Surrounded by palm trees, the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque looks like a fairy kingdom, with turreted roofs, buildings on several levels, numerous pools, curved pathways and a multitude of quiet, private spaces.


  • Sunshine on a Winter's Day 14 Oct 16

    If you dream of winter sun but can’t face long haul, why not consider Tenerife, a mere four-and-a-half hours away? With comfortable flights at sociable times and a selection of five-star... Read More

  • Going The Distance 14 Oct 16

    Running is the simplest but most satisfying sport. Putting one foot in front of the other, that’s all. It’s the easiest sport in the world – and believe me, I should know. Sprint back 35... Read More

  • Unblock Your Energy 14 Oct 16

    Tucked away in a corner of the bustling retail epicentre of Oxford Circus is a quiet haven dedicated to helping people regain their energy and find happiness in the simpler things in life: an oasis in... Read More

  • An All Round Good Egg 14 Oct 16

    “I don’t profess to be the best quizzer in the world, but I know some stuff, I think,” begins Beth Webster, modestly. To say this is an understatement is a little like saying that Professor... Read More

  • Galvin at Centurion Club 14 Oct 16

    You could almost miss the discreet sign and gated entrance to the Centurion Club, Hemel’s exclusive new golf club. Down the long drive, shining like beacon in the dark, is the illuminated new... Read More

  • Strings From The Somme 14 Oct 16

    When Watford Phil’s Jeanne Mann takes up her bow for the first few notes of the Méditation from Massenet’s Thäis she’ll be using a unique instrument that very few musicians have had the... Read More

  • Shock and Awe 14 Oct 16

    If I’d been Lee Miller, back in 1937, I’m not sure that I’d have been particularly impressed with Pablo Picasso’s portrait of me. Lee Miller as l’Arlesienne depicted the notoriously... Read More

  • Look At Life: Powerful Women 14 Oct 16

    I wasn’t quite four when Margaret Thatcher left Downing Street and, as such, my memories of her time in power are dim; most of what I know about her, from her politics to her legacy and her shoulder... Read More

  • All Boarded Up 13 Oct 16

    There are, I’m led to believe, people who don’t play games, but I have to declare my hand here; I’m not one of them. I love a good board game (and I don’t get enough opportunities to indulge... Read More

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