We Take a Look at the Excellent English Wines from Danebury Vineyard

Valentine’s Day may be over, but there are 364 other days’ worth celebrating with Danebury Vineyard’s quality English wines.

Limited production with exceptional quality, that’s the focus of family-owned boutique vineyard Danebury Vineyard. Based near Stockbridge in Hampshire, the highly regarded vineyard estate covers some seven acres – land that was once a successful racehorse yard. The racing heritage is now reflected in the company’s wine labels. And it named its sparkling white wine after Cossack, a racehorse trained at Danebury that won The Derby in 1847.


Vine growing at Danebury Vineyard in Hampshire

Danebury has been producing quality English sparkling and still wines since 1988 and follows organic principles in its wine-making. The UK’s long summer days allow for maximum ripening of its cool climate grapes, ensuring strong fruit flavours. While the chalk and flint soil lends the wine its mineralogy.
Danebury produces two varietal white wines: Schönburger and Madeline Angevine, and a Reserve Wine that’s a blend of the four varieties grown at Danebury. The vineyard’s sparkling offering is the premium vintage Cossack – an award-winning white wine made from Auxerrois Blanc and Ruländer grape varieties that will be released in Spring this year.


Grapes grown at Danebury Vineyard in Hampshire

Danebury’s expert winemaker, Vince Gower has been producing quality English wine for over 20 years and has won dozens of national and international awards. His careful approach entails minimal intervention, with the pressing, fermentation, transferring and filtering process carried out with the utmost care, ensuring the delicate nature of the juice is preserved and the character ‘terroir’ of Danebury Vineyard is fully expressed in the finished wine.


Danebury Wine Collection

Danebury Madeleine Angevine 2014 – Still Dry White Wine

Medals – Bronze: Decanter Magazine, UK Wine Awards. Commended: International Wine Challenge, Sommelier Wine Awards.

Madeleine Angevine is a white wine grape from the Loire Valley – a popular choice for UK winegrowers. It has the advantage of being early ripening and grows well in cooler climates. Madeleine Angevine makes an attractive fruity, yet dry wine with a flowery nose similar to Alsatian Pinot Blanc and refreshing finish. It’s the perfect aperitif and pairs well with chicken, seafood such as scallops and crayfish or charcuterie and pâtés.
Alcohol: 11.5% Suitable for vegetarians

Danebury Schönburger 2014 — Still Dry White Wine

Medals 2017 – Bronze: Sommelier Wine Awards

Schönburger is a relatively unknown German grape variety with a slightly red skin when it ripens, a hybrid of Pinot Noir, Chasselas and Muscat Hamburg, popularly grown in England. It is quickly pressed with no skin contact to produce a silky, aromatic, dry white wine. It has a rich, full soft palate exhibiting a refreshing, clean finish, making it an excellent accompaniment to fish, chicken and vegetable sauce-based dishes.
Alc %. 10.0. Suitable for vegetarians

Danebury Reserve 2015 – Still Dry White Wine

Medals 2017 – Silver: Sommelier Wine Awards, Bronze: Decanter, IWSC

A full dry white wine, which is a skilful blend of all our grape varieties (Schönburger, Madeleine Angevine, Auxerrois Blanc and Ruländer [Pinot Gris]). Displaying a complex combination of the fruitiness of Madeleine Angevine, the crisp acidity of Schönburger, structure of the Auxerrois, complemented by the subtle in influence of Ruländer, and delivering plenty of mineralogy on the finish. It works well with a variety of dishes due to its complex flavour and crisp acidity: a taste of Hampshire in a glass.
Alcohol: 12%. Suitable for vegetarians

Danebury “Cossack” 2014 — English Sparkling Wine

Made from a blend of 95% Auxerrois Blanc (a cross between Gouais Blanc and Pinot Noir sharing the ancestry of Chardonnay) and 5% Ruländer grapes (a German synonym for Pinot Gris). Cossack is crafted using the traditional bottle fermentation method and aged for approximately four years on its lees. A classically structured wine that lasts on the palate, Cossack is equally delightful to drink either on its own or with food.

