19 Ultimate Luxury Adventures And Destinations

The best is ahead with 2022’s best travel experiences.

By Natasha Dragun 22/12/2021

International travel is back, hotels are open and yachts are cruising again. Now is the perfect time to plan an escape in pure luxury.

From sipping diamond-studded martinis in Tokyo to chasing the snow on a whirlwind global ski tour, the ultimate new ANZ openings as well as Montenegro, the Maldives and more—we’ve crafted the ultimate list of 19 luxury adventures and destinations for the year ahead. 

 

Maldive Must

Known for its barefoot-luxe ethos, Soneva champions taking your travels slowly and living in the moment, never compromising the environments you visit. The philosophy is embodied in the brand’s fourth retreat, Soneva Aqua. Private charters of this yacht usher you between two Maldivian escapes, Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi, pausing so you can dive into gin-clear waters and drift past marine life (try the new “Dolphin Sled” experience), paddle to unpeopled sandbanks, or enjoy wake skating. You can hire Aqua for a day, but we recommend staying aboard overnight for alfresco dinners, stargazing with an astronomer
and moonlight snorkelling.

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Global Ski Trip

From British Columbia in Canada to Niseko in Japan, from the Swiss Alps to remote northern Iceland, Scott Dunn’s “Epic Round the World Ski Trip” deserves its name. Over 33 days you’ll visit some of the world’s most fabled winter resorts, including Zermatt, Aspen Snowmass and Whistler. But this is no ordinary journey—your private plane and coordinated helicopters service far-flung locales, where you and your entourage will likely be the only ones on the soft stuff. Your time on the powder is sandwiched between city stays, glitzy mountain resorts and one-off experiences—like visiting an under-glacier ice palace, checking in to Aman Tokyo or swooping over Vancouver in a seaplane. It doesn’t get much cooler.

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Sail Away

Known for its prestigious portfolio of hotels and resorts, the Ritz-Carlton group will soon enter deep water with the launch of three yachts in 2022. Each of the ships’ 149 suites comes with trimmings you’d expect of the company. Top pick is the Owners Suite, replete with whirlpool plus indoor and outdoor dining areas. Call on a butler to arrange sumptuous in-room dining, or stroll to one of the six specialty restaurants serving everything from European-influenced degustations
to mod-Southeast Asian fare—there’s even a humidor specialising in imported cigars and cognac. While cruising warm waters in the Caribbean or the coastline of Canada, make the most of the spa and extensive selection of water toys in your ship’s marina.

ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com

Montenegro’s Moment

We’re calling it: Montenegro is the destination for 2022—a petite Balkan nation blessed with medieval villages, rugged mountains, beaches, glacial lakes and vineyards. Aman saw the potential years ago when it transformed the fortified islet of Sveti Stefan into the country’s most exclusive retreat. The group has now returned for the premiere of its new brand, Janu. Like its Aman sisters, Janu Montenegro is all about capturing the destination, effortlessly so thanks to its perch on the Bay of Kotor—your view from poolside cabanas is of island gems dotting the Adriatic. While seclusion and peace are the Aman mantra, Janu emphasises a social experience: think art tours, hosted wine tastings, sessions revealing au courant food trends like low-temperature cooking and fermentation.

janu.com 

Full Circle Dining

If you thought the Canadian Rocky Mountains couldn’t get any prettier, think again. Welcome to the 360° Dome at the Fairmont Banff Springs, a winter-chic, glass-encased dining room with space for you and five close friends. Soak up mountain and castle views while enjoying mimosas and pancakes for brunch, sip Canadian wine paired with charcuterie and cheese in the afternoon, or savour a five-course evening degustation: long-bone bison short ribs and Brant Lake wagyu carpaccio are standouts.

