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Virgin Charter Yachts is the epitome of luxury crewed charters, offering an unparalleled vacation experience. Imagine a five-star hotel where you unpack one time and the view out your window changes every day, combined with a full-time chef who crafts every meal to your liking, and an array of water toys for the adventurous. Steered with love by husband-and-wife team Gary and Alexia Lucas, who are equally passionate about yachts as they are about the British Virgin Islands. Your dedicated crew navigates, prepares exceptional meals, and caters to your every desire, even arranging surprises like beachside dinners on deserted islands. With a fleet of 25+ yachts, Virgin Charter Yachts ensures a variety of options for exploring the British Virgin Islands in the epitome of luxury.

 

Founded in 1996, the company has since become a beacon of exceptional service, with a remarkable 70% repeat customer rate. As they approach their third decade, the company continues to grow, expanding their fleet while maintaining their commitment to personalized service. With a devoted team of nearly twenty, many with over two decades of tenure, Virgin Charter Yachts is not just a charter company; it’s a legacy of passion for yachting and unparalleled customer experiences. Gary and Alexia’s love for the sea and dedication to their guests infuse every aspect of the company, making them the ideal stewards of this maritime dream.

 

Virgin Charter Yachts is not just a charter company; it’s a legacy of passion for yachting and unparalleled customer experiences.

Smooth Sailing: Why BVI is the Ideal Charter Vacation Spot

The British Virgin Islands offer a uniquely protected haven for your charter adventure. Navigating in a counterclockwise direction around Tortola, you’ll find yourself in the serene embrace of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. This strait, nestled in the heart of the BVI, ensures calm waters and line-of-sight navigation. Unlike longer crossings in other regions, here you’ll spot your destination from Tortola, making it ideal for first-time sailors. With most islands a mere 30 minutes to an hour apart, travel time is minimized, granting you more precious moments to revel in the distinct charms of each island.

 

According to Alexia Lucas, Director of Virgin Charter Yachts, “Every island has its own flavor, so every day you get to have a different experience.” This boutique, family-owned company, based in Tortola, curates yacht charters and sales with a personal touch. It offers an enticing alternative to cruises, where you can explore a variety of destinations on your own, with a personalized itinerary and without thousands of other cruise ship passengers, allowing you to savor the beauty of each place. The BVI beckon, promising not just a vacation, but a series of enchanting, distinct experiences waiting to be savored.

 

BVI Bliss: A Week with Virgin Charter Yachts

Embark on a week-long voyage through the breathtaking British Virgin Islands aboard Synergy, a magnificent 86’ Sunseeker luxury motor yacht that was just awarded 1st Place Motor Yacht in the BVI Charter Yacht Society Boat Show. Picture it as a floating five-star hotel, where every morning reveals a new, awe-inspiring panorama just beyond each traveler’s window. It’s akin to the concept of a cruise ship, yet instead, it’s an intimate party of eight friends, with a remarkable one-to-two staff-to-guest ratio, ensuring a truly personalized adventure. The beauty of this voyage lies in its flexibility; each traveler sets the course. Prior to departure, you consult with the captain to tailor the journey to your unique travel style. Speak with your private chef about your individual dietary requirements, food preferences and she will tailor each meal around the individual requests of each guest. Whether your group yearns for a dynamic array of activities or simply desires to bask in the sun and revel in leisurely swims, every preference is accommodated. This is an experience designed exclusively for each traveler, with Synergy serving as an opulent floating sanctuary.

 

This sample itinerary, meticulously crafted by the crew of Synergy and Virgin Charter Yachts, unveils a curated experience that transcends the ordinary.

 

Day 1 – Norman Island

As the clock strikes noon, guests step aboard Virgin Charter Yachts’ exquisite Synergy, greeted with a refreshing welcome drink and delectable snacks. A comprehensive orientation familiarizes everyone with their luxurious abode for the next seven days. Once settled into their cabins, the voyage kicks off towards our inaugural destination – the captivating Norman Island, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s, ‘Treasure Island.’  We drop anchor in the sequestered haven of Privateer Bay, just a brief tender-ride away from the island’s myriad of treasures. Afternoon delights include snorkeling in the enigmatic depths of The Caves, an idyllic visit to Pirate’s Bight for beachside relaxation and an inland hike. Then, it’s off to the renowned Willy T, a floating bar shaped like a pirate ship, where taking the leap from the top deck becomes an indelible memory. Evening descends with a breathtaking sunset over St. John, followed by your chef’s inaugural culinary masterpiece, beef short ribs braised and served on homemade gnocchi with butternut squash puree and broccolini, and followed by coconut rum infused creme brulé, setting the tone for an extraordinary week ahead.

