Northern Hemisphere Rules!
For those of you who follow rugby you’ll know it’s been a difficult time for those of us from the Northern Hemisphere.
I’ve never been much of a patriot and see myself more as a global citizen for want of a better phrase. People are after all people.
But last week I suddenly found myself becoming very hemisriotic. No that’s not a real word but I don’t know what the hemisphere equivalent of patriotic is!
The rugby world cup is drawing to a close and my hemisphere has not done well. England went out early after losing to Australia. I’m afraid the USA went out early too. But I know you Americans aren’t as into your rugby as we are!
The quarter finals were all Northern Hemisphere versus Southern and I had switched my support from England to Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France.
It didn’t go well. I am clearly not a lucky supporter. Ireland lost to Argentina, France lost to New Zealand, Scotland lost to Australia and Wales lost to South Africa.
So after a little totting up you’ll see that means Southern Hemisphere 4, Northern Hemisphere 0. I am sad.
I am trying to look on the bright side. So while I am forced to admit that my hemisphere is not as good at rugby as the Southern hemisphere, I think we have a lot more incredible places to stay!
I’ve picked four of my favourite hotels in the Northern Hemisphere that I think are as good as anything the Southern Hemisphere has!
Hotel Marrol’s in Bratislava, Slovakia.
This classic little townhouse is tucked away in a peaceful spot in the city’s historic quarter. It has a Roman-style spa, a Finnish sauna and a stunning summer terrace.
Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland in Kobe, Japan.
There isn’t a better spot in this part of Japan. On the waterfront with views of a beautiful harbour is where you want your hotel to be. The rooms are seriously smart, there’s a women-only spa with mist sauna and water therapies (hooray for me) and of course a great Japanese restaurant.
Castle Hill Resort and Spa in Cavendish, Vermont, USA
This is a seriously smart mansion set in the seriously stunning mountains of Ludlow. The French-American (two wonderful Northern Hemisphere countries) food by Alphonsus Harris is delicious. And as a spa lover staying here is a must as it has the only full service spa in the whole of the Okema and Ludlow region.
Chateau de Bagnols, Bagnols, France
This is a castle. Which we in this hemisphere do particularly well I think.
This is a medieval one with a 13th century drawbridge, a moat and the prettiest gardens I’ve seen in a long time.
Now I am well aware that there are some wonderful hotels in that other hemisphere and I’d love to hear from anyone whose favourites are there!
See you next week!