The 38 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2019

The 38 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2019

Where: New Orleans
Chosen By: Alexandra Baackes is founder of Alex in Wanderland and Wander Women Retreats and the author of the Wanderland Guide to Koh Tao . Baackes has been addicted to storytelling since 2009, sharing the behind-the-scenes of her world travels, adventures in entrepreneurship and experiments in living abroad on her blog and social media channels.
Why: New Orleans is known for colorful nightlife, a bursting festival calendar and a decadent local cuisine — but the Big Easy is also an undercover gem for budget travelers. Let’s start with the basics. Most NOLA must-dos are free: people watching in the French Quarter, house peeping in the Garden District and bar hopping the live music venues on Frenchman Street. But get creative. Need to cool off after all that strolling? Head to fun and flirty The Country Club , where entry to the pool out back costs a reasonable $15 a day and the bar provides a steady stream of frozen cocktails. Worked up an appetite? SoBou and Commander’s Palace are two of many local restaurants keeping the 25 cent martini weekday lunch alive. You read that right. Order lunch, and martinis are a mere quarter — though most enforce a limit of three, because, as the menu states, “that’s enough.” Need to work off all that indulgence? Head to one of the several free weekly fitness events thrown by Move Ya Brass . They have a calendar of running clubs, yoga classes and dance-based workouts heavy on local music and flavor. Need a place to recharge so you can do it all again tomorrow? Check in to the Catahoula Hotel , a chic boutique design hotel in the Central Business District with rooms starting at a mere $100 a night.
A view of Kingston, Jamaica. Photo courtesy of Strawberry Hill
Where: Jamaica
Chosen By: Meagan Drillinger is a freelance travel writer based in New York City. She is also the founder of Vaera Journeys , a company for entrepreneurial women that uses travel as a muse to take women out of their comfort zones and help them network and build upon their individual brands and businesses. Vaera’s next immersive retreat is in Puerto Vallarta in May 2019. Follow her on Instagram @drillinjourneys and @vaerajourneys. (You can also read Drillinger’s tips on the 20 Best Cruises for 2019 here .)
Why: Though Jamaica is a legendary beach destination, 2019 will be the year to discover Kingston, an untapped, culturally rich capital of the Caribbean. Still rough around the edges but with a soul that is impossible to resist, Kingston is the place to experience the heartbeat of Jamaica, in ways simply not possible from within a beach resort — and for a much cheaper price tag. Rhythm rocks the streets from sunup to sundown. In fact, in 2018 Kingston opened the Peter Tosh Museum , which rounds out the city’s musical offerings, in addition to the Bob Marley Museum and the Jamaica Music Museum .
A panorama of Ocho Rios in Jamaica. Getty
Experience the local dance halls, tour the Trench Town Culture Yard and see a side of the country that few Americans take the time to truly experience before they jet off to the beaches of the north. That said, with the recently opened high-speed highway that connects Kingston to Ocho Rios, visitors can easily make the trip north to weave together a city and beach vacation in one trip, especially with the new S Hotel in Montego Bay, a sleek-and-sexy, South Beach-style spot that will open in January. End your jaunt with a ride through reggae music history as you depart from Sangster International Airport. VP Records , the world’s largest independent reggae music label and publisher, is kicking off its 40th anniversary with an installation chronicling its indelible contribution to reggae music.
A view of Lisbon, Portugal. Getty
Where: Lisbon, Portugal
Chosen By: Melissa Klurman is a travel expert, writer and editor and contributor at Reader’s Digest, Frommer’s Travel Guides and Parents, among other publications.
Why: Lisbon is the affordable European city you’ve been dreaming of visiting. It offers a rich history, incredible architecture and delicious local cuisine and wines, all without the high price tag of Paris and London. Bargains abound around every corner. Indulge in the city’s decadent custard-filled pastel de nata for just 1€ at the historic Pasteis de Belém café. A Lisbon city pass is 19€ and gives you 24 hours of admission to everything from modern museums to historic monasteries, as well as all transportation, including rides on the Lisbon’s scenic tram cars and stunning elevators that lift passengers up the steep city hills. Thirsty? Local wine bars charge less than 3€ per glass of wine; even swanky restaurants offer bottles for under 10€ (try that in New York City, where you’ll be lucky to find a glass of wine for that price). Extra bonus: Lisbon is great for families. There’s a fabulous aquarium and science museum on the waterfront, not to mention a real castle to explore. Centrally located, family-friendly Martinhal Chiado offers full-service apartments with kitchens starting at around $150 a night. Included in the reasonable rate are free use of baby equipment, including everything from bottle warmers to strollers; a complimentary kids club that runs late so parents can go out for dinner on their own; and a free breakfast that includes made-to-order pancakes and those amazing nata tarts.
Rachel Martino at Ponce City Market’s rooftop amusement park. Photo courtesy of Rachel Martino/@rachmartino Instagram
Where: Atlanta
Chosen By: Rachel Martino is a fashion, beauty and travel blogger based in Brooklyn, New York. Follow her on Instagram @rachmartino .
Why: Don’t sleep on Hotlanta. While Charleston’s charm usually steals the spotlight, Atlanta offers an alternative for Southern hospitality. You don’t have to go wild at Staplehouse for great food. Golden Eagle and Kimball House are personal favorite dinner spots, carving out an accessible middle ground between genteel Southern dining and locals-only joints. This capital city offers plenty to do between meals. I recommend Ponce City Market ’s rooftop amusement park, which offers games, mini golf and a stunning view of the city with affordable $10 admission or The High Museum with free admission the second Sunday of each month. To top it all off, finding a cheap flight is easy: Atlanta is Delta’s largest hub.
The rooftops of Tallinn, Estonia. Photo courtesy of Lucie Josma/@missjetsetter Instagram
Where: Tallinn, Estonia
Chosen By: Lucie Josma, a native New Yorker, is a world travel photographer and social media manager working with some of the top brands in travel and tourism. Having traveled to over 60 countries, she’s looking forward to focusing on lesser known destinations throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Follow her on Instagram @Missjetsetter as she gears up for a busy 2019.
Why: Only a short ferry ride away from Finland, Tallinn is a cheap alternative to visiting Northern European cities such as Helsinki or Stockholm. Accommodations run for a fraction of the price compared to most of Europe, and public transportation is easy to navigate, as well as cost efficient. Make sure to pay a visit to Tallinn’s UNESCO-protected medieval old town, a preserved walled area with many restaurants and shops. For an exceptionally special experience head to the restaurant Olde Hansa , located in the old town’s center. Providing medieval musicians performing nightly, meals prepared using 15th century recipes and authentic medieval attire, this restaurant is reason enough to pay Tallinn a visit. To learn more about Estonian folk culture and art, make sure to add both the Estonian Open Air Museum and Kumu Art Museum to your itinerary.
Main Street in Cooperstown, a charming upstate New York town. Getty
Where: Cooperstown, New York
Chosen By: Blakely Trettenero is the owner of the popular travel website Hungry for Travels, a freelance travel writer and a social media contributor. With traveling to 45 countries, her travels range from ultra-luxury to off-the-beaten-path locations.
Why: Although this charming town may be internationally known for being home to the iconic National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum , Cooperstown has more up to bat than just baseball. Strolling down the historic main street you’ll find an array of cute shops, antique stores, cafes and my favorite — the bountiful Cooperstown Farmers Market , where you can find affordable (and incredibly delicious) bites made locally. During the day, you can find plenty of inexpensive fun , like a tasting at Ommegang brewery ($10 for a tour and tasting), a visit to Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard (complimentary tastings), a tour of the Farmer’s Museum ($12 entry) or a stroll around the Fenimore Art Museum ($12 daily pass). Even for those who aren’t baseball fans, make sure to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year to celebrate its 80 th anniversary. With Cooperstown being situated in prime farming country, this town is home to some very tasty restaurants. Head to the greenhouse-chic Origins Cafe (entrees around $12) or splurge on dinner at the lakeside Blue Mingo Grill (entrees around $30). For an inexpensive yet historical hotel, stay at the Railroad Inn (rates starting at $85 a night).
A view of Barga, Italy, from the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Photo courtesy of Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Where: Barga, Italy
Chosen By: Harmony Walton is writer and founder of The Bridal Bar and host of the talk radio show, Bridal Bar Radio, on America’s Talk and iHeartRadio. She travels the globe working with couples and companies in search of the best destination wedding locations and honeymoon hot spots. Follow her journeys at @bridalbar.
Why: Tucked within the mountainous Serchio Valley is Tuscany’s best kept secret. Not yet overrun by tourists, Barga is a quiet medieval town that takes you back to old-world Italy where mama cooks for all and wineries are still run by families. The art scene is alive and well, the Duomo di San Cristoforo atop the town is worth the walk and the food, well, that goes without saying. A local highlight is the lunchtime tour at Podere Concori , a biodynamic winery with a passion for cultivating the purest of products. Winter season here is ideal for budget travelers; rates at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa are as low as €112 per night. With views of the entire valley from your balcony, you might even catch snow falling as you marvel at the watercolor-like sunsets. Located just over an hour from Florence, you get the best of both worlds when you fly into the city for a stopover before heading to the countryside for mountain biking, hiking and thermal pools, too.
The Gathering Place, a new park in Tulsa. Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Orr/@Carnivorr Instagram
Where: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Chosen By: A Los Angeles native with a well-stamped passport and an appetite for adventure, Kaitlin Orr ( @Carnivorr ) provides food and travel inspiration both in the USA and around the globe.
Why: I never thought I’d rave about “the Paris of Oklahoma,” but my trip to Tulsa blew me away. Not only are there lots of innovative yet affordable restaurants in town (shout out to Vintage Wine Bar and Glacier Chocolates ), but Tulsa is also home to the Gathering Place , the coolest public park I’ve ever been to. The Gathering Place is more like Disneyland than a normal park — but it’s completely free. There are so many incredible play structures (a castle, a pirate ship, a slide in the shape of a banana), interactive art installations, free concerts and performances, a lake you can take free boat rides on and sports courts and skateparks for every activity you could imagine, bike paths and so much more.
A view of Valparaiso. Photo courtesy of Patricia Stone/@Global_Adventuress Instagram
Where: Valparaiso, Chile
Chosen By: Patricia Stone is founder of Global Adventuress . She has traveled to 164 countries, seeking out unique, off-the-beaten path destinations for solo, girlfriends, couples and families. Her site has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star and USA Today. (You can also read Stone’s tips on cruising in “The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.” )
Why: Valparaiso, Chile is known as the “Jewel of the Pacific.” Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this lively city displays street art with a bohemian beat on every corner. Highlights include exploring local life in the lovely parks and plazas, such as Italia, De La Victoria and Sotomayor. After walking a few of the city’s 42 hills, you may want to consider taking one of the eight funiculars to the top, with panoramic views from Pleasant Hills, Cerro Concepcion or Cerro Alegre, where musicians, artists and poets flock. Visit La Sebastiana, the home of legendary Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Or take a walk — on the Ruben Dario and the Carvallo, you can stroll the beach and see fishermen reel in the catch of the day at the fishing cove Caleta Portales. Hungry or thirsty? The iconic Bar Cinzano offers a fun setting with Latin American music, dancing porteñas cuecas and Creole food. Where to stay? You can find great deals at inns in Valparaiso for as low as $54 per night. Or drive north along the Pacific Coast to the small beach towns of Concon or Reñaca, where you can find charming inns for as low as $35 per night. There are also wine valleys within a 30-minute drive from town. How to get around? In Valparaiso, you can take the old buses or funiculars or rent a car. If you prefer a tour company, contact South Excursions , which offers day tour of Valparaiso and the nearby Casablanca Valley.
Oh The People You Meet founder Michaela Guzy in Cappadocia, Turkey. Photo courtesy of Oh The People You Meet/@otpym Instagram
Where: Turkey
Chosen By: Michaela Guzy is a media executive, entrepreneur and on-air show host. She is the executive producer for two online television shows, Michaela’s Map and OhThePeopleYouMeet . Based in New York City, she is also an adjunct professor at New York University School of Professional Studies, where she teaches a course called “Travel Storytelling: Creating Video Content.”
Why: Turkey literally has something for everyone. The country is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, if not the oldest. There is so much history, art and culture to soak in, and I was surprised to learn how many adventure activities there are to be had. Now more than ever, it is cheap (and totally safe) to go to Turkey (last I checked, the exchange rate was 8:1). For first-timers, visit the Turkish trifecta : Istanbul, Ephesus and Cappadocia. Start in Istanbul: The largest city in Europe, the city is also half in Asia, divided by the Bosphorus. I took a baklava-making class, visited the Spice Market and did a spice-tasting test with the chef of Fairmont . I also went on an unbelievable behind-the-scenes arts tour with Raffles Istanbul : We explored modern applications of Ottoman influence in people’s homes, visited the Istanbul Modern , saw a famous jeweler’s studio and took a historic walking tour with one of the most famous Turks on Instagram. Want to go beyond the big city? The adventure guide Hike n’ Sail will take you to the ancient Roman ruins of Ephesus. In Cappadocia, I took a pottery-making class, went horseback riding, met a cave dweller and saw the hot-air balloon spectacle at sunrise over this UNESCO World Heritage site. It was simply unbelievable.
La Grande Roue de Montréal. Photo courtesy of Soheila Hakimi/Instagram @soheilaonline
Where: Montreal, Canada
Chosen By: Soheila Hakimi is a lifestyle content creator and international travel writer from
Toronto, Canada. Always exploring and sharing, you can catch up with her via Instagram (@soheilaonline) and YouTube.
Why: From the romantic cobblestone streets of Montreal’s Old Port to its modern downtown core, Montreal is a city caught between two different moments in time. Montrealers are people who love to celebrate and preserve their French heritage while also continuing to welcome immigrants and embrace the youth who contribute to the city’s vibrant tapestry. When it comes to experiencing pure Canadiana, Montreal is where it’s at. With deep roots in rich French cooking, Montreal offers a dynamic culinary scene (their love for foie gras is just as strong as their love of maple syrup). You don’t have to go far to find a great restaurant in Montreal and dining out is surprisingly affordable. Adorned in murals, Montreal also loves to celebrate culture, with numerous art, comedy (the largest in the world) and music festivals happening throughout
the year — most of which offer free activities. With a huge student population, the Airbnb options are a plentiful and cheap. If you are willing to pay slightly more, there are small simple yet stylish boutique hotels like Maison & Co and Boxotel (I’ve seen rooms starting around $75-150 a night). Montreal, most of all, is a city that celebrates all that is good in life and its people sprinkle joie de vivre like fairy dust, captivating the hearts of all who visit.
Orhei Vechi Monastery in Moldova. Photo courtesy of Kristin Amico
Where: Moldova
Chosen By: Kristin Amico is a travel and food writer who recently spent a year crisscrossing Europe and India on the cheap. Check out her site How To Travel The Globe for practical and budget travel advice.
Why: If you’re looking for quirky, budget adventures in Europe, Moldova is an ideal choice. The small country, wedged between Romania and Ukraine, is one of the least visited places in the world. That’s starting to change, thanks in part to wine tourism. The country boasts a winemaking tradition dating back centuries, and oenophiles can tour Mileștii Mici , the largest wine cellar in the world with more than 120 miles of tunnels holding two million bottles. The best part is the price tag: Most bottles cost less than $10. Food is inexpensive, too. Dinner with wine and dessert in the capital of Chișinău averages $8-10 per person. For history with a view, head to the 13th-century cave monastery, Orhei Vechi, perched high atop a hill. If you want to experience retro Soviet-style life, visit Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova that still flies a hammer and sickle flag. The unrecognized city-state has few sights but is home to the award-winning Kvint Brandy distillery — a bottle of this rare stuff is worth the relatively small splurge. For those who prefer budget-friendly group adventures, Intrepid Travel offers a small group tour that includes Moldova, Romania and Ukraine , including a tour of Chernobyl.
A view of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from Federal Hill. Getty
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Chosen By: Samantha Brown is a t raveler, giver of great travel tips, an exhausted mom and host of “Places To Love” on PBS. Follow her on Instagram @samanthabrown, Twitter @samanthanbrowntravels and Facebook @realsamanthabrown. (You can read more of Brown’s travel tips in “Airport And Airline Hacks: 9 Ways To Travel Like A Pro.” )
Why: Baltimore has struggled with a tumultuous reputation, and yet, when you go there, the art is phenomenal, there’a a do-it-yourself energy and there are plenty of reasonably priced gourmet restaurants. It’s inexpensive because it’s not Washington D.C., but it’s right next to it. It’s not New York City, but it still has high-end hotels. We stayed at an amazing, well-priced hotel called the Sagamore Pendry on the main pier, which is like their Ellis Island and later became the shooting studio for Homicide: Life on the Street . It has gorgeous views of the harbor. The place to eat is Ida B’s Table , which is named after the journalist Ida B. Wells and is run by a couple who is elevating soul food and showcasing ingredients from local farms. Another place to check out is the American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM), the only museum of its kind dedicated to outsider art. There’s a real connection with humanity there that I don’t think you get when you’re seeing a Renoir or a Monet.
A view of St. George, the capital of the Caribbean island of Grenada. Getty
Where: Grenada
Chosen By: Shnieka Johnson is a freelance writer specializing in family travel. You can follow her on Twitter (@shnieka).
Why: Whether you are seeking adventure travel, family fun, romance or a relaxing spa retreat, Grenada — k nown as the Spice Island — ticks all the boxes. And b ecause the exchange rate in Grenada is favorable for those using U.S dollars, it is an affordable Caribbean destination. The weather is beautiful year-round, with average temperatures between the low 70s and high 80s, but expect some precipitation during the rainy season (June to November). Peak season runs January to April, but if you plan your trip during an off-peak time, you can find low airfare and luxury accommodations at discounted prices. The island’s culture is a blend of many influences, including African, British, French and, of course, Caribbean. There are a number of beaches, but my favorite is Grand Anse. It is home to several hotels and resorts, like the stunning Mount Cinnamon Grenada Hotel , which offers day passes for those that are not guests but want to enjoy the amenities during a day at the beach. Take a stroll down Grand Anse to find vendors selling cold drinks and souvenirs. For a taste of local fare head to the Dodgy Dock at the True Blue Bay Resort (a family-owned property that offers roomy accommodations, chocolate spa treatments and open-air yoga studio). Wednesday evenings at the Dodgy Dock are lively – locals, tourists and students all come together to try street food from local vendors and listen to live music. The Grenadian Oil Down (slow-cooked stew) cannot be missed. If you want to bring island flavors home with you, head to the House of Chocolate or the Market Square to buy the local spices that give the island its nickname.
Downtown Saskatoon, Canada, with the Bessborough Hotel and Saskatchewan River. Getty
Where: Saskatoon, Canada
Chosen By: Stefanie Waldek is a New York–based writer and editor covering travel, architecture and design, and space. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter at @stefaniewaldek.
Why: Take advantage of the strong U.S. dollar and head north to Canada for a fun, affordable getaway. But instead of visiting the heavy hitters of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, make a beeline for the province of Saskatchewan, where the city of Saskatoon is quickly becoming a favorite destination of in-the-know travelers. An urban oasis in the heart of the rolling prairie, Saskatoon is a lively town with plenty of action: Art lovers will delight in the one-year-old Remai Modern , a museum with the largest collection of Picasso linocuts in the world; spirits enthusiasts will enjoy Black Fox Farm & Distillery , which makes award-winning gin, vodka, and liqueurs; and foodies will delight in the booming restaurant scene, with some standouts being the Asian-inspired Odd Couple , The Hollows , which highlights locally-sourced ingredients, and Italian hotspot Little Grouse on the Prairie by Top Chef Canada ’s Dale Mackay. For a great boutique stay at a modest price point, pick the James Hotel, which overlooks the South Saskatchewan River in downtown Saskatoon.
Cruising around Cuba in a vintage car. Photo courtesy of Kelly Lewis
Where: Cuba
Chosen By: Kelly Lewis specializes in women’s travel and is the founder of Go! Girl Guides (travel guidebooks for women) and the Women’s Travel Fest. She is also a cofounder of the new women’s travel magazine, Unearth Women . Follow her on Instagram at @gokellylewis.
Why: Yes, Americans can still visit Cuba — and you should! Cuba is an incredible destination for travelers, and it’s also very affordable. Staying in casa particulares (houses where rooms are rented out) is a great way to experience the country and also fulfills the visa requirement for the “support of the Cuban people,” category. Though you can do it for less, budget $100 a day to ensure you have enough for accommodation, transportation and meals (and rum). I also strongly recommend going with a group or hiring a tour guide to better understand the place. Check out Damesly for upcoming tours.
A view at the Hyatt Centric South Beach in Miami. Photo courtesy of Grace Dopico/@gracedopico Instagram
Where: Miami
Chosen By: Grace Dopico is a lifestyle blogger, content creator and Miami native. Follow her on Instagram at @gracedopico .
