Holidays and trips as reviewed by the Southern Daily Echo

Pigging out at superb hotel

Daily Echo:

2:35pm Friday 29th August 2014

Daily Echo editor Ian Murray reviews the Pig Near Bath

Dubai on a Budget

Daily Echo:

5:11pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

Stuart Martin finds Dubai delivers experiences beyond expectation - and you don't need to be a millionaire to enjoy it

Oxford - Following in the footsteps of Inspector Morse

Daily Echo:

4:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

WHILE Inspector Morse was always happiest in the bar of the Randolph Hotel in Oxford, ‘where they serve a decent pint’, the 140-year-old establishment has so much more to offer than a good tipple.

A room with a view

Daily Echo:

2:57pm Friday 11th July 2014

Having only ever visited Ipswich once before and some time ago at that I was keen to see how it had changed.

Island paradise of Corsica

5:26pm Monday 23rd June 2014

Joseph Curtis is close to paradise on a trip to the island of Corsica

Cruise through Egypt on the River Nile

Daily Echo: Cruise through Egypt on the River Nile

7:09pm Monday 16th June 2014

Ian Murray enjoys a taste of a Nile River cruise on board the luxurious MS Grand Rose

Farmhouse villas in Mallorca

Daily Echo: Ses Matas Claras

4:37pm Monday 9th June 2014

Dan Kerins jets off to beautiful Mallorca and discovers that staying in a villa gives you the opportunity to see the paradise island with fresh new eyes

Gastro inn by the Test

Daily Echo: The Bourne Valley Inn's deli

12:00pm Friday 16th May 2014

LORELEI REDDIN enjoys a homely stay in prime Hampshire fishing country

World's most beautiful voyage

Daily Echo: World's most beautiful voyage

3:45pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

THE colossal snow-capped mountains gleam dazzlingly white against the pale blue sky.

GOZO: Slowing it Down

Daily Echo: Ramla Bay Aerial View by Jurgen Scicluna

12:02pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

Lorelei Reddin ditches her fast-paced lifestyle for a relaxing trip to the stunning island of Gozo

TRAVEL: A perfectly British Gem

Daily Echo: The Museum Inn

5:21pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

This truly traditional country pub in a pretty rural setting, which serves gourmet food, is like a breath of fresh air, confides Lorelei Reddin

Rediscovering the Christmas spirit in Center Parcs

Daily Echo: Rediscovering the Christmas spirit in Center Parcs

7:13pm Monday 9th December 2013

A FEW weeks ago I stumbled across an old Polaroid in a drawer at home.

Hello Sailors!

Daily Echo: Messing about on the river in a Hot Tug

12:09pm Friday 8th November 2013

It’s an unusual selling point and one that will certainly get you noticed, says SHELLY FOUNTAIN, as she floats serenely along the Thames in a HotTug

Cyprus by sea - live travel blog

Daily Echo: Cyprus by sea - live travel blog

7:45pm Saturday 28th September 2013

We've come to the history-rich country of Cyprus with a main objective in mind - to see the beautiful country from the sea. Share the adventure by following this blog.

In Good Spirits in The Cotswolds

Daily Echo: In Good Spirits in The Cotswolds

12:04pm Friday 30th August 2013

IAN MURRAY whisked Mrs M off for a weekend in the Cotswolds but didn’t let on that they might be sharing their room with a third person – in the form of a ghost!

Hope and freedom in France

Daily Echo: Hope and freedom in France

11:46am Tuesday 11th June 2013

Just a 30-minute drive from La Rochelle, JENNIFER RIVETT discovered the picturesque town of Rochefort where the locals were in full party mode celebrating the launch of a maritime piece of history

A trip to New Hampshire and the fabulous Clydesdale horses

Daily Echo:

3:57pm Friday 31st May 2013

Ian Murray finds the real stars of a trip to New Hampshire are the magnificent Clydesdale horses that are the trademark of the famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Nashua.

An appetite for Malta

Daily Echo:

5:10pm Sunday 19th May 2013

MALTA’S story is one of survival,” says Vince Debono, a guide for the Maltese tourist board.

Food, history, fun and traditions in Taiwan

Daily Echo: A view from Jiufen mountains, Taiwan

4:51pm Monday 22nd April 2013

Cliff-hanging teahouses and restaurants filled with toilet seats – Kate Hodal explores the small South East Asian nation that boldly claims to be the best place on earth

Height of luxury: the new treehouses at Center Parcs

Daily Echo: The walkway linking the main house to the games room

9:07am Monday 11th March 2013

Andy Bissell ponders the secret of Center Parcs’ 25-year success in the UK during a visit to Longleat where new treehouses offer the height of luxury

A True Cornish Gem

Daily Echo: The view from The Llawnroc in springtime

4:59pm Friday 28th September 2012

SARAH JONES stays at The Llawnroc Hotel and soaks up the unspoilt charms that makes Cornwall the perfect getaway.

A hotel with a view

Daily Echo: The Kingsley Thistle in Bloomsbury

12:13pm Friday 6th July 2012

IAN MURRAY combined a stay at the capital’s Kingsley Thistle Hotel, Bloomsbury with a trip to the theatre

Inn for a Treat

2:22pm Friday 11th May 2012

In search of a weekend break TESSA CASTLE headed up to London for a touch of relaxation to recharge the batteries with a capital ‘R’

Time out in the capital

Daily Echo: The view of Greenwich Park  from the Observatory

3:30pm Friday 27th April 2012

Luke Tugby spends a weekend in Greenwich and is surprised by how much it has to offer

02 to be in the big city

Daily Echo: The Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel offers stunning views of the o2 Arena

11:23am Friday 23rd March 2012

IT certainly offered a room with a bustling view.

