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Archive for May, 2011

Fancy some Mekong river weed? Super-hot chillies? Or the odd frog? Well, you’ve come to the right place if you hit Luang Prabang‘s intriguing Morning Market, strung out daily between the Royal Palace Museum and Th Chao Phanya Kang street in the central old quarter. During a recent trip to this Unesco-listed town in northern Laos, we got up early to check out the […]

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Picture the scene: the sun is setting in the Côte d’Azur, glasses glitter with champagne, the scent of flowers vies with wafts of garlic from the kitchen, and a group of singers stand on the terrace, letting their voices soar into the serenity. Bastide Saint Mathieu has captured our imagination with its Riviera Opera events, […]

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As we swing into summer,  TuneSmith Rob Wood is entranced by globetrotting Ethiopian dub, and reliving the cult punk-folk soundtrack of his misspent youth… ALBUM OF THE MONTH Addis Through the Looking Glass by Dub Colossus When? Your ears need a walkabout Why? It’s Addis Ababa meets Kingston en route to Womad If you’re as […]

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Earl Carter Q&A: we ask the questions

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

When we decided it was time for an exclusively Antipodean guidebook to add to our ever-expanding library for stylish globetrotters, our first port of call was acclaimed Australian photographer Earl Carter (right). Melbourne-based Earl has roamed the world shooting hotel, food and interiors pictures for A-list magazines and books, so who better to quiz for […]

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Istancool: another Turkish delight

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

As if a waterfront city that straddles two continents and brings together historic architecture, exotic dining and sensual spas needed more enticements, Istanbul has recently endowed itself with a number of must-go events, including the Turkish Grand Prix, musical extravaganzas both cutting-edge and classical, fashion weeks, book fairs and biennials. Adding yet another attraction to […]

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Cowley Manor: hotel of the week

Friday, May 20th, 2011

In our books, summer isn’t summer until a poolside party has been attended, whether it’s on the roof of an old East London warehouse or a soirée in the city where the heat is on (Miami, if you’re wondering). This year, we’re going classic and letting our hair down in an English country garden – […]

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If I could sum up the following post in a hashtag, it would be: #jealous. C’mon, ‘fess up: who doesn’t like the sound of visiting the mist-wreathed, precariously perched, impossibly picturesque Tiger’s Nest monastery (Paro Taktsang) in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan? And maybe bedding down at a string of luxury lodges en route? That’s […]

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Inspiring itineraries #4: best of British

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

We’re often asked by visiting friends to suggest perfect town ‘n’ country partners for twin-centre stays out of London, so here’s a ready-made mini adventure to whet your wanderlust… From thick-of-it thrills to pastoral perfection, this boutique road trip takes you from the history and bustle of the British capital to the fresh-air charms of […]

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Next time you need a window-shopping hit, head for Surry Hills in Sydney: Crown Street shopping serves up a bijou blend of quirky homewares, cutting-edge fashion and fabulous vintage finds. Surry Hills is the stylish gals go-to shopping street, just a 5-minute ride from Sydney boutique hotel Medusa, smack-bang in the centre of Darlinghurt’s hip […]

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Polished marble, pristine monochrome fabrics, striking modern art… So far, so glamorous and grown-up, right? Parents, seeking style, be assured: The Surrey is as sophisticated as Manhattan luxury hotels get – but lucky for those with little ones, this Upper East Side establishment is also as family-friendly as it is fabulous. A skip from Central […]

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