Articles by Graeme Green

An Escape to Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

An Escape to Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

The lagoons, canals, mangroves and jungle of Mayakoba, a luxury resort area on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, are home to around 250 bird species, from herons to eagles, and around 100 other creatures, including turtles, iguanas and small crocodiles.

A Visit to Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

A Visit to Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

There’s been plenty of change in Cuba since 2014’s ‘Cuban thaw’. Under President Obama, relations between the Caribbean island and the United States started to warm up, after 54 years of famously stormy relations between the two countries.

A Visit to Casa Malca in Tulum, Mexico

A Visit to Casa Malca in Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, has had a reputation as the cool place to be for a while now. Long enough, in fact, that if an upcoming area, town or island somewhere in southern Mexico has a bit of a buzz about it as a laidback, bohemian place, relatively unspoiled by development, it’s often called ‘the new Tulum.’

A Visit to The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

A Visit to The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

I’m a big fan of The Ritz-Carlton’s hotels around the world. Their skyscraping Tokyo hotel is one of my favorite places to stay in Asia, as is the relatively new Mandapa Reserve in Bali.

A Visit to NIZUC Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico

A Visit to NIZUC Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico

It would take a pretty hardened or anxious soul not to be able to relax at NIZUC Resort & Spa. Located in Cancun’s ‘hotel zone’, at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, the resort is just a 20 minute drive from the international airport, which makes getting there pretty hassle-free for a start.

A Visit to Lympstone Manor - Chef Michael Caines' New Luxury Hotel in Devon

A Visit to Lympstone Manor - Chef Michael Caines' New Luxury Hotel in Devon

The ‘new’ smell hasn’t yet faded at Lympstone Manor. The hotel, a modern take on the traditional English house, just opened in April 2017, and there’s a pleasant waft of the new every time you walk on the thick carpets or open a cupboard.

A Visit to Gidleigh Park - A Tranquil English Country House Hotel

A Visit to Gidleigh Park - A Tranquil English Country House Hotel

“Down the rabbit hole” is how someone described Gidleigh Park to me, but, really, that’s the wrong literary reference. It’s less Lewis Carroll and Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, far more H.G. Wells and The Time Machine. Arriving at the Tudor–style country house, having driven down narrow country roads, feels like a kind of time warp.

A Visit to The May Fair Hotel, London

A Visit to The May Fair Hotel, London

Anyone who’s familiar with the Monopoly board game will know the most expensive street to buy or to land on is Mayfair. The same goes in real life.

A Stay at the St Regis Mexico City

A Stay at the St Regis Mexico City

Good things are happening up on the 15th floor. The Jacuzzi is bubbling away at 38 degrees.

Le Blanc Spa Resort - A Cool Hotel in Hot Cancun

Le Blanc Spa Resort - A Cool Hotel in Hot Cancun

“White, white,” laughs our butler, leading us through the corridors of Le Blanc. “”All white.” He's right, but really the explanation isn't all that necessary. Even if my rudimental French didn't mean I already understood the hotel's name, it doesn't take long at all to figure out there's a whole lot of white at Le Blanc.

A Visit to Banyan Tree Mayakoba

A Visit to Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Arriving at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, you need to do a double take. Are you still in Mexico? The hotel is just a few miles outside Playa del Carmen, the lively party beach and party town on the coast of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsular, so this should definitely feel like Mexico.

A Visit to CasaSandra on Isla Holbox, Mexico

A Visit to CasaSandra on Isla Holbox, Mexico

It takes just 25 minutes on a ferry, across from the mainland port of Chiquila on the northern tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsular, to reach Isla Holbox.

A Visit to Hotel Esencia on the Riviera Maya

A Visit to Hotel Esencia on the Riviera Maya

The old saying that “You can't judge a book by its cover” needs to be updated. These days, we judge everything not by the cover of the book, brochure or pamphlet, but by it's website.

A Visit to Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

A Visit to Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

A good hostess is friendly and welcoming. It doesn't make a good first impression for any hotel if they're aloof and noisy, as happens at Belmond Maroma Spa and Resort.

Checking In: Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, London

Checking In: Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, London

I reach a set of black gates, the top of the rails coated gold. A Union Jack flag flaps in the wind above. There's more gold outside, in the form of regal-looking statues. A long line of people are queuing at the gates. Clearly, this is a popular place, but then this isn't my hotel, not yet.