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The garden terrace at the Ritz Madrid.

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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The garden terrace at the Ritz Madrid.

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 … [Read More...]

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Kent.

Tripping with Geoffrey Kent

Welcome to Luxury Travel Beat’s Tripping With segment,what’s keeping you busy at the moment? I have just returned from a beach safari at one of Africa’s most unique destinations, Saadani National Park in … [Read More...]

Acer's Aspire S7

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11 and 12 – Ultraportable computers

The last two entries of this year's Christmas gift guide are geared more towards those who might find themselves getting gift cards to electronic stores either today (God jul to my Nordic readers!) or tomorrow. … [Read More...]

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 10, The Emily Cross Body Bag

Hand crafted from the finest calf leather, Emily is just the bag a traveller would love to get. Elegant yet practical, this Thomas Lyte creation is lined with soft beige jacquard silk, has an adjustable shoulder … [Read More...]

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 9, The Le Grand Bal Package, Vienna

Let's face it. If you haven't already bought your Christmas present by now you are as behind as I am with my 12 Days of Christmas list. Some people plan way ahead of time, others - not so much. Worry not. I've got … [Read More...]

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 6, The gift of travel (Eurostar)

Long-term readers of the blog will know I'm a big fan of the Eurostar. Since 2011, I've been using the high-speed train service to get from London to Paris for my annual birthday pilgrimage to the … [Read More...]

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My Beat: New York, New York

New York is one of those evergreen destinations that are popular all year round. Although I have been to the city that never sleeps twice before this latest trip, I immediately jumped at the chance to … [Read More...]

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In Pictures: View of London from The Shard

About a year ago, Western Europe's tallest building - The Shard - officially opened.  At the time, I put together a little article with some background information about this new addition to London's … [Read More...]

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The garden terrace at the Ritz Madrid.

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 … [Read More...]

The Langham

Offbeat: Hotels I wouldn’t be caught dead in

A few months ago I was transfixed on a series aptly named 666 Park Avenue which followed the coming ins and going outs - no, mostly coming ins of the residents of a haunted hotel/apartment complex in … [Read More...]

Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port Main

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

I'm not sure very many people know this since they haven't been shouting it from the rooftops -- not in the same way other cities did - but Marseille is this year's European Capital of Culture. So … [Read More...]

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