Category: Hotels I like

Scotland hotel review – Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Linda Jackson reckons finding another hotel which can match the facilities offered at Cameron House, Loch Lomond – a huge variety of outdoor pursuits, stylish accommodation, a luxury spa, superb golf, a spectacular location and truly outstanding service – will not be easy

Before even arriving at Cameron House, Loch Lomond, I admit to already having a number of plus points on my mental list to be included in my hotel review of the luxury Scotland five-star resort…if they lived up to expectation that is. The plus points were: lots of activities, a spa complex and leisure club, two golf courses, and (being set right on the banks of Loch Lomond) definitely location, location, location. My weekend break in Scotland, on paper at least, looked very promising.

Cameron House hotel review by Linda Jackson Travel Writer

Guests arriving at Cameron House, Loch Lomond

The reality on arrival did not disappoint. The weather was cold but kind, the air clean and clear, the Loch very still, and the view stretching across it just wonderful. How nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and arrive at a luxury hotel in the middle of the peaceful Scottish countryside, yet just an easy 20/30-minute drive or taxi-ride (15 miles) from Glasgow Airport. How convenient is that, especially when nipping away for a short luxury break in Scotland – the shorter the break the more important the hotel’s proximity to the airport or railway station is. Even flying or arriving by train via Edinburgh, the journey to Cameron House takes around 1hour 15minutes by car – it’s only 64 miles away.

Read the full Cameron House, Loch Lomond, hotel review written by Linda Jackson >>

Caribbean hotel review – Ottley’s Plantation Inn, St Kitts

Elegant accommodation and a serene luxury retreat in St Kitts at the foot of Mt Liamuiga

Arriving at Ottley’s Plantation Inn in St Kitts is memorable, the long sweeping drive below the hillside colonial plantation house winds through the tranquil and well-maintained tropical gardens. It’s impressive.

Caribbean hotel review - St Kitts

Ottley’s Plantation Inn, St Kitts, Caribbean

Ottley’s is an idyllic Caribbean hideaway where you can escape from the stress and strains of work or bustling city life. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, luxury Caribbean accommodation plus wonderful views – and you’re bit of a gourmand – you should love this comfortable classy hotel in St Kitts.

For a Caribbean wedding it’s a beautiful venue, for a Caribbean honeymoon… a romantic paradise.

Follow this link to read the full hotel review of this Caribbean hotel – Ottley’s Plantation Inn >>

Scotland luxury holiday cottages, self-catering lodges & apartments

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Spectacular scenery around Loch Torridon, northern Highlands of Scotland
Image copyright Travel Writer Linda Jackson

Luxury self-catering lodges in Scotland

Concentrating on the Scottish Highlands I am checking out special places to stay, namely luxury lodges, holiday cottages and unique boathouses to rent in Scotland but a journey that, on paper, should have taken around 4.5 hours is taking twice as long.

Spectacular Scottish landscapes

Scenery is breathtaking on the drive from Loch Ewe in the North West Highlands of Scotland, via Torridon, down to Port Appin on the West Highlands coast – 172 miles of jaw-dropping landscapes.

Unique places to stay in Scotland

Ashamedly selfish at times, I do need my own space so I’m looking for a unique or special place to stay in Scotland – a luxury self-catering cottage, lodge or boathouse maybe – from which the views will be mine to behold, and in which I can feel at home the minute I step through the door…

… and I’ve found some rather special places to stay, too.

Read my travel article about special places to stay in Scotland here >>

Stylish rural accommodation in Gran Canaria

Exploring the interior of Gran Canaria, the third largest of the seven major islands in the Canary Islands, is rather like finding yourself on a collection of assorted film sets. I love exploring this diverse island!

Some areas of Gran Canaria are lush, others lunar-like

Rural Gran Canaria, a photographer's Mecca

You’ll find a kaleidoscope of landscapes… volcanic craters, mountains, deep ravines, oddly shaped basalt rocks, desert features, dunes, and archaeological sites as well as 100-year old pine tree forests, thick palm groves, sub-tropical vegetation, exotic plants and fruits.

Miles of sand dunes at Maspolomas

Visit Gran Canaria for yourself and you’ll see exactly why it is called a “miniature continent”. You’ll also understand why UNESCO reckons it’s a “natural treasure of the world”. I’ll certainly vouch for that.

Agapanthus thrive in Gran Canaria

Colourful strata near Artenara

Lush ferns in Gran Canaria pine forest

Fortunately I discovered some stylish rural accommodation in Gran Canaria and was really lucky in finding an excellent English-speaking walking guide in Gran Canaria who is also a knowledgeable wildflower guide in Gran Canaria too. I’m not selfish – so I’ll share them with you….

… read on and you’ll also find some travel tips for your Gran Canaria rural holiday:

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Caribbean all inclusive family holiday

If you’ve got children, read on… I just have to share this oh-so-family-friendly Caribbean resort with you. It’s an action-packed family resort – a little heaven made for children.  

Meet lots of fun visitors at Beaches Turks & Caicos...

... and enjoy lots of fun in the water at Beaches Turks & Caicos

Clear turquoise waters that rank among the world’s top diving destinations, endless fun for kids and teens, an option of exclusive butler-service suites, and a twelve mile stretch of powder white sand beach is a dream all-inclusive family vacation waiting for families in the Caribbean at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.  

Lazy River in the Waterpark at Beaches Turks & Caicos

Water, water everywhere at Beaches Resort Turks & Caicos

Trust me, this all-inclusive family resort in the Caribbean will make your children’s holiday dreams come true.  

Carnival parade at Beaches, Turks & Caicos, Caribbean

Beaches Turks & Caicos has the best beach ever... 12 miles of soft sand

Once your tots and teens discover the wide range of fun activities available to them at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort (all included in the price) I guarantee you’ll be returning year-after-year. If you don’t, your kids will go without you! Read more »

Editorial Project – Sandals Resorts International

I’ve recently returned to the UK from a three months’ stint in the Caribbean working on an editorial project for Sandals Resorts International – carrying out hotel and resort reviews in Jamaica, the Bahamas (including the Exumas), and the Turks & Caicos.  And I’m missing the Caribbean sun, the laid-back attitude and, yes, even the rainy reason.

Looking through my Caribbean image library, I think it’s time I shared a few more Caribbean pictures with you, so… watch this space!

For more information on all-inclusive holidays in the Caribbean, all-inclusive honeymoons in the Caribbean, and Sandals Resorts visit www.sandals.com.

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