Dhaalu Atoll, The Maldives
Take your pick. This could be a set from a handful of James Bond films – is it Stromberg’s underwater hideout in The Spy Who Loved Me, or perhaps the turquoise Koh Phi Phi waters of The Man With The Golden Gun? Spoiler: it’s the new St Regis Vommuli Resort in the Maldives. At least you can feel like James Bond hanging out at the spa pool (above).
Duro Olowu, London
If you missed London Fashion Week, get to know its brightest stars in London Uprising, out this month. The coffee-table book profiles 50 of the city’s leading fashion designers, Nigeria-born Duro Olowu (above right) among them. His African-inspired prints are a favourite of Keira Knightley and Michelle Obama (as well as Olowu’s wife, museum director Thelma Golden, above left). Find his designs at his boutique in London’s well-heeled St James’s district.
Zaha Hadid exhibition, Hong Kong
Among the many cities that marked the career of Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, it was Hong Kong that gave the Pritzker Prize-winner her big break. In 1983, she won a competition to design a clifftop leisure club on the Peak – which never came to fruition. Following its successful showing at London’s Serpentine Galleries, Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation – an exhibition of her early drawings and paintings – comes to Hong Kong this month. See her Peak designs and abstracts at the ArtisTree gallery in Taikoo Place.
17 March-6 April, arts.swireproperties.com
Van Cleef & Arpels, Hong Kong
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS has followed Noah’s lead in its animal-inspired L’Arche de Noé collection. More than 60 animal pairs, including butterflies, monkeys and phoenixes, come to Hong Kong this month, displayed in a dramatic space designed by theatre director Robert Wilson (left). Find them at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre in Admiralty.
10-26 March. Viewing on appointment, vcaarchedenoe.hk