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Hotel Review: Oak House No.1, Tetbury in the Cotswolds

For all its iconic British beauty, the Cotswolds isn’t really the type of place to visit if you want to be surprised. You go to admire its unique upmarket-yet-pastoral appeal – honey-coloured cottages,...

As I spiral (far too rapidly for my liking) towards my 30th birthday, I’m frantically attempting to tick things off of my bucket list. And it dawned on me that, despite considering myself well-travelled,...

Words by Priya Joshi The strains of the theme tune to the Godfather drift on the air against the setting sun. It could only be Sicily. But the Club Med luxury resort is a world away from the drama of the...

For the hotel that is named for royalty (les trois rois= the three kings) – and has hosted some too – the five star Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel is the epitome of luxury. With palatial interiors,...

At Sula Vineyards, India’s number one winery and largest wine producer in the country, there is so much to do that it makes for a holiday like no other. Travel writer Bindu Gopal Rao checks in to...

Leading travel and food writer Smita Iyengar wallows in regal opulence laid out in pristinely alluring environs of one of India’s finest, bespoke contemporary luxury hospitality addresses. UNIQUE IDENTITY Set...

If your idea of a good vacation involves water as the prime attraction, then Marina del Rey is for you. Billed as Los Angeles’ “coastal playground,” this city boasts water activities abounding year-round....

It’s official – the Swiss are good at everything. We sent Pippa Park to one of Europe’s finest medical spas to discover the art of relaxation… Sometimes you just need to run away and recharge your...

If you’re visiting Vienna and consider yourself an adventurous, independent traveller – who also just happens to enjoy the finer things in life – then staying in one of the city’s many five-star...

Amsterdam, the city of bicycles, canals, museums, boats and so much more. Despite what captures many people’s attention when you mention an upcoming visit to the city, it’s not all about the red light...

In a world where we’ve become resigned to steadily getting less and less in return for what we pay (‘budget’ airlines, ‘small plates’ in restaurants, ‘self service’...

Words by Kris Griffiths While London is blessed with several prestigious, high-end hotels, from The Ritz on Piccadilly to The Savoy on Strand, there’s something about Mayfair that just dials up the...

Tongsai Bay has been included in the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of The World’ collection for over twenty years and the moment you step out of the chauffer driven car that meets you at the island’s tiny...

If you looked up the definition of a wellness retreat in a dictionary there would probably be a small, unassuming photo of Lifehouse Spa in Essex. As you approach along the long drive, the large black...

Words by Codelia Mantsebo Cugo Gran perfectly captures the serene style of the idyllic countryside of Menorca. Providing a sublime experience against a backdrop of immaculately manicured gardens, azure...

As the Catalan capital, Barcelona draws millions of visitors to its historic streets every year, and it’s easy to see why: with iconic architecture, sun-soaked beaches, bustling markets and a raucous...

My recent trip to Delhi on invite by Nitesh Gandhi-General Manager of the popular hotel JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity was a memorable one in many ways. This beautifully designed property is strategically...

When a trip to Portugal springs to mind, often the first thought is a seaside trip to the Algarve, or a whirlwind weekend in the vibrant capital of Lisbon. But Porto, a coastal city in the northwest of...

They say that first impressions are everything, so when our taxi pulled up outside an unassuming building down a quiet side street in Rome’s historic centre, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. With...

Carbis Bay is a tree lined cove with a perfect sandy beach and unrestricted views of St.Ives harbour and Gwithian sands. On a glorious summer’s day, it’s hard not to mistake this peaceful spot for...

Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital is popular with locals and tourists alike for its charm and royal palaces, and is an ideal destination for weddings. I had heard a lot about the beauty of the brand new JW...

Situated amongst 200 acres of vineyards, Chateau St Pierre de Serjac is beautifully conceived with opulent interiors, sweeping bands of fragrant lavender, a sparkling 30 metre swimming pool, sumptuous...

Recently I was invited to the 100th Marriott hotel in the country – the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center in the multinational information technology hub of Bengaluru....

Words by Eve Glover Bardessono is an award-winning hotel and spa in Napa Valley, and pioneer of a new modernity. Going “deep green” to protect the environment, while simultaneously offering luxurious...

On the perimeter of Suffolk, close to the A12, Kesgrave Hall presents the perfect place for a weekend retreat standing in 38 acres of parkland. After our recent wedding, my husband and I were looking...

Vienna is known for its imperial palaces and baroque grandeur, and this regal Austrian capital is rightly considered one of the most cultural cities in the world. Famous for an unrivalled arts and music...

It’s not often you find a little piece of paradise that remains hidden away from the world. Well you haven’t found Dreams Tulum… yet. This five-star, luxurious beach resort in Tulum, Mexico, is extra-ordinary...

Words by Sally Meeson When you think of an airport hotel you picture basic facilities and practical necessities to take the pain out of a early flight. You don’t imagine fine dining, relaxing spas…...

Words by Peter Brooker The Marina Mandarin is a 5-star hotel firmly fixed in the heart of Singapore. Not to be confused with the Mandarin Oriental, where Google insists on directing you. ‘Are you...

Words by Sally Meeson I’m walking onto my hotel room balcony. It’s 8am in the morning, the temperature’s already 25 degrees and a vast expanse of Mediterranean blue sea spreads before...

A dilapidated Chateau on the outskirts of Prague needed two valiant souls to convert it into an award winning hotel, spa and forest retreat. Nick Constance heads to Bohemia. Raise a glass to the epic endeavours...

We all know the Cornish coastline is a place worth travelling for, and not just because we might catch a glimpse of a shirtless Aidan Turner taking on his role as the rugged Poldark, no, this (almost)...

Travel writer Leanne Kelsall searches out the top hotels and restaurants in the Lake District to give the ultimate guide to lapping up luxury in The Lakes. The Lake District is one of the UK’s most idyllic...

Deciding on a honeymoon destination is an arduous task. When I first told people that my husband and I had booked to go to Corfu, I received mixed reactions. Areas of stunning natural beauty surround the...

Words by Sally Meeson When our hectic lifestyles leave us feeling exhausted, unhealthy and generally out of balance, escaping to somewhere sunny for a bit of TLC sounds like the dream. But with so much...

Tucked away in a corner of the Praça do Município, one of Lisbon’s gleaming marble squares, is the AlmaLusa Baixa Chiado hotel. Located next to the city’s bohemian beating heart, Bairro Alto, the...

I’m not sure if there is a better compliment to a hotel (or inn in this case!) than its guests wanting to, firstly, not leave and, secondly, wishing they could return the very next weekend. I can’t...

Words by Sara Darling Visiting Madrid is like visiting any European capital city. Spacious boulevards, expansive manicured parks, and neo classical facades which exaggerate the humility of the patrons. However,...

Bangalore is one of my favourite cities in India and one that I travel to often for work and pleasure both. Even though I have stayed in most of the better hotels in Bangalore, recently I enjoyed a delightfully...

Words by Grahame Anderson There’s nothing more reassuring than the welcome and warmth offered from Old Father Thames in one of the world’s prominent cultural hubs. Just like the Mona Lisa...

Words by Kris Griffiths There’s nothing like a wide gravel driveway lined with imposing trees to give you a real sense of arrival at a hotel venue, and when that venue is a grade II listed manor house...