Why: If you’re itching for a Caribbean vacation but want to stay domestic, Miami is the place. But when it comes to where to stay, the costs can easily pile up — especially if you want to be amidst the action of South Beach. One of my favorite hotels right on Collins Ave is the Hyatt Centric South Beach . At an average cost of $150 a night, it’s one of the most affordable places to stay on the beach without sacrificing location or style. Steps from the water, this centrally-located escape is also just a hop and a skip to Lincoln Road, The Fillmore and a host of exotic restaurants and lounges. Can’t travel without your furry friend? No problem. Guests traveling with pets get a complimentary dog bed, water bowl, treats and access to the Wooftop Park, a rooftop dog park where your pup can roam free. Relax and recharge on Saturday mornings with complimentary yoga on the rooftop pool deck and whet your appetite with world-class Mediterranean cuisine and craft cocktails at Deck Sixteen , a rooftop bar and restaurant.
A gorilla eats leaves in the jungle in Uganda. Getty
Where: Uganda
Chosen By: Melissa Klurman is a travel expert, writer and editor and contributor at Reader’s Digest, Frommer’s Travel Guides and Parents, among other publications.
Why: There are just 1,000 mountain gorillas in the world, and to see them, intrepid travelers need to journey to the Virunga Mountains that run along the border between Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo or to the aptly named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. Rwanda is currently the site of high-end luxury lodge development — we’re talking $1,500 per person per night kind of swanky rooms — and gorilla trekking permits that doubled in price recently from $750 to $1,500. Fabulously low key and friendly Uganda, however, hasn’t seen this influx of luxury tourism yet. Instead, peak season permit are $600, and rainy season permits go for just $450 a day. You’ll still have the same amazing gorilla experience, including well-trained guides who lead you through the dense forest to find the secluded primates. And you don’t need to give up a posh lodge experience to stay in Uganda. At Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge , you’ll have a private chalet, butler service, a post-trek massage and all meals for $340 per person per night in the off season.
On the beach in Cancun. Photo courtesy of Logan Hill/ @loganrae_hill Instagram
Where: Cancun, Mexico
Chosen By: Logan Hill is a lifestyle and travel photographer based out of Los Angeles. Follow her on Instagram @ loganrae_hill .
Why: Cancun is the perfect tropical destination on a budget. Whether you’re with your family, on a girl’s trip or on a romantic getaway, there’s something for everyone. The Marriott Cancun is a great affordable spot with a prime location, situated near all the water activities and snorkeling. We did a morning trip on speedboats from the docks that are right by the hotel. The property also features amazing restaurants, my favorite being Mikado Japanese Teppan Yaki, and La Capilla Argentina Steakhouse, where we had an unforgettable steak dinner. The resort is relaxing, with a huge pool and Jacuzzi, as well as beach cabanas that can be rented for even more relaxation.
A view of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo courtesy of Luke Hiller/@lahillier Instagram
Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chosen By : Katie Jackson is a travel writer whose work has been published by The New York Post, USA TODAY, Fox News and The Sunday Times . Cash poor but experience rich, she splits her time between Montana, Chiang Mai and Tenerife. Follow her misadventures on Instagram .
Why: According to the Backpacker Index I follow , Chiang Mai, my adopted hometown, was the fifth cheapest city in the world to visit in 2018. The index quotes the daily cost, including hostel accommodations, three meals and public transportation, as $20.11. While I don’t live that cheaply (I pay about $350 a month to rent a queen room at Vanilla Residence — a cute three-star hotel with AC and fast WiFi), I can still get by on about $20 a day including two meals at sit-down restaurants, snacks throughout the day and a one-hour Thai massage ($6). Although Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 Buddhist temples, the pastoral countryside is also worth exploring. Rent a moped for $6 a day, including insurance, and visit the surrounding elephant sanctuaries, hill tribes and national parks including Mae Taeng National Forest — home to the ridiculously fun and free Bua Tong Waterfall Park . When I really want to treat myself, I go to the rooftop, poolside bar at Akyra Manor , my favorite five-star hotel in Asia. During happy hour, when craft cocktails start at $6 and are buy-one-get-one-free, I watch the sun set behind the city’s sacred mountain, Doi Suthep. It’s home to the royal family’s summer palace, some of the best views in all of Thailand and my favorite fruit stand where $1.22 gets me two fresh mango and kiwi smoothies.
The coastline and coastal road in Lima, Peru. Getty
Where: Lima, Peru
Chosen By: With nearly 30 years of travel experience, Beth Whitman is known as a women’s travel expert. She’s the Chief Wanderer at Wanderlust and Lipstick and leads tours through its sister company, WanderTours . She’s also the host of the Be Bold Podcast , inspiring and empowering women through, among other things, travel and adventure.
Why: Peru has become a huge draw for hikers, adventurers and foodies. Most arrive in the country’s capital, Lima, but few stop long enough to explore all the city has to offer. Spend more than a couple of nights and you’ll find free museums, beautiful architecture and restaurants serving up traditional and very affordable set-menu meals. Start with a free walking tour to get your bearings. These tours are indeed free (though you’re encouraged to tip) and are led by local English-speaking guides eager to share their knowledge and insider tips. There are free and inexpensive museums near the city’s main square and a countless number of restaurants from which to choose — many with menus featuring photos, in case your Spanish is a bit rusty. Head to Barranco, arguably Lima’s funkiest district, to check out the street art and to grab a coffee or meal at one of the many hip cafes in this part of town. While taking a taxi in Lima is relatively inexpensive, consider taking a Metropolitano bus, which is downright cheap (approximately 60 cents across town) and might even be faster as it uses dedicated bus lanes.
Merry Lerner in Chennai, India. Photo courtesy of Prashanth Srinivasan
Where: Chennai, India
Chosen By: Merry Lerner is an award-winning TV producer and director, and the creator of Let’s Be Merry , a lifestyle blog and brand that focuses on travel and wellness. Follow her on Instagram (@lets_be_merry) for her latest travel adventures and wellness tips.
Why: When people talk about traveling to India, Chennai (formerly known as Madras) doesn’t often make it to the top of the list. But this seaside city on the southeast coast of India is worth checking out, and it’s amazingly affordable. Chennai has a rich culture and past that is best explored on foot. Try one of Storytrails ‘ many walking tours including the Bazaar Trail and British Blueprints, to see the city’s history firsthand ($20 per person, per tour). Wander through Mylapore, the city’s oldest neighborhood, and take in the splendid Hindu Kapaleeshwarar Temple . If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to visit Fort St. George, the first British fort in India, built in 1644. The city also boasts an array of dining options. Feast on traditional dosas at Nithya Amirtham or try the Indian version of Tapas at Sera Tapas . Nasi and Mee offers up delicious Southeast Asian food, and The Marina has sustainably sourced seafood. For a respite from the crowds, head to Amethyst , a charming café in a colonial mansion with a garden oasis or Fisherman’s Cove , a resort with a relaxing spa and laid back beach vibes. Time to get some sleep? The Raintree Hotel has two locations in Chennai with Western style amenities and rooms starting at $59 a night — it’s a steal.
Skyline of Mexico City, including the tops of the old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the modern Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe. Getty
Where: Mexico City
Chosen By: Brooke Porter Katz is a freelance writer and former editor at Travel + Leisure and Martha Stewart Living who spent the last year living in Mexico City. Her work has appeared in publications like The New York Times, WSJ. Magazine, AFAR, Sunset and Bloomberg Pursuits . You can follow her on Instagram at @brookeporterkatz .
Why: Over the last few years, this high-energy metropolis has sky rocketed to the top of many travel lists — and for good reason. The exchange rate work in our favor (currently 20 pesos for every U.S. dollar), and most things you’ll spend money on, like food and Uber rides, cost less. But affordability is almost beside the point when you consider the city’s other qualities: rich history (including ancient Aztec ruins smack in the middle of downtown), world-class museums like the National Museum of Anthropology , a vibrant creative scene and — of course, the best food. Make your base in either Condesa — the stylish, 40-room Condesa DF is a classic, perfectly located choice — or artsy La Roma, where Ignacia Guest House is my favorite boutique property. (The homemade breakfast and proximity to chef Eduardo García’s Máximo Bistrot is worth the room rate alone.) Both areas are home to picturesque streets lined with parks, boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Design buffs should make reservations to tour Casa Gilardi, a private home built by modernist architect Luis Barragán. Advance tickets are also required to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum in the southern neighborhood of Coyoacán; after, grab some chicken mole tostadas at Mercado Coyoacán. If you’re a creative-minded woman and want to leave the planning to someone else, consider the new travel company Wild Terrains . Each five-day itinerary supports women-owned hotels, restaurants, and businesses through insider experiences like mescal tastings, jewelry-making classes and market tours.
Flagstaff mountain in Arizona. Getty
Where: Flagstaff, Arizona
Chosen By: After many years with NatGeo Travel, Barbara Noe Kennedy left in 2015 to fly solo as a freelance writer for a variety of national outlets, focusing on destinations, art, culture, food, and adventure around the world.
Why: Sometimes you can’t afford to jet set off to fabulous destinations across the ocean. Sometimes, you need to stay stateside. And there’s nothing wrong with that, especially if you’re exploring a place like Flagstaff, Arizona. This laid-back, historic town just 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon has amazing winter skiing and summer hiking in the surrounding San Francisco peaks, making it an underrated, super affordable outdoorsy paradise. But there’s more to it than that. A little-known fact is that before making a giant step for mankind, every single astronaut underwent critical training in the otherworldly geography of Flagstaff’s Meteor and Sunset Craters, including testing equipment, spacesuits, gear and rover prototypes. At Cinder Lake, Apollo’s exact projected lunar landing was created in 1:1 scale. 2019 marks the 50 th anniversary of the July 16, 1969, landing on the moon, and there are all kinds of events going on in town throughout the year, including lectures, exhibits and guided hikes — and most of them are free. Even the restaurants and bakeries are getting into the act with moon-themed dishes and pastries. How many people can say they’ve traveled to the moon and back?
Olivia Balsinger, shopping at the Souq Waqif in Qatar. Photo courtesy of Olivia Balsinger/@ohlivitup Instagram
Where: Doha, Qatar
Chosen By: Olivia Balsinger has utilized her global perspective to manifest her career as a travel and broadcast journalist. Olivia has visited 96 countries, has been published in multiple international print and online outlets for travel and lifestyle, was honored as InterContinental Group’s Latin America “Journalist of the Year” (2017) and has been a panelist or host for major travel conferences like New York TravFest. She is also a matchmaker/relationship coach and can be seen on Bravo.
Why: You’re thinking, “How did Qatar, which ranks year after year as the richest country on Earth per capita, make this list?” The reason is rather ironic, as it is the excess of wealth here that makes Qatar affordable to visitors, if you do it right. Until the discovery of oil in 1939, Qatar cultivated its greatest profit and recognition from pearl diving. But it has since grown, flourished and made its own substantial mark on the tourism map. Typically, accommodation is a significant cost on vacation. However, travelers alleviate this cost when they transit through Doha for a few days with Qatar Airway’s Stopover Program . This generous program waives visa fees from 80 countries and provides accommodation at luxury hotels such as InterContinental Doha or Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel for two nights — for a mere $100 booking fee. And once you’re here, prepare to be amazed by the unparalleled dichotomies: old versus new, tradition versus innovation, religion versus modernity. Cosmopolitan Doha is brimming with museums, nightlife and unrivaled architecture like the the falcon-shaped Mondrain Doha luxury hotel. In contrast, the boggling landscapes of the deserts invite you to dune bash and overnight in a Bedouin camp, like the Regency Sealine Camp , under an array of constellations. In Qatar, you’ll experience Arabian hospitality, adrenaline pumping sports and world-class amenities for a surprisingly affordable price tag.
A view of the Casco Viejo (old town) in Panama City, Panama. Getty
Where: Panama City, Panama
Chosen By: Wendy Altschuler is a seasoned and curious travel and lifestyle freelance writer who covers adventures across the globe. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @wendyaltschuler and visit her website .
Why: Panama, the crossroads to the Americas, is one of those indelible places that cuts to the quick and offers meaty cultural and ecological experiences. You’ll learn right away that the influences of Spain, France and the U.S. have extended to more than just the Panama Canal — an incredible feat of strength, ingenuity, engineering and courage. Stroll through Casco Viejo, the historic district of Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you’ll be rewarded with the sounds of kids kicking soccer balls down cobblestone alleys, cats yawning and stretching on the steps of churches built in French and Spanish colonial architecture — many of which have sealed-shut trap doors leading to 16th century tunnel systems — and the taste of passion fruit raspados (shaved ice), handmade at one of the historic plazas. Not to be missed is a trek to the Gamboa Sloth Sanctuary and Wildlife Rescue Center , where you can “oooh” and “ahhhh” while the sluggish and adorable vegetarians nosh on hibiscus flowers and carrots. All of these adventures are located near the Westin Playa Bonita (an Uber is under $10 from Casco Viejo to the Westin), a beach resort that has an all-inclusive option, rooms for $175 per night and views of the container and cargo ships that are waiting to enter the Panama Canal. Families can also take advantage of the Westin Executive Club Lounge, which includes free breakfast, snacks and drinks. Beach vibes, timeworn towns, syrupy treats, sloths…what’s not to love?
Monks in Laos. Photo courtesy of Patricia Stone/@Global_Adventuress Instagram
Where: Luang Prabang, Laos
Chosen By: Patricia Stone is founder of Global Adventuress . She has traveled to 164 countries, seeking out unique, off-the-beaten path destinations for solo, girlfriends, couples and families. Her site has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star and USA Today. (You can also read Stone’s tips on cruising in “The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.” )
Why: Laos has some of the most charming towns in Southeast Asia. Visit the capital city of Vientiane, then head north to Luang Prabang, an ancient royal town that has been recognized by UNESCO as a cultural center. Observe the daily sai bat , with 1,000 saffron-robed monks chanting ancient sutras as they walk barefoot collecting alms , food offerings from the local people. Join a bike tour around the old town and along the banks of the Mekong River. Walk the quiet lanes in this small town to the former Royal Palace and explore some of the 34 golden-spired temples. Climb the 328 zigzag steps of the holy mountain Phou Si and get a 360-degree panoramic view of the town and see the 60-foot Wat Chomsi gilded stupa. Visit the 16 th century Buddhist temples called wats : Xieng, Sene, Mai and Visounalath. Don’t miss the markets: The morning market at Talat Pakham is where you’ll see vendors selling exotic fruit, live eels, chickens, rabbits, fish, green vegetables and hot peppers. The Night Handicraft Market is where you can buy ethnic handicrafts, local textiles, silk scarves, wall hangings, teas, spices and snacks from food stalls. Relax at a café along Sisavang Vong Road and enjoy a drink and bite at Ban Vat Sene Café in a chic restored colonial building. Pick up the best butter croissants in town at Le Banneton Café. Dine at Elephant Blanc and order the Prince Lao Feast with 10 Laotian dishes. Stay at the Maison Souvannaphoum ; o nce the former residence of the late Prince Souvanna Phouma, today it is a boutique hotel that blends French colonial architecture with Lao motifs and has prices as low as $103 per night.
A beach in Guadeloupe. Photo courtesy of Lucie Josma/@missjetsetter Instagram
Where: Guadeloupe
Chosen By: Lucie Josma, a native New Yorker, is a world travel photographer and social media manager working with some of the top brands in travel and tourism. Having traveled to over 60 countries, she’s looking forward to focusing on lesser known destinations throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Follow her on Instagram @Missjetsetter as she gears up for a busy 2019.
Why: Shaped like a butterfly, the small cluster of islands that make up the lively Guadeloupe are a must visit for 2019. Here you’ll find everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a Caribbean island, such as flavorful food, captivating music, lush rain forest, the most stunning white-sand beaches and shades of blue ocean for miles and miles. What makes this island an absolute gem — besides its already low tourist crowds — are the flight deals that can easily be scored through Norwegian from several East Coast airports. Flights run for as low as $79 one way. Guadeloupe is also a wonderful destination if you’re interested in island-hopping. Express ferries between the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia, and Dominica start at about $90 round trip, and are a great way of getting the most out of your time in the Caribbean.
Sarajevo square. Photo courtesy of Kristin Amico
Where: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chosen By: Kristin Amico is a travel and food writer who recently spent a year crisscrossing Europe and India on the cheap. Check out her site How To Travel The Globe for practical and budget travel advice.
Why: Within a few square miles is a thousand years of history. Cobblestone alleys that date back to the Ottoman Empire ring with the sound of metalsmiths in the old town (Baščaršija), while brightly painted Austro-Hungarian architectural gems decorate a nearby neighborhood, giving the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina high marks for cozy charm. The prices can’t be beat, either. Sip strong Turkish coffee at one of the many cafes that spill out into the narrow streets for less than $1.50 or nosh on some of the world’s best and biggest burek (flaky phyllo pastry stuffed with meat or cheese) for a few dollars. The city holds the unfortunate title of suffering the longest siege in modern history in the early 1990s during the Balkan War, but today it’s on the mend, boasting craft breweries, retro cocktail bars (sip a glass of rakija) and the newly restored cable cars offering breathtaking views as you ride from the center of town to the top of Mount Trebević.
Amazing view of Egypt’s pyramids. Getty
Where: Cairo, Egypt
Chosen By: Kelly Lewis specializes in women’s travel and is the founder of Go! Girl Guides (travel guidebooks for women) and the Women’s Travel Fest. She is also a cofounder of the new women’s travel magazine, Unearth Women . Follow her on Instagram at @gokellylewis.
Why: There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Cairo, but it tops the list of places to visit this year because of the recently constructed Grand Egyptian Museum , slated to open early 2019. The Egyptian government is reported to have spent over $1 billion on the museum, which will house relics, mummies and artifacts from ancient Egypt. It’s also a very budget-friendly country, which you can navigate on a shoestring. Budget for $100 a day and you’ll be in good shape.
Oh The People You Meet founder Michaela Guzy with the San people at Jack’s Camp in Botswana. Photo courtesy of Oh The People You Meet/@otpym Instagram
Where: Botswana
Chosen By: Michaela Guzy is a media executive, entrepreneur and on-air show host. She is the executive producer for two online television shows, Michaela’s Map and OhThePeopleYouMeet . Based in New York City, she is also an adjunct professor at New York University School of Professional Studies, where she teaches a course called “Travel Storytelling: Creating Video Content.”
Why: Botswana not only has the world’s only inland delta, but also the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage site: Okavango Delta. It’s also home to Linyanti Reserve, one of the least visited areas of Botswana bordering Chobe National Park. And it’s not just about the animals here. The San communities of the ancient Kalahari Desert live in peaceful coexistence with the wildlife and directly benefits from tourism. Travel with sustainable companies like African Bush Camps , Jack’s Camp , &Beyond and Belmond , which not only work to support wildlife, the land and the people, they also offer discounted rates for visiting during low season (December-March). You can save over $300-400 a night per person, and all the lodges offer an increased discount the longer you stay. Also check out Chobe Game Lodge , with its all-female guides; in addition to offering a rolling discounted rate, it is owned and operated by Desert & Delta Safaris, which has seven other lodges in Botswana. If you stay at multiple properties, you can get discounted packages and sometimes even free airfare. Another thing to note: In Africa, all-inclusive is a good thing. If you break down what you get at these camps — where transfers, meals, sundowners, water, guides, amenities, laundry and heck, even bug spray, are all included — the cost per night isn’t that bad.
A colorful street in Mérida, the vibrant capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Getty
Where: Merida, Mexico
Chosen By: Patricia Stone is founder of Global Adventuress . She has traveled to 164 countries, seeking out unique, off-the-beaten path destinations for solo, girlfriends, couples and families. Her site has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star and USA Today. (You can also read Stone’s tips on cruising in “The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.” )
Why: Mérida is the capital of the Yucatán in Mexico, with central plazas, cathedrals and narrow streets with pastel-colored buildings. Its rich Mayan heritage combined with colonial influences of Spanish rule is evident throughout the town. C ompared to the popular beach towns along the Riviera Maya , your pesos can buy more at restaurants, hotels and excursions. Think: tacos for 50 cents, a room at a small hotel or B&B for around $50 a night and car rentals for $11-13 per day. Stroll the Plaza Grande, the central square in town, and visit the Mérida Cathedral and Iglesia de la Tercera Orden. Admire the colonial architecture at the 16 th century Casa de Montejo Mansion. Shop at the local markets Mercado Santiago or Mercado Lucas De Galvez. Take day trips to explore UNESCO-listed Mayan temples and ruins like Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Mayapán and Dzibilchaltun, or swim in Cenote Xlacah, one of the thousands of natural limestone pools in the region. Celebrate at annual festivals – January’s Merida Fest or early Spring’s Carnival or November Day of the Dead. Sign up for archaeological and cultural tours with a local guide from Mayan Heritage Tours . If you can stretch your travel budget, contact Catherwood Travels to arrange a private tour of the 17 th -19 th century haciendas or Pueblos Magicos (magic towns) nearby. Merida is also known for its rich dining scene. Don’t miss the local Yucatan dish cochinita pibil , pork marinated in achiote and spices. Stay at Casa Mexilio , an historic townhouse downtown for only $57 a night. Or there’s Casa Azul and Casa Lecanda in the low $200’s. Or splurge and stay at Chable Resort , a luxury wellness resort on the outskirts of town.
