REVIEW: CASTILLE PARIS, A FADED STAR

CASTILLE, PARIS: Towards the end of the summer, I was invited as a guest of Castille Paris to review the 5* hotel, at my initial suggestion. I was keen to visit this hotel as only a year ago I reviewed The Franklin in London and enjoyed it from every point of view – the decor […]

BON SOIR, PARIS! LAST OF THE SUMMER RAYS

WHEN THE CRILLON on Place De La Concorde in Paris reopened after lockdown, the hotel adapted quickly to the new normality by offering their guests and VIP visitors exactly what they most wanted – outdoor cocktails and canapés in a laid back setting where they could socialise freely and watch the sun go down with […]

TAKE ME BACK TO THE TIME WE MET…

TAKE ME BACK TO THE TIME WE MET… IT MAY HAVE BEEN DAY TIME, OR NIGHT TIME, OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH – when I think back on the highlights of any of my trips to review a hotel or restaurant, my memories are made up of sunsets, sparkling ocean, fabulous cuisine, beautiful decor, convivial […]

NOT YOUR AVERAGE PIZZA PARLOUR

SOMETIMES ALL I WANT is a good old fashioned pizza. Just pizza, nothing else – no frills, no fanfare, no elaborate toppings, no fancy side dishes or silver service. I just want my pizza thin crust, straight out of a proper pizza oven and slammed down in front of me with good humour by some […]

THE ICING ON THE CAKE: 12 X DESSERTS

“I’M NOT GENERALLY A HUGE FAN OF DESSERTS, attempting to minimise sugar and fat intake, but after lockdown I was craving the social aspect of cafe life, so I spent time both with friends and alone enjoying coffee, drinks and desserts in some of the best outdoor establishments in London, the South Of France and […]

MULTI-TALENTED: ANYA McCALL HAS ARRIVED

“FOR AN APPRECIATOR OF GOOD MUSIC, few occasions are more fantastic than coming across a major new talent, so when a friend of mine posted her daughter singing a cover version of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, I – along with everyone else who heard it – was completely blown away; I immediately listened to it […]

EASIGRASS: ROLLING OUT THE GREEN CARPET

“STROLLING THROUGH JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG in Paris on my way to do a work out, I was pondering on the new and necessary ‘pavement cafe culture’ that’s evolved over the past summer in London. For all time, Europeans have maximised the use of their outside space, mainly because their weather lends itself to it and […]

UNPLUGGED: FREDRIK AND HIS VIKING VOCALS

“YEARS AGO, when I was based full time in my home city of London (LA and Paris since then), I used to be a member of a private gym and spa in south west London – happy times, indeed. Every day, I’d be working out there and occasionally this gorgeous vision of a guy would […]

ARIANA MENASSA: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

ABOVE: Ariana sings ‘JUG OF HEARTS’ ARIANA MENASSA is a superstar in the making… you only have to listen the song she penned herself, ‘Butterfly Love‘ (see video, one down, below) plus a few of the cover versions she has on her own Youtube channel to appreciate her tremendous talent. Coincidentally, she sings a few […]

ANY PLANS FOR CHRISTMAS? A POSTCARD FROM PARADISE

WHERE ARE YOU OFF TO THIS WINTER? Meet Jean-Luc Naret at The Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives… ABOVE: Jena-Luc with his daughter Serena; scenes from Waldorf Astoria Maldives ABOVE & BELOW: Scenes from Waldorf Astoria Maldives Instagram: @waldorfastoriamaldives

ALESSANDRO VERDENELLI: CUPCAKES WITH A TWIST

‘SUSHI’ and ‘CUPCAKE’ – two very popular search words strung together – and two very harmonious concepts if you look at the result. ‘Sushi Cupcake’ is a casual fine-dining restaurant/cafe in London, SW3, and it was my first stop after being released from the captivity of covid lockdown in the UK; I knew from having […]

L’ASSAGGIO: SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT…

“I’LL MEET YOU ANY TIME YOU WANT, in our Italian restaurant…” When Billy Joel sang these words many years ago, he conjured up reminiscence, conviviality, good wine, good food and thoughts of a sincere friendship – the type of authentic relationship built and consolidated over the years on a bed of good times, bad times […]

ROCK STARS OF HOSPITALITY: OUR DAY IN L.A.

