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Be Manos, Brussels: hotel of the week

Friday, September 5th, 2014

There’s more to Europe’s capital than MEPs and triple-cooked chips – set foot inside Be Manos hotel in Brussels and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in Carnaby Street’s hippest hangout during peak Sixties swing…

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Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, The Opposite House features innovative architecture and interiors that embrace natural light and reclaimed materials, leaving visitors wide-eyed with appreciation. Just six kilometres from the Forbidden City and nestled in Beijing’s retail and lifestyle hub, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, this hotel calls for guests to bring an empty stomach and suitcase in order to […]

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Ancient outcrops of the Flinders Ranges, ordered rows of ripening grapes on vines and rolling pastoral hills are what you’ll find in the surrounds of opulently restored homestead, North Bundaleer. Just 30 minutes from the Clare Valley in South Australia, this property will have you resting on the verandah, sipping on riesling and fondly watching […]

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This week we’re craving Provençal cuisine in palatial surroundings. La Mirande boutique hotel in mediaeval Avignon – a regally rustic stay housed in a 14th-century cardinal’s mansion – is ideal for a restorative sojourn to the south of France, and this month thespians, dancers and musicians flood the commune’s cobbled streets to perform at the Festival D’Avignon…  Style Mediaeval Provençal grandeur Setting Ancient heart of […]

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Marylebone Village, just north of Oxford Street, is turning into one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods for aesthetes, eaters and amblers. A whirl at a family-owned boutique hotel fashioned from seven Grade II-listed townhouses and two mews homes showed us it has a lot more to it than an impressive address and notable neighbours… Where we stayed…  […]

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European-inspired luxury, fine dining and larger-than-life guestrooms, Georgetown’s Capella Washington DC is right at home in its well-heeled neighborhood. Style Marble and mahogany Setting Canal-side Georgetown Why this week? It finally feels like summer in the States – so get thee to a rooftop. Only a select few have access to Capella’s guest-only rooftop bar. This […]

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The breathtaking displays of cherry-blossom may have faded in Tokyo’s Ueno Park, where residents flock each spring to enjoy the delicate blooms and delicious scent of sakura season, but if you’re in London this week, you can still make it for cocktails beneath blossom-laden boughs at one of London’s best sushi spots, Sake No Hana, until 19 […]

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Sunsets, happening creative hangouts, independent boutique boltholes, a Bohemian vibe (literally) and sweet sweet booze (literally)… it’s a hackneyed meme, sure, but: what’s not to like about Budapest? Don’t just take our word for it: check out this city-guide-cum-diary from roving reporter Robin Reetz. This travel-lovin’ Atlanta gal is a London-based lifestyle and fashion writer who has […]

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In the diary: Design Shanghai

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Buzzing Shanghai feels even busier than usual thanks to Design Shanghai, which is set to take over the city tomorrow. More than 40,000 architects, interior designers, developers, designers and design-conscious consumers are expected to gather at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre between 27 February and 2 March. We grabbed the event’s Creative Directors, Darrel Best and Ross […]

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A stay in North Yorkshire combines country and city, with market towns, scenic hikes in the dales and a trip to York’s lively centre. We’ve teamed up with Visit York to plan the perfect spring city break, when York’s most abuzz with activity. Literary festivals, lavish operas, horse-race hobnobbing and haunted houses can all be found at its historic […]

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