NEWS, INSIGHTS AND INTERVIEWS FROM PURE HQ
Known to all as the Forbidden City, Beijing’s Imperial Palace is a place of secrets, lies and lacquered screens. Stanley Stewart delves into a history of excess, delivered by emperors, eunuchs and concubines.
Finally, there’s a technology that could have tourists yearning for the wild more than ever before; the unfortunate paradox is that the very same technology could stop them ever setting foot there…
COO of Aman, Roland Fasel, reveals how selecting architects who understand the Aman philosophy enables them to create properties that are in line with their vision, while incorporating local materials and techniques.
In the depths of a dormant volcano, Anton Crone finds an explosion of wildlife and a lake so idyllic he finds himself wondering why his ancestors ever left.
Stanley Stewart travels to Antigua’s Lake Atitlán to meet the dark Mayan saint known as El Maximon – an anti-Christ, a stealer of wives, a drunkard, a scoundrel, and quite a natty dresser.
Travelers are already more likely to swipe through an app than flip through a book, and new technology means that, soon, we might not even need to do that.
Here are four mindful hotel designs weaving together architecture, traditional materials and local artisans to tell the story of both hotel and location.
Discover the slow life in Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado, a former gold mining town nestled deep in the Rockies and the best-kept secret in the US.
Operators and outfitters have let their imaginations run wild on the traditional safari experience – the newest adventures are more active and engaging than ever before, plus they focus on fascinating wildlife beyond the Big Five.
Flanked by royal tombs that served as romantic retreats for the same kings who would eventually rest there, the Perfume River in Hue, Vietnam, has witnessed stories of life and death since the days of the Nguyen dynasty.
Much to the irritation of his opponents, outspoken palaeontologist-cum-conservationist-cum-politician Richard Leakey is not done yet. Ahead of his talk at sister show We Are Africa’s un-conference, FUSE, and the Conservation Lab last week, he spoke to Katie Palmer about climate change, ivory burning and the perspective-shifting power of TV.
Anton Crone discovers the deadly effects of food waste and discovers why eating ‘rubbish’ is good for people, planet and profit.
Singita’s Founder and CEO shares insight on the brand’s positioning and ethos, and talks about the legacy he wants to leave behind.
Wim Hof, a.k.a. ‘The Iceman’, will be taking to the MATTER stage at PURE this September. We caught up with the (ice)man himself to find out why he hangs out half-naked in the cold and what we can expect from his talk…
Stanley Stewart and his regal companion climb aboard a traditional gulet to explore Turkey’s wild Lycian shore.
New Zealand’s most luxury lodges come with jaw-dropping natural backdrops; but how do such outlying locations impact on the materials and design? We talked to three architects to find out.
Amangiri is an ode to the mysterious rock formations of southern Utah and the ancient Navajo culture. This is no ordinary hotel, but an enclave of luxury and style in America’s most dramatic desert landscape.
Exclusive island resorts have evolved from sun-drenched dens of the rich and famous to philanthropic vehicles that support local communities and protect and preserve the surrounding environment.
Meet the challengers journeying to the Wild West for a perspective-altering PURE Pursuit this June: a band of industry experts and outside influencers with the grit, creativity and generosity to withstand this test of dedication and endurance.
Thanks to an emergence of digital apps, everyone from rangers on the ground in the wilderness to urban foodies and gamers are putting their thumbs to work saving our planet’s wildlife. Here are five nifty tools that caught our eye.
The new hospitality landscape revolves less around brands talking about themselves and more around people talking about brands. Enter offline activities, communities and collaborations as hospitality’s new marketing strategy.
The far, Arctic North of Canada proves to be the perfect setting for a safari on the floe edge… Debbie Pappyn discovers this frozen, polar world and its majestic animals.
Careening through its own romantic clichés – castles brooding over remote kingdoms; camel caravans swaying across the desert; domed pavilions in lotus-studded lakes – Rajasthan is a runaway exotic, writes Stanley Stewart.
The best luxury hotels have a sustainable ethos at the heart of their design, proving that putting the environment first doesn’t mean scrimping on style.
Fraser Murray of Nimmo Bay in the Great Bear Rainforest, Ellie Claus of Ultima Thule Lodge in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and Carly Potgeiter of Alaska’s Within the Wild Lodges discuss how they craft luxury wilderness experiences.
Thanks to some exceptional properties, the humbling panoramas of Patagonia can now be coupled with creature comforts. It’s a match made in Chile.
With small dimensions, cabin conundrums and the needs of the crew to contend with, designing a boat is no mean feat. Here are five vessels with dreamworthy aesthetics.
Debbie Pappyn travels with Odzala Discovery Camps in the jungle heart of Congo-Brazzaville on the search for the elusive Gorilla gorilla gorilla.