To be released in Spring 2018


Grape vines growing at Danebury Vineyard in Hampshire

Danebury Vineyards — Where and How
Danebury House, Stockbridge, Hants, 8020 6JX
Tel: +44 1264 781851
Email: info@danebury.com

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Visit and Text: Gigi Morelli

We visited 5 Unique Places around the Globe for you

There are a variety of unique places to stay across the globe, from underwater hotels to hammocks high in the tree canopies. The tree Unique use combines the adventure of an unconventional night’s stay with a few of the luxury comforts we all enjoy. Here is our list of the world’s most amazing treehouses you can stay in.

Lion Sands, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Cost per night: $450


Placed above the savannah, The Lions Sands Game Reserve is proud to present one of its four treehouses. Here you are disconnected from electricity and without a shower but when you’re sleeping amongst zebras and lions these matters are trivial.

Treehotel, Harada, Sweden
Cost per night: From $510


The modern spaceship look-alike is a far cry away from what your typical childhood treehouse might resemble. In this hotel, you are surrounded by a pine forest, high above the forest floor, giving a whole new meaning to ‘a bird’s eye view’. With its futuristic design, it will certainly be an unforgettable night stay.

 

Bangkok Tree House, Bangkok, Thailand
Cost per night: From $125


The Bangkok Treehouse’s mission is to disconnect you from city life and to reconnect you with nature. This elevated oasis brings you stunningly positioned treetop rooms, as well as their more unique experience of their floating double-bed called the River Nest. Seriously, it’s just a bed on the water.

 

Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Cost per night: From $160


Suspended amongst intricate webs of rope, the Free Spirit Spheres really evoke the essence of sleeping amongst the treetops. These orbs will bring your childhood dreams to life, providing a luxurious and unique way to camp in the tree canopy.

 

Green Village, Bali, Indonesia
Nightly rate: $325


The Green Village is more of an eco-community as opposed to an actual hotel, and it may be the grandest collection of treehouse vacation homes in the world. Not limited by the usual constraint of walls, you will be sleeping in the thick of the Indonesian jungle with the luxury of a few home comforts.

Visit and text: Gernot Mueller

Get ready – Today we show you Europe’s Top 5 Beach Clubs In 2018

Amante – Ibiza

This rural restaurant is set in a stunning cove on a cliff overlooking the Sol Den Serra bay. The backdrop is perfect for long, lazy lunches, fine dinners, and drinks in the Mediterranean breeze. Don’t miss the evenings at Amante, highlighted by the sea breezes and moonlit cliffs.

Theros Wave Bar – Santorini

This elegant Mediterranean spot is the perfect mix of exotic, romantic and fun. During the day, guests can take a relaxing walk along the crystal-clear water, volcanic sand and views of the massive cliffs off Eros beach. Once the sun goes down, pick a cozy spot among the bar’s many sofas, sip a famous Theros cocktail and relax.

Hula-Hula – Hvar

Looking for parties from day to night? The Hula-Hula Hvar is the place for beach-lovers to meet up and watch the sun disappear into the sea while sipping a piña colada or listening to soulful tunes. The bar is located just up the coast from the Hotel Amfora for easy access to travellers and locals alike.

Phi – Sardinia

The golden beaches at Phi offer guests to restore their well-being seaside with comfortable seating, canopies, and a lounge area to have lunch. At night, be sure not to miss the Rock Club to enjoy the best champagne, intimate dinners and live music.

Gecko Beach Club – Formentera

The Gecko Beach Club is situated on the island of Formentera. An island just next to Ibiza. Formentera is the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret with miles of secluded and unspoiled beaches and home to a vibrant and mixed community and rich history. The Gecko Beach Club is the newest and most luxurious place to stay on the island with amazing cocktails, mouth-watering food, and a relaxing haven to lie back in a hammock whilst watching the world meander by.

Text and Photos: Gigi Morelli

Amilla Beach Residences | A Luxurious Maldives Getaway

Step into paradise and get a taste of heaven on earth when you set foot in one of Amilla Beach ‘s picturesque residences.

Sitting gracefully over crystal clear waters, the beautiful properties are nestled among lush tree tops or hug the shores of pristine white sand. The multi-bedroom accommodation options are ideally suited for large families, groups of friends and VVIPs seeking the ultimate in space and privacy.

