Sustainable Connoisseurs – Hospitality

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Luckily, for all of you luxury connoisseurs, staying at an eco-resort doesn’t have to mean sleeping in a tent.

I found out hotels that are solar powered to those serving only locally sourced foods, these hotels combine the finer things in life with serious sustainable efforts.

Whitepod, Switzerland 

Whitepod hotel - winter - view at night from terraceWhitepod is a foremost example of eco-luxury. Designed to create an alternative experience in the Swiss Alps, the dome shaped tents make for low impact accommodations and are located away from any kind of urban pollution. The Pods are not like any tent you’ve ever seen. Besides offering beautiful views of Lake Geneva, they come with wood stoves, great insulation, luxury furniture and full service bathrooms. There are only fifteen pods and in the center lies a wooden chalet, where guests meet for breakfast or to hangout beside the main fireplace.

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AMANGIRI, UTAH, USA

amangiri utah be3Amangiri resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the resort blends into its dramatic surrounds where deep canyons and towering plateaus create a raw landscape of immense power. The spa features a floatation therapy pavilion, water pavilion with sauna, steam room, cold plunge and step pool, fitness centre and yoga pavilion. The resort’s trail system and unrivalled backcountry access allow guests to explore the region’s striking desert scenery on foot. Amangiri is operated by Aman.

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BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS RETREAT, SOUTH AFRICA

bushman be2Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains north of Cape Town, South Africa, lies Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat; an ecological oasis within a roughly hewn and magical land. Bushmans Kloof offers a distinctive wilderness experience among open plains and ancient sandstone formations. It is a place to reconnect with the natural world and feel the pulse of an extraordinary and ancient landscape. As a Relais & Châteaux property, the lodge offers splendid luxury, generous hospitality and all modern amenities.

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Kiaroa, Brazil

kiaroa be2Located on the Maraú Peninsula, this Brazilian hot spot is founded on sustainable ideals. The hotel is partly solar powered and the timber used during its construction originated from reforestation areas. Set on an oceanfront, you can go on boat rides, join in on planned walks, or just hang out by the pool. Kiaroa is place to relax and enjoy Brazil’s natural beauty. We recommend staying in a bungalow, where you’ll have ultimate privacy and your own pool.

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The Upper House, Hong Kong

upperhouse be2This is a hotel unlike what most people have ever seen. Resting on only the top eleven floors of a 49-story building, every room has extraordinary views. The hotel makes an effort to stay green, by eliminating its use of paper. Instead of an in-room directory there an Ipod touch, as well as the daily e-newspaper. On the sixth floor you will find a “secret garden” where guests can lay out on the grassy lawn or sit on beanbags and enjoy a delicious snack. All the food is locally sourced, so eat away. If you’re looking for something a little stronger than a snack, you can just take the elevator all the way up and have a drink at the Sky Lounge. Sit back, have a cocktail and look at the views of Hong Kong from the 49th floor. That’s not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

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The Scarlett Hotel, United Kingdom

scarlett be2There is a lot to do at The Scarlett. With options like a four-hour deep fishing trip or horse riding on the beach, chances are you’ll be keeping busy. Try tree climbing or take a sustainability and eco course at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, and learn about nature either hands-on or in an educational setting. While luxurious, The Scarlett has taken the initiative to provide eco-resources, like recycling grey water to flush lavatories, which reduces the use of potable water. The hotel also harvests rainwater and its buildings have airtight seals, which keeps warm air in and cold air out, decreasing the amount of heat used from biomass boiler and solar panels.

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SAFFIRE FREYCINET, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

saffire be2Tasmania is a wild and diverse frontier on land and in its coastal waters, and 20-room Saffire Freycinet complements its grandiose surroundings instead of competing with them. Designed by award-winning Tasmanian architect Robert Morris Nunn, the intimate lodge evokes a connection to the sea through references to waves, sea creatures, sand dunes and a flowing, organic form. The lodge’s colours are inspired by the peninsula: the pink granite of the Hazards mountains, the white beaches, sapphire waters and the grey-green of the native bushland. The view from the patio’s is great, but you’ll be encouraged to explore the great outdoors, such as hiking to the nearby white sand beach or take out a mountain bike in search of marsupials.