The Great Arch in the Getu River National Park of Guizhou, China. Getty
Where: Guizhou, China
Chosen By: Meagan Drillinger is a freelance travel writer based in New York City. She is also the founder of Vaera Journeys , a company for entrepreneurial women that uses travel as a muse to take women out of their comfort zones and help them network and build upon their individual brands and businesses. Vaera’s next immersive retreat is in Puerto Vallarta in May 2019. Follow her on Instagram @drillinjourneys and @vaerajourneys. (You can also read Drillinger’s tips on cruising in “The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.” )
Why: While everyone else is lining up for the Forbidden City or scaling crowded sections of the Great Wall, 2019 should be the year that you discover China’s Guizhou province. This southwestern province is one of the more untapped destinations in the entire country, and one of the cheapest, to boot. But its under-the-radar status does isn’t for lack of awe-inspiring things to do and see. In fact, Guizhou is one of China’s most naturally beautiful provinces. It is home to Huangguoshu Waterfall, which is one of the largest waterfalls in all of China. It is also known for its Forest of 10,000 Peaks, which is a veritable sea of rounded mountain peaks, which glow like soft green velvet as the sun sets behind them. Guizhou is also bordered by some of China’s most famous destinations for food, like Szechuan and Hunan provinces. Guizhou is equally known for its cuisine, especially its fiery hot pot soups, chili peppers, and the lethally potent baijiu smoked liquor. Visitors can fly into Guangzhou in nearby Guangdong province and change planes to fly into Guizhou’s capital, Guiyang, however a new high-speed rail now links the two cities on a four-hour trip, cut down from the previous 22-hour journey.
Detroit’s downtown skyline from above at dusk. Getty
Where: Detroit, Michigan
Chosen By : Stefanie Waldek is a New York–based writer and editor covering travel, architecture and design, and space. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter at @stefaniewaldek.
Why: Detroit’s renaissance is a well-documented, oft-covered topic, but there’s a good reason it’s been in the headlines of late. After decades of stagnancy, the city is shaking off the dust and once again lining its streets with small local-run businesses, stylish hotels and a noteworthy food and drink scene. And that’s not to mention Detroit’s long legacy of architecture, design and industry that’s still prevalent today, plus its three major sports teams that draw in thousands of Michiganders and visitors every season. Given that city is still in the early stages of its second coming, you’ll find that prices for everything from hotels to Lyft rides to sports tickets are quite affordable, and we’re sure they’ll rise as Detroit keeps growing. On a trip to Motor City, stay at the high-design Siren (don’t miss cocktails at Candy Bar behind the lobby) or the elegant Detroit Foundation Hotel ; dine at Takoi , a food-truck-turned-restaurant serving up Northern Thai cuisine with global influences; and shop at POST , a hybrid handmade goods store and workshop space for local artists and designers.
A bird’s-eye view of Tenerife. Photo courtesy of Turismo de Tenerife
Where: Tenerife, Canary Islands
Chosen By : Katie Jackson is a travel writer whose work has been published by The New York Post, USA TODAY, Fox News and The Sunday Times . Cash poor but experience rich, she splits her time between Montana, Chiang Mai and Tenerife. Follow her misadventures on Instagram .
Why: Tenerife is the most famous island Americans have never heard of. For Europeans, the “Island of Eternal Spring” (thanks to 52 weeks of sunshine a year) is a quintessential holiday destination. The largest of the seven Canary Islands, located off the coast of West Africa, is only a four-hour, $200 direct flight from most major cities in Europe. From the U.S. it’s almost just as cheap. I fly Norwegian Air because it has one-way fares to Tenerife from Los Angeles starting at $250. Although Tenerife is a part of Spain, it’s significantly cheaper than the mainland. For example, when I visit in May and June, I pay about $300 a month for an Orcar car rental, including insurance, and $30 a night for an Airbnb apartment in a gated community with a pool and tennis court, just a five-minute walk from a beach with world-class snorkeling. Budget hotels start at $40 a night, but there are also affordable luxury options. Rates at the five-star Iberostar Anthelia — voted Spain’s best all-inclusive resort six years in a row on TripAdvisor — start at $200 a night. An English breakfast at a restaurant will only set you back about $4, and at 70 cents, the Spanish boxed wine I buy in the supermarkets is almost cheaper than water. For free, visit Europe’s most-visited national park , Teide — named for Spain’s tallest mountain and the third highest volcano in the world. Tenerife is also home to Loro Parque, the best zoo in the world , and Siam Park, the best water park in the world according to TripAdvisor’s 2018 Traveler’s Choice Awards.
Downtown skyline of Tucson, Arizona. Getty
Where: Tucson, Arizona
Chosen By: Kelly Lewis specializes in women’s travel and is the founder of Go! Girl Guides (travel guidebooks for women) and the Women’s Travel Fest. She is also a cofounder of the new women’s travel magazine, Unearth Women . Follow her on Instagram at @gokellylewis.
Why: Known affectionately by locals as “the old Pueblo,” Tucson is a true gem of the Southwest. It’s affordable, has a thriving artist community and is easy to navigate. Stay near downtown to be in walking distance of a ton of great restaurants and bars, many of which are newly opened in the past five years. A little goes a long way here, and you can have a great time on as little as $50 a day, not including your accommodation. January/February are great times to visit, when the International Gem and Mineral Show — the largest in the world — arrives to town.
The green hills of Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Lucie Josma/@missjetsetter Instagram
Where: Ukraine
Chosen By: Lucie Josma, a native New Yorker, is a world travel photographer and social media manager working with some of the top brands in travel and tourism. Having traveled to over 60 countries, she’s looking forward to focusing on lesser known destinations throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Follow her on Instagram @Missjetsetter as she gears up for a busy 2019.
Why: Married to a Ukrainian, I’ve found Ukraine to be one of the cheapest countries I’ve visited, and surprisingly one of the most picturesque. A great start is the historic city of Kiev, with its stunning religious architecture, museums and bustling city center. For traditional Ukrainian cuisine, Taras Bulba Kiev is a must. Expect to pay about $15 to $20 for a hearty three-course meal with drinks for two (and I do mean hearty!). Venturing west for $10, book a five-hour train ride to the charming city of Lviv, whose city center has been designated as a UNESCO site. The centrally located Rudolfo hotel offers spacious rooms and suites for as little as $50 a night and is within walking distance to the Lviv Opera House. A real treat is driving into the Carpathian Mountains, which provides mountain views that rival Switzerland. For a steal, make sure to stay at the Sokilske resort complex, with cabin rooms ranging from $50 to suites including pools for only $160 nightly.
Vakil Mosque in Iran. Photo courtesy of Patricia Stone/@Global_Adventuress Instagram
Where: Iran
Chosen By: Patricia Stone is founder of Global Adventuress . She has traveled to 164 countries, seeking out unique, off-the-beaten path destinations for solo, girlfriends, couples and families. Her site has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star and USA Today. (You can also read Stone’s tips on cruising in “The 20 Best Cruises To Take in 2019.” )
Why: You can s tep back into Ancient Persia, where Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan ruled, in Iran, which welcomes everyone with the best hospitality: The people are some of the friendliest in the world. Right now is a good time to visit, since the U.S. dollar is even stronger than when I visited earlier in 2018. With Mozhgan Zare from Let’s Go Iran , you can create a customized tour for as low as $1,314 on a seven-day private guided tour or opt for a 14-day trip for $2,396 (prices vary), which includes stays at nice hotels as well as traditional houses . Be sure to include locations like Tehran, Kerman, Yazd, Shiraz, Isfahan and other ancient Persian cities dating back to the 6 th century BC. This culturally rich country is home to palaces, mosques, 13th century bazaars, elaborate gardens, squares, elegant mansions, baths and 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Persepolis. The architecture (colorful tiled-walls, domes, minarets) is stunning, and t he landscape is diverse with jungles, waterfalls, oasis gardens and deserts. Go rug shopping and buy a locally made rug at Black Tent Carpet and Kilims in Isfahan. Persian cuisine is savory and full of flavors. Taste traditional dishes like fesenjan (Persian pomegranate chicken), ghormeh sabzi (Iran’s popular stew with greens and beans), tadeeg (crispy rice flavored with saffron) and lavash (flat bread) . I n the bazaar, you can b uy gaz and Iranian candy and share a cup of tea with the locals.
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Restaurant Review: Zeera at Conrad Pune, Pune in India

Home / Food & Drink / Restaurant Review: Zeera at Conrad Pune, Pune in India Restaurant Review: Zeera at Conrad Pune, Pune in India By Jyoti Balani on 5th February 2019
Zeera located at Conrad Pune is an authentic Indian restaurant with a show kitchen. The elegantly designed space impresses as one steps in what with plush seating, stylish interiors and a regal look. Located below the lobby level of the hotel, Zeera serves traditional Indian flavours with authentic recipes. The menu features traditional signature recipes with emphasis on set meals.
The food is influenced by Awadhi cooking techniques so the menu features authentic Nawabi kebabs, Awadhi mains and curries, Dal-E-Khaas, etc. The idea is to showcase time-honored cuisine in a modern and stylish setting while not comprising with the original flavours of the food. Thaalis showcase the very best of delicious Indian cuisine
Indian cuisine is incomplete without the mention of thaalis which are elaborate plated meals. Arranged on a single platter, the thaali manages to successfully showcase the best of what Indian cooking has to offer. The most interesting part is that the thaali changes its textures and flavours as one travels across our country which has so many varieties of cuisines. A complete meal in itself, a thaali is like experiencing the cultural ethos of India.
Thaalis consist of snacks, local delicacies, mains, sides, a drink and desserts, enough to satisfy the most discerning palates. Our country showcases so many varieties of cuisines with different cooking styles and the thaali is the best way to showcase this element. Zeera, the Indian specialty restaurant at the Conrad Pune is open for lunches on weekends offering exquisite thaalis for locals and tourists to enjoy a lavish meal with family and friends. Zeera has an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere
Junior Sous Chef Kamleshwar Prasad at Zeera has curated an assortment of Indian thaalis which are elaborate meals and can be indulged in over the weekend. Each thaali is an elaborately exquisite meal consisting of appetizers, main course, sides and desserts. Each thaali has a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option with favourites from each cuisine such as Rajma Chawal, Butter Chicken, Bajra Roti, Gatte ka Saaag, Dal Batti, Thepla, Patra, Dal Dhokli, Rice Bhakri, Vangyache Bharit, Matkiche Usal amongst others.
No matter how delightful the food is, there’s always space for dessert and Zeera does not disappoint when it comes to offering a variety of interesting desserts. Shrikhand, Gulab Jamun, Ras Malai, Halwa to Ice-cream, jalebis and rosogullas, the list is simply endless! With a display kitchen and an extensive menu featuring the best of North Indian and Malwani vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines, Zeera at Conrad-Pune is an ideal place for an indulgent meal! Definitely worth several visits!
Address: Conrad Pune, 7 Mangaldas Rd, Sangamvadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India Phone: +91 20 6745 6745

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Super-luxe airport lounges of the world

Super-luxe airport lounges that may make you miss your flight Shivani Vora, CNN • Published 5th February 2019 Facebook Twitter Email 13 Pictures (CNN) — Airline lounges are hardly created equal. Many have bare-bones amenities, limited seating and far too many people. These extremely average lounges are often just a step up from the cramped gate area. The more premium ones, however, are fine for killing an hour or two between flights. They offer tasty, if predictable, food, reliable Wifi, and comfortable chairs and work stations. And then there’s the other lounge, the kind that can be best described as the sublimely luxurious. A handful of ultra-exclusive lounges, Instagram-worthy spaces with impressive settings that only a privileged few have access to, are attended by staff who act more like concierges at five-star hotels than airline employees. The food is on par with top-rated restaurants globally, and the variety of wine and spirits available is stellar. Al Safwa Lounge at Doha is a lounge in the sublimely luxurious category. Service is akin to what you might expect at a five-star hotel. Courtesy of Qatar AlSafwa Many of the lounges have spas, or, at the very least, full shower facilities so you can arrive at your destination ready to hit the ground running. “These are the lounges that fliers die to get into,” says Michael Holtz, the owner of SmartFlyer , a global travel consultancy specializing in airports and airlines. “And, if you do have entry, you want a long layover just so you can spend time in them.” Access, Holtz explains, is usually limited to those who have the deep pockets to buy a ticket for a seat in the airline’s highest class or for fliers who log loads of miles with the carrier each year. Here, eight of the most crème de la crème airline lounges in the world. All on this list — with the exception of United, which has several impressive lounges around the country — are the given carrier’s flagship lounge. Qantas First Class Lounge at Sydney International Airport The 23,000 square foot Qantas First Class Lounge includes a garden containing more than eight thousand plants. Courtesy of Qantas Who gets access: Passengers in first class — a round-trip ticket between Sydney and Los Angeles can run close to $12,000. Platinum-level frequent fliers also have lounge access and reach this status by earning 1,400 credits in a year-long period. That’s the equivalent of six business class round-trip flights between Singapore and Sydney. Each person allowed in can bring in up to two guests. Size: Around 23,000 square feet What makes it extravagant: Qantas’ flagship first class lounge was designed using Feng Shui principles and has no corners, except for the floor-to-ceiling windows. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a spectacular vertical garden comprised of more than 8,500 plants like ferns and moss. Other notable design features include white Carrera marble walls and floors (the marble comes from the same quarry in Italy that Michelangelo used centuries ago for his famous sculptures) and retro-inspired aviation touches such as flight screen boards and air vents modeled on a 1950s Lockhead Constellation plane. Related content Historic airliner trucked 300 miles to be a hotel bar Fliers can opt for a spa treatment such as a massage, facial or reflexology session, all of which are a part of the lounge experience and not an additional cost. Another inviting option is the lounge’s wood-paneled library, where a smattering of buttery-soft leather couches and a top-shelf bar with free-flowing Champagne from brands like Perrier-Jouet awaits. There’s also the lounge’s world-class restaurant serving up dishes created by famed Australian chef Neil Perry. The breakfast menu of more than 20 items includes yogurt, apricots and toasted almonds topped with honey from Qanatas’ own beehives while the all-day menu has a lengthy list of choices such as organic beef brisket with miso in a wasabi butter sauce and salt and pepper squid with a green chili dipping sauce. Emirates First Class Lounge in Concourse A at Dubai International Airport The lounge’s design is opulent, the calm yet rich tone set in gold and red hues. A dedicated Moet & Chandon Champagne lounge will please wine snobs. Courtesy of Emirates Who gets access: First class fliers. Purchasing a round-trip ticket between Dubai and New York outright can be had for upwards of $23,000. These fliers can bring in just one guest. Platinum Skywards members are also allowed lounge access by achieving status by earning 150,000 tier miles, which are calculated based on fare, route and class; these loyal members can bring in up to three guests. Size: Almost 100,000 square feet What makes it extravagant: With a design that includes gold and red hues, mini-fountains and cream marble, this lounge has an opulence in line with the lavishness that defines Dubai. Amenities include a spacious quiet area with day beds, plush blankets and pillows, a cigar lounge, a children’s section with video games, a coffee bar, a wine cellar, a bar with a long list of spirits and cocktails and a dedicated Moet & Chandon Champagne lounge. Foodies will flock to the white tablecloth restaurant offering cuisine prepared by the airline’s internationally trained culinary team. The menu changes regularly and is inspired by global flavors: An Indian dish such as paneer tikka masala may show up, for example, along with a Mediterranean-style sea bass dish. But guests don’t have to dine at the restaurant to enjoy these creations; they can order menu items while they’re sitting anywhere in the lounge. Or, they can stretch their legs before a long flight and grab more casual fare from the several buffet stations in the space. Related content What are the world’s safest airlines for 2019? United Polaris Lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport Awash in shades of grey and navy blue, United’s Polaris is the only lounge from a U.S. carrier to make this upscale list’s cut. Courtesy of United Polaris Who gets access: Customers flying United’s Polaris business class, available only on long-haul international routes. United won’t comment on ticket pricing, but a quick look online reveals that fares vary depending on the route. A recent search for a business class flight between New York and Hong Kong showed tickets starting at $15,000 round-trip. Passengers on long-haul international first or business class on a Star Alliance member airline also have access. Size: Around 27,000 square feet What makes it extravagant: The only lounge from a U.S. airline to make our list, United’s Polaris lounge at Newark is awash in gray and navy tones and has a hip, minimalist design that includes a vibrant lighting fixture at the entryway, which mimics the constellations of the 12 zodiac signs. Fliers can look forward to luxuries like ten private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding, ten shower suites with rainforest showers and Soho House’s Cowshed Spa products and a valet service that helps with tasks such as sewing and steaming clothes and shoe polishing. The food — a rarity for a U.S. airline — is impressive. There’s a bistro-like buffet that includes a do-it-yourself bagel bar along with wraps (curried salmon salad) with sandwiches. Related content Why does food taste different on planes? In addition to this grab-and-go option, there’s a traditional sit-down restaurant with table service that serves refined versions of comfort foods like potato latkes, wild mushroom risotto with a balsamic reduction and, for dessert, the “Brookie,” a playful combination of a brownie and cookie served with milk. The cocktail menu is perhaps better than it needs to be and features libations with house-made items like oolong-steeped bourbon and lavender syrup. The “Fernet About It,” a combination of the namesake Italian libation and house-made anise-infused vodka, is one of the signature drinks. Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport The flagship Cathay Pacific lounge is made up of 22,100 square feet; this includes eight suites complete with a daybed, mirror and heavy curtain for privacy. Courtesy Cathay Who gets access: First class passengers (a round-trip first class ticket on Cathay between New York and Hong Kong can run more than $25,000) and Oneworld carrier first class fliers: This alliance includes around a dozen airlines including American Airlines and British Airways. Both Cathay and Oneworld first class fliers can bring in a guest. Fliers part of Cathay’s Marco Polo Club loyalty program who are at the Diamond level (status is achieved after earning 1,200 club points) are also allowed in. Coveted points are earned from frequent flying in premium classes. Diamond level members can bring in two guests. Size: Around 22,100 square feet What makes it extravagant: Cathay’s Asian-inspired lounge has green onyx walls, limestone floors and walnut and bronze elements throughout. Fliers will find plenty of soft couches and chairs, a library, an area for traditional foot massages (neck and shoulder massages are available on request), a business center with six iMac computers and a stunning circular bar with top shelf wines and spirits. There are also 14 showers and a section called the Retreat. With eight suites, each has a cozy daybed, reading light, mirror and a heavy curtain for privacy. For more casual fare, passengers can head to the Pantry and serve themselves from a spread that includes sandwiches and salads. Those in the mood for fine dining can head to the 100-seat restaurant which offers a menu of international and Asian items such as wonton noodles, fresh fish dishes and classic hamburgers. Related content Want airlines to treat you well? Do this Lufthansa First Class Lounge at Frankfurt International Airport The formal name for the Lufthansa Frankfurt digs is the First Class Terminal. The space is actually located in a separate building adjacent to the airport and comes with its own security detail. Courtesy Lufthansa Who gets access: First class fliers. Ticket fares between Frankfurt and New York City can easily top $8,000. Hon Circle members are also allowed in and earn the status after they fly 600,000 miles on the airline within two years. Those granted entry are allowed to bring in one guest. Size: Nearly 200,000 square feet What makes it extravagant: Located in a building adjacent to the main airport, this lounge has its own security personnel. Its modern design blends serene and sleek: the wooden walls and stone floors are interspersed with glass surfaces and contemporary furniture that Lufthansa had custom-made for the space in Italy. The stylish bar area boasts a top-notch list with 150 varieties of top-shelf whisky such as Suntory 17 from Japan, along with seven high-end Champagne brands including Ruinart and Bollinger. Fliers will also find a cigar lounge, four private offices and four bathrooms with rainforest showers, Etro amenities and oversized, plush towels. The restaurant features seasonally inspired food courtesy of the prestigious catering company Do & Co. Winter staples on the menu include hearty dishes like roasted duck with a side of cranberry potato dumplings and caramelized red cabbage while lighter dishes such as grilled fish are common come summer. Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge at Doha International Airport Technically a lounge, the Al Safwa First Lounge is part art museum. Featuring a changing rotation of Islamic art, it’s a fine place to kill a few layover hours. Courtesy of Qatar AlSafwa Who gets access: First class passengers. First class is only available on select flights, and fares for a round-trip ticket between Doha and London start at $9,000. Size: Around 200 seats. What makes it extravagant: An homage to the arts, the light-flooded Al Safwa doubles as a mini museum and features a changing rotation of installations and artifacts on loan from Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art. Passengers can spend time gazing at the grand water fountain or take advantage of indulgent amenities like the movie theater, the spa, the game room complete with a Play Station and the family section with a large play area. If it’s downtime you’re looking for, forget standard chaise lounges and book one of the private rooms with twin beds and televisions instead. Come time to eat, there’s a 250-seat restaurant with a menu of international and Middle Eastern dishes such as penne arrabbiata, spicy ground chicken kebabs and a potato and vegetable massaman curry. Oenophiles can pick from the long list that favors premium French wines. Related content What’s the best London airport for me to use? Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse at London’s Heathrow Airport Virgin’s futuristic interior aircraft design extends to its flagship lounge in London’s Heathrow. Expect plenty of entertaining options to while away the time. Courtesy of Virgin Who gets access: Virgin’s Upper Class, the airline’s premium cabin, passengers — round-trip fares between New York and London start at $2,730. Flying Gold Club members are also welcome and achieve status when they earn a 1,000 tier points. What it takes to earn these points varies but could mean two round-trips and a one-way in Upper Class. Passengers with access are allowed to bring in one guest. Size: More than 12,000 square feet What makes it extravagant: With a futuristic design that includes sleek wood and mod furniture, this lounge has a playful feel and offers plenty of entertainment. Passengers can relax in the Den, which has a pool table, video game consoles and televisions, or head to the spa where they can book services (some have a charge) like haircuts, beard trims and facials. There’s also an observation deck with runway views, a playroom for the little ones and an outdoor terrace. The bar is so long that it spans the length of a wall, and the cocktails it offers are courtesy of mixologists from London’s famed Dandelyan bar. Foodwise, there’s an expansive buffet that changes throughout the day and has fare that accommodates virtually every eater, no matter the diet. An a la carte menu offering traditional afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream, along with heartier fare like cod fillet with leeks in a sparkling wine and chive sauce, is also part of the experience. Related content The world’s most luxurious airport hotels Singapore Airlines’ The Private Room at Changi Airport Singapore Changi Airport in Singapore boasts Singapore Airline’s The Private Room, of which no pictures are available to the public. Jewel Changi Airport Devt. Who gets access: First and Suite class fliers. A first class round-trip ticket between Singapore and New York starts at $13,000. And, sorry, there’s no point program that’ll help you get into this exclusive space. Size: Not available. (A request for photo was also denied, adding to the lounge’s sense of exclusivity.) What makes it extravagant: An inner sanctum within the carrier’s business and first class lounge complex, The Private Room is paneled in rich woods with marble accents and is decorated with lavish floral displays and original paintings and sculptures from emerging Asian artists. Attended by a staff who take pride in pampering guests to no end, this retreat is divided into multiple, intimate seating areas and furnished with leather and fabric arm chairs and loungers. An enclosed room for families, work stations with iMacs and private showers are among the amenities, and the food is exceptional. There’s a buffet station that changes through the day and a refined dining room with polished table service and a constantly changing menu of vegetarian, ethnic and international dishes. At breakfast, that could mean choices like dim sum, eggs Benedict and fish congee while ramens, satays, sautéed lobster with linguini and a burger with foie gras are possible options at lunch and dinner. Shivani Vora is a New York City-based writer who travels as often as she can, whether that means going on a walking safari in Tanzania, a mother-daughter trip with her 10-year-old in Istanbul or surfing in northern Portugal.

