Royal Malewane – A thrill for All our Senses

Imagine waking up in the middle of an exotic paradise, surrounded by the majestic animals. Berkeley Bespoke was welcomed to Royal Malewane – a luxury safari lodge in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park that exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age while offering every modern comfort. A truly magical experience meeting the Big Five, indulging in sensual treatments at their tranquil Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa and being surprised by the chefs at the nightly feasts under the African stars.

The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the World’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries. It is located in the Mpumulanga Province and is about a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg. Approximately the same size as Israel or Wales, it covers some 19,485 square kilometres offering a rich diversity of ecosystems that support over 145 mammal species including the Big 5 and over 500 bird species. The untamed environment stirs deep emotions. We have experienced meaningful and life-changing encounters with wildlife – being 2 metres away from 15 sleeping Lions! Adrenalin pumping adventure!

Wake up before sunrise and experience the ‘Lowveld’ – one of the most spectacular and dramatic regions in South Africa. The ‘Panorama Route’ includes incredible geographic sites such as God’s Window, The Three Rondawels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon and Mac Mac Falls. Pilgrim’s Rest offers a fascinating window into the past and captures the spirit of a bygone era and its people in their quest to discover gold. The ‘Big 5’ phrase was coined by hunters back in the day. It referred to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot and the degree of danger involved. The term is still used today but without the hunting connotations.

On most private safaris in Southern Africa, we have been guided on specialised Land Rovers by a ranger who drives the vehicle and by a tracker who sits on an especially precarious seat at the front of the bonnet. The tracker’s job is to find elusive wildlife and to notice and interpret nature’s subtle clues through acutely honed senses.

There is no bond stronger than the indelible and intuitive connection between a ranger and a tracker. Wild adventures, unique encounters and proud achievements punctuate their derring-do filled days. Followed by a cuisine that is complemented by a natural canvas to savour as much as the delicate flavours with the dining area overlooking the Malewane River where a variety of curious creatures great and small venture to slake their thirst. The Bush Tent at Royal Malewane provides a feast in the heart of the African wilderness. A truly remarkable and romantic experience with glowing lanterns casting a gentle light among the brightly burning braziers.

Introducing the Farmstead at Royal Malewane

A Brand New – Farmstead is a beautiful new lodge at Royal Malewane just a 12-minute drive south of the existing lodge. The land is elevated offering dramatic views over the canopies of the Greater Kruger National Park while the lodge itself surrounds a watering hole popular with the abundant wildlife. The Farmstead at Royal Malewane consists of the main lodge area, three Luxury Farm Suites, and The Farmhouse. The Luxury Farm Suites and The Farmhouse are either sides of a central lodge area where guests will be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in the elegant and comfortable spaces. After dinner guests can relax around the fire pit on the vast deck and reflect on the day’s adventures. There is a double spa treatment room offering a variety of indulgent treatments as well as a gym.

Following last year’s refurbishment of the existing lodge at Royal Malewane, The Farmstead offers something unique in terms of luxury safari accommodation in stark contrast to the ultra-modern style in vogue. In the main lodge area, a vintage North African banking kiosk is repurposed as a serving hatch for the delicious cuisine of Executive Chef Brandon Souris.

The collection of contemporary African Art enhances The Royal Portfolio’s already extensive private collection with notable pieces by Kudzanai Chiurai and James Jana among other works from the AVA Gallery and Smith Studio. In keeping with the community involvement of The Farmstead, there are a number of pieces from Lalela.

There are three Luxury Farm Suites. Each has a spacious bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower as well as an outdoor shower. There are large front and back verandahs as well as a beautiful deck and a private pool overlooking the bush where inquisitive wildlife might pay a little visit.

The Farmhouse is a three and a half bedroom private villa which is ideal for families or a group of friends. Similar to Africa House and the Royal Suites, The Farmhouse has its own private services including a chef, housekeeper and butler. Guests will have their own private safari vehicle with a dedicated Ranger and Tracker ensuring the ultimate in luxury. There are three main bedrooms as well as a smaller children’s room. There is a magnificent deck with a large swimming pool flowing out into the bush. The total area of The Farmhouse is 636 square metres (6845 square feet) including the vast verandahs and deck. Children of all ages are welcome in The Farmhouse.

