Travel

High-Rises and Surprises

Nick Boulos finds that traditions run deep in China’s largest metropolis of Shanghai…

They twirled across the parquet dance floor, a waltzingstream of smart suits and sashaying dresses. From up highon the Cin Cin balcony, once home to Joseph Ullstein’s orchestra, the sounds of the jazz quintet drifted downwards;a mellifluous mix of trumpets and saxophones that washedover the gentle chinks of china of those enjoying afternoontea. They sipped mocktails of lemongrass and fresh mint, nibbled oncrumbly cookies and baby...

September 21, 2017

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Miami nice

The story from mangrove forest to palm-lined tourism paradise and its culinary diversity make this one of the trendiest spots for sun worshippers, night owls and celebrities, writes Karin Willen.

In step with Miami Glorious 360° subtropical climate, sunny easy living among fashionable skyscrapers near the blue sea: Henrey Lum could not have imagined such a scenario when his coconut plantation on the mangrove sandbank off Miami failed in 1870. Forty years later, John Collins and Carl Fisher transformed the mosquito-ridden, infertile strip on Florida’s southern tip into a seaside resort. What followed would have blown the...

September 21, 2017

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Check in | Faraway Flings

From Tanzania to Tulum, the hippest beach hideouts you need to check in to…

Tanzania | Thanda Island Opened in April 2016, Thanda Island is a beach residence by Swedish entrepreneur and philanthropist couple Christin and Dan Olofsson, 30km from mainland Tanzania. It's located within the Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve in southern Tanzania and, technically a private island, the property is designed as a sole-use resort and is the sister property to the private game reserve Thanda Safari in Zululand South...

September 19, 2017

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Banks of the Bosphorus

Istanbul is creeping up on its international counterparts, with the world’s top chefs flocking to this chic city to open their new restaurants. Sarah Gilbert heads east to report from Turkey’s bustling capital city for FOUR International…

I sipped on a martini as the setting sun streaked Sultanahmet pink and gold. From restaurant Mikla’s vertigo-inducing roof terrace, I gazed out across a skyline of minarets and skyscrapers, as lounge music competed with the muezzin from a nearby mosque. Istanbul has been attracting visitors for centuries. The only capital city to span two continents, it’s long been a beguiling mix of Eastern tradition, European style and...

September 17, 2017

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