Andrea Watson
  • Why is Sardinia a Blue Zone dream? MENTION Sardinia and most people will automatically respond with: “have you been to Porto Cervo?” This is the superyacht marina on the Costa Smeralda developed by the Aga Khan back in the 1960s and a magnet ever since for celebrities of all descriptions from the Clooneys to Barack Obama. Embed from Getty Images But for […] January 16, 2019
  • Manhattan’s boardrooms changing into bedrooms “Alexander Hamilton must be turning in his grave, ” commented a local shopkeeper, referring to the father of American banking as a series of landmark buildings in New York are converted into luxury apartments. But would he? It’s more likely that the visionary statesman – whose colourful life is celebrated in the rap musical Hamilton […] November 16, 2018
  • Frieze Frames: diversity and restraint mark 2018 art fair Revolver Galerie, Buenos Aires, Lima – one of the booths in the Focus section – presented an installation piece by Andrea Galvani. Slowly gyrating around a series of white neon mathematical equations, the performers hummed haunting acapella harmonies as they moved across the stand. It was as if the sounds of the universe, represented by […] October 5, 2018
  • ON A ROLL Wallpaper has made a huge comeback in interior design. September 21, 2018
  • Pearls of Montenegro’s property market I remember my first visit to Montenegro in 2006 as a mixture of awe at the landscape and horror at the concrete tangle of Herceg Novi, the border town with Croatia. There were no direct flights at that time so you arrived in Dubrovnik and crawled along the coastline on a terrible road drinking in […] July 5, 2018
  • Enjoy barefoot luxury in Sardinia The north-east corner of Sardinia was almost unknown until the 1960s when the Aga Khan came here and began to develop luxury hotels. Now almost everyone associates Sardinia with the Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo, super yachts and celebrities. But there’s another side to the Gallura region. Indeed much of it remains wild and uncultivated and […] June 15, 2018
  • A summer of fine art Monet and Architecture Who needs another Monet show? This was the view of a cheeky Time Out reviewer who thought we had perhaps had enough of water lilies. It struck a chord because some art degrees (mine included) refuse to teach ‘the Impressionists’ because they are not cutting edge enough and are also rather over-exposed. […] May 30, 2018
  • The mystery of Greek gates Greek gates are like fingerprints - no two appear to be similar May 29, 2018
  • Mayfair’s East Side Story THE booming art market has had a curious side effect on property – nearly all new residential developments in London now declare that they part of a new ‘cultural hub’. We have seen it in Nine Elms, Battersea, White City, Shoreditch, Bow and beyond. Burlington Gate, the new Native Land development on the doorstep of […] February 19, 2018
  • My family, warthogs and other animals Adventures in the Shamwari Safari Park, Port Elizabeth January 16, 2018