Hotels & Spas
Nira Alpina, Switzerland

Nira Alpina, Switzerland

St. Moritz sings of glamour with glittering pop-up ice bars, fine dining restaurants and a social scene to match the south of France. Fun, but all that razzle dazzle gets a little exhausting after a day or two. Opt instead for Silvaplana, St. Mortiz’s less exuberant, but equally charming sister ski resort nestled prettily in...
The Bull Inn, Sussex

The Bull Inn, Sussex

Nestled in the foothills of the Sussex Downs, just a few miles from Brighton and the beautiful Sussex coast, is The Bull Inn – an idyllic country pub, bookable through the website Inn Places. It’s quintessentially cosy; everything you could want downstairs from a large log fire to comfy sofas and romantic nooks. The atmosphere is...
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Clouds advanced over a ripple of green hills, the horizon flecked with silhouettes of barren trees. We made our way through Hampshire, home to boundless parks, quaint villages and the New Forest, surrounded by postcard views of British countryside in winter; bleak and beautiful all at once. In the distance, a redbrick Georgian manor rose...
Thyme Hotel, Cotswolds

Thyme Hotel, Cotswolds

Since Kate Moss’s fairy-tale wedding was leaked to the papers in 2011, the beautiful village of Southrop has found itself at the centre of Cotswold’s cool, and Thyme along with it. First launched as an “exclusive use” eight-bedroom, 17th century country house on the sweeping Southrop Manor Estate (owned by the Hibbert family), Thyme has elegantly...
The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London

The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London

The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London exudes British charm. The building – despite being based on a French Chateau – feels every bit the quintessential English hotel. Staff are polished and attentive, and the decor is luxurious yet understated. Rooms feel refined, with sumptuous beds and high ceilings. It’s the perfect location for a home...
Hanbury Manor: A British Retreat in Hertfordshire

Hanbury Manor: A British Retreat in Hertfordshire

Nestled among 200 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, the Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club is an idyllic and ideal setting for those wanting to escape city living. Breathtaking views surround the five-star, stately manor: rural countryside; fragrant, walled gardens; winding paths; and flowerbeds boasting a myriad of colours. Impeccable service, the building’s polished aesthetic and...
'A Year in Paper' at The Beaumont Hotel

‘A Year in Paper’ at The Beaumont Hotel

When The Beaumont appeared on London’s hotel scene last November, we knew it wasn’t just any old place. Perhaps it was the quiet sophistication of the interiors, perhaps the stark addition of Anthony Gormley’s one-off sculptural suite. A year on, The Beaumont has proven its commitment to innovation and old-world class with another interesting collaboration...
Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

Sanderson, one of the most iconic hotels of this millennia, is as well known for its Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea as it is for its glittering clientele and star-studded parties. Part of Morgans Hotel Group (counting Mondrian London and the recently revamped St Martins Lane as its sister hotels in the capital), Sanderson has...
Artisanal Coffee: Parcafé at The Dorchester

Artisanal Coffee: Parcafé at The Dorchester

Starbucks may not seem like a natural competitor to The Dorchester, but with the prestigious London hotel having recently opened the doors of its new artisanal coffee shop Parcafé, the comparison is all of a sudden relevant. Located on Park Lane, just around the corner from the hotel’s main entrance, Parcafé is a surprisingly unassuming...
Ping Coombes & Scott Dunn Launch New Chalet Dining

Ping Coombes & Scott Dunn Launch New Chalet Dining

How best to warm up in winter wonderland? Scott Dunn seems to know how to go about it; the luxury travel company has partnered with 2014 MasterChef champion Ping Coombes to spice up the menus across their portfolio of luxury chalets. A far cry from your traditional mountain fare, Coombes’ specially designed menu will add...
The Longhouse, Bali

The Longhouse, Bali

We’re idling at the edge of the infinity pool, which is set into the second floor terrace and overflows into a tropical garden scattered with pink and yellow frangipanis. Up ahead, the hill rolls gently all the way to the brink of Bali’s glinting coastline. We’ve just checked into The Longhouse, a private six-bedroom villa spread over three lavish levels in the Jimbaran hills. Set high on the hillside, The Longhouse is outdoor living at...
Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

Ninety minutes after our departure from the turmoil of London, wrapped in the comfort of First Great Western’s first class carriage, we pull into the historic city of Bath. A short drive from the station – or a leisurely stroll through the distinctive stone streets – sits The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, which takes...
RedDoor, a Private Luxury Villa in Bali

RedDoor, a Private Luxury Villa in Bali

We arrive in a sudden tropical downpour, with the rain thundering down through the canopy. It’s a sea of green, and when a single shaft of sunshine illuminates the forest, water caught on the leaves glistens as though the gods have cast a handful of emeralds from the clouds. Spindly coconut palms sway and orchids...
Spice Market’s new Singapore Street Food Tasting Menu

Spice Market’s new Singapore Street Food Tasting Menu

Housed in the ultra-modern W London Hotel, Spice Market sits on the corner of Lisle Street and Wardour Street. We descend into the low-lit restaurant and are greeted by an unsurprisingly slick décor evoking Asian fusion: brass brushed gong lights hang regimentally from the ceiling; a colour palette of black, dark browns and red permeate...
Interview with Peter Chittick, Owner of Hotel Crillon Le Brave

Interview with Peter Chittick, Owner of Hotel Crillon Le Brave

In the summer of 1988, Peter Chittick and his future wife Carolyn Fairbairn, went about searching for a Provencal property to convert into a hotel. Twenty-five years later, Hotel Crillon Le Brave is still evolving, growing strong and attracting more and more interest for its paradisiacal charm. On our visit to the hotel, Candid got...
Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet, in Hotel Crillon Le Brave

Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet, in Hotel Crillon Le Brave

Named after its talented young chef, Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet, in Hotel Crillon Le Brave is quite simply a spectacle of Provençal cuisine at its best. When you walk down the steps from the calmly modern Le Grange and into the dusky splendour of Jérôme Blanchet it is hard to understand how to so starkly different venues...
Bistrot 40k, in Hotel Crillon Le Brave

Bistrot 40k, in Hotel Crillon Le Brave

We were a bit surprised when General Manager, Sebastien Pilat, first told us that Bistrot 40k, in Hotel Crillon Le Brave was named so because all the produce served in the restaurant came from within 40km of Crillon Le Brave. All we could think was, ‘Why do this?’ The answer came with a smile – it’s a challenge....
Philadelphia’s ROOST Apartment Hotel

Philadelphia’s ROOST Apartment Hotel

For all of their perks and luxuries, even the slickest of high-end hotels can be rather clinical places. The novelty of a new hotel room holds plenty of excitement, but it’s usually not too long before the thrill fades and you start to miss a few of those home comforts you’ve left behind. On the...
JING launches Rare Seasonal Tea Menu at 45 Park Lane

JING launches Rare Seasonal Tea Menu at 45 Park Lane

How many cups of tea do you have per day? One in the morning? Another when you get to work? Anywhere between three and twenty depending on who in the office is trying to avoid starting on that pesky to-do list and is procrastinating by doing tea runs? Well, no matter if it’s one or...
Mondrian London launches Literary Salons

Mondrian London launches Literary Salons

Listen up literati: there’s a reason to tear your eyes from the page and it’s very swish indeed. On the 20th April 2015, Mondrian London launches Literary Salons, where London’s finest will be re-kindling their love for a good read at an event that’s geared to deliver the ultimate culture fix. This will be the...
Spa review: agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London

Spa review: agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London

The agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the sprawling London metropolis. Set two floors below ground level within the sensational Tom Dixon-designed Mondrian London hotel, the vast submerged space combines a nautical theme with hints of Hollywood glamour, and the overall setting made us feel instantly relaxed. The menu is brimming with personalised...
La Valencia - California

La Valencia – California

It was the midst of a dark British February, with the sun long since retreated behind a heavy blanket of cloud and our gloves wearing thin, that we decided it was high time for an impromptu escape. Enter La Jolla – a Mediterranean-style village in Southern California – with a bevvy of shiny boutiques and...
Curzon at Ham Yard Hotel

Curzon at Ham Yard Hotel

As cinema ticket sales continue their slow decline, the UK has seen the rise of a new wave of luxury film-going alternatives. From three-course meals served during screenings, to screens where you can watch a film from the comfort of a sofa, there have been plenty of attempts to make cinema visits more competitive with...
Aveda Institute Men’s Review

Aveda Institute Men’s Review

Candid were invited down to, ‘Aveda Men’s Grooming‘ located in Covent Garden in the Aveda Institute. Upon arriving at the huge glass building that is the Aveda Institute, we were greeted by the incredibly friendly and helpful staff who offer a hot or cold beverage – a word of warning here; if your drink isn’t...
New Year's Eve, London's St Martins Lane Hotel

New Year’s Eve, London’s St Martins Lane Hotel

This New Year’s Eve, London’s St Martins Lane Hotel will mark the coming of 2015 alongside an anniversary of 15 years spent hosting iniquitous parties in its infamous lair. The hotel’s striking Light Bar – designed, along with the rest of the hotel, by Morgans Hotel Group favourite Philippe Starck – is set to be one of the capital’s...
Valhalla Winter Viking Bar at Skylounge

Valhalla Winter Viking Bar at Skylounge

Flame cooked meat, Snow Queen Vodka, and the London skyline: how could you go wrong? Skylounge, the rooftop bar at DoubleTree Hilton, has just launched a Valhalla Winter Viking Bar pop-up. The outside space has been transformed into a weather-proof wooden long house, complete with sheepskin throws, antlers, and even its own bear (Note: this...
agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London

agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London

Last week saw the official launch of Southbank-based agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London, and with it the innovative ‘Spa Playground’ concept. We congregated in Rumpus Room, the hotel’s art deco-inspired rooftop lounge with views across London’s skyline. Trays of cucumber-infused champagne were circulated before sweeping glass walls, from which a glowing St Paul’s cathedral watched...
Signature Afternoon Tea at Bulgari Hotel

Signature Afternoon Tea at Bulgari Hotel

This Festive season sees the ultra luxurious setting of the Bulgari Hotel & Residencies London launch a Signature Afternoon Tea crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Alexandre Talpaert, protégé of internationally-renowned chef Alain Ducasse, comprising a carefully chosen selection of delights which showcase the best of traditional French patissierie. On passing through the main part of the hotel,...
Food & Wine Week at The Devonshire Arms

Food & Wine Week at The Devonshire Arms

Last month, Candid left its usual London stomping ground to roam around the Yorkshire Dales, breathe in the fresh air, rest our heads at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa and plonk ourselves down at the table of its chef, Adam Smith. This December, Adam will be sharing his kitchen at The Dev with a bevvy...
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa

The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa

Candid rarely leaves the confines of its Greater London surrounding but when invited to The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, we decided to make an exception. Nestled away in the greenery of the 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate in The Yorkshire Dales National Park, sits this quaint 1600s offering which has been providing hospitality to...



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