Hotel of the week

Sirayane boutique hotel and spa

By Jenni Frazer, March 1, 2012

Sirayane is the brainchild of a former Moroccan merchant banker, who broke away from the traditional style of Marrakech hotels, or riadhs. Located 10 minutes from the airport, it is unusually spacious with giant doors and a huge reception area with a high vaulted ceiling.


The Cranleigh

By Simon Round, February 2, 2012

I knew there was a preponderance of water in the Lake District but what I did not realise was that there were lakes in the middle of the road.

Ok, maybe not lakes but certainly ponds big enough to make driving into the resort of Bowness on Windermere the sort of journey to be undertaken in an amphibious vehicle rather than a Vauxhall Astra.

It was an unusually inclement time to visit – the



By Helen Oon, January 19, 2012

Enrico, the handsome Italian barman, is fixing me a cocktail - the famous "89" dedicated to Ian Fleming.


Hotel Brigitte

By Ivor Baddiel, January 5, 2012

The four star superior hotel in Ischgl is a family run business that offers a very pleasant idyll just a stone's throw away from the centre of this lively resort.

Its rooms, suites and apartments are equipped with television, free internet access, minibar, safe and the usual array of smellies in the bathroom.

My room was at the very top of the hotel and was spacious with a large balcony offe



By Jan Shure, December 22, 2011

There are sound reasons why the Hilton Tel Aviv remains the hotel of choice for many in search of luxury accommodation in Israel's most vibrant beach-side city.



By Sharron Livingston, December 8, 2011

A new sister cocktail to the Singapore and Paris Sling has been created – it's the Praslin Sling, a heady mix of coconut milk, gin with a hint of vanilla and it is the baby of the team at the newly launched all-villa Raffles resort in Praslin, one of the granite islands of the Seychelles.

Supping the sling at the bar with views over the Indian Ocean was enough to set in motion waves of relax


The Scarlet revisited

By Naomi Tolley, December 1, 2011

We visited the Scarlett, shortly after it opened, boasting impressive eco-credentials. Two years later, we went back to see how life can be when you go green next to the blue sea.

Taking a dip in a non-heated outdoor pool in September is invigorating. But this isn't any pool - it's more of a super-clean pond with reeds.


Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street

By Sharron Livingston, November 10, 2011

The lights are low, the floor is of black marble and the walls are covered in a black velvet-like material. Dotted around are appealing paintings and sculptures with an Asian theme. The air is heavily scented with jasmine.

This is the scene of the reception area at the newly refurbished (to the tune of £25 million) 174-bedroom Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street hotel.



By Barry Toberman, November 3, 2011

If a five-star property exuding tranquil elegance is your dream of a holiday hideaway, then first impressions of the Hesperia will be hugely encouraging.


Hotel Bankov

By Andy Mossack, October 19, 2011

Considering it was 142 years old and the oldest hotel in Slovakia by a mile, the flatscreen TV and free high-speed wi-fi in my room were something of a revelation.

So too, come to think of it, were the crisp cotton sheets, the contemporary room furnishings and delicious interior design.

Hotel Bankov was once the pride and joy of Kosice's well-to-do, looking down on to the city from its lofty