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The Siam, Bangkok

The Siam, Bangkok

Set on three acres of verdant frontage along the city side of the Chao Praya River, The Siam is a privately owned 39-room luxury retreat located in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district which opened this summer. Perfectly located in the cultural heart of the city, the hotel is just 15 minutes […]

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Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles

Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles

‘If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont’ – Harry Cohn, Columbia Pictures – Los Angeles is one of our favourite cities. But as the second most populous city in the United States, after New York, we can never quite think of it in such singular […]

by × September 9, 2012 × 1 comment

Arts & Culture, Travel

Atlas Film Corporation Studios, Morocco

Atlas Film Corporation Studios, Morocco

In the early 1960s when David Lean was directing Lawrence of Arabia, he came to the southern Moroccan town of Ouarzazate, situated high up in the Atlas Mountains, to film. Attracted by the air of exoticism, clear skies and expansive desert, he shot many key scenes here. In 1983, Moroccan entrepreneur, […]

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The Caves at Negril, Jamaica

The Caves at Negril, Jamaica

Perched on the limestone cliffs of Negril’s spectacularly scenic West End in Jamaica, The Caves is a member of Island Outpost’s stunning collection of Jamaican hotels and private villas. With just 12 brightly painted wooden, thatch-roof one and two-bedroom cottages that quite frankly, would not look out-of-place in a Matisse […]

by × August 25, 2012 × 0 comments

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Firefly, Jamaica

Firefly, Jamaica

“Firefly has given me the most valuable benison of all: time to read and write and think and get my mind in order. I love this place, it deeply enchants me. Whatever happens to this silly world, nothing much is likely to happen here. The sentences seemed to construct themselves, […]

by × August 21, 2012 × 0 comments

Food, Health & Beauty, Travel

Strawberry Hill, Jamaica

Strawberry Hill, Jamaica

The ascent to Strawberry Hill is one of the most thrilling rides ever. Leaving the oppressive heat of Kingston behind, winding upwards through the narrow roads, lush green vegetation and occasional hairpin bend of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains to an elevation of 3100 feet above sea level, is quite a journey. […]

by × August 17, 2012 × 0 comments

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Palazzina Grassi, Venice

Palazzina Grassi, Venice

Palazzina Grassi is a breathtaking 16th century palazzo situated right in the artistic heart of Venice, minutes from Palazzo Grassi, overlooking the Grand Canal. Opened in 2009, it was the first hotel designed by Philippe Starck in Italy, and as can be expected, is a fusion of history, tradition and […]

by × July 31, 2012 × 0 comments

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Les Deux Tours, Marrakech

Les Deux Tours, Marrakech

I particularly love Les Deux Tours as it’s based in the Palmeraie area of Marrakech which, in my opinion, is a much more relaxing place to stay in contrast to the bustling medina. You’re still only a fifteen minute taxi ride from the central action, but surrounded by three hectares […]

by × July 7, 2012 × 0 comments

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Andaz Liverpool Street

Andaz Liverpool Street

What I love about Hyatt’s Andaz hotels, is that visually, they are all uniquely different. Recently I stayed at the Andaz West Hollywood (see my review here) which was a very cool hotel with a laid back, rock n’ roll vibe, overlooking the Sunset Strip. Andaz Liverpool Street is something quite […]

by × June 23, 2012 × 1 comment

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What to buy in Marrakech

What to buy in Marrakech

I first fell in love with Morocco on a trip to Tangier when I was barely out of my teens. I had managed to make contact with the writer, Paul Bowles, beforehand, whom had kindly agreed to an interview. I can still clearly remember the giddy feelings of exoticism having […]

by × June 16, 2012 × 0 comments

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Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle

For visitors to Marrakech, this gorgeous twelve-acre botanical garden really is a must see. Designed by the expatriate French artist, Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 193os, the Jardin Majorelle is actually more famous than the painter’s now largely forgotten watercolours. Although the garden has been opened to the public since […]

by × June 1, 2012 × 0 comments

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The Spoken Word: Travel Writers

The Spoken Word: Travel Writers

 ‘In spite of all hardships, discomforts and sicknesses, the lure of exploration still continues to be one of the strongest lodestars of the human spirit, and will be so while there is the rim of an unknown horizon, in this world or the next.’ – Freya Stark – Earlier this […]

by × March 30, 2012 × 0 comments