Explore your inner Princess with a trip to one of these fantastic fairytale-inspired hotels. From Beauty And The Beast at The Mondrian to Peter Pan at the Lancaster London, four lucky LOOK writers relax in style…
Walking down the ivy-covered, lantern-lit walkway feels like you’re stepping into a fantasy world and inside all the whimsical leaning lamps and lanterns transports you away from the Big Apple’s trendy SoHo. The hotel’s designer, Benjamin Ortiz Noriega, took his inspiration for the interior from the classic Jean Cocteau 1946film La Belle et la Bête. Inside the Isola restaurant the waitress tells us the giant glass goblets, pots and pans sitting on a huge shelf spanning the room were inspired by the Beast’s dining room. The chandeliers are stunning and all through the hotel shades of French blue blend the walls, carpeting, chairs and lounges. It’s lush. And so is the food.
The crudo is Isola’s speciality (the hamachi with salsa verde, avocado and crispy shallot is scrumptious) and if you’re feeling hungry the dry aged steak Maremma with Truffled Lardo and Mushroom Polenta will see you right. It’s a truly romantic spot for a truly romantic night. Simply the beast! Rooms from $379 per night (www.morganshotelgroup.com) Book return flights through www.virginatlantic.com or call 08442092770.
Reviewed by Gemma Calvert
Tucked away in the heart of the Kent countryside this 5* cottage, set in its own private garden, is every inch a Hansel and Gretel hideaway. It sleeps six and before our arrival the owners had stocked the kitchen with delicious fresh bread, jams, milk, eggs and juice for our breakfast and a bottle of red and white wine. Perfect to settled in with.
The gorgeously cosy home-from-home comes complete with a master bedroom – situated in the rounded Oast – and the dramatic canopy over the bed was fit for a princess. They even have towels from The White Company.
The nearby pretty seaside town of Rye is full of cute boutiques, second hand stores packed with treasures and endless cafes. We rounded off the day with dinner at the nearby – and highly recommended – Ferry Inn in Tenterden (www.oxneyferry.com). When can I go back? Prices from £426, Book through www.mulberrycottages.com.
Reviewed by Gemma Gow
The seaside town of Llandudno is the actual spot where an eight-year-old Alice Liddell - the ‘real ‘ Alice - who CS Lewis’ Alice is Wonderland is based on - stayed while she was on holiday in 1861. And at the St Tudno Hotel, as well as being home to the ‘Alice Room’, offers an Alice Afternoon Tea with yummy sarnies, cakes and scones - the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing along the sea front.
The place is packed with quirky Alice souvenirs and collectors items. But we couldn’t find the rabbit hole! Landudno has embraced Alice as one of their own and there are various statues dotted around the town to check out, including a giant Alice at the train station, and the Mad Hatter on the promenade. Rooms (B&B) at the St Tudno Hotel from £52/pppn (www.st-tudno.co.uk).
Reviewed by Devinder Bains
Proving you’re never too old for a magical afternoon filled with cake, this tea is themed around the boy who never grew up. It includes ‘Lost Boys’ sandwiches’ of smoked chicken with spring onions and mayonnaise on walnut bread and cheese and caraway scones with honey-roast ham and mustard, followed by ‘Mrs Darling’s Scones’ with jam and clotted cream.
The hotel is next door to Kensington Gardens, where the famous Peter Pan statue stands, so when you’ve finished your tea and sandwiches, you’re handed a map and a fairy-dust pouch filled with breadcrumbs to feed the ducks. Lovely. Prices are £22 per person, of £31 with a glass of champagne (www.lancasterlondon.com/barsinwestlondon).
Reviewed by Lucy Vine