanbul, many of these rules might seem exaggerated to you, but it is always wiser to show more respect for customs than too little. Most Turkish people will very much appreciate your effort and polite manners, so don’t worry if you still feel like you’ve behaved inadequately. Turkish people are very generous and their hospitality and kindness will impress you.
Today we introduce you to some fine hotels bearing the Seal of Excellence, the Signum Virtutis Hotels & Resorts. Featured are some of their fine partner properties from around the globe. SV Hotels & Resorts is the only collection worldwide to be powered by the most exclusive luxury hospitality awards, the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards, and supported by the HoteliersGuild, The International Hospitality Hall of Fame, and CHC CoutureHospitalityConcept.
If you haven’t been to a yoga event so far this year, it`s ok. 2016 still has a lot to offer, so here comes our selection of yoga events for the rest of the year.
This unique site on an island in Japan’s Inland Sea had its start in 1989 with a dream shared by publisher Tetsuhiko Fukutake and Naoshima’s mayor Chikatsugu Miyake. They wanted to develop the island’s southern end as a cultural and educational hub. Since then, Naoshima’s Benesse Art Site has grown to encompass a number of different venues. Outdoors, there are site-specific commissions from such artists as Yayoi Kusama, Cai Guo-Qiang and Dan Graham. The Chichu Art Museum, designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando, houses works by James Turrell, Walter De Maria and others. Benesse House, also designed by Ando, offers lodging and art installations by Richard Long, Jannis Kounellis and others. Around Naoshima, the Art House Project has also allowed artists to remodel historic old houses. Add to this the island’s beautiful natural setting, and the result is an experience unique in contemporary or, indeed, any type of art.
The collection of John and Dominique de Menil (housed in a Renzo Piano building) consists of nearly 15,000 works dating from the Paleolithic era to the present day, with a special focus on four areas – antiquity, Byzantine and mediaeval, tribal and 20th-century art.
It is all about inner peace, ayurveda and yoga once you arrive at this outstanding Goan resort. SwaSwara takes seriously its task of providing you with relaxation, healing and pampering. Fantastic yoga teachers and ayurveda doctors stand by your side to untether your soul. Surrounded by lush greenery, guests enjoy the breathtaking views from the yoga deck and sit in silence on the meditation hill in the early mornings. Swim in the ocean, spend some time at the pool, take a nap in the shade, and let your body and mind melt during skilful ayurvedic oil massages.
Finally! Hoteliers & all Hospitality Leaders have their own HALL OF FAME!
Luxury Istanbul is Turkey's foremost luxury travel company, combining comfort and authenticity with the country’s greatest destinations. Based in Istanbul, this privately held travel service partner specializes in tailor-made holidays. They combine a handpicked collection of unique hotels, resorts and leading tour operators with whom they have a long-established rapport, ensuring the highest standards of client care. Luxury Istanbul‘s mantra is, “A once in a life time experience”, which each vacation should be – the most delightful moments you will always remember.
For 2016, the UNESCO has nominated 21 new properties across the world. Let us begin a little series by introducing the five most spectacular ones in Europe, as a feast for the eyes or even as an inspiration for upcoming travels.
Reiki is a simple and effective healing method. It´s a form of Alternative Medicine developed in 1922 by the Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui.
Did you know that Roald Dahl’s stories were published in Playboy Magazine?
Valued not only for flavour and aroma, herbs and plants have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Herbs have always been used as the basis for so-called "Traditional Chinese Medicine" which has been handed down through generations in the East for over two millennia. Even after the emergence of modern medicine during the last century, the power of nature never entirely fell into oblivion – the popularity of medicinal plants and herbs is now experiencing a renaissance.
Located in a palace building in the heart of a huge park, the Museo di Capodimonte forms one of the country’s largest and artistically richest museums. Since its opening in 1957 in the rooms of the royal palace of the Bourbons, a beautiful former summer residence and hunting lodge from the 18th-century, visitors can...
Since its establishment in 2006, the foundation has been based in the homonymous Palazzo Strozzi, a symbolic monument of Renaissance domestic architecture. On behalf of the Florentine merchant Filippo Strozzi, also known as Il Vecchio, the construction of the family residence began in 1489. After its completion in 1538, the Palazzo remained the property of the Strozzi family until 1937. In 1999 it was handed over to the City of Florence.
Although the best time of year for climbing is spring, summer and autumn, climbing can be pursued virtually any time of year and in most weather conditions – except, of course, blizzards or storms. With so many different locations and types of crags, the choice is endless. Below is a selection of renowned climbing destinations that cover an immense diversity of rock type and difficulty levels, not to mention beautiful landscapes and fantastic scenery.
Drinking wine is easy? These gadgets promise to make it even easier, better and more fun! But can they keep their promise? We've tested 5 wine gadgets under 20€.
After headaches, feeling cold, and lacking energy, I’m trying out the five elements of nutrition. Follow my series of articles to find out my experiences.
Located in Bressanone’s historic heart, this charming design hotel truly feels like a home away from home. Small but nice – there is not much to do at this auberge, but you will still enjoy every minute you spend here. Guests reside in only 11 stylish suites, complete with contemporary furnishings, Jacuzzis and private terraces. With more-than-average sunny days, the roof-top terrace is a great place to enjoy sun and views. There is no restaurant, but the hotel bar serves regional specialties. The breakfast is delicious, with oven-fresh goods from the in-house cafe and confectionery shop.
How much salt is good for you? On more herbs, less salt day, we’re providing you with seven facts about the consumption of salt you should...
Currently in its fourth year, the annual Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is a local favourite in the line-up of fall events. With a cadre of reputable chefs and winemakers as participants, the festival brings good food and fine wine to quaint Edgartown, located on the Vineyard’s eastern coast. Skirting the small harbour, The Boathouse club and marina offers the perfect setting for two days of wine tasting, with corresponding munchies on offer at local restaurants.
Looking for new reading material? We’ve listed the ten most recent winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
At first view, it’s like a trip into the past. This e-bike resembles the board track racers of the early 1920s but flies into the new century at 20 miles per hour.
Call me Mr Unadventurous, but there are some oriental culinary exploits I might decide to return with a polite, “No thank you.” Eating fried scorpion, for example, which is a Thai delicacy, is one. Others who are of a more outgoing nature may want to try such delicacies, confident that these crunchy bites won’t send shivers through their taste buds. One motivation for such daring can be explained as: “It’s just once in a lifetime.” But, to be fair, far more people on this planet eat insects and other animals unusual to the western palate than one may suppose.