Off-the-beaten-track: Tanna, Vanuatu.

Tanna is one of the many islands of Vanuatu; a country in the South Pacific. With a population of over 6000 and three spoken languages on the island, Tanna is a varied and mysterious place. As if being steeped in culture and decorated with exotic rainforests, beautiful black beaches and underwater blue caves wasn’t enough, […]

Charity Spotlight – The Worldwide Tribe

In a period spanning nearly five-years, the European refugee crisis has claimed the lives of millions of civilians fleeing danger and persecution from the Middle-east and the African continent. More often than not, those who remain have had their rights and privileges stripped along with their humanity. However, where there is rain, there are flowers. […]

The Devil’s Walk

When, in 2011, Apparat left the cold Berlin winter and headed to Mexico to write and record what became ‘The Devils Walk’, they filmed the entire process. The result was a mini-documentary as inspiring and refreshing as the album that followed. Revisit it below and listen to the album here. See our Mexican retreats here. […]

Meadows in the Mountains : a Bulgarian eco-festival imagined from your purest dreams.

Dubbed, “like no other festival on earth”, Meadows in the Mountains is a weekend-long celebration of wellness, tradition and nature in the dreamy and ethereal Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. Bulgarian folk culture and music is woven into the fabric of all things weird and wonderful here. A place of freedom and exceptional natural beauty, fringed […]

Natural bio-hacking – Part 1

The authors of ‘Fantastic Voyage: How to live long enough to live forever’ claim that we are a mere fifty years away from the kind of science that really will change the world and ageing forever (assuming the world still exists). In the meantime, here are some futuristic health tools, available now:   NAD / […]

The other places: Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is found nearly halfway down the Caribbean Riviera of Mexico. Surrounded by Yucatan jungle, bordering the huge Sian Ka’an nature reserve, this ultra laid-back town boasts perfect blue ocean and soft fine sand. Despite the increase in tourism over the past 30 years (it’s rivalling nearby Cancun with tourism revenue – without the battle […]

Umi hotel – Eyvindarhólar, Iceland

The concrete facade of UMI simultaneously blends with the mountain-face that looms behind and stands apart from it. A clever juxtaposition of the man-made and the natural. Which typifies UMI really. The entire design, inside and out, takes inspiration from its surroundings while maintaining that luxury feel you need after a day of exploring the […]

Artist’s Spotlight – Alexi Marshall

From her North London studio, Alexi Marshall readies herself for her debut solo exhibition, by finishing her impressive body of work, a collection composed of print, fabric, drawings and embroidery. Alexi draws on symbolism and references from biblical texts, mysticism and Mexican and Trinidadian folklore to challenge female archetypes. She seeks to re-define, and even […]

Eau de Eco

In the rise of conscious consumerism, we’re finding ourselves faced with problematic dilemma’s left, right and centre. Whether it be packaging, air-miles or simply being utterly unaware of what goes into the stuff we’re spraying onto our skin, rubbing on our teeth or massaging into our hair, and the demand for cruelty-free and natural products […]

The other places: Valencia, Spain.

Valencia, a juxtaposition of typical Spanish “old town” and ultra-modern architecture could have jumped straight out of a sci-fi novel. Put the labyrinth of meandering streets and cathedrals next to space-age structures, like the Ciudad de les Artes y las Ciencias, and it’s an easy clue to where the city gets its “whatever goes” vibe. […]

Hotels on the water: a place to reflect

Purity. Clarity. Calmness. Abundance. New beginnings. Water has its own special significance in every culture worldwide. It’s long been used in the design and architecture of homes, offices and public spaces across Asia to promote the flow of Ch’i (nature’s natural energy).   Whatever your beliefs, that ethereal feeling of staring out to sea or […]

The other places: Singapore

The classic transit destination. Singapore is a common stopover for those travelling from Europe and America to ‘The East’. But it’s rarely seen as a destination in its own right. A new generation of foodies, designers, architects and artists are starting to change that reputation. (It also has an outstanding public transport system, so you […]

Best London houseboats on the market

Houseboats. Richard Branson’s lived on one. But they are often overlooked when thinking about a change of property. These London houseboats will have you putting your bricks and mortar on the market quicker than you can say, ‘what’s a holding tank’?   Florence, Chelsea Harbour, £89,000 You work in London. You play in London. But […]

Cabins. The Book

Is it the freedom of being closer to nature which draws us to cabin life? Or perhaps that we find joy in non-conformity? Whatever your motive, prepare to have your adventure buds truly whetted with this beautiful, coffee-table-worthy tome. View here.     NEST

The other places: Ghent, Belgium

There’s a square by the fish market called Sint-Veerleplein, which is also known to locals as Death Square. It is where the executions used to take place. Now, each time a baby is born in one of Ghent’s three maternity wards, the streetlights in the square flicker to welcome new life into the world. Ghent’s […]

Skye: The Isle of Style

The jagged peaks and violent coastline of the Isle of Skye are now contrasted with the ultra-modern, ultra-minimal architecture which has emerged over the last decade on this remote, beautiful island. Don’t let rumours of dramatic wind and rain fool you. There’s rarely any need to really batten down the hatches. The gulf stream breeze […]

How to buy a boat that won’t sink

Legend has produced many stories from the river. Most will never see the light of day. And the truly unbelievable ones, people wouldn’t believe anyway. I’ll try you with one later. First, let’s focus on buying a boat and what you should to ask to sound convincing.  To put the importance of this list into […]

Where to buy: Bristol

Over the past 12 years, Bristol has had a population increase of nearly 46,000 residents. So what is it about this riverside city that’s calling to the masses? ‘The West’ has always been shrouded in ancient mystery, from Stonehenge to Glastonbury Tor. This translates in the laid-back, creative aura which surrounds Bristol. This city, with […]

How to hack the airport

We’ve spoken to a lot of people in the industry. Flight attendants. Pilots. Frequent travellers. And they all say the same thing: air travel isn’t quite what it used to be. With more competitors in the market, airlines are working on tight margins. So while preferential treatment does still happen, it’s now a rarer occurrence. […]