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Goldeneye, Jamaica

Goldeneye, Jamaica

“Paw-paw with a slice of green lime, a dish piled with red bananas, purple-star apples and tangerines, scrambled eggs and bacon, Blue Mountain coffee – the most delicious in the world – Jamaican marmalade, almost black and guava jelly. As Bond, wearing shorts and sandals, had his breakfast on the […]

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Food, Health & Beauty, Travel

Luxuries of Goa

Luxuries of Goa

The fabled palm-fringed coastline lapped by the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, also known as the ‘pearl of the orient’ is finally living up to its lustrous label. The word Goa was once synonymous with hedonistic holidays; a reputation which began in the 60’s with the first influx of […]

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Haute Living

Haute Living

Fashion designers never cease to inspire us with their latest collections, but now their well tuned ascetic is no longer assigned to the catwalk. Hotels all over the world are realising that bland design, no matter how luxurious, will simply not cut it anymore. People who frequent top hotels want […]

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Health & Beauty, Travel

Napo Wildlife Centre

Napo Wildlife Centre

Burgundy droplets spoiled the shiny surface of the Swiss Army knife, as its constant stabbing motion caused a trickle and then a positive flow. The blood was rare and despite the oppressive humidity, we had to work quickly using a sully-free container to avoid contamination. Blood from a Drago (Dragon) tree […]

by × September 2, 2010 × 1 comment

Food, Travel

Chocolate Museum, Bruges

Chocolate Museum, Bruges

“The waterfall is most important! It mixes the chocolate! It churns it up! It makes it light and frothy!” This may be Willy Wonka’s secret recipe for delicious chocolate, but just what is it about Belgian chocolate that makes it so irresistible? My research led me to Bruges; home of […]

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The Grove’s Russian Christmas Preview

The Grove’s Russian Christmas Preview

I was recently invited to stay as a guest of  The Grove in Herfordshire for an exclusive preview of their Russian Christmas. The luxury hotel and spa, situated in Chandler’s Cross, is otherwise known as London’s cosmopolitan country estate due to its close proximity to London and a convenient three minute drive from the M25. The sheer grandeur of […]

by × August 1, 2010 × 3 comments

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Hotel Des Trois Couronnes & Charlie Chaplin Museum, Vevey

Hotel Des Trois Couronnes & Charlie Chaplin Museum, Vevey

Built in 1842 as a small palace, the Hotel Des Trois Couronnes glistens on the shores of Lake Geneva. Nestled next to the historic old town of Vevey this grand old dame of belle époque elegance has unrivalled magical views of the lake and the Alps.  I have been fortunate to […]

by × July 31, 2010 × 0 comments

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The Aspen Club & Spa

The Aspen Club & Spa

A ten minute walk away from the celebrity renowned Little Nell  hideaway in Aspen, The Aspen Club & Spa is discreetly tucked away at the end of a long drive, instantly providing an air of exclusivity. Its setting in the shadows of the majestic Colorado Rockies, attracts those who value pampering […]

by × July 25, 2010 × 0 comments

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Mount Koya

Mount Koya

Set in eerie black clusters of cedars at an altitude of 3,000 ft at the center of the Kii Peninsula, the imposing Mount Koya, – sometimes referred to as Koya-san – is Japan’s most venerated Shingon-Buddhist site, attracting over one million pilgrims per year. In 816, Saint Kukai, also known […]

by × July 23, 2010 × 0 comments

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Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Commanding impressive views across the serene shores of Loch Lomond, Cameron House offers the opportunity for real indulgence. Tucked away in 100 acres of magnificent wooded parkland, with clay pigeon shooting, archery and falconry on the activity menu,  it’s more grand old country house than hotel. From its huge windows, one […]

by × July 22, 2010 × 0 comments

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Samurai Sword Fighting With ‘Kill Bill’ Choreographer

Samurai Sword Fighting With ‘Kill Bill’ Choreographer

Uma, there may be some serious competition for that yellow tracksuit of yours… If you fancy learning the moves that electrified audiences in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” films, now you can, courtesy of the Japan National Tourist Organisation The course is led by Tetsuro Shimaguchi, who choreographed the swordfight scene in a […]

by × July 21, 2010 × 2 comments

Health & Beauty, Travel

Cinq Mondes Spa at Le Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne

Cinq Mondes Spa at Le Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne

Recently I spent a glorious day of pampering at the Cinq Mondes Spa at Le Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne on the edge of Lake Geneva. The founder of the Cinq Mondes spa concept, Jean-Louis Poiroux, has utilised more than ten years of global travelling to discover the best massages and treatments in the world. […]

by × July 21, 2010 × 0 comments