Hotel of the week

Calakmul Hotel, Mexico

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

There was no snooze button when the howler monkeys began their early morning howl. It was an unrelenting crack-of-dawn wake-up call. But in any case the light was already filtering in through the screens and mosquito netting that are the cabana walls. That’s how it goes in the jungle.

The cabanas are simple, with a ceiling fan, surprisingly comfy beds and an ensuite shower.

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Hotel of the week: The Francis Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, January 17, 2014

What you really want when you get to the Georgian architectural extravaganza that is Bath, is a hotel that really lets you live the dream. The Francis is one of just a handful in this elegant town which lives up to the promise, but has been rather delightfully reinterpreted with a touch of je ne sais quoi by the French.

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Hotel of the week: Polurrian Bay

By Richard Burton, January 17, 2014

You've got to be under three to enjoy the best views. It's from the seat of a swing in a tiny paddock at the top of a cliff overlooking a vast and improbable stretch of Atlantic coast.

If you're significantly older, you can either push or step back on to the hotel terrace, or better still, into the Vista lounge with its tall wall-to-wall windows.

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Hotel of the week: Mizpe-Hayamim

By Moya Sarner, January 17, 2014

The old Tzfat-Rosh Pinna road leads to a secluded area within the woods to the Mizpe Hayamim hotel and spa.

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Hotel of the week: Buttermilk B&B, Worcester

By Sharron Livingston, November 27, 2013

When you are alone in a strange town, spending a few nights there can seem a little, lonely. So on a recent budget trip to Worcester, I shied away from the faceless chain hotels, opting instead for a bed and breakfast.

I found one in the village of Ladywood, a few minutes drive from town and noisy local pubs. At the every least, I reasoned, I would be in pleasant surroundings.

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Hotel of the week: Hotel & Spa iader Zadar, Croatia

By Sharron Livingston, November 27, 2013

The Iadera gleams with newness. From the glass lifts, to the radiant white bathtubs, to the burnished sheen on the croissants, everything is polished. For guests at the luxury spa, it’s all about renewal too, settling into fluffy white robes, cleansing in the clear blue sea of the private beach, getting the grime scrubbed off, your tired muscles pummelled and eye bags smoothed away.

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Hotel of the week: Sloane Club, London

By Anthea Gerrie, November 15, 2013

Anyone who’s ever wandered past those millionaires’ mansions in Belgravia and wondered what it would be like to live the life can now do so for a few days courtesy of the Sloane Club.

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Fowey hall

July 31, 2013

There’s something satisfying about sitting in a tractor-drawn tourist train being dragged around the streets of a seaside town and hearing the guide describe the hotel you’re staying in as posh and the guests as lucky.

Especially if you’re about to make your way back there after a spot of lunch at one of the waterside restaurants.

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Calcot manor

July 31, 2013

Only older children are allowed upstairs in the play centre at Calcot. The winding staircase from the soft toy area where smiley ladies help babies play with trains even has a gate little fingers can’t open.

Up there in the mini loft with its scatter-cushioned cinema and football table, everything is X-boxed and Playstationed to the rafters. A teenage dream.

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Hotel of the Week: Four Seasons, Park Lane, London

By Daniel Cobbs, July 1, 2013

Sometimes the star grading system can be a bit of a misnomer and should be considered as a standard rather than an expectation, much like the Premiership football league; there are teams which continue to be brilliant, and then there are the rest.

In the heart of Mayfair, just set back from Park Lane and a few paces from Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, sits the 5-star Four Seasons hotel.

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