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Get inspired to fly straight to the Philippines

Get inspired to fly straight to the Philippines

This week it was announced that the first direct flights from the UK to the Philippines will be taking off in November. Soon, you’ll be able to fly non-stop from […]

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Places

Hotel review: Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Hotel review: Mandarin Oriental, Paris

For the aspiring high-end hotelier, there is no market more impenetrable than that of the French capital. Paris probably has the highest concentration of salubrious places to stay than any […]

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Places

Our stay of the week – The Rectory, the Cotswolds

Our stay of the week – The Rectory, the Cotswolds

Nestled on the edge of the Cotswolds in three acres of immaculate walled gardens is The Rectory Hotel, a grand Georgian country house. Perfecting the tricky blend of welcoming luxury, […]

by × September 3, 2013 × 3 comments

Places

Secret Escapes’ top five travel destinations for 2013

Secret Escapes’ top five travel destinations for 2013

The Cotswolds All thatched cottages, meadows, rolling hills and market towns that (probably) hold summer fetes, the Cotswolds – designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – is as English […]

by × August 21, 2013 × 2 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 […]

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Places

Hotel of the Month: GoldenEye, Jamaica – a sustainable five-star with a legendary heritage

Hotel of the Month: GoldenEye, Jamaica – a sustainable five-star with a legendary heritage

The 52-acre GoldenEye retreat in Jamaica can lay claim to a bunch of impressive accolades. For starters, it has a stellar literary connection as the former home of James Bond […]

by × August 5, 2013 × 2 comments

Places

London’s top five open-air swimming pools

London’s top five open-air swimming pools

Who cares that London isn’t by the sea? When the underground feels like descension into fiery hell and you’re more than a little tempted to flop into the Thames, head […]

by × July 21, 2013 × 1 comment

Places

Hotel review: Jays Paris

Hotel review: Jays Paris

Jays Paris is surely the most intriguing hotel in all of the French capital. On TripAdvisor, it’s rated second only to the palatial Hotel le Bristol and has claimed the […]

by × July 12, 2013 × 0 comments

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 × 2 comments

Competitions

Exclusive competition: win a five-star stay at The Kensington Hotel

Exclusive competition: win a five-star stay at The Kensington Hotel

Located on a Georgian row in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, The Kensington Hotel can afford to play with a little flamboyance. Beyond the quintessential white-stucco exterior is a […]

by × June 28, 2013 × 89 comments

Everything Else

Holiday blues? Here’s what to do if something goes wrong

Holiday blues? Here’s what to do if something goes wrong

As a member of Secret Escapes, we believe you have access to one of the simplest, safest and – dare we say it – most inspiring booking platforms around. Our […]

by × June 16, 2013 × 0 comments

Food & Drink

London afternoon tea series: Mad Hatter’s tea at Sanderson

London afternoon tea series: Mad Hatter’s tea at Sanderson

Sanderson hotel can lay claim to London’s most wonderfully whimsical afternoon tea. Initially launched in conjunction with Tim Burton’s (shameful) big-budget remake of Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter’s tea […]

by × June 9, 2013 × 1 comment