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About Mark: Mark is a former flight attendant who has worked in web and graphic design. He is devoted to finding the very best places to sleep, eat, shop and relax all over the world. He works in London for a big brand and travels whenever he can. (View Profile)


Travelteq Trip

Back in March Travelteq’s first product made a pretty impressive debut. Their Trash Bag is a great laptop/office/overnight bag to carry everything you need.

Now they have brought out a bigger bag and it’s a beauty. It’s small enough to fit onboard yet will carry plenty of your kit for a short trip or a long weekend away. It has a ‘kangaroo pocket’ for the stuff you want to get to: laptop, magazine, phone, it has fold-out legs to turn it into a seat when you’ve had enough of traipsing round duty free and with the slightly more expensive Trip Sound you get speakers and an iPhone/Blackberry charger – incredible. It seems like they’ve thought of everything.

Buy yours now for the introductory rate of €595 or €650 for the Trip Sound before it goes back up. Later on they’ll introduce an Italian leather version. Seriously people you’ve got it all.


Purchase Information:

Price: €595.00 or 650.00 for Trip Sound
Availability: Buy Travelteq Trip here

Cap Rocat – Mallorca

I’ve recently come back around to the idea of Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic islands off the coast of Spain. Long derided as package holiday resort and eclipsed by its clubby neighbour Ibiza, Mallorca and especially its very funky capital, Palma, are back.


Purchase Information:

Price: €300.00
Availability: Buy Cap Rocat – Mallorca here

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New British Airways First Cabin

I’ve only been lucky enough to do it a couple of times but there is something incredibly nice about boarding a plane and turning ‘left’. It feels like you’ve made it, it feels like where I belong but at £4,854.00 for a single fair to New York from London, I don’t think I’ll be back there any time soon.

For some people though, it’s a drop in the ocean, and for those people the lovely team at British Airways has, bucking the industry trend, reinvented their First Class cabin.

Inspired by classic British Cars Aston Martin and Jaguar, the hand-stitched leather bound seats now boast a writing desk that doubles as a dining table, a 15″ screen, a USB port for your iPod or iPhone, electronic window blinds and a personal wardrobe.

The only way to fly?

Purchase Information:

Price: £4,854.00
Availability: Buy New British Airways First Cabin here

Hotel East – Hong Kong

This is another Asian city where you can easily find amazing hotels at a price. It’s also another city where the Peninsula chain provide with you a top option for accommodation. If however your budget is more constrained or you’re trying to meet a slightly tighter expenses budget this beautiful new business hotel could be for you.

Doubles from HK$988

Purchase Information:

Price: HK$988
Availability: Buy Hotel East – Hong Kong here

Le Gray – Beirut

I cannot wait to go to Beirut. It’s rapidly emerging from its war-torn days and is becoming a multicultural east meets west venue in the Mediterranean, a new Istanbul. What was always an exotic destination is regaining its former glory before our eyes.

A key sign of this transformation is the slew of luxury hotels that have started opening. Along with the luxury standard bearer Four Seasons, this hotel, from the people that brought you One Aldwych in London and Carlisle Bay in Antigua, signals Beirut is more than just safe to go back to, it’s the next ‘it’ resort.

Doubles from $345.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $345.00
Availability: Buy Le Gray – Beirut here

Hotel Villa Arcadio – Lake Garda, Italy

Wow. So if someone were to ask me how I’d like my ideal hotel designed they could do a lot worse than this. Old, classic building, minimal in it’s raw materials with stunning yet simple, luxurious furnishings.

This place looks amazing and starting at €220 per night it won’t break the bank either. Located on Lake Garda in Italy you too could be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mr Clooney in no time.

Purchase Information:

Price: €220.00
Availability: Buy Hotel Villa Arcadio – Lake Garda, Italy here

Cliff House – San Francisco

This restaurant offers fine, seafood dining and is situated on the Pacific coast overlooking Seal Rocks. There has been a building here for more than a century, including Sutro Baths, and the latest incarnation, post-fire and post-earthquake, has stunningly simple design with large glass walls that allow you to see the stunning view.

