The Oitavos hotel Cascais Portugal via Cinnamon Circle

The Oitavos, Cascais, Portugal

Set amongst sand dunes and umbrella pines, the bold design, sleek lines and elegantly simple interiors of  The Oitavos focus attention outwards – on the wild beauty of the unspoiled coastline with stupendous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Just 20 minutes from Lisbon, a city of striking contrasts where historical and modern are joined in an harmonious alliance, you’ll find…

The pique of excellence – Abu Dhabi reaches for the stars

[portfolio_slideshow] For years, the capital of the United Arab Emirates stood in the ­shadow of Dubai. The latter seemed literally to be exploding out of the desert. Its stellar rise to become the foremost financial and service hub in the Middle East initially captured the attention only of the international business press, however. No longer:…

Market in Kashgar, China

Kashgar: Melting pot for so many ethnic groups and so many languages

Few places on Earth have traditionally been melting pots for so many ethnic groups and so many languages of such utterly different types. For whoever came here – whether they came as warriors or merchants, as Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Christians or Moslems – Kashgar has always been more than just a place name. Kashgar is an…

At home at the Monarchs in Dubai

While the major hotel chains outdo each other with ever more pompous constructions, The Monarch prefers to stay aloof from the fray. With only 37 floors to its name, the comparatively diminutive building (number one on the important Sheikh Zayed Road) aims simply to become the most distinguished hotel in the -emirate. The private limousine…