The eight glorious residences are unlike you have ever seen before. They include six 4-bedroom (Villa Residences), one 6-bedroom estate (The Amilla Villa Estate) and one 8-bedroom residence (The Great Beach Villa Residence).

To cater to your every whim, each villa comes with private butlers, gourmet chef and accomplished katheeb (house master, Amilla-style.). Your personal katheeb will anticipate your every need from making a hearty breakfast, to a soothing bath after a day exploring the island’s vast marine life.  For the little ones, in-villa babysitting is conveniently arranged so that you can surrender to a full day of pampering.

The Villa Residences are an ultra-modern Miami-style architecture with stunning minimalist design, providing an intimate space to unwind and escape. Spend hours lounging by the beach beds or take a dip in the cool ocean waters.

The Amilla Villa Estate has an Asian-style structure with elegant interiors. The spacious 6-bedroom residence has enough room to accommodate a group to enjoy the beautiful amenities, including the pristine infinity pool facing the Maldivian coastline.

Best for a big group of friends or family, the Great Beach Villa Residence is the largest of the eight-hyper luxury properties creating a statement with sleek contemporary lines and gleaming marble floors. It boasts a 20m lagoon-style swimming pool and a beachside hammock that demands you to sneak a siesta and enjoy the gentle ocean breezes.

For further Info and Reservation please visit:

Welcome home to Amilla Beach Villa Residences…..

Atlantida Boutique Hotel the luxxrs Review

Atlantida

This luxury Atlantida Boutique hotel takes its name from the mythological island of Atlantis, which was famous for its supposed advanced civilisations and culture. In the mythical city of Atlantis they were well aware of the fragility of the human body, so one of the first dedicated spaces was intended for healing. In their treatments and wellness, they used healing plants, herbs, crystals, aromatherapy and massage. An important part was played in this by water, whose properties cleanse the spirit and body.

Atlantida

Here in the wonderful, natural environment of Rogaska Slatina in Slovenia which is famous for its mineral waters, it has re-emerged as a modern island boasting new experiences from the mythical Atlantis. The Wellness and Spa centre is aimed at bringing you back to basics where you can re-establish the balance of mind, body and spirit.  A heated indoor pool, whirlpool, areas for rest and an outside terrace in a natural setting are just some of the pampering on offer.

Atlantida

A few minutes’ walk from the hotel is the Rogaška Medical Health Centre and offers several preventive and other health programmes: gastroenterology, cardiology, internal medicine, dermatology, urology, orthopaedics, physical and rehabilitation medicine, aesthetic plastic surgery, vascular surgery, nutrition, physiotherapy.

Atlantida

Being the only luxury hotel of its kind in this area, its aim is to fully satisfy its guests with its exceptional accommodation and service in the hotel and its surrounding. The hotel is intended for those wishing to withdraw from everyday stress and those inspired by outstanding hotel architecture with the highest level of prestige and guaranteeing complete privacy

Atlantida

This quiet town is just over an hour’s drive from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana (and its airport), and a few hours’ drive from Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest, Trieste, Venice, Zagreb, Belgrade and other European cities, allowing for day trips.

Get more info and Details here: atlantida-rogaska.si

Review: Gernot Mueller

Ladies, you will love Richard Mille’s new tourbillon watch

Richard Mille has unveiled its newest creation – a timepiece for the ladies that’s been introduced in the form of a collection of ten watches. Called the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman, it is the first collection overseen from top to bottom by Richard Mille’s Cécile Guenat, the watchmaker’s director of ladies’ collections. Each of the 10 watches in the collection features a variation on the mother-of-pearl, onyx, and diamond settings. However, the highlight of the watch, beyond its unique design, is the watchmaker’s first-ever, in-house automatic tourbillon movement, the Caliber CRMT1. The movement is largely made out of grade 5 titanium, making it ultra-light and compact, while still offering the typical robustness that Richard Mille’s calibers boast. It measures just 6.2 millimeters in thickness and 8 grams in weight.