The Farmstead is offered as four individual units but will be ideal for the exclusive use of up to 14 guests. Rates are all inclusive.

In keeping with The Royal Portfolio’s Purpose and Values, The Farmstead is part of a broader project to uplift local communities.

Support for the community and conservation of the environment are inextricably linked. The local community needs to realise the financial gains of tourism in order to see the value in protecting wildlife and the environment. The Farmstead land is leased from the local community. Not only will The Royal Portfolio employ and develop members of the community, but at the end of that long lease both the land and the asset will revert to the community with the option to continue working with The Royal Portfolio in perpetuity.

Acqua di Parma brings its Italian flair to the home

Adding to its already extensive lifestyle offering, Acqua di Parma brings its Italian flair to the home with its debut line of candles and home diffusers. Encapsulating all aspects of Italian lifestyle and heritage, the range is centred around ten fragrances, five capturing the way of Italian living and five inspired by the Blu Mediterraneo line evoking the scent of Italian Mediterranean.

Immersive moments captured, the candles and home diffusers reminisce the art-deco codes conveyed through the brand’s iconic bottles and this is reflected in the design and packaging of the line. Signature scents in the collection include Luce di Colonia, a citrusy fragrance of fresh, zesty notes of orange and lemon with an alluring timeless appeal and Chinotto di Liguria, a journey through Western Liguria embodying notes of chinotto fruit and spicy cardamom.

Also launching is new addition to the Blu Mediterraneo portfolio, Cipresso di Toscana, a fragrance devoted to the to the Cypress tress of Tuscany. Available as a fragrance, shower gel and powder soap notes include sage and lavender with base notes of cypress and pine. Acqua di Parma’s rich heritage began as far back as 1916 when master perfumers created the original Colonia made using only natural ingredients.

Refined Italian style and an authentic DNA referencing back to the twentieth century, the brand was initially founded by Italian heir Baron Carlo Magnani who lived in Parma at the time. Inspired by his grandfather, a painter and set designer, he commissioned the first cologne to create a signature scent that would represent the heritage of art and culture present in him and generations to come. It was from this point that Acqua di Parma takes its modern-day references, everything from the iconic yellow branding reminiscent of Parma’s aristocratic houses to the logo borrowed from the royal shield in a nod to the coat of arms of the Dukes of Parma during the time of Duchess Marie Louise.

During the 1930’s through to 50’s, Colonia reached international success establishing itself as the cult fragrance during this influential period, by the 90’s, Acqua di Parma was born introducing a new way of Italian style. Remaining true to its origins, the brand was eventually acquired by LVMH in 2001 branching out into new avenues of women’s fragrance, accessories and home collections. Now a global household name, Acqua di Parma begins a new era under the direction of newly appointed CEO Laura Burdese who follows in the footsteps of Gabriella Scarpa who continues her role as Chairman of LVMH Italy.

Article by Jaz Grewal

New fine wine experience: ELICITE – Your Virtual Sommelier

Revolutionising the fine wine industry, ELICITE is a unique platform dedicated to a series of curated content educating lovers of fine wine along with an edit of well-paired wines to accompany the series.

Pioneering the way consumers discover the secrets and heritage behind the industry, the platform’s content comes from some of the most respected names in the business and makes understanding the world of wine easy to those less familiar as well as offering a fresh innovative approach to those who are already well-versed.

Launching the site, ELICITE sent three connoisseurs of fine wine across to Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy on a voyage of discovery in some of the region’s most notable wineries as well as smaller more niche vineyards.

Namely ‘The Essentials’ the inaugural series on the site is a 7-part series exploring the foundations of fine wine in easy-to-digest short films lasting around 5 minutes long. From the origins of wine to understanding the cost and codes on wine labels, the in-depth yet enjoyable films give an insightful introduction into winemaking.

An edit of the wines featured in The Essentials is available to purchase, giving viewers of the films the chance to savour and enjoy the tastes explored in a new immersive way of retailing wine, an edit of two wines from each of the regions featured in the series, The Essentials Selection is a nice introduction to the flavours of each region.

