Luxury Hotels

Galapagos – London – Philadelphia

Well, how about this, all you wanna-see-the-worlders currently stuck in the great US of A? Dream about, and actually book, a trip with only 11 others to Ecuador’s unique Galapagos (see a map, above). Fly into into Guayaquil and on to Galapagos by private jet, and board a usually-20 person expedition ship, the Infinity Yacht, and cruise the archipelago, discovering ethereal landscapes interspersed with rugged vegetation and inhabited by species such as marine iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises and an exceptional array of birds. Your guides include experts from the Charles Darwin Research Center. Add in such complimentary options as Ecuadorian cooking classes,  kayaking, snorkeling and paddle boarding provide the opportunity to explore the Galapagos both beneath the waves and above. Dates are 7-16 March 2021: interested parties contact chloe@alicemarshall.com

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Girlahead LOVES this idea: The Berkeley, London, starts a breakfast in bed service. Order ahead and breakfast is delivered to your home, 8am-11am, free in the local SW1X postcode area (there are two price ranges of breakfasts available, both unfortunately coming with Rupert Murdoch’s The Times rather than those less-biased globalists, the Financial Times or the New York Times). This is, nevertheless, a brilliant idea, it can be adapted for gifting and you can add in Laurent-Perrier, too.

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Many years ago the late Clement Freud, grandson of Sigmund, did a series of articles showing how London restaurants got rid of long-staying diners.  The winner was Windows on the World, atop the eternally-significant Hilton London Park Lane.  Freud was dining alone and gradually all other tables were vacated. He continued to sit. Servers cleared his table, started Hoovering around him, dimmed more and more lights.  His table cloth was removed. And then, the winning streak, the table itself was taken away. (Any lessons for decision-makers in DC right now?)

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And we must not forget eating across the Atlantic. In case anyone is so overcome by current events that it has been forgotten, next Thursday, 26th November, is Thanksgiving. To differentiate from the plethora of roast Tom Turkeys being promoted, the year-old Fitler Club in Philadelphia is highlighting the dessert buffet at the end of its turkey etc menu: eat as much as you want/can of Caramel Apple Streusel Pie with ribbons of caramel and topped with oat streusel; Chai Pumpkin Pie with chai-spiced ‘heirloom’ squash; Salted Chocolate Pecan Pie, with pretzel crust and roasted milk and dark chocolate, and Vanilla Cheesecake in a gingersnap crumb crust. Later, work some of it off in the Club’s multi-hued fitness centre, and even stay-over in one of its 14 bedrooms.

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In 2019 Philadelphia also saw the opening of the 222-room Four Seasons Philadelphia at Comcast Center, yet another architectural masterpiece by Norman Foster, he who added curlique arms to both Capella Singapore and the Dolder Resort, looking down on Zurich. Ben Shank is GM of this glorious Four Seasons. Hear his ultimate boss, Global President of Four Seasons, Christian Clerc, on the current episode of MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST.