Porto, Portugal

Guide books are always banging on about what good fun it is to get “lost” amongst winding streets of medieval cities – but I can tell you from hard experience that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least, it isn’t a good idea to go the wrong way under the glare of…
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Swing Low Sweetly: The Maldives

I suppose it is a legitimate concern. Only 200 of the 1,192 Maldivian islands are inhabited. Simultaneously, it’s one of the world’s most dispersed countries and the smallest country in Asia, in terms of population and landmass. To add a bit of a brain twister to the equation, the Maldives has the Earth’s lowest highest…
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A Turkish Delight: The Mardan Palace, Antalya

On first appearances, Antalya seems an unlikely place to build a $1.4 billion hotel. As you leave the airport, you’re confronted with sparse, typically Mediterranean countryside dotted with holiday homes, chain hotels and slightly down-at-heel shopping malls. Drive for 15 minutes though, and the scenery starts to change. The hotels become ever grander including some…
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Midtown NYC – The Chatwal And The New York Palace

New York, New York, so good they named it twice. We take a look at two of Manhattan’s finest establishments and discover great views and art deco to boot. When your business empire is about to crumble like a cookie, what should you do? Commission an extravagant building, of course. Preferably one that is architecturally…
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Pucker Lips Now: Cambodia

“Quicker?,” he grins. Our first stop is the 19th-century Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. “Must wear,” insists the guide, handing me a sarong to cover my bare legs. And it’s worth the sartorial indignity to see the ochre palace with turquoise roof, silver floor tiles and Emerald Buddha. Welcome to Phnom Penh, the capital of…
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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Introduces A Quiet Zone

For the ultimate in relaxation breaks, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has introduced a quiet zone, completely free from disruption to ensure the best break possible. The area is children free and offers the first over-water swimming pool in the Maldives, a lounge bar and new look Koko Grill restaurant which is at sea level…
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Texas… Cowboys? Oil? JR Ewing? Rednecks?

If you were to play word association and someone said New York, what’s the first thing that springs to mind? The Statue of Liberty? The Chrysler Building? The Empire State? I’m guessing the majority of you said one of those three iconic landmarks or one of the other places, buildings or shops that New York…
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Apsleys At The Lanesborough

A German bloke goes into an English hotel and starts cooking amazing Italian food. No joke. Aha! It’s not all baked beans and beer, I sigh as the perfectly presented halibut is gently placed in front of me and my guests. The website said Apsleys was a Heinz and Becks restaurant or something like that.…
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Peking Paris Rally

The race went ahead without any assistance, through countries where there were no roads or road maps, camels carrying fuel set up at stations along the route, which followed a telegraph wire so that the newspapers could cover it; each car having a journalist as a passenger, wiring in copy along the way. Now, from,…
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Atlantis, The Palm Dubai

If you want big, Dubai is happy to oblige. This Ferrari-driving midlife crisis in the desert seems to exist solely to show off the largest this, tallest that and newest, shiniest everything else. Want a building that gives you vertigo when you look at it? The 800m high Burj Khalifa should suffice. The biggest mall…
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