If you like falling asleep to the sound of the waves when visiting LA, you can either rent a beach house just north of the city or book a suite at The Malibu Beach Inn; this recently refurbished 5* hotel is the closest to the surf anywhere along the coast. The hotel is positioned directly […]

ROCK STARS OF THE KITCHEN: CHEF PAUL BARBOSA

PAUL BARBOSA JR is a private chef who also offers catering services in the Los Angeles area. His client list is like a ‘Who’s Who’ of the world of entertainment, although he’s much too discreet to mention names… however, you only have to take a quick look at his Instagram page to appreciate the profile […]

CHEF VINCENT MENAGER, STK & MELIA HOTELS

VINCENT MENAGER, Global Corporate Chef for STK Restaurants and Me London Hotel, originates from the small village of St Cere, near Brive La  Gaillarde, in the Perigord region in the south west of France. After working for a period in South East Asia, and wanting to be a bit closer to his family in France, he arrived […]

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL: THE FRANKLIN HOTEL

A HIDDEN GEM IN KNIGHTSBRIDGE: The very first ‘Rock Star’ hotel Anouska Hempel designed was ‘Blake’s’ in the heart of South Kensington and I still remember the buzz of going down the spiral staircase from the lobby to the restaurant and bar area. You just never knew who’d just be sitting there in the minuscule […]

COME STAY WITH ‘ME’ IN NEVERLAND…

“One of the keys to a fantastic hotel experience is the quality of the service, and from the very first moment you enter ME London, the staff set the tone; although  I arrived off a flight in the dead of night, the reception could not have been more welcoming. The vibe at this 5 star luxury hotel […]

EM BUTLERS: SECRET SERVICE

MAURICIO FREITAS, of internationally renowned EM Butlers, is a name that can be relied on in the hospitality business. He started the company in 2006, employing only highly trained British and European staff, after spending ten years working for one of the biggest catering companies in the UK plus an additional two years working as […]

ROCK STARS OF SKINCARE: ONE OCEAN BEAUTY

ONE OCEAN BEAUTY: WHERE NATURE MEETS SCIENCE This new rockstar of skincare is for those who are serious about their health, beauty and general wellbeing. The team behind the new unisex skincare just ‘get’ their audience and only a few months on from launch, the brand already has a huge international celebrity following. The highlight […]

BRUCE MUNRO: BEACON OF LIGHT

Described many years ago by a school tutor as just a ‘dreamer’, the award winning British designer BRUCE MUNRO has been turning his imagination into reality over the past twenty years by creating outstanding light sculptures around the world. His unique installations have been seen across the USA, the UK, France, the UAE, Barbados, South […]

THE HAUTE COUTURE DOCTOR

HB HEALTH medi-spa in Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, owned by the American businesswoman Heather Bird Tchenguiz, is a magnet to the bold and the beautiful and the affiliated doctors and therapists truly walk their talk – not only are they super-qualified but most look like they’ve just stepped out of a 007 movie or off the […]

CHARLIE ROPER: JEWELLERY FOR THE HOME

THERE’S A FAMOUS STORY of a woman who approached Picasso in a restaurant, asked him to scribble something on a napkin, and said she would be happy to pay whatever he felt it was worth. Picasso complied and then said, “That will be $10,000.” “But you did that in thirty seconds,” the astonished woman replied. […]

STEVE VARSANO: JET-PROPELLED FROM NYC

This feature has been kept on the back burner for quite a long time… mainly due to the fact that we couldn’t quite compete with the volume of quality media coverage STEVE VARSANO was already receiving when we caught up in London. Steve operates ‘The Jet Business’ from possibly the most unique aviation showroom in the […]

LUCY PERFECT: THE PERFECT PORTRAIT FOR 2020

LUCY PERFECT is a London- based fine artist who paints portraits, nudes and animals. Always interested in people, anatomically, and what makes individuals who they are, Lucy is driven by a need to understand their thoughts, interests, how they feel about themselves and the world around them. Lucy’s aim is to capture the soul of her subjects, […]

HOUSE OF LIFE LONDON: ORGANIC SKINCARE

NICKY SUMMER: “For the past ten years I’ve been vegetarian and I also adhere to an 80/20 raw diet – this healthy lifestyle keeps my skin in almost perfect condition and it’s therefore a good base for the cosmetics and skincare I endorse. I’ve always been aware the products I use are directly absorbed through the epidermis and […]

THE OCEAN GALLERIES: WORLDWIDE

One of the subjects most regularly featured here in City & Beach Magazine is ART, and we’re therefore delighted to have launched THE OCEAN GALLERIES in conjunction with Nicky Summer Interiors and The Year Of Coasts & Waters 2020 – offering unique artworks to our clients, friends and readers. The pop-up galleries in Malibu, Scotland, […]

FLAWLESS DIAMONDS OF THE DORCHESTER

“The Dorchester was, and still is, the elite hotel – the choice of film stars and show business legends.” William Boyd, Author NICKY SUMMER: THERE’S ONE VERY BRITISH ICON that’s right up there at the top of the ‘must-do’ list of any luxury aficionado, and that’s The Dorchester on Park Lane. The gilt embellished decor […]

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