Craig shares details of his stay at the luxury five star Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel in Funchal, Madeira
The stunning Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel, set in a stunning cliff edge
With some of the most stunning views across Madeira, the Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel nestles gently on the edge of a beautiful cliff top in all its luxurious pink glory. Noted as one of the most famous Hotels in the world, frequented by none other than Sir Winston Churchill himself, it was an honour to have three wonderful nights here. Welcome to the Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel
Belmond Reid’s Palace spans a large area of the cliff edge in Madeira
While a little ‘normal’ and unassuming from the roadside, the second you step beyond its doors you are transported to a different era. One of decadence and indulgence, of class, elegance and taste. This Hotel was not built to be enjoyed from the road, but from the sea, where you are afforded the magical spectacle of its perfect cliff top position.
With 158 beautifully styled and decorated rooms, 4 restaurants (1 with a Michelin star), 3 pools, a spa, a sauna, and its own tennis courts, it is the perfect escape. Take afternoon tea on the picturesque terrace, enjoy perfect poached eggs and a bucks fizz for breakfast while overlooking the Atlantic ocean, or explore Funchal with the Hotel as your base. The choices are yours.
Breakfast choices at the Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel are wide and varied, and the coffee is great!
Craig shares his experience of his stay at the Port Lympne animal reserve and safari experience
Every now then I am surprised by an experience. I had absolutely no idea that just two train stops from Stratford and I could be hand feeding a Giraffe, monkeys and a Rhino. The Port Lympne animal reserve and safari experience is home to 760 animals across 90 species, including giraffes, monkeys, bears, lions and tigers. Not only that but you can stay in lodges with the animals!
Port Lympne animal reserve and safari experience is just a short trip from London
Where to Stay at Port Lympne
For our two day experience we stayed at Port Lympne Mansion. This stunning grade II listed building was built in 1913 for Sir Phillip Sassoon. Like many large country homes it became abandoned after the second world war, before being bought in 1973 by John Aspinall who spent 10 years restoring the mansion. Aspinall was an interesting character known also for his gambling and links to the ‘disappearance’ of Lord Lucan, whom it is said he met with many years after he went missing. View Post
Craig attends the 50 anniversary of Preferred Hotels at the stunning Sopwell House Hotel
Beautiful Sopwell House dating back to the 17th century
Situated just a short train ride out of London in St Albans, the stunning Sopwell House, once owned by Prince Philip’s Grandfather, played host to the Preferred Hotels and Resorts 50th anniversary. Starting life in the 17th century the house has since been extended and now boasts 128 rooms, 12 acres of land to explore and a luxurious spa. So, what better place to sip a glass of Prosecco and wish them a very happy birthday.
One of the stunning bedrooms at Sopwell House Hotel
The spa at Sopwell House which is currently being extended with some top secret new editions
With the sun high in the sky, it was the perfect afternoon for a traditional British garden party. With cocktails by The Ginistry, served in pineapples, a pineapple cake and pineapple decorations it was a very ‘pineapple’ afternoon! But once you learn that the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and also features in the Preferred Hotels & Resorts logo, it’s obvious why it featured so heavily. Hospitality knew no bounds as plate after plate of incredible food was brought out to the garden for guests to enjoy. View Post