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Spicy~Crunchy Coriander Leaves~Roasted Peanut Chutney.

“Spicy~Crunchy Coriander Leaves~Roasted Peanut (Groundnut) Chutney” … This is a delicious sandwich chutney with crunchy taste of peanuts that tastes awesome when used as bread spread either to relish as it is on toast or for sandwiches … You can also apply it on Creme’ Crackers and Enjoy them like me …. Yummy Yumz ….
** “Chutney” … I am sure every Indian has not only come across this seven letter word , but has also relished it definitely at some point in their life. Isn’t that so ?? South Indians who are interested in cooking various dishes are sure to know more than hundreds of varieties of chutney that can be prepared both in wet and dry form to serve with Idly / dosa / appams etc. I myself have posted so many varieties and there are definitely many more to come. It is a pleasure to relish these chutneys by either dunking the dosa piece in it or the Idly piece too, not to mention appos that taste awesome when done so. From childhood I have been crazy of sandwiches, I think I have mentioned this in some sandwich post of mine before too. When all my friends wanted to enjoy dosas and Idly, I always craved for sandwiches. My mother never prepared much sandwiches as in those days bread was considered a taboo and mothers always saw to it that the children ate good nutritious food. Also those days it was joint family system / large families with at least minimum of 8-10 people, so inclusion of bread would turn out not only expensive but also insufficient for so many members.
** Being a student of convent throughout my studying period I had many catholic friends who many a times had sandwiches for bf or would even bring the same in their lunch box. This is exactly how I learned about these sandwiches and would pester my Mom to prepare them and trust me she never liked it much, well she still does not like it, though when we apply a generous portion of chutney she eats it, but her heart is always on Idlies and dosas. Food habits are difficult to change once formed and these are actually cultivated within us mostly during our growing up years and through adolescent lives. What we grow up eating during our childhood days is what we end up eating in advanced stage of our life, that is what the statistics say. The in between age I guess is a rebellion sort with wanting to try other options and preferring something else than which is our routine, but I have noticed in many that it is the fancy always for a decade or so, once that teenage to somewhere thirties has crossed by one goes back to eating that food which he/she grew up eating. My case is no different, I definitely prefer Idly/khotto/dosas to burgers or samosas. But sandwich is one dish that has stuck with me still as of now.
** After marriage I was delighted to know that hubby loved sandwiches, he still loves them, ok, let me be frank, he loves good food in general and will relish anything as long as it is tasty. But yes sandwiches are his favorite, specially with a good spicy coriander chutney. This is one bf dish that he keeps asking me to do besides omelette another favorite English bf dish of his. So as we both love sandwiches, I try making different types of chutneys giving them my own twists which sometimes turn out good, at times Very good and at times just ok. But till date there is not a single chutney that turned out a disaster and that which I had to chuck out, and I thank God for it, coz. I hate wasting food. I will recycle food or give away when in excess but not a single morsel of food goes into my dustbin as a wasted food. This is something I learnt from my hubby immediately after marriage, that was what he first told me, don’t waste food, cook only that much how much is necessary and I follow it to date and urge all of you to do so to. There are many people out there who do not get to eat sometimes for days, and food wasted is food denied and Plz. do also make it a point to teach this to your children at a young age so that they follow it throughout their life and pass on the same to coming generations.
** Coming to the chutney part this is a very simple chutney without any fuss whatsoever. Coriander leaves are available in huge bundles during winter or rather almost throughout the year in Mumbai and are really not that costly. Peanuts/groundnuts, I have noticed are also something that forms a major part of Maharashtrian Cuisine. They include them a lot into their food preparations, this I learnt from my neighbor Kulkarni aaji who was simply brilliant at the age of 80 yrs, when it came to preparing dishes with anything available in hand. I have learnt a lot from her and these are some people in my life journey that I came across who have undoubtedly contributed a lot of food knowledge to me and to whom I will always remain indebted. We Konkani Saraswats always add on Coconut to most of our dishes and I usually prepare wet chutney with addition of the same, while for the dry ones I use either roasted coconut or grains etc. I have yet to venture into more of peanut dishes, but intend to do so, so this one is with the addition of roasted peanuts which I have kept a little crunchy for enjoying the crunch on eating. Groundnuts/peanuts are good source proteins and low in carbohydrates. Though they are high in fat content they are also excellent source of various vitamins, minerals and dietary fibers, which are important for a healthy growth in younger generation and for maintaining of health of older generation too.
** Here is my simple method of preparing “Spicy~Crunchy Coriander Leaves~Roasted Peanut Chutney” … My Style …
** You will need a large bundle of coriander leaves , pick the leaves, wash and chop them, in all you should have at least 6-8 packed cups , you can add in the tender stems too.
** You will also need about 2 cups of roasted peanuts . I always have them microwaved and ready, in case you do not have, you can roast 2 cups in a kadai and allow it to cool before using the same. And there is no need to remove the skin, I have added them on.
** Put the coriander leaves in a mixer grinder along with 12-15 green chillies depending upon how spicy they are, with a small marble sized tamarind, about 12-15 medium sized garlic (peeled), 2 inch piece of ginger cut into small pieces and 12-15 fresh curry leaves. You can add in ¼ cup of water to make it into a smooth paste.
** Once the coriander and the ingredients have turned fine add in salt to taste and half of the roasted peanuts and further grind till they are mixed well and you get a good thick chutney consistency. Lastly add in the remaining ground nuts and further grind till they are coarsely ground and mixed. Do not over-grind at this point or else you will not get the crunchy effect.
** Note : Once you add in the groundnuts while grinding, DO NOT GRIND on high speed continuously. Peanuts or for that matter any nuts should not be ground on high speed as when done so, the oil within the nuts begin to ooze out and then it’s all messy and not at all tasty to eat. So be careful while grinding and give in pauses as you grind and allow the hot air if any to pass away by opening the lid in between and also mixing it well with a spoon.
** “Spicy~Crunchy Coriander Leaves~Roasted Peanut Chutney” is done and ready to be served. Tastes best when applied on bread slices and served as it is on toasts or as a sandwich with some fillings within. I applied it on the inner side of Bombay Pav, added in a slice each of tomato, cucumber and cooked potato and enjoyed it like a sandwich. I also applied a generous portion of the same on Creme’ Crackers (Biscuits) and relished it which is my favorite way. You can prepare them and relish like any other sandwiches you prepare.
** I loved the crunchy taste in the chutney very much. This is definitely going to be loved by children very much as they like crunchy eatables very much. Serve them these sandwiches when they come home hungry from school or after playtime, they will love it very much. I have prepared a huge batch of this chutney so will be adding them on in many more types of sandwiches. Do try this out and enjoy with your family and friends. Remains good for 2-3 days in fridge, above that I have not kept it, so I have no idea.
** An Earnest Request : There are many more recipes of different types in the blog. For all my Recipes, use the search option or the label section in the Blog. If you are still not able to find it or have a query, please leave a message in comment section or mail me the same. I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Do try out various types of dishes included in the Blog and Enjoy them with your family and friends and do give me a feedback if possible.
** I am happy to inform you that I have also started a food group for by the name “KONKANI DELICACIES” which is over and year old, with about 19K strong members. It is a pleasure to inform that you will find in the group many more recipes posted by our expert members and you too can share some of your own. The link to the group is posted on the left side of the blog page. Do join us in our culinary journey. I strongly believe in Sharing and always endorse that “Sharing Is Caring” … Thank You ….

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Food news: Zefki opens in Dubai, while the mad hatter hosts a brunch in Abu Dhabi – The National

Food news: Zefki opens in Dubai, while the mad hatter hosts a brunch in Abu Dhabi Plus: Pots, Pans & Boards has a new British-Arabic menu; Bord Eau Abu Dhabi has an offer for early diners; and doing a yoga class gets you 20 per cent off at Brambles Cafe
Alice in Wonderland brunch. Courtesy Blue Marlin Ibiza Panna Munyal Feb 5, 2019
February 5, 2019
SHARE facebook shares SHARE ‘Alice in Wonderland’ brunch at Blue Marlin Make the most of the weather before it gets too warm by heading to Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE for its one-off Mad Hatter’s Tea Party brunch on February 9 . The beach-side venue in Ghantoot – which is easy enough to reach from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai – will feature a number of whimsical characters from Alice in Wonderland , plus a magician and caricature artist, a giant chess board and croquet, as well as props such as playing cards, oversized clocks and mushrooms. The Mediterranean-style menu is priced from Dh310. Safe drivers are available upon prior request and Careem guests can get 50 per cent off their rides with the code BMIUAE. Email reservation@bluemarlinibiza-uae.com.
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British-Arabic menu at Pots, Pans & Boards Michelin-starred British chef Tom Aikens will join forces with Syrian chef Mohammad Orfali to present the Where East meets West menu, priced at Dh300 per person, this month. Celebrity chef Orfali hosts the Our Arab Cuisine ( Matbakhna Al Arabi ) show on the Fatafeat food channel, and is a world-renowned authority on Aleppian cuisine. The fusion menu will be served from Sunday until February 24 at Aikens’s Dubai restaurant Pots, Pans & Boards in JBR. Dishes include charred mackerel, salmon tajin, curried chicken ballotine, and baklava with salted pistachio cream and orange blossom. To make a reservation, c all 04 456 1959.
Visit Zefki, Dubai’s latest Levantine restaurant Zefki will open in Dubai on February 6. Courtesy Zefki Originating from the Turkish word “zevki”, which means pleasure, Zefki Levantine Eatery will open its doors this Wednesday at Number One Tower Suites on Sheikh Zayed Road. The 60-seater venue will serve signature dishes from Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and the UAE, including favourites such as kabsa, pides, metre-long kebabs, and kuzu guvec (slow-cooked lamb shank and vegetable stew, oven-baked in a clay pot). Chef Mohammad Tayeb Derbas is known for his penchant to garnish his dishes with Middle Eastern herbs and spices, such as zaatar, sumac, saffron and cumin. The Turkish coffee, if you order it, will be made before your eyes on a bed of sand. Make a reservation on opening night by calling 04 330 2288 or email tastelevant@zefki.ae.
Bord Eau launches low-priced French menu for early eaters French food at Bord Eau. Courtesy Bord Eau Early diners can head to the award-winning French restaurant at Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi to feast on the new Comme a La Maison menu, being served between 6pm and 8pm every day. The three-course meal is priced at Dh123 per person, and will change twice a month. On offer this week is an amuse-bouche course, featuring creamy red pumpkin soup with cauliflower carpaccio; or fresh tuna tartare with kumquat, zucchini puree and espelette chilli. For mains, choose between the beef tenderloin with seasonal veggies, or sea bream with cauliflower mash, gnocchi and sundried tomatoes. End the meal with a cheese platter with chutney and walnut bread, or a classic cre me bru le e. Call 02 509 8555.
Yoga with a side of acai at Brambles Cafe Acai bowl at Brambles Cafe. Courtesy Brambles Cafe Sign up for a yoga class with Voyoga founder Victoria Cunningham to get a discount on your post-workout breakfast at health cafe Brambles in Dubai on February 13. The session will take place at 9am on the roof terrace of Citadines Metro Central Hotel, and promises to work up an appetite that can be satiated at Brambles Cafe next door. The breakfast menu includes wholesome treats such as kale and sweet potato frittata, avocado toast, a selection of acai bowls, and avocado pizza, which you can get for 20 per cent less than the menu price, while the class itself costs Dh30. To sign up, c all 04 553 8630 or email info@yoyoga.ae.
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Fifty shades of noodles: The infinite variety of Vietnamese cuisine | Entertainment

12:08 | 05/02/2019 Culture & Art (VEN) – Most people have heard about Pho and spring rolls, but there is so much more to Vietnamese cuisine. From the ubiquitous street food to upscale French gastronomy and spicy Indian, there is something for everyone’s palate and pocket. For the lazy or busy, there is also a thriving food home delivery industry.
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The development of the national economy and presence of foreign nationals working in Vietnam and visiting the country have resulted in a vibrant, international restaurant scene, but Vietnam’s famed street food still beats many of the foreign options in terms of taste, authenticity and price.
In 2018, the World Association of Chefs’ Societies awarded a certificate of honor to the charming coastal town of Hoi An, crowning it as Vietnam’s new food capital. One of the city’s featured delicacies is the Banh Mi Phuong bread and Cao Lau, the legendary noodle dish which is the essence of Hoi An in a bowl. Cao Lau consists of chewy noodles, smoky pork, crisp greens and crunchy croutons, as well as refreshing bean sprouts. The pork is sliced thin and grilled in the traditional Chinese method known as char siu. For a true taste of these and other specialties, try Ong Hai’s shop.
During a recent visit to Vietnam, Vietnamese-American Chef Jack Lee said, “Vietnamese food is amazing. The thing that struck me most is that there are so many variants on every single dish. Just with noodles, there’s Pho, Banh Canh, Banh Uot and so many distinct versions of the same thing from different regions. Imagine if there were fifty different kinds of potato, each with their own flavor. That’s what we have with everything in Vietnam.”
CNN featured 10 essential dishes every visitor should try in Vietnam, such as Pho (noodle soup with beef or chicken), Bun Cha (grilled pork with vermicelli and fresh greens), and Banh Xeo (sizzling pancake). For the initiated, Bun Cha is the top choice for lunch, especially if accompanied by fried crab spring rolls.
Banh Xeo has a yellow outer layer and is filled with pork strips, shrimp, and bean sprouts. Though some people might prefer to use chopsticks to eat it, the best way to enjoy it is eating with your hands. Take a piece of Banh Xeo and put it on rice paper, add fresh vegetables that are always served with the dish (lettuce, Vietnamese perilla, basil and bean sprouts) and roll them tightly. With each bite, dip the roll into the sauce served with the dish.
Each region has its specialties. Ho Chi Minh City, for example, is famed for its Bot Chien – fried dough that blends cassava flour, rice flour, and eggs. A plate of fried dough consists of rectangular, fried up pellets mixed with scrambled eggs, scallion, and shredded papaya.
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The growth momentum of Vietnam’s food business holds great development potential. Online food delivery companies, for example, are mushrooming and generating fierce competition among such start-ups as Now, GrabFood, Loship, and most recently Go-VIET.
According to market research firm Euromonitor International, the food delivery market in Vietnam is currently valued at US$33 million, and this figure is expected to exceed US$38 million by 2020. Vietnamese-American Chef Jack Lee said Vietnam is no longer just recognized for Pho and spring rolls, and has great depth. He also said the country is poised to be Asia’s next fine dining hotspot. Thao Duong

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A profound analysis on Generation Less – 2019 Prediction Report (Part II)

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Positive Luxury established in conjunction with the Bicester Village Shopping Collection®, Bentley and Euromonitor International a report on Generation Less 2019 – 2019 Prediction Report. We present to you today Part II as Newsletter item. We are proud to present the Report of Positive Luxury.
Part II will offer more conclusions, remarks on the new Chinese Consumer and a number of Case studies, plus the final conclusions to be drawn of both parts.
China’s Awakened Generation
China’s ‘Awakened Generation’ is “connected,curious,conscientious.”
Air pollution and other impacts of industrialisation that are observable daily have made environmental consciousness a larger priority to younger generations. Although activism may not be an option, young Chinese consumers can, and will, use their spending power to improve their lifestyles and well-being.
But how to influence them? 30 % of luxury purchases in China are driven by word-of- mouth marketing, making it the most influential factor in the purchase decision, above the in- store experience.21 Chinese millennials are expected to buy up more than 40% of the global luxury market by 2025.
Why? In addition to having the world’s largest Internet user base, 772 million people, more than double the 312 million users in the United States, China also has the world’s most active social media landscape. More than 550 million people use digital platforms, ranging from blogs to social-networking sites to microblogs and other online communities. These figures are continuing to grow with a projected 725 million social media users by 2022. With an understanding of what they want, the new Chinese luxury consumer offers a USD 150 million opportunityforbrands.
Belief-driven buyers are now the majority in all eight markets Edelman surveyed, from China to the U.S., and across age groups and income level. Image credit Edelman
Generation Less as Consumers
Due to this time of rapid change, it is well documented that Generation Less has a new set of priorities, which put a focus on wellness, convenience and both social and environmental awareness.
In other words, they appreciate time and are mindful not to waste it. They choose to spend their money on things that deliver quality and emotional fulfilment. They want to live better, buy better and do better. They are looking for a better everything. Generation Less is more conscious of their spending than previous generations before them, but are willing to pay more for the best.
John Elkington notes that “the extreme wealth divides that have come to characterise our world, and which fuel the luxury sector, are unsustainable. By the mid-2030s, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a marked shift in many markets towards stealth wealth—and, as a consequence, to much less conspicuous forms of consumption and social signaling.”
Brand history has been decreasing in relevancy over recent years. Traditional testaments to luxury heritage, such as exclusivity and brand iconic patterns, are falling short in the eyes of those who value individuality and innovation. The new reality is that “luxury consumers really only care about the brands that have created value for them in the last 24 hours,”Values must lead the conversation. Nearly 50 % of consumers show an intent to buy after viewing a brand’s value-led communication
Stephen Webster Jewellery illustrates how a brand can take a political stand. Internationally renowned for exquisite and cutting-edge designs, Stephen Webster effectively weaves thought-provoking statements into the designs of their products. For instance, “The Last Straw” was a response to the world’s plastic pollution problem, whereby the UK alone uses a mind-boggling 8.5 billion straws every year. Beautifully handcrafted in sterling silver, each straw is engraved with the owner’s first name. To strengthen their impact, Stephen Webster is donating 10 % of all sales proceeds to support Plastic Oceans Foundation on-going work in preserving our oceans. CASE STORIES: WELEDA – Brining Brand Heritage into 2019 and beyond
As shoppers become increasingly conscientious and demand more from the products that they love – from the ingredients used, to the ethical and social responsibilities of brands producing them – the desire for key beauty players to be transparent in their practices is driving forward a ‘clean’ beauty market. However, with this growing demand comes a risk of increased confusion in an already crowded and unclear market. With a growing number of statements on packaging, it is unsurprising that consumers can become unsure about where to turn.
Awareness of the impacts of ‘Fast Beauty’ looks to be on the rise for 2019 and, consequently, we will see Cleaner Beauty as the next trend. With the term meaning different things for different people, what does it mean to pioneering natural brand Weleda?
For Weleda, cleaner beauty is more than a mandate to remove ‘nasties’ from products – it is a holistic approach to wellbeing, understanding that true beauty is more than skin deep. It is also a firm belief in the importance of honest, authentic, ethical brand values and working practices.
Starting in 1921 as a pharmaceutical laboratory with its own medicinal plant garden, Weleda has always been underpinned by the founding principle upon which it was established: to promoteandrestorepeople’shealthandsupport their efforts to achieve physical well-being and a balanced lifestyle.
Founded by philosopher and natural scientist, Rudolf Steiner, doctor Ita Wegman and Oskar Schmiedel, a chemist and pharmacist, the company is still inspired by the philosophic ideology and values of anthroposophy. Anthroposophy is an approach to living, and a concept developed by Steiner that explores the extent to which a person has achieved awareness of their inner life and lives in harmony with the surrounding natural and social world. Responsible dealings with both nature and people have been at the core of Weleda’s business. Whether it is through fair trade, biodynamic cultivation or the supportive development of their employees – sustainability is part of the company’s roots.
Weleda is refreshing their near-centennial heritage into a relevant movement for the modern consumer.
Their pledge to promote Cleaner Beauty involved a social media campaign, expert discussion panels in the UK, an educational video short and multiple talks and workshops at events personal care routine, minimising the impact on the world around us. Consumers are becoming more informed in the choices they make, highlighting their desire for the principles Weleda has held true for over 90 years. Whether it’s through the natural products we develop, our commitment to sustainability,biodynamic cultivation, or pioneering in ethical practices, cleaner beauty runs through everything we do, and it always has.”
JAYN STERLAND,
MANAGING DIRECTOR, WELEDA UK Jayn Sterland
Inspired by the brand’s fundamental principles and interpreted in an innovative way, Weleda has transformed their intrinsic message and products into a 360° Cleaner Beauty campaign that resonates with the consumer in a meaningful and accessible way.
Their pledge to promote Cleaner Beauty involved a social media campaign, expert discussion panels in the UK, an educational video short and multiple talks and workshops at events personal care routine, minimising the impact on the world around us. Consumers are becoming more informed in the choices they make, highlighting their desire for the principles Weleda has held true for over 90 years. Whether it is through the natural products we develop, our commitment to sustainability, biodynamic cultivation, or pioneering in ethical practices, cleaner beauty runs through everything we do, and it always has.”
JAYN STERLAND,MANAGING DIRECTOR, WELEDA UK
Inspired by the brand’s fundamental principles and interpreted in an innovative way, Weleda has transformed their intrinsic message and products into a 360° Cleaner Beauty campaign that resonates with the consumer in a meaningful and accessible way.
Their pledge to promote Cleaner Beauty involved a social media campaign, expert discussion panels in the UK, an educational video short and multiple talks and workshops at events throughout 2018, as well as point of sale support materials for retailers. Moreover, Weleda hosted a competition that engaged dozens of beauty bloggers with the cleaner beauty theme and nurtured these ambassadors throughout the year. The company’s reciprocal approach to communication and their partnerships with retailers, journalists, and other like-minded organisations effectively turned the Cleaner Beauty concept into an authentic and realised movement that consumers could engage with movement that consumers could engage with. Trinny London Trinny London
Think Personal, One Stack at a Time
In a growing beauty market that celebrates diversity and inclusivity, millennials are prioritising brands who put customer individuality first. In fact, according to a study by Forbes, 60% of millennials are inclined to make purchases that are an expression of their personality.
This consumer behaviour, along with the rise of online shopping and the demand for convenience in our digital world, has made miniaturization and personalization two of the hottest beauty business trends that speak to millennials today.
Trinny Woodall recognised this change in the market and founded Trinny London, a portable, versatile range of makeup with colours to suit every woman. Beyond the brand’s commitment to delivering makeup with the highest quality ingredients and pigments — all products are cruelty-free with vegan and gluten-free options available — Trinny London is above all a beauty concept centred around the personalised experience.
The brand’s personalisation aspect is characterised by three main elements: stackable, portable makeup jars that enable consumers to build their own make-up kit; the Match2Me online tool which provides recommendations targeted towards a person’s unique combination of Skin, Hair and Eyes; and an online portal that houses the community altogether under the hashtag #TrinnyTribe.
All of these elements lead to a streamlined beauty routine fit for “Generation Less” that is on-the-go. With online shopping leading to new challenges in packaging, delivery and recycling, new systems must be created in order to adapt to a system of recovery.
Trinny London’s clever strategy shows the brand’s commitment to creating products that last while reducing waste by minimising the size and bulk of their packaging and actively encouraging customers to reuse their iconic jars. The reusable stacks are ideal for travel, allowing consumers to carry as many or, as few as they like in their handbag. Trinny London’s original concept was recently presented with the Highly Commended for Design & Packaging at the 2018 Pure Beauty Awards.
“I want my customers to feel renewed confidence, to feel incredibly empowered,” Woodall says. Trinny London is building better emotional connections with their following by celebrating a new generation that finds valuable meaning in self-expression. The Set Hotels
Reinventing a Heritage Building with Sustainable Values
Millennials are seeking transformational experiences and adventures. As global economic development progresses, consumers’ demand for travel has grown much faster than their consumption of other products and services. However, while millennials are purchasing fewer but better products, they apply their same belief-driven standards to investing in travel experiences. As a values-led company, The Set Hotels continually strives to build and evolve how they interact with the world and the people in it.
The travel sector accounts for 8 % of global greenhouse gas emissions and is forecast to grow at an annual 4 %, with carbon footprints attributed to transport, delivery and services or products consumed at a hotel.
The Set Hotels is aware of the hotel industry’s impact on the planet, and thus have established an ethical framework that fulfils an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large, not just for the immediate benefit of the business. Their three founding properties in Amsterdam, London and Paris all sit in the cultural heart of their vibrant cities and retain a sense of purpose and continued contribution to its locality. At Conservatorium in Amsterdam, the hotel has been awarded the Green Globe Certificate while their Paris property, Lutetia, holds a BREAAM certificate for their sustainable performance.
The Set Hotel’s Central London offering, Hotel Café Royal, is one of the best examples of the company’s responsibility to creating a positive impact on environmental and social wellbeing. Hotel Café Royal is Regent Street’s gem and a true feat of green architecture that elevates the ordinary to the extraordinary.
A hybrid of the traditional and the new, Hotel Café Royal is a rejuvenated heritage building with modern design elements that champion environmental practices across three major areas: eco-friendly materials and design, energy reduction, and waste reduction.
Planet-friendly from the ground up, the building was originally designed through a “future fit out evaluation process” that minimises the environmental impact associated with the demolition and construction. Alife cycle analysis tool was employed to examine building material options, determine construction processes and improve supply chain management.
This rigorous approach to environmental building design led to Hotel Cafe Royal being awarded the prestigious BREEAM certification, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings that present high performing assets across the built environment lifecycle.
The building further integrates innovative technology with design to help reduce energy. Windows feature superior thermal insulation, lighting and air conditioning in bedrooms are movement responsive, LED bulbs replace halogen ones, and air conditioning in public areas are controlled by timers. A central Energy System for heating, cooling and electricity that is powered by innovative fuel cell technology is used to service multiple sites, saving 350 tonnes of carbon annually.
Hotel Café Royal also includes a smart air filter system that responds to pollution by purifying the air, as well as a greenspace rooftop complete with bird boxes to attract wildlife and a system that reduces water runoff from the site.
To reduce waste, speed drive sensors react to water usage and adapt the water pressure accordingly to limit consumption. An onsite glass crusher reduces waste volume by 80 %, and the crushed glass is recycled and reused. All plastic packaging, straws and cups have been removed from the hotel, and waste and recycling are separated in an organised fashion. In 2017-2018, Hotel Café Royal won a Waste Management award from Regent Street Property Management for increasing their recycling by 400 %.
Sustainable infrastructure must go beyond building design, and translate into a positive practices with guests, and staff as well. Hotel Café Royal encourages guests to reduce their ecological footprint by reusing their linens and towels, maintaining a recommended room temperature and minimizing waste. Staff are trained to save energy where they can, such as washing at 30 degrees Celsius or less and reducing the frequency of linen and towel change to use less energy and water. Menus are locally sourced, and excess food is served at the staff restaurant. Sustainability is not only communicated to the hotel’s stakeholders – people are part of the conversation.
With a history of over 150 years, Hotel Café Royal continues to rewrite its story, integrating values which address our most pressing environmental issues to date, while creating a unique setting that captures the hearts of minds their guests.
Generation Less as Employees
This is the first time in history that four generations are working side by side. Each group has its own distinct values and attitudes toward work, based on its generation’s life experiences. To successfully integrate four diverse generations together in the workplace, companies will need to embrace radical changes in recruitment, benefits, and, most importantly, corporate culture. A company must create a culture that actively demonstrates respect and inclusion for its multi-generational workforce.
Despite the inherent variances across generational groups, the rise of Generation Less has built unifying values across the workforce.
To date, the dialogue has been centred on how difficult millennials are to manage, but the reality is that the millennial mindset is spreading to other generations. Regardless of age, all employees want the same things that are enticing millennials – flexibility, respect, work-life balance, and being mindful of each other. Purpose-driven businesses are winning the talent war by actively living their ethics and expressly demonstrating why they are a better, value-oriented company.
It is more important than ever before for every employee to feel integrated into your company’s culture, knowing that they are respected. This, of course, requires a different hiring strategy than those typically used. It is an approach less preoccupied with hard skill sets, but rather focused on values and ambitions. Furthermore, you must ensure that there is meaning behind their work and that their purpose is aligned with the greater mission of the company. Building and cultivating a shared vision helps employees understand why their job exists and creates passion for their work. No less important is encouraging work-life balance, offering health and welfare benefits, and providing rewards that your employees care about.
In short for Generation Less, the commitment to do good is one of the most beneficial business strategies that a company can adopt, as they are looking to companies to drive societal, economic and environmental change.
Thought leaders on how they attract, engage and retain millennials as employees
It is critical for companies to have an external brand that has a defined set of values which are authentic and relevant so you can attract great talent. It is also just as important to have a clearly articulated and curated company culture to ensure all levels of staff live and breathe the internal brand. This way leadership can be confident all levels of the business are treating each other respectfully and in line with the company’s vision.”
RORY AND MELITA HUNTER, FOUNDERS, SONG SAA COLLECTIVE
The young generation of modern contemporary travellers are more demanding of a hotel brand than generations before which I believe is a good thing, it encourages brands to think about what they offer and how they operate. Immediacy and the ability for guests to change their mind is now at the forefront of our strategy, as is transparency. At The Set Hotels we aim to establish an ethical framework that fulfils an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large, not just for the immediate benefit of the business and we actively communicate this to our guests.”
BRIAN GORE, DIRECTOR OF BRAND & MARKETING, THE SET HOTELS
Millennials are attracted to Krug as employees and consumers as everything believe what is most attractive to millennials who are joining the Group today is our unique trait that they see is authentic, honest and connected to our roots. In other words, the quality and authenticity of the Krug brand are built upon our heritage which has a unique and different approach to Champagne making in order to create the dream of our founder: The fullest expression of Champagne to be recreated every year.”
MARGARETH HENRIQUEZ, PRESIDENT & CEO, KRUG CHAMPAGNE
I believe what is most attractive to millennials who are joining the Group today is our unique trait of being both deeply-rooted into the heritage and know-how of our Maisons – which are often centuries old – and capable of projecting it into the future through innovation and creativity to ensure it is passed down to future generations. Our roots and heritage give strong meaning to everything we do, while our entrepreneurial spirit and innovation drive us to never settle. We also develop initiatives that allow talents to better understand this and get aglimpse of what is happening behind the scenes in our Houses.”
CHANTAL GAEMPERLE, GROUP EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND SYNERGIES, LVMH BENTLEY MOTORS
All About the People
From the moment the first Bentley was created in 1919, the human touch has been vital to the company’s philosophy of unrivalled craftsmanship and performance. Which is why, at the Bentley factory in Crewe, North-West England, thousands of highly skilled craftspeople are involved in crafting their cars by hand.
Crewe has been the home of Bentley since 1946, making the automotive company an integral part of the local community. The Crewe site employs more than 4000 people and is the town’s largest single employer; representing a significant driver of the wider North West economy and leader in UK luxury car manufacturing. In addition to its direct investment in Crewe, Bentley supports and advocates a number of educational, training and volunteer programmes for the local community from improving technical expertise to personal skills and self- management. Through their range of trainee programs and even their own Rotary Club, Bentley supports and develops talent for the future within their own community.
Bentley believes in giving their staff the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. Each employee is encouraged to take control of their own development and to request participation in courses they feel are relevant and important to their individual situation. Bentley’s embrace of the importance of personal growth and fulfilment for employees is key to retaining the millennial mindset generation.
Bentley has been offering apprenticeships for more than four decades, not only for manufacturing and engineering disciplines, but also for those seeking careers across a broad spectrum of the business, such as Sales & Marketing, HR, Purchasing and Finance. Many of those who are training today’s Bentley apprentices began as apprentices at the company themselves. By passing on their skills and experience, an appetite for innovation, a desire to explore new materials, a drive to develop new technologies and by instilling a flawless eye for quality, they are ensuring Bentley has a pipeline of passionate, highly skilled young people committed to powering the world’s leading luxury car brand into the future.
For Bentley, leadership is not just about being the major player in the high-end luxury automotive sector, it is also about leading the sector in other aspects – skills, employment and, increasingly, environmental performance. Energy management is a fundamental area of focus for the company with Bentley Motors being the first UK automotive plant to achieve ISO 14001 certification for environmental management. The company is taking steps to reduce their impacts on the environment through innovative engineering and new practices as evidenced by their achievement in reducing the weight of the body for the new Continental GT Convertible by twenty percent and optimising their engines to reduce CO2 outputs by thirty percent in the past decade. Bentley is embracing new technologies to constantly evolve, becoming more efficient whilst delivering a more sustainable future. The brand’s pursuit for excellence – from engineering to craftsmanship – is revealed by Chris Craft, Member of the Board Sales and Marketing, in the company’s motto to “perfect what we do today, and innovate for tomorrow.”
Moreover, 2018 saw Bentley investing in renewable energy with the construction of the UK’s largest solar carport system at their Crewe headquarters with 10000 solar panels and a capacity of 2.7MW. The new green energy system covers forty percent of the company’s energy requirement on site and serves as another step towards their long- term goal of carbon-neutral production.
This latest step in almost a century of innovation is also further proof of Bentley’s belief that investing in their facilities and their people will enable them to continue to build extraordinary luxury cars for their customers.
Bentley is committed to remaining a quintessentially British brand that is recognised globally for quality, innovation and luxury. To support this, Bentley’s rich history must come to be relevant to today’s luxury consumer. Their cars have always been designed, built and driven by exceptional people and it is because of this legacy of people that “a very high percentage of Bentleys that have been produced since 1919 are still on the road today,” as Louise Burns, Head of Strategic Marketing Projects, shares. From the passionate W.O. Bentley collaborating with the celebrated Bentley Boys of the 1920s to achieve great feats of engineering to the visionary Bentley owners of today, Bentley people help to shape the world around them.
As we reflect and celebrate the significant achievements of this company over the past 100 years, it is more important than ever to look ahead and prepare for the next chapter. This starts with recruiting the next generation, our experts of tomorrow, who we welcome and join an already highly- skilled, motivated and passionate workforce. ”
DR. ASTRID FONTAINE, MEMBER OF THE BOARD FOR PEOPLE, DIGITALISATION AND IT, BENTLEY MOTORS IWC Schaffhausen, Switzerland – How a Heritage House is Driving Well- being and Engagement at Work
With a heritage of 150 years responsibly producing timepieces of the highest quality, IWC Schaffhausen’s success is fuelled by a global workforce of approximately 1200 passionate employees. IWC Schaffhausen knows that people come first. Staying true to their high standards for corporate social responsibility, the company is leading the way by embracing a modern approach to employee retention, prioritising a sustainable work culture through the training, development and well- being of their colleagues.
“Sustainability requires a systematic review of material issues for our business and its impacts on society,” says Sarah Vowles, Corporate Sustainability Manager, “We strive to link our efforts across business areas and to complement international initiatives including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in our manufacturing but also in the work environment IWC provides.” The company recognises that employees are vital to realizing sustainability, and links to two Sustainable Development Goals to underpin their human resources activities: Gender Equality (#5) and Decent Work and Economic Growth (#8); with complementary initiatives that promote Good health and Well- being (#3) in the workplace.
Headquarters staff are engaged in the approach to sustainability from the moment they start work at IWC. Public transport for employees is subsidised, as is the purchase of electric vehicles. Employees in the new Manufacturing Center, which includes several ‘Green building’ features, have ergonomic workstations and can use IWC’s electric Smart cars to visit Headquarters (and vice versa).
“Employees are provided with low-cost physical fitness opportunities, free fresh fruit daily, a canteen offering local, seasonal produce, and we incentivize our people to reduce their carbon footprints to fight climate change,” says René Behr, Director of Human Resources.
As a global organisation, IWC Schaffhausen embraces and prioritises diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Watchmaking has been described as a traditionally male-dominated industry, and one of IWC’s sustainability targets is to double the share of women in management positions by 2020, compared to a 2017 baseline. Initiatives to achieve this include supporting parents, and recognising that enabling flexible working arrangements for both parents can make a significant difference to female employees.
Rounding out the three targets related to IWC’s role as an employer are goals to:
(a) achieve gender equality in training as measured by average hours per year, and;
(b) reduce the absence rate by 10 % compared to a 2017 baseline by promoting health and well-being.
Equality in training hours is close to being achieved, partly through steps such as making training available in a range of languages. A recently created committee to promote health and well-being in the workplace received so many participation requests, leaders will have to be creative to ensure that everyone who wants to contribute, has the chance to.
Through consistent employee engagement, IWC builds a greater connection with employees’ sustainability expectations. The company involves employees in a range of activities, seeking their expertise when new initiatives are being designed.
In the summer of 2018, employees participated in Switzerland’s “We Act” challenge, providing employees with the opportunity to team up and participate in a range of activities designed to increase awareness of healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices, from choosing a vegetarian meal for lunch to biking to work. Corporate volunteering activities are also encouraged, with ‘forest days’ organized twice a year in collaboration with the Forest Stewardship Council, giving employees in Schaffhausen the chance to spend a day working in nearby woods on forest management. Globally, helping blind and visually impaired people through the “Be My Eyes” app is an option open to all colleagues.
Employees are encouraged to submit their own “bright ideas” for sustainability at IWC, enabling the company to capture fresh perspectives and new expertise to drive sustainability forward in a concerted and team-focused manner. “Bright Ideas” is an intrapreneurship idea-management initiative, which has been ongoing for ten years, and is currently managed by Pascal Laera, an IWC Watchmaker for Complications and Specialties. Around 150 to 200 ideas are submitted each year to “Bright Ideas”. Each idea is evaluated and those that come to fruition are rewarded with monetary and company product incentives.
By integrating everything from leadership to technical knowhow, creative development and sustainability, into their human resources initiatives, IWC Schaffhausen is evolving its organisational culture to embrace the millennial values of today.
CEO has a New Definition: Chief Experience Officer
Consumer futurist and author, William Higham, contends that “people increasingly look for more ‘meaning’ in what they do, therefore, possessions are proving less valuable than experiences, and the memories and learnings that we gain from them. In the future, what we do, will matter more to us and our peer network than what we buy.”
Furthermore, Geoffrey van Raemdonck, CEO Neiman Marcus Group, believes our every day is becoming too “transactional.” “In a world where technology moves so fast, we have to change the conversation. We need to really find how we can engage. We need to go back to the magic of emotions, the magic of experiences.”
As the millennial mindset values experiences over things and dematerialisation continues to grow, brands must adapt and translate consumer purchases into unique, curated and meaningful experiences. The Bicester Village Shopping Collection
Translating Purchase in to an Authentic and Meaningful Experience
Millenian luxury consumers are driven to purchase products that reinforce who they are, not what they have.
