Europe and Middle East

Blakes Hotel

Blakes exists in a glorious 70s timewarp which seems delightfully exotic and eccentric rather than dated in an era of austerity. It may no longer be in the ownership of designer Anouska Hempel, who created the South Kensington bolthole as London’s first luxury boutique hotel in 1978, but she still oversees the design, and has […]

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The Headland Hotel and Cottages, Fistral Beach, Newquay.

The Headland Hotel, overlooking Newquay’s Fistral Beach, is a surprise on many levels.   The heart sinks slightly driving up to the impressive but distinctly Victorian pile, much like those which sit atop cliffs all round the British coast.  But inside, while resolutely Gothic in character, recalling the great age of the railway, the hotel is […]

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Hotel Belles Rives. Juan-les-Pins

It’s 90 years since Cole Porter and F. Scott Fitzgerald took homes on the Cap d’Antibes, raised hell with their Hollywood friends and persuaded the glitterati the Côte d’Azur was the place to party in the summer.

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Hotel Adlon Kempinski

It was the electric shaver and toothbrush that finally did it for me. I had left them, as you do, lying by the sink in the bathroom and came back to find them both tenderly lying on velvety cotton cloths. A small but elegant gesture from housekeeping that finally convinced me that actually, The Hotel […]

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Estiatorio Milos Athens

The tasting table at Estiatorio Milos Athens restaurant provides no hiding place from the open kitchen embracing it. Just as well really as the procession of sumptuous food and wines coming from the busy brigade all around us is relentless.

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Estoril and Cascais

It’s breakfast time at the Vila Gale Hotel in Estoril and I’m having a moment. It began with a simple chance meeting in the lobby. An athletic young blonde at least sixty percent legs and clutching a large bag of tennis racquets asked me the time.

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