Manchester International Festival

At the Manchester international festival everything is original, from legendary brit band New Order as you’ve never seen them, to...

Art Basel

The art world descends on Basel this month for four days of the world’s greatest artists, the biggest art collectors...

Hotel D’Angleterre, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Hotel D’Angleterre is part of the furniture in Copenhagen. Absolutely central to city life – it’s across the road from the Royal Opera House, a five-minute walk from the colourful waterfront buildings of Nyhavn and around the corner from Strøget, the largest pedestrianised shopping street in the world. Prime real estate. The building alone is worthy of its fine reputation – even the Lego version found in the lobby is impressive – and the 92 rooms and suites offer a combination of traditional luxury and contemporary touches that many, similarly historic, hotels often get wrong. Our advice...

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Amangalla, Galle, Sri lanka

It’s not often that classic architectural form is associated with the Aman group of hotels, more renowned for their sleek minimalism. But Amangalla, in Sri Lanka’s 2,000-year old maritime fort of Galle, is a shrine to Dutch colonialism and charmingly reminiscent of the original Oriental Hotel that stood before it. Today, many of the authentic features remain, including the original wooden flooring, a grand staircase and 400-year-old stone steps in the lobby. An emerald hued pool with private cabanas set in a high-walled, sun-dappled courtyard is a modern touch. Rooms run off the corridors behind enormous antique teak...

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NUMBER 7

Once a forgotten part of Dublin’s north inner city, the area around Smithfield and Stoneybatter has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. With new restaurants and independent shops opening, there’s never been a better time to see what all the fuss is about Stoneybatter and Smithfield are two of Dublin’s most storied neighbourhoods. It’s unsurprising, really, they go back more than 1,700 years. When the Normans invaded the city, the Vikings were pushed back outside the city limits to what is now Stoneybatter, hence the street names you’ll see there such as Viking Road,Olaf Road, and the...

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The Ouseburn, Newcastle, UK

Now Newcastle’s foremost creative enclave, the Ouseburn has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent times, from an industrial wasteland to an area of cultural regeneration, home to artists, musicians and creative businesses. Two-hundred years ago the area was at the forefront of the Tyneside’s industrial revolution, with craft industries such as lead works, corn mills, iron foundries and tanners taking residence in the water-power mills that were built on the Ouseburn River. The decline of heavy industry saw the area fall to its knees, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that it re-emerged, with community-driven enterprises that...

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The Zetter Townhouse – London, UK

Take the unmarked doors and exclusive air of a private members’ club, throw in London’s passion for all things hipster, add a dash of Wes Anderson oddness, and there you have it: The Zetter Townhouse, a boutique 24-room hotel that embraces luxury and quirkiness in the same breath. This intimate property, hidden down a side street in Marylebone, is designed to feel like you’ve stepped into the world of ‘Wicked Uncle Seymour’. A living room with a roaring fireplace, and ‘family’ portraits doubles as the hotel’s lounge while, by night, the area is filled with young professionals ordering...

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LUX SOUTH ARI ATOLL – MALDIVES

This could well be the closest you’ll get to feeling like a celebrity – your seaplane lands and a posse of fans wait to welcome you. Well, not fans exactly, but adoring staff at the Lux South Ari Atoll in the Maldives, where everyone knows your name, likes, dislikes and dietary requirements. Peaceful hideaway or active adventure (think jet packs, whale shark diving, snorkelling, and yoga), you’re in charge of the itinerary on this picture-perfect island where – just to hammer that home – you can even learn how to take the perfect picture in...

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Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Tumbling down the hillside to the edge of Victoria Harbour, Sai Ying Pun is a neighbourhood on the up. Escalators connect the tiered streets of this rapidly developing yet resolutely traditional area, which extends from waterside Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park up to the appropriately named High Street and Bonham Road, far above. The dried fish and seafood industry that put the neighbourhood on the map when it was settled in the 19th century is still booming, but traditional businesses now stand in bold contrast to stylish new eateries, contemporary galleries and trendy bars – from which...

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