North America

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in north America, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

La Quinta Inn & Suites, San Luis Obispo, California

13/02/2020 by .

That La Quinta Inn & Suites should be the first new hotel built in 10 years in San Luis Obispo beggars belief.

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Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles

23/12/2019 by .

It’s Tuscany, but not as we know it.  For one thing, despite its wealth of ochre walls, fountains and terracotta, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is in the middle of small-town America, surrounded by plain buildings selling farm machinery rather than Italianate olive groves and wineries which have produced Sangiovese for centuries.

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Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa, Grand Cayman

17/12/2019 by .

The 5 pm wine hour was in full swing by the time I made it down to the lobby. Fortunately, there was more than enough left for me to enjoy a relaxing sundowner.

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Boston Harbour Hotel

05/11/2019 by .

A blanket of mysterious Sherlock Holmes mist envelopes Boston harbour.  I can barely make out the shape of an approaching water taxi that will pick up a huddle of raincoat wrapped passengers and their luggage on the wharf side.

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Coco Reef Resort, Bermuda

01/07/2019 by .

Coco Reef Bermuda sits on one of the island’s loveliest stretches of beach and is accessed through a breathtaking lobby designed by the flamboyant hotel owner John Jefferis.

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The Meliá Cohiba Hotel, Havana

18/06/2019 by .

The Meliá Cohiba Hotel in Havana’s Vedado district differs from most other buildings in the capital. No faded colonial chic here. All sharp angles of stone and plate glass reflecting the stunning vista of the four-mile long seafront of the Malecón and the Straits of Florida, next stop Key West a mere ninety miles away.

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Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski. Havana

08/11/2018 by .

Standing proudly in the heart of old Havana almost within touching distance of the Capitol, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski is a symbol of how Cuba’s past and future stand side by side.

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Skyland Lodge in Shenandoah

18/06/2018 by .

Don’t let the rustic name fool you. Our bed at Skyland Lodge, in the heart of the Shenandoah National Park, was almost as big as the entire room we’d had the previous night in a luxury city hotel.

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Hidden View B&B, Virginia

07/06/2018 by .

We were driving to a vineyard in Loudoun County, Virginia, when I noticed some houses with spectacular hilltop locations. ‘Look at those,’ I said to my wife, ‘They must have fantastic views. Hang on… I think that’s where we’re staying tonight.’

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Windjammer Landing Resort

29/11/2017 by .

They say the weekend begins on a Wednesday in St. Lucia, but considering it is a Monday, I’m still feeling a cause for celebration. Not only have I bagged an estate villa on Windjammer Landing’s prized upper hill, but I’m getting the millionaire view too.

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