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mathieu germond…one great sommelier

Mathieu Germond is one of the world’s great sommeliers though it is likely that you have never heard of him. He doesn’t have a column in the FT, write books or appear on reality tv shows. But finding the perfect…

dinner at Aqua Pazza. Ponza

put ponza on your list

 Small, inconspicuous Ponza; my perfect island escape  Ok, so not exactly undiscovered. Romans have been coming here for centuries.  But it is way less crowded than nearby Capri and Ischia. And way cheaper. The shopping is not as posh; the…

The Goring Hotel

best bed: The Goring, London, UK

Traditional English glam with a huge dose of humour, The Goring is a surprise and a gem. I knew it was going to be nice. Kate Middleton and her family were based here in the lead up to her wedding…

best bed: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Paris , France

Behind the classic Haussmann-era façade is an art packed oasis of urban chic. Rather than trying to mimic a historical era, the Park Hyatt decided to focus on the contemporary. The hotel is hidden behind the meticulously restored listed facades…

best bed: Hotel FRANQ, Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is a remarkable has-it-all city… the perfect mix of historic architecture, modern design and foodie destination. So is the Hotel FRANQ, a Relais & Chateaux gem in the heart of the city . Once a bank, the hotel has…

great design everywhere at le royal monceau

best bed: Le Royal Monceau, Paris, France

  Exceptional luxury is what I expected at Le Royal Monceau. After all it has been chosen as one of only 25 hotels the French Government has given the distinction of Palace. Five stars on steroids, the best of the best…

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