 

Day 2 – Cooper Island and The Baths, Virgin Gorda

Following a sumptuous breakfast of lobster eggs benedict and freshly baked blueberry lemon and poppyseed muffins, we enjoy a snorkel at The Indians, keeping an eye out for graceful sea turtles, French Angelfish and the many Caribbean lobster hiding in the nooks and crannies of the coral.  Our voyage continues to the tranquil shores of Cooper Island.  Here, guests can unwind on the beach or indulge in the largest rum bar in the Virgin Islands.  With hundreds of different rums to try, guests can enjoy various rum flights, and homemade rum-infused chocolates. After a delightful lunch, our path leads us to Spanish Town, where an afternoon of exploration at one of the BVI’s most renowned natural marvels, The Baths, awaits. Here, nature has crafted a mesmerizing maze of boulders and caverns, unveiling hidden rock pools and the legendary Cathedral Room, a serene pool nestled within a small cave. As we conclude our journey, indulge in some well-earned relaxation on the enchanting shores of Devil’s Bay. For an unforgettable dinner ashore, the captain’s top pick is Coco Maya, a beachfront gem serving tantalizing Latin-Asian fusion tapas-style cuisine, complete with live music or a DJ and some of the best sunsets in all of BVI.

 

Day 3 – North Sound, Virgin Gorda

Embarking on an adventure to North Sound, Virgin Gorda’s cherished yacht haven. Discover a variety of amazing resorts and shore stops including, Saba Rock, Oil Nut Bay, Bitter End Yacht Club, and Leverick Bay, each offering a plethora of activities. North Sound is the perfect place for the active members of your group to engage in all type of water sports.  Head out on a scuba diving adventure from The Bitter End, learn to kite board off Saba Rock and Necker Island, enjoy soaring around on an eFoil board, or cruise on a jet ski outside Leverick Bay.  Be sure to witness the thrilling tarpon fish feeding at Saba Rock at 5 pm. As the sun sets, enjoy a gourmet meal of surf and turf on the aft deck, featuring beef tenderloin and fresh caught grilled lobster with, asparagus, caramelized onion puree, and garlic lemon compound butter followed by key lime pie on a graham and toasted pecan crust with burnt meringue. Following diner, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail while you soak in the hot tub on the flybridge, gazing at the millions of stars in the perfectly clear sky.

 

Day 4 – Anegada

Embrace the dawn for an early embarkation, seizing every moment on the pristine white-sand shores of Anegada. The boat will set off with the sunrise, relishing a hearty breakfast upon arrival of creme brulé french toast with mascarpone honey, charred peaches, and candied bacon, served with eggs to order. After arriving to the island of Anegada, home to fewer than 200 people and the second largest barrier reef in the world, prepare for a snorkeling odyssey led by a local guide on a private boat, uncovering hidden gems of Horseshoe reef and Conch Island. Try your hand at catching live lobster and conch and enjoy the freshest conch ceviche prepared right before your eyes.  Post-adventure, your captain will orchestrate a safari truck tour, unveiling Anegada’s finest beaches and charming bars like Anegada Beach Club, Tipsy’s, and Cow Wreck Beach, dotted all around the island.  Come evening, an Anegada voyage is incomplete without savoring the famed Anegada lobster. A sumptuous lobster BBQ on the beach awaits at one of Setting Point’s exquisite restaurants, a perfect culmination to an extraordinary day.

Day 5 – Jost Van Dyke

After a delightful breakfast, of Mediterranean inspired frittata with sundried tomatoes, feta, spinach, caramelized onions and a side of pancakes and raspberry coulis, we set off for White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, one of the most popular stops during the week. We start at the famous ‘Soggy Dollar Bar,’ named for the ‘soggy dollars’ guests pull from their swim trunks after swimming to the beach bar from their yacht (you can make the voyage in the tender if you prefer).  Order the famous BVI ‘painkiller,’ a cocktail created at Soggy Dollar.  Wade into the warm, turquoise blue seas of White Bay and sip your drink, admiring the picture-perfect surroundings.   As evening descends, the choice is yours: venture to the lively Great Harbor for post-dinner drinks and dancing at Foxy’s or opt for a tranquil retreat in the serene Diamond Cay.

