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Hotel Review: The Shangri-La at The Shard, London

When one of Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel groups first opened an European outpost in Paris in 2010, I was honored to be one of the first to review it. The hotel quickly became one of my Parisian favourites, surpassed only by the city's Le Bristol hotel. So when Shangri La Hotels and Resorts announced that they would be opening a hotel in London a few years ago - in The Shard, Western Europe's tallest building - you can understand why I had only one reaction to this bit of news: total … [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: The Hoxton Holborn

Location: Very centrally on High Holborn, within coughing distance of London's bustling West End, King's Cross, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, The British Museum, Covent Garden you name it! This is really as … [Read More...]

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Culinary digest: Ristorante Aroma, Rome

The last restaurant review (Full disclosure: I use the term loosely, as it was more of a glowing, completely biased recommendation of my favourite restaurant in the city) I wrote of a restaurant in Rome told you of … [Read More...]

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Hotel Review: Z Hotel Shoreditch

Location: Right smack in the middle of one of London's trendiest area - Shoreditch - and a stone's throw away from Old Street underground station. Rooms: 111 - divided into 5 categories, six of which are adapted … [Read More...]

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Culinary Digest: Breakfast at Angelus

What happens when you combine French gastronomic sensibilities with the eponymous English breakfast? This: Angelus restaurant first came on to the London scene in 2007 when Thierry Thomasin - having served … [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...]

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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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Tripping with: Kirsty Bertarelli

Welcome to Luxury Travel Beat's 'Tripping With' segment. What’s keeping you busy at the moment? We’ve just arrived back from Alaska, which was a truly breath taking vacation. With its dramatic … [Read More...]

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In conversation with Emilia Mitiku

Hello Emilia, so glad we can sit down and have a chat. What are you up to at the moment? I'm promoting my new album I Belong to You, which I have been working on for two years, so it's been a long … [Read More...]

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Tripping with: Alex Polizzi

Hey Alex, welcome to Luxury Travel Beat's Tripping With segment. What are you working on at the moment? At the moment, I've been working on a show that's all about family businesses that are … [Read More...]

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Musical Sunday: Weeping, Soweto String Quartet & Vusi Mahlasela

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LnB2fZkLAI I first discovered this song 7 years ago through listening to Josh Groban's Awake album. Weeping was written as a protest song during South Africa's … [Read More...]

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Musical Sunday: Atlas Hands

I was enjoying one of the many songs in my spotify Travel Collection playlist yesterday when I thought: Why not start a new segment where I share music that either inspires us to travel or makes us … [Read More...]

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Musical Sunday: Avicii, The Nights

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

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