Shilpa Ganatra

Shilpa Ganatra

Get your Vogue on: Ibiza goes 80s

Get your Vogue on: Ibiza goes 80s

As the weather becomes warmer, outdoor fun becomes more appealing, the hedonist’s island of Ibiza is open again for business. While it’s globally adored for its trance and dance, that’s not the only party vibe on offer. Last weekend was the official opening night of Children of the 80s, the...

A foodie trip to Taiwan

A foodie trip to Taiwan

The aroma hits before you see it: at first it’s a generic cooking scent in the air, then it turns acrid, and by the time I’m fully enveloped, its putridity is positively unwelcome. No wonder they call it stinky tofu. In the Ningxia Night Market in the capital of Taipei,...

An arty weekend in Brighton

An arty weekend in Brighton

Eighteen years since Fatboy Slim’s first Big Beach Boutique heralded Brighton as party central, its reputation as a creative powerhouse continues. Inspired by the fresh sea air, the glorious South Downs just behind it, and the delightfully different outlook of its outgoing residents, it’s still one of the most vibrant...

The Merrion, Dublin, Ireland: hotel review

The Merrion, Dublin, Ireland: hotel review

That The Merrion Hotel houses Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland’s only two-star Michelin restaurant, says plenty about its character and reputation. Forget gimmicky quirks and trending changes, this place is known for being as traditional as 18th century townhouses get, and super fancy with it. Following the likes of Barack and...

Sharjah

9 fantastic things to do in Sharjah, UAE

Closer to Dubai Airport than the famous tourist strip of Jumeriah Beach, Sharjah is the UAE’s third largest emirate. It might not be as well-known just yet, but here, the glitz and excesses of its neighbour are resisted in favour of Islamic heritage and tradition. As we found out on...

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Six travel trends for 2019

In 2018, Georgia and Sri Lanka were the buzzworthy places to be, and my, weren’t hotels clamouring to upgrade their restaurant experiences. In London, we also noticed a weakening of the ‘Trump slump’ – meaning we began to creep back to the States again – and activity holidays were more...

The Devlin, Ranelagh, Dublin: hotel review

What timing, that as Dublin’s accommodation shortage rolls on and keeps hotel prices in the city centre high, the leafy neighbourhood of Ranelagh has found its own centre of gravity. It has a vibe similar to Notting Hill, with some of Dublin’s better restaurants and bars and a young, slightly-posh...

ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad, India: hotel review

ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad, India: hotel review

In the centre of the expansive country of India, is a city coming into its own. Over the last 15 years, Hyderabad has turned from a cluster of traditional villages centred around the historic Golconda Fort and Charminar Mosque, to India’s buzzing new Silicon Valley with the likes of Facebook,...

Radisson RED Glasgow

Hotel review: Radisson RED, Glasgow

Shilpa Ganatra takes a trip up north to check out the UK's very first Radisson RED The vibe Radisson RED is the contemporary boutique arm of the brand, and as it’s well-received in its other five locations across the globe – we went to the Brussels location for its Christmas...

L'Ami Malo

Restaurant Review: L’Ami Malo

The world over, French food is best known for its Michelin-star variety: the theatre of a carved duck, the delicacy of îles flottantes, the flames of a Crêpes Suzette. But in the northwest corner of France, nearer to its Celtic cousins than other parts of the country, such pomp doesn’t...

Restaurant Review: Delicatessen

Restaurant Review: Delicatessen

The famous postcode of NW3 is known for impeccable homely feel, leafy streets and its ruthless approach to neighbourhood restaurants: with refined palettes to serve and high rents to pay, only the best survive. Enter Delicatessen, a confusingly-named modern Middle Eastern restaurant from the owners of similarly kosher restaurants Head...

8 fantastic foodie experiences in Menorca

8 fantastic foodie experiences in Menorca

Just 30 miles wide, Menorca might be Mallorca’s little brother, but it shouldn’t be ignored until there’s no one else to play Xbox with. It’s a small island of concentrated fun, with a wealth of beaches, so much nature that Unesco got involved, and oodles of rustic charm. Most locals...

Mojitos, memorials and music in Villa Clara, Cuba

Mojitos, memorials and music in Villa Clara, Cuba

On a busy coach hurtling eastwards, the urban landscape of Havana fades into the background, replaced by green expanses and farmland dotted with bison, wild horses and goats. Most visitors to Cuba do this journey too, when they travel between the capital and the ever-popular resort of Varadero. But those...

