Archive for January, 2014

Stay in style at the Shanghai Expo

Stay in style at the Shanghai Expo

From Spain’s giant electronic baby to Finland’s huge 100-metre sauna: this weekend marked the grand opening of the spectacular Shanghai Expo in China.

The exhibition features 192 different countries and 50 organisations from around the world, showcasing the very best they have to offer both tourists and trade officials with a series of specially-decorated pavilions. (more…)

Explore the culture of Florence for free

Explore the culture of Florence for free

Shrewd visitors to Florence will be planning their trip around the Settimana della Cultura, the week when the city’s state museums and galleries open their doors for free. But it’s not just a great time to save money on entrance fees – the week also offers the opportunity to visit other attractions rarely open to the public, along with unique exhibitions, guided tours and classical music concerts. (more…)

Arabian bites

Arabian bites

What do vampires listen to on holiday? In shock-haired indie director Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, deadpan bloodsuckers Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton flit (by plane) to the bohemian interzone of Tangier where they encounter the spectral music of Yasmine Hamdan. (more…)

Party time in Chennai

Party time in Chennai

In the city formerly known as Madras, the winter months are traditionally a time to banish demons by singing and dancing. It seems to have worked. Famous, until recently, for its temples and fantastic masala dosas (for the best, try Sangeetha’s), Chennai has become one of India’s most boom-bastic party spots thanks to a new licensing law allowing hotel bars and clubs to open around the clock. (more…)

A taste of luxury

A taste of luxury

Conde Nast Traveller has teamed up with Mediterranean cruise experts Seabourn to reveal the secrets of luxury cruising at a special Reader Event in London later this month.

The exclusive food and wine tasting event takes place at aqua nueva, the innovative Spanish restaurant set in a dramatic space in the heart of London’s West End. (more…)

Think inside the box

Think inside the box

A high-profile pop-up restaurant makes a striking modern addition to Milan’s cityscape.

Cubism meets Neo-classicism in a new pop-up restaurant in Italy’s fashion capital. High above the Piazza del Duomo and overlooking the gothic spires of the cathedral, The Cube is a striking work in glass and aluminium, designed by architect Michele Rossi to resemble a ‘big lamp’, lighting up the square with maximum visual impact. (more…)

Japan: one year on

Japan: one year on

It’s been a year since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.

Reaching a staggering 9.0 on the Richter scale, the Great East Japan Earthquake was one of the most forceful since records began. (more…)

Official warning for travellers heading to Thailand

Official warning for travellers heading to Thailand

The Foreign Office has issued an official warning about visits to Thailand today, extending its advice against all but essential travel to Bangkok to include the rest of the country.

The advice has come in the wake of increasing violence caused by political unrest in the capital, which has already showed signs of spreading to other areas of the country. (more…)

Luxury for less in the Maldives

Luxury for less in the Maldives

The Maldives is a haven of powder-white beaches and unspoiled jungle, and this autumn guests staying the Beach House Maldives can enjoy the beautiful islands for longer, with an offer of up to six complimentary nights. (more…)

Draw of the East

Draw of the East

With major players of the art world arriving monthly, Hong Kong is set for global domination

It helped turn Miami into an international arts destination, now the arrival of the first Art Basel in Hong Kong (22-26 May) is a sign of just how far the city has come in the past decade. (more…)

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