I tried the relatively new Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme, and it made my skin look like an Instagram filter. It also looked like I got Botox.
Whizzing smoothly towards the snow-capped peaks of the Alps with picture-perfect scenery gliding by out the window, with no need for long airport queues or tedious transfers. Rail travel to the mountains certainly holds advantages for skiers and snowboarders – and here’s why.
High end in all senses, these luxurious hotels, whether from the rooftop running track of the Ritz Four Seasons or the Skybar of the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade give you a bird’s eye view of the capital. Dine at the new, gastronomic Fifty Seconds (the time it takes to ascend) atop the riverside Myriad, swim with the city far beneath you at Epic Sana’s rooftop bar or climb onto Palacio Verride’s 360 degrees viewing platform for a guaranteed high.
Tickets for Eurostar’s high-speed services from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the French Alps go on sale at 8am on Wednesday (July 17). The direct services to three stations, Moûtiers, Aime La Plagne and Bourg St Maurice, provide easy access to many top French ski resorts, including Courchevel and Méribel in the Trois Vallées, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Plagne.
There are now a staggering 1,121 Unesco World Heritage Sites. Is that too many? Given that the exhaustive list includes a Fray Bentos meatpacking plant, a German shoe factory, and a Belgian boat lift, the answer might well be “yes”. Then again, the lineup does not yet include St Paul’s Cathedral, so perhaps there’s still room for more.
Waking up to the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore from your bed is what real luxury is all about – and in Spain it is very easy to make it happen. Choose a romantic boutique bolthole on a cove on the Costa Brava or a cool urban hotel on the endless beaches along the Valencian coast. Or maybe a resort-style complex right by the Mediterranean on the Costa del Sol, where you can have lunch with your feet in the sand. Just slip out of your hotel and into the warm, turquoise sea – whether you want to snorkel, surf or just float the day away. Stay at one of our top beachfront hotels on the Spanish coast to get the full moodlifting effect without even trying.