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Hotel Shangri-La

03/03/2017 by .

The solar powered lights of the legendary Ferris wheel have just come on as I look out at Santa Monica Pier. It is quite the spectacle, made all the more memorable from my perch on the rooftop bar of Hotel Shangri-La seven storey’s up.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando

15/02/2017 by .

Ordinarily, a bedroom balcony is your own private outdoor space to kick back and relax with a glass of something and a few nibbles. But here at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando there’s a welcome interruption to my standard balcony reverie. It’s 9pm and that means I have a front row seat to Disney’s nightly firework extravaganza taking place next door.

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Cloud Camp at The Broadmoor

14/09/2016 by .

The night view of Colorado Springs’ is looking very impressive from 9,200 feet up Cheyenne Mountain. It’s made all the more impressive courtesy of the five course all inclusive dinner I’ve just completed in a camp 9,200 feet up Cheyenne Mountain. Not a camp under canvass you understand, but an entirely different kind of camp. In the magnificent splendour of The Lodge, the rustic mansion that is the beating heart of Cloud Camp at The Broadmoor.

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Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

12/07/2016 by .

The spa resort of Ojo Caliente offers a rare chance to experience the remote beauty and rarefied mountain air of northern New Mexico.   Rare precisely because of the remoteness which drew artist Georgia O’Keeffe to what she described with satisfaction as “the tail end of the earth” where friends would never find her.

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The Inn and Spa at Loretto

05/07/2016 by .

Given that the two most important attributes for a Santa Fe hotel are location and local ambience, The Inn And Spa At Loretto has it over pretty well all its rivals.   It’s just a block from the Plaza which is the centre of town life and on the prettiest, southernmost side.   And despite its good looks, it’s very fairly-priced in a city where many lesser properties charge more and deliver less.

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Hotel Valley Ho

16/06/2016 by .

Frank Lloyd Wright would have been proud of the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. This desert town sprawling eastwards from Phoenix is where the visionary architect made his last home, Taliesin West, still one of the area’s prime cultural attractions.

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