Shilpa Ganatra

Shilpa Ganatra

The Merrion, Dublin, Ireland: hotel review

That The Merrion Hotel houses Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland’s only two-star Michelin restaurant, says plenty about its character and reputation. Forget gimmicky quirks and trending changes, this place is known for being as traditional as 18th century townhouses get, and super fancy with it. Following the likes of Barack and...

Sharjah

9 fantastic things to do in Sharjah, UAE

Closer to Dubai Airport than the famous tourist strip of Jumeriah Beach, Sharjah is the UAE’s third largest emirate. It might not be as well-known just yet, but here, the glitz and excesses of its neighbour are resisted in favour of Islamic heritage and tradition. As we found out on...

Isla Contoy

First look: TRS Coral Hotel, Costa Mujeres, Mexico

Like a moth to a flame, it’s too easy to land in Cancun and head straight to the Hotel Zone: the island-strip of man-made beach for identikit all-inclusive hotels that promise beach, sun and booze. It is, literally, where the party’s at. But that’s a disservice to everything else along...

Seven things to do in St Lucia (apart from the beach)

Hello, start of January. This first day back to work is a guaranteed drag after two weeks of full-throttle decadence, and a month of parties leading up to it. You know what makes that better? Thinking about all the dreamy possibilities of travel in 2019. Right about now, some sun,...

Six travel trends for 2019

In 2018, Georgia and Sri Lanka were the buzzworthy places to be, and my, weren’t hotels clamouring to upgrade their restaurant experiences. In London, we also noticed a weakening of the ‘Trump slump’ – meaning we began to creep back to the States again – and activity holidays were more...

The Devlin, Ranelagh, Dublin: hotel review

What timing, that as Dublin’s accommodation shortage rolls on and keeps hotel prices in the city centre high, the leafy neighbourhood of Ranelagh has found its own centre of gravity. It has a vibe similar to Notting Hill, with some of Dublin’s better restaurants and bars and a young, slightly-posh...

On the vegetarian tapas trail in Madrid

It’s no secret that Spanish cuisine is a key reason it’s the UK’s number one destination. Yes, there’s the beaches and weather too, but the tradition of nibbling on a tableful of tapas washed down with a glass (or two) of sangria is a big part of the lovely, lasting...

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