Scotland hotel review: Inside the Kimpton Charlotte Square in Edinburgh

The Inspector calls at the ‘perfectly placed’ Kimpton Charlotte Square hotel in Edinburgh… and vows to return The hotel is located close to Rose Street, the Scottish capital’s famous pedestrianised road lined with pubs The Inspector is impressed with his ‘classic double’ room, which is ‘spacious and generous’  A big selling point is the large spa … Read more

The best new hotel arrivals around the world in 2022, from New York to Bali and the Cote D’azur

With travel restrictions easing at last in many parts of the world, holiday destinations near and far are welcoming tourists again.  There is even a host of stunning new hotels and resorts to tempt travellers overseas, from a Mayan-inspired newcomer in Mexico and Michelin stars in Majorca to an uber-cool addition on the Cote d’Azur. … Read more

Winter sun holidays: Escaping to the lagoons and beaches of Rodrigues, Mauritius’ tiny neighbour

Lying in the shade of tall palm trees on a tiny desert island while sampling some freshly barbecued fish and watching the boats bob up and down on the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, I realised that this was the ultimate island retreat.  An island escape is the perfect holiday if you’re looking to relax … Read more

France holidays: A review of the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris located near the Champs-Elysees

The French abolished their monarchy in 1792 – but they certainly still know a thing or two about living like royalty. A point underscored with aplomb by Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, which occupies a 19th-century mansion house a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysees and President Macron’s Parisien home, the 365-room Elysee Palace. Grand company. But … Read more

Iceland holidays: Stepping into Sky Lagoon, a blockbuster new geothermal infinity pool in Reykjavik

There’s magic in the air as I step into Iceland’s gloriously warm geothermal waters. Stars shine in the early evening sky and clouds of steam momentarily cut me off from the other guests. Feeling wonderfully alone, I float effortlessly past jet-black volcanic rocks as snow begins to fall. It’s an experience you can really only … Read more

Finland holidays: The benefits of sauna yoga and bellowing in the dark in Finnish Lakeland

Pitch black and it’s about 1c, yet I’m strangely calm and relaxed lying down in the middle of a forest. Earlier, I even hugged a tree. That’s what you do in Finnish Lakeland, where nature governs everything. We’re near Lake Saimaa, three hours north of Helsinki and just two hours from former Russian capital, St … Read more

2022 holidays: The best places to go this year for globetrotters of every kind, from Egypt to Peru

Cruise companies are desperate to slip their collective moorings and get back on the high seas. And there will be no shortage of options during 2022, whether it’s watching the Fifa World Cup in Qatar, kayaking among icebergs or enjoying the thrills and spills on board the latest megaships, with their roller coasters, super-slides and … Read more