THE OFFICIAL STATE HERMITAGE HOTEL, ST. PETERSBURG

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There’s no denying that the State Hermitage Hotel is beautiful. It’s been designed in a style reminiscent of the opulence of days gone by, the likes of which you can see across the city in the grand palaces you will surely visit. Continue reading “THE OFFICIAL STATE HERMITAGE HOTEL, ST. PETERSBURG”

MIRISSA AND WELIGAMA, SRI LANKA

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Tucked out of town beyond Weligama on the south coast of Sri Lanka’s beach Mecca, Eraeliya enjoys a truly stunning perspective out onto the Indian Ocean and a privileged position on a pristine stretch of sand cradled in a bay of rugged coastline.

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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

PSX_20151003_125327On arriving at the gateway to Sri Lanka, you feel like you’ve caught the city unawares. Like an early guest to a dinner party, arriving before the host has had time to lay the table, as a tourist in Colombo you may feel your arrival wasn’t entirely unexpected, just a touch ahead of schedule. The city is in a state of undress. Buildings, young and old, are not quite at their best; old colonial buildings mottled and weather worn and young developments, butting out of the ground on every corner, girded in scaffolding and bare concrete.

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THE PETERSHAM, RICHMOND

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The extensively detailed list of the chef’s credentials, Adebola Adeshina, can be forgiven in light of the evening we enjoyed – a magnificent crescendo that ended in positive euphoria. The restaurant at the Petersham hotel is a classy joint with solid, sophisticated cooking with flashes of brilliance. Take a trip up Richmond hill for a view and dinner you’re sure to appreciate.

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HOTEL PALACIO DE VILLAPANES, SEVILLE

Untitled-1There’s no question that upon arriving at Hotel Palacio de Villapanes you feel a sense of awe and smugness in equal measure. Awe at the magnificent wrought-iron archway through which you get your first glimpse of the splendid interior within. Smugness in the knowledge that you are one of a privileged few who can step in from the cobbled street and have this be your home (for a few days at least).

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