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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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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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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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Villa Armena, Tuscany: hotel of the week

Friday, September 20th, 2013

This week, we’re feeling extravagant. We want silken bedsheets, fat tubes of home-made spaghetti served on silver cloches and a pool with its own shoreline – oh, and lots of Tuscan sunshine please. Thankfully, with luxury hotel Villa Armena at our service, none of the above is too much trouble. A short drive from Siena […]

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Our adventures this month began in Tuscany’s rural hills, where rustic-luxe La Bandita has jaw-dropping views from its infinity pool; then, beautiful Basilicata made us an offer we couldn’t refuse: Palazzo Margherita, the once-crumbling palatial home lovingly restored by Francis Ford Coppola. Then, we were off to meet a duo of lakeside stars: Relais Villa […]

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We’re gleefully celebrating Spring’s arrival with a globe-spanning host of new hotels this month. We kicked off our world tour in the Windy City, where Ian Schrager’s sleek Public Chicago hotel has impressive Lake Michigan views, a glittering crowd invariably gathered in the bar, and some elegant guest rooms big enough to throw a party […]

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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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During this month’s search for sparkly new Smith hotels, there were two words on our lips: Costa Rica. We played ‘I Spy’ (the sea) at Latitude 10‘s bohemian beachfront casitas on the Nicoya Peninsula, developed a design crush at Kurá‘s minimalist jungle bungalows in Uvita, played Tarzan and Jane at Lapa Rios‘ tropical treehouses on the Osa Peninsula and got coffee-drunk at Finca Rosa […]

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Looking for relaxation, refined dining and perhaps even some springtime sunshine? Escape to L’Andana Hotel in Tuscany, where the spa staff stand ready to soothe and the menu’s overseen by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse (we can’t guarantee endless days of Tuscan sun, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be warmer than rainy old England). Style Tuscan […]

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