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Ski review: Last-minute holiday to the French Alps | Sara Dawson

What: les Deux Alpes Location: A resort in the French Alpes, made up of villages Vénosc and Mont-de-Lans, joined by a 2km strip of bars, hotels and shops How: Grenoble is the nearest airport; transfer time 2.5 hours Why go: Breathtaking scenery, some of the best après ski in France, good for families and beginners...
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Balance your life retreat with Raw Horizons | Carolyn Pearson

It’s early Sunday evening as I drive into the North Yorkshire Village of Bagby. The birds are singing and chilled out cats trot across the lanes as I pass the picturesque village church and up to Split Farthing Hall beyond. On the passenger seat lays a recently devoured family pack of pick and mix, save...
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Birmingham and its Hotel du Vin | Carolyn Pearson

If you haven’t been to Birmingham for a while, I can highly recommend it. Possibly you’ve not put Birmingham on your shortlist for a city break but accessible from most of the UK, with excellent train links, Birmingham is an easier option than going through the whole airport rigmarole just for a couple of indulgent...
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Hotel Review | Hacienda de San Rafael, by Sara Dawson

Travelling through the flatlands beyond Seville’s colourful border, it is easy to miss the peaceful dusty track lined with white and pink oleanders leading to the hidden gem that is the Hacienda de San Rafael. The glorious white-walled corjigo-style luxury hideaway used to be a thriving olive state until the sixties. Passed down through generations...
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Hotel Review: Mottram Hall, Cheshire

Like most career-minded women I find my work and play are confined to the city, but sometimes it’s essential to take the girl out of the city. My little escape to the country took me to the immaculate grounds of Mottram Hall set in 270 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside. Heralded as Cheshire’s finest golf...
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Sailing in the British Virgin Islands | Carolyn Pearson

There is really only one way to experience the beauty of the British Virgin Isles, or as those in the know call them, the BVI’s and that is from the deck of a yacht. The BVI’s are some of the most beautiful and unspoiled islands in the Caribbean located between Anguilla and Puerto Rico. The...
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Ibiza Inside Out by Anna Addison

When people ask where I go on holiday and my reply is, “Ibiza”, (twice a year for the last 15 years!) I’m met with quizzical and cynical looks. But why? What springs to mind, I wonder. Clubs, young people, noise? For sure. But that isn’t the real Ibiza. Think exclusive hotels, fabulous restaurants, relaxing spas...
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Hotel and spa review: Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester by Sara Dawson

A few minutes walk from Oxford Street, round the corner from Manchester’s Central Convention Centre and the city art gallery lies Manchester’s best kept secret – the only five-star hotel in the city centre. Upon arrival at Radisson Blu Edwardian after a hectic week, I literally dumped my bags in the stunning reception, and headed...
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