Archive for June, 2015

La Fosse, Dorset: hotel-restaurant review

June 3, 2015

Cranborne, an ancient village set amid a bucolic landscape, is host to a B&B and restaurant with decor that defies 21st-century norms but is ahead of the game with its modern menu We accidentally set the satnav to shortest, rather than quickest, route to Cranborne, so on the last leg of our drive the roads […]

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Las Vegas casinos gamble their reputations on sustainability

June 3, 2015

Las Vegas casinos are trying to improve their environmental footprint, but will gambling always prevent them being good corporate citizens? Las Vegas, the city so lit up that some astronauts report its famous central strip is the brightest spot on earth, is trying to change course. The neon lights of its early years are being […]

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Gourmet Traveller: Australia’s best hotels, from basic but wonderful to blowing the budget

June 3, 2015

Where can you have a great massage and the best club sandwich? Gourmet Traveller has named what it believes to be the nation’s best resorts Nungwi Village Luxury hotels! Is there anything more sublime and wasteful to spend money on? After the money’s spent, all that remains of the experience is pilfered stationery and the […]

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The Three Horseshoes Country Inn & Spa, Leek, Staffordshire: hotel review

June 3, 2015

Giant waterwheels in the new spa add a heritage touch to this revamped inn in glorious countryside on the edge of the Peak District I am lying on the beach in the midday sun, my eyes shut, listening to the waves lapping on the sand. Then all too soon – after about 10 minutes, in […]

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City in the sky: world’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca

June 3, 2015

The holy city is fast becoming a Las Vegas for pilgrims, thanks to the new £2.3bn megahotel that has four helipads, five floors for Saudi royalty – and 10,000 bedrooms Four helipads will cluster around one of the largest domes in the world, like sideplates awaiting the unveiling of a momentous main course, which will […]

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The Vienna hotel where refugees welcome the guests

June 3, 2015

The Magdas Hotel in Vienna offers jobs and training to multilingual former asylum seekers – while making a political statement about the plight of refugees in Europe Suitcases are artfully arranged in the hotel entrance hall … and a striking campaign poster opposite the check-in desk urges an end to migrant deaths in the Mediterranean. […]

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The best garden B&Bs, cottages and campsites in the UK

June 3, 2015

From country estates to pub campsites and farm B&Bs, Tania Pascoe, author of Wild Garden Weekends, selects 12 great places to stay among meadows, orchards and wildflower gardens 12 of the best secret gardens in the UK Continue reading…

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48 hours in Melbourne: what to do, where to go

June 3, 2015

Food in Chinatown, fashion in the arcades and footy at the G are just some of the things which mean a weekend in Melbourne is never long enough A weekend in Melbourne? It’s never long enough. As with any hometown, it’s a place filled with old friends and heavy with memories and associations. I live […]

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Jura holiday guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

June 3, 2015

The rolling fields, vineyards, mountain ranges and untouched forests of this region of eastern France are packed with wonderful places to eat, drink and stay Readers’ favourite places to go in the Jura Lyon city guide If it is still possible for France to have an undiscovered region, the Jura can lay a serious claim, […]

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Butlin’s Minehead: resort-hotel review

June 3, 2015

Butlin’s has updated its classic Minehead resort with 117 new chalets, designed with input from Mumsnet, creating smart accommodation that families can hang out in, not just use as a crash pad after a full day’s entertainment • Butlin’s appeals to Mumsnet but risks Swiss wrath in £16m chalet sally Just how big a deal […]

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