Travel: Las Vegas

The idea of Las Vegas as Sin City, replete with visions of the ’60s Rat Pack and Mafia era, has been a hard one to shake. But in 2014 it’s nothing like the James Ellroy novels, and hasn’t been for some time now. Making good on P.T. Barnum’s axiom that “Every crowd has a silver…

The Real Deal?

The strange case of Real Madrid Resort Island, Ras Al Khaimah and “sportatainment” A billion dollar Real Madrid themed resort – initially planned for Ras Al Khaimah but scrapped last year – could well be back on and shifted to the UAE capital, with The National Bank of Abu Dhabi confirmed as a the Galacticos’…

Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel Singapore

It opened in 1887 and was named after Singapore’s English founder, Sir Stamford Raffles; 125 years later it’s still one of the finest hotels this side of the world. Described in 1905 by a London newspaper as “The Savoy of the East” it has remained a bastion of aged refinement. Raffles Singapore started as a…