 

Day 6 – Little Harbor, Peter Island

Seize our final full day on board and explore the pristine solitude of Sandy Spit and Sandy Cay Island and be immersed in an authentic ‘deserted island’ experience. After exploring the islands, we make our way to the calm embrace of Little Harbor on Peter Island. This sheltered bay offers tranquil waters, perfect for enjoying an outing aboard a stand-up paddleboard. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the many sea turtles that call Little Harbor home.   Relax after your paddle with a leisurely float behind Synergy in the inflatable party cabana, while the crew serves you freshly made mango margaritas with a side of homemade guacamole and twice fried plantain chips, all without ever leaving the comfort of your floating island.  For a breathtaking panoramic view of the bay and the neighboring island of Tortola, embark on a short walk to the hilltop of the harbor, where the remnants of an old mansion await, providing commanding vistas of this coastal haven.  Spend your final evening aboard reminiscing about the amazing adventures and once-in-a-lifetime memories you have made during the week.

 

Day 7 – Nanny Cay, Tortola

Savor our final morning on board with a traditional ‘English Breakfast’ in honor of our wonderful BVI adventure; fresh eggs, bacon, ‘bubble and squeak’, sausage, baked beans, black pudding and roasted tomatoes, served with a side of fresh baked scones.  After breakfast we enjoy a final relaxing snorkel and swim, enjoying the warm waters and tropical breeze one last time.  As we wrap up this unforgettable journey, we embark on a short trip back to Nanny Cay for our midday drop off, bidding fond farewells and arranging for your water taxi or private car to whisk you to your next destination.

 

If this itinerary has ignited your imagination about the adventures in store aboard a luxury yacht charter with Virgin Charter Yachts, contact Alexia to discuss the boundless possibilities.

 

alucas@virgincharteryachts.com 

www.virgincharteryachts.com

In the business world, there are people who rise to the pinnacle of success, achieving the freedom to pursue their passions. Distinguished real estate investor and luxury car collector Luc Poirier is the perfect example. In this exclusive interview with LUXE, Luc Poirier opens his garage doors to reveal why he invests in luxury cars.

What drove you to invest in luxury cars?

I’ve been fascinated by luxury cars for as long as I can remember. Coming from a poor neighbourhood, I dreamt of owning that type of car. Before I even turned 16, I used my savings—painstakingly earned by working full-time from the age of 14—to buy my first Porsche. I didn’t even have my driver’s licence yet!

 

I’m drawn to the unique characteristics of luxury cars and the challenge of hunting down rare models. It’s more than just a question of money. I love studying them, sharing them with other aficionados and—above all—driving them!

 

© Olivier Lessard

McLaren Senna and 600LT © Olivier Lessard

Ferrari 575 SuperAmerica © Olivier Lessard

How do you choose which cars to add to your collection?

I have a penchant for Ferrari. It’s a brand that stands apart because of its history in the automobile industry when it comes to both elegance and performance. These cars are often considered works of art.

 

Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale © Olivier Lessard

 

My collection consists largely of limited production models that will grow in value over time. Some models are so difficult to find that I’ve had to wait years to get my hands on them. Take my Ferrari F50—I had to buy it in Japan because there weren’t any available in North America!

 

Ferrari F50 © Olivier Lessard

Are there similarities between your passion for luxury cars and your career as a real estate investor?

Luxury car collecting is a lot like real estate. The market is constantly changing, and you need to know how to seize opportunities so that you’re buying at the right time. You need to know everything that can impact pricing. It’s also important to do your due diligence to avoid being duped, which is a real concern.

 

As in any field, if you’re smart, car collecting can generate good returns over the long term. You need to keep learning, but it is so rewarding.

What are the current trends in the luxury car market? What drives their value?

Old cars have shot up in value in recent years because few cars from the ’50s and ’60s are still in mint condition. For example, the Ferrari 250 GTO from the ’60s recently sold for more than US$100 million. There are also all the limited edition models that collectors snap up because they’re so rare.

 

As in any type of market, supply and demand set the price. More and more people are getting rich these days, meaning there are more buyers with money. But there will always be a finite number of old cars and prices will continue to climb.

