Adam Handling, consultant chef for Belmond The Cadogan, London, is cooking for the Johnsons and their house guests, the Bidens, this weekend – not at the luxury hotel but at the hitherto-unknown 47-bedroom Carbis Bay Estate in Cornwall. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, and his new-wife Carrie and their not-so-new offspring Wilfred are hosts of the G7 Summit, the first occasion that President Joe Biden and his wife Jill have taken Air Force One overseas. Meanwhile, back in London, Belmond The Cadogan runs smooth as always, with new GM Xavier Lablaude and, as always, uniquely-clad doormen (see above), combining black bowlers for the City with scarlet coats for Chelsea Pensioners.
Yesterday, MSC Cruises Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago announced a new luxury cruise subsidiary. Explora Journeys will have four dedicated ships, all being built by Fincantieri. Identical, the vessels will have 461 cabins, from 35 sq m, with floor-to-ceiling windows and personal private terrace. Suites will start at 35 square metres which is among the most spacious for the category in the industry. Girlahead likes the sound of this new brand, to add to the luxury range of cruise alternatives, and she hopes to be one of the first to become an Expora Expert, come the first sailing in 2023.
Thinking of new brands, in wellness there is truly only one name instantly recognisable worldwide and that is ESPA. That is the brand at, for instance, such other household names as Acqualina in Sunny Isles FL and Gleneagles, in sometimes-sunny Perthshire. Now is the chance to hear ESPA founder Sue Harmsworth talking, below, on where she believes wellness is going: