The Maldives Island That’s Unlike the Others

You’ve probably seen the Maldives already, even if only in magazines and on websites. You may have actually visited. Felt pretty special, right? But there are lots of places in the Maldives that can give you roughly the same thing, while for those who can afford it, there is one place that’s a true exclusive-use…

What it feels like to pull 4.5g

First of all, when you put on a black flight suit then you instantly feel pretty badass. You’re Clint Eastwood in Firefox, you’re (a taller) Tom Cruise in Top Gun, you look like a real fighter pilot – a profession that at no point will ever require you to say on a phone to an insistent PR,…

The rise of New York’s luxury towers

New York has always attracted wealth and been the home of some of the most expensive real estate on earth. But right now there’s a luxury property boom in Manhattan in the form of skyscrapers with the likes of 432 Park Avenue setting new standards. So why is this happening now, who’s buying and what…

Travel: Lisbon

Europe’s most westerly capital city often gets overshadowed by Madrid and Barcelona, the twin giants of its Spanish neighbour, but Lisbon is one of the best short-break cities in the continent. Cheaper, less crowded and with a food scene that is fast becoming home of some of the best value for money dining anywhere, the…

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…

Early 1980s Blackpool

The idea of the great British beach holiday has largely gone the way of the VHS recorder, as cheap flights meant easy trips to guaranteed sun in the south Med. But this collection of images of Blackpool from the early 1980s is worth seeing. If only as a reminder of the simple charms and very…