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La Perle

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Riffing in Manila

Why getting the blues in the sprawling capital of the Philippines is no bad thing Manila is not an easy place to explore. On a recent trip I was told that the huge capital of the Philippines – part of a sprawling metropolitan area home to some 24 million people – is only for “advanced travellers”. They’re at least partly right. For most tourists Manila is a point-of-entry from which they advance to the staggering Filipino countryside: its volcanos, beaches and pulsating wildlife. But no large city is worth avoiding altogether. Manila may be short on tourist-friendly sights,...

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El Raval Barcelona, Spain

El Raval lies in the heart of Barcelona and forms part of the labyrinth that is known as Ciutat Vella (Old Town). It’s an area bursting at the seams with artists, creative professionals and the city’s more salubrious characters – making up a rich and alluring tapestry for any visitor. Formed in the 14th Century, Raval was created as an extension of the city. The industrial revolution brought factories to the area and with them high-rise tenement buildings, squalor, vice and high mortality rates. During this time it was one of the most densely populated areas in Europe and...

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Game Of Stones

Malta’s cinematic landscape has become world-famous as a backdrop to Game Of Thrones. But now, the island’s unique geology is amassing its own cult following, and they’re viewing the island from an entirely new perspective

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Chelsea London, UK

Skirting the north of the River Thames, Chelsea has been affiliated with high society since Henry VIII moved his royal court to the area in the 1600s. In the late 18th century it became a Bohemian neighbourhood with artists, writers and radicals moving in, while many luminaries of the Victorian era lived here, such as painters Turner and Whistler and writers Thomas Carlyle, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. The ’60s brought artists, designers and musicians, attracted by cheap rent and a cool reputation. The Beatles and Rolling Stones had homes here and designers Vivienne Westwood and Mary...

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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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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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