Luxury Hotels


Having given the humble bicycle ample coverage in yesterday’s Girlahead, it is time to think of other forms of transport. There are historic carriages – as above, seen outside ADLON KEMPINSKI BERLIN.

There are signature cars, like the mixed fleets, all Peninsula Green, belonging to all The Peninsula hotels: THE PENINSULA MANILA naturally also has a Filipino tuktuk, and THE PENINSULA TOKYO’s collection includes a three-wheeler. Belmond’s MOUNT NELSON in Cape Town has access to a Nellie-pink motorbike with side car (one remembers colours rather than, say, yet another discreet-hue Maybach or Rolls-Royce).

And what about private planes? Expect most safari lodges to offer landing strips.  Coming in to land at FREGATE ISLAND PRIVATE in Seychelles might be complicated by century-old tortoises on the landing grass.

GLENEAGLES has a nearby train station, while in Edinburgh Rocco Forte’s THE BALMORAL the trains are just below. Many of Fairmont’s glorious Canadian originals are attached to major stations.

Finally, boats. Lake Como hotels have ultimate slipper launches, as does another Belmon, THE CIPRIANI.  Amsterdam properties offer canal boats. The prize goes to this boat+car combi:

Amsterdam’s 1896-vintage HOTEL DE L’EUROPE, owned since the 1960s by Heineken, benefitted considerably from the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix, 27th August. On the Thursday Scuderia AlphaTauri driver Daniel Ricciardo, on loan from Red Bull, arrived at the hotel (with his car) by canal boat, to an A-list reception. At Friday’s practice, he subsequently broke his wrist, which garnered yet more publicity …..