This month SLH welcomes five independentlyminded

first_imgThis month SLH welcomes five independently-minded hotels to its portfolio. From a stately home in Queenstown to a classic alpine lodge in Austria there is plenty for the discerning traveller to choose from.Owl and the Pussycat Hotel, Galle, Sri LankaRooms from 26800 LKR per nightOne of Sri Lanka’s newest boutique hotels, having opened in January 2016, the 16-suite Owl and the Pussycat Hotel is a luxurious coastal retreat with a laid-back feel. Situated close to the UNESCO-listed historic Galle Fort and Buddhist temples, the hotel provides access to an unparalleled authentic Sri Lankan experience with an imaginative twist. Each spacious suite is a little different, but guests can expect eye-catching artwork, vivid colours and panoramic sea-views in every one. The property was designed by New York architect Udar Dhar and houses furniture, colourful textiles and artwork, handmade by 20 artists from all over the world, including local craftsmen. Together with its jazz band and selection of musicians playing at the weekend, and its local learning programme and philanthropic heart, this new hotspot is inspired by local influences, while still promising sophistication and style. ‘The Runcible Spoon’ restaurant is another nod to the hotel’s namesake, ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by British author Edward Lear, and serves traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with a Mediterranean influence.SLH Insider Tip: Perched on a hill five minutes from the town of Galle, The Sun House bar is a perfect spot to enjoy a drink with a panoramic view of the ocean and town.Oak Suite at Foxhill ManorFoxhill Manor, Cotswold, EnglandRooms from 375 GBP per nightWith just eight rooms, Grade II-listed Foxhill Manor is an intimate retreat set on the magnificent 161-hectare Farncombe Estate near Broadway. The hotel’s charm lies in its home-from-home feel, with characterful bedrooms and cosy furnishings. Boasting a ‘whatever you fancy, whenever you fancy’ ethos, the team invites guests to help themselves to cake and cocktails in the Drawing Room, snacks from The Pantry or a homecooked meal from the chef. Foxhill Manor is pet-friendly so beloved pooches are welcome to join their owners for a country walk or popcorn and a film in the onsite cinema room. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to sister property, Dormy House, where guests have access to the expansive spa, restaurant and facilities there too.SLH Insider Tip:Take a hand-drawn map from the hotel and use it to explore the surrounding countryside on a leisurely walk before ending up at one of Broadway’s many charming gastropubs.Palm Lounge at Hulbert HouseHulbert House, Queenstown, New ZealandRooms from 925 NZD per nightJust 10 minutes from the centre of Queenstown, Hulbert House sits halfway up a hill overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The stately villa was built during the height of the gold rush in 1887 and has been lovingly restored by award-winning designer Neil Lachlan, leaving the boutique property brimming with vintage style. The six individually decorated rooms each have a stunning lake, garden or skyline view. Where one room boasts a canopy bed or a wood-burning fireplace another is home to an antique writing desk or a teardrop chandelier, each one unique in its style and feel. The chef lovingly prepares breakfast and evening canapés in the dining room using home-grown produce for guests to enjoy with some of the finest wine in New Zealand.SLH Insider Tip: Climb Queenstown Hill Summit for some of the most incredible views in New Zealand; a round trip from the hotel should take around two and a half hours with time for pictures at the top.Villa della PergolaVilla della Pergola, Alassio ItalyRooms from 325 Eur per nightAntonio and Silvia Ricci, bought Villa della Pergola to save it from destruction. Since then, the couple has worked tirelessly to restore the grounds and villa with the help of famous Italian architects Paolo Pejrone and Ettore Mocchetti, creating an airy space still very much in keeping with the architectural bones of the property. Twelve bedrooms are split across three buildings and each room has its own individual style, ambience and furnishings dedicated to the many figures that have stayed in the hotel in the past. The grounds of the hotel extend over 22,000 square metres and are a true Garden of Eden, renowned for the abundance of Mediterranean flora and exotic evergreens. The hotel restaurant, Ristorante Nove, is headed up by Executive Chef Giorgio Servetto and serves traditional Ligurian cuisine in an elegant setting.SLH Insider Tip: Treat yourself to some Baci di Alassio – small but powerful little macaroons packed with cocoa, hazelnuts and rum from the Terre Di Mare deli in Il Budello. Das PostHotelDas PostHotel, Tyrol, AustriaRooms from 195 Eur per nightDas PostHotel is a classic alpine lodge with 27 rooms and an eco-conscious design, deeply rooted in mountain traditions. The hotel oozes character with its contemporary furniture and colourful fabrics and is rich in raw pine, oak and native spruce. The owners, the Binder family, live next door to the property and are the largest timber producer in Austria. Sustainability is at the heart of the resort which shows in the many design features like the solar-heated pool, as well as in the kitchen with the organic menus at HeLeni restaurant. The bedrooms are spacious and each is individually designed with colourful fabrics, rustic wood panels and a quirky take on tradition chalet décor. Das PostHotel is situated in the Zillertal ski area of Austria, boasting groomed pistes, super modern lift facilities and guaranteed snow – you can even ski all year round on the snow-sure slopes of the Hintertux Glacier.SLH Insider Tip:  Opt for the Skyloft penthouse suite and take a bath with a view overlooking the mountains.last_img read more

