Hotel review: Sea Breeze Beach House, Barbados

Waking up to the sound of waves sloshing against the shore during winter is almost the exact opposite of a pre-work February morning in the Blighty. No tip-toeing across icy laminate floors or trying to dry yourself on a damp towel. Winters in Barbados, as you’d expect, are made up of sunshine, ocean views, long breakfasts, cerulean skies and plenty of TLC.   From December to February, the weather in Barbados averages around 29 degrees, making it the ideal spot for...

London escapes in under an hour: The Grove, Hertfordshire

2018 was a great year for travel for my partner and I – we were lucky enough to spend time in Thailand, Corsica and Mykonos. This year we’re going to be more time-poor, so we have set ourselves the challenge of finding the best London escapes in under an hour. January’s choice was The Grove, a 215-room country mansion set in a 300-acre estate in Hertfordshire; my other half, who works in films, already knew of it as it is...

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 the Yucatan peninsula. Instead, my base for most of the stay is TRS Coral, an impressive new five-star hotel just north of Cancun. It’s found in the Costa Mujeres region,...

Hotel review: Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa, Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius

If Mauritius conjures up images of bathwater blue seas, clear skies and balmy, palm tree-filled days…well, you’d be right. The better news is that it’s no longer viewed as a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon destination. Early on in my visit, not realising this, I made the mistake of asking a chatty couple if they were on honeymoon, only to get a wall of awkwardness in return. So to repeat, Mauritius’s beautiful weather, luscious green interiors and beautiful beaches are open to all....

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 local crowd frequenting them – and now it has a hotel. It’s surprising that The Devlin is the first one in the area, but it’s worth the wait. Fitting in...

The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath: hotel review

Bath is an always-popular spot for a weekend break or an extended staycation, but we’ve just experienced another reason to visit the spa town: the Gainsborough. It’s the only hotel in the UK to use local mineral waters in its hotel spa, its five-star service is up there with the UK’s highest, and it’s a well-located sanctuary for exploring the town. For couples and groups who can’t quite agree on what to do with a night or two away, the...

ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad, India: hotel review

In the centre of the expansive country of India, is a city coming into its own. Over the last 15 years, Hyderabad has turned from a cluster of traditional villages centred around the historic Golconda Fort and Charminar Mosque, to India’s buzzing new Silicon Valley with the likes of Facebook, Apple and Google’s Indian HQs in its midst. These shades of old and new India blend beautifully into each other, and it’s no surprise to see Hyderabad excel in modernity...

Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa, Barnby Moor: hotel review

By Maggie Majstrova As we rattle through the English countryside in a rather crowded train carriage, I’m struck by the number of weekend trip destinations afforded to my fellow Londoners by the UK’s extensive rail network. Having spent most of my life in the capital, I suspect I haven’t explored the rest of the country nearly as much as it deserves. Well, now’s a good a time as any. Located in the rural village of Barnby Moor on the border...

Hotel review: Radisson RED, Glasgow

Shilpa Ganatra takes a trip up north to check out the UK's very first Radisson RED The vibe Radisson RED is the contemporary boutique arm of the brand, and as it’s well-received in its other five locations across the globe – we went to the Brussels location for its Christmas markets – it’s finally received its first UK version. Stepping in on a mild autumn day, it has all the vibe of a slick bar: think pumping music, wrought-iron fittings...

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