Tag Archives: Weekend Breaks

November 21

ESCAPE LONDON-VISIT AMERICA : The Fairmont Grand by Name and Grand by Nature, Del Mar, California

Grand by nature and grand by name! With the opulence of an historic European manor, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar hotel in San Diego, California, was an utmost pleasure to review. From the moment you walk through the front door,  to the time strolling through the beautiful 17th century English Levens Hall-style garden topiary and rose gardens (rather […]

July 15

ESCAPE LONDON – Enjoy this secret hideaway in the middle of the New Forest

There is nothing like strolling around the British countryside and taking in some fresh air, add a forest to the walk and you are in for a magical time. Watching my little one walk through a forest for the first time certainly brought big smiles to both our faces, although an abundance of wonderful green […]

July 15

ESCAPE LONDON – Step back into Shakespeare’s history at the Mercure Hotel in Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon Avon is a picture perfect town which is rich in history and looks like is has hardly changed in years.  This quaint town is full of bars, shops and restaurants making it perfect to visit for a weekend and only a two-hour drive from London via pretty countryside fields. The Mercure Shakespeare Hotel […]

June 08

ESCAPE LONDON – Reading’s hidden waterside gem, the Bel and Dragon

The Bel and Dragon sounds like a pub, but it is a stunning bar and restaurant with an adjacent floating private restaurant that is perfect for weddings, and a beautiful cobbled outside dining area. The building used to be a biscuit factory, which left it with very high ceilings and plenty of glamour. This lovely […]

October 28

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – The Three Fifty Hotel did a 360 – Palm Springs

While there are all different styles and decors throughout hotels worldwide, I must say it is very refreshing to see a boutique hotel redesigned in such professional, modern,  chic, Italian style that still maintains a clean, streamlined retro feel to it. Interior Designer and Hotelier Laura Slipak has done an amazing job converting the old “Calla […]

October 28

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – SAY “BONJOUR” TO LA MAISON HOTEL – PALM SPRINGS

For those of you wishing that you were  on the  sunny, French Riviera during those cold winter months, you will be “enchante” to discover La Maison (‘Home’)  in Palm Springs, California where the sun shines year round. La Maison hotel was a just wonderful treat to review. It is a little corner of peaceful, provencial […]

October 28

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – EAST CANYON HOTEL & SPA – BEST GAY FRIENDLY BOUTIQUE HOTEL – PALM SPRINGS

New owners David and Doug (D&D) have just taken over this really cute, boutique hotel just and have done a magnificent job bringing it back to life. Vince greeted me, as promised, with a big welcoming smile and showed me to my room that had tasteful jazz music already playing in the background, cookies and […]

August 22

ESCAPE LONDON – The Lace Market Hotel, the perfect place to create memories

The Lace Market hotel is about a two and a half hour drive from London, ninety minutes by train. Just off the A60 are the historical hidden streets of the Lace Market, as you turn off the main road you are met with beautiful old buildings and an abundance of night life. The hotel provides […]

January 09

ESCAPE LONDON: Head to the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa: Relax, Unwind and rejuvenate to the picturesque backdrop of the Lake District

For the second weekend in a row, I was fortunate to be back in the Lake District, near to the town of Bowness-on-Windermere. I had been given the chance to experience two nights in the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa, and as always, I couldn’t wait to escape the pressures of work, for promised relaxation, […]

December 11

ESCAPE LONDON – Get a taste of the countryside at The Pheasant Inn, Lambourn

The Pheasant Inn in Lambourn is just minutes away from the M4, just over an hour from London and set in between beautiful country fields. The Inn has ample parking and as I arrived the beautiful sunset could be seen hovering over the luscious green fields. Entering the pub, you are transported into a lovely […]