TRAVEL

Q&A with Dylan Counsel General Manager of Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

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Tell us something about you that most people don’t know about the hotel? The name of the hotel is interesting. Kihavah is the Dhivehi word for young coconut. The island is well known for the coconut trees which produce the sweetest coconuts in the Maldives. What inspired you to become GM? My start into the hospitality and hotel industry was early – at the[...]

Paradise to All Mankind

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So as I left London’s grey blanket I projected my mind on to turquoise waters and overwater bungalows, an island lover’s haven and possibly as close to an image of paradise as one can imagine and I am amused at Milton’s enigmatic quote ‘Recover'd Paradise to all mankind’ Milton. Surely paradise doesn’t really exist! I was off to the Maldives: two w[...]

Q&A with Mariano Silvestri General Manager of the Park Hyatt Maldives

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What inspired you to become General Manager? The lady representing hoteliers at my school careers fair was very pretty! Haha! But really, being a GM is a dream come true. It integrates all the best part of hospitality – caring for guests and innovating to make every stay exceptional – with the serious business side of things, which is fascinating and certai[...]

In The Land of Luxury

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Featured   The word Luxury is almost extinct in our modern, facilitated existence where the Apple Watch is named as a luxury accessory and active influencers in the luxury market are under 20 years old. Where mobile marketing and trendsetters, are the affidavits of style, and where Facebook is the most reliable reference to quality; whe[...]

MARBELLA’S BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

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When it was established in the 1950’s by playboy Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Marbella was a small and rural community, a place where peaceful pine forests connected with the Mediterranean coastline. It quickly became the darling of the European aristocracy, thanks to the creation of a 20 room Andalusian style finca. As a result of its popularity,[...]

Destination Ski

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There is something of a bewildering intensity about the Alps; especially now as winter casts a magical tapestry of fresh whiteness decking the frosty summits. They become a fantasy wonderland of jaw-dropping beauty with perhaps some of the most stunning scenery in the world. The smorgasbord of language, culture, tradition, food and favourite tipples – mostly[...]

Picture-Perfect Happiness in Lourmarin

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Contributing Editor Lucy Self explores her pursuit of happiness and finds it in one of the most beautiful villages in France – Lourmarin. ‘You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.  You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.’ Albert Camus With these words ringing in my ears I head into the Lubero[...]

Luxury on your doorstep

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Today’s society has the world at its fingertips, particularly for the affluent traveller. A new supersonic jet could make it possible to fly from London to New York in the same time it would take to drive to Cardiff; and many of us would think nothing of picking up galangal, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk to make a Thai green curry. But can our home-gro[...]

‘Nature is the art of God’

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In The Divine Comedy Dante wrote ‘Nature is the art of God’.  As I enter into the Valley of Hell, the storm clashes a dramatic symphony and the rain pounds like sheets of steel. Nature seems to be a tool of the gods and today one can effortlessly believe in their wrath! It is easy to imagine how Dante found inspiration for his ‘Inferno’ at the Baux de Proven[...]

Ritz to Rubble – India’s Greatest Rickshaw Race

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Celebrities and royalty from around the world will take part in an epic rickshaw race across India to save Asia’s endangered elephants, which have fallen by 90% in the past 100 years. Actress Susan Sarandon, model sisters Amber and Yasmin Le Bon and Princess Beatrice of York have all confirmed they will take the wheel of fashionable and bespoke tuk-tuks t[...]