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18th April 2007

Started by Jamie Dunford Wood – one of the founders of World Reviewer – Travel Intelligence brings together a collection of the world’s finest chic, boutique and luxury hotels. Reviews of Travel Intelligence’s extensive selection of personally vetted hotels are provided by a network of professional travel writers.

Because Travel Intelligence isn’t just about swish accommodation: as well as providing engaging, objective hotel reviews, TI’s roaming ‘special agents’ also send back a wide range of top-class
travel writing
. With subjects veering from finding paradise in the wilds of Patagonia to a trawl through Shakespeare’s London, they’re a series of unmissable dispatches from the globe-trotting frontline.

travelintelligence's activity

  1. August 2009
  2. travelintelligence reviewed Cocoa Island in Maldives

    "Christina Ong offering: great diving and sybaritic rooms on boats - makes doing a runner a breeze""

  3. June 2009
  4. travelintelligence rated The Grand Museum (Giza)

  5. travelintelligence rated The Sphinx

  6. travelintelligence rated Abu Simbel

  7. travelintelligence reviewed Amberley Castle in South East England, United Kingdom

    "Authentically crumbling castle hotel with ambitious menus in rolling Sussex countryside""

  8. May 2009
  9. travelintelligence rated Yogamagic Ecotents

  10. travelintelligence rated Whitepod eco-camp

  11. travelintelligence rated Thaba-Metsi Adventure Farm

  12. travelintelligence rated Patagonia Camp

  13. travelintelligence rated La Brouquere

  14. travelintelligence rated Airstream and Retro Trailer Park

  15. travelintelligence rated Le Brévedent

  16. travelintelligence rated Tipis Indiens, Gedre

  17. travelintelligence rated Les Tilleuls Campsite

  18. travelintelligence rated Camping Les Ormes

  19. travelintelligence rated Camping Domaine le Poteau

  20. March 2009
  21. travelintelligence reviewed Essaouira Beach in Essaouira, Morocco

    by Anthony Sattin M. Frederic Damgaard first entered the walled city of Essaouira some thirty years ago, when Yusuf Islam was still called Cat Stevens and when Jimi Hendrix and a host of other sixties "scene" people were hanging out, getting …"

  22. December 2008
  23. travelintelligence reviewed Palazzo Magnani Feroni in Florence, Italy

    "This 11-room Feroni family palace dates from the 16th century""

  24. June 2008
  25. travelintelligence reviewed Pousada Picinguaba in Ubatuba, Brazil

    "A simple hideaway in tiny fishing village in a beautiful bay, surrounded by tropical forests""

  26. May 2008
  27. travelintelligence reviewed Ca' Maria Adele in Venice, Italy

    "Fourteen opulent and funky 'concept' rooms - a welcome addition to the meagre choice of romantic design hotels in this city""

  28. January 2008
  29. travelintelligence reviewed L' Hôtel in Paris, France

    Small, treasure-filled left-bank garret hotel of Oscar Wilde fame, ideal for liasons. Tres romantic, preserving some of the garret atmosphere of Wilde's day, if expensive. Opulant decoration in rooms themed to personalities. Subterranean steam room and …"

  30. December 2007
  31. travelintelligence reviewed Kasbah Tamadot in Marrakech, Morocco

    Branson's luxury mountain retreat. A luxurious retreat just an hour south of Marrakech. With indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a heap of other facilities, it's a place to arrive, relax and only stir yourself several days later when it's time to go, th…"

  32. travelintelligence reviewed Bath Priory Hotel in Bath, United Kingdom

    "Quintessentially English country house, with a great value one-Michelin star restaurant""

  33. travelintelligence reviewed Pensione La Calcina in Venice, Italy

    "Lagoon views on a budget on the edge of the Giudecca""

  34. travelintelligence reviewed Linthwaite House in Lake District, United Kingdom

    "Wonderfully cosy hotel with fantastic views, set in 15 acres of woodland""

  35. travelintelligence reviewed Ambassade in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    "Attractive and intimate conversion of 17th-century canal houses""

  36. travelintelligence reviewed Harbourmaster Hotel in Wales, United Kingdom

    "Chic fisherman simplicity in a small seven-roomer on the harbour""

  37. travelintelligence reviewed Casa Howard in Florence, Italy

    "Spacious, airy, themed rooms show the same charming decor as the Roman branch""

  38. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel de Russie in Rome, Italy

    "Rome's best hotel for those who appreciate the Rocco Forte discreet designer style""

  39. travelintelligence reviewed Novecento in Venice, Italy

    "Boutique hotel with Moroccan touches, Rajasthani hangings and nine individually designed rooms""

