Travel

Green Hills, great apes

Here’s my first proper view of Rwanda: an improbably blue lake, endless hills striped with different shades of green stretching into…

28 Mar 2015

Sweet taste of danger

Mr and Mrs Smith: they have nothing on us. Their conflict, mere child’s play. Because since moving to America last…

30 Nov 2014
La Marocain restaurant at La Mamounia

Lifted by the light

Sorry, T.S. Eliot, you got it wrong — January, not April, is the cruellest month. Post-Christmas torpor mixed with back-to-work…

30 Nov 2014

Globe Trotting

1. Pumphouse Point, Tasmania Once used for hydroelectricity, this newly renovated 1940s building is now a hotel in the southern…

30 Nov 2014

The great divide

Last year my wife Holly and I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, a stunning colonial town nestled in the Shenandoah mountains.…

20 Sep 2014

Globe Trotting

1. Kakslauttanen, Finland Bedding down in a glass igloo to watch the northern lights? Sounds like a dream weekend. Though…

20 Sep 2014
St Barts airstrip

Fantasy Islands

First, we flew to the celebrity fantasy island of St Barts, one of the four French islands comprising the French…

20 Sep 2014
The Washington Monument

Screen Time

Peering up at the First Amendment of the US Constitution chiselled in foot-high letters into the facade of Washington DC’s…

21 Jun 2014

Globe Trotting

1. Ham Yard Hotel, LondonFirmdale’s latest venture is hidden away on a quiet street only seconds from Piccadilly Circus. It…

21 Jun 2014

Cowboy comforts

How did I get myself into this? I’m halfway up a mountain in Montana, wrestling with a pair of cross-country…

30 Nov 2013

Springs break

If LA can feel like a strange place, Palm Springs, 80 miles east into the desert, is frankly bizarre. Its…

30 Nov 2013

Under African skies

Straight off the night flight to Nairobi, red-eyed, your clothes like a second skin, you are greeted in the clammy…

21 Sep 2013

The new old world

Franschhoek — French Corner — is a place which serves South Africans as a kind of sophisticated fantasy, an alternative…

21 Sep 2013
La Vialla

Estate secrets

In the lower right quadrant of Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’, a seven-arch bridge is pictured: this is the Ponte Buriano…

22 Jun 2013

Island Of The Blessed

I see no reason to lie, so I will confess. I first fell in love with Bermuda as a teenager, when…

30 Mar 2013

Geek Gods

Most children grow up worshipping footballers or pop stars. My idol was Robert X. Cringley — a four-eyed alpha nerd,…

30 Mar 2013

Port in a storm

Once I’d Googled Trancoso and seen the words ‘boho’ and ‘Naomi Campbell’ attached to it, I didn’t want to go.…

1 Dec 2012

Globe Trotting

1 — Kurá, Osa / Bahia BallenaA truly spectacular Costa Rican jungle eco-retreat. Hold court from your hammock or look…

1 Dec 2012

Mountain High

Prettier than the French Alps, closer than the States, credited with being the home of modern slalom skiing, and with…

1 Dec 2012

The Rhino Sleeps Tonight

Nothing prepares you for its size, nor the feel of its skin under your hand. I am standing in the…

22 Sep 2012

Globe Trotting

01 — Castello di Casole, TuscanyDo Tuscany in style by staying in the boutique hotel housed in this historic castle.…

22 Sep 2012

Globe Trotting

01  — Corinthia Hotel, LondonEach of the seven penthouses follows a different theme. This one, the Musician’s, has a grand…

23 Jun 2012

Yacht or Not?

The Mediterranean is ideal for boatlife. No tides; settled weather; warm water. Out in the breeze, away from the lines…

23 Jun 2012

Gecko Fabulous

Had I fallen in love? On Ariara, a bejewelled, conical speck of jungle-green — one of hundreds of scattered islands…

31 Mar 2012

Globe Trotting

01  — Amanruya, TurkeyThe (perhaps unfairly) maligned Bodrum Peninsula is undergoing a luxury facelift. This new hotel from Aman Resorts…

31 Mar 2012