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&Beyond Vira Vira, Chile

Introducing a magical, all-inclusive Relais & Châteaux lodge

located in the heart of Chile’s Lake District,

&Beyond Vira Vira

lies on the banks of the Liucura River, surrounded by natural

lagoons, flowing rivers, with amazing views of Villarrica Volcano.

Enjoy gourmet farm-to-table meals, prepared using fresh

ingredients grown on-site in the Vira Vira organic vegetable

garden. Work with the hotel’s cheese maker and learn this

beautiful art and further appreciate the food at the hotel,

produced from their own land and dairies.

Take advantage of all the hotel has to offer, activities include horse

trekking in the Cordilleras, hiking one of the surrounding Natural

Parks or taking an exciting flight around Villarrica Volcano by

helicopter or small plane. Customize your journey to your exact

specifications with

Gateways International Tailor-made Tours

.

Turning travel dreams

into reality since 1986.

FALL/WINTER

2018 •

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FALL/WINTER 2018

THERE’S A NEW TOP CHEF IN TOWN

Clare Smyth, chef-owner of Core by Clare

Smyth in London, now holds the title of elit®

Vodka World’s Best Female Chef 2018. The

award, now in its eighth year, seeks to shine a

spotlight on extraordinary talent and

excellence among female chefs. “This accolade

is not for me but for all the women working in

the hospitality industry around the world,”

Smyth said. “I hope to use this platform to

encourage and mentor more women to

achieve success.” Smyth, who grew up

on a farm in County Antrim,

Northern Ireland, was the first and

only female chef in the UK to hold three

Michelin stars, for Restaurant Gordon

Ramsay, formerly known as Royal Hospital

Road, in Chelsea, London. She worked with

top British Chef Ramsay for more than 13

years before opening her own modern fine

dining restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, in

London’s Notting Hill neighbourhood, in

2017. With an emphasis on natural,

sustainable food sourced from the UK’s most

dedicated farmers and producers, Core is

an elegant but informal fine dining

restaurant offering sophisticated

modern British cuisine.

MOUTH-WATERING GOODNESS

Royal Hideaway Playacar in Playa del

Carmen is attracting travellers by bringing

flavours of Mexican culture even closer to

its guests, thanks to the efforts of Chef

Alejandro Sánchez. A pioneer in the Riviera

Maya for “zero kilometre” cooking,

Sánchez has been working to connect

diners with the destination through local

products, delivered fresh to the kitchen

from the hotel’s surrounding area. Some of

the dishes made with 100 per cent Mexican

ingredients that are already available at the

property’s Las Ventanas restaurant include

a popular Caribbean dish based on bluefin

tuna and another centered around the

Mexican Creole hairless pig. This concept is

aligned with the existing services available

at the hotel, such as cocktail-making classes

with a mixologist or weekly tequila-tasting

events at Spices Bar so guests may try the

different types of local agave spirits.

BEST OF CANADA’S BEST

In the spirit of its popular Canada’s Best New

Restaurants, Air Canada has launched its first-

ever Top 10 list of Canada’s Best New Bars

(presented by American Express), shining a

spotlight on the country’s best places to grab a

pint, sip a pinot and toast a martini. The

choices are intended to represent and celebrate

diversity in Canadian bar culture, according to

the airline. So how did they decide who made

the shortlist? Based on recommendations from

a panel of bartenders, chefs, sommeliers,

mixologists and industry experts, Air Canada

sent one writer on an anonymous, month-long,

cross-country crawl to track down the nation’s

greatest new places to drink. Canada’s Best

New Bars are (drumroll please):

The Watch That Ends the Night

, Dartmouth

Mulberry Bar

, Toronto

Little Hong Kong

, Edmonton

Nhâu Bar

, Montreal

Tocador

, Vancouver

Paris Paris

, Toronto

Godspeed

, Toronto

El Pequeño

, Montreal

Nénuphar

, Québec

Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery

, Calgary

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Introducing a magical, all-inclusive Relais & Châteaux lodge

located in the heart of Chile’s Lake District,

&Beyond Vira Vira

lies on the banks of the Liucura River, surrounded by natural

lagoons, flowing rivers, with amazing views of Villarrica Volcano.

Enjoy gourmet farm-to-table meals, prepared using fresh

ingredients grown on-site in the Vira Vira organic vegetable

garden. Work with the hotel’s cheese maker and learn this

beautiful art and further appreciate the food at the hotel,

produced from their own land and dairies.

Take advantage of all the hotel has to offer, activities include horse

trekking in the Cordilleras, hiking one of the surrounding Natural

Parks or taking an exciting flight around Villarrica Volcano by

helicopter or small plane. Customize your journey to your exact

specifications with

Gateways International Tailor-made Tours

.

Turning travel dreams

into reality since 1986.

TRENDS

DESTINATIONS

Chef Alejandro Sánchez

Chef Clare Smyth

Royal Hideaway Playacar