Category: Special Features

Special feature: Hilton Evian-les-Bains, France

Special feature: Hilton Evian-les-Bains, France

The Hilton Evian-les-Bains is a new  hotel, having opened in July 2006.   We had the pleasure of being one of its first guests, visiting at the back-end of the year.  The moment you step inside this hotel, you are immediately struck by the spaciousness of the public areas, and by the eye-catching  reception with […]

Special feature: Fisherman's Retreat, Seahouses, England

Special feature: Fisherman’s Retreat, Seahouses, England

Last year  we stayed at Coastal Retreats‘ five-star self-catering Fisherman’s Retreat in Seahouses in Northumberland  in the north-east of England. This traditional coastal hideaway is a 17th Century grain store in the oldest part of Seahouses, a traditional British seaside town famed for its picturesque harbour and fish and chips restaurants. The property can sleep […]

Special feature: Evian Royal Resort, Evian, France

Special feature: Evian Royal Resort, Evian, France

It’s hard to know where to start with the Evian Royal Resort. Within the resort there are two hotels (the Evian Royal Palace and the Evian Royal Ermitage), with two spas (the Evian Royal Spa and the Spa Maison respectively), the Grange au Lac auditorium, the Evian Royal Kids Resort, a rose garden, a vegetable […]

Special feature: Parkhotel Delta, Ascona, Switzerland

Special feature: Parkhotel Delta, Ascona, Switzerland

During the summer we spent 9 enjoyable days at the five-star  Parkhotel Delta in the Ticino region of Switzerland.   Owned by Barbara Ambrosoli, the hotel is managed by Thomas Steiner who is no stranger to the luxury hotel industry, with previous experience at  Austria’s Grand Park Hotel Bad Hofgastein  and  Hotel Gasthof Post Lech, […]

Special feature: The Big Black Book

Special feature: The Big Black Book

The good people at Esquire have sent me a copy of their  latest product, The Big Black Book.   Billed as ‘the style manual for successful men’ (ahhhhh… so that’s why they sent me a copy – joke!), this book-come-magazine is full of all manner of snippets of useful information.   Complete with a short […]

Special feature: Haagsche Suites, The Hague, Netherlands

Special feature: Haagsche Suites, The Hague, Netherlands

We  returned from a thoroughly  enjoyable  trip to The Hague in the Netherlands yesterday, having stayed at Haagsche Suites  which is  superbly  located midway between the centre and the impressive Scheveningen beaches and harbour. Originally built in 1890, the now owners Guido and Irene van den Elshout bought the property in the 1990s and spent […]

Special feature: The Luxury Travel Fair

Special feature: The Luxury Travel Fair

I am sitting on a train out of London having just attended The Luxury Travel Fair at Olympia, the first event of its kind in the UK. Presented by Condé Nast Traveller in conjunction with British Airways, the fair included over 150 exhibition stands, a question and answer session with BBC World Affairs Editor John […]

Special feature: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio in the Italian Lakes

Special feature: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio in the Italian Lakes

When you see a lone,  bright red Ferrari parked outside, you kind of already know that you have reached somewhere that’s likely to be grand and palatial. The entrance to the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni was in full bloom  when we arrived  in the  sleepy-but-romantic town of Bellagio earlier this month, and the interior lived […]

Special feature: Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano, Italy

Special feature: Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano, Italy

I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the exclusive and historically-unique  Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano  earlier this month.  This member of  the Dorchester Group is one of just two Milanese hotels that make it into the Condé Nast  top 700 hotels in the world. Occupying a great location on Piazza della Repubblica, it is  just […]

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

I recently returned from four relaxing nights at the Aviemore Highland Resort in Aviemore. (Only last month it served as the venue for the Scottish Labour Party Conference, attended by Prime Minister Tony Blair.) There are four hotels on the resort, two of which are four-star.   We stayed in the Craigellachie Suite of the […]

Special feature: Orient-Express Gift Certificates

Special feature: Orient-Express Gift Certificates

Orient-Express  offer a wide choice of options  to help you select the perfect gift,  whether it be  a journey aboard the Orient-Express, the ultimate dining experience  or a spa treatment at one of their luxurious hotels.      Gift certificates can also be purchased which is available for any journey aboard their trains and cruises, […]

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

I  stayed at  Barton Grange Hotel at the weekend, arguably the best hotel in Preston, Lancashire (UK). Easily accessible from Junction 32 of the M6 motorway, the hotel is just 2 miles from the junction, in the direction of Garstang. It’s an easy place to while away the weekend with ample facilities, good food and, […]

Special feature: Grumeti River Camp, Tanzania

Special feature: Grumeti River Camp, Tanzania

CC Africa’s Grumeti River Camp is located on the banks of the Grumeti River in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.   Although there is the opportunity to travel on a rather bumpy road, most guests arrive by plane courtesy of Regional Air, landing on a make-shift airstrip (read: flat stretch of grass).   As […]