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Grace Mykonos – Mykonos, Greece

Grace Hotel

Sister hotel to the renowned Grace Santorini, the Grace Mykonos is a white-hot boutique hotel sitting above Agios Stefanos’ sandy beach and its glittering emerald and turquoise sea, less than 10-minutes north of Mykonos Town. On arrival at the bijoux white oasis, guests are greeted by an eager-to-please group of staff, including the Deputy Manager (who appears to never sleep!) and offered a glass of champagne while check-in is completed before setting off on a brief tour of this… Read more

21 July 2013   No Comments

The London West Hollywood – Los Angeles, USA

The London

The London is the epitome of grown up elegance.  The art deco’s all black and white with shimmering chrome, gold, mirrors, white marble and mosaic tiles yet it doesn’t take itself too seriously.  There is a definite relaxed vibe – coffee mugs replace teacups and saucers at breakfast, British Bulldog statues pepper the communal areas and the laid back atmosphere is evident from the restaurant up to the rooftop pool. All rooms are suites in terms of size, with comfy beds, duvets, soft… Read more

5 April 2013   No Comments

Le Mas de Rigoulac – Aveyron, France

Le Mas de Rigoulac

A former farmhouse ruin, Le Mas de Rigoulac has been beautifully and sympathetically restored by Parisian couple, Dominique and Gilles Arnault, and given a new lease of life as a Chambres d’hotes and well-being centre in the middle of the rolling Aveyron countryside. Well appointed, all five guest bedrooms are located in or accessed via the farmhouse’s now modernised barn, all with stunning views out across the green hills.  Simply furnished and in harmony with the natural stone and… Read more

30 September 2012   No Comments

Titilaka – Lake Titicaca, Peru

Titilaka Hotel

Set on a remote peninsular on the Peruvian shores of magical Lake Titicaca, the uniquely located Titilaka Lodge has been intelligently remodelled and was re-opened in 2009 as a byword in contemporary eco-design. The design of the 18-bedroom lodge integrates high-level architecture with stunning, almost primeval scenery; views of the immense shimmering cobalt blue lake are guaranteed from every public space and private suite, with floor-to-ceiling glazing making it difficult to distinguish… Read more

24 June 2012   2 Comments

Sanctuary Lodge – Machu Picchu, Peru

Sanctuary Lodge

Undeniably expensive (in Feb ’12 the cheapest room was $825 per night) but without question this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to stay next door to the majestic Machu Picchu citadel. Once there, literally EVERYTHING is included in the price – all meals (even breakfast in bed), all drinks including alcohol (even Jack Daniels!), the entire contents of the mini-bar and even all laundry. The service is impeccable – from the moment you step off the train at Machu Picchu… Read more

15 June 2012   No Comments

The Clubhouse – Chamonix, France

The Clubhouse

The warm welcome extended by Sandie, The Clubhouse’s brilliant and cheery Manager, is the first indication of the overall friendliness and warmth that this boutique chalet-cum-hotel extends all of its guests.  Now in its 9th season, The Clubhouse is a triumph in art deco restoration and small yet perfectly formed – just 20-bed spaces helps create a homely feel. Rooms are a good size, nicely decorated and the Black and Red rooms both have double showers. Owned by Jonathan Downey… Read more

11 January 2012   No Comments

Chateau Les Carrasses – Languedoc, France

Chateau Les Carrasses

 Driving through Languedoc’s undulating green and ochre-hued countryside, under deep blue skies, along the tree-lined Canal du Midi and through seemingly endless vineyards sets the scene perfectly for a truly unexpected and impressive first view of Chateau Les Carrasses. Newly opened in July 2012, Les Carrasses is many things to many people: at once a boutique retreat, self-catering family resort, a winery and private member’s club.  And it seems to work. Beds are super-comfy and all… Read more

19 September 2011   1 Comment

Insolito Boutique Hotel – Buzios, Brazil

Insolito Boutique Hotel

After a three-hour bus ride from Rio de Janeiro, the iced lemon water and chilled champagne offered during check-in, and stunning views across Praia da Ferradura’s horseshoe bay, is just what the doctor ordered. Perched on a headland overlooking the crescent-shaped beach, Insolito is the perfect escape – St Tropez meets Ibiza in tropical Brazil – and most definitely Buzios’ best boutique hotel. Rooms vary in size and price with the smallest quite compact but with good showers and… Read more

30 May 2011   No Comments

Santa Teresa Hotel – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Santa Teresa Hotel

Situated atop the bucolic, airy hillside enclave of Santa Teresa – a haven for Rio’s creative and artist community – sits the newly opened eponymously named hotel.  Converted by a French hotelier, the former coffee plantation lends itself perfectly to parading as Rio’s most idyllic and tropical escape.  With 41 bedrooms and suites, the hotel remains boutique at heart and the excellent service is the only thing that gives the place away as being part of the Relais &… Read more

12 May 2011   No Comments

Viajante – London (Bethnal Green), UK

Viajante

Chef, Nuno Mendes, runs his stunning new restaurant like a finely tuned culinary theatrical performance, drawing on his famous schooling at El Buli and delivering a visual and taste experience that sits somewhere between Japan, Iberia and Stockholm. Having tried to nab a table for dinner throughout December without luck, Sunday lunch in February seemed the next best thing.  And my goodness was it worth the wait. The welcome is warm, with genuinely friendly and passionate waiters, yet… Read more

7 February 2011   No Comments