Category: Hotels

Short stay: The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town

Short stay: The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town

On my latest visit to South Africa, we stayed at the beautiful Cellars-Hohenort in the Constantia region on the outskirts of Cape Town. This is the oldest wine growing region in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1685, and a great location for anyone visiting Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, widely regarded as one of the finest […]

8 romantic reasons why The Viceroy, Riviera Maya, will steal your heart

8 romantic reasons why The Viceroy, Riviera Maya, will steal your heart

Civilized yet wild, a romantic escape to the adults-only, Viceroy Riviera Maya in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico offers a 2 for 1: an exotic Mayan jungle refuge nestled behind the white-sandy beach and aquamarine waters of the Caribbean. The Viceroy is the perfect place to pop the big question, renew your love, or just chill-out in […]

5 hotels to watch the sun rise

5 hotels to watch the sun rise

“The early bird catches the worm,” as the renowned idiom states. One of the true joys of life is watching the sun rise, slowly lightening the cool, dark dawn with the warm rays of the star that burns brightly in the centre of our solar system. This phenomenon has been the inspiration for many a […]

10 foodie getaways in South Africa

10 foodie getaways in South Africa

There is an endless list of things to do in South Africa, but sometimes, when you’re after a laid back holiday, sightseeing is just something to do between meals. South Africa is fast becoming one of the world’s most sought after foodie destinations, offering fantastic quality, innovation, and diversity to travellers. Here are 10 of […]

Private ski chalet or luxury hotel? The pros and cons in a nutshell

Private ski chalet or luxury hotel? The pros and cons in a nutshell

On the face of it, let’s acknowledge that both options are rather good. Luxury status should afford you a high standard of accommodation, fine dining and excellent facilities at the very least. The differences start to show when it comes down to the service. The clue is in the title. A private ski chalet offers just […]

The Mayflower Grace opens in Washington, Connecticut

The Mayflower Grace opens in Washington, Connecticut

This month, Grace Hotels formally takes over the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Connecticut following an extensive refurbishment. The property, now named the Mayflower Grace is also introducing an impressive new dining restaurant – ‘Muse’ by highly acclaimed Grand Chef Relais & Château Jonathan Cartwright. Muse specialises in international food and wine, drawing on […]

History's home in Hanoi: the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

History’s home in Hanoi: the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

A sing-song “Bonjour Madame“caught me somewhat by surprise. This is Hanoi, Vietnam’s hectic capital, and the redolent heart of old French Indo-Chine.  And, I’m at the Metropole. Some 10 minutes later, I am wrapped up in a checked woolen blanket, drinking vin rouge by the swimming pool. Festive Christmas lights twinkle over-head.  The air is […]

Dog-lovers: top tips for your luxury British getaway

Dog-lovers: top tips for your luxury British getaway

There is nothing like enjoying the splendour of the English countryside with your four-legged companion by your side. However, sometimes it can be difficult for dog-lovers to know where to find luxury that both pet and owner can enjoy. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top must-have travel accessories and favourite dog-friendly boltholes […]

Rajasthan: a glimpse inside the glamorous Oberoi Rajvilas

Rajasthan: a glimpse inside the glamorous Oberoi Rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvilas makes for the perfect base in which to explore the exotic Indian city of Jaipur, and is arguably one of the finest resorts in Rajasthan. There are not many hotels in the world where check-in involves an elaborately painted elephant and fragrant shower of rose petals, but the Oberoi Rajvilas does not […]

Joglos in the jungle: Indonesia’s best kept secret

Joglos in the jungle: Indonesia’s best kept secret

I sit, poolside, high above the stupas and spiraling towers of Borobudur, set back on the dense, lush hillside, of this Javanese valley. Framed by volcanoes, distant mist, and undulating paddy fields: calm and spiritual silence descends. We’ve arrived, via Jakarta, to a place rich in history, drop-dead smoldering beauty and untold promise. And this is […]

Lowcountry luxury on Hilton Head Island

Lowcountry luxury on Hilton Head Island

Situated at the southernmost tip of South Carolina, the resort town of Hilton Head Island has long been a popular destination for those seeking a laid-back respite from the daily grind. Almost as intrinsic as the island’s southern hospitality is its atmosphere of luxury. Though subtle, high-end resorts, upscale restaurants and boutique shopping await vacationers […]

Floating hotel designed for Qatar World Cup

Floating hotel designed for Qatar World Cup

Finnish-based Sigge Architects have come up with a design for a floating hotel, with the aim of accommodating fans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Such a hotel could be moved to another coastal location after the competition, thus catering for other major events around the world. It would be fully location independent, complete with its […]

Suite of the week: Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa, Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Thailand

Suite of the week: Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa, Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Thailand

Suite name: Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa (V.702), Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa Location: Koh Samui, Thailand Size of accommodation: 766 sq m of indoor and outdoor living space over two levels Cost per night: from THB 58,700 to THB 188,200 depending on season (subject to 18.7% taxes and service charge) What makes it special: The Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa […]

The most astoundingly beautiful luxury hotel in Florence, Italy

The most astoundingly beautiful luxury hotel in Florence, Italy

Visitors to Florence don’t usually see its true architectural legacy as they wander the cobbled streets. That’s because so much of the city’s artistry and opulence remain discreet; tucked-away like long-held secrets behind unadorned walls of stucco and stone. Even a treasure like the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze blends so faultlessly with adjacent structures that […]

Experience the waterfalls of the Kimberley, Western Australia

Experience the waterfalls of the Kimberley, Western Australia

Western Australia’s Kimberley region has seen a spectacular amount of rainfall this wet season. To appreciate the waterfalls at their most majestic, the Berkeley River Lodge has released its ‘waterfall package’ for March and April. The lodge is the region’s newest remote luxury lodge, and the package includes four-nights’ accommodation in a luxury villa, return […]

5 of the most unique and luxurious resorts in the US

5 of the most unique and luxurious resorts in the US

You won’t believe the amazing options offered at the most unique resorts in the US. When it comes to priceless luxury travel, it doesn’t get better than fresh local-grown cuisine, your own private island, or better yet, the sight of the Aurora Borealis! There are many luxurious resorts throughout America, but there are only a […]

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