10 best hotels in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has a reputation for being an almost Hollywood interpretation of life in the UK. Honey coloured buildings, rolling countryside and plenty of opportunity for a classic cream tea. With all those credentials and more, it’s little wonder that this part of the world has also developed a reputation for hospitality excellence. Here, the […]

10 of the best country house hotels in Scotland

By Bonnie Friend Brimming with history, charm, style, country pursuits and of course food fit for lords and ladies, Scotland’s country house hotels are in a league of their own. Here, the Good Hotel Guide share ten of their top country house hotels in Scotland that are perfect for romantic breaks, special occasions and peaceful […]

Eight best travel podcasts for 2019

    By Lisa Francesca Nand Once upon a time we were told that video was the future for online travel inspiration, but few predicted the rise and rise of the travel podcast. More than 40 million people listen to podcasts every week in the US alone, a number that’s growing daily. The success of audio lies […]

How I fell in love with Paxos

By Mark Hodson I love islands, and I especially love islands without airports. It’s just that added bit of effort in getting there that seems to protect them from overdevelopment and the inevitable cynicism and blandness that comes with it.  I actually enjoy arriving by sea: you get more of a sense of place than […]

Jamaica – the ultimate in luxury hotel service?

By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays In the mid-’90s, the new MD of one of the UK’s luxury tour operators gave a stark and well-publicised warning that service levels in the Caribbean simply didn’t match up to those of the Far East and Indian Ocean – both of which were making (and continue to make) […]

Are these the most stupid ever TripAdvisor reviews?

By Hilary Wardle In Mitch Albom’s novel The Five People You Meet In Heaven, the protagonist finds himself in the afterlife and meets five people who have significantly impacted and guided him throughout his time on Earth. TripAdvisor isn’t heaven. Far from it. But you can divide the misguided reviewers who use the site into […]

9/11 Memorial

I visited the 9/11 Memorial at the site of the Twin Towers three weeks ago. It’s a surprising restrained and moving memorial. The waterfalls are monumental in size and cascade downwards into an unseen abyss. As you walk around you’re encouraged to run your hands over the etched names of the victims. I wish I […]

Would you try a home exchange?

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer You’ve probably heard about home exchanges, but would you give it a try? Would you take the chance of staying in a stranger’s house and – more to the point – trust them with yours? I’m a fan of the sharing of the economy. Living in London I […]

No photography: Why camera bans might make us smarter tourists

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays I’ve just returned from a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo where I spent three hours utterly enthralled by the treasures of King Tutankhamen. I don’t think I’ve seen a more impressive collection of artefacts anywhere in the world, brilliantly brought to life by our expert guide, […]

Would you travel with a 20-year-old guide book?

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays I’m 30,000ft above the southern Mediterranean on a flight from London to Cairo and I’m reading a 20-year-old guide book. This might sound like a bad decision given that much of the text will be out of date, but in fact it’s turning out pretty well. My first edition of […]