A LAP OF LUXURY IN THE HEART OF LISBON – PALACIO PRÍNCIPE REAL

The recently opened Palácio Príncipe Real hotel is described by owners Miles and Gail Curley as an “oasis” in the heart of Lisbon, and no other word could more accurately define this very special place created by the talented couple. Situated close to the buzzing Bairro Alto area, the hotel has wonderful restaurants, bars and…

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TRAVELS AROUND THE NORTH-WEST OF THE PENINSULA

  Portugal has been gaining in popularity with tourists in recent years thanks to its stunning landscape and beaches, superb gastronomy and wealth of history. We visited the north of this once underrated member of the Iberian Peninsula to stay in the exquisite M Maison Particulière hotel situated in the heart of Porto’s historical centre…

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SIX SENSES DOURO VALLEY

SUMPTUOUS CUISINE, CUTTING-EDGE DÉCOR AND EXCEPTIONAL SPA     Six Senses could hardly have chosen a more stunning setting when establishing their first resort in Europe. Located in the Douro Valley UNESCO World Heritage site in northern Portugal, at the foot of a valley, the magnificent hotel complex offers picturesque views of the Douro River…

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Design Showcase – BOHO CLUB

And Now for Something Different… Bohemian-Chic Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Marbella When Swedish developer Quartiers Properties bought a rundown recreational complex in Marbella, the plan was to resurrect it as an upscale and stylish retreat. But not just any hotel matching the classic whitewashed Mediterranean style so common on the Costa del Sol.…

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MEMORABLE SAILING EXPERIENCE at Puente Romano Beach Resort

Guests staying at Puente Romano Beach Resort are now able enjoy a new eco-friendly way to view the Mediterranean. This summer, the Andalucian villagestyle resort on the beachfront between Marbella and Puerto Banús launched a new service for clients (available throughout the year), enabling them to sail around the Mediterranean in total privacy, peace and…

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“STAY SAFE” Measures in Place at Flagship Costa de la Luz Hotel

Major hotel chains around Spain cautiously re-opened for this year’s main tourist season, adding strict coronavirus safeguards to their customary offerings of luxurious leisure and relaxation. Cádiz was one of the least-affected Spanish provinces when the pandemic hit Spain, prompting an unprecedented nation-wide lockdown, but top hotels in the area have still been meticulous in…

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PETUNIA IBIZA MAGICAL PANORAMA and Exquisite Mediterranean Cuisine

One of Ibiza’s most tranquil and picturesque hotel settings now has an added attraction for booking a summer stay. Just before the coronavirus pandemic halted the tourism industry throughout Spain, the owners of the Petunia Ibiza hotel purchased a popular family-owned restaurant on the island. La Mesa Escondida was their favourite restaurant, and after the…

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Bohemian Spirit…

BIKINI ISLAND & MOUNTAIN HOTEL PORT DE SÓLLER Bohemian Spirit, in Blissful Mallorca Setting For even inveterate travellers, this is a part of Mallorca many have not discovered yet. With picturesque orange groves, a backdrop of the spectacular Tramuntana mountain range and next to the Mediterranean Sea, Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel Port de Sóller…

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Sunborn Gibraltar

AN IN-DEPTH INSIGHT INTO THE LUXURY FLOATING HOTEL ON OUR DOORSTEP Since the Sunborn opened in 2014, many of us living on the Costa del Sol and Gibraltar have visited this venue, whether it was to try our luck in the casino or simply enjoy a drink in one of their bars… but not many…

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SHOREDITCH HOTEL Innovative Urban resort in London - Home and Lifestyle Magazine

SHOREDITCH HOTEL Innovative Urban resort in London

When designing the mixed-use Shoreditch Hotel building in East London, the architects’ objective was to explore an “alternative contemporary language” as a formal response to the site conditions. The intersection of Old Street and Great Eastern Street is an iconic landmark in the area, with the ancient Roman street widening on the western side after…

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Award-Winning Décor… and Rooftop Hotspot - Home and Lifestyle Magazine

BARCELÓ MÁLAGA – Award-Winning Décor… and Rooftop Hotspot

Barceló Málaga’s innovative “lobby art” has been honoured with a new award. Veredictas, organisers of the 18th edition of the Premios Letra – annual awards that recognise excellence in visual and graphic communication within decorative surroundings – presented the hotel with a best sign-writing silver award for its B-Lounge lobby design project. The project was created and developed by Narita Estudio as part…

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FINCA LA DONAIRA

A Way of Life… You would be forgiven for thinking that this sleepy neighbourhood nestled in the hills near Ronda, and situated near the whitewashed Andalucian village of El Gastor,  is like any other traditional town we come across in southern Spain, but be prepared to be blown away… Cars are not allowed up to…

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Dehesa de Alcuzcuz

A CAPTIVATING HIDDEN SECRET OVERLOOKING THE MEDITERRANEAN By Johnny Gates     Add a good dash of classic English country house charm to individual creative flair and the result is just the ambience architect-interior designer Jaime Parladé was seeking when he transformed his home above San Pedro de Alcántara in the Alcuzcuz hills into a…

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Cutting-Edge “New Spain” Design Concept

FOR MADRID HOTEL   It has been described as the most unconventional hotel in Madrid and has received several glowing media testimonials for its conceptual art and design. The Daily Telegraph newspaper, for example, included Barceló Torre de Madrid in its “The Coolest Design Hotel in Madrid” list, while other specialist publications have rated it…

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“Fresh & Wild” Summer Launched

AT ESTRELLA DEL MAR IN MARBELLA Vincci Hotels invited guests to a lavish opening party in June to mark the beginning of a new summer season at the Beach Club Estrella del Mar. The hotel club’s “Fresh & Wild” theme is inspired by the area’s water-based and natural attractions. It offers sun-blessed days on Marbella’s…

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Chic Style at the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort - Home & Lifestyle Magazine

Chic Style at the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort

After an earlier collaboration in Paris, Home & Lifestyle Magazine once again joined the modelling agency Scouting Division for a glamorous fashion photo shoot – this time closer to home at the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Reserva del Higuerón. The hotel is one of the Costa del Sol’s premier new hotel resort projects.…

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Travel Getaways

Funky Sounds in the City of Light Located in a venerable music-orientated Paris neighbourhood, the Idol Hotel offers guests a sensorial experience aimed at awakening all senses – sight as much as touch and hearing. It provides the emotion of a design hotel with the added attraction of sound and groove, taking music fans back…

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Travel: tranquil luxury havens around Spain

Botanical Haven on Madrid’s Skyline   Located in the heart of Madrid’s chic Gran Via, Hotel Indigo has drawn a strong design influence from the area’s close links with Spanish culture, fashion and architecture. The boutique-style rooms provide a “spa-inspired bathroom experience”, the gastrobar and restaurant offer locally-created Mediterranean cuisine, and the rooftop terrace is…

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Stellar Space in Barcelona

Travel & Getaways Stellar Space in Barcelona Travel takes on a new dimension at the recently refurbished Barceló Sants hotel in Barcelona. Transformed with a more avant-garde image, the hotel offers “an imaginary trip into outer space” in tranquil, original surroundings. The “Orbital” rooms and suites feature large windows with superb city views, and two…

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