Luxaviation’s corporate and inflight magazine journalists have been crisscrossing the globe to seek out the most unusual places, the most interesting characters and events that really should not be missed. Their endeavours are revealed in the pages of xcellence Nº4, which has just been released.
Firstly the team first touched down on the Pantanal. This is an immense alluvial plain in South America that currently has the largest area of wetlands on the planet – over 80% is covered by waterways.
From here they moved onto Hotel Palacio in Estoril, Portugal. It’s a place steeped in history that has enjoyed the patronage of European royalty and most of the spies that were involved in the Second World War. This legendary hotel was also where that most famous spy of all came into being – 007.
And for connoisseurs of food and drink xcellence does not disappoint. In this issue there’s a fascinating interview with chef Yoann Conte in his restaurant on the shores of Lake Annecy. Those who enjoy a mellow whisky will be intrigued by the feature on Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, which is part of Scotland’s southern Hebrides and also is known as the Queen of the Hebrides. Within xcellence’s pages you’ll meet their master distiller, Jim McEwan. But it’s not just whisky that’s produced – their The Botanist gin is unique, complex and sophisticated.
For contemporary art lovers the xcellence team met with Nina Koidl of the Campagne Première Gallery in Berlin and then travelled to Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, whose islands host the world famous Setouchi Triennale.