Huge music festivals usually have at least a little something for everyone, but at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, there’s more than just “something” for indie music lovers. Almost 200 acts are scheduled to perform at the 15th Primavera Sound making the festival a who’s who in music today. Bands like Belle & Sebastian, Tori Amos, Antony and the Johnsons, Einstürzende Neubauten & Patti Smith are just a handful of the names rocking the festival.
La Réserve Hotel, Spa & Villas Ramatuelle is a world apart from the hedonistic cousin St. Tropez just a few kms around the coastline. La Réserve is a sophisticated, polished refuge of choice for those who like to rest & play. Already an “A” lister, this pocket of chilled luxury has it all – crisp white designer suites, a handful of large private villas, a signature spa and now, La Voile restaurant, managed by Chef Eric Canino, has been awarded with a much deserved (tried & tested ourselves) first Michelin star.
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Cool design, contemporary styling and a hug to local island culture make our pick of three easy-to-get-to Cycladic island escapes of Santorini, Naxos and Tinos, all the more irresistible. They fully capture the Mediterranean canvas of sun bleached whites against sea blues that is just so Greek & Cycladic.
Before it was referred to as “The Sad Mute” by locals, Victor Hugo celebrated his 70th birthday there and it was where some of the world’s most famous dance troupes graced the stages when in Paris.
The designer den, Hotel OMM, on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia in elegant Eixample district, is certainly no stranger when it comes down to creating an ambiance of chilled luxury – the hotel brings a coolness to gourmet dining too in the buzzing and much acclaimed one Michelin star restaurant Roca Moo.