Farmer's Daughter, Los Angeles

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

When visiting Los Angeles it's hard to decide which area to call home. Are you more Bellini's in Beverley Hills or happy hour in WeHo, the pavements in Downtown or the sand of Long Beach. And if you think area is difficult, the next step is choosing the right hotel. Los Angeles has something for everyone, and on my most recent trip, I discovered that there's no place quite like Farmer's Daughter.

Historic French Quarter Hotel

Mike Gerrard | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Location, location, location. And for most visitors to New Orleans that location is usually the French Quarter. If you're a party animal who plans to ...

Amsterdam's Cool New Hotel

Mike Gerrard | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

I walk around the far side of the building into Spuistraat and there I find not a rack of bicycles but a black limo delivering a guest to the city's newest hip hotel, the W Amsterdam.

Staying With the Volks in Amsterdam

Mike Gerrard | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

The Volkshotel is no ordinary hotel, and is the kind of place that is hard to define. It's not quite boutique, it's not luxury but has luxurious touches. It's not cheap but has some cheap rooms. The only category it falls into is quirky, although in Amsterdam quirky is the norm.

First Great Western, The Pullman Dining Carriage - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

Living in London, I don't have a car and haven't driven in years and so seem to spend a lot of my time on trains visiting friends and family. I would say I get a train to visit someone once or twice a month at least!

That Summer Spa... Penny Hill Park, an Exclusive Hotel and Spa, Bagshot, Surrey.

Gina Lyons | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

The thing is with London finally getting some sun, is that most spas are all very inside-y. We wanted to enjoy the sun and not be kept in whilst still swimming in the heat. Unless you are prepared to go abroad, this is a big ask. Luckily, the spa we chose was perfect for those sunny days.

Luxury Ireland by car

Olivia Greenway | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Greenway

If you enjoy driving, consider a trip around Ireland. Roads are relatively quiet, the scenery is varied and picturesque and you are never very far from the coast. Start at Dublin and pick up your hire car from the airport.

Ten Tips for Visiting the Taj Mahal

Jane Egginton | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

DO book train tickets from Delhi in advance. Tickets get sold out quickly, it's a fun way to travel and taking a car is a lot more expensive. Oh and do book your flights to India as far in advance as possible.

Six Luxury Swiss Ski Hotels

Olivia Greenway | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Greenway

By many accounts, Switzerland is the most expensive country in the world. It's also one of the most beautiful and offers superb skiing. It would be a shame to dismiss it entirely on grounds of cost.

Anouska Hempel's Grand Designs

David Julian Price | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Julian Price

Anouska Hempel remembers the early days of Blakes: "I fell madly in love with folk singer Bob Dylan. There were so many great things happening all around us all. Everybody hung out in this home from home, whether they were acting friends or friends from Portobello Road, or painting friends or decorating friends, whatever."

Six Luxury French Ski Hotels

Olivia Greenway | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Greenway

French alpine skiing is among the best in the world and together with fine dining - for which the French need no introduction - their ski resorts offer a winning combination.

BATH Humbug! Part One

Charli Morgan | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charli Morgan

My husband and I worked our way through the hotel's endless attractions, in the weekend break equivalent of ramming your face with Selection Box chocolates on Christmas morning.

Why I'll Never Sign Up to 3G

Ryan Hook | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Hook

A few days ago I was in a hotel, about to sit down for a long internet browse, when I realised the WiFi wasn't working...

Ard na Sidhe, a County Kerry Fairy Tale

Rebecca Williams | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Williams

Set in thirty two acres of grounds, there are plenty of secret nooks and crannies, areas to watch the native birds, and paths which eventually lead out to the lake and far, far away.

Eight Places to Stay In Malta | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The island of Malta was under the spotlight this week, as it celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence and welcomed Prince William to mark the occasion. Although Kate was originally intended for the Royal Visit, her husband stepped in due to acute morning sickness.

London's Best Hotel Cocktail Bars

Jane Egginton | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

'This is the perfect breakfast drink', our otherwise tactiturn barman announces as he puts a Prestige Fizz - Bombay Sapphire gin with vermouth, celery, cucumber and mint topped with champagne - on the 30-foot-long bar.

Sea Air and Simplicity in St Mawes, Cornwall

Caroline Sylger Jones | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Sylger Jones

An unassuming seaside village on the Roseland peninsula in Cornwall, St Mawes reminds me of my childhood. I go there regularly to pick up shells and sea glass from the pebbly beaches, paddle in the sea, walk along the coastal path, have picnics and stare for hours at the changing colours of the ocean.

A Winter Weekend in Paris

Julia Richardson | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julia Richardson

Continue the night at Favela Chic with its infectious carnival vibe and matching cocktails. You'll find your feet movin' and groovin' along with trendy locals and tourists busting loose.

Birthday Getaways | Stylish Indulgence in NYC

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

I had made up my mind, I would not allow my 30th birthday to transpire without an explosion of fun and indulgence. And so I embarked on my very first trip to New York City, for a birthday getaway of culture, fine dining and pampering.

Central London Apartment-Hotel

Mike Gerrard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Clothes-lines, coffee and coat-hangers. They're small things when you're staying in a hotel or an apartment but it's usually the small things that either delight you or send you raving mad.

Trend: Ten Cube Hotels | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The concept of the cube hotel first emerged in Spain, and has grown in popularity in recent years to spread to many diverse corners of the world, from the Swedish Lapland to the Australian Outback and the coast of Thailand.

Brand Boutique: Defining a Hotel Sector

Joseph Reaney | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joseph Reaney

London's boutique hotel sector is booming. Despite the wider climate of declining hotel occupancy and a spluttering economy, the British capital's boutique hotels have enjoyed startling success

Peace and Panna Cotta in Dunkeld

Mike Gerrard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Dunkeld is one of the most enchanting towns in Scotland, standing in a scenic spot by the River Tay and with the haunting ruins of Dunkeld Cathedral one of its highlights.

The Traditional American Beach House Experience at Shutters on the Beach

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

'Purple soap!' Yes, it's the little things in life that prompt such glittery exclamations. But this is no ordinary coloured soap, this is a Red Flower creation, a soap infused with luxurious French Lavender that feels like velvet. Even my guests exclaim at its awesomeness. And that is just the soap. Shutters on the Beach in its entirety, is no less indulgent.

The Manor at Weston on the Green, Bicester - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

After passing down a lovely country lane, we arrived at The Manor at Weston on the Green and I instantly felt pleased I'd made the journey. The Manor is situated through some big iron gates at the end of a gravel driveway, next to plush and green gardens, and we were presented with a wonderfully inviting big country house that is The Manor.