Michelle Harbi and Katie Krater compile your essential downtime hotlistTesla unveils Model 3
TESLA’S highly anticipated Model 3 electric car is now available for pre-order. The most affordable vehicle the company has ever made, the mid-size sedan starts at US$35,000. It can go from zero to 60mph in less than six seconds and has a minimum range of 215 miles per charge. The first deliveries are expected next year. More than a quarter of a million cars had been pre-ordered within two days of the launch, said the California-based firm’s chief executive, Elon Musk.
April Bloomfield –the Michelin-starred British chef behind New York’s Spotted Pig and the Breslin Bar and Dining Room – has launched her latest Manhattan venue with business partner Ken Friedman. Located at the Pod 51 hotel on East 51st Street, Salvation Burger is a 75-cover restaurant serving beef patties ground by the on-site butcher with house-made potato buns. Fish and veggie burgers are also on the menu, along with hot dogs, boozy milkshakes and Holy Cow Kolsch beer, which is brewed for the restaurant.
THE Anantara Dhigu Maldives has redesigned its 40 over-water suites. The three categories – Sunset, Sunrise and Pool – have been renovated to offer more light and space. They have freestanding tubs, outdoor showers, private terraces and glass panels in the bathroom floor for watching marine life. Pool suites also have 15 sqm infinity pools. There are 110 villas and suites in total, located in the South Male Atoll, a 35-minute boat ride from Malé International airport.
Hyatt has opened its first Rio de Janeiro property in time for this year’s Olympics. The 436-room Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro is located on the beachfront in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood. Rooms come with ocean, pool, courtyard or lagoon views, amenities from Brazil’s oldest pharmacy, Granado, and flip-flops. There’s also a spa, a club lounge and Italian and Japanese restaurants, while design features include mosaic floors, 17 vertical gardens and local artwork.
Burberry has launched what it calls its “most significant men’s fragrance to date”. Mr Burberry is a herbal, woody eau de toilette designed to evoke “modern and masculine sensuality”, according to perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. It features top notes of grapefruit, tarragon and cardamom, with birch leaf, nutmeg oil and cedar at the heart of the fragrance and vetiver, guaiac wood and sandalwood at its base. The line also includes body wash, moisturiser, deodorant, beard oil and aftershave splash. 50ml £48, 100ml £65, 150ml £80;
Kathryn Sargent has become the first female master tailor to open her own shop on London’s Savile Row. Sargent started working on the capital’s historic tailoring street two decades ago and, in 2009, became the street’s first female head cutter, when she was at Gieves and Hawkes. Her new store, at 37 Savile Row, is a sister to her Brook Street shop and tailors for both men and women, with bespoke two-piece suits starting from £4,200 and made-to-measure from £1,500.
Fancy putting your body to the test? Wildfitness is launching week-long Scottish breaks this month. Aimed at helping you to improve your fitness and get back to nature, the retreats are held at the Alladale Wilderness Reserve north of Inverness and include hiking, combat sessions, Highland games and the “animal circuit”, for unleashing your inner beast. The first dates are May 21-28 and May 28-June 4; from £2,400 full-board. The company also operates in Zanzibar, Crete and London. The launch coincides with the start of BA’s Heathrow-Inverness route this month.
Wine company Humble Grape has opened its second London venue. Located in the vaults of St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street, the venue comprises a 200-seat wine bar, shop, private dining room and cellar. Humble Grape imports its wines from small, independent vineyards around the world, with about 30 available by glass or carafe and more than 200 by the bottle. An accompanying menu of “humble plates” is also served. James Dawson opened the first Humble Grape last year in Battersea.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art relaunches this month following a major expansion. A ten-storey, 21,800 sqm addition to the building has almost tripled the exhibition space. It includes the Pritzker Centre for Photography, the largest space of its kind in any US art museum. Inaugural shows will include 260 works from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of post-war and contemporary art, with pieces by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Open 10am-5pm (9pm Thurs); US$25.