Viewers will be able to refine their knowledge through different tiers which will each feature a different edit of content based on knowledge of wine, four levels starting with The Explorer and going up The Master will guide viewers through the different realms of wine and viewers will be able to unlock exclusive content upon purchasing mixed selections.

Expertly curated wine selections led by Martyn Zemavicius will be featured alongside content across the ELICITE site and YouTube which will see the likes of UK Sommelier of The Year Clement Robert and Ronan Sayburn, Master Sommelier of 67 Pall Mall Wine Club all offer engaging and insightful takes on fine wine with a host of accompanying events to be launched in the later half of 2019.

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Article by Jaz Grewal

Kilian Celebrates 200 Years of Burlington Arcade

Kilian Hennessy

Marking 200 years of the iconic Burlington Arcade, By Kilian has launched Royal Leather in homage to British heritage and the emblematic uniforms of the British guard.

Developed by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin, the fragrance is a warm and strong opening with notes of hawthorn and black tea accord, a heart centred around a leather accord which complements notes of oud and patchouli making for a provocative journey in Kilian’s gourmand signature style.

The master of sensual fragrances, Kilian’s portfolio now features more than 35 alluring scents in his eponymous line and Royal Leather also wears MAYFAIR as part of its name in a nod to the historic location where the flagship London boutique is located.

In an intimate interview, Kilian shares some of the highlights from his journey so far below.

Kilian, Your fragrances typically have provocative and alluring names, how do you come to name your scents?

I don’t see my names as provocative; more as part of a script or a story. Many represent an emotion I am trying to convey. Honestly, I usually work best on the plane on my way to New York. One of the rare moments when the phone doesn’t ring every 3 minutes!

Tell us how travel influences your creations?

I love to discover new places, new cultures. We are only as rich as the diversity of the experiences we make, the cultures we discover. I like to approach everything with an open mind and these moments are then reflected in my work. When launching KILIAN in Thailand, one night I had the typical Thai desert; sticky rice with a coconut and mango flavouring. This delicacy gave birth to one of my most iconic scents today; Moonlight in Heaven.

How has the fragrance industry changed over the last decade?

It has changed tremendously, but I truly hope for the best with the focus shifting to artisanal luxury fragrances. This has placed creation and luxury at the core of the customer experience, which is so important to me.

What are your vacation hot-spots and why?

I try to change these all the time because I just love to discover new places. But if I want to really feel disconnected from the world, my two favourite hot spots would be:-Relaxing in the Maldives in Winter-Travelling around Greece on a boat in Summer.

How do you evoke luxury through fragrance and in what sense is this reflected throughout your collections?

For me, true luxury should last forever. That’s why I made all KILIAN bottles refillable and all our cases reusable either as a jewellery box or as a clutch. Luxury should also be essential in the excessive. You need today to be a little excessive to create a true luxury statement.

Where do you see the brand going over the next few years?

I would like KILIAN to become the reference when it comes to Luxury & Creativity in fragrances.

What does Bespoke mean to you?

For me, bespoke means complete tailoring to the individual. To that person’s own desires, fantasies and needs.

Article by Jaz Grewal

UNCOMPROMISING PERFECTION of New Engines at the Geneva Motor Show

Where supercars and the latest speed machines flirting with autonomous technology and graceful designs. This year’s Geneva Motor Show is arguably the most tech-savy and sublime, with the high performance figures traditionally touted by internal combustion engine supercars replaced by sporting batteries and electric motors.

BUGATTI – La Voiture Noire

A pioneering spirit, passion for perfection and the desire to continually redefine its limits have been the key characteristics of BUGATTI since it was founded 110 years ago.

„LA VOITURE NOIRE“ – MORE THAN A REINTERPRETATION

In terms of exclusivity, performance and luxury, the new “La Voiture Noire” is every inch the equal of Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece. It is the perfect manifestation of BUGATTI’s cornerstones: “dynamic, luxury and elegance”.