Tis the season to be jolly so spread some Christ

first_img‘Tis the season to be jolly, so spread some Christmas cheer and celebrate the hard work of all those employees who tirelessly ensure travel is as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.Year-round, many people in the travel industry, from airport check-in staff to hotel concierges, work hard to make sure our trips run smoothly. Christmas time can be the busiest time of year for these unsung heroes, when more of us are travelling to spend the festive season with friends and loved ones. Skyscanner wants to say thank you to our Christmas Heroes for putting a smile on our faces (no matter how long the airport security line is), for helping us get home (so we can stuff our faces with festive treats) and keeping us safe this Noël.Check out our video.http://www.youtube.com/embed/z4nwBm4GL_kDo you have your own personal Christmas Hero, that person that makes these festivities so special? Share with us and enter a chance to win the trip of a lifetime.To enter, share a photo that says thanks to your Christmas Hero on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ChristmasHeroes. The most original entry will win an amazing trip!Terms and ConditionsThe Organiser1. The organisers of this competition are Skyscanner, c/o Pinsent Masons LLP, 5 Old Bailey, EC4M 6BA.2. The competition starts on Monday 8 December 2014 and runs until 23:59 on Wednesday 24 December 2014.3. One winner will be selected based on Skyscanner’s choice of the best photo and accompanying caption. The winner will be notified by 14 January 2015 by social media.4. Entry is prohibited to directors, management and employees of Skyscanner and their immediate families.5. Skyscanner reserves the right to terminate or modify the competition at any time prior to the closing date by publishing any modifications on the Skyscanner website.6. This competition is in no way associated with, sponsored or endorsed by Instagram or Twitter.7. Skyscanner’s decision in regard to the winner and all other matters relating to the competition are final, and no discussions will be entered into.Entry Criteria1. Participants must be resident in Europe – United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland; Americas – United States of America; APAC – Singapore, South Korea, India or Australia and be aged 18 years or over as at 8 December 2014. Multiple entries are permitted.2. All entrants must follow @Skyscanner on Twitter or Instagram, depending on which platform they choose to submit their entry on. 3. You can enter the Competition by uploading a photo and using the hashtag #ChristmasHeroes The theme of the Competition is Christmas Heroes. To enter, participants would need to upload a picture of their Christmas hero story to thank individual(s) that make Christmas special to them. The most creative entry will win.4. By entering the competition, you consent to your name, entry and any other reasonable personal details supplied being used by Skyscanner for promotional/marketing purposes and the announcement of the winner of the competition. Skyscanner will also request the email address of the winner in order to arrange booking of the Prize, and this will be processed in accordance with Skyscanner’s Privacy Policy.5. By entering the competition, the winner accepts full and complete responsibility for their own safety and welfare at all times.6. By submitting your entry, you confirm that:a) Your entry is originally yours, does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party and conforms to the requirements of these terms and conditions.b) You have read, accepted and understood the Skyscanner Privacy Policy.Determination of the Winner1. Skyscanner reserves the right to reject comments that depart from the theme, are offensive, obscene, bring Skyscanner into disrepute or otherwise do not conform to the requirements of these terms and conditions at its discretion.2. In order to be valid, your entry must contain an original comment on the given theme, which conforms to the requirements set out in these terms and conditions. Using other people’s comments, or work is a copyright violation and will invalidate your entry.3. From the valid entries received, a Skyscanner jury will select the final winner based on an objective assessment of the following criteria: originality, creativity, coherence with the given theme and quality. The jury deciding on the winner will be a panel of Skyscanner employees.The Prize1. The prize consists of a global travel voucher worth of £1000 (or the equivalent value in the local currency), which can be spent on any travel product(s) found on the Skyscanner website: flight(s), hotel reservation(s) and/or car hire(s) (“Prize”). The winner will indicate what travel arrangements he/she wishes to book, not exceeding the total value of £1000 and the travel arrangements will be booked by Skyscanner in accordance with the winner’s reasonable request (subject to availability) and forwarded to the winner’s email address. When communicating travel request to Skyscanner, the winner undertakes to have read, understood and agreed to the terms and conditions and privacy policy of the relevant 3rd party travel provider, and consents to Skyscanner sharing information with the 3rd party travel provider to the extent necessary to book the Prize in accordance.2. The Prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be given. Where the Prize is unavailable at the applicable value, an alternative of equal value will be provided. If the travel options selected by a winner are no longer available within the limit on the appropriate dates, an equivalent will be booked. Any extra activities and costs beyond the specified Prize will be the responsibility of the winner. The winner accepts full and complete responsibility for organising their travel requirements, including arranging their own visa and other travel requirements.3. Travel must be completed no later than December 2015.3. Car-hire will only be available to a winner over the age of 21 holding a valid driving licence.4. Skyscanner accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from accepting the Prize and recommends that all entrants obtain independent financial advice in this regard.5. The winner will be required to comply with Skyscanner’s anti-money laundering procedures. These will require the winner to provide Skyscanner with a copy of any one of the following forms of photographic identification: Passport or Driving License.6. If any act, omission, event or circumstance occurs which is beyond the reasonable control of Skyscanner which prevents it from complying with these terms and conditions, Skyscanner will not be liable for any failure to perform or delay in performing its obligations. Except in respect of liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or for any fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation or any other liability which cannot be excluded by law, will not be liable for any losses, damages, expenses, costs or claims arising out of or relating to this Competition or the use of the Prize, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise.7. These Terms & Conditions are governed by the laws of England & Wales.Still lacking in Christmas cheer? Get merry with these fun festive features:13 ways to be a Christmas travel hero10 tips for stress-free Christmas travel10 best xmas presents to buy at the airport – and how to bag a bargain11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £60ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related13 ways to be a Christmas travel heroFind out how to be a travelling Christmas angel this festive season.10 best Christmas presents to buy at the airportPresent time: top tips on how to get your last-minute gifts between bag check and boarding.Christmas Jumper Day at SkyscannerChristmas Jumpers are a tradition that we honour every year and this one… well, everyone has been quite creative! Have a very Merry Christmas!last_img read more