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Greece Is The Word

You need no further reason to visit Greece’s archipelago, but if you’re looking for inspiration, find it at the One&Only Kéa Island. Opening in 2022 on the west coast of Kéa in the Cyclades, the beachfront retreat boasts light and breezy rooms, suites and villas, as well as a collection of private homes for those who can’t bear to leave. While the ferry is an option for arrival from Lavrio Harbour, we instead recommend jumping in a speedboat for a James Bond approach. Back on the mainland, check in to the freshly minted One&Only Aesthesis in the capital, which—thanks to its forested setting on the Glyfada seafront—still exudes the exclusive ambiance of the Greek isles. The original bungalows and beach club along this stretch of sand were a glamorous hideaway for the jet-set crowd in the 1950s. Architects today have transformed them into nature-inspired havens, with woven leather, muted tones and accent patterns nodding to Greek mythology.

oneandonlyresorts.com

Indonesian Adventure

Admire manta rays as you snorkel. Discover secret island waterfalls. Swim with horses (it’s a thing). The Aqua Expeditions x NIHI Sumba partnership offers many such opportunities to explore Indonesia. The seven-night sojourn begins with cruising the archipelago on 15-suite Aqua Blu. You’ll drop in on Komodo National Park to visit its dragons, hike Padar Island for sunrise views over Flores, and dive around Gili Lawah—all before landing on Sumba. Here, your retreat for the next three nights has taken home just about every design award imaginable. For good reason. The 28 NIHI villas include private pools, canopy beds and curated minibars, all cocooned among rainforest.

aquaexpeditions.com; nihi.com

Exclusive Sydney Opera House

Imagine having this iconic building all to yourself. The curtains sweep back, a soprano steps onto the stage, and your evening unfolds with an operatic recital, just for you. The “Taste of the Opera” experience also includes a private tour of the World Heritage-listed structure, ushering you behind the scenes, and ending with dinner.

culturalattractionsofaustralia.com

Greatest Safari On Earth

Twelve days. Ten guests. Four African countries. A private Emirates jet, hot-air balloon and helicopter safaris. Plus some of the most dreamy accommodation across the continent. This is just the start of your Roar Africa “Greatest Safari on Earth”. Sumptuous suites comprise your sky-high chariot between destinations, which include Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Kenya’s vast Maasai Mara and the jungles of Rwanda. Best of all? The trip is 100 per cent carbon neutral, with a strong focus on issues of sustainability.

roarafrica.com

Proper Portugal

For more than a century, the who’s who have checked in to Belmond Reid’s Palace, the grande dame of Madeira celebrating her 130th birthday in 2021. She ticked off another year in customary style, welcoming guests to renovated rooms with period furnishings and old-world charm that nods to the region’s one-time British inhabitants. Set on the largest island in the Portuguese archipelago, diversions include a private jet-boat journey over the waves to the Desertas Islands, dolphins and whales and rare Mediterranean monk seals all around. Reid’s Palace also accommodates Michelin-starred William Restaurant, whose menu celebrates the island in dishes like tomato and plum gazpacho with smoked eel, or grilled scallops with pine tree vinaigrette.

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The Original Orient Express

Before private jets, there was the Orient Express, linking Paris and Istanbul in style. The opulent train is now the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and still connects two of the continent’s most fascinating cities. It’s on the rails every day, carrying passengers between the likes of London, Paris and Venice, with new routes to Amsterdam, Geneva, Rome and Florence. But the annual 10-day epic between the original destinations piques the interest of the elite. Expect personalised service and generous accommodations.

belmond.com

The Crown Of Versailles

Channel your inner king or queen with an overnight stay in an ornate 17th-century palace. Freshly minted Airelles Château de Versailles occupies Europe’s most lavish royal residence, a place Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette once called home. The couple’s opulent style inspired the design of the hotel’s 14 suites, each individually outfitted with restored period furniture, artworks, chandeliers and antiques—not to mention swoon-worthy views over the orangerie (fruit orchard) and lake. Guests can tour areas of the Château normally closed to visitors, plus enjoy crowd-free, after-hours access to popular rooms, like the Hall of Mirrors. Adorn your stay with any of a host of add-ons, from a Marie Antoinette–themed costume fitting to private dining with a live string quartet in the former apartment of Louis XV’s daughters. Also dine in style at celebrated chef Alain Ducasse’s restaurant within the Pavilion Dufour; time your visit to coincide with one of his exclusive themed dinners.

