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  • Happy Birthday, Dromoland

    Happy Birthday, Dromoland

    A crenellated parapet circling a thicket of chimneys and tall round turrets crown Dromoland Castle, looking for all the world like a medieval Irish bastion. Yes, the estate has an impressive noble heritage dating back to the 11th century: the ancestral lands of the O’Briens, Barons of Inchiquin, one of the few native Gaelic families […]

     
     
  • The Merrion, Dublin’s Georgian Gem

    The Merrion, Dublin’s Georgian Gem

    Name the top things you’d like in a city hotel. Mine are location, comfort, service, engaging décor (of any style), character–and a little history wouldn’t hurt. Throw in a spa and an excellent restaurant, and I may never leave the premises. The Merrion, Dublin’s Georgian gem, checks all the boxes. In the center of the […]

     
     
  • Ashford Castle, Beloved Retreat

    Ashford Castle, Beloved Retreat

    On an ordinary October evening, in the baronial dining room at Ireland’s Ashford Castle, six middle-aged and older guests are having dinner at the next table. Nodding to the companionable group, our waiter whispers,” They come three times a year.” It turns out they are from Pennsylvania, and Ashford isn’t necessarily their holiday or celebratory […]

     
     
  • Matbah Restaurant, Ottoman Imperial Hotel: Dine Like a Sultan

    Matbah Restaurant, Ottoman Imperial Hotel: Dine Like a Sultan

    From the outside, the Ottoman Imperial Hotel calls little attention to itself. It’s clearly a historic building, but then this is the historic area of Istanbul. Directly across the street, a high iron gate opens to one of the gardens of the magnificent Hagia Sofia, dedicated by Constantine in 360 A.D., turned from a Greek […]

     
     
  • Of Castles and Cromwell in County Cork

    Of Castles and Cromwell in County Cork

    The very name of Castlemartyr may conjure up images of fierce knights imprisoned in a medieval fortress, but actually this is a peaceful 18th century manor house on over 200 rolling acres of woodlands, formal gardens and a swan lake on the southern coast of Ireland. Yes, there is an 800-year-old castle ruin shelled by […]

     
     
  • The Enchantments of Mas De Torrent in Catalonia’s Baix Emporda

    The Enchantments of Mas De Torrent in Catalonia’s Baix Emporda

    It’s a straight shot out of Barcelona heading north towards France along the AP-7, through the heart of northern Catalonia, one of the oldest and most beautiful sections of Europe. To the west and north, the Pyrenees rise, deep and green; to the east, the beaches and coves of Costa Brava look out to the […]

     
     
  • ELBOW BEACH BERMUDA: REDUX AND ANEW  Part Two

    ELBOW BEACH BERMUDA: REDUX AND ANEW Part Two

    While there may be fewer dining than spa-treatments options at Elbow Beach, the four outlets provide enough variety in cuisine and ambience to keep one happy and sated for many a day without ever leaving the resort. Blue Point, steps away from the spa and Kids’ Club, serves fresh salads, sandwiches, gourmet pizza, and ice […]

     
     
  • ELBOW BEACH BERMUDA: REDUX AND ANEW  Part One

    ELBOW BEACH BERMUDA: REDUX AND ANEW Part One

    A friend, fed up with her job, described the environment as a “Brave New World,” and we knew just what she meant. Ever since Aldous Huxley’s novel was published in 1925, its title has stepped out becoming an ironic label for a future dominated by technology and peopled by spiritless automatons. But in their original […]

     
     
  • Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo Icon

    Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo Icon

    The Hotel de Paris, Monaco’s Belle Epoque beauty on the Riviera, piles up accolades like a roulette player on a roll raking in chips, and it’s not by luck or chance. The latest is Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards, naming it the Number One Hotel in Southern Europe, and that includes all of […]

     
     
  • “Hot and Cool” Merge in Marrakech’s Murano Oriental Resort

    “Hot and Cool” Merge in Marrakech’s Murano Oriental Resort

    Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer Murano Oriental Resort is cool. The luxe property combines the exotic and hip in a setting of high design. Hot meets cool in Palmeraie, a seemingly endless stretch of desert on the outskirts of Marrakech where palm trees (protected by the king) grow undisturbed — even in the middle […]