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Rebecca Scotland, Editor Phone:+44 (0) 203 970 0037 Website: Editors Letter Hello and welcome to the 2023 Holiday Issue of LUXlife magazine! Summer is on the horizon, but we’re already gaining a sweet taste of it as the sun bathes us in her gloriously warm rays. Thus, many of us are finding ourselves in the mood for escaping to a sublime sun-drenched destination or on a serene spa retreat, whilst delving into the luxuries that complement such activities, whether a tantalising dish or the most expertly crafted Italian cup of coffee. In this holiday issue of LUXlife, we showcase some of the most top-tier establishments that are defining the word ‘luxury’ – whether they provide a divine getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or they enhance the pleasures of said daily life. Indeed, we take a look at a range of outstanding luxury service providers, from spas, restaurants, and tour operators, to architects, interior design studios, and even a wedding photographer – and they are all devoted to providing a truly optimal experience. So, join us, as we take in the beauty that comes with the month of May, and gain an insight into what is to be relished in the world of luxury. We hope you enjoy this issue of LUXlife and look forward to welcoming you back when summer is officially here.

4. News 6. LIN Architecture: Cutting-Edge Design and Research 7. Magnino Bistrot: Best Specialist Coffee Bistro 2023 - Tuscany 8. N&R Foldings: Making Things That Should Be There. 9. Rising Lotus Photography & Films: Best International Couture Wedding & Engagement Photographer 2023 (USA): Marilyn Bray 10. Red Sea Restaurant: Best Seafood Restaurant 2023 - Sunshine Coast 12. Le Voyageur Inn: Best Thai Cuisine Restaurant 2023 - Northeastern Ontario 13. LJ’s Tavern: Best Pub Grub 2023 - County Londonderry 14. La Sal: Best Mediterranean & Latin-American Fusion Restaurant 16. Omar Khayam Restaurant: Best Casual Indian Restaurant 2023 – West Midlands & LUX Lifetime Achievement Award 2023 17. Blu Isles: Best Full-Service Luxury DMC 2023 - Barbados 18. Oeno Group: Exquisite Fine Wine & Whisky Merchant 19. The Royal Wootton Bassett: Superb Steak and Wonderful World Tapas 20. Temple Restaurant: Authentic Meat-Eating Experience Capturing Carnivorous Essence 21. India Café: Best Contemporary Indian Dining Experience 2023 - Central Arkansas 22. Café In: Best Premium Meat & Sushi Fine Dining - Lisbon 24. Osman Tours: Most Inclusive Specialist Tour Operator – Tanzania 25. Stephen Alderdice Studio: Turning Land and Buildings into High- Performing Assets 26. Hare + Klein: Enriching Lives Through Design 27. Balzar London: Redefining Design Excellence in the Industry 28. Bündnerland Luzern: Most Innovative Traditional Swiss Restaurant 2023 - Lucerne 30. Cafe Sóller: Best Vegetarian-Friendly Eatery 2023 – Mallorca 32. Root Healing Iboga Retreats: The Godfather of Plant Medicines 33. Footman & Butler: Prime Property Management for Ultra-High-Net- Worth Clientele 34. Mormedi: Leading The Future 35. Storeage-Group: Experience Your Brand 36. Birch House: Refined, Thoughtful and Versatile Interior Design. Contents

H20 Life. Style. Resort. Is the Caribbean's first and only luxury kiteboarding resort, and one of the trendiest boutique hotels to grace the shores of the Turks and Caicos Islands. H2O is the latest venture between Canadian entrepreneurs and hoteliers, Rob Ayer and Nicolas Boucher. The two identified a gap in the market – a wellness getaway that invites guests to maintain and enjoy their active lifestyles in a consciously designed setting. The resort opened safely and quietly in early 2021 and is now in full swing for kitesurfing enthusiasts and luxury vacation goers alike. New this year • Surf Shop, a chic onsite destination everything from swimsuits to sunscreen & fashionable resort wear. • Brand-new jet boat for private charters & jet skis added to H2O's watercraft fleet • Saturday and Sundays handmade pizza prepared by renowned chef Nazzareno Galosi at the beach bar • Dining option- weekly/daily private chef or stocked ready to eat meals in-suite One of the Best Destinations for Kiteboarding and Watersports in the World. Oceanfront Wellness Retreat Engages Active Guests in a Consciously Designed Setting Luxury Accommodations H20 is a perfect destination for the traveler who enjoys chic minimalism and personalized, boutique service. The 25 ultra-modern and luxuriously appointed suites are available in a range of layouts to host groups and occasions of all sizes. The resort's expansive suites are bright, with contemporary touches and furnishings by Restoration Hardware. The suites are designed so guests can enjoy daylong views of turquoise waters and walkout outdoor patios and terraces with crisp ocean breezes and views. A Sustainable Setting Ensuring a truly sustainable setting was a priority from the start and all design elements aim to protect the local environment. H20 is the first resort on the south shore of Providenciales to take the necessary steps to make Turks and Caicos Islands "Greener by Nature" by enrolling in several initiatives designed to ensure tourism and the environment stay green. An Active Traveler's Oasis Away from the crowds, on the shallow and blissfully warm Caicos Banks, H2O's Long Bay beachfront, offers the most ideal and safe conditions for kiteboarding, windsurfing and wing foiling, rooftop yoga, court sports and a 24-hour fitness center with private training session options. Guests can also lounge poolside at the child-friendly pool complete with a large hot tub, or relax at the oceanfront infinity pool to take in unparalleled views. The Amenities Endless comforts from in-suite massages overlooking the sea to consciously curated amenities, including tesla house cars, this seaside sanctuary is the ideal location for a re-energizing stay. To ensure ultimate relaxation, each guest has a dedicated Lifestyle Liaison to ensure expectations are exceeded. HangTime Beach Bar Cocktail hour is an island essential. H2O's full service beach bar invites you to enjoy signature refreshments & world class cocktails.

