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The Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

The-Fairmont-Peace-Hotel When a callow youth I played Elyot, one of two husbands in Noel Coward’s Private Lives, his brilliant satire on marital manners.The play was regarded as too risqué by the...
Jacada Travel, South Africa

South African Tours de Force

Jacada Travel, South Africa Everyone loves travelling to exotic locations. However, some of us would rather not spent the nights in a tent; we’d rather go back to 5 star luxury...
Le Passage de Mohkan Shan

Taking tea with the French in Mohkan Shan

In times past Chiang Kai-Shek, gangsters with tigers and French diplomats all sought refuge from Shanghai’s steaming summer in Mohkan Shan, the mountainous region to the south of China’s biggest city. In...
The picturesque scenery of the Abujee hiking route

Wild and delicate, Songtsam Shangri-la

The untamed areas of Yunnan province offer rich opportunities for travellers seeking a special kind of luxury. Chris Horton reports. James Hilton’s Lost Horizon, one of the earliest mass-produced...
Tiger’s Nest, Switzerland

Tiger’s Nest, Switzerland

The Swiss Alps in central Valais may be an odd place to find a big striped cat but once it becomes clear this one has lent its name to a new luxury lodge named after an iconic Bhutan temple then...
aman resort, amanoi

Aman’s new resort in Vietnam is a natural wonder

It was the middle of the afternoon and I was floating several metres beneath the surface of Vietnam’s East Sea when the deluge began. From an otherwise pellucid blue sky a single dark rain cloud had arrived...
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Private islands for billionaire castaways

Paradise comes at a price, even in the midst of international economic meltdown. “Our most expensive property with a published price is Patroklos off the Athenian coast in Greece” says a blithe Andrew J...
Royale orientale suite terrace

Zen-like calm at the Mandarin Oriental in Paris

It’s Paris but quiet, sylvan, verdant. And I have a glass of impeccable Meursault in my hand that’s chilled to perfection. There are few private spaces that are only a 30-carat-stone’s throw from Place...