Travel

We see Chi­nese tra­di­tion, New York cre­ativ­ity and Ital­ian-style lux­ury in your travel fu­ture

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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

ming bling

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

art-stop­ping

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

olive it Here

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

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