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We Review: The Connaught Hotel

What: I’ve had the privilege of visiting and reviewing a number of incredible hotels since founding The Handbook twelve years ago, but even I shrieked a squeal of genuine delight (yes literally) when invited to review the Connaught Hotel. Because while it’s underdoubtedly ‘up there’ as one of the most old school of London’s hotels, it’s also one of the most superbly slick five star hotels ever to recieve a seal of royal approval (not only was it renamed after one of Queen Victoria’s sons, but the Queen Mother and Prince Charles are both fans) and, arguably a little less importantly, […]

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Laid-Back Luxury at Hurley House

What? Hurley House is a boutique hotel with style. A no expenses spared renovation has seen it transformed from a roadside pub to a destination hotel for out of towners. Ten chic bedrooms keep it feeling exclusive and a Michelin-starred chef means the restaurant boasts fine dining, with a more formal dress code in the evening. A spa and impeccable service add luxury to a relaxing stay. Where? Just a 40-minute drive from central London, Hurley House is positioned in the village of Hurley, conveniently located in between the quintessentially English riverside towns of Marlow and Henley. Hurley House, Henley Road, […]

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8 of the Best Places to Stay in Ibiza

Booked your summer holiday yet? It’s not too late. Whilst thousands of partygoers are planning to head to the white isle, Ibiza remains one of Europe’s most popular destinations for a reason – and partying isn’t the only one. Crystal waters, endless almond trees and irresistible Mediterranean food as well as great boutique hotels make Ibiza a whole lot more than somewhere to party. Here are 8 places to stay whether you are looking to be near the clubs, want to escape the rush of the world or just want to soak up the sun; get booking flights…

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A Londoner’s Guide to Croatia

The clocks have gone forward, the evenings are getting lighter and we have one thing on our minds, holidays. We want to explore new areas, stay in boutique hotels and try the best cuisine. So we decided to head to the beautiful Croatian city of Šibenik and the surrounding area, our guides were Jonathan and Megan owners of new boutique hotel, The Admiral Zaton. So if you like island hopping, crystal blue water, fresh seafood, wine and stunning scenery read on…  

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Valle Dell’ Erica Hotel – What We Thought

I know what you’re thinking as you read this review, sat at your desk as your boss sends you yet another ‘high importance’ email. You’re thinking wouldn’t it be great if you could go somewhere where the simple things in life remain just that, without all the complexities of city living? Somewhere where you can watch the sunset without electricity pylons splitting it in two, a place where the water is so transparent that Evian’s clearest would find it hard to compete, and a place where ‘rush hour’ doesn’t exist. Well, I didn’t know such a place could exist either, […]

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Valle Dell’ Erica Hotel – What We Thought

I know what you’re thinking as you read this review, sat at your desk as your boss sends you yet another ‘high importance’ email. You’re thinking wouldn’t it be great if you could go somewhere where the simple things in life remain just that, without all the complexities of city living? Somewhere where you can watch the sunset without electricity pylons splitting it in two, a place where the water is so transparent that Evian’s clearest would find it hard to compete, and a place where ‘rush hour’ doesn’t exist. Well, I didn’t know such a place could exist either, […]

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The Griffin Inn Review – what we thought

New? The Griffin dates from the 16th century and the Pullan family have been at the helm since 1979. Where? Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3SS, www.thegriffininn.co.uk On the menu: A Modern European menu with strong influences from London’s famous River Café with which The Griffin has close family associations. First Impressions: After an hour’s drive from London we find ourselves in the small town of Fletching in East Sussex which is home to The Griffin Inn. The garden has amazing views of the hilly countryside with the perks of a pop-up bar on site while the actual bar is also nearby. We stayed […]

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Down Hall Hotel Review: What We Thought

For everything that London has to offer, sometimes we all yearn for a change of scenery, especially when the sun is shining and the sweaty tube is even less appealing. Finding ourselves in this situation, we headed off to Down Hall Hotel. New? No, the building dates back to 1322 and has been home to artists, baronets and Lords. Where?  Situated on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, getting to Down Hall takes about 45 minutes from central London. We suggest taking the train from Liverpool Street to Bishop’s Stortford and then get a taxi which takes around 15 minutes. Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, […]

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8 of Britain’s Best Boutique Hotels

If you have a case of the Bank Holiday Blues then there is only one thing for it – plan you next mini break, your next long weekend and your next escape from the routine of everyday. Which is why we’re bringing you this guide. Boutique hotels are basically the most homely yet luxurious hotels you can imagine – we’re talking impeccable design, roll top baths in the bedrooms and of course Egyptian cotton bedsheets. For the purposes of this guide we are also referring to ’boutique’ as fewer than 30 bedrooms, each individually designed with personal touches throughout the […]

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Vila Joya Review – What We Thought

When Europe’s leading boutique hotel (for 11 consecutive years) invite you to stay, you don’t say no. Especially when it is 5 star, has a restaurant with not one but 2 Michelin stars and oh, did I mention, is in Portugal? Where: Vila Joya, Estrada da Galé, 8200-416 Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal www.vilajoya.com First Impressions: Arriving at Vila Joya in time for breakfast, every member of staff greeted us with “Welcome to Paradise”. By the time breakfast is over, you see why. Originally a family villa, Vila Joya has discreet luxury written all over it. Even the painted sign on the front gate gives nothing away […]

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