We see Chinese tradition, New York creativity and Italian-style luxury in your travel future
We see Chinese traditions, New York creativity and luxury in the “Florence of southern Italy” in your travel future.
324 An innovative team has transformed a historic palazzo into a showcase of modern Italian design. Welcome to the Mandarin Oriental, Milan
beijing Being a history buff is so much more fun when you’re surrounded by opulence rather than dry academia. The Nuo Hotel Beijing is a celebration of the Ming dynasty. The rooms combine 21st-century luxury living with serious historical touches, including design elements inspired by 14th-century residences, silk walls and ancient Chinese poetry inscriptions. And that’s not all—if you’re feeling hungry, you can snack on the edible terracotta warrior on your bedside table; if you’re feeling demanding, call in the staff, who have been trained to the standard of the Ming dynasty court; and if your outside exploits have left you feeling drained, try the hotel’s subterranean spa, a relaxing haven of moon gates, trickling water features and multisensory treatments that will get your yin and yang back in balance. The edible warrior probably won’t fill you up, so pop into N’joy, a restaurant whose culinary journey follows the routes of the Chinese seafaring explorer Admiral Zheng He. Happily for your palate, he was an intrepid fellow, so you’ll have your pick of cuisines from Asia and Africa to Europe and the Middle East. nuohotel.com
new york update your Facebook status in the most illustrious of literary company at The Renwick. John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald number among its former occupants from when the historic building in Manhattan’s Midtown East was a warren of artist studios and lofts. And those creative juices had better start flowing—the luxuriously appointed rooms come with easels and paint, writing paper and ink, inspired artwork and books. Even the rugs evoke a paint-spattered studio. And outside, New York’s signature indulgences await, so swap writer’s block in favour of an Old Fashioned or two. therenwickhotelnewyork.com
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italy It’s tempting to just loll about at La Fiermontina, a glorious 17thcentury manor house in the centre of historic Lecce. Given its setting amid manicured gardens and 300-yearold olive trees, it would be a travesty not to lounge by the pool, sipping Prosecco. But if you’re feeling guilty for not being a culture vulture, you’ll find La Fiermontina is filled with rare antiques and artwork, including pieces by Le Corbusier. Lecce, meanwhile, is known as the “Florence of the south” for its baroque architecture, and is the ideal base to explore the hills and azure bays of Salento, the heel of the Italian boot. lafiermontina.com