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 […]

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 […]

THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: TIPS FROM THE BEST HOSTS AROUND THE WORLD

Whether a hotel or a private residence, the guest experience is paramount with the initial ‘welcome’ being the start of what should be a memorable journey. When I have friends to stay, I try and adopt the very best of good hospitality into my own home – whether it is a personalised mini-bar in the […]

NICKY SUMMER: INTERIOR DESIGN MATTERS

NICKY SUMMER: Ready for business after lockdown? I am. This is the type of ladylike ensemble I wear for mid-morning presentations to my interior design clients. After everything relating to the decor and furnishing has been discussed, I generally take them somewhere decent nearby to finalise the details of scheduling, timing, budget, etc. We do […]

THE RELAUNCH OF M/Y SAVARONA

M/Y SAVARONA: Further down the page is a front page press clipping from HURRIYET newspaper covering the event that fully established my career in event organisation. I was still modelling and acting in TV commercials, I’d just filmed and participated in the promotion of a James Bond film as a 007 girl, however I wanted […]

TOP 5 HAIRDRESSERS BY NICKY SUMMER

NICKY SUMMER: As a model, I’ve had my hair cut, coloured and styled by many hairdressers over the years. Short, long, dark blonde, natural blonde, almost white blonde, wavy, straight, up, down, clip-in hair extensions for special events, a full on brunette up-do wig that rendered me totally unrecognisable for the cover of a hairdressing […]

DIANA, 007 & INVESTMENT DRESSING

IMAGES ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta in a midnight blue gown by Victor Edelstein; wearing a scarlet red gown by Bruce Oldfield; wearing a little black dress by Christina Stambolian; wearing an ivory beaded gown and jacket by Hachi; wearing a one shoulder beaded gown in ivory by Hachi; wearing […]

NOBU & ROBERT DE NIRO: WAITING…

NICKY SUMMER: A few things on social media have kept me going through lockdown, amongst them Nobus’ simple but delicious home made recipes (seen below) including avocado and lightly scrambled egg on white toast. Yum! My first visit to a Nobu restaurant was to his understated icon of Japanese/Peruvian fusion gastronomy, ‘Matsuhisa’ in LA; not […]

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 […]

THE ART OF THE LANDSCAPE

RICHARD MIERS is an acclaimed international garden designer with 25 years’ experience, designing and then organising the building of gardens and landscapes all over the UK and abroad. Richard’s style is classical/contemporary, with paired down simplicity, yet offers a softness in the planting. In our conversation below, Richard answers a few questions about his favourite […]

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. […]

FOOD FOR THE SOUL: DEER PARK COUNTRY HOUSE

NICKY SUMMER, APRIL 2020: Over the past six years, I’ve visited Deer Park Country House special event venue in Devon, England, three times – during Spring, Summer and Autumn/Fall, and each occasion has been equally uplifting  – you really do have to experience the level of hospitality for yourself to appreciate what I’m writing about in […]

WELLBEING: SMOOTHIE OF THE DAY

In Ubud, Bali, there’s a fantastic restaurant that serves raw food and smoothies. As well as for the occasional sit-in lunch, I used it for home delivery when I was there for a month staying in a villa compound in the centre of the rice fields. Here is the recipe for a typical green smoothie […]

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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