In the diary: Design Shanghai

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…

Happy Chinese New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Or for the Cantonese speakers out there, Gung Hay Fat Choi! Wherever you're celebrating Chinese New Year in 2013 we wish…

We ask the questions: Q&A with Luxury Travel editor, Alyson Cook

Luxury Travel Editor Alyson TaylorCredit crunch, schmedit crunch… what we all need during January’s bleaker moments is a bit of holiday escapism. So we quizzed editor of Luxury Travel magazine Alyson Cook about the highs and lows of luxury, and asked her for some luxe-for-less tips to make your budget go further


Define ‘luxury’…
Luxury for me is the chance to relax and hide away in a hotel incognito; unrecognised by an enthusiastic general manager keen to impress me with his latest, luxury suite tour! I love my job and I have been privileged to stay at some amazing places, but I also guard my privacy with the family – the chance to be with them, undisturbed, in a sunny location, preferably with a good book in one hand and a glass of fine white wine in the other, is my ideal relaxation.

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