TRENDING TRAVEL 

Adventures that combine travel and learning a skill such as cooking, birdwatching and gardening – also known as edventure – is set to be one of 2022’s travel trends, according to luxury tourism operator Abercrombie & Kent. “During the pandemic, there was more time for hobbies and many took advantage of online classes. Now they are taking to the road to experience the places they learned about – and want to see in person,” the company says. Its edventure itineraries include farm to fork trips in Vietnam, a visit to the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London, and a tour of Great Britain and Ireland to see seabird breeding colonies. 



Claridge’s comes to the South of France with the opening of the Maybourne Riviera in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Perched high above the Principality of Monaco on a dramatic rocky outcrop, this highly anticipated destination – with arguably the best views on the Cote d’Azur – is the latest venture for the Maybourne Group, which, along with Claridge’s, counts The Connaught and The Berkeley in London and the Maybourne Beverly Hills in its portfolio. It’s been a long wait for the completion of the complex project, which includes a handful of rooms built directly into the rock face.

Mauro Colagreco, whose three-Michelin star Mirazur restaurant in Menton is within touching distance, is at the helm of two of the restaurants, including Ceto, the top-floor fine-dining destination inspired by the expanse of water below it. The menu is ever-evolving, but the one constant is sustainable fishing of local species. Rather than being served fresh, however, the catch of the day is left to age inside a temperature-controlled maturation chamber alongside a wall of Himalayan pink salt. The result is an unforgettable voyage in texture and flavor. 

See maybourneriviera.com.



Your own private bubble of safety and security? It’s little surprise the COVID-19 pandemic drove an increase in first-time superyacht charters. For those looking for the superyacht experience without the six-figure cost, single-cabin options are a smart way to get on the water. On the Caribbean island of St Thomas this winter, Soca Caribbean Yacht Charters’ Stranger on the Seas packages start at US$7500 per cabin per week, a price that includes accommodation, gourmet cuisine, premium liquor and watersport activities onboard a 48–60-foot catamaran with up to eight other people. Flights, tips and onshore activities are extra. For more info, see socayachtcharters.com.



Five of the 53 custom-made timepieces at the Only Watch 2021 charity auction in Geneva last November broke the CHF1 million (US$1.08 million) barrier. In total, more than US$32.5 million was raised to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Patek PhilippeUS$10.3 million

F.P.Journe – US$4.9 million

Audemars Piguet – US$3.4 million

Richard Mille – US$2.3 million

De Bethune x Voutilainen – US$1.4 million


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