Holiday 2023 | News A Haven for Exclusivity Seekers and Urban Escapists Reopening for the season on Friday 19th May, Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa is inviting guests to bask in spiritual solace and serene seclusion in the Dodecanese's most unspoilt island, Patmos. Known as the 'sacred' island, where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation, Patmos has long drawn an international and jet-set crowd looking to experience Greece at its most authentic. Enveloped by an abundance of natural beauty, the resort boasts a prime location in Grikos Bay, evoking a sense of peace and tranquillity. Each summer exclusivity seekers and urban escapists flock to the bay's crystal-clear waters to recharge the spirit and mind in the most picturesque of settings. A haven for cultured explorers, Patmos Aktis is a secluded, contemporary retreat inspired by the island's authentic heritage and rich history. Encouraging guests to disconnect from the stresses of everyday by Where the Ordinary is Simply Extraordinary - Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa reconnecting with nature, the resort provides direct access to the bay's lapping waves which mirror a nest of beauty, comprised of golden sands and wild flora. Rooms and suites effortlessly combine an array of volumes, materials, and textures, providing a sanctuary to switch off from the outside world, whilst the resort's exterior pays homage to the island's charming villages through its Cycladic design and whitewashed walls. An intimate setting to unwind within, guests can bathe in the Grecian sun by the pool, or from the seclusion of the suite's expansive terraces, lounge on plush sunbeds peppered along the shoreline or indulge in rejuvenating treatments at ANASA Spa. At the resort's two Mediterranean restaurants local flavours reign supreme and can be enjoyed from a waterfront setting whilst watching the sun set beyond the Aegean. For those looking to head out and explore all that Patmos is famed for, the resort offers an array of exclusive experiences. Uncover the island's numerous unspoilt beaches, from Lampi with its green and tawny pebbles to cosmopolitan Kambos and its clean, shallow waters. Seaside shacks embellish the shore, serving up traditional fare and freshly caught seafood, whilst towards the centre of the island guests can venture through Chora, the culture-filled capital home to a spirited nightlife and streets lined with bustling boutiques. Accessible only by boat and five islands away from the nearest airport, it's no wonder Patmos has become a coveted destination amongst the yacht-set and A-list. Boasting the beauty of Greece's more popular islands, but without the throngs of tourists, it's retained its mystical and spiritual energy, allowing visitors to escape the outside world by reconnecting with Patmos in its purest form. A destination to enjoy solo, with a loved one or as a group, the island is an idyllic alternative for those seeking a Grecian getaway this season and Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa the perfect base to explore from within.

6 | LUXlife Magazine Cutting-Edge Design and Research Unique architecture can only be brought into reality by the most brilliant and creative of minds. It takes a very specific selection of individuals to compile projects that’re truly special, and winner of the Most Innovative Contemporary Architecture Firm 2023 -China award, LIN Architecture, is at the forefront of producing a multitude of original concepts that’re setting the standard for contemporary architecture. And, with its dedication towards sharing its expertise with students across the world, LIN Architecture is determined to make its mark on the industry with its new and inspired ideas. As an academic research platform for design, LIN Architecture boasts an impressive portfolio of innovative and practical design concepts that’re completely unlike anything currently displayed within the industry. Its eye for detail is undeniable, and it’s this attentiveness that shines throughout each project detailed on its online webspace. Throughout the years since its inception, it has consistently presented the world of architecture with designs and concepts that are a perfect blend of creative and pragmatic. And, with a team of designers who have each graduated from some of the most prestigious universities across the world, LIN Architecture has made it its mission to spread its knowledge and prowess to a whole new generation. Partner this experience with a variety of backgrounds in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, interactive design, geo-science, urban simulation, and many more, and you’ve got a firm that has a wealth of talent just waiting to be taught. What sets LIN Architecture apart within the industry, however, is the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary insights that it brings to the platform. Through such a diverse array of individuals, each with brilliant minds geared towards creating futuristic concepts that’ll stand the test of time, LIN Architecture is able to guarantee the selection of critical and typical topics for the design projects it pursues. The result is a varied catalogue of inspired concepts that make a real statement, and truly showcase the talents of each individual involved in any of LIN Architecture’s projects. At its heart, however, LIN Architecture is concerned with providing design studios, lectures, seminars, international workshops, exhibitions, and other forms of design practises to students across the globe. Its aim is to prepare any students looking to pursue a future in architecture, and tirelessly works towards offering all of the necessary advantages that any individual could need in order to thrive throughout their architectural journeys. LIN Architecture is a firm believer in the idea that ‘the best way to achieve success is by fostering an open, inclusive, and collaborative platform’, and are consistently demonstrating its passion for this mindset. LIN Architecture has made it its aim to spread its wealth of knowledge to a wide variety of students, and does so through any means necessary. Whether it be inviting well-known scholars and designers to host lectures to the students, or conveying their personal experiences to give these individuals an insight into the industry, LIN Architecture will stop at nothing to guarantee an enlightening learning experience. It’s dedicated to its craft, and will continue to inspire young architects for generations to come. Contact: Lifeng Lin Company: LIN Architecture Web Address: Feb23534