  40. travelintelligence reviewed Londra Palace in Venice, Italy

    "Good value and recently refurbished grand hotel overlooking Lagoon - best option if Gritti/Cipriani/Danieli are out of reach""

  41. travelintelligence reviewed The Rookery in London, United Kingdom

    "For high-fliers charmed by the marvellous Rook's Nest suite""

  42. travelintelligence reviewed The Gore in London, United Kingdom

    "Victorian townhouse near Hyde Park, bursting with character and quirky antiques""

  43. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel Endsleigh in Plymouth, United Kingdom

    "Olga Polizzi (of Tresanton fame) turns her sure hand to a little country house in Devon""

  44. travelintelligence reviewed Punch Bowl Inn in Lake District, United Kingdom

    "Charming inn, sister of the Drunken Duck, with a judicious touch of olde chintz and excellent food""

  45. travelintelligence reviewed Locanda Orseolo in Venice, Italy

    The Locanda Orseolo, containing only 15 rooms, is the result of a recent faithful restoration of a typical Venetian home, facing the Orseolo canal only steps from St. Mark's Square."

  46. travelintelligence reviewed Villa des Orangers in Marrakech, Morocco

    "Probably the best hotel in Marrakech's medina if you value character and atmosphere""

  47. travelintelligence reviewed The Halkin Hotel in London, United Kingdom

    "Luscious designer public spaces and equally luscious Armani-clad staff""

  48. travelintelligence reviewed The Capital Hotel in London, United Kingdom

    "Round the corner from Harrods; chic, friendly and efficient, with a great restaurant""

  49. travelintelligence reviewed Hipping Hall Hotel in North West England, United Kingdom

    "Elegantly updated country bolthole; has retained its old English charm""

  50. travelintelligence reviewed C Side Spa, Cowley Manor in Gloucester, United Kingdom

    Contemporary and stylish country house hotel with fabulous spa."

  51. November 2007
  52. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel Tresanton in West Country, United Kingdom

    "Good seaside hotel for adults, RF style in pretty Cornish town""

  53. July 2007
  54. travelintelligence reviewed Sanctuary Farm in Rift Valley, Kenya

    "Bed and breakfast with a twist"

  55. travelintelligence reviewed XVA cafe and hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    "Built 70+ years ago from coral and clay, a cafe and hotel built around a central courtyard. Contemporary Arabic vegetarian food,no TV or phone in rooms. 8 rooms, 1 de luxe. Exceptionally friendly staff and a wonderful place to relax (despite mosque nearb…"

  56. travelintelligence reviewed One & Only Kanuhura Resort & Spa in Maldives

    "Finest beach in the Maldives at this large but tasteful resort""

  57. travelintelligence reviewed The George in Rye in South East England, United Kingdom

    "Newly re-opened: smart, stylish conversion of an ancient coaching inn""

  58. travelintelligence reviewed The Wawbeek on Upper Saranac Lake in US East Coast, United States

    ""Woodsy luxury: beautiful Adirondack country for outdoor pursuits, fireplaces and rugs for indoor pursuits""

  59. travelintelligence reviewed Soneva Gili & Six Senses Spa in Malé, Maldives

    "Top water-villa resort, stilts on steroids""

  60. travelintelligence reviewed Dylan in Dublin, Ireland

    "Luscious new boutique, dramatically upping the stakes in Dublin""

  61. travelintelligence reviewed Guludo Beach Lodge in Mozambique

    "An award-winning eco-lodge you'll find it hard to leave. As a base for diving, whale-watching and exploring nearby Ibo Island (think Ilse Goree before conservation)it excels. As a place to unwind, drink in the views of the Indian Ocean and enjoy attentiv…"

  62. travelintelligence reviewed Ol Malo in Kenya

    "Small seductive sanctuary""

  63. travelintelligence reviewed Mar Hall Hotel & Aveda Spa in Scotland, United Kingdom

    "Clubby, gothic manor house in a sprawling estate on the banks of the Clyde""

  64. travelintelligence reviewed Mavida in Salzburg Province, Austria

    "Sophisticated ski hotel, pared down, with a tranquil organic palette""

  65. travelintelligence reviewed The Red House, Tasiilaq in Greenland

    "Overlooking the mountains and glaciers of King Oscar Fjord in East Greenland is The Red House, possibly not Tasiilaq's most luxurious accommodation but certainly some of its most memorable. The Red House functions more like a meeting place for locals and…"

