LITTLE BLACK BOOK
LUCA Magni of Baglioni Hotels, a luxury collection covering Italy, France and London, started his career in private banking and joined the hotel group in 1996, moving to vice-president of the board of directors in 2000. Since last year he has been in charge of corporate planning in group communications and branding. More: baglionihotels.com. Desperate to get back to: Bolgheri, near Punta Ala in the Maremma region of western Tuscany, an enchanting place where Sassicaia wine is produced. Top shopping secret: Amaranto boutique at Carlton Hotel Baglioni, via Senato/via della Spiga, Milan, is a new high-end DEALS OF THE WEEK Vive la France: Save up to 10 per cent on advance bookings on a 12-day Esprit de France ‘‘Gold’’ Insight Vacations tour to Paris, Reims, Loire Valley, Cognac, Bordeaux, St Emilion and the Dordogne; from $6025 a person twin-share in luxury hotels. Departures May 2 to October 20, 2012. More: insightvacations.com. store selling clothes and accessories designed by young talents. Must do at least once: Trans-oceanic sailing, which I will do this November with five friends. I have also recently opened a sailing charter company (sailingtheweb.net) to Little Italy: Absolutely Abruzzo Tours’ four-day gourmet festival tour, including cooking classes, guided tours, return airport transfers, accommodation in a restored Abruzzo farmhouse, meals and wine; from $1980 a person twin-share. Tours depart June and October 2012. More: 1800 641 136; absolutelyabruzzo.com. enhance my love of the sport. We have more than 950 boats, from 12m to 60m, which we rent solo, skippered or fully crewed. Perfect place for indulgence: Villa Gallici in Aix-en-Provence near Marseilles, a privately owned 22-room Relais & Chateaux hotel. Ultimate eco-adventure: Canyoning around Chamonix in France. Stand-out bar experience: Living Bar in Milan is an ideal place to hang out; eat and drink indoors or outside overlooking Piazza Sempione. Best-spent travel dollars: A good travel guide such as Lonely Planet — I never move about without one. Full sail: Book an epic 59-day Silversea Grand Voyage from Singapore — via Vietnam, the UAE and Italy — to Monte Carlo on Silver Whisper, departing March 3 next year, for savings and on-board credits; from $35,608 a person twin-share including gourmet dining, butler service and fine wines. More: 1300 306 872; silversea.com.