Travel

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