airelles.com

Kyoto Calling

Japanese city Kyoto hosts its share of upscale ryokans, uniting shibui (simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty) with haiteku (high-tech features). The latest to embrace these principles is Fufu, where guests wander zen gardens of bonsai, maple and blossoms before reaching their rooms, each of which sports a hinoki-wood tub for soaking in mineral springs. A multi-course kaiseki meal celebrating the seasons, and your chef’s impeccable sense of presentation, is best followed by one of Fufu’s immersive experiences, whether meeting a geisha or learning the fine art of ikebana (flower arranging).

fufukyoto.jp

Maybourne Riviera

Just a 10-minute helicopter jaunt from Monte-Carlo Airport lies the new Maybourne Riviera, coveting a stellar spot on southern France’s Côte d’Azure. Your room or suite—one of only 69—offers views over the terracotta rooftops and olive groves of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the Mediterranean Sea and further on to Italy and Monaco. In contrast to the town it calls home, replete with a medieval village and castle, the hotel is strikingly modernist. It’s all clean lines and juxtaposing curves, deep blues and flashes of gold, with sufficient white in between to make you feel like you’ve slipped into Greece. As expected in this part of Europe, food is a focus: chefs Mauro Colagreco (his three Michelin stars are displayed at his eatery Mirazur in nearby Menton) and Jean-Georges Vongerichten were called in to oversee its five restaurants and bars.

maybourneriviera.com

Mondrian Gold Coast

From Miami to Doha, the Mondrian hotel brand is summed up in one word: personality. Each of the eight existing properties exhibits a unique identity, as does the ninth in the portfolio—Mondrian Gold Coast. Its 208 hotel rooms and private residences occupy two gleaming towers—this is the “Goldie” after all—both just steps from the sand of Burleigh Heads. This beach boasts some of Australia’s most reliably good waves, so it’s no surprise that one of the perks of checking in here is a surf instructor on call to help you tackle the swell.

mondrianresidencesgc.com   

Global Private Jet Tour

Enlist 49 of your closest friends on DreamMaker’s “Passport to 50” private-jet package. This globetrotting journey is possibly the most extravagant ever, with
a price tag exceeding eight figures. But what fun you’ll have over 20 action-packed days, visiting 20 cities—including Kathmandu, Florence, Marrakesh, Ibiza and Havana—while circumnavigating the globe. While airborne, you’re travelling in a privately outfitted Boeing 767 business-class jet. On the ground, you’ll check in to hotels that defy belief and enjoy experiences only possible thanks to your accompanying staff of 50—one for every guest. To top it all off, each guest is gifted a custom 18-karat gold swizzle stick, adorned with a golden globe bearing 20 white diamonds. That’s a US$1 million goodie bag.

passportto50.com

New Zealand Heli Tour

New Zealand’s South Island is remote. And your helicopter’s landing site—a windswept west coast cove—is all but deserted. In fact, you can only arrive here by chopper or boat. When you touch down after a scenic twirl over the Southern Alps, your on-board diver (yes!) jumps into the frigid waters to collect crayfish for your supper. Once your bounty is bagged, your pilot sets the GPS for a glacier, where champers is sipped while you contemplate the enormity of this region. Back at Queenstown’s The Rees hotel, your ocean-fresh catch is transformed into an epic meal served up in True South Dining Room. Priceless.

therees.co.nz

Diamonds Are Forever

  … unless you swallow them in your martini. Though please don’t do that—because you’ll be consuming a $31,000 one-carat diamond sitting pretty in the bottom of your glass at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo’s bar. Order the Elyx vodka cocktail shaken, not stirred (its only other ingredient is lime juice) while musicians serenade with Shirley Bassey’s 007 song celebrating the gem.

ritzcarlton.com   

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Everybody Loves Naomi 

Fashion fans adore her. And so do we. Lucky, then, that a new exhibition is paying homage to four decades of snake-hipped catwalking.

