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Greenhouse Apart-Hotel – Leeds – new luxury green guest accommodation

Luxury and sustainability are words rarely used in the same sentence with regards to guest accommodation but a development in Leeds has created the perfect blend, with the launch of the UK’s greenest Apart-Hotel.

Entering the hospitality industry from an angle of reducing tourism’s carbon footprint whilst providing an individual and inspiring space for a staycation, the eco-chic Apart-Hotel is the latest addition to Greenhouse – a mixed used development in Beeston, Leeds, already described as the UK’s most pioneering low-carbon homes and offices.

Offering a series of luxury 1, 2 and 3 bed boutique-style apartments that can be rented for weekend breaks, weekly trips or monthly stays, Greenhouse Apart-Hotel offers a totally new UK leisure experience.

The Apart-Hotel offers sustainable qualities and luxuries, including innovative energy saving appliances alongside contemporary high-end sustainable furnishings.

On arrival guests are welcomed with a hamper bursting with local and organic produce, including fruit and vegetables grown within Greenhouse’s own allotments. Guests are also offered a tour of the facilities en route to their apartment, where they can get the lowdown on how recycled rain-harvested water flushes the loos, solar panels power the showers and how the rooftop wind turbines power the lifts.

Greenhouse has developed a strong sense of community amongst the permanent residents and office tenants and in testament to that, the Apart-Hotel is run by husband and wife team, Greenhouse residents Tom and Kati Lancaster, who are committed to providing the highest levels of customer service to ensure all guests experience a sustainable home from home.

During their stay, guests can see for themselves how they are contributing towards a more sustainable way of living via Internet Protocol TVs in each apartment tracking their energy usage. 100% British wool carpets and water efficient rainhead showers are just some of the facilities that provide luxury within Greenhouse’s sustainable ethos.

Managers Tom and Kati state that they are on hand as much or as little’ as guests need them, Providing guests with their mobile number offering 24/7 support, they are committed to the highest levels of customer service.

Greek Holiday Ideas

Greek Islands

Greece is a gem of the Mediterranean Sea with an incredible appeal to tourists. The country is known throughout the world for its excellent weather, cuisine, beaches and history. If a holiday in the sun comes to mind then it probably will look similar to the beauty that surrounds Greece.

There are a number of ways to spend a summer holiday in Greece but one of the more popular is staying in a luxury villa; one that may overlook the sea or one that is nestled in the centre of an intimate town.

One important reason to stay in a holiday villa is that you can escape the fast paced tourist areas for the majority of your stay. You can arise at the hour you want and have a delicious breakfast on the patio. During the day after a long stroll through town you can return for a dip in your private pool and then enjoy the setting sun that represents the end of another glorious day of your Greek holiday.

There are a number of Greek villas that are available to rent and some of them are not as expensive as the luxury villas so they are more appropriate for the entire family and because they are spacious the kids will have ample room to play. The villa ends up being a home from home and you will not be stuck on the schedules of the hotel restaurants or their menu, you can prepare food for they family that they are accustomed to.

Lagonisi is one place that is ideal for a holiday. South of Athens the town is located equally between the sea and a number of different attractions. The beach is very nice and there are plenty of picturesque vistas to enjoy either from your villa or different areas of the town. There are ample activities to enjoy from scuba diving to helicopter tours to golf. They are all available and easily accessible from your holiday villa.

A short distance away is the Greek Temple of Poseidon along the coast in Cape Sounion. And Athens is very close and a great place to spend a day in the city and visit the Acropolis or the 2000 year old Parthenon. So what more do you need on your holiday than beautiful sun splashed beaches, centuries of history, peace and tranquillity and all just steps from your luxury Greek villa.

Holidaying in the Seychelles


The time is now for a holiday that avoids the crowded European beaches, one that offers effortless and discreet service that is the norm and not the exception, and where there is a feel and look of understated luxury everywhere.

Luxury is a common word in the Seychelles and the destination will offer an incomparable holiday. The hotels range from private island retreats, to serene spas and resorts that offer all you ever needed and wanted.

