Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland
It’s a cool Friday of September at Lauterbrunnen station, a secluded village in Western Switzerland. While tourists get down from their carriages with a fresh glow, other travellers, who have just arrived, hurry on platform 3. The last train to Kleine Scheidegg is about to leave. The carriage starts moving uphill at unsteady pace, the same speed of a carousel at a fun fair…
The locals are quick to tell you, not without pride, that the real millionaires come to Gstaad to live a healthy mountain life, while the “nouveaux riches” choose Saint Moritz to show off. We are in the most exclusive neighbourhood of the village, where the house price per square metres is the highest in the whole of Switzerland, yet the only thing around us is big wooden chalets and bucolic landscapes…
by Ben Nolan
Hi, my name is Ben, and I was born in Hobart, Tasmania. I grew up on a small property outside of Hobart, which certainly contributed, along with adventurous parents, to my love of the outdoors. Said adventurous parents bought a 20 seater bus and decided to travel around Australia for several years when I was 7 years old…
by Avi Brosh
Avi is the founder, leader and creative force behind the Paligroup brands, established with the conviction that neighborhoods, unique experiences and inspiring places are integral to a life well-traveled. Avi has been actively involved in the real estate development and hospitality industry for over 20 years, He is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Business Management.
You get here with the same excitement of a kid on a treasure hunt. You follow the first clue: walk to the dark grey door. Then a second one: “We are in, please knock or call” followed by a phone number…
Probably not everyone knows that tucked away in one of the most beautiful leafy streets of Milan (Vincenzo Monti) there’s a lovely restaurant called Pescheria Mattiucci. If you walk past it in a hurry you might think it’s just a fishmonger and won’t notice the vintage cupboards, the bike hanging from the ceiling, the fish nets, the retro pictures on the walls and the staircase that takes to the tables on the mezzanine. Combining his passion for the sea with tradition and entrepreneurial spirit, Luigi (last generation of a family of fishermen from Naples since 1893) has opened his first “Fish boutique” in Naples, then one in London and finally a third one in Milan. The delicious fish dishes on the “warning to sailors” menu are the result of unusual combinations and a delicate touch of creativity.
In our lives there would have been a time before and after Gotland. While most people were spending their summer at the beach on the Mediterranean Sea, we flew to Stockholm, then to Visby. On a green oval shaped land on the freezing Northern Sea we found ourselves in a fairy-tale…
Cape Winelands, South Africa
At the beginning of every autumn, when the air gets cool and the light grows dim, we look on Google for Babylonstoren. Our eyes long to see once again the pure white Dutch façade, the white courtyard geese, the immense bright green vegetable garden, the light and the clear shadows of a South African summer. This is the kind of farm a globetrotter and foodie mum would draw for her daughter’s most beautiful dreams. In Cape Winelands, that is in paradise.
Santa Monica, USA
An extraordinary example of “beach chic destination”: a “lobby lounge” where to enjoy breakfast, original fresco ceilings, Malibu tile floors, a grand wood-burning fireplace and blown glass doors that open onto a private outdoor patio. With 36 rooms featuring a pied-à-terre layout and reminiscent of European style urban apartments, this hotel is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood of Santa Monica with immediate access to the beach. Keywords: beach house, vanity rooms, bespoke wallpaper (Abnormals Anonymous), Dean & DeLuca minibar treats, space, style, sophistication, individuality.
Val Fex, Switzerland
The owners will tell you: “It’s the last house”, meaning the hotel is located far up, deep into this glorious valley. At night, you are immersed in a magical silence, where the only noise you can hear is the wood floor creaking under the feet of someone who retire to their room last, never too late. At breakfast, the homemade strawberry and rhubarb jam with butter and mountain bread brings back memories of a happy childhood…
Lavin wouldn’t be such a special place if it weren’t for the bright yet delicate pink of Piz Linard’s façade standing out from the few houses of the village…
by Marcus Linder
If perfection doesn’t exist, we believe that Marcus, chef of the Restaurant Sommet at The Alpina Gstaad, knows how to get as close to it as possible. It’s not by chance then that in 2010 Gault Millau nominated him “Up and Coming Chef of the Year” and critics define him as a “magician of flavours”. For us, Marcus is a poet-novelist who composes unforgettable gastronomic works of art. With a refined atmosphere, views on the glacier and impeccable service, dinner at the Sommet becomes an even more perfect experience.
by Takumi Murase
The restaurant on the second floor of The Alpina Gstaad, one of the most exclusive hotels in Switzerland, is the only place in Europe where to enjoy the celebrated Megu concept. Right behind the bar counter overlooking the tables, chef Takumi prepares some of the most incredible and delicious Japanese dishes you’ll ever try in your life.