Despite that the dial is largely skeletonized, it still features a miniature piece of artwork inspired by different art forms. “My work is the fruit of very different influences. In designing this collection, I drew not only on Art Deco, but on the Tribal arts—masks, African sculptures, etc.—whose impact on all great modern and contemporary artists has been enormous,” said Guenat. Five pieces of each of the 10 variations of the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman will be available with a price tag of 400,000 CHF (roughly $405,000).

Jaguar introduces F-Pace SVR with 550 horsepower and 176mph top speed

At the Geneva Motor Show last month, Jaguar’s focus was on electric cars as the British automaker launched its very first all-electric, zero emissions car I-Pace. However, it seems the marque hasn’t given up on its petrolhead fans just yet. At the New York Auto Show, Jaguar has launched the high-performance version of its F-Pace SUV, which according to the claimed performance figures is one of the fastest SUVs in the world. Called the F-Pace SVR, the sporty SUV is the work of the carmaker’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department, which has worked its magic on the brand’s best selling vehicle to turn it into an absolute monster.

Powering the Jaguar F-Pace is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that churns out 550 horses and 502 lb-ft of torque. Jaguar claims that the performance-oriented SUV can go from 0-60mph in just 4.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 176mph. to support the added power, SVO has made quite a few changes to the F-Pace that include an ungraded chassis, progressive springs that are 30-percent stiffer at the front and 10-percent at the back, new anti-roll system – that Jaguar says cuts body-roll by 5-percent, and new lightweight forced 21- and 22-inch alloy wheels. Jaguar has also added Variable Valve Active Exhaust System inspired by the F-TYPE, which should make it sound great, as well.

On the inside, the cabin features slimline performance front seats with SVR logos on the headrest and a SVR branded steering wheel with paddle shifters. Four color schemes will be on offer: Red with Jet, Light Oyster with Jet, Siena Tan with Jet, and Jet with Light Oyster stitching. The high-performance variant of the F-Pace will arrive in US dealerships in the summer of 2018, with a mouth-watering starting price of $79,990.

By: Gigi Morelli

Couqley French Bistro in Dubai

Couqley is a rustic French bistro with authentic old school Parisian flair. Outside, the exterior beckons with frosted windows printed with fabulous bistro style red letters. Inside, Couqley boasts a long zinc bar and cool looking replica bistro artefacts. The red chequered table cloths, dark wood hues and the smoke effect mirrors add to the warm bistro charm.

When it comes to the food at Couqley, you could not expect a more generous use of traditional French cuisine ingredients. You can really taste it – the garlic, butter and parsley sauce escargots we have to start are superb. The retro prawn and avocado cocktail is fresh and beautifully dressed.

For mains, we are absolutely bowled over by the steak frites and the rib-eye. The magic of the cuisson of the steak is almost puzzling. The rib-eye really melts like butter and tastes so flavoursome. The frites also have their say: perfect French fries, skinny, slightly crunchy and salted à point. They are everything you need to mop up Couqley’s house sauce – a delicious secret recipe.

Desserts are also a must. The traditional crème brulée and mousse au chocolat, with real chunks of dark rich chocolate, really hold their own.

Even the bread at Couqley deserves a special mention. It is the best French baguette we have ever tasted outside of France. No surprise there – it is shipped from France in its pre-cooked dough and cooked on the premises. It is presented in red napkin chequered baskets, perfectly warm and fluffy – un délice!

You can really sense the influence Alexis Couquelet’s teacher’s chefs Alain Ducasse and Jean Georges has had on this Lebanon-based Frenchman’s cuisine. It is energetic, authentic and tastes divine.

Couqley’s service is 5 stars with attentive, knowledgeable and mostly bilingual French staff. We look forward to returning to sample the signature pain perdu – deliberately left for our next trip as its legendary reputation precedes it already!

Natural World Safaris Debuts NWS RAW Itineraries

Bespoke travel outfitter Natural World Safaris has launched NWS RAW, a safari concept that reveals a different side to often-visited destinations. This is the newest addition to the NWS Select services, providing travel experiences that explore the last wild frontiers.

