Surrounded by swathes of green at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains, the vast regency mansion of Ballyfin is steeped in history, romance, tranquility and incredible natural beauty. We take a look at four of the most intriguing things you never knew about Ballyfin Hotel, ranked 12th in International Traveller’s prestigious “100 Best Hotels & Resorts” list.
People’s expectations of hotels can vary dramatically. Even after the same stay there will often be slightly different views from two people. There are some hotels, however, where this isn’t a problem. These are the creme de la creme, five-star institutions. And here we outline what makes a 5 star hotel.
Surely one of the most important and defining things any hotel can offer, for truly great 5 star hotels this is ingrained into their staff.
It might bear a very similar resemblance to the Monarch of the Glen estate Ardverikie, but Glenapp Castle is its own and quite different little sanctuary in the Scottish countryside. Both buildings were finished at exactly the same time in 1870, though some may say Glenapp has more charm about it.
TRULY are the first to know a hotel should not be reserved exclusively for sleeping. Many glean their personalities from their vintage, or their service, or reputation, but there are quite a few in the world that stand out from the crowd thanks to their unique appearance. Some may be decidedly bizarre, but it doesn’t make us want to stay in them any less.
Quite possibly the cream of the crop for stays outside of London, The Royal Crescent Hotel possesses all the amenities best suited for a Queen. The sheer luxuriousness of the furnishings and décor might be the best the hotel has to offer. Or is it the immaculately kept spa and exotic techniques used therein?
Ananda in the Himalayas is a haven of tranquility and luxury in the Indian Himalayas. Voted as CN Traveller’s ‘World’s Best Spa’, we take a look at the five things that make it the world’s best spa resort.
Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests and overlooking the peaceful Ganges as it meanders into the distance.