By Joseph Tenni 22/06/2024

Naomi Campbell contains multitudes. Since emerging on the scene in 1986, modelling for British designer Jasper Conran, the statuesque stunner has used the runway for takeoff. She has ventured into all aspects of the culture, from Vogue to Playboy and reality TV. In the business arena, she has dabbled in publishing and the two F&Bs (fragrance and beauty, and food and beverage). Her philanthropic efforts are legion.

Naomi is better known than any of her peers and, aged 54, remains more relevant than ever. As a testament to her pervading influence, a new exhibition, Naomi: In Fashion, is opening at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Celebrating her 40 years in the spotlight, the show includes clothes from the model’s closet and some of the designer fashion she has helped to immortalise.

We all know her snake-hipped walk, her glowing skin, her famous paramours, and—yes—her many tantrums and tiaras. But how much do we love her exactly? Let’s count some of the ways. 

1. She Was Born to Be Famous

Many people know Naomi for her appearances in music videos for Michael Jackson’s In the Closet and George Michael’s Freedom! ’90—the latter also featuring fellow supermodels Linda, Cindy and Christy. But Naomi has been in front of the camera since she was a child, and her prolific music-video career predates her modelling. At 8, she appeared in the official video for Bob Marley’s 1978 hit Is This Love. At 13, Culture Club cast her as a tap-dancing teen in I’ll Tumble 4 Ya. It would be another two years before she was discovered by model scout Beth Boldt, while shopping in London’s Covent Garden.

Courtesy Off-White. Photo Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

2. She Hits All the Right Notes

As anyone who has ever seen Unzipped, the 1995 cult fashion documentary by Douglas Keeve, Naomi always has a song in her heart. She put her mouth where her money was in 1994 and recorded an album, Babywoman. The cover art featured Naomi, photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth, shaving her legs while sitting on the toilet. Fittingly, the album was canned—despite assistance from contributors like Donna Summer and PM Dawn. 

3. She’s Always Ready for Her Close-Up
Hollywood’s history is full of models who went on to become successful actors. Naomi is not one of them. But not for want of trying. Her turn as a nightclub singer in Vanilla Ice’s 1991 movie Cool as Ice flies under the radar but doesn’t deserve to. Nor does her scene-stealing cameo as a French cheese shopper in The Night We Never Met, alongside Matthew Broderick and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Or her playing a sexy telephone operator in Spike Lee’s Girl 6. Who else has that kind of range? 

4. She Tells It Like It Is

We’d be remiss not to mention her 1994 novel Swan. A roman a clef about a young girl breaking into the modelling industry, flanked by her four besties who are also divas in training heels, it certainly played with genres. A murder-mystery-cum-sexy-romance-cum-vocational-advice page-turner, or something like that, this guilty pleasure was cruelly overlooked and relegated to the annals of bargain bins everywhere. 

5. She’s Got a Mind for Business

Naomi has been vocal over the years about making less money than her white peers and was not going to wait for the industry to catch up. Instead, she has ventured into businesses ranging from her former stake in the Fashion Cafe in New York to her signature fragrances, first released in 1999. What does Naomi smell like? Subtle yet complicated, consisting of top notes of peach, coconut and bergamot with a deep, woody base of cedar and sandalwood—apparently.

6. She Gives Until It Hurts

For a so-called narcissist, Naomi has often put her fame to philanthropic use. She has galvanised black models in fashion with the Black Girls Coalition and has raised money for Africa, Haiti and disaster relief worldwide, including after the Mumbai terrorist attacks. When she was dating the Russian billionaire and Aman Resorts owner Vladislav Doronin, she became committed to saving the tiger. Is there anything this overachiever can’t do?

7. She Can Make Hay From Anything

When she was sentenced to community service following allegations by a former employer that Naomi had attacked her with a mobile phone, the model emerged from her punishment dressed in couture and trailed by a photo crew who were shooting a fashion layout of her for W magazine. And when she was summoned in 2010 to appear in a war crimes trial against former Liberian president Charles Taylor—in relation to an uncut blood diamond he’d allegedly given her—our girl showed up in an Azzedine Alaïa twin-set and wearing a silver “evil eye” necklace, turning the courtroom into a photo opportunity.

