Scoop Stays

Paradise Found: Soul&Surf, Kerala

Paradise Found: Soul&Surf, Kerala

If you want to get away from it all, with plenty of sun, surf and savasanas thrown in, there’s nowhere quite like Soul&Surf – one of Kerala’s first surf and yoga retreats. It was set up by intrepid Brits Ed & Sofie Templeton, who gave […]

Review: Eagle’s Palace Hotel & Spa, Halkidiki

Review: Eagle’s Palace Hotel & Spa, Halkidiki

Want to enjoy Greece without the crowds? head to Halkidiki in northern Greece. If you’ve been watching Simon Reeve’s Greece on TV the past few weeks, then you’ll have realised quite how many surprises lay in store for travellers. One of these is the world heritage […]

Living like a local on a Sorrento lemon farm

Living like a local on a Sorrento lemon farm

Famous for its production of protected lemons (like no lemons you have ever tasted), and the region’s most sought-after export, limoncello, Sorrento is a haven for foodies looking to sample a slice of the slow life. The best way to live la dolce vita is to live life like a local on a traditional lemon farm. I was invited to stay at Il GiardinoVigliano in Sorrento, […]

Review: Les Jardins du Marais

Review: Les Jardins du Marais

The Marais district, literally translated as ‘the marsh’, is certainly one of the trendiest areas of the French capital. But with boutique hotels at every corner, it’s difficult to know where to stay in The Marais. Les Jardins du Marais hotel is located in this […]

Review: Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa

Review: Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa

As I made my way through emerald-green countryside, the rugged Blue Stack Mountains in the distance lit up in a glorious golden glow as the sun punched through the misty clouds above, I could see straight away why Donegal is one of the most popular […]

Review: Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Review: Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Tucked away off a quiet country road, Gilpin Hotel immediately gives the impression of a hidden hideaway and I soon realised what sets it apart. The hotel may be high-end, but it’s also family run and retains a sense of homeliness and warmth; especially when it […]

Review: 42 The Calls, Leeds

Review: 42 The Calls, Leeds

The boutique hotel 42 The Calls – a converted 18th century corn mill on the banks of the River Aire – is situated in the winding, cobbled streets of The Calls, once the heart of the industrial revolution in Leeds. The building was saved from […]

Sunday Spa: Carey’s Manor Hotel & SenSpa, New Forest

Sunday Spa: Carey’s Manor Hotel & SenSpa, New Forest

Some of the best spa experiences I have ever had have been in the exotic surrounds of South East Asia, so when I was offered the chance to pay a visit to SenSpa in the New Forest* (part of the luxurious Carey’s Manor Hotel) I […]

Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort, Thailand

Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort, Thailand

When I travelled to Hua Hin, a gorgeous coastal resort which has been the favourite holidaying spot for Thais for generations, I was after sun, sea and most of all – relaxation. Lucky for me, I found it at the Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort. First […]