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Archive for December, 2011

Palais Amani, Fez: hotel of the week

Friday, December 30th, 2011

How does an inexpensive week in sunny Fez, whilst learning a new skill, with a bit of pampering on the side sound? Yes, that’s what we thought… Have a look at Palais Amani riad in Morocco.

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Postcard from St Lucia: Jade Mountain dreams

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Totting up your 2012 travel wishlist? Jade Mountain in St Lucia is worthy of going straight to the top… Abundant in all the Caribbean vacation clichés (sun, sea, snorkelling, secluded sands), Jade Mountain has everyone feeling like a honeymooner. It’s an architectural triumph that insists visitors to this friendly island enjoy all the tropical paradise […]

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Retail therapy: the Sanderson, London

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Start 2012 with a bang after a bunk-up in one of London’s original boutique hotels, the Sanderson. A shimmy from Oxford Street, she’s got all that you need for a glamorous intro or outro to the year. And well, it is the sales: this hotel’s neighbourhood is the beating heart of retail. London – you’re […]

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New Year’s Eve in Sydney is sure to go off with a bang, so after our top-five tour of London Christmas events last week, we turned our attention to New Year, and to one of the world’s first cities that gets to celebrate it. To help you plan a fabulous intro to 2012, here’s our […]

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Merry Christmas! x Mr & Mrs Smith

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

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Oceana Santa Monica: hotel of the week

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Christmas is nearly upon us, and with it thoughts of fun family get-togethers. But by Boxing Day, those 24 hours spent playing charades with the in-laws will no doubt have you dreaming of family getaways instead – so here’s our hotel of the week: Oceana Santa Monica, a ray of Californian sunshine that’s child-friendly, chilled out […]

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Andalucian tiling, Moorish archways, salvaged castle doors – it’s near impossible to believe that Finca Cortesin in the Costa del Sol, was recently built from scratch. Opened in 2009, this modern classic has quickly become a favourite with the discerning luxury traveller – especially for a Mr & Mrs Smith romantic getaway. Picture the scene: […]

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Unique in the Smith collection, Bay of Fires Lodge & Walk in north-east Tasmania combines a stay at a boutique eco-retreat with an inspiring two-day guided trek along one of Australia‘s iconic coastlines. Turquoise seas, snow-white beaches and wildlife-filled bush make the Bay of Fires the perfect place to recharge… *** 1 Day One kicks […]

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Festive fun in London: five things to do

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Londoners, are you bored of carols? Sick of Santa? Want to punch a reindeer? Calm down! You can have festive fun in the capital – you just need to know how. Here’s our mini-guide to alternative Christmas activities in London, whether you’re a city-dweller or just passing through… BEST FOR TRADITIONALISTS: Skating at Somerset House In […]

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Whitehouse: hotel of the week

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The party season – exhausting isn’t it? It barely seems a day’s gone by since we were chinking prosecco glasses at the launch of our Italy hotel guide, then there was the cocktail-swilling arty party at the launch of Scope Miami, and now we’re gearing up for our Christmas shindig tonight (the hairstylists of Chiswick […]

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