The 20 hottest European beaches

1 Brittany: Plage Conguel At the southern tip of the Quiberon peninsula, far from Brittany’s crowds, lies Plage Conguel, a necklace of blonde sand surrounding a rocky point that, one day, like Quiberon itself, will succumb to the waves and become an island. With one side facing the Atlantic swells and the other overlooking sheltered … Continue reading

His majesty Asparagus

Asparagus is a long-lived perennial, grown for its young tender shoots and ornamental foliage, and has been used as food for thousands of years. Pliny the Elder described cultivation methods used by the Romans for producing plants with blanched stems and of a cultivar producing spears of which three weighed a pound. Wild asparagus still … Continue reading

Some of the most stunning hotels

Some hotels are much more than just a place to rest your head – they are catwalks for the wealthy, the glamorous and the successful; places where the international jet set take a break, where high-powered business deals are struck and also sources of inspiration for writers such as Thomas Mann and Marcel Proust. The … Continue reading

The hottest new hotels in 2010

Showing amazing resilience, the art of hotel innovation is flourishing. Condé Nast Traveller combed through the thousands that debuted in the last year, then bedded down anonymously at the most compelling candidates. A robust 134 properties spread across a record 55 countries won a place on their list with their blend of style, service, technology, … Continue reading