Nira Caledonia has literally just opened (they still had the Brasso out) on Edinburgh’s Gloucester Place, the third in the portfolio of this independent hotel group. It is also only the third Scottish hotel to be a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.
Set in 100 acres of a maharajah’s palace and run on Ayurvedic principles, this is one of the great destination spas of the world. Ananda is one of the great destination spas of the world, yet a week spent padding around this temple to wellness in the Himalayan foothills showed me it’s so much more.
How to get the ultimate 'mind-body balance' at India’s legendary ayurvedic spa. The Ananda Spa is in the foothills of the Himalayas in the birthplace of yoga. The spa specialises in ayurveda - a philosophy on how to eat and be with nature. Activities during the day include cooking, hiking and lessons on breathing
Quote: Finely calibrated service characterises Margot, underlined by de Tarso’s mantra, ‘my intent is to change the customer service industry in London one table at a time.’ Such care is also demonstrated by head sommelier, Sabrina Manolio (formerly of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon) who believes wine is an inextricable part of the dining out experience. ‘It is a pleasure as a sommelier to understand the preferences of our guests and guide them rather than be anonymous.’
Margot, Covent Garden Name: Felicità Why: Get some of your five-a-day with this fruity sin-free potion Mix: Berries, pomegranate, cranberry and lemon Price: £8
As part of the sin-free round up, Margot, an Italian restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden, was included, featuring the restaurant’s ‘Felicita’ – a divine alcohol-free cocktail packed with berries, pomegranate, cranberry and lemon.