Secret Escapes


Ace Hotel Shoreditch

A brand-new hotel from the Ace group in the heart of hip Shoreditch with electic interiors and a choice of rooms

Opened in September, the newest stalwart of the Ace Hotel Group and the first to open outside the US, has transformed a once redundant stretch of Shoreditch High Street into not just a sleek hotel, but a community space where skinny-jeaned hipsters rub shoulders with suited bankers and where frankly, anything goes.

Built on the former site of the Shoreditch Empire (an old stomping ground of Charlie Chaplin), it’s no wonder that this hotel steals the show. From its location, just a short walk from the eclectic crowds and stalls at Brick Lane Market, the skyscrapers of the City and the creative melting pot of Hackney, to its interiors, excellently executed by Universal Design Studios, this place seriously packs a punch.

Flying the Ace flag with gusto, this Shoreditch bolthole continues their signature commitment to interiors which reflect the surrounding cityscape. With vintage furniture, stripped back walls and a large community area, the team here have perfected the tricky blend of industrial chic with bags of character.

Quinto do Monte

A magical hotel high in the hills of Madeira’s Funchal, with lush surrounds, wellness facilities and scenic views – includes breakfast, a welcome drink and more

Situated high above the capital city of Funchal in Portugal, the leafy village of Monte hosts the charming, postcard-perfect Quinta do Monte. The manor house sits on a bank of lush, centuries-old plants and gardens – guests can even book a guided walk through these, to make the most of the surroundings.

Rest and relaxation come as standard at this property, both inside and out. The accommodation features gorgeous views, which you’ll take in from the comfort of a private balcony, as well as classically elegant decor and plenty of up-to-date amenities.

Sample Madeira’s vibrant flavours alongside a serving of panoramic garden views in the hotel’s restaurant, Monte Garden, or within the glass-walled Winter Garden. Elsewhere you could enjoy light lunches or tea in the Pavilion Café, or try a cocktail at the delightful and welcoming bar. Just a two-minute walk from the city centre, the hotel is ideally located for exploring the nearby botanical gardens and discovering the best that Madeira has to offer.

We like

  • The gorgeous views of the gardens, ocean and city from almost every angle
  • Enjoying a leisurely dip in the natural light-flooded indoor pool, before a treatment or two at the spa
  • Taking guided walks through the hotel’s centuries-old tropical forests


The hotel’s elegantly-decorated Standard rooms feature timeless decor and views of the hotel gardens. All rooms come complete with a private balcony, as well as a spacious en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower.


– Individually-controlled air conditioning / heating
– Direct dial telephone
– Safe
– Bathrobes
– Slippers
– Hairdryer
– Cable TV with 30 channels
– Minibar


The hotel hosts an exceptional array of eateries, including Monte Garden with panoramic garden views, the Winter Garden that looks out towards the ocean, and the Café Pavilion for light lunches, tea and snacks. Head to the cocktail bar for a deliciously refreshing tipple.


Built on a higher terrace that affords it plenty of natural light, the heated indoor pool is perfect for a bit of respite after a day of discovering your surroundings. You’ll also find a Jacuzzi and fitness room on site, as well as the Chandra Spa for ultra-relaxing massages, aromatherapy, facials and Reiki.


Situated against a backdrop of a UNESCO World Heritage forest, this hotel is located in the picturesque village of Monte and is an ideal location for exploring Madeira. Easy access into the city centre is available via local buses and taxis, which operate from the village square, as well as a cable car – just a short walk away.

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