A Place to Stay: The Hope and Anchor at South Ferriby

The building dates from Victorian times and underwent extensive repairs and refurbishment following flooding caused by the Humber’s tidal surge of December 2013. The pub reopened in March 2015 with wood-panelled walls and maritime-themed details, including framed pictures of sailing ships, decorative ropes and a female figurehead complete with strategically placed shells to protect her modesty. British cuisine forms the mainstay of the menu, which changes seasonally. As you’d now expect, vegan and vegetarian choices are available. The glass-fronted meat aging cabinet is a clear hint that steak counts among the specialities of the kitchen

A Place to Stay: The Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls Hotel offers luxury, colonial-style accommodation within easy walking distance of the Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The hotel garden and Stanley’s Terrace provide views over the Victoria Falls Bridge’s iconic arch and the misty spray that rises from the Victoria Falls. This five-star hotel, a member of The...

Bandos Maldives resort in the Maldives

Bandos Maldives resort is a 10-minute speed boat journey from Velana International Airport, which for international air travellers is the principal point of arrival into the Maldives. The resort was my base during the first World Travel Writers’ Conference, whose keynote sessions and panel discussions were held in the Bandos Maldives’ air-conditioned conference suite. Arrival...

A night at Langley Castle in Northumberland

As the location for surprise meal and overnight stay Langley Castle proved memorable. It seems the gauntlet is down — to use saying derived from issuing the challenge to a duel medieval times. I’m now going to have to raise my game when it comes to choosing date night locations.   

A Place to Stay: Park Hyatt Hamburg hotel

The Park Hyatt Hamburg is a luxury hotel in central Hamburg. Moenckerbergerstasse, the main shopping street of Germany’s second city, runs by the front of the Levantehaus, the brickwork building that houses this hotel with 252 guestrooms and 31 apartments...Both the building and the service within the hotel impress. No wonder the Park Hyatt Hamburg counts world leaders and A-list move stars among its guests.

A Place to Stay: The Talbot Hotel, Malton

I was allocated a sizable ground floor bedroom at the back of the hotel, with a sash window that opened onto the garden. The quiet location and heavy curtains ensured that even on a summer’s night I was able to sleep well. The décor of my room was classically English in pastel colours, with framed prints on the walls. The en suite bathroom was stocked with Penhaligon’s toiletries.