Life On Marsa

You’ve seen The Wave. You’ve seen The Sailboat. Here comes The Superyacht…                 Dubai is not known for its sense of moderation so it probably comes as no surprise that Jumeirah Group – the behind the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and the sailboat-inspired Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – are adding a third hotel. The superyacht-inspired Jumeirah…
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Out To (Christmas) Lunch

At the time of press, there is a far, far better alternative to turkey… Turkey? Nah, mate. India. If you’re seeking something different to the traditional fare this year, then Tamarind of Mayfair and Zaika of Kensington have got you covered – assuming restaurants are still opening, of course, it’s very hard to tell these…
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Prêt Project

There are afternoon teas… and then there’s The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea London is home to many an iconic afternoon tea but there’s only one that’s truly “in fashion”. Ho ho. The Berkeley, on Wilton Place, has been home to the celebrated Prêt-à-Portea for some time and, as befits a fashion-themed afternoon tea – a surprisingly calorific…
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Going On Holiday Atoll?

Let’s face it. This last year and a bit have not been the best for travel. They’ve also been the most confusing in memory with lists and traffic lights of various hues, frequently contradictory advice and testing requirements that changed place to place and week to week. There is, however, always the Maldives. Off the…
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Belize’s Hopes Are Sunk

And that’s not a bad thing… Belize, home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, has found a new way of protecting it: use a sunken ship. The Belize Tourism Board has worked closely with the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA) and Blackbird Caye Resort to sink The Wit Concrete, a 375-foot ship…
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Green List, Blue Lagoon

Travel is, understandably, limited right now. On the plus side, that means we’re looking at alternative destinations for breaks. Such as… Iceland? According to the old advert, mum’s gone to Iceland. Mum, frankly, may have been ahead of her time… Unlike many destinations, Iceland is on the green list for travel and, while not the…
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Drinking Tales

When whisky and literature meet in a unique (and Lalique) manner… The Macallan know a thing or two about special editions. They currently hold the world record for the most expensive whisky ever sold – a bottle of their Fine & Rare 60 year old sole for $1.9m at Sotheby’s in 2019. And today, August…
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Wandering Home

Matthew Lorenzo test drives a motor home. And rather likes it. The thing is I normally do football. Not play it, but talk about it, write about it and make films about it. But when someone offers you a free holiday in return for a few hundred words, it’s worth expanding the skillset. The last…
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Mindful Drinking

New hemp-based drink Spirited Euphoria promises all the fun of alcohol, and none of the downsides. Trying to cut down a bit? Just putting those days behind you? Attempting Dry January (or any other month)? There are many reasons people stop drinking and, with the low- and no-alcohol drinks sector thriving – yes, even after…
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Raise Your Glasses

Opticians have changed. The last time I went for an eye test, it was a case of stare at the chart, wondering if that was a “F” or a “P”, while someone played around with lenses and bits of plastic. This time, it was like entering the bridge of the Enterprise, being taken from whizzy…
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