The Plaza Athénée: A Parisian bastion of Old World elegance

There is no more glamorous city in the world than Paris. And some would say there is no more glamorous hotel in Paris than the Plaza Athénée. A “palace” hotel (a notch up from five-star), this 103-year-old Parisian landmark recently underwent a 10-month and reportedly €200-million ($314-million) expansion, taking over three neighbouring buildings, including two … [Read more…]

British ecopioneer builds his own island from 150,000 plastic bottles

One out-of-this-world destination that isn’t advertised in the tourism brochures about Isla Mujeres, a short ferry ride from Cancun, Mexico, is another much smaller, nearby island constructed entirely from trash. The ecopioneer, eccentric survivalist and visionary behind the idea is British carpenter Richart Sowa. The gregarious 61-year-old lives alone on his man-made paradise in the … [Read more…]

The best solo holidays revealed

Join The Slow Cyclist on one of its two-wheel breaks to Transylvania Discover Myanmar’s hinterland on a journey from Mandalay to Yangon Inspired by Eat, Pray, Love, go on a thrilling tour of self-discovery  By Daily Mail Reporter Find your perfect match with the help of our irresistible guide to the best solo holidays.  Set … [Read more…]

At the Boro Hotel in Queens, upscale amenities meet NYC edginess

Forsaking convention hasn’t hindered the comfort or convenience of the newest lodging option in Long Island City, the Queens neighbourhood closest to Manhattan. With starkly industrial design features inside and out, the independently owned Boro Hotel is the furthest thing from a bland chain property. It also bears little resemblance to the iconic Grand Dames … [Read more…]