Category: The Tastemaker’s picks

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  • Ca Maria Adele, Venice

    Ca Maria Adele, Venice

    Some places hold a certain power of evocation. Their names conjure up an idea; their very utterance calls to the soul. The definitive example of this is bound up in two potent syllables: Venice. Think of the amphibious city and your mind projects images of gliding gondolas, festive masks and […]

     
  • Audubon Cottages, New Orleans

    Audubon Cottages, New Orleans

    New Orleans is, without question, one of the great historical melting pots of the United States. As such, it is always a privilege to experience that well-cherished heritage through the lens of contemporary standards of indulgence. The Audubon Cottages collection specialises in filling that niche precisely. Beyond global centres of […]

     
  • The Hay Adams Hotel, Washington D.C.

    The Hay Adams Hotel, Washington D.C.

    Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.                                                                     The Task (1785)–‘The Timepiece’ (Book II, lines 606-7) It is perhaps at this point that I should mention that I am sipping on a tongue-teasingly delicious Hay Adams’ spin-off of a spicy Bloody Mary that has inspired […]

     
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  • Grand Hotel Parker’s, Naples

    Grand Hotel Parker’s, Naples

    Naples, high style If you are after stupendous views and heavy duty luxury, head straight to the Grand Parkers Hotel, a cool and elegant oasis in the pungent heat and bustle of Napoli. And what an oasis this is! Even by Italian standards the quality of the marble, which is […]

     
  • Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg, Virginia

    Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg, Virginia

    Some places cannot be described; they need to be experienced. It is with this in mind that we will try to do justice to the Salamander Resort, in Middleburg, Virginia, a microcosm of all that is good and great in the world. The pianist’s fingers are jumping, the atmosphere is […]

     
  • Jade Mountain Review

    Jade Mountain Review

    Jade Mountain – the name itself has a certain totemic awe. After ascending from the ebon-wood reception, Jade Mountain first looms in front of you like a sun-gold monolith, a gigantic carved stone structure that, one might imagine, stands testament to humanity’s fervour and passion. As you rise up on […]

     
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