Sharron Livingston

Plan that perfect Valentine's Day getaway

By Sharron Livingston, February 4, 2016

Adults-only in Marbella

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Grecotel Cape Sounio

By Sharron Livingston, February 4, 2016

It's quite a thrill to stare at a historic monument that's perched atop a mountain while relaxing on a sunbed on a warm sandy beach, with sand between your toes and the sun on your face.Yet the view from this resort's private beach is of the temple of Poseidon - the god of the sea in Greek mythology.

It's a view that has set the theme for Cape Sounio's ancient Greece styled architecture.

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Hotel of the week: Dan Eilat Israel

By Sharron Livingston, January 22, 2016

Israel’s seaside hotspot, Eilat, has been scrubbing up nicely recently with a new gleaming waterfront and wonderful beach promenades. And now that there are direct flights from London this is a good time to consider a seaside jaunt en-famille.

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My kind of retreat

By Sharron Livingston, January 1, 2016

Anyone who was sent on an Aish or Habonim holiday by their parents when they were children may have memories of what it was like to holiday with 60 or so others. In childhood it seems the most natural thing in the world to travel, eat, play and learn as a community. And perhaps come back somehow changed.

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Eilat: Sea life up close

By Sharron Livingston, December 15, 2015

I was floating in the Red Sea clad in snorkelling gear and then it happened: a dolphin swam up close, looked me straight in the eye for one full pregnant, almost spiritual, moment. In a blink the dolphin had slid away. Before I could smooth out my pleated senses, another swam beneath me turning over, showing off its white, smooth tummy. And so it continued.

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Hotel of the week: Capella Marigot Bay

By Sharron Livingston, November 19, 2015

Driving through the lush, mountainous landscape on the South Western coast of St Lucia means navigating twisty hills, passing hillside forests and acres of valleys, banana palms and beaches.

One of those twisty hills on this Windward island leads to the newly reopened Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, where incidentally, Dr Dolittle was filmed.

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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.

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Shakespeare may have slept here but I did it the Hatha-way

By Sharron Livingston, September 10, 2015

I may never have rubbed shoulders with royalty or dined with any literary greats but I can claim to have dined and slept in the same building as Elizabeth 1, Shakespeare and Lord Nelson.

That's because, like them, I stayed at the Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa in Midhurst in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

I spent a restorative 24-hours in this quaint 37-room warren of a hotel.

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Don't surf the net: here are six beaches to try in the UK

By Sharron Livingston, August 26, 2015

Botany Bay, Broadstairs, Kent

White cliffs and green-topped chalk stacks define the look. But it's the smugglers deported to Botany Bay in Australia that gave it the name. There's nothing underground here now except rock pools, fossils and the tunnels the smugglers used that are revealed when the tide is out

Covehithe, Suffolk

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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.

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A Greek tragedy . . . Or just an inconvenience?

By Sharron Livingston, July 10, 2015

As Greece decides what to do about its €323 billion debt and whether to abandon the euro, hotels are facing a drop in last-minute bookings, and holidaymakers who have already booked are wondering whether to go.

Whatever you decide, the most important piece of advice is: don't rely on ATMs - they may not all be topped up regularly - and take enough cash for your stay as well as your cards.

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New York's kosher restaurant steak-out

By Sharron Livingston, May 14, 2015

New York City has more Jewish inhabitants than anywhere in the world except Israel - almost 1.2 million. With so many kosher mouths to feed it's not surprising that several kosher restaurants have appeared on the gourmet landscape and its not just about delis, bagels and falafel. Here are four good kosher steakhouses to blow your tastebuds away.

Wolf and Lamb

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Three French Euro stars just got closer

By Sharron Livingston, May 8, 2015

This month, Eurostar is running three new direct services from London St Pancras to Lyon, Avignon and Marseilles with no need to change. We take a peek at what these Gaellic gems offer the holidaymaker…

Where: Lyon
Journey time: 4 hours 4 mins, from £89 return

Why go:

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Lübeck: A small but devilishly tasty German city

By Sharron Livingston, April 2, 2015

The instant I took my first bite of the just-made and still warm chocolate-covered marzipan, I knew I had made a good decision in choosing a weekend jaunt to Lübeck in northern Germany.

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Holidays with altitude

By Sharron Livingston, January 22, 2015

Want to slope off? How about heading to a ski resort with the most photogenic mountains in Europe? Switzerland has dozens amid its jagged alpine landscape, but here are our top three:

St Moritz

Luxury for the Jet Set

This long-time favourite of the well-healed, is valley that stretches 80km along the Swiss canton of
Graubunden.

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Hotel of the week: The Capital Hotel, Knightsbridge, London

By Sharron Livingston, December 4, 2014

By my estimation, if I stood in a certain position and stretched out my arms diagonally, I could simultaneously touch the dark wood concierge’s desk that sits to the left of the doorway of this Georgian town house and the white, dark wood-topped curvy reception desk a little way in on the right side of the small lobby.

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The Capital Hotel

By Sharron Livingston, December 4, 2014

By my estimation, if I stood in a certain position and stretched out my arms diagonally, I could simultaneously touch the dark wood concierge's desk that sits to the left of the doorway of this Georgian town house and the white, dark wood-topped curvy reception desk a little way in on the right side of the small lobby.

Doing so, of course, would have seemed unseemly in a place as formal and ele

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The Goring

By Sharron Livingston, August 28, 2014

The car was taken off my hands by Alastair the doorman, the door was opened with a theatrical flourish by the concierge, and my bag was liberated almost immediately by yet another attendant. By the time I got to the small but bright reception area, I was smiling.

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Ballyfin Demesne, Ireland

By Sharron Livingston, July 1, 2014

There are 600 acres of land surrounding this remote but very stately home in St Laois. Parked by its lake are bikes and golf buggies but the best way to look around is by pony and trap. The driver, Lionel, points out the estate’s parish church, various follies, such as the viewing tower built to create jobs during the potato famine, the grottos and hidden gardens.

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Ballyfin Demesne

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 2014

There are 600 acres of land surrounding this remote but very stately home in St Laois.

Parked by its lake are bikes and golf buggies but the best way to look around is by pony and trap.

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