This issue we’re excited about the openings of cosy hotels in Japan and Taipei, a Thai island retreat, a Swedish eco-lodge and a unique retail store in Antwerp. We also profile an airline, Susi Air, in Java.
The towns of Blagoveshchensk and Heihe are divided by a river – and the very different routes the Russian and Chinese economies are travelling along. And there’s no doubt which town people want to live in.
The Swiss carrier has established itself as a trusted link between Lugano and regional airports overlooked by the major airlines. Its focus on premium options and service is winning business clientele.
A Jewish enclave a century ago, Vienna’s Karmeliterviertel – part of the larger Leopoldstadt – was down and out for much of the postwar period. But thanks to creative energy and smart city planning, the area is booming.
Away from the dark world of the Camorra, the city’s real innocence and romance shine through – whether in the family-run restaurants, selling locally caught fish as they have done for generations, or the young couples…
On Monocle’s radar this month are a forested villa just outside Shanghai, an expanding retail concept store in Japan, a coffee shop in São Paulo, London’s latest hotel spa, and a homely bistro in Mexico City.
Syria opens its first privately owned winery, East Africa gets wired up to global broadband, and business booms for the small weapons trade. In Europe, Barcelona takes a cue from the Gulf and starts a major investment in…