Archives: August 2011

summer living series – fabulous gardens – England

Founded in the 15th century by Henry IV, Hampton Court Palace went through the hands of The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and Thomas Wolsey, Minister and favorite of Henry VIII, before it was finally given to the King … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous hotels – Bhutan

A Bhutan holiday is not for those looking to discover the latest club or a famed Michelin restaurant.Β  It is a holiday for a respite from modern life. The BuddhistKingdom is infused with peaceful religious tradition where unhurried walks in … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous hotels – Con Dao

Located 45 minutes by air south of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and off the southern tip of Vietnam is a tiny cluster of unspoiled islands called Con Dao. For decades the islands have been protected as a national marine … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous hotels – Istanbul

If there is any city that links the East with the West it is Istanbul, a venerable city of rich traditions that embraces the 21st century like no other. And the Bosphorus, an elegant body of water connecting the Black … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous hotels – Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is one of the most awe inspiring cities in the world.Β  As the locals call it, a true cidade maravilhosa. Its geography is mind boggling and the beauty of its people, both physically and emotionally … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous hotels – Hong Kong

I’ve had the luxury and perhaps the good fortune of travelling all over the world and I’ve stayed in many exceptional hotels.Β Β What I cannot stand, regardless of price or ranking, is a hotel that has no identity, no soul; a … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous escapes – The Blue Train – South Africa

Earlier in the week I posted on the fabled Orient Express train and today we’re taking another magnificent train trip through the heart of South Africa via the Blue Train.Β  There are only a handful of these historic and luxurious … Continue reading