Luxury in new-style travel includes privacy, says Girlahead (why else do cognoscenti flying to Bali take, say, villas at Nihi Sumba or Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay?). On the south-west shore of Lake Como, Villa d’Este, re-opening Wednesday 28th April, adds the privacy of gathering in your personalised private world, to live in a personal and independent way in a magical place. If you are looking for these emotions, says the Villa d’Este group’s CEO Danilo Zuchetti, you can rent one, or even more, of the historic resort’s four 19th-century villas. Villa Cima is on the lake shore, while Villa Malakoff, Villa Garrovo and the Mosaic House, all in the park, have full Villa d’Este services. And for exercise you not only have natural exercise walking or jogging in the 26 acres of grounds, or cycling nearby, but you can join the 280 year-round outside members of the Villa d’Este Sporting Club, which dates back to 1966.
Talking of keeping fit, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group MOHG is stressing personalised Inner Strength – Outer Strength (Girlahead loves the statue above, which boosted her stamina when she was about to enter the fitness block at Mandarin Oriental Sanya). Inner Strength – Outer Strength concentrates on three core areas, Physical Strength (Vitality), Mental Strength (Mindfulness) and Character Strength (Authenticity), and the group’s team of experts includes, in Sanya, a Kung Fu leader known merely as Master Hu. Elsewhere, leaders include meditation specialist Andrew Johnson at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London; yoga teacher Cristina Mclauchlan at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; masseur Tony Reed at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, and TCM leader Newman Chen at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai.
This seems a good opportunity, says Girlahead, to listen once again to MOHG’s COO Christoph Mares on Podcast. Hear him here: