For the London-centric of you, a quick geography lesson: The Isle of Man is nowhere near the Isle of Bestival. You’ll find it smack bang in the middle of the Irish Sea – left at Liverpool or right at Belfast. And the Manx folk? They’re white, 4-horned-sheep-eating, tailless-cat-owning, tax-avoiding, Martin Clunes-haters. Oh, and their 3-leg-logo […]Read more "THE GREAT VICTORIAN KIPPERS V OPIATES DEBATE"
MERCER HOTEL, BARCELONA It transpires that behind the spires of Barcelona Cathedral and the Catalan capital’s Roman walls stands a hotel with stones older than those of the attention-grabbing basilica – but the Mercer’s attitude is anything but ancient. Listed as a historical monument owing to the gorgeous 1st century walls integrated in its architecture, it was designed by […]Read more "MODERNISM, MEDIEVALISM AND MICHELIN STAR MEET UPON THE MED"
Anonymous review for Mr & Mrs Smith – Aug 2013. http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/cortijo-del-marques In the Eighties my father printed my mother a T-shirt that read ‘I don’t want to go to Granada!’ It became a running joke I never understood, assuming it to be ugly – or worse – an inland Fuengirola. It turns out she was simply […]Read more "REVIEW: CORTIJO DEL MARQUÉS, GRANADA"
Featured in Delitessen – Delicious Destinations for Gourmet Travellers. Aug 2014. https://www.delitessen.com/destination/barcelona/hotel/hotel-cram 18th Century Mansion turned Futuristic Design Hotel The Experience What is black and white and red all over? The chic Cram Hotel. No joke, in 2004 this uniquely avant-garde hotel in the fashionable Eixample quarter was inspired by the unlikely combo of piano […]Read more "HOTEL CRAM, BARCELONA"
Anonymous review for Mr & Mrs Smith – Nov 2013. http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/mercer-hotel-barcelona The blue dotted line informs us that the Mercer is a six-minute walk from my apartment, but Google Maps doesn’t account for culinary deviations. It’s really just over ten if you stop to gorge on a Michelin-starred mascarpone croissant at the nearby Hofmann Bakery. I live in […]Read more "REVIEW: MERCER HOTEL, BARCELONA"
Anonymously reviewed by Lisa Goldapple (Latina bon viveur) for Mr and Mrs Smith, March 2011. “We’re kinda like Keith Richards, right?!” I can see where Mrs Smith II is going with that. We’re high – 4000ft high – and feeling pretty rock and roll. That’s because Kiaroa’s airport transfer happens to be a 35 minute trip in […]Read more "REVIEW: KIAROA LUXURY ECO-RESORT, Bahia, Brazil"
Anonymously reviewed by by Lisa Goldapple (Latina bon viveur) for Mr and Mrs Smith http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/as/luxury-hotels/mihir-garh/review It has been said that a man without a moustache is like a cup of tea without sugar. On arrival in Rajasthan, it’s clear there’s no fear of either of these eventualities – the chai is super sweet and the whiskers, bonkers. Movember wannabes […]Read more "REVIEW: MIHIR GARH, Jodhpur, India"