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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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We’ve loved La Petite Maison ever sinced it opened in Nice in the late 1980s. But now that it’s becoming a global force to be recokoned with, we thought it time to salute the magic of LPM and also investigate the truth behind its rapid expansion.more
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Seven years on, Philippe Massoud’s ilili , the New York-based Mediterranean fusion restaurant is busy redefining the concept of Lebanese cuisine.more
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IDAM, Alain Ducasse’s first venture in the Gulf is located at the top of I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, boasts an interior designed by Philippe Starck and is already proving one of the most popular restaurants in the region.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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Sensual in their asymmetry, Nathalie Khayat’s pottery is imbued with a savage sophistication. Somewhat stark in its whiteness, vibrant, almost moving, the ceramicist’s works are like frozen moments.more
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Working with materials others consider unlovely rubbish, Theo Kamecke crafts exquisite pieces of sculpture that embody duality and which belong simultaneously to the ancient past and the far-flung future.more

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Berlin has become one of the hippest places around. Its combination of avant-garde music, art, fashion and food offers just the right dose of R&R – that’s reflection and relaxation.more
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Offering much more than your usual five-star accommodation, cuisine, and even destination, Oetker Collection’s collaboration with Somewhere Else is going to completely alter the way you view travel.more
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To lower its reliance on oil, Oman is betting on tourism. Billions are being invested into a burgeoning hospitality industry that’s actively shunning glitter and artifice for a more solid foundation of world-class service in spectacular settings.more
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If you’re looking for the archetypal tropical escape, the Seychelles, the Maldives or even Bodrum might do the trick. But if paradise found is what you’re after, might we suggest Thanda. Situated on Shungi Mbili, a tiny private island off the east coast of Tanzania, this getaway proves there is heavenliness in taking it slow.more
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Forget the economy. Forget the mass of tourists. Forget the beaches. In fact, you can forget about pretty much everything while you’re enjoying the decadent simplicity of authentic Aegean fare. Though its cuisine may be eerily similar to Middle Eastern food, you’d better not ask who did it first.more
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your picks
Lebanese painter, sculptor and architect Nadim Karam breaks down the barriers that divide his trades. His visionary approach to using space transcends traditional thinking.
She’s got 26 million Instagram fans following her every move and desperate to buy whatever she eats, drinks and wears. We meet with the 21-year old social media phenomenon and her latest accomplice, Tommy Hilfiger.
For her first Haute Couture collection for the house of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri conjures the flowers, plants and mysteries of a mythical labyrinth.
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