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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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What to wear where: Fashion Week edition

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The September issues are thick on the shelves, street photographers are out in packs  and a palpable frisson is sweeping from New York to Paris via London and Milan. Do you feel that cool in the air? Fashion Week is upon us. Whether you’ve long nabbed a front row seat or just want to soak up […]

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We’re craving boundless rolling hills, aromatic olive groves, authentic bruschetta and days drenched in sun – and Fontelunga Villas has all that (and plenty of Tuscan romance) down to a tee. It’s Italian-rustic-chic meets stylish-contemporary-sleek… and this year it’s celebrating its 15th anniversary. Style Moorish Tuscan Tranquillity Setting The rolling Tuscan hills Why this week? […]

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Have you booked a bank-holiday break yet? Yes, we know it’s just two weeks away, but there’s no need to resign yourself to three days of rain-threatened back-garden barbecues just yet. We’ve rounded up 10 luxury and boutique hotels with last-minute availability (from 23–25 August) for a short break or staycation, to make the last long […]

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This week we’re gripped with oenological longing and dreaming about a break in Tuscany. Luxury hotel Castiglion del Bosco has rolling sun-drenched pastures in which to sample full-bodied wines or forage for truffles nearby. Indulgence and adventure – we want it all… Style The grape escape Setting Verdant Val d’Orcia Why this week? The Tuscan grape harvest is […]

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It’s remarkable how much you can see and do in just one weekend away to Italy. A night at Il Salviatino and then a night at Palazzo Victoria treated me to a concentrated hit of two of the world’s most cultured cities with a restorative whirl in the countryside, plus a good measure of cocktails, […]

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We’re a little bit in love with Brazil this month, and I promise it has nothing to do with men kicking balls around. Rather, it’s the sleekly sexy style of Santa Teresa Hotel in Rio (above) that’s stolen our hotel-obsessed hearts – we’re thrilled to add it to our carefully curated collection. Another new addition […]

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Casacau, Rome: hotel of the week

Friday, June 13th, 2014

This week we want to be whisked away for a Roman Holiday complete with endless scoops of gelato, a spot of sight-seeing, and preferably Gregory Peck as our own personal tour guide. With its great location and achingly stylish decor, Casacau hotel in Rome provides the perfect base for exploring. Style Time-capsule pieds-a-terre Setting Steps […]

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Love is in the air…

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Passenger count 2 Destination Cloud Nine Cruising altitude Higher, baby Hotel stays these days are increasingly about experiences – so why not the journey, too? We’re very proud to add an exciting new experience to our roster of services: the Smith Love is in the Air package. Recently, we’ve noticed that an increasing number of travellers […]

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