Learn how social media influencers are getting their cameras involved in their most private and intimate moments, and how this online transparency is guiding the social behaviours, pleasures and inclinations of the social-media-savvy public.
Zurich might not immediately scream creativity, but scratch its stuffy surface and find a legacy left by the raucous bunch who took advantage of Switzerland’s neutrality during the First World War: home to contemporary art, a sea of entrepreneurs, and thriving restaurants and hotels, this is not a city to be overlooked.
Blurring the lines between selfie-culture and reality, Cindy Sherman’s recent reappearance on Instagram has caused a stir in the art world. Lisa Davidson examines the relationship between surreality and our IRL personas.
From Brighton to Penzance, Sara D’Souza explores how the Artist Residence brought understated cool (and a seriously covetable bathtub or two) to the UK’s boutique hotel scene.
In an increasingly fraught political climate, how can hotels and the travel industry make a stand – and better embrace the causes that matter? James Davidson explores the trailblazing brands swapping avocado toast for considered and impactful activism.
Far more than just the gateway to the Costa Brava, Girona’s blend of Catalan cuisine, medieval architecture and distinct fusion of the old and new are cementing its status as one of Spain’s leading cultural capitals. Kate Hamilton explores a city waiting to be discovered.
We’ve all got collections we’re proud of – for some, it’s a shelf full of Polly Pockets; for others, its a massive stack of Pokémon cards. Meet two boutique hotels who’ve based their properties around the the collections that bring them pride and joy.
Along come the Chinese middle-class travellers, and there go the lifestyle brands: Nancy Huang investigates why high-end lifestyle hotel brands hoping to make a splash in Seoul are struggling to survive. So how will soon-to-open Méridien Seoul fare in 2018?
Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula might be better known for spring break, but a creative tide has brought everything from breweries to boutique hotels that’s fast-changing the place’s repute.
Come on, everyone – for nostalgia’s sake! Lisa Davidson delves deeper into the emergence of nostalgia in our everyday. Sure, it can go down a treat with both the oldies and young ‘uns, but don’t serve it neat. Always mix it up with something new…
From blockchain-assisted transport to itineraries curated by artificial intelligence, James Davidson outlines how tech is revolutionising the high-end travel industry from behind the scenes.
Travellers are sniffing out faux-authenticity a mile off. Camila Belchior introduces us to exemplar hotels in the Americas that embody the heart and soul of local life. From design to dining, they have captured their neighbouring areas down to a tee.
Hong Kong is, without doubt, is a city for big spenders – but also emerging on this piping-hot hotel scene are properties specifically geared towards the Creative Class. Nancy Huang introduces us to three who are shaking things up in the Pearl of the Orient.
Traditional dining experiences are out, and the guest chefs are in. Sara D’Souza introduces us to the trendsetters creating food for thought, alongside innovative menus to die for…
Sultry and sublime, The Mandrake Hotel has already caused a stir, promising to be the sexiest addition to London’s thriving hotel scene. Amanda Ho catches up with its founder, Rami Fustok, to get the fabulous big picture on this brand-new establishment.
Influence is a new regular feature that explores the power of influencers in contemporary culture. Travel industry, beware: wellness, mysticism, spirituality and a dark moodiness have combined to brew a trend-setting, independent witch who y’all should be dying to meet.
Homogenisation has littered American street corners and highway rest stops with uninspiring chains. James Davidson redirects us to the open road to find relief in the franchises wriggling free from the old cookie-cutter mould.
Barcelona, Madrid and Cadiz had better watch out: Bilbao is on the up. Its gastronomy and art scene are smoking and beckoning travellers to come hither for an experience they won’t forget in a hurry.
Where have all the individuals gone? James Davidson laments the homogenisation of travel and implores us to dare to be different in the new landscape of bland…
Symbolic, visceral and more closely linked to memory than any other sense, smell is a powerful brand language that convincingly conveys identity and differentiation; so why are many brands yet to crack the code of olfactive branding?
“Demand is changing; innovation is fast and well-documented; and fitness and nutrition are definite lifestyle choices that consumers aren’t willing to sacrifice whilst travelling”.
Shanghai’s hotels are emerging from their ‘oriental’ shoebox, and are embodying all that is cool, inclusive and contemporary. How, you ask? Contemporary art, that’s how.
If you haven’t been to Lisbon, then quite frankly: where have you been? Dubbed ‘the New Berlin’, Portugal’s capital is well and truly on the up, now home to a constellation of design studios, art galleries and on-trend cafés.
Whether it is hospitality and the brewing world colliding with all the conceited commotion of a BrewDog, sharpening up your local credentials, or offering something that X, Y, or Z aren’t down the road – embracing craft beer’s creative new wave could be a metaphor for any new trend: the important thing is avoid complacency. At all costs.
Slow-making, wabi sabi and hygge are giving rise to simple pleasures focused on connecting with the world and people around you. Ana Anjelic talks to Lusitano1143 founder, Carlos João Parreira, about craftsmanship, curation, authenticity in product design and customer communication, and global creativity.
Who ever said hotels were just a place to lie your head? It is time for hotels to think outside of the realm of a guest’s basic needs, and start thinking about good, old-fashioned entertainment-value. Nancy Huang shows us how hotels in Seoul are breaking down the boundaries to make their spaces as riotous and diverse as a theme park for adults.
The boom of Chinese farmhouses in countryside regions echoes a new societal phenomenon similar to the Brooklyn-isation of the Western World, as younger generations seek a different lifestyle away from the urban tempo.