Hotel Review: Caramel Boutique Resort, Crete, Greece

Location: On the longest beach in Crete, and a short distance away from Rethymno’s Venetian harbour. Rooms: 69 villas and suites with accommodations options for singles, couples and up to 10 people. Amenities: A large centerpiece seawater pool, two restaurants, the option to dine at any of the other three Grecotel hotels on the island […]

Hotel Review: The Shangri-La at The Shard, London

There are a number of hotels in this city that will always have a special place in my heart. The Shard, however, has firmly established itself as my favourite. It is by no means perfect: there’s the small matter of many guests being able to see directly into parts of their neighbour’s rooms

Trip Notes: Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, today unveiled a plaque at St Pancras International station to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the launch of international high speed rail services between the UK and mainland Europe.

Hotel Review: Rosewood London

Occupying an Edwardian Belle Epoque building erected in 1914, The Rosewood London is both the city’s and Europe’s only offering by the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts collection. It opened in October last year after an 85-million development of what used to be the headquarters of a bank. I loved this hotel. Rosewood London managed to combine a sense of grandeur and homely comfort, which is always a very tricky balance for luxury hotels to strike.

Hotel Review: Hotel Ritz By Belmond, Madrid

When Cesar Ritz was born on the 23rd of February 1859 in the Swiss canton of Valais as the 13th child of poor parents, no one could have imagined the immense class journey the little shepherd boy would take both himself and the hotel industry in just three short decades. Having left Switzerland at 14 to work as a waiter in Paris, Europe quickly proved to be fertile ground for the young man ambition and talent. Through apprenticeships in Paris, Vienna, London and Monte Carlo, he gained the necessary experience to manage and curate luxury hotel experiences and eventually open his own properties in Baden-Baden and Cannes. The rest, as they say, is history.