The heel of Italy is a relatively well-kept secret. There is little in the way of inspiring scenery or architecture on the drive south from Bari to the pretty little port of Savelletri.
Provence is basking in full 30 degree sunshine, the skies of the Aegean are vibrant blue, days are long, nights are warm and drawing in late.
There are beautiful hilltop towns and villages, rolling countryside, vineyards and gorgeous vistas. This is Provence.
Bodrum is back. We were there last week in perfect early summer conditions, the hotels looking great, occupancy levels high, weather perfect and the sea as enticing as we can ever recall.
Just back from Mykonos with the latest and best from the Aegean’s favourite jet set island
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
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.
A fast-expanding range of galleries, art fairs and both public and private museums showcases the very best of contemporary and modern art, making this dynamic market place ever more compelling, and appealing to an affluent, savvy crowd: art aficionados who can combine their interest with inspiring journeys. Gerhard Richter tapestries formerly on show in New …
When it comes to London, the choice of hotels is truly impressive. Most of the big names are represented, each with their devotees. Maybourne, Dorchester, Firmdale, Four Seasons, Bulgari, Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-la et al. are all in London, with more to come next year.
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.
Lima, city on the ocean and capital of Peru, has a unique charm of its own with a very impressive food culture.
Located in the verdant highlands of Laikipia, amongst rolling hills clothed in wild olive and cedar trees and, on a clear day, views of Mount Kenya in the distance…
Though its obvious charms may be historical – its campaniles, campos, cathedrals and canals, its frankly faded grandeur – there’s a contemporary side…
Last week, while in the Seychelles, we inspected a new villa development with full luxury hotel services on the island of Felicité close to Praslin and La Digue.
You may think you’ve been there and done that, but in our opinion the Côte d’Azur can be a place of inexhaustible pleasures. As far as we’re concerned, its appeal endures, because when you do it the right way it’s a place that makes you feel good.
Humpback whale-watching, heli-skiing, snowmobiling on Europe’s largest glacier, fly-fishing, hiking, sea kayaking… In Iceland, these are just a few of the wonderful activities in which you can take part.
There’s a certain elegance about white flowers, especially white roses and hydrangeas set against topiary. Designer Jean Mus has created a beautiful new formal garden for Ritz Paris along one side of the gallery of boutiques. It is a triumph in urban landscape.
Of the classics, there is Grand Hotel Tremezzo, facing Bellagio in one of the finest (dual aspect) locations on the lake; or the fabled Villa d’Este at Cernobbio closer to Milan, across from the main town of Como.
Dubbed “the Paris of South America”, the striking behemoth of a city that is Buenos Aires has – much like it’s European counterpart – made a hefty name for itself thanks to its intoxicating blend…
Nota Bene talks to Swiss jeweller Christophe Graber.
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.
A collection of our favourite pools across the globe.
It’s the tiny details and the nuances of service, which influence our judgement and form our abiding memory of a place.
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.