A FEAST FOR THE EYES

Prestige (Thailand) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - François oosthuizen | fran­[email protected] MAN­AG­ING ED­I­TOR |

The spec­tac­u­lar 355-square-me­tre Amorn Pi­man Suite of the new Bangkok Mar­riott Ho­tel The Su­ra­wongse proved a very chic back­drop for this month’s cover shoot with Be­ta­gen heiress Anisha “Pam” Attaskulchai. Exquisitely dec­o­rated in a plush con­tem­po­rary style and fit­ted out with all the mod­ern con­ve­niences one would ex­pect, the spa­cious pres­i­den­tial suite has also been sub­tly in­fused with dis­tinc­tively Thai touches to provide it a very ev­i­dent sense of place.

Sim­i­larly, Pam ex­udes a con­fi­dent and worldly air, while her gra­cious­ness, pa­tience and po­lite­ness dur­ing the eight-hour-long day still make her quintessen­tially Thai. She was a nat­u­ral in front of the cam­era and a plea­sure to work with – as the pictures at­test to. For the in­ter­view, Pam also sur­prised us with her frank­ness and hon­esty, shar­ing her in­ner­most thoughts on fam­ily, love, life and as­pi­ra­tions.

An­other highlight in this is­sue is a jour­ney on what has been hailed the most lux­u­ri­ous train in the world, Rovos Rail. Called “The Pride of Africa” and oper­at­ing from Pre­to­ria in South Africa, the Ed­war­dian-style train re­calls a ro­man­tic and glam­orous era of travel. Still in South Africa, we visit the French Huguenot farm Fred­er­icks­burg at the foot of the Si­mons­berg Moun­tain in the Fran­schhoek Val­ley – home to the stately Ru­pert & Roth­schild Vignerons – for a taste of the best vin­tages pro­duced here. Fash­ion­istas are well catered for with a fea­ture about the preser­va­tion of an­cient savoir-faire in the cre­ation of haute cou­ture, as well as seven of the big­gest Pre-fall 2018 trends – and how to achieve these looks with con­fi­dence. We also get be­hind the wheel of the new Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Tur­ismo, and round up 10 of the most talked-about watches from this year’s Basel­world.

Closer to home, it’s al­most time for the 19th World Gourmet Fes­ti­val, which is be­ing held from Septem­ber 3-9 at Anan­tara Siam Bangkok Ho­tel. As is cus­tom­ary, a stel­lar lineup of ac­claimed in­ter­na­tional chefs will be head­ing to Bangkok, and we have the low-down on this gas­tro­nomic feast so you can book your seats in ad­vance.

From front to back, there’s some­thing for every­one this month – what­ever tick­les your fancy.

It’s time to kick back and en­joy!

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER VIRUNAN CHIDDAYCHASTYLIST PANCHANITCH RATTANAWILAIMAKEUP ARTIST TORRANIT JIRASIRIKANHAIR STYLIST SOMJATE KLOMNOIDRESS TAWN C. WATCH OMEGA TRÉSOR COL­LEC­TION JEW­ELLERY RAJDAMRI GEMSED­I­TO­RIAL CO­OR­DI­NA­TOR RATTANACHAI CHAIPORNSANTIKUL LO­CA­TION BANGKOK MAR­RIOTT HO­TEL THE SU­RA­WONGSE

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