Hotel of the week

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.


Hotel of the week: Hotel Imperial

By Judith Baker, July 23, 2015

The five-star Hotel Imperial has been a landmark in the Austrian capital of Vienna for 140 years. Originally the residence of the Prince of Wurtemberg, the stately palace on the magnificent Ring Boulevard was transformed into the Hotel Imperial for the universal exhibition in 1873.

During the Roaring Twenties, the Imperial Café became the focal point for European intelligentsia.


Fontevraud l'Hotel Loire Valley, France

By Roger Bray, July 17, 2015

Nightfall in the Loire Valley and we are alone in the vast silence of a Romanesque abbey church. A delight of staying here is the freedom to wander through one of Europe's great religious sites after tourists have gone.


Grosvenor House Apartments, Mayfair, London

By Sharron Livingston, July 11, 2015

There's Grosvenor Hotel and then there are the Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living next door - 130 of them - for those who want a homely experience.

You enter via an easy-to-miss door on the corner of Park Lane and Mount Street. Three men clad in slick grey suits hover around it. They check you in by taking your luggage and escorting you into the lift and onto the second floor.