While aspirations of status are losing relevance, according to Deloitte’s Global Powers of Luxury Goods Report, desires of being seen as ethical, tasteful and discerning are most compelling.
Modern consumers are looking to businesses they can trust to buy into and reinforce this idealised self-image. According to Edelman’s 2018 Trust Barometer, which surveyed over 33000 respondents across the world, the public’s trust in media and government has continuously declined in the last few years. At the same time, there is a notable shift in public trust towards business with nearly 7 in 10 respondents saying that building trust is the most important role of a CEO, ahead of producing high-quality products and services. In today’s desperate search for truth, businesses are expected to forge a path of authenticity.
At the core of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection by Value Retail, 11 international destinations across Europe and China, is a commitment to authenticity. Value Retail is the only company that specialises exclusively in the creation and operation of luxury outlet shopping destinations.
The Bicester Village Shopping Collection’s fundamental commitment to authenticity delivers on the promise of its founding company’s values. Authenticity strengthens the integrity and contribution of Value Retail’s organisational culture, quality of service and provides a strong link with brands, partners, colleagues and guests. In addition to company- wide support for organisations established to help those in need, such as Partners in Health and World Connect, each Village is engaged within the community it is rooted in. The company follows a stakeholder engagement policy to evaluate in each of its locations the primary impacts and dependencies of the community. It then invests strategically to support these communities, using the principles of Social Return on Investment (SROI) to measure the social benefit derived from each strategic investment. At the founding Village near Oxfordshire’s market town Bicester, they enacted initiatives targeting at-risk youth, offering work opportunities and occupational training.
In addition, Value Retail invests in infrastructure and transport links to further give back to the local community. An example is its partnership with Chiltern Railways, which resulted in direct train service between London Marylebone and Bicester, terminating in central Oxford. This route was the first rail link between London and another major British city in 100 years. Value Retail is committed to supporting the future growth of the local area and its people. The company created a vision of what a healthy and sustainable community is, and has achieved it.
This foundation of authenticity and trust each Village is built upon echoes throughout all levels of the business, all the way down to the guest’s retail experience. The shopping experience at the Villages reinforces a sense of community and social belonging to the surrounding locality. In architecture, design and build, each Village reflects the best of local styles and traditions. The size and nature of each are appropriate to its surroundings, allowing the particular strengths of an individual Village to shine through while reinforcing the offering of the whole Collection. Local cuisines feature alongside international favourites on the menus of the Village’s restaurants, and local artists, musicians and performers further expand the guest’s enjoyment of the entire retail experience.
While Value Retail appreciates the importance of digital relevancy, it believes the purchase experience is rooted in pleasure and engagement, which is not fully realised through e-commerce. As brands feel the need for a physical presence to successfully communicate their message and connect with consumers, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection offers an organic platform to do so. Today, the Collection serves the world’s leading brands through a unique retail proposition – while prices may be lower, the consumer’s perceived value is higher as a result of their meaningful experience.
As Sylvie Freund-Pickavance, Group Director of Strategy and Business Development, says, “We believe that in this digital age every manifestation of a curated experience, regardless of price, must be of uncompromising quality. It is this quality of experience that creates an emotional connection, transforming the purchasing moment beyond that of a mere transaction into a lasting memory. The process of buying becomes meaningful and the product an investment to be treasured for years to come. This is the essence of true luxury – where quality surpasses quantity every time – and the absolute antithesis of fast fashion.” In the same way that quality is the benchmark of a meaningful guest experience, so The Bicester Village Shopping Collection promotes standards that protect and enhance the brand’s DNA. This is why many brand partners have chosen their flagship concepts for their boutiques within the Collection’s Villages. Guests, in turn, affirm their appreciation with 79 % saying they feel they are in a premium environment when visiting a Village.
According to Freund-Pickavance, experiences are the main drivers of customer engagement and loyalty. “If we look at Millennial consumers specifically, experiences are paramount. Research clearly indicates that these new generations are not drawn to simple ownership of things. What they really care about is the experience and actual human feelings associated with the consumption of the product. Selling experience is the new reality.
SYLVIE FREUND-PICKAVANCE, GROUP DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, VALUE RETAIL
Moreover, Group Retail Development Director, Stephen Lawler, asserts that a brand’s greatest advantage in remaining relevant is to focus on how it is doing good, rather than just selling products, and how this message resonates with the consumer. “The product’s final impact is in the hands of the consumer so the goal is to get them to care more,” says Lawler. “Sustainability is an area in which luxury brands have a unique platform to effect change and get people to listen. The explosion in the middle class worldwide, and especially in emerging markets, means that luxury brands are very aspirational to these consumers. Research consistently finds that consumers in emerging markets are more highly engaged with issues around sustainability than developed markets. This gives luxury brands the opportunity to take the lead by helping these consumers make the right choices in terms of products and services which are sustainable.”
Lawler believes that embracing sustainability is the key to innovation and the benchmark of a memorable experience. He cites examples of how Value Retail engages with its brand partners when it comes to shop fit, holding them to high standards in energy-efficient building fabric, visual and thermal comfort for guests and staff, and sustainable transport. The business also undertakes a BREEAM assessment for each new phase of development to any of its Villages in Europe, as well as committing to an annual GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) rating.
“Ultimately,” he says, “Luxury brands are global, famous, prestigious, aspirational brands, and if we want the world to come together to actually change consumer behaviour and live sustainably, we need to see sustainable living.
Generation Less – those who are more fixated on being a certain thing rather than having a certain thing
Chief Experience Officer is the new CEO. A brand must engage Generation Less – those who are more fixated on being a certain way rather than having a certain thing. Conscious, social, global – these are the ‘things’ that they strive for. Status has become less about ‘what I have’ and more about ‘who I am.’
As a result, experiential spending is being pushed by Generation Less and areas such as leisure travel and fine dining will see the most growth in the coming years. In today’s oversaturated world, attention is a precious commodity. If brands capture their audience with an experiential appeal, and present opportunities that resonate with their values, desires and emotions, this will result in a powerful brand-consumer connection.
Krug is a House to trust. In this House, the most detailed and uncompromising philosophy of pure and true craftsmanship is combined with innovation in many directions. We keep exploring and experimenting – this relentless search for new limits, as well as the authentic connection with our roots, appeals to everyone. Be true to yourself, be transparent and innovative. Be responsible with our planet, our consumers, our growers, our suppliers, and our people. A permanent quest for new boundaries fascinates all ages.
MARGARETH HENRIQUEZ, PRESIDENT & CEO, KRUG CHAMPAGNE SONG SAA RESORT
Positive, Participative and Profitable Change
Millennials are driving ‘the experience economy’ and looking for authentic interaction offline. They view participation as a way to promote togetherness and bring positive impact to their communities – values which technology or social media can enable but not fulfill. Song Saa Collective (made up of Song Saa Private Island, Song Saa Foundation and their new project: Song Saa Reserve) was born under these same values.
When the owners Rory and Melita Hunter first journeyed to the Koh Rong Archipelago nestled in the sapphire waters of the Gulf of Thailand, they were inspired by the stunning rainforests, beaches, and the people who made up the local culture of the island.
Rory and Melita understood that while the travel industry can bring positive economic impacts to a locale, it can also bring several concerning impacts on heritage sites, local populations and the environment. They wanted to build a luxury private island that ‘treads lightly’, protecting the marine reserve along the coast while building community participation. In 2006 they created their first venture, Song Saa Private Island.
The award-winning Song Saa Private Island pioneered conservation-based luxury tourism in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago, working with villages, governments, investors and donors to improve local livelihoods and preserve marine life and rainforests. With this experience, the Song Saa Collective created a 21st century business model that employs business as a positive – and profitable – agent of change.
Throughout the years Song Saa Collective has grown to become a preeminent coastal marine NGO. Their own non-profit organisation Song Saa Foundation, established in 2013, continues the conservation work they began with the Resort, covering three major programme themes: water, people, land.
In 2018, The Song Saa Foundation spent 8 months rebuilding and expanding their Coastal and Marine Programme to ensure the continued growth of ocean habitats and the welfare of communities in this zone of Cambodia. This year, the Coastal and Marine Programme has included:
• Monthly ocean and coastal cleanup events and six large beach cleanups since July 2018
• Establishing and managing dedicated artificial reef “pods”.
• Continuous research on coastal and marine health around Koh Rong alongside a stronger partnership with Flora and Fauna Initiative (FFI).
• Hosting workshops with the Prek Svay community to strengthen awareness of ocean waste and best practice conservation measures.
• Building a secondary school for children in Prev Svay.
• An archipelago-wide health mission with U.S. partner International Medical Relief.
• Attending key forums, seminars, workshops and conferences locally and internationally.
• Collaborating with the government on agenda topics through participation and representation at MFMA Technical Working Group Meetings.
• The re-opening of the Sala Song Saa building which hosts children education workshops, volunteers, community events, an open library and an organic garden .
• The Marine Plastics Project led by the Global Shapers Community (GSC), where plastic PET bottles are up-cycled into handmade merchandise.
As well, for the first time in the foundation’s life cycle, Song Saa developed and recruited a strong field team that is made up of a majority of Cambodians, with only a small percentage of foreigners. This is a goal Song Saa has been striving for many years as it positively impacts opportunities within a local community while respecting local traditions and way of life.
In 2018, Song Saa Foundation also drafted and launched their largest conservation initiative to date, The Ocean Stewardship Program (OSP), a volunteer-focussed program for internationals to pay to live and learn. The program has the capacity to make immediate and quantifiable positive changes to Cambodian coral reefs, and will leave a legacy of sustainable resource use and marine biodiversity for future generations of Cambodian communities.
2018 also saw the collective announcing the launch of a new project: the Song Saa Reserve. The Song Saa Reserve aims to fulfil the organisation’s vision for luxury tourism to effortlessly blend with initiatives that restore and improve the local natural and human environment. This new project will see hotel and villa residences integrate with a comprehensive series of sustainability-based initiatives, including educational centres, a solar farm and restored sections of indigenous rainforest.
The ambitious, enterprising endeavours of Song Saa Private Island, Song Saa Foundation and Song Saa Reserve are part of the Collective’s larger company culture, guided by a pledge to ‘create, collaborate and commit’. Design, ethics and integrity can be applied to businesses while serving society, but it is also Song Saa’s belief in the power of dreams that inspire their customers and partners to join them in their movement.
Supply Chain Revolution
Where luxury once used scarcity as a powerful signifier, their focus is now shifting to responsible sourcing and the safeguarding of natural resources.
Responsible sourcing is now an integral supply chain strategy that requires brands to find a balance between reaching financial goals, ensuring quality and improving environmental and social practices.
As the stakes in sustainable sourcing continue to deepen over the next few years, supply chain transparency and public reporting will be a key trend for businesses to adopt and adapt too. This ‘push’ demand for transparency comes from both consumers and legislative bodies. Whilst brands are being pushed by consumers to disclose their social and environmental practices, EU regulations are also pushing companies through corporate disclosure laws, customs data transparency, modern slavery and new EU policies on global value chains that encourage the protection of workers and the environment worldwide.
“Luxury brands need to remember that they have a duty to create with longevity in mind – designing for obsolescence must stop. 47
PATRICK GRANT, DESIGNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
“If CEOs and other business leaders have not woken up to the nature and scale of the challenges we now face as a species, they must be brain-dead. They are a danger to their businesses, their shareholders and to the future.
JOHN ELKINGTON, AUTHOR, ADVISOR AND SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR YSL BEAUTÉ
The Ourika Gardens
In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent fell madly in love with Marrakesh and Morocco. He found refuge in the multicolored landscapes of the city and turned the Majorelle Gardens and the Oasis Villa into his home. Morocco became Saint Laurent’s inspiration and paradise until the end of his life.
Today, YSL Beauté continues the brand’s legacy in Morocco, with an innovative project called “YSL Beauty Ourika Gardens”: a unique garden harvested by women. Situated at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in the Ourika Valley, approximately thirty kilometers from Marrakesh, “The Ourika Gardens” expresses YSL Beauté’s attention to ingredients and naturality but also its love for women and the strength they possess.
Key plant ingredients that form YSL Beauté’s treatments and make-up grow within the remarkable Ourika Gardens — calendula, saffron, walnut trees, mint and sage. Here you will find the famous saffron stamen used in the premium Or Rouge range, the walnut leaf for the Top Secrets skincare range and the marigold bloom for the Touche Eclat formula.
YSL Beauté sought out a partnership collaboration with a women’s village cooperative in the Ourika community in 2015. Since then the plants cultivated in this herbarium have provided over 33 women with the opportunity to double their income. The project allows YSL Beauté to not only secure high-quality ingredients for its products, but to also invest in the overall empowerment and economic self- sufficiency of a community of women.
YSL Beauté helps the women with the commercialisation of botanicals by providing workshops that help them understand the value of organic agriculture, organic agriculture techniques and training to help with the management of the cooperative.
Since the inception of The Ourika Gardens Project, the community of women have patiently tended the gardens. In 2018, over YSL Beauté 5.5 million products sold contained an ingredient from the Ourika Gardens.
Keen to offer products that are more sustainable, YSL Beauté is building a committed and more responsible sourcing model, combining the expertise of local communities with the standards of a luxury brand. This promising initiative firmly establishes YSL Beauté within a dynamic of sustainable development through which the brand pledges to respect local culture and reduce its environmental footprint.
Safeguarding raw materials is crucial for a luxury brand since high-quality goods are often manufactured with the finest natural materials, many of which are rare and precious.
To ensure sustainable procurement, considerable attention must be paid to the traceability and compliance of the materials and substances used to manufacture products.
The LVMH Group has long embedded ecological imperatives as a source of innovation and creativity, with environmental responsibility being a pillar of their growth strategy for 25 years since 1992. Protecting natural resources is important for the Group because the company’s business activities depend directly on ecosystems, on the quality of their raw materials and their supply chains, says Sylvie Bernard, Corporate Environment Director of LVMH.
The LVMH Group has hence taken a pioneering and strategic commitment to the environment by implementing LIFE 2020 – LVMH Initiatives For The Environment. Integrated across each of the Group’s 70 Maisons, this proactive environmental policy aims to protect the quality of water, air, and soil, as well as the diversity of animal and plant species.
LIFE 2020 is based on nine challenges that are key to the Group’s environmental performance, and ranges from product design, raw material procurement, production, monitoring carbon emissions, to reducing the impacts of transportation and retail operations. LIFE 2020 not only drives innovation; it also helps secure the company’s long-term future, contributes to cost-reduction, improves internal and external communications, and protects the reputational excellence of its brands.
As an example, Louis Vuitton has reached their LIFE 2020 target with 70 % of their leather tanneries being Leather Working Group certified. This has helped the company gain a clear understanding of where their raw material is originating from and to mitigate the environmental impacts of their tanning processes.
I firmly believe that improving a product’s environmental performance will give customers ever-greater pleasure in their product experience.
That is why we pursue our efforts to integrate environmental performance at the design stage.
MICHEL BURKE, CEO, LOUIS VUITTON
Protecting natural resources is both an imperative and an opportunity for our Group.
It is an imperative, because our business activities depend directly on ecosystems, on the quality of our raw materials and our supply chains: we are genuinely striving to secure our company’s long-term future, while our position as the leading global luxury goods group requires us to set an example. It is an opportunity, because protecting the environment is not a restriction for us, but an innovation driver that constantly broadens the scope of possibilities and leads us further forward. This is true in all our businesses. ”
SYLVIE BERNARD,CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT DIRECTOR, LVMH ARGYLE PINK DIAMONDS
A Mark Of Authenticity
As Generation Less consumers are increasingly aware of how things are produced and more discerning in their trust for brands, companies are placing greater importance on the provenance of their supply chains. A traceable supply chain is complex, and requires diligent commitment to ethical and environmental credentials.
For some of Earth’s rarest and greatest treasures, such as Argyle pink diamonds, this standard is no less rigorous in its regulation. Rare Argyle pink diamonds are formed at a depth of over 160 kilometres below the earth’s surface, which makes the process of unearthing these treasures a challenge, both in size and complexity.
Located in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia, the Argyle Diamond Mine is owned by Rio Tinto. The mine is well- recognized for producing more than 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamond supply, and every diamond must be as sustainable and ethically sound as it is rare and beautiful.
The mine upholds the precious provenance of their pink diamonds through a dedicated chain of custody that ensures meticulous tracking and audited controls in the mining, polishing and distribution of its gems. Every company in the production chain from mine to market must employ fair trade practices under the same international standards of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), of which Rio Tinto Diamonds is a founding member, and safety initiatives for employees are a number one priority at the Argyle mine.
From the mine to a polished gem, the journey of an Argyle pink diamond can take more than a year, many careful hands, an intricate network which comprises two underground crushers and 40 kilometers of underground tunnels. Every step of the process is tracked and assured through a unique laser inscription on each pink diamond, a unique lot number only visible under magnification. This certification programme was established in 2005 and today is applied to all Argyle pink diamonds over eight points (0.08 carat).
Adding further verification, an Argyle Pink Diamonds Gem Identification and Authenticity Document is issued for each laser inscribed pink diamond and can be verified through an online search on the Argyle Pink Diamonds website.
Customer visits to the Argyle mine have been a regular event since the 1990s, providing Argyle’s partners with an understanding of the effort, skill and knowledge required to mine every Argyle diamond – and a first- hand appreciation of the strong connections between land and community that are so much part of the Argyle story.
The Argyle Diamond Mine is scheduled to cease production at the end of 2020 and is actively working with all its partners to ensure there is a strong legacy of the land and its beautiful bounty with the provenance of the exquisite pink diamonds remaining a lasting testament to the magnificent Argyle Diamond Mine. THE RILIEVI GROUP AND NO K A’ OI
Innovate Responsibly
After eight entrepreneurial embroiderers became inspired by the techniques they learned from Mrs. Giovanna Barattozzi – a member of one of the most important beading families in Italy – they decided to bring a state-of-the-art approach to the centuries-old artisan processes of embroidery and beading. In 1991, they founded The Rilievi Group, helping clients realise their creative vision in ways never before seen in the market. Two of those original founders, Simona Finelli and Stefania Marocchi are still on board, leading the company throughout its process of growth.
The Rilievi Group is an Italian craft company that applies innovation, technology and skill to produce hand-made pieces for Haute Couture houses. They first started working with the iconic maisons of Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani over 25 years ago, and today they boast an exclusive list of clients that include Tod‘s, Prada, Lanvin, and other brands belonging to the two most important luxury French Groups.
Their embroidery adorns A-list celebrities on red carpets, high-fashion editorial shoots and the latest luxury collections — customised to each client’s needs.
Today, Rilievi is a multi-national company with high quality manufacturing, sales and support offices in the fashion capitals of the world. Their logistics, IT infrastructure and organisational system, allows for a direct relationship with global clients, bringing the triangle between production, operation and clients closer than ever. The entry in 2013 among the shareholders of the company of Michele Galliano, a past management consultant with a strong experience in the fashion industry, aimed to enable such features to the original setup.
But what makes the “Made in Rilievi” label truly signature is the story behind-the-scenes: the international makers of excellence who create these unique designs are supported by the company’s rigorous commitment to ethical supply chain standards.
First, the design department in Bologna works directly with the designers, creative directors and design teams of their clients, ensuring creativity is married with the latest manufacturing technologies. Art Director Stefania Marocchi leads the creative vision, directs the research department and sampling office, and works with the production department and beaders, each of whom are personally instructed, and mentored by the founders. Rilievi Group’s Sales Director Simona Finelli ensures the complete consistency among the clients’ needs and the activity at Rilievi.
Rilievi then combines uniform design manufacturing with sustainable production practices that meet the highest level of safety certifications across the globe. The company closely monitors their supply chain and directly manages their factory in Mumbai, Rilievi India Pvt Ltd., which serves as an external production base for the company. Rilievi India has a SA8000 Management System in place with effective policies to improve worker rights and guarantee safe working conditions. Rilievi also ensures that materials used in their craft are sourced ethically, such as choosing feathers that put animal welfare first and avoiding the use of PVC.
In 2014, the owners of Rilievi expanded their vision to create the lifestyle brand NO KA’OI. Simona Finelli wanted to introduce a new design system to activewear that combined her passion for high fashion, wellness, and yoga. Whether breaking a sweat, going to work or getting ready for a party, the NO KA’OI woman always sports an elevated style that’s on-the-go — perfect for a modern generation that enjoys less restriction in their lives. Rooted in the spirit of wellness, NO KA OI’s mantra is “to breathe beauty from the inside out”. This means that the brand not only aims to make women feel good, but to also do good by standing with an international community of people that believe in respect for human, animals and the planet.
