Postcards Home: Where We Went in 2018 And What We Thought

By Phil Clarke |
31st December 2018

I’m not going to lie, writing this is a bit of a kick in the teeth; a series of destinations that I’d give my back teeth to visit (not a great swap, I sorely need to visit the dentist!) and what’s more I’m the one that doled out the trips to my team sending them on the holidays of lifetimes! But my munificence and benevolence knows no ends, though sadly my holiday allowance does, limited to just 25 short days. So, with a couple of exceptions, here is where I sent my colleagues this year (without so much as a postcard to say thanks!).

W Hotel, New York

W Hotel, New York

New York, apparently so good they named it twice (three times if you include the fact that they ripped the name off of York, the Viking city and county town of actual Yorkshire). Emily packed her bags and her then-boyfriend, and stayed at the W Hotel, which was just as fabulous as it is here in London, except for their rather cavalier attitude toward bathroom privacy, which is maybe where the cracks started to show…

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Jersey

Jersey

Jersey, the home of cows, jumpers and offshore accounts. Also a great place to enjoy some r&r within a couple hours of London. Like the Cotswolds, but prettier and without Jeremy Clarkson. I took this one, and must say that I loved the place. I stayed at the relatively salubrious, but unimaginatively named, The Club Hotel and Spa, which I thoroughly recommend to anyone planning a visit. And to anyone not planning a visit, get your priorities in order.

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Barbados, Caribbean

Barbados, Caribbean

Okay, so I moaned in the intro about always being an editor and never a bride, but I can’t exactly complain about a week spent in the Caribbean paradise that is Barbados. There’s nothing negative to say about Barbados, or, more accurately, the Barbados that I saw. White beaches, palms, the real deal.

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The Prosecco Region, Italy

The Prosecco Region, Italy

On the trail of the ‘real’ Prosecco, Emily made her way to Italy to spend the best part of a week downing fizz in pursuit of journalistic integrity. Bubbling away about biodynamic something-other, we had to delete the ‘hic’s.

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Quinta do Lago, Portugal

Quinta do Lago, Portugal

Charlotte is our in-house sporty person (apologies to all the lunchtime gym-ers), so she was the natural choice to send to Portugal to this sports resort. The 2,000 acre resort includes golf courses, tennis, cycling, and so on.

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 Iberostar Sábila, Tenerife

Iberostar Sábila, Tenerife

Hot on the heels of her sporting turn in Portugal, Charlotte was again airborne and this time making her way to the Canaries (islands, not birds). Between aloe vera cocktails, aloe vera yoghurts and aloe vera jams she did a number of other aloe vera themed activities at this aloe vera themed hotel and resort. Takes everything, I suppose.

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Parma, Italy

Parma, Italy

Basically the home of ham, Emily started her tour of Italy here and, as you’d expect, got her mouth round plenty of the thin-cut hammy meat. But between mouthfuls she also managed to check out the opera house, the cathedral and museum as well as munch through a good measure of Parmesan cheese for good measure.

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Genoa, Italy

Genoa, Italy

Still hot on the trail of la dolce vita, Emily’s Italian tour took her to Genoa, which apparently boasts the tag-line ‘More Than This’. I have no idea what this means, literally nonsense, but the second photo down is, I swear, an elephant standing one-legged. That’s the sort of journalism we aim for.

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Flims, Switzerland

Flims, Switzerland

Meanwhile, another sporty assignment came in and Charlotte was straight on it, this time making her way to someplace called Flims. The Swiss alpine resort bills itself as the ultimate outdoorsy destination, which is exactly why I wasn’t keen to find myself hiking up mountains, but was also why it was straight up Charlotte’s strasse.

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Forstholfalm, Austria

Forstholfalm, Austria

She may as well have stayed at Flims and carried on hiking until she arrived in Forstholfalm. Charlotte’s next assignment took her to Austria and to a wellness hotel. The recycled hotel (yep, genuinely) is the ideal getaway for the health nut, fitness freak or post-Christmas diet-seeker. Hmm: might be making enquiries…

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Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Emily’s love affair with Italy showed no signs of abating as we headed into June and she made her way to Florence. Other than some vague arty references to get me by, I actually realise how little I know about Florence and after reading through her write-up I’m actually rather tempted to make my way to this cultural centre. Think I’ll be giving Gucci a miss, though.

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

Lottie’s welcome to the team came with a trip to Croatia: quite the golden hello! Or not, given her tours of the The Museum of Broken Relationships and copious amounts of a meat and vegetable stew called Knedli.

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Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy

Guess where Emily wound up next? Italy? No, Australia! No, you’re right, she was back in Italy again. My personal thought is that she’s trying for Italian citizenship. That or she’s in the Mafia. This time she popped up in Verona, home to Romeo and Juliet, palaces, bridges and so on.

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ROBINSON Club Camyuva, Turkey

ROBINSON Club Camyuva, Turkey

I think any pretence that Charlotte was on anything other than a jolly went out the window when she boarded the plane to Turkey. This all-you-can-drink resort saw her having a bloody good time for her, if not your, edification.

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Malta

Malta

I sent the wonderful Bex Bailey to Malta and she came back with ten reasons why we should all follow in her footsteps. I’ve always wanted to go to Malta, so I was particularly jealous on this count.

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The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight

Finally, I get to go overseas again. Except in this case the sea was The Solent. If you’ve not been to the Isle of Wight then prepare to step back to about 1992, but a good 1992, the one where life is slower and more gentle, not the one with shell suits and Wet, Wet, Wet.

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Barceló Torre de Madrid, Madrid

Barceló Torre de Madrid, Madrid

Lottie went to Madrid and stayed at the hotel that, it turns out, is the post difficult to extract good pictures from. Her one of a bear in the lobby got scrubbed from the official record, but it was a corker.

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Oman

Oman

Just when you think she’s gone and quit this whole travelling business, Charlotte’s on a jet out to Oman. After all her outdoorsy assignments it only seemed fair to let her put her feet up, so there she was travelling business class and meeting with camels and suchlike. Cushty.

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Canada

Canada

There may be 10 reasons to visit tiny countries like Malta and Oman, but when it comes to the vast swathe of North America that consitutes Canada, Lottie could only find five reasons. And one was going in a motorbike sidecar…

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Capo D’Orso, Sardinia

Capo D’Orso, Sardinia

Looking for romance? Well if Kirsty Merryn has anything to do with it we’ll all be going to Capo D’Orso (not together, she’s not suggesting we all get romantic together, swingers-style. At least I don’t think she’s suggesting that). Asserting that it’s the most romantic place in the Med (big claim), it certainly does look pretty swank.

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Las Vegas, USA

Las Vegas, USA

And I rounded the year off with a trip to Las Vegas. I’d never been and I have to admit I was pleasantly suprised. I gambled once (put $75 on red and won $150 thank you very much) but otherwise was spending my time discovering another side to the city named after sin.

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