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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 × 4 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 × 3 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 […]

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Places

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire: 7 hotels where you can cosy up by the hearth

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire: 7 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

Places

Our stay of the week – Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Our stay of the week – Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Only a couple of months into its new life across the pond, Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is the latest outpost of the hipster-magnet Ace Hotel group and the first to […]

by × November 11, 2013 × 0 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

Places

Five of the best hotel rooms in Manchester

Five of the best hotel rooms in Manchester

Balcony King Room, Velvet Located on Canal Street, Velvet is a former textile mill reborn as a decadent boutique hotel. There are 19 extrovert rooms and suites here; the most […]

by × November 4, 2013 × 0 comments

Places

24 hours in: Budapest

24 hours in: Budapest

9am: Start the day in Pest at Taskaradio Eszpresso, a kind of 1970s diner where scratchy Motown is the soundtrack of choice. Glass cabinets full of retro toys line the […]

by × October 28, 2013 × 0 comments

Places

Hotel Week NYC – stay in the Big Apple for $100 a night

Hotel Week NYC – stay in the Big Apple for $100 a night

Big Apple beckoning but you’re on a budget? New York hotels are right up there with wallet-wounding Paris and London when it comes to high prices. A (probably handmade and […]

by × October 22, 2013 × 0 comments

Places

Hotel of the Month: Treehotel, Sweden

Hotel of the Month: Treehotel, Sweden

Nested near the remote Swedish village of Harads, this world-class collection of eco-luxe ‘treerooms’ has really stirred things up in the Far North. Usually reserved for the wish lists of […]

by × October 15, 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 × 2 comments