Back to the Island – Hotel OD Talamanca, Ibiza

Nostradamus predicted that ‘Ibiza will be the Earth’s final refuge’, because apparently even a small thing like Armageddon can’t stop the fun. And if you’re looking for an escape from the real world, Ibiza has it all: sunset sundowners and disco sunrises, lairy bar crawls and every kind of nightclub. The communal fungasm on the…
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How Many Steps To Heaven? Why You Should Join Monaco’s First Ever Private Members Club

Members clubs across the world should take note, because when it opens its doors in 2016, Club Thirty-Nine will be the retreat to beat.   Set on Avenue Princess Grace, Monte Carlo’s Club Thirty-Nine launches in Spring 2016 <img width="110" height="110" src="https://i0.wp.com/lus.so/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/YuW_xnu5tDVS1Ar2PymnuFaEAPDuzhPr-khigqXtkE.jpg?resize=110%2C110" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" aria-describedby="gallery-20-21902" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/lus check my reference.so/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/YuW_xnu5tDVS1Ar2PymnuFaEAPDuzhPr-khigqXtkE.jpg?resize=110%2C110 110w, https://i0.wp.com/lus.so/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/YuW_xnu5tDVS1Ar2PymnuFaEAPDuzhPr-khigqXtkE.jpg?resize=40%2C40 40w, https://i0.wp.com/lus.so/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/YuW_xnu5tDVS1Ar2PymnuFaEAPDuzhPr-khigqXtkE.jpg?zoom=2&resize=110%2C110 220w,…
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Thank You For The Mooses: Ett Hem, Stockholm

Lusso dons the knitwear for a weekend in the city that gave the world ABBA, loving your kidnappers and the Eugenics movement.   Walking its cobblestones, Gamla Stan in Stockholm looks perfect. Neatness and conformity ooze from every shop window and infiltrate the hipster-strewn streets so that everything looks a bit like real life but with…
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One For The Yank Bank: The Francis Hotel, Bath

Americans. They always talk and talk and say “lemme tell ya somethin’”, etc. This week: ‘Opulence’. The great and the good have been luxuriating in Bath for two thousand years. Mindful of the town’s long tradition of stately relaxation, the Francis Hotel has turned aristocratic indulgence into an art form. Since Bath is among the…
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Rolls-Royce Recreates The 1913 Alpine Trial

May 1913. James Radley set off from Brown’s Hotel in London’s Mayfair to embark on his most famous motoring adventure yet; the 1913 Alpine Trial. His aim was to raise Rolls-Royce’s profile within the hyper-competitive European market. And boy, did he do just that. Tackling over 1,800 miles of some of the world’s most spectacular…
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LUSSO Lowdown: The Alps

With four different ski areas, there’s plenty of choice in Chamonix for both gnarly off-pisters and beginners getting the swing of the slopes. If you want a challenge, book a glacier guide and ski the famous ‘Vallee Blanche’ sea of ice. Or, to see Mont Blanc from a safer distance, book a CMBH helicopter tour.…
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John Graves – Our Vintner of Discontent

Most LUSSO readers are bon viveurs and sybarites to a man and lady. That much is obvious. You wouldn’t be reading now if you were some undiscerning peasant only interested in Jeremy Kyle reruns and the yellow sticker reduced to clear shelf at Lidl. However, we can’t all be Renaissance Men with total mastery over…
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This Story has a Stinger in its Tail

When I first saw references to ‘Rapier’ and ‘Javelin’ with regards to the Olympics, I thought they referred to specific field and track events, not guided missiles. Yet plans were recently unveiled regarding the siting of a StarStreak SAM battery on a water-tower at Bow Quarter in East London. Incidentally, as the mainstream press constantly…
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LUSSO Reviews the Bentley Mulsanne

If you thought previous Bentleys exemplified precision engineering, you’re due a rethink. The new Mulsanne is a beast in the body of… a barge perhaps. That sounds unflattering and shouldn’t, because it’s a very beautiful, lean, lithe barge. But it’s huge. Frankly it would have to be to feature all the lovely details you’d expect…
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Spy Girl – Expecting the Spanish Inquisition

The memo from HQ reads as follows: Olive stones. Very dubious involvement of suspect from Morocco. Go to La Bobadilla. Find out all you can. Sorely tempted to try out my new sedative dart gun on the outward flight full of frightful stags and hens, before I arrive in Malaga. The thought of someone with a…
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