Hotel of the week

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill

By Lianne Kolirin, May 13, 2016

When an American city describes itself as historic, you never know what to expect. Relics of the past can appear as good as new to visitors from Europe, a continent dotted with antiquities.

Yet it's impossible not to be impressed with Philadelphia's well-preserved historic district, home to key landmarks in the birth of the USA.


Barcelo Illetas Albatros

By Sharron Livingston, April 22, 2016

Sometimes you just want to holiday somewhere without kids. This means a swimming pool with no bombing, a restaurant with no crying babies and a reception area with no pint-size humans running around. This four-star adult-only hotel, 20 minutes or so from the airport, delivers all this on the sunny island of Mallorca, and offers a welcome glass of cava on arrival too.


Zemi Beach House, Shoal Bay

By Judith Baker, April 15, 2016

At last, a new boutique hotel has opened in Anguilla It's taken six years but perhaps the Zemi Beach House was worth waiting for.


Hotel de la Trémoille

By Naomi Firsht, March 23, 2016

Hidden away on a quiet corner of Paris's most extravagant neighbourhood, Hotel de La Trémoille offers understated opulence and discreet service.

Situated on the corner of rue de La Trémoille and rue du Boccador in the 8th arrondissement, the hotel is just a stone's throw away from the Champs Elysees and Avenue Montaigne, a street filled with designer stores.



By Andy Mossack, March 10, 2016

The new kosher Waldorf-Astoria stands across the street from the Mamilla Mall like a proud father surveying his flock. The hotel may be new, a six-year labour of love by Israeli architect Yehuda Feigin and Turkish interior designer Sinan Kafadar, but its roots date back to 1929 when as The Palace, it was heralded as Jerusalem's first luxury hotel.


Bournemouth Hilton

By Barry Toberman, March 3, 2016

TV chef Matt Tebbutt is holding court in his restaurant, explaining how interest from the local Jewish community has inspired him to consult Florence Greenberg's legendary Jewish Cookbook for inspiration on kosher-style dishes for his menu.


Golden Crown Igloo

By Sharron Livingston, February 25, 2016

The night sky in Finnish Lapland can be charcoal black when the clouds disperse making a superb starry canvas for the colourful Northern Lights.

But the snow on the ground is deep and temperatures tend to plummet in the winter months (October to March) to -25 degrees and beyond. This makes standing outside to gaze at the heavens a challenge.


The Reverie Saigon

By Andy Mossack, February 11, 2016

It's not often hotel guests get upstaged by their hotel's designers, but with the Reverie Saigon it's understandable, after 26 legendary Italian designers were given carte blanche to spend as much money as possible. The result is a hotel of such mind-boggling extravagance that it is hard to believe your eyes.


Grecotel Cape Sounio

By Sharron Livingston, February 4, 2016

It's quite a thrill to stare at a historic monument that's perched atop a mountain while relaxing on a sunbed on a warm sandy beach, with sand between your toes and the sun on your face.Yet the view from this resort's private beach is of the temple of Poseidon - the god of the sea in Greek mythology.

It's a view that has set the theme for Cape Sounio's ancient Greece styled architecture.


Hotel of the week: Fairmont Montreux Palace, Switzerland

By Anthea Gerrie, January 29, 2016

Freddie Mercury lived there while looking for a home in Switzer-land, Vladimir Nabokov used the proceeds of Lolita to fund a suite there for the rest of his life and Deep Purple recorded Smoke on the Water in its lake-side pavilion.

There may not be a more celebrity-studded hotel in Switzerland than the Montreux Palace, arguably the country's most glamorous hostelry.