Europe and Middle East

Nhow Hotel Milan

NH Hotels has an uncanny ability to create luxury hotels in the most unlikeliest of surroundings. The old Fiat factory in Torino with its rooftop test track, an ancient cliff top monastery in Amalfi and even a former railway station in Rome. Switch over to Milan and I discover another one; the Nhow (pronounced Now) right in the centre of Zona Tortona, Milan’s famous creative and design district.

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Isle of Eriska Hotel Hilltop Retreats

The emphasis on the Isle of Eriska is away-from-it-allness, luxury and seclusion. The Hilltop Retreats allow self-catering, if that is your preference, while the hotel oozes baronial good taste;

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GWR First Class service  to Devon

There are a few reserved seats but an empty four seat table winks at us further down the aisle and we fall into its welcoming embrace. And I’m not kidding. Plush leather reclining seats, power sockets within easy reach, a morning paper, free wifi and free refreshments.

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Orestone Manor Hotel

Newton Abbot is the nearest mainline station to the sleepy coastal village of Maidencombe south Devon, where the Orestone Manor Hotel lies tucked away in an almost exclusive enclave.

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Touring Campania Wineries

Most people who visit Naples head out to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast, but there’s far more to Campania than this. Hire a car and set out for the wineries

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Saga Azores and Canaries Cruise

I joined up with Saga Pearl II at Fuerteventura, a week into her 21 day Azores and Canaries in Spring cruise. A flying visit to perhaps lay a few preconceptions to rest.

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