Yoshi, Metropole, Monaco

LUSSO was invited to dine courtesy of Joel Robuchon at his newly-starred Michelin restaurant in Monaco. With the invite comes a little biography – surely superfluous for such a famous man? In fact, the full list of M. Robuchon’s achievements is so long that you have to sit down half way through and wonder whether…
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Long Road Back: LUSSO Meets Team HTC-Highroad

Cyclists love cycling. And the peak of our infatuation are these 10 stone heroes who race the Tour de France. An unimaginable feat of suffering lasting 21 days, racing 150 miles a day across plains so hot the tarmac sucks at their wheels, or noses tucked low over the handlebars at 60 miles an hour…
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The Best Room in the House: Hotel de Russie

Shopping in Bond Street the other day, I looked around Gucci and realised I was the only person left in London who doesn’t have a tattoo. What should I get as a reminder every morning in the shower of my one beacon of truth? Obviously, cute little animals representing your playful, lithe soul are all…
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Sir Bani Yas Island

In a territory where the first paved road was laid in 1960, but which now commissions and completes new acts of architectural bravura quicker than other countries draw up plans for a bathroom extension, the resort, the last Sheikh’s place to get away from it all, comes from the UAE’s “Middle Ages”: 1971. When you…
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Cassa NYC

Unless they suddenly get greedy, the owners of New York’s Cassa Residences should make pretty good money for the next 15 years. Cassa’s smart, not grand. It’s not asking you to pay for some fancy marble – there isn’t any. It’s not asking you to pay for the view – there isn’t one of those…
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Best Room In the House – Riad El Fenn

I heard recently that the UKs most renowned food critic has just tried to insure his nose. I imagine this kind of thing goes on all the time: film critics insuring their eyes, music critics their ears. Being a critic is a serious job and I also intend to take it seriously: I’ve thought about…
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The Empire Hotel Strikes Back

You can stay in a hotel worse than The Empire. You’d be unlucky to stay somewhere more disappointing. The Empire is a one hundred year old legend, part of New Yorks hotelscape and it’s just had an expensive revamp. The Empire is somewhere New Yorkers hold dear they don’t want to stay there but they…
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The Dearth of Service

The von Essen hotel chain has always had something of the Bond villains evil empire about it to me. There’s Cliveden, the undeniably grand but slightly louche front that 007 first encounters. But once inside, he’d pick up some information that led him onto all the other stuff: the helipad in London- for quick getaways,…
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Abu Dhabi: Bani Yas Island Resort

The Sir Bani Yas Island Resort isn’t the most extravagant spot in Abu Dhabi – and it’s better for it. In a territory where the first paved road was laid in 1960, but which now commissions and completes new acts of architectural bravura quicker than other countries draw up plans for a bathroom extension, the…
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