Magazine article The Spectator

Travelling with. .

Magazine article The Spectator

Travelling with. .

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Name: Peter Shanks

Age: 50

Position/company: Chief Commercial Officer - Carnival UK

Lives: Pyrford, Surrey

Other properties: One is enough

Favourite all-time travel destination?

The one that comes top even if it was years ago is Portoferraio on the Island of Elba, Italy. We used to go there for the summer, staying on a boat. In the morning we would go to the market for fresh food, we would then moor in a quiet bay and spend the day diving off the boat, water-skiing, swimming ashore and relaxing. Coming back into port late afternoon we would go into the old streets of the town for a gelato. Often in the evenings we would go up to the oldest pizzeria in town - I will always remember the wood-fired stone ovens and have not found a better pizza anywhere in the world.

Favourite three cities in the world and why?

San Francisico is beautiful because of the Bay, fascinating for a stroll round the markets of Chinatown, and it's still fun to drive up and down the hills thinking you are part of a car chase in a film.

New York has fond memories for me. As a 17-year-old, having just left school, I spent six months working for Laker Skytrain in a building off Rockerfeller Plaza. It was during a very cold winter, I arrived there with no money and for the first three weeks I had a room at the YMCA - it was a nightmare but good character-building stuff.

My third choice would be London. We often forget what a great city it is with my highlights being: the original Hard Rock Cafe, a large Young's Pub with a few pints of 'mixed', walking along the South Bank and, of course, the hallowed turf of Twickenham which, for a home nations match on a cold winter's day, just can't be beaten for atmosphere.

Snow versus sunshine holidays?

Snow every time. I just love being in the mountains. My skiing has slowed down a lot - it's fast red runs now and I don't have the bottle any more to go off piste. The highlight of the day is normally lunch in a mountain hut restaurant and a few beers at the bottom of the slope. When you are on a ski holiday you don't have time to worry about what may be going on in the office.

Most decadent holiday - the one which allowed you the greatest relaxation/freedom Forte Village, Sardinia. The place is awesome. A variety of apartments and hotels set in the trees by the beach, the very first Forte property. At lunchtime they have a restaurant right on the water with wonderful salads and fresh fish. There are lots of pools, a great beach and in the evening a variety of outdoor restaurants. The staff are fantastic and the place is quality personified. Highlight for me is their Brazilian restaurant where a local chef with a giant moustache rustles up the best meat feast barbecue you could possibly imagine.

Most visited destination - the one you go back to time and time again, and why?

Until recently we were big fans of Center Parcs at Longleat. Our girls are now 19 and 17, but when they were younger we went there every year for many years. Center Parcs's secret is that it does exactly what it says on the tin and once you get to know the routine it's great for all the family. It was always quite amusing to watch families arrive for the first time not knowing the routine - they were always just too late for everything. It's a terrific break for all the family - especially when the kids are young and you can avoid the school holidays. …

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