“La Voiture Noire” is an opus of elegance and finesse. Purism and elegance are reflected in every surface and continued into each minute detail. The windscreen seems to flow seamlessly into the windows like the visor on a helmet. The newly designed bumpers are smoothly integrated into the body. Clear lines guide the eye subtly over the surface, which seems to blend into a single piece. With its extended front end and the distinctive BUGATTI Signature line, “La Voiture Noire” creates an elongated impression. Its elegant waistline accentuates the coupé’s contours. At the rear, six tailpipes bear witness to the incredible power of “La Voiture Noire”. Subtly incorporated into the overall appearance, they hint at the strength of the car’s heart, the iconic 16-cylinder engine.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars returned to the Geneva Motor Show and debuted its full current product portfolio for the first time on an international stage. Representing the near-infinite Bespoke possibilities at the heart of its record-breaking success in 2018, the marque presented one of an extraordinary collection of 25 Phantoms alongside the first publicly-revealed Bespoke Cullinan commission. In addition, two powerful visions of Black Badge and a highly Bespoke Dawn was revealed, each informed by the taste patterns of a younger, more assertive breed of entrepreneur drawn to the brand.

Following its global launch in the peaks of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming, the World’s media declared Cullinan unequivocally “Effortless Everywhere”. This transformative all-terrain vehicle has now begun a remarkable Bespoke journey with the marque’s patrons who continue to create truly personal expressions of their lifestyles. An exclusive Cullinan has been curated in recognition of this extraordinary adventure.

The Genève 2019 commission intelligently reconciles the distinct notions of luxury and utility that Cullinan embodies. The brand’s hallmark five-coat high gloss paint finish is rendered with a Petra Gold hue and fine Navy Blue coachline, recalling the khaki shades favoured by explorers, while Navy Blue and Oatmeal interior appointments celebrate a similarly functional colourway wrought in the finest leather hides. In addition, natural Open Pore Royal Walnut veneer is jewelled with a Bespoke timepiece and highly polished aluminium Bespoke Audio speaker grilles, subtly referencing the technical capability of Rolls-Royce’s proprietary audio system.

To the rear, the brand’s Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople present Genève 2019’s most indulgent expression of all-terrain luxury. Mounted within a removable Recreation Module modestly stowed in the motor car’s boot, The Hosting Service embodies the notion of giving pause to extraordinary company and is perfectly appointed to enrich time spent with loved ones.

Welcoming another creation by Philipp Plein themed model, created with Mansory at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 – is this Mercedes-AMG G 63. Fitted with a complete widebody kit, the Mansory Star Trooper is also part of a limited production run of 20 vehicles which start at 550,000 euros each.

Showcasing the new front bumper with wider rear arches and a new rear apron. The bonnet is new with additional venting and the amount of LED lighting also increases. Mansory describes the paint job as “50 shades of Grey Camouflage”. The engine has been reworked too. New turbochargers, downpipes and an exhaust system boost power from 585 bhp up to 850 bhp with torque increasing from 850 Nm up to 1,000 Nm. 0 to 100 km/h takes just 3.5 seconds with a top speed in excess of 250 km/h.

The Mansory interior features Philipp Plein logos throughout, even embossed into the seats. There are touches of carbon fibre and red stitching to match the exterior LED’s. Mansory is on fire!

Article by Jayraj JR Sisodia

HUBLOT AND MARC FERRERO CELEBRATE WOMEN, HEROINES OF MODERN TIMES

Hublot and Marc Ferrero, the artist behind Storytelling Art, unveil the Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero. Paying homage to the 21st century woman, who distinguishes herself through the multiplicity of her roles, in this exclusive timepiece she is embodied as the heroine of modern times. This collaboration marks an exploratory approach to art and watchmaking.

A Muse, the 21st century woman

In turn wife, mother, friend, lover, business woman, femme fatale, fashion icon or night owl, for every hour of the day the modern woman sets herself apart as unpredictable, multifaceted and unique. She is disarming and makes light of the simple or complex adventures that she comes up against; drawing upon her charm, she juggles the lives that fill each of her days.

Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero

The dial tells the story of this heroine of modern times with ‘Lipstick’, an iconic work by the artist. Enigmatic behind her dark glasses, she remains majestic in the face of the unexpected and affirms her femininity, armed with her lipstick. Spinels in shades of red, topazes for the turquoise version, and forty- two fine stones decorate the bezel of the new 39-mm case, which is adjusted to her feminine wrists. With one touch of its “One Click” patented fastening system, the leather strap makes way for a version in alligator and rubber, a touch of sophistication appropriate for the moment. Available in red and turquoise, the special series will be available in 50 copies of each tone.

Watchmaking and painting in movement: fusion

Hublot and Marc Ferrero cultivate the art of exploration in their respective fields, with fusion as the guiding principle. For the watchmaking house, it is the unexpected blend of rare and innovative materials and for the artist and friend of the brand, it is the combination of different graphic styles on the same plane. It was therefore natural for their innovative spirits to find a shared expression, with watchmaking as a vehicle for art. A story of timeless adventures is embodied by the Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero timepiece. A flagship announcement linking to the “Hublot loves Art” series.

Marc Ferrero

“When I am asked ‘What innovative and modern idea develops your painting?’ Without hesitation, I answer fusion… Using different graphic styles (cubism, impressionism, surrealism, figurative, etc.) on the same plane or over my works—just like a film director uses special effects to tell a story—will always represent an extremely exciting challenge for me.” Marc Ferrero

Marc Ferrero

You don’t position yourself at the head of a new pictorial trend without a great knowledge of painting and the major developments that have marked its history. Marc Ferrero is one of the few contemporary painters who make it possible to claim that painting can still explore new avenues and continue, thanks to the power of the imagination, last century’sgraphical adventure, which was the richest in terms of pictorial research. Marc Ferrero’s body of work, associated with theStorytelling Art movement never ceases to intrigue because it possesses characteristics that are found nowhere else: fictional stories that take us around the world and refer to all kinds of cultures and invented characters, like real mirrors of the collective aspirations of our times. A forgotten mix of all sorts of graphic styles on the same plane, which modifies the notions of space-time of the pictorial field. An interplay between narrative breakdowns and variations of planes that allow each Work to be the pretext for an extraordinary adventure.

Living with a work by Marc Ferrero means giving your walls captivating stories and expanding spaces by following in the footsteps of Lisa L’aventura, Duke Spencer Percival and Cello Cordoba in an adventure that is called: “Once Upon a TimeLa Comitive”.

 

The FEAST of aesthetics: Experiencing The Silo Hotel in Cape Town

 

How unexpected. The Silo Hotel. Magical Experince. A luxurious hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. The Silo Hotel has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) which houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.

From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These multi-faceted structures glisten like diamonds during the day while at night the building transforms into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbour.

It is a truly celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury offering the highest levels of personalised service synonymous with The Royal Portfolio.

With stunning views of Cape Town through the 5,5m high pillowed glass windows, there is no better place to enjoy a classic cocktail or a glass of wine from the carefully crafted and ever evolving list of local and international wines. Executive Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert and her team have crafted a number of casual and contemporary menus that include lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bar snacks and a wonderful Sunday Roast. Chef Veronica believes in good, honest and approachable food that showcases seasonal, local ingredients.

The Silo Hotel brings a new dimension to dining in the city with our exclusive, glass fronted private dining rooms. There are two smaller dining rooms that seat six in each, as well as the Wisdom Room, a wonderful private dining room for up to 22 guests. The Wisdom Room was named after the last ship to ever take grain to Europe from the grain silo – MV Anangel Wisdom – in 1995.

The Silo Hotel has 28 rooms, including a spectacular one bedroom penthouse. Each room has been individually designed and decorated by the stylish wand of Liz Biden. Colourful and eclectic pieces juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture. The 6 room categories are based on the room size and the views. The images and floor plans below are indicative of the category only. We cannot guarantee a particular room (other than the penthouse), only the room category.

Cape Town is consistently ranked among the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure Magazine. The ‘Mother City’, as it is affectionately known, is a colourful and vibrant city surrounded by dramatic mountains and sandy beaches. The magic of Cape Town lies in the collision of natural wonder, diverse cultures, art, design and a thriving food and wine scene.