Have you participated in car events with the cars in your collection?

Last year I entered a Concours d’Élégance at the annual Ferrari Club of America event in Mont-Tremblant with my LaFerrari Aperta, 458 Speciale, 430 Scuderia and F8 Tributo. I also attended the Montreal Auto Show last February with 19 exceptional cars, giving tens of thousands of people the chance to admire them. It was the first time that Ferrari’s five supercars—LaFerrari Aperta, Enzo, F50, F40 and 288 GTO—were shown to the public in Canada.

 

LaFerrari Aperta © Olivier Lessard

Ferrari 458 Speciale © Olivier Lessard

Ferrari 430 Scuderia 16M © Olivier Lessard

Ferrari 288 GTO © Olivier Lessard

 

Another unforgettable experience was taking some of my cars out on the Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Driving the McLaren Senna on a race track, where it was designed to drive, is definitely my most cherished racing memory.

What is the centrepiece of your luxury car collection? Is there a model that tops your wish list?

I consider the Laferrari Aperta, Ferrari’s most powerful car, to be the centrepiece of my collection. There are only 210 of them! It’s a blast to drive, combining incredible power with smooth handling unmatched by any other supercar. It’s a magnificent car that I think will age well.

 

The Ferrari 250 GTO is top of my wish list. It’s virtually impossible to find, but a man can dream!

 

 

Writer: Alexandra Wegliszewski

Cover: © Andréanne Gauthier

Nestled in the heart of Los Cabos, at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Nobu Residences offers guests the ultimate relaxation and indulgence experience. The unique landscape of desert, mountains and sea is enhanced by a decadent array of amenities, fine dining options, bespoke experiences and nearby activities for the whole family. An unforgettable destination for patrons looking for a home away from home.

Japanese Elegance Meets Mexican Warmth

Renowned architecture firm WATG and Studio PCH worked in concert to create the Residences’ show-stopping facade and interiors. Drawing inspiration from Japanese and Mexican design, the Nobu Los Cabos project features design elements that are minimalist yet elegant, with a focus on natural materials and textures. The residences feature warm, earthy tones that create a sense of relaxation and tranquility. The use of wood, stone and bamboo in the design adds to the atmosphere of refined luxury.

 

© Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

A Perfect Getaway

Residence guests are immediately enveloped in the characteristic relaxed comfort of the Nobu brand. The apartment-style residences are designed with the same attention to detail as the neighbouring hotel rooms, offering residents a peaceful lifestyle on the secluded Baja shores for the perfect long-term retreat. The Residences property is outfitted with a private spa and fitness area, as well as a pickleball court. Patrons have full access to the facilities of the adjacent Nobu Hotel, including four pools, swim up bar, private cabanas, gym, spa and restaurants.

 

Residences are available in four categories, all with captivating golf or garden views and fully equipped with modern appliances and amenities. From the exclusive Nobu beds to the double vanities with Italian stone finish and Natura Bissé bath products, every detail is designed to ensure guests experience the height of comfort during their stay.

 

© Nobu Residences Los Cabos

© Nobu Residences Los Cabos

 

Those travelling with family, or simply looking to indulge will marvel at the Kogane Penthouse, which boasts 6,142 sq. ft. of living space, four bedrooms and an open chef’s kitchen. Endless opportunities for entertainment and repose are available, including a terrace deck with barbecue, pool and jacuzzi; soaking tubs in the bathrooms; a pool table; and three flat-screen televisions.

 

© Nobu Residences Los Cabos

Exquisite Dining

Intimate moments around the family dinner table can be facilitated with a visit to the property’s on-site market offering fresh produce to those yearning for a home-cooked meal. Guests who prefer to stay in but don’t want to cook themselves may choose to delight in the culinary wonders of an in-room private chef.

 

A collection of tantalizing bars and restaurants are on hand to satisfy any craving. The property’s namesake restaurant, Nobu, proposes a menu of sushi and seafood that amaze the eyes and palette. The chef’s choice, multi-course Omakase menu is a must for connoisseurs. Ardea Steakhouse is a dark and moody venue for a gastronomic experience, uniquely crafted cocktails and well-curated wine list, while Muna transports tastebuds to the Mediterranean coast from its perch on the Residence-side rooftop. Aficionados of Mexican cuisine flock to Pacific for deep, exciting flavours and mezcal pairings. Five bars, a café, in-room dining and tailored private dining experiences create endless possibilities for shared moments in good company.

