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The things we crave this month

Dutch de­signer Mar­cel Wan­ders is not one to do any­thing by halves. Case in point: The Five Sea­sons, a quin­tet of home fra­grances cre­ated for Ital­ian house­ware com­pany, Alessi, avail­able in two forms: liq­uid (from €65/S$102) or can­dle (from €85). Each rep­re­sents a sea­son, start­ing with Brr for win­ter and Ahh for spring, with the fifth, Shh, be­ing an enig­matic blend of patchouli, rose and eu­ca­lyp­tus. Even the dif­fusers come in two de­signs. The cen­tre­piece of a leaf dif­fuser (€65) is made of ma­hogany wood and presents a unique de­sign that cor­re­sponds to the sea­sons, while the lava stone (€90) turns the nat­u­rally por­ous qual­i­ties of lava into a stun­ning home ac­ces­sory. The can­dles come with an op­tion of a bee-shaped snuffer (€28). The fra­grances are also avail­able in an­ti­quated per­fume bot­tles as a room sprays (€60). alessi.com There's no bet­ter time to spruce up your bar than dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son. Saint-louis’s Man­hat­tan Home Speakeasy Set (€1,600) comes with four Coupe glasses (€158 each), a shaker in flan­nel-grey crys­tal, plus a sil­ver-plated metal jig­ger and Puifor­cat spoon. These crys­tal bar es­sen­tials are in­spired by Amer­ica’s roar­ing twen­ties but are re­fined for the mod­ern age with sym­met­ri­cal bevel cuts. As with all of Saint-louis’ cre­ations, the crys­tals are hand-blown and hand-dec­o­rated by Meilleurs Ou­vri­ers de France award-win­ning crafts­men. saint-louis.com There is never a dull mo­ment for the ad­ven­tur­ous at Nyungwe House. One&only re­sorts’ foray into Rwanda is not only set within the tea plan­ta­tions of Gisakura but is also on the edge of the Nyungwe Na­tional Park. Guests are in­stantly im­mersed into the lush rain­for­est through a breath­tak­ing jour­ney via a SUV or he­li­copter upon ar­rival at Ki­gali In­ter­na­tional Airport. What fol­lows is an ex­ten­sive menu of ac­tiv­i­ties, rang­ing from thrilling en­coun­ters with en­demic pri­mates and birds to hike up Mount Bigugu for a sprawl­ing view at 2,950km above sea level. The last Satur­day of the month is re­served for umu­ganda, a na­tion­wide pro­gramme where cit­i­zens (and guests) give back to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. To re­ju­ve­nate, there’s an in-house spa and a serene tea cer­e­mony at the Tea Lounge. The Din­ing Room show­cases Gisakura’s bounty through an ever-chang­ing, or­ganic menu. Room rates from US$1,105. Gisakura, Nya­masheke Nyungwe For­est Re­serve, Rwanda. Tel: +971 4 426 1099

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