Review: The Conrad Hilton Hotel, Hong Kong

My room is on the 54th floor with a panoramic floor to ceiling vista opening onto a view of Central Hong Kong. As I type, I am watching the distant skyscrapers light up in the dying embers of the waning sun. The turndown service has furnished me with golden lotus moon-cake and a pot of fresh coffee, … Continue Reading

Eating Out – Cafe Gray Afternoon Tea, Upper House Hotel, Hong Kong

Each and everyday in Asia begins at the crack of dawn. The mission is to see and experience as much as possible,  insalubrious street markets, local fly kitchens, swanky rooftop bars and ancient temples.   For a slightly glossier respite, clued in locals put us on the trail of The Upper House Hotel. Designed by … Continue Reading

Review- Hotel de Paris, Monaco

I am sitting in a golden atrium of light and glass. The saxophone is weeping soulfully; the rising notes straining against the humid night air. Frank’s on the mic, doing the ‘Strangers in the Night’ routine. A pair of lonely emerald eyes cut through the champagne gloom. Maybe they’re looking for someone or just staring … Continue Reading

Review – Four Seasons New York

The Four Seasons New York – I have been extolling the virtues of the chain for some time now. However, even this pampered traveler was unprepared for the degree of hospitality and the lengths the staff would go to ensure our comfort. The hotel is located on 57 street, bang in between the shopping havens … Continue Reading

Review – The Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire

As a city dweller I often find myself dreaming of long country walks through fields of grass and clover, riding horseback through sunlight dappled forests and looking out of my window over a misty expanse of emerald fields and gently grazing cattle. This weekend my bucolic fantasy was finally fulfilled with an unforgettable trip to the Hampshire countryside, a mere 30 … Continue Reading

Review: Vaishaly Facial, the Spa at the Four Seasons, London

January; the time of the year that my skin does penance for its merry sins. A feverish attempt to restore my November glow resulted in me picking up the phone to the only people (apart from maybe God) that I knew to be up to the job. My last trip  to the Spa at the … Continue Reading