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Belmond El Encanto
Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara
Belmond El Encanto
5 Star Rating

Set in the hills of Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto provides guests with both seclusion and tranquility. Itís just a stoneís throw from central Santa Barbara and a few miles from the beautiful beach too so the...


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Afternoon Tea at TING, London
Afternoon Tea at TING

Ting is located in the Shangri-La Hotel on the 35th floor of the Shard. Being on the 35th floor the views over London are stunning, and with impeccable service we had a delightful afternoon tea experience. We selected the English afternoon tea with a glass of the Duval-Leroy champagne, an elegant champagne with a personality to match our wonderful surroundings....

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Malt, Cheltenham

Malt Restaurant can be found inside the charming Cowley Manor. It offers a sumptuous dining experience in beautiful surroundings, the service is attentive and comes with a smile, and the menu is interesting and well-executed. We started the evening with two glasses of Taittinger...

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Ett Hem, Stockholm
Ett Hem

Ett Hem can be found located in Stockholm. This is actually a tough review to write - as there are so many special elements to share. This is a hotel with character, style and luxury in abundance. Once a former office block, the building itself has a wealth of character; and that's even before you enter the building - it has the presence of, perhaps, an old Victorian...

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Le Cinq, Paris
Le Cinq

Le Cinq can be found inside the George V Four Seasons Hotel, Paris, offering fine dining at its finest. This restaurant truly does sit at the top of when it comes to exceptional food, first-class services, and breath-taking, opulent surroundings. The whole experience in Le Cinq was faultless from start to finish. From the moment I saw the two wrought iron...


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Located on level 33 of The Shard, Hutong provides unrivalled views over London and offers exquisite Northern Chinese cuisine. We recommend requesting a table by the window, which is how we experienced the restaurant. We were...

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68 and Boston is located in the colourful Soho area of London. There are two parts to 68 and Boston, you have the wine bar downstairs for those looking for a casual glass of wine after work, and a cocktail bar up upstairs...

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Located in San Franciscoís financial district, Clift is part of the Morgans Hotel Group and with its stylish-features and contemporary elegance it really stands out from the crowd and appeals to a young and creative audience. ...

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The Redwood Room is located inside the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. Itís the hotels signature bar, and as the name suggests the room is red...

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Hakkasan, San Francisco, Hakkasan, San Francisco
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Hakkasan is an upscale, well designed restaurant in the heart of San Francisco. The restaurant serves Cantonese cuisine, the service is attentive, and the dining experience is best described as ambient with tons of atmosphere....

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