4 BEST WATERSIDE HOTELS
The Twelve, Galway A short drive from the city centre, this is the perfect spot from which to explore Connemara’s coastline. The hotel has 48 rooms, whose extremely comfortable beds and VOYA toiletries are a tonic after a day out and about. Sate the appetite with casual bites and pizzas at The Pins, or with finer dining at the West restaurant. Rooms from €139. thetwelvehotel.ie
One Hotel, New York No matter what room you check into here, you’re guaranteed a magnificent view, either overlooking Brooklyn Bridge or gazing out to Lady Liberty herself. Feel smug in the rooftop pool, take sundowners at the terrace bar and dine at The Osprey – allowing time for doing diddly-squat more than stroking your very cosy dressing gown. Rooms from $599. 1hotels.com
The Betsy, Miami Overlooking Miami’s South Beach, Betsy is a picture of serenity and luxury in a bustling neighbourhood. Rooms in this family-owned hotel reflect the nautical surroundings, with bright-white beds and bracing splashes of colour, while Art Deco original features and nods to midcentury design pleasingly combine. Rooms from $289. thebetsyhotel.com
Farol Hotel, Cascais Portugal’s coastline is always pleasing on the eye – and so are interiors at this hotel, some 35 kilometres west of Lisbon. Each of the 33 rooms has its own personality, from invigorating reds to calming blues, thanks to the input of cuttingedge designers, and you’re never far from an excellent meal at the hotel’s two restaurants. Rooms from €128. designhotels.com
The Write Stuff The well-written word can stimulate, agitate, unite, delight and inspire. The Boston Book Festival’s free, two-day celebration (October 12-13; bostonbookfest.org) presents more than 200 participants as diverse as food writer Michael Pollan, psycho-linguist Steven Pinker and Democratic doyen John Kerry. Meanwhile West Coast lit lovers can hear Paul Muldoon, Fintan O’Toole and also Nigerian-born Irish asylum seeker Melatu Ucha Okorie, above, speak about her book This Hostel Life at the Irish Arts & Writers Festival (October 12-14; irishwriterslosgatos.com), an hour south of San Francisco, in charming Los Gatos –a town that is twinned with Listowel, Co Kerry.
Samhain has always been special in Ireland, a time when our Celtic forefathers believed that the veil between this world and the next was at its most permeable. So, what better time to celebrate Bram Stoker, the Dublinborn writer and creator of Dracula, with one of his home city’s biggest annual festivals this October 26-29? Think spooky outdoor screenings and aerial shows, free family fun parks, thrilling theatre, podcasts and readings: the Bram Stoker Festival has it all. bramstokerfestival.com