Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

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Head to the Caribbean: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

If you’re jetting off to the Cuban capital to catch some rays (the picturesque island currently boasts an average April temperature of 25°C), then you’ll need a place to drop off your Tumi luggage. Enter The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, Havana’s first 5-star hotel complete with 246 guest rooms. Based in Old Havana and overlooking Parque Central, this opulent edifice features a rooftop pool with vistas of the city, eight treatment rooms and a tobacco lounge where guests can indulge in two of the country’s most celebrated delicacies: rum and cigars.

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempsinki La Habana

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Organise your collection: Unison Record Stand


Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Crafted from sustainable harvested hardwoods, and finished off with leather and brass details, the Unison Record Stand is the ideal way to store away your rare 7” and 12” vinyls. Not only does it come with a built-in vibration isolated turntable platform, but there’s also ample space to house a receiver or amplifier, so you can enjoy your LPs to their maximum potential. 

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Unison Record Stand


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Upgrade your wheels: Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary 

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Limited to only 55 models, and with the ability to change from grey to a rich copper colour when met by the sun, this limited-edition Roll-Royce is one that’ll get the petrolheads drooling. Inside you’ll find a starlight headliner – a handwoven configuration of 1,340 fibre optic lights which act as a glittering night sky complete with eight shooting stars – as well as a cockpit trimmed in Saddlery Tan and Anthracite leather rear seats. Happy driving, gents. 

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary 

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Scrub up this spring: Aesop ‘In Two Minds’ range

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

‘In Two Minds’ is Aesop’s latest grooming range, and it’s aimed for those with an oily T-zone and dry cheeks, a condition otherwise known as ’combination skin’ (hence the mishmash implied title of the new collection). The three-product line took three years to formulate and consists of a cleanser (which delivers a gentle yet thorough purifying experience), toner (which balances the skin’s oil levels) and moisturiser (which hydrates your face using a lightweight formula). For those in warmer climates, this is your next bathroom cabinet addition.

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Aesop ‘In Two Minds’ range


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Work smarter: Zeke desk

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

If you’re the type of gent who takes his work beyond the office walls, you’re going to need something to make the task that bit easier. This desk, made from dark walnut veneer, has a minimalistic aesthetic, boasts elegant and smooth lines and hides away a three compartment drawer. Tackling that mountain of emails just got stylish.  

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Zeke desk

Buy now for £699

Change-up your off-duty gear: Grandad shirt by Sir Plus

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

If you want to mix-up your outfits, but don’t want a complete overhaul, then look to tweak the odd item or two. This shirt by Sir Plus ditches the traditional collar for a more relaxed look, and it’s perfect to wear to the office or for post-work drinks. To give your look some extra finesse, match it with some grey wool trousers and a pair of brown lace-ups. 

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Grandad shirt by Sir Plus 


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Streamline your accessories: A5 pouch by Campbell Cole

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Whether you want to cut down on the amount of essentials you carry on a daily basis, or you simply want to ditch the backpack this season, this A4 pouch – which can house an iPad, a notebook and your work documents – should be your go-to. Better still, its sleek and slimline, so is perfect to carry on the commute. 

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

A5 pouch by Campbell Cole 


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Cut the cord: Beoplay E8

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Thinking of going wireless when it comes to headphones, but don’t fancy opting for Apple’s garish dongles? Then the E8 by Danish audio giant Bang & Olufsen is the thing for you. It’s crafted from premium materials such as aluminium and leather, is made in a discreet pod-style design (around the size of a grape) and once you configure which size bud is right for you, it’ll slip seamlessly into your ear. There’s a 4 hour battery life (enough time for several gym sessions or commutes), and once it runs out of juice, you can charge it in a palm-sized grain leather case (ideal for travel). The touch controls and built-in microphone also make using the E8 a fuss-free, hands-free experience.

Editor’s Picks: Cuba’s grandest hotel, a home office upgrade for minimalists and more

Beoplay E8

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