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SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE, KANGAROO ISLAND, AUSTRALIA

southern-ocean-lodge be2Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, dubbed ‘Australia’s Galapagos’ for its abundant wildlife (e.g. sea lions, kangaroos, and koala). Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine surrounding wilderness. The lodge’s 21 eco-chic luxury suites have mesmerizing views of the ocean and feature lavish king beds, sunken lounge, dramatic glass walled bathroom and outdoor terrace with occasional seating and daybed.

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CLAYOQUOT WILDERNESS RESORT, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

clayoquot be2The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, open from May to September, promises an exotic paradox of indulgent luxury and remote, untamed wilderness in the Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere Reserve (within the Pacific Rim National Park). This unique 21st-century-safari-style enclave of great white canvas suite tents, dining, lounge, and spa tents, offers exquisite cuisine and breathtaking adventures, giving visitors a rare taste of how the fortunate spent their summers ‘roughing it’ some 100 years ago. Twenty guest and family suite tents showcase antique furnishings, opulent rugs, down duvets, remote-controlled propane powered woodstoves and luxurious amenities. Watch out for bears and whales though!

Sustainability, finally, is becoming real for car, technology, and fashion brands. Hospitality companies are also jumping on the eco bandwagon.

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MY 3 BEST EUROPE HUSH-HUSH BEACHES

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You don’t have to travel too far to find them. Beautiful beaches, still relatively undiscovered, lie within a short haul European hop.

1) Rodas Beach, The Cies Islands, Spain

Fringed by luxuriant stretches of white sands, the northwest Spanish archipelago of Cies is nicknamed the ‘Galician Caribbean’ by the locals. And it is little wonder that they keep the beauty of these three islands quietly to themselves – happy to let tourists head to the ‘Costas’ instead. Catch the ferry from the mainland town of Vigo, and you’ll have nine beaches to choose from. Disembark on a small jetty at the longest, Rodas, running over half a mile between Monteagudo and Faro islands and flop straight onto the sand. Cooling off depends on your mood – waters around the Cies islands range from denim blue Atlantic froth perfect for surfing to clear green waves that lap the shore like a gentle metronome.

2) Claigan Coral Bay, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Who says you need palm trees and warm seas for a spectacular beach? In the northern tip of the Scottish Hebridean Isle of Skye, Claigan Coral Bay’s white sands and turquoise seas are an incongruous surprise after a short hike over moorland, past sheep and Highland cattle. OK, it might not be warm enough to get your bikini on, but in summer you’ll definitely be able to sit in a T-shirt and turn your head up to the sun in peace. Or search for tiny cowrie shells on the beach – local legend has it if you find 12 you’ll have a happy year. That might include sitting next to a celebrity at the rustic yet Michelin-starred The Three Chimneys restaurant, a 20-minute drive away – or quick helicopter ride for A-list fans that range from Madonna to Barbra Streisand or more simply to me.

3) Seychelles Beach, Ikaria, Greece

In Greek legend, Icarus flew too close to the sun, coming down to earth after his wings melted, on the North Aegean island of Ikaria. Lucky him, as he would have found one of the most beautiful unsung heroes of the Greek beach world – Seychelles – waiting for him. As the name suggests, it’s a dream confection of blue waters, white sands and dazzling limestone cliffs, set on the south-west coast and reached from the tiny village of Manganitis through a tunnel and down a steep path. If you’ve got the commitment, then you’ll be rewarded with an idyllic place to put up your umbrella. Take a bottle of the local wine – there are no facilities here – sit back, relax and thank the Gods.

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My Best Docking Arenas

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Capri, Monaco, Porto Cervo, looks all too crowdie, unreasonably costly and hysterical. Since my sailing time is so scarce, it must be a pleasure for eyes, mind and soul. I’m therefore happy to share my point of views with you, let me know your opinions, also privately.

1- Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Outside Stockholm, the yachting capital of Sandhamn is on the edge of one of the world’s most alluring archipelagos. Among the thousands of uninhabited islets, guests may indulge in a dingy race, or host an angling competition followed by a fresh fish barbecue. Yacht parties have been known to top off the evening with a midnight disco featuring the music of Abba, whose famously reclusive singer Agnetha lives on her own private island in the archipelago.

