Julian Allason

Destinations

Seaplane flying on Lake Como

Europe’s only seaplane flying school is a swashbuckling affair on Lake Como, where the atmosphere is cosmopolitan, the training is combined with convivial excursions and the aircraft are considered an art form. Julian Allason reports
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Wine & Champagne

New adventures in Georgia

In the foothills of the High Caucasus, Julian Allason gets to grips with an out-of-time fantasy land as it tumbles, post-Independence and a little pell-mell, into the 21st century
City

A long weekend in… Istanbul

The city on the Bosphorus is crackling with creative innovation, from new nightlife hotspots to ambitious contemporary art venues – all set against the perennially breathtaking backdrop of timeless Byzantine and Ottoman beauty, says Julian Allason
Destinations

Revival of the glitziest

Across the globe, venerated palace and heritage hotels are striving to marry period grandeur and preservation restrictions with 21st-century requirements. Julian Allason examines how they’re facing the future without forsaking the past
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Destinations

Land of the lost ark

Armenia’s landscape is blessed with religious landmarks and abundant wildlife. Now a handful of chic hotels – profiting from a mix of indigenous charm and expatriate know-how – is adding to its cachet. Julian Allason reports
City

A long weekend in… Amsterdam

Hip new hotels, culinary excellence and breathtaking art and architecture leave visitors spoilt for choice in the quirkily charming Dutch capital, says Julian Allason
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Sublimely Scilly

The little-known private island of Tresco has all the unspoilt allure of a bygone age – along with eight grandes marques of champagne in the local store and modern British fare at the pub. Julian Allason reports.
Destinations

Shifting sands

Global names in hospitality are writing the next chapter in Marrakech’s development, with massive investment in exquisite design. Julian Allason reports on an intoxicating clash of old and new
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Greece is the word

Sharp-witted hoteliers are cutting a swathe of luxury across the long-neglected Peloponnese peninsula. Its wild beauty now forms the backdrop to an unprecedented level of contemporary sophistication, says Julian Allason.
Cruises & Boating

Historic cruise down the Volga

Tracing a languid route from St Petersburg to Moscow along the Volga’s fabled Golden Ring, a growing number of intimate cruisers explore Russia’s past and present. Julian Allason reports.
Destinations

In praise of potential

For the discerning, intrepid voyager with a passion for lesser-known sites and pristine cultural attractions, Bulgaria is a land of possibilities. As travel tastemakers respond to its potential, Julian Allason sets out on a trip of discovery.
Destinations

A ship off the old Bloc

Forward-thinking boutique cruise lines and a clutch of elegant hotels are putting Eastern Europe’s most secretive shores back on the luxury map, says Julian Allason.
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