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Is it just about the Hype?

I have been spending a lot of time in Cape Town over the past year and, as always, continue to find it one of the most beautiful cities in the World. Unfortunately, service levels do not seem to match. Having an international luxury lifestyle blogsite and travelling the world advising on what true high end customer experience … Continue reading


Mixologist to the Stars

I’m a cocktail girl. When in a bar I will always order a new concoction. Nothing, however, prepared me for what I was about to experience at the Grand in Cape Town. Dawood Karriem, mixologist to stars including Halle Berry, James Blunt, and Cliff Richards to name a few, created the following stand alone creations for me: 1. Basil and camomile tea … Continue reading


The Most Fabulous High Tea in the World

For those of you who know me you won’t be surprised to find out that this particular new development has me planning my next trip to Hong Kong…..very soon…. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is soon to serve the world’s most fabulous high tea! There is something very enchanting about Afternoon Tea. Is it that I … Continue reading


A submarine in Milan?

How far would you go for a PR campaign? How on earth do you get people excited about an insurance company? Ok, let me tell you….the latest M&C Saatchi Milano campaign for insurance firms Europ Assistance IT and Genertel sure got my attention…… ……a massive submarine surfacing through the streets of Milan! So it got … Continue reading


Peninsula: My Saviour; Banyan Tree: Disaster

So I decided to try out the new Banyan Tree on the Bund on my last trip to Shanghai. They had recently opened. I stayed with them for two weeks. Two horrible weeks. Only then did I finally relocate to an always perfect option…the Peninsula. The Banyan Tree on the Bund website looked great; amazing … Continue reading


Service in Dubai

I have just returned from a fantastic experience at the Atlantis  the Palm, Dubai. This majestic resort captures the imagination with its ingenuity and formidable scale. Although a very large resort encompassing unique marine habitats,  a waterpark, white beaches, 18 restaurants, an indulgent spa to name a few of the facilities, the service was impeccable. … Continue reading

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Louis Vuitton Express arrives in Shanghai!

When I was in Shanghai a few weeks ago they were still hard at work at creating Shanghai’s new Louis Vuitton flagship store in Plaza 66. The train has now arrived with no expense spared! There were the requisite parties, attended by hordes of journalists, TV presenters complete with trailing camera crew, and  exquisite Chinese … Continue reading


Striking Beauty & Underlying Strength

Seductively powerful and exquisitely finished, the Aston Martin DBS represents the synthesis of raw power, race-bred technology and design excellence. Next year for me maybe?

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The world’s largest showroom for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce opens…

Abu Dhabi Motors has invested around $82 million in the new 35,000-square-metre Abu Dhabi showroom over its three-year construction. It offers 172 parking spaces for customers and 120 work bays for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles. The state-of-the-art facility is able to accommodate the display of 80 pre-owned and new cars, 10 motorcycles, and features … Continue reading

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Soviet Aircraft Carrier now Luxury Hotel?

Former Soviet aircraft carrier, the Kiev,  has been converted into a luxury hotel by its new Chinese owners. The Kiev was built in 1972 and subsequently purchased by the Chinese  in 1996, where it is now part of the Binhai Aircraft military themed park in Tianjin. The ship has now been transformed into 137 standard … Continue reading


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