Canada's full monty

Daily Echo: Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Photograph by Alain Carpentier

11:05am Wednesday 7th March 2012

Mix an element of America with a touch of Europe and what have you got? The Canadian city of Montreal. Dan Kerins enjoyed experiencing this eclectic city

Freedom of the isle

Daily Echo: Es Garrovers

9:00am Friday 17th February 2012

IT IS in the depths of winter that the idea of sipping a cool drink whilst sunbathing by the pool can seem a million miles away.

Happy holidays

Daily Echo: Beach entertainment

2:35pm Tuesday 17th January 2012

Jon Reeve is left smiling after meeting the happy people of The Gambia.

Deutschland Wonderland

12:07pm Friday 16th December 2011

THE daylight is beginning to fade in Nuremberg – but one of Europe’s most spectacular Christmas wonderlands is just about to come to life.

Seeing the wild side of of Ireland

Daily Echo: The view at Sheep's Head

IT is the dead of night and silent but for the gentle splish-splash of paddles dipping in to water.

Island fling

Daily Echo: St. Lucia

12:02pm Friday 18th November 2011

Matt Watson falls in love with the laidback island of St Lucia

Silence in the City

Daily Echo: New poll hints at hung Parliament

12:41pm Friday 11th November 2011

Emma Allen found a quiet haven and five-star luxury in bustling London

A weekend escape in northern Denmark

Daily Echo: A weekend escape in northern Denmark

11:00am Sunday 2nd October 2011

HANDS up who's been to northern Denmark for a weekend.

Soma Bay, Egypt

Daily Echo: Soma Bay, Egypt

11:19am Monday 5th September 2011

Practically perfect in every way. Shelly Fountain is thoroughly spoilt on a luxurious break at Egypt’s Soma Bay resort

Rocky Mountain Highs

Daily Echo: Rocky Mountaineer

6:36pm Friday 29th July 2011

Ian Murray keeps track of the local wildlife between Vancouver and Banff aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

Arabian Adventure

Daily Echo: Burj Al Arab

1:00pm Friday 8th July 2011

GORDON Simpson heads to Dubai and finds a city that isn't just a millionaire's playground - but a great destination for families too.

Having a high time paragliding in France

Daily Echo: Having a high time paragliding in France

11:00am Sunday 29th May 2011

Ruth Meech paraglides at France’s spectacular Dune du Pyla

My Philadelphia story

Daily Echo: My Philadelphia story

12:33pm Monday 7th March 2011

Ian Murray visits birthplace of American Independence and discovers Philly Cheese Steaks, outlet designer shopping along with a large slice of American history

The lake escape

Daily Echo: The lake escape

12:27pm Monday 7th March 2011

It’s raining in the Lake District. Clouds are smudging those postcard views and wind is whipping across the hills.

Live like a lord in land of the Bard

Daily Echo: The house which is thought to be Shakespeare’s birthplace

6:30am Tuesday 1st March 2011

Duncan Eaton enjoys some first class pampering in Shakespeare Country

Cruise is a shore bet!

Daily Echo: Phil Burner couldn’t fault a relaxing voyage on Independence of the Seas

11:58am Monday 28th February 2011

The lift says it’s Tuesday so it must be Naples. It took us a couple of days into the voyage on Independence of the Seas to notice that the small panel, fitted into the carpet of all the lifts, announced the day.

A walk on the wild side

Daily Echo: Rowing boats at Lake Banyoles

3:45pm Wednesday 9th February 2011

Chris Hooper discovers a different kind of holiday on the Costa Brava away from the sun-tanning crowds

Sleepless in Seattle

Daily Echo: Sleepless in Seattle

3:51pm Wednesday 9th February 2011

Simon Carr embarks on a non-stop tour of the Washington State, taking in a heady mix of bustling towns and cities versus unspoilt, tranquil countryside

A head in the clouds

Daily Echo: A head in the clouds

12:26pm Tuesday 11th January 2011

Lee Jeffery got togged up in his ski gear and went on a mini Tour de Pyrenees starting at the highest point staying in a historic observatory

There’s real star quality at Lowndes

Daily Echo: There’s real star quality at Lowndes

2:58pm Friday 1st October 2010

IAN MURRAY finds himself utterly enchanted by Chelsea – and we aren’t talking football here

A haven of simplicity in southern France

Daily Echo: A haven of simplicity in southern France

3:36pm Friday 24th September 2010

Ian Murray discovers holidaying without the faff in southern France

Imperial Hotel is a corker!

Daily Echo: AND RELAX... The Relaxation Room in the beautiful Escape Salon & Spa

12:25pm Tuesday 14th September 2010

Phil Burner enjoys the craic in the laidback city of Cork

Hilltop haven at Combe Grove Manor in Bath

Daily Echo: Hilltop haven at Combe Grove Manor in Bath

12:08pm Saturday 4th September 2010

Sara Mills soaks up the view and taps into the restorative powers of Combe Grove Manor in Bath

A sense of Sharm

Daily Echo: A sense of Sharm

2:20pm Saturday 1st May 2010

Gordon Simpson discovers that there is more to Egypt than pharaoh and sphinx as he escapes for a break in beautiful Sharm El Sheikh

The perfect palazzo

Daily Echo: The terrace at The Xara Palace

4:55pm Wednesday 31st March 2010

Head south for sun, culture and luxury at Malta’s finest boutique hotel says Lorelei Reddin



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