Author: Tom C

The Pig at Combe

My stand-out hotels of 2017

I was asked to put this together by a fellow reader months ago, yet life managed to find a way to force me into watching endless TV series on Netflix instead.  Sometimes life is a cruel mistress with no mercy.  But here it is!  Better late than never, yet still […]

Short review: Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park

Short review: Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park

Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park Room type: Mandarin Room Duration: 29th > 30th October, 2017 Booked with: Dorsia Travel I’m 30. I should have learnt by now to listen not only to others, but also myself. Maybe next year is my lucky year of self-improvement. For those after the quick summary, […]

Four Seasons Ten Trinity follow-up

Four Seasons Ten Trinity follow-up

Four Seasons Ten Trinity, London Room type: Trinity Heritage Suite Duration: 11th > 13th August, 2017 Booked with: Dorsia Travel As part of my once-in-a-life-time, around-the-world tour of forgiveness, I wanted to give Four Seasons Ten Trinity another go after their somewhat interesting approach to opening night. Long story short, they […]

Review: Ellerman House, Cape Town

Review: Ellerman House, Cape Town

Ellerman House, Cape Town Room type: Ellerman House Suites Duration: 3rd > 7th September, 2017 Booked with: Dorsia Travel There is little point you reading this review.  Just know that wherever you are right now, Ellerman House is definitely as good, and almost certainly better.  Yes, even if you’re reading this […]

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 […]