Articles by: Secret Escapes

Food & Drink

Eat your way around Andalucia

Eat your way around Andalucia

Andalucia is a gastronomical landscape of contrasts. Infused by the diversity of historical and cultural influence, the cuisine throbs with Arabian blood, rich Islamic influence and age-old traditions of Spain. […]

by × January 24, 2014 × 2 comments

Places

24 hours in: Barcelona

24 hours in: Barcelona

8am: Rub your eyes as you sit sleepily in Granja de Viader, the oldest family-run business in Barcelona. It’s not the flashiest place to look at, but then that’s not […]

by × January 20, 2014 × 2 comments

Places

What to do (and not do) in Venice

What to do (and not do) in Venice

First time or fiftieth, the sight of this mesmerising city as you approach by water is enough to knock you unconscious. Venice is one of the most-visited destinations in Europe […]

by × January 16, 2014 × 20 comments

Everything Else

Secret Escapes, JustBook & our European adventure

Secret Escapes, JustBook & our European adventure

We started Secret Escapes with a very straightforward principle in mind – booking a holiday should be a simple, enjoyable experience. This principle emerged when we asked ourselves the following […]

by × January 15, 2014 × 5 comments

Places

Spotlight on: Cartagena, Colombia

Spotlight on: Cartagena, Colombia

Hotly tipped as a new must-visit destination by travel insiders, check out the lesser known Colombian coastal city of Cartagena (before everyone else does) When it comes to planning holiday destinations, Colombia […]

by × December 27, 2013 × 4 comments

Culture

Things to do in London on New Year’s Day

Things to do in London on New Year’s Day

If you’ve managed to escape seeing in 2014 with a hangover (well done you, please pass the fizzy drinks and bacon sandwiches) you really should tear yourself away from the […]

by × December 18, 2013 × 1 comment

Places

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire: seven hotels where you can cosy up by the hearth

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire: seven hotels where you can cosy up by the hearth

When the nights draw in, all we want to do is snuggle next to an open fire and drink brandy. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Here are […]

by × December 3, 2013 × 5 comments

Culture

Rocking around the Christmas tree: The best places to sing carols in London

Rocking around the Christmas tree: The best places to sing carols in London

It’s starting. Mulled wine, mince pies, the smell of wrapping paper. You can nearly hear the sleigh bells ringing and the credit cards kerchinging. Christmas is nearly here. But if […]

by × November 28, 2013 × 3 comments

Food & Drink

Kerb appeal – a guide to street food in Vietnam

Kerb appeal – a guide to street food in Vietnam

Vietnam is a food lover’s playground. A country so into its cuisine that before it chased off all its occupational and colonial invaders; it stole their best recipes and a […]

by × November 7, 2013 × 2 comments

Food & Drink

Five of the best hotel bars in the UK – selected by DesignMyNight

Five of the best hotel bars in the UK – selected by DesignMyNight

The Luggage Room, London Marriott Grosvenor Square The former luggage room of the five-star Grosvenor Square London Marriott has been lovingly transformed into one of London’s chicest cocktail bars, with […]

by × October 10, 2013 × 3 comments

People

Five minutes with Tom Valentine – the man, the MD

Five minutes with Tom Valentine – the man, the MD

Tom, tell us something surprising about yourself. Slightly hotel themed, I was very nearly called Clint after my pregnant mother was knocked over by Eastwood rapidly exiting Claridges. Apparently he […]

by × August 12, 2013 × 1 comment

Places

Mulberry campaign SS12

Cockles, castles and chip shops: five great British seaside spots

The British seaside is enjoying a revival. Not since the sashay of bustles and lace parasols on the promenade has our coastline been so chic. For their Spring/Summer campaign in […]

by × July 8, 2013 × 3 comments