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ARTOLOGY is proud to be in cooperation with the unique world-tour voyage of Captain Werner Welz of Europ-Star Aviation in Austria,

ARTOLOGY will let you take part as a By-Flyer of this remarkable journey that takes you to some of the most beautiful hideaways and cosmopolitan capitals around the globe.

ARTOLOGY has looked into some of the most interesting cultural aspects as well as the best places to stay while visiting these exciting destinations.

Join us over the next weeks and read the bulletins, we also welcome your comments.

Bon voyage!

Capa Verde

In the Atlantic, just off the coast of West Africa, lies the shark-encircled volcanic island of Cape Verde.

With an astounding landscape and year-round warm climate this is a natural paradise to rival Galapagos. In terms of culture of a more anthropoid nature the capital city of Prai, an historic Portugeuse trading post, boasts a soulful, exotic musical culture, exemplified by the internationally famous singer Cesária Évora

Our tip for lodging is PESTANA TRÓPICO, an airy, spacious hotel built around a large pool. A splendid restaurant serves the local staples of bacalhau (cod) or, more interestingly, cachupa, a distant relative of paella or gumbo. The dish comes pobre (‘poor’, i.e. vegetarian) or rica (‘rich’ i.e. meat/fish) but be warned, it takes a long time to prepare, so order a day in advance!

Rio

The ciudad maravillosa must be one of the most iconic cities in the world and its attractions are endless: carnival, the Sugar Loaf samba, bossa nova…and the fabulous Copacabana Palace, the aptly named landmark hotel that benefits from a recent $20 million facelift and the fact that it lies right on Copacabana beach.

Art wise, the success of the ArtRio fair has ignited a boom in the visual arts. Rio already boasts two superb galleries in the form of the Museum of Modern Art or architect Oscar Niemeyer’s science-fiction fantasy the Museum of Contemporary Art but now artists are establishing their own spaces by taking over disused buildings. Our picks are the former chocolate factory Fábrica Bhering and Comuna, a deliberately low-fi artspace, café and book store.

Las Vegas

When in Rome do as the Romans do, says the cliché, except, that is, when you are in Vegas. Here its best not to head for the fake Italianate facades but rather truly modern establishments such as the Wynn Las Vegas.

Owned by local legend Steve Wynn (of Mirage, Treasure Island and Bellagio fame) the 50 storey, $2.7 billion complex has real Sin City credentials being that it’s built on the site of Rat Pack haunt, the Desert Inn.

Almost as flamboyant as Wynn himself the hotel boasts 2,716 rooms and 22 restaurants, cafes and bars plus Club Tryst with its many celebrity denizens. For art lovers the real bonaza is the fact that Wynn has a high-rolling art collection to rival that of the great European musuems combined. Bona-fide masters Cézanne, Manet, Van Gogh, Vermeer and Picasso rub shoulders with Modern pretenders such as Warhol and Koons. The collection is on display across each of Wynn’s hotels.

Tokyo

The Japanese capital is Fritz Lang’s sci-fi Metropolis made real. It competes with Manhattan for an iconic skyline and culturally it more than matches London for trendy boutiques, traditional restaurants and fashionable nightclubs whilst the effortless cool of the Museum of Contemporary Art signifies a city overrunning with international grade art galleries and museums.

Another of the cities attractions, The Imperial Palace, was once the world’s largest castle, 16km around and guarded by a maze of moats and walls but even this can’t match the decadence of our hotel tip, the AMAN Tokyo. A masterpiece of understated, clever design, its 84 guest rooms are cleverly arranged to maximise the sense of space. For the brave of heart the corner suites are a must; veritable glass cubes that feel like they are floating in the sky. Get one facing west towards the sunset and you may just see Mount Fuji glowing in the distance.

Kailua Kona

Nestling on the western coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, at the foot of the Hualalai Volcano, Kailua Kona (or “Kona” to the locals) has long been considered
a premier place to live. Many Hawaiian kings made their homes here due to the excellent weather and good water but nowadays it is the international traveller who can live royally in Kona.

Our favourite establishment to do so is the Four Seasons Hualalai. Here authentic Hawaiian culture meets the luxury lifestye throughout the resorts intimate two-storey bungalows, suites and 243 guest rooms where a peerless collection of native Hawaiian art perfectly complements expansive, open-air living spaces.

Nowadays Kona has become a base for sport fishing, snorkeling and diving but if water-based activities aren’t quite your thing travel there are plentiful rewards from simply travelling the endless ’’Saddle Road“ highway through the islands incredible countryside or climbing above the clouds to the summit of the sacred Mauna Kea volcano.

Ayers Rock

Uluru is one of the natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. You will probably know it as Ayers Rock, the sandstone monolith standing in heart of Australia’s Northern Territory Red Centre desert, a mere 450km from the nearest large town, Alice Springs.

The area is sacred Aboriginal land and a national park but intrepid visitors are now granted access to view the site by hot air balloon no less, the perfect medium we think. And soon the sight will be even more astounding. UK artist Bruce Munro is soon to install Field of Light, his ongoing light installation work originally inspired by Uluru but one to date that has not illuminated the Rock itself.

If this inspires you to travel down under the pick of places to reside is Sails in the Desert, a name inspired by the hotels distinctive architecture. Accomodation is plentiful, as is the food, a mix of indigenous and contemporary. Tantalising indeed but, for us, it is the emphasis on Aboriginal art that is most exciting – the hotels own Mulgara Gallery showcases a fine collection.

Colombo

Once known as the “garden city of the East“, Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka, experienced something of a fall from grace but it is rapidly reclaiming its past glories as a worthy travel destination.

This is a city adapting with the times and a growing cosmopolitanism now supports stylish eateries, galleries and museums, whilst a venture into the old quarters will now uncover convivial cafes with great local food, characterful shops or boutique hotels like The Residence.

Once a grand Victorian townhouse designed to host extravagent receptions for British governors, Indian maharajas, European nobility and the cream of colonial Ceylon society nowadays it welcomes the international traveller but retains, if not surpasses, the glamour of its original purpose. Certainly not just a stop-off for beachbound holidaymakers!

Antanarivo

Capital of the huge island nation of Madagascar, Antananrivo, or Tana, as the city is universally known, is a lively city full of beautiful colonial buildings, excellent markets and a huge variety of shops. For the luxury traveller Tana is the place in Madagascar to indulge in fine dining: the local establishments rival Europe’s Michelin-starred restaurants but without the inflated prices.

Venture outside of the city and you enter the uncrowded paradise that is one of the last unspoilt natural oases; packed with 5% of all animal species on the planet, spectacular beaches and a fascinating indigenous culture.

Prestige accomodation is plentiful too and the Artology hot ticket is the Anjajavy L’hotel. Situated not on the main island but rather just off the Western coast, the resort caters for the luxury-minded Eco traveller. With gardens that are home to rare wildlife species and a reason d’etre that teaches gastronomy as vital to long-term preservation of ecosystems the Anjajavy is unique in luxury travel.