Europe

Lanzarote: Learning to breathe

By Sharron Livingston, May 14, 2013

On any other day it would have been difficult not to notice the charm of the black volcanic landscape and the contrasting low-rise white-washed towns of Lanzarote. But as I drove along hilly roads from Playa Blanca in the south through Arecife, the capital, and on to the hillside village of Nazaret in the north, I hardly noticed the chain of multi-hued mountains that snake from end to end.

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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.

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Art goes to the wall in Berlin

By Shelly Lachish, April 19, 2013

Standing in front of the squalid exterior of the Tacheles building in the heart of Berlin's Mitte district, I pause to ponder the existential question posed on the building's side. "How long is now" the giant mural asks passers-by, while the severe, stylised face spray-painted below suggests the answer is anything but frivolous.

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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.

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Monaco: How to take a view like this in your stride

By Sharron Livingston, April 5, 2013

With so many millionaires crammed into its 0.78 square miles, its awesome architecture, improbable number of spotlessly-lush parks and one of the smallest royals-to-commoners ratios in the world, you'd be forgiven for thinking Monaco is something dreamt up as a vehicle for a Grace Kelly film.

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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.

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Val d'Isere: Skiing and partying at their peak

By Sharron Livingston, January 21, 2013

On the way up, all I could see were the clouds.They were blurring the view of the peak, but as we edged closer the scene began to look a little spooky as the silhouette of the mountain-top restaurant, Tête de Solaise, began to emerge through the misty white.

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Le Chardon Mountain Lodge, Val D’isere, France

By Sharron Livingston, January 21, 2013

After a day skiing on Val d’Isère’s slopes. I admit to imbibing more than a soupçon of apres-ski sustenance, yet I was still cold. As activities levels and temperatures dropped well below freezing, by the time I got back to Le Chardon chalet (one of five that comprise the Chardon Mountain Lodges) I just wanted to thaw quickly.

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Hotel of the week: myhotel Chelsea

By Moya Sarner, January 18, 2013

Chelsea is a beautiful part of London — and it knows it. With its lush green private squares, designer clothes shops and minimalist, trendy restaurants, the streets ooze luxury.

And myhotel Chelsea fits right in. This is a hotel that is too cool for capital letters, too sumptuous for spaces between words.

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Bovey Castle in Devon - a mini legoland

By Lianne Kolirin, December 17, 2012

THE road to Bovey Castle is narrow and winding, the approach marked by unimposing iron gates. It is far from an ostentatious entrance and one you could easily miss. This place is a closely guarded secret and they’d clearly like to keep it that way.

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