As 2017’s Year of Legends kicks off, a year for celebrating the best that Wales has to offer, from epic sweeping landscapes to home-grown talent and everything in between, those who love getting into the thick of things are in for a real treat. As part of Epic Retreats, Wales’ first ever boutique hotel will quite literally be popping up in three different secret locations around the country, showcasing stunning, unhindered views of the surrounding countryside for a lucky 200 guests – talk about being at one with nature.
When my itchy feet carried me back recently to potter about Frankfurt, I stumbled across an absolute gem in The Goldman, a member of the 25hours hotel family. An Aladdin’s Cave of plush beds, quirky deco, and jewel-coloured guest rooms, when I wasn’t fully taking advantage of my comfy comfy sleeping quarters, I was hopping out the lift on every floor to see what brightly-coloured haven I’d find next.
If there’s anywhere in the world that really knows how to do Christmas right, I’ve always felt that the Germans have got it down to a fine art – and nothing made me fall more in love with that idea than on a recent trip to Frankfurt Christmas Market, where I did nothing but bask in fantastic festive-ness.
Hailing from Sittingbourne, Kent, four-piece Get Inuit may be relatively new on the scene, but they are already proving to be quite the connoisseurs of dirty, summery pop. Having been hailed as Record of the Week on Radio 1 and named as one of DJ Annie Mac’s One To Watch for 2016 after releasing a stream of critically acclaimed singles, it’s safe to say that we can expect to hear a lot more from the lads in the coming months as their star continues to rise. The band have since stuffed their summer with festival appearances in-between supporting hot newcomers VANT and Spring King and recording their debut album, so I caught up with them before their set at LeeFest to see what they’re all about…
Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays (whether real or made up, it’s still a holiday in my books), because deep down, for some weird, morbid reason, I just love being scared out of my mind. Within reason, of course!
So this year, on this most ghastly and magical of nights, you’re most likely to find me kitted out in my witch hat doing any of the below activities. Let’s face it, mostly the cocktails though…
If sipping your morning cuppa on your balcony while gazing out over the open ocean is your jam, then a stay at the Walpole Bay Hotel should be top of your list on your jollies to Margate. Okay, so the colder months may now be upon us, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out there and exploring, right?