• Eurostar: Ebbsfleet to Lille

    For two decades Eurostar has been best known for services linking London with Paris and Brussels, but on this trip Director sampled the short trip from Ebbsfleet International in Kent to Lille, northern France
    Over 20 years ago, Eurostar changed cross-Channel travel forever with the launch of direct train services from London to Paris and Brussels […]

  • Golf in Portugal

    It has just been redesigned by a Ryder Cup captain and voted the best new course in Europe, so Director needed no second invitation to step up to the tee at Quinta do Lago in Portugal
    Back in 2009, with Portugal firmly entrenched in recession, the management team at the golf and leisure resort of Quinta […]

  • Relax at Raffles, Seychelles

    For the busy executive looking to wind down a few gears, Raffles Praslin in the Seychelles – and its animal inhabitants – can show the way to a truly relaxing state of being
    The 500-or-so giant tortoises that crawl over Curieuse Island in the Indian Ocean have, no mistaking it, an easy life. Some may have […]

  • Gate8 Garment Mate

    Director skips check-in with the Gate8 Tri-fold Garment Mate, an innovative piece of hand luggage aimed at the business traveller
    One of the most noticeable changes since the rise of the low-cost airlines has been the increase in travellers flying only with hand luggage. Passengers benefit from not having to pay extra to check in bags […]

  • Feast of flavours

    From Italian fine dining to rustic farmhouse fare… there’s a dazzling array of dining choices at Christmas.
    The Corinthia hotel in Westminster is a new favourite of mine. It has a stunning bar, a state-of-the-art spa and an excellent restaurant, The Northall, which is one of the capital’s best hotel dining rooms. At the helm is […]

  • Virgin Australia: CNS to BNE

    Director sampled the service on a flight from Cairns to Brisbane

  • Pied à Terre and Bob Bob Ricard

    Need a special venue to treat someone important? Here are two exciting options: one is an oasis of cool, calm sophistication, the other a sexy, stylish dining den.
    Pied à Terre in Charlotte Street, central London, whispers class from the discreet facade to the thick carpet, beautiful linen and wall art inside. Slick service and Michelin-starred […]