8. She’ll Be on Your Side for Evermore
The fashion industry is hardly known for its loyalty or congeniality, but Naomi has maintained decades-long friendships with not only her supermodel sisters like Christy Turlington but also some of the most powerful and difficult players, including John Galliano and Marc Jacobs. That she has remained tight with so many of her friends is not lost on her adoring public. She must be a loyal person and in return, fans everywhere remain loyal to her.

Naomi: In Fashion runs from June 22, 2024, until April 16, 2025, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; vam.ac.uk

Courtesy Vivienne Westwood. Photo Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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The Sapphire Dinner 2024 Raises Support for Ocean Conservation

This year’s boldfaced bash raised funds for our critically under-supported national treasures. 

By Horacio Silva 22/06/2024

The big fish of Sydney society came out Thursday night for the third annual Sapphire Dinner to raise much-needed money for ocean conservation. Held in conjunction with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the boldfaced bash was the first sit-down dinner held at the Tank, a repurposed World War II fuel container that sits beneath the Art Gallery’s new wing. 

Set against a backdrop of immersive ocean-inspired video projections by South Korean digital creators d’strict, and with a dress code that inspired guests to recycle their most fabulous fashions, the zero-waste dinner supports The Sapphire Project’s mission to galvanise the community to take action to protect our oceans and the Great Barrier Reef.

Deep-pocketed VIPs who walked the evening’s blue carpet included  Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull, real estate maven Monika Tu, Penelope Seidler, Anna Marsden (Managing Director of Great Barrier Reef Foundation), Michael and Tina Brand, Andrew Cameron, MCA Chair Lorraine Tarabay, Myer boss Olivia Wirth, benefactors Paris Neilsen and Beau Neilson, and Paul Howes and Olivia Wirth, the power couple known as ‘Paulivia’. 

Retired swimmer Giaan Rooney MC’d the event, hosted by Sapphire Committee co-chairs Hayley Baillie and Ryan Gollan and committee members Ian Thorpe AM, Luke Hepworth, Clare Herschell, Susan Wynne, Brioney Prier, Bianca Rinehart, Doris Ma, Kate Champion, Ellie Aitken, and Chong Chua. 

A troupe of former Australian Ballet dancers and a musical performance by the Fijian-Australian singer and actress Paulini entertained the revellers.   

Among the auctioned items was an original work by Del Kathryn Barton, which raised more than $200,000 in a high-spirited bidding war led by Four Pillars Gin founder Stu Gregor, whose expletive-laden entreaties were suitably salty. 

Nobody minded, given that more than a million dollars were raised to support the criminally underfunded ocean conservation (it’s estimated that only about 2 percent of philanthropy in Australia goes towards the preservation of our precious national treasures), with funds going to support important initiatives such as The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the University of Sydney’s One Tree Island Research Station, the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station, the Australian Sea Lion Recovery Foundation and Biopixel Oceans Foundation’s Project Hammerhead

The Sapphire Project Dinner 2024
Clare Herschell, Kate Champion, Bianca Rinehart & Hayley Baillie
The tablescapes at the Sapphire Project Dinner
Ian Thorpe
Adrian and Beck Buchan
Monika Tu
The Sapphire Project Dinnner 2024
Lucy & Malcolm Turnbull
Sapphire Committee co-chairs Hayley Baillie & Ryan Gollan

For further information, visit SapphireProject.com.au

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The 10 Best Omakase in Sydney

Sydney’s best Japanese chef’s-table dining experiences.

By Belinda Aucott-christie 06/06/2024

In Japan, where food is a cultural art form, omakase stands for traditional Japanese foods made with seasonal ingredients. A good omakase meal, prepared with purity and mindfulness, can make an unforgettable imprint on the culinary memory. Yet in a land defined by seasonal traditions, omakase is a relatively new concept.

