Luxury Hotels

London – Dublin – Taj Palaces

Girlahead actually adores caviar on burgers – wagyu of course, and no bun, of course. Kaviari’s eggs, from Paris – see above – are on the menu-to-go from The Connaught Hotel, London. Five-course meals-for-two, from the hotel’s celebrated chef Hélène Darroze are available via pick-up or a delivery service: specials include the caviar, with sea urchin and cauliflower, plus foie gras with celeriac, apple and pear chutney, XXL hand harvested Scottish scallops  in their shells and Hélène’s vol au vent ‘à la française’ with lobster and ragout. Deliveries, incidentally, are in origami boxes, so beautiful that you might not need to get out the Crown Derby with its 22ct rim.

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Bernie Gallagher, Chairman of Dublin-based Doyle Collection, was very impressive on ILTM’s Virtual World Tour this week. All the company’s hotels, in Ireland, London and Washington DC, are now open and she expects, looking ahead, that people might travel less frequently but stay longer, thus upping pre-pandemic company-wide average length, which was 1.8 nights.  Of course one always expects the Irish to enjoy having a good time and, despite everything, this New Year’s Eve will not disappoint. Doyle Collection’s The Westbury Hotel, Dublin, suggests Make A Night of New Year’s Eve, which includes a three-course dinner in WILDE followed by a Champagne cocktail to toast the New Year, and, in the morning a sumptuous à la carte breakfast with late check out at 2pm.

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Puneet Chhatwal has really branched out since joining Tata’s hospitality division as boss of its IHCL hotels. He has introduced Home Stays, and foods to-go and much more, but fortunately he does not seem to have touched one of IHCL’s main assets, its unique Taj palaces. Hear Chhatwal talking about Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, and Falaknuma Palace, near Hyderabad, and other historic treasures, now, on MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST – see below.