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Escape

Our travel and leisure section presents an escape to choice destinations and recreational activities, introducing readers to a world of first-class rest and relaxation.

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Located on Spain’s northern coast, near the French border, is a small Basque town – San Sebastián – with more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else in the world.more
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The moment you put a cool, thin slice of puffer fish in your mouth, your palate tingles. Is that because it’s Japan’s most curious culinary delight or because you’re literally tasting death? Both actually, and it’s a hell of a rush.more
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Chef Isaac Carew is handsome, easy-going and confident. Perhaps that’s why audiences are devouring everything he’s serving up.more

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It’s the biggest show the Middle East has ever seen, and it’s spectacular. Franco Dragone’s resident masterpiece defies the laws of gravity – and pretty much every other rule of nature.more
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Visa pour l'Image returns for a 29th time with all the best photojournalism from around the world. This year, some of the best works at the two-week festival in the South of France offer a timely reminder of the human cost of war in Iraq.more
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Ethereal women dominate Hayv Kahraman’s paintings. With a style that reveals Persian, Japanese and Italian influences, the 33-year-old Iraqi artist creates works that are as beautiful as they are unsettling.more
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From Tunisia’s congested streets to the abandoned Star Wars film set in the desert, graffiti artist eL Seed, has moved on to make his mark in cities ranging from Doha and Jeddah to Paris and New York.more

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Trisara is one of Thailand’s best-kept secrets but we’re spilling the beans anyway. Its combination of luxurious villas, wild gardens and impeccable service is so intoxicating, you might never want to leave.more
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While Lisbon was the trendy stop of 2017, there’s more to Portugal than its charming capital. A journey to Portugal’s Algarve reveals why it’s Europe’s best undiscovered haven, a remnant of simpler times when great food, sunny days and friendly locals made for a perfect vacation.more
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It's an opportune time to discover Aman's two properties in Sri Lanka given that the serene beachfront retreat of Amanwella has just undergone a two-month refurbishment and the old-world elegance of Amangalla is simply timeless.more
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Byblos is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and Alice Eddé is the unlikely American making sure no one forgets about its extraordinary past.more
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There are so many good hotels in Paris these days it’s hard to decide where to stay but the Mandarin Oriental, with its discreet obsession for perfection, is a worthy contender.more
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It takes a certain optimism to build a city in the middle of a desert. In fact, Kuwait's rapid urbanisation during the late 1970s represents a landmark in Middle East architecture, as seen in the pages of Modern Architecture of Kuwait, a book by Roberto Fabbri and Ricardo Camancho.
Ralph Masri’s path has been stellar. In just his first year at Central Saint Martins, he won the Swarovski Award. Two years later he became the youngest designer to ever be nominated for a UK Jewellery Award. Then after a stint at Pomellato, he went solo and already Queen Rania, Jessica Alba, and Gigi Hadid are fans.
Henry Dakak Jr. is a designer with a singular vision. His beautifully made creations, whether furniture, functional objects or jewellery, exemplify a judicious mix of modernity and antiquity, and bely a delicate attention to detail.
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