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COOL RETREATS AND EATS
From Iceland (where we shot our menswear shoot) and Japan (where many of you will be visiting for the Rugby World Cup), to our very own shores, here are some top eats and retreats that offer super stylish (and unique) places for rest and relaxation.
ICELAND: THE RETREAT AT THE BLUE LAGOON
No matter where you draw your travel inspiration from, you’ve likely seen a photo of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. Its icy blue waters are otherworldly. The lagoon now has a luxury retreat where you can access the iconic geothermal waters via its subterranean spa. Unwind in the mineral-rich lagoon away from the crowds, book an in-water massage, or relax in dark dens lit by fireplace, and on the terrace for unbeatable panoramic vistas. In the evenings, make a visit to the underground Wine Cellar, where you’ll have your pick from 350 different bottles while surrounded by volcanic rock, then make your way up to Moss. At this gastronomic restaurant, modern Icelandic cuisine is the star and a seat at the chef’s table is a must.
GALWAY: INIS MEÁN RESTAURANT & SUITES
Take one look at Inis Meáin, and it’s easy to see how artists and writers have been drawn to the island for centuries. With both accommodation and dining wrapped up in one perfect getaway Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites are the standout restaurant and inn on the island. Run by Marie-Thérèse and Ruairí de Blacam, the suites were designed to provide guests with an escapism experience from modern life and offer an entirely new hospitality concept inspired by the unique location. You’ll need to plan ahead to book the suites (a year in advance) but it doesn’t mean you can’t eat in this wonderful restaurant. It serves evening dinner only, and is open to non-suite guests on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. The dining experience is inspired by prime ingredients from a pure location. The combination of clean earth, water and air provide optimum conditions for the purest produce. And as The Sunday Times says, "Eating at Inis Meáin is a stunning experience, as a result of the room, the setting, the sunset, the cookery and Marie-Thérèse's service - it will still be haunting your mind weeks after you have returned to the mainland."
The appeal of Inis Meáin is that it's a complete escape. We have created a stay that involves very few decisions for guests once they are on the island, so they can simply get on with enjoying the special beauty of the landscape and the sea.Marie-Thérèse de Blacam
On the shores of Ago Bay, Amanemu’s rustic ryokan-inspired retreat is where Japan’s ancient hospitality ritual finds its contemporary expression. Mineral-rich waters from a natural hot spring enable guests to embrace the tradition of onsen bathing - while nourishment in culinary form reflects a region famed for rare delicacies. Surrounded by Unesco pilgrim trails, sacred forests and the diving culture of the pearl-rich Pacific, here, rejuvenative stays and wellness experiences are imbued with an almost spiritual sensibility. The perfect place to relax and soak up Japanese culture post Rugby World Cup we think.
WHAT TO PACK…
ELEVENTY Roll Neck Cashmere Sweater
ELEVENTY Moleskin Trousers
BURBERRY Check Cashmere Scarf
CANADA GOOSE Lodge Quilted Jacket
STONE ISLAND Crew Neck Knit Sweater
POLO RALPH LAUREN Pebbled Leather Duffle Bag
STONE ISLAND Beanie Badge Hat
RAY-BAN RB4440N Square Sunglasses
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