Cowboy comforts

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

Springs break

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

Under African skies

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

The new old world

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

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…

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…

Geek Gods

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

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.…

Globe Trotting

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

Mountain High

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

The Rhino Sleeps Tonight

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

Globe Trotting

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

Globe Trotting

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

Yacht or Not?

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

Gecko Fabulous

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

Globe Trotting

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