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Hotel Review: Hotel Ritz By Belmond, Madrid

History When Cesar Ritz was born on the 23rd of February 1859 in the Swiss canton of Valais as the 13th child of poor parents, no one could have imagined the immense class journey the little shepherd boy would take both himself and the hotel industry in just three short decades. Having left Switzerland at 14 to work as a waiter in Paris, Europe quickly proved to be fertile ground for the young man  ambition and talent. Through apprenticeships in Paris, Vienna, London and Monte Carlo, he gained … [Read More...]

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Hotel Review: Caramel Boutique Resort, Crete, Greece

Location: On the longest beach in Crete, and a short distance away from Rethymno's Venetian harbour. Rooms: 69 villas and suites with accommodations options for singles, couples and up to 10 … [Read More...]

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Hotel Review: Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

Location: In Gouves - along a pristine stretch of Cretan coastline. Rooms: 212 bungalows, rooms, suites and villas (divided into 29 room types) offering spacious, quality accommodation with chic interior design … [Read More...]

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The spring fitness edit: Part 1 – footwear

My favourite season of the year is finally here! With the warmer temperatures come not only the freedom to take your workouts outside but also countless marathons and races the world over. Here in London, there are … [Read More...]

One of the two Cigar Terraces at The Wellesley

Hotel Review: The Wellesley, London

Location:  Very idealy situated on London's Hyde Park Corner and in close proximity to Knightsbridge and its plethora of high end stores, the eponymous Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace - which is a mere ten minutes … [Read More...]

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Culinary digest: All’Oro Restaurant, Rome, Italy

Italy is world-renown for its contributions to the culinary world. So much so that the country's main touristic destinations pride themselves in offering pizza, pasta, gelato in various reincarnations. Rome is not … [Read More...]

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Cityscape: Rome, Italy

When it comes to Rome, I have both good and bad news to report. I'll start with the bad: Rome is in crisis. The city whose culture was shaped by Catholicism is in as much flux as the religion itself. Its famous … [Read More...]

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Culinary digest: Bayview Restaurant, Geneva

I may be a bonafide hotel junkie but at Geneva's Hotel President Wilson, it is the restaurants that really had my attention: There's the poolside Umami Japanese restaurant overlooking Lake Geneva which even in the … [Read More...]

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Musical Sunday: Avicii, The Nights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtF6Jej8yb4     … [Read More...]

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Picturescape: Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts

There are places whose incredible histories I have learnt only after arriving at the destination. Saint Kitts was just such a place. It was while taking in the sights of the island aboard the St. Kitts Scenic … [Read More...]

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Destinations: St Kitts and Nevis

The twin-island federation of St. Kitts & Nevis is one of the Caribbean's lesser known holiday destinations. This will not be the case for very much longer though, with luxury developments planned and currently … [Read More...]

Tripping With

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Tripping with….Actor Victor Alfieri

1. Victor, welcome to LTB's fun and irreverent Tripping with segment. What are you up to at the moment? At the moment I am promoting the film A Secret Promise, co-starring Ioni Skye, Talia Shire … [Read More...]

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Tripping with: Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky, welcome to Luxury Travel Beat's Tripping with segment. What are you up to at the moment? I've been busy travelling round New Zealand talking to readers about my new book When In Rome. It's … [Read More...]

Her Majesty the Queen unveils the plaque celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

Trip Notes: Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, today unveiled a plaque at St Pancras International station to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the … [Read More...]

Unplugged

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Unplugged: Jardin de Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco

Luxury Travel Beat's Unplugged series aims to take you to places around the world which, in these hectic times, hand you back to yourself. Jacques Majorelle was a French painter who moved to … [Read More...]

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Musical Sunday: Summer is Over, Jon McLaughlin & Sara Bareilles

Summer is definitely over in London. Until next year at least! Now let's make this coming autumn and winter count before the winters of our lives sets … [Read More...]

An reproduction of Van Gogh's Starry Night, one of the artworks on display in the Google Art Project.

Unplugged: Go on a virtual museum tour

So you have a problem. You love art. Your favourite thing to do when travelling is discovering that particular region's museums and art galleries. Your next holiday isn't until June and you're stuck … [Read More...]

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