Category: Hotels

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

We have just returned from Ireland where we spent the week at the five star Sheen Falls Lodge hotel on the outskirts of Kenmare, County Kerry. Rather than staying in the hotel itself, we were in one of the hotel’s ‘villa rental’ properties, known as Little Hay Cottage. This thatched, two-bedroomed property gives you the […]

5 great places to stay, close to UNESCO World Heritage sites

5 great places to stay, close to UNESCO World Heritage sites

Stay at some of the finest hotels in the world and visit captivating places, recognised by the World Heritage Organization for their natural or cultural importance. Explore the wilderness, uncover historic ruins and discover glorious buildings with captivating architecture – all sources of life and inspiration and all irreplaceable. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, Saint […]

Top 5 haunted stays this Halloween

Top 5 haunted stays this Halloween

Like a bit of ghoul with your glamour? Or perhaps you prefer your comfort with a side of creepy? Then you’ll love a stay in one of these reputedly haunted properties this Halloween season; luxurious by day, chilling by night… for some potentially spooky surprises, here are our top five suggestions. Angleterre Hotel, St Petersburg, […]

Holiday like royalty in Europe

Holiday like royalty in Europe

Location is everything. So if you want to enjoy the royal lifestyle why not start by choosing the right spot. We don’t think it gets any better than staying in a palace formerly owned by a prince.  Perched high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Cote d’Azur is the very regal Château Eza. Now transformed into a […]

Photograph of the week: Lebua at State Tower

Photograph of the week: Lebua at State Tower

lebua at State Tower is known for its golden dome with its fantastic view, fine dine cuisine and luxury accommodation. It became especially famous after the launch of the well known film “The Hangover Part II”  and now is a ‘must see, must stop’ destination when visiting Bangkok, Thailand. The image below was taken during Jon Raho’s first […]

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

There’s a new social hotel booking site on the scene that’s well worth a look.  TravelPony was launched just a few months ago and offers a new way to search for hotel deals.  Competitive pricing is the order of the day here and rates can be anything between 10%-70% below those of the major travel […]

Top 10 luxury hotels in the Maldives

Top 10 luxury hotels in the Maldives

The Maldives is one of those picture-perfect destinations that are completely true to the pictures on the front of the postcards. The extremely high standard of its luxury hotels and the spectacular diving aside, it’s hard to find a destination to rival its display of sharp and intense colour – the iridescent turquoise waters, the […]

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Hopping on a jet to Barcelona at the spur of the moment during the height of tourist season is not a smart move. I did it anyway, and my first 48 hours in town could inspire a whole book of travel “don’ts”. Yet even dumb choices can have wonderful outcomes. In this case, leaping before […]

10 reasons your next trip abroad should include Berlin

10 reasons your next trip abroad should include Berlin

For many years Berlin was not thought of as a worthwhile luxury destination. Who wanted to visit a city with a big ugly wall through it and an unstable political and military situation? But in the last 23 years Berlin has gone through a radical and remarkable transformation. I constantly hear from people visiting Berlin […]

A stay at the Carlton Hotel, New York

A stay at the Carlton Hotel, New York

Good hotels are a dime-a-dozen in Manhattan, so an establishment needs real pizzazz to stand out. For me, The Carlton is one of those hotels that outshines its competitiors, and it does so by virtue of its superb location – bang in the middle of Madison Avenue – and its supremely comfy beds (more on […]

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

In less than four hours you could be living the idyllic British sporting life. In less than four hours, a sleek train could whisk you from the bustle of central London to the quiet green banks of the crystal clear River Tweed, where the only sounds are the swish of your salmon line and the […]

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

Larry King’s done it. Emeril Lagasse’s done it. Even Oprah’s done it.  Now it was my son’s turn.  The elevator doors open, and a parade of ducks march out. My five year old walks the red carpet behind them. His chest is puffed; his stride is confident. Being an Honorary Duckmaster for the famous Peabody […]

Day 6 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Mahendranagar to New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Day 6 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Mahendranagar to New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Once again we’re up early and away. There’s more than 300 kilometres to cover today in order for us to reach Delhi but, with a border crossing, some rough roads and the onslaught of Delhi to contend with, we need time to be on our side. Our trip leader Hans has already done a lot […]

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Whether you’re planning a once in a lifetime honeymoon trip to Europe or are a celebrity and only the best will do for you and your entourage, you’ll want not just a 5-star hotel in a great location, but a suite, preferably one with a fantastic view. Here are my picks for the best luxury […]

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

October is a great month for visiting Mallorca – particularly if you’re a foodie. There’s lots of room on the beaches, the sea is warm, the island is lush and green, and there are two upcoming events that could tempt you to book a last minute short break on the Spanish island, which remains mainly […]

A peek inside the luxurious Leela Palace New Delhi

A peek inside the luxurious Leela Palace New Delhi

The Leela Palace New Delhi is located in the heart of Delhi’s prestigious Diplomatic Enclave, and is arguably the most luxurious hotel in town. The palace offers truly shameless opulence on a grand scale, with 260 spacious rooms and suites equipped with ultramodern technology. The palace is a fusion of European architecture and Lutyen’s Delhi, with […]

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