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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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