 

 

© Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

“With its stunning oceanfront location, chic decor and top-notch amenities, Nobu Residences Los Cabos is the ultimate destination for travellers seeking a sophisticated and unforgettable escape surrounded by all the comforts of home.”

The Art of Wellness

Mind and body find world-class care options at the The Esencia Wellness Spa & Salon, as well as the Fitness Center. Fitness classes, state-of-the-art equipment and functional training are available for guests to follow their own workout plan, or a trainer-built program to optimize movement and vitality.

 

The spa’s extensive treatment menu is imbued with Asian-inspired tradition, designed to attend to the individual and the couple. Nobu Signature rituals awaken the senses and nourish the soul, using Natura Bissé products and techniques sourced from around the world. Soothe aches and reset the body at the spa’s hydrotherapy garden with water circuit, hot tub and steam and sauna areas in an expansive space defined by tranquility.

Excursions and Experiences for All

Patrons of the Nobu Residences in Los Cabos can indulge in a wide range of activities both on and off the property during their stay. Los Cabos offers a wealth of adventures facilitated by the hotel. Snorkelling, scuba diving and whale watching tours, as well as deep-sea fishing trips open up a world of discovery for ocean devotees. Golf enthusiasts can tee off at one of the nearby world-class golf courses, taking in the dazzling landscape from the green.

 

© Nobu Residences Los Cabos

 

Experienced and knowledgeable Nobu staff are also able to craft memorable events on-site, such as firework displays, bonfires, live music and DJ performances, beverage mixing and tasting with resident experts, cooking classes and wellness retreats. Babysitting and Kids Club services keep children active and engaged while parents play.

 

With its stunning oceanfront location, chic decor and top-notch amenities, Nobu Residences Los Cabos is the ultimate destination for travellers seeking a sophisticated and unforgettable escape surrounded by all the comforts of home.

 

Accommodations

  • 60 residences
  • 24-hour concierge service
  • VIP private check-in
  • Private spa and fitness centre
  • Access to Nobu Hotel facilities (4 pools, spa, fitness centre, dining)

Residences Categories

  • Kogane Penthouse: 4 bedrooms, 3 terrace deck, BBQ, jacuzzi, full kitchen, pool table, beach, cabana, private gym
  • Sakyü: 3 bedrooms, terrace with pool, BBQ, jacuzzi, full kitchen, pool table
  • Asahi: 2 bedrooms, terrace with BBQ, full kitchen
  • Hikari: 1 bedroom, kitchenette

Residence stays ranging from approximately USD 1,600 – USD 13,500 per night, subject to availability and seasonal fluctuations.

 

 

www.loscabos.nobuhotels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writer: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Cover: © Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

West Coast Modern, Vancouver’s premier real estate agency specializing in design-led architectural homes, recently listed Arthur Erickson’s Montiverdi House #8 for sale. Situated in the sought-after Caulfeild neighbourhood of West Vancouver, this ground-oriented home offers a rare opportunity for buyers to own a piece of Montiverdi Estates, a distinctive residential park designed by the late renowned architect Arthur Erickson. With its unique integration into the natural surroundings and landscape architecture by the late Cornelia Oberlander, Montiverdi House #8 is a rare architectural gem in British Columbia.

 

Montiverdi Estates: A Residential Playground Within Nature

Montiverdi Estates, conceived by Arthur Erickson, exemplifies a harmonious blend of architecture and nature. The 1979 innovative residential development in West Vancouver comprises 20 homes that seamlessly merge with the natural setting. Each residence is modelled after Erickson’s iconic Smith House and features a green roof, reminiscent of Erickson’s design for the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. Cornelia Oberlander, celebrated for her contributions to landscape architecture, oversaw the neighbourhood’s landscaping, ensuring that a wildflower meadow was preserved at the community’s heart and maintaining the park-like ambiance without defined property lines.

 

Montiverdi House #8: A Rare Ground-Oriented Home

Even among the distinguished residences within Montiverdi Estates, Montiverdi House #8 stands out as a unique offering. Unlike the other homes perched on timber stilts along the mountainside, this 2,010-square-foot property boasts a level parcel, granting convenient access to the outdoors from all major living areas. The residence sits on an expansive 8,210-square-foot lot, featuring a sizable yard specially designed to accommodate a swimming pool, if desired. Its exceptional design and prime location make the home an exquisite choice for discerning buyers seeking both architectural excellence and a serene living environment.