Omakase originated in Japan in the 1970s as affluent Japanese began to dine more regularly at first-rate sushi counters. Bowing to the expertise of the sushi master, omakase loosely translates to “I’ll leave it to you.” In a setting where money is no object, letting the chef decide was designed as a chic way to take the awkwardness out of ordering.

In Australia where there’s an abundance of fresh seafood, omakase menus have experienced a recent rise in popularity. Today omakase is any series of small dishes served directly by the chef to the diner. Each part of the meal is presented on beautiful ceramics and lacquer wear, with a great —and somewhat— intimidating reverence for elegant details. It’s a chance to see a chef’s knife skills up close and get a feel for their cooking style.

Omakase menus are based on whatever is freshest at the market and can be influenced by the chef’s mood, expertise, and response to the guest. They can be slowly paced like a ceremony—hushed and reverential—but they can also be rowdy, humorous, and personal.
Here we give you 10 of the best to try in Sydney.

Yoshi’s Omakase at Nobu Crown Sydney

Crown Sydney, Level 2/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo. Open: 12–3 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm Phone: 02 8871 7188 Reservations: F&B-SYD-Nobu@crownresorts.com.au; $380 per head (including matched wine and sake). Crownsydney.com.au

Sushi Oe

16/450 Miller St, Cammeray; Tue – Sat. SMS only 0451 9709 84 E: jizakana16@gmail.com Phone: 0426 233 984 $230 per head. jizakana.com.au

Kisuke with Yusuke Morita

50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point; Tuesday – Saturday: 17:30 – 10.45 (closed Sunday/ Monday) $185-200 per head Kisukepottspoint.com

Haco 

102/21 Alberta St, Sydney. Lunch, Friday to Saturday 12 -2:00 pm Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday 5:45 pm – 8:1 5pm (closed Sunday & Mondays) P: 0408 866 285                                     E: haco@hacosydney.com.au; $150 – $210 Hacosydney.com.au

Kuon

Shop 04 2/58 Little Hay St, Sydney, Lunch: Fri-Sun 12:30 pm. Dinner  Tue-Sun 5:15 pm or 7:45 pm sittings.  Reservation via SMS at 0488 688 252; $220 per head @kuon.omakase

Sokyo 

The Darling, Level G, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont. Open dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:45 pm P: 1800 700 700 $300 per head Sokyo.com.au

Kuro

368 Kent St, Sydney; Open Tue – Wed – Thur: 6 pm Fri & Sat: 5:30 pm P: 02 9262 1580, reservations@kurosydney.com $220 per head. Kurosydney.com;

Choji Omakase

Level 2, 228 Victoria Ave, Chatswood —upstairs from Choji Yakiniku. Every Monday to Wednesday at 6.30 pm. One seating per day only. $295 per head. Chojiomakase.com.au

Gold Class Daruma

The Grace Hotel, Level 1/77 York St, Sydney; 12–2:30 pm, 5:30–9.00 pm Phone: (02) 9262 1190 M: 0424 553 611 booking@goldclassdaruma.com.au·$120 – $150 per head Goldclassdaruma.com.au

Besuto

Besuto Omakase, Sydney Place precinct, 3 Underwood Street, Circular Quay. Omakase is available to book for dinner – Tuesday to Saturday. 5:30 pm & 8pm sittings. From $250. Besuto.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is no soy and wasabi offered during my omakase meal?
Even though sushi and sashimi are being served, the chef is serving each piece of sushi so quickly and directly that the chef is applying the wasabi and soy to the sushi themselves. Watch as they brush the top of the fish with soy and dab a tiny amount of wasabi on the rice, under the fish. You should not need to add extra, and in fact, it can be insulting to the chef to add more. Bathing the bottom of the rice of your sushi in soy sauce is considered bad manners, as it is seen as detracting from the flavour of the fish.

Nobu, Sydney

Can an omakase experience accommodate my dietary needs?
Although there is often little variation once the chef has set the daily menu, some customisation is possible. Advise the restaurant when you book and remind them of allergies or aversions again as you sit down. They will let you know when you book if your allergy is possible for the chef. Japanese menus feature a lot of seafood and dashi so accommodating a no seafood request can be genuinely tricky.

