Built by royal decree from Sultan Qaboos of Oman, the Royal Opera House Muscat is an astonishing new “centre for cultural radiation”. If managed appropriately, it has the potential to change the way the arts are viewed and practiced not just in Oman but the region as a whole.
The Chedi in Muscat recently revealed its new 12,000 square-metre ‘wellness facility’ and after a couple of days of testing it out, Bespoke has judged it worthy of very high accolades.
The Amanruya in Bodrum is a fabulous village-like resort and Adrian Zecha's third regional property after the Chedi in Oman and the Amanjena in Morocco. This hidden sanctuary is well-worth a visit.
Famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer left behind a dream in Lebanon’s Tripoli which soon became impossible: a massive, unrealised fairground that had to give way to the vestiges of war. Bespoke revisits this forlorn site, replete with Niemeyer’s grand and modernist vision.
A trip to the most populous city in the United States may be quite the thrill but finding the perfect hotel in vibrant New York is no easy task. Fortunately, Bespoke discovers a new sanctuary that’s worth every cent.
One and Only resorts are known for their stunning locales from the Maldives, Bahamas, and Mauritius to Mexico and South Africa. They recently opened One and Only The Palm in Jumeirah, Dubai, so Bespoke took a much needed vacation just to find out what makes this hotel so special.
Never heard of Turtle Island? Chances are you’ve seen it. This tropical oasis - part of Fiji’s Yasawa Islands - is where the classic ‘Blue Lagoon’ movies were filmed. It is privately owned by Richard Evanson who also runs the exclusive Turtle Island Lodge, and he’s quite the character.
Havana’s air of faded elegance is everywhere, from the Spanish colonial buildings with paint peeling from their ageing façades, to the vintage Buicks and Chevrolets that are still in everyday use. This is a vibrant and friendly city that offers a glimpse into the past, yet has both feet securely in the present.
Mention Beirut to any international traveller and two iconic, luxurious and pioneering hotels immediately come to mind, and while Le Vendôme and the Phoenicia have many things in common, they’re just as unlike each other. No question, they are an ideal pair.
Le Royal Monceau, now part of the Raffles chain of hotels, can proudly credit its reincarnation to none other than the legendary designer Philippe Starck, who has, as Bespoke finds out, impregnated this icon of Paris with a stunning mix of culture and artistic ingenuity.