Archive For The “Outside the UK” Category

Paleis Hotel, The Hague – review

Paleis Hotel, The Hague – review

Paleis Hotel is a superb 4-star boutique hotel in the historic ‘Hofkwartier’ neighbourhood of The Hague. It sounds regal and it is indeed rubbing shoulders with royalty. It’s within a very short carriage ride of the Noordeinde Palace, the current work palace of King Willem-Alexander. I hear that this hotel regularly hosts dignitaries from up…

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Hotel Des Indes for an evening – review

Hotel Des Indes for an evening – review

This is perhaps the most iconic of all hotels in The Hague. Its very location allows it to take advantage of architectural and historic cachet. It sits majestically on a corner, with a regal red awning which encourages high expectations of what might lie within. Luckily all of us can enjoy at least a little…

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Mallorca for the Arts – travel review

Mallorca for the Arts – travel review

We might well think we know everything about Mallorca – possibly spelled Majorca and often pronounced with a hard ‘j’! It’s evidently a tapestry of an island and so far we are just considering the name! This is a beautiful island which has laboured under the touristic yoke of cheap package tours and ‘English Pubs’…

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Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair – travel review

Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair – travel review

This deceptively large hotel couldn’t have a better location. Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa is in Illetas, which is only 8 km (5 miles) from central Palma. One doesn’t need the extra expense of car hire: the bus stop is only a few yards away and an attractive €1.50 for a short ride into…

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Bali with Montigo Resorts – travel review

Bali with Montigo Resorts – travel review

Bali is a destination known more by Australians than Europeans. But it’s more accessible these days with convenient flight connections via Singapore Airlines from London’s Heathrow and worldwide. The trip will start as soon as you hit the airport. If you fly from Heathrow Airport then head for T2B close to gate B36, for Singapore…

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Montigo in Batam, Indonesia – travel review

Montigo in Batam, Indonesia – travel review

The name Batam refers to both an island and a municipality, the largest city in the Riau Islands, a province of Indonesia. You might not think you know where this is but if you have travelled to Singapore you would perhaps have already seen it: Batam is found across the Strait of Singapore. It is…

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Batam and Bali via Singapore Lounge Heathrow – travel review

Batam and Bali via Singapore Lounge Heathrow – travel review

These are destinations known more by Australians than Europeans, but they are more accessible to us now, with convenient flight connections via Singapore Airlines from London’s Heathrow. Any vacation should start as soon as the head of the household is safely lodged in the cattery, the central heating is set to just ticking over, you…

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Langkawi – more than beaches – travel review

Langkawi – more than beaches – travel review

This tropical gem has a deserved reputation for iconic, palm-fringed beaches, dazzling white sand and sea warm enough to call a bath. Langkawi is an island that charms and intrigues, and its story can be discovered not far from your sun-lounger. The sea is very much part of life here. It has provided a living…

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The Danna – beachside luxury – Langkawi Malaysia – hotel review

The Danna – beachside luxury – Langkawi Malaysia – hotel review

Langkawi, or to give its official title, Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah – in Malay Langkawi Permata Kedah – Is a tropical paradise. Its beaches are legendary, its skies mostly blue, and the sea is mesmerising. Nothing needed apart from a rather smart hotel. Well, who wants to sleep on a beach, however beautiful? Langkawi…

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Introducing Langkawi, Malaysia – travel review

Introducing Langkawi, Malaysia – travel review

Langkawi, or to give its official title, Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah – in Malay Langkawi Permata Kedah – is indeed a tropical paradise. Yes, that’s an oft-used term but an apt description of this floating gem. Langkawi is, in fact, an archipelago of more than 100 islands in the Andaman Sea, 30 km off…

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Rotterdam – beds, buildings and gastronomic surprises – travel review

Rotterdam – beds, buildings and gastronomic surprises – travel review

It’s attracting lots of gastronomic and architectural attention, and it does indeed offer a wealth of national and international food outlets. The new Markthal is a traditional market in Rotterdam with piles of fresh vegetables, meat and fish and, yes, cheese as well; but its attractive and striking environs are also garnished with a good…

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Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm – travel review

Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm – travel review

I had visited Holland once before. That was Amsterdam and many years ago. I travelled by air and the flight was quick – Holland is nearer than one might think. But a trip to Rotterdam via Stena Line ferry from Harwich made that diverse and vibrant city even more accessible. Rotterdam is the second-largest city…

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The Hague – Staying and Eating – Contemporary and Historic – travel review

The Hague – Staying and Eating – Contemporary and Historic – travel review

The Hague is indeed a ‘Royal’ city. You might even come across one of the ‘Oranges’, as they are considered perhaps the most accessible royal family in Europe. The Hague has been home to the House of Orange for more than four hundred years; first they were Stadholders and later gained the title of monarchs….

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Alentejo – Open Fires and Warm Hospitality – Where to stay – travel review

Alentejo – Open Fires and Warm Hospitality – Where to stay – travel review

Pousadas de Portugal in Alentejo is a network of quality and characterful hotels that give the guest a chance to experience unique charm. The group was started in the 1940s and now has forty-three properties. The network is mostly owned by the Portuguese government but managed by a private group, Grupo Pestana Pousadas. The first Pousada…

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Vila Vita Parc – Wining and Dining in The Algarve – travel review

Vila Vita Parc – Wining and Dining in The Algarve – travel review

We, cold souls, languish in northern Europe, longing for holidays offering bright sun and vibrant food. Look at any Mediterranean travel brochure and along with gold-fringed beaches there will be images of food. But there is an alternative to the now-crowded Med: the Atlantic. Yes, dear geographically challenged reader, that might conjure visions of grey…

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Vila Vita Parc and Herdade dos Grous – travel review

Vila Vita Parc and Herdade dos Grous – travel review

Vila Vita Parc enchants the guest with its exotic gardens; it invigorates the visitor with its pools and spa; it tempts with its food and wine. Those last two delicious elements will likely be at the very heart of your stay and they are key to the success of the company here in Portugal. This…

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Vila Vita Parc Resort Algarve Portugal – travel review

Vila Vita Parc Resort Algarve Portugal – travel review

One muses on holidays in Europe next year: perhaps France, as the south does have amazing weather and there is always the food. Perhaps a winter break to enjoy some bearable temperatures and maybe even some patches of blue sky. Spain has the ever-popular tapas as well as those vibrant cities of Barcelona and Madrid….

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JP teres at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur – hotel and restaurant review

JP teres at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur – hotel and restaurant review

Kuala Lumpur is a sometimes overlooked gem. It’s overshadowed by its glitzy cousin, Singapore, but this city has its own vibrancy and a unique character that deserves to be promoted. It’s not just a stop-over en route to some rather nice beaches, it can be an exciting and exotic destination in its own right. It’s…

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Majestic Malacca – hotel review

Majestic Malacca – hotel review

Tourists are creatures of habit. They tend to stick to the familiar and that is very much the case in Malaysia. There are fabulous beaches and the city lights of the capital, but there is charm and history waiting to be discovered in Malacca and it’s only a few hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. According…

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Park Regis Hotel, Singapore – travel review

Park Regis Hotel, Singapore – travel review

Singapore is blessed with hotels of every comfort hue. There are a few cheap and cheerful (if you are lucky) small hotels and a wealth of high-end spots to lay one’s travel-weary head. But as with property of any kind, it’s location, location, location that adds the word ‘memorable’ to ‘comfort’. Park Regis Singapore is…

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