Author Archives: Isabel Conway

JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

18/02/2019 by .

I descend the vast cream marble staircase imagining how Sissi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria would have made her grand entrance to an admiring audience below.

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Skiing in Val Gardena

05/02/2019 by .

“These are our rock stars” shouts Isabel, the local guide, her voice almost lost in the wind while we swoosh over a snowy downhill run, framed by craggy rocky summits that look like giant dragon teeth about to gobble up us tiny (fly sized) humans.

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Sandymount Hotel, Dublin 

24/12/2018 by .

‘Dublin can be heaven, with coffee at eleven and a stroll in Stephens Green’ ….a famous Irish song goes and there’s no better spot to begin that gentle stroll, passing Georgian-era Dublin than from the Sandymount Hotel situated in the gracious leafy district of Dublin 4.

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Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny

22/10/2018 by .

“To the Manor Born”, jokes my companion. With a grinding of gears (well it was a rather sharp turn) we enter the wide gates and sweep up a long imposing driveway towards one of Ireland’s still intact grand demesnes.

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Cuba for first-timers

07/09/2018 by .

Imagine a tropical island of bone-white beaches, washed by seas of azure blue, whose multi-racial population displays no whiff of racism? The population are entitled to free healthcare and education from cradle to grave, free housing and almost free public transport. Sounds like Utopia…right?

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Dunbrody  House Hotel

06/09/2018 by .

Make no mistake, this is a proper Ireland hideaway. We’ve already taken the wrong road three times and in desperation must pull over to ask for directions. The first person we see is a man unloading what looks like the contents of an entire hardware store from a white van.

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