Author Archives: Anna Smith

Palazzo Montemartini

17/10/2017 by .

I heard about Palazzo Montemartini from a local in the know. Word is it’s an exciting recent addition to the luxury hotel scene and it’s near the Termini Station, which makes it super easy to get everywhere, including the airport. 

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The Principal Edinburgh

13/07/2017 by .

Things have changed since I last stayed at 19-21 George Street. The former George Hotel is now The Principal Edinburgh and its facelift is looking good.

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Silky Oaks Lodge

09/05/2017 by .

Lying in a hammock on the balcony of a treehouse on stilts, overlooking the rainforest, listening to the birds, and the soft lap of the river below… it’s one of those moments you never forget. A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, Silky Oaks Lodge is an eco  lodge and spa that promises ‘tranquility in the rainforest’ – and it delivers.

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Spicers Sangoma Retreat

25/04/2017 by .

It’s usually a good omen when your taxi goes down a really, really long drive, and you’re met with a smile and a glass of champagne. So it begins at Spicers Sangoma Retreat, an eco-retreat in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales that has just six suites and an all-inclusive policy.

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Vibe Hotel, Rushcutters Bay

24/04/2017 by .

It’s night-time when we arrive at the Vibe Hotel, Rushcutters Bay, grateful to sink into a comfortable bed after a long flight to Sydney from the UK. So it’s only when the sun comes up and I bounce out of bed and throw open the curtains, that I see that a  beautiful setting we’re in.

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

17/11/2016 by .

‘Bonjour’ is not how you expect to be greeted in Auckland, New Zealand – especially when you are not French, but it’s how staff welcome us to the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (I’m presuming it’s a company-wide thing).

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