DELAIRE GRAFF SPA: A distinctive experience, leaving a captivating memory

Berkeley Bespoke was taken on a journey of total relaxation and wellbeing at The Delaire Graff Spa. Set in its own unique surroundings, with four elegant Spa suites for guests to experience, an altogether more rarefied calm, where skin perfection and treatments leave the body and mind glowing.

Expert hands guide guests in indulgent all-day Spa rituals, pampering and wellness. Lodge guests and all visitors can take time out at the stunning infinity pool and destination restaurant, Indochine. With treatments available for all ages, Delaire Graff Spa crafts all experiences using the finest beauty products from Swiss Perfection, Aromatherapy Associates and Terres d’Afrique.

Experiencing luxurious Black Pearl products

Black Pearl is a luxurious and innovative range of skin care products now available in South Africa. Developed with tireless effort over the last 40 years, Black Pearl has risen from humble beginnings to a line that pairs the benefits of ancient and natural ingredients rich in minerals and nourishing oils with cutting edge science. The 27 unique minerals that heal and moisturise the skin are enhanced with Tahitian black pearl rich in organic-matrix calcium carbonate. Calcium-carbonate is known to draw water into the skin particularly well. This vital ingredient lends the product its name and ensures instant results that aid an even skin tone and provide iridescence to the skin.

Like its namesake the Black Pearl line embodies uniqueness, strength and the power of nature. Black Pearl is the latest range of superior skincare products developed by a thriving family business. Despite its global footprint, this enterprise has stayed close to its roots with all of the inspiration that this brings. Black Pearl is now excited to share the benefits of many years of endeavour with new markets. The entrepreneur who started the business believes his raison d’etre is to help those who feel invisible. From this existential purpose has evolved a range of skin care products that deliver on that objective; skin that is radiant, healthy, balanced, indulged and… visible.

Unforgettable Black Pearl Body Illumination treatment

Achieve absolute luminosity for both face and body in this extraordinary Signature Treatment which combines the power and science of 24 carat gold for a flawless skin tone on your entire body.  

Luminescent body scrub with the exclusive Vanilla and Patchouli salt scrub. Beautiful salt spheres gently exfoliate the skin leaving it revitalised and with a lustre that only sea minerals can bring.

Devine Body Butter Massage: Allow your body to be enveloped in flakes of real 24-karat gold which provide authentic royal richness in this creamy body butter, formulated with Shea butter and coconut oil for enhanced hydration and a beautifully smooth feel. Gold is thought to stimulate the skin, boosting its natural radiance and prevent premature aging, 

Following your devine body butter massage, we continue with a purifying Cleopatra Gold facial treatment ritual which allows you to truly benefit from the anti-ageing phenomenon that is Black Pearl 24-karat gold.

 

We have searched far and wide to offer our guests only the very best that the world can offer. But the true ethos of our spa is in the care and transformation of our guests. If we want to create health, we need to start channelling our unconscious mind through conscious intent. At our spa, our aim is to tap into your body’s ability to heal itself through holistic touch therapies as well as advanced and luxurious skin care and technology. Thereby, we are planting the seed of intent and creating an environment in your body to allow the seed to flourish into a healthy mind, body and soul. Therefore, you start the healing process by making the conscious decision to take time for yourself, and we carry on the journey with our wide variety of face and body rituals aimed at releasing tension and encouraging transformation on a subconscious and conscious level. 

Hildegard Carstens

Spa Manager, Delaire Graff Spa

 

Step into a scene from Arabian Nights at Riad Fes 

Not only is Riad Fes – Relais & Chateaux one of the most luxurious hotels in Fez, it also provides guests the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the splendour and authenticity of the lifestyle of Fassi nobility. It reflects both the intricacy of Moroccan artwork and the distinctive aesthetic of Spanish Moorish architecture. The fruits of this marriage are sheer opulence shimmering in every minute attention to detail. 

Islamic carvings, antique doors, myriad mosaics and a grand piano greet guests in the first patio underneath an impressive Fassi lamp. Beyond subtle marbles and bright arches lies a stunning emerald-green pool, while a baroque-style patio featuring veined marble and crystal ceiling lights create a harmonious tranquillity. 