Although NO KA’OI takes on a modern approach to fashion, the brand’s quality still maintains the superior design heritages of Italy and India captured by Rilievi Group, with a commitment to exceptional and responsible craft at the heart. “Rilievi Group manufactures in India and creates with an innovative approach, constantly merging Italian and Indian traditions of artisanal tailoring and embroidery,” says Franca Foligatti, Director of Sales & Marketing NO KA’OI. “The factory supports the preservation and development of artisan culture via socially responsible practice.”
With a new generation of consumers focused on value and individualized messaging, NO KA‘OI is committed to underlining their responsibilities and concerns about human impact on the planet by communicating awareness to their customers. This includes applying the Butterfly Mark directly at the point- of-sale on their website and garment tags.
Rilievi Group’s factory creates with an innovative approach…it supports the preservation and development of artisan culture via socially by standing with an international community of people that believe in respect for human, animals and the planet.
FRANCA FOLIGATTI, DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING, NO K A’OI Franca Fogliatti The Anti-Plastic Fervour
From straws to synthetic fibres to microbeads, 2018 saw the war on plastic. The shockwaves felt around the world by China’s bold move to ban the import of plastic waste, along with growing awareness of degrading ocean quality due to galvanized media attention, helped stoke the anti-plastic fervour that was witnessed in 2018. Furthermore, the minimalist and conscious Generation Less consumer has helped cultivate a zero-waste movement with a thriving online community of bloggers who use a sleek, modern aesthetic to promote waste reduction practices.
Plastic pollution is not a new issue — but why did this take so long? Environmentalists were already warning about the long-term effects of plastic in the 1970s. In 1990, the first ban on plastic bags was enacted on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts, USA. Twenty eight years later in October of 2018, the EU Parliament approved a ban on single-use plastics. A look back at the history of plastics shows us that we simply do not have time to wait for legislative action.
According to the IPCC’s groundbreaking report, we only have 12 years to make serious changes to business-as-usual. The retail sector’s pioneering role in ridding plastic packaging illustrates how businesses have the responsibility to become thought leaders and mobilise people towards action ‐ it is what consumers are demanding from us.
As a global thought leader, Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched The New Plastic Economy Global Commitment to address plastic waste and pollution at its source. In October 2018, the initiative brought together a group of leading companies, cities, philanthropists, governments, academics, students, NGOs, and citizens to pledge a commitment to rethink the system of plastics, so that it never becomes waste. The Commitment’s shared goals are: to eliminate the plastic items we don’t need; innovate so all plastic we do need is designed to be safely reused, recycled, or composted; and circulate everything we use to keep it in the economy and out of the environment.
“This is the biggest effort ever seen to mobilise a global-scale industrial response, uniting the key actors around the globe behind a common vision for upstream solutions, addressing this pressing issue at its root cause,” said Dame Ellen MacArthur.
“Fashion is hardwired for change like no other industry – we can reflect and drive going forward, the concept of Cleaner Beauty will extend to ‘cleaner formulations’ cultural shifts. For our industry to be the one to say, ‘ We are going to take a leadership position on this, is great. Sustainability used to feel like a bucket of problems, and it now feels like a bucket of opportunity, if you look at our industry from 1000 feet away and say, ‘ Wow, from agriculture to chemicals to the dyes to the manufacturing to 70 % of the supply chain to retail to the trash that we make…there’s an opportunity for creating key impact.
CARA SMYTH, VICE PRESIDENT, GLASGOW CALEDONIAN NEW YORK COLLEGE
Going forward, the concept of Cleaner Beauty will extend to ‘cleaner formulations’ as well as cleaner packaging. We have already seen the impact the programme Blue Planet and David Attenborough has had in raising our awareness about single use plastics. With an estimated 90 % of all beauty packaging going into landfill, every brand must do more to ensure our packaging is both fit for purpose and environmentally responsible. For ‘cleaner formulations’ the revelation that ingredients such as ‘dirty’ palm oil or non-biodegradable silicones actively harm the planet will drive this demand for responsibly-sourced ingredients and the elimination of both plastic inside the product and outside in the packaging, which can only be a good thing.
JAYN STERLAND, MANAGING DIRECTOR, WELEDA MILLER HARRIS
A Tribute to Nature
Founded in 2000 and based in London, British perfumer Miller Harris creates sensual and immersive experiences for fragrance lovers, inspired by the city’s unique convergence between wilderness and urban landscape.
In fact, London provides a great backdrop for the brand, with 47 % of the metropolitan area made up of sustainable green spaces. The city has eight Royal Parks spread over 5000 acres, and has the highest density of bees in the country.
London’s commitment to the preservation of green spaces is what inspires Miller Harris to carry this philosophy into their perfumes. The company honours nature by sourcing the finest raw materials and preserving the delicacy of their ingredients, then curates, combines and harmonises them to create perfumes that combine elegance with London’s eclectic street styles.
Miller Harris’ latest “Forage” collection is composed of three scents that celebrate London’s urban greenery by incorporating notes from ingredients found in the city. “Foraging is now more relevant than ever,” says Matthew Huband, Global Marketing Director at Miller Harris, “From foraged botanical cocktails to artisan food, we wanted to bring that sense of discovering the beauty in the ordinary to fragrance, creating a range of urban foraging- inspired scents from ‘wild’ London.”
True to their experiential and experimental nature, Miller Harris enlisted the help of Smile Plastics to create a sustainable packaging design for “Forage” that brings London’s environment to life in the collection’s look and feel.
The packaging is as beautifully designed as its bottles, and curated with the same attention to quiet luxury as their raw ingredients. Each “Forage” perfume bottle comes with a reusable fragrance holder that doubles as a keepsake box for treasures and trinkets. The holders were made from reused or recycled materials, such as composite waste material. Distinctive plastic fragments (from bottle tops to yoghurt pots) inform the packaging design across each Bottle.
In keeping with the brand’s environmental principles, Miller Harris continued their creative journey this past Christmas with beautiful genuine silk scarves that replaced traditional packaging, giving “re-use” a sustainable and luxurious twist.
Miller Harris’ ode to the natural diversity of London’s landscape is reflected in their conscious responsibility to the planet, and their thoughtful packaging communicates about a culture where less truly is more.
Innovation is Unstoppable
When it comes to fashion, many of the conventional systems are not sustainable. As sustainability becomes more and more of a priority, we will see some real positive changes in these systems.
There is already growing awareness about the importance of creating sustainable supply chains and this will lead to an increase in suppliers adopting best practices, like regenerative agriculture. This will then provide more options and availability of sustainable materials, which will support fashion’s shift to full sustainability. A crucial element here is in gaining a deeper understanding of the industry’s global supply chains to ensure they are sustainable and responsible. Traceability is one of fashion’s biggest challenges and I think we will see a push towards radical transparency and reporting in the next years. This kind of in-depth transparency is a “must do” for our industry. Transparency is also not just about product traceability – and how and where they are made – it is about how business activities impact and protect the planet in total. This way, consumers can choose to buy more wisely, and the investment community can understand the risks to a business and how resilient it will be to issues like climate change and resource scarcity. Overall, sustainability issues are becoming more important to consumers and investors, which will undoubtedly be increasingly reflected in the business community in the next 2 years.
“MARIE-CLAIRE DAVEU, CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER AND HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, KERING GROUP
The luxury industry is at the mercy of climate change. The IPCC report notes that the agriculture industry is one of the most negatively impacted by global warming. Significant consequences upon natural resources are inevitable. As we face resource scarcity, we can look to start-ups who are using creative and innovative technologies to present solutions.
Allbirds, a direct-to-consumer environmentally friendly footwear company is using sugarcane in the soles of their shoes.
Everlane, founded in 2010, introduced a new patented material made from recycled water bottles.
Thousand Fell, a new sustainable footwear brand that has consideration for a product’s end-of-life is a priority. “The sustainability of a product’s materials will become as much of a requirement as the ability to exchange it if it doesn’t fit. Sustainability will be the status quo,” says the brand’s Co-Founder Stuart Ahlum. He is vehement, however, that “aesthetics and environmental consciousness are not mutually exclusive.”
Baume Watches, a Richemont company was launch with the objective to challenge every aspect of traditional watchmaking, from new materials to production, distribution and retail methods. For Baume, luxury means innovation and collaboration. Their ultimate aim is to inspire established watch brands to following in their footsteps, and create products where all materials can be recovered for recycling or reuse.
As Marie Chassot, Head of Baume explains, “Baume was designed with a new customer in mind whose values and priorities are different. Social purpose, inclusivity, and responsibility are at the forefront of our customer and employee’s mind; being part of positive change for the environment and society is of the highest value to them.”
Brands must listen or face the risk of being left behind. The Generation Less consumers make conscious choices that aim to break the linear model of waste. As a result, they prefer smaller, innovative brands who are aligned with these principles, particularly if large corporations do not match up. BAUME WATCHES
Design for a Better Tomorrow: How BAUME Watches is Leading Innovation in the Watch Sector by Engaging in Circular Economy
Circular economy has been brought to the forefront in the wake of anti-plastic fervour.
Though circular design is not a new concept, the launch of UN Environment’s #CleanSeas campaign in 2017 sparked an urgent call for action by consumers and businesses to deal with waste and pollution.
Two years later and the tide continues to turn, setting off a wave of emerging innovations that respond to the war on plastic by presenting solutions across design, production and processing. Several companies were looking for ways to not only recycle, but to also build new economies of scale that can thrive while protecting our planet. Designing for a circular economy meant designing for a better tomorrow, and this was the mission under which BAUME Watches was born.
Recognising the shifts in thinking amongst the new generation’s consumer and the innovative production processes emerging in the market, the Richemont Group launched BAUME Watches in May 2018. BAUME Watches is a new watch brand offering customisable watches created through sustainable manufacturing processes.
A BAUME watch is more than a product – it embodies a new mindset that aims to transform the luxury watchmaking industry into a circular economy. BAUME Watches’ minimalist aesthetic is in line with the “Generation Less” approach of millennials, and is set at an affordable price point. As one of the first watches focused heavily on the sustainability angle, the brand’s unique concept affirms how design choices can be made on ethical grounds.
Two pillars guide BAUME Watches’ actions on a daily basis: Mindfulness and Collective Intelligence. This commitment to reduce environmental impact is seen throughout their material choices, supply chain and collaboration projects with thoughtful partners such as Waste Free Oceans, Les Maîtres de Mon Moulin, Central Saint Martins, etc. BAUME Watches is financing a collect of plastic organized by Waste Free Oceans this winter in the Azores, this plastic will then be upcycled into watch straps. This first concrete example illustrate perfectly the engagement of BAUME Watches in developing a circular economy.
BAUME Watches is creating a responsible supply chain that respects humans and designs out waste and pollution. Sustainable material choices replace traditional precious stones, metals, exotics or leather. Instead, watch designs experiment with renewable natural resources such as cork and linen, and upcycled materials such as recycled PET for straps. Cases are made from recyclable materials such as aluminium. BAUME Watches recycles unused components or materials from the production process and emphasise the upcycling principle, the first Limited Edition had a case made with old skateboards from Erik Ellington’s and his friends’ private collection. Even their packaging is in recycled paper (FSC- certified), recyclable and reusable, and the company is working towards incorporating reusable containers into their manufacturing process and moving to 100 % recycled paper.
But perhaps the most innovative element of the BAUME watch is the idea of customisation. With over 2000 different design options to choose from, the modular construction encourages the consumer to play an engaged and active role in the decision of the products they buy. Since BAUME Watches holds only components in stock, avoiding the creation of obsolete stock. It is this democratisation of the design process that ultimately leads to a timepiece that is truly mindful, designed for longevity, and loved for longer.
Contextual Transparency is the key
Companies need to show, not tell. Millennials respond to brands that speak to their values; Confident, According to Mark Ferguson, Founding Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Global Equity Strategy at Generation Investment. Management, the traditional linear communication model used by brands is obsolete. Powerful communication is no longer the ‘trust me, tell me, and show me’ model. He advocates for businesses to adopt a circular and interactive communication paradigm.
Today, good communication is a two-way dialogue as people expect to be part of the conversation, and even co-create with brands. Those companies who adopt this new approach of sharing the good and the bad, instead of only general claims and achievements, will benefit in both the medium and long-term. For example, when communicating about reducing plastic in packaging, brands can also share how much plastic was used before, the ways in which it is being reduced, who is helping execute this objective and what the impact of these changes mean for the consumer and the environment.
Millennials respond to brands that speak to their values
According to Mark Ferguson, Founding Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Global Equity Strategy at Generation Investment Management, the traditional linear communication model used by brands is obsolete. Powerful communication is no longer the ‘trust me, tell me, and show me’ model.58 He advocates for businesses to adopt a circular and interactive communication paradigm.
Today, good communication is a two-way dialogue as people expect to be part of the conversation and even co-create with brands. Those companies who adopt this new approach of sharing the good and the bad, instead of only general claims and achievements, will benefit in both the medium and long-term. For example, when communicating about reducing plastic in packaging, brands can also share how much plastic was used before, the ways in which it is being reduced, who is helping execute this objective and what the impact of these changes mean for the consumer and the environment.
“Millennials respond to brands that speak to their values; Confident, informed, and tech savvy, but at the base of everything has to be authenticity. Building our community, Trinny Tribe, which shows real women and not models wearing our products, is a direct link between us, and our customers, and allows us to be open, accessible and authentic at all times. Listening to our customers and understanding what they want from our products, whether that be a full coverage look, to a more minimal approach, we cater to all. Also, our Match2Me tool gives our customers the freedom to make their own choices, but with the personalisation and trust they need to be their best.”
TRINNY WOODALL, FOUNDER, TRINNY LONDON BELVEDERE VODKA
Uncompromising Quality and Accountability
Proudly made in Poland and crafted using 100% Polska rye and pristine water from its own natural well, Belvedere Vodka reveals the beautiful and layered taste of the world’s first super-premium vodka.
By ensuring the highest environmental standards for its rye production and uncompromising integrity in its vodka making process, the company proves that working with nature can lead to exceptional product development and quality.
Belvedere Vodka has a distinctive taste profile that is recognised internationally by discriminating vodka enthusiasts. Its taste profile is structured, elegant and balanced, with a subtle sweetness, velvety rich mouthfeel and a smooth, clean finish. This dynamic and complex character is defined by a minimalist approach to making vodka. Belvedere Vodka is all natural, contains zero additives or added sugar, is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, and is produced in accordance with the legal requirements of Polish Vodka.
Polish Vodka has the most stringent vodka regulation in the world. Every step of the production must be in accordance with “Polska Vodka” geographical indication requirements. As consumers now seek confirmation of where their products come from, few brands are as closely tied to the provenance of their ingredients as Belvedere Vodka is, or as rigorous in ensuring their standards of excellence are always met.
Belvedere Vodka has an established history of supporting the Polish community with sustainability initiatives. It co-founded the Foundation for Local Environmental Protection, and only sources its Polska Rye grains locally, working to nurture long-term relationships with Polish agricultural partners. It also started the Raw Spirit Program, launched in partnership with agricultural producers to promote the sustainable growth of Polska Rye, and a partnership with the the Lodz University of Technology, which ensures that the agricultural partners are kept up-to-date with the latest developments in grain cultivation.
To extract the finest characteristics of the rye, Belvedere Vodka is meticulously distilled across four columns to yield the perfect balance between the alcohol and the flavour of the rye. The distillation process takes place in a clean production process at their environmentally-friendly distillery Polmos Zyrardów, which is located in the heart of central Poland. One of the world’s longest continuously operating Polish distilleries, Polmos Zyrardów has successfully received ISO certifications for management systems in the categories of food safety, environment, occupational health & safety, and energy efficiency. Through a series of efforts such as shifting from fuel oil to natural gas, upgrading the distillery control system, and recovering heat energy, to name a few, Belvedere Vodka has been able to reduce CO2 emissions by 42 % since 2012 and over the next three years hopes to cut emissions even further by 80 %, becoming one of the greenest distilleries in the world.
As part of the LVMH group and under the LIFE 2020 project, Belvedere Vodka works hard to improve the environmental performance of their products, encouraging suppliers to pay more attention to environmental matters and to provide environmental KPI’s on a quarterly basis.
Belvedere Vodka knows that a commitment to quality is synonymous with a commitment to environmental excellence, and the company is continually mindful of its footprint.
”There is an increasing demand for company transparency in sustainability and consumers want to support brands that deliver on this promise. I’m very proud of our efforts to do so,” says Rodney Williams, President and CEO of Belvedere Vodka.
As a result of passion, and dedication to their craft and consistent commitment to quality and sustainability, Belvedere Vodka is the most awarded super premium vodka. It has been recognised “Vodka Producer of the Year” by the International Spirits Challenge for the past three consecutive years and it has received a Gold for Sustainability at the 2017 International CSR Excellence Awards (ICSR). The Polmos Zyrardów distillery recently became the first spirits distillery to receive a grant from the European Union to further its sustainability leadership.
By tapping into Poland’s 600 year of vodka- making tradition, along with Belvedere Vodka’s own drive towards innovation, the brand was the first to generate a new standard of excellence by establishing the super-premium vodka category.
In 2018, Belvedere Vodka opened up the doors of their distillery to the public for LVMH’s 4th edition of Le Journées Particulières, allowing people to discover the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship. KIEH L’S SINCE 1851
Skincare Made Better for a Future Made Better
Since 1851, Kiehl’s has always believed their patrons, communities, and planet deserve companies that do better.
Aaron Morse, second generation Kiehl’s family founder, penned the “Mission of Kiehl’s,“ stating: “A worthwhile firm must have a purpose for its existence. Not only the everyday work- a-day purpose to earn a just profit, but beyond that, to improve in some way the quality of the community to which it is committed.”
Founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village over 150 years ago, Kiehl’s extensive experience has resulted in a unique blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal and medicinal knowledge developed over generations. A holistic sustainable model has always been at the core of the company.
However, this year Kiehl’s publicly launched their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative “Kiehl’s K+ Made Better” for the consumer — marked by a green seal that can soon be found in-stores and online.
The “Kiehl’s Made Better” platform promotes Kiehl’s commitment to continuous improvement across five key pillars: naturally derived ingredients, sustainably sourced ingredients, responsible packaging and manufacturing, recycled materials, and their community impact through Kiehl’s Gives.
Today, 95 % of their formulas contain at least one natural or natural origin raw material, with minimal preservatives in their formulations. By 2020, Kiehl’s is committed to including at least three natural or natural origin raw materials in at least 98 % of their formulas.
Kiehl’s also works hand-in-hand with farmers and producers to source their ingredients in a way that is beneficial to their communities and the planet. Today, 36% of their formulas contain at least one sustainably sourced raw material, such as their ginger leaf, quinoa husk extract, and fairly traded Argan oil. The company is committed to including at least one sustainably sourced raw material in at least 50 % of formulas by 2020.
Since 2005, the company has been responsibly manufacturing in a way that helps conserve the planet, reducing carbon emissions by 82 %, water consumption by 21 %, and waste generation by 36 %. By 2020, they aim to reduce C02 emissions, water consumption and waste generation at their manufacturing plant in the U.S. by 60 %.
A leader in post-consumer recycled packaging, Kiehl’s also ensures consistent reuse and recycle in their stores, with goals to include at least 30 % post-consumer recycled materials in 100 % of their saleable products packaging by 2020. As a trailblazer in product take-back programmes within the beauty industry, the brand encourages their patrons to recycle their empties through their worldwide Recycle & Be Rewarded program. Since the Recycle & Be Rewarded Program launch in 2009, Kiehl’s has collected more than 3 bottles, and hopes to hit the 35 mark by the end of this year.
True to their mission for a future made better, Kiehl’s makes it a priority to support community causes with a focus on children’s well-being, environmental awareness and HIV/AIDS research through engaging campaigns within their “Kiehl’s Gives” programme.
The first Kiehl’s product launched under the Kiehl’s Made Better platform is “Made for All” Gentle Body Wash, which honours the 5 key pillars of the Kiehl’s Made Better platform:
• Formulated with sustainably sourced Aloe Vera.
• Formulated with 95 % naturally derived ingredients. Tested for safety on the whole family, ages 3+.
• 100 % Biodegradable Formula.
• Packaging made with 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Materials (PCR). “Clean Flake” Label Adhesive Technology.
• Worldwide events on Kiehl’s Day, giving back to local communities.
While Kiehl’s continues its journey as a socially responsible company, consumers can look forward to following the brand’s positive solutions as their Kiehl’s Made Better platform roll out across communication touch-points. BIOTHERM
Biotherm’s Waterlovers Programme: A Sustainable Commitment
Water covers 70 % of our planet and 80 % of all life forms – however less than 3% of our planet’s blue heart is protected. The many threats to the world’s oceans affect people’s lives, including pollution, overfishing, marine habitat degradation, and the impacts of climate change.
