Luxury Hotels


There’s an app that can help you get to an exact square metre anywhere in the world. Wigwam + strawberry + shoelace might land you at the front door of FOUR SEASONS HAMPSHIRE. Or if you input straw-bale instead of the berry you could be on platform one at Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station. Check out what3words

Girlahead was thinking of the power of three last night.  See the image above. Babooshka + English countryside + frankincense gets you her man. Russia + England + Oman. The man was introduced to Russia via its music – he later was the first foreigner to drive his own car into the country (it was bright yellow, that Ford Anglia). He got an impossible visa to enter Oman long before they allowed any tourists in. And England, well, country of his birth and his death, and last night his ashes were scattered forever around the mulberry tree he planted 35 years ago.

Let’s get into a hotel frame of mind. Caroline Raphael, late owner of The Good Hotel Guide, said BALLYMALOE in Co Cork was her overall favourite hotel. ‘Relaxed style, food imaginative but never pretentious’  – and add in Myrtle Allen, the world’s favourite cookery aunt, who ran it with her husband Ivan.

Three groups-of-words for KEMPINSKI CANCUN? Stunning building, great location, determined to please. RITZ-CARLTON MILLENIA SINGAPORE? An art gallery hotel, modern sophistication, a Club one dreams about. INTERCONTINENTAL PARIS LE GRAND? Opera neighbour, café culture personified, fashion shows galore. MEADOWOOD ST HELENA CA? Villas among trees, health and wealth, wine club heaven.

This could become quite addictive!