 

The Legacies of Arthur Erickson and Cornelia Oberlander

Arthur Erickson (1924–2009), a renowned Canadian architect, left an indelible mark on the architectural landscape from Eastern Canada to his native West Coast. Erickson’s ability to blend function with aesthetic sensitivity garnered widespread recognition. Erickson’s notable works include Simon Fraser University, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto and the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Montiverdi Estates is a luxurious “hometown” addition to the Vancouver native’s illustrious portfolio. Throughout his career, Arthur Erickson demonstrated a commitment to pushing architectural boundaries, creating spaces that harmonized with their environments while embracing innovative design concepts. His architectural achievements continue to inspire and shape the field, leaving a lasting legacy in Canada and beyond.

 

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (1921–2021), one of the first women to receive a degree in landscape architecture from Harvard, played a pivotal role in shaping the outdoor spaces of the Montiverdi Estates. Born in Germany, she escaped the Nazis with her mother and sister by fleeing to England, the US and finally settling in Canada. Her namesake firm, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Landscape Architects, was founded in 1953, when she moved to Vancouver. Her landscape designs have adorned prominent locations such as the Vancouver Public Library, the National Gallery of Canada and the atrium of the New York Times Building. Additionally, she conceived the idea of the natural log seating found on Vancouver’s beaches. Oberlander’s collaboration with Erickson cultivated a symbiotic relationship between architecture and nature.

Opportunity Knocks: Prospective Buyers Welcome

As the first ground-oriented home to hit the market in over a decade within Montiverdi Estates, Montiverdi House #8 is a rare and sought-after opportunity for homebuyers. With its rich architectural heritage, stunning design and connection to nature, Montiverdi House #8 offers a truly exceptional living experience.

 

The house is listed by West Coast Modern, Vancouver’s premier real estate agency specializing in the sale of design-led architectural homes. From mid-century classics to contemporary new builds, they showcase one-of-a-kind architectural properties, creating captivating storytelling experiences for each property they represent. With a devoted clientele that appreciates design excellence, West Coast Modern attracts buyers from around the world who understand the intrinsic value of well-crafted living spaces. West Coast Modern invites prospective buyers to contact them to arrange a private tour of this extraordinary property.

 

www.westcoastmodern.ca

 

 

Writer: Lesley Bishin

Photos: © Dan Kirchner

 

It’s not Julie Andrews, but the hills are definitely alive with the sound of music! Mont-Tremblant is gearing up for the 28th edition of the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant, from July 12 to 16. This highly anticipated event promises five days of unforgettable experiences, featuring more than 100 free outdoor concerts across various stages in the heart of the pedestrian village. With a diverse lineup of talented artists and a unique festival atmosphere, this year’s Blues Festival offers exceptional performances and exciting activities—all against the breathtaking backdrop of the Laurentian Mountains.

Renaissance of the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant

After a COVID-imposed hiatus, the beloved Tremblant International Blues Festival is back at Mont-Tremblant. For five days in July, music will ring through the mountains with an array of captivating performances. With stages set throughout the charming pedestrian village at the bottom of the hill, the festival promises a majestic and soulful setting in which to enjoy the blues.

 

 

Perhaps best known worldwide for its magnificent ski slopes in winter, Mont-Tremblant is a true four-season resort destination. In summer, the ski village turns into a cottage resort town and the gondola offers sweeping views of the evergreen peaks and the picturesque dark blue waters below the hill. The mountain plays host to a diverse range of summer activities and acclaimed international events, including the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant, the Spartan Trifecta and the Ironman Triathlon.

 

A Wonderfully Eclectic Lineup

The Festival International du Blues de Tremblant prides itself on offering a wide variety of bluesy musical legends and this year’s edition is no exception. The festival kicks off on Wednesday, July 12, with performances including Ammoye—whose unique blend of reggae, rocksteady, gospel, and soul has earned her five Juno Award nominations—and Sugaray Rayford, a powerful bluesman who recently won Best Soul Blues Album at the 44th Blues Music Awards. The following day, the stage will be graced by Delgres, a Creole blues band known for their heartfelt compositions in Creole, English and French. As the festival moves into its third day, blues enthusiasts will be treated to the soulful melodies of Toronto’s Harry Manx and New Orleans-based blues and funk band, Dumpstaphunk. On Saturday, July 15, festivalgoers can expect a high-energy performance by Southern Avenue, a Memphis band known for their captivating vocals and rhythmic beats.

