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Highlights of an inspiring summer

The Alps have become as popular in summer as they are in winter. And it is not only nature and sports lovers flocking to the jaw-dropping European mountain range but also those passionate about the arts. All kinds of cultural festivals take place in the region; classical music, jazz, cinema and much more. Here we have selected four spots where the arts and culture programme stands out this summer. Swap your skis for heels and discover the cultural gems awaiting visitors in this, one of the most beautiful corners of the world.


With the advent of the summer, the picturesque Tyrolese town of Kitzbühel becomes a hive of activity with an array of captivating events to suit every taste, including a rich cultural programme.

Elïna Galanča is performing at Classical Music in the Alps. The conductor, Karel Mark Chichon, is also the artistic director of Classic in the Alps, and Elïna’s husband. Photo @ Kitzbühel Tourismus.

Kitzbühel Klassik takes part in early July. From the 3rd to the 5th, the city hosts young Voices of the Future, an opportunity to enjoy performances…

Brutal Arctic beauty

Svølvaer is located in the Lofoten Islands, an archipelago in Norway, 700km north of the Arctic Circle. It is famous for its arresting fjord landscapes, Northern Lights and postcard-pretty villages-turned resorts, known as Rorbuer. I am staying at Svølvar, on the island of Austvågøya. I am staying at the resort, Svinøya Rorbuer.  My host, Ragnar […]

Outdoor pursuits in the heart of the Tyrol

Although most people associated Kitzbühel with skiing, this beautiful medieval town in the Tyrol is as exciting in summer as it is in winter. Amidst its stunning alpine backdrop, Kitzbühel bustles with all kinds of outdoor activities, that allow visitors to feeling invigorated by sport amidst the natural beauty of the area. Here we bring […]

Scottish hospitality at its best

Nestled deep within the picturesque heart of rural Perthshire near the town of Crieff, and just an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, stands the newly opened Aberturret Estate House. Blessed with a secluded location on the Glenturret estate, it was once the Dower House of Clan Murray, one of the great families in Scottish history, who […]

Luxury, conservation and sustainability in paradise

Amilla Maldives is a luxury resort developed on a natural island, nestled within the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. On arrival, I was welcomed by General Manager, Narelle McDougal, for whom conservation, sustainability and accessibility are top priorities. “I’ve been in hospitality all my professional life and it always annoyed me […]

World class golfing in the Indian Ocean

William Cowper’s well-known proverb, “Variety is the very spice of life”, was actually preceded by Aphra Behn. In her play, The Rover (1651), she coined the phrase: “Variety is the soul of pleasure”. Prior to Behn, Euripides argued that “a change is always nice” in Orestes. These pedigrees of linguistic talent were unified with the […]

The City of Earth

A year after the ancient site of Diriyah was announced as a Giga project in Saudi Arabia, our Editor-in-Chief, Julia Pasarón, speaks to Group CEO, Jerry Inzerillo, about the significance of this unparalleled project for the future of the Kingdom. The birthplace of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the ancestral home to the Al […]

Aristocratic chic in the heart of South Kensington

The Pelham Hotel has been attracting tourists and locals alike ever since it opened its doors in 1989, on the site of three large white-stucco-fronted Victorian townhouses, a few steps from South Kensington tube station. I, personally, have been a regular since I could order a G&T without being asked to show my ID. From […]

Off the beaten track in the “Serenissima”

Arguably one of the most beautiful and evocative places in history, Venice is visited by millions but discovered by the very few. Our Editor-in-Chief, Julia Pasarón, takes us on a tour of her favourite places, which encapsulate the exquisite skill and craftmanship that made Venice the queen of luxury trade for centuries. Today, they are […]

Redefining Alpine luxury in St Moritz

Built in 1906, the original La Margna was one of the most iconic hotels in St Moritz, a glorious example of Art Nouveau, the style predominant in the early 20th century. With its privileged location, mere minutes from the train station, and panoramic views of the lake, it was a coveted destination in what is […]

Make unforgettable memories with your mum from London to The Seychelles

Whether it’s exploring exotic destinations or indulging in pampering closer to home, our Mother’s Day round up of luxury breaks is designed to offer something spectacular for all deserving mums. It’s time to ditch the clichés and give her the VIP treatment she demands. From breath-taking countryside breaks to far flung serene spa retreats, we’ve […]

Destinations you’ll fall in love with

Traveling is one of the best ways to rekindle a relationship and get closer to your partner. There is something about being away that encourages love and bonding. Maybe it is what you experience and the wonderful memories you create together, or maybe it is just because finally, you have time for each other. As […]