I spent a week in Morocco, and while I was in Marrakech, Riad Dar Najat, was for me a great attraction.
The Riad is beautiful, nicely decorated, the kind of place where you know the owners take care of every detail with great care.
The staff were very friendly, and made me feel at home. It's very special the way you are treated.
The food is another attraction. Delicious, delicious!
And about the location, very important: it's very easy to get there, and go to Djema El Fna, with no possibility of missing the way.
So, everything is perfect! Totally recommend!
This place offers a totally unique experience to travellers as it is run by the Gyumed Tantric monks themselves. So the atmosphere is a happy one, the food is delicious but the real secret is that on the top floor is a mini monastery. Buy some local Buddha statues that are made in Nepal and bring them up to the monks and they will fill them with mantras for you and bless them. Creating a take home gift that is second to none in my book! If you are lucky enough to stay at this unique hotel you will be woken up in the morning to the sounds of the monks chanting on the roof top as the morning sun is beginning to peak over the rolling foothills of the Himalayas.
P.O. McLeod Ganj, 176219 Distt. Kangra, Dharamsala (H.P.)
Castel san Vincenzo is an Italian municipality of 566 inhabitants of the province of Isernia in Molise. In its territory you find the famous abbey of Saint Vincenzo to the Volturno. The village is situated to the western stratums of the Walloon mount. The earth of Saint Castel Vincenzo is rich of lives, olive trees, walnuts and gelsi.
The original abbey of San Vincenzo was destroyed in 881AD and rebuilt. This is the abbey we can still see today. The two areas of Castellone al Volturno and Castel San Vincenzo al Volturno were combined in 1928 and in 1990 became an important part of the National Park of Abruzzo and Molise.
The local food is delicious. Expect dishes like Zucchine secche with dried plums (dried courgettes, a Christmas dish), Dardaglione (polenta with vegetables), Torcinelli Christmas (pancakes), Farrozzi (risotto made with pig's blood and thymus) and jiciuotti (dried corn and baked in a clay pot).
San Vincenzo is located near the airport either in Rome or Pescara.
You can easily get there by car, coach and train.
One beautiful hotel in San Vincenzo is Tenuta la Bandita.
Via Campagna nord 30, 57020 Sassetta
Google map: bit.ly/lrqIiR
This small family-run inn in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district features ultra-clean singles starting at £45 and doubles at £67. The rooms are Japanese-style: tatami mats and futons with private baths. The free light-drenched public bath on the fourth (and top) floor is a delight, and so are the family that own Saiko Inn. It's a 10-minute taxi ride from bustling ikebukuro station (the inn gives a 1000-yen rebate on your arriving taxi receipt.) Ikebukuro's a cool area, with lots of inexpensive restaurants and cafés.
2-34-16 Nagasaki, Toshima-Ku
+81(0)03 3972 1315
The Saline Royale (Royal Saltworks) is a historical building at Arc-et-Senans in the department of Doubs, eastern France. The architect was Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (1736–1806), a prominent Parisian architect of the time. The work is an important example of an early Enlightenment project in which the architect based his design on a philosophy that favored arranging buildings according to a rational geometry and a hierarchical relation between the parts of the project.
After visiting the Royal Saltworks, you
can stay at the Château de Germigney which is a wonderful place with a one star gastronomic restaurant.
The ultimate lodge/hostel/posh backpackers, in the ultimate year round surf capital for all levels from beginner to expert: sea view, free pool, free internet, sunset views, amazing vibe, indo board etc ... The local area is almost as amazing, from Obidos to Peniche to Berlenga island etc
I searched for three days on the internet before I found this place hidden away on a site about Ixelles, in the south of Brussels. It is a charming and enormous old townhouse with three B&B rooms on the top floor all fitted out with their own bathrooms (surprisingly difficult to find with cheap chambres d'hôte in Brussels.) The ground floor is a gallery and an organic breakfast is served either here or the a beautiful garden that the gallery gives onto. The space is also a meeting place for a documentary photography collective to which the host, Stephanie, belongs and there is a dark room hidden away in the cellar. Stephanie was incredibly welcoming and happy to answer any questions about the city. At bewteen 60 - 80 euros a night its average for a chambre d'hôte in Brussels and very affordable when you you see the rooms. The attic room in particular is breathtaking- floor to ceiling windows look over the garden. Ixelles itself is fun and arty and I much preferred staying here than the centre of Brussels. Definitely recommended!
It's a mouthful, but that seems to be what it's called on the Flipkey page where my wife found it. However I grant it this indulgence as it is truly a hidden gem and a find that were I to visit Melbourne more often I would not be so keen to share with my Guardian friends. Fear of never being able to get in again would arouse my selfish gene. Fortunately for you Melbourne is a long way from home and not somewhere I visit regularly.
So, it's essentially a serviced apartment/ short stay accommodation in the centre of the city that isn't outrageously overpriced and has style and comfort way above its price tag. Leather couches, stunning artwork, polished concrete flooring, aesop products. Ticks all the boxes.
A superb small beach lodge on the northern tip of the island.
Great service, superb food and diving and the best beach we saw on the island. We arranged our trip with Africa Odyssey who had videos of all the locations which really helped
An amazing place to view polar bears in the wild. It's on the frozen tundra outside Churchill, not a luxury hotel but a comfortable base for excursions out on the ice and across Hudson Bay to see these amazing creatures!
We stayed recently and found the host and hostess extremely welcoming; the breakfasts were exemplary the beds extremely comfortable and all very clean and most comfortable. A definite home from home.
