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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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Set in a 16th century building, Venice’s Palazzo Volpi has been reimagined by the husband-and-wife team of Anna Covre and Fredrick Tubau. The city’s newest luxe apartment accommodations feature four enormous suites and the kind of interiors you’ll never want to leave.more
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Created to be the most exclusive hideaway in the Maldives, Coco Privé Kuda Hithi is a dreamy private island escape for travellers looking to enjoy the company of their family and friends in solitude and utmost privacy.more
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The Walled Off Hotel may have the worst view in the world but tourists are flocking to Banksy’s Palestinian guesthouse.more
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Tucked inside an unlikely shell, the Mondrian Doha is a fantastical hotel that proves you should never judge a book by its cover.more
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Seeing Aurora Borealis first-hand deserves a spot on everyone’s bucket list, but there’s a price to pay. A trip to the ideal viewing location can be as daunting as it is magical.more
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your picks
Khaled El Mays infuses Lebanese tradition and know-how into his contemporary furniture pieces.
Owning a private jet may be fly but the headache associated with managing all of its various expenses is certainly no joke. Luckily, there’s Portside.
The new Audi A8 is more than a luxury saloon. It’s more than a car even. What it is, is the winner of the first heat in the race to make luxury cars into smart transportation and mobility solutions.
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