Four Seasons Canary Wharf, London

Lisa Richards reviews the Four Seasons’ luxurious Docklands outpost.

“Just a few days before, Justin Bieber had been sleeping on this very bed. And we could certainly see why A-listers opt for this place: secure parking down in the bowels of the building, so lying-in-wait Paparazzi and hoards of screaming girls can be avoided; discreet super-professional staff that can point you in the direction of the private lift; the ability to escape by speedboat from the banks of the Thames below…”

Four Seasons George V, Paris

Our review of the Four Seasons George V Paris is now live. Read the review in full here.

See Your World From Another Perspective

Don’t get us wrong: we could never tire of London. But sometimes life gets in the way of enjoying this vibrant, incredible, crazy city that we like to call home. Saturdays for us are about finishing off the week’s unfinished work, diving into the papers, partaking in a cold beer and putting our feet up – perhaps with the odd game of Scrabble on the iPad. Rock and roll, no, but when you work hard, playing hard isn’t usually the sensible option. So we’ve made a pact in the Resource office: to grab what London has to offer with both hands (as long as we don’t have to put down our drink). Starting next weekend (oh we do hope this glorious weather holds), we’ll be discovering this city through the eyes of a sophisticated, stylish, in-the-know tourist: we’ll be eating at the best restaurants, staying in some of this city’s most beautiful, luxurious hotels (we can’t begin to tell you how decadent and fabulous it feels to know that there is a suite with our name on it at the Four Seasons Canary Wharf) and finding the perfect spot from which to take the best shots of this stunning metropolis.

* A review of our next-door neighbour, the Four Seasons Canary Wharf (that’s us in the picture above, on the left, penthouse level – can you see us waving?).
* Dean Street Townhouse: Soho’s hangout for the effortlessly hip and their hangers-on.

A (Mini) Grand Tour

 George V

Just in case we don’t update our website as often as usual over the coming two weeks, fear not: the editorial team are off on a grand tour (of sorts) of France and Spain in a shiny, new, dashing, black Land Rover Discovery. Celebrating grand touring trips of old, we’ll be meandering down through France and Spain, stopping off at local markets, tasting the local wines and cheeses and staying in some gorgeous hostelries along the way.
Heading from Gloucestershire, out east to the Eurotunnel (so easy and painless) we’ll be spending our first couple of nights in the decadent, unashamed luxury of the George V – arguably Four Seasons’  jewel property. A full review, including a review of the two Michelin star Le Cinq, will be online as soon as we’ve finished basking in its glory.
Onward then, down through France (stopping off at various gastro-packed chateaux) and onto Rioja where we’ll no doubt fill the boot of our beautiful beast of a vehicle with cases of vino. Then on to the beautiful, ancient city of Granada in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and on to glitzy, brash and bawdy Marbella – where we’ve heard the locals have already started topping up their tans on the beaches. We kid you not. On the reverse journey, we’ll be taking in Madrid, San Sebastian, Biarritz and La Rochelle, to name just a few luxurious stopovers. And because we’re driving, we’re packing the Discovery and our Globetrotter cases with all of the most essential creature comforts: an iPod Touch for a vast array of tunes and audiobooks to keep us entertained; cashmere blankets and cushions so that both driver and passengers are cosy and comfy; an outfit for every eventuality; delicious toiletries so that we can spritz and moisturise the whole way; a few bottles of Champagne plus some delicious snacks in our coolbox in case we get peckish before our planned pitstops; our shiny MacBook Pros so we can update Resource online; a pile of gorgeous, glossy fashion mags and destination guides; Tod’s driving loafers for maximum comfort (and a pair of fabulously unnecessary leather driving gloves for maximum grip when we’re driving through Paris); and enough space left over for any essential and frivolous purchases that we make along the way. Cheap flight to Málaga? No thanks.
Email us with any must-see or must-eat travel suggestions for our trip, and we’ll post news and reviews all along the way. Á bientôt!

All We Want For Christmas…

Four Seasons Hampshire

If you’re having problems deciding upon which gift to lavish the Resource team with, then we have a fabulous idea for you. No pressure. But if you do want to seriously impress us, then we can’t think of anything that would make us smile more on Christmas morn than a gift voucher from Four Seasons. Preferably with a few noughts on the end of the figure you’re buying. That would mean we could get away to the Four Seasons Hampshire (pictured above) for the odd weekend of spa pampering and clay pigeon shooting, treat ourselves to a shopping trip to NYC (for research purposes, naturally) and a decadent couple of nights in the Georges V in Paris. There’s something rather lovely knowing you’ve got some luxurious weekends away stacked up when the winter nights are long and cold.
Presented in a beautiful folio, we guarantee a very happy recipient this Yuletide.
Buy online before 18 December and choose an amount from $20 (we wouldn’t if we were you) to $100,o00.

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