It’s the question I dread more than any other: I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked to recommend the perfect country house hotel – that last great, very British bastion of tranquil, timeless, cosseted good living – by people whose preferences, habits, tastes and affiliations are unknown to me. I also dread to think how often I got it wrong. Have I sent an Instagrammer in search of the perfect floor tile to a hotel with wall-to-wall swirly patterned carpet? We all like to think we’re uniquely authentic but really, when it comes to country house hotels, we mostly fall into one of seven tribes. I’ve encountered them all at country house hotels across our green and pleasant land, from farmhouses, castles, rectories, manor houses, shooting lodges and gentlemen’s residences. Each tribe, in its own way, adds to the joy of a country house hotel stay. The truth is, it’s not in the end the buildings themselves that I … [Read more...] about Country House Tribes: Which country house hotel is right for you?
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Photos: Brookhaven home shows off owner’s James Brown flair The traditional home in Brookhaven has 2,689 square feet, four bedrooms and three baths. It was built in 1998. https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/home--garden/photos-brookhaven-home-shows-off-owner-james-brown-flair/DRlpoVz0Q9nGT9tLVXXBQO/ The traditional home in Brookhaven has 2,689 square feet, four bedrooms and three baths. It was built in 1998.Text by Lori Johnston/ Photo by Reynolds Rogers Photos: Brookhaven home shows off owner’s James Brown flair Being around water is naturally soothing and relaxing, especially with the sound of the waterfall, said homeowner Joyce Jarema. She resurfaced the pool with a Pebble Tec finish and installed new tile. It was an... https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/home--garden/photos-brookhaven-home-shows-off-owner-james-brown-flair/DRlpoVz0Q9nGT9tLVXXBQO/ Being around water is naturally soothing and relaxing, especially with the sound of the waterfall, said homeowner Joyce Jarema. … [Read more...] about AJC.com: Atlanta Georgia News, AJC Sports, Atlanta Weather
News Related: Four Seasons Geneva, Geneva, Kempinski Geneva, Le RIchemond, Mandarin Oriental Geneva I was fortunate to spend a delightful week in and around Geneva this summer, and following stays at one luxury hotel followed by another, I feel that I have the expertise to rank these hotels into a list of the top 10 best luxury hotels in Geneva. I include which hotels have the most character, which have a swimming pool. The location of each hotel compared to the next and ultimately, we outline why you should stay there. Our Travel Auctions Sort Bypopularlatestending Overview Bordered on three sides by France and within view of snow-capped Alps, Geneva is a city of world diplomacy and commerce – with art galleries, an opera house, gourmet restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Le Richemond, the Four Seasons, Beau-Rivage, the Kempinski and Hotel d’Angleterre, are all located on Geneva’s ritzy left bank, with front-row views of the Jet d’Eau fountain and the summit … [Read more...] about Top 10: The Best Luxury Hotels In Geneva
Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review. Last summer, I enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Singapore and the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali. You can read my trip reports here: Review: Singapore Airline A380 new First Class suite from London to Singapore Review: Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore (today) Review: Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay (Bali) Review: Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, Ubud (Bali) Review: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud (Bali) Review: Amandari, Ubus (Bali) Review: Amankila (Bali) Review: Amanjiwo, Borobodhur (Java) Review: Anantara Uluwatu (Bali) Review: Banyan Tree Ungasan, Uluwatu (Bali) Review: Bvlgari Bali Resort (Bali) Review: Singapore Airline B787-10 Dreamliner Business Class from Bali to Singapore Review: Six Senses Duxton (Singapore) Review: Singapore Airline A380 (old) Business Class from Singapore to London Today (September 19, 2018): Review of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. … [Read more...] about Review of Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Singapore)
Gazing up from the comfort of my bed, the night sky was a mottled canvas of stars. A dazzling show of constellations, shooting stars and the occasional satellite whizzing across the heavens. Outside, the wind blew through the tussock grass. Something small – perhaps a skink, or maybe a rabbit – dashed past. Somewhere outside, sheep were sleeping, or perhaps watching too. I was spending the night in a PurePod – a remote, five-star, backcountry hut, constructed mostly of glass. There are currently eight scattered across the South Island in New Zealand. Each is located in a dramatic landscape, allowing for a complete immersion in nature and the landscape, and the opportunity to pod-hop across the country. Inside, the pods are modern and luxurious, but the true extravagance is blissful isolation and views that run for miles – out to sea or across farms, valleys and vineyards. Totally immersed in the landscape, the pod is designed to take guests completely … [Read more...] about Off the grid: A pod-hopping journey to the wild heart of New Zealand’s South Island