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Monocle travel guide

— Global


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.

Espa life at Corinthia hotel, Reine Rorbuer, Starnet

Reine Rorbuer

Lofoten, Norway

Each morning, dozens of fishing boats dock in the idyllic village of Reine in the Lofoten archipelago, northern Norway. Dating back almost 350 years, the Reine Rorbuer hotel has 35 red-painted cottages that used to be fishermen’s cabins, otherwise known as rorbuer. First built in the 12th century, rorbuer are a familiar sight on the Nordland coast and are typically built on stilts. Refurbished by Norwegian architect Niels Nicolaisen, this cluster of cabins is an annual destination for dedicated guests who either prepare…


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