  66. travelintelligence reviewed Le Relais La Borie in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    "Low-key and fresh-faced resort on a very fine beach; good winds for surfers""

  67. travelintelligence reviewed 1864 The Sea Captain's House in Cyclades Islands, Greece

    "Beautifully restored mansion, the ultimate Santorini retreat""

  68. travelintelligence reviewed Loisaba in Kenya

    "On the edge of the Laikipia plateau with views of Mt Kenya, an eco-lodge with unrivalled wildlife, 250 species birds, and the unique 'Star Beds'""

  69. travelintelligence reviewed Indigo Bay in Mozambique

    "Located on the Western side of Bazaruto Island, Indigo bay is the largest of the hotels on Bazaruto with a total of 48 room and 2 suites. Set aside a beautiful squeaky white beach, this is a hotel that offers great value for money and whose focus is more…"

  70. travelintelligence reviewed Peninsula Bangkok Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

    "Bangkok's premier luxury hotel with state-of-the-art comfort and river views from every room""

  71. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel Palace Praha in Prague, Czech Republic

    ""Evocative and elegant Art Nouveau building""

  72. travelintelligence reviewed L'Oustau de Baumanière in Avignon, France

    Provencal styling in a dramatic though touristy landscape. L'Oustau's sophisticated and contemporary take on Provencal style is complimented by a very famous restaurant."

  73. travelintelligence reviewed Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa in Prague, Czech Republic

    "A new boutique hotel in neo-Baroque style, decadent and romantic though not for minimalists""

  74. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel Il Pellicano in Tuscany, Italy

    A magnificent retreat on the Tuscan coast, the luxury hotel's central building and cottages are surrounded by centuries-old olive trees set in an extensive garden. It was originally built to commemorate the meeting of founders Michael Graham and Patsy Da…"

  75. travelintelligence reviewed Kivotos Hotel in Cyclades Islands, Greece

    "Whimsical and romantic, tumbling down the hill to a little pebble beach""

  76. travelintelligence reviewed Inverlochy Castle in Scotland, United Kingdom

    "Magnificent Scottish retreat of few rooms in inspirational landscape""

  77. travelintelligence reviewed U Krale Karla ('At the King Charles') in Prague, Czech Republic

    "Inviting and romantic hotel, filled with historic features, on a cobbled street""

  78. travelintelligence reviewed U Zlaté Studné ('At the Golden Wheel') in Prague, Czech Republic

    "Small, friendly hotel below the castle, with a wonderful roof terrace and peaceful atmosphere""

  79. travelintelligence reviewed Quilalea in Mozambique

    "Resting in a marine sanctuary, mercifully free of mosquitoes, Quilalea lies off the shores of Pemba. Without doubt one of the finest lodges in Northern Mozambique the island is uninhabited apart from nine beautifully crafted villas (all made from local m…"

  80. travelintelligence reviewed Villa de Loulia in Ionian Islands, Greece

    "Nine simple, elegant rooms in an 18th-century manor house in an untouched Greek village""

  81. travelintelligence reviewed The Chedi Hotel in Muscat, Oman

    Being constantly referred to as ‘the best boutique hotel in Oman’ could be something of a let-down when it transpires that the hotel in question is in fact the only boutique hotel in Oman. This lack of choice might concern style-conscious tra…"

  82. travelintelligence reviewed Zlatá Hvězda ('The Golden Star') in Prague, Czech Republic

    "Budget option gloriously located at the top of the Royal Route, simple and charming rooms""

  83. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel Le Corbusier in Marseille, France

    Bright colours, rough concrete and rougher edges for design aficionados. This hotel is on the third floor of the Unité d'Habitation, designed by Le Corbusier. By booking a night or two here, guests get a look behind the brightly coloured doors punctuati…"

  84. travelintelligence reviewed Kinasi Lodge in Tanzania

    Kinasi Lodge is a small and elegant choice for a luxurious stay on Mafia Island. The high standards of accommodation and service are reliably consistent at Kinasi, as it has been owner built and managed for many years, which validates the cost as being g…"

  85. travelintelligence reviewed Mnemba in Tanzania

    Mnemba Island Lodge, located just off the North East Coast of Zanzibar, is a tiny dream island with the impressive accolade of being one of the most romantic and exclusive coral atoll islands in the world. "

  86. travelintelligence reviewed Chateau de Bagnols in Rhone-Alps, France

    "British couple's by-now-famous chateau extravaganza""

  87. travelintelligence reviewed Kasbah Agafay in High Atlas, Morocco

    " "Fine attention to detail, with spa, but variable reports indicate this 'corner of paradise' might not be consistent""

