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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British Tipple

Portuguese wine was exported to England as long ago as the 12th century. Port, as we know it, began life in the late 17th to early 18th century. Until well into the 18th century the wine was probably dry, not sweet. Then, someone had the idea of adding brandy to fortify the wine for the…
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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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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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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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The Art Of Noise: Lusso Reviews Harman Audio

The one-time junkie’s catalogue of plaintive pop folk, including such Adult Orientated Rock gems as Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James and You Got A Friend, historically fitted into my general taste for the more nuanced, knowing music that comprised the West Coast sound of the 70’s and 80’s Los Angeles studio era. Beautifully constructed,…
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Bulletproof Fashions: Lusso Cover Shoot

Everyone likes adding on a few extras when they order their new car, that’s half the fun. The question is, where do you stop? If you’re buying a new 7-series direct from BMW, pay another £600 and you get a phone in the back – a good idea because in a car like this, you’re…
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