 

The Discovery Series

Every evening at 8 p.m. the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant presents the Discovery Series on the Place des Voyageurs stage. The featured artists have their roots in the blues but have since branched out and integrated a variety of musical influences to create their very own sound.

A Celebration for All Ages

Street music provides a soundtrack to gourmet restaurants, adorable shops and family-friendly activities, creating an unparalleled experience for all. The Festival International du Blues de Tremblant aims to create an inclusive and family-friendly environment, so alongside the music, the festival offers an array of free activities and workshops for families from Thursday to Sunday. Children can enjoy craft workshops, face painting and even have their caricature drawn, providing additional entertainment for families attending the event.

The Tremblant Experience

Tremblant provides an abundance of lodging options, exquisite dining experiences, boutique shopping and even a casino, all amidst the beauty of Mont-Tremblant National Park. Mont-Tremblant is about an hour and a half drive from Montreal, or half an hour from Saint-Agathe-des-Monts. There is also a small airport for private planes (commercial airline Porter Airlines flies into Tremblant, but their flights are limited to ski season).

 

To fully immerse yourself in the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant, and enjoy all the mountain has to offer, you may want to stay on site. The Tremblant website provides all the necessary details for making dining or lodging reservations and ensuring a seamless experience during the festival.

 

www.blues.tremblant.ca

 

Writer: Lesley Bishin

Montreal is a dynamic city that’s constantly evolving, with many real estate developments either in the works or recently completed. The city has seen many tall condo buildings spring up of late, with mixed developments responding to housing, office and commercial needs. Taking its many stakeholders into account, the Ville de Montréal is looking to the future now more than ever. This year’s biennial architecture and urban design exhibition will showcase an innovative, sustainable and inclusive city.

 

Located in the heart of the city, Le Montréal du Futur® will present infrastructure and real estate developments that are already shaping the city of today and tomorrow. It attracts architecture enthusiasts, engaged citizens and anyone with an interest in urban design. This year, in partnership with the Ville de Montréal, Preta Group and Mach Group, the event will showcase some of the city’s more well-known buildings. It will emphasize innovation and emerging practices, including new technologies like artificial intelligence and renewable energy, which will serve the city and its residents. The conference will also discuss how we can leverage collaborative governance, social inclusion and sustainable development to make Montreal a better city.

 

It’s a unique opportunity to see scale models and video presentations of the many infrastructure and building projects that are taking place at the institutional, government, commercial and residential levels. Attendees can also meet key real estate and business stakeholders involved in Montreal’s urban and economic development: real estate associations, developers, architecture firms, law firms, brokers, banks, contractors, engineers, consulting groups and more.

 

The mission of Le Montréal du Futur® is to bring together city residents, businesses and government representatives to explore the challenges and opportunities linked to Greater Montreal’s future. By promoting discussion, the event aims to foster further community engagement and collaboration—encouraging citizens to become agents of change by getting involved in their city and participating in local initiatives.

 

Since it was created in 2006, the event has always been a great success with both the public and stakeholders from the real estate industry and complementary business sectors. Thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s exhibition.

 

www.montrealdufutur.ca

 

Although Georgia, Phoenicia (modern-day Lebanon) and Greece are credited as the birthplace of wine, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal quickly took the lead in worldwide viticulture. These four Latin European countries entrenched their viticultural supremacy through the advent of Christianity, the establishment of monasteries in Western Europe over the first millennium, and their conquest of the other continents in the second millennium. The clergy’s biblical message advocating wine consumption helped them secure control of winemaking over fifteen centuries.

 

Italy, France, Spain and Portugal are today the countries that produce the most popular and sought-after wines. Their different viticultural regions have one thing in common: all were built by Cistercian, Benedictine, Carthusian or Franciscan monks. These monks were tasked with managing farms for the local lords, and their efforts are the reason that the term cru—which comes from the French verb croître (to grow)—is today associated with excellence in wine.

 

It wasn’t until the uprisings of the Renaissance and especially the civil revolutions at the end of the 18th century in Europe, particularly in France, that the farming and viticultural land was redistributed to the populace. The wine trade had until then, with just a few exceptions, been strictly domestic. International commercialization is what ultimately led to the democratization of wine.

