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The InterContinental London – The O2, an exceptional hotel on the Greenwich Peninsula

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On the banks of the Thames, in the Greenwich district of London, a stone’s throw from the Millennium Dome and near the Canary Wharf business district, the InterContinental London is a hotel of character. This luxurious hotel offers an experience which is memorable in a number of ways. Its minimalist glamour gives it a sophisticated look, which is evident in room decor that combines neutral colours with blue highlights and…

Roux at The Landau, an exceptional place

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Roux at the Landau has installed itself in the prestigious Langham Hotel, in the heart of the elegant Marylebone district. When I walked into this hotel, which was built in 1865, I knew at once that I would find dining in its restaurant to be a unique gastronomic experience, because a successful dinner starts with an appeal to the eye. It is impossible not to surrender to the charm of…

The Sloane Square Hotel, a gem in Chelsea

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Nestling in the heart of the residential district of Chelsea, the Sloane Square Hotel is located in a historic building constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. It was previously a favourite of stars such as the Beatles, and it is still a must-see for anyone looking for elegance and sophistication. It is impossible not to fall for the enchanting charm of its detailing, which recalls the finest hours…

Moneglia, little-known jewel of the Cinque Terre

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In my post on the Cinque Terre, which you can (re)find here, I talked about a treasure that I discovered on this trip – it’s called Moneglia. Moneglia: how can I describe it? Charm, tranquillity and the art of good living. I set myself the challenge (an easy one) of giving you 10 good reasons for staying there, or at least for visiting: The village’s natural beauty is breathtaking. It’s…

The Cinque Terre region of Italy – discover the 5 villages and more!

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Narrow little streets with the scents of the Mediterranean are a great place to create memories. The Cinque Terre have a fairy-tale geography; they’re a revitalising little world of colourful photogenic houses, and always and forever there is la Dolce Vita. On my trip to the Cinque Terre or “Five Lands”, I explored five villages that are fascinating, or even more than that. They’re geographically close to each other but…

The Black Sea region and its unforgettable panoramas

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The Turkish coast of the Black Sea, Karadeniz, with its incredible natural environment, its historic sites, its magnificent lakes, its mountains, its wooden houses and its high plateaux, is an infinitely peaceful place, with a refreshing climate and a coastline of rare beauty. It is relatively little known by tourists, but it is splendid! If paradise had a name, once again after this trip I’m convinced it would be “Turkey”….

The Kayon Jungle Resort – an unforgettable place to stay

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Located in the village of Bresala, in the middle of an exceptionally fine area of jungle, the Kayon Jungle Resort had everything to make our stay a total “get away from it all” experience. I couldn’t even have dreamed a better environment for relaxing and taking my first flower bath. Or a more magical place to do a yoga course. How could anybody not go overboard about the luxuriant vegetation,…

Two weeks in Bali and the Gili Islands

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I’d dreamed for a long time of going to Bali, island of the Gods. It’s so named because it’s a Hindu land in the middle of Muslim Indonesia, and also because the gods must have favoured it specially to make it so beautiful. Here you leave everything behind you, and lose yourself in what is essential. I went there with a girlfriend, and we booked via a travel agency so…

It’s time for tea at the Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

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As soon as I entered the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul, on this sunny Monday, I knew at once that this hotel would enchant me just like the other Ritz hotels. Ideally located in the very heart of the city, the hotel offers a magnificent panorama of the Bosphorus. How could anyone resist the magic of the place? When you’re surrounded by its Turkish-themed decor, it’s very easy to drift away amongst the…

RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL | VIENNA

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Do you know Vienna? I’ve just spent a few days in the Austrian capital. I walked in the footsteps of Empress Sisi and Crown Prince Rudolf, and I admired the fabulous palaces and magnificent gardens. I also had the good luck to see Madame Butterfly at the Vienna State Opera. In Vienna, the grand story of Europe is still ever-present in the 21st century. If you’re planning a romantic/cultural getaway…