Holiday 2023 | 7 When visiting a popular tourist spot, you want to be sure that you’re going to experience the best of the best. Regardless of whether you originate from Italy, or are a tourist travelling there to appreciate everything that its cuisine has to offer, finding the perfect establishment can be a challenge with such a wide variety of options. Thankfully, Magnino Bistrot, awarded the title of Best Specialist Coffee Bistro 2023 – Tuscany, has everything any guest could need to fully experience the best coffee that San Gimignano has to offer. Best Specialist Coffee Bistro 2023 - Tuscany atmosphere, as well as a recently renovated exterior terrace, guests are presented with a multitude of dining options that’ll allow them to truly appreciate the spectacle surrounding them. Though coffee is Magnino Bistrot’s specialty, its menu also offers an array of local delicacies for customers to enjoy. Its sweet pastries come with a myriad of fillings, including jam, hazelnut cream, or honey, and its artisanal ice cream parlour can provide any guest with a tasty relief from the heat. No matter your fancy, Magnino Bistrot will be able to present you with only the freshest and tastiest of ingredients, all to ensure patrons have a dining experience as pleasurable as the surrounding sights. Of course, with such a wide range of stunningly special delicacies available to each customer, Magnino Bistrot has accumulated shining reviews that appreciate the care and dedication that goes into each dish and beverage. One customer expressed how “…it was a wonderful find with craft coffee that is unique in Italy. You can have a pour over of coffee roasted by design. The baristas are very knowledgeable and create custom coffee drinks with great quality…”, which acts as a testament to the café’s immense love for its craft. Coffee is where its passion lies, and it’s evident through the brews that the expertly trained baristas are able to concoct. No matter the time of day, Magnino Bistrot has an option for everyone. But its coffee is a must for anyone who’s looking to sample the best that San Gimignano has to offer. And with such a friendly team of individuals, each equipped with an astounding skillset within their field, and an overwhelmingly welcoming environment, it’ll be impossible to resist the temptation. Contact: Marco Nencini Company: Magnino Bistrot Web Address: stablished in San Gimignano in 1927, Magnino Bistrot has continuously grown and flourished throughout the many years since its inception, and has become immensely popular with both locals and tourists alike. This is all due to the astonishing quality of its products – from coffee to pasta, its dedication towards only using the best ingredients available has earned it a star-studded reputation unlike any other coffee shop in the area. What truly draws guests to Magnino Bistrot is its authenticity. It holds itself to an incredibly high standard, and this is reflected in the delectable brews that it’s able to concoct. Each coffee is crafted with immense care, forged through a combination of incredible talent and the best ingredients available. Magnino Bistrot has closely practised the art of making coffee throughout its history, and is constantly evolving to provide an ever-expanding list of options for customers from all walks of life. Its coffee is a specialty blend, and this lends itself to its tantalising nature. The flavours that the team is able to create are nothing short of spectacular, making it a must-try for anyone passing through the gorgeous town of San Gimignano. And, with a pleasant internal E Feb23588

8 | LUXlife Magazine ith a basing in both Tokyo and London, N&R Foldings has discovered how to extract the creativity from origami in order to develop products that are unlike anything on the market. It recognises the functionality that origami offers, and combines this utility with its interest in digital generation and digital fabrication to realise its product vision. As a result, N&R Foldings has been able to create articulated surfaces that offer a multitude of solutions to a wide variety of products. One of its most recent and popular examples is its Orishiki bag. Initially presented as a flat sheet structure composed of triangular segments, the bag can be assembled seamlessly to create a sleek, modern accessory that’ll compliment any situation. As the beginning of the name suggests, Orishiki is derived from the folding foundations that origami has constructed, bringing an appeal to the product that shares no competitor on the current market. The result is a carrying device that’s sturdy, stylish, and incredibly intuitive to produce. Of course, the innovation doesn’t end there. Another project that N&R Foldings has delivered in recent years is a collaborative piece that places an emphasis on transforming decorative objects. Once again deploying the foldability that accompanies origami as an art form, Poligon is the passion project born from the minds of Rodrigo Solorzano and Matthew Making Things That Should Be There. Throughout its existence, origami has been an inspired art form that’s gone on to encapsulate the true meaning of creativity. Its versatility is undeniable, and the satisfaction that partners completing an origami project is what sets it apart as a unique craft. Not many have been able to harness a similar effect, however, N&R Foldings have mastered combining origami with the latest technology to create all-new, innovative products. We explore how its ingenuity as a company has earned it its latest Most Creative Product Design Studio 2023 – Tokyo award title. White. Through combining a love for origami with a passion for metal etching, the pair managed to design folded metal sculptures that’re eye-catching and beyond unique – a perfect compliment to any surface within your home. Alongside practical products, N&R Foldings also specialises in bringing ideas into fully-fledged concepts that are only amplified by its creative flair. It works alongside clients to understand and realise their ideas, all to create products that embody the shapes that it believes should be there for anyone to use. The business takes the time to understand clients on a personal level, and will develop any concept, regardless of genre, graphics, or installation. Thanks to N&R Foldings, building just became a lot more interactive. Its flawless designs allow for an assembly unlike anything we have in the current day, and its origami-like structures make for futuristic products that truly mark the evolution of construction. The minds behind N&R Foldings are nothing short of remarkable, with brilliant ideas that are sure to pave the way towards the future of product innovation. Contact: Naoki Kawamoto Company: N&R Foldings Web Address: W Apr23040