 

It’s interesting that cities like Dijon, Lyon, Turin, Florence, Barcelona, Lisbon and Coimbra are not known for winemaking. Instead, this distinction is reserved for the towns that border these major cities, villages that would be almost unheard of if they had not been elevated to the level of cru!

 

Today’s top wines whose names instantly evoke excellence, such as Vosne-Romanée, Aloxe-Corton, Barbaresco, Barolo, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Saint-Émilion and many others, were almost exclusively consumed by local lords. Some would occasionally drink wine from distant lands, offered as a gift by a prestigious foreign guest or diplomat. However, these are only anecdotes provided by the occasional secretarial record and did not lead to any established trade.

 

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Initially, the wines sent to be sold thousands of kilometres from their origin were wines rejected by the elite who found them acrid, sour or unpalatable. The monks were the ones who found a way to fix, improve and, above all, sell these discards. The results were Porto, Madeira, Jerez, Malaga, Marsala, Rivesaltes and other sweet wines, created by adding sugar and brandy to bad wine, transforming it into good, even desirable, wine. The Portuguese, Spaniards, Italians and French shared this development through their monastic orders, while the British took over the trade.

 

In the mid-18th century, brandy from either fruits or plants was used to amend wine. Two hundred years later, chemical and systemic products from government-funded laboratories took over the role. The ecological revolution was a long time coming; millennials prefer imbibing “natural wine,” considered healthier. This millennium heralds a return to wine’s Latin roots: organic and biodynamic wines are flourishing and 20% of worldwide wine production is projected to be organic by 2030.

 

These days, grape vines can grow in any soil and at any latitude, with excellent wines even emerging in countries that are not naturally associated with wine production such as England, Canada, Belgium and Poland. Despite such advancements in wine, the original secrets to better wine will always be found in the writings of medieval monks, themselves inspired by Latin sources.

 

 

Writer: Guénaël Revel

Cover: © Adrien Olichon

Midtown Manhattan has been buzzing since Aman New York opened its doors in the iconic Crown Building on 5th Avenue. The hotel lives up to the Aman brand’s mission of transporting guests away from the everyday with quiet, sophisticated spaces that exude elegance and warmth. And then there is the Jazz Club: an exclusive evening proposition tucked away in the furthest recesses of the hotel, accessible only through an unassuming secret entrance on West 56th Street.

An evening like no other

First come the knowing glances and anticipatory murmurs as elegantly dressed guests approach their speakeasy-inspired destination. A sense of urgency and rebellion accompanies them as they cross the threshold to behold all 3,000 square feet of Jean-Michel Gathy’s glamorously designed space. Intimate crescent banquettes and tables encircled by sleek upholstered chairs dot the floor beneath soft rings of light. The finishes are exquisite, the palette warm and rich, the lighting moody. Sumptuous curtains drape behind a 1962 Steinway baby grand piano.

 

 

The Jazz Club’s programming is varied and exciting—continually evolving at the hands of Creative Director Brian Newman, a six-time Grammy Award nominee. Music legends and the best new talent take the stage every night, with acts ranging from innovative contemporary jazz hybrids to American Songbook classics. Live performances are always followed by DJ sets that extend into the early morning hours.

 

 

When the time inevitably comes to partake in sips and bites, Aman New York’s snack menu proposes tantalizing options including seared A5 wagyu and a truffled grilled cheese sandwich, alongside an impressive list of wine, champagne, and spirits. Original cocktails inspired by Aman’s many global destinations envelop the senses with the addition of unique essences such as pandan from Indonesia and shisho from Japan.  

Astonishing sound for exclusive events

The Jazz Club is fully equipped with some of the most advanced acoustic technologies in the world. Full-length sound dampening integrated into the walls, an abundance of loudspeakers and microphones, network, audio and fibre-optic patch bays can handle the setup requirements of any event from album recordings and launches to private parties.Performers and audience members will live a dynamic sound experience unlike any other thanks to the Constellation©system from Meyer Sound Laboratories. The technology allows the venue to actively optimize sound so that audience members can appreciate every nuance in the music while also being able to carry on a conversation at the table.

 

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Live performances from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
DJ from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Reservations required.

 

 

Writer: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Photos: © Courtesy of Aman