Category: Special Features

Special feature: Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, UK (and Legoland Windsor!)

Special feature: Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, UK (and Legoland Windsor!)

Last week we stayed at the thousand year old Stoke Park estate in Buckinghamshire. The estate has an illustrious history with prestigious owners that have included Elizabeth I in the late 16th Century and the Penn family in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Thomas Penn, son of William Penn (who founded Pennsylvania) purchased […]

Special feature: Rutland Apartment, Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh, UK

Special feature: Rutland Apartment, Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh, UK

Last weekend we stayed at the Rutland Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh but not in one of their rooms; instead, we were just a short way down the road from the hotel in the beautiful Rutland Apartment which offers so much more than a hotel room.  We were warmly welcomed by Liz who made […]

Special feature: The Music Mill, Hathersage, Peak District, UK

Special feature: The Music Mill, Hathersage, Peak District, UK

Self-catering is often overlooked as a luxury option, in favour of hotels and resorts, but really it shouldn’t be.  Over the last decade, the bar has risen once again when it comes to the self-catering (aka vacation rental) sector, and we are just back from a very relaxing break in the Peak District, staying at […]

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Special feature: Activities at the Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi

After our visit to the Tanjung Rhu Resort, I wrote about the resort itself. What I omitted from that article was information about all the activities on offer, because there is just so much to do that it wasn’t possible to squeeze them all into the original article. You’ll see what I mean if you […]

Beach barbecue at the Tanjung Rhu Resort

Special feature: Dining at the Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi

We had a wonderful stay at the Tanjung Rhu Resort recently, and there was so much to write about I decided to do it over several articles. The first was a special feature about the resort itself. Now let’s look at the dining options. There are several restaurants at the resort: The Rhu – this […]

Sands Pool at the Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia

Special feature: Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia

We hadn’t been to Langkawi island before, although we’ve been to Malaysia many times. Langkawi is an amazing place and the Tanjung Rhu Resort is ideal for getting away from all the stresses of modern life. There are several ways to get to Langkawi. We tried two different methods of coming and going. First we […]

Special feature: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh, UK

Special feature: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh, UK

We have just returned from a very relaxing stay at The Chester Residence in Edinburgh, Scotland, where we stayed in a 2-bedroomed Mews Apartment (apartment 7/2 on Rothesay Place). The Chester Residence consists of 4 Georgian townhouses in a peaceful location and yet just a short walk from Edinburgh’s many attractions and shops. We arrived […]

Special feature: the BagPod

Special feature: the BagPod

Are you still wondering about what to get your wife or girlfriend who already has everything this Christmas? If so, then spare a thought for the BagPod which has been Highly Commended by the Giftware Association.  It’s the brainchild of Swedish born Marianne Sparrenius-Waters of RedDog Design Ltd., based in Abergavenny, Wales, UK. It’s essentially a […]

Exterior of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Airport

Special feature: Crowne Plaza, Changi Airport, Singapore

Why would anyone want to stay at an airport hotel? Prior to having the pleasure of staying at the Crowne Plaza at Changi Airport, the only answer to that question which I could have come up with would have been “convenience”. Sometimes you’ll stay at an airport hotel just to be handy for moving on […]

The Wangz Hotel in Singapore

Special feature: Wangz Hotel, Singapore

The Wangz Hotel, 231 Outram Road, Singapore is an amazing new boutique hotel and quite different from anywhere I’ve ever stayed before. I highly recommend it! Let me tell you why. This barrel-shaped building is noticeable from a distance in its urban oasis in the heritage area of Tiong Bahru. There are 41 guest rooms, […]

Special feature: The Lawrance, Harrogate, UK

Special feature: The Lawrance, Harrogate, UK

At the weekend, we stayed in a serviced apartment courtesy of The Lawrance. The Lawrance offers serviced apartments at three locations in the spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire: Kings House, Duchy House and York Road. We stayed at Duchy House D, a first floor, two-bedroomed apartment, on Duchy Road. Arriving on the Friday […]

Special feature: Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Greeted with refreshing fruit juice on our arrival at reception at the Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, we made our way to the Club Level 5th floor where we had a family room for the duration of our stay.  This is a relatively new hotel having officially opened in April 2005; it has 284 […]

Special feature: Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Siam Park is Tenerife’s latest attraction.  From the same people behind the highly successful Loro Parque on the north of the island, it is a spectacular waterpark that was opened in September 2008 and that can be found on the south of the island, just outside Costa Adeje.  Siam Park has a large artifical beach […]

Special feature: Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

A stone’s throw from the upmarket shopping precinct of Plaza del Duque, the five star  Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia is well positioned on the south of the island of Tenerife – close to the beach and good quality shops, yet sufficiently far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Playa de las Americas.  This […]

Special feature: Sea Sand Sun Resort and Spa, Pattaya

Special feature: Sea Sand Sun Resort and Spa, Pattaya

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Sea Sand Sun, a luxury resort and spa near Pattaya. Did I say “luxury”? That’s an understatement! This place is superbly luxurious. If I could write this review in one word, that word would be WOW! But you luxury travellers are going to want a bit […]

Special feature: Shanghai Tang iPod/iPhone app

Special feature: Shanghai Tang iPod/iPhone app

For those who aren’t already familiar, Shanghai Tang is a leading luxury lifestyle brand emerging from China, offering everything from luxury apparel for men, women and children, as well as accessories and homeware. And now, if you own an iPod Touch or iPhone, you can enjoy their latest collection courtesy of their free ‘City Chic’ […]