Best International Couture Wedding & Engagement Photographer 2023 (USA): Marilyn Bray Weddings are designed to be unforgettable, but nothing plays a larger role in capturing your perfect day than a carefully crafted photography collection. You need someone who can truly see the extent of you and your partner’s love and is able to encapsulate it in an artistic way. With the love of her life by her side, Marilyn Bray devotes herself to documenting photos and videos of both wedding and engagements while applying her visionary approach to photography to produce something truly special for every couple. Based in Tampa Bay, but operating worldwide, Marilyn, alongside her significant other, forged Rising Lotus Photography & Films to convey their love for photography and cinematography through their wedding and engagement services. At its heart, Rising Lotus Photography & Films is a studio that specializes in international destination weddings, private estate weddings, and historical venue weddings, with a client base of couples who truly value the art form of photography. Both Marilyn and Jeremy understand what is required to capture the pure, concentrated essence of a couple’s love for one another, and it’s this adept awareness that forges the foundation of Rising Lotus Photography & Films. The couple loves love, and they make this abundantly clear through the breath-taking images that they’re able to consistently capture throughout their catalogue of work. Rising Lotus Photography & Films already has a huge gallery brimming with beauty, with each photo and video adhering to the business’s overwhelming dedication towards love. Personalization is key for Marilyn and Jeremy, and it’s this devotion to their clients that allows them to gain the best possible understanding on how to properly capture a couple in a way that’s both natural and enigmatic. The skillsets that both parties hold for their field is astonishing, and they apply everything they know about their craft to produce images and videos that encapsulate the unique love story of the couple that they’re working with. Rising Lotus Photography & Films gets to know their clients on a personal level, all to achieve a final result that’s completely bespoke for the couple. With its astounding collection of talent, Rising Lotus Photography & Films is able to provide a luxury experience to each and every couple they serve. They strive to produce the highest quality photography and cinematography within the industry, and with the couples they work alongside as their inspiration, Rising Lotus Photography & Films are able to create a timeless story of their couples’ love. Marilyn believes in the permeance of a wedding photograph, and dedicates her all into being Apr23068 able to provide couples with a timeless artistic representation of their union- their love legacy. Of course, through offering such an incredibly personalized experience, both Marilyn and Jeremy have received an abundance of, not only awards, but love letters from clients across the globe. One client had this to say: “I am so thankful that we were able to have you photograph our day. You took note of every little detail, captured both glamorous and silly poses, and helped to incorporate some special long-standing family traditions (Spameos!) I will forever recommend you without hesitation”. Rising Lotus Photography & Films recognizes that photos taken in the moment are often the most authentic, and never places pressure on any of its clients to appear a certain way. Client individuality is carefully preserved in every single photo. It’s clear from Rising Lotus Photography & Film’s overwhelming success that it’s a photography and cinematography studio that has love at the core of its practices. Every event, be it a wedding or an engagement, is treated with the respect it deserves, and will be captured in a way that’s undoubtedly genuine. Marilyn and Jeremy’s intense passion for the field is undeniable, and the evidence is there for all to see. They sincerely are masters of capturing true love. Contact: Marilyn Bray Company: Rising Lotus Photography & Films Web:

Jun22596 10 | LUXlife Magazine As a major commercial area of Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore presents visitors and locals alike with a wide variety of both shopping and dining options. With such an overwhelming selection to choose from, it can be difficult to find somewhere that truly dedicates itself to cultivating the utmost quality, both in terms of service and culinary creations. However, Red Sea Restaurant stands out as a multi award-winning staple of Maroochydore. With its wide array of dining options, and a team of friendly, welcoming individuals, it sets itself apart as the best seafood restaurant throughout the entirety of Sunshine Coast. What makes Red Sea Restaurant truly special, of course, is its selection of nautical nibbles. From catch of the day options, to fresh seafood platters, there’s a constant supply of perfection upon which the establishment’s brilliant reputation is built. Every dish is crafted by experts, who bring a genuine passion to the craft of cooking that shines through the food Red Sea Restaurant proudly presents to its diners. It takes full advantage of its location to gather the best ingredients possible, all to guarantee a dining experience unlike any other. Red Sea Restaurant aims to make meals to remember. With a menu geared towards anyone of any age, regardless of dietary requirements, it’s able to capture an inclusive and accessible dining experience that’s sure to linger in its guests’ memories for years to come. No matter your tastes, Red Sea Restaurant will provide dishes that are only of the highest quality, composed of the freshest ingredients that Sunshine Coast has to offer. And with wheelchair accessibility and a range of highchair options available, you needn’t worry about having to leave any members of your family behind. Everyone is welcome, and togetherness is fondly encouraged. And with friendly locals frequenting the Red Sea Restaurant, the welcoming environment is able to effortlessly flow throughout the entire establishment. It houses a wonderful coastal lifestyle opportunity for anyone visiting, whilst providing a consistently fantastic flavour to locals and regulars alike. Additionally, as a result of its unique location assets, Red Sea Restaurant gives all diners the chance to appreciate the breath-taking scenery that makes up Sunshine Coast. With outdoor seating available, alongside an indoor alternative, guests can appreciate a versatility that only serves to enhance Red Sea Restaurant’s delectable dishes. Mar23161 Best Seafood Restaurant 2023 - Sunshine Coast When visiting the stunning Australian coastline, sampling the local, fresh seafood is an absolute must. Especially in Sunshine Coast, where the food is caught daily and prepared with unrivalled expertise. But, if it’s the best of the best that you’re looking for, then Red Sea Restaurant is the go-to for all of your culinary desires. Be it extensive seafood platters, or steak cooked to your liking, Red Sea Restaurant offers diners a genuine taste of the Australian coast unlike any other.

