Sleep Furiously (well) in Wales

Still from Sleep FuriouslyJust as we’re excited about the new additions to our collection of Welsh hotels, so there’s also a buzz around a new, equally Welsh film, Sleep Furiously.

Launched on the festival circuit last year, Gideon Koppel’s picture about the plight of farming in mid-Wales, where Koppel grew up, is a heartfelt documentary that has been impressing the critics. Yes, a subject matter that references the demise of small-scale agriculture and the legacy of the holocaust isn’t intended as light-hearted, but the film’s lauded cinematography and bleakly beautiful setting, just inland from Aberystwyth, is soul-stirring in a way reminiscent of touching French documentary, Etre et Avoir.

If checking out the views from your cinema seat proves simply not enough, let Sleep Furiously inspire you to see Cardigan Bay for yourself. And the nominations for Best Place to Stay Locally are…

Ffynnon, Snowdonia, Wales

Lisbon launches and Welsh wonders – Smith’s latest boutique hotels

I confess I’ve been out of the office for most of this month, sampling some of Smith’s spectacular honeymoon hotels in Thailand and Bali (but more on that later – I’ll just say for now that Amandari in jungly Ubud may have just become my favourite place in the world, and that the spikily pungent durian fruit is still a taste I have yet to acquire).ME Barcelona hotel, Spain

However, while I was gallivanting in the tropics, the less workshy members of the Smith editorial team were hard at work introducing the latest crop of pizazzy pads and boutique boudoirs to our online hotel collection. June’s holiday wish list has a distinctly Iberian theme, and we’re currently tossing an old peseta coin to try to decide whether to head south for a slinky slice of offbeat cool at ME Barcelona, (pictured above) or one of our gorgeous new additions in Portugal’s Lisbon. With three boutique hotels in the city to choose from – Chiado 16, a sophisticated, hilltop 17th-century bed and breakfast, the laid-back, powder-blue townhouse Heritage Av Liberdade and an ultra-chic art deco paradise at Heritage Hotel Britania – we could be throwing that coin up for some time…

Postcard from Wales

After reading Lucy's Flavorpill post on the blog yesterday, I started thinking about events I've been to recently, and the British festival season popped into…