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Experiencing Jasper Conran's New “L'Hotel Marrakesh”

Posted on 24 April 2017 by John Severalls

Does Jasper Conran's new hotel, nestled deep in Marrakech's bustling heart, offer a new take on the traditional Moroccan riad? John Severalls and his wife went there to see.

There are some very fine hotels in Marrakesh, many of which are located minutes from the city's bustling Jemaa El Fna square. The riads of Morocco's capital have the ability to transport you back to a different age, while allowing you to thoroughly relax in what is one of the most chaotic – yet intriguing – settlements in the world.

So good are Marrakesh's riads that I wondered what Jasper Conran would bring to the mix.

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 5 Holiday Spots Showcased by the New James Bond film Spectre

Posted on 22 October 2015 by starttravel.co.uk

Film reviewers have been heaping praise on the new James Bond film, Spectre, which sees 007 take on the mysterious criminal organisation of the film's title.

The Independent gave Spectre four stars, calling it "a rip-roaring and very stylishly made thriller with tremendous production values.”

Meanwhile the Telegraph gave it a full five stars, as did the Guardian. The Sun and the Mirror also published glowing reviews of Bond's 24th outing.

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By Train from Bogart’s Casablanca to Kerouac’s Tangier

Posted on 06 October 2015 by Craig Hindmarsh

After the run-down sprawl of Casablanca – which reminded me not a jot of the 1942 Humphrey Bogart classic – Tangier would offer a welcome dose of Mediterranean optimism. Not that my journey up by train hadn't been pleasant: I was in a compartment (1st, since it was about £1 more than 2nd) with an ex-pat Moroccan living in California and a London-based Gujarati.

As the rocky North African landscape slipped by, this pair gave me some of the most illuminating insights into both old and new Morocco.

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