Romance doesn’t work in a heatwave. Clammy hands and glistening brows tend to fray tempers rather than stir passions. So when my fiancée, Sophie, and I arrived in the Lake District to celebrate our engagement with a weekend of indulgence à deux - in the middle of the hottest summer in living memory - I was a little apprehensive. Tender breaks in the national park usually involve cosy log fires, hot toddies and canoodling in a Jacuzzi – hardly the stuff of dreams when it’s 30C in the shade. How about a nice cold shower? Leaving the M6, we found ourselves - for the first time ever - gazing skyward nervously at the persistent sunshine. Our destination was The Gilpin, a stylish retreat near Lake Windermere that’s been owned by the passionate and convivial Cunliffe family for the last three decades. It offers a range of packages for couples: three-night “Magical Mini Moons” and two-night “Magic Moments”. They feature a variety … [Read more...] about Is this the most romantic hotel in the Lake District?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by From an English country inn to a Caribbean beach resort, places our correspondents love to stay (you will like them too). What makes a hotel your favorite? The favorite? Every traveler has a different criteria: some love grand properties with opulent décor, while others prefer small places with a personal touch. The service, the food, the rooms and the setting usually figure in too. If you’re lucky, you’ve stayed at a handful of hotels that you consider to be exceptional. They’re the sort of places you’re wistful to leave. Ten travel writers for The New York Times have stayed countless nights at countless hotels. Here, places they love. HOTEL SANTA CATERINA, Amalfi, Italy I’m not sure what charmed me most when my husband, Mahir, and I arrived at the Hotel Santa Caterina, in … [Read more...] about 10 Travel Writers, 10 Favorite Hotels
September and October are lovely months for a short-haul holiday with a good dose of sunshine. But where can you find (pretty-much) guaranteed heat in less than five hours from the UK? Follow our expert guide to find the best hotels for late summer sun in Europe and north Africa – including the Greek Islands, the Canaries and the Turquoise Coast – which all have good temperatures well into October. Many have cool pools for languid toe-dipping and easy beach access. Prices tend to dip, everywhere is less crowded, and it's not as stifling if you want to do any outdoor activities. The sea also tends to be at its balmiest. So pick your favourite, and sleep sweetly knowing you'll be enjoying the very last rays of summer sun. GREEK ISLANDS Rhodes and Crete wind down in pace from mid-September onwards and there’s a more authentic feel to both islands, with many festivals in September to celebrate the grape harvest and lots of colourful religious feasts. Hotel prices are … [Read more...] about 38 hot hotels to make the most of the last days of summer
For those of you that don’t know, Chiang Mai is a quaint town in Northern Thailand that is often visited by many. For those that want a break from the busy hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a welcome change. Between its many temples, amazing street food, and interesting hikes and treks, Chiang Mai has a lot to offer. In fact, Chiang Mai was our home for a good year or so. It is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, and of course, delicious food! For those who are keen to come and visit, here are 10 awesome things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand, along with a few day trips and unique experiences. View Contents1 Attend a Cooking School2 Shop Your Heart Out3 Eat Some Khao Soi4 Watch a Muay Thai Match5 Chat with a Monk6 Tour the City on a Tuk Tuk7 Zip through Treetops8 Visit the Elephant Nature Park9 Relax and Play Footsie10 Day Trips from Chiang Mai11 Where to Stay in Chiang Mai11.1 Budget: The Grace House11.2 Mid Range: The Opium Serviced Apartment11.3 Splurge: Art … [Read more...] about Top 10 Things to Do in Chiang Mai, That You Shouldn’t Miss!
Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review. Last March, I enjoyed a sublime holiday in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. You can read my trip reports here: Review: Lufthansa A330 Business Class Frankfurt to Male Review: Soneva Fushi, the Maldives’ original desert island hideaway (today) Review: Soneva Jani, the Maldives’ most amazing resort Review: Shangri-La Colombo Hotel (Sri Lanka) Review: Wild Coast Tented Lodge (Yala National Park, Sri Lanka) Review: Aman tour in Sri Lanka: Amangalla Review: Aman tour in Sri Lanka: Amanwella Review: Austrian Airlines B777 Business Class Colombo to Vienna Today (May 16, 2018): Review of Soneva Fushi (Maldives). Location: Google Maps Hotel website: Soneva Fushi Tip: contact me to get a complimentary room upgrade at the time of booking Soneva Fushi, the Maldives’ original desert island hideaway, is located in the stunning Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere … [Read more...] about Review: Soneva Fushi, Baa Atoll (Maldives)