House (or Tent) of Eliot: Cornwall’s Annual Literary Fest

The historic seat of the Earl of St Germans gets all creative for the weekend as Cornwall’s annual literary fest returns. Now in its ninth year, the Port Elliot Festival has continued to grow in stature, not least due to its idyllic location in the grounds of the Grade One listed stately home, and now…
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Shoes Made To Measure The 21st Century Way

What is it with shoes? Carrie fantasises over them in SATC. Men spending around 800 to buy a pair at Berlutti in London’s Conduit Street automatically join a club whose members meet up in Paris salons at night to spray Champagne onto their purchases before vigorously polishing them off. And for me, one of my…
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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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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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