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.

Marina Mandarin Singapore hotel

I pause by the lifts and photograph down into the atrium. Its volume, subtle illumination and stylish design were sufficient to draw a murmured wow from me upon arrival last night. Even in daylight it looks remarkable. This hotel opened its doors in 1987 but there’s nothing tired about the Marina Mandarin Singapore. Refurbs have ensured John Portman’s symmetrical design continues to impress.