Responding to the desire from seasoned travelers to move beyond bucket-list destinations and delve deeper into a location, NWS RAW navigates unsung wildernesses and lesser-known areas. Clients will take a step off the beaten track to discover a country’s raw side with the support of an expert team and structured itinerary to safely explore the new regions.

Some of the NWS RAW itineraries include:

Bears, Wolves and Snow Leopards of the Himalayas

This itinerary takes guests deep into the Indian Himalayas in search of wolves, brown bears and the snow leopard. The high-altitude locations visited on this itinerary are cold, harsh, mountainous, and rarely traveled. Along the way, experience seldom-visited Ladakh region. The 11-day itinerary starts at £5,545 (about $7,621), excluding international flights.

Journey into the Maliau Basin, Borneo

Venture into the heart of one of Borneo’s most untouched wildernesses, the Maliau Basin. Ringed by a huge escarpment, this conservation area measures approximately 230 square miles and contains rivers, waterfalls, vast tracts of forest and a large amount of biodiversity. Strap on hiking boots and discover this rarely-seen wilderness on an active trekking safari. A five-day safari costs from £995 (about $1,367) per person, excluding international flights.

Uganda Kidepo by Air

Kidepo National Park gives African enthusiasts the chance to experience a lesser known part of Uganda for intimate, remote wildlife encounters with an array of game and bird life. This short-fly in safari allows guests to explore via game drives and nature walks to take in the park’s landscapes and capture wildlife photography. A five-day safari costs from £2,310 (about $3,175) per person, excluding international flights.

Review:Robert Nilson

Diptyque Launches Vetyverio Eau de Parfum

Diptyque launches Vetyverio Eau de Parfum in the UAE

As we welcome in the month of October, we are pleased to announce the launch of diptyque‘s new fragrance – Vetyverio.

Vetyverio is diptyque‘s second homage to vetiver, once in 2010 with an Eau de Toilette and now with an Eau de Parfum.  Both fragrances present wo distinct perspectives from the same perfumer: Olivier Pescheux. In the Eau de Toilette: two essences (one from Java and the other from Haiti) complement each other in a subtle balancing act. In the Eau de Parfum, used in a very high concentration, Haitian vetiver takes centre stage.

When vetiver is used as the main note, it is usually for a men’s fragrance. Its powerful woodiness immediately announces an uncompromising virility. But for the Vetyverio Eau de Parfum, diptyque has taken a radically opposite approach to vetiver bringing subtly floral notes underscored with patchouli and Turkish rose.

Like other diptyque fragrances such as Eau Duelle with Madagascar vanilla, Oud Palao with Laotian oud and Eau Mohéli with ylang-ylang from the Comoros Islands, Vetyverio shines the spotlight on a single raw material, keeping it pure and clear. It is immediately identifiable yet experienced in a unique way that is both familiar and new.

A unique silage magnifies this raw material’s complexity, whether used as a men or women’s fragrance.

For diptyque, creating fragrances is an art and art is a journey. An imaginary journey of the mind and the senses across olfactory landscapes, far from the paths that others take, in search of rare raw materials and unexpected accords. A journey between the past and the future, between tradition and the avant-garde, toward another place where history, new ideas and disruption combine. Diptyque source the vetiver for their scents directly from Haiti in the Carribean as part of a community-assistance project focused on this essence, which is as precious as gold in Haiti, set up with support from Givaudan.

Diptyque will invest in this project over the long term, committing to buying certified organic, ESR* vetiver essence sourced from plots of land in three villages— Massey, Faucault and Bazelais—to use in its Vetyverio *ESR certification: Equitables, Solidaires et Responsables (fair-trade, community-assistance and responsible). According to ESR standards, the fair- trade approach requires buyers to make a long-term commitment to producers in developing countries.

The project will help ensure the longevity of the supply chain of this very special vetiver which is so essential to the island of Haiti. Its roots can grow up to three meters long, extending deep down in the loose earth. They help stablise the island’s volcanic soil, slowing down its erosion. In return, the mineral- rich soil gives this vetiver its aromatic complexity, fiery temperament and delicacy for an irresistibly smoky, sophisticated signature.

The Details.

Vetyverio Eau de Parfum is now available in all diptyque concessions and standalone stores in the UAE.

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