Think of the beautiful city of Geneva and think expensive watches, banking services and opulent chocolate! Yet there is lot more to this attractive region, and as I sip a lovely g&t while overlooking the Lake, I ponder on two of its perhaps less well known claims to fame.
Maybe it was the effects of a “White Night” dry gin and pink Mediterranean tonic water but when I looked out of my bedroom window from the Runnymede Hotel I thought I saw a Jacuzzi by the Thames, full of happy looking people waving their hands in the air.
Sitting in a marketplace, drinking Sangria, and eating Paella, Madrid is a fun city, with lots to do and enjoy. Its top art galleries are an absolute highlight, but seeing their splendid collections can be tiring. I found the answer to this dilemma by staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel situated just over the road from the Prado.
As China hurtles through to its new future there will be inevitable be surprises for every first time visitor to the country. My own particular myth buster was finding a quirky, colourful, boutique hotel in Shanghai and the Dorsett Hotel Shanghai was the perfect fit.
The atmosphere was just right; sitting in a large but graceful dining room and looking out over an Italian garden – and beyond to 30 miles of rolling countryside. This was the romantic setting for our first dinner at the Welcombe Hotel, an elegant manor house, situated just outside Stratford on Avon.
Quite often when on holiday, I stay in a hotel and from there go and visit the local art galleries. This conventional way of doing things was rather turned on its head during a recent stay in Amsterdam, as Grand Hotel Amrath is a piece of art in itself – a historic and architectural gem both inside and outside.