We stayed at the Hotel Les Tetes in Colmar in February and can highly recommend it, particularly for its central location in the middle of the medieval old town, its historic building status (it's a tourist attraction in its own right) and the attached gourmet restaurant. The broccoli soup was unforgettable!
Here's a list of other recommended places to visit in Colmar:
Little Venice: the network of canals in the old town
Quai de la Poissonnerie: a lovely medieval street
Unterlinden Museum: featuring the famous Isenheim altar piece
The Dominican Church: with the painting Madonna of the Rose Arbor
The Bartholdi Museum: dedicated to the designer of the Statue of Liberty
Toy museum: specialising in animated toys
Dvori Sv. Jurja is an estate on top of the Hvar overlooking the sea and island of Scedro. It is a very unique and chilled place comprising of three stone houses in a typical Mediterranean garden with all amenities you need: a pool, tennis court and a vegetable garden. Ideal for a relaxing holiday far enough from hustle of the Hvar town and yet not too far from beaches and the nightlife should you want it. Surrounded by lavender fields and untouched nature, with wild horses roaming around offers many opportunities for walks, hikes as an alternative to the usual beach experience. We stayed there with friends for two weeks last summer and have actually organised our wedding there. The owners, Olga and Veljko were amazing hosts and provided all the support and help we needed which ensured we had an unforgettable wedding plus a great holiday.
Lucica BB, 21465 Jelsa
This is a web where you can rent apartments in Barcelona. They have baby chairs and baby beds and above all a microwawe so its easy to heat up milk/food at night. As a family my new experience travelling with a small child has been difficult. It's hard to find a place to stay with baby facilities and ideas for where to go. Also I found a great Japanese restaurant who provides babysitting while you're eating! Barcelona is getting baby friendly!
After a great day in the Addo Elephant National Park the owners of Lemon3Lodge took us on a private township tour to the cooking project for 400 kids.
The owners coordinate this feeding scheme by receiving donations for guests of the Lemon3lodge.
It was awesome to see how a little donation can save and affect the lives of 400 children.
And of course, we stayed three nights at Lemon3lodge. Beautiful rooms, great swimming pool, garden and views. Perfect hosts.
I visited Mexico as a self-funded school trip when I was 15. This was one of the hotels in which we stayed. It was phenomenal. Everything from the rooms to the fine dining and swimming pool were beyond excellent. The hotel itself is a converted jail with its fascinating tunnel network still intact and open to visitors. Amazing memories from this trip.
We’ve got some lovely gardens in Snowdonia, such as Bodnant and Portmeirion, but for me the walled garden at Maes y Neuadd is the best – it’s good enough to eat!
The 149 items of fruit and veg only just fit onto a sheet of A4.
Each morning, the head gardener reports to the kitchen, with the complete list of produce indicating what’s at its best. Armed with this knowledge, the chef finalises the day’s menu and the harvest begins - eight tonnes a year.
The vegetable garden is not just a culinary feast, but an aesthetic inspiration. What better than an afternoon stroll spotting the gaps from where tonight’s supper was plucked? Maybe some helpful hints and tips from one of the gardeners?
You never know who you might bump into – Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Senator Edward Kennedy and Jackie Onassis have all stayed here.
You can't beat the combination of being close to nature 24/7 but having all the home comforts of a hotel. So, Nile Safari Lodge ticked all these boxes.
We were greeted with a cold towel and a refreshing juice on check-in and treated like kings from then on. Our lodge was sat on the edge of the Nile and from the balcony we could see hippos floating by and monkeys playing on our roof and in the trees. However, the highlight was watching around 70 elephants feeding on the opposite bank while we sipped our sundowners.
The private outdoor shower attached to the room was a treat - one day we had a monkey peeping over to see what was going on!
This lodge was recommended to us by a family member who works for the parent company, Geolodges. There were plenty of other touches which made our stay, including tea and coffee brought to our lodge along with the wake-up calls and hot towels being brought to us after a long safari. I'd highly recommend it for those planning a safari in Uganda.
Mailing address: Unit 8, Plot 1-3 Coral Crescent,
Lower Kololo, Kampala
+256 41 425 8273
+256 31 226 0758
The lodge is around six hours from Kampala so it's probably best to hire a driver to get there.
During the trip in Italy we decided to stop in a nice town in Liguria called San Remo for a couple of days.
We found Residence dei Due Porti, and let me say something, this is the most relaxing place in which you could ever spend your holiday in San Remo: quiet and comfortable room and a staff who kindly fulfills all of your needs and requests. But what makes Residence dei Due Porti particularly special is its location: it's near the town center and allows you to reach by foot the majority of San Remo's places of interest.
My family and I have a particular passion for bike rides and we had a lot of fun and entertainment doing our rides on the so-called pista ciclabile della Riviera dei Fiori: the path is straight and flat, easy to go; various bars and restaurants lying alongside the track makes the ride very enjoyable and relaxing, with some little help from the mild climate of the Riviera di Ponente, often offering warm and sunny days.
We also found many benches and little fountains suitable for having a little rest.
The location is absolutely perfect, just next to the Cathedral on the very central Plaza de la Virgen. Lots of quiet little streets and great restaurants in the vicinity, it is the ever charming Barrio del Carmen district.
The central B&B only has two or three guest rooms, which means the proprietors take an hour or so to point out their favorite sights and restaurants on a map.
Breakfast in this wonderfully restored Victorian townhouse is very, very rich and the variety is breathtaking.
Small touches that make a stay perfect: a bottle of champagne popped when entering the door, a selection of teas for the guests' convenience at all times, two large lounge rooms for guests, and beautiful art and antiques throughout the entire house. It is just lovely.
Send your feedback or queries to email@example.com