There’s something strange about Calcot Manor, near Tetbury, in Gloucestershire. It doesn’t really look like a top-class hotel – but it just keeps on winning awards. There’s no fuss, but everything runs with smooth efficiency. And although it welcomes children, somehow you never seem to see them. More correctly known as “Calcot Manor Hotel and […]
A reader has contacted us to complain about the sky-high internet access charges imposed by American hotels. He very recently stayed at the Westin, on New York’s Times Square – which is not exactly a cheap hotel in the first place – and was blithely told at check-in that wi-fi would cost him an eye-watering […]
We’ve been a little unkind to Fred Olsen Cruises lately – partly because we don’t like the changes they are making to two of their ships. So we are especially pleased to report a really welcome Fred Olsen innovation: a keenly-priced cruise around the Scottish islands. Cruises in this area are notoriously expensive, and until […]
If you have already cruised around Britain, round Africa, round South America, and perhaps even round Australia, where next? Princess Cruises (www.princess.com) have one answer: they have added a number of sailings around Japan to their worldwide cruise programme. But are these voyages right for Western travellers? A report in “USA Today” makes interesting reading. […]
Late bookings are the bane of the travel industry in general and cruise lines in particular. Nobody can blame customers for hanging on until the last minute, in the hope of picking up a holiday bargain, but having to cut prices to the bone and remain unsure whether they will sell the remaining seats, […]
We wonder whether it might be considered bad form to keep a bottle opener in your pocket. But how about if it also served as ruler, screwdriver, spanner, letter opener, cell phone stand, box opener and can opener? And was only the size of a credit card? We think you’d be tempted. We don’t review […]
Growing numbers of holidaymakers are choosing solitary cottage stays this summer, according to statistics published by holidaycottages.co.uk., the property lettings providers. Why the increase? “With the rise in ‘mindfulness’ and digital detoxes as ways to combat the ever increasing buzz and stress of everyday life, it should come as no surprise that growing numbers of […]
Some passengers have now been on so many cruises that shore excursions hold little attraction for them: they’ve done all the ones they fancy. And that’s a problem for cruise lines, because shore excursions are major money-spinners. But Celebrity Cruises have had the bright idea of organising “Signature Event Sailings”, a series of exclusive cruises […]
Last-minute holiday cancellations are always upsetting for people – particularly if the cancellation is for medical reasons. But it is important to remember that the cancellation is a nuisance to the holiday company too – whether they be a hotel, a holiday cottage, an airline….or a cruise line. They may be lucky and resell the […]
You’ve heard of Murder Mystery hotel weekends, now here comes a similarly-themed cruise. And it sounds like something straight out of a James Bond novel. Apparently Fred Olsen senior, chairman of the cruise company that bears his name, and the Duchess of Northumberland have discovered that they share a bizarre interest in – of all […]
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If you want an expert view of travel, or the travel industry, then why not ask award-winning writer Robin Mead? He became a full-time travel writer 40 years ago, after working as a journalist and editorial executive on several of London's Fleet Street newspapers, and is now a recognised authority on all aspects of travel.
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- Hotel of the month: September September 1, 2014
- Hotels join the great wi-fi fiddle August 29, 2014
- Cruise views: Scottish islands get a fare deal August 27, 2014
- Cruise views: The cheap way to see Japan August 22, 2014
- Cruise views: How to reverse late booking trend August 21, 2014
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