Review: Flying a Hawker Hunter

Review: Flying a Hawker Hunter

Where: St. Stephan When: 24th August, 2017 Booked with: MigFlug Switzerland: the home of money laundering, beautiful scenery and Yves Rossy – the Jetman.  As James Bond once said: a Mig is not enough.  Almost immediately after my Russian trip, the need for speed took hold and started to strangle me […]

Review: Miavana, Madagascar

Review: Miavana, Madagascar

Miavana, Magagascar Room type: 2 bedroom villa Duration: 13th > 18th September, 2017 Booked with: Charity Buzz Miavana is the latest in a line of ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resorts with prices north of $4000/n that seem to be popping up with more regularity that a North Korean nuke. Like a UN weapons inspector, […]

Review: Villa Honegg, Honegg

Review: Villa Honegg, Honegg

Villa Honegg, Honegg Room type: Master Suite Duration: 21st > 23rd August, 2017 Booked with: BESVISOR Villa Honegg is the rarest of 5 star properties – one that mastered the use of social media to go viral.  I remember when going viral meant you had a disease soon to be named after […]

Review: Cliveden House, Cliveden

Review: Cliveden House, Cliveden

Cliveden House, Cliveden Room type: Maison House Deluxe Room Duration: 23rd > 25th July, 2017 Booked with: A thoroughly pleasant chap Losing my last trace of self-respect, I managed to blackmail my girlfriend into blackmailing an ex-work colleague into getting us a friends-and-family rate at Cliveden House.  It has been on […]

The Lanesborough follow-up

The Lanesborough follow-up

The Lanesborough, London Room type: Junior Suite Duration: 28th > 29th July, 2017 Booked with: Direct with hotel Being a glutton for punishment, I decided to return to The Lanesborough, even after my rather disastarous stay back in April. To save you the hassle of reading it all, here’s where it ended 3 […]

Update on the update: Whatley Manor revisited

Update on the update: Whatley Manor revisited

Whatley Manor, Chippenham Room type: Master Suite Duration: 15th > 16th June, 2017 Booked with: Direct with hotel After my disastrous stay back in February, I was offered a comped stay of dinner and free night in the best available suite.  Not being one to turn down anything for free, I was sold […]

Review: Lympstone Manor

Review: Lympstone Manor

Lympstone Manor, Lympstone Room type: Junior Suite Duration: 14th > 15th June, 2017 Booked with: Direct with hotel   This is chef Michael Caines restaurant; this is his hotel; this is his child of love. That’s not an issue if you’re either a truly hospitable person, which as TV has taught us […]

Review: Park Hotel Vitznau

Review: Park Hotel Vitznau

Park Hotel Vitznau, Vitznau Room type: Suite Lake Duration: 17th > 19th May, 2017 Booked with: Ourisman Travel Remember that one time I went to Ballyfin, completely unaware of its magnificence, and then wrote about how amazing it was, only for everyone who ever read this blog to book it immediately?  Say “aye” if […]

Review: Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne

Review: Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne

Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne Room type: Junior Suite iuration: 12th > 14th May, 2017 Booked with: Direct with hotel Once upon a time there was a hotel called The Connaught.  In its illustrious history, it has had less GMs than I’ve had Valentine’s cards from Beyonce, but who’s counting?  So it should come as […]

Review: The Lanesborough, London

Review: The Lanesborough, London

The Lanesborough, London Room type: Grovesnor Suite.  Kinda.   Duration: 15th > 17th March, 2017 Booked with: Ourisman Travel 2017 is the year of the rooster.  I have absolutely no idea what that means, but I’m using it as my excuse for staying in all 21 AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts that […]