Author Archive for Michael Edwards

Short stay: Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, LLandudno, North Wales, UK

Short stay: Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, LLandudno, North Wales, UK

If ever there is a Welsh version of Downton Abbey, then spectacular Bodysgallen Hall and Spa would be a perfect venue.
Short stay: Hotel Indigo Chester, Chester, UK

Short stay: Hotel Indigo Chester, Chester, UK

Opened in 2019, the new build Hotel Indigo Chester, celebrates the city’s long history. Artwork displayed on the walls, connects a contemporary hotel to Chester’s long history dating back nearly two millennia to the Roman occupation. The hotel also focuses on the city’s heritage as a racing venue too. For the Romans, Chester was a
Short stay: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, Sabie Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Wiltuin, South Africa

Short stay: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, Sabie Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Wiltuin, South Africa

Earth Lodge, as organic as it sounds, is Sabi Sabi’s vision of the future of the safari lodge.
Short stay: Mantis No 5, Boutique Art Hotel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Short stay: Mantis No 5, Boutique Art Hotel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Is it an art gallery? A stylish tribute to Art Deco architecture and sophisticated interiors? An elegant paean to the Jazz Age? Or a warmly welcoming seven suite boutique hotel?
Short stay: Sabi Sabi Selati Lodge, Sabie Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Wiltuin, South Africa

Short stay: Sabi Sabi Selati Lodge, Sabie Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Wiltuin, South Africa

Thatched with savannah grass, lantern-lit Sabi Sabi Selati Camp provides old-school luxury. Decanters of sherry, hot-water bottles and impeccable service pay nostalgic homage to yesteryear’s safaris.
Short stay: Mantis Founders Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Mantis Founders Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Two rhinos, sculpted from waste oil drums, stand by the entrance to Mantis Founders Lodge. The pair are symbols of both the progress made saving rhino and future ambitions for the species at the birthplace of Eastern Cape conservation. Those sculptures are also a symbol of Mantis properties’ eco-commitments. After all, the acronym stands for
Short stay: Hotel Indigo Bath, Somerset, UK

Short stay: Hotel Indigo Bath, Somerset, UK

Hotel Indigo Bath constantly reminds guests that they are staying in a city whose elegant pedigree stretches back into history.
CroisiEurope's Loire river cruise, France

CroisiEurope's Loire river cruise, France

Beginning in Nantes, the chic capital of the Loire-Atlantic region, CroisiEurope’s Loire Princess is the only river cruiser on France’s longest river.
Short stay: Ocean Drive Hotel, Madrid, Spain

Short stay: Ocean Drive Hotel, Madrid, Spain

Ocean Drive Madrid is within walking distance of most of Madrid’s top experiences and sights.
Short stay: De Vere Wokefield Estate, Berkshire, UK

Short stay: De Vere Wokefield Estate, Berkshire, UK

This 250 acre estate marks the point where rural leafy Royal Berkshire slides towards the green pastures of Hampshire.
Short stay: Indigo Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

Short stay: Indigo Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

There is no doubting that this is Shakespeare country. The half-timbered, mullion-windowed Indigo Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon, leans out over Chapel Street, as it has for centuries.
CroisiEurope's Charming Provence cruise, France

CroisiEurope's Charming Provence cruise, France

For six nights and seven days, the 22 berth MS Anne-Marie, a luxurious hotel barge, departs from Arles into the rivers and canal that run through Europe’s largest delta.
Short stay: De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Short stay: De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Our review of De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK
7 reasons to visit Porto, Portugal

7 reasons to visit Porto, Portugal

North of Lisbon and south of the Spanish border, Porto is Portugal’s second city in the green north.
Where to eat at Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

Where to eat at Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

13 restaurants can be found at Quinta do Lago. Here's our guide on where to eat.
Short stay: Magnolia Hotel, Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

Short stay: Magnolia Hotel, Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

Step back into 1950s Miami glamour at the Magnolia Hotel. Where it is easy to imagine Audrey Hepburn and Rock Hudson skipping through the neon time-warp of pastel pinks and turquoise hues. Tall palms vie with the Magnolia’s neon sign of an elegant swim-capped diver. Miami comes to the Algarve on the fringe of Quinta