What are the golden rules for chopstick etiquette?
Use your chopstick holder in between eating, rather than putting chopsticks on your plate. Don’t use your chopsticks to gesticulate or point; if offering food to someone to try, never pass food directly from your chopsticks to theirs. Rather place the food onto a small plate and let them pick it up.
Never touch communal or shared food with your chopsticks. The longer, slightly larger chopsticks are like sharing cutlery, never put these in your mouth.

Without a menu, how can I know what I am eating during omakase?
Omakase is often a no-menu situation, and you are expected to try new things. Attending an omakase experience with an open, trusting mind yields the best results.
There are Wagyu and tempura omakase that reflect the chef’s personal predilections and training, but in a standard luxury omakase, the format will include a lot of freshly caught seafood and will usually kick off with a delicate appetiser. This will be followed by a sashimi and sushi course, a savoury egg custard (chawanmushi) with meat and seafood, a cooked or blow-torched market fish, a soup course, and dessert.

Can I talk to the chef during omakase? What is the protocol?
Guests at an omakase experience are welcome to ask questions of the chef; in fact, interacting with the chef is part of the experience. It is considered polite to ask questions or inquire about the food so they can explain.

What is best to pair with omakase  in terms of drinks?
In general, wine and sake are a perfect match for omakase. Aged fish and vinegar have strong umami flavours so depending on which course you enjoy, different wine and sake will pair well. Dry chilled sake is a great choice. Amazing sakes are imported into Australia, so trust the restaurant to advise you and take you on a sake journey at the same time.  If you don’t like sake, drinking chardonnay, a crisp young riesling, or even a dry complex Riesling is also totally acceptable. All three styles help bring out the flavour of the fish. Champagne can also be good. Try a blanc de blancs— 100% chardonnay —for a great way to start the meal. As you progress, remember that sake is good for dishes with a strong taste, such as uni and eel.

Nobu, Sydney

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The Tod’s SS25 Men’s Collection in Milan Was a Showcase of “Artisanal Intelligence”

It was also the debut men’s collection by creative director Matteo Tamburini.

By Josh Bozin 20/06/2024

Earlier this week, Tod’s presented its SS25 men’s collection at the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) for Milan Fashion Week, where all eyes were fixed on Matteo Tamburini and his debut menswear collection as Tod’s newest creative director.

Striking “a balance between tradition and modernity”, was the former Bottega Veneta designer’s intention, and indeed his showcase offerered a spotlight on the quality, materials, and detailing that are central to the Tod’s wardrobe.

“The collection is more about subtraction rather than addition, highlighting the very elevated, timeless and relaxed materials,” says Tamburini via a statement.

Tod’s

In line with Tod’s restrained design codes, the garments presented were characterised by timelessness, unmistakable Italian flair, yet a casualness appropriate for everyday wear. Only the best leathers were used in the collection—thanks to the Pashmy project, which Tod’s unveiled in January to champion high-end Italian materials—used in creating garments like the Tod’s Bomber, the Gio Jacket, the Shirt Jacket, the Di Bag sack, as well as footwear staples, like the Tod’s T-Riviera.

Of course, the iconic Gommino driving shoe wasn’t without an update, too: you’ll find a new sabot interpretation, as well as the Bubble Gommino introduced in a new boat model with the T-bar accessory.

“Craftsmanship” was at the forefront of messaging, with chairman and chief executive officer of the Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle, reiterating the message of honouring artisanal arts in an increasingly digital-first world.”[It’s] important to uphold artisanal intelligence, keeping under control artificial intelligence as it is now developing rapidly and powerfully,” he said via a statement.

“Individuals and artisanal intelligence at the centre, with its traditions and values, will contribute to keep artificial intelligence in check. Our Italian craftsmanship and supply chain can be an example of the combination of tradition and the new speed of artificial intelligence.”

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Pitti Uomo’s Best-Dressed Men Cut Through the Noise With Personal Style

From vintage gems to tasteful tailoring, attendees of Florence’s biannual tradeshow brought their best sartorial selves.

