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I am Rob, the editor of Le Bon Lifestyle. I am married to Gemma and love the finer things in life. My passions are food and travel.

‘If we get married in Croatia, do you think anyone will come?’. That was the question posed to me by one of my oldest, and best friends Andy, after he and wife to be Vicky had painstakingly de liberated a range of options from Ibiza, to Thailand, to a private registrar in sunny (joke) old England. It took me all of 30 seconds to respond after I had stopped laughing… ‘Are you mad, of course they will, count us in!’ I got in touch with my two wing men, Colin and Tom, and we decided early on we were going to do Dalmatia the Le Bon Lifestyle way, with no expense spared. With dates confirmed I set to the task with vigour. We would fly into Dubrovnik on the Tuesday for two nights, before cruising up to Hvar by motor yacht on Thursday, arriving in plenty of time for the…

LeBonners are spoiled for choice in New York when it comes to luxury hotels and delectable restaurants, so we have done the hard work for you and listed the best of the best for you to consider on your next trip to the Big Apple. Best Hotels New York Hotel Hugo Located in the Hudson Square neighbourhood, west of Soho, Hotel Hugo is a stylish Art Deco themed boutique residence. The food in the onsite restaurant, Il Principe, is homely and rustic. There are two rooftop bars with stunning 360-degree views. The Cuban themed Azul is open air and serves up a mean Mojito. Rooms start at around £265 per night. Hotel Baccarat With interiors designed by Gilles & Boissier, the Hotel Baccarat is a little bit of Paris in New York. Chic as opposed to bling (surprising given there are 15,000 pieces of glass on show), the Baccarat has…

Ok, I’ll admit it, I am rapidly approaching my 40th year and may be having a small mid-life crisis…I have been frantically working through my bucket list like there is no tomorrow and the sports car is already sitting in the driveway. No self-respecting middle-aged man’s bucket list should be considered complete without the inclusion of a road trip through the USA in an all-American muscle car. British Airways have recently started a new service direct from London to San Jose in California. So on a cold Sunday night in London, after a few glasses of wine, I booked two business class flights using my British Airways companion voucher and Avios points. With the flights booked I now had to plan a route for our seven night Californian road trip. As we only had a week to play with I mapped out a route that would start in Napa Valley…

Oh, Vienna! It’s almost impossible to avoid musical references when it comes to Europe’s capital of all things classical. Vienna is compact, easy to get around and al l the major sites and attractions are within 15 minutes of the city’s historic centre. The airport is only 20 minutes away, making the city ideal for a short weekend break. Vienna is famed for its Baroque palaces and State Opera House and is considered the musical capital of Europe. Add to this a thriving restaurant scene and some great hotels, making the Austrian capital the perfect luxury travel destination. Best Hotels Vienna Hotel Sacher Vienna The Hotel Sacher is among the finest hotels I have had the pleasure of staying in anywhere in the world. I consider the hotel comparable to Claridges in London because of its understated class and attention to detail. If you want a more qualified stamp…

Venice is like no other city on earth. The boat transfer from the mainland is like a time machine, transporting you to a mysterious, achingly beautiful, Renaissance masterpiece. The city is located in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea and is built on more than 100 small islands linked by 150 canals and 400 bridges. Venice is an all year round destination where lovers can wrap up warm and stroll the labyrinth of alleyways, anonymously floating between masquerade balls or delight in the painters light during spring and summer. Travellers beware, there is a small price to pay during the hotter, more humid months when the canals can kick up a pungent smell and hoards of tourists and mosquitos flock to the city. Best Hotels Venice Hotel Cipriani Venice The most famous hotel in Venice, the 5-star Hotel Cipriani, located on the island of Giudecca, has played host to the…

Below is the second in a three part series of the 30 most exclusive and luxury ski resorts in the world. Stay in Richard Branson’s £120k per week Chalet or party among the world’s elite with some of the best après ski in the world.. If you have deep enough pockets you can even move to one of them and include Bill Gates among your neighbours! 1. Aspen, Colorado (USA) One of America’s premier ski destinations, Aspen is made up of four mountains, each with it’s own personality and suited to different levels of skier. There are plenty of luxury hotels in Aspen and a host of excellent restaurants to suit the luxury traveller. Best Hotels Aspen The Little Nell – a Relais & Chateaux hotel, the only ski in, ski out 5-star hotel in Aspen, located at the foot of Aspen Mountain. Rooms cost about £1,000 per night. Hotel…