Thursday 21 November 2019

Travel - Global Village: Kerry hotel is saluted by Conde Nast

Picked up: Ard Na Sidhe in Kerry
Picked up: Ard Na Sidhe in Kerry
Gisele Bundchen
Francisco Goldman
Lekker Travel Solutions

Ard na Sidhe - a stunning 18-bedroom former hunting lodge with gardens located on Caragh Lake in Kerry - has just got the mother of all nods from the travel magazine bible, Conde Nast Traveller.

It has been named one of the best hotels in the world for under £150 a night - so now is the time to book if you want to beat the rush when the hotel reopens on May 1 after closing for the winter season.

Conde Nast wrote; "Each (room) is wonderfully different, from the William Morris furnishings of Room 1 to the tranquil greens and pretty views of Room 4. Everything here is welcoming and restful rather than intimidating and grand."

Expect a run on the rooms in the Arts and Crafts mansion which was built in 1913 in the wilds of County Kerry, and with rates starting from €180 B&B.

Gisele chills in Costa Rica

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, below, recently hit the beaches of Costa Rica with her American footballer husband Tom Brady, and their two children, five-year-old Benjamin and two-year-old Vivian.

The gorgeous former Victoria's Secret model is one of an increasing number of people choosing to holiday in the Central American beauty spot, which has the Caribbean Sea on its east coast, and the Pacific Ocean on the west.

You can drive from one side of the country to the other in about three hours, making the country a real winner with visitors who want to sunbathe, fish or snorkel.

Around 4.5 million people live in Costa Rica, of whom nearly a quarter live in the capital city, San Jose. A tourist attraction which is popular is a trip to Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste, where activities include ziplining, horse-riding, and mud baths.

Rice and beans are frequently on the

Driving a car around Mexico City

A new memoir, The Interior Circuit; A Mexico  City Chronicle, from award-winning American novelist Francisco Goldman, right, has been described as a book "of love and mourning" - for its telling of how the writer emerged from grief five years after his wife's death, and for the way his ascent out of pain is symbolised by his attempt to overcome his fear of driving his car around Mexico City.

The book offers a panoramic view of Mexico City, and not just from road level and of touristy scenes, no matter how appealing they are. But also of the gritty side of the city, involving the narcotics war, and how in the summer of 2013 organised crime erupted in the city in an unprecedented way.

The Interior Circuit is published by Grove Press, and costs approx €23.

Six signs that you need to get away

Who doesn't feel in the mood for a holiday? Just to make sure you're focusing on your options, Lekker Adventures: Luxury Travel Solutions, has listed six signs which suggest you need to get away from it all.

* You have your coffee barista on speed dial.

* You start hallucinating tropical fish in the company water cooler.

* Leaving your office building to get lunch feels like a luxurious trip to Jamaica.

* Your holiday bucket list is getting longer than The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

* You've managed to wear mismatched shoes to work.

* You consider scrolling through travel images online as an essential part of your day.

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