This 30 room hotel dates back to 1900 after it had its foundations laid by Ben Slimane, a famous local judge and intellectual. Thanks to its central location, it offers unforgettable views of the Medina and the Atlas Mountains. Blending modernism with tradition, guests have a choice of four different house styles: The Moroccan, The Oriental, The Baroco-Andalous and the signature, Contemporain. 

Since it’s part of the Relais & Chateaux family, the cuisine at Riad Fes is sumptuous. L’Ambre allows guests to dine on traditional Moroccan dishes in a lush Moorish atmosphere, while L’Alcazar Bar beside the decorative pool is a must for a post-meal pre-bed tipple. Don’t forget to visit The Rooftop Bar too to watch a memorable sunset overlooking the city. 

The spa by Cinq Mondes is a tranquil haven designed by Christophe Pillet. Indulge yourself in a tailor-made treatment that bears all the hallmarks of luxury and authenticity. Fez is famous for its hammam, so if you really want to keep the experience traditional book yourself in for this cleansing ritual. Other options include water treatments, face care and body care massages. 

Being such a peaceful oasis of orange, lemon and bay trees makes it difficult to want to leave here, but Riad Fes also host excursions into the city should you have the desire to tear yourself away. From guided visits of the Medina to a tour of Fez’s ancient walls and more. The city is one of Morocco’s gems – renowned for its rich culture, fine gastronomy and nice weather – and Riad Fes is the epicurean pit stop not to be missed.  

Article by James Massoud

Perfume as an Art: Tiziana Terenzi

Merging the realms of traditional perfumery and objet’s d’art, Tiziana Terenzi is a family owned brand producing artistic fragrance and candles with an Italian heritage.

Established initially as Cereria Ternezi in 1968, the founder of the brand, Evelino Terenzi quickly became renowned for making Paschal Candles for the local churches of Cattolica and it was from there the brand was born.

Today, the legacy of the eponymous brand is directed under the ownership of Evelino’s children, who relaunched the company under its current name in 2012, working together, Tiziana oversees the creative vision for the brand, while Paolo Terenzi is the nose behind the enchanting fragrances.

Both coming from creative backgrounds, Tiziana’s career as a jewellery designer is echoed throughout the distinct packaging of the brand and Paolo stands as one of Italy’s most-loved perfumers with his portfolio including the creation of fragrances and candles for the likes of Acqua di Parma, Dior and Gucci.

The latest collection in the Tiziana Terenzi range is the Luna Collection, and three new fragrances pay homage to the winged horse from which the collection takes its inspiration.

Paolo Terenzi

Caput Mundi named after the Latin reference of Rome as the capital of the world follows a journey of Paolo and Tiziana with their family and grandparents to the iconic Italian capital.

The fragrance encapsulates the unique emotion the pair feel when they toss coins into the magical Trevi Fountain to then open their eyes and discover a full moon brimming with prosperity and eternal beauty. A woody, flowery mix of notes dedicated to the moon the fragrance opens with sweet top notes of Bulgarian Rose, Tea Rose and Lily of the Valley and Cabreuva Wood. Stronger, more sensual notes of Black Indian Oudh, Sandalwood and Cashmere Wood sit at the heart and base of the fragrance echoing the cherished city of Rome in a few drops.

Following in the footsteps of the cherished memories evoked by Caput Mundi, the second newly launched edition in the collection is Lince, an Extrait de parfum dedicated to Sicily. Derived from the double constellation of stars, the Latin name of the fragrance marks the stars that empower the scent. Seductive and sensual, top notes of Bergamot and Star Anise are married with sweeter notes of Vanilla and the signature Musk from the Ternezi library.

The last debut to join the collection is Spirito Fiorentino a vibrant fragrance celebrating the traditions of Tuscany. A nod towards the artistic elements of the brand, Spirito Fiorentino commemorates the renowned artists who lived in Florence. Presented in a red bottle taken from the Aries moon, the scent gracefully opens with floral notes of Purple Lily and Jasmine and warms to a wood-based heart of Sandalwood, Birch and Musk.

Article by Jaz Grewal

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