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Watching sunrise from the best peak in the area, skating on black ice before a picnic and glass of bubbly, zooming down the St. Moritz ice track, or an excursion to feed local birds: these are just some of the unusual requests that Urs Wiederkehr, the new Outdoor Butler at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, can fulfil.carlton_aussen_dez2013_016

An ex-ski instructor who has lived in St. Moritz for more than 30 years, Urs will cater to guests’ every need while showing them the very best hidden spots to ski, eat and discover history and culture in the Engadine. Newcomers and returners will discover the gems that only locals know about, taking in all of the old-school glamour and luxury of St. Moritz while avoiding the tourist traps.

Recently named Switzerland’s Leading Hotel 2016 at the World Travel Awards, the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz reopens for winter on 16 December.Travel to St Moritz for your very own outdoor butlre


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The all-suite Carlton Hotel is based in one of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts, and while those keen on winter sports have access to unrivalled skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of the Upper Engadine mountain range, guests can also enjoy winter hiking trails, gourmet cuisine in the Michelin-starred Da Vittorio and relaxation in the Carlton Spa.

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz has suites from CHF900 per night, based on two adults sharing a Junior Suite on a B&B basis. For further information and reservations, please visit www.carlton-stmoritz.ch or call +41 81 836 70 00.

Prices for the Outdoor Butler at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz are available upon request.

654px x 492px_02 (1)To celebrate adding more destinations to their Feel at Home roaming service, Three Mobile will be giving away free holidays in their pop-up Travel Agency at Westfield Stratford this Friday.
If you have an epic holiday story to share, head down to Westfield between 10am-8pm where a celebrity guest will be rewarding the best stories.
The celebrity travel agent will be revealed later in the week - for more information follow Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
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WHEN
Friday 12th August, 10am - 8pm
 
WHERE
Westfield Stratford (near Lacoste)

Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ

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Take a couple of days to leave the smoke (after you've signed Greenpeace's petition to remind Khan that he's meant to be making London's air cleaner) and go to somewhere that doesnt have to worry about pollution all that much - Arosa.

Get back to Nature, sleep in a tepee and go horseback mountain riding and fly fishing at Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa.

 

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Sleep under the stars in a luxury tepee and experience nature in the Alps this summer with Tschuggen Grand Hotel’s new tepee adventure experience.

Spend your first night at the hotel, relaxing in the Mario Botta-designed Bergoase spa, before setting off on horseback the next morning with Arosa’s mountain riding team. After stopping for a locally-sourced lunch at Restaurant Alpenblick, you will spend the afternoon learning the art of fly fishing before a Swiss barbecue, spending the night in a luxury private tepee complete with full furniture. The next morning, hike or ride back to your base at Tschuggen Grand Hotel.

 

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The tepee adventure experience includes

  • One night at Tschuggen Grand Hotel in a deluxe room on a half-board basis
  • Two-day guided horseback trek through the mountains organised by the Reiten am Berg mountain riding team
  • Lunch, dinner and a farmhouse-style brunch at Restaurant Alpenblick
  • Fly fishing on Lake Schwellisee
  • One night in a private luxury tepee

With a picturesque settings and holidays that you can be active on rather than over indulge making waves with our London leavers the town of Arosa in the Swiss Alps, is an ideal break option. The 5* Tschuggen Grand Hotel sees mild Alpine summers and is an ideal getaway for those looking for an active holiday in beautiful surroundings, with hiking, climbing , mountain biking, running trails and golf on Europe’s highest 18-hole golf course. Alternatively, relax in the Mario Botta-designed Bergoase Spa and enjoy Michelin-star dining in La Vetta restaurant.

For further information and reservations, please visit tschuggen.ch or telephone +41 81 378 99 99.

From CHF970 per person for 2 nights

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The Ski season may be over but that doesn't mean Switzerland has given you all it has to offer for the year.

We went to Hotel Villa Honegg to have a truly tranquil getaway and decided that come snow or sun (we had both on our trip) this is a stunning pocket of getaway heaven.

The hotel is small with only 27 rooms which makes for a truly boutique offering. There is a well equipped spa with gym, treatments, sauna, steam and plunge pool on offer as well as small swimming pool and outdoor heated infinity pool (our favourite) with stunning views whether the clouds move in and you just see the tops of  mountains or you stay out until the sunset.villa-honegg-terrassenlounge.jpg.1150x0_q85

The dining room is large and joined by the most comfy of library rooms complete with board games, fire (if it gets a little nippy in the evenings or you go in a cooler climate) and large doors out onto the terrace boasting equally stunning tranquil and so, so  quiet views of lakes, mountains and ski.

