Hotel and Spa Guides

England: Hadrian’s Wall and the Northeast

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2021
"Winding through the wild and windswept Northumberland countryside, Hadrian’s Wall once formed the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, and it remains an important Roman relic..."

England: Canterbury and the Southeast

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2021
"Gardens are a real English specialty - and at Sissinghurst, Wisley, Chartwell and even Hever Castle, you can easily while away a long afternoon wandering through acres of exotic flora..."

Essential England: Experience Chapter

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2021
"A true afternoon tea consists of cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches, and scones with jam and clotted cream displayed on a tiered stand and served with steaming pots of loose-leaf tea..."

Prague Guidebook: Day Trips from Prague

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"As the saying goes, the world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page. The same applies to travellers who come to the Czech Republic but choose to visit only Prague..."

Prague Guidebook: Zizkov and Karlin

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"These two neighborhoods, which border the New Town on its eastern edge, are known for their after-dark adventures, from no-nonsense hospody (pubs) to sweaty live music clubs..."

Prague Guidebook: Vinohrady and Vrsovice

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"Dotted with pretty green parks, charming turn-of-the-20th-century houses, and several of the city's best cafés and restaurants, these are two of Prague’s most appealing neighborhoods..."

Prague Guidebook: Smichov and Vysehrad

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"Separated by the Vltava River, Smichov and Vysehrad are like night and day. And that’s when they're best experienced - spend a day exploring Vysehrad then hit Smichov in the evening..."

Prague Guidebook: Castle and Hradcany

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2021
"Despite its monolithic presence, Prague Castle is not a single structure but a collection of structures dating from the 10th to the 20th centuries, all connected by internal courtyards..."

Scotland: Northern Highlands & Western Isles

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, April 2020
"The Northern Highlands is a region where roads hug the coast, offering stunning views over the clear blue ocean, across dramatic mountain peaks, or along stunning heather moorland..."

Scotland: Inverness and Around the Great Glen

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, April 2020
"Defined by its spectacular topography, the Great Glen brings together mountains and myths, history and wild nature, then lets you wash it all down with a dram of the world’s best whisky..."

Essential Scotland: Edinburgh & The Lothians

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, April 2020
"Edinburgh is "a city so beautiful that it breaks the heart again and again," as Alexander McCall Smith once wrote. Its seven hills make a striking backdrop for the ancient pageant of history..."

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, August 2019
"Opened in 1903 as a luxurious railway hotel, "The Caley" maintains its rose-tinted sandstone façade, its intricately sculpted stone arches and its unmistakable whiff of Victorian grandeur..."

The Balmoral Edinburgh

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, June 2019
"One of Edinburgh’s most instantly recognizable landmarks, The Balmoral was first conceived as a railway hotel. And the Victorian-era baronial property remains a luxurious place to stay..."

Essential Great Britain: Experience Chapter

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, January 2019
"Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay are just the tip of the culinary iceberg, as chefs nationwide now indulge their passions for high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients..."

Scotland: Northern Highlands & Western Isles

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2018
"Wild and remote, Scotland's Northern Highlands and Western Isles have a timeless grandeur. Dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and craggy peaks rising out of moorland like islands in a sea..."

Essential Scotland: Edinburgh & The Lothians

A travel guidebook chapter for Fodor's Travel Guides, March 2018
"Take time to explore Edinburgh’s streets - peopled by the spirits of Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson - then enjoy a candlelit restaurant or a folk ceilidh..."

Boscolo Prague Hotel

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"Even in a city rich with beautiful buildings, Boscolo Prague stands out. The neo-Renaissance facade, swathed in heraldic symbols and architectural allegories, has the look of a palace..."

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Prague

A spa guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"Set within a Renaissance chapel, with the remains of an even older church below your feet, the spa’s illuminated stone walls, arches and frescoes give an immediate sense of serenity..."

Mandarin Oriental Prague

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"Housed in a former Dominican monastery with roots in the 14th century, this elegant hotel is an architectural delight; an eclectic mix of original Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles..."

Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"The bright and breezy Siddharta Cafe is open all day long, serving eclectic European-Asian fusion dishes like grilled filet mignon with udon noodles, pak choi salad and hoisin sauce..."

BoHo Hotel Prague

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2018
"Straddling the border of Prague's Old Town and New Town, BoHo has one foot in each camp with a contemporary, glass-fronted design set within a restored 19th-century factory building..."

Prague’s Best Boutique Hotels

An article for Honey Travel by nine.com.au, October 2017
"Until the turn of the decade, a stay in Prague usually meant either an out-of-town chain hotel or a self-catering apartment. But today, luxury boutique city hotels are growing in popularity..."