But the ultimate in exclusive holidays in Seychelles has to be the resorts that offer their own private islands like Cousine, Fregate or North Island. On Fregate Island alone there are seven white soft sand beaches with tropical forest for a backdrop and only 16 luxury villas all with a private butler to cater to your every whim.

If one of the two restaurants does not have the dinner to whet your appetite then dine in a tree-house, a banana grove, maybe on the beach or even in your own villa. If the number of villas sound like they are too many then maybe North Island is where you need to be. This island is what Seychelles holidays are all about in luxury.

Your itinerary includes meeting with the chef to craft your own menu that will cater to your preferences and desires. The villas are made of local wood and stone and are all only steps from the beach that has sand as soft as baby powder.

Or if it is a bit more privacy you are looking for then the Cousine Island Resort is the match made in heaven for you and yours. Located on a 25 hectare island complete with a nature reserve and just four, yes, four villas.

Spas treatments are offered in all of the Seychelles resorts and the newest of those wonderful and luxurious of resorts is the Four Seasons Seychelles Resort and Spa on the island of Mahe. The resort has world class spa facilities, spectacular views of Petite Anse beach while still offering lots of solitude and seclusion. There are five spa pavilions and guests get transported to the spa in a personal buggy. Whatever your reason to schedule a holiday in Seychelles there is one thing for sure you will not spend a more tranquil, secluded or luxurious one any where else known to man. The resort is worth its weight in gold.

Top Things to See in Beijing

Beijing is a city that embodies China’s ancient civilization and rich political and cultural history. Alongside all of the historical buildings, temples, and gates is the juxtaposition of a modern China filled with skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls, and a vibrant art and music scene. Here are suggestions of what to do when you come to the capital of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

Day 1: A Taste of Chinese History in the Present

Start your day with a dive into China’s ancient history. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasty (1368-1840). For nearly five hundred years, it served as the palace for emperors and their families, and was the political center of the Chinese government.  The Forbidden City is the world’s largest surviving palace complex and a UNESCO Heritage Site, consisting of over 900 surviving buildings with 8,000 rooms. Inside the Forbidden City visit the Palace Museum to witness China’s largest collection of ancient art works.

Why not take a ferry to start your holiday

To ensure your holiday starts the second you board ferry companies are investing millions of pounds. With more than 40 million annual passenger journeys this industry has never been more accessible, relaxing or easy to enjoy. It has been compared to a mini cruise.

There are an impressive number of facilities onboard that include dining, shopping, entertainment for young and old and there are even luxury cabins, night clubs, cinemas, gyms spas, bars and shows.

The Seaways Commodore De Luxe offers passengers suite cabins and private lounges with free refreshments. Brittany Ferries has luxury accommodations for their Channel crossings with large luxurious Commodore cabins with TV, coffee, tea and a complimentary breakfast.

On the Ulysses the Irish Ferries’ Club Class offers those with vehicles, priority boarding an on the Martello Observation Lounge reserved seating that offers great vistas, complimentary beverages and snacks, use of the lounge bar and free newspapers.

It is a liberating time on the water if you are on your bike, in a caravan, or car. The ferry way is also quite speedy. Check in times just 30 minutes before departure and not have to worry about the long lines at airport security. It is as simply as driving your vehicle on board and relaxing with your choice of what to dine and where to play.

You can also travel without worry of too much baggage, too much weight in your bags and having to pay excess this and that. You can take bikes, golf clubs and even a surfboard or three. Golfers can travel by ferry and enjoy the myriad of beautiful courses that are scattered all around Europe like in; France, Spain, Ireland, Holland and Germany.

There are even mini cruise breaks offered by DFDS Seaways. They are great for families that are also wildlife fans and have expert spotters to point out all the wildlife that can be found in the North Sea like minke and orca whales, dolphins, harbour porpoise and sea birds. You can even start your ski holiday by taking the ferry across the Channel and continue on to all the best slopes in the Alps.