British hotels fit for everyday princesses

British hotels fit for everyday princesses

If there’s one thing the UK’s not short of, it’s hotels fit for a king or queen. In London and beyond, there’s five-star hotels a-go go, as well as luxury boutique retreats that are well used to catering for an audience demanding discretion and quality. Of course, it all comes...

Seven things to do in Cascais, Portugal

Seven things to do in Cascais, Portugal

A quick train ride away from Lisbon, the resort town of Cascais is the retreat of the affluent classes of Portugal, though it’s firmly on the international map now too. Cornering the Atlantic and making the most of its unbroken ocean views with a long promenade and seafront villas, you’d...

Where to go on holiday in April

Where to go on holiday in April

With spring in the air, April is an ideal time to dust off the cobwebs of winter and explore the world again. We've picked out some hotspots that come into their own this very month. Got those bags packed? Tamil Nadu, India The south Indian state of Tamil Nadu is...

The Address

Hotel review: The Address, Dublin

Part of the established North Star Hotel, known to Dubliners as the only decent hotel in the area (sorry, other hotels in the area), the newly-refurbished wing of the hotel has been given its own brand, its own reception desk, and a rooftop residents’ lounge of its own too. But...

Five unusual Christmas markets

Five unusual Christmas markets

It’s the time of year when Christmas market stalls are opening up, the glühwein is being warmed and antique fairground rides are coming back into action. The Christmas market is a longstanding tradition, but that doesn’t mean that tradition is followed without creative touches. Each offers its own unique slant,...

Why Genoa is the rough diamond of Italy

Why Genoa is the rough diamond of Italy

Tell an Italian you’re going to Genoa, otherwise known as Genova, and the response ranges from surprise to unrestrained shock. Compared to Italian delights nearby – the still beauty of Lake Como, the buzzing life in Bologna, the culinary delights in Modena – Genoa is seen to fall short in...

Hot Pot restaurant

Restaurant Review: Hot Pot

It’s a brave soul that opens a new restaurant in Chinatown. Rental prices are notoriously expensive - around half a mill a year for a decent-sized place. How many meals do you have to serve just to cover those costs alone? So I arrived a Hot Pot for a pre-cinema...

Lake Como

Lake Como: 7 things to know before you go

The north Italian area of Lake Como is a tempting attraction for those in need of panoramic beauty, traditional Italian meals and a timeless charm. Add in the possibility of bumping into its most famous resident, George Clooney, and I was tempted enough to visit in June - just ahead...

Seven reasons to visit Leipzig

Seven reasons to visit Leipzig

Germany’s certainly not short of cute towns oozing culture, history and charm. Small cities like Munich and Cologne are straight from a fairytale book, with incredible gothic architecture mixed with well-kept town squares and gingerbread houses on the outskirts. Factoring in the fascinating differences between the former east and west...

Food festivals of Costa Daurada

Food festivals of Costa Daurada

The delights of Spain don’t end at sun, sea and sand. Reflecting the country’s love of the good things in life, the Catalan coast of Costa Daurada plays host to a feast of food festivals throughout the year. It’s all the excuse needed to indulge in locally-produced wines, fresh tapas...

Oslo Airport (by Ivan Brodey)

First look: The world’s greenest airport

Let’s be honest: the world of aviation and sustainability don’t exactly go hand in hand. But that doesn’t mean we should be wasteful in our travel, hence the popularity of offsetting our carbon footprint when travelling. For further guilt-free travel, Oslo Airport are pushing the boundaries with what’s billed to...

Koh Samui’s most romantic pool villas

Koh Samui’s most romantic pool villas

You might remember the tropical Thai island of Koh Samui from its bygone bohemian days, when it was a mecca for backpackers in search of the fabled beach that inspired Alex Garland’s cult novel The Beach. But visitors to Koh Samui’s shores will find the island much changed since then...

What's new in 2017: Hilton Dalaman

What’s new in 2017

As thoughts return to the mass return to work, there’s only one surefire way to get rid of the January blues: to book yourself a holiday. We’re already spoilt for choice, and in 2017, the thriving and ever-changing tourism market sees another shift as a slew of new offerings tempt...

Christmas markets in Brussels

Christmas markets in Brussels

Perhaps even more than the big day itself, the lead up to Christmas provides us with enough excitement to last us the year. That's certainly true with a visit to a Christmas market or two, which is why we took a trip to mainland Europe, the spiritual home of Christmas...

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