Holiday 2023 | 11 In addition, Red Sea Restaurant also presents diners with the opportunity to reserve tables for special events, so patrons can take full advantage of the fantastic facilities. Red Sea Restaurant houses an impressive bar that welcomes any and all to a wonderful taste of traditional Australian beverages, and is eager to ensure everyone enjoys themselves. And, if you’re needing a cake for your special event, the team will craft your delicious dessert in-house to guarantee an unforgettable freshness. The team at Red Sea Restaurant are passionate about giving all they can to anyone they can, all whilst maintaining an undeniable quality. With such a dedication towards satisfaction across the board, it comes as no surprise to learn that Red Sea Restaurant is also incredibly active within the local community. Costs have been rising across the globe, resulting in a multitude of struggles for a whole wealth of individuals. As a result, Red Sea Restaurant has taken it upon itself to give back to the community, offering free food to any facing a difficult time, and providing homeless people within the area with carefully crafted meals to bring a smile to their day. Its compassion is truly admirable, and with an active presence on social media, diners can keep track of bake sales, food opportunities, and much more. Red Sea Restaurant truly is an establishment that puts its diners first. Its team, from the waiters to the chefs, are each carefully selected in order to deliver the best dining experience possible. It’s devoted plenty of time and resources towards establishing an inviting atmosphere that’ll be sure to please individuals with the highest of standards. It goes above and beyond to prove that it’s deserving of its myriad of awards, and consistently presents guests with an unparalleled quality in its seafood and steak alike. One previous diner expressed that: “This place is worth a visit! This family run restaurant prides itself on freshness, quality, and quantity. Their staff are very welcoming and personable”. This acts as a testament to the hard work the team are constantly putting in to encourage Red Sea Restaurant’s overwhelming success, and highlights the intense focus that it places upon delivering the best of the best within the area. Red Sea Restaurant really is a star-studded establishment that presents the best of Maroochydore, all whilst delivering service with a smile. If you’re visiting Sunshine Coast, Red Sea Restaurant’s dining experience is an absolute must for anyone looking to sample the finest seafood Maroochydore has to offer. Contact: Neil Deakin Company: Red Sea Restaurant Web Address: What makes Red Sea Restaurant truly special, of course, is its selection of nautical nibbles. From catch of the day options, to fresh seafood platters, there’s a constant supply of perfection upon which the establishment’s brilliant reputation is built.

12 | LUXlife Magazine Best Thai Cuisine Restaurant 2023 - Northeastern Ontario Authentic Thai cuisine is difficult to come by in any location that isn’t within Thailand itself. It’s nearly impossible to replicate the multitude of flavours that makes Thai food so compelling, unless you have the heritage to help concoct these delectable dishes. But no restaurant offers better Thai cuisine throughout Ontario quite like Le Voyageur Inn. Join us as we delve into how its brilliant culinary team manages to represent the food of this astounding culture, all whilst providing a comforting environment that’ll please new and returning patrons alike. Based in Mattawa, Canada, Le Voyageur Inn is paving the way towards making Thai cuisine infinitely more accessible to the people of Ontario. At its core, it’s a Thai restaurant and hotel with an aim to present the authentic flavours of traditional Thai food that truly reflects the richness of the owners’ heritage. Its dedication to offering a Thai culinary experience is what sets Le Voyageur Inn apart from any other restaurant within the area, and its this flair for great food that keeps its reputation strong and its customers loyal. For both new and old patrons, Le Voyageur Inn fosters a warm atmosphere within the establishment that serves to enhance the closeness of the local community. Its comfortable environment allows for a relaxing dining experience that’s full of flavour, whilst also introducing a closeness between people that most other restaurants simply can’t compete with. Le Voyageur Inn’s team cares deeply for the people it’s serving, and aims to provide its very best, no matter the guest. Its heart, however, truly does lie with its overwhelming passion for Thai cuisine, and this uniqueness really lends itself to Le Voyageur Inn’s already fantastic wealth of offerings. Not only does it present guests with the chance to enjoy a blissful sleeping experience in one of its many immaculate rooms, but its prowess in cooking Thai food creates an essence of brilliance that ensures it stands out among others. It believes that Thai food should be appreciated, and has worked tirelessly to bring the unique tastes and dishes of Thailand to the smaller communities within Northern Ontario. Of course, such a devout passion leads to the food being absolutely spectacular. Made from only the highest quality of ingredients, prepared by talented chefs who have mastered the art of perfection, the cuisine is consistently fantastic, and effortlessly encapsulates the authenticity of Thai dishes. And with a drive to constantly improve where possible, mostly in its dietary alternatives, Le Voyageur Inn has proven itself as an establishment more than worth of its awardwinning name. As the food and hospitality industry continues to prosper and thrive, it can become increasingly difficult for most restaurants to match this breakneck pace. However, Le Voyageur Inn has dedicated itself towards providing its guests with the best slice of Thailand within Ontario. Its dishes are expertly crafted, and its establishment serves as a safe place for individuals who are looking to enjoy a more exotic taste. Le Voyageur Inn is full of friendly faces, and fabulous food that’s simply impossible to resist. Contact: Sudawan Butt Company: Le Voyageur Inn Web: Apr23078

