Last night we dreamt we went to Mandalay

Publishing mogul Felix Dennis is a very nice man, the Diary has decided, having read a feature about his Mustique retreat in April’s edition of House & Garden.

Enviously ogling the piles of rich and famous media types has become the Diary’s favourite pastime. Last month, we took a peek through the keyhole of David Ogilvy’s Chateau de Touffou. This month, the chairman of Dennis Publishing’s pad does not disappoint.

The Indonesian-style hill-top house, Mandalay, boasts a series of pavilions surrounded on three sides by descending pools and even a rock ‘n’ roll past: it used to be owned by David Bowie.

Dennis – who counts Maxim and Computer Shopper among his magazines – has apparently turned his luxurious home into a “free hotel” offering breaks to anyone that he “thinks could do with a holiday”.

The Diary is obviously exhausted, but it’s nothing a short break in the Caribbean wouldn’t fix, Felix.


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