Hotel of the week

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.


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.


Hotel of the Week: Le Bon Son Mallorca

By Sharron Livingston, July 1, 2013

Draped luxuriously over the side of a pretty cliff amid foliage and trees, the hotel cascades towards the Illetes coastline of Palma Bay.

The décor echoes Spanish Castilian style with wood floors, low-beamed ceilings, red carpets, stone walls and burgundy upholstered seats. Precious porcelain and antiques in nooks and crannies are lorded over by suits of armour.


Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis

By Judith Baker, April 26, 2013

Montpelier Plantation witnessed the marriage of Horatio Nelson to Frances "Fanny" Nisbet. In 1960 James Milnes-Gaskell bought this estate with the dream of converting the historic ruin into a hotel. In 2002, Montpelier was sold to the Hoffman family.


Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa

By David Gerrie, April 19, 2013

If you are going to visit Bordeaux, home to some of the world's finest wines, you may as well stay in the city's finest accommodation. The five-star Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa delivers on all fronts - an ideal central location, stunning 18th Century architecture and enough luxury facilities to make you dizzy.


L’hotel de Toiras, Ile de Re, France

By Lucy Daltroff, April 12, 2013

The "Ile de Re" is a holiday island with beautiful beaches and a microclimate, which provides warmth but not excessive heat, in the summer. Despite this it is largely a French secret, enjoyed by Parisians during July and August.


Hotel du Vin, Henley-On-Thames

By Richard Burton, April 5, 2013

The dress code was simple: wear what you like. No ties, jacket not essential. You choose. And we all did.

Fortunately, a blend of position, reputation and tariff meant that those who did brave one of the coldest Friday nights of the year didn't let the side down.


The Crown

By Laura Ivill, March 29, 2013

In 1994, Hugh Grant found fame alongside Andie MacDowell in the ever so slightly posh film Four Weddings and a Funeral. The setting for the couple's first night together was this 17th-century coaching inn.


Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

By Stephen Pollard, March 8, 2013

It’s always fascinated me how one’s horizon’s change when you have kids.

Ask me four years ago to define paradise and I would not have come up with the idea of a hotel in the Cotswolds, let alone one that caters primarily for families. Ask me now, and I’ll give you two words: Calcot Manor.


Knock Castle Crieff, Scotland

By Moya Sarner, January 21, 2013

It took a six-hour train ride from London to Perth and a half-hour drive to Crieff for my first sight of Knock Castle, but it was worth it. With its enchanting turrets and fairytale character, the castle has a magic that glows through the drizzle.