  88. travelintelligence reviewed Zamani Kempinski in Tanzania

    The Zamani Kempinski is the newest hotel on the island and is the first of a truly world class calibre. All of the interiors has been personally designed by Philip Starke, the stylist for a few of New Yorks top hotels, and they lend the hotel an unsurpas…"

  89. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel Langlois in Paris, France

    "Wonderfully atmospheric town-house hotel of fine proportions and well-loved antiques""

  90. travelintelligence reviewed Soneva Fushi in Maldives

    Soneva Fushi Resort on Kunfunadhoo in Baa Atoll is one of the Maldives' most upmarket retreats. I settle into my beachfront suite and a tough regimen of snorkelling, dining and the contemplation of a good novel. The food is a wonder of the reef – t…"

  91. travelintelligence reviewed Danai Beach Resort & Villas in Macedonia, Greece

    "Neo-classical villas and suites overlooking the sea""

  92. travelintelligence reviewed 155 Via Veneto Boutique Hotel in Rome, Italy

    "Eagerly awaited new (April 1st 2007) Roman opening" "

  93. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel Josef in Prague, Czech Republic

    "Thoughtful, ultra-modern designer hotel by Czech architectural star Eva Jiricna""

  94. travelintelligence reviewed Mountain Village Lodge in Indonesia

    Nestling in a coffee Plantation on the side of a huge lake, the Serena's Mountain Village Lodge is a reliable choice for accommodation on the outskirts of Arusha, about 15km from the town centre. "

  95. travelintelligence reviewed Zanzibar Serena Inn in Zanzibar, Tanzania

    One of the small luxury hotels of the world, The Serena Inn in Zanzibar Stone Town presently provides the most upmarket luxury accommodation and service in Stone Town, operated by the Serena Hotel Group and owned by the Aga Khan. "

  96. travelintelligence reviewed The Palms in Tanzania

    The Palms Hotel is a wonderfully small (6 rooms) private lodge which provides a truly intimate and personal setting with the luxuries of some of the best hotels in the world, let alone Zanzibar. "

  97. travelintelligence reviewed Kube Hotel in Paris, France

    Smart designer sister to the Murano Urban Resort, near Gare du Nord, for those who like their fur faux and their vodka freezing."

  98. travelintelligence reviewed Benguerra in Mozambique

    Located on Benguerra Island is the most luxurious, oldest and well-known of all the lodges in Southern Mozambique, Benguerra Lodge. Situated on the protected North West of the island, the lodge holds an exclusive and sophisticated atmosphere quite unfelt…"

  99. travelintelligence reviewed Son Penya Petit Hotel in Balearic Islands, Spain

    "Whitewash-and-stone hideout in harmony with its peaceful rural setting""

  100. travelintelligence reviewed Matemwe Bungalows in Tanzania

    "Zanzibars Matemwe Bungalows is an especially remote and scenic choice, tucked beyond a sandy palm fringed local fishing village on a windswept beach on the East Coast. "

  101. travelintelligence reviewed La Residencia in Mallorca, Spain

    "Gem of a hotel created from two 17th-century farmhouses""

  102. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel U Raka ('At the Crayfish') in Prague, Czech Republic

    "Charming tranquil 'cottage' hotel in the shadow of Prague Castle""

  103. travelintelligence reviewed Il Melograno in Puglia, Italy

    "Elegant estate hotel, bursting with beautiful antiques, with private beach nearby""

  104. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel le Saint-Paul 4 **** in Rhone-Alps, France

    "Charming bastide hotel just within the ramparts of the walled village""

  105. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel Le Palais in Prague, Czech Republic

    "A lovely undiscovered Belle Epoque gem, tucked away in a quiet residential area""

  106. travelintelligence reviewed Hi Hotel in Nice, France

    Hi-tech, funky and hip, for those unafraid of slick postmodern interiors. An "active hotel where everything is modulable". This translates into sofas that serve as loudspeakers and "digital" guestrooms where the furniture is formed from computer screens …"

  107. travelintelligence reviewed JK Place in Florence, Italy

    "Boutique hotel just north of the Arno, mixing museum-like features with contemporary design""

  108. travelintelligence reviewed St David's Hotel and Spa in Cardiff, United Kingdom

    "Slick and businesslike in Cardiff""

  109. travelintelligence reviewed Prestonfield in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    "Theatrical and camply opulent, from the Witchery stable""

  110. travelintelligence reviewed Hotel de Crillon in Paris, France

    Top Paris Grand Dame, heavily decorated and marbled with a fabled dining room."