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Archive for August, 2012

Astra Suites, Santorini: hotel of the week

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Rid your minds of rain-soaked roads and leaf-strewn pavements, and picture this instead: late-summer lounging beside an endless infinity pool on Santorini’s tip, with shimmering oceans, volcanic islands and the twinkling lights of distant Greek villages plunging below…accompanied only by a glass of crisp, dry white, and maybe your partner (if they’re lucky). Yup, it’s […]

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XV Beacon, Boston: hotel of the week

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The first Monday in September cometh. For UK Smiths that means not much more than the return of the school year, but for our far-flung friends across the pond it’s something more exciting: Labor Day! Like most national holidays, this means a well-balanced mix of rest and party. Where better to do that than at […]

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London Style Guide: spotlight on Soho

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Saska Graville, we salute you. Your just-published London Style Guide (Murdoch Books; £16.99) is an enlightening look at a fascinating city we ourselves love and know so well – and frankly a lot of your tip-offs are close to our hearts too. An easy-on-the-eye, delightful-to-read hardback guide that takes you on a journey to the […]

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The Cove, Cornwall: hotel of the week

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Feel as though the summer months are zipping past you? Us too. If you’re longing for a luxurious getaway that combines the independence of self-catering with the pampering of a hotel, then The Cove apart-hotel in Cornwall is for you. Style Independence stay Setting Minutes from Mouzel Why this week? Still haven’t planned your summer getaway or what […]

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Postcard from the Datai, Langkawi

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Tossing up between a jungle hideaway and a chilled beach break? Enjoy the best of both worlds in Malaysia with a stay at the Datai, a luxury hotel in Langkawi that is set seductively between the rainforest and the Andaman Sea. SEA STYLING So dense is the jungle that surrounds the Datai, that you can’t […]

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Combe House, Devon: hotel of the week

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Feeling dizzy with Olympics fever? It’s about time to wind down the sporting energy that began with the flame and has continued to ignite the nation, propelling the London games into something of a national jamboree. Raise a glass of Devonshire cider and toast our Olympians’ success with a stay at Combe House hotel in Devon. […]

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Brisbane travel tips: art, beaches and bars

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Queensland’s capital has all the hallmarks of a classic minibreak destination, with culture, nature and cool cafés, bars and boudoirs up for grabs. Here are our top Brisbane travel tips for things to do in this seductive tropical city… ART ATTACK Brisbane’s South Bank is a one-stop art shop, with a string of major riverside […]

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This month, we discovered stylish hotels in Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Greece, France, Italy, the UK, the USA, Bali and Thailand.

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Qualia, Australia: hotel of the week

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

You’d never need to twist our arm for a glam getaway on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, blessed with Technicolor scenes under the sea and luxury lodgings above. The undisputed queen of the coast is Qualia, a billionaires’ playground spread over 30 immaculate acres on the northern tip of Hamilton Island. Style High-end luxury Setting Tropical […]

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