LIFESTYLE + LUXURY

 

This section features a collection of recent luxury travel and lifestyle articles, including hotel and suite reviews, interviews with entrepreneurs and start-up business-owners, high-end restaurant reviews and in-depth business stories. 

 

STAY - CORDIS HONG KONG

Contemporary design and authentic experiences at Hong Kong's stylish Mong Kok hotel: Cordis.  

Open Skies (April 2016)

ENTREPRENEUR - THE KANDID, HONG KONG

Profile of photographer Justin Lim, whose multi-use creative space, The Kandid, is taking Hong Kong's photography scene by storm. 

Open Skies (January 2016)


ENTREPRENEUR - HUBUD, BALI

Inside the unique co-working space that has made Bali a home-from-home for entrepreneurs, freelancers and start-ups from all over the world. 

Open Skies (December 2015)

 

DESTINATION DUBAI

One-on-one with four of Dubai's leading business events professionals, talking about what makes the city great for international meetings. .  

CEI Asia (March 2016)


LUNCH WITH ANDRE FU

Asia's design ace Andre Fu talks interiors on the top floor of his best-known creation, Hong Kong luxury boutique hotel, The Upper House.

Open Skies (December 2015)

 

STAY - TIERRA PATAGONIA

Savour the dramatic expanse of Patagonia's wild landscape from Chile's most stylish luxury lodge: Tierra Patagonia.

Open Skies (April 2015)

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STAY - MUKUL BEACH, GOLF & SPA, NICARAGUA

Inside Nicaraguan billionaire Carlos Pellas' Pacific Coast hideaway: Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa.

Open Skies (September 2015)

ODE TO THE SEA - LA MAR by GASTON ACURIO

A review of Gaston Acurio's fabulous La Mar restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Miami.

Sur La Terre (December 2014)


LOCAL KNOWLEDGE - DUBAI MOVING IMAGE MUSEUM

Behind the scenes at Dubai's Moving Image Museum, a treasure trove of paraphanelia charting the history of the moving image. 

Open Skies (November 2013)

ELITE SUITES OF EUROPE - HOTEL HERMITAGE MONTE-CARLO

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside the Diamond Suite Penthouse at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo.

Robb Report (January 2015)

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TRAVEL WRITING

 

This section includes a collection of in-depth travel features exploring some of the world's greatest countries, cities and neighbourhoods. 

 

MENDOZA - LAND OF PLENTY

As the annual harvest festival rolls into town, Joe Mortimer heads to Argentina's high-altitude grape-growing region, Mendoza, which has flourished into one of Latin America's most compelling gourmet escapes. 

Destinations of the World News (March 2016)


ELECTRIC AVENUE – HONG KONG NEON

From Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island to traditional Mong Kok in Kowloon, Hong Kong is awash with bright neon lights. The city has a history of neon sign-making that goes back more than half a century – a business which has helped define the image of the city and inspired countless filmmakers and artists over the years. Hong Kong regular Joe Mortimer finds out what’s being done to prevent it from disappearing forever. 

Oryx (March 2016)


NEIGHBOURHOOD - SAI YING PUN, HONG KONG

Tumbling down the hillside to the edge of Victoria Harbour, Sai Ying Pun is a neighbourhood on the up. Joe Mortimer explores this rapidly developing yet resolutely traditional area, which extends from waterside Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park up to the appropriately named High Street and Bonham Road, far above. 

Open Skies (March 2016)


24 HOURS - BOSTON

The streets of Boston echo with tales of times gone by, but the city's eclectic boutiques, creative kitchens and world-famous colleges have their attention fixed firmly on the future. 

Destinations of the World News (February 2016)

 


SUITE ENVY - THE UPPER HOUSE

Space comes at a premium in Hong Kong, where the price of real estate is higher than almost anywhere else in the world. and urban development surges upward as well as outward. It's a situation worthy of contemplation as I gaze out from my suite on the 44th floor of The Upper House, the aptly-named boutique hotel that counts celebrities, business tycoons and the odd royal among its royal guests. 

The Cultured Traveller (November 2015)


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NICARAGUA - THE FIRE WITHIN

Less of a well-kept secret, more of a slowly awakening giant, Nicaragua draws on its tumultuous history to offer a unique vision of Central America.

Open Skies (August 2015)


SUITE DREAMS - LA BAMBA DE ARECO

Authentic gaucho culture meets rustic luxury at La Bamba de Areco, one of the oldest and most elegant estancias in Argentina.

Destinations of the World News (June 2015)


LIMA - A REVOLUTIONARY FEAST

A gastronomic revolution has swept across the Peruvian landscape, transforming Lima into Latin America's hottest foodie city. 

Destinations of the World News (October 2015)


NEIGHBOURHOOD - PALERMO, BUENOS AIRES

London has Shoreditch, New York has the Meatpacking District and Sydney has Newtown. In Buenos Aires, everyone wants in on Palermo, a once run-down neighbourhood where independent fashion designers, locavore restaurant owners and bearded barbers now clamour for commercial space in graffiti covered buildings and crumbling mansions. 

Open Skies (April 2015)


BUENOS AIRES

History repeats itself in Buenos Aires, where belle époque hotels, resplendent theatres and innovative restaurateurs are reviving the spirit of the city's golden age.

Destinations of the World News (April 2015)


DESTINATIONS OF THE WORLD NEWS

 

Travel features, reviews and interviews written during my tenure as senior editor of Destinations of the World News, the leading independent luxury travel magazine in the Middle East. 

 

DESTINATION FEATURES

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OTHER DESTINATION FEATURES

Paris: the new look

Miami: city of dreams

Monte-Carlo: Monaco's oldest muse

Once upon a time in Africa



Hotel + Suite reviews

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OTHER REVIEWS

Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort & Spa, UAE

Mondrian SoHo, New York

Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Italy