Where a stiff drink can make a real difference to our political views!

Theresa and Jeremy by political cartoonist David Lewis

There is not much to laugh about in UK politics today.  Its a mess.  Our leaders so called are in disarray or not up to the job.

So maybe a cocktail or two might give us a better perspective on what is going on. ¬†Or at least help us to find something a tad amusing about the current mess the UK’s politics is in.

Boris and Diane by political cartoonist David Lewis

So those ingenious mixologists at the Conrad London St. James’ Blue Boar Bar have come with a new drinks menu based on our politicians with¬†¬†illustrations by political cartoonist David Lewis.

I make my claim on a Boris on the Rocks and a Maygarita. ¬†Then I may be intoxicated enough to try Jeremy’s Punch!

These are just some of new cocktails: ¬†‘No Big Deal’,¬† ‘Maygarita’ and ‘Spiced Figrage’. Perhaps the ‘Jeremy’s Punch’ or ‘Dark n Tory’ will have your vote, but beware of ‘Boris on the Rocks’, who knows what’s in store for you there.¬†Nestled in the heart of St James, with the¬†Houses of Parliament¬†just a stone‘s¬†throw away, Conrad London St. James, and particularly the Blue Boar Bar is a¬†regular haunt for politicians looking to¬†mull¬†the political situation over with a stiff drink.

Sit back over a nightcap taking in the Westminster scene and listen out for the occasional sound of the House of Commons Division Bell, rung eight minutes before every parliamentary vote to give any politicians lingering over a pint enough time to get back to cast their vote!

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Sun & fun in Marbella & Malaga – bargain breaks

Hotel Bora Bora


Point Raititi, B.P. 1, Nunue, Bora Bora, 98730, French Polynesia
T. 689 604 460 Fax: (689) 604 466
E-mail: hotelborabora@amanresorts.com

Hotel Bora Bora sits on the edge of a turquoise lagoon nestled beneath the lush green volcanic peaks of Mount Otemanu. There are three beaches and a barrier reef offering a variety of colourful marine life. Enjoy a Honeymoon Escape.

Amangani Jackson Hole


1535 North East Butte Road, Jackson, Wyoming 83001, U.S.A.
T: +1 307 734 7333 U.S. toll free: (1 877) 734 7333 Fax: (1 307) 734 7332
E-mail: amangani@amanresorts.com

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, just 20 minutes away from Amangani, is open from 4th December, 2004 to 3rd April, 2005. Cross-country skiing, heliskiing, snowcat rides, snowmobiling, snowboarding, dog-sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and wildlife safaris are among the outdoor activities on offer this winter season. For seasonal offers see Amangani Winter Alpine Experience and Amangani Ski Experience.

Gran Hotel La Florida – Barcelona

Ctra. Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, 83-93, 08035

T: +34 93 259 30 00 www.hotellaflorida.com

Sitting above the City this hotel has glorious views across the Mediterranean and some rooms have private terraces and whirlpools. Built in 1925 it has a huge 37 metre indoor/outdoor pool. The spa offers a full range of treatments inlcuding massages, facials and manicures using Natura Bisse, Thalgo and Kanebo products. The restaurant, L’Orangerie, offers five star Med food.

Capri Beauty Farm – Anacapri


Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Via Capodimonte, 2b 80071 Anacapri
T: +39 081 978 0111; wwwcapri-palace.com

In a hillside position with beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples and the Mediterranean, this spa has doctors who create tailor-made programmes for all kinds of ailments from weight-loss to stress-busting. There is a large pool and a gym. The treatments focus on massages, thalassotherapy and mud cures. Also available are cosmetic treatments and the latest machines to hone the body into shape and refine and tone the skin of the face and body. There are a number of special leg treatments of which Sophia Loren is reputed to be a devotee. The “Leg School” specialises in stimulating circulation using hot and cold water therapy to improve elasticity, skin tone and shape, as well as fighting cellulite. Cuisine is Mediterranean and diet food is available in a choice of three restaurants.

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa – Blaa Ionio

PO Box 22, 240 Grindgavik, Blaa Ionio

T: +354 420 8800; www.bluelagoon.is

In south west Iceland next to geothermal beaches, the spa offers the latest treatments using mineral-rich seawater to cleanse and nourish. The water is particularly good for skin conditions and there is a clinic for the treatment of psoriasis. The restaurant serves and international menu using fresh local ingredients.

Danubius Thermal & Sport Hotel Buk

Buk H9740

T:+36 94 558 500;www.danubiusgroup.com/buk

A modern hotel which has an 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, squash, cycling, horseriding, shooting, volleyball and basketball. Treatments include balneotherapy and mud with several complementary therapies such as reflexology, acupuncture and massage.

Thermae Sylla Spa – Evia

Wellness Hotel, Loutra Aedipsos, Evia

T: +30 22 606 0100; www.thermaesylla.gr

The spa is famous for its curative mineral waters that are reputed to help all kinds of illness including arthritis, rheumatism and skin problems. The hotel has views of the sea and mountains. A large number of hydrotherapy treatments are available, as well as reflexology and inhalation therapy. Specialities are the Cream Cleopatra bath, the grape paste facial and the Oriental Rasul where Moroccan fango mud is spread over the body. There are two restaurants that serve food using organic ingredients.

Chateau de Limelette

Rue Charles Dubois 87, B-1342 Limelette,Belgium

Tel: +32 10 42 19 99

Chateau de Limelette is a 19th century hotel in Anglo-Norman in style, surrounded by a park with flower gardens, a waterfall, fountains, outdoor pool and gym. It has Belgium’s largest marine balneotherapy centre. Golf, tennis, squash, mountain-biking and clay pigeon shooting. Surrounded by a park of 3 hectares and a garden full of flowers, cascades and fountains, the hotel lies only 20 minutes away from Brussels and its international airport.

There are osteopaths, physiotherapists, hydrotherapists and beauty advisors. Treatments include a large variety of baths – almicronised algae, seawater, mineral salts, hot and cold; Thai and Tao massages. The restaurant has both gourmet and low-fat food.

Cap Juluca, Maundays Bay

Cap-Juluca-Beach-Pano-sm.jpgThere are eighteen Moorish-style villas with private sunbathing areas and patio/balcony overlooking the sea and set in landscaped tropical gardens with palms. Insulated from the outside world, yet only minutes by air or motor launch from St. Maarten, Cap Juluca is a private self-contained resort along two miles of some of the best pristine white-sand beaches in the Caribbean.

Cap Juluca has an array of entertainment amenities, including a fully equipped fitness centre and outdoor activities such as aqua golf driving range, bunker and putting green, croquet lawn, junior Olympic-size swimming pool, a library, tennis courts with a full-time resident pro, and water sports, including snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing, and sailing.

The spa has only two treatment rooms but you can also have these in your own room. A number of alternative therapies are also available such as reiki, shiatsu and yoga. Personal and circuit training can also be arranged.


T: +1 264 497 6666; www.capjuluca.com

Hotel Roc Blanc

Hotel Roc Blanc, Escaldes, Andorra


facil_rocblanc2.jpgThe Thermal centre at Hotel Roc Blanc Andorra features thermal waters appropriated for therapy treatments. The Thermal Centre equipment was renovated in 2001. Treatments include: beauty, health, relax, and antiageing.

Facilities at the thermal Centre includes: natural spring hot swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath, gym, UVA rays and massage.
More information at www.andorrahotelrocblanc.com