Gillian Rhys
Gillian Rhys
Gillian Rhys has contributed to the SCMP for a decade. She has been an editor at the BBC, LUXE City Guides and delicious magazine and has written about travel and lifestyle for the likes of the Robb Report,, Australian Financial Review and the UK’s FT, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and the Evening Standard. She lives in London after several years in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Asian hotel brands including Mandarin Oriental, The Peninsula, Raffles and Six Senses are about to arrive in London, and all will bring wellness facilities with them.

The Captain’s House at Castle of Mey in Scotland, favourite of the late Queen Elizabeth’s mother, converted barns at King Charles’ Welsh farm, the Garden House at Sandringham – all these and more are available to rent for holidays.

An iconic London landmark, Battersea Power Station produced electricity for 50 years until 1983. After lying dormant for 40 years, a Malaysian group has reinvented it as a retail and leisure destination.

As tours open for the first time since 2019, we visit the 19 splendid State Rooms where the British royal family meets and entertains official visitors, with tickets priced £30 per adult.

The Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen’s final completed novel was filmed across a range of charming and picturesque places in England, many of which the public can visit.

The Old War Office (The OWO) in London’s Whitehall has long been a filming location for James Bond movies. Now it is being turned into the Raffles London luxury hotel.

From more focus on sustainability and local experiences to staying in one place for longer, hotel guests have shifted their expectations during the pandemic, Dorsett president Winnie Chiu says.

All the privacy you want and deluxe hotel service too? Forget self-catering – a new breed of luxury holiday companies rents out private residences that come with top chefs, yoga instructors and housekeeping staff.

Autumn in Wales, from director Rahila Ali, unfolds against a backdrop of bucolic riversides, stone-walled cottages, colourful seaside houses and castle ruins.

The Peninsula’s opening in Kowloon in 1928 was met with scorn, but from Hong Kong a global luxury hotel brand grew, and it’s not the only one. The city’s location, talent and cosmopolitanism make it the ideal base.

Did a French barman create the Bloody Mary in Paris in 1921 or in New York in 1934? Was the first Singapore Sling poured at the Long Bar of the Raffles hotel in Singapore as claimed?

With The Wolseley’s operator Corbin & King going into administration, Jeremy King says the ‘scattergun’ approach of its Thai majority owner to expanding in Asia was ‘completely inappropriate’.

HBO period drama The Gilded Age was partly filmed on location, using exterior shots of Hudson Valley towns and New York’s Central Park and the interiors of Rhode Island mansions, many of which you can visit.

The Duchess of Argyll spent a fortune restoring Inveraray Castle in western Scotland, now full of secret doors, ancient weapons and priceless artwork. Oh, and it was in Downton Abbey, too.

An ‘immersive pop-up’ recreation of Carrie’s New York apartment in the British capital to mark the launch of the Sex and the City revival series And Just Like That ... was a big weekend draw. The Post joined a tour

Interior designer Tara Bernerd talks us through how she completed preparations for the Hari Hong Kong hotel’s opening remotely from lockdown in London.

A variety of locations in the UK and Spain’s volcanic Canary Islands stood in for the Amazon rainforest, Alaska, ancient Mesopotamia and the Australian Outback.


Spain’s attempts to turn the La Palma volcano eruption into something to lure tourists is not the first time tourism bosses have upset people – or worse, put them in harms’ way.

While we continue to wait for Kenneth Branagh’s film remake of Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery, our writer recalls following in the footsteps of the author and her cast.

Hotel guests often receive small gifts, but some hotels and groups take it a step further with luxurious presents for repeat customers. These gifts are often personalised for loyal guests, and for one young guest included a Harry Potter wand that was truly magic.

Partnerships such as those between Off-White and Eden Rock-St Barths and One&Only with Jay Ahr showcase the stylish outcomes that occur when brands align.

The new Netflix series, shot mostly in Bath, in the west of England, used other period properties to represent early 19th century London. These stunning historical locations are all open to the public (Covid-19 permitting).


The US president-elect’s familial ties to Mayo, one of Ireland’s most trad­itional and untamed counties, run deep, while in his home state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia played a pivotal role in his election, as it does in modern American history.