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Nice: The perfect place for exploring the French Riviera

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...

Moddershall Oaks is a family run spa retreat set in the idyllic Staffordshire countryside that oozes charm and sophistication with a chic romantic twist. It’s the perfect escapism for couples or friends...

Leading travel writer Kaspar Chambers enjoys the historic Fortaleza Hotel in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka. A walled city barely a kilometre wide and surrounded by sea on all sides, it’s easy to see how Galle...

Travel to Greece is synonymous with many things. Rich creamy feta cheese, pungent black olives, sweeping sandy beaches, azure blue seas… The Peloponnese is one of my favourite spots in Greece precisely...

The ultimate 5 star stay – bring the helicopter, sample Michelin-starred cuisine and lay back and enjoy a top class spa treatment. You won’t need to leave Lucknam Park. I took a trip in May...

The Mexican state Quintana Roo is perhaps best known as the home of the venerable tourist city of Cancun, which is revered for beautiful white  coral sand beaches, hot nightlife and everything in-between....

If there’s one city that manages to successfully capture the essence of Italy, it can only be Florence. Famed for Dante’s ‘Divinia Commedia’ – the first great work of Italian literature to...

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, doesn’t usually factor in many travellers’ wish-lists of cities to visit. But it should: less of a tourist trap than Bangkok, and without the ubiquitous gap-year...

Words: Jessica Henley ‘Not Times Square!’ was the first thing that my friends said when I told them I’d checked into a hotel in the heart of Manhattan, where it never gets dark due to the neon glow...

Palace Resorts is a company well-known for elevating the all-inclusive resort experience through five-star accommodations and amenities. These are standards that have been well-set through this esteemed...

Words by Sarah Finley In London, it’s rare to find a hotel that wows me. Most of the time I’m still aware that I’m in the busy capital and just a step away from the hustle and bustle of...

Apart from several other attractive things, what really sets Mumbai apart from other cities in India is it’s beautifully pristine beaches. Waves lashing across the sands are a sight that makes you believe...

If there were a Mediterranean island for the millennial Ibiza would be it and Sol Beach House would be the island’s hotel. With 277 rooms and suites each with sea view terraces, Sol Beach House is a...

Words by Daisy & Sally Megee Phuket can be many things. Endless, quiet tropical beaches as well as 24/7 parties. But, nestled in the North of the island is a tranquil paradise that I hadn’t heard...

Words by Francesca Lynagh When it comes to stylish, multi-story canal-houses, Amsterdam has no shortage of them. But step inside and not many will match the luxurious heights of Hotel Seven One Seven....

After weeks of sub-zero temperatures and a dusting of snow on the ground, mid-April finally saw the sunshine and the Mercury soar to 25C just in time for our weekend jaunt to Warwickshire and – more...

With white washed walls set against a striking azure ocean backdrop, Barceló Portinatx is an adult only haven concealed at the furthest most tip of Ibiza. A 30-minute drive away from the famous beach...

Mixing it up amongst the pirates, Nick Constance tastes the Sweet life in Bridgetown Barbados I’m not a lover of large, fancy hotels. I prefer discreet characterful ones, and luxury for me means good...

There’s a lot more to Spain than sun, sand and sangria, as writer Nilufer Atik discovered… Ask anyone which country they think is the most popular holiday destination among Britons and they’ll undoubtedly...

As summer approaches every year, my mind slides into beach mode. I’d always rather be parked in the sun than sat inside, Pimms in hand. My favourite type of weekend is one spend by the coast, ideally...

Words by Kris Griffiths The first thing that strikes you upon arrival at the four-star Frimley Hall Hotel is how the online photography of its stately frontage suggests that it is a sprawling country estate...

Words by Bindu Gopal Rao A holiday that gets you upfront with wildlife always ranks high on my priority simply because of the fact that this is when I feel most connected with nature. Naturally when I...

Leading travel writer Kasper Chambers travels to Sri Lanka to stay at the eco-hotel Jetwing Vil Uyana. One thing was clear from the outset: Vil Uyana is no ordinary luxury hotel. Nestled in the foothills...

Istanbul is clearly one of the world’s most fascinating cities. A melange of European, Arab, and Asian cultures and thousands of years at the crossroads of history have forged a destination without compare....

Words by Bindu Gopal Rao The Tamara Coorg in Karnataka redefines luxury with cottage-style villas built on stilts that overlook the verdant greens of the Western Ghats. Cocooned among 180 acres of a lush...

If you’ve visited Bristol before, then you may be familiar with the luxurious Berkeley Square Hotel. Just a stone’s throw from the city’s museum and art gallery and within easy walking distance of...

When it comes to rooms with incredible views, it doesn’t get much better than the breath-taking Hotel Palazzo Manfredi, in Rome. Located directly opposite the iconic and historic Colosseum monument,...

Fresh cool air, soft undulating green hills, and the most expensive coffee in the world – Luwak – makes Coorg a great destination. The drive to Coorg is extremely interesting, I soak in the...

The city of Bath is a wondrous place – rich in history, full of culture and endless eateries as well as host to some fine hotels in which to retire after enjoying all the city can offer. I am lucky...

Traditional ‘fly and flop’ holidays are being pushed aside as the popularity of active breaks continues to rise. Writer Nilufer Atik decided to try out Portugal’s latest fitness offering… Once...