If you want to get a little active there's not only traditional and motorized bikes available to explore mountain paths but theres also golf buggies free of charge! Who hasn't wanted to steal a golf buggy before? Now you can do it without a bad conscience.

Rooms are snug and perfectly formed with everything you could want. A selection have large balconies perfect for private breakfast and sunset watching.Hotel-Villa-Honegg-designrulz-023

Whether you go to get snow or to get some sun if you want a luxurious break where you can really switch off - see a fully black sky and sleep in pure silence Hotel Villa Honegg is ideal for a short break away from London.

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With stunning landscapes and some seriously plush new hotels, Scotland really should be on your list for a little weekend jaunt out of London.

How best to get there? Well, get yourself to Euston, have a little sleep - before you know it you'll be waking up in Scotland!lounge

We took the Caledonian Sleeper train to Glasgow to have our own little jaunt all the way to Edinburgh and then back.

CalSleeper-1st-sleeperUnaware of the sleeper train option before we started to look into Scotland we thought it was a pretty cool and different plan for travel. It's a little like glamping, but on a train. You get your own bed, a little goody bag of night bits and pieces, and just down the corridor you'll find a food and drink carriage where, if you want to, you can make a night of it.

 

If you fancy taking the Caledonian yourself then it's worth knowing that they are partnering with Tomatin for World Whisky Day (21st May). Guests looking for a break north of the border will avoid the hassle of airport queues and begin their experience with a showcase of the distillery’s range of whiskies on board the Caledonian Sleeper to Inverness on Wednesday 11 and Wednesday 25 May.

On arrival in Glasgow we made our way to the Falls of Clyde, an amazing water fall and nature reserve next to an old mill, now developed into a small museum. If you enjoy being outdoors and looking at natural wonders then there are a number of walks around here that'll be just up your street. If not, you can see the bottom of the falls from the coffee shop and still tell yourself you've got in touch with nature.

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Travelling on from there after a good two hour walk in lovely sunshine we travelled to the newly open Crossbasket Castle, a stunning hotel just 45 minutes outside Glasgow.

The Castle was bought almost a shell and has since been transformed back to it's former glory. There are only a few rooms in this boutique hotel which specialises in events. The owners have created a large and perfectly formed events space which looks out on to a rapid river and beautiful grounds.

Staff are beyond helpful and polite and although still with a dash of the historical the castle is somehow modern too.
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The menu is put together by Michael Roux and it will leave you having to unbutton tight trousers (in the best possible way). Room service is even a joy here, none of the paired down menu for your room nonsense. We simply ordered a cheeseboard and this arrived.

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The rooms are plush with huge windows and wonderful views. As for things to do, if you don't want to visit the Falls you can do a spot of shooting or fishing, or just relax in their bar.
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After one night at Crossbasket we continued our journey to Edinburgh ready for a night's stay in another location and a day ahead exploring Edinburgh castle and the city. Just over an hour and we were at our second destination,  The Roxburghe just outside of Edinburgh.

Complete with Tartan carpet the Roxburghe really does feel like the heart of Scotland. It's a very quiet, relaxing destination and perfect if you really want to unwind from all the buzz that is London.

With board games which you can take to your room, garden rooms, studies and bars with enormous windows framing beautiful views, it really is a little highland haven.

The most exciting part we discovered was the fact that each and every room has a working fireplace in it- something that is a very unusual luxury for most of us.

Food again is special and created by the Roux kitchen. Knowledgable staff help you with wine or fire building, or brolly providing, whichever is needed, and you really do feel at home.

We even got a curtesy call to let us know breakfast was awaiting us downstairs before they shut up shop for the morning.

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For the more active amongst you there is golf on offer, fishing and walks. For the less active there is a great cocktail menu, in room treatments and gorgeous views to get lost in out the window.

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We'll be keeping both hotels in our minds for this winter as well. Though now, during the spring is a beautiful time to visit as you might get a whole years worth of seasons in one stay.

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We got rain, bright sunshine and snow over three days and even the rain that we had for an afternoon was welcomed with the fires all stoked and cosy bars.

So another for your diary - A Scottish Sleeper Train Road Trip.