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A la Colthard

From the moment we were greeted warmly at reception on arrival I knew I would like the Hotel Botanico. It’s an old fashioned hotel that majors on their service which is impeccable. It also has excellent amenities like 2 swimming pools, 3 superb restaurants and a more than adequate pool cafe, [...]

January 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Second Day in Tenerife

This proved a full-on day which we all enjoyed. Breakfast was a buffet but with waiter service and a chef preparing omelettes. It was copious and I’ve grown to like the crispy Canary bread. We did not miss the screaming kids of the Lanzarote hotel but we did the pink vin moscato sparkler. After [...]

January 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tenerife

Our journey from Lanzarote to Tenerife was no simple island hop largely because of the lack of signage in Canarian airports. The taxi driver in Lanzarote dropped us off at the international terminal – not the domestic one – though neither seemed marked. At the correct terminal we could [...]

January 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

I totally agree with my travelling companions in their aversion to buffets. Invariably the food gets cold, you have to queue behind a fat German and a brat in a Barcelona shirt, and even if you get a cooked hot meal it’s coolled down by the time you get to your table. By Monday we decided enough [...]

January 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Jetwing Blue and Ministry of Crab

We transferred by coach from Kandy to Negombo, a coastal resort close to Colombo. It was the now standard hairy bus drive of overtaking in the opposite lane and hoping that the vehicle ahead would yield. Visually it was unattractive, the same old roadside corrugated iron shops, mainly selling food, [...]

November 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Mahaweli Reach & Kandy House Hotels

Mahaweli Reach It looks good in the phtotos: colonial ranch style house by the pool with flora and palm trees. However it’s by the Mahaweli River, the bedrooms are dark, dank and damp and we are beset by mozzies. The lighting system – part console by the bed, part switch – is [...]

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Into the interior

Today we left Hambantota on the southern coast to go by coach to Nuwara Eliya in the interior just south of Kandy the seat of the old Singhal Kings and the venue for the second Test. It was a long, hairy journey of over four hours much of it in mountainous terrain with many hairpin needs with sheer [...]

November 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Marriott and Shangri La Hotels

Marriott This is part of an international chain .Sometimes this can lead to a formulaic hotel. I was initially concerned when I saw a large sixties style block but inside there was some deference to Sri Lankan arts and crafts.  The room was large with a balcony over looking the Indian Ocean. We [...]

November 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Westbury and Goring Hotel

Over the years I have been contributing to the Rust I have often reviewed restaurants and sometimes hotels but never their bars so today’s piece is on the latter at two of London’s most underrated hotels. I was meeting an old friend in the property world so the Westbury in Conduit Street [...]

October 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

The George at Rye

It was Nancy who when I told her I had yet to visit Rye and suggested I did so. I heard from a friend of mine who had a good trip ashore in property that rich London townies attracted by the fast communication by rail to Ashford International were now buying up second homes there and for golfers [...]

July 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

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