Cameron House: Luxury on Loch Lomond

An article for About Luxury Travel, December 2016
"Martin Wishart's Michelin-starred restaurant is the culinary apex of a stay at Cameron House. We had the six-course tasting menu, starting with confit of trout with smoked mussel cream..."

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine: Five-Star Spain

An article for About Luxury Travel, February 2016
"The hotel began life as the Monastery of Santa Maria de Retuerta in 1146, and this medieval heritage is still in evidence throughout, from the refectory restaurant to the cloister garden..."

The Corinthia, Lisbon: Living the High Life

An article for About Luxury Travel, December 2015
"The Corinthia is one of the Portuguese capital's most enduringly popular high-end hotels: a (literally) towering example of luxury Lisbon accommodation, rising to a sky-high 27 stories..."

Hotel Kamp, Helsinki: A Sumptuous Scandi Stay

An article for About Luxury Travel, October 2015
"A five-star establishment in the historic center of the Finnish capital, Hotel Kamp is where the world's most esteemed visitors come to doze, dine, drink and detoxify (in the three saunas)..."

Gleneagles: Golf Galore (and More)

An article for About Luxury Travel, August 2015
"The world-class golf is just one of the hotel's myriad draws. From cultured cuisine to warming whisky, in-house spa treatments to off-road driving, Gleneagles is the perfect luxury escape..."

Catch Champagne Bar: London’s Finest Fizz

An article for About Luxury Travel, May 2015
"With a blend of traditional and contemporary design, Catch fuses Victorian grandeur with 21st century chic. Sit at the bar for a curated Champagne tasting or just unwind at a private table..."

Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague: Chic Czech Boutique

An article for About Luxury Travel, May 2014
"The Czech capital offers a variety of large luxury hotels with big-brand names. Yet Prague visitors who prefer more intimate luxury can choose beautiful boutique Buddha-Bar Hotel..."

The Boutique Boom

An article for SO/HO Magazine, March 2014
"A good hotel stay is no longer only about high thread count linen and 24-hour room service; guests today are looking for stylish, independent properties that offer unique experiences..."

St Moritz: Switzerland’s Winter Wonderland

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"It all began with a wager. In September 1864, the St Moritz hotelier Johannes Badrutt bet four guests that if they returned to the town in winter, they'd enjoy it even more than in summer..."

Brand Boutique: Defining a Hotel Sector

An article for The Huffington Post, October 2013
"London's boutique hotel sector is booming. Despite a climate of declining hotel occupancy and the spluttering economy, the capital's boutique hotels have enjoyed startling success..."

Fine Design at The Augustine in Prague

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The moment the door swings open, guests are reassured they are in for a treat. Beyond the threshold lies a luxurious living room, with an iron staircase spiraling up through the ceiling..."

Eccleston Square Hotel, London

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, August 2013
"Eccleston Square Hotel is a nirvana for contemporary tech lovers. Each room boasts a 3D TV, luxury massage bed, personal iPad, remote-controlled curtains and smart glass panels..."

Experiencing Exclusive Resorts in Costa Rica

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"I hear a rustling overhead. Tentatively, I look up into the shadowy tree canopy overhanging the cliff edge, to discover a wrinkled pink face staring right back at me, A Capuchin monkey..."

Blending In: Thailand’s Luxury Hotel Designs

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"The sun skirts the ocean's edge. The lingering light dances upon the water's surface, from infinite sea to infinity pool, until it eventually sinks, exhausted, beyond the crystal horizon..."

The Boutique Streak

An article for Forbes Travel Guide, April 2013
"Despite a significant slowing of Britain’s economy in recent years, the boutique hotel sector has been expanding at an extraordinary rate. How have the boutiques bucked the trend?..."

St. Ermin’s Hotel, London

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, April 2013
"From the outside, St. Ermin’s is a classic British hotel - all red bricks and green courtyards. But step inside to discover white sinuous rococo plasterwork curving throughout the lobby..."

The Dorchester Hotel, London

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
"This luxurious London landmark is probably best known for its traditional English residential facade festooned with wrought-iron balconies. And yet it's the interior that really impresses..."

The Goring, London

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
"Still run by the family who built it, The Goring provides the height of luxury. The intimate hotel has just 69 rooms and suites, yet each is individually designed to ensure ultimate elegance..."

The Savoy, London

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, January 2013
"Often called “London’s most famous hotel,” The Savoy was opened in 1889 as the first truly high-end hotel in the country. And it's been at the very forefront of decadence ever since..."

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

A hotel guide for Forbes Travel Guide, January 2013
"Situated at the heart of Knightsbridge, this one-time Gentleman’s Club now comprises 198 of the finest rooms and suites in the capital, along with two swish restaurants and a lavish spa..."