Hotel of the week

Grand Velas

By Sharron Livingston, November 12, 2015

Wide, creamy, sandy shores sandwiched between the blue of the sunlit Caribbean Sea and the lush mangroves of Mexico's Riviera Maya makes for a colourful eyeful worth seeing. And you can see it in luxury at the three-in-one Grand Velas resort.


Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria

By Rupert Parker, November 5, 2015

The Cavalieri sits on the Monte Mario, the highest hill in Rome, and is about 20 minutes from St Peter's.

As I arrive, I'm slightly disappointed by the 1960s boxy exterior, but once inside, the opulence of the interiors and the art collection in the lobby, impress. From my balcony on the seventh floor, I have a magnificent view of the eternal city.


W Marriott Resort & Spa

By Joy Sable, October 29, 2015

Think of a hotel in Las Vegas, and you'll probably picture massive themed hotels on the famous Strip.

So if you want to sample the glitz and glamour of Sin City while enjoying a quieter holiday, the JW Marriott Resort & Spa makes an ideal base.


Ritz Carlton Macau, Hong Kong

By Judith Baker, October 21, 2015

This, the first all-suite hotel in the Ritz Carlton portfolio, occupies a prime position overlooking Cotai.

It is part of the spectacular Galaxy Macau entertainment and leisure complex with its Grand Resort Deck featuring the world's longest sky-top aquatic adventure ride.


Corinthia Hotel

By Barry Toberman, October 8, 2015

It was no coincidence that film director Wes Anderson checked into the Corinthia before shooting The Grand Budapest Hotel. Its ornately mirrored lifts suggest the splendour of a bygone era while also rekindling memories of favourite scenes from the endearingly quirky movie. So, too, does the brasserie and atrium with its lofty vista, and the baroque-style grand ballroom.


Bohemia Suites & Spa

By Lucy Tobin, October 1, 2015

It's a 30-minute drive from the airport to this five-star adults-only spa in Playa de Inglés on Gran Canaria's south coast.

It oozes a sense of Bohemia from the tinkling fountain at the entrance to the retro rocking chair-filled, uplit lobby.


Park Hyatt Hadahaa

By Rupert Parker, September 17, 2015

Located 400km south of Malé and 56km north of the Equator, the hotel is on its own private island in one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world. Getting here involves an hour's domestic flight to Kooddoo Island, then a 30 minute speedboat transfer - the price you pay for seclusion.


DoubleTree By Hilton London Docklands

By Barry Toberman, September 5, 2015

Rotherhithe might not be the obvious getaway destination. But this renovated and freshly rebranded waterfront property could change opinions, not least for those wishing to make a night of it after a concert at the nearby O2 Arena.


Hotel of the week: Gleneagles

By Anthea Gerrie, August 6, 2015

With the announcement that Gleneagles, that grande dame of Scottish boltholes, had been sold to the owners of the Hoxton Hotel who brought chic to Shoreditch, the cry must have gone up all over the land: "It's not broke - for heaven's sake don't fix it!"


Barceló Hamilton

By Victoria Prever, July 30, 2015

The adult-only 160-room hotel was renovated when Barceló took over the property in 2012. It is built around an atrium in which there are two swimming pools and a restaurant in an old converted mansion. Bedrooms, all neatly modern in style, either face in or out to sea.