A splash of gin, a dash of tonic and a squeeze of lemon or lime over ice: there are few things more refreshing than a G&T on a warm day.But could this classic tipple taste just as delicious if made with budget gin rather than a premium brand?There is also an on-site spa, aptly named “Spa Temple”, as it is carved in stone.
Proves that there is such a thing as a super-premium gin.
It’s in a different league to the cheaper that Heston should stick to haute cuisine.
The blurb says it’s perfect as the first drink of the evening, but it faintly reminded me of cucumber sandwiches. This is as familiar as an old slipper, and a little like stepping back in time. It may be unexciting, but it’s a little like an aged aunt: you are glad you went back to visit.
This is distilled in England and blended with Icelandic water, which the makers claim results in a uniquely fresh taste. One sip of this and you are transported to summer — if not heaven!
Phum Baitang, Siem Reap Siem Reap and its temples of Angkor are Cambodia’s biggest draws, and for that reason the town isn’t short on swish hotels.
What it is short on, however, is peace and quiet, which is why the launch of Phum Baitang earlier this year offered a welcome dose of tranquillity to the area’s hotel scene.
The luxurious development – designed to resemble a rising dragon – will feature 175 rooms and suites, a 120-seat bistro, two specialty restaurants and a sky bar on a cantilevered terrace.
In addition, there will be a relaxing spa with five treatment rooms and a 20-metre swimming pool on the 33rd floor, no doubt letting you make the most of those views as you do your laps.
And there’ll be a bit of added sparkle come next year, when the Rosewood Phnom Penh opens on the top 14 floors of the Cambodian capital’s (and indeed the country’s) tallest building, the 616ft-high Vattanac Capital Tower One.
Offering a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong below, its position in the Central Business District along Preah Monivong Boulevard places guests on a buzzy thoroughfare, barely 1km from top sights including the unmissable Royal Palace.
It smells like burned rubber (it reminds me of petrols stations) and doesn’t taste much better.