Four Seasons Hotel, Palo Alto

A Four Seasons Hotel that most Uber drivers can’t find isn’t a good omen. The Four Seasons Palo Alto is camouflaged at the end of a cul-de-sac of office blocks,  all designed in that late 90s functional vernacular so familiar to anyone whose sat in slow moving traffic on the M4. Perhaps lacking the bespoke…
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Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Ten years before Matthew Weiner pushed Don Draper out of his Madison Avenue office to come crashing down on our screens, David Fincher pushed Michael Douglas off an office block in San Francisco. Douglas crashed through the Art Deco glass roof of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco and landed in what is now its…
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What Can You Look Forward to this Summer in the UK

Summer is just a few weeks away and it will be time to bring out your bathing costumes, take the ice cubes out of the freezer and prepare to lay out in the sun and get a tan. If you have time off from work this summer, then you’ll want to put that to good…
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A New Wave of Luxury Expedition Yachts

The booming market for luxury experiential travel is opening an ocean of possibilities to adventurers wanting to experience life-changing sea voyages in the lap of luxury. Picture the solitude of Paradise Bay, Antarctica, where the silence is broken only by pack ice groaning; or the eerie environs of Scott’s Hut on Cape Evans, where the…
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Blakes’ 40th Anniversary Gin

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, legendary luxury boutique hotel, Blakes, has partnered with Portobello Road Gin to create a special edition bespoke gin that will be served exclusively at the hotel from now. Located in the heart of Kensington, the hotel’s secret courtyard, designed by Matthew Williamson, will be transforming into a gin garden to…
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Welcome to the Gastrodome

As a self-confessed foodie and booze lover, I couldn’t wait for the road-trip we’d planned to Normandy and Burgundy, famous for producing apples and grapes and their respective tipples of cider and wine. And that’s before you even get me started on the cheese board….. Just a hop across the channel, Normandy boasts an extensive…
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Icehotel 365

In a few months, the temperature in Jukkasjärvi (pronounced… ‘Jukkasjärvi’ in urr… Swedish) will rise, and the 27th version of the world-famous ICEHOTEL, 200km North of the arctic circle in Sweden will melt. Mother Earth once again ruining the fun for everyone. Not so fast! This year, for the first time, they built a solar-powered,…
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Bodysgallen Hall – From the Mountains to the Sea

“The living need charity more than the dead” so stated the US poet George Arnold. Why am I mentioning charity whilst describing a Welsh hotel in 200 acres? Well, Bodysgallen Hall is one of three hotels that were donated to the National Trust, a charity, to ensure their long-term protection. So a stay at this…
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Cartagena Dreaming

The clear liquid hit the back of my throat like a bullet, rendering me momentarily speechless. I looked up and through my watering eyes saw the smiling face of Noah, bartender at El Barón who was taking us through his rum and cigar tasting masterclass at the Santa Teresa hotel in Cartagena. ‘Strong, eh?’ he…
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