Rhodes W1 Dubai

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Gary Rhodes was on TV a lot when I was growing up; to this day, his face, complete with trademark spiky hair, is one of the first that comes to mind with the phrase ‘celebrity chef’. His Step-by-Step Cooking (2001) was one of the first cookbooks I bought to prevent me wreaking havoc in my... Read more »

La Ville Hotels and Suites CITY WALK

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Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees, the saying goes, and sometimes you miss out on the spectacular skyline when you’re standing in the urban forest of towering edifices that make up Dubai’s downtown area. Fortunately, just ten minutes drive from downtown, the Marriott group have recently opened the boutique La Ville Hotels... Read more »

The Chapel Hairdressers Tunbridge Wells

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The Chapel Hairdressers I firmly believe that a good connection with your hairdresser is crucial for a happy existence. If you try to express how you want to look, they need to be able to understand you. If you aren’t sure how you want to look, they need to understand you so well that they can work it... Read more »

Hotel Adlon Kempinski

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Within Berlin, a city that simultaneously invites visitors to inspect its tragic history and to wonder at its forward thinking art and culture, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is a building that seems untouched by the swirling currents of the winds of change. Though there has been extensive modernisation since it opened in 1907, the... Read more »

Hugos Restaurant

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High atop the Intercontinental Berlin – the 14th floor, to be precise – Hugo’s Restaurant is the highest fine dining restaurant in Berlin, a culinary destination which relies on German produce and a strong team ethic to produce a delightful dining experience. Chef Eberhard Lange presents modern European food with a range of influences in... Read more »

Interview with Executive Chef Valerio Pachetti

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The word eclectic might have been invented for Chef Valerio Pachetti. With Colombian, Italian and German heritage, as well as a resume full of international luxury hotels in Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Brazil, Chef Pachetti certainly has a varied culinary palette (and, presumably, palate) with which to create his epic fusion cuisine. We managed to... Read more »

The Slate Phuket

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Just a few minutes south of the airport in Phuket, The Slate is a real treat for the design conscious. If you tell someone that you’re staying at The Slate, those with their fingers on the luxury travel pulse will recognise it as the new incarnation of the famous Indigo Pearl resort, but the recent... Read more »

The Edge at Aleenta Resort and Spa, Phuket

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During our stay at Akyra Beach Club, we attended their White Party and met Valerio Pachetti, the Executive Chef for Akaryn Hotel Group, which includes, amongst others, Akyra and the Aleenta Resort and Spa five minutes down the road. After a nice chat with Chef Pachetti, we were invited to have dinner at The Edge... Read more »