Gloucester Road Tube Station Art – London

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: London Tube, Travel |

For years now, the London Underground have been running their underground art programme ‘Platform For Art’ in order to promote London’s eclectic art scene and to entertain and enlighten commuters on the cities bustling underground.

Gloucester Road Tube station has been graced with the imaginative and beautiful work of artist Chiho Aoshima , who’s digital prints on vinyl cover all 17 arches of the underground station. City Glow, Mountain Whisper , is on display until the end of the month and is Aoshima’s first solo exhibition. The inspiring landscape she has created runs along all 17 archways which sees the scene graduate from day to night and from urban to rural. With such a rich visual focal point to enjoy whilst traveling, one can almost enjoy the daily commute.

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Where Are The World’s Best Hotel Rooms?

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Hotels, Travel |

Cool Hunter believe they have one of the most influential subscriber lists around. Over the past 18 months, their subscribers have come from all over the globe, with hot tips, suggestions and ideas for the site as well as an insight into their own creative lives. Through your help they have brought you the world’s best, be it hotels, fashion, art and technology, together they have roamed the globe so that you’re in the know.

Here’s a preview of a couple.

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Top 10: Beautiful Beaches

Posted on February 18, 2007. Filed under: Beach, Holiday, Top 10's, Travel |

Imagine lying on some warm sand, with drink in hand and having sunscreen gently rubbed all over your body. So sit back and enjoy as we embark on a trip to the world’s most popular beaches, after the jump..

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Fine Living: 10 Edible Endangered Animals

Posted on February 18, 2007. Filed under: Animals, Food, Travel |

In different environments around the world, there are a great number of different culinary tastes. And for the most part — if you look hard enough — someone, somewhere, will be cooking just about anything you can think of. The general rule is: If it’s edible and someone is hungry enough, it will be eaten. But there are certain delicacies or culinary trends that are rarely encountered by most people, and the practice of dining on endangered animals is one of them.

The list that follows, after the jump, highlights several endangered animals that are eaten in certain cultures. If you ever get the chance to try one of them, it may be wise to check the legality of the practice and consume at your own risk.

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Vilara – “Not For Chavs!”

Posted on February 18, 2007. Filed under: Holiday, Travel, You Tube |

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Yet another holiday destination, that I can’t miss…

Posted on February 17, 2007. Filed under: Holiday, Luxury, Maldives, Travel |

If celebrity patrons are an indicator of a hotel’s popularity, the Maldives super-lux Huvafen Fushi is about as hot as it gets. George Clooney popped in for lunch last month, Kate Moss partied in her Ocean Villa, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes booked in a massage during their honeymoon, Alexander McQueen had left when I arrived and when I left the island, Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana and John Galliano were set to arrive (separately).

Trendsetting Huvafen Fushi has been raising the benchmark since its first inception two years ago. Opening its doors to feature the world’s first underwater spa, Huvafen Fushi has since earned its spot on the coveted Condé Nast Traveller Magazines’ UK and US Hot List.

This discreetly luxurious, contemporary retreat is located on its own lagoon on a tiny island in North Malé Atoll. I arrived late into the night direct from Singapore, the flight doesn’t get in until 10pm (note: book Emirates instead to arrive during the day).

When I was escorted into my over-water bungalow, I felt like I’d walked into an Apple store/Armani showroom, with a bed in the middle surrounded by all my favorite gadgets. Surround sound Bose indoor/outdoor music system, Plasma TV screens, Bang & Olufsen phones, iPod Nano with an incredible selection of music that had already been installed – a separate massive bath which overlooks the ocean, my own private plunge pool, oversized king size bed, Frette linen, designer furniture (including pieces by Frank Gehry) electronic curtains, waterfall shower – the list goes on and on.

Waking up in the Maldives is something everyone should experience before they die. The view from the bed in my room overlooked the plunge pool which overlooks the Ocean. It’s an incredible sight, serious postcard material.

The day at Huvafen Fushi starts off with a buffet breakfast in Celcius, luxe-but-laid-back dining on a white sand floored deck branching out over the lagoon. Next it’s off snorkeling where you’ll see the most amazing colored coral and sea life including sting rays. It takes approximately 3 hours before you realize you have a tan, the sun is extremely bright and even with 30+ sunblock, you tan quite fast and you notice tan lines by the time you’ve finished breakfast.

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My Next Weekend Away – “W” Maldives

Posted on February 17, 2007. Filed under: Holiday, Luxury, Maldives, Travel |

As a brand, the  W chain of boutique hotels has practically claimed the concept of luxury to be its own; turning their properties into ‘must-do’ destinations for the hip, famous and wealthy. Just the mention of a new W property going under construction creates an immediate buzz that few other international brands could generate.

The latest W – and quite possibly the jewel in W’s empire – is the newly opened  W Retreat & Spa in Fesdu Island, Maldives. Already critics and patrons seem to agree – it’s as close to paradise as you’ll find on earth; a luxury playground whose physical beauty is almost overwhelming, where guests are totally indulged on every level.

The W experience begins even before you even arrive. Malé airport boasts a chic W operated transfer lounge, where guests are greeted with all the modern conveniences of a big city airport – drinks, food, magazines, plasma TV and internet. It’s here that new arrivals are supplied with a W kit before boarding the seaplane to W’s private island.

From the moment of arrival its obvious that W is a master of branding. Stepping off the seaplane, I was greeted by a fleet of  W golf buggies – with “W style” number plates – lining the pier waiting to take guests to their villa. Even the luggage trolleys were shaped into a W.

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Top Beach Vacation Party Resorts

Posted on January 31, 2007. Filed under: Top 10's, Travel |

Take a look at the ‘Top Beach Vacation Party Resorts’. Some of them are a bit odd, like having Brighton and Newquay in the list, but hey, thats Americans for you, they’re good with their geography aren’t they…

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