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Archive for August, 2011

Contemporary country house hotel Cowley Manor has more than a few aces up its heather-hued tweed sleeves. Aside from a gorgeous location (near Cheltenham, in the Cotswolds), green and lovely grounds (all 55 acres of them), a pampering spa (C-Side, which uses its own Green & Spring product line) and cool colourful interiors, it also […]

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For an indulgent minibreak, a Daylesford escape in Victoria’s Spa Country delivers the goods: fabulous food, stress-melting mineral springs and a host of boutique holiday houses. FEAST A brisk walk up Wombat Hill, through Daylesford’s blissful Botanic Gardens, brings you to Wombat Hill House (pictured above), the latest venture from Alla Wolf-Tasker of Lake House […]

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Capella Singapore: hotel of the week

Friday, August 26th, 2011

As Singapore goes into event overdrive this September, the luxurious tropical setting and to-sigh-for spa treatments at Capella Singapore boutique hotel offer the perfect antidote to the super-charged city centre. Style Clash of the centuries Setting Southern Sentosa Island Why this week? Always stylish Singapore has something for everyone this September. Formula 1’s finest roar […]

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Look sharp: New York Fashion Week works up a head of steam next week, and you could be there – we’ve only gone and got you two exclusive pairs of tickets to Artspace‘s groovy fashion week launch event. Read on for full event details (and find out how to get your mitts on those invites)… […]

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Tribal-influenced Scandi folk sharing blogspace with accordion-laced Scottish whimsy? It can only be the monthly dispatch from Smith’s human juke box Rob Wood. Here’s his sonic selection for September… ALBUM OF THE MONTH It All Starts With One by Ane Brun When? You’re daydreaming of Scandinavia Why? Get in there before she conquers the mainstream […]

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What do NYC, Napa Valley and a big ol’ cheese and wine-tasting party have in common? (a) City Winery; (b) Murray’s Cheese; (c) an amazing Smith competition, with a Napa Valley getaway prize; or (d) all of the above? The answer is, of course, (d). Bar, restaurant and all-round foodie destination City Winery stands out […]

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Andrea Migliaccio – the young Ischian chef with stints under Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenée and superstar Spaniard Xavier Pellicer, among others – heads up the Michelin-starred restaurant L’Olivo at the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa (see our most recent Hotel of the Week), as well as the terrace restaurant, Bistrot Ragù. Here he […]

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Earlier this month, the rather foolhardy amazing Andrew Diprose (art director of Wired and he behind the gorgeously illustrated cycling journal The Ride) undertook Le Jour de France, a sponsored ride from London to Paris. The twist? It was a 24-hour overnighter. Since we’d choose carrot over stick any day of the week, Mr & […]

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Capri Palace Hotel & Spa: hotel of the week

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

As another rainy August day keeps us in the UK indoors, we know of somewhere we’d rather be: a glittering isle off the coast of Italy, being pampered in the palatial surroundings of Capri Palace Hotel & Spa… Style Alabaster chic Setting Unspoilt Capri countryside Why this week? Joining the likes of its L’Olivo restaurant […]

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Epicureans, to Italy! Bite-size adventures await away from the tourist trail on our latest boutique road trip, inspired by our upcoming Italy guide. Food, wine and history will tempt you from Rome to Umbria for a fresh taste of Italy – and without the crowds. Move over, Tuscany… Fly to Rome, and you could hop […]

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