A doorman wearing a khaki uniform, a pith helmet and a smile and welcomes me to the Danna hotel on Langkawi, Malaysia. The tall, arched windows of the airy, marble-floored lobby remind me of those in Colonial era buildings over on peninsula Malaysia and Singapore.
There’s something uplifting about waking up in the tropics, pulling back the curtains of a luxury bedroom and opening the door, stepping down from the veranda then wandering barefoot on a white sand beach in the early morning sunlight.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe used to sip Madeira wine in the cellar, Adolf Hitler stayed at least 35 times and there’s a secret tunnel dating from World War II and leading from the cellar under the adjacent market place
The Iberostar El Mirador Grand Hotel is situated on the Costa Adeje, the sun-blessed south-west coast of Tenerife. It’s a fine place to stay if you want to enjoy a luxury break in a relaxing, adult-orientated boutique resort.
The Sokos Hotel Ilves is centrally situated and offers great views over Tampere, Finland’s most populous inland city. If you enjoy having a room with a view then it’ll be worth asking for a city facing room on one of the upper floors of this 19 storey hotel.
Frankfurt’s skyline is arguably the most famous in Germany. Before turning to my bed I spent a few minutes admiring the high-rise buildings from the floor-to-ceiling window of my 25th floor room in the Jumeirah Frankfurt.
It’s not often that I murmur a ‘wow’ upon arriving at a hotel. I’m not the most demonstrative of travellers but the grandeur of the Al Bustan Palace's 38 metre high central hall raised even my eyebrows a centimetre or two.
Even if you’re new to Amsterdam, you shouldn’t have any problems in locating Art’otel Amsterdam. It lies just across Stationsplein from the Centraal Station, the city’s main railway station, making it one of the most central hotels in the Dutch capital.
Lisbon’s 4-star LX Boutique Hotel is centrally located, in the city’s Baixa district, a couple of minute’s walk from the Cais do Sodré railway and ferry station.
The Hotel Palacio and Banyan Tree Spa stands in Estoril, 25 km west of Lisbon, a town which has long regarded one of Europe’s elite destinations.