2- Aland Archipelago, Finland

The sea may be a shade cooler than the South of France, but it’s just as crystal clear. The 6,500 islands of Finland’s Aland archipelago offer remoteness and privacy in spades. Breaking out the yacht’s paddleboards for a tour along the deserted Baltic coastline in summer makes for an afternoon of one-off exploration. And compared to Capri, it is quiet indeed. In winter season, with a proper yacht it’s fascinating.

3- Calauit Island, Philippines

A private safari doesn’t get any more experiential than in Calauit Islands’ ‘nature reserve’. Formerly the private playground of the assuredly nuts Marcos dynasty, the island provides a refuge not only for native species, but also for African animals imported as part of the family’s private zoo. By anchoring offshore, the global glitterati can take in giraffes and zebras by day, followed by a sunset South East Asian dinner prepared by their on-board private chef.

4- Cabrera Islands, Spain

Even locals struggle to get to the Balearic Island’s best boating spot, the Cabrera Archipelago Maritime Park. Off-limits until 1988 as a military base, privacy is assured, as its 19 islands are accessible only to those with their own boat. The towering cliffs harbor herons and shearwater, while whales and dolphins bask in the 100km2 of protected seas. Mere mortals are limited to a day trip. After lunch, superyacht guests have the archipelago to themselves.

5- Tinos, Greece

Serene Tinos could hardly be more different from its indulgent neighbours. This tranquil Greek Island is the perfect antidote for anyone who has over-partied on Mykonos or over-indulged on Delos. With no airport on the island, visiting VIPs have their anonymity assured. The pebbly bays of Rochari, Malli, and Ormos Panormos melt into a deep Greek blue, and are most easily reached not by land, but by sea. The beach of Agios Pandeleimonas, close to the island’s southern tip, is the island’s biggest and best.

6- Gulf Islands, Canada

Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia has an incredible 40,000 islands scattered along its 27,725km of coastline. From a superyacht’s bridge, deck or even crow’s nest, one may sight glaciers, icebergs and snow-crowned summits. The finest yachts now employ a learned guest lecturer who can expound upon this pristine wilderness for one’s own private party. High-end adventures include a crew-led kayak expedition among orcas, seals and otters, or whale watching with an expert guide in your own RIB. Avoid to sail here in winter season without experience or a skilled crew.

7- Cefalu, Sicily

Despite its popularity, Italy is one of those rare places that has managed to retain a sense of old world charm while developing a number of authentic luxury destinations. For yachtsmen, Sicily’s fishing villages and the beautiful beaches of Palermo are just some of the reasons why those in the know keep the region high up on their sailing to-do list. For those who have experienced the beauty already, Palermo is the sort of place you never stop longing to return to.

8- Morro Jable, Canaria

This paradisiacal archipelago has been well-established as one of the world’s most enviable luxury destinations for sailors. Beautifully-maintained marinas flow busily with yachts coming in from around the world, or simply making their way from island to island — Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote — as they usher passengers to lay back on white sand beaches

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The XXI Century Renaissance

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Knowledge has is origin in our perception used to say Leonardo da Vinci, and a new awareness is shyly facing into the developed world, where the conjunction of metaphysic with mathematic is opening the doors of a new Renaissance.

Kalos kagathos (Ancient Greek καλὸς κἀγαθός [kalos kaːɡatʰǒs]), of which kalokagathia (καλοκαγαθία) is the derived noun, is a phrase used by classical Greek writers to describe an ideal of personal conduct, especially in a military context. Its use is attested since Herodotus and the classical period.

The phrase is adjectival, composed of two adjectives, καλός (“beautiful”) and ἀγαθός (“good” or “virtuous”), the second of which is combined by crasis with καί “and” to form κἀγαθός. Werner Jaeger summarizes it as ”the chivalrous ideal of the complete human personality, harmonious in mind and body, foursquare in battle and speech, song and action”.

In my youth I remained dazzled the first time I saw the Botticelli’s Venus, maybe one of the reason why I’ve decided to make Beauty my center of gravity in the future years, and shells one of my business in life.

