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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FAMOUS…

Isn't it wonderful when you come across a hotel with a truly fascinating story behind it? You can almost feel the life of those years gone by pulsing in its very walls. Llangoed Hall, in South Wales, is one of those hotels. Recent guest ANDREA McVEIGH tells us more…

Just nine miles away from Hay-on-Wye and its annual Hay Festival, numerous famous festival guests have stayed in this magnificent stately pile, including Jane Fonda, Sting and Bill Clinton.

The building itself, set in magnificent private grounds, is positively steeped in a rich history dating back to 560 AD, when the original Llangoed Castle was first recorded on the site. Subsequently used as a monastery, it was also home to the White Palace, Wales’s first parliament building. Rebuilt in 1632 by Sir Henry Williams in the classic Jacobean Manor House style, the family lost it as part of a gambling debt and it then became part of the estate of Lord Glanusk.

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FIVE BEST BITS OF BEAUTIFUL BALI

KAREN WALLACE travelled to Bali to discover what the Indonesian island has to offer inquisitive tourists…

When you step off a plane and smell the fragrance of frangipanis, hear the gamelan’s melodic riff, and see bright colours all around, you know you’ve landed on the tropical Indonesian island of Bali.

Seminyak

My first stop was a short taxi ride north from Denpasar airport, to the cosmopolitan town of Seminyak. Filled with boutiques, designer outlets, spas and cafes, it has rapidly expanded since my first trip to Bali six years ago.

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Partying like a celebrity in LA

CIARAN MULLIGAN heads off to LA, business class, and parties at the haunts of the celebs…

WANT some good news? When flying to LA you now have a number of airlines to choose from, either direct with Aer Lingus or on a new Dreamliner with Ethiopian Airways.

The other options are via London with Virgin Atlantic or in my case flying Business Class with British Airways on the new Airbus A380.

Flying Business Class with British Airways is always delightful. From the time you visit the galleries business class lounge, to your priority boarding, you always feel looked after.

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL THE DEVON CREAM

Agatha Christie buff ANDREA McVEIGH headed to Devon in search of some cream teas, fresh seafood and a pint of scrumpy…

IT’S NO no mystery to understand why crime writer Agatha Christie loved Devon – it’s simply beautiful. And Agatha, who was born in the seaside town of Torquay in a stretch of the county known as the English Rivera, featured the area as a setting in many of her books.

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TRY A TASTE OF THIS INTOXICATING MIX!

ROBIN NOWACKI samples what the USA’s most famous beach resort has to offer UK visitors…

TAKE A long stretch of sandy beach just north of the Tropic of Cancer - add a large dash of Art Deco architecture – blend with some Latin American and Caribbean influences - then place in a stylish glass along with music, dance, design, and culture.

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Latest Travel Reports

  • IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FAMOUS… IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FAMOUS…
    Isn't it wonderful when you come across a hotel with a truly fascinating story behind it? You can almost feel the life of those years gone by pulsing in its very walls. Llangoed Hall, in South Wales,...
    Read More...
  • FIVE BEST BITS OF BEAUTIFUL BALI FIVE BEST BITS OF BEAUTIFUL BALI
    KAREN WALLACE travelled to Bali to discover what the Indonesian island has to offer inquisitive tourists… When you step off a plane and smell the fragrance of frangipanis, hear the gamelan’s melodic...
    Read More...
  • Partying like a celebrity in LA Partying like a celebrity in LA
    CIARAN MULLIGAN heads off to LA, business class, and parties at the haunts of the celebs… WANT some good news? When flying to LA you now have a number of airlines to choose from, either direct with...
    Read More...
  • BOUTIQUE HOTEL THE DEVON CREAM BOUTIQUE HOTEL THE DEVON CREAM
    Agatha Christie buff ANDREA McVEIGH headed to Devon in search of some cream teas, fresh seafood and a pint of scrumpy… IT’S NO no mystery to understand why crime writer Agatha Christie loved Devon...
    Read More...
  • TRY A TASTE OF THIS INTOXICATING MIX! TRY A TASTE OF THIS INTOXICATING MIX!
    ROBIN NOWACKI samples what the USA’s most famous beach resort has to offer UK visitors… TAKE A long stretch of sandy beach just north of the Tropic of Cancer - add a large dash of Art Deco architecture...
    Read More...
  • Down to earth budget for high flyers Down to earth budget for high flyers
    ANDREA McVEIGH samples a quirky hotel stay in Stockholm… If you’re the sort of person who has always wanted to turn left when you board an aeroplane and dreams of stretching out in a full length...
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