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Archive for December, 2012

Lyall Hotel, Melbourne: hotel of the week

Friday, December 28th, 2012

In Melbourne‘s fashionable South Yarra, Lyall Hotel and Spa is a classy cocktail of sleek rooms, sensual day spa and chic bistro-cum-bar. It’s the go-to destination for a swathe of stars – Gwen Stefani and Paris Hilton included – as well as savvy magazine editors, who we’re sure adore the within-walking-distance designer label boutiques. Style […]

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MERRY SMITHMAS!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

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After several days spent juggling turkeys, presents and bottles of whisky (for Santa, natch) while entertaining the family, you’re probably in need of some downtime. Why not give yourself a pat on the back and retreat to a fabulous 15th-century boutique hotel in the Cotswolds? Style Fifteenth-century thoroughbred Setting Racy Prestbury Why this week? If frantic last-minute Christmas shopping has […]

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Colourful, creative and cosmopolitan South Australia’s capital has experienced a culinary and cultural revolution in recent times and is celebrated on an international scale for its avant-garde arts scene and scores of bars and restaurants – but delivered in as easy-going a way as possible. And for a country that is famously casual, the fifth largest […]

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Chambers, New York: hotel of the week

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Christmas in New York? Yes please, Santa (we’ve been ever so good this year). Located in the heart of Midtown, Chambers hotel is perfect for a December getaway in the Big Apple. If the glittering shop windows of Fifth Avenue fail to tempt you, this hotel’s arty interiors will… Style Elegant, affluent Setting Midtown west Our favourite […]

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Festive fun in London: a Christmas to-do list

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

What’s that you say? It’s nearly Christmas? Cue cold sweats, mild panic buying and a belated urge to sling on some knitted accessories, sing a merry tune and stock up on seasonal good cheer. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a festive assortment of great London activities that will sate yuletide appetites, scent your […]

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Looking for a room at the inn? We all know this is a crazy time of year, but The Wheatsheaf Inn has gone totally crackers, with an amazing ‘Golden Ticket’ Christmas offer – this chic Cotswolds coaching house turned gastrohub (and Bloody Mary competition host) has just a few rooms left for December 2012, and has […]

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Alila Villas Soori, Bali: hotel of the week

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Far from the madding crowd of Kuta, dreamy designer den Alila Villas Soori hotel in Bali is on the wild, less visited south-west shores of the island. Languishing between verdant rice paddies and a shimmering black-sand beach, it promises delicious dining, spa pampering and cultural thrills…  Style Sleek sea-kissed sanctuary Setting Jet-black sand, jade green rice paddies Why this […]

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This month, we started our search for stylish stays by sipping whisky at The Atholl, a suite-only townhouse in Edinburgh. After all that hard work, we headed south to soak up the rays at romantic Tuscan village retreat Monteverdi and relax at Imani Country House, a rural haven in Portugal. Over in Australia, we partied […]

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Fleurieu Peninsula, just south of Adelaide, is a dramatic clash of coast and country. Edged by crystal-clear aquamarine ocean and deserted beaches, inland throws you into McLaren Vale country, one of Australia’s most respected wine regions. Dotted between those frothy waves and fruit-laden vines are stone country villages such as Port Elliot, Willunga and Goolwa…. Go […]

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