hotel review

Amberlair: world’s first crowdfunded boutique hotel

We all know that I love a boutique hotel… But how about one where the target customer is involved in its design and funding… Enter Amberlair! An inspired idea – the world’s first crowdfunded boutique hotel! Can you imagine just how perfect and truly boutique a hotel designed by boutique lovers could be? The wait is almost over! You may remember that they interviewed me back in 2015 not long after the idea started taking shape? Well it is far more…

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Astor Grill at Cliveden House

Where has the time gone since we were special guests at Cliveden House? Somehow I neglected to write my post about the charming Astor Grill. It’s one of those places that I wish was just at the end of my road at home.  Maybe just a little bit further away, for a nice stroll through the countryside? It is the perfect mix of relaxed and luxurious and an excellent place for an end of week supper. I remembered I hadn’t written it when I…

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Airbnb in Greece: a Crete retreat

We almost didn’t go to Greece this summer. We had toyed with the idea a while ago. But it was too hard to choose the island, expensive flights, a plethora of accommodation choices… It was in the too difficult category. Then a friend mentioned he had booked an enormous villa and they had plenty of space. Could we join them? Yes we could! Even better, business class flights to Crete were cheaper than economy. I would almost call it a cheap flight!…

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10 things: to eat in London

My travel style is discreet and homely. It follows that my food taste would be similar. Working in London, on and off for ten years and more solidly over the last theee, has been a fun foodie discovery. There is such a choice and something for all tastes. Hidden amongst the big brand big dollar spots are some true gems. Some have been work discoveries, others recommendations from friends and a few just good luck to be passing by. All…

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British Airways: fasten your seatbelts for turbulence

I’ve always flown British Airways. They’ve always had the best choice of routes out of the UK. Until recently they were genuinely good too.  I’ve sat next to royalty before, it wasn’t just my view! These days I’d almost happily take the gimmicks of Virgin Upper or the lack of a special meal in American Airlines business. But the last few times I’ve flown long haul on business there hasn’t always been space with those carriers… I used to love…

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The Telegraaf Hotel: a boutique stay in Tallinn

When we visited Tallinn in April we were rather impressed! A gorgeous medieval town unspoilt by tourism and some excellent places to stay! The Telegraaf was our base.  It is a boutique hotel located on the edge of the old town.  When we stayed it was part of Small Luxury Hotels. It’s now part of Autograph Collection which have plenty of independent hotels. Relais & Chateaux and Leading Hotels of the World are also in town, but the Telegraaf took my fancy!…

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Lisbon city retreat: Palacio Ramalhete

We arrived at our Lisbon palacio at 12.01. I know this because I glanced at my watch. The sun was ‘past the yard arm’ and I gladly accepted a welcome glass of bubbles. It was pouring with rain outside, this was the bottled sunshine for the day. Our room at Palacio Ramalhete wasn’t ready but with three gorgeous lounges to relax in this wasn’t a problem. Furnished with big white sofas, fresh flowers and dotted with Taschen and teNeues coffee table…

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Boutique seaside stay: Villa Cascais

We flew to Lisbon, straight from a busy week at work in need of a chilled few days. In fact Mr P met me at the airport having just flown in from Sweden, so it was nice just to see him! Perfect timing – so jetset, meeting in the lounge 🙄 BA in their special ‘service improvements’ way tried to tip the applecart… At boarding they checked our cabin bags into the hold. Just because. We weren’t in cheap seats…

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A magical return to Cliveden House

Given the opportunity, I would live at Cliveden every weekend! It’s captivating.   And it is easily understood why Cliveden is repeatedly in the chocolates at luxury award ceremonies… There aren’t many places which have been restored so attentively and can offer guests the chance to stay in such a historical and grand location, with mod cons discreetly added. Our overnight stay was a series of ‘pinch me’ moments.  I had expected this stay to be like our previous luxurious stay…

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