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For business Dublin is a terrific city to visit. It's incredibly friendly and hospitable. I was recently there to attend some race meetings.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

As usual, I stayed at the Merrion Hotel. It's central, just off St Stephen's Green, so if you want a breath of fresh air you can walk in the park.

It's also close to Grafton Street, Dublin's main shopping area. The Merrion used to house old government offices but it's now a mixture of charming town house and fabulous business rooms. There's a large spa with a pool and gym - great for relaxing after a stressful day. The hotel is highly professional but full of Irish charm. It has a first-class restaurant, the Cellar Rooms, and the Cellar Bar has a great buzz to it. Upstairs, there are drawing rooms and a peaceful cocktail bar, a good place to take guests. I visit several times a year and it has everything I need.


The Twelve Apostles just outside Cape Town in South Africa is stunning.

Just a couple of miles from the city, it stands on its own overlooking the sea. At the rear are the Twelve Apostle mountains. From the terrace or bedrooms the views are of the Atlantic ocean, and I've seen some stunning sunsets. You can eat overlooking the sea - idyllic is the only word for it. It's also very relaxed and friendly. The staff have the knack of knowing when to leave you alone and when to pamper you. It's quite a modern hotel with spa and sanctuary facilities and a pool. It's also near Camps Bay, which has some fantastic seafood restaurants, such as Blues. When I get to the hotel I unwind with a drink on the terrace while looking out over the ocean, before casting my eye back to see the mountains behind me.

Then, if there's time, I'll go to the outdoor pool in the late afternoon when the sun is setting.

David Morris is managing director of Sandown Park Racecourse.

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