Icehotel 365

In a few months, the temperature in Jukkasjärvi (pronounced… ‘Jukkasjärvi’ in urr… Swedish) will rise, and the 27th version of the world-famous ICEHOTEL, 200km North of the arctic circle in Sweden will melt. Mother Earth once again ruining the fun for everyone. Not so fast! This year, for the first time, they built a solar-powered,…
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Bodysgallen Hall – From the Mountains to the Sea

“The living need charity more than the dead” so stated the US poet George Arnold. Why am I mentioning charity whilst describing a Welsh hotel in 200 acres? Well, Bodysgallen Hall is one of three hotels that were donated to the National Trust, a charity, to ensure their long-term protection. So a stay at this…
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Cartagena Dreaming

The clear liquid hit the back of my throat like a bullet, rendering me momentarily speechless. I looked up and through my watering eyes saw the smiling face of Noah, bartender at El Barón who was taking us through his rum and cigar tasting masterclass at the Santa Teresa hotel in Cartagena. ‘Strong, eh?’ he…
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Method and Madness – Midleton’s New Whiskey Range

As Scotch whisky reinvents itself, Japan struggles to keep up with demand and the American whiskey scene is like a joyous Spaghetti Western–with strangers and unexpected heroes taking pot shots at the Sheriffs, breaking all the rules and generally having a rootin’ tootin’ time–‘whisky vision’ is suddenly less myopic.  Somewhat less restrained than the Scots…
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Heathfield House, the New Forest

England’s rural idyll has got a lot to answer for: the sweet promise of bucolia, of quaint English greens and rolling fields and sad shire horses dragging iron ploughs. Village fetes and maypoles, hay bales being slung at harvest time, damsels drinking cider from earthenware. Is it really such a paradise or just a big romanticised fib…
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Testing Waterproof Watches

“The Superman” is a labour of love project for filmmakers Jack Pirie & Alex Hylands-White, made in collaboration with underwater photographers The Ocean Brothers and Bamford Watch Department. The short film follows diver Francisco Del Rosario, who lives on the remote island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands. Previously featured watch customiser and founder…
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All That Jazz – The Wellesley

At times, the mere hint of it brings a rush of emotion that could be measured somewhere on a scale between minor annoyance and sheer terror. Sometimes, it is a beacon of hope, a sign that I shall soon be whisked home, away from the clamouring hoards on the street. Other times, it simply marks…
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Living the Dubai Life

Dubai is the on the way to everywhere. Just on the east of Europe, just on the west of Asia, over two-thirds of the world’s population lives within eight hours flight. It’s on its way to becoming the world’s third busiest airport, behind Beijing and Atlanta. With so much money passing through, Dubai’s rulers are…
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A Weekend Hideaway – London to Nendaz

Every year Winter roles around without any warning. One minute you’re sunning yourself on the deck of a boat in Corfu, the next you’re sat on your sofa like a slob watching whatever required the least swiping to access on Netflix. It’s depressing. To make things worse it’s also the time smug bastards start posting…
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Bacchus of the Net – Metaxa 12 Stars Edition

In 1971 Captain George Trikiriotis left the Greek island of Samos to join the merchant navy. After years tackling the tumult of the Irish Sea, he retired. Still proudly toting a mariner’s hat, his days are now spent tending to his family vineyard on the mountainside of Ampelos, at the north of the island. I’m…
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