Mains form $19.00

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Price: $19.00
Availability: Buy Cliff House – San Francisco here

Kilindi – Zanzibar

I’ve always loved the idea of going to Zanzibar. Just off the coast off Tanzania, both these countries have always sounded so exotic.

My image of Zanzibar has always been rough and ready though and perhaps not for the faint-hearted but with this new property even the most dainty of travellers can find a home here.

Located on the island’s North Shore, each of the 15 pavilions has an upstairs and a downstairs, a plunge pool and views of the Indian Ocean. Ecologically sound too, the domed rooves collect rainwater to irrigate their own vegetable patch, a lot of the property runs off solar power and there is a waste water recycling plant.

Doubles from £600


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Price: £600.00
Availability: Buy Kilindi – Zanzibar here

Hotels du Vin and Bistro

Like the post on Malmaison hotels, this is another stylish chain if you’re visiting the UK. (Actually they are sister companies.)

Hotels du Vin are styled a little more classically and located in smaller, more traditional cities in the UK, as well as a couple in major cities. The emphasis is very much on cuisine and you will find excellent cooking in all of their hotels. Between these and Malmaison hotels, you should have your visit to the UK sewn up.

Hotels du Vin have hotels in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harrogate, Henley-on-Thames, Newcastle, Poole, St Andrews, Tunbridge Wells, Winchester and York and rooms start at £175.00 per night.


Purchase Information:

Price: £175.00
Availability: Buy Hotels du Vin and Bistro here

Witt Istanbul Suites – Istanbul

One of my favourite cities in the world, I don’t need much persuasion to go back to this city that spans two continents. If I was in need of a little push this 17 room boutique hotel could just do it.

Set in the Cinhangir district of Istanbul, with views overlooking the picturesque Golden Horn and Galata Tower, this has quickly become the place to stay when visiting this historic city.

Doubles from £170


Purchase Information:

Price: £170.00
Availability: Buy Witt Istanbul Suites – Istanbul here

Barrafina – London

This petite, no-reservations Tapas bar in London’s soho is worth braving the nightly queue for. With a distinct New York vibe, fast service and close proximity to the kitchen, there is an excitement and a buzz to this restaurant not found in other Tapas venues in the city.

More information:

View Barrafina – London here

Balthazar – New York City

OK so it’s kind of obvious but as I’ve mentioned The Wolseley in London and Brenner in Munich, this is the New York equivalent. Vintage-styling, great service and a classic menu make this a must visit when in New York.

Mains from $16.00.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Balthazar – New York City here

Mykonos and Santorini Grace Hotels

This pair of boutique hotels in the Greek Islands have recently become the hottest destinations in their respective resorts. Browsing through their websites you can understand why.

The graceful coexistence of traditional architectural elements and local craftsmanship with modern facilities and simple but elegant design touches is apparent throughout the properties.

Doubles from €190 per night.

Purchase Information:

Price: €190.00
Availability: Buy Mykonos and Santorini Grace Hotels here

Monocle Magazine

Monocle is the creation of Tyler Brul�, the founder of Wallpaper* magazine. With design and travel elements similar to Wallpaper, Monocle adds politics, economics, fashion, property and even manga cartoons. It’s very internationalist in flavour and one of my favourite columns is a section that features the various�transport solutions of country leaders.

I enjoy it when I’m travelling and find many of my next purchases in their product sections. They even sell their own special editions of favourite brands in their retail stores in London and LA.

Now entering it’s fourth year, Monocle’s non-print media, available on iTunes, includes well-produced video and audio podcasts that add to its print stories.

Purchase Information:

Price: �5.00
Availability: Buy Monocle Magazine here

Malmaison Hotels

If you’re visiting the UK regions and are looking for a dependable hotel chain you could do a lot worse than Malmaison.

Often located in quirky buildings, one is a former prison, this stylish chain boasts attractive rooms, central locations and good food.

Look into them if you’re travelling to Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, or Reading

Purchase Information:

Price: £105.00
Availability: Buy Malmaison Hotels here