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Vietnam’s most illustrious and pristine coastline has welcomed the arrival of The Anam, an independently operated and luxurious all-villa five-star resort. This September, The Anam opens and is a new benchmark in hospitality and combines colonial era charm and service with 21st century design and convenience. Set on its own private beach and staffed with Vietnam’s finest butlers, valets and concierge staff; The Anam boasts surroundings of natural sophistication with an emphasis on personalised services, culinary excellence and rejuvenating wellness. “Vietnam is known for its genuine, warm-hearted people and a dedicated attitude to life. At The Anam we embrace this natural advantage by offering highly discerning levels of service while ensuring guests enjoy uniquely curated destination and resort experiences,” said Duncan MacLean, General Manager, The Anam. “We are extremely proud that despite having only recently opened, The Anam is one of only six hotels and resorts worldwide to be recognized…

The Origins of The Knickerbocker Hotel Built in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV, scion of one of America’s wealthiest families, The Knickerbocker was host to the world’s biggest names in entertainment, politics, culture and high society in the earliest years of the 20th century. Its design, iconic Beaux-Arts, the glamorous European luxury, and welcoming American hospitality made it “the” place to be for glitterati and dignitaries. Its legendary barroom became known as “The 42nd Street Country Club.” Open for a mere fifteen years, The Knickerbocker was one of three entities—along with the subway and the New York Times—whose arrival at the crossroads of 42nd Street and Broadway transformed sleepy Times Square into New York City’s biggest tourist destination. The end arrived with the onset of Prohibition and marked the beginning of the end for the hotel renowned for its lavish parties and nightlife. In 1921 the property was converted…

LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence is in an ideal position to give an inside track on this year’s well-documented luxury hotel openings – they have nine highly experienced and discerning experts covering the globe. LTI thoroughly researches every property, on their own dollar, and are passionate about what they do. As LTI states, it gives this unbiased opinion, ‘to bring truth to luxury travel.’ Who did they see as the best of 2014? Here is their list, announced in reverse order. 10. Cromlix House, Scotland Many thought tennis star Andy Murray and his family would struggle with this venture. But they have got most things right and thereby created a stand out country house hotel experience, enhanced by warm and caring staff, who are mostly locals. 9. Waldorf Astoria, Amsterdam With just 93 rooms, this is positively ’boutique’ for the Waldorf Astoria brand. We love these six 17th and 18th…

Where does your passion for cooking come from and what drives that passion? My mum was a great cook, homestyle foods, but what passion and love she had for it, inexpensive items done well.  All summer long she would can fruits and vegetables for the winter, her peaches are a stand out memory to me.  My passion for food is just simple I love it, love to eat it, love to cook it, love to understand it. At the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin I bring all of that energy and love to the table. What was the first meal you ever prepared and at what age? I worked in a all day kind of diner in my senior school, it really the first time I started to cook, as my mum always did all the cooking at home. What is the most favoured dish on your breakfast menu? Eggs…

Whisking yourself away on a summer holiday is an exciting experience. Taking a luxury holiday increases the excitement factor and adds blissful self indulgence. Luxury travel destinations pamper…