Sharron Livingston

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.

More..

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

More..

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.

More..

Where to get your thrills this summer

By Sharron Livingston, June 6, 2014

Duinrell Amusement Park and Tiki Waterpark
Where: near The Hague in Holland

Why: It may be in the heart of lush forest and near to a sleepy, wide beach but you'll get white knuckle rides and thrilling water slides at this amusement/water park combo.

More..

Westbury Hotel, Dublin

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

I had just turned into the side street from Dublin’s famous Grafton Street to the Westbury when I saw it. I instantly recognised the life size statue of Dublin-bred Phil Lynott. I was still humming “The Boys are Back in town” when I got to the reception desk on the first floor. “A fan of Thin Lizzy are you?” asked Eddie, the concierge in a charming Irish lilt.

More..

Hotel Roschild 71, Tel Aviv

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

I knew that I would be staying the night in the heart of Tel Aviv not far from the Israel museum.

This is the city’s financial centre and the busiest part of the Rothschild Boulevard. It’s right in the thick of the famous “White City” and close to the upmarket shopping area of Gan Hahashmal.

More..

Calakmul Hotel, Mexico

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

There was no snooze button when the howler monkeys began their early morning howl. It was an unrelenting crack-of-dawn wake-up call. But in any case the light was already filtering in through the screens and mosquito netting that are the cabana walls. That’s how it goes in the jungle.

The cabanas are simple, with a ceiling fan, surprisingly comfy beds and an ensuite shower.

More..

Dublin: Tales of one city

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

I recently discovered that Dubliners are avid storytellers with a lyrical lilt, humour and a lot of poetic licence.

More..

Tripping the Northern Light fantastic

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

One of the most spectacular natural light shows is about to take place in our skies this year thanks to the Solar Maximum. This is the term for the period of greatest solar activity in the 11-year solar cycle of the Sun.It results in the most dynamic Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) display in a decade. But it won't last long.

To see the best of it head, north towards the Arctic.

More..

Brazil: It's all kicking off!

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

All eyes are on Brazil this year when the beautiful game is played in 14 of its cities. Thousands of England's fans will be following their team around this diverse country. The beaches are legendary, the samba intoxicating and its cities are vast and chaotic. Yet there is also adventure to be had. There's the Amazon with its 1,100 tributaries which holds one-fifth of the world fresh water.

More..

Mexico: Apocalypto now!

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

Mel Gibson has a way with cinematic experiences that talk to our most base sentiments. His film Apocalypto (2006) is testament to this.

More..

Get away now, while duty calls

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

Phuket, Thailand
Island life

Why go:
Phuket is Thailand's largest island and its curvy coastline of white sands, leaning palms and clear waters is traditionally the most popular.

More..

Hotel of the week: Buttermilk B&B, Worcester

By Sharron Livingston, November 27, 2013

When you are alone in a strange town, spending a few nights there can seem a little, lonely. So on a recent budget trip to Worcester, I shied away from the faceless chain hotels, opting instead for a bed and breakfast.

I found one in the village of Ladywood, a few minutes drive from town and noisy local pubs. At the every least, I reasoned, I would be in pleasant surroundings.

More..

Hotel of the week: Hotel & Spa iader Zadar, Croatia

By Sharron Livingston, November 27, 2013

The Iadera gleams with newness. From the glass lifts, to the radiant white bathtubs, to the burnished sheen on the croissants, everything is polished. For guests at the luxury spa, it’s all about renewal too, settling into fluffy white robes, cleansing in the clear blue sea of the private beach, getting the grime scrubbed off, your tired muscles pummelled and eye bags smoothed away.

More..

Making treks to the Holy Land: The rise of the backpacker

By Ben Julius, September 13, 2013

What do Mitzpe Ramon — a sleepy town in the Negev — and the Arab city of Nazareth, have in common? They are both popular backpacker destinations on an evolving hostel circuit.

More..

Early New Year boosts tourism to Israel

By Sharron Livingston, September 13, 2013

The early arrival of the Jewish New Year is proving to be a sweet one for tourism in Israel this September.

Jewish travellers have taken advantage of the proximity of the High Holy Days to the traditional holiday month of August to take an early break in the holy land.

In addition, 8,000 Christians are heading to Jerusalem to attend the Festival of Tabernacles from September 21-25.

More..

The Faroe Islands

By Sharron Livingston, August 13, 2013

I was trudging my way up the Kollur headland in Eysturoy island to see the lighthouse 352 meters high and visibility was hazy. A thick fog had settled and the vista I had hoped to enjoy was hidden.

More..

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.

More..

Official rankings on way at last for Israeli hotels

By Sharron Livingston, June 20, 2013

Israel is set to introduce a ranking system for its hotels after two decades in which companies decided for themselves how to rate the accommodation they provided.

More..

El Al’s new jets prompt talk of budget flights

By Sharron Livingston, June 6, 2013

El Al has refused to confirm whether its purchase of four new short-haul jets is a signal that it is about to launch a low-cost service to Europe.

Industry insiders believe Israel’s national carrier is preparing to exploit the Open Skies agreement between Israel and the EU when it commences in April 2014.

More..