Bran Castle, Transylvania – Home of Dracula

Bran Castle, Transylvania – Home of Dracula

Bran Castle. AKA the home of Dracula (or is it?), the origin of every Vampire movie, novel, book and a national monument and landmark in Romania. When Mr Kiwi and I were scouring the internet for unique holiday destinations, we jokingly mentioned going to Romania to visit Dracula’s Castle – but it turns out that both of us were quite interested, and within an evening we had shaped a holiday around it. We spent the… View Post

The Season of Flowers Cocktails at the The …

The Season of Flowers Cocktails at the The Polo Bar, The Westbury Mayfair Hotel

I’ve never yet made it to the Chelsea Flower Show. Somehow we always seem to be away, or busy, or some other reason which always seems important at the time. Luckily though, the team at the Polo Bar in the Westbury Mayfair Hotel have kept floral notes of the flower show in their Season of Flowers cocktail trio, available until the end of August. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Westbury Mayfair Hotel but my (very many)… View Post

Hotel Review: La Villa K, Saint Louis, France

Hotel Review: La Villa K, Saint Louis, France

There aren’t many hotels that have pulled me away from exploring a town, but the four-star La Villa K Hotel and Spa managed that with aplomb. The night before I flew home from my city break in Basel, I spent an evening in the Alsace town of Saint Louis, 2 meals into my 3 country/3 meal sojourn. Disclaimer: My trip was supported by the Alsace tourism board (thank you!) but all relaxation enjoyment is very… View Post

Hotel Review: Stratford-upon-Avon Billesley Manor Hotel

Hotel Review: Stratford-upon-Avon Billesley Manor Hotel

For the second night of our Stratford-upon-Avon staycation, we went deep into the countryside. (Well, as deep as 20 minutes in a cab could get away from the train station.) We booked at night at the Billesley Manor Hotel for some much-needed relaxation time. Set in 11 acres of parkland, Billesley Manor is a stunning 16th-century Elizabethan manor house. Located just 3 miles from Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, this historic property is steeped in history and charm.… View Post

A Luxury Break Back in Barcelona: What I …

A Luxury Break Back in Barcelona: What I would love to do again [Commissioned Post]

Barcelona feels like the city that got away – and needs another chance.  Luxury Retreats commissioned me to share my first impressions of visiting, and what I’d fit on a second visit whilst staying in their vacation rentals in Barcelona. (All of these images are theirs, all of the memories are mine.)