April 2019 Edition

Welcome to April and springtime. In this monthly newsletter we take an overview of London, hoping to inspire you for the months ahead.


MOCA, a highlight of Bangkok

It may not be a fixture on the annual art calendar but travellers to Bangkok should not miss a visit to MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Italy

Italy is a land blessed with an exceptionally long and interesting coastline, three major beautiful lakes, the majestic and craggy Dolomite mountains, historic cities, inviting towns and villages and gorgeous offshore islands.


A great hotel can make a city

Can a great hotel provide a good enough reason to love a city? Can it be enough to compel us to visit in the first place or to return time and time again?


February 2019 Edition

February also means Valentine’s Day and romance. Where better to celebrate it than somewhere romantic, such as in the mountains, on a tropical beach…


Four Seasons at the Surf Club, Florida

The slick, minimalist Richard Meier-designed Four Seasons Hotel & Residences, 9011 Collins Avenue, is invariably referred to as being in Miami Beach but is actually in Surfside, Dade County, closer to Bal Harbour than Miami Beach.


Miami

It’s no longer all about South Beach with its images of roller-bladers, fitness aficionados, the Versace mansion and a host of rebranded Art Deco-style boutique hotels.


There is nothing worse than…

There is nothing worse than a hotel claiming to be the ultimate in luxury when it simply does not deliver. You know how much you loved a place by how ready you are to leave.


June 2018 Edition

The month of June signals the start of the summer season in the UK with Royal Ascot, Henley and Wimbledon as highlight sporting and social events


The Sound & the Fury

Is there anything that annoys like noise? Given the sophistication and substantial investment in most hotel and restaurant designs, it never ceases to amaze us how many places seem to take no account of acoustics.


The Art of Travel

An appreciation of art and an eagerness to experience it first hand has long enthused international travellers and today that passion is further fuelled by an explosion of interest in contemporary art.


Zeitz MOCAA

The Museum of Contemporary African Art, otherwise known as Zeitz MOCAA, has finally arrived in Cape Town. It is, by far, the most exciting part of the otherwise underwhelming V&A Waterfront with its shopping malls, average restaurants, lacklustre hotels and waterways reminiscent of London’s Docklands.


Haute Attitude: Double-Edged Sword Or Secret Weapon?

French fashion icon Coco Chanel once famously uttered: “I don’t care what you think about me – I don’t think about you at all.” In that one succinct phrase, she encapsulated the essence of that infamous French insouciance which – whether admired or despised – has become the country’s calling card the world over.


The Nota Bene Point of Difference

In a digitally saturated world of so-called expert travel opinions there are few, if any, independent, impartial and unique sources. And this is why Nota Bene exists.