By Naomi Rougeau, Lorenzo Sodi 20/06/2024

Whether or not you’re well versed in the ins and outs of Pitti Uomo, the biannual menswear tradeshow in Florence that brings together buyers, press—and, naturally, a vast ostentation of peacocks—the chances are that photos from the gathering are still making their way into your newsfeed. You might even smirk at the mention of it. To be sure, you’ll encounter plenty of “overdressing” strolling through the main venues but by and large, great personal style manages to cut through the noise.

Part of what makes the Pitti scene so exciting is that menswear moves relatively slowly. It’s less about seeing something earth shatteringly new but rather gradual shifts and discovering fresh ways to put things together. Menswear regulars such as Alessandro Squarzi, owner of a considerable vintage archive that influences his Milanese boutique Fortela, can be relied upon to provide inspiration on how to make tried and true staples and silhouettes feel modern.

Speaking of new old things, vintage fashions made their way into the chat in a big way this June, whether in terms of rare finds or sustainable efforts via upcycling, fabric development and natural dyes (Paris-based De Bonne Facture achieved an ideal medium brown using coffee, for instance). At the heart of the conversation was another bona fide vintage guru Maurizio Donadi who made a case for the timelessness and democratic nature of indigo with his centuries-spanning exhibit of antique garments from around the globe.

Below you’ll find a dozen of our favorite looks from Pitti Uomo 106, lensed by our eagle-eyed street-style photographer Lorenzo Sodi. We hope they inspire.

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A lesson in simplicity and the power of a classic palette—good quality vintage accents such as a turquoise embellished belt buckle add interest to timeless workwear. Ray-Ban’s universally-flattering Wayfarer sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch.

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Sans suit and shirt, the neckerchief (of which there were many at Pitti), adds a welcome dose of colour to a white tee and relaxed jacket and proves that sometimes one choice detail is all it takes. A well-loved, slightly-too-long belt and canvas Vans contribute to the casual harmony.

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Whatever the weather, you’ll find Douglas Cordeaux, from Fox Brothers, looking immaculate in shirt and tie… and a suit made of one of Fox’s many fabrics. British elegance, embodied.

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Relaxed elegance is the foundation of the Brunello Cuccinelli brand. Here, the maestro himself shows us how it’s done in a double-breasted linen ensemble featuring a few personal flourishes.

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Designer Alessandro Pirounis of Pirounis offers a masterclass on the rule of three with a contemporary twist, subbing the usual jacket with an overshirt of his own design.

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A renaissance man takes Florence. True to his roots, US Marine veteran, Savile Row-trained tailor and photographer Robert Spangle blazes a sartorial trail that’s all his own.

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Cream trousers are an essential element of elegant Italian summer style. Designer Nicola Radano of Spacca Neapolis channels one of the greats (Marcello Mastroianni) in a dark polo of his own design, collar spread wide across his jacket’s lapel for a welcome retro lean.

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Proof of the power of tonal dressing, that can create an impactful outfit just by sticking to the same colour family. A chic ensemble and in some ways an elevated version of the double-denim look, every element is working hard in service to the whole.

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UK-based stylist Tom Stubbs has long been a proponent of blousy pleats, lengthy db jackets, and statement-making neck scarves and here, in vintage Armani, he embodies the louche, oversize look that many designers are just now catching up on.

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A tailor splitting his time between Berlin and Cologne, Maximilian Mogg is known for his strong-shouldered, architectural suiting. Yet in Mogg’s hands, particularly with this non-traditional colour scheme, the effect is always modern and youthful.

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If Max Poglia’s relaxed Hawaiian shirt and suit combo is any indication, summer has truly arrived. But it’s an excellent example of how to wearing tailoring in more casual fashion. This cream db would look perfect with shirt and tie at a wedding in August and just as chic here with slippers and a laid-back shirt.

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Another example of how tailoring can be laid-back and breezy for summer, from a dude who looks no stranger to enjoying the best of the warmer months. Jaunty pocket square, sandals, untucked linen shirt…go forth and emulate.

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