For Biotherm, water is part of the brand’s history. The legend of Life PlanktonTM and its miraculous healing powers is embedded in the DNA of Biotherm. In 1952, Dr. Jos Jullien took a trip to the French Pyrenees, where he discovered a miraculous fountain in which Roman warriors would bathe after battle, in order to heal their wounds. Here, he discovered Life PlanktonTM, a unique natural ingredient exclusive only to Biotherm. After 8 years of research, Biotherm biologists developed a unique bio-fermentation process called Fermogenesis™, which allowed Life PlanktonTM to be made 4 times more concentrated than that of its natural state. Healing is an integral part of Biotherm’s DNA.
Therefore, it is not only the brand’s mission to heal skin but it is also the brand’s responsibility to contribute to planet protection through a sustainable commitment.
It is for this relationship that Biotherm’s particular interest in preserving water converges with the growing global concern over the resource, now a critical issue for the planet. “Water is at the heart of Biotherm. Since 2012, we have been committed to the preservation of the earth’s water and aquatic life through our Biotherm Waterlovers platform”, explains David Fridlevski, Biotherm’s International General Manager.
In 2012, Biotherm built the Waterlovers initiative, a program to minimise Biotherm’s impact on water and aquatic life and contribute towards the protection of important marine areas. The initiative’s mission is a source of inspiration that is integrated throughout the brand at every level, internally and externally: ingredients, formulae for skincare products, packaging, consumer education and awareness, or philanthropy. Internally, Biotherm Waterlovers has developed a strong sustainable water plan, committed to more sustainable water use and environmental best practices in the production of existing and future products, from a minimum 90 % biodegradability target for rinse-off formulas and 100 % FSC certified cardboard packaging to introducing naturally- derived particles in our scrubs. In 2017, Biotherm brought product sustainability to the next level with the launch of the brand’s first eco-designed Waterlover Sun Milk, respectful of aquatic life. This product was the result of seven years of research conducted by a team of 20 scientists.
Biotherm’s commitment to protecting the oceans is most evident in their partnership with Mission Blue since 2012, the same year as the inception of the Waterlovers program. Founded by the ocean’s greatest spokeswoman Dr Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is a global campaign to help protect the ocean’s “Hope Spots”, marine areas that are large and critical enough to restore ocean health. Since 2012, Biotherm Water Lovers has protected seven Hope Spots around the world.
In 2018, Biotherm announced its partnership with Tara Expeditions Foundation to financially support their efforts and research projects. Since 2003, the French non-profit organisation collaborates with international scientific institutions to study, and understand the impact of climate, and ecological change on the ocean, and is committed to make preservation of the oceans a common responsibility for all of us. Thanks to Biotherm’s support, Tara will be able to better understand the evolution of coral reefs in the context of climate and demographic changes.
The partnership with Tara Expeditions Foundation adds a new milestone to the brand’s sustainability commitment. CONCLUSION – Sustainability Leaves a Deeper Mark
As Generation Less become the dominant force in both the marketplace and the workforce, it is evident that sustainability is no longer a surface level issue. We have twelve years to make unprecedented changes to save our world, and Generation Less is empowered, wilful and ready to use their voice – and wallet- to make progress.
There are elements of the sustainability sphere, which have not yet been part of the mainstream, but they will. The beauty industry should anticipate a swell in natural ingredients and formulations in 2019. While we are all familiar with the negatives of ‘Fast Fashion’, ‘Fast Beauty’ is next. With a growing awareness of ingredients and the lack of transparency within the fragrance industry, a demand for more natural products will reign in the coming years.
Companies that increasingly use plant-based ingredients in their products will recognise that their capacity to innovate and sell inventory depends on biodiversity conservation. Consequently, this will call for efforts to improve supply chains not only because it is a consumer expectation, but because of the increasing scarcity of raw materials and the strong business case for responsible sourcing.
Powerful communication is a key opportunity for businesses – particularly for brands who are making social and environmental efforts. To effectively resonate with this new consumer, circular communication that involves them as part of an ongoing dialogue, is necessary. Through their feedback, people can widely influence the purchases of others and even have a hand in co-creating the brand’s products.
We all know that sustainability is a confusing world and complex topic. Yet the greatest opportunity for brands is simplifying their messaging by talking about specific actions around areas that capture the hearts and minds of consumers, for example, animal welfare, plastic pollution, waste reduction, and more.
This volatile landscape has made it challenging but critical to understand what sustainable actions matter the most to consumers. Our Butterfly Mark helps simplify the connection between brands and consumers. The interactive Butterfly Mark showcases a brand’s Positive Actions through a series of informative icons broken down by the business’ areas of impact. When people interact with these icons, Positive Luxury collects qualitative insights on what sustainable actions create the most engagement amongst consumers.
With an average of over 20 million interactions across all our brands, the Butterfly Mark data reveals that the most engaging Positive Actions in all categories are Environmentally-Friendly Packaging, Equal Employment, and Fair Pay. Within the Beauty and Personal Care category, Environmentally-Friendly Packaging leads the way again, followed by Animal Testing, and Committed to Sustainable Palm Oil. For Fashion and Accessories, Cruelty-Free Materials, Equal Employment, and PVC Free are the three major areas of concern, while for the Living category, Environmentally-Friendly Packaging holds top spot. In Jewellery, Conflict-Free Diamonds and Equal Employment interest consumers the most, and in Premium Drinks, Drinks Aware and Supports Philanthropic Causes reign top. For Travel, consumers pay more attention to Positive Actions such as Preserves Biodiversity, No Plastic Bottles, and Less Impact Leisure.
Purpose and sustainability have always been inherent to successful business. However, while brands are realising that taking action due to the imminent implications of climate change is vital, they are also realising that communicating their efforts is essential to attracting talent and, of course, meeting consumer expectation.
Luxury brands still have an opportunity to be leaders in communicating their social and environmental practices in a way that will inspire others to follow. Generation Less are passionate consumers and employees that are demanding respect – for themselves, for others and our world. If you give it to them, you will have an engaged employee and a loyal consumer; if you do not, they will find it elsewhere. In this changing world, trust and authenticity are keys to success.
GENERATION LESS IS EMPOWERED WILLFULLY AND READY TO USE THEIR VOICE — AND WALLET — TO MAKE PROGRESS. Newsletter of last week :
A profound analysis on Generation Less – 2019 Prediction Report ( Part I ) https://textile-future.com/?p=19480 Here is the Review of last week’s NEWS . For your convenience just click on the feature for fast access.
Acquisition
Unilever acquires The Laundress https://textile-future.com/?p=19669
Agriculture
Bayer maintains strong position in access to Seeds Index https://textile-future.com/?p=19523
Automation
Industry 4.0: From bale to box https://textile-future.com/?p=19629
Awards
Nominees for the OUTLOOK™ INDIA INNOVATION AWARD announced by EDANA https://textile-future.com/?p=19492
Bankruptcy Protection
Clothing retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy again https://textile-future.com/?p=19652
Companies
Breaking News – First Information on Swiss Rieter’s Financial Year 2018 https://textile-future.com/?p=19611
Canada Goose launches New Social Entrepreneurship Programme https://textile-future.com/?p=19708
E-Commerce
Cross-border e-commerce: Commission welcomes agreement on proposal to facilitate sales of goods and supply of digital content and services in the EU https://textile-future.com/?p=19596
Cotton
ICAC: Steady Cotton Consumption, declining Production will draw down Stocks https://textile-future.com/?p=19796
Creativity
Electrifying designs by Karl Mayer https://textile-future.com/?p=19600
Data
Record year for Swiss Foreign Trade in 2018 in details https://textile-future.com/?p=19576
December 2018 Euro area unemployment at 7.9 % EU28 at 6.6 % https://textile-future.com/?p=19684
Flash estimate for the 4th quarter of 2018 GDP up by 0.2 % in the Euro Area, 0.3 % for the EU28 https://textile-future.com/archives/19680
U.S. Employers added 304000 jobs in January; Unemployment ticked up due to Shutdown https://textile-future.com/?p=19692
Swiss Consumers do not foresee job losses https://textile-future.com/?p=19695
Flash estimate – January 2019 – Euro Area annual inflation expected to be 1.4 % https://textile-future.com/?p=19702
Denim
PG DENIM is back at Munich Fabric Start with new collaborations to expand the tailor-made approach in 2019 https://textile-future.com/?p=19563
Events
I Love Miami” is the new collection of the Riri Group for the Spring Summer 2020 Season https://textile-future.com/?p=19618
Bitrez and Materia Nova showcase new family of Benzoxazine thermoset resins at JEC World 2019 https://textile-future.com/?p=19664
SHIMA SEIKI at ISPO Munich 2019 https://textile-future.com/?p=19672
Innovation
Safe Reflections, Inc. to debut latest innovations in Reflective Solutions At ISPO Munich Feb 3-6, 2019 https://textile-future.com/?p=19494
Roland DG announces launch of its first Direct-To-Garment Printer for on-demand personalisation https://textile-future.com/?p=19516
Jeanologia presents a new production model for the digital era https://textile-future.com/?p=19510
A new machine by Karl Mayer is shaping the standard sector https://textile-future.com/?p=19633
Joint Venture
EU Commission approves creation of joint venture between Aunde and Brose https://textile-future.com/?p=19520
Motor Bikes
Harley-Davidson Electrifies the future of two-wheels with debut of New Concepts and LiveWire™ Motorcycle https://textile-future.com/?p=19699
Partnering
Austrian MCI concludes deal with top University in Hong Kong https://textile-future.com/?p=19499
Custom Luxury Sneaker Company’s e-Marketplace to implement Crypto.com Pay https://textile-future.com/?p=19552
Polycarbonate applications in mass transportation https://textile-future.com/?p=19622
Cosabella Partners with ELOQUII on first-ever Limited-Edition Lingerie and Sleepwear Collection up to 5X https://textile-future.com/?p=19644
Patterns
Five guide bars, countless shoe fabric patterns https://textile-future.com/?p=19608
Personalities
New responsible for BASF Division Advanced Materials & Systems Research https://textile-future.com/?p=19535
Li& Fung with Re-Designation of Director and the latest status of the Board of Directors https://textile-future.com/?p=19535
Proposals by the Nomination Board to the Annual General Meeting 2019 of Suominen Corporation https://textile-future.com/?p=19535
PUMA appoints Anne-Laure Descours as Chief Sourcing Officer and Member of the Management Board https://textile-future.com/?p=19677
Sustainability
European industry fosters CO2 reutilisation https://textile-future.com/?p=19502
Milestone for climate change at COP24: Sympatex Technologies is one of 40 signatories https://textile-future.com/?p=19530
Lenzing ranked first by Canopy for sustainable wood sourcing https://textile-future.com/?p=19538
Schoeller Winter 2021 Fabric Collection – Deep sheen, brilliant colouring and genuine upcycled products https://textile-future.com/?p=19541
Improving the recycling of polyurethane plastics https://textile-future.com/?p=19549
The new Nordic Research Branks like Dear Denier and Swedish Stockings choose Fulgar’s Q-Nova® regenerated Nylon 6.6 for its eco-sustainable products https://textile-future.com/?p=19638
Webinar
Webinar – OEKO-TEX® new regulations 2019 (January 31, 2019) https://textile-future.com/?p=19559
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“With enough butter, anything is good.” ( Julia Child)
Butter is made by churning milk fat. It has a solid, waxy texture and varies in color from almost white to deep yellow. It is mostly made from cow’s milk, but water buffalo milk is used in the Indian subcontinent, yak milk in the Himalayas , and sheep milk in central Asia . Butter is an important food in North America , Europe , and western and central Asia but is of lesser importance in the rest of the world.
The mechanism of butter production is not fully understood. The process inverts cream, an emulsion of minute fat globules dispersed in a liquid phase (water), to become butter, an emulsion in which minute drops of liquid are dispersed in a solid phase (fat). Churning first traps air in the cream, producing foam. Continued agitation destabilizes the fat globules, disrupting the fine membranes that surround them and releasing naturally occurring emulsifiers such as lecithin. As agitation continues, the foam collapses, and the fat droplets are forced together in grains. Gradually they increase in size and become visible.
The origins of butter are unknown. One theory is that migrating nomads discovered that milk they carried with them became butter (much as American pioneers made butter by allowing the motion of the wagons to churn milk as they traveled). Butter has been known in Eurasia since ancient times. The classical Greeks regarded it as barbarian food. Later friction arose over Lenten food prohibitions by the church in medieval Europe. Oil, a southern staple, was allowed, but butter, derived from animals, was forbidden, creating difficulties for northerners who had to buy expensive imported oil or pay a fine to use butter.
Until the late nineteenth century, butter was made by traditional small-scale methods. Milk was “set” in bowls until the cream rose and could be skimmed off. It was used fresh for sweet cream butter or “ripened” (soured) as the bacteria it contained converted the lactose (milk sugar) to lactic acid . Sometimes clotted (scalded) cream was used, and milk fat retrieved from whey after cheese making can also be used for making butter. Below are some are some of the different kinds of butter that are available:
1. Clarified Butter (Ghee) : Clarified butter (also known as ghee) is made from rendering butter; the water evaporates, and the milk solids float to the surface and are skimmed off, leaving just the butter fat. Clarified butter has a higher smoke point than regular butter because of the lack of easily burnable milk solids (485° F vs. 325-375° F), so you can use it for higher-heat applications, like frying things.
Commonly used in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines, clarified butter stays fresh longer than regular butter since it has less water (and water encourages spoilage). This is what you’re usually going to have with something like lobster.
2. Clotted Cream : Similar to butter, but made in an entirely different fashion, with milk or cream indirectly heated and then left to cool in shallow pans, where clumps or “clots” of cream rise to the top and are separated.
It’s an essential part of cream tea in England (a break for tea and scones with jam and clotted cream). In the U.S., its high fat content means this dairy treat is technically butter.
3. Cultured Butter :When people originally started making butter, they collected cream that they skimmed off their fresh milk over a few days before they had enough to churn into butter, and that time allowed the cream to start to ferment; that’s cultured butter.
Most cultured butter today is made from added bacteria instead of natural fermentation, but the end result is basically the same, with additional aroma compounds from the fermentation and a more “buttery” taste according to many. You can treat cultured butter just like regular butter in terms of use and cooking (again, there are salted and unsalted varieties), but it can definitely add an extra tang to your dish, so make sure that’s what you want.
4. European Butter : IN the U.S., this is often what cultured butter is labeled as, and if you go to Europe you’re likely to find cultured butter. There are a lot of variations of “European butter” though, so check the ingredients to get an idea of what’s going on.
A few European butters have special legal geographical designations like Beurre d’Isigny from France and Beurre d’Ardenne from Belgium. Since most European butter is cultured, make sure you take that tanginess into account when you cook with it.
5. Goat and Sheep Butter : its butter made from goat’s or sheep’s milk. It’s thought that the first butters ever made were made from either goat or sheep, since they were both domesticated about 1,000 years before cows.
Just make sure you taste these first before you jump right in as they’re not going to taste like the butter you’re used to. They’ll have a certain farm-y note like you’d taste in goat or sheep cheese.
6. Grass-fed Butter : GRASS-fed butter is the same as normal butter, but the milk or cream is from grass-fed cows. This gives it a yellower hue and a more vibrant, grassy flavor. Grass-fed butter is healthier than regular butter, possibly equal to olive oil in terms of fatty acids.
Grass-fed butter tastes great. You can get salted or unsalted grass-fed BUTTER and the same basic rules of regular butter apply. I generally don’t keep regular butter around, just salted and unsalted versions of grass-fed.
7. Homemade Butter : Quite possibly the best butter you’ve ever had. Get some high-quality cream (grass-fed if you can find it), throw it in a food processor or blender or stand mixer,
turn on and let run about seven minutes. You have butter. Just pour off the liquid and season with salt to taste. It’s a spreadable, delectable treat that will seriously take your toast to new heights you didn’t even know existed. You can cook with this if you want.
8. Regular Salted and Unsalted Butter : Salted butter is great on waffles, pancakes, and toast, salted butter is a versatile finishing butter you most likely know, love, and have in your fridge right now. Commercial butter in the U.S. has to contain at least 80 percent butter fat and is considered “sweet cream” butter, which means it’s made from fresh pasteurized milk versus cultured or fermented milk.
Unsalted butter has no salt. If you’re doing some baking or making a pan sauce, you’ll want to use unsalted butter to make sure your end product isn’t overly salty; it’s hard to control how much salt is in the butter so using unsalted butter ensures that you can properly control the salt in your dish. Unsalted butter on toast or waffles is bland so if this is all you have for available sprinkle a bit of salt on it.
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” ( James Beard ) [i]
[i] Sources used: · “What Are the Different Kinds of Butter (And How Do I Use Them)?” by Paul Harrison · BUTTER” by Encyclopedia.com This post is dedicated to my wife, Bobbi, who loves butter.

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One of the most influential and powerful endorsements for plant-based diets by the Lancelot Medical Journal to save the planet and feed the earth’s population. Yes, we’re on the right track!
Seven dietary changes to protect your health – and the planet
Consider a diet that can prolong your life and, at the same time, feed a growing global population without causing further damage to the environment.
That’s just what 37 scientists from 16 countries (the EAT-Lancet Commission) did for two years. Their findings resulted in recommendations for a healthy diet that can feed the world’s population from sustainable food systems and were published on Thursday in the medical journal The Lancet.
They recognize that food production needs to nourish human health and support environmental sustainability; currently, our food systems are threatening both. Strong evidence indicates that livestock farming is one of the biggest drivers of climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, water use and chemical pollution.
The “planetary-health diet,” largely plant-based and low in red meat and sugar, is estimated to feed 10 billion people by 2050 from sustainable food systems. The researchers also believe it will prevent 11 million premature deaths a year caused by an unhealthy diet.
WHAT’S IN THE DIET?
Daily protein comes mostly from plants including beans, lentils, soy and nuts. Whole grains, not refined, are included, and fruits and vegetables fill half of your plate at meals.
The recommended 2,500-calorie diet doesn’t completely eliminate animal foods. It can include, each day, one half-ounce of red meat, one ounce each of fish and poultry and one cup of milk or yogurt. One to five eggs can be eaten a week.
Plant-based oils are substituted for animal fats and added sugars are limited to 31 g a day, in line with the WHO recommendation for sweeteners.
IS IT FEASIBLE?
The planetary-health diet is a huge shift from the way we eat. But eating this way isn’t completely foreign.
The traditional Mediterranean diet of the early 1960s was largely plant-based and contained only 35 g of red meat and poultry combined each day. Many traditional diets (e.g., West Africa, India, Mexico and parts of Asia) contain lots of plant protein and little meat or dairy.
Some people, though, feel that achieving this global diet isn’t feasible.
Not today; that’s for sure. Reaching these dietary targets by 2050, the EAT-Lancet Commission points out, will require policies that encourage healthier food choices, agriculture sustainability, stricter rules around governing of land and oceans and reducing food waste.
TRANSITIONING TO A SUSTAINABLE DIET AT HOME
In the meantime, there are small steps you can take on an individual level to move toward the planetary-health diet.
Replace meat with pulses. Substitute cooked brown or green lentils for half of the ground meat in meatloaf, meatballs, burgers, shepherd’s pie, stuffed peppers and marinara sauces.
Replace some of the meat in tacos and burritos with black beans or pinto beans. Reduce the amount of meat in chili and add extra kidney beans or chickpeas. Eventually, replace all of the meat with beans or lentils.
Replace cheese in sandwiches with hummus.
Use nuts to replace meat. Add almonds or cashews to a vegetable stir-fry instead of beef or chicken. For lunch, have a nut-butter sandwich instead of ham or turkey.
Boost plant protein at meals by tossing toasted nuts or pumpkins seeds into greens salads.
Set a target. Determine how many meatless meals you’ll eat each week and then build on that. Vegetarian chili, tofu stir-fry, salad with edamame, bean burgers, chickpea curry and lentil soup are protein- and nutrient-packed lunches and dinners.
Include plant-based breakfasts, too. Try a smoothie made with fruit, greens and soy or pea milk, whole grain toast with almond butter, oatmeal topped with nuts and berries, quinoa or millet porridge or scrambled tofu.
Pack in produce. Eat a mix of fruits and vegetables, at least five servings a day (one serving is one-half cup of cooked or raw vegetables, a half-cup of berries or one medium fruit). One-half of each meal should consist of these foods.
Consider your snacks. Making snacks 100-per-cent plant-based is an easy step to take. Choose fruit and nuts, homemade trail mix, vegetables and hummus, whole grain crackers with nut butter, soy/pea milk smoothies or soy lattes.
Rethink restaurants. You’ll find a variety of plant-based options at restaurants that specialize in ethnic cuisines such as Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Japanese and Chinese.
Or, pick a plant-based restaurant near you and when travelling.
Reduce food waste. Shop for, store and repurpose foods to minimize waste at home. Avoid buying in bulk; purchase only what you need whenever possible.
Buy “ugly produce,” misshapen fruits and vegetables often thrown away by farmers and grocery stores. Use vegetable scraps to make soup stock.
Store leftovers at the front of the fridge so you don’t forget them; eat within three or four days.
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