Holiday 2023 | 13 Established in 2019, LJ’s Tavern is a tastefully decorated restaurant and bar located in the heart of Magherafelt, serving a substantial menu that features everything from well-known pub classics to a traditional Sunday lunch. The establishment has amassed a truly impressive 4.6star rating on Google, with reviews praising the brilliant food and wide variety of choice. This is precisely why LJ’s Tavern has been recognised for its outstanding food, having won Best Pub Grub, County Londonderry, in the Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023. Best Pub Grub 2023 - County Londonderry Upstairs, LJ’s Tavern boasts a stunning bar area called the Déjà Vu lounge. With modern and quirky art deco style furniture, alongside an exclusive menu of cocktails and premium gins, the lounge is truly unique, offering guests an experience they won’t find anywhere else. The entertainment at LJ’s Tavern is also unrivalled, with local bands playing live both upstairs and downstairs over the weekend. The Déjà Vu lounge also hosts a number of local DJs on Fridays and Saturdays, creating the perfect atmosphere for a celebration or a lively night out with friends. In fact, the company specialises in birthday parties, offering tailored party packages and reserved seating to suit the needs of any group. Sports lovers will be intrigued to discover that LJ’s Tavern is known as one of the best venues in Mid Ulster for watching live sports. With 20 large HD screens and 2 large projectors placed around the bar, LJ’s Tavern is the perfect venue to catch football, boxing, GAA, horse racing, and pay-per-view events. Whether guests are looking for a party, a delicious meal out with friends and family, or a drink after work to catch a game, LJ’s Tavern is the place to be. It’s no surprise that the venue welcomes people from across the world, many of whom are delighted by the outstanding service of its highly trained staff as well as the incredible quality of its food. We congratulate LJ’s Tavern on its success in winning Best Pub Grub 2023 and look forward to seeing what the future holds for the establishment. Contact: Lisa Forbes Company: LJ’s Tavern Web Address: oasting an extensive evening menu of perfectly cooked chicken, delectable seafood, and succulent burgers and steaks, LJ’s Tavern is the perfect location to celebrate any occasion with a first-class meal. From pasta to salads to meaty treats, there is something on the menu for everyone, no matter their tastes and preferences. On Sundays between 12pm and 3:30pm, the restaurant also serves an enticing Sunday lunch, with a choice of turkey, ham, beef, stuffed chicken, gammon, chicken goujons, or a sirloin steak. All meals are accompanied by cabbage, carrots, peas, creamed potatoes, roast potatoes, cocktail sausages, and gravy. The restaurant also serves a children’s roast dinner that comes with a dessert, offering amazing value for money. If the mouth-watering selection of dishes isn’t enticing enough in itself, LJ’s Tavern also advertises amazing offers that can be redeemed on certain days of the week. On Tuesdays, everything on the evening menu is half price between 5pm and 9pm, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays after 4pm, guests can choose a free starter or dessert to accompany their main course. These deals attract people from across County Londonderry and beyond to sample its delectable menu. Many people fall in love with the place and return time and time again to try more of its dishes. Alongside the excellent food it serves, LJ’s Tavern delivers an unparalleled customer experience through its interior design, atmosphere, and staff. Its downstairs bar oozes both homeliness and classiness, with luxurious velvet seating and contemporary décor. The aesthetics are complemented by a cosy and warm atmosphere, which sets guests at ease and makes them feel relaxed. In this welcoming environment, visitors can expect to be served by friendly and welltrained staff who are committed to delivering the highest standard of service possible. No matter the size of their party, visitors will be well taken care of and served quickly and efficiently. B Mar23211

Jun22596 14 | LUXlife Magazine Best Mediterranean & Latin-American Fusion Restaurant 2023 - Mallorca La Sal is a popular restaurant in Mallorca’s stunning Port de Sóller, serving an extensive menu of tempting tapas and luscious Spanish cuisine, all made with the best local ingredients. The establishment is supported by a dedicated team of staff, who work hard to deliver the best standard of service to complement the delicious homemade food it delivers. La Sal has recently been recognised for its excellence by LUXlife, having won Best Mediterranean and Latin-American Fusion Restaurant, Mallorca, in the Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023. The remote Port de Sóller is a picturesque coastal village situated in a large horseshoe bay on the west coast of Mallorca, boasting a historic tram ride, sandy beach, and scenic surroundings. Thanks to its ancient fishing harbour, the village is a great place for lovers of fish and seafood, which can be indulged in at a number of local restaurants. The village’s well-equipped marina is also the perfect place to embark on a yacht or sailing trip to neighbouring bays. Considering its array of offerings, it is no surprise that the location is a popular destination for tourists visiting the Balearic Island of Mallorca. Located on the seafront, La Sal is a cosy tapas bar in the heart of Port de Sóller with a bright and homely indoor dining area as well as a comfortable outdoor terrace. When they visit the bustling restaurant, guests can expect to indulge in a delicious meal while enjoying an incredible view of the famous port, the glistening Balearic Ocean, and the breath-taking mountains beyond. Rows of boats line the busy port, many picking up excited visitors and whisking them away to witness the full beauty of Mallorca’s coastline and the Tramontana Mountain Range. La Sal is proud of its unique and original menu, which offers an expansive range of signature tacos and sams, premium cured meats, fresh fish and seafood, Artisan sweet treats and pastries, as well as delicious burgers with the best homemade buns. The restaurant’s impressive breakfast menu features toasts, eggs, sandwiches, yogurts, smoothies, and cakes, treating visitors to an utterly mouth-watering and energising start to their day. For those seeking a drink to quench their thirst in the Spanish heat, La Sal offers high-quality coffees, teas, homemade iced teas, lemonades, kombucha iced teas, as well as a wide selection of organic Mallorcan wines available by the glass. The restaurant also boasts a 100% vegan cocktail menu featuring spritzers, fizzes, Collins, coladas, martinis, frozen cocktails, mojitos, and caipirinhas. Guests will not be disappointed by