But the Renaissance has his origin in the genuine Chivalry , Chivalry refers to the lifestyle and moral code followed by medieval knights. It takes its name from chevalier, the French word for knight. Chivalry included the values of honor, valor, courtesy, and purity, as well as loyalty to a lord, a cause, or a noblewoman.

Its basis was a blend of military, social, and Christian ethics. Although chivalry began as a code of conduct for medieval warriors, it adapted to the changing social conditions of the Renaissance.

Handbooks from the 1200s laid out the rules of behavior for knights, and pageants and tournaments celebrated chivalric honor. Because knights were part of the culture of feudal courts, their behavior inspired terms such as courtly, courtship, and courtesy, a cool trend, powered from Women and remained popular in the late Middle Ages and well into the Renaissance. Wealthy Renaissance nobles continued to promote military traditions and to show off their strength in tournaments and in war. However, unlike knights of the Middle Ages, who often acted on their own, they tended to form knightly orders and brotherhoods supported by the ruling government. By 1469 such orders had formed in almost every major court in Europe.

As often happens in history and hopefully in the now to come New Renaissance Women are the key to change and capable to make the difference.

The first—and greatest—of the French romances was The Song of Roland (1098), which tells the story of Roland, a brave warrior who died protecting the French army. However, the most influential chivalric romance was the story of the Welsh king Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. This legend developed from the writings of the French author Chrétien de Troyes. It includes such familiar characters as Lancelot, Guinevere, Percival, and Sir Gawain.

The tales of Arthur’s knights provided a pattern of action that appears in most romances. First, a knight sets out on a quest: he must save a lady, right a wrong, complete a task, slay a dragon, break a spell, or find the way to heaven. Along the way he has adventures that test his strength, and he must behave according to a code of conduct. Sometimes he is strong enough, but his luck (or Fortune) may be bad. Good knights try to do the right thing, but they often find themselves in difficult situations. The plots of chivalric romances include many common elements, such as jousts, tournaments, strange customs, giants, enchantments, and flying horses. Some critics argue that readers can interpret these elements as symbols that have moral meanings.

During the 1300s and 1400s, medieval French romances were expanded, altered, and translated into English, Spanish, and Italian.

Italy was home to the most popular romances during the Renaissance. There, writers combined the romance of chivalry with the epic*. Italian poet Ludovico ARIOSTO’s Orlando Furioso (Mad Roland, 1516) is particularly notable because its narrator is both self-conscious and mocking. Orlando Furioso had enormous influence on Renaissance literature and literary criticism. The story was so popular that it touched off an explosion of romances based on its minor characters. Jerusalem Delivered (1580), by poet Torquato TASSO, is the other Italian masterpiece of the 1500s.

During the years of discovery and conquest in North America in the late 1500s, Spain saw a vast outpouring of chivalric romances. By 1575, more romances were translated from Spanish than from French. Spain’s Miguel de CERVANTES wrote one of the most enduring works inspired by the code of chivalry, Don Quixote (1605). It tells the story of a gentleman from La Mancha whose mind has been seriously affected by reading romances.

In England, chivalric romances were the most popular form of fiction after the introduction of printing. In 1485 William Caxton, the first English printer, printed Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur (The Death of Arthur), a version of the King Arthur legend. English poets of the late 1500s, such as Philip SIDNEY and Edmund SPENSER, created works inspired by the romance tradition.

The tradition of chivalry did not survive the changing political climate of Europe following the Renaissance.

Materialism and self-interest soon replaced the knightly code of honor. The values of old nobility gave way to the democracies of France and America and to the Industrial Revolution that now is facing his limits and paradoxes.

That’s why I see in words as Sustainability an invigorating trend of a new reason of interpreting Virtue and Beauty that Women consciousness before all is claiming.

Phenomena like Madonna or Lady Gaga are outdated, and remain alive just in the style of ‘’villains’’.

On the contrary, still timidly but forcefully testimonials like Suzy Amis Cameron, Livia Firth, Charlotte Casiraghi, Laura Bailey, Samata Angel, Baroness Lola Young, Kirsten Dukes and many others are facing the Red and the Green Carpet of Fashion and Lifestyle, but also male trendsetters like Nik Thakkar, Oskar Metsavaht, and why not me 😉

A better world is coming up…stay tuned 😉

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