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This week, we’re dreaming of pink dolphins and azure waters – better make the fantasy a reality with a trip to Aava Resort & Spa in beachy Khanom, whose powder-soft shores and looming limestone mountains guarantee holiday snaps worth bragging about. Just a ferry ride away from party-cool Koh Samui, Khanom’s waters are dotted with long-tail boats and […]

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Top 10 eco hotels: the Smith Awards shortlist

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

They’re a good start, but you’ll need more than energy-saving lightbulbs and some garden-grown greens to be truly considered ‘eco-friendly’ these days. The hotels battling for the Eco Award in the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 display a commitment to conservation, a drive for sustainability and an all-encompassing ethical approach – without compromising on comfort. From off-grid jungle lodges to […]

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Pavilions teetering above the Indian Ocean? Forest views from your treatment room? Hand-picked oils, seductive steam rooms, the best four-hand massage this side of Thailand? Whatever your spa style, our indulgent boutique retreats know a thing or two about delivering tension-busting, limb-smoothing, complexion-lifting afternoons of bliss. The public’s vote has helped us draw up a […]

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Well, would you look at these magical new photos we’ve just received of Basilicatan wonderland Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola’s rareified Baroque bolthole… Can’t you just picture yourself wandering serenely at sunset through that fern-edged courtyard? We can, and we think you look magnificent. Style Don-worthy decadence Setting Coppola’s ancestral comune Why this week? Why not? […]

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Secret Bay, Dominica: hotel of the week

Friday, October 10th, 2014

It’s the perfect time of year to sneak off to the Caribbean without the crowds. And, just to add to that delicious no-one-else-in-the-world-but-you-two thrill, make for the aptly named Secret Bay hotel, a private jungle hideout on the unspoilt island of Dominica.   Style Laid-back island luxury Setting Caribbean cliffhanger Why this week? For an authentic back-to-nature experience, cast […]

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We’re feeling rather adventurous this month. First off, meet Alila Jabal Akhdar (above), spectacularly secluded in the stark, rugged Al Hajar mountain range – it’s responsible for us using the phrase “Man, Oman!” far too many times in the office recently (the more bad puns we make, the more you know we love it). It’s […]

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High Road House, London: hotel of the week

Friday, September 26th, 2014

We’re craving some au courant beats in quintessentially cool-Britannia surrounds: step up hip boutique hotel High Road House: the retro-chic members’ club in West London‘s laid-back Chiswick district. Style Arty-urbanites Setting Leafy London Why this week? To knock back a puntastic Scotchwork Orange cocktail while the DJs at Nick Jones’ High Road House bar inspire you to dance […]

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H2 Hotel, Healdsburg: hotel of the week

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The ink-black Sangiovese, regal purple pinot noir and the plump pearl of a chardonnay… we’re all about the mighty grape this time of year. So we’re off to the California wine country for a stay at H2 Hotel in happening Healdsburg.  Style Green, by nature Setting Heart of Healdsburg Why this week? Customarily chilled-out Sonoma County buzzes with energy during […]

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We threw a great little gourmet gathering last night in buzzing Bethnal Green at Town Hall Hotel & Apartment‘s new Typing Room restaurant with super chefs Lee Westcott (below) and Sophie Michell. As if dining on delicious canapés from Chef Westcott and his gang weren’t excuse enough to celebrate, we were also hailing the upcoming […]

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Mia Resort, Nha Trang: hotel of the week

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Mojitos on the beach and breakfast in bed, or bustling local markets and fresh seafood; Nha Trang’s Mia Resort in Central Vietnam has something for everyone. Style Beach peach Setting Green, serene Cam Lam bay Why this week? Vietnam’s summer monsoon is coming to an end, making September the ideal time to visit the idyllic […]

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