Holiday 2023 | 15 the variety and quality of the drinks served at La Sal, which tickle the tastebuds of both drinkers and non-drinkers. With a deep love for its local area and community, La Sal operates based on a sustainable philosophy, using local and organic products to create its delectable dishes and drinks. This ensures that all ingredients are fresh and great quality, while contributing towards the local economy. In its day-to-day activities, the restaurant also strives to limit its use of plastic in order to play its part in taking care of the environment. La Sal is dedicated to producing homemade dishes using organic ingredients, without any additives or preservatives. It also aims to offer as many gluten free and vegetarian options as possible, always making allergen information available to those who need it. Through this, the restaurant shows its commitment to its customers, doing its best to make sure there is something for everyone on its menu. Welcoming customers from across the world as well as many Mallorcan residents, La Sal is always busy, serving incredible food consistently to all who dine there. The restaurant has amassed an impressive 4.4-star rating on Google, with over 384 reviews. In reviews, customers frequently comment on the fabulous view of the port from La Sal’s beautiful terrace, recommending that those who visit take the time to sit and appreciate the scenery. They also mention the amazing staff, who deliver attentive and friendly service, always with a smile on their faces. Visitors also praise the quality and originality of the food, particularly the fresh calamari, excellent burgers, and refreshing salads. They also appreciate the fact that everything is homemade and delicious, for example the hummus tacos and marinated tuna and shrimp tacos. Importantly, customers often feel that they are receiving great value for money at La Sal, with large portions and fair prices. One glowing review explains, “We ate here twice on a 3-day trip; it was very good. Delicious fresh food, the ceviche was excellent, the pork belly dish fabulous, all the tacos we tried were outstanding and the service was first class. We tried a few other top-rated places for lunch and dinner, and nothing came close.” Based on this, it is no surprise that many customers return to the restaurant time and time again, even when they are only staying in the area for a short time. Many reviews highly recommend that those staying in the Port de Sóller area pay a visit to La Sal to experience a delicious, satisfying meal while enjoying the sun beating down on the beautiful port. Considering the overwhelmingly positive reputation it maintains with customers, it is no surprise that La Sal has been awarded Best Mediterranean and Latin-American Fusion Restaurant, Mallorca, in the Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023. As the travel and tourism industry continues to experience huge amounts of business following the Covid-19 pandemic, we look forward to seeing what the future brings for La Sal. We congratulate the restaurant on its success in winning this award and wish its team the utmost success in the coming years. Contact: Hamlet Ramirez Company: La Sal Web Address:

16 | LUXlife Magazine mar Khayam is one the oldest established Indian restaurant in Birmingham having traded under the same name since 1982. Not only that, but the company has in essence existed under the same concept, with the same recipes in use since the initial restaurant opened in 1963. It is proud of its consistency with excellent food quality, customer service and standards. It is more than just another restaurant in the local area, it is an institution. Its story goes back to the pioneering times of curry first being introduced to the British palate. Nowadays its menu is combined with fresh British ingredients, giving the restaurant’s fare a western twist. Its top selling dishes are bound to keep any curry lovers happy with recipes that have been firmly established, remain consistent and work time after time. These classics are improved as and when appropriate, but Omar Khayam thinks it is important to remain true to the original recipes as much as it possibly can. It does not try to reinvent the wheel. If the flavours work, it does not deviate as it feels it is vital to keep the classics alive. Its customers can rely on their favourite dishes unchanging and hitting the quality mark every time. Working in the restaurant world can be challenging, with profit margins often tight, but Omar Khayam stands resolute in its intentions to price fairly. It does not reduce its quality or portion sizes, rather it adjusts its prices only according to the costs of raw materials in the current market. Its long-standing staff are trained to maintain consistency, and unite as a happy team, keeping it real and keeping up the high quality of the food they make. Last year Omar Khayam’s founder and owner Mr Rama Kanta Dey sadly passed away. This has left a significant gap in the business, the restaurant Best Casual Indian Restaurant 2023 – West Midlands & LUX Lifetime Achievement Award 2023 The oldest Indian restaurant group in Birmingham, Omar Khayam, is a historically important curry pioneer with city links dating back to 1963. The restaurant maintains consistent quality and flavourful food for its loyal customers, using top quality British ingredients with no artificial colours or additives. Its kitchen uses spices freshly ground on site to produce the delicious classic curries it has become synonymous with. and the neighbourhood. He is much missed by family, colleagues, and his loyal customers, and has left a void in the industry generally. Of course, this was alongside the challenges the company also faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making things twice as hard. Mr Rama Kanta Dey was the man who founded and operated the original restaurant group since 1963 and of course Omar Khayam since 1982 carrying it successfully to his last day. Omar Khayam is proud of its positive impact on the area, and its positive reviews received online and face to face from loyal customers. This kind of interaction makes it clear to everyone just how important the restaurant is to local people, and what it means to them. It’s not a Michelin star restaurant, or a chain, but it is loved by its customers and important to the famed history of curry establishments in Birmingham. It’s an institution that can be celebrated for its consistency, quality and service standards. This year Omar Khayam has won a coveted LUX Lifetime Achievement Award for Mr Rama Kanta Dey and the Best Casual Indian Restaurant 2023 - West Midlands. This is a much-deserved award for the longstanding company, who have consistently been producing amazing curries for 41 years. Well done to Omar Khayam, and long may you continue to delight customers with your celebrated Indian cuisine. Contact: Omar Khayam Company: Omar Khayam Restaurant Web Address: O Mar23381

