Category: Hotels

Luxury at the library

Luxury at the library

If your idea of luxury involves a good book, sumptuous surroundings and uninterrupted peace and quiet, you need to know about Gladstone’s Library. Sitting unassumingly in the picturesque village of Hawarden, Flintshire, the UK’s only residential library is a blissful hideaway for book lovers, writers, theologians and anyone needing to just simply just be. It’s
Enjoy a little luxury at Bulgaria's Pirin Mountain this Summer

Enjoy a little luxury at Bulgaria's Pirin Mountain this Summer

Are you tired of the noisy Summer resorts packed with tourists and no space for you to enjoy on your own? Are you looking for a more relaxing holiday, surrounded by pristine nature, fresh mountain air and crystal clear springs? Then look no further than Bulgaria’s beautiful Pirin Mountain… It turns out there’s a lot
3 new affordable luxury hotels in LA

3 new affordable luxury hotels in LA

Los Angeles has some exciting developments coming both this year and next. Among them will be the new, world class $1.7-billion Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX that opens this Summer and will solidify LA’s role as an international gateway.  Coupled with this, here we highlight three affordable luxury hotels that coming to the city. The
11 unforgettable dining experiences

11 unforgettable dining experiences

Something we always do on holiday is find a special place to dine and we’ve been jotting them down in Evernote for a long while now! Staying in a self-catering or a more basic boutique hotel away from the hum drum is quite a good way to save some pennies but still enjoy the finer
5 classic European hotels to visit before you die

5 classic European hotels to visit before you die

In modern times, glass and steel has become all the fashion. Soulless glass skyscraper hotels rise tall above the ground, cocooning the hotel guest to look out past the transparent facade and wish they were outside instead! Personally, I’m a sucker for classic hotels – palaces, castles, Renaissance and Art Noveau structures with opulent exteriors
The Best Things to Do in Zadar, Croatia

The Best Things to Do in Zadar, Croatia

We all enjoy a little luxury and if we can enjoy it without breaking the bank, then all the better.  So, if you’re looking for all the charm of Florence with equally excellent food, wine and café culture but with a  much lower price tag then the place for you to go this year is
Discover and explore Indonesia’s ‘Ring of Fire’

Discover and explore Indonesia’s ‘Ring of Fire’

Indonesia is a dynamic country that spans almost two million square kilometres across the equator between Asia and Australia and offers plenty of adventures and explorations to suit all travellers. Its more than hundred-twenty volcanoes throughout the chain of islands is why Indonesia has often been referred to as the “Ring of Fire”. From romantic
Oman - Muscat Chedi or Shangri-La Al Waha?

Oman - Muscat Chedi or Shangri-La Al Waha?

7 days in Oman in November – blissful memories of 2 very different 5* hotels! I’d thought before we went that this would be a less-balanced comparison having longed to go to The Chedi since Original Travel included it in their ‘Big Short Trip’ book, but actually there are great positives to both.  The Chedi
Underwater hotel in Dubai

Underwater hotel in Dubai

In Dubai it seems everything is possible and one of the latest projects is an underwater hotel known as the Water Discus Hotel. The hotel comprises two discs – an underwater and above-water one. This combination will allow guests to admire the depths of the ocean while making the most of the warm climate. The two
5 luxury retreats in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

5 luxury retreats in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

With the demand for luxury travel booming, and the development of several luxury hotel resorts over the last few years, the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign tourists visiting Peru. Ideally located for visiting nearby Inca archaeological sites of Pisac, Moray and Ollantaytambo, and just 2 hours from
Kouros Hotel & Suites, Mykonos

Kouros Hotel & Suites, Mykonos

With its exceptional Mykonian architecture, Kouros Hotel & Suites, located at the entrance of Mykonos Town, is nestled into the Tagoo’s beach rock that faces the sea and offers its guests an amazing Mykonos town view. You may find it difficult to choose between gazing the dreamy island sunset over Mykonos’ windmills from you Suites’
Plans for luxury hotel on artificial island off Barcelona, costing 1.5 billion euros

Plans for luxury hotel on artificial island off Barcelona, costing 1.5 billion euros

The US-based consortium Mobilona has applied for planning permission for an artificial island off Barcelona, complete with a 984ft ‘space hotel’ and equipped with the world’s first ‘zero gravity’ spa. Barcelona Island will require an initial investment of 1.5 billion euros and will come complete with a 2,000 room hotel, including a six-storey penthouse with an
3 days to see Singapore and 10 things to fit in

3 days to see Singapore and 10 things to fit in

I visited Singapore last February to latch on to the end of my husband being over there with work.  For the first 2 days I did next to nothing – jet lag and humidity were enough to deal with that – I just parked myself at “Privé” in Keppel Marina while my husband worked nearby. 
5 affordable luxury spa breaks in Cyprus

5 affordable luxury spa breaks in Cyprus

From stunning award-winning five-star beachfront hotels, to secluded agrotourism properties and holistic resorts within the island’s mountainous interiors, Cyprus offers the perfect location for an affordable luxury spa and wellbeing break. Wellness tourism continues to be a booming sector for Cyprus, with spas across the island offering the latest advances in beauty and therapeutic treatments
The ultimate hotel check-in, complete with 24-carat gold iPad

The ultimate hotel check-in, complete with 24-carat gold iPad

This was a tweet that certainly caught my eye this week: @BurjAlArab: “Today we launched exclusive 24 carat gold iPads, designed specifically for Burj Al Arab, for our in-house guests.”  Yes… that’s right… guests checking at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai are being treated to 24 carat gold iPads for the duration of the
Looking beyond star ratings for excellent, quality accommodation

Looking beyond star ratings for excellent, quality accommodation

“Stars are not a secure way to find the perfect hotel.” After reading this sentence in an American novel, uttered by a famous globetrotter, a smart travel agent would realise that the success of a good trip is the experience you have, and that stars are no longer a secure system to sleep in a