"I only noticed the blood when I went to hand her the tip. She was more concerned with my finger and (being American) I was more concerned with giving her the tip"
"What a delightful sight I thought, even the animals get the royal treatment here. Except… the trail of crumbs led down to the hidden place where our champagne was coming from"
"The suites are jaw dropping, with dressing rooms, a private treatment room, a private gym, a conservatory (my favourite) and a SURVEILLANCE room. Perfect for the paranoid UHNW traveller, or the tech-savvy voyeur"
"The pool bar, with staff seemingly more interested in discussing the previous night’s conquests and human resources gossip than serving us straight away"
" I stepped out on to my little balcony several times to view the water and distant mountains, and not once was the air like milk. Not even the condensed stuff, which I like"
"There was a make-up fridge in the bathroom, which I have never seen in all my days. I decided to keep my contact lenses in there, because who doesn’t want chilled eyes"
Deborah Charles is on the road in France with her boyfriend, his recent heart operation and a wonky car. What could go wrong? The temperature is rising at Manoir de la Blonnerie
"Up there,” someone gestured, "is where they, er, sat"
High summer in Central Park is a moveable feast – the season can swelter on and on. The Club Lounge at the Ritz Carlton on Central Park South is the plushest viewing platform to enjoy it from
"No matter what is happening with Europe’s economics, it’s clear to see that the patrons here are still eating cake – and why wouldn’t they when the resident pâtissier is Pierre Hermé?"