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CALENDAR 2016

Aug. 30

Belmond Grand Hibernian Inaugural Journey

Belmond’s seventh, and Ireland’s first, luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian makes its debut departure from Dublin, journeying through the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Aug. 31

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73rd Venice International Film Festival

In 2015, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated its ten years anniversary of close partnership with the Venice International Film Festival. Each year, Jaeger-LeCoultre pays tribute to the creative ingenuity of filmmakers by conferring the Glory to the Filmmaker Award on a personality “who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema” (Alberto Barbera). Past honourees include Takeshi Kitano, Agnès Varda and, in 2015, Brian de Palma. Until 10 September.  Photo: Sebastiano Pessina

Sep. 01

Salon Privé

A grandiose garden party and glitzy Concours set over three days of British summertime in the historic grounds of Blenheim Palace. Until 3 September.

Sep. 01

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort Launches

Set on pristine white sands of a private island, the Maldives’ newest revelation is an immaculate, 77-villa resort with a tranquil spa and three speciality restaurants.

Sep. 01

British Airways Launches Heathrow – Tehran Route

Delayed from its original July 14 launch date, the British carrier adds this non-stop route to the Iranian capital.

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On the Pulse

By Avril Groom

The rarely-seen cellars of Armand de Brignac – top fizz and glam gold bottles – who are launching their second blanc de noirs on 1 October: fewer than 2500 bottles – the first one voted best in breed.

On 1 September, Krug hosts an exclusive festival on Osea Island, England, where music curated by Mick Jones and rations by chef Michael O'Hare pair with the maison's Champagne.

Expanding its offering of fully-service private residences for guests to six cities in the USA and Europe, onefinestay has just announced the addition of Miami to its roster.

Set for a 22 August opening in the hip Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York, is Osakana – a Japanese-style fish market and space dedicated to discussion, learning and consuming the local catches.

New for 2017, Belmond welcomes two new lavish barges to its fleet. Both based in France, the Belmond Pivoine and Belmond Lilas will cruise the Champagne and Alsace regions in stylish serenity.

From 20 August to 27 October, chef Grant Achatz will be serving The French Laundry menu at Next Chicago, in honour of his first meal at the legendary Californian eatery back in 1996.

By Thomas Midulla

On a sun-soaked jaunt through the Bavarian countryside McLaren flexed the mettle of its Geneva Motor Show-announced grand tourer, the 570GT. The marque's most comfortable supercar yet – available now.

Embracing the popular alternative mobility options of today, The Ritz-Carlton have announced the roll out of electric car charging stations at its hotels across the globe.

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