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Calendar 2017

May. 23

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

The UK’s longest running gardening show returns to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea for five days this May. This year Professor Nigel Dunnett – creator of the wildflower meadow at London 2012 – presents the RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden, focusing on cultivating green spaces in an urban landscape. Runs to 27 May. Image courtesy of Nigel Dunnett

May. 24

Sotogrande Grand Prix Commences

The first Andalusian edition of the Route Grand Prix, this five-day motoring extravaganza includes rallies, Concours d’Elegance and an auction by Bonhams. Keep an eye out for the Sotogrande Rally, a three-day route that begins in Seville, leading through Cordoba and concluding in Sotogrande – some 900km of stunning Spanish scenery set to the roar of elegant vintage motors. Until 28 May.

May. 25

Korea International Boat Show

One of Asia’s major boating shows goes from strength to strength, with a strong showing of mid-size boats the show’s forte. Runs to 28 May.

May. 26

Delta Launches Portland - London Heathrow Route

Running until 29 October, this 4 times weekly summer route complements Delta’s existing long-haul offerings from Portland to Amsterdam and Tokyo Narita.

May. 26

The 35th America’s Cup Begins

The ‘Auld Mug’ returns to the waters of Bermuda after a series of rule changes. But excitement levels among racing enthusiasts – and competitors – remain untempered. Ends 3 June.

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On the Pulse

By Elisa Vallata

To celebrate Catherine Walker & Co's 40th anniversary, Gismondi 1754 has created only 20 of these limited edition white-gold, ruby and diamond pendants. Available exclusively at Gismondi 1754's boutiques with a portion of the proceeds going to Breast Cancer Haven.

Six Senses’ handcrafted cruise vessel Dhahab, which set sail from the Omani Zighy Bay resort last week, combines Arabic classicism with mod cons such as an air-conditioned saloon.

Families and friends can tuck themselves away in the clandestine Maldivian Royal Residence hugging the Indian Ocean, with a resplendent private beach tantalisingly close. Up to 14 people also get two villas, a king-sized suite and two swimming pools.

Montblanc this week unveiled its revamped New Bond Street flagship boutique. The former Georgian townhouse showcases the brand’s watches and accessories across two floors, amidst Mayfair’s classy surroundings.

Scandinavian principles are behind Oslo’s stunning upgraded airport terminal, opening today. Architects Nordic blend local timber with recycled steel and volcanic ash-mixed concrete – plus introduce a 300-metre-long skylight – to help ensure sustainability and improve passenger wellbeing via day-lit spaces.

By Deena Sami

The magnificent 887-carat “La Gloria” – one of the largest museum-quality emeralds in the world – goes on auction today as part of the Marcial de Gomar Collection presented by Guernsey’s at the Americas Society in New York City. Bidding starts at 7pm EST.

By Paul Hicks

Aqua Restaurant Group’s traditional Chinese junk boat Aqua Luna II was launched this week into Hong Kong harbour. The vessel, which will offer cruises filled with dim sum and cocktails, is clad in Ming dynasty livery complete with imperial dragon-bearing sails.

Indoor-outdoor living forms the basis of the Montage Residences Los Cabos complex, Mexico. Wood-accented furniture and white oak millwork abound in all 52 of these two- and three-bedroomed properties, with floor-to-ceiling doors letting in Santa Maria Bay panoramas.

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