The most memorable hotel keep we’ve ever had was our return to the Crieff Hydro Hotel (crieffhydro.com) in Scotland the place Kerry worked whereas backpacking in her early 20s. It was superb to go back there with my family and experience the hotel as a guest somewhat than as a workers member living in a small room within the attic. The one hotel we’d nonetheless love to remain in in the future is Santa Clara 1728 (silentliving.pt) in Lisbon, Portugal. It’s a brilliant small hotel housed in an 18th-century constructing facing an impossibly romantic sq. proper within the heart of the city’s old cultural quarter.
Wild jasmine, bougainvillea and hibiscus bushes line the route on one side, with sea and sand the opposite. Families play in the late summer time sun — the temperature has dropped to 32c from an uncomfortable 40c over the past few days. After my swim I try to guide a desk at the hotel’s informal-looking Italian restaurant close to the poolside, but I am advised to come back and make a booking as soon as I have put some sneakers on. There is even a sort of moat, in the type of three lengthy swimming pools partially circumscribing the constructing. In the heat of the day, I imagine Peter O’Toole’s Lawrence of Arabia cantering across the seaside and through the nice oak gates, straight to the cocktail bar.