Best Full-Service Luxury DMC 2023 - Barbados Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Barbados, Blu Isles stands tall as a luxury full-service destination management company that has redefined the art of creating extraordinary travel experiences. Here’s a little more about the company that is standing out from its competitors – so much so that the firm has been recognised as the Best Full-Service Luxury DMC 2023 in Barbados. With a team enriched by years of collective expertise in luxury tourism, hospitality, marketing, sales, law, and the culinary world, Blu Isles possesses an unparalleled understanding of Barbados. As destination specialists, its team’s commitment to constant evolution, innovation, and customer satisfaction sets the company apart. Blu Isles holds the key to unlocking the unimaginable in Barbados. Armed with intimate local knowledge, international experience, and an extensive network of premium partners, its team crafts quintessential experiences that leave an indelible mark on travellers’ hearts. Blu Isles provides access and exclusivity to the island’s premier restaurants, attractions, and activities, offering a full suite of services tailored to meet the needs of even the most discerning clients. From the moment of inception to flawless execution, its in-house expertise in bespoke experiences ensures that every need is not only met but surpassed. What sets Blu Isles apart is its unwavering commitment to world-class standards. It is revolutionising the destination experience in Barbados by paying meticulous attention to the finer details and anticipating its clients’ desires. An approach of intricacy, creativity, and pursuit of dynamic and novel elements culminate in unique, personalised solutions. Moreover, as a multilingual DMC, it caters to Portuguese, French, and Spanish-speaking clients, opening up the wonders of Barbados to a broader audience. With Blu Isles guiding every stage of the journey, it offers the luxury of perfection and peace of mind – This is the Blu Isles Difference. Blu Isles caters to a diverse range of clients, welcoming those who seek an unparalleled destination experience in Barbados. From high-profile individuals and corporate groups to luxury travel agencies, it provides clients with a tailored approach, ensuring that their specific needs and desires are met precisely. The company’s unparalleled local expertise, extensive network of premium partners, and unwavering commitment to excellence set it apart from potential competitors. At the heart of Blu Isles’ success lies its exceptional team. The staff play a pivotal role in shaping the firm’s triumphs, providing a seamless experience from start to finish. When recruiting new talent, Blu Isles looks for individuals with a passion for excellence, creativity, and a genuine love for their work. The internal culture at Blu Isles fosters collaboration, innovation, and a dedication to surpassing expectations, which ultimately contributes to the company’s ongoing success. While Blu Isles thrives in delivering extraordinary experiences, it faces challenges stemming from the impact of climate change on the Barbados tourism industry. Rising sea levels and coastal erosion threaten the island’s beaches and coastal infrastructure, potentially affecting its reputation as a premier beach destination. Additionally, changing rainfall patterns and water scarcity could impact the industry’s ability to provide a sufficient water supply, potentially decreasing the quality of visitor experiences. The degradation of coral reefs, a major attraction for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts, is another concern. Lastly, extreme weather events such as hurricanes can cause significant damage to infrastructure and impact visitor demand. Blu Isles has ambitious plans for 2022 and beyond. Its focus remains on continuing to exceed clients’ expectations, embracing innovation, and crafting extraordinary experiences that showcase the beauty and wonders of Barbados. By adapting to industry challenges and leveraging the team’s expertise, Blu Isles strives to set new standards in luxury travel. Feb23621 At Blu Isles, sustainability and corporate responsibility hold significant importance. The company actively engages in giveback programmes for every group it works with. Moving beyond simple donations, it seeks to provide meaningful experiences that positively impact local communities and the environment. Whether reading with children or planting trees, Blu Isles encourages clients to actively participate in sustainable initiatives. By creating a sense of connection and awareness, it empowers individuals to make a difference in Barbados and globally. In conclusion, Blu Isles is a beacon of excellence in luxury travel. With its unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, meticulous attention to detail, and a team of exceptional individuals, the company continue to redefine the art of creating unforgettable travel experiences in the breathtaking landscapes of Barbados. Blu Isles remains steadfast in its pursuit of perfection, innovation, and sustainability as it moves forward, setting new benchmarks for the destination management industry. Company Name: Blu Isles Contact Name: Nicholas Alleyne Web Address: Contact Email: [email protected]