Now is the perfect time to revisit these tropical stunning shores.
When Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison purchased 98 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai back in 2012 (for a reported $300 million), he did so with plans for both transforming the tropical haven and helping to preserve its unique, laid-back charm. In the years since, his vision has come to life via things like improved air service to the destination, and several upgrades to the coastal Four Seasons Resort Lanai—one of two Four Seasons properties on the island, both of which Ellison also owns. Now, on November 1st, after a multi-year closure and renovation, the second hotel is re-launching, too—this time as Four Seasons’ first-ever adults-only wellness retreat.
Docks opened to the 51,000 visitors of the 42nd Cannes Yachting Festival on Tuesday, effectively kicking off the fall boat-show season. The seaside city of Cannes, set along the French Riviera, makes way each year for everything from go-fast speedboats to tenders, dayboats and superyachts, both motor and sailing. In total, this year’s show features 542 exhibitors and 640 boats in the water, from Astandoa to Wally—and beyond.
“This year the Yachting Festival is organized between the two ports,” says Sylvie Ernoult, director of the Cannes fest. “The Vieux Port hosts the ultimate in motor boats while Port Canto becomes the new showcase for the most beautiful sailing boats.” Ernoult points out that free sea and land shuttles are provided to help visitors get from one port to another easily. She recommends taking the day boat—which offer magnificent view of the Croisette and the bay of Cannes—to enjoy a fleeting moment on the water.
You also don’t want to miss the Concours d’Élégance, an in-water parade of vintage and modern day boats that pay tribute to the history of yachting on the French Riviera. Of course, no boat show would be complete without the proper yachting accoutrements. The event’s Luxury Gallery showcases watches, jewelry, artwork and other handcrafted items.
Get a little closer to the cosmos to commemorate man’s greatest leap.
July 20 will be the 50th anniversary of the moon landings: and Washington, DC, would appear to be the number one city to celebrate the semicentenary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s literal and proverbial giant leap.
And it could signal a new direction for the watchmaker.
Vacheron Constantin debuted a seriously hot new Overseas Dual Time watch this week in New York City’s Greenwich Village, along with new brand ambassador Cory Richards. The National Geographic photographer and adventurer wore the watch on a recent attempt to summit a new route on Mount Everest—he has already reached the peak twice, once without oxygen in 2016—but Mother Nature proved a formidable opponent when the weather prevented the completion of his ascent.
During his climb, the new Dual Time watch allowed him to tell time both in Tibet and back home in the States, while its über-tough and ultralight case was able to withstand the extreme conditions of the world’s toughest mountain. For the rest of us, it simply offers a beautifully executed sports watch.
Not for lighthearted landlubbers, of course.
Europe’s first submerged restaurant has made quite a splash. Booked for more than six months out, scoring a seat at the Snøhetta-designed Under is no easy feat. But if you’re going to journey all the way to Lindesnes, Norway, to walk the gangplank and enjoy all the local produce (and, of course, wildlife) the North Atlantic has to offer, make sure you grab the best seat in the house.
In the view of Under senior architect Rune Grasdal, it’s table 30, “on the far right-hand side of the restaurant, closest to the window.” The spot provides a front-row seat to Under’s 11-foot-tall view and a welcome respite from foot traffic, as the VIP vantage point sits in the far corner of the restaurant—the farthest away from the staircase leading down to Under’s dining area.
Granted, it’s hard not to benefit from a viewing window of such magnitude, but the great minds over at Snøhetta (a.k.a. Grasdal & Co.) didn’t exactly stuff the place to the gills, either—the restaurant’s 40-person capacity effectively keeps views unobstructed. And if one oversized acrylic lens isn’t enough for you, the bar on the mezzanine level sits adjacent to a vertical window, one that runs from above to below sea level, so guests can enjoy both while sipping an after-dinner digestif.
Take the road less traveled and it could make all the difference.