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Heavenly Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

Heavenly Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

Kruisherenhotel Maastricht is one of the most noteworthy hotels in which I have stayed in the Netherlands. Perhaps it’s one of the most memorable hotels I have ever visited anywhere. It’s a unique marriage of 15th century architecture and ultra-modern design. It truly is a matter of taste, but Kruisherenhotel was, for me, heavenly in…

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The George and Dragon Hotel Stay

The George and Dragon Hotel Stay

Oh, the joy of the British countryside! Perhaps a picturesque village with rustic charm; could there be an historic coaching inn? Yes, indeed, and quite near London too. It’s the George and Dragon in the stunning village of West Wycombe. The village features many buildings of architectural value which were built between the 16th and…

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Things to do in Mauritius

Things to do in Mauritius

Things to do at Outrigger Mauritius This hotel makes a wonderful relaxing retreat, and it can also act as a hub from which to visit other parts of the Island. But there are lots to do within the resort for all the family. The lagoon location will give both children and adults the opportunity to…

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Castle Stays in The Netherlands

Castle Stays in The Netherlands

Stay in Dutch Castles and Eat like a Prince (or a Princess) It’s likely that my dear reader would not know that there are castles in The Netherlands; well, unless you had read my recent articles (and why wouldn’t you?). And it’s probable that few people know that it’s possible to stay in one of…

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Il Gallo d’Oro – Madeira

Il Gallo d’Oro – Madeira

I have mixed feelings about Michelin-star restaurants. Yes, they can be striking and obviously the food will be memorable, but sometimes they lack soul and continuity. One has the sense that they might be trying too hard to keep that glittering accolade, at the expense of their guests. Il Gallo d’Oro Madeira has changed my…

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Chef Andy Ian, Outrigger Mauritius

Chef Andy Ian, Outrigger Mauritius

Outrigger Beach Resort in Mauritius offers its guests so many dining opportunities. Each restaurant has its own character and will appeal to changing tastes and expectations throughout the day. Families with diverse requirements are catered for at all times in the other restaurants – but then one finds The Plantation Club, and that has a…

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Executive Chef Guven Uyanik – The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort

Executive Chef Guven Uyanik – The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort

The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has Guven Uyanik as Executive Chef. And he has already enjoyed some high-end international experience. Before joining Outrigger, Chef Uyanik worked in several countries including the UK and Hong Kong. He heads a team which has already carved a reputation for presenting fine food. This attractive hotel complex boasts a…

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Mercado Market Dining – Outrigger Mauritius

Mercado Market Dining – Outrigger Mauritius

It’s true! I am an unashamed fan of high-end resorts worldwide. I enjoy comfort, amenity and, of course, food. Outrigger Beach Resort and Spa has all of that, and Mercado Market Dining tempts three times each day. This is a casual buffet restaurant located in a replica of a Mauritian sugar factory. It boasts high…

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Gilbey’s for an Eton Stay

Gilbey’s for an Eton Stay

Dear tourist, please take a step away from London on your next vacation. Eton awaits and it’s a gem of a destination. Don’t worry about where to stay. I have a suggestion which will delight with its charm and comfort. You will likely not want to leave, so do your sight-seeing first. Well, why would…

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Outrigger Mauritius – lagoon lounging

Outrigger Mauritius – lagoon lounging

I didn’t know what to expect. It was my first visit to Mauritius and my second to an Outrigger resort. The bar had been set very high! The welcome by immigration officials at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport was warm and friendly. This seasoned traveller braces herself for such encounters. There were smiles, jokes and…

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POTUS Bar and Restaurant at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment

POTUS Bar and Restaurant at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment

Well, perhaps this is lucky timing for a review of a restaurant called POTUS! President Trump has been visiting London and POTUS Bar and Restaurant at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment is just a stone’s throw from the new American Embassy. Perhaps Mr Trump will pop in to sample some solid American fare before…

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Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment

Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment

This new and smart hotel is part of the polished Crowne Plaza group and it sits next to the Thames on the historic Albert Embankment. That location might sound, to the untutored, like a mound of earth or what those who hail from across the pond call a levee. Albert Embankment was created by the…

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Madeira Quinta da Casa Branca Dining

Madeira Quinta da Casa Branca Dining

Funchal in Madeira is one of my favourite cities and Quinta da Casa Branca has one of my favourite restaurants. That is surely a recipe for delicious contentment and a very happy reviewer. I have not actually stayed at Quinta da Casa Branca but dream of doing so. It is perhaps one of the most…

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Green Chicken Curry (Kaeng Kheaw Waan Kai)

Green Chicken Curry (Kaeng Kheaw Waan Kai)

This recipe has been generously contributed by Executive Chef Roberto Conrad and Chef Pan of Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, Thailand The rich coconut milk base paired with chunks of chicken, round Thai eggplant, and chillies is a recipe for delicious culinary comfort! Grab a bowl of freshly steamed rice and green curry, and enjoy…

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Holdsworth House – dining

Holdsworth House – dining

Holdsworth House Hotel is found along a rather anonymous road halfway between Leeds and Manchester, and not far from Halifax. It makes the ideal base for visiting Yorkshire’s Brontë Country and Calderdale’s beautiful and dramatic hills and moors. It’s a stone’s throw from the Lake District, one of Britain’s best-loved regions. This is one of…

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Half Day Phuket City Tour

Half Day Phuket City Tour

Thailand is an easy country to love. A popular part of that land is Phuket and there is more to that region than just its glorious beaches. Any visitor would miss so much if they didn’t take a little time and a little tour. A half-day Phuket City excursion will show another and more traditional…

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Voyager 47 Club Lounge – Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

Voyager 47 Club Lounge – Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

This white and golden-thatched bungalow stands separated from the main body of the hotel and on the edge of the lagoon. It can be accessed only by guests of the Club Rooms, One-Bedroom Suites and Two-Bedroom Villas. Those superb accommodations are enhanced still further by the addition of the Voyager 47 Club Lounge to the…

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Lancrigg Hotel – dining

Lancrigg Hotel – dining

Lancrigg is perhaps one of the most charming hotels in the Lake District …and even beyond. It has the exterior of a rather good country home. Its pale yellow walls blend perfectly with the surrounding countryside. The stone barn behind is so picturesque that it could almost have been put there just to thrill Instagram…

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The Brown Horse, Windermere – stay

The Brown Horse, Windermere – stay

The Brown Horse Inn, located in the heart of the Lake District, is an 1850s former coaching inn that offers its guests a comfy and modern take on a Cumbrian break. This would be a lovely hub from which to explore this region of natural beauty and charm. Incorporating all of the best aspects of…

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The Plough Inn – dining

The Plough Inn – dining

The Plough Inn is a little stunner. It offers beautiful rooms for the few who are lucky enough to stay, and a traditional bar and restaurant for resident guests and locals. The concept is smart casual and the food is polished. My perfect combination. One sits amid a riot of mismatched tables and chairs. The…

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