Monte Carlo | The real deal

If you’re flush with cash, then Monte Carlo is the place to go. Just make sure you do it in style, says Rowena Marella-Daw

Old money, new money… they all find their way to Monte Carlo. In this tiny quarter belonging to the Principality of Monaco, the river of wealth constantly flows through the epicentre of affluence ringed by iconic landmarks – Place du Casino, Hôtel de Paris, Café de Paris, and the Salle Garnier, home of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Café de Paris lends itself to people-watching, although the real scene-stealers here are swanky sports cars that ...

May 26, 2017

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Colour therapy

Splash some colour into your hotel visits and find out four of the most vibrant luxury suites, as seen in FOUR International Magazine...

Colour splash De L’Europe | Holland (Blue) At the heart of Amsterdam’s historic district is the elegant De L’Europe hotel. And at the heart of De L’Europe hotel is a bright blue gem: The Prestige One Bedroom Suite. Taking inspiration from the patterns, colours and atmosphere portrayed by the Dutch Masters’ paintings, the suite is classically simple combining neutral furnishings with an ...

May 24, 2017

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A tale of two cities

With its sleek hotels and heady rooftop bars, Beirut is the go-to Middle Eastern city for the urbane traveller. But the divide between its war-torn old town and glitzy rebuilt centre mean it’s a city caught between being a luxurious capital, and a turbulent Middle Eastern metropolis, as Dave Drummond reports for FOUR Magazine.

The distinction Beirut has between ground and roof level is as clear as the divide between its different areas – the historic old town; the glitzy central district; the bay. On the ground you’re likely to wander past walls riddled with bullet holes, politicised graffiti, police, army and tanks: the unsettled history of what still feels like a recent civil war (in reality it ended in 1990) lining the hot and humid streets. Up on the roofs however, where the air thins ...

May 20, 2017

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Check in | Diamonds in the rough

We explore four of the Middle East's most luxurious desert hotels with the added benefit of spectacular spas...

Al Areen Palace & Spa | Bahrain Nestled in an oasis in 131,000 metre-squared of the Arabian desert, Al Areen Palace & Spa is an uncompromisingly luxurious haven. The resort is home to 78 opulent villas, pools, six dining options and a spa and health club. Enchantingly beautiful, the resort offers guests a unique experience of traditional Arabian hospitality and culture and contemporary luxury style. Choose from one-bedroom ...

May 18, 2017

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