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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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It’s spring! And our top-notch hotel seekers have sprung! (…or something.) This month, we have a diverse array of first-class stays around the world to get you lining up your suitcases by the front door in a wanderlusty frenzy. We begin in Australia, with Canberra’s entirely ungoogleable Hotel Hotel, so cool they named it twice […]

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Palazzina G, Venice: hotel of the week

Friday, November 29th, 2013

What do Casanova, Canaletto and Vivaldi have in common? Bold, artistic and chivalrous, they were all born in Venice, a romantic floating city of maze-like islands, glittering canals and charming footbridges. Re-tread the history of this fascinating city at boutique hotel Palazzina G. This sleek and sultry retreat is older than all three famous Venetians […]

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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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We’re starting the new year as we mean to go on, with a host of heavenly hotels. This month, we’ve already enjoyed a Tuscan tryst: we were seduced by a cosmopolitan Chianti castle, Castello del Nero and also Villa Armena, a baroque villa near Siena. In London, the witty Ampersand hotel in Kensington wowed us, […]

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This month, we dipped into French Polynesia, discovering Manava Suite Resort, a surfers’ paradise in Tahiti; Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, a lagoon-side hotel on Moorea; Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, a hamlet of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora (above); and Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, a secluded escape in the Tuamotus. In Malaysia, we […]

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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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This month, we added several stylish UK stays to our handpicked hotel collection: Number Thirty Eight, a boutique Bristol townhouse; the very pretty Vine House in Norfolk; The Cranley Hotel, a particularly genteel Londoner; and Belgraves, a little slice of the Big Apple in the heart of Belgravia. Then, we popped across the channel to […]

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We’re not the sort that likes to sing our own praises (ok, we are, a bit), but we’d like to ask you to raise a glass of virtual prosecco in honour of our shiniest new gong: Best Travel Guide. Our Italy guidebook – the most recent addition to the Smith travel bookshelf – scooped the […]

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