Ultratravel U.S.

Fall 2015

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What's your favorite airport? I love flying. The whole experience very rarely disappoints me. No one can get to me by phone, so I can sit there and read a whole book on a flight. And my favorite airport is John F. Kennedy International Airport. There's a little bookshop there where I can always find a book I love—oh, and some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, because nothing in airports has calories. Do you have any in-flight rituals? I have a little kit. It includes a bottle of fragrance—I hate the smell of a plane, so I load everything down with my scent, Pomelo. I have some lip gloss, because I have very dry lips and a cashmere blanket from The Travelwrap Company. I've had it sewn up a little bit on either side, so it's like a little sleeping bag that loops over my feet. And I always bring smoked salmon. You can have it with bread and a glass of wine, and it doesn't matter if you're in seat 37-G—you feel like a king. You're also a keen rider, and you travel to Montana from London regularly. That's quite a journey. We go with the same group of people to a place called Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, one of the most magical places in the world. It's near Bozeman. You live as cowboys—eating everything communally isn't very natural for me, but singing songs in the evening round the campfire is very wholesome. It feeds your soul. If you could stay at any hotel in the world for a week by yourself, which one would you choose? I hate staying in hotels on my own. One night into that week, I'd be in tears. But with my family, I'd go to the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai, where we go every year. I love it. My husband has very severe allergies, and they know his dietary needs and how to prepare the room, like putting covers on the mattresses. Dubai is a wonderful place. Last time, I went out on the dunes in a 4x4 buggy at sunset to watch the hawks fly—they're trained, and someone will hold a piece of meat for them, and they'll fly really close to you. Then, as the sun's setting, there's an incredible light across the desert sand as it changes from white to yellow, then pink to orange to black. You're one of the ambassadors for the GREAT Britain campaign, the U.K.'s program to market its businesses across the world. It must take you to some exotic spots. Shanghai was the biggest adventure. I was on a mission to convert a thousand Chinese people into fans, and there we were on the Bund—with Prince William as our chief—and none of my furniture arrived for my shop. Somehow, though, we managed, and the next morning we opened a tiny little spa without anyone noticing the problems. Thank goodness for IKEA. Any inspirational travel experiences? I was sitting at the bar, on my own, at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York watching the guy blending cocktails, and started wondering how I could take a fragrance and do what he does with vodka—putting it into a martini, a cosmopolitan or a sea breeze—then the whole mango collection came into being. You're quite a connoisseur of hotels. I'm certainly not someone who takes the first room in a hotel I'm offered. Whenever we arrive, my husband always says to the lovely doorman, 'I'd grab a coffee if I were you, because she's going to take a while.' I check the room, the layout, the view— I'm pretty firm about what I want. It needs to be absolutely, spotlessly clean; and I like six pillows, really big ones, and lots of towels—no, I don't want to use them twice. Have you ever changed hotels because of that? I remember when I was living in New York I'd had a whole lot of treatment for cancer and was pretty weak, not feeling myself at all. So I'd arranged at the end to have a holiday with 12 of my girlfriends in the Caribbean. I flew out a day early, and when I arrived, all I can say is, I didn't just change hotels—I changed islands. I'd just come out of chemo, and I called Gordon Campbell Gray, who owned Carlisle Bay in Antigua at the time, and jumped on a speedboat to the most amazing room there. I called my friends and told them not to unpack—just to take a glass of Champagne and get in the speedboat. What has been your most memorable trip? Thirty years ago, I visited Grasse in the South of France. I was a young girl, and I'd never created a fragrance, but I fell in love with it. It was an earth-shattering moment for me. I hadn't been back until less than a year ago, when my family and I revisited it. I was literally devastated because the flower market was gone, and it was just full of big factories. At the hotel, the concierge told me to visit the village of Mougins, and so my husband Gary and I got into the car without another word. There, we walked up the little streets and saw the little house Picasso had lived in when he lost his ability to create. I stood in the spot at his house where he stood, seeing that landscape, and within a second my creativity started to flood. In that moment, it was like I knew who I was again. What's your earliest memory of travel? We rented a house in a village called Crow's Nest in Cornwall, England, and it's where I fell in love with my first boyfriend—he was a surfer. You could walk down in flip-flops to the beautiful beach and play in the rock pools. Our Labrador, Jody, would dig up the sand and it would always end up all over our sandwiches—my dad was always a big picnic guy. I still go back with my family: Cornwall is one of the most amazing places for a beach holiday in the world. And do you take one thing with you wherever you go? My father gave me a backgammon set when I was 14, and it's the only thing I have that he gave me. We always take that backgammon set and play as a family—sitting in a restaurant with a glass of wine, at an airport or on the beach. We play backgammon. If someone said, 'What is your most treasured possession?'—it would be that set. NoT Your AverAge Jo 24 ultratravel Nobody understands the sweet smell of success quite like British perfumer Jo Malone MBE. Since opening her first namesake store in the mid-1990s, the trained facial therapist has garnered a cult following with her luxury line's elegant, monochrome packaging and nature- based scents. In 1999, she sold her eponymous company to beauty giant Estée Lauder, where she remained as creative director until 2006. Five years later, she launched her new home and body fragrance brand, Jo Loves, headquartered on Elizabeth Street in London's Belgravia district. To mark her 21 years in the beauty industry, Malone debuts a new scent this fall—Red Truffle 21, a rich blend of fig, vetiver and truffle. Here, Malone talks about her unusual in-flight ritual, a life-changing trip to France and the most treasured possession she packs on every trip. BY MARK ELLWOOD COURTESY OF JO MALONE Travel Insider

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