Category: The Tastemaker’s picks

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  • Hotel du Palais, Biarritz

    Hotel du Palais, Biarritz

    Built in 1854 for Napoleon III for his wife Eugénie (hence its original name Villa Eugenie), the Hotel du Palais has kept all of the unmistakeable hallmarks of an imperial palace: the imposing building set in its own gardens, the grand interiors, the authentic features, the high ceilings, the chandeliers, […]

  • Residence on the Rocks, Seychelles

    Residence on the Rocks, Seychelles

    Imagine living in your own private hotel. That is the reality for the guests of Karl Ammann’s secluded luxury villa Residence on the Rocks. Such is the power of that statement that this writer is almost tempted to end the review here and now. The Seychelles – the tropical haven […]

  • Four Seasons Hotel, Milan

    Four Seasons Hotel, Milan

    Oozing style… the Four Seasons Milan The entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel Milan is quite discreet… especially when compared to the interior. An ancient convent transformed into a 5 star hotel was never going to be run of the mill. This one is nothing short of spectacular. Built around […]

  • Suvretta House, St. Moritz

    Suvretta House, St. Moritz

    Some things never change, thank God, and one of them is the timeless elegance of Suvretta House. The writer of this feature has been coming to St Moritz for a long, long time and afternoon tea at Suvretta was the highlight of her visits as a very young girl. And […]

  • Four Seasons Bosphorus, Istanbul

    Four Seasons Bosphorus, Istanbul

    If you look for a WOW factor and a prestigious address in Istanbul, you’d be hard-pressed to find better than the Four Seasons Bosphorus. The city that never sleeps is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of delights when it comes to hospitality, but this magnificent Ottoman palace built directly on the […]

  • The Alpina Hotel, Gstaad

    The Alpina Hotel, Gstaad

    Olympus on Gstaad The closest neighbour and unquestionable challenger of the 100 year-old Palace, this extraordinary hotel will doubtless inspire many column inches as it matures into a hub of choice for the world’s most privileged. A new venture of french billionaire and “sugar King of Africa”, Jean Claude Mimran, […]