Gran Melia Tenerife – the boutique Red Level

When I think about a holiday to Tenerife, the first thoughts that spring to mind are not – peaceful, luxury, relaxing and boutique. Yet at the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora this does indeed exist, within its rarified, adults only ‘Red Level’.

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The 5 Best Spa Hotels in the French Alps

Year after year the French Alps attracts thousands of tourists, each more eager than the last to carve their path through the reliably thick snow that coats the remarkable mountain range. Luxury ski resorts such as Serre Chevalier, Courchevel and Megève guarantee a...

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Review: Gar Anat Hotel Boutique, Granada

Granada, university city, home to the incredible Alhambra and the lovely Moorish Albaycin district finds The Gar Anat Hotel Boutique well-located between the city centre and the gorgeous old town. A small 17th century palace once offering shelter to the peregrines or...

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Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London is perfectly placed for a luxe London break with top sights nearby, sumptuous rooms, excellent dining and exquisite spa…

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The Lugger Hotel – A Rural Cornish Idyll

The Lugger has been enjoying rave reviews from The Sunday Times and Conde Nast so I was thrilled to stumble across the property when I was researching a winter trip to Cornwall. The Lugger Hotel , Cornwall Tucked away in the tiny fishing village of Portloe in a former...

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Safari adventures on the breath-taking Island of Sri Lanka

Jaw-dropping scenery and some of the world’s rarest and most majestic wildlife make Sri Lanka a unique safari experience. To make your time in this inimitable country truly unforgettable why not combine a safari holiday with time on the beach by renting your very own luxury beachfront villa from Dynamic Lives.

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Nilaya Hermitage, Goa

Nilaya, meaning abode in blue or simply heaven in Sanskrit, is a secluded and unique, luxury, boutique hotel in Goa surrounded by nature. The perfect hideaway and antidote to our hectic, modern lifestyles.

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Inspira Santa Marta: eco-chic hotel in the heart of Lisbon

Lisbon is a fabulous city to visit for a shortbreak, as I recently discovered for myself, and being further south than most European cities, the mild weather makes it an excellent choice for an out of season escape. I’d never been before and while I was eager to explore the city, my main reason for being there was to learn about the sustainability and corporate responsibility policies of a very special hotel, the Inspira Santa Marta.

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Step back in time at the Casablanca Hotel Times Square

The Casablanca Hotel Times Square is a member of the exclusive Library Hotel Collection. Like its sister hotels in Manhattan, it ranks among the most popular hotels in NYC. Inspired by the romance of the film, Casablanca, the hotels ambiance is often called an oasis by guests seeking a serene escape from the adjacent Times Square Broadway Theatre District.

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Romance and luxury in the rose gardens of Prague Castle

Our latest ‘Hotel of the Month’ is the unique Golden Well Hotel in Prague, a quiet 16th Century hideaway set in the romantic rose garden of Prague Castle with a stunning terrace restaurant looking out across the roof tops and spires of this historic city.

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Traditional charm and modern luxury in southern Italy

Our featurted hotel of the month is Masseria Torre Maizz, a former Puglian watch tower and working farm converted into a luxury 5 star hotel. We love the combination of traditional character and modern luxury in such an idyllic setting surrounded by orchards and vineyards. In addition the hotel has its own golf course set amongst ancient olive trees and the stunning Coccaro Beach Club.

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The unique and historic Mercer Hotel Barcelona, Spain

Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and with just 28 rooms, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona is a unique establishment in a restored heritage building of tremendous historical value to the city. Parts of the building dates back to the 1st century AD, including a portion of the Roman wall of ancient Barcino, whilst other parts date back to the middle ages.

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The ultimate in relaxation with a wellness river cruise along the Danube

For many a holiday is a chance to relax and unwind, stepping away from the stresses of modern life to enjoy a week or two of peace. A river cruise is the ideal time to give yourself a chance to recuperate and have everything taken care of for you – including meals, drinks, flights and transfers. So why not indulge in the ultimate relaxation experience and choose a river cruise with a real ‘feel good factor’?

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Pampering and relaxation at the Solent Spa, Hampshire

Right from the moment I wrapped myself up in the soft, white, fluffy robe I felt pampered. I was at the Solent Hotel in Hampshire on the south coast of England, for a morning of relaxation. Opening out on to a small meadow and woodland, the spa is a wonderful place to unwind, particularly on a sunny day.

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Sustainability in Tanzania Part 2 – Tembo Kijani EcoLodge

Waking up to the soft sound of the waves, singing birds and the rustling of the palm trees. Looking out the window to see monkeys and the most beautiful butterflies passing by. Getting away from it all, forgetting about such things as the time or the date, simply relaxing, surrounded by nature – this is what the Tembo Kijani EcoLodge offer their guests.

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From a cave hotel in Turkey to the ultimate in luxury in St Moritz

We all love a bit of luxury, but there is so much more to making a hotel really memorable. I recently asked 5 well-respected travel bloggers what were their favourite luxury, boutique or eco chic hotels. They replied with a very interesting mix, from the ultimate in luxury to something a little more unusual.

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5 favourite eco-chic holiday homes

Holidaying in a ‘green’ way used to mean camping in a field surrounded by cow manure. How times have changed! The emergence of eco-chic holiday homes means that now you can play your part, respecting the planet, whilst relaxing in comfortable or even luxurious surroundings. Here’s five of our favourites…

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