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Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in the United Kingdom, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

Chuan Spa, Langham Hotel. London

22/08/2013This entry was posted in England, Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, London, United Kingdom and tagged , , on by .

Chinese medicine has long been a feature of the London scene, with its many well-established acupuncturists and herbal practitioners, so the city has long been ripe for a spa specialising in serious Oriental therapies.

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Cary Arms Hotel. Devon

22/08/2013This entry was posted in Devon and Cornwall, England, Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, Tirol, United Kingdom and tagged , , on by .

That clever Peter de Savary brought us Bovey Castle in Devon, and now his wife Lana has scored a coup in the county of cream, cider and sailing villages – The Cary Arms Hotel in Babbacombe Beach. She identified a rundown pub with the most beautiful location in Britain and decided to endow it with five-star rooms and a spa, while keeping the pub pubby and the food service nice and casual.

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Cotswolds88 Hotel. Cotswolds goes hip.

22/08/2013This entry was posted in England, Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, The Cotswolds, United Kingdom and tagged , on by .

Step into Cotswolds88 hotel, set in the beautiful village of Painswick and you’d be excused for thinking you’d just stepped off the London Overground into East London’s hippest new joint. From outside the hotel, the design is very much in keeping with the local area, complete with traditional cream Cotswold stone.

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Ceviche. London

29/07/2013This entry was posted in England, Europe and Middle East, London, United Kingdom and tagged , , on by .

Peruvian cuisine is the world’s hottest new trend, and outside Lima London is leading the way, with three Peruvian restaurants already in play.  Of these, Ceviche is the one which has been setting Soho on fire since 2012.

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Hilton London Gatwick Airport.

21/07/2013This entry was posted in England, Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, London, United Kingdom and tagged , on by .

There is one thing I know for sure. It is a lot more civilized to catch a very early flight when you’ve just spent the night at an airport hotel. It’s even more civilized when said hotel is connected to the terminal and you can casually stroll across to the check in.

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Blakes Hotel

21/07/2013This entry was posted in England, Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, London, United Kingdom and tagged on by .

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 kept it theatrical, Oriental and thoroughly over the top.

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The Headland Hotel and Cottages, Fistral Beach, Newquay.

21/07/2013This entry was posted in Devon and Cornwall, England, Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, United Kingdom and tagged , , on by .

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 anything but faded.

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51 Buckingham Gate. London

10/07/2013This entry was posted in England, Europe and Middle East, Hotel Reviews, London, United Kingdom and tagged , on by .

So here you are, riding in a horse and carriage, following the exact route of Kate and William’s royal wedding with your own princess by your side. The only things missing are the crowds and the mounted guards of honour, but you can’t have everything can you.

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