Post-Piste Sips: Courchevel’s Best Apres Ski

Post-Piste Sips: Courchevel’s Best Apres SkiPublished in A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine

Arguably the best ski resort in the world, Courchevel 1850 offers a whirlwind of glamorous adventures to keep all the glitterati happy, from its Michelin-starred restaurants, to buzzing bars, wild nightclubs and fantastic shopping. Beyond its astounding après ski scene, Courchevel also offers superb skiing for every level, owed to its 3 Valleys ski range, pristine slopes and fantastic facilities. These include 63 ski lifts, 117 downhill ski runs and an abundance of off-piste escapades to explore. Continue reading

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The Hedonist: Wining and dining in Essaouira

Published in the Independent

In my dazed and confused state, it feels like I’ve landed in something out of Aladdin. In fact, I’ve just arrived in Essaouira, Morocco’s laid-back, bohemian coastal city. After the cab grinds to halt by the Bab Marrakech gate in the medina, I make my way over to Hôtel Heure Bleue Palais (00 212 524 78 34 34; heure-bleue.com) at 2 rue Ibn Batouta. The former palace’s design is an archetypal Moroccan riad; the decor and ambience a heady combination of Moorish and Portuguese influences. The attentive staff usher me in with mint tea and basbousa, a  syrupy semolina cake, before whisking me up to my bedroom: courtyard views and opulent  Moroccan decor. Continue reading

Down and Dirty Jazz Bars of Greenwich Village | Hg2 PICKS

Smalls Jazz Club: Down and Dirty Jazz Bars of Greenwich Village by Hatty CopemanPublished in A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine

Greenwich Village has been home to artistic evolution since the Bohemian beatnik heyday and the best old-fashioned jazz clubs in New York have remained loyal residents since. Hatty Copeman gets down and dirty in the best jazz bars in Greenwich Village. Continue reading

Manhattan Bound: Great Books About New York

Manhattan Bound: Great Books About New York by Hatty CopemanPublished in A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine

Sometimes you need to get under the skin of a place, and the best way to do that is through the words of the writers that have immortalised it. Hatty Copeman offers her review of five books about New York that offer a glimpse into the history and culture of this great city. Continue reading

6 Delicacies to Eat in Barcelona | Hg2 INSIDER

Published in A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine

Nestled between the Collserola mountain range and the Mediterranean, Barcelona’s cuisine is diverse and enjoys excellent seafood, fish, meat, poultry and vegetables. These staples are traditionally eaten with a sauce, such as romesco, which is made from olive oil, garlic, almonds, tomatoes and vinegar. Most of the sauces are a combination of nuts, vegetables, olive oil and garlic. It’s also typical in Barcelona to mix meat and seafood, which is locally referred to as mar i muntanya, meaning ‘sea and mountain’: a fitting reference to the city’s location. Continue reading