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

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 …


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.


Though its obvious charms may be historical – its campaniles, campos, cathedrals and canals, its frankly faded grandeur – there’s a contemporary side…

Côte d’Azur

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.

Ritz Paris: The world’s finest hotel?

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.

Lake Como’s latest hotel opening…

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.

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.